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Issue 813 • April 2016

Inside this issue Artic House

Building Excellence See them on page...................II

Sure Green

Landscape Excellence See them on page...................V

Albion Brick Cutting

Building Excellence See them on page................. VI


Building Excellence See them on page...............VIII

Soundspace Solutions

Building Excellence See them on page................. IX

Glazing Vision

Roofing News See them on page...............XIII


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Building News See them on page...............XIV


Adhesives News See them on page...............XVI

Green Urban

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Building Excellence

Quality homes from Finland Building Solutions UK is extremely proud to present its industry acclaimed and richly deserved Commitment to Excellence editorial to Artichouse.

Artichouse was born in 1979. Starting its life building cabins in Finland with only the occasional export, the company has grown to export cabins around the world.

Picture your dream home and let Artichouse make it a reality. Whether it be post and beam or log home, modern or traditional, the skilled and experienced team use the best raw materials grown in Finnish Lapland along with high quality workmanship and ecological production to create your ideal home.

“We are a Finnish family company who love to design and manufacture bespoke wooden houses – Artichouses,” commented Otto Ikonen of Artichouse. “We have designed and built them for over 30 years and shipped them to over 40 countries. Our company is one of Finland’s top exporters of log houses and log cabins and we have already delivered them to every continent of the Earth.” Houses can be built in a variety of sizes from large log cabins of nearly 1,000m2 to small family homes. From contemporary log cabins, luxury log cabins, holiday villages and commercial buildings, homes can be tailored to suit your individual preferences. With a varied selection of collections on offer including Tunturi, Natural, Alpine, Luxury Coastline, Artic Frame, Artichomes, Log cabins and Eurohome, you’ll be sure to find a design that suits you.

Wood is by far the most durable, ecological and healthy building material. A log house, when built correctly, has a fresh and clean indoor climate all year round and it thus advances health. A natural setting creates peace of mind and well-being. The carbon footprint of a log house is reversed – in other words it is a so called carbon sink.

We believe that individual and ecological houses have demand in the future as well.

“Artichouse builds while cherishing nature,” explained Otto. “Wood is an entirely renewable natural resource. Every year in Finland, less forest is cut down than new is grown in its place. Our wood is unique polar pine that has grown for a long time. It is durable and does not crack. Our energy efficient factory is located in the middle of the best raw materials and the excess energy produced by the factory is directed to the local village’s use.”

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“We hope to be a part of building your ideal home. Where ever in the world you wish to build, we are ready to be a part of the process. Contact us, let us plan you a home together, a home where you and your family love to live in!”

“Finnish craftsmanship and a high quality product from Lapland still impress customers,” he concluded. “We have found that realising customers’ wishes has been the best course of action and will continue to do so in the future.

Professional Services, Building & Testing News

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Your Aspiration…Our Innovation Based in Suffolk, DMB Projects provide a friendly, professional approach to Construction and Project Management services. Experienced in all aspects of construction from new builds, developing, extensions, renovations right through to refurbishing, we are ideal for both self-builders and small developers. DMB Projects provide a personal, professional service to Project Management and Construction. Based in Suffolk and with 30 years industry experience, we provide the peace of mind that our clients are looking for. Our Services… • Project Management • Consultancy • Main Contractors • Design & Build.

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Energy & Renewable Services News

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Renewable Energy Solutions

GI Energy was founded in 2000 and has installed some of the largest and most innovative renewable systems in the UK, installing over 250MW of capacity nationally. We have 15 years’ experience, and are a market leader in large scale renewable energy solutions. GI Energy has evolved to become the complete Energy Partner offering a range of integrated renewable solutions optimised, and controlled through our own in-house BMS controls systems. We have over 50 staff with in-house and proven experience in: • Design • Drilling • Plant rooms • Commissioning • Maintenance • Optimisation.

Working in the non-domestic market, GI has delivered solutions to the retail, transport and broader commercial divisions.

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The Industry Leader of Heat Pump Deployments GI Energy have nearly 20 years’ of experience in the renewable energy sector and are now considered to be the industry leader in the design, installation and optimization of heat pump deployments. Fully acknowledging that there is no ‘one size fits all’ solution to a robust and energy policy, GI Energy has evolved to become the complete Energy Partner delivering multi-faceted solutions across many aspects of both the property and transport sectors in commercial, health, retail, tenanted accommodation, private residential and multi-use sites. As leading specialists and experts, GI Energy have developed many bespoke and integrated Ground Source System with a number of other renewal systems such as Air Source, CHP and Solar technologies.

installing heat pumps into new or existing buildings alongside other technologies can bring both financial and socio economic benefits on different levels. Heat pumps are capable of delivering 100% of heating loads and significant amounts of cooling requirements, in an emission freeway. By delivering excellent performance efficiencies, they save energy reducing the impact of inevitable rises in energy bills over the lifecycle of the development.

Carbon savings can be maximised – and payback times significantly reduced – if the synergies between different low carbon and renewable technologies are exploited to produce a system that delivers more than the sum of its parts.

It doesn’t just stop after installation too, GI Energy can help customers ensure that they get the best out of their carbonfriendly heating and cooling systems, through remote optimization and proper maintenance.

Many Private Developers of both commercial, residential properties, and Public Sector providers now realise that

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The Voice of the Renewables Industry in the UK The Renewable Energy Association (REA) is a not-for-profit trade association representing the UK's renewable energy industry. The organisation, which was founded in 2001, covers renewable power, heat and transport in a manner that champions the role and benefits of utilising clean and sustainable energy. The REA works alongside the government and various other industry game-changers to achieve the right regulatory framework for renewables to deliver an increasing contribution to the UK’s electricity, heat and transport requirements. Its main priority is to expand the country’s renewable energy production by bringing a greener approach to forefront, predominantly targeting the mainstream market. Its membership base comprises generators, project developers, fuel producers/

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Helping everyone save energy everyday

Powerwall Structural Building Systems have provided a number of services and solutions to clients ranging from homes to conference centres, schools, cinemas, hospitals and medium sized structures for agriculture.

Energy Saving Trust is a world leading centre for advice and research working with businesses, governments, consumers and communities to promote domestic energy efficiency.

We provide cost-effective solutions where normal building materials and methods are considered either not strong enough or too heavy like in the situation of extending upwards on an existing properties.

Climate change is a major threat to humanity, fuel bills continue to rise and our reliance on imported energy continues to grow. The UK is committed to achieving an 80% reduction in carbon emissions by 2050. To address these challenges we all need to reduce our energy consumption and accelerate a move to sustainable, low carbon lifestyles.

With these attributes Powerwall Group can provide structural solutions that are both costeffective and light weight to a number of wide ranging Commercial projects. The Powerwall Group structural solutions come fully certified.

distributors, equipment manufacturers/ distributors and service providers of varying sizes (including both single traders and the major multi-nationals). Its members operate within all of the related sectors and so span a whole cross-section of technologies and renewable energy applications, such as: electric power, heat, CHP, transport biofuels and biomethane to grid.

