Home Designer & Architect - May 2018

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Pitchglaze roof window with frameless design installed for sky-only views A new, pitched roof extension to a private residence in Leighon-Sea, Essex now incorporates a stylish, modern kitchen and a family dining area complete with a lovely garden aspect.

he installation of an impactful and contemporary Pitchglaze roof window from Glazing Vision, has enhanced the quality of light in the kitchen and provided for spectacular sky-only views.


The homeowner’s brief to his architect in seeking to extend the original kitchen at the back of the house was that it should be as light and open as possible, for it to “almost feel like the garden was an extension of the house in the summer”. The layout of the original kitchen has been re-worked, the ceiling lowered slightly to accommodate the ducting for the extractor, whilst the pitched elevations of the tiled roof to the side of the house, and to the actual extension have added character


editor's choice and lift. The impressive glazed sliding doors, measuring 6 metres in width, and spanning the whole of the back of the extension, provide that all-important connection to nature, and literally flood the entire space with daylight. Even from the snug on the mezzanine floor, which acts as the main access from the body of the house down to the kitchen and the extension, there are unadulterated views out towards the garden. Yet the snug itself retains a deliberately cosy and inviting ambience, benefiting from the open fire and the moody, deep blue Farrow & Ball paintwork to the walls. A feature wall in the same deep blue finish, which frames the angular, wrap-around kitchen island, seamlessly both links and separates the kitchen from the snug. The kitchen cabinetry reflects the same colour scheme, whilst the exposed brickwork on both external walls counters the expanse of white used extensively on the pitched ceiling and in the new extension.

Oversized roof window key maximises the daylight Access to the kitchen area from the home office and downstairs cloakroom is via a narrow passageway. To prevent this becoming a “dead zone” 2 traditional roof windows have been installed. The main kitchen work space is set back from the sliding doors, which makes this area much darker that required something more dramatic to ensure that the space was sufficiently lit. A generously sized Pitchglaze roof window from Glazing Vision, positioned above the high bank of cabinetry housing the kitchen appliances, was instrumental in unlocking the daylight in the kitchen area and making it feel bright and airy. Precision engineered at the factory in Norfolk, this fixed, in-plane roof window has a span of 1000mm x 3000mm, and has been installed in a landscape orientation to a pitch of 45 degrees (as standard, Glazing Vision’s Pitchglaze roof windows are suitable for pitched tile roof applications between 15 – 60 degrees and can be installed in either landscape or horizontal orientation). Fixed to the outside of the roof structure, the external fittings of this fully CE-marked roof window are located in the hidden gutter and obscured using colourmatched silicones and glues.

As well as being quick and easy to install, the Glazing Vision Pitchglaze roof window was seen by the homeowner as offering excellent technical properties. This roof window is manufactured from high specification, thermally efficient low emissivity coated glass, which has been heat-soak tested for additional safety. Furthermore, should any damage occur to the window in the future, it could be easily replaced simply by accessing the fixings entirely from the outside, and without damaging the internal finish. However, it was the “frameless ethos” of the Glazing Vision’s Pitchglaze roof window

that especially impressed the homeowner, and convinced him of the value of using it in his property. With this particular roof window there are no visible internal fixings, a key advantage over more traditional roof window products. This unobtrusive Pitchglaze roof window ensured that the clean, contemporary lines of the pitched ceiling were not compromised, and the light was fully maximised. As a result, enthuses the homeowner,” the kitchen remains bright and spacious even on gloomy days!” Find out more about Glazing Vision’s Pitchglaze roof windows here.


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DECORS THAT DAZZ James Latham’s unrivalled portfolio of decorative panels continues to grow with some exciting new additions from the Kronodesign Trends 18/19 collection.


The choice and selection of contrasting designs, colour shades, surfaces and textures in this range reflects today’s and indeed tomorrow’s design trends and they are all available under one roof and directly from stock through Latham’s nationwide network of depots. The Kronodesign Trends 18/19 collection offers a selection uniting intensive, pastel and monochrome colours, dark and light woodgrains, sophisticated marbles, stones and metals, all available in differing textures – from rough slate and high gloss, to soft touch and subtle matt. With 46 new decors, captured in four trend themes, each theme reveals a distinctive design style; Organic, with its natural timbers and authentic stones, Expressive, with its raw and revealing woodgrains, Industrial, with its concrete, steel and geometric designs and Avant Garde and its interplay of glass, matt and metallic decors. Paul Morson, James Latham’s Group Melamine Manager, commented, “Kronospan’s new collection of decorative boards is outstanding and these latest additions enhance our existing portfolio perfectly, offering our furniture making and interior design customers even more choice and inspiration. “ The new Kronodesign Trends 18/19 collection can be seen now at James Latham’s Product Specification Showroom at the Business Design Centre in London or by contacting your local James Latham depot. 0116 257 3415 www.lathamtimber.co.uk marketing@lathams.co.uk

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Timber Frame & The Benefits As its name implies, Timber Frame construction is a method of building which relies on a Timber Frame as a basic means of structural support, Stiffened by sheathing material, the frame is capable of withstanding lateral loads and of supporting Multi-Storey and wide span structures. Factory-manufactured Timber Frame guarantees the highest level of accuracy and quality and significantly simplifies on site Construction. During Construction the Timber Frame walls are filled with high performance non-combustible insulation and covered with plasterboard. Moisture and vapour barriers are incorporated and the outer-leaf of the wall which can be any standard finish such as Stone, Brick, Block and Render, Tile Hanging and Timber completes the structure. Thousands of Timber Frame Homes, Hotels, Flats, Leisure and Public Buildings are constructed in the UK every year and Is one of the most


successful building methods used throughout the World today. Timber Frame is a method of construction which offers designers greater flexibility with cost effectiveness. The NHBC, which inspects and insures many thousands of Timber Frame Homes ever year, “States” our claims records actually show that these houses tend to perform better than Traditional homes as more of the dwelling is made under closely Supervised factory conditions. In the UK there is a heritage of

Timber Frame Houses, built hundreds of years ago, they are a standing testament to the Durability of this method of construction. All of Neatwood Homes packages are manufactured within our own modern Factory premises, all units being individually engineered by a qualified Structural Timber Engineer. Neatwood Homes are able to offer a highly controlled and effective service with a very cost effective package to its clients.

9 Tips to Sell Your House Qui

Selling a home is regarded by many as being one of the most stressful processes a person can go through, but being prepared and taking some well thought out steps to get your home looking its best can substantially reduce this stress and help you to sell your home even quicker.

Increase your property’s kerb appeal

For a touch of colour, think about adding inexpensive hanging baskets and planting some bedding flowers; these types of flowers really make a statement and provide a focal point for the outside of the property. It is also a good idea to cut back any overgrown bushes and to clean any patio areas.

The outside of your property is the first chance to wow potential buyers and to get them interested in seeing more.

A well maintained garden can help prospective buyers visualise themselves using the garden.

Little things can make a huge difference to the kerb appeal of your house, so make sure you cut the grass, sweep all of the paths, move your bins out of view and clean up anything unsightly.

It is also a good idea to freshen up any tired or outdated exterior fixtures such as fences or garden furniture and make sure that any external windows and doors are in good condition, are clean, and all latches and handles are in working order.

Estate agent comparison website www.getagent.co.uk has compiled their top tips for selling a house, including making the right impression, getting professional pictures taken and choosing the right estate agent.


Repair and clean Many buyers want to move into a house without having to make a lot of changes, so making minor repairs is an important factor when selling a house. Fix any fixtures or fittings that are broken such as cupboard handles, kitchen tiles or holes in walls. It is also a good idea to replace any threadbare or well-worn carpets as this could put off potential buyers too. When staging your home for viewings it is imperative that the property is clean and tidy. You don’t want it to be a show home and look unlived in, but a good clean will make the house more presentable. Watch out for the smells Bad smells are known to be one of the biggest turn offs for prospective buyers, so making sure that your drains and sinks

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and neutral colours often make small rooms feel bigger and make it easier for buyers to imagine their belongings in the space.

a more interesting prospect for potential buyers.

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Finding the right estate agent is key to selling your house quickly and for the right price. The estate agent will value your property, market your home to potential buyers, handle viewings and liaise with solicitors. Finding an estate agent that knows the local area, trends and provide a good service is imperative for a quick sale.Estate agent recommendations from friends and family are always good to follow up on, however doing the research and comparing local estate agents can help you pay less fees and get more money for your house.

Many home buyers are looking for a blank canvas, something they can customise to their taste, and they are much more likely to be interested by neutral colours than bold ones. Neutral colours will also help to make your home seem lighter and bigger and allow viewers to easily envisage how they could adapt the room to their needs. Light blues, pale greys and pastel yellows are all good colour choices and provide a relaxing, warm and inviting feel to a room. Adding finishing touches Make sure that all of the windows are dressed properly with blinds, curtains or net curtains as windows without any dressing tend to make a room feel impersonal and run down. Wall mounted mirrors can make a room feel bigger and are perfect for providing a light and airy feel to dark areas.

are clean, your food bin is disinfected and that your house is aired out can make a big difference. Estate agents have been using pleasant smells to sell houses for many years. Freshly baked bread, cakes and muffins are popular but impractical for most home sellers, however brewing fresh coffee or lighting a citrus scented candle can help express a homely feel during viewings. Declutter If potential buyers cannot envisage themselves living in a property, it is harder for them to make a decision. People often find this difficult when looking around houses and one of the major reasons for this is clutter. Think about moving out or storing any bulky furniture and try to declutter as much as possible, but leave some of your personality to shine through. Open spaces

Add a touch of colour by bringing plants and flowers into the house; fruit bowls are also a good option and provide a wonderful smell too. Cushions and throws are an ideal choice for adding inexpensive pops of colour to a room and to convey a comfortable and warming feeling. Spend money to make money – updating and conversions This tip may seem a bit counter intuitive, but spending a little bit of money before selling your home can pay off in the long run. Simple updates such as changing the bathroom tiles or adding new cabinet doors in the kitchen can make a big a difference to the saleability and value of a property. An estate agent can make recommendations on what types of updates and conversions can add the most value, as well as advise you of what prospective buyers are looking for property wise in the local area.

