Home Designer and Architect - March 2020

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MAGAZINE March 2020

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1 Swimming Pool ‌ 4 PoolLock Automatic Covers To cover the pool surface on this very particular design of pool, PoolLock supplied one automatic slatted cover and three automatic safety covers, including a customized V4XXL safety cover system spanning an 11m width. Thanks to its many years of experience designing and producing automatic covers, PoolLock is able to work with customers and architects to create tailored solutions to cover almost any kind of pool.


oolLock’s unique hydraulic-drive system means that you do not need any electrical components near your pool. The electrical power pack used to operate the cover and drive the two hydraulic motors can be placed as far from the pool as required. Opening and closing the pool is as easy as turning a key switch, which means that the cover (and the pool) are actually used once installed. PoolLock safety covers provide a solid barrier between the water and surrounding area, effectively preventing any access to the water and making them the safest covers on the market.

In addition, all PoolLock covers will reduce the amount of heat, water and chemicals lost through evaporation, which means pool owners can save money on electricity and chemical usage. In addition to the standard fabric options, PoolLock also offers HeatLock Thermofoam canvas with enhanced insulation properties. Thanks to the foamed insulation layer applied to one side of the canvas, heat transfer across the membrane is reduced by a factor of 3 when compared to standard fabrics for similar applications. HeatLock’s closed-cell foam structure ensure

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With over 30 years of experience, PoolLock is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of automatic and manual safety covers, automatic slatted covers and heat pumps for swimming pools. Thousands of satisfied customers in Britain over the past 10 years bear testament to the quality, service and reliability of PoolLock products. In 2013, PoolLock opened its first UK production facility in Gatwick, London, with installation teams that are available 24 hours a day / 7 days a week. The result: even better service and faster delivery times for our UK customers.

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Millboard’s new shade is the most multi-toned yet ‘Antique Oak’ added to the Enhanced Grain collection Luxury decking manufacturer Millboard is well-known for being ahead of the style curve, and this spring, the company yet again confirms that reputation with the release of their latest colour option, Antique Oak.

Antique Oak’s natural, warm hues are similar to the tones of tropical hardwood, and the appearance is reminiscent of attractively aged flooring. Antique Oak boasts more tonal variation per individual board than any

of the other colours in the Millboard range, providing a beautiful and organic look. The layered accents of Antique Oak integrate flawlessly into heritage designs but also serve as an ideal complement to the new, bold colour palettes being displayed at today’s contemporary garden shows. This new shade joins Millboard’s popular Enhanced Grain range – a collection moulded from selected smooth timbers to showcase the natural grains and nuances perfectly. As with the rest of the collection, Antique Oak benefits from Millboard’s attention to detail and outstanding craftsmanship. These highlydurable decking boards are virtually indistinguishable from real wood, but unlike real wood or composite equivalents, won’t rot, split or warp. The material requires minimal maintenance, is slip resistant with a high grip surface even in the wet, and is even engineered to resist stains from food,drink and algae. With these authentic good looks and performance attributes, it’s no surprise that Millboard is so beloved by architects, landscapers and homeowners. The complex multi-tones of Antique Oak have been a hit within Millboard’s focus groups, and when the product is released to the public this month, is expected to be a popular choice for both classic and cutting-edge garden designs. For more information, please visit www.millboard.co.uk/products/ enhanced-grain-decking/antiqueoak/ or speak to Millboard on 02476439943


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Construction Expo returns to Sussex The South East’s leading construction industry exhibition, the innovative South East Construction Expo, will be returning to Sussex in April 2020. The event, being held at the South of England Event Centre, Ardingly, on 28 April 2020, will welcome speakers from across the industry, including Malcolm Clarke, Managing Director at Baxall Construction; Cedric Laurier, Chief Technical Officer at Gatwick Airport; and Julia Gregory, Director of Projects at Ebbsfleet Development Corporation. Free to attend, the events are dedicated to the construction section and brings together clients, contractors, developer, consultants and other related industries from across the UK. With live demos of products, industry speakers and over 150 exhibitions the event is a ‘must-visit’ for anyone in property, development or construction. A networking breakfast opens the events, followed by practical workshops, speakers, exhibitions and the opportunity to sign-up to ‘Meet the Buyer’ one-to-one sessions. Ana Christie, Chief Executive of Sussex Chamber of Commerce, said: “Despite the ongoing political and economic uncertainty this past year, according to the Builder’s Conference, the performance of the UK construction sector shows no signs of slowing. In the first month of 2020, more than 400 companies won new contracts, so there is no better time to get along

to events like this, make new contacts and win new business!” An exciting programme of Speakers and Workshops are currently being put together and will be announced over the coming months. Advanced Panel Manufacturing will also be demonstrating their unique ‘green’ sustainable and eco-friendly, full format construction panels. These versatile, attractive and cost-effective, Fire Resistant A rated boards are easily assembled without the need for skilled labour. Sussex Chamber of Commerce is supporting the event this year as well as the IoD. Big name businesses already involved include Balfour Beatty, Sunninghill, Glenigan, Builders Conference, Willmott Dixon, Galliford Try, Baxall, Logan Construction and Westridge Construction Ltd. Over 2,500 delegates attended the Expo in September 2019, where 120 companies in the construction industry exhibited the latest technology, ideas and expertise and dozens of workshops and presentations were held on key topics for the industry. This year will also see the event being held for the first time at Sandown Park Exhibition Centre, Esher on 23 September 2020.

SOUTH EAST CONSTRUCTION AWARDS 2020 South East Construction Awards 2020 has once again been launched with six categories, covering the sector, to be celebrated at a second South East Construction Expo to be held on 23 September at Sandown Park Exhibition Centre in Esher, Surrey. Carole Black from South East Construction Expo said, “These awards celebrate our heroes in this industry with an exciting panel of judges seeking entries for categories, ranging from best construction project to best architectural design, best contractor to best supplier. We are also looking to celebrate women in the industry and want to reward the best apprentice on a construction project in the South East.” South East Construction Expo 2020 will take place at South of England Event Centre, Ardingly, Haywards Heath, Tuesday 28 April 2020, 9 am – 4pm. Find out more and how to book a trade stand or register your free place to attend as a delegate at: www.constructionexpouk.co.uk Twitter @ConstructExpo or Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/groups/4530020


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Find the right beats tiles with Tile when Supply Solutions Public sector private it comes to tackling housing damp Renters with private landlords are more likely to suffer due to damp and mould than those with public sector landlords, according to a YouGov poll. he survey of 1,154 tenants, conducted earlier this year on behalf of leading damp-proofing and waterproofing technology specialist Safeguard Europe, revealed that 55% of those with private landlords had experienced damp and mould compared to 46% of those in local authority or housing association properties.


deterred from complaining. However, as the poll highlighted, awareness among renters of their powers under the new legislation is relatively low with only 35% aware of the Act. Having been told by the researchers about the new law, 42% of those surveyed said that they would be more likely to complain about problems such as damp in the light of the act.

Safeguard’s managing director said: “The reason for the discrepancy could be down to the fact that previous efforts to improve the condition of rented properties, such as Decent Homes, have been focussed on public sector housing.” The Decent Homes Standard was introduced in 2000 with the aim of getting all social housing up to a certain standard by 2010.

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A new variation of the popular POSIglaze balustrade channel in brushed black


ure Vista today announced the launch of the Black POSIglaze; a black brushed variation of the highlypopular POSIglaze system. Released due to popular demand, the Black POSIglaze is currently available as a base fixed channel that can achieve up to 1.50kN force loading – perfect for domestic to light commercial installations where a sleek, contemporary finish is desired. “Over the last year we’ve received a growing number of enquiries for a black variation of our silver brushed POSIglaze channel” says Mark Oakes, Director at Pure Vista. “This spike in demand for a black finish comes as no surprise since

the trend in architecture in 2020 is towards minimalist, contemporary and monochrome design. At Pure Vista we are continuously developing our product offering in line with architectural trends as well as building regulation reforms”. Features and benefits of the Black POSIglaze include: • The same benefits as you would expect from the original POSIglaze channel plus… • A sleek new look to meet demands for contemporary balustrade • A black touch up pen to hide any blemishes around the corners and joins

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Alison Brooks Architects unveils brick archways on London apartments Red brick archways define the lower and topmost levels of Cadence, a housing development designed by Alison Brooks Architects next to Coal Drops Yard at King’s Cross, London.

