An opportunity our industry MUST take

With an open-led government consultation to review the ban on the use of combustible materials in and on the external walls of buildings, Paul Richards, managing director of Aquarian Cladding Systems, discusses why a balanced explanation is needed to enable stakeholders to make an informed decision on materials

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

Choosing the most effective roof solution to handle this winter

As winter approaches, the importance of ensuring a property’s roof is fit for purpose in maintaining a warm and dry building increases. High performance roof insulation is crucial to this process, particularly for flat roofs, which are susceptible to issues not applicable to pitched installations.

Investing for future success

In an exclusive interview with Simon Benbow, managing director of Benbow Steels, RCI’s editor Nichola Farrugia finds out how the company’s expansion plans have fared over the course of the coronavirus pandemic. 

How much value does a new roof add to your customer’s...

Your property is an asset with a value that should be appreciated over time. However, this is largely dependent on other factors like maintenance as well as the development happening in the surrounding area among others.

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

Have you got a head for safety?

MSA Safety has published a new whitepaper that explores the benefits of great head protection.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution could restore Britain as a leading manufacturer

Whilst the UK has been an industrial leader for decades, shifting trends in manufacturing has meant output has been overtaken by several other countries. However, industrial technology is advancing and with the UK at the forefront, this could restore the country's industrial leadership.

The truth about dry verge

In this article, Alicia Garfoot, products and system design technician at Wienerberger, explains the common misconceptions within the industry regarding dry fix systems, and gives a detailed run down of the latest British Standard regarding how they should be installed, and how her company is conforming to this.

Are your PQQs up to scratch?

Doug Aris, head of UK construction at Achilles, urges businesses to take a critical look at their pre-qualification questionnaires, explaining why a tick-box approach is unlikely to make the cut.