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Front Cover photograph kindly supplied by Cartwright Pickard Architects and Mace, who have recently overseen the completion of the refurbishment of four London Metropolitan University (LMU) facilities. Some of the colour photography used in Building Innovations is provided and paid for by contributors towards the cost of production. Whilst every effort is made by the publishers to ensure that the content of the articles appearing in Building Innovations is accurate, the publishers do not accept liability for errors that may appear in the publication. Building Innovations is published quarterly, free of charge to a carefully selected readership under the publishers control. Copies are otherwise available on request at cost of £3.75 per single issue including postage. Yearly subscription rates are £12.50 including postage. The views expressed by contributors in this publication are not necessarily the views of the publisher. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying or recording in any storage or retrieval system without the consent of the publisher. Published by: Link2Media Architectural Publications Limited Editorial Office: Barn 3, Dunston Business Village, Stafford Road, Dunston, Stafford ST18 9AB Tel: 01785 711591  Fax: 0845 862 8639

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VISION Title: Mansfield Folkhouse Young People’s Centre £6.5m Redevelopment Location: Mansfield Architect: Lewis and Hickey

£6.5m restoration and extension of the Westfield Folkhouse building in Mansfield which has been used as a youth centre for most of the 20th century. The facility is managed by Nottinghamshire County Council which has contributed £1.5m towards the project with the remaining money coming from the Government’s myplace fund. Westfield Folkhouse is a Grade II listed building, formally a manor house. It was built in 1830 with late 19th century and 20th century additions. The project includes a 1,000m2 extension over two floors which replaced a smaller 1960s addition and houses rooms for multi-media gaming zones, music and dance, DJ booths, activities areas, café zones and offices. The new building has created a worldclass, state-of-the-art facility offering youth clubs and targeted projects for young people seven days a week. Extensive restoration of the main building, which was in a deteriorating state, is used for office space and meetings. The build was project managed by Nottinghamshire County Council, the lead architects were Lewis and Hickey (Nottingham office) and GF Tomlinsons was the lead construction contractor. Design overview The project team worked closely with English Heritage and the local Conservation Officers and with which it was decided that the new extension would not compromise the character and historic elements of the listing building. It was 0

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agreed that the design of the building would not be a pastiche of the old building but would complement it’s colour palette whilst having a distinct identity of its own using modern materials such as glass, and aluminium and steelwork. The extension has been designed to be set back from the original building’s frontage, meaning visitors get the full impact of the historic building on the driveway approach to the building. Old building Much of the stonework was degrading due the inappropriate use of cement mortar. The stonework in selected areas was lightly cleaned using the Doff system to remove surface dirt and biological growth. Where old stonework was too damaged, Derbyshire grit stones from nearby Stancliffe Quarry at Matlock were used for replacements. Exterior stonework was repointed using lime mortar, interior walls re-plastered using lime plaster replicating their original finish and breathable Keim Ecosil paint was used on interior walls. Repairs to the Welsh blue slate roof were undertaken and the plus the installation of cast iron gutters. Reed plaster ceilings which were collapsing have been repaired and damaged cornicing was restored in situ using traditional techniques. Repair and, where necessary, replacement of sash windows were carried out using Ventrolla, a company specialising in this work. Cleaning of the internal stone staircase using the Doff system to remove paint. Relaying of entrance hall flagstones which had sunken areas. Minimal fixings were used to tie-in the new extension and the existing opening created for the former 1960s extension was used to minimise the impact to the historic fabric of the listed building. Archeologists from Nottingham Trent University surveyed the building to record any historic elements uncovered during the works for the benefit of future generations.

New building Steel structured with a Kalzip standing seam roof. The frontage used ashlar faced stone which blends with the colour of the stonework in the old building whilst giving the extension a more modern smooth finish.

Sustainable features Insulated adhering to BREEAM principles and using mixed-mode (natural and extract) ventilation designs. BIOMASS fuelled boilers. Rainwater harvesting, LED lighting where appropriate and timed sensors for lighting for energy efficiency.

Split faced stone work was introduced to the South and West elevations. Block walling with Sto render was used on the rest of the building to match the colour of the old stone. Self-cleaning glass was introduced to areas helping reduce maintenance whilst taking advantage of natural light where installed, including roof lights and bespoke glass pods to add design interest. Curved feature acoustic rafts which allow audio to be played throughout the building have been fitted and are colour coded to define spaces and act as a design feature.

Outside areas The land to the rear of the building was divided into two areas. The ‘urban’, more modern area includes graffiti walls, basketball court, ‘petanque’ ball court, an outdoor gym, walls for graffiti art, allotments, and areas for five-a-side football, volley ball, chess and boules. This area is situated behind a newly created wall made of locally sourced grit stone of a similar colour to the old building to preserve the character of the building. A calming, traditional area in the form of a sensory garden and landscaping was located adjacent to the nearby conservation area overlooking the side of the listed building.

Vibrant colours used throughout the building to give it a modern and interesting feel. Features include two DJ booths, a multi-media wall with TV and gaming units and a dance studio with a touch sensitive interactive wall. Toilets were designed to be large and colourful with graffiti panels on the doors in response to young people’s feedback that these areas tend to also serve as meeting areas. Large Makaton signage was used for young people with learning disabilities.

