Monthly Archives: February 2018

Labour Commits To Installation Of Sprinkler Systems In New And Refurbished Schools

UK Labour government recently stated that all new schools can be assured the implementation of sprinkler systems.  Reports show that one in three schools constructed or renovated since 2010 have these systems installed.

Labour party officials stated that they would remove the ‘loophole’ currently existing in the legislature which allows a significant proportion of schools to not fit sprinkler systems.

UK Labour government recently stated that all new schools can be assured sprinkler systems with reports showing that one in three schools constructed or renovated since 2010 have these systems installed.  Labour party officials stated that they would remove the ‘loophole’ currently existing in the legislature which allows a significant proportion of schools to not fit sprinkler systems.

Worrying Figures Disclosed By The School Minister

The announcement regarding school sprinkler systems was released this month after new data was released by the schools’ minister, Nick Gibb.  Mr Gibb stated that since 2010, 74 of all 260 schools commissioned to undergo phase one of the Priority School Building Programme by the Department of Education have installed or have planned to install sprinkler systems.  This means that the majority of the schools placed on the programme – 72% to be exact – will not have sprinklers installed on the property.

The Priority School Building Program aims to rebuild schools that are in the worst condition, but only 28% of these priority schools are being considered.  Mr Gibb added that the Department of Education did not have comprehensive data on the number of schools with sprinklers installed as these properties are considered being controlled by the free school investor groups.

Fire Brigade Union – Government Risking Children’s Lives

The Labour party has received approximately 17,000 emails in support of their members’ stand for sprinklers to be installed in all schools in Wales and Scotland, but not in Northern Ireland or England.  This is in spite of the warning from fire stations stating that the government is risking children’s lives by not installing mandatory sprinklers in all refurbished and new schools.

Earlier in this month, the UK unions lashed out with their opinion on rebuilding West Sussex’ Selsey Academy without sprinklers after the school was completely destroyed in 2016 by a fire accident.  “The Fire Brigades Union stated that the decision was incomprehensible and the government agreed that it was shockingly cavalier regarding fire safety for children,” informs a fire equipment expert at TPT Fire.

A representation for the Department of Education stated that while schools present with a range of different fire protection measures, new schools must undergo additional checks when being designed.  When a sprinkler is required to keep children safe, the sprinkler will need to be installed.  The spokesperson pointed out the Grenfell Tragedy and noted that the DfE has contacted all responsible parties to increase safety in schools and identify any areas that may need investigation.

Corbyn Demands £1bn For Sprinkler Installation for Social High-Rise Facilities

Labour party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, demanded at least £1 billion to be used for sprinkler installation in all social high-rise facilities.  Corbyn stated that the government is working closely with schools where the ACM cladding of concern has been identified; therefore, it is necessary that remedial action is conducted immediately.

For all new or refurbished school buildings to receive sprinklers, it is necessary that the development is assessed by an independent inspector.  This will certify that the building meets requirements and the sprinkler system is designed for occupant protection allowing the individual to escape in the case of a fire.

Current regulations presume that all new schools will have a sprinkler system installed, except in the case where a building is considered as a ‘low risk’ property.  Labour officials stated that they will modify this legislation to ensure that all new buildings will have sprinkler systems installed as a mandatory requirement for building construction.

As part of phase two of the Priority School Building Programme, Mr Gibb reported that an additional 277 schools will be reconstructed; however, as they are in the design stage it remains unclear as to whether or not they will require sprinkler systems.  Labour raised concerns at this believing that ministers are ‘neglecting’ school seats and utilising the funds for free school meal programmes instead of improving existing school buildings.

Labour Commits to Having Sprinkler Systems Installed in All New Schools as Less Than One in Three Schools Have Them Fitted Currently

By: Chatham House

The Labour government will ensure that there are sprinkler systems installed in all new schools as new figures show that less than one out of three schools that the central government has refurbished or built since 2010 have these systems installed.

Party officials stated that if Labour is elected, it will eliminate a “loophole” that exists in the current legislation, which they state allows many schools to not be required to fit sprinklers.