Massimo Iosa Ghini’s multi-colored Muscovite neighborhood Colorful Russian residential development livens up surroundings. An effective and creative “colorful layer” on the facade of the buildings provides a tasteful contrast to the monotony of Moscow’s suburban areas while open courtyards improve perception and quality of life and offer a great number of recreational functions. Located within Moscow’s north eastern administrative district of Dmitrovskoe Shosse, the new residential complex includes 47 multistory buildings gathered around two massive 10,000m² communal courtyards, each providing the surrounding urban fabric with a new outward appearance. The concept was entrusted to Massimo Iosa Ghini’s Italian studio of architects, whose insights provided the immensely wide scale of the monotonous Russian suburbs with more “human” and distinctive traits, by using bright accents on the exterior facades and creating common spaces for collective use, whereas Russian firm Mosproekt-3 dealt with the technical aspects of the project. Color, used to create visual references and to provide a certain sense of bearing, is transformed into an artistic device used for communication and most importantly the fruition and better identification of the urban fabric, the appreciation of its identity and its cultural development. From a technical point of view, special attention was paid to finding innovative solutions for the exterior cladding while discarding the monotonous schemes employed for existing buildings; traditional Russian methods of prefabrication, with an external stained ceramic finish in a very small format, were abandoned in favor of panels of fiber cement. This system enhances the energetic performance of the buildings and allows for a greater degree of flexibility in regard to the aesthetic and chromatic output of the facades. A great number of color combinations were chosen in order to achieve a specific look, detached from that of the surrounding chromatic fabric. A series of portals usher residents into the main Lobby, built in accordance with the external aesthetic layout, in order to convey the same type of “look and feel”. Along with the redesign of the external facades, a multistory covered parking and several entrance halls were also created.


A total of 103 homes will be built behind the brick facades. Dramatic brick archways will form a colonnade along the ground floor, reflected back in a water feature in a central courtyard. White-washed vaulted communal spaces will feature at the entrance. Arches will also feature at the top of a multi-storey block of apartments that will have a row of recessed balconies. “We’ve created a new language of brick arches and vaulted spaces that echo the exuberant architecture of King’s Cross and St Pancras stations,” said architect Alison Brooks, founder of Alison Brooks Architects. “It will reveal itself slowly as you move around and through it.” Designed for developer Argent, the 103 homes will be a combination of studios, and one, two and three bedroom apartments. Conran and Partners, the architecture firm that recently converted Centre Point tower into housing, will be designing the interiors for 53 of the Cadence homes. Small homes developer Pocket Living will be managing the other 60 units in the development, renting them out to local workers on middle incomes. Pocket Living collaborated with architecture studio Metropolitan Workshop to build a 27-storey tower of 86 apartments in Wandsworth.


NEW RIO WINDOWS LEAVE HOME LOOKING FLUSH Life is now much sweeter for a Norfolk couple who are the first people to have REHAU’s Rio flush fit windows installed in their home, fabricated by Climatec. Tim Whipps Windows worked wonders to replace the tired old windows in Mr and Mrs Farrell’s cottage, resulting in less maintenance and a more valuable looking property. hen Tim was first approached by homeowners Mr and Mrs Farrell, they were originally looking to replace their old externally beaded uPVC windows with a likefor-like replacement. However, after looking at the options for the standard casement windows, both Tim and the Farrells’ decided that actually this was not the best option. As a customer of Climatec for 10 years, Tim Whipps Windows exclusively installs REHAU window products due to their ease



of installation and high quality. Tim took the couple through the new range of REHAU Rio flush fit windows, as showcased in his Climatec brochure, which they agreed suited their property style better and didn’t compromise the quaint appearance of the cottage. The Rio flush fit window range is REHAU’s latest design of uPVC windows. It offers an alternative to traditional timber windows, with a realistic timber look and feel that blends in with the exterior structure. The sleek flush finish and authentic wood effect, means that

Rio flush fit not only retains the traditional looking windows that the homeowners wanted, but also offers the added benefits of durability, security, and energy efficiency of a uPVC window. Mr and Mrs Farrell’s decision was further solidified by the colour options that Rio had to offer. Where previously they had been restricted to just the white uPVC, being situated close to the road, the option for Pearl Grey would be easier to maintain compared to their older white windows. Tim stated that the initial feedback was a positive one, the Farrells were looking forward to replacing their old white windows with REHAU’s modern yet traditional looking Rio windows. There were 12 windows in total to install, all pearl grey on white, and took approximately four to five weeks from the initial conversation to install. Tim used the fully welded jointing option, although Climatec also offer a mechanical joint and an External Timber Look (ETL) weld option. Despite it being the first time he had installed Rio windows, Tim was thrilled at how easy the installation process was. He said: “It’s just like any other REHAU casement window installation I’ve done, I was very impressed.” John Banks, Product Manager at Climatec added: “Tim isn’t the first installer to praise the new Rio window and how it makes their lives easier by being based on the TOTAL 70 profile. It’s well known to be installer friendly and our customers have shown an encouraging interest in Rio.” In response, the homeowners, Mr and Mrs Farrell, were delighted with their new modern windows, Mr Farrell said: “It’s the best decision we’ve ever made; the windows look really good and, more importantly, expensive. They’ve added huge value to our home in so many ways.” Upon reflection, Tim added: “I was very pleased with the outcome of the job and the way the windows looked in this property. Definitely one for my portfolio.”

He has since gone on to fit more of REHAU’s Rio Flush Fit windows and went on to say: “I have fitted more Rio windows since the Farrells’ and find them very easy to install. I would definitely recommend them, and this style of window suits a lot of properties found in Norfolk.” Rio is continuing to gain traction across the UK as fabricators report that many REHAU installers are claiming it to be a much anticipated addition to their offering. Clare Higgins Product Manager at REHAU, commented: “Gone are the days when people had to rely on traditional and expensive materials

for older, quaint properties like the Farrell’s cottage. Nor do they have to compromise on appearance if opting for more efficient and modern uPVC solutions. We’ve listened to what people want, and need, for the challenges of modern life and designed a product that not only makes properties look amazing, but also eases the lives of our loyal customer base through manufacture and installation. We can’t wait to share details of more projects.” For more information about Rio flush fit windows by REHAU and jointing options available, visit www.rehau.uk/rio


Doors & Windows Widely recognised as one of London’s most perfect villages, full of beautiful shops, prime period properties and green open spaces, Wimbledon is an idyllic location for any family. Therefore, it came as no surprise to Up Architects when they were appointed by a young family, who required more space, to deliver the full refurbishment and extension of their existing home. Kebony, a global leader in the production of sustainable modified wood, was carefully selected by the architects for the exterior cladding of the extension to create something truly beautiful without being ostentatious. fter making the decision to stay in their house, rather than moving to a bigger property in the area, or moving away from the children’s school, the family recognised their pressing need for more space. Up Architects wanted to design an extension that stood out from the run-of-the-mill extensions in the area, and started with the idea of a single large space that could be adapted to suit the family’s needs over time, incorporating dining, living, a playroom, study area, TV room and guest room into the brief. Now their hectic family life could take place in a modern, light filled open-plan living space, all with an enhanced connection to the garden.


In keeping with the client’s brief, the design is simple, un-assuming and honest with two simple roof forms sitting over the main space, formed from an exposed glulam timber structure with Kebony cladding used for the exterior walls and roof. The simple geometry of the twinhipped roofs breaks up the bulk seen from outside and defines the different spaces internally without a physical division. The timber Kebony cladding lines up across the walls and roof, with compound mitred joints, making the whole extension appear to be carved from one block of wood, with no visible gutters to compromise the sharp lines. All the timber used was sustainably sourced and the Kebony cladding is guaranteed for 30 years. Developed in Norway, Kebony’s revolutionary

technology is an environmentally friendly and patented process which modifies sustainably sourced softwoods by heating 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. This unique process also provides Kebony with its characteristic appearance, which only grows more beautiful with time. Marty McColl, Director at Up Architects commented: “Following our appointment for this project, it was essential that the family felt they had made the right decision in opting for an extension rather than moving house. We were able to create substantially more space, whilst ensuring the extension reflected the brief to build something that was beautiful in design without being ostentatious; we are thrilled with the final product and loved working with Kebony to transform this traditional suburban semi-detached house into a contemporary and more practical family home.” Adrian Pye, International Sales Director at Kebony added: “We are delighted with the growing demand for Kebony extensions, the wood is extremely versatile and can be used for both traditional and modern properties as well as detached, semi-detached or terrace houses. It is evident that Up Architects have carefully considered the brief and created the perfect living space to meet the needs of this young family and the final product is a testament to their hard work.”


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P C Henderson Release Two New Installation Videos Sliding and folding door hardware manufacturer, P C Henderson, has released two new installation videos for its market leading range of Pocket Door Pro and Husky Soft Stop systems. aunched early 2019, Pocket Door Pro and Husky Soft Stop, although new to the market, have quickly grown to become two of the company’s most popular products due to their high quality design, flexible functionality options and easy installation. The company has now developed two high quality installation videos in order to complement the product offering.


