Hi-tech bathrooms for UK’s home-tech testing hub


The Good Housekeeping Institute (GHI), located in London’s Soho, provides a state-of-the-art testing facility where the latest homeware appliances are put through their paces. As part of a recent upgrade, high-tech Geberit sanitaryware products were chosen for the bathrooms, including ‘shower toilet’ Geberit AquaClean, sleek Geberit Sigma and Omega flush plates and concealed cisterns, which ensure a modern and stylish look.

Part of GHI’s remit was to choose leading brands in each field, to create a state-of-the-art space equipped with the latest technology. Geberit is a leading bathroom manufacturer, with its products at the forefront of washroom innovation.

The Geberit AquaClean range (Sela and 8000plus Care are featured at the GHI) present the latest in WC functionality. Combining the convenience of a warm water wash and warm-air dryer, alongside other enhancing features, AquaClean WC’s are easy to operate and virtually touch-free. The 8000plus Care range is specifically designed for less mobile users, allowing independence in the bathroom for longer and Sela disguises its clever features by looking like a normal wall-hung toilet, winning an iF Product Design Award at ISH in 2013.


Geberit Sigma and Omega flush plates and concealed cisterns are ideal for a modern bathroom, with only the flush plate visible, providing a clean, sleek finish, complete with dual flush functionality to prevent water wastage.

The uniquely multi-purpose GHI, has allowed Good Housekeeping to expand its range and depth of testing dramatically, encompassing nursery, beauty and tech products. In addition to testing, the building includes a cookery school where consumers are offered the chance to experience in person the renowned triple tested recipes that have been handed down from generation to generation.

Good Housekeeping’s Editorial Director, Lindsay Nicholson, said: “I’m delighted to partner with some of the most trusted and forward-thinking brands in the business. They have enabled us to create a state of the art multi-purpose venue, like no other in the UK, and allowed us to rethink the value we can provide our readers.”

Geberit – 0800 077 8365 www.geberit.co.uk

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Eco-friendly companies collaborate to build dream home


A couple from Peebles, Scotland, have had their dream of an eco-friendly bungalow with access for a wheel chair user turned into a reality.

Mr and Mrs Lamb had a very specific set of requirements when they approached Eskgrove Homes for a new home. Mr Lamb suffers from degenerating illness so they were looking for a bungalow that could be wheelchair friendly. The thought of an eco-friendly home was also very appealing to them.

The couple had already been impressed with Eskgrove homes whose strapline is warmer, quieter, cleaner, greener, but the company was more used to building executive homes than bungalows.

Colin Cumberland, Managing Director of Eskgrove Homes was happy to accommodate the Lamb’s and worked closely with Ecoliving Limited, a renewable heating provider, to make their new bungalow as eco-friendly as possible.

“It’s very rewarding to work with Eskgrove homes who have the same vision about low energy homes and buildings”, explained Mark Henderson co-founder of Ecoliving. “This is very much aligned to Ecoliving’s approach of helping to accelerate the adoption of renewable energy systems“.

An Ecodan Air Source Heat Pump was installed to deliver underfloor heating to the house as well as all the hot water the couple need. The Ecodan takes heat from the outside air and upgrades it to deliver effective, low carbon heating and hot water in the home.

“Colin Cumberland was very accommodating and the underfloor heating makes it wonderful to walk around the house with no shoes, which is important with my disability,” added Mr Lamb.

Mr and Mrs Lamb have also been delighted with the cost of electricity in their bungalow. They now can pay as little as £15 a month to Scottish Gas who initially over estimated their bills.

For more information on Ecodan and air source heat pumps please visit ecodan.co.uk.

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Retail Legend Protected by Advanced Panels

The UK’s newest Harvey Nichols, which recently opened in Birmingham, is protected by industry-leading intelligent fire panels from Advanced.


Advanced’s benchmark MxPro fire panel range has been specified for its flexibility, reliability and ease of use. The fully integrated 4 loop MxPro 4 panel covers the entire Harvey Nichols store, which is located in the famous Mailbox development, and the complete installation comprises 555 components including an MX4010 repeater unit, 123 heat and smoke detectors and 88 sounder beacons.

Andy Lyall, spokesperson for Fire Bright Solutions, the project installers, said: “It was an easy choice for us to use the MxPro 4 control panel on such a prestigious project. We have always found the Advanced range to be of high quality and easy for our engineers to configure”.

The store is set across 45,000 square feet, organised as an ‘all in one floor’ retail layout combining women’s and men’s fashion, beauty and hospitality on the ground level and a mezzanine for the beauty treatment rooms.

Barry Tallintire, Group Property and Facilities Director at Harvey Nichols commented: “The new Birmingham store represents a big investment in the nation’s second city for Harvey Nichols and we needed to ensure that our staff and customers are provided with the best fire systems on the market.  The Advanced panels installed by Fire Bright Solutions can be easily programmed and monitored by technical staff in the store.”

MxPro is the fire industry’s leading multiprotocol fire solution, offering customers a choice of two panel ranges, four detector protocols and a completely open installer network that enjoys free training and support. MxPro panels can be used in single loop, single panel format or easily configured into multi-loop, high speed, 200 panel networks covering huge areas and thousands of field devices.

Neil Parkin, sales manager for Advanced, commented: “We’re delighted that MxPro has been specified for such a high profile store. Harvey Nichols is one of the world’s most recognisable, prestige retail brands and its great to have them part of the Advanced world, so we can ensure the store continues to enjoy the best protection. MxPro the ideal choice, combining proven reliability with innovation and ease-of-use.”

MxPro 4 is fully compliant with EN54 Parts 2 and 4, and backed up with Advanced’s renowned customer care and technical support. MxPro 5, the highest performance analogue panel offered by Advanced is also EN54 Part 13 approved and is backwards compatible with MxPro 4, offering long-term upgradability for all MxPro customers.

Advanced is a world leader in the development and manufacture of intelligent fire systems. The legendary performance, quality and ease-of-use of its products sees Advanced specified in locations all over the world, from single panel installations to large multi-site networks. Advanced’s products include complete fire detection systems, multi-protocol fire panels, extinguishing control, fire paging and false alarm management systems. More details can be found on the website at www.advancedco.com.

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Reynaers at Home presents suite of hypoallergenic designer handles: Purity


Reynaers at Home’s range of hypoallergenic designer handles – Purity – is proving more popular than ever thanks to stunning aesthetics, durability and innovative material and coating.

For the design and development of Purity, Reynaers at Home joined forces with the Italian designer Leo De Carlo, who worked for Philippe Starck’s agency in Paris for several years. He drew inspiration from his home town of Venice for Purity’s innovative and minimalist design.

Leo De Carlo said: “Reynaers is known for its technical competence, attention to detail and environmental awareness.

“The material used in Purity is a compatible alloy, which doesn’t contain any toxic elements, such as lead, nickel or chrome. What’s more, it is made using a production process that ties into Reynaers’ environmental credentials.”

Purity handles are crafted using a recently developed, highly durable alloy called PURA™ and advanced technology makes it possible for it to be protected. The handles are coated using an innovative production process called BIOV™ (Bioecologic Ion Overlay). This is an evolution of the old PVD coating process, which requires no galvanic chrome, doesn’t produce toxic waste and means the designer handles are 100% recyclable.

The surface hardness is more than double that of a standard surface treatment and the corrosion resistance is on a par with that of the highest quality stainless steel. Even more impressive is the fact that the coating is hypoallergenic.

Available in a range of three striking standard colours, plus five more available on demand, the Purity handles are suited across a range of Reynaers at Home doors, allowing homeowners to have matching handles on aluminium sliding doors, bifold doors, double doors and single side hung doors.

Reynaers at Home is a premium brand dedicated to offering the very best architectural glazing products and service to the discerning householder. For more information, see the website www.reynaersathome.co.uk, email homeuk@reynaers.com or call 0121 421 9707.

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Specification of liquid waterproofing systems

A sustainable approach from Kemper at Ecobuild


Liquid waterproofing specialist, Kemper System, will be showcasing its comprehensive range of BBA-certified Kemperol liquid roofing and waterproofing systems on stand E5090 at this year’s Ecobuild Show (8-10 March 2016), along with its Stratex warm roof system.

The only cost effective, solvent-free and completely odourless cold liquid applied waterproofing system available in the UK, Kemperol 2K-PUR will take centre stage on Kemper System’s stand.

Around 80% of the applied polyols (or resins) in Kemperol 2K-PUR are obtained from the seeds of the tropical castor plant (Ricinus communis) a renewable resource. Perfect for use on sustainable construction projects and ideal for live projects on occupied buildings, such as schools, hospitals, food factories or office buildings, Kemperol 2K-PUR allows work to take place without the need for evacuation or closure, avoiding the disruption associated with the strong odours and fumes from many ‘low-odour’ or solvent-based products.

Stratex from Kemper System will also be on show. An integrated warm roof that offers exceptional performance, Stratex is supplied as a complete system of matched components – vapour barrier, insulation and waterproofing. It is equally suited to concrete, timber and metal decks on new build projects as it is to refurbishing and upgrading existing roofs.  Stratex is also ideal as a complete warm roof solution below an extensive green roof.  It can be supplied as flat board or as a fully specified tapered insulation scheme.

Comments UK marketing manager of Kemper System, Stuart Hicks: “Our product range is designed primarily for use in commercial refurbishment, maintenance and new build projects. Kemper System’s waterproofing and surfacing products have protected billions of square metres of roofs around the world over the past 50 years, including some of the world’s most important landmarks, iconic buildings, public and commercial properties.

“As we continue to prioritise environmental performance in the built environment of the future, Kemper System’s advanced roofing technology can make roofs greener and more sustainable. A visit to our stand will give you the knowledge you need to specify liquid roofing and waterproofing systems with complete confidence.”

For further information contact enquiries@kempersystem.co.uk or visit www.kempersystem.co.uk

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Achieving High Performance Building Envelopes


System specification is crucial to success when developing an energy efficient, sustainable building. Delivering onsite energy performance as specified in the design brief is a ‘team game’ with professionals working together to achieve the required U-value, airtightness and Psi value rating.

The devil, as always, is in the detail, or should that be detailing! In the past what was specified by the designer would not always perform as predicted – resulting in the performance gap, an issue highlighted in the Zero Carbon Hub’s report published last year.

As the leading innovator in the development and application of structural timber technology – Kingspan Timber Solutions is a pioneer in sustainable structural timber construction. Ensuring that process and performance are consistently enhanced, Kingspan Timber Solutions is leading the way in addressing the performance gap issue with an acclaimed range of high performance systems.

An example of this is the Kingspan TEK® Building Cladding Panel System, a structurally insulated panel designed for the infilling of apertures, or sheathing of the structural frame. This BBA and NSAI certified system at 142mm or 172mm thick can deliver Passivhaus airtightness values and can achieve external wall U-values of 0.20 W/m2K with ease, and down to 0.11 W/m2K or better if required.


Fast, Cost Effective and Predicable

As a lightweight solution, the Kingspan TEK® Building Cladding Panel System supports fast track construction methods, reducing build time onsite. A three man team can typically install 150m2 per day and the requirement for scaffolding is reduced, as in most situations the systems can be erected using mast climbers. As a result the Kingspan TEK® Building Cladding Panel System can be up to 50% faster than alternative construction methods.

Manufacturing in factory controlled conditions enhances quality, decreases defects and reduces waste and time onsite – making the critical project plan more predictable and permitting follow-on trades to start work sooner in the build process.

Kingspan Timber Solutions is project and performance centric. Through their extensive product portfolio, the company’s focus is firmly on value engineering and performance. With a collaborative culture, Kingspan Timber Solutions are dependable construction partners who, by using a combination of the highest performing, most sustainable materials and components, design, manufacturer, assemble and project manage the construction of cutting-edge timber solutions. Their systems also include timber frame, structural insulated panel systems (SIPs), glued laminated timber (glulam) and cross laminated timber (CLT).

With a robust, integrated supply-chain, Kingspan Timber Solutions 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, they are the UK’s leading experts in quality timber-based structural hybrid systems.

To find out more about Kingspan Timber Solutions visit: www.kingspantimbersolutions.co.uk

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

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Vent-Axia Receives Double Nomination in the H&V News Awards 2016


Leading British ventilation manufacturer Vent-Axia is delighted to announce it has been shortlisted in two categories in the prestigious H&V News Awards 2016. The Sussex-based company is celebrating its Sentinel Kinetic 200ZPH mechanical ventilation with heat recovery (MVHR) unit reaching the final in both the Air Movement Product of the Year and Domestic H&V Product of the Year categories.

Vent-Axia’s 200ZPH is a ground-breaking product that is both efficient and effective. Developed to address comfort issues in modern thermally efficient homes the 200ZPH helps avoid overheating with its unique summer bypass algorithm. Highly efficient the 200ZPH can transform the indoor environment of a home, offering improved thermal comfort and indoor air quality and thus have a positive impact on occupants’ health.


“We are thrilled to have been shortlisted in not one, but two categories at these leading industry awards,”said Ian Mitchell, Product Marketing Manager, New Build Residential at Vent-Axia.“The H&V News Awards honour excellence and forward thinking and we are very proud that our product has been recognised in this arena. At Vent-Axia we are committed to offering the market innovative, efficient products and the 200ZPH is a great example of this.”

The 200ZPH is an addition to Vent-Axia’s popular Sentinel Kinetic range of MVHR solutions. Designed specifically for small apartments the 200ZPH offers exceptional performance boasting an impressive 86% thermal efficiency and a specific fan power (SPF) as low as 0.62W/l/s. The 200ZPH’s performance is further enhanced by the latest high efficiency backward curved impeller design ensuring lowest possible energy consumption and ultra-quiet operation. Featuring multiple plug and play control options and BMS connectivity, the 200ZPH is also easy to install and maintain.

Meanwhile, the 200ZPH’s unique summer bypass algorithm is a real advance in controllability since it is fully automatic and truly intelligent, a first. It removes the need for the homeowner to programme the system and is the only MVHR system on the market which can determine what time of year it is and what settings it needs to be operating at, ensuring year round thermal comfort.

For further cooling the 200ZPH summer bypass has an evening purge feature that boosts early evening and then runs on a timer until about 10pm so there is no nuisance noise at night. Additional cooling is also available for periods of several days of high temperatures and warm nights. Here the 200ZPH utilises a Night-Time Purge. This allows a home to be pre-cooled for the following day by taking advantage of cooler night-time temperatures. Meanwhile, in winter the unit utilises frost protection to stop frost building up on the intake side of the heat exchanger and so preventing damage.

The 200ZPH also improves indoor air quality, which recent research has identified as a major health risk. In the latest report MVHR is cited as the most cost-effective solution for achieving an air exchange rate to help protect human health, whilst still satisfying energy efficiency requirements.

Combining supply and extract ventilation in one unit, the 200ZPH extracts warm, moist air from ‘wet’ rooms through ducting and passes it through the heat exchanger before being exhausted outside. Fresh incoming air is preheated via the integral heat exchanger. In addition, heat recovery ventilation reduces excessive moisture in the air, combating condensation and subsequent mould growth and improving indoor air quality and therefore occupants’ health.

