Hochiki publishes Emergency Lighting BS5266 Guide

Hochiki Europe, a leading manufacturer and supplier of fire detection and emergency lighting systems, has announced the publication of a free A6 guide to BS5266, the code of practice for emergency lighting.


UK fire safety legislation states that people in premises must be able to find their way to a place of total safety if there is a fire by using escape routes that have sufficient lighting. BS5266 provides guidance for the maximum viewing distances and luminance conditions for safety signs, the positioning of emergency luminaires, minimum height levels, Lux levels, acceptable glare levels and minimum routine testing schedules.

All emergency lighting installations must adhere to the requirements set out in BS5266 and Hochiki’s new guide examines the constituent parts of the standard and explains their key points in a clear, concise and easy to read format. It also identifies the various types of emergency lighting systems on the market, where they can be used and outlines what installers should consider when specifying them.

Hochiki Europe, which is a member of ICEL (Industry Committee for Emergency Lighting) has produced this publication to complement its innovative FIREscape emergency lighting system.

Manufactured in the UK and BS5266 compliant, Hochiki’s FIREscape emergency lighting system comprises of an addressable emergency lighting control panel with battery back-up. It features addressable, self-contained light emitting diode (LED) luminaires and signage connected via low voltage (40V) cabling. The luminaires are also equipped with battery back-up, making sure they will function in every situation. The unique features of this system mean significant cost, energy and maintenance savings.

Stuart Davies, Hochiki’s marketing manager, commented, ‘Hochiki’s new guide to BS5266 is an invaluable reference tool for anyone involved with the installation, design and specification of emergency lighting systems. The correct positioning of exit signage and emergency lighting is essential in saving lives and by explaining the key elements of this important standard we hope to encourage a greater understanding of it.’

Visit Hochiki Europe’s website www.hochikieurope.com/bs5266 to download the free guide to BS5266 “The design, installation and wiring of emergency lighting systems”.  It is also available in a handy and durable A6 hard copy format that can be requested by completing the form on the Hochiki Europe website www.hochikieurope.com/bs5266

American Softwoods promotion campaign relaunched


American Softwoods, the promotional partnership of three major U.S. softwood trade associations, the Southern Forest Products Association (SFPA), the Softwood Export Council (SEC) and APA – the Engineered Wood Association, has been relaunched in the UK under the directorship of Charles Trevor. The timber marketing communications and management specialist and former managing director of wood for good intends to bring a new focus to the promotional campaign, which has been active in the UK for many years. He said, “American softwoods have been exported for almost 200 years, and it is our role to make sure the industry is fully aware of the advantages, opportunities and benefits of species such as Southern Yellow Pine, Douglas fir and hemlock in a wide range of applications, both commercial and domestic. We aim to encourage the use of American softwoods for both internal and external projects and to work with the timber industry, providing technical information and assistance to develop the market for these under-used species. American producers are keen to do business in the UK and are able to supply high class, well graded material suitable for many different end uses.”

New information and technical guidance has been produced in the form of three new brochures focusing on the environmental credentials of Southern Yellow pine, Profiles, and Decks, which will be available shortly in PDF format on the American Softwoods web site at www.americansoftwoods.com .

American Softwoods was one of the first organisations to confirm their support for Timber Expo in Coventry in September, and is working with the Timber Decking and Cladding Association to develop three seminars for the timber industry, the first taking place during Timber Expo, the second in London on 5th October and the third in Leeds on 12th October. A series of advertisements have also been created, focusing on low carbon, low impact and naturally renewable key messages, and a new web site is also in development – www.americansoftwoods.com will be ready to launch this summer.

Mr. Trevor continued, “Because of its sustainability, durability, and beauty, interest in and demand for timber is increasing. So much so that, in Europe, some grades are in short supply. American softwoods are not only hugely popular but readily available and sustainably produced. American softwoods have been something of a well-kept secret of late and we are keen to bring their benefits and beauty to a wider audience.”

info@americansoftwoods.com or 020 8444 0885.

