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In a two part article Rinnai’s Chris Goggin looks at the growth and development of the present European and international hydrogen market.

Chris Goggin looks at the growth and development of the present European and international hydrogen market.

EUROPE PLANS, PREPARES AND INVESTS FOR A FUTURE HYDROGEN ECONOMY n a two part article Rinnai’s Chris Goggin looks at the growth and development of the present European and international hydrogen market. The UK is not alone in its faltering progress towards NetZero. Here he offers detailed information, of direct importance to any consumer either in the commercial or residential markets, about future international and continental energy proposals that will likely affect UK consumer options and costs.


Germany has manoeuvred itself, amongst other EU countries, to take a leading role in becoming hydrogen ready, not just for the aim of NetZero but also for the creation of a whole new industry. The German government is vocal of its intention to become the lead nation in all hydrogen concerns.

Germany is Europe’s largest economy and ranks as the fourth largest internationally. Germany houses two of the four largest ports on mainland Europe, as well as also holding vital road and rail links with Rotterdam – Europe’s largest port, who incidentally have also announced intentions to incorporate hydrogen into future plans. In addition to a provided “stimulus” financial package that supports the development of hydrogen technologies, the German government intend to deliver a further 7 billion euros in this field of research, as well as another 2 billion euros aimed at developing international partnerships which focus on advancing hydrogen technology. (Clean Energy Wire, 10th June 2020).

As of May 2021, an additional 8 billion euros has been sanctioned to explore 62 large-scale hydrogen projects. A majority of the funding will focus on manufacturing electrolysers, used for green hydrogen production, and creating sufficient infrastructure able to transport pure hydrogen and alternative hydrogen gas blends. Specifically, the German government intends to construct 1,700 kilometres of new pipeline. This will be sit on the German-Dutch border and run from east to west Germany. The pipeline will provide domestic and commercial energy and can be used to export hydrogen to neighbouring countries. (Euractiv 28th May 2021) In attempting to create hydrogen as a central component in its decarbonisation strategy,

Germany aims to nullify all electric costs accumulated in the process of producing green hydrogen. A levy on electrical costs will enable manufacturing of bulk green hydrogen with the long term aim of substantially reducing consumer cost. The German NHS (National Hydrogen Strategy) further details the idea that not all renewable and hydrogen facilities can be built on German soil, raising the possibility of neighbouring countries entering a collaborative hydrogen production and distribution effort. Germany’s neighbour, The Netherlands, also released its own national hydrogen strategy. The Dutch hydrogen strategy acknowledges that a portion of German hydrogen demand will pass through the Netherlands as imports. Currently 13% of imported German coal and oil is transported directly through the Port of Rotterdam. Once an established decarbonized supply of hydrogen is active, German hydrogen fuel imports are predicted to expand once consumer demand increases. The Port of Rotterdam is already Western Europe’s leading hub of energy redistribution due to its strategic geographical positioning in North West Europe. 8, 800 petajoules of energy is annually imported and exported through Rotterdam oversees. This amounts to almost three times the yearly energy demand of the Netherlands and 13% of the total energy demand in the entire EU. The PoR (Port of Rotterdam) has revealed plans to construct its own hydrogen manufacturing hub capable of facilitating domestic and commercial power. This move towards hydrogen improves emissions and places the PoR at the forefront of a future international hydrogen economy.

The Dutch port plans to independently produce both blue and green hydrogen. Current stocks of grey hydrogen which contain low levels of toxic properties will be converted into blue carbon neutral hydrogen via a subterranean infrastructure and stored underground ready for utilization. Green hydrogen will be electrically generated off shore through wind power and transported across high voltage cables into storage ready for deployment. Within the Netherlands hydrogen strategy the results from seven energy scenarios conducted by Berenschot, an independent Dutch consultancy firm are included. These results indicate at least 30% rising to 50% of Dutch energy consumption will be supplied via greener gasses by 2050. As of April 2021 the Netherlands allocated 338 million euros towards green hydrogen projects. This financial assistance is part of a 20 billion euros fund provided by the Dutch government to strengthen its post-Covid economy. The financial package aims to stimulate green hydrogen production and to further diversify hydrogen’s versatility. Distribution of funding will be over 5 years. Modifying infrastructure is an area the Dutch government is keen to accelerate progress. This is seen in the announcement of an additional 3.7 billion euros meant for infrastructural spending and a number of research projects. (Reuters April, 2021.)

Accumulation of positive data, release of funds, and German interest has encouraged the Netherlands government to commit towards hydrogen in becoming a sustainable and affordable national fuel source. In the current political and financial climate Germany is the lead European nation whilst the Netherlands maintains Europe’s largest and most active port. Each country is adapting infrastructure, constructing distribution hubs and introducing incentivised legislation favouring hydrogen manufactures; Germany and the Netherlands appear to have embraced hydrogen’s potential. Any significant movement into hydrogen manufacturing by influential European countries and institutions that perform a global role in financial logistics could be regarded as a potential precursor to similar UK governmental announcements. In the next article we will look at how France and Italy are following the trend of huge investment into Hydrogen as a base line fuel for their respective economies. FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT



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Roann Limited appointed as lead worktop supplier for £130 million residential scheme Wakefield-based granite and quartz worktop supplier, Roann Limited, has been appointed by Vinci Construction as the lead worktop contractor for residential scheme, New Victoria, in Manchester.

The £130 million project, delivered by Muse Developments, comprises 520 apartments, with 178 one-bed, 286 twobed and 56 three-bed properties, as well as a 6,000 sq. ft commercial space. Roann Limited is supplying Silestone Blanco Norte 20mm for all kitchen worktops, upstands and splash backs, and Reginox Ohio 40x40 sinks in Atlantic Grey powder coated finish, to the entire 450,000 sq. ft residential component. Scheduled for completion in 2024, Roann Limited will begin installing a sample apartment in early September, before full site works begin in November 2021. Scott Wharton, Sales Director at Roann Limited, says “As the only dedicated high-rise residential worktop supplier in the UK, we’re really excited to be a part of this high-profile


project. Working on this large-scale scheme in the heart of Manchester is a great reflection of our hard-working and dedicated team, as well as our business’ fast-paced growth. We’re really looking forward to seeing this project come together.” Gordon Maudsley, Senior Quantity Surveyor at Vinci Construction, adds “There was a lot of competition for the works, but Roann Limited stood out from the crowd. They made the whole pre-contract process a smooth and easy one and have continued to work with us now they’re involved in the scheme. Along with their pro-active attitude - they price competitively which made our decision to work with them an easy one!” More information on Roann Limited and its products is available at www.roann.co.uk.

Schüco announces winners of Excellence Awards 2021 Schüco is delighted to announce the winners of its prestigious Excellence Awards following a celebratory lunch hosted by architect and television presenter, Charlie Luxton, in the grand setting of Whitehall’s Banqueting House. ow in their eighth year, the awards, run in association with Architecture Today, are well established and recognise outstanding projects completed throughout the UK and Ireland. They celebrate the collaboration between architects and specialist contractors, bringing clients’ visions to life.


Awards were presented in ten categories, including residential, commercial, cultural, and education and healthcare projects – considering both newbuilds and refurbishments. The judges were looking for an outstanding balance between stunning aesthetics and practical functionality to create a harmonious project. One Overall Winner is acknowledged each year, and this year the accolade went to St. George’s Bristol, designed by architects, Patel Taylor, and specialist contractor, Enhanced Glazing Systems. Patel Taylor’s considered design extends the functional spaces of the concert hall, mediating between the old and the new. A glazed link connecting the two buildings acts as a powerful transition space, light and open to the sky.

