Kee Safety

KEE SAFETY GUARDS OSLO CONGRESS CENTRE

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UNIS_FOLKETS_Drone_25A combination of safety products from Kee Safety have been installed on the roof of the Oslo Kongressenter building in Norway to provide a first-class edge protection solution for maintenance and inspection teams accessing the rooftop.

Located in the heart of Oslo in Norway, Oslo Kongressenter is a state-of-the-art conference centre consisting of more than 20 event rooms. The Congress Centre hosts nearly 1,000 events every year, ranging from smaller meetings and major conferences to banquets, Christmas dinners and concerts. The history of the “People’s House” dates back to the end of the 19th century, however today’s building was completed in 1989.

With maintenance teams regularly accessing the roof to carry out work on the building services equipment, the client required a complete roof edge protection and safe access solution. Kee Safety partnered with long-standing distributor, Unisystemer to provide technical assistance by carrying out a full site survey, as well as making layout plans and detailed technical drawings, which were used in the presentation to the end user.

Due to the client specifying that no holes should penetrate the watertight membrane on the roof of this iconic building, KeeGuard® free-standing roof edge protection and Kee Walk® Step-Overs were the chosen Kee Safety solutions. 380 linear meters of KeeGuard® Standard and Premium systems were installed along all sides and roof levels, while Kee Walk® Step-over platforms were fitted to provide a safe means of access over pipework and other equipment.

Compatible with a range of roof membranes, including concrete, asphalt, PVC membrane, metal and felt, KeeGuard® offers a free-standing roof edge protection system capable of keeping workers on the roof safe without endangering the roof membrane itself. It does not penetrate the roof surface and can be used on flat roofs up to 10° slope. Employing a proven counterweight system, KeeGuard® combines a non-slip secure base with galvanised fittings and tube arranged in a modular configuration. Fully modular and versatile enough to adapt to most roof edge profiles and level changes, sections can be easily taken down and re-erected as necessary.

Designed for optimum safety, the complete KeeGuard® system complies fully with all legislative requirements and even allows for an integral kickboard fixing to further save time and cost on site. The recycled PVC base weights used with KeeGuard® bring a number of advantages, particularly making installation quicker and easier, thus saving time and money. Made from 100% recycled material, they provide an environmentally friendly alternative to conventional weights.

Kee Walk® Step-overs are modular systems that can accommodate changes in roof levels and can fit over pipework or equipment to offer a safe, anti-slip, level walking surface onto and across roofs. With adjustable step sections, and non-penetrative fixing options, the step-overs have the inherent flexibility to not only protect those accessing the roof, but to also protect the roof sheet from unnecessary foot traffic and potential damage by providing a clearly defined access path. There is the ability to meet virtually any design requirement, with the end result always being a safe, secure and compliant access platform.

Kee Walk® Step-overs are constructed using Kee Klamp® tubular fittings. Each fitting incorporates an internal set screw to lock the respective fitting safely and securely onto the tube to create a strong, stable and safe structure. This method eliminates the need for time-consuming welding or specialist skills or tools, saving contractors both time and money on site. The Kee Walk® Step-over range has been designed in accordance to EN 14122-2/3:2016 for assured safe operation with the Kee Walk® being compliant to EN 516 Class 1-C.

Junckers Oak Spicy Pepper at Royal Opera House Paul Hamlyn Hall

A new floor for The Paul Hamlyn Hall at The Royal Opera House

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Junckers Oak Spicy Pepper at Royal Opera House Paul Hamlyn Hall (4)Jake Fitzjones Photography midA large expanse of Junckers’ solid hardwood flooring has been installed in the Paul Hamlyn Hall at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. The light-filled space is the ideal partner for the dark grey Spicy Pepper Oak floor, adding an elegant backdrop to the smart interior.

