How Much Do You Know About The Products You Are Using?

Inferior plastic will crack in sub-zero temperatures. So if your project requires the installation of decking supports or paving supports, what steps are you taking to ensure that you have a quality product?

With potentially catastrophic safety issues should any product fail to function once installed, it is absolutely essential that before purchasing a product, you can be certain of its qualities and durability.

Cutting No Corners

Some manufacturers use fillers in order to save money – this can weaken the structural integrity of the pedestals but this is not the case with anything available from the Wallbarn product range. We do not cut corners and it is very important that you do not either when creating or retro-fitting a raised deck.

Independent Testing

Do you have the required access to the safety test documentation for your required products? Our customers can request access to all the independently-verified technical data relating to any of our products.

High-Quality Decking Support Pedestals

The Wallbarn range of paving and decking supports are lightweight and easy to handle, helping to ensure a smooth installation but there has been no compromise in strength or durability to achieve this.

Amongst many other tests*, our products are temperature tested by an independent testing laboratory to ensure their continued functionality from temperatures ranging between -40°C and as high as +75°C.

A Robust Range

Our robust range of decking and paving pedestals/supports are manufactured from injection moulded polypropylene and can tolerate loads of 683kg per unit Normal Weight Tolerance (end of linear behaviour) with a Maximum Load of 1171kg.

Offering proven durability, a project utilising our paving supports in Montreal in 2014 offers the perfect example. Exposed to extreme cold since their installation in 2014 and still working perfectly.

Offering Key Advantages

Our range of support pedestals share common features and benefits ensuring their quality and durability:

  • Achieve stunning finishes
  • Suspended system
  • Fully adjustable
  • Superior quality
  • Suitable for paving slabs and timber decking

*tests completed by an independent testing laboratory

Taking Steps To Become Carbon Neutral

An Aerial Shot of Bournemouth

“AMBITIOUS” plans for how BCP Council will become carbon neutral by 2030 have been outlined in a new action plan.

Wide-ranging recommendations

More than 150 measures are outlined in the draft strategy which will form the basis of public consultation, should it be backed at Tuesday’s meeting of the council.

They include the possibility of introducing a congestion charge, encouraging the use of electric and hydrogen-powered taxis and purchasing land for “large-scale renewable energy installations”.

“We are uncertain of the full extent that the effects of climate change will have on our area but know it will be more severe if we do not act now,” a report published ahead of the meeting says.

“Non-achievement of our declaration commitments will contribute to a further degraded and hostile global environment with local consequences.”

Publication of the plan

Publication of the action plan follows the July decision of the council to declare a climate and ecological emergency and its subsequent pledge to be carbon neutral by 2030.

It also promised to work with organisations and people to help the whole area reach a “net-zero position” ahead of the 2050 target set by the government.

The council is responsible for just under 20,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions every year – about one per cent of the total for the area.

Most of this comes from its direct burning of fuel, such as petrol in cars, and through its use of electricity.

Including green roofs

We were delighted to see that one of the measures outlined in the extensive plans relates to an increased focus on installing green roofs.

‘Seek to promote the development of green roofs and walls, street trees and urban greening.’

To read the full list of measures, please visit the Bournemouth Echo website via the following link – https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/18093377.bcp-council-unveils-aims-become-carbon-neutral-2030/

8 Areas For Consideration When Planning a Green Roof Installation

A close-up of an M-Tray installation in Whitstable

When planning a green roof, there are a few things you need to think about prior to installation and below, we have identified 8 of the key areas for consideration during the planning process.

No. 1 – What is the load of your structural support?

Every structure will have a maximum weight it can support so this is extremely important to know and workaround. Remember to allow for snow loading and unseasonal rainfall in weight calculations, as the green roof could hold/absorb considerable additional weight during high precipitation.

No. 2 – Roof pitch for optimum drainage

it is very important that your roof allows for free drainage into suitable drainage outlets so the plants do not become waterlogged. A well-designed green roof can be a tremendous asset to a building with terrific insulation properties, helping to keep it cool in the summer and warm in the winter, which in turn helps to reduce your building’s heating and cooling bills. Our modular green roof can be installed on roofs pitched at an angle of up to 15 degrees.

