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04 Industry News & Shows Stephen Fry to be special guest at Ecobuild 2016 Writer, actor and campaigner Stephen Fry has been announced as a special guest at Ecobuild 2016. Fry joins a strong lineup of industry visionaries, leaders and experts at the event. He will be interviewed by BBC arts editor Will Gompertz at the culmination of the day’s conference programme on Wednesday 9 March. The audience can expect to hear Fry’s forthright and entertaining views and insights around issues close to his heart – areas that the show organisers say will “resonate with the Ecobuild audience”. The session will afford audience members a rare opportunity to ask questions in a Q&A session.

Vent-Axia launches appcontrolled unitary fan Vent-Axia has launched the Bluetooth-enabled Svara fan, said to be the UK’s first Appcontrolled unitary fan. Delivered factory set for continuous operation at low speed, with humidity and light sensors activated, Svara is designed to provide good indoor air quality and comfort. Once the Svara App is downloaded, households can then unlock a whole range of different functions to control home indoor air quality, such as a silent scheduling and automatic cycles, offering flexible ventilation to suit a household’s lifestyle. The Svara has three speed modes including a boost. The default setting speed is for trickle continuous flow at 10 l/s, the second speed runs at 16 l/s and is triggered by the light sensor and the boost speed is 30 l/s and is activated by the humidistat. Once the fan is set up at installation, all these sensors and speeds can be altered via the App to change the level of sensitivity that triggers them, and the speed of the fan within set parameters. The fan operates at 17 dBA on low trickle, and low power consumption of only 4 W. “Svara is designed to offer households easily controllable comfort and allows them to take control of their indoor air quality via the App. This is a real bonus since indoor air quality is an issue that consumers are becoming increasingly aware of, with a raft of recent research illustrating the links between poor indoor air quality and health issues. Further to this, the householder will not be disturbed by the fan as it operates at just 17 dBA, ensuring a peaceful environment,” explains Jenny Smith, marketing manager at Vent-Axia.

Martin Hurn, director of Ecobuild, said: “Stephen personifies the spirit of Ecobuild to inform, entertain and inspire the industry. He is the most exciting speaker we have welcomed in Ecobuild’s history of thought leadership. We couldn’t have hoped for a better conclusion to what promises to be a fascinating day on the Ecobuild Arena.” After the discussion, Fry will go on to host the prestigious BD Architect of the Year Awards dinner held at ExCeL that evening. Recognising excellence across 13 categories, the awards celebrate the very best practices currently operating in the UK.

Countryside lodges plan for £150m Watford estate revamp Countryside has submitted plans for a £150m scheme to revamp central South Oxhey estate in Hertfordshire, aiming to start initial works later this year. Three Rivers District Council and development partner Countryside Properties signed a deal to regenerate the estate with around 500 new homes. A market square could also be introduced and better links will be created to Carpenders Park station. Three Rivers District Council selected Countryside Properties as preferred bidder for the project last May and has since brought Home Group on board to deliver affordable housing. Ann Shaw, Leader of the Council said: “The Council is very pleased to have formally entered into contract

with Countryside and Home Group and we are very much looking forward to working in collaboration to deliver the new high quality homes and shops that South Oxhey needs.” Richard Cherry, chief executive of Countryside Properties’ partnerships division, said: “We have 30 years’ experience in local authority estate regeneration. “Our vision is to create an integrated and well-designed new neighbourhood with high quality housing for South Oxhey, and we will do that in close partnership with the local community.”

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Timber treatment

Filwood Green Business Park in Bristol has capitalised on the latest innovations in sustainable building technology, including integrated photovoltaic panels, a green roof and a Timber Fin solar shading solution from Levolux. The bold design of the business park, which was masterminded by Stride Treglown architects alongside C2HM, has been successfully realised. Levolux was approached at the design stage to develop a highly sustainable Solar Shading solution, comprising vertical and horizontal Timber Fins. A series of large vertical Timber Fins have been fitted to the south-east corner and east-facing elevation of the development. In total, 42 Timber Fins, each measuring 650mm wide by 100mm thick, extend 3.4 metres in height. On the south-facing elevation, Timber Fins have been fixed horizontally in a series of vertical stacks, set at a pitch of 250mm and angled at 10 degrees. The horizontal Timber Fins are smaller, with a width of 188mm and a thickness of 44mm. This allows them to be incorporated into several bays and into a large projecting screen, onto which signage has been fixed. All Timber Fins are formed from PEFC Certified Thermowood, which is a lightweight, durable timber, requiring no application of a finish.

VeriSmart Heating unveils new hybrid electric radiator VeriSmart Heating has launched a new hybrid electric radiator, the EcoSlimline. The product is designed for those who want the benefits of convection, which warms the air quickly, combined with the efficiency of ceramic accumulators which retain the heat for longer. The EcoSlimline combines the technology of convection, radiation and storage, with a twin heat generating system. The finned resistor uses the convection process to get the room up to temperature quickly, for comfort and convenience. The ceramic block accumulators then absorb and retain the heat generated by the finned resistors and it’s own internal resistor. The ceramic blocks maintain a stable temperature and are designed to radiate the heat comfortably and efficiently. “The extraordinary thermal inertia of the ceramic makes the EcoSlimline energy efficient,” says Stewart Donnor, managing director of VeriSmart Heating. “ Not only is it slimline and stylish, it heats the room quickly, stays warm for longer and costs less.”

Grant UK upgrades oil-fired combi Grant UK’s Vortex Pro oil-fired combi now includes a 24 litre expansion vessel as standard, a safeguard designed to provide expansion capacity for both the boiler and the heating system. The company says it regularly consults installers regarding improvements that they would like to see made to products, and a larger factory fitted expansion vessel for the combi was high on the list. Photo of Grant Vortex Pro Combi Internal 31“By upgrading to a 24 litre expansion vessel, the boilers will ultimately save on installation time and costs because, in most cases, no additional external vessel will be required. For the majority of installations, 24 litres will provide more than sufficient room for the expansion from both the boiler and heating system,” the company explained. The Vortex Combi range includes internal and external models available in output of 21 kW, 26 kW and 36 kW. The latest Combi XS 26kW boiler is 515 mm wide and claimed to be the slimmest model of its kind on the market. The 24 litre expansion vessel is normally fitted behind the front door on indoor and outdoor Vortex Pro combi boilers, but with the XS, it is supplied as an externally fitted kit.

