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  • Builders back industry charity

    The Federation of Master Builders has become an official supporter of the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity.
  • The rise of residential retrofit

    Two thirds of the housing we will occupy in 2050 has already been built, which means retrofit measures will be key to the national carbon reduction strategy. With environmental awareness at an all-time high and energy bills rising, homeowners are increasingly undertaking lower-carbon alterations in their homes including high-spec wall and roof insulation, replacing old windows with airtight modern units and installing energy-efficient boilers.
  • What builders need to know about construction products regulations post-Brexit

    The government is working with the Federation of Master Builders and other trade associations to ensure the building industry is prepared for Brexit. Those in the construction industry will see changes following our exit from the EU, as after October 31, you can expect to see a UKCA mark appearing on products.

    Lynsey Davies was overjoyed to scoop the Apprentice Award at the 2019 Cymru Master Builder Awards. She talks about her journey so far and why she decided to pursue a career in construction ...
  • FMB member moves mountains to tackle the taboo surrounding baby loss

    Following on from Mental Health Awareness week, the month of June was SANDS (Stillbirth and Neonatal death charity) awareness month. SANDS operates throughout the UK, supporting anyone affected by the death of a baby, working to improve the care bereaved parents receive, and promoting research to reduce the loss of babies’ lives.
  • Heat of the moment

    Anyone who saw pictures of the burning balconies on a low-rise block of flats in east London recently would rightly be concerned. The media reported the burning material as ‘timber cladding’
  • Investing in today’s workforce paves tomorrow’s way

    It’s no secret that construction is suffering a severe skills shortage. The latest statistics from the FMB State of Trade Survey show that 64 per cent of companies are struggling to hire bricklayers, and 59 per cent are struggling to hire carpenters/joiners.