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Setting new British Standards is a time consuming and detailed process. The BSi depends on expert advice from leading UK manufacturers with regards to design parameters, loadings and specifications. A diverse group, representing all parts of the metal gutter industry, as well as consultants, was drawn together by the Metal Gutter Manufacturers Association (MGMA) to work in partnership with BSi to review current standards for rainwater products, and advise on new developments and technologies for the benefit of the industry. Developing new standards also helps eliminate bad practices among manufacturers producing inferior or unsafe products.


GALVANISED Galvanised steel gutter system


Image courtesy of Lindab Building Products


BS 1474 – ‘Specification for wrought aluminium and aluminium alloys for general engineering purposes: bars, extruded round tubes and sections’ – this standard was withdrawn in 1987 and replaced by EN Standards, which apply to the material and not in-situ structural strength. As a result, the new BS 9101:2017 standard is far more comprehensive and detailed to meet specific metal sheet and extruded gutters, and has been developed to cover gutters that are excluded from the previous BS 8530.


The new BS 9101:2017 standard raises the bar for metal rainwater specifications and will prove invaluable to metal gutter manufacturers. But often new standards are complex and the implications on project designs are not always clear. Many architects, specifiers, design engineers or installers may not be aware of the latest developments or the significance to their projects. Members of the MGMA can offer the relevant support and technical advice to their specifier and installer customers so that metal rainwater gutter systems are correctly specified across all projects. At a time when the demands put on our buildings by major factors such as climate change are increasing, it is essential that they benefit from the best solutions to protect them for the future.


Carlton Jones is director at the Metal Gutter Manufacturers Association (MGMA). Detailed advice on the specification of metal rainwater systems from the MGMA can be found at its website www.mgma.co.uk


Specialist Suppliers of Metal Roofline Products and Aluminium Fabrications


RAINWATER • SOFFIT • FASCIA • COPINGS • CAPPINGS • FLASHINGS


ARP, a leading UK manufacturer of roofline and rainwater products. With over 30 years experience in the industry working with a variety of sectors we can make a difference.


• High quality products. • Excellent lead times. • In-house engineering and paint facilities.


• Highly skilled technical and specification team.


• Dedicated project support.


Call us for support on your next project - 0333 130 2509 0333 130 2509 • sales@arp-ltd.comwww.arp-ltd.com


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