- Granite columns | A ‘green’ six-storey office block in Islington has been designed using granite load-bearing columns in place of steel or concrete ones to help reduce net carbon.
- Material sales fell 11.3% by volume in Q2, according to the Builders Merchant Building index. However, because of inflation, sales increased 4% by value. Prices were an average of 17.3% higher than in Q2 2021. Comparing Q2 2022 and Q2 2019 (to exclude Covid abnormalities), sales volumes were 2.7% lower, but due to price increases, sales by value was up 25.2%.
- Containers | The cost of shipping fell 4%, and according to Drewry’s World Container Index, costs are now 39% lower than in the same period last year as global shipping slows, but remains 64% higher than the five-year average.
- CO2 shortage | CF Fertilisers UK has halted production of ammonia and CO2 blaming high energy costs. CO2 is a by-product of ammonia production.
- Generators | Fears over possible power cuts have encouraged a 35% increase in generator demand at Caterpillar generator distributor Finning as the healthcare, construction, and data centre sectors prepare ahead for future shortages.
- Glass fibre | Electric Glass Fibre UK may close due to power prices and supply disruptions. The cost of keeping its furnaces running is expected to increase by 300% in April. It also needs to protect itself from possible power shortages. A few hours of disconnection could cause lasting, expensive damage.