Unusual high load cantilever walkway challenge

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The Kidwells Estate, a 1960s-built initiative just outside Maidenhead town centre, in Berkshire, is undergoing major regeneration which involves the construction of  seven new blocks. These vary from three to six storeys of structural concrete frame and are part timber clad.  Long cantilever walkways that service multiple flats on the complex form an unusual feature of the new development and the demands of the walkways presented a technical challenge for the structural thermal breaks used in their construction.  

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Now known as Parklands, the former Kidwells Estate, is a landmark £27.1 million project, scheduled for completion later this year. It is a scheme for One Housing and in replacing seven 1960s-built apartment blocks, the redevelopment will provide 204 new mixed tenure high quality homes, consisiting of 75 homes for rent to existing and new tenants, nine shared ownership homes and 120 homes for private sale.  On completion the development will provide three and four bedroom family homes; as well as one and two bedroom apartments.   One Housing manages over 15,000 homes across 27 London boroughs and surrounding counties; and in the last three years has delivered more than 1,500 new affordable homes, with plans to build a further 3,600 by 2019 to help meet the housing shortage.

The unusual construction challenge involving the walkways at Parklands, is brought about because the design consideration, both aestheticaly and for the benefit of residents and visitors, requires as much natural light as possible to be available in the areas around the cantilever walkways.

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To meet this requirement, extensive light wells have been introduced at regular intervals along the length of the galleries.   These wells are effectively a series of elongated spaces, which separate the walkways from the building for large sections.   As a result, there are far fewer structural connection points between the walkways and the building than would normally be anticipated, so the connectivity opportunities are very limited. The walkways themselves being cantilever concrete construction into internal reinforced concrete frame.

Schöck is the supplier of the structural thermal breaks and because of the restricted connectivity point opportunities, the products had to resist a much greater shear load than would be the case with a more conventional design.   In addition to this, the support condition of the external columns and edge beams also had to be taken into account and there was a limitation too on slab thickness for the dowel connections.

The solution required a relatively unusual combination of products and the issues were resolved by Schöck designing in its type HPC Isokorb.  It is a product utilised only if horizontal, tension and compression forces are present in the design and additionally it is necessary to integrate the type QP90+QP90 Isokorb as well, for linear or point connection to support high shear loads.   Schöck type SLD Q50 heavy duty stainless steel dowels were also incorporated to enable the transfer of vertical shear forces and allow two directional lateral movements at the expansion joints.   The result was a completely secure thermally insulated load-bearing connection at all of the restricted, but key structural points.

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HPC Isokorb

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The Isokorb structural thermal break range enables connections to be made between concrete-to-concrete, concrete-to-steel and steel-to-steel – and the many different unit types available, combined with their ability to enable the transmission of shear, bending moment, tension and compression forces, also means that the options available effectively run into hundreds when the different combinations are taken into account.

All units provide BBA Certification and LABC Registration and meet full compliance with the relevant UK building regulations.

The requirement described in BRE IP1/06 – a document cited in Building Regulations Approved Documents Part L1 and L2 and Section 6 in Scotland – that the temperature factor used to indicate condensation risk (fRSI) must be greater than, or equal to, 0.75 for residential buildings, is easily met by incorporating the Schöck Isokorb.

A comprehensive 236 page ‘Technical Guide’ is available, which displays in detail the complete range of thermal break applications for all construction types – concrete-to-concrete, concrete-to-steel, steel-to-steel and concrete-to-timber.

A new free ‘Thermal Bridging Guide’ is also available on request

Contact Schöck on 01865 290 890 go to www.schoeck.co.uk or email: design@schoeck.co.uk

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Self Closing Safety Gates Provides Roof Edge Protection

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Safesite, a supplier of fall protection solutions, has introduced Kee Gate, a range of self-closing safety gates as part of its product portfolio which provides workers with a safety solution when working at height.

Designed to work both externally and internally and on ladders, roof hatches, walkways, with edge protection and plant machinery, Kee Gate ensures maintenance and inspection staff can fulfil their job, follow best practices and comply with current safety standards, without putting their safety at risk.  Kee Gates are spring loaded so can automatically close behind the user, providing an added level of security and overcoming the potential for human error.  This type of system is the preferred solution to chains, bars or sliding tubes, as these traditional forms of protection can lead to a hazardous void, when used incorrectly.

Kee Gate is available in galvanised steel and if required can be powder coated in safety yellow. The safety gate is available with standard ‘U’ bolts for fixing to uprights of 33.7, 42.4 and 48.3 mm diameter, enabling the gate to be fixed quickly to existing supporting structures, posts or stringers. An additional fixing pack is provided which allows the gate to be fixed to square, flat or angle uprights. Easy to install or to retro-fit existing structures, such as galvanised handrails and roof edge protection systems, Kee Gate is 1 metre wide. Designed to be trimmed on-site, this solution saves companies the time and money it takes to fabricate their own gates.

Kee Gate is compliant with the requirements of EN 13374 Class A, EN ISO 14122 Part 3 & Part 4 and is CE marked to EN 1090.  The system has undergone extensive testing to ensure total reliability of the gates. These include salt spray testing to ASTM B117-11 Neutral solutions over 200 hours to assess the coating’s corrosion resistance, life cycle testing to BS 6375-2:2009 Clause 6.5 – Opening and closing of Gate through 90 degrees 50,000 cycles and Abuse Testing where 9 x 25kg weights were suspended from the gate to test what happens if pressure is applied. This ensures durability, superior corrosion resistance and defence against signs of wear.

For further information, please visit www.safesite.co.uk/

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Safety on Green Roofs

Jason Godfrey, General Manager at Safesite, explains the importance of safety solutions on green roofs.

As we become increasingly conscious about the environment and green issues, the demand for sustainable construction has grown.  This has lead to an increase in green roofs, particularly in cities where these roofs are seen as an important part of combating the effects of climate change.

Green roofs can 'grow' around a safety system

Green roofs can ‘grow’ around a safety system

The benefits of green roofs are substantial.  As well as being aesthetically pleasing, they are an important and cost effective means of enhancing biodiversity, increasing the life expectancy of the roof membrane, improving the quality of water, run-off and air quality, and providing a sound insulation barrier.  Their greater thermal mass also has a positive impact on a building’s energy consumption by improving its thermal performance.

Although they are self sustaining, these roofs still require maintenance. This may be vegetation maintenance, removing unwanted plant material and replacing failed plants or checking drain outlets and fire breaks, inspecting flashings and mastic of the roofing membrane itself.  Rooflights and solar panels will also need to be cleaned, antennae serviced and litter and debris removed from the roof.  Taking all this into account, it is likely that maintenance will need to be carried out at least twice a year, which according to the HSE (Health & Safety Executive) is frequent activity.

Maintenance requirements for green roofs should be planned for at the design stage, and provision needs to be made for safety systems so that work can be carried out safely.  When considering a safety system, the general rule is for collective measures such as guardrails to be the first priority, especially when many of those accessing the roof, such as landscapers, will have limited experience and training when it comes to working at height.

Lifeline installed on green roof

Lifeline installed on green roof

There will be occasions where collective measures are not suitable.  In these situations, fall restraint or fall arrest systems including roof anchors and lifelines provide an alternative solution.  Lifelines such as Safesite’s Horizontal Lifeline provide the user with continual hands free protection along the length of the system without the need to detach.

Alternatively, roof anchors such as the Mobile Man Anchor can be used as a single unit or as a series of anchors linked together via the Safesite horizontal lifeline to provide user protection.  Whenever possible these systems should be used as fall restraint, preventing the user from reaching the leading edge.  If the user does need to work in an area where a fall is possible, the system will become fall arrest and should only be used by those who have been trained on both the equipment and rescue.

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Safe maintenance

As with any form of work at height, safety on the roofs must not be overlooked. By considering safety at the design stage, systems can be installed before planting, allowing the roof to grow ‘around’ the system, making it less obtrusive, but still ensuring that work can be carried out in complete safety.

For more information, visit www.safesite.co.uk

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Emergency… Which Service Do You Require?

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When an emergency arises, seeing the right specialist can greatly improve a patient’s survival rate. The Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust set an ambitious goal as part of a £200 million investment, to improve healthcare for people in Northumberland and North Tyneside. By creating a new state-of the-art hospital, The Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital provides onsite emergency care consultants 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It is the first purpose-built hospital of its kind offering this level of medical cover in England.

Design and Vision

The new model at Northumbria is in line with the vision outlined in the NHS Five Year Forward View to develop networks of linked hospitals that ensure patients with the most serious needs have specialist emergency centres, and that hospital patients always have access to services. The Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust invested £75 million to build the new high-tech Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital with a further £15 million invested new equipment, roads and infrastructure.

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The hospital has been designed to provide a modern approach to care, focusing on the patient’s needs during their stay. Most of the 282 beds are single ensuite rooms, facilitating the management of patients with mixed dependency factors and reducing the risk of the spread of infection.

Construction

The building consists of a two and three-storey in-situ free-form concrete frame structure, typically faced in render. The new 30,000m2 building will provide inpatients wards, accident & emergency care, operating theatres, critical care, maternity and paediatricians, radiology, MRI and X-ray, pharmacy, mortuary and pathology and a cafeteria.

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Working for their client Farpod, EOS Facades custom manufactured 20,000m2 of light gauge steel framing systems and pods for the hospital, valued at £350,000. EOS were appointed to work on this project due to the quality of their product – offering a versatile building system and enabling rapid construction whilst providing a lightweight solution with high strength.

Positive Outcomes

The project team have targeted a BREEAM ‘excellent’ rating and have achieved a 45/50 Considerate Constructor score.

Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, National Medical Director of NHS England commented: “This hospital is a glimpse of the future and sets the standard for other NHS organisations across the country.

This purpose built facility will have the right people, at the right place, with the right equipment. We should be proud of this hospital offering excellent emergency care for the local population. ”

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Construction of the new Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital, generated scores of jobs and investment in the region over the two-year build, which has now been completed and handed over to Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. The hospital now serves 500,000 people of North Tyneside and Northumberland.

EOS Facades provide CPD presentations covering a wide range of light steel solutions and services. To request your CPD session simply contact Thomas Elliott, EOS Facades Technical Sales Manager on: thomas@eosuk.org

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EOS Facades have worked on projects across all construction sectors, including education, healthcare, leisure, commercial and residential. Their portfolio of successfully completed projects and track record stretches back 10 years, so clients will benefit from a wealth of experience and expertise.

The EOS Facades product range includes:

  • Facade (Panels) – an innovative panel system which is fully engineered and assembled offsite in our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility. The fully engineered framed solution is designed to accommodate the fixing of any type of facade panelling or curtain walling system.
  • Facade (Stud & Track) – bespoke system, custom-manufactured to exacting requirements to meet our client’s needs. Suitable for all types of infill panels into primary framed hot rolled steel and in-situ concrete framed buildings.
  • Flooring System – flooring systems range from lattice beam solutions to fully panellised flooring systems. Suitable for all types of load bearing floors from intermediate separating floors to bespoke mezzanine flooring solutions.
  • Roofing System – extensive roofing range from truss and flat-to-pitch roofing systems to providing ground-breaking ‘room-in-the-roof’ solutions.

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Do you have Noisey Classrooms and Noisey Sports Halls?

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Research proves that poor acoustics within educational environments including classrooms and sports halls can affect both teaching and learning.

Hush Acoustics have developed products and systems that will reduce impact, airborne and reverberation noise between or within learning spaces.

All Hush products are in compliance with acoustic regulations for educational environments and fall in line with the Building Bulletin 93 (BB93).

“We have developed many easy to install systems that are designed to optimise space within a classroom / sportshall for refurbishment projects or new builds. Creating better learning environments for students will make it easier for teachers to get their message across. We work on projects of any size from a single classroom to a whole school. “Rob Crampton MD of Hush Acoustics

Hush Acoustics also offer a consultancy service outlining practical, economical and environmentally friendly ways to minimize noise levels within teaching environments.

To find out more about BB93 compliant services and our product range visit www.hushacoustics.co.uk or call 0151 933 2026 to speak to an experienced Hush Technician.

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Sixth school term for Jack Door

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School projects increasingly demand quality Secured by Design doors that can also deliver energy efficiency, safety features and they have to be hard wearing against the daily knocks of school life. That’s why Architectural Windows and Glazing Ltd chose Jack Aluminum Systems’ PAS24 thermal TD68 Jack Door for six schools.

Derby based Architectural Windows and Glazing has manufactured and installed 16 single and 23 double leaf Secured by Design approved Jack Doors in schools across Manchester after impressing the contractor and local authority with the quality of the product and the quick turnaround times.

“We discovered Jack Aluminum Systems two years ago,” explains David Leeming, Director at Architectural Windows and Glazing. “Expectations for school projects are high and build schedules are tight. To be competitive in this market we needed a door that solved the challenges commonly associated with school buildings that we could manufacture on short lead times

“Because Jack Aluminium tests its door suite to PAS 23 and 24 standards, we’re able to manufacture the TD68 as a Secured by Design approved product using Jack Aluminium’s technical information.

“The specialist school construction company we worked with on these projects also liked the curved finger guard design feature to prevent fingers trapping in the door and the thermally broken threshold which can achieve a 1.7 U-value. I don’t know of any other double door on the market that can do all of this,” adds David.

Jack Aluminum is an easy company to deal with, helpful and straightforward to get hold of when you need something quickly. We’ve continued to use the TD68 Jack Door ever since we first found it. We have a project in progress in Worcester for 11 more Jack Doors, and have just been awarded 2 more Manchester schools as well.”

Jack Aluminium Ltd – 024 7646 7449  

Email: sales@jackaluminium.co.uk 

Web: www.jackaluminium.co.uk

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Gerflor take Glasgow table tennis club to a new level!

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Situated in the West side of Glasgow is Drumchapel Table Tennis Club. With over 300 members actively playing table tennis every week, it’s one of the biggest clubs in the UK.

Head Coach, Terry McLernon MBE, started up Drumchapel Table Tennis Club twenty years ago with just one table, on a Friday night in the local sports centre. Now with its own premises the club is a neighbourhood hub, run by the community and inspiring local young people to grow and develop personally through sport.

When the club needed a suitable flooring solution to overlay the existing sports floor, they turned to international flooring and finishing solutions specialists Gerflor to supply a sports flooring product that would not only deliver to the highest standards, but would also look great. The ideal choice would be Gerflor’s Taraflex™ Eco-Fit System.

Terry McLernon MBE comments, “We specified Taraflex™ Eco-Fit System from Gerflor as we have used it in the past at some multi-sport events and we found it really durable and were looking for something that could be used for all sports and not just one.”

Taraflex™ has been used in every summer Olympics since 1976 and is available in 17 colours and two wood-effect designs. The Sport M Evolution product offers a P1 category shock absorbency 25% to 35% and meets the EN 14904 Standard for indoor sports surfaces.

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Taraflex™ is also recognised for providing durability, safety and comfort without impairing performance. The range offers greater than 45% force reduction, making it unrivalled in the marketplace in terms of offering comfort for users.

Terry goes on to comment, “The floor looks magnificent down and it has helped lift the profile of the sport centre as it looks as if it is a brand new centre inside.”

Taraflex™ is versatile enough to be used in various multi-specialist applications and affordable for many new projects and refurbishments. This sports flooring solution is used within the education, community, leisure, health & fitness sectors.

The fitting of the Taraflex™ Sport Evolution Eco-Fit System would also be a benefit for one of Scotland’s foremost sports flooring specialists as Stephen Fraser, Contract Director from McKay Flooring goes on to explain, “Taraflex is very easy to fit and work with. The Eco-Fit looselay in particular is quick and hassle free.”

Stephen explains, “We have been dealing with Gerflor for a number of years. Without doubt they are one of the top flooring manufacturers in the UK. In fact as far as I’m concerned, Gerflor are number one in what they do.”

The Taraflex™ Eco-Fit System is an eco-friendly, free-floating installation solution that saves time and money, achieving the lowest lifecycle cost. Minimising downtime, it allows existing sports surfaces or multi-purpose floors to be left in place and overlaid; and 80% less adhesive is required so VOC emissions are also reduced.

Taraflex™ meets the EN Standard of 22196 for anti- bacterial activity (E. coli – S. aureus – MRSA) (3) returning more than a 99% levels of growth inhibition. The product is also treated with Protecsol®, which renders polish redundant and is triple action meaning no polish is ever required, it contributes to easy maintenance and is anti-friction burn and slide/grip.

The Taraflex™ Eco-Fit system is suitable for sports, community projects and is ideal for use over existing sports floorings, where there is no risk of rising dampness such as resin, parquet and PVC. It offers a solution on new surfaces, on upper floors, over service ducts or sealing membranes, and flat floor surfaces in accordance with EN Standard 14904. Quick and simple installation means that, on average, two installers laying the floor will take two days less to complete a 1000m² sports hall when compared with standard installations that need to be secured to the floor with adhesive.

