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Design & Desire Complex restoration challenge for Shepherd Construction

Energy Management How to minimise the performance gap at the design stage

Ecobuild Review FC&A rounds up the highlights of this year’s Ecobuild event


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or many of you who visited last month’s Ecobuild exhibition, you may have come away with food for thought – in my case it was a three-course meal. After spending three days perusing the stands of numerous exhibitors – who all consider themselves instrumental in the sustainable building industry – in my view I now see sustainable construction and design on two levels. Throughout the event, it became apparent to me that there were two types of suppliers/manufacturers deserving recognition in the sustainable building market – those with direct impact on reducing energy consumption and carbon footprint, and those that contribute value rather than immediate cost/energy savings. Heating, ventilation, windows and flooring products are just some of the components that are integral to ensuring we source and specify responsibly. These systems contribute greatly towards energy savings and carbon footprint, whether it be through recycled materials or U-values. Although in the grand scheme of the project they may appear ‘behind the scenes’; they ultimately have direct impact on our measure of sustainability.

The other type of exhibitor identified enhanced sustainability on a more social/ community level. Cyclehoop and Timberplay are just two examples of key players serving to provide architects and specifiers with solutions in order to further add value to community spaces and the streetscape. Together these specialists work in harmony, and Ecobuild proved the ideal venue for them to congregate. For those who missed the event, turn to page 40 to catch up on all the show highlights plus news from some of the leading companies reporting on their presence. I hope you enjoy this issue. If you wish to comment on any of the contributions within this edition or share your feedback from the event, please feel free to contact me on hannah@mixedmediainfo.com

The University of Brighton has recently completed a second set of premises for its Hastings Campus with the creation of the £7.5m Priory Square scheme.The development sees the renovation and extension of the 1930s Post Office building in Hastings’ Priory Quarter and is a significant milestone for higher education in the area. See page 32.

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Voice of the Industry: Martin Atkinson, Managing Director of PiMS Workspace examines what the future holds for the office building.

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Legal & Business: The BWF-CERTIFIRE warns contractors and architects to ‘Stick to the Spec’ when specifying fire doors.

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Paints, Coatings & Finishes: John Dison, Managing Director of Earthborn urges specifiers to look beyond aesthetics.

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Energy Management: Dr Kerry Mashford, CEO, National Energy Foundation, talks to FC&A about managing the performance gap.

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HVAC: FC&A uncovers two heating solutions that have enabled building occupants to live and learn in optimum comfort.

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Greenhouse: VIVIX panels have provided minimal environmental impact at a new Kiddicare building in Nottingham.

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Sustainability in Development: Breathable facades allow the Sopharma Litex Towers in Bulgaria to perform with the seasons.

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Design & Desire: Shepherd Construction demonstrates its recent restoration challenge where contemporary design meets traditional charm.

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May Design Series Preview: The May Design Series promises to be the definitive destination for London-based interior design, property, architectural and retail professionals.

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Sustainability Live Preview: Sustainability Live is the ultimate event for energy, water and energy from waste sectors. With three shows under one roof, the fair is set to provide an essential resource.

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Ecobuild Review: Along with a post-show report, this dedicated review rounds up some of the key innovations exhibited at the recent Ecobuild event.

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Exterior branding is child’s play Astley, one of the UK’s leading creative signage manufacturers, recently specified robust and highly aesthetic exterior facade panels by Formica Group for the building frontage of the Morrisons Kiddicare stores in Nottingham, Merry Hill, Thurrock, Aintree and Rotherham. Not only did the exterior solution meet the demands for performance, they also fitted with the building’s environmental objectives.

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orking with the project manager and procurement teams from Kiddicare, we researched a range of materials that would fulfil the brief and achieve the desired look,” says Paul Allan, Sales Manager at Astley. “A material which looked like wood and had a real ‘feel me’ appearance was specified for the facade of the building. At the same time we needed a material that would be robust and lightweight to withstand the elements and provided the possibility of finding the right colour – VIVIX panels proved ideal thanks to the colour choice and quality offered.” With a decorative surface on both sides,VIVIX panels offer opportunities to play with colour and shape. Developed in consultation with leading architects, VIVIX architectural panels are available in plain colours with sophisticated neutrals

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and striking accents, nature-inspired abstract patterns and rich woodgrains. The VIVIX range provides the possibility to create exclusive looks in a creative and cost efficient way, providing the necessary thermal insulation to bring energy efficiency up to 21st century standards. In addition to facades and cladding,VIVIX panels are suitable for exterior applications such as balconies, decorative screening and fencing or to accent an entrance way of a building. They can be used to differentiate between floors or levels, or simply to design an innovative pattern to make a building stand out.

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Greenhouse as determined by Formica Group’s Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). LCA tracks the ecological effects of a product throughout its lifespan from raw material procurement, manufacture and transport, to its use, reuse and disposal. VIVIX exterior facade panels are Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain of Custody (COC) certified and carry the Carbon Trust Carbon Reduction label.

Active defense As part of a lightweight ventilated facade system VIVIX panels contribute to a building’s thermal efficiency and its protection. The panels can be installed to act as a defense against water penetration and aid the prevention of the adverse effects of moisture on a building’s finish and structural components. The continuous circulation of air in the cavity created between the inner structure and the outer cladding skin helps moisture to evaporate and helps not only keep the building dry but well insulated. Used alongside a recommended sub-frame attachment system,VIVIX panels can accommodate insulation thicknesses of up to 200mm that can be incorporated together with the designed cavity on the outboard side of a building within the rainscreen system. This gives architects many options when designing a building where internal insulation is not an option.

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then mounted on the front of the building to bring the entrance of the superstore to life,” explains further Paul Allan. At the Nottingham store materials were trialled for their ease of application and flexibility in order to take the original design and make it signage reality.VIVIX panels can be fabricated away from the building for efficiency, but if required they can easily be cut on site. They can be installed using a variety of fixing systems, from simple timber battens to proprietary metal systems and hung by visible facefixing or by concealed fixing arrangements depending on the aesthetic requirement. The panels can easily be cut into a variety of shapes and sizes to express a whole variety of design concepts. Paul Allan continues to add: “VIVIX panels provided us with an easy to use material which ticked all the boxes of our brief – stylish, durable, and virtually maintenance free. What was also very important for us was the fact that the product is manufactured locally to our business which fits with our environmental objectives and supports the region’s economy.” To truly understand the environmental impact of Formica Group products, an analysis of the effect on the environment from cradle to grave was necessary. VIVIX panels are manufactured in the United Kingdom to ISO 9001 standards and cause minimal environmental impact

VIVIX panels are resistant to impact and abrasion and are weather resistant

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Greenhouse Minimal disruption

The advantages of this type of rainscreen application become especially apparent when refurbishing a building. An old housing block of flats which has poor thermal insulation due to the age of the building, can be redesigned to include energy saving modern materials that will provide outstanding insulative performance. These materials, together with VIVIX facade panels, can completely transform a concrete or brick building into one with a modern design now wrapped around as well as potentially reducing the running cost. At the same time tenants of such a building will experience minimal disruption as all the installation work is carried out on the outside of the building. VIVIX panels are resistant to impact and abrasion, are weather resistant and can enhance the life span of a building. Having undergone rigorous testing for severe use in accordance with EN438 parts 6&7 as standard,VIVIX panels have also been accredited by the British Board of Agrément and have been awarded the BBA certificate number 10-4747. They include double-sided UV protection as standard.VIVIX panels are manufactured in the United Kingdom and factories across Europe to ISO 9001 standards. Manufacturing plants in Europe are accredited to ISO 14001 environmental management system.

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Sustainability in Development

Seasonal flexibility

At the core of the sustainability of the building is the flexible, adaptive facade systems

Sustainability is strategic to what is one of the most advanced commercial projects in Bulgaria, the Sopharma Litex Towers. In order to effectively use half the energy consumption of similar buildings, Architectonika of Sofia collaborated closely with consultants and suppliers on the project.

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“Sopharma Litex Towers incorporate optimised heat transmission in every season, reducing the reliance on bought in energy. It makes use of solar radiation in order to help heat the building in winter with the buildings’ energy consumption rated at 70 kWh/m2/year. In milder seasons it has been as low as 40 kWh/m2/year, which compares extremely favourable against the average energy consumption of office buildings in Bulgaria of around 150-200 kWh/m2/year. “By the very nature of its design we have been able to achieve a halving of the energy usage and in the process attained a class A rating giving the buildings a low energy footprint which was one of the main requirements of the developers.” Hailed as a milestone in the country’s urban development programme, the project was the first of its type in Sofia designed to seamlessly integrate with urban planning of the capital. At every stage of the design process close cooperation with the municipality streamlined the development to best integrate with the existing architecture, but also future plans for the area. Designed to complement the local environment, the buildings offer a mixed

use with shops and restaurants on the two lower levels and quality business space on the upper floors. All together the towers have some 31,440m2 of office space along with 11,412m2 of retail space and underground parking for over 500 vehicles.

Uninterrupted light Strategically located on the outskirts of the city centre, the development is within walking distance of the city’s metro system and just far enough from the centre so as not to add to traffic congestion. All significant considerations in the developers aim regarding sustainability and social responsibility. Synergy between the various systems and the construction of the towers was fundamental to realising the architect’s vision for an eye-catching, high performance, energy efficient development. A distinctive feature of the towers is that they step back at the 16th, 19th and 22nd floor levels and the angular design further facilitates uninterrupted natural light levels. Key to achieving the desired design concepts of sustainability and energy efficiency architects on the project

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he three towers incorporate breathable facades designed to accommodate the continental seasons of Sofia, maximising natural energy available in the form of solar gain and natural light. Architect Dimitar Paskalev of Architectonika Ltd, Sofia, explains:

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Sustainability in Development

Reynaers’ double glazed aluminium curtain wall incorporates RETROSolar blinds with active guiding system within the cavity

Architectonika and developers Sopharma and Litex was the collaboration with facade consultant Dr. Helmut Koester, physicist engineer Kiril Velkovsky, fabricators Kristian Nelko 90 and Reynaers Aluminium. Outcome of that collaboration was the development of a bespoke, double skin, breathable, closed cavity facade of Reynaers double glazed aluminium curtain wall incorporating RETROSolar blinds with active guiding system within the cavity. Based on the French technology facades respirantes, all together the facades on the three towers cover some 20,000m2, 14,000m2 of which is the bespoke elements. Each unit weighs up to 1000kg with the maximum dimensions being 2800 x 4400 mm.

Integration of the blind system is between the inner and outer facades with a fixed louvre system positioned in front of the ventilation windows. Special aluminium clad insulated panels are incorporated on the outside and include air intakes directly in front of the raised floor. A crucial element in achieving the buildings’ low energy footprint was the integration of the RETROSolar blinds between the Reynaers facades. Not only are they designed to achieve high energy efficiency but also reflect diffused natural

light deeper into the building by as much as 9m. This has significantly reduced the reliance on artificial light during daylight helping to reduce the energy usage still further while providing a pleasant working environment. Each building has its own meteorological station linked to the Building Management System (BMS) which in turn monitors and controls the heating, lighting, energy and waste processing. Taking the external climatic conditions the BMS adjusts accordingly the climate throughout the different areas of the building taking into account whether it is in full sunlight, partial sunlight or shade. Within local areas of the building occupants have the ability to manually adjust the environmental settings. “What we have achieved by combining all the systems is an ideal environment given the prevailing external conditions whatever the season,” adds Architect Dimitar Paskalev. At the core of the sustainability of the building is the flexible, adaptive facade systems that are both breathable and responsive to solar energy and natural light. Collectively, and interlinked with the Building Management System,

Optimum insulation The curtain wall system on which the bespoke system was based is the Reynaers CW86-EF, a unitised facade which allows pre-assembly of the units at the fabricator’s premises prior to delivery on site. This results in fast installation at the construction site and the system facilitates the integration of high insulation CS86-HI opening windows. These multi-chamber windows combine aesthetic design with optimum stability and high thermal insulation achieving U-values down to 1.2 W/m2K, making them highly energy efficient. To obtain improved thermal values, the double skin is not ventilated but a vapour pressure equilibration is created through openings with filters in the bottom of the frames to alleviate any condensation of the exterior glass.

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Multi-chamber windows combine aesthetic design with optimum stability and high thermal insulation

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Sustainability in Development the adaptive facade makes active use of natural daylight and solar energy maximising the heat and solar radiation streams between the exterior and interior of the buildings. Throughout the seasons the system actively regulates the energy streams to provide an ideal interior micro climate by optimising thermal protection and effectively using solar energy to reduce heating consumption.

