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MAGAZINE august 2019



ERA DOORCAM - SMART TECHNOLOGY’S LATEST LEAP FORWARD With remote-controlled security operating systems becoming ever more popular, the latest tech development in home security is the ERA DoorCam Smart Home WiFi Video Doorbell.

sing a Smartphone app, DoorCam allows householders to view callers and talk to them in real time, whether they’re home or not, offering not only convenience, but thanks to a motion detector which alerts householders when someone has arrived, added security and peace of mind.


Security simplicity With ease of operation in mind, once DoorCam is wired in, the householder can simply plug in the WiFi chime which comes as standard, connecting up to four more chimes in the home, all as part of the package. This means a chime will sound in

the house - with adjustable sound, volume and light function, eliminating the need to carry a Smartphone around. Cloud-based peace of mind – free for 12 months Working with existing household WiFi using the app (by the end of the year, the DoorCam app will fully integrate with ERA’s HomeGuard cloud-based alarm

app), there are no Cloud-based recording fees for the first 12 months, and once fees are introduced, there will always be a free option dependent upon the level of recording required. Additionally, forward thinking ERA is currently working on a high-powered long-life battery version, offering householders even more choice as well as excellent value for money. A secure range offering profit opportunities The ERA DoorCam is the latest addition to the company’s range of cloud-based smartware security products which includes smart alarms and IP cameras. Not only is the range a boon for householders, but also a superb and evolving commercial opportunity for locksmiths and electrical contractors who can extend their offering outside of their usual field to offer add-on value to customers.

High quality technical spec DoorCam allows for two-way talk with high quality sound and provides adjustable volume, brightness and colour to suit the user. The video camera has a 180° field of view and records in 720pHD resolution and is available in black or white. The product’s infrared night vision ensures operation day and night and with optional motion detection and ability to customise focus to a specific area, the householder can tailor the DoorCam to suit individual preferences. DoorCam is easy to DIY install or for professional installation, by a qualified electrician. Tania Tams, head of marketing at ERA said, “Innovation is integral to ERA’s philosophy and the company’s smartware range provides the cutting-edge security technology that consumers now demand as well as an excellent profit opportunity

for professional locksmiths and electrical contractors.” For further information on any of the company’s wide range of security products, including its innovative smart home security suite, visit or contact the sales team on 01922 490000 or by emailing

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Industry news

MORE COMPANIES THAN EVER COMPETE FOR SCHUECO 2019 EXCELLENCE AWARDS On 27th June 2019 in London’s prestigious Saatchi Gallery, just off the King’s Road, Chelsea, a large audience of building industry professionals gathered to celebrate the winning and commended projects submitted for the 2019 Schueco Excellence Awards for Design and Innovation. rganised by Schueco UK in partnership with Architecture Today, the Excellence Awards, now in their sixth year, were set up to recognise outstanding contemporary architecture in Great Britain and Eire.


This year, more companies than ever before entered the Excellence Awards, with over 160 submissions spread over nine different Award categories. Chair of the judges, Paul Williams, founding director of Stanton Williams, commented: “The quality of the 2019 submissions in the majority of categories was very high, so it was never going to be easy to select obvious winners. However, after much debate the panel did reach a unanimous decision.” The Overall Schueco Excellence Award went to the UCL Student Centre, London, by Nicholas Hare Architects, which was also the winner in the Education category. Positioned at the heart of UCL’s Bloomsbury campus, this flagship project provides 1,000 spaces for individual and collaborative study, a student enquiry centre and a café. Schueco aluminium systems employed on the building comprised FWS 60 curtain walling, AWS 75.HI windows, ADS 75.HI doors and AWS 114 concealed vent windows. The building is designed to achieve exemplary sustainability targets including a BREEAM Outstanding rating. The judges followed the precedent established in 2018 and decided to give an Overall Commendation Award; this was won by The Ray, Clerkenwell, London, a dynamic new building by AHMM that provides flexible spaces for office, retail and hospitality uses. This project was also voted the winner in the Commercial Building Category. Three Schueco aluminium systems were used in its construction: FWS 60.HI curtain walling, AWS 75.SI+ side-hung


ventilators and ADS 75.SI+ HD singleand double-doors. The winners in the other Award categories were: Windermere Jetty Museum, Cumbria (Cultural Building); Television Centre, London (Refurbishment Project); Rosemoor Studios, London (Residential Development); Kenwood Lee House, London (Individual House); Felsham Road, London (Individual House Improvement); Sevenoaks School Science & Technology Centre, Kent (Steel Project); London Waterloo Station Infill (Specialist Contractor). In addition to the outright winners, there were seven further commendations: Two St. Peter’s Square, Manchester (Commercial Building category); MK Gallery, Milton Keynes (Cultural Building

category); The Dorothy Garrod Building, Cambridge (Education Building category); 160 Old Street, London (Refurbishment Project category); 35 Marylebone High Street, London (Residential Development and Steel Project categories); Tachbrook Street, London (Individual House Improvement category). The panel of judges for the 2019 Awards comprised: Chair, Paul Williams (Stanton Williams); Julia Barfield (Marks Barfield); Neil Dusheiko (Neil Dusheiko Architects); Steve Mudie (alinea Consulting); Paul Savidge (Wintech); and Clare Wright (Wright & Wright). For further information on any aspect of the 2019 Schueco Excellence Awards, please email

industry news The Grenfell disaster gave rise to new Building (Amendment) Regulations in December 2018, requiring stricter fire safety compliance for new, refurbished and converted residential buildings with a floor above 18 metres from the ground. Architects, developers and contractors have been adjusting to those changes, but the recent Barking balcony fires have prompted a new government publication, Advice Note on Balconies in Residential Buildings, which will have a wider impact. It applies to all existing residential buildings with multiple dwellings, irrespective of their height.


he Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) issued the document on 24 June, recommending fire risk assessments on existing buildings which have potentially serious implications for building owners in particular. In many cases they could result in retrospective measures such as the replacement of balcony flooring materials. The Advice Note sets out clear responsibilities for building owners, stating that: “1.4. The removal and replacement of any combustible material used in balcony construction is the clearest way to prevent external fire spread from balconies and therefore to meet the intention of building regulation requirements and this should occur as soon as practical”. The December 2018 amendment to the Building Regulations only expressly prohibits the use of combustible materials in buildings with a floor above 18 metres in height. However, the Advice Note states that: “2.4. The department’s view, endorsed by the Expert Panel, is that these provisions apply to buildings regardless of height and that building owners need to ensure that any balconies do not compromise resident safety by providing a means of external fire spread”. The new document identifies the new Building (Amendment) Regulations as a key reference point for assessing the fire risk of balconies on existing buildings. These regulations require the use of materials that are A2-s1, d0 rated or Class A1 under the European classification system (Euroclass) set out in the standard BS EN 13501-1 subject to exemptions. These standards have a significant impact on the compliance of existing decking and flooring materials. Various materials with elements of wood, including composite decking products, were previously compliant but are no longer permissible under the new Building (Amendment) Regulations as they are not A2-s1, d0 rated or class A1 under Euroclass. In meeting the requirements outlined in the Advice Note, building owners need to be mindful of these standards when assessing the fire risk of their existing balcony decking. Aluminium has become an exceptionally popular choice of decking as it provides unequivocal compliance as an A1 Euroclass-rated material. It is lightweight yet strong, providing exceptional spanning capabilities which reduce the need for structural supports. This is an especially useful attribute in buildings where timber joists need to be removed

from balconies in order to meet compliance. As a corrosive-free metal with a design life of at least 60-100 years, aluminium also represents a long-term, maintenance-free solution for building owners. It is not yet clear what regulatory authority will be responsible for overseeing the requirements expressed in the Advice Note. The document also omits any clarification regarding how compliance will be enforced. However, one point is clear: there is growing and irreversible momentum for change in the way we assess and address fire safety in our buildings. Considering their health and safety duties to residents and the view of the MHCLG, it would be prudent for building owners to follow the guidance set out in the document. Specialist manufacturers can play a valuable advisory role in helping building owners to assess the combustibility of the materials used in balconies. Neaco has been supplying aluminium decking for 47 years and, when it comes to firesafe balcony flooring, we’ve been way ahead of the curve. If the latest building regulations, standards and guidance had existed in 1972, our flooring products would have been A1-rated and fully compliant, much like they are now. With protection against external fires becoming an increasingly prominent issue, we have been able to impart our experience to help architects, contractors, facilities managers and building owners who are seeking to minimise fire risk on their properties. For free expert advice on the compliance of your building or project, please feel free to call Neaco’s technical specialists on 01653 695 721 or submit an enquiry to


Industry news

Housing the urban population:

solutions for our cites Three architecture practices came together with Graphisoft UK, the company behind the BIM software solution, ARCHICAD, for the premiere of Habitation: Reinventing housing for the urban age. The film looks at issues such as urban density, affordable homes and sustainability, and outlines how each architecture practice has offered a solution to these challenges.

