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HYDROGEN HEATING FROM RINNAI
Chris Goggin maps out his company’s view and adaption to the changing marketplace in the heating and hot water arena on the road to NetZero
Chris Goggin maps out his company’s view and adaption to the changing marketplace in the heating and hot water arena on the road to NetZero
Hydrogen Heating From Rinnai ecarbonisation and NetZero ambitions are prominent issues in global political agendas, forcing debate and discussion that focuses on potential future energy resources. Throughout these dialogues, hydrogen has been identified as a potential energy source for the global mass market.
The applications for hydrogen are many: industrial process, vehicles and building stock are key areas for deployment. A key reason in hydrogen’s identification as a mass market energy solution focuses on hydrogen’s clean content. Hydrogen is environmentally benign and therefore releases no CO₂ emissions. Decarbonizing the industrial sector is vital in cutting heavy emission releases. This includes the steel and chemical industries, both of which are responsible for large CO₂ emissions. The traffic sector believes hydrogen can deliver reduced emissions whilst powering long haul vehicles and local public transport
– note the recent London buses example. Hydrogen is also likely to be integral in domestic energy provision. Future energy mixes of green, cleaner gasses containing hydrogen blends are considered viable replacements of fossil fuels. By 2030 the UK plans to construct ‘hydrogen clusters’ introducing numerous avenues for hydrogen deployment, transfer and consumption to be made possible. The construction of hydrogen clusters will supply local residential and commercial buildings with locally sourced hydrogen. The Hynet Northwest programme has made considerable advancements in this area. One consideration is to link these clusters to the central transmission network to supply the whole of the UK.
Elsewhere away from the UK, there has been development of a comprehensive hydrogen strategy aiming to create a carbon neutral Europe. To further the development of carbon neutrality across Europe, the ‘European Clean Hydrogen Alliance’ an organization comprised of policy makers along the entire hydrogen value chain has been founded. This alliance concentrates on providing viable technologies, investment opportunities and political advice which aims to form political decision making on cleaner energies. Germany has advanced preparations towards a hydrogen economy with a detailed national hydrogen strategy set up in 2020. The Netherlands, France, Spain, Portugal and Norway have also developed their respective national hydrogen strategies. UK recognition of a hydrogen economy is also advanced and a national hydrogen strategy is set to be released soon. As a result, appliance manufacturers are preparing to adapt their products to accept cleaner gasses. To be prepared for a changing technological horizon, Rinnai is assisting future standards for both blends and 100% hydrogen. Hydrogen undoubtedly maintains the potential to be a cornerstone of the European energy transition. For hydrogen to become Europe’s fuel of choice, hydrogen must be produced CO₂-free and based on renewable energies, as so called “green” hydrogen. To date, no large quantities of green hydrogen have been produced, limiting hydrogen’s mass market potential. Production capacities must be created, as well as pipeline and distribution networks; transport and storage facilities. In addition, uniform technical standards remain to be defined. At present there are
no harmonised standards for the percentage of hydrogen that may be added to existing gas grids. The percentage varies between zero and ten percent across European countries. European harmonisation is a long-term undertaking. There are two issues which demand attention within the heating market. The first issue which requires research and data gathering centres on the proposed dispersal of a 20% hydrogen mixture into the national gas grid. The second point of focus is the development of hydrogen as a CO₂free fuel by 2030 - 2050. Additional tests to collect insights into future hydrogen gas blending rates are being carried out by gas utility companies in the UK, Germany and The Netherlands. In anticipation of a future transition to hydrogen, Rinnai’s commercial range of water heaters have undertaken and passed a series of rigorous verification tests that demonstrate their ability to accept hydrogen fuel gas blends of 30%. Rinnai is also positioning future products to receive CO₂-free pure hydrogen. Testing has begun on Rinnai’s Next-gen 100% hydrogen gas ready appliances. Pete Seddon, Technical team leader at Rinnai UK explains further: “The specification of hydrogen differs from natural gas, meaning that flame sensing devices will need modification, along
with some other components. The temperature within the appliance is very similar however, meaning that durability and reliability won’t change. Other positive elements associated with hydrogen within appliance combustion is that the heaters can be constructed in such a way that they are the same size as natural gas variants, simplifying appliance replacement and maintaining continuity. The Wobbe index for methane and hydrogen is also very similar, whilst the efficiency of the appliances is also like that of natural gas condensing variants.” The UK hydrogen strategy will be released alongside the Heat in Buildings strategy, which is expected to mandate hydrogen ready equipment. The growth of UK hydrogen clusters continues at pace and hydrogen blending is expected in the short term. Rinnai is well placed to deal with any current and future heating requirements and endeavours to support customers and partners throughout Rinnai’s future hydrogen decarbonisation pathway. FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT
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CONTENTS September 2021
4 Industry News 14 Coatings & Paints 22 Bathrooms
30 Heating 38 Roofing & Cladding 46 Outdoor Living
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SBID International Design Awards 2021: Finalists Announced! Showcasing the world’s best interior design talent he SBID International Design Awards finalists for 2021 have been revealed, boasting an impressive shortlist of award-worthy entries across Interior Design, Product Design and Fit- Out. From the design scheme, materials used and products specified through to the final fit-out installation, the SBID Awards champion design standards across the supply chain in the design, procurement and execution of outstanding interiors. Each entry has been evaluated for its functionality, technical merit, creative delivery and ability to inspire; highlighting the value that expert interior design and specialist craftmanship can bring to businesses, homes and society as a whole – the finest examples of good design considers its ultimate impact on the health, wellbeing and lifestyle of its users and the environment. The SBID Awards invited the creative A&D community to enter this year’s global awards programme to celebrate the incredible dexterity, creativity and mastery of the interior design profession. Providing a global stage for designers of interiors, the Awards reward the design excellence of interior designers, studios and architects, alongside the fit-out specialists, product designers, manufacturers, artisans and independent makers that bring their visions to life through superior quality, skill and innovation. Amongst the inspiring contenders for this year, finalists for interior design categories include the likes of esteemed practices; Zaha Hadid Architects, Hirsch Bedner Associates and Hill House Interiors. With notable projects for international brands including; Harrods, the Hilton, Marriott Hotels, Coty, Bumble, and more. Across product design, the shortlisted entries exhibit some of the latest interior solutions from Fisher & Paykel, Cosentino, BORA, and Graham & Brown. The SBID Awards 2021 is set to feature remarkable creative talent,
ground-breaking interior designs and pioneering products on its inclusive and globally respected stage. The GOLD-standard Awards programme (as accredited by the Independent Awards Standards Council) has amassed over 3,000 entries from 85 countries worldwide, with this year receiving entries from the UK, UAE, Germany and Australia, to Taiwan, Switzerland, Vietnam and South Africa. As a result, the SBID Awards has become a truly international platform for showcasing the world’s best professional design talent, with finalists in each category encompassing the scope and diversity of the design industry, spanning the commercial and residential sectors. In addition to enhanced credibility and invaluable recognition, the Awards’ represent a unique opportunity to put designs in front of some of the biggest names and industry-leading experts across the profession. Featuring on this year’s impressive international jury, Stella Gittins, co-founder & group director of Accouter Group of Companies said: “ The SBID Awards is an opportunity for the industry’s creative community to stage their courageous minds…exploring beautiful, useful and respectful ideas which are so seemingly simple, yet intricate as a process. I am proud to represent the iconic SBID as a judge and play a part in
honouring great designers with these prestigious accolades.” To complete the final stage of the judging process, the public are invited to vote for their favourite projects at www. sbidawards.com. Accounting for 30% of the results, the ultimate end-users of design have the final say in which projects or products receive a prestigious SBID Award. The public voting will close on Friday 10 th September at 5pm (BST). Offering inventive event experiences equipped with premium networking opportunities, the annual Awards culminates with a captivating ceremony in London’s latest luxury lifestyle destination, Nobu Hotel Portman Square on Friday 22nd October 2021; where the winning entries will be awarded with a bespoke crystal trophy designed exclusively by Sans Souci Glass Deco. Click here to explore the category finalists and cast your votes! Visit www.sbidawards.com for more information.
