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  • 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...
  • Dry rot - how does it start?
    Timberwise
    Dry rot is the common name given to the wood destroying fungus, Serpula lacrymans. However, despite its common name it will generally only attack damp timber. Initiation of attack is by either a minute dry rot spore or cross...
  • 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...
  • Environmental grades (1 to 3) in BS 8102:2009
    Trace Basement Systems
    Introduction The key to a successful waterproofing scheme is to ensure that the environment created by the system and environmental controls is appropriate to the intended usage. Environmental grades are used to define...
  • 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...
  • Understanding water table and basements
    Trace Basement Systems
    Advice on what to consider in respect of water table and basement waterproofing The phrase ‘water table’ is often mentioned where issues of water penetration affect basements and cellars, however the theory may in many cases...
  • Fire door safety - a comprehensive guide
    Premdor
    Whether you are designing, constructing or maintaining a property, one critical area that can sometimes be considered an obstruction to the project is the legal requirement for compulsory fire doors. From a designer’s point...
  • 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...
  • Modular balustrades for modern methods of construction
    Neaco
    1. Modular building systems and modern methods of construction Defining modular building Many associate the term ‘modular building’ with a re-locatable, self-contained structure or unit installed for temporary use, not upon...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Dry rot - how does it survive and spread?
    Timberwise
    Once initiated a minimum timber moisture content of around 20% is required for a dry rot infection to survive although the optimum moisture content for active growth is reported around 35-50%; however, the rate of decay at...
  • 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...
  • What is a constructability study?
    Bailey
    A constructability or feasibility study is carried out to see how a real life project may go or to see if a project is viable. Sometimes it is done in miniature, sometimes the sections are full size. Studies can be carried...