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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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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 …