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VISION Title: London Metropolitan University Reveals A Spectrum Of Refurbished Facilities Location: London Architect: Cartwright Pickard Architects

Cartwright Pickard Architects (CPA) and Mace have recently overseen the completion of the refurbishment of four London Metropolitan University (LMU) facilities. Mace and CPA were commissioned under a single procurement by the university for their ambitious cross campus refurbishment project. The aim of the project was to update and modernise the Learning Centre, Tower, Central House and Grade II-listed Moorgate buildings. CPA’s design identified ways that areas that could be used more efficiently and introduced more informal learning spaces. Adaptability of the space was key to the designs, ensuring that the workspaces are easily modifiable to future learning needs. Additionally each site is accentuated by a colour scheme as defined by LMU, reiterated by the accompanying soft furnishings, to aid navigation for both students and visitors alike. Hitch Mylius are the soft seating manufacturers Title: TEX-TONIC HOUSE 1 Location: London Architect: Paul McAneary Architects Ltd

Paul McAneary Architects Ltd has announced the completion of the project Tex Tonic House 1, a double-height penthouse apartment located in Victoria, London. The clients brief was to design two apartments on the top floor of the existing Central London post office and Phillips de Pury art action house in Victoria, London. The client expressed a wish for large volume ‘loft’ spaces and his desire for a contemporary design and functionality. Paul McAneary Architects’ proposal was for natural tectonics through numerous new details, and even developing a new material type - of cast timber bronze. The overall architectural language is modest and dramatic at the same time: mixed timber tectonics have been applied with an emphasis on their texture and intrinsic beauty. The amount of ‘vertical natural light’ flooding through the large skylights, walk on glass and the horizontal curtain walling maximise the exquisite effect of the natural grain and pattern of the timber ceiling, oak beams and floor as well as the bronze ‘timber texture’.


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WWW.AHMM.CO.UK Title: Angel Building shortlisted for RIBA Stirling Prize Location: London Architect: Allford Hall Monaghan Morris

Derwent London’s Angel Building has been shortlisted for this year’s prestigious RIBA Stirling Prize. The RIBA Stirling Prize, now in its 16th year, is awarded to the architects of the best new European building ‘built or designed in Britain’. It recognises the single building that has made the most significant contribution to architecture over the last 12 months and this is the third time Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM), the architects of the Angel Building, have been shortlisted for this prestigious award. Buildings need to enter and win a RIBA Award for architectural excellence in order to be judged for the RIBA Stirling Prize. The RIBA Awards are announced in May each year and are judged by a regional Jury. A separate jury is then created to form the RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist. The winner is announced at the RIBA Stirling Prize Dinner, held in early October each year. The Angel Building is one of six shortlisted projects and the winning scheme will be announced on Saturday 1st October at Magna Science Adventure Centre in Rotherham and will be broadcast on a special edition of BBC TWO’s The Culture Show on Sunday 2nd October. Completed in 2010, the Angel Building has been awarded the BCO award for Refurbished and Recycled Workspace, RIBA Award for Architecture, NLA New London Award and was commended at the Civic Trust Awards 2011. The Angel Building is all about improving radically on the thinking of the past, to provide the best possible office environment for today. A restrained piece of enlightened modern architecture by award-winning architects AHMM, it contains over 250,000 sq ft of exceptional office space. With a remarkable atrium, fine café, and exclusively-commissioned works of contemporary art, it also enjoys exceptional views from its enormous rooftop terraces. Above all, this is where the City meets the West End. The Angel Building is a new addition to this important intersection of London. Located in EC1, the building commands the heights midway between the financial hub of the City of London and the international rail interchange and development area of King’s Cross St. Pancras. With easy access to the West End, it’s at the heart of one of London’s liveliest historic urban villages, with a complete range of shops, restaurants, markets and excellent transport links right outside. The Angel Building brings a distinguished new dimension to the area. This is a building carefully made to greatly reduce its carbon footprint – in construction and in operation. It is highly efficient to run, as befits a Grade A office and retail building built for the second decade of the 21st century. The tangible and outstanding merits of this building were clear even at design and construction stage; in a period of economic downturn a key pre-let was achieved to Cancer Research UK, one of the UK’s leading and most active charities. And on the urban scale, it restores and enlivens the top end of Islington’s historic St John Street, leading down to Farringdon and Smithfield. It’s a good place to be.


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Youngsters Bring Home The Cup For Dow! A young football team sponsored by STYROFOAM-A manufacturer Dow Building Solutions has brought back the winning trophy from this year’s Alandia International Cup tournament. The Alandia Cup is a junior football tournament held every year on the Finnish island of Aland. The Steve Beeks’ Soccer School - which trains on fields close to Dow Building Solutions’ UK headquarters in Staines - was the only side from the British Isles to be invited. The team won 4-0 in the final in front of 1,250 spectators at Finnish Premier League team IFK Mariehman’s Wiklöf Holding Arena, whilst Caden Genovesi, the team’s centre midfielder, won player of the tournament. They also broke a competition record by winning every single game and not dropping any points, a feat which has never been achieved before. Anyone interested in joining Steve Beeks’ Soccer School can contact either or ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 1