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Medite – SmartPly to sponsor Ecobuild DISCOVER feature Medite – SmartPly has been announced as stand sponsor for a major new feature at Ecobuild 2016. DISCOVER will be a social hub showcasing one of the UK’s premier architectural awards shortlist, a national initiative to find the next eco-innovator and a platform for future materials. To reinforce the event’s new focus on design and next generation solutions, DISCOVER will be staging a competition with Medite – SmartPly. It will challenge students from architecture school The Bartlett to create a highly engaging design for the area. The winning design will maximise the use of sustainable materials, including Medite MDF and SmartPly OSB, whilst minimising environmental impact and demonstrating how materials will be disposed of responsibly after the event. As a showcase for forward-thinking construction, DISCOVER will also be displaying shortlisted entries from the BD Architect of the Year awards. It will also provide a platform for the Big Innovation Pitch 2016 and feature a central bar and networking space to provide a social hub for the show. Medite – SmartPly marketing manager, Mike Harrison, commented: “As a company committed to environmental

and corporate sustainability, Ecobuild is perfectly aligned with our own ethos. With the design competition it’s going to be exciting to see how students use our high performance products to create a stunning feature that minimises waste together with considerations for potential post-exhibition use for elements of the design.” “The DISCOVER feature is set to become a hugely popular destination for Ecobuild 2016,” he added. “We are looking forward to demonstrating the performance and installation benefits that our Medite and SmartPly product ranges can offer to the next generation of architects, designers and contractors.”

New brochure for Helifix Dixie micro-piles Helifix has produced a new 12 page technical brochure giving full details of its versatile, high performance, Dixie micro-piles, which are used to rapidly and cost-effectively stabilise buildings suffering from subsidence. The brochure looks at the benefits of using the innovative, simple, but extremely effective Dixie micro-pile system, such as minimal disturbance to occupants and no spoil removal, and full technical specifications are provided. The main causes of subsidence are also examined and how, following detailed investigations, appropriate repairs are designed based on the damage, the weight of the individual property and the local ground conditions. A step by step installation process is included in the new literature, complementing Helifix’s recently launched animation on the micro-pile system, which can be viewed at Illustrated case studies are also available. Backed by International Code Council (ICC) certification and conformance to AC358, the International Standard for helical foundation underpinning systems, these well proven and technically advanced micro-piles are the ideal solution for the problem of foundation settlement. Copies of the Dixie micro-piles brochure, an important new addition to the Helifix technical library, can be downloaded from the website or requested direct from Helifix. For project-specific technical advice contact the Helifix team on 020 8735 5200 or go to

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Burntwood School wins RIBA Stirling Prize A comprehensive school in Wandsworth, London has won the RIBA Stirling Prize 2015 for the UK’s best new building.

Burntwood School, a large comprehensive girls’ school, by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM) was one of the last projects under the Building Schools for the Future scheme, which was scrapped by the government in 2010. The school, which the judges described as the “clear winner”, will serve up to 2,000 pupils and over 200 staff and cost £40.9m to build. AHMM created four new four-storey “teaching pavilions”, a sports hall and a performing arts centre linked to the school’s original buildings by renowned 1950s/1960s architect Sir Leslie Martin. Each building incorporates double height spaces at the end of each corridor to increase natural daylight and create well-

framed views. The new complex also includes a covered walkway fashioned from bus-stops and features large, colourful murals throughout the buildings. Speaking at the award ceremony, RIBA President Jane Duncan said: “Burntwood School shows us how superb school design can be at the heart of raising our children’s educational enjoyment and achievement. “Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, experienced school architects, have

Refurb plans for Leatherhead and Bromley office blocks CLS Holdings has acquired two office properties in London and the South East for a total of £10.6m and confirmed plans to refurbish both blocks.

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When the current leases come to an end in July 2016, CLS intends to undertake a significant refurbishment programme ahead of a re-launch in 2017. Cassini Court and Pascal Place at Randalls Research Park in Leatherhead comprise 2,613 sq m of office space across two buildings which were purchased for a total of £6.1m. CLS will undertake a modernisation programme of the properties, which will be available for reletting during the latter part of 2016.

“We remain confident in the strength of the commercial property market in London and the South East and its ability to deliver long-term returns.”

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One Elmfield Park in Bromley comprises 2,238 sq m of office space and has been acquired for £4.5m.

Sten Mortstedt, Executive Chairman of CLS Holdings plc, said: “These properties further bolster our core London and South East portfolio and are another example of CLS Holdings’s commitment to identifying opportunities that allow the Group to exploit its extensive asset management credentials.

created a stunning campus. They have produced delightful, resourceful and energy efficient buildings that will benefit the whole community in the long term. With the UK facing a huge shortage of school places, it is vital we learn lessons from Burntwood. I am delighted to present architects Allford Hall Monaghan Morris with the 2015 RIBA Stirling Prize.”

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The versatile choice for architectural design RMIG Expanded Metal is a light, versatile and attractive choice for building applications because of its aesthetic qualities and the creative freedom it offers. Expanded metal from RMIG has become increasingly popular among architects for its wide spectrum of aesthetic and functional advantages, and is often the ideal choice when working with materials such as concrete, steel and glass. It can be used for both practical and decorative purposes and it offers architects a new level of creative freedom when designing applications such as facade cladding, sun screens, ceilings, fencing and protective screening. The high strength and anti-skid qualities also make expanded metal the best choice for walkways, platforms and similar applications.

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in one piece without joints or welds, which makes it ideal for forming,

RMIG Expanded Metal has a modern yet timeless look, and creates the possibility of designing unique and eye-catching shapes and expressions – yet another reason why architects favour this versatile product. RMIG has its own production facilities for expanded metal where sheets are manufactured from, for example, aluminium or steel. The expansion of the metal takes place in one efficient production process. Expanded metal is made in one piece without joints or welds, which makes it ideal for forming, pressing and cutting. There is no metal lost in the process and, as expanded metal is also virtually maintenance-free, this increases the cost-effectiveness of the material. Combined with its high strength and outstanding anti-skid qualities, there are many valid reasons for using expanded metal.

pressing and cutting.”

Sports Hall, Ringsted Campus High School, Denmark

Architects: Christensen & Co. Arkitekter A/S Functional facade and sun screens that blend into the surroundings Functional facade and sun screens that blend into the surroundings The sports hall on Ringsted Campus links together the many sporting activities in the surrounding campus area. RMIG have supplied more than 500 m2 of expanded metal in corten steel for the facade and sun screens, giving both form and functionality to the building. The choice of corten steel also makes the sun screens a natural part of the building’s overall aesthetics. Technical characteristics Raw material: Corten Pattern: LT115X48X20X2 Thickness: 2.0 mm

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Bilbao Exhibition Centre - BEC Exhibition centre - Bilbao, Spain

Architects: CĂŠsar Azcarate & Esteban Rodriguez Sun screens in expanded metal This huge exhibition building is surrounded by sunscreens in large mesh expanded metal completely covering the walls. To obtain a vertical stripe effect, the sheets are fixed with a constant angle between them. The issue for this project was ensuring that the facade could withstand the Bilbao climate, which was achieved with polyester coating on a hot dip galvanised base. Technical characteristics Raw material: DD11 Mild steel Thickness: 1.5 mm Pattern: Expanded metal LT115X40X20x1.5 Surface treatment: Hot dip galvanising + polyester coating

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SERVOMEX The Project: Lighting refurbishment at SERVOMEX Office, Crowborough, East Sussex.

The Brief: To install a lighting control system suitable for switching and dimming LED lighting panels.

