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BP 10 October 2016

EDITOR’S CHOICE Fresh challenges ahead OCTOBER 2016 | BUILDING PRODUCTS 9 Asphalt acquisition Global waterproofing, roofing and insulation manufacturer IKO plc has completed its acquisition of Pure Asphalt Company, in Bolton, Lancashire, following regulatory clearance. The business is now being fully integrated into IKO. IKO UK’s Group Managing Director Andy Williamson (pictured) comments: “A high standard of service will be maintained for Pure Asphalt Company customers, who will benefit from IKO’s additional allround service and project support. IKO is a family-run company with factories in Chesterfield, Matlock and Wigan, and the acquisition is part of our continued expansion strategy and commitment to the UK construction industry.” Pure Asphalt is a mastic asphalt manufacturer that supplies products for roofing, flooring, paving and tanking. The aim is to bring production in line with the same high environmental standards as IKO’s other UK plants. Its mastic asphalt products for roofing, tanking and highways are all manufactured in the UK under ISO 14001 for environmental management and BES 6001 for responsible sourcing of construction products. www.ikogroup.co.uk Developed by Knauf Insulation with Robust Details, E-WM-30 is a new Robust Detail for aircrete blocks. It has been included within the latest edition of the Robust Detail handbook that was released last month. This new detail comprises two leaves of 100mm aircrete blocks, with a 100mm cavity that has been fully filled with the blown mineral wool insulation Supafil Party Wall. It is the first Robust Detail for aircrete blocks, with a blown retrofit solution that removes any need for a wet parge coat – only a plasterboard lining is required. The detail will also achieve three points in the Health and Wellbeing section of Code for Sustainable Homes assessments, the manufacturer claims. Stephen Wise, Glass Product Manager at Knauf Insulation, said: “We are always striving to develop cost effective solutions for our customers to make their life easier, and this new Robust Detail is no different. “We have developed this detail to offer high levels of acoustic and thermal performance, which can satisfy the requirements of the building regulations for a zero Uvalue party wall.” John Tebbit, Managing Director at Robust Detail, commented: “We very much welcome this new detail, which will provide housebuilders with even more choice when it comes to designing and building properties. Like all new details, it has undergone rigorous in-situ testing and will comply with Part E1 of the Building Regulations in England and Wales.” www.robustdetails.com Attention to detail Solution can create a fire problem Balconies are a growing feature of urban development as designers strive to harness precious outdoor space, especially in high rise buildings. But careful consideration must be given to materials and structural design to mitigate the risk of a balcony fire spreading to other parts of the building. This is the finding of a new Building Research Establishment Global report for the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) carried out under the “Investigation of Real Fires” contract. ‘Fire safety issues with balconies’ cautions that design choices to prevent thermal bridging or improve insulation in balcony structures to meet Part L of the Building Regulations may be compromising fire safety under Part B. At the same time, Part B provides no specific fire design guidance for balconies, except when they act as a means of escape. This effectively means that there are no statutory requirements accounting for external fire spread from the incorporation of balconies in a structure, leaving their resolution open to interpretation of the Building Regulations. Citing several case studies of fires in high rise residential developments, the report reveals that fires which start on a balcony can be quite severe and may spread to the balcony above, or to the flat above via windows. The presence of inappropriate cladding material can also promote fire spread up the entire façade of the building. These conditions could endanger the lives of residents on higher floors and may cause burning material to fall to the ground, with potential spread downwards or to adjacent buildings. Some of the highlighted investigations showed that in meeting the requirements of Part L there had been an adverse effect on compliance with Part B. Current high demand for housing and the premium put on private outdoor space is likely to see a proliferation in balconies in new developments, with inevitable impacts on the risks of balcony fires. BRE Global reported on six fire incidents in 2015 compared with just one in 2005. The potential remains for a fire on a balcony construction which does not adequately consider all parts of the Building Regulations to pose a significant life safety issue. www.bre.co.uk Cable management specialist Marshall-Tufflex has strengthened its sales team with the appointment of two new personnel. They include David Burt who has been recruited as Contract and Specification Account Manager for the North and will be working closely with electrical contractors, specifiers and consultants to provide cable management solutions for a variety of commercial and industrial projects. The other appointment is that of Andy Robson who has joined the company as Area Sales Engineer covering the North East, including Yorkshire and Cumbria. Andy joins Marshall-Tufflex after working for some of the largest electrical distributors in the UK. Previous roles have included working closely with contractors, OEMs and endusers, creating close working relationships. "We are delighted to announce these appointments,” said Richard Beale, Marshall-Tufflex Commercial Director. "David and Andy have great experience and are poised to drive our business forward. We’re sure our customers will welcome them and quickly build mutually beneficial relationships.” www.marshall-tufflex.com


BP 10 October 2016
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