Cast stone has low porosity and can surpass the capabilities of natural stone on permeability. The absorption of cast stone is measured by the Capillary Absorption Test (CAT).
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The linear dimensions of individual regular units should conform to the tolerances given in British Standards, although individual UKCSA Members may specify tolerances that are tighter.
The minimum performance standards established by UKCSA for its manufacturing Full Members are supported by rigorous testing and quality control regimes.
The UK Cast Stone Association (UKCSA) has a guidance note to specifiers and users on the characteristics of cast stone that can influence the choice in terms of supplier and type of cast stone units.
In terms of sustainability, cast stone performs well in both production and within its life cycles. The material is highly durable, non-toxic, re-usable and requires virtually no maintenance or repair over its long lifespan.
Some typical questions about Cast Stone are answered here:
The UK Cast Stone Association (UKCSA) has definitions and descriptions of terms associated with cast stone production, specification and usage:
The inaugural meeting of the United Kingdom Cast Stone Association (UKCSA) was held on 20th February 1991, and on 20th February 2021 UKCSA will celebrate its 30th anniversary.
GB Architectural (Cladding Products) Ltd has become the latest Full Member of the UK Cast Stone Association (UKCSA), the guardian of quality for cast stone and representing the leading UK cast stone manufacturers.
McCormick Construction Consultancy Ltd has become the latest Associate Member of the UK Cast Stone Association (UKCSA). The company is a “Cast-stone Specialist Consultancy” and has worked alongside many of the UKCSA Members in the cast stone industry.
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