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d+b facades A1 non-combustible fire-rated system has demonstrated its performance for more than 30 years on projects with zero deterioration. Self-cleaning surfaces and no requirement for maintenance ensure that buildings retain their as-new appearance for the 60+ years design life of the system.
If a tower block under housing association or local authority control was built more than half a century ago, one of the major potential problems it faces is the existing drainage systems, says Ed Swift, National Sales Manager (Public Sector) for Polypipe Building Services…
This is particularly true in structures where the original cast-iron drainage systems have not been replaced and will be entering their sixth decade of service.
Local authorities in the UK have responsibility for approximately 4,500 tower blocks and the refurbishment programmes often deal with aesthetic elements - while internal systems may be hiding a multitude of problems.