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  • BS 8102:2009 - important new waterproofing regulations
    Newton Waterproofing
    What does BS 8102: 2009 mean to specifiers of structural waterproofing projects? BS 8102 is a design document whose purpose is to inform the designer of the various methods of waterproofing available and to assist in the...
  • Corrugated roofing sheets - rust and rot proof
    Cembrit
    From flat to corrugated sheets Turning a flat sheet into a profiled sheet with the addition of corrugations dramatically increases its strength. A regular repeated corrugation enables water to run off such a profiled sheet,...
  • The new revision of BS 8102 (waterproofing regulations)
    Timberwise
    Although the principles contained within the code are still sound, after nearly 20 years, BS 8102:1990 Code of Practice for Protection of Structures against Water from the Ground was overdue for revision. The Code is now...
  • Radon gas - an introduction
    Timberwise
    Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas released through the decay of uranium which is present to some degree in all soils and rock. The amount of gas released varies greatly depending on where you live in the UK and...
  • Dry rot - the impact on timber
    Timberwise
    The first evidence of the existence of an outbreak of dry rot is often the sudden appearance of a fruiting body (sporophore), or the shrinking / distortion of timbers. This latter feature can be quite dramatic and sudden,...
  • BS 8102:2009 - structural waterproofing
    Trace Basement Systems
    Introduction BS 8102:2009 is the 'Code of practice for protection of below ground structures against water from the ground'. It is the primary design guide for structural (basement) waterproofing in the UK. Although there...
  • Dry rot - how quickly does it spread?
    Timberwise
    It is not practical to precisely define the rate of growth of dry rot due to variation in the nutritional quality of the food source, dampness, the environment, etc., but in buildings that have been studied growth rates of...
  • Environmental considerations for plastic roofing systems
    Bailey
    Now more than ever, the environmental impact of your chosen roofing product is high up on considerations for specification. It’s common knowledge that the environmental impact of plastics is higher than other building...
  • Measuring and reducing radon gas
    Timberwise
    Measuring radon gas As radon levels in a property can vary significantly over time due to weather conditions and seasonal changes tests should run over several months. As such we recommend that a standard test should cover...
  • Condensation and mould growth
    Timberwise
    While there are several distinct types of condensation in buildings, surface condensation is by far the most common; indeed it is the most common form of dampness within domestic properties. Unfortunately, it is often...
  • Cavity tray requirement with conservatories
    Cavity Trays
    In 2013 the Department for Communities and Local Government issued a directive regarding conservatories and porches and whether they must comply with Building Regulations or whether they are exempt. The guidance applies to...
  • The 'perched' water table and basement waterproofing
    Trace Basement Systems
    The 'water table' is an important concept with regards to how water penetration effects basements and cellars. However, there is an important distinction between the 'perched' water table and the 'true' water table. The...
  • Rising damp - an introduction
    Timberwise
    Does rising damp exist? Reading certain articles in a number of newspapers one would think not - it is a myth! Unfortunately the journalists have failed to appreciate the extensive research over many years into rising damp...
  • Why use anti-bacterial paints in healthcare environs?
    Johnstone's Trade
    Here are 6 reasons why you should consider anti-bacterial paints for healthcare environments: 1. Silver ion technology can be found in some paint formulations. If present, the hygiene coatings will limit the growth of...
  • Tread carefully using the BS 8215 DPC staircase
    Cavity Trays
    Various British Standards have been withdrawn in the past few years but one that remains is BS 8215. If you pick up the latest PD 6697 it currently refers back to BS 8215 as a source for competent construction.