Taraflex™ has a double density foam backing and as another bonus, it’s environmentally friendly.

Terry McLernon MBE finally ends by saying, “As a sports hub all the players feel that it has made a big difference in their training, as before we had a concrete floor and there was no give in it. The new floor from Gerflor has provided a huge benefit for us.”

Learn more about Gerflor solutions, ask for a free sample or contact us to speak to a specialist today by calling 01926 622 600, emailing contractuk@gerflor.com, or visiting gerflor.co.uk for the latest innovations.

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ROCKFON creates artistic sound control for new Morriston Hospital

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Morriston hospital in Swansea is undergoing a huge £102M redevelopment as part of an ambitious plan to re-shape the way hospital services are delivered in south-west Wales. The hospital is one of the largest in the country, but its pre-war buildings required either updating or replacing with modern, new premises. ROCKFON ceiling solutions are installed throughout the hospital including the impressive main atrium in the Outpatients’ building.

There is increasing recognition that art can have a positive impact on people’s health and sense of wellbeing. At Morriston Hospital, art commissioned and managed by Art in Site Ltd is used to help create a welcoming and attractive environment for patients. The art in the building was inspired by the Welsh landscape and its people, including Alan Goulbourne’s striking wall sculptures in the double height atrium. White blocks of acoustic material in various sizes are clustered on the wall elevation reminiscent of rough-hewn blocks traditionally used in stonewalls.

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ROCKFON Eclipse islands are suspended in the atrium to provide sound absorption and continue the visual theme. The Eclipse islands are suspended at different heights and in different sizes to create a wave formation, floating in the centre of the space. Patterns of fractured striated rock are printed on the visible surface of each island. Here the objective is to make a link between macro and micro worlds.

Mike Sealey, Design Manager for BAM Construction explains why ROCKFON was chosen for the project: “BAM had already chosen ROCKFON for its outstanding acoustic performance, cost and infection control properties. When we discovered the sculptor often used building materials in his work we knew ROCKFON would be the perfect fit. The use of ROCKFON Eclipse helps keep reverberation levels to a minimum in this busy area and provides a fascinating sculpture which lends patterns of light and visual variety to the large space.”

Lindsey Jones, Assistant Director of Strategy who leads the project on behalf of the Health Board commented, “On such a large project it’s very important to integrate art into the overall interior design strategy and I was conscious that the budget funded by the Welsh Government had to be used and spent wisely. As such it was decided that the use of the ROCKFON product not only provided a striking visual impact in the building but added value to the project by enhancing the acoustics within the waiting space. We have had many positive comments about the suspended sculpture and I would like to thank ROCKFON for their assistance in the project”.

ROCKFON Eclipse islands are an ideal solution for adding distinctive visual appeal to any space while contributing to good acoustics at the same time. These versatile islands are available in a range of sizes and shapes including: squares, rectangles, circles, standard geometric shapes and custom formats and they can be ordered in any colour or printed with a pattern of your choice. The islands are easy to install and can be suspended from many structures (including concrete, wood, steel) using the ROCKFON Eclipse suspension system. They can be positioned in any arrangement, at any height and mounted at different angles.

Craig Tucker, Director at Bay Productions Ltd, installed the islands and was impressed with how easy they were to use: “It was pretty straight forward to fit the islands, the spiral anchor fixings were quick and simple to fix. I think the overall result was clean and elegant. We wouldn’t have any issues using ROCKFON Eclipse again.”

Eclipse islands are suitable for both new build and refurbishment projects where suspended ceilings cannot be installed, or the acoustics are particularly challenging, and where the design calls for a ceiling that is out of the ordinary.

ROCKFON technical services and sales team helped in the selection of suitable materials for the ceilings and sculpture panels in meetings with the University Health Board and BAM. Mike Sealey valued their help and advice: “It’s always useful to discuss new projects directly with ROCKFON because they are very knowledgeable. ROCKFON is a straightforward first port of call. Organising the sculpture was out of the ordinary but the ROCKFON team were pleased to help and took it in their stride.”

ROCKFON MediCare Plus is installed throughout the wards, treatment rooms, corridors and dental school rooms. ROCKFON MediCare Plus ceiling tiles fulfil all the essential hygiene requirements in healthcare environments and comply with the Department of Health’s HBN and HTM guidelines. MediCare Plus is available in 20-25mm thick stone wool tiles. 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. MediCare Plus has obtained a Bacteriological Class B1 certification and does not contribute to the growth of MRSA.

Mathew Kemble of Richard Kemble Contracts Ltd installed MediCare Plus using Chicago Metallic Click grid and found the process to be straight forward: “The whole installation went very smoothly, we use ROCKFON products for all hospital projects with BAM. The client is very happy with the finished look.”

If your architectural construction is particularly unusual or challenging, ROCKFON can help you achieve your aim. For advice and inspiration, visit www.rockfon.co.uk

 

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Bailey Artform introduces their latest co-ordinated street furniture collection in conjunction with Landscape Forms

FGP – Site Furniture with Global Appeal

The new FGP range is an integrated collection of site furniture and lighting created by Milan-based designer Francisco Gomez Paz and the latest addition to Landscape Forms Global 45 Collections. These are products designed by international designers to have global appeal, with structural components manufactured by Landscape Forms and flat-shipped to partner vendors around the world who provide regionally sourced infill materials and assemble and deliver complete products to customers.  “We now have sales, service and assembly centers in the UK, Brazil and Australia,” explains Landscape Forms President, Richard Heriford.

Bailey Artform are the manufacturing and sales partner for Landscape Forms in the UK, with plans to manage expansion into Europe.

The Designer

“Francisco Gomez Paz is an emerging design talent and a very fine industrial designer who understands the challenges of designing and manufacturing for a global marketplace. The FGP Collection adds another aesthetic point of view to Landscape Forms international expansion.”

The Range

The FGP Collection includes five elements: a bench, litter receptacle, bike rack and LED pedestrian and path lights.

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The forms have a fluid simplicity with subtly curved structural frames that give them a soft appearance.  “The FGP Collection is really beautiful, with a visual language that is elegant and light,” declares Kirt Martin, Landscape Forms Vice President of Design and Marketing. “While it is contemporary, it references familiar forms, especially in the bench. So it is welcoming but is also a very modern play. Good design comes out of constraints and FGP is proof that you can do great product with a great aesthetic at an attractive price point.”

Technical Details

All structural parts of the FGP Collection are cast aluminum. Slats on the bench and litter are wood. The bench is offered in single and double lengths and is scalable. The back height of the bench was designed to allow a sitter to rest an arm on it, making it feel relaxed and welcoming.

The top of the litter is hinged to swing up for easy servicing.

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The 12-16’ pedestrian light and low path light are shaped by three stems that rise from the connection with the pole and base, respectively, forming a soft, triangular head holding LEDs in triangular arrays that cast illumination between the verticals in a clean footprint.  The inclusion of pedestrian lighting enables the FGP Collection to create public spaces that are viable 24 hours a day.

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The bike rack has a visually arresting shape that echoes the form of a bicycle frame, lending it fresh appeal. All parts come together elegantly with no welding and minimized or hidden fasteners. Cast aluminum parts on the bench, litter and bike rack have a handsome anodized finish.

Castings on lights are finished using Landscape Forms’ proprietary Pangard II powdercoat. Wood slats on the bench and litter are offered in the UK by Bailey Artform using regionally sourced wood species.

http://www.baileyartform.co.uk

http://www.landscapeforms.com

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Moving on up with Energy Efficiency – HESS TIMBER

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Leeds Recycling & Energy Recovery Facility (RERF) – HESS TIMBER

A 42 metre high arch, taking the title of the largest timber structure in the UK, was recently erected in Leeds. The frame was supplied by German specialist HESS TIMBER, whose recent work includes the D1 tower in Dubai and the Museum of the Foundation Louis Vuitton in Paris. The glulam frame forms part of the Leeds Recycling & Energy Recovery Facility (RERF) based in the Cross Green area of the city and is designed to complement the surrounding environment. The frame is clad with translucent sheeting and incorporates a 1,800m2 living green wall to the southern façade to enhance its visual impact and provide biodiversity. The innovative design of the building, nicknamed as ‘the Greenhouse’, creates a positive landmark for the Aire Valley region of Leeds and the Cross Green industrial estate.

The building will divert more than 200,000 tonnes of household waste away from landfill, using the remaining unrecyclable material to generate electricity. The facility will also provide combined heat and power (CHP) to local businesses. The project will not only make an impressive addition to the Leeds city skyline but also generate a large influx of permanent jobs and help to create a more sustainable city.

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The timber frame structure enhances the sustainability prerequisites of this project. Glulam is a renewable source that is also environmentally friendly and energy efficient. The engineered timber’s robust but light assembly makes glulam the ideal material for this structure, along with it also being chemically resistant, economical, versatile, and aesthetically pleasing.

Rensteph Thompson – Project Manager International of HESS TIMBER will be speaking at this year’s Solid Wood Solutions being held on September 16 2015 at the Inmarsat Conference Centre, London, with the presentation: “The Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility in Leeds – the largest glulam structure of its type in the UK”

If you are interested in finding out more about this record-breaking structure, as well as many other innovative and iconic projects and products in the engineered timber sector, then this is an event not to be missed. Packed full with industry pioneers, Solid Wood Solutions is the ideal networking opportunity for construction professionals looking to create new connections in sustainable design.

Tickets are just £125 +vat. Click here to book your place: http://solidwoodsolutions.co.uk/book

Taking place on 16 September 2015 and the Inmarsat Conference Centre, London. Solid Wood Solutions is a one day conference and exhibition designed to showcase the very best in engineered timber and creating a platform for the industry’s innovators to present some of the most prestigious projects in the UK and in Europe.

Engineered timber is one of the fastest growing modern methods of construction and this event is designed to inspire through innovation. The event will consist of a small exhibition of circa 25-30 companies from within the CLT and glulam technology sector plus complementary solutions such as SIPS and cladding/fenestration solutions with a conference of approximately 200 delegates.

Please see below for this years full speaker line up:

  • Rosi Fieldson – Head of Environment – Simons Group – Chair
  • Alex Smith – Associate – Hawkins\Brown, Nick Milestone – Managing Director – B & K Structures & Clive Fussell – Director – Engenuiti

“17-21 Wenlock Road  –  Building a 10 Storey CLT/Hybrid structure in London”

  • Andy Boutle – BIM Manager – Kier Construction, Eoin McCooey – Project BIM Manager – Eurban

“BIM 4 CLT & Digital Handover – Case Study; UEA Crome Court Student Residences”

  • Andrew Waugh – Founding Director – Waugh Thistleton Architects

“Timber systems in medium rise housing application”

  • Simon Brambles – Architect – 3D Reid

“Case study on the Taplow Retail Park”

  • Kate Edmondson – Architect – Penoyre and Prasad

“Case study on Middle Row Primary School”

  • Liam Dewar – Director – Eurban

“More than structure – Design-led solutions in solid timber”

  • Rupert Scott – Marketing and Membership Manager – TRADA

“Making it easier to specify timber: TRADA’s new National Structural Timber Specification”

  • Tim Snelson – Associate Director – Arup

“Timber in Commercial Offices”

  • Robert Hairstans – Director of the Wood Studio – Edinburgh Napier University

“Edinburgh Napier Solid Timber Research, Innovation and Commercialisation”

  • Kay Hartmann – Technical Director – KLH, Andrew de Silva – Architect – David Miller Architects, Brian Spencer – Bid Director – Bouygues UK, Gavin White – Director – Ramboll

“Mayfield School project”

  • Rensteph Thompson – Project Manager International – HESS TIMBER

“The Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility in Leeds – The largest glulam structure of its type in the UK”

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One Month to go until Solid Wood Solutions

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With just one month to go until this year’s Solid Wood Solutions, places are running out! Being held on September 16 2015 at the Inmarsat Conference Centre, London – packed full with industry pioneers – Solid Wood Solutions is a one day conference and exhibition that creates the ideal networking opportunity for construction professionals looking to create new connections in sustainable design and construction. If you are interested in finding out about record-breaking, engineered timber structures, as well as other innovative projects and products in the solid wood sector, then this is an event not to be missed.

After last year’s Solid Wood Solutions was declared a success by attendees and with structural timber buildings reaching new heights of up to 10 storey in the UK – this year’s Solid Wood Solutions could not be more relevant to today’s industry. Wood is making further advances and continues to push boundaries within the construction industry – clients, engineers and contractors are now realising the extent of where this strong, sustainable, structural material can be taken.

With sustainability and offsite construction high on the building agenda – Solid Wood Solutions is the essential event to hear first-hand from industry leaders and innovators. Wood may be one of the world’s oldest building materials, but it is now also one of the most advanced.

This one day conference and exhibition will showcase the very best in engineered timber by creating a platform for the industry’s innovators to present some of the most prestigious projects from across the UK and Europe.

As engineered timber is one of the fastest growing modern methods of construction, this event is designed to inspire through innovation.

Tickets are just £125 +vat

Book now to avoid disappointment: http://www.solidwoodsolutions.co.uk/book/

Taking place on 16 September 2015 and the Inmarsat Conference Centre, London. Solid Wood Solutions is a one day conference and exhibition designed to showcase the very best in engineered timber and creating a platform for the industry’s innovators to present some of the most prestigious projects in the UK and in Europe.

Engineered timber is one of the fastest growing modern methods of construction and this event is designed to inspire through innovation. The event will consist of a small exhibition of circa 25-30 companies from within the CLT and glulam technology sector plus complementary solutions such as SIPS and cladding/fenestration solutions with a conference of approximately 200 delegates.

Please see below for this years full speaker line up:

  • Rosi Fieldson – Head of Environment – Simons Group – Chair
  • Alex Smith – Associate – Hawkins\Brown, Nick Milestone – Managing Director – B & K Structures & Clive Fussell – Director – Engenuiti

“17-21 Wenlock Road  –  Building a 10 Storey CLT/Hybrid structure in London”

  • Andy Boutle – BIM Manager – Kier Construction, Eoin McCooey – Project BIM Manager – Eurban

“BIM 4 CLT & Digital Handover – Case Study; UEA Crome Court Student Residences”

  • Andrew Waugh – Founding Director – Waugh Thistleton Architects

“Timber systems in medium rise housing application”

  • Simon Brambles – Architect – 3D Reid

“Case study on the Taplow Retail Park”

  • Kate Edmondson – Architect – Penoyre and Prasad

“Case study on Middle Row Primary School”

  • Liam Dewar – Director – Eurban

“More than structure – Design-led solutions in solid timber”

  • Rupert Scott – Marketing and Membership Manager – TRADA

“Making it easier to specify timber: TRADA’s new National Structural Timber Specification”

  • Tim Snelson – Associate Director – Arup

“Timber in Commercial Offices”

  • Robert Hairstans – Director of the Wood Studio – Edinburgh Napier University

“Edinburgh Napier Solid Timber Research, Innovation and Commercialisation”

  • Kay Hartmann – Technical Director – KLH, Andrew de Silva – Architect – David Miller Architects, Brian Spencer – Bid Director – Bouygues UK, Gavin White – Director – Ramboll

“Mayfield School project”

  • Rensteph Thompson – Project Manager International – HESS TIMBER

“The Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility in Leeds – The largest glulam structure of its type in the UK”

 

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The Real Benefits of English Oak – The most iconic of British woods

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Oak remains the most iconic of British hardwoods, but how does English oak fare against imported oak, and do designers and specifiers fully understand and appreciate the available choices and advantages of English oak over imported timber? Tom Barnes of Vastern Timber explains.

Oak from English forests has been used in construction for centuries, and original oak beams continue to support structures more than 500 years old. The traditional popularity of English oak can largely be explained by the availability of the trees and durability of the wood. As a natural building material, oak is extremely hard to destroy; large sections will resist fires intense enough to melt metal and will flex to accommodate the natural movements of a building.

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A third of Vastern Timber’s business is in supplying oak beams, and the company has a particular passion for English oak (Quercus robur) which is considered to be the strongest of the oaks because it has a more interlocking grain than oak from continental Europe, which is characteristically more mild and straight grained.

Oak beams are usually cut from trees between 90 and 120 years old, ideally felled during the winter when the sap is down. The beams for construction tend to be fresh sawn or ‘green’, which means that they are in fact wet, and while this is of concern to many architects because of oak’s natural tendency to shrink and split, it is the ideal way to use the timber. The alternative, dry oak, is very hard and therefore more difficult to work.

