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February 12 Issue 24

Greenhouse The ďŹ rst ever UK combined Passivhaus and CSH Level 6 property

Sustainability in Development Kevin McCloud lives the sustainable dream with The Triangle

Design & Desire From car plant to contemporary campus – the regeneration of Longbridge

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he season of exhibitions is once again upon us, but with a wealth of knowledge and information at our fingertips via the Internet, does the necessity to attend these events still exist? In years gone by, visiting the various design, architecture and construction shows was sacrosanct, written onto the wall planner every January. Attendance often spread over days rather than hours, but as workloads increased and access to information became instant, visitor numbers and exhibitors decreased and certain shows became unviable – obviously not helped by economic vagaries.

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However, with Ecobuild rapidly approaching, I believe it is vitally important to put time aside to visit this worthwhile event and find out what’s really happening in the sustainability arena. Whilst viewing products and specification details online can help in our day-to-day work, actually seeing them for real and talking to their developers and manufacturers, really does make a difference. Add to that a seminar programme which addresses highly pertinent industry issues with renowned commentators – attendance is a must!

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This issue of FC&A includes a preview of what you can expect to see at this year’s Ecobuild, plus we have three stunning projects with outstanding eco and regeneration credentials. A new vicarage in Dudley is the first property in the UK to be built with combined Passivhaus and CSH Level 6 standards; The Triangle by Hab Oakus, takes sustainability onto a whole new level, and the amazing new Bournville College has risen out of the ashes of Longbridge becoming a beacon for urban regeneration. As always, if you would like to comment on any of the articles featured in this issue, or tell me about your own projects, then please do get in touch.

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Voice of the Industry: Graham Perrior, Group Head of Standards and Technical at NHBC, discusses the fire risks imposed by non-traditional residential buildings.


Legal & Business: RIBA Client Advisor Richard Saxon, explains how the success of a construction project depends on its client and how less experienced clients can benefit from experienced Client Advisor knowledge.

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Paints, Coatings & Finishes: It’s not just legislative pressures that are driving sustainability advances in the coatings industry.


Paints, Coatings & Finishes: Trevor Beech of Wedge Group Galvanizing, explains the key benefits of using galvanizing as a sustainable finish.


Structural: Wymondham High School in Norfolk now has a dedicated sixth form constructed using a highly sustainable recycled modular building.


Ecobuild Preview: Ecobuild 2012 is set to be another exciting event – FC&A highlights some of best products and services you can expect to see.


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Greenhouse: The first ever UK combined Passivhaus and CSH Level 6 property – a vicarage in Dudley – has just been completed by Speller Metcalfe.


Sustainability in Development: The Triangle is the first major project by Hab Oakus, the groundbreaking company spearheaded by designer and TV presenter Kevin McCloud.


Design & Desire: From car plant to contemporary campus – how Bournville College is the gateway to Longbridge’s regeneration.


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Praise for eco-vicarage The first ever UK combined Passivhaus and Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH) Level 6 property, has just reached completion in Kingswinford, Dudley. Built on behalf of the Diocese of Worcester by Speller Metcalfe, the Penzer Street vicarage, one of two such properties, has been praised for its eco credentials. Above: In summer, the large south-facing windows can be shaded with adjustable recessed blinds; The roof has two types of solar panels: PV to generate electricity and thermal tubes for solar hot water Below: One of two such properties, the Penzer Street eco vicarage is a cutting edge, industry-leading building that will generate more energy than it uses


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Cutting-edge buildings The aim of the Diocese was to indicate how the Church thought future buildings should impact minimally on the environment. The result has been the construction of two new houses built to the highest standards, with a third ready to go when funds permit. “These are cutting-edge, industryleading buildings that will generate more energy than they use,” continues Wild. “Estimated annual fuel bills will be less than £100 at current prices. There are no central heating systems and therefore no carbon emissions; they are heated by solar gain as well as energy generated through occupying the house. The Worcester Parsonages Committee believes that this is the only sustainable method of building design for the future.” As well as being zero-carbon, the Penzer Street property has met the highest Government standards for domestic buildings reaching CSH Level 6, which takes into account factors such as energy and water use, materials, pollution and ecology. Alongside meeting CSH standards, the property also conforms to the German ‘Passivhaus’ model, which recognises properties that utilise very small quantities of energy. As part of the build,

Speller Metcalfe had to ensure the highest levels of airtightness (the rate at which air escapes a building) and insulation.

South-facing range John Christophers from Associated Architects explains the design of the building: “The principal rooms are organised in a south-facing range finished in white render (served); brick-faced stairs, bathrooms and plant to the north (servant) maintain privacy for both the new and the neighbouring old vicarage. Accommodation is on three levels. The ground floor contains the vicar’s study and garden living room. The first floor provides kitchen/dining, a private family living room and a flexible study/ guest bedroom. The top floor has three bedrooms tucked into the roofspace with top lighting. “The served rooms have large southfacing windows to collect winter sun, and to give excellent daylighting throughout the year. In summer these are shaded with adjustable recessed blinds. The roof has two types of solar panels: PV to generate electricity and thermal tubes for solar hot water. “External brick and render are in sympathy with their surroundings. The blue-black slate roof is toned with the solar panels and its neighbours. Heavy construction throughout means the home heats up and cools down slowly to avoid extremes of temperature.” Energy demand is reduced to an absolute minimum with superinsulation, triple glazing and super airtight construction. South glazing promotes useful solar gain and daylighting to significantly reduce electrical consumption. Low energy lighting is used throughout, with LED lighting to the kitchen worktops. The eco vicarages do not require boilers. Instead, a Mechanical Ventilation Heat Recovery (MVHR) system maintains 20ºC internally, recovering internal heat gains from occupants and equipment. In addition, a ground to air heat exchanger tempers the incoming air. As underground temperatures remain a constant 12ºC throughout the year, outside air is simply drawn through an underground pipe. It is warmed by up to 9°C in winter, and cooled by up to 14°C in summer.

Hot water is provided by 5m2 of solar thermal evacuated tubes, feeding a 550 litre thermal store. 42m2 of solar photovoltaic panels provide electricity, generating revenue through the Government’s Feed-in Tariff scheme. The solar thermal evacuated tubes will qualify for the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme. Consequently, annual energy demand should reduce from 26,000kWhr in the old vicarage to 8,000kWhr.



he Church of England is currently trying to reduce its carbon footprint by 80 per cent, and the Diocese of Worcester felt they could no longer justify current heating costs of £2000 per year. Needing to cater not only to their environmental needs but also increasing capacity, Speller Metcalfe was contracted to build two new properties. “Vicarages have always been bought and sold to reflect changing needs and it became apparent that new houses in three locations across the Diocese were required,” explains Mark Wild, Diocese Surveyor. “A longer view than statutory insulation standards was needed, as these houses would still be in church ownership in 40 years’ time. By then the Church of England aims to reduce its carbon footprint by 80% and current housing costing over £2000 a year to heat would be no longer viable. The Diocese of Worcester was prepared to back up words with action.”

Fact File • Client: Diocese of Worcester • Architect: Associated Architects

• Building Contractor: Speller Metcalfe

• Quanitity Surveyor: Allman Woodcock

• Environmental Services: Couch Perry & Wilkes

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Commenting on the project’s cost, Peter Murch, from quantity surveyors Allman Woodcock said: “The building has cost £1965/m2, approximately 30% above comparable standard construction. But each vicarage will generate savings for the Diocese over its lifetime, with payback on construction costs being attained in eight years. To achieve the most efficient construction costs we

due to the additional expense compared to a standard development, we have built a home that will recoup additional costs within eight years, as well as save the Diocese a phenomenal £2000 per year in heating bills. In times of financial uncertainty, these costs can instantly have a direct impact to homeowners due to the reduced costs of running a home. “With the building reaching CSH Level 6 combined with Passivhaus accreditation – the first of its kind in the UK – the property will not use any form of central heating. Simply put, the building will produce its own ventilation and heating to leave the users comfortable throughout the year.” Commenting on the overall project, John Christophers said: “Although the scheme breaks new ground in many different ways, we hope one day all homes in England will be constructed to this standard.”

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Sustainability in Development The Triangle – a 42-home sustainable development in Swindon,Wiltshire, has been built with the highest green, architectural and community principles in mind. Designed by Glenn Howells Architects and built by Wilmott Dixon Housing,The Triangle was built on the site of a former caravan park and plant nursery

Living the dream To be ‘sustainable’ in the 21st Century, new houses must incorporate far more than just solar panels and biomass boilers in their design. Sustainability needs to be a core principle that runs through every stage of the build process. In this special feature, FC&A takes a look at The Triangle, the first major project by Hab Oakus, the groundbreaking company spearheaded by designer and TV presenter, Kevin McCloud. the Code for Sustainable Homes with the potential to upgrade to zero carbon status through the use of the most sustainable methods and products. Designed by Glenn Howells Architects and built by Wilmott Dixon Housing, The Triangle was built on the site of a former caravan park and plant nursery. Although it may just look like any other suburban housing estate, in fact, it is far from ordinary. It is fitting that McCloud describes The Triangle’s design ideals as ‘Excellent Ordinary’ as this perfectly captures the progressive and challenging ethos of a development that still seems to adhere to many aesthetic and architectural conventions.

Everyday innovations The triangle-shaped slice of contemporary design which centres around a small green is a ‘contemporary interpretation of Swindon’s Victorian railway cottages’ and includes a number of innovations that elevate it above

traditional housing projects. Although many of these are unseen, or perhaps unnoticed, they make a significant impression on both its aesthetic and environmental performance. In contrast to the bland, heat-leaking houses that McCloud has been strongly critical of, each of the homes have an unusually high ground floor ceiling as well as oversized patio doors to flood the interiors with natural light. Ventilating ‘chimneys’ act as natural air conditioners and there are individual IT interfaces (The Shimmies) that allow residents to monitor energy use, check local transport timetables and even communicate with their neighbours – in keeping with the strong sense of community that is so integral to the Hab Oakus vision. The sustainability and community concept continues outside of the homes’ walls. The Triangle includes a number of poly-tunnels and vegetable patches to encourage tenants to grow their

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ouses that take economic, social and environmental issues into consideration throughout their design, build and ongoing performance, are the only ones that are truly sustainable. Eco-homes may be relatively easy to create, but can one-off sustainable house building be achieved on a much larger and commercial scale? Kevin McCloud, designer and presenter of Channel 4’s Grand Designs, believes so. The designer set up Hab (Happiness Architecture Beauty) five years ago to prove that it is possible to build volume housing that is well-designed, community focused, environmentally sound and commercially viable. The company’s first major project – The Triangle – is a 42-home sustainable development in Swindon built with the highest green, architectural and community principles in mind. The scheme by Hab Oakus, a joint venture between Hab and housing group GreenSquare, aimed to attain Level 4 of


Sustainability in Development own food, as well as bringing people together – again emphasised with the installation of traditional water pumps for the development’s irrigation. McCloud believes that changing people’s behaviour is the key to creating a sustainable community, as will the use of contemporary, environmentally-friendly building materials for the structures themselves.

Material matters Kevin McCloud has long advocated the necessity of well-planned, sustainable housing and has stated that “firstrate architecture and landscape design are absolutely key to creating wonderful places to live, but the standard of construction and the calibre of components and materials are fundamental too.” Around £2.5m was provided by the

Homes and Communities Agency’s National Affordable Housing Programme to support McCloud’s ambitious scheme at The Triangle. In addition, £840,000 was also invested by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) Low Carbon Investment Fund for the use of sustainable materials. Lime Technology’s Tradical® Hemcrete®, an innovative and highly sustainable alternative to conventional masonry, was chosen to create the walls of the homes. The 42-unit application is currently the largest housing scheme that has used the innovative material for the creation of its 2,200m2 of walls. A truly sustainable alternative to conventional materials, it is a mixture of hemp and a lime binder and is unlike anything else as it offers negative embodied CO2. This is achieved through

the use of hemp, which absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere during growth, which is then locked up in the structure of the house, thus creating negative embodied CO2. For a typical wall section, Tradical® Hemcrete® will have 130kg CO2/m2 less embodied CO2 than traditional brick and block. This puts it to the forefront of the fight against climate change and has won it much praise – rather than the traditional ‘turning of the sod’ at The Triangle, the team instead opted to perform a demonstration of Tradical® Hemcrete®. In fact, approximately 66 tonnes of CO2 were locked up within the Hemcrete® walls at The Triangle. Due to the comprehensive sustainable design and build process, the carbon footprint of the houses is 300 tonnes lower than if they had been built using a traditional brick and block cavity construction.

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Further benefits As well as absorbing carbon from the air during production, the material also produces highly insulating walls with a low U-value, ideal for meeting the higher levels of the Code for Sustainable Homes. It also reduces heating needs due to its excellent thermal inertia. On top of its immediate advantages to sustainability, Tradical® Hemcrete® is vapour permeable, ensuring a healthy breathable walling system. Suitable for fast track construction, its advantages come at no cost to sustainability. With the building industry having to quickly adapt to the challenges of the future, it’s no surprise that products such as Tradical® Hemcrete® are being chosen for beacon schemes like The Triangle. Able to be mixed off-site for fast track construction, it provided Hab Oakus with an efficient and convenient way to create the homes’ structures. Some 660m3 of Tradical® Hemcrete® was delivered to site in concrete lorries ready for application. Kevin McCloud commented: “Tradical® Hemcrete® offered us an opportunity to build with a material that locks up carbon as it grows. Hemp is the second fastest growing crop on the planet, after bamboo, so it can be slotted in between other crops during a growing season. It also requires almost no inputs and enriches the soil. Tradical® Hemcrete® is non-combustible, breathable, tough and flexible and has remained our first choice ever since we saw it being used.” Lime Technology’s Ian Pritchett said of The Triangle: “We were delighted to have the opportunity to get involved in this project, not least because it gave us the chance to show off the fantastic properties of the building material and to show that Tradical® Hemcrete® really is a viable alternative to traditional building materials for mainstream projects.”

As the Hemcrete® application process was completed during one of the harshest winters on record, including the worst December weather for 100 years, Lime Technology learned valuable lessons about the material – discovering that in wet conditions the product took longer to dry than expected. However, following extensive product research at The BRE Centre for Innovative Construction Materials (at Bath University), it was discovered that Hemcrete® performs even better than previously thought with a unique combination of thermal insulation and inertia to create buildings with very stable temperatures. Following the project, Lime Technology launched Hembuild®, an off-site panelised walling system using closed panel timber cassettes filled with Hemcrete® and natural fibre insulation which takes off-site timber construction to new levels. In these panels the Hemcrete® is dried before it leaves the factory to allow efficient construction all year round. The company has also launched a hemp-based cladding system which has recently been used on a groundbreaking new storage facility for one of the nation’s most prestigious supermarket chains. Hemclad® also utilises the environmental credentials of Tradical® Hemcrete® to provide a cost-effective and sustainable cladding panel system. It can hang on a steel, glulam or concrete structural frame, and has been designed to take wind loading and a number of external cladding finishes as required. Offering superb insulation performance, Hemclad® can be supplied in a range of U-values from 0.10 to 0.25 W/m2K to help provide a thermally efficient building envelope.

Grand Designs presenter and Hab Oakus pioneer Kevin McCloud, said the carbon-locking Tradical® Hemcrete® from Lime Technology, has remained their first choice ever since they saw it being used

An energy efficient future Architects, developers and contractors might not be able to solve all the world’s ecological problems but they can certainly design and construct buildings at a fraction of current energy levels. Developing volume housing while respecting the environment is possible and it doesn’t have to be at the expense of good and sustainable design.