Find the right estate agent

To take the stress out of comparing and picking an estate agent, comparison websites are hassle-free and save time. These websites can quickly provide users with helpful information about estate agents in the local area, their contact information and some will even provide users with current information on the local housing market so that they can make an informed decision. They can then put you in touch with your chosen agent to get the ball rolling. Hire a professional photographer Whether you are hiring a local estate agent or are putting your home up for sale through an online agent, a picture tells a thousand words so don’t cut any corners here. Although some estate agents have their own photographers, many do not, and taking pictures usually falls to the agents themselves. This can cause lacklustre or dull pictures being marketed by the estate agents which could put people off. Stand out from the crowd and get your house noticed by hiring a professional photographer. For a small fee they will make sure that your house is presented and staged in the best way possible to attract the most potential home buyers.

If you have enough spare cash to make a conversion, why not adapt a loft space into an extra room or build a conservatory for some extra space? These types of updates can add value to the house and make it


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rio’s two new Business Development Managers, Nigel and Daryl, share more than 65 years of building industry experience, with particular emphasis on door, sliding door systems, fixings, sliding door gear and architectural hardware. Both have spent time with leading industry manufacturers at management level with Daryl experiencing time overseas in Hong Kong and Malaysia. The move to Brio for both of them was an easy decision as the company’s level of service and commitment to research and quality of product range would undoubtedly push forward the continued growth and success. Brio’s General Manager, Dave Newton commented on the appointments: “Nigel and Daryl are a fantastic addition to the Brio team, with their practical experience and solid sales background, they will be an integral part of Brio UK’s future growth plans.”


BRIO UK STRENGTHEN SALES TEAM With increased growth in sales, Brio, the leading global brand name in sliding and folding gear for interior and exterior door hardware, has recently appointed two experienced sales personnel to manage and support the company’s sales activity. The two new appointments – Daryl Curtis and Nigel Walsh - bring with them a wealth of knowledge and product expertise.


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The SiOO:X Wood Protection System is different; it is not a coating, but an envelope that penetrates the wood surface. The protection system has two components; the first penetrates the wood where it reacts with atmospheric carbon dioxide to gradually form an inert glassy polymer. The second component acts to seal and protect the first application until it is fully cured, but it also forms an inert water resistant envelope which creates a grey surface appearance. The silicon-oxygen chemical bonds (the same as in glass) in the cured polymer are stable to ultraviolet light. Just as important, the wood now has an even weathered appearance once the protection system cures. This means that the unsightly patchy weathering of exterior wood cladding is no longer a problem. SiOO:X Wood Protection locks in the beauty of wood. Find out more at www.sioox.org.uk.

Working with nature Sioo:x are leaders in wood protection using silicate technology. We provide a highly effective proven system to protect wood of all types. It gives long life and a beautiful natural surface with even colouration and is friendly to people and the environment. An example of a Sioo:x project is the Water House in Ängelholm, Sweden. The wooden panels are made of spruce that has been treated with Sioo:x light grey pigment. Sioo Wood Protection AB www.sioox.org.uk


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Now in its fourth year, Vision has become an essential resource for thousands of Architects, Technologists, Designers, Specifiers and their clients The show provides an international focus for innovative products and building solutions, bringing together some of the best designs and leading figures from across Western Europe for two days of business, learning and networking.

Now in its fourth year, Vision has become an essential resource for thousands of Architects, Technologists, Designers, Specifiers and their clients working on live projects in health, education, retail and commercial building.

Some of the 2018 highlights will include; over 100 major brands and innovative start-ups, hundreds of cutting-edge products and building solutions, including research and development into the latest software and over 70 hours of free seminars providing a unique industry insight across five Theatres. Vision are also focusing on international conversations - an opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with our continental counterparts, presented through a collection of pavilions from Belgium, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Latvia. Ambitious plans are in place to grow the exhibition and extend Vision’s Educational Programme, whose supporters include the RIBA, CIAT, BRE, New London Architecture & the London Festival of Architecture. Vision will play host to over 160 international industry experts to deliver another highly acclaimed seminar programme. The free Evening Drinks & Networking Reception at Vision will again be sponsored by Architecture Today. Alongside the reception, you will see PechaKucha sessions curated by NLA and International Conversations & Keynotes, delivered by the most innovative, admired and forward-thinking architects, engineers and consultancies from across the globe. You can find out more about Vision by calling 0203 409 0623, or visit www.visionlondon.com Alternatively, to book your stand click here.


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he imminent Royal wedding is set to get the Union Jack flying high this spring. The patriotic fervour will continue in to the summer with the British brands leading the flag flying at the Manchester Furniture Show (15-17 July, Manchester Central). New collections in living, dining, sleeping and accessories will be on display from a large contingent of great British companies.


Premium British brands including Tetrad, Whitemeadow and Westbridge will show colourful new sofas and chairs in plush velvets, bright cottons and rich wools. Mainstream brands including Buoyant, Ashley Manor, XYZ and The Great Chair Company have dozens of fresh upholstery designs in florals, crisp neutrals and modern geometrics. With styles from statement classic to modern modular the show will be a feast of choice for upholstery buyers. In cabinet furniture Carlton, Seconique, Heartlands and Value Mark all have new ranges in a variety of textures and styles. Everything from Shaker style in simple


oak, to modern industrial, mixing metal with wood and leather will be on display. Painted furniture is still very ‘in’ and the colours available are becoming more adventurous, visitors will see dark navy, charcoal and deep claret as they move around the stands. From across the water, popular Irish companies VIDA Living and Blue Bone return to Manchester. Both always offer inventive and imaginative living, dining and bedroom cabinet collections made from materials ranging from marble to reclaimed timber from Javanese fishing boats. Adding to the choice, many of the exhibiting companies are increasingly offering compact collections for smaller spaces, as well as options at various price points. Beds are always popular at Manchester and the British companies don’t disappoint here either. Whitemeadow will have a new bed studio to show off their great variety of contemporary beds and right at the entrance Hestia and MiBed will show their latest selection of motion beds in everything from simple styles to grand statement beds with button back headboards and bed surrounds in bright colours and sumptuous fabrics.

Slumberdream and Divine Sleep, both new to the show, will show their comprehensive collections of beds and mattresses designed to enhance sleep and sleeping posture. In accessories and interior furnishing Manchester doesn’t disappoint, glitzy collections will be on show from CIMC who continue to create a dazzling display of mirrors and glass accent pieces to compliment their mirrored and shiny lacquered furniture. Both Kesterport and Gallery Direct will show a wide selection of their cool, sophisticated and inspirations designs, again coordinating with their matching furniture collections. In lighting new exhibitor brand leader Chelsom show wall, ceiling and table lamps at their best, in styles from contemporary to modern. To see the best of British on display this summer the Manchester Furniture Show is the place to go, and joining the great British brands are prestigious brands from Italy and Germany who are also not to be missed. For a full list of exhibitors and further information visit www.manchesterfurnitureshow.com



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What do the MHCLG, Bristol City Council, Shelter and RIBA have in common? They’re all speaking at Housing 2018. Hear from… Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP Secretary of state Housing, Communities and Local Government

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Fiona MacGregor Executive director for regulation RSH

James Murray Deputy mayor, housing and residential development Greater London Authority

Marvin Rees Mayor Bristol

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Anthony Hilton Economist and broadcaster The Independent and Evening Standard

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The new Ignite Push-button thermostatic shower shown in a slimline square design. The three outlet valve is shown here teamed with an ultra thin fixed head, a square hand held shower kit and square tile body jets.

Ignite shower valve shown in the round design with two outlet flow control options. Pictured with a round fixed shower head and arm, and round body jets with swivel. There is a wide range of shower kits and accessories available from Hudson Reed to coordinate with the new valves.

