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INVESTMENT IN WELSH STEEL INDUSTRY WELCOMED

The British Association of Reinforcement (BAR) has welcomed the investment of £11.55million in the Welsh steel industry. 

UK REINFORCEMENT SECTOR WELCOMES NEW PROCUREMENT GUIDANCE

The British Association of Reinforcement (BAR) has welcomed new government guidance to UK public sector bodies to consider the social and economic benefits of procuring UK steel for projects below £10m. BAR represents the major UK steel reinforcement manufacturers and fabricators.

 

 

NEW REBAR STANDARDS GUIDE PUBLISHED

 

The British Association of Reinforcement (BAR) has published a new ‘Guide to Steel Reinforcement Standards and Codes’. Aimed at both the designer and specifier, the guide provides an overview of the standards and codes that effect the specification and use of steel reinforcement.

 

In addition, the guide provides a short-term and long-term view on the impact of Brexit on reinforcement standards and advice on CE marking.

 

“There is a wide range of standards, codes and regulations that effect the specification of reinforcement in the UK,” said Steve Elliott BAR chairman. “We hope that this guide helps the designer and specifier to navigate through them”.

 

‘Guide to Steel Reinforcement Standards and Codes’ is available as a free download from www.uk-bar.org.

 

Climate change concerns need heavyweight answers

 

The ability of heavyweight concrete construction to help future proof our built environment will have increased significance if the predictions of a new climate change report are correct.

 

 

Limited Brexit impact on rebar standards development

 

Brexit will have little impact on the work to develop British and European steel reinforcement standards reports the British Association of Reinforcement (BAR). Steve Elliott, BAR Chairman, said: “The UK is a full member of the European Committee for Standardisation (CEN) and this will continue. BAR will continue to represent the UK reinforcement sector on a range of UK and European standards”.

 

 

STEEL REINFORCEMENT SECTOR WELCOMES CONTRACTORS' PROCUREMENT GUIDANCE

STEEL REINFORCEMENT SECTOR WELCOMES MAJOR CONTRACTORS’ PROCUREMENT GUIDANCE

 

 The British Association of Reinforcement (BAR) has welcomed new steel procurement guidance from BuildUK, the construction contractors’ association as recognition of the need to encourage responsible local sourcing of rebar.

 

Revised BS4449 step in right direction

REVISED BS4449 STEP IN RIGHT DIRECTION

The British Association of Reinforcement (BAR) has welcomed the new BSI revision to BS 4449 Steel for the Reinforcement of Concrete as a step in the right direction. The standard now restricts the addition of boron alloys and requires the reporting of elements added to reinforced steel. However, it does not provide a restriction on the maximum levels of other elements such as chromium, manganese, nickel and vanadium.

UK STEEL REINFORCEMENT SECTOR WELCOMES 'BUY BRITISH' MOVE

The British Association of Reinforcement (BAR) has welcomed the Government’s announcement that it is to launch a ‘Buy British Steel’ order to the public sector to help the beleaguered UK steel industry.

Rebar anti-dumping measures 'too little, too late'

 

BAR, the British Association for Reinforcement, has called the European Commission’s imposition of provisional anti-dumping measures on Chinese steel rebar imports disappointing and ‘too little, too late’.

 

CLEARING THE CONFUSION CONCERNING CE MARKING OF STEEL REINFORCEMENT

 

The British Association of Reinforcement has issued new guidance as to whether steel reinforcement requires CE marking.

There is some confusion amongst designers, consultants and specifiers as to whether steel reinforcement requires a CE mark. As there is currently no harmonised European Standard (hEN) it does not. What the sector has instead is a quality certification scheme that in many respects is a more rigorous check than CE marking.

Multi-storey residential fire questions use of timber frame construction

A major fire that ripped through and destroyed a four storey block of flats has underlined the vulnerability of timber frame construction.

 

The Only Way is Up for Reinforced Concrete

With the increasing number of high rise offices and residential development either under or due to start construction it seems that for many of our cities the only way up. The many inherent and free benefits of reinforced concrete means that it is particularly suited for fast and economic high rise construction believes Stephen Elliott, Chairman of the British Association of Reinforcement.

 

Reinforcement sector plays its part in delivering sustainability progress

The British Association of Reinforcement (BAR) has welcomed a new report demonstrating the continued progress of the concrete industry in taking a dynamic leading role in delivering a sustainable built environment.

Concrete benefits of tin sheds

With one in five warehouses in England expected to have a major fire every year, the UK’s preponderance for the ubiquitous lightweight steel shed over the innate fire resistance of concrete construction must be questioned believes Steve Elliott, Chairman of the British Association of Reinforcement.

