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  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Say goodbye to rust forever - choose galvanised steel
    AUTOPA Limited
    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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Oak Frame Buildings Simplified
    Round Wood of Mayfield
    Purchasing an oak framed building can appear a daunting propsect, so we have put together a quick step-by-step guide for prospective customers. It has recently been published in a number of leading lifestyle magazines. The...
  • Fibre Cement Slates Guidance
    Marley
    Fibre Cement Slates Guidance
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.