Consumer watchdog calls for ‘significant’ interventions into housing

CMA releases report on house building
Consumer watchdog calls for ‘significant’ interventions into housing
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The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has published its final report on the housebuilding market in Great Britain – finding that a ‘complex and unpredictable planning system’ and reliance on ‘speculative’ private development approach is failing to meet demand. The report calls for fundamental interventions by policy makers to streamline...
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Product Safety Plywood
Product Safety Report: PAGED BirchPly FR Plywood
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The Office for Product Safety and Standards has issued a Product Safety Report for PAGED BirchPly FR Plywood for use in construction works, found not to consistently achieve the declared reaction to fire performance. The report states: "Testing in accordance with EN 13501-1:2018 has found that the product may not...
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Could you participate in a Department for Business & Trade study?
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The Department for Business and Trade is looking to hear from companies within the timber and construction sectors, especially SMEs, to better understand how they currently get access to UK regulations on timber and how the government's new digital transformation project can help. The Smarter Regulation Directorate in the Department...
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Internal and external cladding: what you need to know
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Wood behaves differently outdoors because it is exposed to the changing seasonal elements, whereas inside it is protected and remains relatively dry. That’s why additional factors must be considered when working with timber cladding outdoors. Here, the Timber Decking & Cladding Association explains the facts you need to know. Timber...
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Why does third-party accreditation matter?
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The final stages of the timber industry preservative treatment action plan are being implemented over the next few months. The Wood Protection Association explores why correct treatment is so important. One piece of preservative-treated timber can look and feel very much like another. But those in the industry know that...
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The Parliament of Westminster
Government announces new unit to clamp down on companies evading sanctions
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The Government has announced the creation of a new unit to crack down on companies dodging Russian sanctions. Companies who are found to be dodging strict trade sanctions, including those imposed since the war in Ukraine, will face tougher penalties. Industry and Economic Security Minister Nusrat Ghani announced the creation...
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birch plywood
Join the fight against illegal timber imports
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Timber Development UK (TDUK) has issued an urgent warning around the continued import of illegal Russian Birch Plywood and Siberian Larch products to the UK, and is calling on regulators to take action. Analysis by TDUK, using data obtained from UK HMRC, shows that conflict timber, including Birch Plywood, has...
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Partial construction recovery expected to begin next year
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At the Global Market Conference, putting the timber sector in context with the rest of the construction industry was Allan Willen, Economics Director at Glenigan. "The UK economy, property markets and construction industry have all been buffeted by successive economic shocks resulting from Brexit, the pandemic, the war in Ukraine...
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WRA workshop addresses questions over RPS changes
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The Wood Recyclers’ Association (WRA) is holding an interactive online workshop to answer any questions people may have about the changes to regulations governing certain kinds of demolition waste wood. The Regulatory Position Statement (RPS) 250 expired on 1 September. This means ‘potentially hazardous’ waste wood is now deemed ‘hazardous’...
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Top level and roof of timber house, under construction, with scaffolding. Light brown wood against green hills and pale blue sky.
Wood waste recycling regulations have changed
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The Environment Agency (EA) has confirmed the withdrawal of the Regulatory Position Statement (RPS) 250, which allowed 'potentially hazardous' waste wood and 'non-hazardous' waste wood to be received at Waste Transfer Stations, before being processed and sent mixed for recovery. This means, from 1 September 2023, 'potentially hazardous' waste wood...
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