All homes were constructed using timber frames to further improve their environmental credentials. The Tradical® Hemcrete® was poured between internal permanent boarding on the timber frame and external removable shuttering to create a wall thickness of 300mm (plus finishes) offering a U-value of 0.19. Once poured into place, the external temporary shuttering was then removed and the Tradical® Hemcrete® left to cure and dry.

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A risky business? Graham Perrior, Group Head of Standards and Technical at NHBC


he change from traditional building techniques is being driven by a number of factors including the significant challenge to achieve zero carbon homes, a shortage of skilled labour and a drive to improve the quality and efficiency of the construction process while maintaining the quality of the finished building. However, while much debate has focused on the fire safety of timberframed buildings, there has been very little research carried out or published, on the risks posed by other forms of non-traditional construction.

The use of such non-traditional construction techniques raises additional issues requiring appropriate management at design, manufacture and installation stages and can often be further complicated by an increasing number and wider diversity of thermal insulating products being used, perhaps with differing performance characteristics. The question being asked therefore, is do these non-traditional constructions present higher risk and are they more susceptible to disproportionate damage in the event of fire? One of the obvious places to start any

review is by looking back at the statistical data gained so far, but unfortunately in this situation, one of the major factors preventing accurate diagnosis is that the innovative nature of many of the products used, provides a limited track record of actual in-service performance in the UK.

New NHBC report To present a balanced view of the risks involved, the NHBC Foundation carried out a research project resulting in a recently published new report looking into these issues. ‘Fire performance of new residential buildings (NF36)’; provides information on the risks and best practice guidance for designers, builders and those involved in the fire safety aspect of new homes where they relate specifically to Building Regulations 2000 for England and Wales. Guided by the input from a 14-strong stakeholder steering group, including many within the design and construction industry and fire services, the report looks at real fires data, case studies and the current regulatory framework and prescriptive guidance of the Building Regulations. It identifies issues to be considered and addressed with regard to fire safety of modern residential buildings and showcases guidance and information that will benefit key stakeholders across the construction industry when considering nontraditional construction methods in residential buildings.

A new report by the NHBC: ‘Fire performance of new residential buildings (NF36)’, provides a balanced view of the fire risks involved in non-traditional construction methods

In recent years we have seen an increasing number of non-traditional residential buildings being built, ranging from factory produced modular systems through to innovative site-built constructions. Graham Perrior, Group Head of Standards and Technical at NHBC, discusses the fire risks imposed by these different forms of construction.


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Improved communication To some extent, usual methods of collecting real fire data have not included a requirement to distinguish the specific form of construction. Improved communication between insurers, the Fire and Rescue Service (FRS) and the construction industry, is essential to improve collected data, and we are aware of significant work being carried out to improve this situation. It is hoped that such work will help the FRS and facilitate a robust database of information over time that would assist in controlling fire spread, and subsequent financial losses to both homeowners and insurance companies. The NHBC Foundation report also explores the possibility of reducing fires during the construction phase through more rigorous site management, enhanced security measures, better sequencing of works, increased use of closed panel construction where the linings are installed off-site, the use of fire retardant treatment processes and the use of non-combustible board forming the sheathing layer. While fire safety on construction sites is generally a matter for the Health and Safety Executive, non-traditional construction methods do present differing risks that need to be addressed, and the report notes that


effective detection or suppression could be used in tandem with preventative measures to reduce the severity of fire that does occur. The evidence in the report does not conclude that non-traditional construction methods add to fire risk, but instead calls for care and attention in the design and construction of all domestic buildings. Where appropriate, consideration should be given to means of test and assessment that more closely reflect the end use consideration of the structural components and the interaction between individual elements such as walls and floors. Regardless of construction type, the use of combustible materials either as principal framing elements or within the fabric of the building, may provide a route for either internal fire spread through cavities or externally through the façade and will always remain a risk requiring satisfactory management. To limit the risk of internal fire spread, the report highlights the importance of specifying and installing the correct passive fire protection with cavity barriers installed and located correctly. Any discontinuities will provide a route for fire to spread –

bypassing all other passive fire protection systems. A number of different solutions have also been proposed to address the issue of accidental or deliberate ignition sources on construction sites containing large quantities of combustible materials. These include, guidance measures such as the use of closed panel solutions where wall and floor panels are prepared off-site with linings already installed, using non-combustible screens tied back to the scaffold to reduce the potential for ignition of adjacent buildings from external fire spread and the use of sprinkler and deluge systems.

Follow-up publication NHBC Foundation has also recently entered the early planning stages of a follow-up publication ‘Fires in Cavities of Residential Buildings’, providing further research and information on this topical issue. We hope considered reports of this nature will continue to help and inform the construction industry as new methods of house building evolve.

The methods of construction examined in the report include: • insulated concrete formwork (ICF) • light timber frame • structural insulated panels (SIPs) • engineered floor joists • light steel-framing. Addressing the concern that nontraditional forms of construction result in larger insurance claims, the report also looks at real fire data from several sources across date ranges from 1998 to 2010. While the initial findings indicate that certain forms of construction may contribute towards fire spread, perhaps leading to some increase in claims, which may be due to the increase in the use of non-traditional construction, further research of data is required to draw any firm conclusions. But an improvement in the accuracy of recording non-traditional construction types will be required to gain a better understanding of the risk. Too often non-traditional construction types are labelled as ‘other’. fireperformance

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Nu-Heat will be demonstrating its wide range of cost-effective and achievable energy efficient systems at Ecobuild 2012

What’s Nu at Ecobuild! Nu-Heat is celebrating its 20th year as a major underfloor heating supplier and will once again be showcasing its wide range of cost-effective, realistic and achievable energy efficient options at Ecobuild 2012.


build homes have significantly changed in recent years, allowing renewable technologies including heat pumps and solar panels together with underfloor heating, to make a positive impact on highly insulated properties,” says Adrian Troop, Nu-Heat’s Sales & Marketing Director.

Design and supply Nu-Heat has supplied such systems for a number of projects around the country, including Talbot Way in Letchworth, Hertfordshire, a scheme that is providing 60 homes with mixed property types and tenures built to be environmentally sustainable. The heating system for the 18 private houses incorporates Nu-Heat’s solar thermal for hot water and for the 42 social housing apartments, Nu-Heat has designed and supplied an integrated system comprising UFH, air source heat pumps and solar thermal controlled via a series of building management systems. This particular specification meets the CSH Level 4. Nu-Heat also supplies rainwater harvesting systems that are capable of replacing 30% to 50% of the mains water consumption, making a significant difference to an average family in terms of water bills where water is metered. The systems are manufactured by Roth, a German company that owns and

operates the world’s largest blow-mould machine and uses high molecular weight HDPE and also supplies the panels for Nu-Heat’s solar thermal systems. The Nu-Heat range of products integrates seamlessly to provide energy efficient heating and hot water systems tailored to the individual needs of a property. With the single point of contact, housebuilders and developers can be saved considerable time and effort.Visit Stand S3630 at Ecobuild to find out more.


cobuild offers a great platform for experienced renewables providers like Nu-Heat to talk to a wide range of customers, including installers, architects, specifiers and self-builders. The company began supplying underfloor heating (UFH) when the founders realised how hard it was to source the system in the UK. The company has a choice of over 60 different floor constructions from solid beam and block to specialist acoustic variations and timber-joisted floors, giving customers the opportunity to specify the best option for a particular project. Nu-Heat’s development team is also currently working on a new floor construction that will have a big impact on the retrofit market. Nu-Heat’s renewables expertise continues to grow as the UK becomes more familiar with the alternative heating technologies. In particular, Nu-Heat has built up a reputation for integrated systems that see UFH working with heat pumps to give an energy efficient system that helps to reach the latest level of the Code for Sustainable Homes. Such systems benefit from the inclusion of solar thermal, a system that is often overlooked but can provide the householder with around 60% of their hot water needs in an average year. “Specification standards for new

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Open view Over 160 apartments at City Peninsula, Greenwich, have benefited from fast and easy installation of stunning glass balustrade systems using C.R. Laurence’s innovative TAPER-LOC® Dry Glaze Balustrade System.


by all parties. The product worked wonderfully, was fit for purpose and was easy to use. The product information and instructions were also very clear.” The balconies are designed to allow residents to take full advantage of the outside areas around the development as Joanna Lewinski, Partner at RMA Architecture Ltd explains: “The clean

lines of the cantilever balustrade solution offer a simple but effective method to enclose the different types of balconies. The fully glazed enclosure allows river and city views and enhances the feeling of openness within the apartments.” The TAPER-LOC® System conforms to BS6180:1999 and BS6399-1:1996 and is more than 50% faster than alternative methods and uses a unique horizontal TAPER-LOC® design, which allows the system to be adjusted, dismantled and re-set. This gave the installers the flexibility and control they needed on-site for accurate installation and will make replacing scratched or broken panels effortless in the future. The development has also secured an ECO Homes excellent ratings award and the exterior elevations to the buildings are greatly enhanced by the glass-fronted balconies which give a contemporary and luxurious feel to the development.

The fully glazed enclosures allow river and city views and enhance the feeling of openness within the apartments


ity Peninsula is one of the largest and most ambitious urban regeneration schemes ever seen in Europe with 166 luxurious apartments and triple level town houses, all benefiting from spectacular 360° panoramic riverside views. C.R. Laurence is a leading supplier to the glazing, railing, architectural and construction sectors and its innovative TAPER-LOC® System was used along with base shoe channels to secure the cantilever glass balustrading to the balconies on the apartment blocks. The development for clients Bellway Homes, was designed by RMA Architecture Ltd., and constructed by Principal Contractors, Ardmore Group. Tony Hall, Foreman Steel Fixer at Ardmore Group said: “We used approximately 2,500 units over 19-storeys and had no failed units. The wedges were positioned at 200mm centres on the advice of Building Control when we did the sample test panels, and the system was approved

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External wall finishes housing and have contributed to reductions in heat loss and CO2 emissions, as well as combating condensation and mould growth whilst providing valuable physical protection to the building fabric.

A number of the UK’s largest registered social landlords have utilised the benefits of PermaRock external insulation systems to improve their high-rise housing stocks such as the Charles Street buildings in Glasgow.

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Finishing up Of all the elements that collectively form a domestic dwelling, the external envelope experiences the widest range of unfavourable influences. FC&A takes a look at how PermaRock external wall insulation (EWI) systems provide a technical solution to a very demanding problem.


ny building envelope is exposed to extremes of temperature, wind, rain, fog, ultra-violet radiation, mechanical damage and possible microbiological attack in the form of fungal or algal growths.The façade walls must therefore be designed to successfully resist these phenomena and at the same time fulfil other

The external building envelope experiences the widest range of unfavourable influences. Pictured heree is a block from Charles Street in Glasgow before its improvement


important functions such as ensuring a comfortable and pleasant interior microclimate; providing an aesthetically pleasing appearance that meets with the requirements of the planning authorities; restricting noise transmission, in addition to meeting other demands such as firesafety and environmental acceptability. PermaRock external wall insulation (EWI) systems provide a technical solution that meets all of these contradictory factors, whilst at the same time providing physical protection to the underlying structure with a lifetime durability that can match or exceed that of the structure itself. Indeed, such is the versatility of EWI that it not only provides the most effective solution for improving the thermal performance of existing buildings but is also playing a more prominent role in delivering higher thermal insulation standards for new buildings. PermaRock EWI systems have been used with great success in the UK to benefit

On an aesthetic level, EWI systems have provided new façades that either maintain a traditional appearance or provide a complete facelift, giving significant improvements in the appearance of houses and flats. A number of the UK’s largest registered social landlords have utilised the benefits of PermaRock EWI systems to improve their high-rise housing stocks.Working on Glasgow Housing Association (GHA) and River Clyde Homes’ properties (in conjunction with Wates Living Space), PermaRock systems have been installed on over 40 high-rise blocks to date. Both organisations have taken a prominent lead in the use of external wall insulation for high-rise re-development and have taken full advantage of the design possibilities available. In particular, the high-rise works for Glasgow HA, constitute one of the UK’s largest ever refurbishment programmes on multi-storey blocks, with 100 high-rise blocks to be given a facelift over the coming years. In putting together a performance specification for the over-cladding systems for the multi-storey residential blocks, both gave careful consideration not only to the thermal performance requirements, in terms of improvements in the building envelope U-value, but also to fire resistance, resistance to impact, resistance to water penetration and wind suction forces, and also to how the system installation could best be undertaken alongside a concurrent window replacement program. Working closely with Wates Living Space, the clients fully appreciated that the external envelopes of multi-storey, high rise buildings experience a wide range of unfavourable influences and there was also much thought given to the fire performance requirements for the external cladding system. Previous fires in high rise blocks at Knowsley Heights in 1991 and at Garnock Court, Irvine in 1999, had prompted revisions to the guidance on performance requirements for external

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cladding systems on multi-storey buildings, and the external cladding programmes required that the cladding system be fully compliant with the Scottish Building Standards and tested in compliance with BS 8414-Part1: 2002 ‘Test method for non-loadbearing external cladding systems applied to the face of the building’. After a rigorous assessment of the systems available in the UK, and after evaluating the technical support available from the system designers, as well as the experience and competencies of the systems approved installers, the PermaRock Mineral Fibre External Wall Insulation System was selected as a system that could meet all of the client’s requirements.

Widespread approval The results to date in Glasgow have met with approval from all quarters, and already the occupants of the blocks have noticed an improvement in internal comfort levels, as well as being delighted with the improvements in the appearance of their homes. Curle Street, located in the Whiteinch & Scotstoun area of Glasgow (west side

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of the city), is managed by Whiteinch & Scotstoun L.H.O for Glasgow Housing Association, and the client and tenants have noticed considerable improvements in living conditions since the work has been completed. Ian Morrison, of Whiteinch & Scotstoun HA, comments: “With no investment in the external fabric of the block since it was erected, tenants were delighted with the new windows and external cladding (PermaRock EWI) works carried out. Tenants have generally expressed their relief that the buildings are now warm and can be heated more cost-effectively, while the outward appearance of the block is now considered to be attractive. All at Whiteinch LHO were glad that working with our colleagues in the GHA could see these important improvements delivered to tenants.” The regeneration of the high-rise tower blocks in both Glasgow and Greenock clearly demonstrates how social housing can utilise the full capabilities of external wall insulation. Not only are the basic technical requirements of structural protection and heat energy saving achieved, but the innovative use of bold colourful design, indicates a level of excellence in a social housing refurbishment. The availability of funding/grant support under the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT) and Community Energy Savings Programme (CESP) initiatives is currently acting as a stimulus for similar high density public sector refurbishment projects to take place throughout the UK, and this level of investment should continue with the introduction of the Green Deal and the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) in late 2012.

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Richard Saxon is a RIBA Client Adviser with over 40 years experience of the industry. He was chairman of BDP, the multi-discipline practice, a founder and past president of the British Council for Offices and chairman of the construction reform groups the Reading Construction Forum and Be, Collaborating for the Built Environment. He was awarded the CBE in 2001 for services to architecture and construction.


t used to be normal for those intending to build something to hire an architect and a cost adviser to plan their project and set it up.Then project managers emerged as the first point of contact and many clients, including the whole public sector, were advised not to buy design separately from construction. Integrated design and construction does perform better at delivering the goods on time and budget but it can perform worse at helping the client define the right project to create. This is because it is a delivery-focussed way of working which you don’t buy until you know what you want. For the client to know what they want it’s important that they have good advisers around them from day one.

