Jump to navigation. It was a commonly-used reference book, even for many builders and architects who never built housing estates and therefore had little need of a Homebond guarantee. One might design a construction detail of a dwelling differently, but one did it with an awareness of what the manual showed. It gave the insurance scheme great credibility and standing. Significantly the latest edition is the first since the boom. The Construction Industry Federation and Homebond like the rest of the industry have had time to think about the lack of construction quality that was such a hallmark of mass housing built in the boom, and how to do it better.
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On Friday afternoon last, 1 April … fire spread through a long terrace of houses in the Dublin City Suburbs of Terenure. Luckily, no one was killed … but it was reported that some people were injured, including a firefighter.
The fire losses for everyone concerned, both direct and indirect, were enormous … and will continue to increase for quite some time. The unsustainable losses to society, waste of valuable resources and environmental damage … will never be quantified and will remain unknown …. I will make no comment here about the fires, how they started, or any of the people involved on the day of the fire. What I can say, with clarity and precision, is that the Party Walls between the different properties utterly failed to perform , i.
I was shocked at how these fires spread through the long terrace … but I was not surprised! Why has this serious problem with our housing stock been allowed to fester for so long??? The reference to Paragraph 3. Where works are carried out in accordance with the guidance in this document, this will, prima facie , indicate compliance with Part B of the Second Schedule of the Building Regulations.
However, the adoption of an approach other than that outlined in the guidance is not precluded provided that the relevant requirements of the Regulations are complied with. This is routine, and to be expected. And just give one guess where they will go for the model template??!!?? The unsustainable losses to society, waste of valuable resources and environmental damage … will never be quantified and will remain unknown … Colour photograph showing the cordoned-off scene in the aftermath of the fires at a Terrace of Housing in Terenure, Dublin City.
Photograph taken by CJ Walsh. Click to enlarge. Colour photograph showing the Detail of a Party Wall These details are technically incompetent. At last … some 'real' Innovation in this country!
The Latest Homebond House Building Manual - A Critique
Building a house is a complex and skilled job, involving a great variety of details and materials put together by many different trades to create a finished house. HomeBond first produced its House Building Manual in and people involved in the house building industry will be aware of the extent to which it has been consulted. The 7th edition of the House Building Manual has now been published and updated, and goes right through all the building work from foundations to chimney pot. This edition has been updated to reflect recent revisions to regulations, guidance and standards including changes to Technical Guidance Document L — Conservation of Fuel and Energy. The 7th edition manual has over pages, and more than drawings and charts, and colour photographs that detail the construction of a house, including:. Home Home Builders Publications. Publications HomeBond's publications for Home Builders include: House Building Manual Currently out of print House Building Manual 7th Edition Building a house is a complex and skilled job, involving a great variety of details and materials put together by many different trades to create a finished house.
BRegs Blog. For original please click here. It was therefore prompted purely by disappointment at how little had been revised and how inadequately the impact of new common types of construction and the complexity of Part L compliance were represented. Article to follow:.