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The Autumn Internationals aren’t the only big events taking place<br />

at Twickenham this <strong>November</strong>! 30th <strong>November</strong> sees Twickenham<br />

Stadium play host to the inaugural Contractor’s Day, a new oneday<br />

event from the NFRC and Total Contractor exclusively targeted<br />

at contractors who work with roofing, cladding and associated<br />

materials.<br />

Visitors will be able to get up close and see the latest offerings from<br />

over 65 of the leading manufacturers and suppliers; hear dedicated<br />

seminars on issues affecting them on projects and as businesses –<br />

including an exclusive presentation on RoofCERT from John Vanstone –<br />

and test their knowledge and roofing skills in the Skills Zone.<br />

COVER PIC:<br />



Steve Ball looks at health and safety rules and regulations and asks where<br />

does the responsibility lie when working at height? p.62.<br />




As NFRC’s James Talman explains in his Show Guide intro, Contractor’s<br />

Day couldn’t have come at a better time: “As the Chief Executive of the<br />

premier roofing trade federation in the UK, I’m passionate about<br />

promoting best practice and technical excellence and this event is a<br />

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Contents<br />


32 WINTER WORK<br />

Pete Flynn offers his top tips for working safely<br />

on site in poor weather<br />


We talk to three BMI AOTY finalists who made<br />

the move from the military to roofing<br />


Neil Talmage provides his top tips to get your<br />

tapered project correct first time<br />


This month Twickenham Stadium opens<br />

its doors for Contractor’s Day! Register for<br />

your FREE tickets at www.contractorsday.co.uk<br />



Matthew Jones outlines his advice for putting better<br />

payment processes into practice<br />


In his latest article, John Mercer explains how to<br />

control condensation<br />


Scott Leeder says contractors need to be aware of<br />

the right products for achieving natural light<br />


We talk to Field Techs about their jobs and how they<br />

work with contractors on projects<br />


Steve Ball assesses where the responsibility lies when it<br />

comes to working at height<br />


Jackie Biswell explains why trust, communication and<br />

self-discipline are key to remote working<br />

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Bob Richardson gives the lowdown on installing<br />

underlay to the revised code of practice<br />


Richard Kendrick looks at the training<br />

opportunities available in roofing<br />


This month the Inspector warms to the task of<br />

installing cold applied liquids<br />



A focus on new areas of the market in addition to tiles at<br />

Imerys has seen the company re-brand as EDILIANS<br />


IKO Insulations has opened the doors of its Alconburybased<br />

enertherm insulation manufacturing facility<br />

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Peter Mably talks late payment, building a<br />

business and difficult customers<br />



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Industry News<br />

100% HACKITT<br />


100% Hackitt – an industry initiative to<br />

encourage the government to deliver all of<br />

the recommendations contained within<br />

Dame Judith's report – was launched in<br />

Westminster on 22nd October by Local<br />

Authority Building Control (LABC) and the<br />

British Board of Agrément (BBA).<br />

These two organisations have united to bring<br />

focus to industry calls for a full adoption of<br />

Dame Judith’s Independent Review of<br />

Building Regulations and Fire Safety; together<br />

they are launching a new website www.100-<br />

hackitt.co.uk, producing ‘pledge cards’ for<br />

supporters to sign up to the initiative and<br />

pushing for an Early Day Motion debate in the<br />

House of Commons.<br />

Dame Judith attended the launch, delivering<br />

a keynote speech to a large number of crossparty<br />

politicians, policy advisors and industry<br />

body representatives, telling them there was<br />

‘massive need’ for culture change throughout<br />

the industry, with responsibilities clearly<br />

defined at every stage of a building’s<br />

lifecycle. “Much remains to be done to bring<br />

the construction industry up to the standards<br />

of other industries in terms of accountability,<br />

transparency and record keeping,” she said.<br />

“Don’t tinker, don’t tweak, it has to be<br />

fundamental.”<br />


Midland Lead is the latest big name from the one. From increased public scrutiny over quality<br />

roofing sector to sign up as an Event<br />

and safety, to problems of attracting a new crop<br />

Supporter for Contractor’s Day, the new oneday<br />

event from the NFRC and Total Contractor challenges in today’s market, and Contractor’s<br />

of talent, roofers and cladders face a variety of<br />

for contractors operating in the roofing, Day enables visitors to gain access to the<br />

cladding and insulation sectors, which takes information that will help their businesses to<br />

place at Twickenham Stadium on 30th<br />

meet these challenges. So please take the<br />

<strong>November</strong> <strong>2018</strong>.<br />

opportunity to gain new knowledge as well as<br />

meet with over 65 of the UK’s leading suppliers of<br />

The lead manufacturer joins Knowledge Partner<br />

roofing products and services.”<br />

SIG Roofing, Skills Partner BMI UK & Irelend and<br />

Event Supporters Marley Eternit, Bauder and Brett Matt Downs, Editorial Director at Total Contractor<br />

Martin Daylight Systems, in supporting this magazine, explained: “We’re thrilled that Midland<br />

exciting, new event which will provide a<br />

Lead has completed our stellar list of Event<br />

showcase for new products, systems and<br />

Supporters and alongside the FTMRC and Paslode<br />

knowledge to assist contractors both on site and added to our extensive list of exhibitors. We now<br />

in their businesses.<br />

have over 65 exhibitors with a fantastic mix of<br />

representation from the roofing, cladding and<br />

The Federation of Traditional Metal Roofing<br />

insulation sectors.<br />

Contractors and tool manufacturer Paslode are<br />

the latest exhibitors to join a list of over 65 of the “In just one day visitors to Twickenham will be<br />

leading manufacturers and suppliers who will be able to see the latest offerings from the key<br />

on show at Contractor’s Day.<br />

players in their market, hear valuable discussion<br />

on the big issues that will affect them going<br />

James Talman, Chief Executive of the NFRC,<br />

forward, plus get interactive and test their<br />

explained why Contractor’s Day is a key event for<br />

knowledge in the Skills Zone.”<br />

the roofing sector: “As the Chief Executive of the<br />

premier roofing trade federation in the UK, I’m To find out more about Contractor’s Day and<br />

passionate about promoting best practice and register for your FREE tickets visit:<br />

technical excellence and this event is a timely www.contractorsday.co.uk<br />


Claire Curtis-Thomas, BBA Chief Executive,<br />

described the 100% Hackitt initiative as ‘the<br />

best thing for the British construction<br />

industry in a generation’, adding: “The BBA is<br />

backing this initiative as strongly as we<br />

possibly can because we want to see bad<br />

practices in the industry eliminated and<br />

protection for the public and companies that<br />

are fully committed to high standards of<br />

delivery.”<br />

www.100-hackitt.co.uk<br />

Knauf Insulation is celebrating the thirtieth<br />

anniversary of the launch of Supafil, its Glass<br />

Mineral Blowing Wool insulation solution,<br />

which it says has transformed the energy<br />

performance of millions<br />

of UK homes.<br />

Graham Mortin, Product<br />

Development Manager at<br />

Knauf Insulation, said:<br />

“Thirty years ago, we<br />

launched Supafil to respond<br />

to the market demand for<br />

insulation and to provide lower U-values – and it<br />

took the industry by storm.<br />

“Today, we continue to put our customers’ needs at<br />

the heart of our product<br />

development programme. As<br />

a result, Supafil continues to<br />

be a game changer as we<br />

have expanded the range to<br />

fulfil a variety of applications<br />

and markets.”<br />

Left: Knauf Insulation is<br />

celebrating 30 years of Supafil.<br />

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A North Devon-based steel fabricator has<br />

been sentenced after a young employee<br />

fell through a fragile roof whilst at work.<br />

Plymouth Magistrates’ Court heard how, on<br />

23rd August 2017, a 19-year old employed<br />

by Mark Dayment, trading as Langaton Steel<br />

Fabrications, was on his first day of working<br />

on a roof replacement project at a petrol<br />

filling station in Barnstaple. Whilst assisting<br />

another worker, he took a few steps off the<br />

walkway and fell 7.5 metres through a thin<br />

metal sheet onto the concrete forecourt<br />

below. The young worker suffered serious<br />

head injuries, a broken pelvis and a broken<br />

wrist as a result of the fall.<br />

An investigation by the Health and Safety<br />

Executive (HSE) found the work was not<br />

properly planned, appropriately supervised or<br />

carried out in a safe manner when the<br />

incident occurred. Mr Dayment, had a duty to<br />

control how the work was carried out,<br />

including staff supervision.<br />


IMERYS Toiture has announced that it has<br />

“changed its name to EDILIANS”.<br />

Discussing the name change, a spokesperson at<br />

EDILIANS, said: “It is true that in the design phase<br />

of construction, we are now talking about solutions<br />

it has a real growth opportunity to become a<br />

more than products, on the roof as well as the<br />

leader in roofing and façade solutions in Europe.<br />

facade. And the more we offer systems to create<br />

roofing and cladding solutions, the further away When announcing that EDILIANS, is no longer a<br />

from IMERYS’ core activities we moved – it was part of the IMERYS Group, Pierre Jonnard, President<br />

time for the company’s common journey to end.” and Founder of the company explained: “The visual<br />

identity of the company (logo) is symbolized by a<br />

EDILIANS says it has two objectives going<br />

shell that represents the protection and the<br />

forward; to expand its roofing, solar, cladding and<br />

envelope of the habitat. Its sleek shape highlights<br />

insulation ranges, and to increase its<br />

all of our activities. The spiral shows that we will<br />

international sales.<br />

be constantly evolving and adapting to the markets<br />

Imerys has been offering roofing solutions for and needs of our customers.<br />

several years now, which has enabled it to gain a<br />

“Heritage and wealth of the company, the historic<br />

foothold in a rapidly changing building market.<br />

and iconic brands of the tiles (Ste Foy, Huguenot)<br />

The manufacturer says Imerys Toiture is far remain. These are symbols of the links established<br />

removed from the Imerys Group core strategy, with our customers and they demonstrate the<br />

therefore under the new ownership as EDILIANS, roots of the company,” he concluded.<br />


Mark Dayment of North Road, South Moulton<br />

pleaded guilty to breaching Section 4 (1) of<br />

the Work at Height Regs 2005, and has been<br />

fined £12,000 and ordered to pay costs of<br />

£2,228.70.<br />

Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector<br />

Nicole Buchanan said: “This young man’s<br />

injuries were life-changing and he could have<br />

easily been killed. This serious incident and<br />

devastation could have been avoided if basic<br />

safeguards had been put in place.<br />

“Falls from height remain one of the most<br />

common causes of work-related fatalities<br />

and injuries in this country, and the risks<br />

associated with working at height are wellknown.”<br />

More women are reaching for the<br />

stars in <strong>2018</strong> than ever before as<br />

the UK’s leading drone training<br />

experts reveal a dramatic<br />

increase in women enrolling on its<br />

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RUSTA, which offers Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)<br />

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courses covering a wide range of commercial<br />

industries and backgrounds, noticed an upsurge<br />

in women across the UK registering on its courses<br />

in the last 12 months.<br />

Sion Roberts, Managing Director of RUSTA, said:<br />

“As one of the longest-running NQE academies in<br />

the UK, the last three and a half years have given<br />

us a wealth of data that we’ve used to examine<br />

the demographic of operators. What we<br />

discovered is that male operators have vastly<br />

outnumbered their female counterparts.<br />

However, this domination may be<br />

coming to an end. Over the last<br />

twelve months more women have<br />

been attending our five-star courses,<br />

but even more encouragingly, they have<br />

been outperforming their male peers.<br />

Sophie Harwood, who recently completed her NVQ<br />

Level 4 diploma with RUSTA, uses the knowledge<br />

gained to enhance her skills as a UAV Digital<br />

Capture Specialist at engineering consultancy,<br />

Waldeck Consulting.<br />

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IKO Insulations has opened its first insulation<br />

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our leading position as a supplier of choice for<br />

contractors and building materials merchants<br />

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Anthony Carlyle, Group Managing Director IKO<br />

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the UK. 130 years of experience in designing and<br />

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insulation systems and a commitment to invest in<br />

product solutions helps IKO set the standard<br />

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position within the UK and the insulation market<br />

nationally and internationally.”<br />


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construction was the focus.<br />

The BBA says its PEP raises the UK certification<br />

bar, offering an unparalleled level of product<br />

assessment, testing and monitoring, which it<br />

believes will give contractors, designers, specifiers,<br />

building inspectors, insurers and end users<br />

increased confidence about building solutions.<br />

Brian Moore, BBA Deputy CEO, said: “PEP is an<br />

enhancement to the proven audit and inspection<br />

service that the BBA has provided for many years,<br />

bringing additional rigour and excellence to the<br />

process. Post-Grenfell, consumers are looking for<br />

a higher degree of reassurance and expect<br />

products to be tested regularly by a trustworthy<br />

and externally assessed independent body such<br />

as the BBA, which is UKAS accredited.”<br />

Martin Taylor Commercial Director of the Local<br />

Authority Building Control, noted: “Significant<br />

changes in building regulations often follow<br />

disasters, but we should be more proactive and<br />

look to solve these problems before they occur,”<br />

and he believes one such proactive step is the<br />

BBA Product Excellence Programme.<br />

Currently, BBA Management Systems Auditors<br />

visit client manufacturing facilities every six<br />

months to ensure that BBA certified products<br />

continue to be manufactured in line with the<br />

agreed quality plan. PEP introduces a product<br />

testing regime to this process:<br />

• Complexity 1 products – those which possess<br />

fire or structural type characteristics – will be<br />

tested annually.<br />

• Complexity 2 products – those which do not<br />

possess fire or structural type characteristics –<br />

will be tested every three years.<br />

For both complexities, the BBA will randomly select<br />

products for testing during audits of manufacturing<br />

facilities and send them to its Product Excellence<br />

Test Centre in Watford. If a product tested does not<br />

meet the agreed specifications, it will be subject to<br />

immediate further investigation. Companies unable<br />

to address the source of failure will have their BBA<br />

Certificate withdrawn.<br />


Hundreds of local roofing contractors<br />

turned out to celebrate the official relaunch<br />

of SIG Roofing’s Bath branch<br />

following a major refurbishment of the<br />

outlet.<br />

The special open day gave roofers the opportunity<br />

to see the significant improvements that have<br />

been made to the branch as part of SIG Roofing’s<br />

commitment to enhance the quality of service it<br />

provides its customers.<br />

The new look branch features a brand new<br />

showroom and trade counter, showcasing the<br />

wide range of roofing solutions that SIG supplies<br />

the local market.<br />

Nathan Goddard, assistant branch manager at<br />

SIG Roofing Bath, said: “We were absolutely<br />

delighted with the number of customers that<br />

joined us on our open day to celebrate the branch<br />

refurbishment and to enjoy a bacon butty and a<br />

cup of tea with us!<br />

“We now have an extensive range of roofing<br />

SIG Roofing’s Bath branch has reopened with a new<br />

showroom and trade counter. Suppliers Velux and FIX-R were<br />

on hand doing product demonstrations.<br />

solutions on display in-store, improving the<br />

quality of the service we can provide our<br />

customers. The feedback we have received from<br />

our customers on the work that has been carried<br />

out has been fantastic.”<br />

As well as SIG Roofing’s range of roofing<br />

products, a number of fantastic promotional<br />

offers were available on the day for customers to<br />

take advantage of, with suppliers including Velux<br />

and FIX-R also on-hand doing product<br />

demonstrations.<br />



Russell Roof Tiles has celebrated John<br />

Jamieson, one of its longest serving<br />

employees, following his retirement after a<br />

fruitful 44 years at the roof tile<br />

manufacturer.<br />

John, aged 65, joined the manufacturer in<br />

1974 aged 21, where he went on to build a<br />

successful career. He first began his career<br />

as a lorry driver at the Lochmaben site but<br />

developed quickly to undertake positions in<br />

Quality Control and Yard Management. John<br />

was then promoted to Stock Control before<br />

taking up a role in Production Planning,<br />

where he remained until his retirement.<br />

Bruce Laidlaw, Production Director at<br />

Russell Roof Tiles, said: “As a thank you<br />

from us, John was presented with a watch,<br />

an engraved tankard and holiday vouchers.<br />

We wish him the best of luck in his<br />

retirement.”<br />

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Industry News<br />



Two Leeds College of Building apprentices<br />

have just from the trip of a lifetime after<br />

winning a competition to go on an allexpenses-paid<br />

journey to northern Spain<br />

for three days.<br />

The students flew to Madrid and then on to<br />

the famous CUPA PIZARRAS quarries –<br />

reportedly the biggest tectonic natural slate<br />

reserves in the world – to see first-hand<br />

where slate is excavated and manufactured<br />

for international distribution.<br />

Daniel Williams (18) who works for St. Leger<br />

Homes in Doncaster, and Jacob Brain (19)<br />

who works for WDH in Wakefield, were<br />

selected for their exceptional standard of<br />

work and commitment to their training over<br />

the last academic year.<br />

The competition is sponsored by longstanding<br />

partner CUPA PIZARRAS, who<br />

supports the College and donates roofing<br />

supplies (including its natural slate range)<br />

through Burton Roofing Merchants.<br />

Accompanied by roofing lecturers Chris<br />

Messenger and Tim Donegan, the students<br />

saw for themselves the production of slate on<br />

a massive scale at CUPA’s world-leading<br />

quarries. The students observed how stone is<br />

extracted from the ground, selected, and<br />

hand-split ready for transport to roofing<br />

markets around the world.<br />


Following the completion of a new BMI Icopal<br />

flat roofing training area, and the<br />

refurbishment of the existing BMI Redland<br />

pitched training facility, the BMI National<br />

Training Centre is now able to offer<br />

contractors, developers, merchants and<br />

students an extensive range of both pitched<br />

and flat roof courses at the one location.<br />

Located in South Cerney, Gloucestershire, the<br />

National Training Centre boasts possibly the most<br />

comprehensive training resource in the country.<br />

The pitched roof area comprises a variety of rigs<br />

including: a gable-to-gable rig, life-size hip and<br />

valley rig, life-size monopitch with top edge<br />

abutment rig, and a plain tile detail rig for full<br />

system installation. These are complemented by<br />

a variety of mobile rigs outside.<br />

The training area for flat roofs is similarly well<br />

equipped with several liquid waterproofing rigs,<br />

two single ply detail rigs, a life-size flat roof and<br />

six demonstration tables for single ply and liquids<br />

detail work, along with a large external bitumen<br />

rig to allow torch on and pour and roll training.<br />

IKO Polymeric will be Headline Sponsor for<br />

SPRA Events 2019.<br />

Competition for Headline Sponsor was very strong<br />

this year with Bauder, Gradient, IKO Polymeric and<br />

SFS Group all wanting the top slot. SPRA says the<br />

only fair way was to hold a draw! Bill Hill, CEO of<br />

the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity made<br />

the draw before presenting on Mental Health at the<br />

SPRA Member Workshop held on the 9th of October<br />

at the NEC.<br />

Stuart Turnbull, National Sales Manager for IKO<br />

Polymeric, said: “We are delighted to be SPRA<br />

Headline Sponsor for 2019. We see SPRA<br />

membership as a key element of our business as it<br />

demonstrates our commitment to high standards<br />

Courses offered range from the BMI Basic Roofing course (flat<br />

and pitched), to the higher-level courses, such as the Bespoke<br />

Standards & Workmanship course for pitched roofing.<br />

Mat Woodyatt, BMI Technical Training Manager, is<br />

excited with what the National Training Centre can<br />

now offer: “With the investment we have made in<br />

the new flat roofing facility and the improvements<br />

made to the pitched roof area, we are in a great<br />

position to offer the most comprehensive training<br />

available in the UK. Since opening over 45,000<br />

delegates have enjoyed coming here and learning<br />

a new skill, or even just brushing up on an existing<br />

skill. Now we can look forward to the next 45,000<br />

and offer them even more. Our commitment to<br />

training has never wavered and being able to run<br />

courses in both pitched and flat disciplines will<br />

help us cater for the needs of the contractor,<br />

merchant and student in a more cohesive and<br />

flexible manner”, he added.<br />


and quality. It’s also important to us that we give<br />

something back to the single ply industry and<br />

support the excellent work that SPRA does.”<br />

Such is their support, that Bauder, Gradient and SFS<br />

have all chosen to take Gold sponsorship. SIKA and<br />

EJOT UK have also taken Gold sponsorship which<br />

has already sold out this category!<br />

Cathie Clarke, SPRA CEO, said: “I am completely<br />

blown away by the level of support we have already<br />

received for next year. It shows that the hard work of<br />

the SPRA team to increase SPRA and our members’<br />

profiles throughout the industry and our efforts to<br />

improve quality, productivity and sustainability<br />

through education, influence and support across the<br />

sector are recognised and appreciated.”<br />

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NFRC Technical Talk<br />


Bob Richardson, NFRC’s Head of Technical, gives you the lowdown on installing underlay to<br />

the revised code of practice.<br />

By now, most Total Contractor readers will<br />

have heard about the revisions to the BS<br />

5534 code of practice for installing slates<br />

and tiles to new-build pitched roofs and vertical<br />

cladding. Although it’s not a legal requirement, a<br />

roof specified to BS 5534 can be upheld by law,<br />

so you should refer to the complete BS 5534<br />

document or seek advice from the manufacturer.<br />

Nevertheless, it’s important to understand the<br />

basics and in the first of a series of articles<br />

based on the key tasks, we look at underlay.<br />

Why you should always use underlay<br />

BS 5534 recommends that you should always use<br />

underlay beneath tiles and slates to provide a<br />

continuous barrier against wind uplift, and as a<br />

secondary barrier against wind-driven rain, snow<br />

or dust. In fact, underlay takes on about 50% of a<br />

roof covering’s total wind load.<br />

The underlay can also move any moisture<br />

deposits into the roof drainage system and<br />

provide temporary weather protection before<br />

slates and tiles are installed. However, they<br />

generally shouldn’t be exposed for more than a<br />

few days if there is persistent heavy rainfall or a<br />

severe freeze. Exposure to UV light can also lead<br />

to a premature failure, so if you can’t avoid<br />

leaving the underlay exposed, then protect it with<br />

a tarpaulin or ensure that you comply with the<br />

manufacturer’s recommendations.<br />

Types of underlay<br />

There are two types of underlay:<br />

1. High Water Vapour Resistance (HR) is a<br />

‘non-breathable’ type typically made of<br />

bituminous and impermeable plastic material,<br />

providing a strong barrier against wind and water.<br />

2. Low Water Vapour Resistance (LR) This<br />

‘vapour permeable’ type of<br />

underlay will not generally<br />

provide ventilation but will allow<br />

water vapour to pass through.<br />

LR underlay can be sub-divided into:<br />

• Airtight underlays are vapour-open, yet<br />

don’t let air through.<br />

• Air permeable or air open underlays allow both<br />

water and air to pass through so may not require<br />

further ventilation.<br />

Wind zones<br />

The UK has five wind zones that indicate the<br />

strength of the wind in each given area. Always<br />

check with the manufacturer or utilise an<br />

approved calculator to make sure the underlay<br />

can be used in a particular zone. However, the<br />

wind zone suitability for underlays is generally<br />

given, subject to the following:<br />

• The ridge height is not greater than 15m<br />

• The roof pitch is between 12.5° and 75°<br />

• The site altitude is not greater than 100m<br />

• The site is not more than halfway up a hill or<br />

escarpment / cliff with more than 5% gradient.<br />

Unsupported & fully-supported underlay<br />

• Unsupported underlay<br />

You can drape underlays over rafters or counterbattens,<br />

but they must be suitably strong, waterresistant<br />

and durable. Some drape between<br />

rafters or counter battens is needed to help drain<br />

moisture away from the fixing holes at the rafters<br />

or other supports. However, a drape of 15mm can<br />

create noise caused by the wind flapping the<br />

underlay and can transfer the wind loads to the<br />

roof covering.<br />

Left: Bob Richardson, NFRC.<br />

• Fully-supported underlay<br />

Underlays can also be laid fully<br />

supported over various boarding<br />

types including rigid insulation<br />

boards.<br />

Underlay laps<br />

The underlay lap length depends on the<br />

application and roof pitch.<br />

• Unsupported underlays should generally be laid<br />

with a minimum 150mm horizontal lap, increased<br />

to 225mm below 15° roof pitches. You should<br />

restrain the horizontal lap with a batten or seal it<br />

using either integral lap tapes or proprietary lap<br />

sealant tapes with the same durability as the<br />

underlay. The minimum sealed lap lengths are<br />

usually at least 100mm.<br />

•Fully supported underlays should generally be<br />

laid with a minimum 100mm horizontal lap,<br />

increased to 150mm for roof pitches below 15°.<br />

Fixing the underlay<br />

Always mechanically fix underlays using clout nails.<br />

Avoid using staples to fix the underlay as they are<br />

less effective and increase the risk of water<br />

penetration, and the projection of the underlay<br />

below the batten should be between 25-75mm.<br />

Working around roof penetrations<br />

Roof penetrations, which could include roof<br />

windows, pipes and chimneys, should be sealed<br />

appropriately to prevent water ingress..<br />

Contact the NFRC<br />

020 7638 7663<br />

www.nfrc.co.uk<br />

@TheNFRC<br />

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Contract Talk<br />


As the demand for skilled workers in the construction industry continues to rise, Richard<br />

