CRL Stone has launched a new comprehensive range of engineered quartz surfaces, created to meet the demands of modern living. Hard wearing and easy to care for, CRL Quartz is ideal for the kitchen and bathroom where durability and flexible design are paramount.
CRL Quartz is a beautiful engineered quartz stone, which is scratch, heat and stain resistant, which, unlike natural materials such as marble, never needs to be sealed. Requiring minimum maintenance to keep it looking as good as new, the non-porous surface makes cleaning simple, with soap and water or a mild detergent all that is needed.
Offering a versatile design solution appropriate for any setting, CRL Quartz is available in a choice of 32 colours, with a polished finish. In thicknesses of 20mm and 30mm, the surface comes in an extra-large format slab measuring 3.2 x 1.6 metres, allowing for greater consistency in design over large spaces such as kitchen worktops.
Commenting on the launch of CRL Quartz, Simon Boocock, Managing Director of CRL Stone, said: “We are delighted to be bringing our own range of quartz surfaces to market. Responding head on to current trends in kitchen and bathroom design, the surface is a versatile, easy to maintain solution that will last the test of time. The quality of the product is backed up by CRL Stone’s excellent customer service and support, built on our 20 years’ experience in the industry.”
CRL Quartz is available from stock now from the CRL Stone UK warehouse.
With summer fast approaching, many homeowners will be planning to use the milder weather to start thinking about renovations. Upgrading tired doors and windows with certain types of wood will help weather-proof and better insulate homes for many years to come. Beautifully crafted Accoya wooden window frames and doors best equip your home to withstand the UK weather all year round as well as helping to breathe new life into older properties.
Leading modified wood product Accoya is considered by most installers, builders and DIY enthusiasts as the best wood for the job. With a reputation for being exceptionally low maintenance, Accoya has a long lifespan and comes with a 50 year warranty. The wood also has outstanding environmental credentials and is one of the greenest wood products on the market.
For UK homeowners, the most important factor when choosing doors and windows is that the product is resilient enough to withstand the changeable and often harsh UK weather. With driving rain and a stark contrast in summer and winter temperatures, wood used for windows and doors needs to offer superior insulating capabilities, be hard-wearing and require little maintenance over its full life cycle.
Accoya windows, doors and shutters are proven to be durable, with no risk of warping or rot due to the process with which the wood is made. This makes any coatings, paints or varnishes last two times longer with Accoya than traditional woods, and require less preparation and sanding.
Accoya wood is also fantastically versatile and has been successfully installed in new build homes as well as historic properties. The wood can be used to create a wide range of designs, from the simple to the complex, offering a great choice of finishes and colours which makes it an ideal material for a multitude of properties – from bijou city apartments to grand Victorian villas.
Not only does the addition of bespoke Accoya doors and windows really complement the overall appearance of a home, homeowners can be safe in the knowledge that they will last for decades to come.
With years of research and product development, Accoya is modified through to its core to make it one of the most advanced wood products on the market today. Accoya is therefore one of the best quality woods for doors and windows on the market, with examples from around the UK and the world demonstrating its key features and benefits.
Designed by London based architecture firm Alma-nac, this split level home replaces a 1950’s bungalow and run-down barn which sits on a hilltop in the village of Fairlight, on the southern coast of England.
Accoya was used for windows, window reveals and doors for the stylish property. The owners were keen to build an environmentally friendly home which took advantage of its picturesque hilltop location. Using Accoya allowed the family to install windows and doors which were developed with the highest green credentials and would withstand the exposed coastal location.
In the heart of Berkshire, Accoya doors were tailor-made by SB Joinery to help create a stunning new home.
SB Joinery installed Accoya doors in the main Manor house as well as the Lodge House and outbuildings. Accoya wood was selected to complement the property’s appearance. Plus, the 50 year warranty was also a major factor when choosing Accoya over other woods.
This striking new build property in Winchester was built to last, with Accoya sliding sash windows, bifold doors, French doors and frames from SB Joinery’s Stockbridge range. Naturally insulating and highly durable, the owners were particularly impressed with the finish of the Accoya doors and windows and their performance in a range of weather conditions.
Manufactured by SB Joinery, Accoya was selected for French and bi-fold doors throughout this beautiful home in Weybridge, Surrey.
The owners were after a natural wood finish which could also stand up to the elements. Accoya was used to provide a seamless finish, enhancing the overall look of the property. The doors were completely bespoke, designed to the highest specification throughout the property. Accoya was also selected due to the fact it does not shrink or swell during seasonal weather changes.
