A news round-up of stories in the FM sector
Abloy UK has launched a versatile and durable SMARTair i-gate Electronic Padlock. The product resists attack and extreme weather, requires wire-free installation, and is battery-powered. As part of the SMARTair wireless access control range, the device enables facility managers to add real-time control to non-electrified gates, cupboards, cabinets, crates and more — wherever they are and whatever the climate. It has a watertight cover (IP68 rating) and an internal cylinder with Durability EN 15684 Class 6 Certification. It works with all standard proximity credential technologies, including MIFARE, DESFire and iCLASS, as well as Bluetooth Low Energy.
Turf Design has released Scanlines – a range of acoustic artwork. Described as the intersection of art, architecture, and technology, the door has been made through the company’s in-house engineering capabilities and proprietary algorithm. The Scanlines system processes any provided image through an algorithm and translates the intensity of that image's color shades— from black to white— into depth. These interpretations are used to cut TURF's acoustic PET felt, rendering the image into a multi-dimensional masterpiece with depth-defying sound absorption.
Sika has launched its thin-layer screed system Schönox Renotex 3D, which offers an alternative to dry screeds for building projects where a conventional screed is unsuitable due to a building’s load-bearing capacity. With a minimum layer thickness of only 14mm, Schönox Renotex 3D is “thought to offer the thinnest floating screed in the world”, the company says. A hybrid system, Schönox Renotex 3D comprises a patented mesh, which in combination with Schönox HS 50 – a low-stress hybrid levelling compound, enables the application of extremely thin layers of screed. The screed creates an extremely robust substrate to receive floor finishes in commercial and industrial environments with a prevalence of foot traffic.
Morgan Sindall Property Services is collaborating with Basildon Council on its Climate Change Campaign. The council launched its campaign Small Changes, Big Impact to highlight how it is working to become carbon net-zero by 2030, and what residents can do to help contribute to the 2050 target of making the borough carbon net-zero. Morgan Sindall will lead a programme to fit homes with external wall insulation (EWI). This involves application of an insulation layer to the outside wall of a building to improve the building’s energy efficiency. It helps to keep a constant temperature inside the house and avoid fluctuations between hot and cold. The FM firm has already installed EWI to 780 properties with 200 more planned for 2022, alongside double-glazed windows, doors and ecotec combi boilers.
Electronic Temperature Instruments (ETI), the digital thermometer manufacturer and exporter of electronic thermometers and temperature probes, has introduced a company-wide strategy to achieve net-zero status by 2025. The global exporter is committed to reducing its carbon footprint and has already introduced changes to its processes to improve energy performance and efficiency including: installing renewable energy on all four ETI sites or switching to renewable energy suppliers; reducing transport use through improved logistics and/or switching to electric vehicles; continued use of videoconferencing instead of travelling to meetings; designing products for reuse, repair and recycling; reusing production waste materials where appropriate; developing strategies for more sustainable product packaging; recycling redundant materials that can’t be reused; sourcing products and materials from firms with recognised net-zero policies; separating and minimising waste for easier recycling and reuse; and expanding cloud storage of documents.
NHS Test and Trace has selected British cybersecurity company Risk Ledger to manage cybersecurity risks in its supply chain to mitigate the increasing risks NHS and other critical national infrastructure organisations face from cyberattacks. The Risk Ledger platform will give the UK government-funded service all the tools it needs to manage cybersecurity risks at speed for a low per-supplier cost - at least 60 per cent cheaper than traditional solutions. Cybersecurity risks in the supply chain can include third parties failing to encrypt sensitive data when it is being transferred. NHS Test and Trace, established to track and help prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus in England, will take advantage of Risk Ledger's key innovation which is its secure 'social network' allowing organisations to connect and share risk data securely, quickly and easily.
Grounds maintenance provider Ground Control has launched Fleet Fix, the country’s first end-to-end, fully automated and managed system to supply, install and manage all aspects of the EV charger process. Fleet Fix has been designed and built to ensure the progression to EV fleet charging is as efficient as possible. The system has undergone rigorous field testing and is already used by national organisations that are switching to an electric fleet. The easy-to-use platform allows fleet and business managers to remotely monitor and track every part of the supply and installation process – and can even incorporate notification of readiness for vehicle delivery by their fleet provider. Once completed, the dashboard also offers additional functionality including asset management, charging analytics and reporting of the fleet.
Willmott Dixon’s pledge to become a zero-carbon company by 2030, without offsetting, has seen it announce a rollout of electric vehicle charge points across all its sites and offices. It is working with electric vehicle charging specialist Rolec to install charging points at more than 100 locations across its sites and offices in England and Wales during 2021 for the nearly 300 of its people who have switched, or are switching, to electric cars under the company’s car scheme. The company expects this latest initiative under its ‘Now or Never’ sustainability strategy to have a big impact on its annual carbon footprint by reducing emissions by nearly 1 million kgCo2e*, with the shift away from petrol and diesel fuel also leading to savings of £360,000 in fuel reimbursement.