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Renewables had a great year, according to NAPIT

In January last year, NAPIT predicted that 2014 would be the year of renewables and, with many positive predictions being made over the last 12 months, it seems this forecast was indeed accurate.

In November, a report stated that worldwide solar PV capacity could treble by 2020. This came at a time where the Solar Trade Association (STA) predicted that solar will become cheaper than gas by 2018. The positivity in the solar industry was evident throughout 2014 and solar PV installers can look forward to an even brighter year in 2015.

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University signs agreement with international construction group

An agreement has been signed by Nottingham Trent University and Mace, the international consultancy and construction company, to explore ways of working together.

With a shared interest in Building Information Modelling (BIM) the two organisations have signed a memorandum of understanding which will see them explore ways to collaborate on research, shared lectures, placements and more.

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PM announces US/Anglo £400 million development in Chesterfield

A £400 million tourism development, that will bring more than 1,300 jobs to Chesterfield, has been welcomed by the North East Derbyshire town.

News of Peak Resorts was formally announced by the Prime Minister David Cameron during his tour of America this week. The investment is a partnership between a UK development company and US firm Grand Heritage Hotel Group. 

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School reinforces branding with Heckmondwike's bespoke entrance area

Crestwood School in Kingswinford, West Midlands, has chosen bespoke entrance area carpet from Heckmondwike FB to create a striking entrance to the main school building.

The school took advantage of Heckmondwike FB’s bespoke design service which can be used to customise entrance areas with logos or mottos.

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Principal contractors selecting NASC Member companies

Principal contractors are increasingly stipulating only NASC Member companies to carry out their scaffolding and access contracts on construction sites across the UK.

In two out of their three regions in the UK, major UK contractor Wates Living Space are specifying the use of NASC member companies only for their access and scaffolding requirements.

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Minus7 wins Energy Efficient Product of the Year Award

The Minus7 hybrid energy harvesting system, that provides hot water and heating for homes, has received recognition by winning the prestigious award for Energy Efficient Product of the Year in the Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC+R) category at the 2014 Energy Awards. The awards ceremony was held at the London Hilton on Park Lane on December 2nd and was hosted by comedian Alun Cochrane.

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Design for Deconstruction by Nottingham Trent University

A modern era truism is that "Waste is a design flaw". Consequently true, the demolition industry does not create waste but handles that which others put there.

Construction will never be truly sustainable until consideration is given, during design and planning, to the deconstruction legacy.

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Massive 30% off all metal guttering products in January

To kick start 2015, Rainclear Systems, the UK’s largest stockist of metal rainwater products has announced an impressive 30% off all metal guttering and rainwater products during January.

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Milk shed conversion harnesses technology to create home of the future

A stunning barn conversion in rural Leicestershire has been hailed as an outstanding example of the energy efficient home of the future.

The former milking shed – part of the Hall FarmBarns development on the edge of the village of Scraptoft – was converted to the highest possible specification by developer Onsen Homes in conjunction with Staniforth Architects and main contractor Brown and Green.

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ICE kicks off 'Commit to Infrastructure' election campaign

The Institution of Civil Engineers’ (ICE) General Election campaign began this week, marking the start of a programme of activity to ensure that whichever party wins the General Election, the public will benefit from Government placing infrastructure at the heart of its economic plans.

ICE’s “Commit to Infrastructure” campaign started with the launch of a paper of the same title - issued to MPs across the political spectrum to aid their understanding of the importance of infrastructure to local communities as well as to the wider UK economy.

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New Director appointed at THSP Risk Management

THSP Risk Management are pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Ivey as Consultant Director,to the Board of The Health and Safety People Ltd.

Chris is a Chartered Member of IOSH and a member of the Association of Project Safety. He has been working for THSP for over 16 years and has extensive experience in all areas of construction and demolition, with a particular focus on asbestos, curtain wall glazing, stone masonry and scaffolding.

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