Key skills Effective clients need five key skills: • To put together their internal team of stakeholders and work with them on what is needed and what can be afforded • To know how the project will create the value they need in delivering their business or service • To be able to take their project to market and know what the price should be; • To communicate with the supply side so they understand value in the client’s terms • To be able to sponsor the project, steering and decision-making, from inception to completion.


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The success of any construction project depends on its client. It’s not an easy industry to buy from and those with expertise, like developers and frequent corporate clients, get far more for their money than do the less experienced. RIBA Client Adviser, Richard Saxon, explains how this latter group can successfully get what they require. Strategic support from advisers with an architectural background is very helpful in defining the project and communicating with stakeholders and suppliers. Client advisers help stakeholders to envision the possibilities and understand the trade-offs; they appraise the site or building to be used and define the way the building should work for the client to deliver value.They can then communicate to designers and constructors to help with selection, first of the right people and then of the right design. Keeping the team on track as the project progresses is also a key service.The client side needs discipline to avoid making changes to requirements and the supplier side needs monitoring to see that client value is not lost as cost pressures are encountered. The Client Adviser does not design.The architect within the design-build team will be the lead designer, but the scope for design to solve the client’s need, will depend on this pre-design work of definition and decision support to the client. There are new opportunities for clients to get good value which the Adviser will help with. It’s now known that buildings often don’t perform as designed and that skilful commissioning and early-stage operation are needed to get performance and meet sustainability targets.This is more than is usually asked for from design-build teams and is known as Soft Landings.

Construction is also beginning to use computing power to model the whole project, a technique called BIM: Building Information Modelling. BIM reduces costs and risks for clients and gives them huge help in operating the building later. But it needs client skills to ask for what will be most useful to them.

Sequence of thought The value of Adviser input is large in relation to its cost.The building is likely to support client business worth 30 times its capital cost over 20 years.The 20-year facility management cost could be three times construction cost. Design and management of projects is typically a tenth of capital cost and the preparation stage costs less than a tenth of that. So the leverage between initial thought and outcomes can be over 3000 to 1. The ideal sequence of thought is: • Optimise the performance of the asset for the organisation • Set acceptable operating costs • Determine the capital cost to achieve these targets • Seek the best way to hold the asset, as owner, tenant or serviced occupier. The RIBA has established a cohort of senior, accredited Client Advisers to meet this strategic need. Find your adviser by visiting:

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Products from the Dulux Trade Ecosure range of high performing sustainable paints were used in the refurbishment of Natural Retreat’s lavish eco-friendly holiday accommodation in Richmond, North Yorkshire

Painting a greener future Sustainability is becoming one of the most important issues in the coatings industry, with increasing pressure on manufacturers to become more eco-friendly arising from new legislations and the increasing demand for ‘green’ products from consumers. However, as Ann Noble, Marketing Manager for Sustainability at Dulux Trade explains, it isn’t just legislative pressures driving sustainability advances in the industry.


any businesses in the decorating and construction industry are setting their own ambitious targets to help specifiers meet the stringent demands placed on them by customers to reduce the environmental impact of their projects. In order to meet new EU regulations, manufacturers within the coatings


industry have adjusted the raw materials in their paints. As well as reducing the level of VOCs in coatings, this has also made them more sustainable. In order to offer a genuinely sustainable coatings solution, specifiers also need to look beyond selecting products based on the ingredients used in a formulation – and work with suppliers that are taking a more holistic approach to assessing and

reducing their environmental impact. This includes looking at how producers are manufacturing and delivering coatings, and how their products actually perform in practice. For leading coatings companies, the ultimate goal is to improve sustainability without compromising on quality. Dulux Trade for example, has worked with Forum for the Future to develop the

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Assessing sustainability Dulux Trade, in its testing with the EIA, has found that a paint product’s sustainability is best assessed by looking at three elements: how long it lasts, how much will be needed, and what is in it. These findings allow specifiers to be clearer about which coatings may help a project to have the lowest overall environmental impact. When choosing between products, specifiers should consider all three of these aspects to make the best overall choice. A highly durable paint for example, can be a more sustainable solution over its entire lifetime than a standard product, especially if the paint is applied to a high traffic area. A durable paint may need to be replaced less frequently, reducing the amount of paint used in the long-term. The environmental impact associated with more frequent repetition of the redecorating process, as well as reducing waste packaging and left-over paint, could also be cut. The same is true of a coating that has a poor opacity or low spreading rate. If more paint is required to complete a project, then the overall carbon impact of the project may be higher. It is also important to realise, that it is not simply a matter of selecting the coating that seems to boast the most robust environmental credentials on the tin in terms of the ingredients used in its manufacture. Natural raw ingredients for example, might not always be the best choice. Just because a coating is marketed as natural, this does not necessarily mean it is more sustainable. As well as implementing sustainability practices throughout their own manufacturing process, it is important that suppliers actively support contractors and appliers to help them

to do their bit when it comes to reducing the carbon footprint of a project. Most manufacturers will now include on their website for example, a guide to estimating how much paint will be needed for a project. These paint calculators take into account the performance attributes of the coating specified and the dimensions of the project, and estimate how much will actually be required. Not only does this help specifiers to be more cost-effective in sourcing materials, it also reduces the environmental impact of having to dispose of extra waste materials at the end of a project. Leading suppliers are also playing a central role in advising construction firms and housing association specifiers on how to make their projects more sustainable. Dulux Trade has recently been highly commended at the British Coating Foundation’s Sustainable Innovation Awards for its provision of a sustainability package that helps specifiers to consider amongst other things, how paints can reduce energy needs, how logistics solutions can reduce a project’s carbon footprint, and how to reduce overall wastage on a project.

Many companies have taken steps to make their products more environmentally-friendly, a positive step which means that specifiers can select with confidence, products that have been designed to reduce the carbon footprint of a project. For the most ambitious companies however, a holistic approach to sustainability has come to mean still more than that. For specifiers, the challenge is to make sure that when they are selecting coatings for a project, they look beyond simply choosing products based on the ingredients found in the tin, and instead consider impact over the life cycle of the products they specify. Luckily, manufacturers are making the long-term choices and benefits of their products clearer all the time.

‘Environmental Impact Analyser’ (EIA) system, which analyses three key impact elements – water, waste and carbon – and allows formulating chemists to develop, utilise and measure new technologies that reduce the overall impact of paint whilst maintaining its quality and opacity. Research like this has allowed Dulux Trade to continually improve its coatings, and made it possible for specifiers to a get real idea of the reduced impact of a product.

Working with customers True leaders in sustainability however, are taking an even wider approach. For these companies, it is not just about reducing carbon emissions, but also thinking about the wider society and making lives better for the people they are delivering products and services to, whether directly or indirectly. Ultimately, the environmental measures taken by paint suppliers, designers and contractors will impact on the end-user in a variety of ways. Selecting a light enhancing coating for example, may mean that a space requires less artificial lighting. This could ensure the building itself is more sustainable in the long-term and can also lower building upkeep costs in terms of reducing energy use. For specifiers of course, it is important to consider how the products they select will impact on the environment, but equally important, is how they support end-users to create long-term, sustainable solutions.

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Sustainable galvanizing Galvanizing really comes into its own as a sustainable finish through its one-off nature – the process only needs to be carried out at the beginning of the construction project, but results in effective and long-lasting corrosion protection

Trevor Beech of Wedge Group Galvanizing, the UK’s largest hot-dip galvanizing organisation, explains the key benefits of galvanizing and highlights the growing number of techniques adopted by the industry to further reduce the sector’s environmental impact.


it to be recycled again and again without any loss of its physical or chemical properties.Where galvanizing really comes into its own as a sustainable finish though, is its one-off nature – the process only needs to be carried out at the beginning of the construction project, but results in effective and long-lasting corrosion protection. The industry has taken significant steps over the past few years to enhance the process to reduce its overall environmental impact. As a company, Wedge Group is leading the way by introducing a number of highly-innovative elements to reduce waste and improve energy efficiency. For example, it has introduced sophisticated rainwater harvesting systems at many of its 14 plants across the UK which has minimised the company’s reliance on mains supply.

the galvanized coating, and if successful, will provide unparalleled corrosion protection. Wedge Group Galvanizing is currently the sole distributor in the UK of Galvacoat, a two-component polyurethane-based paint system which has been specifically designed for use on galvanized steel. Galvanizing provides an ideal primer for the paint which, available in all RAL and BS colours at different levels of gloss, allows the contractor a significant degree of design freedom. Once applied to galvanized steel via its one coat system, Galvacoat will last for a minimum of 8-10 years, eliminating the need for repeated on-site maintenance and replacement costs.


alvanizing has long been used within the construction industry to protect steel from corrosion, not only because of its ease of application, cost effectiveness and long-term durability, but because of its inherently sustainable qualities. A number of technological advances and product introductions have made galvanizing even more environmentally-friendly with increasing numbers of contractors incorporating it into the construction process. Steel is a vital raw material in the construction process, but unfortunately it’s highly prone to corrosion. In fact, figures suggest that approximately 4% of the world’s GDP is lost each year due to corrosion, with one tonne of steel turning to rust every 90 seconds. The process of galvanizing involves steel being dipped into molten zinc at temperatures up to 450˚C, where a series of zinc-iron alloy layers are formed creating a protective coating which can provide up to 60 years of maintenancefree life. As a process, galvanizing results in minimal waste, as any zinc that doesn’t instantly form a coating on the metal remains in the galvanizing bath. Indeed, zinc’s non-ferrous properties enable

Colour adhesion Following the galvanizing of steel, there is very often the requirement for colour, the main issue of which is adhesion. Many types of paint will simply not bond adequately to the surface and will consequently run off, peel, or flake prematurely.To be effective and ensure that the paint remains on the surface of the steel, the paint must be compatible with

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Bournville College is a state-of-the-art further education facility that will provide students and staff with one of the most contemporary learning environments in Europe

Contemporary campus Longbridge in Birmingham may have been synonymous with car production, but the site of the former MG Rover plant is now being regenerated with the completion of Bournville College by national contractor Shepherd Construction.


he 4.2 acre campus of the £66m Bournville College, is the first phase of Longbridge’s new town centre with the college creating a striking landmark and gateway to the future regeneration planned by St. Modwen and joint landowner Advantage West Midlands over the next 15 years. Following the closure of the car plant in 2005, the site was cleared. However the history of the site brought many challenges including significant ground contamination and the potential for flooding.


The site was therefore remediated to a suitable depth and the culverted River Rea diverted around the proposed location of the new college. As well as the remediation requirements, the site was also on a geological fault with differing ground conditions to the east and west of the fault.Therefore careful consideration had to be given to the design of the foundations in the different strata. Gifford (now part of Ramboll), the design and structural engineer, developed a piled

solution under all the buildings except the main spine building which straddles the geological fault. For this, a foundation solution comprising continuous flight auger piles was developed by the specialist piling contractor. Birmingham-based international architecture, urbanism and design practice Broadway Malyan, approached the brief to design a building that would not only offer a 21st century learning environment for up to 15,000 full and part-time students, but would also provide an inspirational

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Right: The conference centre is clad in tecu gold copper alloy metallic sheets Far Right: To present a strong welcoming image, the Learning and Resource Centre has been designed with a fully glazed façade wrapped by 34 huge glulam beams Below: The terraced steps at the entrance of the Learning and Resource Centre provide an informal social space as well as providing a clear route to the main spine building

onto the Atrium, providing ‘active frontages’ to passers-by and a stronger connection between the public and the learning environment.

Social heart The Learning and Resource Centre (LRC) was specified as a key area by the college to be used by adult learners and the general public, while the space between the LRC and the spine block, forms a main social heart called ‘The Street’ with a refectory, deli and coffee bar. The LRC will

also eventually face the new town square as part of the site’s masterplan. To present a strong, welcoming image, the LRC has been designed with a fully glazed façade wrapped by 34 huge glulam beams.The vertical timber frames lend a more human scale, rhythm and warmth to help create a stronger relationship with the square while the glazed frontage enables a greater visual connection with passers-by. The terraced steps at the entrance also provide an informal social space as well as providing a clear route

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identity for the local community, with a key message of ‘giving confidence and inclusion for all’. To meet the brief, Broadway Malyan designed the 250,000 sq. ft. building so that it is hinged around a dramatic linear central spine housing the classrooms.The spine then links to a series of lower height distinct blocks accommodating vocational study departments on the ground floor such as hairdressing, construction, catering and hospitality. The vocational areas included glazed sections facing


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to the main spine building. The college’s visual presence has also been made stronger by using cladding panels on the main building that have a distinctly different tone from the remaining blocks while the conference centre is clad in tecu gold copper alloy metallic sheets. A low-level render plinth unifies the blocks and also allows the façade to address the level changes on the site’s perimeter, which in turn allows a cohesive palette of materials to come together whilst retaining the individuality of the separate blocks. The building achieves a ‘Very Good’ BREEAM rating and sustainable technologies include rainwater harvesting systems; ‘earth tube’ air handling units to The Street and LRC; sustainable urban drainage systems; and exposed thermal

mass and night-time cooling. Wherever possible, the materials specified have been on the basis of Green Guide ‘A’ rating. The building also provides an environmentally responsive solution to the provision of natural light and ventilation. Throughout, the project’s design was developed using Building Information Model (BIM) which enabled Gifford to communicate ideas, integrate analysis and modelling and produce comprehensive coordinated design information. This ensured increased accuracy, greater efficiency and communication of the design information with the project team. Broadway Malyan director Aidan Ridyard commented: “Our education sector experts have delivered a state-of-the-art further education facility that will provide

students and staff with one of the most contemporary learning environments in Europe, and this has been achieved by close partnering with stakeholders, including the College and Birmingham City Council, all of whom have widely endorsed the design. “As one of the last of the major Learning and Skills Council-funded projects, the College has been designed as an assertive building to redefine the image of the College, maximise the potential of the landmark site and, as the first part of a wider masterplan, ensure the campus is a bold catalyst in the redevelopment and regeneration of the wider Longbridge area.” Norman Cave, Principal of Bournville College added: “This is a project that has been six years in the making from conception to completion.We’ve been waiting with anticipation for this milestone moment and are pleased about starting a new chapter in the history of Bournville College.The new campus will allow us to provide our students with state-of-the-art resources, the best possible support and a fantastic learning experience across a broad spectrum of subjects.”

The space between the Learning and Resource Centre and the spine block forms a main social heart called ‘The Street’, with a refectory, deli and coffee bar

Fact File

• Client: St. Modwen & Bournville College • Main contractor: Shepherd Construction • Architect: Broadway Malyan • Structural & Design Engineer: Gifford (now part of Ramboll)

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Modular Academy The single-storey building at Wymondham High accommodates five seminar rooms for students studying social sciences and sixth form facilities, including a break-out area, toilets and administration office

A dedicated sixth form centre now in use at Wymondham High, a new academy in Norfolk, has been constructed using a highly sustainable recycled modular building from Foremans Relocatable Building Systems. Completed ahead of schedule, the use of modular buildings reduced the programme from receipt of order to less than three months.


esigned by architects NPS South East, the sixth form centre at Wymondham High, marks the start of a significant new phase in the history of the school. In line with Government policy to increase the number of academies across the UK,


Wymondham High now has academy status, specialising in the arts and sciences. The academy’s sixth form has been recognised as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted and it has been listed as one of the best performing schools in East Anglia. The additional teaching accommodation was needed as the school caters for over 1,600 pupils, with 400 in the sixth form from the start of the 2011/12 academic year and plans are in place to increase pupil numbers to 2,000. The purpose-designed facility was craned into position in just one day during the school holidays to minimise disruption to staff and students.The single-storey building accommodates five seminar rooms for students studying social sciences and sixth form facilities, including a break-out area, toilets and administration office.The main contractor was Farrans (Construction) Ltd. A collaborative approach was taken to the design of the new building.The most appropriate aesthetic solution for the exterior was discussed at workshops with sixth form design students. Students were keen to use timber from a sustainable

source and to introduce colour into the project.The architects worked with Foremans to develop a cladding solution using natural larch with vertical ‘windows’ cut out to reveal the modular steel structure finished in three colours – jade, heritage green and wedgewood blue.

