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“Once RoofCERT is established and people see the value of it, the<br />

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be in the industry, because ultimately the aim of RoofCERT is to<br />

write it into Statute.”<br />

Strong words from Mike Wharton, Head of Business Development at the<br />

NFRC, in response to our question on how we get the message re:<br />

accreditation to those who aren’t interested in operating at a<br />

professional level, but it really hits home just how important and what<br />

sort of impact the NFRC and its stakeholders feel RoofCERT will have<br />

on the sector.<br />

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An operative from award-winning roofing company Archibald McCorquodale &<br />

Son working on site. Colin McCorquodale answers our Contractor’s Q’s on p.30.<br />




Granted it’s still early days for the new accreditation and the various<br />

groups are still working out some of the finer details – but make no<br />

mistake, the wheels are well and truly in motion and it is hoped that<br />

RoofCERT can do for roofing what Corgi / Gas Safe has done for<br />

plumbers in terms of professionalising the sector in the eyes of the<br />

end-user. Read our full interview with Mike on p.16, plus look out for<br />

the exclusive seminar on RoofCERT at Contractor’s Day on Nov 30th.<br />

Elsewhere in this issue, in his latest Perfectly Pitched column, John<br />

Mercer continues his look at what BS 5534 really means for the roofer<br />

with a focus on underlays (p.34); Marley Eternit provides roofers with<br />

some top tips for batten installation (p.38); we talk Safe2Torch with IKO<br />

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Contents<br />



Total Contractor talks all things RoofCERT with<br />

Mike Wharton of the NFRC<br />


We get a supplier’s view on whether standards<br />

and regs should be easier to understand<br />

42 SAFE2TORCH<br />

A manufacturer and a contractor give their<br />

thoughts on the Safe2Torch initiative<br />


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Can using the right materials help you avoid the<br />

weather woes? Mark Parsons believes so...<br />

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Rob Firman addresses contractors’ queries regarding<br />

inverted roofs and extruded polystyrene insulation<br />


We catch up with BMI Icopal Apprentice of the Year<br />

Kieran Forster to hear how his career is developing<br />


We hear a lot about innovation, but what does it really<br />

mean? Brian Mack gives his view<br />


A. Proctor Group talks through the different possibilities<br />

for retrofitting wall insulation<br />


As Sion Roberts explains, it’s not a case of just buy and<br />

fly when it comes to UAVs and construction sites...<br />

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Richard Kendrick talks cash flow and explains<br />

how to keep things moving in the right direction<br />


This month the Inspector focuses on heat<br />

welding single-ply membranes<br />


Colin McCorquodale answers our questions<br />

and explains why communication is key...<br />



MSA Safety is bringing its Rooftop VR Experience to<br />

Contractor’s Day! Another reason to visit Twickenham!<br />


The majority of responses to Government consultation favour a<br />

ban of the use of combustible materials on high-rise exteriors<br />

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We look at the options for racking out your<br />

van; top tips for selling; plus vehicle hire<br />



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Industry News<br />



The NFRC and Total Contractor are pleased to<br />

announce MSA Safety will be bringing its<br />

Rooftop Fall Protection Virtual Reality<br />

Experience to Contractor’s Day!<br />

Above: The Trumpff TruBend Center in action at BTS.<br />

BTS Facades & Fabrications held an Open<br />

Day at its state-of-the-art Newton Aycliffe<br />

HQ and factory on September 25th.<br />

The event was attended by over 120 of BTS’s<br />

customers and supply chain partners and<br />

included updates on BTS’s recent investment<br />

and plans for the future from MD Phil Atkinson<br />

and Company Secretary Marcia Atkinson, plus<br />

BTS’s Mark Kenney informed those assembled<br />

of the company’s developments within its<br />

product range including the Vantage Rainscreen<br />

Systems. Guest Speaker Gary Lumby, of Focus<br />

on Success, also gave an inspirational talk<br />

including advice and guidance from his time in<br />

business.<br />

The day also included the BTS Awards which<br />

saw Errigal Facades awarded for its Westfield<br />

White City project; Prater awarded for its<br />

Town Centre regeneration project in<br />

Bracknell; and Apex Facades awarded for its<br />

work at Kingston, London.<br />

Visitors were also treated to a factory tour<br />

which enabled them to see BTS’s range of<br />

presses and machinery in action, including<br />

the Trumpff TruBend Center 7030 – BTS’s<br />

most recent and significant investment –<br />

which Phil describes as a “game-changer”<br />

for both the company and its customers. The<br />

TruBend Center offers BTS a number of<br />

benefits including unrivalled precision<br />

automated bending; opportunities to develop<br />

its offering; and increased speed and<br />

efficiencies which enable BTS to offer quicker<br />

turnaround for customers.<br />

Visitors to MSA Safety’s stand at the UK’s only<br />

exhibition exclusively targeted at contractors<br />

operating in the roofing, cladding and insulation<br />

sectors, will be able to don a headset and enter a<br />

virtual world where they can experience MSA’s<br />

safety solutions in a representative context and in<br />

the very location where they will be used.<br />

Having stepped into the virtual world at the<br />

launch of this new VR experience, Matt Downs,<br />

Editorial Director at Total Contractor, who colaunched<br />

Contractor’s Day alongside the NFRC,<br />

explained: “This immersive experience really puts<br />

you in the situation and enables you to feel the<br />

very real dangers of working at height. Visitors to<br />

Contractor’s Day will be able climb up to a virtual<br />

reality rooftop using a controller to ‘clip on’ every<br />

step of the way to carry out their work. Once there<br />

they can assess the situation and carry out tasks,<br />

all the time feeling the immediate dangers of their<br />

environment which forces them to really think<br />

about what they are doing. The possibilities of<br />

this technology with regards to training in<br />

particular and the roofing sector in general are<br />


The NIA says it is teaming up with the Energy<br />

Saving Trust, the independent national energy<br />

efficiency experts, and other advice agencies<br />

to promote the true benefits of insulation.<br />

The Association says that over the years, large<br />

subsidies and grants from energy companies and<br />

Government towards the cost of home insulation<br />

for both fuel poor households and those in ‘able<br />

to pay’ households has helped those suffering<br />

from fuel poverty, but it has also resulted in<br />

insulation being devalued with householders<br />

focusing on price and grants only, and not<br />

The teams from MSA with Render and Intel who helped develop<br />

MSA’s Rooftop VR Experience. Try it out at Contractor’s Day!<br />

endless, and this will be a great experience for<br />

visitors to Contractor’s Day.”<br />

A spokesperson for MSA Safety explained: “By<br />

enabling customers to literally experience the<br />

products for themselves, MSA can communicate<br />

the value of the products in seconds; decision<br />

makers can immediately empathise with the risks<br />

their workers face on a daily basis and the need<br />

for highly robust safety equipment, without them<br />

actually being exposed to the risk. The nuances of<br />

product detail can be grasped quickly and easily,<br />

all within an exciting, new and innovative format<br />

that prompts engaging discussion.”<br />

The MSA Safety VR experience is yet another great<br />

addition for visitors to Contractor’s Day, which<br />

takes place at Twickenham Stadium on 30th<br />

November <strong>2018</strong>. Find out more and register for<br />

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appreciating the true benefits of insulation.<br />

However, the NIA believes this will change as<br />

under the new £640m per year Energy Company<br />

Obligation 3 scheme – which is launched this<br />

Autumn – subsidies and grants will be<br />

restricted to vulnerable and fuel poor<br />

households only and not available to those in<br />

‘able to pay’ households. This, the Association<br />

says, provides a significant opportunity for the<br />

industry to build the value back into insulation<br />

by promoting the benefits of the different<br />

measures available.<br />

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Younger roofers are being urged to make<br />

sure they don’t overload their vehicles<br />

and make their driving licence invalid.<br />

Experts from LeaseVan.co.uk say many<br />

younger van drivers may not be aware that<br />

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vans which weigh less then 3,500kg when<br />

fully loaded – including the weight of the<br />

driver themselves.<br />

The rule only applies to motorists who passed<br />

their driving tests after 1st January 1997,<br />

and if they plan to exceed this weight they<br />

need to take an additional driving test.<br />

Now LeaseVan.co.uk are urging their<br />

customers to visit a local weighbridge and<br />

check their van’s fully loaded weight if they<br />

are unsure.<br />

Tim Alcock of LeaseVan.co.uk said: “Some<br />

younger van drivers may not realise the<br />

restrictions their driving licence places upon<br />

them. Most are aware that they can only<br />

drive vans with loads up to 3,500kg, but<br />

many believe as long as their van is less than<br />

that they are ok.<br />

“If you consider a van making deliveries<br />

could be loaded up with boxes weighing 70kg<br />

each, it would only take around 20 boxes plus<br />

the weight of the driver, to be reaching the<br />

permitted weight limit.<br />

“Another common mistake that less<br />

experienced drivers make is to fail to factor in<br />

their own body weight and that of any<br />

passengers.<br />

“The 3,500kg limit on their driving licence<br />

includes everything inside the van, including<br />

the driver, his lunch, any items in the cab,<br />

even the packet of mints on the dashboard.<br />

“If drivers are concerned they should visit<br />

their local weighbridge for peace of mind.”<br />


In response to the housing<br />

committee’s report, the Independent<br />

Review of Building Regulations and<br />

Fire Safety: Next Steps, the<br />

Government has revealed that whilst<br />

it’s still analysing responses to its<br />

consultation, the majority of those<br />

received so far have been in favour of a ban of<br />

combustible materials on high-rise exteriors.<br />

The government response stated: “Our<br />

consultation on banning the use of combustible<br />

materials in the external walls of high-rise<br />

buildings closed on 14 August <strong>2018</strong>. There were<br />

460 responses from a range of individuals and<br />

organisations. The Government is currently<br />

analysing the consultation responses. The<br />

majority of respondents agreed with the intention<br />

of the consultation and the Government will<br />

publish its response in the autumn.<br />

On the issue of the Government fully funding the<br />

replacement of any cladding on any existing<br />


NARM, the National Association of<br />

Rooflight Manufacturers, has<br />

published a new technical guide<br />

covering the installation of roof<br />

windows on pitched roofs as<br />

part of its ongoing commitment<br />

to support best practice in the<br />

design and installation of<br />

rooflights.<br />

NARM Technical Document<br />

NTD16 Roof window installation<br />

considerations for pitched roofs, has been<br />

produced by NARM member companies to help<br />

raise awareness of the typical installation and<br />

detailing pitfalls that roof window installers<br />

should be aware of before commencing<br />

installation.<br />

Most detailing for roof windows is not product<br />

buildings which had been permitted, but<br />

is subsequently banned as a<br />

consequence of the consultation, it<br />

stated: “The Government has already<br />

provided funding for remediation of<br />

cladding in the social sector. In the<br />

private sector more and more firms are<br />

doing the right thing and replacing cladding<br />

themselves without the costs falling to<br />

leaseholders.<br />

“The Government will consider what further steps<br />

may be appropriate as part of the detailed analysis<br />

of the consultation responses and the wider<br />

reforms proposed by the Independent Review.”<br />

The government also stated: “We have also been<br />

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the Hackitt recommendations where we deem it<br />

necessary, as we have shown through our<br />

consultation on proposals to ban the use of<br />

combustible materials in the external wall<br />

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Philip Fergusson and Jayne Fergusson of NCTS with<br />

Steve Reynolds of the NFRC.<br />

National Construction Training Services<br />

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centre to become a member of the NFRC.<br />

The NFRC represents more than 70% of<br />

contractors, manufacturers and training<br />

providers involved in the industry. Known as<br />

the ‘voice’ of the roofing sector, it actively<br />

ensures its members uphold the highest<br />

standards of workmanship and business<br />

practice through a strict code of practice and<br />

vetting procedure. NCTS, training specialists<br />

in a range of roofing disciplines such as<br />

slating and tiling, lead, hard metals, liquid<br />

and bituminous waterproofing, gained its<br />

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its first-class training facility in Hoddesdon,<br />

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contractors and the like will have access to<br />

NCTS’ range of industry-recognised courses<br />

designed to qualify, ‘up-skill’ and enhance the<br />

careers of roofers of all ages and abilities.<br />

Philip Fergusson, Managing Director at NCTS,<br />

said: “NFRC is the number one organisation<br />

for the roofing industry. Therefore, it’s a real<br />

honour to become the first independent<br />

training centre to be accepted as a member.<br />

It demonstrates the quality of training and<br />

service NCTS is able to provide. We look<br />

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The event, which is the first ever to be solely aimed<br />

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manufacturers and Trade Associations.<br />

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information and advice on subjects and topics<br />

affecting contractors on site and in their<br />

businesses today.<br />

Two seminar theatres organised by the NFRC –<br />

the UK’s largest roofing and cladding Trade<br />

Association – will feature its own experts as well<br />

A Bristol-based construction company has<br />

been sentenced for carrying out unlicensed<br />

asbestos work.<br />

Bristol Magistrates’ Court heard how, during July<br />

2017, a project was undertaken to refurbish The<br />

Cherry Tree pub at Oldland Common, Bristol, into<br />

eight flats. T.W. Parker (Building & Groundworks)<br />

was commissioned to conduct the works.<br />

A survey of the site on 13 July found waste<br />

materials, including asbestos insulation board,<br />

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as those from across the<br />

industry, including SIG Roofing,<br />

BMI and IOSH. Topics include<br />

safety tips for working at<br />

height, using drones for roof<br />

surveys, asbestos awareness,<br />

business tips, the new<br />

RoofCERT accreditation and<br />

much more. There will also be<br />

a dedicated Skills Zone,<br />

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talents of young roofers.<br />

“We want this event to provide contractors with<br />

practical information to help them make their<br />

businesses as successful as possible, which is<br />

what the NFRC is dedicated to providing its<br />

members,” explained Amanda Brackey, Head of<br />

Marketing and Communications at the NFRC.<br />

Andy Dunn, Publishing Director of Total Contractor<br />

magazine who co-launched Contractor’s Day with<br />

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were left lying outside the building.<br />

Asbestos containing materials, which would require<br />

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T.W. Parker (Building & Groundworks) of Hicks<br />

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Pupils from secondary schools in Glasgow,<br />

Stirling, Perth and Musselburgh took part in a<br />

two-day traditional building skills event held at<br />

the Scottish Parliament on 11th & 12th<br />

September.<br />

The hands-on, practical workshops provided 13 to<br />

15 year olds with the chance to discover more<br />

about traditional skills apprenticeships, and<br />

allowed them to have a go for themselves.<br />

They tried their hand at roof slating,<br />

stonemasonry, joinery and painting and<br />

decorating, expertly assisted by current Modern<br />

Apprentices in these trades.<br />

The event was sponsored by Gordon Lindhurst,<br />

MSP for Lothian. He said: “Traditional building<br />

skills demonstrations are hugely valuable in<br />

raising the profile of the vital skills needed to<br />

maintain our unique built heritage.<br />

“Having attended workshops elsewhere, I am<br />

delighted to welcome the Scottish Traditional<br />

Building Forum and the Construction Industry<br />

Training Board to the Scottish Parliament,<br />

alongside the apprentices who can show off their<br />

skills.<br />

“I hope that by raising the profile of these<br />

traditional building skills in this way, we can<br />

secure the long-term future of Edinburgh’s World<br />

Heritage Site and Scotland’s built environment<br />

more generally.”<br />

The event was organised by the Scottish<br />

Traditional Building Forum as part of Construction<br />

Scotland’s Inspiring Construction programme. It<br />

was supported by a range of partners including<br />

CITB, City of Glasgow College, West College<br />

Traditional Building demonstration, Scotland.<br />

Scotland, Dundee and Angus College, Edinburgh<br />

College and Developing the Young Workforce. The<br />

National Federation of Roofing Contractors<br />

supported the delivery of the roof slating<br />

demonstration.<br />

Ken Gillespie, Chair of Construction Scotland,<br />

said: “The construction industry currently employs<br />

233,600 people, but it’s estimated that 28% of<br />

that workforce will need replacing by 2027,<br />

creating at least 21,000 vacancies. Attracting<br />

more potential employees to our industry to<br />

address this imminent skills gap is one of<br />

Construction Scotland’s top priorities.<br />


Attracting more young people<br />

viewed as such. I want construction<br />

into the sector is top of the<br />

to be a career of choice for young<br />

agenda for Arthur McArdle, the<br />

people.”<br />

new National President of the<br />

McArdle continued: “Although the<br />

Federation of Master Builders<br />

FMB has spearheaded steps to make<br />

(FMB).<br />

apprenticeships more attractive to<br />

Arthur McArdle was elected National<br />

young people, including playing a<br />

President of the FMB, the UK’s Above: Arthur McArdle, FMB pivotal role in the sign off of two high<br />

National President.<br />

largest construction Trade<br />

quality apprenticeships in bricklaying<br />

Association, on 8th September at the<br />

and plastering in June this year, we<br />

FMB’s National AGM and Conference in<br />

still have further to go.<br />

Bournemouth.<br />

“The FMB is committed to working with the<br />

Arthur McArdle said: “I am extremely passionate Government to improve the quality and quantity<br />

about ensuring that we have enough skilled of apprenticeships.”<br />

workers to help build the nation out of the housing<br />

McArdle concluded: “As the FMB continues to<br />

crisis. The skills shortage the sector is facing is<br />

grow, I am extremely privileged to be part of the<br />

absolutely dire and the only way we can<br />

leadership of an organisation that stands for<br />

guarantee enough skilled construction workers in<br />

quality and professionalism in the building<br />

the future is by attracting more young people into<br />

industry.”<br />

the sector and training them to a high standard<br />

now. The construction industry is an extremely At the National Conference, Janet Etchells was<br />

rewarding sector to work in and it should be voted in as the first female National Vice President.<br />



