Category Archives: Safety & Security

Glazed doors, the clear choice

Summer is upon us, bringing with it increased light levels to building interiors.  This natural borrowed light is invaluable, illuminating dark spaces and reducing the need for artificial light.  With this in mind its worth giving closer consideration to the use of glazed interior doors that can transform both living and communal space. 

Vicaima glazed door

Vicaima doors are of course renown for innovative designs in an extensive range of finishes and performance characteristics to suit a multitude of applications. It’s little wonder then that this range is complimented by a comprehensive array of glazed options to match the needs of today’s social housing market. 

Of course light is just one of the many factors to consider when selecting glazed interior doors for social housing. Safety must of course be of paramount concern, whether directly from the use of safety glass or less apparent but no less important where fire doors are concerned. 

interior door

Vicaima is a leader in fire door technology with one of the widest ranges of FD30 and FD60 doors and doorsets (i.e. designed to resist a fire for 30 and 60 minutes respectively) in the UK. The company’s particular appeal is that it makes fire doors which are also beautifully designed. At Vicaima all fire doors are supplied factory glazed to ensure risks are removed.

interior glazed door

Glazing is a particular concern for fire doors as, unless correctly installed, it can create a weak area in the door. Historically, 6mm thick wired glass was the only option, however modern glass technology has led to the development of much more aesthetically pleasing glazed fire doors.

Another important consideration in the selection of glazed doors is of course the requirements for clear visibility as stipulated under Part M of the Building regulations. Again here many Vicaima glazed door designs address this issue, providing complete mobility solutions.

Selecting the right glazed door is a simple process with help and assistance from the Vicaima Interior Door selector.  This handy guide, available both in print and digital format via the Vicaima website, enables quick and easy choice of door design. 

A wide variety of glazing models can be offered, so it’s just a matter of deciding which finish is required and then paring it with the chosen aperture pattern.  Of course non-standard or bespoke designs can also be provided in many instances, so that specific design requirements can be accommodated.

And in addition to flush doors and door sets, Vicaima have recently introduced a new Classic K range.  This modern twist on the conventional panelled design also includes glazed options, making it ideal where traditional and contemporary styling needs to meld.

Glazed interior door

For more information on the complete Vicaima collections visit www.vicaima.com

The VEKA UK Group secures Secured by Design for three more years

VEKA
Mark Barsby

Industry-leading PVC-U systems supplier, The VEKA UK Group, has been awarded membership once again of the national crime prevention initiative, Secured by Design (SBD), for both its VEKA and Halo brands.

The VEKA UK Group partnered with Secured by Design several years ago and has maintained its strong relationship with the team, thanks to a shared ethos of designing out crime at the product development stage.

Secured by Design was established in 1989 and works to reduce crime by bringing Police Forces, developers and planners together at the design stage to include security into the built environment, such as natural surveillance and landscaping, and by encouraging manufacturers of products, such as doors and windows, to attain SBD’s coveted ‘Police Preferred Specification’.

Mark Barsby, Accreditation Manager of The VEKA UK Group, explains: “’Designing out crime’ means that security features are incorporated within products during the design and development stage, rather than being an ‘add on’ to the finished product.

“VEKA and Halo have always taken this approach, with security, style and energy efficiency being primary concerns at the concept stage of a new product development. Our SBD ‘licence’ and display of the SBD logo helps us to illustrate to customers and specifiers our commitment to this initiative.

“Since Part Q of the Building Regulations came into effect in England in October 2015, we are seeing increasing relevance for enhanced security standards, particularly PAS 24. SBD plays a significant part in marking out those companies, like The VEKA UK Group, that go above and beyond when it comes to security.”

The SBD initiative cites some impressive results:

– SBD developments (those using products and materials that meet SBD Standards) are up to 75% less likely to be burgled and show a reduction of 25% in criminal damage compared to non-SBD sites.

– The additional cost of using SBD standards in the average home is only around £170.

– The Association of British Insurers has estimated that the introduction of SBD standards across the UK would bring more than £3.2 billion worth of savings to the economy over 20 years.

Mark added: “With Government White Papers on the housing market coming to the fore, and potential incentives emerging for the new build sector, we are very likely to see new housing developments in the near future – which will likely list an SBD requirement as part of the specification process.

“Security is a concern in any part of the country, but is perhaps at the forefront of more people’s minds in built-up and inner city areas. With government proposals encouraging ‘brownfield’ development sites, companies that carry the SBD licence are well placed to tender for such work. Here at The VEKA UK Group, we’re proud to demonstrate our continuing commitment to raising quality and improving security across the building, development and home improvement industries.”