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Similarly, active use of natural light deep into the interior of the building further helps reduce energy usage. For example, in the summer the system optimises solar gain guarding against overheating which in turn greatly reduces the requirement on power consumption for cooling systems. “Conceptually the buildings have a totally flexible system that reacts to energy flows according to the conditions and requirements of the building similar to that of the human skin,” explained Kiril Velkovsky. As the towers incorporate extremely high percentages of glazing on the facades, up to 76%, there is a real requirement to control the internal environment. For such a high percentage of glazed area, energy parameters and adaptability are key aspects to sustainability and energy efficient design. The adaptive facade with its integrated retro-optical sun protection system, managed by the BMS with intelligent algorithms, regulates external effects on the internal micro climate of the building. Here the interaction with the BMS is critical in adjusting the adaptive system actively contributing to each building’s energy management system. “Our ability to work closely with architects and achieve bespoke system solutions to the benefit of individual developments is a particular strength of the company,” says Paul Duffy, Sales Director of Reynaers. “The breadth of expertise in projects throughout the world allows us to harness experience in association with our own Reynaers Institute for development and testing of bespoke systems in order to offer sustainability solutions across our product range.”

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Voice of the Industry

With office occupancy levels at an unprecedented low, it is essential that the traditional workplace adapts to suit modern working behaviour. Martin Atkinson, Managing Director of PiMS Workspace examines what the future holds for the office building and how it can adapt to accommodate tomorrow’s workforce.

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Architects must address the need for office buildings to be adaptable, versatile and flexible

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he recent advances in mobile technology, cloud computing and trends in flexible working have revolutionised the way we work. The days of being desk bound from 9-5 within the company building are over.We can now work from virtually anywhere – homes to hotels, airport lounges to railway platforms – and as a result, there are less people in office buildings now than ever before. Some claim this change in modern working behaviour will spell the end of the office, but whilst remote working and virtual communication can improve productivity, they will never replace the necessity for face to face interaction,

Multi-occupancy office In the UK most office buildings are only ever around 50% occupied and as the rise in flexible working continues, office space requirements are decreasing. As a result of the vast decline in need for space, shared occupancy in office buildings will naturally rise. Subsequently, various companies will occupy office areas ranging from small plots to quantities of floors in one particular building. Such shared occupancy will demand that architects address the need for office buildings to be adaptable, versatile and flexible in their use so that they easily cater for change. Offices will need to offer large open spaces that will be divided with ease, allowing for expansion or reduction with scalable boundaries and easily accessed features for all resident organisations. Partitions for example, will need to be transferable by using materials such as glass so they can easily and swiftly be remounted and moved from one place to another to segregate or grow areas of the office,

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incidental communication, team collaboration, information sharing and relationship development. Such interactions are not only essential for us as people, but also vital to the success of an organisation. However, for the office building to adapt to the age of flexibility and facilitate the requirements of today’s worker, it must first evolve to become an environment that addresses modern working behaviour.


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Voice of the Industry without any major construction work. Flooring will need to offer easy access to wiring, cabling and air conditioning, enabling complete flexibility for quick reconfiguration.This will allow for swift changes if occupancy steps up or if new areas of the office are sublet or expanded. Features such as toilets, lifts and corridors should also be situated centrally so that all individual occupants within the building have easy and direct access to them. Demountable partitions, movable walls, raised flooring, and standardised furniture and fixtures will make reconfiguring office space both easier and cheaper. Overall, the building will need to be as flexible as its occupants, and ready for the movement of communities of nomadic workers.

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The future of flexibility For years, offices were designed to cater for each individual staff member, but with so few stationary workers, designated desks are quickly becoming outdated. Recent research from Citrix on the future of the workplace revealed that in 2020, 64% of employees will base themselves from various semi-permanent locations. The increase in remote working will mean that environments need to be built and designed to be spaces that temporarily house staff through hot desking or hoteling – a reservation based method of office seating.

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Partitions will need to be transferable by using materials such as glass so they can easily and swiftly be remounted

Most importantly office buildings will need open and adaptable spaces to support a wide range of settings which offer staff various appropriate spaces to work.There is no longer a necessity for the workplace to reflect its hierarchy in designated floor space, so cellular, personal offices around the perimeter of the building will become a thing of the past. Instead of desk spaces, all members of staff will work in activity based areas. Spaces such as collaboration zones, café style hubs, privacy rooms, focus booths, lounges and recreational rooms will encourage workers to utilise the area most appropriate for a specific task. For the office building of the future to be successful, it must be a transient environment. It is essential that architects address the fact that people no longer work in one specific place, and that our office buildings reflect this.The office must be an environment that can bridge the gap between work and life, bringing and attracting workers back to a central building. Because of this, it needs to be adaptable, offering workspace versatility. It must provide the worker with qualities that the restaurant, café or a home provide. So good amenities, comfort, convenience,

ease of access and use, are all intrinsic. Workspaces must be interesting and appealing enough to make staff want and need to return, regularly and consistently. Most importantly they should inspire the communication, relationship development, collaboration, and human contact that is lost when working remotely.

When multiple organisations occupy an office, they also require a building that enables them to come together as a community. A good place to start is by considering the ground floor as a central and entirely neutral point. The floor should house a single reception area used for all resident organisations, but moreover it should be designed to service all the occupants, offering a multi-purpose space that effectively acts as a small town. This environment should offer units that can be contracted out to service providers offering shops, coffee bars and eateries and acting as an internal high street.This aids unity in the building, providing space for meetings and interactions and it also creates a more seamless blend from work and the outside for the flexible worker.This has already been done in many large offices, but as the office building evolves it will need to become more commonplace.

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A sustainable flooring solution The development of resin based decorative flooring systems has presented the specifier with a durable and aesthetic alternative to vinyl, carpet or timber but with mounting pressure to incorporate sustainable practices into any building design, does this versatile flooring solution have the environmental performance to match?

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ne of the key ways to measure the sustainability of a product such as resin flooring is through Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), a standardised method which is increasingly being recognised throughout the construction industry as the best way to evaluate the sustainability of products and systems throughout their life cycle. There are a number of factors that contribute to the LCA of resin flooring systems – energy saving production processes, transport, economy of installation, useful life, removal, disposal and recycling – all contribute to the environmental impact of the product. With a ‘Cradle to Grave’ approach LCA investigates the potential environmental impact of a product from raw material extraction through to final disposal at the end of its useful life. The LCA method has been adopted by global building products manufacturer Sika, a major contributor to sustainable innovation. Sika is a globally active speciality chemicals company operating in sectors including building and construction as well as manufacturing industries where the company supplies the automotive, bus, truck, rail, solar and wind power plants and facades sectors.

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With a presence in over 80 countries, the company operates a genuine commitment to developing partnerships, trust and global sustainability. Resin flooring in a commercial environment is one area where Sika’s systems are making the most impact as the environmental impact of the company’s flooring systems, such as ComfortFloor, is measured through the potential impact of the raw materials used to create the product, the use of the product and the end-of-life phase.

require a damp proof membrane, levelling compounds and adhesives. During use, these flooring systems are classified by the most demanding international standards as Very Low emission flooring solutions. In addition, they can generally be refurbished by overcoating with a lower thickness than applied originally, thereby reducing costs, energy and resources compared with other flooring technologies. Sika’s flooring systems are designed to fulfil an almost endless combination of functional and aesthetic requirements and meet all industry requirements for mechanical and chemical resistance, impermeability and fire resistance. As an alternative to traditional hard wearing finishes, they can serve any number of specifier demands on a wide range of projects. Joint free and easy to maintain, they are an ideal choice to meet the high aesthetic requirements of commercial and public buildings and can be used in schools, offices, retail, leisure as well as meeting the strict hygiene standards of the healthcare industry. They are also an ideal choice to meet the demands of manufacturing facilities, airports and shopping malls where a durable floor is a must.

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Facades and graining, the appearance of the facade panels will not fade over time, even in intense UV light. Hotel La Tour was always intended to stand out in terms of design concept and colour scheme. Set over a triangular podium, the concept design features a folding plan form, with hotel accommodation divided into two black and white blocks of unequal height, with dramatic towering end elevations and glazed lanterns at significant points. The monochromatic aesthetic has been achieved through the installation of over 4300m2 of ceramic granite facade panelling, with gleaming white facades in natural travertine effect finish providing a striking counterpoint to the highly polished black ceramic granite elevations and the hotel’s darkened glazing.

Hotel La Tour establishes new identity Shackerley’s ceramic granite facades have played a major part in the creation of a unique and striking brand identity for Hotel La Tour, perfectly complementing the ultra modern design of the company’s £24m flagship hotel in Birmingham.

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HP Architects of Northampton specified Sureclad ceramic granite ventilated cladding in two starkly contrasting colours and textures to provide a dramatic outer envelope for this landmark building, the first of five city centre 4-star hotels that Hotel La Tour is hoping to open across the UK. Ventilated cladding was a logical way to achieve the sleek and contemporary styling required for the 174-bedroom hotel, protecting its reinforced concrete structure whilst allowing for thermal and acoustic insulation to be installed to external elevations.

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PHP specified ceramic granite for the external facades because of its attractive premium quality appearance, its strength and hardness, durability and low maintenance properties. Although it has the aesthetic appeal of naturally hewn stone, it is an engineered material with none of the flaws and weaknesses of granite or marble. Fully vitrified and impermeable, it represents an ideal cladding solution as it is unaffected by climatic extremes, impervious to airborne pollutants and algae growth and resistant to acids and alkalis. Even graffiti can be removed with ease. With its through-body colouring, patterning

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The facade panels were prefabricated off site at the Lancashire manufacturer’s ISO 9001 accredited production facilities, fitted with metal straps secured by a stainless steel undercut anchorage system to facilitate rapid installation in conjunction with Shackerley’s patented Sureclad Access System. Hotel La Tour Birmingham has added to the city’s stock of contemporary architecture and has very quickly established itself as one of its top hotels. Adrian Colman, Operations Director for the hotel group, comments: “We have set out to build a new brand in city centre hotels. As our flagship venue, the new hotel in Birmingham is critically important in showcasing our values, and the design and finish of the building, with its eyecatching ceramic granite and glass envelope, have been crucial in achieving this.”

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Paints, Coatings & Finishes brushes and from paint tins disposed of in landfill.

Harmful impact

Jubiloo’s walls, ceilings and doors feature oak veneered MDF coated with water repellent Earthborn Wood Stain

Looking beyond aesthetics

As well as being harmful to the environment,VOCs are known to affect people’s health, causing chest complaints, aggravating allergies and contributing to sick building syndrome.They have also been found to be carcinogenic; painters are known to suffer a far higher than normal incidence of cancers. Acrylic softeners have been found to disrupt the body’s endocrine system and impact upon fertility. Contrary to the 20th century wisdom of conventional paint manufacturers who advised sealing a wall, it is now thought that the breathability of paint is vitally important for the fabric of a building.

Woodsmoke, a neutral shade of Earthborn Claypaint, maximises light in the stairwell at Ecotricity’s retail centre

John Dison, Managing Director of Earthborn, says that while the level of VOCs in paint is now controlled by legislation, many paints can still pose a hazard to the environment and health.

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hidden aspects of paint use – its effects on the environment, the health of building occupants and even the building itself. There is now little argument that many ingredients in conventional paints are potentially hazardous to both health and the environment.The volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and acrylic softeners found in many paints are given off both during painting and for many years following application. Nearly all paints contain VOCs to some extent, even some of those described by their manufacturers as natural or eco paints. Generally, it is oil based paints that are associated with high VOC levels, acrylic softeners and preservatives, but these substances can also be found in many water-based paints. Recognised as greenhouse gases, VOCs and other harmful emissions are released into the atmosphere during paint application.They also find their way into the environment via drains when cleaning

If you seal walls and ceilings, you risk damaging the building as damp with nowhere to go will eventually blow the paint and plaster off, in extreme cases it can cause damage to the structure of the building. Eco is the adjective most generally used for paints with low or zero VOC content, but there is confusion in the marketplace about eco paints, even in the trade itself. So, what should specifiers look out for? In 2007 the EU imposed maximum levels for VOCs in paint as part of its strategy to reduce carbon emissions, but these are relatively high compared to the level recommended by environmentalists. Whilst many paint companies promote their paints’ compliance with the updated, 2010 VOC regulations, doesn’t it make sense to go straight for zero VOC paints?

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However, keep an eye out for paints which, while declaring low or zero VOC content, contain harmful acrylic softeners, ammonia or formaldehydes. To ensure that paint will not emit harmful chemicals once it has been applied, seek those which are certified emission free. While some eco paints may be good for the environment, their practicality may not compare favourably with conventional paints. Look out for modern formulations of eco paint that are designed to be extremely practical, offering ease of use, excellent covering power and a long lasting, hardwearing, wipeable finish. The most reliable method of ensuring a truly eco friendly paint is to specify the EU Ecolabel or a paint manufactured by a member of ENAP (the European Association of Natural Paint Producers). Europe’s definitive environmental standard, the Ecolabel ensures that products make minimal impact on the environment throughout their life cycle – during manufacture, use and disposal – and do not harm the health of people using or living with them.

