Self-Certification Scheme For Tradespeople

Customers of double glazing and replacement window and door companies are being urged to look out for a regulation scheme which is aimed at bringing more peace of mind to homeowners and buyers.

Self-Certification Scheme For Tradespeople

LocalQuoter, a company which puts customers in touch with reputable local tradespeople who are all specialists in a particular sector in the home improvement field and Cheap Double Glazing Quotes, believes that the Certass (Certification and Self Assessment) scheme offers valuable guarantees covering the quality of manufacture and installation of new windows and doors.

It is designed to ensure that all work complies with building regulations, which means that homeowners will be able to produce a certificate which will satisfy the conditions required under Home Improvement Pack (HIPs) regulations should they wish to sell on their home after completion of the work.

Glazing companies working under Certass also sign up to an insurance scheme, which assures customers that, should their installer go out of business, any repairs required under guarantee will be carried out by another Certass member.

LocalQuoter believes that this is a valuable safeguard for homeowners, and will prove especially useful when they want to sell their home, as the information has to be included in the Home Information Pack offered to prospective buyers.

Approval by Certass Glazing will allow member contractors to self-certify work, which means Certass Glazing will be in a position to issue Building Regulation Completion Certificates to homeowners.

Every prospective member of CERTASS glazing will first have to be vetted by the scheme’s officials, who can also carry out random inspections of their members’ work to ensure that they are complying with regulations.

Certass Glazing members will have to apply to rejoin the scheme every year runs from the date of initial approval, so each contractor’s annual period will be unique.

The Certass scheme runs alongside the similar accreditation process operated by FENSA, which in turn covers 9,000 registered window and door manufacturers and installers.

“At LocalQuoter, we offer our customers the double reassurance that companies we recommend meet the requirements laid down by both CERTASS and FENSA,” said Les Yates of LocalQuoter.

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Acoustical Solutions, Inc. Works with DIY Network’s Man Caves

In the past two years, Acoustical Solutions, Inc. has teamed up with Jason Cameron and Tony ‘The Goose’ Siragusa of the hit DIY Network television show Man Caves to transform ordinary spaces into a masculine refuges – in the most recent project, Acoustical Solutions, Inc. worked to transform a storage basement into a recording studio for Charm City Cakes’ Chef Duff Goldman.

During the two-day renovation, Acoustical Solutions, Inc. installed Sonex® acoustical foam into the 14’ by 25’ storage basement with the help of hosts Jason Cameron and Tony Siragusa.

Goldman had been using the storage basement as a rehearsal space for his band, “Soihadto,” but said, “We have big amps, and we’re a loud band. When we’re playing, my staff has to pretty much leave.” Show producers called on Acoustical Solutions, Inc. to design a solution that would allow the Food Network host’s band to practice without disrupting the staff in the bakery, which is located directly above the rehearsal area.

Going into the two-day project, Acoustical Solutions, Inc. Sales Manager, David Ingersoll said, “we really have our work cut out for us. There are a lot of different contractors all working in the basement at the same time and the two day deadline will be approaching before any of us know it.” Ingersoll continued to say,“that there was plenty of recording and application equipment in the space.” When the project was completed, Ingersoll mentioned that “…with the equipment paired with Sonex® acoustical foam and a few big screen TVs, the space had become so nice [he] didn’t want to leave.”

The featured episode is scheduled to air on the DIY Network on October 19th, at 8:30pm ET and will run nightly until October 23.

For more information Sonex® acoustical foam, please contact Acoustical Solutions, Inc. by calling 1-800-782-5742 or by visiting

For more information on the DIY Network, Man Caves and show times please visit:

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Skilled Engineers Needed To Work On Infrastructure Projects

Leading recruiter, Hays Civil & Structural has reported that professionals with previous railways, highways bridges, transport planning and drainage experience are highly sought after in the current market.

Due to the upgrading of the railways infrastructure demand has been created for rail engineers to work on a variety of projects, including station design, resignalling, refurbishment and maintenance schemes.

