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

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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

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Old Masters Protected By Histoglass

Arguably the most important building in the entire canon of British architectural history” (Jane Sidell, Historic England), this shockingly modern building – for its time – was designed by Inigo Jones and commissioned by Anne of Denmark.Heritage building

Queens House is now part of the Royal Museums Greenwich complex. It houses a stunning collection of paintings, including one by Orazio Gentileschi from the Royal Collection, commissioned by Henrietta Maria and Charles I for the house in the seventeenth century. The new exhibition also includes hundreds of paintings from the Greenwich collection, including works by Canaletto, Hogarth, Romney and Stubbs, and the magnificent Armada portrait of Elizabeth I, once owned by Sir Francis Drake.

In order to help protect these masterpieces, Histoglass supplied its MONO system featuring cylinder glass, including UV and solar protection and increased security ratings. The system achieves an impressive acoustic and thermal energy performance.

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Find Everything Aluminium in AluFoldDirect’s New Brochure

‘Everything Aluminium’ is the brilliant new brochure from AluFoldDirect, helping installers show their customers what can be achieved in aluminium doors and windows.

“We’ve listened to what installers want and created an incredible coffee-table brochure with stunning installation photos, so people can see the possibilities in aluminium windows and doors,” says Craig Miller, Managing Director at AluFoldDirect.

The ‘Everything Aluminium’ brochure features the full AluFoldDirect aluminium range including bi-folding doors, sliding doors, slimline windows, roof lanterns, RD1 Entrance Doors and commercial windows and doors.

Craig continues: “It’s important that the brochure reflects the quality of the aluminium products we make, to help our customers win business. From the choice of paper to the selection of project images, everything about the brochure makes readers feel inspired to choose aluminium.”

“We know that many of our customers work on commercial as well as residential projects, so we’ve added a section showing our range of Secured by Design commercial glazing.”

The 28-page brochure includes details about the hardware available for each product, carefully selected by AluFoldDirect to enhance performance and aesthetics. There is also information on the colour options available, with advice on the most on-trend colours, held in stock by AluFoldDirect for faster lead times.

The brochure is an effective sales and marketing tool to show customers what can be achieved with aluminium in their home or business. It is available in print or electronic format – to request or download the Everything Aluminium brochure, visit http://www.alufolddirect.co.uk/

The VEKA UK Group first to ‘steal a March’ with PAS 24:2016

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The VEKA UK Group has announced the transition of its entire range of PVC-U window and door products to PAS 24:2016, making it the first BSI Kitemark System Supplier of PVC –U to do so.

Accreditation Manager, Mark Barsby explained: “We’ve  been in discussions with our forward-thinking customers, BSI and Secured by Design since last July to ensure VEKA and Halo products meet the updated enhanced security standard, PAS 24:2016.

The standard was published over a year ago and includes a number of changes, particularly related to doors. The previous version – PAS 24:2012 – has now been withdrawn from the BSI website, and while Document Q will continue to reference it for some time, the latest Secured by Design Homes Guide already allows for compliance via the new standard.

Many VEKA and Halo fabricators and installers use data cascaded from The VEKA UK Group for Document Q compliance. They will instantly be able to demonstrate to prospective customers how far ‘ahead of the game’ they are.

It’s important to us that consumers and the whole supply chain know that their systems designer is doing everything to ensure that its windows and doors keep people and property safe from the latest methods of attack from opportunist intruders.”

The VEKA UK Group’s Sales Director, Neil Evans commented: “Being the first systems supplier to achieve PAS 24:2016 across its entire range represents a significant investment for The Group. It contains a number of exciting product enhancements, as well as new products that we will be announcing shortly.

Interested fabricators and installers – both current and prospective – can find out more by visiting www.vekauk.com, calling 01282 716611, or joining us at The FiT Show, stand F10, Birmingham NEC, May 23rd – 25th.”