North West Roof Training Group is<br />

exhibiting at the Forces into Construction<br />

event being held at Coleg Cambria,<br />

Connah’s Quay, on 10th <strong>October</strong>.<br />

All ranks and backgrounds of ex-service<br />

and soon to leave ex-service personnel will<br />

be meeting national and North West-based<br />

construction employers and hearing about<br />

the opportunities available to them in the<br />

North West.<br />

Sue Wharton of NW Roof Training Group<br />

explained: “Here’s an opportunity for us to<br />

reach out to this untapped source of labour.<br />

It’s forecast that here in the North West<br />

some 550 additional staff will be required<br />

within the next four years. Our own display<br />

will focus on training opportunities and<br />

career paths within the roofing industry, and<br />

exploring this market is critical to our<br />

efforts to support our members. “<br />

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New figures from NHBC have revealed that<br />

more than 15,800 new homes were<br />

registered to be built in the UK in July, a<br />

35% increase on the same month last<br />

year.<br />

12,087 new homes were registered in the<br />

private sector in July <strong>2018</strong> (8,421 in 2017),<br />

with 3,782 registered in the affordable sector<br />

(3,362 in 2017).<br />

For the rolling quarter, between May and July,<br />

43,600 new homes were registered<br />

compared to 39,421 in 2017 – an increase of<br />

11%. During this period there were 31,264<br />

new homes registered in the private sector<br />

(28,056 in 2017: +11%) and 12,336 new<br />

homes registered in the affordable sector<br />

(11,365 in 2017: +9%).<br />

Over this period, London experienced an 86%<br />

increase in registrations, partly due to an<br />

increase in the number of large housing<br />

association and private rental sector<br />

developments registered in the capital.<br />

As the leading warranty and insurance<br />

provider for new homes in the UK, NHBC’s<br />

registration statistics are a lead indicator for<br />

the new homes market.<br />

Commenting on the July figures, NHBC Chief<br />

Executive Steve Wood said: “Following a slow<br />

start to the year due to the extreme weather,<br />

we have had promising new home figures in<br />

recent months with July seeing a real uplift.<br />

Over the last three months we have had<br />

growth in new home registrations in eight out<br />

of 12 UK regions, with London leading the<br />

way.<br />

“NHBC continues to support UK builders in<br />

delivering high quality new homes for the<br />

benefit of consumers.”<br />


Builders spend 2 ½ years driving their van Executive of the FMB, said: “This new research<br />

over the course of their working lives and dispels the myth that builders spend a big chunk<br />

almost one year trying to locate a particular of their time drinking tea. In reality, if builders are<br />

tool, according to new research by the<br />

downing their tools for any reason, it’s so they<br />

Federation of Master Builders (FMB).<br />

can chat to their customers and ensure they have<br />

happy clients. Less surprisingly, over the course<br />

The FMB asked thousands of builders across the<br />

of their working lives, your average builder will<br />

UK how many minutes they spend each day<br />

spend two and a half years driving their van and<br />

carrying out certain tasks. The figures reveal that<br />

two and a half years shopping for materials at<br />

over their career, an average builder will spend<br />

their local builders merchants. Of all the<br />

the equivalent of:<br />

activities that might typically fill a builder’s<br />

• 2 years and 9 months talking to clients; working day, making tea trails at the bottom of<br />

the list.”<br />

• 2 years and 6 months driving their van;<br />

Berry concluded: “Excellent communication with<br />

• 2 years and 6 months at the builders’<br />

clients is just one of the qualities that top class<br />

merchants;<br />

builders in the UK have. The FMB is launching the<br />

• 2 years and 1 month training or supervising Master Builder Awards 2019, which aims to seek<br />

junior colleagues or apprentices;<br />

out and celebrate the very best builders in our<br />

industry. Too often, the minority of dodgy builders<br />

• 1 year and 9 months eating lunch;<br />

give the whole industry a bad name. The Master<br />

• 11 months trying to locate a particular tool; Builder Awards are all about dispelling any<br />

misconceptions and showcasing the quality<br />

• 6 months making tea.<br />

builders who help home owners and clients<br />

Commenting on the research, Brian Berry, Chief realise their building ambitions.”<br />


Midland Lead has been selected as the h&b<br />

Group’s Supplier of the Year <strong>2018</strong>.<br />

The accolade, officially known as the ‘Peter Buttle<br />

Supplier of the Year award’, after the buying group’s<br />

founder, was announced at the h&b Group annual<br />

Activity Event at The Belfry earlier this month.<br />

After outshining other roofing and insulation<br />

Lynn Street, Midland Lead.<br />

suppliers in its own category, Midland Lead went<br />

a lot of positive changes for Midland Lead and the<br />

on to win the overall award, beating the five<br />

award is another indication that we are<br />

finalist suppliers nominated by their own select<br />

continuing to move in the right direction. We have<br />

expert product panels.<br />

a great sales team that drives the company<br />

Lynn Street, Midland Lead’s Sales and Marketing forward but sales contact is only a part of a much<br />

Manager, was at the conference to receive the larger package. We strive to show that the ability<br />

award. “I am hugely proud of this achievement to provide excellent customer service exists<br />

for our company. The last nine months have seen within us all at Midland Lead.”<br />

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As a sector dogged by stories of cowboys, suffering from outdated stereotypes and poor<br />

perception from those outside of the industry, RoofCERT could be the change that the<br />

roofing sector really needs. But what does it mean for you, the contractor, and how will such<br />

a wide-ranging and far-reaching accreditation scheme be implemented? We caught up with<br />

Mike Wharton, Head of Business Development at the NFRC, to discuss this and so much<br />

more about RoofCERT…<br />

Total Contractor: How is the RoofCERT<br />

accreditation progressing and what stage<br />

are you at?<br />

Mike Wharton: This is a highly collaborative<br />

programme, so the focus so far has been on<br />

getting the broadest range of stakeholders<br />

involved. We’ve now got a Leadership Committee<br />

made up of representatives from across the<br />

industry, including roofing contractors,<br />

suppliers, merchants, main<br />

contractors, our partners the<br />

CITB, the LABC and other<br />

agencies. This committee<br />

oversees the work being<br />

carried out by the three Activity<br />

Groups which include experts that<br />

we’ve similarly recruited from both<br />

inside and outside of the roofing industry.<br />

The Supply Chain Collaboration Group is ensuring<br />

that there is a pipeline of appropriate training<br />

available and assessing the best way to deliver it,<br />

either through assessment centres or on the<br />

ground. The Attraction Group is exploring suitable<br />

career paths for roofing and looking at ways to<br />

make RoofCERT attractive to industry, households<br />

and buyers of roofing services.<br />

The Accreditation and Standards Activity Group is<br />

essentially creating the accreditation itself and<br />

has made some great strides in setting out what<br />

it will look like. The group is focusing on a pointsbased<br />

system that captures an operative’s<br />

existing qualifications,<br />

acknowledges experience gained<br />

on site and includes a<br />

mandatory ‘basket’ of short<br />

duration courses, which<br />

everyone will need complete. The<br />

group is currently deciding how much<br />

weight each of these three elements carries<br />

towards accreditation.<br />

TC: The NFRC has launched<br />

the scheme alongside the<br />

CITB, do I have to be a<br />

member of the NFRC to<br />

become accredited?<br />

MW: No. It’s open to anyone in<br />

industry and the aim is to have<br />

5,000 roofers accredited by 2021.<br />

TC: What is actually involved in becoming<br />

accredited?<br />

MW: The starting point will be a ‘gated’<br />

knowledge test specific to each discipline, which<br />

everyone will take at the 100-plus secure test<br />

centres dotted around the UK. Passing this test<br />

will allow them to enter the system and provide<br />

evidence (or undertake as appropriate) the short<br />

duration courses on first aid, manual handling,<br />

working at height, fire safety and asbestos<br />

awareness, abrasive wheels and possibly another<br />

course on communication. We are also about to<br />

scope the registration and booking system.<br />

Left: Mike Wharton, Head of Business<br />

Development at the NFRC.<br />

TC: What, if any costs are<br />

involved?<br />

MW: For the first 5,000 contractors<br />

there is no cost at all. After that there<br />

will be a cost, which is to be decided.<br />

TC: Is the accreditation relevant to both<br />

new entrants and established roofers?<br />

MW: Only those that have been working in roofing<br />

for a minimum of three years will be eligible for<br />

RoofCERT. So, if you’re an apprentice, you will<br />

need to have reached the three-year point and<br />

achieved NVQ Level 2 before registering.<br />

TC: How do you feel being an accredited<br />

roofer will benefit a contractor’s<br />

business?<br />

MW: There has never been an accreditation<br />

scheme for roofing and so this is a starting point<br />

for professionalising the industry. We know that in<br />

general accreditation is important to consumers<br />

as a mark of trust, so if they insist on RoofCERT<br />

accreditation, then it’s clearly a benefit to those<br />

operatives and their firms. Similarly, in the<br />

commercial market, a roofing-specific<br />

accreditation we see as being insisted upon by<br />

main contractors, councils and other<br />

stakeholders, particularly in light of the tragic<br />

event of the Grenfell fire.<br />

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TC: Will it be each individual within the<br />

company who is accredited or the<br />

company as a whole?<br />

MW: We already have the Competent Roofer<br />

scheme, the only government-authorised<br />

competency scheme for roofing which applies to<br />

companies. RoofCERT, on the other hand, is geared<br />

towards individual operatives so that they can take<br />

it with them if they were to change companies.<br />

TC: How will the accreditation scheme be<br />

policed and who by?<br />

MW: The start point is the initial secure ‘gateway’<br />

test, when the individual must present ID before<br />

submitting into the system relevant<br />

qualifications, which will be checked. There will<br />

be a refresher – be it knowledge-based or<br />

practical – taken every three years to maintain<br />

accreditation, which will include knowledge of<br />

British Standards. Training centres will also be<br />

accredited to deliver the scheme and could<br />

include commercial training providers, training<br />

groups and other interested parties. These will be<br />

audited on a schedule to be decided.<br />

TC: What impact do you think an<br />

accreditation scheme will have with regard<br />

to attracting school-leavers to the sector?<br />

MW: The Attraction Group will assess how the<br />

industry can attract a new generation and is<br />

looking at how other sectors approach the issue,<br />

because frankly construction hasn’t been<br />

successful. Clearly, we need to be better at<br />

making roofing an aspirational career choice so<br />

accreditation, which will help to establish a<br />

formal career path, may help with this.<br />

TC: How do you balance educating and<br />

raising standards of new entrants into the<br />

market and those who are more<br />

established – is there a different job to be<br />

done with both?<br />

MW: There is a slightly different job to be done<br />

because it is much easier to explain the<br />

importance and changing nature of standards to<br />

a new entrant than an experienced operative who<br />

may have completed their NVQ Level 2 30 years<br />

“Educating the consumer about the benefits of<br />

employing a skilled and safe roofing contractor<br />

over someone who will offer the lowest price,<br />

without any evidence of competence, is key to<br />

success”<br />

ago. The challenge is reaching those experienced<br />

workers and more importantly getting them to<br />

adopt the standards. The three-yearly refresher<br />

will help solve this issue.<br />

TC: How much is it about educating the<br />

public and building owners about what they<br />

should expect from roofing contractors, as<br />

it is about changing working practices of<br />

some of those within the market – clearly<br />

there is a large number of professional and<br />

skilled contractors already operating<br />

throughout the UK…<br />

MW: Educating the consumer about the benefits<br />

of employing a skilled and safe roofing contractor<br />

over someone who will offer the lowest price,<br />

without any evidence of competence, is key to<br />

success. We’re therefore undertaking a nationwide<br />

research project on consumer attitudes to<br />

understand how best to tackle the issue.<br />

TC: How do you get the message to roofers<br />

who may do “private work” in their spare<br />

time – cash in hand, perhaps not insured<br />

etc. which as we know goes on in most<br />

sectors of construction – will we ever be<br />

able to change that mentality or is it again<br />

about educating the homeowner /<br />

customer and ensuring they see the<br />

benefits in choosing a skilled and<br />

accredited roofer?<br />

MW: Once RoofCERT is established and people<br />

see the value of it, the roofing operative will either<br />

have to go through it or choose not to be in the<br />

industry, because ultimately the aim of RoofCERT<br />

is to eventually write it into Statute. There will<br />

always be a black market in every area of<br />

construction, unless VAT is dropped for home<br />

improvement – for example.<br />

TC: Do you feel the roofing industry is<br />

slowly changing the outdated perceptions<br />

the public and in some cases clients /<br />

building owners might have of it? Or are<br />

we still some way off?<br />

MW: The professional end of the industry is very<br />

serious about what they do and is passionate<br />

about correct installation methods and is<br />

passionate about removing the cowboy element.<br />

However, I think we’re some way off from changing<br />

perceptions and it’s another reason why RoofCERT<br />

is needed to both professionalise the whole of our<br />

industry and demonstrate that to our stakeholders.<br />

TC: Where would you expect to see<br />

RoofCERT by the end of this year?<br />

MW: We expect the design for the accreditation of<br />

key disciplines and the secure testing element<br />

will be agreed by the end of this year. The full<br />

launch of RoofCERT to operatives will be in 2019.<br />

TC: How has this type of initiative worked<br />

in other sectors – what benefits has it<br />

brought about in those markets?<br />

MW: The most well-known example is still the<br />

Corgi / Gas Safe scheme for plumbing, which had<br />

a hugely positive impact on that industry. If you<br />

ask the average person in the street today who<br />

they need to install a boiler, they’ll say a Corgi or<br />

Gas Safe-registered plumber. For glazing FENSA<br />

and CERTASS are well known among consumers<br />

who understand that they will need a building<br />

regulation certificate when they come to sell their<br />

homes. We aim for RoofCERT to be similar in<br />

terms of profile.<br />

Contact the NFRC<br />

020 7638 7663<br />

www.nfrc.co.uk<br />

@TheNFRC<br />

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Cash flow is the lifeblood of any construction project, and it is crucial to manage it<br />

effectively. Here, Richard Kendrick, Marketing Manager at SIG Roofing, sheds some light on<br />

how to keep things moving in the right direction.<br />

It’s no secret that negative cash flow could<br />

cripple a business. No one is exempt from this<br />

fate, as recently seen in the demise of<br />

construction giant Carillion. However, it is smaller<br />

businesses that need to be especially careful<br />

when it comes to managing cash flow in order to<br />

stay afloat, let alone make a profit.<br />

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)<br />

comprise 99% of the 280,000 UK construction<br />

businesses. These businesses spend on average<br />

130 hours each year chasing payment, at an<br />

average cost of £1,500 per business. Resulting in<br />

£180m in debt interest charges and late payment,<br />

which is a primary or major factor in 20% of<br />

industry insolvencies.<br />

So, how can businesses avoid this fate and<br />

maintain a positive cash flow in spite of all the<br />

challenges.<br />

“Contractors and<br />

subcontractors can do<br />

some background<br />

research on a client<br />

before entering a<br />

contract”<br />

Background research<br />

Firstly, contractors and subcontractors can do<br />

some background research on a client before<br />

entering a contract.<br />

If the client has a history of failing to pay on time,<br />

querying invoices, or generally not co-operating, it<br />

is advisable not to embark on the project at all,<br />

as the money spent on labour and resources may<br />

not be made back. Asking other contractors for<br />

references is highly recommended.<br />

“As soon as an invoice<br />

becomes overdue,<br />

businesses should<br />

chase immediately”<br />

Cost forecasting<br />

Next up is the importance of thorough cost<br />

forecasting. A cash flow forecast allows roofers to<br />

estimate how much cash they will have at every<br />

stage of the project. From this, roofers will be<br />

able to establish the stage at which they need to<br />

be paid by clients before they have to pay out for<br />

materials and labour. It is crucial to monitor the<br />

forecast regularly as the project is ongoing in order<br />

to determine whether it is on track financially or if<br />

there are areas where costs could be cut.<br />

Correct payment at the right time<br />

Timely payment collections are fundamental to<br />

maintaining cash flow. Without receiving the<br />

correct payment at the right time as set out in the<br />

forecast, things can start to unravel when it<br />

comes to meeting payments required by<br />

suppliers. For this reason, knowing how to<br />

correctly invoice clients is crucial. Agreeing<br />

payment terms before work commences will<br />

avoid any confusion later down the line.<br />

On larger projects, contractors should invoice<br />

regularly as opposed to waiting until work has<br />

finished; asking to be paid weekly or monthly will<br />

keep things moving along nicely. As soon as an<br />

invoice becomes overdue, businesses should<br />

chase immediately. This doesn’t necessarily<br />

mean getting aggressive, but it serves as a<br />

reminder for the client.<br />

Collecting payments on time has been made<br />

easier with the introduction of electronic banking.<br />

Contractors should ensure they accept electronic<br />

payments so as to speed the whole process up as<br />

much as possible and to keep a one hundred per<br />

cent accurate record. With that being said,<br />

staying on top of the books and keeping an<br />

ongoing record of incomings and outgoings as<br />

they happen is highly advised to prevent any<br />

nasty surprises later down the line.<br />

Change is inevitable in the construction industry.<br />

Nothing will ever go exactly to plan, and the<br />

ability to effectively communicate these changes<br />

to a client sets a successful business apart from<br />

its struggling counterparts. It is crucial that<br />

changes are communicated to the client as early<br />

as possible and are well documented in writing<br />

for future reference. It is also advisable to check<br />

whether the client definitely has the funds to<br />

accommodate the change before taking the<br />

decision to implement it, however big or small.<br />

A clear way for businesses to prevent a cash<br />

shortage is by always keeping some aside. The<br />

most obvious way to do this is to enforce a policy<br />

of always drawing less than the profit made so<br />

that a balance builds up over time.<br />

Maintaining positive cash and running a<br />

profitable business is fundamentally down to<br />

preparation. Conducting the relevant research,<br />

carrying out a thorough and realistic cost<br />

forecast, monitoring and recording changes,<br />

putting the measures in place to ensure prompt<br />

payment, and communicating openly and<br />

consistently with clients will put a business in the<br />

very best position for success.<br />

Contact SIG Roofing<br />

0845 612 4304<br />

www.sigroofing.co.uk<br />

@SIGRoofing<br />

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An Inspector Calls<br />


In our regular monthly column – ‘An Inspector calls’ – Total Contractor has teamed up with<br />

