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Product Focus Consort Claudgen www.consortepl.com


The WMH3E Chelsea and HE6137E Flowzone fan heaters are the latest addition to Consort Claudgen’s Electronic 7-day Timer range. Both heaters have a digital control panel with easy-to-read display and four large control buttons with audible and tactile feedback. They are robust to suit demanding environments and are quiet in operation. These heaters offer six heating periods per day, 7 days a week and have an optional open/close window detection feature which reacts intelligently to a sudden temperature change in the area or room. They are also easy to operate and can set comfort and setback temperatures which helps reduces the overall energy consumption.


Neaco www.neaco.co.uk


An apartment development in Blaby has joined the long list of residential projects to specify Neaco’s all-in-one balcony solutions. The three-storey complex includes Neaco’s walk-on and Juliet balconies which are manufactured and assembled at the factory stage for fast installation, minimising time, energy consumption and waste on site. Neaco has experienced an exceptional growth in demand for its balconies in recent years. The rails, stanchions and open grille decking are manufactured from aluminium, a lightweight-yet-strong metal which has an A1 Fire Rating - the highest achievable score for non-combustibility.


Intratone www.intratone.com


Intratone, one of Europe’s largest door entry and access control specialists, has published a new product and applications brochure showcasing its proven portfolio of reliable and innovative door entry and access control solutions. The brochure provides detailed product features of its full range including its Video and DDA Panels, proximity readers, and its cloud-based management system. It also profiles its key cabinets, digital noticeboards, and RF receivers, and provides simple guides on how each of the products work alongside basic specifications, and the many benefits and advantages of using its technology.


Scotland leads on fire safety


Kidde Safety Europe welcomes new Scottish proposals to apply universal minimum standards for smoke and heat alarms in all housing, and calls for similar measures throughout the UK.


housing and published the resulting headline proposals this March. In essence, the current minimum safety standards for private rented housing will be extended to all other tenures including social and owner-occupied homes. Private rented housing must already meet the ‘Repairing Standard’ requirements for interconnected smoke and heat alarms, including smoke alarms in principal living rooms and heat alarms in kitchens, in addition to smoke alarms in circulation areas on each storey. This level of protection is in line with current


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Scottish Building Regulations and the Code of Practice BS 5839-6:2013, where it is designated Category LD2. Scotland proposes extending this to all types and tenures of housing. We welcome this move and consider that it should now be adopted as the norm throughout the UK. In particular, it contrasts with England where private rented properties only require a smoke alarm on each


ollowing the Grenfell Tower fire, the Scottish Government brought forward its consultation on fire and smoke alarms in


storey and there are no specific regulations for social housing or requirements on owner-occupied homes. Even Building Regulations Part B for new-builds


falls short with only Category LD3 protection in circulation areas. As the Code stresses, with Category LD3 the evacuation time once fire is detected in the escape route: “might not prevent death or serious injury of occupants of the room where fire originates”. Kidde has been lobbying over several years for a minimum Category LD2 protection in Part B and private rented property regulations. With Dame Judith Hackitt’s recently published


interim report on Regulations and fire safety considering that: “the whole system of regulation [in England] …is not fit for purpose”, we can only hope that the replacement system – when it eventually appears – matches or exceeds Category LD2. In the meantime, all housing providers would do well to consider this for their own peace of mind. In today’s uncertain world, smoke and heat alarms offer the first line of defence against fire in housing,


providing critical early warning at low costs. Relying on assumed fire-safe construction to minimise alarm provision is clearly a serious mistake and wider alarm installation should be considered a priority for all housing.


For more information, email: sales@kiddesafety.co.uk or call: 03337 722 227.


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