Hazel Joseph, Director of AHMM and one of the award judges, said: “The reason St. George’s Bristol stood out to me is that the project had a very dramatic creation of spaces. The architect ensured a careful curation of light and how light found the internal spaces. Also, the sensitivity of how it works within a historic environment is very clever – it is a worthy winner.” Last year’s online edition of the Schüco Excellence Awards saw the introduction of a Viewers’ Choice category. This year it returned in the form of the People’s Choice award voted for by attendees on the day. The project selected was 22 Handyside Street, a three-storey, mixed-use development in London’s King’s Cross by Coffey Architects and Stride Treglown with specialist contractor, Fleetwood Architectural Aluminium. Pete Temprell, Managing Director of Schüco UK, said: “The Excellence Awards recognise the close collaborations that successful building projects demand, so it was a pleasure to be able to celebrate those achievements in person with our winners this year.”

For full details of all the Schüco Excellence Awards 2021 winners, visit: www.schueco.com/uk/specifiers/excellence-award-winners-2021


Local Heroes partners with celebrated children’s author to release book encouraging girls to consider tradesperson roles The book launches following research revealing that nearly half of primary school children still believe being a tradesperson* is a “job for men” for boys and over a quarter (28%) said the same for science and ICT. On the other hand, languages (25%), music (31%) and English were (20%) were signposted as subjects specifically for girls. With these gender stereotypes around STEM subjects starting from as young as 6, if not younger, it’s no surprise that only 13% of primary school girls aged selected ‘trade roles’* when asked what they wanted to be when they were older. This figure compares starkly when their male counterparts were asked the same question, with a staggering 43% selecting the same roles.


ocal Heroes, an online platform matching customers with trusted local tradespeople and part of the British Gas family, has today announced the launch of a new children’s book, My Mum The Handyman, penned to encourage more young girls to consider a future career in the trade industry, which includes roles such as electricians, decorators, plumbers, and gas engineers. The illustrated book, which has been written by award-winning children’s author, Ros Asquith, launches following research** revealing nearly half of primary school children (44%) believe that working as a tradesperson is a “job for men”, despite the number of women working in trade roles having increased by 120% over the last decade[1].

Stereotypes Starting at School In the study of 1,000 British primary school children aged 6-11 commissioned by Local Heroes, when asked whether they thought there were specific subjects for boy or girls at school, a fifth (20%) of the children answered “yes”. Digging deeper, a fifth of those respondents (20%) agreed that maths was a subject specifically


Changing perceptions Despite a significant increase in the number of women working in trade roles over recent years, the perception of what a tradesperson looks like is still stuck in the past; when the surveyed children were asked to draw a builder, only 7% stated they would draw a female. Less than half of primary school children think women can be an electrician (48%), plumber (47%) and builder (44%), however over 8 in 10 children (82%) think that men can do these jobs. One in seven (14%) of the children went as far as to say that they don’t think a woman can work as a tradesperson, because ‘they aren’t strong enough’ or ‘it’s too dirty’. And, although almost half of primary school children view tradespeople roles as “jobs for men”, 44% believe their mum knows just as much as their dad when it comes to DIY. Local Heroes is stepping in to change young people’s perceptions around STEM roles including roles in the trade industry. My Mum The Handyman is a touching and modern tale focusing on a young boy whose mother is an electrician, and aims to bring to life the true trade industry landscape. Local Heroes wants the book to be accessible to all and is encouraging parents and

teachers to download the book from the website for free here. The book will also be printed and distributed to Local Heroes customers across the country over the coming months. Susan Wells, Head of Local Heroes comments, “Although we are seeing more and more women working as tradespeople, it’s still widely considered a man’s job. These stereotypes start from such a young age, which is something we want to change. Our latest research shows that primary school girls aren’t considering that they might want to be a tradesperson, compared to their male counterparts. I am a mother to both a son and a daughter – I want my daughter to grow up knowing she can be anything she wants to be, and there should be no limits to her dreams just because she’s a girl. We hope My Mum The Handyman will help young girls to see what an exciting and diverse role being a tradesperson could be, and inspire a new generation of female tradespeople.” Ros Asquith, children’s illustrator and author comments, “This project was an important one for me – there are so many young people out there who aren’t considering roles just because they don’t think it’s something they can do, or that it’s not something for them as they haven’t seen anyone ‘like them’ doing it. I want to help change that, and that starts with the next generation – young children.” Despite there being around 33,000 female tradespeople in 2019, a 120 per cent increase on the 15,000 reported in 2009[2], the stereotype that this is a man’s industry remains. The release of My Mum The Handyman in collaboration with Ros Asquith, is Local Heroes’ latest effort to recruit more women into the industry. To read the full book, visit the Local Heroes website to read and download it for free here.

West Fraser’s SterlingOSB Zero production, Inverness One OSB product may seem much like any other. In reality it is worth checking before specifying, especially if you want to score eco points. When it comes to being green, West Fraser’s SterlingOSB Zero stands out. Not only is SterlingOSB Zero the only UK-manufactured OSB with zero-added formaldehyde, but it is also net carbon negative. SB, or Oriented Strand Board to give it its full name, has become ubiquitous and is often used as a substitute for chipboard and plywood in applications such as flooring, roofing and timber framing. There is good reason for this. OSB is versatile, easy to use and with high consistency and board strength has no weak spots. SterlingOSB Zero or ‘Sterling Board’, as it is often known, is one of Europe’s most widely used and trusted structural panels.


In simple terms, OSB is formed of flakes or strands of timber bonded with resin adhesives in some 50 cross-directional layers. These are then mechanically pressed to create a structurally engineered board. Resins used to bind the flakes of SterlingOSB Zero contain zero-added formaldehyde. With less resin and more wood, the boards are more environmentally friendly and safer while performance is unimpaired. The other important way that West Fraser’s SterlingOSB Zero can help specifiers and builders towards their environmental targets is that the boards do not contribute to climate change; they are certified carbon negative. In-depth life-cycle assessment of carbon emissions in buildings is increasingly resulting in the building sector being advised to design and build with wood.

As wood naturally absorbs carbon as part of its natural life cycle, it is an ideal replacement for other materials with high levels of embodied carbon such as concrete and steel. The UK government has pledged to be carbon neutral by 2050. This target will require the UK to bring all greenhouse gas emissions down to net zero. SterlingOSB Zero products can help the construction industry comply; the net carbon negative status of the boards can be used by building designers to off-set the operational emissions of a building. Every SterlingOSB Zero board removes more carbon from the atmosphere than is emitted during manufacture, locking it up into long term storage within the board. Per cubic metre, SterlingOSB Zero sequesters 828kg of CO2e. The wood

used is homegrown, minimising carbon emissions from transport while ensuring it is always available and offers a costeffective building solution. West Fraser is a diversified wood products company with more than 60 facilities in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and Europe. From responsibly sourced and sustainably managed forest resources, West Fraser produces lumber, engineered wood (OSB, LVL, MDF, plywood, particleboard), and other products including pulp, newsprint, wood chips and renewable energy. West Fraser’s products are used in construction, repair and remodelling, industrial applications, papers, tissue and box materials. For further information call 01786 812 921 or visit uk.westfraser.com


industry news

Magply A1 Boards selected for fit out of London apartments One of the UK’s premier housebuilders has switched to specifying Magply boards as part of the wall construction, within the exterior elevations for an apartment development in a prime West London location, chosen in place of the plywood alternative because of the MgO boards’ outstanding physical characteristics and other practical benefits. oyal Warwick Square is a development by St. Edward – a joint venture company owned by M&G Investments and Berkeley. The scheme is part of the Warwick Road Masterplan that is providing a thousand new residences, a new school and landscaped spaces across seven acres of Zone 1 land in the Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.


