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Brand-new Lone Worker Theatre to debut at The Health & Safety Event The Health & Safety Event 10th - 12th April 2018, The NEC, Birmingham www.healthandsafetyevents.co.uk
Managing aggression, violence and stalking in the workplace, preparing for major incidents, and promoting the mental health and wellbeing of those who work alone will be among the topics explored at a brand- new theatre dedicated to Lone Working debuting at The Health & Safety Event, at the NEC, Birmingham from the 10-12 April 2018. The Lone Worker Theatre, which has been developed in association with and will be hosted by the organisers of the Lone Worker Safety Expo, will complement the Health & Safety Event 2018’s key theme of preparing for the future of risk. Addressing some of the most pertinent issues affecting the management of lone workers in today’s fast changing world of work, the programme will provide valuable information for anyone involved in lone working including managers, safety professionals and lone workers themselves. Nicole Vazquez, the organiser of the Lone Worker Theatre education programme, commented, “We want to ensure that we offer an educational programme that reflects the variety of risks associated with lone working and that many organisations have to manage. All our speakers bring a depth of knowledge of their subject that is second-to-none. We are excited to be able to bring focus to this important issue for the first time at The Health and Safety Event.” Throughout the three days of the event there will be interactive sessions and panel debates, starting on the first day with experts from organisations such as the Suzy Lamplugh Trust, SoloProtect and Blackline Safety discussing how to integrate technology with existing practices to achieve practical and effective solutions. Organisations often struggle with assimilating technology into existing protocols and yet this is a vital step to help keep staff safe. 4
For those interested in lone working technology, Tuesday 10th April sees a session on Considerations when Using Bodyworn Video for Lone Working, presented by Craig Swallow, Managing Director of SoloProtect. He will review how Bodyworn Video may affect the future of lone worker safety and describe the benefits and the considerations from a data protection perspective. There will also be several key lone worker specialists exhibiting at the show including Skyguard, Alertcom, First2HelpYou, Blackline Safety, Lone Worker Solutions, Lone Alert and SoloProtect. The afternoon of Tuesday 10th April will focus on the impact of stress on lone workers and their mental health and wellbeing when Terry Streather, Director of Oakwood Training, will be looking at proactive ways to help ensure the mental wellbeing of lone workers. The day will be rounded off with Alicia Mathers from First2HelpYou sharing ideas on how to create buy-in across your organisation when implementing vital lone worker safety measures. Wednesday 11th April sees a full line up of insightful speakers. Honing in on the regulatory side of lone working, Nigel Heaton, Director, Human Applications, will be explaining the implications of the management regulations and sentencing guidelines when implementing lone worker risk controls and highlighting the importance of audits in Lone Working and Legalities - Staying Ahead of the Game. The rest of the morning will be filled with practical advice and personal safety tips from Chris MacKenzie MBE and a session on the Business Efficiencies of lone working with Clive Wheawall from Lone Alert. The panel debate on the 11th April will be around the important topic of balancing the risk of lone working with the benefits. The discussion will be chaired by Nicole Vazquez and the morning’s speakers will be joined by Rachel Griffin, Chief Executive of Suzy Lamplugh Trust and Christine Morrison from CMA Training who will bring her experience with
helping organisations manage the risks of terrorist events to the discussion. Following on from this, with a rise in aggression and violence in many sectors, the session on Managing Violence and Aggression against Lone Workers, during the afternoon of Wednesday 11th April promises to be another insightful seminar which will urge organisations to take a step back and consider ways to protect their lone workers from this threat. Sadly, terrorism has now become a part of life and planning for major incidents is an important part of risk management. In Contingency planning and practical advice for major incidents and terrorist attacks when travelling in the UK, Christine Morrison, from CMA Training, rounds up day two of the event by exploring practical advice and support for staff who travel abroad. She’ll present life skills to help staff keep themselves safe, ways to improve your security culture and practical communication strategies in the event of an incident. Among the lineup of speakers on Wednesday 11th April the Chief Executive of the Suzy Lamplugh Trust, Rachel Griffin, returns to examine the serious issue of stalking. Stalking in the workplace will look at the prevalence of stalking, consider why it is an issue for employers and provide tips on how to deal with and get support when stalking occurs. She will be followed by Mike Steere from Skyguard who will be sharing practical advice on best practice for lone workers who visit clients in their homes. This will include preparation, dynamic risk assessments, warning signs and de-escalation techniques. Looking to the future Concluding the programme on Thursday 12th April is a panel discussion on the future of lone working: What does the future of Lone Working look like? The panel will discuss mental health, wellbeing concerns, working hours, working at home and other key issues and consider how we can prepare tomorrow’s workforce.
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A Facilities Manager’s Guide to Work at Height Regulations John Hynes – Head of Safe Access at Fixfast
acilities managers have a long list of statutory obligations to ensure height safety in the workplace. Whether protecting employees carrying out regular maintenance, or contractors working on one-off projects, the facilities manager is usually deemed the responsible duty holder for work undertaken on site. Failing to meet this duty can put employees and contractors in harm’s way. The people you have a statutory responsibility to protect could be exposed to risk of serious injury, or in the worst cases, death. That in itself is a strong enough motivation to comply with the relevant regulations, but there are also significant financial consequences to failing to uphold this duty properly. Unsafe work at height is the most frequently cited reason for HSE prosecution, with contraventions of Work at Height Regulations 2005 accounting for around 10% of all HSE prosecutions. And the severity of punishments is increasing. Since the new sentencing guidelines were introduced, the total value of HSE fines has risen by 43% totalling £69.9million in 2016/17. Directors and managers of Client, FM and Contractor companies are all liable for prosecution in the event of a failure - its not uncommon for all to be sentenced. Futhermore, fines are not just limited to occasions when an incident has occurred. Prosecutions are even made for situations where personnel are found to be ‘acting in a way in which an accident could occur.’ Though comprehensive, the responsibilities of facilities managers for height safety are fairly straightforward to understand and execute. There are three main sets of legislation controlling work at height which facilities managers must be aware of. Work at Height Regulations 2005 The Work at Height Regulations www.twitter.com/BFM_Magazine
are the main governing force covering all work at height in the UK, including activity to gain access to a worksite. The core principles are as follows: Minimise work at height Work at height should be avoided where possible. If it must be undertaken, an existing, stable and suitably strong means of access should be used. Plan appropriately Work should be properly planned and organised, following a risk assessment in accordance with the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations. Ensure competence Facilities managers must ensure that workers are competent to undertake a task, as well as being responsible for its planning, supervision and assessment. Provide appropriate equipment Collective protection measures, which protect, for example, all those working on a roof, should be used as a priority. This equipment should be regularly inspected and maintained. Manage the risks of fragile surfaces Suitable protective coverings or barriers to resist against any potential loading should be provided. Where that is not possible, facilities managers must reduce the risks of falling through fragile surfaces by ensuring appropriate awareness among workers, through briefings and the provision of prominent signage and/or demarcation. Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 The Act imposes a general duty of care on facilities managers, among others, to ensure the safety of employees, contractors and others they can be considered ‘responsible for’ in their day-to-day role. It specifies the need for risk management, and the production of appropriate policies, controls and systems (such as permits to work), to govern work at height.
Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (CDM) 2015 Under the CDM 2015, facilities managers are responsible for managing the health and safety risks of a project. They must ensure that other duty holders are appointed in line with the CDM 2015, and where multiple parties are involved, must decide which contractor is to hold the responsiblities of the ‘Principal Designer’ and ‘Principal Contractor’. A facilities manager can designate themselves as the ‘Principal Designer’ if they are planning, managing and coordinating the project. There may also be elements of a number of other regulations which are relevant to you, depending on your role and the size of your estate. The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 stipulates that thought must be given to safe access in the maintenance of plant, rooflights, and windows. Similarly, the Building Regulations (specifically part K - ‘Protection from Falling, Collision and Impact’) will be relevant to most facilities managers. Provision of safe access Some areas may need further thought, such as the type of safety equipment needed to access the roof. A good understanding of the differences between collective and personal protection, passive and active systems, and temporary and permanent access will mean informed decisions can be made about the appropriate options. When done properly, this will allow you to address your statutory responsibilities, while also improving the accessibility, and therefore maintainability, of the building; a rare win-win. News
PizzaExpress renews contract with Cloudfm
n a move that demonstrates their confidence in Cloudfm’s innovative approach to facilities management, leading casual dining operator PizzaExpress has renewed their contract with the provider. The techled FM specialist will continue managing all planned and reactive maintenance for the restaurant brand at more than 490 sites across the UK. The contract renewal, worth £50m over five years, recognises the market-leading value in Cloudfm’s pioneering service which offers clients cost savings at the same time as raising quality, using a more sustainable approach to facilities management to deliver superior efficiency compared to the traditional model. During the initial contract period Cloudfm’s sophisticated solution delivered greater transparency of asset status for PizzaExpress, 6
which led to enhanced performance and achieved muchimproved value for money. Over this time the firm’s approach to managing facilities has decreased levels of restaurant downtime by 25%, as well as effecting a saving of over £400k on quoted works. “Cloudfm has impressed us by giving us true visibility of our estate condition, which has enabled us to make much better decisions when it comes to managing our assets, as well as providing a basis for more efficient planned and reactive maintenance,” said Dave Murphy, UK CFO at PizzaExpress. “We’re pleased to be working in true partnership with a service provider who focuses on continuous improvement, and strives to achieve the sort of best-in-class service that aligns with our own values and business philosophy. We’re looking forward to continuing our relationship,
and using the wealth of captured data to help optimise our facilities management strategy.” “We’re delighted that PizzaExpress has again chosen our innovative approach to FM provision and appreciates our commitment to delivering better quality and value through our considered, meticulous approach,” said Jeff Dewing, CEO of Cloudfm. “We will continue to enjoy working in partnership with them, using the data we have gleaned over the first contract period to inform our approach to this second term, supporting their business objectives even more effectively and further improving the experience of both their staff and their customers.” To find out more about Cloudfm’s innovative approach to FM delivery to optimise quality while lowering costs, visit www.cloudfmgroup.com.
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Ensuring you’re getting the most out of your water
magine the scenario - no running water, no working bathrooms, no way of keeping your facilities clean. I’m sure you’d rather not. For anyone in charge of running a business however, this is a risk that needs to be planned for and, hopefully, avoided. It also illustrates why water plays a critical role in the successful operation of any commercial site. That water is a vital commodity is undisputable; however what is sometimes overlooked is the reality that managing your water correctly can deliver significant cost and environmental efficiencies. Those in charge of keeping facilities cost effective and well-run should be aware of the range of water and waste water services available to help them save money and comply with environmental regulations. It has never been easier for the sector to explore its options. In April this year, the non-household retail water market opened in England and now all businesses can choose their water supplier and seek to get a better deal for their water. Business Stream is one of the largest water suppliers in the UK, following its acquisition of Southern Water’s non-household customer base. It’s also the most experienced, as it has been operating in the Scottish retail water market since 2008. In the past nine years, it has helped its customers save more than £160 million and conserve over 24 billion litres of water. And, as a result of this experience, is well positioned to understand and address the complex water needs of large and multi-site businesses. James Cardwell-Moore, Commercial Director at Business Stream, explains how Business Stream is working to ensure its customers’ needs are being met. “We know that lowering costs is a key priority for most of our customers, not least those working within the building and facilities management industry. We offer over 60 value-added services and innovative solutions, including consolidated billing, consumption www.twitter.com/BFM_Magazine
benchmarking, water audits, AMR technology and support around regulatory compliance all designed to help customers better manage their water use. “From experience, which includes working with multi-site businesses that have diverse and extensive estates, we know that we can help customers identify savings. We also strive to truly understand the challenges our customers face and work with them, as a trusted partner, to identify workable and effective solutions. “Earlier this year, in response to customers’ needs, for example, we partnered with Veolia to develop an innovative and exciting offering for businesses. The partnership enables us to provide businesses with end to end resource management - from the installation and management of on-site networks and processing facilities to the provision and management of water and waste resources. It brings together our joint expertise in water efficiency, energy conservation, waste management and recycling, which can help companies to manage risk, increase sustainability and achieve substantial cost savings.” The new English retail water market provides the perfect opportunity for businesses to speak to their current supplier
and ensure they are getting the best possible deal for their water. Retailers are working harder than ever before to respond to their customers’ needs and this provides a real opportunity for businesses. Cardwell-Moore agrees: “We have seen first-hand how competition has benefitted our customers in Scotland and that is why we have always supported a competitive market, as we believe customers should be able to work with the supplier that best meets their needs. A competitive market creates the right environment to encourage suppliers to genuinely listen to what customers want and respond accordingly and this should be welcomed.” “We would encourage all businesses to explore the new competitive market. Whilst this could result in switching suppliers, we would suggest that the first step should be to speak to your current retailer and find out what more they could be doing for you. A simple conversation could result in lower bills, greater environmental efficiencies and an improved customer experience - and who wouldn’t want that?” If you haven’t already, then take the time to consider how you could get more from your water deal; the opportunities are there to be had and the timing has never been better. www.business-stream.co.uk News
Fast-track drainage technology accelerates tunnel transformation
rainage teams from Lanes Group plc is using its most advanced drain cleaning technology to help turn a 1.7-mile-long Victorian rail tunnel into one of the world’s most unusual vehicle testing and research centres. The disused Catesby Tunnel near Charwelton, six miles south of Daventry, Northamptonshire, is being transformed into the Catesby Aero Research Facility. Once it is complete, its owner, Brackleybased Aero Research Partners (ARP), will hire out the facility to vehicle manufacturers and motor racing teams around the world. Lanes Group is cleaning and surveying track drainage lines leading up to the tunnel on behalf of main contractor Stepnell, which has been charged with constructing the UK’s longest aerodynamic testing facility. Mark Niland, Area Development Manager for the Lanes depot in Birmingham, said: “We’re very pleased to be asked to work on such an exciting and unusual project. “In less than two years, the tunnel will be catapulted from the age of steam travel into playing a key role in progressing the age of electric power travel. That’s quite a transformation. “We’ve deployed one of our advanced recycler jet vac
Lanes Group recycler jet vac tanker working close to the mouth of the Catesby Tunnel, near Charwelton, Northampton, soon to become one of the world’s leading motor vehicle testing centres.
tankers to support Stepnell. It can filter and reuse its water so can work for longer period on a site where there is no direct water supply, significantly improving productivity.” A Lanes CCTV drainage survey team is also using a robotic camera to survey more than 1,500 metres of 225mm-diameter track drainage pipes either side of the tunnel. Shane O’Connor, Works Manager for Stepnell, said: “The Lanes personnel have co-ordinated their work very well with our other teams, which is important because of the constraints imposed by working on disused
Computer-generated image of the new test facility.
