This advice note will help specifiers understand the performance (including fire) of wall mounted acoustic absorbers, acoustics and room acoustics, reverberation and absorption, conformity marking and importantly their installation.
Benchmarks are used to establish a standard that future work can be judged against. For example; benchmarking something for the quality of finish or technical execution, and to set a level for what’s expected throughout a project. This guidance looks at the best way to use benchmarks and what to do if they are not part of a contract or included in the specification.
Ply and Orient Strand Board (OSB) are often the default solution when it comes to constructing drywall so that it can take a load; But is ply the right choice? What are the implications? Is there a right way? And are there any alternatives?
Following the tragic events at Grenfell Tower we have seen a rise in questions to our technical team asking how they can provide evidence that the work they have completed complies to the current Building Regulations.
The construction sector has been mandated to provide a declaration of performance and a visible CE mark on products that are produced for sale in the EU where a Harmonised European Standard or norm exists (hEn).
Information on the rules and guidance provided in the EU Construction Products Regulation (EU 305/2011) (EU CPR) that have been amended by two pieces of UK legislation.
The government announced in December 2022 that the deadline for ending recognition of the CE mark has been extended to 30 June 2025. Until more guidance is given by the government, there is not an unambiguous path forward for manufacturers who need to conformity mark construction products. Thi sguidance looks at the two principal approaches with the subsequent risks and benefits.
A phenomenon where creaking is heard in some tall residential towers in high wind occurrences is known to occur across the world, yet the buildings are all compliantly designed and constructed and are safe
Exposed head tracks on deflections heads are being highlighted as a defect resulting in costly delays and remediation costs. This information note explains how this can inadvertently happen and what steps should be put in place to mitigate the risk.
Attention needs to be paid during the design, specification and installation of the products to ensure that all components perform as required.
HSG168, published by the health and safety executive (HSE), deals specifically with the construction stage of a project and should be used to mitigate risk and protect lives and property.
The regulation ensures that information imperative to life safety of people in and around the building is communicated to owner/occupier, so that the building can be managed correctly.
Fire resistance evidence of non-loadbearing walls can be demonstrated by testing samples using either BS 476-22 or BS EN 1364-1, this technical note explains the fundamental differences between the standards and how both are acceptable in the current guidance in Approved Documents B
Third party certification varies according to the terms of each scheme, but essentially includes verification of the test evidence and scope of application or use of the product, and a regular audit of the factory quality assurance system.
Small holes, sometimes known as mouse holes occur as a consequence of deflection heads on some systems at high level between the back of the wall channel and the above the face plasterboard on corners and three-way junctions. This technical note has been produced to help inform your site teams and designers of the responsibility to ensure that they are fire stopped and that the designer has approved the detail.
This guide will provide designers with information to standards and regulations that should be consulted when specifying frameless glass partitioning being used as a barrier and suggests a performance regime that harmonises them regardless of the devolved nation.
Part L requirements to record and photograph junctions to the external wall
From Wednesday 15 June a requirement to provide photographic evidence of junction of internal walls to external envelope of a building come into force. This guidance provides you with information and advice on how to meet this requirement.
Fixing anything directly to either the column/beam treated with intumescent paint will impede the intumescent paint from expanding and may allow heat to transfer to the steel.
This guide has been written to outline the process and considerations that need to be taken in order to manage social distancing effectively through the use of partitioning and ironmongery.
To meet the client’s expectation it must start with a clear set of instructions about the level of finish expected, and this must be in the specification and clearly found in the invitation to tender.
Reporting nonconforming installations during refurbishment or during construction is not only a duty but can save long term risks with legacy work. This note is designed to be used in toolbox talks and as part of competency training.
The most popular type of separating floor in flats is concrete planks with a floating screed. When built properly these perform very well but following trades such as dryliners and carpenters can inadvertently compromise performance.
Implementation of Regulation (EU) No 305/2011 of the European Parliament and Council of 9 March 2011 laying down harmonised conditions for the marketing of construction products and repealing Council Directive 89/106/EEC.
This guide provides 10 key points to writing a smart specification, whether it’s for a ceiling, partition, floor or any other element within the finishes and interiors sector that you are planning to specify
This information sheet provides guidance on the factors to be considered in determining the acceptable height of groundsupported masonry (called ‘uninterrupted height’ in BS 5268).