Innovative product developments, unrivalled performance certification and an exciting range of software support packages, all combine to strengthen Schöck’s continued position as the number one supplier of verifiable performance thermal break technology.
This year, Schöck pushes the boundaries further with its new generation of Schöck concrete-to-concrete Isokorb, offering unrivalled thermal performance for both standard and Passivhaus construction. Also on display is the Isokorb type AXT – offering a more thermally efficient and more durable alternative to wrapped parapets and minimum savings of 10% on construction costs.
The rest of the Isokorb family, for concrete-to-steel and steel-to-steel connectivity are on display too – all with the reassurance of the new BBA certification, verifying Schöck to the most up-to-date industry requirements. Among the latest software packages there is the new Calculation Software for the Isokorb type KS and the Thermal Bridge Calculator. A brand new customer focussed website is being launched and you can get up-to-date information on the latest BIM developments.
The Schöck team is of course on hand to discuss any of the new developments and to offer ‘live’ consultancy advice on any project specific requirements you may have.
On stand C147 of Ecobuild 2017, Flowcrete UK will be showcasing its range of resin finishes and sub floor screeds that have been designed to create superior, environmentally friendly floors as well as introducing new concrete repair products to the UK market!
Flowcrete UK’s green flooring solutions have been utilised by a long list of high profile locations around the country thanks to the ability of these systems to combine sustainability with both functionality and longevity.
The fast drying Isocrete Alpha Screed is particularly popular among developers of large-scale, high-rise and demanding construction projects thanks to the fact that large quantities of it can be quickly and easily installed. It is also one of the greenest screeds on the market, as 95% of the system’s alpha hemi-hydrate calcium sulphate binder is reclaimed from industrial by-products, minimising the amount of waste sent to landfill.
Isocrete Alpha Screed is an evolution of traditional anhydrite flowing screeds, as it has a 20% faster drying time and its laitance free finish means that sanding is not required prior to applying a coating – significantly speeding up the overall installation timescale.
As of this year, Flowcrete UK is now also able to supply a range of Euclid Chemical concrete repair mortars. There are many factors that must be considered before selecting a concrete repair solution such as location, climate, in-service conditions, and potential corrosives to name just a few. Having access to Euclid Chemical’s high quality products, which have been the repair mortars of choice in the US for a long time, will ensure that developers can easily access the right option for them.
Flowcrete UK’s Managing Director, Kevin Potter, said: “We’re always looking to develop our products to ensure that the construction industry can easily source the systems required to solve what can be very complex and demanding challenges.
“We constantly evaluate our finishes, screeds, subfloor components and repair materials to get the perfect balance of functionality and application practicality while limiting any environmental impact.”
Flowcrete UK has analysed its products and manufacturing processes in order to make its solutions more environmentally friendly. This has led to limiting the use of substances such as Ordinary Portland Cement as well as supplying its products in UN Certified Intermediate Bulk Containers to reduce packaging waste. The durability of Flowcrete UK’s resin systems also provides end users with green benefits, as the longevity of its floors avoids the environmental damage incurred by a flooring refurbishment.
Thanks to the environmentally pro-active credentials of its systems, Flowcrete is able to assist architects and specifiers to qualify for green building credits through initiatives such as BREEAM and LEED®.
To find out more about sustainable flooring and the newly launched Euclid Chemical concrete repair products, talk to Flowcrete UK’s expert team on stand C147 of Ecobuild 2017, which is taking place from 7-9 March at the ExCel London.
During 2016, IBS continued to deliver successful installations of high profile glass flood defence systems around the UK, taking their total of successfully delivered projects past the 1.5Km milestone since the first system was installed in Keswick in 2011. Included in 2016’s successes was the UK’s largest glass flood defence system at 520m long, installed to protect the village of Paull (near Hull) from future tidal surges and as a part of the wider Hull and Holderness Flood Alleviation Scheme, a project that is providing defences along the Humber estuary together with inland engineering works.
These recent projects have allowed IBS to continue their unrivalled success in the delivery of these specialist glass flood defence systems. Having re-located to larger premises in South Yorkshire at the end of 2015, IBS continue to expand and support more clients in the UK, most recently by the addition of a new team member to help manage the ever increasing level of enquiries.
Managing Director Ray Moulds, says
”After such an exceptional year with multiple large contract successes, not only in the UK & Ireland but also globally, we’re very much looking forward to 2017 and seeing our business expand further. By this I don’t just mean by supporting more and more clients with our high quality innovative solutions, but also with exciting product developments that our teams are working on and which will enhance our client offerings for the future”.
You can see IBS at a number of events during 2017, including the Cumbria Flood Expo in Carlisle at the beginning of February and the Flood & Coast exhibition in Telford at the end of March, both of which they are providing sponsorship for.
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.
KEMPER SYSTEM manufacture KEMPEROL® liquid roofing and waterproofing systems for the long-term protection of roofs buildings and critical structures. At Ecobuild 2017, our roofing products continue to address the question: What is sustainability?
When we talk about roofing systems, their relative merits and sustainability, we need to understand what sustainability means:
The capacity to endure, with the quality of not being harmful to the environment or depleting natural resources and thereby supporting long term ecological balance.