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There are two main sources for structural oak – the UK and France. While imported oak can often be cheaper, there is a sustainability price to pay if the wood is imported. There is also a great deal of difference in design flexibility. Local British sawmills are easy to access, and as well as the option to inspect timber and cuts before choosing, the designer will benefit from more flexibility in cuts from their local sawmill, especially curved and shaped wood.

But it is the issue of sustainability which ultimately dictates that English oak is the better and more responsible choice. With growing momentum of the Grown In Britain movement that aims to promote the benefits of British grown timber, as well as supporting better management of native forests and woodlands, the reality for architects and designers specifying structural oak is that there are more good reasons to buy British than not to.

http://www.vastern.co.uk

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Schools out for summer!

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Specialist timber fire door manufacturer, Ahmarra are working to tight deadlines to ensure that their latest school projects receive their doorsets in good time for the start of the new school year

“The summer months have always been a busy period for our education projects, but 2015 is proving to be even more successful. We launched our new Education Range in February 2015 with the aim of simplifying the whole process for our clients and this has generated a great deal of interest in the sector” said Tim Doran, Ahmarra’s Managing Director.

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Ahmarra are currently working on over 20 large-scale projects to manufacture fire doors for schools for the summer of 2015, as well as working with a number of architects and contractors who wish to specify the Education Range for new build and redevelopments in the future.

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Current projects include the full refurbishment of St Augustine’s Academy in Maidstone; the innovative Low Carbon Building at the University of East Anglia, which is claimed to be one of the most energy efficient buildings in Europe;  and the new £8 million Science Centre at Abingdon School.

Ahmarra’s range of high performance timber doorsets and glazed screens are particularly suited to school environments and areas of high footfall that often have specific fire, acoustic and safety requirements. The severe duty fire doors include ratings up to FD60 and up to 43 RwdB acoustic ratings and all materials are FSC certified.

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“Our many years experience of manufacturing doors within the education sector has led us to develop our new range of made-to-order doorsets tailored to meet the requirements of schools, colleges and universities. Our aim is to make the entire process as simple and practical as possible.” said Tim Doran.

As one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of made to order doorset solutions, Ahmarra have a wealth of knowledge and experience in the education sector and this new range will further establish their expertise in this area. The brochure for the Education Range can be downloaded from www.ahmarra.co.uk

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‘Fixing the Foundations after the Scrapping of Zero Carbon Homes’

Article by Ian Loughnane – Business Unit Director of Kingspan Timber Solutions

Last month the treasury announced the scrapping of the zero carbon building standards. The statement was presented within detailed documents, published as part of George Osborne’s economic productivity drive called, ‘Fixing the Foundations.’

The plans have been received with a wave of disappointment from across the industry. Businesses throughout the UK have been investing heavily, for the best part of a decade, in preparation for these future standards. For example, £6.4million – including £3.2million of public funds – was invested in the AIMC4 project, developing and applying materials to create low carbon homes, now to be told that these standards will no longer be implemented. On the back of this announcement the Green Deal cashback scheme was also axed – chipping further away at the government strategy on dealing with high energy bills through home energy efficiency.

The transition strategy to a low-carbon economy presented our industry with great aspirations for growth. Environmental considerations would help transform how buildings are constructed, what materials are used and the methods employed. I believe that we are now on the cusp of the predicted ‘sea-change’ with UK power generation in need of a significant upgrade. The way forward, in the longer view, seems obvious. Even the power industry is increasingly investing in renewable technology, with start-up organisations developing innovative ways of using local, renewable micro generation to deliver more cost effective energy supply and who passionately believe that they will ultimately change the energy market of the future. For our part government and the construction industry must continue to embrace innovative timber technology and offsite techniques in order to develop better buildings to minimise the environmental impact of high energy demand reducing energy costs for occupants and the energy poverty that is becoming increasingly common.

It would be very easy to view the recent changes to the regulations as a significant blow for the industry and yet I don’t believe it is. The build for rent sector along with the Housing Associations still view energy efficiency and environmental responsibility as core to their organisations. A Landlord doesn’t want the rent spent on paying the energy bills and Housing Associations provide for some very vulnerable families on low incomes who need their home to be economically viable. These realities exist irrespective of government regulation.

By the same token, self builders always adopt much higher standards of energy performance than required by Building regulation and we are experiencing an increased interest in Passivhaus standards. Recent housing forum papers have highlighted just how important this sector is becoming in the mix of solutions to the housing shortage crisis.

The zero carbon homes target is just one of many policies from the government’s platter of promises and undoubtedly the recent reversal of carbon limiting policy is unhelpful. We are only two years into the government 2025 strategy – a strategy which states the requirement for the construction industry to reach a 50% reduction in carbon emissions by this date – this is now becoming further out of our reach. This abrupt decision also comes at a time when the UK should be taking strong action on climate change ahead of the UN conference in December this year. Particularly in light of recent declarations by President Obama’s administration, if we are to maintain credibility within that forum. Whatever the short term solution – there is overwhelming evidence from across the scientific community of the genuine threat that CO2 poses to this country and to our world. This is something that cannot be overlooked.

Hanham Hall - the first site in the government's Carbon Challenge initiative - designed to test the Code for Sustainable Homes to its highest level - namely level 6

Hanham Hall – the first site in the government’s Carbon Challenge initiative – designed to test the Code for Sustainable Homes to its highest level – namely level 6

Without even getting into the bigger scientific issues – the compounded problem of lack of delivery of housing stock during the recession now needs to be reversed and it isn’t the volume housebuilder’s issue to solve, their priorities are set by shareholders. Housing provision is a fundamental responsibility for government just as defence of the realm and energy provision are. Significant increases in home building have always been government inspired and this is still the case today. By announcing this policy change, the government seem to be saying loud and clear that energy efficiency, when it comes to building those new homes, is not going to be a priority and that production of short term ‘cheaper’ homes is taking its place. The fact of the matter is, a U-turn on energy efficiency may reduce initial build costs but not by much compared to the longer term costs to society and national energy demand. Indeed it is exactly those issues that drove the development of the green deal to tackle poor performance in the existing housing stock. The holistic approach of building to high standards now and facilitating the upgrading of existing stock via building regulation and financial instruments is the correct way forward. Our industry has proved time and again that creating sustainable homes is not more time consuming. In fact, it is actually quicker and more efficient to manufacture, deliver and assemble a high-quality, low-carbon timber frame building than build one onsite with lower thermal insulation created from materials which directly contribute to increasing carbon emissions. In this regard timber holds a unique position in the sustainable material agenda and one which is available to rich and poor economies alike. It is a global material supporting a solution for a global problem. It isn’t by chance that the majority of the world’s population live in timber base dwellings.

Latis Homes, Hayes, Middlesex

Latis Homes, Hayes, Middlesex

Latis Homes, Hayes, Middlesex

Latis Homes, Hayes, Middlesex

Kingspan Timber Solutions will continue to keep energy efficiency as a key factor in all of our projects. We recognise the value of low energy homes to the British economy and will continue to invest and innovate in this area. Part of the reasoning to scrap zero carbon homes was that it was an unachievable target that would be costly to the industry. This is something that I strongly disagree with. As a nation we need affordable, well designed and energy efficient homes that address the significant issues of fuel poverty and climate change – particularly within the social housing sector. This combination of requirements plays to the strengths of timber frame and structural insulated panel systems (SIPS), which deliver a sustainable solution. We must not make the short sighted mistake of prioritising ‘cheap’ over ‘cost effective’ when it comes to providing homes. Cost effective, energy efficient homes will ultimately save money for the end user as well as invest money back into the British economy. Energy efficiency doesn’t mean an explosion of high tech, expensive, obsolete eco-bling. The industry has invested heavily in getting building fabric solutions that deliver high performance without the future maintenance costs that renewable solutions entail. This ‘fabric first’ approach, synonymous with offsite construction, focuses on the delivery of an airtight building envelope to achieve sustainable and energy efficient new homes, reducing CO2 emissions, energy consumption and associated costs within wall thicknesses that don’t compromise plot sizes

Hanham Hall - the first site in the government's Carbon Challenge initiative - designed to test the Code for Sustainable Homes to its highest level - namely level 6

Hanham Hall – the first site in the government’s Carbon Challenge initiative – designed to test the Code for Sustainable Homes to its highest level – namely level 6

Kingspan are currently delivering a Self Build Live event which will showcase the first ever Passivhaus show home – demonstrating on a real time basis, the value of creating a home at such a low energy standard. A Passivhaus building requires very little energy for heating or cooling at the same time as providing a high level of comfort to the occupants. Self Build Live will allow visitors to attend and access-all-areas of the build project. This gives attendees the opportunity to view the site at various stages throughout the build and see the new show house come together. (www.selfbuildlive.com for further information)

It is regrettable that zero carbon homes policy has been pushed aside and in the long term this will ultimately cause issues in a range of different areas. The government are going to find it challenging to ‘fix the foundations’ if it keeps digging holes for future generations to fall into.

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Campion Grove Farringdon Ave

Kingspan Timber Solutions is a pioneer in sustainable structural timber construction. As the leading innovator in the development and application of structural timber technology, we ensure that process and performance are consistently enhanced. With a collaborative culture, Kingspan Timber Solutions are a dependable partner who, by using a combination of the highest performing, most sustainable materials and components, use our expertise to design, manufacturer, assemble and project manage the construction of cutting-edge timber solutions. Our focus is firmly on delivering value by using the optimum combination of systems to deliver structural hybrid timber solutions, optimised in terms of value and performance.

With a robust, integrated supply-chain, we are dedicated to delivering outcome certainty by working in partnership with clients and their design teams to develop the best solution. With an exemplary track record built throughout our 50 plus years in the business, we are the UK’s leading experts in quality timber-based structural hybrid systems. We have successfully delivered an enviable range of high performance, award winning low carbon projects for a wide range of clients throughout the UK.

To book a CPD session: call: 01767 676400 or email: info@kingspantimbersolutions.com

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Vent-Axia’s PoziDry PIV System Gains BBA Accreditation

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Vent-Axia, a leader in low carbon ventilation, is delighted to announce that its innovative Lo-Carbon PoziDry PIV system has gained prestigious accreditation from the British Board of Agrément (BBA). A positive input ventilation unit, the PoziDry PIV offers a quick, simple and efficient solution to controlling condensation within a property, particularly in the refurbishment and social housing sector.

A mark of quality, safety and reliability BBA certification ultimately provides reassurance that a product is fit for purpose. BBA certification is awarded only to products and systems that have passed a series of comprehensive assessments – including laboratory tests, on-site evaluations, quality management checks and inspections of production. BBA certificates provide information that designers and specifiers can use to give them unbiased data on product performance, and certified products are recognised as fit for purpose by building control, government departments and industry insurers.

As market leader, Vent-Axia prides itself on offering innovative and reliable products,” explains Jenny Smith, Product Marketing Manager – Refurbishment at Vent-Axia. “By gaining BBA certification, specifiers can be certain that they are selecting a quality product that has undergone rigorous processes, ensuring that Vent-Axia’s PIV system performs exactly as laid out in the BBA certificate.

Vent-Axia’s Lo-Carbon PoziDry PIV positive input ventilation unit is ideal for controlling condensation in homes. A loft mounted positive input fan draws fresh air from the atmosphere, filters it and gently introduces it into the dwelling via a ceiling mounted diffuser, where it replaces humid, stale, moist air through the properties natural leakage points, such as window mounted trickle vents. Boasting a specific fan power (sfp) of 0.22 W/l/s the system uses the latest Lo-Carbon technology motor for low running costs, a reduced carbon footprint and ultra low noise levels.

Utilising a sensor to monitor the temperature in the loft, the PoziDry automatically adjusts the air volume when necessary. ‘Trickle speed is automatically selected when the ambient loft temperature is up to 18 deg C. Normal is automatically selected when the ambient loft temperature is between 18 and 27 deg C. Meanwhile. if the ambient loft temperature exceeds 27 deg C the PoziDry will automatically switch to standby consuming as little as 2W.

For ease of installation and rapid maintenance the PoziDry can be installed in a loft space suspended from a beam or joist mounted, with a purpose-designed diffuser normally located over the stairwell of a conventional two-storey dwelling or in the main hall of a bungalow. IPX2 rated the PoziDry comes complete with ceiling diffuser, flexible duet and worm drive clips to ensure easy installation.

For the social housing registered provider the PoziDry features another attraction, a unique Datalogger which records whether a fan is active or idle. If a fan has been switched off and mould appears, the landlord will realise why and can discuss a solution with tenants. This helps landlords make homes safer for tenants by helping to avoid condensation and mould which can lead to respiratory problems and allergies. The Datalogger can also help reduce the disrepair costs caused by dampness and mould. Meanwhile, the PoziDry also features a 5-year guarantee.

For further information on all products and services offered by Vent-Axia telephone 0844 856 0590 or visit www.vent-axia.com.

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What’s in a kW?… …£2,000 to be exact

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Leading biomass solutions provider, Euroheat, has re-classified its HDG Compact 200 pellet or wood chip boiler to allow end-users to make the most of recent changes to the non-commercial RHI. Whereas before the most attractive tariffs ended under 200kW (199kWs or lower), this has been recently changed to include 200kW boilers, equating to £2,000 additional RHI returns a year.

Simon Holden, co-founder of Euroheat explains: “Moving the parameters of one of our most popular boilers might seem like a fairly insignificant change, but for RHI recipients, it means a considerable additional chunk of money. One extra kW = an extra £2,000 annually; a sizeable figure that will make a big difference to the light-commercial customers this boiler-type appeals to.”

About Euroheat’s HDG Compact 200

The HDG Compact 200 is a highly efficient biomass boiler, designed to burn pellets or wood chips as fuel.

Optimised combustion technology results in low fuel consumption, with an advanced PLC control governing the boiler’s output ensuring that only the required amount of heat is produced. Fully automated, with pellets or chips transported to the combustion chamber and then ignited automatically, the Compact 200 also delivers self-activated cleaning and has a large ash container for convenience.

www.euroheat.co.uk

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Guardian adds SunGuard® production to UK facility after coater upgrade

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Bertrange, Luxembourg, July 15, 2015 – Guardian Industries’ Glass Group in Europe, a leading manufacturer of high-quality commercial, residential, interior and automotive glass products, has invested more than £3 million to upgrade the production line at its Goole plant in East Yorkshire. By completing the upgrade of its magnetron glass sputter coater, the facility now is able to make all of the more advanced coatings for its popular Guardian SunGuard® SuperNeutral® (SN) product series at the UK plant.

“Manufacturing SunGuard glass in the UK allows a much greater level of flexibility for Guardian and its customers,” said Pablo Isasmendi, Plant Manager, Guardian Glass UK. “To ensure we provide the same level of quality SunGuard products produced by our sister plants in continental Europe, we have also installed a sample-size toughening furnace that allows us to inspect the quality of the tempered product during every production run.”

An essential part of the upgrade was the addition of a Temporary Protective Film (TPF) applicator. “The TPF is used on all SunGuard SN products to protect the coating before and during processing, helping to secure higher yields through manufacturing” explained Isasmendi. The new TPF applicator is the most advanced to date within the Guardian group and has the capacity to cover all glass sizes up to and including “jumbo”. It also offers additional benefits, with a 4mm overhang at the leading and trailing edge helping to ensure wrinkle-free TPF application.

“The coater was built and designed with this upgrade in mind,” said Eduardo Moraga, Coater Manager, Guardian Glass UK. “Seven additional compartments were included in the original design, which have now been equipped to accommodate the added cathodes and target materials required to manufacture our SunGuard SN product series.”

Featuring double silver coatings, the SunGuard product line offers a greater level of selectivity, meaning the glass allows more natural light to pass through while also improving its heat-reflection properties.

Gordon Dickson, managing director of Ravensby Glass Co. Ltd. in Dundee, Scotland, has been using the glass coming off Guardian’s new coater and is very happy with the quality.

“Ravensby Glass had been using imported Guardian SunGuard products in the UK for many years, and we made the switch to using SunGuard glass from the new Goole coater without issue. It offers the same high quality as the products from other Guardian facilities. Eighteen months ago, we installed a new Glaston FC 500 tempering furnace, as part of a £6M investment in a new manufacturing facility exclusively geared to supplying the commercial glazing market throughout the UK. Ravensby has processed the full range of SunGuard products through our new facility and in particular our new furnace, with excellent results,” says Gordon Dickson. “Indeed, we have produced these products to such a standard of flatness and very little roller wave, that customers have enquired as to whether the glass was tempered, such was the level of distortion on the glass. This has led to us supplying 4mm SunGuard SN 70/37 glass for various contracts in particular high-end residential, providing excellent U and g values, which previously were only available in 6mm thickness. We are very happy to continue using SunGuard glass on specified contracts in all thicknesses.”

