Competent Person Schemes and the benefits they bring to the public.

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Competent Person Self-Certification Schemes, which are often referred to as just Competent Person Schemes, have been present in the market for 13 years now. They were introduced by the UK Government with a view to simplify the existing certification processes and help individuals and enterprises save on time and local authority fees incurred during the … Continue reading

Protecting & Repairing your Home from Storm Damage

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Recent weather here in the UK has been extreme, the winter of 2013/2014 was the wettest on record for the United Kingdom since records began in 1910 and this is thought to be in part caused by the Jet Stream being 30% stronger than usual. This has caused storms and then directed them towards us! The South of … Continue reading

Getting Planning Permission in Bath

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The whole City of Bath is designated as a world heritage site by UNESCO.  Since the late 1980’s, Bath has been listed as a cultural site, with outstanding universal value and cultural significance. In the 18th Century a handful of local entrepreneurs took on large and impressive building projects in Bath, their influence makes Bath … Continue reading

Ventilation Definitions Guide

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Air permeability is a measure of how much air leaks out of your building. It is measured in cubic metres per hour per square metre (m3/hr.m-2). What this means is that it measures the volume of air that is leaking per square metre of your buildings outer walls & roof each hour. When designing a … Continue reading

Sound Insulation Testing

UK legislation states that all walls and floors built must have minimum values of sound insulation. These values are actual numbers, not rough estimates or subjective adjectives. Building Regulations require that both airborne sound and impact sound insulation tests be carried out on all walls, floors and stairs. The test requirements differ depending on if … Continue reading

Calculating Wall Thickness During Building Part 2

Following on from Part 1 of our wall thickness sequence, this article looks at variables that can affect the stability of cavity walls. For cavity walls in coursed brickwork or blockwork: What is a cavity wall? A cavity wall is where the wall is composed of two ‘leafs’; an external and an internal wall separating a cavity. The cavity … Continue reading

Calculating Wall Thickness During Building Part 1

During building, wall thickness is a balance between creating the maximum amount of room space whilst ensuring that the house is structurally secure and stable. Other factors to be taken into account are the materials used in the construction of the wall, the number of storeys of the building and the storey that the wall … Continue reading