Farrat Specification advice in June edition of Passive House+

PassivehousePlus feature Farrat Structural Thermal Breaks

This month, Farrat have been featured in Passive House+ Sustainable Building Magazine, advising structural engineers and designers on how to specify carefully to eliminate thermal bridges in buildings and structures.

Energy efficiency is an increasingly important parameter in building design. Building components that penetrate the insulated envelope will produce a thermal bridge, resulting in significant energy loss if not addressed. Whilst energy loss is important there is also a higher chance that this could lead to condensation with resulting damage to the building’s fabric and mould growth.

Farrat have been bridging the gap with specialist Structural Thermal Break Plates for decades, therefore we know that appropriate analysis, detailing and specification are key to achieving good building performance.

There are few standard construction details where thermal breaks are incorporated because of the large variety of construction materials and systems forming the building envelope. The trick is to choose a thermal break plate solution that is both simple and effective. Structural connections incorporating thermal break plates need to perform well both thermally and structurally and of course there will be a compromise to satisfy both requirements. It is absolutely vital that the thermal break material is fit for purpose.


 

You can read the full article online at passivehouseplu.ie
Or for more in-depth advice, you can request a copy of our Technical Guide for Structural Thermal Break Connections here.

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Anthology Deptford Foundry – Shear Keys

Progress at the Anthology Deptford Foundry site drives forward as Farrat Shear Keys are installed by OHOB on Block E.

The third of four building blocks in the scheme integrating a Full Building Vibration Isolation system developed by Farrat, Block E will follow suit with construction on Block’s C & D and include;

 

Farrat Shear Keys provide lateral movement restraint together with vertical acoustic isolation. They have been designed to provide high vertical load capacity, which facilitates an efficient design that usually eradicates tension in the walls, and high shear loads to minimise the number of assemblies required, which is vital on this project due to the proximity of railway tracks on the north and South-West of sides of the site.

To read more about high capacity vibration isolation systems for buildings, visit our Building Vibration Isolation page.

To discuss a project with one of our structural or acoustic engineers, please submit a Technical Enquiry or Call +44 (0) 161 924 1600 and ask to speak to our Technical Team.

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Sci-Tech+1 Easter Camp

Farrat Technical Director, Ryan Arbabi, spent 3 days at Sci-Tech+1 Easter Camp last week (5th, 6th and 7th April) teaching 7 to 11 year olds the principles of Sound, Aerodynamics and Robotics.

SciTech  was established in 1991 to promote Science and Technology to children of all ages through the use of hands on lectures and holiday schools. Their aim is to provide an inspired and secure environment that promotes an enthusiastic enjoyment of learning in children of all ages – developing learning which is targeted, understandable and great fun.

Ryan presented the children with various STEM themed tasks and activities during the Sci-Tech+1 Camp to encourage and increase their understanding of science and technology principles related to; Sound (day 1), Aerodynamics (day 2) and Robotics (day 3).

Tasks were designed to be exceptionally interactive and included building and programing robots, learning about the speed of sound by making things explode and creating ice cream using liquid nitrogen, as just a few examples.

Further information on upcoming Sci-Tech course dates, age groups and course descriptions can be found on the Sci-Tech website: www.scitech.co.uk.

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Westfield White City (Phase 2)

Structural bearings for the next stage of the Westfield White City project were dispatched yesterday from the Farrat factory, as progress on the site swiftly moves forwards.

For more information on this project or for enquiries regarding Farrat Structural Bearings, head over to our new Building Vibration Isolation page or contact us.



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Farrat recognised as a Sponsoring Organisation of the IOA

Proud sponsor of the IOA

For the second year running, Farrat are proud to support the UK’s professional body of Acoustics, Noise and Vibration as a ‘Sponsoring Organisation’ of The Institute of Acoustics (IOA).

The Institute of Acoustics is a nominated body of the Engineering Council, offering registration at Chartered and Incorporated Engineer levels.With over 3000 members from a diversity of specialisms including engineers, scientists, educators, lawyers, occupational hygienists, architects and environmental health officers among their number, this multidisciplinary culture provides a productive environment for cross-fertilisation of ideas and initiatives.


The grade of Sponsoring Organisation is open to companies and organisations with a substantial industry involvement in engineering acoustics. Election to this grade allows Farrat to show our support for the work of the Institute and demonstrates our continued work within the acoustics field.

Farrat Acoustic Floating Floor Systems and Acoustic Structural Bearings have been engineered into a wide variety of high profile projects over the past decade; from isolating a 14 screen Vue cinema in the largest urban shopping centre in Europe (Westfield White City, London) to floating floors in nationally renowned gym’s (Puregym, Manchester), multi-million pound theatres (Birmingham REP & Library), music studios (Barbican) and large University/Research facilities (AFRC/Strathclyde University).

