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RCI July 2017

Zink INDUSTRY NEWS 01992 801927 www.almhm.co.uk Reynobond PE is pulled from high-rise use as further testing of ACMs & insulation ordered 006 JULY 2017 RCIMAG.COM Copper Stainless The NFRC says gas torch roof fires pose a serious risk to life, property and the image of the industry and with this in mind has launched a new campaign which aims to prevent this. The Association says the focus of the Safe2Torch campaign is new guidance which aims to reduce the risk of roof fires when using gas torches on roofs. The NFRC says the campaign directly affects at least 50% of all the flat roofs installed in the UK. Kevin Taylor, head of technical services at NFRC, explained: “Roof fires caused by gas torches, no matter how minor, pose a serious threat to life, property, the image of the industry and possibly even the longterm future of torch-on as an accepted method of covering a roof. NFRC believe that by working together, fires of this nature can be prevented.” The campaign is designed to support specification writers to comply with the Construction Design and Management Regulations (CDM) 2015. The CDM regulations state that, ‘The person who selects products for use in construction is a designer and must take account of health and safety issues arising from their use. If a product is purpose-built, the person who prepares the specification is a designer and so are manufacturers, if they develop a detailed design.’ The guidance includes an illustrated document which is free and includes an updated safe specification checklist. This checklist forms the basis of an electronic surveying app, which the NFRC is due to launch. Users will be able to upload photos and notes via a smart phone or tablet, with a webcast setting out the main points of Safe2Torch for those conducting the surveys as well as tips on how to use the surveying app. See p.26 for more information on Safe2Torch. Ensuring that it’s Safe2Torch SPRA’s third annual conference was titled ‘Actions speak louder than words’ and as Cathie Clarke, SPRA’s CEO explained, this was to reflect the Association’s promise to “not just debate the issues, but to actively do something to address them”. Cathie explained the developments and changes that SPRA had initiated in the past 12 months, including the launch of the new SPRA website and branding, the new Small Roof Group inspired online training and assessment tool and the new Installer Membership Category. The main conference opened with Sarah Beale, CEO of the CITB, giving an informative presentation on why CITB was changing and what it meant for the roofing sector. This was followed by a lively and entertaining debate on the importance of design which highlighted different interpretations of what design means for different parts of the supply chain, plus how important communication is within the supply chain to ensure projects are completed satisfactorily. The conference then focussed on digitalisation and how Lexicon and BIM relates to SPRA members, and the conference concluded with a focus on training which again highlighted the need for the industry to work more closely and encourage skills and training at every opportunity if we are to meet the demand for skilled workers. See right for Award winners: In light of the recent tragic events which saw many lives lost in the Grenfell Tower fire, Arconic, who supplied the component Reynobond PE (polyethylene) used in the overall cladding system of Grenfell Tower, has issued a statement saying that it will be discontinuing the sale of the product for use on high-rise flats with immediate effect. The statement, which was released on June 26 stated: “Effective immediately, we have made the decision to discontinue global sales of Reynobond PE for use in highrise applications globally. As you may have seen in media reports, this product was used as one component in the overall cladding system of Grenfell Tower. We believe this discontinuation is the right decision because of the inconsistency of building codes across the world and issues that have arisen in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy regarding code compliance of cladding systems in the context of a building’s overall designs. The loss of lives, injuries and destruction following the Grenfell Tower fire are devastating, and we are fully committed to supporting the authorities as they investigate this tragedy.” Since the fire, the Government ordered that fire safety tests were carried out on other high-rise buildings and it has been revealed that nearly 200 buildings throughout the UK have been tested by the BRE and found to have combustible aluminium cladding. The Government has ordered a public enquiry into the events that took place and Sir Martin Moore- Bick, a former Queen’s Council and Lord Justice of Appeal, has been appointed to lead this enquiry. An independent Grenfell Tower Fire Advisory Panel, made up of a range of building and fire safety experts and chaired by Sir Ken Knight, has also been appointed by Government to look at what immediate action is required to reassure the public that everything possible is being done to make all public and private buildings safe as quickly as possible. So far the Fire Advisory Panel has recommended that further large scale tests will help establish how different types of Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) panels in combination with different types of insulation behave in a fire. The further tests will be carried out by BRE and will look at three different types of ACM cladding combined with different types of insulation and will be in accordance with BS 8414 in line with the panel’s advice. The expert panel has concluded that six combinations of cladding systems should be subjected to the BS 8414 test procedure. The detailed design of each of the six will be reviewed by the panel to ensure that it is representative of the systems that are in common use including the way it is fixed. The six systems will incorporate each of the three common types of ACM panels, with core filler materials of unmodified polyethylene, fire retardant polyethylene, and non-combustible mineral. The two insulation materials used in the testing will be rigid polyisocyanurate foam or noncombustible mineral wool. SPRA National Conference and Awards Best Detailing Award: Winner: Delomac Roofing, working with IKO Polymeric on The Grove Hotel. Highly Commended: Contour Roofing (Essex), working with Sika Sarnafil on Cheltenham House. Most Innovative Award: Winner: DANOSA UK, working with Fosse Specialist Roofing on The Crows Nest. Highly Commended: Protan (UK), working with Range Roofing Services on University of Chester - IESD Building - Intelligent Energy System Demonstrator. Best Health & Safety Award: Winner: ICB (Waterproofing), working with NRA Roofing on CSC Building, Nottingham University. Highly Commended: Carlisle Construction Materials, working with Topek on Macallan Distillery Expansion project. Best Refurbishment Award: Winner: Sika Sarnafil, working with Protech Roofing on Kirkgate Market, Leeds. Highly Commended: Sika Sarnafil, working with Roofing Contractors Cambridge (RCC) on project Napp Pharmaceuticals, Cambridge. Best New Construction Award: Winner: Carlisle Construction Materials, working with Topek Ltd on Macallan Distillery Expansion project. Highly Commended: Sika Trocal, working with Maincare Roofing and Building


RCI July 2017
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