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Eco paint choices Interior walls and ceilings • Emulsion – several eco emulsions exist, most are water based but may still contain VOCs and acrylics. • Limewash – very traditional, but preparation can be a specialist job, colour range is limited and not necessarily compatible with modern living. • Claypaint – increasingly known as the ‘ultimate eco paint’, this Earthborn product is probably the most breathable paint available and offers an exceptional finish and colour range. Interior or exterior woodwork • Plant oil based – offering a certain degree of environmental benefits over conventional oil based gloss, eggshell and varnish. • Water based – far more environmentally friendly, there are a number of water based eggshells and varnishes on the market, containing varying levels of chemicals such as VOCs and acrylics.

John Bison, Managing Director of Earthborn

Jubiloo eyes up wood stain With the iconic London Eye as your neighbour, any new building would need to meet stringent design standards. Even a public loo. Public convenience operator Healthmatic achieved that with a striking, environmentally aware design for its Golden Jubilee themed Jubiloo. The amount of natural light falling inside the building presented a specification challenge for the cubicle walls, ceilings and doors. Made from oak veneered MDF, a clear finish was needed, with UV filters, to enhance and protect the veneer. Roger Berry, Managing Director of Healthmatic, says: “We wanted a high performance, exterior wood finish with impeccable environmental credentials because the design needed to be as sustainable as possible. Earthborn Wood Stain met all our criteria.” Water based and breathable, yet totally water repellent, Earthborn Wood Stain gives a flexible finish that resists flaking and blistering and does not yellow with time. Unlike other water based varnishes, it does not contain any oils or acrylics. That means it is totally free of VOCs and other harmful emissions , making it safer and more pleasant to use as well as better for the environment.

Claypaint is natural green choice When green energy company Ecotricity set up a retail centre in Stroud, Gloucestershire, it was keen to demonstrate that sustainable refurbishment is possible, even with a tired concrete building from the 1970s. Trevor Saunders, Head of Special Projects at Ecotricity, says: “We made very specific choices throughout, to ensure that we minimised our environmental impact as far as possible. “For the internal paintwork, we recognised there was no stronger statement in the world of environmentally friendly paints than Earthborn. It is an industry leading range with the credentials to back it up, including Ecolabel approval.” Earthborn Claypaint was specified for all internal walls. Free of VOCs and harmful emissions, Claypaint is an exciting alternative to emulsion. It provides a distinctive, soft matt finish with great covering power and performance.

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Legal & Business In accordance with the RRO, by specifying a fire door contractors share responsibility in its performance

Specification compliance As the construction industry faces another year of uncertainty, the pressure remains for contractors to come in under budget on building projects for both public and private sectors. Unfortunately, this results in sub-standard products being specified and potentially putting the building users’ lives at risk in the event of a fire.

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Door competence Members of the BWF-CERTIFIRE Fire Door and Doorset Scheme supply third-party certificated fire doors and doorsets that have been tested in a UKAS approved facility to standards BS476 part 22 or EN 1634, demonstrating the fire door’s competency. The design and manufacturing process is also scrutinised, ensuring that every fire door made meets the ISO 9001: 2008 quality management system. This ensures doors are made in the correct way and with the correct materials. Third-party certification outweighs ‘selfdeclaration’, where a manufacturer claims to comply with standards, or simply producing a test certificate. Neither of the other options can guarantee that the fire door will perform to its full capacity or that it has been tested to its full capacity. It is possible to tell whether a door is third-party certificated by BWFCERTIFIRE by its distinctive label, displayed on the door. This label is part of a unique system that identifies the members name and contact details, the certification number, a unique serial number for each door and its rating. By sticking to the fire door specification on a construction project, contractors’ risks are reduced and the loss of lives is minimised. Investing in third-party certificated fire doors and components is investing in saving lives, and safety must be paramount.

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n response to budget pressures, the BWF-CERTIFIRE has launched a new campaign warning those responsible to ‘Stick to the Spec’ when specifying fire doors. The message delivered by the ‘Stick to the Spec’ campaign is simple: stay safe, save lives and stick to the specification. It is the responsibility of the contractor to choose quality products that will minimise risks when choosing fire doors. Being negligent in this area could result in disastrous consequences and the specifier plays a part in that responsibility. The campaign has identified key areas where contractors and their clients may be most vulnerable if a specification is ignored. These include lack of adequate insurance protection, non-compliance with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order, non-compliance with Building Regulations, in particular Regulation 38, and of course insufficient protection for life or property. In accordance with the RRO, by specifying a fire door contractors share responsibility in its performance. Ensuring

fire doors are third-party certificated is one way the specifier and contractor can guarantee greater safety and ensure that the door will meet the required standards. The ‘Stick to the Spec’ campaign offers guidance and support to contractors to enable them to make the right decisions and ensure the safety of others. The campaign includes three months of advertising on targeted news websites to reach contractors, PR, video and promotion of a new, free fact card on compliance with Building Regulation 38.

John Fletcher, Manager of the BWF-CERTIFIRE scheme, is responsible for overseeing activities and campaigns to increase the standards of fire doors across the supply chain in the UK.

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Energy Management

Reducing the performance gap Dr Kerry Mashford, CEng FIMechE FRSA, Chief Executive of the National Energy Foundation explains how the decisions taken at design can minimise the difference between actual and predicted energy use in buildings.

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everal themes are beginning to emerge in our understanding of the gap between actual and predicted energy use in buildings – overly complex building management systems and controls, poorly configured sub-metering, too much lighting, sub-optimal building fabric and services play a part, in isolation or collectively, in impacting the building’s actual energy usage. Decisions made at specification and design stages set the foundation for a holistic approach to maximising all aspects of building performance – and particularly influence the extent to which the gap between ‘as designed’ and ‘realised’ energy performance can be closed – at the very outset of the building’s inception. For the architect, the focus continues to be the twin considerations of buildability and usability, ensuring that the envisaged design can be realised and the building can be used as the designer intended.The overall fabric performance of the building is unlikely to meet design predictions if poor ‘buildability’ introduces construction difficulties – and the same goes for the performance of services, if constraints occur in translating design schematics into physical installations.

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Consideration of usability during the design stage, coupled with a bias towards simplicity and intuitive operation, is likely to avoid many common failings in commissioning, set-up and during operation. User-friendly manual controls should not be rejected in favour of complex, remote control.Too much or uncontrollable lighting can be avoided through cost-effective PIR and LED solutions. Heating and ventilation systems that work together, and not against each other, will minimise occupants’ physical actions in overriding controls to improve comfort (e.g. doors being wedged open). In the longer term, these factors along with poor maintenance and repair, and system degradation, all lead to energy usage way above that expected.

Early integration The National Energy Foundation strives to understand the differences between expected and actual energy performance in buildings, and works in real-life settings to close this gap. The professionals involved at the earliest stages of a project set the parameters of the minimum disparity between designed and actual energy use. As such, these professionals can also deliver lower costs, energy savings and reduced carbon emissions during their project tenure – and over the building’s life.

Decisions made at specification and design stages set the foundation for a holistic approach to maximising all aspects of building performance

meet occupant needs and deliver optimal performance. Engaging future users and managers in the delivery process, and using recognised measurement and monitoring protocols, increases the possibility of performance evaluation discovering the root causes of discrepancies. Setting aside a very small percentage of the construction budget to undertake building performance evaluation and optimisation, enables building performance to be quantified, compared and analysed – and the residual performance gap further reduced. If designers and developers continue their involvement with a project into this evaluation period, the knowledge gained can, and should, feed into future specifications and designs, closing the loop and successively narrowing the performance gap. Having an independent ‘energy adviser’ at key stages of the development can, for relatively small expenditure, identify areas where disparities between designed and predicted energy use are beginning to creep into the project – and save significant amounts of money and energy – over time.

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Appoint management For a well-designed building, commissioning and hand-over should be relatively painless. The rationale of why the building is designed, or systems configured, in a particular way is rarely passed on to the group of people who will be responsible for its on-going management.There is no such thing as “set and forget”; the BMS needs systematic, frequent review to

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Design & Desire

Complex restoration

The recently-completed Central Library in Liverpool is more than a masterclass in renovation. It also showcases how a facility can regain its importance in the public realm through careful space planning and the addition of new areas that will make the library more relevant in today’s world.

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taff at the Liverpool Libraries & Information Services are in the throes of transferring four million items back into the Central Library after a £50m restoration and redevelopment project completed in early 2013. It signifies the culmination of years of planning by Liverpool City Council and a vision for the library to not only regain its prominence among the city’s residents but also to become a tourist attraction in its own right. In July 2010 a 27-year PFI contract was signed with the Inspire Partnership, the project delivery team comprising International Public Partnerships and main contractor Shepherd Construction, together with architect Austin-Smith: Lord (ASL) and Cofely as providers of facilities management services. Before work began the library comprised a mix of buildings and styles. The library dated back to 1860 when it was known as the William Brown library and museum. In 1879 the Picton Reading Room, designed by Cornelius Sherlock to mirror the rotunda of London’s British Museum, was added.Then in 1906 the Hornby Library was built, followed by the Oak Room in 1914. Extensive bombing during the Second World War meant that much of the original William Brown library was destroyed, apart from the facade, and newer extensions were built in the 1950s and 1970s that had already fallen into disrepair. Essentially, the vision was to see the historic sections restored; spaces remodelled to make them more accessible to the public and suited to the modern-day library; and new spaces added that would

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blend in with the traditional features.This added to the complexity of the project as it was of paramount importance that the historic features were not compromised while public accessibility was increased. The library is located within a UNESCO World Heritage site and the older sections are grade ll* listed. Shepherd began work on the project in November 2010 and one of the first challenges faced was the demolition of the newer sections while retaining the library’s historic facade.The side walls of the library had to be carefully separated from the adjoining buildings, the World Museum Liverpool and Walker Art Gallery. With valuable artefacts and priceless collections in the neighbouring buildings located just feet away from where

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Design & Desire A terrace has been created on the rooftop, overlooking St John’s Gardens, and featuring the 174.7m² ‘ribcage’ dome

The council is predicting more than one million visitors will visit the library in the first 12 months once it re-opens this May

The vision was to see new spaces added that would blend in with the traditional features

excavator and long reach excavator fitted with a rotating pulveriser. The restoration of the original fabric of the grade ll listed sections was an intricate process as numerous planning consents had to be sought. Each consent had to be recorded and then signed off by the council’s conservation officer before a sample was made.This was then either approved or altered before final sign-off was given.

Meticulous attention The work was painstaking and required exquisite attention to detail. For instance, a material particle analysis survey was conducted to match the original colours used in the 1879 paint scheme. Similarly, the exterior stone colonnade on the Picton Reading Room included a repeated corbel pattern incorporating 15 liver birds. When it came to restoring the dome of the Picton Library, the listed status presented the project team with a sizeable challenge.The team wanted to protect the dome from the elements and create a clear span to allow the specialist restoration of the zinc cladding and glazed oculus light. However the temporary roof scaffold design had to take account of the fact that few physical ties could be fixed to the building facades. Shepherd collaborated closely with HT Scaffolding to create a bespoke tent structure to accommodate the 36-metre span that was moved into position on special purpose nylon wheels. Given the tight site logistics and the aim of minimising the carbon footprint, M&E partner SES manufactured more than 60% of its components using its off-

site facility, PRISM. The new build element includes the repository, which has been built to the latest British Standards for Repository and Archive storage (BS5454). For this section, SES designed a modular system solution and the post-tensioned concrete structure was constructed to extremely tight tolerances to ensure an optimum internal environment will be maintained to protect the 14kms of archive material.This will include priceless collections and historic artefacts dating back 800 years. Now that work is complete the library is already creating a stir with its bold new image. Austin-Smith:Lord’s design has struck a balance between the authentic restoration of the original imposing architecture and the addition of contemporary spaces. Despite working within the confines of listed building consent, which limited the size of the main entrance, a feeling of grandeur has been created with the addition of a granite literary pavement inset with the titles of famous literary and cinematic works that were publicallychosen. From the entrance, visitors will move into the huge light-filled atrium with domed roof within the new five-storey building. This will house reading and information floors, which will include double the number of public access computers as well as iPads and a gaming pod. A public café will operate at pavement level. Meeting rooms will also be accommodated within the new building along with the repository located to the rear.

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demolition was taking place, Shepherd developed a strict vibration monitoring protocol. A professor of acoustics from Liverpool University was consulted as there were no British Standards or guidance to follow. He recommended that seismographs linked to computers should be installed in the adjoining buildings. Any vibrations would trigger the computer to send text messages to the relevant team members and work would be suspended until the cause was investigated. With the seismographs in place, separation was successfully completed using computer-controlled Brokk demolition equipment, a 30-tonne

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Fact File: Client: Liverpool City Council Main contractor: Shepherd Construction Architect: Austin-Smith:Lord Building Services Engineer: Buro Happold M&E: SES Civil & Structural Engineers: RoC Consulting Restoration Specialist: William Anelay

A terrace has been created on the rooftop, overlooking St John’s Gardens, and featuring the 174.7m² ‘ribcage’ dome, created through the use of glazing and glulam structural members.

