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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Oak Framed Buildings & Listed Properties
    Round Wood of Mayfield
    Oak Framed Buildings & Listed Properties We recently advised members of the Listed Property Owners' Club on the issues around constructing an oak frame within the curtilage of a listed building. In an article published in...
  • 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...
  • What are the fixing requirements of BS 5534?
    Marley
    What are the fixing requirements of BS 5534? As we previously discussed, BS 5534 is the revised British Standard for slating and tiling for pitched roofs and vertical tiling, which came into effect on the 31st August 2014.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • What low pitch roof slates and tiles are available?
    Marley
    What low pitch roof slates and tiles are available? Due to the increase in domestic extensions with low pitch roofs the demand for low pitch roofing solutions is greater than ever.Marley Eternit offers two fibre cement...
  • What is the cost of clay plain tiles?
    Marley
    What is the cost of clay plain tiles? Specifying roof tiles for new build and renovation projects can be a juggling act. The need to create buildings that blend with their surroundings and are more environmentally friendly...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...