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WORLD NEWS

IN BRIEF WORLD’S POOL AND SPA ASSOCIATIONS STRENGTHEN TIES At the end of last year, pool and spa associations from around the globe gathered at the Piscina & Wellness exhibition in Barcelona for the annual meeting of the World Alliance of Pool and Spa Associations (WAPSA). The meeting was arranged to further their mission to promote and protect the interests of the global pool and spa industry by further strengthening the work of local associations to benefit the members of the industry they represent. The meeting included a review of global industry data, an investigation into the provision of education pathways and a discussion on the common challenges and solutions relating to health, safety and advocacy. It was also agreed that a questionnaire with definitions and concepts is set up so annual studies and surveys of market performance can take place, along with developing a series of annual reports. The next WAPSA meeting will take place during the Piscine Global Europe exhibition held in Lyon in November 2020.

PHTA APPOINT NEW VP OF MARKETING The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) have announced the appointment of Janay Rickwalder, CAE as the new Vice President of Marketing. She is the first person to hold this position under the unified organisation. Rickwalder brings extensive strategic development and experience in association marketing and communication. “Janay’s addition to our staff will take our organisation’s consumer recognition to the next level,” PHTA President & CEO, Sabeena S. Hickman, CAE said. “I’ve long admired her background professionally. Not only does she bring a tremendous amount of skills to the table, but she has great energy, she is a relationship builder and a great mentor.”

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Stylish Swiss Home The Perfect Setting For Unique NIVEKO Pool About half an hour from Zurich, in the Swiss canton of Aargau, you can find the picturesque town of Remetschwil where the Albrecht family, proud owners of a beautiful NIVEKO Overflow Advance Whisper swimming pool, reside. “We love the element of water in our beautiful garden, it is our oasis of peace and relaxation. Nothing can last, we had our old swimming pool for a long time and finally we decided to change it completely. By coincidence, we were discussing that at home and our gardener recommended us to a swimming pool company that convinced us that NIVEKO is exactly what we were looking for and that finally completed the project for us,” said Mr Albrecht. The stunning villa with its futuristic architectural style is a unique piece of work itself and the garden with the modern pool just complete the whole spectacle. The grey edging of the white pool adds a twist to the NIVEKO Advance Whisper Overflow pool and

subtly highlights the lines of the terrace. To fine-tune the pool design, details such as grey stone on the stairs’ surface and perfectly embedded builtin components produced from stainless steel were used. So that nothing could disturb the minimalist appearance, the slat cover was cleverly concealed in the roller shaft. “It was a great decision, we are very happy about the procedure of construction, which was very

professional, and also with the quality of the pool itself,” added Mr Albrecht. NIVEKO s.r.o. +420 572 693 246 www.niveko-pools.com

Retractable Kalwall Roof Allows Open Air Swimming Kalwall® translucent cladding, exclusively available in the UK and Ireland from Structura UK Ltd, has been used for a clever retractable roof system at Club One in Maryland, USA. Kalwall and its subsidiary, Structures Unlimited, worked with SEI Architects to engineer at 40 x 25 metre enclosure for Club One’s aquatic centre comprising six-lane swimming pool, warm water leisure/therapy pool and a kid’s pool with slide and beach entry. The pre-engineered aluminium frame pool enclosure system features a Kalwall translucent panel roof system with two unique opening roof systems. The retractable roof systems help create an atmosphere that allows the facility to be operated as an outdoor pool in spring, summer and autumn and as an indoor pool in winter months. With diffused natural daylight and resistance to solar gain, coupled with significant reduction in ventilation, cooling and dehumidification energy costs, energy-consuming artificial lighting and airconditioning costs are

dramatically reduced. The lightweight system also reduces the need for supporting structures maximising the usable space while offering the highest protection in terms of windborne debris and resistance to impact, abrasion and point loads. Kalwall’s insulation properties mean ‘U’ Values of up to 0.28 W/m2K can be achieved. This is as energy efficient as a normal cavity wall and four times better than insulated glass units. The strong and lightweight panels feature a colour stable, UV resistant and self-cleaning surface, meaning the additional cost of ongoing maintenance is kept to a minimum. Kalwall is a popular choice for swimming pools and leisure installations and offers many advantages over traditional glazing. The unique ability to transmit large amounts of usable light with relatively low levels of solar heat gain means less radiant energy is transmitted and this, coupled with diffusion, does away with the hot spots and glare. Structura UK Ltd 01233 501 504 www.structura-uk.com/kalwall

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Informing the pool and spa industry since 1959. Covering the UK's wet leisure market, SPN (Swimming Pool News) is the UK's longest running a...