Category Archives: Commercial Buildings

Vent-Axia Helps the UK Green Building Council Beat Records

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Vent-Axia has supplied its Lo-Carbon T-Series fan as part of a new office fit-out for a renowned green building charity requiring improved ventilation. The UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) has refurbished its London headquarters, with the aim of challenging industry thinking as to what is achievable in a small scale fit out.

The Lo-Carbon T-Series has been installed in windows and a partition wall and was selected as UK-GBC wanted CO2 control for occupancy comfort. Energy efficiency was also key so a low carbon unit, such as the Lo-Carbon T-Series, was essential. Now completed, the project has achieved the lowest embodied carbon footprint ever recorded for an office refurbishment in the UK, with the embodied carbon footprint 22% below a comparable “standard” fit-out.

“We are delighted to be part of this landmark project and for our Lo-Carbon T-Series to have contributed towards achieving such an impressively low embodied carbon footprint” said David Cook, Product Marketing Manager – Non-Residential at Vent-Axia. “It’s 30 years since we first launched the T-Series and it has become the UK’s favourite commercial fan. Known for its robustness and reliability, the T-series’ high quality design has stood the test of time and has evolved with new and improved motors, impellers and grilles.”

Wellbeing measures were another important element of the project and were incorporated into the design in order to improve staff satisfaction, productivity and overall health and wellness. A study by BESA found that 70% of office workers believe poor workplace air quality is having a negative effect on their day-to-day productivity and well-being, and a third are concerned that poor indoor air quality could be having a negative effect on their health. Meanwhile, the report from WorldGBC ‘Health, Wellbeing and Productivity in Offices: The next chapter for green building’ states that the health and productivity benefits of good indoor air quality (IAQ) are well established. With this in mind the UK-GBC office’s innovative ventilation system, which includes Vent-Axia’s Lo-Carbon T-Series fans, has delivered a massive 750% increase in background fresh air provision

Ideal for refurbishment projects, Vent-Axia’s Lo-Carbon T-Series Fan range can simply replace traditional commercial extract/supply fans with a low carbon alternative. Central to the Lo-Carbon T-Series is a low energy DC motor, developed to improve performance, lower running costs and carbon emissions while maintaining the T-Series’ rugged reliability. Offering up to 70% energy saving over traditional commercial extract/supply fans the Lo-Carbon T-Series’ DC motor also lasts twice as long as conventional motors. Available in 9 inch and 12 inch models the Lo-Carbon T-Series range includes wall, window and panel fans, offering installation flexibility in retrofit applications. With energy saving in mind, units are supplied with an integral instantaneous automatic louvre shutter concealed behind the interior grille to minimise energy wastage when the fan is idle.

For further information on all products and services offered by Vent-Axia telephone 0844 856 0590.

http://www.vent-axia.com/

Yegin Industries Designs New Floor to Score Sales and Employee Satisfaction

  • Sports court style flooring provides Yegin Industries with the ideal space to showcase products.
  • Flowsport chosen for the project thanks to its durability and design potential.
  • The interior design elements of Yegin Industries’ new facility were a key priority.

Flowcrete has created a floor that will help Yegin Industries bounce, dribble, volley and dunk its way to success!

The sports ball manufacturer Yegin Industries specified a selection of high performance resin flooring solutions from Flowcrete in order to install a creative and unique floor finish throughout its brand new office in the Long Giang Industrial Park, which is situated in Tien Giang Province, Vietnam.

The office was part of a large-scale, multifaceted facility that included an administrative centre, production factory and chemical warehouse as well as utilities areas, a canteen, car park, swimming pool and green spaces.

YEGIN INDUSTRIES DESIGNS NEW FLOOR TO SCORE SALES AND EMPLOYEE SATISFACTION

The plan for the new site was to incorporate the theme of sports into the very fabric of the building itself. The dual purpose of this design scheme was to provide employees with a fun and enjoyable atmosphere while also creating the ideal environment to showcase its products to prospective clients.

