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Tata Steel has supplied 1,500m² of Colorcoat Prisma and Colorcoat HPS200 Ultra pre-finished steel to Anglian Water for replacement roofs at two reservoir drinking water storage units. Colorcoat Prisma is the first steel product to have been independently certified in accordance with the Water Regulations Advisory Scheme as being suitable for use in contact with drinking water.

SCI engineers Mark Lawson and Andrew Way have been awarded the Howard Medal for their paper ‘Durability of Light Steel Framing in Residential Applications’ which appeared in ICE Construction Materials. Additional authors were Remo Pedreschi of the University of Edinburgh, Sunday Popo-Ola of Imperial College and Trevor Heatley, who worked at Tata Strip prior to retiring. The paper was the outcome of monitoring of various test buildings and showed that galvanised steel has a design life of more than 100 years in an internal environment and in the building envelope.

Tata Steel has announced the publication of its new technical paper – ‘The Role of the Building Envelope in Part L 2010 Compliance’ – which takes an in-depth look at the latest amendments to Part L 2010 and considers the specific role of the building envelope in achieving CO2 emissions compliance. The recent 2010 amendments to Part L2A (Conservation of Fuel and Power) of the Building Regulations requires an overall or aggregate 25 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions from non-domestic buildings. The technical paper provides a detailed evaluation of the carbon emission reductions generated by improvements to the building lighting efficiency and control systems compared with the reductions that can be achieved through building envelope enhancements.

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