Innovative and Environmentally Sound Designs

Innovative and Environmentally Sound Designs

In the last two decades, China has undergone a period of mega-growth. The expansion seen throughout the region is truly incredible. Key to that development have been the team at Turenscape. Led by Kongjian Yu, they have achieved the remarkable and been justly recognised as one of the Leaders in Innovative and Environmentally Friendly Designs, China, 2020. We profile the firm to see how they’ve made such a strong impact.

Asbestos: Top 3 Most Common Hazards and How to Prevent Exposure in the Workplace

Asbestos: Top 3 Most Common Hazards and How to Prevent Exposure in the Workplace

Although asbestos can severely damage our lungs if inhaled, it was a common substance used between the 1950s–80s due to the many structural advantages it gave. The use of asbestos has now been banned, however it is still present in many older structures that exist today. With this said, we discuss the top three hazards that are commonly associated with asbestos and how to prevent exposure to them.

Three Ways to Effectively Plan Your Safety Budget

Three Ways to Effectively Plan Your Safety Budget

When assessing budget and putting together a financial plan in the construction sector, the aspect of safety can very often take a back seat. While it’s easy to neglect this area and focus on other concerns such as equipment and marketing, safety is one area that no business can afford to skimp on. It’s vital to give a good amount of attention to your safety budget, so to help you put an effective plan together, consider these three strategies.

Eco-Friendly and Green Building Materials for Construction

Eco-Friendly and Green Building Materials for Construction

The construction industry traditionally used supplies that were not environmentally conscious, but that’s all changed. Now people use these eco-friendly and green building materials for construction in many different sectors, whether it be for specific residential projects or commercial remodeling plans. They won’t strain the planet’s natural resources to produce the same high-quality projects.

Q4 2020

Q4 2020

We made it. We’re almost at the end of 2020 – a year that can thoroughly be described as ‘one to remember’. For many, this year has been strange. It’s been a year defined by uncertainty, challenges. Lock-ins, shutdowns…disruption. In every way. Normal has been turned on its head, and we’ve been scrambling to pick up anything familiar as a stop gap.

The UK’s Five Most Common DIY Questions Answered

The UK’s Five Most Common DIY Questions Answered

Google searches for ‘DIY’ hit a 16-year high during lockdown, with many Brits using their extra time indoors to tick off odd jobs around the home. However, mistakes can prove costly, with some renovation projects potentially knocking tens of thousands of pounds off your property value. To help homeowners complete their DIY tasks safely and to a high standard, sofa and carpet specialist, ScS, has revealed and answered the UK’s five most common ‘how to fix…’ Google searches.

The Best Time to Buy a New HVAC Unit

The Best Time to Buy a New HVAC Unit

Do you want to buy a new heating or cooling appliance? These purchases can be expensive, so it’s beneficial to look for opportunities to save money. You may think that you have to purchase replacements at full price, but you can actually capitalize on different sales periods. As a result, you’ll keep more money in your pocket. Take a look at the best times to buy new heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) units.

Caring for Mental Health in Construction Must Continue Post-Pandemic

Caring for Mental Health in Construction Must Continue Post-Pandemic

There is no doubt that the coronavirus pandemic has had, and is going to have huge mental health implications on the nation, and figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) in July showed that the number of people in the UK affected by depression has risen from one in ten to one in five since the same time last year. As the construction industry has historically had higher-than-average rates of suicide and negative mental health, it’s crucial that we all work together in order to look after our construction workforce, especially as the second wave begins to emerge, so says executive chairman of Pagabo, Gerard Toplass.

What to Consider When Planning A Conservatory

What to Consider When Planning A Conservatory

Over recent months, it’s become evident the need for more living space in homes is rising and one of the most cost-effective ways to extend a home is by building a conservatory. Not only are they cheaper and quicker than full-blown extensions, these lifestyle-enhancing spaces can add value to a property. To get the most from a conservatory, Matthew Currington, Technical Director at The Lighting Superstore has a put together a helpful guide when thinking of adding a conservatory to your property.

5 Strategies for Improving Construction Client Relationships

5 Strategies for Improving Construction Client Relationships

Professional builders have a bad rap for not communicating effectively. In 2018, miscommunication and poor project data were responsible for nearly half of all rework in the U.S, costing the construction industry roughly $31 billion. While part of the problem may be poor communication between workers, a lack of connection between contractors and their clients may be to blame as well.

Must-Ask Questions for Your Contractor

Must-Ask Questions for Your Contractor

When you’re looking to hire a contractor, you may not even know exactly what to ask them to ensure you’re hiring someone who’s right for you and the job you’re doing. There are numerous contractors and businesses out there, all with their own specialties and histories. Regardless of the space you are looking to renovate, finish off or add to, there are a few questions you should ask your contractor to get a feel for how they’ll fit within the job.