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Look inside the first fully FSC certified US single-family home | Magazine Articles | WWF
James Ray Arnold of Portland, Oregon, grew up working in the construction trade with his dad. He started his own business, JRA Green Building, when he was 32 years old. One of several residential builders in the US certified by the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®), Arnold focuses on energy-efficient homes using environmentally friendly materials. He’s now putting the finishing touches on a single-family home in Hood River, Oregon, that is the first in the country fully certified by FSC.
sustainable  shrinkyours  wood  construction  oregon 
4 days ago by liberatr
UK construction industry - Designing Buildings Wiki
Construction is a very diverse industry that includes activities ranging from mining, quarrying and forestry to the construction of infrastructure and buildings, the manufacture and supply of products, as well as maintenance, operation and disposal.

Construction output in the UK is more than £110 billion per annum and contributes 7% of GDP (ref Government Construction Strategy). Approximately a quarter of construction output is public sector and three quarters private sector.

There are three main sectors (ref Government Construction Strategy):

Commercial and social (approximately 45%)
Residential (approximately 40%).
Infrastructure (approximately 15%)

Approximately 60% of construction output is new build, whilst 40% is refurbishment and maintenance.

The industry accounts for approximately 3 million jobs, 10% of total UK employment (ref Construction 2025) and includes both manufacturing and services. According to the Department for Business Innovation and Skills, the industry is made up as follows:

Contracting, 2,030,000 jobs, 234,000 businesses.
Services, 580,000 jobs, 30,000 businesses.
Products, 310,000 jobs, 18,000 businesses.

Ref BIS, UK Construction, An economic analysis of the sector, July 2013.
construction  industry  economy  uk  structure  output  contribution 
5 days ago by spencertree
Mace says faulty wiring behind Spurs stadium delay | News | Building
Exclusive: Contractor breaks silence on problems as Premier League club prepares to unveil a new opening timetable (mark reynolds)

*Mace has broken its silence over its problems on Tottenham Hotspur’s late-running stadium with the firm blaming faulty wiring for the ground busting its opening deadline.
*The news came as the pair met yesterday (Tuesday) morning to set out a new opening timetable after the club last week blamed “safety critical issues” for the delay.
*Mace chief executive Mark Reynolds told Building the firm had discovered problems with the wiring for fire detection systems during commissioning and testing work.
Tottenham  stadium  construction  delays 
5 days ago by spencertree
What lies ahead for the UK construction industry in the wake of Carillion? | Major Projects | Construction Global
from Global Construction, article May 2018
2018 has been a tough year so far for the construction industry. Construction output has been falling and falling hard. January and February saw declines in output of 1.6% and 1% respectively. Whilst in March construction output fell by 2.3%, its biggest fall since August 2012 as a triple whammy of factors hit the sector.

These factors included the impact of the collapse of Carillion, big projects which had come to end and were not being renewed, and builders being hampered by unseasonably harsh weather conditions which made working outside extremely difficult.

As a result, house building, which has been a rare ray of light for construction figures so far this year, was also depressed in March. That said there is hope that house building will pick up again as the Spibg buying seasons progresses.
construction  outlook  economics 
6 days ago by spencertree
Construction Insights Update | NBS BIM for Manufacturers (April 2017)
On the slide show (slide 16 - good figure of anticipated growth- housing, infrastructure and non-housing
construction  sectors  growth  forecast  economics 
6 days ago by spencertree
Construction productivity: the size of the prize | Mace
*The Government’s new Industrial Strategy – launched towards the end of 2017 – makes it clear that increased productivity is crucial to solving a number of the challenges facing the UK.
*From re-balancing our economy between the North/South divide to ensuring that we have the capacity to deliver our infrastructure pipeline, a substantial productivity boost is the key to unlocking a whole host of benefits.
*In construction, it’s been recognised for years that we have a productivity problem. Despite the best efforts of the sector, our productivity has been flat for the last two decades, while other sectors – like manufacturing – have changed the way they work and delivered huge boosts to their output.
*What hasn’t been clear until now is quite how much growth we’ve been missing out on due to our failure to address the problem.
construction  reports  Mace  productivity 
6 days ago by spencertree

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