NATFEN Digital Feb 19


CLIPPINGS AND MUSINGS – FEBRUARY 2019 - HELEN DUVAL A nother excellent exhibition season looms on the horizon and already the FIT show is talking about important topics of the moment for the glazing sector. Industry leaders are looking at the event as a positive way to The needs of the consumer and the energy conscious developer will be a focus so it will be interesting to discover the latest trends and the views of the speakers as they focus on the materials, practices and thinking which could shape our future living.

generate leads and inspire investment regarding new and improved solutions for the market that will be pivotal for everyone in the sector moving forward. Undoubtedly it will be a great show and well worth a visit to the NEC in May this year. Put the dates in your diary! Earlier in the year there will also be some excellent opportunities to sample the best the industry has to offer with Vision 2019, Futurebuild 2019 and the Home Renovation Show promising great things to make life easier for builders and installers in relation to product design. It is hoped, commercial and domestic sectors will be energised by positive developments due to be introduced that will spark de-bate as the industry continues to evolve.

Smart buildings and associated technologies that operate without human intervention continue to be a topic that cause much discussion. LET’S TALK LABOUR Sadly, the skills shortage continues to hamper growth across the sector and it still appears to be driv-ing up wages throughout the construction industry to far above the national average. This situation could potentially put more of the government’s biggest housing and infrastructure programmes at risk, with a considerable amount of construction professionals still citing labour shortages as a significant growth barrier. Bricklayers and quantity surveyors remain in short supply according to recent news.


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