BAR Guidance Note: Boron

The British Association of Reinforcement (BAR) has been alerted to the fact that some of the reinforcement imports entering the UK market have contained boron (see note below).  Boron is not specifically referred to in BS4449 as it is not normally added to reinforcement bar, but even small additions of boron can dramatically affect the hardenability of a steel and hence its welding characteristics, leading to quality and potential safety issues. It is reported that some Chinese mills have previously added boron for a commercial export rebate.

For responsible sourcing keep it local

The issue of responsible local sourcing is an increasingly important one for construction clients and main contractors. It is an issue where reinforced concrete can outshine its structural rivals believes Stephen Elliott, Chairman of the British Association of Reinforcement.

HSE's open letter underlines fire risk of timber structures

The open letter from the Health & Safety Executive warning designers and architects of their responsibilities for managing fire risk during the construction phase of timber-frame buildings underlines a simple inherent truth: timber burns.

Reinforced Phoenix

Following a significant fire in May 2014 that damaged its production facility in Chatham Docks, Kent, ArcelorMittal Kent Wire is pleased report that its production line is now fully reinstated and has returned to full capacity.

BAR and MPA join forces

 

ASSOCIATIONS JOIN FORCES

The British Association of Reinforcement (BAR) has agreed to join forces and affiliate with the Mineral Products Association (MPA). The decision will help forward the continued evolution of trade representation for the concrete sector.

 


 

Vibration issues shakes use of timber-frame construction

 

VIBRATION ISSUES SHAKES USE OF TIMBER-FRAME CONSTRUCTION

The inappropriateness of using timber frame for multi-storey buildings has been underlined by the need for housebuilder Bellway to call-in an independent structural consultant to assess resident complaints of excessive vibration at one of its major developments.

 

 


 

TIMBER FRAME LOSES MULTI-STOREY MARKET SHARE

 

TIMBER FRAME LOSES MULTI-STOREY MARKET SHARE

The latest NHBC statistics for multi-storey residential developments suggest that the house builders’ flirtation with timber frame may be over as the material’s market share has shrunk by 9% over the last year.

 


 

BAR signs-up to pan-industry sustainability strategy

 

BAR SIGNS-UP TO PAN-INDUSTRY SUSTAINABILITY STRATEGY

 

The British Association of Reinforcement (BAR) has confirmed its commitment to a sustainable built environment by signing-up to the new Concrete Industry Sustainable Construction Strategy that commits the industry to a programme of improvement and performance targets up to 2020.

 


 

New timber fire guidelines could burn a hole in contractors' pockets

 

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5th December 2011

  NEW TIMBER FIRE GUIDELINES COULD BURN A HOLE IN CONTRACTORS’ POCKETS

 

Building with timber frame has just got more expensive following the publication of new guidelines by the UK Timber Frame Association (UKTFA). The need for the guidelines was forced upon the UKTFA after a spate of high-profile catastrophic fires at city centre timber frame construction sites.

 


 

TARMAC knuckles rapped over Topforce advertisements

 

26th May 2011

 TARMAC KNUCKLES RAPPED OVER TOPFORCE ADVERTISEMENTS

 TARMAC has had its knuckles rapped by the Advertising Standards Authority over its misleading Topforce advertisement.

 The advertisement implied that THE tarmac Topforce micro fibre product  can replace steel mesh for all applications including structural reinforcement. The British Association of Reinforcement (BAR) complained to the ASA on the grounds that it is simply incorrect that Topforce can be used for all reinforcement applications in which steel mesh reinforcement is currently used.

 The ASA has upheld BAR’s complaint, and in order to avoid a formal investigation, TARMAC has agreed to amend the advertisement.

 “Topforce is only a replacement for steel wire fabric used for crack control in concrete and TARMAC have agreed that it should not be used as a replacement for structural steel reinforcement”, explained Graham Mackenzie, BAR Chairman. “TARMAC’s advertisement was seriously misleading with the claim that Topforce ‘does away with the need for steel mesh and replaces it with macro-fibres’. This disingenuous claim has now been removed.”

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Latest Fire Questions Timber's Suitability as a Construction Material

LATEST FIRE QUESTIONS TIMBER’S SUITABILITY AS A CONSTRUCTION MATERIAL

 

Last weekend’s major fire at the construction site of a block of flats in Basingstoke has added further fuel against the use of timber frame for multi-storey buildings. The fire comes after the latest statistics from the Department of Communities and Local Government show that timber frame buildings, whether under construction or completed, suffer from greater fire damage than non-timber construction such as reinforced concrete.

 

 

Official Statistics Fuel Fire Concerns over Timber-framed Buildings

 

OFFICIAL STATISTICS FUEL FIRE CONCERNS OVER TIMBER-FRAMED BUILDINGS

 

 

For the first time official statistics covering all the fires that occurred in England include a section concerned with fires in timber-framed buildings. The figures make uncomfortable reading for those living in and those insuring timber-frame believes Graham Mackenzie, chairman of the British Association of Reinforcement.

