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RCI April 2017

Zink INDUSTRY NEWS 01992 801927 www.almhm.co.uk 010 APRIL 2017 RCIMAG.COM Copper Stainless NIA and NLA announce new partnership The National Insulation Association (NIA) and National Landlords Association (NLA) have come together to provide landlords with an easy to use online facility to find local insulation installers to help meet energy efficiency standards. Both organisations are advising landlords that they should be taking action soon in order to upgrade their properties by April 1, 2018. This is when the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) will come into force and require rented properties to have an EPC rating of E or above before they can be legally let. Richard Lambert, chief executive officer of the National Landlords Association (NLA), said: “It’s important that landlords have access to the most trusted and reliable of local specialists, particularly when it comes to insulation, and we hope that this online service will enable landlords to meet their obligations by making their properties more energy efficient.” Minister for Energy and Industry Jesse Norman said: “This is a welcome initiative from the NIA and the National Landlords Association, which should help people improve the energy efficiency of their homes and save money on their heating bills.” Providing warmer homes The Associations say that landlords should be thinking about what they need to do to meet MEES and how they can provide warmer homes for their tenants. The minimum E rating may be raised in the future and so landlords with buildings rated F or G may decide that they wish to spend more than the minimum in order to bring those buildings to D or above. Neil Marshall, chief executive of the NIA, commented: “Our partnership with the NLA will provide a timely service to help Private Landlords to meet the new energy efficiency standards. Landlords can contact local NIA Installer members via the NLA or NIA websites to arrange a survey and quotation. They can be safe in the knowledge that NIA installers will have met stringent criteria and sign up to the NIA’s Code of Professional Practice providing added assurance and recourse.” Green roofs continue to grow in 2016 Aligned with the rise in sustainable and energy efficient construction, the number of planning applications for green roofs across Great Britain in 2016 saw a 34% increase compared to the figures registered in 2015. According to recent data published by Barbour Product Search, it was the southern regions of England that dominated green roof applications in 2016, accounting for 65% of the total. Regionally, London accounted for the highest number of applications with 266 in the year. Across all the construction sectors it was housing that generated the most green roof applications in 2016, with 42% of the total, almost three times the amount from the second placed commercial & retail sector. Until last year, applications for green roofs had been stagnant since 2013. The boost in application numbers has been linked to a number of factors such as biodiversity awareness, environmental effects and the potential financial benefits from installing a green roof. Commenting on the figures, Michael Dall, lead economist at Barbour ABI, sister company to Barbour Product Search, said: “With an ever-growing concerted effort to make cities greener, it is no surprise to see London lead all regions with 47% of green roof applications in 2016. “Furthermore, we must also consider the spread of wealth throughout the country – with property and new build projects predominantly more expensive in southern England, residents need a larger income, thus often having more flexibility to add a green roof to their properties.” Considerate Constructors put spotlight on illegal workers The national campaign ‘Spotlight practical information about how to on…illegal workers’ has been conduct the necessary and correct launched by the Considerate right to work checks. Constructors Scheme to help tackle Earlier this year, the Scheme illegal working in construction. introduced new questions in the The Scheme, which makes around 2017 Monitors’ Checklist to 18,000 monitoring visits to encourage sites, companies and construction sites, companies and supply chains to examine how they suppliers every year, surveyed the are ensuring the legitimacy of their industry in December 2016 to gauge workforce: the issue of illegal working in – Are there processes in place to construction. ensure subcontractors (and The findings of the survey revealed subsequent subcontractors) are that 81% would say illegal working conducting right to work checks? has been on the rise over the past 15 – Are physical spot checks years and 93% agreed illegal conducted to ensure minimum working could be better tackled in standards of right to work checks the construction industry. are taking place within the supply 33% suspected that illegal working chain? had been present at a previous or Considerate Constructors Scheme current employer and a further 30% chief executive Edward Hardy agreed that health and safety was commented: “Ensuring the placed at greatest risk as a result of illegal working. The Scheme says the issue of illegal working in construction is a major priority for the Home Office, which recognises the harm that illegitimate labour does to the industry. As such, the Home Office has made an important contribution to the ‘Spotlight on…illegal workers’ campaign, providing detailed, legitimacy of the workforce is one of the key challenges facing the construction industry today. The industry must work together to ensure that checks for workers’ legitimacy becomes firmly entrenched within all construction activity across the UK. “By challenging sites to explore how they currently assess and monitor the legitimacy of their workforce, the Scheme believes that in the notso distant future, all registered sites, companies and suppliers will have robust procedures in place. “The Scheme’s ‘Spotlight on…illegal workers’ campaign provides the industry with the ‘go to’ resource to fully understand how it can effectively tackle illegal working, and ultimately help to improve construction’s image and reputation. Wrap then Heat A group of leading companies within the energy sector have outlined a new strategy for making homes healthier, cheaper to run and more sustainable. Wrap then Heat, a report published by the Sustainable Energy Association (SEA), recognises that supporting energy efficiency and low carbon heat should be a key objective of energy policy and addressing one without the other is sub-optimal for homeowners, investors and government. The SEA is now calling on the government to set out a clear longterm strategy to improve the energy efficiency of the UK’s buildings and move to low carbon heating systems. Commenting on the report, Lesley Rudd said: “At a time when the government is developing an Industrial Strategy and a Clean Growth Plan, a national strategy to address the standard of UK housing has the potential to modernise the UK’s aging buildings, improve the health of the people living in those buildings and create nationwide benefits and employment opportunities.” Image courtesy of Sky Garden


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