Energy management and metering systems – what you need to consider

With energy costs continuing to rise and increasing levels of legislation to contend with, facility managers face a growing number of challenges. Cameron Steel reports on the key things to consider and the publications available that offer guidance.

Across all industry sectors, businesses use energy to carry out their everyday activities, from lighting and heating office spaces through to powering machinery and manufacturing processes. Power wasted adds no value, but improving energy efficiency can dramatically affect operating costs and productivity levels.

Energy costs can significantly impact on a business’ profit margin, but according to the Carbon Trust, simple measures can effectively reduce operating costs and energy bills by as much as 20 per cent.

The responsibility of improving operational energy efficiency often rests on the shoulders of facility managers. Therefore, they are looking for new ways that allow them to not only become more resource efficient, but also save money, meet corporate social responsibility goals and fulfil legal compliance requirements.

Developing a robust energy management policy

When it comes to developing a robust energy management policy, facility managers must start by gaining a good understanding of legislation. It is key to recognise which standards they need to consider and which definitions they must understand.

Legislation may appear to be little more than a burden to business, but the majority of them have been developed to encourage businesses to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions, in turn improving energy efficiency and costs. There are several standards that deal with energy efficient systems and also a growing requirement underpinned by EU legislation to have an assessment of what energy use a business has. This will naturally evolve into showing how energy is being managed and if its use is being reduced.

Although current UK legislation doesn’t force organisations to act upon such assessments, it is a great opportunity for facility managers and the business in general to identify wasteful use of energy and projects that could lead to operating cost savings through more efficient use of energy.

A key operational standard for facilities managers is ISO 50001, which provides the basic framework and tools for energy management. Other documents from various organisations provide further guidance on key responsibilities, policy, strategy, planning, implementation and auditing. These include the IET Guide to Energy Management in the Built Environment, several Carbon Trust documents and publications from other organisations designed to ensure businesses are fully compliant with energy legislation, improve understanding of pricing structures and operational efficiencies and develop improved resilience.

With the knowledge such guides provide, facility managers can feel confident in developing a robust energy management policy and choosing the best possible system for their business.

The importance of energy metering

Metering is also a key component of any energy management programme. Knowing exactly where and when energy is used is vital in order to have its use analysed properly and improvements suggested.

An energy meter strategy is a fundamental part of this and understanding whether sub-metering is simply to keep an eye on the demands of certain key departments or whether there is fiscal charging required with energy bills for tenants.

Other higher specification meters for electrical systems can highlight inefficiencies caused by power factors and harmonics. Meters that can be connected to building information systems, such as building energy management systems (BEMS), can also provide real-time information on energy use, highlighting anomalies or irregular patterns of energy use.

For those with little experience of metering systems however, common issues can arise around ensuring a solution is fit for purpose and understanding meter readings. Thankfully, a number of guides and checklists are now available to help facilities managers navigate these murky waters, including the IET’s Guide to Metering Systems. This, amongst other things, runs through the key steps to applying non-fiscal metering systems as well as integration of metering data into management systems.

One size does not fit all

Energy management needs to be suitable for each organisation – one size certainly does not fit all. Every business is different and changes over time. Energy management plans need to be dynamic and constantly reviewed. The plans should be robust enough to cater for current needs and nimble enough to respond to changing demands too.

How energy management is undertaken within a business depends on the type of organisation and lifecycle of the installation. However, the heart of success lies in communication across the business.

The buck may stop with facility managers, but within the workplace we all have degrees of responsibility. Therefore, there is a growing need to increase the level of understanding and application of the term ‘energy management’ within organisations, and have buy-in from senior management and staff. This makes it possible to apply relevant good practice across the business and promote efficient and effective working practices.

 To find out more about IET Standards publications developed to support facilities managers, please visit www.theiet.org/fm

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IDEXX Launches New, Simple, Rapid Water Test across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, to Aid in the Fight Against Legionnaires’ Disease

Legiolert™ radically simplifies Legionella water testing compared to current culture methods

IDEXX, the global leader in rapid microbiology testing for water, has announced the introduction of Legiolert, a new culture testing method that enables building owners and facility managers to simplify water testing and reduce the risk posed by Legionnaires’ disease. Legiolert is a highly sensitive method for the confirmed detection of Legionella pneumophila (L. pneumophila), in water for use across Europe, the Middle East and Africa and delivers results to decision makers up to seven days faster than traditional testing methods. Legionella pneumophila is the most common Legionella species in water and the primary cause of Legionnaires’ disease, which is deadly for about 1 in 10 people who contract it and often causes long-lasting symptoms for survivors.