SBD Development Officer Alfie Hosker was pleased to provide The VEKA UK Group with its renewed SBD licence: “They are a nationally recognised systems company and play a significant role in encouraging and working with fabricators to manufacture doors and windows to meet Police Preferred Specification standards in order to reduce crime and keep residents safe. I am delighted that they are continuing to work with us.”

VEKA plc, 01282 716611
www.vekauk.com
salesenquiry@veka.com

Commercial Doors Made Easy, in Jack Aluminium’s New Brochure

Jack Aluminium

If you need an aluminium commercial door, just ask Jack.  Fabricators can find everything they need to create high-quality, secure and thermally efficient commercial doors, in the new TD68 Jack Door brochure from systems specialist Jack Aluminium – available to download at www.jackaluminium.co.uk.

“As part of our marketing support for fabricators, we’ve launched the brochure so they can give their customers a simple, at-a-glance reference to the benefits of the Jack Door system,” says Ash Pearson, Sales Manager at Jack Aluminium.

 “The Jack Door gives fabricators an easy route towards meeting PAS 24 and Secured by Design.  It’s the ideal choice for schools and colleges, hospitals, local authorities and other commercial buildings where security is essential.”

The brochure covers the most comprehensive range of PAS24 commercial doors available, including controlled access, emergency exit and remote access, and a wide variety of hardware and colour options.

All door profiles have in-built strength, security and thermal efficiency, backed by extensive independent testing.  “The Jack Door helps fabricators to meet robust specification guidelines.  The TD68 system has passed PAS 24 and is fully Q marked, so it is ready for fabricators to attain Secured by Design status.

“The Jack Door also gives fabricators real design flexibility.  It has been tested up to 1300 mm wide by 2480 mm high to comply with DDA (Disability Discrimination Act) clear opening directives and we’re constantly testing new sizes. We have also tested sidelights & fanlights to PAS 24, allowing customers to build SBD compliant screens.

“When it comes to thermal efficiency, we have achieved a U-value of 1.7 W/m2k on a 1230 mm wide door.”

Jack Aluminium maintains extensive aluminium stock holding for fast delivery, and offers expert service & support to fabricators and their customers.

www.jackaluminium.co.uk

Rievaulx Abbey sings the praises of its new Morley-IAS life safety system

 Honeywell

Rievaulx Abbey was built by a group of 12 Cistercian monks in 1131 near the River Rye in a remote valley, deep in what is now the picturesque North York Moors National Park. At its height Rievaulx Abbey was one of the wealthiest monasteries in Great Britain and supported around 140 monks and 500 lay brothers and servants. Such great wealth, and the monastic obedience to Rome, led Henry VIII to dissolve the monasteries and the building was suppressed in 1538 and left to decay. Over the years Rievaulx Abbey’s ruins have been an inspiration for poets, painters, and scholars, and was one of the first major ruins to be conserved by the Office of Works in 1917.

As one of the most complete and atmospheric of England’s abbey ruins, there has been a year-on-year increase in the number of people taking time to walk around and explore the Rievaulx Abbey site. In order to build on its popularity English Heritage has constructed a dedicated visitor centre that includes a museum displaying previously unseen artefacts including elaborate medieval stone carvings, chess pieces and gold coins. The facility also has a shop and a tearoom, and visitors can pick up an audio tour to learn more or hunt for clues of medieval life on the family trail.

Honeywell

Honeywell

Protecting the nation’s historical buildings and monuments, and those visiting them, requires a meticulous approach to life safety. Therefore, when it came to this aspect of the development, English Heritage called upon the services of Shipley based Rosse Systems to specify, install and commission a suitable solution. Dave Thewlis, the company’s Sales Director, says, ‘As well as having over 34 years of experience and knowledge in the fire detection industry, we have worked closely with English Heritage for a number of years. Likewise, as a longstanding Morley-IAS partner, we know that its innovative technology is reliable, robust and has the ability to minimise unwanted alarms.’

Rosse Systems designed a BS 5389 compliant category L1 solution, which is designed for the protection of life and deploys automatic detectors throughout all areas of the three buildings – including roof spaces and voids – with the aim of providing the earliest possible warning. This was based around three networked Morley-IAS DX Connexion (DXc) panels from Honeywell.

The single loop DXc1 variant was used and Hugh McQuaid, Business Manager, Honeywell Security and Fire, explains, ‘This panel is ideally suited for use in the protection of small to medium sized buildings like those at Rievaulx Abbey. Completely open protocol, it has been developed to be the most time efficient panel on the market to install, and possesses the traditional Morley-IAS qualities of reliability, flexibility and value, with advanced features and intuitive functionality.’

