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Finishes & Interiors

The finishes and interiors sector covers the interior fit-out and finishing elements of the build process (walls, fixtures, ceilings, floors, plastering and rendering).

Finishes and Interiors sector, fit-out and finishing of buildings

The finishes and interiors sector covers the interior fit-out and finishing elements of the build process including the construction of walls, fixtures, ceilings and flooring and finishing operations such as plastering and rendering.

The £10 billion Finishes and Interiors sector is a pivotal part of construction, turning structures into homes, educational facilities, hospitals, care-homes, workplaces, hotels, leisure facilities, retail outlets and functional spaces.

The sector employs around 250,000 people with the key trades employed being interior systems installers (i.e. ceiling fixers, demountable and relocatable partition installers, drylining installers), plasterers, shop fitters, steel frame system (SFS) installers and carpenters and joiners.

The sector is unique in construction in so far as buildings will typically have over 30 fit-outs in their lifetime. Each re-fit fundamentally impacts, not just the way a building looks, but how it performs in terms of fire, acoustic and thermal integrity and has a critical impact on sustainability, whether that relates to the embodied carbon of the building itself or to the operational performance of that building.

FIS Sustainability Awareness: Doing Business Better Learning Pathway

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The ‘FIS Sustainability Awareness: Doing Business Better’ learning pathway is for all who are curious about sustainability or looking to improve their knowledge of the subject.

The aim of this pathway is to demystify sustainability by clarifying some of the language associated with the topic, such as sustainability strategy, waste management, net zero, circular economy, wellbeing, modern slavery, fairness, inclusion and respect and social value.

 

 

Sustainability in the Finishes and Interiors sector

The School and FIS have collaborated to help you, your colleagues and wider supply chain to understand more about sustainability in the Finishes and Interiors sector.

 

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Access free resources on the Circular Economy relevant to the Finishes and Interiors sector.

Key topics for the Finishes and Interiors sector

The below topics are high priority sustainability challenges for the finishes and interiors sector. It can be difficult to understand all these issues, and knowing where to focus efforts can be challenging. Find out more about each topic below, and the role of the supply chain in helping the finishes and interiors sector address these challenges.

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Energy and Carbon

Climate change is the biggest issue of our time and…

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Environmental Management

How we deal with the potential positive and negative impacts…

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Materials

The built environment industry can reduce the negative impacts of…

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Modern Slavery

With an estimated 49.6 million victims worldwide, modern slavery is…

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Sustainability Strategy

Sustainable development requires a holistic consideration of environmental, social and…

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Waste and Resource Efficiency

Changing the mindset from 'waste' to 'resources' and improving efficiency…

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“We have to start thinking differently, rather than thinking of buildings or interiors as the end product, we have to think about every building as a kind of DIY store for the next project and the next project and the next project. We are keen to work with members of the FIS through this database and wider initiatives to help realise our values and support transformation of the supply chain as a whole. ”
Adam Strudwick Principal, Corporate Interiors, Perkins & Will

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