A round-up of news from cladding manufacturers

  • Composite panel manufacturer Panel Systems has released a comprehensive new guide to architectural panels. The guide contains detailed technical information, including edge detail drawings. Users can identify insulation materials with specific product characteristics, such as fire retardancy, acoustic properties and compressive strength, with the guide’s core selection data table. A copy of the brochure can be downloaded at www.composite-panel.co.uk/compositepanel.html
  • TRADA Technology has updated its Wood Information Sheet, Moisture in Timber. TRADA says that the amount of water present in timber can affect its weight, strength, workability and dimensional stability in a particular end use. Moisture in Timber provides basic information for the specifier and user on the key facts and issues concerning moisture content. The document is available free for members to download in PDF format at www.trada.co.uk/bookshop
  • The Tilt-Up Concrete Association has announced the release of the book, The Construction of Tilt-Up. The Construction of Tilt-Up provides information about the Tilt-Up construction method, in which concrete wall panels are cast on-site and tilted into place. Topics covered include: panel layout and forming; reinforcement; and placing and finishing of the panels. The Construction of Tilt-Up is available to buy from www.tilt-up.org/resources
  • Saint-Gobain Weber, a manufacturer of facade materials, has been awarded an A+ BRE Green Guide rating by the British Board of Agrément for its products weber.pral M and weber.pral D - both high-performance, one-coat, through-coloured monocouche renders.