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UK, May 5, 2017.- Trimble MEP has developed the study: “BIM & Design: From Architects to Subcontractors – Who Does What ?”. From DOKA UK make reference to Trimble MEP and thank them for their insight and contribution to advancing Construction. We briefly summarize the interesting content of this analysis in three sections and recommend its complete reading: 

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Redland Craftsman Albury crowns eco-home with period twist

As experienced self-builders Richard and Jo Collings had high standards for their final project – a four-bedroomed energy efficient house in rural Warwickshire – so they chose the Albury tile from the Rosemary Clay Craftsman range developed by Redland, the UK’s leading manufacturer and supplier of pitched roof systems.

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“We’re in a conservation area, so we had to be careful what we chose, and we really liked the look of these tiles. We’ve had a lot of compliments and the planners were happy as they stipulated that it should be ‘of a pleasing design’ and “not jar”, says Mrs Collings.

The planners at Stratford District Council were concerned not simply because the house was in a conservation area, but also because it would be next to a historic church, parts of which date back to Norman times.

“We reckoned it would take two years in all, a year to get planning and a year to build”, says Mrs Collings. “And we were right overall but it took 14 months to get the planning permission”. The new home replaces a 1960s bungalow and its roof now complements that of the recently re-roofed church.

Mr and Mrs Collings are experienced in running construction projects, having previously built their own factory unit and refurbished a historic cottage, and so designed the house themselves, using a local surveyor, Paul Upfield, to draw up the plans to gain planning permission. Among the eco-friendly features are a heat recovery system in the roof that extracts heat from outgoing air to heat incoming fresh air and a ground source heat pump that draws heat from 85 metres below ground. “It’s been very satisfying and we’ve had a great sense of achievement but we won’t be doing this again. They’ll take us out in a box”, Mrs Collings jokes.

The Albury tile is one of three tiles in the Rosemary Clay Craftsman range and, in common with the Hawkhurst tile, has a fine orange-red sanding over the surface and random black patterning to recreate a weathered look. The latest addition to the range, Victorian, has a darker and grittier texture to give roofs a greater depth of texture and character. All three tiles are versatile and can be laid on a variety of roof configurations, as there is a full range of compatible fittings and accessories.

clay roof tiles

Combining the look and feel of an aged handmade tile with 21st century performance, the Rosemary Clay Craftsman range has textured surfaces, irregular distortions to the front edge and varying hanging lengths.

Although the Rosemary Clay Craftsman looks like a reclaimed tile, it meets all the requirements ofBS5534: 2014 Code of Practice for Slating and Tiling – providing Redland fixing recommendations are followed. Redland engineers have subjected the tile to driving winds and high rains in the Group’s wind tunnel in a set of rigorous tests to ensure that it meets or exceeds current standards. Visit www.redland.co.uk/craftsman for more details.

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Extra style focus on acoustic flooring for education

Itec Contract Floors

Itec Contract Floors provides installers with a single source for all their acoustic flooring needs, perfect for those on the search for a smart, sound-reducing choice in education and student accommodation environments.

Itec’s acoustic flooring stable is split into four popular collections: Optimise Timber, Silento Timber and Silento Design, available for immediate delivery up and down the UK, and the special order Optimise 50/70. These floorcoverings are available in two and four-metre widths, comprising up to 19dB of sound reduction so helping to reduce the noise of heavy footprints and wheeled traffic – crucial in locations of this type.

This said, the Optimise and Silento collections have been designed with an equal focus on aesthetics, as explained by David Bigland, Sales Director UK:

“At Itec Contract Floors, we’re proud to offer installers one of the most diverse choices of commercial vinyl flooring around, and as can be seen in this quartet of collections, this extends to acoustic options. These floors are really tough to beat on sound reduction, however we appreciation more than ever that flooring choice must be multi-faceted, provided not only practicalities such as sound absorption, easy cleaning and slip resistance, but also beautiful looks that will keep their appeal for time to come.”

The four acoustic collections are available in a versatile selection of designs, from traditional and washed woods through to stylish plains including of-the-moment silvers and greys. It is this attention to detail in both aesthetics and practical credentials that has led to Itec being specified for a number of large-scale education and student accommodation projects UK-wide, including the recently developed Fusion House at Bristol, and GEMS Primary Academy, Twickenham.

