• 26 Mar 2018
    You can find a variety of wastes on the construction sites. For categorization, there are basically four types of garbage writes Krysta Jackson. Excavated Garbage- This includes sand, soil, rock, gravel, asphalt, and many more. Demolition Waste Material- This includes metal, concrete, asbestos, roofing sheets, wood, brick etc. Construction Waste- It includes plastics, cardboard, metals, concrete, ceramic tiles and many more. Mixed Garbage - Organic wastes are included here.  It is believed that most part of the waste can be recycled and used for various purposes. These are non-toxic stuff. This makes the construction garbage useful as they can save a huge amount of money too. The authorities must pay proper attention to these. It is important to make tiny efforts to bring about significant changes in the environment and the lifestyle.  In case, you want to get rid of the skip providing services, then there are many such companies online that can help you at the reasonable cost. Contact them today to know better about it.  Some projects where the construction waste can be reused are as follows.   Use The Construction Waste For New Building You can make use of the construction site garbage that generates from the old structures . Well, such a thing happens naturally too. For instance, when the renovation is done, the walls are not demolished. During such a process, you can reuse the stuff by decorating or moving the structures by yourself. Therefore, this also comes under reusing the materials.   Measure Before Ordering The Construction Resources  In order to avoid wastage, calculate the quantity of the stuff that is required in the entire process. This is certainly the best way to prevent the wastage of money and resources. In addition to this, make it sure to avoid the use of the hazardous or toxic material. This will make the recycling process flexible. Getting the products in the standard dimensions will also be beneficial for the construction. The cutting procedure leads to wastage. If the resource will be of standard size then there will be less cutting and therefore, the reduced amount of wastage will be produced. l  Where Is The Nearest Local Recycling Service Centre? Before the start of the work, make it sure that the nearest recycling centre is known to you. You do not want to spend your precious time and money on transporting the waste to the recycling centre which is far from the site. That is why you must know about the one which is nearest to the point. l  Disposal Must Be Last Option This process must be started when there is no other option left for treating the garbage. With the help of an expert contractor, the entire procedure must be completed professionally. For instance, plasterboard is considered to be a toxic element for the landfill. Just like this substance, there are others too which must not be reused. So, it is better to treat them first before you dispose of them. l  Deconstruction Is Better Than Demolition There are certain firms that easily separate the reusable substances from the garbage. This can be used in buildings, houses etc with ease. The best part is, doing so the customers will be able to save tax. You certainly do not want to let go such an opportunity, do you? There is one more alternative to use the recyclable substances. You can always make money by organizing a front yard sale. Make money by selling resources which are in perfect condition like grates, radiators, piping, fittings and appliances   Take Time To Calculate The Budget Sticking to the budget is an important procedure in the construction project. Recycling the construction products help in many ways. They are mentioned below. 1. They help in making the planet clean and green. 2. They provide profit to the customers. 3. The customers get better prices here When you will invest in shopping for fewer products than the usual then you can see for yourself how valuable recycling is. Therefore, make use of recycling of the construction garbage and set an example for other firms too. When the management of waste is done responsibly, it becomes an essential feature of sustainable structures. Here, eliminating, minimizing and reusing the garbage becomes an important factor in the construction management. Visit: https://www.rmsskips.com/    
    792 Posted by Talk. Build
  • You can find a variety of wastes on the construction sites. For categorization, there are basically four types of garbage writes Krysta Jackson. Excavated Garbage- This includes sand, soil, rock, gravel, asphalt, and many more. Demolition Waste Material- This includes metal, concrete, asbestos, roofing sheets, wood, brick etc. Construction Waste- It includes plastics, cardboard, metals, concrete, ceramic tiles and many more. Mixed Garbage - Organic wastes are included here.  It is believed that most part of the waste can be recycled and used for various purposes. These are non-toxic stuff. This makes the construction garbage useful as they can save a huge amount of money too. The authorities must pay proper attention to these. It is important to make tiny efforts to bring about significant changes in the environment and the lifestyle.  In case, you want to get rid of the skip providing services, then there are many such companies online that can help you at the reasonable cost. Contact them today to know better about it.  Some projects where the construction waste can be reused are as follows.   Use The Construction Waste For New Building You can make use of the construction site garbage that generates from the old structures . Well, such a thing happens naturally too. For instance, when the renovation is done, the walls are not demolished. During such a process, you can reuse the stuff by decorating or moving the structures by yourself. Therefore, this also comes under reusing the materials.   Measure Before Ordering The Construction Resources  In order to avoid wastage, calculate the quantity of the stuff that is required in the entire process. This is certainly the best way to prevent the wastage of money and resources. In addition to this, make it sure to avoid the use of the hazardous or toxic material. This will make the recycling process flexible. Getting the products in the standard dimensions will also be beneficial for the construction. The cutting procedure leads to wastage. If the resource will be of standard size then there will be less cutting and therefore, the reduced amount of wastage will be produced. l  Where Is The Nearest Local Recycling Service Centre? Before the start of the work, make it sure that the nearest recycling centre is known to you. You do not want to spend your precious time and money on transporting the waste to the recycling centre which is far from the site. That is why you must know about the one which is nearest to the point. l  Disposal Must Be Last Option This process must be started when there is no other option left for treating the garbage. With the help of an expert contractor, the entire procedure must be completed professionally. For instance, plasterboard is considered to be a toxic element for the landfill. Just like this substance, there are others too which must not be reused. So, it is better to treat them first before you dispose of them. l  Deconstruction Is Better Than Demolition There are certain firms that easily separate the reusable substances from the garbage. This can be used in buildings, houses etc with ease. The best part is, doing so the customers will be able to save tax. You certainly do not want to let go such an opportunity, do you? There is one more alternative to use the recyclable substances. You can always make money by organizing a front yard sale. Make money by selling resources which are in perfect condition like grates, radiators, piping, fittings and appliances   Take Time To Calculate The Budget Sticking to the budget is an important procedure in the construction project. Recycling the construction products help in many ways. They are mentioned below. 1. They help in making the planet clean and green. 2. They provide profit to the customers. 3. The customers get better prices here When you will invest in shopping for fewer products than the usual then you can see for yourself how valuable recycling is. Therefore, make use of recycling of the construction garbage and set an example for other firms too. When the management of waste is done responsibly, it becomes an essential feature of sustainable structures. Here, eliminating, minimizing and reusing the garbage becomes an important factor in the construction management. Visit: https://www.rmsskips.com/    
    Mar 26, 2018 792
  • 22 Mar 2018
    Here’s a fact to chew over: did you know, that three out of four customers said they would never return to a restaurant with a dirty washroom? The survey conducted by Harris Poll shows how highly we value the cleanliness of sanitary facilities in the public arena. Is it because, in our minds at least, the state of the toilets say so much about the state of the business in which they’re installed? Let’s face it, if hygiene standards are falling short in a restaurant’s washroom, it’s not unfair to assume the same slovenly attitude to health and safety applies throughout the establishment, particularly the kitchen. Drips lead to trips That’s the problem, you see - first impressions count for so much, and can take forever to reverse if initial feelings aren’t good. It’s why businesses of all type should pay close attention to the design and upkeep of their washroom. From a health and safety point of view, wet floors caused by splash-happy taps and basins are an obvious hazard, as well as an eyesore. We live in litigious times, and any fall or trip on a surface where maintenance standards have slipped could result in a compensation claim costing thousands of pounds. This is evidenced in a 2015 report by insurance firm AXA, which found slips and trips accounted for half of UK claims from the public against retailers. Thanks to the onslaught of social media and websites such as Trip Advisor, word of a company’s lax, rather than luxurious rest room offering is able to spread faster than before. This could lead to a raft of customers washing their hands of a business without even seeing it. Dirty handtowels, overflowing bins, chipped or soiled basins, poor lighting, cubicles where privacy is compromised due to a faulty lock or damaged panel; a few little failures can add-up to a hugely unpleasant washroom experience. But customers should not be the only beneficiaries of a smart, comfortable washroom. Well-fitted and functioning toilet areas are found to increase staff wellbeing in offices and businesses. And happy employees means better productivity due to less time being lost to sick days caused by mental and physical stresses and strains. Design to inspire Perhaps, eventually, the question as to why companies should take the greatest care with the design and upkeep of their washrooms comes down to a matter of pride. Every aspect of a commercial premises, from the ‘ladies’ and ‘gents’ to theboardroom, should inspireconfidence in visitors that the company they’re dealing with employs the highest possible standards at all levels of the business. As soon as we are old enough to understand, we are urged not to judge a book by its cover. Yet our judgement on businesses we visit is proven to be affected by the cleanliness of the washrooms they keep. Therefore, a smart, hygienic rest room could be considered to be among a company’s most valuable asserts. Visit: http://www.interfixgroup.com/
    661 Posted by Talk. Build
  • Here’s a fact to chew over: did you know, that three out of four customers said they would never return to a restaurant with a dirty washroom? The survey conducted by Harris Poll shows how highly we value the cleanliness of sanitary facilities in the public arena. Is it because, in our minds at least, the state of the toilets say so much about the state of the business in which they’re installed? Let’s face it, if hygiene standards are falling short in a restaurant’s washroom, it’s not unfair to assume the same slovenly attitude to health and safety applies throughout the establishment, particularly the kitchen. Drips lead to trips That’s the problem, you see - first impressions count for so much, and can take forever to reverse if initial feelings aren’t good. It’s why businesses of all type should pay close attention to the design and upkeep of their washroom. From a health and safety point of view, wet floors caused by splash-happy taps and basins are an obvious hazard, as well as an eyesore. We live in litigious times, and any fall or trip on a surface where maintenance standards have slipped could result in a compensation claim costing thousands of pounds. This is evidenced in a 2015 report by insurance firm AXA, which found slips and trips accounted for half of UK claims from the public against retailers. Thanks to the onslaught of social media and websites such as Trip Advisor, word of a company’s lax, rather than luxurious rest room offering is able to spread faster than before. This could lead to a raft of customers washing their hands of a business without even seeing it. Dirty handtowels, overflowing bins, chipped or soiled basins, poor lighting, cubicles where privacy is compromised due to a faulty lock or damaged panel; a few little failures can add-up to a hugely unpleasant washroom experience. But customers should not be the only beneficiaries of a smart, comfortable washroom. Well-fitted and functioning toilet areas are found to increase staff wellbeing in offices and businesses. And happy employees means better productivity due to less time being lost to sick days caused by mental and physical stresses and strains. Design to inspire Perhaps, eventually, the question as to why companies should take the greatest care with the design and upkeep of their washrooms comes down to a matter of pride. Every aspect of a commercial premises, from the ‘ladies’ and ‘gents’ to theboardroom, should inspireconfidence in visitors that the company they’re dealing with employs the highest possible standards at all levels of the business. As soon as we are old enough to understand, we are urged not to judge a book by its cover. Yet our judgement on businesses we visit is proven to be affected by the cleanliness of the washrooms they keep. Therefore, a smart, hygienic rest room could be considered to be among a company’s most valuable asserts. Visit: http://www.interfixgroup.com/
    Mar 22, 2018 661
  • 19 Mar 2018
    Have you ever thought it would be great to be paid for doing nothing? Well if you have certain types of boiler that’s almost exactly what you do writes Krysta Jackson So, What Is The Renewable Heating Incentive? Owners of solar panels and other microgeneration equipment will be familiar with the concept of Feed-In Tariffs – what you get paid for generating your electricity regardless of whether you use that electricity or export it. If you have a heat generator that uses renewable energy you can apply for the Renewable Heat Incentive which then pays you an amount based on an estimate of the amount of heat that the source will generate. Internationally this is a unique plan to encourage the use of renewable forms of heat generation in place of traditional oil and gas fired boilers. Unlike Feed-In Tariffs which are used in over 40 other countries only Britain offers you the chance to be paid for using less polluting forms of heat generation. Who Is Eligible? Pretty much anyone can apply for a Renewable Heat Incentive if they install heating equipment that uses renewables. Businesses and homeowners, community groups, farmers, schools, care homes and hospitals – even potentially whole communities who could then share the heat, and income, generated. How Do I Get It? First you need to install a renewable form of heat generation. Aboiler installation specialist will be able to advise what type of heat generation is best suited to your property as there are several different types that qualify for the payments. Then, an estimate is made of the amount of heat the system will generate. This will vary from property to property depending on the type of equipment installed and, in the case of solar systems, the availability of sunlight! Finally, you sit back (in a nice warm bath perhaps) and enjoy being paid to do nothing! What Types Of System Does It Cover? Pretty much any system that uses renewable forms of energy to create heat will be covered by the Renewable Heating Incentive. The three most likely sources are biomass, solar and ground source. A solar system works by placing a series of pipes on a south or nearly south facing roof where they can absorb heat energy from the sun’s rays. In most systems the pipes are filled with refrigerant so that there are no issues with them freezing in winter and the heat is transferred to your water through a solar coil in the hot water tank. A biomass boiler is the most traditional of the options. It uses a high tech fuel delivery system to burn wood pellets. As wood grows on, well, trees, it can be a simple way to add a renewable heat source to your property as it only requires replacing a boiler which can be done at the end of the boiler’s natural lifecycle anyway. A ground source heat pump utilises the Earth’s own warmth by taking advantage of the fact that warm liquids rise and cool ones fall. What About Electricity? The Renewable Heat Incentive only covers replacements to the boiler in your heating and hot water system. Electricity generation needs to be done with respect to the National Grid and will continue to be funded through Feed-In Tariffs proportional to the amount of electricity generated. How Can I Find Out More? If you are interested in installing a renewable heat generation system eligible for the Renewable Heat Incentive your first step needs to be to contact a reputable company who can discuss your options with you and guide you through the whole process. Visit: http://www.jchlondon.co.uk/renewable-energy/renewable-heating-incentive/  
