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The Boiler Upgrade Scheme will make heat pumps more accessible for UK homeowners, which will in turn help the country to move away from gas and oil and towards more renewable forms of heat. The reason this is so important is that heat pumps have the potential to deliver CO2 savings of up to 70% compared to conventional electric heating, and up to 65% compared to an A-rated gas boiler. Though these statistics can vary depending on the time of year and type of heat pump, around 66% of the energy needed to heat buildings with heat pumps comes from natural sources. The other 34% is derived from electricity which, if sourced from sustainable sources such as solar or wind, reduces the carbon impact of a heat pump to zero.

However, the Climate Change Committee has estimated that 19 million heat pumps will need to be installed by 2050, in order to reach the net-zero goal. This means that it is critical for heat pump uptake to be increased, and for them to become the first choice for building managers planning renovations or new builds, as they are designed for both retrofitting and installation in new property. With the new Boiler Upgrade Scheme, consumers will be able to support this goal and make more environmentally friendly decisions when it comes to heat and hot water. It’s even more timely than ever Heating is often at the back of people’s minds during the summer, when in fact the warm season is the best time to switch out a heating system – while it isn’t needed. In the coming months, installers can upgrade and even replace gas boilers to improve the energy efficiency of a home, without leaving a home and its occupants without heat. When it comes to making a heating change during the summer season, there are three key areas for homeowners to consider; 1. Is the heating system running efficiently? 2. Is it giving the best comfort and quality? 3. Does it cost more money to run than it should? If any of those areas are a concern, it may be the right time to install a new system ahead of the colder months. With Boiler Upgrade Scheme grants now available, there will be greater support available to help

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This is because heating and hot water make a significant contribution to a building’s emissions. In fact, they create over a third (38%) of the total carbon emissions in the UK. Luckily, the technology to heat buildings in a more energy efficient, renewable way is already available - in the form of heat pumps. To encourage uptake of these types of renewable technologies, the government has tried various incentives – the most recent of which is the Boiler Upgrade Scheme (BUS), first announced last year. Getting to zero carbon with renewable heating

Achieving net-zero will be spurred on by the new Boiler Upgrade Scheme

By Russell Dean, Head of Residential Heating and Ventilation at Mitsubishi Electric

The UK is already on its way to reaching its sustainability goals – with the biggest target being to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The pledge was made three years ago, and the challenge of decarbonising heating and hot water production has since become a prominent part of reducing energy use in the country.

The Government is investing £450 million into the BUS, which will be managed and overseen by Ofgem, and is offering grant payments towards the cost of installation.

The Boiler Upgrade Scheme applies to any homes and small nondomestic properties in England and Wales with an installation capacity of up to 45kWth.

Reducing the upfront cost of purchasing a heat pump or biomass boiler with BUS grant money will open up low-carbon heating options to many who may not have been able to afford them in the past. The aim of the Boiler Upgrade Scheme is to support low carbon heat technologies in up to 90,000 homes and buildings across England and Wales, as well as supporting up to 240,000 jobs in the industry across the UK by 2035. The government is also aiming to have all heating systems installed in UK homes from 2034 to be low carbon options. This grant could be a welcome costsaving opportunity for those already considering replacing their old central heating boiler with a modern, renewable heating system. The BUS will provide a certain amount of grant money to properties in England and Wales, which will go towards the costs of purchase and installation of these greener heating technologies. Is the scheme right for you

The Boiler Upgrade Scheme (BUS) launched on the 11th of April 2022 and aims to support the Government’s plan to decarbonise the UK’s buildings. This scheme will be available for three years and grants will become available from Spring Homeowners2022.will be incentivised to choose more eco-friendly heating alternatives such as ground and airsource heat pumps, or in some cases, biomass boilers. Making the switch to low-carbon heating isn’t currently a cost-effective option for many households in the UK. However, through the scheme, the Government is aiming to make choosing low-carbon heating solutions as accessible and affordable as fossilfuel dependent boilers.

The grant amounts offered will be: • £5,000 for air source heat pumps and biomass boilers • £6,000 for ground source heat pumps The next steps towards net-zero Implementing more low-carbon heat technology into the UK’s housing stock will be essential for reaching net zero and reducing the UK’s reliance on fossil fuels. However, offering grants to subsidise the upfront cost of heat pumps for consumers is only part of the journey to net-zero. If the UK is to take advance of all the benefits heat pumps can provide, the Government must address ongoing supply side issues and ensure that a nationwide network of installers and engineers are also in place to meet this demand, driving the costs down even further and encouraging the uptake of thousands of new green jobs. It is hoped that this scheme will significantly increase the number of heat pumps installed in the UK, and lead to a lowering of manufacturing costs and make heat pumps cheaper to purchase in the long-term. Installation costs will also be likely to decrease as more engineers are upskilled to work with renewable heating technology. More training programs for installing heat pumps are underway, but with the BUS, more installers will be looking to learn the skills they need to fit and maintain heat pumps. For a lasting solution that will benefit the environment and the residents of the UK, heat pumps are an ideal choice – and the Boiler Upgrade Scheme will play a vital role in incentivising homeowners to make the change.

homeowners get prepared to make the switch this summer and protect their heating systems against rapidly rising running costs. What does the scheme involve?

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Applicants who are successful will receive financial support for installing air-source heat pumps, ground-source heat pumps and, in some instances, biomass boilers where a heat pump is not a viable option.

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Breaking new ground, the project will be the world’s first largescale office scheme to be built using a standardised “kit of parts”, in an approach known as ‘platform design for manufacture and assembly’ (P-DfMA), which applies the advances made by the manufacturing industry to Withconstruction.regardto the development of the facade, Aluprof are delighted to have been invited to take an early design role in developing a unitised facade system that meets the P-DfMA specification pioneered by architects and engineers Bryden

Up to 80% of our 2050 building stock is already built which will require updating in the next few decades, but today we can take a glimpse at what will be the new normal by 2050. The Forge aspires to be the first commercial building constructed and operated in line with the UKGBC’s net zero definition and energy reduction targets. It comprises two new office buildings and a public courtyard. Located in Sumner Street, The Forge is a Landsec office development located just behind Tate Modern in London and is one of the most innovative construction sites in London, pioneering several new construction methods fit for the decades ahead.


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Aluprof on The Forge by Wojciech Brozyna - MD of Aluprof UK

Currently buildings are responsible for nearly 40% of all global greenhouse gas emissions. Many countries have pledged to become ‘carbon-neutral’ by 2050 which is a huge task to complete, but one we in the UK are legislated to achieve.

water penetration tests. The units were transported in purpose designed, reusable stillages which were then lifted to the floor plates using a combination of large material hoists and tower cranes for installation by specialist installers NACWL. A key feature of the stillage design was to protect the units from any stress and impact during transportation and lift. The new bespoke system has been named as MB-SE120 and has a UW value of <1.3 W(m2K).

Neil Pennell, Head of Design Innovation and Property Solutions at Landsec, comments on the impact The Forge is set to have on the industry: “The Forge is setting new industry standards for sustainable construction. The pioneering approach we have taken to design and construct will transform how offices are built in the future. Our experiences will shape the way we approach future projects and help change the industry for the better –we hope this will be the first of many zero carbon buildings to come.”

Padraig Delaney, London Regional Manager for Digital Construction at Sir Robert McAlpine, in his role working with the JV construction team, sees The Forge as a model for how future projects should be delivered: “The innovation-led approach taken by Landsec has allowed us to push the boundaries with our use of technology. The more data we have, the better our decision making. But, it is also important we have the right tools to help us get the most from the data. By driving these digital solutions, as we have done at The Forge, we’re transforming the way we will deliver future projects, identifying the value to each stakeholder and ultimately providing the best value for our clients.”

Richard Sansom, Landsec, Project Manager for The Forge, appreciates the work being done by the project team: “We want to lead the sector in the adoption of new methods and technologies. However, the real value in innovation lies in its practical execution. As with anything being done for the first time, there are always going to be challenges along the way but we are in a great position to handle these thanks to the experienced and expert team working with us.” Since setting up the Aluprof Office at the Business Design Centre in London, the company has rapidly grown their specification influence in the UK with their high-performance architectural aluminium systems. Further expansion of the company’s headquarters in Altrincham now provides specifiers with meeting facilities and an extensive showroom of commercial systems to view. With overseas growth across Europe spreading into the Middle East and firm roots already in the East of USA, the company has become a global player in facade Furthersupply.information is available on the company’s website at or direct from their UK head office in Altrincham on 0161 941 4005.