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Through impartial advice, commitment to undertaking research and working with businesses and governments, the Energy Saving Trust are influential in driving behaviour change and inspiring new energy efficiency programmes and policies. Working with millions of households every year, the organisation delivers first class programmes for governments and provide consultancy to UK businesses

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and international companies. Their range of expert services help businesses, governments and the public sector take action on energy efficiency. Building on 20 years of in-depth research and expertise the leading and trusted organisation provides data, insight, advice, tools and programme management to help organisations deliver the right solutions in the right way for maximum impact.


Landscaping & Amenities News

Innovative paving systems With 20 years of experience in the industry, Steintec by Tuffbau delivers solutions for streetscapes that are truly world class. The company’s high performance range of products has been developed to provide complete bedding and jointing solutions for rigid (bound) and flexible (unbound) paving. The long established and proven range of natural, high performance paving mortars are easy to use, totally compliant with the BS7533 Standards for Modular Paving, and favoured around the world where success and high performance top the list of requirements. They also offer the specialist products required for time-critical repairs that allow normal trafficking to resume after as little as three hours. Carefully tested paving products and specifications for public realm and streetscape projects ensure jobs meet essential performance criteria, including a long life and cost-effective maintenance. Tuffbau recognise the importance of ensuring jobs are competitive and are environmentally sustainable. Their technical know-how and proven product along with the specialist advice, focus on best use of materials and efficient work systems, help to ensure that the projects are completed on

budget and achieve a superior result. Tuffbau prides itself on its high level of expertise, and a degree of technical and hands on support that is beyond the capabilities of any of its competitors. They are backed with many years of experience in international projects where paving durability, longevity and visual appeal have been crucial. For more information or to view the comprehensive selection of tools and accessories, visit the on-line shop: Or to find our more contact: +44 (0)1708 860049, email: or visit the Steintec website at:

The Trade Association of Choice for the Nation’s Landscape Professionals The British Association of Landscape Industries, otherwise named BALI, has come a long way since its establishment in 1972. The authority, which was formed to promote the best interests of the country’s professional landscapers, garden designers and landscape suppliers, has successfully progressed to become the UK’s esteemed representative trade body catering specifically to the landscaping sector. Its membership base includes landscapers, landscape contractors, grounds maintenance contractors, interior landscapers, gardeners and garden designers who are prompted to operate to the best of their ability with the highest levels of quality and customer service. BALI strives to ensure that these individuals have the necessary skills expected of ethically driven industry leaders. The members can make the most of BALI’s extensive knowledge, which comes in the form of unparalleled business, technical and promotional support. All of the


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Landscaping & Amenities News

Bespoke Cedar Fencing & Gates The Contemporary Fencing Company Ltd manufactures high quality fencing, gates and bespoke garden joinery. Supplying trade and private clients across the UK with made to measure Cedar fencing that saves time and money. All the products we offer are well designed and are manufactured in our own Whitstable based workshop by skilled craftsmen. A CAD design service is available for complex projects together with sound advice and sensible prices. Working closely with our clients we have provided solutions for all sorts of Projects. Bespoke work we undertake includes, Garden Furniture, Pergolas, Bin stores, Built in seating, Planters, Vertical screening and much more. We also have a team of installers ready to professionally erect your fencing. Our patented fencing system is the easiest and most cost-effective way of achieving slatted cedar fencing on the market. Why spend days on site trying to build your own panels when you can have them delivered to site exactly the size you need? Our panels have no visible fixings front or back, we also

Building Services News

Are you ready for BIM? In 2011 the Government (The Cabinet Office) produced the Government Construction Strategy (GCS), and orchestrated the setup of the BIM Task Group to help deliver the objectives of the GCS. The UK is now very much at the forefront of BIM development and with construction expansion expected worldwide this demonstrates a fantastic opportunity for UK business export for ontracting, engineering and design services. The hypotheses of the BIM Task Group is aligned with the Government’s key objective is to reduce capital cost, the carbon burden and operational expenditure of the built environment by 20%. The ‘BIM’ acronym itself may have outgrown its usefulness since Paul Morrells declaration in 2010 and whilst it may involve technology investment, it is much more about management of information and people than about buying new software. Established in 1989, Man and Machine is part of a pan-European group, operating in 11 countries, with over 750 staff and over 500,000 installed CAD seats. We provide expertise in digital design and data management with over 60 years of combined technical experience and extensive industry. Our specialist knowledge has allowed us to develop a wide variety of services that address the needs of our customers’ across multiple industries to enable them to design, visualise, and simulate to the highest standard. Our goal is to help you optimise your design process. Whether you are in the architecture, plant or construction industries, we have the experience to understand your business and what you are trying to achieve, and we have the expertise to enable you to do it better. It takes many activities and skills to bring the ideas and designs of Architects/Engineers to fulfilment. Building Information Modelling (BIM) attempts to standardise the creation and exchange of information to make the design, construction and operational management of a facility or infrastructure asset more efficient. It is important to note that BIM is not just about buildings, but in its wildest context is being applied to facility, building, road, railway, and infrastructure projects. It is also now very much impacting organisations throughout the supply chain including manufacturers, fabricators and interior designers. The word ‘building’ in itself also doesn’t necessarily describe the full scope of a project – it doesn’t cover policies, assumptions,

strategic decisions, supply chain, specification, user assessment, regulation and recycling sustainability. All are key parts of the projects ‘information model’ and should be included in the creation of the facility or asset information as the project progresses. For many facilities, more information will be created during the operational phase than will be created during the design and construction phases. Structuring data at the outset and quality controlling it through all phases of a project will bring tremendous benefits. BIM is often wrongly associated with just graphical (often 3D models) information. This is only partly true. All forms of correspondence form part of the model: specifications, risk registers, manufacturers technical information, preventative maintenance schedules could all form part of the BIM for example.

Arguably the Government’s first project was funded by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and involved the rebuild of a 180 cell block at Cookham Wood Prison in Kent. The MoJ translated 2D standard designs into required 3D BIM models and involved the customer, the MoJ staff and external contractors throughout using collaborative models and common data environments to support the BIM initiative. BIM is being driven by UK Government, to ensure that all public sector projects are underpinned by the creation, collation and exchange of shared 3D models and intelligent structured data that is attached to them. UK Government has defined a minimum requirement for Level 2 BIM by 2016, which defines a series of domain models and the provision of a single electronic environment to store shared data and information.

BIM covers all aspects of the project lifecycle and is being driven by UK Government, to ensure that all public sector projects are underpinned by the creation, collation and exchange or shared 3D models and intelligent structured data that is attached to them. UK Government has defined a minimum requirement for Level 3 BIM by 2016, which defines a series of domain models and the provision of a single electronic environment to store shared data and information.

