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Acoustic absorbers – specifying acoustic absorbers where they will be installed against a wall

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.

Boards: Magnesium Oxide Boards

NHBC will not accept MgO building boards on buildings where the foundations are begun on or after 30 April 2020 under its insurance warranty.

Boards: Plywood Pattress

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?

Building Regulations: RISK and Building Regulations

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.

CE Marking: CE Marking and Brexit

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).

Creaking in tall buildings

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

Fire: Compatibility between pipes and fire and acoustic seals

Attention needs to be paid during the design, specification and installation of the products to ensure that all components perform as required.

Fire: FAQs

Frequently asked questions regarding fire.

Fire: HSG168 – Fire Safety in Construction

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.

Fire: Regulation 38 – Fire Safety

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: Third Party Certification

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.

Partitioning: Installing to the underside of structural beams coated with Intumescent paint

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.

Partitioning and Ironmongery: helping to manage social distancing

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.

Partitioning: Market Survey (FIS Partition Industry Forum) 2016

Findings from the FIS / CPA partition industry survey.

Partitioning: Operable Walls

What to consider when supplying an operable wall.

Partitioning: Specifying partitioning

Advice on what to consider when specifying partitioning.

Plasterboard Systems: Causes of cracks

This information sheet highlights the causes which have been identified where cracks that align with plasterboard joints have appeared.

Plasterboard: Guidance to minimise waste

Things to consider to minimise plastreboard waste.

Plastering: A guide for homeowners

This guide addresses what to consider when having plastering completed in your home, from obtaining a quote, through to painting the finished plaster.

Plastering – How to improve the quality of internal finishes

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.

Plastering: Standards for plaster finish

A single information source covering the standards for plaster finish.

Robust Details: Regulatory update

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.

Reports: Implementation of the CPR and the repeal of the CPD

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.

Reports – Timeline for the development of European Assessment Documents

ETAGs used as EADs according to Regulation (EU) No 305/2011 and related development of European Assessment Documents (EAD).

Safety: Spontaneous breakages of toughened glass

Spontaneous breakages of toughened glass can occur for a variety of reasons, here we look at the possible causes.

 Safety: Standing Committee on Structural Safety alert

This information provides guidance on the structural safety of glass in balustrades.

Specification: 10 key points for writing a smart specification

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

Steel Framed Systems: Uninterrupted height of masonry cladding to light steel framing

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).

Trims: Transition trims

FIS consultant highlights the top 10 issues that he has encountered during site visits of a ceiling collapse.

Wall panels: A guide to mounting wall panels

Guidance on installing wall mounted panels.