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Green Building Bible, fourth edition (both books)
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    • CommentAuthorSimonD
    • CommentTimeMay 7th 2021 edited
     
    I've just had another weird day with my building work. Many of you may be aware that there are problems with various material supplies right now and it just seems to be getting worse by the day.

    I received an email from a timber supplier today stating that the growing shortage of timber globally is partly caused by Chinese and America buyers hoovering up European supplies and that this is founded upon years of excess tree felling and a lack of replanting - certainly not your sustainable approach to forestry management.

    This prompted me to make some phone calls to secure some supplies I'm going to need shortly, namely carcassing timber and battens. The battens have nearly doubled in price, from 42p/m to 76p/m. The carcassing timber from just over £1/m to £1.59/m. More shocking was the price I was given for interior plywood at £44/sheet compared to £17/sheet for the same material in December.

    After this I received a phone call from a render supplier, telling me that he would be shipping some product that was being held until I needed it to ensure I got what I needed. This was because he'd just received notice from the manufacturer that a key ingredient is now in short supply and would be affecting stock of top coats within a week or so.

    What I'm trying to figure out is how unsustainable and fragile these supply chains are appearing to be and whether this is just a mere blip related to COVID disruption or whether there are more fundamental long term structural problems that mean this is the way things will be for a while.

    Probably no simply answers but would be interested to hear opinions and current experience from everyone else on here.
    • CommentAuthorEd Davies
    • CommentTimeMay 8th 2021
     
    I've seen similar unobtainium/price increases for profile steel roofing sheets.

    Without getting too political, I suspect it'll be difficult to disentangle the effects of Covid and Brexit here both short and longer term.
  1.  
    Same thing happening all over the world.
    Also in other industries, cars, computers.
    We ordered a very ordinary sofa yesterday, quoted 20weeks delivery. Will see if it shows up.

    https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.cnn.com/cnn/2021/05/05/business/lumber-prices-home-building-costs/index.html
    • CommentAuthorbhommels
    • CommentTimeMay 8th 2021
     
    Just chipping in: some four years ago when I was trying to source insulation materials for the house upgrade, PIR boards were in short supply and lead times shot up to 10 weeks. Getting those nice Kingspan cavity closers was a real pain with lots of places advertising but none of them keeping actual stock. Obviously this was well before Brexit and COVID could be used as an excuse.
    • CommentAuthorrevor
    • CommentTimeMay 10th 2021
     
    Have had similar issues concrete fencing posts delivery July. Waited 3months for some solar fittings friend has an electrical business white goods and wholesale electrical supplies. Waited 3 weeks for SWA cable usually 2 day delivery,Although now allowed to open he has no stock to sell apart from electricians supplies which themselves are patchy. Most white good are from Europe which are not producing at full capacity and are fulfilling their own requirements before export.
    • CommentAuthorCWatters
    • CommentTimeMay 10th 2021
     
    • CommentAuthorEd Davies
    • CommentTimeMay 16th 2021
     
    • CommentAuthorjms452
    • CommentTimeMay 16th 2021
     
    Posted By: SimonDMany of you may be aware that there are problems with various material supplies right now and it just seems to be getting worse by the day.


    If you were uninformed and using a standard builder I dread to think of the random substitutions you'd end up with the get the job done to schedule.
    • CommentAuthorSimonD
    • CommentTimeMay 26th 2021
     
    Posted By: jms452
    Posted By: SimonDMany of you may be aware that there are problems with various material supplies right now and it just seems to be getting worse by the day.


    If you were uninformed and using a standard builder I dread to think of the random substitutions you'd end up with the get the job done to schedule.


    Haha, yes indeed.
    • CommentAuthorJonti
    • CommentTimeMay 26th 2021
     
    Almost everything is in short supply in the Highlands. Prices are rising rapidly and waiting times for timber especially is getting longer. Hopefully this will ease as the shipping container situation improves.
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