State of Trade Survey 2017 Q4
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Amid Brexit-related uncertainty and weaker economic conditions, construction product manufacturers reported a mixed performance in the final quarter of 2017. On the heavy side, 6% of firms reported a quarterly decrease in sales, marking the first decline since 2013 Q1. However, on the light side, half of firms reported a rise in sales during the quarter, up from 36% in Q3. All balances were positive for the next quarter and year ahead, but were relatively low, reflecting weakness in new construction orders for major sectors such as commercial. 14% of heavy side manufacturers anticipated an increase in sales over the next quarter, whilst a balance of 30% was recorded on the light side. Manufacturers’ expectations for the next 12 months weakened, with a zero balance reported on the heavy side, the lowest since 2012 Q4.
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...