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Building & Facilities Management – January 2019
Nortech parking systems still the best choice for top boutique hotel Access control system specialist Nortech has recently seen a luxury hotel in Bath update its car park by replacing its existing Nortech FeeMaster system with the latest specification.
ortech’s FeeMaster range was installed by access control system experts APT Security Systems, which is currently updating its past application of the FeeMaster system, so that staff can continue to monitor use of the hotel’s car park. APT Security Systems is the leading provider of vehicle access control and traffic management systems in the UK. Using its experience in designing and delivering practical and cost effective solutions, APT installed the updated system which includes the FeeMaster Smart Entry Station, FeeMaster Smart Exit Station, and a FeeMaster Smart Console for inside the building. The console allows the staff to control any misuse of the car park and ensures that there are enough parking spaces for its guests. Mary Lynskey, Operations Manager at APT Security Systems commented, “Nortech’s systems have been used on our projects for a number of years and as with this hotel we are currently updating the equipment at these sites to the latest versions. We have worked with Nortech for more than 20 years and are very pleased with its equipment.” She continued, “The FeeMaster range has always worked well for the hotel and they were happy to renew the system as it’s the right fit for their business. The client likes how the products work and we will always recommend Nortech to others looking to upgrade their car parking systems.” 4
Nortech’s FeeMaster Smart parking management system is a flexible, simple and cost-effective way of managing car parking access and controlling validity periods using Mifare smart cards. This avoids the need for expensive cabling between components and minimises disruption. The FeeMaster entry station is designed to be used to record the date and time that a vehicle enters a car park. Located at the entrance of the car park, it issues tickets to visitors as they arrive, with each ticket containing a barcode, serial number and the date and time. Dispensing the ticket triggers an ‘open’ signal to the entry barrier. The ticket is then taken to the hotel’s reception desk where the date and time is used in conjunction with the FeeMaster Smart Console. The FeeMaster Smart exit station prevents unauthorised vehicles leaving a car park or entering restricted areas. Located at the exit of the car park or the entrance to a restricted area, it validates the Mifare smart cards and exit tokens. The exit station is equipped with a barcode scanner to read exit tokens issued by the FeeMaster Smart console, as well as entry tickets issued at the entry station. Each ticket is valid for single use at the exit station during the validity
period assigned to it. The exit station controller checks the details on the barcode ticket and sends an ‘open’ signal to the barrier. The FeeMaster Smart Console is a compact and easy-to-install device that reads barcode tickets issued at the entry station, calculates the fees based on pre-programmed tariff details, and encodes reusable Mifare access control cards with validity data. If necessary, the console can print customer receipts and/or barcode exit tokens. It can also control a till drawer and can optionally provide a relay output signal which can be used by third equipment i.e. barrier control whenever a card has been encoded or an exit ticket printed. The console may also be connected to a PC so that transactions can be analysed and additional tariff management features may be used. Nortech has supplied products and solutions to the security industry for over 25 years as an independent British company. The company uses extensive experience and expertise to create new security products to fit their clients’ needs and designs everything with the customer in mind. Further information is available from Nortech on 01633 485533 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting the company’s website at www.nortechcontrol.com
Building & Facilities Management – January 2019
Fibre reinforced screed speeds renovation contracts Suitable for overlaying existing surfaces such as tiles or flooring grade mastic asphalt, TREMCO SX100 Renovation Screed has been developed specifically to speed the installation of new floorcoverings, including carpets, vinyl and timber systems in refurbishment applications.
upplied in 25kg plastic lined sacks, the grey powder incorporates special fibres to reinforce the screed and provide excellent crack resistance. Meanwhile, the fast application, self-levelling characteristics help minimise downtime, while the option to apply by pump means areas of up to 2,000m2 can be laid during a single day. SX100 should be used in conjunction with a DPM while tremco illbruck Technical Services can be contacted to carry out a moisture test to ensure the RH of the substrate is below 75%. Steel and metal decks should be prepared and primed with TREMCO CS100 Epoxy Primer for Non-porous surfaces, while concrete or sand/ cement screeds require priming with TREMCO CS150 Acrylic Primer.
SX100 offers an open time of 30 minutes and provides an average coverage of 4 m2 per mix at a thickness of 4mm. It can be walked on in two to four hours and achieves a 28 day compressive strength of 30 N/mm2. Installation of final floor finishes can take place as soon as the relative humidity falls below 75%. SX100 is available through the manufacturerâ€™s network of local and national stockists or direct from tremco illbruck. For further information, please call 01942 251400 or visit www.tremco-illbruck.com.
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or a visibly professional solution in terms of storage and recycling of fluorescent tubes look no further than the Lampsafe Service from Mercury Recycling. Fabricated from lightweight Correx and with aluminium reinforcements the containers are of a sturdy construction and have carrying handles to ensure ease of movement across or from sites. Velcro fastenings are used to secure the lid. Mercury Recycling offer a mainland UK wide coverage from our Head Office in Manchester and can offer next day delivery for the more urgent requirements if necessary. We operate a PPC permitted treatment facility in Trafford Park where fluorescent tubes, lamps, batteries and WEEE are sorted and treated. We provide a complete audit trail for all your electrical and mercury bearing hazardous wastes. Electronic copies of collection and www.twitter.com/BFM_Magazine
treatment paperwork are subsequently provided to ensure both you and your clients have a proficient recycling service from start to finish backed up with the relevant documentation. Alternative size containers for larger sites are available along with units for
the safe storage and transportation of odd shaped lamps/bulbs, Batteries and WEEE; please give Graham or Alex a call on 0161 888 1562 for helpful advice or perhaps view via our website www.mercuryrecycling.co.uk News
Quality and MMC among key themes for NHBC’s Building for tomorrow 2019 roadshows Helping the UK’s housebuilders prepare for a changing landscape is the predominant theme running throughout this year’s Building for tomorrow roadshows, run by NHBC.
uilding for tomorrow is the annual series of seminars where NHBC experts present the latest technical and regulatory updates in house-building as well as sharing best practice gleaned from more than 900,000 site inspections carried out each year. Now in their 28th year, the 2019 roadshows will focus on preparing for quality homes by covering the changing political, economic and market landscape by tackling such issues as the skills shortage, supply chain challenges and the changes to the regulatory landscape. A strong feature of the future will be the increasing use of components, framed construction and Modern Methods of Construction which will all be explored as part of this year’s agenda. There will also be an update on the proposed changes in fire safety following the Hackitt Review. Commenting on the agenda, Nick Cunningham, NHBC Regional Director for the South West Region, said:
“We are in a period of great change in many aspects of the industry and of course the wider political sphere – we will aim to cover the key issues to help housebuilders adapt to these in the continuing bid to build more, high-quality new homes. “Over many years Building for tomorrow has proved to be the perfect event to network with professionals from across the UK house-building sector and to showcase your latest products to industry leaders, home builders and housing associations." The full date and venue listings are as follows, with specially tailored agendas for London, Scotland and Northern Ireland; • Tuesday, 26 February – South West – Taunton Racecourse • Thursday, 28 February – Southern – Shendish Manor, Hemel Hempstead • Tuesday, 5 March – North East – York Racecourse • Thursday, 7 March –
North West – Haydock Racecourse, Merseyside • Tuesday, 12 March – Scotland – Westerwood Hotel, Glasgow • Thursday, 14 March – South East – Sandown Racecourse Esher • Tuesday, 19 March – East – Cambridge Belfry • Thursday, 21 March – West – National Motorcycle Museum, Solihull • Thursday, 4 April – Northern Ireland – Hilton Templepatrick, Belfast • Thursday, 25 April – London – Central Hall, Westminster For further event details, and to find out more about the special 3 for 2 offer on all delegate bookings, please visit http://www.nhbc. co.uk/AwardsandEvents/ building-for-tomorrow/, contact buildingfortomorrow@nhbc. co.uk or call 0344 633 1000.
Evolution maintains quality standards with ISO certification
volution, the integrated fire and security business, has achieved ISO 9001:2015 accreditation for Quality Management Systems. The previous ISO 9001:2008 accreditation was well integrated within Evolution’s processes and procedures, enabling a smooth transition to the new standard which includes a number of important developments. 6
One of the most significant is the need for a documented Risk Management process identifying the potential risks to the business. This required a comprehensive review of the company’s Business Continuity plan to enable the newly created Risk Register to record the key areas at risk (along with the level of risk) in greater detail.
