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BP 10 October 2016

Poolside silence EDITOR’S CHOICE Fresh data released during the recent Fire Door Safety Week showed that the poorest in society continue to be at the greatest risk from fire, with lower income tenants being more concerned about fire safety where they live, less informed about how to protect themselves, and less able to move away from perceived danger. It seems that just 35% of the lowest income households renting flats say they have been given information on the emergency fire plan for the building where they live, compared to 88% of tenants on incomes over £100,000 a year. To make the situation worse, just 22% of households with incomes under £25,000 living in rented flats who have concerns over fire safety are unable to move because they cannot afford to. More than half of all tenants (58%) and over 70% of lower income tenants have no idea who the 'Responsible Person' is for the building where they live – the person to whom they should usually report their fire safety concerns. The research – which was carried out by Fire Door Safety Week – reinforces the urgent need for greater fire safety education among tenants, private landlords, housing association and council housing managers, says Hannah Mansell, spokesperson for Fire Door Safety Week and trustee of the Children’s 10 BUILDING PRODUCTS | OCTOBER 2016 Burns Trust. She adds: "Fire safety in private and public sector rented housing, especially Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) and older, less well maintained blocks of flats, continues to be a serious challenge. Yet these are often homes for the people with the fewest choices about where they live and the least opportunity to move. "We frequently see fire doors in blocks of flats in a poor state of repair; fire doors that won't close; fire doors that have been wedged open. This is, of course, just one aspect of fire safety in these buildings, but good fire doors are often a sign of good fire safety generally." The Government’s Chief Fire and Rescue Adviser, Peter Holland CBE, says: “Fire doors perform a vital role, but only if they are properly specified, installed, managed and maintained. The message is simple. If you see a problem, don’t walk past – that goes for doors that are wedged open, damaged or badly fitted. Report it to your building manager or landlord or to your local fire and rescue service.” Part of the safety message being promoted to tenants this year is also about knowing what the emergency fire plan is for the building where you live, as it may not be what you assume. London Fire Brigade has made this the focus of its ‘Know The Plan’ campaign which targets tenants in high rise or purpose built blocks of flats. www.firedoorsafetyweek.co.uk Poorest have greatest fire concerns As part of the work carried out at Aberdeen Sports Village Aquatic Centre, an effective acoustic attenuation system from Sto has been installed. The seamless StoSilent acoustic system has been fitted in both the diving pool and main pool, ensuring the noise is kept to a minimum for swimmers and visitors alike. The new Aquatic Centre includes a 10-lane, 50m Olympic standard pool with seating for 600 spectators, and a 25m x 16.5m Olympic standard diving pool. “Providing acoustic treatment for large swimming pools such as this can be especially challenging, as they are generally busy places with lots of noise,” says Sto’s Acoustic Technical Consultant, Mike Wallace. “The internal environment is also warm, moist and chlorineheavy, and this can present its own set of problems, so the acoustic system that’s chosen really has to be well-proven and reliable.” The StoSilent acoustic ceiling solution chosen for the Aquatic Centre is designed especially for demanding environments such as swimming pools. It is based on a StoSilent suspended grid made from steel, which was specially coated to protect against corrosion. This was covered with StoSilent Panel A-Tec Alu acoustic boards. Made from blown glass granulate, these boards are impervious to moisture. They also feature a factoryapplied backing laminate which allows the boards to attenuate sound waves, and equally, prevents any air from flowing through them and causing marking or staining on the completed ceiling. The boards were then coated with StoSilent Décor M – a soundpermeable silicate acoustic coating which creates a seamless, clean and attractive appearance. www.sto.co.uk This year’s Landscape Institute Awards are to be sponsored by Charcon – the commercial hard landscaping division of Aggregate Industries. The annual awards, which take place in November, are designed to recognise examples of outstanding work by the landscape profession. Charcon is sponsoring the Urban Design and Masterplanning category, which celebrates excellence in area based regeneration projects led by landscape architects. Mark Barter, Sales Director at Charcon, states: “As a manufacturer and supplier of commercial hard landscaping materials, we are delighted to be supporting the Landscape Institute. The awards recognise the excellent work of landscape professionals at the very top of their game, especially those demonstrating a high level of commitment to sustainability. “The calibre of entries is always incredibly high and we look forward to celebrating in the winner’s success on the night.” Entrants in the Urban Design and Masterplanning category must demonstrate either one completed phase of a project or a strategy, development framework or master plan that is working towards or has achieved a planning status. www.landscapeinstitute.co.uk/awards Seeking outstanding work Dosing heating systems with Sentinel’s water treatment chemicals is now easier and faster thanks to the company’s new Rapid-Dose aerosol. It features a preassembled adapter and ‘twist and dose’ mechanism, so there is no need to depress a lever or trigger that allows easy hands-free dosing of a system in just 30 seconds. This makes it suitable for everyday jobs in addition to service, emergency, pre-dose and social housing applications where time is of the essence. Described as being no-fuss and mess-free, Rapid-Dose cans are available with the X100 Inhibitor, X400 High Performance Cleaner and Sentinel Leak Sealer chemicals. The company is also offering the opportunity for installers to try them out on a no-risk basis – those who do not like the Rapid- Dose can claim a free bottle of X100 Inhibitor from Sentinel (subject to terms and conditions). The Rapid-Dose adapter can be used in an extended number of locations, such as via a radiator, male filling loop stop valve, bleed valve, boiler drain valve, and many filters (via the vent pin), giving maximum flexibility to the installer even when working on awkward or difficult to reach systems. Other key updates include a smaller sized can – just 300ml as opposed to 400ml – which makes for easier handling on site and takes up less space in an installer’s kit bag or on a merchant’s shelf. www.sentinelprotects.com Speeding the process of application


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