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Article Date: 27th February 2013

SSQ Responds to Article Comments on Brazilian Slate

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SSQ issued a letter to the February issue of Roofing, Cladding & Insulation magazine, in response to a recent article it published on Brazilian slate.

The “What Lies Beneath” article by Joe Bordass, was published in the November 2012 issue of RCI, suggested that the National House Building Council (NHBC) would no longer endorse Brazilian slates “due to its lack of applicable British and European standards.”

However, Haroun El-Helw, Head of Marketing at SSQ, said: “As the UK’s leading specialist in natural slate, SSQ offers Canteverde grey green and Amazonia graphite Brazilian slate as part of a comprehensive range across the spectrum of specifications demanded by architects and the building trade. Contrary to the article, the NHBC confirms that tests on these Brazilian slates indeed show full compliance with the T1, S1 and A1 requirements under BS EN 12326, as set out in its standards.”

“Natural slate is chosen for a wide range projects for its durability, great looks, environmental advantages and overall superior performance. As such, we cater for specifications which include everything from premium slate such as Del Carmen and Riverstone to less expensive Brazilian slate. However, no matter from which range it comes, we ensure that every slate we supply conforms to appropriate standards.”

“In short, Brazilian slate does confirm to NHBC standards – given that it is purchased from a supplier who is sourcing it correctly.”

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