Passive House Certification for Farrat TBK Structural Thermal Break Plates

Farrat TBK Structural Thermal Break Plates have been granted a ‘Certified Passive House Component’ by the Passive House Institute.

Passive House is the standard for energy efficiency, granting certification to structures, components and professionals who have achieved the very best in quality, efficiency and sustainability.

The criteria to gain the title of ‘Certified Passive House Component’ is based on two categories:

  • Living health and comfort (‘Comfort criteria’) and
  • Energy balance during practical application (‘Energy criteria’)

Components that carry this certification have been tested according to these aforementioned criteria and are of a high standard regarding energy efficiency. This ensures that the specific use of the component meets the essential needs and functions of the professionals that require it (architects, structural engineers, technicians).

Farrat Structural Thermal Break Plates have received multiple certifications in the past. However, this is the first Farrat solution that has received Passive House Certification, cementing Farrat’s committed to developing innovative high-performance building materials with proven performance.

Passive House certification also fits closely into Farrat’s core values of Customer Service Excellence, Responsibility, Ambition and Quality, by ensuring quality assurance, performance and trust in manufacturing excellence.

“Farrat are very proud to have achieved certification to such a highly regarded standard as Passive House. Achieving exemplar level performance with our TBK material confirms our belief in the merits of solid state structural thermal breaks and the benefits of their use throughout general construction detailing.”

Chris Lister, Commercial Manager, Thermal Products


Farrat’s Passive House certificated Structural Thermal Break materials provide building design professionals with a robust solution to minimise energy loss. Suitable to mitigate against planar, linear and point load thermal bridging, Farrat Structural Thermal Breaks can be used anywhere a penetration or transition exists in a building envelope to help achieve building performance standards. Performance characteristics include low thermal conductivity, high compressive strength and very limited creep under load.

Full specifications are available for import from NBS Plus.

To contact us click here or get in touch on +44 (0) 161 924 1600.

60 Years Farrat – Daniella

dANIELLA OUR INTERN POSING WITH HER PHONE STAND THAT SHE DESIGNED

PEOPLE PROFILE:

FARRAT INTERN, DANIELLA EDWARDS-DAVIES

Areas Of Expertise: Engineering, Business, Geography
Education: Secondary School
Time at Farrat: One week work experience during July, 2019

Tell us a bit about yourself?

I come from Ashton on Mersey in Sale and I am in Year Ten at secondary school, studying Geography, Spanish, Business and Engineering. I am interning at Farrat this summer as part of my School Work Experience.

I chose to do my work experience at an engineering firm like Farrat, as engineering is one of the options I chose to study and I wanted to find out what a career in engineering would be like!

 

Tell us about your work experience week interning at Farrat?

On my first day, Ginette, an Account Development Specialist for Thermal Breaks, showed me how to talk with customers and input important information into the CRM system, which was really interesting.

After that on Tuesday, I met Adriana who is an Applications Engineer. Adriana introduced me to the Engineering & Design department of Farrat. I was shown some detailed design drawings and was even given a chance to use the design program, AutoCAD. I ended up spending the whole day with Adriana which really opened my eyes to the type of solutions that can be created when you put your mind to it.

On Wednesday I moved over to the Drafting Office and began working with Yohann and Phil, who are both design engineers. I learnt a lot about technical drawing and was challenged to design my own product, a smartphone holder. This involved picking a suitable design then working with Phil to input the design into the SolidWorks program to prepare it for manufacture.

To prepare the design, I had to note all of the dimensions so that manufacturing would know the exact size and some other important details. I then checked to ensure there were no holes where there should not be and that there was a section to place the device onto, to keep the iPhone or iPad stable.

Once the design was finished, I sent design-sheets to the manufacturing department so that my ‘product’ could be precision-cut on the Waterjet. I then watched it being made down in the factory with the manufacturing team, which was something I have never seen before (and it took only about five minutes!).

During my time in the drafting office, Yohann also showed me the various isolation solutions that Farrat develop. He showed me some of the 2D and 3D designs of solutions that Farrat use to isolate cinemas from external sound and other vibrations or disturbances. It was great!

Yohann also explained the function of each of the machines in the on-site R&D lab and explained how Farrat test various materials and products. As part of this, I was able to ‘squish’ a rubber component and watch how it reacted under the pressure – that was really fun!

To end the week, I spent some time with Charlene in Marketing who explained the role of communications and helped me to produce a piece of editorial that I then published on the Farrat website.

 

You have experienced a variety of interesting roles at Farrat, but which was your favorite?

I really enjoyed the design and manufacturing segments of the week.

Designing and then manufacturing my own phone stand was really fun and taught me each of the steps involved in product development. This is something that I want to do in the future and my time at Farrat has helped to reinforce that ambition.

