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  • 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 - 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 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 - 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,...
  • Acoustics in private homes
    Knauf Danoline
    Why are perforated gypsum boards necessary in homes? It is more the rule than the exception that ceilings in kitchens, family rooms and living rooms are high, which provides more light and air and comfort for the eye and...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...