Guidance released on aluminium composite materials cladding

In consultation with the Industry Response Group, independent expert advisory panel, building owners, and other experts, the Government has developed an information note to assist building owners in considering what measures to take to make buildings safe – and how they could carry out remedial works on high rise residential buildings with aluminium composite material (ACM) cladding. The information note contains a flow chart to guide building owners through the process of remediation and further information on the following: Building owners are responsible for determining whether their buildings are acceptably fire safe and will likely need to appoint professional advisors to assist them unless they have the relevant competence themselves or access to advice from those that do. Since June, the Government has been urging owners of private residential buildings over 18 metres to make urgent use of the free ACM screening tests, and to report the results to local authorities so that private sector blocks with ACM cladding systems can be identified. Aluminium Single Panel The Government are also working with local authorities to identify privately owned residential buildings o...

Project: Northside General Hospital, North Sydney, Nova Scotia. Problem: The client required an odorless, VOC-free, solvent-free,

Project: Northside General Hospital, North Sydney, Nova Scotia. Problem: The client required an odorless, VOC-free, solvent-free, nonflammable, and rugged roof system to withstand the area’s harsh winters. Solution: A low-VOC, odorless, and nonflammable IKO Cold Gold 2 Ply Membrane Roofing System was selected for the membrane recover project. The facility’s old BUR system was still performing well, so the roofing consultant recovered the existing dry insulation. The hospital was able to remain operational during the reroofing process. On the team: TRIFOS Design Consultants (architect), PMC Roofing (roofing contractor). Project: Cornell University Upson Hall, Ithaca, N.Y. Problem: The owner needed to update the facility to thermally efficient, 21st-century standards. Solution: Metalwerks provided 29,000 sf of ornamental metal enclosures for the window surrounds and Arcwall aluminum plate panel rainscreen for soffits, fascia, and coping. The rainscreen system can be flat, curved, or formed into custom 3D profiles. It can be installed horizontally and vertically. The plate afforded the designers control over the façade geometry, while also accommodating a high-performing wall ...