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German Institute for Structural Engineering (DIBt) issues new accreditation notification

German Institute for Structural Engineering (DIBt) issues new accreditation notification

The testing, verification and certification bodies of MFPA Leipzig GmbH have been adjusted to comply with the new Saxon building regulations. The new DIBt notification under state building regulations now includes the Administrative Regulation – Technical Building Regulations. 

Also new:

  • Verification and certification body for fine-grained concrete, for the reinforcement of concrete components with textile-reinforced concrete
  • Verification and certification body for the monitoring and certification of reinforced lightweight concrete
  • Testing body for roller shutter casings with requirements for thermal and noise insulation
  • Verification and certification body for wall, ceiling and roof elements with two-sided, non-glued cladding or planking, e.g. panel elements for wood panel buildings

The accreditation applies in all states of the Federal Republic of Germany in accordance with the provisions of local state building regulations.

Great response to Leipzig Seminar on Sealing

Great response to Leipzig Seminar on Sealing

On 30 January 2018, MFPA Leipzig GmbH hosted the 12th Leipzig Seminar on Sealing together with the German Institute for Structural Engineering (DIBt) and the German Institute for Standardization (DIN). 200 experts attended the professional event to learn about innovations related to the series of sealing standards DIN 18531 to DIN 18535, and about the adapted German building regulations/model Administrative Regulation – Technical Building Regulations.

You can find more information here.

New management lineup

We started 2018 with a new occupant in the “boss’s chair”.

New management lineup

The last few months were a time of continuous preparation for this change, so that at the start of the year we could announce the transfer of company management from Prof. Dr.-Ing Frank Dehn to Dr.-Ing. habil. Jörg Schmidt with effect from 1 January 2018.

Dr. Schmidt was previously responsible for heading up the growing business area of “Research, development and modelling” from 2010.

In addition, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Olaf Selle has handed over management of the Geotechnics business division to Dr.-Ing. Ute Hornig, who has led the “Waterproofing of buildings” working group successfully for some time. 

We wish Prof. Dehn every success in his new capacity at KIT in Karlsruhe. We wish Prof. Selle a happy retirement. We are indebted to both men for the many years of success they brought us.

2018 once again sees us ready to help you to our usual high standard and with 100% commitment. We look forward to working with you on more projects!

Leipzig Seminar on Sealing, 30/01/2018

Leipzig Seminar on Sealing, 30/01/2018

The date is fixed for the next Leipzig Seminar on Sealing. On 30 January 2018, MFPA Leipzig will be hosting the 12th Leipzig Seminar on Sealing together with the German Institute for Structural Engineering (DIBt) and the German Institute for Standardization (DIN). The event will include presentations from established specialists on all important innovations, and will give participants the opportunity to update their existing knowledge with little effort. The specialist audience will also receive practical information about key topics that change each year.

 

You can find more information here.

Keymark certification body

Keymark certification body

MFPA Leipzig GmbH has been an authorised Keymark certification body since March 2017. Manufacturers of thermal insulation materials for buildings receive the Keymark from us following successful testing, monitoring and certification. This documents compliance of the manufacturer’s products with European standards, as well as tested and certified conformity with harmonised European quality standards.

You can find more information here.

Review: Expert group on “Municipal Bridges”

Review: Expert group on “Municipal Bridges”

Much to discuss at the opening colloquium on 22 November 2016 

The city of Leipzig and its Transport and Civil Engineering Office, together with the Leipzig Institute for Materials Research and Testing for the Construction Industry (MFPA Leipzig GmbH), are starting up an expert group to discuss the subject of “Municipal Bridges”.

“We want to exchange ideas and confer with other municipalities, but also with experts from agencies, engineering firms, institutes and testing authorities”, said Dr. Michael Schimansky, Head of the City of Leipzig Office of Economic Development, to open the Bridges colloquium that took place on 22 November 2016.

There is a considerable restoration backlog in the transport infrastructure, even for structures under the responsibility of municipal corporations.

“This statement applies in particular to civil engineering structures such as bridges”, according to Dr. Hartmut Mangold, State Secretary at the State Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Transport in the Free State of Saxony. In his contribution to the discussion on the subject of “road construction in Saxony”, Dr. Mangold presented the duties and objectives of the Free State of Saxony for the 25 participants of the expert group and opened up the event, which was started as a forum for discussion, at MFPA Leipzig GmbH.
 

