SCI and Oxford Brookes University (OBU) have joined forces to offer a new service to manufacturers of building products. The collaboration combines SCI’s expertise in structural engineering and sustainability with OBU’s expert knowledge of building physics and architecture.
The partnership will offer computer assessment of thermal details, whole building energy modelling, specialist structural analysis, including finite element modelling, and production of design data for building components and systems. It will also have access to a brand new structural and thermal testing laboratory situated on OBU’s main campus.
SCI will continue to promote the ‘SCI Assessed’ scheme and will be looking to assist product manufacturers with the adoption of CE Marking in readiness for the introduction of the Construction Products Regulation in 2012.
To kick off the new partnership and to launch the new laboratory, OBU hosted the December 2009 meeting of the Metal Cladding and Roofing Manufacturers Association. The event, which was attended by over 40 delegates, gave the UK’s leading cladding manufacturers the opportunity to view the facilities and discuss their requirements with SCI and OBU staff.