Ignites the senses Hudson Reed, one of the UK’s leading bathroom specialists has launched a stunning range of precision engineered ‘Push-Button’ showers called IGNITE. The new intuitive shower valves are the ultimate in bathroom style and technology allowing complete controllability – ‘at the push of a button’. Functions such as start/ stop activation, on/off flow controls and, depending on model – single, twin or triple valve, the ability to direct flows from dedicated outlets such as overhead shower, body jets or hand-held shower. Available in round and square button chrome options, the IGNITE showers are a slimline design with all controls hidden behind the almost flush-mounted concealing plate and are built around the innovative in-house, UK manufactured, Valquest shower valve for thermostatic control, safety, performance and durability. As featured on the front cover of the new consumer brochure, the pushbutton showers complement Hudson Reed’s luxurious bathroom collection of ceramics, furniture, baths, enclosures, showers, brassware, heating and mirrors. For more information please contact us on Tel: 01422 417100 / www.hudsonreed.co.uk

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The KitchenAid Iconic Fridge has been awarded one of the world’s most prestigious design awards – the Red Dot Award for Product Design. The KitchenAid Iconic Fridge has been honoured with the award for invoking a sense of heritage with a beauty that is timeless. The ‘Red Dot’ is an internationally recognised hallmark for excellent design and quality, which is presented annually at one of the world’s largest design competitions, the Red Dot Awards. The Red Dot Award has a proud, six-decade, history and is organised by the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen in Essen, Germany. With the creation of the Red Dot brand in the 1990s, the sought-after Red Dot has gained global pre-eminence as a seal of outstanding design quality. Inspired by the timeless, instantly recognisable and worldfamous KitchenAid Artisan stand-mixer, the Iconic Fridge has been conceived from the outset as a new design classic. The bold personality of the appliance is embodied by the striking metal casing. The Empire Red KitchenAid Iconic Fridge (KCFME 60150R (UK)) brings colour into the kitchen and is a timeless icon for every passionate gourmet. KitchenAid’s brand DNA is boldly expressed in the highly polished, cast-metal, handle that is prominently placed horizonatally on the door. Mounted with the iconic KitchenAid medallions, the Iconic Fridge features subtle resonance with the ‘steamline’ style that first inspired the KitchenAid stand-mixer. Lee Collett, Channel Controller, KitchenAid, says: “The KitchenAid Iconic Fridge is a masterpiece in the kitchen and a design object that rises above trends, asserting itself as a timeless icon. The Red Dot Award for Product Design is selected by a 40-member international jury of designers, leading academics and respected journalists and is awarded from among tens of thousands of products. “To receive the coveted Red Dot Award for Product Design really endorses KitchenAid’s expression of professional performance, artisan quality and iconic design and we are truly thrilled to receive such a prestigious accolade.” For more information on KitchenAid appliances, please contact your account manager or visit the website at www.kitchenaid.co.uk For more information on the Red Dot Awards, please visit the website at www.red-dot.org


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NEW BUILD OR REFURBISHMENT CHOOSE demista™ and Cosyfloor™ House builders, developers, the self build sector, and the public are looking forward to 2018 with a great deal of optimism. The property market appears to be well on the move, and one item is proving to be of great interest to those building or refurbishing houses and apartments. Added value at minimal cost to any new or refurbished bathroom must the be the inclusion of a demista™ heated mirror pad. This pad is easy to install, and will ensure a steam free mirror at all times, no matter how steamed up the bathroom. The heated mirror pads are available in a variety of sizes, to suit most mirrors and in the case of a particularly large surface,


they can be used in multiples. Running costs are minimal and ideally, once wired in to the lighting system, they will gently warm the mirror when the bathroom is in use. The pads can also be fitted in bathroom cabinets. The range of underfloor heating products, Cosyfloor™, Ecofloor and Ecomat are designed for specific areas of the home. Both Cosyfloor™ and Ecofloor can be used in every room in the house, including areas where the floor may get wet, bathrooms, shower rooms, kitchens and conservatories. Ecomat can be used in hallways, bedrooms and living areas. Underfloor heating means

no unsightly radiators, adding valuable space to smaller rooms, no hot surfaces for toddlers to touch especially in the nursery or playroom. The added space, especially wall space, enhances the aesthetic appearance of your reception and living areas. Whether under timber floors, tiles, slate, marble, vinyl or carpet, underfloor heating is safe, reliable, and offers gentle, comfort heating levels whenever and wherever it is needed. Temperature can be easily controlled via room thermostats to produce the most cost effective and efficient heating. The system is easy to install and maintenance free.

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You’ll be spoilt for choice when trying to decide which bathroom suite will fit well in your new room. A contemporary Freestanding Bath tub will instantly give any bathroom the wow factor and if you’ve got enough space to place it under the window then give it a try. This will become the first thing friends will notice when they walk into your bathroom and the light coming in from the garden will be a natural back light.

Freestanding Taps

To complement your gorgeous bath tub why not combine it with it’s very own statement piece such as a freestanding bath and shower mixer tap. Not only do they look elegant, but they also give you the freedom to decide whether you have the tap at one end of the bath tub or perhaps in the middle. Having the two separate shower and bath heads are also great for practical reasons such as washing hair and cleaning the bath tub too.

Modern Bathroom Design Ideas from Bathroom Takeaway.co.uk The key style tip to creating a modern bathroom is to keep your look simple and clean by choosing a matching white unit with perhaps a rectangular finish. You can always add a touch of colour through ceramic jugs, towels and even artwork. Adding a touch of greenery is a great trend and an easy addition to any bathroom. You could include a hanging plant or just a simple potted cactus which is easy to look after and also has relaxing qualities too. Adding a recess for holding candles and trinkets is also a modern trend that is easy to create just by adding a stud wall behind your bathroom suite.

LED Mirror

No modern bathroom would be complete without light, mirrors and storage. Your bathroom should be a place where you can retreat to after a long day in the office and the last thing you should be looking at is half used bottles of shampoo. If space is an issue then perhaps choosing a mirror that has light and storage would be the best idea such as the 800 x 600mm illuminated led mirror with demister shaver socket.

Toilet and Basin

When choosing a toilet and basin try to keep the same shape as the rest of your bathroom items. If you’ve chosen a gorgeous modern rectangular freestanding bath then a rectangular toilet and basin will finish the look perfectly.

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JIS Europe Ltd is the original supplier of stainless steel towel rails to the UK bathroom industry. Within its Sussex Range of towel rails, in the feature rail category, sits the Mayfield radiator. With its strong, tubular styling this rail will bring a focal feature to all rooms, be they the bathroom where it can be mounted both horizontally and vertically or other rooms within the home where it could replace the more traditional panel radiator. The rail is available in two sizes: 1010mm high by 320mm wide and 1010mm high by 470mm wide with an overall projection of 140-160mm. The 320mm wide Mayfield has a BTU output of 2689 and the 470mm wide has a BTU output of 3760. The Mayfield is as always manufactured from 100% stainless steel and is available in three heating formats: central heating, electric and dual fuel. The Mayfield is available in both a satin and polished finish and the price for this rail is the same in both of these finishes. The RRP for the 320mm wide is £449.00 ex VAT and £599.00 ex VAT for the 470mm wide – these prices are based on both polished and satin finish and central heating format. Being manufactured from stainless steel, the Mayfield will not rust, flake or corrode. It is a long lasting, hard wearing product, small scratches can be polished out and it is easily maintained with water and a micro-fibre cloth. It can be utilised in all systems including open. Its practicability is its first and foremost benefit. Equally as important, especially in today’s climate, is that the manufacturing process for stainless steel is


ecologically sound. Stainless steel is 100% recyclable in itself and is manufactured from over 90% recyclable product. Furthermore there are no harmful chemical plating processes involved in its manufacture. It has a deep lustrous appearance making it aesthetically pleasing. We supply our entire range in both a polished and brushed finish. They are quite different in appearance and open up the bathroom to both a more traditional and modern aesthete. Please visit www.sussexrange.co.uk for further details and to view our impressive gallery section or call us on 01444 831200. We thank you for your interest in the Sussex Range of Stainless Steel Towel Rails by JIS Europe.

Bathrooms, Washrooms & Kitchens Croydex have been providing household solutions since 1919 and each year introduce a new selection of products to their portfolio. The 2018 collection showcases an abundance of innovation and designs ensuring a varied product selection for any bathroom. Featured within are over 55 new products including the pioneering Flexi-Fix toilet seats.


dded to the selection of Flexi-Fix wall mounted accessories is the modern Camberwell range. The chrome plated finish and soft squared edges make this ideal for contemporary and classic bathrooms. Furthermore the Flexi-Fix installation ensures all products are quick and simple to fit. Coordination is key for creating a stylish finish which is highlighted in the addition of the Pendle and Chester 5 piece sets which make updating your room easy to do.

been extended to include a family-friendly bath mat and assistive bath step. Last but not least Croydex’s alliance with the water label has been further strengthened via the addition of new shower heads available in a selection of styles and finishes. The Aqua air range includes five new shower handsets all of which provide a high quality showering experience with lower consumption allowing water savings of up to 50% and a sensational aerated shower spray at higher pressures.

In answer to the common bathroom issue of toilet seats becoming loose over time the brand new range of Flexi-Fix toilet seats promise to ‘Always Fit and Never Slip’. Available in 25 designs, these seats are a perfect example of not having to substitute style for practicality. All seats have antibacterial treated surfaces, with the range also including soft close and quick release as additional features. Flexi-Fix seats, which are suitable for back to wall toilets, are supplied with both top and bottom fixings and fit toilet pans with hole centres from 200mm to 110mm – far greater than the 165mm to 145mm recommended by the European Standard. They can also be adjusted forwards or backwards by up to 60mm to ensure they line up with the front of the toilet pan. In line with the company mission to make bathrooms as functional as possible also included are new hook-over and freestanding storage options which help to organise your room and make the most out of every space. Furthermore the collection of bath accessories has also


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Growth of manufacturer recognised at national design impact awards Sealant and adhesive manufacturer Polyseam has achieved the ultimate design accolade for the rebrand of its GRAFT product range. Aston Martin; Josh Berger, president and managing director of Warner Bros; and renowned entrepreneur Deborah Meaden.