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American Softwoods

American Softwoods is a promotional partnership formed by three major U.S. softwood trade associations, APA – the Southern Forest Products Association, the Softwood Export Council and APA – the Engineered Wood Association. The campaign encourages use of American softwoods for both internal and external projects and increase awareness of its commercially available species. AMSO also works with the timber industry, providing technical information and assistance to develop the market for American softwoods.

Renowned for their strength, flexibility, versatility and beauty, American softwoods have been exported for almost 200 years. Harvested from sustainably managed forests in the USA, the success of forest management and conservation in the USA means that forested land is now greater than it was 75 years ago, and is increasing year on year.

Look again… this is single ply membrane at its innovative best

Unique design wins prestigious roofing award

Brighton’s Metropole Hotel was the venue for the NFRC’s prestigious annual awards event. Single ply membrane manufacturer Renolit alongside Ilkeston based contractor, Advanced Roof & Wall, were voted outright winners in the Flat Roofing / Single Ply category for the technical competence jointly contributed to the the £21m Pods and Central Park funded by North Lincolnshire Council, Yorkshire Forward and Sport England.

The irony of  the category was not lost on TV personality Penny Smith who presented the Renolit and Advanced team with their award, noting that this unique five domed design is anything but flat; comprising of five pods finished in a range of materials, collectively contributing to the development’s remit to blend into the park landscape.

Each dome is waterproofed using the Renolit ALKORPLAN system and whilst the complex is thought to be the UK’s largest timber-built geodesic project, it also demonstrates possibly the most adventurous and innovative use of single ply membrane ever seen in the UK.

Renolit’s ALKORPLAN membrane was chosen for its light and versatile properties, ease of installation and enviable reputation for reliability; the  system is arguably mainland Europe’s most specified single ply waterproofing membrane.

The individual pod diameters extend from 20 up to 50 metres, with the largest covering an area close to 2000 square metres. The Renolit ALKORPLAN system has been deployed as a waterproof foundation beneath two cedar shingle covered domes, one sedum green roofed dome and an aluminium cladded dome. On the final dome, it has also been utilised in its own right combining with Renolit’s ALKORDESIGN profile to create an attractive geometric pattern.

Paul Young, Director S&P Architects said

“We called Renolit to review our options on waterproof coverings, they were able to provide solutions that would complement the innovative design. Understanding the sensitivity of the detailing to achieve the ‘skin’ was paramount to our requirements. This was achieved using a combination of their membranes. The result is a stunning building that is unique to this type of building. S&P are delighted that the result achieved the intent of Andrew Wrights competition winning design.”

Project Information

Dome 1: Sportshall


Calandered / laminated flexible fleecebacked membrane which has been combined with the ALKORDESIGN profile providing geometric aesthetic detailing, creating an attractive geometric design.

Dome 2: Swimming pool


Calandered / laminated flexible fleecebacked PVC, reinforced with glass fibre. The membrane has been installed with ALKORPLUS metal sheet retaining profiles beneath a green roof sedum cover.

Dome 3 and 4: Second Pool, changing rooms and cafeteria


Calandered / laminated membrane of flexible PVC with woven polyester reinforcing.

The membrane has been overlaid with ALKORSOLAR profile supporting counter-batten beneath individually laid cedar shingle tiles.

Dome 5: Leisure centre entrance


Calandered / laminated membrane of flexible PVC with woven polyester reinforcing.

The membrane has been combined with ALKORSOLAR profile to support glazed aluminium sheeting.

RENOLIT ALKORPLAN: Membrane Properties

• Calendered / laminated membrane of flexible PVC.

• Conforms to UEAtc guidelines – independently tested

• Used as waterproofing membrane for newbuild and refurb projects

• Suitable substrates are metal deck, timber and concrete

Product Benefits

• Most specified membrane in mainland Europe since 1972

• Fire retardant membrane: BRE A tested

• BBA Certificate with a lifespan in excess of 35 years.

• BREEAM A Plus rating. The highest possible within the Green guide.

• Light weight, reduces the weight and cost of substructure.

