Panasonic’s new pump down system detects refrigerant leaks early

Pump Down SystemPanasonic has developed an innovative solution to detect refrigerant leaks in VRF systems, offering complete assurance and protection for end users, building occupants and the environment.

Panasonic’s innovative Pump Down System is ideal for hotels, offices and public buildings where safety for occupants and the building owners is of utmost importance.

The system monitors refrigerant leakage continually and provides a warning before refrigerant leaks, preventing major refrigerant loss and potential damage the system’s efficiency.

As well as ensuring safe and reliable operation, Panasonic’s Pump Down System contributes to a building qualifying for additional BREEAM points and achieves compliance with the current EN378 2008 standard, covering applications where refrigeration concentration levels exceed practical safety limits of 0,44 kg/m³.

“Government regulations surrounding refrigerant gas are, quite rightly, incredibly demanding and is a key reason why reliable leak detection systems are required,” explains Marc Diaz, UK Country Manager of Panasonic Heating and Cooling. “However, with refrigerant prices continuing to increase, cost implications of a leak can be extremely high. For these reasons, we are seeing even more demand for these early detection and preventive systems. We have developed the new Pump Down System to comply with all relevant legislation, and thanks to two different connection methods, it is suitable for a variety of applications and is extremely cost effective.”

The system can be connected in two ways, either with a leak sensor or an innovative algorithm.

Connecting the system with a leak detector ensures the system is suitable for installation in small rooms. Thanks to Panasonic ECOi exclusive software, sensors communicate with the Pump Down System directly through its P-Link connection, eliminating the need for additional and potentially costly communication networks. It is a very cost effective solution and quite straight forward to install. The leak detector is connected through PAW-EXCT connector directly to the indoor unit and the pump down system is directly connected to the main outdoor unit. The system will activate when a leak is detected in the monitored rooms and any leaked refrigerant will be collected immediately within the outdoor units, or in an optional receiver tank for bigger systems.

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Panasonic has developed an innovative new algorithm to determine refrigerant leakage, enabling the system to be connected without sensors. It is able to detect leakage of R410A based on three conditions: high pressure, low pressure and discharge temperature.

Functions of the Pump Down System:
• Detect the leakage
• Activate pump down process
• Collect the gas in the tank
• Close the valves to isolate the gas

For more information on the Pump Down System, please visit

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Kladfix supports student housing


Kladfix, the rainscreen cladding support system specialist has supplied KX01 fittings for a new development on Sefton Street, Liverpool. The £15 million student accommodation consists of 135 new halls for the University of Liverpool and is situated in the heart of the city centre, overlooking the Queen’s Dock.

With over 54,000 pupils attending The University of Liverpool, there is a high demand for student accommodation, which is based in close proximity to everything that Liverpool has to offer. The new multi storey student block, which is due to be completed later in the year, will allow residents to have easy access to; cultural sights, nightlife and shopping centres. To provide a unique exterior, four different types of rainscreen cladding have been specified; Zinc, Terrecotta, engineered stone and granite. Indbuild, the industrial building company installed Kladfix’s KX01 cladding support system for this project.


“The Kladfix system is incredibly versatile” commented Dave Kirby, Managing Director of Indbuild Limited. “The design of the project required four different types of cladding to be used on the exterior of the student accommodation and the KX01 system worked extremely well with all the different types of cladding and was easily installed. This isn’t the first time that we have worked with Kladfix and we would not hesitate to work with them again in the future.”

Kladfix KX01 fittings are suitable for use as a back frame system and are the basis to all of Kladfix’s systems. KX01 fittings are also used for face and rivet fixing for fibre cement, high-pressure laminate, ACM and metal rainscreen cladding panels.

Kladfix holds extensive stock to ensure orders can always be met and where necessary, immediate delivery can be provided. All Kladfix cladding systems can be engineered to project specific requirements thanks to the expertise of its technical design support service. This provides architects and specifiers freedom with an almost infinite range of façade appearance and layout options.

For further information on Kladfix Rainscreen Systems, visit or call the company direct on +44 (0)1707 333 396.