The Yorkshire-headquartered company and its branding agency The Engine Room were both presented with a gold design impact trophy at the glittering DBA Design Effectiveness Awards in London. But the GRAFT project also went on to scoop the ultimate recognition of the evening when it was announced as the Grand Prix winner of winners at the end of the night. Since GRAFT’s launch in 2014, annual sales have increased by a staggering 744% and export levels have risen by more than £1million. In fact, this transformational business exercise has played a significant part in Polyseam now building a 50,000sqm factory which is expected to create a further 50 jobs by 2020. It was this bottom line impact that impressed the line-up of high-profile judges, which included Andy Palmer, CEO of


Commenting on the win, Polyseam’s marketing manager Olando Salina said: “The evolving challenges in the manufacturing market mean we must continually innovate to drive growth. We therefore focused on the development of an environmentally friendly, all-in-one adhesive and sealant created using our own in-house expertise. “This high-performance technology was already award-winning in its own right. But it didn’t achieve the traction we sought, which is why we engaged The Engine Room to help clarify our market position, overhaul the branding of this product range, and craft the communication materials we’d need moving forward. The Engine Room team has specific expertise in this field, and we were therefore delighted

when GRAFT was ‘born’. The project success is a testament to the collaboration of these forward-thinking business and design brains.” The Engine Room’s managing director Lesley Gulliver added: “The building, construction and manufacturing sectors are perhaps not renowned for their design prowess. But this project goes to show that strategic creative thinking is about much more than just what looks good. The overhaul of this product range and the development of the GRAFT brand has helped to revolutionise Polyseam’s entire business.” Polyseam has been independently manufacturing first-class brands for the majority of the world’s leading suppliers since 1993. The company manufactures more than 150 different products, and exports to 21 countries globally.

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Walkability: The 11th step Variation on a theme - following in James Speck’s footsteps: “Walkable City - How downtown can save America, one step at a time” Curiously, this experience is shared by most of us in the modern era. We are travelling the world, “expecting” to find our way, with some obvious mundane difficulties. In an ideal world, it shouldn’t really go unnoticed. But it is. In my view, walkability should incorporate better common rules for outdoors wayfinding signage so that the average person may expect better orientation even in unfamiliar urban spaces.

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alkability, a relatively new term in modern Architecture and sustainable urban design, measuring how friendly an urban area is to walking. It pertains to health, environment, and economic benefits and discusses, among other things, the presence or absence and quality of footpaths, sidewalks or other pedestrian rights-of-way, traffic and road conditions, land use patterns, building accessibility, and safety.


In Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time (public library), city planner Jeff Speck argues that walkable cities would improve lives for American urban dwellers to greater extent than any attempts to create “greener” living conditions in the personal space. I found Kaid Benfield summary of Speck’s ten steps of walkability quite comprehensive for my further argument, and although I somewhat do


not agree with Benfield’s latter analysis, I think that one more important step is required. I am talking about wayfinding signage. One may argue that this is included in the entire concept of attractive building faces, traffic and road conditions or “comfort”. Yet it is often noticed only by its absence. Good wayfinding signage may encourage people to walk the city, to a greater extent than realized by many. Imagine that: You travel to a foreign country, unfamiliar with the language, trying to get from A to B using a somewhat inferior city map supplied by your hotel or local tourist office and simply cannot locate your current location and direction you need to go to. Sounds familiar? Wouldn’t better wayfinding signage (including street names, visible numbers, traffic signs, directions and building names) improve your orientation and comfort? Wouldn’t you give anything to be able to easily locate and read the signs?

Not only in America, but worldwide, inadequate wayfinding signage is often emanating from budget considerations, without realizing the human aspects of the issue. A beautiful building, complex, shopping mall or neighborhood is being built in the urban sphere - but around it and inside structures, people get lost. I challenge you to read Speck’s work with a fresh look at his previously suggested 10 good steps, thinking how wayfinding signage fits the overall scheme of things. Written by Pnina Kedar Feldman, International Business Development and Sales Manager at Vista System

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Healthy insulated buildings -

bad choices and how to avoid them By Will Kirkman managing director at Ecomerchant on behalf of the Protexion campaign

Health problems Inappropriate or badly chosen insulation can cause health problems by encouraging mould or fungal growth . Insulation plays a key role in managing water vapour in a building.

Photo of well-insulated house proved by snow accumulated on roof.

Diagram showing an exemplar in insulation layering.

Most of us have never lived in a house as well insulated as the above. To achieve that, you need to choose the right insulation material for the job:

This article aims to help you choose the right insulation product for your project as well as warn you of the pitfalls of choosing the wrong ones.

Insulation – why it’s NOT a ‘no brainer’ Speaking to you as a builder, you know your project. You know you need insulation. Nine times out of 10, you’ll probably opt for a foil-backed PIR/PUR (synthetic) board. But what are your alternatives and do they matter? Yes, your insulation choices do matter as your quick decision could lead to all manner of long-term problems: • Moisture retention leading to damp, condensation and mould. • Insufficient thermal insulation making it hard to heat and keep a building warm. • Insufficient resistance to the passage of heat making it hard to keep a building cool in spring/summer. • Noisy building – unable to absorb (attenuate) noise or prevent it from entering your building. • Fire – unable to restrict the spread of fire/burn cleanly if the worst happens. • Health – emitting gases as they age - we’re not sure of their impact on our health.


• Durability – inability to keep insulation materials’ form and function in decades to come. • Build-a-bility – loose fit insulation leading to gaping holes vs ‘tight’ building techniques of friction fit and tongue-in-groove. • Creating an insulation disposal nightmare for the future.

Create long-term problems – choose the wrong insulation As an industry, we need to get into the habit of choosing the right insulation for the job. Most buildings require a mix of insulation to perform across a range of criteria. When judging which insulation to use, value should be based on performance not just price. Not all insulation is the same and choosing by performance pays back in the long-term through lower energy bills lifetime health benefits and higher levels of comfort. Your choice of insulation has a long-term impact on not just how well a building keeps heat in or out but also a whole range of health benefits. Those benefits affect everyone: installers, consumers, society and the environment.

Buildings are designed to ‘breathe’ through their fabric to help moderate the effects of water through their ability to absorb and release vapour harmlessly over time.

Installation - occupational hazards to avoid • Dust or fibres generated during installation can cause respiratory problems. • Dust or fibres can also cause eye infections (with or without contact lenses). • Dust or fibres cause irritation.

The cost of warmth Even installing insulation to the minimum standards laid out in building regulations may not offer the levels of comfort and savings you might expect. Calculations on minimum values are done on paper and poor installation can wreak havoc with performance levels. We have never heard anyone complain that they ‘over insulated’ their home. Building regulations should be the start point and ensure insulation is installed with care. Often, the type of insulation can make fitting (so performance), so much easier as anyone who has tried to fit PIR board between timber studs will know.

The cost of cool Just meeting building regulation U values can lead to over-heating as they take no account of heat transfer delay (or phase shift). This is why we regularly encounter ‘hot house’ rooms, especially rooms in the roof. The diagram below shows four regscompliant sections with a U value of 0.13W/ m2K but with very different capacity to

and-groove, dense, wood fibre board offers huge advantages. Between studs, frictionfitted, wood fibre batts offer higher density (50Kg/m3) than most alternatives at a comparable or better price.

Achieving 0.13 W/m2K

There is one principle we have learnt from our builder customers, ‘if a product can do more than one job or, by choosing it, means that another product can be left out, then it should be used.’

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delay heat transfer or phase shift. Choosing an insulation with the capacity to delay the passage of heat will help keep the building cool and comfortable even on the hottest of days.

Noise Insufficient insulation means the full sound spectrum– from traffic to storm water keeping occupants awake at night– will enter your building. Choosing the right insulation can help mitigate airborne and impact noise pollution within the building.

Fire If the worst happens, you want a material which limits the spread of fire and most certainly one that does not emit toxic fumes or fuels the fire. Smoke is a killer. Avoiding toxic smoke should be a major concern when choosing insulation.

Health We have all heard the term ‘off gassing’ especially in relation to petrochemical insulation materials. This is due to the escape of blowing agent used in production and can last for up to two years. Aside from the performance consequences of emerging gaps round installed insulation, there is concern about the impact of these gasses on human health - an area of active and ongoing investigation. Again many builders are choosing to apply the precautionary principle and avoid ‘potential’ issues at the design stage. That means they get the same results but with reduced or no risk.

Durability Aging insulation must keep its form and function over the decades. So shrinkage – causing gaps due to collapsing fibres- means performance loss.

Build-ability We should all aim for ‘tight’ building techniques. That means well-fitted insulation that is a pleasure to handle whether through a tight friction fit or a tongue-and-groove profile makes for better, more careful and more robust insulation.