UK Government has defined a minimum requirement for Level 3 BIM by 2016. Making the right choices to begin your BIM journey and maximise the return on your investment is critical. Man and Machine offer a variety of solutions and services to help you understand the impact of BIM and the market opportunity that it presents throughout the supply chain. The solutions and services include BIMbased products, modelling and measurement solutions, BIM deployment programs, training and consultancy.

In the UK, BIM made its first real public appearance in 2010 when the UK Government Adviser on construction, Paul Morrell said BIM would play a key part in Government procurement policy.

Contact us today for more information, call: +44 (0)1844 263700, email:, visit: or @ManandMachineUK on Twitter.

offer a unique Louver profile that maximises sunlight while still providing privacy. The fencing has no visible posts giving a continuous horizontal line of cedar colour. We only use the very best Western Red Cedar from a sustainable source with PEFC certification. Cedar really has unique properties in addition to being beautiful to look at, it has natural preservative oils within that protect it from the elements. If left to naturally age outdoors our fencing turns a handsome silver grey highlighted by darker streaks. We are often asked to treat the panels so the warm cedar colour is protected and have our own on site spray booth on site to get this done quickly and with minimal fuss. T +44 (0)7907 003075

Landscape Excellence

The Professional Choice in Landscaping Suregreen Limited has been specially selected by Building Solutions UK as an exceptional business and we are pleased to present the team behind the brand with our highly prestigious Commitment to Excellence profile. The contemporary company was set up in 2013 by John Warner and Ian Barnes, joint founders with a vast amount of knowledge and experience within the landscaping industry. Being familiar with (and fully competent in) the manufacture and provision of extruded plastic meshes, nets, landscape fabrics and geotextiles to both the trade and e-commerce markets enabled the entrepreneurs to excel in a bustling marketplace, developing an enterprise that swiftly became a leading name in commercial & industrial gardening and architectural building solutions. “Suregreen is the professional choice for landscapers, dedicated to providing high quality landscape and gardening products (tried and tested by traders and contractors throughout the UK) to the trade at low locked down prices,” commented Marketing Manager Tom Keene. “We offer exceptional value to all customers by supplying great prices and next working delivery, and we are so confident in our product ranges and core strength in global sourcing that we offer free returns should the customer not be 100% satisfied.” Headquartered in Essex, where shipping takes place nationwide, Suregreen serves a vast range of clients with its impressive array of gardening materials and resources. The extensive selection comprises grass reinforcement meshes, porous pavers for grass/gravel, weed fabrics & geotextiles, garden planters, fencing & fencing accessories and plant & tree protection products. Tom was particularly keen to tell us more about the paving innovation line, “Our flagship range of porous paving and grass reinforcement products really set the tone for the company as a whole,” he enthused. “We aim to offer parking and ground reinforcement solutions that can co-exist with the greenery of the UK, all of which are SUDS compliant and are an environmentally friendly alternative to concrete or tarmac.” The range of permeable grids are suitable

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for a whole variety of end uses from pedestrian pathways, busy & overflow car parks, driveways, up to HGV and fire access routes. The pavers can be either finished with grass or gravel all of which will allow effective drainage. The grass reinforcing range of products has been developed to enable areas of grass to be used for car parking and pedestrian footfall when those areas of grass could not be considered. As the momentum has gathered pace over these past years, the demands for attractive permeable solutions that can use recycled materials (and so reduce carbon footprint) has been increasing at fast rate. Plastic Pavers meet these requirements: please visit to view the range of Plastic Pavers that can cater for pedestrians all the way to the excessive demands imposed by HGV Lorries. Suregreen has a busy year ahead with the launch of its new website and further product lines due mid-summer and plans in place to increase the use of recycled materials within the new and existing selection. When asked about the company’s future movements, Tom said, “We plan to expand on the growth we have already experienced, extending our product ranges and increasing our focus on the trade market. We attend specific and relevant trade shows throughout the year because response to our products at previous shows has always been extremely positive; for 2016 we will be attending The Landscape Show (13-14th September) and Saltex (23rd November).” T +44 (0)1376 503869 (main website and shop) (for trade/technical information)


Building Excellence

Cutting corners in right way Building Solutions UK is extremely proud to present its highly prestigious and richly deserved Commitment to Excellence editorial to Albion Brick Cutting. Specialising in cutting and bonding bricks to special shapes and sizes, Albion Brick Cutting provides a service that is second to none. The bespoke service can be tailored to any requirements with any brick, ceramic and natural stone being cut or bonded as requested. Set up in 2000 by Directors Ian Lynam and Robert Wyatt, Albion Brick Cutting has since grown into one of the leading brick cutters known for its exception products and services.

“Our job is cutting corners!” commented Ian. “Customers are always satisfied with our service as we do exactly what we say we are going to do and don’t promise any unrealistic deliveries. If we say our products will be delivered on a certain day, then that is exactly what will happen.

The small but dedicated team strive to fulfil your exact needs. Jamie Storer has just been appointed Director of the company due to his unrivalled capabilities and experience in the industry. Office Clerk Lauren works to assist customers in any way possible and is responsible for taking enquiries, arranging jobs and ensuring customers receive the best possible service. Each has a font of knowledge behind them which helps to provide an excellent level of customer service to each and every customer.

“As a supplier to Redbank Manufacturing, you can be assured that our products are of the highest quality.” The specialist brick cutters offer a range of products including facing bricks, blue bricks, block paviors, concrete bricks and slabs. They offer cutting and bonding of all types

of specials such as concrete block cutting, concrete slab cutting and the cutting and refacing of surfaces. All are accompanied by high quality work, quick turnaround time and a superior collection and delivery service.

Based in Leicestershire, just two miles from Junction 12 of the M42 motorway, the company offers services nationwide. The central location means it is only half an hour away from

Nottingham, Derby, Birmingham, Leicester, Burton-upon-Trent and Nuneaton allowing for a quick and efficient visit to your site. “Albion Brick Cutting does exactly what we say on the tin!” concluded Ian. “We have satisfied customers for more than 15 years and our aim is to continue to provide quality services. Any job that comes in we do our very best to ensure customers receive exactly what they need.” For more information on how Albion Brick Cuttings can help you, contact them on: +44 (0)1530 271268, email: or visit the website at:

Interiors & Decorations News

Encouraging and supporting creativity The British Institute of Interior Design is the pre-eminent professional organisation for interior designers in the UK. Committed to encouraging and supporting creativity and competence in the field of interior design, the organisation facilitates best practice, offers practical and professional support and provides development opportunities and education.

