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FOREWORD W


elcome to the inaugural issue of Building T


est News, a bi-monthly magazine dedicated


to the testing, research and certification of building materials and products. Building T


est News is the first


publication of its kind to offer insight into this complex industry by bringing our readers the latest news, exclusive articles, case studies and site reports from industry leaders as well as research and testing institutes.


Working closely with partners such as


Fraunhofer, EMPA and BRE, Building Test News has been granted sneak previews of all the latest industry developments and innovations. The editorial team has spent the


past few months reaching out to key manufacturers and suppliers of building materials and products, as well as testing laboratories, construction contractors,


architects and engineers, with the aim of creating a single source for the building test community. Our aim is for Building T


est News to become the industry


reference point. I am also delighted to announce the


launch of our sister event, Building Test Expo, which takes place in Cologne, Germany in June 2013. This international exhibition and symposium promotes increased innovation, quality, safety and sustainability in buildings and building materials, through improved and advanced testing technologies and processes. Visit www.buildingtestexpo. com for more information. In this first issue of Building Test News


we have provided a brief introduction to the core industry sectors and key research organisations. Peter Bonfield, CEO of BRE, discusses how bridging the gap between government and


commercial activities has allowed the institute to flourish (p6), while leading Swiss research institute EMPA takes a materials-testing perspective and showcases a preservative-free wood adhesive (p10). Keighley Laboratories’ one-stop testing shop discovers an all-round solution for testing materials (p46), and for the socially minded, our Around the web section dives into the Twittersphere to find out what has been testing your mind of late (p19).


I would like to take this opportunity to invite your feedback on Building T


est


News. If you have any comments or suggestions, please feel free to contact me directly at editor@smartershows.com I hope you enjoy the magazine!


Alexandra Beveridge Editor


CONTENTS Features


04 | Peak demand


One St George Wharf, known as The Tower, boasts a wealth of environmental and sustainable technologies, Building Test News reports


06 | Building on success


The Building Research Establishment (BRE) has gone from strength to strength since its privatisation; read our interview with CEO Peter Bonfield


10 | Biologically refined


Empa’s Mark Schubert is developing a wood preservative that prevents decay and adheres to antimicrobial substances; invaluable properties for many different building applications


Editor Alexandra Beveridge


Chief Sub-Editor Colette Bernhardt


Publication Manager Iva Petzold


www.buildingtestnews.com


Designer Mark Harrison


Proofreader Sophy Friend


Advertising enquiries Derek Machale


derek.machale@smartershows.com


September / October 2012


Regulars 02 News


A round-up of all the news from across the industry


12 Company focus A look inside Keighley Laboratories’ UKAS-accredited Test House


14 Product spotlight Profiling the latest products and services for the sector


17 Industry comment Jared Blum, president of the Polyisocyanurate Insulation Manufacturers Association on green building standards


19 Around the web… The latest musings from the built environment


Write to us: Building Test News, 132 Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3WB Email us: editor@smartershows.com


Copyright & Permissions: All contents of Building Test News are protected under copyright law. Written permission is required from the publisher if you wish to reproduce any of our material. Please contact the editor for further information or to request permission to use any of the material in Building Test News.


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