The unitised curtain wall has been designed in close collaboration with Bryden Wood, which allowed Aluprof to develop a highlyefficient façade unit. The full-size mock-up unit has been rigorously tested in Aluprof’s Research and windairwhereCentreInnovationinOgrodzonaitpassedleakage,impact,resistance,and

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Tom Cherowbrier, Aluprof’s Major Projects Manager comments: “The bespoke system from Aluprof is finished in three shades of bronze anodising which will offer a sustainable finish and an aesthetic appearance for many decades to come. The new system was designed with a standard +/-15mm stack joint for to accommodate the building movement, as well as an impressive non-standard stack joint for the 7th floor which had to accommodate a +20/-30mm movement. The project also has a range of external feature fins with concealed fixing to provide the building with sight-lines of 120mm and 170mm that project 125mm or 225mm from glazing line.”

Jaimie Johnston MBE, Board Director and Head of Global Systems at Bryden Wood, says, “The Forge is a landmark moment for construction. The platforms approach to design for manufacture and assembly we have applied at the Forge is the result of many years’ R&D into how we can modernise construction. The huge gains we are seeing on this project in productivity, efficiency, collaboration, safety and sustainability demonstrate that P-DfMA will be transformational for the sector – and for the built environment.”

BVC equipment is manufactured to order to match the specific requirements of individual customers. One of the principal considerations is the filter material used for the primary filter. This can be constructed from several different materials including PTFE coated, and anti-static materials in addition to standard filter materials. Within machines designed to recover hazardous materials there is always a second stage filter, usually a 3rd stage filter, and sometimes a 4th stage filter, with each stage designed for a specific purpose to ensure the hazardous product is collected safely and that the exhaust air is as clean as Quirepace’spossible.extensive knowledge combined with our experienced sales team, UK manufacture, and local service and spares support, means that BVC UK manufactured Industrial Vacuum Cleaners, with their 5 year parts warranty, deliver excellent durability and value for money in the industrial environment. In addition to portable equipment, Quirepace also design and install fixed installations for Central Vacuum Cleaning, where multiple outlets are served by central plant through a network of fixed today to arrange an initial consultation meeting.

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The second category is dusts that are hazardous in the environment. The obvious category is dusts that can potentially cause an explosive atmosphere, particularly organic products like sugar and flour. Some products fall in to both categories such as wood dusts, which are both hazardous to health and potentially explosive. Selecting an appropriate Industrial Vacuum Cleaner requires consideration of the potential hazards which then informs the specification of the machine. BVC – British Vacuum Cleaners is the leading brand of British manufactured industrial vacuum cleaners. Manufactured by Quirepace in Fareham, Hampshire the range includes both M-Class and H-Class machines for dusts hazardous to health and ATEX rated equipment suitable to operate in potentially explosive atmospheres.

Hazards from dusts and spilled product fall in to two distinct categories; the first is dusts that are hazardous to health. This category includes obvious products like asbestos and silica dust, but any dust that can be breathed in by the operator or other personnel in the workplace is likely to be hazardous to health to a degree.

…because not every vacuum cleaner is suitable for every cleaning task. It is essential when evaluating a vacuum cleaner for industrial and commercial cleaning tasks that consideration is given to the relevant hazards and the equipment is specified appropriately.

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demonstrating Yanmar’s ability to bring the quality of its highly respected conventional engine technology into the arena of electrification, the SV17e truly raises the bar.

Making its public debut at this year’s BAUMA exhibition (October 24–30, Trade Fair Centre Messe München), Yanmar will present the SV17e at Outdoor Space North, booth FN 1017/2. ‘Yanmar City’ will the SV17e: Yanmar’s commitment to electrification

Cédric Durand, Director Product Management EMEA at Yanmar Compact Equipment, commented: “While Yanmar is renowned worldwide for its conventional engine technologies, we’re proud to be bringing our unmatched experience into the field of electrification. Our latest models offer a glimpse of the future and demonstrate the progress that we’re making towards offering a complete range of all-electric compact “Asequipment.ourfirst ever plug-in mini excavator, we’ve put the operator at the heart of our SV17e – ensuring it performs at the highest levels and delivers above and beyond the classleading standards our customers expect.”

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Aimed at customers in the European market looking for a sub two-tonne excavating solution, the SV17e is set to positively disrupt the compact equipment marketplace. Powered by all-electric drive and featuring an open-centre hydraulic system with load-sensing hydraulic pump, the impressive model has been designed to excel – whatever the application, whatever the Deliveringterrain.

23.5 kWh gross electric power (19 kWh usable), the 48V aircooled model provides outstanding digging, lifting and carrying proficiency, while meeting the world’s most demanding emissions


Withrestrictions.abespoke LCD operator interface and 400V optional fastcharging capability (230V standard), the SV17e guarantees the highest levels of comfort, ergonomics, precision and control, making it the perfect jobsite partner for the industry of tomorrow. Perfectly suited to a diverse range of construction, civil engineering, agriculture and landscaping applications, the all-electric model offers impressive power and performance, providing operators with uncompromising durability and reliability. In normal working mode, a full charge provides 4.5 hours of digging time, or a four-hour mixed duty cycle (20% travelling, 80% digging). In-line with Yanmar’s commitment to ensuring an exceptional customer experience, the appeal of the SV17e goes far beyond its plugin design. Indeed, the engineering team have set out to build a revolutionary new model that offers the highest levels of comfort and ergonomics, as well as providing finger-tip precision and unmatched Perfectlycontrol.

Yanmar Compact Equipment has a long and well-deserved reputation for setting the standards in reliable, powerful, fuel-efficient engine technology. But with a company-wide commitment to building a sustainable business for both its customers and dealers, Yanmar is embarking upon a transformational step towards alternative fuels with its all-new SV17e electric mini excavator.

. If you’re attending BAUMA 2022, head over to Outdoor Space North, booth FN 1017/2 and meet the team.

“We are challenging the way we think and the way we work, to transform our products, our business, and our brand to create even more value for our customers. Our latest plug-in models demonstrate our capability to bring the quality and reliability of our highly respected conventional engine technology into the arena of electrification.”

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Giuliano Parodi, Global CEO of Yanmar Compact Equipment, concluded: “Yanmar CE is on a journey of transformation. Our ambition is to lead the way in compact equipment and, with the help of our dealer partners, deliver sustainable business solutions for our customers and the societies in which they operate.”

feature four areas dedicated to the company’s road construction, demolition, earthmoving and landscaping equipment, as well as a special zone for its all-electric lineup. Visitors will have the chance to speak with the Yanmar team about its electrification strategy, as well as find out more about the latest product technologies, machine attachments and customeroriented finance options. Alongside the SV17e, Yanmar will unveil a working prototype of its all-new V8e compact wheel loader. With a 40 kWh battery capacity as standard (with the option to increase this to 53 kWh), the V8e is capable, powerful, highly productive and designed for a wide range of all-terrain applications. Weighing just 4,500kg, the nextgeneration prototype is fitted as standard with an 800 litre loading bucket and offers on-board fast charging up to 11 kW (option to increase this to 53 kWh). As Yanmar’s first electric wheel loader, it’s perfect for tight job sites, while offering a zero emissionstailpipesolutionforconstructionprofessionalsworldwide.

For more information about Yanmar Compact Equipment EMEA, or to find your nearest dealer, visit:

The world is a very different place since 2010, the year that Building Regulations ‘Ventilation: Approved Document F’ was previously revised. In the years that have elapsed we have not only learnt considerably more about Indoor Air Quality (IAQ), pollutants and their impact on our health, but we have also had to contend with a pandemic that has changed our relationship with our home Duringenvironment.thistimeframe, albeit more recently, the drive towards the 2050 Net Zero goal has become more intense. To reduce emissions as close to zero as possible, we must decarbonise all sectors of the UK The Future Homes Standard, which will be introduced by 2025, is the housing sector’s strategy to achieve this. It requires new homes to be considerably more energy efficient, with average homes having 80% less carbon emissions than those built to current energy efficiency requirements. Building Regulations is the method being F: what you should be doing differently and why By Paul Williams, Domus Ventilation Product Manager

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Who Needs to Comply? If a building notice, initial notice, or full plans for building work have been submitted to a local authority before 15th June 2022 and the building work commences by the same date the following year, the new standards do not apply. For building works after those key dates, the revised Part L and Part F must be followed.