Accoya was selected for the windows and French windows and doors throughout this stunning country home on the outskirts of Bath.
All of the windows and doors were completely bespoke and crafted using traditional methods by the team at Bath Bespoke. Working closely with the clients and architects, a combined mixture of styles – some sleek, contemporary elements as well as some period style mouldings – where created to complement the exposed stone throughout the property.
Laura Keily, head of marketing for Accsys Technologies, commented: “Accoya is a fantastic product to add the finishing touches to your home. All of these stunning properties are great examples of the different types of doors and windows that can be made from one of the world’s most sustainable, resilient and best performing woods.
“Not only does the addition of the Accoya doors and windows really complement the overall appearance achieved by the properties, the homeowners can relax and enjoy them knowing they will last for many years so come. We hope to see many more residential projects featuring Accoya in the UK in the near future.”
This is how Scadinavian design looks like. This family home is a perfect combination of energy efficiency, sustainability, comfort and design. Developed by Ovaform Arkitekterne, the “future house” combines natural materials to get the highest efficiency.
The natural slate rainscreen cladding system named CUPACLAD® has an extremely low heat transfer coefficient, and in combination with an insulation layer, means less heat loss overall from the structure.
CUPACLAD® solutions are lightweight, easy to install and they help to create a modern building appearance. In new constructions and in renovation works, CUPACLAD® slate cladding systems can be adapted to every architectural design.
The use of highly durable tectonic slate, new fixing systems and rainscreen cladding efficiency make CUPACLAD® a competitive, totally sustainable alternative for cladding any type of facade.
An eco friendly school in Liverpool has used Marley Eternit’s JB Citideck® for the walkways surrounding its new innovative eco POD, due to its non-slip properties.
The wooden-clad eco POD at Rice Lane Primary School is part of a number of green initiatives the Eco Stars (a select group of green fingered pupils) at the school have taken responsibility for. The POD is currently being used as a classroom whilst the school is undergoing major building work but will eventually be used by learning mentors as an inspiration space. It will also be used for specialist support and wider training, such as initiatives involving parents in learning.
The wooden structure can easily accommodate a class of 30+ children and has become an instant hit with all 750 pupils and teaching staff alike, as it has a very calming atmosphere.
POD Living Ltd always specifies JB CitiDeck® for its projects because it is assured of the quality and performance. JB CitiDeck® was used for the walkways at both the front and behind the eco classroom – with steps leading to the front doors and a ramp for wheelchair access at the rear.
The safe use of the walkways all year round was the prime concern for the school’s leadership team, so the non-slip timber deck board from Marley Eternit was ideal. JB CitiDeck® is also one of the most sustainable and environmentally-friendly hard landscaping products available, perfectly complementing environments that use a range of other natural products. The smooth profile of JB CitiDeck® is easy to clean, which is ideal in areas of heavy usage such as a busy school.
JB CitiDeck® was originally developed for use in the Olympic Park, where safety, inclusivity and accessibility were all of paramount importance to the organisers of London 2012. It is now specified for many urban applications and public spaces – from schools and hospitals to housing developments and restaurants.
Rice Lane Primary School Head Teacher Cheryl Chatburn said “The POD has been a revelation for the school, and knowing that pupils can access it safely on JB CitiDeck® non-slip decking provides real peace of mind.”
Dylan Howie from POD Living Ltd said that JB CitiDeck® is the only decking the company will use. “Our PODs are built to the highest possible standard, and we demand the same of everything that goes into the installation – and that’s why we have complete faith in JB CitiDeck®.”
To find out more about using JB CitiDeck® for heritage and conservation projects, contact the technical team on 01427 675588 or
Using wood elements allows faster building turnaround. This leads to more profitable construction projects and shorter investment payback times. The pace of construction is kept at the desired level, because prefabrication reduces some of the most common risks at construction sites.
Utilizing prefabricated wood elements is a surprisingly fast option for on-site construction. For example, up to 1500 m2 of Kerto® LVL (Laminated Veneer Lumber) roof panels can be assembled within a single working day.
“An example of rapid building is in the construction of the headquarters of the Diesel-Benelux Company in Amsterdam. An extremely tight building schedule of only nine months resulted in choosing Kerto LVL roof panels – under which the rest of the construction work could be finished in time,” project subcontractor in charge of the wood construction,Lambert van den Bosch from Heko Spanten, mentions.
Clever on-site weather protection with no additional costs
One of the most important construction phases is to get the on-site protection done quickly to eliminate weather-related risks. Today, the alternatives for on-site weather protection include applying fast construction methods, such as prefabrication or building under a tent.