All Itec acoustic floors from the Optimise and Silento stables are available to explore at the NEW Itec Contract Floors website, itecfloors.co.uk. Here, specifiers and contractors will find a facility that intuitively guides them to the floor that best meets their needs.

For further information, Itec Contract Floors, 0800 032 3970, www.itecfloors.co.uk

Marshalls Provide Water Management Solution for Derriford Hospital Interchange

The road outside Derriford Hospital has been widened to allow buses to travel in both directions, helping to reduce congestion outside the main entrance and making bus journeys to and from the hospital quicker and more reliable. The scheme will provide better waiting areas for bus and taxi passengers and those getting dropped off or picked up by car, four additional bus stops, and widened footpaths to provide more space for waiting passengers.Mono BeanyDeveloped in partnership with Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, the scheme cost just over £2 million and was part funded through the Heart-of-the-South-West Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

The Derriford Hospital Interchange scheme is part of a master plan of highway improvements on and around the city’s ‘northern corridor’, connecting with the new Marjon Link Road and complementing other schemes such as the Derriford Transport Scheme, where construction is now under way.

A cost effective lifetime cost was the key aspect of the project, along with a robust system which would never need to be replaced as there is a high level of trafficking within the area; Derriford hospital is Plymouth’s 2nd busiest bus interchange, and the constant bus overrun meant a high loading drainage solution was crucial.

Marshalls’ Concrete topped Drexus Pave Drain was chosen as it provides a cost-effective solution, which is robust enough to withstand frequent heavy vehicle overrun. Even with the heavy trafficking, the system will never need to be replaced keeping the lifetime costs extremely low.

Through Marshalls’ concrete expertise and heritage in natural stone, the company developed Drexus Pave Drain to complement its most popular paving products. By having a coordinating top unit, the drainage can blend seamlessly with the surrounding paving, with no need to break up the overall aesthetic with a traditional grated solution, whilst also retaining an excellent inlet and loading capacity.

Pave DrainEngineer Amey utilised Marshalls’ complimentary design service for the drainage packaging of the scheme which ensured a fast turnaround. This was important as the scheme was delayed by 3-4 months before construction works could proceed, which affected travel in the surrounding area, so speed of construction was essential.

Marshalls was ultimately able to deliver a drainage solution which met all the necessary requirements outlined by the client, and which is tough enough to withstand the heavy trafficking throughout its lifetime.

https://www.marshalls.co.uk

A model company; VEKA UK invests in BIM for commercial convenience

VEKA BIM

Industry-leading PVC-U systems supplier The VEKA UK Group has demonstrated its commitment to the commercial sector once again. The Burnley-based company has invested a significant amount in creating highly intelligent, data rich, parametric, three dimensional models of its most popular systems for the Building Information Modelling (BIM) sector in order to benefit architects, specifiers, engineers, designers and developers.

These new models are hosted on bimobject.com, arguably the World’s best known content platform of this kind. This makes them easily accessible to all, along with the relevant, up-to-date technical spec information, meaning that a commercial user can drop these products into designs and plans quickly and simply.

The VEKA UK Group’s Head of Commercial Richard Garland explains: “The VEKA UK Group has always invested heavily in research, development and testing so that our high quality systems meet all the relevant specification requirements you would expect from a World-leading brand. This makes our products absolutely ideal for commercial applications.

“We’ve now made it even easier for our commercial clients to drop the appropriate products into their designs, by investing in BIM content for VEKA’s M70 profile system, and Halo’s System 10 – both 62mm and 70mm variants.

“From a manufacturer’s point of view, these models and associated data are BIM Level 2 compliant and meet the requirements set out in PAS 1192-2:2013.

“These 3D objects are intelligent pieces of data that maintain their proportions when resized for various project plans and can help streamline information sharing and informed decision making when it comes to the final specification process. The information-rich models improve the quality of information provided at the design and construction phases to save costs by eliminating waste.

“The VEKA UK Group has always been committed to investing in plant, people and technology in order to support our customers, and this is the latest in a long line of investments in our commercial offering. We are one of the founding members of the BIM4M2 which forms part of the UK Government’s BIM Task Group and our staff have the relevant training carried out in conjunction with the BRE. We are also proud to support architects, engineers, designers and developers with a host of services, including everything from CAD feasibility drawings and RIBA-approved CPD seminars, to technical downloads, specification templates and more.”