It was founded in 1965 as the Interior Decorators and Designers Association (IDDA) and last year celebrated 50 years as an organisation dedicated to the interior design profession, making it the UK's oldest professional body representing solely interior designers. The organisations growing national and

international membership represents both the commercial and residential sectors, from heritage to cutting edge. In addition to rigorous

entry requirements which assess training, experience and professionalism, members are required to continue their professional development throughout their career to ensure their continued expertise in design process, practice and regulatory matters. The British Institute of Interior Design is the

only professional organisation for interior designers which has been granted the prestigious and rare accolade of Institute status by the Minister of State as the pre-eminent body in its field. For more information visit the website at:

Footstools & More – Handmade in the UK A footstool can be as grand or as functional as you like. Whether you already have a style in mind, or are simply looking for a little bit of inspiration, is a great place to start. All products are customisable, with a range of sizes, fabrics, leathers and leg options. With all these options, it's easy to see why customers love having the choice to order something that reflects their own unique taste. While the website has lots of useful ideas and information, you can’t beat a phone call or email to discuss your ideas in more detail. Footstools & More offer a friendly, personal service, and is always happy to make suggestions or talk through any questions that you may have. It’s clear to see that this high level of customer service pays off. The long list of testimonials on the website makes for impressive reading. Each and every footstool is handmade to

order in the dedicated workshop, and for a particular customer. If you were to pay a visit to the workshop, you wouldn't see stacks of similar footstools collecting dust, waiting for someone to place an order for them. You'd see a vibrant range of designs, colours and patterns. You might think this bespoke approach would be prohibitive, but the costs are very competitive and similar to high street stores. Contact T +44 (0)113 345 7526

Beautiful Baskets Online Owned by Corinne Hill, Choice Baskets is an independent retailer specialising in woven storage products lovingly made using wicker, rattan and seagrass materials of supreme quality. Stocked by fair traders, the products display ‘Ethically Sourced’ logos and are made using safely sourced constituents from across the world. The vast selection available from the North Yorkshire based business comprises baskets in five sizes and three heights, a matching square basket, craft/picnic baskets with removable linings & lids, open baskets with swing handles & natural linings and an assortment of cutlery baskets in wicker and seagrass varieties. As well as being perfect for creative projects, the baskets are suitable for purposes of decoration and organisation and have proven to make great starting bases for gifts, food hampers and personalised presents. The fact the baskets are available to buy individually is a factor most attractive to its customers


Choice Baskets are sourced from all over the world and are beautifully made from the best quality wicker, rattan and seagrass materials. We are careful to deal only with fair traders and we are proud to display the ‘Ethically Sourced’ logo to demonstrate our commitment to this policy.

(predominantly home-makers, craft specialists and hobbyists). Please get in touch with Corinne today if you are interested in enquiring about any of the baskets and would like to be provided with a competitive quote. If are unable to find what you are looking for online you can rest assured, as Corinne’s numerous contacts in the industry ensure that she is well equipped to source hundreds of baskets from trusted suppliers especially for you. T +44 (0)1756 798182

The range of baskets exclusive to Choice Baskets is growing and now includes: Storage baskets in 5 sizes and 3 heights, plus a matching square basket, craft/picnic baskets with removable linings and lids, open baskets with swing handles and natural linings, and a variety of cutlery baskets in both wicker and seagrass.

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Glass, Glazing & Rooflights News

All you could want from a rooflight…and more The recently launched rooflight range from Alumen, leading SMART and Scheuco fabricator, has been enjoying huge interest in the trade market place. “The range comprises three families – Aether, Helios and Olympus,” explains Alan Robinson, one of Alumen’s Managing Directors. “The traditional expectation of a rooflight is in line with our Aether flat, fixed option with a simple, clean design, glazed edge to edge. But this doesn’t mean it is basic or too boring – the options on size and shape are endless and it is also available as a walk over option which is proving of interest to installers and builders. So far, our initial enquiries have been about the Aether and customers are either excited by its versatility or drawn away towards its more contemporary brother Helios.

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The Voice of the UK’s Rooflight Industry Established in 1998, the National Association of Rooflight Manufacturers (NARM) is a fundamental trade association for rooflight specialists. It effectively acts as the main port of call for those working in the sector, providing authoritative and industry-specific information for all of its esteemed members. NARM also oversees the advancement and upkeep of related rules and regulations, actively advising the government on future policies and concentrating on the application of thorough procedures in the provision of natural light in built environments. The group represents those working within rooflight design and manufacturing; experts in the production of in-plane profiled rooflights, continuous barrel vaults, modular domes/pyramids, panel glazing systems and

Kingdom Interiors is renowned as being the main online retailer of designer fabrics and wallpapers in the UK.

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Suppliers range from the most prestigious and established names such as; Sanderson, Harlequin, Morris & Co, Romo, Designers Guild, Clarke & Clarke, Prestigious Textiles, Zoffany, and Osborne & Little, to name a few, to the more boutique style of up and coming designers. Always very competitively priced with great offers. Kingdom Interiors also offer a Trade Scheme for professionals within the Interiors trade, with extra discounts and benefits.

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The visual appearance of a traditional style timber sash with all the features and benefits that modern technology and uPVC provides. Narrow sight lines compliment elegant contoured profiles with meticulous thought & consideration given to appearance, performance and durability. • Fully featured sculptured profiles • A host of security features built-in • Georgian bar and sash horn options • Easy-clean feature as standard • Sizes up to 1,600mm x 3,000mm

For more information and to explore the range of fabrics on offer, visit or call 01684 291037 Keep in-touch on or follow us on Twitter for offers.

Membership is only permitted to those committed to delivering top quality customer service, promoting good quality practice in all aspects of the business. Associates focus particularly on compliancy and further development, offering balanced advice on the use of rooflights, rooflight materials and rooflight systems with clarity and confidence. In addition, the products supplied adhere with all of the appropriate UK and European Standards and Building Legislation.

Victorian Sliders introduce the NEW A rated E C O Slide Sash Window

They also offer a very well priced but excellent quality made to measure service for curtains and blinds. Browse all the latest collections from the comfort of your home, create moodboards and order samples.

architectural glazing systems for skylights, lantern lights and atria.

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Their website showcases the largest online ranges with over 100,000 products including the most up to date collections.

For more information, visit: Rooflights.aspx or call us on: +44 (0)1536 737377 and to keep up to date with developments and special offers follow us on Twitter: @AlumenLtd


Kingdom Interiors is renowned as being the main online retailer of designer fabrics and wallpapers in the UK. For more information, please visit

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“The Helios has all the same capabilities as Aether but with a raised, chamfered edge it adds a more contemporary feel to the rooflight. The fact it is available as a manual or electric opener using smooth chain operation, adds further to its appeal. Last but no means least is the pyramid option

Olympus which offers all the grandeur you would expect from a pyramid rooflight.”

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Building Excellence

Underfloor heating installation and renewables Building Solutions UK is extremely proud to present its highly prestigious and industry acclaimed Commitment to Excellence profile to Terratherma. By designing, supplying and maintaining an energy efficient heating system, Terratherma ensure you have the perfect level of comfort in your home. The leading specialists in commercial and domestic underfloor heating installations and renewable energy systems are dedicated to helping you find the right system for you. Based in Essex, Terratherma installs superior systems throughout the South East of England which help to achieve perfect indoor climate control, whilst providing the benefit of luxurious warm floors.

not stop there – Terratherma also offer maintenance and aftercare service to ensure your systems stand the test of time.