Winners of the H&V News Awards will be announced at a glittering ceremony on Thursday 21st April 2016 at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane, London. As the longest-running and most celebrated awards, the H&V News Awards is considered the ‘Oscars’ for the building services industry. For more information on the awards and details of how to book tickets, visit https://awards.hvnplus.co.uk

For further information on the Sentinel Kinetic horizontal 200ZPH, as well as other products and services offered by Vent-Axia, visit www.vent-axia.com or telephone 0844 856 0590.

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Masters of Material


TRADA have recently published a series of documents including, ‘Cross Laminated Timber: An Introduction’. Intended for architects, building designers and their clients, this document highlights and summarises the nature, benefits and potential uses of cross laminated timber (CLT). B & K Structures were among the group of specialists that peer reviewed the document.

The forthcoming TRADA case-study based publication – ‘Hybrid Structures’- explores examples of mixed material construction and the effectiveness of building with combined solutions. The publication looks at a number of case studies against specific headings which include: Enabling Dramatic Architecture; Meeting a Complex Brief and Towards Greater Sustainability – concluding with the opportunities and challenges for these types of structures and the need for further research.

The unrivalled versatility of engineered timber allows it to be used to stunning effect in a wide range of construction projects, whether as the main building material or used alongside a number of materials.

B & K Structures has proven experience in understanding complex engineering structures incorporating glulam, cross laminated timber and steel for commercial applications. This experience has enabled B & K Structures to offer a unique and innovative approach in combining engineered timber and structural steel hybrid solutions. B & K Structure’s product portfolio consists of glulam, cross laminated timber and steel as well as timber wall and roof cassettes.

For building professionals interested in finding out more about optimised hybrid solutions, please visit:www.bkstructures.co.uk

To arrange a one hour CPD Seminar please: Call 01773 853 400 or email sales@bkstructures.co.uk

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Axter provide waterproofing at Southampton Centenary Quay


Axter Ltd are proud to have provided the waterproofing for Centenary Quay, Crest Nicholson’s vibrant development on Southampton’s waterfront, including 102 apartments with high-rise penthouse flats, retail and commercial space.

Built by Willmott Dixon, phase three of the regeneration incorporated a bio-diverse living roof as well as amenity space built above a Morrisons supermarket. A robust specification was delivered with fully accessible amenity gardens including a flowing water feature.

Axter provided all the waterproofing for the development, utilising their Wilotekt Plus system on the podium to deliver a reliable waterproofing system to accommodate the water feature and fully accessible amenity space above.

Axter also developed a bespoke bio-diverse living roof specification to complement the natural coastal surroundings. This included specially selected grass and flower species chosen for their ability to withstand windy coastal conditions. When established, these plants will provide shelter and forage to a range of invertebrates and birds.

Axter worked alongside horticulture specialists and substrate and seed providers to ensure all elements of the roof complied with the Bio-Diversity Design Report for the development.

For more information please contact Axter Ltd via telephone 01473 724 056 or email info@axterltd.co.uk.


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CPD Guide to new-build heating and hot water provision


The latest free CPD-Accredited guide from Mitsubishi Electric looks at the unique approach to heating and hot water provision that is needed for the new homes that the nation needs to build to match demand.

There is a significant drive from all sectors, including Government to revitalise the new homes sector of the UK, but in these days of environmental concerns, we need to look at different ways of supplying these homes as energy efficiently as possible.

The guide looks at the increasingly stringent standards on energy efficiency and air tightness that have to be met to ensure the UK is able to meet stringent emissions reduction targets, as buildings account for 44 per cent of all UK CO2 emissions – more than industry or transport.

Building hundreds of thousands of new houses therefore represents a golden opportunity to change the way we heat and provide hot water in our homes – which are major energy users.

New homes have different heating and hot water requirements from previous generations and the guide explores how the approach to domestic heating has to change, especially as hot water becomes the dominant load.

To download a free copy of the Guide to Heating and Hot Water Provision in New Build Homes, visit the company’s dedicated digital library: http://library.mitsubishielectric.co.uk/.

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Outstanding Year for B&K Structures

B & K Structures – the UK’s leading sustainable frame contractor, specialising in the design and delivery of hybrid structural solutions – has had a phenomenal year increasing their portfolio of award winning projects.

Nick Milestone, Managing Director of B & K Structures commented: “2015 was a truly outstanding year with many highlights and award successes. The extraordinary projects that B & K Structures have been involved with, have offered us an excellent opportunity to showcase our product portfolio and specialist services. It is rewarding to be recognised for our work across a variety of sectors.”

Sector: Commercial – Sky Trio

Product Round Up BSkyB Build in Better Building (BiBB) Jan 2016

BSkyB Build in Better Building (BiBB)

B & K Structures worked with high profile client BSkyB, to design and install not one but three optimised hybrid structures. The first project was the award winning BSkyB Believe in Better Building (BiBB) – a new educational facility for graduates, apprentices and staff training. Based in Osterley, West London the 3,800m2 development encompasses a three storey linear building with an additional storey accommodating a restaurant and roof terrace – all providing an inviting multi-functional amenity. B & K Structures provided an optimised hybrid structure for the build – comprising a glulam frame with cross laminated timber (CLT) floor, roof and stability walls, together with perimeter wall cassettes. The structure was designed to deliver permanent quality, adaptability and long term energy efficiency, to meet the sustainable objectives of the client.

In 2015 BSkyB Believe in Better Building attained seven industry awards.

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BSkyB Health & Fitness – a purpose built staff amenity building – was designed to rehouse the Sky Campuses oversubscribed gym, as well as providing other health and wellness facilities. B & K Structures provided an optimised hybrid structural solution consisting of glulam columns and beams supporting cross laminated timber perimeter walls, floors and roof. As an all timber fitness centre, BSkyB Health and Fitness boasts an eye-catching exposed timber internal structure thanks to the use of visual grade CLT. When paired with the natural light achieved from the west facing glass façade and extensive views across the campus, the timber frame creates a warm and welcoming facility that seamlessly blends into the surrounding rural landscape.

B & K Structures started on site in November 2014 constructing the optimised hybrid roof structure for BSkyB Building 2, to be launched as BSkyB Control Centre, a three storey mixed used scheme forming a central part of the redevelopment of BSkyB’s Osterley Campus Headquarters. The hybrid roof structure consisted of 2,693m2 of glulam rafters, with the primary members spanning up to 21m fixed to the structural steel section beams with 3m dummy purlins placed in between the structural rafters, creating an interesting random structural form when viewed from below. Just under 16,000m2 of pre-fabricated roof cassettes were supplied with the gutters integrated into the cassette during manufacture. External finishes – including roof lights which were built into pre-formed openings at ground level, minimised onsite operations and working at height, whilst providing a higher level of accuracy. Upon completion, BSkyB Building 2 will encompass approximately 41,000m2 of office space, studio, production and research and development facilities.

Sector: Education – University of Essex – B & K Structures provided an optimised hybrid structure comprising a glulam, CLT and pre-fabricated wall cassettes for Essex Business School – a three storey educational building and a single storey lecture theatre at the University of Essex. The building sits at the heart of the University of Essex and was designed to reflect the University’s vision for growth, excellence and sustainability. As the UK’s first carbon neutral business school, the building showcases renewable technologies, featuring a range of innovative sustainable products.

University of Essex

University of Essex

University of Essex

University of Essex

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Sector: Retail – Tesco Newmarket – With a state-of-the-art design, ventilation scheme using roof mounted wind catches, large roof lights created to bring natural daylight into the store and an optimised hybrid structure, Newmarket’s new 66,000 sq ft Tesco Extra Store is one of Tesco’s most eco-friendly stores to date. B & K Structures provided the full structure for the construction including timber to the customer facing areas which features Y shape columns. The new store is home to a bakery, delicatessen counter, pharmacy and customer café, as well as being the location for the Tesco’s 2015 Christmas advert.

Sector: Residential – Banyan Wharf – Timber technology was the preferred core structural component for Banyan Wharf – the tallest hybrid cross laminated timber residential building in Europe. Home to 50 one, two and three bedroom apartments, its unique twisted design ensures all flats are corner units, allowing them to have dual and in many cases triple aspect views. A complex hybrid cross laminated timber and steel structure was vital in creating the most efficient and sustainable solution for the building. The innovative ‘cross’ floor plates create complex geometry that did not lend itself to being purely in timber but through careful design detailing and value engineering, B & K Structures were able to offer the best possible construction solution.

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Hybrid VRF system delivers the best of VRF and Chiller technologies

Mitsubishi Electric has launched a new air conditioning system that delivers levels of comfort normally associated with Chiller technology, whilst providing the flexibility and efficiencies of traditional VRF (Variable Refrigerant Flow).


The City Multi Hybrid VRF system operates without using refrigerant in occupied spaces, removing the need for leak detection equipment and allowing more properties to take advantage of manageable phased installation through the system’s modular two-pipe design.

Mitsubishi Electric has identified the need for a new approach to delivering comfortable heating and cooling to buildings as the industry comes to terms with the impact of F-Gas legislation and the move towards refrigerants with a low global warming (GWP) potential.

“There is a lot of legislation impacting on the use of energy in the built environment and at the same time, there is a drive to look for new refrigerants to mitigate any harm to the environment”, explains Sebastien Desmottes, Product Marketing Manager for the company.

“This will have a major impact on the industry over the next 15 years but in the meantime, we have to deliver systems that provide customers with a comprehensive choice to help them reduce emissions and running costs whilst meeting current and future legislation.

“BS EN378 in particular will restrict the amount of refrigerant that can be used in occupied spaces and we believe there is now a growing market for this type of system”, adds Desmottes.

At the heart of the new system is an HBC (Hybrid Branch Controller) box, connected to an outdoor City Multi unit via traditional refrigerant piping. Between the HBC and the indoor fan coils, the system uses water piping but is still able to deliver mild air-off temperatures and a great stability of temperature all year round, supplying Chiller levels of comfort to occupants.

With no refrigerant in occupied spaces, Hybrid VRF also enables simple compliance with BS EN378 and completely removes the need for leak detection in any occupied room. This technological benefit also means a low overall system refrigerant volume.

At the same time, Hybrid VRF offers the complete flexibility of design and installation that City Multi VRF has become renowned for whilst still providing centralised control, individual operation, and simultaneous heating and cooling with heat recovery.

Each individual HBC can supply heating and cooling to 16 individual indoor units – using City Multi’s unique two-pipe system and including options for ducted, cassette and floor-standing models. Two main HBC’s and two sub units can be connected to the same City Multi outdoor unit to deliver simultaneous heating and cooling to up to 50 individual rooms or areas.

“We still see significant scope for VRF and Chiller technologies but pressure on refrigerants in occupied spaces, and the need for increased levels of efficiency and performance make Hybrid VRF the ideal choice for a growing part of the sector”, adds Desmottes.

Current standards restrict the use of refrigerants in buildings, with BS EN378 in particular intended to minimise possible hazards to persons, property and the environment from refrigerating systems and refrigerants. As such, leak detection must be provided if, in the case of R410a, a concentration of 0.44 kg/m3refrigerant could be exceeded if all of the refrigerant from a system were to leak into a single room.

This legislation is particularly applicable for hotels. Generally, this limits systems to about 20Kg of R410a or forces the addition of leak detection systems.

The only other option is to break larger systems down into smaller ones. Either way, an increase in cost and complexity cannot be avoided, and this is where Hybrid VRF now offers an easy solution.

“We realised that one way to reduce cost and minimise possible hazards to persons, property and the environment, would be to remove the refrigerant from occupied spaces using a water based system,” explained Desmottes. “This Hybrid VRF system has been developed exclusively to answer this need”.

The outdoor unit behaves in much the same way as a two-pipe heat recovery VRF system with two refrigerant pipes connecting the HBC, which has been optimised to provide the same efficiency as standard VRF and offer simultaneous heating and cooling with heat recovery.

However, instead of two refrigerant pipes sending refrigerant for cooling or heating to the indoor units, hot or cold water is sent instead using either plastic or copper pipe. Efficiency is further improved from the heat-recovery defrost, enabling short defrost times with immediate return to heating.

The system is fully integrated in its control and components through the use of inverter driven pumps and flow control valves which are all built into the HBC.

“Hybrid VRF is designed specifically to deliver the function of a four-pipe fan coil Chiller system with the efficiency and flexibility of modern VRF in one system”, adds Desmottes. “We expect to see BS EN378 legislation impact more on the built environment and have developed this range to answer that need”.

Further details on the Hybrid VRF system is available by calling 01707 282880 or emailing airconditioning@meuk.mee.com .


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Cut Corners For An Uninterrupted View with Imago Cornerless Glazing


AGB Hardware reports significant interest in its cornerless glazing option, which can be specified alongside the Imago Lift & Slide door.

With cornerless glazing, the panoramic glazing elements can be extended to create a fixed corner of glass without a mullion.  This enables housebuilders to maximise the view from a property using complete glazed walls, as well as meeting modern demands for flexible living spaces.

“An uninterrupted view is so on-trend amongst homeowners at the moment,” confirms Marco Zen, UK & Ireland Sales Manager of AGB Hardware.  “Cornerless glazing pushes the concept even further; when the sliding doors are opened, homeowners benefit from the widest possible border between the interior and exterior, transforming the garden into an extension of your living space.”

Even when closed, the Imago Lift & Slide concept ensures that there is the barest minimum of visible area at the corner point.  “Contemporary timber systems such as Imago bring real sophistication to the frame, with a minimalist sash often slimmer than aluminium framed doors,” explains Marco Zen.

The innovative Imago Life & Slide mechanism means that the hardware disappears into the frame, which is buried tightly within the plaster line for a sightline as narrow as 2cm: aesthetically pleasing and also an ideal means of reducing ‘cold bridging’ for exceptional insulation.  Imago Lift & Slide also delivers a reliable silky smooth slide mechanism that is practically invisible.

Where the frames meet, a range of advanced high security locking systems can be specified to provide that essential peace of mind, while also meeting the latest legal requirements in security under the provisions of Document Q.

Using Imago can reduce glazing costs on a project by 40 percent, meaning it is as cost-efficient as it is aesthetically pleasing and highly functional.

“No wonder architects, developers and self-builders are turning towards the advantages of cornerless glazing,” concludes Marco Zen.  “With Imago Lift & Slide, you can cut only the corners you need to, without compromising on quality.”

To find out more about Imago Lift & Slide Doors, visit www.chooseimago.co.uk

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Innovative new heat pump matches new-build hot water requirements

Mitsubishi Electric has launched a new 4kW Ecodan air source heat pump designed specifically to tackle the needs of new-build homes, with a system that matches the hot water requirements, whilst still meeting the lower heating demand of today’s well insulated properties.

Thermal store schematic

New homes built today differ from previous ones because the requirement for hot water is likely to exceed the demand for heating for the first time. A reduction in fabric U-values and thermal bridging has reduced the energy requirements for heating and also allows for smaller plant.

“What is needed is a new way of delivering energy efficient heating and hot water”, explains Jordan Jeewood, Ecodan technical expert for the company. “We have engineered the Ecodan QUHZ monobloc system to meet this need by providing exceptionally high efficiency in the production of hot water, along with renewable space heating for the home”.

