The Stone Federation GB, give the following information:
British Standards Secured Post-Brexit. On 23 November, the General Assemblies of the European Standards Organizations CEN and CENELEC approved a plan that secures British Standards Institutions’ full membership post-Brexit. BSI welcomed the outcome as a pragmatic solution that provides stability for the European standards system while meeting the needs of their stakeholders, which includes the natural stone industry. This means that all Eurocodes, EN product standards and EN test methods will still apply. The decisions, taken separately in both organizations, will also enable the UK industry and other stakeholders to continue their important work shaping and maintaining best practice standards used across Europe and internationally. It also means that UK experts will continue as chairs, convenors, committee members and policy experts to work on maintaining and developing the 20,000 European standards that are managed by CEN and CENELEC.
On 17th December 2020 BS 8298, the Standard that covers the Installation of Natural Stone Cladding and Lining was updated. It replaces the previous BS 8298 originally published in 2010. The 2010 Standard consisted of four parts. This has now been reduced to three parts, parts 2, 3 & 4 which cover hand setting, stone precast and rainscreens. The main aim of the revision was to provide more consistency with other material design Standards with values derived from industry experience and a historical precedent of conformity and not a reliability‑based analysis. It is the long‑term goal for partial safety factors to be derived from a reliability‑based analysis in accordance with the principles of BS EN 1990:2002+A1, Annex D. This revised and significantly updated suite of standards provides guidance for all those involved in the selection, design and installation of natural stone cladding and is a must-have British Standard.
This is a full revision of the Standard and introduces the following principal changes:
• the incorporation of the recommendations for production control testing from BS 8298‑1:2010;
• the addition of several figures to illustrate key details; and
• the structural design of the stone has been updated to follow the principles of limit state design.
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