Stephanie Lee, Marketing Manager at P C Henderson, “Since launching our first set of installation videos back in 2015 – we’ve gone onto develop a total of 17 videos which


have been watched by almost half a million people worldwide - making them the most popular of their kind. Due to the popularity of our Pocket Door Pro and Husky Soft Stop products, we know our latest videos are going to be a big hit”. Developed in the company’s in house studio, with the help of an outside agency, the videos detail the tools required and kit contents before guiding customers through the installation process step by step, highlighting ‘top tips’ along the way. Featuring a realistic CGI background, the videos enable customers to see what the products will look like in situ – providing a realistic demonstration.

“Developing tools to make our customers lives easier is always a fundamental part of our marketing strategy – the videos have been an extremely successful development. Customers can view them on our website, scan the QR code on our paper fitting instructions or, if you’re a P C Henderson distributor, embed them onto your own website. “They’re also a great way to instill confidence, customers can watch the videos prior to purchase and see just how easy our kit packs are to install”, continued Stephanie. Currently receiving over 10,000 views a month, the videos are available for the majority of P C Henderson’s kit pack sliding door hardware products which are predominantly aimed towards the DIY market. P C Henderson offers a wide range of sliding and folding door hardware catering for maximum door weights of between 9kg and 8000kg. As well as kit packs the company also offer a large selection of commercial and industrial door hardware, with plans to develop more technical videos for this side of the business in future.

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To view the installation videos or to find out more about P C Henderson’s range of sliding and folding door hardware visit www.pchenderson.com/installation-videos or email marketing@pchenderson.com •15•

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Door and Hardware Federation (DHF) reflects upon 2019 as one of its most successful years Tamworth-based trade association, the Door and Hardware Federation (DHF), is reflecting on what has been one of its most successful years to date. In 2015, the pro-active federation had under 300 members on its books, but the past five years in particular, has seen considerable growth across every area of the organisation; today, it has more than 500 members. It remains the oldest trade association in the industry, and the ‘go to’ body for technical knowledge, information, advice, and practical help as well as training. Highlights from 2019 include: • A successful collaboration with Secured by Design (SBD) and the Fire Industry Association (FIA) in March, to publish a joint document on fire safety. The publication: A Guide for Selecting Flat Entrance Doorsets; A publication for housing associations, landlords, building owners and local authorities in England, brings together the best industry advice in one straightforward document, highlighting the fundamental issues of fire safety and security for those selecting fire doorsets and enabling greater clarity in an increasingly complex market. It goes without saying that DHF’s voice has been one of the most effective in its drive for thirdparty certification of manufacture, installation, maintenance and inspection of fire, smoke and security doorsets. • Continuing to lead the industry through training. In the past year alone, nearly 1000 people have been trained by DHF, with more than 450 candidates attending the two-day safety diploma courses and the same number of learners opting for the Level 2 Award one-day safety training courses. In 2019, 100 inspection and installation of metal or timber fire door courses were held in conjunction with BRE Academy. More than 3200 individuals have now completed at least one of DHF’s safety training courses, whether a diploma or Award course. In July, it announced the launch of its first one-day public Automated Gate Group Level 2 Award Course in Ireland.


• DHF ‘set the industry standard’ in July, by becoming the very first UK organisation to offer an official theory-based qualification for three of the industries it serves. The one-day ABBE-accredited Level 2 Award 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. ABBE (Awarding Body of the Built Environment) is the UK’s leading awarding organisation providing qualifications for the built environment. 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. • The launch of CSCS cards in November in collaboration with the Automatic Door Suppliers Association (ADSA). Whilst not a legislative requirement, CSCS cards provide evidence that individuals working on construction sites have the relevant training and qualifications for the job that they are doing. The CSCS card offered by DHF is for anyone who needs to access a construction site to work specifically with industrial doors, domestic garage doors, automated gates & traffic barriers and metal or timber fire doors and is an important step toward a safer and more compliant industry. “There is little doubt that DHF’s accomplishments in 2019 have been achieved as a result of its hands-on team, and the expertise

and efforts of the federation’s staff,” says DHF’s CEO, Bob Perry. “In 2019, we expanded the workforce to 13 employees (plus five consultants) and raised our profile in the industry and the press. In October, we announced the arrival of two new team members: Craig Wilde, who has joined as the new Membership Manager, and new Senior Training & Compliance Officer, Steve Hill, taking the training and technical advice team to three. A four-strong administration team continues to support Commercial Manager, Patricia Sowsbery-Stevens, General Manager and Secretary, Michael Skelding and Administration Manager, Kay Scattergood.” “DHF continues to flourish year-on-year and 2019 was no exception,” concludes Bob. “A strong and highly skilled team, innovative industry ‘firsts’, an enduring commitment to training, and supporting our members through challenging legislation has helped to underpin our reputation as a centre of excellence. Raising standards and promoting best practice through training and compliance will always be our number one priority. We look forward to developing these initiatives even further as 2020 progresses.”


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New Specification Guide

- VEKA UK is on same page as installers, fabricators and specifiers Industry-leading PVCu systems supplier VEKA UK has launched a brand new specification guide providing manufacturers, installers and specifiers with comprehensive information on all the products within the VEKA UK portfolio. or a brand that is world renowned for both its heritage and its commitment to innovation, the timing of the launch is particularly apt; it coincides with the global VEKA Group’s 50th anniversary, and a cutting edge new www.veka.co.uk website.


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Maximum sash size Side hung: 620mm (w) x 1270mm (h) Outer frames 56mm, 72mm and 84mm outer frames Mullions 70mm or 95mm mullions Sash

Marketing Director Dawn Stockell explains: “Here at VEKA UK, we know our products are perfect for every project, because they are tested to all expected quality and safety accreditations - but more importantly - they must meet our own exceptionally high standards. “Furthermore, as a customer-centric company, having the ‘perfect product’ is just one part of the service; the second part is presenting all that product information within the ideal package, and that’s exactly what we’ve done with both our new specification guide and the new VEKA website. These resources have made it even easier to specify our industry-leading PVCu systems. “The guide is over 100 pages and contains everything you need to know about all systems and products within the VEKA, Halo and Imagine brand ranges. From in-depth technical data, technical drawings, and performance results, to information about our technical support services. “And, for those that prefer a ‘pick and mix’ approach, individual pages can be downloaded by product through the new veka.co.uk site, so customers can effectively put together a bespoke reference guide for their most-used systems. “The specification guide itself is a joy to read. I’m really proud of how we’ve managed to fit so much valuable content into such a clear and straightforward


61mm flush sash Finishes Available in a large assortment of colours and woodgrain options from the Variations range and SPECTRAL* Glazing beads 28mm bevelled 28mm sculptured 32mm bevelled 36mm bevelled Ancillaries Frame extensions, cills and weathering trims Range of coupling options Range of bay pole options Thermal performance** Achieves U-values as low as 1.3 W/m2K using double glazing Achieves U-values as low as 1.1 W/m2K using triple glazing

Test Results * SPECTRAL is only available on bevelled or flat surfaces. ** Figures can vary dependent on specification.


document. And, I believe the support that complements the spec guide is second to none. Our technical team are only a phone call or an email away and can assist with CAD design, as well as BIM, and wind load or energy calculations (to name just a few of our services), in order to help you specify the perfect system for your project. “The new specification guide comes following the launch of SPECTRAL; the innovative ultramatt finish, unveiled at this year’s FIT Show and shortlisted for ‘Product of the Year’ at the G19 Awards. This means details can be found throughout the guide of all systems that can be specified with the new finish, as well as full details of SPECTRAL on page 14-15. This extraordinary product can be used to elevate the look and even feel of a window or door frame. “VEKA UK systems offer immense yet intelligent choice. In developing the Variations colour range, we not only focused on getting the colour and texture

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Reducing costs throughout a building’s whole lifecycle During design and construction, there is often a lack of focus on a building’s costs across its whole lifecycle – both in terms of financial costs and costs to environmental and occupant health. Adrian Judd, Operations Director at Steico UK, discusses how investing in a healthy home can reduce a building’s overall, lifecycle costs. •20•

ealth should be at the forefront of every decision throughout the entire construction process. By prioritising health, members of the construction industry can create a more resilient, sustainable and natural built environment which enhances the wellbeing of its occupants and the environment. This durability ensures a longer lifecycle for healthy buildings, with a reduced need for regular maintenance or renovation work to improve aesthetics or performance.


