June 2018 Newsletter
‘UK lighting market sees a 44% increase since 2013, Gas Safety Trust publishes report on advancement of CO poisoning detection, it’s a crucial time for the UK Oil Heating Industry, more than half of construction workers in London from EU and 75% of consumers say that central heating engineers are trustworthy.’
44% increase in the UK lighting market between 2013-17
The overall lighting market in the UK was estimated to be worth £2.4 billion in 2017, having increased by 44% since 2013. The key driver for the lighting market is LED lighting which has gained significant share in the non-domestic sector and also started to make inroads into the domestic market. LED technology is likely to promote a period of innovation and expansion particularly in terms of more integrated products, control and lighting solutions. Forecasts are for growth but at a lower rate than in the period 2014-2017 as the uptake of LED’s has increased.
Retro-fitting of efficient lamp products has been crucial to growth rates within the market, and the lamps market has recorded the highest level of growth in recent years. It is expected to continue to outperform the market, due to the introduction of a wide range of replacement, higher value LED and low energy halogen products, although as the prices of these products fall considerably and penetration increases, this sector is expected to slow.
Luminaires dominate the UK lighting market, accounting for 57% share in 2017, although their overall share of the market is gradually declining in response to the high growth of other sectors. The luminaires market is more reliant on the levels of new build and refurbishment activity, particularly in the non-domestic sector. Strong luminaire market growth has been underpinned by investment in street lighting, rising levels of house completions as well as improvements in construction output for both the domestic and non-domestic sectors.
Controls also remain an important sector with high levels of growth and potential for this to continue. This reflects a sustained focus placed on efficiency and cost savings with organisations recognising the need to reduce unnecessary lighting provision. In the supply sector for controls, there has been a shift in focus towards lighting solutions and systems. This demonstrates not only the greater integration along the supply chain but also the significance of automation and control within the industry.
The UK lamps sector has been dominated by a small number of very large organisations who have all invested heavily in the LED sector in order to maintain market share through acquisition, vertical integration policies or organic and technical development. Opportunities are likely to remain within the UK lamps market for those organisations who can offer production scale and those who serve niche or specialist markets.
Home improvement multiples and department/high street stores are significant distribution channels for domestic luminaire sales with a wide range of refurbishment and decorating products under one roof. However, department stores and high street stores have lost market share recently and there has been significant share gain in the online retail sector.
Prospects for the UK lighting market remain positive, although more muted than recent history with annual growth rates of around 4-5% to 2022” said Fiona Watts at AMA Research. “There is potential for growth from the domestic sector as the take-up of LED systems offers increased scope for a reduction in energy-use, improved controls, and as technology prices fall and awareness of benefits increases.”
The adoption of more efficient lighting products which have boosted value underlying growth, have increased life cycle expectations which may have negative implications for the market into the longer-term. Despite the increased demand for LED technologies there has been an oversupply to the global market, especially from developing countries and China. As a result, the global prices of LEDs have fallen significantly and are likely to continue to decline to some extent as wider usage results in more competition.
The ‘Lighting and LED Market Report – UK 2018-2022’ report is available now and can be ordered online at www.amaresearch.co.uk .
Source: Electrical Times
Gas Safety Trust publishes report on the advancement of CO poisoning detection
The Gas Safety Trust (GST) has published a report which considers current research into new biomarkers for detecting carbon monoxide (CO), and how we can go further to make detection easier and more certain.
Diagnosing CO poisoning is notoriously difficult, as it produces common, non-specific symptoms such as headaches and nausea and mimics other, more common ailments such as flu and food poisoning. Accidental CO poisoning is considered rare, but the GST says that it is not as rare as people think, and it is preventable.
CO is a poisonous gas that you cannot see, smell or taste. This makes it difficult for those exposed to know that they have been poisoned and what they have been poisoned by. A healthcare professional is likely to be the first person to be approached by someone suffering from CO poisoning, and making an accurate diagnosis is important to prevent further exposure.
The most commonly used biomarker associated with the identification of exposure to CO, carboxyhaemoglobin, is now considered less useful than previously thought, and cases of exposure are being missed. The need to identify new biomarkers has been suggested, which will ultimately assist clinicians in making a diagnosis of CO poisoning and help them in their assessment of patient outcome and referral decisions.
