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  • Fire door checks to prevent the spread of smoke
    Stemko Group Ltd
    Most fire deaths aren’t caused by fire, but by smoke inhalation. Smoke can overcome victims very quickly, leading to incapacitation and the inability to exit a building. Since the introduction of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, the responsibility of fire prevention has fallen to a “responsible person” within the building, meaning...
    Article, 18 September 2017
  • Balustrades: health and safety - who's responsible?
    Delta Balustrades
    The installation of balustrades is intended to prevent the risk of falls from stairs, terraces and balconies, however even the smallest of design errors can result in health and safety failure. So who has design responsibility? For architect-designed schemes with a named balustrade specialist, responsibility for safety of design and installation...
    Article, 02 May 2017
  • Does a re-roof or extension need to comply with BS 5534
    Marley Eternit
    Does a property Re-roof or extension need to comply with BS 5534 With smaller domestic pitched roofing contracts being awarded to independent tradesmen, it’s never been a more important time to look at the current standards set out for existing builds and extensions....
    Article, 14 August 2017
  • Floor point loading of screeded floors
    Theoretical calculation to determine the effect of point loads through screeds on floor insulation layer Any load put upon a screeded floor is initially carried by the floor finish and screed. This load-spreading layer disperses the point load across the floor area. The load is also born by the underfloor heating insulation layer below the screed...
    Article, 25 November 2013
  • Balustrade safety: load requirements
    BA Systems
    Balustrades and barriers need to be designed to protect persons from falling from height. Every balustrade must be engineered, manufactured and installed to withstand forces that could be applied by persons using the balconies or protected areas with calculations to support the design. Other forces also need to be considered when designing the...
    Article, 18 April 2017
  • Stainless steel in coastal and swimming pool areas
    BA Systems
    Effects of corrosive environments on stainless steel coastal areas and swimming pools are very exacting environments for any construction material including stainless steel. It is important to remember that even 316 marine grade stainless steel with a polished finish is still 'stainless' not 'stain-free' and a regular cleaning regime needs to be...
    Article, 25 September 2017
  • BS 8102:2009 - important new waterproofing regulations
    Newton Waterproofing
    What does BS 8102: 2009 mean to specifiers of structural waterproofing projects? BS 8102 is a design document whose purpose is to inform the designer of the various methods of waterproofing available and to assist in the correct specification of those systems. Although other documents are available, BS 8102 is the document that you should be...
    Article, 06 March 2013
  • Damp-proofing versus waterproofing: applications
    Newton Waterproofing
    What is the difference between damp-proofing and waterproofing? Damp-proofing is designed to keep soil moisture out of a structure and waterproofing is designed to keep both soil moisture and liquid water out of a structure. Waterproofing: applications Waterproofing, or a waterproofing system, should be used in projects where there is the...
    Article, 17 January 2013
  • Preventing accidents and injury in the workplace
    BA Systems
    Almost 200 people are killed each year in work accidents, take the proper precautions and don’t become part of the statistics! Health & Safety in construction. Why is it important? Health and Safety consists of regulations and procedures intended to prevent accident or injury in workplaces or public environments. Within construction, Health and...
    Article, 16 March 2017
  • Oak Framed Buildings & Listed Properties
    Round Wood of Mayfield
    Oak Framed Buildings & Listed Properties We recently advised members of the Listed Property Owners' Club on the issues around constructing an oak frame within the curtilage of a listed building. In an article published in their monthly magazine, various topics were covered, including how to approach the planning stages and liasing with...
    Article, 18 December 2014
  • Flood damage strategy and rapid reoccupation
    Newton Waterproofing
    The winter of 2013-14 has been one of the wettest on record and, in many areas of the UK, this has resulted in the flooding of both commercial and domestic properties on a scale not seen before. The post-flood clean-up can be frustrating for the occupiers, as getting the property habitable again can take longer than expected. There are a number of...
    Article, 03 April 2014
  • Combined waterproofing systems: what you need to know
    Newton Waterproofing
    BS 8102:2009 and combined waterproofing systems As of November 30th 2009, BS 80102:2009 – the code of practice for “The Protection of Below Ground Structures from Water From the Ground" – has been in effect. It incorporates significant changes that affect those designing and installing waterproofing systems. The new standard supersedes BS...
    Article, 17 January 2013
  • Say goodbye to rust forever - choose galvanised steel
    AUTOPA Limited
    Did you know? Galvanising is the most environmentally friendly way of protecting steel from rust. We all know that steel is a fantastic material, however, it does have one flaw, rust. If left untreated, steel will rust very quickly. Unconvinced? Just look at the underside of a poorly made car and you will see the impact that rust has on untreated...
    Article, 08 November 2017
  • What low pitch roof slates and tiles are available?
    Marley Eternit
    What low pitch roof slates and tiles are available? Due to the increase in domestic extensions with low pitch roofs the demand for low pitch roofing solutions is greater than ever.Marley Eternit offers two fibre cement products, two clay products and one concrete slate-effect product that are suited to low pitch roofing applications....
    Article, 18 August 2017
  • Airtightness and ventilation in sealing products
    Peter Thompson, general manager of ISO-CHEMIE UK, provides an insight into the trade-off between airtightness and ventilation in sealing products. The legal requirement to consider airtightness in building designs has been around since the 2006 changes to UK Building Regulations. This is the same for every version of the regulations that apply to...
    Article, 18 July 2016