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Competency is more important than combustibility

Work is underway to consult on whether to ban combustible materials on residential buildings over 18 metres. Whatever the outcome of this consultation, it only looks at one small aspect of what it is that makes a building safe in the event of a fire, says Adrian Pargeter, head of technical and product development, at Kingspan Insulation

Using drone technology for roof and cladding surveys

Charlotte Watson, marketing manager at Waldeck, discusses how using drones can reduce costs, save time and minimise risk to health and safety

An industry in need of a refurb

Philip Fergusson, managing director at NCTS, argues that the construction sector needs to take a long hard look at the way it is selling the industry to today’s Generation X

Going green, saving energy, cutting costs

With energy efficiency and environmental concerns hot topics with homeowners, Richard Kendrick, marketing manager at SIG Roofing, discusses how roofers can support customers looking for cost-effective, viable solutions that will boost their home’s green credentials.

Having Will-power

Around 60% of the UK population does not have a Will, including a third of those aged over 55. For a business owner, dying without making a Will can have a devastating effect, not only on the family but on the business too. Adam Bernstein explains more

Promoting the positives for a career in construction

Jayne Fergusson, operations director at National Construction Training Services, discusses how a lack of education and enthusiasm for a career in construction teaches the industry a harsh lesson

RoofCERT: roofing’s route to professionalism

The RoofCERT accreditation programme could be a gamechanger, but we need the whole industry to get involved says Mike Wharton, head of business development at the National Federation of Roofing Contractors.

It’s good to listen

The construction industry is starting to tackle its mental health problem with new initiatives, but simply listening is the vital first step says Gary Walpole, technical officer at the NFRC

Living roof fire safety: what you need to know

With the spotlight on building fire safety, Mark Harris, chairman of the UK Green Roof Organisation and Jonathan Brown, Fixfast’s living roofs expert, explains what architects and contractors need to know to design and install safe living roofs.

The Heinz Baked Beanz Model

Shaun Revill, trading director from SR Timber, looks at the parallels between roofing batten and baked beans, and says that quality is still very much king, even in very competitive markets