Schools Minister Discloses Worrying Figures

This announcement comes after Nick Gibb, the school minister, disclosed new figures this month in response to a parliamentary written question from the Commons.

Mr Gibb stated that since 2010, out of the 260 schools that the Department for Education (DfE) had commissions under phase one of its Priority School Building programme, there are 74 (or 28 percent) that have sprinkler systems or planning to have them.

What that means is that the majority (72 percent) of the programme’s schools – which are aimed at refurbishing or rebuilding the school buildings that are in the worst conditions in the country – won’t have sprinklers installed. It was hoped by the Government that a majority of the schools will be opened by end of 2017.

In addition, Mr. Gibb stated that the DfE did not have any comprehensive data on how many free schools had sprinklers since schools under this programme were managed originally by the free school proposer groups.

Fire Chief Warns of Risk to Children’s Lives

There have been 17,000 emails received by Labour by members regarding mandatory Brexit Sprinklers in Wales and Scotland, but not in Northern Ireland and England.  “This was after the fire chief’s warning last year that the Government is risking children’s lives and also called for all refurbished and new schools to have sprinklers installed,” says a fire sprinkler system expert at TPT Fire.

Unions earlier this month lashed out on the decision to have West Sussex’s Selsey Academy rebuilt without sprinklers. In 2016, the building was nearly completely destroyed in a fire. The Fire Brigades Union stated that the decision by the government and its attitude towards fire safety was “incomprehensible” and “shockingly cavalier.”

Corbyn Demands £1bn for installing social high-rise

According to a DfE spokesperson, schools have a variety of fire protection measures in place and that an additional check is undergone by new schools while they are being designed. The spokesperson also said that where it was deemed necessary to have sprinkles to keep children safe, that they must be installed.

All bodies responsible for school safety have been contacted since the Grenfell tragedy and they have been instructed to conduct checks and identify buildings that might need further investigation.

Corbyn has demanded £1bn for installing sprinklers in every social high-rise. They stated they are closely working with the two schools where there was a potential concern in ACMS cladding that had been identified in order that the necessary remedial action could be taken.

It was also added by the DfE that all new school buildings would require an independent inspector to sign off in order to certify the requirements had been met. This is designed to protect the building’s occupants and provide a means to escape in case of a fire.

There is a presumption contained in existing regulations that new schools must have sprinklers fitted except in buildings that are considered “low-risk.” According to Labour, this will be altered to ensure that all new buildings will be required to have sprinklers installed.

 277 Schools to Be Rebuilt

Under the Priority School Building Programme’s second phase, an additional 277 school are going to be rebuilt. However, Mr Gibb added that they are in the early design phase still, and it isn’t clear whether or not they will require sprinklers.

Further concerns were raised by Labour that existing school seats are being neglected by ministers and funds are being spent on free school programmes instead of maintaining or improving existing buildings, following a January 2015 government report that claimed that 7,831 education blocks had been built prior to 1919.

Drum Pump Market Report Offers Intelligence and Forecast till 2017 – 2027

By: Riza Nugraha

Across the globe, more and more countries are turning their focus to industrial development. Both developed and developing countries are placing particular emphasis on the growth of their industrial bases. That has meant that the demand for oil and lubricants has increased substantially. Keeping in mind that the vast majority of oils and lubricants are packed, transported and sold in drums, tanks, and barrels.  Drum pump provider, Flux Pumps has seen a significant increase in demand for portable drum pumps.

In this particular regard, drum pumps are now a staple equipment for businesses that handle diesel oil, gasoline, engine oil, hydraulic oil, and lubricants. Additionally, the pump is also used by businesses that deal with milk, vegetable oil, corrosive liquids, and much more.

Drum Pump for Transferring Industrial Fluid

The storage demands of industrial fluids are such that filling barrels and tanks is a task best handled by the portable pumps. For instance, since most industries use large storage tanks to store the industrial tanks, using methods such as tipping to fill such tanks is obviously out of the question. Tipping is not only inefficient in terms of time and energy expended, but it also places the workers involved in the process under immense risk of injury. There is also the inherent risk of spillage. It is little wonder that drum pumps are the best solution for filling storage and transport tanks.

