Aico selected as a Net Zero Carbon Business Champion

by the Construction Leadership Council (CLC). As one of the first 14 companies across the UK’s construction supply chain to join the initiative, Aico has committed to supporting the sector’s industry change programme, CO2nstruct Zero to address the climate emergency. The CLC’s Business Champions initiative provides Aico with the opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to reducing carbon emissions throughout their business operations. The aim is to meet net zero targets in line with the nine priorities set out by the CLC regarding transport, buildings and construction activity. The Construction Leadership Council has


selected 14 companies to pioneer the initiative from all areas of the industry, including major contractors, consultants, architects, engineers, material suppliers and specialist

ico, the European leader in home life safety, has been selected as a Net Zero Carbon Business Champion

subcontractors. Together, the Business Champions will set an example for the industry in a bid to reach the net zero carbon target by 2050. Working in conjunction with the CLC and other industry bodies, the Business Champions will share best practice and be the driving force in changing how the sector delivers the built environment. As part of the initiative, Aico will be required to provide evidence of how their plans will align with the nine CO2nstruct

Norbord Europe is now part of West Fraser

Norbord Europe Ltd is proud to join the West Fraser organisation. Serving the housebuilding and construction industry with a vast array of board products for flooring, panelling and roofing, Norbord is the go-to corporate name behind the company’s popular brands for architects, merchants,

specifiers, end-users and consumers alike. These successful, well- known brand names will remain – SterlingOSB Zero, CaberFloor and CaberWood MDF as part of the West Fraser organization. In addition, it is business as usual at the three UK plants – in Cowie and Inverness, Scotland; and South Molton, Devon – with no change in personnel.

Zero priorities, contribute to the CO2nstruct Zero reporting process and support other companies in the industry to develop net zero plans. Neal Hooper, managing director of Aico, comments: “We recognise the importance of meeting net zero carbon in the construction sector, and we constantly strive to play our part in reaching this ambitious target. At Aico, we use green practices and work closely with social housing and local authorities to help them achieve net zero.” The CLC will be recruiting for new

Business Champions every month, and Aico urge companies in the construction industry to apply and make their pledge to CO2nstruct Zero. To find out more about the Business Champions initiative, visit To find out more about CO2nstruct Zero, visit

01691 664 100 Counting down to catch up at CFJLIVE

The flooring industry is preparing for CFJLIVE – its first official event in over a year – which takes place on Thursday 1 July. The free-to-attend global exhibition is the UK industry’s first ever virtual event, bringing together over 100 global exhibitors. It will be broadcast live from a main

stage – at FITA’s training centre in Loughborough – and from exhibitors’ showrooms, offices and factories around the world. “The format is flexible, to suit schedules and time zones, and the content is shaping up to be incredibly exciting!” commented John Heath, Kick-Start Publishing’s CEO. Fast registration can be accessed now. Gilberts rises to the (lofty) challenge of helping achieve BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ rating

The ventilation strategy designed by Gilberts (Blackpool) has already proved its capability to deliver on massively-varying requirements for the ‘ground-breaking’ 143m high Manhattan Loft Gardens in the heart of London. Within days of the 42-storey mixed use tower opening, temperatures outside reached 30°C in the shade, yet inside guests felt cool and fresh, whether in the restaurant, guest rooms, bar or the lofty mezzanine space. Gilberts was commissioned by Foreman Roberts building services consultant on behalf of ISG to develop a strategy for delivery of an energy-efficient air movement programme. Thus Gilberts provided the grilles and diffusers for the whole six-storey five star hotel – The Stratford – at the base of the tower, and the restaurant on the seventh floor. The building has achieved a BREEAM ‘outstanding’ rating. Peter Vance of Foreman Roberts added: “We were delighted with Gilberts’ performance throughout. They spend countless hours selecting the appropriate grilles, that delivered the high performance and aesthetics needed, and developed bespoke solutions where necessary. Even when external temperatures exceeded the norm, the grilles did their job.”

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