Britain is currently facing a national brick shortage amid a dramatic rise in demand for new homes in the UK.
Last month, house building picked up at the fastest pace for more than a decade as a result of the Government introducing the Help to Buy Scheme. With this sudden bounce back of the housing market, the UK’s supply of bricks has struggled to keep up and stocks have hit a record low of 336million.
Steve Morgan, chairman and founder of the FTSE 250 house builder said:
‘Bricks is an industry that takes a longer time to wind up. Firms are reluctant to do it until they think that it will be worthwhile.’
The production of bricks fell as the housing market ground to a halt during the financial crisis, with a huge stockpile of 887million bricks building up in 2009. As a result, brick-makers were forced to close down or mothball factories.
Kick-starting the production of bricks again has been a slow and expensive process. As the housing market has bounced back the stockpile of bricks has rapidly been used up resulting in the record low recorded.
The Federation of Master Builders (FMB), a trade body, said that a lack of bricks risked ‘scuppering’ the ability of construction firms to keep pace with new orders.
One solution to the current brick shortage is Alumasc’s Traditional Brick Slips which offer an easy to apply, high performance, real brick finish. Alumasc’s patented Traditional Brick Slip system innovatively uses a preformed template mesh to assist speedy and accurate installation, achieving a premium quality and uniform result. The system is fully weatherproof and corrosion resistant whilst remaining vapour permeable.
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As the construction industry continues to benefit from a period of steady growth, Alumasc Facades are once again expanding their UK sales team.
Andy Gait joins the team as North West Area Manager, looking after existing clients and sourcing new opportunities for Alumasc’s high performance External Wall Insulation (EWI) and Render systems across Greater Manchester and Merseyside.
Andy brings with him vast experience of the energy sector and has worked extensively with Housing Associations, Architects and Contractors providing wide-ranging advice on thermal performance and energy-saving solutions, including External Wall Insulation.
Andy comments: “Having run my own energy advice business for over 4 years, I have built up a number of solid relationships which sit perfectly with Alumasc’s vision for the development of it’s Facades brand. I am looking forward to using my experience to help build further alliances throughout the North West.”
As one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of External Wall Insulation systems, Alumasc is keen to reap the benefits of Andy’s experience.
Stewart Taylor is Sales Director for Alumasc Facades, he comments: “With the increased focus on energy performance for products across the board, Andy’s experience in this area will prove invaluable to Alumasc as the construction sector becomes ever-more environmentally conscious. His existing contacts combined with his previous Business Development experience, promise to further advance our provision of expertise and customer service in the External Wall Insulation industry.”
Alumasc External Wall Insulation systems are BBA approved, fully warranted and are available with a range of design and specification options, across many building types.
With establishment of harmonised standards for the commercialisation of building products in Europe the Regulation (EU) No 305/2011 came into effect from the 1st July 2013. These EU CE Marking Changes replace the currently applicable Directive 89/106/EEC.
The declaration of products along with the obligations and rules for the marketing of construction products will also change. The main changes to the CE Marking will be the documentation and markings of products as performance declarations are required from the 1st July 2013. These will replace the previous declarations of conformity.
The declarations of performance only take effect for building products for which an ETA or a Harmonised European Standard exists. This means a standard which has been made compulsory in all Member States of the European Union and thus constitutes the law.
The company VWS is currently working on the implementation of the EU policies for those construction products out of the assortment plaster and drywall profiles.
Products which are not, according to an European Technical Assessment or a harmonised
European product standard, are delivered without CE Marking.
The relevant declarations of performance, prospective and respective updates will be published on the VWS website.
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Allan Milne, Head of Skills Academy for Construction & Built Environment at FutureSkills, said “Many congratulations to the competitors and winners of today’s event. The level of skill on show was exceptionally high and I know the assessors had a tough time choosing the winners.
Many thanks also to Alumasc for their support throughout this project.”
The joint first prize award went to Rachael Howarth and Matt Casey from Whittakers Construction; second prize was awarded to Sam Wardley from Salford City College and third prize went to Kyle Moore from The Manchester College.
Phillip Bull of Alumasc said “It was clear the competitors found the day really informative and applicable to daily on-site work conditions. The team from Alumasc was very happy to have been invited by Salford City College to be part of the event, and was pleased for the support of the Alumasc Approved Regional Contractors and local Housing Associations who visited on the day and passed on their knowledge to the competitors.”
The event was hosted as part of a portfolio of events, work and evidence created by the Greater Manchester Colleges as part of a bid to WorldSkills for funding for the next academic year which, if granted, will enable each of the colleges to further develop their skills provision.
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