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04 Industry News & Shows Increasing numbers of architects say that personal connections are the best way to secure a job when starting out, a new survey from Reynaers at Home has found. This year’s survey of architects saw 41% of respondents citing attending university as most useful for their first architectural job, compared to 48% of respondents in the previous Reynaers at Home survey in 2013. However personal connections were cited by 28% of architects this year, opposed to just 14% in 2013. Work experience appears to have dropped slightly in importance, with only 23% of architects citing this as the most useful in securing their first architectural position, compared with 29% in 2013. In Reynaers at Home’s latest national survey of industry trends, architects also cited eagerness, determination, design skills and talent as useful attributes to get their first job. While an impressive 61% claim that they knew they wanted to be an architect from birth, the career choices for many initially started down entirely different paths. Pilot and footballer were the most commonly shared dream by architects when they were children, followed by artist. Other professions that captured the imagination of UK architects included rock stars, park wardens, bin men, spies, professional surfers and even a knight. Marketing Manager of Reynaers Rebecca Cope said: “The best way to get a job in architecture is from a university education, but our research shows that there are other key personality traits that may be required to get into architecture as a profession, such as a determination and strong self-belief.

“This year marks the 25th anniversary of Reynaers in the UK and we have a long history of education and training. We invest our time in a programme of university lectures throughout the year to help future architects and give them a taste of how we might be able to help with practical experience. The students we talk to can see how the theory works in practice and the programme helps to develop their understanding of contemporary window and door technology as they embark on their career in architecture.” If you would like to enquire about the presentation for your university, please contact Nicola Collenette at Mobas PR: or 01223 841699. Reynaers at Home is a premium brand dedicated to offering the very best architectural glazing products and service to the discerning householder. For more information, see the website, email or call 0121 421 9707.

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DICKIES 2016 NEW LOOK CATALOGUE The new Dickies 2016 catalogue is out now with nearly 200 pages of fresh photography on core lines, with new graphics, icons, pictograms it is easy to follow and it is packed with a number of exciting new products and ranges with style, functionality and quality being paramount in driving the Dickies business forward. New products such as ED24/7 trousers, they are not only practical for the everyday working environment but also comfortable and stylish. Made from 245gsm fabric ensures they are tough but light enough to retain agility. Also new for this year is the Eisenhower premium shorts which follows the popular Eisenhower premium trouser which was the must have work trouser for 2015 with a mix of the premium fabrics, rip stop and cordura, with a clever design of pocket details (zip off holster pockets). The fit has been ergonomically designed to be able to move and provide maximum comfort. The new shorts are available in black with additional tool pockets, cordura with Teflon coating. Following on from the popular two tone range is the two-tone high visibility range, which includes a jacket, hoodie, trousers, T-shirt and waistcoat. The new styles are all certified to the new high-visibility standard EN ISO 20471. To offer warmth while working, Dickies have introduced the Lewiston jacket, power stretch softshell black with grey contrast a two way mechanical stretch and comes with a bonded fleece. With over 90 years’ experience in workwear manufacturing, generations of workers have found Dickies to be a brand they can trust. Employing the latest developments in fabric technology and manufacturing techniques, Dickies high performance workwear is suited for even the harshest working environments. Offering quality workwear in both traditional and modern styles that delivers performance, comfort and protection at an affordable price. Details of all the new items will be uploaded on the website and the new catalogue is available to download, or to order in print, by visiting or email

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06 Industry News & Shows Bristol hosts Danish-British urban planning summit Urban planning leaders convene in Bristol, 2015’s European Green Capital, for The Liveable City conference. The Liveable City exhibition and seminars runs from 19-20 November 2015 at various venues in Bristol. Speakers, chairpersons and organisations from the UK and Denmark will meet to discuss how planners, architects, businesses and local communities can play their part in the development of a dynamic, liveable city. Danish-British dialogue applies particularly to Bristol, as the city has forged a strong connection with the Danish capital Copenhagen – Bristol’s Green Capital predecessor and fellow frontrunner. The Liveable City provides the latest insight into how the two cities and countries inspire each other to find new ways in which cities can be made better places to live, work and play. Danish Ambassador to the UK, Claus Grube commented, “The best know-how and the brightest ideas must come together when creating green and people-friendly cities of the future. The UK and Denmark are leading the way by exchanging ideas and engaging in co-operations, which is especially true between Bristol and Copenhagen. I look forward to seeing the latest of what our countries’ most innovative stakeholders have to offer, and hope for even more partnerships in the years to come.” The two-day event features seminars on housing, heat, flooding, health and sustainability, and addresses the question of how to create beautiful cities with a more resilient economy, healthier residents and a better quality of life for everyone. Bristol provides a fitting venue for the Danish-British take on the matter.