The Solution: DANLERS ‘ControlZAPP’ the programmable lighting control. Richard Allison, Project Director for AMG Electrical Services explained “I was contacted by office refurbishment specialist, Saracen Interiors Ltd and asked to install a lighting control system that would be suitable for switching and dimming a recently installed LED lighting system. After some research, we found DANLERS ‘ControIZAPP’ ticked all the boxes. This programmable device with Bluetooth ‘Smart’ communication was straight forward to install and enabled SERVOMEX to have full control over the entire LED lighting system. This new installation means lights are now no longer needlessly left on when the office is unoccupied - plus individual work areas can be programmed to dim and switch up automatically delivering light at a pre-set control.

Throughout the process the DANLERS team provided us with great support resulting in a cost effective yet flexible solution for SERVOMEX together with significantly reducing the energy consumption within this newly refurbished office.” DANLERS Limited Email:, Web:

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12 Industry News & Shows As thermal insulation and air-tightness improve thanks to housing upgrade projects which drive up energy efficiency and tackle fuel poverty, the need for effective ventilation solutions has never been greater. This is especially the case when you consider how many of Britain’s homes are located in noisy urban areas where windows often remain closed in a bid to cut down noise pollution. With current legislation, controlled ventilation ordinarily means extract fans in bathrooms and kitchens and trickle vents on windows. However this is insufficient given the high standard of air tightness upgraded homes achieve. Today’s pressure on housing budgets may prohibit solutions requiring extensive ducting or a significant number of manhours for installation. Centralised ventilation systems are technically excellent, but deploying these on a wide scale in refurb projects would prove much more of a challenge. Smart thinking holds the key SIEGENIA’s AEROPAC wall-mounted ventilator offers a convenient, cost-effective alternative. The easy-to-fit, stand-alone ventilation units can be installed in as little as 45 minutes with just an 80mm hole through the wall and an electrical connection. This simple installation process makes the unit suitable both for new build and retrofit markets. The AEROPAC offers multiple benefits for end users: most notably, improving air quality on a 24-hour constant timer thus eliminates the security risk of leaving windows open and maintains a quiet environment. It does this by incorporating a clever sound insulation barrier to offer an

‘acoustic vent’, making this an attractive proposition for properties set in noisy environments, such as near flight paths or train lines. Moreover, its sound absorption and low inherent noise (LPA = 24 dB (A)) means it is suitable for use in bedrooms and can be kept on overnight without disturbing the user’s sleep.


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The air throughput of the AEROPAC can be conveniently set at different levels via the LCD display on the front. There is no compromise on energy efficiency either, with the units using just 5W at 60 m3/h. Allergy sufferers also benefit as the AEROPAC’s filter can be upgraded to a 99% pollen-free filter for greater comfort during high pollen months. Finally, there are no major maintenance headaches further down the line as these stand-alone units require no ducting nor any of the costly cleaning associated with this. The only maintenance required is a change of filter when the unit’s LCD display indicates to do so. The front panel of the ventilator can be opened by hand and the use of filter cassettes means that the filter can be changed quickly and conveniently without any tools. The innovative AEROPAC allows us to rethink how we approach the ventilation of our homes – and there is no disputing the evidence about the importance of good indoor air quality. The great thing for UK specifiers is that, whilst these ventilation units may be relatively new to the UK, they have already proved themselves in more than 100,000 installations across Europe. That means risk-free specification.

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Mighton previews Locking Angel Yet another solution from Mighton Products...

Always at the vanguard of product design, the company recently announced the imminent release of a key locking version of their popular child safety device for sash windows. Known for listening to their customer’s requests, the decision to develop a locking version came as a response to the need for a combined security and safety device and follows the success of the patented Angel Ventlock® range of safety devices that are now widely used across the UK, USA and Europe. Originally developed to meet stringent standards in the USA and Europe, the Angel series has proved immensely popular and are now used across many sectors from domestic to military and fitted by some of the world’s largest window manufacturers. The basic concept behind the range is that they can limit the sash opening to 100mm for venting, are non-releasable by a child under 5, and will re-engage automatically when the sash is closed. The new Angel has added benefit in that it can be locked to provide added ‘double’ window security (it latches and locks) in both the closed and vented positions. The product is for use on non-egress windows only as egress windows are used for emergency escape and rescue. The non-locking version of the Angel can be used on all sash windows.

There are two versions of the Locking Angel, both are intended for factory fit, but could be fitted by a competent homeowner. The Facefix version is screw fixed into the front face of the sash, whilst the Sidefix version is fixed through the side of the sash, hiding the fixing screws. Mighton are confident the product fits a niche. It allows the customer to vent the window, provides added security but doesn’t compromise child safety. Ventlock® is a registered Trademark in the USA, United Kingdom and the European Union and the Angel products are protected by comprehensive patents. If you would like to know more about the product or request a catalogue, please call the Sales team on 01223 497097, email or visit:

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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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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 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

too. Its QI – Quick installation – range of electric showers sets new standards for simple installation. Featuring eight entry points for water and electric – these showers offer the simplest shower installation available. Call 01684 293311 or go to the website at for a catalogue or information.

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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.

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Novellini UK offers a full range of shower products including bespoke shower enclosures, wetrooms, steam rooms and much more, why not visit our website for more details.


With over 40 Years experience Novellini is the European and a World leader in the production and manufacture of Shower enclosures and trays, Baths, Whirlpools, Steam Enclosures and Wetroom solutions. In the last decade Novellini has made significant investments into environmentally friendly manufacturing processes and continues to strive towards ever more sustainable holistic production and distribution methods for the future.

Over the years Novellini has continually developed shower trays, being one of the first companies to offer fully engineered large format shower trays in a number of sizes and colours as either low profile or more conventional raised with legs trays - all from UK stock.

With the Olympic Plus shower tray - Novellini was one of the first manufacturers of large format shower trays to reintroduce the production of textured shower floor surfaces. For many years the Olympic shower tray by Novellini has been the only slip resistant (non- enamelled) product in the European bathroom market.

Novellini realised the importance of a more engineered shower tray from an early stage and pioneered the use of innovative materials and fabrication methods in the Olympic Plus shower tray, which today is still one of the strongest and most stable large format shower trays. The Metal reinforced composite construction, now also used in the new Custom tray, means that (unlike many low profile resin stone products), Novellini trays arrive On-site Flat and ready to install.

In recent years Novellini has developed the UK’s leading Wetroom and tanking product, with solutions to suit both timber and concrete installations. The Novellini Wetroom systems allow designers to create uncluttered, lowmaintenance, spacious, level access & fully tiled shower spaces



IN OR ON THE FLOOR –The Novellini Custom Tray can be installed on the floor as a low level conventional shower tray or placed directly onto joists to achieve a flush level-access solution without the need for any further fixing frames. (in addition a raised tray with a void for plumbing including legs is available for surface plumbing)

UK STOCK COLOURS AND SIZES – The Novellini Custom Tray is available in White, Grey, Black & Beige from UK Stock and there are 18 basic sizes – in addition each Custom Tray can be adjusted in Length by up to 200mm offering many more sizes than the basic 18.