With work near to completion, Watford based PIB Contractors has been installing the Magply boards, supplied through MP Moran of Watford as ‘pattresses’ or backing blocks for fixings, within the light gauge steel wall panels. The pattresses are sized and positioned in line with a


pre-designed layout: facilitating the hanging of fixtures and fittings like shelves, radiators and kitchen units. St. Edward is amongst a growing number of sector specialists turning to IPP Ltd. and its Magply range where high performance panel products are required to meet specific technical challenges. In the case of Royal Warwick Square, a member of the project team contacted IPP Ltd. during the early design stages, leading to the Sales Manager for Magply delivering a full technical briefing on the versatile product, which has found many similar applications, particularly in Ireland and on student accommodation buildings across the UK.

The Operations Director for PIB, Danny White, commented: “What you see on the Royal Warwick Square site is the use of 20mm Magply in lieu of a timber – plywood – pattress as this has a very good pull-out capacity similar to the properties of plywood and is non-combustible.” Backed by BDA Agreement certification, Magply MgO boards present a firesafe and environmentally friendly alternative to conventional plywood or OSB products. Additionally, the unique production process keeps the chloride content to just 0.01%, enhancing both stability and long-term durability. The different thicknesses of panel are also widely used as a substrate board for the direct application of proprietary render systems, as well as for flooring and flat or pitched roof build-ups.

hillipa (Pip) was a chef in the navy, but her career was cut short by the onset of a rare genetic condition, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. For years, Pip dedicated herself to helping others, from running soup kitchens and helping disadvantaged children, to supporting causes for disabled people.


Pip wanted a garden that she could access easily and freely allowing her to be able to take her son Harrison outside independently whilst being assured they are both safe and secure in their own garden. Being a former chef she is also very keen to show Harrison how to grow food, fruit and vegetables. Understanding how important the garden paving was to Pip and her family, the presenter of the popular show, Alan Titmarsh and the team decided to create a fully accessible navy coastal theme garden. As a result, the Love Your Garden experts got super-creative and by using some clever design with interesting features and details to suit the whole family.

How the design plans came together

Resin Pathway for ITV’s Love Your Garden in Middlesbrough Recently shown on the popular ITV programme ‘Love Your Garden’, was a garden make over in Middlesbrough, home to Phillipa, Husband John and their two-year-old boy Harrison. •10•

SureSet was contacted by the TV producers in early last year after working with us previously they knew resin bound paving was essential to complete the accessible pathways around the residential garden, with a particular interest in various colour blends from our Natural Aggregate range. We sent samples of colours that would suit the design to match the colour scheme and be feasible for the particular project requirements. As manufacturers, SureSet were able to show our support in donating our time, labour, plant and resin. Our operations team were on hand to provide advice and guidance for the based needed and edging options.

By offering a full installation service, we were able to continue to provide our expertise on site during the installation. “We were pleased to be part of this incredible build, a high quality resin bound pathway was installed by SureSet amongst some amazing planting, decking, and fun features.” Anna Miller | Head of Operations

The completed paving solution For the main pathway, the base used for the SureSet resin system was a well compacted crushed stone, this was ideal for the amount of foot traffic expected for this garden pathway area. SureSet used a clear resin to combine the chosen 6mm Natural Aggregate blend Winter Pearl from our natural range of colours. The required 15m² of stone and resin was mixed on site in a forced action Baron mixer, levelled at a 30mm depth using a handy spazzle and compressed by a hand float both supplied by The Resin Bull. There was 6m² of loose stone needed for a soakaway area located down the side of the garage where an imaginative dinosaur play table was created for their son Harrison. Alan and his team wanted to use the same Natural Aggregate stone to match the resin bound accessible path but keeping to a loose aggregate for this particular area provides a comfortable

space to kneel on when playing whilst also resembling the pebble beaches that surround a Jurassic coast. The pathway colour and texture is very well suited to the surrounding coastal themed timber and rocks but also creates a bold contrast against the dark green fences, shrubs, and the beautiful mural that is hung in the corner of the garden behind the den and brings all the colours of the garden together. Overall a wonderful garden for the whole family to enjoy! Resin bound paving has proven to be a perfect design solution for this garden and other projects across the world. From schools, medical centres,

bridges, and hospitals, to private homes and pedestrianised areas, the product has brought life and colour to landscape schemes of all shapes, sizes, and complexity. SureSet brings life to projects including driveways, patios, pool surrounds, roof gardens, play areas, car parks, and public spaces. Our range offers a variety of colours – from natural buffs and shades of terracotta to rich, vibrant primary colours and textures from natural gravel and crushed stone, marble and recycled glass, shells, bricks, and even bottles. The range provides almost limitless options for landscape architects, developers, and homeowners. Performance is never sacrificed for the sake of design. SureSet resin systems provide a beautiful and hard-wearing surface that will give plentiful years of service that requires minimal maintenance. Resistant to cracks, oil, UV-light, and frost damage, the integrity of a SureSet resin bound surface remains intact, preventing stones from becoming loose and weeds from growing through. For more information on SureSet Resin Systems and our installation, please email us at sales@sureset.co.uk


LANDSCAPE - the UK’s premier landscaping exhibition, is pleased to announce the 10 th anniversary show will take place on the 3 rd & 4 th November 2021, at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham.


elcoming over 200 exhibitors with a vast collection of industry-leading products and services, LANDSCAPE 2021 is the trade event you will not want to miss – and the best part is, it’s all FREE! As the first in-person industry show back, The LANDSCAPE Show is perfect opportunity to reconnect with others and keep up to date with products and services. LANDSCAPE is thrilled to bring this year’s show to the NEC for the first time. The move to a larger venue in Birmingham gives the ability to grow and create a bigger show. This exciting new chapter for LANDSCAPE has put the health and best interests of both exhibitors and visitors front and centre with many still uneasy about venturing into London. The NEC is a purpose built, Covid secure venue which is easily accessible. The NEC is located directly alongside Birmingham international airport and Railway Station and it has ample parking on site. The LANDSCAPE Show is dedicated to products, services and innovation for the design, build and management of exterior and interior landscape projects. LANDSCAPE brings the industry together by introducing its visitors to the latest products, services and techniques necessary to design, build and maintain prestigious and award-winning interior or exterior landscaping projects all over the world.

Between the LANDSCAPE exhibitors there are products and services for every aspect of the design and build process spanning from CAD systems and tools to plants and stone. LANDSCAPE features an endless selection of products that are available to source, exhibitors include manufacturers and suppliers of everything from living plants, trees and turf, vases, pots and flag stones to furniture and conservatories, water features and sundials. Our exhibitors also provide architectural iron work, planters, sheds, living roofs and walls, sculptures, soil, plants and paving as well as lighting, heating, trees and tools. Our extensive exhibitor list ensures that when we say that there is “something for everyone”, we really do mean it! The LANDSCAPE Show will be open from 10am-6pm on Wednesday 3 rd November, and 10am-5pm on Thursday 4 th November. Across both days there are 44 CPD accredited seminars taking place. Both the exhibition and all seminar sessions are free to attend. To register to attend the show for FREE, simply visit our registration page at:

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Mastic Asphalt Successfully Tested to New European Fire Standard ith the fire rating of waterproofing systems under increasing scrutiny since the Grenfell fire disaster, it is becoming increasingly important for specifiers and building owners to consider the fire classification of waterproofing systems.