Kendrick, Marketing Manager at SIG Roofing, looks at the training opportunities available<br />

that could help to close the existing skills gap and bring more people into the industry.<br />

The lack of proper training is a key factor in<br />

the current skills shortage faced by the<br />

construction industry, not least in the<br />

roofing sector. As we recover from the impact of<br />

the 2008 financial crash, we’re seeing a steep<br />

increase in demand for skilled labour that our<br />

current workforce is unable to meet. With<br />

ambitious targets laid out in the government’s<br />

Construction 2020 scheme – which aims to<br />

reduce costs by 33% and product delivery times<br />

by 50% by 2020, all the time increasing output<br />

significantly – closing the skills gap is more<br />

critical than ever.<br />

However, with the government pledging to invest<br />

significantly into apprenticeship training, and<br />

multiple training programmes available from the<br />

likes of industry bodies, manufacturers and<br />

colleges, it is possible to get new and existing<br />

roofers the training they require to develop the<br />

skills the industry so desperately needs.<br />

So what are the options?<br />

Apprenticeships<br />

The obvious way to increase the skilled talent in<br />

the industry is to recruit more young people.<br />

Under plans set out by the government in 2016,<br />

businesses with a pay bill of less than £3 million<br />

per year (approximately 98% of UK businesses)<br />

will have 90% of their apprenticeship costs<br />

funded by an apprenticeship levy. The levy will be<br />

paid by those with a pay bill of more than £3<br />

million, at 0.5% of their total annual pay bill per<br />

year. This means that apprenticeships are now<br />

much more feasible for businesses of all sizes.<br />

The new schemes combine classroom study with<br />

time spent on site with a roofing company,<br />

providing the practical and theoretical knowledge<br />

required for achieving the relevant qualification.<br />

Apprenticeships are run through<br />

colleges all over the country in<br />

partnership with employers keen<br />

to take on young apprentices and<br />

train them up through their ranks.<br />

The colleges offer ongoing support<br />

for both apprentices and employers and<br />

are responsible for awarding the final<br />

qualification.<br />

On-site assessment and training (OSAT)<br />

For experienced roofers, on-site assessment and<br />

training is a cost-effective method of bringing<br />

skills up to the industry’s national occupational<br />

standards. Whilst many roofers may have learned<br />

their craft through experience alone, it is<br />

important to invest in proper standardised<br />

training in order to ensure they are compliant with<br />

health and safety legislation and are able to prove<br />

their competence. OSAT is available through<br />

colleges, regional roofing training groups,<br />

manufacturers, contractors, national construction<br />

college courses and mobile rigs.<br />

Specialist Upskilling Programme (SUP)<br />

The specialist upskilling programme is run<br />

“All come with the<br />

same advantage of<br />

strengthening skills<br />

and proving<br />

competence when<br />

using the relevant<br />

equipment, which can<br />

be crucial in setting<br />

you apart from your<br />

competitors”<br />

Left: Richard Kendrick, Marketing Manager,<br />

SIG Roofing.<br />

through Construction Industry<br />

Training Board (CITB) training<br />

providers and is designed for<br />

roofing workers with no formal skill<br />

but some basic site experience. It gives<br />

them the opportunity to learn a formal skill<br />

through the combination of classroom study and /<br />

or on-site training and experience. The training<br />

can last for up to 12 months, and upon<br />

successful completion, the operative could attain<br />

an N/SVQ Level 2 and qualify for a Construction<br />

Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card.<br />

Manufacturer training opportunities<br />

Most roofing materials and equipment<br />

manufacturers hold their own training<br />

programmes to bring roofing workers up to speed<br />

on how to correctly use the products, in turn<br />

minimising risk and increasing competence.<br />

There are manufacturer courses available for<br />

different areas of the industry, including for<br />

pitched roofs, flat roofs and industrial roofs, along<br />

with specific equipment training too. Often the<br />

courses will take place on-site at a<br />

manufacturer’s main facility, or they can also<br />

take place at colleges too. The qualifications<br />

obtained upon completion can differ from course<br />

to course, but all come with the same advantage<br />

of strengthening skills in a specific area and<br />

proving competence when using the relevant<br />

equipment, which can be crucial in setting you<br />

apart from your competitors.<br />

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An Inspector Calls<br />


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

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 warms to the<br />

task of how best install cold applied<br />

liquids.<br />

Cold applied liquids are fast becoming the<br />

solution of choice – particularly in the domestic<br />

flat roofing market – as they provide quick and<br />

effective answers to both repair and<br />

refurbishment scenarios. Ideal for extending the<br />

life of tired and ageing roofs, they also provide<br />

solutions for new projects as they now achieve<br />

guarantees comparable to bitumen and single-ply<br />

membranes. This, however, as always, is<br />

dependent on the correct preparation and<br />

application of the waterproofing system by the<br />

contractor.<br />

Whilst they offer a speedy installation (when<br />

compared to other systems), it by no means<br />

implies they should be applied quickly. Far too<br />

often we see the threat of inclement weather<br />

force the contractor into rushing the installation<br />

where the manufacturer’s recommended<br />

coverage rates are not observed, primers are illapplied<br />

and substrates are ill-prepared. Our very<br />

“Far too often we see the threat of inclement<br />

weather force the contractor into rushing the<br />

installation”<br />

Below: Image 1, the reinforcing fabrics are still visible beneath the liquid.<br />

“Another issue that we<br />

commonly find is the<br />

system being applied<br />

onto substrates that<br />

are still wet or damp”<br />

first column on substrate preparation (Total<br />

Contractor - April) should be heeded here; now is<br />

a good time to re-emphasise its importance and<br />

that by failing to prepare you are effectively<br />

preparing to fail.<br />

Is the forecast good?<br />

Of course the success of liquid applied systems is<br />

subject to friendly weather, but it is equally<br />

dependent on the care and attention of the<br />

installing contractor. It is essential that you check<br />

the weather before starting a project of this<br />

nature as rainfall will most certainly compromise<br />

the system’s integrity and will also effect its<br />

curing potential, which can mean the whole<br />

system needs reapplying in its entirety – a costly<br />

mistake to make for any contractor who makes<br />

naive assumptions about the UK’s weather.<br />

Curing stages<br />

There are usually various curing stages so it is<br />

also essential the manufacturer’s guidance and<br />

recommendations are followed. Some products<br />

may be ‘rain proof’ after a few hours, they may<br />

be considered suitable to receive foot traffic<br />

several hours after that, but their fully cured state<br />

may not actually be achieved until 24 hours after<br />

initial application. Manufacturers may give advice<br />

on a product’s colour, tackiness or odour to<br />

identify these particular stages, so please check<br />

the relevant literature for confirmation.<br />

Measures<br />

It is also essential that the liquid be measured<br />

out accurately prior to application, as coverage<br />

rates will often determine guarantee lengths. If<br />

insufficient liquid is applied, a guarantee may not<br />

be awarded for the project and the system itself<br />

may still be vulnerable to ingress, particularly if<br />

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einforcing fabrics are still<br />

visible beneath the liquid,<br />

which is something we<br />

still see quite regularly,<br />

as shown in the<br />

accompanying image<br />

(image 1, prev page).<br />

Substrates<br />

Another issue that we commonly<br />

find is the system being applied onto<br />

substrates that are still wet or damp. Whilst the<br />

waterproofing system itself is wet on application,<br />

it does not mean the substrate receiving the<br />

liquid can be wet too. Any retained moisture will<br />

provide a barrier between the surface and the<br />

“Installing the<br />

incorrect primer could<br />

lead to full system delamination”<br />

Left: Image 2, any retained moisture<br />

will provide a barrier between the<br />

surface and the waterproofing;<br />

this may result in pockets of<br />

un-bonded system.<br />

waterproofing; this may<br />

result in pockets of unbonded<br />

system being<br />

present which could lead to<br />

blisters and system<br />

delamination, as illustrated in the<br />

picture above (image 2). This is not aesthetically<br />

pleasing and damage to these pockets could<br />

result in a system breach.<br />

This can also occur if the wrong primer is used on<br />

the wrong substrate. Most liquid systems have<br />

substrate specific primers, so the primer for a<br />

timber substrate may be different to the primer<br />

for a PVC membrane. Installing the incorrect<br />

primer could lead to full system de-lamination<br />

and therefore full system failure!<br />

When a liquid system is applied correctly, it will<br />

Five steps to success:<br />

• Check the weather forecast before<br />

starting<br />

• Ensure all substrates are dry<br />

• Use the correct primer<br />

• Ensure the correct coverage rates are<br />

measured and observed<br />

• If in doubt, consult the manufacturer<br />

provide a long-lasting and durable finish with no<br />

side or head laps which naturally improves its<br />

integrity. A seamless product has the ability to<br />

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SPRA Update<br />


Cathie Clarke, SPRA CEO, talks about some of the initiatives the Association has undertaken<br />

recently to help its members progress, plus its upcoming appearance at Contractor’s Day<br />

where visitors can find out more about the ways it supports its members.<br />

The Single Ply Roofing Association (SPRA)<br />

will be exhibiting and speaking at the new<br />

Contractor’s Day event being held at<br />

Twickenham Stadium on the 30th of <strong>November</strong><br />

<strong>2018</strong>, to highlight the work that we do on behalf<br />

of our members and the wider flat roofing<br />

industry. Come along and see us on Stand 24!<br />

This specialist trade association is not just about<br />

‘the badge’ – although the SPRA logo is a<br />

powerful symbol of quality and demonstrates a<br />

commitment to do a good job. SPRA says quality<br />

because all members are audited against a range<br />

of criteria to ensure that they take their business<br />

– and client’s projects – seriously.<br />

Quality audits are not a one-off activity. SPRA<br />

audits its members on an annual basis to ensure<br />

that the high standards it demands continue to be<br />

met. And that’s what sets single ply specialist<br />

companies who are SPRA members apart from<br />

those that just say they do some single ply work.<br />

“SPRA audits its<br />

members on an annual<br />

basis to ensure that the<br />

high standards it<br />

demands continue to<br />

be met”<br />

Such is the value of the SPRA logo that some<br />

companies will claim to be SPRA members to get<br />

work when they aren’t. Well, there is a really easy<br />

way to find out if they are or not…simply go to<br />

the SPRA website and double check.<br />

www.spra.co.uk/find-a-member/ If they are not<br />

listed, they are not members!<br />

As mentioned earlier, SPRA membership is about<br />

so much more than just being able to use the<br />

logo. For instance, SPRA offers significant<br />

discounts on its training. SPRA is the only<br />

organisation in the UK to offer specialist single ply<br />

apprenticeship training – called the Specialist<br />

Applied-Skills Programme, or SAP for short – and<br />

can also offer bespoke short course training too.<br />

In addition, SPRA has worked together with the<br />

CITB to create a series of short courses that are<br />

all approved for CITB grants. SPRA has also<br />

created a new course for managers and<br />

professionals to provide a new training route for<br />

site managers, supervisors and roof inspectors.<br />

The new course is being piloted this autumn and<br />

will be available through the CITB Training<br />

Directory in the New Year.<br />

Being a SPRA member is being part of the SPRA<br />

community; it’s a two-way relationship. SPRA<br />

likes to understand the needs of its members and<br />

holds workshops to not only inform contractors<br />

about the work that it is doing on their behalf, but<br />

also to collect feedback from contractors on<br />

issues affecting them, and to work together to<br />

develop services and projects that address these<br />

issues. For instance, at a workshop held in<br />

October, SPRA spoke about the work that it is<br />

doing with Build UK and the Construction<br />

Products Association (CPA) on influencing post-<br />

Hackitt recommendations and potential changes<br />

to building regulations; and its role in the<br />

development of a simplified and fairer PQ<br />

Standard. In addition, SPRA took the opportunity<br />

to hold a special session delivered by the CEO of<br />

the Lighthouse Construction Charity on mental<br />

health support and raised awareness of new<br />

funding to support Mental Health First Aid<br />

training.<br />

The workshop was also used to explain in more<br />

SPRA holds workshops to not only inform contractors about<br />

the work that it is doing on their behalf, but also to collect<br />

feedback from contractors on issues affecting them.<br />

“The workshop was<br />

also used to explain in<br />

more detail both<br />

Trailblazer Standards<br />

and the new RoofCERT<br />

accreditation being<br />

developed by the NFRC”<br />

detail both Trailblazer Standards and the new<br />

RoofCERT accreditation being developed by the<br />

NFRC. Helping to make sense of these external<br />

initiatives and the impact they may have on a<br />

contractor’s business is seen as a key role and<br />

membership benefit by the Single Ply Roofing<br />

Association.<br />

If you want to demonstrate that you are a high<br />

quality specialist in the single ply roofing industry,<br />

isn’t it time you became a member of this proactive<br />

trade association? Visit us on Stand 24 at<br />

Contractor’s Day to find out more.<br />

Contact SPRA<br />

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Penetrations Diagram.................................................8<br />

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Eaves 111.86<br />


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Flashing 14.63 m<br />

Total Roof Facets =24<br />

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Parapets 38.10 m<br />

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Total Verges =14.63 m<br />

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=111.86 m

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Since news emerged at the start of the year regarding the liquidation of construction giant<br />

Carillion, there has been a crackdown on late payments, with the government releasing<br />

regulations in an attempt to resolve the delayed payment crisis. But what are the solutions<br />

to stop late payments from occurring? Matthew Jones, CEO of Open ECX, discusses how the<br />

industry might tackle this issue collectively to put better payment processes into practice.<br />

1. Online solutions to manage<br />

applications for payment<br />

A potential solution is to digitise all payment and<br />

invoice processes so that contractors pay their<br />

subcontractors in a timely fashion whilst<br />

maintaining a healthy, risk-free environment for<br />

themselves.<br />

Designed for medium to large contractors,<br />

systems such as our WebContractor, for example,<br />

manage the subcontractor applications for<br />

payment process, as well as other subcontractor<br />

concerns; insurances and bonds, self-billing<br />

invoices, authenticated VAT receipts, minor works<br />

and work order instructions for example, offering<br />

a great solution for the industry as a whole.<br />

Subcontractors access an online portal for easy<br />

and timely submission of payment applications<br />

while contractors take advantage of the workflow<br />

and reminder features designed to streamline the<br />

management of approvals. For contractors, this is<br />

a great support mechanism, designed to enhance<br />

“With the right<br />

technology, processes<br />

associated with<br />

applications for<br />

payment can become<br />

efficient, standardised,<br />

transparent and quick”<br />

visibility, control and compliance of the<br />

subcontractor application process, lightening the<br />

associated administrative workload.<br />

Contractors benefit from increased efficiencies,<br />

improved clarity around cash flow, and a far more<br />

accurate understanding of their liabilities at any<br />

given time. Potential risks, such as litigation, can<br />

potentially be avoided as businesses ensure<br />

better traceability and reliability when using<br />

online software.<br />

With the right technology, processes associated<br />

with applications for payment can become<br />

efficient, standardised, transparent and quick.<br />

Most importantly, the automation of these<br />

processes can allow for tracking and<br />

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management across the whole supply chain,<br />

which reduces risk and helps to build a clear and<br />

transparent picture of the finances affecting the<br />

business.<br />

2. eInvoicing<br />

Another online solution which streamlines<br />

payment processes is eInvoicing. Sending and<br />

receiving invoices electronically is one of the<br />

safest, most efficient ways to combat late<br />

payments. eInvoicing offers companies numerous<br />

strategic benefits including significant reduction<br />

in the rekeying of information, automated invoice<br />

validation and integration with back office<br />

accounting systems, while reducing costs and<br />

paperwork.<br />

It is a great solution across the entire<br />

construction supply chain for<br />

streamlining the management and<br />

payment of invoices. eInvoicing<br />

improves accuracy and cash<br />

flow, ensuring companies<br />

manage their payment<br />

processes effectively and<br />

increase their liklihood of receiving<br />

supplier discounts.<br />

Not only do digital processes alleviate any messy<br />

paperwork from mounting up, they ensure both<br />

contractor and subcontractor are kept up to date<br />

with payments and invoices. Time is always of<br />

the essence, especially in terms of managing<br />

cash flow, meaning digital platforms are a<br />

sensible and necessary solution to combating late<br />

payments.<br />

3. Government support<br />

Pledges were made in April <strong>2018</strong> in lieu of<br />

Cabinet Minister Oliver Dowden’s decision to<br />

crack down on late payments. Since this decision,<br />

Build UK published information from data<br />

submitted under the Duty to Report on Payment<br />

Practices and Performance, highlighting the top<br />

contractors responsible for late payments.<br />

In order to prevent late payments, the government<br />

will offer advisory, constructive workshops to help<br />

companies with their project management and<br />

“Sending and receiving invoices electronically is one of the safest, most efficient ways to combat late payments.”<br />

payment plans. Solutions such as<br />

these should help prevent any<br />

delayed payments, allowing<br />

contractors the time to<br />

consider the impact of their<br />

delay, providing contractors<br />

with helpful advice to better<br />

manage their current payment<br />

processes. Overall, this initiative<br />

will ensure employees and businesses will<br />

not suffer as a consequence.<br />

“Not only do digital<br />

processes alleviate any<br />

messy paperwork from<br />

mounting up, they<br />

ensure both contractor<br />

and subcontractor are<br />

kept up to date with<br />

payments and invoices”<br />

Even though it was a dark time for the<br />

construction industry, many positive lessons for<br />

the future can be learnt from Carillion’s collapse.<br />

Seeing the implementation of government<br />

intervention signifies the level of support it is<br />

willing to give the industry.<br />

“Turning to more<br />

rigorous, digital<br />

payment processes<br />

will preserve<br />

contractor and<br />

subcontractor integrity<br />

and the wider<br />

construction industry<br />

as a whole”<br />

But internal measures must also be taken by<br />

the industry itself, where digital application for<br />

payment and subcontractor management<br />

platforms are a worthy solution. Not only do<br />

these systems ensure subcontractors get paid<br />

on time, they reduce risk to contractors’<br />

businesses.<br />

Turning to more rigorous, digital payment<br />

processes will preserve contractor and<br />

subcontractor integrity and the wider<br />

construction industry as a whole.<br />

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Insurance Focus<br />



By Richard Forrest Smith, CEO, ECIC.<br />

It is difficult to know what this winter will<br />

bring, although some reports suggest we may<br />

see the El Nino effect in snow and colder<br />

temperatures across Europe. Undertaking roofing<br />

work in winter might be preferable to the<br />

sustained period of scorching heat we<br />

experienced this summer, but poor winter weather<br />

does bring increased risks.<br />

While some serious weather conditions should<br />

halt work being carried out on roofs – high winds,<br />

ice, snow, torrential rain – there are inevitably<br />

times when workers are either caught out by a<br />

sudden change in the weather or are under time<br />

pressure to get contracts completed, choosing to<br />

work in challenging conditions that may expose<br />

them to a higher risk of a fall from height.<br />

Therefore, as we enter the colder months it is<br />

worth preparing for the worst the UK climate can<br />

throw at us, and just remind workers of the health<br />

and safety procedures in place that should be<br />

followed to the letter.<br />

Too late<br />

As a specialist insurer for the roofing contracting<br />

sector, all too often at ECIC we find ‘Toolbox Talks’<br />

come too late and follow an accident on site that<br />

could, in most cases, have been prevented.<br />

Workplace fatality figures speak for themselves;<br />

35 of 144 worker deaths in 2017/18 came from<br />

falls and the yearly average over five years<br />

starting from 2012/13 was 40 people per year.<br />

7% of all injuries (including non-fatal) came from<br />

falling from heights.<br />

Looking specifically at the construction sector, a<br />

fall from height is the most common reason for a<br />

workplace fatality. Over the last 5 years, 196<br />

people died in the construction sector due to an<br />

accident at work and almost half of<br />

the deaths – 96 – were due to<br />

falls from height.<br />

A workplace accident or fatality is a<br />

nightmare scenario for any business<br />

owner. While in the roofing sector, a fall from<br />

height is an inherent risk of the job, it is also<br />

almost completely preventable.<br />

“A snow covered roof<br />

surface can cover a<br />

skylight from sight”<br />

Sometimes it comes down to common sense,<br />

such as checking ladders and scaffolding for ice<br />

before use, gritting areas in use and clearing ice<br />

and snow from areas being worked on. A snow<br />

covered roof surface can cover a skylight from<br />

sight along with all manner of slip hazards.<br />

Employing fall and roof edge protection systems<br />

is vital and never more so than in winter, as is the<br />

training of workers to properly use these systems.<br />

Legally obliged<br />

Contractors are legally obliged to create and<br />

maintain a culture of health and safety amongst<br />

workers. Aside from the emotional cost, an<br />

accident on site could have serious financial and<br />

reputational implications. Fines for<br />

HSE prosecutions have risen steeply<br />

in the past year due to changes to the<br />

sentencing guidelines used by the Courts in<br />

England and Wales, and there is a high risk of jail<br />

term for an employer found guilty of health and<br />

safety negligence.<br />

It is therefore vital to properly evaluate all risks<br />

on site and all weather situations and have clear<br />

procedures and method statements in place to<br />

deal with those specific risks. Communication is<br />

key – every worker should be made aware of the<br />

risks, the control measures in place and the<br />

protective equipment they should be using.<br />

Furthermore, at the outset of each job, every<br />

worker should sign a site specific health and<br />

safety assessment form confirming they<br />

understand the risks and will use the measures in<br />

place to protect them.<br />

Drum home<br />

A Toolbox Talk is effective in communicating the<br />

risks, but signing a form to confirm those risks<br />

are understood really helps to drum home the<br />

importance of site safety and can help protect the<br />

main contractor should an accident happen.<br />

With the construction sector already facing a<br />

multitude of challenges around material costs,<br />

skills, retentions and the uncertainties created by<br />

Brexit, let’s hope this winter is a benign one.<br />

Contact ECIC<br />

0330 221 0250<br />

www.ecic.co.uk<br />

Left: Richard Forrest Smith, CEO<br />

of ECIC.<br />

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We offer contractors a wide range of training opportunities, especially<br />