Legiolert improves public health response times by accurately and sensitively quantifying L. pneumophila in water, providing a confirmed result in 7 days, compared to up to 14 days with traditional culture methods. The new test does not require laborious colony counting or confirmation steps, which reduces the need for training and the risk of interpretation errors and frees up time for laboratory staff.

Leading water microbiology consultant David Sartory recently concluded that the IDEXX Legiolert/Quanti-Tray® test is superior to the standard method for quantifying L. pneumophila. His assessment was part of a peer reviewed study, “Evaluation of a most probable number method for the enumeration of Legionella pneumophila from potable and related water samples,” published in the April 2017 issue of Letters in Applied Microbiology.

“IDEXX Water is the global leader in water microbiology. With Legiolert, we continue our commitment to innovation in diagnostic technologies to improve the safety and quality of water worldwide,” commented Andrew Headland, Senior Business Manager for IDEXX Water. He added, “Legiolert is so much more sensitive and accurate than current culture methods. Combined with the fact that the product is extremely easy to use and requires minimal training, we expect to see an increase in on-site testing for Legionella pneumophila as well as wide-scale adoption in laboratories.”

The Legiolert test is based on a bacterial enzyme detection technology that signals the presence of L. pneumophila through utilisation of a substrate present in the Legiolert reagent. L. pneumophila cells grow rapidly and reproduce using the rich supply of amino acids, vitamins and other nutrients present in the Legiolert reagent. Actively growing strains of Legionella pneumophila use the added substrate to produce a brown colour indicator.

Though the disease is largely preventable, diagnosed cases of Legionnaires’ disease in Europe reached their highest rate ever in 2014, with 13.5 notifications per million inhabitants, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. For hospitals, nursing homes, hotels and other high-risk buildings, testing drinking water, cooling towers and other building water systems is the only way to ensure an effective risk management plan against Legionella pneumophila.

On-site testing made simple

The availability of Legiolert now enables building owners, estates and facility managers to test water on-site to detect Legionella pneumophila. Legiolert joins Pseudalert (Pseudomonas aeruginosa) Colilert®-18 (coliforms and E. coli) and Enterolert (enterococci) in the IDEXX product portfolio.

Providing a complete system to enable on-site bacterial water testing, the IDEXX On-Site Water Testing System for Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Legionella pneumophila is simple, accurate, cost effective and an efficient method to determine presence/absence of contamination. Where quantification of a sample is required, IDEXX has developed a simple device known as a Quanti-Tray, which consists of multiple, individually sealable cells. This contains the sample and can also be incubated after which the positive cells can be counted and quantified by reference to a Most Probable Number (MPN) table.

The equipment within the IDEXX On-Site Water Testing System is pictured and includes from left to right: an IDEXX Sealer PLUS and Quanti-Trays, Pseudalert and Legiolert reagent, vessel rack and sample bottles, an IDEXX UV light with viewing box and an incubator.

For more information on IDEXX Water’s Legiolert test and water safety testing, please visit: www.idexx.co.uk/water/products/legiolert.html

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Prevention is better than cure: The fire door perspective

In a fire emergency, it is a race against time to prevent flames from spreading beyond control – meaning a working fire door could be the difference between life and death, says Allegion UK Commercial Leader Pete Hancox.

It needs no mention that the tragedy at Grenfell Tower has been a somber, sobering experience. Shock, disbelief and anger have gripped the nation in the weeks and months following the fire. There’s no question it will live long as a thorny, incredibly sad memory – especially as data has since shown at least another 211 tower blocks have failed combustibility tests following testing on their exterior cladding.

Following the tragedy, the media and nation have focused on the aforementioned cladding issues, as well as a lack of sprinkler systems in Grenfell Tower and other similar tower block buildings. Other talking points have emerged around the lack of a high ladder – which did not arrive on the scene for 32 minutes for the fire brigade. As a consequence, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan ordered an urgent review of the fire brigade kit after rescue delays.