Furthermore, there are no exemptions based on the size of the new build. Under the previous Regulations, smaller developments were exempt from air tightness testing. Now, air tightness testing is mandatory in all new build dwellings. So, when it comes to Part F, all new dwellings have to comply with this aspect. This is necessary if we are to produce the type of airtight low energy buildings laid out in the Future Homes Standard.

Mechanical Ventilation Systems

Mechanical ventilation systems in the form of Mechanical Extract Ventilation (MEV) and Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery (MVHR) are recognised in Building Regulations as the most proficient means of ventilating a dwelling. To ensure incoming air reaches all parts of a home – especially the bedrooms - the minimum ventilation rates have been increased as follows:

Set amongst this context, it is without doubt that Building Regulations Part L (Conservation of fuel and power) and Part F were ripe for an update. After some delay, these were published in December 2021. The aim is to ensure new homes built from 2022 produce 31% less carbon emissions compared to current standards. A further revision will take place to come into force in 2025 to bring that figure to the 80% reduction.

Previous min. ventilation rate l/s New min. ventilation rate l/s

But of course, the more air tight we make our homes, the greater the need for sufficient ventilation to maintain a healthy and comfortable atmosphere. The revisions to Part F are a direct response to this requirement. So, what has changed?

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• Drywall construction: Completing layout work, positioning partition walls, suspending ceilings

Two models with red or green laser lines / Fast self-levelling function for immediate use on construction sites / Long operating times thanks to CAS 12 V battery

• Plumbing: Transferring marking points accurately to align pipe clips horizontally and vertically with one another, positioning and installing lines and heating pipes quickly.

The new laser is designed for measuring tasks in different trades:

• Electrical installation: Transferring heights quickly and easily, aligning plug sockets, switches and cable ducts horizontally and vertically with one another

• Joinery: Transferring heights reliably, transferring drill holes accurately, aligning worktops quickly, aligning and installing furniture and cabinets with precision

New multi-line lasers from STABILA - Superior visibility for efficient levelling

• Tiling: Marking out tile layouts, aligning and laying tiles

Red or green laser lines?

The main distinction between the two models is the colour of their laser lines: The LAX 600 has red lines with a measuring range of up to 30 metres, while the LAX 600 G has green lines for even better visibility over a measuring range of up to 40 metres. It’s possible to work directly on the fine laser lines of both models, with high-performance diodes providing maximum visibility.

The new multi-line laser from STABILA comes with red laser lines (LAX 600) or green laser lines (LAX 600 G). Both models are available with or without a CAS 12 V battery and charger, but they come with other accessories in a practical carry case as standard.

The new, battery-powered LAX 600 and LAX 600 G multi-line lasers from STABILA are versatile tools that make indoor measurements simple and straightforward. Three 360° lines allow for efficient levelling in the horizontal and vertical position at the same time, while two vertical lines at right angles to one another enable the room to be divided into 4 x 90°. And then there’s a plumb line upwards and downwards, created by the point of intersection of the vertical lines, and a horizontal line for exact height transfers and precise layout work.




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Thanks to GreenBeam technology, it’s possible to work directly on the sharp green lines of the multi-line laser from STABILA at distances of up to 40 metres.


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The multi-line lasers from STABILA come with the following accessories: Target plate with magnetic holder and cross-hair for aligning the laser with a target point – for suspended ceilings, the target plate can be attached to metal rails with the magnetic holder; SUB 10 universal bracket with flexible position options and SWB 10 mountable wall bracket; sturdy carry case to ensure convenient transport and safe storage.

The new models are the first STABILA lasers to be powered by a CAS 12 V LI POWER battery (2.0 Ah). This means they are compatible with all CAS 12 V battery packs and chargers from all CAS partners. With professionals who already use other devices powered by CAS batteries in mind, both models are available with or without the battery and charger. The service life of the powerful battery does differ depending on the model, reaching up to 28 hours with the LAX 600 and up to 15 hours with the LAX 600 G. The charge level can be checked on the capacity display at any point. To extend the battery’s service life, the lines can be switched on and off individually depending on the application. The battery can be fully recharged within a maximum of 45 minutes with the SC 30 rapid

Recommended retail price for the LAX 600 model with battery and charger: EUR 649.00, without battery and charger: EUR 579.00, for the LAX 600 G model with battery and charger: EUR 699.00, without battery and charger: EUR 629.00 (plus VAT on all prices). Both models will be available from September 2022 Technical data for LAX 600/ LAX 600 G multi-line lasers class 2 Output < 1 mW wavelength 635 nm/510–530 nm +/- 4° accuracy 0.3 mm/m angle precision 0.3 mm/m range of visible line 30 m*/40 m* time with CAS 12 V battery Up to 28 hours/ up to 15 hours class (without battery) IP 65 * Indoors under typical operating conditions red lines of the new LAX 600 multi-line laser from STABILA boast high visibility within a range of 30 metres thanks to their high-performance diodes, allowing efficient levelling in the horizontal and vertical position at the same time.

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Both new multi-line lasers work in the same way and are equally straightforward to operate since each button only has one function. Following the speedy self-levelling function powered by pendulum technology designed for the construction site, the laser is ready to use right away. Stable aluminium and glass cages and a shockabsorbent STABILA soft grip casing protect the laser optics against dirt and when dropped. The laser is also waterproof and dustproof in accordance with protection class IP 65. Long service life with powerful CAS battery

Previously a 1980s business park the triangular site in Islington, between Angel and Old Street stations, is being transformed into a vibrant, new, low-energy residential community known as 250 City Road.

The slab at the heel is 250mm thick, then thinning and sloping up towards the tip of the balcony.

The choice was the Schöck Isokorb T type K for concreteto-concrete, which is probably the best-selling European thermal break solution for this type of application. It is manufactured using stainless steel and HTE (High Thermal Efficiency) modules with steel fibre reinforced UHPC (Ultra High Performance Concrete). This guarantees the highest quality thermal separation of balconies and floor slabs, due to its low thermal conductivity and integral load bearing capacity. The need to minimise thermal bridging cannot be overstated with any project, but 250 City Road is designed as a high-density, low-energy residential community. So quite apart from local heat loss, which results in more energy being required to maintain the internal temperature of the building, low internal surface temperatures in the area of the thermal bridge can cause serious condensation. This in turn can lead not only to structural integrity problems with absorbent materials, such as insulation products or plasterboard, but the occurrence of mould growth, which can have serious implications for the occupants in the form of respiratory problems. By incorporating the Schöck Isokorb the thermal outflow is dramatically reduced, there are immediate energy savings and higher internal surface temperatures minimise the risk of condensation.


The proposals include two towers of 42 and 36 floors, with the buildings then stepping down on the south side of the site, respectful of the smaller scale of existing neighbouring residential blocks. There will be 930 apartments in total, with a green park at the heart of the scheme, along with ground level shops and cafes. Balconies of course feature throughout and an interesting look involves the concrete cantilever balconies, where the slab at the heel is 250mm thick, but then thinning and sloping up towards the tip of the balcony. There are a number of inner corner balconies incorporated as well. Inevitably thermal bridging at these various connectivity points is a risk and the design detailing required a structural thermal break with total reliability and unquestionable performance.

Schöck Protects Against Thermal Bridging at 250 City Road

A fully compliant and dependable product range Schöck offers the widest range of structural thermal break solutions from any European supplier and in the UK enables projects to meet full compliance with the necessary Building Regulations (and the impending Future Homes Standard criteria where relevant). In addition to the Isokorb type used on this project, there are also solutions for concrete-to-steel, steel-to-steel, renovation projects – and even a maintenance free alternative to wrapped parapets. All products have the security of independent BBA Certification, which provides NHBC approval. The temperature factor requirement (fRSI) used to indicate condensation risk, which must be equal to, or greater than 0.75 for residential buildings, is also easily met by incorporating the Isokorb.