New emergency processes have also been created to include appropriate control measures to mitigate risks and identify those who may be affected. www.evolutionsecurity.com Building & Facilities Management – January 2019
CHSA Accredited Distributors achieving over 97% compliance The results from the 2018 audits of the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association’s (CHSA) Accreditation Scheme for Distributors mean their customers are guaranteed ‘what’s on the box is what’s in the box’. An average of 97.5% of relevant products across all Accredited Distributors are from CHSA Accredited Manufacturers.
he audits, conducted by the CHSA’s Independent Inspector, indicate an average of 98.6% of all soft tissue at Accredited Distributors’ warehouses is from members of the Accreditation Scheme for Manufacturers of Soft Tissue. For plastic sacks, 92% of all relevant products is from members of the Accredited Manufacturers of Plastic Refuse Sacks, while the figure Mops is an almost perfect 99.9%. “We’re delighted with the extraordinarily high levels of conformance amongst Accredited Distributors,” said Mike Stubbs, Chairman of the CHSA’s Accreditation Schemes. “Buyers of cleaning and hygiene products from our Accredited Distributors are guaranteed they get what they pay for! There is no similar guarantee for people buying
from non-Accredited distributors.” “The positive approach of our Accredited Distributors has driven up membership of our Manufacturing Standards Accreditation Schemes,” continued Mike Stubbs. “As they demand suppliers match their high standards, an increasing number of manufacturers not already Accredited are applying for membership.” Every Scheme Member is audited by the CHSA’s Independent Inspector, who visited Accredited Distributors’ warehouses and selected product at random. www.chsa.co.uk
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Pressac secures first UAE order for building sensor technology solutions following TRA approval UK smart building sensor technology manufacturer, Pressac Communications, has secured its first order in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to supply its wireless building sensor technology, following approval by the UAE radio communications governing body, the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA).
ottingham based Pressac, which employs 45 people at its Glaisdale Drive manufacturing facility, Pressac received TRA approval at the end of last year, to become an authorised dealer in the UAE and has individually registered its range of smart building sensor products for monitoring energy, environment and occupancy. Without this registration, manufacturers are prohibited from selling to the UAE. The registration initially lasts for five years, securing Pressac’s ability to supply to the UAE until 2022. Occupancy, environmental and energy monitoring solutions have received approval, which include current sensors to measure energy usage to get an instant view of the energy at a machine, room or zone level.The environmental monitoring sensors measure CO2, temperature and humidity to get an instant view of the conditions around a building. Additional products in the range include occupancy monitoring sensors which detect and monitor occupancy of desks, rooms and spaces, in real time; mini temperature and humidity 8
sensors which monitor ambient, surface or water temperatures in a room, machine or around the building and door and window sensors which provide the live status of doors and windows around a building, including doors on cupboards, cabinets and fridges. Also part of the approved solutions is a smart gateway which receives the information from the sensors and sends it to a cloud-based platform, such as IBM Watson, for data analysis. This enables integration into existing building management systems providing smart control and insights into how a building is being used. Bob Smith, Technical Director at Pressac said: “The UAE has strict regulation for radio and telecommunications equipment, so being registered as a TRA authorised dealer and being officially registered to supply our building sensor technology products with the UAE presents a
significant future opportunity for us. “Securing our first occupancy and temperature monitoring project within the UAE worth over £20,000 is a huge achievement for Pressac. Using various ways to detect the presence of people within a building helps facilities and building managers create significant energy efficiencies and cost savings.” Under TRA approval processes, Pressac has now registered as an authorised dealer and then individually registered its individual building sensor technology products for sale within the UAE. For more information on Pressac’s smart building sensor technology capabilities visit http://www.pressac.com.
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Tony Fleming appointed Condair’s new Head of Sales Cluster Northern Europe
umidification specialist, Condair, has appointed Tony Fleming as the Head of Sales Cluster Northern Europe. Tony takes on responsibility for the operations of Condair’s two sales and manufacturing facilities based in the UK and Denmark, as well as the Condair sales offices in Ireland and Sweden. Tony Fleming comments, “I am delighted to take on this new role of developing Condair’s operations in the key markets of the UK, Ireland and Scandinavia. The Condair Group has made significant investment in these regions as part of its recent global expansion and has seen good growth in all fields of humidification, evaporative cooling and dehumidification.” Tony’s appointment follows a restructuring of Condair’s regional operations and the association of the
UK and Ireland with Scandinavia as “Sales Cluster Northern Europe”. Tony’s previous position at Condair was Technical & Operations Director at Condair plc, for which he was and continues to be based in the Condair office in West Sussex, UK. Alongside his role at Condair, Tony also serves as a Non-Executive Director on the board of BSRIA. All positions within Condair’s regional operations remain unchanged, including Tim Scott remaining as Sales Director for Condair in the UK and Ireland. The Condair Group is the world’s leading specialist in humidity control and evaporative cooling, with energy efficient, hygienic and innovative technologies for commercial, industrial and heritage applications. www.condair.com
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BigChange makes two acquisitions to boost mobile workforce business BigChange, the mobile workforce technology company, has announced that it has gained valuable new software and consulting capabilities, as well as over 100 new customers, with the acquisition of two UK-based businesses.
igChange has acquired Labyrinth Logistics Consulting, an award-winning supply chain and logistics consultancy based in Royal Leamington Spa. Labyrinth provides logistics strategy, compliance and procurement consultancy, alongside a self-audit software application called SilkThread®, to major transport, logistics, FMCG, and retail organisations in the UK. Its directors, Ruth Waring and Jo Godsmark, will join BigChange’s leadership team and spearhead a new consulting arm called BigChange Advisory Plus BigChange has also acquired Trace Systems, an established provider of fleet, garage and workshop management software. Trace works with fleet operators across the UK, including plant hire and haulage companies, local authorities and the emergency services. The acquisition of Trace, which is based in Coventry, provides BigChange with a world-class asset and stock management capabilities that will be integrated into BigChange’s JobWatch platform.
Trace’s founder, Bill Davies, will work as an advisor to BigChange. Martin Port, founder and CEO of BigChange, comments: “We are delighted to complete the acquisitions of Labyrinth and Trace. These businesses are the first that BigChange has acquired since it was launched in 2013 and provide us with more fantastic people, worldclass technology, amazing new customers and multi-million revenue boost. They represent a significant milestone for our business and a major boost to our scale up plans.” Ruth Waring, Managing Director of Labyrinth Logistics Consulting, comments: “We are very excited to be part of BigChange. It is a strong, growing business that complements our offering very well indeed. As part of BigChange, we can develop a more comprehensive consultancy offering and take it to many more organisations around the world.” Bill Davies, Founder of Trace Systems, comments: “Having built a business over 30 years we see the sale of Trace Systems to BigChange as the next chapter
in our development. It will allow us to transform our fleet, garage and workshop software to take full advantage of the latest cloud and mobile technology pioneered by BigChange. This will provide fantastic opportunities for our existing and future customers.” For both acquisitions, BigChange was advised by Graham Pearce, Head of Technology at KPMG, and Nigel Hoyle, a Partner at Blacks Solicitors in Leeds. Graham Pearce, Head of Technology at KPMG, comments: “I’m thrilled to have helped BigChange cement its position as a leading vendor, adding these exciting capabilities to its portfolio. With these two acquisitions, BigChange will continue to be at the forefront of technology in the UK and the rest of the world.” Email: info@bigchangeapps. com, phone +44 (0)113 457 1000, www.bigchangeapps.com
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Fire & Hazard Protection
Door closer’s fire credentials enhanced Samuel Heath’s commitment to ensuring that its Powermatic controlled, concealed door closers provide the ultimate assurance in quality and performance has been further underlined with the successful completion of additional full-sized fire testing on both timber and steel fire doors at renowned testing laboratory, Exova Warrington Fire.
0-minute testing in accordance with BS EN 1634-1 was undertaken on a timber fire door constructed with a Halspan core to replace Powermatic’s current small-scale indicative testing for the BS476 assessment. The door set easily achieved the 30-minute test requirements, continuing until final failure occurred at 42 minutes. Significantly, where most timber door fire tests fail due to failure of the hinge/timber joint, which causes the door to drop and intumescent seal to break at the top of the door, Powermatic was actually shown to hold the door in place after the hinge/timber joint failure. This is attributed to the design, strength and location of Powermatic, which fits in a similar position to hinges, between the door and door frame. Most notably though, and in common with other fire tests including Powermatic, there was no evidence of any significant heat transfer in the vicinity where the closer was installed. The steel fire door test incorporated www.twitter.com/BFM_Magazine
an uninsulated Teckentrup fire door with Powermatic fitted using receiver plates. Again, testing was undertaken in accordance with BS EN 1634-1, but for the four-hour, FD240 fire rating. The uninsulated steel door passed the four-hour test comfortably. As a result, the test evidence will allow certification to cover both insulated and noninsulated doors at any fire rating up to and including four hours. Adam Daniels, Head of Design at Samuel Heath, states, “Recent tragic events have highlighted the need for the stringent adherence to fire safety regulations and the selection of products which meet essential performance criteria. These latest tests provide additional proof of Powermatic’s suitability for both timber and steel fire doors. They have also yielded some pleasing
information on the additional benefits that the door closers deliver. We know that specifiers working on private and public building projects will welcome these findings.” Further details on Powermatic controlled, concealed door closers can be obtained from Samuel Heath on 0121 766 4200, by emailing sales@samuel-heath. com or by visiting the company’s dedicated door closer website at www.concealeddoorclosers. com. Tel: 0121 766 4200 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Fire & Hazard Protection
The evolution of energy is the next big challenge for facilities managers Louis Burford, head of solution sales and UK optimisation Centrica.
ver the last decade, energy management has become a more prominent part of the job description for facilities managers. In many of the businesses we work with, we’re seeing the role expand to include management and even procurement of energy, so FMs are having to adapt quickly to this additional responsibility. As if that wasn’t enough, appetite for more advanced energy systems is increasing, adding an extra layer to the challenge that FMs face. As businesses seek to become more intelligent about their energy use, it’s facilities managers that will be charged with spearheading projects to not only reduce consumption but to make the energy they use more sustainable.