Sense of grandeur The side elevation of the repository makes an equally bold statement with a 20-metre high granite panel listing 53 writers that have ties to Liverpool, flanked by Tecu gold cladding. The historic Hornby Library and Oak Room will now both be open to the public for the first time, and so too will the sunken circular amphitheatre-style space in the basement of the Picton Library. This retains many of the original features including ornate architraving and steel ceiling trusses but with feature lighting, a performance stage, modern ICT stations and disabled access ramps, the space has been transformed and will become the children’s ‘Discover’ library. The success of the project will ultimately be measured by the number of visitors and their experience of using

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the library. Already though, the Council is predicting more than one million visitors will visit the library in the first 12 months once it re-opens this May, more than double the previous average figure. Peter Millett, Director of major projects for Shepherd Construction commented: “It is great to see the culmination of our team’s work resulting in such a magnificent

The side elevation features a 20-metre high granite panel listing 53 writers that have ties to Liverpool, flanked by Tecu gold cladding

building being restored and developed. We’re proud to have worked on such a challenging project that has necessitated extremely close collaboration with the project team and our supply chain to overcome numerous hurdles. “We look forward to seeing the library become a real landmark within Liverpool once again, as well as providing a fantastic 21st century facility for the public.” Liverpool City Council’s cabinet member for culture and tourism, Councillor Wendy Simon, said: “To see the building transform from a tired, dark venue into a stunning, welcoming library has been wonderful. “The intricate work which has been undertaken has had magnificent results and there is already a buzz across the city about the re-opening in May, with many people keen to see the new-look Central Library. “It’s a real credit to all those involved that Liverpool now has one of the most modern, attractive and user-friendly libraries and records office in the UK.”

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The library is located within a UNESCO World Heritage site and the older sections are grade ll* listed

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HVAC

Lessons in comfort

The University of Brighton has recently completed a second set of premises for its Hastings Campus with the creation of the £7.5m Priory Square scheme. The development sees the renovation and extension of the 1930s Post Office building in Hastings’ Priory Quarter and is a significant milestone for higher education in the area.

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Using Jaga’s low mass, low water content Low-H2O heat exchangers, the Mini Canal saves energy costs while remaining ultraresponsive to temperature changes. As part of Jaga’s consultative, practical, problemsolving approach, all trenches for this project were delivered fully assembled and pre-tested, ready to fit for improved quality and reduced installation costs. The Mini Canal is available in depths starting from just 90mm to 500mm making it ideal for providing supplementary or primary heating across multiple storeys or floating floors. All Mini Canal products are factory pre-tested and are delivered fullyassembled ready to install. Features include rapid heating up speed due to the low mass and low water content, high heat output is achieved with normal and low flow temperatures and a 30 year guarantee. Thanks to the low mass and low water content and high coefficient of heat conduction for low flow temperatures, Mini Canal with its Low-H2O element is ideal to use in combination with high efficiency boilers and/or condensing technology.

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esigned by architect firm Proctor Matthews, the new campus building is part of a regeneration campaign in Hastings town centre which is aimed at forging strong links with the local community and attracting more inward business investment to the South Coast town.The project received funding from the South East England Development Agency (SEEDA), and the University of Brighton – supported by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). The new, six-floor, 3770m2 university building is an impressive, 21st century learning environment which more than doubles the capacity of the current university building. It houses a number of subjects including a particular focus on Science, as well as Applied Social Science, Broadcast Journalism, Computing, English Literature, and Nursing. Glass facades are found on two of the building’s four elevations and this presented the key challenge for building service engineers, Michael Popper Associates, of preventing unwanted cold draughts through the glazing and stopping condensation forming. Their solution was the Jaga Mini Canal trench heating system, fitted directly in front of the glazing. Completely unobtrusive yet offering a powerful heat output, the runs of Mini Canal trenches ensure that the building’s occupants are comfortable at all times. According to Nick Walker, of Michael Popper Associates: “It was an easy decision to make.The Mini Canal is energy-efficient, and provides well-distributed heat for an excellent room temperature without blocking vision through the glass panels.”

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HVAC

Eco living in luxury Daikin Altherma air-to-water heat pumps have been chosen to provide heating and hot water for a development of luxury homes in Nottinghamshire. Oak Tree Court, in Tollerton, is being developed by Chebsey Estates as an exclusive collection of luxury eco homes.

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he aim of the development is to dispel the myth that eco homes are either whimsical “hobbit houses” or have an austere, unappealing design. Instead homes in Oak Tree Court feature traditional masonry construction, with classical architecture and contemporary five-bedroom interiors, complementing their village-edge setting. The specification of these detached homes, however, is far from conventional. The 16 kW Daikin Altherma low temperature split heat pumps, make up one of a number of initiatives that help the properties to achieve a Code for Sustainable Homes level 3. The Dwelling Emission Rate (DER) is 7.28kg of CO2 per m2, 27% lower than Zero Carbon Hub’s 10kg target for 2016. The heat pump comprises an outdoor unit, which is placed discreetly outside. The design of the Daikin Altherma system allows the outdoor unit to be placed up to 50m away from the property, so allowing flexibility of positioning. In addition the heat pump comprises an indoor unit (hydrobox) and a domestic hot water tank. At this development, the heating engineers, e2ecoheat, a trading division of E2 Environmental Engineering, have installed these in the property’s utility room and have cleverly installed the ancillary fittings and connections within one of the cupboard units, so that they fit beautifully into these stylish properties. The heat pumps provide heat to the

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homes through underfloor heating systems and also provide domestic hot water. The hot water systems also benefit from a timed circulating pump and secondary circuit, for which the connection is made available as standard on the Daikin Altherma cylinders. Calculations have shown that the CO2 emissions from the air-to-water heat pumps in these properties are 38% less than a gas boiler and running costs are 46% less over a year. Mark Burton, of e2ecoheat, says: “We are extremely experienced in specifying and installing renewable heating technologies and immediately identified the Daikin Altherma split system as the right option for Oak Tree Court.

“It offers exceptional energy efficiencies and is a perfect low carbon alternative to oil or solid fuel installation, while providing an extremely discreet and stylish solution. We worked closely with Daikin UK to ensure a speedy but quality installation.” Other energy efficient features include the removal of stale air from the virtually airtight, highly insulated homes.This is done through a mechanical heat recovery ventilation system that extracts ‘waste’ heat and uses this energy to warm fresh air drawn from outside. Air within the houses is replaced with filtered temperaturecontrolled air every two hours, reducing allergens and improving wellbeing. Water-saving is also part of the design, with aesthetic aerator taps that emit fine droplets, maintaining its pressure while reducing water consumption and splashing. Whereas typical water-use is 150l per person a day, an Oak Tree Court resident can expect to use just 100 litres without changing their habits. Bob and Judy Burlton, who have recently moved into Oak Tree Court, already share a keen interest in energy-saving issues. Mr Burlton, former chief executive of the Midcounties Co-operative and chair of the Co-operative Banking Group, cofounded the Energy Saving Co-operative. This focuses on the reduction of the carbon impact of Britain’s 26 million existing homes. While the flexibility of the overall design is giving Mr and Mrs Burlton greater control over the look and feel of the home they have purchased, it is the energy-saving features that have impressed them most.

A mechanical heat recovery ventilation system removes stale air from the virtually airtight, highly insulated homes

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BM has launched the May Design Series to provide the definitive destination for inspiration for London-based interior design, property, architectural and retail communities that buy and specify for projects around the world. For the first time, these buyers will have the opportunity to make fully informed buying decisions at the end of the European show cycle and see new designs as soon as they are launched. The May Design Series serves to bring together leading practitioners and the finest international brands to form a world-class comprehensive trade show in the heart of London. UBM recognises that buyers visiting these individual shows often have additional needs outside of their direct industry and so it is for this reason that UBM has grouped together these shows to allow these buyers to conveniently and easily cross over into other relevant areas.

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A partnership between UBM and The Society of British Interior Design (SBID) has been struck up by exclusively offering all exhibitors at the show an opportunity to become a preferred supplier. SBID President Vanessa Brady says: “This is a wonderful opportunity for all member sectors including interior designers and manufacturers to participate and provide the highest standard design, surfaces and products for landmark developments. Joined up specification makes perfect sense, it’s the ultimate win for all stakeholders.” UBM Brand Director Andrew Vaughan

encourages this as a “once in a lifetime opportunity” for companies to supply on a very large scale.The agreement will take effect immediately after the trade show.

Aspiring designers Whilst bringing together the design community, the show is also providing a unique opportunity for new interior designers. Ten student groups from the Royal College of Art’s MA Interior Design programme have been shortlisted in a competition to design two public spaces within the event: the DX Bar and the Champagne Bar. The judging panel includes UBM’s Andrew Vaughan and Kali Nicholson, as well as Ab Rogers, Richard Greenwood and Louise Martin from Ab Roger’s Design. The two winning designs will be revealed at the opening of the show. Andrew Vaughan comments: “We’re thrilled to be working with the designers of tomorrow to create two stand-out spaces within our show. We want the May Design Series to be an experience like no other, innovating and improving the worn-out trade show concept. The idea behind the DX Bar and Champagne Bar was to create environments for our visitor community that celebrate our design industry and we’ve seen a really fresh perspective from each of the finalists. The students have all drawn on their individual skills and cultural backgrounds to create something new and exciting that also reflect London’s position as a global design influence.”

In response to the needs of the evolving design community, UBM has created the May Design Series to provide a single destination for four of the most important trade exhibitions; kbb LDN, The ARC Show, DX and INTERIORS LDN. Combining the very best kitchen, bathroom, lighting, fabric, furniture and accessories brands at London ExCel from 19-21 May, the May Design Series promises to be the leading design industry show.

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Sustainability Live Preview

Smart energy showcase This month will see the return of NEMEX energy Live, part of Sustainability Live, at the NEC in Birmingham on 16-18th April 2013. Sustainability Live comprises not just NEMEX energy Live, but IWEX water Live and the brand new EfW EXPO energy from waste Live also.

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he theme of this year’s NEMEX energy Live is New Energy Management Excellence. Responding to the ever-changing marketplace, the show will see a major focus on building energy management systems (BEMS), energy efficiency and innovative energy management – from lighting to building fabrics and software to solar. Like all Sustainability Live shows and seminars, NEMEX is free to attend.

Donna Bushell, Event Director at Sustainability Live, says: “There is so much on offer at NEMEX and all three shows, making it a must-attend event for professionals across the energy, water and energy from waste industries looking to network with like-minded individuals and source the latest product and services information to keep their organisation at the leading edge of innovation.”

Responding to the ever-changing marketplace, the show will see a major focus on building energy management systems

Reflecting the issues and opportunities facing our sector today, the opening session of the NEMEX energy Live seminars, is on Energy Policy, featuring a presentation from the Association for the Conservation of Energy on the Government’s Energy Efficiency Strategy, whilst the DECC session is on the Energy Bill and its current status following its introduction into Parliament last November. Other organisations in the seminar programme include KiWi Power, British Gas, OfGem, the Energy Networks Association, Energy Team, Siemens and NEF. Amongst the many topics being discussed are: Behavioural Change, PV/Solar, the Green Deal and Energy Management Standards. NEMEX energy Live is sponsored by Schneider Electric which will showcase its EcoStruxure and StruxureWare solutions on stand M10. Schneider will present in the Building Energy Management Systems session and take part in a Supply Chain and Procurement seminar, both on Thursday 18th April.

Focus for efficiency NEMEX this year has attracted industry leading exhibitors including Business Stream, which has just reported that it expects to save Glasgow City Council £1.3m through its Gainshare scheme through the life of its contract; BSI, CODEL International and Worldview Learning will be showing new initiatives; Micronics, whose meters were recently installed at a large NHS hospital in Bedfordshire to improve energy monitoring and efficiency, will display new products and Energys Group will show its full range of energy saving devices and talk about how its ‘Save It Easy’ low-energy lighting has helped West Sussex County Council to save 389 tonnes of CO2. Other exhibitors include: NQA, Lucy Switchgear, powerPerfector, EIC, Utility Partnership, Stokvis Energy Systems, IMSERV and Marshall Tufflex. The well-established Environment and Energy Awards, celebrating excellence and innovation from private and public sector businesses and technology providers takes place on the first evening of the event (Tuesday 16th April) at the National Motorcycle Museum.

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Ecobuild Review

Impressive sustainable showcase This year’s Ecobuild brought together a wealth of suppliers, manufacturers and leading associations all catering specifically for a buoyant sustainable building market. Here, FC&A gives a full post-show report and highlights some of the most notable topics of discussion.

