Characterization of the technical performance of a building solution with compressed earth
A manufacturer of a building system based on compressed earth block seeks advice on which which are the most critical technical parameters that have to be tested and documented in order to justify the compliance with the regulatory requirements. This will also smooth both the market entry and the future certification of the product.
Assessment of partition walls built with large-format bricks
Development and analysis of regulatory and functional requirements according to the Spanish codes for assessing different building solutions for partition walls with large-format bricks, including clay pieces and combinations of clay and gypsum. Particular attention has been paid to the behaviour of these partitions in case of structural settlement.
Evaluation of constructive solutions for drywalls
Identification of the requirements of the national and European regulations that apply to building solutions for partition walls that use large format boards bolted on metal frames. It also contemplates the case of using these systems in external walls, since there are some boards whose composition makes it possible to install them in facades.
Assessment of modular partition systems
Drafting of an evaluation protocol according to European normative criteria for the systems for erecting partition walls in tertiary use buildings, focusing on those with a structure of aluminum profiles that supports opaque and glass panels. The analysis covers mechanical performance (impact resistance and stability), safety (fire reaction, emission of hazardous substances) and comfort (airborne sound insulation).
Regulatory status of a range of synthetic coating sheets
At the time of writing the report, there was no harmonized standard that regulated synthetic sheets used for covering walls, drop ceilings and doors. The supplier wanted to assess to what extent they could be marketed without CE marking. The report warns of some risks, such as potential conflicts with the national regulatory requirements and the fact that some of the auxiliary products for fitting the sheets are indeed affected by regulations.
Analysis of requirements affecting a drywall system
Contribution to the development of a new system for building drywalls, providing advice to its designers on the technical and functional requirements to be met, and how to certify the system to ease its entry into the Spanish market and the major European markets. The certification meets some difficulties, being an innovative system that is outside the scope of the standards that regulate conventional drywalls.
Cable transit hidden inside partition walls
Contribution to the design of a new building solution for routing cables inside partition walls, with emphasis on the technical and legal aspects.
Situation of false ceiling suspension hardware in relation to CE marking
At the time of the report, CE marking was not yet mandatory for hanging products used in drop ceiling, but nevertheless its entry into force was imminent. After a detailed study of the harmonized regulations affecting these products, plus EOTA’s ETA Guidelines, it was possible to check the range of products offered by the manufacturer and identify which ones had to be marked CE most urgently, and what kind of procedure had to be followed.
Cost benchmarking of different building solutions for walls and floors
Cost study that compares the value of the materials and labor required by different building solutions for partition walls and floors, which provides market context for potential applications of an insulating wooden panel.
Modelling the market for partitions
Determination of a collection of ratios that relate the area of a dwelling with the amount of partition walls, drawn from the analysis of a sample of floorplans typical of a range of standards of housing. Since the surface statistics are available at provincial level, this allows a detailed approach to the demand for materials for partitions.