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The value of the Dutch task chair directive NPR 1813 for the UK market.

In The Netherlands there is an addition to the European Standard EN 1335 for office task seating. The directive NPR 1813 gives further advise for the procurement and advise for office furniture and office operator chairs. But why do the Dutch think they need it and is it of any use here in the UK? 

The international Dutch population

To answer that question we have to start with the facts.

The NPR 1813 is created in 1990 and at the time it was the guide in the current Dutch standards for Office chairs and desking. In the years that followed European standards for Office furniture were developed whereby the NPR 1813 was an explanation on the European legislation. An explanation for The Netherlands only, an exceptional position so to speak. Dutch people love rules or to put ot in another way: Dutch do not like rules but keeping the structure that it entails. They themselves think in terms of self-reliance and confidence in each other’s sincere welwillingness and like to be challenged very time. Exceptions to the rules, how often we hear people around us complaining about this, Daily? It is therefore all the more strange that more and more rules are frawn up, fabricated and changed again. The NPR 1813 is a perfect example of this. The NPR 1813 is based on “the different body sizes of the Dutchman”, that is warrented in addition to European legislation on Office furniture. These ‘ different sizes “are based (solely) on the figures from the NTA 8500 report from 2007. (!)
Short and sweet: the Dutch population has such other body sizes in comparison to the rest of Europe that they need an additional line of furniture that is sold in the country.


Ergonomics at Amos Beech in Scotland

It is fair to say that the average Dutchman is taller than the avarage European, let alone the average Scot. Ther is a reason why Fotograaf Zwolle is sitting on a BMA chair and that is not because it is made in Zwolle! But are there so many of them around that is makes sense for workplace consultant Amos Beech to start selling Dutch office furniture? We see it as follows: The NPR is a typical Dutch rule where only a few will benefit. Having said that, Our working population in cities loke Edinbugh (the whole world is there), Aberdeen (a lot of Dutch and Americans because of the Oil industry) and a great multicultiral mix in Glasgow. So if you want to standardise office furniture and seating to fit a tiny Asian lady, a tall Dutchman and a chunky German then you may want to consider task seating that comply to the NPR 1813 and desking that is adjustable in height with a minimal interval of 62 – 82 cm.


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Screeded floor and underfloor heating, a good match?


A screeded floor and underfloor heating, is that a good match?

Both cast floors as well as underfloor heating are becoming increasingly popular. Underfloor heating in combination with a cast floor actually forms the perfect combination. Why choose cast floor underfloor heating? Which cast floors are suitable? In this article you can read all about it!

Can underfloor heating be combined with all the cast floors?

Cast floors are seamlessly molded and provided that the necessary precautions are in hand are protected from cracking. The choice in the type of cast floor and the build up of the floor construction are of great importance:

1. Polyurethane resin floor

One of the advantages of artificial resin floors is that you can combine it with underfloor heating, provided that you choose for a polyurethane (PU) cast floor.
A polyurethane cast floor is more elastic than epoxy self-levelling floors and is also more resistant to cracking. Also the small thickness (between two and three millimeters) makes this cast floor ideal in combination with underfloor heating.

2. Trowel floors with underfloor heating

Trowel floors or stone carpet can be very well combined with underfloor heating. This floor has a more open structure than other cast floors. Therefore, there is a perfect combination of isolation and permeability. That could lead to a power 30% lower power consumption than average with other types of floor covering.

3. Epoxy cast floor with underfloor heating

Epoxy cast floors are very popular, but unfortunately cannot be combined with underfloor heating. Epoxy can not budge-and turn off tensions. As the warmth of the underfloor heating can lead to expulsion (later contraction) cracks will occur.

4. Cement-bound cast floor on floor heating

Actually, cement-bound cast floors are not real cast floors. That’s because there is a lot of manual work required to get an even floor. The floor in a layer thickness of 2 to 20 mm is made up of cement, binders and various chemical additives. Yet it is not recommended in combination with underfloor heating Edinburgh.

5. Other types of seamless floors

Other types of cast floors such as terrazzo, concrete cire, mortex, etc. may also be combined with underfloor heating Edinburgh. Yet the risk of crack formation is always present. It is therefore advisable to always speak to an expert before making a cast floor with underfloor heating.

Benefits of combining underfloor heating with a cast floor

Cast floors and underfloor heating each have their advantages.
Also the combination of both have a lot to offer. With a combination of a cast floor and underfloor heating you will be guaranteed with a warm and comfortable feeling.
Moreover, you can save a lot on your energy usage and you give your interior a sleek and modern look.

Warm and comfortable feeling

The uniform structure of cast floors makes it pleasant to walk barefoot. 

In combination with underfloor heating, the heat under your feet is guaranteed as well.

Energy saving

With a cast floor an underfloor heating will you choose a very environmentally friendly combination. Cast floors can be fitted with very good insulation. Because of this they can hold the heat in a room very well.
With underfloor heating, the heating is much more regular and more economical because the space has a greater heat store. Also there is less energy consumed.

Sleek interior design

Cast floors are equivalent to a sleek interior. With underfloor heating radiators will not spoil that clean look.

When new, when can you turn the underfloor heating on?

When a new cast floor is just laid, you may not immediately turn on the underfloor heating. The floor must be left to harden for at least fourteen days.

To prevent cracks in the floor, do you better follow these rules:

1. Start with a central heating water temperature that is five degrees higher than the temperature in the room. Please note thist is water temperature, not the temperature of the thermostat.
2. Per twenty-four hours (or also longer) you increase the water temperature by five degrees, until you have reached a water temperature of about 40° c. Certainly do not go higher with the temperature!
3. Make sure that the watertemperature remains constant for 24 hours.
4. Also the cooling down the floor, has to be done step by step. Reduce the water temperature every 24 hours until you have reached the temperature with which you started.
5. For the best results, it is advised that you repeat this protocol a few times.


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