Three innovative approaches Designed by Waugh Thistleton, Watts Grove is an affordable modular scheme of 65 homes for Swan Housing in east London. The project is set to be constructed with cross laminated timber (CLT) panels produced in Swan’s factory in Basildon. After taking the decision to go modular, Swan commissioned Waugh Thistleton to develop its initial outline scheme based on the architects’ previous experience with CLT schemes. The scheme contains 158 modules of 85 different types. “One of the reasons Swan have looked towards offsite manufacture is they want to control their supply chain,” explains Kieran Walker, associate at Waugh Thistleton. “The important thing to understand about offsite modular construction is that it’s really about repeatable processes and customisable products,” explains Walker. In this way, he adds, “we can get homes much quicker and more cost-effectively, onto more difficult sites.” While Waugh Thistleton has turned to modular, offsite construction and engineered timber, Chris Bryant, partner at Alma-nac, has embraced a concept that he describes as “urban dentistry”. “You can look at this idea of urban dentistry as carefully picking apart or adding to what’s there with a sort of surgical precision,” Bryant explains. Alma-nac has applied this approach to Paxton House; an office to residential conversion in Croydon, south London. Although initially conceived as a build-torent scheme, some tenants have since purchased their properties.


Bryant’s team have managed to avoid many of the pitfalls of this type of project by designing dual aspect flats, with living spaces oriented to the south and south west and an access gallery to the north side of the building. “Most of our work happens in this highly complex urban environment – complex in terms of policy, in terms of the urban fabric, sustainability and the environment,” Bryant concludes. “All of these parameters together set up something where innovation really shines.” At Brentford Lock West, Mae Architects created an innovative residential scheme of 557 homes on brownfield land. However, this does not mean designing and delivering identikit housing devoid of character. Instead, Mae Architects designed the scheme to fit in and reflect the qualities of the surrounding area, while still delivering a dense residential scheme. “It’s a mixture of responding to the industrial past and then trying to marry that with the human scale of a neighbouring conservation area,” says architect Helen Clark.

This means not only creating a mix of dwelling types, such as townhouses and flats, but also integrating architectural features such as garden walls, front gardens and gable ends. Such an approach created a mix of housing types while also addressing the need for family housing in outer London. “We tried to innovate in the project [by developing] a new typology of villas connected by townhouses. The villa plan allows us to create a lot of dual aspect apartments with generous outdoor space and well-lit, generous internal spaces” adds Ely.

Creating homes for all From reimagining the waterside, to embracing offsite techniques and adapting existing structures, these schemes prove that the challenges of the UK’s housing crisis can be overcome through innovation. Moreover, the urgency of housing need does not have to drive the delivery of knee-jerk, reactionary developments that sacrifice quality and architecture in order to achieve speed.

Industry news

Homeowners urged to enter competition to find the country’s best daylight filled loft conversion - Win £2000 cash with VELUX® Loft Conversion of the Year Awards 2019 ELUX® wants to hear from homeowners across the UK and Ireland who have transformed their loft with the best use of daylight to create a light, bright space in their home.


For the first time, the roof window manufacturer has launched a competition aimed at homeowners who have converted their loft into a beautiful new room using two or more VELUX roof windows. The transformation could be a master bedroom and en-suite, a home office, children’s playroom or grown up sanctuary. Regardless of the budget or size of the project, VELUX wants to see how their roof windows have helped create a better living environment, and to uncover those loft conversions that make the best use of daylight. Homeowners could win £2,000 / €2,250 in cash if they enter. The project must

have at least two VELUX roof windows in the loft, and be completed between September 2018 and September 2019.

Designs and Good Homes magazines. Five runners up will win £100 John Lewis and Partners vouchers.

Grant Sneddon, daylight expert at VELUX, said: “Soaring property prices and the prohibitive cost of relocating are preventing many people climbing the housing ladder. Now more homeowners are opting to extend their homes through converting their dark, dusty and unused lofts into a fantastic new bedroom, office or playroom. It’s a great way to add more space to the home you love and tailor it to suit your family’s needs.

For more information on the VELUX Loft Conversion of the Year Awards 2019 and to enter visit Competition closes for entries on 30 September 2019.

“This is why we’ve launched our Loft Conversion of the Year Awards. We know there are lots of exciting projects taking place across the country and that daylight is a big factor when it comes to creating a better living environment that is light, bright and airy.” The VELUX Loft Conversion of the Year Awards 2019 is in partnership with Grand


Industry news

UK newcommer PlanRadar takes home the Construction Award at 2019 Estates Gazette Tech Awards PlanRadar, the web-based application for construction and real estate projects, has won the Construction Award at last nights’ EG Tech Awards, following the company’s entry into the UK market in April this year. This win demonstrates the tech firm’s best use of technology to improve a construction project or process. PlanRadar provides a SaaS solution for digital construction documentation, defect and task management for use on smartphones and tablets throughout the whole lifecycle of buildings. The application has been widely used throughout Europe since its inception in 2014. Following its UK launch, the Vienna, London and Zagreb based company has now employed in total over 70 staff to support increased productivity, cost efficiency and time savings for the fatigued construction markets worldwide. The EG Tech awards are hailed as the ‘Oscars’ of property technology


and are highly recognised within the industry. Sander van de Rijdt, Managing Director and Co-Founder of PlanRadar said: “This award win is a big step forward for us in a new market and we couldn’t be prouder. We’re committed to digitising the construction and real estate industry and as more UK companies choose PlanRadar to help them save hours of admin time and reverted errors, our business outlook for the rest of 2019 remains extremely strong.” Ibrahim Imam, Managing Director and Co-Founder of PlanRadar adds: “Entering a new market is always a big risk – no matter the company size. For us, this win is a big boost of confidence and confirms the appetite in the UK market that our studies have shown.

We’re really looking forward to making ConTech a revolutionary sector around the world, and this is a big step in the right direction” The award-winning app already has more than 4,000 customers worldwide and in the past twelve months, has seen sales rise by 300 per cent. The EG Tech Awards took place on 10th July 2019 at the Pavilion at The Brewery, London. For more information, please visit



The premier event for construction professionals Thursday 26 September 9.00am - 4.00pm FREE Conference and Exhibition Masses of FREE parking

Some of our leading industry focused speakers… Outlook for the UK economy Off-the-record briefing Florence Hubert Bank of England Review of new construction contracts Neil Edwards, CEO Builders’ Conference

What you can look forward to … • • • • • • • • •

How to capitalise on projects worth £billions Receive updates on major development and regeneration projects Building a digital future for the construction industry FREE ‘Meet the Buyer’ appointments – up to 600 Innovations within the construction industry Building a sustainable future for construction Health and safety Masterclasses with Google Plus, 20 industry focussed workshops

What are the main challenges facing the construction sector? The Big Debate Chaired by Allan Wilen, Glenigan The Future of Construction LIVE Watch us build an apartment in 1 day using the Xella Silka Element system

Sussex Construction Forum

Award winning Duncan Baker Brown – who designed Kevin McCloud’s house Simon Lawrence from the Infrastructure and Projects Authority, Cabinet Office speaking about the construction pipeline ORBIS sharing latest opportunities including their FM tender and how to work with them Future trends in the Construction Industry What developers want from construction in the future

Willmott Dixon Construction Dinner

7.00am - 9.00am


Sit down 7 pm Close 10 pm

The perfect chance to network and promote your business to leaders in your industry. Michaela Wain BBC Apprentice Runner Up 2017 London Gatwick Tim Norwood, Director of Corporate Affairs, Planning & Sustainability Price £25+VAT, tables of 10 £250+VAT Sponsors and partners

Heathrow Airport talking about their ongoing expansion plans

David Meade David’s entertainment is not just interactive, he interprets body language to reveal pin numbers and his performances are always a sell out. Price £49.50+VAT, tables of 10 £490+VAT Plus join us to celebrate the winners of the South East Construction Awards

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Smart Neo-Georgian Home Kitted with Panasonic Heat Pumps Energy conscious homeowners, Vincent and Jacqueline Haines wanted to create an eco-friendly home for their outstanding Georgian style, 570sqft self-build project in Cambridgeshire. mongst several sustainable elements to the three-storey residential property, such as triple glazing throughout and 43 solar photovoltaic panels, this highspec 6-bedroom home is heated via two Panasonic Aquarea T-Cap Air-to-Water Heat Pumps.