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illustration of a typical T type K installation

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The Aquatechnica™ range of complete pool and spa tiling solutions can now be found online.


Aquatechnica can now be found online at where you can dive into its specialist solutions that meet the demands of technical and competition pools, leisure pools, spas and private luxury homes. Featuring technical collections, as well as supporting wall, floor and outdoor tiles; the Aquatechnica website makes it easy to choose a lane to a specification that will exceed expectations. With pool tank, surround, changing room, wet area, circulation, outdoor and complementary area tiles, profiles, movement joints, adhesives, epoxy grouts, renders, screeds and waterproofing; Aquatechnica™ delivers a total answer for pool and spa projects. The website provides an overview of the wide breadth of solutions available from Aquatechnica, including high-design ceramic and porcelain tiles, specialist competition ranges, mosaics and outdoor tiles that respond to the rise in lido and outdoor facilities. Along with ordering samples of Aquatechnica products, visitors to the website can also download the Aquatechnica Technical Brochure, an essential guide for tiling systems designed to meet the unique demands of swimming pool specifications. Upholding aesthetics and delivering on cost, the complete Aquatechnica range is available exclusively through Parkside Architectural Tiles and Strata Technical Tiles. By an integrated approach and high levels of UK stock, Aquatechnica delivers a fast-track solution that meets the demands of swimming pools in a multitude of environments. Visit the website today at

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System 1 - Background ventilators and intermittent extract fans Natural ventilation (with background ventilators and intermittent extract fans) – Less airtight dwellings System 2 - Passive Stack Ventilation Removed System 3 - Continuous mechanical extract (MEV) Continuous mechanical extract ventilationHighly airtight dwellings System 4 - Continuous mechanical supply and extract with heat recovery (MVHR) Mechanical ventilation with heat recoveryHighly airtight dwellings

Table 1 – Changes in ventilation systems 2022 Tyson Anderson, Sales & Marketing Director at Titon, outlines the main revisions to the Building Regulations Part F, Volume 1:Dwellings in England in relation to domestic ventilation requirements


part of the Government’s proposals for the Future Homes Standard, which provides a pathway for highly efficient buildings that are zero carbon ready, better for the environment and fit for the future.

The Approved Document F (ADF) for domestic ventilation includes a number of changes from the previous version and moves towards more energy efficient buildings, which means that ventilation levels have been increased to ensure sufficient air changes in dwellings. In all instances, the revised document redefines what airtight and less airtight levels are, which has a bearing on the type of ventilation system that should be Theincorporated.ventilation systems that are typically utilised in the UK have been labelled slightly differently (see table 1), and are no longer numbered.

Implementation of a full technical specification is scheduled for 2025.

Revisions to the Building Regulations in England officially came into effect from the 15th June 2022, with Wales following suit on the 23rd November 2022. 2013 (current) 2021 (effective from 15 June 2022)

The changes are a number of implications for those providing ventilation in dwellings. It is the intention that the updates ensure adequate ventilation of all types whilst the energy efficiency of housing is improved at the same time and the ventilation document works in conjunction with documents on Energy Efficiency, and for the first time, Overheating. As the saying goes, ‘Ventilate when you Thisinsulate’.isall




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Mechanical ventilation has been affected with a large increase in per bedroom rate. Buildings that are classed as ‘less air tight’ will require the natural ventilation (background ventilators and intermittent fans), those buildings that are ‘highly air tight’1 will require either continuous mechanical extract ventilation or mechanical ventilation with heat Forrecovery.background ventilation, which is the continuous change of air that should be occurring in addition to extract ventilation and rapid (e.g. opening windows) ventilation, the document shows an uplift in the amount of ventilation needing to be provided when

New therefore occupancy bedroom floor area range from to over 65,000mm2EA TheseBuildare simpler per room amounts; • For dwelling with multiple floors: Habitable rooms and kitchens: 8,000mm2EA Bathrooms: 4,000mm2EA

Table 2 – Background ventilation rates for new build and existing homes As before, other system designs are allowable but need sign off and proof of compliance that they achieve the ventilation rates set in the document.

windows are being replaced. The contractor should now be fitting background vents, usually trickle vents in the windows, whether the previous windows had them fitted or not. There is an exception when windows being replaced are less than 30%, but this can cause issues with the homeowner depending on Inrequirements.newbuildsituations, the amount of background ventilation can now be calculated in an easier way and is based on a certain amount per room, rather than based on a total amount for the whole property, which meant someone having to add this up and allow for certain additional criteria, such as floor area, number of bedrooms and airtightness level, before calculating whether the overall number of vents comply with the total required (See table 2). Work on existing dwellings has also seen an increase, shown in table 2.

Sanitary Accommodation: No minimum • For single storey dwellings (e.g flats): Habitable rooms and kitchens: 10,000mm2EA Bathrooms: 4,000mm2EA Sanitary Accommodation: No minimum Homes rooms: 5,000mm2EA. Utility Room and Bathroom: Homes Habitable rooms and kitchens: 8,000mm2EA, Bathrooms: 4,000mm2EA.

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These revisions are all designed to continue the ongoing improvement of the quality of the UK housing stock. The increased emphasis on ventilation in both new and existing dwellings is essential, especially in the current climate where indoor air quality and the build-up of pollutants and airborne viruses is of concern to everyone more than ever. Tyson Anderson is the Sales and Marketing Director at Titon Hardware Limited and has over 25 years’ experience within the sector.


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This year, the campaign is sponsored by Coca-Cola, Danone, innocent, McDonalds, Ocado, and Natural Source Waters Association and the theme is ‘Let’s Get Real’. This theme aims to challenge perceptions and myths around recycling, as well as targeting contamination to improve recycling Herebehaviours.atCuSP, we know all about recycling myths as, despite industry bodies’ suggestions that plastic pipes are fully recyclable, one important fact remains – most plastics are still not being recycled. Copper, on the other hand, is a 100% fully recyclable material, so why wouldn’t you choose copper pipes over plastic pipes?

Every minute of every day, the equivalent of one truckload of plastic rubbish enters the world’s Copper and the circular economy

Problematic plastic Although we’re led to believe that plastic is a recyclable material, the unfortunate reality is that this isn’t always the case. A report by the Last Beach Cleanup and Beyond Plastics reveals that the recycling rate for post-consumer plastic in the US was between 5% to 6% in 2021.

September 2022 Recycle Week:

Recycle Week (19-25 September) is a yearly campaign organised by Recycle Now, which champions recycling across the nation and works to encourage the public into recycling more of the right things, more often.

Similarly, a Department of Energy research paper which analysed data from 2019 came to the same conclusion – just 5% of plastics are being recycled in the US. This is just data from one country, so imagine what research into the rest of the world would reveal about recycling Lookingrates. to the UK, The Resource Efficiency Collective states that less than 3% of the plastics consumed in the UK are made of local recycled plastics and the vast majority of waste ends up being incinerated, landfilled, or exported. Shockingly, a new tool allows all these dumps of plastic waste to be mapped from space using satellite imagery and artificial intelligence. Known as Global Plastic Watch (GPW), the tool can detect sites as small as five metres by five metres, presenting them in an interactive global map of plastic, in near real-time.


One example of a construction material that claims to be recyclable but isn’t, is multilayer composite pipe. As it stands, there are no recycling frameworks in place for this type of material, so its recyclability is nothing but Ittheoretical.typicallyconsists of three layers: an outer plastic layer which is usually made of polyethylene, which encases a central aluminium layer, which in turn encases a final plastic layer, usually made from a similar material to the outer layer. Due to the addition of aluminium tube in its composition and the complexity of its make-up, multilayer plastic pipe is virtually impossible to recycle as it’s very difficult to separate the metal from the the University of Wisconsin-Madison, around 100 million tonnes of multilayer thermoplastics are produced globally each year and, because there is no way to separate the polymers, almost all of that plastic ends up in landfill or incinerators.