The magnificent glass and iron structure was originally built as a flower market and now houses a restaurant and champagne bar, where events and performances also take place. A busy public area requires a hard-wearing floor which is able to withstand heavy usage. The choice fell on Junckers, whose floors are reliably durable and easy to maintain, ideal for high traffic areas. The naturally occurring structural grain patterns in oak bring a sense of warmth to the large and open hall, complementing the many original architectural features.

Junckers Oak Spicy Pepper at Royal Opera House Paul Hamlyn Hall(10) Jake Fitzjones Photography midThe flooring contractors were Junckers’ Approved Contractor PICA Floorings Ltd.

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GHY0CP The Hall of Graduate Studies on the campus of Yale University, in New Haven, Connecticut.

Historic Yale buildings renovated with Crittall

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Crittall steel windows have been specified for a major renovation and upgrade at the heart of Yale University’s New Haven Campus in Connecticut, USA.

GHY0CP The Hall of Graduate Studies on the campus of Yale University, in New Haven, Connecticut.

The Ivy League university’s former Hall of Graduate Studies is to become a new Center for the Humanities bringing together in one central location some 16 hitherto disparate departments to create greater scope for collaborative working among students and scholars.

The buildings, originally constructed between 1930 and 1932 in a Collegiate Gothic style characteristic of Yale, were designed by architect James Gamble Rogers. They enclose two courtyards with, as their centrepiece a 14-storey tower.

Crittall was contracted to replace the windows in the tower and Berkeley profiles were specified including both windows and doors.

It had been the intention of Boston-based architects AnnBeha to retain and refurbish the original windows in the other buildings facing onto the quadrangle, but it was later decided that it would be more cost-affective to replace them altogether and Crittall’s Berkeley profiles were again selected for this task.

The windows specified are dual- rather then double-glazed. The outer pane for the Yale contract is a leaded glass panel chosen to replicate the original appearance of the neo-gothic elevations. This is then backed by an inner, standard pane in order to improve weather tightness and thermal performance.

In total, Crittall will supply windows for more than 2,700 openings on the site.

“We are delighted to become involved once more with a Yale development that blends state-of-the-art education facilities with the historic character of this seat of learning,” said Crittall Managing Director, Russell Agar.

This is latest Yale contract for Crittall, one of the world’s leading designers and manufacturers of steel windows and doors. In 2017 Crittall supplied the fenestration for two new residential colleges built on a seven-acre site at New Haven.

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Choosing the right real estate property, house or new home in a housing development or community

Let there be (natural) light in the home

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For many home owners and renters natural light is an increasingly key design aspect in making a property a home, with a focus on this design element stemming from increased consumer awareness around the importance of wellbeing. This is influencing all types of building design, leading architects, builders and developers to seek innovative approaches to boost natural light in the home.

The desire for more natural light was highlight in a recent survey conducted by Eurocell plc. 80% of respondents reported that they would like to increase the amount of natural light entering their home; 48% said they would pay more for a home with a greater amount of natural light; and 57% said they would be more likely to buy or rent a home if it had a high amount of natural light.

Architects at leading studios Hawkins Brown, Simpson Haugh and BDP, as well as property developer The High Street Group, discussed the findings, highlighting that regulation vs. design vs. cost is the main equation when it comes to natural light. This illustrates that, while everyone would like to have more light in their homes, external factors, such as cost and localised building constraints, cannot always be easily overcome to achieve the goal of maximising it in the home.

So how can housebuilders optimise the amount of natural light in the home, within the constrains that they often face? One approach is the WELL architectural standard. This framework aims to ensure that the designs of the buildings we live in advance human health and wellbeing. The standards are based on seven core concepts of health and hundreds of design features that should be considered.

Maximising the amount of natural light in the home is key to this, as most people feel happier and more uplifted in naturally bright spaces. By incorporating features such as utilising glass in the roof and having bigger windows, housebuilders can ensure that the homes they build meet the demands of the next generation of homeowners.

Over the coming years natural light will be increasingly important to homeowners and renters and those builders that take this into consideration will ensure that interest is generated in future developments and that those moving into the property are happy in their surroundings.

