Ministry says study has cleared 65000 housing project in the North

The report states that the measurements of temperature and humidity inside pre-fabricated metal houses and conventional block work houses showed no major difference. ( Paragraph 3.2 of the report). According to the report, the cost of a pre-fabricated house that will be constructed with other facilities such as solar power connection, toilet facilities, furniture etc will not deviate much from the cost of a conventional house with the same facilities. The Department of Civil Engineering of the Engineering Faculty of Peradeniya University conducting a study about the technical implications of the 65000 housing project in the North, has stated that the pre- fabricated houses are the best option to meet the high demand for housing in the war affected Northern and Eastern provinces, the Ministry of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs said today.The study is an academia driven independent assessment carried out with regard to the technical implications of the 65,000 housing project implemented by the Ministry of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs. The assessment report further notes that pre-fabricated houses are much favourable when considering the amount of local material, labour and time that have to be invested in constructing conventional houses. Due to the large number of houses that have to be constructed within the span of several years, the pre- fabricated houses seem a feasible option because according to the report , pre- fabricated houses cause less environmental impact, less contribution to soil erosion, material depletion and less use of local timber.The report has also made several recommendations to improve the model pre-fabricated houses built in Kopai and Thellipillai. The ArcelorMittal construction company have taken into account, the recommendations regarding corrosion, roofing panels, ventilation and the use of firewood for cooking and the Company has provided an explanation about the recommendations as well. ArcelorMittal, explaining about the concern raised with regard to corrosion has stated that the steel panels are manufactured using ArcelorMittal latest patented metallic coated steel (ZM Evolution and Magnelis) which provides enhanced anti corrosion properties.Further the company has stated in their reply that they will install in each room, passive ventilation below the roof in order to enhance air flow and that considering the local usages, they will study the implementation of a concrete cooking bench aside from the house even though using gas is proven to be cheaper than firewood as it is costly to harvest. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Saskatchewan government deeply concerned over delay in Keystone decision

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email REGINA – Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says the latest delay in a decision on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline is a major blow to Canada’s energy industry.The U.S. State Department announced last week that it wants to give federal agencies more time to review the $5.4-billion proposal by Calgary-based TransCanada (TSX:TRP).TransCanada had hoped a legal dispute over the pipeline’s route in Nebraska would not further hold up a decision at the federal level.Wall says he is deeply concerned and calls the delay a major disappointment.He points out the pipeline has already passed the State Department’s own environmental impact assessment.The 2,700-kilometre line would move bitumen from Alberta’s oilsands to refineries on the Gulf Coast of Texas.“The Keystone XL pipeline has been studied long and hard,” Wall said in a release Monday. “The pipeline will create thousands of jobs on both sides of the border, offers a safe and efficient method of moving large volumes of oil, and, according to the State Department, will not contribute to a net increase in greenhouse gas emissions.“This delay represents a major blow to the energy industry in Saskatchewan and in Canada and will place unnecessary strain on relations with our largest trading partner.”A portion of the Keystone pipeline would run through Saskatchewan.Wall said approval of the Keystone project is critical to the successful transport of other commodities in his province.“Saskatchewan grain, potash, and other commodities suffer every day the Keystone XL pipeline is not being built,” Wall said. “The United States needs to quit wavering and make a decision based on the facts, which support the construction of Keystone.“These politically motivated decisions are hurting the Saskatchewan economy, the U.S. economy and our ability to develop new markets and support North America energy sustainability.” by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 21, 2014 4:45 pm MDT Saskatchewan government ‘deeply concerned’ over delay in Keystone decision read more

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UK auto suppliers gather for industrys largest business exchange event

SMMT is today hosting a dedicated supply chain networking event in the West Midlands, bringing together around 25 vehicle manufacturers and Tier 1 suppliers with over 150 UK-based automotive component companies to explore new business prospects and local sourcing opportunities.With more than 300 one-to-one meetings expected to take place at the event, SMMT’s Meet the Buyer is largest business exchange event of its kind, demonstrating industry’s appetite to increase domestic sourcing and providing a platform to build new local partnerships. Attending delegates will also benefit from a series of presentations delivered by senior representatives from industry who will offer insight on the outlook for the automotive supply chain ahead of the day’s scheduled meetings.Vehicle manufacturers and Tier 1 suppliers attending today’s Meet the Buyer event as buying organisations include Aisin Europe, Aston Martin, Bentley, BMW, Briggs Automotive, Brose, CAB Automotive, Calsonic Kansei, Faurecia, Ford, Futaba Industrial, General Motors, Grupo Antolin, Honda, Houghton Parkhouse, JLR, Koito Europe, Leyland Trucks, LUK/Schaeffler, Nissan, Nissin Showa, Perkins Engines/Caterpillar, Renault, Scorpion Automotive, Sears Manufacturing and Yamada Europe.Building on the success of previous year’s events, SMMT is also introducing a new facilitated networking service at the event that will match supply companies with one another, generating informal meetings to further broaden the business opportunities at the event.The participating supply chain companies for this event were selected via SMMT’s Automotive Supplier Finder (ASF) database (www.autosupplierfinder.com), a tool designed specifically to match buyers to suppliers based on the UK automotive commodity demand list that was published earlier this year.For more information about participating as a buyer or a supplier at future SMMT ‘Meet the Buyer’ events, visit: www.smmt.co.uk/meet-the-buyer. To find out which automotive commodities buyers at SMMT’s forthcoming event are looking to purchase, download SMMT’s latest UK automotive commodity demand list.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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