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  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • What type of roof underlay should I use?
    Marley
    What type of roof underlay should I use? There is a vast choice of roof underlays available on the market today, ranging from traditional bituminous (Type 1F) products, through to more modern lightweight alternatives that...
  • Combined waterproofing systems: what you need to know
    Newton Waterproofing
    BS 8102:2009 and combined waterproofing systems As of November 30th 2009, BS 80102:2009 – the code of practice for “The Protection of Below Ground Structures from Water From the Ground" – has been in effect. It incorporates...
  • 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...
  • FAQs about sliding doors – a trade guide
    Runners Sliding Door Systems
    Tradesman often get asked lots of different questions regarding the various types of sliding door systems available, how they work and what their benefits are. These are all valid points and to help answer these enquiries,...
  • 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...
  • Building in aircrete: the modern solution
    H+H UK
    The government has been clear it wants housebuilders to deliver far more units per year, which means there is likely to continue to be strong demand for aircrete, a product ideal for meeting the performance requirements for...
  • 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...
  • BS 8102:2009 - important new waterproofing regulations
    Newton Waterproofing
    What does BS 8102: 2009 mean to specifiers of structural waterproofing projects? BS 8102 is a design document whose purpose is to inform the designer of the various methods of waterproofing available and to assist in the...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Compressive Load Capabilities of Type C Waterproofing
    Newton Waterproofing
    When designing and specifying a floor build-up, the importance of accurate and reliable compressive load data cannot be underestimated.