The Mastic Asphalt Council (MAC) has recently tested its Recreation Duty (RD) Grade Mastic Asphalt system incorporating glass fibre tissue underlay to the European fire classification standard EN 13501-1. It successfully achieves a fire classification rating of Bfl-s1, confirming the product is flame-retardant with very limited smoke development. MAC Director Malcolm Grinstead said: “At present it would seem few waterproofing systems have achieved the Bfl-s1 fire classification rating to the European Standard, and this confirms Mastic Asphalt is a great choice for specifiers who •14•

need to demonstrate excellent fire ratings for waterproofing products.” Recreation Duty Mastic Asphalt is ideal for use on roofs, access walkways, balconies, terraces, podiums, plant rooms and stairways. It is UK manufactured, carbon neutral and recyclable. For specifiers seeking an efficient, cost-effective and simple to install way to weatherproof the exposed parts of buildings, mastic asphalt is a proven, long-lasting surfacing material. Seamless, durable and with exceptional waterproofing characteristics, mastic asphalt can be installed with minimal disruption and downtime. The Mastic Asphalt Council is the trade association for the mastic asphalt industry in the UK. Web: www.masticasphaltcouncil.co.uk, e-mail: info@masticasphaltcouncil.co.uk, Tel: 01273 242778.

EnviroBuild publish environmental impact of its composite products EnviroBuild has made history, becoming the first company in the UK to publish the environmental impact of its composite products with an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD). raditionally EPDs use an internationally standardised method to determine the impact of a product over its lifetime. Completing the report will allow EnviroBuild to identify and mitigate their contribution to climate change and increase their sustainability. EnviroBuild freely chose to make their EPD public in order to increase their transparency and to hold themselves accountable to their sustainable commitments.


The team at EnviroBuild have looked at their environmental impact at every stage of the design and development process including manufacturing, shipping, disposal and treatment. This is particularly significant as many manufacturers only consider their manufacturing processes when creating an EPD, whereas EnviroBuild has analysed its business from end-to-end, including its transportation, use and disposal stages. Buster Palmano, Technical Director at EnviroBuild, said: “The impact on the environment also covers more than just greenhouse gas emissions (global warming potential), we’ve also looked into things like ozone depletion, the environmental effect on bodies of water, the creation of any harmful substances and water consumption.” The report revealed that the Net CO₂ works out at +1.53 kg per kg of composite, when looking at every stage of the product lifecycle, including the company’s move to 100% renewable energy in 2021. The data shows that the company is currently outputting more CO₂ than they are removing from the atmosphere. The disposal stage is the largest contributor to this output as the product releases carbon as it biodegrades.

In comparison, the data reveals that the raw material processing stage absorbs more CO₂ than it releases. This is most likely due to the fact the construction process of the composite products involves using waste wood which absorbs CO₂ during its growth. The majority of the other raw materials used are recycled plastic, which have very little impact. The manufacturing stage of the EPD report has a small CO₂ output, which is largely due to the company moving to wind energy. By doing this, they were able to reduce the total carbon impact by over 30%! The ultimate goal of Envirobuild is to not only offset their environmental impact but reduce it entirely. In order to address the findings of the EPD and increase their sustainability, Envirobuild are starting multiple initiatives. Palmano said: “We are removing plastic packaging from smaller items such as screws and we are looking to improve the sustainability of our non-combustible flooring solutions, including porcelain paving and aluminium decking (ProGrip and Aquachannel).” The company is also looking to move the majority of its additional ranges to wind power. When purchasing renewable energy, the company will buy it in the country of production where they are using the energy. This is to ensure that they aren’t, for example, polluting one country and then balancing that pollution by planting trees in the UK. In order to address their biggest CO₂ output, Envirobuild will be encouraging builders’ merchants and customers to reuse old decking at its end of life rather than sending it to landfill. EnviroBuild is continually measuring and analysing the environmental impact of all of its products through LCAs and publishing EPDs, and using the results to objectively find the most effective way to reduce their environmental impact as much as possible. For EnviroBuild, the move to wind energy for Hyperion was just the start. For more information please click here.



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DURAPOST® FEATURES ON ITV’S LOVE YOUR GARDEN The innovative, galvanised steel fence post system, DuraPost® By Birkdale has recently featured on ITV’s Love your Garden as part of a much-needed renovation. he episode aired on Tuesday 14th of September and the DuraPost® system was one of the building materials chosen to drastically improve the aesthetics and longevity of a family garden in Middlesbrough.


The renovation was undertaken to improve the outside space belonging to Phillipa or ‘Pip’, her husband John and two-year-old son Harrison. Pip was employed as a chef in the navy, but her career was cut short by the onset of a rare genetic condition, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. She has since dedicated herself to others, from running soup kitchens, helping disadvantaged children, to supporting causes for disabled people. Pip desired a garden that she could access easily and safely in her wheelchair to take Harrison outside. Previously the space was bordered by 35m of dilapidated fencing in dire need of replacing. The Love Your Garden team selected DuraPost® and trained DuraPost® installer David Massey, of


Massey Garden Design, fitted the system in Anthracite Grey. This was completed along with matching DuraPost® gravel boards, capping rails, post caps and cover strips to complement the overall garden design. As well as having a modern and stylish fence solution, Pip and her family will also benefit from DuraPost®’s durability. Tested to withstand wind speeds of up to 110 miles per hour, the system is not vulnerable to the issues usually associated with traditional timber or concrete fence posts, such as cracking or rotting, because it is manufactured from cold rolled galvanised steel. Requiring no maintenance over its lifespan, Birkdale offers the system with a 25 year guarantee. Furthermore, DuraPost® is also a sustainable choice as it is made from 50% recycled steel and is 100% recyclable at the end of its usable life. “We are delighted that DuraPost® has been specified for this episode of Love Your Garden,” commented Ed Harvey, Marketing Director at Birkdale. “With a superior strength to weight ratio, DuraPost® is slimmer

than alternative fence posts, making it considerably more space efficient for a domestic garden. The finished garden design looks incredible and we hope that Pip and her family will enjoy the space for many years to come.” The DuraPost® system is available in four colours: Anthracite Grey, Olive Grey, Sepia Brown and Galvanised Steel, along with matching accessories. Love Your Garden is available to watch through the ITV Hub. The episode was originally broadcast on ITV at 20:00 on Tuesday 14th of September.


coatings & paints

Color of the Year 2022 is a breath of fresh air for AkzoNobel wood coatings The airy blue of Bright Skies, AkzoNobel’s Color of the Year 2022, has been translated into colors and finishes for wood coatings, bringing a breath of fresh air to wood product manufacturers.


fter a spell of feeling shut in, people are craving expansion. Extensive global trend research conducted by a team of in-house paints and coatings color experts and international design professionals reveals that we want open air, connections to the great outdoors and a fresh approach to everything. “Building on our annual trend research, our Wood Design team works with furniture designers around the world,” says Rob Haley, Color Trends Manager for AkzoNobel’s Industrial Coatings business. “We interpret what’s happening in architectural color, soft-furnishings and fashion to create the overall look and feel of our wood finishes, introducing unique techniques such as wire brushing and heavy distressing.” Specially crafted finishes are required for different products, as wood coatings are often applied to highlight and play with the natural beauty of the substrate rather than to cover a blank surface. A highly trained technical service team works closely with the Wood Design team to ensure that our finishes are robust and can be industrialized for customers around the world.


Four unique color palettes created around the Color of the Year will have an influence on home decor – including furniture, flooring, cabinetry and building products – in the coming year: •

The Studio – soulful, warm and modern tones

The Salon – embracing artful qualities

The Greenhouse – reveling in nature’s influence

The Workshop – creating flexibility in multifunctional spaces

“Wood is not only timeless, it’s also exceptionally versatile,” says Haley. “We want to inspire and empower our customers with creative opportunities for combining colors and trends, like formal designs and finishes ranging from flat to glossy. That’s how we make wood the perfect companion for our modern times.” For more information about the Color of the Year 2022, visit the web page and follow #CF22 on social media.