rail line, where space is limited. “The use of the jet vac recyclers has helped with this process because it minimises vehicle movements and means the Lanes drainage engineers can work more flexibly around our other groundworks teams.” The tunnel, on the route of the former Great Central Main Line, is perfectly straight and lined with 30 million bricks. It opened in 1897 and closed in 1966. When finished, the new test facility will be enclosed at both ends, with a smooth asphalt roadway, allowing vehicles to travel at over 100 mph before being prepared for another run on vehicle turntables. The highly-controlled environment will allow accurate, repeatable testing of vehicle performance, aerodynamics, noise, emissions, and cooling. The site will also have a 4.5acre science park, with offices, workshops and a university-led research facility, creating up to 50 jobs, and energising other business opportunities in the area. Lanes Group: www.lanesfordrains.co.uk
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CHSA Charity Pro-Am Golf Course moves to stunning new venue, Rockliffe Hall The Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association’s (CHSA) annual Pro-Am Charity Golf Tournament, taking place on Thursday 13 September, is moving to a new venue - the stunning Rockliffe Hall near Darlington. Designed by Hawtree, the worldrenowned course architect, Rockliffe Hall’s 18-hole championship course is one of the most challenging in Europe. While it presents a stern test for even the best professional golfer, the five individual tee boxes on each hole offer players of all abilities the chance to experience the challenge. “We’re looking forward to the challenges of this wonderful course,” said Shaun Chatterton, CHSA Council Member and the driving force behind the golf day. “Our members and their guests have come to expect the very best in terms of facilities and, at Rockliffe Hall, they won’t be disappointed.” The CHSA’s successful partnership
with the Yorkshire Professional Golfers Association continues, every team playing with a member of the Association, and the evening will again be hosted by comedian Jed Stone. A great day for networking with colleagues in the industry, there is also plenty for non-golfers to do during the day. A dedicated package includes a treatment at the award-winning spa and access to the facilities throughout the day. A range of exciting sponsorship opportunities are available, including sponsorship of the 18th hole, the competition holes, the juice buggy and the ball and tee sponsor. More information is available from the Secretary of the CHSA, Linda
Belcher (email@example.com). The CHSA’s Golf Day always generates a great deal for charity. In 2017, almost £4,000 was raised for the Chairman’s Charity, the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB). The RNIB offers practical and emotional support to people who are losing their sight or are blind or partially sighted, helping them face the future with confidence. www.chsa.co.uk
Axis Security appoints new Business Continuity and Risk Manager Axis Security, one of the UK’s leading manned guarding and security groups, has appointed Alan Nathan to the newly-created national position of Business Continuity and Risk Manager. Alan has more than 10 years of commercial security experience, primarily focusing on national and international client account management. He most recently completed a contract in Kazakhstan designing and managing security operations within the Oil and Gas Industry. Alan says it’s a great time to be joining Axis Security: “Axis Security is dedicated to providing clients with support and solutions for their specific operational needs,” he explains. “I have already started to engage with both existing and www.twitter.com/BFM_Magazine
potential clients to develop our Risk Management and Business Continuity credentials.” Reporting to Axis Security’s Operations Director, John Fitzpatrick, Alan’s immediate task is to review and develop Axis Security’s Emergency Notification and Incident Management capability for both the company’s Staff Safety assurance and clients’ emergency notification and management procedures. David Mundell, Managing Director of Axis Security, says the appointment will further enhance the company’s support capability to its clients: “We will continue to develop integrated solutions with our clients so that they are better prepared to withstand threats and disruptions to business operations. “Alan joins Axis Security in this
new and important role with a wealth of experience in the industry, designing and managing numerous large scale security operations.” www.axis-security.co.uk News
Pumps Division Rising up at CountyClean Group
ollowing on from CountyClean Group’s recent announcements of growth, the companies are continuing with strong expansion also in the fully operational pumps division. This team which deals with pump stations for foul water, storm water, surface water and sewage, is benefiting from two internal promotions and a new addition to the team before the new financial year begins. Long serving pumps and sales team member, Ben Knights, has been appointed as lead person for sales and planning whilst collaborating with pumps veteran Dawid Dobrowolski to successfully complete all projects on time and within budget. Ben’s wealth of experience in business development and as an operative in the group’s pump station and sewage treatment plant servicing, repairs and installation division, makes him the ideal candidate to advise both domestic and commercial customers on any type of project. Dawid in turn is utilising his 8 years of industry experience, fully qualified electrician and NAPIT member status as the group’s newly promoted Pumps Division Project Leader. With excellent problem solving skills and a pragmatic approach, Dawid is responsible for all technical, electrical and mechanical project specification requirements whilst helping to manage the group’s talented team of pumps engineers and support operatives, and ensuring successful delivery for our customers. The latest recruit to join the well respected and highly effective
environmental support services company is Luke Blundell who joins the CountyClean Group pumps division as Pump Engineer to complete the inhouse training that the group’s 22 point inspection and certification standards requires for servicing of treatment plants. Luke’s wealth of mechanical engineering knowledge was established whilst he served in a number of roles in the British Army for a decade in a variety of extreme conditions around the world, meaning that he has a great aptitude for proactive professionalism and team work. In addition to developing his skills by working with a wide range of plants from manufacturers such as Acorn, Allerton, Balmoral, Conder, Entec, Klargester, Kingspan, Matrix, Pureflow, WPL and Titan amongst others, Luke has also received inhouse training for high pressure water jetting and confined space works, whilst he continues to develop his skills for the New Roads and Streets Works Act 1991 in order to become a certified NAPIT member.
Commenting on the growth spurt, Debbie Walker, Director of the companies said: “We are lucky to have such loyal and talented team members on board and are especially invested in enabling all our staff to achieve their best which is why we provide exceptional training opportunities. With our pumps division now being headed up by Ben and Dawid, I’m certain that as a whole we’ll grow from strength to strength and we very much look forward to seeing Luke continue to progress his professional capabilities with us.” Since 2007, CountyClean Group has been providing the highest quality of service with exceptional customer care through award winning environmental services, by disposing of liquid waste quickly, efficiently and cost-effectively. As well as being fully accredited and qualified, the group’s pumps division work and parts are guaranteed to ensure that sewage treatment plants and equipment is operating correctly to prevent breakdown and possible pollution incidents. In addition, the group offers 24/7 emergency response liquid waste management services for residents and businesses in London and the South East including spill and flood response, high pressure water jetting, groundworks and installation, road sweepers, CCTV pipeline inspection and hazardous waste disposal. For more information about CountyClean Group’s commercial and homeowner services, please call 0800 171 2204 or visit www.countycleangroup.co.uk.
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THE NEW MUSIC LICENSING EXPERIENCE One contact. One licence. One invoice. PPL PRS Ltd is a new music licensing venture between the UKâ€™s two music licensing organisations PPL and PRS for Music. Weâ€™ve joined forces to streamline part of what we do, making it easier for our customers to obtain a music licence. Previously, businesses and organisations had to obtain separate music licences from PPL and PRS for Music. However, we have now come together to form PPL PRS Ltd and launch TheMusicLicence.
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Meet TOM, Love TOM with Orwak Easi UK Ltd We, at Orwak Easi UK Ltd, are really excited to be attending The Facilities Management Event this year on stand FM72 showcasing the newest member of the Orwak range. We can’t wait to show TOM off to you and see how we can better the processes inside of your business! We believe TOM could be your next best employee. He is intelligent, hardworking, hygienic, punctual and a great communicator. Imagine that! He is also known to save money, time and productivity. Sound good? TOM is great for any area inside of your business. He has the ability to be wrapped with your own branding or design which means it can be fitted anywhere and blend into the background or stand out. Within retail centres this allows for TOM to become another form of advertising and revenue stream for your business. We can also offer a transparent kit, which is great for secure areas such as airports or transportation hubs where security is paramount. TOM is fitted with an automatic door, which can be programmed to remain open or closed. This feature would be perfect in stadiums, arenas or food courts, where footfall is high but ever changing, as the door could be programmed to remain open during half time or busy periods, but closed during play or quiet times. TOM’s automatic door also means that there is no contact between the user and TOM when disposing of waste, making it perfect for hygienic and clean environments. Another area TOM will function with ease in is the education sector, where space comes at a premium and there is a consistent pressure to drive costs down where ever possible. TOM is 12
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On The Cover affordable and compact. For us the greatest part about TOM is the fact that it communicates everything with you such as waste level. It lets you know when TOM is getting full and again once full. This means that you free up your core staff to other duties inside of your business and create a smarter working environment for your team. No more checking if the bin is full or the sight of over flowing bins that are missed. The communication on TOM also automatically communicates any faults that TOM has with yourself and us; meaning that we can already have an engineer tasked with fixing your problem before you’ve even picked the phone up to notify us. With the ability to communicate via SMS or Email we can find a solution that suits your business and gives you more time to focus on other areas! With TOM we can create a
cleaner and smarter working environment for your team. With TOM compacting to 7:1 this mean you can cut out 6 bin lifts during the day and also having to consistently check the level of waste. We can also change the settings to suit your business such as keeping the door open during busy times and also when to compact. Also, with TOM having an automatic door it makes it easier for staff and customers to dispense their waste in a clean & hygienic manor with zero fuss. We also offer TOM Junior and a liquid dispenser unit which is perfect for placing trays on top of and also suits the food court environment with ease. TOM has already been working hard in Zoo’s, Airports, Shopping Centres, Stadiums and Schools across the world and we truly believe he could so as well in the UK. With all of this, we can truly
fit into your business and benefit you in many different ways. We can’t wait to meet you at The Facilities Event, on the 10th - 12th April 2018, and demonstrate to you how we can bring you savings and a smarter working environment to your business. And whilst we are really excited about TOM we also offer a wide range of recycling equipment to deal with all your waste. With amazing results. Check out the website for more information: www.orwakeasi.co.uk Orwak Easi UK ltd pride ourselves on our expert team who are there to support you every step of the way of your recycling goals. Our expertise, developed over the last 45 years will ensure we will find you the right compacting or baling solution to fit your needs and your pocket.