Of course, improving those factors is a necessicity and, in due course, will raise fire safety standards all around. However, they are arguably response tactics, as opposed to prevention tactics, for a fire spreading out of control.

An area of fire safety that has been given little attention to, but deserves much more credit, is the fire door. What a good fire door system can do is buy precious time. It is a prevention method and inhibits fires from getting out of control too quickly by compartmentalising the fire.

In tall and densely populated buildings especially, trapping the fire between fire doors can stop the ‘chimney effect.’ This is where stairways and corridors combust quickly through non-fire retardant materials, ripping through the building within a matter of minutes and thus blocking access to the vital escape routes.

Whilst a fire door won’t put out a fire, we can clearly see how they would serve an important function. In Grenfell Tower’s case, they could arguably have been one of the most important factors, following the revelation about the fire service’s initial lack of a high ladder.

What the RRFSO States

The Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order 2006 (or RRFSO) is the key regulation for building owners and operators. Under the RRFSO, not only do building owners and operators have to demonstrate that safety precuations are in place, but also they are continually reviewed and monitored.

Of the responsibilities, it includes regular fire assessments, implementing clearly defined evacuation procedures and ensuring adequate signage is in place.

Above all, though, the priority requirement is that all doors are fit for purpose in the instance of fire. That means emergency doors must open in the direction of escape, and they must not be locked or fastened in such a way that they cannot be easily and immediately opened by any person who may need to use them in an emergency. Sliding and revolving doors are, therefore, not permitted as emergency exits.

The Fire Door System – Preventing the Spread

Ultimately, it is the fire door that stops the fire from spreading. However, a fire door itself cannot work properly without its contributory parts. One intrinsic part is the door closer.

Door Closers and Linked Fire Alarms

As Approved Document B: Volume 2, which governs fire safety in dwelling houses and flats, states, all fire doors should be fitted with a self-closing device. The exceptions are fire doors to cupboards and to service ducts, which are normally kept locked shut, and fire doors within flats (although self-closing devices are still necessary on flat entrance doors).

It goes on to state that closing devices to flat entrances must be 18N in closing force – power size 3. A mechanical door closer will fulfil this requirement, but there are also electro-magnetically controlled closers available too, which would be much more user-friendly in tower blocks.

A continual problem with fire doors is that they are heavier in nature. This makes them hard to operate for some people, for example elderly, disabled or children, who lack upper body strength or mobility. Therefore the temptation is to prop open fire doors to ease movement and accessibility, but this is illegal. A propped open fire door will render it useless in the event of a fire.

Electro-magnetically controlled door closers can negate this temptation, as they will hold open doors using electro-magnets, and release them when a fire alarm is sounded. An example of this is the Briton 996 door closer.

Latchbolt Monitors

Another piece of hardware technology that can contribute to a good fire door system in multiple occupancy buildings is the latchbolt monitor.

As mentioned, fire doors are often propped open, but that is not the only thing that stops them from performing properly. If they do not close fully, i.e. latch to the door frame, then the intumescent seals around the fire door won’t stop smoke and toxic chemicals from leaking through.

In a tower block, this scenario is common. Air pressure conditions are constantly changing, due to the weather, open windows, doors etc., which can prevent a fire door from latching fully. To guard against this, a latchbolt monitor can be installed to the latch, which sends a signal to a central monitoring system that alerts if any doors aren’t latched fully.

Electro-mechanical Panic Bars

A recent development of the door hardware industry is the electro-mechanical panic bar – a traditional panic bar from the inside that allows access control functionality from the outside by using an electronic motor to control the latch.

While not an essential to fire door safety, they are a good addition for tower blocks due to the access control functionality they can provide. Use of pinpads, transponders and keycards instead of mechanical keys on communal entrances can allow for audit activity on those doors, and allow security managers to pinpoint doors that are being left open and at what specific times.

Signage and Resident’s Fire Door Safety Checklist

All fire doors should be clearly marked, as per the RRFSO guidelines.

Again, use of fire doors will be part of daily life in a tower block. However, there can be no guarantees that they won’t be misused. Clear and correct signage must be applied to make users aware that they should be kept shut.

