Covering Standards, Regulation, Compliance, Guidance, Good Practice and a range of other Information & Support, issue 17 of the NHBC’s Technical Extra is an invaluable source of important information for Architects, Engineers, Surveyors, and Builders. For example NHBC Standards cover:-
- Minimum Foundation Depths in Clay Soils
- Ironmongery for Windows & Doors
… and include snippets of interesting information like that on Ironmongery, e.g.:-
- 15% of the defect-related contacts NHBC receives relate to windows and doors.
- Ironmongery dominates, with issues relating to handles, locks and hinges accounting for almost half.
- Comments recorded on customer satisfaction surveys also highlight similar issues.
- The article ‘Ironmongery for windows and doors’ provides more information.
‘Ensuring adequate ventilation to naturally-ventilated dwellings’ considers what action should be taken if an airtightness value better than that designed for is achieved. This edition also highlights changes to the air leakage testing industry, with the old registration scheme for testers being replaced by a new ATTMA Scheme.
(The British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing (BINDT) Registration Scheme for air-tightness testers ceased to operate from 1 January. A new scheme is being introduced by the Air Tightness Testing & Measurement Association (ATTMA), which is designed to harmonise and improve standards.)
Other articles include a reminder of Technical Guidance previously issued relating to minimum foundation depths in clay soils. Regulation and Compliance also discusses openable windows with low cill heights, design and use of autoclaved aerated concrete (AAC) masonry units and CE marking for steelwork fabrications.
There are also details of the provision of weep holes and weep vents in masonry walls, potential fire safety issues relating to dummy chimneys over party walls, and current and soon to be published research from the NHBC Foundation.
The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (CDM) are changing.
Affecting the way building projects are planned and managed, from 06 April 2015 Clients, Designers and Principal Contractors will have to comply with these changes affecting projects and companies of all sizes.
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