 

What are the next steps for you after Farrat?

Next week I am going to present to my Year Ten Class an assessment of my work experience at Farrat. This will cover what I did, everything that I learnt and how I am going to use that in the future.

After Year Ten, I will see whether my school offers engineering in 6th form. If not, I will look to study this further elsewhere, perhaps at college.

 

Fantastic! Gareth, our Production Manager, has said that you would make a fine Design Engineer. We hope we have given you a great experience and an insight into Engineering.

Thank you for letting me do my work experience at Farrat. You have all made me feel so welcome and I could not have asked for a better group of people to work with.

I really appreciate it and have thoroughly enjoyed it.

I will miss you all!

 

Daniella has been an absolutely brilliant Intern at Farrat this summer – attitude, demeanor and work ethic are all exceptional and we have no doubt that she will excel in whatever career she decides to pursue.

 


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A Week in the Life of a New Member of the Farrat Team

This month I started working at Farrat as a Marketing Assistant. My role is to act as the primary marketing resource during a period of maternity leave, working with the Commercial Team to deliver the annual marketing plan. Prior to my employment I went through a rigorous recruitment process and was thoroughly overjoyed to be accepted as a new member of the Farrat team. In this blog, I want to share my first week’s experience to give you an insight into the people that make Farrat the remarkable company it is.

Working man and women smiling at a computer screen in an office

Day 1

My first day at Farrat started with a friendly Induction kicked-off by HR Manager Sophie, who introduced me to the Farrat team and ran through my Induction Schedule for the week. I was feeling slightly nervous (as one would feel on their first day) so this helped to settle the butterflies. I was provided with an Induction Pack, which contained an eclectic mix of useful and important documents and was setup at my own workstation with everything I would need. In my inbox, there was an invite to join a welcome lunch with the Marketing Executive, Charlene and Technical Director, Ryan, who kindly wanted to take me out for lunch and get to know me better.

The majority of my first day was spent shadowing colleagues from the Sales & Operations section of the firm, which gave me some great insight into the B2B enquiry process. Faye, the Customer Service Manager, was obliging when offering advice and tips on various aspects of the customer relations part of the company and everyone involved in the Operations part of the office came across as hardworking, dedicated and professional as well as being easy to talk to, which made the first day jitters a lot easier to deal with.

 

Day 2 & 3

The next day was spent observing various meetings throughout the day. From video-calls with the Swiss arm of Farrat, to meetings involving new Pricing tools, to Commercial Committee meetings involving the CEO, Oliver Farrell – the day was long but rewarding. During these meetings I got to see how the communications between various decision makers took place and how these decisions affected the various projects going forward. Meetings were differed depending on the subject being discussed, but they all involved a fantastic mixture of professionalism, tact, honesty and openness which was refreshing to see. The third day involved more shadowing and meetings, however this time the details of each Commercial division were expanded upon. There were meetings held with the Commercial and Project Delivery Managers, presenting the various products and services they were responsible for, establishing a great foundation of knowledge for each section of the firm.

Man with clipboard smiling while standing in a warehouse/factory

Day 4 & 5

Thursday morning was spent with the Project Engineering Manager discussing the current systems in place and how in the future there would be alterations, improvements and even replacements to the various internal and external systems. This would be with the intention to make the processes smother, easier to use and simpler to do what needs to be done in order to meet the needs the customer and the goals of the company.

Moving on, a meeting was held with the current Marketing Executive, Charlene, and the CEO, Oliver, discussing the marketing efforts of the past year and how to improve going forward. This included metrics for success in 2020 (Marketing Communications-wise), what tools would be used to achieve these objectives, and what would be the main areas to focus on to grow and expand Farrat as a company. This meeting was extremely helpful for my role in the company and like other meetings before, there was an environment of honesty, professionalism and solidarity.

A brief period was also spent with the Research and Development team. Here products are tested to see what the parameters are, how the material will react to certain conditions and to figure out how we could improve our current set of products. The latter half of the day was mostly spent with the Application Manager who was helpful with attaining information for enquiries as well as calculations and tracking of key information.

A bit of time was also spent with the production team members. This is where the magic happens, so to speak. Here, products are produced from raw materials, checked, packaged and shipped to the customer’s required location for final use. My colleagues in this area were very accommodating in explaining how the production process works, from accepting the order to preparation for logistic purposes.

Farrat's main office bullding

Week 1 in Review

The first week at any corporation can be a daunting experience with all the new terminologies, systems and new faces (with names) to navigate through.