Twinned Therm’s Facade Cavity and Aperture Protection System (FCAPS) Encouraging news for the occupants of ALL ‘at risk’ properties There have been many examples of total loss fires in the UK attributed to the ingress of smoke, heat and flames into buildings’ cavities. They vary from residential, commercial and industrial buildings, old and new, and the lack of robust protection of these cavities has led to the total loss of the buildings and, in some cases, fatalities.
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These losses are avoidable After recent events there has been a lot of focus on High Rise Residential Buildings (HRRB’s), yet combustible materials feature in all building envelopes for consideration when it comes to fire safety. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) acknowledges the risk to life in HRRBs is low; last year 91% of all residential fires were in houses, bungalows, converted or low rise flats and only 9% in blocks of flats of four storeys or more. MHCLG, acting on advice from an independent expert group, recommends a more proportionate and evidence-based approach to fire safety. The removal of the requirement for EWS-1 forms for buildings less than 18 metres should free leaseholders from cost and delay and restore balance to the housing market, helping flat owners to buy, sell or re-mortgage their homes. The Twinned Therm Facade Cavity and Aperture Protection System (FCAPS) is a robust, physical installation that provides this proportionate defence to all buildings and is a cost-effective alternative to other routes aimed at securing properties from the risk of fire.
FCAPS derived from an industrial smoke, heat and fall protection roof light where the insulation in the sandwich panel required protection from the exhausting smoke and heat. With a tested and certified A2-S1-D0 level of integrity, the FCAPS provides a cavity barrier to prevent the spread of the fire through the building. Furthermore the FCAPS will protect the cavities between a building’s outer wall and any rain screen cladding and has been independently tested and proven to do so. The system has the fluidity to protect any building envelope and is bespoke in both design and performance. Similarly they are equally as effective with door and window apertures as they are with flue or air vents. Furthermore their protective qualities allow buildings to be insured, another real solution in the marketplace today giving leaseholders some more encouraging news. For more information contact email@example.com or call 07917 769133
NEW GENERATION OF FIRE DOORS AT HOUSING 2021 This September, fds (fire door systems) will be returning to Manchester Central to showcase its new generation composite fire door system, Neuma fds, at Housing 2021.
fter more than a year of digital experiences, fds will be encouraging visitors to stand E28 to explore its FD30 Glass Reinforced Polyester (GRP) composite fire door system, in-person.
display on the stand. Initial Type Testing (ITT) will also be available to view.
Stand E28 will feature six complete composite fire doorsets, each varying in colour and style, and complemented by a range of fire-rated hardware and door closers. Several of the doors will be operable, Neuma fds has consistently enabling delegates to proven fire resistance appreciate the quality of with 44 individual test the doors alongside the specimens subject to 22 ergonomics and aesthetics. bi-directional fire tests, achieving an average of fds will be joined on the 45 minutes integrity. Each stand by members of fire test was filmed, with its UK-wide fabrication the footage forming part of network. Each fds doorset a prominent audio-visual manufacturing partner
is selected by fds and audited to meet the nonmandatory requirements of Q-Mark STD 170. Dave Walker, technical director of Distinction Doors, stockist and distributor of the fds brand says: “This year’s Housing exhibition is a valuable opportunity for visitors to understand and appreciate our fire door system, in real life. “We are particularly excited to show our fire doorset range to local authorities, housing associations, house builders and
developers in light of the recent introduction of the Building Safety Bill to government. “We are confident that this new generation of composite fire doors exceeds requirements and meets demand for a robust and proven low maintenance fire doorset solution, while giving reassurance and peace of mind to all stakeholders.” To find out more about fds and its composite fire door system, Neuma fds please visit firedoorsystems.co.uk.
Homapal Think Design Think Homapal Via Deralam Laminates Ltd Deralam Laminates have evolved into a major player in the furniture and shop fitting industry supplying a range of laminates, worktops, panel products and solid surfacing
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Stocking over 10000 product lines, you can be sure that Deralam stock a solution to suit your latest design project together with the highest levels of commitment and customer service. Being able to supply the correct product to extremely tight deadlines has seen Deralam forge close relationships with many companies in the shop fitting industry and their products are used in the stores of some of the most prestigious names in high street retail. Keen to stay ahead of the market, Deralam have sole UK distribution rights for Homapal©, that specialise in laminates of various finishes including real metal surfaces, this leaves an almost unlimited scope for creativity and customisation; meaning that this product has a multitude of applications and finds its way into cruise ships, bars, restaurants, nightclubs and high street retail stores, in fact, any vertical surface that needs to be enhanced. Over the years, hardly any other material has proven its worth in interior design to the extent in which the laminate has done. Looks, feel and function are combined to get the interplay of elements into all-embracing spatial concepts in a way that could not be more natural. Deralam is the ideal choice for Architects, manufacturers and retailers alike. firstname.lastname@example.org
Magply A1 Boards selected for fit out of London apartments One of the UK’s premier housebuilders has switched to specifying Magply boards as part of the wall construction, within the exterior elevations for an apartment development in a prime West London location, chosen in place of the plywood alternative because of the MgO boards’ outstanding physical characteristics and other practical benefits. oyal Warwick Square is a development by St. Edward – a joint venture company owned by M&G Investments and Berkeley. The scheme is part of the Warwick Road Masterplan that is providing a thousand new residences, a new school and landscaped spaces across seven acres of Zone 1 land in the Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
With work near to completion, Watford based PIB Contractors has been installing the Magply boards, supplied through MP Moran of Watford as ‘pattresses’ or backing blocks for fixings, within the light gauge steel wall panels. The pattresses are sized and positioned in line with a
pre-designed layout: facilitating the hanging of fixtures and fittings like shelves, radiators and kitchen units. St. Edward is amongst a growing number of sector specialists turning to IPP Ltd. and its Magply range where high performance panel products are required to meet specific technical challenges. In the case of Royal Warwick Square, a member of the project team contacted IPP Ltd. during the early design stages, leading to the Sales Manager for Magply delivering a full technical briefing on the versatile product, which has found many similar applications, particularly in Ireland and on student accommodation buildings across the UK.
The Operations Director for PIB, Danny White, commented: “What you see on the Royal Warwick Square site is the use of 20mm Magply in lieu of a timber – plywood – pattress as this has a very good pull-out capacity similar to the properties of plywood and is non-combustible.” Backed by BDA Agreement certification, Magply MgO boards present a firesafe and environmentally friendly alternative to conventional plywood or OSB products. Additionally, the unique production process keeps the chloride content to just 0.01%, enhancing both stability and long-term durability. The different thicknesses of panel are also widely used as a substrate board for the direct application of proprietary render systems, as well as for flooring and flat or pitched roof build-ups.
Stay and study in style at The Robinson • 3 & 4-bed apartments with multiple bathrooms to rent, ideal for student sharers • Wembley Park location puts students at the heart of the action in a well-managed estate uintain Living is already well-known for its distinctive rental accommodation. The award-winning management company oversees the rental of more than 3,000 apartments in Wembley Park. However, its latest building – The Robinson – is causing some head-turning thanks to its seriously quirky amenities and eye-catching homes.
With multiple bedrooms of near-equal size, many of them with en-suite bathrooms, and one monthly bill which can be split for ease, The Robinson is perfect for students who want to stay and study in style.
• Almost 1 in 5 Quintain Living residents are students • The Robinson offers rent and bills in one handy, monthly payment Just 12 minutes from central London and within reach of some of the capital’s most popular colleges and universities, Wembley Park is the ideal student location. In fact, almost one in five Quintain Living residents are students, further testament to the appeals of the neighbourhood with those in higher education. Well located for UCL, the University of Westminster, Middlesex University London, The Regent College London, College of North West London and with University Campus of Football Business (UCFB) Wembley right on its doorstep, The Robinson is now drawing in students who are looking for more from their digs.
