Archetech Issue 31 2017 - Page 29

Replacement Balustrade Cavity Barriers protect against fire spread A great many character or period properties have stone balustrade incorporated into their design. These balustrades make a large visual impact, but they also have a practical purpose as barriers and screens. A common cause for the demise of a balustrade is the presence of water. Many original balustrades were made from artificial stonework such as Roman Cement, Concrete and Stucco. These were often reinforced with iron or mild steel bars which rust and expand when exposed to water over a long period. Other balustrades were made of natural stone such as Portland Stone or Bath Stone. While these types of balustrade do not suffer from ‘blown’ reinforcing, they do have a finite life span and the surface of stonework will often delaminate or form powdery patches. Tel: 01634 711617 Email: info@kentbalusters.co.uk Web: www.kentbalusters.co.uk According to Document B of the UK Building Regulations fire barriers must be installed in cavity areas that are vulnerable to the spread of fire. Using the correct passive fire cavity protection system within a building is crucial, in the event of a fire, intumescent fire barriers activate and seal holes, penetrations and cavities, preventing the spread of fire and smoke, thereby fulfilling UK regulations.¬ Standards and Regulations also stipulate that two storey buildings and above require cavity barriers to stop fire from spreading through walls, floors and cavities. The Envirograf® Cavity Barrier range fully satisfies the requirements stated in Document B of the Building Regulations. Contact our Technical Team on 01304 842 555 or email sales@envirograf.com Earthborn SKA compliant in 100 colours Specifiers seeking to certify a fit-out for sustainability best practice increasingly use the SKA Rating system operated by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and Earthborn’s Ecopro Matt Emulsion, Lo Sheen Emulsion and Eggshell are all now compliant. Available in all 98 shades of BS4800, plus black and white, they are all made in the UK and also comply with the strict EU Ecolabel standards. The extensive palette offers a huge choice and enables colour matching with other decorating features. The Ecopro range is uniquely formulated for high performance and all three products are totally oil and acrylic free, with minimal VOCs. Ecopro Emulsions are water-based, low odour, environmentally sound alternatives to conventional wall and ceiling emulsions. The Matt option is particularly suitable for use on new plaster, while Lo Sheen is formulated for enhanced durability and washability, making it suitable for higher traffic areas. For further information visit: www.earthbornpaints.co.uk Eggshell is the newest addition to the range. Suitable for use on interior walls, ceilings and woodwork, it’s a complete all-rounder. It dries to an attractive sheen that is durable, washable and scuff resistant.