The fact that there is virtually no other solution to compete with the drum pump means that moving forward, we can expect the demand for these machines to increase substantially. Additionally, as oil, lubricant, chemicals, and milk become sought after, you can expect the demand for drum pumps to increase substantially. Keep in mind that companies dealing with fluid products prefer to transport their products in large containers that help in saving space and thus lower the transportation cost. Thus the work that the drum pumps engage cannot be done away with.

Drum Pump for Dispensing Liquid

At the other end, after the fluids have been transported, drum pumps come in handy in dispensing liquids from the transport tanks to tanks and barrels. The pump allows for a speedy transfer of liquids, all the while negating the possibility of any spillages occurring. Importantly, they allow operators to control the flow of the liquids in precisely using their ball valves. This contributes to the demand for these machines. Moving forward, as more petrochemical and other fluid-based industries grow, you can expect the demand for drum pumps to rise as well.

Understanding Global Pump Market

The drum pumps market can be segmented on the basis of material used in their manufacture, product type, an even by their application. With regards to the drum pump type market, you have the electric driven, the rotary/manually driven pump, the hydraulic pump, the pneumatic pump, and much more.

With regards to the type of material used, the drum pump can be divided into the plastic and the metal pump.The plastic drum pumps can be divided further to Chlorinated Polyvinyl Chloride (CPC), Polyvinylidene Fluoride (PVDF), and Polypropylene (PP) pumps, among others. As for the meal drum pumps, we have the stainless steel pumps, aluminium, cast iron and other metal materials.

As for the application, we have the pumps specially designed and manufactured for the petroleum industry, chemical industries, food processing industries, automotive industries, manufacturing industries wastewater treatment, laboratories, and much more.

The Geographical Distribution Of Drum Pump Market

Typically, the drum pump can be segmented into the Europe, North America, South America, The Middle East, Asia Pacific, and Africa. The North America market is projected to be the largest market for the drum pumps driven by increased industrial activities as well as an increased preference for the cost-effective and efficient drum pumps.The Latin America, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East are also projected to demand more drum pumps moving into the future.

With regards to the manufacturing of the pumps, the manufacturing base has shifted from the traditional manufacture bases in the West to Asia, particularly China and India. However, the Middle East is also taking up an ever-increasing share of the drum pump market. Nonetheless, you can expect the major players in the manufacture of drum pumps across the globe to continue playing a major role in producing these machines. This includes Fluidyne Instruments Pvt.

Drum Pump Market Report Offers Intelligence and Forecast From 2017 – 2027

By: Sandra Fauconnier

Increased industrialization in developed and developing countries is driving a growing demand for oil and lubricants. Liquids like oil and lubricants are stored in drums, tanks, and barrels. Drum Pump is a lightweight, and portable solution for transferring liquids from various smaller containers to larger containers or other receptacles. Drum pump is suitable for use with liquids such as gasoline, diesel oil, vegetable oil, engine oil, hydraulic oil, acid, milk, alcohol, and other corrosive and lubricants and liquids.

Drum Pump for Transferring Industrial Fluid

Industrial fluid stored in barrels or drums can become very heavy and instead of trying to transfer the liquid by tipping, drum pumps can be used to transfer the liquid safely and effectively. Generated by high demand from various industries Flux Pumps believe the drum pump market is expected to grow during the forecasted period. Drum pump is the best method for transferring liquid from tanks and barrels as it minimizes spillage and wastage and reduces the risk of accidents and injury occurring to workers during operation. Due to its multiple advantages drum pump has become the foremost choice for the transference of liquid as it is convenient, safe, and cost-effective.

The drum pump market is expected to grow exponentially in the near future for several reasons. One of the most important factors that will promote the growth of the market is the high demand for larger containers by various industries like the oil, chemical, and lubricant industries that import and export liquids in order to save on transportation and shipping costs.