Copper pipes are the professional and responsible choice, offering a 100% recyclable alternative to plastic pipes. When we have this, and at a time when we need to be doing everything we can to reduce plastic consumption, why wouldn’t you choose copper? It provides all we need for construction projects and it’s time for the industry to take a step forward, phasing out unsustainable materials. Make the sustainable choice. Choose copper. To find out more about the benefits of copper pipes, visit:

Multilayer manufacturers pushing this kind of product as recyclable is an example of greenwashing: focusing on the benefits of plastic and greatly exaggerating its recyclability. In reality, research by CORDIS proves that these type of pipes are unrecyclable, stating that “conventional non-recyclable pipes for heating plumbing systems are manufactured from non-recyclable cross linked PEX. They are also made of PEX/AL, which comprises a layer of aluminium sandwiched between two PEX layers.” What’s more, this CORDIS analysis also states that attempting to recycle these types of pipes “results in highly toxic by-products”. The circular lifecycle of copper Unlike plastic, copper is an infinitely recyclable material. It has been recycled and re-used for as long as the material itself has been in use and there is a fully developed scrap-collecting infrastructure which has existed for centuries. When copper pipes reach the end of their life, they are taken to a scrap merchant and, unlike multilayer plastic pipes, are 100% recycled. They simply go into the furnace and are melted down to form a billet of copper, which is stretched out, cut to size, and made into brand new pipes. What’s more, this recycling process doesn’t cause any loss in performance or properties of the new pipes.

As a result of this effective recycling process, around half of Europe’s copper demand is currently being met by recycled materials and, to date, at least 65% of all copper mined remains in circulation, available for use. As recycling techniques improve, this figure will only increase and the need to mine will continue to decline – which is good, because the recycling of copper uses 85% less energy than mining raw material. In addition to this, evidence from the US Geological Survey shows that there are approximately 5.6 billion metric tonnes of copper in circulation – a figure more than sufficient to surpass both current and future demand.

oceans, killing an estimated 100,000 marine mammals each year, and the aim of Global Plastic Watch is to help stop plastic from flowing into the ocean. The very fact that a tool like this is needed, demonstrates that plastic is not a recyclable material. There’s evidence from the construction industry that plastic materials aren’t being recycled either, with data from the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs showing that plastic waste from the UK’s construction industry increased by 45.72% in just two years. Greenwashing in the construction industry

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It appears likely that safety and wellbeing are significant factors around workers not only choosing to leave construction, but also the industry’s struggle to attract fresh new talent. So what can be done? I spoke to Lucian D’Arco, a safety, health and wellbeing professional who has worked on a wide-range of projects with several large construction and civil engineering firms. He told me: experiencing“Peoplementalhealthissuesin

NEBOSH’s Head of Corporate and Consumer Services, Ian Cooke, explores the link between how ‘outsiders’ see the construction industry, issues around safety and wellbeing and the current labour crisis…

Could impactful wellbeing training help with construction’s labour challenge?

A survey published by Mates in Mind at the end of 2021 also showed that a third of self-employed construction workers were living with elevated levels of anxiety and that a stigma around mental health meant issues were almost never discussed with friends or family. According to the Chartered Institute of Building, stress and depression account for one fifth of all construction industry work-related illness.

A report earlier this year from the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) revealed that while ‘insiders’ see a lot of good in the construction industry, ‘outsiders’ are far less positive, particularly around perceptions of time away from the family, physical demands and issues relating to diversity, discrimination and a ‘macho culture’. Surprisingly, what the CITB report does not highlight is the construction industry’s record and reputation around the safety and wellbeing of employees. Construction is a highrisk industry, with 39 fatal injuries to workers recorded in 2020/21 and 61,000 non-fatal injuries in the UK alone. On average 74,000 workers suffer from work related ill health, according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Dig a little deeper and further concerns are highlighted. For example, while in general men are three times more likely to take their own lives than women, men working in timesareconstructionthreemore likely than other men to die from accordingsuicide,tothe ONS.


Despite current output growth of around 2.8% reported by the Construction Products Association (CPA), the UK construction industry has two significant underlying challenges right now - employee retention and recruitment. According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), construction businesses are paying out record bonuses, up by 82% in the year, in an effort to retain skilled staff. The same report from the ONS also reveals that on average, 49,000 construction jobs remained unfilled between February and April of this year.

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Now much of this can be explained by the bigger picture, with record employment levels and greater choice in the labour market. However, it should also be noted that people now appear more willing to quit their jobs as part of what is being called ‘The Great Resignation’.

Following the pandemic, people’s priorities around work seem to have shifted to a point where they want to be treated with greater respect, consideration and care at work and enjoy better work/life balance, flexibility and so on. How people feel In terms of how people feel about working in construction, there is a clear difference between those who are already employed by the industry and those on the outside looking in.

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Missed opportunity? During my time working in construction, I have seen a shift in the attitude of workers to take more care of their physical health. When I first worked on construction sites, I rarely saw a clean sink or soap dispenser, now you tend to see hand washing stations, pre work barrier creams and post work moisturisers. I have also seen a positive shift in attitudes of the younger generations wanting to look after their health.

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“Workers need to feel assured that the support they’re offered is genuine. Measuring the performance of mental health campaigns and interventions is key to this, so that their impact is understood, and they don’t just form part of some tick-box exercise. When people believe their employers really do care for their wellbeing they talk more positively about the people they work for and industry they work in, and of course this leads to a better image.”

A key aspect of tackling safety, health and wellbeing in any industry is effective training. At its most basic level, training ensures that the right processes and procedures are However,followed.

the positive outcomes of training and learning can be much broader than this. According to LinkedIn for example, more than 90% of employees say they would stay with a company if it was willing to invest in their learning. LinkedIn also shows that one of the key attractive learning and development topics in organisations is employee wellbeing.

He added: “We need to invest in people, not just in good salaries, but in training and support, including better working conditions, improved working hours, long-term job-security and transforming what can sometimes be a toxic working environment. We also need to shout more when positive initiatives really do make a difference.”

construction workplaces can still be afraid to speak up and the reasons behind this need to be faced more, particularly around the insecurity people feel about their positions.

I think we still have a way to go with mental health but as with the above example, construction companies will need to provide the facilities and help educate their workers particularly those who may not be as familiar with current approaches. I see these positive safety, mental health, and wellbeing programmes as a key strength of the construction industry moving forward. I’m sure that already, for many within the sector, they are having a positive impact on ‘insider’ perception. To help employers reinforce safety, mental health, and wellbeing messaging and learning at work NEBOSH now endorses in-company learning. The key to our NEBOSH Endorsed service is to deliver and measure learning impact, that improves organisational performance and behaviour.

Perhaps if the positive impact of these programmes was more widely appreciated, then those on the outside of the industry would also feel that construction may not be such a bad place to work after all?

Gilberts helps Gleneagles deliver understated luxury in historic setting

Gilberts’ Ductgard fire and smoke dampers and associated controls complete the portfolio of solutions. Ductgard has been specifically engineered to provide up to four hours’ protection against smoke and fire, in one unit, in most ductwork. Fully tested, it is certified to BS MechanicalEN1366-2.contractor

Founded some six decades ago, Gilberts has built a reputation for delivery of quality products and service. Today its 95,000 sq ft head office and manufacturing facility includes its own research and development and test facilities, enabling it to continue to evolve its product range and develop bespoke solutions for specific client requirements. Gilberts is now acknowledged as the UK’s leading independent air movement specialist, offering mechanical natural and hybrid ventilation distribution solutions.

The air of understated luxury which will pervade all areas of the historic building will be delivered courtesy of Gilberts’ ventilation control throughout the guest areas. In St Andrew Square-a world heritage site in the heart of Edinburgh- the new venue features 33 individually-designed bedrooms, an all-day restaurant, members club, roof terrace and spa & wellness centre, carefully created within the Grade A listed building to preserve the classical architecture dating back to the 1850s.

One of the world’s most iconic hotel brands is diversifying into the city with the opening of the Gleneagles Townhouse.


Lee Doherty, Arthur McKay Project Manager, added, “It was inevitably a difficult project because of the need to protect and preserve the interior building fabric. We were able to install Gilberts’ grilles and diffusers easily and discreetly so that the ventilation became an invisible element.”

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Atelier Ten had to design the ventilation solution with care to deliver the levels of fresh air required in the boutique hotel environment without adversely impacting on the elaborate plasterwork and interior décor. It turned to Gilberts (Blackpool) to has been achieved through a combination of DGA louvre face diffusers (plaster-in version), and LGN linear bar grilles with concealed fixing in runs up to 2m long. The combination ensures compliant levels of ventilation with a discreet visual appearance and clean horizontal air distribution grilles and GECA egg crate grilles return the air for extraction through to WGC external louvres discreetly integrated into the windows. In its in-house state of the art powder-coating facility, Gilberts finished many of the grilles satin black, chosen to deceive the eye and blend the grilles into the interior décor. Toilet areas feature Gilberts’ GX air valves.

