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  • Our Corporate Social Responsibility... We Care

    At Maxwood, we want to create the perfect washroom. But we don’t want it to cost the earth. Our approach to manufacturing, and business generally, is both careful and responsible. We fully consider the impact of every decision on the environment, the health and safety of our team and the quality of our products. That means you can choose Maxwood with a clear conscience, safe in the knowledge that our materials, products, and processes are as considerate and compliant as possible. Recognising the need for continual improvement in the face of changing environmental issues, we are committed to the ongoing development of systems and procedures that deliver environmental protection by conserving resources and minimising pollution. Eliminating Formaldehyde: We are leading the way in eliminating formaldehyde from the process of washroom manufacture. · Formaldehyde is traditionally added to particleboard and the glues used to bond laminate to it, both of which are common in washroom manufacture. · Formaldehyde is a recognised carcinogen and a potent sensitiser (i.e., trigger of skin allergies). It causes headaches, chest pains and other symptoms, and is a contributory factor to acid rain. · Most manufactured articles containing formaldehyde will continue to emit harmful vapours over time. One study showed that vinyl-laminated particleboard emitted 16mg/m3/hour of formaldehyde. Even a comparatively low level of formaldehyde in the atmosphere can be harmful. · We use a polyurethane alternative to traditional formaldehyde-based glues. This prevents toxic emissions, both from the glue itself and from the particleboard to which it is applied. · In addition to its health and environmental benefits, Polyurethane adhesives also deliver much better bonding performance than those using Formaldehyde. This increases the lifespan of the product. Manufacturing We constantly monitor our manufacturing operations and the materials we use with the aim of minimising or eliminating environmental impacts. · We continually optimise material use to minimise waste. · We use optimisation software to keep waste from laminated boards and Solid Grade laminate material to the absolute minimum. · We use polyurethane gluing for all laminating and bonding, to eliminate the risks of environmental contamination and harm to health associated with traditional adhesives, such as the release of VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) emissions and formaldehydes. · Our capital investment programme ensures that we obtain equipment that operates at optimum efficiency to control and reduce the environmental impact of our activities. · We have installed silencers on our dust extraction equipment to maintain the ambient noise levels in the surrounding area. Waste Recycling We aim to recycle waste materials as much as possible, particularly in the following areas: · We send all waste aluminium to be recycled and maintain ongoing staff training to ensure that all staff co-operate with the scheme. · Our new automated warehouse facility ensures that even offcuts are taken into account when planning a project, allowing them to be re-used wherever possible and reducing waste. · We incinerate all wood-based waste in a computer-controlled biomass boiler, burning waste at a temperature that prevents harmful emissions. This boiler is also used for heating and hot water, thus reducing energy consumption and conserving the finite resources of fossil fuels. · We break down all scrap chipboard and offcuts that cannot be re-used in an industrial woodchipper. This allows larger pieces of wood-based waste to be incinerated and prevents them being sent to landfill sites. · We shred all wastepaper and bag it ready for recycling. · We aim to remove cardboard packaging used to cover products for transportation at the point of delivery and return it to our plant for reuse. · We return pallets on which goods are supplied to the supplier for reuse, wherever possible. As part of our commitment to make the specification of sustainable solutions in the built environment the easy choice, we are currently working towards the following: · ISO 14001 certification · Environmental Product Declarations · Supply chain management program to test new sustainable products every quarter. If you’re interested in learning more about how our corporate social responsibility, contact us. We’re available via email at, or alternatively, give us a call at 020 3657 7615.

  • Four of the most common washroom problems…and how to overcome them.