So, what is it about The Robinson that is proving to be such a hit with students? “The combination of bold, alternative design and the apartments’ eclectic style with such a wealth of amenities has been a real hit with young people who want the very best from their student lifestyle. And with one monthly bill, a concierge on site to provide peace of mind, plus an array of social events to enjoy, The Robinson really does offer the whole package. It balances quiet homes that are ideal for self-study, with amenities that reflect the excitement and vibrancy of Wembley Park .”
Danielle Bayless, Chief Operating Officer, Quintain Living
The Ro b i n s o n ’s apartments are packed with style. Influences vary from contemporary and mid-century to art deco and retro kitsch. The underlying design is simple and classic, with exposed concrete and galvanised piping creating a raw feeling, while brightly coloured kitchens offer a sense of excitement. Lights are metal or bamboo, with handmade Liberty pattern lampshades adding a touch of contrast in the beautiful black and white, Yin and Yang bathrooms. It’s when residents step out of the apartments, with their individually coloured front doors, and onto the Caribbeanstyle patterned carpets of the corridors that the wonder really begins. Homely touches, such as grandmastyle wired lampshades and nostalgic wallpaper, create a sense of connection, but are overlaid with a whole host of other features that contradict and challenge. It’s hard to know where to start when it comes to The Robinson’s amenities. As you meander through the extensive podium gardens, curiosities await at every turn. There’s an enclosed peace garden where you can sit and soak up the surrounding greenery. There’s a formal lawn with deckchairs that’s perfect for summer picnics. The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party Garden boasts brightly coloured giant flowerpots, chandeliers and festoon lights hanging from the rafters, an oil drum BBQ and a bright pink kitchenette that’s hidden behind innocuous wooden panelling. Head up to The Robinson’s roof terraces and there’s plenty to appeal to students looking for a sense of community. The main roof terrace is home to what is believed to be the longest stretch of sun loungers in London, with a juice bar (shaped like an orange, of course) providing refreshments at one end. A smaller roof terrace hosts three bespoke camper vans, fitted out as work from home spaces, with heating and power (along with the site-wide WiFi that’s provided free of charge). Where better to
write your dissertation? And for relaxation after a long day of studying, students can enjoy the rooftop spa caravan complete with its own hot tub! If the British weather takes a turn, then students can slide down from the main roof terrace to the residents’ lounge below. With its multi-layered art wall, see-through fireplace and Damien-Hirst inspired polka-dot London taxi coffee machine, the lounge is the ideal spot for students to socialise, make new friends or simply enjoy some solo down time in a community atmosphere. It’s also a great spot to hang out and study, with a number of booths and individual study areas for quieter moments. With estate-wide Wi-Fi in place, students can simply pick up their laptops and move from one study area to the other without having to fret about connectivity. The events that Quintain Living organises certainly build on that sense of community. There’s something for everyone, from bread-baking and cocktail making classes to screenings of films and dance classes. Events range from the super-special supper clubs and private gigs in the podium gardens to much more chilled affairs such as quiz nights and bingo. Students also have the whole of Wembley Park at their disposal. The area is home to an outstanding selection of independent
shops and eateries, including London’s largest Boxpark which is home to 24 food and drink outlets. There’s also London Designer Outlet, with 70 shops, coffee shops and restaurants, Wembley Park Market, the Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre, The SSE Arena, Wembley and, of course, Wembley Stadium – which The Robinson’s residents can see from their rooftop sun loungers. Pop-up markets, art trails and more add to the wealth of experiences on offer in this vibrant London neighbourhood. Safety is also a priority at Wembley Park with professional estate management offering 24/7 on-theground security, a dedicated police team, and round the clock concierge services available in all Quintain Living buildings. “Students in London will be hard-pressed to find more exciting homes in a better location. We are delighted with the depth of the experiential living available for renters at The Robinson and look forward to welcoming our growing cohort of students over the summer months, in the run-up to the 2021/22 academic year.” Danielle Bayless, Chief Operating Officer, Quintain Living For more information on Quintain Living or to book a viewing, v i s i t w w w. q u i n t a i n l i v i n g . c o m , @quintainliving on Instagram or call 020 3151 1927.
Bringing the Construction Sector Back Together this October Following the Government’s announcement that restrictions are due to be lifted in July, we can be confident that business events will return in the Autumn and look forward to welcoming you back to the Kent Event Centre on 7th October for the South East’s leading construction event. Kent Construction EXPO will bring together 2,000+ construction professionals, contractors, developers and specialist suppliers for one invaluable day of networking in a face-to-face environment once again since the COVID-19 outbreak. rought to you by Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with Kent County Council and Medway Council, this major annual gathering offers a fantastic line-up of speakers, alongside the South East’s largest exhibition of construction suppliers: providing a unique opportunity for you to get the inside track on major infrastructure projects and the latest industry developments, while making valuable new contacts and building your business.
We already have a great programme line-up confirmed, with inspirational keynotes and practical workshops that will provide you with fresh insights into current construction industry challenges and opportunities on the horizon as well as emerging technologies, practices and innovations - helping you to keep up to date and thrive in the years ahead. Back by popular demand, our roundtable stream provides a focussed platform for discussion where you will have the opportunity to share your challenges and opportunities, hear your peer’s points of view and learn from their experiences, ask questions and voice an opinion. A few of the hot topics and sector trends that will feature on the programme this year are: • • • • • • • • •
Bouncing Back from Covid-19 Construction Futures BIM and Digitisation Major Infrastructure Developments in Kent and the South East Health & Safety Regulations R&D Tax Credits Sustainable Innovation Mental Health Awareness Construction Pathways
A key feature at the event is the exclusive opportunity to put your business in front of leading contractors, suppliers and government departments, with over 600 FREE meet-the-buyer appointments available. You can also benefit from: • Over 150 market-leading exhibitors • Invaluable networking opportunities to build and maintain business relationships • Live Demo Areas showcasing the most dynamic and innovative products in the industry • Big Networking Breakfast with a focus on collaboration in the construction sector
• Post-Event Gala Dinner with after-dinner comedian Angela Barnes, the perfect way to unwind, network and celebrate excellence within the industry
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Taggart Homes begins construction on innovative new outdoor multifunctional work pods Taggart Homes has commenced works on the first phase of 100 high spec outdoor work pods suitable for home working and a range of small businesses including beauty salons and gyms. he pods will come in a variety of sizes and designs and will be available to the public in the UK and Ireland, as well as buyers of Taggart Homes properties this week, at a starting price of £10,000 + vat.
With the rising trend in home working due to the COVID-19 pandemic and many business closures causing economic uncertainty, the pods will offer customers an outdoor office option, and a dedicated outdoor space, from which many sole traders and small business owners such as personal trainers and beauty therapists can run their own businesses away from the rest of the house, with room for supplies and equipment. There is also scope to be creative with the pods for personal use – as a personal gym, bar, or a place to rest and relax, or to indulge in a hobby. The first phase of garden pods by Taggart Homes will be available to purchase from this week, and existing Taggart homebuyers will be offered the opportunity to have a pod installed on their property. Selling agent Pygott and Crone has been appointed as the UK agent to launch the garden rooms. Michael Taggart, CEO of Taggart Homes, said: “As living and working habits continue to shift for many given the present circumstances, there is a growing movement to home working and as people look to optimise their living environment, and they are looking to upgrade properties. “With this trend for home working and many businesses having to close their doors – the outdoor work pod is a versatile asset and can work as a home office, or a space for small business owners – adding value and versatility to homes. “We are excited to introduce these pods to the public and will be offering our existing Taggart homeowners the chance to snap one up for their property. This is just the first phase and we plan on creating more in the future as we believe they will continue to be a desirable and valuable addition to any home.
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Running-in your new home Practical advice for homeowners moving during Covid f you are moving into a newly built home, it’s important that your home can ‘settle’ – just like you, particularly in these uncertain times.
