Construction sector grows after summer slump

Source: H&V News

The construction industry has solidified further gains after a summer slump, according to figures released by industry analysts Glenigan.

The latest Glenigan Index shows that construction activity is shaking off the effect of one of the most unpredictable elections in recent British history as confidence returns to the industry’s clients.

The underlying value of new schemes starting on site was 2% lower than a year earlier during the third quarter.

This drop was entirely due to a weak July; both August and September saw work well above a year earlier, driven by private housing, commercial and industrial project starts.

The strongest area of expansion was in private housing, where the value of starts was up 15% on a year earlier.

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SMEs overspending £82m on energybills

Source: Energy Live News

UK small and medium-sized (SMEs) businesses are wasting more than £82 million per year on their energy bills.

That’s according to new analysis from the Energy Efficiency Financing (EEF) Scheme which stated the overspending is due to inefficient technology and old equipment.

The EEF scheme is a joint initiative between the Carbon Trust and Siemens Financial Services.

They studied businesses’ use of lighting, heating and hot water, cooling and ventilation and other areas of energy consumption.

The report concluded “potential” energy savings of more than £414 million could be achieved per year if they invest in more energy efficient equipment.

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EC upholds decision to ban mains-voltage directional halogens

Source: Lux Magazine

The European Commission has stuck with its decision to phase out mains-voltage halogen directional lamps from the European market in September 2016 following a review. The move has been described as a win for consumers and the environment by industry figures.

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