The true cost of a healthy building When considering the costs associated with constructing a healthy building, it is often perceived that natural materials are more expensive than their synthetic alternatives. Since 2018, natural and synthetic materials are at near price parity, meaning it is no longer always more expensive to build healthy buildings. Added to this, the whole lifecycle costs for a healthy building is much lower due to enhanced durability, weather resistance and improved indoor air quality. These costs go beyond monetary – environmental costs, costs to human health as well as costs of keep a building regularly maintained can all be reduced by putting health at the fore.

1. Decreased environmental costs The use of natural materials is a key element of a healthy building. Natural materials, such as wool or woodfibre, are sustainable, meaning they do not deplete natural resources. They also use much less carbon in both their production and use, resulting in lower carbon emissions and minimising their overall environmental impact. Wood sequesters carbon and thus carbon is captured or locked into the product for its entire lifespan. This knowledge allows architects and builders to reach ambitious CO2 reduction targets laid out by the Government1. Healthy buildings also improve the energy efficiency of homes. High quality, thermally efficient insulation and the utilisation of natural light wherever possible contribute to a consistently comfortable temperature and a well-lit home, reducing reliance on artificial heat and light. This subsequently minimises energy consumption.

2. Reduced cost to occupant health As natural materials are vapour permeable, they enable moisture to pass through their fibres,

minimising the build up of mould, rot or condensation. This contributes to a higher indoor air quality within a healthy home, decreasing the prevalence of common respiratory ailments such as asthma. In addition to this, by making the most of natural light, healthy homes can also act to improve motivation, focus and regulate sleep cycles – enhancing the mental health of occupants.

3. Reduced maintenance and upkeep costs Natural materials are also strong, durable and weather resistant. The resilience of these materials will decrease the need for regular upkeep and maintenance, minimising the costs associated with these over the building’s lifecycle.

Managing cost misconceptions surrounding healthy building Healthy building is not a luxury – it’s a necessity – and one we no longer have to pay more to achieve. Natural building materials not only now compete on price with their synthetic alternatives, but the healthy buildings they create also carry much lower costs across their whole lifecycle due to their enhanced resilience and durability.

Healthy building as a necessity With a heightened focus on protecting the environment and safeguarding occupant wellbeing, the demand for healthy homes is rapidly increasing. By adopting healthy building as the norm, the longterm costs of our homes can be reduced and their lifecycles prolonged. Healthy homes are a necessity, not only to extend the building lifecycle, but to safeguard occupant health and the health of our planet. At Futurebuild 2020, Steico will be encouraging the construction industry to share their commitment to healthy buildings as part of their unbranded, Supporting Healthy Buildings campaign.

To find out more about the campaign and how you can adopt healthy building practices to reduce costs, visit www.steico.com/en/news/campaign/.

1 https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-becomes-first-major-economy-to-pass-net-zero-emissions-law


Heating, Ventilation & Energy Efficiency

Electric heating is continually becoming an increasingly viable option for heating properties in 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. This modern method of heating is shaping up to be the future of home heating within the UK. Specifying an electric heating solution for housing, student accommodation, social housing and private rental properties can be a time consuming and difficult task. Each project includes unique regulations, requirements, budget and time constraints – Which means there is no single solution which can cover all projects. With so many electric heating solutions available, it can be hard to choose the perfect heating system. Whether you are specifying a heating system to meet building regulations or providing an energy efficient upgrade, the Electric Heating Company can provide an efficient and effective solution. Using vast levels of knowledge and experience, we have developed our product portfolio to accommodate almost any central heating and hot water requirement. A combination of our range of quality electric heating products and our professional heat design service can streamline the specification process. Our Internal Specification Specialists provide comprehensive support to specifiers, architects, housebuilders and heating contractors. On receipt of scaled drawings, room dimensions, windows, insulations and construction U values, the professional design team will provide necessary heat loss calculations required for your project. The detailed bespoke design outlines which specified products are required and all designs include costings, dimensions, weight, and warranty information. To quickly and easily upload your scale drawings, visit www.electric-heatingcompany.co.uk/dev. The ever-increasing volume of property developer enquiries has urged the Electric Heating Company to develop our new Developer Collection Brochure. The brochure provides useful insights into the services that EHC offer, alongside our most popular products among property developers such as:

hot water outlets for sinks. With no flue requirements, the boiler rapidly provides heating and domestic hot water.

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It produces heat on demand and with the modular construction of the Heater it cycles airflow and emits heat throughout the room.

The Comet Electric Combination Unit offers the comfort and convenience of wet central heating and domestic hot water for properties with no access to mains gas. It is a fully controllable unit housed within an enclosure, available in 9kW, 12kW and 14.4kW outputs with a 144L internal hot water storage cylinder. SlimJim Electric Boiler The compact design of the SlimJim Electric Flow Boiler makes it ideal for heating applications where space is at a premium. The Slim Jim is a fully controllable Electric Flow Boiler which is designed to maximise cupboard space. Comet Electric Boiler Comet Electric System Boilers are designed to eliminate unnecessary external plumbing and pipe work. They are the ideal choice for wet central heating and underfloor heating systems. Solaris Panel Heater The Solaris is a modern, slim, stylish and carefully sized Convector Heater which has been designed with a gentle curved front that will enhance any room within the home whilst providing a quick and responsive heating experience.

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Fusion Astro Electric Combi Boilers are suitable for properties with a shower and

The Edge is a traditional Convector Heater which has been designed with a gentle


DSR Visage Panel Heater The Visage Panel Heater utilises the perfect balance of convection and radiated heat which in turn warms both you and the room. The aluminium heating element located within the Heater provides fast-acting convected heat, before warming the Magmatic Ceramic Tablets inside the Heater. It is available in any RAL Colour of your choosing.

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RINNAI AND THE ART OF ZEN + ZEN PLUS Rinnai re-imagines home hot water & heating systems R

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. 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 heating units together with a superior performance combi boiler in 24, 29- and 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.


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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 temperatureaccurate 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. Rinnai Zen & Zen Plus are available for use with both natural gas and LPG.


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Ideal Boilers celebrates three-millionth boiler milestone Ideal Boilers has just taken its three-millionth Logic boiler off the production line, marking more than a decade of success for the brand’s best-selling product. The boiler was produced at the business’ factory in Hull, where it has been designing, developing and manufacturing boilers for more than a century. The milestone has been reached after a landmark year for Ideal Boilers, which saw it sell more than 450,000 domestic boilers in the UK and ROI markets, meaning that one in every four new domestic boilers currently being installed across the country bears the Ideal name. The Logic range and production process were also instrumental in securing a second Queen’s Award win for Ideal Boilers during 2019 – in the innovation category


– as well as receiving Good Housekeeping Reader Recommended status for the third year running. Launched in 2009, the Logic range quickly became Ideal’s best-seller and includes the Logic, Logic + and Logic Max, each with a variety of bespoke features to suit various budgets. The range is also available in heatonly, combi and system formats to meet the needs of any home. Shaun Edwards, Chief Executive Officer at Groupe Atlantic UK, ROI and North America Divisions, the parent company of Ideal Boilers, said: “This milestone follows an incredibly

successful 2019 for Ideal Boilers. We’ve increased our market share to more than 25 per cent by adopting new techniques, increasing efficiency on our production line, and demonstrating our ongoing commitment to innovation – all of which mean we consistently deliver the quality our customers expect. “In the process, we’ve strengthened our teams with more local talent and we’ve more than tripled our overall manufacturing output, all without increasing the footprint of the business. We’re incredibly proud of what we’ve achieved in the last 12 months and look forward to building on this in 2020.”

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Future homes we can be proud of As government consultation on home standards ends, Max Halliwell looks at the likely outcome his saw the government call on the construction industry to feedback its thoughts on how we achieve the massive reduction in carbon emissions needed, along with increasing efficiency from each new home by increasing the use of renewable technologies such as air source heat pumps.


Remember that we need to build at least 300,000 new home a year to help with the shortage of housing and we will not get anywhere near zero carbon if we continue to use gas. Originally published by the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) on 1st October 2019, The Future Homes Standard included proposals to require, amongst other things, an 80% reduction in carbon emissions from new dwellings by 2025.

The Code would have produced zero carbon homes in 2016 • Max Halliwell Communications Manager for Heating and Ventilation


It was also accompanied by a proposed interim step in 2020 with two suggested options: 1. a reduction of either 20% or 2. a 31% in carbon emissions.

A code for living For me and many others though, these proposals simply do not go far enough, and there is a real fear that even these ‘modest’ plans will eventually be watered down. If we look back to the plans detailed in the former ‘Code for Sustainable Homes’, then we were already supposed to be building zero carbon homes in 2016 – What happened there then? The Code was first introduced in 2006 and is an environmental assessment method for rating and certifying the performance of new homes in United Kingdom. It was pushing a national standard for use in the design and construction of new homes with a view to encouraging continuous improvement in sustainable home building. In 2015 the Government withdrew the Code and consolidated some of its standards into the Building Regulations.