So how do we fit the bill?
80% of the resins in KEMPEROL® 2K-PUR are derived from the seeds of the tropical castor plant (ricinus communis) a sustainable resource that for every kilogram of castor oil produced in place of a petroleum-based polyol, there is a reduction of nearly 3.5 kilograms of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere. A cradle-to-gate study commissioned by the Department of Energy (DOE) reported that there are essentially zero net greenhouse gas emissions from the production of castor oil. Added to that the reinforcement fleece we use contains a 25% recycled plastic bottle content. Kemper System is fully committed to the conservation of natural resources and are part of the chemical industry’s unique global initiative – ‘Responsible Care’.
Substrate conservation is a key element in sustainability. When our approved contractors carry out refurbishment work or upgrade the insulation on an existing roof, the KEMPEROL® resin is usually laid directly onto the substrate or utilises the failed membrane as a vapour control layer as part of our Stratex warm roof system build up. This avoids the costly removal of the failed roof substrate and transport off site to become landfill. This can also have the added benefit of reducing the duration and cost of your project.
None of the above would mean anything without great performance. KEMPEROL® 2K-PUR is not only solvent-free and odourless, it has proven performance in use with a BBA certified performance life in-excess-of 25 years. It is also inherently root resistant making it ideal for green roof projects.
Responsibly sourced, environmentally friendly in application and long term performance; produced by a company that conforms to recognised environmental standards. What more could you want from a roofing product?
You can learn more about our waterproofing, warm roof and green roof systems on Stand B141. We’re the one with the Duck.
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.
The only cavity tray company in the UK awarded European Technical Approval and the longest-established in its specialised filed is displaying its latest products at the Scotland Build Show 2016.
Cavity Trays of Yeovil has a history dating back to the 1920’s and its approved products are accompanied with a performance warranty.
Its know-how and expertise derived over almost a century is available for the benefit of Architect, Builder and Client and its latest handbook is being distributed from the stand.
The Type X cavitray for gable abutments provides a swift and effective way of arresting and controlling rain penetrating masonry above a sloping abutment.
Trays are available to suit all styles and sizes of masonry from brick to block to stone.
Each approved Type X cavitray has a ready-shaped flashing already attached, and an adjustable back upstand that now extends to cover an even wider range of cavity widths, ensuring compatibility at all times.
The full name of this new product is the Bay Window Vertical Cavitray and it overcomes a problem experienced by many during the 2013/2014 wet winter: lateral transference.
Lateral transference or ‘sideways soak’ as it is often termed, refers to exterior skin masonry becoming saturated and then permitting saturation to permeate ‘sideways’ into the structure.
It can occur to the sides of a bay window between bay roof intersection level and the lower level where the lintel runs across the bay to support the wall above.
The Type BWVC cleverly links the two whilst maintaining masonry bonding and coursing.
Its presence halts horizontal wet permeation.
This product is compatible for use with other approved cavitrays for horizontal and sloping roofs.
Preformed damp courses and trays
A range of preformed damp courses and trays for use with timber frame construction demonstrate the benefits of building using pre-shaped damp-protection solutions rather than relying on site forming and fabrication.
Pre-shaped extends the protective qualities beyond just one face of the element requiring protection, guarding against misplacement and ensuring every touch-point is both uniformly and consistently addressed.
The VEKA UK Group is offering architects, specifiers, contractors and consultants the chance to further their understanding of PVC-U and its use in fenestration, while simultaneously earning points towards their Continuing Professional Development (CPD) – FREE of charge.
The upcoming seminars – to be delivered throughout the country by The VEKA UK Group’s Commercial team – are approved by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), illustrating their value for professionals in the commercial sector.
Richard Garland, Head of Commercial Sales for The VEKA UK Group explains: “Among the topics covered in the seminars will be commonly held misconceptions surrounding PVC-U – particularly in comparison to its counterparts; timber and aluminium.
“Besides its often-overlooked design flexibility, PVC-U fenestration can hold numerous environmental benefits, such as sustainability, cost savings and CO2 emission reductions.
“As our recent #JustTheFACTS marketing campaign has highlighted, we are not in the business of embellishing ‘statistics’; largely as we don’t need to – our figures speak for themselves. By the same token, attendees at our CPD seminars can be confident that they are sharing in technical knowledge, developed over years of experience as part of the world’s leading PVC-U profile manufacturers.”
The free sessions – which are designed to be interesting as well as informative – will run throughout the country, and interested architects, specifiers, contractors and consultants are invited to register their interest as soon as possible.
“We will be conducting seminars at locations across the UK”, Richard continues. “We also welcome enquiries from representatives who wish to request a dedicated session for themselves and their team, and are happy to attend at their premises to deliver the training.
“This represents the first of several CPD offerings that The VEKA UK Group will be introducing over the coming months, and we’re excited to share our knowledge, make connections throughout the industry, and continue our proactive role within the fenestration community. We look forward to meeting you at a seminar soon!”