Simpson Launch New Range Of Chemical Anchors And Fixings Simpson Strong-Tie has launched an innovative new range of chemical anchors and fixings. Designed to meet the needs of a comprehensive set of applications, the range includes the Poly-GP - a styrene free resin ideal for medium duty use in hollow or solid block applications; from fixing timber to masonry to the installation of satellite dishes, the ETA approved AT-HP resin; specially formulated for high performance for fixing threaded rods or rebar into concrete and, completing the range for particularly high specifications is the SETXP - a pure epoxy resin. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 2

Round Access Panels At Sensible Prices

Lowriser - A NEW Platform Lift From Stannah There’s a new member of the Stannah platform lift family. The Stannah Lowriser is a low rise platform lift for wheelchair users. It provides simple access for up to one metre of travel in internal and external applications, making it perfect for those aesthetically attractive changes of floor level that can often present obstacles to accessibility for disabled people. Lowriser is easy to install and simple and safe to operate. It helps building owners to meet the requirements of the Equality Act 2010, Part M of the Building Regulations (England & Wales), Section 4.2 of the Technical Handbook (Scotland) and BS 8300:2009.

Panelcraft Access Panels have developed the DISCPAN RANGE to complement circular light fittings, speakers smoke detectors or air grilles fitted in the ceiling, thereby maintaining an aesthetic appearance, whilst providing a cost effective solution for access to building services concealed in the ceiling void. Available in variety of size ranging from 150mm to 600mm. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 7


Alfa Laval Produces A Simple Guide To Heat Transfer

Portakabin Introduces CPD Programme For Architects, Contractors And Facilities Managers

Continuing its policy of demystifying technology, Alfa Laval has produced an updated version of its pamphlet ” The theory behind Heat Transfer” which provides a simple yet detailed explanation of how and why heat is transferred from one medium to another. Within its 12 pages the pamphlet explains the natural laws of physics which dictate that the driving energy in a system must flow until equilibrium is reached. Therefore, heat, as long as there is a temperature difference, heat leaves the warmer body or the hotter fluid and transfers to the colder medium. Copies in hard back or pdf form of The theory behind Heat Transfer are available on request from

Portakabin has introduced a CPD programme to help architects, contractors and facilities managers in both public and private sectors improve their understanding of modular construction. The programme aims to share expertise and help customers and specifiers to procure modular buildings more effectively and to optimise the benefits for each project, whether for permanent or interim use. Two free hour-long interactive seminars have now been approved and accredited by the RIBA and can be arranged at a time and venue to suit the attendees. All attendees at either seminar receive a certificate as proof of attendance, helping to maintain their professional accreditation. Portakabin can deliver bespoke projects and standardised accommodation solutions in the most challenging timescales, with less disruption and less impact on the environment.

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Foremans Publishes New Guide To Expanding Teaching Accommodation Foremans Relocatable Building Systems has published a new report – ‘A Guide to Expanding Teaching Accommodation’. This latest in a series of reports and technical papers from Foremans provides education professionals with a comprehensive guide to procuring a modular building and can be downloaded from the Foremans website. It gives 23 practical tips to help schools avoid some of the most common pitfalls, and to help ensure modular building projects are completed on time, on budget and to the required quality standards. The new paper provides clear guidance about how to expand teaching accommodation using off-site construction, quickly and efficiently, for the smooth running of each building project. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 5


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CAB’s Sustainable Technical Conference

New Blast Division Success For Fendor Fendor’s new Blast and Ballistic Systems Division is filling a gap in the market for specialist safety products, with orders rapidly being won. Derek Quinn, technical manager and Steve Simpson, design and projects manager who manage the division, say interest is ‘worldwide’. The recent closure of one of the biggest players in the security market has opened up major opportunities for the Fendor. Fendor’s MD, Chris Duffy sees the new department as a major long term investment with the potential to bring new jobs to the North East where Fendor are based in addition to supplying a very demanding market. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 8

To provide a practical insight into what sustainability means, the Council for Aluminium in Building (CAB) recently held its 6th Annual Technical Conference in Stratford, entitled “Achieving a Sustainable Business Future”. The conference focused on the responsible sourcing of aluminium products, the need to design products to last as long as possible, refurbishment where possible for extended life and finally the need to recycle at the highest recovery rates. An incentive scheme introduced to delegates was one currently being developed by the Government in co-operation with businesses, the ‘Green Deal’. A scheme designed to provide funding to stimulate business for energy efficient products, such as replacement windows, with a view to improving the energy efficiency of the UK’s existing building stock. A niche market opportunity highlighted at the conference was the exciting development of transparent photovoltaics. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 9

Innovation News – Landscaping Edition Hauraton Limited has published their latest INNOVATION Surface Water Drainage News – Landscaping edition. Major drainage projects featured are, Madeley Academy, Telford and the Inspire building in Harrogate. In both projects Hauraton’s RECYFIX® drainage channels, made from 100% recycled PE-PP, were installed. The recently introduced, award winning, FIBRETEC® grating available on all sizes of RECYFIX® PRO channels is also described together with the established DACHFIX® shallow deck drainage system. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 10

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Bret Colclough, Director

Sliding Glass Door System

Feed In Tariffs - Cost Consultant Colclough Consulting specialise in the Cost Management of Environmentally Responsible projects. They know there is sound financial sense in reducing energy consumption without compromising performance. With more than 15 years experience in Mechanical and Electrical Cost Consulting, Colclough Consulting are undertaking more and more Renewable and Sustainable Energy projects. With our help, clients are investing precious capital in return for long-term revenue gains. Feed In Tariffs Colclough Consulting recommend the installation of Solar Photovoltaic panels (PV) for domestic and commercial use. For systems up to 50kW (roughly 200 panels requiring 350m2 of roof space) the return on investment is remarkable at the current Feed In Tariffs.