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Concrete seals the deal for architects and designers Concrete is all the rage in interiors at the moment and architects and designers are embracing a material that has been around since ancient times but is now back in fashion.


raig Bell of Osmo, provides some advice on how to maintain this most durable of building products.

Trends in interior design constantly change and it can be hard to keep up with what is the latest style, product or material that is currently on-trend. Interior designers and architects like to try new things, and one shift that is particularly noticeable, is the transition of concrete from a ‘hard’ building material used in all types of construction, to its current position as a contemporary and stylish finish for interior design elements such as flooring, furniture and surfaces. Concrete in various forms has been around for centuries. However, it is only in the last few years that it has made this transition to an interiors product. It has an industrial heritage which makes it extremely durable, a quality that translates well to an interior environment. The benefits of concrete furniture go far beyond its strength and durability. The potential designs of concrete furniture can range from the very simple to ornate with each piece custom created to complement the surrounding decor.


Typical concrete pieces might be dining, coffee and side tables, kitchen worktops and even lighting fixtures. Its simple style and colour also make it a great contrast feature for monochrome interior features and is an ideal material to create an ‘industrial’ design aesthetic. It pairs extremely well with other materials and the unusual texture can really make an impact in any interior scheme. Like many materials, concrete needs care and attention to maintain the qualities that make it an appealing product in the first place. Each concrete piece is usually uniquely designed to suit the application and to keep it in tip-top condition, it is important to look after it properly. A good way to treat interior concrete products is to use a good clear, satin impregnation oil. This type of oil uniquely combines the advantages of natural oils and waxes in one product. Importantly it will not form a film on the surface – particularly important with concrete - instead it penetrates the surface. Through this impregnation, the microporous surface (as concrete has) becomes water and dirt repellent as well as stain resistant. This action makes the oil especially suited to concrete wall panelling and flooring in kitchens and bathrooms as well as for tabletops, windows sills and kitchen worktops.

When undertaking maintenance with oil it is important to apply it very thinly and spread it well across the area. Any excess product (i.e. pooling or streaks) should be removed with a pad or a lint-free cloth. For larger areas, remove excess oil with a rubberscraper and polish with a buffing machine (whitepad). The oil must be absorbed into the surface. There must not be any oil left on the surface. The oil needs 8-10 hours to dry and the area should be well ventilated for best results. When ready, apply the second coat also very thinly and again, remove any excess. When renovating already oiled surface, normally one coat on a cleaned surface is perfectly sufficient. Concrete is also a sustainable material. This is a major plus for many architects and interior designers working in today’s environmentally conscious marketplace, where sustainable sourcing is key. Should it be necessary, concrete pieces can be recycled at the end of their life. That said, with proper care and attention concrete products can last for centuries. Although it’s unlikely anyone has such grand ambitions for today’s interior pieces, it is reassuring for architects and designers to know there are products available that can maintain, preserve and enhance the concrete features they create today.

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The water based, eco-friendly PUSealer can be applied to most types of flooring, including vinyl, tiled and epoxy resin. Adding 40 microns of protective thickness to floors, PU Sealer extends the lifespan by up to six times and provides a lasting clear matt finish. Thanks to the permanent sealing, it protects against friction and discolouration from chemical spillages.


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Preventing the Spread of Fire in Basements As Winston Churchill famously quoted “It is always wise to look ahead, but difficult to look further than you can see”. hilst it would be wonderful to have future insight into the world of architecture, basement design and construction, it’s just not a possibility. However, this shouldn’t detract from the industry, looking further than they can see.


Fire safety has always been developed and innovated in the face of tragedy. Some of the first fire safety legislations in this country were brought about by byelaws in the wake tragedy and throughout history the industry has continued to retroactively fix issues that have arisen post event.


Every year there are many fires on construction sites and in buildings undergoing refurbishment; people are injured or killed, property is destroyed, including irreplaceable heritage buildings and the industry suffers disruption and unexpected costs from which many never recover. Stopping fires on construction sites and in buildings, is nigh on impossible, however mitigating injury or death is a possibility and a design approach which should be incorporated into every project. This article demonstrates how the interested parties in any construction

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There are many different design challenges experienced when designing a suitable, maintainable, and capable waterproofing system, from a basement to podium deck. From existing basements to multi-level basements - basements will encompass high water tables at some stage during their service life, so not only the need to be suitable for intended use but also capable of giving the structure some defence against fire. Delta MS 500 Fire Retardant Membrane is an extremely effective Type C Cavity Drain waterproofing membrane which utilises the highest grade of HighDensity Polyethylene (HDPE) with a fire classification of B-s2, d0. The Delta Fire Retardant Type C Cavity Drainage System is the safest form of waterproofing system available, offering complete protection from water or water vapour and fire-retardant protection. project can design and construct projects in such a way that in the event of an outbreak of fire within that building, the occupants, once alerted are provided with the opportunity to escape from the building without injury of loss of life. Every occupant within a building should be provided with at least one means of escape from fire that offers a safe passage outside the building. In certain circumstances, for example, basements and below ground structures, there is usually only one means of access, which limits means of escape. By keeping a proactive approach, the design and layout of a building, in conjunction with the materials used and style of construction, play a key role in preventing the spread of fire and will allow the safe evacuation of occupants from a building in the event of a fire.

Architects, designers, building contractors, developers and building owners are responsible for ensuring that suitable designs, building techniques and materials are used, this also allows for future proofing designs based on the whole value of the project in the face of unpredictable, ongoing change meeting both current building regulations and those of the future.

Delta Membrane Systems are the leading UK manufacturer of Type C, cavity drain membranes. For more information about our fire-retardant and fire-resistant waterproofing solutions and how you can maximize the fire safety of basements and below ground structures, download our brochure, or contact our expert team. www.deltamembranes.com

By building with fire-resistant materials from the outset, the structure and its occupants receive the maximum, valuable time for means of escape. When we think of materials such as waterproofing products, we don’t naturally think of protection in the event of fire. However, the number of waterproofing products available which offer protection in the event of fire is remarkable and should be a question asked when specifying.


As we settle into our second year of trading in the pandemic and the challenges that continue to face us, we would like to take this opportunity to reiterate our policy of stockholding and pricing and how it is driving our company forward. “Last summer we saw widespread disruption to supply and many assumed by now these issues would have ironed themselves out. In fact they have worsened. Most of our competitors are still looking at long lead times and have applied large price increases. We are not only able to maintain the chain of supply due to our longstanding policy of stockholding but are also able to maintain our current pricing structure providing further financial stability to ourselves but as importantly to our customers” As always the Sussex Range is manufactured from 100% stainless steel including our recently introduced Black Edition of powder coated rails. “More and more people are coming round to the durability and sustainability of stainless steel, particularly after the year we have just had, we all need to be aware of our environmental and social impact” “On a practical note our customers don’t want to go to the expense and disruption of fitting out their bathroom to 2 years down the line find that an inferior mild steel rail rusts, leaks and they then need a complete re-tile when the replacement isn’t dimensionally identical to the original” Stainless steel is 100% recyclable, and manufactured from over 90% recyclable material. It does not rust, flake or corrode. It is the sustainable, durable choice. We source our rails ethically and take our social responsibility seriously, from our sourcing, to our manufacture, to our charity initiatives. As a stable business with long term stockholding that has maintained a steady supply throughout the pandemic we are able to do all of this whilst protecting our pricing structure. We offer 3 formats of rail throughout the entire range: Electric, dual fuel and central heating only and we offer both a polished and satin finish as well as the Black Edition Range. “The cornerstones of our business are quite simply quality, stock holding and ultimately customer service. The three work hand in hand”


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Brandt Design furnish new development at Holburne Park in Bath Kitchen living solutions with Heritage Collection furniture designed and installed by Brandt Design eading British kitchen and interior design studio, Brandt Design, has collaborated with Bristolbased builders, Hardrock Developments and B.E.C.T Building Contractors to create a series of luxury homes at Holburne Park: a scenic village-style suburb in walking distance of the historic city centre of Bath.