The new BIM models can be viewed and downloaded from https://bimobject.com/en/veka and https://bimobject.com/en/halo

The VEKA UK Group, 01282 716611
www.vekauk.com
salesenquiry@veka.com

Glazed doors, the clear choice

Summer is upon us, bringing with it increased light levels to building interiors.  This natural borrowed light is invaluable, illuminating dark spaces and reducing the need for artificial light.  With this in mind its worth giving closer consideration to the use of glazed interior doors that can transform both living and communal space. 

Vicaima glazed door

Vicaima doors are of course renown for innovative designs in an extensive range of finishes and performance characteristics to suit a multitude of applications. It’s little wonder then that this range is complimented by a comprehensive array of glazed options to match the needs of today’s social housing market. 

Of course light is just one of the many factors to consider when selecting glazed interior doors for social housing. Safety must of course be of paramount concern, whether directly from the use of safety glass or less apparent but no less important where fire doors are concerned. 

interior door

Vicaima is a leader in fire door technology with one of the widest ranges of FD30 and FD60 doors and doorsets (i.e. designed to resist a fire for 30 and 60 minutes respectively) in the UK. The company’s particular appeal is that it makes fire doors which are also beautifully designed. At Vicaima all fire doors are supplied factory glazed to ensure risks are removed.

interior glazed door

Glazing is a particular concern for fire doors as, unless correctly installed, it can create a weak area in the door. Historically, 6mm thick wired glass was the only option, however modern glass technology has led to the development of much more aesthetically pleasing glazed fire doors.

Another important consideration in the selection of glazed doors is of course the requirements for clear visibility as stipulated under Part M of the Building regulations. Again here many Vicaima glazed door designs address this issue, providing complete mobility solutions.

Selecting the right glazed door is a simple process with help and assistance from the Vicaima Interior Door selector.  This handy guide, available both in print and digital format via the Vicaima website, enables quick and easy choice of door design. 

A wide variety of glazing models can be offered, so it’s just a matter of deciding which finish is required and then paring it with the chosen aperture pattern.  Of course non-standard or bespoke designs can also be provided in many instances, so that specific design requirements can be accommodated.

And in addition to flush doors and door sets, Vicaima have recently introduced a new Classic K range.  This modern twist on the conventional panelled design also includes glazed options, making it ideal where traditional and contemporary styling needs to meld.

Glazed interior door

For more information on the complete Vicaima collections visit www.vicaima.com

The Green Eyed Monster

Open any trade magazine or visit supplier websites and you will find numerous articles and products offering exceptional ‘green’ credentials.  Nowhere is this more prevalent than in the glass and glazing industry as each manufacturer attempts to outperform the next by offering astounding figures for thermal performance.

What is surprising however, is the regular use of terms such as ‘environmentally friendly’ or ‘green’ simply because a product offers a low u-value.  As more buildings are constructed to Passivhaus standards there appears to be a blurring of the lines between what is good for the environment and what is thermally efficient.  Whilst there is no doubt that increased thermal efficiency contributes to a reduction in burning of fossil fuels; this alone should not be the deciding factor in whether a product is actually environmentally friendly.

The majority of flat rooflights on the market today are manufactured from either PVC or aluminium and both of these require an exceptional amount of energy to produce and extract a lot of resources from the planet without putting anything back.

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While most companies will adopt some sort of environmental policy, telling customers that their products use a percentage of recycled material, this is more likely to be about cost rather than any real environmental intentions.  After all recyclables are recycled because it is the cheapest available option and it makes more financial sense to do so rather than to send them to a landfill – with Landfill tax currently over £84 per tonne, plus the gate fee on top.

It stands to reason that consuming vast amounts of natural resources to produce the raw materials of a product negates the environmental benefits further down the chain, regardless of what the product becomes.  This has often been overlooked in the rooflight industry because of the low maintenance and long life that aluminium and PVC can offer the end user.  For decades these two materials have been unrivalled and it was widely accepted that flat rooflights should be manufactured from one of these materials; until now.

There is now a real alternative in the flat rooflight market that not only offers exceptional thermal performance, but is also a genuine environmentally friendly product in every sense.  The Lumen Planus is manufactured in the UK using Accoya® wood which is a material that has been thoroughly tested for dimensional stability, durability, paint retention and in-ground conditions to ensure optimal performance.  It offers a new standard in high performance, sustainable and low maintenance applications.