BDP completes work at Thomas More Square BDP has recently completed a major £30m upgrade to the principal office building and public realm at Thomas More Square in London. Thomas More Square is a commercial development built originally in the 1980’s.

The upper office floors have also been refurbished to create grade A commercial space with brand new facilities throughout the building. Externally the public realm has been remodelled to include new access routes, raised levels, planting, seating and lighting.

It consists of a number of office buildings near St Katherine’s dock, and is connected by a large area of public space linking adjacent residential buildings with retail and public amenity.

A new client brand for the development was adopted for inclusion in a new signing scheme too.

The main reception area has been completely remodelled, and now incorporates a new double height stainless steel entrance portico, large reception with feature audio visual system, business lounge and coffee shop.

An interdisciplinary team from BDP, including landscape, interior and graphic design, lighting and architecture, was commissioned by Land Securities to work on the project.

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The Liveable City sees a range of influential and knowledgeable stakeholders come together. Among them is The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), which is also one of the partners behind the event.


Jon Watkins, Regional Director, RIBA South West said, “The RIBA is delighted to be supporting the Danish Embassy with this excellent initiative to exchange knowledge, skills, and innovation between the UK and Denmark; and the opportunity for architects from both countries to be able to demonstrate their value in placemaking and evolution of our cities.” Alongside the seminars, the exhibition Architecture with People shows a wide range of projects developed by Danish architects creating architecture for people by focusing strongly on environmental, economic and social sustainability. Through photos and facts, the exhibition presents different examples of how Danish architecture is all about creating settings that make people feel safe, generate new opportunities and encourage diversity.

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Istanbul takes flight RMJM Istanbul has been shortlisted in a global competition to design the iconic 95m high Airport Traffic Control (ATC) Tower of Istanbul New Airport, due to open in 2018. Inspired by authentic symbols of Turkey, the competition saw applications from many renowned international design brands, including RMJM Istanbul. Sotiris Tsoulos, Managing Partner at RMJM Istanbul and his team were inspired by the seagulls of Istanbul and Turkey’s ancient pottery and textile industries. Sortiris says of their design for a building they regard as the absolute symbol of aviation industry, of travelling, of welcoming and of wishing good bye, “spirit of flying, body of moulding and skin of expression are the three architectural metaphors that create this ‘container and protector of life’. It was clear to us that this project had to be unique; this is the flag that will be raised to symbolise the new,

vibrant, global Turkey. As witnesses to this amazing transformation we aspire that this building be far more than an ATC Tower. Rather, we are designing a new symbol for this country, the pinnacle of our new landmark airport and providing that vital “Welcome to Turkey” moment.”

design will symbolically contribute a great deal to Istanbul New Airport, as well as becoming an important icon for the whole of Istanbul. We asked contestants to see inspiration from icons of Turkey.

Seagulls and the fluidity of the flying are expressed through the aerodynamic form of the structure that barely touches the ground, and which has a neck providing 360 visibility. The main body of the structure is more moulded than sculpted as a reminder of Turkey’s great pottery tradition, whilst the final element of RMJM Istanbul’s design is the detail of a loom in the form of a delicate horizontal layers of ‘woven skin’ around the building. “We are developing a unique project inspired by local architecture. That is why we have organised this competition, hoping that the Airport Traffic Control Tower

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Benoy, the international award-winning firm of Architects, Masterplanners, Interior and Graphic Designers, has announced its appointment as the Masterplanner on the Nairobi Showground in Kenya.


Working with the Agricultural Society of Kenya (ASK), the Benoy Team has been tasked with designing the Concept Masterplan for this new 131ha, sustainable destination for the people of Nairobi. This design for this scheme, set in a prime spot with close proximity to airports and landmarks, embraces the local culture of Kenya and Nairobi residents. The development will focus on the showground and trade hub at the heart of the project and will be supported by leisure parks, culture and research centres. The agribusiness and trade area will become a new hub for general commerce generating longterm employment opportunities improving economic prosperity. Paul Priest, Benoy Director and Head of MENA Studios, commented, “Working with ASK on this new project, we have created a concept that encompasses all the needs of Nairobi within a creative vision which blends the different components together.”