Expectations Exceeded Commenting on the new building,Victoria Musgrave, Principal at Wymondham High Academy said: “This project has definitely exceeded our expectations and both staff and students are genuinely thrilled with it. They like the ambience it has created, the flexibility of the space, and the fact that we now have a dedicated facility for our sixth form. “The Foremans team was very helpful, personable and efficient throughout and the modular solution has given us the very best scheme for our available budget. It was also sufficiently flexible to meet our project-specific requirements and has provided us with a high quality teaching environment, which symbolises the start of a new era for the school.”

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A collaborative approach was taken to the design of the new building at Wymondham High with solutions for the exterior being discussed at workshops with sixth form design students

Louise Robinson, Project Architect at NPS South East, said: “This scheme has changed our perception of modular building. It feels robust and secure and has good sound quality – you would never know it is a modular structure.We are impressed with the finish, particularly externally, and the cladding is crisp and well executed.” She added: “The building was installed in just one day and the modular approach gave us the benefit of a critical saving on time.The project had to be delivered in just three months before the start of the new academic year, which was a major challenge. I am pleased to report the school was actually able to move in several days earlier than planned – a significant achievement for the design and construction team.” All Foremans’ recycled modular buildings are fully refurbished with new windows, wall linings, partitions, mechanical and electrical services, doors, flooring and cladding, to create high quality accommodation for a wide variety of education applications.

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Ecobuild your future! Following an outstanding debut at ExCel in 2011, Ecobuild 2012 is set to be another exciting event, showcasing the very best in sustainable design, construction and the built environment.


et to be even bigger than ever, Ecobuild 2012 from March 2022, with over 1,500 suppliers, offers visitors the latest and best in everything from building materials to micro-renewables, from rainwater harvesting systems to interiors. From big names, to up and comers in the Green shoots entrepreneurs’ zone, plus an outstanding conference programme, Ecobuild 2012 has something for everyone. The Ecobuild three-day, three-stream conference, sponsored by the UK Green Building Council, focuses on new thinking and challenging ideas, as well as the pressing issues affecting Government policy and the construction sector – how to keep the industry profitable, remain committed to a low carbon built environment, and manage the country’s economy through a low growth period with record levels of public debt. Macro themes covered include ‘Beyond construction: achieving a sustainable future’, ‘Making sustainable construction happen’ and ‘Design, architecture & sustainability’. Leading the speaker line-up are renowned commentators including Sir John Beddington, Monty Don, Janet Street Porter, Greg Dyke,Tony Juniper and Angela Brady, covering topics as diverse as ‘Growing out of trouble – how social enterprise can help restore society, People and the planet and Collaborative consumption’.

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A topical addition to the programme for 2012 is an ‘Olympics special’ hosted jointly by the Construction Products Association and BRE in which Construction Minister, Mark Prisk and Peter Bonfield, Adviser to the Olympic Delivery Authority on materials procurement, consider how, having delivered ‘the greenest games ever’, the learning from the development of the Olympic Park can be put to use in other developments. More applied is Ecobuild’s seminar programme which delivers practical advice from experienced practitioners through over 130 sessions including ‘Energy & innovation in buildings’, ‘Better through BIM’, ‘Buildings in use’, ‘Future energy’ and ‘Sustainable by design’. Visitors looking to get their hands dirty can do so at a dozen or more live attractions – literally in the case of Ecobuild’s ‘Natural, traditional…sustainable’, which demonstrates cob wall building alongside straw bale construction and carpentry techniques. Elsewhere on the exhibition floor, Renewable Heat Focus sponsored by Vaillant, offers daily talks and one-to-one advice on how best to benefit from the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) plus a showcase and working models of the latest technology including solar thermal, biomass and heat pumps. Renew, sponsored by Knauf Insulation, provides practical advice on one of the most important aspects of achieving an

energy efficient building – a highly insulated, air-tight building envelope – through daily live demonstrations. Ecobuild’s Solar Hub, sponsored by Solarcentury, demonstrates how the installation of solar PV still offers attractive rates of return via the UK Feed-in Tariff, despite adjustments to the Government’s incentive scheme, through a series of talks and presentations, plus one-to-one advice. Visitors will get practical guidance on how to specify the most appropriate system for the best results.

The Ecobuild three-day conference programme will focus on new thinking and challenging ideas

In addition to the main programme, Ecobuild’s exhibitors and partners will be offering a variety of events including the TRADA timber tours, the BREEAM awards, sessions from UKTI on international opportunities, and a programme of sessions in the UK-GBC’s ‘big tent’ on the exhibition floor. Ecobuild is free to attend when you register at can also create your own itinerary using Ecobuild’s online planner. See you there!

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Exploring green security options Electric locking solutions are a growth area in the security industry. Jon Burke, Marketing Manager for Abloy UK, discusses the benefits of using these new technologies over more traditional solutions.


eeping equipment, valuables and important or sensitive paperwork safe is important for any organisation, but with many businesses employing a green agenda, using a secure electric solution has to be balanced with energy efficiency. The most effective electric locking can be delivered with either solenoid or motorised locks. Solenoid locks work by controlling either the latch or the handle, and are suitable for internal doors of public buildings, offices, schools or hospitals, and external doors of apartments and detached houses.

These handle-operated locks are ideal for use in medium traffic areas where security and accessibility are important. These locks can be easily controlled by an access control system or through remote control equipment like a push button, keypad or timer. An example of a solenoid lock is the Abloy EL560, which can be set as fail locked or fail unlocked. Compliant with EN12209 for mechanical resistance as well as EN179 for use on an emergency exit door and EN1125 for panic doors, this solenoid lock also offers monitoring of the bolt position and handle operation.


Motorised locks are an ideal solution for applications where security is required to be part of a green agenda

Motorised locks work by motorising the bolt back once a proximity card is presented or a request to exit device is used. Without a handle, which is the most vulnerable part of a door, motorised locks are hands-free making them a more reliable alternative to a solenoid. Abloy offers the EL520 motorised lock, which is most suitable for use on high traffic exit doors or access-controlled doors. This lock also offers compliance to EN12209, EN179 and EN1125. Motorised locks and solenoids also offer an energy saving compared to door magnets. Although slightly less expensive, door magnets require an electric current to lock the door. This current then breaks with the use of a request to exit button, cutting the lock’s magnetic hold and allowing the door to be opened. In contrast, a motorised or solenoid lock only uses power to open the door. As doors are closed for the majority of the time, it is here that energy can be saved. Electro-mechanical locking, and specifically the standards that effect installations, are the subject of several courses at the Abloy Academy across 2012.Visitors to Ecobuild can sign up for courses on the Abloy stand. The Academy includes a fully equipped classroom, showroom and workshop, where customers can attend product presentations, specification seminars and practical installation training. While the temptation will always be there to try and cut costs, there is the growing importance of EN standards in helping buildings make the grade. This along with the green benefits compared to door magnets, make motorised locks an ideal solution for applications where security is required to be part of a green agenda. For more information, visit Abloy at Ecobuild on stand N1370.


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Ecobuild Preview The GREEN Floorzone covers every aspect of flooring installation, from substrate through to final floor finish

Single-source flooring solutions The GREEN Floorzone, Flowcrete UK’s innovative, single-source flooring package, which sets out to be one of the most sustainable and complete flooring solutions available to specifiers, will be showcased at Ecobuild 2012.


cent compared to conventional heating systems. Isowarm offers targeted, zoned heat, which is located out of sight underfoot, eliminating the risk of burning and freeing up space from the clutter of radiators. Another optional feature which represents the first stage of the programme is Isocrete Acoustic Foam, which reduces sound transfer between floors in multi occupancy healthcare environments, again aiding comfort and supporting privacy. The green performance of all these individual elements is measured in eight key areas; environmental efficiency, recycled content, manufacturing efficiency, transport, installation impact, durability, end of life alternatives and third party verification. Alan Dean, Managing Director of Flowcrete UK, said: “Ecobuild is the perfect event to showcase The GREEN Floorzone, which heralds a new era in flooring – delivering a choice of products with extensive performance and sustainability credentials as standard.

“We are excited by what we have to offer and we believe it will transform the specification process of flooring systems in the UK and allow architects and specifiers to seamlessly meet the most stringent green construction ratings, such as BREEAM. “The single-source nature of The GREEN Floorzone also offers further sustainability benefits, with all products arriving on site from one source, with no wastage, and just one contractor responsible for the entire installation – all covered by one Flowcrete warranty.” For more than 30 years, Flowcrete’s systems have been specified by architects and construction professionals for some of the world’s biggest projects. They have been used extensively in areas including hospitals, airports, stadia, hotels, residential sites, offices, shopping centres, schools, colleges and universities and within this timeframe, millions of square metres of the systems have been installed. Visit Flowcrete on Stand S654.


epresenting years of research and development, The GREEN Floorzone covers every aspect of flooring installation, from substrate through to final floor finish, with the option of underfloor heating and soundproofing built-in. The sustainable resin floor finishes include options designed to cope with the rigours of commercial environments, such as the seamless terrazzo Mondéco Mirrazzo, which can contain over 50 per cent recycled material and Mondéco Crystal Ice, which contains recycled glass and mirrors, reducing the need for lighting. The GREEN Floorzone also features products from Flowcrete’s market-leading and newly enhanced Isocrete Floor Screeds range, given a green makeover with a new formulation free from Ordinary Portland Cement (OPC) and can contain up to 40 per cent recycled materials. An optional element of The GREEN Floorzone involves installing an Isowarm underfloor heating system, which offers energy efficient savings of up to 30 per

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Ecobuild Preview New generation of roof insulation Dow Building Solutions, manufacturer of STYROFOAM extruded polystyrene (XPS) insulation, will use Ecobuild 2012 to introduce its latest generation insulation for inverted roofing, XENERGY SL, on stand N1251. XENERGY offers the established properties of STYROFOAM, including durability and moisture resistance, alongside significantly improved lambda values thanks to the addition of infrared technology.The launch comes hot on the heels of recent improvements to thermal conductivity across the existing STYROFOAM-A range.Thermal conductivity of STYROFOAM-A, which includes ROOFMATE-A, FLOORMATE-A and PERIMATE DI-A products, has already been improved by 0.002W/mK, enabling users to achieve lower U-values from the same thicknesses of insulation. 031

Atag Heating right on target Highlight of the ATAG Heating stand, N2724, will be a solar powered system featuring the world’s first vacuum flat panel, based around Atag’s best-selling A203C combination boiler, one of the few boilers on the market that accepts pre-heated water. An alternative system incorporating an ATAG ‘heat store’ cylinder will also be shown. Complementing this display will be ATAG’s ‘Q’ Solar boiler fitted with a 3-coil, 200 litre capacity cylinder, suitable for low temperature installations. ATAG Heating will also be focusing on meeting the latest domestic boiler carbon reduction targets for new build by showcasing its new A325 ECX super high efficiency condensing combination boiler.


Latest ground source heat pump On Stand S3210 NIBE Energy Systems Ltd., will be launching its new F1345 advanced ground source heat pump specifically designed for large residential and commercial installations. The new NIBE F1345 has the NIBE multi-coloured TFT screen which provides a user-friendly, intuitive control panel that let’s you set a comfortable indoor climate and schedule the heating system. NIBE will also be exhibiting a complete range of the company’s systems designed to supply energy for central heating and hot water supply using exhaust air from the home, from air in the outside atmosphere and from ground sources and will also include NIBE Solar Thermal.


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Ecobuild Preview Sustainable roofing concepts

IKO PLC will be showcasing its range of sustainable roof engineering concepts, including green roof systems, photovoltaic energy roof systems and heat reflective membranes on Stand S2500.The IKO Solar offer includes a range of system technologies, including thin film flexible modules which are adhered to the roof surface, and poly-crystalline rigid panels which can be loose laid (with ballast) onto virtually any roof surface. IKOgreen extensive and intensive green roof systems boast a unique range of waterproofing, drainage and filter layer options, as well as a wide range of growing medium, planting schemes and system accessories to cover multiple roofing applications.


High technology wood helps resources Created from sustainably sourced softwood, Accoya® high technology wood matches or exceeds the durability and beauty of the very best tropical hardwoods.The Accoya® process takes sustainably-sourced, fast growing softwoods and, in a non toxic process that ‘enables nature’, a new durable, stable and beautiful product – with the very best environmental credentials – is created. A new world of sustainable and low maintenance products including windows, doors, decking, flooring and cladding are available using Accoya®. Accoya® is helping to protect the world’s precious hardwood resources and is guaranteed for 50 years in any exterior use and 25 years when used in the ground. Visit Accoya Systems on Stand S1335. 037

New force in copper architecture Aurubis is launching its architectural copper division on Stand N270 at Ecobuild 2012, to develop the ‘Nordic’ product range in the UK. Aurubis Architectural combines dedicated expertise in helping architects realise their designs in copper with the added strengths of a major international group specialising in recycling. Surfaces in the range include Nordic Green and Nordic Blue variable intensities of pre-patination, developed with properties and colours based on the same brochantite mineralogy found in natural patinas all over the world. Other surfaces include Nordic Standard ‘mill finish’ and Nordic Brown pre-oxidised copper with either light or dark brown oxidisation that otherwise takes time to develop in the environment. 038

Alliance offers construction solutions On Stand N1110 Ancon Building Products will address the important issue of heat loss through thermal bridging. It will feature Ancon’s extensive range of low thermal conductivity cavity wall ties, which includes the unique basalt-fibre TeploTie. Also on display will be a range of Thermal Breaks for use at other locations where the insulated building envelope is interrupted, such as balconies and brickwork support brackets. Ancon will be joined on its stand by leading brick manufacturer Ibstock. This Ancon-Ibstock alliance, specifically for Ecobuild 2012, brings together two areas of expertise from within the masonry sector. 039

Ecobuild debut for Viking Balcony Systems Viking Balcony Systems makes its debut on Stand S180 at Ecobuild 2012 with a stunning range of innovative, cost-effective and low-maintenance glass balustrades, stylish Juliet balconies and distinctive curved sliding patio doors.VBS specialises in the supply and installation of market-leading transformative products that add value to properties, while enhancing natural light and feelings of spaciousness within them. Manufactured from glass and aluminium, both fully recyclable materials at the end of their useful lives, all straight or curved glass balconies, balustrading and thermally-efficient curved patio doors, are supplied and installed to exact client specifications. An optional self-cleaning, doubled-sided glass coating is also available across the entire product range. 040


Versatile range from Solarlux Leading folding door manufacturer Solarlux Systems also produces wintergardens, balcony glazing systems and glass canopies. On Stand N40, the company will be featuring balcony glazing – the SL25, SL25XXL and parapet glazing – the SL45. Also on display will be the SL92, a wood and aluminium folding door, which is one of the most thermally efficient folding doors on the market, and the SL82 aluminium folding glass door, which gives the appearance of a continuous glass façade due to the stepped glazing and slim external frame. Solarlux products also include four contemporary wintergardens, a range of folding doors in wood, aluminium and wood/aluminium; glass canopies; glazed curtain walling and horizontal sliding walls.

