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Zink INDUSTRY NEWS 01992 801927 www.almhm.co.uk BCF and BASA to host Brexit event Redland has welcomed the introduction of BS 8612: Dry-fixed Ridge, Hip and Verge Systems for Slating and Tiling, which was published on January 31, 2018. The new standard is a product specification, which frames minimum performance requirements for dry-fix roofing components: establishing that they are both fit-for-purpose, and are delivered with sufficient information to ensure correct installation. The introduction of BS 8612 is in response to an increasing number of dry verge failures; primarily because of installation errors, but also contributed to by product design. Dr Kevin Ley, technical manager at Redland, said: "Since BS 5534: 2014 – which brought about a step change in the requirements for fixing of pitched roofs, both for roof tiles and ridge, hip and verges – we have seen an acceleration in the move away from traditional mortar fixing to modern dry-fix. “Unfortunately, the resulting increased demand for dry-fix products and a lack of standardised performance requirements allowed products of questionable fitness for purpose to enter the market. The resulting problems meant there was a significant risk that past mistakes concerning mortar fix failures would be repeated.” Though dry-fixed products have 010 FEBRUARY 2018 RCIMAG.COM been on the market for decades, demand has burgeoned over the last five years. Women in Roofing Conference 2018 The third annual Women in Roofing Conference is being held on Wednesday, March 14 at the Radisson Blu Hotel, East Midlands Airport. The focus of the event will be on “Reflections on Roofing”, and discussions around the image of the industry, skills and recruitment, as well as WinR WILL YOU BE THERE? W NCE N ROO OFIN NG ON ROOFING W el,East t Midlands Airport easingly r try mo ong e o ery busines As a result, there's also been a growth in the number of companies supplying lower cost, and often lower quality products. The switch from traditional wet fix to dry fix was initially driven by changes to the National House-Building Council (NHBC) guidance. In 2011, the NHBC analysed its claims figures, and discovered that 60% of them were related to roofs, and of all roof-related claims, over half involved mortar. This led to changes in NHBC guidance in 2012, which said that all bedded ridge and hip tiles had to be mechanically fixed, and then ultimately to the 2014 revised version of BS 5534 Slating and Tiling for Pitched Roofs and Copper Stainless Vertical Cladding – Code of Practice which standardised these changes. As a result, many developers have migrated to dry-fix systems as they are faster to fit than double-fixed wet systems. However, the purchase of poor performing dry fix systems, or the failure to install quality components correctly, leads to roofs with problems. For example, this may mean ridge and/or hip tiles blown off by the wind; dry verges hanging from roof edges, or unsightly black staining down gable-end walls due to verges which do not shed rainwater properly. The latter problem of verge failure to shed rainwater away from the wall can lead to penetrating damp and compromise cavity wall insulation. Dr Ley concluded: “The publication of BS 8612 is therefore an essential and welcome landmark for the industry. Not only will it ensure that dry-fix design and installation standards are raised, but also, that developers, contractors and building owners get the product quality and performance they deserve.” Redland has produced a guide to the new standard, which can be downloaded from http://redland.co.uk/bs8612. BS 8612: a watershed for pitched roofing Dr Kevin Ley industry collaboration and wellbeing. The aim of the event is to share best practice, challenge stereotypes and network. The keynote speaker on the day will be Dr Dave Heeley. The event is set to be the biggest conference to date. Furthermore, Women in Roofing has also organised a construction ambassador course, which will be held on Tuesday, March 13, at the Hotel. This is a free one-day training session for up to 24 delegates, who want to make a difference by encouraging more young people to join the construction industry. Delegates will receive training from experienced ambassadors, the Construction Industry Training Board and Women in Roofing and will receive a certificate once completed. Visit www.winr.org.uk to register your place for the conference and the construction ambassador course. Women in Roofing Organised by Women in Roofing Women are increasingly playing a greater role in the roofing industry and “Women in Roofing,” a movement founded on strong values and aiming for excellence, is collaborating to achieve greater diversity and sustainability in every sector of the business. IT’S THE CONFERENCE EVERYONE NE IS T TALKING ALKING ABOUT… REFLECTIONS Women omen by 14th March, 2018 at the Radis ch,Radisson Blu Hotel, Eas increasingl W v achie sect er omen or sity or The British Coatings Federation (BCF) and the British Adhesives and Sealants Association (BASA) have teamed up to shed light on how Brexit is expected to impact the industry. The seminar, ‘Halfway to Brexit: government, supply chain and global industry perspectives’ features a range of industry and government speakers from the UK and the EU who will offer insight into the expected impacts of Brexit, from what it will mean for UK regulations, standards and the economy, to the perspective from both inside and outside the EU. Ellen Daniels, BCF’s head of public affairs and policy, said: “We are nearly one year from Brexit and whilst there is still much to be decided on, we’re starting to get a better picture from the government of how Brexit might impact the coatings, adhesives and sealants industries. Our Halfway to Brexit seminar will provide insight into what’s going on in government and some thoughts from our colleagues across Europe.” Lorna Williams, secretary of BASA, added: “We’ve heard a lot lately about the developments made as we get closer to leaving the EU, but we still need clarity in terms of what this means for our industry. The goal of this seminar is to help answer some of the questions that remain in the industry, and help our members prepare for Brexit.” The seminar takes place on April 11, 2018 at the DoubleTree Hilton Nottingham Gateway. To book a place at the event, and view the full programme for the day, visit www.coatings.org.uk/halfwaytobrexit.


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