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RMIG ImagePerf adds an inspiring dimension to architecture Picture perforation makes metal come alive and adds an extra dimension to architecture. As part of the RMIG City Emotion concept, the market leader in perforated metal offers innovative perforated design with RMIG ImagePerf, to unleash the creative potential of picture perforation Grimsby School of Art

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Perforated metal from RMIG is often the choice for applications such as facade cladding and sun screens. With RMIG ImagePerf, it is possible to take all the advantages of conventional perforated metal one step further.

RMIG ImagePerf turns the metal surface into a projection screen or canvas where it is possible to use photographs, graphic designs, illustrations and other types of artwork on a large scale and is used in many different areas within residential, commercial and public architecture.

The carefully selected images (photographs, graphic designs, patterns and illustrations) are translated into a CAD drawing and subsequently checked, tested and approved. The details of the CAD drawing are then fed into to a programme for use in the RMIG CNC punch presses. The perforated panels are carefully inspected before they are delivered to the site for installation.

With RMIG ImagePerf, there is also focus on functionality and sustainabiltity as the perforated sheets can contribute to the optimal balance of light and energy in and out of a building. This provides a comfortable indoor environment and helps to reduce energy consumption.

RMIG offers expert advice on the use of picture perforation, providing solutions that make a lasting impression by using innovative perforated design within architecture.

RMIG has the expertise and experience along with the unique ability to reproduce images by varying hole size, pitch and spacing. The result – RMIG ImagePerf – creates the illusion of differing patterns, shades and densities, while the clever use of geometric patterns can create the impression of three-dimensional images.

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DANLERS range of popular Outdoor Security Switches just got better DANLERS Outdoor Security Switch range are neat and compact and now benefit from an IP66 rated polycarbonate enclosure and therefore can be installed across a greater range of challenging environments. All four products have been re-engineered for an even better performance ensuring an easier and more flexible installation. The product range includes: • IP66 Compact Person Detector (COPD) with both improved time lag options and upgraded photocell range of 10-1000 lux together with a new photocell inactive feature. • IP66 Twilight Switch (TWSW) turns lights ON from Dusk to Dawn. • New IP66 Twilight Switch featuring DANLERS ‘Intelligent’ Photocell (TWSWINT) which reduces risk of hunting and over illumination. • IP66 Dusk Switch with new ‘Intelligent photocell’ and LED feedback for determining time on duration of 2-16 hrs. Switches lights on for a timed duration and resets itself when enough light is available ensuring lights are not left on unnecessarily. All products are UK manufactured and covered by DANLERS 5 year warranty. Tel: 01249 443377 - Fax: 01249 443388 Website:

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Vanderbilt adds new features and benefits to its Aliro IP access control solution Vanderbilt, a global leader in providing state-of-the-art security systems, has announced a new version of its innovative Aliro Internet protocol (IP) based access control solution. Aliro Market Package 1.15 provides a range of refinements to the previous product (originally launched at the end of 2014), while introducing new features to improve functionality within small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs). This is the first rebranded access control system from Vanderbilt since its acquisition of Security Products from Siemens in June 2015 and is therefore a significant event in the company’s development. Aliro offers a transparent architecture with user-friendly software and intuitive mobile applications. With its flexible operating concept, the system can be managed from virtually any Internet connected device and joining the 11 European languages already offered, Market Package 1.15 contains 4 new languages, Russian, Polish, Czech and Greek with Aliro having the capability to assign each user their own language. Easy to configure, the software automatically detects access control units in the system and assigns them IP network addresses. The system can manage up to 512 doors, 10,000 users and 100,000 access cards Aliro uses state-of-the-art MiFare DESfire card readers, featuring an integrated OLED display which shows messages and instructions based on user credentials & language, thus allowing direct interaction with the card holder. With a light frame control, the reader enables the use of customisable colours and sequencing for different types of events. Furthermore, they can be configured for individuals or groups, using a unique code that can allow entry into areas for specific periods of time, without the requirement for an access control card. A USB connected enrolment

reader allows system administrators to register new cards through a simple plug and play device. An exciting new element of Aliro Market Package 1.15 is its roll call feature. In the event of an emergency where a building has to be evacuated, the system can be used to provide accurate information, in the form of a muster report, about who is in the building and where they are currently located. The report produces a list of all personnel identified as being in a certain building or area, giving designated individuals a roll call that can be used to check that everyone has safely evacuated a building. By placing card readers at all evacuation assembly points, personnel can register their presence, thereby allowing safety representatives to focus attention on those on the roll call that have not registered. The Aliro mobile app can also display who is registering at a muster point using notifications. If anti-passback is in operation and a person didn’t badge

out correctly, their pass will be reset once they have registered. ‘The response to Aliro has been fantastic and the additional features in Market Package 1.15 make it an even more attractive proposition for those looking for a flexible and functional IP based access control solution,’ commented Matt Haynes, Global Access Sales Specialist at Vanderbilt. ‘This latest development is part of an on-going improvement process and which will see further enhancements announced in due course.’ For further information please contact Ross Wilks: +44 203 6300 670