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The practical training of participants is the main focus of all our<br />

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Winter Work<br />



With some meteorologists predicting the coldest winter for a decade, Pete Flynn, Health and<br />

Safety Advisor at Marley Eternit, gives contractors some top tips for staying safe in the snow.<br />

Recent long range weather forecasts have suggested the UK could be facing the coldest and<br />

harshest winter for almost a decade and be blanketed in snow for months. While there may be<br />

some scepticism about these dramatic predictions – in the same way that we never quite<br />

believe the media reports that promise a BBQ summer – it is important for contractors to make sure<br />

they are prepared for freezing winter temperatures.<br />

We all know that even the smallest amount of snow or ice and stormy weather can create major hazards<br />

for roofers on site, with slippy surfaces increasing the risk of falls; gusts of wind making it difficult to<br />

balance and prolonged exposure to cold causing health problems, such as painful joints and illness.<br />

This means it may be unsuitable for roofing work to be carried out in winter, when other trades at ground<br />

level could continue. That’s why it is vital that roofing contractors carry out their own thermal risk<br />

assessments and follow health and safety procedures.<br />

So, how should contractors prepare for winter weather?<br />

For managers / supervisors …<br />

1: Monitor the weather forecast so you can<br />

anticipate and be prepared for poor weather<br />

conditions. Carry out a risk assessment every day<br />

to check that it is safe to work and that<br />

conditions haven’t changed. Pay particular<br />

attention to working at height platforms and do<br />

not work on roofs in icy conditions – this is a<br />

requirement of the Working at Height Regulations<br />

2005.<br />

2: Make sure workers are trained on winter<br />

hazards and ensure they have the appropriate<br />

PPE. If it is windy, HSE recommends that roofers<br />

should check wind speeds with a hand held<br />

anemometer and refer to the NFRC guidance,<br />

which states that:<br />

• All laying or handling of slates, tiles, battens<br />

and felt at roof level should cease when the<br />

(average) mean wind speed reaches 23 mph<br />

(gusting to 35 mph or over).<br />

• When handling rolls of felt at roof level,<br />

extreme care should be taken when the mean<br />

wind speeds are in the region of 17 mph (gusting<br />

to 26 mph or over).<br />

3: Limit worker exposure to cold through job<br />

rotation and provide plenty of breaks in heated<br />

areas with hot drinks available.<br />

For roofers …<br />

1: Make sure you are wearing the right PPE and<br />

extra clothing suitable for the job and the weather<br />

conditions. This usually involves using several<br />

layers of clothing, as well as waterproofs or wind<br />

resistant fabrics where necessary.<br />

Also, choose water resistant footwear, with<br />

enhanced slip resistance or ice grips if required.<br />

2: Wear gloves when fine manual dexterity is not<br />

required and the temperature drops below 4°C.<br />

3: Cold weather increases the risk of hand-arm<br />

vibration syndrome, so keep your hands and arms<br />

warm when using vibratory equipment such as<br />

drills, nails guns and even hand tools, such as<br />

hammers.<br />

4: Choose hats that work with safety headgear and<br />

don’t compromise any eye or hearing protection.<br />

To help you prepare for freezing<br />

temperatures, Marley Eternit is giving<br />

away hundreds of winter goodies. To apply<br />

for one of 500 free flasks, heat pads or ear<br />

bands, visit:<br />

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5: Be aware of the symptoms of cold exposure –<br />

heavy shivering, uncomfortable coldness,<br />

numbness, aching, severe fatigue, confusion,<br />

drowsiness and / or euphoria.<br />

6: With reduced daylight hours, visibility can be a<br />

problem, so wear reflective PPE.<br />

7: Take breaks in heated areas and drink plenty<br />

of fluids, including water and warm beverages.<br />

8: Report any hazardous areas to the site<br />

manager and do not put yourself at risk just to<br />

complete a job.<br />

Contact Marley Eternit<br />

01283 722 588<br />

www.marleyeternit.co.uk<br />

@MarleyEternit<br />

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Natural Slate: Opinion<br />



By Phil Wilden of Cembrit UK.<br />

Attractive, durable and requiring minimal<br />

maintenance, slate has long been<br />

considered one of the finest natural roofing<br />

products available. Indeed, as long ago as the<br />

third century CE, the Romans were using it as a<br />

roofing material at several sites in North Wales. In<br />

more recent times, the emerging UK trend for the<br />

use of environmentally friendly construction<br />

materials, combined with the emergence of new<br />

sources has seen slate enjoy a wide-ranging and<br />

popular renaissance.<br />

The popularity of natural slate is explained by its<br />

unique combination of aesthetic appeal,<br />

exceptional durability and low carbon footprint.<br />

Natural slate is beautiful to look at and full of<br />

character that suits many of our traditional<br />

architectural styles. It is this character, mixed<br />

with authenticity, that when combined with<br />

premium quality and long life, makes natural<br />

slate an obvious choice for the roofing contractor,<br />

the local authority planner, architect and the<br />

stockist.<br />

“Issues with the quality<br />

of the roof do not<br />

emerge until<br />

installation or even<br />

after completion when<br />

rectification becomes<br />

expensive and<br />

contentious”<br />

Slate quality can vary<br />

The selection of natural slate can be influenced<br />

by local building traditions, particularly where a<br />

specific heritage is to be maintained, or more<br />

generally where a non-specific slate roof is<br />

desired. Being a natural product, slate quality<br />

can be variable. This is not necessarily a<br />

problem, as long as the slate’s provenance is<br />

known. However, the UK market receives slates<br />

from multiple sources with similar products.<br />

These are purchased by many suppliers, some of<br />

whom buy on the ”spot” market. Traceability can<br />

be difficult which can mean that the identity –<br />

and hence quality – of the slate can be<br />

compromised. As the natural roof slate product<br />

standards and classification system is not well<br />

understood by the client, issues with the quality<br />

of the roof do not emerge until installation or even<br />

after completion when rectification becomes<br />

expensive and contentious. As a producer with<br />

considerable experience in sourcing natural slate,<br />

we have come to uniquely understand the criteria<br />

required for successful sourcing of quality slate.<br />

Slates from…<br />

Curently available on the UK market are slates<br />

that are imported from countries such as Brazil,<br />

China and India, all of which have their own<br />

specific colour and aesthetic appeal. There is also<br />

the hugley popular Spanish natural slate that has<br />

captured a large slice of the UK market due to its<br />

ready availability and competitive price. While<br />

natural slate from Spain is easy to come by, it<br />

does have a complex supply chain.<br />

Natural slate, tested to BS EN 12326-1:2014 and<br />

meeting the highest relevant ratings, will be<br />

unaffected by normal extremes of temperature,<br />

and highly resistant to acids, alkalis and other<br />

chemicals. Our Glendyne slate imported from<br />

Canada meets all the above criteria.<br />

The slate deposit from which Glendyne is<br />

extracted has two key advantages over other<br />

locations. The regularity of the bedding produces<br />

a more consistent slate, increasing the volume of<br />

Above: Experienced splitters are selected to go into the<br />

quarry to access the best rock and know how it should be<br />

cut into blocks to optimise slate output yield.<br />

useable slate produced. The slate beds have only<br />

recently started to be be exploited. Being close to<br />

the surface there is less top-soil to be removed<br />

and the splitting workshops are within easy reach<br />

of the slate beds, reducing extraction costs. Being<br />

new also means that the production side of the<br />

operation can benefit from the latest technology<br />

and best practises developed in other locations.<br />

All of this, in my opinion, means the yield from<br />

Glendyne is superior to other natural slate<br />

sources. The result is more resource is put into<br />

quality control, producing a top of the range slate,<br />

with clear traceability at a competitive price.<br />

The quarry operates a quality management<br />

system based on EN ISO 9001 which is externally<br />

audited. This standard is adhered to rigidly, as<br />

are all quality standard procedures required by<br />

each regional market the quarry supplies. It is a<br />

high-quality slate that combines first-class<br />

performance with all the inherent beauty of<br />

natural slate, making it the ideal natural choice<br />

for specifiers and roofers.<br />

Contact Cembrit UK<br />

0203 372 2300<br />

www.cembrit.co.uk<br />

@CembritUK<br />

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Digital Tools<br />



By Richard Bishop, Category Marketing Manager – Roof, Wienerberger.<br />

Information about the world is more accessible<br />

than ever now that we have incredible<br />

technology available in the palms of our<br />

hands. Internet users have an expectation that<br />

they should be able to find the answer to their<br />

query in a matter of clicks, and this has meant<br />

that companies from all industries have had to<br />

focus on how their online customer service can<br />

improve and deliver quick answers for busy<br />

people.<br />

At Wienerberger we have invested time and<br />

resources in creating digital tools to benefit the<br />

roofing industry and the customers who buy,<br />

install or sell our products. Roofing contractors<br />

want high quality products at a competitive price,<br />

but what truly sets manufacturers apart is the<br />

level of customer service they provide, both<br />

online and offline.<br />

Instant response<br />

In the past, technical teams at tile manufacturing<br />

companies would have been inundated with<br />

queries, so a customer may expect to receive a<br />

response within a couple of days. Thanks to the<br />

digital tools that are now freely available online,<br />

contractors are able to raise an enquiry online<br />

from site, their office or home, at any time of day<br />

and receive instant results. As a manufacturer,<br />

we receive a huge number of customer enquiries,<br />

so where we can help a customer help<br />

themselves and gain assistance quickly, we strive<br />

to do so.<br />

Fast-paced, ever-changing market<br />

A good digital tool should be easy to use and<br />

provide a quick, focussed result that gives the<br />

user all the information they need. Making indepth<br />

product information easy to access is<br />

incredibly important for manufacturers in this<br />

“Digital tools aren’t<br />

about cutting corners<br />

to get a quick result,<br />

they encourage users<br />

to work smarter rather<br />

than harder”<br />

fast-paced, ever-changing market. Wienerberger<br />

has recently developed its own app which can be<br />

used on mobile phones and tablets, making it<br />

easier than ever for contractors to find the right<br />

product for their project, read technical data,<br />

order samples and browse case studies.<br />

Correct estimating and specification are integral<br />

to the construction of a well-designed,<br />

weatherproof and durable roof, and this involves<br />

multiple tile types, systems, accessories and<br />

fixings. The technical aspects of roofing and the<br />

sheer amount of products available can be<br />

incredibly complicated and overwhelming, so<br />

helpful online tools are ideal for this industry. This<br />

is why Wienerberger has developed a suite of<br />

estimating and specification tools to assist<br />

roofing contractors, with other online options also<br />

available in the market.<br />

Instant quote<br />

QuantSpec is a quick quantity estimator which<br />

can be used for simple roof shapes and<br />

extensions. The tool gives an instant quote<br />

including all roofing components such as tiles,<br />

underlay, battens and dry fix systems. Use of this<br />

type of tool benefits roofing contractors as all the<br />

required roofing elements should be on site ready<br />

for installation, reducing downtime spent having<br />

to return to the merchants to acquire parts that<br />

have been forgotten.<br />

Time-saver<br />

As providing a fixing calculation is part of the BS<br />

5334 British Standard for Slating and Tiling,<br />

online fixing calculator tools such as FixSpec are<br />

a great time-saver for contractors. By adding<br />

information such as postcode, tile type, roof pitch<br />

and building dimensions, online tools take the<br />

pain out of working out the complex calculations<br />

and provide an immediate result.<br />

Peace of mind<br />

Specification tools such as RoofSpec can offer an<br />

instant comprehensive specification and a<br />

guarantee certificate for contractor and customer<br />

peace of mind. The software has safeguards in<br />

place to avoid inappropriate specifications, for<br />

example if your chosen tile is unsuitable for a roof<br />

at the stated pitch, RoofSpec will tell you. The<br />

guarantee ensures that the specified roof is fit for<br />

purpose and no maintenance will be required for<br />

at least the period of the guarantee.<br />

Digital tools aren’t about cutting corners to get a<br />

quick result, they encourage users to work<br />

smarter rather than harder. This is why they are<br />

becoming increasingly popular amongst roofing<br />

contractors who want to work as efficiently as<br />

possible.<br />

Wienerberger are always looking at ways in which<br />

we can make contractors’ lives easier with online<br />

software, so if you have any feedback about our<br />

current tools or an aspect of roof installation that<br />

you think could benefit from a digital solution,<br />

please get in touch as we’d love to hear your<br />

opinions.<br />

Contact Wienerberger<br />

0845 303 2524<br />

www.wienerberger.co.uk/apps<br />

@wienerbergeruk<br />

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Perfectly Pitched<br />



In his latest column, pitched roofing expert and consultant John Mercer – writing on behalf<br />

of EDILIANS (formerly Imerys Roof Tiles) – explains how to control and prevent<br />

condensation in pitched roofs.<br />

As we strive to improve the energy<br />

efficiency of our homes, greater levels of<br />

thermal insulation and air tightness reduce<br />

the average temperatures within the roof<br />

structure. Warm, moist air generated within the<br />

living spaces can find its way through the ceiling<br />

into the cold roof space. Controlling condensation<br />

within our buildings remains one of our key goals<br />

to ensure we live and work comfortably, healthily<br />

and to prevent damage to the building fabric.<br />

The ability of air to hold moisture reduces as it<br />

cools and it will then deposit the moisture onto<br />

cold surfaces in the form of condensation. For<br />

example, in a two-storey house with a floor plan<br />

of 100m², there is around 420 cu metres of air,<br />

which, at 20 degrees, could potentially hold up to<br />

8.4 litres of water vapour. If this warm air passes<br />

through the ceiling into the roof space and cools<br />

down to 10 degrees, it can then only hold 3.4<br />

litres of water vapour. This means that 5 litres of<br />

water will be deposited somewhere if it is not<br />

allowed to escape from the roof space. It may not<br />

be as dramatic as that in practice, but it<br />

illustrates the potential risks.<br />

The development of vapour-permeable and airpermeable<br />

roofing underlays has been greatly<br />

beneficial in helping to prevent harmful levels of<br />

condensation from building up in the roof space.<br />

However, it is important to use these products<br />

correctly, in accordance with the guidance given in<br />

BS 5250 and with the information contained in the<br />

underlay manufacturer’s accreditation certificate.<br />

Two ways to control the risk<br />

Essentially, in simple terms, there are two ways<br />

we can control the risk of condensation build up<br />

in the roofspace; i.e we either<br />

prevent water vapour from<br />

reaching the loft space in the<br />

first place, or we remove it once<br />

it gets there before it has a chance<br />

to build up to harmful levels.<br />

“We either prevent<br />

water vapour from<br />

reaching the loft space<br />

in the first place, or we<br />

remove it once it gets<br />

there before it has a<br />

chance to build up”<br />

To prevent the water vapour passing from the<br />

living space into the cold roof space, it is<br />

necessary to install effective vapour barriers. It is<br />

difficult, if not impossible to construct a totally air<br />

and vapour-tight ceiling, so British Standard BS<br />

9250 gives guidance on minimising air leakage<br />

through junctions and penetrations such as light<br />

fittings, loft hatches etc. to create a ‘continuous’<br />

ceiling. We now have well-documented methods<br />

to achieve this in new buildings, though it is<br />

generally more difficult in existing buildings.<br />

Greater energy efficiency is achieved and the risk<br />

Left: John Mercer, Roofing Consultant.<br />

Below: Warm to cold illustration.<br />

of condensation reduced if we<br />

prevent air leakage through the<br />

ceiling. However, where this is not<br />

practical we must use adequate<br />

ventilation to remove the water vapour from<br />

the roof space.<br />

“We now have welldocumented<br />

methods<br />

to achieve this in new<br />

buildings, though it is<br />

generally more<br />

difficult in existing<br />

buildings”<br />

Minimum requirements: BS 5250<br />

BS 5250 sets out the minimum requirements for<br />

roof space ventilation. For example, in the<br />

average house with a cold loft, there should be a<br />

minimum of a 7mm continuous ventilation gap at<br />

eaves when using a vapour permeable underlay<br />

with a normal, or ‘discontinuous’ ceiling. With all<br />

the well documented benefits of dry fix systems,<br />

it makes perfect sense to supplement eaves<br />

ventilation with high-level ventilation using a dry<br />

ridge system. Although eaves to eaves ventilation<br />

works well in theory, it relies on external air<br />

movement and may not work so well in practice if<br />

the house is too close to adjacent properties or if<br />

the loft is full of items blocking the air flow.<br />

Alternatively, air-permeable underlays can be used,<br />

in many circumstances without any traditional<br />

ventilation, though it is important to follow the<br />

manufacturer’s installation guidance.<br />

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Err on the side of caution<br />

In roofs where the insulation is located parallel<br />

with the rafters and a vapour permeable underlay<br />

is installed in conjunction with an effective air<br />

and vapour control layer and continuous ceiling,<br />

roof space ventilation is not required. Otherwise,<br />

eaves to ridge ventilation should be installed,<br />

with clear airways in all rafter voids between the<br />

insulation and underlay.<br />

It is worth considering when designing a building<br />

that occupants may not always use the building<br />

in the way it was intended, so err on the side of<br />

caution and provide robust solutions. For<br />

example, a family with several young children<br />

may generate far more condensation than a<br />

single person, pushing ventilation systems<br />

beyond their limits; particularly in winter.<br />

Building Regulations and BS 5250 recognise that<br />

temporary condensation may occur during<br />

adverse climatic and internal conditions (e.g very<br />

“Controlling<br />

condensation within<br />

our buildings remains<br />

one of our key goals to<br />

ensure we live and<br />

work comfortably,<br />

healthily and to<br />

prevent damage to the<br />

building fabric”<br />

cold outside with little or no air movement, warm<br />

indoors with no windows open). It is common to<br />

see temporary overloads of condensation appearing<br />

on the underlay, which dissipates within a few days<br />

with no harm done – usually during very cold but<br />

still weather conditions. Any temporary<br />

condensation must not be severe enough to cause<br />

damp or staining on internal surfaces or cause<br />

damage to the structure generally.<br />

Summary<br />

• In new build homes we must strive to<br />

minimise air leakage through ceilings with<br />

efficient continuous ceilings and air and<br />

vapour control layers.<br />

• In older properties we must accept that air<br />

leakage happens and adequately ventilate<br />

the roofspace to prevent harmful<br />

condensation forming.<br />

• In extremes of cold / still air condensation<br />

‘overload’ may occur, even where the roofspace<br />

ventilation complies with the guidance given in<br />

BS 5250; so supplement eaves ventilation with<br />

high level ventilation for greater efficiency.<br />

Contact EDILIANS (formerly Imerys) / John Mercer<br />

www.imerys-roof-tiles.com<br />

@imerys<br />

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Illustration: Warm moist air can form condensation which, if left, can be harmful to occupants and the building fabric.<br />

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Contractor’s Q’s<br />



Like many in the roofing industry, Peter Mably’s path into roofing wasn’t planned – but after a chance<br />

meeting at a local rugby club more than 30 years ago that saw him then “moving slabs and sand” on<br />

site, Peter has forged an long and successful career and progressed to Director of Owlsworth Roofing.<br />

We hear Peter’s views including his thoughts on late payment, partnering with the right person in business,<br />

dealing with difficult customers and using any means necessary to get to projects!<br />