Credits under the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme and even become a small scale energy supplier. Even the smallest of systems for homes attract significant long-term tax-free gains. An investment of £10,000 would earn somewhere in the region of £50,000 over the 25-year period. That’s a significant contribution towards the cost of a 25-year mortgage. And if financing is a problem, Colclough Consulting can assist with tailormade finance packages for every scenario, from ‘PV for Free’ to ‘HirePurchase’. Bret Colclough, Director, Colclough Consulting Limited says “We have investors in the UK willing to fund these schemes. For a client who is constrained on their capital expenditure, but has monthly revenue to spend, we recommend a hire-purchase scenario, where the client owns the panels after a 5-year loan period, and then receives the next 20 years of Feed In Tarriff. The investment can be paid off much quicker by transferring the Feed In Tarrif to the lender during the hire-purchase period, to supplement the loan payments.”

PV provides the benefit of reduced electrical bills; they are eligible for an index- linked Feed In Tariff for 25 years; an additional Export Tariff, and for large commercial businesses, they can claim Enhanced Capital Allowances,

CRL’s Laguna Series is a beautiful and simplistic Sliding Glass Door System which includes a new ‘anti-lift’ feature, to improve the performance, safety and security of your installation. • • • • • •

New anti-lift feature for added safety. For Wall or Glass Mount Installation For use with 10mm or 12mm Glass All 316 alloy brushed stainless steel construction. Comes with all fasteners needed for either flush or surface mounting. The adjustable top rollers make final adjustments quick and easy, without the need to remove the door. • The solid stainless steel construction and smooth operation of the top rollers minimises maintenance issues. • Adapter kits available for wooden door applications For heavier glass panels CRL offer a large range of Heavy Glass Sliding Door Systems, please contact us for details.


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Type AF For extreme loads and high friction applications Changing Wall Tie Regulations and New Products

Unique Clear Preservative Treatment Launched That Leaves Timber Looking Natural

Ancon’s Wall Ties and Restraint Fixings brochure has been updated to reflect changes in Industry Regulations and recent additions to the company’s product range. The Staifix HRT4 275mm is a Housing Wall Tie for cavities from 126mm to 150mm. It complies with the stringent acoustic performance requirements of Part E of the Building Requirements for use in both internal and external cavity walls. Ancon is the only manufacturer to offer a Type A wall tie for internal separating walls with cavities of 50, 75, 100, 125 and 150mm. The Staifix-Thor Helical TIM6 is a new hammerin timber frame wall tie available in four lengths to suit cavities from 50mm to 150mm. This product accepts an Ancon insulation retaining clip and is therefore ideal for use where insulation is incorporated both in between the timber studs and in the cavity.

Tanalised Clear pressure-treated timber is ideal for use in timber buildings, decking components, cladding and cedar shingle applications where the natural appearance of the timber is retained whilst having a preservative protection to Use Classes 1, 2 and 3. Developed by Arch Timber Protection, Tanalised Clear timber is treated with Tanalith M, a new metal-free preservative, which retains the natural, untreated appearance of the timber rather than giving the pale green colouration of Tanalised E treated timbers. Based on an advanced and innovative formulation, Tanalised Clear treatment provides excellent protection against UV degradation and wood staining fungi, keeping the timber looking cleaner and brighter for longer when used in outdoor, above ground applications.



The Perfect Partnership. Lindab And Fermacell – Providing Industry With A ‘One Stop’ Dry Lining System Steel building products provider Lindab’s partnering arrangement with Fermacell –the leaders in gypsum fibre board manufacturing, is proving to be highly successful with their internal steel partition and lining systems that are being specified for a number of major projects. The Lindab/ Fermacell system combines Lindab’s expertise in quality; steel dry lining systems with Fermacell’s renowned gypsum fibre boards to provide a range of internal dry lining systems suitable for new build or refurbishment applications. The Lindab/ Fermacell system offers 7 0.6 minimum gauge steel profiles which are generic to all standard Fermacell boards. Light in weight, the steel profiles can be quickly erected allowing other trades to commence internal works considerably quicker than if traditional wood framing or block systems had been used. Bespoke build heights or increased fire rating of projects can be catered for too with profiles up to 2.0 gauge steel available. Fermacell’s ‘multi purpose’ dry lining board has excellent fire resistance capabilities with a Class ‘O/ 1’ and European class 2 rating ,it is moisture resistant up to 80% Rh humidity levels and meets BS5234:part2 severe duty impact rating with a single layer is a major factor, making it ideal for schools, sports halls and hospitals etc. Acoustic performance is assured meeting Part EBB93 and HTM 2045 requirements often with less layers than conventional methods. Fermacell is high load bearing and can carry up to 50 kg in weight from a single fixing and once installed the board is finished without the need for finishing plaster. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 15

