Entries by mark

What do we often get asked about anthrax?

Is anthrax contagious? Anthrax is a life -threatening infectious disease called Bacillus Anthracis, that normally effects animals especially ruminants, such as goats, horses, cattle, and sheep Anthrax can be transmitted to humans through infected animals or their products. In recent years anthrax has attracted a great deal of attention as it has become clear that […]

Why do we have EPC’s on our homes?

Did you know that in the U.K. between 25% and 30% of CO2 pollution comes from our homes, that is indeed a great deal of pollution, and when you review your domestic energy performance certificate, not only will it tell you the environmental changes you could make to your property, it also calculates the quantity […]

What is an EWS1 form? Is an EWS1 form mandatory? Is funding available for cladding removal?

What is an EWS1 Form? The EWS1 form and process helps banks ‘make lending decisions on high rise properties with a potential fire risk. The form, introduced last December, came from collaborations between UK Finance, the Building Societies Association (BSA) and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), to ‘create a standardised process that would […]

Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year

Merry Christmas and goodbye 2020, what a year its been! We thought we would start with a brief review of our year. Asbestos We have been pleased to help so many clients with asbestos surveys, asbestos testing, asbestos remediation management across London and the South East including Sussex, Hampshire, Kent, Surrey, as far as Plymouth, […]

Are asbestos home testing kits reliable? – Q and A

In this guide we discuss everything you need to know about asbestos testing kits and evaluate just how effective, reliable, and safe they really are. Asbestos is class 1 carcinogen and can cause significant health problems for anyone who is exposed to it. Exposure to asbestos is known to cause or be associated with lung […]

Is an asbestos survey required and if so, what type of survey?

What age is the property? Buildings built after 2000, then Asbetsos Containing Materials (ACMs) should not have been used, as use of any asbestos banned in 1999.   Is there any existing previous asbestos information or register? Check for previous reports, building registers or asbetsos remediation documents present. If reports are present, check any limitations […]

Two prosecutions by the HSE highlight what asbestos refurbishment and asbetsos demolition surveys do and why they are needed.

The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 To comply with the ‘Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012’, you must make sure that the correct asbestos survey is carried out to identify and manage the risk of any ACMs that are present within a building. Therefore, if you own or manage buildings build pre 2000, you need an […]

Fire safety performance of external walls, facades, balconies and the EWS1 Certificate

What is the EWS1 Certificate? The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) have issued Advice Notes 14, 18 and 21 for external wall coverings, facades and balconies for residential buildings over 18 metres which has developed into the current External Wall System (EWS) Form. What does the EWS1 Certificate do? The EWS1 Certificate […]