  • To learn more about Farrat’s full range of Acoustic solutions, read our Technical Brochure or speak to one of our Acoustic Team on: sales@farrat.com / +44 (0) 161 924 1600.
  • To learn more about the IOA or Engineering Council, please visit their websites.

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RedR selected to receive £100 Donation

RedR Charity Donation by FarratTechnical Director Stephen Blundell has chosen RedR to receive a £100 donation as Farrat’s charity of the month, inline with the #WearRed RedR Day.

RedR are a humanitarian charity dedicated to providing people with the necessary skills to prepare for, and respond to, major disasters such as earthquakes, floods, conflict and drought. Through practical training and expert support, RedR build the skills of first responders, national humanitarian organisations and national aid workers in disaster-affected countries.

The charity have responded to every major disaster in recent years, including the earthquakes in Nepal, the Syrian conflict, Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, floods in Pakistan and the Haiti earthquake and are widely supported across both Construction and Engineering industries by well-known firms.

Technical Director for Structural Thermal Break Connections, Stephen Blundell, nominated the charity after being selected in the staff draw which takes place each month at Farrat. He commented that RedR are the designated charity for his Institution – The Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) – and with their national campaign ‘RedR Day‘ falling this month, he was pleased to be able to offer this additional support through Farrat’s donation.

RedR have responded to the donation thanking Stephen for the nomination; “Thank you so much for your kind donation in aid of RedR, we are pleased to have been selected for your monthly donation and please pass on our thanks to Stephen for his suggestion, it is much appreciated”, Margherita Billotto, RedR.


For more information about RedR or to discover how you can help support their cause, please visit: www.redr.org.uk

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University Engineers aim to boost growth at Farrat

ioaAs featured in the January 2017 issue of Acoustic Bulletin magazine, released by the Institute of Acoustics, graduate engineers at the University of Salford are lending their expertise by developing, implementing and validating cutting edge methodology as a KTP Associate at Farrat this year.

Farrat is one of three businesses that will benefit from the part-funded Government / Innovate UK programme, which works as a three-way partnership between a business, a University and a recent graduate who is elected as a ‘KTP Associate’.

The selected Associate will work with Farrat and Professor Andy Moorhouse and Dr Andy Elliot of Salford’s Acoustics Research Group, to predict the vibro-acoustic response of buildings that incorporate vibration control; such as concert halls or apartments and buildings affected by train or underground noise.



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Farrat help 30 grads prepare for their IStructE CM Exam at UoB

Farrat Technical Director for Structural Thermal Break Connections, Stephen Blundell, will be helping 30 grads prepare for their IStructE CM exam by leading a preparation session at the University of Bolton (UoB) on the 18th January.

The prep course is a day long mock exam where candidates are given the opportunity under exam conditions to take a recent exam (generally, the previous year’s exam).

Opportunity will later be given for peer marking and discussion of the mock exam scripts (or other scripts brought to the session).

The IStructE CM exam is a notoriously difficult exam and has a worldwide pass rate hovering just above 30%, however the pass rate for engineers from the IStructE CM Prep course over the last three years has hovered between 50% and 60%.

Session leaders throughout the course period, which runs until March 2017, will include: Jonathan Haynes, University of Salford (JH), Stephen Blundell, Farrat Isolevel (SB), Walter Swann, Tata Steel (WS), Neil Logan, Logan Consulting Engineers (NL), Dave Leung, Lancashire County Council (DL), Philip Powell, Laing O’Rourke (PP),  Les Jones, Curtins (LJ),  Andrew Wilson, GHA Livigunn (AW) and Gareth Whittleston.

For more information on the Preperation Exam, visit: http://goo.gl/aFRt70


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Farrat Christmas Donations

This Christmas, instead of sending Christmas cards, Farrat have decided to give it’s staff the opportunity to donate £100 each to charity as an extra special seasons greetings!

Employees each gave their £100 to 1 of 5 charities, including; NSPCC, Shelter, G-Force, Cancer Research UK and Children’s Adventure Farm Trust.

Each of the five charities were shortlisted from a pool of nominations submitted by everyone at Farrat, resulting in over £3,000 being donated across both local and national organisations that provide support, information and services to vulnerable children and adults across the UK.

From left to right: Sheila (Farrat), Hazel (G-Force), Tina (G-Force), Joe (Farrat).

Since the Christmas donations were sent just days ago, Farrat have already received messages of thanks and surprise from the recipient charities, with one local charity (G-Force – a community charity in Altrincham where Farrat is based) even turning up to the Farrat HQ with some Christmas treats for the team to show their appreciation.

Tina from G-Force (2nd on right), commented how shocked they were to receive a donation from a local company and how important it is to them that the local community continue to work together to provide support services to children and young adults.

“As a community focussed charity, it really means a lot to us to receive support from such a local business – especially at Christmas. We can’t thank Farrat enough and hope to work with you next year on local fundraising initiatives”.

Farrat are delighted to have spread a little joy this Christmas!

For more information on any of the charities selected for Farrat donation, please visit the specific organisation website.

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