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ROCKFON make a healthy contribution to BREEAM ‘excellent’ Southmead Hospital

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Phase one of an impressive new Bristol hospital has now opened on-time and is fully operational. It replaces Victorian buildings which started life as workhouses. The £430 million Southmead Hospital not only offers the very best healthcare facilities but is one of the most environmentally-friendly buildings of its size in the UK. The design of the building is very bright with lots of big windows and has a large glass atrium as its centrepiece. ROCKFON ceilings were specified by contractor, Carillion, because they fulfilled the design criteria and met their stringent environmental and performance requirements as Adam Stevens, Senior Design Manager explains:

The North Bristol NHS Trust wanted to move away from the standard square grid ceiling design commonly found in hospitals. ROCKFON ceilings gave us the acoustic performance we needed; are recyclable and sustainable, and met our economies of scale.”

The hospital is fitted with Rockfon MediCare Standard and MediCare Plus ceilings throughout. The MediCare range fulfils all the essential cleaning and hygienic demands of healthcare environments and complies with the Department of Health’s HBN and HTM guidelines. MediCare ceilings do not contribute to the growth of MRSA. They have a low particle emission and have achieved the Clean Room Classification ISO Class 4 for MediCare Plus and ISO Class 5 for MediCare Standard.

Rockfon Medicare Standard and Medicare Plus offer design freedom thanks to their exposed and concealed edges and availability in a variety of module sizes. This met with the Trust’s requirements for larger plasterboard margins to rooms and reduced the amount of standard exposed grid ceilings in the new building

Specialist ceiling contractor, Carlton Ceilings and Partitions, installed over 110,000m² of ceiling tiles. Contract Director, Richard Janes, was impressed with the ceilings from ROCKFON and described them as, “extremely high quality and easy to install. The Trust is very happy with the finished result.”

Rockfon MediCare Standard is a 15mm thick stone wool tile which is ideal for areas such as wards, offices and consultation rooms. Its visible surface is covered with a white painted fleece which has a light reflection of 86% adding to the light, airy feel the architect wanted for the hospital.Approved shot JJ4_1175 (3)

MediCare Standard offers best in class sound absorption (Class A) which provides the necessary noise control to help create a calm environment where patients can recover in comfort. In the consultation rooms and offices, the sound absorbent ceilings enable private conversations to take place without the distraction of unwanted sound from outside transferring through the walls.

MediCare Plus is made of a 20-25mm thick stone wool panel. It also offers Class A sound absorption. MediCare Plus has obtained a Bacteriological Class B1 and exceeds the strict hygiene and cleaning requirements for accident and emergency rooms, operating theatres, washrooms and food service areas. The visible surface of the tiles is covered with a white painted water-repellent fleece that is resistant to bacteria and mould growth and can be effectively steam cleaned. The high light reflection helps to make efficient use of available natural light and provides a uniform spread of light which is critical in operating theatres and examination rooms.

Rockfon Sonar X ceiling tiles were installed in the hospital’s canteen facility. The discrete X-edge conceals the grid completely, providing an attractive finish, yet are still fully demountable if frequent access to essential services above the ceiling is required. Sonar ceiling tiles are durable with an attractive micro-textured, matt white surface. This tough surface is easy to clean and does not absorb moisture from the air which makes it an ideal ceiling for washrooms, eating and changing areas.

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Southmead Hospital has earned an ‘excellent’ BREEAM rating and ROCKFON played its part by helping to meet targets for waste reduction. ROCKFON ceiling tiles are durable and lightweight helping to make the installation process quicker, easier and resulting in fewer damaged tiles and less waste.

Another way in which ROCKFON helped contribute to the high environmental standard is in its innovative approach to waste. All site waste including Rockwool’s insulation slabs, pipe lagging and as well as ROCKFON ceiling tiles, were sent to the Rockwool factory in Wales for upcycling into new Rockwool insulation products. Although Rockwool commonly accepts recycled waste from contractors, this was the largest and first project where multiple operating companies on one site have collaborated to create a single waste stream.

Distributor, SIG Interiors, located in Bristol, supplied both the ROCKWOOL insulation and ROCKFON ceiling products for the new hospital and contributed to the recycling programme by transporting bags of waste to the Rockwool factory.