Lorraine Balch, Certification Manager, Fenestration at BSI said: “We’re delighted that VEKA has achieved certification to the revised standard PAS 24:2016 across the full range of PVC-U window and door products. Maintaining products against the latest version of the standard takes planning, time and dedication and means that VEKA is already benefitting from adopting PAS 24:2016 formally as a foundation for security, and using it as a competitive advantage to give the end-user confidence.”

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The VEKA UK Group secures Secured by Design for three more years

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Industry-leading PVC-U systems supplier, The VEKA UK Group, has been awarded membership once again of the national crime prevention initiative, Secured by Design (SBD), for both its VEKA and Halo brands.

The VEKA UK Group partnered with Secured by Design several years ago and has maintained its strong relationship with the team, thanks to a shared ethos of designing out crime at the product development stage.

Secured by Design was established in 1989 and works to reduce crime by bringing Police Forces, developers and planners together at the design stage to include security into the built environment, such as natural surveillance and landscaping, and by encouraging manufacturers of products, such as doors and windows, to attain SBD’s coveted ‘Police Preferred Specification’.

Mark Barsby, Accreditation Manager of The VEKA UK Group, explains: “’Designing out crime’ means that security features are incorporated within products during the design and development stage, rather than being an ‘add on’ to the finished product.

“VEKA and Halo have always taken this approach, with security, style and energy efficiency being primary concerns at the concept stage of a new product development. Our SBD ‘licence’ and display of the SBD logo helps us to illustrate to customers and specifiers our commitment to this initiative.

“Since Part Q of the Building Regulations came into effect in England in October 2015, we are seeing increasing relevance for enhanced security standards, particularly PAS 24. SBD plays a significant part in marking out those companies, like The VEKA UK Group, that go above and beyond when it comes to security.”

The SBD initiative cites some impressive results:

– SBD developments (those using products and materials that meet SBD Standards) are up to 75% less likely to be burgled and show a reduction of 25% in criminal damage compared to non-SBD sites.

– The additional cost of using SBD standards in the average home is only around £170.

– The Association of British Insurers has estimated that the introduction of SBD standards across the UK would bring more than £3.2 billion worth of savings to the economy over 20 years.

Mark added: “With Government White Papers on the housing market coming to the fore, and potential incentives emerging for the new build sector, we are very likely to see new housing developments in the near future – which will likely list an SBD requirement as part of the specification process.

“Security is a concern in any part of the country, but is perhaps at the forefront of more people’s minds in built-up and inner city areas. With government proposals encouraging ‘brownfield’ development sites, companies that carry the SBD licence are well placed to tender for such work. Here at The VEKA UK Group, we’re proud to demonstrate our continuing commitment to raising quality and improving security across the building, development and home improvement industries.”

SBD Development Officer Alfie Hosker was pleased to provide The VEKA UK Group with its renewed SBD licence: “They are a nationally recognised systems company and play a significant role in encouraging and working with fabricators to manufacture doors and windows to meet Police Preferred Specification standards in order to reduce crime and keep residents safe. I am delighted that they are continuing to work with us.”

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Aztec’s got FlushSash pegged

Leading Halo fabricator and installer Aztec Windows has introduced a bespoke decorative peg stay option for the Halo FlushSash system.

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The Coventry-based company was the first to adopt the mechanically jointed FlushSash PVC-U system and found that it quickly became popular with a variety of customers, for use in both heritage homes and in more contemporary settings in a range of colours.

Director Michael Hagan explains: “With its clean lines and flush style, we’ve found the FlushSash to be a very versatile system. We have branded it as the Prestige Collection® and it’s been specified in some quite modern settings, but we’ve found that it is particularly suited to historic homes and heritage projects. For this reason, we decided to expand upon its Georgian features with a traditional-style working peg stay. We designed and commissioned bespoke pin fixings that make this peg stay work perfectly with the Halo system.

“This new feature is exclusively available on the FlushSash by request. It started off as a matter of aesthetics, making the window look even more authentically traditional, but after consultation with our customer base it became apparent they wanted a working peg stay, not just decorative.