Pretty much. Because it’s made of natural materials, it has long-term insulation values and comfort, making it easy to live with from both health and well-being points of view. There is no known connection with respiratory diseases or eye infections which makes wood fibre insulation a highly efficient, acoustic insulator which emits no gasses as it ages. Easy to dispose of, it has a nearangelic environmental footprint. Add to all of this, its fire performance is like no other– just watch the tennis ball test HERE or this slightly unscientific test HERE. All of this is neatly summed up in this little infographic:

Disposability Let’s not let our insulation choices today create a recycling nightmare for the future. So, what are your choices? The selection of the most appropriate or best-performing materials by matching features and benefits will tend to give better results all round. Start with building regulations, remember there are features that the occupants may benefit from and, be willing to pay for, which may not be covered by simply ‘meeting regs’. These include: phase shift and acoustic performance (not mandatory in a domestic build). If these additional features are provided through choice of insulation then the customer benefits through better performance, cheaper running costs and higher levels of comfort. The builder has fewer problems delivering them. For instance PIR is ideal for under-slab and cavity wall installations where wood fibre is unsuitable but, on a pitched roof, a tongue-

The Protexion campaign web pages offer a host of tips, examples, background information, articles and advice on what insulation can and should do, to ensure you’re equipped to choose and build better. For more information please visit: www.ecomerchant.co.uk/protexion/


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Marble, marble everywhere! Leading natural stone and terrazzo specialist Diespeker & Co has launched a new initiative that sees a big change in the supply and delivery of an expanded range of high quality marble and stone. With many more slabs available at its London premises, architects and designers can now specify materials and expect a much faster delivery. Diespeker currently has around 3,000 slabs on site, offering over 140 different types of marble, from Travertine Classico and Calacatta to Rosso Francia and Pietra Savigny. In addition, available stock includes several types of opulent onyx perfect for high end interiors, sought-after granite and sustainable material Lithoverde Bianco Carrara, a recycled stone texture that is 99% composed of offcuts. The company’s factory includes state-of-the-art cutting, grinding and polishing machines, and the business boasts an experienced team of estimators, draftsmen, craftsmen and installers, meaning Diespeker can fulfil contracts from initial order to installation, giving one point of contact throughout each project. Diespeker has dominated the UK terrazzo market in recent years, and the increased range of natural stone has a positive impact on the company’s award-winning, bespoke terrazzo service, with a wider choice of aggregate available to facilitate unique surface design opportunities. As well as the marble stock, Diespeker is looking to increase the amount of standard terrazzo for superfast delivery by keeping more slabs available to call off as needed.


Along with high-status, luxury residential interiors, Diespeker’s flooring, cladding, countertops and detail work can be found in prestigious offices, retail environments, restaurants and landmark building. End customers include the London Coliseum, Victoria & Albert Museum, Science Museum, Harrods, Selfridges, Whistles and boutiques in Mayfair and Sloane Street. Diespeker has also built up a reputation overseas, with materials supplied and installed in major cities in Europe, North America, the Far East and Asia. The company enjoys working on smaller projects, too, with up and coming designers, artists and sculptors - as well as one-off unique projects. Diespeker is updating its website to reflect the wider range of natural stone available for fast delivery, with an option to request samples and order products. Enquiries can be made directly to the Diespeker office on 020 7358 0160 or by email to sales@diespeker.co.uk

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Innovation in Lifting Keeping up with Building Design Challenging new building designs need new façade construction techniques. That is why innovative equipment supplied by Hird, such as the Winlet glazing and materials handling robot, is in such strong demand.


ini crane, glazing installation and powered access specialist Hird is the authorised UK and Ireland dealer for Winlet glazing robots, which one client has called the biggest step forward in glass installation in 10 years. The Danish glazing robot is compact, light and easy to move. It can lift, carry and place, with absolute precision, glass sheets or any other non-porous panels up to 1,000kg, even overhead. Hird Director John Wilding said: “More than ever before, architects and developers are taking account of advances in construction process, as they seek to minimise development costs by reducing build times, and simplifying construction techniques. “The Winlet increase productivity by 50% on a range of sites, including high-rise towers in London. As well as being faster, it’s safer, and uses smaller installation teams.


“Architects are always pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in design. Our aim is to provide lifting equipment that allows structural engineers and contractors to keep up.” Other lifting equipment supplied by Hird include pick and carry cranes and spider cranes, both of which are ideal for a range of construction tasks, including glazing and façade erection. Hird is also a UK leader in vacuum lifter hire, for flat or curved sheets, and loads up to 3,500kg – plus a full range of powered access machines, including scissor lifts, cherry pickers and personnel masts. Hird Managing Director Phil Hird said: “We aim to be a one-stopshop for materials handling and lifting, and working at height, anywhere in UK. “Whether our clients need pick and carry cranes, with a range of materials handling attachments, or all-terrain spider cranes, we can meet their needs.” For more information about Hird equipment, call 0203 174 0658 or email info@hird.co.uk. Web: www.hird.co.uk.

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CT1 real life case study: Axis 3 Design and refurbishment projects CT1 is a unique hybrid polymer formulation, and is the only sealant available on the market with no solvents. This unique formulation has been awarded over 25 accreditations and tested over 25 times but independent testing bodies. The ultimate development in bonding and sealing, based on hybrid polymer formulation, CT1 offers a unique adhesion on virtually any material without the need for additional fixings. CT1 has earned the name The Snag List Eliminator, does the job first time every time. Therefore architects, specifiers, engineers along with the rest of the construction trade! Not want but DEMAND CT1 is used on the job. It’s your get out of jail card. We guarantee it will work, first time around. Boasting accreditation such as ETAG 022, EC1, ISEGA approved for food accreditations also it’s the only sealant and adhesive to have been approved by NAAF. The


Norwegian Asthma and Allergy association. Which is one of the most stringent bodies for testing products for people with any type of allergy or Asthma. CT1 was tested for several months and has a stamp or approval from them. It has been recommended to be used on new builds and used in homes that have asthma or allergy inhibitors. Many architects and specifiers use this as its their get out of jail card. This is used on nearly every construction material there is, not only seals leaks instantly it also forms the strongest construction adhesive there is. With over 25 accreditations to test its strength, durability, it’s components it is the eco-friendliest product on the market.

This is why real-life case studies are always best to illustrate its reputation as the UK’s number 1 sealant on the market. Axis 3 design’s Ken Hodgson, associate for Axis 3, stated that they started specifying CT1 following several recommendations. Ken also said they have made considerable time and cost savings using CT1 on refurbishment projects with underfloor heating. Investigating the location of pipes or heating mats was costly and time consuming, direct mechanical fixings may have caused major damage to the systems so they investigated CT1 as a direct adhesion between the existing concrete floor substrate and proposed MF partition tracks. Ken stated that “The system works perfectly and in tests we found the head and base tracks harder to move than with screw fixings. We wouldn’t hesitate to use CT1 in this scenario again” Axis 3 Design Ltd, Hen Hodgson Associate, mobile 07904326766 For forward testing results, please go to www.ct1ltd.com here you can download the health and safety sheets also please call head office if test results are required. 028 30834892. Please click link to see the CT1 video. https://youtu.be/wIh4JJl25xY and its many uses.

Milbank Concrete Products are proud to introduce - Kallisto Stairs. Providing a fusion of luxury and structural integrity, Milbank Concrete Products recently launched ‘Kallisto Stairs’ – a specialist division focussed on providing some of the most prestigious venues in the UK with breath taking precast concrete curved staircases. Kallisto Stairs offer customers an exclusive full-service package incorporating design, manufacture, delivery and installation, tailored to suit the individual needs of domestic and commercial developments. Kallisto stairs are fabricated at their purpose-built factory and delivered and installed as one complete finished unit. This allows for an immediate working platform and instant access to upper floors for follow on trades, so that the project schedule can continue without delay. Kallisto aim to assist you with design and scheduling to ensure you have your product exactly when you need it. Their dedicated facilities enable them to produce bespoke luxury stairs at a surprisingly affordable price for even the most elaborate designs. Bringing an element of sophistication and elegance, precast concrete curved stairs by Kallisto offer a versatile alternative to other traditional materials such as timber or steel. Resilient, solid and durable, Kallisto stairs can be attractively finished in a material best suited to the individual style and character of a development, such as marble or stone. Working closely with architects, engineers and designers, stunning and durable


helical staircases by Kallisto have been commissioned for installations in some of the most prestigious developments in the UK. A Kallisto staircase creates that allimportant wow-factor and is a must-have addition to any luxury development. “Stairs are often the first feature on show when entering a building and have the potential to create a dramatic visual impact. A beautifully designed staircase

can transform a fairly standard house and now by using our innovative, bespoke mould, this transformation is highly affordable”, says Andy Mayne, Milbank Managing Director. For more information on Kallisto and our range of hand-crafted precast concrete stairs, just visit our website. www.kallistostairs.co.uk/home-hda/

The benefits of choosing precast… Using Kallisto’s precast concrete staircases comes with a range of advantages including: • •

Installation: Precast staircases can be installed in less than a day and often at the same time as the structural flooring. Safety: Fire resistant and steel reinforced, precast staircases provide an immediate working platform and can be used as soon as they are installed, allowing access to upper floors for continuous works on site. Quality: Using a flexible steel formwork system enables Kallisto precast stairs to be made accurately, efficiently and to a high standard of quality. Finish: Kallisto staircases are generally cast inverted on steel pallets, with a hand-trowelled soffit. The finish of these flights complies with NSCS standard specifications. On completion of installation, other trades can be used to finish your stair in a material of your choice such as marble, stone or timber. Price: Kallisto staircases are considerably cheaper than traditional stairs cast insitu on site due to the efficiencies we have within a factory environment.