In response to this, the GST has published a report which considers current research into new biomarkers, what lessons could be learned from similar areas of study and how we might explore and challenge thinking to answer questions relating to the neurological effects associated with CO exposure. This report, which follows on from a workshop held in September 2017, can be found on the organisation’s CO Portal.
Source: HVP Magazine
ECA offers online activity-based risk assessment service
ECA explains why its eRAMS service is your route to concise, activity-based RAs and method statements.
For many contractors, drawing up ‘suitable and sufficient’ risk assessments, and then a useful method statement, can be challenging and time-consuming, even though these documents are vital to successful contracting.
eRAMS is a practical online service that allows contractors and maintenance teams to create, amend, store and print activity-based risk assessments, plus method statements and construction phase plans (CPPs). The easy-to-use eRAMS templates are based on extensive field testing, and input from leading contractors and key industry players on industry good practice.
eRAMS has been developed as a response to industry demand by ECA – and it’s already proved to be helpful way beyond electrical or even building services contracting. Customer experience and feedback has shown that eRAMS is a real help to virtually any type of small to medium contractor that needs to ensure health and safety, across a wide range of tasks and activities.
Darren Price, director of West Midlands-based contractor Goodwin and Price, said, “eRAMS is remarkably user-friendly, and a number of clients have told us that our risk assessments and method statements are some of the best that they have seen from a contractor.”
Using the eRAMS Quick Start guide, users can start to produce practical risk assessment information within minutes.
eRAMS features include:
- Concise, intuitive RAs, MSs and Construction Phase Plans (CPPs)
- Designed specifically for use by contractors and maintenance teams
- Activity-based risk assessments – for a wide range of contractor activities
- An auto text option, to help users quickly provide essential information on control measures
- Ability to print, or save and send RAs, method statements or CPPs electronically
- A choice of numerical risk assessment matrices
- Ability to add a company logo to printed RAs
- Ability to upload useful photos and other images to the method statement.
eRAMs is free to ECA members, and it’s available on annual subscription to other customers at a highly competitive price from CHAS, the industry-leading health and safety assessment scheme. As part of ECA’s partnership with CHAS which aims to help companies of all sizes to achieve essential health and safety standards, CHAS registrants can subscribe to eRAMS with a significant discount.
Source: Electrical Contracting News
Crucial time for the UK Oil Heating Industry
Described as a crucial time for the UK oil heating industry, delegates who attended this year’s OFTEC conference were provided with an update on progress towards developing a low carbon alternative to kerosene in support of government’s decarbonisation plans. The future pathway for liquid fuel heating was the key theme of the event, held on 19th June at The Hilton Puckrup Hotel near Tewkesbury.
Over the last year, OFTEC has looked to highlight the practical difficulties and potential cost to rural consumers of government proposals outlined in the Clean Growth Strategy to phase out high carbon fossil fuel heating, whilst emphasising the viability of low carbon liquid fuels as a practical and cost-effective solution for off-grid homes.
A Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and OFTEC working group has now been established to co-ordinate discussion and action on the future of the off-grid heating sector, with the first meeting held on 3 May in London. In partnership with manufacturers, the trade association has also begun performance tests on various low carbon liquid fuel blends and a 100% biofuel.
Commenting on the current position, OFTEC CEO Paul Rose said:
“The climate change challenge is one we all need to work towards addressing. OFTEC fully supports the Government’s decarbonisation ambitions, although how these are achieved for rural households must be reviewed. Over the past year we have been working hard to progress a low carbon liquid fuel solution which offers a realistic, practical alternative to the current options on the table for off-grid homes which are not fit for purpose.
“Now is the time for our industry to unite, step up and act collectively to meet the significant opportunity decarbonisation brings. This means everyone from installers and manufacturers to fuel suppliers and refiners playing their part. Much progress has been made to date, and against an undeniably challenging backdrop, but we need to keep this positive momentum going and deliver a futureproof solution that works for consumers and government alike.”