10<br />

questions for Peter Mably<br />

“Persistent wet<br />

weather hampered our<br />

progress – at one stage<br />

the only way we could<br />

reach site was by<br />

rowing boat, but we<br />

battled on”<br />

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

to your current position?<br />

PM: Having been born and raised in what was<br />

then the quiet little village of Rock in Cornwall,<br />

the construction industry was not even on the<br />

radar of the school careers officer, so my route<br />

into construction was much more by chance than<br />

design. Having paid too much attention to beer<br />

and rugby during my first year at Coventry<br />

Polytechnic in the very late ‘70s, I wasn’t invited<br />

back for a second year so the prospect of finding<br />

a job came as a bit of a shock.<br />

I made my way to Bracknell in Berkshire and the<br />

home of a girlfriend I had met in Cornwall. This<br />

time rugby came to my rescue and a builder<br />

playing at Bracknell Rugby Club offered me a<br />

labouring job on a building site.<br />

The project was the refurbishment of the P&O<br />

building in the City of London which had just been<br />

bought by The Union Bank of Switzerland (UBS).<br />

My job was to move the slabs and sand from the<br />

old asphalt roof to allow a new Sarnafil<br />

membrane (which would go on to become Sika<br />

Sarnafil) to be installed over the existing asphalt<br />

substrate – and I would then install new slabs<br />

and cobbles over the Sarnafil. The Union Bank of<br />

Switzerland saw the Swiss manufactured Sarnafil<br />

system as the ideal product to keep those newfangled<br />

computers warm and dry, and I remember<br />

thinking that there might just be a future in it.<br />

Within a year I was installing Sarnafil for the<br />

Reading-based single ply roofing company where<br />

I was to spend the next 25 years working my way<br />

around various departments including single ply,<br />

felt and hot melt and into the boardroom. As the<br />

credit crunch hit the construction industry in<br />

2008 however, I was made redundant and left<br />

with a big decision to make. Should I trust my<br />

instincts and set up my own roofing company or<br />

should I find another established roofing company<br />

to work for. I’m pleased to say that, with a large<br />

chunk of assistance from my current business<br />

partner, we set up Owlsworth Roofing Ltd and are<br />

about to celebrate our 10th Anniversary.<br />

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

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

be?<br />

PM: My best advice would be to go into business<br />

with a good finance man as your partner. I have<br />

been able to concentrate on developing the<br />

roofing side of Owlsworth Roofing in the<br />

knowledge that the finance side is in safe hands.<br />

Unless you are fortunate enough to ‘inherit’ a<br />

roofing business it is unlikely that you will have<br />

the right mix of roofing knowledge and financial<br />

experience. When it comes to money, construction<br />

is a cut throat business and you need to build up<br />

some financial security, understand the risks and<br />

know how to work around them.<br />

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

working on…<br />

PM: Owlsworth Roofing is currently working for<br />

Peter Mably is a Director at Owlsworth Roofing.<br />

ISG on the £40 million refurbishment of the<br />

University of Reading Library. The library roof is<br />

entirely flat with approximately 3,000m² over 12<br />

different roof areas and a combination of strip<br />

and recover, fully adhered overlay, mechanically<br />

fastened overlay and new build – all covered in<br />

Sika Sarnafil membrane and all less than three<br />

miles from our offices in Caversham. One of the<br />

greatest challenges on projects of this kind,<br />

where all the flat areas on the building are<br />

covered in Sarnafil, is trying to persuade the<br />

cladders, scaffolders and M&E contractors to<br />

carry out their works and store their materials<br />

with due care and attention. We started on site in<br />

May 2017 and expect to be finished early in 2019<br />

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

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

in particular stand out?<br />

PM: Owlsworth Roofing has carried out a number<br />

of roof refurbishment projects at the Atomic<br />

Weapons Establishment facilities (AWE) in<br />

Aldermaston and Burghfield. Some of the<br />

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buildings have been retro-fitted with complex air<br />

handling systems since they were first built in the<br />

50s and 60s, and the plant and equipment was<br />

routinely placed on the flat roof area with little<br />

consideration for roof refurbishment. On one<br />

particular roof, the roof mounted units were so<br />

large and low to the roof surface that it was<br />

impossible to weather underneath them. The<br />

problem was that the remainder of the roof<br />

drained underneath the units to a gutter on the<br />

far side and we had to maintain a free draining<br />

roof. The solution was to box in the steel support<br />

framework while retaining sealed drainage routes<br />

through the boxing and out the other side. After<br />

numerous sketches and the taking of endless<br />

dimensions, a complicated series of Sarnafil<br />

scuppers and an extended network of drainage<br />

pipework completely sealed on the inlet side and<br />

the outlet side did the trick.<br />

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

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

us about?<br />

PM: I do recall one particular customer who was<br />

unhappy with the finish of the Sarnafil roof we<br />

had installed. The site was a new build project on<br />

a flood plain of the River Thames between Henley<br />

and Marlow. Persistent wet weather hampered<br />

our progress on site to such a degree that at one<br />

stage the only way we could reach site was by<br />

rowing boat, but we battled on and in between the<br />

showers we insulated the soggy timber framed<br />

building and encapsulated it in Sarnafil. Several<br />

months later the customer complained that some<br />

minor stress lines had appeared in the Sarnafil in<br />

the extreme corners of the roof. When I suggested<br />

that the lines could be due to building movement<br />

as the structure dried out below the watertight<br />

roof coverings, I was told in no uncertain terms<br />

that my excuses were “ridiculous”. Our<br />

relationship deteriorated over the following<br />

months, we were threatened with legal action and<br />

a suggestion was even made that a website<br />

would be started to highlight Owlsworth Roofing’s<br />

incompetence, but I am pleased to say that the<br />

roof remains watertight, is still under guarantee<br />

and we have had no further complaints.<br />

“One of the greatest<br />

challenges is trying to<br />

persuade the cladders,<br />

scaffolders and M&E<br />

contractors to carry out<br />

their works and store<br />

their materials with<br />

due care and attention”<br />

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

about your job?<br />

PM: Two words – late payment. Late payment of<br />

invoices, late payment of partial release of<br />

retentions and late payment of final retentions –<br />

if they get paid at all. We spend hours negotiating<br />

the terms of the orders we receive, which when it<br />

boils down to it are: we install your roof and then<br />

you pay us – how difficult can that be? It seems<br />

to me that there are people employed just to<br />

make sure it is difficult. The excuses are<br />

repetitive and tiresome – ‘the payment is on the<br />

system, but there is no-one in the office to<br />

authorise it…’ or ‘the accounts office is only<br />

open between 12.00 and 2.00pm on a Friday so<br />

please call back later…’ and there are a lot more<br />

like that! I know that the industry and government<br />

are working on it but if someone wants to keep<br />

your hard-earned money just a few weeks longer<br />

there is very little you can do about it.<br />

TC: And the most satisfying?<br />

PM: I still remember standing on one of my first<br />

Sarnafil roofs in the mid 80s as it started to rain,<br />

watching globules of water collecting on the shiny<br />

new membrane, then slowly merging, forming tiny<br />

little streams that snake their way down the slope<br />

of the roof and finally join other little streams and<br />

disappear into the rainwater outlet. I don’t do the<br />

installing any more but I still get satisfaction from<br />

the combination of a well installed Sarnafil roof, a<br />

satisfied customer and the knowledge that the<br />

roof has got another 40 years’ service ahead of it<br />

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

roofing contractor – in the office or on site?<br />

PM: I’m old school. We have a brilliant pdf<br />

measuring system that we use for estimating but<br />

you will very rarely find me on a roof without my<br />

tape measure. I probably have seven or eight of<br />

various ages, shapes and sizes in the boot of my<br />

car right now.<br />

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

for you as a roofing contractor?<br />

PM: Being old school, it would be easy to dismiss<br />

social media as a time-consuming distraction<br />

that will be of little benefit to the average roofing<br />

contractor – but I come from an era when you<br />

used to dictate letters for a secretary to type up.<br />

Back then, some said the same about emails and<br />

where would we be now without them? Owlsworth<br />

Roofing has a website, Twitter and Instagram<br />

accounts which I am guessing will become more<br />

and more important in the years to come but at<br />

present, the hard yards are done by our employees<br />

producing consistently high quality, problem-free<br />

roofing systems and encouraging the clients to<br />

come back to us time and time again.<br />

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

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

positive?<br />

PM: My gut feeling is that there is a pre-Brexit<br />

pause by some of the decision makers in big<br />

business and this is having a trickle-down effect<br />

and a consequential slow-down on commercial<br />

building development country-wide. If I’m right, I<br />

also think that this will result in a post-Brexit<br />

upturn in the same area. Not everything in the<br />

construction sector is based around international<br />

trade however, so having said that life goes on in<br />

the real world and there will always be<br />

opportunities for competent roofing contractors.<br />

I’m confident that the quality partnership that has<br />

been built between Owlsworth Roofing and Sika<br />

Sarnafil over the last 10 years is set to go from<br />

strength to strength.<br />

Contact Owlsworth Roofing<br />

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www.owlsworthroofing.co.uk<br />

@OwlsworthRoof<br />

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Forces to Roofing<br />


Can former service personnel help plug the construction skills gap? Total Contractor met up<br />

with three finalists from the recent BMI Redland and Icopal Apprentice of the Year<br />

competition – all ex-armed forces – to find out more about their experiences.<br />

Every year, 14,000 service personnel leave<br />

the armed forces. Many of them struggle to<br />

find jobs, often because would-be<br />

employers dismiss their military experience as<br />

irrelevant for roles in civilian life.<br />

However, now the construction industry is looking<br />

to plug into this largely untapped resource to help<br />

it meet its skills shortages. Organisations such as<br />

BuildForce and CTP (see box) are working to link<br />

individuals with the right roles. They feel that<br />

former service personnel possess a host of skills<br />

and behaviours that can be successfully applied<br />

on construction projects and can make very<br />

motivated and focussed employees.<br />

Evidence of this came in the list of finalists in this<br />

year’s BMI Apprentice of the Year competition,<br />

where three of the finalists had come from<br />

careers in the armed forces. Their stories<br />

illustrate why construction and ex-service<br />

personnel can be a good fit.<br />

“I’m motivated to do my best”<br />

Oliver Drew made a conscious decision to leave<br />

the army in search of a trade. As a Scots Guard<br />

based in London, he was missing his home in<br />

County Durham. As well as being part of a<br />

reconnaissance and sniper platoon, his role<br />

included guarding Buckingham Palace and<br />

Trooping the Colour.<br />

One of the attributes that his five years in the<br />

army gave him is the determination to succeed.<br />

“I’m motivated to do my best, no matter what I<br />

am doing in life,” he explained.<br />

He found roofing almost by chance, when a friend<br />

suggested that he should apply to the roofing firm<br />

he was working for, Stanley firm Hodgson-Sayers.<br />

Oliver won an apprenticeship after three rounds<br />

Top left: Ceiran Peel-Price spent four years as a gunner in a<br />

tank regiment and has since set up Peel-Price Construction.<br />

Above right: Oliver Drew (centre), was a Scots Guard but<br />

since leaving won an apprenticeship with Hodgson-Sayers<br />

and hasn’t looked back. Right: Tom Thompson suffered PTSD<br />

after leaving the army but found roofing work with A. L. King<br />

and is enjoying a successful career.<br />

of selection at Hodgson-Sayers, thanks in part to<br />

the behaviours he had learnt in the army. “Timekeeping,<br />

good presentation, quality workmanship<br />

and a good standard of dress are all important,”<br />

said Glyn Neasham, the Regulatory Affairs<br />

Manager who manages the Hodgson-Sayers<br />

apprenticeship programme.<br />

Oliver recognises many similarities between his<br />

former and current roles. “I love working outdoors<br />

and I like hard work,” he told us. “All the things<br />

I’ve learnt are useful, like punctuality and<br />

discipline – you need that to make sure you’re<br />

safe while working.”<br />

“There are so many transferable skills”<br />

Ceiran Peel-Price had always wanted to join the<br />

army, and he hugely enjoyed the four years he<br />

spent as a gunner in a tank regiment. However,<br />

injuries to his knees while on active duty put paid<br />

to his dream career.<br />

Ceiran’s route to roofing was through DIY. He and<br />

his wife bought a 1940’s house on the Wirral<br />

which needed updating. They hired a builder to<br />

complete the work and Ceiran started to labour<br />

for him to save on costs and found that he<br />

enjoyed the work.<br />

In and amongst a series of four knee operations,<br />

Ceiran completed a bricklaying course at his<br />

Bolton College – while simultaneously holding an<br />

apprenticeship with Les Perry Roofing Contractors<br />

which operates in the Wirral.<br />

Now Ceiran runs his own business, Peel-Price<br />

Construction. “It’s a no-brainer for service people<br />

really, there are so many transferable skills”, he<br />

explained about his move from armed forces to<br />

roofing.<br />

“I thought that’s it: active, fast, skilled<br />

and a team!”<br />

Tom Thompson’s story illustrates some of the<br />

challenges that ex-service people face. Many of<br />

them are left with mental wounds that can often<br />

be exacerbated by the lack of a job to occupy<br />

mind and body.<br />

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Former Scots Guard Oliver Drew says the discipline he<br />

learned in the army helps keep him safe on site.<br />

Ceiran Peel-Price now runs Peel-Price Construction and says<br />

“there are so many transferrable skills” from army to roofing.<br />

Tom Thompson receives his BMI Redland Apprentice of the<br />

Year Highly Commended Award from Andy Dennis.<br />

“All the things I’ve<br />

learnt are useful, like<br />

punctuality and<br />

discipline – you need<br />

that to make sure<br />

you’re safe while<br />

working”<br />

Tom’s army career ended as the result of a hugely<br />

traumatic event that left him, and many of his<br />

fellow soldiers, suffering from post-traumatic<br />

stress disorder (PTSD). On July 10th 2009,<br />

soldiers from Tom’s unit – 9 Platoon, C Company,<br />

2 Rifles – started out on a routine patrol from<br />

Forward Operating Base Wishtan, Sangin,<br />

Afghanistan, but after only a short time were hit<br />

by a ‘daisy chain’ of Improvised Explosive Devices<br />

(IEDs).<br />

On hearing the explosions, other members of 9<br />

Platoon raced to the aid of their comrades.<br />

Having retrieved the wounded, the group was<br />

returning to base when it was hit by a second IED<br />

daisy chain. In a few short minutes, almost half<br />

of 9 Platoon’s strength of 30 had been killed or<br />

injured, with five men dead.<br />

Tom’s PTSD meant that he was unable to<br />

continue in active service, so he switched to the<br />

role of physical training instructor and left the<br />

army at the end of his contract. He spent a<br />

difficult first six months, struggling to sleep,<br />

spending long hours in the gym and sometimes<br />

drinking too much. However, he then spotted a<br />

career in roofing – quite literally – through his<br />

window at home, while watching two roofers at<br />

“It’s a no-brainer for<br />

service people really,<br />

there are so many<br />

transferable skills”<br />

work: “I thought that’s it: active, fast, skilled and<br />

a team! This is what I’m looking for,” explained<br />

Tom. Tom found Melksham-based A. L. King,<br />

which was able to take Tom on as an apprentice.<br />

He did extremely well, even coming second in the<br />

national SkillBuild finals in 2017. He followed this<br />

up in <strong>2018</strong> with a Highly Commended place in the<br />

Pitched Roof category of the BMI Apprentice of<br />

the Year competition in June.<br />

Tom explained why roofing works for him: “I knew I<br />

didn't want a job that was nine-to-five and I knew I<br />

needed a trade. I was looking for something that<br />

kept my mind working, hands busy and where I<br />

could be proud of the finished product.<br />

“I would recommend it to anyone coming out of<br />

the services – and would say, never be afraid to<br />

re-train. There’s a lot of support available – I got<br />

tons from my tutor and training is there from<br />

manufacturers like BMI too.”<br />

What these individuals’ stories illustrate is that<br />

there are plenty of similarities between<br />

construction and military careers. Both tend to<br />

involve a series of projects or postings. Both<br />

require punctuality, reliability and the ability to<br />

follow rules and procedures. Both require strong<br />

team work to deliver successful outcomes.<br />

For companies reading this who are looking to<br />

recruit motivated, hard-working team members, exservice<br />

people are definitely worth a second look.<br />

“I was looking for<br />

something that kept my<br />

mind working, hands<br />

busy and where I could<br />

be proud of the<br />

finished product”<br />

Where to look<br />

If your business could benefit from the skills<br />

and experience that ex-service personnel could<br />

bring, there are several organisations that can<br />

help make a match. It’s not just trade level roles<br />

that could be filled; there are people who could<br />

be managers, HR professionals, trainers,<br />

logistics experts, to name just a few.<br />

Government-sponsored recruiter Career<br />

Transition Partnership (CTP) targets<br />

construction with its Forces in Construction<br />

Insight days. A recent one was held in North<br />

Wales in October in partnership with CITB,<br />

Coleg Cambria and Kier, and backed by a huge<br />

number construction companies including BMI.<br />

BuildForce was set up in January 2017 with the<br />

remit of connecting ex service personnel with the<br />

relevant job vacancies construction companies.<br />

It now has nearly 70 members, among them<br />

main contractors, trade contractors, trade and<br />

professional organisations and charities.<br />

www.ctp.org.uk / www.buildforce.org.uk<br />

Contact BMI UK & Ireland<br />

www.bmigroup.com/uk/<br />

@_Redland<br />

@Icopal_UK<br />

NOVEMBER <strong>2018</strong> TC 47

Daylighting<br />


The benefits and demand for natural light in residential and commercial properties mean<br />

contractors should be aware of the right products to achieve this, according to Scott Leeder,<br />

Commercial Director at VELUX Modular Skylights.<br />

According to several studies carried out over<br />

the years, including the ‘Distinctive Benefits<br />

of Glazing’ by Visiting Professor at the<br />

Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development,<br />

David Strong, the levels of natural light that we are<br />

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health, happiness and productivity. As most people<br />

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of glazing on a building can affect our quality of life.<br />

It is valuable for specifiers and project partners<br />

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apply to buildings in a wide range of sectors. For<br />

example, in healthcare, research findings<br />

demonstrate that access to adequate daylight<br />

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recovery from depressive illness and disinfectant<br />

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Optimising light and ventilation<br />

As such it is essential that commercial buildings,<br />

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Distinctly different<br />

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Blue Roofs<br />


By Daniel Ashley, Managing Director, Protan UK.<br />

The weather – it’s Britons’ favourite topic of<br />

conversation. Whatever your views of<br />

climate change, our recent wet winters<br />

mean the weather needs to be discussed,<br />

particularly when building or refurbishing a roof.<br />

According to Met Office data: there is a<br />

significant increase in the intensity of UK rainfall.<br />

Now there is a 1 in 3 chance of record rainfall.<br />

Our green spaces, which usually would absorb<br />

that water, are being covered at a rate of knots: in<br />

London alone, the green equivalent of 2.5 Hyde<br />

Parks is lost each year.<br />

Blue roofs can play a key role in addressing<br />

flooding scenarios. They can be a cost-effective<br />

and efficient solution and they can be simple to<br />

install.<br />

Firstly, consider the blue roof’s purpose: is it to<br />

be one component of the overall SUDS<br />

(sustainable urban drainage system), or a standalone<br />

solution?<br />

In a new build, it is worth tabling that latter<br />

option in design discussions. To cite a real<br />

example, a 2,500m² roof can store up to 70<br />

tonnes of water; to construct a ground water<br />

attenuation pool for the same capacity would<br />

involve excavating 100m³ of soil – dozens of<br />

truck loads.<br />

Design and performance spec<br />

For the design and performance specification,<br />

bear in mind that most options on the market<br />

require, in effect, two roofs: a blue roof, laid<br />

under a green or ballasted roof. That impacts on<br />

structural support specification and cost. It<br />

means the roof is in effect laid twice, impacting<br />

on material and labour costs. The structural load<br />

is going to be increased to bear the potential<br />

water load (1m³ of water weighs a 1 ton), so why<br />

add even more to that?<br />

Even the drain time varies, which can also impact<br />

on the structural load. The NFRC Technical<br />

Guidance Note for blue roofs requires the roof to<br />

be at least half voided in 12 hours, and<br />

completely void of rainfall within 24 hours. The<br />

rainfall attenuation offered varies from<br />

manufacturer to manufacturer. The discharge rate<br />

needs to meet the individual site discharge<br />

design.<br />

Reputable manufacturers offer software solutions<br />

to calculate the appropriate flow capacities,<br />

number of outlets required, location of each<br />

outlet, and appropriate parapet overflow.<br />

Membrane quality<br />

You must choose a quality membrane. Membrane<br />

failure is always a dire consequence. It is more<br />

so if the membrane fails when there has been a<br />

rainstorm, or thaw after heavy snow. The majority<br />

of single ply blue roofs focus on a conventional<br />

green or ballasted roof construction, a void space<br />

to hold the water whilst it attenuates through<br />

outlets, and an underlayer. Protan is the only<br />

leading single ply membrane manufacturer to<br />

engineer bespoke membranes for its stand-alone<br />

blue roof system, requiring just one membrane /<br />

one roof to be laid.<br />

Fixing considerations<br />

The majority of blue roofs are mechanically fixed.<br />

Watertightness is even more critical on a blue roof:<br />

penetrations need to be minimised, and welds<br />

perfect! It may seem like I’m stating the obvious,<br />

but every fixing penetrates the roof. An adhered<br />

solution overcomes that issue, but is still very<br />

dependent on quality of workmanship. A vacuum<br />

system overcomes the issues faced with laying<br />

an adhered roof, and significantly reduces the<br />

penetration considerations of a mechanical roof:<br />

it is fixed only at the perimeter and relies on air<br />

pressure to ‘suck’ the roof membrane to the deck.<br />

“For the design and<br />

performance<br />

specification, bear in<br />

mind that most options<br />

on the market require,<br />

in effect, two roofs: a<br />

blue roof, laid under a<br />

green or ballasted<br />

roof”<br />

Prefabricated details simplify the process on site,<br />

and deliver a quality assurance. It is worth<br />

verifying the range available: is it just the outlet,<br />

or other detailing such as corners (internals and<br />

externals), parapet skirts, all of which could affect<br />

the performance of the roof if not fully watertight.<br />

When welding seams or details, bear in mind that<br />

the roof is going to be exposed to greater loads,<br />

so extra care needs to be taken, and factor in as<br />

large a safety margin as possible. Apply extra<br />

pressure over T joints, and, to be double sure,<br />

even weld an extra membrane reinforcement over<br />

those sections. It will help ensure the roof<br />

performance, yet makes no significant difference<br />

to material and labour costs.<br />

And ensure the outlets are fixed to the roof deck,<br />

not just the membrane!<br />

There are some who say blue roofs should be<br />

avoided. A well-specified, well-constructed blue<br />

roof can play a key role in avoiding flooding, and<br />

makes use of what is an underused space. It is<br />

about managing our resources and making best<br />

use of them achieving best value.<br />

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Article<br />

Tapered Insulation<br />


With 16 years’ experience in the design and fabrication of tapered insulation, Neil Talmage,<br />

Head of Technical and Design at TaperedPlus, explains his Top 5 Tips to consider when<br />

installing tapered insulation.<br />

Although tapered Insulation has always contractors and specifiers now recognising the<br />

been considered the more complicated advantages of the cut to falls system, we at<br />

method to drain a flat roof of its rainwater TaperedPlus are collaborating to upskill and<br />

when compared to timber firings and concrete educate all our partners in tapered insulation<br />

screeds, it has many advantages which far solutions.<br />

outreach these traditional methods on both<br />

With every bespoke tapered insulation project<br />

technical and practical merit. Architects and<br />

designed and specified by TaperedPlus, a full<br />

specifiers are choosing the cut to fall insulation<br />

scheme drawing showing design falls will be<br />

methods more and more each day as a drainage<br />

issued and approved prior to the delivery of the<br />

solution for their flat roofs, as buildings not only<br />

insulation to site. Roofing contractors should take<br />

become more ornate in design, but also have high<br />

this time to familiarise themselves with the<br />

technical requirements. Tapered insulation<br />

design and the roof in hand, taking the<br />

doesn’t have to be any more complicated than<br />

opportunity to check dimensions and upstand<br />

installing a simple uniform thickness of insulation<br />

heights along with proposed drainage locations<br />

on a flat roof with a deck to fall. With many<br />

Neil’s Top 5 Tips for your tapered insulation project:<br />

“Roofing contractors<br />

should take this time to<br />

familiarise themselves<br />

with the design and the<br />

roof in hand”<br />

and any roof deck penetrations. Especially with<br />

new build projects, variations may occur where<br />

the ‘as built’ structure varies from the<br />

architectural plans.<br />

If, for any reason, an issue does occur, then it is<br />

very important we know about them prior to the<br />

delivery.<br />

Tip 1: Preparation<br />

After making sure the substrate is clean, dry of<br />

any debris and moisture, it’s important to assess<br />

whether the deck is flat and if any back falls /<br />

hollows / deflected deck need to be corrected. If it<br />

is a refurbishment project with existing falls,<br />

please ensure the proposed scheme allows for<br />

the existing falls prior to install, especially if the<br />

roof has been stripped post survey.<br />

When the insulation is delivered to site, it is the<br />

responsibility of the roofing contractor to ensure it<br />

is stored in a dry place and is always protected<br />

from the weather. Planning where you are going to<br />

store your cut to fall insulation is important, so<br />

you can access it quickly and safely.<br />

Tip 2: Choosing where to start<br />

At TaperedPlus, all our Technical Designers have<br />

been trained to not only design cut to fall<br />

schemes that meet all the drainage and thermal<br />

requirements, but to also have<br />

the installer in mind in terms<br />

of practicality and simplicity.<br />

Why make a tapered<br />

insulation scheme more<br />

complicated than it needs to<br />

be?<br />

Contractor set-out points (see below)<br />

are provided on all our tapered insulation scheme<br />

designs once ordered, advising the installer on<br />

Left: Neil Talmage, Head of Technical<br />

and Design at TaperedPlus.<br />

site where to start laying the<br />

tapered insulation design<br />

from.<br />

Set-out points will normally<br />

follow on with a full uncut board of<br />

insulation, usually from the thickest part<br />

of the scheme, working down toward the<br />

drainage location, therefore any cutting of the<br />

insulation is done at the thin end as opposed to<br />

the thickest part of the insulation which reduces<br />

wastage.<br />

On certain occasions it may be more practical for<br />

the tapered insulation to be set out from a gutter.<br />

In this instance the gutter width dimension will be<br />

shown.<br />

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Tapered Insulation<br />

“Often we come across<br />

buildings that are not<br />

always full of right<br />

angles, and for these<br />

instances the installer<br />

may need to cut a<br />

bespoke angle on site”<br />

Above: With every bespoke tapered insulation project designed and specified by TaperedPlus, a full scheme drawing showing<br />

design falls will be issued and approved prior to the delivery of the insulation to site.<br />

