MCS 012 was introduced in the wake of the rapid rise in PV installations stimulated by the introduction of the Feed-In Tariff (FIT) in 2010. In order to qualify for FIT payments all PV products needed to be certified by MCS with MCS 005 being the product standard for photovoltaic panels. This covers the manufacturing quality and the power performance of the panels.
However, problems associated with the installation procedures rapidly became apparent so MCS 012, a new standard concerning Pitched Roof Installation Kits, was prepared. This covers technical performance issues such as weathertightness, resistance to wind uplift and resistance to fire.
The new MCS standard was originally scheduled to come into force on 1 April 2014, but the implementation date has now moved to 1 July 2014 in recognition of the number of products within the market that have yet to receive certification.
Redland’s InDaX PV System was put through the rigorous testing process last year and received BBA MCS 012 certification in early 2014. It now offers a cost-effective option for specifiers looking for an integrated PV panel system.
For an even less obtrusive option, Redland’s Solar PV Tiles provide a completely integrated PV system designed for new roofs and has options specifically designed for use with Redland’s most popular roof tile ranges.
All Redland PV products, when installed as part of a complete Redland roof system, will be eligible for cover under the company’s unique SpecMaster, HomeSpec or Housebuilder Guarantees subject to the terms and conditions of those guarantees.
Bolton takes aim at top prize
Full classrooms, new ways of working and the return of a motivating competition. Luke O’Gorman, roofing tutor at Bolton College, is looking forward to a year free from Covid-related restrictions and the chance for his students to win a top industry award.
Training in the time of Covid
As building colleges take in the latest crop of apprentices Total Contractor catches up with David Mallory, Roofing Lecturer at Leeds College of Building. Now that Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted, he welcomes students back to the classroom and the return of the BMI Apprentice of the Year Competition.
A Knight on the tiles
Since featuring on our very first front cover, Tom Knight – Highly Commended in the BMI Apprentice of the Year 2017 – has continued to have great success in his roofing career. . Total Contractor met up with him on site near Truro for a chat.