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Energy tax could cost the building materials industry up to £250 million, says the National Council of Building Material Producers.

128 schemes of more than 1000 housing units are in the planning process, and account for 250,000 new homes, say the Building Centre and bds Marketing and Research.

The number of architects and other building professionals with increasing earnings fell by 8 per cent to 15 per cent in the last quarter of last year, says the cic.

Over 90 per cent of housebuyers prefer homes of brick, blocks and concrete floors, says a mori poll for the Traditional Housing Bureau.

Maintenance costs fell in the last quarter of 1998 for the first time in 10 years, according to Building Maintenance Information.

An acre of uk meadow may contain 2 million spiders, with each web snaring up to 500 insects a day, says London Zoo.

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