This interior design ethos was exemplified in the office’s showroom – which came with a built-in basketball court! Across the building staff areas were also designed to emulate sports courts and gyms to give employees the space and motivation to get active.

The appearance and functionality of the floor in the basketball court style showroom was a priority, as the floor would need to impress clients and provide an engaging space for Yegin Industries to demonstrate its products.

YEGIN INDUSTRIES DESIGNS NEW FLOOR TO SCORE SALES AND EMPLOYEE SATISFACTION

To achieve this appearance as well as ensure that the floor would withstand people running, jumping and playing across the surface, Flowcrete supplied a flooring build-up that was formulated to be robust and able to maintain its visuals for an extended period of time.

1,750 m2 of Isocrete K-Screed was first applied in a 50mm layer so that the substrate would deliver a high-strength platform for the resin coating. Isocrete K-Screed is a semi-dry cementitious screed that incorporates a proprietary additive to produce an early drying, high strength screed.

To showcase the company’s “work hard, play hard” attitude, the designer specified 100 m2 of FlowSport with Deckshield UV Linemarker. This was applied in the showroom and gym room, as it would provide the bright colours and clear patterns necessary to create sports-court style finishes. The resilience of FlowSport’s polyurethane technology was perfect for the gym room, where employees would be exercising during the working hours.

FlowSport is a composite surface that creates a synthetic and flexible sports floor. This system delivers a resilient and uniform surface with a cushioned effect for added spring as well as the easy to clean advantage of a completely seamless surface.

1,650 m2 of the antimicrobial system Flowfresh MF in a light grey colour was also chosen for hygiene critical areas of the building, such as the office, canteen and dormitory areas. This system was specified thanks to its understated aesthetics and superior cleanliness properties. Floors in the Flowfresh range incorporate the Polygiene® antimicrobial additive, which inhibits the growth of bacteria on the floor surface by up to 99.9%.

www.flowcrete.co.uk

Commercial Doors Made Easy, in Jack Aluminium’s New Brochure

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If you need an aluminium commercial door, just ask Jack.  Fabricators can find everything they need to create high-quality, secure and thermally efficient commercial doors, in the new TD68 Jack Door brochure from systems specialist Jack Aluminium – available to download at www.jackaluminium.co.uk.

“As part of our marketing support for fabricators, we’ve launched the brochure so they can give their customers a simple, at-a-glance reference to the benefits of the Jack Door system,” says Ash Pearson, Sales Manager at Jack Aluminium.

 “The Jack Door gives fabricators an easy route towards meeting PAS 24 and Secured by Design.  It’s the ideal choice for schools and colleges, hospitals, local authorities and other commercial buildings where security is essential.”

The brochure covers the most comprehensive range of PAS24 commercial doors available, including controlled access, emergency exit and remote access, and a wide variety of hardware and colour options.

All door profiles have in-built strength, security and thermal efficiency, backed by extensive independent testing.  “The Jack Door helps fabricators to meet robust specification guidelines.  The TD68 system has passed PAS 24 and is fully Q marked, so it is ready for fabricators to attain Secured by Design status.

“The Jack Door also gives fabricators real design flexibility.  It has been tested up to 1300 mm wide by 2480 mm high to comply with DDA (Disability Discrimination Act) clear opening directives and we’re constantly testing new sizes. We have also tested sidelights & fanlights to PAS 24, allowing customers to build SBD compliant screens.

“When it comes to thermal efficiency, we have achieved a U-value of 1.7 W/m2k on a 1230 mm wide door.”

Jack Aluminium maintains extensive aluminium stock holding for fast delivery, and offers expert service & support to fabricators and their customers.

www.jackaluminium.co.uk

Reynaers brings seafront splendour to Jersey Esplanade

The largest single office development in the Channel Islands utilises multiple aluminium glazing systems from leading provider Reynaers.

