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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Tanking membranes versus cavity drain membranes
    Newton Waterproofing
    What is tanking? Tanking is a generic term used to describe various products that are used to deal with water entering a below-ground building. Tanking membranes are one of these products. They are applied to the structure,...
  • 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...
  • What is a doorset?
    Stemko Group Ltd
    Door leaf: A door leaf is a single, independently moving panel of a door, and is the most common variety. It features a single panel that fills an entire doorway space. Double-leaf doors have two panels that each open...
  • What is the cost of clay plain tiles?
    Marley
    What is the cost of clay plain tiles? Specifying roof tiles for new build and renovation projects can be a juggling act. The need to create buildings that blend with their surroundings and are more environmentally friendly...
  • 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...
  • Factors to consider if choosing waterproofing materials
    Delta Membrane Systems
    There is a wide choice of structural waterproofing materials available in the market and it can be difficult to determine the best option for a project. The complexity and competitiveness of the industry brings challenges...
  • Concrete waterproofing explained
    Newton Waterproofing
    Reinforced concrete, when designed and installed correctly, is already waterproof. Good concrete waterproofing design therefore focuses on the gaps in the structure. Here, Newton Waterproofing, explains how to protect a...
  • 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...
  • The importance of active leak stopping
    Delta Membrane Systems
    For anyone in a non-technical sense to fully appreciate the nature and risks associated with water ingress in below-ground structures, we invite you to read this paper to gain an understanding of substructure waterproofing...
  • 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...
  • 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 fix fibre cement slates
    Cembrit
    Fibre cement slates are lightweight, consistent in thickness and pre-holed. They do not require grading or sorting on site. They are easily cut with hand tools so do not need dust suppression equipment. They can therefore be...
  • Natural slate - what is it and why use it?
    Cembrit
    History of slating Natural slate is a durable and re-usable building material, that was worked on a small scale in areas of deposits in Wales and the west country in Roman times. In 1296 records show that (sclattes) slates...