    770 Posted by Talk. Build
  • Have you ever thought it would be great to be paid for doing nothing? Well if you have certain types of boiler that’s almost exactly what you do writes Krysta Jackson So, What Is The Renewable Heating Incentive? Owners of solar panels and other microgeneration equipment will be familiar with the concept of Feed-In Tariffs – what you get paid for generating your electricity regardless of whether you use that electricity or export it. If you have a heat generator that uses renewable energy you can apply for the Renewable Heat Incentive which then pays you an amount based on an estimate of the amount of heat that the source will generate. Internationally this is a unique plan to encourage the use of renewable forms of heat generation in place of traditional oil and gas fired boilers. Unlike Feed-In Tariffs which are used in over 40 other countries only Britain offers you the chance to be paid for using less polluting forms of heat generation. Who Is Eligible? Pretty much anyone can apply for a Renewable Heat Incentive if they install heating equipment that uses renewables. Businesses and homeowners, community groups, farmers, schools, care homes and hospitals – even potentially whole communities who could then share the heat, and income, generated. How Do I Get It? First you need to install a renewable form of heat generation. Aboiler installation specialist will be able to advise what type of heat generation is best suited to your property as there are several different types that qualify for the payments. Then, an estimate is made of the amount of heat the system will generate. This will vary from property to property depending on the type of equipment installed and, in the case of solar systems, the availability of sunlight! Finally, you sit back (in a nice warm bath perhaps) and enjoy being paid to do nothing! What Types Of System Does It Cover? Pretty much any system that uses renewable forms of energy to create heat will be covered by the Renewable Heating Incentive. The three most likely sources are biomass, solar and ground source. A solar system works by placing a series of pipes on a south or nearly south facing roof where they can absorb heat energy from the sun’s rays. In most systems the pipes are filled with refrigerant so that there are no issues with them freezing in winter and the heat is transferred to your water through a solar coil in the hot water tank. A biomass boiler is the most traditional of the options. It uses a high tech fuel delivery system to burn wood pellets. As wood grows on, well, trees, it can be a simple way to add a renewable heat source to your property as it only requires replacing a boiler which can be done at the end of the boiler’s natural lifecycle anyway. A ground source heat pump utilises the Earth’s own warmth by taking advantage of the fact that warm liquids rise and cool ones fall. What About Electricity? The Renewable Heat Incentive only covers replacements to the boiler in your heating and hot water system. Electricity generation needs to be done with respect to the National Grid and will continue to be funded through Feed-In Tariffs proportional to the amount of electricity generated. How Can I Find Out More? If you are interested in installing a renewable heat generation system eligible for the Renewable Heat Incentive your first step needs to be to contact a reputable company who can discuss your options with you and guide you through the whole process. Visit: http://www.jchlondon.co.uk/renewable-energy/renewable-heating-incentive/  
    Mar 19, 2018 770
  • 15 Mar 2018
    Since its founding in 1988, Baumit’s key driver has been the desire to help create beautiful, energy-efficient and healthy homes. Everybody deserves to live in beautiful, affordable and healthy surroundings. Our four walls provide protection for our families, and these are the qualities that enhance people's lives. Homeowners are becoming more and more energy conscious, and being able to cater to consumer needs is a must for success in any industry. A report from Smart Energy GB found that four in five people who had recently had a smart meter installed had taken steps to reduce their energy use, 45% of which were monitoring their consumption more closely than before. More than 75% of the energy consumption of an average household is spent on heating. Efficient thermal insulation is unavoidable if you want to save money, protect the basic structure of your building and reduce your carbon emissions. EWI, correctly installed, will minimise heating costs during cold weather and prevent excess heating during the warm season, saving energy year round. A thermal renovation can save a household more than 50% of its energy costs. A working knowledge of External Wall Insulation products will prove invaluable when communicating the value of your projects. It isn’t enough to simply create the products needed to facilitate these goals, however. Baumit is dedicated to creating change throughout the industry, informing and educating the next generation of installers and applicators. That’s why Baumit has opened a brand new training academy in Aylesford, Kent, to host a series of installer courses catering to all levels of experience. From March 2018, this purpose-built facility will be open to those within the construction industry, providing vital theoretical and practical experience in a range of EWI systems and practices. Chris Kendall, Field Engineer at Baumit, said: “Our installer courses provide a perfect opportunity for installers of all ability and members of the construction industry to gain a valuable working knowledge of External Wall Insulation. The experts at our training academy are fully-equipped to offer a wide-range of theoretical and practical advice to ensure clients come away better-informed of the processes and systems involved in all things EWI.” The training facility and courses were designed to cover aspects which are missing from other courses, supporting installers in learning the solutions to real life scenarios that a purely theoretical understanding would not prepare them for. In focusing on the details, rather than just the basics, applicators will receive an in depth understanding of the benefits of a high quality product, properly installed. Spread over 2 days, the Silver and Gold courses offer participants time to reflect on what they have been taught, allowing them adequate time to raise any questions they might have. Baumit is dedicated to building relationships with course participants, and encourages questions and communication both during and after the course is complete, ensuring that they feel comfortable and confident in their abilities and with the product. Baumit is committed to providing exemplary support to its installers, supporting their future work with upskilling, up-to-date information on legislative changes, and phone support, leading to higher quality installs. By supporting the next generation of installers and applicators, Baumit is ensuring that its commitment to beautiful, healthy and energy-efficient homes is continued – helping to deliver a better future for everyone. Visit: http://info.baumit.co.uk/baumit-academy-courses
    764 Posted by Talk. Build
  • Since its founding in 1988, Baumit’s key driver has been the desire to help create beautiful, energy-efficient and healthy homes. Everybody deserves to live in beautiful, affordable and healthy surroundings. Our four walls provide protection for our families, and these are the qualities that enhance people's lives. Homeowners are becoming more and more energy conscious, and being able to cater to consumer needs is a must for success in any industry. A report from Smart Energy GB found that four in five people who had recently had a smart meter installed had taken steps to reduce their energy use, 45% of which were monitoring their consumption more closely than before. More than 75% of the energy consumption of an average household is spent on heating. Efficient thermal insulation is unavoidable if you want to save money, protect the basic structure of your building and reduce your carbon emissions. EWI, correctly installed, will minimise heating costs during cold weather and prevent excess heating during the warm season, saving energy year round. A thermal renovation can save a household more than 50% of its energy costs. A working knowledge of External Wall Insulation products will prove invaluable when communicating the value of your projects. It isn’t enough to simply create the products needed to facilitate these goals, however. Baumit is dedicated to creating change throughout the industry, informing and educating the next generation of installers and applicators. That’s why Baumit has opened a brand new training academy in Aylesford, Kent, to host a series of installer courses catering to all levels of experience. From March 2018, this purpose-built facility will be open to those within the construction industry, providing vital theoretical and practical experience in a range of EWI systems and practices. Chris Kendall, Field Engineer at Baumit, said: “Our installer courses provide a perfect opportunity for installers of all ability and members of the construction industry to gain a valuable working knowledge of External Wall Insulation. The experts at our training academy are fully-equipped to offer a wide-range of theoretical and practical advice to ensure clients come away better-informed of the processes and systems involved in all things EWI.” The training facility and courses were designed to cover aspects which are missing from other courses, supporting installers in learning the solutions to real life scenarios that a purely theoretical understanding would not prepare them for. In focusing on the details, rather than just the basics, applicators will receive an in depth understanding of the benefits of a high quality product, properly installed. Spread over 2 days, the Silver and Gold courses offer participants time to reflect on what they have been taught, allowing them adequate time to raise any questions they might have. Baumit is dedicated to building relationships with course participants, and encourages questions and communication both during and after the course is complete, ensuring that they feel comfortable and confident in their abilities and with the product. Baumit is committed to providing exemplary support to its installers, supporting their future work with upskilling, up-to-date information on legislative changes, and phone support, leading to higher quality installs. By supporting the next generation of installers and applicators, Baumit is ensuring that its commitment to beautiful, healthy and energy-efficient homes is continued – helping to deliver a better future for everyone. Visit: http://info.baumit.co.uk/baumit-academy-courses
    Mar 15, 2018 764
  • 13 Mar 2018
    In addressing the country’s long-standing housing issue during the recent budget, Chancellor Phillip Hammond revealed 300,000 was the magic number in terms of new homes that needed to be delivered each year to meet affordable housing needs. The figure, which was established in conjunction with industry experts, has already been dismissed in some quarters as being inadequate to fully-tackle the affordability issue. The detractors may have a point, albeit a moot one. If questions are to be raised, let’s put the horse before the cart and ask: ‘do we actually have the skilled workforce to build the required new housing?’ Industry projections show the UK needs an estimated 400,000 new workers each year until 2021 to meet UK housing demands. It doesn’t need a mathematician to draw the simple conclusion that despite our greater-than-ever housing needs, we have fewer-than-before skilled workers to fulfil the property quota. If only we could rely on Europe for able builders, engineers and the like, but Brexit has seen UK net migration fall to its lowest level since 2014. It means foreign aid isn’t necessarily the solution to our building crisis. As far as National Construction Training Services (NCTS) is concerned, there is no shortcut to solving the UK’s skills shortage; it’s a case of companies like ours taking the initiative and doing our utmost to persuade youngsters to take up tools, ‘skill-up’ and become the workforce of tomorrow. Assess for success Quality training is key, hence the CITB-funded programme NCTS has set-up to progress encourage and quantify the roofers’ skills. The ‘On Site Assessment Training’ (OSAT) programme involves assessors visiting construction sites and analysing the workforce as a first step to helping them gain a Level 2 NVQ qualification. The OSAT program focuses on the following roofing disciplines lead and hard metal; roof sheet cladding and rainscreens; roof slate and tiling; waterproofing, built-up felt and single-ply. Assessments will consider candidates’ on-site performance; their skills and abidance to practices such as health and safety. Trainees and employers will be provided with a detailed report on their performance whilst outlining areas of improvement where necessary. Candidates enrolling for an NVQ can apply for a trainee card that allows them entry and the right to work at CSCS cardholder-only sites. Once the Level 2 NVQ qualification has been achieved they can apply for a Skilled Worker CSCS (blue card). The OSAT programme is part of our commitment to infusing roofers of all ages and gender with the skills and a nationally-recognised qualification to help them maximise their career potential. Possession of a CSCS card, for example, is particularly important following the withdrawal of the Construction Related Occupation (CRO) card, which has led to some operatives being denied access to sites. As well as gaining valuable certification, candidates will come away from our programme bearing something they can also carry with them: confidence, a much under-estimated commodity that can be the difference between career fulfilment and failure. And let’s face it, with the UK construction industry desperate to tackle the current skills shortage, failing our youngsters is not an option. Visit: www.ncts.org.uk
    643 Posted by Talk. Build
