Architects can discover the full design potential of aluminium at the new AluFoldDirect Aluminium Glazing Design Centre – a Lancashire ‘Hot Spot’ for aluminium windows and doors.
The specially designed centre is part of the leading aluminium fabricator’s new factory premises based in Blackburn and customers are invited to call in to see, touch and feel the full range of modern aluminium glazing products available for their project.
“The new centre has been designed to help our customers choose the best products to develop their projects,” explains Craig Miller, Managing Director of AluFoldDirect. “We have installed full-size, working displays of our range so they can see just how many options they have.
“The AluFoldDirect Aluminium Glazing Design Centre aims to be a useful resource where the whole supply chain, from specification to end user, can get the best advice on how to choose aluminium glazing, backed by top customer support.
“The centre has been split into two separate zones, domestic and commercial and each area has been designed to reflect the look of a typical installation. The domestic zone has a homely feel and the commercial area is a coffee bar, providing a perfect place for customer consultations over a brew.
“It’s the ideal place to ask our on-site aluminium experts to help specify their project and get it right first time. We’ll listen to what our customers need and help them to realise their designs through our precise manufacturing, fast lead times and delivery direct to site.”
For domestic glazing, the AluFoldDirect Aluminium Glazing Design Centre includes the new Technic-AL RD1 residential door as well as AluFoldDirect’s best-selling range of aluminium bi-folding doors and slimline windows.
Commercial customers can see aluminium entrance doors and curtain walling using the highly-respected Jack Aluminium system. The door is equipped with the ISEO Multiblindo lock, the latest advance in versatile commercial security.
Leading British ventilation manufacturer Vent-Axia is delighted to announce that it has been shortlisted four times across two categories in the prestigious H&V News Awards 2017.
The Sentinel Kinetic Advance Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery unit (MVHR) and the Lo-Carbon Revive have both been shortlisted in the Air Movement Product of the Year category and the Domestic Ventilation Product of the Year category. This four-in-a-row nomination follows a long line of awards successes for the company whose products have received recognition in the HVR Awards, CIBSE Building Performance Awards, the Electrical Industry Awards and Ireland’s Energy Show 2016 in the last year alone.
“We are absolutely thrilled to have been shortlisted four times at the H&V News Awards,” said Ian Mitchell, Product Marketing Manager, New Build Residential at Vent-Axia. “These nominations come as we have just celebrated 80 years of innovation, we are therefore delighted to gain industry recognition for our market-leading Sentinel Kinetic Advance and Lo-Carbon Revive.”
Vent-Axia’s Sentinel Kinetic Advance is a new breed of MVHR unit. With best in class performance and offering near silent, energy efficient and high pressure operation, it is perfect for New Build residential properties as well as care homes and student accommodation. ‘Advance’ extracts warm, moist air from ‘wet’ rooms through ducting which passes through the heat exchanger before being exhausted outside. Fresh incoming air is preheated via the integral heat exchanger which recovers over 93% of the heat energy that would otherwise be wasted.
Designed for air-tight thermally efficient new build properties, the Advance is the first UK-manufactured web-enabled App-controlled MVHR unit, providing energy efficient ventilation and pioneering control. Featuring groundbreaking commissioning and control via the App, Advance encourages best practice and high performance through simplified commissioning, saving installers time on site.
The Advance also tops the PCDB list as the best performing MVHR system in its class, boasting a specific fan power of 0.38W/l/w with 93% heat recovery and airflow of 100l/s at 150Pa, offering high pressure development. This new breed of MVHR is not only efficient, it is also extremely quiet with trickle settings up to 40% staying below 20dBA, achieving the Holy Grail of high efficiency and low sound levels. Advance also features a revolutionary programmable summer bypass to ensure year-round thermal comfort.