Prof. Reuschel elaborated on this, stating that “when deciding whether bridges require maintenance work, strengthening work or rebuilding, the assessment of the current load-bearing capacity of the bridge and a forecast of how this will progress over time are fundamentally important in ensuring that upcoming investments can be made in a commercially relevant, economical and sustainable manner”.

According to Robert Herold, Test Engineer at MFPA Leipzig GmbH, “The basis for such an assessment is competency, experience and having the necessary testing equipment, in conjunction with static calculations”. He presented the modified BELFA load-testing vehicle to the audience and talked about its successful deployment on the Gustav-Esche bridge in Leipzig.

As part of his presentation on the “Future suitability of existing municipal bridges”, Klaus Barthel of the Leipzig Transport and Civil Engineering Office said, “For Leipzig, assessing the condition of the infrastructure is one of the most important areas of focus for the city’s overall investment planning, both today and in the coming years”.

The participants in the “Municipal Road Bridges” working group agreed that the exchange of experience and opinions was important for their daily work and arranged to continue it in regular follow-up events with different areas of focus. Please contact Prof. Dr.-Ing. Elke Reuschel if you have any questions or comments for the next colloquium in 2017 or if you are interested in taking part.

Ü marking (and)/OR CE marking

Ü marking (and)/OR CE marking

As a result of the CJEU judgement on case C-100/13 from October 2014, in October 2016 the German building regulations were adjusted and the Administrative Rules – Technical Building Regulations (VV TB) were created.

There is one thing in particular that manufacturers should be aware of 

Construction products within the scope of a harmonised technical specification (hEN, EAD, ETAG) will receive only the CE marking in accordance with the Construction Products Regulation (CPR). Shared marking with the Ü mark in accordance with state building regulations is no longer provided for.

National verifications of fitness for use 

General Technical Test Certificates (including those issued by MFPA Leipzig GmbH), General Technical Approvals or approvals on a case-by-case basis can still be used outside of the state building regulations in the form of technical documentation to demonstrate the level of general technical requirements met. However, this requires that the provisions specified therein continue to be complied with.

Voluntary technical documentation 

Manufacturers can use technical documentation (including existing General Technical Test Certificates or General Technical Approvals, for example) to present performance specifications that are not included in the requirements of a harmonised specification and a Declaration of Performance. However, this documentation is only recognised if it has been created by an independent body (e.g. by a notified body) in accordance with Article 30 or Article 43 of the CPR. This is specified, for instance, in the decree from the Saxon State Ministry of the Interior from 14/10/2016.

Stability and fire protection 

As a result of this, third-party monitoring of manufacturing plants and regular product tests performed by independent testing, verification and certification bodies, such as MFPA Leipzig GmbH, will continue to help ensure that compliance with the requirements of public law (e.g. with regard to stability or fire protection) can be demonstrated as before.

Verifications of product performance 

Contracts relating to the monitoring of manufacturing plants and certification of products will not be automatically dissolved, provided the basis of the contract continues to be applicable (e.g. during the period of validity of a General Technical Approval). Even more importantly: Results from tests, verifications and certifications will continue to be valid as verifications of product performance.
 

The ETA as a market advantage 

The European Technical Assessment (ETA) is a universally recognised technical verification system that offers manufactures and users the opportunity to use voluntary CE marking for products not covered by an existing harmonised specification.

MFPA Leipzig GmbH is joining the German Institute for Structural Engineering (DIBt) on the path to voluntary CE marking. 

Whether it relates to building regulations, private law or contractual law: 

MFPA Leipzig GmbH is here to help manufacturers, planning professionals, architects, public authorities and all other parties involved in construction to verify whether construction regulations have been complied with, as:

Expert group on “Municipal Bridges” on 22/11/2016

Expert group on “Municipal Bridges” on 22/11/2016

There is a considerable restoration backlog in the transport infrastructure, even for structures under the responsibility of municipal corporations. This applies to bridges in particular. When deciding whether bridges require maintenance work, strengthening work or rebuilding, the assessment of the current load-bearing capacity of the bridge and a forecast of how this will progress over time are fundamentally important in ensuring that upcoming investments can be made in a commercially relevant, economical and sustainable manner. The foundations for such an assessment are competency, experience and having the necessary testing equipment, in conjunction with static calculations. For Leipzig, this is one of the most important areas of focus for the city’s overall investment planning, both today and in the coming years.

