Specifier Review
Matrix Spacer System


CA Group Limited, County Durham-based premier metal roofing and cladding systems manufacturer, has achieved a European Technical Approval (ETA) for its innovative Matrix Spacer System.

The company worked with BM TRADA Certification towards attaining the ETA, which provides a technical specification for CE marking for product manufacturers where there is no harmonised standard. The procedure involves writing and assessing a Common Understanding of Assessment Procedure (CUAP), including a rigorous test programme looking at mechanical resistance, reaction to fire, safety in use, health, hygiene and environmental implications.Matrix Spacer System

Lee Davies, Group Technical Manager for CA Group, said: “Gaining this ETA is a major achievement for the company and provides us with the mechanism to now obtain CE Marking for our product.

“The Matrix Spacer System is a groundbreaking product, and without a harmonised European standard we knew we would need to achieve an ETA. We also wanted to  ensure our product set the highest standard possible. Working with BM TRADA Certification, we believe we’ve done that and have now set an excellent standard for the industry.”

The Matrix Spacer System comprises a bar and bracket assembly which has been developed to meet the latest changes to Part L of the Building Regulations. The system offers simplified, and stronger construction, creating deeper voids for installing insulation material than in previous systems and allows continuous insulation.

For more information on the system, visit the company’s website: www.cagroup.ltd.uk/matrix

For further information on BM TRADA Certification services, visit the website: www.bmtrada.com