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SCI launches best practice guide to tackle Part L changes

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Changes to Part L of the Building Regulations in England and Wales have resulted in deeper cladding systems, a need for improved air tightness and hence an improved quality of design and construction.

To answer the question, ‘What are these regulatory changes doing to our structures?’ the SCI has carried out a research project into the impact of the Part L changes on the structural performance of buildings.

Following this research, SCI in association with the DTI, Corus, MCRMA (The Metal Cladding and Roofing Manufacturers Association) and EPIC (Engineered Panels in Construction) has now published a best practice guide on the specification and installation of building envelopes and the supporting secondary steelwork.

Many of the leading players in the industry are already producing metal-clad buildings that exceed the requirements of the latest building regulations. The SCI said it is aware of instances where problems have been encountered due to poor practices in the design office or on site.

“The reasons for these problems are varied, but a common theme is the lack of appreciation of the mutual dependence between the various components and, consequently, the need for greater cooperation between the members of the project team,” says Dr Martin Heywood, Manager Construction Technology at SCI.

“This is particularly relevant in the light of recent regulatory changes,” he adds.

The SCI Best Practice for the Specification & Installation of Metal Cladding & Secondary Steelwork is available from SCI, contact Clare Convy Tel: 01344 636549.

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