Meanwhile, the intelligent Lo-Carbon Revive is a new filter-less unitary fan designed to meet the specific needs of social housing, boasting powerful, quiet, efficient ventilation. It provides good indoor air quality and comfort for tenants while being quick and easy to install, low maintenance and reliable. Highly versatile the Revive offers a choice of run speeds for multiple installation options and can be ducted or through the wall, making specification easy. Revive is also low maintenance since its market-leading Multi-Vortex™ technology does not require a filter and the highly sculpted interior actively repels dust, avoiding clogging, thus helping to avoid call backs. Revive also boasts reliability backed by up to seven years’ warranty.
Featuring Smart Sense™ intelligent technology Revive is quick and easy to install with the fan featuring a simple alpha numeric LED display which is clear and easy to read and a three-button menu for commissioning and data gathering. Smart Sense™ also provides real-time data via an intuitive interface to communicate the fan’s energy efficiency; a Day Logger which tracks how many days a fan has been running to ensure it is used as intended; and features an ambient response humidistat to avoid nuisance tripping. Tenants will appreciate that Revive has been designed to be powerful enough to remove moist air to avoid mould and condensation and ensure good IAQ, but at the same time quiet enough not to disturb them, while remaining energy efficient.
The winners will be announced at the H&V News Awards on Thursday 20 April 2017 at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane, London. Attended by the biggest names in the sector the H&V News Awards have firmly established themselves as 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 Advance MVHR and the Lo-Carbon Revive, as well as other products and services offered by Vent-Axia, visit www.vent-axia.com or telephone 0844 856 0590.
The event, which took place on the 3rd November 2016, brings together leading innovators and companies that demonstrate a proven track record of going beyond best practice in integrated energy management.
This award, in part, is a result of the MEDITE SMARTPLY Operation Excellence programme that began in 2014.
The programme initiatives consisted of product and process flow optimisation, variable speed drive monitoring, controls, lighting, ISO 50001 certification, electric transport, and a steam turbine generating onsite electricity driven by their own biomass steam boiler.
The company has also undertaken employee awareness initiatives including displaying energy targets in real time at operator stations, children’s Energy Calendar competition and an Energy Fun Day.
The company has systematically and effectively focused resources on opportunities for energy reduction saving the company in excess of €250,000/per annum in energy costs.
“This award is an independent external acknowledgement of the hard work and efforts that all of our teams across Europe have put in from day one. From our new technologies, such as our Mat Preheater, compressed air energy reduction and process pumps upgrades, to our engineering works on LED lighting and airflow optimisation, everyone has had a part to play,” comments Pat Beardmore, Operations Director.
“The innovation and passion shown by all members of MEDITE SMARTPLY reflects what a truly energetic place it is to work and grow. We will continue our work and chase the top award next year.”
The company has set its sights on achieving an energy reduction in excess of 10% in the coming years. With five projects already in planning in order to achieve these ambitious goals MEDITE SMARTPLY will continue to lead the way in energy management in its sector.
Reynaers has once again been recognised as leading the industry, after receiving two award nominations this month.
The aluminium systems company has been put forward for the prestigious G16 Awards and the Construction Marketing Awards (CMA), which recognise marketing excellence in the built environment.
Judges from the CMAs selected Reynaers as a contender for the ‘Best use of advertising’ award. Reynaers designs and supplies aluminium window, door and curtain wall systems to both the commercial and domestic construction markets and its use of testimonials in its advertising this year has made it stand out from competitors.
Meanwhile, Masterline – the latest window system addition to Reynaers’ portfolio – has been nominated for ‘New Product of the Year’ at the G16 Awards.
The Masterline window system is a completely new window suite that will be launched next year in the UK. It is destined to set a new benchmark in terms of thermal insulation, weather resistance, security, strength and durability, sustainability, design flexibility, aesthetics, production efficiency, and value for money.
Running for more than a decade, The G Awards celebrate and reward excellence in the UK Glass and Glazing industry.
Hugh Moss, Reynaers’ Head of Marketing, said: “We’re delighted to have been nominated for both of these awards and can’t wait for the results. It is fitting that in 2016, our 25th anniversary year here in the UK, we have been recognised as leading the industry with our products and our marketing.”