For more information on Guardian glass innovation, visit www.guardianglass.co.uk.

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Gold Medal: Dural UK Ltd at RHS Tatton Flower Show

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Dural UK ltd were specified to supply the edging profiles for a Resin flooring installation within a garden design that won Gold at RHS Tatton Flower Show.

The garden was designed by Elks Smith Landscapes and featured in the International Year of Light themed category.

Sureset Ltd the Resin bound permeable paving specialists provided the wave form within the path and selected Dural UK ltd as the “go to” supplier for edging profiles.dural

Yvonne Philp, Senior Marketing Co-ordinator at Sureset said, “We recommended Dural to Elks Smith Landscapes for the edging profiles because Dural’s products are quality and we have a good and established working relationship with them. Dural are easy to work with and they help us to specify the right product for the job and they deliver on time.”dural

For this job Dural supplied 50mm straight edged profiles, they were cut to size and shaped to match the curves of the path.

For more information on Dural’s Profiles for Resin flooring please visit www.resinprofiles.co.uk

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Wall-hung made simple with Duplo from Roca

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Enabling the aesthetic and practical appeal of wall-hung sanitaryware to be realised in virtually any washroom environment, the new concealed Duplo installation systems from Roca make fitting simple.

While the standard Duplo WC frame is suitable for most bathroom spaces, designers working in height restricted and small bathroom spaces can now benefit from the Duplo WC L, a low-height frame designed to be installed under a window, and the Duplo WC Compact, which maximises on limited space.

Simple to fit and with easy access to the cistern for maintenance, the Duplo installation systems have been designed to withstand heavy use, particularly beneficial for use in public spaces, or high-use environments such as hotels, restaurants, offices, hospitals and airports. Able to hold a weight of up to 400kg, the frame’s adjustable feet also enable the sanitaryware to be installed at different heights, to maximise user comfort.

The Duplo installation systems from Roca includes a dual flush cistern, which is insulated to keep noise levels to a minimum. Suitable for low pressure areas, the cisterns have WRAS approval pending, with flush volumes of 6/3litres and 4.5/3litres helping to reduce water wastage in all commercial situations.

Compatible with Roca’s complete range of wall-hung WC pans, the Duplo installation systems can be combined with a variety of different push plates in a range of styles for the perfect finishing touch.

For further product information please contact:

Roca Limited, Samson Road, Hermitage Industrial Estate, Coalville, Leics.  LE67 3FP

Tel:  01530 830080 / Website: www.uk.roca.com

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Taking BIM to the Next Level

Article by Nick Milestone, Managing Director of B & K Structures

BSkyB ‘Photography by Simon Kennedy’

BSkyB ‘Photography by Simon Kennedy’

The digital age is evolving. We are constantly adapting technology in order to enhance all aspects of the modern world. We have changed the way we socialise, the way we travel and the way we work in order to integrate the latest technology in our everyday lives.

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is at the front and centre of the latest digital technology in today’s built environment. Early adaptors within the industry and government have successfully promoted this pioneering building technology. There is now almost a universal recognition of BIM within the construction industry, as well as widespread private sector investment in the implementation of BIM.

So why is BIM so crucial to transforming the industry? Nick Milestone Managing Director of B & K Structures shares his views on the positive impact that BIM will have on today’s construction industry:

“In terms of procurement, BIM is a powerful tool that allows construction companies to quantify the requirements of their projects. This enables control of spending and time management resulting in the reduction of wastage in these areas. It is essential that BIM is used in the early design stages of a project to ensure that there is capacity to not only clearly identify the elements of the project but through the use of BIM, companies are able to anticipate when they need to procure any given material or element. It is extremely difficult to transport the appropriate knowledge across all construction partners at the same time without the use of BIM, this can lead to the teams procuring the wrong materials at the wrong time, in different volumes.

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In 2011 the government committed to the use of ‘Level 2’ collaborative 3D BIM on all centrally-procured government projects by 2016. This is strategically planned as part of a larger overall strategy to combine the use of BIM with the latest modern technology, leading to the collaboration of the government and construction industry working to enhance skills and reduce the cost of infrastructure. It has already been identified that BIM has contributed to savings of £804m in construction costs during 2013/14. The aim of this strategy is ultimately to position digitally enhanced construction as a prerequisite across the UK construction industry.

There has been scepticism, however, from some parts of the industry over the government’s BIM strategy. Recent research, conducted by UK Construction Week in partnership with BRE, implies that three quarters of construction professionals do not believe that the industry is ready to reach the targets mapped out by the government. There seems to be a strong theme of companies claiming that there is a crucial lack of training in this area and that it is too costly and time consuming to invest in, particularly for SME’s.

BSkyB ‘Photography by Simon Kennedy’

BSkyB ‘Photography by Simon Kennedy’

Despite these claims the overall acceptance that BIM has gained still seems particularly prominent. From my experience, the general consensus from our industry implies that the growing integration of BIM will have a positive effect with only a small percentage of construction companies stating that they will not be using the technology. More money is now being invested in BIM, with large jobs kicking off this year applying the use of BIM in more sophisticated ways than ever before.

I feel that the government’s implementation of BIM Level 2 will have a positive effect on our industry by bringing about progressive changes to the way that we work. Through the execution of this strategy, it is predicted that BIM will bring many employment opportunities, particularly for niche software developers and offsite manufactures, as well as upskilling current employees within our industry. By creating critical mass and certainty of demand, businesses should feel confident when investing in the development of BIM within their companies.

BIM is a key enabler for integrating offsite technology into construction practices – resulting in the delivery of low cost, low carbon assets. This is something crucial within government projects as there is an acute need for time efficient construction, as well as a vital responsibility for our industry and government to reduce our carbon footprint through the application of low energy buildings – resulting in lower costs for the end user.

Collaboration between teams is something that our industry is calling out for. BIM helps to provide the platform for teams to integrate and work together, as well as delivering valuable information to confirm that the finished project will meet performance expectations. It is the ideal tool for connecting the whole life cycle analysis of a project – embracing new technology and a new culture of working. This is something that I feel the industry would benefit greatly from and would help to deliver projects with heightened quality through efficiency of communications and accuracy of planning and design. I am eager to see the industry take this advanced method of construction to the next level.

B & K Structure’s BSkyB Believe in Better Building (BiBB) Development was recently awarded ‘BIM Project of the year’ at this year’s Celebrating Construction Awards. BIM played a fundamental part in delivering this project – with BIM being implemented across all teams. Only by maximising the benefits of BIM could the project be made possible in the challenging time frame that was presented by the client. All teams worked in a shared office in order to make real time decisions without any snags. It was in fact, estimated that without the utilisation of a shared model, a number of months would have been added to the project build time.

B & K Structure's BSkyB Believe in Better Building (BiBB) Development

B & K Structure’s BSkyB Believe in Better Building (BiBB) Development

BSkyB ‘Photography by Simon Kennedy’

BSkyB ‘Photography by Simon Kennedy’

With the use of BIM going beyond the planning, design and construction phases to the whole life cycle analysis of the project, B & K Structures were able to gain information from conceptual ideas and building design in order to cost control and manage construction. The design process was made simple and repetitive – ensuring the strict time constraints were achieved as well as meeting the high performance requirements for the operational use of the building. This was truly an exciting build for B & K Structures. The project team has moved on to construct other projects together, including BSkyB 2 and BSkyB Health and Fitness – demonstrating their pride in the project and further utilising the relationships and communications that have been formed across the team.”

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Through careful design detailing and value engineering, B & K Structures is able to offer the best possible construction solution, ensuring a smooth integration for follow-on trades delivering award winning, environmentally sustainable projects on time and to budget.

B & K Structures delivers innovative, economic and sustainable solutions across a wide range of sectors including:

• Education

• Leisure

• Residential

• Health

• Sport

• Commercial

• Retail Sectors

• Public Buildings

B & K Structures has an outstanding, award winning portfolio covering all commercial sectors – offering a complete package of material services, across a wide range of structural products including:

• Glulam

• Cross Laminated Timber

• Timber Cassettes

• Steel Frame (As part of hybrid structural solutions)

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Pop Up Power Supplies specified at Ebsfleet Football Club

 

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Pop Up Power Supplies recently provided Flip Top Lid In Ground Service Power Units to Ebsfleet Football Club.

The club recently bought high powered LED lighting so that they can germinate the worn out grass around the goal areas all year around.

Instead of running power cables from the club house across the pitch to the goals they are installing Pop Up Power In Ground Units with flip top lids behind them so that a power source is near by.

The units are hidden out of site beneath the ground when not in use and easily accessed by lifting the flip top lid and plugging in for power when needed.

The Ebsfleet ground staff now have access to multiple 16A waterproof power feeds?

The power cables are being installed by contractor YESSS and are part of an extensive refurbishment programme at the football club.

Pop Up Power also supply electricity through Pop Up Power Units and Bollards in a variety of designs to suit the surroundings.

For more information please take a look at our website www.popuppower.co.uk or call us directly on 02082270208.

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Locking Up Carbon & Unlocking the Full Potential of Timber

Regal Homes

Regal Homes

We may commonly hear the term ‘carbon sequestration’ but what does it actually mean? The dictionary definition of sequestration is ‘isolated and hidden away’. To put it simply, it is the process of capture and long-term storage of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2). Within the built environment there are often discussions focused on operational carbon emissions in relation to the environmental impact of building but not necessarily sequestered carbon. Greg Cooper, Pre-Construction Manager of the X-LAM Alliance, speaks about the positive impact of cross laminated timber (CLT) on carbon sequestration within the built environment:

“According to the research conducted by Wood for Good, there are two ways to decrease CO2 in the atmosphere – either by reducing emissions, or by removing CO2 and storing it. Wood has the unique ability to do both.

Carbon sequestration describes long-term storage of carbon dioxide or other forms of carbon to either mitigate or defer global warming and avoid dangerous climate change. This is an extremely complex process that has taken mankind centuries to mimic. The latest technological advances have made it possible to take carbon dioxide out of the air via mechanical processes and store it deep underground, but this is only a recent innovation.

Something as simple as planting a tree can sequester carbon. Trees use photosynthesis to take carbon dioxide out of the air and transform it into sugars which it uses to sustain and grow. Sequestration of carbon dioxide by trees from the atmosphere equates to approximately 900kg of CO2 per cubic meter of wood, which it holds captive during its entire lifetime, even when it is reprocessed in the form of a building. The amount of carbon sequestered in a forest can be increased via forest management and reforestation, which involves replanting trees to replace those cut down for timber to increase the carbon density of a pre-existing forest. Commercially managed woodland locks down one third more CO2 than wild forest woodland. Globally, forests could provide abatement to about 25% of current emissions by 2030 through reduced deforestation, forest management and afforestation.

There is an ongoing requirement and government responsibility to decarbonise the national grid by 2050. This involves reducing the operational energy required for the heating and lighting of a building. When considering the whole life carbon of buildings, the embodied energy forms a significant part. Reducing the levels of embodied carbon is critical and can be achieved through the application of structural timber technology.

Solid wood products such as cross laminated timber (CLT) are natural, renewable and are far less energy-intensive to produce and apply than alternative materials. When compared to other building materials such as concrete or steel, the environmental credentials of CLT are far superior. Not only is it a renewable material, it involves very little waste during production and is extremely carbon efficient to transport. When we consider the whole manufacturing processes for the production of each m3 of CLT, -676kg of CO2 will still be stored after the production process.

B & K Structures

B & K Structures

Due to the woods sequestration of CO2, the overall carbon footprint for a CLT building is lowered by up to 75%. To put into context the extent of the benefits of CLT – a typical timber house has the ability to lock up 19 tonnes of CO2, meaning that if the government were to hit their target of building 200,000 homes per year – but only using timber frame methods – this would mean an extra -3.81million tonnes of CO2 sequestered and stored every year. It is believed that a single five-storey, cross laminated timber building is able to cut emissions by levels equivalent to removing as many as 600 cars from the road for a year.

The recent development of advanced CLT products, has allowed developers to build in excess of 10 storey buildings from timber. This is of extreme benefit in urban areas that are constantly looking to reduce their carbon footprint. The carbon stored in the panels of these buildings help to offset the greenhouse gases that are released during the production of other building materials and in the construction of the build.

With timber supply being one of very few truly global industries, it is important to constantly enable the expansion of the sector in order to meet demand through sustainable and ecological practices. Potential benefits of lower carbon construction, job creation and reforestation through the consideration of sequestered carbon are crucial. The X-LAM Alliance use only PEFC and FSC® certified timber – demonstrating commitment to the promotion of environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable management of the world’s forests. This ensures that timber products are produced with respect for the highest ecological, social and ethical standards.

UK partner of the X-LAM Alliance, B & K Structures, have taken carbon sequestration to the next level through the creation of the carbon calculator. This advanced tool has offset carbon used to cultivate and manufacture the engineered timber against publically available specification, to create a robust and genuine guide to give our clients an informed choice on the carbon values of the materials available.

One of the X-LAM Alliances latest projects, Dalston Lane, is set to be the world’s tallest residential timber structure. The project is a new 10 storey cross laminated timber scheme consisting of a basement/first floor in concrete frame with the remaining storeys in 4489m³ of laminated timber. The cross laminated timber in this project alone will create a carbon sink 3034 tonnes of CO₂e even after energy used during manufacture has been taken into account.

It is clear that the timber industry plays a huge part in our environmental and building heritage. If we want to tackle the issue of global warming, we must embrace the benefits of this age old building material and recognise it is a vital part of our low-carbon future.”

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York NHS Trust Headquarters Roof Refurbished Without Disruption To Staff

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Early this year it was discovered that the original rock asphalt roof and balcony of the York NHS Trust headquarters was in a very poor condition and in desperate need of repair.

Located just next door to Scarborough Hospital, the office building would have to be in constant use during the refurbishment, due to the vital nature of the services its staff provide. This presented a challenge for Sunderland-based roofing contractor, Group Tegula, working alongside the Sika Liquid Plastics refurbishment team.

An initial survey by Sika Liquid Plastics assessed the condition of the failing roof, which was allowing water ingress and damaging the building below. The project was then taken forward to the specification stage, where it was decided that the sensitive nature of the hospital site, combined with working on a roof and balcony of an occupied building, required the use of a waterproofing product that would cause as little disturbance as possible.

It was essential that the product chosen would enable fast installation without the risks associated with hot works. Not only were speed and safety key – a low odour solution was required so as not to disrupt those working in the offices.

In order to meet these vital requirements, Decothane Ultra, a low odour liquid applied roofing membrane from Sika Liquid Plastics, was specified for the refurbishment. A low odour option, Decothane Ultra uses patented technology, which has been developed specifically for use in highly sensitive areas, such as hospitals, food manufacturing plants and schools. Odournet, a team of independent consultants that develops, manages and delivers top level expertise on sensory analysis techniques, found Decothane Ultra to be much lower odour when benchmarked against other single pack polyurethanes available in the market.

Plus, as the product is cold applied, it requires no heat or naked flame during application, a must for populated areas where health and safety is paramount.

Sarah Spink, product manager at Sika Liquid Plastics said: “One of the main issues facing the use of liquids in various refurbishment situations, still relates to the odour emitted during and for a short period after application. Decothane Ultra negates this problem, with its innovative formulation that achieves scientifically-proven lower odour, as well as offering a cold applied option which again suits more sensitive areas.”

The roof of the headquarters included parapet detailing, plant and a plant room. Group Tegula, a Sika Liquid Plastics Quality Assured Contractor, was able to quickly install the liquid membrane over the top of the existing roof covering, even around the more difficult areas. This was thanks to the liquid application and unique formulation of Decothane Ultra, which allowed the use of Glass Fibre Matting around plant details.

Dave Murray at Group Tegula said: “We are always pleased with the way the liquid membrane goes down – it’s fast and easy to use, as well as being rapidly rain resistant, meaning the roofing is free from rain damage immediately after application. Any odour from the product quickly disappeared and didn’t cause any issues with the staff using the building.”

Group Tegula also installed a Sika Liquid Plastics Versirail on the roof from Latchways, the edge protection system specialists, to ensure any subsequent inspection or maintenance on the roof could be conducted safely by staff or contractors.

David added: “Access was very difficult during the project, we were three stories up at the front of the building. We had to set up a debris chute to dispose of waste as there was no way of getting it back out through the offices.”

To make sure that the project caused as little disruption to staff as possible, the team liaised closely with Buildings Manager, John Nicolls. Work was scheduled for weekends and evenings when possible, and had to be undertaken with speed, precision and minimum noise.

John Nicolls said: “It was vital that the staff experienced minimal disturbance as they are an integral part of the hospital team. I was very impressed with how Group Tegula managed the project, communicated with us effectively and ensured work was completed within only a few weeks.”