ANTI-SLIP – The Novellini Custom Tray is available with an optional Factory applied genuine European standard, Certificated, Anti-slip which is applied to the top surface of the tray - leaving a 10cm Border around the edge so that any Silicone beading is applied to an easily cleaned gloss surface. EASY 2 CLEAN – The Novellini Custom tray IS easy to clean! The

materials used for the Custom shower tray are designed to be cleaned by conventional household bathroom cleaning products, including lime-scale cleaners and bleach. (The Anti-slip is a rough surface and will potentially hold grime and lime-scale – chemical cleaners will be required and unlike enamelled steel surfaces the materials used for the Custom Tray are not adversely affected.)

HIGH FLOW SHOWER WASTE – The Novellini Custom Tray has a specially designed shallow trap waste with a 50 litre/min flow rate. The Waste cover is completely flush with the surface of the shower tray, is easily removed for cleaning and is made from high grade stainless steel which, unlike a chromed waste cover, will not discolour or peel if in contact with bleach or lime-scale cleaning products. ROBUST – Novellini shower trays are built to last. Olympic and Custom

shower trays arrive On-site in their own individual secure packaging which protects them from most handling accidents, avoiding chips and knocks, (a fairly common problem with enamelled steel products). The composite steel reinforced construction ensures that the trays arrive flat and ready to install; they are not subject to the warping, (which is quite likely with low profile resin-cast products).

CUT TO SHAPE – 200mm of one end of the Novellini Custom shower tray is designed so that if required the Custom tray can be cut to fit around a Soil Pipe Boxing for instance or perhaps an Out of True wall?.....

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demista™ and Cosyfloor™ ANOTHER UK SUCCES STORY! Our athletes have been superb in recent years. We have the top golfer in the world. British actors come away with accolades galore. And the cache of products manufactured in the United Kingdom cannot be underestimated. The words Made in the UK or British Made stand for quality, reliability, value for money and style. So demista™ heated mirror pads have proven to be the first choice for both the contract and domestic market.

heated mirror pads can also be made to order in special sizes. Fitting is easy. Just fix the self-adhesive pad to the back of the mirror and connect to the lighting circuit so that the mirror is warmed when the lights are switched on. The pads are manufactured in the United Kingdom and have proven quality after 23 years in the market world wide. demista™ is the innovator of steam free mirrors and the first heated mirror pads sold in the UK. Underfloor heating has been with us for 2,000 years, brought to us by the conquering Romans who found that the system they used to heat their famous bath houses, was ideal to keep their homes warm in the cold, wet climate of Brittannia. The advantages of electric underfloor heating are obvious no need for unsightly radiators, completely silent, improved efficiency and ease of operation, to name a few. The trend today is for solid floors, whether they are wood, laminate, stone, marble or tile. These, though appealing, can result in uncomfortably cold feet, especially in areas such as the bathroom, shower room and conservatory. Cosyfloor™, ECOFLOOR and ECOMAT, offer a choice of electric underfloor heating systems designed to suit your particular requirements. All three systems are easy to install, are silent, unobtrusive and economical to run. Both Cosyfloor™ and ECOFLOOR are earth screened so they can be safely used in areas such as bathrooms, wet rooms, laundry rooms and kitchens where water spillage is expected. ECOMAT is ideal for laminate and wood floor surfaces in areas such as hallways, living and bedrooms, and conservatories.

Steamed up mirrors are annoying. You step out of the bath or shower and prepare to shave or do your make up….trying to peer through a fog. Wiping leaves streaks.

If the rooms have irregular shaped areas, this is not a problem as ECOFLOOR cable kits are designed to fit over the floor space to be heated and can easily be configured around immovable objects to achieve optimum coverage and results. And you can set your own temperature levels with all three systems via a programmable, or simple on/off thermostat.

So is there any alternative? The easy and permanent solution is to install demista™ heated mirror pads. A problem solved simply and inexpensively.

So do as the Romans did, choose underfloor heating and transform those cold surfaces into inviting and warm floors.

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Exclusive new herringbone style wall tiles set to top the tile trends in 2016 Solus Ceramics has launched a brand new and exclusive range of wall tiles that are set to be one of the top trends in the architectural and interior design industry for 2016. The company’s new Geometry range feature stunning herringbone style patterns that open up endless design possibilities. The chevron shaped tiles fit together effortlessly and easily, allowing architects and designers to create an array of cutting edge and exciting creations, from dynamic and chic geometric stripes to scintillating zig zags. Available in an exquisite palette made up of seven core colours, from beiges, browns and greys, the range is available in both silk and satin finish. The

silk finish offers a very smooth and glossy shine, whereas the satin finish offers a subtle matt lustre. With Solus Ceramics’ inspiring Geometry range, architects and designers have the freedom to use a single colour, mix and match different colours, create repeated patterns or even mix and match different finishes. The tiles are produced in two formats, module A and module B, each measuring 230mm x 50mm x 8mm, making a mirrored effect. When ordered, the user will receive an equal amount of each module pieces to allow you to create your own sensational symmetrical designs. For more information, call Solus Ceramics on 0121 753 0777, email or visit

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ICONIC HEAL’S BUILDING KITTED OUT WITH PANASONIC HEATING AND COOLING SYSTEM The Heal’s Building on London’s Tottenham Court Road has long been a home of innovation and high quality design. This creative spirit lives on in the newly refurbished building, with a cutting edge heating and cooling system from Panasonic, that provides a comfortable environment for the staff of companies such as Netflix and Deliveroo. Consultants Cundall worked with Easy Air Conditioning to design and install a heating and cooling system flexible enough to meet the demands of a variety of office spaces spread over five storeys. The scale of the project demanded a powerful, efficient system, so Easy Air Conditioning and Cundall specified the Panasonic ECOi VRF system. During three phases of delivery, Easy Air Conditioning installed 24 VRF systems comprised of 42 of Panasonic’s heat pumps and heat condensing units. Each VRF system is controlled by a Panasonic CZ-256ESMC2 touchscreen controller and is integrated into the building management system of the site, to

provide a flexible and user-friendly heating and cooling solution. “When we worked out the scale of the project and how many units we would have to install, Panasonic’s VRF system became the obvious choice,” said Andy Wootton of Easy Air Conditioning. “We wanted to give the client a heating and cooling system that was easy to use and provided the capacity they needed, and Panasonic ticked all the boxes. They offer great products which are easy to install and very energy efficient.” Panasonic heat pumps and condensing units lead the market in their ease of installation and maintenance, which were key factors on this project, as the

units were to be installed on the roof of the building where space was limited. The ECOi VRF system also puts energy efficiency at the forefront, operating with a COP of 4.63, while able to offer heating and cooling simultaneously at high performance, making it the perfect solution for a large office building with hundreds of staff. The ceilings in the Heal’s Building are lower than one might typically find in a modern office building, due to its heritage as a furniture manufacturing facility. Easy Air Conditioning installed Panasonic’s MM range of horizontal ‘slimline’ ceiling-mounted units, designed for spaces with low ceilings. They were unable to fit a false ceiling around the units because of the lack of space, which meant that the cold air from the units would flow straight down onto the people who worked below them, causing pockets of cold air around the office.

