Construction Trade Survey February 2017
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Firms across the construction industry supply chain reported growth in the final three months of 2016, marking the fifteenth quarter of expansion since 2013 Q2. Construction product sales rose for both heavy and light side manufacturers at the start of the supply chain in Q4, whilst activity on the ground was also reported to have increased. Output rose for main and specialist contractors and workloads were reported higher for SME builders and civil engineering firms. However, looking ahead to 2017, product manufacturers lost some of the optimism displayed in previous quarterly surveys, especially on the heavy side, with a balance of 18% anticipating sales increases over the year ahead, down from 38% in Q3.
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...