“Rail, signal, civil and electrification engineers are all prized skills and roles for engineers exist at both intermediate and senior level. There are opportunities for qualified individuals, particularly within design, planning and pre-contract commercial management, to work on major projects such as Crossrail,” said Sean Fitzgerald, senior consultant at Hays Civil & Structural.

There has also been a steady requirement for infrastructure engineering experience, particularly those individuals with a strong design and maintenance background. Highways design, road and junction design and street lighting experience are all sought after skills. A good all round knowledge of different projects, Highways Agency and local authority experience is also a definite plus.

“Candidates need to be flexible and keep an open mind regarding rates, location, projects and employers,” noted Katherine Whipps, manager at Hays Civil & Structural.

The assessment, inspection and maintenance of bridge structures has also created opportunities for qualified structural bridge engineers and bridge inspectors to work on the UK’s canals and estuaries.

Whipps added: “Knowledge of bridge design software and the BS5400 code of practice are pre-requisites for these roles.”

Other resilient areas are transport planning and modelling, geotechnical, water and environment.

“Employers are looking for technical expertise in PDS, MX, Micro Drainage, traffic and transport modelling software, such as Arcady, Picady, Oscady and Saturn,” continues Ben Haigh, manager at Hays Civil & Structural. Demand for senior business development managers has also remained steady: “Organisations are looking for individuals with commercial skills who can generate business, which is so crucial during a downturn.”

The current market situation in which jobseekers are competing for fewer jobs means that more care must be afforded to the job application process. Careful preparation is needed for CVs and interviews for jobseekers to get noticed by employers and stand a better chance of securing a role. However, a recent survey by Hays found that almost half (43%) had not witnessed any improvement in the quality of applications.

Although recruitment activity for engineering jobs has slowed, employers are still keen to hire specialist skills and experience, particularly for rail, highways, bridges, drainage, environmental and transport engineers. While the majority of roles require previous public sector experience and strong technical skills, organisations are also looking for individuals with first-class communication and commercial skills.

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Heritage Home Services – Recognized As Top Local Roofing Contractors In Austin, TX

Heritage Home Services has recently been recognized as Top Local Roofing Contractors in Austin, TX. This roofing company stands out as an outstanding choice among roofing contractors in Austin for a number of reasons:

* A locally owned and operated Austin roofing company

* Prescreened and approved by Hometown Roofing Contractors

* Fully licensed and insured roofer

* Known for professionalism, reliability, and affordability

* Accredited A+ roofing contractor with the Better Business Bureau

* Certified “Elite Select” Austin roofing contractor by CertainTeed Roofing

* Excellent long term warranties on roofing materials and installation

* Uses energy efficient materials whenever possible

* Roofing specialists along with windows, patio covers, carports, screened rooms, siding and installation

Heritage Home Services is a professional roofing contractor that will provide homeowners, business owners, and property managers with objective information about the type of roofing materials available, their benefits and costs, and other items to consider when completing roof replacement or roof repair in Austin,TX or nearby cities.

Heritage Home Services is experienced with both commercial roofing and residential roofing, so they can help with roof repair or roof replacement on your home or commercial property.

Call Heritage Home Services at (512)410-2652 for a professional estimate on a new roof or roof repair in Austin, TX, today.

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Scheidler Roofing Proudly Announces The Opening Of Its New Office In El Paso Texas

Scheidler Roofing proudly announces the opening of its new office in El Paso Texas with the current storm conditions and the growing need for large scale roofing contractors, we have taken the step to give the community a better more reliable option than it currently has at this time. With the deductible program that waives the roof deductible Scheidler Roofing has taken the Texas market by storm, a Houston based company with local sales of 9.62 million in 2008 and projected state wide sales of over 20 million for 2009.

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The owner Lee Scheidler says that aggressive and fresh advertising along with unsurpassed customer service are the 2 key factors in their growth, He quotes we spend over 30 hours of training time on sales staff before they are put in the field our competitors usually spend 1 to 4 hours, (lee) they represent me and my company I want them to be at their best every staff member should know every answer to our customers questions. Come visit us at WWW.FREEROOFTEXAS.COM and see the difference.

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