To register your interest in attending an upcoming seminar or requesting a session to be conducted at your premises, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01282 716 611. All training is free, RIBA-approved, and – upon completion – attendees will be issued with a certificate that counts towards their CPD record.
Panasonic has announced a deadline extension for submitting entries into the PRO Awards 2016. Installers, Architects, Consultants, Distributors and Engineers will now have until 31st October 2016 to put their best projects forward.
The PRO Awards are free to enter and open to projects featuring Panasonic heating and cooling systems, in a residential, public authority or commercial environment. There are many great prizes up for grabs including a once in a lifetime trip to Japan, plus international recognition for the winner of each category. Other prizes include Panasonic Lumix cameras, awarded to all qualifying entrants.
“Our aim is to showcase the very best in the industry and we are excited to see this year’s projects,” says Marc Overson, UK & Ireland Country Manager at Panasonic Heating and Cooling Solutions. “We are delighted with the entries we have already received and are keen to see even more companies seeking the recognition their projects deserve. There are many benefits to winning one of Panasonic’s PRO Awards including wider industry recognition, PR exposure, plus an invitation to join a VIP trip to visit Panasonic’s HQ in Japan.”
A panel of prestigious judges from across Europe with expertise in architecture, building services and the heating/cooling industry will be looking for applications that demonstrate flair and innovation while showcasing sustainable design, efficiency, cost effectiveness and aesthetics.
Award entries are invited in the following categories:
“We were invited to enter the Panasonic Pro Awards to showcase a large heat pump project that we had recently completed. We were absolutely delighted to win an award, as was the client that we had worked on the project with. It is a great way to show to our clients that we go the extra mile. We use the award logo on all of our company literature and website which has raised our profile within the industry. The cherry on the cake was an incredible, all expenses paid winners trip to Japan, where we visited the Panasonic Centre in Tokyo, the Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town and experienced the amazing food in Japan. It was a once in a lifetime trip.” – Ecosphere Renewables, 2014 PRO Award winner of Best Social Housing Project.
“FWP were proud to have recently won the Panasonic Sustainable Project of the Year Award for the design and installation of the air to water heat pump system in Carluccio’s, Meadowhall. We were able to offer lower energy consumption and therefore a significant carbon footprint reduction and cost savings due to our design. A benefit of being involved in the awards process has been the recognition of our work on the project, in particular our efforts around sustainability across our designs and installations. It was particularly pleasing for this project to be recognised at the awards as it has allowed us to update our literature that is directed towards potential clients.” – FWP Air Conditioning, 2014 PRO Award Winner of Sustainable Project of the Year
‘Winning the Panasonic Pro award for the Mulberry Properties development – Straffan Manor, highlighted the quality of the houses, the innovation in the heating system and the various technologies which can be cleverly combined to achieve an A2 Building Energy Rating. The prize included a trip to Japan with an inspirational visit to the Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town. This gave us a glimpse into a possible future where cutting edge technology allows us to live sustainably’- Shane Duffy, Commercial Heating Manager, Heat Merchants, 2014 PRO Award Winner of Best Multi-Dwelling Project.
Notifier by Honeywell announced today the launch of a new continuing professional development (CPD) course 2016/2017. ‘Getting To Know BS 7273-4’ provides installers, integrators, contractors, consultants and end users with all the information on this important standard and how it relates to the way that doors are opened, closed and controlled by fire detection systems.
Although it was first introduced in 2007, the 2015 revision of BS 7273-4 has brought the subject of release mechanisms for fire doors into sharp focus. The prompt evacuation of a burning building requires as few obstacles and obstructions as possible and, similarly, restricting the spread of fire and heat in such a situation relies upon the use of well-engineered fire doors that can be reliably closed in the event of a fire.
Adhering to BS 7273-4 is increasingly important, as the guidance in Annex A of the Code of Practice is now normative, which means that if control of doors is performed by a fire detection system the requirements of the category must be met. If the guidelines are not followed it is likely that the fire door provision fails to satisfy a fire risk assessment.
Notifier’s new BS 7273-4 CPD has been written by experts within the company, it enables delegates to gain a better understanding of how modern life safety technology can be used to increase a building’s safety by interfacing it with fire doors and secured fire exits. By providing an overview of the various scenarios when doors should be released, it looks at control arrangements for actuation of mechanisms that unlock, release or open doors in the event of fire, before covering recommendations for the interface between fire detection and alarm systems, as well as equipment not covered in any other standards.
Those attending will also gain an valuable understanding of the three categories of actuation – A (critical), B (standard) and C (indirect) – and the circumstances under which the control mechanisms should revert to their fail safe position to protect escape routes and prevent the spread of smoke in the event of a fire.
‘It is fair to say that since its original introduction eight years ago BS 7273-4 has been largely ignored, apart for a few isolated cases of best practice,’ commented Gregg Bushell, Senior Marketing Communications Honeywell Security and Fire. ‘I’m pleased to say that the situation is beginning to change and this CPD is a key part of our strategy to enhance knowledge about this important standard and how its implementation could save lives. There can be no one size fits all approach to configuring a BS 7273-4 compliant system and fire doors and exits should be considered individually so that people, property and assets are protected as well as they possibly can be in the event of a fire.’