Here at Farrat, the experience has been made far easier with colleagues always willing to lend a helpful hand, an insightful tip and share their experience and expert knowledge. And with a focus on quality of product, as well as service, you can see how Farrat has grown over last few years to be the best in Vibration Control, Acoustic and Shock Isolation, Structural Thermal Break Connections and Support & Levelling of Industrial Machinery.

As the saying goes, ‘You’re only as good as the people you work with’, and the people at Farrat are pretty exceptional.

Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety

Building Regulations and Fire - Farrat Independent Review

CONSTRUCTION INSIGHTS

INDEPENDENT REVIEW OF DEC 2018 AMENDMENT TO BUILDINGS REGULATIONS ‘SI 2018/1230’: USE OF NON COMBUSTIBLE MATERIALS

February 14, 2019
Author: Chris Lister, Commercial Manager

Synopsis of amendment

Following the recent amendment to the Building Regulations for Fire (England & Wales) SI 2018/1230 Farrat have been looking at the implications for Structural Thermal Break materials in the new legislation.

The statutory Instrument, issued in Dec 2018 sets out the effective prohibition of combustible materials in the external walls of high rise residential buildings over 18 meters. The amendment implements these changes via explicit regulation rather than guidance, making it an effective ban on any materials not reaching the prescribed certified standard.

The standard for prescribing performance in this case is BS EN 13501-1:2007+A1:2009 entitled “Fire classification of construction products and building elements. Classification using test data from reaction to fire tests” The prescribed level of performance required under this standard for use over 18 meters is European Classification A2-s1, d0 or A1.

BS EN 13501-1 defines the classes A1 and A2 as follows:

  • Class A1 will not contribute in any stage of the fire, including the fully developed fire.
  • Class A2 Will not significantly contribute to the fire load and the fire growth in a fully developed fire

The characteristics “s” and “d” are defined as follows:

  • s1 Weak or no smoke
  • s2 Medium Smoke
  • s3 High Smoke
  • d0 No dripping at all
  • d1 Slow dripping recorded
  • d2 High dripping recorded

The amendment only recognises classifications from European Norm standard. The older British Standard classification, which was recognised in previous guidance, is not included in the new regulation.

The New regulation applies to the building external envelope or specified attachments such as, balconies, bris solei or solar panels on ‘relevant’ dwellings, residential or institutional buildings above 18 meters or 6 storeys. Where the building is a hotel or hostel, boarding house or any other building type above 18 meters the regulations revert to the current Approved Document B requirements for fire of limited combustibility A2,-s3, d2 or better.

Within the new regulation for ‘relevant’ buildings above 18 meters, some building elements of the external envelope are exempt from the A1 & A2 fire performance rating.

This exemption includes door and window frames, glazing, fixings, gaskets and significantly for Farrat, thermal break materials.

Significance of the amendment to Building Regulations for Structural Thermal Breaks

Following their exemption from the recently amended standard for a fire classification, Structural Thermal Break materials, as currently supplied into the UK construction sector and deemed to be for the purpose of meeting the thermal bridging requirements of Approved Document L, can continue to be used under their existing limitations.

However, as with previous base line regulatory exemption, where building designers identify fire performance of construction materials as a higher significance factor, the testing and classification of all component’s planned for use will come under scrutiny.

To this end, alongside the continued development of new materials with Structural and Thermal properties, performance in respect of fire has become a main element in product manufacturers list of required characteristics.

As with all insulating materials there is generally a trade-off between insulation value and structural integrity. In the field of structural thermal breaks this balance is critical. Where structural performance is elevated to pole position, the goal is to achieve as good a thermal conductivity as possible without compromising structural properties.

With the introduction of fire into the equation the balance becomes three way, with Structural performance required to be maintained in the event of a fire whilst still functioning as a thermal break under everyday conditions.

The development of a new Structural Thermal Break material by Farrat has achieved this.

Farrat has utilised it’s full material R&D capabilities to develop the UK’s first Fire-Resistant Structural Thermal Break material: Farrat TBF.


If you’re interested in learning more about Farrat’s TBF Fire-Resistant Structural Thermal Break material ahead of the official launch,  please contact Chris Lister, Commercial Manager, on cl@farrat.com.

Chris Lister, Commercial Manager at Farrat

E: cl@farrat.com
T: +44 (0) 161 924 1602
LinkedIn: Chris Lister

AUTHOR PROFILE:

COMMERCIAL MANAGER,
CHRIS LISTER

Joining our UK office in October 2018, Chris is an Associate Member of RIBA and life member of Port Sunlight Rugby Club as Chairman.

Chris has over 30 years experience working within the UK Construction Product sector and leads our Thermal Breaks Team in the UK.

Areas Of Expertise: Product Design, Project Management, R&D
Time at Farrat: 6 Months