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  • 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...
  • Window installation and energy efficiency standards
    ISO-CHEMIE
    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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • What is a U-value?
    Terraco
    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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • Airtightness and ventilation in sealing products
    ISO-CHEMIE
    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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...