The city of Leipzig and its Transport and Civil Engineering Office, together with MFPA Leipzig GmbH, are aiming to encourage discussion on the subject of “Municipal Bridges”. We want to exchange ideas and confer with other municipalities, but also with experts from agencies, engineering firms, institutes and testing authorities. With this in mind, we would like to host a one-day colloquium on 22 November 2016 in Leipzig, and we would like to invite you to join us. The aim of the following itinerary is to provoke thought on this subject throughout the day and, above all, to consolidate ideas during the subsequent discussion. The colloquium is planned to recur every two years.

You can find more information here.

Testing product quality

Testing product quality

The certification body at MFPA Leipzig GmbH – NB 0800 – now also contributes to the CE marking for the following harmonised product standards:

  • ETAG 026 - Fire protection products for closing and sealing gaps and openings and for holding back flames in the event of a fire
  • DIN EN 14315 - Thermal insulation materials consisting of polyurethane (PUR) and polyisocyanurate (PIR) foam

You can find more products and fields of activity from our notified testing and certification body here.

Excellent MFPA research paper

Excellent MFPA research paper

We are delighted with the excellent master thesis from our colleague Nadine Leopold, M.Sc., and we would like to congratulate her on receiving the Young Professionals Innovation Award for Structural Maintenance from the German Federal Association for Damp Protection and Restoration of Old Structures (BuFAS).

The thesis entitled “Thermal insulation composite systems (TICS) in wood construction – Optimised verification of permanent weatherproofing using a combination of measurements in the wall test stand and hygrothermal simulations”, was supervised by Dr. Claudia Fülle from the Building Engineering Physics division at MFPA Leipzig GmbH and Prof. Conrad Völker from Bauhaus University, Weimar. The results of her investigations have already been published in the journal Bauphysik (2016, number 3). As a BuFAS award winner, Nadine Leopold will now also present her thesis at the 27th Hanseatic Restoration Days.

Research seal: innovative through research

Research seal: innovative through research

MFPA Leipzig GmbH is recognised with the Stifterverband (Benefactors Association) quality seal. There are 3.5 million businesses in Germany, but fewer than one per cent of these are engaged in research activities. This represents an extremely important group, because it is only through research that a business can make new discoveries, innovate and grow. Stifterverband awards the “Innovative through Research” seal to businesses that demonstrate a particular commitment to research and development.

Round-robin tests for noise protection testing bodies at MFPA Leipzig GmbH

Round-robin tests for noise protection testing bodies at MFPA Leipzig GmbH

The German Association of Materials Testing Institutions (VMPA) has been successfully organising comparative tests for noise protection testing bodies for years, and since 2013 these have had a new format as a 2-day measuring campaign with five test centres measuring in parallel. The tests are mandatory for VMPA-recognised noise protection testing bodies.

Since 2016, the comparative measurements for impact noise, airborne noise and installation noise have been conducted on the premises with technical support from MFPA Leipzig GmbH. The specialist evaluation is carried out jointly with the National Metrology Institute of Germany (Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, PTB) and the German Acoustical Society (DEGA).

If you would like to participate, please send an email to berlin@ vmpa.de. You can also find more information in the round-robin test database of the German Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM), EPTIS: https://www.eptis.bam.de/eptis/WebSearch/view/144538

The relevant standards are: ISO 717-1, ISO 717-2, ISO 140-4, ISO 16283-1, ISO 140-7, ISO 10052

Informational event on the BELFA loading vehicle

Informational event on the BELFA loading vehicle

The Leipzig CONSTRUCTION FORUM (FORUM BAU Leipzig) is offering presentations on various construction-related topics during the summer and winter semesters. On 9 November, Prof. Reuschel and Dipl.-Ing. Herold from MFPA Leipzig GmbH will be speaking on the following topic:

The “new” BELFA – strain-controlled load tests on bridge structures

More details to come. All interested parties are invited, especially representatives of city governments, municipalities and engineering firms responsible for bridges. The event is free of charge for all participants and can be attended without prior registration. You can learn more about MFPA Leipzig GmbH’s loading vehicle at www.BELFA.eu.