Giles Willson, Standards and Policy Manager at NHBC, the UK’s leading warranty and insurance provider for new build homes, said that there are a number of simple steps to take to help you ‘run in’ your new home. “Easy day to day measures can prevent or limit problems occurring, with the three key factors of moisture, condensation and shrinkage being the main causes of potential damage at any time of the year,” he said. “With UK mortgage approvals rising to their highest level in more than 10 years*, partly driven by buyers reassessing their living situation during the pandemic, it is clear that many tens of thousands of people have been busy and making the move during lockdown.” It is common that during construction, the materials used to build your home will have absorbed water. Although it is something you won’t notice, it’s important that this moisture evaporates slowly and be ventilated away. Decelerating the drying out process reduces the visible
effects of shrinkage, by letting things take their natural course. Stop moisture spreading: Extractor fans and cooker hoods, where fitted, should be used whenever water vapour is being produced, such as when cooking, washing clothes and showering. Also ensure that windows are opened regularly to allow excess moisture to escape. Keep a constant temperature to limit cracking: Try to keep an even temperature in the house so that the structure warms up and dries out gradually. Dealing with minor cracks: Small cracks in the walls and gaps in joinery are both common signs of shrinkage. These should be left for a few months and then sealed after your new home has dried out. When you redecorate, use a good filler for any gaps and plaster cracks that may have arisen from normal drying-out and shrinkage. Reduce condensation: Keeping your trickle vents within your windows open
will reduce condensation. If it does appear on your windows, simply wipe it away. Left alone, condensation can cause a lot of damage, and lead to unnecessary repair costs. Redecoration: The builder will probably have painted the walls with a light paint that lets moisture get out during the drying out period. Further coats of emulsion and oil-based paints or wallpaper can be put on after about 9-12 months. Wardrobe ventilation: Built-in wardrobe doors should be kept slightly ajar during the drying out period, especially if the wardrobe is on an external wall. And finally… Loft care: Check the loft regularly for signs of condensation. The builder will have put permanent ventilation in the roof, usually at the eaves, to avoid condensation. These openings, which take the form of slots or holes, should not be covered. Do not leave the loft hatch open because this will allow warm moist air into the loft, wasting heat and increasing the risk of condensation.
For further information please visit https://www.nhbc.co.uk/homeowners/moving-in
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Hertford interiors expert creates online hub for design inspiration Interior designers and specifiers across the UK can now order samples from a range of leading suppliers and find fresh inspiration for their projects in the same online marketplace. ample Library – targeting the UK design market – features leading products from the design world and gives its professional users a quick, seamless way to explore different materials and order samples with ease.
The founder of the business is Hertford based Chris Walters, who for the past nine years has worked within the industry as a supplier of Venetian plaster and specialist wall finishes. He said: “We decided to develop the online platform because we wanted to create a place where interior
designers could come and find inspiration for their projects but also celebrate the best of the UK design industry. “Designers are using the platform already and tell us it removes a lot of the pain that was previously involved in researching new products and, most importantly, saving them valuable time.”
The brands featured include Chase Irwin, Alma Leather, Clayworks and V4 Wood Flooring.
To date, more than 40 suppliers are registered to supply samples through the platform offering a variety of materials including flooring, wallcoverings, tiles, stone and fabrics.
There are already more than 100 professional users signed up to the platform who can view all the available products and request samples from multiple suppliers in one go.
would have to trawl through trade shows and different online platforms for days to get a taste of such a broad spectrum of design ideas, so this could really become a go-to place. “I also see the value this brings in giving people a clear insight into trends and innovations in the market. It will give great exposure to the many fantastic products out there.” Early feedback from interior designers since the platform launched in April this year has also been positive. Interior designer Helen Rees said: “I felt quite amazed and relieved to find Sample Library and think it is a brilliant idea.” Danielle Fleming added: “Signing up to the website was very simple and it felt like an exclusive club.”
Quality assurance To ensure the quality of products featured on the marketplace are of the very highest standard and meet
the luxury criteria, the creators of the platform ensure all suppliers go through a rigorous verification process to onboard. The vision of Sample Library – as its slogan recognises – is to bring design together and make the whole process of sample ordering much simpler. “What I like most about Sample Library is that it is solving a genuine problem within the industry,” Duncan said. “In the modern world, having a single online platform to find an abundance of quality samples from suppliers across the interior design market feels like a very natural progression. “The requirement for samples is still very much alive. These products are physical and tactile; you really need to see samples to experience the difference between good products and great products, but this concept will help to speed up the process and make it much slicker.” samplelibrary.co.uk
Duncan Sanders, Head of Trading at the Design Museum, is one of the platform’s brand ambassadors. “I believe the platform will become a really rich resource for luxury interior products and will help to make the process of ordering samples more seamless,” he said. “Historically, you
Bring Scandinavian Style into Your Bathroom Scandinavian interiors have taken the design world by storm as minimalist trends take inspiration from a blend of textures, soft hues, and sleek modern décor to encapsulate this sought-after style.
iscover the following ideas that celebrate clean lines, utility and simple furnishings that are functional, beautiful, and serene.
help you make your “hygge” bathroom a reality. Hanging wall mirrors are also a renowned Scandi-inspired trend, as clean lines create a bold statement as they reflect light and make spaces appear more open.
Combine statement shades and brass fittings
Introduce Monochromatic Colours and Moody Accents
Introduce this season’s metal of the moment into your bathroom and provide an air of extravagance with distinctive palettes and dazzling finishes. Channel the epitome of scandi-style flare and paint a blank canvas as muted hues give a seriously calming vibe with neutral undertones that capitalise on natural lighting and a minimalistic feel.
Graeme continues “Marry these pieces with distinctive backdrops as moody Nordic-style bathroom fully clad with black accents provides a visual contrast to white fixtures as black adds drama to any space. A black exposed shower kit is a great way to bring a touch of inky indulgence into your bathroom. Pair this with a matt black basin tap to radiate a showstopping theme you can carry throughout the bathroom.”
Incorporating gilded furnishings and shiny brass accents present a serious sense of luxury into any room. Crosswater’s Gallery 10 Brushed Brass Walk-in Recess Shower Enclosure works wonderfully against moody hues, as warm metallics set against deep-tone backdrops. Rich jewel tones and shadowy neutrals evoke a luxury appeal and complement each other beautifully. Pair this with the Britton Hoxton Basin Mixer Tap, which promises to add a touch of style and elevate your bathroom. Master the Minimal look with WallHung Accents Graeme Borchard MD ukbathrooms comments “Scandinavian minimalism showcases simplicity, purity, and calmness and encourages your interiors to do the talking. Exercise restraint in your décor choices, as this style speaks to tidy tendencies and a desire to live in an inviting and comfortable setting. Include light colour palettes and cosy accents, which is an approved trend in Nordic countries.” Villeroy and Boch Subway 2.0 Compact Rimless Wall Hung WC is a chic option, creating room for extra space due to its wall-hung design creating a clutter-free environment. Compliment this with the Ideal Standard Tempo Wall Hung Vanity Unit in a beautiful white finish to
Say Yes to Pops of Colour and Patterned Flooring Mint greens and beautiful blues make a clever colour combination with their ability to brighten up a room and radiate timeless versatility as stark white walls, warm wood textures, and pops of colour are all solidly Scandinavian in flavour. A contemporary white bathtub is a popular favourite, creating an environment that promotes positive energy, adding ambience to your bathroom space. The Victoria and Albert Monaco freestanding roll top bath makes a stunning showpiece for any bathroom, oozing elegance and offering classic, neat lines that will seamlessly slot into any bathroom. Wooden units are an ultra-stylish way to bring a touch of texture into interior designs. Villeroy and Boch’s Avento large vanity unit in a gorgeous wooden finish, is a stylish space-saving option, creating a clutter-free laid back and airy ascetic. To complete this look, uncover a distinctive yet daring Scandinavian trend and opt for some patterned floor tiles. Incorporate Understated Accessorise Finally - invest in some wooden mats, tree stumps, cabinets, woven baskets,
and boxes for added storage and incorporate some stone-style décor. Harness a stylish connection to the outdoors and ground yourself with natural colour schemes and plenty of plants, as bringing the outdoors into your home could decrease stress and blood pressure levels. Plants are also the perfect way to incorporate colour and natural touches into your interior and sets the scene for your Scandinavianinspired sanctuary.