  • In addressing the country’s long-standing housing issue during the recent budget, Chancellor Phillip Hammond revealed 300,000 was the magic number in terms of new homes that needed to be delivered each year to meet affordable housing needs. The figure, which was established in conjunction with industry experts, has already been dismissed in some quarters as being inadequate to fully-tackle the affordability issue. The detractors may have a point, albeit a moot one. If questions are to be raised, let’s put the horse before the cart and ask: ‘do we actually have the skilled workforce to build the required new housing?’ Industry projections show the UK needs an estimated 400,000 new workers each year until 2021 to meet UK housing demands. It doesn’t need a mathematician to draw the simple conclusion that despite our greater-than-ever housing needs, we have fewer-than-before skilled workers to fulfil the property quota. If only we could rely on Europe for able builders, engineers and the like, but Brexit has seen UK net migration fall to its lowest level since 2014. It means foreign aid isn’t necessarily the solution to our building crisis. As far as National Construction Training Services (NCTS) is concerned, there is no shortcut to solving the UK’s skills shortage; it’s a case of companies like ours taking the initiative and doing our utmost to persuade youngsters to take up tools, ‘skill-up’ and become the workforce of tomorrow. Assess for success Quality training is key, hence the CITB-funded programme NCTS has set-up to progress encourage and quantify the roofers’ skills. The ‘On Site Assessment Training’ (OSAT) programme involves assessors visiting construction sites and analysing the workforce as a first step to helping them gain a Level 2 NVQ qualification. The OSAT program focuses on the following roofing disciplines lead and hard metal; roof sheet cladding and rainscreens; roof slate and tiling; waterproofing, built-up felt and single-ply. Assessments will consider candidates’ on-site performance; their skills and abidance to practices such as health and safety. Trainees and employers will be provided with a detailed report on their performance whilst outlining areas of improvement where necessary. Candidates enrolling for an NVQ can apply for a trainee card that allows them entry and the right to work at CSCS cardholder-only sites. Once the Level 2 NVQ qualification has been achieved they can apply for a Skilled Worker CSCS (blue card). The OSAT programme is part of our commitment to infusing roofers of all ages and gender with the skills and a nationally-recognised qualification to help them maximise their career potential. Possession of a CSCS card, for example, is particularly important following the withdrawal of the Construction Related Occupation (CRO) card, which has led to some operatives being denied access to sites. As well as gaining valuable certification, candidates will come away from our programme bearing something they can also carry with them: confidence, a much under-estimated commodity that can be the difference between career fulfilment and failure. And let’s face it, with the UK construction industry desperate to tackle the current skills shortage, failing our youngsters is not an option. Visit: www.ncts.org.uk
    Mar 13, 2018 643
  • 08 Mar 2018
    Global warming issues are once again in the news and we all watched with interest, developments at the World Economic Forum in Davos where the evidence is loud and clear, that we have an urgent need to curb emissions if we are going to come anywhere near the ambitious 2050 climate change targets. As in previous years, climate change and carbon emissions featured prominently at the WEF this year. The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi used his opening address to warn us of the effects that exploitation of natural resources could have on humanity, while Anand Mahindra, co-chair of the WEF and chairman of one of India's largest conglomerates described cutting carbon emissions as not only good for the environment, but a commercial opportunity.  He said: “Everything that our group of companies have done to try and improve energy or to reduce greenhouse gases, has actually given us a return" and pointing out that over the last five years Mahindra (the conglomerate) has saved almost 60 million kWhs of energy - enough to supply power to 15,000 homes.  French President Emmanuel Macron also urged listeners to take heed of calls for action on climate change and laid out his ambition to make France "a model in the fight against climate change", with plans to phase out coal-burning. In stark contrast, the message from the United States of America couldn’t have been more different – after pulling the US out of the Paris climate agreement in one of his first acts as President, and his recent tax levied against imported solar panels, it’s unsurprising that Donald Trump didn’t mention climate change or carbon emissions at all in his address. However, the WEF’s website is thankfully quite positive about the future potential for action on climate change, stating: “By being more innovative and efficient, and working with suppliers and local economies, companies are finding ways to cut carbon and costs. Between now and 2030, the world will spend $90 trillion on infrastructure. How those investments are directed will make all the difference.” They go on to state that we have a choice: to lock in backwards-looking technologies, or to spend this $90 trillion investment on sustainable projects: “Companies that prioritise clean technology, like renewables, and avoid investing in high-carbon infrastructure are not only being environmentally responsible, they are also future-proofing their growth by factoring in long-term risk and positioning themselves as winners of the low-carbon economy.” So how does all of this affect us?  In Europe around 40% of the energy used is in buildings and up to 60% of that comes from heating and cooling, with much of that energy coming from the burning of fossil fuels.  Installing high performing insulants such a PIR into our buildings (which are currently amongst the least energy efficient in Europe) is one of the simplest and most cost-effective ways to reduce energy demand and cut CO2.   Over the past 15 years or so, there has been a range of policies and initiatives to improve the building stock. Whilst some improvements have been made and plenty of homes are better than they were, we still have many homes that are woefully inadequate, with occupants and owners living in fuel poverty without the means to upgrade their property or without the understanding of how to. The PIR industry is ready and waiting to meet the challenge to improve all existing buildings.  Via participation in the work of the Each Home Counts initiative we are working with others to ensure that energy efficiency measures are effective through good design and installation procedures and that compliance and redress routes are in place to ensure this happens. At a time when the construction industry is faced with change and political uncertainty, the PIR insulation industry is well poised to help deliver better performing buildings both now and in the future, as well as playing a part in the UK achieving the ambitions of the Paris climate agreement. Visit www.insulationmanufacturers.org.uk
    784 Posted by Talk. Build
  • Global warming issues are once again in the news and we all watched with interest, developments at the World Economic Forum in Davos where the evidence is loud and clear, that we have an urgent need to curb emissions if we are going to come anywhere near the ambitious 2050 climate change targets. As in previous years, climate change and carbon emissions featured prominently at the WEF this year. The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi used his opening address to warn us of the effects that exploitation of natural resources could have on humanity, while Anand Mahindra, co-chair of the WEF and chairman of one of India's largest conglomerates described cutting carbon emissions as not only good for the environment, but a commercial opportunity.  He said: “Everything that our group of companies have done to try and improve energy or to reduce greenhouse gases, has actually given us a return" and pointing out that over the last five years Mahindra (the conglomerate) has saved almost 60 million kWhs of energy - enough to supply power to 15,000 homes.  French President Emmanuel Macron also urged listeners to take heed of calls for action on climate change and laid out his ambition to make France "a model in the fight against climate change", with plans to phase out coal-burning. In stark contrast, the message from the United States of America couldn’t have been more different – after pulling the US out of the Paris climate agreement in one of his first acts as President, and his recent tax levied against imported solar panels, it’s unsurprising that Donald Trump didn’t mention climate change or carbon emissions at all in his address. However, the WEF’s website is thankfully quite positive about the future potential for action on climate change, stating: “By being more innovative and efficient, and working with suppliers and local economies, companies are finding ways to cut carbon and costs. Between now and 2030, the world will spend $90 trillion on infrastructure. How those investments are directed will make all the difference.” They go on to state that we have a choice: to lock in backwards-looking technologies, or to spend this $90 trillion investment on sustainable projects: “Companies that prioritise clean technology, like renewables, and avoid investing in high-carbon infrastructure are not only being environmentally responsible, they are also future-proofing their growth by factoring in long-term risk and positioning themselves as winners of the low-carbon economy.” So how does all of this affect us?  In Europe around 40% of the energy used is in buildings and up to 60% of that comes from heating and cooling, with much of that energy coming from the burning of fossil fuels.  Installing high performing insulants such a PIR into our buildings (which are currently amongst the least energy efficient in Europe) is one of the simplest and most cost-effective ways to reduce energy demand and cut CO2.   Over the past 15 years or so, there has been a range of policies and initiatives to improve the building stock. Whilst some improvements have been made and plenty of homes are better than they were, we still have many homes that are woefully inadequate, with occupants and owners living in fuel poverty without the means to upgrade their property or without the understanding of how to. The PIR industry is ready and waiting to meet the challenge to improve all existing buildings.  Via participation in the work of the Each Home Counts initiative we are working with others to ensure that energy efficiency measures are effective through good design and installation procedures and that compliance and redress routes are in place to ensure this happens. At a time when the construction industry is faced with change and political uncertainty, the PIR insulation industry is well poised to help deliver better performing buildings both now and in the future, as well as playing a part in the UK achieving the ambitions of the Paris climate agreement. Visit www.insulationmanufacturers.org.uk
    Mar 08, 2018 784
  • 01 Mar 2018
    Bitumen has always had a bit of a bad record when it comes to getting an excellent fire rating. It must be emphasised of course that there are many products that contain bitumen, probably our oldest and still one of the best waterproofing materials available, that are hard to ignite even with prolonged direct flame – but that is another story. The material is a key ingredient of roofing felt which is traditionally torched on using a naked flame or requires molten bitumen to achieve a waterproof seal. The dangers of working with an open flame on any building or residence should be taken very seriously. With all the precaution and experience in the world, the law of averages is against you when you spend the entire day with a naked flame at high volume onto a building. A simple Google search with the key words ‘roof torch fire’ will present you with enough articles on fires related to torch applied roofing to leave you wondering how anyone would ever use this product. There are and have been for many years’ cold applied self-adhesive felt membranes but they still represent a small part of the total market and are not universally popular with roofing contractors So in spite of its reputation torch on Bitumen Felts still dominate the flat roofing market but according to one leading manufacturer, Proteus Waterproofing, based in Rayleigh, Essex, it is possible to install such a product using naked flame without the risk of fire. They have a top waterproofing layer or cap sheet that can achieve the highest fire ratings - and Proteus have added it within a new range of felts recently launched on to the market. The age old problem is of course, that a fire rated cap sheet costs a little more than one without the same high level of protection and in spite of the lessons of Grenfell price is still king and many contractors seem reluctant to go that extra mile in the interests of increased health and safety. Key providers are still not pushing the top fire rated membranes as much as they could or should, due to this increased cost because of fears of being out priced by their competitors offering much cheaper non-compliant or barely compliant alternatives. You could of course ask yet again what price do you put on a life and word is that architects, specifiers and key building owners such as housing associations are no longer prepared to take the risk. Manufacturers such as Proteus Waterproofing have invested in high end fire rated felts in a serious way and these could well find that they begin to dominate the market in areas where quality and health and safety are paramount. But, it is more likely that no real change will happen until new legislation outlawing felt products that fail to achieve good fire ratings is introduced. Surely - it cannot come soon enough. Visit: http://proteuswaterproofing.co.uk/  
    679 Posted by Talk. Build
  • Bitumen has always had a bit of a bad record when it comes to getting an excellent fire rating. It must be emphasised of course that there are many products that contain bitumen, probably our oldest and still one of the best waterproofing materials available, that are hard to ignite even with prolonged direct flame – but that is another story. The material is a key ingredient of roofing felt which is traditionally torched on using a naked flame or requires molten bitumen to achieve a waterproof seal. The dangers of working with an open flame on any building or residence should be taken very seriously. With all the precaution and experience in the world, the law of averages is against you when you spend the entire day with a naked flame at high volume onto a building. A simple Google search with the key words ‘roof torch fire’ will present you with enough articles on fires related to torch applied roofing to leave you wondering how anyone would ever use this product. There are and have been for many years’ cold applied self-adhesive felt membranes but they still represent a small part of the total market and are not universally popular with roofing contractors So in spite of its reputation torch on Bitumen Felts still dominate the flat roofing market but according to one leading manufacturer, Proteus Waterproofing, based in Rayleigh, Essex, it is possible to install such a product using naked flame without the risk of fire. They have a top waterproofing layer or cap sheet that can achieve the highest fire ratings - and Proteus have added it within a new range of felts recently launched on to the market. The age old problem is of course, that a fire rated cap sheet costs a little more than one without the same high level of protection and in spite of the lessons of Grenfell price is still king and many contractors seem reluctant to go that extra mile in the interests of increased health and safety. Key providers are still not pushing the top fire rated membranes as much as they could or should, due to this increased cost because of fears of being out priced by their competitors offering much cheaper non-compliant or barely compliant alternatives. You could of course ask yet again what price do you put on a life and word is that architects, specifiers and key building owners such as housing associations are no longer prepared to take the risk. Manufacturers such as Proteus Waterproofing have invested in high end fire rated felts in a serious way and these could well find that they begin to dominate the market in areas where quality and health and safety are paramount. But, it is more likely that no real change will happen until new legislation outlawing felt products that fail to achieve good fire ratings is introduced. Surely - it cannot come soon enough. Visit: http://proteuswaterproofing.co.uk/  