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Both sticks and carrots

At that stage, social housing was required to meet Code Level 4, which made the fitting of gas boilers in new-build virtually impossible and also encouraged the retrofitting of renewables into refurbished properties to replace coal, oil and direct electric.

As we wait for the results of The Future Homes Standard consultation, and look at what government will take on board from the industry, we have to find ways to encourage wider adoption of renewable heating and fast, whether that is through legislation to enforce or incentives to encourage.

This is a major part of the reason that social housing has been so quick to adopt renewable heating and has led the way in the adoption of air source heat pumps. This is reflected in the September 2019 report from the Sustainable Energy Association called ‘Social Housing: Leading the Way to Net Zero’.

And the housebuilders? With the Code, the pressure was always on social housing to lead the way, so the major housebuilders were one step behind, at Code Level 3 when it was abandoned. This means that even today, housebuilders are able to build new estates with gas boilers, even though there is now a significant and rapidly growing awareness amongst consumers of the need to do something for the long-term, especially in our homes. I genuinely believe we are at a pivotal time in consumer awareness and I do think we will start to see people demand more sustainable options for their homes as awareness of the climate crisis grows. But without this demand, and with no real legislative ‘sticks’, why would the major housebuilders look to install renewable technology that they are currently unfamiliar with, and that they don’t yet have to? There are some pioneering housebuilders who are ahead of the rest, but if we are to have any chance of hitting our net zero targets, then we actually need the Building Regulations to be beefed up to tackle this area so that all of the others have to follow. . . and soon.

We know that air source heat pumps can make a huge difference to housing stock emissions and help developers achieve new standards. We also know they can be readily retrofitted into the older homes that also must become part of the solution but this may also involve other measures such as an increase in thermal efficiency. The retrofit market therefore remains both a major challenge and a significant opportunity. Yet the renewable heat incentive (which has never applied to new-build) is ending next year and, as yet, we know nothing of any replacement or other scheme to encourage the take up of renewables. There’s lots to be done and lots of opportunity to make a difference. The very least we should expect from our leaders and policy makers is that the revisions to Part L must not be dumbed down. This article from Max Halliwell is based on his regular blog spot on Mitsubishi Electric’s The Hub, which contains useful and informative industry news, views and comment. www.thehub.mitsubishielectric.co.uk To find out more about Ecodan heat pumps visit Ecodan.co.uk

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bathrooms JIS Europe reminds us of their policy of sustainability and how sustainability is fast becoming the key factor for the businesses of today going forward into the businesses of tomorrow. What is sustainability? Sustainability can be best described as businesses meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generation to meet the needs of the future. It has three main pillars: Economic, Environmental and Social. People, Planet and Profits. We formulated our business based on these three premises over twenty years ago. We still, more than ever, hold to these principles. Stainless Steel is the environmentally sound choice, it is made from over 90% recycled product and is 100% recyclable in itself. It is durable. It will not rust, flake or corrode, your Stainless Steel rail when it does eventually end its life, which should not be for some 25 years plus, will not end up in landfill.

Unlike the manufacture of mild steel, chromed finish towel rails there are no harmful chemical plating processes involved in the manufacturing of Stainless Steel rails, they are merely Polished or Satinised. These chemicals are not always disposed of in the most ethical of manners often simply tipped into the nearest local river. Our rails are sourced ethically, we do not source from countries that do not adhere to the principals we adhere to. We believe in fair pay for a fair days work. We stand by this. We are a business and we run for profit however we keep our margins reasonable


and donate to a program of 12 diverse charities a year and have our formal charity initiative with the Rye rail, donating £20 from our profits for the sale of each rail to the fantastic charity Underdog. We believe we are the environmental, ethical choice. The choices we make today lead to the choices of tomorrow. It’s not a hard decision, we offer good product, balanced design, next day delivery on goods held in stock, our customer service is excellent and you are dealing with a company that will ensure the companies and society to come are in fact sustainable for all of our children’s tomorrows.

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Duravit offer new RIBA approved CPD: Material Innovation in Bathroom Design Duravit are delighted to introduce their brand new RIBA approved CPD: Material Innovation in Bathroom Design. The CPD incorporates: • An overview of the latest material innovations used within the bathroom • An understanding of the differences and advantages between materials used in bathroom product manufacture. • An overview of the quality features of innovative bathroom materials


“We are totally committed to sharing Duravit’s knowledge from the both the design and innovation stand point. Our second CPD aims to help meet that requirement as will additional CPD’s which will be rolled out during 2020. Located in the heart of London’s architecture and design district, Duravit’s Showroom is ideally placed to host your CDP alternatively we can visit architectural and design practices to present the information in the privacy of your own offices.” Martin Carroll, MD Duravit UK. For more information please visit www.ribacpd.com and look under the Design, Construction and Technology section. Bookings can be made by contacting London@uk.duravit.com

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Entries now open for The UK Bathrooms Design Awards 2020 UK Bathrooms, the leading online store for premium designer bathroom products, has launched its very first UK Bathrooms Design Awards and entries are now being invited. The UK Bathrooms Design Awards 2020 is open to homeowners and professionals whether architect, interior designer or trade entry. Homeowners can choose to enter for either best design where the prize is £500 Love 2 Shop Vouchers, best traditional bathroom or best contemporary bathroom and win Villeroy & Boch Tableware worth £500. Whilst professionals can enter to win best architect/interior designer bathroom, best hotel/guest house/restaurant bathroom or best trades bathroom and enjoy the prize of £500 worth of products from www.ukbathrooms.com. Graeme Borchard, Managing Director at UK Bathrooms explains “As the leading online store for premium designer bathroom products we sell to thousands of homeowners and professionals and decided that it was time to give something back and to recognise some of the stunning bathrooms that are being created in homes and businesses across the UK. The UK Bathrooms Design Awards have been launched to recognise innovation in bathroom design, we’ll be looking at sources of inspiration, clever use of spaces, product choice, overall

design and lifestyle features.” Graeme continues “We are extremely grateful to our manufacturers and distributors for their help and support, these currently include Bayswater, Barwicks, hansgrohe, Keuco, Perrin & Rowe, Victoria+Albert, Villeroy & Boch and VitrA.” The expert panel of incredibly talented judges include: Amy Moorea Wong ex-Features Editor of Elle Decoration, Interior Design & Lifestyle Journalist and Writer; Darren Paxford National Sales Manager of VitrA UK Ltd; Sarah Evans Head of Channel Marketing at Hansgrohe UK and Graeme Borchard Managing Director of UK Bathrooms. Graeme added “Entries are now invited for all categories and this presents an excellent opportunity for professionals to showcase their projects in the media and build up awareness of their own brand. To enter simply visit designawards. ukbathrooms.com and complete the online entry form.” The panel of judges will carefully consider all entries before making their decision In June 2020.

Taking a leaf out of nature’s book Figurative knots and distinctive woodgrain configurations are both authentic and much loved wood characteristics, that are admired and sought after by specifiers everywhere. This desire for irregularity and a closer affinity with nature, has led leading interior timber door manufacturer, Vicaima to introduce the new Naturdor® Heritage Oak finish. With its open grain and randomly mixed real Oak veneer, it takes a leaf out of nature’s book. As a leading exponent in the use of trendsetting designs and with over 60 years’ experience in the manufacture of real veneered products, Vicaima’ s Heritage Oak doors present figured oak veneer that entices the senses of true rustic wood lovers. This new wood veneer treatment has been inspired by authentic influences of nature and reflects a more recent market trend towards wooden doors that embody


materials made from more genuine and under refined materials. Naturdor® Heritage Oak reflects the unexpected harmony of nature, with veneer mixed randomly in a choice of either vertical or horizontal designs. These can have either a matt or standard sheen surface depending on taste. Heritage Oak can be enhanced yet further by the potential collaboration of decorative face grooves, or the option of deep texturing. Introduced for 2020, Deep textured allows real veneer to take on a more rustic feel for an even greater tactile experience. Other combinations are afforded by a choice of available frame finishes, ranging from Naturdor® Oak and Stained Ash

to Dekordor® foil or Lacdor paint, creating a unique style to the whole door assembly. This fusion between a rustic oak veneer appearance, optional face grooves and choice of frame finishes, allows Heritage Oak to blend in and accentuate modern living and working space for a multitude of applications. Emphasizing its commitment to the planet and to the sustainable use of natural resources, Vicaima Heritage Oak is covered by FSC® certification. Where performance criteria are demanded, Heritage Oak is also available in fire, acoustic and security solutions. In addition to door only and door and frame assemblies, matching wardrobes and wall panels can also be provided. Visit the Vicaima website www.vicaima.com. For further inspiration and trend-setting ideas.