• Wide colour range: metallics, ALKORBRIGHT white & corporate matching

• Limited maintenance with uncomplicated product warranties

• The product is recyclable, returning to the production process

• Unique ALKORSOLAR PV and thermal installation system




The Pods a Central Park is the UK’s largest timber-built geodesic project




The different application of RENOLIT ALKORPLAN on each dome was awarded first place at the NFRC roofing awards, 2011




Two of the Pods are finished with individually laid shingle tiles




The entrance Pod showing membrane and profile, prior to being finished with glass and aluminium




Insulation being installed at pitches of up to 40 degrees




Nearing completion


Members of the Renolit and Advanced team and architects are awarde first place by TV presenter Penny Smith

For further info please contact:

RENOLIT Cramlington Limited

Station Rd | Cramlington | Northumberland | NE238AQ | UK

T +44 1670 718283

F +44 1670 590096



KAC appoints new Product Manager to support business growth

KAC, the world’s largest manufacturer of call points and AV devices for use in commercial fire and security systems, has appointed Raxa Chauhan to the new position of Product Manager. She is responsible for managing the existing well-established product portfolio and for the successful conclusion of an aggressive programme of new product developments.

KAC Marketing Manager, Mark Thomson, said: “We have a demanding programme of new product introductions in place, with major developments to our core conventional and addressable call point and AV device ranges. Successful market launches are critical to achieving our medium term sales and profitability objectives. Raxa’s previous experience of international product management in industry-leading companies ensures that she is well positioned to bring these products to market on time and on budget and to influence our marketing strategy.”

Raxa holds an honours degree in applied chemistry and has extensive knowledge of the safety industry in which she has held a wide variety of product marketing positions.


KAC Alarm Company

Tel: + 44 1527 406655

Fax: + 44 1527 406677




UK Door Sets specifies Nico Door Hinges for new Swindon Development



Nico Door Hinges  have been specified by UK Doorsets for Phase One of Marlborough Park, a development of over 200 houses and apartments in Swindon constructed by main contractor Wates Living Places.

For this project, Nico 4717 Hinges in a polished chrome finish have been fitted to ash-faced doorsets for all the communal and internal doors. Nico  Security hardware has also been specified separately for the main security entrance doors. 

UK Doorsets specialises in the manufacture of pre-hung doorsets for the construction industry. Part of the Midland Building Products Group, the company supplies a wide range of timber and composite doors in a selection of finishes, including rapid-fit, bespoke and acoustic products.

Nico Manufacturing supplies a variety of LoadPro Heavy Duty Door Hinges to UK  Doorsets, including its 4717 Lift-off Hinge in Zinc for the standard product range and its 4718 Security Lift-off Hinge in Supercoat corrosion resistant finish for the Secured by Design range.

UK Doorsets has been fitting Nico Door Hinges for several years. Simon Chapman, Sales & Commercial Director, explains: “We needed to retest our Secured by Design doorsets and gave Nico the opportunity to supply their 4718 Security Hinge for testing. The Nico hinges sailed through the testing process, surpassing the performance of our previous hardware.” He adds, “Since then we have been buying a number of products from the LoadPro range – at more competitive prices and with better service.”   

Nico LoadPro Door Hinges are designed and manufactured in the UK. All are CE-marked and most of the range are also Certifire approved.

For more information about Nico Door Hinges, please contact:

Nico Manufacturing Ltd

Tel: (01255) 422333  Fax: (01255) 432909

E-mail: sales@nico.co.uk

Website: www.nico.co.uk




North-West-based Total Vibration Solutions (TVS) is completing work on two of the country’s most prestigious education sector projects, highlighting the company’s emerging position as one of the country’s fastest-growing acoustics specialists.

TVS was selected by main contractor Sir Robert McAlpine to design, install and commission 2,169m2 of concrete and steel reinforced acoustic jack-up floors over five levels of new a state-of-the-art contemporary building for the UK’s largest music school Manchester’s renowned Chetham’s School of Music.Currently nearing completion, it is thought to be the largest acoustic jack-up floor project of its kind ever undertaken in the UK, involving the complete isolation of 58 individual music rooms and a 100-seat recital hall.


