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  • Why a green roof needs winter maintenance
    Harrowden Turf
    It's a frequently overlooked fact that extensive green roofs need maintenance in order for them to deliver all of the benefits they were installed to supply. A simple maintenance regime requires two visits to the roof per...
  • What British Standards apply to roofing?
    Marley
    Keeping track of British Standards can be difficult. There are, after all, more than 27,000 of them. The good news is that they don’t all relate to roofing, or even the construction industry - so if you’re trying to work out...
  • Lanyards: what do you need to know?
    Safesite
    Lanyards are a vital part of some fall protection systems, serving as a connector between harnesses and anchor points to either restrict workers from entering into areas of a roof where there is a fall risk, or providing...
  • Personal fall protection - FAQs
    Safesite
    Personal fall protection is a type of protection which is entirely reliant on the user, available in either ‘fall arrest’ or ‘fall restraint’ form. Examples include lifeline systems and anchors. Personal fall protection is...
  • Does a re-roof or extension need to comply with BS 5534?
    Marley
    With smaller domestic pitched roofinullnullng contracts being awarded to independent tradesmen, it’s never been a more important time to look at the current standards set out for existing builds and extensions. With changes...
  • Common patent glazing glass types
    Standard Patent Glazing Co
    All patent glazing systems must be installed with suitable safety glass. Types: toughened, laminated, wired or a combination of these for double and triple glazed systems. The Standard Patent Glazing Co describes each of the...
  • Waterproofing of contiguous piles
    Delta Membrane Systems
    Contiguous piles have many advantages in the formation of a retaining wall. This method of construction involves the creation of a line of deep bores that are then backfilled with concrete. The advantage of this method of...
  • Balustrade safety: load requirements
    BA Systems
    Balustrades and barriers need to be designed to protect persons from falling from height. Every balustrade must be engineered, manufactured and installed to withstand forces that could be applied by persons using the...
  • Factors to consider if choosing waterproofing materials
    Delta Membrane Systems
    There is a wide choice of structural waterproofing materials available in the market and it can be difficult to determine the best option for a project. The complexity and competitiveness of the industry brings challenges...
  • The dangers of accessing plant and equipment on roofs
    Safesite
    Roofs are a common place for plant and equipment such as air conditioning and vents to be installed. Althoughlocating them on the top of your building might be a popular choice to preserve ground space and building...
  • Stainless steel in coastal and swimming pool areas
    BA Systems
    Effects of corrosive environments on stainless steel coastal areas and swimming pools are very exacting environments for any construction material including stainless steel. It is important to remember that even 316 marine...
  • Where are coloured clay tiles used?
    Marley
    Where are coloured clay tiles used? It is perhaps not surprising to find that clay tile usage closely correlates with areas where suitable clay is found, with clay plain tiles used to cover roofs for over 1000 years in...
  • Fire door checks to prevent the spread of smoke
    Stemko Group Ltd
    Most fire deaths aren’t caused by fire, but by smoke inhalation. Smoke can overcome victims very quickly, leading to incapacitation and the inability to exit a building. Since the introduction of the Regulatory Reform (Fire...
  • Need for battery backup in a Type C Waterproofing System
    Outdoor Design
    When addressing the risks involved in a pumped Type C Waterproofing System, ‘mains failure’ falls within the top 5 categorised risks. Submersible pumps installed as part of a Type C system require mains power to operate,...
  • All-Party Parliamentary Group on Working at Height
    Safesite
    At the end of February 2019, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Working at Height released its report on safety at height practices in the UK, based on its investigations into the work at height culture across the country.