The challenge We recently polled 200 large businesses from across the UK and found that almost 90 per cent expect that half of their energy requirements will be fulfilled by local or renewable sources by 2025. On top of this, 80 per cent expected at least a quarter of their total energy need to be generated on-site by the same deadline. 12
If the predictions our survey uncovered are realised, it’s likely that the emissions targets set for businesses by the government’s Clean Growth Plan will be met considerably earlier than expected. In fact, more than a quarter of the businesses we surveyed had already invested in some form of onsite power generation and another third said they were considering it. Clearly, firms are not only acknowledging the need to approach energy consumption in a more sustainable way but are also actively exploring the methods that will achieve their goals. This will have obvious environmental benefits, but a more strategic approach to energy will also be vital to maintaining businesses’ competitiveness. Most (86 per cent) of the businesses in our survey said they expected ‘energy-ethical’ behaviour/operations to become essential to their future brand identity, with many already proactively changing how they use energy to attract customers. As more businesses recognise the strategic value of ‘better’ energy use, pressure to implement new technology that can increase efficiency and reduce emissions will mount.
So, what approaches are businesses taking and which will suit yours best? A lot of organisations have already made significant headway on reducing energy costs. Competitive procurement processes mean that the savviest companies are already getting the best price they can from the market. Moving beyond procurement efficiencies, there are real gains to be made in bringing down usage and investing in onsite generation and storage. A vital first step is identifying what business systems would benefit from new energy technology – it’s crucial that investment is channeled intelligently in a way that lines up with the organisation’s energy needs as well as its wider business objectives.
Insight to action As with any major project, metrics and success benchmarks need to be set. Implementing a more advanced energy system is no different. To that end, energy insight is an absolute must. Sub-metering is sometimes used as a way of tracking how energy is used by different processes in an
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organisation. However, this tends to be expensive and installation requires equipment shut-down. It will also only offer a snapshot of energy usage whenever the sub-meter is read, rather than a constant flow of information. For these reasons, many businesses favour smart sensors as a way of collecting intelligence on energy use. They can be installed easily on any equipment that produces or uses energy to provide data in real time. This data is stored digitally so it can be viewed through an easy-touse dashboard, giving the facilities manager a detailed map of how their organisation uses energy, making it easier to pinpoint where investment in new tech could be most effective. The range of energy technology out there means that choosing the right solutions for a particular business is complex. Basing these decisions on smart sensor data vastly increases the likelihood of selecting the right approach and achieving the best return on investment. Often this can be done in partnership with an energy provider who should be able to help interpret the data and choose the most appropriate solution to implement.
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technology is always going to be a challenge which is why working with an expert is often advisable – different energy solutions are designed to achieve different goals so what’s right for one business won’t necessarily work as well for another. Combined heat and power units (CHP), for example, generate heat and electricity simultaneously onsite. They can be incredibly effective at reducing energy cost but aren’t suitable for all types of business. Only a third of the fuel burned by a traditional power plant, connected to the National Grid, reaches the end user as energy due to the inefficiencies of distributing electricity over long distances. CHPs not only cut down the travel distance by generating power on-site but, because they’re designed to make use of the heat byproduct of power generation, they also capture any ‘wasted’ energy as heat. This heat can then be put to use fulfilling a secondary need – a leisure centre or hotel’s need to heat swimming pools, for example. Other types of business will find that different technologies are more appropriate. As renewable energy solutions become more plentiful and more affordable, smart sensor insight will help to identify opportunities where these technologies can be introduced without affecting operations. One of the main drawbacks to solar or wind power is that they are weather dependent and, therefore, can’t be relied on for the consistent delivery of electricity. Making the most of these solutions could mean
identifying non-critical systems that can afford an intermittent power supply – temperature control systems in a warehouse that stores non-perishables, for example. Investment in on-site battery storage can take this to the next level by facilitating constant energy provision from renewable sources. A small manufacturer, for example, could store surplus solar energy generated during the day in order to bolster supply overnight, or during peak price periods. Doing so maximises the on-site usage of renewable energy – improving the commercial viability of on-site generation and storage systems.
Getting ahead of the game Our poll highlighted that a more sophisticated approach to energy use is high on the agenda for many organisations. For the facilities managers working in these businesses, implementing this change will soon become a key focus – if it isn’t already. Yes, taking ownership of energy within a business is a major responsibility, but the advantages that can be delivered for the company if managed correctly mean the payback for facilities managers is potentially huge. The evolution of energy presents an opportunity to bring about real, positive change within a business that will ultimately elevate facilities management in the eyes of the board and make it a more strategically important role. www.centrica.com Energy
7 Green Resolutions Facilities Managers Can Make in 2019
ew Year’s Resolutions are about making changes for the better—not just improving your business or the way you work, but making the world a better place too. Few professionals are better placed than Facilities Managers to make a positive impact on environmental issues, not just by cutting their own businesses’ carbon footprints but also by helping to drive change industry wide. Demonstrating your concern for environmental issues can boost your company’s brand, and many of the most environmentally impactful changes FMs can make also have a payoff on the bottom line. So here are seven green resolutions you can make and implement in 2019.
1. Switch to REGO-certified renewable energy. It’s increasingly affordable to use renewably-sourced energy. Opt for REGOs, or Renewable Energy Guarantees of Origin, issued by the energy regulator Ofgem, to be certain that the energy your business uses is generated from renewable sources. Under the REGO scheme,
About the Author Will Richardson is a visionary in the environmental field with a passion for encouraging businesses to go green. He founded Green Element, a pioneering environmental management consultancy, in 2004 to help businesses better understand their environmental impact. His new innovative new tool ‘CompareYourFootprint.com’ allows businesses to compare their footprint to competitors. 14
Ofgem uses the GHG Protocol for calculating carbon emissions from electricity production: if all your energy is REGO-certified, your emissions for electricity are zero. Your energy supplier can match your business’s estimated consumption to the output of REGO-certified suppliers. The REGO scheme backs your business’s action on climate issues with a publically-trusted guarantee.
more effective. Invest in varied bins, coded by colour, size, or lid-type, to help people learn what goes where. Simply encouraging good recycling habits can significantly decrease your business’s carbon footprint.
2. Invest in better disposal facilities
If you’re not already using the most efficient lightbulbs available (such as LED bulbs), you can instantly make a big impact on your carbon footprint—and your energy costs— by switching out every bulb across your buildings. Bulbs are not the only efficiency technology that can make a big difference. Sensors which switch lights off after an interval in which no movement has been detected are great for rooms which are only occasionally visited, like meeting rooms. Every light should be equipped with a dimmer switch to ensure that no more energy is being used than is actually required.
The frontline of environmental action for many businesses is waste disposal. For the public, green waste disposal is a key signal that a business takes its environmental responsibilities seriously. Most businesses now make recycling facilities available within their buildings, but this is only a first step. Recycling properly can be complicated—what goes in which bin? What kind of plastic is this?—and the people who work in and visit your buildings may need education in using the facilities. Clear, engaging signage is a must. Some waste companies can provide signage as part of their service, but even if they can’t, they will be able to advise you about how to make your recycling facilities
3. Implement the latest lighting technology
4. Digitise paperwork Replacing physical paperwork with digital alternatives not only reduces paper consumption, it also
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streamlines operations. Implement digital signing technology on all office computers and install screens in meeting rooms. Make double-sided printing the default on all printers.
5. Reduce travel Travel is responsible for the bulk of many businesses’ emissions. Once again, technology offers solutions here. Install up-to-date video conferencing technology to ensure that as many meetings as possible can be held online. It goes without saying that as well as reducing your footprint, flying less can save your business a great deal of money. Where air travel is unavoidable, remember that Economy flights are less wasteful than First or Business class flights.
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less wasteful, is improved insulation. A well-insulated building requires less heating and cooling, and if you’re spending a lot on temperature control, improved insulation could result in huge savings as well as a reduced carbon footprint.
