RJ Facade Systems partner; architects, designers and contractors, providing access to expert advice from both RJ and FischerBWM engineers and designers. 

RJ Fixings started in 2000 with a focus to support specialist contractors, operating in safety critical applications, with the best fixings and fixing systems available on the market. We are now one of the most experienced suppliers in this field, with offices in Bathgate, Newcastle, Birmingham and Guildford. RJ Fixings are the only non-manufacturer to sit on the CFA (Construction Fixings Association) board.

In 2010 RJ and Fischer UK partnered to introduce a ventilated façade system, an ‘off the shelf’ system manufactured in one of Europe’s market leading extrusion and fabrication facilities. Fischer brought their engineering excellence, from their heritage in designing sub-structures for the heavy weight stone façade market to the lighter façade materials. In 2018, BWM Façade Systems, Europe’s market leader in the design and manufacture of ventilated façade systems became part of Fischer group, becoming FischerBWM.

RJ Facade Systems and FischerBWM have designed and supplied support systems for all the façade materials used in ventilated facades, partnered with the market leading façade contractors, and worked on award winning projects. 

Structural facade calculations, design and drawing

Almost anything is possible: FischerBWM tailor made solutions.

The process of façade design starts with the project calculation. RJ support in the collation of the relevant information required to design a façade substructure and complete the ‘project checklist’. The main parameters are:

  • Building information: height, width, floor height, wind loadings
  • Façade panel details: material type, panel height & width
  • Façade construction: cladding zone, insulation thickness, fixing substrate i.e. SFS, concrete, blockwork

The structural calculation defines the elements of the façade substructure design:

  • ‘Helping hand’ bracket type
  • Bracket centres, with vertical and/or horizontal rail type
  • Suitable fixing specification based on static values and substrate

RJ & FischerBWM provide a support function for your design department or façade design consultancy. Typical CAD details are produced to define the elements from the calculation to construct the façade substructure.

Wind load calculation

In instances where a project wind load value is not provided by the project engineer, FischerBWM are able to provide a wind load calculation, relevant to the construction of the ventilated façade.

The calculation considers:

  • Building dimensions
  • Distances from sea
  • Town boundaries
  • Project location
  • Funnelling

The data is accordance to:

  • BS EN 1991-1-4:2005+A1:2010
  • EN 1991-1-4:2005+A1:2010(E)

Final values represent the wind pressure in different zones of the building, especially in the corners where point loading occurs.

Facade systems to support inspirational design

Thermal Performance Calculated

FischerBWM offer Europe’s largest range of Helping Hand brackets which have been designed to help achieve the best possible U-value. The ZeLa range, designed to achieve passive house levels of performance, to standard ATK L brackets, the most cost-effective method to construct a ventilated façade. Project thermal calculations to confirm insulation thickness available on a project by project basis.

CAD Support, Site Training & CPD Seminars

Fixing specialists at the ACT Competence Centres offer architects, specifiers and craftsmen comprehensive support, from the planning stage and static calculations through to on-time delivery to the site. 

Fischer UK is accredited by The Construction CPD Certification Service and offers approved CPD accredited training seminars. A great opportunity to discover more about correct specification of fixings, systems and fire stop products.

Product and design insurance

Fischer A|C|T has gained a reputation for supporting landmark facade rainscreen projects over the past decade. All calculations provided by Fischer are relevant to Eurocode and covered by a €15M PI for design and €50M product liability.

UK and European Certification

RJ in partnership with FischerBWM are the first UK manufacturer and suppliers of facade systems to successfully complete the NHBC recognised Winmark certification scheme by Wintech.

The approval covers all elements of the façade system, including elements such as; material specification, façade design to relevant Eurocode, and traceability through the RJ supply chain.

European accreditation include; MPA National Technical Test, Certification Conformity Structural Components and systems for structures to EXV2 according to EN 1090-2, for load-bearing structures in all types of buildings, & Passivhaus Certification

Concrete and steel fixings to ETA (European Technical Approval) Option 1 and Option 7.

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