Category Archives: Defective Housing Act 1985

In the early 1980s, a fire occurred inside a Airey house which caused extensive damage. Most of the internal wall materials had been destroyed leaving the PRC structure exposed to reveal a number of worrying structural defects. Serious cracking was found in the structural PRC columns caused by inadequate protection of the embedded steel reinforcements […]

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Manufacturer: George Wimpey & Co. Ltd Period built: 1940s–1970s Number built: 300,000 Alternative names: Butterfly, Butterfly No-Fines, Formwall, Gateshead Butterfly, Gateshead No-Fines, No-Fines Wimpey, Wimpey W6M   George Wimpey and Co. developed a system of housing using no-fines concrete and traditional construction methods. The concrete without sand has unusual properties in that it can be […]

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Reema (Hollow Panel) Type PRC Houses Classified as being ‘Defective’ by the Secretary of State under Part XVI of the Housing Act 1985, unless subject to approved repair. Manufactured by Reema Ltd, it is understood that approximately 17,600 houses of this type were known to have been built between 1945 and 1966 (16,000 England, 1,600 […]

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Tarran Mark 4 Temporary Bungalow The walls were formed of dished precast concrete panels of storey height and 405mm wide, aggregate faced on the outside. A timber spine was fixed in the joint between the panels to which the lining and insulation were secured. The pitched roof was clad with corrugated asbestos cement sheeting. Although […]

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Airey House – Classified as defective by the Secretary of State under Part XVI of the Housing Act 1985.  The Airey House design was developed by Leeds-based builder, Sir Edwin Airey in the aftermath of the Second World War. It was built on Airey’s earlier experience with concrete housing. He had designed and used the Airey […]

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BISF Houses Are Not Defective Under Part XV1 of the Housing Act 1985 Of all the e-mails that we receive here at BISF House, by far the most common relate to home buyers receiving surveys whereby the Survyor has wrongly labelled a BISF house as “Defective under Prt XV1 of the Housing Act 1985. Before […]

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Does My House Need A Repair Certificate Guest Question: I currently have my BISF house up for sale and I have found a prospective buyer. The problem is that years ago, my house was externally renovated by the local Council and my buyers are asking for a certificate of repair. They have been told that […]

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BISF Steel Frame House – Defective or Not? Following the post war housing shortage of the 1940’s, thousands of homes were built across the width and breadth of the country using a range of new and unproven building methods. Many of these houses have since been demolished or have suffered from serious structural defects making […]

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