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Filtering into the environment
he recent decision by the Chinese to reject a significant amount of UK waste is a problem. In the UK, we produce 400 million tons of waste every year, and most of it comes from the quarrying, mining, demolition and construction industries respectively. Around 30 million tons is household waste, but for every ton of household rubbish, commercial, industrial and construction businesses produce a further six. The Independent examines the UKâ€™s recycling habits in this article, http:// www.independent.co.uk/ environment/where-does-allour-rubbish-go-465773.html The UK ventilation and air conditioning market is significant and has seen steady growth since 2013, with the recovery in the UK economy stimulating 14
construction activity, as well as consumer and commercial confidence. Positive influences on the ventilation and air conditioning market include increasing health, safety and energy efficiency legislation, revised Building Regulations and environmental legislation, which has, in turn, has encouraged product innovation and development. In overall terms, the UK ventilation and air conditioning market exhibits the characteristics of an increasingly mature market. Ventilation and
Air Conditioning Market Report - UK 2017-2021 Analysis Air handling units use many disposable filters depending upon the application and standards required for the final air supply. Proper disposal of the old filters is essential to prevent all the collected debris from becoming airborne once again. Remember that a well-
used filter might have 30 to 90 days of trapped material in it, so many irritants, allergens and other particles have the potential to become airborne again. Rising demand for energy efficient and better performing air filtration technologies is anticipated to catapult the Europe industrial air filtration market growth over the next few years. This demand is driven by an increasing enduser preference towards ecofriendly air filters that minimise health hazards. Manufacturers are widely developing energy efficient air filters, such as rigid cells filters, pleated filters and pocket filters with enhanced efficiency and straightforward installation requirements. HEPA filters are anticipated to reach the significant revenue share of over 24% by 2022 growing at a compound annual
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HVAC growth rate of over 8% from 2014 to 2022. This growth is attributed to the capability of HEPA filters to dispose all toxins and other harmful substances from the environment. It can easily eliminate pet dander, pollens, dust particles from the air driving the Europe industrial air filtration market. Europe Industrial Air
Filtration Market Report
One of the major factors responsible for a significant amount of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions worldwide is the high percentage of electricity consumed by residential and commercial buildings. For instance, in the US, residential and commercial buildings consume approximately 70% of overall electricity use, while generating around 40% greenhouse gas emissions. Onethird of the energy consumed by commercial buildings comes from either ventilation and space heating or cooling applications of HVAC systems. As a result, the trend of reducing energy consumption has been rapidly gaining traction among end-users. To cut a motor’s energy consumption, the fan motor in HVAC systems has to overcome resistance to deliver the required air flow, compelling the manufacturers to focus on the development of air filters that offer lower resistance to air flow. Global HVAC Air
Filter Market 2016-2020
Recycling, on the other hand, is a problem. Okay, the frames may be constructed using a simple cardboard material, but the filter itself? That’s not quite so easy to recycle. Depending on the type of filters you buy, it could be composed of anything from fibreglass to plastic to wire mesh, or even a combination. This material, therefore, makes them inappropriate choices for the standard recycling and the majority will end up in the trade waste skip for landfill. The demand for air filters is increasing which also increases the environmental impact of their disposal. www.twitter.com/BFM_Magazine
“While air filters benefit building occupants’ health and protect HVAC equipment, we have to replace the old ones with clean ones on a continuous basis,” says Reitmeier CEO Jeff Nusz, “Few people realize the negative impact the used filters have on the environment. When we dispose of these filters in our landfill, it leads to harmful greenhouse gasses and carbon dioxide.” 16,000 standard 24x24 air filters would fill seven commercial shipping containers weighing in at 11 tonnes with a volume equivalent to 1/2 million, one-pint plastic bottles. Is there a solution? One that
not many people are aware of, but indeed should be. You can invest in reusable rather than disposable filters ‚Äì a short-term investment for significant and well-worthwhile long-term financial and environmental gain. Protecting existing disposable filters with a reusable pre-filter will extend their life by up to 60%. Fewer filter changes, less money, less environmental impact. To learn more about our unique products visit the RABScreen website or call 01635 248633 for a sample and more information. www.rabscreen.com HVAC
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£260m Retail Complex Protected by Advanced Panels Meyer Bergman’s £260 million shopping and leisure complex, ‘The Broadway’ in Bradford, UK, is being protected by industry-leading fire panels from Advanced. The Broadway is the latest UK retail venture for Meyer Bergman, which also owns The Bentall Centre in Kingston upon Thames and London’s iconic Burlington Arcade. It is home to over 570,000 sq ft of retail and leisure units, plus 1,300 parking spaces. Advanced protects numerous retail destinations around the world, including Westfield Stratford City, in East London, and Harvey Nichols’ Birmingham store. At the heart of The Broadway’s active fire protection system, which covers all areas of the shopping centre, is a network of 10 Advanced MxPro 5 intelligent multiprotocol panels. This is augmented with a TouchControl touchscreen repeater panel, a special evacuation zone control package, a BMS interface, and a bespoke PC-based graphical user interface. The network was designed, configured and commissioned by Carlton Fire Systems Ltd, a long-time Advanced partner, with the installation of equipment and cables being undertaken by Pitts Wilson Electrical. Carl Purkiss, spokesperson for Carlton Fire, said: “Advanced panels are well known for their performance, quality and ease of use. They are manufactured to a very high standard and their reliability is unrivalled. We needed a system that fulfilled all of the client’s requirements and the Advanced panels fitted the specifications, especially the new TouchControl panel.” TouchControl is a fully functional remote terminal and repeater, with a 10-inch HD touchscreen, that delivers new and innovative solutions including Active Maps and zone plans, which
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are easily added to the system from almost any drawing or image, even Google Maps. As well as graphical control and indication, the unique TouchControl interface offers fire panel, network control and reporting right down to individual device level, allowing users to immediately identify the location of a fire alert. Devices in fire, fault, disablement and test status can be controlled using dynamic colourcoded status buttons. TouchControl panels can also run presentations or slideshows when not in active mode. Ian Ward, General Manager of The Broadway, commented: “The Broadway represents a major investment by Meyer Bergman in the city of Bradford. We’re proud to develop the finest retail and leisure facilities for our tenants and customers, and this includes fire protection. The complex was the first in the UK to open without a fire marshal as the system was completed ahead of schedule, and we have complete confidence in the capabilities of the Advanced panels.” MxPro is the fire industry’s leading multiprotocol fire solution, offering customers a choice of two panel ranges, four detector protocols and a completely open installer network that enjoys free training and support. With EN54 parts 2, 4 and 13 approval, MxPro 5 panels can be used in single
loop, single panel format or easily configured into high speed, 200 panel networks covering huge areas. Advanced’s legendary ease of installation and configuration and wide peripheral range make it customisable to almost any application and it is found in challenging and prestigious sites around the world including western Europe’s tallest building, The Shard. Neil Parkin, sales manager for Advanced, said: “We are delighted that Advanced products have been specified for such a high-profile installation. Meyer Bergman is one of the world’s largest development companies and it’s great to add them to our global client portfolio. MxPro panels are the ideal choice for this type of installation, combining proven reliability with innovation and ease of use.” Advanced is a world leader in the development and manufacture of intelligent fire systems. The legendary performance, quality and ease of use of its products sees Advanced specified in locations all over the world, from single panel installations to large multisite networks. Advanced’s products include complete fire detection systems, multi-protocol fire panels, extinguishing control, fire paging and false alarm management systems. More details can be found on the website at www.advancedco.com.