Alongside the roof refurbishment, the communal balcony area, accessible via French doors from the office, needed to be waterproofed. As it would be used daily by staff for breaks and meetings, it was important that it looked aesthetically pleasing. As Decothane Ultra is liquid applied, it allowed for a seamless and attractive finish, which was well received by the client and staff alike. Group Tegula also installed a bespoke handrail around the edge of the balcony to finish the job.

Sika Liquid Plastics provided application support throughout the project, and provided the project with a 20 year guarantee.

Steve Cookson, Technical Services Manager from Sika Liquid Plastics said: “Our single point guarantee covers the entire roofing system from the deck upwards, and gives the client peace of mind for years to come. Decothane Ultra is also BBA certified, a quality assurance that is only awarded to the very highest standard of building products.

“We continue to drive forwards with customer focused product advancements – first there was the single pack, then the 15, 20 and 25 year systems, root resistant technology, balcony systems and continual aesthetic developments. Now, Decothane Ultra presents opportunities for architects, specifiers and contractors, to use liquid waterproofing within sensitive areas. Feedback so far from those who use our products is that this is a real breakthrough.”

Decothane Ultra is available in the UK from Sika Liquid Plastics. For further information visit www.liquidplastics.co.uk or call the Enquiry Line on 0800 112 3826.

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Inta introduces its best-ever magnetic filter

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Leading heating equipment manufacturer Inta has introduced its second-generation intaKlean magnetic filter.

Designed to combat contamination problems caused by rogue particles in fluid-based heating systems, the intaKlean 2 is the first of its kind to feature a double gauze filter, which actively captures and keeps hold of non-ferrous debris, as well as eliminating trapped air.

As fluid circulates around the filter body, non-ferrous foreign matter is caught and retained in the gauze, while the remaining ferrous debris is drawn to the centre of the filter and captured by the powerful neodymium magnet. The intaKlean 2’s full bore butterfly valves allow for convenient in-line installation without restricting water flow, and the magnet can be removed while the system is live for effortless cleaning. Its anti-blockage design guarantees continuous flow even if the filter has not been serviced.

Responding to feedback received from plumbers and installers about the original model, the intaKlean 2 is Inta’s best filter to date and features a host of developments over the first generation including a reduced overall footprint, making it one of the smallest on the market, a 360 degree fully-rotatable filter pot for flexible access, and a low profile drain valve making it easy to fit and service.

Speaking of the manufacturer’s commitment to product development, managing director Stuart Gizzi, said: “We’re proud to introduce the intaKlean 2 to the market. We worked closely with plumbers and installers – the people who actually work with it – to see how we could make our original intaKlean better, and we identified the need for a stronger, more effective filter that is versatile and can be serviced with greater ease, and so we went back to the drawing board and developed the intaKlean 2.”

To find out more about Inta and its range of heating and plumbing products, visit www.intatec.co.uk or call 01889 272 180 for more information.

Ten reasons why you should fit a magnetic filter to all central heating systems

Inta’s technical support team recommends installing a magnetic filter to all new boiler installations, as well as retrofitting them into existing heating systems.

Here are the company’s ten reasons why:

  1. Captures non-ferrous material – The filter’s mesh gauze captures debris that has resulted from the corrosion of copper, zinc or aluminium components, which are not magnetic by nature.

  2. Captures ferrous material – The filter’s powerful magnet captures debris that has resulted from corrosion of iron or steel components.

  3. Prevents costly system damage – Capturing this dirt, debris and sludge prevents blockages of, and potentially costly damage to, heat exchangers, pumps and radiators. Modern boilers’ heat exchangers have narrower tubes for increased efficiency of heat exchange, however these are more prone to blockage from debris.

  4. Maintains system efficiency – The filter keeps your heating system running at maximum efficiency by preventing any unwanted debris from circulating through it. A typical three bedroom household could reduce its heating energy consumption by 6% per year*.

  5. Extends system life – The filter helps to prevent any damage caused by debris, extending the life of heating system components. Retrofitting a magnetic filter to an existing system will also prolong the life of system components by removing debris as it circulates.

  6. Reduces carbon emissions – A typical three bedroom household could reduce its carbon emissions by up to 250 kg per year* with the addition of a magnetic filter.

  7. Simple installation – Magnetic filters are fitted in-line and can be easily added to new boiler and retrofit installations.

  8. Low maintenance – Magnetic filters can be cleaned and serviced in minutes. Filters such as the intaKlean 2 can be serviced without the need to drain the system.

  9. Chemical dosing – Magnetic filters work alongside corrosion inhibitor fluids to prevent corrosion and dirt build up, and many filters can be used as an access point to the system to insert chemicals.

  10. Flexible installation options – Magnetic filters can be installed anywhere in the heating system, however it is recommended that filters are installed on the return leg of the circuit between the last radiator and the boiler.

*Independent research carried out by GASTEC at CRE

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CLT – Reaching New Horizons

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Engineered timber has made significant advances over the past decade. Cross laminated timber (CLT) in particular, has been taken to places never before predicted. There has been growing global support for the prioritisation of CLT – particularly in the development of medium rise buildings – which has led to monumental changes in the London skyline and other cities around the world. The use of solid wood in the UK is rising – circa 320 solid timber projects have been completed so far, with about 160 of them being delivered in the past four years.

Banyan Wharf, Wenlock Road Photo credit: X-LAM Alliance

Banyan Wharf, Wenlock Road Photo credit: X-LAM Alliance

The London Borough of Hackney introduced a ‘Timber First’ strategy in 2012. The environmentally conscious area stated that it wanted to create a ‘presumption in favour’ of using wood because of its advantages in terms of embodied carbon. This has led to some of the most impressive, ground-breaking timber buildings to be constructed within this area. Banyan Wharf is one of the most important residential buildings in London. Situated in Hackney, this 10 storey build is the tallest timber tower in the UK. Due to Hackney’s commitment to creating more sustainable buildings, engineered timber technology was the preferred option for the structural elements. CLT wall and floor panels up to 200mm thick and weighing up to four tonnes each, were delivered to the site with all openings pre-cut, allowing them to be lifted straight into position, which was a huge advantage when working on such a restricted site.

Cross laminated timber provides five key benefits – speed, strength, sustainability, safety and cost certainty, all helping to deliver enhanced performance. CLT is the ideal sustainable solutions as it has minimal impact on the environment and delivers exceptional airtightness which maximises energy efficiency.

Speed of construction is achieved by offsite precision engineering for onsite installation. This, in turn, makes project planning less weather dependant, more predictable and therefore reduces programme risk. Rapid large panel construction allows internal works to be carried out earlier, making the critical path operate more smoothly for follow on trades. This improves construction and project delivery time, and offers a faster return on investment.

There will be a full technical case study presentation on Banyan Wharf at this year’s Solid Wood Solutions, taking place at the Inmarsat Conference Centre, London on 16 September and hosting over 250 delegates from around the world. With sustainability and offsite construction high on the construction industry agenda – Solid Wood Solutions is the essential event to hear first-hand from industry leaders and innovators. Wood may be one of the world’s oldest building materials, but it is now also one of the most advanced.

This one day conference and exhibition will showcase the very best in engineered timber by creating a platform for 18 of the industry’s innovators to present some of the most prestigious projects from across the UK and Europe. As engineered timber is one of the fastest growing modern methods of construction, this event is designed to inspire through innovation.

Tickets are just £125 + VAT. Book now to avoid disappointment: http://solidwoodsolutions.co.uk/book

Taking place on 16 September 2015 and the Inmarsat Conference Centre, London. Solid Wood Solutions is a one day conference and exhibition designed to showcase the very best in engineered timber and creating a platform for the industry’s innovators to present some of the most prestigious projects in the UK and in Europe.

Engineered timber is one of the fastest growing modern methods of construction and this event is designed to inspire through innovation. The event will consist of a highly focused exhibition of circa 25-30 companies from within the CLT and glulam technology sector plus complementary solutions such as SIPS and cladding/fenestration solutions with a conference of approximately 200 delegates.

The full speaker programme will be available shortly but here is a list of speakers confirmed so far:

  • Rosi Fieldson, Head of Environment – Simons Group – Chair
  • Michael Green, Director – Michael Green Architecture (INVITED) –presenting “Solid Wood Skyscrapers”
  • Andrew Waugh, Founding Director – Waugh Thistleton Architects – presenting “Timber systems in medium rise housing application”
  • Alex Smith, Associate – Hawkins\Brown, Nick Milestone, Managing Director – B & K Structures & Clive Fussell, Director – Engenuiti – presenting “Banyan Wharf, Hackney –  Building a 10 Storey CLT/Hybrid structure in London”
  • Liam Dewar, Director – Eurban – presenting “More than structure – Design-led solutions in solid timber”
  • Tim Snelson, Associate Director, Arup Associates – presenting Timber in Commercial Offices
  • Andy Boutle , BIM Manager – Kier Construction, Eoin McCooey , Project BIM Manager – Eurban – presenting “BIM 4 CLT & Digital Handover – Case Study; UEA Crome Court Student Residences”
  • Simon Brambles , Architect – 3D Reid – presenting“Case study on the Taplow Retail Park”
  • Kate Edmondson, Architect – Penoyre and Prasad – presenting “Case study on Middle Row Primary School”
  • Kay Hartmann, Technical Director – KLH, Andrew de Silva, Architect – David Miller Architects, Brian Spencer ,Bid Director – Bouygues UK, Gavin White, Director – Ramboll – presenting “Mayfield School project”
  • Rensteph Thompson , Project Manager International – HESS TIMBER – presenting “Leeds waste – to – energy plant”
  • Robert Hairstans, Director of the Wood Studio – Edinburgh Napier University – presenting “Edinburgh Napier Solid Timber Research, Innovation and Commercialisation”
  • Rupert Scott, Marketing and Membership Manager – TRADA – presenting “Making it easier to specify timber: TRADA’s new National Structural Timber Specification”

 

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Panasonic presents integrated heating & cooling solution for hotels

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Panasonic Heating and Cooling is pleased to announce the expansion of its range of heating and cooling solutions and controls, designed specifically for the hotel industry. Panasonic now offers a fully integrated solution to equip hotels with efficient heating and air condition systems.

Panasonic is committed to providing flexible air conditioning and heating solutions to accommodate the various demands of hotels, whatever the size. Hotels must deal with the conflicting demands of their customers, simultaneously, ensuring there is domestic hot water ready for when the guests want it, and comfortable temperatures in every room. By nature, hotels must offer their guests high-performance air conditioning and heating systems.

With one of the widest range of solutions for heating, cooling, ventilation and hot water production by gas or electricity, Panasonic offer a complete multi-energy solution. T he possibility of choosing between electricity and gas enables a significant reduction in CO2 emissions as well energy costs.

Panasonic understands how important it is to minimise disruption in hotels when renovating or refurbishing the building, which is why its solutions allow equipment to be replaced in stages, by substituting the various elements without interfering with the normal activities of the hotel. The systems also guarantee minimal noise emissions when active, ensuring optimum comfort levels.

Cornella Hotel Spain - Panasonic Aquarea Project

Cornella Hotel Spain – Panasonic Aquarea Project

Where comfort, satisfaction or health and safety is concerned, the customer is always at the forefront of Panasonic’s design process. This is why Panasonic has developed an innovative pump down system that helps detect and prevent refrigerant leaks, guaranteeing the protection of end-users, the buildings’ occupants and the environment. By ensuring compliance with EN378 regulations and safety standards, the building will be rewarded with one point on the BREEAM environmental assessment method/rating system.

Panasonic is compliant with national and European regulatory constraints on F-gas usage. This compliance therefore makes the decision to choose Panasonic heating and cooling solutions wise and easy for installers and hotel owners.

Ramada Mercure Hotel Panasonic Aquarea Project

Ramada Mercure Hotel Panasonic Aquarea Project

New hotel remote control for optimal comfort

Panasonic has designed its New Hotel Remote to optimise the comfort of hotel guests. With its attractive design and adaptable colour scheme, it is also the only remote control that can operate and program different inputs and outputs. This includes cord switches, lighting, presence sensors, curtains and blinds, as well as the heating and cooling system, whilst simultaneously offering a direct connection to standard BMS protocols such as Lon works and Modbus.

Panasonic’s EcoNavi sensor is most effective in meeting rooms, restaurants, gyms and other leisure spaces. It can detect any presence in the room and the level of physical activity. This will trigger the system functions automatically and discreetly to adapt the air conditioning system, improving guests’ comfort and optimise energy savings. If no activity is detected during a defined period, the EcoNavi sensor will shut down the unit or switch to another, previously defined temperature, suitable for a vacant space.

A full range of heating and cooling solutions

Panasonic offer one of the widest ranges of solutions for air conditioning, hot water production and ventilation available today, meaning it is able to provide the best solution to meet the requirements of all projects. Whether electric or gas, all Panasonic solutions will bring about dramatic reductions in a hotel’s CO2 emissions, and a boost in energy savings which translates to substantial financial savings.

The gas and electricity solutions

Panasonic’s gas heat pump, ECO G, is an ideal heating solution designed to meet the high demands of heating and hot water in hotels. When a large quantity of hot or cold water is required, or when the power supply is not optimal, ECO G is a great alternative option.

Using natural gas or propane, the Panasonic’s gas VRF system only needs a small single-phase electrical supply (about 1kW). This reserves the building’s main power supply for other essential electrical uses, and avoids the need to change the supply transformer, for example, or to increase the power supply to feed traditional systems – which can be costly.

Panasonic’s Electrical VRF system designed and developed with hotel solutions in mind, is available in a two or three pipe range. The three pipe range allows for heating and cooling simultaneously, utilising Panasonic’s heat recovery box. This is the smallest recovery box on the market, which does not require a power supply due to its connection with an indoor unit.

Depending on the project requirements, both gas and electrical systems can be combined to activate the properties of either solution, ensuring the most cost and energy efficient solution is being implemented at all times.

For more information on Panasonic’s heating and cooling solutions for hotels, please visit www.aircon.panasonic.eu.

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Pushing the Boundaries with Light Steel Frame

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As the government continues to set ambitious goals for the construction industry, there is a growing demand to construct faster, more sustainably and at a lower cost. But how can this be achieved?

Light steel frame (LSF) has been revolutionising the construction industry for years, however recent technological advances in Building Information Modelling, and lean manufacturing means that LSF now offers an unparalleled freedom to construct faster and more accurately. The combination of strength, durability and precision engineering ensure light steel frame offers broad parameters to explore innovative solutions and optimise value engineering.

There are many ways in which light steel frame is perfectly positioned to meet the objectives.

Target 1: Faster Delivery

Time is a critical factor in construction – as every project manager well knows. That is one of the reasons why light steel frame has become the preferred construction method for forward-thinking property designers and builders.
Offsite construction projects can be delivered in up to half the time compared to traditional construction, delivering radically reduced build times, leading to less time onsite and ultimately, a faster return on investment.

Target 2: Lower Emissions

A major benefit is a minimised impact on the environment, with national targets for housebuilding, carbon emission reductions and the push for ‘zero carbon’ buildings  – light gauge steel is perfectly positioned to play a crucial role in meeting and delivering these targets. Steel is notorious for its longevity and ability to be multicycled – providing no onsite waste and thus enabling for a more sustainable future.

Target 3: Reduce Costs

Light steel frame provides a lower cost option, whilst still maintaining a superior quality.

Cost savings are made due to the speed of construction, the frame is installed very quickly once onsite and resource efficiencies are also made due to the reduced site labour requirement.

Factory controlled manufacturing conditions eradicate the risk of onsite variability, delivering safer construction and improved health and safety onsite – all reducing the risk of unexpected costs during the build.

Furthermore, the longevity of light steel frame minimises costs in the long term. Steel is unaffected by shrinkage unlike materials such as timber, resulting in dramatically reduced repair costs down the line.

Companies such as EOS Facades have been driving light gauge steel within modern offsite manufactured solutions, providing the industry with quality products through precision manufacturing whilst delivering accurate results on time and on budget, resulting in high performance construction that is energy efficient and supports greater construction targets.

This year, EOS Facades are offering all-inclusive fixed price packages that are supplied with proprietary brackets and fixings required. Plus they are now offering all Double Studs/Opening Jambs and DSL Lintels dispatched from the factory pre-assembled. This is a flexible service and should the client require the product to arrive unassembled, EOS will pre-punch in the factory, ghost assemble and supply, together with all the necessary screws and special drill bits, for assembly and installation onsite.

