Electrical Safety with the NICEIC

Electrical safety is of the utmost importance in your home and it is advisable to use a NICEIC registered contractor to carry out any electrical work in your property. Just some benefits of using a NICEIC registered contractor are as follows; Once a contractor is registered with NICEIC they are regulated and assessed regularly to … Continue reading

Ventilation Definitions Guide

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

Ionization vs Optical Smoke Alarm: How to Choose

This article could be useful to you if: You have just moved into a new home with no fire alarm system installed. Your existing fire alarm system no longer works. You previously neglected to install a fire alarm system to your home. You wish to extend your fire alarm system to cover more of your … Continue reading

How to Choose The Right Drainage System for Paved Areas

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 1

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