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Professional Builder has been established for over 40 years as a magazine and resource for the construction industry. Now, this is the podcast. Expect latest news, training, advice and conversations with those pushing the boundaries.

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Professional Builder has been established for over 40 years as a magazine and resource for the construction industry. Now, this is the podcast. Expect latest news, training, advice and conversations with those pushing the boundaries.

    Together, Stronger with Band of Builders

    Together, Stronger with Band of Builders

    In this instalment of the Professional Builder podcast we talk to Band of Builders CEO, Gavin Crane about the vital financial, practical and wellbeing support that the charity is providing to the UK construction industry.
    Band of Builders | National Charity for Tradespeople – Band of Builders Ltd
    In our sponsored content, Sian Holland, Key Account Manager at Bosch Professional Accessories provides some insight into the many features and benefits of the carbide technology in the manufacturer’s drill bits and blades.
    Bosch power tools | Bosch Professional (bosch-professional.com)

    • 14 min
    Trades United Van Rally

    Trades United Van Rally

    In the latest episode of the Professional Builder podcast we report from the Trades United van rally in Parliament Square and talk to some of its organisers and participants.
    With tool theft reaching what has been described as epidemic proportions, a group of tradespeople recently decided to take a stand. The van rally saw builders, plumbers and electricians from across the country come together to throw a spotlight on the issue and urge the government to do more.
    For more information visit ‘STOP TOOL THEFT’ Westminster Rally - Professional Builder (probuildermag.co.uk)

    • 14 min
    Supporting The Trades

    Supporting The Trades

    In this month’s edition of the Professional Builder podcast we talk to two commendable organisations who are each championing the wellbeing of construction workers.
    Falls from height remains the biggest cause of fatalities in construction. The Ladder Association’s avowed ambition is for everyone who climbs a ladder to come back down safely and represents an invaluable source of training, information and guidance on the issue. We talk to Executive Director, Peter Bennett, OBE, about what the not-for-profit industry body is doing to promote the safe use of portable ladders.  
    To view some of the resources the Ladder Association makes available visit Home - The Ladder Association
    The Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity is on a mission to ensure that no construction worker – or their family – is alone in a crisis. Sarah Bolton, the new CEO of the organisation, explains what this worthy cause is already doing to support the trades – and its plans for the future. 
    The charity offers a whole range of resources to support the sector and you can visit www.lighthouseclub.org

    • 19 min
    Energy Efficiency and the Future Homes Standard (Part Two)

    Energy Efficiency and the Future Homes Standard (Part Two)

    Energy efficiency is one of the hottest topics in the UK construction industry. The cost-of-living crisis, high energy prices, the upcoming Future Homes Standard and government Net Zero aspirations are all contributing.
    In the last episode we spoke to Professor Will Swan, Director of Energy House Laboratories at the University of Salford about the Energy House 2.0 project. This initiative has been measuring the energy efficiency of two detached houses built inside an environmentally controlled chamber. 
    In this episode we’re speaking to Tom Cox, Construction Solutions Director at Saint-Gobain, who, along with Barratt Developments, are responsible for one of these houses – the eHome2. Tom tells us all about the exciting construction solutions, like weberwall brick, used in eHome2 and how they demonstrate that the Future Homes Standard is achievable. 

    For more information on Saint Gobain Weber visit: WEBER | Saint-Gobain

    Bosch Professional Accessories
    In addition, Paul Stevenson, Key Account Director at Bosch Professional Accessories talks us through the features and benefits of the company’s X-Lock. Described as the ultimate changing system for angle grinders, it allows safe and tool-free disc changing in seconds.

    For further information on the Bosch Professional Accessories X-Lock system visit: X-LOCK. The ultimate changing system for angle grinders. | Bosch Professional (bosch-professional.com)

    • 31 min
    Energy efficiency and the Future Homes Standard

    Energy efficiency and the Future Homes Standard

    Energy efficiency is one of the hottest topics in the UK Construction Industry at the moment. The cost-of-living crisis, high energy prices, upcoming Future Homes Standard and government Net Zero aspirations are all contributing to this. 
    Professional Builder’s Edward Kelly interviews Professor Will Swan, Director of Energy House Laboratories at the University of Salford. This department is responsible for Energy House 2.0 - a massive building with two environmental chambers inside, each able to accommodate two detached houses and under temperature-controlled conditions. Professor Swan tells us what this project has taught us about energy efficiency in UK homes and whether the Future Homes Standard is actually achievable.

    • 26 min
    Master At Work

    Master At Work

    The Federation of Master Builders is the construction sector’s largest trade association and is run by its members for its members. Its strategic direction is, however, determined by the Board of Directors, the chair of which is the National President. Elected for a period of two years the current incumbent is Chris Carr. In post since November of last year, we asked the MD and founder of Cleethorpes-based housebuilder, Carr & Carr what his priorities will be for his term of office?

    • 25 min

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