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  • Floor point loading of screeded floors
    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...
  • Dry rot - how quickly does it spread?
    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...
  • The new revision of BS 8102 (waterproofing regulations)
    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...
  • Measuring and reducing radon gas
    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
    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...
  • 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    Various British Standards have been withdrawn in the past few years but one that remains is BS 8215.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.
  • 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...
  • Does your property value Increase with an outbuilding?
    Classic Barn Company
    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...
  • 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...
  • 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...