Thursday, 5 November 2015

2015 Building Regulations Update

The Building Regulations for England and Wales are regularly being updated and adjusted, and it can be difficult keeping up to date with the changes.

Local Authority Building Control have prepared the document below which provides a handy summary of recent key changes to the regulations. 

Key changes include:

  • Introduction of Approved Document Part Q relating to security of dwellings; 
  • In Wales (from Jan 16') all new dwellings, including conversions of existing buildings, will require the installation of fire suppression systems; 
  • Changes to Part M have split the Approved Document in two and make a greater distinction between different types of dwelling

If you would like a copy of the document, please drop a line to our office. 

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Peebles Fireworks Display

We’ll be involved with a different form of building this weekend for the Peebles Annual Fireworks Display; Paul is a member of the Peebles & District Round Table and has graduated (solely through a lack of other willing stooges) to a role as chief firestarter on the Guy Fawkes bonfire.  The Table’s efforts through the autumn culminate in the show in Victoria Park, Peebles, on Saturday (7th November). 

It’s going to be the biggest display yet and, with the kind support of sponsors Stobo Castle Health Spa, all donations taken on the night to go directly to local charities, groups and good causes.  Come along, support the community, and spend some time ooh’ing, ahh’ing and craning your neck!  The bonfire will be lit at 7.00pm and the fireworks display will start at 7.30pm.

Peebles Annual Fireworks Display flyer for 7th November 2015.

Have you ever wondered why all fires are the same shape?  Ever wondered why fires are shaped as cones and pyramids, as tall as they are wide at the base? Why they look the same in all sizes, from the barbecue to the firewood in the chimney to the annual November pyres?  Well, (if you’re really bored and have time on your hands) read this and wonder no more!

Scientific graph showing why humans build fires the same shape
Graph & linked article courtesy of