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PHEX+ returns to the People’s Palace Returning to Alexandra Palace for its third year, PHEX+ has established itself as a key event not only for domestic and commercial engineers, but contractors, specifiers and facilities managers in the HVAC industry. Taking place from 18 to 19 May, the plumbing and heating exhibition is playing host to more than 100 exhibitors, specialising in everything from sanitaryware and pipe systems to tools and training.

opportunity for further discussion of projects and deals to be worked out.” This year PHEX+ has taken feedback from visitors to tailor its Tech Talks programme, which includes presentations from a number of trade associations as well as practical training sessions from leading manufacturers.

The free event opens its doors at 10am and visitors who arrive before 11am can even enjoy a bacon roll on the house.

Gas Safe Register will be delivering a series of seminars as part of a broader ‘Back to Basics’ campaign, which sets out exactly what role the Register has to play in industry and provides some updates on key industry issues.

Having recognised that there was a potential gap in the market for an exhibition that brought domestic and commercial suppliers and products together in one place, PHEX+ launched in 2014 with great success.

Also taking to the stage, the Energy Saving Trust and Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering will be addressing topical issues likely to affect the future growth of industry.

The show has gone from strength to strength, with over 90% of the industry’s boiler manufacturers in attendance and more than 20 companies launching new products over the two days.

Among those exhibiting at PHEX+ this year are Worcester, Danfoss, Fernox, Stuart Turner and Henkel.

The venue is easy access from north of London in particular, with 1,500 free parking spaces for visitors, as well as good transport links from nearby train stations and free coach travel from participating merchant branches. PHEX+ offers the perfect opportunity to learn about new products and services and many exhibitors will also be offering exclusive show discounts and competitions. “The beauty of PHEX+ is that it’s relevant for everyone from one man bands to large contractors and housing associations,” said event organiser Claire Tilbury. “Meeting and greeting people face-to-face can be so important in this line of work and the show also offers the

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CEMBRIT TO INVEST IN NATURAL SLATE Cembrit is pleased to announce the creation of a dedicated natural slates division to offer the UK’s specifiers and slaters greater choice of top end material for prestigious roofing contracts. The philosophy will be to enhance the existing range with additional high quality slates. The new brands will offer reliable, long term availability. This will be supported by dedicated personnel and focused marketing. As a start of the investment and long term commitment to Natural Slate, the group has decided to dedicate a specific person to this product group, Sales Director, Rob Wallace. Cembrit’s ancestry in the UK begins with Alan Blunn Ltd, one of the UK’s original natural slate agents, set up in 1924, offering customer service and technical expertise to all involved in pitched roofing. Acquired by Cembrit in 2000, the reputation and sales of the combined company has continued to grow, to the extent that Cembrit’s natural slates activities became an attractive proposition for others seeking to enhance their position in the UK market. Encouraged by this, Cembrit has realized that there is a responsibility as well as huge potential to provide durable, verifiable, high quality natural slates to the British market. The new division will be headed by Rob Wallace, who has 18 years of experience in growing Cembrit’s business from its Welsh depot in Llandow. Cembrit’s growth has been achieved through unbeatable customer service. “We have seen continued growth in the demand for natural slate, particularly with proven origin and consistent supply,” comments Rob Wallace, Sales Director, Cembrit. “Our stance will be one of honesty and transparency as this is important to clients but not always available in our complex market”. Marketing Manager Ged Ferris adds “This marks the beginning of a new phase in Cembrit’s commitment to natural slate. Cembrit will be making substantial investments in this environmentally attractive material. Look out for more news as the division takes shape”. For further information visit or email


