There are three gateways during the planning, design and construction phases of the building.
At each gateway, the Golden Thread of Information will need to be updated to get to the next stage.
Need to do relevant research on the building type, you can use the Government Fact Sheet for this. Is a record being created of materials specified through out the process and being updated for what was physically installed?
Is the proposed building designed and specified in a way that you can cover on your insurance, does this meet the requirements of ADB?
Ensure qualified and trained consultants are in place for assessing the building from both a fire engineering and building regulations stand point.
Are materials being supplied that meet the requirements of ADB? Are they fully tested and certified to EN 13501-1 for façade materials? Are the covered by BBA or similar agreements.
Have fabricators and distributors had correct training in how to process the materials in order to meet the test and design requirements? Visit our Fabrication Guidance page.
Ensure specification meets the requirements of ADB and that materials are being installed and supplied correctly in accordance with the manufacturer's details. Are the sub contractors for both installation and design recognised & trained by the manufacturer.
Ensure specification meets the requirements of ADB and that materials are being installed and supplied correctly in accordance with the manufacturer's details – have you been trained by the manufacturer? Correct training helps to ensure materials meet the tested installation method and can be warrantied by the manufacturer.
Residents have a role in maintaining the Golden Thread after the project is complete. They should ensure that they have access to the relevant information, including operation and maintenance manuals, and that they follow the recommended maintenance procedures. They should also report any changes or issues to the relevant parties.
By keeping a record throughout the build process of specified and installed materials, you enable the Golden Thread to be created giving peace of mind for all parties. If these materials are chosen using NBS specifications and correctly installed to against the manufacturers guidance based on tested systems, the requirements of the Approved Document B would also be met.