Notes of the last meeting held on 16 May in London are available to download here.
- The FIS Steel framing systems (SFS) working group held its first meeting in May, where they launched the revised Technical Report ED017 – Design and Installation of Light Steel External Wall Systems in partnership with the Steel Construction institute (SCI) Members were encouraged to promote the guide which can be downloaded here
- The issue of using PVC cavity trays in cladding on buildings over 18M was discussed, please see the notes for the next steps.
- There will be a workshop to develop guidance about the safe ingress of materials and look at safe methods of handling materials on 20 May. Please follow this link to register
- Details of a market survey this Summer were agreed.
Please contact FIS Technical Director JoeCilia@thefis.org for more details.
FIS and the Steel Construction Institute (SCI) launched the much-awaited Technical Report ED017 – Design and Installation of Light Steel External Wall Systems guide with a consortium of industry partners on Thursday 16 May.
SFS is the lightweight steel frame used to create the inner leaf of an external wall, it’s been around for over 20 years but its benefits are just being realised, which is why so many projects are using it, but there are problems being created because of a lack of planning and knowledge. It’s the first thing you see, but often the last thing that’s designed in a building, and that’s the issue.
SFS is seen as non-load bearing, not holding the structure up but it is supporting cladding, internal linings, insulation and perhaps even services. There are significant implications should it fail, which could lead to the external cladding falling off.
Who is the guide aimed at and why should they use it?
- The guide is for anyone who designs and installs SFS infill walls
- Anyone checking that the products are being correctly installed, such as a ‘Clerk of Works’.
- It will help to raise standards
- Show clients what SFS is and how it works
- It will get people thinking about what is expected of them, the design and the final installation
- It will give installers the confidence to question designs and provide guidance to ensure the installation is as good as it can be
- The document includes checklists as well as guidance that makes people stop and check that all the information that should be provided, is provided.
As the landscape post-Grenfell develops, we envisage that it will be very different from the way in which buildings are being designed and constructed now, this guide will become the go to reference for all involved.