The Ecodan QUHZ unit is MCS-Approved and straightforward to install, delivering water at 70ºC to a packaged 200 litre thermal store.  From this thermal store, mains water is heated directly up to 65ºC via Mitsubishi Electric’s unique plate heat exchanger, meaning the homeowner receives hot water on demand.

“This model uses CO2as a refrigerant to ensure a large delta T between the flow and return temperatures to and from the outdoor unit”, adds Jeewood. “This delivers the high levels of efficiency that enable the system to meet the high hot water, low heating requirements of today’s new-build properties”.

The fundamental design, application and control of the Ecodan QUHZ is exactly the same as the rest of the range with advanced control logic within the thermal store allowing the system to deliver the high efficiency levels that the market has come to expect from the Ecodan brand.

As a nation, we have not been building enough new homes to meet demand and the UK Government is now pushing for the construction of more new homes. At the same time, legislation is forcing housing developers to use products and practices that reduce the energy required for space heating and hot water is becoming the dominant load in new dwellings.

This means that high-efficiency water heaters are required for new-build dwellings to help tackle CO2emissions and reduce run costs, with air source heat pumps already recognised by the Government as an important part of that solution.

Mitsubishi Electric has therefore developed this pioneering new Ecodan model to deliver a viable way of meeting the new hot water and heating demands of these new homes.  The Ecodan QUHZ has just been launched to the company’s heating partners and will be available from the end of January 2016.

New homes are needed in both on and off-gas grid areas but the additional cost of delivering mains infrastructure to new developments can also make the Ecodan QUHZ an attractive proposition for housebuilders within the grid.

Other alternatives to gas such as ground source heat pumps, biomass boilers, LPG, oil, direct electric and coal may incur additional higher install costs, greater maintenance regimes, or may simply not meet targets for energy efficiency and carbon reduction.

The UK Government is already committed to reducing CO2emissions by 80 per cent of 1990 levels, by 2050 and achieving a 34 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020.

Buildings account for 44 per cent of all UK CO2emissions (more than industry or transport) and space heating and hot water account for almost 75 per cent of total energy consumed in homes.

“The construction of hundreds of thousands of new-build houses is therefore a golden opportunity to change our approach to how we heat, and provide hot water in a home”, explains Jeewood.

In addition to high efficiency levels, with a Seasonal Co-efficient of Performance (SCOP) of 3 for hot water and 2.9 for heating, the Ecodan QUHZ poses no risk of legionella because it does not store hot water.  At the same time, it is still able to provide a variable hot water capacity, with water heated directly as required.

The system also includes automatic in-built in energy monitoring, using the company’s MELCloud, internet-based system, which allows for full control and monitoring from anywhere in the world.

“As more homes are built and more heat pumps are installed, the operating noise will become an increasingly important factor, so we have deliberately designed the Ecodan QUHZ to address this”, adds Jeewood.

The QUHZ model also offers exceptional noise levels with a whisper-quiet 41.2 dB(A) at 1.5 metres from neighbouring properties, making it ideal for almost any new-build scenario.

The Ecodan range has led the way in the UK air source heat pump market with the first MCS (Micro Certification Scheme) certification for an inverter-driven unit, the first to receive the Noise Abatement Society’s ‘Quiet Mark’, the first to offer intelligent room sensing as standard and the first to include remote energy monitoring straight from the factory.

This new addition to the range means that there is an Ecodan model suitable for both new-build and retro-fit homes in almost any situation”, explains Jeewood.

“We have introduced this new way of delivering hot water to the new-build sector because we see a real potential for modern homes to receive reliable hot water and heating in a low carbon, energy efficient way that will help the country reduce overall emissions”.


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Morley-IAS introduces some creature comforts to Chester Zoo


In 1930, George Mottershead bought Oakfield House in Chester, along with seven acres of land, for the grand total of £3,500. He then visited a zoo in Manchester and what he saw that day inspired him to create ‘a zoo without bars’. George opened Chester Zoo in 1931 with his family and a small group of animals, never forgetting the vow he made. By the time he died in 1978, aged 84, Mottershead’s dream of a ‘zoo without bars’ was well and truly flourishing.

Fast forward to 2015 and with more than 12,500 animals in 125 acres of award-winning zoological gardens, Chester Zoo is one of the world’s top attractions of its kind. 1.4 million people visit every year and its mission is to be a major force in conserving biodiversity. The latest attraction is Chester Zoo’s Islands, which aims to transport visitors to the South East Asian islands of Panay, Papua, Bali, Sumba, Sumatra and Sulawesi. Work began on the £40m, 60,000m² development in 2013 and it has taken almost two years and thousands of working hours to build.


The largest indoor zoo exhibit in UK history, Monsoon Forest is the centrepiece of the Islands and the second phase of the project to be completed. Islands gives visitors the chance to take a walk or boat ride past turtles, Sumatran tigers, cassowary birds and many other species, as well as through bamboo copses and rice paddies. It is also home to the Sundra gharial, one of the world’s largest crocodiles, whose habitat is cleverly set out so these remarkable creatures can be seen both above and under the water through spectacular glass viewing windows.


Crown House Technologies (part of Laing O’Rourke) is the M&E contractor for the Islands project and sub-contracted Morecambe based Cook Fire & Security Ltd to provide the fire detection system for the Monsoon Forest. Joe Weiss, ‎Technical Director at Cook Fire & Security, states, ‘Over the last 14 years we have become one of the leading installers of state-of-the-art solutions throughout the north-west of England and beyond. We have been involved in some highly prestigious projects but the Monsoon Forest was a unique environment and required some significant thought about the best way to protect, staff, visitors and, of course, the animals.’

A Honeywell D1 system allowed Cook Fire & Security to combine advanced audio management with a flexible architecture to deliver an advanced PA/VA solution at Monsoon Forest. Generally, this type of technology is utilised in public or larger buildings and, following the detection of smoke or fire, automated messages control the flow of people, allowing an orderly evacuation without panic. However – as animal welfare is at the very heart of Chester Zoo’s activities – one of the key priorities was to have a PA/VA system that could alert staff and visitors without causing distress to the creatures living there. Joe Weiss comments, ‘Obviously, the animals are used to the sound of human voices, so we felt that a PA/VA system would be more appropriate than the type of loud siren commonly used.’

Monsoon Forest is entirely enclosed and with temperatures reaching highs of 80°F, this level of humidity meant that a great deal of consideration had to be given to the most suitable fire detection system. A solution based around the Morley-IAS ZX5SE control panel was installed in the keeper’s section, as it is intuitive to use and easy to install, network, configure, maintain and expand. The public areas, however, required a solution that could offer high levels of false alarm prevention while blending in with the tropical surroundings.


Explaining the thought process, Weiss says, ‘Due to the height of the roof, access for installation and maintenance of a conventional or addressable system would have been problematic. Also, the high levels of moisture would have also been a problem and could have triggered false alarms. Therefore, an aspirating smoke detection system was the most suitable option.

A All-Spec system was chosen and Martyn Keenan, Business Manager (North West) for Morley-IAS says, ‘As a universal air sampling device for a broad range of applications, All-Spec makes it possible to achieve a cost effective solution in accordance with EN 54-20. This allows the devices to be used in areas where other smoke detectors and air sampling smoke detection systems are no longer suitable, such as Monsoon Forest. By putting water traps on all pipework going back to the control panels, an extra level of false alarm detection has been achieved.’

A highly innovative way of installing the system was employed, as the pipework was fitted when the roof interior was on the ground and then hoisted into position. This eliminated the need for access equipment and ensures that the environment will not need to be disturbed during any planned maintenance. Aesthetics were also important and white plastic was used to ensure that the system blended into the overall appearance of the roof structure.

Ian McIntosh, health & safety manager at the zoo at Chester Zoo is delighted with the fire detection system that has been installed, and concluded, ‘The response to Monsoon Forest since it opened has been terrific and it is now a key part of the Chester Zoo experience. However, we also value the role that technology plays in keeping our staff, visitors and animals safe, which is why having Honeywell fire detection technology installed by Cook Fire & Security gives us peace of mind.’

For further information, go to www.morley-ias.co.uk

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Kee Safety to showcase it’s safety products range at the RCI Show 2016

Stand F2 – 27th – 28th January 2016, Ricoh Arena, Coventry


Kee Safety, a global supplier of fall protection equipment and safety railing systems, will be returning to the RCI Show in 2016 to showcase its wide range of safety solutions. Visitors to stand F2 will be able to view examples of a range of working at height products from Kee Safety companies, Easi-Dec and Safesite.


Easi-Dec will be showcasing a range of safety products including Board-Walk, Valley-Walk and ladder safety products. Board-Walk is a mobile, lightweight open mesh walkway designed to provide safe access from the eaves to ridge when working on fragile and industrial roofs. Valley-Walk is designed to provide safe access on valley gutters for one or two people via a lightweight mobile walking frame. Ladder Spurs are a ladder safety accessory designed to increase the base width of the ladder to reduce the outward slip, whilst Joist Safety Matting provides a safe working platform for laying the loft insulation between joists. Visitors to the stand F2 will be offered 10% discount on all Easi-Dec products ordered before 29thFebruary 2016.


The Safesite range of fall protection products including the Kee Walk rooftop walkway protection, KeeGuard Premium, and an example of a bespoke access platform will also be on show on stand F2.

Kee Walk is an anti-slip, level, roof walkway system designed to provide safe access to and across the roof. Designed as a free standing edge protection system, KeeGuard Premium is ideal for roofs with limited space such as where solar panels have been installed. An example of bespoke access platforms, which is designed to provide safe access to areas where off the shelf fabricated platforms or other systems like ladders are not suitable, will also be on display.

For more information on the Easi-Dec and Safesite range please visit: www.easi-dec.co.uk / www.safesite.co.uk. Follow us on Twitter at @KeeSafety, @Easi-Dec and @SafesiteLimited


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Sika Liquid Plastics solution allows Asda store to remain open during roof refurb


A popular Scunthorpe supermarket has recently benefited from a complete roof refurbishment using a Sika Liquid Plastics Built-Up Roof waterproofing system. The Asda store had to remain open throughout the project, requiring expert planning by Northampton-based contractor Ice Roofing.

The building, originally constructed in 1976, was suffering from water ingress and the roof was in urgent need of repair. To ensure that the store could remain trading throughout the project, the client required a cold applied waterproofing option. Managed by Uplands Retail Ltd, the contract involved a tight timescale to refurbish several of the supermarket’s large roof areas, totalling 2000sq m.

Ice Roofing, a Sika Liquid Plastics Quality Assured contractor, already had a good reputation with Asda thanks to a number of previous jobs and were the obvious choice for the job.

Gareth Davies, Ice Roofing, explained: “We knew that our partnership with Sika Liquid Plastics would give us the advantage of additional expertise when specifying a product for the project.

“The team at Sika conducted a detailed survey, including thermal imaging using the latest technology, allowing us to see where the real problem patches where. This enabled us to reduce the area of roof we would have to completely strip back to the steel deck, which was really significant in keeping disruption to a minimum.”

A further challenge presented itself when asbestos was found in areas of the felt that needed to be stripped away. Ice Roofing brought in the experts to remove the existing substrate containing asbestos, while maintaining the integrity of the store’s waterproofing and complying with strict HSE standards.

Completed in just 10 weeks, two teams of three first increased the height of the roof by increasing the insulation thickness around various complex details. Sika Liquid Plastics’ Decothane Gamma 20 roof coating system in Slate Grey was then applied over the entire roof area. The cold applied, zero flame, zero heat Built-Up Roof system allowed the store to remain operational throughout the works; a key benefit for the local community.

A mineralised walkway was also installed to enable ease of access for future maintenance work.

Gareth added: “We worked fast and smart to deliver a seamless finish on the roof, with the liquid system offering ease of application around plant and penetrations. The superior 20-year guarantee, signed off by Sika Liquid Plastics when works were completed, sealed the deal for the client.”

Decothane is available in the UK from Sika Liquid Plastics. For further information visit http://gbr.liquidplastics.sika.com or call the Enquiry Line on 0800 112 3826.

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Fight condensation on windows in winter with Guardian ClimaGuard® Dry glass


Bertrange, Luxembourg, November 26, 2015 – Water condensation on windows is a problem that inevitably affects many modern houses and apartments in autumn. Condensing water not only looks unappealing, but also can affect visibility. The choice of ClimaGuard® Dry by Guardian’s Glass Group in Europe is a way to get rid of “steamy windows” while maintaining excellent insulating properties.

Until recently, it was commonly believed that the phenomenon of condensation was typical for windows with high thermal performance glazing. Moreover, external condensation was widely considered the signature of a well-insulated, energy-efficient window. How did this belief come to be?

Good thermal insulation glass does not allow the heat to “escape” from inside the house, so the outer pane usually stays cold and allows the deposition of water droplets from humid air. This, however, is not the case with the anti-condensation Guardian ClimaGuard Dry glass.

The product’s advantage lies in its innovative coating that allows it to effectively fight the phenomenon of “steamy windows”. Field tests conducted by Guardian in real weather conditions show that the average duration of water condensation on ClimaGuard Dry glass is just one hour. By comparison, for self-cleaning glass it is 7 hours, and for regular float glass it can be up to 8 hours. The all-new coating provides excellent transparency without compromising insulation or energy-efficiency of modern windows. The coating is extremely durable and requires no special maintenance. Guardian ClimaGuard Dry can be successfully used both in new buildings and in those undergoing a retrofit.. This innovative glass not only effectively eliminates condensation, but it also improves the energy efficiency of buildings and helps to meet the highest standards of sustainable construction. ClimaGuard Dry glass can be used in double- and triple-glazed windows. The product must be tempered to activate the coating.

Guardian Europe
19, Rue du Puits Romain
L-9070 Bertrange
+352 28 111 000


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Kemper’s Towering Achievement At Clifton Suspension Bridge

Kemper System’s Kemperol cold liquid applied waterproofing membranes have played a vital role in protecting the iconic towers of the Grade I listed Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol as part of a refurbishment project.


The scheme involved repointing and restoration of the sandstone structures, along with cathodic protection for the Bath Stone pillars and painting of the bridge chains.

Specialist contractor, Rateavon Ltd, was appointed to waterproof the towers’ platforms and refurbish the gutters for each tower, selecting Kemperol 2K-PUR and V210 to carry out the work.

Rateavon began by removing the existing bitumen coating from the towers’ cast iron gutters, using Kemper System’s solvent-free Kemperol 2K-PUR to replace it. There are limited falls to the gutters and are prone to standing water so the Kemperol system was chosen for its durability in these conditions and the longevity it offers with a BBA-accredited 25 year service life.

The contractor also selected Kemperol 2K-PUR for its compatibility with the zinc primer used to prepare the cast iron substrate and ease of application to the vertical surfaces.

For the tower platforms, Rateavon selected Kemper System’s Kemperol V210, carrying out the refurbishment as an overlay of the existing mastic asphalt substrate. Used for maintenance access, the platforms sit above the towers’ electrical infrastructure, so ensuring a durable and leak-free surface is critical.

Rateavon raised the cable trays on each section of the platforms to enable the application of the Kemperol V210 resin. The resin is cold applied, without the fire risk of hot works, in a single wet-on-wet process that ensures complete saturation of the reinforcement fleece; and cures to form a flexible monolithic membrane that is UV stable and bonds directly to the substrate.

