building standards, fire safety,

Scottish Government strengthens fire safety and building standards

The Scottish Government has announced changes to its building standards, which aim to strengthen fire safety in new high rise buildings.
HPL rain screen, cladding, hockmore tower,

Oxford council to replace HPL rain screen on Hockmore Tower

Oxford City Council has decided to remove and replace the HPL rain screen on Hockmore Tower after the government confirmed that towers blocks needed to remove cladding containing the rain screen.
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FPA urges further reforms 2 years after Grenfell tragedy

The Fire Protection Association has renewed its call that the government’s changes to building regulations and the so-called ban on combustible cladding do not go far enough to protect buildings.
aluminium composite material cladding, grenfell,

Government to give £200m to replace Grenfell-style cladding: Is it Enough?

The government has confirmed that it will allocate £200m to fix private tower blocks that are wrapped in combustible aluminium composite material cladding, but will it be enough? Bushbury Cladding takes a look.
external wall insulation systems,

BBA releases EWIS wind-loading technical case study

Building designers, specifiers and contractors working with external wall insulation systems (EWIS) have fresh technical guidance following the publication of the BBA's ‘Resistance to Wind-Load’.
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Change in Building Regulations could cost millions if not followed

New fire protection regulations are now in force. Jon Pagan, director of fire safety engineering at FIA, looks at what they mean for the construction industry
Smoke control, David Mowatt, Maintenance,

Setting new standards in smoke control

David Mowatt, chairman of the Smoke Control Association, highlights the need to raise standards and levels of competency in relation to the design, installation and maintenance of smoke control systems in high-rise buildings.
cavity wall

Cavity wall insulation report released for Northern Ireland

Research into cavity wall insulation in social housing and private homes in Northern Ireland has been published.
Homes Act

Homes Act 2018: Is dampness back in the spotlight?

The new Homes Act will see the issue of damp and mould put firmly on the radar but, says James Berry, technical manager of the PCA.
Healthy building, Building Regulations, Steico

Building Regulations: Why they’re no longer fit for purpose

Adrian Judd, director of Steico, argues Building Regulations need to tighten up so that we build healthy buildings.
sustainable drainage, SuDs, SfA8,

Are new sustainable drainage guidelines just a drop in the ocean?

New guidelines are being introduced to set standards for sustainable drainage systems (SuDS). Martin Lambley at Wavin, looks at what we can expect to see.
accessible loos, structural warranty,

Time to flush out the poor design of accessible loos

Ian Streets, managing director of About Access, urges designers to consider the needs of disabled people when planning essential facilities.
steel framing system, FIS, SCI,

FIS and SCI to launch steel framing system guide

FIS and the Steel Construction Institute (SCI) is to launch the much-awaited Steel Framing System (SFS) guide on 16 May.
Construction products, Hackitt,

Construction product sector must regain confidence, says CPA

Peter Caplehorn, deputy chief executive and policy director at Construction Products Association (CPA) takes a look at how the Hackitt review has impacted the construction products sector.

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