the experts at BMI Icopal to help you achieve roofing success and avoid the common pitfalls<br />

that can often cost you both time and money.<br />

This month, the Inspector tackles the hot<br />

topic of heat welding singly-ply<br />

membranes.<br />

As discussed in last month’s column, single-ply<br />

membranes are increasing in popularity but so<br />

too is their ill-founded 'notoriety'. This misplaced<br />

sentiment is mostly down to a lack of industry<br />

understanding and insufficient product<br />

awareness regarding installation.<br />

One of the main reasons for this is the alleged<br />

vulnerability to water ingress. Now this is most<br />

commonly a result of poor application, with<br />

typically the most common source of ingress<br />

originating from a poorly sealed lap. A number of<br />

reasons may have contributed towards this:<br />

incorrect welding temperature, the presence of<br />

dirt or contaminants on the seam, or even<br />

moisture retention within the product – a byproduct<br />

of poor material storage. All of these<br />

issues can be eliminated, however, with some<br />

basic product awareness.<br />

Above: Automatic welding machine in action.<br />

Above: A hand-held welding kit.<br />

“The truth is that<br />

different brands of PVC<br />

membrane will have<br />

their own required<br />

welding temperature<br />

and the same is true for<br />

TPO membranes”<br />

The most common issue we see is the incorrect<br />

welding temperature being used. This is mainly<br />

due to the widespread belief that every PVC<br />

membrane will weld at one set temperature<br />

whilst all TPOs will weld at another. The truth is<br />

that different brands of PVC membrane will have<br />

their own required welding temperature and the<br />

same is true for TPO membranes.<br />

Recommended temperature<br />

With this in mind, the best way to establish what<br />

the recommended temperature should be is to<br />

check with the manufacturer and read the<br />

Above, left and right: examples of poor welds. This can be<br />

caused by contaminated or dirty laps.<br />

“It is advised all the<br />

laps are cleaned prior<br />

to welding. This is<br />

particularly relevant<br />

when applying patch<br />

repairs to existing<br />

systems”<br />

product literature and installation manuals. Each<br />

manufacturer will have a different<br />

recommendation and for good reason. Different<br />

compositions, blends and stabilisers all<br />

contribute towards varying recommended<br />

temperatures, and these small adjustments can<br />

make a big difference. Much like baking a cake,<br />

we follow a recipe for a reason – the ingredients<br />

and ratios used can all influence the<br />

recommended temperature that is set for the<br />

oven.<br />

“A membrane’s<br />

receptiveness to<br />

welding can vary<br />

depending on the<br />

temperature the<br />

material has been<br />

stored at”<br />

Local environment<br />

You should also consider the temperature and<br />

conditions of the local environment. A<br />

membrane’s receptiveness to welding can vary<br />

depending on the temperature the material has<br />

been stored at. Furthermore, the first weld of the<br />

day will be different to the last, so ‘test welds’ are<br />

always recommended prior to installation. Test<br />

welds will get the equipment up to the optimal<br />

temperature and any small adjustments required<br />

can be made prior to full membrane application.<br />

Equipment<br />

Welding equipment can also vary as<br />

manufacturers may have different recommended<br />

temperatures for handheld welders and<br />

automatic welders. Manufacturers might also<br />

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“Another recipe for<br />

failure is contaminated<br />

and dirty laps. These<br />

prevent a secure weld”<br />

recommend different types of seam rollers, such<br />

as a silicone roller for PVCs and a PTFE / Teflonbased<br />

roller for TPOs. Each roller would apply a<br />

different level of pressure, which is better suited<br />

to each membrane type.<br />

Clean laps<br />

Another recipe for failure is contaminated and<br />

dirty laps. These prevent a secure weld so it is<br />

advised all the laps are cleaned prior to welding.<br />

This is particularly relevant when applying patch<br />

repairs to existing systems as the membrane<br />

already in-situ will have retained dust, dirt and<br />

possible contaminants during its life, which could<br />

compromise any future bond. It is therefore<br />

essential the areas due to be welded are cleaned<br />

with an appropriate agent (from that particular<br />

manufacturer) or cleaned with an approved<br />

alternative. Failure to do this usually means the<br />

contaminants will prevent a homogeneous weld<br />

and this could ‘pop open’ weeks later. Coming<br />

back to site to ‘repair the repair’ never looks good<br />

and would not instil the client or building owner<br />

with much confidence in your workmanship.<br />

Correct storage<br />

Lastly, returning to our theme of storage, if the<br />

single-ply membrane has been incorrectly stored<br />

i.e. left on the ground or exposed to the elements,<br />

it will retain moisture that is not visible to the<br />

naked eye. This moisture will compromise any<br />

weld in the product and again could cause the<br />

seam to ‘pop open’ weeks – sometimes months<br />

after installation. A lap that may have appeared<br />

secure following project completion could be the<br />

cause of a costly source of ingress, which is<br />

easily avoidable if materials are stored correctly<br />

in the first place.<br />

Important points to<br />

remember:<br />

• Always store your single ply<br />

membranes in a suitable place.<br />

• Consult the manufacturer for<br />

advice and best practice.<br />

• Use the recommended welding<br />

temperatures.<br />

• Use the recommend rollers<br />

(silicone / Teflon).<br />

• Clean the product prior to<br />

welding.<br />

• Test weld, test weld, test weld.<br />

Contact Icopal’s Technical Team<br />

0161 865 4444<br />

www.icopal.co.uk<br />

@Icopal_UK<br />

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SPRA: Opinion<br />



By Dr Ronan Brunton, Technical Manager at SPRA.<br />

The publication earlier this year of the<br />

‘Independent Review of Building<br />

Regulations and Fire Safety: Final Report’<br />

by Dame Judith Hackitt (May <strong>2018</strong>),<br />

fundamentally points to a cultural change<br />

necessary in the UK construction industry. The<br />

construction process came under scrutiny in the<br />

review and parts were found to be sadly ‘not fit<br />

for purpose’. This perhaps renders the system as<br />

a whole in need of change.<br />

Among many important recommendations to<br />

industry to effect change, the issue of competent<br />

individuals assessing installed work to ensure<br />

compliance with design specification must be a<br />

priority. This follows for any trade, element or part<br />

of the building structure. In context, if the design<br />

specification complies with Building Regulations<br />

(which should require verification pre-build) then<br />

a competent person must be able to assess and<br />

verify that installation of that design has actually<br />

taken place. The competent person assessing on<br />

site must have the knowledge (through certifiable<br />

training), industry experience and be prepared to<br />

raise awareness if something is not right. The<br />

surrounding construction professionals must<br />

react positively at that point to ensure<br />

compliance. The competent person needs to have<br />

the design and specification information to hand<br />

at the point of assessment. Is this always the<br />

case? I’d say perhaps not.<br />

Specified products installed properly<br />

The competent person must be able to check and<br />

be sure that not only are the specified products<br />

present but that they are installed correctly. They<br />

must have that crucial knowledge – in some<br />

cases quite specific – of the product or system. It<br />

is likely and desirable that they will be assessing<br />

only the part of the building or system that their<br />

knowledge and experience relates<br />

to. Frequent ongoing assessment<br />

would ensure large, costly mistakes<br />

could be avoided or minimized. It<br />

must also follow, in the long run, that this<br />

approach has economic benefit by spotting issues<br />

quickly, during the build.<br />

Flat roofing’s approach<br />

In terms of flat roofing, the approach taken by the<br />

Single Ply Roofing Association (SPRA) is to ensure<br />

SPRA-registered contractors are trained and<br />

certified to install systems supplied by SPRA<br />

membrane manufacturers. All membrane<br />

manufacturers have BBA-certified systems and<br />

installing contractors are trained in these<br />

systems by the membrane manufacturers.<br />

Importantly, frequent site visits (number<br />

depending on project size and complexity) by the<br />

manufacturer’s technical team or appointed<br />

representative are made to advise on the quality<br />

of the installation, for each project. The<br />

manufacturer’s technical team are experienced,<br />

knowledgeable individuals who are capable of<br />

advising on issues concerning the installation of<br />

their membrane system for specific projects.<br />

Construction to follow<br />

There are opportunities for the construction industry<br />

at large to follow similar lines, with manufacturers<br />

visiting projects to assess how their products are<br />

being installed and impart good technical advice to<br />

contractors, ultimately improving the quality of<br />

installations and reputation of their products. The<br />

people who really know the product’s capabilities,<br />

including limitations, are the product<br />

manufacturers. Site involvement here is crucial in<br />

getting the installation quality right and<br />

developing an understanding for innovation of<br />

future products and systems.<br />

Left: Dr Ronan Brunton, SPRA Technical<br />

Manager.<br />

At SPRA, all members see the<br />

benefit of working closer together<br />

both at manufacturer and installing<br />

contractor level and our membrane manufacturers<br />

actively train SPRA contractors offsite and support<br />

them during installation on site. Furthermore,<br />

SPRA audits all members regarding their training<br />

records to ensure compliance.<br />

“Competent people<br />

should be seen as<br />

sources of knowledge<br />

encouraging cultural<br />

change”<br />

Assessed, added to and developed<br />

A commitment to training and verification with<br />

training records allowing individual skills to be<br />

assessed, added to and developed to the benefit<br />

of the individual, their organisation, and the<br />

resulting build quality of any project must be at<br />

the very core of the cultural change called for in<br />

the Hackitt review. On-site assessment should be<br />

part of the learning process also. If a skilled,<br />

competent person passes on advice or insists a<br />

correction is made during the build process, the<br />

individual should learn from that advice,<br />

improving their knowledge. The industry should<br />

also provide an on-site learning environment and<br />

competent people should be seen as sources of<br />

knowledge encouraging cultural change.<br />

Contact SPRA<br />

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Roofing Rules<br />



There are growing calls from across the roofing industry to make the rules and regulations<br />

that govern the quality of materials and the standards of installation easier to use and<br />

understand, as part of a wider drive to boost the industry’s perceived reputation and levels<br />

of professionalism. Duncan Winter, Flex-R’s Trading Director, has his say from a supplier’s<br />

perspective.<br />

Anything that can help to increase<br />

awareness of standards and regulations –<br />

and therefore enhance the reputation of<br />

the roofing industry – can only be a good thing at<br />

a time when we’re still smarting from the<br />

damning Which? Trusted Traders report earlier<br />

this year, which found that roofers were amongst<br />

the least trusted trades.<br />

There’s logic to the argument about looking at<br />

making the rules and regulations easier to<br />

understand because it should lead to greater<br />

industry engagement and adoption of standards<br />

so that everyone in the industry pulls in the same<br />

direction.<br />

“It should lead to<br />

greater industry<br />

engagement and<br />

adoption of standards<br />

so that everyone in the<br />

industry pulls in the<br />

same direction”<br />

Standing up for standards<br />

These standards are usually written by industry<br />

experts, and drafts of the standards are<br />

distributed widely as part of a consultation<br />

process until consensus is achieved and the<br />

standards are published.<br />

That’s exactly what’s going on at the moment<br />

with BS 6229 (Flat roofs with continuously<br />

supported flexible waterproof covering). The<br />

standard – which will eventually supersede BS<br />

6229:2003 – was drafted earlier this year, went<br />

out for public comment and is currently<br />

undergoing comment resolution. According to the<br />

BSI’s Standards Development website, the<br />

comment resolution is timetabled to be completed<br />

by the end of December.<br />

Who’s got time to read them?<br />

When the new BS 6229 is published, it’ll no doubt<br />

be heralded as another step forward for the<br />

industry by setting higher standards, but who will<br />

have time to read it? Us, certainly, but busy<br />

roofing contractors? almost certainly not.<br />

The people who write the standards could look at<br />

producing bite-sized versions, but I’m sure they’d<br />

feel like it was dumbing down a lot of hard work,<br />

so I can understand why they’ve never really<br />

gone down this route.<br />

“Rule makers’ loss is our gain”<br />

Don’t get me wrong, we’re not opposed to<br />

progress, but suppliers like us benefit from the<br />

system being the way it is for two key reasons.<br />

The first is the implementation of standards.<br />

When new rules, guidance and specifications<br />

come out, we work with our manufacturers to<br />

make sure the products are compliant. This is<br />

often a long and complicated process, but in<br />

short, we do all the hard work so that contractors<br />

don’t have to – thus giving them peace of mind<br />

that every product they purchase from us is up to<br />

the job in every sense of the phrase. After all,<br />

that’s what responsible suppliers do, right?<br />

Duncan Winter, Flex-R’s Trading Director.<br />

The second is that I’d argue that the rule makers<br />

miss a trick in not fanfaring each standard as it<br />

comes out. They could proactively explain the<br />

nuts and bolts of each standard and, more<br />

importantly, be clear about what any changes<br />

mean for roofing contractors. They could work<br />

closely with media like Total Contactor to spread<br />

these messages.<br />

Their radio silence gives us the opportunity to<br />

produce product guides and other information –<br />

often in bite-sized form – which we give out via<br />

merchants, at shows, online and at in-branch<br />

demonstration days so that roofing contractors can<br />

get the information they need quickly and easily.<br />

And having our marketing materials in the hands<br />

of contractors goes a long way to being front of<br />

mind as roofers are buying materials for their next<br />

roofing jobs.<br />

In the November issue, we bring you a<br />

contractor’s thoughts on this topic.<br />

Contact Flex-R<br />

01494 448792<br />

www.flex-r.co.uk<br />

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With winter fast approaching, now is the time for pitched roofing contractors to carefully<br />

consider ever-changing weather patterns. Mark Parsons, Technical Director at Russell Roof<br />

Tiles, offers his advice on how the industry can avoid weather woes through the right<br />

specification and roofing solution.<br />

<strong>2018</strong> has been a year of bi-polar weather,<br />

with violent storms and wet weather a<br />

regular occurrence in Spring, followed by<br />

record breaking Summer temperatures.<br />

Icy chills and heavy snow gripped the country in<br />

February and continued well into March, which<br />

proved to be some of the UK’s harshest weather<br />

to date. Various weather warnings and dangers to<br />

life were issued, and then Storm Hector hit the<br />

country in June alongside winds of up to 100mph.<br />

The summer months brought torrential<br />

downpours and gales, following the intense<br />

heatwave and record-breaking temperatures.<br />

No room for substandard roofing<br />

With the rise in extreme weather expected to<br />

continue throughout winter, there is no longer<br />

room for substandard pitched roofing. This is<br />

because strong winds have the ability to loosen<br />

roof edge details and ultimately disrupt the roof<br />

system and this leads to defects in roofs – such<br />

as leaks – which are often hard to pinpoint once<br />

the roof is complete.<br />

“Legislation has<br />

already taken into<br />

consideration the<br />

changing weather<br />

patterns”<br />

Legislation has already taken into consideration<br />

the changing weather patterns. For instance, the<br />

British Standard for Slating and Tiling BS 5534<br />

was revised to recognise the rise in extreme<br />

weather in the UK aligning the British standards<br />

with European standards. However, it is just as<br />

important that contractors also<br />

design-out potential issues by the<br />

correct specification and<br />

products used, ensuring the roof<br />

is as stable and watertight as<br />

possible.<br />

Contractors also need to consider that<br />

harsh weather can cause severe delays to<br />

projects as working at height can be dangerous,<br />

especially if there are strong winds.<br />

“With the rise in<br />

extreme weather<br />

expected to continue<br />

throughout winter,<br />

there is no longer room<br />

for substandard<br />

pitched roofing”<br />

Concrete tiles are often a popular solution as the<br />

product provides a quick, yet cost-effective<br />

solution when time is of the essence, as well as<br />

being sustainable. Thinner leading-edge tiles, in<br />

particular, are two thirds the thickness of a<br />

normal concrete tile, and this means the product<br />

is easier to handle and has an interlocking design<br />

that can be fixed quickly and efficiently. This<br />

helps to speed up the installation process before<br />

the weather delays the construction process any<br />

further.<br />

Therefore, it no surprise that concrete, which is<br />

also highly sustainable, now accounts for around<br />

60% of the roofing tile market and is still<br />

continuing to grow in popularity. Concrete tiles<br />

can also replicate many indigenous different<br />

regional materials, such as clay, slate or stone<br />

Left: Mark Parsons, Technical Director at<br />

Russell Roof Tiles.<br />

and have a very visuallypleasing<br />

appearance once<br />

installed.<br />

Once laid as part of a roof system,<br />

concrete roof tiles assist in controlling<br />

and retaining heat which keeps the inhabitants’<br />

environment stay stable and warm. As a result,<br />

I’d say concrete is pivotal in helping homes to be<br />

more energy efficient – something that is<br />

becoming more important to both inhabitants and<br />

contractors to help them reach housing and<br />

building standards set out by the Government.<br />

Robust and long-lasting<br />

By taking into consideration different weather<br />

patterns, trends and the location from the start of<br />

any project, contractors are in a stronger position<br />

to ensure roofs are robust and long-lasting<br />

despite the harsh weather conditions.<br />

As manufacturers, at Russell Roof Tiles we work<br />

closely with the contractor to ensure that they<br />

have the best fixing specification and that all<br />

the necessary factors have been taken into<br />

consideration, from changing weather overtime<br />

to how the location is affected by winds, rain<br />

and gusts. This allows us to offer the assurance<br />

of a guaranteed RussSpec – a 15-year<br />

guarantee incorporating our whole roof<br />

solutions.<br />

Contact Russell Roof Tiles<br />

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Contractor’s Q’s<br />



Archibald McCorquodale & Son is a fourth generation family-owned and managed roofing and<br />

building contracting company located on the southside of Glasgow. The company is currently<br />

owned by Colin McCorquodale, a Chartered Building Surveyor, and Gavin McCorquodale, a<br />

qualified roof slater. The award-winning roofing company was founded in 1911 by Archibald, the Great<br />

Grandfather of the current owners. Total Contractor caught up with Colin McCorquodale to put our<br />

questions to him about projects, the market and his experiences over the years...<br />

