Plumbing & Electricals
An independent survey recently urged the government to take radical steps to slow down the deadly decline faced by the construction industry as a whole. The review also stated that the government should try to slow down the slump by building affordable housing units and properties for rental purposes.
This review was commissioned by the government and was undertaken by the consultancy run by Mark Farmer. In this study, it was found out that serious government intervention is necessary to boost the economic slowdown of the construction industry. The slowdown can be prevented by tax incentives and building housing units for rental purposes. Farmer claims that building for the sole purpose of renting plays a vital role in the ever changing construction industry. Though the construction industry is facing a tumultuous change, it has been observed over the years that rental demand is more or less the same.
The report calls the government to increase the number of affordable homes and social housing units. It claims that these kinds of houses can be built within a short span of time with the help of pre-manufactured modules rather than depending on traditional building methods that are costlier and time-consuming.
Farmer, a veteran in the field claims that to put back the construction industry on its feet, off-the-shelf components must be increasingly used in the industry. He stated that a good example for this type of building is the Legal & General’s latest factory in Yorkshire, UK, that has plans to build homes through an automated process, like that employed by automobile factories. Farmer also warns that if action is not taken quickly, it will become a highly difficult task to rescue the construction industry.
It is to be noted that the construction industry has declined on a global level in the past few years, due the global economic slowdown.
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Carpentry & Woodwork
The Electrical Industries Charity recently launched a new program that aims to help those in need within the industry. This program is known as “Practical Participation Program” and is aimed at developing the super network within the industry. This program provides a way for companies that are related to the electrical industry to volunteer their skills, equipment, resources and time to help those in needs within the industry.
The program was developed with the motto of helping anyone in the industry who is not able to meet their daily needs and requirements. It is a great way for experts in the industry to work alongside amateurs and volunteers and pool in their efforts to help people who are struggling. The program intends to contribute to solutions and provides services to those who otherwise cannot afford to employ these professionals.
Once you sign up for the program, the charity will approach you as and when needed. They then ask for your help in providing a feasible solution to those who are in need. As a partner, you can make an impactful contribution to help in improving the lifestyle of retired colleagues, out of work employees and their families, upcoming apprentices and so on. Since the main aim of the program is to help others and not for profit, it is a great way to boost the reputation of your business among your local community.
Some of the clients who benefit from the charity’s initiative have problems like insufficient heating, failed thermostats and other appliance fittings. Your assistance can go a long way in improving the lives of these people. So, don’t let people in your industry suffer and sign up for this philanthropic program and help to make a difference in the lives of others. This program is a great way for businesses to work alongside with reputed charities instead of venturing out all on their own.
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The Darwin Martin house has often been called a masterpiece by Frank Lloyd Wright. The house was commissioned by Darwin D. Martin in the early 1900s. The wood trim of the house was created according to Wright’s design by a team of carpenters from Milwaukee’s Mathew Brothers Manufacturing Co. If this wood trim is laid down end to tend, it would measure to an astonishing length of 8½ miles. This wood work was done in an age when power tools did not exist.
After more than a hundred years since the original house was completed, a new team of carpenters and workers have moved in to restore the house and its magnificent woodwork to its previous glory. The workers have been wonderstruck at how the wood pieces have been joined together using tongue and grooves.
This team has been put together by John Hulley, a woodworker by trade. Wright had made elaborate drawings of each part of the wood trim before the work started. While comparing the drawings to the actual woodwork Hulley and his team discovered that they often seemed to mismatch. It seems alterations and modifications had been done when it was installed.
Theodore Lownie, a specialist in historic preservation has never seen anything as detailed as and Wright’s design. He said it has passed the test of time as well. The Martin House tours have been halted till the restoration work is completed.