Tip 3: The good practice method<br />

As an established roofing contractor, the same<br />

good practice methods should also be applied<br />

with the use of day joints, ensuring the system is<br />

not subject to any moisture between installation<br />

breaks (e.g. at night, over weekends etc.)<br />

With multi layered tapered systems, staggering<br />

the joints when installing the insulation is a<br />

practical must. With any type of flat slabbed<br />

insulation, staggering the joints improves the<br />

system’s stability and performance whilst<br />

eliminating the risk of cold spots between the<br />

deck and the membrane.<br />

“Taking measurements<br />

from the design will<br />

enable the installer to<br />

chalk the line onto the<br />

deck, mirroring the<br />

angles that need to be<br />

cut in the tapered<br />

insulation”<br />

Timber hard edges again are a must when<br />

complying with a good method of practice. These<br />

help to protect the edge of the tapered insulation<br />

from being crushed by foot traffic or other roof<br />

trades during and after the installation.<br />

Timber hard edges are normally 5mm thinner<br />

than the adjacent insulation board; this allows<br />

an easy dress down detail of the membrane<br />

and ensures the life expectancy of the<br />

waterproofing system.<br />

Tip 4: Hip & Valley mitre lines made simple<br />

Tapered insulation systems are specified for<br />

many reasons. One of the main advantages is<br />

having the ability to drain a flat roof of its<br />

rainwater in several directions in one complete<br />

layer of insulation. Systems designed and<br />

supplied by TaperedPlus can be provided with<br />

factory pre-cut mitres. These are provided for 45-<br />

degree angles in both a Hip and Valley variation.<br />

They are also clearly marked with directional<br />

arrows on all scheme designs. Just check the<br />

arrows are on all mitred boards.<br />

Quite often we come across buildings that are not<br />

always full of right angles and for these instances<br />

the installer may need to cut a bespoke angle on<br />

site. Now, without hiding behind the nearest tank<br />

room, cutting this angle is not as tasking as it<br />

looks on paper. As long as you have a tape<br />

measure and chalk line, this process can run as<br />

smooth as installing any factory pre-cut mitre.<br />

Taking measurements from the design will enable<br />

the installer to chalk the line onto the deck,<br />

mirroring the angles that need to be cut in the<br />

tapered insulation.<br />

Tip 5: Saving the offcuts<br />

All multi-layer tapered insulation designs will<br />

show an insulation section build-up. These will<br />

include any packer boards needed or show how<br />

tapered board layers can be overlaid or underlaid<br />

with a uniform insulation thickness.<br />

Tapered boards are typically supplied in their full<br />

form and like any installation of ridge slab type<br />

insulation, a certain amount of on-site cutting is<br />

required by the contractor. It is important for the<br />

“A certain amount of<br />

on-site cutting is<br />

required by the<br />

contractor. It is<br />

important for the<br />

installer to save all offcuts<br />

until the complete<br />

scheme has been<br />

installed”<br />

installer to save all off-cuts until the complete<br />

scheme has been installed. At TaperedPlus we<br />

aim to reduce any waste where possible. Saving<br />

all offcuts could also enable the correction of any<br />

unforeseen circumstances that may occur.<br />

We offer pre-onsite meetings with roofing<br />

contractors prior to installation, alongside always<br />

being available to discuss any scheme designs over<br />

the telephone / email, answering any questions.<br />

Who better than to talk to the designer themselves<br />

to make the installation process trouble free?<br />

“Especially with new<br />

build projects,<br />

variations may occur<br />

where the ‘as built’<br />

structure varies from<br />

the architectural<br />

plans”<br />

Contact TaperedPlus<br />

01642 677342<br />

www.taperedplus.co.uk<br />

@TaperedPlus<br />

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Project Focus<br />



When timescales are tight and waterproofing solutions need to be versatile for a prestigious<br />

project at one of London West End’s best-known landmarks, innovative thinking is required.<br />

Ross Finnie, Sales Director at SIG Design & Technology, explains how his team delivered at<br />

Centre Point…<br />

Standing 117 metres above the streets of<br />

the West End, Centre Point’s Tower is an<br />

unmissable landmark and one of London’s<br />

first skyscrapers. It’s part of a wider complex<br />

which is used for retail and residential purposes.<br />

Although long since eclipsed in height by newer<br />

buildings, the Grade II listed 34 storey structure<br />

cuts an impressive architectural figure. Soughtafter<br />

residential accommodation in its<br />

rejuvenated tower comes at an exclusive price.<br />

SIG Design & Technology’s (D&T) proven<br />

capabilities in providing effective roofing solutions<br />

for listed buildings meant its specification<br />

expertise was invaluable in meeting the various<br />

challenges.<br />

The refurbishment project saw eight separate<br />

areas at Centre Point being waterproofed to SIG<br />

D&T’s design specification.<br />

Visibility<br />

For the iconic tower itself, the aesthetic<br />

requirement from the architect and client stated<br />

that no waterproofing on the terrace areas should<br />

be visible.<br />

Having a waterproofing solution that could detail<br />

at interfaces and upstands with liquid and tight<br />

detail that was both compatible with the existing<br />

design while offering a guaranteed solution was<br />

also critical. Working with specialist subcontractors,<br />

AC PLC, SIG advised on<br />

waterproofing for window façades in part of the<br />

tower.<br />

The waterproofing needed to be versatile enough<br />

to work on the areas being refurbished, as well as<br />

the interface with the diamond shaped concrete<br />

window frames.<br />

IKO’s Polimar FCS Roof Waterproofing was chosen<br />

as a highly durable system which offers the<br />

additional benefit of rapid curing. Polimar liquid is<br />

specifically designed as a highly durable system<br />

for flat roofs.<br />

Cracked asphalt<br />

At Centre Point, existing asphalt had cracked and<br />

failed over the years, allowing for water ingress.<br />

Water was leaking down to ground floor level<br />

which caused problems during the strip-out of<br />

the existing ground floor by main contractor<br />

Multiplex.<br />

The Centre Point complex has terraces both to<br />

east and west of the main tower, three storeys<br />

above the ground level, known as Centre Point<br />

East and Centre Point West.<br />

Both terraces benefitted from the same build-up.<br />

From the top to its base, this comprised of highperformance<br />

decking on top of an appropriate<br />

protection layer; IKO Ultra Prevent waterproofing;<br />

tapered insulation; IKO self-adhered vapour<br />

control layer, IKO primer and a concrete deck.<br />

Fourteen storeys above ground, the new Centre<br />

Point House roof was capped with ballast and<br />

paving. Below this, a new build-up comprised an<br />

appropriate protective layer; IKO Ultra Prevent<br />

waterproofing; tapered insulation; IKO selfadhered<br />

vapour control layer, IKO primer and a<br />

concrete deck.<br />

Controlling the run-off of stormwater from the<br />

roof had become an issue. SIG D&T specified a<br />

build-up which will contribute to a sustainable<br />

urban drainage system (SUDS) including two<br />

green roofs, in order to slow down the release of<br />

surface water run-off.<br />

Two sedum vaulted green roofs were installed<br />

adjacent to each other on the south side of Centre<br />

Point House and the first is approximately 400m²<br />

in size. The second roof, approximately 100<br />

metres² in size, is flat in profile and biodiverse.<br />

Christian Bartens, Contracts Manager at AC<br />

PLC’s Waterproofing Division, explained: “SIG<br />

D&T came up with an appropriate design and<br />

specification and their work facilitated the ease of<br />

installation for both the roofers and the main<br />

contractor.”<br />

Versatility and aesthetics<br />

Ross Finnie, Sales Director at SIG Design &<br />

Technology, commented: “Not only did the<br />

waterproofing systems we specified need to be<br />

versatile and work within different areas of the<br />

Centre Point building envelope, but meeting<br />

aesthetic demands at this listed building was<br />

also important. We were required to provide a<br />

cost-effective system that was sufficiently robust<br />

to carry the weight of the timber decking and<br />

quick to install so as not to delay the work<br />

programme of following trades.”<br />

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Field Techs<br />



Sika’s roofing brands work with Sika-trained contractors across each job, who benefit from<br />

site monitoring service across the project lifecycle. Supporting contractors throughout every<br />

stage of the installation is a role that falls to the Field Technician, so Total Contractor caught<br />

up with Field Technicians Craig Smith and Steve Jasper to find out more about their day-today<br />

job, and how they work with contractors to ensure a trouble-free installation.<br />

we’re needed, whatever<br />

the task, we’re there to help,<br />

“Wherever<br />

provide advice, work with the<br />

contractor to develop a solution or just listen,”<br />

explaind Craig. “We work for the system provider<br />

Sika – but we’re really an extra member of the<br />

contractor’s team. And, because many Sika Field<br />

Technicians have worked as contractors<br />

themselves or with them extensively, we can<br />

really empathise and relate to the challenges of<br />

working on site.”<br />

Craig worked in roofing contracting for 16 years<br />

before taking on his current role as a Field<br />

Technician, so he’s had all kinds of site-based<br />

roles, including labourer, installer, Foreman and<br />

Contracts Manager.<br />

“Part of what we bring to site is an understanding<br />

of the challenges of working on roofing projects<br />

and ideas on how to overcome all kinds of<br />

installation issues; from tricky detailing to<br />

extreme weather conditions. We know a lot of the<br />

contractors personally and we talk their language,<br />

often working collaboratively with the installation<br />

team to pool our experience and come up with a<br />

workable solution for the technical demands of<br />

the project.<br />

Steve Jasper, agrees: “I started working on site in<br />

1984 and I’ve been with Sika’s roofing team for<br />

13 years, so I understand both the obstacles<br />

installers face on site and the solutions in our<br />

product portfolio to meet their needs.”<br />

“It’s very much a collaboration<br />

between the Field Technician and<br />

the site team,” Craig continued,<br />

“because, ultimately, we all want<br />

a professional job that passes the<br />

final inspection with no snagging and<br />

offers the end user a robust roof with an<br />

extended service life. Lots of Sika<br />

Liquid Plastics’ refurbishment jobs<br />

involve heritage buildings or<br />

challenges with plant on the roof,<br />

where our troubleshooting input<br />

is really valuable to the contractor.<br />

There’s often more than one possible<br />

approach and part of our job is to make<br />

sure we select the best option for the specific job<br />

in question.<br />

“Sika’s Field Technicians even have an online<br />

closed user group,” added Steve, “where we can<br />

ask each other technical questions and use the<br />

power of the Sika-hive mind to help contractors<br />

out on site.”<br />

Planning & troubleshooting<br />

As providing the client with the safest, most<br />

robust specification advice is a full-team<br />

responsibility across all of Sika’s roofing brands,<br />

Craig and Steve often accompany the Area<br />

Technical Manager on site visits to carry out<br />

initial site audits or condition surveys, which<br />

inform the technical specification process.<br />

Left: Craig Smith – below: Steve Jasper;<br />

both are Field Technicians for Sika.<br />

Craig continued: “We get involved<br />

with the contractor right from the<br />

planning stage. We can help ensure<br />

that they have good methods of working,<br />

sort out training for any of the team that<br />

needs it and help them schedule the<br />

job.<br />

“One of the constant challenges for<br />

any roofing contractor is the<br />

weather, so simply by sharing our<br />

experience, helping them plan out how<br />

much wet weather work is involved and<br />

using that knowledge to help them schedule, we<br />

can add value and help the contractor avoid delays.<br />

“In the winter months, even simple advice like<br />

covering the roof to avoid any frost can help the<br />

contractor save time, and that’s what we’re all<br />

about; helping the contractor do a great job so<br />

that they can complete within programme and<br />

move on to the next project.”<br />

Training & support<br />

It’s a role that involves a meticulous approach to<br />

planning the diary while maintaining the flexibility<br />

to respond quickly to contractor requirements.<br />

“I’m usually on the road early,” Steve continued,<br />

“and can often do three or four appointments<br />

during the course of a day depending on the<br />

distance between sites. My week varies<br />

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between planned interim visits to check progress<br />

and workmanship, and ad-hoc visits where I<br />

might be troubleshooting on difficult detailing.”<br />

Craig added: “Our interim visits are to check that<br />

the system is being installed to spec and to the<br />

required quality standards, but we’re basically<br />

there to cover off anything the contractor team<br />

needs us for.<br />

“On troubleshooting visits, if we spot that one of<br />

the team may require further training support,<br />

we’ll offer to arrange training, either on site or at<br />

our training centre.”<br />

One asset at the Sika Field Technicians’ disposal<br />

for training are the company’s TSVs – Training<br />

Support Vehicles – which mean that they can<br />

demo products and installation techniques on site.<br />

“Training is a continuous process,” Steve<br />

continued, “We’re all still learning and one of the<br />

benefits of the Field Technician visits is that we<br />

get tips from contractors all the time and can<br />

“Wherever we’re<br />

needed, whatever the<br />

task, we’re there to<br />

help”<br />

pass that knowledge on.”<br />

“We also use our site visits to showcase new<br />

products and new installation techniques,” Craig<br />

added. “For example, we took our Sika Power<br />

Roller to live sites so that contractors could try it<br />

out with our Sika Liquid Plastics systems before<br />

we launched it. It’s all part of a joined up<br />

approach to making sure we work together as a<br />

supply chain, ensuring the client gets the best<br />

possible results on their roof.<br />

And of course, we take contractors’ suggestions<br />

on board too,” Steve explained. “Our role is the<br />

interface between the contractor and R&D so we<br />

can help make sure that new products answer the<br />

requirements for real contractors on real jobs.”<br />

Complete quality assurance<br />

After regular contact throughout each project, the<br />

final task of the Field Technician is to sign off on<br />

the guarantee for the project. Craig added:<br />

“Because we’ve been involved throughout, the<br />

final inspection – which includes a walk round<br />

with the contractor and the client – should just be<br />

a formality. For us, quality assurance is not just<br />

something that happens on completion, it’s a<br />

process we support throughout the job.”<br />

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Safety at Height<br />



By Steve Ball, Field Service Manager, Kingspan Insulated Panels.<br />

We might grumble about health and<br />

safety rules and regulations, but there<br />

is no question that they help save lives.<br />

The latest confirmed figures back this up, with 30<br />

fatal injuries in 2016/17, the lowest in the last<br />

five years. However, 30 deaths is 30 too many,<br />

and with almost half of those coming from falls at<br />

height there is clearly still work to be done.<br />

Who is responsible?<br />

Under the Construction (Design and<br />

Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM), building<br />

designers must “eliminate, reduce or control<br />

foreseeable risk” that may arise during the<br />

construction, maintenance and use of the<br />

completed building when preparing or modifying<br />

their plans. This includes the handling and<br />

installation of roofing materials. Meanwhile, the<br />

‘client’ – the one<br />

commissioning the new<br />

or refurbished roof – is<br />

ultimately responsible<br />

for site safety. They are<br />

expected to provide<br />

adequate time and<br />

resources to ensure all<br />

work can be carried out<br />

safely and to a high standard.<br />

These are the main people responsible<br />

for putting the right safeguards in place and<br />

reducing risk.<br />

However, it is the individuals who are carrying out<br />

the work who must take responsibility for their<br />

own safety and that of their workmates, by<br />

observing any measures that are in place, doing<br />

Left: One of the best ways of<br />

protecting workers on roofs is to<br />

install and operate fall<br />

protection systems, which<br />

are easily integrated with<br />

insulated panel systems.<br />

training when it is<br />

available, and being<br />

aware of the dangers<br />

involved in working at height.<br />

What can help?<br />

Metal-faced PIR insulated panels have been used<br />

in roofing applications for decades due to their<br />

excellent levels of thermal, structural and fire<br />

performance. Combining internal and external<br />

metal facings, insulation and waterproofing in a<br />

single rigid panel, these products can be used to<br />

create a wide range of roof types, from typical flat<br />

or pitched roofs to dynamic curved designs.<br />

As there is no need for multiple layers to be<br />

assembled, the panels provide a safe, walkable<br />

platform as soon as they are fixed to the<br />

supporting steelwork. They are also quick to<br />

install, reducing the amount of time spent<br />

working at height.<br />

Another thing that can speed the job up is the<br />

size of panels available. Up to 2 metres wide<br />

Kingspan Saferidge is a unique fall protection system from Kingspan Insulated Panels.<br />

“Whether you’re an<br />

experienced<br />

contractor or an<br />

apprentice roofer, it<br />

can be tempting<br />

sometimes to take<br />

short-cuts and take the<br />

odd risk”<br />

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“Whilst this is the<br />

responsibility of the<br />

specifier, building<br />

owner and installer of<br />

the safety equipment, at<br />

the end of the day it is<br />

only effective if it is<br />

used correctly by the<br />

people working on the<br />

roof”<br />

Above: Mechanical handling equipment is essential for these larger panels; Below: Kingspan KS2000RW two metre wide panels<br />

are available in lengths up to 20 metres.<br />

and 20 metres long, large areas can be covered in<br />

a relatively short space of time. Mechanical<br />

handling equipment is essential for these larger<br />

panels, and has also become the standard for<br />

most insulated panel system installations, with<br />

roof panels typically being craned in to place. In<br />

turn, this reduces the risk of injury from manual<br />

handling and further speeds up the work.<br />

However, it is essential that installers are<br />

properly trained in the use of such equipment,<br />

and competent to safely lift and secure the panels<br />

in place.<br />

Lifelong safety<br />

No matter how robust the roof itself may be to<br />

walk on, there is always the risk of a slip, trip or<br />

fall, both during construction and during any<br />

maintenance that may need to be carried out over<br />

the life of the building.<br />

One of the best ways of protecting workers on<br />

roofs is to install and operate fall arrest systems,<br />

from simple passive barriers installed around the<br />

perimeter of a flat roof, to rail-based anchor<br />

systems designed to provide personal protection<br />

across the whole roof area. These are typically<br />

fixed to the top skin of the panel, which<br />

minimises the dynamic load on the roof in the<br />

event of a fall and avoids penetrating the<br />

insulation layer and causing a thermal bridge.<br />

They are easy to integrate with insulated panel<br />

systems and should be regarded as an essential<br />

part of any new roofing system. They can also<br />

generally be retrofitted to existing roofs.<br />

As always, it is important that such equipment is<br />

properly installed, suitable for the application and<br />

tested to the appropriate third-party standards.<br />

Whilst this is the responsibility of the specifier,<br />

building owner, and installer of the safety<br />

equipment, at the end of the day it is only<br />

effective if it is used correctly by the people<br />

working on the roof.<br />

Don’t fall for it<br />

Whether you’re an experienced contractor or an<br />

apprentice roofer, it can be tempting sometimes<br />

to take short-cuts and take the odd risk. Don’t fall<br />

for the idea that health and safety doesn’t matter<br />

and is just a box to be ticked. The CDM<br />

Regulations are there to protect your life and your<br />

co-workers’ lives. Use solutions that help to keep<br />

you safe, and don’t become one of those<br />

increasingly rare statistics appearing in the<br />

Health and Safety Executive reports each year.<br />

Contact Kingspan Insulated Panels<br />

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www.kingspanpanels.co.uk<br />

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As homeowners increasingly look to cut their heating costs and the government continues to<br />

place pressure on UK businesses to reduce their energy usage through the European Energy<br />

Directive, Sabahudin Medic, Head of Engineering and Quality at Roof Maker, explores how<br />

adhering to Document L1B will not only ensure you’re legally compliant, but enable you to<br />

offer customers the most thermally efficient rooflights available.<br />

Whilst Document N explores the<br />

protection against manifestation and<br />

impact of glazing, the suitability and<br />

requirement of opening rooflights and safe access<br />

for cleaning, Document L1B is a key reference<br />

when ensuring the correct U-value and suitability<br />

of the rooflights you are looking to install in both<br />

commercial and residential builds. The current<br />

L1B Building Regulations were last updated in<br />

2016, and below I explore the key considerations<br />

you should explore.<br />

Approved Document L1B places rooflights under<br />

the umbrella of ‘controlled fittings’, which<br />

includes a new window, roof window, rooflight or<br />

door that also incorporates a new frame. In the<br />

event that glazing is replaced in an existing<br />

dwelling but the existing framework is<br />

maintained, this is not regarded as a controlled<br />

fitting and, as such, is not notifiable and does not<br />

have to meet Part L standards.<br />

The maximum allowable U-values are specified in<br />

Approved Document L, which deals with the<br />

conservation of fuel and power. The following<br />

maximum U-values are taken from Table 2, which<br />

can be found on page 15 of the Approved<br />

Document L1B.<br />

For notional domestic buildings, to conform to the<br />

CO ²<br />

and fabric energy efficiency targets and the<br />

limiting values for individual fabric elements and<br />

building services, the following U-values must be<br />

adhered to. These U-values are substantially<br />

reduced when compared to the maximum<br />

allowable.<br />

The U-values for the notional domestic building<br />

are as follows:<br />

Here you should note that the U-values for<br />

rooflights given in Approved Document L1B are<br />

based on the U-value having been assessed in<br />

the vertical position. For units assessed in a<br />

plane other than a vertical position, the standards<br />

within Approved Document L1B should be<br />

modified by making adjustments in relation to the<br />

slope of the unit as noted in BR 443.<br />

In addition, Approved Document L1B states that if<br />

a window is enlarged – or a new one is created –<br />

the area of rooflights should not exceed 25% of<br />

the total floor area of the dwelling, unless<br />

compensating measures are incorporated<br />

elsewhere in the project. This must be considered<br />

within the planning process.<br />

If contractors want to take this one step further,<br />

the BREEAM ‘Excellent Rating’ is considered the<br />

water mark for buildings wanting to achieve<br />

better ratings, and the minimum standards for<br />

roofs are 0.16 W/m² K.<br />

With regard to notional domestic buildings and U-<br />

values in particular, a U-value of 1.4 can easily<br />

be achieved by specifying and installing rooflights<br />

that feature triple glazing. Triple glazing has been<br />

a point of contention within the industry for years,<br />

however, it offers enhanced thermal performance<br />

and reduced noise pollution, without making the<br />

product significantly heavier or more expensive.<br />

Another area installers should consider when<br />

trying to improve the energy efficiency of a<br />

client’s home when recommending rooflights is<br />

the addition of an insulated aluminium frame.<br />

Combined with triple glazing, these rooflights will<br />

easily surpass the regulations of Document L, a<br />

benefit that customers will be pleased to know<br />

will help to contribute to a decrease in their<br />

quarterly energy bills.<br />

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way below the industry recommendations.<br />