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Arthur McKay undertook the installation. Atelier Ten, commented, “It was critical that we extended due consideration to the quality and history of the setting, whilst designing a solution that met- or exceededmodern day demands. We have a history ourselves of using Gilberts, with only positive experience of its quality- of product and back-up. We knew Gilberts would help us fulfil the brief and be able to deliver a complete package of fresh air, smoke/fire protection and associated controls. Being able to address this aspect from one, reliable source was a major benefit.” 01709 432001 HAPPY TO HELP Our friendly team are always happy to take your call and offer advice on any of our products. We pride ourselves in our service CALL TODAY TO FIND OUT MORE Our TRIPLE SERVICE OFFER is ha UBIGP YOUR BRAND Take a look at our superb range of high quality products online and then simply call or email us to place an order. We are always happy to help and advise. Ordering is simple FREEDESIGN&ARTWORKPRICE10%BEATGUARANTEE FREEDELIVERY5-7DAYS WE WON’ T BE BEATEN ON PRICE NO ART WORK? NO PROBLEM.. DELIVERED DIRECT TO YOU large format displays at your event or work site. Monster Mesh can provide a Heras Fence Covers • Crowd Barrier Covers • Branded Debris Net ting Scaff old Banners • Banners • Hoardings • Flagpoles and Flags

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September 2022 25 Mark, Kelly and team KT provide a selection of Water Treatment and Concrete Washout Solutions for hire or purchase. Their popularity and proven track record is a result of providing the kit you need, in the manner you want, at a price you’re happy with. Match this with their eager to please attitudes and above and beyond aftercare and its easy to see why their customers keep returning.

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Complete onsite Water Management. Consultancy, Testing, Supply, Install and Maintenance. Kelly Tanks take pride in the quality of their products and have a classy approach to customer service making them a real pleasure to deal with. If you weren’t able to experience their hospitality for at Hillhead this year, you can catch them again at the Contamination Expo, Birmingham NEC in September. If you need anything in the meantime give them a call on 01889 508944, email or check out their website

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September 2022 THE supplier for Jung Pumpen Pumps ….. Pump Technology Ltd is one of only two Authorized Pentair Jung Pumpen GmbH UK Distributors. 26 Manufactured in Germany, Pentair Jung Pumpen equipment is well known for its ultra-reliability, particularly for commercial applications. Jung pumps (both regular and hot water versions) are installed in Pump Technology Ltd.’s wastewater systems, the DrainMinor and DrainMajor range. The Compli lifting station range provides robust and reliable floor mounted sewage pumping solutions and thousands of these units are installed across the country. The Hebefix range offers further proven wastewater pumping options, from the HebefixMini for domestic applications to the HebefixPlus for commercial applications.

September 2022 27 Because they hold the largest stock of Jung equipment for same day dispatch, the dedicated Pump Technology team of experts are able to assist customers with selecting exactly the right pump for the job at the best possible price. To discuss your application and view these products digitally via the company’s online showroom call the Pump Technology Jung team. i.V. Werner Vertriebsleitung,Schuhegger,WaterDisposal EMEA, Water Technologies, Pentair comments: “Pentair Jung Pumpen GmbH (Germany) and Pump Technology Ltd unite a long and trustworthy relationship. Pentair Jung Pumpen are proud to have Pump Technology Ltd as an effective partner and stockist for the UK market. This partnership has generated several leading pump projects and Pentair Jung Pumpen is confident in the specification, selection, supply and maintenance work completed by Pump Technology Ltd. We are looking forward to a successful and growing cooperation.” More Information: 0118 9821

There are also several tools to help tradespeople find the best product for a task. First up, a barcode scanner which allows you to scan the pack to be taken directly to detailed product information and downloads. There’s also a selector tool on which users can enter details about their job, such as location, surface and any specific surface conditions, in order to find a shortlist of the best products to complete the task.

September 2022 Toupret announces all-new app

There is a dedicated page for every product in the Toupret professional range. From these, users can find technical information, pack formats and sizes, key product features and ‘how to guides’ for help to get the best performance from the product. Also available is a full data sheet for each product, and Q&A specific to that product.


Toupret, the professional’s choice for quality fillers, has today announced the release of its very first app, designed to make the work of tradespeople across the country as easy as possible by helping them to access all the information they need when on the job. Available on the Apple App and Google Play stores, the Toupret app is chocfull of handy tools and provides tradespeople with an easy way to find and use the best filler for their job all in one place: whether it’s comparing products, answering questions or providing the latest Toupret news and advice. It’s an invaluable first port of call for those undertaking building, construction, painting & decorating projects For the first time, a handy product quantity calculator allows users to input the size of the area they are skimming or smoothing to calculate the quantity of filler needed to complete a job.

The Toupret app is available to download now, for additional info on the competition, or to download the app, please visit:

To celebrate the launch of the app, until the end of July, anyone who downloads the app can enter a weekly competition to be in with a chance to win a £100 John Lewis e-Gift Card.

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features of the app include a stockist locator, contact page and advice articles, which will be updated regularly to keep tradespeople up to date with new product releases, application processes and legislation. There’s also a FAQ section offering users the ability to quickly get answers to any questions they may have.

The Toupret app also features a handy ‘compare section’, allowing users to find the product that best suits their needs by selecting and comparing side by side what each product can accomplish and key benefits, such as application and drying Othertime.

Speaking of the app launch, Mark Squire, director at Toupret stated “We’re thrilled to have launched our long-awaited Toupret app. We are confident the app provides a plethora of helpful features designed to make everyone’s life easier, from our longstanding trade partners, to those new to Toupret filler. Toupret is a trusted brand and has always championed helping its customers, no matter their experience. As such. the app has been designed to be as user-friendly as possible. We couldn’t be more proud of how it has turned out.”


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“I now can’t play with my little boys as much as I used to and I’m worried about hurting myself, and they are worried about hurting me. I have paranoia of being touched. I do worry about the future as I know the pain will never go away and might get worse, leaving me unable to work and support my family.”

Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Roger Clarke said: “This incident has had lifechanging consequences on the victim and his family. “It could have been avoided if the companies involved had taken the time to appropriately plan and coordinate tasks to ensure the circuit was dead, eliminating the risk of electrocution to workers. Working with electricity is a highrisk activity and safety must be a priority.”

HSE issues fines after electrician suffers serious burns in warehouse explosions

Daker Ltd pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. The company was fined £100.

HSE has issued fines after an electrician suffered serious burns in a warehouse explosion in Liverpool, requiring several skin grafts


A lack of appropriate coordination and incompetency lead to the explosion

HSE has fined a retail company and an electrical contracting company after an electrician suffered serious burns in a warehouse explosion at B&M Retail Ltd warehouse, in Speke. On 22 September 2018, the metal spanner used by the electrician to repair an electrical fault came into contact with a live busbar (metallic strip) linked to the power distribution. The resulting explosion burned 15 per cent of the electrician’s body, including his thighs, legs, arms, face and hands. The 35-year-old was placed in an induced coma for two weeks and had to undergo several skin grafts.

The victim, employed by Daker Ltc, had been attempting to connect a generator to B&M’s Low Voltage supply in order to allow B&M to operate some of its core site functions whilst high voltage maintenance was being Thisundertaken.workwas complex involving several contractors and required co-ordination of different working parties with specific time limited requirements. B&M failed to appoint a suitably competent person to plan and carry out the work to connect temporary generators to their distribution board at the premises. Electrical contractors Daker Ltd.’s work methods fell well below the required standards. Electrical work commenced without proper planning. The power supply to the circuit was not stopped prior to the incident and live working was allowed to take place, this meant that the power supply could be switched on or off at any point, putting workers at risk of electric shock.

B&M Retail Ltd pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) and Section 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. At Liverpool Crown Court, the company was fined £1,000,000 and ordered to pay costs of £4,978.

A HSE investigation found that there was insufficient planning between the parties of Daker Ltd and B&M Retail Ltd regarding who oversaw each site, coordination of work and exchange of relevant documentation.