Richard Vidler (UK Construction Development Manager) developed the processes for the take back scheme with ROCKWOOL, alongside the Logistics department from the Bristol location, offering a simple solution to Carillion by issuing bags to be collected from site whilst delivering new material. This Back Haul operation reduced the costs for transport, managed the storage of material at the Bristol depot, and delivered the waste to Rockwool Pencoed for reprocessing. Richard comments “As part of our commitment to Carillion via the SIG Supply Chain Partnership for this project, and support from our key supplier ROCKWOOL, this innovative way to reduce waste on site, and recycle products through different sub contract packages was an example of adding real value to this scheme, and as a result, reduced waste to land fill.”

ROCKWOOL processes waste products into new fibres which have exactly the same qualities as those made from new materials so there is no reduction in quality.

Whether you are looking to create a more sustainable building or gain certification through BREEAM, ROCKFON products can help you achieve your goal. For more information visit

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Markwik 21 – Intelligent Infection Control

Over the last 2 years there has been increased focus on the potential infection dangers associated with water supply and hospital fittings. In particular there has been heightened awareness of the presence of pseudomonas aeruginosa that has been found on taps – Which is further “exacerbated by devices fitted to the tap outlet such as flow straighteners” (HTM04-01 addendum); and there has been concerns over the danger of legionella bacteria coming from “the in coming water supply” where “there is a failure of the recommended control measures (e.g. maintenance of temperatures”)

Publications such as the HTM04-01 addendum and the more recent HSG 274 have provided potential solutions to reducing risk including the removal, cleaning or replacement of flow straighteners; the design of taps that can be readily dismantled for disinfection; and risk assessments in critical care areas as to the need for TMV3 thermostats…the pay off between maintaining high water temperatures to help kill bacteria vs the danger of scalding.

Clearly reducing the risks of infection is complicated and will vary according to individual circumstances and local conditions and there is not 1 solution that will solve the problem. As a manufacturer of hospital fittings,  Armitage Shanks continually follows current thinking and takes advice from experts in the field as to how we can provide taps and mixers that best suit individual infection control regimes.

Consequently over the last 8 years we have seen our Markwik range radically change 3 times as it evolves to complement current thinking. Our place is to listen to experts’ recommendations, follow the latest thinking and provide a product range that can be as flexible as possible to suit different hygiene regimes.

More recently we have introduced a number of new features that address the latest concerns. To meet the danger of bacteria build up around the tap spout we have removed the flow straightener altogether and developed an anti microbial copper lined spout (BioGuard) that has a smooth interior that avoids biofilm build up and gives less opportunity for bacteria to colonise.

Markwik 21 is now easy to dismantle. The fittings can be quickly removed from the wall for disinfection or the spout removed for autoclaving.


There is an electronic range of fittings that can be programmed to automatically operate over a given time period of under use to ensure water is kept moving; and there is a built in system that allows maintenance engineers to flush both the hot and cold inlets with very hot water.


We strongly advocate the use of thermostats wherever possible in line with Department of Health guidelines. Markwik fittings come with TMV3 thermostats that are integrated into the tap as close as possible to the outlet. This reduces the risk of dead leg bacteria build up whilst ensuring that every fitting is safe to use. As a manufacturer we want to eliminate the danger of scalding and have welcomed the reduction in accidents that have resulted in greater thermostat installation.

Markwik 21 has been designed to provide choice and flexibility for hospitals and can be used as an additional tool to fight water born infection. We never stay still and are already designing the next generation of fittings as part of a planned evolution to move with the latest thinking in infection control.

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a beautifully-flush French Door from The VEKA UK Group

The VEKA UK Group has unveiled the next coveted product in the Imagine suite.

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Following the launch of the sought-after Imagine Bi-fold Door – which set new standards in the industry – the team is proud to present the Imagine French Door.

Colin Torley, Sales and Marketing Director explains: “We showcased the Imagine French Door at the FIT Show and we were pleased at the overwhelming response it received. Visitors to the stand were full of praise for the look and operation of the Imagine French Door.