No. 3 – Light & wind

Most sedum plants require direct sunlight or, at worst, semi-shaded conditions. They will not survive long-term in very shaded areas. Equally, areas of high wind or saline conditions will affect the type of plants you can use, so care should be taken to ensure the species are suitable for the conditions.

No. 4 – Purpose served by your green roof

is it simply for environmental purposes or do you wish to create a space which you can enjoy to the full? Are you seeking colour? Year-round greening? Bio-diversity?

No. 5 – Maintenance & irrigation

Green roofs will require some maintenance at least twice a year and during periods of very high temperatures and no rainfall.  irrigation is recommended. Try to allow for this in your plans.

No. 6 – What look are you hoping to achieve with your green roof?

Green roofs can be aesthetically pleasing to a building’s inhabitants and visitors and really can help to lift a neighbourhood. So it is important to think about how you want your green roof to appear from the outset. Would you prefer just a sedum roof – albeit containing several varieties of sedum – or one with wildflower sown with the sedum? Do you want an aluminium edging surround? And a pebble surround? These and other accessories might be considered.

No. 7 – What budget do you have?

The creation of a green roof is initially more expensive than traditional roofing materials but there are many benefits to make up for it. The savings to the environment and on energy costs can be tremendous over time. The price you pay will largely depend upon the style of green roof you opt for.

Pitch – if not a flat roof, consider your roof’s pitch…

No. 8 – What is the level of required access?

Although all green roofs need to have some access for maintenance purposes, some of them really are rooftop gardens and there for the family to enjoy. You need to think about how much access will be needed when you start on your green roof design.

After answering all of these, questions you will have some idea of the best design for a green roof on your property. They are becoming increasingly popular and can provide a fabulous feature for your property just so long as you have thought things through properly.

What makes the M-Tray® unique?

Our M-Tray® has been specifically designed to make sedum roof installation quick and easy – with minimum disruption to the plants and the structure they are going onto – and to provide a seamless, verdant finish – an instant and sustainable green roof.

  • Deep cavities for healthy roots
  • Optimum drainage means stronger plants
  • Established vegetation at point of installation
  • 100mm deep substrate for the longevity of plant life
  • No sharp edges or mess, less risk to membrane
  • Click-together trays create seamless connection
  • Easy to transport and install

Click Here For More Information About The M-Tray® Modular Green Roof System

Changes In Fire Safety Regulations For Balconies

Wallbarn is working at Riverlight in Vauxhall

New legislation was introduced on 21st December 2018 which specifically relates to the fire requirements of external balconies in England and Wales.

For the first time, balconies are now counted as part of the external wall; and classified as a “specified attachment”.

For building works which commenced after 20th February 2019 the following now applies:

The construction of either :

new buildings which are:

  • over 18m, and
  • in which people sleep; or

for the refurbishment of existing buildings where:

  • changing the cladding would result in lower safety (ie recladding over concrete), or
  • the building is changing in use

then the new legislation indicates that all components of the wall must be individually tested as non-combustible (European Classification A2-s1, d0 (limited combustibility material) or A1).

Significantly there is no longer the ability to test a complete wall (or therefore balcony) system using BS8414.

Making the Adjustment

At Wallbarn, we are pro-actively reacting to the changes in fire safety regulations to ensure compliance with our products.

Based upon our ASP design to help distribute weight effectively, we are currently developing a steel adjustable pedestal which is due for launch in quarter one of 2020.

Stay tuned for details relating to the MetalPad…….

What do A1 and A2 ratings mean?*

The government’s official guide to rules on fire safety – Approved Document B – defines products achieving an A1 classification as non-combustible and products achieving an A2 classification as being of limited combustibility. A-class products – those classified A1 and A2 – make no significant contribution to fire growth while products with a rating of B-F are classified as combustible.

The European Classification system for combustibility classifies construction products using a series of tests. Class A materials have the best performance in a fire and are divided into two sub-classes, Class A1 and Class A2.

Class A1 – Products are described as having no contribution to fire at any stage. The BS EN 13501 test sets several thresholds for combustion performance when tested to both EN ISO 1716 and EN ISO 1182. One of these thresholds is a maximum heat of combustion of 2MJ/kg. Typical products meeting this classification include most inorganic materials such as metal, stone, and glass.