Reynaers brings seafront splendour to Jersey Esplanade

Extending to over 200,000 sq ft, Jersey Esplanade contains large, open plan office spaces across six storeys which surround a central atrium and circulation core. Maximising the coastal location, this allows breath-taking panoramic views of St Aubins Bay and creates a striking new gateway to St Helier.

The BREEAM-rated building combines modulated stone cladding with expansive areas of Reynaers aluminium curtain walling and is occupied by blue-chip brands such as Royal Bank of Canada, Deloitte and C5 Alliance.

Reynaers brings seafront splendour to Jersey Esplanade

Architects at Axis Mason have created a modern, innovative co-working space that facilitates collaboration with its open layout. The project is otherwise known as Gaspé House, a name selected to mark cultural links between Jersey and Canada and remember the Jersey fishermen who settled in Gaspé, Quebec, many years ago.

Transforming the Jersey seafront with a touch of splendour, the Reynaers systems utilised include CW 86 and CW 50 curtain walling, as well as CS 68 and CS 77 aluminium windows and doors.

Dave Rees, Consult Project Manager at Reynaers, said: “The conditions of the building location on this development proved a challenge. With seafront projects, timing is everything. Unitised facades therefore provided the perfect solution for Jersey Esplanade due to their speed of build and increased fabricator efficiency, with no compromise on performance or aesthetic quality”.

Reynaers brings seafront splendour to Jersey Esplanade

With high execution speed and available in two glazing variants, elements of curtain walling system CW 86 can be pre-assembled in the workshop to decrease time on the building site. Cassettes can then be hooked onto a traditional stick structure or the façade can be built up element by element according to the modular curtain wall principle.

Rebecca Cope, Marketing Manager at Reynaers, said: “Reynaers prides itself on developing, where required, bespoke solutions to meet all glazing requirements. For Jersey Esplanade, efficient CW 86 unitised facades and CW 50 curtain walling gave the architects design freedom to accommodate large glazed areas, as well as meeting their time constraints.

“The project also spectacularly showcases our CS 68 and CS 77 aluminium windows and doors, helping the build to achieve its BREEAM status with their excellent performance credentials and sustainability benefits.”

Project address: 66-72 Esplanade, St. Helier, JE2 3QA

Fabricator: Deepdale Solutions

Architect: Axis Mason

Contractor: Dandara

Products:

www.reynaers.co.uk

 

Neaco balustrade available with integral LED lighting

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Architects and interior designers can add an atmospheric touch to their scheme with Neaco’s contemporary balustrade featuring integral LED lighting.

The LED under-lighting can be specified as part of a multitude of modular design options including a comprehensive choice of infills, from toughened glass and rails to mesh, tension wire and perforated panels. Aluminium balustrade is available in a wide variety of solid and metallic finishes and the Spectrum range also includes free-standing structural glass, glass-panelled Juliet balconies and glass-panelled walk-on balconies.

Neaco’s National Sales Manager, Peter Melia, said: “The LED under-lighting is another impressive example of the superior architectural aesthetic which characterises our Spectrum balustrade range. The company boasts a rich pedigree in design innovation. We’ve introduced some exceptionally popular product developments in recent years, including Timberline, a wood-effect aluminium balustrade system with a powder coated finish which reproduces the intricate detailing of natural oak grain, and Neatdek 188 aluminium decking with concealed drainage gaps below the surface to provide an unrivalled combination of privacy, low maintenance and safety underfoot.”

All Neaco products are backed by a class-leading Lifetime Guarantee – further information is available at www.neaco.co.uk

Reynaers SL 38 proves versatile choice for renovations

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The former Van der Elst cigar factory in Leuven has undergone a metamorphosis into an urban oasis. Where the roar of machinery and the aroma of tobacco used to dominate, Jaspers-Eyers Architects has now created a mix of residential units, offices and
shops around a series of green outdoor areas.

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The ‘7Even Gardens’ build makes use of slim line, steel-look aluminium windows from Reynaers, turning an old factory into a pleasant living environment.