Prefabricated wood elements shield the building site beneath, providing protection that’s superior to temporary options – especially when it comes to snow loads and heavy winds.
“For example, erecting Kerto LVL roof elements used at the logistic centre of DB Schenker, Finland provided a roof over the entire building in just 15 days. This is the same amount of time that erecting a temporary tent would have required. Using prefabricated roof panels ensured that the rest of the work could be completed in a protected environment and without additional costs for temporary protection,” says Matti Kuittinen, architect and researcher from Aalto University.
Minimizing the risk of accidents
When the construction work takes place in controlled indoor conditions at the prefabrication plant, there is less risk of accidents and consequent delays at the building site. This is because some of the dangerous on-site phases are no longer needed.
“Assembling ready-made wood elements can replace the potentially more dangerous process of having to build a roof from beams, panels and bitumen at the heights of an unfinished building. On-site accidents are of course not frequent, but every single one of them should be avoided,” van den Bosch concludes.
Prefabrication “pays off” at the construction site
According to construction professionals interviewed by McGraw-Hill Construction, nearly 70% of projects that used prefabricated elements had shorter schedules and 65% had decreased budgets1. In addition to faster building projects leading to faster revenue, there is also other benefits that become apparent at the construction site.
“Utilizing prefabricated wood elements can help in significantly reducing other inconveniences such as unloading building materials in the neighbourhood, as well as the amount of on-site waste and the need to transport it,” Kuittinen adds.
·Prefabrication pays off: 70% of projects had shorter schedules and 65% decreased budgets.
With house builders and interior design specialists looking to find products that will set them apart in an ever crowded marketplace and home owners becoming much more demanding and discerning in their choice of living space, its little wonder that the innovative and designer led inspiration offered by Vicaima door products is more sought after than ever before.
With the launch of the new 2016/17 Interior Door Selector, Vicaima offer even more to meets the needs of today’s housing.
As one of Europe’s leading manufacturers, Vicaima interior doors and doorsets offer specifiers a wealth of choice in performance suitability, designer inspiration and cost effective solutions to cater for every budget. Available both in printed format and for download via the Vicaima website, the new 64 page catalogue sets out product ranges in a clear and concise format.
Each section includes quality colour imagery to illustrate the range design potential, together with easy to reference individual door pictures to ensure the chosen door is right for the project. In addition it includes a new Price Indicator Tool, which enables easy price comparison across different ranges to help find the right solution within a particular budget.
Making a first appearance in the Interior Door Selector for 2017 are some exciting new ranges which demonstrate that interior doors need not be confined to the often seen and used plain painted doors, which have little or no imagination. These new Vicaima products include Stained Ash veneer with groove designs, horizontally embossed Dekordor 3D with aluminium inlays, Foil faced visual sensations and a modern take on tradition, with the K Range shaker style panel in a wide spectrum of attractive face finishes.
As you would expect from such a leading interior door specialist, a comprehensive choice of constructional core options from lightweight hollow core to solid and fire rated doors are offered for most ranges, with each being available in both imperial and metric sizes. The scope and design possibilities make selection easy, with glazed options, extra height dimensions, mobility widths and even a customised section, where you can create a design to suit individual tastes. If this were not enough, the new Interior Door Selector also includes additional information such as technical advice, a guide to performance and even door care.
To download your copy of the new 2016/17 Interior Door Selector, visit www.vicaima.com and select brochures, alternatively call 01793 532333 to request a printed copy or for further information.
Gone are the days of using block paving or concrete to create functional driveways, paths and garden areas; now homeowners want to create an outside space which looks beautiful, is easy to maintain and stands the test of time.
What is resin bound surfacing?
Resin bound surfacing is where natural stone and resin are mixed together and then laid onto a prepared surface. The material is then trowelled down to a smooth finish and once complete, the depth of a resin bound paving surface should be anywhere between 12 and 24mm, depending on the application and the size and type of stone used in the process.
Resin bound surfacing is often mistaken with resin bonded surfacing, and it is easy to see why with very similar sounding names.
Resin bonded surfacing however is where natural stone is laid onto a pre-spread resin base, and once this process is complete a film of resin is then applied to the surface.
Resin bonded surfacing has more of a textured look and often has the appearance of loose gravel. A typical depth of a Resin bonded surface is around 6 to 8mm.
Why use resin bound surfacing compared to other surface materials?
More and more homeowners and clients appreciate the benefits they get with resin bound surfacing. It is not only visually attractive and gives their property ‘kerb appeal’, but is also very practical. It requires very little maintenance and there are no loose stones that can cause an unsightly mess.