7. Increase engagement Don’t implement the nine resolutions above in a vacuum. Let people know what you’re doing, whether it’s your clients and customers or your employees. Involve HR and Marketing to increase awareness and build a culture of sustainability. Some of the people who regularly use your facility are likely to be passionate about environmental issues themselves: recruit them
to help you spread awareness and engagement. Including some green tips in employee starter packs is an easy way to begin. Energy
Security & Access Control
PAC keeps Gloucester City Homes’ residents as safe as houses Gloucester City Homes is an independent registered housing association that owns and manages rented homes, leasehold properties, shared ownership properties, commercial units and homeless units. It recently upgraded access control within a number of its dwellings with pioneering technology from PAC by STANLEY Products & Solutions.
ow recognised as one of the best housing providers in the country through accreditations including the Customer Service Excellence Standard, Gloucester City Homes has a proud record of delivering high quality services to its tenants and leaseholders. It owns and manages around 4,500 rented homes, 500 sheltered housing properties, 270 leasehold properties, 25 commercial units and 21 homeless units, all of which meet the requirements of the government’s Decent Homes Standard.
Plan of action The organisation has a 30-year financial business plan to deliver around £100m of investment in new homes in the region. It is also working to improve its existing portfolio and support the economic wellbeing of the area through housing regeneration and the creation of new jobs. Gloucester City Homes provides the highest standards of security and safety in its dwellings and 16
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David Wainwright, its IT operations manager, comments, ‘We aim to respond to the changing needs and expectations of our tenants and this means that we must keep up with the technology that is available to help us achieve that objective. It was obvious to me that innovations in access control had moved on apace in the 20 years since the previous PAC system had been installed in 236 of our buildings across the city. Although the system had served us well I decided to invite in PAC’s area manager, Lloyd Palmer, to look at what we could do to upgrade it.’
Great minds think alike The previous access control system was based on Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) dial up modem technology. This used a standard phone line to manage a portfolio of over 4,500 key fobs, which often proved a slow and laborious process that also meant that the key fob database was not as accurate as David Wainwright wanted it to be. After taking a comprehensive brief that took into account Gloucester City Homes’ long-term objectives, Lloyd Palmer put together a proposal that involved the installation of PAC 512 controllers and modems to create a highly innovative remote monitoring platform that could be accessed via a PC, tablet or smartphone. He explains, ‘PAC 512 devices utilise the general packet radio service
(GPRS) platform, which is a faster and cost effective means of connecting remote sites via a mobile network. It provides an enhanced service over traditional mobile/landline telephone connections and makes administration of the system more flexible.’ The proposal was then put out to tender, with Birmingham based Harrold-Jones Services emerging victorious. The company’s sales manager, Phil Povey, states, ‘With significant experience in installing security and access control equipment in the residential sector for almost 20 years, we were delighted to have the opportunity to work with Gloucester City Homes and PAC, whose products have high levels of innovation, reliability and ease of use.’
Compare and contrast Over a three-month period HJS engineers installed the new system to an agreed programme. Each site remained operational in order to ensure consistency of service until the new system was installed, commissioned and tested and a successful switchover completed. During that time representatives from Gloucester City Homes familiarised themselves with the operation of the system at PAC’s training centre in Stockport. The new system has been fully integrated with the PAC Residential Cloud, which allows designated personnel to access information
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Security & Access Control remotely. David Wainwright says, ‘The previous system’s limitations meant that any problems and issues had to be dealt with by two or three centrally located individuals. This was obviously restrictive and meant a delayed response. By contrast, the new technology allows remote diagnostics, technical issues, servicing and key fob management to be carried out by a team of over 25 people. It’s also possible to remotely view status, unlock a door and access an event log. It has made a massive difference to response times and using the cloud also means that a dedicated technical team can address connection issues, manage the system and be proactive by highlighting problems and putting contingencies in place.’ The PAC Residential Cloud uses a virtual private network (VPN) to keep data safe and is General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
compliant. Information is stored with The Bunker, a trusted PAC partner for highly secure, compliant and high availability outsourced infrastructure. The Bunker’s fully owned UK data centres are secure by their design and certified to the ISO 27001 standard for information security management.
Key features Not surprisingly, from time to time residents lose their key fobs. David Wainwright comments, ‘If this happens, we can quickly access their information, carry out an authorisation check, let them into their block and, if necessary, deactivate the missing fob. Instantly deleting key fobs that are lost makes our buildings more secure. We have also configured key fobs to activate barriers to allocated parking spaces in car parks, equipment stores and communal facilities.’
Above and beyond The new PAC access control system surpassed all of David Wainwright’s initial expectations and he concludes, ‘The improvements to our responsiveness, flexibility and overall efficiency have been significant. This has positive implications for tenant satisfaction and means that we now have a future proof system that keeps residents as safe as possible. Working in true partnership with PAC by STANLEY Products & Solutions and Harrold-Jones Services was a pleasure and the entire installation process was seamless.’ For further information please contact Ewa Kaszubska , Product Marketing Manager. Email: ewa. email@example.com, Tel: T: +44 (0) 161 406 3497, or visit www.pacgdx.com
Nortech’s dedicated training facility welcomes access control system installers and integrators
ed by highly experienced technical experts, Nortech’s courses combine hands-on practice with theoretical sessions covering real-world security issues and take place at the company’s dedicated training facility in South Wales. Nortech is committed to providing an outstanding customer experience with its products and services. As part of this commitment, it offers a range of in-depth training in access control, readers and ID devices, and long range identification, ideal for those with sound knowledge and experience in people and vehicle access systems. The courses are: The Nortech products overview, which focuses on Nortech’s access control products, card readers, ID devices, long range identification, vehicle counting and parking management products. Access Control. The modules cover the access control products, Norpass installation and Nortech Reader Interface installation. The final module www.twitter.com/BFM_Magazine
progresses into the installation and configuration of NRI products. Long range identification training begins with vehicle tagging and ANPR systems. Other modules in the programme discuss the installation and configuration of the ANPR, uPASS and Transit ranges. Vehicle detection and parking training includes learning about Nortech’s popular Feemaster Smart and the company’s counting and count management products. The installation and configuration of the Feemaster Smart Console, entry and exit stations and an overview of the inductive loop detector operation, applications and set up of Nortech’s parking detectors are all included. Readers and ID devices installation training for each reader and ID device supported by Nortech is also available. Training is free to all existing account customers. In addition, every participant will receive a comprehensive pack of product specifications, application notes and
a certificate of completion. For more information on upcoming training days and the topics mentioned, visit https://www.nortechcontrol. com/support/training/ Nortech uses extensive experience and expertise to create new security products to fit their clients’ needs and designs everything with the customer in mind. Further information is available from Nortech on 01633 485533 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting the company’s website at www.nortechcontrol.com Security & Access Control
Facilities for the Disabled
One stop shop solution for accessible toilets away from home Lack of space to provide assisted accessible toileting can be overcome if Closomat expertise is utilised.
he company, Britain’s leading provider of such facilities, is emphasising that many of the perceived obstacles can be overcome by a different approach. It cites its installs at venues such as Longdown Activity Farm, Cornwall Services and The Honey Pot cafe as examples of how its thinking can enable a venue to open its doors to the tens of thousands of disabled people who need extra space and equipment to address their intimate care needs when away from home. “More and more venues which the public access are aware of the need for assisted accessible toilets, often referred to as Changing Places, but are deterred thinking it requires a significant investment in space and kit,” says Kelvin Grimes, Closomat’s away from home project manager. “At the end of the day, the majority of potential users are glad to have their needs acknowledged, even if the facility provided is not to the full specification of British Standards. We do our utmost to help find some solution that is as compliant as possible.” As a result, Closomat has been able to help venues provide wheelchair accessible toilets with space, a hoist and adult-sized changing bench in, among other locations, a converted shipping container, a staff toilet, and a former small clothes shop. “Where there’s a will, there’s a way- almost always,” adds Kelvin. “We have undertaken so many successful projects, we have the expertise to know what will work. It’s why we worked with campaigners to develop solutions, to give venues an opportunity to be 18
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socially responsible and meet the need, even if they can’t provide a full specification Changing Places.” Under BS8300:2018 and Building Regulations Approved Document M 2013, a Changing Places toilet – i.e a wheelchair accessible toilet with 12m2, a ceiling track hoist, privacy screen and adult sized changing bench – should be provided in all buildings to which the public have access, in addition to other wheelchair accessible facilities. Document M also states that if space is limited in any location, then the minimum able/ disabled WC provision should be a unisex wheelchair accessible toilet. Closomat is the UKs leading provider of enabling toilet strategies, in domestic and commercial environments, be it a home bathroom adaptation to full project management of a Changing Places facility. It is the only company in the sector able to offer a complete package, from design advice through install to subsequent service and maintenance. Its website www.clos-o-mat.com has a raft of specification and support data, including white papers, CAD blocks, specification criteria and technical drawings, to the extent it is now the ‘go to’ resource for accessible toileting solutions. Potential users of a wheelchair-
accessible toilet with space, bench and hoist (Changing Places) include: • 1.5 million wheelchair users • 6.5 million people who have either bladder or bowel incontinence • 1.5 million people with a learning disability • 1.2 million people living with stroke • 62,000 amputees • 30,000 people with cerebral palsy • 13,000 people with acquired brain injuries • 8,500 people with multiple sclerosis • 100,000 people with muscular dystrophies • 5000 people with motor neurone disease • 8,000 people with spina bifida • 40,000 people with spinal injuries • 120,000 people with a stoma • 3.8 million adults morbidly obese • 0.8 million disabled children • 8.7 million people with osteoarthritis • 400,000 people with rheumatoid arthritis www.clos-o-mat.com Tel: 0161 969 1199; Email: email@example.com
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Waste Management & Recycling
SONGWON and RPC bpi nordfolien partner to produce sustainable packaging containing 50% recycled PE SONGWON Industrial Co., Ltd. proudly announces that it has become one of the first chemical companies in the world to package its products in 20kg PE-bags made with 50% recycled PE.