The factory complex dates from 1875 and has been expanded many times over the years. A number of buildings have been demolished in order to create space for the gardens. These gardens are constructed around the three renovated buildings and a new-build block. Architect John Eyers made sure that both the business premises and apartments, ranging in size from 50 to 200 square metres, have strikingly high ceilings and an abundance of daylight entering the properties.

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From an urban development perspective, Eyers was looking for a new dynamism while still trying to preserve the original character of the building. “We have left the existing column structure and the technical features as visible as possible with the intention of reinforcing the industrial look rather than eliminating it. After all, this is what distinguishes the building from new-build projects, and the reason why people specifically choose this spot.”

aluminium windows

The slim line steel-look window product from Reynaers imitates the look of the original window frames. Slim Line 38 is one of the latest additions to Reynaers product range and an advancement of Reynaers’ original CS 38 window system, which is featured on 7Even Gardens. SL 38 has exactly the same aesthetic but benefits from even better performance. It boasts the look and feel of steel, supported by the superior qualities of aluminium.

Rebecca Cope, Marketing Manager at Reynaers, said: “With its highly desirable slender appearance and market-leading energy efficiency, the SL 38 has proved itself to be a truly versatile system.

“A perfect all-rounder, it is ideal for new builds and renovation projects alike, allowing the preservation of a vintage look or the creation of a fresh and modern build.”

A highly insulated system of inward and outward opening windows and doors, SL 38 combines lightweight elegance and comfort with a unique design. Combined with its stability and ease of production, this system offers an ideal solution for both new-build constructions and the renovation of steel-framed windows and doors. Whilst the original design is respected, a vast improvement on thermal insulation is achieved.

SL 38 is available in three unique design variants – Classic, Cubic and Ferro – with its slim lines allowing an abundance of light and large glass panes. This also makes the system ideal for steel replacement, providing a weightless frame whilst retaining its strength and enhancing its performance.

A special modification to the design also means the system is available with hidden hinges, whilst the use of glazing bars will achieve a more traditional design. The minimalistic frame is reinforced by an invisible drainage system, avoiding the use of drainage caps on the exterior of windows and doors.

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The windows and doors can be provided with double and triple glazing with a glass thickness of up to 55mm without losing the ultra-slim look. In combination with its superior insulation capabilities, the system provides the perfect harmony between durable material, clean design and demanding architectural challenges.

SL 38 features a highly insulated three-chamber system with ultra-slim profiles for increased thermal characteristics. The solution is available in fixed, turn, and turn-tilt variations with Uw values of 1.4 W/m²K or greater depending on the configuration.

For optimum end user comfort, the SL 38 product offers excellent weather performance with air tightness of Class 4 (600Pa) and water tightness Class 9A (600Pa). This strong performance also extends to safety, with a burglar resistance class of 2 and fire resistance class EW 30.

https://www.reynaers.co.uk

Animation highlights renewable heating potential for commercial buildings

A new animation from Mitsubishi Electric is highlighting how commercial premises can benefit from reliable, renewable heating to help reduce energy bills whilst also qualifying for 20 years of Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) payments.

“Over half the emissions from a typical commercial property are due to water and space heating and finding ways to reduce energy here can make a real difference to people bills and the nation’s carbon reduction targets,” explains Graham Temple, marketing manager for the company’s range of Ecodan commercial heating systems.

renewable heating

Heat pumps are recognised by both EU and UK Governments as renewable because they maximise the amount of heating for every kilowatt of electricity consumed.

The short animation focuses on two renewable heat pump products in the market-leading Ecodan range, with the packaged, Monobloc CAHV air source system and the CRHV ground or water-source solution.

renewable heating

Both will connect to radiators or underfloor heating systems and can work independently or in conjunction with other heating systems.

The units are also modular, meaning they can be installed in phases to increase design flexibility and will work in rotation to match demand and prolong equipment life.

The air source is available up to 688kW and the ground/water source will deliver 960kW, making them ideal for many commercial buildings, whether new-build or refurbishments.