The family was looking for a reliable and renewable heating source to connect to two floors of underfloor heating for the property, in addition to a cost-effective supply of hot water for the kitchen and bathrooms. The property is in a moderately remote location, and with potential piping issues at the site, the family’s heating specialist, Roland Gurner from Eco Installer investigated various renewable options and recommended two Panasonic Aquarea T-Cap Air to Water Heat Pumps for the property. The heat pumps were supplied from authorised UK distributor for Panasonic, Oceanair. Homeowner, Vincent Haines comments “Panasonic is a well-known, reliable efficient brand and proved excellent value for money. As an IT Consultant working from home, we opted to have smart remote controllers throughout the property, thus allowing us to monitor usage in each room. Our installation was completed 2.5 years ago, and since its installation, we have found the system to be reliable and energy efficient with the added benefit of a constant supply of free hot water.” It has always been a dream of trained architect, Jacqueline Jiang-Haines, to design and construct her own home. The original purchase of the site was some ten years prior to the build. The 2.4-acre plot of land has far-reaching views and offered plenty of scope for the couples’ ambitious self-build to take place. The site also had an existing property on the land where the couple lived for ten years and when the time was right, put fencing around their existing home, which left them with 2.1 acres with a driveway leading down to


where the new dwelling would be, at the back of the plot. The couple were able to live in the original property during the 12-month construction phase, which meant they were able to keep a close eye on progress. The couple went through several design styles for the house before settling on a neo-Georgian style design, this was partly due to a nearby property being of a similar design and with the couple preferring a more traditional brick and block construction, which suits the style. “We both like the solidity it offers, and we felt that ultimately it would give us more control over the layout we wanted to create.” Roland Gurner of Eco Installer adds “It was beneficial to be involved early on in this project, allowing us to look at the optimum space available for the units and advise on the best renewable solution. Two Panasonic Aquarea T-Caps were specified, partly because of the size of the property, plus it also means that when demand in the summer is lower and only the hot water is required, only one of the units is needed – of course this is also beneficial for the longterm impact and longevity of the system.” “The Panasonic Aquarea T-Cap Air to Water Heat Pumps are very quiet compared to its competitors, aesthetically pleasing and highly energy efficient (COP of 5,08)” explained Tony Holland from Oceanair. “The T-Cap stands for Total Capacity and

ideal for maintaining the heating capacity even at very low temperatures. The T-Cap range is an ideal solution for this project as it can also be connected to a solar kit and smart controls in order to further increase efficiency and minimise the impact on the environment which is precisely what the Haines family were looking for.” The Panasonic Aquarea range is renowned for delivering major energy savings for residential homes thanks to its incredible efficiency levels. The Aquarea system operates by transferring heat instead of generating it. The range uses a renewable, free energy source (the air) to heat or cool the home in addition to producing hot water. The T-Cap line-up can maintain the heat pump output capacity until -20oC outdoor temperature without the help of an electrical booster heater. The range is designed and produced by Panasonic and among the technologies listed on the International Energy Agency (IEA) Blue Map, whose goal is to reduce CO2 emissions to half the levels emitted in 2005, by the year 2050. The Haines family enjoyed their self-build journey are now looking forward to their next renewable and eco-friendly project. For more information, please visit


Bathrooms & Washrooms

Popular within the Sussex Range of stainless steel towel rails are the Goodwood and Hickstead models Available in two sizes each, the main feature of these rails are their side arm projection styling. This is not only practical but also provides a strong design statement. he difference between the two models is within the profile of the side projection arm, in the Hickstead it is square, in the Goodwood it is oval. Whilst the Goodwood blends easily with both square and round taps due to its oval profile, the Hickstead lends itself to a bathroom where the taps are square profile.


The Goodwood comes in both a height of 1010mm high by 500mm wide with an output of 1489 BTU and also 1400mm high by 500mm wide with a BTU output of 1986. The Hickstead comes in at 1010mm high by 500mm wide with an output of 1291 BTU and 1400mm high by 500mm wide with a BTU output of 1722. The rails are designed to be installed either right armed or left armed, completely changing the appearance of the rail should you favour the verticals prominently positioned at the fore or subtly positioned at the back giving you the ultimate design control.

Hickstead 1400/500

All the rails within the Sussex Range are manufactured from 100% stainless steel. Stainless steel is the sustainable choice. Stainless steel is manufactured from over 90% recyclable product and is 100% recyclable in itself. Furthermore, there are no harmful chemical plating processes

involved in its manufacture. It will not rust, flake or corrode. It is a long lasting, hard wearing product, small scratches can be polished out and it is easily maintained with water and a micro-fibre cloth. It can be utilised in all systems including open. Its practicability is its first and foremost benefit. There are many others. Both the Goodwood and Hickstead are available in all three heating formats; electric only, plumbed in central heating and duel fuel. All the rails within the Sussex Range carry a 25 year guarantee and are available from stock on a next day delivery if your order is place by noon midday. The Hickstead 1010 retails at £485, the Hickstead 1400 at £687, the Goodwood 1010 at £498 and the Goodwood 1400 at £699 all prices are exclusive of VAT and for the central heating model. The rails are also available in satin finish, please add 30% to the price for this finish.

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Wi-fi Smart Radiators for Interior Designers As an Architect or interior designer, how many times have you been restricted in your designs by ugly water filled steel radiators that take up a huge amount of wall space, drawing attention away from the modern image you wish to create?

hindered by an ugly water filled radiator, horrible bits of pipe, or restricted by not being able to use the walls as you wish, please give us a call. We can install them ALONGSIDE any water based system, REPLACE any storage heating or fossil fuel system, and add them to ANY conservatory, home office extension or Granny Flat without any masonry work, first fixing, or lifting of tiled or polished wooden floors. Designer electric heating is light years ahead of the tired old fashioned systems in use today, so enhance your designs with our designer styles!

The Painting on the wall is a Radiator! Hang them above the bed, or on the wall as a set of pictures. In fact, you can have any famous painting or Old Master printed onto the front of it, matching and coordinating with every style of Hospitality venue. Country Pubs can have pictures of The Haywain by Constable, or Van Goughs Sunflowers, and an historic Hotel can have portraits of Kings and Queens, and replicas of the famous battle paintings and landscapes.

How Much and How Long? You may be wondering how this could be affordable, but with no masonry work involved, no floors up, no water pipes and no loss of opening times, it can be done in just half a day. Each CREATIVE RADIATORS just plugs into a normal socket, no fuss, no bother, It will also save you a large cost on your heating bills, as you only need to heat the places where your customers are, and not every room. With each radiator having its own wireless 7-day programmer, thermostatically controlled, if customers arrive, switch on, if they don’t, leave it off!

nevitably, the amount of wall space left to you dictates the positioning of beautiful furniture, AFTER the central heating has been installed. This forced you to at the very least, paint them in your chosen colours in an attempt to disguise them.

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It doesn’t have to be like that

With each radiator controlled from its own thermostatic programmer at waist height on the top of each unit, your clients will never need to scrabble on the floor to adjust temperatures, making them perfect for all assisted living environments and disabilities as well.

The Smart Radiators also have an automation App, so you can control every radiator in your Hotel, Pub, and external room extensions, from your smart phone or iPad, without leaving the Bar! We can advise on all your heating requirements for large dining rooms and event rooms to individual guest bedrooms, giving you practical and honest advice. We also provide a free specifying service, where our experienced Assessors will look at your projects and provide a total specification for you.

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Have you heard about the designer range CREATIVE RADIATORS supplied up and down the UK and across Europe by Thereford based IntelliHeat? They are designed in Italy and are available in a range of soft or striking colours, like the jet black or passionate red, and also in a range of interesting shapes and designs.


Using these electric radiators, means there is no need for ugly pipes coming out of the floors, down from the ceilings, or across walls – ever again. They simply plug into any standard plug socket, which you can have installed slightly behind them, hiding all traces of wires or plugs.