You can see all of Eurocell’s findings from the survey in the Future Home Report which can be downloaded in full here https://www.eurocell.co.uk/whitepaper

Timeguard Heating WiFi remote control

Timeguard brings all your existing appliances into the Internet of Things

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Smat thinking -combined timing and FCU protction with WiFi controlAt its core, the Internet of Things (IoT) is simply about connecting devices over the internet and letting them talk to each other. You can install expensive smart home controllers, as long as your customers are keen to buy all the compatible devices to go with them…

It’s not surprising that where the IoT is most common, in Britain at least, is home heating and energy use, but do not confuse the roll out of free smart meters that just let people watch how fast they are burning their money with IoT devices that help them to do something about it.

FSTWIFITGV_Head_On_ClosedTimeguard has changed that. Appliances don’t need to be “WiFi ready” to be controlled from a phone any more. All you need to do is replace a fused spur or switch with one of Timeguard’s new FST WiFi units, and pair it with the home WiFi using the free Timeguard App. Then any space or water heater can become part of the Internet of Things. There’s even a weatherproof option to control outdoor heaters and lights.

The new devices put your customers in remote control of the biggest energy guzzlers, be it in their home, a shop or office, a rental property  or a whole accommodation block with shared WiFi access.

 

FSTWIFI_Settings_ScreenThe App enables them to set on and off times, add an extra ‘boost’ hour if needed, and just to check at-a-glance whether or not something is on or off. They can control multiple FST WiFi units from the App and allocate limited control over specific appliances to sub users such as family members, colleagues tenants etc.

And, of course, this ingenious  unit also provides essential fused spur protection for each appliance.

And, for you, its an easy fox because the Timeguard Fused Spur Timer WiFi is just a direct replacement for the old spur or switch.

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Addagrip Urquhart Castle, Loch Ness

Monster Job At Loch Ness

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Addagrip Case Study  Urquhart Castle, Loch Ness, Scotland

Installed by Addagrip approved contractor Resarf Flooring Ltd

175m2Terrabase Rustic Tweed and 1300m2 Addastone 1-3mm Autumn Gold

Completed March 2018

Client: Historic Environment Scotland

Main Contractor: MacKenzie Construction Ltd

When it comes to delivering our surfacing materials, there are some occasions when only a helicopter will do!

UrquhartCastle 1Addagrip approved contractor Resarf Flooring Ltd were contacted by Historic Environment Scotland who were looking for a suitable surfacing option to renovate the existing paved pathways at the magnificently situated Urquhart Castle on the shore of Loch Ness.

As part of a £300,000 renovation project for the castle, there was a requirement to upgrade the existing pathways and viewing area with non-slip, decorative surfacing. Historic Environment Scotland was looking for a hard wearing surfacing that would be low maintenance, offer good slip resistance and be sympathetic to the historic rural setting.

UrquhartAddastoneFollowing discussion with Resarf Flooring Ltd, Resin Bonded Addastone was selected for its heritage look, giving the appearance of loose gravel without the maintenance issues.  A 1-3mm Autumn Gold blend was chosen to brighten up the pathways and provide a hard wearing non-slip surface. For the viewing area, a no-dig patented Terrabase Rustic Resin Bound system was used to create a smooth, low maintenance porous surface.  A 6-10mm Rustic Tweed aggregate blend was selected to complement the Autumn Gold Addastone pathways and give clear delineation.

UrquhartCastle 2Resarf Flooring Ltd was appointed by main contractor MacKenzie Construction to install 1300m2 of Addastone Resin Bonded surfacing and 175m2 of Terrabase Rustic Tweed Resin Bound surfacing. Due to location of the Castle and restrictive access to the grounds, getting the material to the site was a challenge. The only way to overcome this was to use a helicopter to airlift the material into the grounds and then barrow to the areas being surfaced. The image of the Addagrip delivery suspended from the helicopter over Loch Ness was quite a sight!

path 2The result is aesthetically pleasing pathways offering improved access for visitors throughout the year.