Easy Air Conditioning installed large plates around the outputs of the units to take advantage of the Coanda effect, where the air flows out horizontally along the bottom of the plates, so it doesn’t fall straight out of the unit onto the people below, providing a consistent cooling effect across the office. Easy Air Conditioning also took advantage of the off coil temperature control facility of the Panasonic units to maintain the off coil temperature at 12 degrees, so that the air that was emitted from the units was already slightly warmer than a regular cooling system. Easy Air Conditioning supplemented the ceiling-mounted units with a large number of Panasonic’s MR1 series floor standing units concealed discreetly in cabinets beneath windows. These units, specifically designed to be concealed in perimeter enclosures, enable flexible installation

as supply pipes can be connected to either side of the unit from the bottom or the rear. This flexibility ensured that areas of offices nearer the windows, which can be warmer in the summer due to the sun, were cooled to a temperature consistent with the rest of the office. Without a false ceiling, the units, trunking and pipes of the air conditioning system were exposed, so the interior designers decided to embrace this and incorporate it into the stripped back, industrial-chic design aesthetic of the iconic Heal’s Building. The low ceilings on the second floor of the Heal’s building posed a challenge to Cundall and Easy Air Conditioning because it meant they couldn’t install a false ceiling, so the cold air from the ceiling units would fall down directly onto the people who worked below them. Therefore to create the Coanda Effect, where airflow sticks to a surface and is therefore distributed

more widely across the office, Easy Air and Cundall installed large plates next to the outputs of the units. The air flows horizontally, stuck to the bottom of the plates, so it doesn’t fall straight out of the unit onto the people below, providing a more temperate air conditioning system. The owners of the Heal’s building were keen, wherever possible, to maintain the heritage look and feel of the building so specified a subtle and unobtrusive heating and cooling system that blended in with the existing interior design. Easy Air and Cundall therefore concealed a large number of Panasonic’s R1 type floor standing units in cabinets below the windows. Areas near the windows tend to be warmer in the summer, so installing cooling units beneath the windows ensured an even distribution of cold air throughout the offices.

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RINNAI WELCOMES ADVENT OF ‘TRANSPARENT’ ENERGY LABELLING Rinnai, designer and manufacturer of the Infinity range of continuous flow gas fired water heaters, welcomes the implementation of the ERP and Energy Labelling Directive on 26 September as its expansive range of water heaters can satisfy a complete range of load profiles and all units are A RATED. On 26 September 2015 The Energy Related Products (ERP) Directive, incorporating Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Directives for water heaters (Lot 2) comes into force, meaning that water-heating products sold in the UK will need to meet minimum energy performance criteria in order to be legally placed on the market, and will require an energy label. “The Energy Labelling Directive offers transparency to specifiers, installers and end users who will now have a clear guide for choosing the most efficient units available,” says Tony Gittings, Managing Director of Rinnai UK. “Rinnai now brings to market the most expansive range of A-rated appliances, that have load profiles suitable for both domestic and commercial projects. Our appliances range from load profile(s) for small domestic models to XXL sized commercial units,” says Gittings. Rinnai is also set up to offer installers expert help with system labelling. The onus of labelling in this scenario falls on the installer, rather than the manufacturer, who will be responsible for system labels for those installations that combine a water heater with renewables, for example. Rinnai has been working well ahead of the deadline for ERP and took delivery of its coveted A-rated labels in July. To get to that stage, Rinnai had all its appliances tested twice. The first test was carried out at the Rinnai headquarters in Japan, where units underwent rigorous interrogation by the company’s expert engineers and then again by notified body who awarded the rating. “An energy efficient continuous flow gas fired hot water system, whether teamed with renewables technology or used on its own, actually has a lot to offer as we move towards the Government’s carbon reduction goals. Rinnai Infinity units have been developed to exceed all current demands and lead the field in this respect. As seen with the launch of the Rinnai HDC1600i which has been introduced to adhere to the low-NOX requirements of ERP in 2018. “And don’t forget, the A-rating applies to a unit in use under specific test conditions – ie when fuel is being used. As an ‘A-rated’ Rinnai unit only uses fuel when water is being drawn it doesn’t suffer any standing losses, making the system more efficient than any stored hot water system. “In effect, an A-rated Rinnai continuous flow water heater, will always have an advantage in efficiencies over A-rated storage systems, as there is no standing losses or any need to re-circulate and re-heat water to avoid stratification,” Gittings explains.

When these Rinnai water heaters are paired with solar thermal technology and the latest intelligent controls are used for ultimate renewable heat optimisation, even higher efficiencies can be achieved, Gittings adds. Rinnai’s advanced engineering and attention to detail has resulted in the complete range of Rinnai Infinity water heaters being given the coveted A-rating. It shows an energy efficient continuous flow gas fired hot water system, whether teamed with renewables technology or used on its own, actually has a lot to offer as we move towards the Government’s carbon neutral goals. Rinnai Infinity units have been developed to exceed all current demands and lead the field in this respect. Gittings concludes: “It is great news that Rinnai has recognition in the form of the A-rating across all our appliances – domestic, light commercial, heavy duty and industrial. “It shows we are well on the journey to assist with the greening of industry with our continually improving efficiencies. However, there is still a way to go for the industry to develop even more superior energy efficient technologies - which is why Rinnai is looking at new developments with an eye to October 2018 when the next tier of legislation is due.” For more information on the RINNAI product range visit




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SPEEDHEAT RISES TO CHILLY If you think it’s starting to turn chilly here, spare a thought for those living and working on a scientific research base in the freezing Antarctic! Keeping warm in temperatures that can plunge to -50oC in the long, dark winters is not a choice for the team on the South African National Antarctic Expedition (SANAE) IV research station. It’s a matter of survival. But as the Antarctic summer begins when temperatures can rise to a positively balmy -5oC, the opportunity is being taken to install extra comfort, thanks to the ingenuity of electrical underfloor heating specialist, Speedheat. The base is on Vesleskarvet (Norwegian for little barren mountain) on the Ahlmann Ridge, about 100 miles from the coast. Its three modules are on stilts to keep them clear of the deep snows of an Antarctic winter. The electricity supply is powered by diesel generators, and

any waste heat from these goes into heat exchangers to provide most of the warmth to the inside of the modules. But this method of heating is difficult to control so, as part of a renovation project, Speedheat’s advanced floor heating system has been chosen to provide supplementary, thermostatically-controlled warmth in two of the two-storey modules. The third houses a helicopter and the generators and does not require additional heating. Different wattage mats of Speedheat’s unique cabling have been specifically designed for the different final floorings chosen for the base, such as bamboo laminate, vinyl and tiles. Speedheat has given full installation and commissioning training to the contractors in Cape Town who are laying flooring for SANAE IV. Contractors, flooring and the entire heating system are now on their way by ship and the fitters will return towards the end of February 2016. This is not the first extreme Speedheat installation. The company has quite literally gone to the both ends of the world from North to South as it has also been selected to supply floor heating for crew accommodation on Statoil Norway’s Aasta Hansteen gas rig in the deep waters of the Norwegian Sea. At just 1.5mm deep and with no major installation upheaval, the system has also been the choice for historic buildings in the UK, such as the extraordinary Durlston Castle in Dorset, new builds, sensitive conversions and for

