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Blue Book brought up-to-date with the latest regulations and standards

by Jennie Ward

The latest revision from NFRC ensures the Blue Book reflects the most recent changes in building regulations, Approved Documents, industry standards, and modern techniques for those involved in the application, design and installation of profiled sheeting for roof and wall cladding.

NFRC has published the Fifth Edition (Revision A) of ‘Profiled sheet roofing and cladding – the NFRC guide to design and best practice’, which is more commonly knownas the Blue Book. 

Aimed at designers, managers and estimators, NFRC says the Blue Book provides an accessible and practical guide to the application, design and installation of profiled sheeting for roof and wall cladding.

With the help of NFRC’s Sheeting and Cladding Technical Committee and other stakeholders, NFRC says the Blue Book has now been updated and reviewed to ensure it reflects the most recent changes in building regulations, Approved Documents, industry standards, and modern techniques.

For the first time, the Blue Book now provides a breakdown of the differences in building regulations between all four Devolved Nations. The revised Fifth Edition also incorporates the updated BS 5427 Code of Practice for the use of profiled sheet for roof and wall cladding on buildings.

All NFRC members involved in sheeting and cladding will receive a digital copy of the Blue Book via email. NFRC says those who would like a physical copy should request one by emailing helpdesk@nfrc.co.uk and additional copies can be purchased by NFRC members for £30 (£45 for non-members) (plus postage and packing).

NFRC has stated special thanks go to EJOT for “kindly sponsoring this Fifth Edition of the Blue Book”.

Commenting on the publication, Bob Richardson, NFRC’s Head of Technical and Training, said: “The Blue Book, now in its fifth edition, is widely used and respected across the industry, being an essential guide for those responsible for design and detailing alike. We are pleased to publish this latest revision which ensures the Blue Book is brought up-to-date with the latest regulations and standards. It also, for the very first time, has a breakdown of the differences in regulation between the Devolved Nations.”

He added: “I would like to thank the members of the NFRC Sheeting and Cladding Committee, members of NARM, as well as Tom Ogilvie, Bill Hawker, Andrew Brown and William Bird, who gave up their time to help produce this revision. I would also like to thank EJOT for kindly sponsoring this edition of the Blue Book.”

Managing Director of EJOT in the UK, Robert Hardstaff, said: “As manufacturers, we share an objective with NFRC to encourage best practice and to support the sector by aiming to improve quality standards from specification through to installation. In a climate where change is moving at a pace, we embrace the originality and innovation of an industry where new products and techniques provide an objective response to these market demands. It’s therefore vital to keep our technical knowledge fully updated – and that’s what makes the Blue Book so vital.”

Copies of the Blue Book can be requested on the NFRC website publications page here.

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