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Project Focus<br />


Langley Waterproofing Systems delivered its TA-20 torch applied system to the Girdlestone<br />

Estate in Islington, London – resolving the water ingress issues. The success of this<br />

refurbishment project was recognised at the <strong>2018</strong> Roofing Awards, with the project winning<br />

the Reinforced Bitumen Membranes category.<br />

During the 1990s, a shallow pitched metal<br />

butterfly roof with in-built gutters was<br />

installed onto all Girdlestone Estate<br />

properties. However, defects in the roof’s design,<br />

combined with the age of the system, led to<br />

leaks, affecting both the homes and their<br />

occupants. Despite continual repair work, issues<br />

with the roof persisted. Islington Council therefore<br />

decided that a full replacement of the 3,600m²<br />

roof would need to be undertaken, in order to<br />

permanently fix Girdlestone Estate’s failing<br />

system.<br />

Informed decision<br />

In order to make an informed decision about the<br />

type of roofing system that should be installed,<br />

Langley, along with its approved contractors,<br />

conducted a full assessment of the existing roof.<br />

The team removed a section of the roof to inspect<br />

its state and decipher the best way of approaching<br />

the project – they discovered that the mineral<br />

wool insulation within the old system was<br />

completely saturated and needed to be replaced.<br />

Langley’s TA-20 – a premium high-performance<br />

torch applied SBS elastomeric membrane for<br />

warm roofs – was the chosen solution. Due to the<br />

water damage found on the original roof, the new<br />

system had to be carefully considered to ensure<br />

that no further issues would ensue. The TA-20,<br />

which is part of the Langley Parafor range, is<br />

durable, yet flexible and the heavy-duty polyester<br />

composite metal lined vapour barrier provides a<br />

robust, watertight layer, preventing water damage<br />

and any leaks to the below structure, whilst the<br />

works are ongoing.<br />

The system’s 40 year life expectancy was a key<br />

consideration in the decision for TA-20, along<br />

with its certifications; the membranes used for<br />

TA-20 are covered by MOAT 31, the assessment<br />

for Reinforced Homogeneous Waterproof<br />

Coverings of SBS Elastomer Bitumen, and the<br />

Parafor Solo Cap Sheet, which is the outer layer<br />

of the TA-20 system, achieves a “resistance to<br />

damage” rating of R4 under MOAT 31. The<br />

system also carries a 20 year independently<br />

insured guarantee for both materials, design and<br />

workmanship.<br />

Gary Chapman, Group Leader, Capital Programme<br />

Delivery at Islington Council, said: “The<br />

Girdlestone Estate has been a priority for the<br />

council and we knew that Langley – working with<br />

our service provider Mears – could be trusted to<br />

work closely with our technical team to carry out<br />

an extensive survey to reveal the underlying<br />

issues with the roof.”<br />

Work on the roof took place as part of a broader<br />

refurbishment of the Girdlestone Estate, with<br />

Mears Group Plc carrying out the external works<br />

at the same time. The project as a whole was<br />

completed on a tight time schedule, which made<br />

lead times a major challenge for Langley.<br />

Langley was able to put a plan in place and keep<br />

the work running to schedule and without<br />

problems. Langley used the initial block, as well<br />

“The team removed a section of the roof to<br />

inspect its state – the mineral wool insulation<br />

within the old system was completely saturated”<br />

Above: The Girdlestone Estate, Islington project.<br />

as its extensive knowledge of roof types across<br />

London, to gain calculations for the tapered<br />

insulation, rooflights and outlets. The team could<br />

then create these elements for the remaining 19<br />

blocks ahead of time. This ensured that the<br />

construction team could remove the existing<br />

metal butterfly roof and instantly replace it with<br />

the new TA-20 system, without the need for a<br />

temporary solution.<br />

Rolling programme<br />

The team also utilised a rolling programme, which<br />

enabled communication between the client and<br />

contractor. This was vital for the success of the<br />

build and allowed for the original roof to be<br />

inspected on the day that it was being replaced.<br />

The team was then able to make adjustments<br />

without causing major disruption to timescales.<br />

David Hodgson, Executive Managing Director at<br />

Mears Group, added: “With such a challenging<br />

project, Langley’s support throughout the<br />

refurbishment was invaluable and the solution<br />

they provided will ensure that the estate’s roofs<br />

are protected from any future problems.”<br />

Contact Langley Waterproofing Systems<br />

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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 />

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When the residents of Ecclesmachan, in West Lothian, had all but lost hope of restoring the roof of the historic<br />

local village hall due to a lack of funding, a solution was found in the form of Roofshield. The A. Proctor Group’s<br />

“Roofshield to the Rescue” promotion offered community halls and centres up and down the country the chance<br />

of up to £10,000 of support towards the restoration of a community roofing project.<br />

The successful nomination was awarded to the Ecclesmachan & Threemiletown Village Hall. The original building<br />

was a single Victorian school with ancillary accommodation. The pitched roofs, which were in urgent need of repair,<br />

consisted of a timber hand cut joists and truss design, with sarking, and a slate roof finish.<br />

Slorach Wood Architects were commissioned to prepare plans and oversee all works which included removal of the existing roof slates down to the sarking<br />

boards, examination and replacement of sarking where required, replacing all lead valleys and flashings, and application of the Roofshield membrane, and<br />

then re-slated. Walter Wood, Director for Slorach Wood Architects, commented: “Without the generous help of the A. Proctor Group the roofing works may not<br />

have been able to go ahead due to a lack of available funding.” www.proctorgroup.com<br />


Cembrit Glendyne natural slates have been specified and installed on a unique renovation project<br />

for the Historic Hampshire landmark, Netley Chapel, which saw the local community contributing<br />

financially to the restoration project.<br />

Above: Royal Victoria Country Park was<br />

once the site of the world’s largest military<br />

hospital, the Royal Victoria Hospital (or<br />

Netley Hospital). Visit www.totalcontractor.co.uk<br />

to watch a video on the<br />

restoration project.<br />

Before slating began, the public were invited to site to mark the occasion and “sponsor a slate”. For a<br />

small donation, visitors wrote a message and signed the reverse of a roof slate. More than 900 Glendyne<br />

slates were decorated, raising £6,600 for the friends of the Royal Victoria Country Park. These slates were<br />

then installed on the roof of the chapel by Elliotts Premier Roofing of Southampton. www.cembrit.co.uk<br />


CUPA PIZARRAS’ Heavy 3 slate has been specified and installed by three housebuilders for the roofing at Chapelton – a<br />

new £1 billion town being built from scratch near Aberdeen.<br />

The new Chapelton site.<br />

With Phase 1 now complete, and Phase 2 underway, over 290,000 Heavy 3 slates have been used across the 126 units<br />

built to date. Installer on the Chapelton site for all three developers - ZeroC, sister company Brio Retirement Living and A &<br />

J Stephen (Builders) Ltd - Steve Scott, Managing Director at Forster Roofing commented: “We are long time advocates of<br />

Heavy 3. For this project, it was selected for its heavier weight. Each roof sub structure is timber sarked with a felt layer<br />

and the Heavy 3 slate double nailed and finished with zinc ridging and flashing.” www.cupapizarras.com/uk<br />


North East-based roofing company Roof Trust has opted for the Dakea Ultima roof windows to ensure high quality<br />

installations on a number of residential refurbishment properties. Easy to install, Ultima windows provide a range of<br />

benefits for the homeowner, including reducing external noise by as much as 50% when compared to other standard<br />

windows on the market.<br />

David Bruce, Managing Director of Roof Trust, said: “When looking at the options on the market, we were keen to find a<br />

manufacturer whose products would meet the homeowner requirements as well as provide a simple installation.”<br />

www.dakea.com<br />

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Marley Alutec has announced a major cut in the delivery lead times of its top selling products.<br />

With immediate effect, the lead time for stocked Heritage Black and Anthracite Grey (RAL7016) goods will reduce to<br />

five working days, while all standard colour products will be delivered within ten working days of order.<br />

The new five-day lead times apply to Alutec’s easy to install Evolve range of gutter systems in Heritage Black and<br />

Anthracite Grey (RAL7016). Also benefiting from the reduced lead times are a select number of popular sizes in the<br />

Traditional Half Round, Moulded Ogee, and Alligator Classic gutter systems, and Evolve, Alligator Classic, Tudor, and Marley Alutec has a wide range of sustainable<br />

Flushfit downpipes. Popular sized Flushfit downpipes in Anthracite Grey will also be available for delivery in this time frame. marine grade aluminium products, suitable for<br />

projects from new build through to heritage and<br />

listed buildings.<br />

Kevin Stanley, Marley Alutec, commented: “We realise that the nature of the market dictates not all products can be<br />

ordered weeks in advance, and that there is often a necessity to receive rainwater goods at short notice. By investing in our stock and delivery systems, we<br />

can provide a much quicker and efficient supply of products to merchants and contractors. This enhancement continues our commitment to outstanding<br />

service by working closely with our customers to understand their needs and pressure points.” www.marleyalutec.co.uk<br />


SFS Fall Protection Systems have been used as the roofing fall protection solution for the first and most significant<br />

phase of the Istanbul New Airport, a new ‘mega-airport’, replacing the city’s Atatürk Airport.<br />

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Lifeline system was used<br />

across the 400,000m²<br />

standing seam roof, with<br />

2,200 high load posts<br />

The scale of the €7bn project is illustrated by the fact that 20,000 workers were employed on site at one time, supported<br />

by 58 cranes. To protect workers and maintenance teams with both restraint and fall arrest capabilities, the responsible<br />

contractor selected to use the Horizontal Lifeline system from SFS. The system was part of a package of building envelope<br />

solutions provided by the SFS Group. This included a range of high performance SFS SL2, SD6 and SD14 fasteners for the<br />

standing seam roof, plus thousands of GESIPA BULB-TITE blind rivets. www.sfsintec.co.uk.<br />


Following recent work with Exova, Sharmans is pleased to announce it has gained an<br />

independent assessment and test evidence for its Plygene Gutterline system in relation to<br />

the spread of fire.<br />

Plygene Gutterline is the only BBA approved gutter lining<br />

system specifically engineered to guarantee leak<br />

prevention and preserve gutter performance for both<br />

industrial and commercial buildings.<br />

Exova conducted an Ignitability Test – EN 11925-2 on their two key system components, namely the<br />

thermoplastic membrane and the material used to form the bespoke moulded units. Upon passing<br />

this test, the products have also obtained a Euro-classification ‘E’ to the harmonised European<br />

standard EN 13501-1. www.hdsharman.co.uk<br />


Kennett Brothers’ latest project involved major remodelling of an existing property in Sevenoaks, Kent.<br />

The client’s main challenge was to find a rainwater solution that dispersed the rainwater effectively and fit the<br />

curved fascia detail on the newly built orangery extension.<br />

“I am very pleased with the colour and look of the<br />

gutters and the way they blend into the fascia, in<br />

particular, the curved guttering on the Orangery”<br />

ARP’s Legion pressed aluminium box gutter and Colonnade aluminium flushjoint downpipes, both Polyester<br />

Powder Coated (PPC) in RAL 9005 black matt finish were the products chosen and samples of the product and<br />

PPC colours were supplied to the client, so he could be assured of the quality. www.arp-ltd.com<br />

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Roofing Updates<br />

For further info on all these roofing updates and more, visit www.total-contractor.co.uk<br />


Are you prepared for the winter rain and wind? Well, Snickers’ new waterproof jackets will keep you warm and<br />

dry – all day, every day!<br />

You can count on year-round comfort and protection with Snickers Workwear’s new AllRoundWork Waterproof Jackets.<br />

They’ll make your working day easier and more comfortable with built-in quality, functionality and high performance<br />

features to cope with the very worst that the weather can throw at you.<br />

With lightweight and heavier-duty designs and styles for professional tradesmen and women, these jackets are 100% waterproof. The insides are fully<br />

sealed from the worst of the weather and every seam is taped or sealed. Even the pockets and cuffs are specially designed to keep the weather out and dry<br />

warmth in.<br />

There’s a host of designs, styles and extensive size options so you can select just the right jacket for you and your job. To back them up, Snickers has a great<br />

range of Winter Vests and Bodywarmers, even a Body Mapping Micro Fleece, so you’ll be well looked after all day, every day. www.snickersworkwear.co.uk<br />


Rooflights & Skylights, a new online store has launched offering rooflights or skylights<br />

with fast delivery at competitive prices.<br />

Rooflights & Skylights offers a comprehensive range of discounted and competitively-priced<br />

polycarbonate and glass solutions, with next-day delivery on many stocked units. Developed<br />

by National Domelight Company (NDC), Rooflights & Skylights has an intuitive navigation, clear<br />

product images, transparent unit prices and detailed technical and delivery information for<br />

easy selection of the most suitable rooflight. www.rooflights-skylights.co.uk<br />


Having launched new cordless grinders, and a hammer drill earlier in the year, FEIN is<br />

extending its 18V product range with the ASCM 18 QSW 4-speed cordless drill/driver.<br />

FEIN: The electric drill inventor keeps fuelling its cordless<br />

revolution.<br />

This is an alternate version of the 12 and 18 volt ASCM machine, already popular within the<br />

community but with two new benefits. Firstly, the Multi-Volt feature allows the machine to be<br />

powered by a 12 to 18 V lithium-ion battery, and secondly the body is lighter and more<br />

compact, weighing just 1.7kg. https://fein.com/en_uk/<br />


Craftsmanship and attention to detail received their just reward when the re-roofing of Shettleston New<br />

Parish Church in Glasgow’s East End won the Roof Tiling category in the UK Roofing Awards. The award was<br />

made to DM Roofing & Roughcasting, working with BMI Redland. Architect Peter Drummond, initially specified<br />

an alternative clay tile while DM Roofing lobbied to use BMI Redland’s Rosemary clay tile:<br />

Two turrets were major<br />

challenges in the project.<br />

“We’re used to using the Redland tile and find them better to work with. They give a sharper finish,” explained director<br />

Michael McCabe. “I agreed at once,” said Drummond. “BMI Redland are a respected manufacturer. In fact, Rosemary’s<br />

pretty much the go-to name, especially when you want tiles for a restoration project”. www.redland.co.uk<br />

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Cladding & Sheeting<br />


Thanks to technological advances and research and development, pre-finished steel has<br />

come a long way since it was pioneered back in the 1930s. But have you ever wondered<br />

why some manufacturers can offer better guarantees than others? Dr. Peter Barker, Manager<br />

of New Product Development at Tata Steel, gives his view.<br />

Since the launch of pre-finished steel, it has<br />

become one of the most popular envelope<br />

solutions worldwide, thanks to the array of<br />

design advantages and maintenance benefits it<br />

can deliver throughout the whole lifespan of a<br />

building.<br />

However, not all products have the same<br />

performance level, and this is particularly<br />

apparent when you look at the length and how<br />

comprehensive the guarantees are which<br />

accompany them. What’s more, distinguishing<br />

between guarantees based on technical ability<br />

and those which are given because of commercial<br />

necessity can often be difficult.<br />

In fact, guarantees for pre-finished steel are<br />

determined by a number of factors, including<br />

what application the product is used for, the<br />

metallic coating used with the steel substrate, the<br />

paint type and the testing it is subjected to.<br />

“It is vital that the<br />

performance of the<br />

product and the<br />

guarantee is fully taken<br />

into consideration”<br />

The combination of all these layers of prefinished<br />

steel not only have aesthetic<br />

considerations, but they can be indicators of the<br />

durability of a product, which will translate to the<br />

guarantee it offers. Product durability can be<br />

defined by the ability of the pre-finished steel to<br />

have resistance from a number of sources,<br />

including marine environments, chemicals,<br />

abrasives and sunlight. The ultraviolet rays from<br />

sunlight are the most destructive to coatings as<br />

they are directly absorbed. When<br />

exposed to sunlight, prefinished<br />

steel firstly loses its<br />

gloss, chalking occurs and<br />

micro-cracking can appear<br />

on the surface.<br />

Tests<br />

In order to understand how prefinished<br />

steel reacts to certain elements,<br />

there are a number of tests that pre-finished<br />

steel manufacturers should perform. For example,<br />

in accelerated corrosion tests – which are<br />

undertaken in UKAS accredited laboratories – the<br />

product is subjected to salt spray, prohesion,<br />

watersoak and humidity procedures and within UV<br />

testing, pre-finished steel is exposed to artificial<br />

UVA, UVB, high temperature UVA and Xenon to<br />

assess the extent of colour and gloss retention.<br />

Ensuring you choose a pre-finished steel that has<br />

been tested for all of the above will not only result<br />

in the end client receiving a building envelope<br />

that is aesthetically pleasing, but they can rest<br />

assured it will remain looking ‘good as new’ for<br />

years to come – reducing the need for costly<br />

replacements in the building’s lifespan.<br />

Colorcoat Prisma<br />

There are products available on the market which<br />

have reputable guarantees as they combine all of<br />

the above strengths. For example, our Colorcoat<br />

Prisma includes a cutting-edge three-layer<br />

technology, which provides superior ultraviolet<br />

(UV) resistance that maintains the colour and<br />

long-term aesthetic appearance of the product.<br />

This then translates into being able to offer a<br />

market leading guarantee. The Confidex<br />

Left: Tata Steel Colorcoat Prisma.<br />

Guarantee is the product<br />

performance guarantee for<br />

Colorcoat HPS200 Ultra and<br />

Colorcoat Prisma. It offers up<br />

to 40 years of protection when<br />

used in external conventional<br />

building envelope applications – namely<br />

roof and wall cladding – using single skin, builtup<br />

or composite panel construction in industrial<br />

and commercial applications.<br />

Provided directly to the building owner, the<br />

guarantee creates a contractual relationship<br />

between the building owner and Tata Steel,<br />

removing the need for a property owner to<br />

navigate the supply chain in the unlikely event of<br />

a claim.<br />

Requiring no maintenance and inspection to<br />

maintain its validity, the Confidex Guarantee also<br />

reduces the need to go onto the roof of a property,<br />

minimising maintenance costs and improving<br />

safety. Furthermore, the Confidex Guarantee<br />

ensures full rectification in the unlikely event of a<br />

failure from year one to year 40.<br />

When choosing a pre-finished steel building<br />

envelope product for your next project, it is vital<br />

that the performance of the product and the<br />

guarantee is fully taken into consideration. This is<br />

the only way to be truly sure you will meet the<br />

expectations of your client.<br />

Contact Tata Steel<br />

01244 892434<br />

www.colorcoat-online.com<br />

@TataSteelConstr<br />

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Project Focus<br />



Total Contractor hears why Shackerley’s SureClad System was the perfect choice for the new<br />

hotel at Doncaster Racecourse.<br />

One of the oldest horse racing venues in the UK, Doncaster Racecourse hosts 36 race fixtures<br />

each year, is home to the William Hill St Leger Festival and provides a venue for all kinds of<br />

events and occasions, from concerts to conferences.<br />

The Racecourse’s packed year-round calendar means that high quality accommodation, corporate<br />

hospitality and events space close to the racecourse are always in high demand, making it an ideal<br />

location for development of the new Hilton Garden Inn.<br />

Designed by KKA Architecture, the eight-storey project features Shackerley’s SureClad ceramic granite<br />

ventilated façade system across all eight storeys; so what were the benefits of specifying the SureClad<br />

system and what buildability benefits did it offer the contractor?<br />

Below we hear 5 key points from this interesting project:<br />

Shackerley’s SureClad system was used at the new hotel on<br />

Doncaster Racecourse.<br />

1. Specification of the Shackerley ventilated<br />

façade system took advantage of the variety<br />

available within the SureClad ceramic granite<br />

range, combining a natural cream finish with a<br />

distinctive grain with a highly-polished black<br />

ceramic granite that complements the curtainwalled<br />

elevation facing the racecourse and<br />

provides dramatic, elegant contrast.<br />

2. The system has been used to deliver a<br />

contemporary, minimalist aesthetic, while<br />

providing materiality that creates an impression<br />

of natural stone, answering planning authority<br />

requirements by referencing local built<br />

environment context. As Alex Geddes from KKA<br />

Architecture commented: “The Shackerley ‘Lopar’<br />

range of ceramic granite with its natural cream<br />

finish and subtle graining provides a fantastic<br />

alternative to natural stone, offering us the design<br />

flexibility to create strikingly different facades for<br />

the front, rear and side elevations.”<br />

3. In addition to achieving the project’s aesthetic<br />

goals and creating the required impression of<br />

quality, the relatively lightweight SureClad<br />

ceramic granite system also provided an ideal<br />

response to the loading requirements for the<br />

building. The Racecourse elevation features a<br />

dark façade of curtain walling framed by cream<br />

ceramic granite and side elevations feature a long<br />

column clad in the cream-coloured SureClad<br />

ceramic granite to create the frame for the<br />

Racecourse elevation, giving the building a<br />

delicate appearance.<br />

4. Halcyon, the cladding contractor, has its own<br />

design team so the company produced detailed<br />

installation plans and shared these with<br />

Shackerley who produced panels to the<br />

programme provided. Because the Queen’s Award<br />

Winning SureClad Access installation system<br />

enables non-sequential installation, the<br />

installation team was able to work around other<br />

activity on site, ensuring maximum flexibility and<br />

ease of buildability.<br />

5. An exceptionally hard and durable material<br />

with excellent freeze-thaw resistance,<br />

Shackerley’s ceramic granite is impermeable,<br />

helping to ensure it does not degrade over time.<br />

Resistant to abrasion, algae, graffiti and UV light,<br />

ceramic granite is non-combustible to Class A1 in<br />

accordance with BS EN 13501-1.<br />

Contact Shackerley<br />

01257 273114<br />

www.shackerley.com<br />

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Fixings Q&A<br />



Total Contractor caught up with Ian Hill, Managing Director of Fixing Point, to talk about the<br />

company’s imminent move to new premises and what this will mean for customers...<br />