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Easy Bathrooms strengthens area sales team to support trades people Easy Bathrooms, which supplies bathroom products and tiles to trades people, has strengthened its sales team – specifically within its contracts department – to support its growing base of trade clients.

Paul Blanksby, who was formerly a manager of Easy Bathrooms’ Sheffield showroom; and Charlotte Wood, who has been a sales executive with the firm for a year; have both been promoted to area sales managers – joining Rob Holroyd, who has headed up the division since the business was founded in 2013.

“The opening of the showrooms means that our trade clients can use our stores to inspire their own clients – so it makes sense that, as the consumer side of the business grows, so does our reputation within the trade arena.”

The team, who together have 57 years of bathroom industry experience, now cover the whole of the UK. Easy Bathrooms has bolstered the contracts department on the back of a particularly strong trading year, which has seen the firm open 10 stores within 12 months – including across Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire.

Paul and Charlotte will support house builders, developers and plumbing contractors in particular, visiting clients’ building sites and head offices, as well as working at trade exhibitions.

Commenting on the appointments, Rob said: “These internal promotions will serve housebuilders and trade customers perfectly – both Paul and Charlotte are extremely knowledgeable about the industry, as well as specifically about Easy Bathrooms’ products.


Further appointments are expected to be made in the next 12 months, as Easy Bathrooms continues in its ambition to become the UK’s number-one specified brand.

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Croydex celebrates 100 years on innovation Croydex’s new 2019 centenary catalogue showcases 54 new and exciting products to suit any bathroom. t plays homage to the companies’ vintage roots with a journey through time taking inspiration from previous catalogues and logos. After 100 years of trading, the bathroom accessories specialist isn’t showing any signs of slowing down.


Adding sophistication to your bath and shower set up is the brand new range of Amalfi shower handsets, which are available in a selection of functions, and the popular bamboo bath bench, which offers additional storage with a luxurious finish. Also available are a selection of new anti-microbial bath mats and a selection of elegant light pulls. The Croydex Inclusive offerings have also been strengthened by the addition of the Serenity Shower Chair. The chair was developed and tested by the in-house design team to ensure the highest standard of showering experience is had. It features

adjustable legs, a curved back for added comfort and the option of an additional seat cushions in either white or grey. Also available, to help maintain a hygienic and clean toilet, is the new swiper’ loo brush. The innovative design utilises wiper blade technology, which also includes an anti-bacterial brush head to prevent the build-up of dirt and germs, and comes in a contemporary dual colour design to suit any bathroom. All of Croydex’s products are tried and tested to the highest standard, and many come with a number of beneficial features and innovative designs.

To request a copy of Croydex’s new catalogue, call 01264 365881, email or visit


RINNAI - TOPS TIPS SERVICE & MAINTENANCE FOR ECONOMICAL, LONG WORKING LIFE OF HOT WATER HEATING UNITS Pete Seddon of Rinnai lists the most important points of ensuring that continuous flow hot water heating units are well serviced and maintained to ensure the longest possible and most economical working life. There are two very distinct perspectives on the service and maintenance of continuous flow hot water heating units and systems - that of the end user and the one of the installer/contractors. Firstly, we will look at the installer’s viewpoint. Make sure of the exact make and model of the appliance before you attend the call. Varying appliances require different service routines. With Rinnai appliances we recommend that a service kit for every appliance is taken and utilised for every service visit. This will also help you to plan the correct amount of time for the job in hand. Obtain service and install manuals wherever possible. This goes in hand with the above. This will allow you to see the routine that is required. You should be able to acquire this information from the manufacturer and at the same time you can also speak to a member of the technical department to get a better understanding of the servicing routine.


Compliance. If you have never been to the site before it is always worth checking over the installation to ensure the installation complies with regulations and manufacturer’s instructions. Sadly, there are still some sites where the installation and the appliances that do not follow regulations or a manufacturer’s explicit instructions. This could have impact on the performance of the appliances as well as the longevity of the system/appliance. If you think something is not quite right, we advise that you should inform the customer and make them fully aware. Water Treatment. There are a lot of areas in the UK that require water treatment for hard water. If you know the area requires Lime Scale protection check that the site has it fitted. There are still a lot of sites that do not have any protection fitted but are in hard water areas. Lime Scale is a problem that can, if not treated properly, have huge consequences with appliances, systems and health. If you are unsure of the area you

can check the Local Water Authority or call the manufacturers Technical Department for advice. At Rinnai UK our website does have a Water Hardness check and we can check the Water Authority for you as well - all we need is the area and postcode. Ultimately if there is no protection fitted, but there should be, then advise the customer of this and make them aware of the potential but probable problems that will ensue. Detail your work. It is always worth noting down what work has been carried out. If gas pressures must be checked then note them down. If parts must be changed, note what parts have been changed. By just putting “Serviced the Appliance” down on the report may not constitute a proper service has been carried out in the eyes of the manufacturer and could impact on the customers warranty.

Technical Advice. If, after all the above, there is still something you are unsure about or you want to double check, call the Technical Department of the manufacturer. It is always better to be safe than sorry. Rinnai UK actively encourages questions and discussion, this way you can get peace and good practise. At the end of the day we are here to help you as much as possible. And there is no such thing as a stupid question when it comes to safety and a gas fired appliance.

For the end user or owner: Always understand what type of equipment you have, the manufacturer of that equipment and the service requirements and frequencies. Different appliances will have different service requirements at various intervals. It is always beneficial to find this information out because it can impact on the warranty. Where possible use engineers who are familiar with the appliances. It is always worth contacting the manufacturer direct. With Rinnai UK we have a list of engineers who have undertaken training and are familiar with the Rinnai products. Majority of, if not all, other manufacturers will either have

the same or have their own engineers. By utilising engineers who know the appliances you will have confidence that the servicing will be carried out correctly. Always plan. It is always beneficial to find out when your appliances are due and to book them in a few weeks in advance. If you leave it too late you may not be able to get an engineer when you want them. This way to can plan it around your requirements. For example, if your business was dependant on the appliance you would be best planning this in when it was the quietest period or on days when it is not so dependant. Paperwork. Ensure you keep hold of all your records of servicing. You should get a service report from the company who serviced the appliance, if you don’t make sure you request one. This is your proof that the servicing has been carried out. Without this paperwork if your appliance ever developed a fault during its warranty period you might be refused the warranty without this proof of service. FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT WWW.RINNAIUK.COM


Heating & Ventilation Vectaire has three new models in their vertical whole house heat recovery range. To ensure a comfortable user experience, the Midi, Maxi and Maxi Plus are now available with advanced acoustic attenuation. They are lined with superior sound deadening materials for really low sound levels (the sound pressure levels are down to 14.4, 13.2 and 14.4 dBA respectively). Efficiency, performance and economy remain the same as the standard model. All these “AT-BY” models are complete with summer bypass and frost protection, and are commissioned via an integral LCD. Functions, including trickle, purge and boost speeds for each motor, boost speed over-run time, adjusting the time delay before the boost speed kicks in, holiday mode and night-time boost - all easily adjusted. Products are SAP PCDB Listed and manufactured in our own factory in the UK to ISO 9001. Vectaire offers a design service to ensure that units are installed is the best possible way to provide efficient, effective, low energy and low running cost ventilation. Vectaire can also organise installation, commissioning and maintenance of these products and can supply all necessary accessories. All Vectaire’s residential ventilation is detailed in the latest Low Energy Catalogue.


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Rinnai re-imagines home hot water & heating systems

Heating & Ventilation heating units together with a superior performance combi boiler in 24, 29and 35-kW outputs,’ says Chris Goggin, head of Rinnai UK operations. ‘We are not launching into the mass UK boiler market – that is, in our view, a saturated and oversubscribed market which is in the throes of a major upheaval in its structure due to the advent of online direct sales platforms. We are offering something very different. And we are aiming to serve a market sector previously overlooked and almost ignored - the provision of luxury levels of hot water at affordable sums to the middle and top end of the marketplace. ‘Another major difference with the Rinnai Zen & Zen Plus is that the route to market is with installers. We are committed to working with installers as our route to market. The installer is still the major player and, in our view, always will be. Some of the features of Zen & Zen Plus are: IOT controller as standard; Fast heating mode; DHW pre-heat function - saving wasted water; Energy monitor function allows user to monitor energy usage; flue runs up to 30 meters, Rinnai boiler App for android and IOS; constant temperature-accurate hot water delivery at continuous flow rates. There is also smart Wifi controller and App benefits; The Rinnai app seamlessly connects to the controller in the property; the user can control the boiler remotely adjusting temperature, setting weekly and daily programmes, receiving alarm functions, monitor energy usage and set limits. The Wifi and boiler controller also uses GPS from the user’s mobile to bring on the heat when you are getting close to home to ensure the house is warm when you arrive. innai, global leaders in continuous flow hot water heating products and systems, is introducing the Zen and Zen Plus home hot water & heating system which marries established and proven manufacture durability with new technologies to offer great energy efficiencies, user control and, importantly, unparalleled level of comfort.