V4 WOODFLOORING ENHANCES NORTH WEST SALES TEAM V4 Woodflooring has appointed Lee Harris to its sales team. Lee will work across the North West, including Cheshire, Manchester, North Wales, Cumbria, the Isle of Man and Merseyside. Lee, 51, who lives in Saddleworth, Greater Manchester, joins V4 Woodflooring from Cormar Carpets. He has 35 years’ experience in the flooring sector and a reputation as one of the top performing sales people, priding himself on excellent customer service. Chris Vincent, managing director of V4 Woodflooring, said: “We’re delighted that Lee has joined V4. His trade experience is second to none and we are confident that he will grow our presence and sales across the North West. “Lee joins the company at an exciting time. We have invested significantly in new display stands for key retailers to ensure we are supporting them to be able to give the best possible customer experience, and offer professionals and consumers choice in how they can discover and select the best products for their needs. “Listening to retailer feedback there was a definite demand to introduce improved display material for their stores, which would enable them to show customers larger samples of our wood floor collections in a more impactful way. We have designed our new stands to showcase all of our ranges with easily accessible larger sample sizes, combined with a more engaging brand and information output.” Lee Harris said: “I am excited to have joined a company that is innovative and forwardthinking, with very high quality products. “I am looking forward to working with customers to grow V4 Woodflooring sales and ensure that the brand is the number one choice across the North West.” Selling to retailers, V4 manufactures and provides quality, hardwood flooring to a network of approved dealers throughout the UK. It has a range of flooring products, which come in three ranges, three grades, ten collections, three finishes and six surfaces.


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Stair platform lift for residential apartments Invalifts were recently approached by a Chartered Building Surveyor in Northampton who needed a solution to provide wheelchair access to a set of residential apartments in Hertfordshire. The site required access from the car park up a flight of nine stairs to the building entrance. Invalifts visited the site for a survey and recommended their Inva Stair Riser platform lift to enable access.

colour matched to the lift and securely sunk into the earth. The unit was fitted in just one day.

This lift was specified with a fully compliant 1250mm x 800mm fold down platform which would be suitable for wheelchairs. The unit had a lifting capacity of 300Kg in order to accommodate heavier wheelchairs. Unfortunately, the steps that were already installed were made from wood, and there was no wall present to mount the lift to.

The design of the lift minimises the risk of vandalism as the barrier arms fold down behind the platform taking up considerably less room than similar lifts from other companies. Wireless landing control buttons allow the call buttons to be flexibly positioned. The Inva Stair Riser comes with a 12 month parts and labour warranty and a further 2 year parts only warranty (excluding batteries).

Invalifts worked with the building surveyor who designed a steel framework, which provided a substantial structure for fixing of the lift’s stainless steel rails. The steel structure was

To find out more about the Inva Stair Riser 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.

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Brave CRPS Sufferer Gets a Lift Out of Regaining Her Independence A university student can now safely move between the floors in her home inside a Stiltz Home Lift after being virtually bed bound due to a rare condition which causes severe pain in both legs. elena Stone from Islington i n Lo n d o n has Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) – a condition usually triggered by an injury – which is poorly misunderstood by doctors. The skin of the affected area can become so sensitive that a mere droplet of water, a change in temperature, even a gentle breeze, can provoke intense pain.


The 21-year-old was diagnosed with CRPS just over three years ago after a kayaking accident when her foot became caught in the boat in 2013. Helena was on crutches for two weeks and expected to recover fully but her leg, including her foot, remained in persistent pain. She was in and out hospital for most of 2014 until she was diagnosed with CRPS the next year after a follow-up steroid injection saw her knee turn bright red and swell up. Worse was to come as the pain and swelling spread to the other leg too. Somehow, despite suffering from excruciating pain, Helena still managed to pass her A-levels and gain a place at Loughborough University in 2015. But her condition worsened and she was forced her to drop out of uni after becoming wheelchair-bound. She was bed-bound for most of 2016 and had to be helped up and down the stairs, mostly


by her parents, Patricia and Graham. Distraught and helpless at watching their daughter’s condition deteriorate, the Stone’s had a Stiltz Home Lift installed to help Helena move from floor to floor with some degree of independence. Unlike a traditional domestic lift, the Stiltz lift requires no hydraulics or supporting walls and is powered by a self-contained motor which plugs straight into the wall using a 13 amp socket with the lift travelling through the floor on self-supporting stilts. The Stiltz Home Lift was situated in Helena’s 14-year-old brother William’s games room downstairs, travelling directly up to her bedroom. “It will be five years this summer since I had the kayaking accident but I just find ways of dealing with what happened to me,” she said. “I have no choice but to get on with it for now. My attitude is how can I make it possible to do what I want to do. “The Stiltz Lift has been a lifesaver as I just felt trapped. It has made the house safe again – there is no risk of me falling – and it has given me my independence back. Before I was either crawling or bottom-shuffling up and down the stairs. “When my CRPS was really bad, I was bed bound. Sometimes I’d have to wait for either Mum or Dad to get back from work to help me downstairs. I just

became reliant on whoever was around.” Gradually, through intensive physiotherapy, pain medications and with the help of crutches, Helena is finding a way learn to live with the constant pain. At the end of 2016, she decided to give uni another shot and was accepted to study Education at the University of Gloucestershire. After contacting her local MP Alex Chalk, who expressed an interest in Helena’s story, he has paved the way for the student to address MPs at the Houses of Parliament about the effects of CRPS in the hope funds can be provided for research into the condition. Helena said: “The longer my CRPS goes on, the less chance I have of it going into remission. It is the most painful condition known to medicine and there is no cure. There is no money spent on research because the total number of people who are suffering from it is unknown and therefore the spend cannot be justified. “My aim is to take every opportunity possible to raise awareness about CRPS in the hope that the NHS will invest money into research for a cure to free all CRPS sufferers of this dreadful condition.”


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Remove the Slip-Risk Without Compromising on Apperance Osmo UK Polyx®-Oil Anti-Slip eliminates the possibility of any slips, trips and falls. Wooden flooring is a highly attractive material for residential environments, but like any hard flooring material, it can become slippery when wet, resulting in a slip hazard where accidents are all too easy in these situations. Osmo UK Polyx®-Oil Anti-Slip is an easy to apply finish which helps eliminate these risks while not disrupting the room’s appearance. Applying a coat of Polyx®-Oil Anti-Slip increases the slip resistance of frequently maintained flooring areas. The surface retains its natural appearance while the fine structure particles in the finish prevent it from becoming slippery.

Alongside the makeover and anti-slip properties, the finish will also provide added durability to the flooring. Protecting the floor from everyday elements, including scuffs, stains and water damage, Polyx®-Oil Anti-Slip also allows the woods surface to remain breathable, reducing the chance of warping and cracking. Made from natural ingredients, the product provides perfectly complements the natural elements of the wood, nourishing the surface, and will not crack, flake, peel or blister. Polyx®-Oil Anti-Slip is available directly from Osmo UK and from its nationwide network of stockists. For more information, please call Osmo on 01296 481220 or visit www.osmouk.com.


Safety Security & Fire Protection

Fire Sprinkler Valve Systems Applications Engineering specialises in creating high quality fire sprinkler valves. We have developed innovative, compact and easy to install valves for sprinklers that cover all the relevant requirements for modern domestic and residential properties. Our products are of the highest standard and represent fantastic value for money. We additionally offer everything from single and double check valves that can be used in a range of applications, as well as a pump cyclic test unit.

Fire Sprinkler Valve sets 1”~ 2” Applications Engineering can supply fire sprinkler valve sets in sizes 1” and 1 1/4” in dual port versions and sizes 1 1/2” and 2” in single port fabricated versions. We are able to supply valve sets with pvc glue fit adaptors, single or double check valves or a combination prefitted; please give us a call to discuss your requirements.

Dual Port Fire Sprinkler Valve Set Applications Engineering Ltd have developed an innovative, compact and affordable fire sprinkler valve set that covers all the requirements of a modern domestic and residential property fire sprinkler system and offers the following benefits and features Benefits and Design features • Dual ports that enable the flow switch to be mounted on either side. • Uses the Sika flow switch which has been designed specifically for the valve set to operate at 25 L/min • The flow switch has a ¾” union nut for simple, hand tight, installation. No need for tools or awkward 360° rotation of the whole switch. • Available with optional CPVC mating sockets.

• 100% pressure tested. • Supplied with DIN 43650 electrical connector as standard • Lockable inlet valve handle • Glycerine filled 16 bar pressure gauge • Easy access for servicing • Space saving – compact size • Less joints minimise risk of leaks

Available in 1” (25mm) and 11/4” (32mm) versions.

PumpCheck – Fire Sprinkler Pump Cyclic Test Unit Applications Engineering introduce the PumpCheck fire sprinkler pump cyclic test unit, an easy to use and low cost all-in-one test unit to monitor four different inputs : flow switch, pressure switch, minimum tank level switch and maximum tank level switch. PumpCheck has a clear back-lit LCD display and an easy to use menu and features a 30 event log, selectable input types, ability to measure pump motor current and has outputs for drain and pump plus an external sounder output and open collector signal output.


Visit our website for further information at www.appeng.co.uk or if you would like to discuss how we can help you with your control and instrumentation needs call us on 01825 764737.