As a result of the incident, the electrician was unable to work for five months. The victim was deeply affected by the accident not only physically, but mentally. The victim said: “I am very conscious of the scars and always think people are staring at me or talking about me behind my back. To me, my arms look like Freddy Kruger’s from Nightmare on Elm Street.”



Six Work Trouser families to satisfy every need on site - sustainably.


Getting information on the Snickers Workwear trouser families is easy. You can call the Snickers Helpline on 01484 854788, checkout the website at or email

Snickers Workwear’s trouser families are suited to any kind of work on site. Delivering maximum functionality, comfort, protection and mobility they’re the products of choice among discerning professional tradesmen and women. For them, sustainable, street-smart, bodymapping clothing are key parts of their product choices. Hi-tech fabrics, functionality and fit are the hallmarks of these market-leading products. The AllroundWork trousers are ready for any kind of work in any trade. FlexiWork trousers deliver superior freedom of movement. While LiteWork trousers keep you cool, dry and ventilated. Then there’s RuffWork trousers, reinforced and tough for the roughest work on site. ProtecWork protective wear for hazardous environments and certified High-Vis trousers when personal visibility on site is a priority. Snickers Workwear Trousers also deliver certified protection with the patented KneeGuard System for greater flexibility, comfort and durability. It’s what makes them the optimal choice for craftsmen and women who need to get every job done comfortably and sustainably on site


Continuing its support of the Green Environment, ENGEL WORKWEAR includes the versatile ‘Galaxy’ range amongst its collections which now combine a mix of 65% sustainable REPREVE® regenerated polyester fibres with 35% cotton. Giving strong protection, with the emphasis on style and fit, the range includes slim-cut, functional trousers and jackets available in a choice of two-tone colour combinations plus soft-shell and winter jackets, a comfortable fleece cardigan, bib-overall and boiler suit. Most items incorporate many practical details such as several spacious pockets giving quick and easy access to tools and personal accessories, concealed buttons and zippers; the jackets have adjustable cuffs and are reinforced with CORDURA. There is also a wide choice of Galaxy sustainable workwear specifically designed to be practical, comfortable and stylish for women.

ENGEL WORKWEAR’s High-Vis sustainable ‘Safety Super Stretch’ (left) & examples of Galaxy sustainable workwear (right) - both made with REPREVE® regenerated polyester from recycled plastic bottles.

With comfortable and functional clothing designed for almost every work situation and a wide choice of sizes for both men and women, the company’s ‘Safety Super-Stretch’ High Visibility range incorporates 50% of regenerated polyester REPREVE® eco-fibres which are spun from recycled plastic bottles. Combined with Engel’s FE Super Stretch fabric, the fibres are woven together into a polyester and cotton mix; the resulting flexibility of this sustainable, hard wearing but lightweight fabric allows the wearer to be clearly seen in daylight or at night and to be able to work unrestricted even in the most confined spaces. By the use of regenerated polyester in the manufacture, the Environment benefits from significant consumption savings on energy, water and greenhouse gas emissions.

Verified numbers of recycled plastic bottles used to produce the fibres are typically 19 for a pair of trousers, 20 for a work jacket and 37 for a boiler suit; the range is available in a choice of 8 different colour combinations.

Alongside a continual policy of developing products to keep ahead of the highest comfort and protection standards demanded by their customers, Danish manufacturer, ENGEL WORKWEAR also focus on making a positive contribution to aiding the Global climate challenge.


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Health and safety teams should monitor air temperature to ensure it does not negatively impact employee productivity or safety. Working in higher temperatures for longer periods of time can lead to fatigue, increasing the risk of illness while reducing personal productivity. Working around hot, uncovered equipment, also increases the likelihood of injuries such as burns. In order to remain compliant with health and safety legislation, companies must find ways to reduce the health and safety risks of working in facilities with heat transfer fluids. Hot equipment While employee safety is paramount, engineering managers should also monitor air temperature to ensure that equipment remains operational — as equipment overheats energy consumption increases and equipment efficiency decreases. Just like your office computer malfunctions when it overheats, electronic controls can fail when temperatures exceed 40 degrees Celsius. While a thermal fluid system is built for indirect heat transfer, exceeding The importance of temperature regulation in heat transfer.

The temperature of the office is an ongoing debate in businesses globally. Employers often search for the optimal temperature to ensure employees are comfortable and productive, but did you know there’s also an optimal air temperature for industrial facilities? Here Dave Dyer, technical sales engineer at thermal fluid specialist Global Heat Transfer, explores the importance of air temperature when operating heat transfer systems and how to regulate it Temperatureeffectively.controlis essential for any manufacturing environment — changing temperatures can have a significant impact on processes, products and people. Some applications, such as food, chemicals, plastics or pharmaceuticals manufacturing, require heating for production. Manufacturers in these industries must consider not only how the temperature of circulating fluid will impact product quality, but how it will impact the entire facility.


Insulation prevents heat from escaping, improving heat transfer efficiency. Over time, manufacturers will find that less energy wasted from heat escaping will reduce energy usage in the facility while also reducing the carbon footprint of the process. Finding the correct temperature for a work environment is not easy. For example, in a 2018 survey by CareerBuilder, 46 per cent of workers said their office is either too hot or cold. While offices continue to argue over the thermostat for employee comfort, it is clear that manufacturing facilities must take better action to regulate temperature. Regulating air temperature can prevent health and safety risks, reduce the risk of downtime and improve equipment Forefficiency.moreadvice on insulating thermal fluid systems and other factors relating to regulatory compliance, speak to the experts at Global Heat Transfer by visiting

the intended operating temperature can negatively impact productivity. One area that can be particularly affected is the expansion tank, a critical component that allows hot thermal fluid with the space it needs to expand, which when heated can be up to 20 per cent of system volume. To allow for this as well as provide a sufficient safety factor, the expansion tank should always be approximately a third full when the system is cold. When the system is at full working temperature, the level in the expansion tank where oil hits the atmosphere should not exceed 60 degrees Celsius. If the tank exceeds 60 degrees, the oil inside will oxidise, leading to a build-up of acid and carbon (as seen in figure 1). Over time this will reduce the heat transfer efficiency of the equipment and could lead to costly downtime. Keep it covered Investing in correct, and properly installed insulation is the best way to regulate air temperature in the facility, control the temperature of equipment and better protect employees. Insulation ensures that heat created in the manufacturing process does not heat up the facility elsewhere, enabling manufacturers to ensure the air temperature is consistent. Insulating parts of the system also means that manufacturers can better regulate the temperature of equipment that must operate at specific temperatures, such as the expansion tank. When choosing insulation for a heat transfer system, manufacturers should consider what material best suits the application. During its lifespan, a heat transfer fluid will degrade. The degradation process introduces by-products into the fluid, such as carbon that forms inside (as seen in figure 2) and acid corrodes unseen parts of a thermal fluid system. If this continues without intervention, small holes can appear in the coil (as seen in figure 3), allowing fluid to leak, posing a fire hazard. Thermal oil would soak into porous insulation, increasing the risk of fire and other hazards, so using a non-porous insulation, such as blown glass, works best in areas of the system where fluid could leak, including flanges. Further benefits While insulation is key to improving conditions for employees and equipment, there are added benefits.

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Olof Rylander, Senior Business Developer for Safety at Mips said: “We are pleased to partner with Arco and continue to educate the market on issues concerning head protection. Together we will work closely with safety professionals and industry institutions and continue our research into the field of head injuries in construction, the role hard hat technology can play, and provide a deeper understanding of the risks from rotational motion caused by head impacts in construction.”

UK’s only integrated services and safety products company, is a leading supplier of PPE, workwear and safety products, offering an extensive range of over 200,000 individual items.

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Mips, a helmet-based safety technology company announces an education partnership on head protection with Arco, the UK’s leading safety experts.

Alex Turgoose, PPE Product and Procurement Manager at Arco, said: “Head injuries are a major problem in the workplace. We are seeing momentum in demand for products equipped with the Mips® safety system from Arco customers, as more manufacturers incorporate the patented Mips® helmet-based technology into their safety helmets. As experts in safety, we understand that each business faces its own unique and complex challenges when managing workplace health and safety. We are passionate about raising awareness of safety risks through expert advice, guidance on hazards, compliance, and best practice to our customers large and small. It’s important to us, as an expert safety partner for more than 25,000 customers, that we help educate them to identify, monitor and reduce the risk associated with workplace hazards – especially when it comes to head protection.”

