Monthly Archives: June 2015

New Standards in Waterproofing of basements and other below ground structures

Raising standards and protecting home owners

Analysis of defects help to form a view of where the improvements need to be strengthened, to help the industry achieve robust construction that will stand the test of time. In the following piece, Mark Jones – Head of House-Building Standards at NHBC provides insight into the new Chapter 5.4: ‘Waterproofing of basements and other below ground structures’:

“In our experience, it is often a lack of appreciation that even the smallest defect in waterproofing can lead to problems that are both difficult to trace and expensive and disruptive to repair.

The new chapter introduces measures to address this including guidance on design, materials and workmanship.

This video provides an overview of the changes and outlines what you need to do if you are designing and constructing basements or other below ground structures.

The introduction of Chapter 5.4 is a key component in NHBC’s drive to improve basement construction. The industry needs to be getting it right first time, every time. Continue reading

Find your nearest Visqueen approved Damp Protection Centre

At Visqueen Building Products we work with a network of national builder’s merchants and stockists, who supply our full range of Visqueen damp protection products and accessories to customers across the UK.

Visqueen approved Damp Protection Centre

We currently have 14 damp protection centre partners across the UK, each supplying the full Visqueen specification range which includes; DPC, DPM, Tanking, Gas Protection, Megafilm, TPS and accessories.

Our stockists’ fully trained and knowledgeable teams are on hand to discuss your project requirements and to make product recommendations. They’re also able to provide next day delivery of Visqueen products across the UK.

The most recent centre that we have partnered with is MKM Building Supplies in Sheffield. MKM Building Supplies now offers the full Visqueen Damp Protection range including, Zedex damp proof courses, damp proof membranes, gas barriers and protective sheeting products to customers across the country. Continue reading

We’re hiring! – Contract Support Manager – North & South Regions

job vacancy

Attractive package, based upon experience:
Due to expansion of our market leading construction business, two new exciting opportunities have arisen to join our commercial team as Contract Support Manager’s in our Northern and Southern territories. Visqueen Building Products is part of the British Polythene Industries group, employing over 2500 staff and with an annual turnover of around £500 million.

We are proud to be the first choice supplier of Structural Waterproofing and Gas Protection products to Architects, Contractors, Sub Contractors and Builders Merchants. Continue reading

Building Information Modelling (BIM) Trends – 2015 Survey Results

49% of AEC Sector Uses BIM Now, Heading to Nearly 71% within 5 Years.


The Business Advantage Group recently announced the results of its Worldwide CAD Trends 2015 Survey and this week announced more details specific to the Building Information Modelling (BIM) trend.

The results of this survey were based on responses from CAD users, Designers, Engineers, Professionals including managers and senior executives.  21% of these professional CAD users and managers across all industry sectors now use BIM and that is forecast to grow to 29% in the next 3-5 years. BIM current and future usage will continue to be dominated by the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) sector because of its focus on buildings. In the AEC sector nearly half (49%) of respondents use BIM now, by the end of this year 58% will be using it and in the next 3-5 years usage is forecast to grow by 45% to 71%,” said Chris Turner, CEO/Managing Director of Business Advantage. Continue reading