10<br />

questions for Colin McCorquodale:<br />

“It is fantastic to see a<br />

young person that we<br />

take on learn their<br />

trade and grow into a<br />

confident and<br />

competent<br />

tradesperson”<br />

TC: What was your path into roofing and<br />

to your current position?<br />

CM: Growing up, my father ran our family roofing<br />

business and I was always interested in one day<br />

doing the same. However, I trained and practised<br />

as a Chartered Building Surveyor before joining<br />

our family business some 24 years ago. This has<br />

allowed me to bring a different perspective to the<br />

company and also to better understand the needs<br />

of many of our customers, particularly in the<br />

commercial market.<br />

TC: If you had one piece of advice about<br />

starting a roofing business, what would it<br />

be?<br />

CM: Perseverance is something that you should<br />

have in abundance. The roofing industry is a very<br />

challenging environment and you will face many<br />

obstacles and set backs on a daily basis, with<br />

many of them being factors totally out of your<br />

control. However, our industry is rewarding. I<br />

would urge anyone starting a roofing company to<br />

join a Trade Association, such as NFRC, where<br />

you will gain a lot of information, contacts and<br />

will have an opportunity to be involved in shaping<br />

the industry.<br />

TC: Tell us about a current project you’re<br />

working on…<br />

CM: Typically our workload is very varied and at<br />

any one time we are likely to be working on<br />

traditional strip and reslate projects, minor roof<br />

repairs, roof alterations, industrial<br />

sheet roofing repairs or renewal.<br />

Currently we are involved in a<br />

strip and reslate of a traditional<br />

Glasgow tenemental property in a<br />

highly visible city location. The work<br />

itself is straightforward and very typical of<br />

this sort of project, however there are many<br />

challenges, particularly in terms of storage of<br />

materials, siting of welfare, removal of debris,<br />

traffic and pedestrian management as well as<br />

liaison with the building occupiers. This project<br />

highlights that as contractors we need many<br />

skills other than just technical knowledge of<br />

roofing to make a project work successfully.<br />

“Most projects have<br />

their difficulties and<br />

it’s the ease or<br />

otherwise with which<br />

these are sorted out<br />

that make certain jobs<br />

stand out”<br />

TC: You must have worked on some<br />

difficult projects over the years. Does one<br />

in particular stand out?<br />

CM: I think it’s fair to say that most projects have<br />

their difficulties and it’s the ease or otherwise<br />

with which these are sorted out that make certain<br />

Left: Colin McCorquodale, Owner, Archibald<br />

McCorquodale & Son.<br />

jobs stand out. In recent times<br />

our biggest difficulties have come<br />

from the weather, particularly the<br />

various versions of the “Beast from the<br />

East” at the start of this year which really slowed<br />

us down, and on reflection affected productivity<br />

and future planning more than we realised at the<br />

time.<br />

TC: What about difficult customers? Any<br />

situations that stand out that you can tell<br />

us about?!<br />

CM: Like all contractors we have our fair share of<br />

challenging – we don’t like the word difficult! –<br />

customers, particularly in the domestic sector<br />

where we need to appreciate our work represents<br />

a large investment for the homeowner, and<br />

generally we are an industry they approach with<br />

some trepidation that they have little knowledge<br />

of. In the commercial sphere difficulties often<br />

arise when clients, for various reasons, are<br />

unrealistic about either project duration or<br />

budgets.<br />

The rise of the internet has perhaps given us one<br />

of our more standout challenges; we were<br />

undertaking a fairly simple roofing scheme for a<br />

domestic customer who insisted on stopping us<br />

working what seemed like every 10 minutes so<br />

that they could validate what we were doing<br />

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on the internet. Eventually, I am glad to say we<br />

did manage to persuade them that we knew<br />

better than their online browsing session, and we<br />

turned a very negative atmosphere at the start of<br />

the project into a successful job with a happy<br />

customer.<br />

TC: What’s the most frustrating thing<br />

about your job?<br />

CM: Living in the West of Scotland it goes without<br />

saying that the weather is usually frustrating! Apart<br />

from that we do get frustrated when we are asked<br />

to work to unrealistic deadlines. The effects of late<br />

payment, a trend we are seeing resurfacing, are<br />

“We do get frustrated<br />

when we are asked to<br />

work to unrealistic<br />

deadlines”<br />

always frustrating. I do get frustrated that as an<br />

industry we are viewed by the general public in a<br />

very negative light and while we are taking steps<br />

to address this, I feel we have a long way to go<br />

before the true skill level of roofers is recognised<br />

as widely as it should be.<br />

TC: And the most satisfying?<br />

CM: One of the most satisfying aspects of my<br />

work is our apprentice training programme. It is<br />

fantastic to see a young person that we take on,<br />

often as young as sixteen and frequently straight<br />

from school, learn their trade and grow into a<br />

confident and competent tradesperson. In that<br />

four years the change can be quite dramatic and<br />

highlights the benefits of a career in roofing.<br />

TC: What’s your most important tool as a<br />

roofing contractor, either in the office or<br />

on site?<br />

“One of the most<br />

important tools in our<br />

industry is the ability to<br />

be able to<br />

communicate clearly<br />

and effectively with a<br />

wide variety of people”<br />

CM: One of the most important tools in our<br />

industry is the ability to be able to communicate<br />

clearly and effectively with a wide variety of<br />

people who have varying degrees of<br />

understanding of the technical aspects of<br />

roofing.<br />

TC: What’s the best social media platform<br />

for you as a roofing contractor?<br />

CM: Twitter is easy to use and as it links to our<br />

website allows us to update on current activities;<br />

we do not use social media as much as perhaps<br />

we should.<br />

TC: How do you feel your sector’s shaping<br />

up in <strong>2018</strong>? Are there reasons to be<br />

positive?<br />

CM: In our sector – repair, maintenance,<br />

alteration and refurbishment – the market<br />

continues to be challenging with margins being<br />

squeezed by various factors. I feel that while<br />

we remain busy there is, however, very little<br />

long-term certainty and this would appear to be<br />

more prevalent in Scotland than the rest of the<br />

UK.<br />

There are, however, plenty of reasons to be<br />

positive, one of which is that, whilst market<br />

conditions are challenging as a company we<br />

continue to enjoy a buoyant enquiry level which<br />

suggests that we must be doing something<br />

right.<br />

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Perfectly Pitched<br />



In his latest column, pitched roofing expert and consultant John Mercer – writing on behalf<br />

of Imerys Roof Tiles – looks at the issues around installing a waterproof underlay system.<br />

Continuing with our series explaining what<br />

BS 5534 means for the roofer, this month<br />

we look at underlays. BS 5534 stipulates<br />

that an underlay should a) provide a barrier to<br />

reduce the wind uplift load acting on the tiles, b)<br />

provide a secondary barrier to the ingress of<br />

wind-driven rain, snow and dust and c) transport<br />

any moisture that might be deposited onto the<br />

surface of the underlay to the roof drainage<br />

system. It must also provide temporary weather<br />

protection to a building before the installation of<br />

the roof tiles.<br />

In this article we will deal with requirements b)<br />

and c). In simple terms, the prerequisite of BS<br />

5534 is to construct a waterproof underlay<br />

layer; in practice, this may not be as<br />

straightforward as it first appears. The now<br />

widespread use of modern, breathable<br />

underlays has brought new challenges in<br />

installing a durable and weathertight underlay<br />

layer, particularly in cold roof construction<br />

where the underlay is draped unsupported over<br />

the rafters.<br />

The underlay drape allows any water that does find its way<br />

into the batten cavity to drain safely away to the gutters.<br />

The issues<br />

In traditional English cold roof<br />

construction, underlay is laid<br />

horizontally over the rafters, with<br />

a drape of up to 15mm between<br />

each rafter and tile battens nailed<br />

directly through the underlay into the<br />

rafters. The underlay drape allows any water that<br />

does find its way into the batten cavity to drain<br />

safely away to the gutters.<br />

“Laying traditional<br />

bituminous underlay<br />

across the rafters with<br />

a drape was easy; in<br />

fact, it was impossible<br />

to lay it without a drape<br />

because it sagged<br />

under its own weight”<br />

Bituminous underlay compresses where the<br />

battens are fixed over it and forms a watertight<br />

seal around the batten and nail hole. The<br />

combination of the drape and the sealed holes<br />

made for an effective watertight barrier. Laying<br />

traditional bituminous underlay across the rafters<br />

with a drape was easy; in fact, it was impossible<br />

to lay it without a drape because it sagged under<br />

its own weight – particularly in warm weather.<br />

However, the same cannot be said about modern,<br />

lightweight underlays. Even in slightly windy<br />

conditions, it can be difficult to lay a breathable<br />

underlay with a drape. Sometimes it needs<br />

someone to hold it down at each end and a third<br />

person to fix battens over it before it blows away!<br />

Left: John Mercer, Roofing Consultant.<br />

There is even evidence that<br />

some underlays may shrink<br />

slightly after a period in use.<br />

Whatever the reason, the result can be<br />

an underlay that is stretched tightly over the<br />

rafters without any drape whatsoever. Modern,<br />

lightweight underlays do not compress in the<br />

same way that bitumen underlays do and so do<br />

not form such an effective seal around the nail<br />

holes. Therefore, the combination of little or no<br />

underlay drape and unsealed nail holes can lead<br />

to a leaky roof.<br />

Detailing the general roof areas<br />

Having identified the two possible causes of<br />

leakage; i.e lack of underlay drape causing water<br />

to become trapped behind the battens combined<br />

with the inadequate sealing of nail holes, the goal<br />

is to overcome these issues as simply and<br />

effectively as possible.<br />

Dealing with the sealing of the nail holes first;<br />

A way to protect the nail tape is to install counterbattens<br />

over the nail tape, underlay and rafters, prior to installing the<br />

tiling battens.<br />

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if we take the premise that bitumen underlay<br />

self-seals around the nail holes, then the simple<br />

answer is to re-create that phenomenon. The way<br />

we do that is to fit bituminous nail tape between<br />

each batten and underlay over the rafter. Nail<br />

tape, as the name suggests, comes in the form of<br />

a continuous roll of self-adhesive tape.<br />

However, it is not practical to simply run nail tape<br />

continuously up the underlay over the rafters, as<br />

the roofer must stand on the rafters. Therefore, a<br />

way to protect the nail tape is to install<br />

counterbattens over the nail tape, underlay and<br />

rafters, prior to installing the tiling battens. That<br />

way, the nail tape can adhere to the<br />

counterbattens and underlay and will create a<br />

good seal around the nail holes.<br />

This brings us to the second issue; i.e. lack of<br />

underlay drape. Counter-battens not only protect<br />

the nail tape, they also obviate the need for the<br />

drape as they lift the tile battens clear of the<br />

underlay, providing an efficient path for water to<br />

run under the battens and towards the gutters. In<br />

this application, the counterbattens need only be<br />

10 to 15mm deep to satisfy the BS 5534<br />

requirement for a space between the underlay<br />

and tile battens to enable water drainage.<br />

Detailing junctions<br />

At the eaves, it is important to fully support the<br />

underlay to prevent it sagging behind the fascia<br />

which can lead to water ponding and eventual<br />

leakage. The use of proprietary underlay support<br />

trays is the ideal solution as these not only fully<br />

support the underlay to maintain a fall towards<br />

the gutter, they also provide a durable and UVresistant<br />

drip edge into the gutter.<br />

At abutments such as walls, chimneys and roof<br />

window upstands, it is important to turn the<br />

underlay up the abutment sufficiently and<br />

consider taping the underlay to the wall or<br />

upstand using a suitable durable adhesive tape.<br />

For penetrations through the underlay, such as<br />

pipes and ventilation terminals, cut the underlay<br />

in an ‘X’ and turn it up the pipe or terminal. Fit a<br />

diverter in the underlay directly above the<br />

penetration so that any water on the underlay is<br />

directed away from the penetration as it runs<br />

down the roof slope.<br />

Conclusions<br />

What every contractor wants is to do a job as<br />

efficiently and cost-effectively as possible, be<br />

paid and to not need to go back to rectify<br />

complaints. Following these simple<br />

recommendations will go a long way towards<br />

ensuring that each job is a success, first time.<br />

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Marley Eternit, manufacturer of the JB-Red batten, provides roofers with some top tips for<br />

batten installation.<br />

When you think of a secure pitched roof, battens aren’t always the first thing that comes to mind because they are hidden by the roof covering.<br />

However, they are actually crucial to the overall security of the roof, providing a reliable anchor that tiles or slates can be securely fixed to. Battens<br />

also play a part in ensuring the rigidity, durability and weather tightness of the finished roof. That’s why, whether you’re working on a new build or a<br />

refurbishment project, all battens need to be installed in accordance with BS 5534: 2014.<br />

Below are Marley Eternit’s top tips on storing, setting out and fixing battens to make sure your roof is compliant with the Standard:<br />

Preparation and storage<br />

1: Only ever use a roofing batten that is marked<br />

BS 5534 compliant – make sure you check the<br />

stamp on the batten yourself.<br />

2: Store battens and counter battens on<br />

sufficient bearers to prevent sagging or twisting.<br />

Protect them from water saturation when stored<br />

in bales or bundles horizontally.<br />

Batten length, size and spacing<br />

3: Before installing the battens, check you have<br />

the size and spacing right as this can have a<br />

direct influence on the weather tightness of the<br />

roof, as well as the finished appearance.<br />

4: The appropriate batten size will depend on the<br />

span of the rafters and type of roof covering you<br />

are using. BS 5534 includes a table of<br />

recommended minimum batten sizes (see below).<br />

For example, 25 x 50mm battens should be used<br />

for single-lap interlocking tiles when laid on<br />

rafters with a 600mm span.<br />

5: Battens should be fixed to rafters set at<br />

centres not more than 600mm apart. They should<br />

span at least three rafters and be at least 1.2m<br />

long.<br />

6: No more than one in four<br />

battens should be joined over<br />

one truss for gauges over<br />

200mm. For gauges less<br />

than 200mm, there can<br />

be a maximum of three<br />

consecutive joints in any<br />

twelve battens.<br />

Using a spread of batten lengths<br />

is a good way to achieve the above<br />

two requirements, as it results in staggered<br />

joints.<br />

Fixing<br />

7: When you’re ready to secure the battens to<br />

the rafters, ensure you’re using the right nails.<br />

BS 5534 states that the nails used to fix battens<br />

to rafters should usually have a diameter of at<br />

least 3.35mm. The nails should provide a<br />

minimum of 40mm penetration into the rafter, so<br />

a nail length of 65mm is generally<br />

recommended.<br />

8: Start at the lower edge of the roof, nailing the<br />

batten into place at the centre of the rafter. Joints<br />

should be directly over rafters, with the batten<br />

square cut, tightly butted and skewed nails.<br />

9: If a batten end is to be set in mortar, make<br />

sure an appropriate preservative treatment has<br />

been applied. This is not required when using a<br />

dry fix system.<br />

Wall fixing<br />

10: When fixing to a wall, fix<br />

specified battens to<br />

boarding / sheathing<br />

sarking in line with<br />

vertical supports, or to<br />

masonry wall as specified.<br />

Secure counter battens to<br />

masonry walls with improved<br />

nails or with plugs and screws.<br />

Other battens considerations<br />

11: When fixing dry verges to battens, under the<br />

new BS 8612 Standard they can no longer be<br />

installed with just a nail fixing into the end grain<br />

of the batten. Instead, mechanical engagement<br />

must be achieved when fixing a dry verge to the<br />

batten. Using a system with a batten end clip can<br />

make this easier.<br />

12: Counter battens: if you’re using a vapour<br />

permeable (breathable) membrane with a close<br />

fitting roof covering – such as shingles – then it<br />

needs to be counter battened to allow ventilation<br />

of the batten space. The position of the first<br />

batten should be the batten gauge plus half the<br />

thickness of the batten. The batten gauge<br />

thereafter is based on the pitch of the roof.<br />

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Inverted Roofs<br />


Rob Firman, Technical and Specification Manager at Polyfoam XPS, addresses contractors’<br />

queries about inverted roofs and extruded polystyrene insulation.<br />

Why is a different lambda value used for<br />

an inverted roof calculation?<br />

In simple terms, the ‘declared’ lambda value<br />

refers to the thermal conductivity of the product<br />

when it leaves the factory.<br />

When laid over the waterproofing in an inverted<br />

roof, the insulation’s efficiency can be affected by<br />

rainwater draining between the boards. The<br />

declared lambda value is adjusted and the<br />

insulation assigned a ‘design lambda’ value,<br />

which is used in U-value calculations for inverted<br />

roofs.<br />

What is a water control layer?<br />

The cooling effect of moisture reaching the<br />

waterproofed roof deck affects a roof’s thermal<br />

performance, so a water control layer is laid over<br />

the insulation to reduce the amount of moisture<br />

that can enter the build-up.<br />

“The lower the<br />

drainage factor, the<br />

thinner the insulation<br />

required to achieve a<br />

particular U-value”<br />

Water control layers, such as Polyfoam Slimline<br />

Zero, are membranes resistant to rot and UV<br />

decay, and impermeable to liquid but permeable<br />

to water vapour. They allow a favourable drainage<br />

factor to be adopted in calculations. The lower the<br />

drainage factor, the thinner the insulation<br />

required to achieve a particular U-value.<br />

What coverings should be used above the<br />

insulation?<br />

As the insulation and water control layer are<br />

loose laid on an inverted roof rather than<br />

mechanically or adhesively fixed, a ballast is<br />

required to stop them being lost to<br />

the wind and prevent flotation<br />

after heavy rain.<br />

A variety of roof coverings can be<br />

used, including green roofs and<br />

timber decking. The following roof<br />

coverings, however, are accepted as achieving<br />

the necessary fire performance without the need<br />

for further testing, and therefore are most<br />

commonly specified and installed:<br />

• Loose laid gravel at least 50mm thick, or with<br />

a mass greater than 80 kg/m² (subject to<br />

maximum and minimum aggregate sizes).<br />

•A sand / cement screed at least 30mm thick.<br />

• Cast stone or mineral slabs at least 40mm<br />

thick.<br />

Why do I need to know the site location<br />

before requesting a U-value calculation?<br />

The average rate of rainfall during the heating<br />

season, based on location-specific data from the<br />

Met Office, is included in a U-value calculation. It<br />

is used to help calculate the amount of rainwater<br />

the insulation is likely to be exposed to and the<br />

effect it could have on performance.<br />

“There can be wide<br />

variations in rainfall in<br />

specific regions too –<br />

the average rainfall for<br />

Manchester is lower<br />

than the North West as<br />

a whole”<br />

For example, a building located in East Anglia is<br />

likely to be exposed to significantly less rainfall<br />

than one in Western Scotland. There can be wide<br />

Left: Rob Firman, Technical and<br />

Specification Manager at Polyfoam XPS.<br />

variations in rainfall in specific<br />

regions too – the average rainfall<br />

for Manchester is lower than the<br />

North West as a whole, showing the<br />

benefit of using location data to improve the<br />

accuracy of the U-value calculation.<br />

Why is drainage important?<br />

Building Regulations and British Standards<br />

require roofs to drain properly. If water is allowed<br />

to pond, the roof can be exposed to issues such<br />

as greater loads than it was designed to<br />

accommodate, accumulation of unsightly silt and<br />

algae, and freeze-thaw cycles that place stress<br />

on roof coverings.<br />

“For inverted roofs,<br />

drainage should be<br />

provided at both the<br />

water control layer and<br />

waterproofing levels”<br />

For inverted roofs, drainage should be provided<br />

at both the water control layer and<br />

waterproofing levels. Drainage outlets should<br />

be positioned at the low points of the roof, not<br />

just the roof edge. The low point on precast<br />

concrete decks, for example, is most likely at<br />

mid-span because of deflection due to the<br />

deck’s weight.<br />

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Safe2Torch<br />



Martin Fisher, Technical Manager at IKO, outlines safe working practices when using hot<br />

works to minimise the risk of roof fires.<br />

Following the heightened awareness of fires<br />

within buildings and on roofs, clients are<br />

becoming increasingly aware of the need to<br />

use materials with appropriate fire protection<br />

(covered under Part B of the Building<br />

Regulations). Questions are now being asked<br />

regarding whose responsibility it is to ensure<br />

buildings are safe and who should be<br />

accountable if things go wrong.<br />

The Construction, Design and Management<br />

Regulations (2015) state that: “The person who<br />

selects products for use in construction is a<br />

designer and must take account of health and<br />

safety issues arising from their use. If a product<br />

is purpose-built, the person who prepares the<br />

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manufacturers if they develop a detailed design.”<br />

