This section features in-depth analysis
of some of the major issues affecting the industry.
Insulated panels and the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety)
The Regulatory Reform Order (effective October
2006) refers to Insulated Panels as part of the Fire Risk Assessment.
The new EPIC brochure ‘Insulated panels – Fire Safety Order
(2005) summarises the requirements of the order in terms of insulated
panels and provides the necessary information to make a reasoned
Fire Risk Assessment. This topic looks at the background to the
FSO and the information that is available on the fire performance
of panels; how to identify them; and guidance on best practice
to reduce fires. Read
Insulated panels used in controlled environments
A controlled environment is an area that requires precise internal environmental
control, particularly temperature, hygiene, thermal and fire safety.
Such environments include food preparation and processing, storage,
distribution, chill rooms, cold stores and clean rooms for pharmaceutical
and bio-technological industries. Read
Insulated panels in Refurbishment
As much as it would be preferable to move into new individually designed
premises for a business activity, in the majority of cases it is not
practically or feasibly possible in terms of cost, disruption, workforce
For premises that are old, depressing and cash sinks
in terms of energy and maintenance costs, refurbishment is the only practical
option in the majority of cases. Insulated panels have been used to improve
the building fabric and the ‘bottom line’ ever since their
introduction in the 1970s. Read
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