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The Sustainability Movement in Roofing is back at School

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As my training in roofing carries on, I have been reminded that about a ten years ago, sustainability burst on to the roofing scene and turned the new ‘it’ phrase that roofing contractors — and the manufacturers and distributors that supply them — latched onto as they strived to infuse environmental consciousness in their company designs.

While some of the excitement about the sustainability movement have heard authorities warning not to confuse that with a misplaced idea of diminished relevance to the all round market.

Simply put, sustainability is still developing and will require everybody’s input.

A modern study from the CTI, which scientific studies, industries, initiatives in the market for traditional retrofits — like inexperienced roofs — on public and privately owned professional properties to develop from £85 billion very last calendar year to £132billion by 2020 close to the globe. That is a compound yearly progress rate of 9.2%.

Following several years of relative stagnation in comparison to other continents, the trend seems to be increasing strongly in the UK, exactly where the environmentally friendly-roof marketplace was valued at £130 million in 2015. The CTI Study report estimates the benefit could swell to a lot more than £582 million in just the subsequent 4 years.

Issues in pricing as effectively as educating roofing contractors on the latest inexperienced-roofing technology stay, but pushing sustainable options to clients can be nonetheless be a essential differentiator for roofing contractors in their respective markets, and is an important part of Maxiflow’s overall business strategy.

Paul Goulbourne from Maxiflow Ltd bolstered that notion at Sustainability School  we all need to do more.

Paul from Maxiflow Ltd  works with clients to comprehend the processes and advantages of incorporating sustainability attributes into their enterprise product during the partaking seminar session. They hope their clients walked away influenced with the information that they can achieve distinctive rewards and continue to be ahead of the game by turning out to be savvier when it arrives to the goods, programs and services related with sustainability.

“High performance roofs really don’t happen by chance, but with appropriate design, good quality materials and experienced craftsmanship they can offer clients peace of head and contractors repeat company,” paul mentioned.

The professionals also weighed in on some of the most significant misconceptions contractors have about sustainability.

Obviously in the UK , awesome roofing systems like Firestone EPDM are an benefit, but they don’t usually have to be extremely reflective. Ballasted assemblies and vegetative roofs offer related ‘cool roof’ advantages, paul stated. In the UK, highly-reflective roof surfaces are seldom the most power successful on an individual constructing basis.

A single biggest misconceptions is that a reflective roof surface will someway compensate for decrease stages of insulation due to the perceived expenditure of cooling vs . heating. Basic calculations and a evaluate of frequent sense dictate that a lot more vitality is saved with suitable levels of insulation, which gives its benefit 24 several hours a day and at zero operational cost. Inevitably, roofs get dirty and will get rid of some reflectivity in excess of time.

An additional typical misunderstanding is that all low VOC adhesives smell. Even though that may possibly have been the scenario in the earlier, a new era of solvent-totally free bonding adhesives are odorless.

“All new systems are being designed to support contractors accomplish their goals of low-value installations that are sustainable, and of system profitable,” Paul explained.

Finally, as the need for Zero emission properties grows,  can position themselves to be element of the solution. Roofers recognize what requirements are currently in location and their alternatives to attain these lofty objectives. The very same amount of conversation a roofing contractor will develop with an operator ought to be prolonged to the relaxation of the design and style and building group.

Maxiflow is Working together, designers, manufactures and roofing contractors can add mightily to the entire of the envelope method, one constructing at a time,” Paul said.

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Re-instatement Works at 40 Bridge Street

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Maxiflow are currently involved in re-instatement works at 40 Bridge Street in Chester. The shop is presently used by a hairdressing business.

40 Bridge Street is a Tudor style building of 1858 designed by James Harrison and built, in loose Gothic Revival style for Welsby’s wine merchants. A projecting porch, to the north, and a shaped timber bracket, to the south, support a projecting balcony in front of the Row walk.