The system has a seamless, stylish flush finish – which really caught people’s attention. There is no obtrusive central pillar or false mullion, the doors simply close neatly together and lock securely. The design, security measures, flexibility and even a robust insurance guarantee for the end user all combine to make it another world-class product from The VEKA UK Group.

“With our customers in mind, we designed this system to offer simple fabrication and fitting. It has a range of installer-friendly benefits, including fully-adjustable hinges, 2D adjustable lock keep and the option of a mechanically-jointed outerframe.

“With its unique flush finish, the Imagine French Door is a stunning alternative to traditional French Doors and is available in a wide range of colours and woodgrains from the popular Variations colour range.

“Like the Imagine Bi-Fold Door, the Imagine French Door has been designed ‘from scratch’. There has been no compromise on hardware as The VEKA UK Group teamed up with ERA, one of the country’s top names in locks and security mechanisms, to design an exclusive range of hardware including hinges, locks and handles.

“Profile and hardware will be available from The VEKA UK Group, so that customers can benefit from the simplicity of a single-source supplier and can enjoy excellent lead times.

PAS 24 and Secured by Design can be achieved on standard doors with no modification required and these energy-efficient doors are also triple-glazing ready. With triple glazing, the system can achieve U-values below 1.0.

“As with the Imagine Bi-Fold Door System, the Imagine French Door is available with a choice of three threshold options: standard, low threshold (Part M compliant when used with ramps) and ultralow internal room divider.

“These doors are backed by the ERA Five Star Guarantee, which we’ve found to be a major selling point for discerning homeowners, offering up to £5000 worth of benefits.”

Find out more about the Imagine French Door at

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New Ray-Screen fabric range from Calcutta


CALCUTTA NV, based in Belgium, renowned throughout Europe and the U.K. for the supply of high performance screen shading fabrics are very pleased to announce the launch of their new screen Collection in October 2014.   This comprehensive new range presents a fully co-ordinated screen Collection  in the most popular openness factors including a special blackout  quality.   Calcutta have retained the Aluminium back coated quality  as the demand for this performance shading product  is growing strongly within in the market.

Ray-screen is a registered trade mark of the Company Calcutta NV

Popular in Interiors, offices, hotels and showrooms, the new Ray-screen Collection is expected to become the industry benchmark for all Architects and Specifiers looking for a performance material that offers the on trend colour options required in the market today.

This stunning collection is being presented to the U.K. and Irish market by Arding Marketing and will be backed by a large stock programme to be held in the Calcutta warehouse in Belgium.  Furthermore,  Calcutta are now fully geared with extrusion and weaving capability in their factory in Gent to produce most of the qualities on offer in a very quick –   “ express “  lead time period.

The newly appointed Managing Director,  Frank Ameye said    “we are very pleased to have such a close successful association within the UK through Arding Marketing and we expect the past successes of our domestic fabric ranges to be repeated again now in the contract and specifier market sectors”.

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RonaDeck Wet Pour Rubber Granule Surfacing

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A new safety surfacing product suitable for children’s play areas has been developed by Ronacrete. RonaDeck Wet Pour Rubber Granule Surfacing is a resin bound system that combines resin with rubber granules to provide a “soft feel” surfacing that will absorb impact and noise.

The surfacing is soft underfoot and absorbs some of the impact of a fall, making it particularly suitable for play areas where there is a risk of falling, it is also slip resistant. RonaDeck Wet Pour Rubber Granule Surfacing is also suitable for pool surrounds and other leisure applications such as golf courses.

The surfacing is available in a selection of attractive colours with black, blue, green, red and yellow as standard; it is UV stable so the surfacing will not change colour after exposure to sunlight. The rubber granules are made from recycled rubber from the motor industry.

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Biomass: creating comfort and cost savings!


Rising fuel costs and the appeal of a government green scheme has sparked the owners of a 16th century coaching inn to overhaul their heating and hot water system, replacing it with a wood chip boiler supplied by natural energy company, Euroheat.