Rinnai UK will be launching this innovation plus several other cutting-edge appliances during 2019.

The Rinnai Zen and Zen Plus system will increase comfort and reduce energy usage whilst also providing a highly economically solution for today’s changing marketplace. ‘Our core expertise is the mass production of long-term reliable combustion products with advanced technologies – we are a global leader and make over 2 million water heating units every year for domestic, residential and commercial applications. We have been researching and monitoring the UK domestic heating market for several years until we had a proven system. That time is now, and we are offering hot water

Rinnai Zen & Zen Plus are available for use with both natural gas and LPG. FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT WWW.RINNAIUK.COM


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RINNAI DELIVERS HOT WATER AT SCARBOROUGH CARE HOME Rinnai hot water – instant, continuous, limitless and sensibly economic for every type of commercial site manufacture of tankless hot water heating units with group sales approaching £2 Billion.

innai continuous flow hot water heating units have replaced a vastly oversized and close to redundant traditional style of system at the Coombe Hay Care Home in Scarborough.


Coombe Hay is situated in large, attractive and tranquil gardens on the outskirts of Scarborough, only minutes from the town centre and seafront. Coombe Hay offers accommodation which is fully en-suite and suitable for male and female residents with some larger apartments available for two people. Coombe Hay began in 1958 when money bequeathed by George Edward Smart established the Charitable Trust which now owns and runs the Home. Nowadays the Board of Trustees ensure that the benefactor’s vision for a home providing excellent care for its residents continues to develop, incorporating all that anyone would want from their new home, and as a registered charity all money is reinvested into the home to deliver excellent services and to keep fees and costs affordable. Comgas Heating advised on the replacement system and chose 2 x Rinnai HD55i units - heavy duty high efficiency gas fired continuous flow water heating units with optimal fuel consumption. In like-for-like comparison to more traditional methods, the continuous flow system is proven to be more cost effective over a lifetime. Rinnai is an acknowledged global leader in the


The Rinnai HD55i is an internal wall hung, gas fired, continuous flow water heater capable of producing hot water in excess of 820 litres per hour at a 50°C rise. The HD55i has a 125mm concentric flue which can be extended up to 15m, less 1m per 45° bend. As with the whole of the Rinnai range the HD55i is ErP A-rated. The unit is compact, reliable and combines industry standards with innovation and quality. The HD55i operates between 1-10 bar pressure, which is suitable for mains cold water supply and systems with booster pumps and reaches water temperatures of up to 85°C, making the HD55i suitable for secondary return systems. Rinnai Heavy Duty continuous flow gas fired water heaters feature outputs up to 58kW and water can be delivered at very precise, high volume temperature control. The smart digital controller regulates to within +/- 1ºC without any variation of temperature even with additional outlets. All models have full electronic ignition with no pilot light and operate on demand only, consuming no gas when not in use. The Rinnai HD55i is a fully modulating 52.6kW unit that can also be installed in a manifold arrangement. This ensures that the system can and will meet any hot water demand at all peak times, no matter what the demand.

Typical applications include major restaurant chains, industry offices, hotels, sports centres, schools, sports clubs, shower blocks in holiday parks – anywhere with a need for extremely reliable supplies of hot water delivered economically and at energy efficiency levels surpassing all building regulations and European standards FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT WWW.RINNAIUK.COM

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A guide to insurance for self-employed tradesmen By Chris Pendrey, SHEQ Manager at Actavo Direct

If you suffer a permanent injury or illness which means you’re unable to return to your normal trade, you’ll receive a lump sum from your insurance. This will help you while you look for new work or train for a different trade that isn’t affected by your illness.

oing self-employed brings benefits in flexibility, time management and more. However, with the full burden of contract work falling on one person, it’s vital you’ve got the correct insurance to keep you covered if the worst happens.

As a self-employed trader, you likely won’t have the protection of big business behind you if you get into trouble, so taking out public liability insurance is recommended.

That’s why Actavo Direct has put together a guide to insurance for selfemployed tradesmen.

As a self-employed worker, you’re relying on yourself to be able to go to work every day and earn a living to keep your business afloat. So, if you find yourself injured, ill or unable to work, you could find yourself in financial trouble.

Covering legal costs

Taking out personal accident insurance (also called personal accident and sickness insurance) keeps you covered if you’re temporarily unable to work. You’ll be able to claim a weekly allowance to cover any missed work you’d have completed if you were fit and healthy.

However, for many self-employed tradesmen, it’s simply a way of protecting themselves against any legal costs as a result of allegations from clients.


Going public Public liability insurance covers you against legal costs or compensation if you’re sued by a member of the public. This keeps you covered if you damage someone’s property while working on a domestic job, or if someone happens to get injured while entering or walking around your site.


Making it personal

For many industries, professional indemnity insurance (also called professional liability insurance) is nonnegotiable, and part of requirements.

If you provide a service your client isn’t happy with, professional indemnity

insurance will help you pay legal costs of any action taken and could save you in the long run against court costs or settlement fees. In some instances, a client may even request evidence of professional indemnity insurance before agreeing to work together. Need a hand? As a self-employed trader, you may occasionally need to hire temporary or short-term employees to help with bigger projects. However, even if you’re just

bringing them on board for a short or one-off project, you’ll still need employer’s liability insurance. Employer’s liability insurance covers you and your employees against any costs or loss of business related to your employees. This includes losses incurred from illness or injury to employees, plus any medical costs or legal fees you may face as a result of injuries on the job. If you’re found to be employing someone and can’t provide proper employer’s liability insurance, you could be fined up to £2,500 for every day you fail to provide the proper coverage. Other considerations If you’re using a vehicle to drive to different sites for business, you’ll probably need specialist business car insurance, as your personal policy won’t cover it. Otherwise – if you’re involved in an accident while driving for business – you could be left to pay any damages out of your own pocket. As a self-employed tradesman, you’ll need tools – and they can be expensive. Equipment insurance will usually cover any damage to your tools, plus accidental loss or theft. If you keep your tools in a building or at home, you may also want to take out contents insurance to cover any damage while your belongings are stashed away. Taking out credit insurance will protect you if your customers can’t pay for any reason. If customers go bust or can’t fulfil an invoice in time, you could be left to take the hit. Credit insurance will keep you covered if this happens.


Vicaima bring an added dimension to William May development

he village of Bramcote in Nottinghamshire, has been a popular place for home owners with discerning taste since Victorian times, so it’s little wonder that is now attracting fresh interest for twenty first century living with the select Baxter Green development by William May. Envisioned by internationally recognised Leonard Design Architects and set in the former gardens of Grade II Listed St. Johns College, Baxter Green introduces outstanding low-density luxury housing surrounded by tranquil countryside. Once complete Baxter Green will have 40 residential properties varying in sizes from apartments to fivebedroom houses, with ample sized living space and all fitted with Vicaima quality interior doors.


Long established and regional house builder William May Developments have used Vicaima’s Dekordor 3D finished doors throughout, alternating within particular house types, between a textured grey face with horizontal decorative grooves and a rich Dark Cedar finish. Dekordor 3D adds a new dimension to interior design, with highly attractive horizontal grained textured laminates in a range of on-trend and contemporary colour tones. This durable range can be further enhanced, with the addition of glass panel doors, face grooving or even metallic inlays, to create individual statements for apartments or traditional homes. All of the Dekordor 3D


collection come in a choice of cores and can be supplied with added performance including fire doors which are compliant with the most rigorous fire door regulations, acoustics and security doors where required as part of a complete door and door frame kit. For further details about Dekordor 3D or one of the many other inspirational products from the Vicaima collections, visit the Vicaima website alternatively, call 01793 532333 for additional information.

