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  • Key considerations when specifying a ladder
    Bilco UK
    The humble ladder has been around forever – a 10,000-year-old painting in a cave in Valencia shows ladders being used to raid a wild honeybee nest. Whilst the material used to construct this ancient piece of equipment has...
  • Vapour and air permeable membranes explained
    A Proctor Group
    As Building Regulations are demanding ever higher thermal efficiency in both commercial and domestic sectors, today’s building professional increasingly needs to consider airtightness as a way of improving the thermal...
  • 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...
  • How to specify a green roof
    Harrowden Turf
    A living green roof is an amazing thing. It benefits local wildlife, the occupants of a building and the wider environment. It can even be designed to support food production. However, to specify a green roof is more complex...
  • Importance of good quality, well installed fire doors
    Stemko Group Ltd
    The Grenfell Tower fire has firmly clarified the importance of correctly installed fire doors and it is has become a big topic of conversation in the construction industry. The only positive thing that has been taken from...
  • Tanking membranes versus cavity drain membranes
    Newton Waterproofing
    What is tanking? Tanking is a generic term used to describe various products that are used to deal with water entering a below-ground building. Tanking membranes are one of these products. They are applied to the structure,...
  • Say goodbye to rust forever - choose galvanised steel
    AUTOPA
    Did you know? Galvanising is the most environmentally friendly way of protecting steel from rust. We all know that steel is a fantastic material, however, it does have one flaw, rust. If left untreated, steel will rust very...
  • Combustible materials: a view on laminated glass
    BA Systems
    An amendment was made to Approved Document B of the building regulations that came into force on 21st December 2018. The amendment banned the use of all combustible materials on the external face of buildings over 18m tall.
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Do I really require a Waterproofing Design Specialist?
    Delta Membrane Systems
    Waterproofing design is a complex task. Gone are the days of architects undertaking the role of waterproofing design in a project. Getting the design correct prior to construction will save significant costs. British...
  • Design considerations for roof hatches
    Bilco UK
    Bilco provides specification advice for roof hatches as part of its Bilco Assist service. When specifying a roof hatch, consideration should be given as to how often the hatch will be used and if tools or equipment will be...
  • What are the requirements for disabled handrail?
    Safesite
    There are thought to be around 13m disabled people living in the UK, according to Scope, and whilst we have come a very long way in terms of disabled access over the last few years, many disabled people still find it...
  • Flood damage strategy and rapid reoccupation
    Newton Waterproofing
    The winter of 2013-14 has been one of the wettest on record and, in many areas of the UK, this has resulted in the flooding of both commercial and domestic properties on a scale not seen before. The post-flood clean-up can...
  • Combination waterproofing systems
    Delta Membrane Systems
    New-build housing projects require a combination of different types of waterproofing systems, as defined in BS8102:2009 - Protection of Structures Against Water from the Ground (Type A barrier, Type B integrally watertight,...