Terratherma works by attending your project to assess your need and how they can help. They are able to answer any questions about Renewable Energy, Underfloor heating or screed and explain the best system for your project based on cost, performance and government grants.

“Homeowners, architects, construction firms and commercial and industrial enterprises trust Terratherma with their heating needs,” explained Sean. “No other company can provide you with such comprehensive design, installation and maintenance services – all founded on a genuine depth of knowledge that keeps pace with a changing industry.

With practical and innovation solutions for any type of floor construction and heat source (including Boiler, Heat Pump and Biomass) Terratherma offer professional design assistance throughout every stage of the project. The professional service does

“Our team of trained experts are fully qualified and have a wealth of experience,” commented Sean Casey, Managing Director and Founder of Terratherma. “We take pride in the excellent standard of service we offer and our team have all the training and knowledge to help you with any questions that you have.”

Over 25 Years of Industry Excellence

It was during this time when the concept of a Gripple fastener was born. Influenced by a local farmer erecting a field fence through the means of knotting horizontal line wires together, Hugh came up with an idea of a small ‘widget’ that – along with the incorporation of spring loaded steel balls – would do the job most effectively. Three years and many development

phases and test trials later, a viable prototype was launched commercially and Gripple was formed – a brand name combining the words ‘Grip’ and ‘Pull.’

The Sheffield-based business now houses a special facility for its own Ideas & Innovation team, which was put into place to bring ideas to fruition in a world class setting. Also provided is a Drawing Take off Service, which allows clients to receive the best product suitable for their individual needs with the added potential to minimise costly shortage or waste. Gripple’s Catherine King was keen to tell us more about the key advantages of utilising Gripple innovations, “Our products offer a range of benefits including; up to 97% reduction in embodied carbon; 95% reduction in weight; up to 84% quicker to install; and a reduction in combined labour and materials cost of up to 70%,” she enthused. “They are also more aesthetically pleasing compared to Rod and Chain. We export 85% of our products and have offices and manufacturing facilities in Chicago, France, India, and three sites in Sheffield, where most products are manufactured in full.” If you would like any more information about Gripple and its range of civil construction, building services, viticulture, orchards & fencing and seismic & force protection products, then please use the contact details supplied below. T +44 (0)114 275 2255


To find out more arrange a visit to the demonstrator house in rural Essex and see the fantastic range of money saving and energy-saving options available to you as well as experiencing the exceptional technical support in person. Contact T +44(0)1621 858555


Decades of progression passed, allowing Gripple’s offerings to become popularised across a range of industries. Its dedicated construction product ranges are available for M&E, HVAC, lighting, signage and acoustic panel applications and have proven to be incredibly valuable whilst utilised in agriculture, construction, civil engineering and seismic environments.

Back in 1985 the promising entrepreneur found himself on a wet hillside in Wales listening to the anguish of a frustrated farmer who was becoming increasingly agitated with the traditional methods of joining fence wires. Finding bending and knotting to be cumbersome and tedious processes, it seemed a better way to connect two pieces of wire was much needed, and upon discussing this matter Hugh became convinced he could develop a stronger alternative.

Terratherma has won many awards for their exceptional services. These include Second place for small renewable project of 2016 for East Anglia, Highly commended for RHI Installer of the Year for East Anglia and their technical Director was awarded Bronze for Energy Efficiency Champion again for East Anglia. All awards were presented by the Energy Efficiency and Retrofit awards.

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Building Solutions UK is incredibly pleased to promote the products and services offered by Gripple and detail its journey to success whilst commending the team behind the brand for achieving its well-regarded Commitment to Excellence profile. The cable hanging systems company was founded in 1988 and has since become a renowned name in the industry for its quality manufacture of wire joiner and tensioners. Its establishment is courtesy of wire salesman Hugh Facey, who discovered a gap in the market for such products and decided to set up his own business in response to this.

“As part of this, our aftersales service is designed to keep your world warm when you need it. With our engineers just a phone call away, we can keep your heating system in excellent order to ensure it serves you for years to come.”

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Building Excellence

Designed for your ears increase in hearing related illnesses, which has become a growing problem in many workplace environments. What SoundSpace Solutions aims to do is make people aware of the importance of acoustics and provide a solution that not only enhances your environment but adds detail and interest to your space.

Building Solutions UK is extremely proud to present its highly prestigious and industry acclaimed Commitment to Excellence profile to SoundSpace Solutions. As experts in the acoustic industry, SoundSpace Solutions supply and install sustainable acoustic products. These aesthetically and visually pleasing solutions ensure a healthy environment reducing the risk of hearing difficulties and distractions. The company was set up by a group of installation specialists for acoustics in 2015.

With over 50 years of combined industry experience, the experts saw a need for change and conducted thorough research into how the industry can be improved. Just one year later, SoundSpace Solutions has worked with a wide range of clients nationwide to provide bespoke solutions that cater to their exact requirements. “As acoustic solutions are not visual, they can often get forgotten about,” commented Director Mandeep Jutla. “The effects of poor acoustics can lead to a decrease in productivity and concentration as well as an

“We offer an end to end service, working with designers and architects to establish a unique solution for our customers. Using our unrivalled knowledge and experience we are able to assist with product development and help to establish a new way of doing things. There is a definite need to progress in this industry as well as to become more environmentally friendly and client focussed.” Ideal for offices, presentation rooms, home cinemas or open plan environments, SoundSpace products are extremely ecofriendly and sustainable. Whether your environment is bold and colourful or plain and neutral the specialist team works with you to create products that perfectly fit your space as well as protecting the environment.

SoundSpace’s main product Autex™ leads the way in sustainable solutions. Innovative and environmentally conscious, Autex is made from recycled materials such as plastic bottles (PET). As innovative manufacturers of polyester products, Autex have developed a diverse range of acoustic products suitable for a large variety of applications as well as having the ability to create bespoke solutions using water jet cutting.

sustainable, functional and attractive design for modern meeting places. And finally Slalom, whose products maintain all features of flexibility of open space, while providing a sound absorbing capacity that improves the quality of the space. Slalom sound absorbent panels encourage concentration, productivity, comfort, both physical and psychological. “If you can imagine it, we can create it,” concluded Mandeep. “What makes us different from other companies is our ability to innovate. We are extremely client focussed and ensure we are with you every step of the way from the initial design right through to the installation. Everyone has the same acoustic need in their environment and we are making it our mission to make them aware of this.

A similarly popular brand is the Abstracta – a Swedish pioneer in the field of acoustics. Abstracta has embraced the growing interest in sound absorption and more efficient working environments and has developed products that create effective soundscapes for different office environments.

