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With more construction, don't forget the heating

With the level of construction increasing, the major element in every property that needs to be addressed is heating.

In the late 1960s and mid-1970s I managed 500 plumbers working on apartment refurbishments. The projects included taking care of heating and plumbing, fitting new bathrooms and redecorating the living rooms, over just four days at locations across the UK.

Forward planning was essential in order to carry out the tasks. Many members of the team were low skilled, but excellent in their chosen areas. This approach should be used again for refurbishments and new-build projects.

Currently we have prefabrication of plumbing units, but our basic need is the heating system.

Many papers have been written on the benefits of ceiling heating. The best method of ceiling heating is generally one that takes the form of plastic piping grids or pads that have been sized to suit the area to be heated (or cooled).

The pads come in various sizes up to a single maximum length of 6m by 1m. Output per metre on heating is 88wpm plastered in and 75wpm dry lined. The benefit of these grids is that they can be pre-fitted to the boards before fitting.

Guide size per circuit is 15m2, all returning to a manifold.

Arthur Reader is managing director at Charles Technical Services

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