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Cold Weather and Outdoor Decorating, No Problem for Zinsser DECORATORS and DIY’ers in need of exterior paints that allow decorators to continue their work outdoors, even in dipping winter temperatures, should look no further than Zinsser AllWeather Exterior Masonry Paint and Zinsser AllCoat Exterior (Solvent-Based).

Zinsser AllWeather Exterior Masonry Paint makes working outdoors in winter conditions easy, as this ultimate-performance exterior masonry paint forms a lowmaintenance, water shedding, tough finish that is showerproof in 20 minutes and can be applied in temperatures as low as -5°C. Once applied, it offers supreme protection to bare or previously painted exterior concrete, render, stone and masonry. AllWeather contains a biocide that protects the dried coating against fungal degradation* giving a long-lasting stain and moisture resistant finish, designed to resist cracking, peeling and blistering. In many instances AllWeather Exterior Masonry Paint is self-priming and will bond to existing paints without sanding, so for many refurbishing jobs there is no need to purchase a separate primer. After removing existing mould and mildew, two coats of AllWeather Exterior Masonry Paint will ensure that any exterior looks bright and beautiful for years. Available in white, black and a selection of bases that can be tinted to any colour. For other substrates, including outdoor wood, metal, masonry, plastic, concrete and cladding, Zinsser AllCoat Exterior (Solvent-Based) silicon alkyd formula forms a low maintenance, water-shedding coating that is touch dry in 3


hours, even drying in low temperatures down to 5°C. Zinsser AllCoat ® Exterior (Solvent-Based) gives excellent resistance against cracking, blistering and flaking for up to 15 years before first maintenance. The tough finish is resistant to rain and severe weather and offers excellent colour retention, in addition the paint contains a biocide to protect the dried coating against fungal degradation. After removing any existing mould and mildew, the first coat primes and seals the surface, providing a base. The second coat is the topcoat, which completes the sealing process and provides additional moisture resistance and protection. Zinsser AllCoat Exterior(Solvent-Based), available in Satin and Gloss, will ensure that any exterior looks bright and beautiful for up to 15 years. Available from Brewers and all good paint merchants. For more information on Zinsser and its range of specialist paints and primers visit www.zinsseruk. com, or alternatively for product advice contact Zinsser’s Technical Support Team on 0191 411 3166.



In order to produce a more even greying process, www.organowood.com OrganoWood has developed surface treatments info@organowood.com OrganoWoodÂŽ 01 Protection & 02 Repellent. The products offer the surface extremely water repellent (superhydrophobic) characteristics that reduce the risk of the phenomenon and promotes a more even greying process. The water repellent properties result in the timber cracking less and becoming more dimensionally stable.

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CT1 The Number 1 Sealant and Adhesive, introduce TRIBRID® Technology a new era of sealants! It is widely known that CT1, which is the Number 1 Sealant and Adhesive, first introduced the “Hybrid Polymer” which changed the face of the sealant and adhesive industry. CT1 replaces several products in 1. CT1 replaces mastic, wood and P.U. adhesives, silicone, sanitary, acrylic and butyl rubber sealants in just one product.


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Earthborn E doubles silicate colours

arthborn believes its Ecopro Silicate Masonry System is the most advanced masonry paint available and in response to a growing demand, it is increasing the colours available from 24 to 48, offering plenty of choice.

Exterior masonry is probably the toughest test of all for a paint. It needs to be durable and weatherproof, as well as good looking and not all masonry paints were born equal. Ecopro Silicate Masonry Paint is a highly durable, breathable and weather resistant mineral paint.

The system comprises a primer and paint, which together form a chemical bond with the underlying mineral substrate. The result is a very hard wearing, water and weather resistant barrier, yet it is highly breathable, which prevents moisture damage within walls. Now, both the primer and all of the 48 paint colours are available in 100ml tester pots, so the whole system can be tested on site. The new colour card and tester pots can be ordered from the Earthborn website. Conventional acrylic based paints may stop rain driving into a wall but they also create a barrier that stops moisture escaping. It’s widely recognised that unless a wall can breathe through the paint there will be a build up of moisture within the wall, causing blown paint and plaster or render.

Above: West Lodge, Paddington, used Ecopro Silicate Masonry system to give complete cover across both stone and brick and unify the two. Left: The lime rendered walls and stone window sills of Grade II Listed Moreton House’s exterior courtyard feature Ecopro Silicate Masonry Paint.

Being water based and free of oils and acrylics, Ecopro silicate paint is virtually VOC and toxin free. That means it is very environmentally friendly and better for the health of decorators. It’s a simple three-coat system: a primer followed by two paint coats (the first diluted with 10-20% primer). The system can be used on any porous mineral surface such as stone, brick, concrete, harling, plaster and render. If a wall has been painted previously, the preparation differs depending on the type of paint used. For limewash, all that’s required is a good scrub to get rid of any loose paint. Ecopro silicate will happily bond with limewash. It gives a classic matt finish that will not discolour over time. It even helps prevent algae growth and mould. Earthborn conservatively states a lifespan of 15 years for the Ecopro Silicate Masonry System but fully expects applications to last much longer. There are buildings painted with silicate paint more than 80 years ago, which are still in excellent condition.

Look for inspiration on Earthborn’s Instagram page @earthbornpaints and kick-start your project by ordering a free Silicate Masonry Paint colour card showing the new enlarged range of 48 colours and 100 ml tester pots of primer and paint - all available from the Earthborn website. •43•

Openreach extends free full fibre installation for developers to benefit additional 13k new build premises a year • Openreach extends its free full fibre installation offer to include smaller developments of 20 homes or more. • Around 13,000 homes per annum nationwide set to benefit • Openreach urges Government to move forward with ambition to make full fibre mandatory for new builds


housands more new-build homes are in line for a broadband boost as Openreach extends the reach of its scheme offering Fibre-to-thePremises (FTTP) installation free of charge for new housing developments.

Developers building smaller new sites of just 20 or more properties are now eligible to have full fibre connectivity built across their sites at no cost when they register with Openreach.1 More than 13,000 new homes across around 600 small housing developments per annum stand to benefit from being connected to the cutting edge technology – which provides a faster, more stable service that’s ideal for families, home workers and small businesses. The new threshold extends the reach of the company’s existing scheme to install FTTP free of charge to all new housing developments from 30 or more homes. The programme has so far proved very successful with 99 per cent of plots on sites of 30 or more homes registering for future-proofed FTTP. Since launching in 2016 – Openreach has connected 354k new build homes with full fibre technology. This financial year alone the company has built full fibre to 125k new build premises, reaching around 3.5k new premises with full fibre every week, and is on target to reach 175k by the end of the fiscal year in April. By dropping the threshold for free eligibility from 30 to 20 homes – Openreach plans to drive take up of full fibre by developers on these smaller developments from its current level of 45 per cent to 100 per cent. In addition, Openreach has capped the amount UK house builders contribute if they ask Openreach to build full fibre to smaller-scale developments of just 2 and 3 premises – to help encourage further full fibre take-up.2 This is part of a revised rate card for developers – enabling them to upgrade broadband connectivity for new developments to full fibre by paying a set contribution for the size of the site. 1 Applies to developments with 20-29 plots where, previously, developers would have made a contribution according to the size of the development. 2 Developers’ contribution under Openreach’s rate card will be capped at £2k per plot for 2 and 3 plot sites.


The lower threshold for free FTTP for sites with 20 or more plots will take effect on April 1, this year.3 Kim Mears OBE, MD Strategic Infrastructure Development, said: “Our existing offer already provides huge benefits to both buyers and builders alike, but we want to go further and make sure everybody moving into a new build property can enjoy the advantages of Full Fibre broadband. “The UK is a world leader in digital infrastructure and services today, but as the digital revolution continues at an ever increasing pace, and our demand for data grows, we need to make sure this country stays ahead of the curve by building fast, reliable networks that cater for all the activities we’ll want to do online in the decades ahead. “We hope these new measures will provide the necessary incentive for housebuilders to adopt this future-proof technology across smaller developments so that no-one’s left behind. “We urge the Government to push forward with planned legislation to ensure all new build homes have infrastructure to support gigabit capable connections, and we will work closely with government and housebuilders on how best to deliver this.”

3 Selective registrations for plots of 20 or more may be considered for free full fibre installation – where certain conditions/criteria are met – between now and April 1.