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Ecobuild Preview Sustainable solutions from Sika Sika Limited is gearing up for its biggest Ecobuild yet, as it prepares to demonstrate its ‘Solutions for a Sustainable Future’ on stand N810. Amongst the construction products on display will be a new range of green roof and solar roof solutions. These systems incorporate waterproofing membranes from Sika’s three roofing brands; Liquid Plastics, Sarnafil and Trocal. Throughout Ecobuild, Sika will be demonstrating its SikaSpec system, which allows specifiers to quickly and easily produce their own specification on-line. Other exhibits on the stand include the company’s extensive range of flooring and hygiene solutions, as well as the opportunity to explore the Sika E-house. 042

Diverse drainage products on display Dallmer Ltd., one of the country’s innovators and specialists in draining water from around buildings, will be showcasing a wide range of its products on Stand S30 at Ecobuild 2012. On display will be products from the company’s hugely diverse range, all of which are made just 300 miles from the ExCel venue meaning a major reduction to the carbon footprint generated by transport. On show will be Dallmer’s enhanced CeraLine linear shower drain range, RenovaDrain, to reduce the cost of roof refurbishment, as well as StauSafe flood protection products. 043

Innovations in carpet recycling Exciting and innovative new ways of reusing carpet materials and off-cuts will be showcased by Carpet Recycling UK on Stand S20 at Ecobuild 2012. A full informationpacked CRUK seminar programme on Thursday, March 22nd, will highlight the latest cutting-edge progress on treating recovered carpet as a rich new resource for novel products and high-end applications. Discussion will centre on how carpet materials can be used as a valuable new resource for cost-effective and eco-friendly design concepts, including construction products. The sessions will cover: ‘Innovative construction products from carpet fibres’, ‘Design for recycling and designing products with recycled content’, and ‘Carpet tile reuse and recycling’.


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Versatility of British ceramic tiles to be showcased at Ecobuild Leading UK tile manufacturer, British Ceramic Tile, will be exhibiting at Ecobuild for the first time in 2012. Showcasing both its latest product ranges and its eco credentials, British Ceramic Tile is looking to increase awareness of the tile industry in Great Britain. Currently 80% of the UK tile market is imported, which British Ceramic Tile is aiming to challenge with the introduction of new designs and tile sizes. The company is committed to sustainability and reducing its impact on the environment. It sources 85% of its raw materials locally to the manufacturing facility in Devon and recycles everything where possible, including rainwater, back into the production process. Its efforts earned the company ISO14001 accreditation in December 2008. An additional kiln was introduced in

September 2011 to increase the factory capacity, but it has had no significant increase in CO2 Emissions, due to a change in working patterns where kilns can be placed in ‘idle’ mode when not in use. 100% of process waste tile material is recycled back into the tile body as pitcher (13% of tile body). British Ceramic Tile consumes more waste than it produces and is consistently reducing the waste tile stockpile. In 2011,


Award-winning system Solent Glass & Glazing Products will be on Stand N70 exhibiting the REHAU GENEO® composite window system which was recently named Energy Efficiency Initiative of the Year at the 2011 Glass & Glazing Awards.The specialist fabricator is showcasing a complete range of Passivhaus certified windows, doors and lift and slide patios in the REHAU GENEO® system as well as illustrating recent successful installations in a range of stunning energy efficient homes.The six chambered REHAU GENEO® window system is manufactured using a 100% recyclable fibre composite material branded RAUFIPRO®, similar to the kinds of fibre composites used extensively in aircraft construction and Formula 1 design. 047

Recognising regulations BSRIA provides an independent nationwide, one-stopshop to prove compliance with Building Regulations. Its accredited services along with experience from thousands of tests, help all types of buildings pass first time and ensure certificates are recognised by Building Control. Furthermore, BSRIA Instrument Solutions can provide a full range of UKAS calibrated instrumentation for either hire or purchase from a number of different leading manufacturers, to help demonstrate a system performance or a buildings fabric integrity. BSRIA can also offer other supporting services which include a thermal imaging service for the evaluation of a building fabric to look for any abnormalities such as thermal bridging.Visit BSRIA on Stand N1620. 048


approximately 14,500 tonnes of waste including tile waste, metal, cardboard and wood were recycled within the manufacturing facility. Products on display on Stand S316, will include the recently launched Dorchester 30x60 and Brighton ranges, new floor tiles and a selection of ranges from the Laura Ashley and Studio Conran collections as well as several other existing and popular ranges such Dartmoor Naturals.

Brett brochure paves the way Brett Landscaping has launched its Gardens & Drives brochure for 2012, designed to make gardening and landscaping accessible for everyone.The new guide features landscaping projects undertaken by Brett Approved installers during 2011 and is now even easier to use with a completely revised ‘Design and Installation’ section which includes useful summary tables helping readers to find key information. The brochure also features the company’s award-winning flower show gardens which illustrate how homeowners can transform their gardens into an extension of their home using different textures, shapes and colours to evoke a variety of emotions, whatever size space they have. Visit Brett on Stand N761.

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Ecobuild Preview Rainline offers sustainable solutions Rainline’s carbon footprint is significantly lower than many rainwater systems on the market. Combined with high performance and competitive pricing, Rainline is an effective solution for the control of rain drainage on all types of buildings. Its polyester coated galvanised steel construction offers minimal thermal movement and UV stability. It will not crack, fade, blister or peel, is highly resistant to corrosion and virtually maintenance-free. Available in 10 standard high build polyester colours, the finish of which is guaranteed for 15 years, Rainline is also available in natural copper and Aluzinc. At the end of its natural life, Rainline can be recycled. See the complete Rainline range on the Lindab stand S1920. 050

Solvent-free education Liquid waterproofing specialist Kemper System will be exhibiting on Stand S2016 as part of a drive to educate the marketplace about its eco-friendly and effective roofing solutions.The move follows the growing success of the company’s innovative Kemperol 2K-PUR solvent-free system, the first solvent-free wet-on-wet cold liquid waterproofing system available on the UK market. Based on an 80% castor-oil formulation derived from sustainable sources, the liquid system also incorporates a flexible non-woven fleece manufactured using a 25% recycled plastic bottle content. Kemper System will also be exhibiting its Stratex Warm Roof System; a completely integrated warm roof system that incorporates primers, vapour barrier, insulation and waterproofing with a range of optional surfacing. 051

Innovations in bathroom drainage

The latest innovation in drainage solutions for bathrooms and wet rooms will be featured by wedi at this year’s Ecobuild on Stand S210. In the Fundo Riolito Discreto channel drainage system, wedi has developed a special drainage adaptor that moves water drainage from the floor to the wall. Specifying Discreto now means the channel can simply disappear into the wall. The design can be further enhanced with wedi building boards enabling the drainage adaptor to be made into a storage area for shower accessories, a seating area or a complete front wall, depending on the individual requirements.


Products highlight thermal efficiency Demonstrating both sustainability and thermal efficiency, Reynaers Aluminium will be showcasing a number of thermally improved systems on Stand N550 including its market-leading window and door system, CS104, ideal for passive construction. Also featured on the stand will be CF77 Concept Folding sliding doors; CS38 slimline, steel replacement windows; Airmax parallel opening windows; CW50 Hi thermally improved curtain walling and examples of the company’s sunscreening products. On show for the first time at Ecobuild, the new Reynaers Concept Folding 77, is a sliding, folding system with unique features that combine openness with large dimensions while meeting the demands for high insulation.


Decorative cladding is versatile and robust For the first time in the UK, Formica Group will be introducing the newest addition to its materials portfolio with VIVIX® exterior façade panels. Answering an increase in demand for decorative, lightweight and robust rainscreen cladding,VIVIX is brand new to the UK market and will be on display on Stand S730.VIVIX panels can complement or add interest to a wide range of building exteriors as well balconies, soffits, decorative screening and fencing or used to accentuate the entrance way of a building.VIVIX solid phenolic panels have a decorative surface on both sides and are manufactured using tough thermosetting resins reinforced with cellulose fibre for added strength and durability. 054

Showcase of energy optimisation products Pegler Yorkshire will be showcasing a host of energy optimisation products on Stand N2360. Products on display will include the company’s programmable radiator control the Terrier i-temp that allows the time and temperature in each room to be fine tuned with no change to the master programmer. Also being exhibited will be TRV’s; commissioning valves; Logotherm, the thermal interface unit; water saving taps and TMVs.The company will be displaying its Tectite range which is a system that makes jointing easier, saves time and is more cost-effective than other jointing methods.Tectite is a system that simply fits together in seconds to create a perfect joint, every time. 055

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Sustainable flooring sets the standard Manufactured using an unrivalled 97% natural raw materials – 70% of which are rapidly renewable – and with 40% recycled content, Marmoleum from Forbo Flooring Systems, is seen as one of the most natural and sustainable floorcoverings for today’s interiors. Marmoleum, Forbo Flooring Systems’ flagship brand, has been awarded more Ecolabels than any other flooring product in the world, including the Nordic Swan Mark, only ever awarded to the most sustainable product in any given category and only retained if regular assessments demonstrate that continuous improvements are being made. Visitors to Stand S630 will have the opportunity to interact first hand with the natural, harvestable raw ingredients that give Marmoleum its unsurpassed sustainability, such as linseed oil derived from the flax plant, and rosin and responsibly sourced wood flour which provide Marmoleum’s strength, flexibility, colourfastness and smooth surface. Whilst Marmoleum responds to all ecological concerns and meets the most demanding sustainability briefs, the ‘colour walls’ on Forbo’s stand will clearly

demonstrate that its comprehensive colour offer and array of versatile designs also delivers in aesthetic terms. Forbo uses Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) to measure environmental impact and in 2009 set an ambitious target of reducing its LCA score by 25% by 2015. Ecobuild visitors can find out more about the initiatives


A warm and decorative front Mapei will be demonstrating its external wall insulation and protective coating systems on Stand N621. On display will be a range of environmentally advanced products including Mapetherm and Silancolor ranges. Mapetherm System provides an external wall insulation system utilising sustainable alternatives to insulation material. Silancolor Plus is a range of wall protective and decorative coatings that are suitable for use on exterior and interior wall finishings. Products from the Silancolor Plus range benefit from Mapei’s BioBlock® anti-mould technology, which blocks mould at the root of the organism and DropEffect® water-repellent technology.


Larger presence for KNX KNX UK has a larger presence than ever at Ecobuild 2012.The Association is exhibiting on Stand S3710 where its KNX Pavilion will showcase the activities of both the Association and many of its UK members. These include Wieland, BEG,Theben, Somfy,Wago and Schneider whose KNX products and services make a major contribution to the creation of an energy efficient, sustainable built environment.Visitors to the stand will be able to find out full details about the KNX Standard for Home and Building Control and see how fully integrated commercial and residential buildings can be created using KNX technology. 058


across its Carpet Tile, Flotex and Entrance Flooring System product categories and may also attend a Carpet Recycling UK seminar at 12.30pm, on Thursday 22nd March, at which Forbo’s Head of Design Jason Holmes will present the company’s Green Design principles in a session focusing on designing with recycled content.

Going underground

Widely used in Europe, underground units for waste and recycling are now becoming more popular in the UK. The neat compact design of the systems saves space allowing more properties per plot and the attractive above ground column allows installation on what might otherwise be unused ground, for instance by the entrance door to properties. Contenur has recently introduced to the UK, a hydraulic lift version of the underground system. The system houses up to four wheeled bins underground, using either electric or hydraulic power to raise the bins to ground level, where they can be emptied by a standard wheelie bin collection vehicle.

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Smart exhibits with strong eco messages Smart Architectural Aluminium will be making its debut at Ecobuild 2012 to show its commitment towards the environment as well as displaying the energy efficiency savings its products offer through improved thermal performance. Eddie Robinson, Smart’s Managing Director explains why the company has decided to exhibit at this year’s Ecobuild: “Like Ecobuild, Smart has grown a great deal in the last two years. This event provides an ideal platform to talk to the industry about where we are now and where we are planning to be in the future. “We have three strong messages that are very relevant to both sustainable building and the Ecobuild audience. First is our corporate commitment towards 10569 TCD FBA HPFC 16/2/10 the environment and toAWwork towards13:59

a 100% carbon neutral production operation. Second, the energy efficiency savings our products offer through improved thermal performance, and lastly is the sustainable nature of aluminium as a construction material.” Smart will also be exhibiting a selection of its latest energy efficient profile systems. Among these will be Greenstar, an ultra low U value commercial window capable of achieving a U value of 1.0 W/m2K. Visitors to Stand N210, will also be

able to view the Alitherm 800 W.E.R. ‘A’ rated window and the Evolution steel replacement window that is ideal for large-scale heritage applications. Smart will also be exhibiting its Smart Wall thermally broken, shop-front screen and door. Smart Wall is the UK’s first fully-thermally broken shop-front system and also the first fully thermally broken aluminium door to be successfully security tested to LPS 1175 level 2 and EN 1627 level 3.


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A growing trend for green roofs and vertical walls As part of the continued global roll out of VYDRO® substrate, smart water management experts from Huntsman will be exhibiting the company’s popular ultra-lightweight, plant-growing material for green roofs and vertical walls. Introduced in early 2011,VYDRO® substrate was the first flexible substance of its kind developed specifically for skyrise garden and living wall applications. Up to 70% lighter than most other green roofing materials and with exceptional hydrophilic qualities,VYDRO® substrate is the ideal water management and growth medium layer for any type of green roof or vertical wall – particularly retrofit projects in countries such as the UK where older properties tend to dominate urban centres. A fully loaded green roof constructed

using VYDRO® substrate typically weighs less than 70kg per square meter, making it far lighter than conventional solutions, which generally exceed 100kg over the same size area. During Ecobuild, on Stand S2446, Huntsman will showcase the full extent of VYDRO® substrate’s capabilities, highlighting core case studies from across Europe. Less than a year after its launch, this novel material has been installed in more than 20 locations, helping to


Green windows Roof window manufacturer FAKRO GB will be exhibiting at Ecobuild on stand N1530. The company’s products have been used in the restoration of Hornington Manor, a 250-year old, Grade II listed farmhouse near York. The creation of an eco-farm is the vision of Simon Spink, Managing Director of bed maker Spink and Edgar which supplies stores such as John Lewis. FAKRO supplied electronically and manually operated windows for installation in green roof upstands together with conservation style windows for clay pantile roofs on converted outbuildings. All products had to meet high standards of sustainability and FAKRO products met the criteria set for U-value, timber quality and sourcing, BBA certification and design.