Project: Gatwick Airport, London

Lindapter Type AF As used to secure Gatwick Airport’s new baggage system to existing beams without drilling or welding, for a faster installation. Lindapter Type AF fixings are approved by TÜV Nord, verifying the tensile performance of a four bolt girder clamp configuration of up to 250kN and 70kN in friction.* • No drilling or welding • Faster installation • Reduced labour costs • Adjustable on-site • No hot work permits • No damage to steel or protective coatings • Free connection design *Lindapter Type AF size M24 with Grade 10.9 bolts

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Steadmans Meta-Slate® Approved On Historic Mill An historic flour mill in Fife has undergone major refurbishment incorporating the installation of an innovative slate-effect metal roofing system from Carlisle-based manufacturer Steadmans. It is the first time Historic Scotland, the body responsible for the project has approved the use of Meta-Slate®. The deteriorating roofs of two Grade B Listed buildings at the Robert Hutchison Flour Mill in Kirkcaldy, have been carefully dismantled, structurally rebuilt and clad with Steadmans Meta-Slate® which combines the traditional appearance of natural slate with all the advantages of lightweight, preengineered roofing materials. Steadmans supplied over 1500 lin metres of Meta-Slate® for the project which was carried out by Kirkcaldy-based contractor Dalrymple Construction on behalf of Historic Scotland.

George Anderson, director at Dalrymple Construction, said: “The Flour Mill originally featured a traditional slate roof so Historic Scotland wanted the new roof to resemble slate as much as possible. We proposed Meta-Slate® because the product not only fits this aesthetic requirement but it is very light, durable and easy to install meaning that the project was completed quickly and efficiently.” Ideal for both refurbishment and new build applications, Meta-Slate® is easy to fit due to its light weight and simple secret fix joint system. Weighing only 6 kg/m2, Meta-Slate® roof panels require less substructure when compared to traditional slates and can be fitted onto both steel and timber roof structures. The Meta-Slate® system can also be fitted directly over Steadmans AS35 insulated panels for warm roof applications. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 17


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The Malthouse Benefits From Cembrit Natural Slate A feature of the Romsey skyline will be preserved in its original glory thanks to Glendyne slate from Cembrit. The Malthouse is an old brewery building with a distinctive roof that has been refurbished as part of the construction work. The Glendyne slates are a perfect match for the original Welsh slate and maintain the building’s unique, much-loved appearance. The conversion has transformed the interior of the building into stylish apartments while sensitively preserving its exterior to reflect its industrial past. Cembrit supplied local roofing contractors, Williams Roofing Contractors Ltd, with approximately 33,000 Glendyne slates for this project. A dark blue/grey, with a fine, consistent grain, it benefits from a smooth texture and the combination of modern extraction technology and traditional finishing skills to ensure a consistently high standard product. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 18

Rainwater Harvesting Hits The Highs Two awards. Two different projects. One thing in common – rainwater harvesting supplied by Rainharvesting Systems Ltd. The Grand Designs Awards’ ‘Home of the Year 2011’ and the ‘Best in Show’ garden at the Malvern Spring Gardening Show could have used conventional mains water. However, in both cases rainwater was able to supply water without compromising efficiency for garden irrigation, and flushing 4 toilets in the house. Move over eco-warriors, this sustainable method of water supply is now standard in everyday design. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 19

Builders Face High Risk From Recommended SPF Factor Following a recent report from the Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin (DTB), which challenges official guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) on sunscreen usage, Marley Eternit reveals that almost 90 percent of UK construction workers could be putting themselves at serious risk by using the wrong factor protection. On the basis of the latest DTB recommendations that we should be using a minimum of factor 30 sunscreen to prevent skin cancer, the survey commissioned by Marley Eternit showed that 86 per cent of construction workers are making do with lower factors with some even admitting that they don’t wear suntan lotion at all. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 20

New-Style INSTA-STIK To Revolutionize Fixing Of Roof Insulation Industry veteran INSTA-STIK Professional Roofing Adhesive has been launched in a new 750ml size to meet rising demand on small commercial and residential projects and help roofers cut costs. The new, highly portable adhesive pack – manufactured by Dow Building Solutions and distributed by InStar UK – will be available alongside the existing INSTA-STIK Professional Roofing Adhesive 13.5kg (10.4 litres) kit. 750ml INSTA-STIK Roofing Adhesive is applied with a long-barrelled, re-useable gun which provides easy, quick yet controlled application. With enough adhesive in one can to adhere 13m2 of insulation board, the product is ideal for smaller flat roofing projects. INSTA-STIK Roofing Adhesive is dispensed as foam which ‘cures’ within 20 to 30 minutes. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 21

Axter’s Fully Integrated Photovoltaic Roof Membranes Generate 17,600 Kwh Renewable Electricity Per Year Planning permission for this private residential block required 10% CO2 emissions savings through the use of renewable energy. Axter’s MCS accredited General Solar photovoltaic roofing, chosen on cost grounds, was designed to generate 17,600 kWh and save 10,000 kgs of CO2 /year. The installation could earn £5,500 from the feed-in tariff and save owners a further £1,000 in annual electricity charges. The renewable energy requirement was provided by a fully integrated warm roof construction incorporating a thin film photovoltaic array. The construction also included a small extensive green roof. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 22