OFTEC was joined at the conference by guest speaker Richard Vianello, Renewable Heat Incentive & Heat in Buildings Deputy Director at BEIS. Richard provided a summary of current government thinking on heat policy, including the recent ‘call for evidence’ on the Future Framework for Heat in Buildings, to which OFTEC submitted a detailed response. He said that BEIS had received over 150 responses and, although many stakeholders had very different views, the Government is hoping to issue a formal response in the autumn.
Richard acknowledged the important role of installers in educating the public about low carbon technology and that decarbonisation needs to be a gradual process, but he also pointed out that if the Government is to meet its 2050 targets then it is unlikely that any more oil boilers could be installed after 2035.
Dr Ernst-Moritz Bellingen, Energy Policy Director of the German Institute for Heating and Oil Technology (IWO), also provided an overview of the positive developments in low carbon liquid fuel production.
Guests then heard from Andrew Robertson, co-founder of Clean Energy Consultancy Ltd who was involved in OFTEC’s successful biofuel project (2008-2011) which delivered a 30% renewable liquid fuel called B30K. Andrew talked through the customer journey when opting for renewable heating solutions such as heat pumps and biomass, highlighting the potential barriers to take up in a retrofit situation whilst emphasising the benefits of switching to a low carbon liquid fuel.
OFTEC Chair Niall Faye of Grant Engineering concluded:
“The journey to provide decarbonisation solutions continues. Heat pumps have been promoted by many as the answer to low carbon heating for off-grid homes. However, the poor thermal efficiency of rural homes and the widely evidenced failure of the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) highlights the practical difficulties and prohibitive cost of retrofitting these technologies.
“More cost-effective options must be found and this means a crucial role for low carbon liquid fuels going forward. By drawing together the strengths of our innovative industry, I am confident we will be able to produce an alternative fuel to power off-grid boilers well into the future.”
Source: PHAM News
LIA & BSI partner to support Commercial Lighting Industry
The LIA (Lighting Industry Association) has announced a partnership with BSI, the business standards company. The LIA and BSI have joined together to combine their knowledge and extensive expertise in assurance and testing within the lighting sector. This partnership will see the two organisations collaborate on and develop product testing and certification solutions.
To celebrate the partnership, a special event will be held at the LIA offices in Telford on June 27, 2018.The event will be an opportunity for businesses in the lighting sector to find out how the BSI Kitemark for Commercial Lighting can help their business in providing:
- Competitive advantage
- Access to new markets
- Faster product testing times
- Fewer risks
- Faster ‘time to market’ for new products
The BSI Kitemark for Commercial Lighting is a step forward in product safety and quality, which will drive up standards and further reduce the risks of product recalls and returns. It encompasses a wide range of lighting products and of course, includes LEDs.
Whilst recognising the achievements of commercial lighting manufacturers that consistently meet the highest possible standards, the BSI Kitemark also provides an important marketing tool for manufacturers of commercial lighting products.
Speaking about the partnership, Greg Childs, electrical & gas certification group manager at BSI said, “We’re delighted to be working with the LIA in order to help organisations achieve the BSI Kitemark for Commercial Lighting, as well as developing other product testing and certification solutions.
“We’re committed to helping manufacturers deliver lighting products that are highly efficient and safe to use and this collaboration will enable us to continue to help businesses face new industry challenges.
“The BSI Kitemark is a symbol that around 70% of the British public Recognise, and one that has given millions of Britons over the last century the knowledge and comfort that the products they come into contact with are safe and reliable.”
The use of the LIA Laboratory facility means that BSI is able to provide assurance that products will be tested to the highest possible standards by specialists in their field.
Commenting on the new partnership, chief executive of the LIA, Steve Davies added, “Testing to this BSI Kitemark cements the position of the LIA Laboratory as a leading provider for testing and certification within the lighting industry and we are proud to be in partnership with BSI, to support commercial lighting.”
Source: Electrical Contracting News
More than half of construction workers in London from EU
More than half of the workforce on London’s construction sites is from the EU.
The capital’s biggest house builder Berkeley flagged up the figure in its results today.
Figures reported on the ground by the house builder are higher than government statistics.
