Birmingham’s Castle Vale Community Housing Association (CVCHA) is implementing Aico’s Carbon Monoxide (CO) across its properties. CVCHA manages 2,300 properties, which were transferred from a Housing Action Trust in 2005. Falling outside the auspices of the Decent Homes Programme, the housing stock now requires upgrading. Steve Trennery, Head of Asset Management, has been appointed to take on this task, starting with replacing the boilers. Trennery explains,” We are fitting sealed in boilers on the whole. Many of the properties have gas cookers or gas fires, and there are issues such as blocked flues to be aware of, so we made the decision to fit CO alarms throughout as part of a review of safety; it’s a precautionary measure.” CVCHA will be fitting a combination of Ei261ENRC mains-powered CO alarms with 10-year rechargeable Lithium cell back up and replacement sensor and Aico’s new Ei208 Lithium battery powered CO alarms. In addition, CVCHA is upgrading its battery-only powered smoke alarms to Aico’s mains powered Ei160RC Series alarms. Aico is working with CVCHA as a partner on this scheme which is being led by npower.
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.