Aspen Pumps, the market leader in condensate removal pumps, is celebrating winning a prestigious Cooling Industry Award for its innovative Micro-v i4. This intelligent air conditioning (AC) condensate pump beat off extensive competition to win the ‘Air Conditioning Product of the year: Accessory, Component or Process’ category.
Now in its 12th year, the RAC Cooling Industry Awards champions the leading innovations and environmental successes in the refrigeration and air conditioning industry. The award winners were announced at a ceremony on 28th September at the prestigious London Hilton, Park Lane, where the key players in the industry came together for a night of recognition and celebration of the sector’s achievements.
“We are delighted to have won an RAC Cooling Industry Award and have the Micro-v i4 recognised in this arena” said Joe Rose, Head of Group Marketing at Aspen Pumps. “At Aspen Pumps we are committed to offering the market the latest, most innovative products and we are therefore very proud to be named winner of the ‘Air Conditioning Product of the year: Accessory, Component or Process’ category.”
Featuring integrated i4 technology, the Micro-v i4 is the next generation of mini pump. Designed specifically to simplify installation and maintenance, while offering a wide raft of smart features, the Micro-v i4 ticks all the right boxes for AC engineers. The Micro-v i4 reliably and efficiently removes condensate from AC units while avoiding installation and maintenance issues.
Suitable for high wall split systems, ducted units and floor standing and chassis AC units, the pump is ideal for installing directly inside the AC unit. The Micro-v i4 is the first pump available that combines integrated i4technology with the convenience of a floatless sensor that is immune to contaminant build up and is both small and powerful whilst being quiet and reliable.
Made up of four intuitive technologies that all work harmoniously to provide a total system approach, i4 technology features Pulse technology that gives a visual indication about correct installation of the pump; Hydrotech technology which collects data and adjusts switching levels and motor speed, depending on the flow rate; and in-built Silent+ and Univolt technology so the pump is controlled on demand, with the i4 Technology offering a soft start as standard, leading to truly quiet running.
Offering worry and maintenance free plug and play installation, the Micro-v i4can be installed in multiple orientations and provides continuous running. Plus the Micro-v i4 does not use a breather tube and only one connector is needed when installing it in high wall units, further adding to its installation versatility.
Aspen Pumps’ extensive range boasts the largest variety of condensate removal pumps for the air conditioning, heating and refrigeration industry, with something suitable for every application. The pumps boast reliability, ease of installation, are the quietest on the market and all pumps have a free anti-siphoning device. Aspen Pumps continued success and achievements has been built by the hands-on experience of installation engineers, making Aspen Pumps the market leader in condensate removal.
Vent-Axia is celebrating 80 years of innovation. Founded by Joe Akester in 1936 when he invented the world’s first electrically-operated window fan Vent-Axia has been a leading British manufacturer ever since. Now a multi-million pound company, the Vent-Axia brand has become a household name featuring annually in the UK Superbrands league table and holding the prestigious Royal Warrant.
On Friday, 9. September 2016, Vent-Axia celebrated its 80th anniversary at its headquarters in Fleming Way, Crawley, West Sussex. To honour the occasion Henry Smith MP for Crawley and The Worshipful, the Mayor of Crawley, Councillor Raj Sharma, took part in a celebration ceremony where Vent-Axia buried a time capsule in its grounds to mark the company’s 80th Anniversary.
Central to the company’s success is its innovation. Its new products, as a proportion of sales, are three-times the average of existing products in its catalogue. During the last year Vent-Axia has launched a raft of best in class products including: the Sentinel Kinetic Advance, the first UK-manufactured web-enabled Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery (MVHR) system; the Lo-Carbon Revive, a fan designed specifically for the social housing sector; and the Lo-Carbon Svara the UK’s first App-controlled bathroom fan. To reflect this innovation Vent-Axia chose to include the Lo-Carbon Svara in its time capsule.