Platform Lifts Our range of platform lifts includes the MC2000 lift (right) - a high quality enclosed platform lift with a unique chain drive, and the option of glazing on all 4 shaft sides. With a fantastic guarantee, and 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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Scottish home gets a low rise platform lift Located 12 miles east of Glasgow in North Lanarkshire, lies the Scottish town of Airdrie. he owners of a private house there, contacted Invalifts directly to ask for their advice on providing access to an external first floor steel platform. The client had problems walking up stairs, and was a little unsteady on their feet, so the lift was to enable free access in and out of their home.


After reviewing the site information, our lift consultant suggested the Inva Flexi 3 low rise open style platform lift with platform size of 900mm x 1400mm to facilitate the use of a wheelchair if required in the future. After receiving approval from the client, the engineers at Invalifts worked closely with

the designer of the steel platform to ensure that the design of the steel mountings corresponded with the fixing plate used for the Flexi 3 unit. The client’s builder provided a concrete pad for the lift to be installed on, and a standard 240V 13A power supply was the only other requirement. The lift installer from Invalifts managed to complete the entire lift installation in just two days. The unit itself was supplied in a contrasting black carriage with silver guide posts, whilst the bottom landing call button was positioned away from the unit on a convenient stair railing.

As the unit was external it was provided with radio isolation through keyfobs and a hard wearing chequer plate flooring. The lift comes as standard with battery backup for emergency lowering. The client also chose to include a basic service contract covering two service visits for the first 12 months of use. The client was delighted with the new lift, commenting that ‘my mother and father-inlaw are delighted.’ If you would like to know more about the Inva Flexi 3 Platform Lift or other access solutions, please contact the Invalifts team on 0845 468 2543 or alternatively, email



National Renovation Week from 7-13 October 2019

Grand Designs Live Partners with FMB for National Renovation Week, to Encourage Education and Creativity Across All Renovations Grand Designs Live, along with the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), are pleased to announce the debut of National Renovation Week 2019 from the 7 – 13 October. Throughout the week Grand Designs Live will host a series of events celebrating, promoting and educating visitors on renovation as a route to creating their dream home. National Renovation Week, will link with Grand Designs Live, to see a variety of talks, headed up by Kevin McCloud, featuring advice from experts in renovation and first-hand experiences from designers and home-owners who have refurbished homes, from Grade III listed mansions, to modern townhouses, to 1970s bathrooms and beyond. In addition, one to one expert advice sessions focusing on Renovations will take place throughout the show on weekdays, including topics covering everything from retrofitting a kitchen, to modernising a bathroom, to bringing a home’s fixtures and fittings up to date. In line with the premiere of the brand-new series of Grand Designs, National Renovation week will inspire those looking to improve, progress and develop existing homes, into their very own Grand Designs. The questions and processes surrounding renovations vary wildly from project to project, depending on a range of factors, from the age and preservation status of a property, to the extent of planned extensions and/or renovations. The FMB, along with Grand Designs Live are hoping to educate visitors on some of the most frequently undertaken renovations, and answer some of the most commonly asked questions when it comes to renovations. Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), said: ‘The UK’s housing repair, maintenance and improvement sector is worth £28.5bn a year and is the third largest construction sector. The FMB is delighted to be a part of National Renovation Week, which will help promote this vital part of the industry. We’re keen to


help ensure consumers get the most out of their home improvement projects and help them avoid any potential pitfalls.’ Richard Morey, Managing Director for Grand Designs Live, said of the collaboration; ‘We are excited to be working with such an esteemed organisation as the Federation of Master Builders, to educate our visitors on all manner of renovations as well as provide inspiration for home improvements of their own throughout the show’. The show also launches the Home Renovation Clinic to give visitors the opportunity to speak to expert members of the Federation of Master Builders about their upcoming home projects. Located within the popular Ask an Expert area of the show, this unique element offers visitors the opportunity to ask quick questions and discuss project plans, without having to make a one-to-one appointment. Visitors can learn about the processes and preparations required for renovation, addition and refurbishment success and see that with the right advice, and careful forward planning, it is perfectly possible to stick to a budget, and realise a dream home.

Panel of experts growing number of VEKA, Halo and Imagine customers are enjoying the benefit of a service provided by 3D Laminates Ltd, a subsidiary company of VEKA AG.


VEKA UK Group Marketing Director Dawn Stockell explains: “3D Laminates provides 28mm silica infill panels for use in doors, sidescreens and windows, and - here’s the really important part – they can be laminated in the exact same finish as our Variations colour options. “This removes the hassle of having to spray panels and completely eliminates the potential for mismatching shades occurring between laminated profile and sprayed panels.

“These panels are available in all 14 of the ex-stock colours in the Variations collection and can be laminated both sides, different colours each side, or laminated externally with the inside left in base white to match VEKA’s white profile. “Excitingly, these laminated panels can even be specified in VEKA UK Group’s unique new SPECTRAL finish, which is exclusive to VEKA and its subsidiaries. “We chose to demonstrate the high quality infill panels from 3D laminates on some of our FIT Show products; the Imagine Bi-Fold Door was given a unique style twist for the Show, featuring solid, colour-matched panels in SPECTRAL’s Umbra Grey on both sides, while the

VEKA UK Group customers are sourcing high quality, perfectlymatched solid panels from a team of industry experts. Halo PVCu door was engineered in a contemporary design with a SPECTRAL Graphite Black outer and Variations White Woodgrain inner. Both systems were met with a very positive response from visitors to the stand. “The VEKA UK Group name is synonymous with quality and reliability, and this is another example of how we strive to support customers with the perfect product for every project. By ensuring that profile and panels match exactly, we offer the industry’s most reliable solution to what can be a frustrating problem. “The market for colour continues to grow across residential, commercial and public sectors and we are investing millions in the manufacture of our laminated profile to provide the best product and service in the industry. We feel it’s only right that customers should benefit from the same attention-to-detail and commitment to quality colour when it comes to projects that require solid infill panels.” Panels from 3D laminates are a secure solution that will not bow, bend or crack. They are also UV stable for a minimum of 10 years on both white and coloured finishes. Panels can be supplied to customers as a full sheet measuring 3000 x 1250 x 28mm, or 3D Laminates’ professional cutting service can cut them to bespoke sizes, making this the largest panel option on the UK market. For further information, please contact 3D Laminates at their Leeds head office via or call 0113 273 6281 stating that you are a VEKA UK Group customer.



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Create a healthier indoor environment with VELUX ACTIVE Do you want a healthier home, automatically? VELUX ACTIVE with NETATMO makes it easy to improve your indoor climate. onnecting to VELUX INTEGRA® electric and solar roof windows and blinds, VELUX ACTIVE uses a smart home sensor that automatically ventilates your home based on temperature, CO2 levels and humidity.The smart window system then uses the information it receives to automatically open roof windows and blinds accordingly.


algorithms that control the windows, blinds and shutters, VELUX ACTIVE’s innovative technology creates a seamless user experience. The system is easy to install and comes with its own app which gives increased control over the homes environment and security, as you can control your windows from anywhere in the world by simply pressing a button on your phone. It’s even compatible with both the Apple® HomeKit™ and Siri®, Apple’s voice-controlled intelligent assistant meaning windows can be operated using only your voice. Smart window systems such as VELUX ACTIVE are compatible with a wide range of other smart-home solutions and naturally complement automated home systems such as air conditioning, lighting, alarms and home security. VELUX Active is available to buy from with starter kits starting from £220.00

Particularly useful in rooms of the house like the kitchen or bathroom, VELUX ACTIVE recognises things like steam, smoke or lingering cooking smells and acts to properly ventilate the space, ensuring the home’s environment is healthy and comfortable. Bringing together a smartphone app, an indoor climate sensor, a departure switch and an internet gateway run by advanced


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More companies than ever compete for Schueco 2019 Excellence Awards On 27th June 2019 in London’s prestigious Saatchi Gallery, just off the King’s Road, Chelsea, a large audience of building industry professionals gathered to celebrate the winning and commended projects submitted for the 2019 Schueco Excellence Awards for Design and Innovation. Organised by Schueco UK in partnership with Architecture Today, the Excellence Awards, now in their sixth year, were set up to recognise outstanding contemporary architecture in Great Britain and Eire. This year, more companies than ever before entered the Excellence Awards, with over 160 submissions spread over nine different Award categories. Chair of the judges, Paul Williams, founding director of Stanton Williams, commented: “The quality of the 2019 submissions in the majority of categories was very high, so it was never going to be easy to select obvious winners. However, after much debate the panel did reach a unanimous decision.”

