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SIDERISE has just launched its new installation guidance video for its ‘Open State’ horizontal and vertical cavity fire barriers.

SIDERISE has just launched its new installation guidance video for its ‘Open State’ horizontal and vertical cavity fire barriers.

SIDERISE RH ‘Open State’ horizontal cavity barriers have been specifically designed to meet the requirements for cavity fire barriers used in drained and ventilated facades. These barriers ensure that the system will drain any moisture whilst maintaining airflow. In the event of fire they provide an effective hot smoke and fire seal.

SIDERISE RV vertical cavity barriers for rainscreen cladding are used to full fill the void between the external envelope and the internal structure. Their unique stonewool lamella core construction enables them to accommodate the serviceability movement that’s normally associated with rainscreen facades.

The new installation guidance video provides step by step guidance on how to install both the horizontal and vertical cavity fire barriers and is now available on the SIDERISE website, and the company YouTube channel.

The video forms part of the wide range of Site Services that the Facades technical team offers to customers to ensure that everything runs smoothly, from product selection to final installation.

To find out more, download our SIDERISE Site Services brochure, or contact a member of our Facades team.

Leading manufacturer of fire, acoustic and thermal insulation products SIDERISE has launched its product range through the NBS National BIM Library.

Leading manufacturer of fire, acoustic and thermal insulation products SIDERISE has launched its product range through the NBS National BIM Library.

The SIDERISE BIM object range includes fire safe and acoustic insulation solutions for curtain walling and ventilated facades, and solutions for building interiors.

BIM objects available to download through the BIM Library meet the internationally-recognised NBS BIM Object Standard . The library is free to use and is the only BIM object library that links directly to NBS specification software and to the NBS BIM Toolkit – an essential requirement for Level 2 BIM.

BIM (Business Information Modelling) is set to digitally revolutionise the construction industry through information modelling, information management and team cohesion.

Visit the National BIM Library to view SIDERISE products and download the BIM objects.

Siderise’s Chief Commercial Officer, Steve Swales, will be presenting at Kingspan Insulation’s Rising High– Facades and Fire Safety seminar which takes place on Tuesday 13 September at The Building Centre, in London.

Siderise’s Chief Commercial Officer, Steve Swales, will be presenting at Kingspan Insulation’s Rising High– Facades and Fire Safety seminar which takes place on Tuesday 13 September at The Building Centre, in London.

The complimentary seminar will focus on the routes to compliance for facades incorporating rigid phenolic insulation on buildings with a habitable storey 18m, or greater, above ground level. Steve Swales’ presentation will address the functional, testing, installation and inspection requirements of “open state” cavity barriers, and the importance of considering all of these factors in constructing compliant structures.

SIDERISE partner with Kingspan Insulation, and the wider industry, to produce appropriate systems that provide effective fire and smoke compartmentation in ventilated and non-ventilated facades. We are delighted to support Kingspan in providing stakeholders with appropriate information and guidance.

The programme includes presentations given by:

  • Dr Janet Murrell (Exova)
  • Steve Evans (Building Control Alliance)
  • Steve Swales (Siderise)
  • William Jones (Kingspan Insulation)

 Find out more about the event here http://bit.ly/2bEKlVJ

Next week SIDERISE will be heading to India to present at the Zak World of Facades conference in Mumbai which takes place on Friday 22 April at the ITC Maratha.

Next week SIDERISE will be heading to India to present at the Zak World of Facades conference in Mumbai which takes place on Friday 22 April at the ITC Maratha.

Chris Hall, Commercial Development Officer for SIDERISE will be presenting on ‘Perimeter Barrier Fire Stop Systems for Curtain Walls’. The presentation will focus on:

  • Guidance on compliant specification

  • Insight to current testing methodology

  • Clarification on different methods of installation and associated risks

The SIDERISE team will also be showcasing a variety of fire-stopping and noise control insulation solutions for facades. Visitors to the event will have the opportunity to meet the team and view these solutions during the networking breaks. A brochure on fire safety and noise control for facades will also be available.

Those unable to attend the event but who would like further information on SIDERISE and its passive fire protection and noise control solutions can contact our Facades team who will be happy to help.

The Siderise Group in conjunction with BRE are holding a facades conference aimed at those companies and individuals involved in the design or installation of external facade systems.

 
 

FAÇADES CONFERENCE

 

Wednesday 13 January 2016, BRE, Bucknall Lane, Watford, WD25 9XX

 

The Siderise Group in conjunction with BRE would like to invite you to attend a full day conference aimed at those companies and individuals involved in the design or installation of external façade systems.

