What is asbestos? Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral from the silicate family. Although there are many different types of asbestos fibres, the three most commonly used in the UK were Crocidolite, Amosite and Chrysotile (blue, brown and white respectively). Each with their own individual characteristics, the widespread use of asbestos became popular, predominately for […]
Last month saw the announcement of the government’s long-awaited housing whitepaper. Among many proposals to increase the volume and quality of new housing stock in the UK, brownfield sites were a hot topic. Unlocking previously developed sites is one of many proposals, but brownfield sites can have legacy issues in terms of contaminants, access restraints […]
Given the complex nature of asbestos removals, we have put together an A-Z of common terms. Although this list doesn’t cover everything, it offers an insight into some of the of the common terms used when talking about asbestos.
ACM Asbestos Containing Material. This can be a product or material containing any amount or percentage of asbestos by volume. ACMs come in many different forms and contain varying levels of asbestos fibres. ACOP Approved Code of Practice, a document giving practical guidance on compliance. ACOP L143, ‘Managing and working with asbestos’, specifically relates to […]
What does asbestos look like – is a question often asked by homeowners and building contractors. Unfortunately, this question is not as straightforward as it sounds. Asbestos can take many different forms. Over the course of the 20th century (and even before then), asbestos was used as a common ingredient in a number of different […]
Asbestos in the home is not usually a problem, so long as it it left undisturbed. If you require major cosmetic or structural changes, then removing or treating asbestos is likely. There are a number of options available to homeowners if this is the case. This guide provides some useful information to help people make the […]