In addition to the outstanding performance, Accoya® wood is one of the very few building products to have acquired Cradle to CradleSM Certification on the elusive Gold level. Cradle to Cradle (C2C) provides a means to tangibly and credibly measure achievement in environmentally-intelligent design including the use of environmentally safe and healthy materials and instituting strategies for social responsibility.

A carbon footprint assessment was executed for Accoya® wood by Verco in line with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and World Resources Institute’s Greenhouse Gas Reporting Protocol best practice guidelines, based on a cradle to factory gate scenario. This includes sourcing, harvesting and processing of the input timber, as well as all energy and raw material consumption and waste production. The results are shown in the graph below.

rooflight

Today there are some exceptional flat rooflight products available for specifiers to choose from.  It is a fact that both aluminium and PVC are very good at providing superb thermal performance and that modern technology has reduced the end of life environmental impact.  That said, if your project requires a truly environmentally friendly product then Accoya® provides compelling environmental advantages in every stage of the life cycle.

For more information on the right products for your project information contact Lumen Rooflight on 0330 300 1090, email info@lumenrooflight.co.uk or visit www.lumenrooflight.com

New design-led concrete product launches in the UK

AN INNOVATIVE and extremely stylish new concrete product that offers architects, planners and interior designers a vast range of design-led uses is now available for the first time in the UK.Arnold Laver

LightBeton is being sold exclusively by Arnold Laver, the UK’s leading supplier of timber and construction materials.  The product features a 2mm layer of concrete bonded onto MDF or a variety of other materials such as polypropylene honeycomb.  This combines to create a lightweight material that is ideal for ceilings, walls, table tops, furniture, counters, columns, pillars, temporary floorings as well as a vast range of other uses.

The product, which is produced by renowned German surface manufacturer Richter akustik & design, weighs just 3.9kg per square metre and is also available with an optional fire rated composite material added.  It can be cut using standard woodworking equipment and is suitable for edge-banding machinery, as well as looking authentic with bevels.

Category Manager Mark Ashmore, from Arnold Laver says: “We are constantly searching for the most innovative and pioneering products, and LightBeton really hits the mark, with many leading architects and interior designers already specifying it in some of the world’s most stylish shops, restaurants, hotels, trade shows and homes.

“We envisage that LightBeton will become the go-to product of choice for many design-led projects, due to its flexibility, cost, ease of use and lightweight consistency, and we’re delighted to be supplying it to the UK market for the first time.  It comes in a variety of whites and greys, which are very on-trend at the moment, and as a result it’s immediately become a very popular product within our extensive range.”

LightBeton has scooped numerous prestigious accolades, including winning an award at the German Design Awards, and being named ‘best of the best’ at the Interior Innovation Awards.

For further information about LightBeton, call your local Arnold Laver depot or visit www.laver.co.uk

Mr Slim R32 models bring advanced benefits at the same price

Mitsubishi Electric has launched of a new range of air conditioning units utilising the new refrigerant R32 which will be available at the same price as the equivalent R410A units.air conditioning units utilising the new refrigerant R32

The R32 Mr Slim Power Inverter split type models are the second product range in the company’s UK line-up to utilise R32 refrigerant – which has a low global warming potential (GWP).

“We have kept the price exactly the same as our current R410A Mr Slim Power Inverter line up as we see this eliminating a big hurdle in the adoption of this new refrigerant, which is an important change to help combat global warming,” explains Carl Dickinson on behalf of the company.

“Anyone planning on using, designing or installing air conditioning in the coming years will now need to take into account the GWP of the system to meet the requirements of the F-Gas Regulations,” adds Dickinson.

In March 2014, the European Parliament passed the 2014 EU F-Gas Regulation legislation with the key objective of reducing F-Gas emissions by 79% between 2015 and 2030. The overall intention is to cut the availability of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) with a high GWP.

