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

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

How to Choose The Right Drainage System for Paved Areas

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Paved areas need their own type of drainage system as they’re generally impermeable to water. This means rainfall or other water will flow on their surface and this can easily lead to nasty build ups and flooding. With that in mind, the first step to creating a strong drainage system begins before the paving has even been … Continue reading

Sanitary Piping Best Practices 3

This week in our sanitary piping series were covering the last element of a sanitary plumbing system; discharge stacks.   Discharge Stacks All branch discharge pipes eventually reach the discharge stack; the pipe that discharges the sanitary waste into a drain. A key property of a discharge stack is that it is vented ( as … Continue reading

Sanitary Piping Best Practices 2

Our last post was on understanding sanitary piping covered tracks. This week we will discuss branch discharge pipes and their role in the plumbing system. Branch Discharge Pipes Plumbing appliances such as toilets, showers and sinks connect to the primary drainage pipes through branch discharge pipes. These pipes are simply smaller drainage pipes feeding into … 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