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THE PERFECT CLADDING SOLUTION Accoya®LathamCLAD - the modified, highly durable and dimensionally stable certified timber cladding – is now available from all eight of James Latham’s timber depots. Created from sustainably sourced wood and completely non-toxic, Accoya®LathamCLAD is a revolution in wood technology. And with the 15mm profile having recently received TRADA approval for use as an external cladding product, Accoya®LathamCLAD is a perfect solution for exterior cladding, siding and façades where the wider board offers numerous features and benefits including enhanced aesthetics, less frequent maintenance, dimensional stability, durability and improved insulation values. Suitable for horizontal or vertical installation, Accoya®LathamCLAD can be used to create simple or complex designs. And with a choice of factory coating finishes, it can be opaque coated or, for those wishing to enjoy the natural look of wood, translucent coated. Plus, with a 50-year guarantee when used externally, Accoya®LathamCLAD’s low maintenance requirements add to its ‘whole life’ cost effectiveness and environmental credentials and this versatility makes it ideal for use in residential, commercial and industrial applications.

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Paul Leach, James Latham’s Group Product Sales & Development Manager for Accoya said, “When it comes to cladding, Accoya®LathamCLAD ticks all the boxes and is the perfect solution for many exterior applications which were once only feasible with non-sustainable material. Use of the wider cladding boards is allowed by the improved dimensional stability, plus cladding joints do not open, tolerances remain tight and twist is prevented. In addition, the wood’s natural appearance is retained for longer, thanks to the superior resistance to the effects of UV exposure.” He added, “Accoya®LathamCLAD is a fantastic material for external specification and fits perfectly with our already established range of sustainable products.” In addition to cladding, sidings and facades, Accoya® wood is also ideal for windows, doors and decking.

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Purus Limited Purus is one of Scandinavia’s leading suppliers and manufacturers of wetroom and level-access drainage solutions for the health, leisure, hotel and hospitality industries as well as domestic and social housing. Purus Limited, based in Leeds, specialises in a range of drainage solutions including floor gullies for vinyl and tiled floors, linear drainage solutions and stainless steel channels for commercial and industrial use. Many Purus products, including the Mini Series Floor Gullies, are featured on BIMobject and are also BBA Certified.

Floor Gullies A wide range of Purus Floor Gullies for vinyl, tiled and resin floors are available in plastic, stainless steel and cast iron. Purus’ most popular floor gully, the BBACertified Minimax 50, is the world’s shallowest wetroom gully incorporating a NOOD no-odour water trap at just 76mm including falls. The patented NOOD will not allow any foul air to leave the drain even when it dries out, making it ideal for use in health facilities, disabled access wetrooms and care homes such as the 67-bedroom Lord Street Care Home in Redcar, Cleveland, where the Minimax 50 was recently selected for installation. The NOOD is also included in the Minimax Two Part – designed for simple installation into former trays – and the Mini Brage 50/110 vertical-outlet floor gullies. Stainless steel grates for both vinyl and tiled floors are available for a premium finish. A range of Security Gullies is also available, with a choice of a stainless steel grate with anti-ligature features, or a lockable plastic grate. The Security Gullies are available with a selection of outlets and all include the NOOD no-odour trap. For any enquiries or to request further information, please visit or call 0113 289 3172, where the Technical and Sales teams will be happy to assist.


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So why choose Purus? Our patented NOOD No-Odour trap provides the key ingredient to our Mini Series Floor Gullies and Purusline Living linear channels, and will stop any bad air escaping even when the drain is left to dry out. It’s just one of the reasons why our drains are used in so many projects like Leeds University’s Henry Price Building student residences (pictured). With many of our products certified by the BBA and with BIM Objects ready to download, Purus make the ideal choice for all of your level-access drainage requirements.

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THERMOSTATIC SHOWER RANGE FROM SHOWERING ‘ONE STOP SHOP’ MX Group’s impressive ‘one stop shop’ range of shower and bathroom products continues to be welcomed by the building trade looking for high quality, reliable products for new developments and refurbishment projects up and down the country. The response to the new products added in the past twelve months has been phenomenal with current and new customers keen to find out more about the extended offering that features in the new ‘MX Collection’ catalogue, available in printed form or online by visiting the MX web site – at Shower trays, electric showers, thermostatic showers, shower enclosures, taps and mixers and shower accessories – it’s a huge range of products. In particular, the range of thermostatic shower options has caught the imagination. MX has launched an impressive new range of thermostatic mixer shower valves, offering its usual combination of quality, great looking product, excellent warranties and keen pricing. MX has added a significant number of new options to this range, with options available for every application. From stylish and modern to the more traditional single lever options, they are all fully thermostatically controlled and suitable for both high and low pressure systems. You can select from many different types of showers ranging from bar valves, concentric mixers with concealed or exposed options, to sequential single lever options. The Atmos range comes with three or five year warranties, are ROHS compliant and are manufactured to TMV standards, BS1111 and BS1287. The Options range has a one year replacement guarantee. All materials used are WRAS approved and Phthalate free where applicable. MX remains the leading shower tray manufacturer in the UK, manufacturing 100s of different tray sizes, in 6 main product types, meaning that it can cater for the specific needs of customers around the UK. It continues to be a growing influence in the Electric Shower marketplace