ONGWON has collaborated with the German innovative packaging specialists, RPC bpi nordfolien, to develop PE-bags for packaging 20kg of product using recycled materials originating from different waste streams, including industrial printed bags that have already been used. All of the solvents that are required for de-inking are also recycled continuously in a closed loop process. Sustainability is taken seriously at SONGWON and the organization embraces its responsibility to create new, more sustainable solutions in line with the United Nations 17 Sustainability Goals (SDGs). While continually striving to conserve resources, SONGWON focuses its efforts on optimizing processes and developing new opportunities to leverage combined capabilities by cooperating with other leading companies. “With RPC bpi nordfolien, we have found an innovative partner who can support us to live SONGWON’s Vision: ‘Sound and sustainable growth for all our stakeholders in harmony with the interests of our planet and its people’,” says Maurizio Butti, Chief Executive Officer at SONGWON. During the past 12 months, the recycled 20kg bags were successfully trialed on various customers to make sure that they met SONGWON’s quality standards and those of the customers for strength, color stability and handling. SONGWON will be continuing the smooth transition to the new recyclable packaging over the next few months. Commenting Cord Manegold, Global Business Manager Main AO’s and Blends www.twitter.com/BFM_Magazine
(Left to right) Christian Knappik, Key Account Manager / Business Unit Chemical Industry, RPC bpi nordfolien, Hwasik Jung, Ulsan Plant Manager & Cord Manegold, Global Business Manager Main AO’s and Blends.
at SONGWON said: “This collaboration puts SONGWON in an optimal position to better help our customers meet their own sustainability targets. We are also very interested in hearing more from our customers about their sustainability initiatives and how SONGWON can support these efforts.” “SONGWON is the very first chemical company to use packaging film with such high recycled material content for their PE-bags. We are pleased to share our expertise with them and to help extend the reach of such technology, in order to contribute to preserving the environment for all of us,” says Christian Knappik, Key Account Manager / Business Unit Chemical Industry at RPC bpi nordfolien. SONGWON, which was founded in 1965 and is headquartered in Ulsan, South Korea, is a leader in the development, production and supply of specialty chemicals. The second largest manufacturer of polymer stabilizers worldwide, SONGWON Industrial Group operates companies all over the world, offering the
combined benefits of a global framework and readily accessible local organizations. Dedicated experts work closely together with customers to develop tailormade solutions that meet individual requirements. www.songwon.com. NORDFOLIEN is part of the RPC group. RPC Group plc is based in the United Kingdom, and with more than 190 locations in 34 countries and more than 25,000 employees it is one of Europe’s largest supplier of plastic packaging and non-packaging applications. NORDFOLIEN is the innovative specialist of premium quality industrial and consumer packaging which has applications in almost every sector and field. Highest quality, top service and absolute dependability are the basis of our group’s success.Apart from industrial bag packaging for the chemical industry as well as films for transport and pallet protection we also develop and produce packaging for peat and wood processing, building industry and the food sector. Thanks to high quality of the raw materials, the sustainable recycling process and innovative recipes all NORDFOLIEN packaging is characterized by the highest levels of quality. www.nordfolien.com. Waste Management & Recycling
Health & Safety
Top quality fall protection training delivers wellbeing and business benefits Phil Rashbrook, European Training Manager for Fall Protection at MSA Safety explains why investing in fall protection training is a must for safety conscious employers responsible for the safety of those working at height.
enjamin Franklin once said: ‘an investment in knowledge always pays the best interest’ and, according to the Association for Talent Development, companies offering comprehensive employee training have a 218 per cent higher income per employee than companies that do not. The benefits of quality training are obvious, yet it is often overlooked. It should be an essential part of any business, especially when employees are working at height and faced with potentially significant risks. Unfortunately, fall protection training remains largely unaudited and not all providers offer top quality training - and that is what’s needed in order to add real value to your business. In a nutshell, it is teaching people comprehensively how to work safely at height, which includes so much more than simply showing them how to put on a harness, for example. Quality training should implement a holistic approach, with a focus on both theoretical and practical training. Theory may include, for instance, an overview of legislation and best approaches, including comprehensive risk assessment processes, the technical aspects of working at height and additional emergency considerations. It’s then a case of putting that knowledge into practice. This could include the fitting of harnesses, knowing which lanyards to select and how to use them, and generally ensuring that the correct fall protection equipment is being used in the right way. One of the most important byproducts of quality training is improved 20
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confidence, both in knowing the limitations of the equipment and how to use it properly, and in making the right decisions while working at height. Armed with this confidence, people working at height should feel empowered to thoroughly and accurately assess their surroundings for safety risks, ask questions and raise potential safety concerns with their site or safety manager. Something that is often forgotten is the value of keeping training fun and engaging. In my experience, if you enjoy training you will learn and retain more information. An enjoyable experience generally helps to nurture a positive change in attitude. The location of the training is really important. If possible, it’s best to train people on their own site. This makes training lifelike and realistic and therefore more relevant to them. The best providers should always offer bespoke training that is tailored to each business’s unique environment and work scenarios. . If it is not possible to carry out training on site, then the next best option is a state-of-the-art training centre with both indoor facilities which are protected from inclement weather, and outdoor facilities with multiple applications. There is, unfortunately, no overall auditing or governing body for this type of training. Businesses operating in the work at height arena therefore need to be able to trust that their training provider can offer the expertise, knowledge and experience to cover a wide array of eventualities and applications.
Typically, with top quality training comes additional benefits, such as assistance with developing and implementing rescue plans. These crucial plans outline how to rescue people in the event of a fall from height. It is a legal requirement for businesses to have rescue plans in place for those working at height, and legislation recommends that businesses should be capable of dealing with this and not be reliant on the help of the fire and rescue service. Follow-up support is a key feature of a quality training provider. After initial training has been delivered, a provider should offer the option of return visits and continued support, including site audits to ensure that the benefits of training are being realised. When choosing the right training partner for your business, it is important to consider all of the above because you cannot put a price on the safety of your workers. While it may be cheaper to use a less experienced and less expensive provider in the short-term, there are of course long-term disadvantages. You may not have the assurances that the training you have bought has really reached your employees and helped motivate them to become safety ambassadors for your business. Follow-up support is likely to be minimal, if it exists at all, and the provider is unlikely to offer the valuable bespoke, tailor-made training that sufficiently meets your unique needs. www.msasafety.com
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Safe Shores Monitoring launches unique lone worker app Safe Shores Monitoring has launched an app that transforms a smartphone into a lone worker protection device with unrivalled safety features as part of an £800,000 investment into their business.
