Month: May 2014

Tackling the asbestos issue

Construction is always changing, and as time moves on we come to discover new, innovative designs and safer methods and materials that are environmentally conscious. However, such developments have also encouraged us to carry out necessary re-evaluations of past construction methods, thereby enabling us to develop solutions to combat the issues that old construction materials and methods may have caused. For instance, the removal of asbestos has become a primary concern in construction, leading to the development of organisations dedicated to providing these incredibly valuable services. What is asbestos? Asbestos is a harmful material that was once popular in construction and has since been linked to serious illnesses, some of which are unfortunately fatal. Asbestos has been attributed to the following diseases: Asbestos related lung cancer and lung disease Asbestosis – a scarring condition of the lung that causes shortness of breath Mesothelioma – a form of cancer that affects the lining of the lungs and lower digestive tract Pleural thickening Naturally, this makes the removal of asbestos from buildings an incredibly serious issue. It is known to be incredibly harmful and has been the direct cause of death for many people. Companies like Lucion Environmental, who operate the Asbestos the Truth annual conference that is committed to keeping professionals in the construction industry informed on the subject of asbestos, such as updates in legislation and the discussion of...

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Asbestos in Soil – Where Do We Stand?

Scarily, there are still many who aren’t aware of the dangers posed by asbestos in public buildings, but what’s more concerning is that contractors are still discovering new elements of that danger – and in many cases, failing to take the right precautions. When asbestos is mentioned, most picture an older, decrepit building that’s about to either be refurbished or demolished, hence the investigation of such hazardous materials. Others may think of ships, and dangerous ship breaking, but few consider soil as a potentially fatal hazard. Contaminated land, and asbestos in soil, is an issue which is becoming more and more prominent, especially following the media storm surrounding the digging up of asbestos on the temporary site of the Khalsa Secondary Academy school in Slough. Over Easter, it was reported that diggers were on the site, which has been plagued with controversy for a number of other reasons, removing turf and digging up soil which it is believed to contain asbestos. Admittedly, it does seem odd that the DFE who commissioned the work are beginning to remove contaminated soil at this stage, especially when the temporary permissions for the site expire in a matter of weeks. Local residents are rightly concerned, as the site did used to be home to the Fulmer Research Institute in the 1950s, famed for its asbestos testing. Many have questioned the legality of disturbing...

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Call For UK To Get Serious About Our Energy Efficiency

The UK has been accused of not being serious about energy efficiency by MP Dan Byles, a member of the Parliament’s Energy Select Committee. With the heat in buildings accounting for nearly half of the nation’s energy consumption, Byles believes that energy efficiency has a significant role to play in reducing that demand. Green Zone Surveys are an independent company who offer building compliance services UK wide. They have years of experience which allows them to offer clients expert advice concerning complex building compliance legislation. Their bespoke service recognises the unique requirements of each client and they will provide a dedicated project management team. Green Zone Survey’s services include air conditioning inspections, commercial EPCs and thermal imaging. For anybody who owns or rents a building you legally require an Energy Performance Certificate which must be made available free of charge. As well as the long-term gains of a commercial EPC there are short-term economic benefits to be had by implementing improvements to energy efficiency within the building. Another service offered by Green Zone Surveys is thermal imaging which has many applications in the energy consultancy sector, from heat loss and moisture detection to electrical inspections. Thermal imaging works by generating images that clearly locate hot and cold areas which in turn means that robust calculations can be made to effectively assess the benefits of alterations to mechanical/electrical systems and...

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Commercial Property Owners Must Be Responsible For Asbestos Management

As many as 4,000 people in the UK die each year as a result of an asbestos related disease. This can be because the person was exposed to the poisonous substance at home or in the workplace. Most commonly asbestos was used in the home-building industry and in shipyards. Asbestos regulations reflect the prevalence of this issue within our society, and are not to be taking lightly as it could be detrimental to the health of the general public. For the owners of commercial properties it is required by law that you are responsible for managing asbestos. This can be done with an asbestos survey, which locates the deadly material. Commercial property owners are also responsible for carrying out a health and safety risk assessment, and sharing this information with anybody who might come into contact with the substance. In order to do all of the above, property owners need a reliable, accredited surveyor and testing laboratory. Lucion Environmental work throughout the UK, and provide clients with asbestos abatement services. This includes asbestos management whereby clients can obtain a written specification which has been done by a qualified consultant with a knowledge of contract law, asbestos removal techniques and cost control. Asbestos management surveys are designed to identify any asbestos containing materials that may be present in the property and are a service offered by Lucion Environmental. This kind...

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