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Novellini Based in Mantova, Italy, Novellini is now the World’s largest independent producer and manufacturer of shower enclosures, trays, wet-rooms, steam cabins, baths, whirlpools and accessories. All of the Novellini products are designed and manufactured with the world renowned Italian flair and passion. Novellini, in partnership with some of the World’s leading designers and architects, developed the Young bath screen to be ideally suited to the developer market for residential apartments, all domestic dwellings and hotels.

Novellini Young screens include the following specifications: • 1500mm high • 6mm safety glass treated with Crystal clear • Polished chrome profiles, with rise and fall hinges and a 1800 pivoting door section • Twin seal technology designed by Novellini running the full length of the wall profile • Supplied as standard, 2 options of bath to glass seals and optional chrome anti-splash trim, providing a secondary and final barrier against possible water leakage. All of the above will provide you with and increased water tightness and a bath screen that will not leak. The Young bath screen will save time and money with reduced remedial visits to leaking screens. One less snagging issue to worry about. Novellini Young, a screen you can truly fit and forget whilst maintaining the modern frameless design expected by today’s demanding customer. We supply our products within 72hr nationwide via our merchant partners; please visit our website for more details: for brochures and advice email:


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Take Control of your Indoor Environment using Under Floor Air Conditioning AET Flexible Space; leading provider of underfloor air conditioning systems are able offer an array of options to clients seeking to improve the indoor environment quality of commercial workspace.

AET Flexible Space systems have been installed in around three million square metres of commercial buildings worldwide and the modularity and flexibility of these plenum based systems is a feature not seen in the traditional and often static installations of ceiling based air conditioning. This offers users and FM’s the ability to quickly and easily reconfigure workspace to suit changing needs. The underfloor systems feature many functions to help users take control of their indoor environment and optimise workspace to suit different areas for different users at different times. A previous study made by MORI in London found that 78% of office workers requested personal

control of their environment. At one major AET project the FM stated that staff comfort was a major consideration in selecting the system. Further he said that “it is not possible to keep all of the people happy all of the time from a temperature point of view and in the past expected to achieve perhaps 80% satisfaction." However with the AET Flexible Space system they applied a blind study and more like 98% of users indicated they were satisfied. “Quite an amazing performance really” AET Flexible Space systems offer fully functional indoor environmental control; with integrated controllers for all units and full connectivity with house BMS using the latest flexvisor monitoring software. Recent product developments include the FlexTouch remote controller and soon to available FlexApp offering additional user friendly methods of adjusting the fantile integrated controllers remotely. The key to the performance of this functionality is understanding

and operating the controls and communications hardware and software to optimise environmental conditions to suit.

Underfloor systems are commonly used in office environments, utilising the plenum beneath a raised floor as the ventilation zone. Fully conditioned air is fed into the plenum by zonal downflow units (CAM), and then supplied into the workspace via fan terminal units; more commonly known as a “Fantile”.

Heating, Ventilation & Insulation 27 The plug and play fantiles easily interchange with 600mm raised access floor panels allowing fast reconfiguration of office layout and easily accommodating minor changes and major churn. Equipment has simple yet sophisticated controls for individual users and facilities managers offering superior control of indoor environments compared stand-alone services with minimal or no control. Complaints of draughts and cold feet are common and so many times one sees ceiling diffusers switched off or covered with sticky tape and paper in an attempt to divert air when workers are based in a less than ideal position.

with traditional ceiling based or wall mounted air conditioning units. The fantile units feature integrated fatronic controllers as standard where users can personally adjust fan speed and temperature to suit their own comfort. It is interesting to note that when users are free to choose their environmental temperature they often choose higher temperatures than engineers design for; as a result considerable savings in operational energy can be made. A rise in setpoint temperature of 1oC will often reduce energy by as much as 10%. The FM can observe that users are selecting higher setpoints and can re-set the zone units accordingly, enabling fully functional control.