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Cassius Clay Tile Chosen For The UK’s Largest ‘Eco’ Housing Estate Sandtoft’s large-format Cassius clay roof tile has been chosen for a visionary, zero- carbon social housing development in West Yorkshire. The Wakefield and District Housing (WDH) development in Airedale, West Yorkshire, “Park Dale”, is the largest of its kind in the UK and being built by community regeneration specialist Keepmoat. Traditional construction methods and renewable energy sources are being used to achieve Level Six of the Government’s Code for Sustainable Homes. Manufactured using 100 per cent renewable electricity, Sandtoft’s Cassius clay tile in Antique Slate will appear on the roofs of all 91 homes on WDH’s £12 million estate, which is due to be completed in October 2011. “The Cassius will be used with photovoltaic panels, ensuring the roofs are as environmentally friendly as possible,” said Bret Gibbons, Contracts Manager for Keepmoat. “The fact the tile is manufactured locally and using green electricity is a real bonus for us as this helps to further reduce carbon emissions. In addition, using a clay tile will ensure that the roofs don’t fade, adding to the excellent quality of these unique homes.” Part-funded by the Homes and Community Agency (HCA), the WDH two, three and fourbedroom homes will use a combination of energy saving and carbon-reducing features, such as mechanical ventilation, heat recovery systems, and photovoltaic panels that enable the landlord to sell power back to the national grid. In addition, homes in the new neighbourhood will draw heat from its own “Eco Centre” - a district biomass heating system that will be powered by renewable wood pellets produced in Yorkshire. As the Cassius is made from clay, the tile offers similar aesthetic properties to natural slate. Its large-format, interlocking design provides significant cost and labour savings compared to traditional double lap slate. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 23

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Solar And Sarnafil Roofing Solutions – The Perfect Pairing Sika Sarnafil is encouraging building owners and developers to partner solar technology with a proven, high-performance roofing system to safeguard their investment and maximise a roof’s overall performance. With this in mind, the Sarnafil system now benefits from a comprehensive range of solar roofing solutions – from the newly added Solyndra solar system, white solar reflective membrane to the Sarnafil Solar Support Post – as part of its commitment to providing roofing solutions to accommodate most available solar PV and solar thermal systems. Now a platinum Solyndra solution provider, the company has teamed up with a number of specialist suppliers to ensure its Sarnafil single ply roofing system is fully compatible with the latest solar solutions. This includes an exclusive new working relationship with renewable energy solutions specialist Renewable Resources, further strengthening its solar supply chain, which already spans Photovoltaic (PV), solar thermal and cool roofs. What’s more, with the Sarnafil system benefiting from a BBA-certified life expectancy ‘in excess of 40 years’, and with guarantees available up to 25 years, customers can be confident their solar investment is protected by a proven roofing solution that offers unbeatable longevity and a strong environmental performance. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 25


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Rainline – no matter what the colour, it will always be green

Look Again... This Is Single Ply Membrane At Its Innovative Best Brighton’s Metropole Hotel was the venue for the NFRC’s prestigious annual awards event. Single ply membrane manufacturer Renolit alongside Ilkeston based contractor, Advanced Roof & Wall, were voted outright winners in the Flat Roofing / Single Ply category for the technical competence jointly contributed to the the £21m Pods and Central Park funded by North Lincolnshire Council, Yorkshire Forward and Sport England.

The individual pod diameters extend from 20 up to 50 metres, with the largest covering an area close to 2000 square metres. The Renolit ALKORPLAN system has been deployed as a waterproof foundation beneath two cedar shingle covered domes, one sedum green roofed dome and an aluminium cladded dome. On the final dome, it has also been utilised in its own right combining with Renolit’s ALKORDESIGN profile to create an attractive geometric pattern.

The irony of the category was not lost on TV personality Penny Smith who presented the Renolit and Advanced team with their award, noting that this unique five domed design is anything but flat; comprising of five pods finished in a range of materials, collectively contributing to the development’s remit to blend into the park landscape.

Paul Young, Director S&P Architects said, “We called Renolit to review our options on waterproof coverings, they were able to provide solutions that would complement the innovative design. Understanding the sensitivity of the detailing to achieve the ‘skin’ was paramount to our requirements. This was achieved using a combination of their membranes. The result is a stunning building that is unique to this type of building. S&P are delighted that the result achieved the intent of Andrew Wrights competition winning design.”

Each dome is waterproofed using the Renolit ALKORPLAN system and whilst the complex is thought to be the UK’s largest timber-built geodesic project, it also demonstrates possibly the most adventurous and innovative use of single ply membrane ever seen in the UK. Renolit’s ALKORPLAN membrane was chosen for its light and versatile properties, ease of installation and enviable reputation for reliability; the system is arguably mainland Europe’s most specified single ply waterproofing membrane.


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In Sweden they know a thing or two about manufacturing sustainable building products and their impact on the environment, so it’s not surprising that Lindab’s Rainline carbon footprint is significantly lower than many of the rainwater systems currently on the market. This combined with high performance, quality and competitive pricing makes Rainline one of the most effective and ‘green’ solutions for the control of rain drainage on all types of buildings.