Sustainable Acoustic Solutions SoundSpace Solutions – where acoustics and aesthetics combine to create innovative sustainable solutions for architectural, educational, commercial and workplace installations. We work closely with architects and designers to create environments that are visually and aurally pleasing by responding to the needs of the client and demands of design. From design and build through to retro-fit there are sustainable acoustic solutions for every project.

Others include Baux, a functional, natural material BAUX Acoustic Wood Wool which is environment-friendly, recyclable material made from wood wool, cement and water. The natural components together provide many functional characteristics. The open material structure reduces sound reflections and makes BAUX Acoustic Wood Wool a good sound absorber. Offecct is a Swedish company. Working with designers and architects from around the world, they develop acoustic products with

“As a fairly new company we are very pleased of how successful our products have become. We are now the preferred supplier some of the main contractors in the UK as well as working directly for major companies and aim to expand our services to as many customers as possible to improve their environments and health.” “To find out what we can do for you please get in touch today and a member of our experienced team will be more than happy to discuss your requirements and establish a solution that best suits you and others around you.” Having just appeared at Eco Build which was extremely successful for the company, SoundSpace will also be showcasing its innovative solutions at UK Construction Week and London Build in October 2016. T +44 (0)203 773 2307

With our acoustic treatments, spaces can be redefined as a warm, inviting, clear and hospitable environment where productivity and great conversation can flourish. 0203 773 2307

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Structural Warranty News


Refurbishment & Conversion Schemes Building conversions as we know are often difficult to complete, frequently with costs spiralling as unknown defects surface. Good and correct investigation can reduce the unknown, however we often see work proposed with minimal investigation or inappropriate investigations employed, based on a standard approach. Refurbishments and conversions can come with their problems which may result in claims being made. This can include issues of damp, mould growth, water ingress and failing roof coverings, with many issues of damp problems, mould growth, water ingress and failing roof coverings. CIRIA 111 (Structural Renovation of Traditional Buildings) provides guidance on the level of investigation as well as typical construction methods used and issues frequently encountered, it is applicable to most low rise buildings of the 18th, 19th and 20th Centuries. However even with these fairly well understood buildings, issues occur, we often see remedial DPCs injected of inappropriate type for the wall construction, and increasingly at the wrong height (eg above structural floor joists) inadequate investigation of embedded timbers or a reluctance to re-cover a roof that although may initially appear to be in good order has in reality never performed to modern requirements and importantly modern expectation. Unfortunately, Planning conditions and Conservation control can reduce the appropriateness of a building for conversion to residential use, it is not the case that we don’t agree with these controls, its more that unfortunately new home purchasers have expectations that their new home will perform in the same way as a newly built property and often this isn’t the case, from single glazed windows causing condensation to appear during colder months, to ongoing maintenance requirements and increased sensitivity to a changing climate, the pitfalls can be huge. Fact is that most properties built in the last 150 years are robust, unfortunately unsympathetic use, poor maintenance and simple issues such as increasing ground levels can introduce the enemy of most

buildings – moisture, by far and away the greatest defect we see in buildings proposed for conversion is water ingress through failed roofing and gutters/downpipes (usually as a result of poor maintenance) and moisture rising, not through a failed DPC but usually a bridged perfectly good DPC with resultant rot to timbers both visible and invisible behind wall coverings and other finishes. More recent buildings aren’t devoid of these issues, more that they contain less timber, and were built to more modern standards, however these present other problems such as concrete defects, cladding issues, and in some cases structural issues. There is a lot of guidance out there to assist in the process of conversion, however the aforementioned CIRIA document is an excellent start, but reference to British Standards and even some historic association documents can provide an excellent source of further guidance, and don’t forget we can help you too! Involve us early and we can recommend the type and level of investigation, so that when you start hopefully there won’t be so many unknowns, and where practical we will agree the retention of elements or make clear where replacement is the only realistic approach.

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Glass, Glazing, Orangeries & Conservatories News

The Glass and Glazing Federation conservatories and orangeries

The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) is a specialist trade association acting as the main representative for businesses involved in all aspects of the manufacture of flat glass and products and services for all types of glazing. The organisation is the main hub of information for companies in the UK and internationally who construct, supply or fit glass and glazing products in both commercial and domestic sectors. This covers legislation as well as industry standards for health & safety and quality levels. As well as providing protection for homeowners (when purchasing glass or glazing products and services), the GGF opens up a whole host of opportunities and advantages for its members. Those associated with this professional body will be considered as stand-out companies in the field, as membership indicates compliancy to the highest possible standard as well as best practice in the industry. Members will



also be kept completely up-to-date with all advancements within glass and glazing, effectively placing them ahead of non-GGF registered competitors. The GGF membership base comprises manufacturers and installers of energy efficient windows (in homes and commercial buildings), the performance glass used in all building types (from houses to high-rise tower blocks) and the components that are used to manufacture every type of glazing. T +44 (0)207 939 9101

Making Designs Come Alive


Beautifully constructed hardwood conservatories and orangeries • options to create your individual space • high specification as standard • usable all year round • services to suit your requirements • custom design service available phone: 01480 381614


Creating the most beautifully constructed hardwood conservatories and orangeries is what Binney & Sims does best. Having combined industry experience spanning over 40 years, owners Katie and Phill have a rich and extensive knowledge of all associated areas including the design, manufacture and installation of high end timber glasshouses. Working in accordance with each other for over 13 years has enabled Katie and Phill to develop Binney & Sims into an established enterprise best known for the sustainability of its operations and its quality products. Projects include the formation of orangeries and conservatories and the implementation of aesthetically pleasing and fully functional doors, windows and lanterns. Custom designs can be devised for those with a particular style in mind, allowing clients the option to bring their visual concepts to life, although guidance is always readily offered if required. Binney & Sims uses only the finest hardwood timber sourced from responsibly

managed forests, utilised for its rugged durability and great strength. Its machining flexibility and compatibility with various finishes makes the hardwood most attractive, and in addition the material is naturally resistant to wood rot, fungal attack and moisture penetration. If you would like to find out more about these exquisite high specification glasshouses suitable for year-round use, then please use the contact information below. T +44 (0)1480 381614

The Complete Composite Door Package from Selecta Selecta provide what can only be described as the ‘complete package’ when it comes to meeting the needs and requirements of social new build and refurbishment housing schemes. Selecta has established a standing within the industry for quality and reliability and have developed strong business relationships with their customers over the years. Providing market leading products to the industry for well over 30 years, Selecta has built a reputation for a first class service and an unrivalled support package. Marketing Manager, Mark Walker (pictured) explains, “Selecta are a specialist within the industry and continually develop the products and services of which we provide. Selecta have recently added Yale hardware to the composite door range with the Mantis III multi-point lock now certified to PAS 24 to accompany the ERA Vectis Cylinder Free Lock and the ERA Trimlock and provide another option


to its popular PAS 24 and Document Q compliant composite doors.” The comprehensive composite door range offers a wide choice of door styles and colours with Fab and Fix furniture fitted as standard. With three PAS 24/ Secured by Design locking options from Yale and ERA the Selecta composite doors provide you with the complete package for social new build and refurbishment housing scheme market. If you do require further information then do not hesitate to contact our Sales & Marketing Department on: +44 (0)121 325 2100 or email: whom will be happy to help.

