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1% of buildings complying with vital fire safety measure

1% of buildings complying with vital fire safety measure

Despite their crucial fire safety role, huge numbers of fire and smoke dampers remain untested in thousands of buildings across the UK, according to the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA). The Association fears that less than 1% of buildings have…
BSI hosts ‘Golden Thread’ webinar

BSI hosts ‘Golden Thread’ webinar

BSI recently hosted a webinar titled ‘The Golden Thread of information and what it means for the sector’. Introduced by Antony Burd, Associate Director and Head of Built Environment at BSI and featuring a presentation by Aman Sharma, Deputy Chair…
PI Insurance for Construction

PI Insurance for Construction

Since the Grenfell Tower fire, companies in the construction industry have found it increasingly difficult to secure appropriate and affordable Professional Indemnity (PI) insurance. A recent CLC survey found that average premium rates were nearly four times higher at last…
Government payment requirements

Government payment requirements

Procurement Policy Note (PPN) 07/20 will come into force from 1 April, increasing the prompt payment threshold for suppliers bidding for Government contracts above £5 million per annum. Suppliers will be required to show that they pay 85% of invoices…
HSE announces new Chief Inspector of Buildings

HSE announces new Chief Inspector of Buildings

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has announced the appointment of a Chief Inspector of Buildings to establish and lead the new Building Safety Regulator (BSR). Peter Baker, HSE’s current Director of Building Safety and Construction, will take up the…
March Newsletter

March Newsletter

The ADCAS newsletter for March 2021 is now avilable to view here. This month's newsletter includes information on the ADCAS members survey, policy updates and news from ADCAS member companies.
ADCAS backs action on unrealistic prices for jobs

ADCAS backs action on unrealistic prices for jobs

ADCAS has voiced its support for the Government’s plans to force contractors to explain themselves if they submit unrealistically low bids for public sector contracts. Fergus Harradence, Deputy Director for Infrastructure and Construction, recently told a webinar hosted by the…
New regulator established to ensure construction materials are safe

New regulator established to ensure construction materials are safe

The government has introduced a new national regulator to ensure homes are built from safe construction materials and products. The regulator for construction products will have the power to remove any product from the market that presents a significant safety…
Government announces plan to address late payments issue

Government announces plan to address late payments issue

The government has announced an overhaul of the Prompt Payment Code in an attempt to tackle delayed invoices owed to small businesses. Under new reforms, companies that have signed up to the Prompt Payment Code will be obliged to pay…
New rules for business post-Brexit

New rules for business post-Brexit

Following the signing of the UK – EU Free Trade Agreement, there are new rules for businesses which came into force on 1 January 2021. ADCAS members should visit gov.uk/transition where you can use the checker tool to quickly identify…
ADCAS voices concerns over steel pricing and availability

ADCAS voices concerns over steel pricing and availability

ADCAS has raised concerns around the cost and limited availability of steel as prices continue to rise sharply and show little sign of slowing down. As well as affecting the vast majority of ADCAS members, the soaring costs are likely…
Carbon budget urges greater ambition from government

Carbon budget urges greater ambition from government

The UK should be more ambitious and aim for a 78% cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2035, according to the Committee on Climate Change (CCC). In its latest advice to government, the independent parliamentary group said this accelerated goal…
Updated Government guidance on off-payroll working (IR35)

Updated Government guidance on off-payroll working (IR35)

IR35 rules are due to change from 6 April 2021. From this date, engaging businesses will be made liable for determining whether the IR35 rules apply. They will also be required to operate PAYE and pay employers' National Insurance contributions.…
Core competence standards for building safety – second consultation

Core competence standards for building safety – second consultation

BSI have published the second iteration of BSI Flex 8670 Built environment – Overarching framework for competence of individuals – Specification which is the latest draft of the benchmark standard for building safety competence in the Built Environment. The specification…
Construction Playbook set to raise the bar on public sector projects

Construction Playbook set to raise the bar on public sector projects

The government’s new ‘Construction Playbook’ has been published, outlining how government will work with the industry to make sure public projects are delivered faster, better and greener. The Construction Playbook sets out key policies and guidance for how public works…
Training committee report for ADCAS – Thursday 3rd December

Training committee report for ADCAS – Thursday 3rd December

South Thames College have resumed their apprentice training and they are currently delivering Level 2. They have advised that Level 3 should be available after Christmas. At the moment they have no plans for adult training. George Humphreys attended the…
Technical committee report for ADCAS – Thursday 3rd December

Technical committee report for ADCAS – Thursday 3rd December

RHE/2 meeting held 25th November 2020 WG2 – The committee expressed concern that an update of Harmonised standard FprEN 13142 will include far more Classifications than the original testing by UK manufacturers. As this is a Harmonised standard unless the…
Marketing committee report for ADCAS – Thursday 3rd December