he lone worker monitoring specialist, which supports a number of construction and facilities management firms in their duty of care to staff, developed its Companion Application to utilise a range of smart phone features to ensure employees working alone are safe from danger. In an industry first, Companion offers an integrated, cross-platform internet of things (IoT) connected lone worker application. The app is connected by Safe Shores Monitoring’s Police Preferred Specification Archangel cloud service to deliver a contextuallyaware, intelligence-driven solution. Safe Shores Monitoring believes Companion delivers the most advanced man-down detection system available by harnessing the array of sensors available within the device and combining sensor data with advanced algorithms to validate genuine situations of jeopardy. The app also instantly pairs with the smallest Bluetooth SOS button to come to the lone worker market. Other features of the app include screen-lock button override which can be pressed discretely if circumstances prevent the lone worker from speaking or indicating they need help. Companion uses sophisticated location technologies, including the phone’s GPS to trace the location of the user, which can then be shared with emergency services if required. Features of the app enable system www.twitter.com/BFM_Magazine
users to record and report their working activities and stay safe. Tom Morton, CEO of Safe Shores Monitoring, said: “Our Companion App has been developed by our inhouse team of software specialists to put the most effective lone worker safety device in the hands of any construction or maintenance employee who has a smartphone. Companion has features that aren’t available elsewhere on the market and we are excited to make it available to our new and existing clients.” The Safe Shores Monitoring’s lone worker system can be
connected to its state-of-the-art Alarm Receiving Centre (ARC) that operates 24/7, 365 days a year. The ARC and system are certified to the highest industry standards, which means it can bypass the 999 system to deliver priority access to police, fire and ambulance control rooms across the UK. Based in Dunoon, Argyll, the ARC’s staff are highly experienced and trained to locate the alarm user, listen to the call and assess the situation. The ARC offers emergency services mission-critical information if they are required to offer support. http:// www.safeshoresmonitoring.co.uk/ Health & Safety
Building & Refurbishment
he National Centre for Writing, which has just completed a £2 million extension and refurbishment project at its headquarters in Norwich, called upon the capabilities of the latest Priva BMS (building management system) as a vital part of the upgrade. By installing stateof-the-art Priva Blue ID technology to monitor and control the internal climate, the organisation hopes to ensure that the building’s fabric, which includes ancient timber beams, is preserved in an optimum way. Since 2015, the National Centre for Writing has been based at Dragon Hall, a Grade I listed, 15th century medieval trading hall of significant historic interest. In such a building, factors like humidity can have an extremely detrimental and compromising effect on the internal structure. With this fact in mind, and the knowledge that the building’s existing BMS was reaching the end of its life and becoming unreliable, the decision was taken to invest in Priva technology. Although Dragon Hall, the Great Hall of which was built in 1430, is a befitting home for such a prestigious organisation as the National Centre for Writing, there is a constant need to ensure that the building is both fit for purpose and properly preserved for the future. With this in mind, permission was sought to upgrade the property. As a literature development agency, the National Centre for Writing has a long track record of success, even leading the bid for Norwich to be granted the UNESCO City of Literature title in 2012 – the first such accolade in England. Recognising the need for the organisation to continue its good work, £789,434 from National Lottery sources was granted by the Arts Council England to support the upgrade project’s capital costs. The aim was to integrate new educational and community spaces, enhanced office space and technical facilities, a refurbished public performance arena seating up to 120 people, and 22
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residential space for visiting writers. Clearly, as part of such a major innovation, the opportunity arose to optimise the climate control for both occupant comfort and building preservation. The existing building was served with an ageing BMS prone to reliability issues. To address the situation, Norwich-based Electrical and Mechanical Controls Ltd (EMC), a long-standing Priva partner, was appointed to the project. “We were involved with installing a heating system in a previous glass extension at Dragon Hall back in 2005,” says Dan Millard, Technical Operations Manager at EMC. “The extension incorporated office space and a new plant room, and this successful experience helped us secure the new contract.” This time around, however, the list of demands was much longer as it involved the renovation of a structure that is one of the famed ‘Norwich 12’ iconic buildings. Dragon Hall, which is renowned for its spectacular timber crown-post roof and intricately carved dragon, is symbolic of Norwich as a city of historic national importance. “Energy saving wasn’t the primary driver for this project,” states Mr Millard. “Conservation of the Grade I listed building was the main concern. Dragon Hall incorporates a lot of old timber and it is therefore vital to ensure the climatic conditions are right, for example – keeping an eye on the humidity to ensure the beams don’t degrade.” The existing BMS, as well as being unreliable, suffered from both poor usability and operability, being described as “fiddly and not user friendly”. Upgrading the system in terms of better control and easier maintenance, was thus a priority.
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Priva BMS helps preserve historic HQ of National Centre for Writing
“Priva is our BMS manufacturer of choice due to the products being reliable and cost effective,” says Mr Millard. “We deployed Priva controllers for the main panel at Dragon Hall, utilising Priva Blue ID C4 controllers that interfaced with the Mitsubishi air conditioning system via BACnet. We also used the Priva cloud connection [TC Manager Connect] to integrate the new wing with the rest of the building.” At all stages of the project, EMC needed to be mindful in terms of minimising any disruption to building’s day-to-day operations. As well as hosting the National Centre for Writing, an organisation called the Dragon Hall Heritage Volunteers act as tour guides to the building, which is also home to a museum. Couple this task with the priority of not compromising the building’s structural fabric, and the size of the challenge is plain to see. The historical significance of Dragon Hall cannot be overstated; although the Great Hall on the first floor was built in the 15th century, some parts of the site are much older. In fact, archaeological research shows evidence of a Saxon building beneath the hall that was erected around the year 1000. “From a planning point of view, care was needed with regard to what we mounted on the walls,” says Mr Millard. “With this in mind, the sensors used had to be visually in keeping with the rest of the Grade I listed building.” www.priva.co.uk
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TREMCO system specified to reseal penguin playground
contractor specialising in concrete repairs and structural waterproofing has employed fully compatible products from the tremco illbruck range to reseal parts of the penguin enclosure that attracts many thousands of visitors to The Deep in Hull every year. The very challenging work within The Kingdom of Ice penguin enclosure was carried out November 2017 by local company BOSA Contracts. The fast-track installation had to be completed under careful monitoring of ambient conditions due to high humidity levels prompting the tremco illbruck area technical manager to make several site visits, advising on system selection. As well as the humid atmosphere, TREMCO ES100 One Coat Universal DPM was also chosen to avoid causing any deterioration of the fibreglass substrate. Over a two week period, BOSA Contracts’ highly experienced team of operatives grit-blasted the fibreglass pool and surrounds to remove the original coating which had faded and was flaking off. Some 160 square metres of TREMCO ES100 was applied and then blinded with TREMCO CP507 Medium Sand while it remained tacky. Two coats of the TREMCO CP900 Dry/Chem Sealer, pigmented bright white, were then applied to provide a highly resilient surface resembling ice. Steve Renner, Director of BOSA Contracts, commented: “We have done work at The Deep in the past, but this project was made challenging not just by the conditions, including the high humidity, but also because of the time pressure: the penguins having had to be moved out and the attraction shut down for the duration of the work. “We have been using tremco illbruck products for over 15 years now and have always had very good service from the company. We chose to go with the ES100 www.twitter.com/BFM_Magazine
and other materials in the Kingdom of Ice because we had experience of these on other jobs where we have been pleased with the ease of application and efficient curing time.” Also available in grey, blue, red and green, TREMCO CP900 is frequently specified for projects such as car parks, industrial flooring, balconies, walkways and fountains. It is a two-part product which involves the mixing of an initiator, while it
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can be applied in temperatures down to -100 Centigrade. BOSA Contracts completed the work on schedule allowing The Kingdom of Ice’s pool to be refilled and the attraction reopened to the public in time for the school Christmas holidays. For further information on tremco illbruck, please call 01942 251400 or visit www.tremco-illbruck.com.
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Top commercial vehicles provider benefiting from huge energy savings thank to Ecolighting Ecolighting continues to work with leading provider of efficient commercial vehicles MAN Truck & Bus UK at its Wiltshire depot following successful lighting installations at a number of its regional branches.