A good practice would also be to ensure residents are clear on how to determine if a fire door is legal or not. A basic checklist and gap tester is available to all from Allegion, which will allow residents to test and report for gaps around the fire door, latching issues or otherwise etc. Making residents aware of fire door safety can allow for a more agile approach to fire safety testing.

Only as good as the sum of its parts

In a fire, time is crucial. There needs to be time for the fire services to reach the scene of the fire, for occupants to evacuate, and if evacuation is not possible, then to move on to the next safe points of the building.

Fire-resistant doors are available that have been tested to protect against fire spreading for up to 30, 60, 90 and 120 minutes. However, if they are not working as they should be, then no matter how good the cures are to follow, the fire will have that chance of breaking out of control and causing devastating effects.

In most cases, a fire door will never be called into action for the entirety of its lifespan. However, when we need it most, we want it to work as it has been specified to do. The simple measures we have listed above will go a long way towards ensuring fire doors are respected as they should be.

About Allegion™
Allegion (NYSE: ALLE) is a global pioneer in safety and security, with leading brands like CISA®, Interflex®, LCN®, Schlage®, SimonsVoss® and Von Duprin®. Focusing on security around the door and adjacent areas, Allegion produces a range of solutions for homes, businesses, schools and other institutions. Allegion is a $2.2 billion company, with products sold in almost 130 countries.

For more, visit www.allegion.com.

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Over £38 million of Salix funding used to install CHP across the UK public sector

Over £38 million of Salix interest-free loans have been used for the installation of combined heat and power (CHP) to provide high efficiency heat and power generation to UK public sector buildings, bringing estimated annual savings of over £10 million on energy bills. Last year saw a record number of these Salix funded CHP projects completing, with a total of £14 million of funding utilised throughout the public sector.

CHP can generate heat and power across one or more buildings and can reduce energy use by up to 30%[1]. Funding for CHP has been particularly well received for projects in hospital and higher education estates, as their year round electrical and heating base load allows for CHP running hours which can maximise the return on investment.

Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust identified the opportunity to make significant financial and carbon savings by  replacing two smaller, aging CHP units with a 850 kWe CHP located in a new energy centre. Using £1.2 million of Salix funding, the project completed in March 2017 and it is estimated to save over £262,000 per year on energy bills as well as over 1,100 tonnes of CO2e2.

Steven Fall, Estates Officer at Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Working with Salix has been a smooth and efficient process. This funding has significantly contributed towards our overall Trust carbon reduction target and sustainability plan.”

In 2014, the University of Liverpool completed the largest CHP project supported by Salix funding. Using an interest free loan of £6.1 million, they installed two 2 MWe CHP engines into a disused Grade II listed boiler house. The engines generate 22 GWH of electricity each year, with a net reduction to energy bills of over £1.5 million.

Peter Birch, Engineering Services Manager at University of Liverpool, said; “Our CHP engines have delivered fantastic financial and carbon savings for the university. Without the support and funding from Salix Finance we would have been unable to implement such a large scale project.

In addition to the projects already completed, Salix has committed a further £7.7 million of funding to CHP projects in hospitals and universities which are now in the process of being implemented.

Further funding for CHP and other energy efficiency projects is available now, and details can be found at https://www.salixfinance.co.uk/loans. Salix can provide part or full funding for projects, with funding allocated based on value for money both in terms of financial payback on funding requested and estimated carbon savings.

Salix will be running workshops on CHP for the public sector later this year. These will be an opportunity to learn more about best practise for the design and operation of CHP systems, as well as how Salix funding can be utilised to help with the upfront costs of installation. If you work for a public sector organisation and are interested in attending, please contact emma.lawes@salixfinance.co.uk

1 ‘Lightening the Load – How CHP helps win the global race for a competitive, low carbon economy’, The ADE (https://www.theade.co.uk/resources/publications/lightening-the-load-how-chp-helps-win-the-global-race-for-a-competitive-low)

2 Calculated using emissions factors published by government in June 2016 for carbon footprinting purposes

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Lanes jet vac fleet supports filling station refurbishment

Jet vac tankers operated by Lanes Group plc have been used to fill fuel storage tanks with water so construction workers can begin a project to refurbish a filling station.

