BBA Certification Help Housebuilders
8 July 2008
Eurocell Profiles describes how the company’s recent achievement of BBA certification on its recycled Cavity Closer will help housebuilders and developers meet the latest regulations, in addition to helping them do their bit for the environment.
The British Board of Agrément is the UK's major approval body for new construction products and BBA Certificates are recognised by specifiers and industry decision-makers as evidence that the products covered by them have been rigorously assessed and comply with Building Regulations. Most new build projects now require products that are fitted to be BBA certified and some housebuilders prefer only to use products that have achieved this standard. The BBA certificate recently awarded on our recycled cavity closer contains important information on durability and installation requirements, ensuring that the product follows stringent and assessed procedures, all the way from the factory, to final handover on site.
So why should a housebuilder choose a product that is BBA certified? The simple answer is that all BBA certified products have undergone thorough assessment from the point of production to the way they are installed on site. For instance, with our recycled Cavity Closer we were able to use the feedback from the BBA assessors who visited sites and reported how installers fitted the product, to help us develop and improve our system. The feedback we received was very positive and demonstrated that we have created a Cavity Closer that enables quick and easy installation. Installers particularly rated its quick fit Spring Clip system that ensures the frame can be easily mounted into the Closer.
Before its release to the market, the Cavity Closer System underwent rigorous testing procedures for air and water penetration, along with material and fit for purpose tests. Our technical department plays a vital role in enabling us to bring new innovations to market much quicker, so that our fabricators can offer housebuilders and developers the most energy efficient solutions, as well as cutting edge designs.
Creating a competitive edge
BBA certification on a recycled Cavity Closer provides a definite advantage to housebuilders from a sustainability point of view, as many continue to improve their environmental credentials. In addition, the Cavity Closer is designed to meet all the latest Building Regulations, helping to eliminate cold bridging around window and door openings, ensuring compliance with the latest guidance on thermal performance. The ventilated head section also eliminates the need for routing through the frame or sash, whilst also ensuring adequate ventilation is provided, in line with Building Regulation requirements.
Cavity Closers are also highly flexible to meet a project’s requirements and enable quick and easy installation on site. The system is designed to be compatible with most of the major window systems on the market, including timber windows. We also designed our system so that it can be supplied to site, pre-assembled or in flat pack form – a useful option depending if speed or storage is an issue on site.
As any installer knows there is a great deal of risk of damage to windows during construction, particularly where windows are specified pre-glazed. When it comes to finally fitting the window, the Cavity Closer System can be fitted from the inside, which not only increases site safety but also means the window can be installed to meet build schedules, rather than waiting for any outside obstructions to be removed.
Once fitted, the Cavity Closer also acts as a damp proof course around the window, which eliminates any moisture problems that may have developed. On new build sites, this can be a major selling point and many housebuilders and developers recognise the benefits of using Cavity Closers for added peace of mind.
Increased choice for housebuilders
As a company we are committed to gaining BBA certificates on as many of our products as possible and the Cavity Closer is the latest in a list of window and door products that have already achieved this standard.
The fact that our cavity closer is made from 100 per cent recycled material is also providing housebuilders with an unexpected benefit, as many of them look at ways to improve their green credentials even further.
Gaining BBA certification not only gives housebuilders a quicker turnaround on site, it also ensures a speedy, accurate fit, along with robust performance. With benefits to both the housebuilder and specifier, Cavity Closers look set to continue their increase in popularity.
For more information call the Eurocell Customer Care Team on 0300 333 6525 or fill in our contact form here.