New construction details help minimise heat loss

Local Authority Building Control (LABC) and the Modern Masonry Alliance (MMA) are producing a suite of some 250 registered masonry construction details that will help minimise heat loss through the weak junction points in a building’s outer envelope.

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), Zero Carbon Hub, trade organisations and manufacturers have been pushing for packaged construction details showing how the design and specification of materials and the building of construction joints should be accomplished. A key reason for creating registered construction details is that small and medium businesses may lack the technical knowledge to interpret the building regulations. Contractors also want a solution-based construction template that will prevent accidental flaws.

The new LABC Registered Construction Details will be relevant in England, Wales and Scotland, though there are differences in the calculations due to variations in thermal legislation. They will be available to customers free of charge.

Mike Leonard, chief executive of MMA, said: “This scheme will make it easier for builders of all sizes to select registered construction details that offer cost effective compliance with the recent changes to regulations.”


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