As we settle into our second year of trading in the pandemic and the challenges that continue to face us, we would like to take this opportunity to reiterate our policy of stockholding and pricing and how it is driving our company forward. “Last summer we saw widespread disruption to supply and many assumed by now these issues would have ironed themselves out. In fact they have worsened. Most of our competitors are still looking at long lead times and have applied large price increases. We are not only able to maintain the chain of supply due to our longstanding policy of stockholding but are also able to maintain our current pricing structure providing further financial stability to ourselves but as importantly to our customers” As always the Sussex Range is manufactured from 100% stainless steel including our recently introduced Black Edition of powder coated rails. “More and more people are coming round to the durability and sustainability of stainless steel, particularly after the year we have just had, we all need to be aware of our environmental and social impact” “On a practical note our customers don’t want to go to the expense and disruption of fitting out their bathroom to 2 years down the line find that an inferior mild steel rail rusts, leaks and they then need a complete re-tile when the replacement isn’t dimensionally identical to the original” Stainless steel is 100% recyclable, and manufactured from over 90% recyclable material. It does not rust, flake or corrode. It is the sustainable, durable choice. We source our rails ethically and take our social responsibility seriously, from our sourcing, to our manufacture, to our charity initiatives. As a stable business with long term stockholding that has maintained a steady supply throughout the pandemic we are able to do all of this whilst protecting our pricing structure. We offer 3 formats of rail throughout the entire range: Electric, dual fuel and central heating only and we offer both a polished and satin finish as well as the Black Edition Range. “The cornerstones of our business are quite simply quality, stock holding and ultimately customer service. The three work hand in hand”
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Raw beauty with Studio Brushed Brass by Vogue (UK) Bring the raw beauty of brass to the modern bathroom with Studio by Vogue (UK): a contemporary heating design available in unlacquered brushed brass and premium lacquered finishes. pulent and highly defined with straight cross rails and discreet wall brackets, Studio is both eye-catching and graceful by adding colour and warmth to the walls of the latest shower rooms, ensuite’s and master bathrooms.
“A fashionable alternative to traditional chrome, the return of brass continues to carry favour in the bathroom with premium taps, accessories and heating solutions answering the trend for raw materials that evoke old glamour” says Steve Birch, Sales Director at Vogue (UK).
In harmony with current trends, Studio is available in un-lacquered brushed brass as standard, in addition to a range of contemporary matt colours or premium lacquers that undergo an extra finishing process. Created with longevity in mind, the Studio Towel Warmer is made from the highest quality DZR brass, which is extremely malleable and resistant against dezincification so is suitable for all heating and hot water systems.
A design which is more than meets the eye, Studio creates the look and feel of a luxury spa thanks to its capped off smooth ends and hidden rear air vent, which promise a seamless quality finish. “We believe that every inch of the bathroom needs to accommodate easy living with high comfort and classic designs like Studio, are proving a timeless choice for every décor. En suite bathrooms and cloakrooms continue to be a popular way to enhance convenience and add value to your home and research proves that over three quarters of home buyers are likely to offer more money for a house if these are on offer. With this in mind, it makes sense to capitalise on wallhung heating, whether you’re working on an upgrade or creating your forever home” Steve says. A triumph of simple expression, the Studio Towel Warmer is available as follows: • H720 x W500 x D82-102mm -14 bars [4-4-6 config] 327/1116 Watts/BTU’s • H1000 x W500 x D82-102mm - 21 bars [6-7-8 config] 482/1645 Watts/BTU’s • H1435 x W500 x D82-102mm - 30 bars [6-8-8-8 config] - 690/2354 Watts/BTU’s Ideal for central heating systems, dual fuel and electric options, Studio by Vogue (UK) is available in Chrome or Brushed Brass un-lacquered finish and is recommended with colour-matched Arne VL003 Straight control valves, as pictured. Vogue (UK) is the UK’s leading designer and manufacturer of quality towel warmers, designer radiators and heating accessories. It is very proud of its marketleading eco-credentials since 1990 with a commitment to reducing energy consumption without compromising on creating luxurious products through innovative, sustainable design. Discover the latest 2021 radiator and towel warmer designs by contacting Vogue (UK): 01902 387 000 firstname.lastname@example.org www.vogueuk.co.uk
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New luxury hotel in Antwerp (BE) opts for elegance and comfort with Beams Mono radiators by Vasco Luxurious accommodation in a historic setting. The Botanic Sanctuary, a new boutique hotel located at the former convent site of Elzenveld, Antwerp will shortly open its doors, (summer of 2021). The historic grandeur of the building has been restored whilst the interior has undergone a complete metamorphosis. Luxury and comfort are central to the overall hotel concept, right down to the bathrooms. Here the electric Beams Mono radiators by Vasco guarantees optimum comfort for the guests and their elegant design dovetails seamlessly with their aesthetic surroundings. he Botanic Sanctuary will be a very special place to stay; dating back to the Middle Ages, the historic convent building plus the infirmaries has been renovated and transformed into a luxurious five-star hotel with 108 rooms. Botanic Sanctuary will also house four gastronomic restaurants, a sizable conference centre, a wellness centre and a botanical garden. “The renovation is mainly focused on the façades and roofs; with the interior being completely refurbished, with the exception of the floors and several historic ceilings”, says Johan Van Laer of project developer IRET Development.
Elegant design Only the best is good enough for this prestigious fivestar hotel, all the materials have met stringent quality requirements. The hotel rooms are heated with Vasco’s electric Beams Mono radiators. This aluminium design radiator combines
all the benefits of electric heating with purity of design. “A high-end hotel such as this holds itself to high standards”, says Paul Sas of Versani, distributor of the Vasco heating systems. “The Beams Mono radiators boast an elegant and sleek design. The vertical profiles are just 150 mm wide and the connections are entirely hidden from view. At the same time they have a large thermal capacity. In the end the choice was an easy one.” Optimal heating comfort To generate electrical resistance the small profiles of the Beams Mono radiators are fitted with additional fins to increase the heat output. A cover panel is integrated at the back, in the same colour as the front, where the electrical resistance is entirely hidden from view. As a result the
radiator can be heated to high temperatures, naturally with the option of automatically regulating the surface temperature according to your needs. Best option “If we’re going to offer our guests optimum comfort in the colder seasons as well it is necessary to equip the bathrooms with additional electrical heating. From a price/ quality ratio standpoint the Beams Mono radiators were our best option. They deliver exactly the thermal output we were looking for and their minimalist design is the perfect match for the aesthetic concept, which uses a maximum of natural materials”, Johan Van Laer explains. www.vasco.eu
Passivhaus training to support drive for net-zero CSIC to deliver Passivhaus in Practice programme for Scottish construction sector workers onstruction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC) has launched a new initiative to train construction sector professionals in Passivhaus standards – a worldrenowned approach to the design and construction of highly energy efficient buildings.
