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  • NFRC listed in new guidance on protecting Edinburgh’s buildings against climate change

    by | Oct 14, 2019

    The NFRC has been listed as an organisation to source reputable contractors in new practical guidance from Edinburgh World Heritage and Historic Environment Scotland (HES) on the impact of climate change on traditional buildings in Edinburgh.

    The Guide to Building Maintenance in a Changing Climate reports on the effect of fluctuating weather patterns on the condition of Edinburgh’s buildings, and provides step-by-step advice and guidance on how to identify damage and carry out repairs to keep properties wind and watertight.

    Edinburgh will face unprecedented weather events, with homes being disproportionately affected by changing rainfall patterns and an increase in extreme weather events. It also cautions that damage such as blocked drains, ineffective gutters, inappropriate vegetation growth, and stone erosion can adversely affect the ability of Edinburgh’s buildings to keep out wind and water.

    Recommendations to property owners include taking simple actions that can mitigate the risk of having to pay for greater repairs further down the line, especially following major weather events. Research quoted in the new guidance states that “every £1 ‘saved’ by not carrying out preventative maintenance could cost £20 in repairs within 5 years”.

    Read the report

  • New HSE Construction Initiatives

    by HSE | May 28, 2019

    The Health & Safety Executive will be running two construction lead initiatives this year. 

    1. The Lung Health initiative will be running from Monday 17th June for four weeks until Friday 12th July and will focus on occupational lung disease with the aim of improving lung health in construction workers. Click here for more.
    1. Materials Handling on construction sites will be run in October.
  • NFRC Scotland to STEM event at The Helix

    by NFRC Scotland | May 21, 2019

    NFRC Scotland was invited to participate at STEM at The Helix this year. This followed playing an active role in traditional building skills demonstrations in Falkirk town centre in collaboration with Falkirk Council, Falkirk Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI), Falkirk Delivers, Historic Environment Scotland and Forth Valley College.

    STEM event at The Helix (2)

    As the Falkirk THI had come to an end last year, it was decided that participating in STEM at The Helix would be more beneficial rather than running a separate event. 

    STEM at The Helix invited schools from across Forth Valley area to participate with over 300 pupils attending the first day. The second day was a Family Day and the roofing demonstration was inundated with interest from children, parents and grandparents.

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    NFRC Scotland was kindly represented by Rooftec (Scotland) Ltd which delivered the mini-masterclasses but also donated the rigs, tools and slates for the event.     

    The feedback from all those who attended the roofing demonstration was extremely positive (although many commented that it was hard work) with a significant queue on the Family Day as Rooftec (Scotland) delivered mini-masterclasses on slate dressing and those who participated got to take away their own slate coaster.

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