“We are delighted to be celebrating our 80th Anniversary at Vent-Axia. From the very beginning, with Joe Akester’s invention of the world’s first electrically-operated window fan, Vent-Axia has been a company built on innovation. We have continued this ethos over the years, developing, expanding and innovating to create the very best in ventilation. This is a tradition that we are very proud to continue today with launch of our latest best in class products, as we look forward to the next 80 years ahead,” said Mark Hoskins, Managing Director at Vent-Axia.
Speaking at the event Henry Smith MP said: “I am thrilled that Vent-Axia, an innovative, locally based, world-class company, is celebrating its 80th Anniversary. I am proud that this iconic and historic business continues to manufacturer in Crawley and wish the company continued success over the next 80 years and beyond.”
At the 80th Anniversary Celebration, guests toured the Crawley facilities seeing some of the latest fans manufactured on the production lines. This was followed by words from Vent-Axia’s Managing Director, Mark Hoskins, Henry Smith MP and 91-year-old ex-employee Edna Barnett. Edna worked with Vent-Axia from 1943 to her retirement in 1985 and delighted guests with anecdotes from her early days working with the company’s founder Joe Akester at Vent-Axia, as well as the exciting day she opened the envelope that contained a cheque to Vent-Axia from Winston Churchill.
The focal point of the 80th Anniversary celebration was the burial of a metal time capsule, by the Mayor of Crawley, Councillor Raj Sharma and Henry Smith MP, outside the Vent-Axia reception. The time capsule is to be buried for 80 years and contains items that reflect Vent-Axia today, such as its innovative Lo-Carbon Svara, the UK’s first App-controlled bathroom fan and photos of the Vent-Axia team; plus objects that reflect the current time we live in, such as the current issues of local papers, a pound coin and press coverage on Brexit. The time capsule has been registered with The International Time Capsule Society http://crypt.oglethorpe.edu/ to record its location, contents and the date it is to be opened.
A company steeped in 80 years of British heritage and innovation, Sir Winston Churchill was one of the company’s first customers with Vent-Axia supplying ventilation for No 10 Downing Street during World War II. The company’s innovations are now present in a wide range of landmark projects from buildings in Her Majesty’s Royal Estates to the White House. Leading the way in design and reliability Vent-Axia’s products also stand the test of time with its T-Series fan inducted into the hall of fame as the UK’s favourite commercial fan.The T-Series has sold an incredible 1.4 million fans since 1986 with the fan illustrating that good design doesn’t age.
Headquartered in Crawley, West Sussex and with more than 80 years as an influential industry leader, Vent-Axia continues to set the standard in ventilation. Each year the company supplies air management solutions for over half a million installations across the residential, commercial and industrial sectors in the UK and around the World.
For further information on all products and services offered by Vent-Axia telephone 0844 856 0590.
Sussex-based Vent-Axia is celebrating reaching the final shortlist in the prestigious Electrical Industry Awards 2016, which recognises, celebrates and rewards companies leading the way in the UK electrical sector. The leading British ventilation manufacturer is delighted its award-winning Sentinel Kinetic Advance is a finalist in the Innovative Residential /Domestic Product of The Year category.
The next generation of whole house Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery (MVHR), the Advance is the best performing MVHR unit in its class and offers near silent, energy efficient and high pressure operation. Designed for air-tight thermally efficient new build residential and light commercial properties, the unit provides energy efficient ventilation and pioneering control as the first web-enabled UK-manufactured MVHR unit. Featuring groundbreaking commissioning and control via a unique web-enabled App, Advance encourages best practice and high performance through simplified commissioning, saving installers time on site.
“We are delighted our Sentinel Kinetic Advance has been recognised in these prestigious awards. At Vent-Axia we are celebrating 80 years of innovation this year with the Advance leading the way through its pioneering performance and connectivity. We are therefore very proud to be recognised in the Electrical Industry Awards which honour innovation and excellence in the electrical sector,” said Jenny Smith, Marketing Manager, Vent-Axia.
