What are sarking boards?

Kooltherm K7 with sarking boards
And why would you use them?

Sarking boards are softwood boards, generally about 150 mm wide, that are attached to the rafters of a pitched roof to give extra strength to the overall structure of a building.

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What’s in a ‘value’?

U-value, lambda value, r-value

Image: nyphotographic.com – CC BY-SA 3.0thebluediamondgallery.com/scrabble/v/value.html

If you’re new to the industry, you’ll soon discover that the word ‘value’ is thrown around like there’s no tomorrow. More often than not, this ‘value’ is accompanied by a letter –… Read the rest
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Final Friday Five

Horizons - Neil Dawson By Nita - Flickr: Trompe L'oeil, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=32213922

Image: NitaFlickr: Trompe L’oeil, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=32213922 

A bird’s-eye perspective

We’ve recently become mesmerised by the Daily Overview’s bird’s eye perspective. We’re all too used to seeing our ever-changing landscape with our feet … Read the rest

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World Green Building Week – Retrofitting a factory

World Green Building Week
World Green Building Week is upon us again. With this year’s event focusing on changing perspectives on energy efficient buildings, it seems like a good opportunity to discuss the hidden potential of existing non-domestic buildings.

Whilst 90% of UK businesses … Read the rest

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How to build a home fit for a Hobbit

Happy International Hobbit Day! With Autumn upon us, nothing appeals more than burrowing into the idyllic hillside and it got us thinking… How would you go about building a home fit for a Hobbit?

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Rainscreen – Façades of the Future

Rainscreen - Ronad McDonald Hospital
Predicting the future is a tricky business, particularly when it comes to the built environment. If only it were as easy as gazing into a crystal ball!

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Building sustainably with BREEAM

With over half a million certified buildings across 77 countries, the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) is easily one of the most widely used building sustainability assessment standards in the world. So why has the method proven so… Read the rest
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Final Friday Five

Pokemon GO

While many of us have been away on our holidays during August, a lot has been going on in the world! This month’s Final Friday Five takes a look at everything from the Olympics to Pokémon GO…

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Rainscreen – Leading Regeneration

Rainscreen and Woodberry Down regeneration
To someone coming out of the slums… the idea of going into a house with a bathroom, a proper kitchen, hot water… it was their dream, and it didn’t matter a damn to them if it was in a Read the rest
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SIPs – Adding Space and Value

SIPs and ROI
In May, Savills revealed that more £70/sq ft office deals had already been completed within the City than in the whole on 2014. This premium on commercial space makes maximising usable space within a building footprint essential.

One way of … Read the rest

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