EOS Facades welcome enquiries of all types. Please feel free to contact the team direct, they will be very happy to assist in any way! Simply visit the company contacts page: http://www.eos-facades.co.uk/contact-us/

EOS Facades have worked on projects across all construction sectors, including education, healthcare, leisure, commercial and residential. Their portfolio of successfully completed projects and track record stretches back 10 years, so clients will benefit from a wealth of experience and expertise.

The EOS Facades product range includes:

  • Facade (Panels) – an innovative panel system which is fully engineered and assembled offsite in our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility. The fully engineered framed solution is designed to accommodate the fixing of any type of facade panelling or curtain walling system.
  • Facade (Stud & Track) – bespoke system, custom-manufactured to exacting requirements to meet our client’s needs. Suitable for all types of infill panels into primary framed hot rolled Steel and In-situ concrete framed buildings.
  • Flooring System – flooring systems range from lattice beam solutions to fully panellised flooring systems. Suitable for all types of load bearing floors from intermediate separating floors to bespoke mezzanine flooring solutions.
  • Roofing System – extensive roofing range from truss and flat-to-pitch roofing systems to providing ground-breaking ‘room-in-the-roof’ solutions.

http://www.eos-facades.co.uk

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AGB: Designing in slim framed sliding doors

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Wide span doors create an opportunity for architects and designers to maximise the view outside and bring light back into the room. But so often, an inspirational space is compromised by bulky door frames, reducing the glass area and spoiling the view. AGB Hardware has cleverly designed out this problem with its beautiful Imago Lift & Slide timber doors.

The minimalist wooden frame of the Imago Lift & Slide Door has a visible thickness of just two centimetres to create a large glazed area. The unbroken sightline means homeowners can use the view outside as the focal point of their inside space. It’s a design product that can enhance the most creative of projects.

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AGB’s Imago Lift & Slide Door system offers a wide choice of timber options and provides high levels of thermal efficiency and weather protection. Door leafs up to 3m wide open and close with a smooth, silent action. Designed in Italy, AGB’s Imago Lift & Slide Door is both beautiful and practical.

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AGB has made it really easy to design Imago doors into a project with Imago Toolkit. The complete online design portal has downloadable technical CAD drawings, specification details, 3D detail drawings and product performance information. Imago Lift & Slide Doors are available across the UK and Ireland from joinery and installation companies. The Imago Points network offers expert advice on design, manufacture and fitting for new build and refurbishment projects.

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“In Italy, 700 architects already use this service on a regular basis and now we’ve launched it in the UK. We wanted to make Imago as accessible as possible,” says Marco Zen, Sales Manager for AGB Hardware. “The chooseimago website offers architects and designers everything they need and the Imago Points have Imago Lift & Slide Doors on display.”

For more information, visit www.chooseimago.co.uk

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Shedding light on LEDs

Marcus Brodin, commercial director at Future Energy Solutions (FES), outlines the five key considerations when selecting LED lighting.

According to the Carbon Trust, lighting accounts for one sixth of the UK’s total electricity usage. If the government is going to meet its stated targets for carbon reduction – at least 34 per cent by 2020 and a minimum of 80 per cent by 2050 when compared to 1990 levels – the nation’s 1.8 million commercial buildings will need to drastically reduce their energy consumption.

To the rescue

With rising utility bills and growing legislative pressure for companies to reduce their carbon footprints, it is not surprising that a technology that can save money and lower carbon footprints is turning heads. Light emitting diode (LED) lighting has created a seismic change not seen since gas lamp manufacturers witnessed the introduction of the carbon filament lamp. So much so that the global LED lighting market will be worth $25.4bn in 2013, according to a Digitimes Research Special Report.

Understanding the changes being brought about by LED light sources means that the entire value chain now has to engage with a re-education on the basics of light generation and application. Not all LED lighting solutions are the same and in order to get the maximum possible benefit from this technology, it is important to be able to differentiate what’s on offer and make the right purchasing decisions.

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The five most important questions to consider when choosing an LED solution are as follows:

  • How much should I spend?

Perhaps the biggest barrier to widespread adoption of LED lighting over recent years is its price. While production costs have fallen dramatically in the last few years, some solutions are now considerably cheaper than others.

When it comes to LED lighting the old adage ‘you get what you pay for’ should be kept in mind and the pitfalls of selecting a poor quality product must be avoided at all costs. Premature product failure, poor lumen output, low lm/W and inefficient design are just some of the factors that can compromise a lighting scheme. In addition, the knock on effect of having to replace products can quickly have a negative effect on any return on investment (ROI).

There is no definitive answer as to how much should be spent but it’s a fair assumption that if you buy cheap, the chances are that you will have to buy twice.

  • Where is it from and how important is a warranty?

The vast majority of low cost and poor quality LED lighting products originate in China and although the country is beginning to address this issue, buyers should still beware. According to Lux Research, China’s LED lighting market will more than double to $7.4bn in 2017, meaning that a significant number of the estimated 5,000 manufacturers there are undercutting their rivals by using low quality components.

Unfortunately, if something goes wrong with a Chinese product, the cost of sending it back from the UK is likely to be prohibitive. Conversely, a product that is manufactured, sold and under warranty in the UK will mean a swifter resolution if there’s a problem.

  • Will it do what it says it will do?

When specifying a product the chosen manufacturer should always be asked to provide full photometric and electrical data, as well as conformance certificates to ensure that the product will provide you with the full benefits of your investment.

Although this information can be useful in terms of calculating ROI, be sure to establish whether the tests were carried out in-house or by a reputable third party testing organisation. Results from the latter are always preferable.

  • Which accreditations should it have?

A lack of recognised and enforced standards has resulted in a dramatic variation in the quality of products currently on the market.

However, LED luminaires sold on the European market should, by law, carry the CE mark, which is a statement by the manufacturer that the product complies with all the relevant EU legislation, including product safety standards and directives.

  • What level of energy savings and carbon reductions should I expect?

The answer to this question depends on two factors – the quality of the products and how they are configured and used.

One key piece of advice is to validate the output of a luminaire. A 20W bulb might use 25W, which means that any energy usage calculations could be incorrect by as much as 20 per cent. Also, a product that needs replacing after 50,000 hours will result in a higher total cost of ownership than one that last for 90,000, so always factor this in and be realistic.

The energy savings can be highly impressive. For example, FES recently finished Phase 1 of a project for National Car Parks (NCP), which, when completed, will have involved the installation of over 65,000 energy efficient LED luminaires in 149 multi-storey car parks. The use of LED lighting will generate energy savings of over 65 per cent and the effect on the environment will also be significant. NCP’s CO2 emissions will be reduced by 11,000 tonnes per annum and mono-nitrogen oxide (NOx) will be lowered by 248lbs over the same period – this is the equivalent of 16 acres of forest being saved and 11 cars being removed from the road.

For further information please contact Marcus Brodin on +44 (0) 207 908 3921 or marcus.brodin@feslighting.co.uk

About FES

Future Energy Solutions (“FES”) is an innovative global green technology company that designs and installs energy efficient lighting solutions for the commercial and industrial lighting market. FES specialises in targeting customers who are currently operating inefficient high intensity discharge (HID) and fluorescent lighting systems, in which lighting forms an essential part of the business’s operations and cost base and provides customers with an average saving of 65% of their energy consumption.

FES’ UK headquarters is based in Portman Square, London.  All product designs are engineered in the Hollywood Research and Design Centre in Florida, USA.

www.feslighting.co.uk

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Heat pumps help reduce fuel bills for Hodnet tenants

When Shropshire Housing Group was looking to tackle fuel poverty throughout its housing stock, the choice of Ecodan renewable heat pumps helped ensure a smooth transition for tenants.

As a rural housing association, Shropshire Housing has 1300 off-gas properties out of a total stock of around four and a half thousand, with the bulk of these being 1950s-built properties.

“Back in 2009 when the first consultations about the renewable heating incentive were published we thought it would be a way to help us to afford renewable technologies, which can seem quite expensive to install from a landlord’s point of view on our limited budgets,” explained Bernard Quinn, Investment Manager for the Group.

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“We wrote an affordable warmth action strategy way back in 2010 and it is our plan to remove all of our residents from fuel poverty, over a period of time. And we believe we can achieve that, through using renewable technology to replace electric and solid fuel heating systems as these become up for renewal”.

Bernard and his team brought in the specialist installer the Dodd Group and started a series of tenant forums to discuss the new heating systems and help educate residents into how to get the best out of their systems.

Heating engineers from the Dodd Group met tenants at the local community hall to discuss the installations and resolve any issues that may have arisen. The residents were also encouraged to get together to talk amongst themselves about the positives of the installation and also work out the best tariffs and what is involved in changing tariffs.

“It has been a bit of a learning curve for some tenants because they have to first of all understand that their radiators aren’t going to be red hot, but they can all tell when they walk inside their house and it all feels lovely and just cosy that they have a reliable heating system that can provide a constant temperature throughout the day – when they need it”, added Bernard.

Tenant William Heath who lives with his wife in the Shropshire village of Hodnet couldn’t agree more: “I’ve more than halved my fuel bills and I don’t have to bother with the coal now. It also gives out a nice even heat and it makes the whole house fresh, so we are delighted”.

Bernard says that almost all of the residents have found the heat pump technology quite easy to cope with as the controls are very simple with the desired temperature being set and not really needing to be touched again.

“It’s also a very neat little unit and the tenants were quite happy with it”, added Bernard, “we’ve also gone through planning process for each one to make sure the noise isn’t going to disturb anybody but because they’re very quiet units, they don’t cause any bother”.

Tenants have had experience of the heat pumps throughout two winters now and Bernard explained that Shropshire Housing went with the Ecodan system because it was one of the best systems on the market with simple controls for tenants.

“Most tenants have told us they’d made between a 25 and 50% saving on their on their previous electricity bills, and that’s very heartening for us as a landlord”, added Bernard.

The Group’s housing management staff have also received training on the heat pumps as well, and both the Dodd Group and sheltered housing staff have been on hand to help residents if they have had any difficulties in using the heating systems.

“People keep telling that older people are resistant to change and that they won’t like this new technology but I’ve found it to be completely the opposite,” adds Bernard. “We’ve found that the tenants are actually quite clued up, and quite knowledgeable about these things, which is wonderful for us because this only really works if we can have the tenants buy in “.

http://www.livingenvironmentalsystems.mitsubishielectric.co.uk

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Don’t miss out on this Year’s Structural Timber Awards

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The Structural Timber Awards will be delving into the most pioneering timber projects from around the UK – showcasing innovative solutions and ground-breaking developments from across a wide range of sectors. The Awards will celebrate timber as a core structural system and demonstrate the full potential of this sustainable material. Presented at a high profile dinner, the Awards are taking place on Tuesday 06 October 2015 at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Birmingham. As the inaugural event, these major Awards are set to be one of the highlights in the timber events calendar. Attracting circa 500 national business leaders and high profile decision makers from the construction industry, the Awards will provide the most effective platform for targeting the timber sector, presenting the ideal opportunity for professionals to maximise exposure to penetrate this economically important market.

The Awards include finalists from both public and private organisations focusing on UK based projects using timer technology as the core structural component. Through categories such as the sought after Project of the Year and Product Innovation – the Structural Timber Awards will showcase some of the most cutting-edge projects and products created over the last few years. This is an event not to be missed!

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Andrew Carpenter, Chair of the judging panel said:  “Interest has been phenomenal, with over 160 entrants boing whittled down to 58 shortlisted projects, clearing demonstrating the breadth of innovation in the timber sector. The timing could not be better – taking place during the first UK National Construction Week, when our industry pioneers will be congregating at the NEC.”

If you would like to book tickets to the Structural Timber Awards – please contact Amy Pryce on 01743 290001 or email amy.pryce@structuraltimberawards.co.uk

Industry & Media Partners include: CIAT, LABC, NHBC, FMB, ASBP, The Structural Engineer, Structural Timber Magazine, FC&A and PSBJ.

http://www.structuraltimberawards.co.uk

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A tale of two parks

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Housebuilder Taylor Wimpey selected Redland’s Fenland Pantile roof tiles for two large scale housing projects in Norfolk to help ensure the developments blend in with the local vernacular.

Both Beaufort and Middleton Park provide the idyllic location to anyone looking for a slower pace of life, with quaint markets, golden beaches and sweeping woodland in the surrounding areas, Taylor Wimpey has created two stunning hideaways for a growing family.

Andrew Rodzian, Project Manager for Taylor Wimpey, said: “We have a long standing relationship with Redland and they are one of our preferred roof tile suppliers. We chose the Fenland Pantile because it most closely matches the roofs in the surrounding areas and feel it is important to maintain the architectural identity of small towns like the ones where Beaufort Park and Middleton Park are situated.

Redland developed the Fenland Pantile for the purpose of catering to the South East and East Anglican markets that favour a particular aesthetic when it comes to roofs. The classic single pantile shape provides a modern interlocking concrete format that guarantees robust, weathertight performance in all conditions.

Avonside Roofing Ltd T/As Essex Roofing have carried out the roofing works to both of these developments, Branch Manager Gary Drage commented: “These projects have been reasonably straight forward  and we are quickly working our way through the units. We have used Redland tiles on numerous projects in the past and have found them to be reliable and consistent with our customers being happy with the results.

The full range of Redland products can be viewed at www.redland.co.uk.

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Spa-like cleanliness within a sleek & streamlined exterior

The Geberit AquaClean Mera marks a new era in shower toilet technology

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Winner of two prestigious design awards, for its outstanding product design coupled with sophisticated technology, the Geberit AquaClean Mera takes the comfort and convenience of a shower toilet to a whole new level.

Picking up the Design Plus Award powered by ISH 2015 and the Red Dot Design Award 2015, the Geberit AquaClean Mera impresses not only with its aesthetic appeal, but also because of its array of intelligent comfort functions that bring spa-like luxury to the bathroom.

Characterised by high-quality materials, smooth lines and a seamless finish, the chrome surfaces on the design cover create an impression of the WC floating in front of the wall. This latest shower toilet from Geberit has the appearance of a standard WC on the outside, while a wealth of technological benefits are neatly concealed within.

The comfort and luxury begin before the shower toilet is even used. With a discreet orientation light activated by a proximity sensor serving as a guide at night, ideal for hotel bedrooms where the glare from an overhead light can disturb a good night’s sleep. Promoting good hygiene levels in the hotel bathroom too, the WC lid opens and the seat begins to warm up automatically on approach.

The shower toilet technology is the very latest patented WhirlSpray from Geberit, which uses two nozzles to provide a targeted, thorough and exceptionally pleasant clean with water at body temperature, delivering a shower spray which is further enhanced by dynamic aeration. The separate lady wash, meanwhile, delivers a particularly soft shower spray when activated. Geberit AquaClean Mera also offers an optimal drying performance, with the airflow temperature gradually reducing as the skin is dried.

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Simple to operate, the remote control has four storable user profiles for the perfect cleaning and drying experience at the touch of a button, while TurboFlush technology built-into the rimless ceramic pan guarantees an exceptionally thorough, yet quiet flush. Finally, a low-noise odour extraction unit eliminates unpleasant odours from inside the ceramic pan leaving the room smelling fresh and clean after every flush.

With sophisticated technology and stylish design complementing each other perfectly, the Geberit AquaClean Mera enables spa-like luxury to be seamlessly integrated into any bathroom setting, offering the user an unrivalled level of comfort and wellbeing.

Geberit – 0800 032 9629 www.geberit-aquaclean.co.uk 

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BM TRADA takes training on the road

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Continuing the success of its practical timber training courses – and to continue its commitment to educate the industry – BM TRADA has expanded the programme of dates and locations for its practical series of training sessions.

The new courses build on the success of the training sessions introduced last year. The 2014 courses attracted a wide range of delegates, including contractors, merchants and timber workers, from the shop floor right up to senior management. Feedback from delegates was extremely positive.

“The need to train and refresh is a great advantage to employees and employers and to keep up-to-date with new standards,” one individual commented after a course last year. BM TRADA has also responded to this feedback by introducing more topics and by making the courses more available to individuals around the country.

This new programme includes two levels of training – introductory and intermediate – on a wide range of timber subjects. And, for the first time, BM TRADA has taken the courses onto the road, with three regional locations – Edinburgh, Leeds and London – for its introductory softwoods and hardwoods, and panel products courses.

Each course is highly practical and include quizzes and hands on experience with timber samples and are suitable for staff at all levels from the shop floor to director level.

The introductory courses will be run in the morning and afternoon to enable delegates to attend two courses in one day (for a full list of dates and locations, see below). They will cover the following topics: engineered timber products; panel products; timber in exterior uses; timber in fire; general timber; and introduction to hardwood and softwood. The courses cost £99 + VAT (£74 for TRADA members).