The acoustic floors, constructed of 110-mm deep steel-reinforced concrete, were subsequently jacked-up 50mm to allow acoustic separation between the finished room floor and the original building sub-slab.The recital hall also required the most stringent acoustic performance levels. It has a 150mm steel-reinforced concrete floor supported by 366 individual jack-up mounts to support the weight and high point loadings from steel columns supporting the roof beams, mezzanine floor and walls of this box-within-a-box structure.

In the Midlands, meanwhile, a multi-million-pound Performance Hub is nearing completion on the University of Wolverhampton’s Walsall campus integrating music, dance and drama facilities. Once again, TVS was selected, this time by main contractor, VINCI Construction, to provide 1,633m2 of acoustic floating floors for the drama rooms, music rehearsal facility, recording studios and black box theatre. The work involved equipping 23 rooms with a 160mm deep timber acoustic floor, one room with a 350mm deep acoustic floor and 5 further rooms with a 160mm deep acoustic concrete flooring system. TVS was selected not only because its floating floor system met the University’s stringent acoustic specification but also, importantly in these budget-constrained times, because its tender offered the university significant cost savings.


Ceilings in the building were also supported on TVS acoustic hangers, specified by acoustic consultants ARUP, allowing British Gypsum’s MF ceiling system to be installed as normal but helping it to offer much greater acoustic isolation efficiency.

TVS Managing Director Paul Lafone, who has more than 20 years’ experience in engineering, noise and vibration suppression, says the prestige projects demanded cutting-edge solutions. “Both projects called for the latest acoustic design techniques and materials so we were delighted to have been chosen.”

His Haslingden-based company is currently overseeing a string of contracts ranging from the isolation of a transformer room in the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, to sound and vibration solutions for health clubs and hotels across the UK.

Total Vibration Solutions Ltd

Unit 9, The Courtyard, Grane Road, Haslingden, Rossendale

Lancashire BB4 4QN. Tel: +44(0) 1706 260 220


Stormsaver takes centre stage

 Stormsaver, the UK’s leading designer and manufacturer of rainwater harvesting systems, has won a new contract with Harrogate International Centre.
The centre is currently expanding its exhibition offer with the addition of two new exhibition halls due to open later this year. The £13 million development will provide greater exhibition capacity and increased flexibility for exhibitors and conference providers.

Stormsaver has been contracted to supply a non-pressurised 23,000L above ground rainwater harvesting system. It is predicted to collect approximately 833 m3 of rainwater and save an estimated £1,900 per annum, drastically reducing water bills and reliance on mains water supply.

The expansion project is scheduled for completion in August 2011 and will be opened shortly afterwards.

For further information about Stormsaver or the company’s rainwater harvesting solutions visit www.stormsaver.com or phone 0844 884 0015.


Ash & Lacy Publish New Warranty Guide

Ash & Lacy Building Systems has produced a comprehensive guide to their unique AWM Warranty scheme, which offers the client confidence in their “as built” products and systems.

Entitled “Your Building – Freely Ashured”, the guide is aimed at providing construction professionals with an overview of all the company’s warranty options.

The guide primarily focuses on the AWM Protector Warranty. This is available free of charge and provides an independent drawing and design review. Weekly inspections are carried out to audit workmanship and verify compliance with current building regulations and good working practice.

“Your Building – Freely Ashured” explains how the Protector Warranty significantly differs from standard types of warranty.

Time is taken to outline enhanced warranty schemes available from Ash & Lacy, such as Pioneer and Pathfinder.

The reader is also guided through the Ashure Partnership scheme. This enables Ash & Lacy to work closely with suppliers and customers to provide a complete service and total peace of mind to the building owner.

The guide is now available to download from the Ash & Lacy Building Systems Website – http://www.ashandlacy.com/storage/fb2/protector-warranty/awmpwgh/awmpwgh.html

Lamilux rooflights now available in the UK

Daylight & Ventilation Solutions (DVS) are proud to introduce Lamilux rooflights and roof glazing to the U.K. market. Expansion into the U.K. now sees Lamilux rooflights being supplied and installed into over 20 countries.


