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June Newsletter – Materials

June Newsletter – Materials

Materials In this AHCI news publication, we give information on elements that are inspected to current guidelines and British Standards. May’s issue will cover materials including concrete and masonry in relation to structural design information and specifications....
Prefabricated houses are on the rise

Prefabricated houses are on the rise

Prefabricated houses are on the rise – here’s everything you need to know. The future is prefabricated – or so many in the industry would have you believe. It’s hard to deny the “prefab boom” the construction sector has experienced in recent years. But what exactly is...
SHINING A LIGHT ON ROOF FIXING AND VENTILATION

SHINING A LIGHT ON ROOF FIXING AND VENTILATION

SHINING A LIGHT ON ROOF FIXING AND VENTILATION 1. What a load of BS The British standard for slating and tiling came into effect as a mandatory requirement in February 2015; it has now been amended in 2018 to include a revision of BS 8612:2018, which aims to improve...
DEW CARE & ATTENTION

DEW CARE & ATTENTION

Dew Care & Attention Relatively Speaking In order to understand what interstitial damp is we firstly need to look at what causes water to condensate. The air within a house or a single room will hold a certain amount of moisture, this is called the relative...
DEW CARE & ATTENTION

A RISING CONCERN

A Rising Concern Suck it up A misconception regarding ‘rising damp’ is that it is the water rising up the building under a ground pressure or positive hydrostatic forces; actually, moisture is drawn through the masonry like a sponge absorbing water, which is known as...
DEW CARE & ATTENTION

Roof Trusses & Elements

Roof Trusses & Elements Origins of the Truss Trussed rafters are defined as triangulated timber frames. Ordinarily, trusses will be located at a centre (distance from the outer face to the inner face) of 600mm, this may be altered by a designer or structural...