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  • 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
  • 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
  • Window installation and energy efficiency standards
    Andrew Swift, technical advisor for foam sealants supplier ISO-Chemie, offers advice for installers about achieving energy efficiency installations and the benefits of using foam tape sealants for longer lasting performance. While window systems have to comply with certain FENSA and CERTASS requirements there are no meaningful standards governing...
    Article, 17 November 2014
  • What is a U-value?
    What is a U-value? A U-value is a measure of heat loss in a building element such as a wall, floor or roof. It can also be referred to as an ‘overall heat transfer coefficient’ and measures how well parts of a building transfer heat. This means that the higher the U-value, the worse the thermal performance of the building envelope. A low U-value...
    Article, 01 February 2013
  • Unleash steel's green credentials
    AUTOPA Limited
    Steel is an excellent building material, it’s strong, durable and highly versatile. However, did you know it also has excellent green credentials? With the myriad of benefits that steel offers, unfortunately its environmental benefits are often overlooked. So what are the environmental benefits of steel?...
    Article, 08 November 2017
  • 5 Top Tips for specifying the right balustrade system
    Delta Balustrades
    Specifying the right balustrade for your building demands a detailed understanding of the requirements of its specific use and construction, which is why it is always beneficial to work with a trusted balustrade specialist to ensure compliance whilst meeting budgets and systems are in-keeping with the aesthetics of the building. There are several...
    Article, 29 November 2016
  • What type of roof underlay should I use?
    Marley Eternit
    What type of roof underlay should I use? There is a vast choice of roof underlays available on the market today, ranging from traditional bituminous (Type 1F) products, through to more modern lightweight alternatives that are classified as either breathable (low resistance) or non breathable (high resistance). ...
    Article, 15 August 2017
  • Design considerations for roof hatches
    Bilco UK
    Bilco provides specification advice for roof hatches as part of its Bilco Assist service. When specifying a roof hatch, consideration should be given as to how often the hatch will be used and if tools or equipment will be taken onto the roof. Where frequent access is required and where space allows, it is recommended that a companionway or a...
    Article, 10 November 2017
  • Lanyards: what do you need to know?
    Lanyards are a vital part of some fall protection systems, serving as a connector between harnesses and anchor points to either restrict workers from entering into areas of a roof where there is a fall risk, or providing fall arrest if necessary. But what are the different types of lanyard, and which would best serve your needs? Richard Dyson...
    Article, 31 January 2018
  • Fibre Cement Slates Guidance
    Marley Eternit
    Fibre Cement Slates Guidance...
    Article, 15 August 2017
  • FAQs about sliding doors – a trade guide
    Runners Sliding Door Systems
    Tradesman often get asked lots of different questions regarding the various types of sliding door systems available, how they work and what their benefits are. These are all valid points and to help answer these enquiries, Runners Sliding Door Systems has devised this helpful trade guide. Q: Is there more than one type of sliding door? A: Yes ...
    Article, 26 April 2016
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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