These prestigious Georgian-style new homes are constructed in Bath stone and the project is designed by architect Robert Adam, renowned for his work at the Duchy of Cornwall’s acclaimed Poundbury in Dorset. As Brandt Design has extended its national reach to the South West of England with a new trade showroom in Cardiff, the team has a wealth of knowledge working on deluxe turnkey projects. Julia Steadman, Commercial Director, Brandt Design says “What


really works is that you enter a building that externally resembles a bygone era and then experience everything that’s great about modern design, none more so than our kitchens which have everything that today’s consumer could wish for.” Potential new homeowners at the Holburne Park development can choose from two distinct kitchen styles. 1. Brandt Design Heritage Collection, which offers a classic in-frame door is perfectly sympathetic to its surroundings and period architecture, and the high-fashion Velvet Blue Lacquer finish adds visual depth and heritage charm. This sophisticated blue furniture is paired with elegant and tactile 20mm quartz worktops in Carrara Cloud and all of the featured kitchen appliances are manufactured by Siemens, along with a Bora Pure induction hob set in the island. The contemporary kitchen is handpicked from 2. Brandt Urban Collection, which is designed with handleless contemporary slab doors in a mixture of Velvet Blue and Cashmere. Appliances are supplied by Siemens and with an integrated Bora Pure hob, as well as 20mm quartz worktops are in Calacutta Supreme.

“Holburne Park is just one of a number of high quality developments that we are currently supplying and I love the way it fuses modern living with classical architecture. Anyone who has visited Bath will understand its unique character and history, which is why new buildings need to be aware of the most suitable landscape, materials and style from the outset” adds Julia. Scott Davis, Director, Brandt Design says, “We are extremely pleased to work on such a high calibre project in such a beautiful location. As the kitchen living space remains a key room in many residential properties up and down the land, we are very proud to bring our expertise in bespoke fitted furniture for the ultimate in luxe interior design with timeless appeal.” From initial enquiry through to concept design and final install, Brandt Design invest time nurturing its understanding of each project, offering thoughtful consultation and expert guidance to create market leading design with purpose and precision. For further information on please contact: Brandt Design www.brandtdesign.co.uk info@brandtkitchens.co.uk

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Lights up: Discover the principles behind successful lighting solutions with Inspired by Light: A design guide to transforming the home, new from RIBA Books ighting plays a crucial role in the way we see and experience the spaces we occupy, often without acknowledgement. Artificial lighting adds a whole new dimension at night shaping the architecture and creating the ambience of the space.


Inspired by Light provides practical insight with an abundance of visual inspiration on successful lighting solutions and schemes, from exploring the fundamental principles of lighting design, to working with LEDs, to providing advice on lighting in bathrooms, kitchens and unusual spaces such as attics and vaulted areas.


Written by Sally Storey, one of the world’s leading lighting designers of commercial and residential projects, this rich and accessible design guide provides a toolbox of techniques to apply in practice. With its lavish photography and accompanying lighting plans, sections and details, Inspired by Light showcases the most up-to-date information on trending and upcoming lighting technologies that aim to transform how light is used within a space. Sally Storey said: ‘With the arrival of LEDs, which revolutionised the industry, I felt that a book which explored how to use this new tool would be of benefit to the industry. There is very little advice currently available for designers and the design savy to fully understand how to select LEDs. The outlining of all the important technical elements within the book is critical to the understanding

and proper selection of LEDs, and to illustrate the various techniques that can be used and how they are important in distinct styles of interior.’ Inspired by Light attentively covers everything from the contemporary to the traditional, to provide readers with a true understanding of the flexibility of this new lighting tool. ‘Good LED technology has allowed for greater opportunities and benefits within the industry, due to its miniaturisation, which allows for more discreet integration into architecture and joinery. With LEDs lasting longer than ever before, it is so important to get the lighting right from the outset or it will be a costly mistake.’ Storey draws inspiration from across the UK and around the globe

including a contemporary villa in Dubai and an alpine chalet and presents a variety of interior and exterior real-world projects old and new, large and small in this stunning single volume. Inspired by Light offers a fascinating insight into the current and emerging lighting technologies, which will not only appeal to architects and designers, but also to anyone who is interested in making the most of the lighting at home or at work. It is visually engaging and approachable in style and intent and features a thoroughly useful glossary of terms that aims to demystify the jargon surrounding the subject. The book is due for release on 1st October 2021 when it will be available from all good booksellers. It will be exclusively available from RIBA Books from 10 September 2021 online here: ribabooks.com


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Revealed: The Home Improvements That Add The Most Value To Your Property In 2021 (And the real reasons we renovate)

• A new report by mutual insurer, Royal London, asked homeowners how much more they would offer on their next home if the property had certain home improvements • New kitchens and bathrooms add the most value to your home in 2021 • The influences that drive home improvements revealed


ith more time spent inside than ever before, over the past 18 months, it may come as no surprise that home upgrades and improvements are now top of many homeowners’ agenda. One of the reasons why people take out equity from their house is for home improvements. From adding new kitchens to converting unused loft space, there are many upgrades that can be made to make the most of the place we call home. These changes may be invaluable to our day to day lives, but it’s no secret they can also increase the monetary value of a property too – but which upgrades add the most value? A new report by Royal London reveals which upgrades will increase your home’s value the most in 2021 (along with the real reason we renovate), according to UK homeowners.

THE VALUE OF HOME IMPROVEMENTS Royal London asked homeowners in the UK how much more they would offer on their next home if the property had certain improvements. The report reveals adding a new kitchen and a bathroom to a house will add the most value, in 2021. The full list can be seen in the table below: Rank 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Improvement Modern kitchen Modern bathroom Loft conversion Spare bedroom New boiler/heating system Modern windows Garage conversion Landscaped garden Conservatory Modern doors

Value added to property £11,159.95 £10,915.12 £10,845.17 £10,744.35 £9,647.50 £9,597.93 £9,503.32 £9,502.17 £9,390.26 £8,601.15

THE REAL REASONS WE RENOVATE Royal London asked people on a scale of 1-10 (with 1 being not influenced at all and 10 being very influenced)


how influenced they were to renovate their homes based on the different factors such as seeing their neighbours upgrading and viewing images of celebrity homes online. The full list of influences can be seen below: Rank Influencing factor for renovating Score (1-10) 1 The need for more space for myself or partner 7.0 2 Selling the property 6.6 3 The need for space for kids or pets 6.3 4 A need for more space to work from home 6.3 5 A desire to hold more social events in the home 6.2 6 Seeing upgrades to family members property 6.0 7 Seeing upgrades on a neighbours’ property 5.8 8 Viewing images of celebrity homes online 5.3

WHAT HOME IMPROVEMENTS DO BRITS MAKE WITHIN THE FIRST TWO YEARS OF OWNING A PROPERTY? The report also asked UK homeowners what home improvements they have made within the first two years of living in their property. Nearly half (48%) of homeowners invested in a new kitchen within the first 24 months of ownership, while 39% improved their bathrooms. The full list of most popular upgrades to be made within the first two years can be seen below: Rank


% of respondents who've made this improvement to their home

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The Mercury boiler brings a new era to the Electric Combi Boiler market with the introduction of External Weather Compensation and Bare-Wire Heating Element technology for Domestic Hot Water.

