Reducing condensation within a flat roof structure

Condensation can cause a number of problems within a building, particularly interstitial condensation, which can occur inside the roof’s structure. Over time, this excess moisture can lead to the unseen decay in roof timbers and fixings. It can also have an effect on thermal insulation materials, as the measured thermal performance reduces when increased moisture…

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RubberBond Flat Roofing Durability Tests

Puncture tests When you are looking for the best materials to use, it helps to see proof of which direction you should be heading. In the case of EPDM flat roofs, that evidence – happily – exists for all to see. No matter why you are looking into EPDM flat roofs – whether you are…

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Rubber roofing tips: advantages, applications and adaptability

Until recently, it was widely acknowledged that British weather consisted of grey skies and rain clouds. However, in the last few years, it has become more unpredictable. If it’s not torrential downpours in June, then it’s mild temperatures in October – we’ve even seen snow in April. One thing is certain, you can never entirely…

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Labour councils building twice as many affordable homes

Labour councils are building twice as many affordable homes as their Tory counterparts. Figures gained from a Freedom of Information request by shadow local government secretary, Hilary Benn indicate that Labour-run constituencies have built an average of 403 council houses since the last election, compared with just 201 in Tory-held authorities. According to insidehousing.co.uk, this…

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Autumn/winter guide to roof maintenance

With the winter weather fast approaching, it is essential that homeowners ensure their roofs are watertight. Even the smallest of issues can develop into bigger problems given the repeated battering that buildings can receive during cold, wet conditions, so ensure your roof is in good condition before the great British weather ensues. Here are some…

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Construction sector grows at fastest rate since 2007

The British construction industry has unexpectedly taken a turn for the better, experiencing its fastest growth since the economic crash in September 2007. The Markit/CIPS construction PMI rose to 59.4 in October, outdoing economists’ predictions of it remaining at Septembers high of 58.9. According to reports from theguardian.com, the house building market experienced the biggest…

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Bank of Ireland launches home improvement fund

Bank of Ireland has unlocked 75 million euros in funding for homeowners who wish to conduct improvements on their properties. Independent.ie says the news coincides with a launch for the country’s Home Renovation Tax Incentive Scheme. This will provide an income tax credit to people who wish to carry out work on their homes over…

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Planning permission should be revoked from land-bankers, says report

Land owners could soon lose planning permission on projects which take too long to be completed. A report conducted by local think-tank Localis has suggested that councils should be given the powers to retrospectively remove planning permission after a certain period of inactivity, so more homes actually get built. According to planningresource.co.uk, it was also…

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Homeowners in Wales forced to consider environment when building extensions

Welsh property owners that add extensions to their homes will have have to consider environmentally-friendly regulations under new government plans, reports walesonline.co.uk. Housing Minister Carl Sargeant says that anyone extending their homes will soon be expected to meet “improved fabric standards” for walls, roofs and floors along with “consequential” energy efficiency improvements. The announcement could…

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