• Gavin White, Marley Eternit: “While the Government’s plans to create three million more apprentices by 2020 and the introduction of many apprenticeship schemes by contractors and the NFRC will help in the long run, labour is needed now if the industry is to capitalise on the immediate house-building opportunity”

    The great housing challenge

    Gavin White, product manager at Marley Eternit, says Government house-building targets offer a huge opportunity for the roofing and cladding industry if contractors and suppliers can work together to overcome skills challenges

  • Low Pitch Choices

    With growing demand for low pitch roof tiles and slates in the home improvement sector, Steve Bryceson, technical advisory services manager from Marley Eternit, discusses the choices now available to contractors, as well as the precautions for low pitch roofing.

  • The BS 5534 effect

    Almost six months on from the introduction of more stringent fixing requirements, Steve Bryceson, technical advisory services manager from Marley Eternit, discusses the impact of the revised BS 5534 on the roofing industry

  • Katie Prestidge, Marley Eternit: “Worryingly, recent research by the University of Nottingham found that two thirds of construction workers who were outside for an average of nearly seven hours a day, thought they were not at risk of skin cancer”

    Safe in the sun (and clouds)

    As part of Marley Eternit’s twelfth annual Safe in the Sun campaign, Katie Prestidge discusses misconceptions about skin cancer and the UK climate, and highlights the importance of better UV awareness in construction

  • Investing in the future of construction

    With apprenticeships high on the political and construction skills agenda, Julie Blair-Park, head of HR at Marley Eternit, discusses the progress made in the roofing and cladding industry and gives a personal insight from two manufacturing and contracting apprentices

  • Ahead of its time

    Gavin White, product manager at Marley Eternit, discusses the rise of thin leading edge concrete slates and why they are helping to meet the budgetary and aesthetic demands of today’s private housing market

  • How to choose a dry fix system

    When BS 5534 comes into force at the end of the month, it is anticipated that a growing number of contractors will be moving over to dry fix systems. However, in this month’s Marley Eternit column, Gavin White warns that not all dry fix products are the same, and gives contractors advice on what to look out for when choosing a dry ridge system