AN Truck & Bus UK has sites all over the country and offers a comprehensive range of commercial vehicles, buses, coaches and industrial engines to transport operators and companies. After being contacted by the Westbury branch following previous applications, Ecolighting was chosen again as MAN’s preferred supplier and installer of LED lighting. Operating with a responsible commitment to the environment, MAN Truck & Bus UK is aiming to reduce its energy usage on a yearby-year basis. Other MAN sites fitted with Ecolighting luminaires are already benefiting from significant energy savings, reduced carbon emissions, superior lighting levels, an enhanced working environment and improved health and safety. Additionally reduced maintenance costs are also a huge benefit. The Westbury site had previously been excluded from the 2015 upgrade plan as MAN discussed renewing the building’s lease. Three years on, and the company remains at the site and contacted Ecolighting to update the lighting in the truck repair centre. The new luminaires will result in an annual saving of more than £5,000 in energy, replacement lamps, 24
climate change levy reductions, maintenance and carbon credits. Tracy Lister, Property Manager at MAN Truck & Bus UK, commented, “We have worked with Ecolighting for about three years and they have installed low energy luminaires into most of our branches. Westbury is one of the latter sites being updated, but we are already finding massive energy saving benefits at the sites using Ecolighting products. The installations have also enabled savings under the Government CRC Scheme, whereby we purchase our carbon allowances. As we use less energy we burn less carbon, so again another large saving.” She continued, “I would definitely recommend Ecolighting to others. They have always been very supportive to our needs and carried out all installations without any disruption to the business. Their aftersales support is excellent and they are very quick to respond/attend to any requests. They have very friendly staff and nothing is too much trouble, no matter how large or small your company is I feel everyone is of equal importance to Ecolighting. We are very happy with the results hence the ongoing use of their services.” Chosen for the installation at the Westbury site are the Pegasus, Sapphire, DampProof, Surface Circular and Panel LEDs as well as Floodlight LEDs and the Medusa LED streetlight. Used throughout the site’s workshop areas is Ecolighting’s compact Pegasus luminaire. Pegasus from Ecolighting is a top specification LED High Bay luminaire and one of the company’s most popular light fittings. Encased in a robust yet lightweight and stylish aluminium body, Pegasus uses an Osram driver and top quality Osram LEDs giving 166 lumens per watt and up to 80% energy saving in installations. The sealed dustproof construction prevents access from
insects and makes for easy cleaning. The Pegasus High Bay luminaire is used by Ecolighting frequently for a wide range of applications from industrial, warehouses, cold stores and manufacturing to sports halls and retail stores. For the Westbury site’s stores, workshop walls and lockers Ecolighting’s Sapphire luminaire was chosen. Sapphire from Ecolighting is one of the company’s most popular LED luminaires for use in commercial and industrial environments. Manufactured by Ecolighting in the UK, Sapphire features high output chip-on-board LEDs and OSRAM driver encased in a linear body with a polycarbonate diffuser, all rated IP54. The 1500mm length luminaire comes in four power ratings of 40w, 50w, 60w and 80w, with up to 9600 lumens, a colour temperature of 4000K and colour rendering of RA80. With lamp life of 50,000 hours, the Sapphire comes with a five-year warranty. The company’s reception, canteen, washroom and pits required a damp proof luminaire. The DampProof LED is a uniform light with a wide beam angle that ensures energy savings of up to 50%. With an efficacy of 115 lumens per watt, the DampProof LED has a luminous flux of up to 6,400 lm and is available with a colour temperature of 4,000K or 6,500K. With IP65 protection, a beam angle of 180° and available in 21W, 30W, 39W and 55W, the luminaires also have a lifespan of up to 50,000 hours. All of the Westbury site’s office areas are fitted with indoor LED ceiling panel luminaires. These are ideal for use as a direct replacement for luminaires with 4 x 18 W or 4 x14 W fluorescent lamps and for lighting conference rooms, reception areas, foyers and recessed ceiling systems with grid size of 600 x 600 mm. The Panel LED ensures energy savings of
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Lighting up to 50% compared to conventional luminaires and is designed with a very slim aluminium housing and matt white frame. Its external driver for extended flexibility is quick to install and comes with a five-year guarantee. The Panel’s luminaire efficacy is up to 110 lumens per watt, comes with a luminous flux of up to 4,000 lm and is available with colour temperature of 3,000K, 4,000K and 6,500K. For the outside yard areas at Man, Truck & Bus UK, LED floodlights and the Medusa amenity lights were selected. Perfect as a replacement for floodlights with halogen lamps, the LED Floodlight is suited to applications in garages, public areas, building facades and construction areas. With energy savings of up to 90% compared to halogen lamp floodlights, the frosted tempered glass cover for uniform illumination offers IP65 protection and a luminaire efficacy of up to 110 lumens per watt. The 135W LED Floodlight comes with a mounting bracket for up to 180° tilting and is available with a colour temperature of 4,000K and a luminous flux of 15000 lm. Ideal for use in streets, security, car parks and building exteriors, the Medusa luminaire provides huge cost savings and makes a substantial difference to energy bills. By using top quality LEDs in Medusa, Ecolighting ensures high thermal conductivity, minimal light decay, pure light, very stable performance and a 50,000-hour lifespan. As a result, Ecolighting is able to offer a 10-year conditional guarantee with optional photocell control and a pre-programmed dimming cycle for smaller projects. Unlike many other lighting companies, Ecolighting has its own team of lighting and electrical installation engineers as well as carrying out the lighting scheme design with Relux software in the early stages of client lighting projects. The company also manufactures its luminaires in the UK and uses UK-sourced Osram control gear and LED chips. All of this means that the company has much better control than many and can present better value for money to clients. The company www.twitter.com/BFM_Magazine
is also a Carbon Trust Accredited Supplier, assessed to BSEN ISO 9001:2015 and are members of the Lighting Industry Association. As one of the UK leaders in LED lighting solutions to commerce and industry, Ecolighting has worked with many other big name companies such as Kuehne Nagel, Debenhams,
Carlsberg, Culina and Cadbury. Further information on energy saving LED lighting schemes is available from Ecolighting on 01455 552511, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting the company’s website at www.ecolightinguk.com Lighting
Hidden in light rails No need for a trackbox with these LED drivers
ith the in-track drivers in the advanced and excite (ADV/ EXC) series, Tridonic is continuing with the miniaturisation of its control gear. The drivers have an output power of 25 or 40 W and are integrated directly in the adapter for the 230 V track systems so there is no longer any need for a trackbox. The in-track ADV and EXC (SELV) drivers show their strengths when used in lighting for shops, art galleries, museums and restaurants. Their compact design enables them to be installed directly in an adapter (available in black or white) which can be hidden in a 230 V track system to save space. The conspicuous trackbox that was previously required is now superfluous. This opens up design options in which technology can take a backseat in favour of more subtle designs for the luminaires.
Flexible combinations with LED spotlight modules Thanks to the wide operating window of 350 to 600 mA for devices with an output power
of 25 W and 500 to 1050 mA for devices with an output power of 40 W, the in-track drivers can be combined with numerous LED spotlight modules. On drivers in the advanced series the relevant output currents can be easily set in 25 mA increments via an I-SELECT 2 plug. Drivers in the excite series can be set in 1 mA increments via NFC (Near Field Communication). With NFC multiprogramming and the in-house companionSUITE software, up to 10 packaging units can be programmed in a single step. This speeds up the configuration process in production, lowers costs and reduces the error rate. The output current can be easily changed at any time via NFC. The in-track drivers offer excellent performance with more than 85 percent efficiency at a favourable price-performance ratio. They are compatible with the Global Trac PRO and Global Trac PULSE track systems from Nordic Aluminium, as well as with OneTrack from Stucchi.
About Tridonic Tridonic is a world-leading supplier of lighting technology, supporting its customers with intelligent hardware and software and offering the highest level of quality, reliability
and energy savings. As a global driver of innovation in the field of lighting-based network technology, Tridonic develops scalable, futureoriented solutions that enable new business models for lighting manufacturers, building managers, systems integrators, planners and many other types of customer. To promote the vision of the “Internet of Light”, Tridonic relies on partnerships with other specialists. The goal is the joint development of innovative technological solutions that convert lighting systems into intelligent networks and thereby enable associated services. Its profound, technical industry expertise makes Tridonic an ideal partner for established brands and for newcomers to the market. Tridonic is the technology company of the Zumtobel Group and is headquartered in Dornbirn, Austria. In the 2017/18 tax year, Tridonic generated sales of € 352.7 million. 1,690 highly skilled employees and a worldwide sales presence in over 50 countries provide the basis for developing and launching new, smart and connected lighting systems. www.tridonic.com
Building & Facilities Management – January 2019
City College in class of its own following second LED lighting installation
he £13m Regional Centre of Excellence for STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) opened in autumn 2017 and boasts a range of fantastic facilities. The centre was developed with the input of over 200 employers and aims to help give City College students the edge in a competitive job market. Fitzgerald Lighting’s Phantom, Eclipse, Cosmo, Celestial and Dustproof LED luminaires were installed by Totus Engineering alongside an emergency lighting system to give the building a better light output and to ensure energy and cost savings. More than 900 of Fitzgerald Lighting’s luminaires were used across the STEM building’s reception, communal areas, classrooms and stairwells. Gilbert Snook, Head of Estates at City College Plymouth commented, “We’ve been using Fitzgerald’s systems with success for 20 years as their luminaires provide a good quality of light, are low maintenance and have cut our running costs substantially. We like to use companies in the area as we are keen to support local purchasing and our local economy, and Fitzgerald provided good customer service and the units look great, we are very happy with the results.” Used throughout the site’s reception, entrance and communal areas is Fitzgerald Lighting’s Phantom luminaire. The Phantom recessed downlighters are designed to be cost effective, efficient and functional. Compact, lightweight and stylish, the Phantom uses top quality LEDs giving up to 80% energy saving in installations. The Phantom is used by Fitzgerald Lighting frequently for a wide range of applications from receptions, board rooms and corridors to galleries and shops. For the college’s classrooms, science labs, IT music suite and www.twitter.com/BFM_Magazine
gym Fitzgerald Lighting’s Eclipse luminaire was chosen. The Eclipse from Fitzgerald Lighting is one of the company’s most popular LED luminaires and is an efficient alternative to louvred or conventional flat panel lighting for exposed T-bar ceilings. Manufactured by Fitzgerald Lighting in the UK, the Eclipse creates a subtle lighting effect utilising a curved reflector system, which allows a combination of direct and indirect lighting and is encompassed within a stylish body. Made for 15mm and 24mm exposed T grid systems with surface and concealed fix ceiling options available, the luminaire comes in four power ratings of 22w, 33w, 44w and 66w, with up to 8166 lumens and a life of 50,000 hours. The STEM building’s photography studio was installed with Fitzgerald Lighting’s new LED Lightpack, an energy-saving lighting concept which can be fitted with a variety of sensors for further savings. A slim luminaire with clean lines that gives a pure white light (other colour options are available) for industrial or commercial applications, the LED Lightpack has
a colour temperature of 4,000K. Available as a single or double fitting in 8W through to 80W, the fittings also have a three-hour maintained emergency option available. All of the STEM’s stairwells are fitted with surface mounted indoor LED Cosmo luminaires. These are ideal for lighting washrooms, storerooms and service corridors and are constructed with a white polycarbonate base with an opal polycarbonate lens. The Cosmo is rated IP65 and features occupancy and emergency options. Further information is available from Fitzgerald Lighting on 01208 79524 by emailing email@example.com or by visiting the website at www.fitzlight.co.uk Lighting
Condair humidifiers at the National Army Museum Condair has recently supplied and installed three Condair RS resistive steam humidifiers to maintain the humidity around the exhibits and archives at the National Army Museum in Chelsea, London.