Working closely with a range of Passivhaus experts, CSIC is offering funded training opportunities to boost skills in Passivhaus systems and meet the demand for a more sustainable built environment. Passivhaus certified buildings can achieve a reduction of up to 75% in space heating requirements compared to the UK’s typical newbuild homes and are proven to reduce carbon consumption, lower energy costs and improve the health and wellbeing of occupiers. Supported by the Scottish Funding Council, Passivhaus in Practice aims to promote the wider adoption of environmentally friendly construction to help reduce the sector’s carbon footprint, in line with Scotland’s national net-zero emissions targets. The initiative is designed to provide up to 500 participants with the foundations for formal accreditation and will include a mix of online, augmented reality (AR) and hands-on training modules delivered at CSIC’s
Innovation Factory near Hamilton. Learners will explore the pillars of Passivhaus design - including thermal bridging, airtightness, and ventilation - and discuss the wider environmental, societal and industry benefits of the standard. Training is aimed at construction workers who may be out of work or facing the prospect of redundancy, supporting them to get back into the industry with new skills and knowledge aligned with the future demands of the sector. ‘Skills and workforce’ is one of the areas of focus in the Scottish Construction Industry Recovery Plan1 with actions centred around addressing skills gaps and creating opportunities for upskilling that align with green recovery plans. 1 https://www.constructionforum.scot/ recovery-plan/
Caitriona Jordan, future skills manager at CSIC, said: “There is a huge opportunity to adopt a mainstream approach to Passivhaus principles in Scotland that will help us to create a more sustainable built environment fit for the future. This programme is focussed on delivering the skills needed by supply chains and markets that will accelerate the transition towards net-zero, boosting capability and resilience within the construction sector’s workforce. “In addition to the environmental impact, widespread adoption of Passivhaus standards could help to create new jobs in construction supply chains and address some of the systematic problems related to fuel poverty and energy inefficiency. Certified buildings are proven to have better air quality, thermal comfort and acoustics, all of which have added benefits for communities who use the spaces. “Training and upskilling is an essential element of securing the future of the construction industry and will be key to reaching our net-zero ambition. However, it is important to go beyond individual competencies and invest in meta-skills that encompass digital technology, innovation and the environment that can be applied to a range of trades and help the sector to collectively lower its carbon footprint.” For more information and to register for Passivhaus in Practice, please click here.
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Miers Construction Products who have an expansive range of building products in their portfolio, supplied the Titon FireSafe® Air Brick to the Blackhorse View project. The Titon FireSafe® Air Brick is a specialist product developed and manufactured by offering low resistance to airflow, but high resistance to fire as set out in Approved Document B (fire safety) volume 1: Dwellings, 2019 edition. Commenting on the partnership with Titon and Miers Construction Products, Laura French, Area Sales Manager stated: “Miers Construction Products required a solution that Titon was able to offer. The Titon FireSafe® Air Brick was developed following a tightness of construction standards following the tragedy of Grenfell. Laura continued to say “It’s been a pleasure working with Miers Construction Products and supporting their expert knowledge within the industry.”
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The Future Of Electric Heating - Are You Ready? Electric Heating systems are said to last 50% longer than oil or gas boilers. This is largely due to Electric Heating systems such as electric radiators or electric boilers including no internal moving parts, which massively reduces the risk of a breakdown or wear and tear in comparison to other heating alternatives. There is also no mandatory annual service, which is an average cost saving of up to £100 per year.
EFFICIENCY Electric Heating Systems are 100% efficient at the point of use. If you pay for 1kW of electricity, you will benefit from 1kW of heat. This is much higher than alternatives which can lose heat through flues etc. When paired with solar PV panels, efficiency of electric heating systems improves, and the carbon dioxide produced reduces.
lectric heating is continually becoming an increasingly viable option for heating properties within Social Housing throughout the UK. New Government legislation heralds a change in how SAP determines a properties ERP Rating – to almost the same as gas. This change allows widespread use of electric radiators and electric boilers, which are widely understood as having low installation costs, no flue requirement, low maintenance, rapid heat up times and high efficiency. The introduction of Net Zero and the move from gas to electric in new build properties from 2025 heralds an exiting future for new generation Electric Products.
Advantages of Electric Heating over alternatives COST Electric Heating Systems typically have a lower upfront installation cost than gas, oil or LPG systems. Some may claim that the initial cost savings are offset in the long run by the higher cost per unit of electricity versus the cost per unit of gas, however price projections indicate that the cost of gas is expected to increase and the production of gas is expected to decrease. As the cost of gas rises, the cost of low carbon alternatives like electric is reducing as government support strengthens to meet climate change targets.
Electric Radiators and Electric Boilers are safer that alternative heating solutions as electric heating systems do not burn fuel internally to generate heat, which means there’s none of the associated safety risks such as carbon monoxide poisoning or explosions. An electric boiler or radiator is completely silent in operation.
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Dekton Specified at Commuter’s Shower Block with Bike Store at Manchester City Centre Office Building ®
his innovative and forward-thinking project by Four Architects has created a relaxing and welcoming space at a Manchester office building for commuters to shower and change after cycling into work. Dekton® by Cosentino in 4mm Kreta was specified for the walls and 8mm Lunar for the flooring, both from the Industrial collection, along with 11 Exelis shower trays in Nolita and three Silence basins in Miami Vena. Dekton® is a carbon neutral product for its entire life cycle, making it a truly sustainable choice perfect for climate conscious contractors. It’s also highly durable as it’s resistant to UV rays, scratches, stains and thermal shock and it can also be used for wall cladding and flooring both inside and out for a fully co-ordinated look.
“When it came to designing the shower block and bike store, we knew we had to use durable, hardwearing materials,” explains Matt Atkinson, Director at Four Architects. “At the same time, the space needed to be easy to clean, hygienic and low maintenance as well as offering commuters and workers somewhere comfortable, warm and welcoming for them to shower and change after cycling into work then get
www.dekton.com changed again to cycle home. We really wanted bespoke basin and shower sizes and it was Cosentino’s cut to size facility that enabled us to achieve this. We really liked the fact the Dekton® is Carbon Neutral and the Kreta and Lunar designs from the Industrial Collection gave us that industrial look that we knew we wanted and was well within budget too.”
The whole project took around 12 weeks in total and this included tiling, laying the Dekton® surfaces, installing showers, basins and the bike store. The result is a really forward-thinking space that commuters can use to help get their working day off to a great start. The eco-credentials of the Dekton® also help to give this Manchester city centre office building a sustainable building solution.
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Welsh Slate heads up Sarah Beeny’s new home Roofing slates by Welsh Slate star in presenter’s new TV programme. oofing slates by Welsh Slate were the material of choice for TV property expert Sarah Beeny’s own home-inthe-making which is the star of the Channel 4 series “Sarah Beeny’s new life in the country”.
The “Homes on 4” series follows Sarah and her family (husband and four sons aged 11 to 17 years) as they swap London life for a new start on a 220acre, semi-derelict former dairy farm in Somerset, where they are building a modern and sustainable stately home of their dreams. Episode 8 of the first series shows the family visiting the Welsh Slate quarry where the Penrhyn Heather Blue slates are produced that are then shown
being laid on the 15m x 16m mainly mansard roof of the three-storey, sevenbedroomed mock stately home. Sarah even has a go at splitting the premium slates herself, remarking that it was “seriously impressive” that every one of the slates used on the house was split by hand. Welsh Slate commercial director Michael Hallé explained on the programme how the quarry once employed 3,000 people and still produces three million slates per year. Also, that maximising yield is very important and not only do they make roofing slates but also walling, paving, decorative aggregates and landscape products.
Roofing contractor Geoff Spinks of G&L Roofing agreed with Sarah that the slates were “a joy to fit” due to their flatness. He described the Penrhyn Heather Blues as “really, really nice slates” that were “lovely to lay”. They also feature as vertical cladding on some elements of the steeply pitched mansard roof. The scaffolding came down some seven months after work started on site, with Sarah exclaiming the newly revealed limestone-clad house, now waterproof in readiness for the winter, was a “thing of beauty”. Welsh Slate is also expected to feature in the second (commissioned) and third (to be confirmed) series of the show. In the second, scants (large slabs) of slate will be used as landscaping around the pond, and in the third, on a patio in the walled garden to the main house which was designed by husband Graham (Swift). Michael Hallé said: “Not only do we feel privileged that Sarah recognised that our slate is ‘the best slate you could possibly have’ but also that she was genuinely enthused at how the slates are produced.” The focus on sustainability has included the use of ICF (Insulated Concrete Forms) for the building’s shell, recycled plastic windows, water from a bore hole, and a modern wastewater plant which returns cleansed wastewater to the land. #SarahBeenynewlife
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roofing membranes have been developed with an optimal balance of key ingredients that work together to ensure extended durability and provide a long-lasting solution. Contractors who choose to install the complete system can expect more than 50 years of quality, even withstanding extreme elements. A consistently popular roofing system, EPDM boasts an impressive track record in prevailing against adverse weather conditions in harsh environments, such as Wisconsin. At Albo Manufacturing, Firestone’s installation of EPDM singleply roofing remains intact without any reported issues despite tornadoes, snow and extreme sun in the 40 years since it was fitted.
