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  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Combination waterproofing systems
    Delta Membrane Systems
    New-build housing projects require a combination of different types of waterproofing systems, as defined in BS8102:2009 - Protection of Structures Against Water from the Ground (Type A barrier, Type B integrally watertight,...
  • 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.
  • Lanyards: what do you need to know?
    Safesite
    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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Waterproofing of contiguous piles
    Delta Membrane Systems
    Contiguous piles have many advantages in the formation of a retaining wall. This method of construction involves the creation of a line of deep bores that are then backfilled with concrete. The advantage of this method of...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • All-Party Parliamentary Group on Working at Height
    Safesite
    At the end of February 2019, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Working at Height released its report on safety at height practices in the UK, based on its investigations into the work at height culture across the country.
  • Oak Frame Buildings Simplified
    Round Wood of Mayfield
    Purchasing an oak framed building can appear a daunting propsect, so we have put together a quick step-by-step guide for prospective customers. It has recently been published in a number of leading lifestyle magazines. The...
  • 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...