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cobuild, the world’s leading event for the built environment and sustainable design took place last month offering an exciting platform for building professionals to learn, source and be inspired. Alongside the extensive offering of products and innovative systems, Ecobuild once again hosted an all-star line up of guest speakers. Ministers and governments officials joined leading organisations such as RIBA, the UK-GBC, Environment Agency, Arup and the Construction Industry Council and took centre stage in the Ecobuild Arena. Top industry names included Rt Hon. Edward Davey MP, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Rt. Hon Michael Fallon MP, Minister for Business and Enterprise, Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, and Mike Putnam, Chief Executive, Skanska UK. In the celebrity line-up Joanna Lumley joined Jonathan Dimbleby as part of the

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Beyond Construction stream. Joanna Lumley is the worldwide ambassador of Plan A, the eco and ethical programme which aims to make M&S the world’s most sustainable major retailer. She has also been instrumental in the high-profile campaign on behalf of Gurkhas’ rights. The Arena itself was a thoughtprovoking showcase highlighting the importance of sustainable green infrastructure. Designed by landscape architect Patrick Collins, the Arena demonstrated methods of enhancing biodiversity and encouraging nature in the city. Once again, Ecobuild offered visitors a feature-rich showcase of attractions, providing valuable information and handson practical experience. Among the highlights included the Future Materials Gallery. This dedicated platform brought together the world’s latest building technologies in a futuristic showcase to educate and inspire the next generation

Ecobuild demonstrated its most impressive showcase of sustainable design, construction and innovation yet

of architects. Innovations such as selfhealing concrete and self-coloured solar panels made this area a popular display. For the installer and HVP market, Practical Installer returned offering live demonstrations and practical information. This dedicated area, opened by Channel 4 TV presenter George Clarke, shed light on solar thermal and heat pumps combined with key aspects of a Green Deal assessment and the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive. Baxi, Uponor and Honeywell were among the key exhibitors in this vital platform. Back by popular demand, the Solar Hub took a new direction this year, demonstrating the best practice and lessons learned from across the UK’s commercial solar PV market. On show was a selection of high profile installations from the UK and beyond, and leading industry experts were available to offer practical guidance and advice relating to timely issues such as the degrading process of solar PV panels. A brand new attraction for 2013 was the Evolution of Light in which visitors were taken on a journey through the history of light in association with Photonstar. Housed inside three giant domes, the Evolution of Light served to inform and educate visitors with the knowledge needed to specify, procure and install lighting solutions in a reliable and cost-effictive way. For those that missed this impressive sustainable showcase, organiser UBM has already announced dates for the 2014 event – 4-6th March. Stay tuned for more details.

www.ecobuild.co.uk Alongside the extensive offering of products and innovative systems, Ecobuild once again hosted an all-star line up of guest speakers

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Stone love for Timberplay at Ecobuild

One of the runaway successes of the Ecobuild show this year was the Seating Stones, provided by Timberplay, which were used around the Arena area. These large, oversized, tactile pebbles were a key draw to delegates, who were compelled to touch the products or rest their feet and take in the Ecobuild atmosphere within the Arena setting.

Manufactured in fibre glass concrete, the seating stones are exceptionally hard wearing and relatively light, so suitable for both outdoor and indoor environments. Joanne Sheridan, Head of Marketing at Timberplay comments: “Although made out of Concrete, these stones sit very comfortably within both natural play areas and urban settings. As well as being great seating solutions, they have high play value, whilst being a very good sensory addition

to any space as you cannot help but reach out and touch them.” All three stones within the collection were on display, ranging from 160 to 240cm width. Patrick Collins, Designer of the Ecobuild Arena selected the products in grey, but they are also available in several other colours including anthracite and terracotta. Alongside the Seating Stones, Patrick had also selected the Tuning Stone from Timberplay’s range of play equipment from Richter Spielgeräte. This mesmerising piece of kit works on the same principle as a tuning fork, emitting a low resonating

Intelligent glass systems praised at Ecobuild

Essex Safety Glass (ESG) experienced visitors flocking to its stand to see and feel for themselves the digitally sensitive glass products on display. Unveiling ESG Solarchromic Climate Control Glass and ESG Thermic Heatable Glass for the first time was a smart move for the leading technical glass manufacturer, as visitors were left inspired by ESG’s Eco Intelligent Home. Scott Sinden, Managing Director of ESG, comments: “There has never been a more appropriate time to introduce these intelligent products, especially given the increased demand for energy efficient buildings that will only intensify as we near the requirement for all new homes to be zero carbon from 2016.”

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Mapei celebrates BBA certification Mapei has been awarded British Board of Agrement (BBA) certification for its Mapetherm EPS External Wall Insulated System. The Mapetherm System is an external wall insulation system that utilises EPS sustainable alternatives to conventional insulation materials. Consisting of adhesive, insulation, base coat, mesh, primer and thin coat render finish, it aims to limit heat loss and guarantees significant energy saving. Mapei were awarded certification whilst exhibiting at Ecobuild 2013. Alan Thomas, Sales and Communications Director at the BBA presented Mapei’s Joint Managing Director, Philip Breakspear, with the certificate on Mapei’s impressive two tier stand. *

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Uponor Q&E takes Ecobuild by storm Uponor’s new Q&E plumbing system is proving to be the star of the show at Ecobuild 2013, as more than 100 orders for the Milwaukee Q&E tool were taken on the first day. The revolutionary new jointing system relies on the memory of Uponor’s Q&E pipe and uses a specialist tool to rapidly expand the diameter of the pipe and Q&E ring to secure the fitting. The subsequent joint becomes watertight within seconds. To celebrate the launch, Uponor is offering a free Milwaukee hydraulic gun, which accompanies the Q&E system on every £500 order received for a limited period only. *

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Flowcrete reveals GREEN Floorzone solution at Ecobuild Flowcrete gave an insight into its GREEN Floorzone – one of the most sustainable and complete flooring solutions available from a single manufacturer – at Ecobuild 2013. A model of Flowcrete’s GREEN Floorzone system, which features the substrate through to final floor finish, with the option of underfloor heating and sound-proofing built-in, was on display on the flooring manufacturer’s stand at the event. Ideal for new build and refurbishment projects, GREEN Floorzone is a singlesource, single-warranty floor build-up programme, which features a number of sustainable flooring options including choices in resin floor finish and selflevelling screed, as well as an energysaving underfloor heating system and noise reducing acoustic layer. All seamless resin floor finishes are supported by Flowcrete’s market-leading and newly enhanced Isocrete Floor

Nuaire, a manufacturer of ventilation systems launched a total of five new products at Ecobuild. All designed for the residential market but intended for use in a wide range of different applications, the new products are the latest in a long line of innovative, energy-efficient ventilation products to be launched by Nuaire in recent years. Nuaire’s Marketing Manager Andy Mudie commented: “Each of the five products we have launched here at Ecobuild is designed to meet a very different need, highlighting our ability to provide the right ventilation product for any room in any home.”

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Avonside Group Services gave pride of place on its stand N1430 at Ecobuild to the awardwinning innovative RoofSpace I-Roof system. This groundbreaking system allows Avonside Group business, RoofSpace Solutions, to install up to six 2.5 storey roofs in a day – a feat that is generating high levels of interest within the house building industry. The RoofSpace I-Roof system offers significant time, cost and labour saving benefits, not to mention environmental performance that is becoming increasingly important to builders, architects and planners alike, as is RoofSpace Solutions’ Robust Details approval. *

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Successful showcase for Lafarge Lafarge Tarmac unveiled the latest solutions in sustainable construction at Ecobuild last week, where the newlyformed British company exhibited for the first time as the UK’s leading construction materials and services company. A main feature exhibit at Ecobuild, the Lafarge Tarmac stand challenged visitors to ‘imagine a world without construction materials’, and showcased four key elements of sustainable construction. The eye-catching, two-storey stand gave visitors an insight into the sustainable credentials of concrete, aggregates, cement, lime and asphalt, presenting the life-cycle story from the responsible sourcing and extraction of raw materials, to the supply, construction and use of innovative solutions. *

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CPD Focus Knauf Marmorit’s seminars simplify specification Knauf Marmorit is offering free CPD seminars to simplify the specification of external wall insulation and render systems from the Marmorit range. With content tailored to meet the needs of the architect, contractor, or even an individual project, the company’s CPD presentations provide concise advice and information on different product options and best practice. The seminars are part of Knauf Marmorit’s comprehensive customer support package to assist in selecting the optimal solution for each project and application, from new build schools and commercial buildings to social housing refurbishments. *

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Implementing accessible bathrooms Kingkraft designs, manufactures and installs accessible bathroom equipment, designed to meet both user and regulatory requirements, whilst at the same time create a beautiful living space. Kingkraft has over 28 years experience developing products for a range of UK markets including healthcare, schools and homes.The company provides an accredited CPD seminar on ‘Designing bathrooms for people with varying ability’ which is designed to increase the awareness of the issues, guidelines and relevant standards surrounding the design and installation of such facility.The latest innovations in assisted bathing are covered with a technical overview and a Q&A session. *

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Courses to light the way Hochiki Europe, a manufacturer of life safety solutions, has announced a series of emergency lighting Continuing Professional Development (CPD) course during 2013. Designed for M&E contractors and consultants, architects and end users, the ‘Emergency Lighting Standards & Design Considerations’ course provides an overview of what is required when installing emergency lighting systems. Focusing on BS 5266, it also examines the Industry Committee for Emergency Lighting (ICEL) registrations and the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 each course lasts for approximately one hour.The courses have all been externally reviewed and approved by the Construction CPD Certification Service and can be held at a customer’s premises. *

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Fila launches new RIBA-approved CPD seminar Surface care specialist, Fila has launched a new RIBA-approved CPD seminar. The new seminar, entitled ‘Cleaning, Sealing and Maintaining Natural Stone Surfaces’ will assist in the specification of suitable products, in terms of both the substrate and surface finish. It also outlines the importance of correct maintenance and associated lifecycle costs. Seminars will have a standard 30 minute duration, plus questions and answers, and will be available throughout the UK. Combining a strong practical and environmental focus, Fila’s presentation will outline the correct care procedures for all natural stone surfaces, in order to ensure longevity, in terms of performance and aesthetics. *

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Make informed choices with Dow CPD RIBA has approved a new (CPD) online module from STYROFOAM manufacturer Dow Building Solutions called ‘Specifying insulation for inverted flat roofing’.The CPD offers information on extruded polystyrene products as an insulation choice for inverted flat roofs and gives key pointers to bear in mind when reviewing U-value calculations. Richard Powell, Roofing Manager for Dow Building Solutions, explains:“It’s particularly important that designers are aware of factors such as rainwater cooling and moisture absorption when making materials choices for inverted flat roofs.” View the CPD online at www.ribacpd.com/dow-building-solutions/02540/overview/. *

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Green focus for new RAK Ceramics seminar RAK Ceramics has launched a new RIBA-approved CPD seminar. The new seminar, entitled ‘Ceramic Tiles – any colour but always green’ will assist in specification for domestic and commercial environments. Seminars will be offered from RAK’s UK training facility, in Petersfield, Hampshire, or can be arranged to suit group or individual needs.With a strong environmental focus, the new seminar aims to provide greater understanding of the sustainability features of ceramic tiles, in addition to performance characteristics. Content will include the latest slip and wear resistance classifications and key installation considerations, as well as aftercare and maintenance. *

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Paints, Coatings & Finishes colour service team can work to tight deadlines and produce inspiring colour displays that create the right mood and motivation in the learning place.”

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Specifiers can enhance their experience of selecting functional products from the Crown Paints family, including Crown Trade, Sadolin and Sandtex Trade, with a powerful new online resource, PaintSpec Finder. Available at www.crownpaintspec. co.uk the facility delivers instant and technically-detailed specification plans for exterior and interior projects, through a user-friendly format that allows the user to filter through a great deal of technical information to pinpoint exactly what products they need for their chosen projects. PaintSpec Finder then pulls together the specifications into a report, with a personalised cover sheet showing the customer’s name, the project and the user’s own details, which is then ready for specifiers to hand to their client or add to their tender or reference documents. info@crownpaintspec.co.uk ( 0845 034 1464 *

A vibrant approach to colour from Crown Paints has seen the interior and exterior of the University of Salford come to life. Crown has been working closely with the education facility to transform the classrooms, lecture theatres, communal areas and student accommodation, introducing more than 20 different colour schemes at the campus.

