The BDA Agrément® has been available in the UK since 2009. Whilst it might not be apparent what it stands for, it is obvious how comprehensive the certification is.
BDA Agrément® certificates are issued by BDA Advies, which is part of the Kiwa group (an independent institute which provides testing and inspection of materials used in the building envelope). This approval ensures the customer that, as long as the product is used according to the guidelines, individual products and whole systems will perform as they were designed to. This is audited and verified by the BDA on an annual basis.
There are certain conditions that the BDA must consider to determine whether or not a product is fit for purpose. They will test samples for factors such as:
• thermal performance;
• behaviour in relation to fire;
• condensation and water penetration risk; and
• individual characteristics of the product.
The institute will also take account of other elements and include them in the BDA Agrément®, such as standards / codes of practice, installation procedure and compliance with Building Regulations etc.
Thanks to all this rigorous monitoring and checking, a BDA Agrément® is recognised by professional bodies such as the NHBC and LABC. The resulting benefits of fast tracking through procedures and approvals, among others, are recognisable, as are the benefits of knowing the product is safe and effective.
ICYMI Kingspan OPTIM-R
was the first Vacuum Insulation Panel (VIP) to gain a BDA Agrément®.