The Overall Schueco Excellence Award went to the UCL Student Centre, London, by Nicholas Hare Architects, which was also the winner in the Education category. Positioned at the heart of UCL’s Bloomsbury campus, this flagship project provides 1,000 spaces for individual and collaborative study, a student enquiry centre and a café. Schueco aluminium systems employed on the building comprised FWS 60 curtain walling, AWS 75.HI windows, ADS 75.HI doors and AWS 114 concealed vent windows. The building is designed to achieve exemplary sustainability targets including a BREEAM Outstanding rating. The judges followed the precedent established in 2018 and decided to give an Overall Commendation Award; this was won by The Ray, Clerkenwell, London, a dynamic new building by AHMM that provides flexible spaces for office, retail and hospitality uses. This project was also voted the winner in the Commercial Building Category. Three Schueco aluminium systems were used in its construction: FWS 60.HI curtain walling, AWS 75.SI+ side-hung ventilators and ADS 75.SI+ HD single- and double-doors. The winners in the other Award categories were: Windermere Jetty Museum, Cumbria (Cultural Building); Television Centre, London (Refurbishment Project); Rosemoor Studios, London (Residential Development); Kenwood Lee House, London (Individual House); Felsham Road, London (Individual House Improvement); Sevenoaks School Science & Technology Centre, Kent (Steel Project); London Waterloo Station Infill (Specialist Contractor). In addition to the outright winners, there were seven further commendations: Two St. Peter’s Square, Manchester (Commercial Building category); MK Gallery, Milton Keynes (Cultural Building category); The Dorothy Garrod Building, Cambridge (Education Building category); 160 Old Street, London (Refurbishment Project category); 35 Marylebone High Street, London (Residential Development and Steel Project categories); Tachbrook Street, London (Individual House Improvement category). The panel of judges for the 2019 Awards comprised: Chair, Paul Williams (Stanton Williams); Julia Barfield (Marks Barfield); Neil Dusheiko (Neil Dusheiko Architects); Steve Mudie (alinea Consulting); Paul Savidge (Wintech); and Clare Wright (Wright & Wright). For further information on any aspect of the 2019 Schueco Excellence Awards, please email


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UNI DHF sets the standard by offering Ofqual regulated training

Tamworth-based trade association, DHF (Door & Hardware Federation), has today announced that it is the very first UK organisation to offer an official theory-based qualification for three of the industries it serves. The ABBE-accredited one-day training courses for those working in the automated gate, industrial door and domestic garage door sectors, is approved and regulated by Ofqual, the Government Office of Examination Regulation, and is a benefit described by DHF’s Commercial Manager, Patricia Sowsbery-Stevens, as ‘ground-breaking’. ABBE (Awarding Body of the Built Environment) is the UK’s leading awarding organisation providing qualifications for the built environment. ABBE was established in 1997 and offers qualifications in the building and construction industry. As an Awarding Organisation, ABBE’s role is to develop qualifications and assessments which are valid, reliable and responsive to customer needs. Their qualifications are offered through its network of assessment centres, approved against a set of national criteria, laid down by Ofqual, the regulator of qualifications, tests and examinations in England. “We are beyond delighted to be able to offer ABBE-accredited one-day courses for installers wishing to enlist on either the automated gate or industrial and garage door training programmes, and are excited and privileged to be the very first organisation in the UK to do so,” said Patricia. •40•

“These formal qualifications, presented by an awarding body and recognised by employers, are critical in demonstrating a competent workforce. They underpin our continuing commitment to appropriate levels of training so that individuals meet the necessary industry requirements and are suitably prepared for their roles. There are so many benefits to having accreditation.” The one-day formally accredited courses fully complement the current NVQ qualification (although don’t replace it), help support PQQ (pre-qualification questionnaire) applications, can be used as part of an apprenticeship scheme and result in a ‘level two’ award. There is an additional cost of £50 per learner to the already value for money comprehensive course. “This is a real game changer, and adds for the first time, an official formal theory qualification to the already popular National Vocational Qualification. As the first UK organisation to offer ABBEaccredited one-day training courses, we’re ahead of the game for our industries,” explains Patricia. “This brings DHF one step closer to our objective: to offer a ‘one stop shop’ for our members and respond effectively to their needs. We are already widely renowned as experts in technical knowledge and training; now, we can add accredited courses to our ever-expanding list of benefits. The six months it has taken for us to achieve accreditation has been worth the wait.”

The beauty of a Schueco sliding door is what you don’t see For instance, you won’t have your view interrupted by intrusive framing because the frames are so slim you hardly notice them. And then there’s the unbeatable insulation (up to Passive House standard) – you won’t see that either, but you’ll feel it. Likewise the excellent soundproofing and the superb watertightness (even with the flush threshold option) and the reassuring rigidity of the doors as they glide effortlessly into place. For German engineering made in Britain, there’s only one name. For more information and your nearest Schueco Partner installers, visit

GREENER ARCHITECTURE KEY TO PLANNING SUCCESS ANS Global, the world’s leading living wall specialist, reveals the benefits of living walls and green roofs, demonstrating how these living installations are aiding planning whilst leading the way to a greener, better future. s construction continues to eat away what little remains of the natural landscape, the pressure for local authorities to place greater emphasis on sustainable solutions rapidly grows. With the revelation of shocking statistics, such as 4.2 million deaths worldwide every year as a result of exposure to outdoor air pollution1, planners and local authorities must answer the expectations of the concerned public by demanding more green solutions from proposed designs.


With the likes of new planning tools springing up to ensure that infrastructure doesn’t come at a cost, the industry faces additional planning hoops to jump through. As a result, ethical installations such as living walls and green roofs have become the new go-to for forwardthinking architects. Having grown in popularity due to their ability to tackle pollution, these installations are a crucial step-forward in transforming construction for the better. With the planting of vegetation at street level reducing concentrations of harmful particulate matter by a whopping 60%2, the addition of living design makes for an impactful example of green architecture that reaps reward way past planning. With this type of on-going benefit greatly valued by urban planners, initiatives such as London’s Urban Green Factor (UGF) includes living walls and green roofs as highly favoured additions to planning proposals. As the population continues to grow, London’s natural environment and existing green spaces are at risk, and the Greater London Authority is taking action, by forcing the growth of green design. This initiative is set to influence other planning authorities, as UGF aims to transform urban construction into something that benefits the wellbeing of the community and the environment.


Able to aid in balancing the ratio of ‘urban grey’ to ‘living green’ as well as encouraging biodiversity, sought after green design features such as living walls and green roofs, offer a way of reducing the consequences of new construction on the surrounding environment – yet another key feature that can score big points with planners. Steve McIntyre, Urban Environment Consultant at ANS Global, said: “With an increase in regulations that ensure the addition of green construction, living walls and green roofs are an effective option for encouraging planners to look favourably on applications. From a one-off regenerative project to large-scale developments, with expert knowledge these living installations can be applied almost anywhere, turning vertical wasteland into a green design feature. “Offering much more than just a few additional ticks to the planning checklist, these living installations have the ability to elevate a construction project into architecture that makes a difference, is kinder to the planet and its inhabitants – a project to be proud of.”

Not just useful during the planning process, clients can reap the rewards long after build completion. Offering an effective solution to softening the appearance of new builds, the external addition of living walls and green roofs only improves with age as pollinators and birds begin to thrive. Plus, with the ability to improve a build’s environmental performance, not only will a build’s carbon footprint look a little healthier but so will running costs. Making long-term energy use greener by regulating temperature, these design features can keep a building warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer – a key feature for the ultimate energy efficient build. In addition to saving money, these living installations can also increase property value, making green planning regulations that bit more worthwhile in the long term and a wise investment.

area of green roofs in the Greater London Authority totalled an impressive 1,510,000m2, doubling the measurement from 20103. As similar green planning initiatives are set to rise from 2019, we can only expect these figures to continue to grow as well as the demand for living design. With this increased adoption of green installations to new and existing construction projects, the future of architecture is set to be one of a greener existence, advanced forward-thinking, and most importantly, of benefit to everyone involved.

Boasting ongoing rewards for the environment, public well-being and the owner of the building, these accessible living installations offer sustainable value, making green roofs and living walls an obvious addition to planning proposals. Understanding the array of benefits provided by living installations, in 2008 the London Living Roofs and Walls Policy was designed to influence the policy frameworks developed by individual London boroughs. By 2017 the total 1. 2. 3.