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Roofing News

At the heart of roofing When it comes to choosing a roofing contractor, it is obvious that this is something that shouldn’t be done hurriedly. You need a reliable and competent organisation who can work professionally and dependably, therefore it is highly important that you approach the subject with care. Step forward the National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC): the trade association who have the capability to provide absolute confidence to both clients and members in the roofing industry, ensuring that the services received are second to none. Established in 1892, the NFRC is now considered to be the leading roofing trade association in the UK, representing over 70% of the industry by value. The wellestablished body currently comprises over 1,000 trade contractors and 173 supplier members (including manufacturers, suppliers and service providers).

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The NFRC’s main function is to guide trade

members; enabling them to secure more work and raise their product sales. It also operates to ensure that associates offer high levels of workmanship and quality business practice, remaining compliant with a stringent code of practice and an independent vetting procedure (which includes site inspections and familiarisation with industry standards). The experts are essentially the main representative of those working within the roofing industry. They provide technical advice for members and their customers, and schedule frequent committee meetings and dedicated focus groups to discuss any upcoming developments which may affect the ever-growing market. T +44 (0)20 7638 7663

Tapco Roofing Products For over 20 years, the Tapco Group has been providing premium-quality, next-generation synthetic roofing materials. Its TapcoSlate product not only mimics the natural detail of slate for an authentic appearance, it also has unmatched quality and robustness. TapcoSlate – slate… but not as you know it! Roofing slate has for centuries been desired for its durability and aesthetic appeal, but it does have drawbacks with its weight, pitch restrictions and brittleness. BBA-certified TapcoSlate

combines all the positive features of this beautiful, natural product, but adds practicality and enhanced performance to create a beautiful roof that won’t break or delaminate, survives substantial impact, is very light in weight and can be used on lower pitches than those achievable with natural slate. It is the ideal product for conservatories, new-build homes, particularly the selfbuild sector, roof refurbishment and is guaranteed for 40 years. TapcoSlate has recently achieved BBA accreditation for usage on roof pitches as low as 14.5 degrees on felt and batten installations. Previously, fullyboarded applications were required to achieve pitches below 22.5 degrees. This increases the potential to use slate on hitherto unconsidered projects. Contact T +44 (0)1482 880478

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Building News

Thermio+ screed for underfloor heating in the UK Thermio+ + performance: up to +30%* of increase of Thermal emission coefficient for a maximised return of your heating floor -30% more heat emmitted to the room + comfort: up to +80% higher thermal diffusivity for a response time – faster transmission of temperature increase + saving: up to 8%* of saving for heating bills – Due to increased response and higher emission.

Thermio+ screed by AnhydritecGyvlon is the first screed designed for use with underfloor heating in the UK. Thermio+ is made from selected admixtures to enhance its thermal conductivity which means the UFH system can be operated at lower temperatures, thus saving money on fuel bills. As well as being more conductive, Thermio+ is compressively and flexurally stronger than traditional screeds which have to be installed much thicker. In today’s demanding construction market, floors which can offer savings in reduced weight/ thickness Thermio+ ticks the right boxes.

Thermio+ has been given BBA Agremont certification in the UK and is tested by CSTB in France.

Gyvlon Thermio+ is a fluid screed offering fast installation (up to 1,000m2 per day) due to its fluid nature the screed fully encapsulates the heating pipes.

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Overcome Regulations with UK Building Compliance UK Building Compliance is one of the leading building testing and compliance companies in the UK. The group is set to hold a free event for local architects and builders to help them understand and overcome the building regulations currently in motion.

refreshments will be supplied throughout the day. UK Building Compliance is located in Hinckley, Leicestershire, and specialises in the provision of comprehensive support solutions. Striving to deliver exceptional value and excellence to its customers through ongoing resilience and reliability, the company is a proud industry expert that prides itself on responsiveness and professionalism.

Taking place on Thursday 2nd June in Hinckley is the UKBC Uncovered event, this will consist of numerous tests such as an Air Tightness Test, Ventilation Test and a Sound Insulation Test, all of which will be demonstrated live. Complete with step by step guides, these demos will ensure clients are made fully aware of the requirements and procedures of the aforementioned tests whilst informing them on how to prevent/overcome failures.

The event organised by UK Building Compliance will provide you with the knowledge you need to overcome building regulations with efficiency and ease. For more information, please get in touch with the team today.

A range of highly trained and experienced ATT and SIT assessors will be carrying out the demonstrations and will be available to answer any questions, and

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THE GUARANTEED ULTRA-EFFICIENT SCREED FOR UNDERFLOOR HEATING Inside the Gyvlon ‘Environmental Screed Solutions’ range THERMIO + technology has been developed to further improve underfloor heating systems by creating a screed that is specifically designed to complement both water underfloor heating & cooling systems. ®



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THERMIO®+ technology coupled with an underfloor heating or cooling system guarantees pipe encapsulation and an emitter which will give:

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+savings: up to 8% savings on heating bills

ALL THE NORMAL BENEFITS OF GYVLON® PRODUCTS THERMIO® has all the benefits that you have come to expect from Gyvlon screed: nn Very high fluidity for fast installation nn Minimum SR2 surface finish nn Greatly reduced cracking and no curling

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Cedarwood Tree Care are professional arborists for consultancy work and tree reports. We provide help and support with planning permission applications, BS5837:2012 tree reports, tree expert witness services and Tree Preservation Order disputes. We also provide a large number of additional services for people encountering tree problems or in need of tree advice, including mortgage reports and insurance reports for trees and site development surveys for building sites with trees.

Our product range includes: • Cartridge Heaters • Mica Insulated Heaters • Ceramic Knuckle Heaters • Tubular Rod • Immersion Heaters • Air Duct Heaters • Nozzle Heaters • Ceramic Core Heaters • Square Section Heaters • Strip Heaters • Roller or Disc Heaters • Fabrication & Sheet Metalwork.

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Our Product nnSuperSIPs use PUR (Polyurethane) Insulation to manufacture SIPs, or Structurally Insulated Panels, which range from 100mm to 250mm thick. nnEven our thinnest SIP panel uses more than 3 times the thickness of PUR than shown in the thermal performance comparison illustration, shown right. nnSuperSIPs offer one of the highest levels of thermal performance of any readily available, off-site manufactured building material. nnSuperSIPs also provide high levels of airtightness, making SuperSIPs the ideal solution for any modern building. nnWith SuperSIPs you can plan to meet or exceed current Building Regulation as well as the 2013 and 2016 amendments.

