27 January 2015

Demystifying fire safety legislation for multiple occupied houses

The size, layout and occupants of a building are the most important considerations for anyone designing a fire detection system, and are usually the key indicators of which legislation the system must comply with. BS 5839: Fire Detection and Fire Alarm Systems BS 5839, for example, is the British Standard for Fire Detection and Fire[…]

  • 27 January 2015

12 January 2015

Suppliers dilemma following ban of R22 refrigerant

HCFC R22 refrigerant phased-out HCFC R22 refrigerant was phased-out under the Ozone Depleting Substances Regulations EC 2037/2000 & 1005/2009, yet we are still receiving enquiries and orders for Daikin parts, including compressors, specifically for products designed to use the banned refrigerant HCFC R22. For the European market, manufacture of equipment designed to contain HCFC R22[…]

  • 12 January 2015

18 December 2014

More people rely on qualified installers as DIY skills decline

Bad news for DIY retailers but good news for merchant trade stores Lack of skills will lead to increased demand for professional tradespeople across all major industry trades such as electrical, plumbing, heating, ventilation and renewables. Coupled with the increased funding and opportunity schemes now available to the industry it should be considered an exciting[…]

  • 18 December 2014

18 November 2014

Japanese window industry visit BFRC to see UK energy ratings system

The visit was funded by the Japanese government to support the Japanese window industry in looking into creating a similar system to the one provided by BFRC and considered to be a world leading energy ratings systems. The delegation came specifically came to the UK to meet the BFRC team and find out how the[…]

  • 18 November 2014

30 October 2014

FIRA Gold Certification for products and installation is 30

Introduced following demand for a quality mark for furniture tested to industry standards, most major kitchen retailers and manufacturers today now hold FIRA Gold, with Broadstock most recently achieving Installation Certification for workplace, educational and catering furniture. The accreditation is for manufacturers and products that excell standards Awarded to manufacturers of quality products FIRA Gold[…]

  • 30 October 2014

15 September 2014

Self-employed contractors must review working arrangements or face investigation

Failure to provide evidence of compliance to legislation and tax regulations when working on a self-employed basis could result in workers being pursued by HMRC and being put under investigation. Contractors should ensure that the review is conducted by an impartial service provider offering all three HMRC recognised models; self-employed/CIS, employed/umbrella and PSC/Limited Company. An[…]

  • 15 September 2014

25 June 2014

CE marking for wood panels examined by BM TRADA’s technical manager

The information required by both the CPR and BS EN 13986 is:• The CE symbol• Last two digits of the year that the mark was first affixed• name or logo of the manufacturer allowing unambiguous identification of the manufacturer’s name and address• Identification number of the notified body• Number of the harmonised standard• Levels or classes of performance, as required by[…]

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29 May 2014

Major financial risk to businesses if they fail to improve energy efficiency

ISO 50001 Energy Management Certification Tom Johnston, BM TRADA’s Chief Operating Officer of Central Certification Services, said companies need to continue “rising to the challenge” of energy management. Speaking at the launch of BM TRADA’s expansion into UKAS-accredited ISO 50001:2011 Energy Management Certification, following a successful pilot scheme, Johnston said:  “The cost of energy is[…]

  • 29 May 2014