Safety Security & Fire Protection


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High safety rated glass and stone cladding offers new design opportunities

A new set of products, now available in the UK for the first time, is widening the design and application opportunities for high specification glass and stone cladding on projects throughout the country. The innovative and visually striking DynaPanel Glass and Stone Systems from Dynamic Cladding provide the highest rating of fire and blast protection of any UK products of their kind. They are only available in the UK via an exclusive partnership with SPSenvirowall, one of the country’s leading external wall insulation and render suppliers. The lightweight and versatile DynaPanel Glass system has the highest A1 noncombustible fire and bomb blast rating. Its superb safety record has already resulted in it being specified for use in high profile UK transport projects. Available in a range of colours and finishes, including gloss and matt, the panels are scratch, graffiti and fade resistant, combining aesthetic appeal and functionality. The DynaPanel Stone system tackles some of the main challenges faced when using stone cladding - weight and depth. In keeping with tradition, the natural texture


and appearance of the stone is preserved, but the panels are up to 70% lighter than traditional stone systems and up to 50% thinner, allowing for greater versatility and a wider range of applications.

a range of environmentally-friendly external wall insulations and rendering solutions for new builds and refurbishments, supported by expert advice, guidance and training to contractors, architects and self builders.

Both systems are frameless, without face fixings and suitable for both new builds and refurbishments. They are also ETA approved, which meets and goes beyond BBA requirements. DynaPanel Stone Veneer for interior wall linings and feature areas is also now available in the UK for the first time.


“We wanted to create glass and stone systems that not only had the highest possible safety ratings, but were also beautiful to look at and practical in use to give them as many application opportunities as possible,” said Daniel Thompson, Development Manager at Dynamic Cladding. SPSenvirowall, which is the only UK supplier of Dynamic Cladding’s decorative rainscreen cladding products, also supplies

Trim Acoustics

has for more than twenty five years been at the forefront of building acoustics, supplying quality acoustic products from the UK’s major manufacturers to the building industry and domestic market. Providing technical advice, site surveys and specifications to architects and developers, Trim Acoustics can assist with projects ranging from house conversions and new build properties to bespoke designs for customers who have specific requirements. Trim Acoustics offers solutions for floors, ceilings and walls that can achieve Document E standard and with a wide range of quality acoustics products stocked at their Godmanchester warehouse they are able to offer a prompt delivery service direct to site. Distributing a wide range of quality product for the UK’s major manufactures puts Trim Acoustics in a unique position when it comes to specifications, making it very easy to choose the most suitable product to meet both performance and cost criteria

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Suitable for wall and ceiling applications. The 22mm thick board provides high performance airborne noise reduction in an easy to handle size. The board incorporates a unique self adhesive jointing system.

With more than twenty five years technical expertise and practical experience Trim Acoustics can offer a wide range of solutions

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With a wealth of technical expertise and practical experience Trim Acoustics can offer a wide range of solutions via the telephone and on site. See www.trimacoustics.co.uk for more details or call 020-8443-0099.

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Another area of Trim Acoustic expertise is the design of studios, from conversion of a garage or out building to full professional recording studios. Trim Acoustics can also advise on the upgrade of existing home studio or home cinemas.

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The domestic market has for many years been one of Trim Acoustic’s areas of expertise, providing acoustic solutions to people whose quality of life has been effected by noise problems. Offering a suitable solution in plain English often means that the noise problem can be identified and resolved on the telephone and within a few days the materials can be delivered to site.

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The addition of their new production and warehouse facility in Godmanchester, Cambridgeshire which Trim Acoustics share with their sister company Coburn Sliding Systems has given them the ability to increase production and improve the quality of their range of acoustics products to satisfy increased demand.


Windows, Doors & Architectural Hardware

Looking for beautiful slim line metal windows and doors?


et Therm manufacture and install the AG210 range offering the slimmest thermally broken ‘A+10 rated’, Part L 2010 compliant metal windows and doors available.

whilst offering welded corners, weld-on hinges, multi-point locking and polyester powder finish. Once installed, the range requires minimal maintenance and your home will be lighter, brighter and warmer.

Perfect for restoration and renovation projects, replacement windows and Part L compliant for new builds*, our windows and doors are handmade to measure by our skilled craftsmen.

Our windows and doors make ideal replacements for traditional steel windows. We can ensure an excellent match for your home, achieving the traditional styling of the originals and providing a seamless blend of old and new.

Recognising the distinctive and coveted features of steel windows and doors, the AG210 range offers a product which counters the issues traditional windows can create


Once completed, your new windows and doors are almost indistinguishable from the original.

Windows Our windows (and doors) can be installed direct to brick, stone or wood surrounds and we can replicate beautiful leaded lights, small Georgian/cottage panes or the classic lines of the 1930s window and also offer bespoke designs.

Met Therm Windows Met Therm is a family-run business and our dedicated team draws on extensive experience within the replacement steel windows industry to meet each customer’s needs and focus on ensuring a quality service. “Met Therm were prompt and helpful throughout. Thank you for a first-class job, we would definitely recommend your products and company.” Mr and Mrs S, Hamble. Call Met Therm on 01730 894 745, email info@metthermwindows.co.uk or visit www.metthermwindows.co.uk

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Doors Met Therm’s stylish doors and door screens transform the look and feel of your room with slender sections and slim line framing for maximum vision and light. All doors are crafted by hand, allowing you to create a traditional style with or without kicking panel, contemporary clear glazing, or a more industrial welded bar design.

Colour and Finish Polyester powder coating provides a highly durable, low maintenance finish. With over 250 colours and a choice of finishes there are plenty of options to complement your design and project. Complete your project by selecting hinges and handles to ensure an authentic replacement.

Manufacturers of the AG210 range offering the slimmest thermally broken ‘A+10 rated’ metal windows and doors available.

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Windows, Doors & Architectural Hardware

If you still think of blinds just as blinds, chances are that you are somewhat left behind with your CPD’s. Should have tried harder ! The World has moved on; over the years when we thought of sunblinds it was simply a matter of fitting any old venetian or cloth in the window and we didn’t think any more of it, other than complaining it was still too bright, too dark or too hot in the rooms. This problem has become bigger over the years. Think about it ; floor to ceiling glass and lots of it. We let in natural daylight so we don’t have to switch on the lights, which of course is very ‘green’. We then conveniently forget we need to start cooling all that hot air and switch on the air conditioning, thereby consuming many more KiloWatts than a bit of lighting would have used. So, ‘blinds’ are out and ‘Solar Shading’ is in! The old wisdom that said internally fitted blinds was no good as the heat is already in has gone out of the windows with the advance of Solar Shading fabrics that can now achieve g-values ( Total energy penetration degrees) of less than 20%, and that is almost, within a few % , on a par with external shading but without the maintenance issues.


Solar shading has become highly technical and there really is no ‘off the shelf’ solution or a ‘one fits all’ scenario. We can go from light transmissions of 50% down to Blackout materials, albeit the most used ones these days are the 1,3,5 and 10% open fabrics, depending on whether we deal with private dwellings or office buildings. Solar Shading; there is a lot more to it than meets the eye and we will happily come to see you to explain and make your building an environmental success. Contact us at info@deleeuw-ltd.co.uk

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The ‘Ultimet’ Energy Saving Blind 3 Window Blinds in 1 Insulation improved – reducing heating costs Heat gain from the sun reduced – lowering cooling costs Lighting costs down – controlled levels of natural light

All in One Blind The Ultimetal fabric with the high levels of solar reflectance and low levels of emissivity afforded by its metallised coating provide industry leading levels of shading performance. The 50+ years’ experience of weaving glass-fibre based shading fabrics producing the highest levels of performance from the thinnest of materials. The Ultimetal fabric is less than one quarter of a millimetre thick, permitting a blind of over 3.0 metres in height to be stored in a cassette of less than 55mm square. Powder coated to match the window frames, the blinds become almost invisible.

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Vicaima Reaches New Heights Getting to the top is not easy. But with the rising demand for grey and on-trend tonal colours epitomised by the new Visual Sensations’ Mountain from Vicaima, specifiers can take their vision to new heights with doors that reflect the latest fashions within interior design. Leading interior door manufacturer, Vicaima has launched four new and stunning Visual Sensation finishes into its ever popular Dekordor SD range. Mountain, being one its latest grey creations, has given designers some new creative inspiration. Stimulated by dramatic landscapes, Mountain allows specifiers to incorporate the peaceful essence of nature within their chosen interior space. Since its introduction, the Visual Sensations (VS) collection has heralded a new era for foil faced doors, with bespoke models being created and manufactured by Vicaima that offer unique design solutions which are in-step with the latest design trends. Visual Sensations Mountain is just one in a selection of eight new finish options in the


2018 VS collection, which also includes Tundra, Alpine and Desert, all of which available in both vertical grain and cross directional woodgrain designs. Dekordor SD is favoured by specifiers not only for its aesthetic appeal and its ability to provide a cost effective alternative to real wood veneers, but importantly that as a Vicaima door product there is no compromise on performance characteristics. Whether the requirement is for doors only, matching doorsets (door, frame and architrave) wardrobes or even wall panels, a consistent and matching finish can be achieved. All Vicaima doors are FSC certified for environmental peace of mind and can meet a range of performance specifications, such as fire rated, security, and acoustic requirements. Along with a variety of standard products, Dekordor SD Visual Sensations are also available in non-standard dimensions, giving you the ability to meet a wide range of project specifications.