This means that anyone involved with writing a<br />

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the very least assess and reduce the risk of fire,<br />

or design out the risk altogether. Ideally, this<br />

should be completed with a detailed report of the<br />

roof condition and a photographic record which<br />

should clearly highlight risk zones.<br />

Safe2Torch<br />

The National Federation of Roofing Contractors<br />

(NFRC) has launched its ‘Safe2Torch’ campaign,<br />

developed in partnership with its member<br />

manufacturers and contractors, to reduce the risk<br />

of roof fires. It also gives clients peace of mind<br />

that if they engage with a contractor who has<br />

signed up to the Safe2Torch campaign, their roof<br />

works will be planned and installed within the<br />

Safe2Torch guidance.<br />

“It is the application<br />

process – and in<br />

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applicator – that<br />

should be scrutinised<br />

to ensure compliance<br />

with Safe2Torch<br />

guidance”<br />

While the specification of materials and<br />

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it is the application process – and in particular<br />

the applicator – that should be scrutinised to<br />

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Anyone using torch-on methods must be trained<br />

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Safe2Torch<br />

This not only includes the applicator, but<br />

supervisors or site managers where works are<br />

taking place. Guidance states that there is a need<br />

for all persons operating with and around torchon<br />

methods of application have a clear<br />

understanding of the risks involved and the<br />

control measure required.<br />

Handy checklist<br />

The NFRC has produced a handy checklist. If a<br />

fire risk has been identified, or equally if it cannot<br />

be ruled out, the work must default to a TorchSafe<br />

solution. The checklist includes items such as<br />

timber products; plastic fascias; soffits; a roof<br />

adjoining a pitched roof; cladding; thatched roof;<br />

window sills and frames; and existing weathering<br />

components with concealed flammable materials.<br />

A torch-free exclusion zone must also be created<br />

of at least 900mm from all areas deemed to be at<br />

risk, either due to containing combustible<br />

components or being adjacent to roof details<br />

where there is a risk of fire due to debris on the<br />

existing roof structure of other flammable<br />

hazards.<br />

Only once fire risks have been fully assessed and<br />

where necessary, mitigated, can hot works begin.<br />

When using a torch-on method, it is vital that<br />

propane cylinders are stored in the upright<br />

position at all times and placed in a lockable<br />

cage, away from the workplace, when not in use.<br />

Propane gas hoses should be orange in colour<br />

and of a suitable length for the project – using an<br />

industry approved, CE marked, hose is the best<br />

way to meet this requirement. If the hose is being<br />

used for heating bitumen, it must be armoured for<br />

additional protection against fire.<br />

Hoses should be thoroughly inspected before<br />

every use and be free from any tears, burns,<br />

“Hoses should be<br />

thoroughly inspected<br />

before every use and<br />

be free from any tears,<br />

burns, fraying or cuts”<br />

“Contractors need not<br />

avoid using torch-on<br />

products altogether,<br />

but they do need to<br />

take appropriate steps<br />

to ensure they are<br />

working safely”<br />

fraying or cuts. A damaged hose must be<br />

replaced before any hot works can begin.<br />

After the gas torch has been attached to the gas<br />

cylinder, you should check for any leakages using<br />

a detergent solution. If a leak is identified, the<br />

faulty component must be repaired or replaced<br />

before proceeding – do not attempt to fix any<br />

leaks using excessive force, sealing tape or<br />

similar jointing material. Furthermore, all gas<br />

torches should be fitted with a stand to ensure<br />

that the flame is directed away from the roof at<br />

all times.<br />

Where possible, try to use torches which selfignite<br />

and extinguish using an electronic system<br />

as these are both safer and more environmentally<br />

friendly than gas torches which rely on a pilot<br />

light. An appropriate fire extinguisher (water, drypowder,<br />

foam or CO ² ) with an in-date service<br />

record should also be within easy reach at all<br />

times.<br />

Drying out<br />

Following these steps should ensure a new or<br />

refurbished roof is installed safely. However, a<br />

significant amount of roof fires occur when newly<br />

installed roof decking is being dried out prior to<br />

the application of a waterproofing system. The<br />

most popular method of drying out a roof is still<br />

through using a gas torch – this means that the<br />

same care and precautions must be taken at this<br />

stage as with as any other. Where a fire risk has<br />

been identified, a gas torch should not be used<br />

within 900mm and a flame-free solution should<br />

be employed instead.<br />

Gas torches can be a very effective tool, but like<br />

any tool, they must be used safely. Following the<br />

NFRC’s ‘Safe2Torch’ guidance is an excellent way<br />

to eliminate the risk of roof fires as far as<br />

possible. Contractors need not avoid using torchon<br />

products altogether, but they do need to take<br />

appropriate steps to ensure they are working<br />

safely.<br />

See p.46 for a contractor’s perspective on<br />

Safe2Torch.<br />

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Safe2Torch<br />



Adam Suffolk, Director at Adam Suffolk Flat Roofing, answers our questions and gives a<br />

contractor’s perspective on the Safe2Torch initiative...<br />

Has Safe2Torch been a positive move for<br />

the industry?<br />

Yes, I don’t believe you’ll come across anyone in<br />

the industry – contractor or client – who can’t<br />

see the benefit of this on paper. With insurances<br />

on the rise every year – and that’s if you can find<br />

one that deals with flame – safe working with a<br />

torch can only be a positive, so yes 100% a good<br />

thing which I’m all for.<br />

As a contractor, how are you finding<br />

Safe2Torch?<br />

At the minute very mixed. Although I believe it’s a<br />

good thing, I also believe Safe2Torch has a few<br />

problems. Problem one being currently it’s only a<br />

guideline; as it’s only a guideline and factoring in<br />

how slow the installation process is, the cost of a<br />

job following the guidelines increases massively<br />

so it becomes very easy to be undercut on price<br />

by a contractor who isn’t pricing on the same.<br />

Step one for me is it needs to be mandatory.<br />

What about training for Safe2Torch?<br />

That could be training full stop – training on this<br />

and just using the torch safely is, in my opinion,<br />

the biggest thing. I believe torch-on roofing is very<br />

safe with the right contractor installing your roof.<br />

The problem is, however, how many<br />

roofers out there are just blasting<br />

the torch around the roof without<br />

a care in the world? Far too<br />

many in my opinion. If there is a<br />

fire, it’s the company that’s left to<br />

pick up the pieces with the roofer just<br />

moving on to the next company.<br />

For Safe2Torch to work we need to change the<br />

mindset of people which can be very difficult to<br />

do. Hard consequences for the individual need to<br />

be in force. A lot of training is needed with regard<br />

to using the torch because still, time and time<br />

again, you see people leaving the torch lit on the<br />

roof then going down to the van for dinner and,<br />

yes, you hope people like this are few and far<br />

between, however it’s them who cause fires and<br />

give everyone a bad name.<br />

What about enforcement of Safe2Torch?<br />

Let’s say Safe2Torch is now mandatory, how does<br />

the manufacturer or company enforce this? That<br />

becomes very difficult. I have already seen<br />

contractors torching the ‘Safe2Torch’ felt due to<br />

speed. There’s also the issue of people still not<br />

wanting to wait for roofs to dry out in the morning<br />

Left: Adam Suffolk, Director at Adam Suffolk<br />

Flat Roofing. Below, examples of his work.<br />

so the gas and torch come back<br />

out. The industry has a vast<br />

amount of people who shouldn’t<br />

be let loose on roofs with a flame;<br />

it’s these people we need to remove<br />

from the industry if we want it to become<br />

safer. Safe2Torch is only any good if the criteria<br />

are followed, it’s getting everyone to follow it<br />

that’s the problem!<br />

How much of a problem is drying off a<br />

roof without a gas torch?<br />

It isn’t a problem as it can be done without a<br />

torch. Again though, it’s getting people to do it<br />

that way – with the weather and tools available<br />

for this it can be slow. When jobs are behind or<br />

fixers out there want to cut corners to earn more<br />

money, inevitably out comes the torch to save<br />

time. The hope for Safe2Torch on this is more and<br />

more follow, which will lead to more and more<br />

tools on the market for drying off, and with this,<br />

hopefully the price will come down.<br />

What about improvements to Safe2Torch?<br />

If I could think of just one, it would be at the<br />

survey stage; let’s make sure we identify all the<br />

risks then, for example, if there’s cladding on the<br />

roof we know what’s behind it right from the very<br />

start. Let’s have the manufacturer give out a<br />

Safe2Torch report with the spec for the job so all<br />

contractors can read and know exactly what’s<br />

what.<br />

Contact Adam Suffolk Flat Roofing<br />

0116 2103406<br />

www.adamsuffolkflatroofing.co.uk<br />

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Interview<br />



Earlier this year Matt Downs, Editor of Total Contractor, took part in the two-day judging<br />

process that awarded Kieran Forster the title of BMI Icopal Apprentice of the Year <strong>2018</strong>.<br />

Now, after the excitement has died down, Matt visited Kieran to see what difference the<br />

award has made to him on both a professional and personal level.<br />

Kieran is employed by Hodgson Sayers,<br />

based in the North East of England. The<br />

day I caught up with him again, Kieran<br />

was one of the team putting a new roof on Our<br />

Lady, Queen of Peace Roman Catholic Primary<br />

School in Houghton-le-Spring.<br />

Upon meeting him it is apparent his confidence<br />

has enjoyed a boost from winning the BMI<br />

Apprentice of the Year competition. “It’s not that I<br />

was shy before, but now I push myself forward<br />

and I’m getting more responsibility at work,” he<br />

explained. “A month or so before the competition I<br />

would look around the site and need to be told<br />

what to do, whereas now I can see what needs<br />

doing.”<br />

Similarly, it’s clear he is more confident when he<br />

tries to complete new roofing tasks, such as<br />

detailing the felting around a skylight. “I like<br />

intricate details like these. I marked out all the<br />

“A month or so before<br />

the competition I would<br />

look around the site<br />

and need to be told<br />

what to do, whereas<br />

now I can see what<br />

needs doing”<br />

corners and then asked the lads if it was right<br />

and they said: ‘Crack on, you’ve got a good grasp<br />

of it’. It’s a good feeling when you can do these<br />

small details by yourself.”<br />

More than roofing skills<br />

The BMI-backed Apprentice of the Year<br />

competition was about far more than simply<br />

roofing skills: it involves presentation skills,<br />

customer service, fault finding and business<br />

planning. Presentation is an important skill and<br />

Below: Kieran Forster, Icopal Apprentice of the Year <strong>2018</strong>, with Glyn Neasham of Hodgson Sayers. Kieran plans to use his<br />

£1,000 prize to buy a top-end heat gun: “I need the heat gun because of the recent Safe2Torch guidance.”<br />

the competition has helped Kieran take it to the<br />

next level. “I used to be scared of speaking to<br />

large numbers of people that I didn’t know but the<br />

competition has really brought me on as we were<br />

coached and encouraged during the competition.”<br />

Kieran has already put those new presentation<br />

skills to good use, as recently he was one of<br />

Hodgson Sayers’ representatives at a careers fair<br />

held at the Metro Centre in Gateshead, talking to<br />

school leavers about the attractions of a future in<br />

construction. Glyn Neasham, Hodgson Sayers’<br />

Regulatory Affairs Manager, explained how well<br />

Kieran did: “Kieran was an absolute credit to<br />

himself, his family and the company.”<br />

“We got very good feedback from the careers fair.<br />

People said he was personable, cheerful and<br />

helpful. Entering the competition breeds<br />

confidence and that’s what we’re looking for.”<br />

Competitive spirit<br />

Glyn is a strong supporter of the BMI Apprentice<br />

of the Year competition with Hodgson Sayers<br />

having finalists for the last two years. He told us<br />

that Kieran would receive a bonus prize supplied<br />

by the Hodgson Sayers to add to the pile of<br />

goodies he got for winning the BMI Icopal<br />

Apprentice of the Year title! “Competitions such<br />

as this have the effect of producing competition<br />

within our group of apprentices and this improves<br />

achievement levels across the board.”<br />

Last year another Hodgson Sayers apprentice,<br />

David Crank, was shortlisted in the BMI Redland<br />

Apprentice of the Year competition. Since then<br />

David has gone on to win the regional final of the<br />

SkillBuild Competition in Slating and Tiling;<br />

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Interview<br />

Above main pic: Kieran Forster talks the judges Gary Walpole, Mark Tornton and Matt Downs through the defects on the flat roofing rigs at this year’s BMI Aprentice of the Year Awards; Top right: The<br />

apprentices enjoyed a number of presentations geared towards boosting confidence and improving the way they present themselves; Kieran has taken these skills into his career with Hodgson Sayers.<br />

and just last week it was confirmed that he had<br />

qualified for the national SkillBuild final at the<br />

National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, later this<br />

year.<br />

Confidence, quality and professionalism<br />

Kieran and David’s success has certainly rubbed<br />

off on the rest of the company’s apprentices with<br />

all of them saying that they will be entering every<br />

competition they can going forward.<br />

“You can see the other apprentices wondering<br />

‘why him and not me?; mix this with other<br />

benefits such as boosting morale and them<br />

feeling that they are a valued member of the team<br />

and the positives are quite measurable,”<br />

explained Glyn. “So we support them in every way<br />

that we can, incentivising them when they win<br />

because we’re trying to encourage confidence,<br />

quality and professionalism.”<br />

The aims of the BMI-backed competition and the<br />

vision for the apprentice programme at Hodgson<br />

Sayers are very similar. Glyn sees his role as<br />

developing tradesmen rather than just roofers, a<br />

process that starts by producing apprentices of<br />

the highest possible quality. When they attend<br />

Newcastle College, even small details are<br />

important, such as insisting that all apprentices,<br />

wear company-issue workwear and that it’s kept<br />

“Glyn wants to see the<br />

apprentices able to<br />

impress end-users and<br />

clients with their skills,<br />

attitude, on-site<br />

performance and<br />

quality”<br />

clean and smart. They are also encouraged to see<br />

themselves as a team and to act professionally at<br />

all times.<br />

Impressing end users and clients<br />

Just as the competitions look for aptitude in<br />

business planning and presentation rather than<br />

simply technical skills, Glyn wants to see the<br />

apprentices able to impress end-users and<br />

clients with their skills, attitude, on-site<br />

performance and quality; a good stable,<br />

professional, controlled approach is key to<br />

achieving this.<br />

Kieran himself has taken more than simply the<br />

£1,000 prize money from the competition, though<br />

he intends to spend that on a top-end heat gun.<br />

“I need the heat gun because of the recent<br />

Safe2Torch guidance which prohibits the use of<br />

open flames within 900mm of an upstand, and<br />

the better-quality heat guns are expensive, but it<br />

shows that I’m serious about my profession and I<br />

want the responsibility to do bigger, more<br />

prestigious jobs,” he explained.<br />

He has also helped form a WhatsApp group with<br />

his fellow Apprentice of the Year competitors to<br />

keep in touch as they progress through their<br />

training with their respective employers. “The<br />

group helps to keep me up-to-date with the<br />

different systems the other guys are working with,<br />

so it’s useful,” he added.<br />

Keen to add to his skills base, Kieran has also<br />

recently attended a training course in single ply<br />

sheeting, run by Newcastle College, which has<br />

developed several added value courses in<br />

partnership with Hodgson Sayers. It is clear that<br />

his winning the BMI Icopal Apprentice of the Year<br />

competition, together with the enhanced working<br />

and training environment he is involved in, is<br />

paying big dividends and helping secure a bright<br />

future.<br />

Contact BMI Icopal<br />

0161 865 4444<br />

www.icopal.co.uk<br />

@Icopal_UK<br />

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Langley Waterproofing Systems has launched TA-30, a premium addition to its range of flat roofing systems.<br />