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Manufactured from high quality, zinc coated part recycled galvanised steel; Rainline offers all the features you would expect from a system manufactured by one of Sweden’s leading companies. Available in a range of attractive high build polyester colours, the finish of which is guaranteed for 15 years, Rainline is also available in natural copper, Aluzinc and plain galvanised. For an information pack contact us at the address below.

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Bilco Makes Its Mark On New Iconic London Landmark Health, safety and access issues have been important considerations during the design and construction of one of Europe’s tallest buildings – Heron Tower at 110 Bishopsgate in the heart of London. Roof hatch, smoke vent and access equipment supplier Bilco UK has played its part in providing essential materials and ensuring the construction work remained on course for completion. Bilco supplied four roof access hatches and two smoke vents. The D-50T hatches will provide access to the roof areas for cleaning and maintenance activities. The hatches have overlapping covers and a spring operated system which provides easy-to-operate access at all times. Two single leaf natural smoke vents were also supplied with associated equipment including control panels and smoke detectors. In the event of a fire the REM vents automatically open to 140 degrees to rapidly disperse heat, smoke and noxious gases. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 27


Stretchable Easy-Form For PV Panels Contractors Steadfast Roofing were so impressed with Solar-Line EasyForm flashing at a Klober training day that they chose it for use on a block of 28 new apartments. Bugler Developments project in Greenford entailed fixing of solar PV panels and Easy-Form was used to seal slates where they were cut around fixing brackets. Easy-Form is ideal for this purpose as, unlike traditional flashings, it can be stretched by up to 60%, making it easier to use and more versatile. It can be used with the deepest profile tiles on pitches of 10° or more and is available in 4 standard colours. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 28


A Model Roof From Unilin Systems For The Model Home 2020 Project Structural insulated roof panels from Unilin Systems are playing a part in the future of zero carbon home design, having been chosen by VELUX for their CarbonLight Homes, part of the Model Home 2020 project. Famed for outstanding thermal performance, Unilin Systems roof panels provided the ideal material for the two , three and four bedroom semidetached properties in Rothwell, Kettering. Paramount to the design of the CarbonLight Homes is that they promote the health and well being of occupants, are attractive places to live, and are easy to replicate for housebuilders. Unilin Systems’ structural insulated roof panels combine the thermal benefits of PIR foam with the structural integrity of factory made systems to produce a roof structure that has a high thermal efficiency and is quick to install. For the CarbonLight Homes project, Unilin Systems supplied Unispan HPIR OSB boards in a 18/2 205 specification. Overall 235mm thick, the sandwich panels featured 205mm of PIR foam between a 12mm top panel and 18mm bottom panel to meet the high standards requested by VELUX for the CarbonLight Homes. Such is the performance of the panels that Unilin Systems were one of the few panel manufacturers that could achieve the required U value of 0.11W/m2K.


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The roof structure was designed and installed by Roofspace Solutions, one of the UK’s leading MMC roof supply and fit companies that is pioneering the use of SIPs in roof structures.

The VELUX Model Home 2020 project involves the design and construction of six energy efficient buildings in five countries in Europe. The two CarbonLight Homes were designed by HTA Architects to achieve Level 5 of the Code for Sustainable Homes, with each house achieving a 70% on-site reduction in CO2 emissions, and the remaining 30% offset through allowable solutions. The CarbonLight Homes won the Innovation Award for Building Technology at the British Home Awards 2010. Unilin Systems have a dedicated UK support team on hand to help with further information and any enquiries. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 30

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Architect: Cartwright Pickard Architects Location: London Metropolitan University Full Story: Page 6 Visit:

Lamilux Rooflights Now Available In The U.K. Daylight & Ventilation Solutions (DVS) are proud to introduce Lamilux rooflights and roof glazing to the U.K. market. Expansion into the U.K. now sees Lamilux rooflights being supplied and installed into over 20 countries. DVS have many years’ experience in the rooflight industry and Lamilux have been manufacturing rooflights since 1955 – and so together they are fast becoming one of the industry’s leading authorities and suppliers. With a comprehensive product portfolio ranging from rooflight domes to large area roof glazing and barrel vaulted rooflights to premium aluminium framed glass rooflights, DVS can offer a solution for almost any application. All rooflights can be supplied as a fixed or opening model, with options for natural comfort ventilation or smoke and heat exhaust ventilation in accordance to EN 12101-2. These quality daylight systems have many applications including; industrial and commercial buildings, education and healthcare projects, community and amenity facilities, retail and residential.


