Basements; Part of Better Built Housing Hub at UK Construction Week

3 Oct 2018

The Concrete Centre and The Basement Information Centre have joined with UK Construction Week to host a Better Built Housing Hub. This new feature in the Build Show at UK Construction Week features a seminar theatre and exhibits. 

The Basement Information Centre stand (Stand number: B255) will provide guidance on materials, design and construction, as well as a useful display to help explain different waterproofing solutions, essential to basement construction.

The Basement Information Centre Seminar Session

The hub's seminar theatre (B251) will be the venue for three days of informative seminars. The sessions will cover a range of topics to provide practical guidance for high quality, high performance homes.

The Basement Information Centre session is on Tuesday 9th October from 2.30pm. The session will provide guidance on planning, structural waterproofing as well as a session that helps designers navigate the requirements of structural waterproofing and ground gases.

2.30pm -  Planning a basement - Elaine Toogood, senior architect, The Concrete Centre

This presentation will help navigate you through the site investigations, planning requirements and building regulations for basement construction including key factors such as daylight, ventilation and means of escape. Elaine is author of Basements for Housing.

2.50pm - Structural waterproofing for basements – Michael Vernon, waterproofing design specialist, Delta Membranes, on behalf of the Basement Information Centre

Whether you are working on a new-build project or converting a basement, installing a robust basement waterproofing system is vitally important for protecting the structure against water ingress. This presentation will provide essential guidance for design detailing and construction. It will also provide an overview of the different types of basement and waterproofing options and when to use them.

3.10pm - Managing ground gases and structural waterproofing in basements - Ben Crowther, technical manager, GGS
When building below ground the requirement to protect structures against water ingress is key (BS 8102). However, the potential for the penetration of ground gases must also be assessed (BS 8485). The ideal scenario is to use a solution that will protect against both water and ground gases. This presentation will help to navigate what can be complex design considerations with a simple game of BS 8102 vs BS 8485 “Top Trumps”.

15.30 Q&A and close

More information about the Hub

Click on the dates below to view the agenda for each day of the hub's seminar programme.

The hub exhibitors provide a wealth of expert advice, latest product information and practical guidance showing the many ways in which designers can use concrete and masonry construction to deliver a sustainable built environment.

The Who’s Who in the hub: 

The Basement Information Centre - B255

The Basement Information Centre provides technical guidance and assistance to enable the design and construction of quality basements in homes.

Keep up to date with us at the show and follow us on Twitter @Basementsinfo

British Precast Flooring Federation -  B253

The Precast Flooring Federation is a specialist product association of MPA British Precast. Our principal objectives are to promote the structural and commercial benefits of precast concrete flooring systems and their proven performance.

Concrete Block Association - B257

The Concrete Block Association (CBA) is the trade body representing manufacturers of aggregate concrete building block and allied companies in Great Britain.

The Concrete Centre - B250 

The Concrete Centre’s vision is to make concrete the material of choice. We provide material, design and construction guidance. Our aim is to enable all those involved in the design, use and performance of concrete to realise the potential of the material.

The Concrete Centre is part of the Mineral Products Association.

Modern Masonry - B252

Modern Masonry is a body that seeks to ensure developers and designers, customers and occupants understand the benefits of masonry solutions. It provides guidance on design of masonry and furnishes government and influencing organisations with the evidence of how masonry can contribute to a sustainable built environment.