Impressive range from Schueco Leading building envelope and solar products specialist, Schueco UK, the lead sponsor of Ecobuild 2012, has major Stands – N2940 and S310 – in both halls. In addition to its solar energy products, Schueco is showing examples of its aluminium and steel systems, some of which are new to the UK. Solar-enabled systems on display include two aluminium façade systems incorporating Schueco ProSol TF+ thin-film PV technology, together with a ProSol-enabled brise soleil. Schueco’s unique ERC 50 Renovation Façade is being shown for the first time in the UK, as is the Janisol Arte insulated steel renovation window from Schueco Jansen.The solar products on display include roof-mounted thermal collectors and PV modules from the company’s Premium and Compact Line systems. 064


transform metropolitan areas in all major regions of the world. VYDRO® substrate has a unique capillary structure that can absorb up to 30 times its own weight in water. This feature traps and retains rainwater for plant growth, releasing it slowly back into a city’s drainage system – a benefit in areas prone to flash floods where huge amounts of water can be unleashed overwhelming gutters, pipes and sewers.

Zinc shows wide capabilities Zinc market leader VMZINC will be on Stand N1520 exhibiting its pre-weathered façade, roofing and rainwater systems. In addition to recent high profile projects such as Titanic Belfast, the company has also supplied zinc fabricated to bespoke requirements for the Mint Hotel Tower of London and the world renowned Wallace Collection in Manchester Square. This entailed provision of oriel windows (now used as vents) and skylights fitted at the zinc ridge and above a traditional slate mansard roof.

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Ecobuild Preview Putting energy efficiency first Johnson & Starley will be launching its new corporate identity on Stand N2300, as well as highlighting the latest examples of its heating and ventilation product ranges. These will include the company’s Q-Vent HR 260 and Q-Vent HR160 whole house mechanical ventilation systems which are up to 95% efficient and meet the requirements of developers, building towards the code for sustainable homes. Also on display will be The C300 Premier central extract system, designed for whole house ventilation and which is capable of achieving airflows of 300m3/hour. And with their ease of installation, cost and convenience the Economaire and Hi-Spec warm air central heating products models are fully compliant with Part L of the Building Regulations. 066

Sound advice on air tightness On Stand N1163, one of the UK’s leading testing bodies, Chiltern Dynamics, will be promoting a better understanding of the impact of changes to Approved Document L (ADL) on air tightness requirements for all new buildings. Its Energy Services Department is fully accredited by UKAS, ATTMA and BINDT to offer air tightness testing of all building types. Its knowledgeable engineers will be on hand to answer specific questions on how to prepare for the changes. Free Technical Information Sheets on both air and sound testing will be available on the stand.Visitors may also register for free webinars on air tightness testing, taking place throughout 2012.

How to use roofs as a resource Roofs can be a valuable resource for generating electricity, encouraging biodiversity, providing amenity space and retaining rainwater. Axter provides waterproofing designs incorporating specially conceived membranes for all these options. On Stand S2700, Axter will show General Solar PV, the MCS accredited integrated waterproofing system with thin film amorphous photovoltaic cells embedded into a bituminous membrane. The collectors cover 100% of the membrane surface, maximising generation and performing well in low light.Visitors will also see the General Fix® nonpenetrative roof fastening system for PV amorphous modules, crystalline panels and other equipment.



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Hambleside Danelaw’s Dryseal component based GRP roofing system now features on a newly restored Victorian castle that forms the gateway to a World Heritage Site in Dorset.The Grade 2 listed Durlston Castle has just received a £5.5m facelift helped by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.The architects and contractors chose Dryseal for its robust quality, compatibility with differing substrates and the ease with which intricate detailing can be formed on site. Because it offers an effective lead and copper alternative, Dryseal is increasingly specified for use on heritage buildings.


SAFETYWORKS & Solutions Ltd., has recently provided an upgraded roof safety and access system at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital School, a Grade 1 listed building in Bristol. SAFETYWORKS installed 10 Uniline 8mm Stainless Steel Systems to the tiled roofs, totalling 280m. Uniline allows ‘handsfree’ protection throughout the length of the system, where the operator is attached via a link device that glides over the brackets without the need to detach from the fall protection system. Being manufactured from 316 stainless steel, enhanced through electro polishing, results in the system components being suitable for heavy use in demanding environments.

Part L compliant rooflights Daylight & Ventilation Solutions (DVS) has introduced Lamilux rooflights to the UK. DVS stocks a range of standard sized triple-glazed rooflight domes which can be ordered online and delivered within just two days from order.They are supplied with an insulated upstand and verified total product U-values from just 0.91W/m2K.These CE marked rooflights are all Part L compliant, making them the ideal rooflight choice for both residential and commercial projects. Also available from the company’s comprehensive product portfolio are: premium aluminium framed glass rooflights, barrel vaulted rooflights and EN 12101-2 certified natural smoke ventilation rooflight AOV’s.


Silverwood timber cladding Silverwood is a leading European manufacturer of painted timber cladding, now available from The A. Proctor Group. Silverwood is a painted cladding system which can offer the following benefits: a 10 year AXA under-written guarantee on the finish; tongue and grooved on all four sides for ease of installation; a full range of accessories and trims and a wide range of modern colours. Manufactured from Norwegian Spruce which has been treated to be durable for up to 50 years, Silverwood also offers a 10-year maintenance against timber decay. The A. Proctor Group can also, on request, offer Silverwood cladding with FSC accreditation. 073

A lesson in roof safety Safesite Ltd has installed 126m of its System 2000 freestanding guardrail at Central Sussex College’s Crawley campus in order to allow safe access to the roof for maintenance purposes. Safesite’s BBA Approved System 2000 freestanding guardrail provided the ideal solution as it enables edge protection without the need to mechanically fix the protection system to the roof itself. This overcomes possible damage to the roof’s membrane which can cause water penetration, costly repairs and insurance invalidation.




Southern Sales Manager appointed

Decorative Aggregate Supplier, Long Rake Spar has appointed Chris Bourne as Southern Sales Manager. Chris joins Long Rake Spar with more than 10 years of aggregates experience from a national aggregates supplier. Chris will be responsible for Long Rake’s existing customers in the South East whilst seeking new opportunities to grow the business in this key region. This appointment reflects Long Rake Spar’s continued emphasis on developing and strengthening sales.

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Roofing, Cladding & Insulation A ‘Giant’ undertaking for STYROFOAM Work is well underway on the construction of a new visitors’ centre at the world-famous Giant’s Causeway, and 2,200m2 of 200mm thick STYROFOAM material ROOFMATE SL-A is playing a crucial role.The material, manufactured by Dow Building Solutions, has been installed on the flat roof not only to provide insulation but to support a wildflower meadow being planted as a vast, green roof. It was the first time 200mm thick ROOFMATE SL-A has been installed on a job site in Ireland.The enhanced ‘A-foam’ insulation, recently introduced to the Irish market, is blown with CO2, giving it a Global Warning Potential (GWP) of less than five. 076

Safeboard provides protection Some 200m2 of Safeboard from Knauf Drywall, has been installed in the latest dental education facility at the Peninsula Dental School at the Tamar Science Park, Plymouth. The board brings X-ray protection and fire and acoustic performance together in one easy-to-install board thanks to its key ingredient – barium sulphate. Typical drywall constructions using Knauf Safeboard offer the same radiation protection as 1-2mm of lead sheeting – the requirement for more than 80% of X-ray equipment in the 70-125kV range. Safeboard is simple to fix, and cuts and snaps like an ordinary plasterboard, while Knauf Safeboard Jointing Compound is used to fill joints to complete the radiation shield. 077

Severn Gorge puts Trust in NBT

Natural Building Technologies’ (NBT’s) Pavawall and Pavaroof systems have been used to help create an awardwinning, high performance structural building envelope for the new Severn Gorge Countryside Trust headquarters building at Telford in Shropshire. The NBT solution combines excellent thermal performance and breathability to deliver a warm and healthy internal environment for the building. As well as delivering U-values of 0.20 W/m2K and 0.15 W/ m2K for the walls and roof respectively, the NBT constructions contributed to an airtightness of 0.64 m3/hr/m2@50Pa, greatly outperforming the Building Regulations’ requirement of under 10m3.


THE UNIFOLD® GUTTER LINER SYSTEM PERMANENT REPAIR FOR LEAKING GUTTERS A permanent repair for leaking gutters is extremely difficult as many different problems cause a gutter to leak. Bandage repairs and coatings are only emergency contingencies whilst a more permanent solution is sought and roll out gutter liners whilst more durable, have a tendency to warp and bubble due to expansion and contraction caused by our lovely British weather.


Only one system on the market has the permanent, long term solution to this age old problem and this is the UNIFOLD® gutter lining system. Designed and manufactured by Ampteam Ltd, UNIFOLD® has enjoyed 17 years of success within the market place and has been a welcome addition to many high profile companies, B&Q, The Royal Mail, DHL and Dunlop to name but a few. A fully engineered system specifically designed to address all of the issues that cause leaking gutters, each project is surveyed and UNIFOLD® manufactured to fit exactly. The unique hinge system allows the unifold liner to fit into the tightest of spaces with ease and the lamination of membrane on metal makes it a substantial and stable addition to the existing gutter.


Highly skilled, trained operatives use superior materials in manufacture and each and every gutter is given a 20 year materials, manufacture and installation guarantee. In addition to these exceptional qualities, Ampteam have a network of superior, highly regarded contractors throughout the country who are trained by Ampteam to correctly install the Unifold system. For further more detailed information on our unique, permanent solution please contact our office.

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Roofing legacy Darren Forbes, Sales Director from Britmet Tileform, discusses the structural and environomic benefits of lightweight roofing systems.


reduced costs and a fantastic whole Life Cycle Analysis (LCA). The Environmental benefit of such a long LCA is self-evident, however, these benefits can be maximised even further when combined with additional thermal performance. Our on-going development with Mouchel, relevant to the refurbishment of public sector buildings utilising flat to pitch solutions, has been calculated to produce a 73% saving of overall heating costs. Indeed the LCA of refurbishing an existing school roof (covering approximately 1600m2) produced material and heating savings in excess of half a million pounds over the warranty period (saving more than £1,000 per month, every month). The specifications being produced for Mouchel will also use the lightweight systems to incorporate extended eaves details to provide shading and reduce solar gain.This in turn will stop the endless cycle of winter cooling and summer warming.The extended eaves detail will also incorporate the housing of existing and future services, allowing for quick and easy maintenance along with the option to install ‘plug and play’ systems around the entire perimeter of the building. A recent acquisition by the Group has been Tactray 90 (structural support cassette system).The purchase of such a unique and lightweight system was quite deliberate. It means Britmet can now offer a whole warm roof solution creating

substantially lower U values than average. Tactray is the only system of its kind to carry a BBA Certificate and the only system to incorporate a Factory Fitted Air Seal. The incorporation of the Factory Fitted Air Seal does not just speed up the installation of the system, it produces consistent performance at the very highest levels. A recent school installation for Caerphilly Council utilised the Tactray System with a Britmet Tileform Slate 2000 roof covering.Tests carried out at the school on behalf of the Council, indicated that this roofing specification produced an air leakage rate of less than 2 cu.m ph under 50 Pascal’s of pressure. Recent developments of the system include enhanced structural performance to achieve crisp and slender cantilevered eaves and verge details to suit the modern architectural environment.The development of the system also includes specifications for green roofs, curved roofs, standing seam roofs and vertical applications.This has enabled architects to incorporate the benefits of Tactray to the entire envelope. The Britmet Group is pleased to provide lightweight systems to provide heavyweight solutions to save time, money and the environment.We are proud to be producing a positive legacy for current and future generations.


he demands placed on the performance of modern roofing systems means that it is no longer sufficient to simply produce a roof that doesn’t leak.The Britmet Group has been manufacturing its range of lightweight roofing products in the UK, for many years. Being the only UK manufacturer of these products, we are uniquely positioned to assist in the design, development and specification of both roofing and total envelope solutions. A modern roof, whether for new build or refurbishment, should obviously provide a weatherproof covering, whilst requiring virtually no maintenance.We, at Britmet, are proud to provide a 40-year warranty on all of our Tile Effect products.The expected life span of the Britmet range is over 40 years virtually maintenancefree, this in turn provides the client with

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Roofing, Cladding & Insulation Falzinc enhances The Arthaus Nearly 1,500m2 of Kalzip’s cost-effective Falzinc foldable aluminium building material has been installed by All Metal Roofing on the walls and roof of The Arthaus, a unique development of stylish apartments and mixed use commercial floor space located in Hackney. “Falzinc is a lightweight, robust and malleable aluminium material that’s easy to handle and quick to install by carefully forming into traditional raised seams,” explains All Metal Roofing’s Peter Flood. “It’s also a very strong and durable building material that has the attractive and highly distinctive external appearance of preweathered zinc which mellows gracefully over time, thereby providing end users with the best of both metals.”

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Working environment improved A major investment in a local authority staff workplace in Birmingham, set to be the most environmentally-friendly ever built by the City Council, is being helped to achieve its green credentials through Kingfisher Louvre Systems.To ensure the building’s roof-mounted plant room is effectively ventilated, Kingfisher Louvre Systems is supplying subcontractor Apex Roofing & Cladding, with almost £100,000 of aluminium KW ventilation and KS screening louvres. Mounted on a counter balance system on the roof and integrated into the façade cladding, the Kingfisher louvres will ensure optimum airflow into the plant room to maintain ambient conditions within to optimise equipment efficiency, whilst preventing ingress of rain, snow and insects. 082 G



A 40 year-old ‘temporary’ teaching block at St Bede’s Catholic High School in Lancashire, has been transformed into a thermally efficient modern facility using Marley Eternit’s Natura fibre cement cladding as part of a rainscreen cladding system. Natura has a tactile, smooth surface which allows the texture of the fibre cement to show through, creating a visually engaging overclad solution. Marley Eternit Natura in White, Anthracite and Natural Grey, with an anti graffiti ‘Pro’ coating was specified by architects Cassidy & Ashton of Preston. The clean, modern lines of fibre cement enabled the designers to give the building a complete visual upgrade, which made the completed building look like new.



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The concreted area of Teesport Container Terminal 2 is over six hectares, making effective surface water drainage a major consideration. To ensure efficient all-weather operation and designed to resist the rigours of site work, two sizes of Hauraton channel were installed.


he Teesport Container Terminals are a purpose built, multi million pound facility operated by PD Ports. The terminals are located on the South bank of the river Tees and part of the Northern Gateway Container Terminal development. Completed in Autumn 2011, Teesport Container Terminal 2 – expansion phase 1, increases capacity to 450,000 TEU (Twenty Foot Equivalent Unit), from its current 235,000 TEU – an investment of more than £15m. The port’s overall strategy is to expand port wide capacity, including Ro-Ro traffic, to at least 650,000 TEU, which will position Teesport as a major player in the container market.


County Durham-based Hall Construction Services Ltd., successfully won the design and build tender to carry out the civil engineering works at the Container Terminal. The works involved the complete reconstruction of the terminal with a new heavy-duty concrete standing area designed to resist the massive loads imposed by the container stacks. New cranes and heavy handling equipment was also purchased as part of the project. As the Terminal’s concreted area is over six hectares, effective surface water drainage was a major consideration to ensure efficient all-weather operation. Designed to resist the rigours of site

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work, two sizes of Hauraton channel were installed – 44m of RECYFIX® HICAP® 200 and 840m of HICAP® 680 installed in two runs. Hall Construction commented: “Each one metre unit was easily manipulated into position on site and no channel breakages were reported during the installation process.” To further reduce installation times, endof-run caps and pipe connection sockets were also supplied with other connection points moulded into the sides and bottom of each channel. This was a major advantage for the contractor as it helped speed the completion of the project. Factory fitted with 14mm slotted ductile iron inlets, the channels comply with a loading class of F900 so can easily take the weight of a lifting truck with a fully laden container. Importantly, once installed, the complete system is highly resilient to the twisting forces imposed by the wheeled vehicles employed. The RECYFIX® HICAP® 200 one metre channels used, each have a water capacity of 79.0 litres whilst the HICAP® 680 units have a massive 443 litre capacity. The whole channel system installed at Teesport Container Terminal 2 is able to accept a volume of water of 375,596 litres. A RECYFIX® HICAP® Gully and Access point, also made from 100% recycled PE-PP, were installed at each end of the HICAP® 200 run which were laid in a curve along the service road. Large concrete rings were used as gulliaes and access points for the HICAP® 680 units. Colin Taff, Hauraton‘s Project Engineer commented on the installation: “We are pleased that this phase of the Teesport project has been such a success and are delighted to have contributed to its rapid build progress”.