 
 

BRE

Both the curtain wall and rainscreen facade industries are currently seeing a healthier construction market but, with an increasing number of players entering the sector, it is important that the quality of installation is maintained. BRE will be presenting on its third-party certification scheme for companies involved in the installation of firestop and cavity barrier systems. The scheme will aim to offer those companies a means of differentiation within the market, potentially removing the need to sub-contract the fire protection package.

 
 

Building Control Alliance

The Building Control Alliance in conjunction with NHBC have recently issued new guidance on the use of combustible cladding materials on residential buildings. Steve Evans, Chair of the BCA Technical Group will be presenting this document at the conference, the content of which may have major repercussions for those involved in the design and installation of rainscreen and other open state facade systems, including specific guidance relating to cavity barrier systems.

 
 

Arup

Professor Barbara Lane is a fellow at Arup and practice leader of their Fire Engineering team. Her presentation will focus on fire protection of curtain wall façades and will address the growing move towards greater fire protection within the spandrel zone.

 
 

Clarke Saunders Associates

Acoustics in façade design is always a concern because, unlike fire, noise is something that building occupants are exposed to on a daily basis. Ed Clarke of Clarke Saunders Associates will be presenting a paper on “Building Fabric Sound Insulation – An Acoustic Façade?”

 
 

Priedemann

Lars Anders is Managing Director of Priedemann, a façade consultancy practice that has built a worldwide reputation on its expertise. Lars will be presenting the paper “Facade Consultant and Facade Engineer united” which will focus on the best ways for these two disciplines to work together on a project.

 
 

Association for Specialist Fire Protection

The Association for Specialist Fire Protection is the trade body that’s the first port of call for the Government when looking at how the Building Regulations can best meet the fire considerations of building construction. Their Technical Manager, Niall Rowan, will be looking at the test procedures involved in fire barriers used in both curtain wall and rainscreen façades.

 
 

The Conference will include lunch and a tour of the BRE Innovation Park. This full day Conference will cost only £50.00 per person.

As we expect this to be a popular event we regret that we may unfortunately have to limit attendance to 2 personnel per company.

If you are interested in attending the conference please email us and include the following information:

  • Your company name
  • Your contact phone number (preferably mobile)
  • Full name of delegate 1 (£50.00)
  • Full name of delegate 2 (£50.00)
  • The full names of any additional delegates who you would like to attend – these will be added to our reserve list. (Please note that colleagues in your company may have also received this email.)

We will contact you within 3 working days to confirm your initial 2 delegate tickets.

Thank you for your interest in the 2016 Facades Conference

Siderise

Andy Kay, Global Facades Manager
Conference enquiries: +44 (0)1656 730833

The Cladding Conference held at the Building Research Establishment at the start of November proved to be a great success.

The Cladding Conference held at the Building Research Establishment at the start of November proved to be a great success. Over 120 delegates from across the cladding and façade industry attended and were addressed by leading figures in their field on a range of topics.  

The early morning session was taken up with the hot topics of Building Information Modelling and CE Marking of Curtain Wall Systems.  The BIM presentation was given by Graeme Tappenden of the Cabinet Office's BIM Task Group who gave a broad outline of the Government's aim to procure all their contracts via the BIM route by 2016.  There are still many questions on how this will affect the cladding industry and companies that desire more information would be advised to contact the Centre for Window & Cladding Technology (CWCT) to gain an industry perspective.

If you have further questions on BIM contact the CWCT

Stephen Ledbetter of the CWCT gave the next presentation on the CE marking of curtain wall systems. Although the product standard is still in development, CE marking becomes a legal reality for the curtain wall industry from July 2013.  Although many of the big players in the market are ready there is still a lot of work to be done by smaller companies and time is now getting short.

The morning was concluded with a look at cavity fire barriers used to provide compartmentation at the interface of the building's slab edge and  curtain wall façade.  Andrew Kay of Siderise, the major sponsor of the conference, explained the need to accommodate movement and looked at some case studies where failure of the fire breaks had led to loss of life and buildings such as the Torre Windsor Tower in Madrid.  By using products successfully tested to EN1364 part 4, designers and contractors can have confidence that the firestop will meet the requirement.

The BRE did a wonderful job of providing a hearty buffet lunch with one delegate heard saying "do they do weddings?"

The post lunch session was kicked off with a highly informative presentation on the fire testing of rainscreen façades.  This was given by Stephen Howard of the BRE and gave a great insight into the different test methods available for rainscreen systems, particularly the BS8414 full scale test that can be applied to both masonry backed systems and lightweight framed systems.  Anyone wishing to test to this standard should contact the BRE.