 


 



 


 

Crossrail Dialogue

 

In a prime example of the type of construction industry dialogue encouraged by the Office of Government Commerce’s Achieving Excellence initiative, Crossrail Limited (CRL) met with members of the British Association of Reinforcement (BAR) to improve its understanding of the reinforcing steel market and to ensure that value for money is maximised in the delivery of the project.

 


London Fire Authority Chairman Criticises Use of Timber Frame Construction

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22nd July 2010

 

 

LONDON FIRE AUTHORITY CHAIRMAN CRITICISES USE OF TIMBER FRAME CONSTRUCTION

The chairman of the London Fire Authority has criticised the growing use of timber-frame construction in high rise buildings following an investigation into last year’s major fire in Peckham that destroyed a half-completed 5 storey timber frame building and badly damaged adjacent blocks of flats.



 

Criminalisation of Illegal Timber Underlines Need for Responsible Sourcing

The announcement by the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats that they intend to make the importation or possession of illegal timber a criminal offence will make specifier and designers looks closer to home for a responsibly sourced construction material believes Graham Mackenzie, chairman of the British Association of Reinforcement (BAR).

SHELVED PROJECTS REVIVAL GIVES HOPE TO STRUCTURES MARKET

 

SHELVED PROJECTS REVIVAL GIVES HOPE TO STRUCTURES MARKET

 

The structural frames market is usually the first hit in a downturn as developments are put on hold. However, the growing demand for new office space in London and revived office, retail and leisure developments outside of the capital are giving rise to optimism that it may be the first to benefit from any upturn.

 

Early Fabricator Involvement is Still The Way Ahead

 

EARLY FABRICATOR INVOLVEMENT IS STILL THE WAY AHEAD

Over the last few years early project involvement by members of the supply chain has increased significantly. Despite the challenges of the recession and the pressures on the bottom line, the value that such collaborative working and partnerships provide should continue to be recognised believes Graham Mackenzie, Chairman of the British Association of Reinforcement (BAR).

 

Raising the Bar on Health and Safety

 

RAISING THE BAR ON HEALTH AND SAFETY

 

Although the UK construction industry is said to be one of the safest in Europe, it still accounts for one third of all UK work accidents. This is underlined by the grim statistic that construction workers are six times more likely to be killed at work than any other type of employee.  And it is not just the human cost. Studies by The Institution of Engineering and Technology found that the cost of accidents on a construction site amounts to 9.5% of the project’s tender price.

 

Code of Practice for Safet Off-loading of Cut and Bent Reinforcement Issued

The British Association of Reinforcement (BAR) has issued a new code of practice for The Safe Off-loading of Cut and Bent Reinforcement. The code has been drawn up following consultation with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the UK Certification Authority for Reinforcing Steels (CARES).

Peckham Fire Highlights Vunerability of Timber Frame

Yesterday’s (26th November) major fire at Peckham underlines the potential fire hazard of timber frame whilst under construction.

REINFORCEMENT SECTOR EYES THE FUTURE

 

REINFORCEMENT SECTOR EYES THE FUTURE

 

Despite the depth and ferocity of the recession there are signs that the worse may be over and investment in new products and processes together with a major rationalisation means that the reinforcement sector is well placed to take full advantage of the recovery.

 

Reinforced concrete offers potential for discreet bomb-blast protection

The British Association of Reinforcement (BAR) has welcomed Prime Minister Gordon Brown's proposals for increasing the protection for public buildings.

Reinforcement steel mills welcome further opportunity to recycle

The British Association of Reinforcement (BAR) has welcomed research by the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) that has found there is a potential 70,000 tonnes of scrap steel from recycled tyres that could be used for the production of rebar.

BAR Expansion

The British Association of Reinforcement (BAR) is pleased to announced the appointments of Graham Mackenzie as Chairman and Martin Southcott as Technical Director.

Concrete answer to commercial zero carbon challenge

The Government is to launch an urgent drive to reduce the carbon emissions of commercial buildings, in particular the amount of CO2 emissions resulting from their day-to-day use.

Corus Confidex trick?

The carbon off-setting Confidex Sustain initiative, being introduced by Corus, is being branded by the British Association of Reinforcement as a smokescreen to avoid real measures to tackle the reduction of carbon emissions.

Who pays for proposed Timber Fire Safety Scheme?

A spate of fires on timber building sites has forced the timber industry to develop a third party timber safety management scheme.

Rebar Price Increase

Increased global demand and prices for scrap metal have resulted in reinforcement manufacturers having to increase prices by over £100 per tonne.

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