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27th July 2012
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Newly adopted EU rules requiring governments to revamp old buildings will generate industrial renovation in cities, say commentators who welcome the energy efficiency directive approved by the European Parliament's energy committee last week.
With home sales in the US picking up and contractors seeing more positive business conditions in the future, refurbishment activity in the US is in a position to see accelerated growth by the end of this year and into 2013, according to the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA) released this week by the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University.
The Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installers has launched a new You Tube Channel as it continues to use smart, cost effective technology to spread the word.
We've heard a great deal about the Olympic Village where they'll all be staying, the new stadia and aquatics centre where the sports men and women will be displaying their prowess and the surrounding parklands that have been established for them, as well as visitors, to enjoy, but nowhere have I seen any information about whose products have been used for the kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms!
Winning a contract to supply fixtures, fittings, appliances and furniture for the Games has to be the biggest coup going and I'm surprised that - in an industry that is normally so good about sharing its successes - the relevant marketing people have kept so quiet. If this is part of the infamous Games crackdown on people using the event for marketing purposes I can understand just how frustrating that must be and hope that perhaps after the event I'm going to be inundated with press releases!
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This Week's News
Neil Douglass, Financial Controller for Renolit Cramlington, was honoured for his charity works by becoming one of the Olympic Torchbearers ahead of this year's London 2012 Olympics.
Ashley Hoadley of Darwin Clayton outlines risk management issues affecting the KBB industry during London 2012
Starting today, millions of people will be celebrating the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. It's important, therefore, to consider the impact the Games will have on your daily business operations. Transport infrastructure will be exceptionally busy, with thousands of extra visitors in the capital. Operators of KBB fleets could be affected by transport changes and special measures which have been put in place for deliveries.
New figures for Q2 2012 released today by NHBC reveal that new home registrations in the UK decreased by 24%, compared to the same period last year.
Following a contraction seen during Q1, public sector registrations declined 49% in Q2 2012 compared to the same period in 2011, bringing overall registration totals down across all new homes for the quarter.
The Matrix R0 collection from Abode is a classically designed portfolio of six undermount stainless steel kitchen sinks with tightly radiused 25mm corners, bringing a sharp geometry to the kitchen. The sinks have been manufactured to enable interior/kitchen designers to give the end user a combination approach to their sink layout, or to design a single product installation for more compact kitchens.
As another Legionella outbreak has been reported in Stoke-on-Trent, anti-scald tap, valve and shower manufacturer Inta issues a timely reminder to engineers and installers on how to safeguard against the bacteria without running the risk of bathroom scalding.
With more than 80 awards to its name, Kaldewei is one of the most lauded bathroom manufacturers in the world. A European market leader in baths, shower trays and enamelled floor level shower trays, the company has now received two further design awards for its Asymmetric Duo bath in Kaldewei steel enamel 3.5mm - the universal design award 2012, and for the lava black matt model, the red dot design award 2012 for outstanding product design.
Protecting your family from nasty germs in the kitchen is important. Franke is helping to keep the sink clean and provi?de lasting protection by incorporating the Sanitized hygiene function in all Fragranite sinks.
On unprotected surfaces, bacteria can multiply every 20 minutes. Tests have proven that Fragranite treated with Sanitized reduces bacteria and microbe growth by 99%.
To celebrate Summer, Leicht has introduced a new era of colourful kitchen designs taking its inspiration from the retro look of the 50s, 60s and 70s and which combine new finishes with hi-tech features.
Retailers looking for a granite sink that offers high performance and design versatility at a value-for-money price, should take a look at Carron Phoenix's new Debut 100 sink. Debut is the price-fighting granite sink range first shown at KBB 2012 earlier this year.
This season Ellis Furniture is upping the ante in the brochure stakes with the launch of its new kitchen brochure. The company believes the new coffee table style glossy brochure titled 'desire' is its best ever. A delight to browse, 'desire' - and the new kitchen ranges - are sure to be a hit with retailers and consumers alike.
The latest publication from AKW, the independent living solutions specialist, showcases its full range of showering and bathroom products for the care and retirement markets. Highlighting the company's 'Styleability' message, the brochure uses high-quality images to illustrate how accessible products come together to create beautiful bathrooms that are safe, easy to use and stylish.
10 years after its launch, 'Ilbagnoalessi One' by Swiss bathroom manufacturer Laufen, created in collaboration with 'Italian design factory' Alessi and designed by Stefano Giovannoni, has become a real bathroom classic. Today's collection sees the introduction of new ceramic designs and a complete new furniture range as well as brassware.
With the regional heats of the Geberit Challenge now just a few months away, the manufacturer is urging any installers considering putting themselves forward for this ultimate test of skill and speed to sign up now, as spaces are filling up fast.
The bathroom mirror has moved far from being an afterthought that was just an attachment to the wall for occasional use. Nowadays it is a focal point for the room and a source of light and beauty enhanced with functional technical features.
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The Tile Association has published its latest technical document, Tiling with Resin Agglomerated Tiles, with the aim of providing advice for all parties involved in the use of resin agglomerated tiles.
New official statistics published yesterday show the number of workers fatally injured in Britain last year remains largely unchanged.
Almost half of 70 businesses visited in a series of operations in the London Borough of Newham are being investigated on suspicion of failing to pay the national minimum wage.