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Monday 26th November 2018
The use of formaldehyde-based resins in construction materials has become standard practice because of various benefits such as low cost, and in wood-based products, dimensional stability.
However, it’s also a growing cause for concern due to health problems caused by the release of formaldehyde both over time and when cutting wood materials containing these resins, as is the case for many MDF panels.
Thursday 11th October 2018
The construction and maintenance of buildings relies on the extraction and utilisation of the earth’s limited natural resources. If we don’t adopt more sustainable forestry and building practices worldwide, there will be problems.
With responsible management, timber is a 100% renewable natural resource. However, a recent study by the WWF found that we may have only a decade of timber left, due to huge levels of unsustainable deforestation.
This is one of the reasons why some responsible developers are demanding that their buildings are designed and built to meet the requirements of environmental assessment certification schemes such as BREEAM.
Friday 5th October 2018
For developers, publicly displaying ‘green’ credentials is fast becoming a must to win new business, while work on both new buildings and renovations now come with preoccupations over the sustainability of a project, the products used, and the health and wellbeing of the eventual occupants.
Monday 6th August 2018
The largest international suppliers that supply the UK timber trade are either at the point of expiry or already running at a deficit.
This comes after a report commissioned by the WWF found that countries such as Colombia and Brazil, will run out of timber forests in approximately 12 and 16 years respectively. Nigeria, Pakistan and Thailand are in a worse position and could see the demise of theirs in a decade or less, while South Africa is reported to only have about seven years’ worth of timber forests remaining.
The report also examines how sourcing timber from sustainably managed forests could help stem this devastating loss of resources.
Friday 6th July 2018
When it finally opens next year, 22 Bishopsgate will be the tallest building in London - after The Shard. It will also be the first “shell and core” office building in the UK to apply for the International WELL Building Institute’s WELL Building Standard ®.
The fact that one of the tallest buildings in Europe is being built to comply with a wellness standard is a sign that developers are starting to change the way that they think about the design and construction of buildings in order to attract occupiers.
Monday 25th June 2018
When constructing a drywall partition so that it can bear the weight of a handrail, sink, or cabinet a dryliner has to decide between using plywood or Oriented Strand Board (OSB). We’ve matched them up to find the winner once and for all.
Let’s kick off, shall we?
Thursday 14th June 2018
A product is devised as a solution to a problem.
This fact has driven the invention of countless products over the years that have made our day-to-day lives easier. Some products still serve a purpose, but just like us, products and ideas get old.
Put bluntly, if you don’t innovate then you risk ending up on the scrap heap.
Take Nokia, Blockbuster, or Kodak for example: brands which at one point were on top of their game, but now are a distant memory and are only brought up in nostalgic anecdotes.
This same model applies to the construction industry.
Wednesday 30th May 2018
Torching-on felt over a reliable board is the ‘tried and tested’ method for flat roofing that has been around for generations, because it works! The challenge with this method is ensuring the reliability of the board used as the roof deck.
To achieve a great flat roof finish, we’ve created a checklist of key characteristics you need to look out for.
Monday 21st May 2018
There will of course be times when we are faced with specifying products that must meet many different criteria, with absolutely no room for doubt. For example, the need for flame-retardant timber panels whose performance can be relied upon during installation and for the decades ahead.
Monday 14th May 2018
Site-hoarding is more than just putting up a fence. Firstly, you want your site-hoarding to be strong and durable. Secondly, it makes life a lot easier if it’s quick to install, so you can enjoy the really important things in life. And thirdly, too often the sustainability of site-hoarding boards is almost completely disregarded leading to the use of illegally produced tropical plywood.
Thankfully, there is a product that checks these three all-important boxes: SMARTPLY SITEPROTECT.