H+H Celcon has been awarded an LABC National Type Approval certificate for Celcon Foundation blocks.
The certificate was presented to Stuart Brittle deputy managing director by Mike Ingram, chief building control surveyor, Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council on the H+H Celcon stand at Homebuilding 2005.
Commented Stuart Brittle, deputy managing director of H+H Celcon: “We are delighted to have been awarded LABC National Type Approval. It gives further third-party endorsement for the use of Celcon blocks for foundations. This is an important step which will reassure those who still have doubts about the suitability of aircrete for use in this area.”
LABC National Type Approval confirms compliance with Building Regulations in England and Wales when the products are appropriately incorporated into a building. Use of LABC certificated products therefore benefits architects and others in the specification process by offering a fast track through approval procedures. The award of type approval for Celcon Foundation blocks offers savings in lead times in getting to site as, once the soil investigation is complete, and assuming it supports the foundation design, no further checks will be required by Building Control. Celcon Foundation blocks are equally suitable for the support of cavity, solid walls or frame construction above ground. They can be used in ground conditions down to DS4, having a higher than normal resistance to sulfate and frost attack. They also perform well in wet soil conditions.
Because of their relative light weight, they can be produced in a wider size, so that only a single skin is needed, and still meet CONIAC handling regulations. Placing a single Celcon Foundation block is equivalent to laying 12 bricks or two solid 100mm aggregate blocks, so reducing labour costs and saving time.