In addition design freedom is further accommodated with specific customisation made easy with glazed options, grooves, inlays, pairs, over height dimensions, mobility widths and other individual provisions. If you would also like to know more about Visual Sensations, or are interested in any other Vicaima products, visit the website www.vicaima.com. Alternatively call 01793 532333 today for a copy of the new Interior Door Selector or perhaps a face sample.

DRU Fires and Grate Expectations selected to supply fires for prestigious home counties estate Four DRU luxury gas fires and one Spartherm inset wood fire have been specified by developers Ethos and DRU London dealer The Original Grate Expectations for Harford Manor, a stunning, purpose-built country house and estate in Holyport, near Windsor, Berkshire. The mansion and estate, which extends to over 40 acres, has been designed for the ultimate in luxury accommodation and is in one of the most sought-after parts of the south east of England. The developers and installers selected the DRU Metro single sided and 3-sided gas fires and a Spartherm inset wood burning fire for their high specifications and ‘A’ energy ratings. In the case of the gas fires, this included the use of the exclusive DRU PowerVent extended flue system, which meant that there was no restriction on where the fires could be located in the building. In addition, the gas fires can be operated using the unique DRU Eco Wave app for tablets and smartphones. This feature is in keeping with the overall energy rating of the property, which is designed to be centrally controlled using the latest technology. Commenting on the project, Ethos Director Niten Mistry said: ‘The DRU and Spartherm fires were selected for their impressive performance and ease of installation. They also contribute to the high quality of the property. ‘Both during and after the project, we were impressed by the advice given by Billy and Danny of Grate Expectations and the DRU technical support team, who responded professionally to a challenging project and delivered a first-class result.’


For more information, visit: www.harfordmanor.com and www.grateexpectations.com

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INSPIRATION, APPLICATION, SOLUTION! DRU gas fires are among the most advanced heating appliances in Europe, with a choice of over 50 models. There are many inspiring designs, including 2, 3-sided, see-through and freestanding fires.

Complete freedom of installation They require no chimney, and with the addition of the patented DRU PowerVent® extended flue system, they can be installed in the most unlikely locations.

Tablet or smartphone controls You can select your preferred flame picture, heat output and much more using the exclusive DRU Eco Wave app for tablets and smartphones. It all adds up to the UK’s most complete gas fire solution.

DRU is an approved CPD provider to architects and DRU fires have many design features that make them ideal for inclusion in architect-led projects.

Drugasar Ltd. • T: 0161 793 8700 • E: info@drufire.co.uk • www.drufire.com

heating, ventilation & insulation

Innovative Solar PV Secondary Heating Trials Successfully Completed by EHC Innovative Electric Heating and Hot Water experts The Electric Heating Company have successfully completed 12 month Trials of their Solar PV Secondary Heating Solution. These Trials have proven this Solution can increase PV self-consumption by an average of 42%, increase the base temperature of rooms by 3°C and provide significant cost and CO2 savings. Consumer feedback on the Solution has also been extremely positive. In early 2016 EHC were approached by several RSL customers who installed Solar PV arrays across their housing stock, however feedback from their Tenants indicated that they would like to increase their utilisation of the Solar PV generation to achieve greater cost savings as the Tenants do not receive the Feed in Tariff for the PV generation. The RSLs asked if EHC could provide a cost effective solution which could increase PV self-consumption and provide ‘free’ heating for their Tenants. Specifically, some RSLs would like to provide additional ‘free’ heating for Tenants who are elderly or fuel poor. Technology Used by This Innovative Solution To assist these RSLs, EHC designed a Solution that utilised Solar PV Ready Radiators working in conjunction with an Intelligent Controller. This ensured that the Tenant is using all of the Solar PV energy being generated and minimising what generation is sent back to the Grid. The system will operate in a manner that the feed in tariff received for generation is not affected and can still be received by the appropriate party. The Solar PV Ready Radiators have a ceramic core which benefit from partial storage and can operate from as low as a small trickle of current being fed to them up to the full current required to heat the radiator to its maximum output. The Intelligent Controller ensures that the Tenants power demand e.g. for the kettle, vacuum cleaner, television etc. is met first by the Solar PV generation and only the excess PV generation not otherwise utilised is sent to the Solar PV Ready Radiators. The system can be programmed for up to three appliances to suit the Tenants wishes, for example to operate with three ceramic radiators or two ceramic radiators and a hot water cylinder. The priority order of the appliances can also be programmed to suit the Tenants wishes and changed seasonly. The intention of these Solar PV Ready Radiators is not to provide a whole heating system for a property but to provide a background heat during the day until the main central heating system in the property is required. Where


heating during peak times is unaffordable for the Tenant, this solution will be beneficial for both comfort and cost. Comprehensive Trials Independently Analysed As EHC were approached by several RSL customers to develop this solution, these customers agreed to provide a minimum number of trial participants to prove the solution is effective and provides a benefit. The participants identified included a wide range of Tenant spread across the UK; fuel poor, elderly, low income families or Tenants who had previously expressed a desire to increase the self-consumption of their PV generation. EHC chose an independent third party specialist, Delta EE, to monitor and analyse the Trial results over a 12 month period. EHC believe that it is vital an independent third party like Delta EE supported the analysis and evaluation of the trial results. Final Trial Results The final Trial results proved to be significantly better than any prior predictions made by Delta EE. The Trial results achieved were: •

The Solution increased PV selfconsumption on average by 42%

Average estimated Annual Bill Savings of £42 for properties with Gas Central Heating and £185 for properties with all Electric Heating

Average estimated CO2 Savings of 199kg for properties with Gas Central Heating and 868kg for properties with all Electric Heating

Average room temperature increase of 3°C in rooms fitted

The stand out result, however, has been the Tenant feedback received. All Tenants who participated in the Trials found the Solution a benefit and that it ‘makes sense for others to use.’ Specifically, some Tenants commented the difference in room temperatures was noticeable and rooms not previously heated were now ‘a pleasant temperature.’ Some Tenants also commented that the financial savings ‘will continue to increase if Energy Tariffs continue to rise.’ With these great results and positive Tenant feedback, EHC hope this Solution will be given credence by the UK Government in the Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) Regulations. Recognition in SAP would hopefully allow this Solution to be supported by ECO or Warm Homes Funding and, specifically, provide a real benefit to those living in Fuel Poverty. If you would like to find out more about this innovative Secondary Heating Solution and discuss the Trial results in detail, please do not hesitate to contact EHC on 01698 820 533 or email info@electric-heatingcompany.co.uk.


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EHC’s unique DSR Electric Combination Radiators are available in multiple controls, outputs and colours – you choose we deliver. • 100% energy efficient • Open window sensor saves energy and money • Quick and easy installation • Fully controllable through manual, digital time and temperature or Smart APP control options • Simple replacement for storage heaters • Wall hung, castors or feet stands



For more detailed information visit our website www.electric-heatingcompany.co.uk Blantyre Industrial Estate, Blantyre G72 0UP | Tel: 01698 820533 Fax: 01698 825697 | Email: info@electric-heatingcompany.co.uk



Heating, Ventilation & Insulation

An Easy Way to Design a C in a Renovation or New-Bu When considering renovation or new build, then Isokern’s Pumice Double Module system is highly recommended. The easy, put-together blocks provide a zero distance to combustibles due to their volcanic insulation and different range of diameters suitable for any project. The lightweight blocks are easy to handle. The outer and inner blocks are laid at the same time but with staggered joints for safety and stability. The double layer of pumice separated by an air gap maximises the chimney insulation. This has been used in a number of renovations as well as new build projects throughout the UK. The features of the Isokern DM include: • Unique Features of the Isokern DM system • Zero distance to combustibles on straight rendered chimneys (when using top ring terminal) • Quick and easy to assemble • Lightweight materials, easy to handle • Highly insulating pumice for better draw and minimum heat loss • Staggered joints for maximum safety and stability • Air gaps between outer casing and flue prevents surface staining • Good resistance to temperature variations gives the maximum performance for your appliance. • CE Certified to EN1858 with the designation T450, NI, D, 3, G (00). And combined with a Schiedel Isokern Magnum Firechest, the results can be amazing.


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One such remarkable installation of a Magnum Firechest with a Pumice Chimney System took place Down Under in the Australian Bush. The project was undertaken by the Volcanic Chimney Company, based in Wales (it’s a long story, continued on our website). An old patio was replaced with a roaring fire, using a Magnum Fire Chest and an Isokern Double Module Chimney System. All chosen due to the insulation properties and easy construction. Another project, a little more closer to home, was undertaken by Billing Chimneys, which saw an Isokern Pumice Liner installed, with the construction of a register plate to support the liners, going through a thatched roof. Billings chose Isokern in this particular situation because of its longevity, durability and excellent insulation. The insulation was very important because it kept the inside of the flue hot, but also prevented damage from any external heat transfer into the adjacent structure. For more information on our Isokern range, please feel free to email us on info@schiedel.co.uk or give us a call on 01202 861650 – you can also visit our website, www.schiedel.co.uk which has a wealth of information, including a number of video instruction guides.


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Made from volcanic pumice | Lightweight A natural insulator | Easy to install Isokern is made from natural pumice sourced from the Hekla Volcano in Iceland. Lightweight, simple to install and highly resistant to temperature change, Isokern reduces the possibility of cracking and structural damage due to expansion and contraction. What's more, as a natural insulator, pumice is highly effective at keeping flue gases warm, while not transmitting heat to the outside.

Why not see what it could do for your next project?

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