The safety measure is needed to eliminate any residual risk of fumes in the empty tanks igniting while the filling station, in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, is being modernised and refitted.

Retail and forecourt construction specialist William Southern had a window of just one day to fill the fuel storage tanks, and turned to Lanes to carry out the task.

A specialist fuel management company first removed all fuel, cleaned the tanks, then surveyed them. This gave the garage owner assurance that they were ready for Lanes to take the next step, by filling them with water.

Following the completion of a specific risk assessment and method statement, three Lanes jet vac tankers operated in relay to pump 127,000 litres of water into the underground fuel tanks at the filling station.

Each jet vac tanker had to empty five loads of water to complete the task.

Lanes East London Area Development Manager Steve Murrells said: “Our jet vac tanker units are best known for cleaning wastewater drains and sewers.

“But they are ideally-suited for a much wider range of water vacuumation and pumping tasks. Filling fuel storage tanks like these is just one of them.”

With the filling work overseen by a William Southern supervisor, the fuel tanks were first thoroughly vented, then continuous gas monitoring was set up.

Thanks to the water extraction licences held by Lanes Group, the jet vac tanker operators could take potable water from a nearby wash out hydrant, and deliver it to the fuel station forecourt.

Once renovation work has been completed, Lanes will vacuum the water out of the fuel storage tanks, and take it to an authorised waste site for safe disposal.

William Southern will then dry the tanks before they are refilled with fuel, ready for the filling station to reopen.

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2G Energy launches low-emission CHP systems

20kWe to 240kWe units achieve NOx reduction of up to 90%

2G Energy, an internationally leading manufacturer of combined heat and power (CHP) plants, has launched a new range of low-emission systems. Ranging from 20kWe to 240kWe, the systems emit 90 percent less Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) compared with standard (500mg) units.

In many areas of the UK, levels of air pollution remain unacceptably high. The main pollutants include particulate matter, sulphur dioxide (SOx), carbon monoxide – and nitrogen oxides (NOx). The latter are released into the atmosphere when fossil fuels are burned. While road traffic is the main source of NOx, the pollution caused by burning natural gas in domestic and industrial heating systems is often overlooked1. Combined Heat and Power is one of the most environmentally friendly ways of burning fossil fuels to generate heat – and electricity. However, it is vital that the performance of CHP systems is sustained over the entire lifetime of the system, and that it complies with ever more stringent emissions standards. Having to turn a CHP plant off due to failed NOx emissions tests can be expensive. Thanks to 2G Energy’s new NOx reduction technology, the company’s CHP systems in the g-box, aura and patruus 140 and 240 series are emitting less than 45mg/Nm3 @ 5% O2. That’s almost 50% less than the most stringent emissions limit set by both the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) and the new Greater London Authority (GLA) Sustainable Design and Construction guidelines, and over 90% less than the standard accepted limit of 500mg/Nm3 @ 5% O2. Compliance with the GLA’s air quality standards is a prerequisite for obtaining planning emission. In addition, 2G Energy’s new systems also qualify for the highest level of credits under the BREEAM standard. They are also in accordance with the Code for Sustainable Homes and the Clean Air Act.The new CHP range also supports the Building Information Modelling (BIM) requirements in order to give architecture, engineers and construction professionals the best possible design approach.

2G Energy’s NOx reduction technology is an internal part of the 2G exhaust gas system, so neither the additional external equipment nor the size of the CHP system will change. For lower NOx emissions, or to cover the remaining turbo-charged CHP fleet, 2G offers a newly developed Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system to provide NOx levels as low as 10mg /Nm3. SCR is used to convert nitrogen oxides into the common natural elements nitrogen, water and small amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2), thereby reducing the levels of NOx. Mark Holtmann, Head of Sales and Project Management at 2G Energy Ltd. UK, said: “Offering the complete range of NOx reducing technology within our CHP package makes a significant difference to the usual CHP systems on the market. With our research and development department, 2G Energy is amongst the leading developers and manufacturers of CHP plants. Customers can control the CHP and the SCR with the same control – there are no interface issues, and no different dial-in procedure is required for the 2G solution. In addition, clients can monitor the entire CHP performance with 2G’s new digital cloud-based analysing tool, my-2G.com, which provides monthly reporting, a data management system, and a range of other features.”

