State of Trade Survey 2017 Q1
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Construction product manufacturers reported rising sales in the first quarter of 2017, extending the industry’s period of growth to four years. On the heavy side, 45% of firms reported a quarterly increase in sales, down marginally from 50% in the fourth quarter of 2016. On the light side, 38% of firms reported that sales increased during the quarter, also lower than the 50% balance recorded in the previous quarter. Strong performance in the opening three months of the year has also buoyed manufacturers’ expectations for growth over the next quarter and year. 68% of heavy side manufacturers anticipated an increase in sales over the next quarter, whilst a balance of 47% was recorded on the light side.
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...