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CHALLENGE a home with a solar energy supply. It is equally comfortable in a conservatory, a single cold spot or as the primary heating for an entire building. Said Joan Pentland, managing director of Speedheat UK: “We have always known that every installation is different and that Speedheat floor heating can be designed to suit any space. The SANAE IV contract, awarded through our South African base, proves it. “It is a remarkable project that demonstrates the versatility and adaptability of the system, whether for a British home, in a castle, for a hotel or offices, a rig out at sea or in one of the coldest places on earth.”

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The Ultimate Accolade for the Leadwork Craftsman At the beginning of October, some 57 LCA members, associates and their guests assembled at the Fawsley Hall Hotel, near Daventry for the announcement of the winners of the 2015 Murdoch Award and Murdoch Sponsors Award competitions.


he Awards are presented each year in recognition of the very best in leadwork design and installation, carried out by the specialist members of the Lead Contractors Association - in effect the ultimate accolade for the craft of working with lead.

As part of a pre-dinner reception hosted by Jamestown Metals, guests were able to assess the entries for the 2015 Awards and try to pick the overall winner from the keenly competitive and high quality nominations.

2015 competition. He noted that this year there had not been any large scale, extravagantly decorated entries which might have stood out and distracted the judges, so all entries were subjected to particularly close scrutiny, down to the very fine details, in order to determine the deserved winners. Before announcing the winners, Richard again thanked Associated Lead Mills for continuing their long standing sponsorship of the Murdoch Award, in support of the LCA’s quality standard ethic. He noted that once again, all the main Murdoch Award Finalists were being hosted by Associated Lead for the evening as part of their sponsorship.

The panel of Judges had met some three weeks previously and had eventually selected D Blake & Co (Edinburgh), Lead-Tech Roofing (Worcester Park) and Norman & Underwood (Leicester) as the finalists of the Murdoch Award and N Lee & Sons (Whitney), Leadwise Contracts (Co Antrim) and SWG Roofing (Dunmow, Essex) as finalists of the Murdoch Sponsors Award (for projects under 5 tonnes).

He also thanked them for their foresight in introducing the Murdoch Sponsors Award in 2006 for projects under five tonnes, which had since given some of the smaller LCA members the chance for wider recognition. Indeed he noted that there were in fact three new members entered for the Sponsors Award and two of them, Leadwise Contracts and SWG Roofing, had made it to the final, although perhaps Leadwise should be regarded as a returning, rather than an entirely new member, having previously been in the LCA from 1998 until 2008.

In addressing the gathering at Fawsley Hall, Chairman of the Judging Panel Richard Murdoch once again paid tribute to the very high standard of the entries for the

Turning to the actual entries from the Sponsor’s Award finalists, Richard noted that guests had previously viewed photographs of the dome with unusual weatherings from

Roofing & Cladding 39 Leadwise Contracts Ltd – The Parliament Building, Stormont, Co Antrim NI

N Lee & Son, the tile replacement leadwork at Stormont Castle from Leadwise and the dome and spire from SWG Roofing and he again commended the consistently high standard of both the design and workmanship that was evident throughout each project. However the judges had to pick a winner and Richard announced that Leadwise Contracts were the winners of the Murdoch Sponsors Award for 2015 and in the absence of Martin Cahalan from Leadwise, Ian Harvey stepped forward to receive the Award on their behalf from Alan Barker of sponsors Associated Lead Mills. Turning to the Murdoch Award itself, Richard noted the presence of two quality leadwork heavyweights who regularly reached the finalists stage, in the form of D Blake & Co (twice previous winners) and Norman & Underwood. Up against them this time was Lead-Tech Roofing who in 2013 had won the Sponsors Award and were now going after the main prize. Again the projects were not eyecatchingly spectacular, with the focus more on precision detailing and consistent setting out, but in all cases completed with fine workmanship.

SWG Roofing Ltd – Dome and Spire – Esher Private House

Whilst the judges had applauded the unusual pitched roofing over a thick stone substrate at Brothwick Castle by D Blake and the work carried out by Norman and Underwood to the flat roof at Staunton Harold Church, in their unanimous view it was the large flat and pitched roofing and cladding

project completed by Lead-Tech Roofing at Rygar House in London that deserved to be the winner of the 2015 Murdoch Award. Paul Mulry, who had worked extensively on Rygar House stepped forward to receive the Award on behalf of Lead-Tech from LCA Chairman Stuart Bailey. Lead-Tech MD Martin Walsh was delighted for Paul to receive such public recognition of his individual craft skills and workmanship and was very proud that his company had continued the quality standards ethos that had enabled them to win the Sponsors Award two years ago. Barry Smith, Managing Director of sponsors Associated Lead Mills, was delighted that this years awards in both categories had featured “new blood” challenging the more established LCA members. “It’s great to see new faces coming through for these awards” he said. “Not only does it show that anyone stands a chance of being a finalist or even winning if their work is good enough, but also that the craft of working with lead is alive and well and in very good hands.”

2015 Murdoch Sponsors award Winner - The Parliament Building, Stormont - Leadwise Contracts, Co Antrim NI In a role reversal of recent trends, lead sheet replaced a failing stepped tile design in a project that relied heavily upon close teamwork between

the architect and the traditional crafts Martin Cahalan reports that Leadwise were delighted to be involved in the project at the Parliament Buildings, Stormont, an iconic Belfast landmark on an elevated site overlooking large swathes of the city and a building that has had, and continues to have today, huge relevance for all the citizens of Northern Ireland. The work itself was to the front sloping pediments and was necessitated by a longstanding failing in the existing stepped tiling arrangement. After discussing the various options, the project team from Hamilton Architects led by Mr Paul Millar took the decision to replace the tiled roofing with lead roofing that would mimic the detailing of the tiled roof as far as possible. It was at this point that Leadwise were able to offer some advice as to the necessary substructure, sizing and ventilation needs and these were incorporated into the final design. With the aesthetics now of paramount importance it was essential that the joinery work be of a very high standard and consistent throughout and thankfully this was achieved by the Contractor, Tracey Bros of Enniskillen. With the lead to BSEN:12588 sourced from Jamestown Metals, the 110 sheets of Code 6 lead needed were pre cut, formed and sent to site for installation. A building paper to BS 1521 Class A was laid onto the decking and the wood rolls then put in place as the work progressed. In total there were some 2600 copper nail heads that were individually dotted and everything was checked and rechecked to ensure continuity and it was through this attention to detail and pride in the project that such a pleasing outcome was obtained. Whilst Leadwise are delighted to have their contribution recognised by their peers it’s important to appreciate that it was the contributions of others also that made for overall success. The project Architect, Mr Mark Knight and Tracey Bros can take great credit too for all their input and desire to leave a lasting legacy on this landmark building.