Longevity Guaranteed With EPDM Installation When considering flat roofing solutions, choosing EPDM rubber roofing over market alternatives ensures you’re investing in guaranteed longevity. Adrian Buttress, managing director of PermaRoof, one of the largest importers and distributors of Firestone RubberCover EPDM, discusses what makes rubber roofing so long-lasting and resilient. Why is EPDM so long-lasting? EPDM became a natural choice for roofing solutions following the introduction of the Occupational Safety and Health Act and the Passage of Clean Air Amendment Act, which came into law in the 1970s and negatively impacted asphalt.
Alternative flat roofing options to EPDM are prone to degradation due to the loss of mechanical properties caused by exposure to UV. Temperature fluctuations, even those that are normal for the changing UK seasons, cause stress in materials with low degrees of flexibility and elasticity. This results in cracks and tearing – particularly at any joints or details.
Roofing & cladding When applied correctly, to adequately prepared roof decks, EPDM rubber roofs far outperform other types of roofing. EPDM is resistant to UV radiation, as well as ozone and temperature fluctuations, and has excellent waterproofing, which would otherwise age the product significantly. EPDM membranes have elasticity of over 300% to accommodate building movement and extremes in temperature. At temperatures as low as – 45oC, flexibility and elasticity are retained. One of the many benefits of RubberCover roofs is that they can be adapted throughout their long life span to incorporate such additions as rooflights and vent pipes, meaning homeowners have a roofing solution that works for their evolving house plans. As EPDM membranes are manufactured in very large sizes for up to 15.25m x 30.5m, many small flat roofs can be installed with a single sheet of membrane. This further reduces, or often completely removes, the need for seams, in turn extending the product’s waterproofing efficiency over time.
Installing for longevity While the system is designed with longevity at the forefront, to ensure it is truly futureproofed, it must be installed by a fully trained contractor. The application is as important as the product. Although EPDM is a simple system to install, even the most qualified roofing professional should continually invest in their training and development by attending courses, such as ones on single ply roofing solutions. Training programmes are designed to take individuals through the entire process of implementing EPDM systems with quality, longevity and effectiveness guaranteed. The best way to ensure the longevity of a roof’s performance – and avoid problems and failures down the line – is to use a full water-proofing system of compatible products, which consists
of a membrane, adhesive, tape and primer from the same brand. It also helps to aid traceability, which is increasingly important on commercial projects, and helps to keep a high standard of roofing in the UK. Rubber roofs can be applied using cold, water-based adhesives. This results in a safe, faster application method, and a lightweight and flexible result. Adhered roof systems also have a high wind uplift performance rating, which makes them a good choice to further enhance the resilience of a structure.
A future proofed solution The natural characteristics of EPDM, and how it is supplied and applied, are the key reasons for its outstanding longevity. With this in mind, it’s no surprise that installations are still as effective today, no matter the tornadoes, snow, or sun they have been exposed to.
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Designed to perform Envirotile has undertaken rigorous testing with many professional bodies so that we can ensure that it is more than fit-for-purpose and will withstand all the British weather will throw at it. So much so that we guarantee it for 40 years. They are also fully guaranteed to perform against severe UK wind loads in any designated zonal area within the UK and we offer a free replacement service for dislodged roof tiles caused by gale force winds up to 65mph (subject to our Terms & Conditions). • Cost saving, sustainable roof tile • BBA certified • Conforms to BS 5534:2014
• Only 12 tiles per sq. m • Choice of standard and slate effect across 5 colours to match most roof types • No harmful dust created during the cutting process • Proven and tested at a low degree pitch of 12.5° against wind driven rain • Weather tested to 147mph wind loads • Improved grip surface • Virtually unbreakable • Anti-fungal properties • Low maintenance • UK manufactured • Ridge products available
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At less than 8 kilos per m², Envirotile is the lightest synthetic roof tile making it the ultimate choice within lightweight roofing, yet is virtually unbreakable.
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Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo, recently had a bespoke pavin Storm Dennis caused severe damage to the popular at
he main pathways were installed with a Natural Aggregate blend called Pearl Jam with features of colourful butterflies made from recycled glass, that reflects both the appearance of the tropical butterflies and the effect it creates when laid on a pathway. Incorporating a blend of recycled glass with pigments of colour, the unique finish produces a striking, bold effect for visitors to be impressed by.
There is one large silhouette of a butterfly in a bespoke “Blue Blend” which was designed to mark
social distancing. The two smaller butterflies were laid in a beautiful blend of “vivid Green” and “Bright Red” to mark the directions people should walk in around the zoo. Commenting on the resin bound Spectrum coloured butterflies, SureSet Head of Sales, Dave Shell said: “Our Spectrum range has always been a very popular choice, having endless photos of fantastic designs and comments from customers on completion. Our experience with manufacturing coloured recycled glass, as well as installing bespoke colour blends
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ng installation after ttraction. Benefits of resin bound paving by SureSet… • No loose stone, makes a smooth foot friendly surface for busy pathways. • Free of puddles, making it safe underfoot and easy to maintain. • A range of colours and finishes offering an unbeatable design flexibility. • UV stable resin, ensuring sunlight will not damage or yellow the surface. If you are looking for a paving feature consider SureSet Resin Systems; they are Guaranteed for 21 years, look stunning, are highly durable, UV stable with no loose stone. The permeability of the resin bound and creativity of the UV stable Spectrum butterflies made it the perfect choice for this popular attraction. throughout the world are proven. We are pleased to be able to perform custom paving requests!” As with all SureSet resin bound paving products, the Spectrum blends are completely permeable, allowing water to drain through the surface and so reducing surface run off and the risk of puddles forming - a key performance benefit! meaning there is no need for planning permission to be sought – in 2008, legislation was introduced which requires permission to be obtained in England for any new or re-paving project that is non-permeable.
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Panoramic rooftop deck decorates skyline in Washington DC Beautifully designed apartment rooftop terrace completed with sustainable Kebony wood
ocated nearby the epicentre of Washington DC’s H Street, the Apollo Apartments have been thoughtfully designed to capture the excitement of the early 20th Century Apollo Theatre, located on the same site, with modern amenities befitting one of the city’s most dynamic neighbourhoods. Global leader in the production of sustainably modified wood, Kebony was selected for one of the building’s most striking features, its multi-faceted rooftop deck, sat atop the residential building, which houses more than 350 apartments.
Responsible for creating a beautiful outdoor living environment, the landscaped deck offers unparalleled 360-degree views of the city, a multiuse pool/fountain, a movie screen with lawn seating, a contemporary pergola
and several stylish Kebony benches which adorn the sensitively designed rooftop space. Finding the right material for the ambitious rooftop project led Insight Property Group and Landscape Architecture Bureau to Kebony, which was ultimately selected due to its natural aesthetic, impressive durability and award-winning sustainability credentials. Kebony’s durability and need for extremely minimal maintenance made it the perfect choice for the project, which is exposed to the elements all year round, with highs of up to 34° C in the summer and lows of -18°C in the winter. Developed in Norway, Kebony’s revolutionary technology is an environmentally friendly process, which modifies sustainably sourced
softwoods by strengthening the wood with furfuryl alcohol - an agricultural by-product. By polymerising the wood’s cell wall, the softwoods permanently take on the attributes of tropical hardwood including high durability, hardness and dimensional stability. Brendan Whitsitt, Director of Development of Insight Property Group, said, “ We are delighted with the impressive rooftop space and are pleased to have worked with fantastic partners and products to help realise the vision. For the decking, we were looking for a natural material that would not require any real maintenance or regular touch-ups and were very pleased to have discovered Kebony wood, which only requires normal cleaning and no additional processing.” Commenting on the use of Kebony at the Apollo Apartments, Payam Ostovar, PLA, ASLA, at Washington-based Landscape Architecture Bureau added, “The decking is performing extremely well since construction completed. One of the best benefits we have noticed the most, is that being a pool deck, it is far cooler than the adjacent concrete pavers.”
