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  • Personal fall protection - FAQs
    Safesite
    Personal fall protection is a type of protection which is entirely reliant on the user, available in either ‘fall arrest’ or ‘fall restraint’ form. Examples include lifeline systems and anchors. Personal fall protection is...
  • How to specify a green roof
    Harrowden Turf
    A living green roof is an amazing thing. It benefits local wildlife, the occupants of a building and the wider environment. It can even be designed to support food production. However, to specify a green roof is more complex...
  • What British Standards apply to roofing?
    Marley
    Keeping track of British Standards can be difficult. There are, after all, more than 27,000 of them. The good news is that they don’t all relate to roofing, or even the construction industry - so if you’re trying to work out...
  • What type of roof underlay should I use?
    Marley
    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...
  • Where are coloured clay tiles used?
    Marley
    Where are coloured clay tiles used? It is perhaps not surprising to find that clay tile usage closely correlates with areas where suitable clay is found, with clay plain tiles used to cover roofs for over 1000 years in...
  • Do I really require a Waterproofing Design Specialist?
    Delta Membrane Systems
    Waterproofing design is a complex task. Gone are the days of architects undertaking the role of waterproofing design in a project. Getting the design correct prior to construction will save significant costs. British...
  • 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...
  • Does a re-roof or extension need to comply with BS 5534?
    Marley
    With smaller domestic pitched roofinullnullng 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. With changes...
  • What are the fixing requirements of BS 5534?
    Marley
    What are the fixing requirements of BS 5534? As we previously discussed, BS 5534 is the revised British Standard for slating and tiling for pitched roofs and vertical tiling, which came into effect on the 31st August 2014.
  • Why a green roof needs winter maintenance
    Harrowden Turf
    It's a frequently overlooked fact that extensive green roofs need maintenance in order for them to deliver all of the benefits they were installed to supply. A simple maintenance regime requires two visits to the roof per...
  • Combustible materials: a view on laminated glass
    BA Systems
    An amendment was made to Approved Document B of the building regulations that came into force on 21st December 2018. The amendment banned the use of all combustible materials on the external face of buildings over 18m tall.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • The dangers of accessing plant and equipment on roofs
    Safesite
    Roofs are a common place for plant and equipment such as air conditioning and vents to be installed. Althoughlocating them on the top of your building might be a popular choice to preserve ground space and building...