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Combustible materials amendment to approved document B for buildings over 18m

The Government has announced amendments to part B of the building regulations which have implications for timber components of buildings in and on external walls of high-rise developments.   The regulations specify that for residential developments above 18m, all materials in or on the external wall must be of European Classification A2-s1, d0 or Class … Continue reading “Combustible materials amendment to approved document B for buildings over 18m”

Guidance for preparing for a ‘no deal’ Brexit

The UK Government has issued information for businesses on how to prepare for a scenario in which the UK leaves the EU without agreement – a ‘no deal’ scenario. The Construction Products Regulation (CPR) is classified as a new approach regulation and so the following information comes from the government guidance paper Trading goods regulated … Continue reading “Guidance for preparing for a ‘no deal’ Brexit”

Government pledges to prioritise the timber industry after Brexit

Environment Minister David Rutley MP yesterday committed to “strengthening the timber trade” during a parliamentary debate on the implications of Brexit on the timber industry. Describing the industry as a “real priority” for Government, the Minister also pledged to make sure that timber importers face as “few additional costs as possible” after Brexit. The comments came … Continue reading “Government pledges to prioritise the timber industry after Brexit”

DTE acquires Cambridge Roof Truss

Donaldson Timber Engineering (DTE), the UK’s leading manufacturer of structural timber components, today (Thursday 1st November) announces the acquisition of Cambridge Roof Truss. Established in 2014, Cambridge Roof Truss limited (CRTL) designs, manufactures and supplies roof trusses, joists and spandrel panels to leading housebuilders and construction companies in the UK. The company has built a … Continue reading “DTE acquires Cambridge Roof Truss”

Important clarification on spandrel panels from the TRA

The Government is in the process of assessing risks from non-ACM (aluminium composite material) cladding, as it widens the scope of its investigations following the Grenfell Tower disaster. The news emerged in an advice note issued yesterday (17 October) by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) for owners of buildings over 18m, which include … Continue reading “Important clarification on spandrel panels from the TRA”

Online training logs a win for trussed rafter designers

As the construction industry continues its struggle with skills shortages, the trussed rafter industry is working hard to upskill employees with sign-ups for specialist training quadrupling. The online training course, run by the Trussed Rafter Association (TRA) in association with Edinburgh Napier University, is proving popular with trussed rafter designers. Two beneficiaries of the training … Continue reading “Online training logs a win for trussed rafter designers”

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