The Advance achieves the holy grail of high efficiency and low sound levels with trickle settings of up to 40% that still stay below 20dBA. It boasts a specific fan power (SFP) as low as 0.38W/l/s, combined with 93% heat recovery and an airflow of 100l/s at 150Pa. Maximised airflows and minimised noise and energy are achieved through cutting-edge EC motor and highly sculpted interiors.
Offering a range of features that improve indoor air quality (IAQ) the Advance features a unique and innovative free App which households can download onto their smartphones to allow them to control their IAQ. Via the App households can boost the unit and view efficiencies and temperatures. Filters up to F7 grade ensure that even homes in heavily urbanised areas can filter out most impurities, including damaging PM2.5 particles. A filter check warning tells households via the App or email when filters need changing, thus helping to maintain the quality of incoming air.
Meanwhile, app-controlled functionality means the Advance offers simplified installation and commissioning, saving time on site and so money, reducing build length and improving performance and build quality. When installers use a vane anemometer to measure airflow, using just one hand they can use the App to control airflows during measurement, making it unnecessary to repeatedly return to the unit to adjust fan speeds. USB functionality allows pre-commissioning, thus saving time on developments with same specification builds.
Developed for modern thermally efficient homes, Advance also features a revolutionary programmable summer bypass to ensure year-round thermal comfort. The summer bypass is pioneering since it is fully automatic and truly intelligent, a first. The summer bypass is set for both comfort temperature and minimum external temperature. These settings enable the controls to determine whether it is winter or summer allowing it to run without homeowner intervention.
For further cooling the Advance 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 Advance 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.
Part of Vent-Axia’s Kinetic range of MVHR units, the Advance is a whole house heat recovery system combining supply and extract ventilation in one unit. Warm, moist air is extracted from ‘wet’ rooms through ducting, passing through the heat exchanger before being exhausted outside. Fresh incoming air is preheated via the integral heat exchanger which recovers 93% of the heat that would otherwise be wasted.
Attended by the biggest names in the electrical industry, the Electrical Industry Awards ceremony will take place at The Royal Garden, Kensington on Thursday 27 October 2016.
RCM Ltd are pleased to announce their appointment by Extremegreen Building Products, LLC., to exclusively distribute their Extremegreen magnesium oxide building boards across the UK.
Extremegreen is a building board manufactured using a proprietary formula that is reinforced with multiple layers of glass fiber mesh for added structural integrity and impact resistance. The sheets are used as external fire rated sheathing panels, internal wallboard, tile backerboard, sub-flooring, roof underlay and structural insulated panels. Extremegreen MgO is resistant to fire, moisture, mould and mildew, wood boring insects, is completely toxin free and is a carbon neutral building material.
By adding Extremegreen into their brand portfolio RCM have extended their offering by introducing a ‘green’ option to their sheathing board range, thereby letting their customers have the best possible selection of quality building products.
Extremegreen Building Products, based in Mobile, Alabama, is the manufacturer of the high density structural magnesium oxide boards. The boards have unique properties and are made from non-combustible materials that are impervious to water. The boards will not grow mould, nor mildew and as they contain zero foodstuff. They are also resistant to wood boring insects. The boards are people-safe and emit no toxic dust when cut or handled. Finally, they are 100% recyclable and have a very low energy input during the manufacturing process. These building boards truly represent a quantum shift in building technology and thinking.
Being a major leader in the field, RCM are committed to continuing to offer a diverse range of building material solutions, whilst refusing to compromise on quality.
“The agreement with Extremegreen is a huge success for RCM and promises exciting developments for the company. The inclusion of an MgO based board, and an environmentally friendly option, within our sheathing board range allows for even greater choice when specifying projects. RCM look forward to continue leading the way in building board technology with Extremegreen” (Ian Quinton, MD, RCM Ltd.).
“We were looking for a forward thinking group of people at the top of their game to represent Extremegreen as our distributor in the UK. A company with the same ethos as ours that could carry our message and mantra to market. We believe we have found that in RCM and look forward to working with them as our sole UK distributor. RCM has a solid reputation in the UK building industry as suppliers of cement based building materials and we believe Extremegreen fits into this portfolio perfectly.” (Sam Catling, President, Extremegreen Building Products, LLC.)