The intermediate courses will only be held at BM TRADA’s High Wycombe headquarters and will take place over a day.  Subjects covered will be: timber frame construction; hardwoods; softwoods; timber in exterior uses; engineered timber products; wood based panels; Chain of Custody; and timber fire doors explained. Prices vary per course – for full details visit http://www.bmtrada.com/en-gb/training

For further information, or to book a place on any of the courses, please download our training brochure and application form, or contact Annika Chatwinon on +44 (0) 1494 569647 or email achatwin@bmtrada.com

INTRODUCTORY COURSES

Engineered timber products, 8th September AM – High Wycombe

Panel Products,  8th September PM – High Wycomebe

Timber in exterior uses, 22nd September AM – High Wycombe

Timber in fire, 22nd September PM – High Wycombe

General timber, 6th October AM – High Wycombe

Intro to hardwood & softwood, 6th October PM – High Wycombe

REGIONAL DATES AND VENUES

Softwood & hardwood, 22nd October AM – Holiday Inn, Edinburgh

Panel products, 22nd October

Softwood & hardwood, 11th November – Jury’s Inn, Leeds

Panel Products, 11th November

Softwood & hardwood, 8th December – The Wesley, London

Panel products, 8th December

INTERMEDIATE COURSES

(all at BM TRADA’s head offices in High Wycombe)

Timber Frame Construction, 29th September, 19th November

Hardwoods, 13th October

Softwoods, 20th October

Timber in exterior uses, 5th November

Engineered timber products, 26th November

Wood based panels, 1st December

Chain of Custody,  28th July, 17th November

Timber fire doors explained, 15th September, 24th November

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Five Modern Natural Stone Baths for Stunning Clearwater Portfolio

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Natural Stone has proved so successful that we have streamlined the range in favour of all natural stone.  Natural Stone provides a rigid and strong bath of great elegance, without any need for ledges or surrounds.

At just under £2000 it is not only great value for money but is also very competitive in this part of the market.

Natural Stone has proved so successful that we have streamlined the range in favour of all natural stone. Natural Stone provides a rigid and strong bath of great elegance, without any need for ledges or surrounds. At just under £2000 it is not only great value for money but is also very competitive in this part of the market.

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The Clearwater Natural Stone bath collection includes Modern and traditional styled Classical baths.  In the Modern collection the Natural Stone allows the design of all the rims and edges to be far sharper than regular baths giving a stunning appearance and providing a more spacious and deeper bath for a truly relaxing experience.

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The Armonia, pictured above shows how elegant the uber-thin rim can be. Armonia, just one of five new baths in the Modern collection is 1550 mm long by 750 mm wide and luxurious 555 deep. Shown here with floor standing brassware, Armonia slopes gently for maximum comfort.

Whether Modern or Classical each of the Clearwater Natural Stone baths are hand polished for over ten hours providing a warm, tactile velvety finish. The baths and co-ordinating basins are one-piece meaning there are absolutely no unsightly joints or seams just clean modern lines.

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Each Clearwater Bath is supported by a full 10 year guarantee.

www.clearwaterbaths.com
T. 01322 473222

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Trend’s new Room View sensor & display creates the perfect climate control solution

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Trend, the leading international manufacturer and supplier of state-of-the-art Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS), has built on the success of its innovative range of Wallbus mounted sensors and displays with the introduction of Room View (RV). Designed for optimum flexibility and ease of use, the RV’s colour touchscreen and clean, modern graphics provide a state-of-the-art interface that enhances the occupant experience in any room.

The top of the range RV complements Trend’s existing Room Display (RD) and Room Sensor (RS) solutions, maintaining similar design features that contribute to a family feel across all three devices. The implementation of a common icon set throughout the range allows occupants to intuitively relate to models and options and instinctively feel in control of room elements.

Perfect for use in offices, meeting rooms, schools, hospitals and hotels, the RV displays information about occupation status, as well as a wide range of environmental conditions including temperature, relative humidity, CO2 and outside air temperature. It also allows basic level control of fan speed, setpoints, lighting, heating, blinds and windows to suit the desired comfort conditions of the occupant. Whether orientated in landscape or portrait, the backlit-displayed graphics present the room data clearly so the occupant can effortlessly adjust the room elements.

The features and benefits of this device offer advantages for all types of customers. Architects, for example, do not want wall devices to impose, distract or conflict with the overall look of a room and therefore the RV has a balanced and unobtrusive appearance, allowing the unit to complement but not detract from interior design themes. In addition, the backlit display’s colour can also be altered to suit the aesthetics of the room or building.

For M&E consultants, the RV’s high-level functionality will be of particular interest and the sensing, display and user input options ensure that control and adjustment can be easily achieved. They can also feel confident that the devices will function as expected throughout system design, installation, commissioning and use. The ability to upgrade/downgrade easily between available options also means specification and cost changes can be accommodated.

The product’s Wallbus technology provides systems integrators with a cost effective and timesaving solution that offers unrivalled ease of commissioning. Rather than being individually wired into inputs, the RV sits on a non-polarity sensitive twisted pair bus configuration, which makes wiring easier and frees up inputs, while also offering plug and play capability. An inbuilt installer mode has optional password protection to allow temperature and humidity calibration, adjustment of setpoint range limits and modification of override time.

Kieran Malone, Product and Marketing Manager at Trend, commented, ‘The RV has been meticulously designed to satisfy the requirements of all types of customer and boasts the very highest levels of functionality to enable users to interact with it in an intuitive and natural way. It strengthens our already successful range of wall mounted room sensors and displays by introducing a device that enhances the aesthetics and visual impact of the built environment, while improving human interaction with it.’

For further information please call Trend Marketing on 01403 211888 or email marketing@trendcontrols.com .

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Refresh your colour palette with Vicaima Dekordor HD

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The use of colour for Interior doors and doorsets can bring a new dimension to an environment, creating bright or relaxing hues to match a room theme or perhaps a corporate brand. With the latest colour trends very much in mind, Vicaima have launched 22 laminate faced options with their new Dekordor HD Colours range.  Ideal for a multitude of applications there is something for everyone.

Dekordor HD Colours offer a continuous pressure laminate face which is both scratch and UV resistant, offering a colour consistent and durable solution for areas which are more demanding such as; leisure or medical centres, student accommodation, social housing, educational facilities, hotels, commercial offices and public buildings.

Colour is also a matter of fashion, which is why the new Dekordor HD Colours range has been carefully researched to reflect what’s in-vogue and on-trend in the world of design right now.  With 22 colours available the range encompasses everything from Spring Yellow to Sandy Cream, not to mention the increasingly popular greys and the perennial white. So whether it’s to compliment a company brand or to enliven an otherwise tired interior space, Vicaima’s Dekordor HD Colours can make a real difference.

The products, which are made to order, are available in a full range of performance options including; FD30 and FD 60 Fire rated, Severe Duty Rated, Security; including SBD entrance systems and sound reduction.  As you would expect from a leading interior door specialist, Vicaima offer complete project solutions.  The scope and configuration possibilities make specification easy, with glazed options, pairs, over height dimensions, mobility widths and completely matching door and frame kits and sets, thus ensuring that individual requirements can be appropriately satisfied.

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A complete list of Dekordor HD Colours is available from the Vicaima website, alternatively; simply ask for a copy of the new literature.  For further details about these and other products from the many Vicaima collections, visit www.vicaima.com  or call 01793 532333.

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Have you ever thought your home central heating system was costing you more money than it should do?

Have you ever wondered whether you could actually manage it much more efficiently?

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In the UK today, over 2 million homes do not have any thermostatic control, and over 10 million only have 1 thermostat in the whole house.  Yet it is this thermostat that controls the temperature requirement for the entire property.  This thermostat is also usually in the hallway, often near the front door.  Have you ever thought how crazy this is.  It would be like measuring a baby’s temperature by putting a thermometer between its toes.  You would not do this, so why do we monitor and control our entire heating energy usage in the home by measuring the temperature in only one place, which is often no where near the rooms we need to manage, measure or control.

Currently most homes have absolutely no accurate control of the temperature of the rooms, and as a result are burning energy that is simply not needed.  This also costs money, and is very damaging to the environment.  The UK has improved the energy efficiency of so many of its domestic energy consumers such as fridges, freezers, washing machines and televisions over the last 20 years, yet home  central heating has hardly improved at all.  Home central heating also accounts for around 40% of energy usage in the home according the The Energy Saving Trust.

Salvatore Cirasuolo of Intelli Heat told us,  ‘ I saw this issue over 15 years ago, and started to work on a more efficient way of heating domestic and commercial buildings, which is when we started developing independently monitored energy efficient electric radiators’.  ‘It just made sense’ he said, ‘ every other electrical appliance was being made more efficient, yet heating, the biggest energy consumer, was staying the same’.  15 years on they have partnered up with a pioneering app developer to provide the perfect solution for saving money on energy bills, every day.  Salvatore says that  ‘if our Home Automation app is used in conjunction with our efficient electric central heating systems, then savings of up to over £300 a year could be made in the average home’, which is fantastic for any homeowner wanting to save money, and the environment too.

‘Our WHAPP is one of the only app in the UK that is able to control electric heating alongside other electrical devices, all from one interface, from anywhere’, he tells us.  This is incredibly good news for those who like to have a little more control of their energy usage in the home.  The app can be operated from any smart phone or tablet, and enables the user to manage not only the electric radiators and electric towel rails, such as the Needo and Sophia range, but also the lighting, gates, alarms, blinds, shutters and much more.  It is also very simple to set up and use, and Intelli Heat offer full training and support for all of its customers using the WHAPP.

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‘The real beauty of the app, when combined with the Intelli Heat electric central heating system, is that you are able to have absolute temperature control of any room from anywhere’.  Every Needo or Cali Avante radiator has a built in thermostat which can keep the room to within 0.5 degrees of your chosen temperature.

This is not the temperature set by the thermostat near the doorway, this is the temperature in the room you actually want to be controlling.  You are therefore able to control the comfort levels of every room individually, either from the app or from the radiator control panels.  In addition all of the radiators are fully programmable, again either through the app or on the slick radiator control panels.  This means they can all operate on their on unique time sequence.  The WHAPP also has a sophisticated zoning system, which allows the property to be divided into specific zones and then fully programmed accordingly.  For example, in the morning, zone 1 (the bathroom, bedroom and kitchen) could be set to on, which zone 2 (the living room/space) to off, and zone 3 (generally unused rooms) to off.  You are therefore not wasting energy heating the rooms, as boiler systems do, when you are not using them.

The WHAPP allows you to take back control of your energy usage through reducing and managing the biggest consumer of energy usage in the home, the electric heating.  However, this is not all it can do. It can also manage other devices all through the same app.  This is because Intelli Heat believe home automation is another key factor in energy saving in the home, and the future of home comfort and safety .  The WHAPP is also able to control, program and fully automate such electric appliances such as lighting, hot water, alarm systems, electric gates, shutters, blinds and much more.  This is not only perfect for when you are in the house, but essential if you are not in the house.  Think of the security benefits, or even just peace of mind advantages.  You are always able to control or monitor your house from anywhere, at the touch of a smart phone or tablet.

Industry experts are predicting that 14% of homes will be ‘smart’ by the end of 2016. This is compared to 17% of households in the US and a global average of 5%. The smart home trend is expected to continue growing with the market set to double across 7.7 million UK homes by 2019.

Intelli heat are at the cutting edge of this technology, and continue to invest heavily in research, development and customer input, in order to ensure that its ethos of ‘we think because we care’ will maintain their status at the forefront of sustainable home development.

www.intelligentheat.co.uk

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DI-NOC Films from 3M add vitality to re-branded healthcare company

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Having successfully used 3M DI-NOC Architectural Finishes from diversified technology company 3M in previous major building refurbishment programmes, leading corporate signage specialist Sign 2000 had no hesitation in specifying their inclusion in a re-branding project undertaken on behalf of healthcare and life insurance provider PruHealth following its  re-branding as Vitality. The highly innovative films were employed in the refurbishment of the company’s reception area at its primary location in Bournemouth that included new interior wall signage and a complete reworking of the furniture.

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New Business Director at Sign 2000, Steve Spackman commented: “Working closely with County Durham-based William Smith, 3M’s largest UK stockist and distributor of signage and graphics materials, we have used DI-NOC architectural finishes in a number of high-profile refurbishment projects. These have included the refurbishment of 6,500 main and local Post Office outlets and work carried out on behalf of the Hilton Hotels Group. The particular appeal of DI-NOC films is their ability, at a relatively low cost, to refurbish building surfaces without the high cost of replacement, thereby enabling significant savings to be passed on to customers.”

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Developed by 3M as a cost-effective design solution for interior and exterior new building and/or refurbishment projects, DI-NOC architectural finishes comprise over 700 distinctive self-adhesive vinyl films that faithfully replicate the appearance and feel of traditional materials. Typically, these include various woods, metals, marble, leather, carbon fibre, stone and stucco. Steve Spackman added: “As a recognised applicator of DI-NOC films, we have used them for a number of projects involving different interior and exterior surfaces in public buildings, including walls, doors, reception desks and associated furniture. We have found the films to be a cost-effective, durable and architecturally-sensitive solution for refurbishing tired looking, worn or outdated building fixtures and fittings without having to incur the heavy cost of replacement.”

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In addition to reducing building construction and refurbishment costs whilst enabling greater freedom of expression for designers, architects and signage and graphics providers, DI-NOC films offer a number of key benefits. Not least of these is the ease with which the films can be applied to and as required purposely removed from both flat surfaces and those with convex/concave profiles. This ability is attributable to the integrated 3M Controltac Adhesive that enables fast and accurate positioning of the films with 3M Comply Adhesive that allows the release of trapped air once pressure has been applied at the final stage of the application process to ensure a smooth, bubble-free and stable finish.

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Once applied, the films are very easy to maintain in a pristine condition without the need for harsh chemical cleaning agents. They are also highly durable, being resistant to the ingress of water, dirt, impact wear and abrasion. Furthermore, DI-NOC films have been tested to ensure full compliance with IMO flammability requirements and are CE-marked to enhance their appeal for interior and exterior commercial new build and refurbishment applications.

Supplied in 12, 25 or 50-metre rolls, DI-NOC films offer 12-year durability on indoor and five-year durability on outdoor applications.

For more information about DI-NOC Architectural Finishes call 0845 601 6388, email commgraphics.uk@mmm.com or visit www.3M.co.uk/innovativefinishes.

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Nullifire launches SC801 intumescent coating for the 120-minute fire protection market

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Nullifire has launched a new intumescent coating for the 120-minute fire protection market in the UK and abroad. The innovative SC801 is suitable for use on buildings which require the highest level of fire protection such as large, multi-storey office buildings, hotels, and certain public buildings such as schools, hospitals, municipal offices and leisure centres.

The new coating represents a substantial improvement over the company’s previous products for this market sector giving better loadings across all steel section types, and with wider ranges. SC801 was developed at the company’s own “Centre of excellence” laboratories in Coventry which specialise in intumescent coatings and fire protection optimising modern advancements in passive fire protection technology. It is fully tested to the British Standard BS476 Part 2: 1987.

Steve Plater, UK Sales Manager for Nullifire, comments, “SC801 consolidates Nullifire’s leadership in the 90-120 minute marketplace. We now have the solution for every situation a contractor is likely to face; a modern, highly efficient, water-based coating such as SC801, or our fast track and highly weather- resistant SC902 product. Together these two products form an irresistible combination in finding the most cost-effective way to protect structural steel from fire, and prove that, as the only specialist intumescent producer, Nullifire remains at the forefront of product innovation.”

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Lily Furniture – High quality furniture deserves a high quality finish

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Many woodwork professionals across the UK enjoy using Osmo UK’s wood finishing products. All Osmo products are designed to enhance, maintain and prolong the beauty of wood – an ideal finish for all wooden furniture.

Gavin Kirkbride, owner of Lily handmade furniture, has dedicated his life to creating stunning hand-carved furniture. Based in North Yorkshire, Gavin’s pieces are bespoke and made in 100% solid oak. In order to ensure maximum wood protection, Gavin uses Osmo’s Polyx-Oil and Wood Wax Finish products

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“I have been using Osmo Polyx-Oil and Wood Wax Finish for 10 years and have always been thrilled with the results. After spending hours crafting bespoke oak furniture for my clients, I want a high quality finish to enhance the natural characteristics of the wood. As most of the furniture I make are practical pieces, they require the highest durability in terms of water-resistance and dirt-repellent. The environmentally friendly ingredients in Osmo products provide a healthy and safe quality that not many other finishes guarantee, perfect for any children’s furniture I make. I would recommend Osmo to any woodwork professional seeking the optimal finish for their treasured creations.”