TC. You’re about to move to a new<br />

headquarters building, what prompted the<br />

move?<br />

IH. We have seen significant growth in our<br />

business over the last year, and we aim to build<br />

on this. We have big ambitions for the next fiveyear<br />

period, and moving to a new, larger building<br />

with excellent facilities is an integral part of our<br />

strategy. The move will allow us to offer the<br />

widest range of products and the best solutions<br />

possible across a variety of applications, backed<br />

up by speedy delivery when and where our<br />

customers want.<br />

TC. What new capabilities will the new<br />

building offer you as a business?<br />

IH. The new building includes open-plan office<br />

space for our growing sales and technical team,<br />

training and conference facilities, staff recreation<br />

rooms, larger production area and a laboratory<br />

where products will undergo rigorous quality<br />

testing. We will also manufacture a growing range<br />

of products on-site including our moulded head<br />

range and Gridtite spacer systems. Also, as well<br />

as our current range of powder coated fixings, we<br />

will be powder coating our hex head fixing range.<br />

This in-house manufacturing capability and a<br />

larger production area will allow us to effectively<br />

manage stock and production, reducing lead<br />

times for customers.<br />

TC. How will the move develop your<br />

relationship, offering and interaction with<br />

your customers?<br />

IH. We have incorporated training and conference<br />

rooms where we can hold client meetings and<br />

presentations. This is important as we will be<br />

able to provide training support to our customers<br />

on the benefits and potential applications of our<br />

products in a face-to-face setting. On another<br />

note, our new head office provides a fantastic<br />

working environment for our hard-working team.<br />

A happy workforce provides better service and<br />

that’s important because service is at the heart<br />

of all we do here at Fixing Point.<br />

TC: We are expecting more from our<br />

buildings in terms of performance and<br />

aesthetics; how does this impact you as a<br />

manufacturer / supplier and your installer<br />

customers?<br />

IH. This is certainly true, and we are constantly<br />

evolving and improving our offer to help our<br />

clients deliver buildings that excel on both fronts.<br />

Due to thicker insulation and composite panels<br />

being specified more regularly, our product range<br />

has had to evolve to keep up with these market<br />

patterns. This means we now offer longer fixings<br />

and new, improved brackets for our spacer<br />

system amongst other products.<br />

Our stainless steel range has also increased to<br />

keep up with our customers’ requirements and<br />

we have invested in a new powder coating facility<br />

to keep up with the demand for powder coated<br />

fixings as some contractors prefer this option.<br />

As mentioned previously, we will also be powder<br />

coating our hexagon-headed fixings due to<br />

popular demand for this finish. We are also<br />

seeing an increase in demand for coloured<br />

fixings; with more colours being used in the<br />

market, our colour matching service ensures our<br />

fixings match the finish of the building.<br />

TC: What should contractors look for<br />

when appointing their fixings and<br />

fasteners supplier?<br />

IH. Building a constructive relationship with your<br />

fixings and fasteners supplier can be crucial to<br />

the overall success of a project. Contractors<br />

should always seek advice from their supplier on<br />

technical performance specifications.<br />

Understanding the intended application of<br />

products is essential to this process, so it’s<br />

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important to have a two-way dialogue.<br />

Sharing all the key information about the project<br />

at the outset is the best way to ensure your<br />

supplier can recommend the best solution. A key<br />

question to ask is whether the supplier can<br />

advise on the correct fixings and procedures not<br />

only at the outset of a project, but during the<br />

construction phase. Ensuring you have support<br />

from your supplier for the duration of a project is<br />

essential to resolving any on-site application<br />

problems. Maintaining regular contact and<br />

updating them with information on the materials<br />

you are using at each stage means they can offer<br />

appropriate advice throughout.<br />

“We’ve been privileged to work on some really interesting high-profile projects”<br />

Another thing to ask your supplier about is the<br />

warranty and guarantee they offer on products.<br />

These can vary significantly from product to<br />

product, and you must decide whether a<br />

fastener’s life expectancy is suitable for its<br />

intended application. At Fixing Point we offer life<br />

expectancy statements tailored to the specifics of<br />

a project, and if your project is particularly<br />

complex you should discuss this with your<br />

supplier so you can fully understand your options.<br />

TC: What are some of the main issues<br />

affecting your contractor customers?<br />

IH: Expectations and pressures on contractors to<br />

deliver projects on time and to tight budgets are<br />

always high, and never more so than in the<br />

current climate. It’s not surprising, therefore, that<br />

some contractors may feel tempted to take<br />

measures to save project time by cutting crucial<br />

corners or opting for cheaper materials.<br />

But when it comes to fixings and fasteners, the<br />

temptation to substitute products with cheaper,<br />

more accessible or non-compliant alternatives<br />

can risk early failure and costly remedial work.<br />

Communication is key throughout every phase of<br />

the building process and it’s really important to<br />

ask questions if you’re in doubt about any<br />

quotations or drawings provided in the<br />

specifications.<br />

We always advise caution when checking the<br />

specifications of panels and fixings, and urge<br />

contractors to ensure that all quotes meet the<br />

required standard and are genuinely like-for-like.<br />

Architects and clients rightly expect their<br />

buildings or installations to be guaranteed and to<br />

last, so our advice is to ensure enough time and<br />

attention is given to the fixtures and fittings<br />

element. Every job is different, so specialist<br />

suppliers who know their products and their<br />

applications well are your friend!<br />

TC: Can you describe some of the more<br />

interesting projects or jobs your products<br />

have been used on?<br />

IH: We’ve been privileged to work on some really<br />

interesting high-profile projects. For example, the<br />

£28 million Derby Arena Velodrome in Pride Park<br />

is one of the few multisport velodromes in the<br />

country, with a 250m indoor cycling track, a 12-<br />

court sports hall, a gym and a 5,000-seat arena.<br />

It was one of the first Olympics legacy projects to<br />

get underway following London 2012, and it’s<br />

aesthetically very impressive so that was a lovely<br />

project to be involved with.<br />

Another example is Imperial Park in Coventry,<br />

which was developed to meet the growing<br />

demand for high quality distribution warehouses<br />

within easy reach of the UK’s major regions and<br />

big cities.<br />

Owned by M&G Real Estate, the development has<br />

started letting space to some key distribution<br />

firms. Other recent projects include Gloucester<br />

Rugby Club and Jaguar Land Rover. No matter<br />

how big or small the job, or the challenges they<br />

can present, we love playing our part in bringing<br />

buildings and developments to life safely and<br />

securely.<br />

TC: The move to your new building follows<br />

on from your recent rebrand which was<br />

unveiled in 2017; do you now feel that<br />

everything is in place to really kick on as<br />

a company and what can we expect from<br />

Fixing Point in 2019?<br />

IH: The rebrand and move have been a great start<br />

to our journey. We have achieved a lot recently,<br />

including growing our sales and marketing team,<br />

investing in technical support, training and staff<br />

development, plus unveiling a new website and<br />

product brochures.<br />

We believe 2019 is going to be another exciting<br />

year for Fixing Point. Our focus will be increasing<br />

awareness of our full product range, product<br />

development, establishing a distribution unit in<br />

Scotland, continuing to grow our team and<br />

growing our market share. So while we certainly<br />

feel that the fundamentals are now in place, there<br />

is still work to do. We don’t believe in resting on<br />

our laurels!<br />

Contact Fixing Point<br />

01242 265100<br />

www.fixingpoint.com<br />

@FixingPoint<br />

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How To:<br />



The technical team at A. Proctor Group discuss the considerations that should be made<br />

when choosing the right membrane for open-jointed cladding.<br />

Rainscreen cladding, a construction type<br />

that first appeared on Norwegian barns<br />

around 100 years ago, has now become<br />

an industry standard for protecting and finishing<br />

buildings of all shapes and sizes in the UK. The<br />

more recent trend towards open-jointed cladding<br />

has produced not only unique architecturally<br />

aesthetic designs, but has also sparked new<br />

advancements in rainscreen membrane<br />

technology.<br />

The purpose of exterior cladding in a closedjointed<br />

system is to protect underlying structures<br />

from the elements, primarily wind, water, UV rays<br />

and fire. Contractors that specify open-jointed<br />

systems should understand that the porous<br />

nature of open-jointed cladding effectively<br />

removes its ability to protect.<br />

In order for open-jointed rainscreens to be<br />

successful i.e. for buildings with open-jointed<br />

cladding not to be leaky, drafty or moldy, and to<br />

Above: A. Proctor’s Fireshield, front and back.<br />

“The design of the<br />

exterior structure must<br />

account for the lack of<br />

protection the outer<br />

cladding would provide”<br />

alleviate fire-risk, the design of the exterior<br />

structure must account for the lack of protection<br />

the outer cladding would otherwise provide.<br />

Some designs transfer this responsibility to<br />

deeper layers in the build-up. Strategies include<br />

doubling up of the weather resistant walling<br />

underlay, using UV-rated insulation directly<br />

behind the cladding, significantly increasing the<br />

depth of the cavity to mitigate UV damage to the<br />

protective membrane, and even simulating openjoints<br />

by fixing panels or cultured stone back to a<br />

dark substrate to suggest a “shadow”. While<br />

there are few case studies on the effectiveness of<br />

these methods, the potential downsides include<br />

increased material and labour costs, complicated<br />

detailing, and an increase in building footprint,<br />

making these options less than ideal.<br />

The introduction of airtight, vapour permeable<br />

walling underlays that are water resistant, fire<br />

resistant and, importantly, UV stable so they can<br />

work behind open-jointed cladding has been a<br />

game-changing innovation to the industry.<br />

These membranes are performance-tested well in<br />

excess of conventional breather membranes. A<br />

membrane that is deemed suitable for use under<br />

open-jointed rainscreens should have the<br />

following test profile:<br />

• Complies with all BS 5250, BS 4016 & NHBC<br />

requirements for vapour permeable walling<br />

underlays<br />

• Resistance to water penetration: Class W1 (EN<br />

1908 / EN 13859-2)<br />

• Resistance to air penetration:<br />



Kee®Cover range of rooflight protection is a modular and easy to install<br />

solution designed to cover rooflights and skylights on trapezoidal and<br />

standing seam roofs. The covers are designed to provide a robust<br />

effective solution without blocking out the light into the building.<br />

The range is component based, making it easier to transport to the roof<br />

and assemble on site. Standard mesh panels are supplied 2m long<br />

and 1m wide and sit onto the metal frame which is constructed from<br />

Kee Klamp®fittings. Extension panels are available for larger rooflights<br />

and skylights.<br />

Features and Benefits:<br />

• Effective safety solution for rooflight protection<br />

• Easily assembled and fitted while on the roof<br />

• Component based system for ease of transportation<br />

• Components and mesh hot dip galvanised for superior durability<br />

• Extension panels available for larger rooflights and skylights<br />

• Variable height caters for different shaped rooflights<br />

• Tube can be colour coated for greater visibility<br />

• Tested following requirements of ACR Red Book<br />

www.safesite.co.uk<br />

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Email: info@safesite.co.uk

How To:<br />

for use under open-jointed rainscreens. Both<br />

have Class B fire performance, which is one of<br />

the highest classifications for construction<br />

membranes, with Fireshield having the added<br />

benefit of an intumescent coating which actively<br />

reacts to prevent fire from taking hold. Fireshield<br />

and Façadeshield UV are dark grey to black in<br />

colour to produce the desired “shadow” aesthetic<br />

behind open-jointed cladding, and are installed in<br />

the same manner as traditional breather<br />

membranes.<br />

“Contractors that<br />

specify open-jointed<br />

systems should<br />

understand that the<br />

porous nature of openjointed<br />

cladding<br />

effectively removes its<br />

ability to protect”<br />

Step-by-Step: Fireshield and Façadeshield UV membrane installation<br />

1. To protect the membrane from mechanical ensuring the membrane is as dust and grease<br />

damage, open-joints in the cladding must be a free as possible and the substrate dry and<br />

max. 50mm wide and not more than 50% of the stable. Place fixings at centres not greater than<br />

total façade area.<br />

500mm.<br />

2. The membrane is fixed to the supporting 4. Lap the membrane<br />

construction mechanically using fixings 100mm horizontally and<br />

appropriate to the substrate. Consideration 150mm vertically.<br />

should be made of the fire performance of the Ensure vertical overlaps<br />

fixings.<br />

are staggered and<br />

horizontal overlaps are<br />

3. Unroll the membrane and fix directly to the<br />

shingled to shed water away from the<br />

substrate i.e. insulation / sheathing board<br />

sheathing. At external corners return the<br />

membrane by 300mm.<br />

5. Detail the membrane into openings to ensure<br />

the return provides sufficient lap and<br />

weathering protection for the proposed framing.<br />

Reflectafoil Tape, Façadeshield Tape or Flextite<br />

UV Tape may be used to seal the corners.<br />

6. Lap membrane at<br />

cavity barriers and trays<br />

by a min. 100mm<br />

horizontally and 150mm<br />

vertically.<br />

7. Seal around penetrations through membrane<br />

with Reflectafoil Tape, Façadeshield Tape or<br />

Flextite UV Tape.<br />

*This guidance is a summary only. Please<br />

contact the A. Proctor Group for complete<br />

installation advice.<br />

“Fireshield and Façadeshield UV are dark grey to<br />

black in colour to produce the desired ‘shadow’<br />

aesthetic behind open-jointed cladding”<br />

Contact A. Proctor Group<br />

01250 872 261<br />

www.proctorgroup.com<br />

@proctorgroup<br />

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High performance A4 austenitic stainless fasteners by SFS will play a vital role in ensuring that the<br />

stunning new V&A Dundee will retain its superb visual appeal throughout its lifespan.<br />

SFS has partnered with Sika Sarnafil and Q9 Cladding Solutions to deliver a secure and durable warm roof for<br />

the highly acclaimed museum, which is the first V&A outside London and explores Scotland's design heritage<br />

past, present and future. Their comprehensive building envelope package will ensure the visually stunning<br />

façade delivers on the architect’s aesthetic goals throughout its lifespan.<br />

Designed by globally acclaimed Japanese architects Kengo Kuma & Associates following an international<br />

competition, the V&A Dundee is an eye-catching 8,000m² building. A total of 2,466 huge cast stone panels,<br />

weighing 3000kg each and spanning up to 4m wide, wrap around the museum’s façade, the design of which was<br />

inspired by the coastal cliffs of the North East of Scotland. SFS worked closely with membrane manufacturer<br />

Sika Sarnafil to ensure that the innovative design of the V&A warm roofs could be delivered sustainably, and to a<br />

superior build quality for maximum longevity. www.sfsintec.co.uk<br />

The V&A Dundee: Sika Sarnafil S327 membrane was<br />

installed with the Sarnafast fastening system, which<br />

includes thermally broken SFT sleeves and SFS’s BS-<br />

S-4,8 austenitic stainless steel grade A4 (316)<br />

fasteners. The tapered insulation system was also<br />

installed with BS-S-4,8 fasteners which were<br />

combined with Sika SBT sleeves and SBIW insulation<br />

washers.<br />

Lightweight, easy to install and moisture<br />

resistant, VIVIX Lap cladding does not<br />

require pre or post installation<br />

treatments or need to be painted during<br />

its lifetime.<br />


Formica Group has continued its innovative approach to rainscreen cladding, with the introduction<br />

of new VIVIX Lap high performance exterior weatherboard cladding. VIVIX Lap is a modern<br />

alternative to wood and fibre cement plank cladding, providing great looks, quick and simple<br />

installation and requiring little ongoing maintenance.<br />

Pre-cut VIVIX Lap planks are applied in an overlap arrangement, providing a classic cladding style, with a<br />

modern twist. VIVIX Lap planks can be applied to everything from new build housing and renovation projects,<br />

garden offices, sheds and garages, to commercial business parks and retail outlets. www.formica.com<br />


Freefoam Building Products has launched a new video testimonial from Freefoam Registered<br />

Installer The Bristol Fascia Company. Working in partnership with installation companies is key to<br />

Freefoam’s success and this video illustrates the benefits to both.<br />

Matt Brazeley, The Bristol Fascia Company.<br />

Using a recent installation project featuring contemporary looking Anthracite Grey fascia and soffit, the<br />

film features fitter Matt Brazeley explaining how the product range and partnership with Freefoam works<br />

for them. Matt explained: “All our fitting teams like the quality of the Freefoam range, it’s easy to fit, the<br />

boards are stable and the accessories are sturdy.” www.freefoam.com<br />


Freefoam Building Products is pleased to announce a new video testimonial to highlight the<br />

support it gives installers and consumers.<br />

Visit www.total-contractor.co.uk to view Mr<br />

Bellringer’s full testimonial: “Freefoam sent us<br />

samples of the X-Wood Cladding and arranged for<br />

Freefoam Stockist and Installer Tru Plastics to quote<br />

for supply and fit.”<br />

Homeowner Mr Eddie Bellringer wanted to replace old and tired looking render on his home and<br />

turned to Freefoam’s consumer-focussed site mycladding.com. Offering information about cladding<br />

styles, designs and colours with the opportunity to receive samples and an installation quote from a<br />

local company, the site is designed to give homeowners all the tools and support they need in one<br />

place. www.freefoam.com<br />

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As Tata Steel’s Colorcoat Prisma pre-finished steel continues to increase in<br />

popularity, the manufacturer has seen a demand for further colours to be<br />

introduced to the market. In response, three new ‘sparkle’ colours have been<br />

launched for its Colorcoat Prisma standard Elements range.<br />

The three new colours – Sirius Sparkle, Orion Sparkle and Zeus Sparkle – have all been<br />

developed with an enhanced metallic sparkle effect, which provides a premium finish ideal for<br />

wall façades. Tata Steel’s Colorcoat Prisma pre-finished steel offers superior ultraviolet (UV)<br />

resistance and corrosion protection, exceeding the highest European Standard requirements.<br />

www.colorcoat-online.com<br />





X-Wood Cladding from Freefoam Building Products has been used as a contemporary<br />

feature to the front and rear elevation of a stunning new home on the outskirts of York.<br />

Homeowner Peter Jennings explained: “The cladding feature was originally specified as timber,<br />

but with a busy professional and home life it was critical to make this home as low<br />

maintenance as possible. We were introduced to the Freefoam cladding range from a local<br />

supplier, Revival Building Products Ltd, and immediately liked the X-Wood range.”<br />

www.freefoam.com<br />


Roofdec has chosen rainscreen support and fastening solutions from SFS for major new<br />

building projects as part of its record £9m cladding contract for The Springs, a new<br />

retail and leisure development at Thorpe Park Leeds.<br />

www.sfsintec.co.uk / www.nvelope.com<br />

Roofdec’s contract involved 26,000m² of roofing, with an external envelope utilising highspecification<br />

cladding including the Kingspan Benchmark Karrier system and granite and limestone<br />

rainscreen. 4,500m² of aluminium rainscreen and 3,000m² of stainless steel panels complete the<br />

contract, plus column casings together with other areas of Rodeca and aluminium plank systems.<br />


Catnic has expanded its experienced sales teams in both England and France by<br />

welcoming David Protheroe as its new Area Sales Manager for the East and West<br />

Midlands region, and Julie Carlier to the team covering the North of France. With over 20<br />

years experience in the industry, both David and Julie will bring valuable knowledge and<br />

expertise to the Catnic team.<br />

Julie Carlier and David Protheroe have joined Catnic.<br />

David previously worked as a Business Development Manager at Norbord UK and Julie<br />

previously worked as a Sales Representative at BASF France.<br />

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External Wall Insulation<br />


Since its opening in February <strong>2018</strong>, Baumit Training Academy has gone from strength-tostrength,<br />

providing vital theoretical and practical experience in EWI systems. Ben Warren,<br />

Managing Director at Baumit, reflects on the academy’s success this year, giving a glimpse<br />