Drum Pump for Dispensing Liquid

These import and export industries prefer transporting liquids in bigger containers rather than smaller barrels and tanks which has a positive impact on the drum pump market. By dispensing the liquid with a drum pump, which allows flow-control at the outlet through a ball valve, considerable time, manpower, and resources can be saved. The growth of the drum pump market is expected to witness an above-average increase due to the high demand from industry for more cost-effective methods of dispensing liquid from containers.

Segmentation of the Drum Pump Market

The global drum pump market can be divided on the basis of product type, material type, and application type. The drum pump product type market is further sub-divided into electric driven pump, hydraulic pump, pneumatic pump, and rotary or manual pumps.

Drum pump material types are segmented into plastic and metal. The plastic segment is further sub-divided into PCP (Chlorinated Polyvinyl Chloride), PP (Polypropylene), PVDF (Polyvinylidene Fluoride), and others whereas the metal segment is further sub-segmented into aluminium, cast iron, stainless steel, and other materials suitable for the transportation of liquids.

The application type of the drum pump market is divided into chemical plants, manufacturing plants, petroleum industry, food processing plants, wastewater treatment, automotive industry, and laboratories.

Drum Pump Market

Geographically the drum pump market is segmented into Europe, Latin America, North America, Africa, Middle East, and the Asia Pacific. It is anticipated that North America will become the largest market for the drum pump industry primarily due to manufacturer preference for a solution that offers an efficient and cost-effective tool for dispensing a variety of different liquids from one container to another. Latin America is also currently displaying a good presence in the drum pump market.

Eastern Europe is expected to become the second largest market for the drum pump industry followed by the Middle East. Recent developments in the drum pump market have shifted the production base to the east, particularly Asia, and emerging players from India, the Middle East, and China have recently started taking up a share in the drum pump market.

A few major players in the drum pump market have recently been identified across the globe, one of which is Fluidyne Instruments.

Drum Pump Market Report Offers Forecast and Intelligence For 2017-2027

By: oatsy40

In developing and developed countries industrialisation is increasing due to the increased demand for lubricant and oil by industrialisation. Lubricant, oil and other types of liquids are stored in barrels, drums, tank and other containers. A drum pump is a type of lightweight, small and portable solution to empty liquids from barrels, drums, tanks, and other containers. Drum pump is well-suited for gasoline, diesel oil, engine oil, hydraulic oil, vegetable oil, alcohol, acid, milk and some other types of corrosive and lubricative liquid transfer.

Transferring Industrial Fluid With a Drum Pump

Numerous industrial fluids are quite heavy after they have been filled into a barrel and drum. To get the liquid out of the barrel or drum, manufacturers such as Flux Pumps are now using drum pump rather than attempting to get the liquid out by tipping. The drum pump is in high demand and this is generated by different industries and is expected to continue to grow over the forecast period. The best solution available for emptying liquid from tanks is the drum pump since it reduces chances of wastage or spillage, and reduces the chance of accidents or the operator getting injured. These numerous advantages make the drum pump the leading choice for removing liquid.

Demand for drum pumps is expected to continue to grow at a strong rate for several reasons. One of the most significant factors contributing to drum pump growth is increased demand from different industries including chemical, oil, lubricant, milk, etc. Industries export and import liquids in large containers instead of small containers to save on transportation and shipping expenses.

Dispensing Liquids From Drum Pumps

To dispense liquids from large containers many industries prefer to use the drum pump, and this positively drives the overall drum pump market. It allows liquids to be transferred quickly without spillage. That is another factor contributing to the drum pump market growth. Drum pumps also save a great deal of manpower, resources and time for getting liquids dispensed and allows for flow to be controlled at the outlet via the ball valve. This also contributes to the drum pump market’s growth. Demand for drum pump is expected to see above-average growth based on the demand that various industries have for drum pumps.

The drum pump market globally can be segmented based on application, material and product type. The drum pump market on a product type basis can be segmented into Pneumatic, Manual, Rotary, Hydraulic and Electric driven pumps. On a material type basis, it can be segmented into metal and plastic.

