• Fire protection specialist SIG is to distribute 3M’s Scotchkote range of intumescent coatings throughout the UK. These waterborne intumescent products are applied as thin films and expand up to 50 times their original thickness in the event of a fire.
  • TRADA Technology has published Timber Frame: Standard Details for Thermal Performance. Volume 1: Mineral Wool Insulation. To assist designers in meeting the more stringent thermal performance requirements of the 2010 version of Approved Document L, the company has identified 20 critical details that arise in timber frame construction and explains how to show compliance when using the standard details.
  • CIBSE and BSRIA are to publish two guides on commissioning water systems to make sure they comply with the latest Building Regulations. CIBSE Commissioning Code W: Water Distribution Systems sets out the general requirements for balancing and commissioning water distribution systems, while BSRIA’s Guide BG2/2010: Commissioning Water Systems presents a detailed description of the practical aspects of commissioning procedures.
  • Schüco’s FW 50+.SI and FW 60+.SI facades, with either an aluminium or glass fibre-reinforced pressure plate, have been certified by the Passivhaus Institute. Schüco claims it is the only provider of aluminium facades that has obtained this certification, which is based on the facades achieving high levels of thermal insulation and airtightness.
  • Edenn has produced a CD-ROM containing the complete set of the 2010 Building Regulations. The documents are stored in a menu-driven format, making them easy to navigate and to print out.