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Lead-Tech Roofing Ltd – Rygar House, London

2015 Murdoch Award Winner – Rygar House, London - Lead-Tech Roofing Ltd Consistency of design and workmanship was the key to the aesthetics of this large project involving flat, pitched and vertical panels and again working in partnership with the architect enabled design changes to be made to improve the long term integrity of the roof Martin Walsh reports that this new development is set in the heart of Mayfair in central London. Lead-Tech were appointed through the Main Contractor 800 Group Ltd to install all the roof timbers and new code 6 lead sheet to the crown flat roof, as well as the 70º Mansard Roof and the vertical sections, which also included code 6 lead to dormers and associated flashings. The total project was some 20 tonnes of lead sheet, supplied by Associated Lead Mills. A key factor in securing the project was that as an LCA member, Lead-Tech could offer the 25 year insurance backed guarantee. Once again the contractor and architect worked in close partnership and during the process of building the roof Lead-Tech were able to identify potential technical issues which might arise with the planned detailing and more

importantly how the new lead roof would be ventilated. In most cases the Architects Drawings had been well thought out but when approached by Lead-Tech about their concerns, the architects allowed details to be altered as required. Once the main roof construction had been completed and Lead-Tech commenced installing the new code 6 lead, they decided to reduce the setting out of the wood rolls to 575mm centres, thus ensuring the lead was installed well within its design limits. The wood rolls were staggered and included a ventilation ridge detail which was achieved using the Nicholson Air Track Products. On the Mansard 70º degree pitched roof slope, Code 6 sheet was again installed at 575mm centres and the length of the bays were also reduced to 2.00 lm overall. At the head 3 rows of staggered fixings were installed using 38mm copper ring shanks. The sizing and fixing of the bays have therefore been set well within its design limits, thus eradicating any future problems and potential failure of fixings, which is particularly significant as access would be problematic and costly. It is this attention to detail that was recognised by the Murdoch Award judges

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Airtight Sealing and Ventilation Explained Is an Airtight Seal Just an Airtight Seal? Peter Thompson, General Manager of ISO-Chemie UK, gives insight into the trade-off between airtightness and ventilation in sealing products. The legal requirement to consider airtightness in building designs has been around since the 2006 changes to UK Building Regulations. This is the same for every version of the regulations that apply to all regions of the UK, whether it be England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland. The measurement for calculation air loss out of, or ingress into, a building is measured in cubic metres (m3), per hour (h), per square metre of building envelope (m2) and at a differential pressure of 50 Pascals (Pa) between internal and external air pressure. The back stop maximum leakage IS 10, equivalent to 10m3 (h.m2) @50Pa. When designing to Passivhaus standards, this gets a little more complicated as they refer to airtightness as so many changes of air per hour. This relates more to the cubic capacity of the building or room, rather than the surface area of the envelope of the building. Notwithstanding this, to give some comparison it is generally agreed that Passivhaus is looking for a goal of 0.6m3 (h.m2) @50Pa, or less. Initially, not too much notice was given to the requirement to have a maximum air leakage, as in reality an air loss of 10m3 (h.m2) @50Pa could not really be called an airtight building, so the designs and detailing did not have to change radically to achieve it. However, building standards have progressed with the requirement to conserve more and more energy. Although the legal backstop of 10 has not changed the target air leakage for SAP, separate target values set by the house builders themselves have both significantly reduced. This helps to save heat loss out of the building, thus requiring less use of heating systems to maintain a comfortable temperature within the building, and in turn leading to greater energy efficiency and lowering CO2 emissions.

This brings us to the question about air quality within the building. The more airtight we make our buildings the less fresh air we get into them through random unwanted gaps within the building fabric. Such problems can cause other issues for people with respiratory problems or young children, so proper ventilation is crucial. ‘Build Tight, Vent Right’ has been a popular mantra relating to building design, particularly to those concerned with the Fabric First strategy, rather than just throwing ‘Eco Bling’ at a building design to achieve the relevant Standard Assessment Procedure credentials. It is often argued that if by reducing air loss you then need to build-in designed ventilation, then why bother in the first place? The answer, apart from the fact that legislation must be complied with, can be summed up in one word – control. It is the difference between controlled air loss, or ventilation, and uncontrolled air loss, draughts, which is the nub of the whole issue. How is ‘Build Tight and ‘Vent Right’ achieved? With regards to ventilation, this generally falls into two major camps natural ventilation and mechanical ventilation. If you achieve an air loss of 3m3 (h.m2) @50Pa or less, then it is a necessity to use mechanical ventilation. With an air loss of more than 3m3 (h.m2), it is generally considered that well designed natural ventilation is sufficient for most domestic dwellings. For unwanted air loss, it is generally acknowledged that the air loss between the junctions of windows and doors to walls, walls to floors and walls to ceilings accounts for more than 50% of the air loss in a house. Other common factors of air loss relate to fabric of the building itself and the various holes knocked through the fabric for an assortment of reasons such as drainage, heating flues, electrical cables etc. There are many products on the market claiming to be airtight seals. But the key is to use the correct products

Doors, Windows & Architechtural Hardware 43 in the correct environment, and the extent to which they degrade over time. In addition if one of the major requirements of airtightness is to reduce heat loss out of the building, then thermal resistance to these air leak sources surely needs to be considered as well. Certainly just being airtight will reduce or stop heat loss by convection, but what about heat loss by conduction often referred to as non-repeating thermal bridges?

However, when sealing an actual construction joint between similar or different materials, it is a different story. An illustrative example is the movement between joints created by the junction of different construction materials, such as windows to walls or walls to roof etc. Even joints between the same materials can move, such as brick or concrete expansion joints. The initial drying out of the building must also be considered. In this respect, the differential movement between timber frame buildings and the external masonry facades is well researched and documented. But the different coefficient of expansion factors of different materials is less well known. When selecting a suitable airtight seal for this type of application, installers must consider several factors to assess if it is correct for the type of joint to be sealed, based on:

The industry is starting to understand that airtightness is only half the story for the sealants. This is why the thermal insulation of joints between window, doors and walls is now included in the latest SAP calculations, where previously it had simply been ignored. When choosing a suitable airtight seal, the full requirements necessary to create a long term solution must be considered. If it is simply to seal the edges or overlaps of an internal airtight membrane, then movement and thermal insulation are unlikely to be major factors to consider as any number of various stick on adhesive strip tapes are likely to be suitable. As there are technical differences between them, some specialist knowledge or advice is always helpful.