Yesterday the ONS published its findings that suggested that foreign workers represent just over a third of the capital’s construction workforce, based on 2016 data.
Estimates from the latest population survey show 7% of the construction workforce from the EU nationally, rising to 28% in the capital. A further 7% working in London construction were made up by non-EU workers.
The Annual Population survey estimated 2.2m people work in construction with 165,000 from the EU.
The ONS report was prompted by growing concern about the impact Brexit could have on construction. It also flagged up concerns about the aging UK workforce, where nearly half are over 45 years old, noting EU nationals were considerably younger.
Berkeley said: “Looking forward, we remain concerned that the impact of recognised skills gap in the UK construction workforce may become more pronounced as the UK exits the European Union.
“While this is hard to predict, it is a fact that over half of London’s site labour comes from the EU.
“This needs to be addressed by a combination of continued access to EU labour, skills training and innovation in construction if the industry is to achieve its medium-term production aspirations.”
Source: Construction Enquirer
Scotland to require sprinklers in all new social housing
The Scottish Government has agreed to introduce legislation to make sprinkler systems compulsory in all new social housing of over 10 tenants.
Scottish Housing Minister Kevin Stewart confirmed that the Scottish Government will take forward David Stewart MSP’s proposal for a Members’ Bill to make it a legal requirement for all future new build social housing.
Currently all new high-rise domestic buildings, whether private or social, with a floor over 18m must have automatic fire suppression systems fitted.
New legislation would extend this to all houses in multi-occupancy or more than 10 people, including care homes.
Scottish Housing Minister Kevin Stewart said: “I am very grateful to David Stewart for his work on bringing forward this important issue and gaining cross-party support for his proposal.
“I can confirm that the Scottish Government will implement the aim of Mr Stewart’s proposal and will bring forward legislation as soon as is practicable in this Parliamentary session.
“This is an opportunity to further improve standards in our social housing and this work will be taken forward alongside the recommendations of the two reviews of building standards and fire safety which we will consult on later this summer.”
Source: Construction Enquirer
75% of consumers trust central heating engineers, according to Which?
Just behind electricians, plumbers and central heating engineers are some of the most trusted trades in the UK, according to new research from Which? Trusted Traders.
Which? Trusted Traders surveyed 1461 of its members, asking them which trades they most and least trusted when employing them for the first time, as well as ranking their specific worries about employing traders.
The survey revealed that four in 10 (38%) householders do not trust builders and roofers when employing them for the first time, making these trades the least trusted for domestic building work and repairs.
In stark contrast, 80% of those surveyed said they trusted the electrician they called in to make repairs and improvements in their home. Central heating engineers were also widely trusted (75%), quickly followed by plumbers (73%).
The survey also asked people about their biggest worries when hiring a tradesperson, revealing that the largest concern was that they would not turn up at the agreed time, which was cited by 62%.
Poor workmanship and being taken for a ride were other top concerns, with over half (55%) worrying that a trader would do a bad job and 46% anxious that they would be ripped off.
Here are the full rankings from the Which? Trusted Traders survey:
|Central Heating Engineers||75%|
|Drain and Sewer Services||50%|
Source: HVP Magazine
Signify lights up 10 of the 12 stadiums used for World Cup in Russia
Signify (Euronext: LIGHT), today announced that it has lit 10 of the 12 stadiums that will be used as venues for this summer’s soccer tournament in Russia. The stadiums include Luzhniki (Moscow), Krestovsky Stadium (Saint Petersburg), Fisht (Sochi), Ekaterinburg Arena (Yekaterinburg), as well as soccer stadiums in Kazan, Rostov-on-Don, Kaliningrad, Nizhny Novgorod, Volgograd and Samara.
Signify’s LED pitch lighting is used at the Ekaterinburg Arena. The state-of the-art LED lighting provides soccer players and fans with the best quality of light and is ideal for 4K TV transmissions and UHDTV super slow-motion action replays for the billions of television viewers wanting to capture all the drama on the pitch – every bead of sweat, taught muscle and grimace. The LED pitch lighting can also be controlled and synced to music to create spectacular pre-match entertainment.
