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GSHPA launch realtime CO2 calculator and Good Practice Guide

The Ground Source Heat Pump Association (GSHPA) are delighted to have launched two new tools at this year’s Ground Source Energy Expo 2017 recently held in Stone: the first being a ground-breaking and unique realtime CO2 calculator; the second, a revised and user-friendly Environmental Good Practice Guide for Ground Source Heating and Cooling. Prior to the opening of the Expo, the GSHPA held their AGM and are delighted to welcome Mark Burton from Vaillant and David Jones from Hafod Renewables as newly-elected Council Members.  

The first of the GSHPA’s launches: The new realtime CO2 calculator is an app displaying the realtime carbon intensity of the UK electricity grid. This value is used to calculate CO2 emissions from Ground Source Heat Pumps (GSHPs) using power at that moment. It is updated every half an hour and clearly illustrates how much lower carbon emissions are from ground source systems compared to burning fossil fuels. The CO2 issued by a GSHP powered solely from green electricity is, of course, zero. This CO2 emissions calculator, sponsored by Geoscience, shows the CO2 issued if your GSHP uses grid electricity. The values for GSHPs using grid electricity have fallen rapidly as grid electricity generation from coal has been largely replaced by gas and generation from renewable power technologies. 

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Robore completes acquisition of Holemasters Ltd

Now combined making Robore-Holemasters the UK’s largest diamond drilling & sawing & controlled demolition specialists.

Robore acquire Holemasters

Robore, the UK’s leading diamond drilling, sawing and controlled demolition contractor, are pleased to announce we have completed the acquisition of Holemasters – a deal which will make Robore-Holemasters the largest diamond drilling and sawing contractor throughout Europe. The combination of the two companies knowledge and expertise in specialist sectors of construction will not only strengthen Robore-Holemasters position as the leading concrete cutting contractor in the UK, but offer our now extensive client base national and international coverage.

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Practicality meets comfort at Tudor Lodge Retirement Facility

Tudor Lodge, a development of 30, one and two bedroom, purpose-built retirement apartments based in Solihull, in the West Midlands, has upgraded the carpet in its communal areas with Total Care, from Heckmondwike.

The existing carpet at Tudor Lodge had been in situ since the facility was built in 2008. Tudor Lodge is managed by retirement specialist Millstream Management Services, with Lodge Manager Diane Bennett responsible for all ongoing service and maintenance of the development. Diane undertook a period of consultation with residents, starting in 2016, to gather opinion on a refresh of all communal areas at Tudor Lodge.

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Gardens development set for demo works

Progress on the award-winning Acton Gardens development in West London is steaming ahead, with Construction now underway across Phase 7.1 of the £600m project, which is a joint venture between Countryside Properties and L&Q.

Acton Gardens is one of the largest residential regeneration schemes in London, aiming to transform the 52-acre site of the former South East estate in to a vibrant new urban quarter. When complete, the scheme will deliver over 2,500 new homes, along with enhanced transport links, retail and community facilities and extensive public open spaces, throughout a 21 multi-phased initiative that is anticipated to be complete in 2026.

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Ladder Standards: most important changes in a quarter of a century

The Ladder Association, the not-for-profit industry body dedicated to height safety, has published an 8-page guide explaining what it describes as the most important changes to portable ladder standards since BS EN 131 - the single British and European product standard - was first introduced. 

The Association’s free guide highlights the key changes for specifiers, users and health and safety professionals, and for managers and supervisors responsible for the safety of employees using ladders in the workplace.

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Best practices of fire safety

Fires on construction sites are usually an unexpected occurrence, however when do they happen, they can have devastating consequences which can damage a business and put workers at risk. 

According to HSE, each year, hundreds of fires break out on construction sites , and construction sites or buildings under construction are more vulnerable to fires breaking out than completed and occupied sites, as there are more risks and hazards posed on a work-in-progress worksite.

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Sleek design, and slinky attributes

It may not be completely driverless, but the CAT 966M is certainly relieving many of the traditional tasks associated with maneuvering a Loading Shovel for operators, and one company who has quickly embraced the recent design modification is Mick George Ltd.

The East Anglian based Construction Company that continues to make positive noises in the industry, becoming an increasingly popular choice for complex Demolition, Earthworks and Asbestos services, among other Contracting provisions, has taken delivery of two CAT 966M’s to bolster its impressive fleet of equipment.

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Don't miss out - an introduction to IRS training course

The CAI have a few spaces remaining on the upcoming Introduction to IRS training course that will be taking place on 20 & 21st September 2017, here at our office in Watford, Hertfordshire.

Please find below the course syllabus, and after reading, should you wish to make a booking contact Amanda Ward on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call on 01923 803030.

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Scaffold Apprenticeship comes to the Humber Region

Safety & Access Ltd have been delivering the CISRS scaffolding apprenticeship at their Nottingham centre for over seven years now and are excited to be able to offer this framework to the Humber region at our purpose built training facility at CATCH near Stallingborough.

If you are an employer, you have probably considered the pros and cons of employing an apprentice to assist you in your business. You are not alone, as there are 1000s of construction companies across the UK that have had the same thoughts.

With Interviews already well on the way for our Nottingham intake starting on 3rd October 2017, interviews beginning shortly this month for the intake starting 13th November 2017 at CATCH.

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NASC and CISRS to exhibit at Build Show, part of UK Construction Week

NASC and CISRS will be exhibiting at the Build Show 2017, October 10-12, at the NEC Birmingham – part of the multi-award winning UK Construction Week, which attracts 30,000 people and 650+ exhibitors under nine shows.

The Build Show (aka ‘the show for people who build’) section of the UKCW event is one of the largest and attracts thousands of construction industry professionals looking for solutions and the latest innovations. And the NASC and CISRS stand is set to be a major pull to event delegates – with a vast array of free information and industry-leading guidance on offer.

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Mick George Ltd are 'Gunning' for lease success

At first glance, a Construction Company may not seem the obvious choice when seeking to purchase or lease a vehicle, regardless of its purpose, private or business. However, when you delve a little deeper, and recognise that said’ operation already runs a fleet in excess of 400 different vehicle types, for which they are highly reliant, it starts to become visably clearer.

That said, for an organisation that functions in a completely different market to have the foresight, let alone knowledge to suitably add this service to its portfolio is another challenge altogether. For many, such conceptulisations are ditched at the first sight of an obsticle, but not at Mick George Ltd.

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