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  • Floor point loading of screeded floors
    Warmafloor
    Theoretical calculation to determine the effect of point loads through screeds on floor insulation layer Any load put upon a screeded floor is initially carried by the floor finish and screed. This load-spreading layer...
  • Create happier, healthier, higher-performing schools
    Whitesales Group
    The right refurbishment can transform education for students and staff alike. Did you know that simply increasing daylight and fresh air circulation in classrooms can lead to: Improved concentration levels and higher...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Balustrades: health and safety - who's responsible?
    Delta Balustrades
    The installation of balustrades is intended to prevent the risk of falls from stairs, terraces and balconies, however even the smallest of design errors can result in health and safety failure. So who has design...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Does your property value Increase with an outbuilding?
    Classic Barn Company - Oak Framed Garages
    Watch Linda Barker's new show The Home Game, ask the question lots of home owners ask ‘how much will my property increase in value if I add an outbuilding’ ? See The Classic Barn Company put this question to the test. Click...
  • 5 Top Tips for specifying the right balustrade system
    Delta Balustrades
    Specifying the right balustrade for your building demands a detailed understanding of the requirements of its specific use and construction, which is why it is always beneficial to work with a trusted balustrade specialist...