For further information, please visit www.2-g.com and https://my.2-g.com. –

1 http://www.air-quality.org.uk/08.php

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Tridonic’s EM ready2apply, delivering maximum safety with minimum complexity

Tridonic’s EM ready2apply: an ‘out of the box‘ solution for emergency lighting

  • Recessed emergency downlight
  • New battery technology delivers 3-year guarantee
  • Maintained and non-maintained variants available

Tridonic has announced the availability of a brand new, ‘out of the box‘ emergency lighting solution that gives OEMs, wholesalers, installers and FM managers a product that combines advanced battery technology with the latest in emergency lighting components. This is the company‘s first ever stand-alone emergency luminaire and it comes at a time when there is a heightened awareness of the importance of practical emergency lighting. The EM ready2apply is a new and highly effective solution to the problem of reliable and compact emergency lighting, which unites Tridonic’s lighting expertise with some of the most rigorous testing processes to deliver a product that sets a bench mark for future emergency lighting solutions.

Chris Slattery, Global Product Manager for Emergency Lighting at Tridonic, explains more: “Our aim was simple. Design a compact and easy to install product that would fit into an ever-diminishing ceiling void and through a minimal cut-out. It had to encompass sufficient power to exceed the necessary performance figures, exceed all lifetime and safety requirements, as well as give users the option on installation with interchangeable lenses.” The company wanted to progress from the traditional design of using a hinged inverter or a battery in a protective sock to deliver a product that was both more aesthetic and user friendly.

From concept to release it has taken four years and the combined design and engineering skills of Tridonic’s emergency lighting team based in Spennymoor, strengthened by other engineers around the globe, to complete the robust design and testing procedures. At the heart of the process were some of the most stringent safety and reliability criteria. The first challenge was to find a battery that would be small enough but also pack enough power for all possible applications. The current NiCd and NiMH technologies would not deliver the required performance relative to their size so the search for an alternative started in May 2013. After extensive research and testing far beyond the basic levels required, Tridonic settled on a LiFePO4 battery which exceeded all the safety, lifetime, and performance requirements they had set.

Next we set about the challenge of combining an LED driver, battery charging circuit, DALI interface, and monitoring circuit inside a space of approximately 75mm x 35mm x 25mm;” continues Chris. “We then had to add two cut-outs on the PCB for the springs that keep the luminaire in the ceiling. This was finally made possible using some clever engineering and a flexi-rigid PCB which allows for the optimal use of available space.”

The development team then needed to work out the best means of connecting the battery. Their unique solution connects the two parts together, allows the product to flex over on installation, contains all the wiring required for the battery and protection circuit, provides a strong strain relief, and contains a simple 2-step method for battery connection and disconnection.

The EM ready2apply combines all the above with an interchangeable lens design to give the user a choice of how they want the product to perform without stocking separate units, the “BlackBox” monitoring gives over 40 data points, the design for manufacture reduces operation steps to provide a cost and time efficient production, and ultrasonic welding is used to finally seal the housing shut (clips took up too much space). An innovative product at a competitive market price!

The product is readily available through Tridonic’s proven network of approved distributors or over the counter at electrical wholesalers. The key elements of its specification are as follows:

  • Maintained and Non-maintained variants
  • Basic, self-test, and DALI (PRO)
  • 3 interchangeable lenses with push-click-connection (anti-panic, escape route and spot)
  • Impressive spacings with lens technology.
  • Battery with an 8-year design life and 3-year guarantee
  • 5-year electronics guarantee

About Tridonic

As a leading global provider of smart and efficient lighting solutions, Tridonic today empowers its customers and business partners to become successful by making their lighting smarter, more exciting and more sustainable. Our lighting components offer the highest quality, maximum reliability and considerable energy saving potential that provide our customers with a great competitive advantage.

Tridonic continually brings state-of-the-art innovations and lighting solutions on to the market. 95 percent of our R&D projects are devoted to the development of new LED systems and connected lighting technologies. Thanks to our well-founded expertise and specialist knowledge vertical lighting applications (for instance in Retail, Hotel & Hospitality, Office & Education, Outdoor and Industry), leading luminaire manufacturers, architects, electrical and lighting planners, electrical installers and wholesalers rely on Tridonic for both indoor and outdoor lighting needs.