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Drainage A ‘Classical’ solution for drainage Prior to its recent complete lottery-funded refurbishment, the stunning 16-sided polygon Grade II Listed Roundhouse building in Derby, had lain empty for decades and was in a serious state of dilapidation. As part of the refurbishment, Saint-Gobain PAM UK’s ‘Classical’ cast iron rainwater and gutter system was installed to maintain architectural integrity and building aesthetics.The ‘Classical’ 150mm half round gutter with 100mm circular downpipes were supplied to the project in a Grey Polymer Powder Epoxy (PPA571) finish coat.The ‘Classical’ range is recognised for its aesthetic charm, strength to withstand high winds, heavy snow and vandalism and, above all, its long life capabilities.


T-T Pumps has invested in a brand new service and repair centre at its head office in Cheshire, which is fully equipped to facilitate all makes and types of pumping equipment. The workshop is complete with a 3 tonne lifting and full test facilities and is segregated away from its clean water amenities. Conscious to minimise the impact of its business on the environment, T-T has introduced a Raincycle system as part of its new service centre developments, to recycle water for wash-down and flushing facilities.


Cattle market gets a boost Cheshire based T-T Pumps, which specialises in the design, manufacture, supply and installation of agricultural products and systems, recently supplied Chris Evans Farm Services with a dual vertical multistage stainless steel pump system, for the Barbers Cattle Market in Shropshire. Hidroboost features cost-effective intelligent variable speed drives which optimise system efficiency with a duty/assist configuration to cater for the varied demand of the market. After reviewing the original systems’ location within a 4m deep chamber, T-T designed the booster set to be surface mounted for ease of access and service/maintenance.

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should download Richmond Oak’s free Conservatory Design & Advice Guide, which can be found at and should also visit the company’s new gallery website at There, you will be able to see a wide variety of conservatory, orangery and garden room designs – new photos are being added every week, including 360°, virtual tours. Richmond Oak has developed an alternative, patented*, Contemporary construction method in Seasoned Oak to provide either a contemporary style or rustic appearance, depending upon finish. This system has unique features, whereby the glass is direct glazed into 110mm square posts and is internally glazed with concealed fixings, using recommended glazing methods, avoiding the pitfalls of current glazing methods into Green Oak. (*UK Patent Application No 1015247.8 & European Community Design Registration No 001754722).

Richmond Oak Conservatories Ltd., has built an enviable reputation for installing individually designed hand-crafted home and commercial timber glazed extensions throughout the UK, built using seasoned oak from sustainable resources and thermally efficient solar controlled glazing.


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extra living or working space, Richmond Oak’s expertise will turn your vision into a reality, utilising their free 3D design and modelling service. The company is also able to provide doors and windows, along with valuable experience in dealing with listed buildings or Green Belt area requirements and potential related issues. Anyone interested or involved in the design of a conservatory or orangery,


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Additions to contemporary stairparts collection Leading expert in balustrade, Richard Burbidge, has unveiled two new product ranges in its contemporary stairparts collection. The contemporary stairparts collection from Richard Burbidge has introduced Immix™ and Elements™ after independent research confirmed consumers’ desire for more up-to-date stairpart components. Designed for a premium finish, both ranges are ideal for domestic refurbishment projects and are original for their quick assembly and ease of fit. Immix is a mix of timber, glass and gunmetal connectors blended together to create a modern staircase solution. Built upon the success of the brand’s FUSION® range, the development team has taken out the complexities of the design to make the system easier to install. Immix is available in pre-finished White Oak and Walnut and can be installed

either over-the-post or post-to-post. The glass is 8mm thick and is housed within a simple channel, pre-cut into the rails to do away with the need for expensive, timeconsuming bespoke glass. Elements (left) is a new range of pre-cut metal balusters which simply slot into predrilled hand and base rails.Varying designs are available to customise the look, and the twist bracket can be used with any Richard Burbidge newel. The balusters are available in black or primed and the timber used is White Oak. Both systems are suitable for the majority of domestic stair configurations, are fully tested for domestic use and are trusted for their renowned quality finish. Project pricing for Immix starts at £1100 and Elements at £630.


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Alu-Timber and its approved fabricator, Alliance Design Limited, have worked on a new build school in Bristol which replaced an existing school building. Alu-Timber, from The Parkside Group Ltd., was specified due to the flexibility it offers. All profiles are kept in stock which means challenging site deadlines can always be met. The extensive range of profiles create options for large glazed framing areas which integrate seamlessly with Alu-Timber windows and doors. The complete Alu-Timber range includes casement, tilt and turn windows, open-in and open-out doors, framing and curtain walling. 095

Kawneer systems help sustainable college Kawneer’s AA®110 curtain walling was used on Sheffield City College’s student refectory providing panoramic views of Sheffield as well as on the walls of the flagship atrium. Glazed strip sections were also used on the atrium’s curved roof, complemented elsewhere by AA®601 top/side-hung casement and AA®602 pivot windows and series 190 heavy-duty commercial entrance doors. Architects Jefferson Sheard have used Kawneer before, on numerous education and transport projects. Architect Mike Hall said: “The Kawneer systems are a key element to the project, providing natural light into the atrium space and integrating smoke vents.The use of an aluminium system with high recyclable properties was also important.”



DAAB MK drive unit operators have been used to automate a set of 10 side-hung, bi-folding doors at the new Edinburgh Trams maintenance depot.The automated doors will provide access to trams entering the depot for cleaning and maintenance. DAAB is part of the FAAC group and its operators were specified by Jewers Doors which was contracted to supply and install the tram depot doors, measuring 4m wide x 7.2m high. Ideally suited to large industrial applications, all DAAB operators come with a five-year warranty, can be used to automate gates, doors and barriers and can be opened manually in just two seconds in the event of power failure or fire.

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Smart’s Health & Safety accreditation raises the bar Smart Architectural Aluminium has recently announced the successful attainment of the respected BS OHSAS 18001 Occupational Health and Safety standard. Being awarded the BS OHSAS 18001 Occupational Health and Safety standard accompanies Smart’s current ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems and ISO 14001 Environment Management Systems standards, making it the first aluminium systems company in the UK to attain all three standards. The BS OHSAS 18001 Occupational Health and Safety standard is an internationally recognised assessment that has been developed to help organisations to identify, monitor and reduce potential risksCoregravel in their health and6/12/10 safety obligations. 1/4:1 15:25 Page



To attain the standard, Smart was able to demonstrate that it has put in place planning and management policies for potential risks, emergency preparedness and awareness and also a monitoring procedure to reduce the risk of accidents. “Attaining this standard has been very important for Smart”, explains Eddie Robinson, Managing Director. “Alongside our ISO 9001 and 14001 accreditations it demonstrates our commitment to

managing our business efficiently, responsibly and with a risk management strategy that protects our workforce.” The success of the company has raised the expectations of its customer base in terms of quality and service, and demands a serious commitment by Smart on these issues. The company believes this standard fulfils these expectations and also raises the bar for the rest of the industry.





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A touch of glass from Hörmann A fully glazed garage door is the latest addition to the extensive range produced by Hörmann, with the design of the ALR Vitraplan already achieving recognition with a prestigious red dot design award. Hörmann’s new fully glazed garage door, the ALR Vitraplan, has wide flush fitting glazed panels featuring Hörmann’s unique, scratch-resistant glazing. The door frame is hidden by the panels so that nothing detracts from the fully glazed appearance. Available in two colours, grey and brown, the smoked effect Duratec is 26mm thick which gives up to 20% better thermal insulation than standard 16mm glazing. Triple glazed panels are offered as well as the standard double glazed units to further enhance thermal insulation. Based on a highly stable, industrial ALR 40 door, the ALR Vitraplan offers longterm reliability and efficient performance. Depending on the frequency of use, a range of Hörmann automatic operators are available from both the industrial and SupraMatic ranges. All these operators feature soft-start soft-stop operation to maximise the lifespan of the door and minimise maintenance.

As with all Hörmann sectional garage doors, the ALR Vitraplan can be supplied with the new ThermoFrame. This simple device creates a thermal break between the fabric of the building and the door, improving thermal efficiency by as much as 15%.

This versatile door frame used for the ALR VitraPlan, can also be supplied as an open for infill option ready to be clad in a material of your choice to suit any design challenge. Timber, metal, ceramic, plastic and many other additional materials can be used to create the desired look.

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Fast-track furniture for student rooms Cambridgeshire-based joinery company, Strata Panels UK, has installed contract bedroom furniture in 45 student rooms at Herbal Hill, London, in just seven days! Working with John Strand (MK) Ltd, Strata Panels designed individual bedroom sets from 18mm thick melamine-faced MDF panels. All units were finished with 2mm PVC edging to all exposed edges and good quality runners and hinges. The result is freestanding, sturdy furniture, of lower value but made to withstand the rigours of student life. Calvin Reeves commenting on behalf of John Strand (MK) Ltd said: “We were extremely pleased with the quality of the furniture, the scheduling and installation. The personal service was very much appreciated.” Strata Panels manufactures in the UK and provides a national service. The family-run company prides itself on its flexibility allowing for short lead times, and a wide range of furniture can be tailor-made to a client’s requirement. Panels can also be powder coated allowing for a variety of colours or mix and match.

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A clever, yet practical new idea from Mereway Kitchens, is a sleek, versatile and premium quality pull-out table. This brand new design replaces Mereway’s current 500mm wide pull-out table and features a smoother, engineered mechanism. It is available in 450, 500, 600, 800 and 900mm width and comes complete with a Natural Grey laminate table top, designed to complement most worktops. This can easily be replaced on site by the fitter should a customer wish to purchase an alternative 15mm19mm thick laminate top to match their chosen décor. The unit is available as a standard drawer pack or drawline. 107

Kitchen contract for City Building One of Scotland’s largest construction firms has secured a contract worth £800,000 per year to provide kitchen units and fitments for North Ayrshire Council. City Building, Glasgow City Council’s arms-length construction company, will provide the units from its supported manufacturing facility at RSBi.The contract began on 25th November 2011, and runs for a year with an option to extend. City Building managing director John Foley said: “RSBi’s kitchens are delivered to a high standard of quality which gives specifiers and developers peace of mind in terms of their investment.We are confident we can deliver excellent results on this contract.”



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Freedom is something you can never have too much of. Under the motto ‘Feel free to compose’, the Axor Bouroullec collection from French designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, now offers even more combinations for the washbasin. The range has been expanded to include mixers with new spout heights and new functional lever handles plus a wash table made from light oak and white Corian. The wide range of customised solutions offered by this collection can be visualised on the computer and touchscreens quickly and easily using the Axor Bouroullec Composer.

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Intelligent ventilation Passivent, a leading supplier of domestic and commercial ventilation, has developed its unique iMVHR system for use in domestic and multi-occupancy environments, up to the Code for Sustainable Homes Level 6. Passivent iMVHR combines the recognised benefits of traditional MVHR with those of demand controlled humidity sensitive ventilation, to ensure rooms are adequately ventilated, but only as necessary. It provides additional benefits too, delivering greater control thereby reducing energy consumption, being quicker and easier to install and commission, and eliminating any need for occupier input.


Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery (MVHR) is considered essential for low-energy and Passive houses. Now, MVHR can provide winter heating and summer cooling, with the addition of a Ground Energy Intake Duct, which delivers natural heating and cooling energy, with no running costs! The Ground Energy Intake Duct is laid at a depth of 1.5m, where ground temperatures remain at 7-12° all year round. The air supply to the MVHR Unit can therefore be 7-9° warmer than atmosphere in winter and 12-14° cooler in summer, with pollen filtration included. As a result, significant heating and cooling gains are enjoyed, carbon emissions reduced and comfort levels greatly improved. 115

Air source heat pumps offer high efficiency Evinox has recently launched a new range of COP 5 Air Source Heat Pumps. The excellent Coefficient of Performance (COP) figures for the Evinox PHRIE range makes it one of the most efficient ASHP available in the UK. The range is well suited to residential and commercial applications and currently features 10-18kW outputs with two single phase models and one three phase model. Additional models with outputs from 5-25kW will be launched shortly. The PHRIE features a high performance heat exchanger with AISI 316 stainless steel plates and heat insulation. All models in the range are extremely quiet in operation with sound levels from 35dBA.

Heat recovery just got SMARTer Achieving 0.47W/l/s, with an exceptional 93% heat transfer, and incorporating new, innovative Greenwood SMART Technology, the new Fusion HRV2HT takes one of the UK’s best performing heat recovery products to the next level. Ensuring year-round comfort for homeowners, Fusion HRV2HT also boasts Greenwood SummerSMART™ and Greenwood WinterSMART™ technologies. Providing an intuitive response to seasonal variations, they sense the outside temperature and automatically make changes to the way in which the supply air is delivered into the dwelling to create the perfect indoor climate all year round. Additional SMART features and technology improve the overall energy efficiency and performance of Fusion HRV2HT. 117

Scottish sunshine harnessed 240 Kingspan Renewables solar thermal vacuum tubes have been installed in the listed Radio City building in Kilbirnie, Ayrshire, to meet its extensive hot water needs.The 25m2 installation of HP200 Thermomax solar thermal tubes was part of a large retrofit project which also included fitting solar PV panels to service the building’s electricity.Thermomax tubes were specified to effectively feed into a pre-heat system to help meet up to 70 per cent of the annual hot water needs of the multi-use building, including showers and sinks in the gym area.The solar thermal installation is expected to contribute 12.98MWh to the building’s hot water system annually and help Radio City avoid more than 3,500kg of carbon emissions each year. 118



National Trust’s largest solar installation

Dulas is thrilled to have delivered the largest solar PV array in the UK for the National Trust at its Grade I listed Llanerchaeron property in Wales. At just under 40kWp (37.5kWp) and combined with the existing 7.5kWp solar PV array, the installation should generate up to half of the electricity that the house requires. Having provided a full planning consultancy service for multiple solar PV sites across the National Trust portfolio in Wales, Dulas advised that a freestanding ground mount ballasted array would provide the optimum solution to be delivered within the tight timescales.

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Happy 75th birthday Mapei! On the 15th February 2012, Mapei will celebrate its 75th anniversary. From humble beginnings just outside Milan, Mapei has grown from a small family business into a multinational operation, becoming one of the worlds’ leading manufacturers of adhesives and chemical products for the building industry. Mapei first entered the UK market in 1989 and now has a major prominence in the ceramic and soft flooring markets. Mapei’s UK manufacturing facilities in Halesowen are capable of producing up to 103,000 tonnes of product annually, and following in the Mapei Group’s standards of quality management, have achieved ISO9001 and ISO14001.