    Mar 01, 2018 679
  • 22 Feb 2018
    January saw the lowest temperatures in the UK since February 2016, and with the potential for more cold snaps on the way, it’s a good time to review the procedures for placing concrete in cold weather. If young concrete is allowed to cool to below freezing temperature, it is very likely that it will be damaged to the point of being entirely unfit for use. Should freshly-placed concrete be allowed to reach temperatures lower than 0°C, the water in the mix will freeze and expand; maintaining a temperature above zero degrees will help to ensure the intended strength of your concrete is reached- even if it is at a slower rate than was anticipated. However, if the concrete is able to reach a strength of approximately 2N/mm2 it is likely to be able to resist the expansion and damage It is important to note that even if temperatures don’t reach freezing point, low temperatures will cause the concrete’s strength to develop significantly slower than in warmer ambient temperatures. This strength is typically reached within 48 hours for most mixes, should the concrete be kept above 5°C. So how, during cold weather, should you keep concrete sufficiently warm for the first 48 hours to ensure that this strength is able to develop? Concrete should never be poured onto frozen ground, snow or ice. You can use heaters to thaw the ground prior to pouring concrete. If you plan to use heated enclosures, make certain they are both windproof and weatherproof. Your concrete should include a maximum water to cement ratio, to limit bleeding. Additionally, you should not begin your final finishing operations whenever bleed water is still present. It is important that formwork is not removed early, or else there is a risk that concrete in suspended slabs or beams could be too weak to carry its own weight due to the slower rate of strengthening the slow rate of strength development needs to be taken into account when calculating times for formwork removal. Strength gain can be increased by minimising the amount of cement replacements or using admixtures- always seek the advice of your suppliers If temperatures are low enough that frost is expected, useful protection measures include insulated or heated frost blankets and insulated formwork. Timber formwork often offers sufficient insulation by itself. Steel formwork is a poor insulator, and exposed surfaces should be covered with insulating material or temporary covers heated with space heaters. For severe frost, it is best to heat the concrete (10°C) for delivery. If heated concrete is not available, it is better to delay your concreting until the ambient temperature rises to above 2°C. When planning your concreting, you can obtain information on the likely temperatures from the Met Office, and should use this to plan your approach so you are never caught short or forced to delay your work. Armed with this information, you will be able to place your concrete perfectly, first time, whatever the weather. By Andrew Bourne, Senior Area Sales Manager - Concrete at Sika Visit: visit www.sika.co.uk
    682 Posted by Talk. Build
  • January saw the lowest temperatures in the UK since February 2016, and with the potential for more cold snaps on the way, it’s a good time to review the procedures for placing concrete in cold weather. If young concrete is allowed to cool to below freezing temperature, it is very likely that it will be damaged to the point of being entirely unfit for use. Should freshly-placed concrete be allowed to reach temperatures lower than 0°C, the water in the mix will freeze and expand; maintaining a temperature above zero degrees will help to ensure the intended strength of your concrete is reached- even if it is at a slower rate than was anticipated. However, if the concrete is able to reach a strength of approximately 2N/mm2 it is likely to be able to resist the expansion and damage It is important to note that even if temperatures don’t reach freezing point, low temperatures will cause the concrete’s strength to develop significantly slower than in warmer ambient temperatures. This strength is typically reached within 48 hours for most mixes, should the concrete be kept above 5°C. So how, during cold weather, should you keep concrete sufficiently warm for the first 48 hours to ensure that this strength is able to develop? Concrete should never be poured onto frozen ground, snow or ice. You can use heaters to thaw the ground prior to pouring concrete. If you plan to use heated enclosures, make certain they are both windproof and weatherproof. Your concrete should include a maximum water to cement ratio, to limit bleeding. Additionally, you should not begin your final finishing operations whenever bleed water is still present. It is important that formwork is not removed early, or else there is a risk that concrete in suspended slabs or beams could be too weak to carry its own weight due to the slower rate of strengthening the slow rate of strength development needs to be taken into account when calculating times for formwork removal. Strength gain can be increased by minimising the amount of cement replacements or using admixtures- always seek the advice of your suppliers If temperatures are low enough that frost is expected, useful protection measures include insulated or heated frost blankets and insulated formwork. Timber formwork often offers sufficient insulation by itself. Steel formwork is a poor insulator, and exposed surfaces should be covered with insulating material or temporary covers heated with space heaters. For severe frost, it is best to heat the concrete (10°C) for delivery. If heated concrete is not available, it is better to delay your concreting until the ambient temperature rises to above 2°C. When planning your concreting, you can obtain information on the likely temperatures from the Met Office, and should use this to plan your approach so you are never caught short or forced to delay your work. Armed with this information, you will be able to place your concrete perfectly, first time, whatever the weather. By Andrew Bourne, Senior Area Sales Manager - Concrete at Sika Visit: visit www.sika.co.uk
    Feb 22, 2018 682
  • 21 Feb 2018
    The demand for magnetic drilling services is increasing rapidly across the world with each passing day. Magnetic drilling is the process of creating accurate holes on ferrous metals with the use of heavy duty drilling machines and specialized equipment. It’s very important that magnetic drilling experts maintain high safety standards while using advanced tools and equipment to stay away from potential injuries and accidents. Your failure to follow important safety rules while executing magnetic drilling projects to meet your fabrication and construction needs can create a lot of trouble for you, so it’s better to stick to them. Here are some of the safety tips for magnetic drilling professionals to prevent injuries and accidents while using drilling machines. Refer The User Manual Before using any drilling machine, it’s very important for you to refer the user manual for enhancing your understanding of operational and safety issues. Being a drilling expert you can’t afford to use a cutting and drilling equipment without referring user manual, as that invites injuries and accidents. Considering the fact that the user manual consists of all the major and minor details about operating a machine, it’s crucial for you to go through it effectively. Get Proper Training You should never touch a tool without seeking proper training, otherwise, you will end up injuring yourself. If you start using a new tool without knowing much about it, you won’t know what kind of safety measures you should be taking to prevent injuries. So, it’s important to get proper training. Unplug Tools While Making Adjustments If in case you want to make any adjustments to your drilling machine make sure that you unplug in the first place. In other words, don’t ever try to carry out any maintenance and repair jobs without unplugging the machine, otherwise, you may encounter huge problems. Keep Your Equipment Safely It is very important for you to keep your equipment safely to avoid accidents. Make sure that you do not expose your power tools to water and rain. You shouldn’t be using such tools in wet locations. In addition to that, you should never use these drilling tools in the presence of flammable liquids. Whenever you are not using any tool, then make sure that it is stored in a locked-up place. Keep Your Work Area Clean & Well Lit A cluttered job site not only makes it difficult for you to carry out your work effectively but also invites accidents. Therefore, it’s mandatory to keep your site well-lit and in proper order. Keep all the walkways and pathways free from material supply and equipment, so that you can walk freely. Use Protective Gear & Clothing Whenever you execute a magnetic drilling project, you must wear protective gear and clothing. Don't ever wear loose clothes while using heavy duty tools because they make you extremely unconformable, as they can easily come in contact with the moving parts of the machine, thereby inviting a horrific accident. It means you should always use tight fitted clothes, robust footwear, safety glasses, ear plugs, dust mask, and protective gloves while using heavy duty drilling machines. When you wear right protective gear, you can safeguard your skin and other body parts from getting injured. Maintain Your Tools Effectively It's very important that you keep your cutting and drilling tools sharp and clean for effective performance. Examine your tool cords regularly and if you find them damaged make sure that you repair them effectively before using them. While changing accessories make sure that you follow the instructions that are provided in the user manual. In addition to that, it is also crucial for you to keep handles of your equipment free from oil and grease. Inspect Your Tools before Using Them You should always carry out a quick inspection of all the important parts of your machines before using them. It helps in enhancing your safety as well as productivity while using a tool. So, whenever you use power tools make sure that you maintain all the important safety standards to prevent the risk of injuries. By: Krysta Jackson Visit: http://www.cadrillers.com  
    851 Posted by Talk. Build
  • The demand for magnetic drilling services is increasing rapidly across the world with each passing day. Magnetic drilling is the process of creating accurate holes on ferrous metals with the use of heavy duty drilling machines and specialized equipment. It’s very important that magnetic drilling experts maintain high safety standards while using advanced tools and equipment to stay away from potential injuries and accidents. Your failure to follow important safety rules while executing magnetic drilling projects to meet your fabrication and construction needs can create a lot of trouble for you, so it’s better to stick to them. Here are some of the safety tips for magnetic drilling professionals to prevent injuries and accidents while using drilling machines. Refer The User Manual Before using any drilling machine, it’s very important for you to refer the user manual for enhancing your understanding of operational and safety issues. Being a drilling expert you can’t afford to use a cutting and drilling equipment without referring user manual, as that invites injuries and accidents. Considering the fact that the user manual consists of all the major and minor details about operating a machine, it’s crucial for you to go through it effectively. Get Proper Training You should never touch a tool without seeking proper training, otherwise, you will end up injuring yourself. If you start using a new tool without knowing much about it, you won’t know what kind of safety measures you should be taking to prevent injuries. So, it’s important to get proper training. Unplug Tools While Making Adjustments If in case you want to make any adjustments to your drilling machine make sure that you unplug in the first place. In other words, don’t ever try to carry out any maintenance and repair jobs without unplugging the machine, otherwise, you may encounter huge problems. Keep Your Equipment Safely It is very important for you to keep your equipment safely to avoid accidents. Make sure that you do not expose your power tools to water and rain. You shouldn’t be using such tools in wet locations. In addition to that, you should never use these drilling tools in the presence of flammable liquids. Whenever you are not using any tool, then make sure that it is stored in a locked-up place. Keep Your Work Area Clean & Well Lit A cluttered job site not only makes it difficult for you to carry out your work effectively but also invites accidents. Therefore, it’s mandatory to keep your site well-lit and in proper order. Keep all the walkways and pathways free from material supply and equipment, so that you can walk freely. Use Protective Gear & Clothing Whenever you execute a magnetic drilling project, you must wear protective gear and clothing. Don't ever wear loose clothes while using heavy duty tools because they make you extremely unconformable, as they can easily come in contact with the moving parts of the machine, thereby inviting a horrific accident. It means you should always use tight fitted clothes, robust footwear, safety glasses, ear plugs, dust mask, and protective gloves while using heavy duty drilling machines. When you wear right protective gear, you can safeguard your skin and other body parts from getting injured. Maintain Your Tools Effectively It's very important that you keep your cutting and drilling tools sharp and clean for effective performance. Examine your tool cords regularly and if you find them damaged make sure that you repair them effectively before using them. While changing accessories make sure that you follow the instructions that are provided in the user manual. In addition to that, it is also crucial for you to keep handles of your equipment free from oil and grease. Inspect Your Tools before Using Them You should always carry out a quick inspection of all the important parts of your machines before using them. It helps in enhancing your safety as well as productivity while using a tool. So, whenever you use power tools make sure that you maintain all the important safety standards to prevent the risk of injuries. By: Krysta Jackson Visit: http://www.cadrillers.com  
    Feb 21, 2018 851
  • 09 Feb 2018