The plug and play fantiles can also be easily re-located within minutes to accommodate present and future changes in office workspace, or “churn”; a common factor in many modern offices. Facilities managers are frequently challenged by the pace of such churn, and it can exceed their ability to adjust electrical and BMS configurations due to costs, time and other such constraints due to fixed,

Local adjustment of CAM units by service and maintenance engineers is easy accessed via the Flexmatic display mounted on the unit face. Systems can be now be configured with full connectivity using the latest flexvisor software, allowing remote adjustment and monitoring. FM’s can use the flexvisor system to monitor usage and consequently streamline operational efficiency and provides a user friendly and cost effective solution to keeping the BMS updated.

The flexvisor system can easily interface with most leading BMS, such as Trend, Johnson, Honeywell in Bacnet or Modbus format as required and has been specially developed for monitoring and user control of AET Flexible Space UFAC systems. The latest flexvisor release offers enhanced remote monitoring and adjustment capability; accessed via an Internet Protocol (IP) address, it is available in multiple languages and provides an extremely user friendly solution to keeping the BMS updated

and consequently is able to optimise energy efficiency of the building services. After initial commissioning of the systems the flexvisor is populated by uploading an image of each floor plan. Each zone unit (CAM) is displayed along with up to the maximum twenty four (24) associated master fantiles. The fantile icons are simply clicked on then dragged and dropped to their chosen location. Each icon stores data related to room temperature, setpoint and fan speed. When a fantile is relocated it is a simply matter for the FM to drag and drop the associated icon it to its new location and it takes with it all the data originally applied. The same can be done with CAM units but typically zone units are not often relocated. Using the flexvisor system, service engineers and FM’s can also receive immediate email or SMS notifications about warnings or alarm signals when they occur, allowing them to respond quickly and minimise any potential system downtime. Air conditioning is often the biggest source of complaint in office environments with around 20-30% of workers not happy with their temperature; either being too hot or too cold. AET Flexible Space systems can overcome this problem by providing user adjustment locally at the fantile or CAM and remotely via the flexvisor monitoring system offering superior control of fast changing environments. With future leading workspace trends pointing towards the creation of active and agile spaces as well as intelligent space, the AET Flexible Space UFAC systems can easily satisfy the demands of both adapting and controlling heating and cooling within mixed use and changing workspace.

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PANASONIC ADDS TO ITS ETHEREA AIR CONDITIONING RANGE Panasonic has introduced two new product lines to its Etherea range. The new Z and TZ domestic air conditioning systems are the first air conditioning products from Panasonic to contain the R32 refrigerant offering high efficiency, and environmentally friendly qualities.

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Panasonic has launched two new ranges of domestic air conditioning units that complement its existing Etherea line up. The high spec Z range features the white Z9SKE, Z12SKE, Z15SKE and Z18SKE indoor wall-mounted models, and the silver XZ9SKE, XZ12SKE, XZ15SKE and XZ18SKE units. The TZ range includes the TZ9-SKE, TZ12-SK, TZ18-SKE and TZ24-SKE wall mounted units. The new Z range of Etherea products has been fundamentally redesigned to suit the interior of any home or commerical property. The sleek new design of the units means they are not only unobstrusive, but also more compact than ever before, taking up less space on the wall. With this clean, fresh, white design, the Panasonic Z range leads the market in its appearance, ensuring that wherever the units are installed they won’t impact on the look and feel of the interior aesthetic. Whilst other systems use refrigerant R410A as standard, Panasonic's new Etherea products use the environmentally friendly R32 alternative. R32 is a single component refrigerant which means it is easy to recycle, and it also has a much lower impact on the ozone layer and global warming. By utilising this refrigerant in its new products, Panasonic is responding to customers needs and industry requirements.

The Z range includes Panasonic’s EcoNavi sensor and Nanoe G air purifying system. Econavi features an in-built human activity sensor and a new sunlight detection technology to adjust output, therefore providing the best comfort at all times, whilst still saving energy. Econavi not only optimises air flow orientation and volume, according to human presence, it also reduces cooling power automatically by no/less sunshine. With Econavi, energy savings of up to 38% are possible. Furthermore, the Nanoe revolutionary air-purifying system utilises nanotechnology fine particles to remove and deactivate 99% of both airborne and adhesive microorganisms like bacteria, viruses and mould. Ensuring the comfort of end users, the TZ range ranks an incredibly quiet 20dB(A) grade, while the Z range operates at 19dB(A), which is equivalent to nightime in the countryside. The TZ models are powerful and efficient, with an outstanding energy ranking of A++/A+, while the Z range has a rating of A+++/A++. The new models are sleek and compact in design, making specifying these units in even the most design conscious interior an easy decision. For more information, please visit

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Rinnai, the leading continuous flow gas fired water heater manufacturer, has seen its products installed in numerous sites with unusual applications but one project has pushed the boundaries of the unusual. The project is so unusual it caught the eye of Channel 4’s ‘Amazing Spaces’ presented by George Clarke and the Rinnai product was one of the stars of the show.