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Panasonic highlights sustainable Cold Chain solutions at ATMOsphere Europe 2021 ATMOsphere Europe Summit: September 28th – 29th anasonic Heating & Cooling Solutions is delighted to be returning as Silver Sponsor at ATMOsphere Europe 2021, 28th – 29th September. Organised by Shecco, ATMOsphere Europe has become the forum to discuss and drive the business case for Natural Refrigerants.


Over the two-day event, Panasonic will highlight solutions that support a sustainable cold chain, particularly focusing on its CR Series of CO2 Condensing Units which deliver reliable and sustainable refrigeration that is safe, uses patent-free available refrigerant. The solution utilises naturally occurring CO2 which has a low Ozone Depletion Level (ODL) of 0 and Global Warming Potential (GWP) of 1, reducing harmful impact on the environment. The Panasonic CR Series is ideal for use in applications such as supermarkets, gas-stations, cafeterias, cold rooms in hotels and restaurants, and for industrial process refrigeration needs such as food and medical, and more. Panasonic will also present a portfolio of


case studies from the food retail and health care sectors to demonstrate its impressive series in action. “We’re excited to be back at ATMOsphere Europe and reach a global audience virtually,” comments Benjamin Tissot, Key Account Manager CO2 Panasonic Heating & Cooling Solutions. “With over 20 years’ experience in this area, we value the benefits of the natural gas CO₂ thanks to its low GWP. This also aligns with our Environmental Vision 2050, a commitment to reduce the amount of energy used and utilise clean energy. It promotes a reduction in the global warming impact of cold chain solutions within commercial refrigeration, which is essential for securing a more sustainable future for the retail market.” To discover the latest news about Panasonic’s CO₂ solutions, please click here. For more information about ATMOsphere Europe please click here.

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Waterloo Strengthen Product Offering with Displacement Waterloo have strengthened their product offering by replacing their displacement range with the full portfolio of Swegon displacement products. By integrating a range of airborne products from the Swegon group, the supplier of air terminal devices can deliver the widest range of room unit products in the UK market. as consideration for cooling the whole space is not required.

The new range of displacement terminals are made to effectively discharge air at low velocity to ensure good comfort in rooms. In large spaces such as airports, theatres, factory floors, open offices, and supermarkets where a traditional mixed system can fall short; using a displacement system can have significant advantages on indoor air quality and efficiency. Rooms with high ceilings can benefit from substantial energy savings by installing the displacement terminals with Varizon®, as only the occupied zone needs to be cooled from the low level of displacement installation. Added to the lower pressure drop associated with displacement ventilation terminals, selection of smaller and slower fans is possible for a reduction in fan energy. The supply air temperature is higher for displacement systems (circa 18°C) than for an overhead mixing system (circa 14°C), meaning there is greater access to free cooling throughout the year, thus improving chiller efficiency. In general, the higher the space, the greater the payback,


Another benefit of displacement is the increased hygiene factor. New air is directed straight into the occupied zone, and old air rises to be extracted through the ceiling, meaning increased ventilation effectiveness. Working on the principles of buoyancy and stratification, air is effectively supplied at low velocity to involve minimal mixing. By so doing, airborne pollutants lighter than air rise above the breathing zone, meaning the air quality in the occupied zone is superior to that achieved with mixing ventilation. Waterloo have introduced 11 models, the majority of which are complete with wegon’s Varizon® system: offering one of the best levels of user comfort at close range on the market. The terminal can be set to move the near zone away from critical areas reducing the risk of draughts. This can be particularly effective in conference rooms with high occupancy & minimal space. The nozzles can also be readjusted after commissioning in instances of office restructure & occupant relocation. By integrating selected airborne products from the Swegon group, Waterloo is now in the position to offer the widest range of room unit products on the UK market. www.waterloo.co.uk rachel.roots@waterloo.co.uk


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THE 15-MINUTE CITY APPROACH TO POSTPANDEMIC HOUSE BUILDING The next big challenge facing the building industry will be meeting the demands of the public for homes that fit in to post-pandemic living with greater homeworking and emphasis on lifestyle rather than location, it is claimed. an Grimshaw from Beam Development says the ‘15-Minute City’ principal – a new approach to urban design, in which all city residents can meet most of their needs within a short walk or bicycle ride from their homes – could offer a solution.


“It is possible cities will never return to the way they were before the virus struck and we are now looking at the way buildings are being used in terms of amenities and spaces and examining what people want from the places they live in,” said Dan. “Even before Covid people were wanting to spend more time at home as technology allowed them to do that, but that has been normalised during lockdown and accelerated, hence the need for proper home office space to accommodate that. “If the 15-Minute City takes off as a concept it will chime with people looking for more flexibility in their lives and who want to fit their jobs around their home life with space to work from home and, if possible, the space for a home office. “Creating that space, either through an extension or re-purposing rooms is vital.” Dan says building design is already starting to change with projects such as the Brabazon development being built at the former BAE airfield at Filton, near Bristol, already adopting the new readymade community model. “One of the positives of the pandemic is it has made people feel more connected with their neighbourhoods and highlighted the need for a diverse range of local businesses and services, with better street space for pedestrians,” added Dan.


“Lockdown turned us all into locals overnight, connecting with high street shops and cafes on the doorstep in a way many of us had never done before. With restrictions lifting, it could be time to try new approaches to unlock growth and help reshape our communities for the better.” The 15-Minute City idea was developed by Sorbonne Professor Carlos Moreno and advocates the creation of a city of neighbourhoods, in which workers find everything they need in terms of work, retail and leisure within 15 minutes of their home. Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo has made the 15-minute goal a focus of her seven

years in office and is creating 900 miles of bike lanes in the city. She is also converting schoolyards throughout the city into round-the-clock public playgrounds. Dan Grimshaw is a design and construction specialist based in Bath and London who has worked on premium residential projects for more than 15 years. He is a mentor to the British Library’s prestigious Innovating for Growth programme and is on the jury for the BLT Built Design Awards 2021. For further information visit: www.beamdevelopment.co.uk


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These days, the word “sustainability” seems to crop up everywhere. Whether that’s in news reports, magazine articles, advertising campaigns or emblazoned on the side of lorries. But is it just another business buzzword, or are we genuinely making a shift in the way we think and act, in order to protect and preserve the world we live in for future generations? hile “Green Issues” like recycling and sustainability were on the fringe 20 years ago, these days they’re right at the heart of business with sustainability having a huge influence on every aspect of industry, especially at Eurocell.


PVC-U is a highly sustainable product, robust enough to be recycled and repurposed up to 10 times without its quality or performance deteriorating, giving it a lifespan in the construction industry of 350 years. At our recycling plants, we process up to 70,000 old PVC-U window frames per week, or around 39,000 tonnes per year. Once recycled, it is used to create a variety of new products, from thermal inserts to our revolutionary Modus window system. By doing this we are able to reuse almost 100% of our production waste.

2021 Targets Despite 2020 resulting in a number of challenges - Eurocell Recycle still managed to recycle an impressive number of PVC-U frames. Like most businesses, Eurocell Recycle closed it’s doors for a few months in 2020 to keep it’s staff and customers safe, and put in Covid-secure work processes. This being said, for the last 5 consecutive years, (2020 excluded) Eurocell Recycle has managed to beat it’s previous years total recycling number and we plan to make 2021 the biggest year yet, with a target of a record-breaking 3.5 million frames recycled.


The recycling process makes PVC-U stronger Products manufactured from recycled PVC-U are actually stronger than those made with virgin plastic because of the chemical transformation of the polymers it contains when it goes through the recycling process. At our consolidated operations in Ilkeston and Selby, Eurocell Recycle now offers the largest and most complete closed-loop process in the UK for collecting and processing used PVC-U frames to be re-extruded and turned into new windows, doors and building products.