Kieran Walker, Technical Director for the Home Builders Federation commented: “The HBF and its membership welcome this change to Openreach’s fibre offering and fully support Openreach in its strategic objective of providing full FTTP to all new dwellings. “The customer of today expects, in line with other utility suppliers to be provided with fast, reliable, uninterrupted service upon receiving the keys to their new home. This further step improvement will assist housebuilders in ensuring their customers overall journey is positive one. “This latest offering from Openreach allows housebuilders to further integrate FTTP to new developments that previously may have been financially constrained and is a demonstration of Openreach’s commitment to provide FTTP to all new dwellings.” According to a London School of Economics & Political Science study of British homebuyers, a good broadband connection now tops off-street parking and access to local amenities as one of the vital deciding factors for people buying a new house. The study also finds that one in ten buyers have walked away from properties with poor internet connection and that broadband is generally connected even before gas. Home owners in London are willing to pay up to 3 per cent above the market price for properties in areas offering very fast broadband speeds. Providing full fibre to new homes is an important part of Openreach’s commitment to invest in faster, more reliable broadband technology through its new ‘Fibre First’ strategy. The company is on track to reach 4 million homes and businesses with its Full Fibre network by the end of March 2021, and wants to reach 15 million by the middle of the decade if the right conditions are in place.

Developers can take advantage of the new pricing by registering their new sites here

Following table shows the changes to the Openreach Rate Card; New Sites Rate Card Comparison New Rate Card effective 1st April 2020

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roofing & cladding

Learn from the experts at the RCI Show

The Roofing Cladding & Insulation Show, returns to Coventry on 25th – 26th March 2020 and is now open for free visitor registration. Visit the RCI Show and gain free access to a keynote conference and seminar programme featuring content from industry leaders and industry associations. The programme will kick-off with a 9:00am breakfast briefing from event sponsor Kiwa Building Products, including breakfast rolls and hot refreshments for all delegates. Further highlights on day one include the Scaffolding Association providing a best practise guide to commissioning scaffolding, Janice Tyler of Briggs Amasco will show how the roofing industry can mitigate the effects it has on climate change and Vivalda Chairman, Peter Johnson will discuss managing through tough times – Austerity, Grenfell and Brexit. The opening keynote of on the second day of the show is being delivered by The Manufacturing Technology Centre’s Trudi Sully from the Construction Innovation Hub. Following sessions include Bauder’s Nigel Blacklock discussing fire in flat roofing, John Mercer will show delegates how to design and construct modern pitch roofs to be watertight & durable and Marley will discuss Making the Grade - BS5534 graded roofing battens: Are you roofing to standard? To promote professional development within the industry, practical workshop and CPD seminar sessions are being delivered by Actis Insulation, Fixfast, Quin Global, Xtratherm and Mates in Mind. The Actis Insulation session will show how Building Regulation compliance of construction systems can be obtained. The module shows a manufacturer’s view on how compliance can be achieved by providing trusted products


within building systems and robust laboratory and real-life testing of materials within construction systems. Alongside the conference and workshop programme the RCI exhibition of leading suppliers will feature live product and tool demonstrations as well as product application inspiration. Visitors can tailor their visit to meet their unique requirements by pre-booking their preferred conference and workshop sessions during the booking process. The RCI Show is delivered in association with RCI magazine, is supported by sponsors, Fixfast, Kiwa Building Products, Xtratherm and DT Adhesives and key media partner, Fix Radio, who will be broadcasting live from the show floor. For full details and to sign-up for a free badge, visit: www.rcishow.co.uk

25–26 MARCH 2020 Ricoh Arena, Coventry














Industry leading speakers RIBA accredited CPD seminars Live product demos GOLD SPONSORS:

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roofing & cladding

Building the perfect garden room with Oeco


roofing & cladding

Here, Oeco Garden Rooms talk through the roofing, cladding and insulation they use to create their bespoke garden rooms. State of the art roof panels

guttering and downpipes at the rear of each structure for efficient water runoff. Western Red Cedar Cladding

Utilising state of the art insulated and interlocking roof panels, Oeco’s garden rooms are built for year-round use. The 145mm thick five-layer roof section incorporates an external polyester treated skin finished in anthracite grey, a metal reinforced lining for stability, Kingspan rigid thermal insulation core, powder-coated metal internal skin and plasterboard.

Western Red Cedar is regarded by many as one of the best external timber cladding because of its variety of warm natural colours, high resistance to decay and its strength and durability. Featuring an array of warm browns, reds and pinks, Western Red Cedar provides a unique look to any structure and is virtually maintenance-free with a typical life expectancy of 40 to 50 years.

The interior of the roof is also plaster skimmed to create a professional finish. The roof panels span a single pitch with a slight fall from front to back and feature black

The Western Red Cedar tongue and groove timber contain natural preservatives that are highly resistant to decay-causing fungi and means that it does not need any

With over 14 years of experience building bespoke garden rooms throughout the UK and Europe, Oeco Garden Rooms has always prided themselves on using the best materials to create the highest quality finished products. additional chemicals or preservatives to keep it looking new. The traditional timber-framed garden rooms are constructed on-site by Oeco’s professional joiners, meaning that the design, including windows and doors can be tweaked or moved as per the client’s request. High-Quality Insulation All Oeco garden buildings are constructed using the highest quality insulation from Knauf and Kingspan to comply Building Regulations Part L. This improves the energy efficiency of the structure, meaning that it can be used all year round. Insulation isn’t the only consideration in building a bespoke and truly habitable garden room; it also needs to be able to breathe. That is why Oeco Garden Rooms use an insulated waterproof breathing membrane that acts as a one-way valve, allowing natural moisture to escape but keeping water out. The timber-framed buildings also feature double vented walls, allowing air to circulate between the cladding and breathable membrane. This limits issues caused by poor ventilation such as condensation and cold spots. www.oecogardenrooms.co.uk


Delta promotes correct product mixing and application in creative ‘How to” videos Guides Have you ever learned how to do something with the help of an internet search? The answer is most likely a resounding “yes.” ideos are an especially compelling way to learn how to do something online because, well, the video shows you exactly how to do it. We’re not alone here, either – most of our customers would prefer to watch a video rather than seeing an ad.


As part of our ongoing commitment to promoting good practice within


the Waterproofing industry, we are delighted to be launching the first of our useful “How To” Video Guides. This first series visits our Koster brand of waterproofing solutions. From Deuxan 2C to NB 1, our guides will give you and your technicians a step-by-step instruction guide designed to walk any waterproofing professional through

the practical process of product key components, how to correctly mix, key characteristics and applications. These guides will offer tips and tricks to help you get more from your products and will offer sustainable business practice by reducing waste, saving you significant money by ensuring products are not wasted. We love project success and great waterproofing solutions, which is why we’ve added sections on floor to wall junctions. These particularly crucial areas always require attention to detail. Koster waterproofing products stand out from the crowd due to their

exceptionally easy and usefriendly application. Nevertheless, technical solutions require technical explanations and our “How To” video guides deliver these straight to you whether you are on-site, at home or on a lunch break. Learn from industry experts at your own pace!

From small construction cracks to mega basements, these products can be used for a variety of applications and projects. You can watch all of our new videos on our website and on our YouTube channel.

Want to find out more? Why not attend a Koster Training Session? Our Koster training courses are held at our training facilities at Delta HQ in Epping and in Wakefield, Yorkshire. We have specialist training facilities which include outside training resources. Our theory and practical sessions have been designed to enable attendees to gain a true understanding of the Koster system and provides candidates with a thorough understanding of correctly product selection and application on both new build and existing structures. Opening a wealth of opportunities for technicians – visit our website to find out more. •51•


The new UK benchmarks being proposed by the RIBA 2030 Climate Challenge arise out of reports and research from the Committee on Climate Change and the Green Construction Board. The 2030 target is <300kgCO2e/m². This is based on Net Internal Area, NIA (RICS doc 3.2.7) which is very close to the TFA (Treated Floor Area) figure used by Passivhaus Designers and covers the RICS Whole Life Carbon model which takes you right from material sourcing through to end of life. This links back to a current benchmark (M4i) of <1000kgCO2e/m².