Marketing committee report for ADCAS – Thursday 3rd December

Website functionality has been improved in order to facilitate sign ups and the site is being proactively updated. In November, 43 documents were downloaded. The marketing group has been monitoring the raising the bar initiatives across ADCAS and will prepare…
CSCS cards set for smart chip upgrade

CSCS cards set for smart chip upgrade

Any industry card carrying the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) logo will soon have to have an embedded smart chip to protect the integrity of the system. The Construction Leadership Council (CLC) has set a deadline of 31st March 2022…
IR35 and reverse VAT rule changes

IR35 and reverse VAT rule changes

Significant changes to the rules on IR35 and on the VAT reverse charge for building and construction services will be introduced next year. IR35 legislation was originally introduced in April 2000 to ensure that workers who provide their services through…
Hackitt hints at plan to reward ‘early adopters’ and warns that some firms will not survive reform

Hackitt hints at plan to reward ‘early adopters’ and warns that some firms will not survive reform

Dame Judith Hackitt has announced plans to recognise companies who reform their working practices before they are forced to by new regulations. Speaking at the BESA National Conference, the chair of the Industry Safety Steering Group said businesses should not…
Proposed kitchen extract duct standard rejected

Proposed kitchen extract duct standard rejected

Following revisions to the Standard ‘BS EN 1366-12:2014+A1:2019 Fire resistance tests for service installations. Non-mechanical fire barrier for ventilation ductwork’, the CEN Technical Committee 127 – Fire Safety in Buildings – contemplated creating a separate standard for kitchen extract ducts…
October Newsletter

October Newsletter

The ADCAS newsletter for October 2020 is now avilable to view here. This month's newsletter includes information on the latest ADCAS publications, updates on government schemes and news from ADCAS member companies.
Joint publication clears up confusion over compliance

Joint publication clears up confusion over compliance

PRESS RELEASE 18th September 2020 Joint publication clears up confusion over compliance A number of technical standards needed to ensure fire resistant and smoke control ventilation systems comply with safety regulations have not yet been published, leading to confusion in…
New law to ensure furloughed employees receive full redundancy payments

New law to ensure furloughed employees receive full redundancy payments

Furloughed employees who are then made redundant will now receive redundancy pay based on their normal wage, under new laws. Throughout the pandemic, the government has urged businesses to do right by their employees and pay those being made redundant…
Pre-legislative scrutiny of the draft Building Safety Bill

Pre-legislative scrutiny of the draft Building Safety Bill

The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee has announced a new inquiry to undertake pre-legislative scrutiny of the draft Building Safety Bill. The draft bill sets out how the Government intends to put into law the policies set out in…
CLC announces launch of Talent Retention Scheme

CLC announces launch of Talent Retention Scheme

The Construction Leadership Council (CLC) has partnered with industry and government to launch the Talent Retention Scheme – a new online portal designed to support the redeployment of staff at risk of redundancy, allowing them to be temporarily loaned between…
Clean-up Operation

Clean-up Operation

Regardless of application or environment, ductwork ventilation systems should never be categorised as 'fit and forget' and will need regular cleaning and maintenance in order to function properly. Malcolm Moss, president of the Association of Ductwork Contractors and Allied Services…
Coronavirus (COVID-19): What you need to know

Coronavirus (COVID-19): What you need to know

What you need to know about coronavirus and how it will impact your business Welcome to the CBI's Coronavirus Hub. We've collated everything you need to know about COVID-19, including advice, guidance, and what your business can do to help.…
Reverse VAT postponed by 12 months

Reverse VAT postponed by 12 months

The government has agreed to delay the implementation of domestic reverse charge VAT for construction services by a year following lobbying efforts led by a coalition of industry organisations. The coalition put forward a strong case for delaying the introduction…
Major fair payment and mental health initiative launches in UK

Major fair payment and mental health initiative launches in UK

A major new payment and mental health survey has been launched by 27 bodies in the UK construction industry in order to understand how poor payment practices are impacting mental health and business wellbeing. The survey is being run by…
Update on review of Approved Document B

Update on review of Approved Document B

The government has released its Technical Review of Approved Document B of the Building Regulations which contains a summary of responses received in relation to its call for evidence. government stated that although there is a clear desire for change,…
ADCAS welcomes introduction of new pre-qualification system

ADCAS welcomes introduction of new pre-qualification system

ADCAS has announced its full support for a newly introduced pre-qualification (PQ) system – a joint venture by Build UK and the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) designed to tackle the current pre-qualification inefficiencies costing the construction industry millions every…
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