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Apollo launches new test set for addressable protocol commissioning and fault-finding Apollo Fire Detectors, the world-leading independent fire detection manufacturer, is pleased to announce the launch of its new Apollo Test Set - a portable testing device designed to help commissioning and system maintenance engineers across the globe. The Apollo Test Set has been created to allow the commissioning and fault-finding of Apollo devices on sites worldwide, interrogating and controlling all units connected to the device, either as individual units or complete circuits. With its user-friendly touch screen display, the Apollo Test Set, works on all of the Apollo analogue addressable protocols - XP95, Discovery and CoreProtocol®. The main function of the Apollo
Test Set is to help Engineers guarantee the correct loop configuration is in place before an active control panel is installed. To do this, either the loop or individual addresses can be connected to the unit using loop connection ports located on the top of the device for easy access. The device also has the functionality to test the diagnostics and integrity of the loop to discover earth faults and other system weaknesses. Incorporating a host of functions, the Apollo Test Set allows the user to interrogate the devices in different ways. The standard view allows devices to be scanned and controlled through the manipulation of their output. Devices can also be
self-tested and the different functionality modes can also be controlled. To further ensure portability and ease of use, the Test Set can be powered from an AC mains charger unit or by its own internal batteries. Ed Browning, Sales and Marketing Director at Apollo, commented: “We are very excited to launch our new Apollo Test Set, which will greatly assist Engineers working with our Apollo systems - making their life easier in the field, reducing their on-site time and cutting project installation and maintenance costs. We’ve used the latest technology to make this one device compatible with our three main protocols, XP, Discovery and CoreProtocol®, plus we’ve added the capability for users to download any software updates, future-proofing the Apollo Test Set. This new piece of equipment is the perfect example of our commitment to innovative and reliable fire detection solutions.” For more information visit www.apollo-fire.co.uk Fire & Hazard Protection
Building & Refurbishment
Skipton Building Society brings wellbeing to the workplace When Skipton Building Society embarked on the refurbishment of its head office in Skipton, North Yorkshire, it put the wellbeing of its staff firmly on the agenda. With the help of Boss Design and leading fit-out and furniture consultants, Ultimate (Commercial Interiors) Ltd of Silsden, North Yorkshire, the headquarters has been transformed to provide a visually stunning multifunctional space that takes employee collaboration and communication to new heights. Known as The Bailey, being next door to Skipton Castle, and first built in 1990, the building today provides office space for almost 2,000 staff. At the centre of the project is the creation of a spectacular Atrium formerly an outdoor courtyard in the centre of the building - which is surrounded by 13 new meeting rooms, a series of hot desk/breakout zones, and six gallery zones. The program also took in existing ground and first floor main corridors, together with ancillary areas. Well-known for its collaborative working solutions, Boss Design was the perfect choice for helping furnish the new interior. Myriad modular seating by Komac plays a central part in the communal atrium breakout space. Being completely flexible and reconfigurable, this versatile collection provides a series of chain modules that enables the seating to be mixed, linked and
easily moved around, thereby offering endless possibilities for a more dynamic and collaborative workspace. Complete with side tables and arms that accommodate power, this furniture fully supports the ‘work anywhere’ philosophy. Marnie low back lounge chairs by Boss Design also make a stunning addition to this magnificent space; providing an exceptional level of comfort. To further facilitate simpler team collaboration and to assist with presentations, several mobile Portal technology units by Boss Design also feature throughout The Atrium. These are fully wired to an internal power block which makes connecting a screen as easy as possible. For the new formal meeting rooms, Boss Design’s Deploy tables complete with power and data facilities present a highly flexible layout that suits a range of meeting
Pictured here; inside the headquarters of Skipton Building Society, Myriad modular seating and Marnie lounge chairs by Boss Design help create a visually stunning multi-functional space that takes employee collaboration and modern methods of working to new heights.
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scenarios. Accompanying these are Boss Design’s Trinetic task chairs that have scooped awards around the globe. Providing ergonomic excellence and an unrivalled level of comfort, Trinetic is the world’s first fully certified task chair to provide dynamic support without the need for manual user adjustment. Commenting on the new workspace, Ivan Le Roux, Head of Insurance and Property Services at Skipton Building Society said: “Being listed as one of the UK’s ‘Top 100 Best Companies to Work For’ for the third year running, we take staff wellbeing very seriously. Our new space not only fully embraces team collaboration and communication, it has created a more streamlined and connected workplace, all of which helps our colleagues stay more fulfilled and productive. We are delighted with the end result.” Skipton Building Society was established in 1853 in Skipton, North Yorkshire. It is the UK’s fourth largest building society, and has over 880,000 members and 95 branches. In August 2017, the Society became the only UK building society - and one of just two UK financial institutions - to achieve Investors in People Platinum. This is the highest level of Investors in People (IIP) accreditation, which positions Skipton among the elite few for its commitment to high performance through excellent people management. At the time of winning, just 0.5% of the 10,000 organisations across the country that are IIP accredited have gone on to achieve the Platinum accreditation. www.bossdesign.com Building & Facilities Management – March 2018
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Bostik provides the right formula for Swansea University chemistry labs Bostik has been selected by commercial flooring contractor, Artisan Flooring, to provide subfloor preparation products as part of a £60 million refurbishment project at the Singleton Park Campus at Swansea University. New state-of-the-art teaching laboratories are being built as part of a multi-million pound investment to create a hub for the high quality Chemical Sciences research being carried out across the Colleges of Science, Engineering and Medicine. Prior to work commencing, Bostik carried out a site survey across the 1000m2 flooring space, which revealed that the area had uneven floor levels. To alleviate the issue of uneven floor levels, Bostik’s technical team recommended the use of Screedmaster Deep. The
versatility of the Screedmaster Deep levelling compound allows for application between 5mm to 50mm in a single step. It can also withstand foot traffic in as little as 90 minutes, meaning the project’s timescales would not be compromised. Nick Healings, Project Manager for Artisan Flooring, commented: “We have a long-standing relationship with Bostik and know they have a great range of subfloor preparation products that were ideal for our flooring installation requirements at Swansea University. We needed
a product we could trust, with a fast curing time, that would allow for a 50mm application in a single step and Screedmaster Deep ticked all the boxes.” To improve the flow and curing characteristics of the levelling compound, an even coating of Screedmaster Epoxy Primer was first applied. Epoxy Primer is a two part, solvent-free, water dispersible primer that’s ideal for use when applying smoothing compounds above 10mm in depth. This minimised pinholes and the need to rub down, saving both time and money. Once the subfloor was primed, Screedmaster Deep was used to smooth and even out the floor surface ready for the installation of the floorcoverings. Nick Healings continued: “The fast curing time was a major factor for this application. Being able to access and walk on the floor within four hours meant that we could carry on with the project as quickly as possible. When you’re laying a compound at 50mm deep - that is quite an achievement.” For further information on the extensive range of subfloor preparation products available from Bostik, please visit: www.bostik-profloor.co.uk firstname.lastname@example.org Building & Refurbishment
Sustainability Cleanology at The 2018 Kimberly-Clark Professional* Golden Service Awards
Cleanology goes from green to gold London-based cleaning firm Cleanology’s environmental performance has been given the highest accolade at a ceremony attended by more than 500 competitors and industry bodies. Cleanology won the Environmental Awareness category in the biennial Kimberly-Clark Professional* Golden Service Awards, which took place at the London Hilton on Park Lane. CEO Dominic Ponniah described the win as a testament to the hard work of the whole company, saying: “We are thrilled to have been recognised in this way. Our environmental strategy runs across the entire operation, from head office to each site that we manage. We scrutinise every area of the business and make sure that all staff and suppliers adhere to our policies. As a family-run SME business, we never expected to beat larger players, but it just shows that we can all make a difference.” Cleanology is based in London and services a wide range of 20
customers including Harrods, Smeg and The Good Housekeeping Institute. In addition to ISO:14001 accreditation, the company operates a 100 per cent hybrid car fleet and encourages staff to car-share and take public transport using a company Oyster card. The company is committed to helping its customers meet their environmental goals, through reductions in energy usage and waste. It has embraced chemicalfree cleaning, developing innovative portion-controlled sachets for solutions which have dramatically cut product use, from 16,200 litres to just 108 litres per year, a 99.4% reduction. Switching to ePayslips has reduced paper consumption by 24,000 A4 sheets each year, with a plan to introduce eInvoices in 2018 estimated to save another 8,000 A4 sheets. The judges commented on Cleanology “Whilst all the entrants demonstrated excellent environmental qualities, Cleanology was the one company that considered a fully rounded and