The plastic segment can be sub-segmented into Polyvinylidene Fluoride (PVDF), Polypropylene (PP), Chlorinated Polyvinyl Chloride (CPC), and other plastics. The metal segment can be sub-segmented into aluminium, cast iron, stainless steel and other metals. On an application type basis, the market can be segmented into laboratories, wastewater treatment, Automotive industry, Manufacturing plants, food processing plants, Chemical plants, and the Petroleum industry.

The Drum Pump Market

The geographical segments of the drum pump market include Asia Pacific, Africa, Middle East, Europe, Latin Ameria, and North America. It is anticipated that North America will be the drum pump market’s largest market, which is driven primarily by the preference of manufacturer’s towards drum pumps that act as efficient and cost-effective dispenser tools for various liquids.

Latin America has a strong drum pump market presence as well. Eastern Europe and then the Middle East is anticipated to be the drum pump’s second largest market. A recent development for the drum pump market has been its production base shifting to the east, particularly in Asia, with the emerging players from the Middle East, India, and China starting to take market share in the overall drum pump industry.

Fluidyne Instruments Pvt. is one of the major players that is identified around the world in the drum pump market.

Are You On Board With the Self-Build Revolution?

By: Omar Bárcena

The NaCSBA (National Custom And Self Build Association), made an announcement recently that more than 33,000 residents in the UK have already signed-up for the “Right To Build” registers since the inception date of April 2016. As this legislation has stipulated that the local authorities must provide sufficient serviced-plots for the people in these registers within a period of 3 years from signing-up, these figures have suggested that the numbers of custom-built and self-build projects should quickly escalate across the country. I have seen a definite rise in the interest from the self-builders in the last 24 months, but you may be wondering why this interest in the self-build houses has increased?

Creativity

For just about all the self-builders, the dream to design your own home, situated in your desired location is the key factor behind these projects. The process of designing and then building your own house from start to finish provides unrivalled chances to achieve a building that is unique and tailored exactly to your wants and your needs. From a grass-covered roof to integral blinds in double glazing and underground-cinema rooms, quirks, design styles and personality have no restrictions, in association with the self-builds, the budget and all the planning. Craftsmanship along with superior quality design, combined with top-class doors and windows, heat-recovery ventilation and outstanding insulation levels are some of the key factors for this self-build revolution.

Energy Saving, Sustainable and Green

Over and above the creation of a customized and unique home, self-builders that we have spoken to all agree that one of the main portions of the desire for a self-build has to do with creating energy efficient homes that result in a lower carbon footprint and lowered utility bills. The combination of the building materials of excellent quality like Mechanical Ventilation Heat Recovery systems and triple glazing and clever designs, which ensures a constant flow of fresh and clean air throughout the home, makes a significant difference when it comes to long-term efficiency inside your house along with a healthier environment to live in.

In the way of using the best performance insulation as well as ensuring the home is 100% draught free, it eliminates the loss of heat effectively, that results in buildings with minimal environmental impact. If the heat loss is reduced enough, the home will require minimal heating. Most of the heating needed comes from the “passive” sources like sunlight, the heat emitted from the electrical appliances as well as body heat, which translates into the eradication of the traditional based heating systems. Remaining heat will often be offered in the form of the supply-air when maximum heating loads are under 10W per square-metre in association to the living space.

This Opportunity Is Available to Everyone

Anyone can take advantage of building their own personal homes, from the young couples that are just starting out, onto people in search of a retirement home that is easy-to-manage. There are no age limitations, and for people with specific needs based on accessibility requirements, the self-build option offers the ideal opportunity to build the best home which is often very hard to find on traditional marketplaces.

Your own DIY skills, or if you are lacking in this area should not be regarded as an obstacle when it comes to your self-build dream. Most self-builders hire a contractor to handle the building elements, allowing them to manage the project, while some self-builders hand the process onto a turnkey service. You get to decide on how involved you would like to be with the overall project.

