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:
In 2021, the UK Cast Stone Association will hold the UKCSA 30th Anniversary, “Excellence in the Use of Cast Stone” 2021 awards competition, and the Association is now accepting entries from cast stone manufacturing Full Members of the UKCSA, for projects that have used the Members’ own cast stone.
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.
Synergies Moulds Ltd has become the latest Associate Member of the UK Cast Stone Association (UKCSA). The company is a specialist provider of patterns, moulds and formwork to the cast stone, precast and glassfibre reinforced concrete industry.
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