Estimating service helps builders claim back their time

Builders claim estimating is still the most time consuming part of their job. That’s one conclusion from research carried out by building software specialist company HBXL which wanted to find out a bit more on builder work patterns and how they managed their time on a day-to-day basis. Of those surveyed 44% said estimating took up…

Future Build Trend Points Towards Light Houses

Maximising Natural Light from HBXL The desire to bring the ‘outside in’ has led to home owners looking at the amount of light entering their property and the techniques for maximising natural light. That’s one of the hottest trends currently sweeping the country on new builds, refurbs and renovation projects. With the country’s economy also improving…

Unlimited fines for health and safety breaches

Those flouting health and safety laws will now be subject to tougher penalties as unlimited magistrates’ fining powers come into force. The cap on how much the magistrates’ court can fine offenders has been removed. That means unlimited fines for health and safety breaches and now allows magistrates’ to impose higher fines for offences that were…

construction stats – the bounce back

We have taken a look at construction stats and found that UK construction did better than predicted, getting off to a healthier start in 2015 than originally expected. Brick production has been stepped up by 7% this year in the face of rising demands – but set-backs, such as skills shortages, still remain. With construction…

Rise in planning applications creates bumper pay day

The relaxation of rules towards affordable housing and tariff style contributions under the National Planning Practice Guidance has resulted in a glut of revised planning applications being submitted by landowners, home owners and small scale property developers. The new rules came into force towards the end of 2014 and means the thresholds have been lowered…

Country’s leading estimating service joins forces with TradePoint

Users of the country’s leading estimating service will now be able to incorporate prices from TradePoint, the trade only arm of B&Q. It means builders and tradespeople who utilise HBXL’s Estimating Service will be able to request the use of live material prices from the TradePoint material price list when their estimates are being put…