    As an organisation, it is highly likely that your office is clean, organised, and well-maintained. After all, it is a representation of your brand; a reflection of your business as a whole. A little too often, the office washroom can become an overlooked area that falls foul of such high standards. This is not without issue; the appearance of cracked tiles and mouldy grout can actually compromise staff productivity and influence client opinion. As an area that is visited regularly throughout the working day, it is in your interest to demonstrate a level of care towards all that utilise it. Aside from regular cleaning and general upkeep, there are a number of things that you can do to create a positive and lasting impression. Intelligent design is a great starting point, as this will prevent or minimise the risk of damage over time, and save you a decent amount of money. We have identified four of the most common issues associated with office washrooms, and offered a few friendly pointers. Physical Appearance: You have a matter of seconds to create that first impression, so the overall look of your washroom is crucial. A light, neutral colour scheme with ambient lighting will encourage calm and comfort. Ensure that your lighting is sufficient; there is nothing worse than poor lighting, and sadly, dim light makes you more prone to vandalism. Broken or sub-standard fixtures such as cubicle locks and toilet flushes are the quickest way to deter users, so regular maintenance checks are a must. We recommend sensor operated flushes, taps and soap dispensers. Not only are they more hygienic and a good antidote for pandemic-related anxiety, but they are also less prone to damage caused by heavy usage. Cracked and stained tiles look unsightly, so opt for hygiene wall cladding which is specifically designed for clean areas. Aside from being more cost effective than tiling, it is also durable, impact resistant, easy to clean and long-lasting. In the long run, you’ll be saving yourself money and a lot of stress. Mould: It is of little surprise that mould is a common washroom issue, often due to poor ventilation and overtly humid condition of the area. Installing a good ventilation system is a good place to begin, as this will help minimise the risk of condensation before it occurs. Mould is often caused when water seeps into chipped tiles or grout, so wall cladding is a great alternative. This easy-clean solution also provides longevity, making regular maintenance less problematic. Sinks are also a major “must watch” area for mould and should have an efficient drainage system to prevent clogging and stagnation. A built-in drain gulley is ideal for ensuring that water can escape with ease. Rust: One of the main causes of rust is the use of poor or incorrect cleaning products that can strip away protective water-resistant coatings. This problem can be overcome by ensuring that you are using the appropriate products as per your product guide. Leaks can also be a catalyst, so providing easy and efficient access to leakages saves on time and effort. As with mould, poor ventilation is a common cause, so it is worth considering implementing a natural or mechanical air ventilation system. Smells: A bad smelling washroom is possibly one of the most unpleasant situations a person can encounter, and a huge deterrent to its users. You want to ensure that you counter this highly probable issue from the outset. Once again, good ventilation is the key. If you have no windows within the washroom area, consider a mechanical air ventilation system to extract unpleasant stale odours that can linger. Floor drains can help, by ensuring that standing water escapes before stagnation becomes a problem. It is inevitable that water splashing will occur at some point, it is impossible to avoid with a high footfall. Unfortunately, liquid can soak into unprotected duct panelling, so its worth replacing your current product with a material that is impervious to fluids such as solid grade laminate (SGL). If any of this resonates with you, then it might be time for a complete washroom overhaul. By choosing to intelligently re-design your commercial washroom, you can keep up with modern standards by promoting a practical, functional and aesthetically pleasing space. A well-presented washroom does more than create a good impression for your organisational brand, it also promotes wellbeing and productivity in the workspace which you can’t put a price on. Get in touch and speak to one of our experts to find out more about intelligent design and how you can overcome these common washroom problems for good.

  • Specifying Compliant Washrooms: a guide to our new CPD course.