Comments Tom Smidek from Rateavon: “This project combined the challenges of a listed structure, an exposed installation and working at height; and Kemper System was able to provide a solution to meet all these requirements.

“The new Kemperol surfaces will provide a long-term waterproofing solution with no risk of uplift and a visual appearance that matches the structures’ original design.”

About the Bridge:

The Clifton Suspension Bridge, spanning the picturesque Avon Gorge, is the symbol of the city of Bristol. For over 150 years this Grade I listed structure has attracted visitors from all over the world.

The bridge was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, John Hawkshaw and William Henry Barlow  and joins Bristol and North Somerset and is owned and operated by Clifton Suspension Bridge Trust. It is entirely funded by tolls – which have paid for its upkeep since it first opened to the public on 8th December 1864.


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MD of RCM Offers Guidance When Specifying Building Specification Products

Premier Inn, Walsall Waterfront

Premier Inn, Walsall Waterfront

At the forefront of industry research and development, RCM constantly strive to innovate and develop their range of building boards and facades. Finding the latest technology is an ethos which lies at the very heart of RCM business and one that separates them from their competition. With a comprehensive range for all applications – RCM recognise the importance of providing quality certified products which have been rigorously tested, to meet the demands of a challenging construction industry.

Ian Quinton, Managing Director of RCM – suppliers of building boards, facade and roofing solutions to some of the UK’s most prestigious developments, outlines the key criteria to consider when specifying building boards and cladding solutions for structural applications.

Hotel La Tour, Birmingham

Hotel La Tour, Birmingham

Quality Certified Products

RCM recognise the importance of providing quality certified products which have been rigorously tested, to meet the demands of a challenging construction industry.

In order to select the right product for the right application, specifiers need to be supplied with the right technical information.  The NBS National BIM Report 2014 reveals that 90% of specifiers find product inclusion in NBS BIM useful – they of course would say this, however as one of the few building board suppliers to use this specification system – RCM are great advocates.

Technical Approval

Specifying systems with a credible certification provides reassurance and confidence to specifiers.  BBA, for example, offers full technical approval for construction products and is recognised by building control, government departments, architects, local authorities, specifiers and building insurers – essential in developing school buildings.  BBA Approval provides architects, designers and contractors with certified information when specifying or installing building board products.

Structural Strength and Stability

A significant consideration when assessing building boards is to ensure the optimum racking performance to enhance structural strength. For example, European Norm – BS EN 594:2011 is the recognised testing protocol for testing racking strength and stiffness of timber frame wall panels.

Another factor to consider for stability is moisture movement. When evaluating a solution, consider a system that offers a high level of dimensional stability with limited moisture movement. Building boards can be specified with as little as 0.06% moisture movement. By specifying a building board that is fully tested to BS EN 1062-1, it ensures the boards have adequate moisture resistance and    durability and will have a life equal to that of the building. 

Behaviour in Relation to Fire

The Building Regulations for England and Wales set out the legal obligations for building designers. These functional requirements outline what must be done, but do not address how to achieve this. An example of a functional requirement that covers structural stability in a fire is that, ‘the building shall be designed and constructed so that, in the event of a fire, its stability will be maintained for a reasonable period.’

RCM make technical information readily available and the material safety data sheet for building boards and external cladding systems is a good starting point.

CE Marking

CE Marking is a manufacturer’s declaration that the product meets the requirements of the applicable EC directives in terms of safety, health and environmental requirements. CE Marked buildings boards appear under the harmonised standard of BS EN 12467:2012.

NEW to RCM’s products portfolio for 2016 – Tilcor and DAFA ranges.

The stone coated and satin-finished roof systems incorporates cutting-edge Zincalume protective steel, which gives the tiles longevity and service life over traditional galvanised tiles – delivering  a visually appealing finish and long term durability. The Tilcor range of pressed metal roofing tiles includes five distinctive profiles

DAFA membranes/seals

A wide range of products for creating airtight building envelopes, including: breathable membranes EPDM Weather Resistant Seals and Vapour Control Layer (VCL) Tape ranges.

Both these products will be launched at the RCI Show 2016 on the 27 & 28th January 2016, Ricoh Arena Coventry – stand E9.

CPD Seminars

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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Glacier creates a visual sensation


Glacier is just one of three new door finishes set to change the landscape for interior design. Introduced by leading internal door manufacturer Vicaima, Visual Sensations provides a new collection and welcome addition to the popular Dekordor SD foils range. Designed to capture the essence of dramatic landscapes, bringing exterior colour and pattern to an interior environment, these wood look doors bring genuine innovation.

Dekordor Standard Duty (SD) finished foil has long been a preferred choice for specifiers, offering as it does, a consistent and economical door finish which is suitable for a multitude of applications from homes to offices, in both the new build and refurbishment sectors. Now Visual Sensations create a totally new and unique Vicaima design that sets these doors apart from other products on the market.


The Visual Sensations collection comprises 3 totally new and distinct timber grained tonal choices including, Glacier, Canyon and Forest. Each of these is available in a choice of designs comprising flush vertical and cross-directional woodgrain (CDW), plus CDW with a contrasting inlay effect.  All doors are FSC certified for environmental peace of mind and can be supplied with a range of performance specifications including fire rated, acoustic and security as specification demands.  To complete the theme, Vicaima are also able to supply as part of a matching doorset (door, Frame and architrave) plus matching wardrobes and door panels where required.

Dekordor SD Visual Sensations are made on a to order basis and as such can accommodate a wide selection of configuration possibilities to make specification easy, with glazed options, pairs, over height dimensions, mobility widths and as part of door and frame kits and sets, to ensure that individual requirements can be appropriately satisfied. If you want to change your interior landscape then look to Visual Sensations for something different.

For further details about Vicaima Dekordor SD Visual Sensations visit the Vicaima website www.vicaima.com, alternatively call 01793 532333 for a copy of the new literature or face samples.

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Designing quiet bathrooms – new RIBA approved CPD from Geberit

Bathroom noises, caused by sanitaryware and behind-the-scenes pipework, can be an issue in multiple floored buildings, such as hotels, offices and apartments, disturbing guests and occupants trying to sleep or work in these environments. To help architects, specifiers and M&E contractors understand and combat this problem, Geberit has launched new RIBA approved CPD, Embedding Acoustics into Design.

Providing a technical insight and definition of ‘noise’ and its causes, the CPD covers current British Standards relating to limiting bathroom sound, plus Geberit’s thorough approach to noise reduction; which starts with good design and ends with appropriate product choices and correct installation techniques. Backed-up by Geberit’s own UK installation techniques and research, which takes place in its dedicated sound laboratory, Embedding Acoustics into Design, provides a detailed guide to creating quiet British bathrooms.

Embedding Acoustics in Design – what’s included:

  • Identification of the cause of ‘noise’ (cisterns, water in the soil stack etc.)
  • Importance of considering acoustics at the design stage
  • How to design a ‘quiet’ bathroom, looking at pipe layout, piping and sanitaryware types
  • Overview of current legislation
  • Geberit’s own laboratory data detailing the decibels (dBs) of bathroom sounds and the effect design, product choices and installation techniques have on reducing dBs.

Victoria Willis, Head of Piping and Product Management for Geberit commented. “According to Geberit’s own research, 90% of people* have been disturbed by waste water noise, with 55% of tenants stating they’d pay a little more rent if bathroom noises were reduced. This shows the importance of sound reduction; particularly in high end hotels and apartments. In our opinion, it is not always dealt with properly or even considered at any length at the design and planning stage, when in reality it’s incredibly important – getting a good night’s sleep is a priority for most people.”


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Rockwool to attend RCI Show

*** Stand C9 – 27th – 28th January 2016, Ricoh Arena, Coventry ***


For the second year running, ROCKWOOL, the world’s leading manufacturer of stone wool insulation, will be exhibiting at the RCI Show at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. From the 27th – 28th January 2016, ROCKWOOL will be highlighting the importance of acoustic and thermal systems, through a range of product demonstrations and thought leadership seminars.

During the two-day event, ROCKWOOL technical experts will be available to offer advice on the full range of insulation solutions for schools, offices, and public building., Visitors will have the opportunity to discuss ROCKWOOL’s unique combination of outstanding fire, acoustic and thermal insulation properties, as well as its unrivalled sustainability credentials.

Stand C9

ROCKWOOL will be displaying a range of its products on stand C9. Visitors will be able to find out more about its flat roofing solutions, HARDROCK® Multi-Fix (DD) and HARDROCK® Multi-Fix Recovery Board,  the range of external wall solutions, which include REDArt® and BrickShield®, along with its ventilated façade system, made up of RAINSCREEN DUO SLAB® and ROCKPANEL Cladding panels.

HARDROCK® Multi-Fix (DD) carries with it exceptional acoustic and fire resistance properties. It can be securely installed within mechanically fixed systems with just a single fixing. A comprehensive sound, thermal and fire safe solution, HARDROCK® Multi-Fix Recovery Board has been specifically developed for use on flat roof refurbishment projects for both domestic and commercial environments.  REDArt® and BrickShield® systems offer an external wall insulation solution that can improve building energy efficiency and provides a selection of attractive decorative finishes.

ROCKWOOL will also be demonstrating a number of useful installation tools, including its U-Value Calculator, SAP Sensitivity Tool and Acoustic and Fire Calculation Tools.


ROCKWOOL will be demonstrating the key properties of its products: acoustics, fire resistance and moisture repellence. Visitors to demo area 3 will receive a great understanding of the benefits of the product ranges, as ROCKWOOL puts them to the test. As part of the demonstration experience, ROCKWOOL will host a sound tunnel – a timber frame structure, insulated with ROCKWOOL to demonstrate the acoustic qualities and dimensional stability of ROCKWOOL insulation. As visitors proceed through the tunnel, they will experience different decibel rates with minimum noise disturbance.

Seminar Sessions

At 12:45am on Thursday 28th January, ROCKWOOL will be hosting a RIBA Approved CPD entitled Fire Safety Compliance: Rain screen Cladding Systems. This hour-long session will focus on why rainscreen cladding systems offer a combination of design flexibility and practical benefits in both new build and refurbishment projects. The presenter will take an in depth look at how to comply with fire safety performance within rainscreen systems that are designed for buildings above 18 metres.

For more information, visit ROCKWOOL on stand C9, or visit www.rockwoool.co.uk  

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Cembrit to showcase natural slate & fibre cement at the RCI Show 2016

*** Stand E4 27th – 28th January 2016, Ricoh Arena, Coventry *** 


Roofing and cladding specialist, Cembrit will be showcasing its industry-leading range of natural roofing slates and fibre cement cladding at the RCI Show 2016. Visitors to stand E4 will be able to view examples of the products, find out about the latest developments within these product ranges, and discover how they can be best used to deliver outstanding results.

Natural Slate

Natural slate retains its popularity as a roof covering as a result of its aesthetic appeal, beautiful variety and use on many majestic buildings in the UK’s architectural heritage. Contemporary understanding of the ecological impact of building materials has enhanced natural slate’s popularity, as it requires a comparably low energy input for processing relative to other alternatives. The proven durability of the best quality natural slate and the demand for reclaimed product, make natural slate a sustainable go-to product.

Cembrit has created a dedicated natural slates division to offer the UK’s specifiers and slaters greater choice of top end material for prestigious roofing contracts. The brands will offer reliable, long term availability, and will enhance the existing range of high quality slates. This development marks the beginning of a new phase in Cembrit’s commitment to natural slate. Visitors to the show will be able to find out more information about this investment and view the full natural slate range, which includes Glendyne, Duquesa, Contessa, Alpina and Montleon.

Fibre Cement Cladding

Cembrit’s range of fibre cement rainscreen claddings in 60 combinations of colour and surface treatment will be shown including Cembrit’s popular ‘through coloured’ cladding board will also be on display at the show. Manufactured from fibre cement, the boards are suitable for use as an architectural feature for external applications. It is available in 11 pastel colours, with an attractive matt finish and a faint directional grain.  During the production process, Cembrit cladding undergoes a unique impregnation treatment, which effectively protects against water staining and dirt, ensuring that the façade retains its attractive appearance in both dry and wet weather conditions.

Cembrit representatives will explain to visitors how the combination of colour stability, with a class 0 fibre rating to BS 476 part 6 and a class 1 rating to BS 476 part 7, makes its cladding products ideal for overcladding rainscreen applications. The sheets can be used for a range of applications, including rainscreen cladding, weatherboarding, window elements, fascia, balconies and prefabricated facade elements.

For more information on Cembrit products, visit stand E4 at the RCI Show, or visit www.cembrit.co.uk

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NVELOPE to exhibit it’s cladding support systems at RCI Show 2016


NVELOPE, the rainscreen cladding specialist, will be exhibiting its industry-leading rainscreen cladding support systems at the RCI Show 2016. Visitors to stand G6 will be able to familiarise themselves with the full product range and find out more about the latest developments in the range.

NVELOPE’s rainscreen cladding support systems are developed using the highest specification alloys, and are ideal for supporting a wide variety of façade materials. These include high-pressure laminate (HPL), timber, weatherboard, fibre cement, fibre concrete, ceramic, thin stone, aluminium composite material (ACM) and other metals. NVELOPE supplies a versatile, quick to specify and simple to install, BBA certified range which is manufactured under the ISO 9001 quality management system. NVELOPE products and systems are an ideal solution for visible and concealed fix (both structural and mechanical) applications.

The company’s range of rainscreen brackets and grid systems can be optimised for specific projects, thanks to the expertise of its technical design support service. This ensures that NVELOPE can add real value to the design process, bringing specifiers real freedom with an almost infinite range of façade appearance and layout options.

Visitors to the stand will also be able to find out more about the NVELOPE online ‘Project Builder’ design and pricing service, which provides a complete, project specific cladding solution for specifiers with a very fast turnaround. The ‘Project Builder’ design and pricing software by NVELOPE can speed up the cladding specification process for contractors, providing them with a bracket layout and an indicative m2rate to meet their precise requirements.

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

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Engineered Solution with a Certified Performance Designed to Overcome Skills Shortages and Meet Building Regulations


As widely reported, the recession caused a vast fall in the demand for bricks, resulting in many kilns ceasing to manufacture and bricklayers having to find alternative employment.  As the industry emerged from the downturn, in 2014, it became clear that housebuilders were challenged by two major factors – a shortage of materials and traditional labour skills

Although many businesses grappled to find the best way forward, Alumasc Facade Systems turned this situation into an opportunity by developing a new and innovative facade technology designed specifically for the offsite structural timber sector – the Alumasc Ventilated System (AVS).

The initial product development remit was to design a ventilated system that would replicate traditional building aesthetics, whilst providing a lightweight solution that could be fixed directly to structural timber systems. Alumasc’s main goal was to ensure the system was engineered to deliver structural stability across all applications whilst providing adaptability to all forms of structural timber construction.

This innovative, engineered system provides the solution to overcome the fundamental issues of the brick shortages. AVS, as an offsite manufactured system, improves efficiency and speed of construction, addresses skills shortages and enhances the quality of finish, whilst delivering the final aesthetics to meet the exacting requirements of architects, designers and housebuilders.

