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Tolerances in Internal and External Walls.

In this blog we outline the acceptable tolerances in interior and exterior walls including curtain walling, rain screen cladding systems, internal walls, ceiling and service ducts. The guidance below has been taken from version 13 of the Premier Guarantee Technical manual.

 

For more information on acceptable tolerances download chapter 1 of our technical manual.

Curtain Walling

 

Design should allow for the line, level, plumb and plane of the completed curtain wall to be within the acceptable tolerances of

  • Line: +/-2mm in any one storey height or structural bay width, and+/-5mm overall.
  • Level: +/-2mm of horizontal in any one structural bay width, and +/-5mm overall.
  • Plumb: +/-2mm of vertical in any one structural bay width, and +/-5mm overall.
  • Plane: +/-2mm of the principle plane in any one storey height or structural bay width, and +/-5mm overall.

 

 

Rain Screen Cladding Systems

 

Design should allow for the line, level, plumb and plane of the completed curtain wall to be within the acceptable tolerances of:

  • Line: +/-2mm in any one storey height or structural bay width, and+/-5mm overall.
  • Level: +/-2mm of horizontal in any one structural bay width, and +/-5mm overall.
  • Plumb: +/-2mm of vertical in any one structural bay width, and +/-5mm overall.
  • Plane: +/-2mm of the principle plane in any one storey height or structural bay width, and +/-5mm overall.

 

 

Internal walls and ceilings

 

Walls and ceilings (plastered and dry lined).

There should be no sharp differences of more than 4mm in any 300mm flatness of wall. The maximum deviation is +/-5mm from a 2m straight edge with equal offsets, horizontally and vertically, for all wall and ceiling surfaces.

 

 

Flatness of internal wall

 

The maximum deviation is +/- 5mm from 2m straight edge with equal offsets, horizontally and vertically

 

Flatness of Internal wall | Acceptable tolerances

 

 

 

Non load-bearing timber partitions

 

Partitions should be robust and form a smooth, stable, plane surface to receive decoration:

  • Supporting members should be accurately spaced, aligned and levelled.
  • The tolerance of horizontal straightness of a partition should be +/-10mm over a 5m length.
  • The deviation in vertical alignment of a partition in any storey height should be +/-10mm.

 

Plum of internal wall

 

Plum of wall finish:

  • Max 10mm out of plumb in a storey height up to 2.5m, or
  • Max 20mm out of plumb for a continuous wall height greater than 2.5m.

 

plum of internal wall | Acceptable tolerances

 

 

Junctions

 

If there are changes in the construction materials used due to shrinkage and the differential movement of materials; small cracks (up to 3mm wide) may become visible in the surface at wall, floor and ceiling junctions.

 

 

Flatness of ceiling

 

Flatness of Ceiling | Acceptable Tolerances

 

 

Level of ceiling

 

Max 10mm deviation in 2m.

 

Level of Ceiling | Acceptable Tolerances

 

 

Service ducts

 

Service Ducts | Acceptable Tolerances

 

 

 

Internal Corners

 

Internal Corners | Acceptable Tolerances

 

 

 

Please Note: Every care was taken to ensure the information in this article was correct at the time of publication. Any written guidance provided does not replace the reader’s professional judgement and any construction project should comply with the relevant Building Regulations or applicable technical standards. However, for the most up to date Premier Guarantee technical guidance please refer to your Risk Management Surveyor and the latest version of the Premier Guarantee technical manual.