into the company’s future plans for its ‘industry-defining EWI education’.<br />

What does the academy offer?<br />

Here at Baumit, one of our key drivers is to<br />

make beautiful, healthy homes for people<br />

to live in. Whether that is striking exteriors<br />

or interiors, we provide solutions that ensure<br />

buildings are made to last.<br />

This philosophy – to give relevant tradespeople<br />

the opportunity to create better spaces for their<br />

clients, is at the heart of our on-site, purposebuilt<br />

training academy based at Baumit HQ<br />

Aylesford, Kent. Yet, the other element of our<br />

academy is, of course, to enable companies to<br />

add another area of expertise to their business.<br />

Not only are companies providing their customers<br />

with the most reliable and advanced EWI<br />

solutions on the market, they are widening their<br />

individual skillsets, adding vital strings to their<br />

bow.<br />

As such, the 62 people who have walked through<br />

Baumit’s doors to complete either a bronze, silver<br />

or gold course have gone on to significantly<br />

improve their offering. Those who finished the<br />

bronze course have expanded their practical and<br />

theoretical rendering knowledge and plan on<br />

returning to participate in the silver course to<br />

become a Baumit-approved installer. For those<br />

who have become Baumit-certified on completion<br />

of the gold course, they are now looking to partner<br />

with us in the future as Baumit-approved<br />

partners.<br />

We have developed these courses to reflect the<br />

industry’s evolving diversity. Our range of courses<br />

are designed to meet everyone’s criteria; whether<br />

you’re just starting out in EWI or want to grow and<br />

develop your business to work with one of the<br />

largest EWI manufacturers in the world. These<br />

“Another larger<br />

ambition is to get the<br />

course into colleges”<br />

site-based scenarios provide hands-on, ‘real-life<br />

experience’ in dealing with regular challenges<br />

faced by installers.<br />

Where is the academy heading?<br />

Looking into the future of Baumit’s training<br />

academy, there are plenty of exciting prospects<br />

emerging on our horizons.<br />

First and foremost, we wish to build on the great<br />

foundations we have laid, as the training<br />

academy has been an even greater success than<br />

we initially hoped.<br />

In its current form, the academy is at the stage it<br />

needs to be. We invested a huge amount of time<br />

refining the course structure, so we hope to<br />

continue on this path to ensure we create the<br />

best learning environment for our participants.<br />

In terms of the future, we hope to continue to<br />

attract new people to the course, where another<br />

key focus will be on previous applicants and<br />

people in associated trades. We have plans to<br />

widen our pool of interest, encouraging the latter<br />

to apply to the silver or gold course to become<br />

future partners and give clients the most supreme<br />

EWI solutions on the market.<br />

Another larger ambition is to get the course into<br />

colleges, to define a new generation of<br />

tradespeople using Baumit’s application and<br />

products. Although this will take some time and<br />

investment, one day we hope to teach students a<br />

new way to hone their skills, inspiring future<br />

Training at Baumit’s facility in Aylesford.<br />

generations of EWI installers.<br />

Lastly, we have to give attention where it is due to<br />

course leader Chris Kendall, Field Engineer at<br />

Baumit. With 30 years of experience working as a<br />

contractor, Chris has been at Baumit since March<br />

2017 and is a crucial part of the training<br />

academy. His expertise, experience, and<br />

constructive teaching techniques are second to<br />

none, where his involvement has been hugely<br />

instrumental in the current success of the<br />

training academy.<br />

Overall, <strong>2018</strong> been a great year for Baumit and<br />

we look forward to welcoming the academy’s<br />

future participants in the New Year.<br />

Contact Baumit<br />

01622 710 763<br />

www.baumit.co.uk<br />

@BaumitUKLtd<br />

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Reflective Insulation<br />


By Martin Oxley, BBA Project Manager.<br />

Reflective insulation offers attractive<br />

benefits to contractors – it is light, easy to<br />

handle on site, doesn’t require protective<br />

clothing, can offer reduced installation times, is<br />

perfect for restricted spaces and suitable for both<br />

new-build and retrofit.<br />

Products are usually manufactured from<br />

aluminium foil or aluminised polyester and are<br />

effective at keeping buildings warm in winter and<br />

cool in summer.<br />

The British Board of Agrément has been certifying<br />

them in many different applications, such as<br />

roofs, floors and walls for more than 17 years.<br />

But how these products work is different to<br />

conventional approaches and needs to be<br />

considered to ensure correct specification and<br />

installation. In addition, some products are also<br />

classed as a vapour control layer because they<br />

offer a high degree of moisture resistance and<br />

must be used on the warm side of any proposed<br />

system to reduce the risk of interstitial<br />

condensation. Others are classed as breathable<br />

because they are perforated through all layers to<br />

allow moisture build-up to pass through the<br />

material and dissipate on the other side, typically<br />

in the form of a ventilated cavity in a warm<br />

pitched roof.<br />

Heat flow<br />

Insulation works by reducing heat flow in one or<br />

more of three ways: conduction (via solid<br />

materials), convection (via liquids and gases) or<br />

radiation (via electromagnetic waves). Heat<br />

movement in buildings is generally via conduction<br />

and radiation (air leakage aside). Reflective<br />

insulation solutions – also known as radiant<br />

barriers or foil insulation – reduce radiant heat<br />

transfer but only when used in conjunction with a<br />

still air gap in front, and sometimes behind, the<br />

inclusion of which cannot be overlooked. The<br />

reflective surface continually bounces the heat<br />

Reflective insulation is light, easy to handle on site and can<br />

offer reduced installation times.<br />

back into this air gap.<br />

The reflective performance of the insulation is<br />

measured as an emissivity value (a surface<br />

measurement of a product’s ability to emit radiant<br />

energy). Emissivity is given as a value between<br />

zero and one. Zero indicates that all the energy is<br />

reflected and none is absorbed – the best result.<br />

A value of one denotes that none of the energy is<br />

reflected and all is absorbed. For a typical<br />

reflective insulation product the aluminium foil<br />

outer surface would have a declared aged<br />

emissivity of around 0.05, meaning that the<br />

significant majority of energy is not absorbed. In<br />

comparison, a typical brown house brick would<br />

have an emissivity value of around 0.90.<br />

Because emissivity is a ratio of energy, the<br />

temperature and direction of measurement are<br />

important functions; even the surface texture or<br />

print of the sample can affect the result, and so<br />

testing must be carried out accurately. Because<br />

this product group has very low emissivity values<br />

working at the limits of instrumentation, using an<br />

experienced, independent testing laboratory such<br />

as the BBA is vital to obtain accurate, precise<br />

and credible results that can be relied upon by<br />

contractors and their clients. Also note that the<br />

test results should be ‘aged’ to take into effect<br />

the material’s ability to resist oxidation /<br />

corrosion from moisture in the air and indicate<br />

how the product will perform over time rather<br />

than just initially.<br />

As with all building products, correct installation<br />

is vital to performance – especially the size of the<br />

air cavity in front, and / or behind the insulation.<br />

Contractors may only be required to attend a oneday<br />

manufacturer’s training course to become<br />

approved. The focus, therefore, is for<br />

manufacturers to provide comprehensive<br />

technical literature as well as detailed installation<br />

guidance. The BBA’s auditing and inspection<br />

team has a huge wealth of knowledge and<br />

experience of the whole spectrum of on-site<br />

insulation installations, from the very best to the<br />

very worst, so it can offer a valuable resource for<br />

those looking to ensure that the product is<br />

installed correctly. Each BBA certificate has a<br />

scope of use that lists what the product is, its<br />

technical performance, how it complies with<br />

Building Regulations and where it can be used.<br />

Standards<br />

This product group currently lacks a harmonised<br />

European Product Standard, which means that CE<br />

marking is not mandatory. A draft product<br />

standard has been developed and is currently<br />

progressing through the issuing process by the<br />

relevant technical committee. There is, however,<br />

BS EN 16012: 2012 +A1: 2015 Thermal<br />

insulation for buildings – Reflective insulation<br />

products – Determination of the declared thermal<br />

performance (http://bit.ly/2bramb2). This allows<br />

users to compare product performance of<br />

reflective insulants and was introduced following<br />

work amongst leading test houses in Europe. This<br />

standard, coupled with product certification from<br />

a UKAS-accredited organisation such as the BBA,<br />

provides the market with the assurances that the<br />

product is ‘fit for purpose’.<br />

Contact BBA<br />

01923 665300<br />

www.bbacerts.co.uk<br />

@BBAguru<br />

88 TC NOVEMBER <strong>2018</strong>

Insulation Updates<br />


ROCKWOOL was proud to present the London Borough of Ealing Council and National Grid with the prestigious Local<br />

Authority Award at this year’s John Connell Awards, organised by the Noise Abatement Society (NAS).<br />

Held at the Palace of Westminster on the 24th October and known as the ‘Noise Oscars’, these unique annual awards are now in<br />

their 17th year. They acknowledge the importance of the quality of sound in our lives, and champion vital advances in reducing the<br />

negative impact of unnecessary and unwanted noise for the benefit of the public.<br />

ROCKWOOL’s report Good<br />

Growth, Quiet Buildings is<br />

The London Borough of Ealing Council and National Grid were crowned winners of the award for their ambitious re-development available to download at:<br />

http://static.rockwool.com/glo<br />

and co-created noise abatement and management system for Almond Avenue Substation. The Almond Avenue substation is balassets/rockwool-<br />

critical, both locally and nationally, in the supply of electricity to over 200,000 homes. However, loud, intrusive, humming noise was uk/news/noise-report/good-<br />

growth-quiet-buildings.pdf.<br />

causing widespread disturbance to residents and threatened the plant’s on-going viability. Taking the strategic decision to avoid<br />

enforcement action and prolonged court proceedings, the council worked collaboratively with operators and residents to achieve a sustainable solution: a codesigned,<br />

visually appealing noise barrier which was erected around this extremely challenging, high voltage 15,000m² site, successfully mitigating the noise.<br />

www.rockwoolgroup.com<br />


The Encon Group is celebrating another year of fantastic success after ranking 98th in the 14th annual Sunday<br />

Times Grant Thornton Top Track 250 League Table.<br />

This prestigious index lists the top 250 private mid-market growth companies in Britain who have achieved the biggest<br />

sales by managing risk and choosing the right strategic options. Encon ranks alongside businesses such as<br />

housebuilders the Stewart Milne Group, Keepmoat Homes, as well as Waterstones, Holland and Barrett. Stuart Moore,<br />

Chief Executive, said: “The previous few months have been positive for our business, despite the building industry still<br />

experiencing a slight nervousness with investors and political uncertainty.” www.encon.co.uk<br />


Green GB Week is designed to highlight the opportunities clean growth offers the UK and raise understanding of how business and the public can<br />

contribute to tackling climate change.<br />

During Green GB week, the NIA was promoting its members and raising awareness of the multiple benefits of insulation including Cavity Wall Insulation<br />

(CWI) which can pay for itself in less than 3 years, to External Wall Insulation (EWI) which can transform the appearance and kerb appeal of a home<br />

whilst reducing bills and making them warmer, to Internal Wall Insulation (IWI) which enables homes that do not have cavity walls and cannot be treated<br />

with EWI to benefit.<br />

www.nia-uk.org<br />


The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has responded to The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Special Report Global<br />

Warming of 1.5ºC.<br />

Julie Hirigoyen, Chief Executive at UKGBC, said: “This report from the IPCC is a wake-up call for governments and businesses across the globe. One of<br />

the goals of the international 2015 COP21 climate deal was to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, recognising that this<br />

would significantly reduce the risks and impacts of climate change. This latest IPCC report points to the urgency and scale of action required to achieve<br />

this, which should be keenly reviewed by every single boardroom. There is no doubt that business leaders need to make bold decisions today to<br />

transition to a low/no carbon economy that can sustain future generations.<br />

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The Apex<br />


More and more businesses are making the shift from having traditional, office-based<br />

workers to managing dispersed teams. But in construction and roofing, this is nothing new.<br />

Here, industry expert Jackie Biswell explains why trust, communication and self-discipline<br />

are key to making remote workers work for you.<br />

In yesterday’s workplace everyone came in at<br />

nine and clocked off at five. They sat at desks<br />

and workplace boundaries were clear.<br />

But today’s norm centres around flexibility, and<br />

as a result many employees now work remotely.<br />

In the roofing industry this isn’t really anything new.<br />

We have always had teams in the field. After all,<br />

we can’t repair or construct a roof without being on<br />

site. Often this means overseeing dozens of<br />

projects and dozens of teams at a distance –<br />

including subcontractors and individuals from<br />

different disciplines, and boasting a range of skills.<br />

Of course this can pose challenges. Some can be<br />

easily ironed out and some require a bit of<br />

forethought. In some cases there isn’t a quick fix<br />

either. You must work to find a long-term solution.<br />

That is why we are currently looking at<br />

introducing digital processes to streamline HR<br />

procedures and keep on top of work programmes<br />

and responsibilities across the multiple projects<br />

we are involved in at one time.<br />

While we wouldn’t pretend our systems are foolproof,<br />

what we can say is that any business<br />

looking to introduce remote working practices can<br />

pick up some top tips from the built environment.<br />

Making it work<br />

Proper employee mindset, the right tools and a<br />

fantastic employer-employee relationship are all<br />

extremely important factors to take into<br />

consideration if businesses want to get the most<br />

out of their field teams.<br />

Our top tips are:<br />

1. Pick the right employees for your team. They<br />

need self-discipline, strong communication skills<br />

and the ability to think on their feet.<br />

2. Give employees the tools they need. Having<br />

the right characteristics amounts to nothing if<br />

employees can’t do their job efficiently. Make sure<br />

your communication network gets your suppliers<br />

working to the same schedule as your workers.<br />

3. Keep on top of activity. There is field activity<br />

management software available which can<br />

monitor field teams and help operations run more<br />

smoothly. This can include workforce tracking to<br />

create team accountability, or instant messaging<br />

to keep office teams connected to those outside<br />

the premises.<br />

4. Build field teams into your company vision. To<br />

avoid making representatives in the field feel<br />

isolated or lonely, field team managers should<br />

work to increase communication between coworkers.<br />

They all need to understand your<br />

business ethos – for instance, putting quality<br />

ahead of everything else.<br />

5. Know your staff. It’s imperative to get to know<br />

every individual worker to get the measure of<br />

their strengths and weaknesses. You’ll have to<br />

adjust your management style to suit every<br />

worker because not everyone will respond to the<br />

same approach. Of course, this isn’t always<br />

possible if you work with subcontractors but do<br />

your best to research their company background<br />

before work commences.<br />

6. Don’t micro-manage. You must have a certain<br />

amount of trust in your field teams to carry out<br />

the job at hand.<br />

7. Communicate and coordinate. The routine of<br />

the field worker is always susceptible to rapid<br />

Jackie Biswell, Apex Roofing.<br />

change. Clients cancel, jobs run over, and<br />

unforeseen circumstances occur. Manage these<br />

fluctuations efficiently by encouraging clear<br />

communication throughout the day.<br />

A common goal<br />

In the built environment you may be managing<br />

field teams of your own or teams of<br />

subcontractors you may not know so well.<br />

To help you manage your subcontractors, keep on<br />

top of contracts, make your expectations clear<br />

and stick to a schedule.<br />

While your subcontractors may be out in the field,<br />

hold regular meetings and provide a platform to<br />

express any concerns or matters regarding safety,<br />

quality of work, general project issues and<br />

potential disputes.<br />

Above all else, remember you’re working as a<br />

team. You may be in different places with slightly<br />

different roles and responsibilities, but you all<br />

have a common goal.<br />

Contact Apex Roofing<br />

01502 537129<br />

www.apexroofinguk.com<br />

@ApexAnglia<br />

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Avoid the rush, plan ahead and watch your accounts – but we’re not talking about<br />

Christmas shopping! There are a number of considerations businesses should make in the<br />

run-up to Christmas, and we take a look at a few of them below...<br />

In not too long, thoughts will turn to Christmas<br />

where the season’s festivities mean a change<br />

to routine. While the season can be busy, it<br />

needs planning for.<br />

Royal Mail posting dates<br />

With the growth of the web and email, the world<br />

has become very reliant on instant service and<br />

next day delivery – especially with (business)<br />

gifts that need to arrive before 25th December.<br />

With such a deluge in mail that needs to meet a<br />

finite date, Royal Mail tries to help by listing the<br />

last recommended posting dates for items to<br />

reach far-flung parts of the UK (and the world).<br />

The detail is available at<br />

http://www.royalmail.com/greetings.<br />

To arrive in time for Christmas, inland 2nd class<br />

has to be sent by 18th December, while Special<br />

Delivery needs to be posted by 22nd December. A<br />

full list for overseas destinations is at the bottom<br />

of the webpage.<br />

Of course, you may use other firms to send your<br />

items, personal or business; if so, check and<br />

diarise their delivery cut off.<br />

Bank holidays<br />

While online banking is almost ubiquitous, you<br />

need to be aware of the disruption to the banking<br />

schedule over the period.<br />

Christmas Day falls on a Tuesday, while<br />

predictably Boxing Day is a Wednesday and New<br />

Year’s Day is the following Tuesday (Wednesday<br />

in Scotland too). This means deposits will take<br />

much longer to clear than normal. HSBC, for<br />

example, doesn’t send automated electronic<br />

payments on non-working days. With cheques,<br />

funds are generally available on the third working<br />

day after deposit, but it’s not until the sixth day<br />

after deposit that funds become non-returnable.<br />

That said, some banks are now allowing images<br />

of cheques to be banked electronically. With this<br />

new process, a cheque submitted on one<br />

weekday should become cleared funds the next<br />

working day. See<br />

https://www.chequeandcredit.co.uk/informationhub/faqs/cheque-imaging<br />

.<br />

An alternative that has gained significant traction<br />

is the use of the (free) Faster Payment Service<br />

offered by most, but not all, banks. The service<br />

means that a Faster Payment should go through<br />

within two hours, but generally instantly, without<br />

charge. However – and there’s always a catch –<br />

a Faster Payment can take until the following day<br />

to show up in an account. A wise business moves<br />

monies a day or so earlier than needed,<br />

especially when salaries need paying between<br />

Christmas and New Year.<br />

Remember to take account of your tax bill<br />

payment deadlines. For example, if your tax year<br />

ends on 31st March, your Corporation Tax bill is<br />

due on 1st January – nine months and a day after<br />

the year end. With Christmas and the New Year<br />

bank holidays you should definitely plan ahead.<br />

Consider adding extra time to the payment<br />

process – as a number of banks including TSB<br />

and to a lesser extent, NatWest and Barclays,<br />

have illustrated, systems failure can leave<br />

customers high and dry and unable to access<br />

their accounts. Missed payments garner<br />

automatic penalties and give HMRC an excuse to<br />

investigate the business.<br />

Remember to exercise caution with Faster<br />

Payments. A destination bank account that is<br />

mis-keyed can mean money goes to the wrong<br />

destination, instantly, and because of<br />

confidentiality can be difficult to retrieve.<br />

Details on the institutions that are part of the<br />

Faster Payment Service can be seen at<br />

http://www.fasterpayments.org.uk/aboutus/current-participants.<br />

The dates of forthcoming<br />

Bank holidays are available on the government<br />

website at https://www.gov.uk/bank-holidays.<br />

Be festive, but make it count<br />

Christmas is a time for giving and you may feel<br />

that you want to spread some Christmas cheer<br />

with small token gifts to staff. However, little<br />

escapes HMRC and rules need following if staff<br />

are not to be hit with a tax bill for receiving your<br />

gift. HMRC classes certain items such as<br />

chocolate and wine or a Christmas pudding as<br />

‘trivial’, and therefore outside of tax reporting. Do<br />

note that the recipient’s taste may not be yours.<br />

The key points to remember here are that gifts<br />

should be under £50, shouldn’t be cash or a cash<br />

voucher, there should be no contractual right to<br />

the gift, and the gift should not be a reward for<br />

good service.<br />

HMRC’s guidance on this is at<br />

https://www.gov.uk/hmrc-internalmanuals/employment-incomemanual/eim21864.<br />

Some firms choose to give gifts that incorporate a<br />

conspicuous advertisement for the business<br />

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– for example, a branded golf umbrella, mouse<br />

mat or diary. These items would be fine and<br />

should be tax deductible. However, if the gifts<br />

consist of food, drink, tobacco, or any voucher<br />

that can be exchanged for goods, then that is not<br />

tax deductible, even if the festive chocolates are<br />

emblazoned with the business logo. There is a<br />

further restriction in that the cost of the gift<br />

cannot exceed £50.<br />

There is a relaxation of the rules where a<br />

company makes a gift of one of their products,<br />

and the item is given away during the ordinary<br />

course of that business, to advertise to the public<br />

generally. For example, if the business is a<br />

chocolatier, then it could make a Christmas gift of<br />

chocolates to the general public for promotional<br />

purposes and obtain a tax deduction for the cost<br />

of the chocolates. Clearly that’s not likely to apply<br />

to roofers.<br />

Christmas gifts to charities are also tax<br />

deductible.<br />

And while on being festive, if you want to play<br />

music in the business – especially at base –<br />

from an iPhone, internet stream, CD, or the radio,<br />

you’ll probably need a PRS for Music licence. PRS<br />

for Music collects and distributes money for the<br />

“Follow the rules and<br />

note key dates in your<br />

diary and you’ll gain tax<br />

relief on what you<br />

spend”<br />

use of the musical composition and lyrics on<br />

behalf of authors, songwriters, composers and<br />

publishers. You may also need a PPL<br />

(Phonographic Performance Ltd) licence to legally<br />

play recorded music in public.<br />

PPL collects and distributes money for the use of<br />

recorded music on behalf of record companies<br />

and performers. See<br />

https://www.gov.uk/licences-to-playbackground-music<br />

for more detail.<br />

Staff Christmas party<br />

There is no specific allowance for a ‘Christmas<br />

party’ as such, however HMRC does provide<br />

limited tax relief for the cost of holding an ‘annual<br />

event’, providing certain conditions are met.<br />

Your business is entitled to provide an annual<br />

event for yourself, any staff you employ, and your<br />

partner, and reclaim the costs against the<br />

company, as long as the cost per head does not<br />

exceed £150 (including VAT).<br />

The cost per head can include accommodation,<br />

transport, and food and drink – but must not<br />

exceed the £150 threshold, even by a penny, and<br />

the event must also be open to all staff.<br />

You may decide to hold several events throughout<br />

the year, but the total claim for all events must<br />

not exceed this threshold.<br />

Importantly, as with all expense claims, you do<br />

actually have to hold an event in order to reclaim<br />

the costs against your company. You can’t simply<br />

make a cash claim for £150.<br />

To calculate the cost per head, HMRC states that<br />

you should ‘divide the total cost of each function<br />

by the total number of people (including nonemployees)<br />

who attend in order to arrive at the<br />

cost per head. The detail is at<br />

https://www.gov.uk/expenses-benefits-socialfunctions-parties.<br />

Remember, as if it really needs saying, Christmas<br />

should be a time of goodwill. Follow the rules and<br />

note key dates in your diary and you’ll gain tax<br />

relief on what you spend without missing<br />

deadlines.<br />

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Site Control<br />


Ed Barnes, Traffic Innovation Manager at workplace health and safety expert and supplier,<br />

Seton, discusses what can be done to minimise the risk of accidents through the use of<br />

effective transport management and what new technologies and product advancements<br />

exist to support this.<br />

Duty of care<br />

All employers, including construction site<br />

managers, have a legal obligation under the<br />

Construction Design and Management Regulations<br />

and duty of care to ensure their workplace<br />

facilities are safe for employees and visitors. It<br />

should be a priority for any contractor to make<br />

sure those working on site have the necessary<br />

precautions to protect them against danger.<br />

Failure to maintain a safe working environment<br />

could result in citations and penalties. In order to<br />

comply with health and safety regulations, regular<br />

maintenance and monitoring of facilities is<br />

needed.<br />

Effective planning<br />

A construction site must be organised and<br />

structured to ensure both vehicles and<br />

pedestrians using it can do so safely. Effectively<br />

planning your transport operations throughout the<br />

different phases of the construction process is<br />

vital in order to minimise the opportunity for onsite<br />

vehicle incidents.<br />

Separating pedestrians and vehicles<br />

In the planning stages, it is important to consider<br />

whether there is sufficient separation between<br />

pedestrians and site vehicles. Considerations<br />

should include separate entry and exits, specific<br />

pedestrian walkways, clearly labelled crossings<br />

and barriers.<br />

Traffic calming measures<br />

Installing traffic calming measures, such as the<br />

Seton Speed Bump, can provide site managers<br />

with the reassurance that their site is safer,<br />

helping it to be compliant, while ensuring those<br />

working and visiting the site are travelling at a<br />

suitable speed suitable at all times.<br />

Limited number of vehicles<br />

Limiting the number of vehicles permitted to the<br />

site will automatically reduce the number of<br />

potential accidents. Offering designated<br />

workforce and visitor parking away from the site<br />

is one way to achieve this, as well as providing<br />

off-site storage areas so that deliveries do not<br />

have to use the site.<br />

Employee capabilities<br />

Site managers should make sure all employees<br />

are authorised and able to operate the different<br />

vehicles and machinery on site. Part of this is<br />

ensuring the relevant training has been<br />

completed, and where a gap is identified, training<br />

is provided before the worker can operate the<br />

vehicle or machinery. Controlling access to<br />

vehicles is an important aspect of a site<br />

manager’s role.<br />

Install a one-way system<br />

Turning or reversing vehicles are one of the major<br />

causes of fatal accidents on site. As such, site<br />

managers should consider implementing a oneway<br />

system or turning circle to help minimise or<br />

eliminate the danger.<br />

Signage<br />

Site managers need to ensure that people on site<br />

know and understand the traffic rules and routes.<br />

To help achieve this, effective and prominent<br />

signage is a must, allowing workers and visitors<br />

to see clearly the safest way of navigating and<br />

working on site.<br />

“Effective and<br />

prominent signage is a<br />

must, allowing workers<br />

and visitors to see<br />

clearly the safest way<br />

of navigating and<br />

working on site”<br />

Working with heavy machinery<br />

Sites operating heavy machinery require strict<br />

guidelines to avoid workers sustaining injuries.<br />

You should ensure machinery is safe to use, and<br />

that all materials are handled, stored and used<br />

safely. Safe storage is important to avoid heavy<br />

things falling and hitting someone on the head.<br />

Manual handling of heavy objects should be<br />

avoided, but if that is not possible, adequate<br />

precautions should be taken to reduce risk of<br />

injury.<br />

Preventing hazards<br />

Site managers have a duty to inform employees<br />

of any potential hazards and give them<br />

information, instructions, supervision and training<br />

to handle them safely.<br />

It is important to ensure safe working practises<br />

are set up and followed, and that correct warning<br />

signs are provided and maintained. Protective<br />

clothing or equipment must also be provided free<br />

of charge.<br />

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0800 316 9700<br />

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