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  • The new revision of BS 8102 (waterproofing regulations)
    Although the principles contained within the code are still sound, after nearly 20 years, BS 8102:1990 Code of Practice for Protection of Structures against Water from the Ground was overdue for revision. The Code is now...
  • The 'perched' water table and basement waterproofing
    Trace Basement Systems
    The 'water table' is an important concept with regards to how water penetration effects basements and cellars. However, there is an important distinction between the 'perched' water table and the 'true' water table. The...
  • Tread carefully using the BS 8215 DPC staircase
    Cavity Trays
    Various British Standards have been withdrawn in the past few years but one that remains is BS 8215. If you pick up the latest PD 6697 it currently refers back to BS 8215 as a source for competent construction.
  • Environmental grades (1 to 3) in BS 8102:2009
    Trace Basement Systems
    Introduction The key to a successful waterproofing scheme is to ensure that the environment created by the system and environmental controls is appropriate to the intended usage. Environmental grades are used to define...
  • Why use anti-bacterial paints in healthcare environs?
    Johnstone's Trade
    Here are 6 reasons why you should consider anti-bacterial paints for healthcare environments: 1. Silver ion technology can be found in some paint formulations. If present, the hygiene coatings will limit the growth of...
  • Understanding water table and basements
    Trace Basement Systems
    Advice on what to consider in respect of water table and basement waterproofing The phrase ‘water table’ is often mentioned where issues of water penetration affect basements and cellars, however the theory may in many cases...
  • Rising damp - an introduction
    Does rising damp exist? Reading certain articles in a number of newspapers one would think not - it is a myth! Unfortunately the journalists have failed to appreciate the extensive research over many years into rising damp...
  • Measuring and reducing radon gas
    Measuring radon gas As radon levels in a property can vary significantly over time due to weather conditions and seasonal changes tests should run over several months. As such we recommend that a standard test should cover...
  • Cavity tray requirement with conservatories
    Cavity Trays
    In 2013 the Department for Communities and Local Government issued a directive regarding conservatories and porches and whether they must comply with Building Regulations or whether they are exempt. The guidance applies to...
  • BS 8102:2009 - structural waterproofing
    Trace Basement Systems
    Introduction BS 8102:2009 is the 'Code of practice for protection of below ground structures against water from the ground'. It is the primary design guide for structural (basement) waterproofing in the UK. Although there...
  • Radon gas - an introduction
    Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas released through the decay of uranium which is present to some degree in all soils and rock. The amount of gas released varies greatly depending on where you live in the UK and...