Signify’s lighting was used to light stadium façades, adding to the atmosphere and spectacle for fans attending the matches. One unique installation is at Moscow’s Luzhniki stadium, where a 39,000 square meter LED media roof was installed, making it one of the largest and most novel media façades in Russia. This façade will build excitement for fans across the city by creating unique light shows, before, during and after games.
“We have more than 80 years of experience in lighting sports events and are recognized as the world leader in sports illumination,” said Sergey Karpov, Head of sport lighting of Signify in Russia. “Through these installations, fans and television viewers around the world will enjoy their favourite game while soccer players on the field will get the optimum visibility.”
Signify became the new company name of Philips Lighting as of May 16, 2018.
Source: Electrical Times
Skills shortage biggest concern for sector, according to tradespeople
A shortage of skilled workers and poor training opportunities are the most pressing concerns of the modern plumbing and heating installer, new research shows.
The ‘State of the Nation’ survey, carried out by manufacturer Wavin, drew responses from 149 plumbing and heating installers. It found that over half (56%) of respondents stated that the skills gap is the biggest threat facing the plumbing industry today. However, more than four-fifths (86%) of plumbing professionals would still recommend it as a career, thanks to an abundance of work and high job satisfaction.
The findings also provided a range of additional new insights – when it comes to the perfect customer, it’s all about prompt payment with almost half of respondents (48%) saying this is a much-appreciated quality.
The survey also paints the picture of the modern-day plumber as someone who loves to spend their spare time in the great outdoors, or grabbing a bite to eat in the latest high street restaurant. And, in the world of politics, over a fifth (21%) would like to see renowned actor Idris Elba to take on the role of Prime Minister.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, a cup of tea and a sandwich remain the refreshments of choice, favoured by 47% and 65% of respondents respectively. Meanwhile, football is the sport of choice for plumbers, with the beautiful game preferred by 48% of survey participants.
“It is no secret that the construction industry is in the midst of a skills shortage,” noted Karen Stables, Marketing Manager at Wavin. “Earlier this year, it was revealed that plumbing is just one of many skilled professions where demand outweighs supply, and without intervention, this can only get worse. Our survey only reinforces how large scale the issue is becoming.
“If we, as an industry, are to tackle the issue effectively, we need to look at the reasons behind the skills gap and address those accordingly.”
Source: HVP Magazine
ECA debuts first podcast episode
ECA has launched its new podcast with an inaugural episode about Building Information Modelling (BIM). In the first instalment, ECA director of technical Steve Martin debunks six of the biggest myths about BIM:
- BIM is just for main contractors or Tier 1 organisations
- BIM is just 3D modelling
- BIM will cost too much, take up too much time and/or impact productivity
- BIM will ‘solve’ clashes and clash detection
- Clients won’t know what to do with BIM data
- BIM Level 2 compliance is achieved by adopting one standard
The podcast aims to provides answers for common queries like who should use BIM, how to achieve BIM compliance, and whether BIM adds value to small projects.
Listeners can send questions and ideas for future episodes to email@example.com
Source: Electrical Contracting News
Local services offered on Amazon and eBay
Amazon and eBay are now offering tradespeople a way to help local service organisations reach new customers and grow their businesses. The e-commerce giants have each launched their own platform that allows people to find local plumbers, handymen, electricians, etc., giving them direct route to local services.
The Home Services offering from Amazon and Local Services Ads from eBay will complement the products sold on their websites by showing consumers the services that could be used to support installation and set-up of their purchases, such as washing machines and kitchen taps.
The service providers are described as ‘handpicked tradespeople’ by Amazon, and they will give customers upfront pricing and ratings and reviews from verified customers.
Amazon will also offer a ‘Happiness Guarantee’ that ensures if a customer is not satisfied with the completed work, it will coordinate between the customer and the service provider to ensure the job gets done to the right standard or issue a refund.
Scott Webster, General Manager of Amazon Home Services Europe, comments:
We’re thrilled to be expanding Amazon Home Services to the UK as a simple way to book trusted, service professionals.
“Following our successful launch in the US, customers have told us they love the convenience and peace of mind that comes with trusted, professional installation of their products. We’re delighted to be able to offer this same experience to UK customers through a network of handpicked, local tradespeople and service providers.”