complete approach to environmental considerations in their submission. Judging was independently overseen by the British Institute of Cleaning Science (BICSc). Stan Atkins, chief executive officer at the British Institute of Cleaning Science (BICSc) added: “All finalists must be applauded for the highest standard of entries to date. In some categories judging was very close, and so for the first time we have also presented some well-deserved highly commended awards. What stood out to the judges this year is that those companies who are helping to raise standards in the industry are those that are most committed to investment and training.” Stephen Jones, General Manager (UK and Ireland), Kimberly-Clark Professional, said: “All winners should be acknowledged as the very best in our industry. This reflects our overall objectives for the awards and our vision to create exceptional workplaces through raising industry standards.” www.cleanology.com
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Energy champion plugs ‘scandalous’ leadership gap In the absence of government pressure to ensure new homes are energy efficient, not-for-profit sustainability champion Bioregional is taking a lead in helping the UK to ‘green’ its latest generation of houses. With the Government promising to deliver 300,000 new homes each year, and the ‘energy performance gap’ still estimated at a shocking 50% per house, the need for action is urgent. The gap is the difference between predicted and actual energy performance which can be measured using whole-house heat loss tests. Heat loss in a completed house is generally around 50% greater than the loss predicted at design stage. This failure to meet design promises has been a disaster for home owners and occupiers alike. With heating energy consumption in the finished ‘leaky-sieve’ house on average double that projected, costs for occupiers have often quite literally gone through the roof. But all that could now change. The result of a massive research programme, BEPIT, the ‘Building Energy Performance Improvement Toolkit’, closes the shortfall that has dogged newlybuilt houses for decades. Early results show the ‘gapbuster’ is highly effective - a 40% improvement on airtightness levels for starters - and it is expected to transform the quality and comfort of new homes too. Owners and occupiers can expect lower heating bills, optimised ventilation and air quality, a reduction in draughts and moulds, and an eco-friendly cut in carbon emissions. Reporting on the toolkit’s early successes at this month’s Ecobuild Show, building performance engineer and BEPIT manager Douglas Drewniak told audiences that feedback from housebuilders already using BEPIT was exciting, six months on from the toolkit’s launch last summer. But Bioregional says leadership from the government and construction industry is essential www.twitter.com/BFM_Magazine
to guarantee the new approach is taken up and embedded. “The toolkit has been tested and is delivering results. Now we need to get it into builders’ hands so homeowners feel the benefit. There’s a scandalous lack of leadership. With rising fuel prices, an urgent need to cut carbon emissions, and the UK starting the biggest housebuilding programme for a generation, failure to ensure newbuilds are energy efficient is highly irresponsible. It’s absurd that the government helped pay for the research but isn’t following through on implementation. It sends out all the wrong messages about the UK’s commitment to fight climate change,” said Drewniak. Heading a consortium of industry and academic partners, Bioregional developed BEPIT through on-site research led by Drewniak and with funding from the Government innovation agency, Innovate UK. The key finding from the four-year £1.3 million research programme is that the gap is caused by clusters of minor snags and errors scattered through the whole construction process. These add up to a substantial drift between design promise and as-built performance. “Now we understand the energy gap, there’s no justification for continuing to construct it into new houses. Today’s homes can now deliver very close to what they promise. BEPIT is here to help builders do that and we’re getting a good amount of interest, with quite a few signing up for the service,” said Drewniak. BEPIT is a change of approach making newbuilds that work as well in the real world as they do on paper. It involves monitoring a set of critical processes and working in detail with every key actor in a housebuilding project to identify and nail problems proactively during design, procurement and construction. The re-think of design and construction processes that makes up BEPIT has been exhaustively site
trialled with contractors, in real-time, on a major house build in Oxfordshire. In what was probably the most detailed performance gap research ever, Drewniak and his colleagues liaised with the architect, contractor and sub-contractors and spent thousands of hours monitoring the build from scratch to completion to see what caused energy performance to fall short of the design promises. “We did most of our research, development and testing on the first phase of the development. We then developed a prototype of the toolkit which we employed on Phase 2 of the same scheme but with a different contractor,” said Drewniak. Where builders do take advantage of BEPIT, everyone wins. The builders save money on not having to do expensive remedial work at the end of the build, they enhance their reputation for being competent, and for championing sustainability. And owners and occupiers can look forward to better quality houses that run efficiently. “BEPIT kicks off a new era of collaboration within our industry. It’s a set of down-to-earth, targets to get building performance where it needs to be. Through collaborative contracting, reciprocal links between the key people involved, and control through the process to achieve predictable outcomes, we can build houses that actually deliver as promised. That do what they say on the tin,” said Drewniak. Bioregional plans to embed BEPIT nationally as the go-to tool for the housebuilding industry. Using a team of facilitators, it aims to train up sustainability ‘integrators’ to improve energy performance on a large scale. Ultimately, BEPIT could be applied beyond residential and timber-framed schemes into commercial highrise and traditional block-and-brick. To find out how the BEPIT service can help your housing project, visit the below website : www.bioregional.com/bepit/ Sustainability
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RPC Group acquisitions have been awarded a place on Frameworks RPC bpi recycled products and ESE World UK, both recently acquired by RPC Group, have been awarded places on Frameworks with Braintree District Council for their Refuse Supplies Framework PROC170110 and the ESPO (Eastern Shires Purchasing Organisation) Framework 860_18 Refuse and Recycling Products. The companies are leaders in their respective fields and jointly offer customers a large selection of highquality products and services - RPC bpi recycled products is the leading manufacture of refuse sacks and ESE World is the leader in providing temporary storage solutions for waste and recyclable materials. As Lorcan Mekitarian, Sales Director at RPC bpi recycled products said: “Working together with ESE World is the perfect match as we share the same waste management customers and offer the same benefits such as: providing tailor-made solutions, innovative and bespoke products and excellent customer service. Due to our green credentials we can help our
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customers achieve their sustainability goals too.” Dave Hughes, Managing Director of ESE World UK said: “Both bpi and ourselves have an unparalleled range of products to meet the requirements of our customers, whilst offering the environmental benefits of a circular economy and whole life cost advantages of using recycled material. We share the same passion to supply our customers with best in class waste containment solutions.” Both Braintree District Council and the ESPO frameworks will benefit from RPC bpi recycled products’ recycled and compostable sacks
from The Green Sack™ range. All RPC bpi recycled products have the necessary CHSA technical accreditations to certify all their products meet the highest industry technical standards. ESE World containers are manufactured to the strictest European standards and are fully compliant with the enhanced quality standard RAL GZ 951/1. ESE World also gives its customers the security of sustainable procurement due to its Blue Angel eco label certification. To gain this independent accreditation a product must be made of materials harmless to humans, animals and the environment and use a minimum of 80% postconsumer recycled plastics Container sizes range from 80 litres to 370 litre capacity in two wheel and 500 litre to 1,100 litre in 4 wheel containers, with a range of lid and customised options available in all sizes.
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Oslo nears ambitious food waste collection targets with Envac Oslo is on course to meet its 50 per cent food waste recycling target after Agency for Waste Management, the city’s waste management department, published its latest waste collection survey that revealed how the Norwegian capital is recycling 46.4 per cent – up from 34.8 per cent in 2010. The findings follow the City of Oslo’s decision in 2012 to make source sorting of food waste mandatory and work towards achieving 50 per cent food waste recycling by 2018. The increase from 43.9 per cent in 2016 also points towards continued growth and provides hope that Oslo can meet its target before the end of 2018 The Municipality of Oslo claims that much of its success is attributable to its citizens’ efforts to source sort their household waste and Envac’s Optibag system, which is part of the city’s waste collection strategy. The system enables waste deposited in colour-coded bags to be automatically sorted at the end point using sophisticated optical sorting technology. The report also highlights how food waste recycling, which is carried out in green coloured bags, has increased from 33.3 per cent
in 2012 when the City of Oslo’s first of two Envac Optibag sorting systems now in place became operational. Nils Finn Lumholdt, Production Director, Material recovery, at the Waste-To-Energy Agency, who is responsible for the sorting plants, comments: “This is a huge achievement not only for Oslo, but for Norway, too. We knew that achieving 50 per cent would be a challenge, however the Optibag technology has delivered pinpoint accuracy and enabled us to send food waste to be used in biogas and bio fertilizer production, and plastics to be used as part of a successful plastics recycling programme. We’re delighted with the results and extremely very pleased to have found a partner in Envac Optibag.” The study also reveals how Envac’s Optibag system has helped the City of Oslo boost its plastic packaging,
collected using blue coloured bags, to 29.7 per cent – up from 20.2 per cent in 2012. Joakim Karlsson, Chief Executive at Envac AB, adds: “Envac Optibag is now leading the way when it comes to developing sustainable waste collection solutions that can significantly improve municipalities’ efficiency ratings and environmental credentials. The City of Oslo has demonstrated what can be achieved when combining aspirational targets with cutting edge waste collection technology and I am proud that we have played a part in its much-deserved success.” Envac Optibag AB is a wholly owned subsidiary of Envac AB. For more information on Envac and Envac Optibag visit www. envacgroup.com and www. optibag.com respectively.
