netMAGmedia, which publishes a range of titles for the construction sector, presents the Building Insights podcast, which speaks to key voices from across the industry. Engaging with thought leaders from the worlds of design, construction, development, self-build and social housing management, Building Insights will provide an array of enlightening and unique viewpoints from a wide range of experts.
Builders' Voices #7: Jeremy Gray, FMB
In this episode of Builders’ Voices, James Parker speaks to Jeremy Gray, head of policy at the Federation of Master Builders. Jeremy discusses the key takeaways from the FMB’s 2023 House Builders Survey, a key snapshot of the shared challenges across the sector.
#29: Introducing the BJELIN Hardened Wood Flooring brand and its innovative solutions
In this first episode of Building Insights in association with wood flooring innovator Bjelin UK, James Parker speaks to Simon Darbyshire, managing director of Bjelin UK. He explains how the firm has evolved from pioneering a method of installing wood flooring without using glue.
#28: Retrofit – The ‘green elephant in the room’
In the run-up to Futurebuild at London’s Excel (from 5-7 March) James Parker, editor of Architects’ Datafile and Housebuilder and Developer, speaks to Martin Hurn, event director at Futurebuild. Martin explains how, as part of its continued focus on realistic as well as sustainable solutions to construction industry challenges, this year the show’s spotlight is firmly on grappling with retrofit.
#27: Solutions for Stormwater Management Round Table Review
This is a special episode of Building Insights which captures some of the key highlights from our October 2023 industry round table, ‘Solutions for Stormwater Management.’ The sponsored event held at the Building Centre in London saw a multi-disciplinary group sharing vital knowledge on best practice for achieving SuDS (Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems) in new housing. Chaired by James Parker, editor managing editor of Housebuilder and Developer and Architects’ Datafile, it was a well-timed gathering, with SuDS about to become a mandatory legal requirement in all new developments.
#26: Growing Apprenticeships & Diversity for Heat Pump Rollout
This episode of Building Insights (in association with Samsung Climate Solutions) features a genuinely inspiring UK talent in the low carbon heating sector. As business development manager at Samsung Climate Solutions, Aimee Holloran is accelerating heat pump installations and apprenticeships across the country, however she cut her teeth as a plumber, winning the Young Plumber of the Year Award in 2010. With gender diversity still a major challenge, she’s a powerful role model for any young woman considering plumbing as a career.
Builders' Voices #6: Sam Eden, FMB London
Sam Eden, director of the FMB’s London Hub, has been in touch with dozens of SME builders grappling with the new Ultra Low Emissions Zone in their day to day business. He tells James Parker why ULEZ could ruin plans to deliver the capital’s energy retrofit goals by penalising such firms, and how the FMB is pushing for an urgent rethink.