The product offers specifiers a ventilated cladding solution for timber frame construction (open and closed panel technology), together with volumetric modular and structurally insulated panel systems (SIPS). It protects the fabric of the building whilst providing a wide choice of aesthetic options.

AVS meets all UK ventilation standards for timber framed buildings and offers an industry-leading A2 Fire Performance Rating, together with the highest levels of impact resistance and is suited to all exposure levels.

AVS complies with the requirements of both the NHBC and TRADA, namely the need for ventilation for structural timber construction, with a minimum of 15mm ventilated cavity for NHBC and 25mm for TRADA.

The system accommodates a range of cavity depths – the free-flowing system ensures that the substrate remains continuously ventilated and prevents any moisture tracking back to the primary structure, removing condensation – providing a protective facade.

Offering an alternative method of construction, AVS can replicate any brick in the market via patented, lightweight acrylic brick slips. The system is not just limited to using acrylic brick slips as the final facade finish – it is also approved for use with textures, through-coloured silicone renders, along with an extensive range of dashing renders.

AVS is erected via Alumasc’s network of registered installers to ensure correct application onsite. The AVS installer training programme is independantly assessed and approved by the BBA. AVS comes with a 10 year warranty offer for all projects installed by an Alumasc registered contractor.

Technical Approval

The AVS system has been rigorously tested, resulting in compliance with all UK Building Regulations and became British Board of Agrément approved (Cert No: 15/5211) in May 2015. It is the only ventilated system in the UK to be BBA certified with an external acrylic brick slip finish and offers an industry-leading A2 rating, providing the building with improved fire performance when compared to other cladding solutions.

During the development of the system, Alumasc worked very closely with a number of companies and bodies to ensure AVS would meet the demands of the offsite and onsite construction industry, whilst providing optimum performance and longevity. These organisations include CCG, Exova Fire Research, Warrington (fire testing); Lucideon (UKAS accredited testing body); Pell Frishmann (Consultant Engineers) and the British Board of Agrément.

AVS is the solution to overcome current construction industry skills issues and is well-positioned to be part of the building technology of the future.

For more information visit: www.alumascfacades.co.uk/avs

To book a CPD seminar please email: facades@alumasc-exteriors.co.uk

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Reynaers announced as finalists for six Construction Marketing Awards 201


Reynaers has been announced as finalists for an incredible six categories in the Construction Marketing Awards 2015 following a series of successful campaigns, events and research conducted over the past year.

The awards, now in their 15th year, showcase the construction industry’s creativity, innovation and effectiveness in marketing. Expert judges recognise and reward excellence in the built environment across 22 categories.

Aluminium systems company Reynaers is finalist in the Best Digital Campaign; Best Use of Events and Live Marketing; Best Use of Direct Marketing; Best Use of Advertising; Research and Insight and Marketing Team of the Year.

Reynaers, working with Wyatt International, has been nominated for the Best Use of Direct Marketing, Best Digital Campaign and Best Use of Advertising categories for its innovative ‘Look Deeper’ campaign. This encouraged partners in the trade and specifiers to take a closer look at design aesthetics, innovation and performance through a series of emails and adverts. The campaign met an extremely challenging brief, to deliver attention-grabbing creative across a range of media, to raise brand awareness, to build engagement with key contacts in the industry and to generate enquiries from architects nationwide.

A series of exclusive R-Cuisine events have been shortlisted for Best Event and Live Marketing Event. High profile decision makers, from more than 40 companies in the construction industry, enjoyed Michelin starred dining with celebrity chef Matt Gillan – the latest winner of Great British Menu – as well as getting the chance to top the leaderboard of the Top Gear ‘Star in a reasonably priced car’ experience.

Reynaers has also been shortlisted for the Research and Insight category for its comprehensive research and segmentation project comprising nearly 300 phone interviews with architects, fabricators, retailers, installers, consultants, contractors, builders, and developers. The research gave an in-depth insight into the decision-making process of key partners within the industry – with the results providing a sound base for future strategic planning.

Head of Marketing Hugh Moss said: “As you can imagine we’re delighted to be finalists in six categories for the CMA 2015 awards, which are so well respected by the industry.

“I’m particularly proud that our hard-working team has been selected as finalists in the Best Marketing Team category. It’s wonderful that our successful campaigns have also gained deserved recognition and we’re very much looking forward to the awards on 9th December.”


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Cembrit’s Contessa slates provide flawless finish for new homes in Weymouth beauty spot

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Linden Homes Southern

Cembrit’s Contessa natural slate have been installed on 23 beautifully designed and high specification homes in Dorset, just a few miles from the seaside town of Weymouth. Built by Linden Homes, the new build properties offer commuters a quiet haven between Weymouth and Dorchester.

Located on the south coast of England, in an area renowned for its natural beauty, Lorton Gardens is situated near Lorton Meadows Nature Reserve. The development consists of three and four bedroom detached and semi-detached properties, six affordable homes, dedicated parking spaces and an open wildlife area. While it is set in a peaceful, semi-rural location, the development has attracted many commuters due to it being within walking distance of a main line railway station.

Dorchester-based roofing contractor, Weatherbury Roofing installed 25,000 blue/black Contessa slates on the new build properties. Specified for its attractive, natural finish, the slates complement the picturesque surroundings. Contessa slates have a textured surface, which helps to create a traditional-looking home.

“We’ve installed Cembrit slates on a number of other projects in the past,” comments Simon Coleman, Contracts Manager for Weatherbury Roofing. “We’re always impressed with the look of these slates, and knew that they would suit this project perfectly. We enjoy working with Cembrit natural slates as they are easy to handle, cut and lay – three very important aspects of a roofing project.”

Contessa, one of the UK’s leading specified Spanish slates, is produced by some of the most efficient quarries in Spain. This natural slate is available in blue/black and grey and comes in a variety of sizes. With its textured surface, an attractive and long lasting roof can be achieved. They are strong enough to withstand weather conditions and are unaffected by sunlight, ultraviolet light and acid rain. Contessa slates will last the lifetime of the building.

With over 80 years’ experience, Cembrit offers a wide range of fibre cement slates, corrugated sheets, and rainscreen cladding and building boards, as well as natural slates. Our factories operate Environmental Management Systems (EMS) to EN14001. Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) are available on all Cembrit manufactured ranges. Cembrit fibre cement slates are listed on the Greenbooklive.com register of environmental products. Quality levels at group factories are rigorously maintained to high standards with many products manufactured under the control of ISO 9001 and British Board of Agrément. Cembrit is owned by the Swedish-based investment company Solix Group AB.

For further information visit www.cembrit.co.uk, email sales@cembrit.co.uk, or for a copy of the technical data sheets, tel: +44 (0)20 8301 8900.

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Celebrate the best in building with the world’s leading mainstream, low-carbon construction material.


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Following the huge success of this year’s Structural Timber Awards, the prestigious awards ceremony will be returning for 2016!

Presented at a high profile dinner, the Structural Timber Awards is taking place on Wednesday 19 October 2016 in Birmingham. As a significant event in the timber calendar, the awards will once again attract over 500 national business leaders and high profile decision makers.

Celebrating the best in timber construction, the Structural Timber Awards are a prominent platform to showcase and celebrate iconic projects and industry innovators.

The closing date for submissions is 31 May 2016 and there are 16 different categories enter including – Best Social Housing Project, Best Private Housing Project, Best Education Project, Best Healthcare Project, Best Commercial Project, Best Retail Project, Low Energy Project, Engineer of the Year, Architect of the Year, Client of the Year, Contractor of the Year, Product Innovation Award, Pioneer Award and Project of the Year. Plus – new for 2016, the Best Self-Build Project and Product Marketing Award!

This year, the Awards team have made it even easier to enter! Not only have two new categories been added – enticing a broader scope of entries, the submission forms have been streamlined with only FIVE questions to complete per category.

Get Involved

You’ve got to be in it to win it! If you have an outstanding project, innovative product and/or dynamic people promoting excellence in structural timber across the UK, why not enter the Structural Timber Awards?

The submission deadline for Award entries is 31 May 2016, and you can enter any of the categories at no cost by visiting: http://www.structuraltimberawards.co.uk/

There has already been a large amount of attention focused on next year’s awards, if you are interested in sponsorship, get in touch now and receive a 10% early-bird discount before 01 December 2015.

For 2016 sponsorship opportunities, please contact David Smith on: 01743 290011 or david.smith@radar-communications.co.uk

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Tradesmith delivers the first PAS 24 low-threshold French door using Halo profile


Tradesmith, a leading South East window, door and conservatory manufacturer and Halo Approved Fabricator has become one of the industry’s first companies to achieve the coveted PAS 24 security standard on a low-threshold French door.

PAS 24 – a UK standard for door and window security performance – is only achievable by submitting products for certification with a UKAS-accredited testing house, and represents a significant and sustained effort from the manufacturer to reach the required levels of protection.

Tradesmith Managing Director, Mark Hutchinson explained: “We’re thrilled that Tradesmith has become the first fabricator to achieve PAS 24 on a low-threshold French door using The VEKA UK Group‘s Halo profile.

“The Government’s Document Q guidance – one of a number of documents pertaining to achievement of the 2010 Building Regulations – came into effect at the start of October, and recommends that all buildings be fitted with doorsets and windows designed to meet PAS 24 or similar.

“We presented the completed door for independent assessment ‘off our own bat’, without needing to piggyback on the test results of components that make up the design, and it’s great to be able to display the PAS 24 logo alongside our Secured by Design accreditation – the official Police initiative, aimed at ‘designing out crime’ in physical security measures.”

Besides working closely with Halo – part of The VEKA UK Group – Tradesmith also collaborated with other highly respected suppliers, including Paddock / Yale and Winlock to ensure the door reached the necessary standard.

“What Tradesmith has achieved is no mean feat”, commented Colin Torley, Sales and Marketing Director of The VEKA UK Group. “To achieve PAS 24 certification is a challenge in itself, let alone with a low-threshold French Door that must be able to offer unhindered mobility access as well as the required security credentials.

“It’s great to see Halo profile play such an integral part in this worthy project and I’d like to congratulate Tradesmith on behalf of The VEKA UK Group for this accomplishment.”

Mark added: “This product is a great addition to our TS Collection and will be available to all our trade customers. Anybody interested in finding out more should visit our website: www.tradesmith.co.uk

VEKA plc, 01282 716611


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Sika Sarnafil specified for roof refurb at two of London’s biggest tourist attractions


The National Gallery and the Science Museum – two of London’s major and iconic visitor attractions – have benefitted from a planned roof maintenance programme, using Sika Sarnafil membranes and specialist contractor, Delomac Roofing.

Working with the National Gallery since 1995, a programme of roof replacement and thermal upgrading has seen in excess of 12,000sq m of Sika Sarnafil membranes installed, together with insulation, roof lights and walkways in a series of over 30 completed projects – including the complete Sainsbury Wing in 2008.

Working closely with the client and architect, specifications have been delivered using the Sika Sarnafil Partner Supply Chain to ensure watertight and long lasting protection to the priceless works of art on display.

At the Science Museum, ageing and poorly insulated roof coverings were targeted for upgrade and replacement in a series of tender awards, all successfully won by Delomac and Sika Sarnafil.


Brendan McNulty said: “With the impact of rising utility costs, effective thermal upgrades were completed with the roof works, delivering tangible cost savings.”

The Science Museum’s Flight Gallery houses many historic planes, including a Spitfire, a prototype Harrier and a cut cross section form a Jumbo Jet. Visitors were able to safely enjoy these exhibits without disruption while these important roof works were completed close by.

At both sites, environmental and whole life cost considerations were key in material specification – with a target to reduce energy use.

Equally, the lightweight membranes and considered planned specifications allowed system overlays with an entirely flame-free cold application, ensuring minimal internal disturbance to visitor experience.

“As with all London sites – particularly with huge public visitor numbers, logistical issues were challenging; but the advantage of a unified supply chain with out of hours early deliveries ensured zero risk to arriving footfall.

“The roof refurbishments on both buildings have been designed to an exceptionally high standard. Our effective installation, backed by Sika Sarnafil’s robust guarantees ensure the client has peace of mind for years to come.” Brendan added.

For more information on Sika Sarnafil’s products and services, call 01707 358500, email sarnafilroofing@uk.sika.com or visit www.sarnafil.co.uk.

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Nullifire introduces Premier Contractors’ Scheme


Underlining the importance of correct application techniques for crucial fire protection systems, as well as its long term support for its network of contracting partners, Nullifire has launched a new contractor training and benefits programme.

The Premier Contractors’ Scheme has been developed to provide specialist installers of Nullifire’s industry leading  with both appropriate skills and a greater insight into the advanced materials’ benefits and characteristics.

Participants can undertake the one-day courses either at Nullifire’s headquarters in Coventry, or within the manufacturer’s new purpose-designed facility in Wigan. The manufacturer’s staff will deliver detailed presentations on the performance and application characteristics of products including the now well-established SC902 system and the recently-introduced SC801 which complements it. Supervision of preparation and application will be carried out in multiple booths to offer contractors’ operatives valuable hands-on experience.

Steve Plater of Nullifire, comments: “Under the new scheme, we will be offering training to partner contractors and an insight into the performance of SC902 which can give them an enormous advantage in terms of time on site and the ambient conditions under which it can be applied. They will also learn about SC801, the new 90 and 120-minute product, which complements the use of SC902 in areas or at times where its enhanced application characteristics, say in relation to temperature, are not required. This provides further economic benefits for our customers.”

Once companies have had their staff trained, they will be listed on Nullifire’s website as Premier Contractors and be able to display the company logo on their vans or literature. Branded workwear and membership cards will also be available. Courses will run at regular intervals throughout the year and Nullifire has already been seeing strong interest from the fire protection industry. Main contractors are also starting to see the benefits of using a Nullifire Premier Contractor.

For further information on tremco illbruck, please call 01942 251400 or visit www.tremco-illbruck.com.

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Heradesign’s acoustic control reaches new heights


City of Glasgow College opened the doors to its new £228 million city centre Riverside Campus this autumn. The campus houses teaching accommodation for the Nautical and Engineering departments and a new halls of residence for the College. Heradesign from Knauf AMF is installed in the state-of-the art Engineering Hall. This large expanse includes lathe workshops, welding areas and a dedicated working ships engine room. Heradesign ceiling panels were chosen because they comply with Building Regulation BB93: acoustic design of schools and provide outstanding acoustic control in this potentially noisy space.

The Engineering Hall is a multi-functional environment with machinery operating and a number of tutorials taking place at the same time. The hall could be a difficult area in which to control disruptive noise, but because Heradesign panels provide Class A sound absorption they help control the ambient sound level, reduce reverberation and increase speech intelligibility. This helps create a productive learning environment for both lecturers and students.


Michael Laird Architects (MLA) and Reiach and Hall Architects designed and delivered the campus project.  Adam Frickleton Associate Director at MLA was also attracted to Heradesign for its aesthetic qualities: “The Engineering Hall is an industrial space where raw and robust materials have been left exposed. We felt that the material quality of the Heradesign wood-wool range aligned with the intended design finish.”

