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Review of the 3rd Leipzig Fassadentag

Review of the 3rd Leipzig Fassadentag

Leipzig University of Applied Sciences (HTWK) hosted Leipzig Fassadentag (Leipzig Façade Day) for the third time on 17 September 2019. As in previous years, the event was jointly organised by the HTWK, MFPA Leipzig GmbH, the S&P Group and IFBT GmbH. Special thanks go to the German Institute for Construction Technology (Debt) for their commitment and assistance.

Attendance was again very high this year, and the event was sold out. Fascinating talks ‒ many of which are right on the cutting edge ‒ are the signature of the Leipzig Fassadentag, leading to a great response from the audience. Overall, it is safe to say that this was another very successful day for the professional community and the accompanying exhibition.

The organisers are already looking forward to a lively event at the next Leipzig Fassadentag in September 2021.

New façade test facility inaugurated!

New façade test facility inaugurated!

After a lengthy break for renovations, MFPA Leipzig GmbH is now reporting back with a new façade test centre. The external wall fire testing stand has already been inaugurated with calibration testing, and is now available to customers.

And it’s not only the booth that’s new; the old building too has been given a shiny new look. We have converted our testing space and set up an observation room, enabling us to monitor testing in a protected space without being exposed to any smoke. Our observations of the fire can then be compared directly with the real-time readings display. Redesigning our test facility has enabled us to convert quickly and easily to a test facility that is compliant with the regulations and in line with the German testing procedure DIN 4102-20 and the British testing procedure BS 8414-1. This then allows us to broaden our repertoire of testing to include DIN 4102-20, E DIN 4102-24, BS 8414-1 as well as external wall fire tests in accordance with MVVT, appendix 5.

However, we have not altered one important feature of our test facility: it is still located in a heated room where tests can be performed all year round as usual. We look forward to undertaking some very informative fire testing!

Our head test engineer Ms Kramer will be happy to answer any queries or to arrange an appointment: 

Dipl.-Wirtsch.-Ing. Sabine Kramer
Email: s.kramer@ mfpa-leipzig.de
Tel: +49 (0) 341 6582-121

Save the date – 13th Leipzig Sealing Seminar, 28 January 2020

Save the date – 13th Leipzig Sealing Seminar, 28 January 2020

At the Leipziger KUBUS, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), Permoserstraße 15, 04318 Leipzig, Germany

Current regulations and their impact on building practice

  • Experience with implementing the new building legislation
  • Experience with the new building sealing standards series
  • Water-impermeable reinforced concrete structures in detail

Sign up asap at www.leipziger-abdichtungsseminar.de.

!!!! Early bird prize up to 30 November 2019 !!!!

MFPA Leipzig GmbH
Simone Moosmann 
Hans-Weigel-Str. 2b 
04319 Leipzig 
Tel.: 0341 6582-149 
E-Mail: abdichtungsseminar@ mfpa-leipzig.de 

Summer greetings

Summer greetings

We would like to wish all our customers and business partners a great summer and an enjoyable holiday period.

Successful kick-off for Leipzig Water Protection Day events

Successful kick-off for Leipzig Water Protection Day events

The German Institute for Construction Technology (DIBt) and MFPA Leipzig GmbH are jointly hosting the first Leipzig Water Protection Day on 20 March 2019. This is the first in a series of events planned to take place every two years, alternating with the Leipzig Sealing Seminar. Attended by 140 participants and 14 exhibitors, the first Leipzig Water Protection Day proved to be an attractive draw, exploring all the general and specific building regulations arising from the Water Resources Act (WHG ‒ Wasserhaushaltsgesetz) and the Ordinance on Facilities for Handling Substances that are Hazardous to Water (AwSV ‒ Verordnung über Anlagen zum Umgang mit wassergefährdenden Stoffen).

In his opening address, Dr. Jörg Schmidt (MFPA Leipzig GmbH), summed up the day ahead: ‟The Leipzig Water Protection Day examines all structural aspects of water protection, in particular as they relate to ground water, as a result of human action.” Buildings must be planned, erected and operated in such a way as to meet current water protection regulations and ensure that hazardous substances cannot escape.

The President of the German Institute for Construction Technology (DIBt), Mr Gerhard Breitschaft, then spoke about the new events series; this was followed by an illuminating run down by Dr. Ulrich Kluge (DIBt) of the underlying principles of building and water-management legislation for facilities handling water-hazardous substances, thus kicking off the specialist segment of the event.

The segment was rounded off with an insightful appraisal of the Technical Rules for Water-Hazardous Substances (MVV TB, TRwS 781, TRwS 786) by Dr. Brigitte Westphal-Kay (DIBt). A different perspective was offered by Stefan Gondlach (Görlitz District Office, Lower Water Authorities), who discussed ‒ not without some humour ‒ experiences with enforcing the regulations at facilities. This brought the first segment of the conference to a close.

The second segment looked at the planning and design of structural facilities. First up was Dr. Lars Eckfeld (DIBt), whose nuanced talk about solutions and design approaches for impermeable concrete constructions in accordance with the German Committee for Structural Concrete (DAfStb) – Guidelines for Concrete Construction when Handling Water-hazardous Substances (BUmwS) drew several smiles. Dr. Ute Hornig (MFPA Leipzig GmbH) gave an engaging explanation of the requirements and certificates needed for impermeable sealing treatments and components in “LAU” plants.