“Customers love our fully mechanically jointed system. It means you can even glaze the window on site as it doesn’t require glass bonding.”

Dawn Stockell, Marketing Director of The VEKA UK Group commented: “Aztec was the first Halo customer to take the mechanically jointed FlushSash and the team have done a fantastic job of promoting its many benefits, even expanding on its style features to meet the desires of their customer base with the new peg stay. Aztec has been fabricating Halo systems for more than ten years, and has a fantastic reputation for quality, so I’m sure the new addition to the system will be very well received.”

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Homes transformed with Accoya® doors and windows

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Fairlight Home, Hastings

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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.

Berkshire Home, London

Accoya woodIn 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.joinery blog

Winchester Home, Hampshire Accoya wood

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.

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Weybridge Home, Surrey

Manufactured by SB Joinery, Accoya was selected for French and bi-fold doors throughout this beautiful home in Weybridge, Surrey.Accoya Wood

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.

Country Home, Bath

Accoya Wood

Accoya was selected for the windows and French windows and doors throughout this stunning country home on the outskirts of Bath.

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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.

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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.”

Accoya windows and doors can be purchased through a selection of joinery firms across the UK. For more information click here.

AluFoldDirect Aluminium Glazing Design Centre is a ‘Lancashire Hot Spot’ for Architects

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Architects can discover the full design potential of aluminium at the new AluFoldDirect Aluminium Glazing Design Centre – a Lancashire ‘Hot Spot’ for aluminium windows and doors.

The specially designed centre is part of the leading aluminium fabricator’s new factory premises based in Blackburn and customers are invited to call in to see, touch and feel the full range of modern aluminium glazing products available for their project.

“The new centre has been designed to help our customers choose the best products to develop their projects,” explains Craig Miller, Managing Director of AluFoldDirect. “We have installed full-size, working displays of our range so they can see just how many options they have.

“The AluFoldDirect Aluminium Glazing Design Centre aims to be a useful resource where the whole supply chain, from specification to end user, can get the best advice on how to choose aluminium glazing, backed by top customer support.

“The centre has been split into two separate zones, domestic and commercial and each area has been designed to reflect the look of a typical installation. The domestic zone has a homely feel and the commercial area is a coffee bar, providing a perfect place for customer consultations over a brew.

“It’s the ideal place to ask our on-site aluminium experts to help specify their project and get it right first time. We’ll listen to what our customers need and help them to realise their designs through our precise manufacturing, fast lead times and delivery direct to site.”

For domestic glazing, the AluFoldDirect Aluminium Glazing Design Centre includes the new Technic-AL RD1 residential door as well as AluFoldDirect’s best-selling range of aluminium bi-folding doors and slimline windows.

Commercial customers can see aluminium entrance doors and curtain walling using the highly-respected Jack Aluminium system.  The door is equipped with the ISEO Multiblindo lock, the latest advance in versatile commercial security.

Craig adds: “The AluFoldDirect Aluminium Glazing Design Centre is open 8:30am – 5:30pm, Mon to Fri, so feel free to drop by to discuss your project with us or visit http://www.alufolddirect.co.uk/aluminium-showroom.html to find out more.”

Leitz Tooling launches ThermoTech Window System Lite

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Adding to its range of tooling solutions for A and A+ BFRC energy rated timber window production, Leitz Tooling has launched the “Lite” version of its ThermoTech Window System.

The current ThermoTech Window tooling system is hugely successful and working for many joinery and window manufacturing companies around the UK. Leitz has now added ThermoTech Lite – producing traditional-looking high performance timber windows – to the range.

As with their original ThermoTech Window System, ThermoTech Lite will be available with BFRC (British Fenestration Rating Council) energy rated licences for most variations of timber window manufacture. With full and ongoing back-up and support from the company, Leitz’s ThermoTech Window Systems are considered by its customers as one of the fastest, easy to use, reassuring and profitable systems on the market:

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“The fact that Leitz has already done the work with the BFRC for energy rated window licences was a key factor in our decision to buy their tooling, and we’re winning most of the work we quote for.” TimberMaster, Rugby

“We make timber windows for contractors, developers, housing associations and home-owners, and the tooling system from Leitz means we now make them quicker and easier than ever before.” T O’Malley Joinery Ltd, Lancashire.