Heradesign is manufactured from sustainably sourced wood-wool and has a naturally textured woven surface. The panels are available in a choice of fibres ranging from 1-3mm thick, and in a number of different sizes and edge details. Adam Frickleton specified Heradesign in light grey to fit the intended design aesthetic for the hall. Heradesign is a versatile product, its surface can be colour matched to a wide range of custom colours from popular systems such as RAL, NCS or StoColor.


In the Engineering Hall, the ceiling is fitted above the lighting and ventilation system to give the roof area a utilitarian look. Heradesign can also incorporate ventilation and lighting in the same installation to reduce visual clutter.  All Knauf AMF ceilings are fully demountable making access and maintenance to the services in the void quick and simple.

Heradesign is ideal for educational buildings because the panels offer long-lasting durability, have high impact resistance and provide excellent fire safety.

If you’re working on an educational project, Knauf AMF can provide assistance on how to ensure your building complies with the Building Regulations for schools. Contact info@knaufamf.co.uk or visit www.amfceilings.co.uk/heradesign

Knauf AMF Ceilings Limited, 1 Swan Road, South West Industrial Estate, Peterlee, Co. Durham, SR8 2HS.
E-mail: info@knaufamf.co.uk.  Telephone: 0191 518 8600    web: www.amfceilings.co.uk

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Building A Better Educational Environment


Much has been written about the impact construction can have on the environment but very little on the effect a building can have on its occupants. We have all entered a building and for some inexplicable reason, found it inviting. The influence construction materials can have on the comfort and wellbeing of end users is an area where more research is required, however evidence is now emerging about the role cross laminated timber (CLT) can play in enhancing internal environments.

Greg Cooper, Preconstruction Manager for the X-LAM Alliance, advises specifiers on the positive benefits of cross laminated timber construction – today he shares new research with Go! Public. Committed to research and innovation, the X-LAM Alliance are specialists in the design and delivery of sustainable CLT structures:

SOS – School Without Stress

The SOS school project, conducted by Holzcluster Steiermark, studied natural and healthy learning environments and whether or not they could have a positive effect on the wellbeing of pupils. SOS stands for ‘Schule ohne Stress’ which translates as ‘School without stress.’

The main objective of this project was to investigate basic scientific principles regarding the effect buildings have on the physiological, mental and psychological capabilities, especially in learning and mental stress situations.xlam2

The study compared four classes – two first grade and two second grade – of a secondary school in Haus im Ennstal with a total of 52 test students. Two of the classrooms were constructed with timber and equipped with wooden furniture and two with standard school interiors.

At the beginning of the school year the heart rate of pupils in the timber classroom was low, over the course of the year it decreased further. The difference between standard and timber built classrooms amounted to almost 10 heart beats per minute. The timber interior definitely had a positive effect on heart activity – the pupils were more relaxed in school and slept better at night. In the timber classroom pupils saved about two hours of cardiovascular activity per day – that equates to 8,600 less heart beats.

Cardiac vagal tone, the internal biological process referring to the activity of the vagus nerve, was another area of investigation. The vagus nerve is the one that protects our heart. The higher the check value, the less the risk of heart attacks.

There was an increase in vagal tone in pupils in the timber classrooms compared with a decrease in the standard classroom. The results of vagal tone in all test pupils continued through the night. An increase in vagal tone slows the heart rate and a higher vagal tone can have an effect on the emotional and social functions.

Head of the study, Maximillian Moser, said the results are ‘remarkable’ adding: “At the beginning we were a bit sceptical but the study has undoubtedly shown that wood has indeed a positive effect on our pupils.”

Positive Outcomes

  • Exposed timber
  • Creates a natural, inviting and calming environment
  • Enhances acoustic properties and dampens sound
  • Generates a peaceful space for effective teaching and learning
  • Introduces sustainability and environmental awareness to students

Protecting Future Generations

This study shows that along with its inherent benefits such as speed, sustainability and aesthetic appeal – cross laminated timber can have significant positive outcomes on the long term health and wellbeing of occupants.

Timber is the number one renewable mainstream construction material and can produce greener buildings with a lower carbon footprint. The X-LAM Alliance adopts and applies Best Practice sustainability principles through all aspects of its processes, from raw material procurement through to manufacture, offsite processes and onsite assembly. Offering only PEFC or FSC certified timber ensures clients are guaranteed of Full Chain of Custody. We are doing our bit to support future generations!

Learnings and Understanding

The X-LAM Alliance can assist at every stage of your construction journey – from pre-tender design through to onsite delivery and everything in between.

As industry specialists, the X-LAM Alliance offer one hour CPD seminars. These development sessions are tailored to meet the requirements of architects, engineers, specifiers and cover the technical and performance benefits, including an introduction to the CLT Construction Specifier, which will open the gates to value engineering and associated cost savings at a much earlier stage in the design process/procurement process.

For more information please visit: www.xlam-alliance.com

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New labs are a scientific breakthrough for Penwortham


Penwortham Priory Academy is a school with innovation at its heart. It’s here that 13 year old Jamie Edwards became the youngest person in the world to create nuclear fusion in 2014.

To enable all students to make their own personal scientific breakthroughs, the school wanted to turn their existing labs into cutting edge learning spaces as part of a £750,000 investment project.

Briefed with creating an open plan learning environment to facilitate collaborative teaching styles and fire students’ enthusiasm for STEM subjects, education interior specialists Innova Design Solutions have designed, manufactured and installed a space that truly inspires.

Labs dating from the 1950s have been replaced by an ultra modern environment including wet and dry labs, preparation areas and a research space.

The facilities centre on a vibrant, space age style collaboration and research area with flexible tables to encourage group and independent study. Colourful armchairs and coffee tables provide a space for ‘breakout’ sessions, whilst bright storage walls and futuristic orb display units provides the facility to display students’ work.

Mobile glass screens which double as writing boards allow staff and students to reconfigure the space to meet their needs, whilst an ICT area with spacious sawtooth desking provides space for online research.


Wet and dry labs for practical and theory studies border the research area. Designed using Innova’s unique Hot Corners concept, the wet lab provides a working classroom and practical laboratory within the same space. With services located on the front face of the units, the layout maximises desk space, allowing sufficient room for both practical and theory lessons and reducing student distraction.

In the dry lab movable pod units allow the desks to be reconfigured to suit a range of different teaching and learning styles, providing maximum flexibility.

Tough, durable Trespa Toplab work surfaces, resistant to damage from chemical spills have been installed throughout the labs, guaranteeing them a lifespan that will endure the experimentation and innovation of generations of students.


A large open plan prep room offers a spacious environment for lesson preparation and storage. A central preparation desk gives technicians a clutter-free space to set up practical sessions, whilst perimeter units offer a safe, secure storage solution for chemicals and equipment.

To support biology studies and encourage students to develop a sense of responsibility for animals a pet zone was created, housing insects, hamsters and fish. Perforated perspex cabinets were fitted into a wall of stylish black storage units to house the animals cages, giving the Penwortham pets a new home perfectly in keeping with their cutting edge surroundings.

Matt Eastham, headteacher at Penwortham Priory said ‘Working with Innova on our new state of the art science block was painless from beginning to end. Right from design through to install, Innova made us feel part of the entire process, allowing us to work closely with the team so that the end result is a facility that is great for Priory, great for our pupils and great for the way we want our pupils to learn. We now have a learning environment in Science that is exciting, innovative and engaging, a facility we are very proud of, thanks in no small part to the team at Innova.’

For more information please visit www.innova-solutions.co.uk or call 0161 477 5300.

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Opening the Door to a Bygone Era at Fortnum & Mason


Boon Edam was delighted to be chosen as the main supplier for the bespoke entrance to the new ‘bygone era’ style restaurant at Fortnum & Mason based in London. The new restaurant aptly named 45 Jermyn Street is the latest addition to the high-end department store which has been successfully running since 1707.

Turning Old into New
Due to its old fashioned glamour and vintage beauty, the designers of this new restaurant wanted to create a lasting impression right from the start by incorporating an authentic looking entrance to this chic new eatery.

As experts in the field of entrance design, Boon Edam were chosen by the restaurant designers to design, manufacture and install a traditional-style entry way which would also be fitting for the modern world. The bespoke revolving door was entirely hand made out of timber with a power assisted drive and an additional collapsible door set added to allow for the passing of bulky items and larger items of luggage.

This prestigious door design was chosen by the designer for many reasons. Due to its prominent position in Piccadilly, London, the architects were tasked with creating a statement entrance piece which would also ooze a quintessential look and feel which would, in turn, blend in with the overall quintessentially English theme of the department store. The revolving door was also a first choice option as a way of overcoming the great British weather of cold winds and wet weather! Typically, a revolving door can eliminate the amount of cold air that enters a building during its use and rivals that of a more traditional swing door which lacks any control of draughts during cold spells.

Experts in Design
As a world leader in entry design, our client opted to work with Boon Edam Ltd whose reputation is synonymous with reliability and quality. Like Fortnum & Mason, the Boon Edam brand is long standing and internationally recognised for providing its customers with the quality workmanship that they’ve come to expect over the years. As a unique company which started life in designing wooden revolving doors back in 1873, our client knew that Boon Edam Ltd were more than experienced in this field. Having initially discussed their needs and expectations and by providing examples of previous timber based revolving doors, Boon Edam were able to easily supply the client with a design they were after.

Customisation and Communication
Putting our client at the forefront of this project, Boon Edam ensured that all communication was thorough throughout the entire design and manufacture stages of this project and that clear communication was continued right through to completion. By working closely with our client, we were able to ensure that all design needs were met at every step of the process. It was obvious during the early stages that certain aspects such as lead times, costs and material matching could potentially cause problems for the designer but Boon Edam helped to alleviate these concerns and kept communications open during the whole process. A unique aspect of this working relationship was the option given for the client to visit the Boon Edam factory based in the Netherlands. This gave a further opportunity for our client to view the bespoke door product as a completed product prior to it being delivered to the UK. It also gave the architects the opportunity to get a clearer idea of what was being provided and to allow for any changes that needed to be made before being dispatched.

David Healy, Area Project Manager at Boon Edam Ltd said “From start to finish, liaising closely with the client and the architect, the Fortnum & Mason bespoke revolving door progressed efficiently throughout the design, manufacture and installation process. In my view, the uniqueness of this door comes down to it being manufactured from Oak in order to compliment the look of the new restaurant and to help retain its functionality required in its day-to-day use”.

Due to the impeccable communication and seamless working relationship between supplier and client, the installation of this majestic product was turned around in less than 5 months, leaving both the architects and Boon Edam Ltd delighted with the results.


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Advanced Panels Protect Flagship Crossrail Station



Travellers passing through the flagship Tottenham Court Road Station on London’s Northern Line and the new £14.8 billion Crossrail network, set to open in 2018, will be protected by intelligent fire systems from Advanced.

The combined Crossrail and London Underground station, which originally opened in 1900 as part of the Central London Railway, also serves the Central Line and the Charing Cross branch of the Northern Line. The entire station has undergone a major reconstruction to integrate with the Crossrail service and it is expected to cater for up to 200,000 passengers every day once the new line opens.

Transport for London (TFL), specified Advanced’s industry-leading MxPro fire panel range for the station due to its quality, reliability and ease of use. Installed by NG Bailey there are currently two MxPro 4 networked panels installed in the station, which will increase to four when two MxPro 5 panels are added to the Crossrail sections which is due to be completed in 2018. The flexibility of MxPro means that these can be integrated seamlessly into the existing system, along with additional components.

Peter Patrick, Senior Project Manager and spokesperson for NG Bailey said: “The MxPro 4 panels are one of the best open protocol panels currently on the market and Advanced is the one of the preferred panel suppliers for London Underground control and indicating equipment. We find installing and configuring Advanced systems easy.”

MxPro offers customers a choice of two panel ranges, four detector protocols and a completely open installer network, backed up by free training and support. MxPro panels can be used in single loop, single panel format or easily configured into high speed, multi-loop panels in 200 node networks covering huge areas. Advanced’s legendary ease of installation and configuration and wide peripheral range make it customisable to almost any application.

Amanda Hope, Advanced’s UK Business and Development Manager, said: “The new Crossrail system has been in the planning for many years and is scheduled to open in 2018. It’s a key part of the London transport infrastructure and will be used by millions of passengers, so a high quality and reliable fire system is absolutely essential. We believe that the MxPro panels tick all the boxes for the combined station at Tottenham Court Road, delivering a future proof solution with the option to expand and enhance the system in future.”

The MxPro 4 system is fully compliant with relevant EN54 Parts 2 and 4, and backed up with Advanced’s renowned customer care and technical support. MxPro 5 its more advanced successor is approved to EN54 parts 2, 4 and 13 and is backwards compatible with MxPro 4.

Advanced is a world leader in the development and manufacture of intelligent fire systems. Its legendary performance, quality and ease-of-use sees its products used in prestigious and challenging locations all over the world, from single panel installations to large multi-site networks. Advanced products include complete fire detection systems, multi-protocol fire panels, extinguishant controls and fire paging systems. More details can be found on the website at www.advancedco.com.

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The National Painting and Decorating Show 2015

Tuesday 1st to Wednesday 2nd December 2015, 09:30 to 16:00 Jaguar Hall, Ricoh Arena, Coventry CV66GE, United Kingdom

The 2015 National Painting and Decorating Show will be the biggest and best in the event’s 21 year history. With more exhibitors, more products and more demonstrations than ever before, this year’s show is a ‘must see’ for all professional painters and decorators – individuals and businesses, stockists and suppliers – looking for the latest painting and decorating products, materials and techniques.


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Explore the Latest Innovations in Offsite Technology


With many commercial buildings in use 24/7, the requirement for rapid and effective delivery of new energy efficient facilities is vital. Offsite construction methods can provide faster, leaner and smarter construction solutions in to this dynamic sector. Spreading the word on the latest technology innovations is imperative to greater uptake.

Explore Offsite in the Commercial Sector’ is designed to do just that. The event taking place at Inmarsat, 99 City Road in London on 01 December 2015, will showcase ground-breaking projects and feature industry pioneers who will share their vast experience of the sector.

Representatives from Kier, NG Bailey, Simons Group, WSP, Carillion, Kingspan Timber Solutions, Buchan Concrete Products, EOS Façades, Metechno and Caledonian Modular will be speaking the event, alongside Tim Snelson from  Arup and Nick Milestone from B & K Structures, who will present the multi award winning commercial project –  BSkyB Campus –  a fast track commercial office training and leisure facility.

For the full conference agenda and speaker line-up visit: www.exploreoffsite.co.uk

If you would like more information on attending the event, please contact the event organisers – Radar Communications on 01743 290001. Tickets cost just £75 plus vat and include; entry into the conference and exhibition, lunch and refreshments throughout.


Straight after the Explore Offsite conference, you can extend your day and stay on for the 2015 Offsite Construction Awards – find out more and book your place at www.offsiteawards.co.uk

A combined ticket deal is available upon request.


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Altro creates ‘wow’ factor at new birthing unit


A wide range of Altro flooring and walling has been used to create a homely atmosphere with a ‘wow’ factor in a new birthing unit at Worcestershire Royal Hospital.

The Meadow Birth Centre is a former antenatal ward and maternity triage which has been converted into four en-suite birthing rooms named Poppy, Cornflower, Daisy and Violet.

