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Technical Manual, Superstructure

Frost attack

Published by: Phil Thomas
How to reduce the risk of masonry cracking from a repeated freeze/thaw cycle through the correct application of building...
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Technical Manual, Superstructure

Guidance on the use of movement joints

Published by: Phil Thomas
This technical document provides additional guidance relating to how the Functional Requirements in the Technical Manual may be...
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Technical Manual, Superstructure

Cavity barriers behind decorative cladding

Published by: Phil Thomas
This technical article outlines the requirements for cavity barriers to concealed spaces behind decorative cladding on external...
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Technical Manual, Superstructure

Timber window and door frames

Published by: Phil Thomas
This technical article provides additional guidance on the use of timber window and door frames
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Technical Manual, Superstructure, Materials

External wall insulation

Published by: Phil Thomas
Additional guidance relating to how the Functional Requirements in the Technical Manual may be satisfied when external wall...
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Superstructure, Roofs, Risks

Developments within coastal locations

Published by: Phil Thomas
This update provides additional guidance relating to how developments in coastal locations can meet the requirements of our...
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Superstructure, Tolerances

Accounting for movement in concrete bricks

Published by: Phil Thomas
All structures move. What do you need to consider when accounting for movement in concrete bricks?
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Technical Manual, Superstructure

Tech update - conservatories

Published by: Phil Thomas
Where conservatories are constructed to a new build property, they may fall under cover of the warranty.
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Superstructure, Pre-plaster

Vapour control layers

Published by: Phil Thomas
This technical document provides additional guidance relating to the use of vapour control layers (VCLs) in construction.
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Superstructure

Thermal bridging: what it is and how to prevent it

Published by: Phil Thomas
This technical document provides additional guidance relating to what thermal bridging (often referred to as cold bridging) is...
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Technical Manual, Superstructure, Materials

Fibre reinforcement in lieu of traditional steel reinforcement

Published by: Phil Thomas
This technical update provides additional guidance relating to the use of fibre reinforcement in concrete, in lieu of traditional...
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Technical Manual, Superstructure

Natural stone outer leaf in cavity construction

Published by: Phil Thomas
This technical article provides additional guidance on the use of natural stone outer leaf in cavity construction.
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Technical Manual, Superstructure

Acceptability of timber frame kits for use on our sites

Published by: Phil Thomas
From September 1st 2021 LABC Warranty will only accept projects that have timber frame panels by an accredited manufacturer.
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Technical Manual, Superstructure

Cavity trays and reveal closers

Published by: Phil Thomas
This technical update provides additional guidance on the use of cavity trays and reveal closers.
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Technical Manual, Superstructure

New home built alongside or attached to an existing home

Published by: Phil Thomas
This technical article provides additional guidance on new homes built alongside existing homes.
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Technical Manual, Superstructure

Tech Update: Wall tie replacement in existing buildings

Published by: Phil Thomas
This technical update provides additional guidance on wall tie replacement in existing buildings.
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Technical Manual, Superstructure

Tech Update: Insulated reveals to refurbished buildings

Published by: Phil Thomas
This technical update provides additional guidance on insulated reveals to refurbished buildings.
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Technical Manual, Superstructure

Tech Update: Bricks, rammed earth

Published by: Phil Thomas
This technical update article provides additional guidance on the use of bricks, rammed earth.
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Technical Manual, Superstructure

Acceptable floor levels in modern methods of construction (MMC)

Published by: Phil Thomas
We currently require structural timber or steel to be located at least 150mm above external ground floor level, but noting...
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Technical Manual, Superstructure

A practical guide to Structural Lintels and Bearings

Published by: Phil Thomas
Creating openings in walls mean that lintels are a potential weak spot. Defects caused by failing lintels can be complicated and...
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Technical Manual, Superstructure

8 handy hints for installing horizontal damp proof course

Published by: Phil Thomas
Getting your damp proof course (DPC) right first time is critical in preventing rising damp in your property.
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Technical Manual, Superstructure

Guidance on Insulation for Timber Frame Walls with External Brick Cladding

Published by: Phil Thomas
This article looks at appropriate materials and the practicalities of installing insulation in timber frame structures with...
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Technical Manual, Superstructure

How to ensure lateral support to walls when constructing floors and roofs

Published by: Phil Thomas
When constructing floors and roofs it is important to bear in mind that they provide lateral support to walls.
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Technical Manual, Superstructure

Damp protection for concrete floor beam systems

Published by: Phil Thomas
Protecting concrete “block and beam” floor systems from damp presents the builder with a challenge, especially at the ends of the...
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Technical Manual, Superstructure

How to use cavity wall ties to meet building regulations

Published by: Phil Thomas
Incorrect use of cavity wall ties is one of the common problems found on site by our building control surveyors. The wrong choice...
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Technical Manual, Superstructure

Single glazed windows in conversion schemes

Published by: Phil Thomas
This technical update provides guidance on risk managing single glazed windows in conversions schemes.
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