BISPA is a collaboration between the School of Civil and Building Engineering, Loughborough University and Tata Steel and its Tubes business. Established to support the building and industrial services industry, and improve the awareness pipework related issues and innovations. BISPA offers a free tube specification review service, as well as providing CIBSE CPD approved courses on pipework and Building Information Modelling (BIM).
- Incorrect tube specifications, lack of awareness or poor control within the supply chain can leave building services projects exposed to the risk of non-compliant or poor quality pipework being installed.
- Historically, carbon steel tubes were specified to BS1387, but whilst this was withdrawn in 2004 and replaced by BS EN10255, not everyone has updated their specifications. Even when specifications do state BS EN10255, such tubes can be supplied either hot-finished or cold-formed, making a big difference on how the pipework performs during installation and when in service.
- Only through multi-certification to both BS EN10255/10217-2 ‘GH’ (Get Hot) can you guarantee a hot-finished product, one that is technically superior to commodity cold-formed alternatives. Therefore, it is vital that the correct tube specifications are used.
Visit www.bispa.org or call +44 (0)1509 222606 for further details.