ETAG 018 and EN 12467 – CE marks for fire-protection claddings and fibre-cement flat sheets

ETAG 018 and EN 12467 – CE marks for fire-protection claddings and fibre-cement flat sheets

MFPA Leipzig GmbH offers you its services as a Notified Body 0800 for the testing, inspection and certification of your factory production control in accordance with the Construction Products Regulation (EU CPR).

We conduct tests in accordance with harmonised standards, including EN 12467, ETAG 018-1 and ETAG 018-4, and provide you with a certificate of compliance with the requirements. In so doing, we also help you move toward the CE marking of your fibre-cement flat sheets and fire-protection coatings, claddings, boards or mats. You can find further products and areas of activity of our notified testing and certification body here.

Fire resistance of fire-resistant glazing

Fire resistance of fire-resistant glazing

Requirements for various fire-resistance classes can be demonstrated in the context of fire-resistance tests. If you would like to learn more, you can read a press release from Arnold Glas about a current testing of fire-resistant glazing at our fire-testing facility.

Ruling on thermal insulation composite systems – TICS tested, monitored and assessed

Ruling on thermal insulation composite systems – TICS tested, monitored and assessed

The building regulations of the German federal states also include rules for construction products, construction types and construction systems and stipulate the proofs of usability that must be provided. MFPA Leipzig GmbH prepares General Technical Test Certificates and assists you in obtaining General Technical Approvals and approvals on a case-by-case basis. The recent ruling by the Higher Regional Court of Stuttgart shows that it can be expensive to build without the proper documentation.

 

HAGER Rechtsanwälte PartG mbB attorney Mirko Zebisch writes: “In the course of the proceedings, it became apparent that the TICS which was placed in use had no General Technical Approval and also no approval on a case-by-case basis; in any case, the builder was unable to furnish any such proofs. The senate based its argument on the fact that, under the state building regulation of Baden-Württemberg, construction products may only be used for the erection of physical structures if the proof of usability is documented by means of a standard or, in the case of unregulated construction products, by means of a General Technical Approval, a General Technical Test Certificate or an approval on a case-by-case basis.”

 

If you would like to learn more, please see the full publication here.

Postscript to the Leipzig Seminar on Sealing

Postscript to the Leipzig Seminar on Sealing

The DIBt Newsletter issue 1/2016 featured an article on the Leipzig Seminar on Sealing.

Testing of the smoke-tightness of windows and doors

Testing of the smoke-tightness of windows and doors

Since 2015, MFPA Leipzig GmbH has been testing smoke barriers of all kinds in its new smoke-tightness test chamber. Professional, impartial and neutrally determined test results from our laboratory can serve as proof for national use, in accordance with the German Building Regulation List (Bauregelliste, BRL), the German Model Building Code (Musterbauordnung, MBO) or within the context of the approval procedure of the German Institute for Structural Engineering (DIBt), as well as for the European certification of smoke barriers. You can find out more about smoke-tightness tests here.

New German Accreditation Body (DAkkS) certificates with more accredited procedures

New German Accreditation Body (DAkkS) certificates with more accredited procedures

We are continually checking and updating our portfolio, and based on market requirements we have extended our ISO 17025-accredited test laboratory and our ISO 17065-accredited certification centre. The following test procedures are now accredited by DAkkS and can be found in the complete test laboratory certificate:

  • DIN EN 12691 – Flexible sheets for waterproofing – Determination of resistance to impact
  • DIN CEN TS 16337 – Construction products – Assessment of the release of hazardous substances – Parts 1 and 2
  • Flexible accreditation of waterproofing
  • DIN EN 318 Wood-based panels – Determination of dimensional changes associated with changes in relative humidity
  • DIN EN 1628, 1629, 1630 – Pedestrian doorsets, windows, curtain walls, grilles and shutters – Burglar resistance
  • DIN EN 1191 – Windows and doors – Resistance to repeated opening and closing
  • DIN EN 12467 – Fibre-cement flat sheets

The following standards are new additions to the certifying body certificate

  • EN 12467: Fibre-cement flat sheets
  • ETAG 018-1 and 2: Guideline for European Technical Approvals for Fire Protection Products (fire protection coverings and fire-proof coatings)
  • EN 124-2: Gully tops and manhole tops made of cast iron

You can find more information here.

New Year’s greetings

New Year’s greetings

We would like to wish all of our business partners a pleasant and successful 2016!