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Osmo’s Polyx-Oil is suitable for the protection of all wooden flooring and furniture, providing hardwearing and durable protection. Renown for enhancing the wood’s true beauty, Polyx-Oil is available in a collection of 7 products offering a range of specialised effects and qualities. Polyx-oil is suitable for humans, animals and plants when dry due to its natural and environmentally friendly composite.

Osmo’s Wood Wax Finish is suitable for use on interior flooring, timber cladding and panelling, ceiling profiles, skirting, doors, joinery, furniture and children’s toys, it is a multi-functional product. Osmo Wood Wax Finish also has a satin-matt wood finish which combines all the advantages of oils and waxes, making it resistant to water and dirt and safe for humans, plants and animals.

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Osmo’s Wood Wax Finish combines all the advantages of oils and waxes, making it resistant to water and dirt and safe for humans, plants and animals.  Requiring no primer or sanding between coats, it is quick and easy to apply, saving time and money.  The finish can be applied with either a roller or brush and requires one or two coats, depending on the application.

To mark the quality of his craftsmanship, Gavin poignantly finishes each piece with his company’s signature – a hand carved lily in honour of his daughter. Gavin prides himself in the vast attention to detail and dedication he invests in each of his bespoke handmade oak pieces, resulting in a lot of repeat customers for the company.

Since founded in 1990, Osmo UK has gone from strength to strength. Today, Osmo exclusively handles the sales, service, support and distribution of its premium quality wood finishes and flooring solutions to the UK’s flooring retailer, contractor and contract flooring markets.

Polyx-Oil and Wood Wax Finish are available from Osmo UK direct or from its nationwide network of stockists. For stockist details and more information on its range of environmentally friendly wooden products and specialist finishes, call Osmo UK direct on 01296 481220 or alternatively visit www.osmouk.com.

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New system to support vertical elements from Nvelope

NVELOPE, the market leader in rainscreen cladding support systems, recently introduced NH2, a system that can be used to support vertical elements. Satisfying safety standards, the NH2 cladding support system plays a major role in the aesthetic envelope of a building and provides added performance benefits.

NVELOPE’s NH2 system is perfectly suited to new and refurb properties, where the external design is of high importance. The system is compatible with a number of façade designs, and allows these to be installed vertically.

The system can be secured on to steel frame, block work or timber substrate. Horizontal ‘T’ and ‘L’ rails can easily be secured onto the NH2 system, using NVELOPE support brackets and NH2 adaptors. The ‘T’ and ‘L’ rails can be adjusted at a level and secured using stainless steel screws in fixed and sliding points to allow expansion and contraction in the T or L rails.

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As the NH2 system involves fewer fixings to the substrate and is a stronger system than the NH1 giving greater spacing between brackets, less thermal bridging is created. This provides designers with an environmentally responsible product with low U-value. NH2 tolerances for adjustment are 80 – 355 mm.

For architects who are looking to work with a product such as the NH2, NVELOPE offers an online Project Checklist design and pricing service, which provides a complete, project specific cladding solution for architects with a very fast turnaround.

Architects simply need to access the Project Checklist section at www.nvelope.com and complete the simple two step data entry process. This demands project information on façade type, façade weight, average panel size, building height and storey height, substrate type, fixing method and cladding zone. They can then submit this information together with their elevation and plan AutoCAD drawings. NVELOPE’s technical support team will provide a full Project Checklist response detailing the static calculations and setting out information for the support system, thermal calculations and indicative m2 price.

Manufactured in the UK and developed using the highest specification alloys, NVELOPE products and systems are ideal for supporting a wide variety of façade materials.

For further information on NVELOPE, visit www.nvelope.com or call the company direct on +44 (0)1707 333 396.

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Tried and Tested for Timber Applications

RCM – suppliers of building boards and facade solutions to such high profile structural timber developments as the University of Hertfordshire, showcase the benefits of their specialist solutions.

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Y-Wall – BBA Approved

RCM’s Y-Wall is an adaptable calcium silicate based fibre cement building board, offering excellent fire properties as well as high levels of dimensional stability. Y-Wall is used as a fire rated sheathing board and is applied extensively on both metal and timber frame structures, the product is applied behind all types of facade solutions, as well in floors and roofs.

Y-Wall is rated as A1 non-combustible – this refers to reaction-to-fire classifications for contribution to fire growth in accordance with – BS EN 13501-1. Y-Wall has also been tested within the new BS8414 test and is suitable for buildings over 18 metres

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Multipurpose TF – BBA Certification Pending

Tested by BRE Global, RCM’s new Multipurpose TF Board has been specifically designed for the structural timber sector. Rated, A1 Non-Combustible, Multipurpose TF is a cellulose fibre cement 8mm board, delivering exceptional racking, adaptability, strength and fire protection. Multipurpose TF also has excellent weather properties and is very easy in relation to cutting and fabrication.

Before RCM supply any of their extensive range of products to the market, they are subjected to rigorous testing in order to establish their capabilities and performance characteristics, as determined by the relevant British and European Standards.

Informative CPD Events

For those interested in finding out more, RCM provide informative CPD sessions including: a guide to materials, applications and specification considerations for building boards, internal and external linings and rainscreen facades, covering:

  • What a specifier needs to consider
  • Board materials and benefits
  • Board applications
  • Work on site

For more details call 0845 1303725 or visit www.buildingboards.co.uk

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Shedding light on LEDs

Marcus Brodin, commercial director at Future Energy Solutions (FES), outlines the five key considerations when selecting LED lighting.

According to the Carbon Trust, lighting accounts for one sixth of the UK’s total electricity usage. If the government is going to meet its stated targets for carbon reduction – at least 34 per cent by 2020 and a minimum of 80 per cent by 2050 when compared to 1990 levels – the nation’s 1.8 million commercial buildings will need to drastically reduce their energy consumption.

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To the rescue

With rising utility bills and growing legislative pressure for companies to reduce their carbon footprints, it is not surprising that a technology that can save money and lower carbon footprints is turning heads. Light emitting diode (LED) lighting has created a seismic change not seen since gas lamp manufacturers witnessed the introduction of the carbon filament lamp. So much so that the global LED lighting market will be worth $25.4bn in 2013, according to a Digitimes Research Special Report.

Understanding the changes being brought about by LED light sources means that the entire value chain now has to engage with a re-education on the basics of light generation and application. Not all LED lighting solutions are the same and in order to get the maximum possible benefit from this technology, it is important to be able to differentiate what’s on offer and make the right purchasing decisions.

The five most important questions to consider when choosing an LED solution are as follows:

  • How much should I spend?

Perhaps the biggest barrier to widespread adoption of LED lighting over recent years is its price. While production costs have fallen dramatically in the last few years, some solutions are now considerably cheaper than others.

When it comes to LED lighting the old adage ‘you get what you pay for’ should be kept in mind and the pitfalls of selecting a poor quality product must be avoided at all costs. Premature product failure, poor lumen output, low lm/W and inefficient design are just some of the factors that can compromise a lighting scheme. In addition, the knock on effect of having to replace products can quickly have a negative effect on any return on investment (ROI).

There is no definitive answer as to how much should be spent but it’s a fair assumption that if you buy cheap, the chances are that you will have to buy twice.

  • Where is it from and how important is a warranty?

The vast majority of low cost and poor quality LED lighting products originate in China and although the country is beginning to address this issue, buyers should still beware. According to Lux Research, China’s LED lighting market will more than double to $7.4bn in 2017, meaning that a significant number of the estimated 5,000 manufacturers there are undercutting their rivals by using low quality components.

Unfortunately, if something goes wrong with a Chinese product, the cost of sending it back from the UK is likely to be prohibitive. Conversely, a product that is manufactured, sold and under warranty in the UK will mean a swifter resolution if there’s a problem.

  • Will it do what it says it will do?

When specifying a product the chosen manufacturer should always be asked to provide full photometric and electrical data, as well as conformance certificates to ensure that the product will provide you with the full benefits of your investment.

Although this information can be useful in terms of calculating ROI, be sure to establish whether the tests were carried out in-house or by a reputable third party testing organisation. Results from the latter are always preferable.

  • Which accreditations should it have?

A lack of recognised and enforced standards has resulted in a dramatic variation in the quality of products currently on the market.

However, LED luminaires sold on the European market should, by law, carry the CE mark, which is a statement by the manufacturer that the product complies with all the relevant EU legislation, including product safety standards and directives.

  • What level of energy savings and carbon reductions should I expect?

The answer to this question depends on two factors – the quality of the products and how they are configured and used.

One key piece of advice is to validate the output of a luminaire. A 20W bulb might use 25W, which means that any energy usage calculations could be incorrect by as much as 20 per cent. Also, a product that needs replacing after 50,000 hours will result in a higher total cost of ownership than one that last for 90,000, so always factor this in and be realistic.

The energy savings can be highly impressive. For example, FES recently finished Phase 1 of a project for National Car Parks (NCP), which, when completed, will have involved the installation of over 65,000 energy efficient LED luminaires in 149 multi-storey car parks. The use of LED lighting will generate energy savings of over 65 per cent and the effect on the environment will also be significant. NCP’s CO2 emissions will be reduced by 11,000 tonnes per annum and mono-nitrogen oxide (NOx) will be lowered by 248lbs over the same period – this is the equivalent of 16 acres of forest being saved and 11 cars being removed from the road.

For further information please contact Marcus Brodin on +44 (0) 207 908 3921 or marcus.brodin@feslighting.co.uk

www.feslighting.co.uk

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Framed Glazing

Framed glazing is the alternative to structural glazing, and uses framed panels to create a glass façade. It is quicker and cheaper than structural glazing, and is capable of covering larger expanses.
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Cantifix framed glazing is fabricated with aluminium profiles and low-emissivity glass.
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Vertical Glazing

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Vertical glazing describes the use of vertical panels of glass, usually running from floor to ceiling. These can be installed alone, between solid walls; or as part of a glass enclosure or structural glazing project.

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Cantifix vertical glazing is fabricated using low-emissivity glass and structural silicone.

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Glass Staircase

A glass staircase is a fantastic solution for maximising natural light, creating an airy, spacious feel and a focal point in your home.Image

There are many different ways of customising a glass staircase, whether it is straight or spiral; including LEDs, shaped treads, low iron glass and glass balustrades.

Cantifix glass stairs are always custom-designed and made with toughened, laminated glass.

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PureGlaze Range Expands

The PureGlaze range of windows and doors was developed in-house at Cantifix, and is as close as you can get to all-glass double-glazed doors.

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 The range works on the concept of sandwiching an aluminium frame between two sheets of glass, in order to incorporate the locking and weathering systems needed for an external door. This frame is then hidden with a 70mm wide back painted band – which can be painted in any RAL colour.

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At Cantifix we are committed to continually improving and expanding our product range – and PureGlaze is no different. This year has seen many aesthetic and functional developments made – leading to a new version of the PureGlaze door, as well as a new PureGlaze window.

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The PureGlaze Door

The new and improved PureGlaze door is designed around 180 degree pivot operation – allowing for a wide variety of building uses. It has been has been carefully re-detailed, so that a wider variety of locks and closers can be incorporated into the profile – allowing greater continuity across the range.

The introduction of a double bottom bearing has increased the sizes possible for the PureGlaze door – with heights up to 3 metres now available. The profile is thermally broken, and with standard glass achieves average u-values of 1.6 W/m2/K. This value can be improved by integrating Heat Mirror film into the doors.

Other enhancements to the PureGlaze door include an extra line of woolpile around the frame – to improve weathering performance, and a relocation of the closer to the head of the door – to reduce the size of the threshold and improve drainage.

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Security is solid – with a 3-point deadlock operated by a Europrofile cylinder from both inside and outside. Slave leaves in sets of double doors are secured at top and bottom by centrally operated flush bolts hidden within the glass; and concealed closers in the head keep the doors tightly closed. Although the PureGlaze door can be fitted with a wide variety of handles; the most popular option is stainless steel pull handles in 650mm long – which are bolted through the glass; and cranked to allow access to the key.

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The new ‘PureGlaze leaf’ can be configured for both sliding and stacking, to allow larger panel sizes and wider clear openings. Planned future developments include an option for a folding PureGlaze – as well as testing to allow leafs wider than 2 metres.

The PureGlaze Window

The PureGlaze window is available in either manual or electrical options, up to widths and heights of 1.5 metres. The window has no visible framing from either inside or outside, making it ideal for facades where a perfectly flush finish is desired.

Overall average u-values are 1.1 W/m2/K – 1.5 W/m2/K – depending on the glass specification. The PureGlaze window is also available with Heat Mirror film integrated, for optimum thermal performance.

As with the PureGlaze door, security is robust – with the manual version featuring key lockable handles which operate 2-point dead locking espagnolette bolts. The weatherproofing is excellent – as shown in our water test video.

To make an enquiry about a project involving PureGlaze products, email us or give us a call on 020 8203 6203.

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Cantifix Colour-Changing Glass – Perfect For Internal Screens

Leading architectural glazing company Cantifix has been engineering innovative solutions and championing products which improve quality of life for over 26 years. 

Brand design consultants Springetts approached Cantifix looking for a glass based solution for their reception area. The brief was to screen off the office area beyond without losing light, and without masking the feeling of activity in the office. A simple sandblasted glass screen was the perfect solution; but the clients wanted something more exciting and dynamic to match their personality.

Cantifix came up with a colourful, innovative and experimental design – incorporating a sandblasted single glazed unit and colour phasing ribbon LEDs. The LED strips are fitted all the way around the internal edge of the frame, and when illuminated, the sandblasted surface of the glass causes the coloured light to diffuse in all directions – creating the illusion of coloured glass. The LEDs phase through a wide range of vibrant colours, creating a gentle but energising glow.

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The completed installation gives privacy to the office area without compromising natural light, and provides a warm, colourful welcome to the reception area.

www.cantifix.co.uk

info@cantifix.co.uk

020 8203 6203

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Heat Mirror Film – A Guide

Heat Mirror Film is an insulating film used within glass units; designed to minimise heat transfer through glass; and therefore lower u-values.

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What is Heat Mirror Film?

Heat Mirror Film is a transparent film which contains nano-scale coatings of metal, which reflect heat back to its source. This film can be suspended within any double-glazed unit; in a 3-layer system with 2 independent air spaces (as seen in attached diagram). For even higher effectiveness, it is possible to use 2 sheets of Heat Mirror Film, in a 4-layer system with 3 independent air spaces.

How does it work?

The principle behind Heat Mirror Film is very simple – the tiny particles of metal within the film reflect any radiation (i.e. heat) back to where it came from – so in the winter it reflects heat back into the home, keeping it warm and minimising heating bills. In the summer it reflects heat back into the environment – stopping it from overheating inside. Double glazed units incorporating Heat Mirror Film are just as effective when horizontally positioned as when vertically positioned.

What about Triple Glazing?

A double glazed unit with Heat Mirror Film is just as effective as triple glazing, however it is a lot cheaper to produce. Triple glazing is also very heavy, whereas Heat Mirror Film is virtually weightless, saving around 10kg/m2 compared to triple glazing. This makes it cheaper to install (less chance of needing a crane), and in the case of doors and windows, makes them easier to operate.

Pros and Cons

+ able to achieve u-values as low as 0.3 W/m2/K with 2 sheets (the same as a solid brick wall with high-quality insulation and plasterboard).

+ blocks 99.5% of damaging UV rays (which can cause fading and degradation of furnishings).

+ reduces noise transmission through the glass by up to 20%, creating a quieter environment.

+ transparent in visible light.

+ not too expensive when used for new glazing – glass would be around £150 more per square metre compared to standard double glazing.

+ service life of 25 – 30 years.

cannot be retrospectively applied to existing glazing.

Where is Heat Mirror Film suitable for?

The most crucial point to consider is that Heat Mirror Film cannot be retrospectively applied to existing glazing. This means unless you are already planning either a new-build, or a replacement of existing glazing, it will not be cost effective to install. However for any new glazing, it is the ideal way to minimise u-values, and therefore minimise heating and cooling costs.

Apart from this, there are virtually no restrictions to its use; Heat Mirror Film can be suspended in any kind of double glazed unit; windows, doors, roofs, floors, vertical glazing and many more.

Sourcing an Installer

Heat Mirror Film can only be installed as part of a double glazed unit, and so its installation should be undertaken by a reputable glazing company. However, as Heat Mirror Film has only recently started to be used in the UK, not all glazing companies will be able to supply it.

Cantifix Ltd can supply and install Heat Mirror Film, suspended in doors, windows, roofs, floors, or as part of a larger structural glazing scheme.

When choosing a glazing company, do your research and always make sure that they are either members of a trade body, or have quality assurance certification.

For more information

For general information on energy-saving technologies, contact the Energy Saving Trust.

For specific information about Heat Mirror Film and its application, contact Cantifix Ltd.

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