    London Zoo. A furniture storage unit on Cranford Street, Smethwick. A block of flats on Joiner Street, Manchester. A multi-storey car park in Liverpool. Woburn Safari Park. Listers Land Rover, Solihull. What do these six seemingly disparate locations have in common? Each has been the victim of fire within recent weeks. Fire does not discriminate and can affect any kind of building or business. There is a tendency to only concern ourselves with the most serious outcome of a fire – loss of life – though any building at risk of fire has the potential to alter lives permanently. Thankfully no human lives were lost in the aforementioned fires, though this is not to say that no lives were affected. Seventy firefighters were needed to tackle the blaze at London Zoo alone, and many more risked their lives at the scenes of the other fires. Woburn Safari Park lost thirteen patas monkeys, a devastating loss for its drive-through enclosure, and the emotional strain on the staff cannot be understated. Drew Mullin, Woburn's managing director, said some keepers were in tears as they tried to deal with the loss. More than 1,600 vehicles and their contents were destroyed in the inferno which tore through the King’s Dock multi-storey in Liverpool. Remarkably no serious injuries were sustained, but it isn’t hard to see how thousands of lives will be impacted, particularly at a time of year when family funds are often tight and the financial loss to the vehicle owners will sting all the more. The fire in a block of apartments on Manchester’s Joiner Street will have rendered a number of residents in need of temporary shelter. A fire such as this in a residential building can quickly become far more serious, and many families will have lost their belongings and sense of security along with their homes. West Midlands Fire Service confirmed that the whole of the furniture unit in Smethwick was alight. With approximately 3,000m2 of floor space, it is hard to imagine how much stock was lost or damaged. The human cost can be measured in loss of potential earnings and jobs, not only in the furniture unit itself but also in local businesses supported by those who work there. Three cars were destroyed and a further five were damaged in a suspected arson attack at Listers Land Rover, a dealership in Solihull. No one was injured, but three emergency vehicles were sent to deal with the fire - including an ambulance, stretching burdened medical services thinner. The causes of each of these fires will be subject to in-depth investigations, and already they serve to reinforce the findings of Dame Judith Hackitt’s recent interim report on Building Regulations and Fire Safety, which has identified that regulations are in urgent need of change. We must always be thankful when a fire is contained and extinguished with no loss of life, but it is not enough. Lives are still affected regardless, and we must strive to minimise the effect that fire has in all circumstances. When we protect property and halt the spread of fire, we also protect lives. A properly controlled fire can be the difference between a building requiring renovation or demolition. Halting the spread of fire when it is first detected is the best way to limit damage and so also minimise costs and impacts, and sprinklers have been shown to contain, control or extinguish fires in 99% of cases1. The tragedy at Grenfell last year offered us a sharp reminder of the devastating effect that fire can have. These recent fires – while thankfully not on the scale of the Grenfell disaster – serve to demonstrate that fire does not discriminate; whether it is a warehouse, a school, a hospital, a car park, a hotel or a shop, fires happen on a regular basis. However, they can be contained and extinguished by systems such as sprinklers to ensure that life is not put at risk and businesses, jobs and the economy are protected. Efficiency and Effectiveness of Sprinkler Systems in the United Kingdom: An Analysis from Fire Service Data, May 2017, Optimal Economics. Visit the  www.business-sprinkler-alliance.org  
    916 Posted by Talk. Build
  • London Zoo. A furniture storage unit on Cranford Street, Smethwick. A block of flats on Joiner Street, Manchester. A multi-storey car park in Liverpool. Woburn Safari Park. Listers Land Rover, Solihull. What do these six seemingly disparate locations have in common? Each has been the victim of fire within recent weeks. Fire does not discriminate and can affect any kind of building or business. There is a tendency to only concern ourselves with the most serious outcome of a fire – loss of life – though any building at risk of fire has the potential to alter lives permanently. Thankfully no human lives were lost in the aforementioned fires, though this is not to say that no lives were affected. Seventy firefighters were needed to tackle the blaze at London Zoo alone, and many more risked their lives at the scenes of the other fires. Woburn Safari Park lost thirteen patas monkeys, a devastating loss for its drive-through enclosure, and the emotional strain on the staff cannot be understated. Drew Mullin, Woburn's managing director, said some keepers were in tears as they tried to deal with the loss. More than 1,600 vehicles and their contents were destroyed in the inferno which tore through the King’s Dock multi-storey in Liverpool. Remarkably no serious injuries were sustained, but it isn’t hard to see how thousands of lives will be impacted, particularly at a time of year when family funds are often tight and the financial loss to the vehicle owners will sting all the more. The fire in a block of apartments on Manchester’s Joiner Street will have rendered a number of residents in need of temporary shelter. A fire such as this in a residential building can quickly become far more serious, and many families will have lost their belongings and sense of security along with their homes. West Midlands Fire Service confirmed that the whole of the furniture unit in Smethwick was alight. With approximately 3,000m2 of floor space, it is hard to imagine how much stock was lost or damaged. The human cost can be measured in loss of potential earnings and jobs, not only in the furniture unit itself but also in local businesses supported by those who work there. Three cars were destroyed and a further five were damaged in a suspected arson attack at Listers Land Rover, a dealership in Solihull. No one was injured, but three emergency vehicles were sent to deal with the fire - including an ambulance, stretching burdened medical services thinner. The causes of each of these fires will be subject to in-depth investigations, and already they serve to reinforce the findings of Dame Judith Hackitt’s recent interim report on Building Regulations and Fire Safety, which has identified that regulations are in urgent need of change. We must always be thankful when a fire is contained and extinguished with no loss of life, but it is not enough. Lives are still affected regardless, and we must strive to minimise the effect that fire has in all circumstances. When we protect property and halt the spread of fire, we also protect lives. A properly controlled fire can be the difference between a building requiring renovation or demolition. Halting the spread of fire when it is first detected is the best way to limit damage and so also minimise costs and impacts, and sprinklers have been shown to contain, control or extinguish fires in 99% of cases1. The tragedy at Grenfell last year offered us a sharp reminder of the devastating effect that fire can have. These recent fires – while thankfully not on the scale of the Grenfell disaster – serve to demonstrate that fire does not discriminate; whether it is a warehouse, a school, a hospital, a car park, a hotel or a shop, fires happen on a regular basis. However, they can be contained and extinguished by systems such as sprinklers to ensure that life is not put at risk and businesses, jobs and the economy are protected. Efficiency and Effectiveness of Sprinkler Systems in the United Kingdom: An Analysis from Fire Service Data, May 2017, Optimal Economics. Visit the  www.business-sprinkler-alliance.org  
    Feb 09, 2018 916
  • 05 Feb 2018
    Failing roofs, car parks and walkways are a fact of life. However, when this vital infrastructure forms part of a well-populated social housing development, failure to address deteriorating pathways and the like before major damage sets in can lead to huge expense for the local authority involved.  With council purse-strings tightened like never before it’s possible the cost of pricey refurbishment projects will be passed to the taxpayer, so it’s in all our interests repairs are carried out quickly and with minimal disruption. Dave Maginnis, Managing Director at BriggsAmasco explains what the solution to the issue of upgrading the UK’s rapidly ageing social housing stock and surrounding infrastructure is? In England there are around 2.5 million housing association tenants. With a national waiting list for social housing now at 1.36 million households or 3.4 million people, the need to maintain authority-owned buildings to the highest possible standard is more apparent than ever. For more than 150 years leading waterproofing and roofing contractor, BriggsAmasco, has been applying practical and technical expertise to a range of new and existing building requirements. This experience and skill is needed like never before with current figures showing one-fifth of Britain’s housing stock is more than 100-years-old. With many of these ageing buildings now in need of regeneration, it’s vital to choose products and systems that deliver long term performance for the client, and in a social housing context, that means a fast application for the contractor and minimal disruption to the residents. Housing stock given thermal blanket BriggsAmasco offers a broad range of waterproofing solutions for roofs, walkways, balconies and car parks. Renowned for providing full-proof, cost effective solutions to new and existing projects nationwide ensured the company was specified as Principal Contractor by Aberdeen City Council to upgrade weather tightness and thermal performance in its stock of more than 20,000 properties. The company supplied and installed a complete build up system comprising Icopal Monarplan single ply, 120mm insulation and Technatorch vapour control layer. Combining excellent thermal performance and airtight construction, the system has helped to reduce the buildings’ carbon footprint whist ensuring high quality waterproofing protection. Aberdeen City Council provides affordable housing for nearly 25,000 families and so it was important BriggsAmasco ensured minimal disruption was caused to council residents whilst also meeting strict health and safety regulations. By appointing BriggsAmasco for the installation, the council and its residents were guaranteed a high performance roofing system that will perform for many years to come. Building a path to better walkways Social housing refurbishment can achieve a range of desired results such as improving a structure’s aesthetics as well as shoring up its safety and potentially extending its lifetime. The same outcome is required of the surrounding infrastructure as council-owned walkways or pavements can be a huge drain on public resources if not properly maintained. Figures revealed councils in England paid out more than £82m in compensation over a five-year period to people who tripped on pavements or walkways. It is therefore vital these public paths are hazard-free to ensure damage limitation to public and council alike. BriggsAmasco helped breathe new life into an ageing and dilapidated walkway at a social housing complex in Hull. The surface of Wilberforce Walkway had suffered water ingress for a number of years due to it becoming beset with cracks and uneven surfaces. It led to trip hazards and uncomfortable walking conditions for nearby residents. Requiring comprehensive refurbishment to return it to its very best, BriggsAmasco applied an asphalt installation to the walkway, comprising 15mm Permapark Waterproofing layer and 25mm one coat Permapark Paving layer with a crimped finish. It ensured the new Wilberforce Walkway will provide social housing residents with long-term safe and reliable access. The cost of ignoring surface danger Failing public surfaces are not only a danger to people; machines can suffer too. Compensation pay outs are not limited to drivers whose cars have been damaged by a pot-holed road or highway; poorly maintained car parks can also result in a hefty repair bill for motorists. This is invariably passed on to the car park’s managing authority leading to an expense claim which could run to several hundred pounds; unnecessary expenditure, especially if the authority happens to be a cash-strapped local council or hospital. In such cases an urgent solution is required if a car park used by hospital visitors, staff, patients or social housing residents shows signs of disrepair. BriggsAmasco was appointed to replace a car park designed to serve housing association tenants in Southampton city centre that was causing damage to the structure and vehicles parked below due to surface leakage. With just six weeks to complete the project and the car park in operation throughout, the company installed 2500m2 of Permapark mastic asphalt waterproofing and surfacing system. BriggsAmasco ensured there was no disruption to residents during renovation which helped return the roof car park to its functional best. There is nothing anyone can do to halt time’s inexorable march, but BriggsAmasco has a variety of quality, cost-effective solutions to ensure the future survival of Britain’s ageing social housing stock and infrastructure. Vist:https://briggsamasco.co.uk/
    667 Posted by Talk. Build
  • Failing roofs, car parks and walkways are a fact of life. However, when this vital infrastructure forms part of a well-populated social housing development, failure to address deteriorating pathways and the like before major damage sets in can lead to huge expense for the local authority involved.  With council purse-strings tightened like never before it’s possible the cost of pricey refurbishment projects will be passed to the taxpayer, so it’s in all our interests repairs are carried out quickly and with minimal disruption. Dave Maginnis, Managing Director at BriggsAmasco explains what the solution to the issue of upgrading the UK’s rapidly ageing social housing stock and surrounding infrastructure is? In England there are around 2.5 million housing association tenants. With a national waiting list for social housing now at 1.36 million households or 3.4 million people, the need to maintain authority-owned buildings to the highest possible standard is more apparent than ever. For more than 150 years leading waterproofing and roofing contractor, BriggsAmasco, has been applying practical and technical expertise to a range of new and existing building requirements. This experience and skill is needed like never before with current figures showing one-fifth of Britain’s housing stock is more than 100-years-old. With many of these ageing buildings now in need of regeneration, it’s vital to choose products and systems that deliver long term performance for the client, and in a social housing context, that means a fast application for the contractor and minimal disruption to the residents. Housing stock given thermal blanket BriggsAmasco offers a broad range of waterproofing solutions for roofs, walkways, balconies and car parks. Renowned for providing full-proof, cost effective solutions to new and existing projects nationwide ensured the company was specified as Principal Contractor by Aberdeen City Council to upgrade weather tightness and thermal performance in its stock of more than 20,000 properties. The company supplied and installed a complete build up system comprising Icopal Monarplan single ply, 120mm insulation and Technatorch vapour control layer. Combining excellent thermal performance and airtight construction, the system has helped to reduce the buildings’ carbon footprint whist ensuring high quality waterproofing protection. Aberdeen City Council provides affordable housing for nearly 25,000 families and so it was important BriggsAmasco ensured minimal disruption was caused to council residents whilst also meeting strict health and safety regulations. By appointing BriggsAmasco for the installation, the council and its residents were guaranteed a high performance roofing system that will perform for many years to come. Building a path to better walkways Social housing refurbishment can achieve a range of desired results such as improving a structure’s aesthetics as well as shoring up its safety and potentially extending its lifetime. The same outcome is required of the surrounding infrastructure as council-owned walkways or pavements can be a huge drain on public resources if not properly maintained. Figures revealed councils in England paid out more than £82m in compensation over a five-year period to people who tripped on pavements or walkways. It is therefore vital these public paths are hazard-free to ensure damage limitation to public and council alike. BriggsAmasco helped breathe new life into an ageing and dilapidated walkway at a social housing complex in Hull. The surface of Wilberforce Walkway had suffered water ingress for a number of years due to it becoming beset with cracks and uneven surfaces. It led to trip hazards and uncomfortable walking conditions for nearby residents. Requiring comprehensive refurbishment to return it to its very best, BriggsAmasco applied an asphalt installation to the walkway, comprising 15mm Permapark Waterproofing layer and 25mm one coat Permapark Paving layer with a crimped finish. It ensured the new Wilberforce Walkway will provide social housing residents with long-term safe and reliable access. The cost of ignoring surface danger Failing public surfaces are not only a danger to people; machines can suffer too. Compensation pay outs are not limited to drivers whose cars have been damaged by a pot-holed road or highway; poorly maintained car parks can also result in a hefty repair bill for motorists. This is invariably passed on to the car park’s managing authority leading to an expense claim which could run to several hundred pounds; unnecessary expenditure, especially if the authority happens to be a cash-strapped local council or hospital. In such cases an urgent solution is required if a car park used by hospital visitors, staff, patients or social housing residents shows signs of disrepair. BriggsAmasco was appointed to replace a car park designed to serve housing association tenants in Southampton city centre that was causing damage to the structure and vehicles parked below due to surface leakage. With just six weeks to complete the project and the car park in operation throughout, the company installed 2500m2 of Permapark mastic asphalt waterproofing and surfacing system. BriggsAmasco ensured there was no disruption to residents during renovation which helped return the roof car park to its functional best. There is nothing anyone can do to halt time’s inexorable march, but BriggsAmasco has a variety of quality, cost-effective solutions to ensure the future survival of Britain’s ageing social housing stock and infrastructure. Vist:https://briggsamasco.co.uk/