The physical properties of the resin bound surfacing with the natural aggregate and resin form to create an extremely durable surface, which will give years of outstanding performance to homeowners.
Compared to other surfacing materials/types, resin bound surfacing has clear benefits. Block paving, although can look clean and pleasing to the eye when first laid, is prone to degredation over time.
The colour fades even after a year or two, and as the blocks are fixed onto a simple substrate with no movement considered, they are prone to cracks and displacement.
Another headache for homeowners with block paving is weed growth within the surface joints, or in between the paving slabs. As resin bound surfacing is constructed of many particles of stone mixed with resin, it is virtually impossible for cracks or displacement.
The durability of the surface means it can withstand heavy loadings e.g. cars, plus the aesthetics is guaranteed for many years from UV degredation and colour discolouration.
Another advantage of resin bound surfacing compared with block paving is the time saving benefit during installation. This particular factor refers to refurbishment projects, where it is possible to lay the resin bound material directly over existing concrete driveways (after the concrete has been cleaned and primed). This saves time and ultimately labour costs, as the original concrete substrate needs little work to prepare.
A good quality concrete surface is generally considered to be robust and hard-wearing, and should give homeowners many years of functional paving. However, they generally are quite impervious and can only soak in a limited amount of water. Once the concrete has taken in all the water that is possible, this decreases the permeability of the structure which then results in surface overflow. This water runoff then contributes to potential flooding.
Resin bound surfaces are fully permeable and as a result water is able to drain through the surface effectively, preventing any surface water build up.
A good quality resin bound surface will be fully compliant with the requirements of Sustainable urban Drainage Systems (SuDS), which was introduced in 2011 to better manage water run off in urban areas.
It is also possible to install a resin bound surface in a wide range of colours and textures to create a really unique look. It is now best practice in the design and installation of resin bound surfacing to use edge profiling, to contain, shape and complement the resin surfacing.
Edge profiles for resin bound surfacing
To really create an eye-catching resin bound floor, whether it be for driveways, paths or garden areas, it is highly recommended that distinctive edges are used to contain the resin material.
Installers and designers commonly design the resin bound surfacing right up to brickwork, timber, paving, or other existing features of a property. However home owners and designers now favour a more clinical finish to their installations, and prefer the use of stainless steel edge profiles to provide edging to their beautiful resin flooring.
Dural UK supply a range of edge profiles, including Durosol Straight Edging Profiles, Durosol Flexible Profiles and Movement Joint Profiles. All three ranges provide high quality edge protection to resin bound surfaces, and are available in a variety of sizes, depths and materials to suit all kinds of installations and requirements.
The flooring experts at Dural are able to assist in selecting the right edge profiling to match any resin bound surfacing installation.
Freshly redesigned, Knauf’s improved AQUAPANEL® Interior Cement Boards are significantly lighter, making them both quicker and simpler to install.
Knauf AQUAPANEL® Interior Cement Boards have always had excellent performance. Manufactured from inorganic materials, the boards still demonstrate the same resistance to water, mould and mildew meaning they perform well for a wide range of wet area applications.
Extensive research and development has reduced the weight of the boards by a third to just 11kg/m2. This reduced weight makes the boards easier and faster to install than ever before.
Installation is another area of improvement that Knauf has focussed on. The improved score-and-snap technique and board bending radius (1m at full board size) makes installation easier, even in the most challenging areas.Because the AQUAPANEL® Interior Cement Boards come ready keyed from the factory, only one layer is required for a tiled finish, saving more time and money on a project.
For the first time, the boards will also be available in a larger 900x2400mm size. This ensures that the Knauf boards can be used on a wider variety and scale of projects.
From swimming pools and steam saunas, to communal showers and kitchen areas, AQUAPANEL®Interior Cement Boards will fulfil the needs of installers and contractors across the UK, whilst providing the clients with the quality finish that is demanded of Knauf products.
Tidal Basin Road in East London, gateway to the soon-to-be regenerated Royal Victoria Docks area and a short stroll from the Excel Exhibition Centre, is now home to a new twin tower glass-clad landmark building – the ‘HOOLA’.
This £80m development has transformed a brownfield site into two rippling 23 and 24 storey glass towers that effectively sit on a ‘landscaped lid’; which covers the single level basement and accommodates parking and refuse plant spaces.
The buildings are super-insulated and the concrete frame will act as a heat sink – absorbing heat on warm days and releasing it back into apartments when it cools.
An innovative link-up with the neighbouring ExCel Exhibition Centre will also see excess heat piped directly into the two towers.