The most durable system offered by Langley, TA-30 benefits from a 30-year independently insured guarantee and<br />

includes the support of an annual risk-free asset management maintenance reporting package for five years.<br />

Suitable for flat and sloped roofs on both new build and refurbishment projects, the new high-performance system<br />

provides a superior quality solution where long-term durability is an important requirement. All Langley RBM<br />

systems are BBA-certified for 40-year durability – reportedly the longest in the market for any system. For added<br />

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Technical Managers will inspect the installation on completion and continue each year for five years to ensure the<br />

roof remains in good condition, and should there be any interference it is captured early. Dean Wincott, Managing Director at Langley Waterproofing Systems,<br />

said: “The needs of customers are continually evolving and we have put innovation at the core of our business to ensure we deliver solutions that meet their<br />

requirements. TA-30 offers unrivalled performance, quality and durability – and the length of the insurance-backed guarantee and fire rating compliance<br />

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Enviroply Roofing is the first Sarnafil Provisional Contractor to receive the company’s newly introduced<br />

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Jon Morris, Sarnafil Technical Advisor for<br />

the North West, presents Enviroply Roofing<br />

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Developed to ensure that all new Sarnafil contractors have all the information they need to support successful Sarnafil<br />

installations, the welcome pack has a wide variety of briefing material that can easily be shared with all employees.<br />

The Welcome Pack contents – available as a hard copy and on a USB stick – include all the latest brochures,<br />

guarantee checklists, agreements, technical advisory articles, training course details, the recently updated<br />

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Snickers Workwear continues to improve its working clothes with brand new weatherproof stretch Trousers and Jackets.<br />

With great fit and superb value for money, Snickers Workwear says they’ll be first choice for outside work that demands<br />

maximum comfort, mobility and protection.<br />

The new and extended range of AllroundWork and FlexiWork jackets include waterproof and Hi-Vis garments for both men<br />

and women to keep the wearer warm, dry and visible.<br />

Whatever the weather, Snickers Workwear can deliver a jacket to suit what you’re doing on site. www.snickersworkwear.co.uk<br />


Freefoam Building Products has announced two new members of its sales team.<br />

Steve Shaw is supporting Freefoam’s customers and developing new business in the South Wales, Bristol and<br />

Gloucestershire area and Kim Rolph joins Freefoam to work in the South East region of the UK.<br />

Above: Kim Rolph and Steve Shaw. Kim did a<br />

degree in psychology and has worked as an<br />

external support role at Knauf Insulation;<br />

Steve has 20+ years of experience in sales<br />

and 18+ years as a Manager and Buyer.<br />

Richard Jackson, National Sales Manager, said: “I’m looking forward to working with Steve and Kim. We’ve got a<br />

great mix of team members in our sales team – some who have come from more conventional backgrounds like<br />

Steve, and some like Kim who are fairly new to the industry and we value both.” www.freefoam.com<br />

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had reached the end of its service life. The simplicity of the system enabled strip out of the<br />

problematic area to allow the RubberGard EPDM membrane to be fully adhered to the newly<br />

installed plywood substrate, creating a neat waterproofing solution. www.firestonebpe.co.uk<br />


CRM says Gutterflow has become the industry standard gutter calculation program since it first<br />

launched in March 2001.<br />

Above: For existing users of Gutterflow,<br />

upgrade packages will be available at a much<br />

reduced cost.<br />

However, the new version offers a number of benefits; calculation and spacing data are shown as tabs on the main<br />

page, saving messy switching between pages; entering uneven spaced data has become quicker and simpler,<br />

especially where some outlets are uneven, and others follow a set pattern; automated functions allow gutter depth,<br />

width and outlet size to be optimised at the touch of a button; and custom outlets can be programmed in, allowing<br />

proprietary outlets to be used within gutters if required to boost flows. Find out more at: www.crmrainwater.co.uk<br />


Easi-Dec says it has modified its Board-Walk mesh walkway solution to enable both vertical<br />

and horizonal installation, providing roofers, contractors and specifiers with a safety system<br />

that is useable in a wider variety of configurations.<br />

Easi-Dec’s Board-Walk mesh walkway: “Made of high<br />

grade aluminium, the structure is lightweight, easily<br />

transportable and can be used on roof pitches up to 30<br />

degrees”<br />

Particularly suited to fragile industrial roofs, Easi-Dec Board-Walk is a portable mesh walkway that<br />

provides a safer working position for roof maintenance. Running from the eaves to ridge, the system<br />

spreads the weight across the support battens, allowing the workers to confidently move along the<br />

full length of the system. Find out more at: www.easi-dec.co.uk<br />

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Freefoam has highlighted the updates and additions to its whole product range that have taken place over the last six months.<br />

The roofline range has had a boost with the addition of Anthracite Grey to the Round Rainwater system. With the continuing<br />

growth in grey across the window, door and roofline market, this new product means suppliers can now offer both the Deep and<br />

Round gutter options to customers. Perfect for new build and RMI.<br />

The phenomenal demand for cladding shows no signs of slowing. With Thais in mind, Freefoam added a beautiful subtle grey<br />

green shade to its 170mm Weatherboard range called Sage Green. Appealing to those who want to achieve a traditional<br />

‘heritage’ look but with the benefits of low maintenance PVC, this product adds additional colour choice, augmenting the existing cladding range, bringing<br />

the total number of colour options to an impressive eleven.<br />

Colin St John, Commercial Director, explained “Our focus is to help our customers win more business because their growth is our growth. This year our<br />

programme has led to the development of every part of our product portfolio – highlighting our continued commitment to our customers.”<br />

www.freefoam.com<br />


Rainclear Systems says its Quartz Zinc rainwater system can help contribute to green and sustainable building<br />

design and offer a differentiating architectural aesthetic.<br />

In addition to this, the leading stockist and online retailer of metal rainwater systems says that its zinc rainwater<br />

management system requires no specialist tools or training as the 3m gutter lengths and 1, 2 or 3m downpipe lengths make<br />

for swift installation, whilst the clever design features make installation simple. The system includes: Glue-in stop-ends;<br />

Gutter Union / Connector with EPDM rubber seal; Wraparound outlets; Downpipes and bends with swaged necks; and<br />

stainless steel nails and screws. Find out more at: www.rainclear.co.uk<br />


Bauder says it has become the first to achieve the Investors in People (‘IIP’) Platinum<br />

Standard, the most sought after status in the National scheme, within the Construction of<br />

Buildings category.<br />

Above: The team at Bauder celebrate the Investors in<br />

People (‘IIP’) Platinum Standard award.<br />

Andrew Mackenzie, Bauder’s Managing Director, commented on the award: “This is a remarkable<br />

achievement for everybody in our company, we are truly delighted. We never forget that our<br />

continued success is reliant on our brilliant staff and I am so proud of the team here and everything<br />

they do.” www.bauder.co.uk<br />


Brett Martin has further committed to its sustainability programme with the procurement of a solar<br />

farm that is ‘hard wired’ directly into its main production plant.<br />

(L-R) Nick Boyle CEO Lightsource BP, Laurence<br />

Martin MD of Brett Martin, Geoff Stewart,<br />

Financial Director at Brett Martin.<br />

Geoff Stewart, Brett Martin Financial Director, said: “We are delighted with our latest renewable energy<br />

provision. It’s proof of our determination to ensure our production processes are as sustainable as possible.<br />

We have the highest regard for the quality of our environment; it’s very much part of our working culture.<br />

Sustainable initiatives such as this are critical to help us maintain our competitive edge in a global<br />

marketplace where over 50% of our sales are exported.” www.brettmartin.com<br />

OCTOBER <strong>2018</strong> TC 55

Technical Review<br />


Innovation is one of the most overly used buzz words, but what does it really mean? Brian<br />

Mack of EJOT UK gives his view…<br />

Almost daily we see new products hitting the<br />

market, yet they are not always what they<br />

seem. We are all familiar with the strap lines<br />

“new and improved”, “new range” and “now with<br />

added” or “reduced”, but are we seeing true<br />

improvements and is this true innovation?<br />

I’d say true innovation is driven by technical<br />

advancements and a need to increase<br />

performance reliability, or develop new materials<br />

and products to help tackle installation issues<br />

that can help meet new legislation and<br />

regulations. Yes, a good product developed 40<br />

years ago can still be relevant in today’s highly<br />

demanding construction industry; but if the<br />

product is reliant on the status quo of the materials<br />

and systems around it, then it may not be<br />

performing to 100% of its original design intent.<br />

Revolution and evolution<br />

For me, innovation is a mix of revolution and<br />

evolution driven by technology and creativity. The<br />

starting point is knowledge, experience and<br />

understanding.<br />

Knowledge: We need to know how existing<br />

products are performing with regards to all<br />

aspects that are required of the component; what<br />

has been selected and why and how is it<br />

installed? What’s actually being installed –<br />

what’s it fixing and to what substrate? How has it<br />

been manufactured and how does the engineering<br />

process behind this relate to the product’s<br />

technical performance? This can be crucial.<br />

As a manufacturer, even having knowledge of<br />

how the tooling is made and having the ability to<br />

craft your own tooling can be the difference<br />

between a product’s success and failure on site.<br />

Industry knowledge of existing, current and future<br />

trends and developments, and changing<br />

legislation are all strategic aspects in developing<br />

a knowledge database. Having manufacturing<br />

knowledge to ensure any new product can be<br />

successfully manufactured to meet its<br />

requirements in-situ is essential.<br />

Experience: We need the data from testing and<br />

experience from seeing the product in use so we<br />

can assess its benefits and limitations. This<br />

enables us to get a better understanding and to<br />

be able to adapt so that products can push the<br />

boundaries. Experience of how products are<br />

manufactured from raw materials, quality<br />

processors, testing and inspection, right through<br />

to the finished product are essential in making a<br />

feasible business plan for a new, innovative<br />

product.<br />

Understanding: We are in a far stronger position<br />

if we can understand how industry is developing<br />

and use this experience to predict and generate<br />

the products that will be needed in an everchanging<br />

construction industry. Again,<br />

understanding the manufacturing process and<br />

how these processes can be adapted and<br />

modified to ensure the product can be made is<br />

crucial. How will the product work as part of a<br />

complete system? We believe it is far more<br />

beneficial to design a product with the eye of a<br />

manufacturer – with all of our knowledge and<br />

experience – rather than the alternative of<br />

somebody just “having a go” to meet a<br />

customer’s request. A true manufacturer<br />

understands the needs of every aspect of a<br />

product, from specification to procurement;<br />

performance to installation technique and<br />

procedures; in service and life cycles, through to<br />

end of use sustainability and environmental<br />

credentials.<br />

Once we have our starting point we can develop a<br />

process of improvement, but improvements can<br />

be limiting and constraining. We have to have a<br />

different thought process: “there is always a<br />

better way.” We need to unclutter our minds;<br />

creativity comes from an open mind. The paper<br />

may start off blank but if surrounded by a desk of<br />

ideas, knowledge, experience and understanding,<br />

then this can be the catalyst for innovation.<br />

The R&D process can then begin: The R is<br />

normally for Research, but it’s also for<br />

Resources; the resource of knowledge, experience<br />

and understanding. The D is for Development but<br />

it’s also for Design, Diagnostics, Decisions and<br />

Discoveries. But R&D is definitely not for<br />

Replicate and Duplicate.<br />

A lightbulb moment can hit an individual but I’d<br />

say it takes an experienced R&D team to keep the<br />

light on, make it efficient, innovate the idea and<br />

bring it to production and market for the benefit of<br />

the end user.<br />

Testing, testing and testing<br />

We have to ensure that the innovative product<br />

enhances the application, adds value and<br />

performance, and conforms to its design criteria<br />

and function and does not just do the same as an<br />

existing product. No one wants a “Dragons’ Den”<br />

moment and to be told there’s a simpler solution<br />

already in existence that performs better than<br />

your new product. So not only good research and<br />

development is required but Testing, Testing and<br />

Testing is required. Real life trials and a process<br />

of ensuring that a unique, innovative solution<br />

offers quality, performance, and benefits to meet<br />

expectations on time, every time. I believe only a<br />

circular process of “Innovate, design, test,<br />

repeat” can do this.<br />

Contact EJOT UK<br />

01977 687 040<br />

www.ejot.co.uk<br />

@EJOTUK_Building<br />

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BTS Facades and Fabrications officially announce their<br />

investment in Trumpf automation at their recent open day.<br />

www.btsfabrications.co.uk Tel : (01388) 816883 enquiries@btsfabrications.co.uk

Fall Protection<br />


Matthew Bailey, Inspection and Certification Manager from fall protection specialist HCL,<br />

explores a number of potentially life-saving products and procedures which are considered<br />

best practice.<br />

There are now more measures than ever to<br />

keep roofing contractors, or even general<br />

construction tradespeople safe when<br />

working at height.<br />

Below, I’ll look at some of the key considerations<br />

you should make when looking at the safety<br />

aspect of your project:<br />

Which system is right for you?<br />

Protection is one of the most important factors to<br />

consider when working at height. To minimise the<br />

consequences of a fall, a suitable fall protection<br />

system needs to be used.<br />

There are usually two fall protection systems to<br />

choose from – a fall arrest system and a fall<br />

restraint system; and there are benefits and<br />

considerations for each.<br />

While a fall arrest system’s job is to protect a<br />

worker should they fall, a fall restraint system<br />

should prevent them from falling in the first<br />

place.<br />

What is the benefit of a fall arrest<br />

system?<br />

Fall arrest systems are most commonly used in<br />

applications where workers need to access hard<br />

to reach areas which would otherwise be guarded<br />

by rails or other safety measures.<br />

The system’s aim is to allow maximum freedom<br />

of movement and so the likelihood of falling is<br />

very high. If a fall should occur, the fall arrest<br />

system will either allow for self-rescue or for the<br />

person to be rescued in the safest way.<br />

The success of these systems relies on the<br />

harnesses being worn correctly and the<br />

identification of a suitable anchorage point.<br />

What is the benefit of a fall restraint<br />

system?<br />

Arguably the most preferred method of fall<br />

protection, fall restraint systems prevent workers<br />

from reaching a specific fall hazard. Often<br />

described as “passive fall protection”, workers<br />

are protected from a fall without having to take<br />

many additional measures such as guard rails.<br />

However, in the case of the equipment being<br />

misused, there is still a chance of a fall<br />

happening. For this reason, it is recommended<br />

when fitting a fall restraint system it is tested to<br />

be able to hold fall arrest loads – this is to best<br />

protect the person using the equipment at height.<br />

Before using either of these systems, it is<br />

important to ensure adequate training is provided<br />

in order to equip those working at height with the<br />

skills required to use the systems effectively.<br />

What about training?<br />

Fall protection training, like that provided by HCL<br />

Safety, specialist sub-contractor in fall protection<br />

and part of MSA Safety, is designed to change<br />

perceptions and improve standards – something<br />

which is especially important when working at<br />

height where the risks can be very high. The right<br />

training can bridge the gap between basic health<br />

and safety training and ultimately saving either<br />

“While a fall arrest<br />

system’s job is to<br />

protect a worker should<br />

they fall, a fall restraint<br />

system should prevent<br />

them from falling in the<br />

first place”<br />

your own or a co-worker’s life.<br />

Time is critical in a fall arrest situation, and when<br />

time is of the essence, knowledge is key.<br />

Investing in tailored fall-protection training,<br />

empowers workers to perform their duties safe in<br />

the knowledge that they can not only prevent<br />

falls, but also respond appropriately if the worst<br />

does happen.<br />

And what if someone does fall?<br />

Falling from height is one of the largest causes of<br />

fatalities across the industry, and whilst most<br />

companies undertake a degree of risk<br />

assessment as due course, many still fail to<br />

implement a rescue plan.<br />

Did you know there is a legal obligation to have a<br />

full and comprehensive rescue plan in place<br />

when working at height? By law, a rescue plan<br />

needs to be put into place to facilitate a safe and<br />

quick rescue of a person who has fallen.<br />

A rescue plan should outline a primary and<br />

secondary key person who will take control of an<br />

emergency rescue operation, plus any rescue kit<br />

which will be on site to assist them.<br />

Contact HCL Safety<br />

0845 600 0086<br />

www.hclsafety.com<br />

@HCLsafety<br />

58 TC OCTOBER <strong>2018</strong>

SEE US AT<br />




A roof represents exciting opportunities<br />

for architects and property developers.<br />

If you are on top of a tall building and looking out over the<br />

urban landscape, you will see a lot of unutilised space.<br />

Architects and property developers can no longer afford to<br />

use the roof just to keep the rain and snow out and protect<br />

your contents.<br />

Using the roof for other functions creates additional values.<br />

These values not only allow for increased profits, but also<br />

add value to society at large and for the people living in<br />

and around these buildings.<br />

The roof can be a place where people can spend recreational<br />

time, grow flowers and encourage wildlife. The roof can<br />

also be utilised to solve other tasks that could be profitable<br />

for the building project, such as generating electricity with<br />

solar panels or taking control of heavy rainfall.<br />

Protan has developed a unique BlueProof roofing solution<br />

to avoid creating dead space on top of a building, enabling<br />

use that space for water attenuation. That is both smart<br />

and sustainable. The BlueProof system works equally well<br />

for new buildings and refurbishment projects, and can be<br />

combined with recreational areas, eco-friendly features<br />

and energy production.<br />

Protan BlueProof – coming to a roof near you soon.<br />

Safe<br />

Sustainable<br />

Cost effective<br />

Space efficient<br />


Cladding Updates<br />

For further info on all these cladding updates and more, visit www.total-contractor.co.uk<br />