Although beam detection was briefly considered for the installation, it was ultimately decided that single point smoke detection would be the most suitable option. So, complementing the Morley-IAS DXc1 panels System Sensor S200 Advanced optical smoke sensors were selected.  The S200A range has a completely unique detection chamber design, which is the result of many years of research and design by System Sensor, and delivers improved responsiveness and reduced sensitivity to changes in environmental conditions.

The devices are managed by embedded software running complex algorithms that further improve resilience to unwanted alarms and improve detection speed. With two integral tri-colour LEDs that provide 360° local visual indication of the device status, the S200A is programmable with static or blinking red, amber and green status indications available. Furthermore, all Series 200 Advanced detectors are environmentally friendly and meet the Restriction of the use of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) and Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) requirements, therefore helping English Heritage meet its corporate social responsibility (CSR) objectives.

Thanks to the ease of use of the Morley-IAS and System Sensor devices, the installation went smoothly. However, Rosse Systems had to maintain the integrity of the buildings and meet the strict requirements of the architect. Dave Thewlis comments, ‘This aspect of the project meant that we had to try and keep the system discreetly sited to maintain the character of the interiors. At times this was much easier said than done, but thanks to our vast experience of carrying out work in all types of buildings, it was a challenge we relished.’

Rievaulx Abbey has just enjoyed a highly successful summer season and the new facilities have been unanimously well received. Christine Keld, English Heritage Area Manager for Yorkshire and the South Lakes, concludes, ‘Rievaulx Abbey has always been a place of incredible inspiration and interest to people from all walks of life. Our investment in these new facilities means that more people than ever can have an informative, educational and enjoyable day out here.’

http://www.morley-ias.co.uk/

New video showcases SmartSecure Solutions

A high quality, professionally animated video has been commissioned by Carl F Groupco to promote SmartSecure. The three minute film depicts the capabilities of the company’s state-of-the-art SmartSecure solutions for electronic door locking and smart access control.

With particular focus on access control options, the video enables end-users to visualise the application, and advantages, of a SmartSecure installation in their home.  Smart access technologies illustrated in the video include the app based ‘SmartConnect easy’ and ‘SmartTouch comfort’ – pioneering technology which, with an active transponder in the user’s pocket, allows entry by simply touching a sensor.

access control

access control

The video can be viewed on the SmartSecure website www.smartsecure.co.uk or via the Carl F Groupco You Tube channel. Designed for sales and training purposes, it is available free of charge for customer use including showrooms to support demonstration products.

www.carlfgroupco.co.uk   www.smartsecure.co.uk

ECEX overcomes university challenge

access safety

ECEX has successfully solved a roof safety and access problem for the University of Oxford by custom-fabricating and installing a galvanised steel sub-frame and non-slip grating designed to provide consistent, level and safe access to rooftop HVAC equipment.

Access across the roof of a complex of laboratory buildings at the university was obstructed by the pipework, cables and supports serving extraction and HVAC units, including chillers and condensers.

This caused a series of significant trip hazards to employees working on the rooftop, so the University’s engineering team called in an ECEX specialist to survey the area and improve access. The University was already familiar with the company and impressed by its work because ECEX has previously supplied and installed Air Intake Screens widely across the university’s 300-plus building estate.

ECEX uses the hierarchy of control measures determined by the Health & Safety Executive to decide the optimum solution in each specific case. John Grenville, managing director, explained: “In other words, the ultimate measure is to remove the hazard completely if this is practical. If not, the next measure down is to use collective fall protection such as guard railing so that someone without specialised training can move around the roof safely. The next level down would be the use of personal protective equipment such as a harness, and so on.”

ECEX’s means of access for the University of Oxford project was through occupied parts of the building so the company installed its gantry system out of hours to avoid disruption.

ECEX surveys, designs, manufactures and installs bespoke and off-the-shelf access safety solutions, including:

  • Walkways and step-overs
  • Access ladders and platforms
  • Guardrail and edge protection
  • Stairs
  • Mesh security caging
  • Other fabricated metalwork

www.ecex.co.uk

Plug and Play LED lighting

Choose your sleek, slimline driverless LED floodlight, add a wiring block with your choice with integrated PIR or photocell switching, add more floods to loop out as slave lights if you want  – and you’re good to go.

Timeguard

Thin and beautiful – and tough. Timeguard NIGHTeye Plus floods the area with light, while also making a stylish design feature of its prismatic lenses and tough, rust-proof polycarbonate reflector plates that do away with the need for ugly front ‘windows’

All-white models, with white casing and matching white reflector plates will hardly be seen when mounted on a white soffit board.

White LED Floodlight

NIGHTeye plus is offered in black or white designs, with outputs of 10W (650L), 20W (1400L), 30W (2050L) and 50W (3600L). The plug-in PIR sensor and Photocell units are rated to switch up to 140W of LED lighting.