Benefits of SuperSIPs The speed of on-site erection combined with the simplicity of post-build completion makes SuperSIPs the material of choice. SuperSIPs contribute to savings in all aspects of building and provide energy savings year on year. • High levels of thermal performance

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Building News

The Sign of Building Quality The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) holds the prime position as the UK’s largest trade association in the building industry. The not-for-profit organisation was established in 1941 and has since gone from strength to strength, operating both nationally and regionally courtesy of its strategically placed offices in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The FMB works explicitly to maintain, promote and protect the interests of both small and medium-sized building companies, representing their practices and opinions in order to increase awareness of the work that they do. The independent firm specialises in the

provision of reliable support and advice to help clients to meet their expected building and construction goals. The group, which acts as a mark of building quality and excellence, helps organisations to deliver superior services with great value, subsequently strengthening their brand identity and position in the marketplace. Members are readily accepted if they fulfil the set criteria and pass all of the essential checks, because only the most scrupulous and dedicated builders and specialists are selected to become part of the FMB. T +44 (0)20 7025 2900

Speed up setting time Yara NitCal® passes corrosion inhibition ASTM certification Yara supply NitCal®, a calcium nitrate based multi-function admixture, to the worldwide concrete using industry. The product is a setting accelerator as per BS-EN934-2 and is used extensively for cold weather concreting to prevent delays due to slow set. In cold weather, Yara NitCal® ensures your specified mix will set in your timescale whereas use of heated mixes or heated sites is often a costly and ‘hit and miss’ solution. An added benefit is that the concrete takes longer to cool down due to the exothermic nature of the accelerated reaction thus reducing the loss of workability, the risk of freeze damage, and a sub-standard set. Corrosion inhibition In 2015, Yara submitted Yara NitCal® to ENCO for certification as per ASTM C1582/ C1582M-11 ‘The Standard Specification for Admixtures to Inhibit Chloride-Induced Corrosion of Reinforcing Steel in Concrete’ following on from previous research by

Secret, Secure, Configurable Panel Fixings Button-fix was officially launched in 2012 by Iain MacDonald of Granfit Holdings and Tony Wills and Brian Watson from Wills Watson Associates. The company is renowned for the development, manufacture and testing of an innovative panel fixing product revolved around saving fitters significant amounts of both time and money. Named a secret fixing for its invisibility and strength, Button-fix is a highly versatile and efficient product acting as a perfect fastener for interior fit-outs, renovations and furniture projects. Acknowleged for their quality build and unmatched accuracy, the configurable fixings have been actively used by designers, builders, architects, furniture designers, plumbers, ship interiors specialists, lighting installers, washroom manufacturers, fitters and joiners and are suitable for applications such as exhibitions, display stands and internal signage. “Once used, we have found that fitters love using Button-fix and often request that it be specified in their project plans,” commented Head of Sales and Marketing Julie Freedman. “Although we predominantly serve the manufacturing, furniture, washroom and fit-out markets, we are continually hearing from customers who are keen to show us

Available in four different types – Type 1 Fix (for connecting parallel panels), Type 1 Bonded Fix (for applications where screw fixing is not an option/possible), Type 1 Fix Flush (for panel-topanel contact) and Type 2 Fix (for connecting 90° panels) – the products are surface-mounted or fully flush and are locked securely into place with a distinctive ‘click’ sound. The new Router Multijig, which was launched last October, comes complete with interchangeable plates for the seamless integration of its associated products and is transparent with etched guide marks to allow for easy positioning on the work piece. the new ways they have used Button-fix. “This flexibility is largely due to the many product benefits that come with the fixings. Not only are they incredibly easy to use but they are extra strong and visually pleasing, enabling your panels to be secure but movable. In addition, they are supported by a reliable in-house technical team and an excellent level of invaluable customer service.” Button-fix offers a wide range of fixings in order to provide a better choice for its customers.

For more information on the separate styles of panel fixings and their individual applications, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with a company representative today. Alternatively, you can visit the Button-fix website and browse the video and photography page to explore the varieties and pinpoint which product would be the best suited to your individual needs. T +44 (0)20 8150 7190 Twitter: @buttonfixJulie

Safety first with Workware Accommodating the requirements of organisations in the arboriculture, forestry, horticultural and agricultural sectors, Workware is an established UK importer and distributor of various safety products. Specialising in different types of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), the Cumbria-based business supplies premium quality items such as trousers, jackets, gloves and footwear stringently designed for both comfort and practicality.

SINTEF and UCLA. Using test method G109, which is an accelerated test that measures the efficacy of an admixture in reducing or preventing chloride corrosion, Yara NitCal® passed and is certified for use as a chloride corrosion prevention admixture. Initial research also indicated that Yara NitCal® reduced carbonation by 40% in an accelerated test. A simple admixture Yara NitCal® is a simple compound, fast acting and easy to use. It dissolves rapidly without residue or side effect. Also it has a low dose requirement – no more than 4% of cement weight. Ask your admixture company about Yara NitCal® for your specified mix or admixture or contact Adam Reid at or +44 (0)7768 866452.

As a multifunctional 4 in 1 product, Workware’s hi-vis rain jacket with detachable body warmer has proven to be a most popular innovation. Wearable in all weather conditions, the supple material is 100% waterproof, windproof and highly breathable whilst at the same time tear-resistant. Available in hi-vis red/grey, hi-vis yellow/navy and hi-vis orange/navy, the functional jacket features a straight collar, foldaway hood and two inset pockets. The hi-vis rain trousers from Workware provide busy workers with the attire they need to operate comfortably in different environments. Made from 100% polyester fabric, the Bitoray trousers are light yet strong and come with a fixed polyamide lining, taped seams and elasticated waist.

portfolio can be broadly split into the following categories: clothing, ladders, protection (helmets, headsets, eye protection etc.), safety (first aid, signage, harnesses etc.), climbing equipment, arborist’s equipment and tools.

The company’s wide-reaching range consists of many wellestablished names, stocking garments and accessories from the likes of Arbofix, Beger, Boa, KitDRY, Jameson, Pyramex, Talking Headsets and Uvex. The impressively vast product

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Raising the standards of wood flooring through education and training BwfA brings together suppliers, installers, specifiers and customers in the creation of first class wood flooring. Representing the UK wood flooring industry, the organisation aims to raise the standard of wood flooring through education and training. As the mark of quality in the industry, BwfA works to ensure consistent high standards of installation through developing structured installer training. A BwfA installer will be committed to high standards of craftsmanship in the installation process and be keen to provide the very best in customer service. Installer membership is granted to individuals and companies on successful application demonstrating competence. Installing wood flooring is an opportunity to have a lasting investment in a beautiful and sustainable product. Working with natural material requires a high level of

skill, expertise and experience to get the very best from your investment. The BwfA represents UK suppliers and installers who care about your result. By investing in training and sharing knowledge members assure you of a top quality wood floor giving you pleasure for years to come. For more information, visit the website at:

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Building Solutions UK - Issue 813  
Building Solutions UK - Issue 813