“We’ve used a school in the animation, but the principles also apply to almost any commercial building owner who wants to reduce energy bills and receive RHI payments,” adds Temple.

To view the animation visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRyOqlf8hag or call 01707 282880 for further information.

A host of energy saving options for commercial buildings

ENERGY SAVING

A new brochure from Mitsubishi Electric highlights all of the central plant solutions that the company can offer to help reduce energy consumption in our built environment.

Commercial buildings in the UK remain massive consumers of energy and, at the same time, the nation has to address the need to reduce emissions if we are ever to meet ambitious carbon reduction targets.

“Our occupied spaces have to be made more energy-efficient, less carbon intensive and incorporate renewable energy where possible,” explains Graham Temple, Marketing Manager for the company..

Key drivers, from climate change and fuel poverty to Government legislation and increasing consumer pressure, are leading to changes in how we produce and consume energy.

With our national fossil-fuel supplies dwindling, along with our energy independence, how we provide solutions to address these changes is fundamental.

“The good news is that many of the solutions are affordable, scalable and available now,” adds Temple, “we have created this brochure to highlight examples where the installation of well-designed, energy efficient central plant has really made a difference.”

The brochure looks at both the e-series modular chiller range and the comprehensive NX chiller line up.  It details the renewable heating options available with the Ecodan range of air, ground and water source heat pumps and explains how the company’s advanced range of Lossnay (Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery (MVHR) Systems and Air Handling Units (AHU) can reduce energy consumption for almost any building.

The brochure also looks at large VRF air conditioning systems including the company’s award-winning Hybrid VRF which uses water to heat and cool in occupied spaces, removing the need for leak detection.

“The other area we specialise in that can sometimes be overlooked is controls because you can have the best equipment in the world but it simply will not deliver the efficiency levels expected if you don’t add in the advanced controls that help monitor and control energy use,” ends Temple.

The brochure can be downloaded from Mitsubishi Electric’s Document Library –http://library.mitsubishielectric.co.uk/pdf/book/Central_Plant_Solutions_Brochure

Fast construction with prefabricated wood elements

Kerto® LVL roof panels

Using wood elements allows faster building turnaround. This leads to more profitable construction projects and shorter investment payback times. The pace of construction is kept at the desired level, because prefabrication reduces some of the most common risks at construction sites.

Faster construction with wood elements

Utilizing prefabricated wood elements is a surprisingly fast option for on-site construction. For example, up to 1500 m2 of Kerto® LVL (Laminated Veneer Lumber) roof panels can be assembled within a single working day.

Kerto® LVL roof panels

“An example of rapid building is in the construction of the headquarters of the Diesel-Benelux Company in Amsterdam. An extremely tight building schedule of only nine months resulted in choosing Kerto LVL roof panels – under which the rest of the construction work could be finished in time,” project subcontractor in charge of the wood construction, Lambert van den Bosch from Heko Spanten, mentions.

Mr. Lambert van den Bosch (MD) from Heko Spanten
Mr. Lambert van den Bosch

Clever on-site weather protection with no additional costs

One of the most important construction phases is to get the on-site protection done quickly to eliminate weather-related risks. Today, the alternatives for on-site weather protection include applying fast construction methods, such as prefabrication or building under a tent.

Prefabricated wood elements shield the building site beneath, providing protection that’s superior to temporary options – especially when it comes to snow loads and heavy winds.

Quick protection for construction site with Kerto® LVL

“For example, erecting Kerto LVL roof elements used at the logistic centre of DB Schenker, Finland provided a roof over the entire building in just 15 days. This is the same amount of time that erecting a temporary tent would have required. Using prefabricated roof panels ensured that the rest of the work could be completed in a protected environment and without additional costs for temporary protection,” says Matti Kuittinen, architect and researcher from Aalto University.