The third segment naturally then turned its attention to applications. Clear examples of how to implement the legal requirements for structures and water when using coating systems, along with the consequences for quality assurance, were provided by Dr. Ulf Guse (Qualitätsgemeinschaft Deutsche Bauchemie). Mr Carsten Tiede (Planning GmbH) presented an innovative solution for non-self-supporting concrete sealing layers for “LAU” plants among others; he also gave a detailed account of their assembly and construction design. The last talk of the day was delivered by Mr Zanzani (Euroteam Bauchemie GmbH), whose vivid presentation gave the audience an excellent understanding of a joint sealing system for heavy traffic areas at LAU plants, which is soon to be approved by the building authorities.

The organizers would like to thank all speakers, exhibitors and guests for their support of this successful first event. We look forward to seeing you again at the next Leipzig Water Protection Day in 2021 or at the 13th Leipzig Sealing Seminar in January 2020. See you soon!

3rd Leipzig Fassadentag

3rd Leipzig Fassadentag

17 September 2019 sees the third Leipzig Fassadentag (Leipzig Façade Day). Event organizers DIBt, MFPA Leipzig GmbH, Sahlmann & Partner GbR, IFBT GmbH and HTWK Leipzig cordially invite you to attend the HTWK premises to consider current developments relating to façades. Please visit our website www.leipziger-fassadentag.de for more details.

New Year’s greetings

New Year’s greetings

Dear customers and visitors to our website,

On behalf of all MFPA Leipzig GmbH employees, I wish you health and happiness for 2019, and every success in all aspects of life.

We would be delighted to continue providing you with our support and assistance.

Dr.-Ing. habil. Jörg Schmidt

1st Leipzig Water Protection Day

1st Leipzig Water Protection Day

In complement to the Leipzig Sealing Seminar, a highly respected independent further training event, MFPA Leipzig is hosting a new event together with the German Institute for Construction Technology (DIBt): the first Leipzig Water Protection Day

 on Wednesday 20 March 2019,

which will be held in alternate years to the Leipzig Sealing Seminar. The Water Resources Act requires that facilities handling water-hazardous substances must be designed in such a way as to prevent such substances from escaping. The Leipzig Water Protection Day is an excellent forum for discussing the regulations that apply to construction and water for so-called “LAU” plants (which store, fill and handle this hazardous liquid) “JGS” plants (handling liquid manure, slurry and silage effluent plants) and / or biogas facilities, and how these can be enforced. The latest developments in specific applications will also be under discussion, with reports on the planning, execution and monitoring of sealing constructions and sealing. The Water Protection Day is aimed at operators, planners, specialized companies, experts, authorities and students.

For detailed information, please visit the website at www.leipziger-gewaesserschutztag.de. If you would like to sign up to our mailing list or are interested in managing a stand at the accompanying exhibition, please do send us an email at verwaltung@ mfpa-leipzig.de.

Please note: 13th Leipzig Sealing Seminar, January 2020

Please note: 13th Leipzig Sealing Seminar, January 2020

Ladies and gentlemen, friends of the Sealing Seminar, After eleven consecutive seminars on this subject, we decided to take a couple of years off between 2016 and 2018 to come up with fresh ideas and topics. The new programme for the 12th Leipzig Sealing Seminar has met with a very warm response, showing that our instincts were correct. Having left the question of future developments open during our closing address in January 2018, we decided, after careful consideration and discussion with the professionals and potential speakers involved, to host the Leipzig Sealing Seminar every two years from then on.

So don’t forget to note 28 January 2020 in your diaries as the date of the 13th Leipzig Sealing Seminar. In addition to the usual topics relating to building law, there will be field reports on the new series of standards for building sealing, and we will also address the key issue of subsequent sealing.

Incidentally, we also want to mention Leipzig Water Protection Day, which took place for the first time on 20 March 2019 and will be held in alternate years to the Leipzig Sealing Seminar from now on. The new event is organized by MFPA Leipzig together with the DIBt (German Institute for Construction Technology).

We look forward to seeing you there — Thank you for your continued support.

Ute Hornig         Jörg Schmidt

 

Changes in Construction Physics

Changes in Construction Physics

On 31 July 2018, Prof. Peter Bauer stepped down from managing the Construction Physics department to enjoy a well-deserved retirement. Our sincere thanks to Peter for his commitment, and for the substantial role he played in developing the Construction Physics department at MFPA Leipzig GmbH during his tenure. We wish him all the very best for the future!

Due to the structural changes introduced on 1 August 2018 as a result of this development, all information about and contact details for construction physics and sound insulation matters can now be found in the expanded Building Materials and Building Physics and Load-bearing Structures and Sound Insulation divisions.

We will, of course, still be providing testing to determine the physical characteristics of materials, hygrothermal analysis and comprehensive noise insulation measurement and evaluation. We will also continue to undertake immissions and emissions testing both outdoors and on site.

The scope of evaluations for the durability of exterior walls has been expanded extensively, in particular the use of weathering tests (EOTA test stand). If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!

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.