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Solar Solution is Storming Success on Damaged Roof
The flat roof on Linn Products’ main office building in Glasgow had been left badly damagedby heavy storms, with all existing ballasted solar panels lifted off the roof and destroyed beyond repair. The client was left with two problems: a leaking roof and the loss of their photovoltaic (PV) system. The remedial work had to be completed to fixed deadlines in order to comply with insurance requirements, and Linn wanted to maximise the use of their roof area by replacing the pre-existing PV array with a solar solution of the highest quality. Bauder’s state-of-the-art photovoltaic system, SOLfixx, successfully fulfilled this requirement. Due to the building’s exposed location, robust wind uplift calculations were performed prior to work commencing on site, ensuring the new roof could resist even the most extreme weather conditions. The original single ply waterproofing was overlaid with 2,500m² of Bauder’s Thermofol PVC system, which possesses high tensile strength and is resilient to the natural elements. Having installed the new waterproofing, Bauder-approved contractor, W G Walker & Co fitted the SOLfixx system onto the roof using a unique interlocking method that doesn’t penetrate the waterproofing or roof deck, preserving the roof’s integrity. Any slight movement of the panels experienced from wind uplift is easily tolerated by the SOLfixx system, providing the client with long-term reassurance with regards to their roof’s future performance. The PV array consisted of 166 modules, set at a 10⁰ angle for optimum energy production, enabling Linn Products to generate at least 38.67 Megawatt Hours of solar power each year and over 20 tonnes of CO2 annual savings. The remarkable simplicity of the installation method also meant that the entire array could be fitted in just two days, ensuring the refurbishment work adhered to the exact deadlines agreed with the client. Project specifier, Ramsay McMichael Consulting stated their delight with the final result, “Bauder provided high levels of technical assistance throughout the project and delivered to the client a comprehensive waterproofing and PV solution of the absolute highest quality. All works were completed on time and to budget, successfully transforming the badly damaged roof area into an aesthetically pleasing benchmark for roof sustainability.” - See more at: http://www.roofingtoday.co.uk/news.php?story=1389#sthash.gdCm2c8j.dpuf
Gateshead roofing firm fined after worker falls 16ft
A roofing firm has been fined £4,000 after a worker plunged 16ft (5m) through the roof of Gateshead warehouse.
The 61-year-old man suffered a fractured spine when he fell through a roof light while fixing it in 2012.
His employer, C Grant Roofing Ltd, admitted a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) breach at Gateshead Magistrates' Court.
The firm, of Coldwell Park Drive, was also ordered to pay costs of £1,600.
The court heard the man, of Wrekenton, can now walk but will never be able to work in the roofing industry again.
The HSE said a probe revealed the firm had failed to ensure that repairs to the roof were being carried out safely.
HSE principal inspector Robert Hirst said: "This was a wholly avoidable incident that resulted in serious injury to this man.
"Work at height is a high risk activity and falls from height remain the single biggest cause of death and serious injury in the construction industry."
Single Ply Education from Sika-Trocal
Sika Trocal, a market leading manufacturer of single ply roofing membranes has launched a new CPD (Continuing Professional Development) seminar aimed at educating architects and specifiers. The new CPD, entitled ‘Effective Design of Single Ply Roofing Systems,’ has been produced by the flat roofing experts at Sika -Trocal. “We know technology is constantly evolving and it’s imperative specifiers and architects are aware of the benefits of single ply membranes,” commented Shay Casey, Senior Sales Manager for Sika-Trocal. “This material is highly versatile, cost effective but most importantly, provides wa-terproof protection for flat roofs. Our new CPD will help keep the industry abreast of new product innovations in this field” he concluded. Single Ply Membranes have been widely used in the UK for many years and as the UK’s oldest supplier, Sika-Trocal now has more than 40 years’ experience in the industry. Its comprehensive range of products has high levels of performance, as well as a design life in excess of 30 years. There are a number of different methods that can be used to restrain Single Ply Membranes against wind uplift forces, along with other design considerations, all covered by the new CPD which is also RIBA approved and allows attendees to gain 8 CPD points. Single Ply can be considered for use in many types of build and sectors, as this material is very versatile with easy application methods, yet represents excellent value.
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