Architect Matti Kuittinen
Architect Matti Kuittinen

Minimizing the risk of accidents

When the construction work takes place in controlled indoor conditions at the prefabrication plant, there is less risk of accidents and consequent delays at the building site. This is because some of the dangerous on-site phases are no longer needed.

Kerto-Ripa roof elements for the Karisma shopping centre
Kerto-Ripa roof elements for the Karisma shopping centre

“Assembling ready-made wood elements can replace the potentially more dangerous process of having to build a roof from beams, panels and bitumen at the heights of an unfinished building. On-site accidents are of course not frequent, but every single one of them should be avoided,” van den Bosch concludes.

Prefabrication “pays off” at the construction site

Wooden multi-storey building in Viikki
Wooden multi-storey building in Viikki

According to construction professionals interviewed by McGraw-Hill Construction, nearly 70% of projects that used prefabricated elements had shorter schedules and 65% had decreased budgets1. In addition to faster building projects leading to faster revenue, there is also other benefits that become apparent at the construction site.

Prefabrication pays off at the construction site

“Utilizing prefabricated wood elements can help in significantly reducing other inconveniences such as unloading building materials in the neighbourhood, as well as the amount of on-site waste and the need to transport it,” Kuittinen adds.

Quick facts

·     Prefabrication pays off: 70% of projects had shorter schedules and 65% decreased budgets.

·     Up to 1500 m2 of Kerto® LVL roof panels can be assembled in 1 working day.

·     At the logistic centre of DB Schenker, Finland, Kerto LVL roof elements provided a roof over the building in just 15 days.

·     Kerto LVL roof panels helped the Diesel-Benelux Company to keep to their tight building schedule of 9 months.

Kerto® LVL roof panels
The Diesel-Benelux Company headquarters, Amsterdam

1 McGraw Hill Construction, “Prefabrication and Modularization – Increasing Productivity in the Construction Industry,” McGraw Hill Construction, Bedford, 2011 

Learn more about how using prefabricated elements can improve the speed at the construction site: 

www.metsawood.com/publications

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Four steps to specifying the right commercial door

Four steps to specifying the right commercial door

Commercial aluminium systems specialist Jack Aluminium has made it easy for architects and specifiers by creating four steps towards specifying the right commercial door for every project.

“There are lots of factors to consider when choosing a commercial door, but by looking at a few fundamentals you can balance legislative requirements, style, functionality and cost to achieve a great-looking, high-performance door that is built too last,” says Jeff Pearson, Sales Director at Jack Aluminium.

1) Achieve security and efficiency in performance.  “There are increasingly stringent demands for thermal efficiency and security – not only from the law but also from building owners and users who want the very best from their premises.

“A well-engineered aluminium profile needs to be thermally broken while remaining strong enough to withstand the attentions of burglars.  The only way to be sure is through independent test data, so only work with systems suppliers who have invested in rigorous testing.”

2) Versatility in design.  “Commercial projects cover a number of sectors – shops, offices, schools and hospitals – and range from new builds to retro-fits.  Finding a aluminium system that will work across all of these types can save valuable time and resource when specifying.  Rather than starting from scratch on a project-by-project basis, it means that specifiers can develop long-term relationships in the confidence that the system will do what it needs to, every time.”

3) Convenience in manufacture and installation.  “Having the right system on paper is one thing.  It must also be easy for the fabricator to make and for the installer to fit, otherwise there’s a risk of adding time and cost to a project to iron out issues in the factory or on-site.

“When in doubt, ask to see examples of existing projects and speak to the people who had first-hand experience of using the system.”

4) Harmony with the environment.  This last step underpins all of the other elements, and extends from sustainable manufacturing to the long-term durability of the door itself.  “The most sustainable commercial door is one that is built too last.  By making the best use of materials upfront, a good system will reduce long-term wastage by minimising the chance of repair or replacement.

These four steps should be at the heart of all commercial door specification. Jack Aluminium is happy to discuss everything from design and testing, through to fabrication, installation and long-term aftercare, to help architects and specifiers make the right choice.

www.jackaluminium.co.uk