Tridonic is the technology company within the Zumtobel Group, which is headquartered in Dornbirn, Austria, and in fiscal year 2015/16 generated sales of 410.4 million EUR. Nearly 1,650 highly skilled staff and distribution partners in more than 50 countries around the world reflect the company’s commitment to developing and launching new smart, networked lighting systems. With more than 40 million lighting points installed each year, Tridonic plays a crucial role in networked lighting as a key element and as important infrastructure for the “Internet of Things”.

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CHSA’s Accredited Distributors Demand Conformance from Suppliers 

Membership of the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association’s (CHSA) Manufacturing Standards Accreditation Schemes has increased as distributors joining the Accredited Distributors Scheme demand conformance from their suppliers.

The CHSA’s Accredited Distributor Scheme was launched in January this year and already more than 135 distributor members of the Association have been approved for membership.  To become an Accredited Distributor, as well as passing the auditing process, distributors commit to supplying only CHSA Accredited product in the areas of soft tissue, plastic refuse sacks or industrial cotton mops, or product which conforms to the standards set out in the relevant Scheme.  The result is the new Accredited Distributors demand their suppliers adhere to the same high standards to which they ascribe and, as a result, many are applying to join the relevant Manufacturing Standards Accreditation Scheme.

“Our focus is on driving up and then maintaining standards in the industry,” explained Mike Stubbs, Chairman of the Accreditation Scheme Panels and Vice President of the CHSA.  “We’re delighted distributors have responded so positively to the launch of the Accredited Distributor Scheme; membership signals their commitment to supplying product that can be relied upon to meet the Scheme Standards and the CHSA Code of Practice.

“It’s an unexpected but incredibly positive outcome that the expansion of the Accredited Distributor Scheme is leading to a growth in the number of applications to the Manufacturing Standards Accreditation Schemes.  It’s proof we’re driving standards up throughout the supply chain.

“Buyers of cleaning and hygiene products from our Accredited Distributors and Manufacturers can be really certain what’s on the box is what’s in the box.”

Gaining admittance to the Accreditation Schemes is challenging.  Applicants are admitted to the Scheme on the successful completion of an auditing process conducted by the CHSA’s Independent Inspector.  Once they have successfully passed the audit and secured Accreditation Scheme status they continue to be regularly audited, giving buyers of their products the certainty standards are sustained.

In addition, to join the Accredited Distributors Scheme, distributors must sign a declaration that they will only stock and offer for sale CHSA Accredited products or products that conform to the same Standards as required by the relevant CHSA Manufacturing Standards Accreditation Scheme.

Our Standards.  Your Guarantee.

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GROW YOUR CUSTOMER BASE BY 30%

If your shop or venue is inaccessible to anyone who needs care support, you’re excluding twice as many potential customers as you think…

So warns Samantha Buck, mother and one of the leading campaigners for assisted accessible toilets.

“It’s not just the person with the disability who needs some of the elements in an assisted, accessible toilet- a Changing Places or a Space to Change facility. It’s their carer too!” she says. “If I’m out anywhere with my son Alfie, if I need the loo, even though I am able bodied, I am faced with the same issues as him in terms of accessing a suitable toilet. I can’t leave him in his wheelchair outside the ladies!

“A carer needs a toilet with the extra space too. They need the privacy screen. Building designers and operators are therefore excluding us too, if they don’t have suitable facilities. So however many people you think are being excluded- double it, to account for their carers. Often the person who needs the Changing Places, or similar, is out with friends or family: that’s at least twice as many entry fees, meals, drinks.

“There are 6.5million carers in Britain today(1). Potentially up to 14million people need a Changing Places or Space to Change(2). Together that’s almost 30% of the population. Can you afford to be inaccessible? What difference would 30% more customers make to your business?”

Changing Places toilets compliment conventional wheelchair-accessible toilets, bringing, alongside the standard ‘disabled WC’ provision, more space (12m2) and equipment (the addition of an adult-sized height adjustable changing bench, ceiling track hoist and privacy screen).

