Construction Industry Forecast Autumn 2018
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After the weather and Carillion affected Q1, during which construction output fell by 1.6%, construction enjoyed a partial catch-up in the sunshine and second quarter output was 0.8% higher than in the first quarter. Excluding the weather impact in Q1 and the catch-up in Q2, the indications from firms in the supply chain are that construction activity in 2018 so far has been broadly flat. However, this masks a considerable variation by construction sector, with growth in private housing, industrial warehouses and many parts of infrastructure set to offset falls in education, health and commercial activity. In addition, there is also a significant variation in the fortunes of firms working in different regions within the same sector.
The resistance to sound is not just a legal requirement; designers should take account of the expected transmission of sound between dwellings, between rooms and from outside, and design the walls and floors accordingly.
The Building Regulations require that occupants of a dwelling be 'reasonably protected' from noise...
Although there is an increasing interest and application in using adhesive-bonded connections for new buildings, the main demand for this technology in the UK is for repairs to structural timbers. The original concept was aimed at repairing historic structures. However, the technology is increasingly being used for repairing modern materials...
Adhesives are widely used in non-structural applications such as furniture manufacture and joinery. They are also used in the manufacture of panel products such as plywood, particleboard, fibreboard and oriented strandboard (OSB), of which some grades are used structurally.
Glulam and structural timber composites such as cross laminated...