Building a new office block
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Building a new office block

We have a big site at work but after the company expanded we were running very short on office space. Most of our accounts team was in a demountable office and they were really hot in summer and cold in winter. It was so much better for the whole team once we got the new office block built on site. This blog talks about the process of building a new office block, including the design and construction of a block for your team. I hope it will be useful for anyone looking to build a new office block on their site.

Building a new office block

Terms You Need to Understand to Ensure Safety in Asbestos Removal

Troy Medina

Asbestos is a compound that is known to cause respiratory health issues, including lung cancer. It is, therefore, necessary to have it removed by an experienced removalist. To have a better understanding, you have to know the meaning of various terms.


Asbestos is a mineral used for its durability, chemical and heat resistance. However, it has been banned in some countries and states due to health concerns. It can be in many colours that denotes what type it is — for example, brown (amosite/ grunerite asbestos), blue (crocidolite asbestos) or white (chrysotile asbestos) among others.

Materials that contain asbestos naturally or by design are known as asbestos-containing materials abbreviated as ACM. Don't confuse this with ACD. ACD is asbestos-contaminated dust or debris. This is dust that settles in your home or workplace that contains asbestos. If breathed in, it can cause mesothelioma or cancer.

Friable and Non-Friable Asbestos

Asbestos may exist in two forms: friable and non-friable. Friable asbestos is asbestos that is compact but can be pulverised, crumbled or reduced to powder easily even by hand pressure. It can also already exist in powder form. This is usually considered as the riskiest form as chances of it being airborne are high. Only an experienced person should handle it.

Non-friable asbestos is the opposite of friable asbestos. It can be categorised in two ways. Category I includes asbestos packing, asphalt roofing materials, gaskets and resilient floor covering, and Category II includes other non-friable materials not mentioned in Category I.

Regulated Asbestos Containing Materials

All friable asbestos, ACM and ACD are regulated. Additionally, if the materials mentioned in Category I and Category II become friable by either natural factors like age and weather, human activities during demolition and renovation or have been subjected to cutting, abrading, grinding and sanding, they will be classified as regulated asbestos-containing materials and should be handled by a Class A removalist.

Asbestos Removalist

This is an individual who has been trained and licenced to remove and correctly dispose of asbestos. An asbestos removalist can either hold a Class A or Class B licence. Holding a Class A licence means that you are qualified to remove any amount of friable or non-friable asbestos, ACM or ACD. Holding a Class B licence means that you are qualified to remove any amount of non-friable asbestos, ACM or ACD. You are, however, limited to the amount of friable asbestos that you can handle.

For more information, contact a local asbestos removal specialist.