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Leitz ThermoTech Lite Window System is a complete, compliant and scalable system for the manufacture of high quality timber windows by large manufacturers and small sized joinery companies alike, opening up new markets and business opportunities and responding to demand from manufacturers as well as architects and contractors.

Offering traditional aesthetics for the UK marketplace, the ThermoTech Lite system features Leitz’s renowned durability. Easy to set-up for repeatable, precise manufacture every time, the system is available in multi-tool or dedicated sets for spindle moulders, tenoners, CNC routers and window machines.

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In addition to the ability to create thinner (60mm vs 68mm), more elegant box sashes, Leitz’s ThermoTech Lite system also includes capacity for triple-glazed with the addition of simple tooling elements – no need to buy a complete new set of tooling.

The features and benefits of the ThermoTech Lite Window System mean that all design U values of the timber windows are 1.4 or better, the designs are expandable for different hinges (including Sumo, Cotswold and Defender hinges), and the profiles on the system are easily changed, without needing to purchase extra tools.

Brian Maddox, Sales Manager for Leitz Tooling UK said, “We have removed the burden of design, tooling, set up and window simulation thermal testing for the energy performance rating; the only things we don’t do is actually performance test the window or make it. Our ThermoTech Lite Window System gives the opportunity for much wider high quality manufacture of A and A+ rated thermal performance wood windows.”

The system supports all variations to suit any type of manufacturer, with any type of specification, with flexibility. As a low cost, dedicated modular system, it is as accessible and as future-proof as possible, and includes all the support customers might need, including custom window design and the cost of simulation to BRFC regulations to get the approved energy ratings.

As always, Leitz is focused on increased productivity, reduced downtime, noise, scrap, and improved quality and safety in tested tooling design. All tooling from Leitz is manufactured and safety tested to BS EN847 standards helping to ensure the welfare of customer employees.

For more information Leitz Tooling and ThermoTech Lite, visit www.leitz-tooling.co.uk or contact salesuk@leitz.org.

Imago makes the ‘big decision’ easy for timber doors

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With today’s engineered woods, anything is possible.  In Vancouver, construction has just finished on the world’s largest timber building – and architects believe that wood will become the key construction material of the 21st century.

For homeowners, too, timber allows huge flexibility as anybody who has watched Grand Designs will know.  Timber looks equally impressive for refurbishments, extensions or cutting-edge architecture.

That’s why AGB Hardware has engineered its Imago Lift & Slide system to make the most of this versatility.

“Timber lift and slide doors are the ideal way for homeowners to fit wide-span glazed doors to their home,” says Marco Zen, UK and Ireland Sales Manager for AGB Hardware.

“We developed Imago to meet modern demands for homes that are filled with light and offer impressive panoramic views into the garden.  With advances in engineered timber such as Accoya, there are even more opportunities for architects, joinery manufacturers and fabricators to make the decision to think big with their designs.”

The cleverly engineered Imago hardware enables the creation of timber frames as slender as just 2cm, for large glazing areas that frame the view.  This is combined with a light-touch, sliding door mechanism for fluid, silent opening and closing.

AGB manufactures Imago is proving a popular choice with architects, thanks to the ability to extend the glazed area of the door.  The architects behind CentroSoranzo, a social health facility near Venice, chose Imago because it meant they could fit even more glass into the area, so that guests to the centre can feel the benefits of being at one with nature even when they’re inside.

In the UK, Imago Lift & Slide doors can be ordered by the trade as a ready-made, installation product. Marco confirms: “Several Imago Points, our network of joinery manufacturers, are making Imago doors to supply direct, helping ambitious installers to grasp the opportunities of timber doors.”

For more information, visit www.chooseimago.co.uk