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The Gessner: Way of Life to Launch New DesignLed Residences in Tottenham Hale this Autumn Way of Life today announces that it has launched The Gessner, 164 brand new, beautifully designed apartments in Tottenham Hale, London, set to welcome the first residents in autumn 2021. The Gessner represents a new direction for Way of Life, taking as its base world-class design, service and amenity, reflective of and inspired by the shifts within modern lifestyle hospitality, to create a full-service, contemporary rental offer for London and the UK. sq ft, offering spacious living with bright entertainment areas, perfect for young families, and for accommodating guests. Shared spaces throughout the building create a sense of community for residents, including a shared dining room, sitting room and kitchen for socialising, working or just relaxing during free time.

Rooftop terrace at The Gessner (image credit: Way of Life)

he Gessner will offer a selection of studios, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments with superb views across London, with discounted market rates for key workers living and working in the borough. Guest suites for visitors to stay for a minimum of two nights will also launch later in 2021. Amenities tailored to every element of residents’ life include a dedicated on-site café and shop, fully equipped gym, a large rooftop garden with BBQ, free super-fast WIFI, sitting and dining rooms, 24h on-site team, smart lockers for parcels, bike storage and cosy lounges with fireplaces. A rolling programme for residents will include resident clubs, talks and workshops with local creatives and wellbeing initiatives. Prices start at £1,300 per month.


Living room at The Gessner (credit: Way of Life)

All apartments are pet friendly and many include private balconies, while two bedroom apartments feature large bespoke kitchens and living rooms. Three bedroom apartments sit across over 1,000


The space has been brought to life by London- and LA-based interior architecture and design studio Fettle Studio, whose previous work includes hospitality brands such as The Marylebone Hotel, The Hoxton Portland and Rome, and aparthotel Schwan Locke.

Residents’ lounge at The Gessner (credit: Way of Life)

The neighbourhood of Tottenham Hale offers a wealth of independent restaurants, community spaces, cafes, artisans and nightlife, all at The Gessner’s doorstep. The location is surrounded by green space and flanked by the River Lea and natural reservoirs, plus excellent transport options with central London just 15 minutes away by train, and Stansted Airport one stop by train. Apartments at The Gessner are available furnished or unfurnished, with furnished apartments including a dining table and chairs, a sofa, coffee table and more, and ottoman

beds, all designed bespoke by Fettle, included in the monthly rent. Tenancies can start from six months all the way to five years. Way of Life offers a full suite of property services - including viewings, putting down a deposit, and completing reference checks all of which are handled through a unique online platform. Customers can manage the entire process via one simple digital journey, from viewing a flat through to moving in. This allows for a high degree of transparency for the tenant to fully understand contracts, their rights and status of their application at all times. The platform, built by Way of Life, will facilitate viewings, bookings, reservations, amenity searches and one-click extras all using best-in-class technology to make the process of renting a customer-centric experience from start to finish. The Gessner is part of a new wave of residences from Way of Life set to launch in London over the next three years. Gavin Chetty, Creative Director for Way of Life, said: “The opening of The Gessner marks a bold new direction for Way of Life. We are committed to raising the bar, offering apartments that marry the comfort of the home with the highest level of hospitality. Paired with world-class design, a dynamic community and streamlined service, in connected, exciting locations, The Gessner will be a blueprint for a better way to rent. We look forward to welcoming our first residents later this year.” For more information visit www.wayoflife.com/thegessner

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ISO CHEMIE’S WINFRAMER SPECIFIED FOR MODULAR HOUSE BUILDER ISO Chemie’s thermal insulating and load bearing bracket support system has been specified for a ground breaking modular house design that could impact on the new homes market and environment he development sees WINFRAMER units along with WIN2WALL multi-level sealing tape, being supplied to North East-based CoreHaus for installation in its modular properties. The company has a five-year plan to produce around 1,000 precision engineered units a year built using modern methods of construction (MMC) to deliver long term energy cost savings.


Passivhaus certified and fire rated to up to 30 minutes, WINFRAMER is a prefabricated installation frame, manufactured to accommodate cavities up to 250mm that allows windows to be supported independently from the face of the wall regardless of any external cladding being in place. Quick and easy-to-install, the product’s application on CoreHaus properties comes as the modular housing sector has been given a boost by national housing agency Homes England, which is accelerating the delivery of local authority housing schemes, encouraging greater use of MMC.


ISO-BLOCO WIN2WALL enables window and door gaps between 2 mm to 8 mm to be easily sealed from inside the property. Available in two widths to give the extra thermal insulation equivalent to A Rated (40mm tape) or A+ and A++ windows (65 mm tape), the tape is able to accommodate the vast majority of UK window installations. Dan Selby, production manager at CoreHaus, said: “As a house designer, we look at new ways to deliver low carbon structures, which use sustainable technologies. ISO Chemie’s fit and forget products offer innovative solutions for effective window and door sealing, delivering measurable airtight, acoustic and thermal sealing benefits in the process.” Nick Thompson, ISO Chemie’s technical consultant, said modular housing is gaining increasing traction and

WINFRAMER and WIN2WALL can add real value during the initial and post construction phases. He added: “Using WINFRAMER as a platform for the windows to be moved forward, allows a cavity wall to be created outside the existing one. This can then be filled with insulation to massively improve thermal efficiency. As it’s also very thermally efficient and airtight, WINFRAMER is proving to be an easy and cost-effective way to improve the quality of the modular properties.” The composite WINFRAMER brackets can bear heavy windows loads, including bi-fold doors, to provide a reliable, strong and high-performance support frame. Installation is quick with windows attached directly and secured mechanically using either standard fixing screws or fixing lugs in the usual manner.

A hinged insulation core combines with the composite wood structural bracket to become an integral part of the overall wall structure, providing compliance with window energy saving regulations (EnEV) and the RAL quality assurance association. Among the key advantages of WIN2WALL are not only its thermal performance, but it is also weather tight to 600 Pa (Violent Storm Force 11) and has excellent acoustic insulation properties. Installing a window or door using WIN2WALL will give the window an equivalent or better thermal property than the window unit itself. Even the smaller 40mm size tape will give the joint between the window and wall a U-Value of 1.2, equivalent to an Energy A-rated window.


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Cabin Platform Lift for new apartment block We’ve just installed our Inva Commercial Cabin Lift at a three storey installation in a new build block of apartments. ur lift was the perfect solution for access offering a cabin size of 1100mm wide x 1400mm deep with sliding landing doors at each landing.


With custom cabin lighting, and simple, one touch operation, the fully enclosed lift is easy to use, whilst there is no requirement for a machine room, substantial pit and headroom as required by a traditional passenger lift.

Installed within a concrete or masonry shaft, the cabin lift can also be supplied in a supporting steel structure. The lift is compliant to the machinery directive and with a capacity of 400Kg and operating at a speed of 0.15m/s, allowing the cabin lift to operate safely with a recess of only 120mm and a headroom above the upper landing of 2600mm. The Inva commercial cabin lift also has the flexibility to offer special cabin sizes to suit most existing shafts along with 3

panel telescopic landing doors and even single swing landing door for particularly small existing shafts. Available in a range of RAL and wood cabin finishes, the lift is the perfect addition to both public and commercial buildings. If you would like to know more about our platform lifts or other access solutions, please contact the Invalifts team on 0845 468 2543 or alternatively, email sales@invalifts.com


Platform Lifts Our range of platform lifts includes the Commercial Platform Lift (right) - a premium quality enclosed platform lift with a customisable finish, and the option of glazing on 3 sides. Designed for offices, schools and public buildings with small footprints available, this is a premier platform lift. We also offer stair platform lifts and a range of platform lifts for both internal and external use.

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