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BREEAM and responsible product sourcing

BREEAM and responsible product sourcing

Thursday 11th October 2018

The construction and maintenance of buildings relies on the extraction and utilisation of the earth’s limited natural resources. If we don’t adopt more sustainable forestry and building practices worldwide, there will be problems.

 With responsible management, timber is a 100% renewable natural resource. However, a recent study by the WWF found that we may have only a decade of timber left, due to huge levels of unsustainable deforestation.

 This is one of the reasons why some responsible developers are demanding that their buildings are designed and built to meet the requirements of environmental assessment certification schemes such as BREEAM.

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Creating Safe, Healthy Environments with MEDITE SMARTPLY

Creating Safe, Healthy Environments with MEDITE SMARTPLY

Friday 5th October 2018

For developers, publicly displaying ‘green’ credentials is fast becoming a must to win new business, while work on both new buildings and renovations now come with preoccupations over the sustainability of a project, the products used, and the health and wellbeing of the eventual occupants. 

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Timber Shortage: Prevention via Proper Practice

Monday 6th August 2018

The largest international suppliers that supply the UK timber trade are either at the point of expiry or already running at a deficit.

This comes after a report commissioned by the WWF found that countries such as Colombia and Brazil, will run out of timber forests in approximately 12 and 16 years respectively. Nigeria, Pakistan and Thailand are in a worse position and could see the demise of theirs in a decade or less, while South Africa is reported to only have about seven years’ worth of timber forests remaining.

The report also examines how sourcing timber from sustainably managed forests could help stem this devastating loss of resources.

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 Maintaining air quality with MEDITE ECOLOGIQUE!

Maintaining air quality with MEDITE ECOLOGIQUE!

Friday 6th July 2018

When it finally opens next year, 22 Bishopsgate will be the tallest building in London - after The Shard. It will also be the first “shell and core” office building in the UK to apply for the International WELL Building Institute’s WELL Building Standard ®.

The fact that one of the tallest buildings in Europe is being built to comply with a wellness standard is a sign that developers are starting to change the way that they think about the design and construction of buildings in order to attract occupiers. 

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HEAD TO HEAD: OSB VS PLYWOOD FOR PATRESSING

HEAD TO HEAD: OSB VS PLYWOOD FOR PATRESSING

Monday 25th June 2018

When constructing a drywall partition so that it can bear the weight of a handrail, sink, or cabinet a dryliner has to decide between using plywood or Oriented Strand Board (OSB). We’ve matched them up to find the winner once and for all.

Let’s kick off, shall we?

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Smarter Flat Roofing

Thursday 14th June 2018

A product is devised as a solution to a problem.

This fact has driven the invention of countless products over the years that have made our day-to-day lives easier. Some products still serve a purpose, but just like us, products and ideas get old.

Put bluntly, if you don’t innovate then you risk ending up on the scrap heap.

Take Nokia, Blockbuster, or Kodak for example: brands which at one point were on top of their game, but now are a distant memory and are only brought up in nostalgic anecdotes.

This same model applies to the construction industry. 

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Flat Roofing Fergal’s four reasons why SMARTPLY FR is the perfect flat roofing board

Flat Roofing Fergal’s four reasons why SMARTPLY FR is the perfect flat roofing board

Wednesday 30th May 2018

Torching-on felt over a reliable board is the ‘tried and tested’ method for flat roofing that has been around for generations, because it works! The challenge with this method is ensuring the reliability of the board used as the roof deck.

To achieve a great flat roof finish, we’ve created a checklist of key characteristics you need to look out for.

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Specify A Flame-Retardant Timber Panel You Can Trust: SMARTPLY FR

Monday 21st May 2018

There will of course be times when we are faced with specifying products that must meet many different criteria, with absolutely no room for doubt. For example, the need for flame-retardant timber panels whose performance can be relied upon during installation and for the decades ahead.

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What's the best board for your site hoarding?

What's the best board for your site hoarding?

Monday 14th May 2018

Site-hoarding is more than just putting up a fence. Firstly, you want your site-hoarding to be strong and durable. Secondly, it makes life a lot easier if it’s quick to install, so you can enjoy the really important things in life. And thirdly, too often the sustainability of site-hoarding boards is almost completely disregarded leading to the use of illegally produced tropical plywood.

Thankfully, there is a product that checks these three all-important boxes: SMARTPLY SITEPROTECT.

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Dryliners! Here’s 3 reasons why reducing power tools on your site will make you safer at work

Friday 4th May 2018

Around 64,000 construction workers sustained a non-fatal injury at work, each year between 2014 and 2017 in the UK. Over 22% of these resulted in over a week off from work.[1]

One common and simple cause of this is the use of power tools on-site. Of course, for certain tasks they’re necessary, but where you can use less of them, you may just avoid any accident or injury potential.

[1] http://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/industry/construction/construction.pdf

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