BS 8612 Unlike the revisions to BS 5534, BS 8612 won’t have a huge impact on contractors but it does mean they need to make sure that any dry-fix systems they use that require BS 8612 compliance, meet the requirements or have BBA certification. Since the introduction of the revised BS 5534, there has been a significant shift in the market towards the use of dry-fix systems. Stuart Nicholson, Roof Systems Specialist at Marley Eternit However, the popularity of the products means that there has been a huge increase in the amount of systems on the market. While they may look broadly similar, we have become increasingly concerned about inconsistencies in the durability and weather tightness of some cheaper products. We support the introduction of BS 8612 because having specific test methods and requirements to assess all products on an equal basis gives inferior systems little room to hide and should make it much Contact Marley Eternit 01283 722588 more transparent for www.marleyeternit.co.uk those buying and selling @MarleyEternit dry-fix products. The introduction of BS 8612: Dry-fixed Ridge, Hip and Verge Systems for Slating and Tiling – specification is something that the roofing industry has been needing for some time. Mark Parsons, Technical Director, Therefore, it is no surprise that it Russell Roof Tiles has been welcomed so strongly by ourselves and other leading manufacturers. Following an increased demand for dry-fix solutions in recent years, a lack of guidelines has allowed for inferior and inadequate products by some manufacturers who have not carried out effective testing to enter into the market, which in turn has led to sub-standard installation and failures. Our dry-fix products have a proven track record having been used across the UK for over 25 years and are a dedicated and not a universal fit which ensures high performance. The materials used are of a high grade and designed to last. However, BS 8612 will be pivotal in guaranteeing that product specifications are of the highest quality and standards are raised across the industry. Specifiers will now be in more control of their products Contact Russell Roof Tiles as they get the assurance 01283 517070 they deserve which has www.russellrooftiles.com @russellrooftile been a long-time coming. 24 TC MARCH 2018
Roof fires caused by gas torches, no maer how minor, pose a serious threat to life, property, the image of the roofing industry and possibly even the long-term future of torch-on as an accepted method of covering a roof. Developed in partnership with contractor and manufacturer members of the NFRC, the Safe2Torch campaign seeks to significantly reduce the risk of roof fires when using gas torches, either to dry out roofs or when used to install torch-on membranes. NFRC believe that by working together, fires of this nature can be prevented and for this reason have launched the Safe2Torch campaign. Architects to Roofing Contractors can pledge their support to the campaign which means they are commied to promong and implemenng the Safe2Torch guidance. For further informaon and to pledge support, visit www.nfrc.co.uk/Safe2Torch www.nfrc.co.uk @TheNFRC #Safe2Torch
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