The facility is run by experienced midwives and offers a comfortable environment where birth is treated as a ‘normal’ process (without intervention), rather than a medical one. Mothers-to-be can also adjust lighting and choose music for the birth.

Meadow Birth Centre has been designed to look and feel homely, colourful and bright, helping everyone involved to feel comfortable and relaxed throughout the process. This style of birthing unit is relatively rare but becoming more popular throughout the UK. Those involved with the project visited other birthing units to see what was already being done successfully. A selection of Altro flooring and Altro Whiterock hygienic wall cladding was used to fulfil the hospital’s design requirements to combine original and striking aesthetics with practicalities.


Altro Whiterock ChameleonTM wall cladding was chosen to add stunning, bright blocks of high gloss colour in birthing rooms, corridors, kitchens and en suite bathrooms. .  These bursts of colour were used alongside Altro Whiterock White to create unusual and striking designs.

Altro Whiterock is a cost-effective sheet extruded from a high quality PVCu polymer. It is easy to clean, impact resistant and grout-free. It meets all current EU Directives on health and hygiene.

Altro Whiterock Chameleon offers vibrant solid colours, or more natural tones, in a high gloss finish, allowing for bold designs or more muted interiors in a variety of customer-facing environments.

Safety flooring was a must for the birthing unit, and Altro AquariusTM – a specialist solution developed specifically for use in wet and dry areas, for shoe and barefoot use – was ideal for this environment which sees midwives, other staff and visitors plus mothers in and out of birthing pools with bare feet.

Altro Aquarius is an innovative flooring suitable for any type of shoe, including hard and soft soled, rubber and trainers, as well as bare feet. Altro Aquarius revolutionises product selection. Users not longer have to assess the risk of slipping to those in shoes or barefoot and whether to install studded or standard safety flooring. Altro Aquarius caters for all these requirements, with one product that can eliminate the risk.

Altro ZodiacTM Smooth flooring was used in the unit’s corridors. It features tonal neutrals that work together, as well as vibrant, on-trend colours, many of which combine well with Altro’s wall cladding range palettes. Characterised by its monolithic look, Altro Zodiac is solid and reassuring, while offering enough complexity to deliver discrete and sophisticated installations with light and dark tonal areas where required.

The non-directional design contributes to ease of installation. It is easy to maintain and can be welded to provide a hygienic surface, making it ideal for areas where infection control and high standards of cleanliness are required.

Pinnacle Flooring was appointed to install the Altro products in the new Meadow Birth Centre. Estimator Aaron Jennings commented: “We have been installing Altro flooring for around 12 years, and for us they are the number one choice because their products are the best you can get, and the people are so good to work with.

“We have only relatively recently added wall cladding to our portfolio, so the installation in the new birthing unit was a very exciting challenge for us.

“We used 50m2 of Altro Whiterock Chameleon in total, in four colours to match each of the four birthing rooms. They were Moulin Rouge (red), Eau de Chic (pale green), Ocean Deep (dark blue), and Key Lime (bright green). Alongside this we used 70m2 of standard white Altro Whiterock.


“In the birthing rooms we laid 200m2 of Altro Aquarius – again in four different colours to match each scheme. These were Tern, Salamander, Puffin and Swan, which are all muted colours.

“In the corridors, we installed 150m2 of Altro Zodiac Smooth flooring, in two colours – Hologram and Meteor, which are both greys.

“Overall, the project was very straightforward, and it took us three weeks with a team of two. We find Altro’s products very easy to install, and the way both the architect and Altro work ensured smooth running from start to finish.”

Meadow Birth Centre was built by Millane Contract Services Ltd. Commenting on the installation of the flooring and walling, senior contracts manager Steve Clark comments: “We were very impressed with the professional way in which Pinnacle Flooring carried out the installation of the Altro products.

“They worked efficiently, co-operated well with everyone on site, and finished the project according to the schedule. The finished result looks superb and we, and the client, are delighted.”

Louise Turbutt, Meadow Birth Centre – Midwife Team Leader said: “Altro’s products have been a welcome addition to our new Meadow Birth Centre; they have proved high quality and are easy to clean.

“Being bright and bold, they enhance the environment of the rooms in the unit and help achieve the look we wanted.”


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Sustainability – From Construction and Beyond

Keynsham Civic Centre - Awarded best place in the UK to work, having won the top prize in the British Council for Offices (BCO) National Awards

Keynsham Civic Centre – Awarded best place in the UK to work, having won the top prize in the British Council for Offices (BCO) National Awards

Thought Leadership – Greg Cooper

It is widely recognised that climate change presents an ever growing threat to development, poverty eradication efforts and the welfare of citizens from the UK and across the world. The impacts of climate change are already being felt on every continent. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the world’s greenhouse gas emissions are continuing to increase and on the present path, global temperature rise will far exceed the limit of 2°C that countries have agreed to target in order to avoid the most dangerous impacts of climate change. With December fast approaching, the will be a significant focus on Paris and the United Nations Climate Conference (COP21).

France will be hosting the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, otherwise known as “Paris 2015”. The conference is planned to have significant impact of the environmental consciousness of the world, as it needs to achieve a new international agreement on the climate, applicable to all countries, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2°C. France will therefore be playing a leading international role to ensure points of view converge and to facilitate the search for consensus by the United Nations, as well as within the European Union, which has a major role in climate negotiations. The conference will focus on the aim to reduce carbon emissions to ultimately create a zero carbon future. Among the goals of Paris 2015 will be the idea of creating zero carbon impact buildings in as many countries as possible, as soon as possible.

Although the target of zero carbon buildings may appear to be something in the distant future, it is vital that every business within the construction industry should have a corporate responsibility mapped out that is underpinned by principles of sustainability. This covers a broad spectrum of factors that play into the ideals of carrying out activities without exhausting resources or implementing harmful impacts to society and the environment. Particularly within construction, it is fundamental that we meet the needs of today without compromising the world of tomorrow.

Banyan Wharf, Wenlock Road

Banyan Wharf, Wenlock Road

We must first understand the complexity of this subject and acknowledge that sustainability values should be considered, not only throughout the construction process but in every aspect of a company. The built environment accounts for 45% of total UK carbon emissions and we must tackle this initially from the selection and sourcing of materials to the long term effects of the final build. Timber is the number one renewable mainstream construction material, allowing the production of greener buildings with low carbon footprints. An assured system for sustainable source verification of timber products is fundamental to any business looking to source materials, this can be achieved by identifying Chain of Custody Certification for both PEFC and FSC®. By carrying this out, it not only promotes legal compliance but also ensures that forest cultivation of sourced timber is well managed, the local ecology is protected and that forest workers are treated fairly.

Figures show that 32% of landfill waste comes from the construction and demolition of buildings, this is something that can be avoided through the use of offsite construction. While conventional building practices have been proven to be extremely wasteful when it comes to materials, offsite methods of construction produce far lower amounts of waste. Design for manufacture ensures that the process of ordering and cutting the materials to size in a factory are much more controlled, therefore reducing the waste involved with the manufacturing process. Waste collection, sorting and re-cycling is significantly easier to organise within a factory environment than onsite.

Now that eco-credentials are of the highest importance in the construction and modern trading world, it is vital to continue to innovate and find new ways to monitor and reduce environmental damage in building. The X-LAM Alliance have developed a Carbon Calculator which is an innovative digital resource which delivers carbon estimates to help assess the most viable lowest carbon solution. Relevant information influencing the calculation is entered into the system – such as material volumes and transport factors. The Carbon Calculator produces carbon estimates to act as guidelines for different project scenarios – enabling professionals to gain early information about the environmental impact of their proposed development.

It is absolutely vital for companies like the X-LAM Alliance to consistently strive to adopt and apply Best Practice sustainability principles through all aspects of their processes, this is something that we follow through from raw material procurement to manufacture, offsite processes and onsite assembly. When world leaders, CEOs, senior executives, national, regional and city leaders, investors and industry experts gather in Paris they will set the framework for a transition towards resilient, low-carbon societies and economies. At the X-LAM Alliance, we are already starting to take actions off this critical to do list.

To find out more information or to book a CLT CPD Session, please email: info@xlam-alliance.com or visit: www.xlam-alliance.com

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Guiding the way! Wienerberger unveils new Keymer specification guide

A brand new limited edition specification guide has been launched by Keymer, the internationally renowned manufacturer of handmade roof tiles which is now part of the Wienerberger group, that showcases its history and products.

The 76-page guide, which can be ordered free-of-charge is a compilation and celebration of Keymer’s history, products and installation techniques, utilising hand drawn images that call back to the company’s founding in 1588. The images within the guide are the same that featured in the original brochure, which was previously launched to critical acclaim. This re-release of the guide has seen the content updated to be exclusively available to architects and specifiers working on current projects, and can be requested from Wienerberger.

The full range of traditional, handmade tile types currently produced by Keymer is featured in the brochure with photography of the tiles from projects such as Leeds Castle in Kent to Shakespeare’s Birth Place in Stratford upon Avon – clearly illustrating the range as the ideal choice for a wide variety of projects.

Leeds Castle

Leeds Castle

Shakespeare's Birthplace

Shakespeare’s Birthplace

The guide also covers fittings, traditional ornaments and finials – the final touch added to roofs with historical precedence. Alongside reference to the heritage service also provided by Keymer, the guide goes in to great detail regarding the installation of its products. From ridges to verges and abutments, the whole installation process is explained pictorially with concise and easy to understand supporting text.

Richard Bishop, Category Marketing Manager for Roof at Wienerberger, commented:

“We’re delighted to be launching the new Keymer guide. Keymer has been making some of the most beautiful handmade tiles for over 420 years and it was very important that we mirrored that heritage and quality in the brochure. This brochure will allow people to see what Keymer can offer to enhance not only restoration projects, but modern build properties also.

“The guide itself is a high quality, full colour document which reflects the traditional nature of the Keymer brand but makes it truly accessible to the modern architect. The new guide is available for a limited time only, and interested parties can order a copy free-of-charge from Wienerberger, and our expert team will be able to support your project through the specification and installation process.”

To request a copy of the Keymer specification guide please email info@keymer.co.uk.

For more information on Wienerberger please visit http://www.wienerberger.co.uk/

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Elastaseal Warm Roof System Application


Unity Academy, Blackpool

Tor Coatings – Project Profile
Unity Academy, Blackpool
Coating system used: Elastaseal™ Warm Roof System

Unity Academy, Blackpool is a vibrant coeducational school with academy status, located in the Warbreck area of Blackpool.

The school’s facilities have recently been transformed, resulting in an outstanding 21st Century learning environment for pupils and staff.

The school was originally constructed in the 1970s and has undergone various upgrades, to increase the thermal efficiency of the buildings. However, the roof itself had been untouched and the original mineral felt memrane was now inadequate for the building.

the condition of the roof and significant number of roof mounted lights, which the new roofing system needed to incorporate

The condition of the roof and significant number of roof mounted lights, which the new roofing system needed to incorporate

The Academy found the perfect long term solution to this issue in the form of Elastaseal Warm Roof System, from Tor Coatings. Firsty, the thermal insulation was affixed to the roof to reduce heat loss and increase the roof’s thermal efficiency.

The cold-liquid roof coating system could then be applied to all areas of the roof and used to seal abutments, such as numerous roof lights and other protrusions; providing an overall waterproof membrane that could not be achieved with any other method.

The thermal insulation is applied with specialist FIA adhesive to the prepared roof deck

The thermal insulation is applied with specialist FIA adhesive to the prepared roof deck



The embedment layer is applied to the roof deck

The Elastaseal coating system is compatible with almost all other sound roofing materials so there was no need to strip out the existing roofing membrane. Importantly, the coating could be applied and completed while the building remained fully operational to the pupils and staff of Unity Academy.

Elastaseal works by providing the roof with a seamless barrier membrane, that is not only 100% waterproof but also allows the roof to breathe. The flagship Elastaseal system delivers 25 years’ waterproof protection and its performance is certified by the British Board of Agrément (BBA).

The Elastaseal top coat is being applied to the roof deck.

The Elastaseal top coat is being applied to the roof deck.


Aerial view of completed roof.

Aerial view of completed roof.

Click here to view the latest case-study video showing the build-up and application of Elastaseal warm roof system at the Unity Academy in Blackpool.

For more information please contact:
Tor Coatings Limited, Portobello Industrial Estate, Birtley, County Durham, DH3 2RE.
Tel: +44 (0)191 410 6611 Fax: +44 (0)191 492 0125

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The VEKA UK Group builds new literature suite for new build sector


As an industry-leading systems company, The VEKA UK Group regularly updates its literature to reflect the latest industry legislation, newest products and up-to-date services. The company has now unveiled an updated suite of literature, advertising, direct mail and more for the new build sector. This includes a new and improved 20-page brochure tailored toward specifiers, architects and fabricators.

This latest ‘new build’ brochure highlights the many benefits of working with such a well-established organisation, showcasing not only the products available but the ‘added value’ advantages they bring, such as sustainability, energy efficiency and innovation.

Head of Commercial Richard Garland explains: “The VEKA UK Group is part of the global VEKA Group, which has earned an unrivalled reputation over the last 40 years, and being part of the international ‘VEKA family’ means we can offer all our UK customers stability, service and continuous product innovation.

“Our new brochure has been designed to showcase the expansive range of services available from The VEKA UK Group as well as the many innovative products that have proven so popular in new build applications. Whether your focus is energy efficiency, noise reduction, thermal performance, accessibility or eco-credentials – there’s a product to suit your needs.

“However, we don’t simply offer the perfect product for every project, we can be the ideal partner throughout the process. The VEKA UK Group envelopes the entire process, meaning we can advise on every stage – from concept through to completion of the build. Our expertise are beyond compare and we offer a huge range of skills and services that can benefit not only fabricators, but also specifiers, architects and more.

“Our experience allows the team to get to know your requirements in detail and offer a thorough consultation to ensure your project’s success. With installation surveys, prototype provision, product testing, in-house CAD design, wind-load calculations, U-value calculations and all the accreditations you can think of, you can rest assured you’re in safe hands with The VEKA UK Group.

“The industry forecast predicts huge growth in the new build sector over the next five years and we have the capacity to meet the increased demand of this fast-growing market. Having benefited from an investment of £4.2m, our mixing plant is the country’s most technically advanced, and has the production capacity to go from the current 48,000 tonnes to a possible 72,000 tonnes.

“For architects and specifiers, we can also offer the advantage of our trusted nationwide network of fabricators and installers. With highly trained fabrication and installation partners based across the UK, we can offer the scalable volume to meet the needs of every project.”

To speak to The VEKA UK Team about your new build project, or to request a copy of the new brochure, please email commercialenquiry@veka.com or call 0121 749 8270.

VEKA plc, 01282 716611


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Village School Sets a Standard in Education Buildings


Teachers and pupils at a Northamptonshire school are excited to start the academic year in new and modern classroom facilities thanks to the arrival of a sustainable timber framed building.

Leading joinery manufacturer, Scotts of Thrapston, were approached by the 210-pupil Weldon Church of England Primary School following an enquiry for a new classroom by the headteacher Lynne Wildman who was looking to replace an old inefficient and ineffective mobile classroom building.

