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Global Construction Market set to Grow by 85% to $15.5 trillion worldwide by 2030

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New research has shown that the global construction market is expected to grow by 85 per cent to $15.5 trillion worldwide by 2030, with China, US and India leading the way and accounting for 57 per cent of all global growth.

Executive Director, Graham Robinson, at Global Construction Perspectives, said China’s share of the world construction market (currently the largest) will increase “only marginally” as growth slows, however new types of construction in education, social infrastructure and healthcare, together with the abolition of China’s one-child policy, will help drive growth in the longer term.

In contrast, US construction will grow faster than China over the next 15 years, at an average rate of five per cent per year and we are expected to see a surge in construction rates in India as it overtakes Japan to become world’s third largest construction market by 2021.

Although Europe is not expected to recover to reach pre-crisis levels until 2025, the research showed the UK is a stand-out growth market, overtaking Germany to become the largest in Europe and the world’s sixth largest construction market by 2030.

London Construction in Numbers

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18 – % increase in construction over last six months

24 – % increase in demolition of buildings

25 – % increase in construction at the Square Mile

26 – number of new construction projects started in last six months

77 – number of construction projects currently in place

220,000 – construction area in sq ft of the largest building to have been completed at Alphabeta Building in Finsbury Square

867,000 – construction area in sq ft of the largest building to have been started at 100 Bishopsgate

3.3 million – construction area in sq ft which will be completed in 2015

11.1 million – area in sq ft which is now under construction

Top 10 Advantages for Using Galvanised Steel

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Top 10 Advantages for Using Galvanised Steel

The use of galvanising for structural steel protection gives you ten major, measurable benefits.

#1. Lowest first cost. Galvanising is lower in first cost than many other commonly specified protective coatings for steel. (The application cost of labour intensive coatings such as painting has risen far more than the cost of factory operations such as galvanising.)

#2. Less maintenance = Lowest long term cost. Even in cases where the initial cost of galvanising is higher than alternative coatings, galvanising is almost invariably cheapest in the long term (because it lasts longer and needs less maintenance). And, maintenance causes problems and adds to costs when structures are located in remote areas, and when plant shutdown or disruption to production is involved.

#3. Long life. The life expectancy of galvanised coatings on typical structural members is in excess of 50 years in rural environments, and over 25 years in severe urban and coastal exposure.

#4. Reliability. Minimum coating thicknesses are applied. Coating life and performance are reliable and predictable.

#5. Toughest coating. A galvanised coating has a unique metallurgical structure which gives outstanding resistance to mechanical damage in transport, erection and service.

#6. Automatic protection for damaged areas. Galvanised coatings corrode preferentially to steel, providing protection to small areas of steel exposed through damage. Unlike organic coatings, small damaged areas do not need touching up.

#7. Complete protection. Every part of a galvanised article is protected, even recesses, sharp corners and inaccessible areas. No coating applied to a structure or fabrication after completion can provide the same protection.

#8. Ease of inspection. Galvanised coatings are assessed readily by eye, and simple non-destructive thickness testing methods can be used. The galvanising process is such that if coatings appear sound and continuous, they are sound and continuous.

#9. Faster erection time. As galvanised steel members are received they are ready for use. No time is lost on-site in surface preparation, painting and inspection. When assembly of the structure is complete, it is immediately ready for use, or for the next construction stage.

#10. Full protective coatings can be applied in minutes. Weather conditions do not affect the galvanising process.

Surge in Demand for Concrete Admixtures as the Focus is on “Construction Quality”

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Cement is the most common binding material used in construction activities. It is mixed with crushed rocks, sand and water in specific proportion to create concrete.

Admixtures are chemicals that are added to concrete at the initial mixing stage to enhance or modify the working properties of the mix. They increase compressive strength, workability & durability and reduce the water content within the cement.

COMMON TYPES OF CEMENT ADMIXTURES

There are many cement admixtures available, here are three of the most common types of admixtures you will find on the market:

– Sulfonated Naphthalene Formaldehyde (SNF)
– Sulfonated Melamine Formaldehyde (SMF)
– Polycarboxylate Ether (PCE)

GETTING THE MOST OUT OF CEMENT ADMIXTURES

Optimum use of admixtures depends on several factors:

– Type of cement
– Amount of cement used
– Working temperature of concrete
– Air and water content

BENEFITS OF CEMENT ADMIXTURES

Developers, engineers, contractors, builders, architects use cement admixtures for:

– Corrosion resistance
– Reduced permeability
– Improved resistance to chemical attack
– Effective placement of concrete in extreme weather conditions
– Effective underwater placement of concrete

MARKET TRENDS FOR CEMENT ADMIXTURES

The demand for concrete admixtures is directly related to cement consumption trends. Some of the drivers of the concrete admixtures market are improving quality of construction in developing economies, increasing demand for high rise buildings, roads, bridges, tunnels and dams.

Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific:

– Growing residential requirements and urbanisation trend is creating high market opportunities for concrete admixture manufacturer
– Repair and maintenance applications also provide potential opportunities, supported by increase in renovation and repair activities
– This has seen a double-digit growth rate for concrete admixture consumption
– Asia Pacific is expected to hold the market share of over two-thirds of the total global admixtures market
– Various factors such as foreign direct investment (FDI) in developing markets such as India and China is providing new market opportunities in the concrete admixtures market

Europe and North America:

– The gradual aging of the housing stock is offering major opportunities for concrete admixtures market.

DEVELOPMENTS IN CEMENT ADMIXTURE TECHNOLOGY HAS ENABLED:

– The development of mid-range water reducers
– Concrete mixtures that contain up to 85% recycled material
– An additive called Elemix, which consists of expanded polystyrene beads, allowing the creation of a lighter weight concrete with the same structural strength, while enhancing its thermal properties, retarding properties and cracking resistance.

A number of changes in the construction industry have added impetus for manufacturers and contractors to follow sustainability and green building codes. Concrete admixtures have evolved over the past few decades and with growth in the construction industry globally and development of new construction techniques, concrete building systems are becoming more durable and sustainable using environmental friendly techniques.

Contact Adamson Construction for further details on cement admixtures and other ways we are improving the ‘Quality of Construction’.

Top Tips for Metal Building Maintenance

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Inspect your Building

1. Inspect your building twice a year, looking for any damage or changes that may have appeared since your last inspection.

2. After any renovation or extreme weather, inspect your building to allow you to keep an eye out for any small changes, so you can fix them immediately before it turns into a larger scale project.

3. Establish a regular maintenance schedule for your building, putting inspection dates into your calendar at times during the year that make sense with the local climate. For example:
– A date in spring allows the inspection to find any damage that might have been caused by winter weather.
– A date date scheduled in autumn will help ensure the building is ready to withstand whatever the winter weather may bring.

4. Keep a clear record of any maintenance and include:
– Inspection dates and results.
– Date and nature of any repairs made.
– Whether any materials or equipment was purchased (include the receipts and warranty info).- Documentation of any repairs or renovations with photos.
– Contact information for all contractors who carried out the work.

Repair the Damage

1. Scratched steel panels should be primed and painted to prevent future corrosion.
– Remember to make a note if there was a repair and where the repair was located so it can be double checked on the next inspection.
– Eliminate things adjacent to the building that might cause scratching, for example a nearby tree branch that sways in the wind.

2. Water is the most common threat to every building of every construction type.
– It is important to keep moisture out of the walls and the ceiling as it causes corrosion, mould and bacteria growth. In turn weakening and warping the surface materials, and deteriorating the foundation.
– When it rains, take the opportunity to inspect for leaks from the interior. If any are found, trace them and seal the exterior source. Also make sure that any moisture which has made it into walls or ceilings is allowed (even encouraged) to leave.
– Eliminate places around the building where water can gather, to prevent both leaks into the building and damage to the foundation.

3. Prevent excessive build up of snow on the roof.
– The weight can bend metal panels, so redirect as much precipitation as possible away from building.

Clean your Building

1. Once you know your building is successfully keeping moisture out, it’s a good idea to wash the building once a year.

2. Removing any dirt, soot, or organic matter that has accumulated can preserve the appearance of your building and prevent it from becoming stained or blemished. It will also stop the growth of fungus or other undesirable microbes.

3. Before washing the building, always test your cleansing solution in a concealed or inconspicuous area for compatibility.

If you follow these easy maintenance steps, you will keep your metal building system looking attractive and performing properly for many years.

Contact us at Adamson Construction for further details or if you require assistance for putting a plan in place for the maintenance of your metal building.

Paint Company Unveils Bacteria Killing Product for Hospitals

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Each year healthcare-associated infections in Europe alone cost hospitals €7billion. Studies over the years have found that hospitals and healthcare facilities are infested with bacteria such as MRSA, E. coli and Staph, resulting in one in 25 patients being infected by one of these bacteria during their hospital stay. Not only are such infections extremely costly, but they are also a major cause of hospital deaths.

Help is at hand though, as one company unveils its solution in the form of…paint.

‘Sherwin Williams’ claims it’s product ‘Paint Sheild’ kills over 99.9% of these bacteria within two hours of touching the painted surface and also reduces the growth of common microbes.

Chris Connor of ‘Sherwin-Williams’ has claimed it as “One of the most significant technological breakthroughs in our nearly 150 year history of innovation”. “By killing infectious pathogens on painted surfaces, ‘Paint Shield’ is a game-changing advancement in coatings technology”.

According to the statement released from ‘Sherwin-Williams’, the paint can be used on “hard, non-porous ceilings, walls, doors, and trims” and is effective for up to four years.

The paint company also advises that the paint is safe to use in gyms, day care centres, schools, hotels, cruise ships and homes.

At Adamson Construction, we are looking forward to the release of this new interior paint in 2016 and will be a great new product to enhance our offering to our clients and ensure we are continuing to work with the latest technologies available.