World Health Organisation Effectiveness of Green Infrastructure for Improvement of Air Quality in Urban Street Canyons Thomas A. M. Pugh*, A. Robert MacKenzie, J. Duncan Whyatt, and C. Nicholas Hewitt


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NEW COLOUR AVAILABLE FROM MILLBOARD: ENHANCED GRAIN BURNT CEDAR Millboard are pleased to announce not one, but two exciting new developments! On the back of customer demand, we’re thrilled to launch a brand new colour: Enhanced Grain Burnt Cedar, and an upgrade to our existing Weathered Oak Embered line. he new colour, Burnt Cedar, has been created to reflect the burnt texture that customers have been asking for and it strikes the right balance between warmth and design flexibility. These atmospheric boards draw their influence from the traditional Japanese Yakisugi technique, a method that produces the charred surface associated with heritage Eastern architecture. Western design has fully embraced the aesthetic, utilising it in prestigious builds across Europe and the USA.


While creating this new line, Millboard developed an enhanced coating, to be applied to Burnt Cedar and also to the existing Embered style. Millboard’s Steven Holmes, Product Manager states that, ‘this new coating is ideally suited to our darkest boards and offers improved stain, UV and fade resistance. It offers improved heat reflection and reduces surface temperatures significantly – an important feature for black toned flooring. This coating also protects against longterm wear.’

Millboard’s Marketing Manager, Caroline Birdsall, states that the new line makes ‘a dramatic statement and complements the existing product range beautifully. As a company, we are very engaged with major design trends and we are already seeing a lot of interest in Burnt Cedar. The colour lends a bold elegance to any design scheme but also looks understated and clean in a contemporary landscape.’ ‘We are also thrilled to offer the newly enhanced Embered style. We are positive that both developments will be incredibly popular with our customers.’ The new Burnt Cedar line will join current best sellers Brushed Basalt and Driftwood. Millboard decking is the only hand moulded decking available and has been featured on Grand Designs, Ugly House to Lovely House, and Love Your Garden with Alan Titchmarsh. To get your free sample, please go to:


We don’t take design flexibility sitting down Millboard decking. Innovatively designed and developed to have the look of natural timber, whilst out-performing it in every way. Our 150mm Bullnose Board is no different. Like our decking, it’s beautiful to look at, yet its curved edge gives you more design freedom than ever before. Ideal for seating, planters or as a finishing touch for decks and steps; its wider profile providing the perfect space for lighting. Resistant to moisture, stains and algae, it won’t rot, warp or splinter. And, like our decking, it’s easy to fit, saving on installation time and cost. Millboard: Live. Life. Outside.

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Creating an environmentally friendly garden

Many people are now looking to reduce their carbon footprint by recycling more, using their cars less and eating locally produced, organic food, but you can also reduce your carbon footprint by changing the way you garden.


ith many people starting to realise the importance of ecoliving, garden specialists Oeco Garden Rooms have compiled some handy hints on how to be more environmentally friendly in the garden.


Composting Composting is a great way of being more environmentally friendly while reducing landfill waste and providing much-needed nutrients to your plants. This supply of fresh compost can be used all around the garden, helping to retain moisture and reduce plant diseases and pests in your soil. To start, you will need a compost bin; these are available in a range of different styles and materials to suit any garden design and budget. Then pick a suitable space for the compost bin, somewhere that has good air circulation, is out of full sunlight and is away from large trees or vines as these can steal nutrients from the compost.

Landscaping Collecting rainwater is one of the easiest ways of water-saving and is as simple as connecting a water butt to your gutter system. The average water butt holds between 100 and 150 litres, which is more than enough for your gardening needs, and because of the UK’s climate, they also fill up quickly too giving you access to water when you need it. Planting drought-resistant plants is also a good way of saving water in the garden. Lavender, sage and verbena are all great choices when it comes to plants, while the Lawson cypress conifers and golden rain trees are good additions for something bigger. Compost can be made using various household waste including raw vegetable leftovers and skin, crushed eggshells, fruit peel and tea bags. You can also use garden waste like fallen leaves, grass and wood cuttings and old plants. Try not to use plants that have died of a disease or aggressive weeds as this may harm the compost. To create a good compost, you need to regularly turn the heap to balance it out. This will give you faster results while making sure that all of the compost has the nutrients to help your soil. Once ready, the bottom layer of compost will have a soil-like dark brown colour and be spongy to the touch. Saving Water Water is one of the most important resources for your garden, but with gardening taking up to 70% of the UK’s water supply during peak demand, limiting your water consumption is vital in lowering your carbon footprint.

Mulching your soil areas such as flowerbeds, hanging baskets and potted plants helps to improve soil structure and retain moisture. Bark, woodchips and grass clipping all make good mulches and are a cost-effective way to cut down the amount of water needed in the garden. Helping Wildlife Giving the wildlife in your garden a helping hand not only aids local ecosystems, but it can also help you to control pests and other plant-destroying mini-beasts. Birds are natural predators of slugs, snails and other mini-beats, so inviting them into your garden is a great way to control these pests. Bird feeders, water bowls and birdhouses are all great ways on enticing birds into your garden, and you have the added bonus of being able to spot and record all the different species that visit too. Interplanting is a method of planting different species of plants next to one another in rows to prevent pests. For example, one set of plants may attract a certain pest, while the other houses the predator. This technique is widely used in organic farming, however, it is just as effective in everyday gardens. Log piles and overgrown areas of the garden provide shelter for small mammals and hedgehogs while also providing a source of food for birds in the form of slugs, grubs and caterpillars. You don’t have to dedicate a large area of the garden to wildlife to make an impact; in fact, just a small area can provide long-lasting benefits to the local ecosystem and wildlife.



Welcoming over 200 exhibitors with a vast collection of industryleading products and services, LANDSCAPE 2019 is the trade event you will not want to miss – and the best part is, it’s all FREE! ANDSCAPE - the UK’s premier event for the industry returns to Battersea Park in central London on Tuesday 17th & Wednesday 18th of September 2019.


The landscaping industry’s leading trade event is dedicated to products, services and innovation for the design, build and management of exterior and interior landscape projects, with an array of over 200 new and returning exhibitors all under one roof! LANDSCAPE is dedicated to bringing 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. We are proud to say that 86% of our visitors are very likely to recommend and use an exhibitor for a future project, and the exhibitor list continues to go from strength-tostrength year-on-year. Our extensive exhibitor list ensures that when we say that there is “something for everyone”, we really do mean it!


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. Also, the LANDSCAPE Show is thrilled to be bringing back the Best in Show competition for another year! We’re giving our exhibitors this fantastic opportunity to highlight a particular product from their innovative ranges to showcase to our visitors. Exhibitors who have entered will be in the running to be awarded ‘Best in Show’ for 2019! The shortlisted finalists will be displayed at the show with the winner of the competition

being announced at 4pm on the Wednesday! It’s down to our visitors to decide the winner so come along to LANDSCAPE to look through the shortlisted products and vote for your favourite! Be sure to visit the LANDSCAPE website to check out our preview magazine, which gives you an insight into the fantastic you can meet and more of the products you can source at the landscaping industry’s most valuable event this September. The LANDSCAPE Show will be open from 10am-6pm on Tuesday the 17th September, and 10am-5pm on Wednesday 18th September 2019. Both the exhibition and all seminar sessions are free to attend. To register for your free tickets to attend the show, simply visit our registration page at Further information can be found online: Website: Email: Phone: +44 (0)20 7821 8221 Twitter: @LandscapeEvent #LANDSCAPE2019 Instagram: #LANDSCAPE2019


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THE ONLY TRADE EVENT FOR QUALIFIED GARDEN AND LANDSCAPE DESIGNERS & CONTRACTORS The trade event dedicated to bringing the landscape industry together by introducing its visitors to the latest products, services and techniques.

LANDSCAPE exhibitors include manufacturers and suppliers of everything from vases, pots and flag stones to furniture and conservatories, water features and sundials. Our exhibitors provide architectural iron work, planters, sheds, turf, sculpture, soil, plants and paving as well as lighting, heating, trees and tools.

Our international visitors include Garden Designers, Landscape Designers & Contractors, Architects, Facilities Managers, Groundsmen & Parks Officers, Event Florists, Creative Directors, Garden Centres, Contract Gardeners, Hotels and Interior Designers.

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