 

Cavity Trays new product guide

NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL BEST PRACTICE BUILD DETAILS

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‘New 2019 manual is extensive, informative and contains excellent construction solutions’

Cavity Trays article imageCavity Trays of Yeovil is the longest-established specialist in its field, and importantly is the only UK cavity tray manufacturer awarded European Technical Approval.

The Company is releasing a new technical handbook that contains more information and more problem-solving products than any previous publication.

Volume 28 bears the appropriate title: ‘Protecting the Building Envelope’ and contains approved national and international best practice build detail.

The official publication date is January 2019, but early release copies are being made available now, upon request.

Containing 190 pages, this latest publication addresses construction details from ground to rooftop, and lists new products and solutions including the Protective Adjustable Threshold

that recently won the Housebuilder/HBF/NHBC award for Best New Building Product of 2018.

Cavity Trays approved products are accompanied with a performance warranty for the benefit of Architect, Builder and Client.

During the past three years the Yeovil-based Company has expanded its research and development department that for many decades has operated a national survey of building envelope problems and weaknesses, identifying where changes can be beneficial.

A Company spokesman explained: ‘Whilst our ongoing survey provides us with insight into the problematic areas of construction, most importantly it highlights error trends and where improvement is required.

We are regularly contacted by Local Authorities, Housing Associations and Architects seeking guidance from the survey.’

Advance copies of this latest technical manual are being despatched throughout December.

Register your request now to receive this manual free of charge from the only UK cavity tray company awarded European Technical Approval.

Essential reading for those seeking best practice build details with an accompanying warranty – from the longest-established company in this specialised field.

Kee Systems Kee covers

Kee Systems Ensures Rooflight Safety for Porcelanosa

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Kee Systems has installed a total of 2,570 Kee Covers on the roofs at Porcelanosa’s retail sites across the country to protect the fragile skylights on the roofs and ensure that maintenance work can be carried out in complete safety.

Founded in Spain in 1973 as a specialist in ceramic tiles and flooring, Porcelanosa is synonymous with innovative design and unbeatable quality, and has a presence in over 150 countries worldwide.   As part of its commitment to safety, the company is undergoing a programme to ensure anyone requiring access to its roofs for maintenance purposes, can do so in complete safety.

Many of the roofs in the UK already included fall protection measures such as lifelines, but, as with many large retail & warehouse units, the roofs also featured fragile skylights which provide natural light for the buildings.

defaultAfter researching skylight safety, Héctor Pérez Ferrandis, Maintenance Manager, Porcelanosa contacted Kee Systems about Kee Cover skylight protection for their UK stores.  Following a site survey, Kee Systems installed Kee Covers on the roofs of Porcelanosa’s retail sites in Watford, Glasgow, Marston Green in the West Midlands, Bristol, Warrington and Doncaster over a 9-month period.

Commenting on the installation, Héctor Pérez Ferrandis, Departamento de Filiales,Porcelanosa,  said: “‘Working with Kee Systems was a pleasure. The sales and installation teams were a great help from our initial enquiry through to the completion of the work.  With their help, we were able to identify where anyone accessing our roofs might be put at risk, and the best system for our needs. I am confident now that people working on our roofs are protected and safe thanks to Kee Systems and Kee Cover. We wouldn’t hesitate to work with them again in future”

Effective Solution

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The Kee Covers sit onto metal frames constructed from Kee Klamp fittings which were then fixed virtually flat to the roof’s surfaces.  The system is ideal for trapezoidal and standing seam roofs.  All components and mesh panels are hot dip galvanised for enhanced durability.  The tube can be also colour coated if greater visibility is required.

Kee Cover is also available in a raised format where the mesh panel is mounted onto small legs and raised above the skylight, giving a greater distance between it and the mesh panel. In the event of a fall, this prevents the skylight from damage as the Kee Cover absorbs the impact.