Glan yr Afon Inn, located in Holywell, Flintshire, North Wales, has undergone considerable extension over the last two years and now provides 14 luxury bedrooms – all benefitting from wood heating in the form of an HDG Compact 80kW wood chip boiler, which is saving some 35 tonnes in CO2 when compared to oil!

Installation firm, Menai Heating, partnered Euroheat in the project. Lee Maher, owner, explained: “The project brief involved working with some elements of the existing structure and updating the building’s radiators. There is a specially designed plant room, which houses the boiler and pellet storage tank, but also doubles as a laundry room, enabling the washing to be hung out and dried overnight further saving on running costs of expensive tumble driers and unnecessary electricity usage.



“The system will use approximately 28 tonnes of wood chip to generate around 130,000kWh, with the owners expecting around £9,000 per annum from the installation under the government’s Renewable Heat Incentive.”

Owner of Glan yr Afonin, Karen Wright, explained: “It was an easy choice for us to switch to a biomass heating system, as we have a similar system installed in our home, so we are well aware of the cost savings and green credentials. Escalating oil prices and various government green schemes mean that long-term, we will repay the cost of the system and create a more successful and sustainable business.

“A massive positive, as well as the improved comfort for our guests, is their reaction to the biomass system, with some requesting to see it in action! A great deal of our business is from Gwynt y Mor, which is close by; an area which is championing green technologies with the construction of an offshore wind farm.”

The wood chip is sourced from local, managed woodland and the owners are planning to use biomass in another of their building projects that is in the pipeline.

The HDG Compact range is a fully automatic wood heating system suitable for use with chips, savings and pellets (up to 45 per cent wood moisture content), making it a good option for a range of commercial buildings. It features a patented back-burn protection with rotary feeder, an automatic cleaning and ash removal option, and optimum emissions values with the HDG Compatronic controller.

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New outward-opening window from Schueco UK delivers quality & economy in one system

New from market-leader Schueco UK Ltd is AWS 70 SC, an insulated, outward-opening window that delivers Schueco ‘build quality’ at an economical price, providing a perfect solution for new and replacement windows in houses and apartments, light commercial buildings, local authority properties, schools and clinics.

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With a depth of 70 mm, slim sightlines from 63.5 mm (outer frame/vent) and a choice of five vent profiles offering optimum cost/size/weight options, Schueco AWS 70 SC is ideal for the fenestration in punched openings, ribbon windows and curtain walling.

The system can accommodate double- or triple-glazed units and achieves a typical ‘U’ value of 1.5 W/m2K with 1.0 W/m2K glazing units, which makes it compliant with Document L. In addition, a WER up to ‘A’ is an option.

Fittings include a choice of standard or heavy-duty stainless-steel friction hinges, together with multipoint locking for large vents. The window has opening limiters and with a PAS 24 rating, the system is able to offer a high level of security.

There is a projecting sill option and profiles may be specified with different colours on the inside and outside faces. 90o and variable-angle connections mean bay windows can be easily accommodated and the system is also fully compatible with Schueco ADS 70 doors.

Schüco System solutions for windows, doors, façades and solar products.

Together with its worldwide network of partners, architects, specifiers and investors, Schüco creates sustainable building envelopes which focus on people and their needs in harmony with nature and technology. The highest demands for design, comfort and security can be met, whilst simultaneously reducing CO2 emissions through energy efficiency, thereby conserving natural resources. The company and its Metal and PVC-U divisions deliver tailored products for newbuilds and renovations, designed to meet individual user needs in all climate zones. With 4800 employees and 12,000 partner companies, Schüco is active in 78 countries and achieved a turnover of 1.5 billion euros in 2013. For more information, visit

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Patinated Brass Side Sectional Door by Rundum Meir


Rundum Meir specialise in high quality, standard and custom made, exterior door systems that can be made from a range of beautiful materials including quality solid timber, copper, aluminium, bronze and glass. In plan the doors can be designed to be curved, straight or even wavy.

A recent project involved a bespoke side sectional patinated brass door, which was fitted to match the external façade of a new build house in central London.

Rundum exterior door systems have been used on listed buildings, award-winning new build, conceptual architecture, refurbishment projects and a high profile passive house.

For more information visit or call 0151 280 6626.

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