New appointments for BBA, even in tough economic climate
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Despite the current economic climate, the BBA has recruited several new members of staff, with the latest batch of five joining the company during August and September.
The BBA is in the fortunate position of being extremely busy as manufacturers are keen to get their products and systems independently assessed.
This is due to the fierce competition for the limited construction work available.
Being awarded a BBA Agrément Certificate demonstrates that a manufacturer’s product is fit for purpose and is recognised by building control, local authorities, architects, specifiers and insurers.
The BBA can assess new concepts and ideas at the design stage producing an assessment report which will provide an interim evaluation of a product’s performance for clients not ready for full Agrément Approval.
As long details of the new product concept does not radically change as its development progresses, an assessment report could be used at a later stage to help towards gaining full Agrément Approval.
The BBA can also provide management system assessment to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001.
CE Marking services are also available for companies that are not sure how to go about ensuring their products are compliant before 1st July 2013.
CE marking becomes mandatory on that date for products that fall within the scope of a harmonised European Standard (hEN) and products that do not comply by the deadline will not be allowed for sale within the EU.
Significant investment in equipment and personnel has been made by the BBA regarding the testing of External Wall Insulation/ETICS (External thermal insulation composite systems) in accordance with European Technical Approval Guideline (ETAG) 004. The company’s hygrothermal rig is UKAS accredited and tests the performance of EWI systems by putting them through a series of extreme temperature cycles.
Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has approved the BBA application to operate a competent person self-certification (CPS) scheme for the installation of solid wall insulation, including internal, external and hybrid insulation systems. The BBA already have a number Agrément Certificates for solid wall insulation systems and means installers can self-certify that their work complies with Building Regulations.
Robert E Lee, now approved to carry out external wall insulation projects, becomes the 200th installer to be approved by the BBA to the requirements of PAS 2030 for the installating energy efficiency measures in existing buildings.
Jan - March 2013: Agrément Certificates, BFRC Certificates and Certificates issued against the requirements of the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) awarded by the BBA.
As a notified certification body and notified laboratory, the British Board of Agrement (BBA) helps in identifying relevant standards and can carry out many of the tasks associated with CE marking.