    Feb 05, 2018 667
  • 02 Feb 2018
    Every building is made up of hundreds if not thousands of different building products and materials. Each product has been tested in a laboratory and certified to confirm it will do its job. However, once on-site, materials will act differently. They come into contact with different atmospheric conditions and are reliant on the installation by a contractor. This is where on-site technical support proves its worth. On-site technical support is often under-valued, but as a business, Sika places huge emphasis on it. It’s a core part of our product offering and a fundamental part of our everyday business. As a global leader, producing products for a variety of market sectors from construction to automotive (see http://bit.ly/2o8Ca6Z) supporting our customers is something we do - everyday. For Sika, on-site support starts at the research and development stage. We don’t just test new products in a laboratory and then package and sell them. We take them to market and test them in the real world. A laboratory is a controlled environment and our products are not installed in controlled environments – they are installed in some of the most challenging and harsh conditions you can imagine. Every site is different and contractors work in very different ways. As such, it is important to put our products into practice to see how they react. This could be from how they are handled on site; what effect the weather has on them and how they react to other materials. It is also important to get feedback from contractors as they are at the sharp end installing them every day – their feedback on how the product feels, how easy it is to work with is invaluable. We also believe that we have a responsibility to ensure that once our products have been specified, they are installed correctly and the end results meet the client’s expectations. Changing specifications happens all too frequently, often as a way of reducing costs. However, sometimes a change in specification has a knock-on effect and the end result is that it isn’t fit for purpose and ends-up costing the client more money. There is also the issue of interpretation. Many commercial and industrial projects we visit are made up of different areas, from manufacture to storage. The floors in these different parts of the building need to be treated differently as their usage can differ greatly. Therefore, different grades of flooring should be specified depending on their intended use. This is easy to overlook when looking at project drawings, but with on-site support the use of the building can quickly be ascertained and a suitable specification created. On-site technical support shouldn’t stop there. We work closely with our contractor network to assist them on a job-by-job basis. This starts with training for a site operative at our Preston or Welwyn Garden City facilities and runs right through to assessing on site performance on a job. This is essential for projects where Sika is providing a guarantee. Technical support adds value at every stage – from helping develop new product to creating appropriate specifications, assisting with workmanship to ensuring a specification is maintained and the results exceed expectation. The only way to do this is by witnessing products in-use and seeing projects being delivered. There is no substitute to real life. On-site support may be a traditional value, but it’s a value that Sika believes strongly in, and it’s something that I believe makes us that little bit different. By Mark Prizeman, Sika Technical Services Manager, Flooring and Refurbishment Visit: http://gbr.sika.com/en/group/about-us/sika-everyday.html
    840 Posted by Talk. Build
  • Every building is made up of hundreds if not thousands of different building products and materials. Each product has been tested in a laboratory and certified to confirm it will do its job. However, once on-site, materials will act differently. They come into contact with different atmospheric conditions and are reliant on the installation by a contractor. This is where on-site technical support proves its worth. On-site technical support is often under-valued, but as a business, Sika places huge emphasis on it. It’s a core part of our product offering and a fundamental part of our everyday business. As a global leader, producing products for a variety of market sectors from construction to automotive (see http://bit.ly/2o8Ca6Z) supporting our customers is something we do - everyday. For Sika, on-site support starts at the research and development stage. We don’t just test new products in a laboratory and then package and sell them. We take them to market and test them in the real world. A laboratory is a controlled environment and our products are not installed in controlled environments – they are installed in some of the most challenging and harsh conditions you can imagine. Every site is different and contractors work in very different ways. As such, it is important to put our products into practice to see how they react. This could be from how they are handled on site; what effect the weather has on them and how they react to other materials. It is also important to get feedback from contractors as they are at the sharp end installing them every day – their feedback on how the product feels, how easy it is to work with is invaluable. We also believe that we have a responsibility to ensure that once our products have been specified, they are installed correctly and the end results meet the client’s expectations. Changing specifications happens all too frequently, often as a way of reducing costs. However, sometimes a change in specification has a knock-on effect and the end result is that it isn’t fit for purpose and ends-up costing the client more money. There is also the issue of interpretation. Many commercial and industrial projects we visit are made up of different areas, from manufacture to storage. The floors in these different parts of the building need to be treated differently as their usage can differ greatly. Therefore, different grades of flooring should be specified depending on their intended use. This is easy to overlook when looking at project drawings, but with on-site support the use of the building can quickly be ascertained and a suitable specification created. On-site technical support shouldn’t stop there. We work closely with our contractor network to assist them on a job-by-job basis. This starts with training for a site operative at our Preston or Welwyn Garden City facilities and runs right through to assessing on site performance on a job. This is essential for projects where Sika is providing a guarantee. Technical support adds value at every stage – from helping develop new product to creating appropriate specifications, assisting with workmanship to ensuring a specification is maintained and the results exceed expectation. The only way to do this is by witnessing products in-use and seeing projects being delivered. There is no substitute to real life. On-site support may be a traditional value, but it’s a value that Sika believes strongly in, and it’s something that I believe makes us that little bit different. By Mark Prizeman, Sika Technical Services Manager, Flooring and Refurbishment Visit: http://gbr.sika.com/en/group/about-us/sika-everyday.html
    Feb 02, 2018 840
  • 29 Jan 2018
    Construction giant Carillion’s plunge into liquidation has had an immediate impact, with the firm owing up to 30,000 businesses around £1bn in unpaid costs, as well as putting thousands of jobs at risk. What is clear from the collapse of such a seemingly untouchable giant such as Carillion is that there is a wider review needed for the way the industry is operating under its current business model. As part of that, the traditionally long and uncertain payment terms facing many construction subcontractors needs to be reviewed. The payment processes in place across many businesses within the industry are still manual and complex. Changes are needed to modernise and protect the sector against the impact of cases such as the Carillion collapse. Current reports state that Carillion owed money to between 25,000 and 30,000 businesses, some of which had bills which were equivalent to 10% of their turnover. The knock-on effect for subcontractors and the industry as a whole could be catastrophic. “Looking at previous cases where large contractors have collapsed, you typically see that around 17% or 18% of businesses who are creditors to the company don’t make it through the next five years”, states Suzannah Nichol, chief executive of trade body Build UK. It’s clear that steps are needed to improve cash flow between contractors and subcontractors – for the benefit of all. Automated payment processing systems are shifting from “nice to have” to an essential item for businesses to remain viable. For contractors, they benefit from increased efficiencies and a much more accurate understanding of their liabilities at any given time. For subcontractors, they gain visibility of the progress of their various applications for payment – something that will help them with their business planning. With the right technology, payment processes can become efficient, standardised, transparent and quick. Most importantly, the automation of these processes can allow for tracking and management across the whole supply chain which reduces risk and helps to build a clear and transparent picture of the finances affecting the business. Such disruptive technologies means the industry is facing a future of dramatic change. Visit www.openecx.co.uk
    690 Posted by Talk. Build
  • Construction giant Carillion’s plunge into liquidation has had an immediate impact, with the firm owing up to 30,000 businesses around £1bn in unpaid costs, as well as putting thousands of jobs at risk. What is clear from the collapse of such a seemingly untouchable giant such as Carillion is that there is a wider review needed for the way the industry is operating under its current business model. As part of that, the traditionally long and uncertain payment terms facing many construction subcontractors needs to be reviewed. The payment processes in place across many businesses within the industry are still manual and complex. Changes are needed to modernise and protect the sector against the impact of cases such as the Carillion collapse. Current reports state that Carillion owed money to between 25,000 and 30,000 businesses, some of which had bills which were equivalent to 10% of their turnover. The knock-on effect for subcontractors and the industry as a whole could be catastrophic. “Looking at previous cases where large contractors have collapsed, you typically see that around 17% or 18% of businesses who are creditors to the company don’t make it through the next five years”, states Suzannah Nichol, chief executive of trade body Build UK. It’s clear that steps are needed to improve cash flow between contractors and subcontractors – for the benefit of all. Automated payment processing systems are shifting from “nice to have” to an essential item for businesses to remain viable. For contractors, they benefit from increased efficiencies and a much more accurate understanding of their liabilities at any given time. For subcontractors, they gain visibility of the progress of their various applications for payment – something that will help them with their business planning. With the right technology, payment processes can become efficient, standardised, transparent and quick. Most importantly, the automation of these processes can allow for tracking and management across the whole supply chain which reduces risk and helps to build a clear and transparent picture of the finances affecting the business. Such disruptive technologies means the industry is facing a future of dramatic change. Visit www.openecx.co.uk
    Jan 29, 2018 690
  • 25 Jan 2018
    In a letter to Nick Hurd MP, Minister of State for Policing and the Fire Service, the Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, has questioned whether the existing building regulations are fit for purpose, following the New Year’s Eve blaze at the King’s Dock multi-storey car park in Liverpool. In a fire that looks set to have a financial impact of over £50million, the question should be are we creating buildings and structures that are resilient and do the regulations go far enough? The fire, which reached temperatures of 1000 °C, destroyed upwards of a thousand vehicles inside the car park and caused extensive damage to the building itself. In an interview with the BBC Joe Anderson said it was unlikely the building could now be saved. The Mayor went on to state in his letter there was a “question of their efficacy in dealing with petrol based fires”, but the statistics show that the opposite is true. According to the UK Fire Statistics, there were 162 car park fires between 1994 and 2005 in which a fixed fire suppression system was present. Automatic sprinklers extinguished or contained 100 of these fires; and in only 1% of cases did the sprinklers operate but fail to contain or extinguish the fire. It is assumed that the remainder of the fires were too small to actuate the sprinklers, or were contained quickly by other means. This 99% success rate of activated sprinkler systems containing or extinguishing car park fires lays to rest the myth that sprinklers are ineffective at controlling fires in this setting. While the car park met current Building Regulations, this only means that the building complies – not that it is resilient. The Regulations are designed with life safety in mind and in this case they worked and everyone got out without injury. However, property protection is not considered and as such a fire which destroys a structure entirely can still be considered a success. This is fundamentally wrong. As a result of the lack of focus on property protection it has been estimated by the Association of British Insurers that £20m of claims will be paid out to insurance customers for the loss of vehicles and possessions in the fire. The construction cost of the building itself has been estimated to be in the range of £15m, bringing the total cost of property damage to an estimated £35m. However, the total cost of the fire will be far larger when the effect on the city as a whole is taken into account. The loss of the car park’s 1,600 spaces, charged at £15 per day, means a potential £24,000 of lost revenue daily, and the car park may not reopen for a year or longer. If it takes 18 months to reopen, this will mean potential lost earnings of £13,140,000. Visitors will seek alternative places to park, causing confusion and congestion and potentially cancelled visits should suitable alternative parking not be found. The ripple effect from this will be felt by businesses in the area who could previously expect custom from those parked in the multi-storey, who will now be spending less time in the town as they search for alternative places to park. Initial estimates of the cost of installing a sprinkler system in the car park have fallen within the range of £600k to £950k; considerably lower than the costs incurred as a result of the fire – costs that not only affect the Liverpool Echo Arena but smaller businesses and the city as a whole. Despite the evidence of the effectiveness of sprinklers in car parks and the resultant costs of a fire such as this one, the regulatory guidance for building safety does not call for the installation of sprinklers. The regulations concern themselves solely with life safety and do not take into account the wider economic effects of fire. Compliance with the regulations as they stand offers the bare minimum standards, rather than adequate resilience. By the existing regulations’ measure, the fire was a success as no one was injured. However, to consider the Liverpool car park fire a ‘success’ would be a difficult pill to swallow for many people, and for this reason the BSA backs the call for a review of building regulations with regards to the installation of sprinklers across the built environment.  Visit: www.business-sprinkler-alliance.org
