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Thermal bridge reduction: Is it that important?

Andrew ALL, Flooring, Specification Leave a Comment

In this day and age thermal efficiency, energy conservation and environmental impact are big concerns for British industry. No more so than the construction industry, but how high up the priority list are they? In house building, thermal bridge reduction is a wide issue but with the housing crisis being made even more apparent by the collapse of Carillion, surely …

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Lintel loading method: Overview of BS 5977

Andrew ALL, Concrete Lintels, Specification, Steel Lintels 2 Comments

This post is an overview of the British standard BS 5977-1:1981 which looks specifically at the method for assessment of load for lintels. This applies to both steel lintels and prestressed concrete lintels. It is an intrinsic part of understanding how our products are used within construction under current legislation. This standard applies to lintels up to the length of …

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Beam and block load span tables

Andrew ALL, Flooring, Specification Leave a Comment

Deciphering beam and block load span tables can be an arduous process sometimes. Here we look at the range of tables and information available within our flooring brochure, and how these tables can be applied to your project. We should say from the start that these beam and block load span tables are given as a guide only, and allowances …

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Steel vs concrete lintels: What is the difference?

Andrew ALL, Concrete Lintels, Specification, Steel Lintels Leave a Comment

You may think this is a silly question, but dig a little deeper and we can examine more than the obvious material differences. There are many reasons to specify a steel lintel but here we can look at why they may be favoured by the construction industry, and what use concrete lintels have in modern housebuilding. Strength to weight ratio One …

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Multi-product specification: 5 advantages for specifiers

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First, let us establish what we mean by multi-product specification. In this sense, I am talking about specifying multiple products from a single supplier. In the world of procurement, it is acknowledged that getting a number of quotes for products and services can help find what you need. With specification, this could also be said, but there is an argument …

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Lintel application: A specifier’s guide

Andrew ALL, Concrete Lintels, Specification, Steel Lintels Leave a Comment

A lintel is a lintel is a lintel right? Well not quite. Yes, the job of the lintel is pretty straight forward in that it has to bear a load, but not all lintels are the same, and there are many different types of lintels designed to do different things. From a specification point of view, there is a multitude …

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Concrete and steel lintels: What standards have to be met?

Andrew ALL, Concrete Lintels, Specification, Steel Lintels 2 Comments

Lintels like virtually all other building products undergo rigorous testing before being available to UK and EU markets, but is there a difference between steel and concrete lintels? The generic lintel has to do a certain job and so must reach a certain level regardless of the material used, however, the properties of steel and concrete lintels are obviously different, and …

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Specifying steel lintels: 5 top tips

Andrew ALL, Concrete Lintels, Specification, Steel Lintels

When specifying lintels one of the first questions to ask is whether you need prestressed concrete lintels or steel lintels. There are times when you will benefit from specifying concrete lintels, but this post is our top tips about specification in general, but predominantly for steel lintels. Top Tip 1 – Check your triangulation One of the biggest factors in …

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Targeting new markets with Barbour products

Andrew ALL, Developers, Specification Leave a Comment

Here at Stressline we are continually looking for new ways to market and new methods of communication to help improve our relationship with our expanding customer base. We have recently taken strides in our efforts to help the specification market by signing up for two Barbour products; the industry’s premier project database Barbour ABI, and the online search facility Barbour …