Class A2 – Products are described as having no significant contribution to fire at any stage. BS EN 13501 sets several thresholds for combustion when tested to EN ISO 1182, or both EN ISO 1716 and EN 13823. One of these thresholds is a maximum heat of combustion of 3MJ/kg. A typical product meeting this classification is plasterboard.

An A2 certified product has higher combustibility and can sustain flame for no more than 20 seconds. In contrast, A1 has lower combustibility and no sustained flaming when tested.

*These definitions were taken from the Architects Journal, please click here for the full details.

New Green Roof Legislation is Coming To New York

New York

Two laws requiring new property owners to build solar panels or green spaces on their roofs went into effect on Nov. 15 — marking a major step towards Brooklyn’s environmental sustainability, according to local green thumbs.

“It’s important and very valuable,” said environmental activist Pete Sikora from the New York Community for Change, a local nonprofit. “It’s a critical step for New York City to meet the Green New Deal goals.”

New Legislation For Developers

The legislation — which Councilman Rafael Espinal (D-Bedford Stuyvesant) first introduced to the City Council in July of 2018 — requires developers to install either solar panels, greenery, or a combination of the two on all new roofs.

The mandate exempts very slanted roofs and roofs that already contain structures, such as water towers, greenhouses and other equipment, according to a representative from the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability. Low-rise residential buildings with less than 100 square feet of available space and other types of buildings with less than 200 square feet will also be exempt, and the sustainable measures won’t take the place of recreational spaces that are integral to the building’s use, such as playgrounds on school roofs or terraces on apartment buildings.

Not Limited To New Roofs

The laws also apply to property owners seeking to renovate their roofs, including the owners of historic buildings — who will have to take their green roof plans to the Landmarks Preservation Commission before obtaining a construction permit from the Department of Buildings.

Environmental officials say that property owners will be in charge of funding and maintaining solar panels — which is no cheap task. The average solar panel array costs about $30,000, but since the panels power the building, the electricity generator eventually pays for itself, according to the executive of a solar panel company.

“Any time you’re not buying power from Con Ed, you’re saving money,” said TR Ludwig, the CEO of Brooklyn Solarworks, who said that it usually takes homeowners four to eight years to pay off the price of the panels before they have free energy.

Significant Tax Incentives Available

Building owners will also receive significant tax incentives for the solar panels, getting back 20% of the equipment costs in the form of a property tax abatement, and receiving a $5,000 tax credit, among other pluses, Ludwig said.

Greenery, which helps reduce flooding and provides better building insulation, is significantly cheaper, costing between $10 and $40 to install per square foot, the New York Times reported. The gardens require some maintenance, like periodic weeding, although they don’t need to be watered frequently.

To read the full article, please visit the Brooklyn Paper website by clicking here.

Could Urban Forests Soon Be Introduced To Paris Landmarks?

Paris, France

The city plans to fill some small but treasured sites with trees—a climate strategy that may also change the way Paris frames its architectural heritage.

Some of Paris’s most treasured landmarks are set to host the city’s new “urban forests.”

A New Plan

Under a plan announced last week by Mayor Anne Hidalgo, thickets of trees will soon appear in what today are pockets of concrete next to landmark locations, including the Hôtel de Ville, Paris’s city hall; the Opera Garnier, Paris’s main opera house; the Gare de Lyon; and along the Seine quayside.

An Island of Freshness

The new plantings are part of a plan to create “islands of freshness”—green spaces that moderate the city’s heat island effect. It also falls into an overall drive to convert Paris’s surface “from mineral to vegetal,” introducing soil into architectural set-piece locations that have been kept bare historically. As a result, the plan will not just increase greenery, but may also provoke some modest rethinking of the way Paris frames its architectural heritage.

The trees in this rendering of Paris’s Opera Garnier would take the place of an existing bus parking. ( Ville de Paris/Apur/Céline Orsingher)

While “forest” might be far too big a term for plots this modest in size, the plans as a type are necessary if Paris is to meet its ambitious greening goals.