The F-Gas Regulations will have a major impact on the air conditioning sector and any option for the next generation of refrigerant gas must be able to meet the demands of this stringent legislation in reducing the environmental impact of HFCs.

air conditioning units utilising the new refrigerant R32

R32 has a GWP of 675 compared to R410A refrigerant which has a GWP of 2,088 and Dickinson sees this as an important reason why the market is expected to move quickly to the new refrigerant: “Not only will this help businesses demonstrate what they are doing to help the environment, the use of R32 also allows the Mr Slim units to offer increased efficiency compared to equivalent R410A models.”

Mitsubishi Electric is first to the UK market with such an expansive line-up and the new R32 Mr Slim Power Inverter models have been built specifically for the new refrigerant.

The range includes ten outdoor units offering single-phase and 3-phase options, with a capacity range from 3.5 to 14kW.  25 individual indoor units are also available as ceiling cassettes, ceiling concealed ducted, wall-mounted and ceiling suspended models.  Mr Slim Power Inverters are also available in twin and triple multi-split configurations delivering complete flexibility for system designers.

The Mr Slim R32 Power Inverter models bring together the latest technology, whilst maintaining the familiarity of the current Mr Slim Power Inverter range as Dickinson explains: “The size, look, feel and controls for the new R32 models remain the same as existing R410A Power Inverter models so that changing over to R32 will be as easy as possible for building owners.

“We have recognised that familiarity is important for global brands, such as high street retailers that need to ensure consistency of design, whatever size of building they operate,” he adds, “this should make it easier for companies that want to embrace R32 to show how they are helping combat global warming.”

Not only do the systems offer better performance at the same price, they also offer longer pipe runs with 100 metres available on the 10kW, 12.5kW and 14kW models – 25 metres longer than the equivalent R410A versions and the longest currently available on the market. This includes a 30 metre lift that is unique in the UK. The longer pipe runs are designed to make Mr Slim R32 even more flexible and allow systems to be installed where previous site restrictions would not allow.

Mr Slim R32 Power Inverter models are available in twin and triple split configurations and offer full heating capacity down to -3ºC. The range also includes Mitsubishi Electric’s unique Replace technology which can utilise existing pipework, making it ideal for office and retail refurbishments.

R32 units have already been available in Japan for over two years now and we have taken that knowledge and experience and refined it to develop this advanced line up, which improves efficiency, increases pipe runs and adds other benefits too,” explains Dickinson.

The new R32 Mr Slim line-up is available from July 2017 and further information is available on the dedicated website www.timeforr32.co.uk/pr4, which also includes product information sheets, videos and infographics on the background to the introduction of R32 refrigerant and our products. 

Neaco balustrade specified for ‘gold standard’ care home

Neaco have supplied a contemporary glass balcony railing and balustrade specification for a new 60-bed residential care home in Barrow.

The £7m Parkview Gardens care home has replaced four older Cumbria Care homes as part of a wider modernisation programme of care for older people in the Barrow area. Cumbria County Councillor Beth Furneaux described the home as “the gold standard for dementia care and central to how we will deliver services in Barrow in the future.”

neaco

Architects Alston Murphy Associates specified Neaco’s powder coated aluminium balustrade with glass infill panel. In contrast to many care homes, the building was designed to provide outdoor space on every floor, including first floor terraces featuring Neaco’s balustrade and glass balcony railing was installed to an extended height to provide additional safety. The terraces also include Neaco’s Techdek metal grating as terrace decking.

Iain Murphy of Alston Murphy said: “We have used Neaco a number of past projects, including care homes at Brook House in Denton and Melton House in Gosforth which were designed on behalf of the Mathotra Healthcare Group. Neaco’s products are high in quality and we like the simplicity of their design. Neaco’s capabilities provide a one-stop shop for design consultation, measuring, manufacturing and fitting, so working with them removes a lot of the agony that can occur on some projects. They submitted an excellent glass balcony railing and balustrade solution for Parkview Gardens and we’re very pleased with the result.”

Neaco’s Spectrum balcony railing and balustrade systems are based on a versatile modular construction – adaptable to virtually any design permutation – and available stainless steel or aluminium in a wide range of power coated finishes, including wood-effect. Available in six different profiles, Techdek metal grating is also suitable for use as sunscreens, modesty screens, mezzanine floors, stair treads, balustrade infills, staging and suspended ceilings. Neaco also manufactures a wide range of mobility aids for the bathroom, including true level access showers, half height shower doors, grab rails, shower seats and drop-down support arms.

Further information is available at www.neaco.co.uk

 

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