80 RCI 0514

RCI May 2014

PITCHED ROOFING The UK is set to become the largest market for solar photovoltaic (PV) in Europe during 2014 according to NPD Solarbuzz. Following a first quarter of demand that delivered 1.1GW for the UK, and strong funding from Renewable Obligation Certificates (ROCs), the UK is likely to take the top position in Europe for the first time. In the 19-year period between 1995- 2013, Germany was the leading country for solar PV in Europe every year, with the exception of 2008 when a brief boom saw the Spanish market take the lead. According to the latest research on the European PV market for 2014, sourced from the forthcoming NPD Solarbuzz European PV Markets Quarterly report, the UK is now forecast to add 2.875GW of solar PV in 2014. Finlay Colville, vice president at Solarbuzz, said: “2014 will certainly be the year that the UK PV market truly arrived on the global scene, with the expectation now that the UK will emerge as the fourth largest PV market globally in 2014. This, compared to a few years ago, will come as huge satisfaction for all involved in the UK PV industry.” The UK market has seen rapid growth in recent years, with installed PV only 0.3% of that in Germany at the end of 2009. This has changed due to a developing small FIT market, made up of residential and sub-50kW commercial rooftops, as well as growth in the large rooftop market, which has quickly emerged this year. This latest prediction has also been fuelled by rapid growth in groundmounted 080 MAY 2014 RCIMAG.COM solar PV farms. More than 120 large-scale solar PV farms in the UK have recently received projectplanning approval, and many of them are targeting completion within the next 12 months, according to the NPD Solarbuzz UK Deal Tracker report. “In the past six months, the Department of Energy and Climate Change released the United Kingdom’s ‘Solar PV Roadmap’ and ‘Solar PV Strategy’ reports, restating aspirations to hit 20 gigawatts (GW) of cumulative capacity by 2020,” noted Finlay Colville, vice-president at NPD Solarbuzz. “While reaching the long-term goal is expected to Zink Copper Stainless 01992 801927 www.almhm.co.uk involve a blend of rooftop and ground-mounted systems, solar PV farms above 10 megawatts will provide the dominant contribution in 2014.” www.solarbuzz.com UK to be largest solar PV market in Europe following record-breaking start to 2014 “2014 will certainly be the year that the UK PV market truly arrived on the global scene, with the expectation now that the UK will emerge as the fourth largest PV market globally in 2014” Marley Eternit’s Duo Edgemere tiles have been used to give a slate-like finish to a roofing project in the Cults area of Aberdeen. Cala Homes specified Marley Eternit’s Duo Edgemere tiles in smooth grey to accompany the stone finish of the ten detached properties at Hayfield Grange, which also used Marley Eternit’s concrete plain tiles around the dormer windows. Graham Ross from Marley Contract Services, which was contracted to complete the work, said: “We needed to use a roof tile that both complemented the contemporary style of the homes and blended in with the local surroundings. The Marley Eternit Duo Edgemere tile gives the properties a premium slatelike finish more cost effectively and is quicker and easier to install.” Marley Eternit’s Edgemere is a range of large format concrete interlocking tiles with a thin leading edge, providing a number of slate-like appearances. The Duo Edgemere gives the appearance of a smaller format slate with a mock bond down the centre of the tile, combined with a broken bond laying technique. The company says this means that the product gives the same visual impact as a small format slate with the ease of installation provided by standard interlocking tiles. Gavin White, marketing product manager at Marley Eternit, said: “We are seeing increasing demand for all of our Edgemere tiles across the whole housing sector as they offer not only a cost effective alternative to natural slate, but also an affordable upgrade to standard interlocking tiles. Duo Edgemere in particular is proving popular because it gives a small format slate finish but is quicker to install, helping to save time and cost on roofing programmes. Marley Eternit says that with only 9.7 tiles per square metre, Edgemere is a single lap solution that is quicker and easier to install than natural slate, and 40% thinner than standard concrete interlocking tiles. www.marleyeternit.co.uk Final slate-like finish Hayfield Grange development Club design included Cembrit has provided shaped fibre cement slates to a new housing development in Leicester. The Beeches consists of fifteen houses and two apartments, surrounded by fields which were once a medieval farming community, several listed buildings and a Church. DW Hicks Building Company, the main contractor for the project, was instructed by the developer to specify a plain clay tile with a ‘club’ design, or a traditional natural slate. After reviewing the costs for both options, DW Hicks suggested opting for a fibre cement slate as it provides the same appearance as a natural slate but is more cost effective. The contractors worked with Cresta Roofing Supplies, a Cembrit stockist, to find a suitable roofing material and specified Cembrit’s Jutland slate, within which Cembrit was able to incorporate the desired club pattern. Samual Hicks, the supply chain manager from DW Hicks Building Company, said: “With cost, appearance and design all being key elements for this project, we thought we would have a tough time finding a suitable roof slate. However, Cembrit was extremely accommodating and the Jutland slate ticked all the boxes. Not only was the planner satisfied with our choice, but we were impressed with how easy the product was to cut and install. “We were also pleased with the service and support we received from Cembrit. They made a cutting die and cut the slates for us with the club banding. The technical advice we received from them was second to none and we are more than likely to work with Cembrit again on future projects.” Jutland slates are lightweight and feature a smooth surface, square edge and are pre-holed. Cembrit says they are manufactured to the highest European standards using Portland cement together with a formulation of superior blended synthetic and cellulose fibres. They are finished with a high quality, semi-matt acrylic coloured coating to the face and edges and a tinted, high performance binder to the back face. www.cembrit.co.uk


RCI May 2014
To see the actual publication please follow the link above