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Security & Access Control
Biometrics offer Facility Managers more than just access control The security of buildings, facilities, staff and data is rapidly becoming a priority for Building and Facility Managers. Fortunately, the rise of biometric technology is giving them an additional tool to enable not only highly secure multi-level access control but also, by integrating time and attendance software, invaluable data for Health & Safety, payroll and other HR requirements. Shaun Oakes, Managing Director of ievo Ltd, the Newcastle-based manufacturer of biometric recognition systems, explains how modern fingerprint scanners prove a highly cost-effective and superior alternative to traditional access control methods. Key fobs, swipe cards or even the old style punch cards are all open to abuse with users sharing access which can produce completely false data. Numeric codes can be forgotten causing costly reprogramming, cards and fobs can be swopped or lost whilst even professional security staff are not infallible, resulting in possible security breaches. Yet, modern biometric access control, linked to time & attendance software, provides a highly cost-effective alternative. Fingerprints are unique to the person and cannot be forged. Our own CPNIapproved ievo ultimate™ uses an advanced sensor which employs multispectral imaging (MSI) technology to scan and capture data. MSI uses multiple light sources to read not only the surface of the skin, but also data points from the subsurface level (up to 4mm deep) of a finger. The different light sources can penetrate levels of moisture and debris present on the skin to read data points 24
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below. This advanced method allows for a high number of uniquely identifiable data points to be recognised and used for a more accurate, reliable and efficient verification process. The readers are also designed for both external and internal use and are equipped with an internal thermostat controlled heater allowing them to operate in conditions as low as -20˚C and, being IP65 rated, they also function in adverse weather conditions. The readers can be installed to work with a variety of access points such as turnstiles, barriers, doors etc. and integrate into existing access control systems from wellknown manufacturers such as Paxton, PAC, Honeywell and Nortech, with more integration options constantly being released. The access systems can be customised with a variety of options depending on requirements to provide a deeper level of security using biometric data. Facility managers and tenants can be sure that only those with permissions will be able to access specific areas without the additional cost of dedicated access control staff. The result is a highly secure recognition system unaffected by lost or stolen fobs or swipe cards and one that cannot
be deceived by the entry of fraudulent PIN’s into numeric key pads, coupled with a data acquisition system that supplies real time reliable information for payroll, flexi-time, absenteeism control and holiday planning. Just as importantly, this flexible integration eliminates the need for multiple systems and installations, which can prove costly to both time and resources, and can be adapted or upgraded as businesses or properties grow and develop. Commercial premises hosting large workforces, such as call centres, provide a good example of the effectiveness of biometric technology for access control. They provide not only security for the personnel and the facility but also the time & attendance data for payroll and other HR functions. In addition, the data is instantly available to emergency services in case of an emergency evacuation and complies with many modern insurance provisions, thus potentially reducing premiums. Biometric access control is particularly important in cases of multiple occupancy facilities where certain areas may be occupied on a continual 24/7 basis but other offices may only work to a standard working week and need reassurance that their premises will be secure from
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Security & Access Control other users who have access to the building. Integrated biometric systems allow multi-level access producing infallible data as to exactly who was in what part of a facility and at what time - priceless date for any security system which also gives the workforce themselves assurance of the security they require. A typical installation for ourselves was for the Referral Management Centre of Newcastle-based Connect Health Ltd, an 18,000 sq. ft. facility which includes a large call centre, open to staff who work different hours across a 12 hour day, in a multi-occupancy four storey complex. Connect required a failsafe security system to both ensure staff safety and comply with fire regulations which require an accurate count of personnel on the premises. Andrew Walton, Executive Chair of Connect, explained, “We now deal with over 250,000 referrals per year and treat some 3 million people annually. The growth of the company required the move last year into the new centre where the different teams of Patient Care Advisors and support staff tended to work different hours. Without line of sight into all areas, it would have been impossible to ensure the building was cleared in case of fire, and we looked very carefully at available systems which, included numeric pads, key fobs and swipe cards. Each of these, however, came with inherent problems of being able to be bypassed whilst a biometric fingerprint reader would present an ideal solution due to having no reliance on secondary credentials. The ievo readers were particularly impressive and very easy to integrate into our security system - they were also manufactured locally!” “We’ve been delighted with their performance since installation and the whole www.twitter.com/BFM_Magazine
process has exceeded our expectations. With access to sensitive patient data, we are also shortly seeking accreditation to ISO 27001 for our Information Security Management System (ISMS) and the integration of the ievo fingerprint readers gives us a good start in demonstrating the importance we place on our data security.” With data security now becoming so important to all organisations, ISO 27001 accreditation not only helps businesses manage the security of their data but will also advertise this expertise to existing and potential clients. The standard looks at a number of core sections, which include IT systems, business processes and, most importantly, people, as an integral part of the accreditation process (Section A.11) deals with access control, looking at key areas such as user access management, user registration and password management and here the use of biometric security systems with fingerprint recognition readers enables organisations to comply with the Standard’s requirements and add another layer of safety to the businesses access controls. Visitor movements can be accurately monitored in real time with access to certain areas within a site strictly controlled and recorded allowing the organisation sophisticated levels of personnel movement information and accountability. Biometric recognition systems are also becoming the favoured choice in transport and logistic hubs where goods are being moved in and out of secure areas by recognised personnel only. For such facilities, or any critical infrastructure, it is obviously vital that in an era of increased security
threats, identity credentials can’t be shared or stolen as can happen with cards, key fobs and numeric PINs. Sports and leisure facilities are also benefitting from the new technology. Not only do biometric systems free staff for more productive tasks especially in leisure clubs and gyms etc - but the resultant information produces invaluable data for management as to customer attendance to enable them to plan future provision. Sporting and event arenas are also increasingly using the technology for their own staff some of whom may well themselves be then employed in security positions to ensure the safety of the audience. Biometric access control is the technology of first choice for facility managers for not only the security of their buildings or facilities, but also the organisations based there and the staff that those organisations employ. www.ievoreader.com Security & Access Control
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Why you need a temporary security install - and how to do it.
nyone managing the fit out or construction of a new building will recognise the point where the expensive furniture and IT equipment are ready to be installed. Security needs to be up and running so the client’s expensive and sometimes sensitive equipment is safe. However, most security systems can’t be configured until the client’s IT infrastructure is in place. It’s a chicken and egg situation - which comes first? The security or the server? There is solution which allows you to temporarily secure your offices without any server infrastructure - and most of the 60+ brands of access control on the market can accommodate it. The answer is for your security contractors to set up the access control system in a secure environment off-site, as if it was in your client’s office, in what you might describe as a ‘pre-installation lab’. In the ‘lab’ you can do everything you would at the client’s premises including add cards, set up access groups and areas. Once the settings have been configured, cards can be programmed onto the system which is then sealed back up for delivery to site. On site, all that is needed is for the security engineer to connect all the necessary readers, locks and buttons to the pre-configured access control system, add the power, and the system is up and running. If you need to add/suspend/edit the users already on that system, either a security engineer will need to do this, or they can configure a GSM/Mobile based communicator device allowing the security firm remote access to the system. Once your IT is set up, the security settings are migrated from the security firm’s server to the client’s infrastructure, making the process completely seamless. And the client is happy - their offices 26
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have been completely secured - without the need for their own server infrastructure.
Construction Site Security With safety paramount around any construction site, it is essential for contractors to prevent unauthorised access - both because they are ultimately responsible if anyone injures themselves, and to prevent damage to any expensive plant, equipment and materials. Generally, the most cost-effective temporary security solution is to install turnstiles at entrances and exits. These can be hired or bought outright, and mean you can physically restrict access to the site. The latest turnstiles allow access either using a card, a fob or using fingerprints. Each has its pros and cons; the important thing is to find the right solution for each site. If cost is the main driver then re-usable fobs and cards are the way to go. However, for complete accuracy, fingerprints are the answer, as they prevent people sharing cards. The other key benefit is convenience: unlike fobs, they can never be left at home or lost. Fingerprint readers have come a long way in recent years and there are a few brands specifically designed for harsh construction-site environments. As well as keeping your site secure, the latest types of access control turnstiles have several other advantages:
Time & Attendance Keeping track of a range of different contractors and trades can be a nightmare if you rely on a paper-based system. The latest access control systems enable you to set up individual groups for each type of contractor or trade,
generate reports and use this data to confirm attendance matches the invoices you have received. This is all held online in the cloud, cutting down on the amount of paperwork you need to generate and keep track of.
