Report on North West AGM & Fire Safety of Buildings CPD

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There was a full house in Newton-le-Willows for the Regional AGM, at which the region's Chair, Christine Leigh, explained the plans and objectives for the North West region and CABE nationally. Delegates responded by re-electing Christine and her committee for another year and expressed their appreciation for the contents and quality of the events they had organised over the last 12 months.

After the formalities Martin Wrigley, representing the Rockwool Group, reminded members of the post-Grenfell, December 2018 amendments to Part B.

Report on North West AGM & Fire Safety of Buildings CPD

He highlighted the benefits of using Rockwool products for rainscreen cladding in both new build and refurbishment projects to ensure compliance with the improved fire-safety guidance for buildings above 18m in height.

Rockwool insulation is stone wool; the primary raw material for stone wool is basalt and similar volcanic rock and as such it is non-combustible. Martin told delegates that it is vital to recognise the important difference between non-combustible products and those that achieve a Class O spread of flame classification.

Building Engineers are acutely aware of the performance gap between designs and as-built construction; delegates were shown examples of poor workmanship discovered during detailed investigations of completed buildings. However, it seems that insurance companies are determined that improved training and better supervision are introduced in order to mitigate any future losses (who knows, a Clerk of Works could re-appear on sites soon!).

David Phythian

29 January 2019


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