Mar 31

A Guide to Steel Coating Technologies

There are many different types of steel coating technologies available today and all are there to help protect the steel from corrosion and degradation. Let’s take a look at some of the different methods along with the pros and cons with regard to their usage in differing environments. Galvalume – Galvalume is an extremely popular …

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Mar 31

Overcoming the Practical Issues in the Development of Structural Glass Balustrades

It seems as though no modern building is complete these days without a staircase donned with a beautiful, sparkling glass balustrade. The attraction is easy to understand. They are not only stunning to look at, but they also cost significantly less than their wooden counterparts, and they are relatively easy to maintain. There are, however, …

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Jan 06

Which Part of L will work for us

Benjamin Franklin said “… in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes”. Had he lived at the beginning of this century he may have thrown in “… and a 20-25% increase in the carbon emissions standards under Part L of the Building Regulations”; because for a long time that …

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Dec 09

The Future of Planning may be Permitted

It took me a while to realise, but eventually I cottoned on that that my local planning authority was just a front for a small number of government departments headed by ministers, with a seemingly endless supply of civil (some not-so) servants, who, it would appear navigate between pillars and posts at the minister’s behest …

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Nov 25

Building Regulations Plan for Inspection

I recall vividly when I started in this industry, that in submitting an application under the Building Regulations you were unwittingly entering into a state run adversarial system. Stories abounded as to how building control officers would spend their ivory tower days just thinking up new ways to catch you out. Bearing in mind they …

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Nov 11

The Design Team Leader?

Once upon a time there there was a default answer that nobody dared to question. Increasingly we are attending seminars, lectures and updates (notably under the far reaching umbrella of Building Information Modelling – BIM) where the keynote speakers are structural engineers, services managers and, with the seemingly unstoppable popularity of design and build – …

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