Shift-working On larger projects involving multiple shifts, the latest access control enables you to track how long people have been on site, so everyone has adequate breaks - particularly important if they are operating heavy machinery.
Health & Safety Access control systems can also ensure everyone entering a site has the right level of training to carry out their duties in a safe manner, plus proactively help employers manage their training requirements. As staff approach the date where refresher training is required, their line manager can be prompted in advance, so they can be trained before they are prevented from working. This helps employers fulfil their duty of care as their staff receive regular refresher training - and ensures no-one without up to date health and safety training is allowed to work on site. The most up-to-date systems will deliver both robust site security and business intelligence which increases efficiency and upholds health and safety. © Jason Choy By Jason Choy, Welcome Gate. www.welcomegate.com Building & Facilities Management – March 2018
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Smart buildings - from smart light management to the connected Internet of Things The eyes and ears of a building - these are electronic sensors that already enable classic building automation systems to control the lighting, shading and room climate of a building. The Internet of Things (IoT) has now facilitated more efficient or even entirely new services through networking with other disciplines, such as multimedia, household appliances, alarm systems, elevators and the parking area belonging to the building. Each of these disciplines is getting smarter all the time and thus provides an entirely new dimension in services and business models. The EnOcean energy harvesting wireless standard has become successfully established for wireless networking within the building. By Armin Anders, Vice President Business Development, EnOcean GmbH Smart light management In addition to HVAC and shading, lighting is an important part of classic building automation. Lighting solutions are getting smarter, and the light adjusts, for example, to the conditions within the home, office, shopping center or on the street - coordinated with daylight or occupancy. Dynamic lighting control and the adaptation of light to human biorhythms are also becoming increasingly more important. Active light regulation ensures that employees are active and motivated throughout the workday. The introduction of LED technology has brought about an enormous transformation in the area of lighting. Fundamental changes in electronics had to be developed to be able to efficiently control and regulate the new lamps. Occupancy sensors, for example, make it possible to automatically turn off lamps that are not needed. This is particularly sensible in large office environments, in which not all areas are occupied all the time. Light sensors can adapt the brightness of indoor lighting to the amount of available ambient light (“daylight connection”). This is especially beneficial for buildings with large glass fronts where a lot of ambient light is available. Defining maximum brightness settings for dimmable lights (“task tuning”) avoids too brightly lit areas and optimizes the light level for individual areas Other sensors can also provide 28
real-time insight into the building’s condition and technical health. Current sensors measure energy consumption and energy savings per luminaire, per floor and for the entire building. Motion sensors collect occupancy data and thus provide information on the use of office rooms, which helps optimise economical use. A system of this type can also provide insight into the operating hours and usage history of lighting systems, for example, in order to improve the maintenance process. Maintenance history shows events within the system, such as current peaks, voltage drops, devices that are offline and sporadic problems. Connected Internet of Things The IoT’s enormous potential lies in its interdisciplinary use of sensors. For example, a motion sensor can control the lights, control the room climate according to demand in order to save energy and also ensure security within the building. The same is true of window contacts. The optimum approach is to combine the motion sensor with window contacts, which protect against intruders and also prevent false alarms due to open windows. If windows are opened, or if the room is unoccupied, the heat is turned down and the overall system is optimised in conjunction with algorithms that learn and suitably map user behavior. Combining with weather data on the Internet for example, a warning of imminent rain can be given in good time when windows are open. Additional intelligence can also be added - such as light quality (e.g., light intensity, colour mixture), temperature, moisture or air quality. All this data can be
collected centrally in the system, processed together with other environmental data available on the Internet and distributed to other networked devices and disciplines within the building. The wireless and self-powered Internet of Things is the future Collecting reliable sensor data and combining the data properly links the physical world with the digital one, and the networked system can respond in a far more optimised way or even create entirely new services. Wireless sensors will become the norm, since they can be flexibly placed within the room in the optimum location for the function. The maintenance-free sensors are also suitable for retrofits in existing buildings, which make up more than 99% of the total market. Considering the many subsystems and international standards, in particular, interoperable sensor concepts are becoming increasingly more important. The EnOcean ecosystem of more than 400 leading companies in the building sector, which have come together to form the EnOcean Alliance, is in an excellent position here. These companies are committed to the basic idea that wireless and selfpowered sensors are the future: the self-powered IoT, where innovative buildings can sustainably meet the needs of the future through efficient and networked automation solutions by implementing new services for the users and managers of the rooms that we occupy every day. www.enocean.de
Building & Facilities Management – March 2018
BMS Maintenance contract helps KBR save £22,000 in 2017
he maintenance and monitoring by Aimteq of the BMS (building management system) at the UK facility of KBR, has contributed to the site saving nearly £22,000 in energy consumption during 2017. Beyond the contribution towards financial savings, KBR is also impressed with the reduction in carbon emissions and the comprehensive level of reporting provided by Aimteq. The history of KBR in the UK can be traced back through the two businesses which gave the company its name - MW Kellogg and Brown & Root, which together share a rich British heritage spanning nine decades. Today, KBR is a giant in its sector, with operations in 40 countries and approximately 34,000 employees worldwide. Among the organisation’s core business streams is serving government customers globally, including capabilities that cover the full life cycle of defence, space, aviation and other government programmes and missions. These programmes range from R&D, through systems engineering, test, evaluation and programme management, to operations, maintenance and field logistics. BMS replacement The company’s UK headquarters can be found in Leatherhead, Surrey, where a phased upgrade of the BMS system had recently taken place, prior to the commencement of Aimteq’s maintenance contract. According to Steve Bennett and Keith Tyndall from KBR’s Real Estate Services, the BMS on site was first installed around 1998, although the main plant controls have recently been upgraded as part of a three-year phased program. In the time since 1998, the BMS has migrated from a Landis & Staefa Visonik system to a Siemens Desigo Insight. “We didn’t really have any issues with the operation of our BMS, www.twitter.com/BFM_Magazine
we just felt that we were not making full use of its capabilities and thought a fresh pair of eyes could make new suggestions for improvements. Also one of the drivers for changing suppliers was the potential to achieve reductions in energy consumption and carbon emissions, which are both part of a wider corporate strategy at KBR focussed on sustainable operations. “At KBR we are committed to pursuing sustainable environmental solutions to offset human activities that may contribute to global warming,” he says. “Year after year we have been recognised by the Carbon Trust for reducing our carbon footprint.” Aimteq worked up a proposal that set out how KBR could achieve and maintain its environmental objectives, reduce energy consumption, and proactively analyse performance data to avoid systems failures and reduce overall operating costs. “Aimteq proved both flexible to our specific requirements and competitive on cost, so we had no hesitation in appointing them to the project,” says Mr Bennett. Impressive returns One year after Aimteq were appointed the BMS is providing some impressive returns. For instance, the site, which comprises two main buildings, has already reduced its energy consumption by 243,953kWh in this period, equating to a financial savings of £21,955.81 and a reduction in carbon emissions of 100.5kg CO2e. On average, the site is saving 7.68% on its energy bills every month. As a point of note, because only the main meters can
be monitored at KBR it is impossible to say categorically that the savings are 100% attributable to the new BMS. However, KBR suspects that the majority of the savings could be attributed to Aimteq’s activities over the previous 12 months. “We are very happy with our decision to change the BMS supplier, not just because we are achieving our desired outcomes, but with the service provided by Aimteq,” explains Mr Bennett. “The energy saving initiatives identified and implemented throughout the last twelve months have contributed to the monthly energy savings, and we have experienced a distinct improvement in service delivery.” Aimteq’s Remote Operations Centre (ROC) saves energy and prevents costly site visits by analysing and reporting on millions of data points each week. In total, the ROC is connected to over 1600 sites across Europe, which now includes the Leatherhead facility of KBR. Reports can range from pump/motor efficiency, occupancy profiling, sequencing strategies and start-stop planning, through to energy-saving strategies, operational status monitoring, sensor calibration and sub-metering. “We particularly like the site analysis report, PPM service sheet, remedial works sheet and Aimteq’s energy-efficiency recommendations,” concludes Mr Bennett. “We would definitely recommend Aimteq to others and will use them in the future for our BMS related works.” www.aimteq.co.uk Energy Management
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