In addition, while finances will play a key role in what you are able to achieve, there are many cost-effective methods that you can use to ensure you are able to get exactly what you want. So, it is very obvious to see the reason why more than 30,000 individuals are already interested in the opportunities to create their own energy efficient and beautiful homes exactly the way that they want it.

Are You Joining the Self-Build Revolution?

By: Brisbane City Council

According to the National Custom and Self Build Association, in excess of 33,000 people in the UK have signed up to the ‘Right To Build’ registers since its inception in April of 2016. The legislation requires the local authorities to provide enough serviced plots for the people listed on the registers within a three-year period of signing up; therefore, this means the volume of self-build and custom construction projects is predicted to escalate across the country. I have definitely noticed an increase in interest in the programme from self-builders over the last two years, but why is the need for self-build homes on the rise?

1. Becoming Creative

For all self-builders, the desire to create a customised home within a dream location is the motivation behind any personal building project. The design, development and production of your own residence offer a chance to create something unique and tailored to your own requirements. Ranging from an underground home theatre to a grass-covered rooftop; a customised home allows for your personality to be represented in the design style with no limits on the quirkiness. The only limits are budget and planning requirements. If, however, you pair this with good craftsmanship and quality products you will have the key to an ideal self-build home.

2. Going Green, Being Sustainable and Saving Energy

In addition to creating a uniquely designed home, the majority of self-builders agree that one significant contribution to self-build homes is the creation of an energy efficient space. By building a highly energy efficient property, you can minimise the amount spent on utility bills and reduce your carbon footprint. Combining a smart design with high-quality building materials, such as triple glazing and a mechanical ventilation heat recovery system, can ensure the consistent flow of fresh air throughout the home. This will make a great difference in the long-term efficiency of the residence; as well as improving the living environment.

By utilising high-performance insulation such as secondary glazing windows and glass doors, it is possible to make the building entirely draught-free which is effective in eliminating heat loss with a low environmental impact. The loss of heat through a building can be reduced to such an extent that no heating will be needed in the home. If this type of design is used, one will see that the majority of heating will come from ‘passive’ heating sources making the need for a conventional heating system irrelevant. Passive sources include sunlight, heat from electrical appliances and even one’s own body heat.

3. It Is Available to Everyone!

People from all areas and walks of life can opt to build their own residence, regardless of whether you are a young couple starting on the property ladder or a pensioner looking for a retirement home. There is no age limit for those using self-build homes and this design is ideal for people who are trying to incorporate certain special requirements, such as accessibility needs for disabled individuals. It is possible to create a home to meet your needs without searching for the property on the real estate market.

One’s DIY skills, or lack of DIY skills, should not be considered a barrier to attaining the self-build property dream. The majority of self-builders will hire contractors to perform the ‘building’ part of the project leaving them to manage the building. However, there are some people that will pass the full project over to contractors allowing them to be involved or ‘leave it to the professionals’.

While financial issues are a significant factor to consider, there are various cost-effective methods whereby you can incorporate all you want in a self-build project. This being the case, it is easy to see why over 30,000 people are eager to grab the opportunity to build a personalised home as part of the self-build revolution.

The Self-build Movement Is Growing. Here Are Three Reasons You’re Going to Want to Join It

By: Sherwood CC

Since opening up registrations in Spring of 2016, more than 30,000 UK citizens have signed up for Right To Build registers. Needless to say, the National Custom and Self Build Association is off to a successful start. Thanks to legislative protections, you’re about to see a lot custom self-build projects popping up throughout the entire company.

Citizens, including this writer, have already seen many new projects over the past few years. Why is such an independently minded lifestyle taking hold in the UK? The reasons are many, but here are a few of the most prominent.

Homes Built for a Better Future

Climate change is real, and not getting any better. Everyone needs to take tangible action wherever possible to ensure that there is still a world to live in 100 years from now. For the environmentally conscious home buyer/builder, a self-build is the perfect option.

