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Products receive LABC registered Detail Certification

Six of the A Proctor Group products were certified by the Local Authority Building Control (LABC) in June 2018. Roofshield breather membrane, Procheck Adapt® variable-permeability VCL, and the range of Spacetherm® aerogel insulation laminates (Wallboard, Multi, Directfix and Wall Liner) were all accepted and added to LABC’s on-line database of Registered Details.

The six products join the A Proctor Group’s Wraptite® self-adhering air barrier, which had been previously approved by LABC Warranty, following its certification last December by Premier Guarantee.

LABC Registered Details is the only certification scheme of its kind that is recognised by all UK local building authorities. Products that go through the registration process and are accepted demonstrate

A PROCTOR GROUP Building Regulations - where are we now?

compliance with building regulations and standards across England, Scotland and Wales.

According to the LABC, the benefits of Registration include providing confidence to the industry on the suitability and performance of construction materials, increasing exposure and marketability by featuring approved products in an on-line database and, most importantly, simplifying the building control process by making the route to acceptance easier, faster and cheaper.

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Ecological Building Systems launches CLT CPD

Specialist supplier of sustainable building materials, Ecological Building Systems, has developed a new CPD presentation, aimed at highlighting the benefits of using CLT (cross-laminated timber) and woodfibre insulation in unison to maximise the performance of CLT schemes.

Showcasing case studies of timber-based construction projects in the UK including The Woodland Trust’s headquarters in Grantham. The Steiner School in Frome and the headquarters of furniture company Vitsoe. The CPD demonstrates to architects, specifiers and contractors that CLT is a viable alternative to concrete, masonry or steel on a huge variety of construction projects. It discusses the ease and speed of build, thermal performance, fire resistance and sustainability benefits of using CLT and woodfibre insulation in combination.

The CPD also outlines the benefits of Ecological Building Systems’ Gutex range of woodfibre insulation, which has been in production using recycled spruce and pine woodchips since 1932. It explains how Gutex’s thermal, acoustic and diffusion open properties can

enhance a CLT construction project, complementing the CLT structure to maximise its performance, sustainability and carbon lock up advantages.

The CPD demonstrates how woodfibre insulation like Gutex can be used to insulate every part of the building envelope, including both internal and external wall surfaces and the roof, as part of a complete, air tight building envelope. It also includes a step-by-step guide to the simplified CLT build, from foundations and erection of CLT walls, through to insulation of an air tight membrane and woodfibre insulation, prior to installation of the chosen cladding system.

Finally, the CPD presentation explores detailing and the proper use and specification of tapes, fixings and ventilation, demonstrating how the compatibility of materials and correct installation optimises the vapour permeability of the finished construction whilst providing thermal performance up to Passivhaus standards.

Competence in design, construction and operating buildings, set against an industry that is too fragmented and a Building Regulations review that ‘was too light in many places’ has been highlighted by a leading voice in design, compliance and regulations.

At an event in Guildford, hosted by the southern regional branch of CABE, Neil Cooper of MLM Group have his views on the Building Regulations and ‘where are we now?’ As CEO of MLM Group, a leading multidisciplinary design, compliance and specialist practice, and Chair of BRAC, The Building Regulations Advisory Committee, Cooper is ideally placed to provide perspective on an industry that is under the microscope.

Post-Grenfell, the industry has acknowledged that many of its processes need to be improved but in a sector that is highly fragmented this isn’t easy. The industry therefore turned to the much anticipated review of the Building Regulations by Dame Judith Hackitt - Building a Safer Future - which looked set to provide the industry with a clear direction of travel and provide clarity on next steps. For many it fell short and for Cooper it addressed many areas however, it was also light in many areas.

He raised the points that whilst there was broad agreement with the findings and direction of travel, workstreams will need to be prioritised and this isn’t something that can be addresses quickly, it will take years. At the same time, whilst focussed risk management is starting to happen as part of a cultural change that ensures we have clear accountability, risk management will require legislation. It isn’t something the industry can, or should be responsible for managing themselves.

One of the key issues the report did highlight which has been welcomed, was the golden thread of design, construction and occupation and what happens to buildings once they are handed over. And a key part of


this according to Cooper, is record keeping and the need for gateways of approvals - “Record keeping and duty holder principles are crucial but we need regulation to create clear gateways through the design, construction, handover and occupation stages to ensure that standards are maintained.”

To achieve the golden thread however, we need to ensure competency right across the industry. Competency was a clear theme in the Hackett review and something the industry has been quick to support and something that Cooper supports alongside impartiality and accountability - “competence has to be measured and it has to be transparent.”

One area that did raise concern was the report’s recommendations of a new regulatory system for tower blocks. Whilst change is needed the concern is that we end up with a system that is even more complex than the current one and that we lose clarity. If this new regulatory system is to work it needs to be managed centrally by government and be much more collaborative in its approach.

Cooper went on to talk about what he believes are short term priorities including consultation on fire test and desk top studies, issues over combustible materials, clarification of Approved Document B (ADB) and its potential for a full technical review next year.

It is clear the Hackett review has been a turning point but there is much to do and as an industry it falls on every organisation to play their part to ensure change happens. According to Cooper, competence, a cultural change and accountability are the industry’s responsibility but we can’t do it on our own, this change has to involve government leadership and it has to be clear, concise and collaborative.


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