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18 June 2012 | Legislation / Standards
The revised version of the British Standard specification for monuments within burial grounds and memorial sites, BS 8415, has finally been published after two years of deliberations.The sticking...
Barry Hunt is reviewing British Standards.
18 June 2012 | Legislation / Standards
It can be hard to keep up with the standards available for building products, especially as they are frequently changing. In this column, Barry Hunt will throw some light on the standards used for...
18 April 2012 | Legislation / Standards
The revised BS 8415 standard for fixing memorials that a committee including masons from NAMM and BRAMM has been working on for the past two years, could be published next month (April).The...
 
Nicola Bullas, Office Manager; Harry Kirk, Quarry Manager; Jim Slater, Garage & Maintenance Manager; Shaun Berry, Works Manager.
15 November 2011 | Legislation / Standards
Johnsons Wellfield Quarries (JWQ) have become the first independent natural stone producers in the UK to achieve Building Research Establishment BES 6001 certification. At the same time as achieving...
12 September 2011 | Legislation / Standards
Parliament last month (July) announced that the new Construction Act will come into force in October. Originally expected to be introduced in April, the Act aims, once again, to improve payment...
The penalties for late and non payment of CIS are increasing.
16 May 2011 | Legislation / Standards
Penalties for late or non-filing of monthly Construction Industry Scheme (CIS) returns by contractors are changing from November this year.The new penalty regime comes out of the Finance Act 2009....
Dr Flavie Lowres (right), a Senior Consultant at BRE, explains about the Green Guide and BREEAM to Stone Federation members at the BRE in Watford.
14 September 2010 | Legislation / Standards
The UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) has called for more transparency of the criteria used by BRE Global in Watford to produce their BREEAM ratings of buildings.UK-GBC have produced a report on the...
14 September 2010 | Legislation / Standards
There should be a new, simpler standards framework for housing in return for a set of minimum national design standards for all new homes, according to a report by the Commission for Architecture and...
13 August 2010 | Legislation / Standards
The coalition government’s approach to localism marks a fundamental shift in the way to approach good design and placemaking, says the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (...
The Expert Barry Hunt of IBIS, an independent geomaterials consultancy.
17 May 2010 | Legislation / Standards
In this regular column, Consultant Barry Hunt answers reader enquiries. If you have a question, email it to: [email protected] marked for Barry’s attention.Q: During the past cold winter a stone...
Slate can produce unwanted surprises. This is Italian slate with a high carbonate content. It all started out the same colour.
10 January 2009 | Legislation / Standards
When houses are roofed with slate that does not achieve A1 S1 T1 test results the outcome can be plain enough to see with the roof rapidly changing colour. It has led the NHBC to say in order for it...
Testing the flexural strength of stone is part of the process of determining how thick panels should be.
10 January 2009 | Legislation / Standards
This month (December) saw more changes to BS 8298 that give designers more responsibility for the thickness of stone cladding used on their buildings. The latest edition of Albion Stone’s...
15 November 2008 | Legislation / Standards
From the beginning of this month (October) it became necessary to gain planning permission to impermeably pave domestic gardens of more than 5m2 if it could lead to run-off on to a public highway.The...
12 July 2008 | Legislation / Standards
The revised British Standard BS EN 12440: 2008 Natural stone - Denomination Criteria issued in February becomes a national standard this month (July). Suppliers of stone specified to the standard...
14 May 2008 | Legislation / Standards
Last month (April) saw the introduction of compulsory Site Waste Management Plans (SWMPs) that aim to halve the amount of waste from building sites by 2012 and eliminate it by 2020.From now on, any...

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