RINNAI Andy, a registered Gas Safe engineer also based in Melbourne, who IS REALLY then ordered and undertook the installation. MOTORING Andy Dixon, who runs his own ABOARD THE plumbing and heating service, explains: “The boilers had to go on the back of the bus as Ollie was BEDROAM struggling to find enough space inside. As the bus has an air con system, I had BUS already put a cooling radiator off the back so

‘Bedroam’ is the brainchild of Ollie Kemp, a farmer, motor racing competitor and enthusiast from Melbourne, Yorkshire. He wasn’t happy with the lack of onsite accommodation at events that would allow competitors to stay close to their expensive and irreplaceable racing gear. The constructive result of this dissatisfaction is the Bedroam bus, complete with 18 Japanese-style pod bedrooms. As well as using it himself for motorsport meets, Bedroam is available to hire. “If you can’t get a hotel when you’re going to a wedding or don’t want to camp at a festival then this is the perfect solution,” he told George Clarke of ‘Amazing Spaces’. Needless to say he has been inundated with bookings. The Bedroam has two fully-equipped bathrooms with shower, toilet and sink. Sinks and showers are supplied with safe temperature controlled hot water from Rinnai Infinity LPG water heaters, complete with MC91 controller, via motion sensor-operated taps. Two Rinnai Infinity 17e external units fitted to the back of the bus drawing water from a bespoke designed tank designed and supplied by Barratt Tanks of Ferrybridge West Yorkshire. Bedroam also includes air conditioning, flat screen TVs, comfortable communal areas and a multifunctional outdoor space provided by an enclosed awning. “I first saw Rinnai units in operation at an event where there were luxury mobile showers powered by Rinnai units. On my return, I researched Rinnai online and spoke to my friend

the two Rinnai units sat very handily behind that simply hung on a metal grid attached to the back of the bus. “Piping was easy. I used plastic pipework for both hot and cold outlets running to a little plant room where the back seats of the bus were originally which is directly beneath the bathrooms from where the water is pumped to the header tank via a small 12V. “Rinnai’s technical guys were very helpful when I phoned them initially for some advice and installation of the units was really easy. I will definitely be using Rinnai again,” says Andy. The most recent event for the Bedroam was a River Rat Race, which involves contestants doing a 6 kilometre run with obstacles followed by a river swim. The organisers used the Bedroam for their HQ and for the principal runners to shower. They were very happy as the boilers provided more than enough hot water for everybody. “Demand for the Bedroam is phenomenal and I am thinking about building more, maybe even franchising the concept. Rinnai will definitely be used if and when I go ahead with that,’ concludes Ollie. For more information on the RINNAI product range visit




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Vicaima’s market growth prompt’s sales force expansion

With record sales in 2014 and 2015 Vicaima has begun a programme of expansion for its regional representation in 2016. Phase one see’s the appointment of Stephen Pearce as their new Area Sales Manager for the central northern and midlands region, and bringing with him a wealth of experience from the door specification sector. Stephen, who was formally with door and doorset specialist Leaderflush Shapland Laidlaw, has been involved with the construction industry for over 30 years. Much of that time has been spent specifically working within the doors and associated joinery sector, so he fully appreciates the high standards sought by our customers and is equipped to offer sound and professional advice. Based from his home town of Wolverhampton Stephen will cover the important and rapidly growing central region. As Stephen says, he is looking forward to further developing sales of Vicaima door solutions to the market. “I have been well aware of Vicaima for many years. With its unquestionable reputation for superb quality and a real passion for innovation in all things, I cannot wait to become part of a winning team”. Phase 2 of the Vicaima expansion programme will see further appointments in key geographic areas around the UK, together with additional internal resource at their Head Office in Swindon. Vicaima recently purchased their 7 acre site outright and are currently undertaking a refurbishment of the facilities, which will make their South West hub a powerhouse for the door industry in years to come. For further details about Vicaima door and doorset solutions visit the Vicaima website, alternatively call 01793 532333 for a copy of the latest literature and product innovations.

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