Kingspan Group has announced the launch of Kingspan Facades – a new business designed to make it easier for<br />

developers and contractors to create high-performance, compliant buildings that achieve their project’s<br />

aesthetic aims.<br />

Combining systems and expertise from across the Group, Kingspan Facades is a service-led business providing<br />

specifiers with a comprehensive portfolio of advanced building envelope systems suitable for a multitude of applications<br />

and architectural styles. This aesthetic offering is supported with four robust substructure solutions that encompass<br />

Kingspan’s advanced core insulations alongside options using more traditional materials.<br />

Kingspan Group has launched Kingspan<br />

Facades to assist contractors & developers.<br />

Mel Courtney, Managing Director of Kingspan Facades, explained the vision for the new business: “We’re noticing a real<br />

drive in the industry for more detailed and accessible technical guidance, particularly around facade systems. By offering solutions incorporating all of<br />

Kingspan Group’s facade products under a single business, we are in a unique position to provide the most appropriate solution. We offer a single source<br />

approach from the Steel Framing System, insulation, right through to the external facade – one point of contact for customers for the full through-wall system<br />

solution, reinforced by the technical support that Kingspan is renowned for.” www.kingspanfacades.co.uk<br />


Water leaks are a distant memory for the owners of a bungalow on the Isle of Wight after Cembrit<br />

Plank was installed on the property.<br />

Above: Offering a 15-year warranty,<br />

Cembrit Plank is available in 15<br />

different colours.<br />

L J Teal Roofing Service was approached for a solution to fix a water ingress issue. Having heard about<br />

Cembrit Plank, the contractor was confident that this weatherboard could provide a good cladding solution for<br />

the customer. “We pitched the idea of installing a weatherboard cladding option to Mr and Mrs Morrison, and<br />

they agreed that it would be a good way forward,” said Liam Teal of L J Teal Roofing Service. “We supplied<br />

Cembrit Plank in Ivory via Roofstore and the project began in February <strong>2018</strong>.” www.cembrit.co.uk<br />


With a focus on comfort and S3 safety, Solid Gear’s Falcon (shown left) and Apollo boots are<br />

probably the most robust boots you can get for the winter months.<br />

Above: the Falcon boot – There’s over 30<br />

boots and shoes in the Solid Gear Safety<br />

Footwear range.<br />

With durable uppers these heavy-duty boots will keep your feet dry and insulated so you can work<br />

comfortably in the roughest conditions on site. What’s more, the new oil and slip resistant Vibram soles<br />

deliver outstanding grip on snow and ice – even at low temperatures. The Apollo has a premium fullgrain<br />

impregnated leather upper, while the Falcon is a mix of full grain leather and a Cordura Rip Stop<br />

fabric. www.solidgearfootwear.com<br />


Cembrit has donated its Patina fibre cement and HD cladding to a worthy project that has<br />

seen the North Kensington area around Grenfell Tower benefit from a new community centre.<br />

Cembrit donated materials to this worthy project<br />

near Grenfell Tower. Simon Mayes of Cembrit<br />

explained: “Exact colour match to the steel overlay<br />

was not possible, so we suggested using our HD<br />

board coated in colour matched paint.”<br />

Bay 20 is a new two-storey community space on St Marks Road, close to the Tower, which was built<br />

by an acclaimed DIY television show. The new multi-use community building provides facilities for<br />

local people, including a new café that will be used by the community for many years to come.<br />

Cembrit supplied 300m² of Cembrit Patina fibre cement cladding boards in granite (P020) and<br />

Cembrit HD in natural grey. www.cembrit.co.uk<br />

60 TC OCTOBER <strong>2018</strong>

Opinion<br />


By Simon Storer, Chief Executive of the Insulation Manufacturers Association.<br />

The ever-widening skills shortage faced by<br />

the construction sector is driving up wages<br />

and having a significant impact on the<br />

government’s ambitious plan to build 300,000<br />

homes every year in England alone.<br />

But it is not just building targets that need to be<br />

met, there are also the hugely important carbon<br />

reduction targets and the need to ensure buildings<br />

are properly insulated with high quality products<br />

and installed correctly to allow them to perform.<br />

With the demand for tradespeople across all<br />

sectors of the construction industry outstripping<br />

supply, the skills shortage is a key constraint to<br />

the housebuilding industry severely impacting the<br />

quality of new buildings, the ability to build to<br />

budget and ensuring that all performance<br />

characteristics meet both design and regulatory<br />

requirements. How can the construction industry<br />

put in place measures that might put an end to<br />

the skills crisis?<br />

The contributing factors of the construction skills<br />

shortage are well documented; from an ageing<br />

workforce not being replaced, to a younger<br />

generation not seeing the industry as an<br />

attractive and viable option. Britain’s decision to<br />

leave the EU has only added to the industry-wide<br />

fear over the building skills shortage. Of the UK’s<br />

270,653 migrant construction force, about 45%<br />

are workers from EU countries. When or if the<br />

UK’s divorce from the continent is finalised, there<br />

is a real fear that many employees who have<br />

arrived from overseas will leave, taking their<br />

building skills and experience with them.<br />

Reaching out to students<br />

Inspiring the next generation to take-up a career<br />

in construction is fundamental to filling the<br />

current skills gap over the long-term. Changing<br />

the outdated and negative perceptions of the<br />

industry is part of this. The Construction Industry<br />

Training Board (CITB) recently asked a group of<br />

14 to 19-year-olds which careers interested<br />

them – construction only scored 4.2 out of 10.<br />

According to the survey, young people claimed<br />

that construction means ‘being outdoors and<br />

getting dirty’. Young people overlook the fact a<br />

career in construction is incredibly diverse and is<br />

an industry with cutting-edge technologies, such<br />

as robotics, digitisation and modular building<br />

techniques – key to attracting a tech savvy<br />

younger generation. Companies in the industry<br />

need to reach out and engage with students,<br />

parents and teachers to create a better image of<br />

construction, right through from manufacturing,<br />

engineered solutions to site management.<br />

The industry needs to expand its recruitment and<br />

attract more women and people from ethnic<br />

diversities, which are currently under-represented.<br />

Women represent just 13% of the workforce, a<br />

shocking statistic considering the skills shortage.<br />

A shift to inclusiveness<br />

A fundamental shift towards inclusiveness is<br />

necessary while a joined-up approach between<br />

industry, the government and education sector –<br />

beginning with young people at primary school and<br />

then throughout education – will pave the way<br />

towards a more inclusive and accessible industry.<br />

The government has launched a number of<br />

initiatives to help plug the skills gap and has set<br />

a new target of three million new apprentices by<br />

2020 across all sectors. A £34 million investment<br />

in construction training and an apprenticeship<br />

levy – estimated to raise £3 billion a year – might<br />

go some way to securing a skilled and stable<br />

workforce. Alternative educational models such<br />

as part-time degree apprenticeships will also<br />

widen the route into the industry.<br />

Modern methods of construction can also play a<br />

part in plugging the gap by reducing on-site<br />

labour whilst at the same time addressing the<br />

high demand for new buildings. The increased<br />

“The demand for<br />

construction has never<br />

been greater”<br />

use of off-site fabrication and systems such as<br />

structural insulated panels (SIPS), modular<br />

buildings and pre-engineered insulated roof<br />

systems – for example – can encourage greater<br />

efficiency and higher productivity within the<br />

sector, give a much needed boost to the UK<br />

housing supply capacity and ensure that the<br />

regulatory targets for energy efficiency are met or<br />

even exceeded. Rethinking the way we design,<br />

engineer and construct buildings will help deliver<br />

projects quicker, better and with a greater degree<br />

of precision.<br />

Schemes such as the Each Home Counts Quality<br />

Mark will go a long way to ensuring that<br />

insulation measures are properly installed by<br />

skilled tradespeople, and link this in with the<br />

Energy Company Obligation, this will ensure that<br />

consumers get the standards they expect and<br />

deserve.<br />

No easy solution<br />

When it comes to addressing the chronic skills<br />

shortage, there is no easy solution, but rather a<br />

broad range of measures which can relieve the<br />

pressure on construction companies trying to<br />

compete within their sectors. The built environment<br />

is evolving all the time and the demand for<br />

construction has never been greater which means<br />

addressing the skills’ gap is now more critical<br />

than ever. It is down to construction companies,<br />

the government and our educational system to<br />

play their part in closing the skills’ shortage gap.<br />

Contact Insulation Manufacturers Association<br />

0161 672 7387<br />

www.insulationmanufacturers.org.uk<br />

@IMA_Org<br />

62 TC OCTOBER <strong>2018</strong>

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Penetrations Diagram.................................................8<br />

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Total Roo f Area = 467.95 sq m<br />

Total Roof Facets =24<br />

Predominant Pitch = 45°<br />

Numb er of Storeys > 1<br />

Total Ridges/Hips = 84.43m<br />

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Tota l Verges = 14.63m<br />

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The technical team at A. Proctor Group discuss the different possibilities for retrofitting wall<br />

insulation and offer guidance on installing Spacetherm WL...<br />

The energy inefficiency of existing housing<br />

stock in the UK is a well-documented issue<br />

that continues to pose a challenge to<br />

today’s contractors, homeowners and residents.<br />

The Government’s response to the ‘Energy<br />

Company Obligation: ECO3, <strong>2018</strong> to 2022’<br />

consultation process sets out their strategy for<br />

tackling issues around the energy inefficiency of our<br />

buildings, and identifies retrofitted insulation as part<br />

of the solution: “One of the best long-term solutions<br />

to address fuel poverty is by dealing with the fabric<br />

of the property through insulation, as this increases<br />

comfort and reduces heating requirements.”<br />

External walls account for approximately 1/3 of<br />

the total heat loss of an inadequately insulated<br />

home. Choosing the right external wall insulation<br />

will depend on the type of wall the property has.<br />

Houses built in the UK before 1919 are likely to<br />

have solid external walls, while those built later<br />

usually incorporate cavity walls. One way to<br />

confirm this is to measure the thickness of your<br />

brick wall at an opening: if it is less than 260mm<br />

thick it is probably a solid wall, while greater than<br />

260mm usually indicates a cavity wall.<br />

There are many methods for insulating external<br />

walls, each with their own advantages and<br />

disadvantages.<br />

How to install Spacetherm Wall Liner<br />

Spacetherm Wall Liner (WL) is a 10mm aerogel insulation<br />

laminated to a 3mm MgO board that is used to insulate<br />

solid or cavity walls internally, taking up the minimum<br />

amount of internal space & allowing the walls to breathe.<br />

1. Spacetherm WL panels are fixed directly to the wall<br />

using Insta-stik foam. Mechanical fixings are not required.<br />

(See image 1)<br />

2. Starting from a bottom corner of<br />

the wall, gently press the panel<br />

against the wall, holding until<br />

sufficient contact. Continue<br />

installing panels in this manner,<br />

either staggered or in-line.<br />

3. At corners, Spacetherm WL<br />

Above: Image 1 Above: Image 2<br />

“There are many<br />

methods for insulating<br />

external walls, each<br />

with their own<br />

advantages and<br />

disadvantages”<br />

Cavity walls can have insulation blown in to fill<br />

the gap between the inner and outer leaves.<br />

Installers do this by drilling small holes at<br />

intervals around the outside of the building. They<br />

then blow the insulation into the cavity using<br />

special equipment, sealing the holes when they<br />

are finished.<br />

The benefits of blown cavity wall insulation are<br />

that the process is very clean, non-obtrusive and<br />

fast – an experienced installer can often<br />

complete the job on an average-sized house with<br />

easily accessible walls within two hours.<br />

However, cavity wall insulation that is poorly<br />

installed, is unsuitable for the wall type, or where<br />

wall defects are not also addressed can result in<br />

damp issues, mould and mildew growth, and<br />

even structural damage. It would be<br />

recommended to approach the NIA for approved<br />

installers in this case.<br />

panels should be installed in such a way that the<br />

insulation layer overlaps to prevent a cold bridge at the<br />

junction. (See image 2 and 3)<br />

4. Joints between panels are taped and filled with a<br />

gypsum-based jointing compound. Where the wall is<br />

noticeably uneven, a skim plaster finish can be used over<br />

the panels to level the surface. (See<br />

image 4)<br />

5. Apply a single coat of MgO board<br />

primer and allow to dry. Primed<br />

Spacetherm WL can accept all<br />

typical interior finishes including<br />

paint, wallpaper and tile.<br />

Above: Image 3 Above: Image 4 *This guidance is a summary only. Contact A.<br />

Proctor Group for complete installation advice<br />

External solid walls lose more heat than cavity<br />

walls and are generally more expensive to<br />

insulate. The cost savings of retrofitting insulation<br />

on a solid wall, however, will have a greater<br />

benefit to your heating bill.<br />

Solid walls can be insulated internally or<br />

externally. The internal method involves fixing<br />

insulation boards or panels directly onto the wall<br />

or by building a secondary stud frame against the<br />

wall then filling with an insulation material.<br />

Adding insulation internally is usually less<br />

expensive than external insulation, can be<br />

installed room-by-room to minimise disruption,<br />

and is less intensive i.e. no scaffolding is<br />

required. However, internal insulation will slightly<br />

reduce the floor area of the room it is installed in<br />

and may require a higher level of detailing, for<br />

example repositioning electrical outlets, radiators,<br />

skirting boards and window trim.<br />

Insulating externally involves fixing insulation<br />

material onto the outside walls of a building then<br />

covering with an appropriate external render or<br />

cladding. External insulation can be installed with<br />

minimum disruption to the household, does not<br />

reduce interior living space, and renews the<br />

external appearance of your building. In most<br />

cases, however, external insulation will be the<br />

most expensive option because it requires an<br />

intensive worksite – i.e. scaffolding – as well as<br />

potentially the need for planning permission,<br />

engineering analysis and remedial work to the<br />

external walls before insulation is installed.<br />

External insulation allows the homeowner to use<br />

the thermal mass of their solid wall but this is not<br />

suitable for all occupancy types.<br />

Contact A. Proctor Group<br />

01250 872 261<br />

www.proctorgroup.com<br />

@proctorgroup<br />

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Insulation Updates<br />


One of the largest-ever UK projects to be undertaken using StoTherm Classic M insulation and the<br />

Sto-Rotofix Plus fixing system has now been completed in Scotland.<br />

The Sto products have been used on the new Portobello High School which has been built adjacent to<br />

Portobello Park in Edinburgh.<br />

One of the largest-ever UK projects to be undertaken using<br />

StoTherm Classic M was chosen to provide high-level thermal performance for the new building. This EWI StoTherm Classic M insulation and the Sto-Rotofix Plus fixing<br />

system features expanded polystyrene insulation boards and non-cementitious rendering components system has been completed on the new Portobello High<br />

School in Edinburgh.<br />

offering impact resistance of 60 joules – up to 10 times greater than similar cementitious systems can<br />

provide. This is a particular benefit for this type of school project where the façade cladding may be subject to harsh treatment. Thoroughly proven in many<br />

different parts of the world, the StoTherm Classic M system was finished externally with a through-coloured StoSilco K silicone render finish to add extra<br />

protection and enhance the appearance. The Sto insulation was fixed to the substrate using the innovative Sto-Rotofix Plus fixing system. Ideal for use on<br />

different types of substrates, the Rotofix system uses a unique helical spiral fixing which allows the insulation boards to be mechanically fixed, quickly and<br />

reliably, and then easily adjusted so that a seamless façade can be created ready for rendering. It is stronger and quicker to install, and has better levelling<br />

capabilities and fewer components, than any comparable system. www.sto.co.uk<br />


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The new ROCKWOOL website can predict and adapt to be<br />

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This sophisticated, content-rich platform of information with powerful tools has been designed<br />

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If you’re fed up with reading tapes upside down, Fisco’s new ‘Mark-Right’ Tape is designed<br />

for right-handed craftsmen and women with a blade that reads from right to left.<br />

Above: Fisco’s new ‘Mark-Right’ Tape.<br />

So measuring and marking gets a whole lot easier and more accurate because you won’t have<br />

to read the tape measure upside down and use your left hand to hold the tape in position<br />

whilst marking. Available in 5m lengths, the blade is graduated in mm and inches, is accurate<br />

to EC Class II and housed in a tough ABS case with a positive action slide lock brake, belt clip<br />

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Labour has announced a number of green policies in Jeremy Corbyn’s Party Conference speech.<br />

These include a commitment to set aside £12.8bn for subsidies to insulate homes in Labour's first term as well as a pledge to tighten the UK’s<br />

decarbonisation trajectory – reducing net carbon emissions by 60% by 2030 and to zero by 2050. In his speech, the Labour leader highlighted that<br />

these green polices would create 400,000 skilled jobs. Julie Hirigoyen, Chief Executive at UKGBC, responded saying: “UKGBC has long since called for<br />

energy efficiency to be made a national infrastructure priority, to ensure that the appropriate level of investment is allocated to the retrofitting of our<br />

existing homes. To achieve our current national carbon target of an 80% reduction in emissions by 2050, we will need to improve almost all of the UK’s 26<br />

million homes with energy efficiency retrofits. That means we need to retrofit more than 1.5 homes every minute between now and 2050!”<br />

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We offer contractors a wide range of training opportunities, especially<br />

on traditional metal roofing techniques (standing seam & welting<br />

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The practical training of participants is the main focus of all our<br />