Stephen's presentation merged seamlessly into the next one on cavity fire barriers used in rainscreen façades.  Steve Swales of Siderise explained how the need to keep an airflow behind the façade conflicted with the need to put in the fire breaks but went on to show how fire requirements can be met by utilising fast reacting intumescents. The important criteria for designers and contractors to consider when choosing a suitable product are the closure time that the intumescent is able to achieve in a fire test and the longevity of the product when considering the application where it will be installed in a moisture zone for a minimum of 25 years.

Siderise was the first to market with a ventilated façade fire solution

The Association for Specialist Fire Protection have long been advocates of third party certification schemes for both products and the installation of those products.  Their CEO, Wilf Butcher gave a lively presentation explaining the benefit of using such schemes.  For curtain wall contractors, by sub-contracting the fixing of the cavity fire barriers, they are able to get a Certificate of Conformity underwritten by the Certification Body that can mitigate their liability in the event of a fire.  Details of suitable schemes can be obtained from the ASFP.

The day was concluded with a presentation on acoustic treatments of curtain walls.  The acoustic requirement for reducing floor to floor sound transmission is becoming more and more onerous.  This can pose problems to designers, system manufacturers and installers alike.  Mike Carrick of Siderise is a member of the Institute of Acoustics and did a great job in explaining the problems and then showing some of the solutions that Siderise are able to offer to combat these problems.

The day was chaired by Mike Wood of Pilkington whose knowledge of all the topics discussed enabled him to excellently summarise the presentations and elicit questions from the audience.

The positive comments received from delegates have been numerous and based on these, Siderise will definitely be running similar events in the future.  Contact Siderise for a copy of the conference paper.

Siderise in conjunction with BRE and CWCT are promoting a conference that will address many issues around the fire protection of façades as well as the imminent introduction of CE marking for curtain wall systems.

With the number of high profile fires in tall buildings on the increase, the correct specification of fire protection measures in cladding and façade systems can play a critical role in saving both lives and property. Siderise Insulation in conjunction with the Building Research Establishment and The Centre for Window and Cladding Technology are promoting a conference that will address many issues around the fire protection of façades as well as the imminent introduction of CE marking for curtain wall systems.

The conference will be hosted at the BRE, Watford on the 1st November 2012. There will be 7 presentations throughout the day and the £75.00 (+VAT) enrolment fee will include lunch and a tour of the BRE Innovation Park. There will be exhibits from Siderise, Rockpanel, The Association for Specialist Fire Protection, The CWCT and Sharpfibre Ltd.

Venue: Building Research Establishment, Watford

Date: 1st November 2012

Details:

Siderise, in conjunction with the Building Research Establishment and the Centre for Window and Cladding Technology would like to invite you to a conference aimed at those involved in the design and installation of external cladding / façade systems. With CE marking fast approaching for many cladding systems and the Government drive for companies to utilise Building Information Modelling Systems, the agenda is designed to educate and inform across a wide range of topics. 

There will be 7 presentations throughout the day (see below) and the £75.00 (+VAT) enrolment fee will include lunch and a tour of the BRE Innovation Park. There will also be exhibits from Siderise, Rockpanel, The Association for Specialist Fire Protection, The CWCT, Sheffield Insulation and Sharpfibre Ltd.

Tickets are limited for this event and so if you are interested we would ask you to send an e-mail to claddingsystemconference@siderise.com stating how many tickets you require.

Agenda:

09.25 - 10.25 Registration / Coffee

10.25 - 10.30 Welcome: Mike Wood, Pilkington

10.30 - 11.00 Building Information Modelling Systems (BIM): David Philp, Head of BIM Implementation, Cabinet Office

11.00 - 11.30 Fire Tests of Rainscreen Facades: Stephen Howard (Passive Fire Group Manager, BRE Global)

11.30 - 12.00 Firestopping Rainscreen Facades: Steve Swales, Siderise

12.00 - 12.15 Q&A

12.15 - 13.00 Lunch

13.00 - 13.30 Third Party Certification of Products and Installation: Wilf Butcher (CEO of the Association for Specialist Fire Protection)

13.30 - 14.00 CE Marking of Curtain Wall Facades: Stephen Ledbetter (Director of CWCT)

14.00 - 14.15 Refreshments

14.15 - 14.45 Firestopping Curtain Wall Facades: Andy Kay, Siderise

14.45 - 15.15 Acoustic Performance of Curtain Wall Facades: Mike Carrick, Siderise

15.15 - 15.30 Q&A

15.30 Tour of Innovation Park

 

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