    An efficient commercial washroom is more than the sum of its parts. When intelligently designed with inclusivity and safety in mind, you know that you are satisfying users, and providing them with a positive experience. Not all washrooms live up to user expectations which can impact an organisation in its entirety. Outdated designs can sometimes fail to incorporate the needs of its user with shoddy, sub-standard mechanisms and/or design. Building legislation is in place to ensure the health and safety of all within the building environment, so washroom compliance should be adhered to to create safe, yet appealing washrooms. The Building Regulations Act 2010 prescribes procedures that must be carried out from the start, during, and on completion of all building work, with guidelines for specific aspects of design and construction. Though easily overlooked within building design, washrooms are no exception to the Building Regulations Act. They are as important, if not more so than the remainder of your workspace, and as an employer, it is your duty to consider the layout, design, and overall safety of the area. Safety features can range from emergency release mechanisms to wheelchair-accessible unisex toilets. While privacy is essential, users require emergency access if necessary. Inclusivity should be a key part of your design, so your washrooms need to accommodate users of all ages, genders, and abilities. Failure to provide accessible washrooms for all can discriminate against certain individuals and can have a profound effect on wellbeing. For example, wheelchair users should be provided with outward opening doors, ample manoeuvring space, grab rails, and lever-operated taps for ease. To learn more about ways to improve your washroom, join our free CPD course which will specifically focus on Part M 5.4e of The Building Regulations Act, entitled ‘Emergency Access’. The course will cover the following: Regulations. The purpose of the regulations is to inspire protection, inclusivity, and consistency within your washroom design. You will learn the main reasons for the regulations, and how they are applicable to you as an organisation. Sanitary Accommodation Generally. The course will advise you of the necessity for specific safety precautions. These include the necessary visual contrast between the door opening furniture and surfaces, the door surface and pilasters, the indicator locking bolt, and maximum opening force. You will be provided with relevant case studies. Emergency Access You will learn of historic challenges with emergency access such as standard cubicle locking mechanisms and flush fronts rebates on full height doors. We will introduce you to Movana – Maxwood’s unique solution to all of these problems. Movana is the first design-led washroom cubicle with safety at the forefront. You can read more about this here. Fire Alarms As per the guidelines, a fire alarm emits a visual and audible signal to warn applicants with hearing and visual impairments. The course will provide you with sufficient information to ensure that your fire alarm is both effective and efficient. Wheelchair Access Cubicles Efficient layouts will be provided including recommended locations, positioning, and unisex options. We will provide relevant case studies. Ambulant Disabled Cubicles You will learn the definition of ambulant disabled cubicles, their purpose and accessibility and the benefits of enlarged cubicles. You will be advised of the necessity for inclusive design and provided with recommended layouts and case studies for ambulant disabled cubicles. At the end of the course, you will have a thorough understanding of the key regulations and why they have been put in place. You will know how to incorporate best practice design-led solutions in line with Part M guidelines. Our real-life case studies will provide you with ideas for improved application to get the best out of your washroom. It could be a good time to ask yourself – how compliant is our commercial washroom? If you think it might be time for a washroom overhaul, please join our CPD course by registering your interest here

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  • Specifying Compliant CPD

    Specifying Compliant Washrooms Register for our online CPD below. Wednesday 1st December 13.00 Book Register Your Interest If You Would Like Specific CPD Held Privately To Your Practice Register Thanks for registering your interest, we will be in touch soon with more information Emergency Access – Part M 5.4 e "WC compartment doors & doors to wheelchair-accessible unisex toilets, changing rooms or shower rooms have an emergency release mechanism so that they are capable of being opened outwards, from the outside, in case of emergency” The primary function of the Building Control service is to protect people's health and safety in the built environment. This involves, among other things, enforcing the following legislation: The Building Act 1984. The Building Regulations and other allied legislation. Certification Discover how best to collaborate with suppliers to achieve the correct certification paper trails. ​ Well BREEAM FSC EPDs HPDs ISO 14001

  • Sustainable Design

    Specifying Sustainable Washrooms Register for our online CPD below. Wednesday 3rd November Book Register Your Interest If You Would Like Specific CPD Held Privately To Your Practice Register Thanks for registering your interest, we will be in touch soon with more information Sustainable Design We all have a responsibility to craft more sustainable design and architecture solutions. Find out the steps you can take to make your work more sustainable. Materials Understand the various pros and cons of sustainable materials to make more informed design choices. Certification Discover how best to collaborate with suppliers to achieve the correct certification paper trails. ​ Well BREEAM FSC EPDs HPDs ISO 14001

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