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Howells Supplies Conservatory Roof For Mansion Refurb Until recently, Doxford House in Sunderland was a derelict Georgian mansion, listed on the 2009 Heritage at Risk Register. Now in private ownership the property has been restored to a single residence, undergoing significant remodelling and refurbishment. atent glazing specialist, Howells was selected to manufacture and install a new roof for the ‘Winter Garden’, a large conservatory and part of the formal entrance onto Warden Law Lane.
“I was searching the internet for an appropriate rafter glazing system, and I found Howells,” says Gary Lax, Doxford House site manager. “I was impressed by their skill and capability, and experience with period buildings. Having spoken with Walter (Howells), we decided to go with them; he was such a nice character.” Built in 1775, only two elements of Doxford House are Grade II listed – a mosaic floor and areas of decorative stonework. However, to help retain the character of the property, the owner chose to use authentic materials wherever possible.
The Winter Garden ‘The winter garden is a unique iron and timber framed conservatory containing decorative stonework...The room appears to have been inspired by the Victorian passion for romantic, idealised notions of landscape and legend...’ (source: sunderland.gov.uk)
Sadly, the original structure of the winter garden was beyond repair and has been rebuilt using C24 grade construction timber which is capable of withstanding high loads and wide spans. New Accoya timber windows were installed on sandstone dwarf walls.
New Aluminium Roof Howells’s HGR1 aluminium rafter bar system was chosen as a sympathetic yet high-performance solution for the new conservatory roof. Glazed with 11.5mm clear laminated and toughened shaped glass, the roof required additional support to comply with building regulations. To accommodate the weight of the glass, the reinstated C24 timber rafters were laminated to a steel subframe, determined by steel calculations. The HGR1 aluminium rafter bars then fit seamlessly atop the new timbers.
For a cohesive and complementary finish, the aluminium rafter bars were powder coated in anthracite grey (RAL 9023). The roof was completed with bespoke pressed metal in the hips and ridges. “Howells were a pleasure to work with. They were fast, reliable and efficient. We are very pleased with the quality and overall aesthetic of the conservatory roof. It has helped re-establish some of the long-lost grandeur of the Winter Garden - linking the Renaissance style sandstone feature entrance on Warden Law Lane with the House.” Howells Patent Glazing www.howellsglazing.co.uk E: email@example.com T: 01384 820060
LANDSCAPE - the UK’s premier landscaping exhibition, is pleased to announce the 10 th anniversary show will take place on the 3 rd & 4 th November 2021, at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham.
elcoming over 200 exhibitors with a vast collection of industry-leading products and services, LANDSCAPE 2021 is the trade event you will not want to miss – and the best part is, it’s all FREE! As the first in-person industry show back, The LANDSCAPE Show is perfect opportunity to reconnect with others and keep up to date with products and services. LANDSCAPE is thrilled to bring this year’s show to the NEC for the first time. The move to a larger venue in Birmingham gives the ability to grow and create a bigger show. This exciting new chapter for LANDSCAPE has put the health and best interests of both exhibitors and visitors front and centre with many still uneasy about venturing into London. The NEC is a purpose built, Covid secure venue which is easily accessible. The NEC is located directly alongside Birmingham international airport and Railway Station and it has ample parking on site. The LANDSCAPE Show is dedicated to products, services and innovation for the design, build and management of exterior and interior landscape projects. LANDSCAPE brings the industry together by introducing its visitors to the latest products, services and techniques necessary to design, build and maintain prestigious and award-winning interior or exterior landscaping projects all over the world.
Between the LANDSCAPE exhibitors there are products and services for every aspect of the design and build process spanning from CAD systems and tools to plants and stone. LANDSCAPE features an endless selection of products that are available to source, exhibitors include manufacturers and suppliers of everything from living plants, trees and turf, vases, pots and flag stones to furniture and conservatories, water features and sundials. Our exhibitors also provide architectural iron work, planters, sheds, living roofs and walls, sculptures, soil, plants and paving as well as lighting, heating, trees and tools. Our extensive exhibitor list ensures that when we say that there is “something for everyone”, we really do mean it! The LANDSCAPE Show will be open from 10am-6pm on Wednesday 3 rd November, and 10am-5pm on Thursday 4 th November. Across both days there are 44 CPD accredited seminars taking place. Both the exhibition and all seminar sessions are free to attend. To register to attend the show for FREE, simply visit our registration page at:
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Commercial Platform Lift for Waterside Court Waterside Court is a large office development located around seven miles from Manchester City Centre. With over 40,000 square feet of office space spread over two levels, they recently needed a platform lift to enable access from the ground floor to the first floor offices. fter an initial site visit, Invalifts recommended their ‘Commercial Platform Lift.’ This platform lift has been designed for schools, restaurants, offices and public buildings, offering a high quality of finish, including an anodized aluminium platform console, braille and tactile push button, along with an ergonomically designed aluminium or stainless steel handrail on the carriage.
This lift has some of the the lowest maintenance and operating costs on the market. The lift is fully Part M and Equality Act compliant and comes in a range of platform sizes to suit any requirement. With just a 50mm pit (or ramp) required, and no machine room, this lift can fit in just about anywhere. The lift was a perfect fit for Waterside Court, and has enabled accessibility for staff and visitors to the offices. To find out more about the Commercial Platform Lift or other lift products, you can give Invalifts a call on 0845 468 2543 and speak to one of their friendly experts.
Platform Lifts Our range of platform lifts includes the Commercial Platform Lift (right) - a premium quality enclosed platform lift with a customisable finish, and the option of glazing on 3 sides. Designed for offices, schools and public buildings with small footprints available, this is a premier platform lift. We also offer stair platform lifts and a range of platform lifts for both internal and external use.
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50 Year old product makes dramatic comeback to help beat the virus When the Melaphone Speech Unit was
the UK have had these screens installed with
at British Rail stations, nobody could have
screens are individually made and every
predicted that half a century later it would
component is of the highest quality, giving a
suddenly be in such high demand.
clean, sleek and professional appearance in any
considerable success and approval. The
health-care environment. The current Corona Virus Pandemic had created an urgent need for all protective
The Melaphone is still available as a stand-
equipment – both for personal use and in the
alone unit for installation into walls, glass or
working environment. This is the reason the
plastic screens, windows or doors. I can easily
Melaphone has come into its own again. Its unique design, with its resonating membrane
requires no special skill to install. The range
and air-sealed constructions, make it the
has been expanded to meet the growing
ideal device to install in any situation where
demand for the units. In addition to the original
face-to-face communication occurs. It not only
brushed aluminium model there is a stainless
oﬀers protection from air-borne viruses and
steel model, a white powder-coated aluminium model and the newest and highly successful Himacs acrylic-resin model, which is at a very
through a screen. Its protective credentials
popular price. is very easy to keep clean and safe with an antiseptic wipe.
All of these models are available from stock and can be purchased from Melaphone VisAudio.
and designers for use in hospitals, laboratories and cleanrooms or anywhere hygiene is of
The Melaphone has now been built into the
paramount importance. It is a simple but
new Defender Virus Screens produced by the
Even after 50 years, we’re proud to still be
really ingenious invention which requires no
company and numerous doctors’ surgeries,
able to say ‘MADE IN THE UK’ at our London
servicing, wiring or electrical supply. And it
medical centres, clinics and pharmacies in
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