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RCI Feb 2018

EDITOR’S COMMENT Regulation and accreditation for the industry Hello and welcome to the February issue of RCI. Now RCIMAG.COM FEBRUARY 2018 005 in its 38th year, RCI continues to be a valuable source for key decision-makers and roofi ng contractors wanting to know more about the latest developments when it comes to a roof’s construction process, from design, to installation and maintenance, to ensure they can perform their role as effectively as possible. I am thrilled to have been appointed as RCI’s new Editor, and I am looking forward to taking the reins of such a venerable publication, which has successfully weathered the storm for nearly 40 years. Prior to this role, I worked in the builders’ merchants press, so I am well aware of the importance that new product solutions and best practice can play in helping you to do your job, and to run your business more effectively. However, working in the sector isn’t solely about having the right products available. There are also many challenges facing our industry on a larger scale. Skills, apprenticeships, late payment practices, modern construction methods, housing shortages, regulation updates, training and safety are just a few issues that have landed on my desk within my fi rst few weeks in the role. It is abundantly clear that many of these issues require urgent attention, but what is obvious to me, even after just a short while at the helm of RCI, is that there is a passion and drive from across the whole industry to solve these issues. While the quality of pitched roofs will continue to come under scrutiny this year, the launch of the BS 8612: Dry-fi xed Ridge, Hip and Verge Systems for Slating and Tiling standard, was published on January 31. Turn to page 18 to fi nd out the latest information from Marley Eternit who discusses how BS 8612 will help roofi ng contractors to differentiate between the products currently on the market, and hopefully reduce the amount of inferior systems available. Meanwhile, following on from the Hackitt Review interim report into the Grenfell Tower fi re, which was published at the end of last year, we hear from RCI’s regular contributor Keith Roberts, who discusses the key recommendations from the 121-page report. Turn to page 20 to read about the latest Technical Note, and to hear from Keith who believes that “a stronger enforcement regime is required, backed up with powerful sanctions for those who do not follow the rules”. Speaking on the same issue, Jonathan Evans, chief executive offi cer and chairman of Ash and Lacy, also discusses why he believes many questions remain unanswered in the report. Read about his thoughts on page 32. Make sure you read through every issue of RCI to stay up-to-date with everything that is likely to affect the roofi ng, cladding and insulation industry. If you have any comments with regards to future issues of the magazine, please do get in touch via email, through social media, or simply by picking up the phone, as I would love to hear from you. Nichola Farrugia, RCI Editor Overheard on Twitter Follow: @RCImag We are pleased to announce @EasyTrimRoofing as the proud new sponsor for the RCI show 2019! #RCIShow2019 #roofing @RCIMag Construction suffers three quarters of decline http://dlvr.it/QFzzgN #construction #news @TCIndex New official figures @ONS show Britain’s manufacturing sector output rose 0.3%, the eighth consecutive month of growth, as housebuilding and infrastructure were bright spots in construction across 2017 http:// ow.ly/WGq430iiUpR @TheBMBI TfL sites packaged specially for SME housebuilders http://dlvr.it/QFzznh #construction #news @TCIndex UK #construction worker shortage hits record, warns trade association https://ind. pn/2rWGY4J @NCTS_2017 Final preparations are being made for the third annual Women in Roofing Conference! Have you registered your place yet? If not, please register at http://www.winr.org.uk @WinR_UK The collapse of #Carillion should be of concern to everyone – not just those with links to the construction sector. We will all be affected... https://buff.ly/2n0ev8z @singleply Enjoyable day talking to students about #construction #careers with the Worshipful Company of Paviors and @BAMNuttall @ LiveryLSL #Guidhall @ConstructionYT Careers in construction are not being highlighted enough in schools according to a new report by @quals_wales https://goo.gl/ @TheBMBI News: We’ve stepped in to help former #Carillion apprentices – but we still need our industry’s help. http://bit.ly/2DJI2eF @CITB_UK @DominicRaab at HoC debate: “We need to be delivering in the region of 300,000 homes each year if we’re going to provide the homes Britain needs and make them more affordable for the nurse, for the teacher, for the young families.” #unlockinghousing @mhclg Build UK now has a recently refreshed website for priorities and projects for 2018/19. Make sure you go and have a look! #construction #newwebsite @BuildUK Join us for the next BMF Roofing & Insulation Forum at @TheNFRC in London on 21 March. Register now at http://ow.ly/rBjk30gyBZF @bmf_merchants UK #construction companies had best year in decade for starting work on new homes in 2017 https://ind.pn/2rQ2Pef @IMA_Org We’ve been making some changes to the NBS #BIM Object Standard. @theNBS


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