With installation complete on the stores, Porcelanosa has ensured that all fall risks on its UK roofs are protected, and that maintenance work can be carried out in complete safety.

Rockpanel fire safe facades

Fire Safety on high-rise or high-risk buildings

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When it comes to fire safety, two types of buildings need some extra attention: high-rise and high-risk buildings. What do these terms exactly mean? And what should you bear in mind to ensure optimum safety?

High-rise buildings

What is a high-rise building?

20190205 RW-RP PHO 00495Height is an important factor in fire safety. The definition of what constitutes a high-rise building differs per European country. In Germany, the limit for high-rise buildings is 22 metres and above, in the UK it’s 18 metres and above, in Belgium it’s 25 metres and above etc. No matter what the exact limit is, it remains indisputable that risks increase when the height of a building is at a certain level.

Fire safety risks in high-rise buildings

Escaping from tall buildings is more complicated and takes more time compared to a single-family house with only one floor. Not only do high-rises have more inhabitants or people that work in them, normal houses also have more escape routes (windows, doors) and are therefore easier to escape when a fire occurs.

Using combustiblematerials on a building that is, for instance, 15 metres tall and thus not generally recognised as a high-rise, greatly enlarges the risks in the event of a fire and can have a catastrophic outcome.

New regulations for fire safety

Often high-rise limits are based upon possibilities for fire fighters to reach the fire via ladders or other equipment. With the rapid changes in the building environment, these methods cannot always be applied and by this the limits are part of the debate in defining new regulations for fire safety.

Design out the risk in high-rise and high-risk buildings. Just to be sure.

High-risk buildings

What is a high-risk building?

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A high-risk building is a building where the impact of a fire can be catastrophic. Hospitals, nursing homes, schools, hotels, student housing: all of these and similar buildings fall under the definition of high-risk. These are buildings where a lot of people live, sleep, are in need of care and/or cannot escape quickly or easily in case of a fire emergency. The risks of losing lives due to a fire are high within this category of buildings. Also, the loss of property and the decreasing economic value of a high-risk building are aspects of attention here.

Future use of buildings

It is also important to keep in mind the future use of a building. A structure that today is not considered a high-risk building, could be one in ten years from now if the usage of it changes. For example, from an office building to an elderly care home.

Therefore, keeping in mind the lifetime safety of a building and its users is always the best way to go when dealing with fire safety. Using non-combustibleis the only way to design out the potential dangers involved with current or future high-risk buildings.

The Hergom C-16/80 inset stove from Eurostove

Sleek and modern, Hergom’s C-14/70 & C-16/80 inset stoves are perfect for open plan living

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The Hergom C-16/80 inset stove from Eurostove

The Hergom C-16/80 inset stove from Eurostove

With the trend for open plan living still going strong, many homeowners, architects and interior designers look to the modern styling of an inset stove to add warmth and a statement focal point to a large, spacious interior. The new Hergom C-14/70 and C-16/80 designs are modern cast iron fireplace insets with full glass viewing windows. The C-14/70 is a generous 70cm wide with two convection fans while the larger C-16/80 is 80cm.

Manufactured in black matt cast iron for a high quality finish, the Hergom stoves are extremely resilient with optimum heat transfer and convection blowers to speed up the circulation of convection air. The ceramic glass door with its modern handle gives a contemporary look, while the removable ash pan helps with easy maintenance.

The 14/70 comes with a nominal 6kW heat output and a heat range between 5kW and 12kW, whilst the Hergom C-16/80 has an output between 6kW and 14kW. Both models have an airwash glass cleaning system, where air currents sweep the glass clean from the inside.

As part of the Eurostove family, Hergom is one of Europe’s largest and most established manufacturers of cast iron stoves and cookers. Made in its own state-of-the-art foundry in Santander, northern Spain, they use only the finest materials to produce durable, efficient, thermally effective heating solutions.