What does 300kgCO2e/m² look like? A published footprint study by XCO2 Ltd. looks at a notional twostorey house of 160sqm house for three different construction types and the embodied carbon from cradle to gate – masonry, SIPS and a light-weight timber frame. The results (once adjusted to ensure like with like comparisons) are challenging. The results for above ground between Masonry/SIPS/Timber are 159/120/40 kgCO2e/m² – that’s a fourfold difference between masonry and timber. The largest impact by far is the embodied carbon within the groundworks (in this example a typical trench fill footing with a 150mm concrete slab). This standard UK construction solution for this detached house emits circa 30 tonnes of carbon •52•

or around 188kgCO2e/m². Once this is added into the mix the carbon cost of both the masonry solution (348kgCO2e/m²) and SIPS solution (308 kgCO2e/m²) fail the 2030 challenge. Note that the groundworks account for over 50% of the embodied carbon of the masonry building. The embodied carbon within the SIPS solution is also higher than one might expect due to the use of oil-based insulations. The light-weight timber construction has been calculated alongside the use of cellulose insulation (oil-based insulations can be up to 30X more carbon intense than cellulose). Given the volumes of insulation required for a low energy construction, the choice of insulation type will have a significant impact on overall embodied carbon.

Sustainability If this embodied energy target is robustly conceived then it looks like we are set to build our new housing mainly from timber. If timber is set to become a much more common building material in the UK, then we also should use it carefully – minimal use like small section I-joists are a good solution alongside incorporating supply methods which avoid waste on site e.g. offsite cutting at a factory or pre insulated panels plus the much greater use of timber insulation products such as flexible batts, rigid boards or floc.

“Architects committed to sustainable design face many barriers that need to be navigated dexterously. Building regulations do not reflect the reality of buildings in use and hamper architects striving for better than the minimum” ––

Alan Jones, RIBA President 2019-21 introduction to the RIBA 2030 climate challenge

What happens if you compare these embodied carbon figures with the operational carbon, if the house was built to meet the Climate Challenge 2030 target. The 2030 Climate Challenge for operational energy is comparable to a Passive House Classic. Operational carbon will reflect the energy supply solution as well as the efficiency of the house itself. For example Thoughtful management of a sustainable supply compare a gas boiler for space heating with a 4kw PV chain to meet the increased demand will be a critical (photovoltaic) array (a common Passivhaus choice) component for success. According to Jae Cottrell of against an all-electric solution with an ASHP (air PH Homes using timber solutions like CLT (which source heat pump) plus a 4kW PV array, both options is timber heavy) should only be used where the modelled in PHPP software. Taking the standard strength of CLT is needed and not elsewhere. CLT assumption of a 60-year life the gas solution emits 65 that replaces lots of steel or concrete is great, but not continues... tonnes of carbon while the ASHP solution emits a much smaller 12 tonnes of carbon. “The theory and principles of zero whole The all-electric solution is much less carbon intensive because of the decarbonisation of life carbon buildings, I believe, is now the grid over the last seven years – electric understood by many in our profession, energy is currently 134 gCO2e/kWh lighter but unfortunately this view is not shared than gas and the gap will widen even further over the next ten years. This is quite by everyone and in the wider construction a game changer, mainly the outcome of industry. Throughout my career I have closing coal fired power stations and new encountered a multitude of reasons why large offshore wind farms. So, the current direct comparison then between the embodied energy of a Passive House standard light-weight timber frame house (tonnes carbon) and its operational energy (tonnes carbon over 60 years) might be anything between 37:65 (50%) or 37:12 (300%).

sustainability can’t be fully achieved, not least its perceived negative impact on the aesthetic preferences of some in our profession. This business as usual approach is not good enough and has to change.” ––

Gary Clark Chair of the Sustainable Futures Group December 2019


Sustainability where lightweight, small section timber will do. Carbon storage within the timber structure is accounted for only at end-of-life and this avoids the danger of thinking that using timber is carbon negative, that maximising timber in constructions will be best, and thereby encourage profligate use. The challenge of embodied energy is that the emissions related happen NOW and carbon is sent out into the atmosphere – this is unlike operational carbon where the impacts of our choices today might be mitigated to some degree over time (e.g. swapping out a gas boiler for an ASHP after 5-10 years, or further decarbonising of the grid). There is a lot of good stuff happening in this area. There is the latest version of the ICE published in 2019 (Inventory of Carbon and Energy) and launched at the RICS. There are more materials listed and greater detail incorporated. Products are also starting to come with Environmental Product Declarations (EPD’s) which cover lifecycle environmental impacts large manufacturers of timber products such as Steico have EPD’s for all their products. The AECB recently brought out version 2 of PHribbon, a plug-in software for PHPP to measure embodied energy (it gathers lots of the ICE and EPD data for you) – it is not expensive and is a valuable addition. Tim Martel, the author of the PHribbon software has done similar calculations to the above with the new version of PHribbon, from the AECB. This now includes the full life cradle to gate calculation required for the RIBA 2030 challenge. So in addition to the stage A covered above it also includes the replacement of products with short lifespan (stage B) and the end of life (stage C). Together, stages B and C can double the footprint over stage A (cradle to gate) and there is a further storage effect of timber and timber based materials that can be legitimately included in a full life LCA if the timber is from FSC or PEFC approved sources. •54•

It works off quantities provided in the PHPP energy calculation, can be produced quite quickly at design stage and follows the RICS professional statement that guides the RIBA 2030 challenge. (though not an official RICS calculation, since that can only be done when the building has been built). He compared a new semidetached house of 78m2 constructed using Passivhaus principles in masonry, SIPS and I-beam/ cellulose. The concrete raft foundation was the same in each case. The extra stages substantially change the result and the largest effect is from stage C, the end of life or disposal stage. Masonry and SIPs have emissions from all stages of 201 and 214 kgCO2/ m2 respectively and would pass the 300 kgCO2/ m2 NIA limit. However, the timber frame/cellulose option is over 30% lower at 135 kgCO2/m2. Carbon storage of the timber products is included in this figure, assuming they are FSC/PEFC grade according to the RICS methodology. Amazingly, that already low result can be improved further by refinement of stage C scenarios. In stage C, the standard RICS scenario assumes that 75% of timber is incinerated and 25% goes to landfill, this is based on research into current practice. Half the emissions from the timber option are from this incineration assumption. However we’d want to be using our resources much smarter than that in the future, even if the incineration has heat recovery. Timber captures CO2 and stores it, but it takes 40 years or more, so that is also a good reason that the life of the products should be as long as possible and it should be reused and recycled rather than burnt. If reuse and recycling were chosen instead of incineration (in stage D) then there is great scope for further reducing the timber frame footprint, and this is still with a concrete raft foundation, there are ways of removing that too with timber. Tim says we should also be aware of recycling possibilities for oil based insulation. It makes no sense to cut down trees and throw away plastic. Plastic has a long lifespan and foam insulation of various


AECB PHribbon comparison of the full life Embodied CO2 of a new build 77m2 semidetached house with 3 different options for the wall construction. All options have loft insulation, a solid raft foundation and timber triple glazed windows. (Tim Martel, Optimal Retrofit)

types could, he suggests, be shredded and used as lose fill locally without the need to take them to specialist facilities to melt them down and reform them. They would be a very similar product to foam bead approaches in new build and of course need the appropriate membranes. Perhaps they might even work with the timber frame options that have already been shown to work so well.

Author’s note: This article was written by Ecomerchant based on an original piece by Jae Cotterell and Anna Carton with additional material from Tim Martell. Ecomerchant are suppliers of low carbon, natural and sustainable building materials, view products and learn more at www.ecomerchant.co.uk •55•

New products and new ownership for Invalifts Invalifts has recently been acquired by the Aritco Group AB; one of the world’s leading manufacturers of platform lifts. With a 16,000 square metre factory in Sweden, Aritco produce almost 4,000 lifts every year and sell in 40 different countries. For our customers, this means we can offer the backing of a huge group with all our products, it also means improved customer support, and the addition of exciting new products to our range. ne of the most versatile new products added to our range is the ‘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. The shaft panels and landing doors can be powder coated with a choice of 1625 different RAL colours and the option to include glazing into the shaft enclosure. We can take the level of finishes from the high standard finish to an exceptional level of sophistication to suit every application.


The lift has a patented no-leak screw and nut system, alongside the lowest maintenance and operating costs on the market. The flexible design can serve from two to six floors, with a maximum travel height of 13 metres. Designed to be customisable, the lift can be finished with a choice of clear, tinted or frosted glass, whilst the flooring offers a selection of nine different finishes including, European oak, checker stud and aluminium. 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. 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 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.

The Platform Lift Experts

Tel: 0845 4682543 Web: www.invalifts.com


Marries traditional styles with new 3D printing techniques. Period influenced contemporary design styles including Georgian, Victorian, Art Nouveau, Art Deco to Modern Digitally printed glass is more cost-effective than using traditional stained glass methods. We can print on toughened, laminated and security-rated glass

Call us for more information 01708 374534 email sales@firmanglass.com or visit www.firmanglass.com Firman Glass, 19 Bates Road, Harold Wood, Romford, Essex RM3 0JH