Efficiency is the hallmark of a self-built home. Space is used as wisely as possible, and the current models with secondary glazing on the market are designed to keep utility bills and your carbon footprint as low as possible. Homeowners report better living conditions compared to traditional housing, as well as more satisfaction from taking an active role in healing the earth.

A Personal Touch in an Impersonal World

The houses built in today’s market are downright depressing. As the world sees another worrying housing bubble inflate, individuality and good design choices are left behind in the name of profit.

Houses, condos, and apartment complexes show little originality. The buildings leave absolutely zero opportunity for the owners and tenants to leave their personality on the place. Your home should be your domain, a place that is undeniably yours.

Self-built homes add some “colour” back into a bland housing market. From concept to completion you have a say in the design of your domain. Every nook and cranny can be built to your specifications and theming desires. Your personality will shine through in a way that can never be achieved through traditional housing options.

The Home Building Accessibility You Deserve

For centuries it has been the desire of men and women all over the world to be the heads of their own domain. Few things give a sense of accomplishment quite like owning and maintaining your own home and life. Times are tough though. Climbing the ladder to home ownership is tough for many, and seems downright impossible for the younger generations.

Self-builds take away the housing barrier that is facing millions of UK citizens. A lack of DIY skills is the biggest hurdle that most will face, but that can be overcome with local contractors. Cost, property availability, and sustainability are all achievable for people from just about every walk of life.

There’s Still Time to Get in on the Bottom Floor

The self-building revolution is still in its early stages. If you are looking to get in on the ground floor, then it is not too late. The affordable home of your dreams is within grasp.

If you want a home that displays your true personality, a home that will be a net positive on society and the environment, a home that can be built on any budget and at just about any skill level, then a self-built home is right for you.

Your first steps are going to involve learning about the movement and what goes into making the perfect self-built house. You’re in the right place to learn more though. So look around and read some more today. These are your first steps towards a truly unique home owning experience.

Have You Joined the Self-Build Revolution?

By: Karen Roe

NaCSBA or The National Custom and Self-Build Assoc. have recently made an announcement that there are over 33,000 people in the UK alone that have signed up at the Right to Build since its beginnings in April of 2016. According to the local authorities, the legislation requires that they offer enough serviced-[lats for those who are on their registers in just 3 years of their signing up. This means that the number of self-build and customized building projects is set to grow exponentially in the country. There has definitely been an increase in those who are interested in the last 2 years. Why is the desire for self-building homes on a rise?

Get Creative

For each self-builder, designing and creating their own perfect home nestled within their dream locale is a driving force behind their motivation. Using an architect like Lewis Visuals can help you create a design that is truly unique one of a kind home that is tailored to their own needs and wants. There are many great designs to choose from. From underground theatres to grass-covered rooftops you’re sure to let your personality shine through. All are subject to planning and budget requirements of course. Good quality designs and craftsmanship are combined with superior doors and windows. There is the ability to add plenty of insulation and heat systems that will help to improve the home.

Green, Sustainable and Energy Savings

There are many benefits to designing and creating your own home. Self-builders have the opportunity to create an energy efficient home that will help to reduce utility bills and reduce the carbon footprint on the environment. When combining the design and the quality of the materials like triple glazing and mechanical ventilation they can ensure that there is a steady flow of fresh air around the house. This can greatly improve the long-term efficiency of your new home.

When using high-[erformance insulation and designing a draught free environment the house will lose less heat and retain the lower impact on the environment. Heat loss can be greatly reduced and the house will require minimal heating when this is done. the majority of the heat is from passive sources like sunlight and the heat that is emitted from electrical appliances. This, combined with body heat, can all help to heat the home and no traditional heating system will be required. The rest of the heat that is required can be provided by the air supply and thus heat the home effectively.

Open to Everyone

From all walks of life, people can choose to build their own homes. Young couples who are just starting out to older persons who want an easy to manage retirement home. There’s no age limit or requirement for these homes. Self-builders can deliver the best method to achieve the ideal home that will be harder to find on the open market.