She explains: “We had been looking for years for a solution to the problem of an old mobile classroom that was being used for classes of our Key Stage 2 children. I discovered Scotts when I was looking through one of their fliers after it was placed on my desk.

“Scotts’ modern and efficient standalone classroom structures seemed to be the perfect answer to replace our dilapidated building. From the very first contact I made with the company they have been responsive and easy to work with coming up with a bespoke solution to meet our needs and providing a fantastic environment for our children to learn in.”Scotts2

Scotts, who have been making and distributing timber products since 1920, first started creating education buildings in 2014 and like the rest of the company’s projects, Weldon Primary School’s new classroom was constructed and ready for use in a matter of weeks.

Mrs Wildman was delighted with the completed classroom, commenting: “The old building was small, cramped and had no running water. The end result is amazing, better than we could have imagined. It’s just so airy, bright and the children will love learning in there.”

An education in timber frame

Scotts offers a core range of education buildings but more often than not, provides bespoke solutions to meet its customers’ individual needs.  Each of the designs, including the one at Weldon CE Primary School, are ideal learning environments as well as being environmentally friendly.

The buildings are designed with plenty of windows, allowing in lots of natural light, saving on electricity bills and allowing for plenty of ventilation when opened making it more pleasant to be indoors.

Philip Goldstone, Scotts of Thrapston’s business development manager, explains how the company perfectly combines traditional craftsmanship with the latest technology. He said: “Ultimately our education buildings are designed to make the best use of the space available and to provide optimum energy efficiency.

“We believe that the ideal learning environment begins with a building that inspires and motivates by its architectural form. To achieve their full potential, pupils need to feel comfortable in their environment and research has shown that acoustic conditions can have a profound impact on both children’s learning and staff performance. The feedback we have had from the pupils and the teachers who have used the new classroom is that they all enjoy their new environment.


“The Scotts design service takes into account all elements of the building design including light, ventilation, thermal comfort and acoustics. The right amount of light, both artificial and natural, is crucial. We advise on door and window positions based on a building’s orientation – avoiding light from south facing walls which can result in uncomfortable solar gain in summer and western aspects which can lead to unpleasant glare on winter afternoons.

“Space is also a huge consideration and a stand out feature of Scotts’ education buildings is the high ceilings that provide a feeling of spaciousness.

“The beauty of Scotts’ education buildings is that they can be completely tailored to suit the setting and are designed to precisely meet the end user’s specification. As well as the classroom the buildings include a lobby, cloakroom, washroom and store and we can also cater for any special needs requirements, accessibility issues or existing structures that need to be taken into consideration.”

Inspirational structure

As an added benefit, children are able to see the new building take shape. Pupils at Weldon CE Primary School took an interest in the construction of their new building and although there was a fence put up around the site, the structure remained visible so that the children could watch its progress. Some of the children have been so inspired they are considering careers in building and architecture when they grow up.

Offering a range of highly affordable and versatile sizes and shapes, Scotts of Thrapston can provide a multitude of products for any school looking for either a refurbishment or an extension on existing buildings. With affordable pricing and quick-build times, it really is the perfect option for any school looking for a change.

For more information visit www.scottsofthrapston.co.uk

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Total Glass aluminium fenestration products used in two new special schools

Total Glass

Products from the Total Glass extensive aluminium façade, window and door portfolio were used in the construction of two new £5 million special needs schools in Liverpool.

Constructed by main contractor Willmott Dixon, Redbridge High Community Special School is co-located with Bank View High Special School on the site of former allotments in Long Lane. The two buildings allow the support of 270 special needs pupils in the city.

Total Glass supplied and installed aluminium curtain walling, windows and doors during the six-month phased project, which features Sapa Dualframe 75mm Si windows and Sapa ST thermally-broken commercial entrance doors in a matching finish.

Providing additional security within the buildings are 28 automatic opening entrance doors, along with six sliding doors. All windows incorporate Sunguard SN70/37 solar-controlled glass to allow for maximum light transmission, while reducing solar gain and preventing excessive heat build-up. The frames are polyester powder-coated in RAL 7001M and RAL 7011M finishes.

Stuart Holt, Total Glass Commercial Aluminium Manager said: “From the outset, our team was heavily involved with the window design, which included bespoke aluminium cladding in deep recesses around the frames. Roller shutters were also installed on the externally-facing windows for extra security when the schools are closed.”

For more information, contact Total Glass on 0151 549 2339 or visit the website at www.totalglass.com.

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Vent-Axia Offers Heating Solutions for Gas-Free Homes


Vent-Axia’s Opal aluminium radiator

Sussex-based Vent-Axia now offers a range of electric heating options that are proving ideal for those living off the mains gas grid. Recent figures show 3.9 million UK households (17%) do not have mains gas heating, with over half of these homes (2.3 million) heated by electricity.

Many homes with electric heating use manual storage heaters, which can be inefficient and impractical to use. But now there is a new breed of modern electric heating systems that are cost effective to install, easy to use and cheaper to run. Vent-Axia offers a range of electric heating solutions for every room in the house, with radiators, towel rails and underfloor heating.

“With many UK households being off the mains gas grid and the majority of these having little prospect of being connected, an effective, efficient alternative is required,” says Tom Emson, Product Marketing Manager at Vent-Axia. “Electric heating offers an affordable heating solution for homeowners with low capital and installation costs. Almost maintenance free with no moving parts, electric heating also offers households the comfort of not having to worry about costly boiler checks.”

What is key to this next generation of electric heating is not only do these products offer greater flexibility to households since they quickly warm a room providing almost instant comfort, but technological developments now mean their accurate controls ensure they are more energy efficient than ever before.

Vent-Axia’s Opal aluminium radiators are slim and stylish in design and offer households attractive, energy efficient comfort with the radiators featuring dynamic fluid with high thermal inertia. Manufactured from 100% recycled aluminium derived from drink cans, the Opal features 5 pre-set life style functions enabling an easy install. The fast programmable controls and an energy monitor also mean that households can lower energy consumption and so reduce fuel bills.

Also included in Vent-Axia’s electric heating range is a series of attractive towel rails featuring high quality white or chrome finishes with ten different models, split into flat, curved and designer styles. Control is central to the range, with the series featuring an optional advanced controller offering five heat outputs. Households therefore have warm dry towels without wasting energy, bringing greater comfort to the towel user but also adding to the overall temperature and comfort of the room.

Vent-Axia heated towel rail

Vent-Axia heated towel rail

Meanwhile, Vent-Axia’s Bluethermal™ underfloor heating allows low temperature radiant heat to provide evenly distributed warmth, with accurate controls ensuring this form of heating is more energy efficient than ever. And with the thermal output being 2-3 °C lower than using a convection based system, savings of 5-10% of the running cost are realised. The system includes a thermostat controller that monitors both the floor and air temperature so customers gain maximum control over their environment by allowing them to set the thermostat at either the ideal floor or air temperature.

Vent-Axia’s Bluethermal™ underfloor heating

Many homes that are off the gas grid are in rural areas or in urban high rise flats. 13% of remote rural homes in England, 10% in Wales and 22% in Scotland use electric heating compared with 9% of urban homes in England. In Scotland, 82% of high rise flats are heated by electricity.

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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Fire Protection, Structural Strength and Adaptability


Structural fire safety is achieved either by what is called ‘passive protection’ for example fire resistant lining boards and/or ‘active protection’ through the use of smoke ventilation, alarm systems and sprinklers. For the structural engineer, the material choice within the structural solution will influence the passive and active fire protection strategy.

Ian Quinton, Managing Director of RCM – suppliers of building boards and facade solutions to such high profile structural timber developments as the University of Hertfordshire – discusses the benefits of RCM’s solutions relating to fire regulations and technical specifications for structural timber buildings:

“The Structural timber association recently published the document – 16 Steps to Fire Safety. The document states that structural timber construction processes can reduce the risk of fire through good design, taking simple precautions and ensuring good site security.

A1 Non-Combustible

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 A1 Non-Combustibleused 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, offering a non-combustible classification.

RCM’s Y-Wall is also BBA approved. This offers full technical approval for construction products and systems and is recognised by building control, government departments, architects, local authorities, specifiers and building insurers.

Product Testing and Certification

  • Y-Wall is tested to BS 476 Part 4
  • Y-Wall conforms to BS EN12467
  • Y-Wall tested by Warrington Fire research
  • Fire rated throughwall solution to BS 476 part 21 BS 476 part 22
  • Fire Rating A1 Non-Combustible Classification

RCM Y Wall has also been tested within the new BS8414 test and is suitable for buildings over 18 metres

Multipurpose TF – Tried and Tested for Timber Applications

Tested by BRE Global, our new Multipurpose TF Board has been specifically designed for the structural timber sector. With BBA Certification pending, the A1 Non-Combustible Multipurpose TF is a cellulose fibre cement 8mm board. Offering the complete solution, Multipurpose TF delivers exceptional racking, adaptability, strength and fire protection. Multipurpose TF also has excellent weather properties and is very easy to cut and fabricate.

Product Testing and Certification

  • Meets EN ISO 1716: 20101: Reaction to fire – determination of the heat of combustion
  • Meets EN ISO 1182: 2010: Reaction to fire – non-combustibility
  • Meets EN 13501-1:: 2007:   Classification of Reaction to fire – A1 Non-Combustible
  • BBA Certification Pending
  • EN594 Racking Resistance

And Finally…

As Managing Director of RCM Building Boards and Facades, I would just like to stress that we are committed to developing products, applications and services to meet the needs of the structural timber sector and invest further in developing bespoke products. We would be interested to hear from companies who have specific building board requirements and are unable to source a solution.”

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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The Fabric First Approach: Tackling Overheating in Homes

Fabric First

A recent report by WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff titled ‘Overheating in Homes: Keeping a growing population cool in summer,’ has suggested an overhaul of building regulations is required to tackle the ongoing problem of overheating homes.

It was found that the crowded London’s property market is “quite literally – overheating.”

The survey of 1,005 Londoners found that 83% suffered from uncomfortably hot (overheated) homes this summer. Alarmingly, 31% of those who suffered from overheating felt unwell or tired and 52% were woken up in the night.

The report also found that 54% of Londoners say overheating would influence their decision when buying a home and 8% of Londoners affected have been forced to take action and have installed air conditioning.

With the government reporting 2,000 deaths caused by overheating each year – the underlying issues must be addressed.

Overheating is a growing issue – particularly in expanding cities which are susceptible to the “urban heat island” effect, where they become hotter than countryside areas.

The survey shows that there are a range of factors contributing to the problem such as climate change increasing peak temperatures and the rise in popularity of denser residential buildings. With older populations being more susceptible to heat and hot temperatures being linked to significant health implications – unless significant changes are made, the problem is only going to get worse.

WSP PB have proposed five key measures to tackle overheating:

1. Develop a robust regulatory overheating analysis method for all new developments.
2. All new housing developments to adhere to a ‘cooling hierarchy’.
3. All new buildings to be designed to facilitate retrofitted cooling installation.
4. Measures should be introduced on new developments to reduce the Urban Heat island.
5. The “all-electric city” should become a wider priority – reducing heat production from vehicles and buildings in urban areas.

Overheating will be one of the key issues discussed at the Fabric First Event, being held on 18 November 2015 at the Inmarsat Conference Centre, 99 City Road, London, EC1Y 1AX. Tickets cost just £95+VAT and include entry to the conference and exhibition, plus lunch and refreshments throughout the day.

The Zero Carbon Hub have also undertaken extensive research into this area, with a final report of their findings into overheating due to be published in Spring 2016. Rob Pannell, Managing Director of the Zero Carbon Hub chairing the event and Ross Holleron – Projects Director for Zero Carbon Hub is presenting.

The event brings together distinguished and pioneering speakers from a broad spectrum of the industry drawing upon their considerable experience to deliver a comprehensive programme of policy and regulation presentations, technology and project case studies.

Speakers include:

• Rob Pannell – Zero Carbon Hub
• Steve Hornblow – A2 Dominion
• Douglas Drewniak – Bio Regional
• Ian Loughnane – Kingspan Timber Solutions
• Christopher Jofeh – Arup
• Shaun Fitzgerald – Breathing Buildings
• Paul Rogatzki – Hanson Group
• Stewart Dalgarno – Stewart Milne
• Gordon Evans – YOOP Architectural Practice
• Ross Holleron – Zero Carbon Hub
• Jon Bootland – Passivhaus Trust
• Alasdair Donn – Willmott Dixon

Who should attend?

Aimed at developers, landlords and building operators, plus their key advisors – architects, specifiers, energy consultants and engineers, and their delivery partners throughout the supply-chain – main contractors, specialist sub-contractors, project managers and building technology providers, this event is not to be missed!


Link2Media readers receive an exclusive 10% discount!

Discounted tickets to the event cost just £85.50 +VAT (normal price £95 + VAT) and include access to the conference and exhibition, plus lunch and refreshments throughout the day.

To take advantage of this discount, simply enter promo code FFLDN10
With just over two weeks to go book now to avoid disappointment – http://fabricfirstevent.co.uk/book

Exhibition and Sponsorship Opportunities

We have a range of exhibition and sponsorship packages to suit any resource and budget- but hurry, limited space remaining!

For more information on how to enhance your profile at the event please contact Julie Richards on 01743 290001 or email julie.richards@radar-communications.co.uk

Fabric First 2

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Just over two weeks to go until this year’s Fabric First Event!

Fabric First

Bringing together distinguished and pioneering speakers from across the industry, the Fabric First Event is a highly focused one day conference and exhibition designed to present the benefits of adopting ‘fabric first’ methodologies in order to create modern energy efficient buildings.

Taking place on Wednesday 18 November at the Inmarsat Conference Centre, London, this fantastic event will highlight the value of high performance buildings envelopes – acknowledging the rise of energy efficiency to the top of the building agenda.

Confirmed speakers include:

Chair – Rob Pannell, Zero Carbon Hub
Douglas Drewniak, Bioregional
Christopher Jofeh, Arup
Shaun Fitzgerald, Breathing Buildings
David Alderson, Climate Energy Homes
Stewart Dalgarno, Stewart Milne
Gordon Evans, YOOP Architectural Practice
Jon Bootland, Passivhaus Trust
Alasdair Donn, Willmott Dixon

Ross Holleron, Zero Carbon Hub
Steve Hornblow, A2 Dominion

Who should attend?

Aimed at developers, landlords and building operators, plus their key advisors – architects, specifiers, energy consultants and engineers, and their delivery partners throughout the supply-chain – main contractors, specialist sub-contractors, project managers and building technology providers, this event is not to be missed!


Link2Media readers receive an exclusive 10% discount!

Discounted tickets to the event cost just £85.50 +VAT (normal price £95 + VAT) and include access to the conference and exhibition, plus lunch and refreshments throughout the day.

To take advantage of this discount, simply enter promo code FFLDN10
With just over two weeks to go book now to avoid disappointment – http://fabricfirstevent.co.uk/book

Exhibition and Sponsorship Opportunities

We have a range of exhibition and sponsorship packages to suit any resource and budget- but hurry, limited space remaining!

For more information on how to enhance your profile at the event please contact Julie Richards on 01743 290001 or email julie.richards@radar-communications.co.uk

Fabric First 2

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