In excavating for new buildings in this area several bases of Roman character have been discovered at a depth of 4 feet below the surface. They are in their original positions, forming a colonnade, placed four yards apart, resting on large blocks of stone 12 inches thick.

In the cellars is ghostly ‘George’. He has been seen by many of the staff occupying the ground floor.

There has recently been a considerable amount of flood damage to the property. Maxiflow has been commissioned to strip out the property and perform re-instatement works.

This work involves: –

  • Sanitising all the walls in the cellar
  • Form a second room in cellar including new doorway
  • Tiling of walls
  • New timber door frames
  • Plumb in new pipework
  • Install new saniflo
  • Supply and install new timber skirting
  • Re-instate existing boiler and tank
  • Re-paint all walls

Maxiflow will be using local suppliers, where possible to source job materials. All materials used will be from sustainable sources where this is possible. Waste from the works will be segregated and recycled where possible reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill.

Sustainability is at the core of everything that Maxiflow does.


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Maxiflows contribution to Social Value

Maxiflow is a member of the Supply Chain Sustainability School. The organisation represents a common approach to addressing sustainability within our supply chains. Its partners include firms such as Balfour Beatty, BAM, Carillion, Galliford Try, Interserve and Sir Robert McAlpine.

Sustainability is an Important factor in Maxiflows commitment to Being carbon neutral as possible and rebuilding our relationship with our planet.

Paul Goulbourne, a member of our office team who is heading maxiflows initiative on “Social Values” has recently attended a course run by the Supply Chain Sustainability School. Social value is a way of thinking about how scarce resources are allocated and used. It involves looking beyond the price of each individual contract and looking at what the collective benefit to a community is when a public body chooses to award a contract.

By ensuring that Social Value is deeply embedded into our strategy, we can be sure to deliver on our Sustainability targets. As the community is at the heart of everything Maxiflow does “Social Value” is extremely important to us as an organisation.

Maxiflows strategy on Social value asks the question: “If £1 is spent on the delivery of services, can that same £1 be used, to also produce a wider benefit to the community?”

Our commitment to “Social Value” is currently:-

  • We provide employment for the local community.
  • We offer enhanced pay and conditions to our employees.
  • We work in partnership with West Cheshire College employing and providing training for many of our apprentices.
  • We provide in-house training to employees offering City and Guilds, NVQS and trade specific qualifications.
  • We prefer to deal with local suppliers, always ensuring that suppliers are paid promptly.
  • We support the local football team – Chester FC – Providing much needed sponsorship as Fabrication Improvement Partners.
  • We support war veterans. Many of our employees are ex-military and have served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • We have contracts with local organisations such as MOD, CWAC, NHS and Chester Zoo.
  • Our workforce has a wide age demographic.
  • We employ people with a wide range of disabilities such as war veterans with PTSD.
  • We provide work experience schemes to students from local schools/colleges.

Maxiflow will continue to work with the Supply Chain Sustainability School to maximise our positive contribution to society and the local community that we serve.

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Sustainability playing an ‘increasingly important’ role in Maxiflow’s strategies


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Maxiflow Ltd has been invited to become a member of the FM Supply Chain Sustainability School  by one of our clients @CofelyUK all our team embrace the initiative and the positive benefits of being a member will bring to the entire company:

Maxiflow welcomes the focus on developing the right values and code of ethics within our business as this is an approach we have found to be effective. This concept extends throughout Maxiflow from employee development, to health and safety, quality assurance, and productivity improvements throughout the supply chain.

The School  supplychainschool.co.uk represents a common approach to developing sustainability competence in the supply chain and is part of our continued commitment to lead the industry into a brighter, more sustainable future.

Sustainability represents both significant challenges and opportunities for Maxiflow. Our Clients and Partners are demanding more sustainable practices; stakeholders are exerting more pressure and legislation is becoming increasingly stringent. The market for a greener, ethical and more sustainable supply chain is greater than ever

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