    845 Posted by Talk. Build
  • In a letter to Nick Hurd MP, Minister of State for Policing and the Fire Service, the Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, has questioned whether the existing building regulations are fit for purpose, following the New Year’s Eve blaze at the King’s Dock multi-storey car park in Liverpool. In a fire that looks set to have a financial impact of over £50million, the question should be are we creating buildings and structures that are resilient and do the regulations go far enough? The fire, which reached temperatures of 1000 °C, destroyed upwards of a thousand vehicles inside the car park and caused extensive damage to the building itself. In an interview with the BBC Joe Anderson said it was unlikely the building could now be saved. The Mayor went on to state in his letter there was a “question of their efficacy in dealing with petrol based fires”, but the statistics show that the opposite is true. According to the UK Fire Statistics, there were 162 car park fires between 1994 and 2005 in which a fixed fire suppression system was present. Automatic sprinklers extinguished or contained 100 of these fires; and in only 1% of cases did the sprinklers operate but fail to contain or extinguish the fire. It is assumed that the remainder of the fires were too small to actuate the sprinklers, or were contained quickly by other means. This 99% success rate of activated sprinkler systems containing or extinguishing car park fires lays to rest the myth that sprinklers are ineffective at controlling fires in this setting. While the car park met current Building Regulations, this only means that the building complies – not that it is resilient. The Regulations are designed with life safety in mind and in this case they worked and everyone got out without injury. However, property protection is not considered and as such a fire which destroys a structure entirely can still be considered a success. This is fundamentally wrong. As a result of the lack of focus on property protection it has been estimated by the Association of British Insurers that £20m of claims will be paid out to insurance customers for the loss of vehicles and possessions in the fire. The construction cost of the building itself has been estimated to be in the range of £15m, bringing the total cost of property damage to an estimated £35m. However, the total cost of the fire will be far larger when the effect on the city as a whole is taken into account. The loss of the car park’s 1,600 spaces, charged at £15 per day, means a potential £24,000 of lost revenue daily, and the car park may not reopen for a year or longer. If it takes 18 months to reopen, this will mean potential lost earnings of £13,140,000. Visitors will seek alternative places to park, causing confusion and congestion and potentially cancelled visits should suitable alternative parking not be found. The ripple effect from this will be felt by businesses in the area who could previously expect custom from those parked in the multi-storey, who will now be spending less time in the town as they search for alternative places to park. Initial estimates of the cost of installing a sprinkler system in the car park have fallen within the range of £600k to £950k; considerably lower than the costs incurred as a result of the fire – costs that not only affect the Liverpool Echo Arena but smaller businesses and the city as a whole. Despite the evidence of the effectiveness of sprinklers in car parks and the resultant costs of a fire such as this one, the regulatory guidance for building safety does not call for the installation of sprinklers. The regulations concern themselves solely with life safety and do not take into account the wider economic effects of fire. Compliance with the regulations as they stand offers the bare minimum standards, rather than adequate resilience. By the existing regulations’ measure, the fire was a success as no one was injured. However, to consider the Liverpool car park fire a ‘success’ would be a difficult pill to swallow for many people, and for this reason the BSA backs the call for a review of building regulations with regards to the installation of sprinklers across the built environment.  Visit: www.business-sprinkler-alliance.org
    Jan 25, 2018 845
  • 23 Jan 2018
    Air leakage in the form of a draught within a building’s fabric is usually easy to detect. A shiver-inducing light gust is normally solved with the closing of a door or window, or with the strategic placement of a gap-filling excluder. For a property to achieve Passive House standards for air tightness, however, requires sealing the building against air leakage which isn’t felt or immediately apparent. Securing good levels of air tightness is not only beneficial for the building’s owner in terms of reduced energy usage and lower fuel bills. Since 2006, UK Building Regulations have included compulsory air leakage testing of new buildings, requiring developers to prove the air tightness of a sample of new buildings on a new residential housing estate, for example. Air leakage or air permeability, which refers to escaping or penetrating a building, is generally seen in the following areas: at external wall and floor junctions around windows and doors around pipe work including those generally boxed-in behind fitted units or behind bath and shower panels at socket points and around electricity units. Air assessment and APR During an air test, assessors will fit a temporary airtight screen at the entrance door of a building, whilst all other areas, such as water traps and vents, are temporarily blocked or closed. A fan then blows air into or out of the building to create a pressure difference between inside and outside of approximately 50 Pa. Air tightness is calculated by measuring the rate of airflow through the fan whilst a range of pressure differences between the inside and outside of the house are sustained. To pass an air leakage test a building must achieve an air permeability result (APR) of 10 m3/(h.m2). However, some targets are even more stringent when defined at design stage. A test that doesn’t achieve a Building Regulations minimum performance requirement would be classed as a fail. Should tests fail to achieve the necessary performance level, the building may require remedial work and retesting. This is where a good test engineer will often be able to identify the leakage points and provide corrective advice. Ignore these areas of escape at your peril. by Martin Peat, Commercial Director at Richardson & Peat Visit: http://www.richardsonandpeat.com/
    716 Posted by Talk. Build
  • Air leakage in the form of a draught within a building’s fabric is usually easy to detect. A shiver-inducing light gust is normally solved with the closing of a door or window, or with the strategic placement of a gap-filling excluder. For a property to achieve Passive House standards for air tightness, however, requires sealing the building against air leakage which isn’t felt or immediately apparent. Securing good levels of air tightness is not only beneficial for the building’s owner in terms of reduced energy usage and lower fuel bills. Since 2006, UK Building Regulations have included compulsory air leakage testing of new buildings, requiring developers to prove the air tightness of a sample of new buildings on a new residential housing estate, for example. Air leakage or air permeability, which refers to escaping or penetrating a building, is generally seen in the following areas: at external wall and floor junctions around windows and doors around pipe work including those generally boxed-in behind fitted units or behind bath and shower panels at socket points and around electricity units. Air assessment and APR During an air test, assessors will fit a temporary airtight screen at the entrance door of a building, whilst all other areas, such as water traps and vents, are temporarily blocked or closed. A fan then blows air into or out of the building to create a pressure difference between inside and outside of approximately 50 Pa. Air tightness is calculated by measuring the rate of airflow through the fan whilst a range of pressure differences between the inside and outside of the house are sustained. To pass an air leakage test a building must achieve an air permeability result (APR) of 10 m3/(h.m2). However, some targets are even more stringent when defined at design stage. A test that doesn’t achieve a Building Regulations minimum performance requirement would be classed as a fail. Should tests fail to achieve the necessary performance level, the building may require remedial work and retesting. This is where a good test engineer will often be able to identify the leakage points and provide corrective advice. Ignore these areas of escape at your peril. by Martin Peat, Commercial Director at Richardson & Peat Visit: http://www.richardsonandpeat.com/
    Jan 23, 2018 716
  • 22 Jan 2018
    Contrary to popular belief it is almost impossible to start a fire on a green roof according to most experts. Fears that plants and other foliage would present a fire risk, particularly during the hot summer months have proved to be unfounded. Research has shown that the risk of fire is 15-20 times higher on traditional flat roofs with fully adhered bituminous waterproof membranes compared to extensive green roofs with grasses, perennials and Sedums In spite of this there has still been talk in recent years that we could be creating a “fire of London” situation where flames would spread from one green roof to another, fanned by the higher winds experienced on most tall buildings. So far, so alarmist but there is no doubt that fire fighters are concerned that in the event of a building fire, a green roof would trap heat and with the increased weight above, such a structure would provide an additional hazard once internal supports had been compromised. With the recent tragic events of Grenfell, all sectors of the construction industry are looking more closely at the regulations and developing new products and systems to provide maximum fire protection. One of the most likely potential problems for a green roof would be the spread of fire from an adjacent building via a party wall. One company, Proteus Waterproofing, based in Essex, have already identified such a scenario by producing a roof waterproof system that includes all the best U values from insulation such as PIR, combined with the fire resistant qualities of mineral wool. The system can be used with a whole range of different membranes. Such a package also offers a higher level of protection to buildings with green roofs by offering greater levels of fire resistance. It does mean of course that roofing now has to be designed in an entirely different ways to ensure that U vales are maintained and fire safety remains uncompromised. The European Standard is B Roof T4 which all roofs, particularly where it relates to party walls or compartmentation, must be achieved and this is the challenge for all new green roofs and similar design situations’ The first “true” extensive green roofs were built in Germany around 35 years ago and today it is estimated that there are at least five billion square feet of extensive green roofs built across Europe. This equals at least 350 square miles of green roofs with estimates that we are adding a further 20 new square miles every year. As green roofs have become more successful the critical comments about safety issues have also increased. However there is no record of any fire directly related to a green roof. But as we have seen, the weight of a green roof is a major potential hazard in a building fire but it now seems that we have a potential solution with companies such as Proteus developing systems that protect and contain the spread of fire. Sounds good to me…. By John Ridgeway Visit: http://proteuswaterproofing.co.uk/
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  • Contrary to popular belief it is almost impossible to start a fire on a green roof according to most experts. Fears that plants and other foliage would present a fire risk, particularly during the hot summer months have proved to be unfounded. Research has shown that the risk of fire is 15-20 times higher on traditional flat roofs with fully adhered bituminous waterproof membranes compared to extensive green roofs with grasses, perennials and Sedums In spite of this there has still been talk in recent years that we could be creating a “fire of London” situation where flames would spread from one green roof to another, fanned by the higher winds experienced on most tall buildings. So far, so alarmist but there is no doubt that fire fighters are concerned that in the event of a building fire, a green roof would trap heat and with the increased weight above, such a structure would provide an additional hazard once internal supports had been compromised. With the recent tragic events of Grenfell, all sectors of the construction industry are looking more closely at the regulations and developing new products and systems to provide maximum fire protection. One of the most likely potential problems for a green roof would be the spread of fire from an adjacent building via a party wall. One company, Proteus Waterproofing, based in Essex, have already identified such a scenario by producing a roof waterproof system that includes all the best U values from insulation such as PIR, combined with the fire resistant qualities of mineral wool. The system can be used with a whole range of different membranes. Such a package also offers a higher level of protection to buildings with green roofs by offering greater levels of fire resistance. It does mean of course that roofing now has to be designed in an entirely different ways to ensure that U vales are maintained and fire safety remains uncompromised. The European Standard is B Roof T4 which all roofs, particularly where it relates to party walls or compartmentation, must be achieved and this is the challenge for all new green roofs and similar design situations’ The first “true” extensive green roofs were built in Germany around 35 years ago and today it is estimated that there are at least five billion square feet of extensive green roofs built across Europe. This equals at least 350 square miles of green roofs with estimates that we are adding a further 20 new square miles every year. As green roofs have become more successful the critical comments about safety issues have also increased. However there is no record of any fire directly related to a green roof. But as we have seen, the weight of a green roof is a major potential hazard in a building fire but it now seems that we have a potential solution with companies such as Proteus developing systems that protect and contain the spread of fire. Sounds good to me…. By John Ridgeway Visit: http://proteuswaterproofing.co.uk/
    Jan 22, 2018 751
  • 17 Jan 2018