DVS have many years’ experience in the rooflight industry and Lamilux have been manufacturing rooflights since 1955 – and so together they are fast becoming one of the industry’s leading authorities and suppliers.

With a comprehensive product portfolio ranging from rooflight domes to large area roof glazing and barrel vaulted rooflights to premium aluminium framed glass rooflights, DVS can offer a solution for almost any application. All rooflights can be supplied as a fixed or opening model, with options for natural comfort ventilation or smoke and heat e xhaust ventilation in accordance to EN 12101-2.






These quality daylight systems have many applications including; industrial and commercial buildings, education and healthcare projects, community and amenity facilities, retail and residential.

All products are manufactured in Germany to the exacting standards that we have come to expect from German engineering and continual research and development ensures compliance with all current regulations. Total product U-values are available for all DVS rooflights and have been calculated to the international standard EN ISO 10077-2, so can be completely verified.

DVS offer a complete range of services including; supply only, supply and installation, site survey and consultation service, specification assistance and certified CPD seminars to architects.


DVS have experienced technical advisors that regularly meet with architects and contractors to offer detailed specification assistance.

If you would like more information about the product range or book a meeting, please call 01284 749051 or visit www.dvsltd.co.uk

David Wilson Homes – Southern Adopts Insulslab SFRC as Preferred Foundation Technique

David Wilson Homes – Southern, has adopted Insulslab SFRC, the super insulated and fully integrated foundation system, as its preferred foundation technique for all new projects. Following a successful pilot of the system at its Chatsworth Park development in Winnersh, David Wilson Homes – Southern will now use Insulslab SFRC wherever site conditions allow.   

Constructed of interlocking expanded polystyrene (EPS) pods with steel fibre reinforced concrete (SFRC) poured on top, Insulslab SFRC is an extremely efficient foundation technique that requires minimal ground excavation. Insulslab SFRC integrates high levels of insulation into the system design in order to offer superior thermal performance without increasing floor depth.


Recognising the time and performance benefits which Insulslab SFRC could deliver, David Wilson Homes – Southern piloted the system on two plots at Chatsworth Park. During construction  site access was restricted and wet weather conditions caused a two day delay to the two week foundation programme. In spite of the adverse conditions, Insulslab SFRC proved quick and easy to install – resulting in the programme completing three days ahead of schedule.

Richard Palmer, Commercial Director, David Wilson Homes – Southern, comments: “As an innovator ourselves, we are constantly seeking out new methods of construction that will deliver increased efficiencies and performance. The pilot of Insulslab SFRC proved that the system will stand up commercially, even under difficult site conditions.”

Using traditional foundation techniques, the ground conditions at Chatsworth Park would have demanded a 450mm x 750mm deep trench fill. In contrast, Insulslab SFRC required only a 150mm – 200mm strip to prepare the ground for construction. From a site management perspective, this negated the need for vehicles to cart away soil and reduced the risk of trench collapse.

Richard continues: “The minimal ground preparation proved a key success factor during the pilot. If we had been using traditional techniques, we not only would have had a lot of soil to remove from site, the wet weather conditions would have made the soil moist and heavier – which would have increased the cost of removal. Cost and performance-wise, Insulslab SFRC is now our preferred foundation system, wherever a site will allow.”

As a fully integrated system, Insulslab SFRC is engineered to deliver efficiency gains on-site. With no need for trenches, labour time is significantly reduced whilst the absence of rebar and use of EPS pods minimise manual handling.

In addition to the time and cost savings which Insulslab SFRC offers developers, its superior thermal insulation contributes to Part L and Code for Sustainable Homes compliance by achieving very low U-values (typically 0.10 – 0.13W/m2K depending on P/A ratio).

Mark Gray, Technical Manager, Insulslab SFRC, concludes: “The cost and time savings as well as the performance benefits of Insulslab SFRC are well documented. However, the absolute best way to demonstrate the positive impact it can have on site programmes is to put the system to the test. By piloting Insulslab SFRC, David Wilson Homes – Southern was able to see first hand how it would help their developments and we are really looking forward to working with them on future projects.”

For further information on Insulslab SFRC and full technical and specification support materials, please visit www.insulslab.com 

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