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Kathryn Lloyd, Crown Paints’ Colour Consultant, visited the University and, after a careful review of the site, produced a variety of bespoke colour scheme examples with briefs for each separate job. Her ideas were presented to the University using Computer Generated Imagery to demonstrate how each colour would look in its proposed place. Kathryn also worked to create an exact match with the university’s existing brand colour, to decorate communal areas where students socialise. Vernon Kinrade, Crown Paints’ Specification Sector Support Manager, said: “This project has shown how our

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Seven up for coating colours Powdertech (Corby) Ltd is proud to have been involved in a complex and exciting £14.7 million project in Hull, in which cladding panels were coated in no less than seven different colours. The result is an impressive community building on the Bransholme Housing Estate, occupied by eight GP practices, a minor injuries unit and Hull City Council’s Customer Service Centre, bringing together a range of community services

under one roof to benefit local residents. The panels, in seven different colours, were supplied direct to the site from Powdertech in ‘site-ready’ batches to meet a build schedule with logistical complexities and tight deadlines.The colours applied with

a polyester system are consistent between batches and repeatable so that a damaged panel can be replaced without spoiling the overall appearance. “The building features over 1600m2 of rain screen cladding in both 2mm and 3mm gauge folded aluminium panels,” explains Powdertech Sales Director, Richard Besant. “All of the aluminium is polyester powder coated on the visible faces with a life expectancy in excess of 20 years. Our immersion pre-treatment system ensures that even unseen and uncoated areas are sealed against corrosion. The cladding system features a remarkably flat surface enhanced by the smooth polyester finish and will be very low maintenance. This will remain a beautiful looking building for many years to come.” *

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Saint-Gobain Weber loves colour The new Colour Guide from Saint-Gobain Weber brings a world of colourful facade opportunities. A new range of over 250 colours are featured in the inspirational Colour Guide offering attractive synthetic finishes for both weber.therm External Wall Insulation systems and weber.rend base coat renders.The launch of the Colour Guide is partnered with the introduction of a new state of the art colour matching and tinting system improving accuracy and efficiency. Choosing colour is made easy with the weber. app using the colour consultant to review potential colour choices. Alternatively a free sample service is available to order online at www.netweber.co.uk.

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Drainage & Landscaping standard technology is well known and hundreds of domestic and commercial properties are well accustomed to its consequences. In no time at all continued use of appliances will lead to waste pipes backfilling, toilets and sinks overflowing and then a visit to a carpet/flooring showroom after the trouble subsides. In some areas of the UK such as Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, in the well documented summer 2007 and more recently in 2012, over large areas of the South West, it has taken many months for excess surface water and high water tables to subside. What are these people to do in the meantime?

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As an architect, when designing a drainage system for a basement it’s crucial to be aware that being below groundwater level means the risk from a surcharging sewer is higher. In accordance with Part H, waste from below ground sanitary appliances should be supported by a pumped system whereby waste from the property is forced out into the sewer system. This system would be in addition to an antiflood device. One solution to provide continued use of the property is by using a Kessel Pumpfix F Backwater Pumping Station. This allows the drainage of wastewater out of the property, even during backwater flooding and sewer surcharge. The Kessel Pumpfix F Backwater pump is supplied by Fernco Environmental, and manufactured by Kessel – a leader in water management systems. The system has an integrated macerator sewage pump, and is unique in how it allows flow of wastewater out of the property – even during times of backwater flooding when the valve is closed. This is reassuring for the property owner as disruption and cost are minimised, insurance costs may be reduced and the architect/specifier is providing plans for a higher spec, higher performance property.

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Berry Systems install safety barriers at new Co-op RDC Berry Systems has installed safety barriers at the new Co-operative Group Regional Distribution Centre at Avonmouth, near Bristol. The 40,485m2 state-of-the-art facility is ideally placed to distribute goods to 482 Co-operative stores in the Bristol, North Somerset and South Wales area. For the Co-operative Group only the best was good enough and the building has achieved an “Excellent” BREEAM

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A signal of quality Combining the strength of an internal steel core with external polymer/ polyurethane protection, Bollards International’s new Cycleway Wood Effect Bollard has the natural appearance of wood, but offers the highest levels of longevity. The Cycleway Wood Effect Bollard is a very versatile option for use along verges providing waymarkers for bridleways, cycle routes or public footpaths, and also in open grounds, such as cemeteries and local parks. The square profile bollard has a pyramid top, tapered edges and a realistic wood-grain finish. The Cycleway Bollard is designed specifically to display either two or three circular recessed traffic information symbols with optional twin recessed reflective bands. It can be finished in any desired RAL colour, or traditionally

Filtration ‘first’ delivers two levels of treatment

One of the first UK stormwater treatment solutions using Hydro’s innovative Up-Flo filtration technology has enabled developer Fairview New Homes to incorporate SuDS with two levels of treatment into the surface water drainage for a new access road. Rainwater from the road passes initially through a bypass separator before entering the concrete chamber containing the Up-Flo Filter. The Up-Flo Filter acts as a sump where sediments are allowed to settle.Without room for a separate soakaway, a Hydro modular construction StormBloc storage infiltration tank was further used. Because it is loadbearing, it could be easily sited under public space in a shallow excavation and landscaped over. *

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Kayflow launches SuperDeep guttering system Kayflow, the rainwater, underground and soil systems specialist, has launched a new high strength, high volume guttering system, the SuperDeep 170.The SuperDeep 170 has the capacity to carry over 10 times more water than a standard half round gutter and at least five times more water than a standard deep system.The strength of the SuperDeep 170 system comes from its carefully designed structure and superior wall thickness.The Super Deep 170 fittings are designed with strength in mind and are positively fixed. Kayflow’s SuperDeep 170 is ideal for large commercial developments like superstores, hospitals, schools, and factories; buildings that have large roof areas. 8

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coated brown to match the wood look. Produced using the company’s Envirocast process and utilising its unique polymer resin gleaned from sustainable sources, the bollard features an inner structural core of steel, with an outer coating of engineering grade polymer manufactured from renewable sources and moulded with a fully natural wood grain effect. High performance two part polyurethane paint with the best quality UV filters ensure that the bollard is both hard wearing and virtually maintenance free. Bollards International’s parent company, IFS Chemicals, is a large player in the polymer chemical marketplace. Primarily producing polymers of various strengths and flexibility for insulation, automotive mouldings, high-performance marine items and packaging, the idea of producing a sustainable and a more environmentally friendly material for street furniture production was borne and a partnership with the street furniture and bollard industry flourished. sales@bollards-international.com ( 01485 601145 055 *

Yeoman Rainguard brochure makes a splash Yeoman Rainguard, UK specialist in rainwater systems, has launched a new 60-page brochure packed full of information including details on its Aluminium, GRP, Cast Iron, and Copper, Zinc & Stainless Steel rainwater systems, stunning product images, case studies on new build and renovation projects and technical fixing details. The brochure also provides customers with the opportunity to take a closer look at Yeoman Rainguard’s exciting new range of products, accessories and colours. Also included are details on an impressive range of Turrets and Clocktowers, along with complementary Yeoman Rainguard products adding those all-important ‘finishing touches’ to any building. *

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Marshalls PLC voted a Business Superbrand

Marshalls PLC has been officially named as a Business Superbrand in the influential annual survey that identifies the UK’s strongest business-to-business brands. Independently co-ordinated by The Centre for Brand Analysis, the annual Business Superbrands survey considers thousands of brands that are judged by both an Expert Council and over 1,900 individual business professionals from across the UK.The brands are assessed on three key criteria: quality, reliability and distinction. Marshalls’ Chris Harrop, Group Marketing Director, says: “I’m extremely proud that Marshalls has maintained Superbrand status for the fourth year running, and we are the only company in our sector to achieve this. The Marshalls brand has become synonymous with quality, and we lead the market through innovation and excellence, and we will continue to work hard to maintain this position.” Stephen Cheliotis, Chairman of the Superbrands Expert Council adds: “It is

a huge achievement that Marshalls PLC has beaten tough competition to take its place in the prestigious 2013 Business Superbrands listing – the definitive annual survey of the UK’s strongest business brands.” Marshalls is the UK’s leading hard landscaping manufacturer and has supplied some of the most prestigious landmarks in the UK with hard landscaping solutions since the 1890s. Marshalls strives to improve environments for everyone by using its expertise to create integrated landscapes that promote well-being, from using fairly traded stone and providing products that alleviate flood risks, to creating innovative anti-terrorist street furniture. The Business Superbrands survey, the number one spot taken this year by Apple, has been compiled annually since 2001 and

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Floors, Walls & Ceilings the Swan Mark which is presented to the best product in class. It also achieves an A+ rating in healthcare, as assessed by BREEAM. Additionally, Marmoleum incorporates a water based Topshield finish for easy and cost efficient cleaning and maintenance, ideal for hospital environments frequently subjected to heavy footfall and wheeled hospital beds and equipment.

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Over 20,000m2 of Forbo’s Marmoleum flooring has been installed at Salford Royal’s new Hope Building, part of the Trust’s £200m redevelopment scheme. Combining exceptional infection control properties with superior environmental performance and a contemporary design aesthetic, the installation has helped deliver a safe and attractive healing environment.

Available in a wide range of colours and styles, Marmoleum is also a versatile design solution for healthcare environments. Marmoleum Real in Dove Grey provides the main palette in the Hope Building and large colour blocks of contrasting shades, including Fresco Blue and Hyacinth, mark out receptions and seating areas and define bed bays and other zones within the floor plan. Marmoleum’s fiery Bleeckerstreet was installed in the nearby Mayo building, a teaching block incorporating meeting rooms, a library, break out areas and mock up wards. “The aim was to create a clean, welcoming and calming environment that is visually appealing without being either overbearing or bland, “ says Anne. “We are extremely happy with the finished flooring and its performance, providing durability in a demanding environment, and also a practical and hygienic solution making the cleaning and maintenance regime one of ease.”

of Glasgow and the Centre de Recherche Industrielle in Quebec, as it inhibits the growth of MRSA, Norovirus and Clostridium Difficile. It is also one of only two floorcoverings to be awarded the prestigious ‘Seal of Approval’ from Allergy UK, thanks to the positive impact it has on reducing allergens. “Sustainability was also a major factor in the specification of Marmoleum,” Anne continues. “The Trust was keen to involve environmental ‘best practice’ throughout the build and as it is predominantly made from natural and recycled materials, Marmoleum had proven green credentials.” Marmoleum contains 97% natural raw materials, 72% of which are rapidly renewable, and has a 43% recycled content. It has been awarded more environmental quality marks than any other floorcovering product, including

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Knauf Aquapanel delivers school for living dRMM, the award-winning studio of architects and designers, has employed Knauf Aquapanel Exterior to deliver an eye-catching but functional design detail in its concept for the newly-rebuilt Four Dwellings Primary School, a £4.5m BSF project in Quinton, Birmingham. The designer wanted external toilet pods that were tightly curved, echoing the ovoid footprint of the overall building, and tiled in bright colours – a demanding brief for which Knauf Aquapanel Exterior was ideal. The concept behind the pods is that children can access them from both inside

their classrooms and outside from the playground, where the curves mean that there are no sharp edges to cause injury.The coloured external tiles are arranged as such so the pods provide a colour range that identifies and distinguishes each year group as well as acting as a ‘wayfinding’ device.

A robust, non-combustible building panel made of aggregated Portland cement, Knauf Aquapanel Exterior has coated glass fibre mesh embedded in its back and front that forms the ideal substrate for render. As shown at Four Dwellings Primary School, the board requires no special tools or processes for installation – simply score and snap – and can be curved to a tight radius. Offering all the benefits of a dry panel system with the strength of brick and block, the board resists water with no swelling or loss of stability, is weatherproof and is unaffected by the freeze-thaw cycle. Other Knauf products were used extensively in constructing the school, with classroom and corridor walls being constructed using Soundshield and Impact Panel while the ceiling were made using Wallboard. *

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Armstrong Atelier tops a world-class study space

A new world-class, 21st Century, 24/7 study space at The University of Manchester features the first use in the UK of Armstrong Atelier’s hook-on metal wall panels. Perforated WH-1000 tiles feature on the top half and plain WH-1000 tiles feature on the bottom half of the vertical elements of the balcony floors lining the four-storey atrium at the £24m Alan Gilbert Learning Commons. These are linked to a series of bespoke and demountable T-Clip F metal

perforated ceiling planks by Armstrong’s metal atrium upstands in 80% gloss and transition bulkheads in a variety of colours. Some of the planks in communal areas on the first and second floors feature an acoustic fleece, others 80% gloss to maximise light reflectance, A total of 1500m² were installed on

the 5614m² redevelopment, which has achieved a BREEAM HE Excellent rating, over nine months by a team of 30 from Armstrong-approved Omega specialist sub-contractor Sound Interiors for main contractor Wates Construction. Designed by architects Sheppard Robson and managed by the University Library, the Learning Commons building boasts more than 1000 flexible study spaces and an inspiring range of equipment and furnishings for individual and group study. There are 400 PCs, laptop charging lockers, 30 bookable group study rooms, Skype area and media screens for presentation and group work. The wifi available throughout the building extends to the space outside and to the groundfloor café which is open to the public. Sheppard Robson’s Jimi Estévez says: “The Armstrong systems offer concealment to services and provide considerable acoustic attenuation. They also reflect natural light deep into the building section due to the high gloss finish to the vertical panels in the atrium.” *