The Education Partnership aims to improve knowledge and awareness around head injuries and their possible causes on construction sites, how incidents occur generally, and what happens, or could happen, to our head when we fall. Arco and Mips will collaborate on various initiatives, working closely with safety professionals, end-users and industry institutions. Both companies will continue to offer expert advice on the different levels of protection that safety helmets can give the wearer, the role hard hat technology can play, and provide employers and workers with a better understanding of what good head protection requires.  Mips, already firmly established and well known in sports helmets, motorcycle and popular among skiers and cyclists, has established a strong customer base in its new safety category in 2021. The Mips Safety System is designed to help reduce rotational motion to the head caused by certain angled impacts. A low-friction layer inside the safety helmet allows multi-directional movement of 10-15mm on certain angled impacts, intended to help reduce rotational force to the Arco,head.the

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Skanska UK said it was also supporting ALLMI in a review of the international standard for how stabiliser equipment operates. The firm, whose head office is in Sweden, said lorry loaders of this type (pictured above) were not common on its UK sites and projects. A recent survey showed that of 47 lorry loader-related unloading activities reviewed, only two operated with the stabiliser being able to be moved across the fixed controls.

ALLMI has now issued instructions to all manufacturers and training companies. These provide additional information in their training materials to highlight the risk of inadvertent operation resulting in the operator being struck by the stabiliser.


Construction giant Skanska is to ban lorry loaders fitted with certain types of stabiliser legs from its UK sites from 1st August, amid safety warnings.

Skanska UK has worked with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the Association of Lorry Loader Manufacturers and Importers (ALLMI) and directly with manufacturers to highlight the risk to operators of being crushed by this type of stabiliser.

The contractor – the fifth largest construction group in the world – said it wanted to avoid the risk of operators becoming trapped by ‘swingup’ stabiliser legs. The legs can inadvertently be rotated and drawn into the area where fixed controls are located.

Vehicles affected by the ban are predominantly those delivering bulky items such as cabins and welfare units.

Skanska bans swing-up lorry loaders after site death

The move comes after a worker died in an accident involving the same type of stabiliser on a Skanska site in Shirehampton, Bristol, in September 2021.

Managing Director Ian McKinnon said: “We are excited to join forces with the Supply Chain Sustainability School to further the construction industry’s progress in becoming more diverse and inclusive and make the sector a better place to work for everyone.”

Gemma Archibald, Chief Operating Officer at Alcumus, said: “Working with Peoplesafe means that we can suggest the right solution for personal safety risks when we identify them in our gap analysis process. We often see issues, such as working at height or lone working, where a simple device or app could help to mitigate the risk. We’re delighted to be able to partner with Peoplesafe as the company has been setting the standard in personal safety technology for many years.”

Peoplesafe customers have employees who face potential hazards every day in their working life. The new partnership with Alcumus enables Peoplesafe to provide these customers with a service to identify and manage employee safety risks, as well as offering them a solution.


Alcumus and Peoplesafe Announce Partnership

The assessment provides a framework for organisations to assess and embed the principles and business benefits of a fairer, more inclusive and respectful workplace. It has been specifically designed by construction clients, contractors and sub-contractors and is suitable for organisations of any size, large or CHASsmall.

Naz Dossa, CEO at Peoplesafe, commented: “We are thrilled to be able to partner with Alcumus PSM, a leader in this sector for many years, and offer its expertise to help our clients. The company’s services perfectly complement our product range and technological knowhow, so we can offer an end-to-end solution for our valued customers.”

Supply chain risk management expert CHAS has joined forces with the Supply Chain Sustainability School to introduce the Fairness, Inclusion and Respect (FIR) Growth Assessment.


Promoting a culture of fairness, inclusion and respect has multiple benefits. Not only are diverse businesses more profitable, they are also better at attracting and retaining talent, as jobseekers increasingly favour employers that are committed to diversity and equality. Having a diverse workforce can also lead to better workplace performance by generating new ideas and perspectives, and increasing employee Furthermore,engagement.clients and large contractors increasingly expect their supply-chain partners to work with them to implement diversity and inclusion practices and policies. Become accredited Businesses can now become accredited for their commitment to promoting fairness, inclusion and respect via a new CHAS accreditation. The CHAS Fairness, Inclusion and Respect accreditation enables companies to confirm that they are embedding this issue within their organisation in line with industry best practice and guidelines. As well as helping companies demonstrate that they are responsible businesses, this can help them win more work. The assessment involves a mix of online questions and in-person interviews and considers the role of six key factors in effectively embedding a culture of Fairness, Inclusion and Respect, which include; strategy, leadership and governance; recruitment and development; working practices; the site environment, and the supply chain.

Alcumus, a leading provider of health and safety and HR services to businesses across the UK, is partnering with employee safety professionals Peoplesafe to deliver expert support to its customers. The aim of the partnership is to provide a holistic approach to people safety by helping businesses of all sizes to stay compliant with health and safety legislation and implement best practices to keep employees safe at work. Alcumus and Peoplesafe work with a combined 57,000 customers across the UK to improve employee safety.

Global footwear specialist, HAIX presents the world’s fastest firefighter boot at INTERSCHUTZ, Hannover, this week. The new FIRE EAGLE 2.0 features an updated design and a new, innovative quick-fit fastener system. The RapidFit system is the quickest way to pull a boot on and fits to the individual foot in just one movement, critical when a call comes in and every second counts.

100% Made in Europe Like all HAIX products, the FIRE EAGLE 2.0 is manufactured exclusively in Europe. HAIX’s production sites in Mainburg, Germany and Mala Subotica, Croatia are among the world’s most modern shoe production facilities.

All-round protection in action Like its predecessor, the FIRE EAGLE 2.0 stands out for its lightweight design of around 1,000 grams per shoe, ensuring comfort without compromising on durability. The shoe is made from robust bullhide leather, which has been finished with the well-known HX logo as part of the new design. The FIRE EAGLE 2.0 provides allround protection with a toe cap made of fibre-reinforced plastic, penetration protection and a nonslip, heat-resistant sole. The GORECROSSTECH laminate not only makes the shoe waterproof but also offers penetration protection against blood and other bodily fluids as well as any resultant viruses and bacteria. Reflective inserts in a signal colour ensure good visibility, even in thick Forsmoke.maximum comfort, a cushioning insole and the Arch Support System ensure optimal foot support and a secure hold. The HAIX Climate System uses the foot’s pumping motion when walking to wick moisture out of the shoe, ensuring feet stay at an optimum temperature.


At these facilities, HAIX closely monitors working conditions and product quality to ensure the highest standards are met because Made in Europe is not just a promise of quality for HAIX but a commitment to fair working conditions, sustainable practices, and modern testing

Ready for action in a flash thanks to RapidFit RapidFit, the quickest fastening system for firefighter boots, is a world first. Once the boot has been fitted to the foot, it can be tightened in a flash with just one hand. No additional tying or tucking is needed, as the RapidFit system automatically holds the lacing in place after tightening. A wider, ergonomic grip makes the fastener even easier to close.


Other innovations include an RFID pocket to provide space for an RFID chip for digital personal protective equipment (PPE) management, as well as a new composite toe cap that offers even better abrasion protection in the toe area. The new instep protector has a smooth surface with no openings, making the boot easier to clean while protecting the laces from damage.


FIRE EAGLE 2.0 is available in sizes UK 3 to 12 and plus sizes UK 12.5 to 15. The shoe meets the DIN standard EN 15090:2012 and requirement F2A, ensuring the highest safety standards. The FIRE EAGLE® 2.0 is now available from the HAIX webshop and specialist retailers. Visitors can find HAIX at stand H47, Hall 15 until 25 June to witness HAIX’s technical expertise first-hand and join the footwear specialist as it celebrates its latest innovation in firefighter footwear.

At this year’s INTERSCHUTZ, the leading trade fair for fire and rescue services, civil protection, safety, and security, HAIX will present the brandnew FIRE EAGLE 2.0 along with its well-established product range at its 1,000m² stand spread across two levels - the largest trade fair stand in the company’s history.

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