Ambitious Plans

By 2030, city hall wants to have 50 percent of the city covered by fully porous, planted areas, a category that can include anything from new parkland to green roofs. This means that, when it comes to planting, pretty much any urban space needs to be up for grabs.

To read the full story, please click here to visit City Lab.

What Will Make Our Fire Rated Pedestal Different?

Wallbarn are at the forefront of cutting edge industry developments and are ready to launch a designed-for-purpose, non-combustible, fire-resistant pedestal early in 2020.

Based upon our ASP (Adjustable Support Pedestal, now known as the Universal pedestal) which is designed to help distribute weight effectively, we are currently developing a steel adjustable pedestal which will be a Class A1 product, due for launch in Q1 of 2020.

Offering a similar base to our universal pedestal, we will provide different headpieces for both decking and paving to ensure maximum versatility.

Using stainless steel to ensure extreme temperature tolerance, we are developing this bespoke product from scratch, which will ensure that it is not compromised during transport or installation, and it will be subject to extensive independent testing to ensure that it is fit for purpose.

Key Features

  • Developed from scratch to ensure a bespoke product which is fit for purpose
  • Class A1 product
  • Stainless steel (ensuring extreme temperature tolerance)
  • Telescopically adjustable
  • Different headpieces available to ensure suitability for both decking and paving installation
  • Similar base to our universal pedestals
  • Independently tested

Why Is This New Product Needed?

New legislation introduced on 21st December 2018 specifically relates to the fire requirements of external balconies in England and Wales.

For the first time, balconies are now counted as part of the external wall and classified as a “specified attachment”. For building works which commenced after 20th February 2019, the following now applies:

The construction of either:

new buildings which are:

  • over 18m, and
  • in which people sleep; or

for the refurbishment of existing buildings where:

  • changing the cladding would result in lower safety (i.e. recladding over concrete), or
  • the building is changing in use

then the new legislation indicates that all components of the wall must be individually tested as non-combustible (European Classification A2-s1, d0 (limited combustibility material) or A1).

Significantly there is no longer the ability to test a complete wall (or therefore balcony) system using BS8414.

 

Introducing The Metalpad – Wallbarn’s Fire Rated Pedestal For Decking and Paving

Wallbarn Logo

Previously viewed as specialist products, non-combustible pedestals and pads are now going to be essential to ensure compliance with fire regulations affecting the construction industry which have become significantly more stringent.

At Wallbarn, we are pro-actively reacting to the changes in fire safety regulations to ensure compliance with our products.

Based upon our ASP design to help distribute weight effectively, we are currently developing a steel adjustable pedestal which will be a Class A1 product and which is due for launch in quarter one of 2020.

The Class A fire rated pedestals have been designed to meet the requirements of every terrace and balcony specification which requires the installation of fire-rated products.

Our Class A1 fire rated pedestals have been created to offer a fully adjustable stainless steel solution offering longevity, durability and strength.

Key Advantages Include:

  • Suitable for paving slabs and timber decking
  • Superior quality
  • Suspended system
  • Fully adjustable
  • High quality
  • Rigorously tested
  • Durable and designed with longevity in mind

Offering a similar base to our universal pedestal, we will provide different headpieces for both decking and paving to ensure maximum versatility.

Using stainless steel to ensure extreme temperature tolerance, we are developing this bespoke product from scratch and it will be subject to extensive independent testing to ensure that it is fit for purpose.

After the tragic events at Grenfell, new legislation was introduced on 21st December 2018 which specifically relates to the fire requirements of external balconies in England and Wales. and one of the keys to this is the need for non-combustible decking pedestals in some construction projects.

What Has Changed?

For the first time, balconies are now counted as part of the external wall and classified as a “specified attachment”. For building works which commenced after 20th February 2019, the following now applies:

The construction of either:

new buildings which are:

  • over 18m, and
  • in which people sleep; or

for the refurbishment of existing buildings where:

  • changing the cladding would result in lower safety (i.e. recladding over concrete), or
  • the building is changing in use

then the new legislation indicates that all components of the wall must be individually tested as non-combustible (European Classification A2-s1, d0 (limited combustibility material) or A1).

Significantly there is no longer the ability to test a complete wall (or therefore balcony) system using BS8414.