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New association supporting delivery of sustainable drainage to be launched at Floodex 2019

Association of SuDS Authorities will act as a single voice to promote sustainable drainage nationally
A new association supporting the use of sustainable drainage within all new developments will be officially launched during the water industry’s key national trade event, Floodex 2019 at Peterborough Arena, 27-28 Feb 2019.
ASA, the Association of SuDS Authorities, has been created following discussion with Lead Local Flood Authorities (LLFAs) across the country, and will be the member organisation for professionals working with Local Authorities in the delivery of sustainable drainage.
Working closely alongside ADA (Association of Drainage Authorities) and the Construction Industry Research and Information Association, CIRIA, ASA will engage with government and industry bodies to provide a single voice in the delivery of sustainable drainage.
ASA is committed to promoting sustainable drainage to ensure future development can keep pace with the challenges of the changing climate, and ensuring that SuDS (sustainable drainage systems) are maintained over the lifetime of a development.
Formed out of the transition of the working group of LLFAs know as Local Authority SuDS Officer Organisation (LASOO), ASA will formally commence as a community interest company on 1st April 2019, and will be launching during the Floodex trade show on 27th February.
Bronwyn Buntine, sustainable drainage team leader at Kent County Council, will be amongst the ASA team introducing the Floodex audience to the new membership body. “From the inaugural LASOO conference back in June 2017, it soon became apparent there was an appetite for the establishment of a formal association, supporting the delivery of sustainable drainage,” explains Ms Buntine.
The association will act as a support mechanism for those involved in the delivery of sustainable drainage.
“It will be providing support via a series of services, including a closed group web portal to facilitate discussion between association members, as well as hosting a group of technical experts to support members on common issues,” adds Ms Buntine.
“Regional hubs for members will be established, quarterly newsletters and updates will be made available alongside an annual workshop with training courses and webinars. Membership is open to LLFAs and Local Authorities, as well as commercial organisations as Affiliate Members.”
ASA will maintain its close working relationship with ADA and CIRIA, with access to further technical support.
Bronwyn Buntine introduces ASA and looks at the economic and cost benefits of sustainable drainage as she addresses the audience at Floodex 2019. Visit for details and to register your free attendance for the trade event for those involved in water level and flood risk management.


Securing an empty property is smart and cost-effective

How a £5,000 investment can save a quarter of a million pounds

Last week, it was reported that a vacant 46,000 square foot self-contained office and storage unit in a business park in Leamington Spa was ransacked by travellers. Over 20 caravans entered the car park space and the trespassers stripped the building of all metal for scrap. The roof and the fabric of the building was so badly damaged, that it may need to be demolished. Most of the windows were smashed. The trespassers have now left the site.
Last year Sovereign House had been on offer for rental at £210,000 per annum.
“It’s terrible, but leaving empty properties unsecured nowadays so often results in a significant cost to the owners or local authorities, and to the environment.” explains Nicholas Bye, a director of vacant property specialists, VPS Security Services. “They attract vandalism, metal thieves, arsonists, travellers and squatters way more than occupied premises. The longer an empty property is left unattended, unprotected and neglected, the greater the risk of further devastating dilapidation, compounding the cost and timing of eventual repair. The sooner it is secured against unwanted visitors and the elements, the sooner it will be re-let or sold.” Mr Bye says.
VPS researched the risks and discovered that across the UK dozens of fires are deliberately started every day in, or next to, vacant premises. Illegal fly tipping occurs every 40 seconds, and grounds such as a car park surrounding an empty office block, are prime targets.
They followed up the research with a comparison of costs between guards and technological alternatives. Round-the-clock guarding can cost upwards of £70,000 a year, whilst the latest technologies can provide 24/7 security from around £5,000, securing an office site and its car park. Simple but effective options like blocking car park entrances with concrete, fixing the perimeter fences and applying steel screens to windows and doors, will significantly reduce the risk of intruders and vandals.
“If these low-cost but robust options had been in place to protect this site, they may have been able to re-let the unit sooner. It was on offer for £200,000 rental last year, an opportunity now lost if they must demolish the site for safety reasons. In this instant, the owners could have saved tens of thousands of pounds that it will cost to make good the damage. Overall, for the sake of around £5,000 investment, they could have saved a quarter of a million.” Concludes Mr Bye.
VPS Security Services are part of the VPS Group that specialise in protecting people, property and assets, by securing, maintaining and managing properties across a wide range of customer and industry sectors. Core building services cover the vacant, unoccupied and void property lifecycle from an initial risk assessment, to security, including guarding, monitoring, clearing, maintenance and also ‘security through occupation’, via their VPS property guardians service.


A virtual look into the world of air filtration

Camfil has launched a Virtual Reality (VR) experience to help its customers understand the benefits and correct usage of air filtration. ‘The Camfil Experience’ brings to life the invisible threat of particulate matter, while providing training for building services and maintenance engineers focusing on the correct way to specify, install, maintain and change air filters to ensure safety and efficiency.
Fully immersive, the virtual experience allows customers to choose and interact with the areas that are of interest to them, with options including:
•    A 360° tour following a particle around a city to see how it affects people, products and processes.
•    Air Handling Units (AHU), covering the different stages of filtration and how to choose the right solution to reduce costs.
•    Camfil filters, including HEPA, Gold Series Dust Collector and Hemipleat filters. Learn the key features and how to change out these products in a clean and safe environment.
Virtual education
Camfil’s VR experience will educate users about the effects of particulate matter, from compromising air flow in HVAC plant, to negatively impacting human health, with the smaller particulates (PM1 and below) being the most dangerous. Covering a range of applications; domestic, commercial, industrial and specialist industries, such as biopharmaceutical, this new tool provides an interactive way to understand the importance of air quality.
Virtual training
For the installation and maintenance teams charged with keeping air filtration equipment operational, ‘The Camfil Experience’ provides an invaluable tool that allows users to get a real feel for how equipment works and how to complete maintenance tasks, such as filter changes, safely and efficiently. With these filters trapping sometimes extremely harmful particulates, it is essential that they are handled with care; to avoid putting operatives and building occupants at risk. The VR world provides a completely safe environment to try out the processes before the ‘real thing’.
Mark Simmons, CEO for Camfil, said: “Camfil doesn’t just sell products, we work with our customers to make sure they understand our air filtration solutions and how to use them, from choosing the right product for the right application, through to installation and ongoing maintenance. Our VR experience further enhances these aims, using available technology to support the way we offer training and education, guiding customers through the journey of air filtration – a process that is so important for industry and human health.”
If you’re interested in ‘The Camfil Experience’ – ideal for users of HVAC filters, air cleaners, dust collection systems or clean room filtration – visit, to sign up. A trained Camfil representative will visit your place of work and showcase the VR tool. All respondents will be prequalified to ensure relevancy.

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