LED Floodlight
Adding automatic PIR control with an easy plug in unit

Another bullseye from the Timeguard R&D team.

http://www.timeguard.com/

Everglade offers the Ultion lock as standard on composite doors

Everglade Windows

London-based fabricator Everglade is offering customers the Ultion 3-star cylinder lock as standard on its full range of Palladio and Solidor composite doors.

“There was a big buzz about Ultion at this year’s FIT Show,” says Everglade Sales Director Jay Patel, “and we thought it was the perfect product for adding extra value for our customers.

“As a business with a retail history, we understand how important it is to give our customers a competitive edge, which is why our full range of Kömmerling PVCu windows and doors is Secured by Design accredited.

“Security is always high on the agenda for homeowners, and since Ultion’s research found that 43 percent of home intrusions are made by forcing the lock, it makes sense to invest in offering even better security on cylinders.”

Everglade added the Ultion lock to its composite doors after showing the Ultion security video to their installer customers at the Everglade Customer Conference in May.

“They were really impressed with the cylinder’s lock-down mode and the Sold Secure Diamond testing,” continues Jay.

“Adding Ultion as standard to our composite door range means installers can offer their customers an ultra-secure lock for their homes which is backed by an impressive £1,000 guarantee from Ultion and extra convenience with its clever ‘keyring’ technology.

“Everglade is committed to offering a total value-added package for customers to help them grow their businesses. We combine a great product range made from the best components in the industry with great service and expert manufacturing for a full package that their customers want. That’s why this brilliant piece of hardware is such a welcome addition to our range.”

The Ultion lock is fitted across Everglade’s complete range of Palladio and Solidor composite doors. For more information, call 020 8998 8775.

http://www.everglade.co.uk

SmartSecure is new addition to the NSBRC

nsbrc

Carl F Groupco’s SmartSecure range is now featured at the National Self Build and Renovation Centre (NSBRC) in Swindon.

The latest addition to the permanent venue designed to support the self-build, renovation and home improvement markets displays SmartSecure’s advanced electronic door locking and smart access control capabilities.

SmartSecure is an exciting new addition to smart home technology that will aid any new build or property enhancement scheme. There are a number of ways in which SmartSecure provides security advantages. Importantly, the FUHR multitronic 881 that is at the heart of the solution automatically locks all points by a patented twin motor, securely and reliably in just seconds after closing the door.

Options include ‘SmartConnect easy’ for app based access control; ‘SmartTouch’ enables easy entry by simply touching a sensor and radio-based systems include a radio keypad, transponder and fingerprint scanner for keyless biometric access control.

With three full size exhibition houses and over 200 stands, SmartSecure joins a comprehensive range of displays of essential products and services that are designed to inspire visitors. Confirming the role of the NSBRC and the benefits of the addition of SmartSecure, Harvey Fremlin, Managing Director, NSBRC said:

“The NSBRC is all about showcasing the latest products and technologies to our audience of self builders and renovators, who are designing and building well finished, bespoke family homes.  The SmartSecure range by Carl F Groupco is an excellent addition to our exhibition as it combines enhanced security benefits with great design and smart technology which we believe will prove very popular.”

Designed to be accessible to everyone working in the self-build and renovation sectors, entrance to the NSBRC is free and the centre is open six days a week from Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 – 17:30.

www.carlfgroupco.co.uk / www.smartsecure.co.uk

www.nsbrc.co.uk

Fall protection covered with new Kee Cover

Kee CoverIn response to falls through roof lights resulting in almost a fifth of all fatal working at height accidents, Kee Safety, a leading fall protection specialist, has launched Kee Cover, a range of skylight covers. Kee Cover is an innovative protection system that has been designed to protect roofers and maintenance teams from falling through roof skylights without blocking out the light they are supposed to let into a building.

Kee Cover is a modular system incorporating the strength and reliability of Kee Klamp® fittings and tubes and a mesh panel. The system can be constructed while on the roof so is delivered in component form, thus making it easy to transport up to the roof.  Installation is quick and easy, keeping costs down. All components and mesh panels are hot dip galvanised for enhanced durability.   The tube can be also colour coated if greater visibility is required.

The Kee Cover range features two models, both of which are compatible with trapezoidal and standing seam roofs. The Standard Model fixes virtually flat to the roof surface, it has been designed to be permanently secured directly over the roof light. The Raised Model is mounted above the skylight to give a greater distance between the mesh panel and the roof light so that in the event of a fall the Raised Model will support the weight without damaging the skylight.

Standard Kee Cover panels are 2m long and 1m wide, but extension panels are available, ensuring the roof surface is safe. Variable height facility allows for use over different shaped roof lights.

Both Kee Cover models have been tested in accordance with the ACR Red Book and BS EN 1873.

For more information, please visit www.keesafety.co.uk