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

Guide to Approved Document P of the Building Regulations 1

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Approved document P of the UK Government’s Building Regulations covers electrical safety of all dwellings. The document applies to electrical installations attached to the following types of building ( or parts of buildings): Houses Flats Shops and public houses with a residential dwelling above Common/communal areas in a block of flats (staircases and hallways) Shared … 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

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

Sanitary Piping Best Practices 1

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The main elements of sanitary pipework  are: Traps Branch discharge pipes Discharge Stacks Traps In the field of plumbing, pipework and drainage, a trap is a shaped pipe that retains water. The retained water acts as a seal to prevent foul air from escaping out of the system and into the building. The depth of … 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

Jail for Asbestos Firm Director

Serving as another warning to householders over the threat of rogue contractors and tradesmen, a seemingly reputable asbestos firm was uncovered to be an unlicensed, illegal business engaged in dangerous practices. The director was hauled before Southwark Crown Court, where on the 13th of September this year he was found to be guilty of three breaches … Continue reading

New employment contract announced by George Osborne

On the 8th of October this year, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne announced a new type of employment contract, called the employee-owner contract. The purpose of the new contract is to enable a more flexible workforce, by removing a significant amount of an employee’s working rights in exchange for shares in the company. … Continue reading

Roofing and its Effects on Bats

  Work such as loft conversions, roofing repairs or a roof replacement can have a significant effect on bats that may have made the space their home. This effect is important as many bat species in the UK are protected. What this means is that if they are denizens of your property, they are landing … Continue reading