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BMW takes Kerakoll technical advice Kerakoll’s adhesive and grout were used for the BMW Bristol Motorrad showroom refurbishment as it is BMW’s chosen supplier. Kerakoll’s technical team provided advice on how to speed up the construction of the floor so the showroom could open on time and Kerakoll’s On Site Assistance Service was fully taken advantage of at each stage of the project.H40 Eco Rapid adhesive was used as it can bond without priming and resist vibration from the motorcycles being driven over it. Fugabella Eco Porcelano 0-5 grout was chosen as it can be used on unsealed porcelain and its use of NHL as a bactericide means that it does not emit harmful VOCs. *

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Armstrong grows its wood range Leading interior solutions provider Armstrong Ceilings has enhanced its new wood range to make it possible for specifiers to achieve multiple layout combinations with standard products. The original range was launched last summer with an exposed grid and tiles and planks, and in veneer, where real wood gives a particularly prestigious, high-class solution, or laminate, for a durable and more affordable option. Now the range is also available as a concealed system using hook-on panels on a standard grid in three panel sizes, five standard matt veneers and three perforation options for optimum acoustics. *

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Floors, Walls & Ceilings Mosaics get the blues The peacock, a favourite artistic motif is the inspiration behind artist Veronica Tommasin’s latest designs for Trend’s inimitable glass mosaic ‘Best Collection’. Composed of thousands of micro mosaic tesserae, in the classic tradition, Tommasin’s designs are translated by Italian tilemaker Trend into decorative mosaic modules, using digital technology. Trend’s new Best Collection ‘artistic decorations’ comprise Peacock, a Peacock White variation, and an almost equally favoured floral motif, Gardenia. A refined exercise in style, the deceptively simple Gardenia design is made up from a total of 17 different Vitreo and Brillante 1cm x 1cm tile colours in the white-blue spectrum. *

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Helifix launches new literature Since developing the original helical fixing in 1984, Helifix has continued to innovate, expanding its range to include specialist helical wall ties, fixings and masonry reinforcement systems for use in both new build and refurbishment. Helifix products have proven an effective cure for common structural defects in most construction materials including masonry, timber and concrete. Repair and refurbishment is increasingly acknowledged as the more sustainable alternative to demolition, in terms of architectural value, materials usage, cost and environmental impact. Illustrated within the new literature are informative examples of how Helifix’s engineering expertise and products can avoid disruptive dismantling and costly rebuilds. *

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SikaFloor metaltop proves its strength Specifying a surface of a tipping floor at a waste transfer station, specialist contractor Twintec knew that it had to be tough enough to withstand constant heavy vehicle traffic. With toughness in mind, Twintec engineers specified SikaFloor 1 Metaltop from building product manufacturer Sika. Twintec laid a 250mm deep ‘jointless’ steel fibre reinforced concrete ground floor slab suspended on piles and constructed in just one day. Sikafloor 1 Metaltop was then power troweled into the wet concrete to a depth of 3mm in order to create a surface ready to cope with the daily operational demands of the facility. *

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Landmark youth facility reveals striking facade Some 1800m2 of Rodeca’s Isoclear polycarbonate sheets, which feature U-values as low as 0.71 W/m2K, were selected by Associated Architects for the rainscreen cladding of the first and second floors of the £5m myplace youth centre in Aston, Birmingham. The 40mm recyclable panels were used bi-coloured (where the interior panel layer is a different colour to the exterior one for a 3D effect) in a variety of colours ranging from white to blue to make the 1800m2

building a landmark one. Delivered by The Big Lottery Fund on behalf of the Department for Education, the myplace programme aims to deliver world class youth facilities driven by the active

participation of young people and their views and needs. It is funding 63 projects across England worth close to £240m. Facilities include readily accessible public informal and flexible spaces, group meeting rooms, IT rooms, social areas, cafe and advice centre at ground floor, concreteframe level where full-height security glazing enables clear views into and out of the centre. The 500mm-wide panels are manufactured with a tongue and groove coupling and are fixed with aluminium fasteners, in myplace Aston’s case for main contractor GF Tomlinson.Theoretically, facades can be more than 200m long and a panel height of up to 25m can be mounted in one piece. Some 200 times tougher than glass, the panels enable light transmission between 5-65% and at the same time are highly efficient insulators of heat (< 0.71W/ m²K) and sound (21-43dB). Lightweight (approximately 4.5kg/m²) but stable, they also feature good fire resistance to BS and EN standards and are UV-protected with a 10-year-guarantee. *

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Swish further reduces carbon footprint As part of its continuous commitment to improving environmental performance, Swish Building Products has once again cut its carbon footprint; seeing a decrease of 26% since 2008. 2012 saw the company achieve the equivalent of Carbon Trust Level One carbon reduction from 2011 of 8.82% across electricity, gas and heater fuel uses (Fixed Utilities). The low maintenance building products specialist cut 29% from its water usage and 10% from its electricity consumption in 2012. The company generated 255 tonnes of general waste over the year; including pallets, shrink-wrap, and paper; all of which was sorted and recycled, with only 2% going to landfill. *

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Sustainability accolade for Umicore VM Zinc Umicore VM Zinc, manufacturer of zinc roofing, facade and rainwater systems has been voted top of the Global 100 list of the world’s most sustainable companies. The Global 100 are ranked on a range of sector-specific sustainability measures, with Umicore achieving top-quarter performance on six of the 12 indicators. Marc Grynberg, CEO of Umicore comments: “Umicore has made significant investments in clean and recycling technologies which support a truly unique closed-loop business approach. Our products and services are addressing global issues such as resource scarcity and the generation and storage of clean energy. We complement this by ambitious objectives to further improve our environmental and social performance.” *

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Cavity Barrier ticks all the boxes Maintaining a clear cavity is the usual objective when constructing a cavity wall, but there are occasions when doing the opposite is required if the structure is to satisfy several requirements. Cavity stops of various styles are produced for installation horizontally and vertically. Passive rectangular profiled stops close the cavity permanently. Intumescent stops leave the cavity partially open and rely on heat to activate closure. Now there is a third type of cavity stop that offers benefits not available with these alternatives. The Type SAF cavity stop from Cavity Trays of Yeovil is a passive parallelogram stop that provides both fire-stopping and acoustic arrestment within the cavity. Where Part E requirements call for buildings to have both fire and acoustic stop provision, a Type SAF stop can be used to fulfil both functions in one product installation. The need to have separate acoustic stops with *

separate traditional or intumescent stops is eliminated. One operation and one cost. Being a permanent passive barrier means it is in place to also prevent the spread of smoke that generally manifests and can be drawn through cavities in advance of heat and fire. Statutory regulations state smoke must be inhibited from spreading beyond where a fire originates. The parallelogram profile with a sloping top and sloping bottom is used to advantage. The shape can act as its own dpc/deflector and any water penetrating the masonry above drains forward. In contrast an unprotected traditional cavity stop with a horizontal upper surface can act as a bridge for water to track inwardly.

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Doors, Windows & Balustrades Jeld-Wen launches new-look website

Schueco door ensures compliance With the delayed publication of the new Part L of the Building Regulations now due this month architects, specifiers and main contractors will be reassured to know that the Schueco ASS 70 FD – a tried-and-tested, thermally insulated folding/sliding door system – will meet the increased insulation standards expected. The system is ideal for commercial and residential use and offers a variety of fold and slide opening combinations. Leaf sizes up to a maximum width of 1200mm and a maximum height of 3000mm are possible. Thanks to precision-made rollers and a top guide, even a door with multiple leaves is easy to open and close. *

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Jeld-Wen, manufacturer of premium timber doors, windows and stairs, has launched a brand new website, offering trade professionals and homeowners easy access to expert advice and in-depth information, while showcasing the full Jeld-Wen product range. www.jeld-wen.co.uk launched last month and aims to provide practical information and advice on achieving the best performance from Jeld-Wen’s premium timber joinery range.The site’s enhanced product database allows architects, builders and joiners, as well as homeowners, to research the best products for their requirements, while the handy ‘compare’ function lets users compare and contrast specific product lines. *

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As part of a refurbishment project, St Peter’s Church in Harrogate recently installed a double set of Tormax automatic swing doors to the new glass frontage, offering clear and easy access for everyone.Working closely with architectural glazing specialist, JCL Enterprises Ltd,Tormax recommended using its iMotion 1401 door operator to create a minimalist entrance that successfully enhances the building. Concealed under the floor, this low-maintenance operator has no abrading parts to cause friction and wear out, delivering exceptional reliability in the long term.The Tormax iMotion 1401 operator is compatible with a standard 240v electrical supply. *

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Schueco UK demonstrates green commitment The importance of sustainability in building is now firmly established in the UK construction industry and as part of a corporate Schueco initiative known as ‘Thinking Ahead’, Schueco UK Ltd is launching two new aluminium systems, the FW 50+.SI Green Facade and the AWS 90.SI+ Green Window, that support the concept.The Schueco AWS 90.SI+ Green Window, for example, incorporates bio-polyamide isolator bars and an insulation zone filled with PUR bio-foam.The Schueco FW 50+.SI Green Facade also utilises renewable raw materials in components such as gaskets and pressure plates which, nonetheless, have the same technical and structural properties as those in the Schueco FW 50+.SI Facade. *

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Commercial systems specialist Smart Architectural Aluminium launched the new Visoglide Plus sliding door at this year’s Ecobuild exhibition. An extension to the company’s proven Visoglide range, the new Visoglide Plus delivers the same combination of contemporary styling and robust performance, with the additional benefit of superior thermal performance.With slim sight lines and exceptional thermal performance, this new door has been designed specifically for large commercial and high-end residential projects.The door is available in a range of sizes, within design limitations, of up to 2.6m by 7m and with the option of auto-slide gearing, provides the perfect solution for applications where large opening apertures are required. marketing@smartsystems.co.uk

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Stylish stainless steel and glass balustrades from Sapphire Balustrades helped to boost buyer appeal at a prestigious new residential development in central London. Balustrades for balconies, a roof terrace and communal stairs in luxury apartments at Brabazon House in Pimlico showcase the design flexibility of Sapphire’s distinctive range of core systems.The development of Brabazon House, a six storey building, had to comply with Westminster City Council’s strict planning regulations. By combining elements from its Crystal structural glass system and Onyx stainless steel tubular baluster system with bespoke detailing, Sapphire was able to offer a total balustrade solution. *

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Schueco UK specified for life and property protection Responsible companies wanting to protect their property and staff from external threats such as explosions – whether detonated accidentally or deliberately – and armed attack, would do well to investigate the range of Enhanced systems available from Schueco UK. Over the past year, Schueco has been reviewing its existing Enhanced range – comprising blast- and bulletresistant facades, windows and doors – and has undertaken a comprehensive development and testing programme aimed at making the systems easier to

Masterdor launches Thermal door Masterdor has launched its first Thermal door with a U-value of 0.9 W/m2K. The 0.9 Thermal door is the Litchfield Group’s latest solution to the stringent standards of Passivhaus and the Code for Sustainable Homes, and initiatives such as the Green Deal.The door features thermally efficient materials that achieve the lowest U-value on the market for a complete door set.With a solid timber encasement delivering the solidity, security and elegance of a timber door, the door benefits from the added thermal advantages of a high performance, insulating foam core made from CFC and HCFC free Polyisocyanurate (PIR). *

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showed that the systems’ performance fully supported the claims made for them in terms of protecting property and human life. An important factor is their unobtrusiveness in use since they appear all but identical to ‘ordinary’ Schueco systems. This means that customers do not need to choose between realising the architect’s vision and building-in security: by specifying Schueco, they can achieve both. As well as the XR designation, Schueco UK also supplies AWS 90 windows and ADS 90 doors in a BR (bullet-resistant) format. Depending on the glazing, fittings and accessories used, both BR systems can be specified for bullet resistance or high burglar resistance to EN 1627, RC4. The sensitive nature of the market, together with the crucial importance of installing each individual system correctly, means that Schueco UK is introducing a new fabricator approval scheme for its Network Partners. Known as SABRE (Schueco Approved Blast/Bullet Resistance Expert), it is designed to ensure that customers will feel completely confident when specifying products from the Enhanced Systems range. *

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GEZE UK’s MD outlines plans for growth GEZE UK’s new Managing Director Kaz Spiewakowski has set out his plans to reinvigorate the company, promising a subtle change of approach designed to build on GEZE’s enviable reputation and maximise the experience of its staff. He comments: “Despite challenging trading conditions, our year on year sales growth is proof that we are still leaders within this sector and we must build on these strengths as we move forward. But while I’m upbeat about our potential, it’s important that we make this change of leadership an opportunity to evolve.We must refresh our approach and embrace new challenges with a renewed focus.” *

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Rodeca’s outstanding contribution The facade of Lancaster University’s new contemporary arts HQ comprises almost entirely of Rodeca’s polycarbonate panels.Translucent cladding panels from Rodeca have helped Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts (LICA) become the first higher education building to achieve a BREEAM “Outstanding” rating. In addition, LICA is only the second building ever to achieve this post-completion – out-performing Lancaster University’s brief to least meet a BREEAM “Excellent” rating. Rodeca’s recyclable polycarbonate panels were used throughout the 4949m² building as a rainscreen cladding system generally although in some areas they were trebled to form the whole of the external wall and meet Part L of the Building Regulations. *

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Doors, Windows & Facades BREEAM Excellence Open with Kawneer the door Architectural aluminium systems from to style Kawneer have helped a new academy achieve

a BREEAM Excellent rating and a host of sustainability and design awards. Kawneer’s AA100 curtain walling (structurally silicone glazed with 50mm sightlines), AA601 top-hung casement windows and AA605 low/medium-duty swing doors were used on the £22m. The Kawneer systems were installed by approved specialist sub-contractor Leay for main contractor Kier Education. Designed by architects Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, the sixth form entry 11 to 18 years academy is sponsored by The Aldridge Foundation.

