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Checking claims

The Steel Construction Institute and the Cold Rolled Sections Associations have launched an accreditation scheme to validate manufacturers' published claims for the quality and performance of their steel building components. The first stage of the Light Gauge Accreditation Scheme is for roof purlins. Certificates were awarded to Metsec, Structural Sections, Ward and Ayrshire Metal Products at a ceremony in London last month.

The SCI and CRSA intend to extend the scheme to cover other light gauge steel sections and systems.

'Most of the key recommendations in the Egan report are already being applied in prefabrication: lack of wastage through control of materials; efficiency of the supply chain; a controlled environment for manufacture.'

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