The new service will be available across Greater London, Birmingham and Manchester with tradespeople including handymen, electricians, plumbers and home cinema specialists. New cities and services will be added over time.
Not to be outdone by Amazon, eBay Advertising has soft-launched ‘eBay Local Services Ads’, which also lets businesses use the platform for their own ads and offer services to relevant eBay customers in their area. . It is initially being piloted in the UK, with Germany also trialling it this month.
Businesses such as plumbers, hairdressers, DJs and cleaners will be able to use the platform to serve their own ads and offer their services to relevant eBay customers in their area.
Businesses will be able to expand their reach and target customers using eBay’s data and insights on customer search and purchase behaviour. They will also able to engage shoppers earlier in the shopper journey – putting their business in front of people who might not currently be searching for that service, but could be interested in the near future.
This complements eBay’s existing offerings by showing users ads for services that are relevant to the products they’re viewing. It will give them easy access to the services they’re likely to need, and in turn help to convert more sales for its sellers. For instance, if an eBay user is searching for a fridge, they could be shown an ad for the services of a local plumber, breaking down a barrier – in this case, installation – to making the purchase.
Bert Bassett at eBay, who has headed the project, comments:
“eBay wants to become a marketplace for services as well as products – and we think that this is a great place to start. Our Local Services Ads will particularly help small service-based businesses to use our inventory to target local, relevant customers. And crucially, we’re helping them reach users when they’re already in a buying mood, and when we know they’re in the market for a particular service, to deliver maximum ROI.”
Businesses will be able to use eBay Local Services Ads by signing up for an account on the ebaylocalservices.com website. They will be able to:
- Upload their own ads to the self-serve platform, or use a format supplied by eBay
- Choose who to target based on location and demographics
- Segment their audience by product category and searched key words on the website
- Choose where the ad appears on eBay’s website
Customers will have access to FAQs, tutorial videos, and contact support services.
Source: PHAM News
Boot lamps, anyone?
A US company that developed LED lights that attach to training shoes for night-time joggers has now developed an industrial version for nightshift construction workers.
Night Shift Shoe Lights is the latest addition to the Night Tech Gear product line, which also includes the Night Runner and the Night Trek.
Attached to bootlaces, Night Shift provides hands-free lighting in low-light work environments with 400 lumens of LED lights. It is claimed that they deliver 90 metres of forward beam and visibility from all sides. The rechargeable battery lasts up to 10 hours, the manufacturer says.
“After 35 years in the construction industry, I know safety is of paramount importance, and Night Shift Shoe Lights help protect those in the workplace from falls and collisions due to dark working conditions,” said Doug Storer, CEO and founder of Orlando-based Night Tech Gear.
Source: Construction Index
£400m North West small projects framework launched
Liverpool-based Procure North West has launched a new small works framework for public building projects up to £1m.
Known as Procure North West (Lite), the framework has been launched after public bodies expressed frustration about the cost of finding firms.
It is estimated that the new framework could be worth up to £400m over four years. There will also be a specialist building services category for projects up to £10m.
The region will be broken down in five lots: Cumbri, Cheshire, Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside with the sixth lot covering M&E works.
Robbie Blackhurst, Managing Director of Procure North West, said: “When we launched the bidding process for the Procure North West (Build) Framework earlier this year it was our intention to establish two frameworks – the now live ‘PNW Build Framework’ for £1m-£100m projects and ‘PNW Consult Framework’ for professional services.
“However, when engaging with public sector bodies across the North West region it became apparent that there are real frustrations with current routes to market when procuring contractors to deliver sub £1m capital projects.”
“The PNW Lite Framework will provide clients with all the benefits, robust performance management, and strict governance of our live ‘PNW Build Framework’ at a significantly reduced fee when contrasted against other regional procurement routes.”
“It was also clear that in instances of major backlog maintenance or building services upgrade projects, clients did not want to procure a contractor to manage a building services installer.
“The PNW Lite Framework allows clients to procure and contract direct with regional mechanical and electrical installers eliminating any profit and profit scenarios when only procuring building services works”
Perspective bidders can register their interest here.
Source: Construction Enquirer