Safedoors’ customers can now enjoy making an entrance with the arrival of two new tongue and groove style GRP composite doors; customers can choose from the Newmarket or Chepstow. With either clear or obscure glass, and available in a variety of bold colours and wood effect finishes, including solid black and antique oak, the Newmarket is ideal for houses or flats alike. The Chepstow is more traditional, available in a palette of striking colours and wood grain finishes, and has seven glass options with either red, blue, green or black accents. *

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A stylish, new sliding door range, from Reynaers Aluminium, Hi-Finity is a sustainable, ultra-slim profile system. Providing extra strength and durability, the glazed units can accommodate large glass panels of up to 500kg. Although the large glazed areas already offer good thermal efficiency, Hi-Finity is also available in double and triple glazed versions to provide increased levels of thermal and acoustic insulation, further enhanced by the air tightness of the system. Complementing the system’s modern design the doors feature Reynaers new, designer architectural handles that incorporate efficient operation with stylish design and tactile finish.

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Kitchens, Bedrooms & Bathrooms Maxwood Washrooms works out at new gym

Reginox launches new sink range Reginox has launched the RegiCommercial Hygienic range which has been purpose-designed to meet the needs of commercial, public or retail areas where, due to high frequency usage, hygienic stainless steel products are often a prerequisite. The range includes stainless steel sinks available with or without overflow and stainless steel worksurfaces that can include integrated sinks or washroom vanity bowls. A range of taps from leading supplier Pegler, including lever action options for the less mobile, also form part of the offer. *

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Superior design and durability made Maxwood Washrooms the ‘fit’ choice for a new sports training and leisure centre in Kent. Maxwood manufactured and installed all toilet cubicles, hand wash vanity units, showers, lockers and benching for the Europa Gymnastics Centre in Crayford, a 35,000ft2 complex designed and built for Barratt East London Ltd by ISG. By working closely with the client in the early stages of the project, Maxwood’s design team was able to provide complete solutions for the gym’s four WC facilities and four changing/shower areas, which combine stylish good looks with the impact and water resistance required for the £4.45m centre’s high-traffic facilities. *

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Bette extends shower offering Bette has created a new version of its award-winning Bettefloor, the steel/enamel flush to floor shower area. Bettefloor Side has the outlet to the side of the shower area, rather than in the centre, for an even larger, uninterrupted standing area and more installation options. Like the original Bettefloor, Bettefloor Side is an enamelled steel shower area that is like one large tile which is permanently water-proof, easy to clean and hygienic. As a continuous surface, without the joints of a tiled area, Bettefloor Side ensures perfect hygiene and ease of care. Bacteria and germs do not have a breeding ground on the inorganic, enamel surface. 8

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Showering Paradise for Roman UK Shower manufacturer and designer, Roman Limited, has just completed a prestigious project on the Paradise Island Resort of Langkawi, Malaysia, supplying just over 300 shower enclosures, wetroom panels and shower trays.The resort includes a series of high specification holiday apartments which overlook a lagoon.The holiday apartments are set against a luxurious backdrop where cable cars run from the top of the mountains down to the nearby beach.The upmarket resort called for Roman’s luxury 10mm thick glass Sculptures Range, along with its stylish Infinity Trays, for a designer finish.The specifiers also made use of the shower manufacturer’s Project Specification Guide, installing a series of bespoke options uniquely created to suit their brief. *

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RAK launches new Elena bathroom range

RAK Ceramics has introduced its new Elena bathroom range. The contemporary collection includes basins, WC’s and bidets. It is offered alongside RAK’s wide range of baths, tiling options and RAKextra accessories. The new Elena range includes full and half pedestal basins, with a deep back ledge. A wall hung off-set design, with an extended left/right side ledge is also available and ideal for ‘his and her’ dual application. Elena toilets are offered in back-to-wall, wall hung and close-coupled formats, with bidets in both backto-wall and wall hung designs. All formats have a 3/6 litre dual flush.

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Fresh new finish for Cucina Colore Mereway Kitchens embarks on yet another exciting launch this Spring with the introduction of new door style ‘Light Ash’ joining its contemporary Cucina Colore collection. Drawing on the current trend for a Scandinavian look, this fresh new door is a delicate horizontal textured woodgrain matt MFC with high quality matching ABS edging. Light Ash is comfortably positioned in a lower price group and brings broad planning flexibility as this new door style sits on the standard Mereway cabinet matrix, has exciting range components and offers a colour coordinated matt MFC cabinet to suit. *

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Building Elements Portakabin Group appoints new CEO The Portakabin Group, a leading modular building manufacturer, has announced the appointment of Derek Carter to the role of CEO. Based at the Group’s international headquarters in York, Derek has taken overall responsibility for all its brands which include Portakabin,Yorkon, Portaloo, Konstructa and Foremans, and its operations in the UK, Ireland, France, Belgium and Holland. He is also a Board Director of the Shepherd Group. Commenting on his new role, Derek Carter says: “Coming from a successful background heading up two of the world’s leading leisure marine manufacturers, I am looking forward to taking the Portakabin business to the next stage in its evolution.” *

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Saracen Interiors to support Watford redevelopment Work is underway on the refurbishment and total fitout of Royalty House, the old Hertfordshire Primary Care Trust building on King Street,Watford.The project involves a complete refurbishment of the existing building across four floors, the renovation of the underground car park, and the building of an extension to the ground floor of the building. Joint Managing Director of Saracen Interiors, Michael Page comments: “It’s extremely rewarding to take a project from the early stages of planning through development as we have with Royalty House and it’s also good to be involved in work that will complement and uplift the surrounding area.” *

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Car parking beneath offices belonging to the Business Innovation and Skills Department has been resurfaced using Tremco illbruck’s MMA Rapid Cure system, selected to address problems of water ingress that had forced sections of the underground facility to be cordoned off. In total, 1000m2 of Tremco MMA Rapid Cure Flexible System was laid over the ageing asphalt, with a further 2600m2 of the MMA Internal System being applied to the concrete decks of the sub-structure. In addition to the immediate benefit, applying the MMA systems has addressed the potential for long-term damage to the reinforced concrete that water ingress can cause. *

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The new Allianz Park stadium in North London, home to Saracens Rugby Club, has raised the bar for audio systems in the world of rugby. The upgrade to a Hi-fidelity concert-standard sound system for the 10,000-seater stadium, designed and installed by RNSS Limited, has been tailored to give fans the best possible audio experience. In addition to the new East grandstand, it also encompasses the three other stands and all internal spaces. Given the environmental concerns of local residents regarding noise pollution, RNSS addressed this challenge by designing a tightly controlled system which focused all audio directly into the areas occupied by fans.

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Portakabin has launched a new range of exterior options and outdoor amenities to help integrate and equip interim facilities and provide a complete, ready-to-use working environment. It includes canopies and shelters, covered walkways, vinyl wraps, free-standing outdoor structures, cycle storage, smoking shelters and street furniture. Applications for interim modular buildings are diverse and include open plan office accommodation, security buildings, canteens, training suites, teaching blocks, shower and changing rooms, clinics and decant ward buildings.These facilities can be supplied and installed just days from receipt of order complete with fire and security systems, access ramps and furnishings.

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Wyckham Blackwell scans the horizon

West Midlandsbased timber frame manufacturer, Wyckham Blackwell, is the latest company to adopt Wolf Systems’ advanced timber frame detailing software, Horizon.Horizon is the UK’s first timber frame application built on Autodesk’s leading BIM technology, Revit. Using Horizon’s proprietary 3D building objects, timber frame designers can realise the advantage of working in a true BIM environment. As the software is built on Revit, Horizon automates the modelling of true 3D building elements rather than the primitive 3D objects found in alternative software. Information rich, timber frame models created through Horizon enable fast and accurate production of elevations, sections, drawing sheets and schedules. *

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Building Elements Yorkon awarded its largest ever building contract

Densoseal chosen for York Heslington East Campus

Off-site construction specialist,Yorkon, has been awarded its largest ever building project, and what is believed to be the biggest and most complex healthcare scheme to be built off site in the UK.The £17.9m contract for principal contractor Kier Construction is to construct a new Women and Children’s Centre at North Middlesex University Hospital.The scheme will comprise 152 steel-framed modules up to 18m long and in many different sizes and configurations to suit the building’s design and site.The units will be craned into position with doors, windows, first fix electrics and plumbing, and a high performance concrete floor pre-installed.

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Vital Energi of Blackburn is currently carrying out Biomass, Combined Heat and Power (CHP) and multiutility infrastructure works at The University of York’s new Heslington East Campus. In order to obtain effective and long term sealing from the entry of gas and water in all electrical service cable ducts,Vital Energi has chosen Winn & Coales Densoseal 16A sealant. Additionally, it was considered to be the most suitable sealant for use in renewable energy applications. Densoseal 16A is a non-setting, self-supporting mastic which may be applied to wet surfaces and will seal ducts and conduits against ingress of water and gas. *

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Elta Fans is warning specifiers of ventilation products to make sure they are up to date with the first phase of the Energy Related Products (ErP) Directive.The new Directive means a number of changes in the provision of HVAC in buildings, most notably that certain fans will no longer be permitted under the new legislation. This applies to a wide range of different fan types which have an input power from 125W to 500kW, with the efficiency level required dependent on the category into which the fan falls. Information on the Directive is available at www.erpfans.co.uk

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Award winner drives away prize Di Mayze, a manufacturer from Nottingham, was made the happiest woman in Britain on the 1st March as she received the keys to her brand new SEAT Altea after being crowned UK Worker of the Year 2012. Di wowed the judges with her passion and drive for her business, becoming the competitions’ third winner at the Gala event at the Crowne Plaza in Marlow last year. UK Worker of the Year is a national competition sponsored by Dickies, the well-renowned workwear brand, that recognises and rewards the excellence in the UK workforce.The road to finding UK Worker of the Year 2013 will begin this month as the competition officially launches at the British Superbike Championship round at Thruxton, which is being sponsored by Dickies. *

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Maple launches Suspense sunscreen system

Maple Sunscreening has launched Suspense, a continuous external brise soleil louvre system with fully concealed fixings.The solar shading louvres appear to ‘float’ over the facade, creating a seamless effect with continuous clean lines. Highly adaptable to different building design requirements, Maple’s new system is available in a range of louvre sizes as standard and with the option of horizontal or vertical fixing at various angles and at any pitch. Suspense sunscreen louvres can be fixed perpendicular to, or extended beyond, the support arms, while neat mitred joints provide uninterrupted corner details.

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SOLIDO model of KS14 connection

Superior connections with Schöck Isokorb Recently there have been misconceptions in some areas of the UK marketplace that certain ‘common solution’ alternatives for concrete-to-steel connections perform just as well as the Schöck Isokorb type KS14 thermal break element. This is not necessarily the case.

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Meeting requirements It is quite clear that the Isokorb KS14 unit, with fRSi = 0.904, exceeds these values by some margin and will therefore meet the requirements of Building Regulations Approved Documents L1 and L2. Further, the results demonstrate that where no unit is used (fRSI =0.681) and also with the 10mm and 20mm pad connections (fRSI =0.713 and 0.706 respectively) – all three would fail against the criteria required for residential buildings.

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Specifiers, contractors, developers and those in procurement therefore need to be wary of product performance claims involving bespoke solutions. Often they will be found wanting and the lack of transparency in determining true performance values may well mean a product being installed that is simply not fit for purpose.

Independent investigation The OISD found the Isokorb type KS14 to be a superior thermal insulating element for connecting cantilevered steel components to reinforced concrete; while other comparable solutions failed to obtain the minimum amount of performance required by Part L of the

factor (fRSI) – resulting from the use of Schöck Isokorb type KS14 connecting a steel balcony to a concrete floor slab. The temperature factor (fRSi) is used in the UK to indicate condensation risk as described in BRE IP1/06, a document cited in Building Regulations Approved Documents Part L1 and L2. Once established, this calculated performance (1) was then compared with that of the three structurally equivalent ‘common solutions’. The following results table presents the minimum surface temperatures and temperature factor (2) for the cases modelled, where the temperature factor used to indicate condensation risk (fRSI) must be greater than or equal to 0.75 for residential buildings.

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