• The need to accommodate movement. • Any need to allow for conduction heat loss, to maintain the thermal integrity of the abutting materials. • The suitability of the active adhesive system for both initial application and long term use on the substrate. • The potential for harmful emissions from the sealing materials and adhesives, and their effect on internal air quality must also be assessed. An airtight seal therefore needs to be more than just an adhesive tape. ISO-Chemie has seen a bewildering range of options on the market. At first glance, they all look like they do the same or a similar function. Whilst this is true to a certain extent, there are many performance variables meaning some products are more suited than others - in the same way as timber frame construction methods are all not identical or suitable for certain situations. ISO-Chemie has a regional network of field-based Technical Advisors, as well as an office based technical hotline, designed to discuss particular customer requirements. For more information visit:


















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Glass Excellence Established in 1975 Firman Glass is one of the leading independent glass processors in the UK, manufacturing toughened glass, laminated glass and specialist sealed units. Based in Harold Wood Essex within 5 minutes of junction 28 of the M25 and half an hour from Central London we are ideally situated to service our ever growing and diverse customer base. Manufacturing all forms of processed toughened glass, with comprehensive stocks of clear float, low iron, satin, body tinted, mirrors, laminated glass, acoustic laminated and fire rated glass. With some of the most advanced capabilities in place Firman Glass is able to manufacture high quality products for all markets sectors including architectural, retail, leisure and domestic.

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Vicaima Glacier finish with flush vertical wall panels and CDW door.

Glacier Creates a Visual Sensation Glacier is just one of three new door finishes set to change the landscape for interior design. Introduced by leading internal door manufacturer Vicaima, Visual Sensations provides a new collection and welcome addition to the popular Dekordor SD foils range.

options, pairs, over height dimensions, mobility widths and as part of door and frame kits and sets, to ensure that individual requirements can be appropriately satisfied.

Designed to capture the essence of dramatic landscapes, bringing exterior colour and pattern to an interior environment, these wood look doors bring genuine innovation.

Each of these is available in a choice of designs comprising flush vertical and crossdirectional woodgrain (CDW), plus CDW with a contrasting inlay effect.

Dekordor Standard Duty (SD) finished foil has long been a preferred choice for specifiers, offering as it does, a consistent and economical door finish which is suitable for a multitude of applications from homes to offices, in both the new build and refurbishment sectors.

All doors are FSC certified for environmental peace of mind and can be supplied with If you want to change your interior a range of performance specifications landscape then look to Visual Sensations including fire rated, acoustic and security as for something different. specification demands. For further details about Vicaima To complete the theme, Vicaima are also Dekordor SD Visual Sensations visit the able to supply as part of a matching doorset Vicaima website, (door, Frame and architrave) plus matching alternatively call 01793 532333 for a copy of the new literature or face wardrobes and door panels where required. samples. Dekordor SD Visual Sensations are made on a to order basis and as such can accommodate a wide selection of configuration possibilities to make specification easy, with glazed

Now Visual Sensations create a totally new and unique Vicaima design that sets these doors apart from other products on the market. The Visual Sensations collection comprises 3 totally new and distinct timber grained tonal choices including, Glacier, Canyon and Forest.

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Intelligent Glass A brief history The history of Intelligent Glass begins 12 years ago when its parent company – innovative British technology firm Pro Display – was using Polymer Dispersed Liquid Crystal (PDLC) film as a rear projection screen that could switch clear when not in use. After realising the potential for this ‘switchable film’ as a privacy glass solution in the construction and glazing industries, Intelligent Glass was born. Intelligent Glass proceeded to develop a range of smart glass products, the widest available, which is now manufactured for trade customers worldwide including architects, installers, fit-out firms, interior designers, homebuilders and more. Initially, the switchable film was sold as a retrofit solution to add controllable privacy to existing glass. Customers were mainly corporate offices and meeting spaces, and Intelligent Glass began to build its brand.

The Intelligent Glass range Known today for product quality, reliability, and flexibility of installation, Intelligent Glass has developed the basic switchable technology into a full range of smart glass solutions. Initially, there was a single glazed, toughened panel with the switchable layer factory-coated to one side. This product continues to serve the glass partition market extremely well. Since then, laminated glass has been added, using a secret factory process to sandwich the switchable layer between glass. This process enhances the clarity of the switchable glass when in its powered, transparent state, whilst adding strength and insulating properties to the glass panel. More recently double and triple glazed units have joined the Intelligent Glass family. Complete with warm edge spacers, low E/low iron glass, and argon filling, the units carry green energy credentials in addition to unmistakeable sense of style!

Recent innovation An innovative battery-powered door vision panel is about to complete its fire rating tests, ready to hit the market. Designed for applications such as meeting rooms, residential entry doors, custodial rooms, healthcare and more, the panels remove the need for expensive and disruptive cabling work. All of the switching and power components are contained in a small unit concealed within the door itself, just like the body of a mortise lock.

Residential case study: Number 23 Two recent high profile installations won awards for their architects. On the residential side is Number 23, a home designed, built and lived in by its architect Matt White. The full height box window on the front of the property was treated with Intelligent Glass switchable film to give privacy to the landing beyond.

Wokingham Medical Centre - on (top) and off (bottom)

Commercial case study: Wokingham Medical Centre And on the commercial side, Barbara Weiss Architects specified Intelligent Glass double glazing for its awardwinning refurbishment of Wokingham Health Centre. The double glazed units give instant privacy for patients in the treatment rooms, whilst still allowing plenty of diffused light into the building. The use of Intelligent Glass also allowed the Health Centre to do away with blinds and curtains, removing the cost and hassle of maintenance and cleaning.

Smart glass on a smart new website Intelligent Glass relaunched its website in October 2015, making it easier to read on mobile devices whilst also adding more images and videos of its switchable smart glass in action. It also features applications and market sectors in which Intelligent Glass is seeing growing interest.

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Quality Acoustic Seals for Doors & Windows Sealmaster DropSeal An automatic DropSeal which fills the gap between the door bottom and the floor or threshold plate. Suitable for new and retrofit projects the Sealmaster DropSeal provides smoke containment and acoustic sealing. Tested to BS EN 1634-1 2014 BS EN 1363-1 2012 & BS476 Part 22. Durability tested to more than 1,000,000 cycles. Can be used in conjunction with Sealmaster Delta and Double Fin Acoustic Seals. Available in a wide range of sizes.

Sealmaster Double Fin Acoustic Seal Providing excellent acoustic sealing, the Sealmaster Double Fin Acoustic Seal is durable and easy to install. Maintenance free and suitable for both new and retrofit projects the Sealmaster Double Fin Acoustic Seal is BS EN Fire Tested and Acoustically rated to 4db. Designed and manufactured in the UK, and available in Black, Brown and White.

Sealmaster Delta Acoustic Smoke Seal Quality and easy to install acoustic door seal with excellent acoustic sealing. Designed and manufactured in the UK the Sealmaster Delta Acoustic Smoke Seal is BS EN Fire Tested and Acoustically rated to 40db, and suitable for both new and retrofit specifications. The durable Delta comes with selfadhesive tape for standard single or double-lead doorsets. Available in Black, Brown, White and Transparent.

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