The VEKA UK Group is continuing a series of notable anniversaries in 2016 as it celebrates 20 years of its products bearing the BSI KitemarkTM; one of the UK’s most widely recognised and respected symbols of safety and quality.
The Group, which also marks 30 years of UK manufacturing in 2016, is consistently at the forefront of PVC-U system development. In 2005, for example, VEKA profile was used to fabricate the UK’s first BRFC ‘A’-rated window. And in 2007 the company opened a dedicated UK recycling plant, processing the old PVC-U frames that ultimately go into VEKA’s pioneering Infinity profile.
Dave Jones, Managing Director of The VEKA UK Group commented: “The BSI Kitemark is an invaluable mark of quality for all sorts of products, but particularly materials and hardware for the construction industry. It’s of paramount importance that contractors and end users can place complete trust in the fabric of their buildings, and we’re proud that for an unbroken 20 years, VEKA products have carried that instantly recognisable sign of confidence.”
Figures from BSI (British Standards Institution) show that 93% of UK adults believe products that hold the Kitemark are safer, with 88% placing their trust in the symbol and believing it to indicate a reputable company. Furthermore, 75% of UK adults believe the Kitemark makes choosing between products easier.
Graham Wackett, Construction Products Group Manager, BSI commented: “It’s a huge feat to maintain BSI Kitemark status for such a significant period of time, and The VEKA UK Group should be proud of this achievement.
“The Kitemark is a voluntary certification, therefore it’s a great indication of a company that pro-actively prioritises quality and safety in its products. To hold the Kitemark licence, companies have an initial audit, then are regularly re-audited to ensure their standards are maintained. That way, customers are assured when making a purchase, and Kitemark licence holders are able to grow their businesses with our certification.”
Dave Jones added: “There’s an underlying principle throughout The VEKA UK Group that our actions should benefit all links in the supply chain. The BSI Kitemark certainly fits that bill, instilling homeowners, contractors, specifiers and more with confidence in our products. We’re excited to continue into our next 20 years of Kitemark certification.”
The UK’s industry-leading PVC-U systems supplier, The VEKA UK Group, has achieved further professional acclaim for the newly unveiled M70 system.
The VEKA UK Group has completed a major update of its BSI Kitemark accreditation with the inclusion of the new M70 and the system is already helping ensure that fabricators are Document Q-ready.
The Matrix 70 Window System from VEKA led the industry for decades, with its classic good looks and impressive technical performance. Thanks to ongoing investment, the new, even more energy-efficient M70 system has been launched.
The system was among the numerous high quality VEKA products showcased at this year’s FIT Show and BSI’s Lorraine Balch was on hand to present the Kitemark certificate to Dave Jones, MD of The VEKA UK Group.
M70 is just one of a number of systems from The VEKA UK Group that will help customers prepare for implementing Document Q. Dave Jones explains: “Security via Document Q is the most recent legislative challenge that the industry has faced, with many customers approaching us for advice on the various routes to compliance.
“Here at The VEKA UK Group, we strive to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to legislation. Our goal is to provide all the ‘tools’ and information our customers need to meet any new requirements in a simple and straightforward manner.
“With the new M70 we wanted to give fabricators flexibility and, to this end, we carried out testing to PAS 24 with a number of suppliers, after researching the most widely used hardware brands. This enables fabricators of the new M70 to follow our pre-tested specification and easily meet the requirements of Document Q.
“Our commitment to supporting customers with Document Q doesn’t stop with M70. Not only have we expanded our approved hardware range to incorporate all of our popular 70mm systems such as VEKA’s Matrix FS and Infinity, as well as Halo’s System 10 and Rustique, but we are already embarking on further partnerships with hardware companies to continually improve our offering, giving our customers the widest possible choice of components while still meeting Government Regulation.”
For more information on how The VEKA UK Group supports customers with technical and compliance issues, contact Mark Barsby for #JustTheFACTS. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org