F. Ball and Co. Ltd. has unveiled its 2012 Recommended Adhesives Guide (RAG) to adhesive and floorcovering compatibility, featuring over 5,500 adhesive recommendations for floorcoverings from over 200 leading international manufacturers. Following customer feedback, the 2012 guide has been produced in a new A5 format, combining the handiness of the mini RAG with the clarity of the A4 guide.The interactive version of the RAG is also available on the F. Ball website,, providing live data which is continually updated throughout the year in line with any alterations to floorcovering ranges.The company has also launched a new smartphone app version of the RAG. 124

Tile maker Trend launches agglomerate flooring planks Italian tile maker Trend has introduced new agglomerate flooring planks for beautiful, eco-sustainable finishes. Rather than mimic the appearance of wood or use face printing technology,Trend has chosen timber-like quartz, granite and recycled glass finishes for its new Trend Teak range, leaving the 120cm x 14.7cm planks to replicate the appeal of solid wood flooring when laid. Measuring only 6.6mm thick,Trend Teak planks are lightweight, flexible and easy to handle, yet technically superior to most timber, laminate, vinyl and ceramic materials, which makes them ideal for demanding flooring applications, such as seamless transitions between the home and outside terrace. 125

Knauf AMF announces new appointment Knauf AMF Ceilings is pleased to announce that Peter Symons has been promoted to National Sales Manager with immediate effect. Peter joined the company as Business Development Manager for London and the South East back in 2008. Since then he has worked closely with the specifier market to strengthen Knauf AMF’s position as a leader in acoustic suspended ceilings. Peter has a degree in Building Engineering and over 10 years experience in architectural sales, both in suspended ceilings and interiors products. To further enhance his skills, he has also recently qualified as an acoustician and will become a member of the Institute of Acoustics.


Innovative specification hub For the specification of high quality tiles and tile installation products, Domus and Mapei have been a formidable team for many years. It was only natural that when embarking upon its new ‘Specification Home’ in Clerkenwell, Domus invited Mapei to enhance the experience for visiting specifiers by showcasing many of these technologically advanced installation systems and products. The 700m2 specification and material hub is innovative, interactive but most importantly adaptive. By elevating display units on wheels with no fixed zones, the space can be altered to create surprise and intrigue on each visit. An expert technical team will be based at the hub to support with any detailed projects 127


Alarm allows for early detection

The new Gira smoke alarm device available in pure white has the ability to identify the smallest of smoke particles before a potential situation gets too dangerous. It can be linked with up to 40 smoke alarms allowing for the detection of a dangerous accumulation of smoke or heat to be recognised, transmitting a signal to all of the devices, triggering an alarm throughout the whole building. Built-in thermal sensors constantly measure temperature changes within a room, allowing the ability of numerous types of fire to be identified more rapidly. Built-in disassembly safeguard ensures the device is suitable for installation in hotels, commercial premises, schools and residential homes.

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Take to the floor with stylish new tile ranges With the demand for fully co-ordinated wall and floor combinations increasing and following the successful launches of a number of wall tile ranges during 2010, British Ceramic Tile is pleased to announce that a selection of in-house manufactured floor tiles are also now in production.

The new Nero Black floor tile combined with Dorchester Carrara

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The new floor tiles from British Ceramic Tile, offer a collection of versatile, hardwearing, design-led options and are available in 333 x 333mm. They can be used in a range of both contract and retail environments from kitchens, reception areas, bathrooms and conservatories. “The new floor tiles provide total co-ordination with some of our most popular wall tile ranges and also work well as standalone solutions, “explains Sheila Elliott, Creative Director for British Ceramic Tile. “Floor tiles are being widely used throughout the home and this latest collection has been designed with that in mind. They provide a selection of practical and stylish design options for use in a variety of environments.”

The latest additions have a stronger body, improved glazes and increased PEI ratings compared to the previous inhouse manufactured products. The new Nero Black floor tile is shown on the left with Dorchester Carrara in a classical chequered combination, showing there is clearly no need to limit their use into simply kitchen and bathroom areas. The Brighton White floor, also left, has a linear effect complementing its corresponding wall tiles. The light colour palette and commercial designs provide a versatile collection which will work across a wide range of products.



Simple mixing With the increasing demands for the safe disposal of packaging, Remmers continues to lead the way in innovative packaging solutions by reducing the impact on the environment when it comes to disposal. The task – ‘how can we make mixing resins and hardeners ‘fool-proof’? The solution is brilliantly simple – deliver the products in a multi-chamber bag. With this new bag, mixing errors are now impossible. The components are packaged in the current mixing ratio in a single plastic bag separated by a plastic clip which when removed, the two components in the closed bag can be safely and cleanly mixed by kneading. It takes less than 60 seconds. After mixing, the contents of the bag are cleanly squeezed out through a screw-on nozzle just by rolling up the bag. You do not need any tools for mixing and contact with skin is avoided. That not only reduces packaging waste but also any health risks.

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The Elevator Position System from Memco provides information to an elevator’s displays about floor number, direction arrow and direction of travel; this is then seen by passengers on the car display screen. A magnet is located on each floor and, as a sensor attached to the elevator car passes a magnet, it increases or decreases the floor number depending on the direction of travel. The system works with all elevator applications with speeds of up to 3.6m/sec. and can cover up to 32 floors. Installation is simple, requiring the sensor to be mounted on a bracket, and a magnet glued at each floor level.


A new health centre has opened in the East Riding of Yorkshire, constructed using a highly sustainable recycled modular building from Foremans Relocatable Building Systems. Designed by architects Gelder and Kitchen, the new purpose-designed centre was craned into position in just eight hours over a weekend.The singlestorey building has been clad in brickwork to complement its location in a conservation area. Commenting on the project, Stephen Dale, Capital Projects Manager at East Riding of Yorkshire Primary Care Trust, said: “The use of a recycled building structure made our budgets go further, providing excellent value, as well as having a number of strong environmental benefits.” 133

Framework agreement for Portakabin Government Procurement Service, an executive agency of the Cabinet Office, has awarded a four-year framework agreement to Portakabin for the supply of modular buildings to the public sector. As part of the new framework, customers selecting Portakabin will benefit from rapid procurement and cost-effective modular building solutions, avoiding costly, compulsory competitive tendering.The new framework agreement with Portakabin includes the supply of modular buildings for both sales and hire, and for applications such as offices, kitchens and restaurants, education facilities for nursery, primary, secondary and further education, and in the healthcare sector, buildings for consultation, patient accommodation and operating theatres. 134

Technal façade concept wins design award Safe solutions for The Batimat Design Awards recognise manufacturers which have on-site spraying launched innovative building products developed in conjunction with in-house or external designers. At this year’s awards held in Paris, Technal won a Silver trophy in the Structural category for a double skin façade concept developed with leading French architects, Jacques Ferrier Architectures. The aluminium system ‘folds’ to help accommodate a building in its environment – it is ‘pleated’ vertically for east or west orientations and horizontally for southern aspects. The concept was developed by Technal as part of a research and development project to redefine the building envelope and demonstrate innovative use of solar power generation.


Challenging roof-top extension Award-winning off-site construction specialist, Yorkon, has delivered a challenging project to double capacity of the cardiac catheterisation unit at Lister Hospital in Stevenage. This involved adding a new storey on to the roof of the existing unit that was provided by Yorkon in 2004 and represents a significant £4.5m investment in service delivery for the Trust. The 24-module extension has provided a range of purpose-designed facilities including a second catheterisation laboratory, clinical support areas, control room, preparation and recovery rooms, consulting and examination suites, offices, reception and waiting area. 136


‘Safe to use’ paint products such as AquaGrip by Thames Coatings provide a breakthrough for on-site painting contractors. These environmentallyfriendly waterbased coatings satisfy HSE requirements whilst providing key benefits for the painter/applicator. They have a proven track record of being used in occupied offices and buildings which means contractors are no longer forced to work ‘out-of-hours’ during the evening or weekend. A durable, long-lasting and scratch resistant finish can be achieved on almost any surface, even glass and tiles. Products are available in virtually any colour with a range of finishes.

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Building Elements Levolux makes its mark on Stratford City M&S The latest flagship store for Marks and Spencer, at Westfield, Stratford City, is turning heads with a dual purpose, state-of-the-art Solar Shading solution, courtesy of Levolux. To prevent excessive solar heat gain on the largest ever M&S café, without loss of daylight, Levolux developed a Solar Shading solution based on its ever-popular Infiniti® Fin system. The Levolux solution comprises 44 horizontal, rectangular section Fins, which cover an area measuring 35m x 6.5m high. Each Fin measures 100mm deep x 50mm high and is fixed at 1500mm centres. When darkness descends, the Fins are transformed into a giant illuminated billboard, projecting the iconic M&S logo across the east London night sky. 138

Woodcare website Dulux Trade Woodcare has launched a new website to provide support to professionals in selecting and using its products – With a range of factors to take into consideration when selecting products, the new website provides visitors with support in choosing the best product and colour scheme for a project, through a ‘Product Selector’ guide. The website also includes an easy-to-use ‘System Guide’, which provides information on the product, its recommended basecoat and the suggested application method; as well as durability and spreading rate. There is also an ‘Advice and Support’ section which contains the latest guidance on sustainability, application tips, and advice for the preparation of surfaces.

Tough coatings for coastal location Coatings from the Dulux Trade Weathershield range have been put to the test in a project that needs the strongest protection against some of the most extreme conditions in the UK. Positioned right on the Cornish coast in Falmouth, Admirals Quay is a high-end development made up of 20 flats and eight houses. Decorator Kevin Nankervis began by cleaning all of the outdoor walls, doors and windows with Weathershield Fungicidal Wash. As well as removing algae and other sea residue, the product helps to deter any future growth. This was then followed by Weathershield Maximum Exposure and Weathershield Exterior High Gloss, which are renowned for delivering outstanding performance.



KAC launches new mains voltage unit

The latest addition to KAC’s range of manual call points for specialist applications is the MCP6V, an indoor call point for flush or surface mounting that will switch up to 2A at 240VAC mains voltage. The MCP6V is a specially terminated unit fitted with a mains voltage microswitch. Externally identical in size and user interface with the normal low voltage version, it features warning signs, visible when the operating cassette is removed, to alert installers and service engineers to the presence of high voltage.The internal layout of the unit has been designed specifically to minimise any opportunity for inadvertent contact with the terminals.The product is tested and approved by LPCB to EN54-11.


Simplifying hygiene specification Population trends are triggering an increase in the specification and purchase of disabled equipment. As a result, specifiers are having to adapt to developments in the sector – an adaptation simplified with advances at Total Hygiene.The company has extended its range to deliver a flexible offering that efficiently creates a well-functioning accessible bathroom, toilet, washroom, or Changing Places facility in domestic and commercial environments. The Complete Bathroom Collection comprises height adjustable washbasins, baths and shower seats; British-made height adjustable and fixed Clos-o-Mat ‘wash and dry’ toilets; height adjustable changing tables, toilet lifters, hoists and body driers. 142

Modular systems offer library flexibility The University of Aberdeen’s new £57m library, which opened this September, has been built using modular power and lighting distribution systems from Modular Wiring Systems, a subsidiary of electrical cable manufacturer Tratos Ltd. The prefabricated power and lighting distribution systems have been installed throughout the building under the floors, feeding all power and lighting points, including the desks and lighting in the book cases themselves. Using Modular Wiring Systems’ distribution systems has provided the library with exceptional flexibility, allowing desks to be moved and the layout altered, without the need to re wire to re route power.

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Bright & light! Dulux Trade coatings have helped transform Interserve’s offices into modern, bright and energy efficient spaces

Dulux Trade Coatings have been included in a pioneering project at one of only three Passivhaus offices in the country. A range of it high performance paints were successfully used to maximise the use of natural daylight.


nterserve Construction Limited’s new regional £1.5m office was designed by CPMG architects of Nottingham, and constructed by Interserve in partnership with the park developer, Raynsway Properties. As part of the Passivhaus standard, a number of specific measures were included in the design of the project, such as earth tubes, increased levels of insulation and airtightness and an ultra-efficient Mechanical Ventilation Heat Recovery plant, all of which help contribute to the building’s overall Zero Carbon energy performance.To complement these elements, the project team also required a range of paints that would further boost the environmental credentials of the office space. Jason Smith from paint contractors, Swirlforce, who worked on the Interserve office, explains: “Working in partnership with the Dulux Trade Specification Account Manager, Janet Robertson and Interserve, we developed a bespoke collection of coatings to meet the exacting needs of the project. One specific requirement for example, was to maximise natural light within the building, so it was a natural choice to recommend the Dulux Trade Light & Space colour range.”


The first of its kind, the Dulux Trade Light & Space colour range is created through a unique combination of innovative optical brighteners, highly reflective paint components and cleaner tinting recipes. In comparison to conventional emulsion paints, the collection absorbs an average of 50 per cent less light, enhancing luminance and making rooms feel bigger, brighter and less gloomy. For this project, Dulux Trade Light & Space was used in White. “To ensure the benefits of Light & Space were realised for as long as possible, we used the Diamond Matt formulation, meaning it can be cleaned and scrubbed without burnishing, and it looks good for longer,” added Jason.

Return on investment As it is up to 10 times more durable and 10 times more stain resistant than standard vinyl silk emulsions, Dulux Trade Light & Space Diamond Matt can help increase maintenance cycles and ensure a strong return on investment. Alongside maximising natural light within the office environment, a further necessity was to ensure safety and security within the building. Jason continues: “As the building plant areas are exposed steel work

and timber, the project team wanted to build in extra fire protection into the heat recovery plant room. As such, we used Dulux Trade Pyroshield Durable Matt.” Pyroshield Durable Matt is a water-based finish, specially formulated to inhibit the spread of flames on previously painted surfaces. Using Pyroshield, substrates can be upgraded to achieve Class 0 rating (as defined by British Standard BS476). Further Dulux Trade coatings were also used throughout the landmark project, including the Dulux Trade Metalshield range for the office’s exposed steel roof trusses and Dulux Trade Diamond Satinwood for all trims, including skirting and architraves. Concluding, Gordon Kew, Director, Regional Building at Interserve, who led the project, said: “Our previous offices were becoming increasingly outdated and were also performing poorly on energy usage. As such, when we came to designing our new facilities, sustainability was a primary focus. We are delighted with the finished building, and the Dulux Trade coatings have played a part in us achieving our overall vision of a modern, bright and energy efficient office.”

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Building homes for the future? Better build in Sky±HD

Talk to Sky about the digital entertainment buyers want Whoever your new builds are aimed at, your buyers will be looking for digital entertainment that keeps pace with technology. Increasingly, that means Sky±HD.

Our Specialist Installation Team can work directly with you, or your chosen contractors, to fit this future-proof solution. So arrange a free survey today.

By integrating a ‘5 cable IRS’ system and having 2 signal feeds to each satellite point (the only way of getting all the features Sky±HD offers), your residents will be able to enjoy TV the way they want it. And that makes your properties even more attractive to potential buyers.

Go to or call 08442 411 335 Sky TV: Sky box and Sky TV subscription required for customers to receive Sky digital programming. Only compatible with digital satellite. Two satellite feeds required for full Sky±HD functionality. You must get all consents required (e.g. landlord’s). General: Minimum Sky TV, Sky±HD subscriptions are 12 months. Further terms apply. Calls cost up to 5.1p per minute and up to 12.5p connection fee for BT customers. Calls from other providers may vary. Information only applies to residential customers in the UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man. Information correct at 5 January 2011.

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