ptimum environmental conditions are required to ensure the perfect preservation of military artefacts that are made of a wide range of materials, some of which date back to the English Civil War. Mike O’Connor, Deputy Director at the National Army Museum, commented, “Precise climate control in our galleries and stored collections, across both temperature and humidity, plays an important role in preserving the nation’s military heritage. Our collections include an array of exhibits, from the cloak Wellington wore at Waterloo and Lawrence of Arabia’s dagger to modern day grenade launchers and drones. Metals, textiles, wooden objects and paintings can all be affected by high or low humidity, so a stable environment ensures longevity and avoids costly restoration work.” The three Condair humidification systems were installed in weatherproof enclosures on the roof of the museum as part of its recent £24M refurbishment project. As well as resisting the London weather, the Condair enclosures incorporate a heater and fan unit to ensure the internal conditions remain within the humidifier’s recommended operating
range. So, just as the humidifiers help the museum preserve its exhibits, likewise the enclosures do the same job for the humidifiers.
of draining the unit with the push of a button, disconnecting the cooled collector tank and emptying it. The National Army Museum is the leading authority on the British Army and its impact on society past and present. It displays thousands of pieces across five themed galleries with a special temporary exhibition gallery, event space, a café and children’s area, Play Base. Admission is free to the permanent galleries and the Museum is open to the public between 10am and 5.30pm, daily.
The Condair RS resistive steam humidifier is the ideal choice for heritage applications due to its responsive control and innovative scale management system. It can operate on mains water, as it is at the National Army Museum, and provide ±3%RH control, or on RO water and offer a close ±1%RH control. A humidifier that gives rapid response and close humidity control is important for museums that can be empty one minute and full of tourists in from the rain the next. A patented scale management system on the Condair RS allows in-house maintenance teams to undertake routine scale removal, safely and quickly, without even needing to open the humidifier’s main cabinet. A scale collector tank is located under the boiling chamber, into which scale falls during operation. Scale removal is a simple process
The Condair Group is the world’s leading specialist in humidity control and evaporative cooling, with energy efficient, hygienic and innovative technologies for commercial, industrial and heritage applications. Condair is represented in the UK by Condair plc, which offers system design, manufacture, supply, installation, commissioning, maintenance and spares. You can find out more by visiting the company’s website at www.condair.co.uk.
Building & Facilities Management – January 2019
Altecnic’s Specification and Technical Teams Awarded CIBSE Accreditation as Heat Network Consultants With district heat networks becoming a key solution to the UK delivering a low carbon energy economy, Altecnic’s Specification and Technical team members have been awarded CIBSE accreditation as heat consultants.
ays Gary Perry, Managing Director of Altecnic: “Heat networks deliver reliable heating and hot water while reducing energy consumption and lowering bills for the end user. Heat networks allow easy integration of various low carbon heat sources. When decentralised systems are done well, it is a real win win for all those involved as well as the environment”. “While the technology is well proven in the UK and across Europe, it is still relatively new to some specifiers and heating engineers. Sadly, because of this, some networks have suffered and aren’t performing as well as they should and this has led to some high profile bad press”. “In response CIBSE and the Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE) have collaborated and produced a code of practice for heat networks, called CP1. Its aim is to raise standards and the understanding
Josh Collins of Altecnic’s technical team is now a CIBSE certified Heat Network Consultant.
of heat networks right across the supply chain. As a manufacturer of heating interface units (HIUs) for such systems, we have always championed the CIBSE scheme”. “As CIBSE approved heat network consultants our specification managers and technical team are qualified to advise and help in the specification, sizing and design of schemes. It is in all of our interests that such schemes are successful and we have always gone above and beyond as a manufacturer by not only attaining CIBSE accreditation for our specification team, but also in the training and technical help that we provide for installation and maintenance engineers. Our CIBSE approved CPD seminars are another example of our will to improve
the knowledge and understanding of heat network systems” The CIBSE CP1 code of practice on heat networks covers all forms of district heating from communal building heat to large city-wide schemes. It is designed to apply to both new networks and extensions of existing networks. The code specifies minimum requirements which must be met in order to produce a successful scheme and comply with the code. It then details further information on best practice for those looking to move beyond the minimum requirements. To speak to one of Altecnic’s CIBSE accredited heat consultants, telephone 01785 218200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
50 Years of Engineering Excellence for Gibbons Engineering Group Gibbons Engineering Group has cause for celebration this year, with 2019 marking their 50th anniversary.
alf a century ago, friends Wilfred Gibbons and Roy Templeman, with the help of Wilfred’s son Martin, formed T.G. Consultancy – a company specialising in electric motor rewinds and repairs. When a company that was downsizing made Wilfred and Roy redundant along with several other people and the entire rewinds department, they saw an opportunity. Setting up a rewinds business of their own, Wilfred and Roy began trading out of ‘a little shed’ on Woodrolfe Road. By listening to customers and responding to demand, the company started expanding – sourcing new machinery and adding pumps, panel building and transmission systems to the business’s offering over the next two decades. Fast-forward 50 years and the company is now known as Gibbon Engineering Group, with Agricultural and Ultraviolet Solutions being the latest of no less than 11
thriving divisions. The company delivers complex projects across the globe, with the expertise and personnel to deliver huge turnkey projects for high-profile clients. That being said, the company hasn’t forgotten its roots, and their rewinds department is still going strong. The company has stayed in the family, with Martin Gibbons serving as Chairman, and his son Matthew representing the third generation of Gibbons as Managing Director. Matthew says: “50 years is a fantastic achievement for Gibbons. We are particularly proud of the contribution we have made to the local community over the years, employing dozens of people from the surrounding area. This milestone reflects the hard work of the entire team.” Gibbons Engineering Group are excited to share their achievement with their local community in Essex and will therefore be marking the occasion with a networking event for local businesses. Gibbons will also
be holding an exciting competition for local primary and secondary schools. As a partner of the Year of Engineering last year, the company are particularly keen to share their achievement with young people, hoping to inspire them to consider the varied opportunities a career in engineering can offer. Gibbons will also be marking the occasion on their social media channels, and you’ll be able to find special interviews on their YouTube channel, along with a 50 most memorable moments countdown on their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn pages.
Ideal Commercial Launch 5 Year Heat Exchanger Warranty
deal Commercial Boilers are pleased to announce the introduction of a 5 year Heat Exchanger Warranty* across its Imax Xtra, Imax Xtra EL and Evomod ranges of floor standing condensing commercial boilers. In order to qualify for this new warranty, the boilers need to be registered within 30 days of installation and commissioned by Ideal Commercial within 3 months of installation. Commissioning is made easy as all boiler ranges qualify for Ideal Commercial’s market leading Free Commissioning offer. “We’ve acted on market feedback by introducing the 5 year Heat Exchanger Warranty” commented Andy Forrest, National 30
Sales Manager. “Customers will benefit from enhanced peace of mind alongside the great quality, efficiency and flexibility that they’ve come to expect from Ideal Commercial floor standing boilers” Being available across 3 different product ranges, the new warranty is applicable across outputs from 80kW to 1240kW and includes boilers with aluminium or stainless steel heat exchangers, including a modular boiler option in Evomod. All applicable boilers registered since 1 January 2019 will be eligible for the warranty as long as the terms and conditions are met. Full terms and conditions and more information
on Ideal Commercial Boilers and their range of products can be found on the Ideal Commercial website: www. idealcommercialboilers.com. Ideal Commercial boilers are available from merchants across the UK. * 5 year heat exchanger warranty subject to terms and conditions. 2 years parts and labour warranty as standard.
Building & Facilities Management – January 2019
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