Racking, Fire, Acoustics and Noggins
Posted on 31st May 2018 at 12:49
Steve is working with various parties, including BSI, NHBC and FIS to help improve standards and designs.
Steve has been invited to join the BSI working group on standards for Offsite Construction and joined the group on Wednesday 23rd May 2018.
The group have started on gap analysis regards missing standards and information that may be helpful in existing standards and how the standards may be developed to better enable offsite construction and modern methods. The group is facilitated by Loughborough University and Build Offsite.
Steve is chairing the FIS (Finishes and Interior Specialists) working group on load bearing SFS. FIS is as a UK trade body for Light Gauge Steel, otherwise known as Steel Framed Systems and Cold Formed Steel is becoming the go to organisation for information with a vision of providing readily accessible and relevant information to allow SFS to be designed, specified, costed and installed correctly and safely for contractors and occupiers of buildings alike. The objectives of the group is:
Develop technical standards as required
Promote best practice in the market
Educate and inform clients and specifiers about SFS
Promote the products and skills of FIS members in this field
Shape the market so that the correct adherence to standards is recognised and adhered to by all to the benefit of clients
The 1st meeting, by invitation only for FIS members, is on the 7th June and will be discussing, amongst other things, improving guidance on passive fire protection, erector training and Blue CSCS cards for installers, Fixings, acoustics, airtightness, weatherproofing, racking, services, tolerances and workmanship.
Following on from this meeting Steve has been invited by NHBC to join the 4th meeting to review NHBC chapter 6.10 – Light Steel Framed Walls and Walls. Steve is, and has been for some years, an NHBC Stage 2 certifier, and is invited partly because of this, but also due to his un paralleled experience in engineering light gauge steel and his work with the FIS and others.
Finally, for now, on the working group front, Steve has been invited to join the FIS Fire Performance Products Forum chaired by Nigel M Morrey, Technical Director at Etex Building Performance Limited, which includes Promat, the specialist fire protection business. This Steve hopes will feed into the SFS group and help the industry better demonstrate compliance and practical solutions. The next meeting is on the 25th June.
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