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Cladding briefing

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The Centre of Window and Cladding Technology, Bath Tel 01225 826 541, fax: 01225 826 556 Provides documents on curtain walling and glazing, including the standard guide for ventilated rainscreens (four volumes, £150 to non-members); the standard guide for curtain walling (four volumes, £150 to non-members); thermal performance and condensation risk (four documents, £80 to non-members); slope glazing (three volumes, £150 to non-members). The proceedings of the recent International Conference on Glazing 31 March-1 April 1999 are also available (£95 for non-members). See review in AJ 22.4.99.

Owens Corning Advisory Service

Free Call 0800 627 465, email IASUK @ owenscorning.com Claims to provide advice and information on all aspects of insulation products, but remember its product range is glass or rock mineral wool.

The Architectural Cladding Association. Its Code of Practice for the Safe Erection of Precast Concrete Cladding, Sept 1998, is £25 from BPCF, 60 Charles St, Leicester LE1 1FB, tel 0116 253 6161.

The Steel Construction Institute

Tel 01344 623 345, fax: 01344 622 944, email library @ steel-sci.com Leading research centre for steel. Also produces a number of publications on cladding (see below).


Interfaces: Curtain Wall Connections to Steel Frames

R G Ogden. Steel Construction Institute, pub ref P101. 1992 77pp. Non- members £20 Developed by an industry-wide steering committee including constructors, cladding designers and engineers, this publication intends to promote efficiency in the design and erection of cladding systems and their attachments to steel frames. Section 1 details the advantages of carrying out preparatory operations, including the lining and levelling of cladding connections prior to the erection operation. Section 2 appraises seven generic cladding systems in relation to the optimised practices set out in Section 1.

Interfaces: Steel Supported Glazing Systems P Ryan, M Otlet and R G Ogden. Steel Construction Institute pub ref P193. 1998 83pp. Non-members £35 The use of sophisticated structural glazing in modern buildings is increasing. This publication presents recommended design and construction practices, schematic details and general design guidance for a range of structural glazing systems and for their interfaces with supporting steel structures. It includes case studies of a range of modern structurally-glazed buildings.

Over-cladding of Existing Buildings using Light Steel

R M Lawson. Steel Construction Institute, pub ref P247. 64pp. Non-members £25 Reviews the use of light steel components in the over-cladding of existing concrete and masonry buildings as part of a renovation process. The over-cladding systems use sub-frame members connected to the existing structure or cladding, with the new facade is attached directly to the sub-frame members. The sub-frame members may be assembled from galvanised cold-formed steel components, and a variety of cladding materials may be used. Buildings are commonly over-clad to improve their appearance, increase thermal insulation and reduce maintenance costs. In most cases the cost of the over-cladding will be recouped within 20 years if all the potential savings are considered. The design criteria for over-cladding systems are reviewed and the application of light steel sub-frames is discussed. A prototype steel-intensive over-cladding system is described and interim results from the testing of this system are reported. Case studies are presented to show the range of applications of light steel in over-cladding.

Over-roofing of Existing Buildings using Light Steel M Hillier, R M Lawson and M Gorgolewski. Steel Construction Institute, pub ref P246, 48pp. Non- members £25 This publication reviews the use of light steel construction in the 'over-roofing' of existing buildings. Light steel construction comprises cold formed steel C and Z sections used as individual members or as assemblies in the form of trusses, panels, and frames. Over-roofing can improve the weather-tightness and insulation of the existing building and provide new habitable roof space without overloading the original structure. The publication identifies the main structural systems used in over-roofing and shows how light steel construction may be used in this application. Guidance on roofing materials and costs is also given. Case studies review the different applications of light steel in over- roofing, including modular construction and roof-top extensions. The economics of over-roofing are discussed and it is demonstrated how the savings in energy costs, combined with additional rental income, can justify the cost of an over-roofing scheme.

Cast in Concrete - Reconstructed Stone and Precast Concrete - a Guide for Architects S Dawson, Architectural Cladding Association. 1995 Useful general guide about precast concrete, with examples of finishes and case studies of 24 buildings, including the threaded beams and volumes at Bracken House and precast structural brackets and yoke at the Lloyds building. John Thornton from Ove Arup & Partners was the engineer for both projects.

Metal Fabrics for Architecture Design Guide Published by GKD. From Mrs Tulms, www.gkd.de, tel 00 49 24218030 Shows examples of use of GKD metal fabrics, including Dominique Perrault Bibliotheque Nationale de France in Paris.

Cladding of Buildings A J Brookes. E & P N Spon. 1998 Gives guidance on design and manufacture of six types of cladding - precast concrete, GRC, GRP, composite metal panels, profiled metal and curtain walling.

Building Envelope & Connections

A J Brookes and C Grech. Architectural Press. 1996 Shows 60 case study examples of detailing and the background to production in recent well- known buildings.

Lightness Beukers & Van Hinte, 010 Publishers (from Orange Square, tel 0171 834 7767). 191pp. £18.50

Inspirational source for use of new materials to achieve lightness in buildings.

Made to Measure: New Materials for 21st Century Phillip Ball. Princeton University Press. 1997

Shows examples of using new materials in different industries, including the prototype skin which changes its thickness according to the aeroplane's speed.

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