There are 360 apartments with a mix of studios, along with one, two and three-bedroom units. All apartments have floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding doors with balcony access, so a critical design requirement for such a super-insulated building was the avoidance of any risk of thermal bridging at the many concrete-to-concrete balcony connectivity points.
Highly efficient structural thermal breaks were therefore required throughout and the preferred solution was the Schöck Isokorb type K for cantilever balconies.
With its innovative HTE pressure-bearing module and Neopor® core, the unit provides extremely high thermal resistance; and is also a load-bearing element which transfers bending moment, stress and shear forces.
Complex balcony detailing for Thorp Precast
The balconies on the HOOLA, which are all precast in a Reconstituted Portland Stone Concrete, meant that thermal break suppliers Schöck had to work closely with specialists Thorp Precast of Newcastle-under-Lyme.
Luke Smerdon-White, Technical Director at Thorp, takes up the story:
“We had to design, manufacture and deliver 1410 precast concrete balcony sections that had to then be cast integrally with the in situ concrete structure.
The design and detailing coordination on our part was taken from the 2D consultant’s information, which we converted into 3D Tekla modelling.
The balcony detailing is complex. The exposed front-face is curved, with almost 50 different dimensional configurations, while the internal face has a facetted line that had to correlate with the glazing line and opening doors.
The ability to integrate the Schöck Isokorb thermal breaks using 3D BIM details was critical; as we had to both accommodate the slab and column reinforcement – and achieve the finite positioning of the connection modules for structural and cost efficiency”.
On super insulated buildings, balcony insulation is especially critical
Research at the Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development (OISD) at Oxford Brookes University shows that as a result of airtightness and fabric U-values being improved in UK building, thermal bridge heat losses are responsible for an increasing percentage of the overall building heat loss.
It is common for thermal bridges to account for 20% – 30% heat loss in multi-residential units (as calculated by thermal modelling) and balcony connections can be a major contributor to the thermal bridge heat loss if effective thermal isolation is not included in the design.
Schöck offers a number of highly effective solutions to various thermal bridging situations. In addition to concrete-to-concrete capability, the Isokorb range provides totally verifiable solutions for concrete-to-steel, steel-to-steel and even a maintenance free alternative to wrapped parapets.
All solutions meet full compliance with the relevant UK building regulations and offer BBA Certification and LABC Registration. The requirement that the temperature factor used to indicate condensation risk (the fRsi value), in residential buildings, must be equal to or greater than 0.75 is comfortably met by incorporating the Isokorb.
For a free copy of the Schöck Thermal Bridging Guide and / or the Thermal Bridging Solutions brochure – contact the company on 01865 290 890 or visit www.schoeck.co.uk
Wanting to make the most of breath taking views over the Devon coast for their client, the team at 100% Stainless Ltd, called on the advantages of the TAPER-LOC® system to ensure the perfect fit.
Part of a complete redevelopment project with an extension, a feature of the private residence is the creation of a beautiful balustrade to the rear of the property, perfect for relaxing and simply enjoying the stunning scenery.
100% Stainless Manager James Lethbridge explains:
“Uninterrupted views of the sea on a secure balustrade were the ultimate aim of this project. However, the installation needed to fulfil a number of other practical requirements. Ultimately, the customer wanted a secure balustrade that would not obscure their view, but be strong enough to withstand the wind rolling in from the sea and create shelter from the wind.”
The solution was to use the innovative TAPER-LOC® System from CRL, the leading supplier to the glazing, railing, architectural and construction sectors. James explains’
“To provide our client with the ideal solution we used a 15mm top mount heavy duty base shoe, with TAPER-LOC® tapers, and a 48mm diameter slotted stainless steel handrail which sits on top of the 15mm glass with a rubber gasket. Installation was straight-forward thanks to the in house training of our installers and the specialist tooling from CRL.”
Fifty per cent faster to install than traditional alternatives, TAPER-LOC® is a dry glaze system with no need for cement, suitable for laminated toughened glass from 12 to 21.52mm thick. Tested to meet the strictest building code requirements such as BS6180:2011, CEBTP and AbZ, the system uses a horizontal design, which allows it to be adjusted, dismantled and re-set. The base shoe can be surface or side-mounted, and provided drilled or undrilled. It is available in 3m lengths and made from aluminium.
“Taper-Loc is a strong and calculated product that has been heavily tested and proved to work well, and ultimately for our client keeps the view of the coastline perfectly visible. The specialist tooling and tapers enable the glass to be perfectly in line and the result is fantastic. Thank you to our client Mr Lait for letting us use his property for this case study.”