Clos-o-Mat, Britain’s leading provider of such facilities, has worked with Sam, and other campaigners, to help venues optimise accessibility, even if they don’t have the available space or budget for a full, British Standard (BS8300:2009) Changing Places. That solution is a Space to Change, which builds on a conventional wheelchair-accessible toilet, adding more space (a total 7.5m2) with an adult-sized changing bench and hoist.

Under latest Building Regulations and good practice guidelines, a Changing Places toilet is ‘desirable’/ should be provided in buildings to which numbers of the public have access. Space To Change toilets plug the gap between conventional (Building Regulations Approved Document M 2013) wheelchair-accessible toilets, and the ‘desirable’, additional, larger and better equipped Changing Places toilets, being an enlarged wheelchair-accessible toilet that further includes an adult-sized changing bench and a hoist.

Clos-o-Mat, Britain’s leader in supporting delivery of dignified, independent toileting at home and away, is unique in its ability to deliver both Changing Places and Space to Change facilities. It was the original sponsor of the Changing Places campaign, and has helped campaigners develop the Space to Change concept.

Clos-o-Mat can provide, in-house, the design advice, supply, installation, commissioning, project management and maintenance across the ambit of accessible toileting equipment. To help venues ‘get it right’, the company has a raft of downloadable information on its website, www.clos-o-mat.com, including white papers, CAD blocks, room renders and videos.

Tel 0161 969 1199; www.clos-o-mat.com; e: info@clos-o-mat.com

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Something for everyone at Trade Fair & Convention

HAE EHA Trade Fair & Convention 2017

Ricoh Arena, Coventry, October 11-12

Members are urged to make a beeline for the HAE EHA Trade Fair & Convention at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry on October 11-12 – where topics will include the latest industry initiatives for training and retaining staff, empowering women in the workplace and a safer working environment, all backed up by an impressive line-up of keynote speakers.

Being ‘sent to Coventry’ will benefit delegates at the convention as they get insights from, among others, Derek Redmond, an Olympic and world champion athlete who will be discussing improving performance and retaining talent. Financial expert Lee Coles, Head of Workplace Education at Jelf, part of Mercer Marsh Benefits, will be sharing his extensive knowledge concerning the wellbeing of employees and retirement planning.

Other speakers over the two days are HAE EHA Chairman Andy Martin, who will give the welcome and introduction and Guy Van Der Knaap, Managing Director of MCS. Guy is to deliver a presentation on how to make the best use of mobile devices to improve productivity. There will also be opportunities to network and share information and best practice with other members.

In addition, there will be training workshops including HAE’s ILM Level 5 Graduation scheme and the exciting developments in virtual reality (VR) programmes in partnership with the University of the West of England. Just one of the innovative VR training tools that will be featured at the show will give delegates the opportunity to control and operate a VR mini digger.

Richard Whiting of Commercial Training at HAE, said: “The training and NVQ programmes we’re offering are a far-reaching ‘cradle to grave’ approach to a career in hire. Virtual reality is an inventive way for us to demonstrate the training available throughout the hire supply chain. In addition to a virtual digger we also plan to have an articulated boom.”

To ensure a steady stream of talented people throughout the industry, it is essential that progression in the hire industry is open to all who show the skills and commitment required to successfully deliver high quality work on time.

Education and training to help career development and improve productivity is a strong theme of the convention and empowerment of women in the sector will be under the spotlight. A key factor in the future success of the industry will be tackling ways in which training programmes and changing attitudes can help women benefit from the huge variety of jobs which are available in plant, equipment and hire.

Tackling safety issues is also on the agenda at the Trade Fair & Convention. SafeHire is sponsoring the networking and refreshments area in the Ricoh Arena where anyone can drop by, speak to the team about the benefits of the scheme and book assessment dates to achieve the certification.

The area will have case study information from HAE members who have achieved certification and there will be plenty of examples of the good, the bad and the ugly instances involving safety – or the lack of it.

To discuss the opportunities for business improvement and the importance of being recognised for supplying safe, quality equipment there will be speaker sessions from construction industry bodies and Government procurement, along with a speaker panel fronted by the SafeHire plus Build UK.

The HAE EHA Trade Fair & Convention is open to all members but people wishing to attend need to register in advance as numbers are limited for catering, workshops and guest speaker sessions.  For more details and sponsorship opportunities go to http://hireconvention.org.uk

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