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Organising Your Van<br />



What’s the best option when racking out your van? Should you do it yourself, hire a<br />

professional or opt for a pre-manufactured option? We take a look at the various pros and<br />

cons of each option.<br />

No matter the trade you’re in, you’ll be<br />

buying a van that will no doubt need<br />

racking to utilise its internal space<br />

effectively. After all, just dumping tools and boxes<br />

inside will ensure one thing – you’ll never be able<br />

to find what you need quickly costing you<br />

valuable time on projects.<br />

The question is, do you do it yourself or do you<br />

hire in a professional? The costs of either option<br />

are not insubstantial and getting the choice wrong<br />

will only add to the expense. Apart from the cost<br />

of the materials required to complete the fit out,<br />

everything you put inside the van – including the<br />

racking – adds to the weight being transported<br />

with the resultant impact on fuel economy,<br />

performance and even the speed at which some<br />

vans are allowed to go.<br />

But there is another consideration. You need an<br />

efficient design for the racking so that shelves,<br />

cabinets, toolboxes and cupboards can both<br />

provide capacity and hold items securely so that<br />

they don’t fly around when the van is in motion.<br />

Using a professional installer<br />

Clearly time is money which means that while<br />

you’re paying a third-party professional to<br />

undertake the racking out, it’ll be done faster<br />

which means that it’ll be on the road earning all<br />

the sooner. Similarly, they’ll be able to layout and<br />

fit the racking at a time when it suits you –<br />

maybe while you’re on holiday. You’ve got to ask<br />

yourself – would you really want to fit out a van<br />

over a precious weekend or on an evening after<br />

you’ve been working all day?<br />

Apart from third parties, it’s also worth pointing<br />

out that a number of manufacturers offer racking<br />

as part of the manufacturing process.<br />

Renault, for example, have teamed up with<br />

Sortimo to offer the Ready4Work system that<br />

effectively means the van is fully fitted out before<br />

you pick up the keys.<br />

And some leasing companies will do the same.<br />

Leasewell states on its website that all vehicles<br />

supplied by them can be fitted out with anything<br />

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from a simple ply lining to a full-rack out<br />

including extra bulkheads, pipe tubes, ladder<br />

holders, slam locks and tow bars. Google<br />

‘professional van racking’ and other companies<br />

can be found.<br />

Remember that whatever you buy from a third<br />

party needs to be weight-efficient so that it’s not<br />

overly weighty in its own right and doesn’t<br />

encourage the transportation of items not needed.<br />

Most professional racking manufacturers will<br />

publish and print the weight capacities of the<br />

shelving, drawer and locker systems onto the<br />

racking.<br />

“Another issue with DIY<br />

racking is that it’s<br />

unlikely that you’ll be<br />

aware of the safety<br />

issues that relate to<br />

poorly fitted units”<br />

Doing it yourself<br />

DIY might, on the face of it, appear to be the most<br />

economical option but as with any projects, it will<br />

take longer than you expect – even if you know<br />

what you are doing. And of course, unless you’re<br />

working evenings and weekends the van will be<br />

off the road.<br />

Another issue with DIY racking is that it’s unlikely<br />

that you’ll be aware of the safety issues that<br />

relate to poorly fitted units, especially if they or<br />

their loads are not properly secured. A story in<br />

Fleet News, albeit from 2007, noted that the<br />

government’s Transport Road Laboratory found<br />

that badly installed racking systems can be<br />

lethal. In particular, a 200g screwdriver can hit a<br />

front seat occupant with a collision weight of 8kg<br />

in a 31mph crash, and that poorly secured loads<br />

can move forward at lethal speeds in an accident<br />

– if a driver has 100kgs of equipment or tools in<br />

the back of his van, that turns into a series of<br />

projectiles with a weight of almost four tonnes.<br />

An alternative when considering the DIY route is<br />

to buy a ready-made system. While they can be<br />

economical to acquire, they still need fitting and<br />

extreme care so that in affixing them holes aren’t<br />

drilled into key parts of the van that carry<br />

electrical wiring lines, braking systems or hold<br />

the fuel tank. Worksystem, for example, offers a<br />

range of products that can be selected according<br />

to van brand and model.<br />

But if you are determined to do it yourself, you<br />

need to consider the materials you’ll be using.<br />

Wood, for example, is good to work with but has<br />

its limitations. It can be heavy which eats into<br />

payload and can absorb oil, solvents or paints<br />

unless protected – which makes it unsightly and<br />

even heavier. And while wood allows heavy loads<br />

to be slid across a van floor, it splinters. Also,<br />

small items can get lost behind hard to remove<br />

wooden panels.<br />

Consider multiple-material solutions. When fitted<br />

to a van, wood is rarely removed so if you change<br />

vans you’ve got to start the fitout process all over<br />

again. But go modular with a ready-made system<br />

and you can move it between vans so it will last<br />

longer while costing you less in the long run.<br />

Do question whether every tool and item or<br />

product you possess actually needs to be<br />

onboard. Sure, there will be core items that are<br />

indispensable, but whatever you leave behind is<br />

not only probably more secure at home, but will<br />

also save on weight – and therefore fuel. If you<br />

do decide to take heavier items ensure that you<br />

spread the load along the sides and front to rear<br />

of the van to maintain stability.<br />

“Racking out a van is<br />

not a simple process –<br />

it requires thought<br />

and planning at the<br />

design stage”<br />

Before specifying<br />

Racking out a van is not a simple process – it<br />

requires thought and planning at the design<br />

stage. If it’s your own van you’ll know what you<br />

want and what works for you. But if you’re buying<br />

“While you’re paying a<br />

third-party<br />

professional to<br />

undertake the racking<br />

out, it’ll be done faster<br />

which means that it’ll<br />

be on the road earning<br />

all the sooner”<br />

a number of vans and fitting them out, it would be<br />

time well spent to speak to users to understand<br />

what they want out of a racking system so that<br />

you can design out any annoyances. Small things<br />

such as being unable to easily access nails,<br />

screws and other tiny items without having to<br />

move larger items first will irritate. Similarly,<br />

being able to grab heavier items without straining<br />

a back is helpful. This is where advice from the<br />

professional will be useful – their experience will<br />

be invaluable with hints and tips you may not<br />

have thought of.<br />

Stay secure<br />

Don’t lose sight of the fact that your van –<br />

especially one that is sign written or wrapped – is<br />

a magnet to criminals. Unless you’re working on a<br />

job where you can park close to the building being<br />

worked on, thought must be given to van security.<br />

In simple terms you must fit deadlocks to the<br />

doors and also acquire a van with a solid<br />

bulkhead between the cab and the load area. In<br />

the extreme you may want to tint windows with<br />

grills or fit an internal security cage to prevent<br />

theft via any side windows.<br />

Conclusion<br />

Get the planning right and a well racked out van<br />

will not only allow you to be more efficient but will<br />

also save on fuel as it’s lighter while being more<br />

secure.<br />

It may even allow the use of a small and lower<br />

cost van because product and equipment has<br />

been better distributed. As ever, take further<br />

advice if you’re unsure.<br />

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Selling Your Van<br />


Chris Sykes, National Sales Manager, Moneybarn, offers his top tips and outlines the key<br />

considerations to make when selling your van.<br />

You may love your van, but sooner or later<br />

the time will come to sell it. When that day<br />

eventually arrives, there are a number of<br />

things worth thinking about to ensure you get the<br />

best deal.<br />

Here are our top tips for getting the best price for<br />

your old van, so you can put some extra towards<br />

that upgrade you have your eye on…<br />

Don’t underestimate<br />

First things first, you need to know how much<br />

your van is worth. You’ll need to know the<br />

following information to determine its value:<br />

• Make and model<br />

• Mileage<br />

• Year of manufacture<br />

• Valuable features i.e. low mileage, long wheel<br />

base and high roof.<br />

Be brutally honest about the van’s general<br />

condition. Any defects will impact the price, so<br />

account for those when valuing your vehicle.<br />

Look at online adverts for<br />

vehicles of a similar make,<br />

model and age to value<br />

your van. Online sites<br />

such as Regit can<br />

give you a guide<br />

price using just your<br />

registration and<br />

mileage.<br />

First impressions<br />

count<br />

A clean and well-presented van will be much<br />

more appealing to potential buyers than a dirty,<br />

neglected vehicle. Empty all rubbish and tools,<br />

then have your van valeted inside and out before<br />

photographing or showing your vehicle.<br />

Consider completing any small repairs you have<br />

been putting off – like scratches and small dents<br />

– as they could be used as a bartering tool and<br />

could end up costing you more than the price to<br />

fix them. Make sure you get a basic service; it<br />

won’t look good if the van doesn’t start for its test<br />

drive!<br />

It’s also useful to renew your MOT if it’s coming<br />

up.<br />

Showcase the quality<br />

Your van needs to stand out from similar ones<br />

available, so shout about any good features. For<br />

example, if your van has an abnormally low<br />

mileage or a high average MPG, let potential<br />

buyers know.<br />

Mention its service history and any work you or<br />

previous owners have had done. Buyers will<br />

always choose a van backed by paperwork – like<br />

receipts for work carried out and a full logbook –<br />

over those with just an MOT certificate and a<br />

missing or partially completed logbook.<br />

Take a clear photograph of the whole van,<br />

along with detailed pictures of the<br />

front, side, rear and interior.<br />

Always disclose and picture any<br />

damage in the advert, so the<br />

buyer knows exactly what they<br />

are buying.<br />

Be cautious – scams<br />

Not everyone out there is trustworthy<br />

and fraud is common for sellers as well as<br />

buyers.<br />

If someone emails you wanting to buy your van<br />

immediately – especially without seeing it – be<br />

cautious. This could be a scam to take money<br />

from your bank account once account details are<br />

shared, or an attempt to steal the vehicle.<br />

Another common scam to look out for is when<br />

someone contacts you claiming to have a buyer<br />

waiting. They will offer to ‘match’ you with the<br />

buyer for a finder’s fee, typically between £80<br />

and £100. Unfortunately, this person then<br />

disappears once you’ve transferred the money<br />

and you’re left out of pocket.<br />

Doing the deal<br />

Meet the potential buyer at your home address,<br />

and it can be a good idea to have a friend or<br />

family member with you for extra security.<br />

When the buyer comes to see the van, don’t allow<br />

them to test drive it unless they have a valid<br />

driving licence and insurance certificate. Your<br />

own insurance policy may allow another driver to<br />

use your vehicle, but always double-check and if<br />

not, make no exceptions.<br />

In terms of receiving payment, only hand over the<br />

keys when transferred funds are fully cleared into<br />

your account. Alternatively, ask to be paid in cash<br />

to ensure you have the funds before you hand<br />

over the van.<br />

You’ll need to notify your insurer and the DVLA of<br />

the sale immediately to get a refund for any road<br />

tax you've still got left to run. You should also give<br />

section 10 of the V5C to the new owner.<br />

Contact Moneybarn:<br />

https://www.moneybarn.com<br />

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Vehicle Hire: Opinion<br />



Stuart Russell, Commercial Vehicle Director at van hire specialist, Europcar, explains why he<br />

feels vehicle hire can help firms working in the construction sector manage cash flow.<br />

After a tough start to the year, thanks to the<br />

Beast from the East, the construction<br />

industry bounced back. According to the<br />

IHS Markit/CIPS UK Construction PMI, output for<br />

the sector reached a seven-month high in June.<br />

But the rapid upturn illustrates the real challenge<br />

facing businesses right across the sector. At<br />

times work is scarce and cash is limited, yet<br />

firms need to be ready for any upturn with the<br />

right people and equipment. One area that<br />

businesses working in the sector can tackle<br />

which can make a very real difference is fleet.<br />

Taking a flexible approach to operations is crucial<br />

to ride a wave of uncertainty. And transportation<br />

is one area where construction firms can adopt<br />

flexible strategies to take the pressure off cash<br />

flow and profits. With research commissioned by<br />

Europcar earlier this year suggesting that the<br />

current mood among UK businesses is one of<br />

cautious optimism and nearly two thirds (63.5%)<br />

reporting that market demand is the top factor<br />

affecting their success, flexibility is key.<br />

Europcar long-term commercial vehicle hire<br />

means firms can move away from contract hire or<br />

leasing, or even outright acquisition, to achieve<br />

real savings. A depreciating asset can be<br />

removed from the company’s books and turned<br />

into working capital. Plus fleet size can be scaled<br />

up or down as necessary – with no financial<br />

penalty – with the types of vehicles being used<br />

changed as market demand changes.<br />

Not sitting on the fence: case study<br />

Taking control of its finances was one of the<br />

reasons Borderland Fencing turned to Europcar<br />

UK. Like many small to medium-sized<br />

businesses – including those operating in the<br />

roofing sector – Borderland Fencing faces the<br />

challenge of keeping its operations moving<br />

without making long-term financial commitments<br />

that could tie up cash flow. It also needs to have<br />

the flexibility to adapt to customer demand at<br />

short notice and rental, rather than long-term<br />

leasing or ownership, offers Borderland Fencing<br />

just that.<br />

The firm took delivery of a fleet of ten drop side<br />

vans – all with Borderland Fencing branding – in<br />

a long-term rental contract with Europcar. And, as<br />

Rachel Hall of Borderland Fencing explained, this<br />

means they have all the advantages of an<br />

‘owned’ fleet, without any of the financial burden.<br />

“Europcar has an extensive commercial vehicle<br />

fleet giving us access to the right mix of vehicles<br />

for our business needs. Each van has been signwritten<br />

with our branding, not only promoting the<br />

business while we’re on the move, but giving our<br />

customers the confidence that we are a reliable<br />

firm. And Europcar’s competitive rates have<br />

enabled us to reduce our fleet costs, especially as<br />

we don’t have the financial burden of buying<br />

vehicles outright.<br />

“Importantly, we don’t have to worry about the<br />

cost of maintenance, or the impact on our service<br />

of vehicles being off the road. The young age of<br />

Europcar vans means reliability is high and, even<br />

if there is an issue, Europcar can provide a<br />

replacement vehicle quickly so that we can keep<br />

our business running to the high standard our<br />

customers expect.”<br />

With van and specialist vehicle hire available for<br />

as little as three days or as long as three years,<br />

businesses across the sector – including roofers<br />

– don’t have to worry about being locked into<br />

long-term agreements. Crucially, they can<br />

increase and decrease their fleet with no<br />

penalties, removing financial risk and helping<br />

these businesses respond to fluctuating demand.<br />

Taking control of its finances was one of the reasons why Borderland Fencing says it turned to Europcar’s long-tern vehicle hire.<br />

Contact Europcar: www.europcar.co.uk<br />

72 TC OCTOBER <strong>2018</strong>


UAV Advice<br />



By Sion Roberts, Managing Director at RUSTA.<br />

Since the end of 2013, Unmanned Aerial<br />

Vehicle (UAV) technology has become more<br />

prominent in the construction industry.<br />

Aided by continuous advancements in digital<br />

technology, this disruptive new area of aviation is<br />

having a ground-breaking effect in the industry<br />

and is becoming an essential part of modern-day<br />

surveying and monitoring.<br />

Having the use of a drone for a roofing or cladding<br />

project can save a considerable amount of time<br />

and money. Additionally, it can give a thorough<br />

report and obtain a vast amount of data using<br />

many different sensors – something which can be<br />

hard to achieve with the naked eye.<br />

Using a UAV as an alternative perspective also<br />

reduces the risk of injury by eliminating the need<br />

to put a human in a potentially precarious and<br />

dangerous environment. With health and safety<br />

being paramount in this day and age, drones can<br />

be an invaluable resource to have at your<br />

businesses’ disposal.<br />

Endless possibilities<br />

Many of those in the construction industry today<br />

use drones for a wide range of tasks including<br />

building surveys, site inspections, health and<br />

safety inductions, maintenance inspections,<br />

project progress reports, promotional<br />

photography, live feed, site logistics, laser<br />

scanning and thermal imaging recording; if known<br />

how to be operated properly, the possibilities are<br />

endless.<br />

Nurture your progression<br />

Roofers and cladders in particular can take<br />

advantage of these exciting technological<br />

exercises while on the job. One of my biggest<br />

pieces of advice for any new pilot is to nurture<br />

your progression. In other words, practise one<br />

task at a time. Whether you are<br />

surveying or carrying out an<br />

inspection, to truly hone your<br />

skills and become an efficient<br />

operator, take the time needed to<br />

perfect each task before moving onto<br />

the next.<br />

In the air and on the ground<br />

Also, remember to keep your drone<br />

a safe distance from any<br />

potential harm both in the<br />

air and on the ground, and<br />

always be aware of your<br />

own surroundings when<br />

piloting. Furthermore, to<br />

get the best results from<br />

any task, always have a<br />

carefully thought through plan<br />

prior to going airborne. This will<br />

mitigate the risk of damage to the drone which<br />

can save your company time and money.<br />

Into the deep blue yonder<br />

But while the cost of buying the flying equipment<br />

can be incredibly cost effective, with a basic<br />

model starting at around £1,000, it’s not a simple<br />

case of just buying the drone and throwing it into<br />

the deep blue yonder.<br />

For many businesses in the industry, the<br />

temptation is just to buy one online and go flying,<br />

but there is a lot more that an operator needs to<br />

be aware of before they can be adept at taking to<br />

the skies. Yes drones are incredibly easy to fly but<br />

if you are utilising one for commercial operations,<br />

or receiving anything valuable from its data, you<br />

will need a Permission for Commercial Operation<br />

(PfCO) from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).<br />

This is where we can help.<br />

Contact RUSTA<br />

08007747347<br />

www.rustauas.com<br />

@RUSTA_TRG<br />

Left: Sion Roberts, Managing Director at<br />

RUSTA.<br />

We provide the training courses<br />

an operator needs to attend<br />

before they can obtain a PfCO by<br />

the CAA. The courses we run last for<br />

two and a half days and cover a litany of<br />

topics to ensure participants thoroughly<br />

understand and adhere to the rules and<br />

regulations.<br />

Areas the training covers<br />

include demonstrating<br />

knowledge of regulations,<br />

safety issues, pre-flight<br />

processes and<br />

procedures, flight<br />

manoeuvres and<br />

emergency procedures.<br />

It is important to mention that the<br />

CAA has recently updated its rules and<br />

regulations, so it is vital that operators get the<br />

right qualifications prior to using this exciting new<br />

technology for commercial operations.<br />

As one of the original drone and UAV academies<br />

in the UK, we have trained an abundance of<br />

people in the construction industry over the last<br />

four years. Our instructors, who all have<br />

backgrounds in the Royal Air Force or Army Air<br />

Corps, use their thousands of hours of flying<br />

experience on both manned and unmanned<br />

platforms to ensure participants on our courses<br />

save money, stay safe and ultimately achieve<br />

better results than the legacy methods.<br />

74 TC OCTOBER <strong>2018</strong>

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