Construction Trade Survey February 2018
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The construction industry ended 2017 on a soft note, according to the Construction Trade Survey for 2017 Q4. Construction product manufacturers’ sales increased during Q4, but expectations for the year ahead weakened. Main contractors, specialist contractors and SME builders also reported an increase in output or workloads during the quarter but, again, forward-looking indicators pointed to a period of slower or falling activity over the next 12 months. Q4 was most challenging for civil engineering contractors, however, with the first falls in activity and new orders reported in four years.
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...