Using DIY skills there is no barrier to the self-build dream home. Many hire contractors to do the actual building and then they do the remaining services themselves. Owners can be as hands-on as they desire.

Also, there are many ways to finance such projects. This can be a vital component in the role that helps to build houses. There are a variety of cost-effective methods to use to create these homes. It’s no wonder that over 30,000 people are anxious to have the chance to build such homes and become a part of the Self-build revolution in this area. It’s a cost-effective way to own your own home and be a part of the revolution. It’s the way of the future for many generations.

Staff Turnover: How Your Building Can Help Companies Retain Their to Talent

By: Emerson

For businesses, retaining the top talent is a challenge that you must meet head-on. With this in mind, how do you go about it? Do you use bonuses, benefits, and perks as your only incentives? Do you take into consideration the impact of your business premises?

While bonuses, perks, and benefits are critical in retaining your best talent, delve further into your staff’s needs and you will realize there are many other things that contribute to your staff’s wellbeing. Chief among them is your building.

“In a competitive business environment, providing your workers with a conducive working environment is critical,” tells us employee retention expert at GBS Corporate Training. Herein, we will explore how your building supports your effort in creating a satisfactory workplace environment.

#1. Appreciate Your Staff

Appreciating your staff member is important, as every business owner will reckon. However, the appreciation should go beyond the bonus packages that you give your staff or the spangly company Christmas events. You need to ensure that the building your staff works in is comfortable, clean, and clutter-free. Taking steps to ensure that workers work in a healthy environment is the epitome of appreciation.

As such, business owner should invest in the most effective and efficient air-conditioning system that meets their needs. Over and above this, business owners should also ensure the air-conditioner is well-maintained. Doing this goes a long way in mitigating sick building syndrome from occurring.

#2. Meet Your Worker’s Need to Extract Maximum Productivity

If you have heard your staff members complaining that “it is too hot/cold to work” you should be concerned. Such sentiments mean that they are not putting their best foot forward in their work. To correct this, you should start by ensuring that they have a comfortable working atmosphere constantly.

#3. Keep Communication Open

Open communication among staff members is a fundamental ingredient for a successful business as well as a happy workforce. Therefore, it is important that staff members at all levels are able to express their views and be heard. The building acoustics influence the effectiveness of communication. In fact, improving building acoustics will improve the accuracy of communication by 67%.

#4. Foster a Culture of Fairness

Excessively confined office spaces tend to create a feeling of workspace ownership. Some people end up feeling more important than others, which is never good for an organization. It is, therefore, important to ensure that all employees feel free working in your offices. Thus maintain an open layout or a flowing layout and utilize meeting rooms. In the end, organizations are less susceptible divisions of any kind.

#5. Achieve a Work / Life Balance

More and more employees are concerned about their work/life balance. This consideration plays a major role in determining your ability to retain your top talent. Luckily, it is flexible and working toward achieving this goal can feature a myriad of solutions. For instance, to improve the health of your workers, you can customize communal spaces to allow it. A good example is installing cycle parks to encourage people to cycle to work.

#6. Encourage Your Team to Meet Your Goals

You should spell out clear goals for every team and team members. However, beyond that, you should optimize your workspace to encourage workers to meet their goals. In this regard, you should offer quiet spaces with ample privacy to allow workers to work towards achieving your goals. With the expectations laid out and supporting facilities, you increase the chances of constantly meeting your targets.

#7. Reduce Workers’ Strain

For any company, it is of critical importance that your workers remain as fresh as possible for as long as possible. In this regard, you should work on mitigating unnecessary fatigue amongst your workers. One way of doing this is by improving the lighting of the building by encouraging natural sunlight to stream in. This negates eye strain, which can be a huge problem for workers.

In conclusion, there are numerous solutions to mitigate high staff turnover. As such, companies should explore all possible and effective approached to keep the workers motivated and happy while in the workspace. One way of doing this is by keeping the working environment conducive and well-managed. This will increase worker satisfaction and, therefore improve your chances of retaining your best workers. Professional property management will go a long way in ensuring you achieve this goal.