    A proven waterproof solution is essential for safeguarding basements, car parks, tunnels and other belowground concrete structures against damp and water ingress. But which system is best suited to your building? A render-based product? A drainage system incorporating a membrane? Sika offers both solutions as part of its proven, wide-ranging concrete and waterproofing range, so let’s examine the benefits of each. Sika®-1 Pre-Bagged waterproofing system comprises watertight renders and screeds produced using the Sika®-1 Waterproofing Liquid and Sika®-1 Pre-Batched Mortars. The mortars consist of a blend of special cement and kiln dried graded aggregates. Packaged in four grades, each is specifically designed for optimum application performance and durability. Key considerations when specifying Sika®-1 Pre-Bagged: Once applied, it requires absolutely no maintenance It is more cost-effective when applied to areas of 300m2 or less The render system takes up minimal space Bonds directly to the substrate – follows the contours of any structure Withstands high water pressure Substrate preparation may be required  In terms of a water management solution, Sika® CD-Cavity Drain System uses a high density polyethylene internal drainage membrane to control water after it has penetrated a structure. The system is installed, loose-laid in flooring applications and attached to the wall with surface plugs in vertical installations. The system directs penetrating water into a drainage system and a collection sump before using a pump to discharge water from the building. A cavity drain provides protection from the ingress of water, vapour and gases. Key considerations when specifying Sika® CD-Cavity Drain System: System requires ongoing maintenance and running costs Requires more space to install Acts as a vapour barrier Limited surface preparation required Can be used where the substrate does not have the strength to resist stresses caused by water pressure Most cost-effective on areas larger than 300m2  Although varying in application and comprising different materials, the systems share common properties. For instance, Sika®-1 Pre-Bagged and Cavity Drain are suitable for new-build and refurbishment projects involving a range of belowground structures. As well as being BBA-approved, both systems carry a Sika guarantee when installed by an approved contractor. Other common properties include the systems’ suitability for use to grades 1-3 according to BS 8102-2009, and high water table according to BS 8102-2009. What then, must we conclude from this comparison? Well, by eliminating the need for ongoing maintenance, the Sika®-1 Pre-Bagged system is a more cost-effective solution over a lifespan of 60 years, particularly for structures 300m2 and below. Not as simple to apply as the pre-bagged system, on account of its additional components, Sika® CD-Cavity Drain System is a more ideal waterproofing solution for areas larger than 300m2. Ongoing running costs are incurred, as the system requires regular maintenance. Sika®-1 Pre-Bagged or Sika® CD-Cavity Drain system…whichever system you choose as your belowground solution, you are guaranteed the same quality: superb, long-term waterproof performance. Sika operates a Registered Contractors scheme, designed to help facilitate the selection of suitable contractors to install Sika waterproofing systems including Sika®-1 and Cavity Drain. Choosing a Sika Registered Contractor provides total quality control – from product to service and installation – giving clients added reassurance that they will receive the highest standards of professionalism at every stage. Visit: https://www.sikawaterproofing.co.uk/products-systems/sika-cd-cavity-drainage-system/  
    701 Posted by Talk. Build
  • A proven waterproof solution is essential for safeguarding basements, car parks, tunnels and other belowground concrete structures against damp and water ingress. But which system is best suited to your building? A render-based product? A drainage system incorporating a membrane? Sika offers both solutions as part of its proven, wide-ranging concrete and waterproofing range, so let’s examine the benefits of each. Sika®-1 Pre-Bagged waterproofing system comprises watertight renders and screeds produced using the Sika®-1 Waterproofing Liquid and Sika®-1 Pre-Batched Mortars. The mortars consist of a blend of special cement and kiln dried graded aggregates. Packaged in four grades, each is specifically designed for optimum application performance and durability. Key considerations when specifying Sika®-1 Pre-Bagged: Once applied, it requires absolutely no maintenance It is more cost-effective when applied to areas of 300m2 or less The render system takes up minimal space Bonds directly to the substrate – follows the contours of any structure Withstands high water pressure Substrate preparation may be required  In terms of a water management solution, Sika® CD-Cavity Drain System uses a high density polyethylene internal drainage membrane to control water after it has penetrated a structure. The system is installed, loose-laid in flooring applications and attached to the wall with surface plugs in vertical installations. The system directs penetrating water into a drainage system and a collection sump before using a pump to discharge water from the building. A cavity drain provides protection from the ingress of water, vapour and gases. Key considerations when specifying Sika® CD-Cavity Drain System: System requires ongoing maintenance and running costs Requires more space to install Acts as a vapour barrier Limited surface preparation required Can be used where the substrate does not have the strength to resist stresses caused by water pressure Most cost-effective on areas larger than 300m2  Although varying in application and comprising different materials, the systems share common properties. For instance, Sika®-1 Pre-Bagged and Cavity Drain are suitable for new-build and refurbishment projects involving a range of belowground structures. As well as being BBA-approved, both systems carry a Sika guarantee when installed by an approved contractor. Other common properties include the systems’ suitability for use to grades 1-3 according to BS 8102-2009, and high water table according to BS 8102-2009. What then, must we conclude from this comparison? Well, by eliminating the need for ongoing maintenance, the Sika®-1 Pre-Bagged system is a more cost-effective solution over a lifespan of 60 years, particularly for structures 300m2 and below. Not as simple to apply as the pre-bagged system, on account of its additional components, Sika® CD-Cavity Drain System is a more ideal waterproofing solution for areas larger than 300m2. Ongoing running costs are incurred, as the system requires regular maintenance. Sika®-1 Pre-Bagged or Sika® CD-Cavity Drain system…whichever system you choose as your belowground solution, you are guaranteed the same quality: superb, long-term waterproof performance. Sika operates a Registered Contractors scheme, designed to help facilitate the selection of suitable contractors to install Sika waterproofing systems including Sika®-1 and Cavity Drain. Choosing a Sika Registered Contractor provides total quality control – from product to service and installation – giving clients added reassurance that they will receive the highest standards of professionalism at every stage. Visit: https://www.sikawaterproofing.co.uk/products-systems/sika-cd-cavity-drainage-system/  
    Jan 17, 2018 701
  • 05 Jan 2018
    The introduction of Sewers for Adoption 7 (SfA7) has meant that engineers can now specify plastic inspection chambers instead of those made from concrete. Offering a substantially lighter, structurally sound, watertight chamber and one that benefits from exceptional loading capabilities, Paul Grills of Brett Martin takes a fresh look at modern plastic materials which are fast becoming the go-to alternative to traditional concrete chambers. With the intention of standardising the performance and installation of all ‘adoptable’ drainage installations, the SfA7 guidance provides installers with general specifications for drainage.  But when is an inspection chamber adoptable and when is it not? Adoptable inspection chambers serve two or more properties and are the first inspection chamber back from an adoptable lateral drain.  Non-adoptable chambers are installed within the property boundary and serve individual properties. Building a case for plastic One of the major step changes with SfA7 is that tried and tested engineered plastic inspection chambers are now being accepted for use in adoptable areas as an alternative to traditional materials such as concrete and offer significant cost and time benefits. Through the introduction of newly-defined design specifications and by bringing in installation standards for all adoptable drainage networks, SfA7 provides the specifier with Typical Access Chamber Details for flexible material (plastic) versions. This means that traditional rigid concrete chambers are no longer the only authorised option for adoptable drainage installations down to 3 metres. Plastic inspection chambers are now required to be designed, tested and manufactured to meet the requirements of BS EN 13598 under SfA7 guidance. Part 1 of the standard covers installations down to a maximum of 1.2m invert depth, and Part 2 covers deeper installations, including critical areas. Traditionally there has been some reluctance towards plastic inspection chambers from water authorities, even for Part 1 compliant installations. However with any lateral drain or sewer serving two or more properties and connections to the public sewer now able to be adopted by a water company, a traditional 1.2m concrete inspection chamber would not be practical in a lot of these instances. This change, enshrined in SfA7, has begun to result in a change of attitude from the water companies. Independently tested One of the reasons why plastic systems are becoming more accepted is due to the rigorous testing program set out in BS EN 13598. These independent tests include dimensional assessments, load testing, pressure testing and elevated temperature cycling to name just a few. Furthermore, a product certified by a third party (such as BSI) will be subject to this robust test program on an ongoing basis, ensuring that companies are consistently producing a product which meets this high standard. This impartial testing and certification should not only give water companies confidence in the system which they have installed, but also builders, surveyors and homeowners as well. Modern plastic systems are seeing increased interest due to their important set of benefits compared with concrete, including performance characteristics such as structural integrity, watertightconstruction and strong loading capabilities. And the substantially lighter weight offered by polypropylene chambers means there is no need for the craning required for the traditional concrete solutions, and that health and safety concerns on site are drastically reduced. Plastic sewer systems are also known for a very smooth internal surface in comparison to a concrete system. This reduced friction coefficient helps the flow of foul water, reduces the risk of blockages and means that the jetting pressure required for a plastic system is significantly reduced against a concrete pipe.  Ease of installation Along with being durable and robust, these modern plastic systems can be integrally socketed for improved pipe alignment thereby easing installation and performance, a vital consideration for a long design life.  An additional benefit of the integral socket is the system can be manufactured specifically to be compatible with other standardised plastic sewer products (such as BS EN 1401 pipe and fittings). This further improves on installation time and removes the need for additional adaptor pieces which go between concrete and plastic systems. With the official Sewers for Adoption 7 guidance now supporting the specification of plastic for adoptable solutions, local authorities can be sure they gain all the benefits of fit-for-purpose alternatives, and be fully in compliance with all standards. Visit: www.brettmartin.com
    687 Posted by Talk. Build
  • The introduction of Sewers for Adoption 7 (SfA7) has meant that engineers can now specify plastic inspection chambers instead of those made from concrete. Offering a substantially lighter, structurally sound, watertight chamber and one that benefits from exceptional loading capabilities, Paul Grills of Brett Martin takes a fresh look at modern plastic materials which are fast becoming the go-to alternative to traditional concrete chambers. With the intention of standardising the performance and installation of all ‘adoptable’ drainage installations, the SfA7 guidance provides installers with general specifications for drainage.  But when is an inspection chamber adoptable and when is it not? Adoptable inspection chambers serve two or more properties and are the first inspection chamber back from an adoptable lateral drain.  Non-adoptable chambers are installed within the property boundary and serve individual properties. Building a case for plastic One of the major step changes with SfA7 is that tried and tested engineered plastic inspection chambers are now being accepted for use in adoptable areas as an alternative to traditional materials such as concrete and offer significant cost and time benefits. Through the introduction of newly-defined design specifications and by bringing in installation standards for all adoptable drainage networks, SfA7 provides the specifier with Typical Access Chamber Details for flexible material (plastic) versions. This means that traditional rigid concrete chambers are no longer the only authorised option for adoptable drainage installations down to 3 metres. Plastic inspection chambers are now required to be designed, tested and manufactured to meet the requirements of BS EN 13598 under SfA7 guidance. Part 1 of the standard covers installations down to a maximum of 1.2m invert depth, and Part 2 covers deeper installations, including critical areas. Traditionally there has been some reluctance towards plastic inspection chambers from water authorities, even for Part 1 compliant installations. However with any lateral drain or sewer serving two or more properties and connections to the public sewer now able to be adopted by a water company, a traditional 1.2m concrete inspection chamber would not be practical in a lot of these instances. This change, enshrined in SfA7, has begun to result in a change of attitude from the water companies. Independently tested One of the reasons why plastic systems are becoming more accepted is due to the rigorous testing program set out in BS EN 13598. These independent tests include dimensional assessments, load testing, pressure testing and elevated temperature cycling to name just a few. Furthermore, a product certified by a third party (such as BSI) will be subject to this robust test program on an ongoing basis, ensuring that companies are consistently producing a product which meets this high standard. This impartial testing and certification should not only give water companies confidence in the system which they have installed, but also builders, surveyors and homeowners as well. Modern plastic systems are seeing increased interest due to their important set of benefits compared with concrete, including performance characteristics such as structural integrity, watertightconstruction and strong loading capabilities. And the substantially lighter weight offered by polypropylene chambers means there is no need for the craning required for the traditional concrete solutions, and that health and safety concerns on site are drastically reduced. Plastic sewer systems are also known for a very smooth internal surface in comparison to a concrete system. This reduced friction coefficient helps the flow of foul water, reduces the risk of blockages and means that the jetting pressure required for a plastic system is significantly reduced against a concrete pipe.  Ease of installation Along with being durable and robust, these modern plastic systems can be integrally socketed for improved pipe alignment thereby easing installation and performance, a vital consideration for a long design life.  An additional benefit of the integral socket is the system can be manufactured specifically to be compatible with other standardised plastic sewer products (such as BS EN 1401 pipe and fittings). This further improves on installation time and removes the need for additional adaptor pieces which go between concrete and plastic systems. With the official Sewers for Adoption 7 guidance now supporting the specification of plastic for adoptable solutions, local authorities can be sure they gain all the benefits of fit-for-purpose alternatives, and be fully in compliance with all standards. Visit: www.brettmartin.com
    Jan 05, 2018 687