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All products are manufactured in Germany to the exacting standards that we have come to expect from German engineering and continual research and development ensures compliance with all current regulations. Total product U-values are available for all DVS rooflights and have been calculated to the international standard EN ISO 10077-2, so can be completely verified. DVS offer a complete range of services including; supply only, supply and installation, site survey and consultation service, specification assistance and certified CPD seminars to architects. DVS have experienced technical advisors that regularly meet with architects and contractors to offer detailed specification assistance. If you would like more information about the product range or book a meeting, please call 01284 749051 or visit ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 31

GALLERY/PROJECT/GRANITE TRANSFORMATIONS Title: Bar Counters Made From Recycled Beer And Wine Bottles Location: Hertfordshire Application: Natural Granite Worktops Visit:

The Bricklayers Arms in quaintly named Hogpits Bottom, in Flaunden, Hertfordshire, is certainly no ordinary country pub. Offering a stunning Anglo-French fusion menu in a delightful 18th century setting, it is listed in the Michelin and Good Pub guides, is Restaurant of the Year in the acclaimed Foodie Magazine, and was shortlisted for The Publican’s Freehouse of the Year 2011 award. Twice named Chef of the Year, its executive chef Claude Paillet himself trained with renowned Michelin 3-star restaurateur Pierre Gagnaire. So when owners Alvin and Sally Michaels were looking to upgrade the bar counters and back bar area at the Bricklayers, they didn’t want to settle for anything ordinary. They wanted a high class finish that was easy to maintain, which would blend into the cosy surroundings of a Grade II listed country pub and, most important of all, which could be installed in a single day, so as not to disrupt their busy lunchtime and evening trade more than absolutely necessary. The material they chose is a diamond-polished recycled glass Vetro Moretti agglomerate finish, by Granite Transformations, which fittingly for these licensed premises is actually made from used wine and beer bottles. The work was carried out by the Granite Transformations showroom in St Albans Road, Watford and franchise owner Frank Dalton explains that it was the material’s unique properties that made it possible to conform with the Michaels’ timescale: “Because it’s tough, yet lightweight enough to fit over the existing bar counters, we were able to complete the whole installation in under a day, complete with free-standing shelf units that were built off-site. With any heavier material, we’d have had to rip out the original woodwork, with lots of debris and demolition, meaning they would’ve lost valuable trading time.” Alvin Michaels is delighted with the refurbishment work and luxurious finish: “If we had put wood down, it would have needed days to settle, then treat and harden, as well as requiring regular varnishing and maintenance. With the Granite Transformations product, they measured up and templated the fittings one morning, then we closed the bar for a day and they installed the new counter tops and back bar fittings by the end of the afternoon. We were also carrying out refurbishment of the restaurant kitchen, so Frank and his team had to comply with our timescale, because we can have as many as 400 or 500 covers over a weekend.”

“It’s a very resilient product and we don’t have to maintain it at all,” says Alvin. “It looks good, the colour we chose blends in beautifully with the existing wood, and the finish introduces a modern, fashionable touch. The ‘green’ angle is appealing and it’s fitting that the material is made from recycled beer and wine bottles. What could be more apt.” Chosen from the Granite Transformations Trend G collection, Vetro Moretti contains up to 72% post-consumer recycled glass, reclaimed from used beer, wine and mineral water bottles. Bonded together with a clear polymer resin, this creates a material that is extremely tough, heat, stain and scratch resistant, as well as being certificated for low emissions of VOCs and other toxins. The distinctive manufacturing process uses 50% less raw material than other engineered surfaces and the finished slabs are just 6.7mm thick, allowing them to be bonded directly over existing worktops and finishes, typically facilitating installation in just one day. Trend G recycled glass materials are non-porous, so never need resealing or require harsh chemical treatments, and have been internationally tested and approved for breaking and flexing strength, thermal shock, impact resistance and withstanding cigarette burns. There is even a manufacturer-backed lifetime material warranty, making it the ideal choice for busy domestic settings, in the kitchen, bathroom and outside living spaces, and high traffic commercial applications like The Bricklayers Arms. Offered in a choice of colours, Trend G and other agglomerate surfaces are available exclusively from Granite Transformations showrooms across the country, including Frank Dalton’s stores in Watford and Acton. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 32

Alvin and Sally, who have owned the Bricklayers for eight years and been in the food business for many years, have natural granite worktops in the kitchen of their own home, but find these need regular maintenance, unlike the Granite Transformations agglomerate surfaces.


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Title: The Savoy Hotel Specifies Zehnder Multicolumn Radiator Location: Savoy Hotel, London Application: Zehnder Multicolumn Radiators Visit:

Title: The New Quartz Nature Collection From Compac Application: Quartz Worksurfaces Visit:

COMPAC have taken the beauty, colours, and textures of stone and combined these and other key physical characteristics with quartz to produce what is probably the best kitchen or bathroom worksurface range on the market. This exciting new range has been manufactured using BIO resins from renewable organic material further underpinning a revolutionary commitment by COMPAC to meet its sustainable and environmentally friendly obligations. The Nature Collection, a high performance quality product that is thought to be the most technically advanced quartz worksurface currently available, has been created with a perfect finish that lends elegance and beauty to worksurfaces for bathrooms and kitchens, floor coverings and cladding. Available in 7 beautiful colours (Perlino featured), standard 3m lengths and a range of thicknesses, COMPAC’s Nature range can be easily fabricated, formatted and profiled to meet the most challenging of kitchen or bathroom design layouts. Not only does the Nature Collection offer a highly decorative product with depth of grain and uniformity of textures and colours but it is so resistant, stable and long-lasting that COMPAC are able to offer consumers a Lifetime Warranty.

The most ambitious restoration project in British history, taking over three and a half years to complete at a cost of over £200 million, the restoration of the Savoy Hotel in London has included the installation of Zehnder Multicolumn radiators within the guest rooms and corridors. With an objective to retain the two main design aesthetics of the building; Edwardian English style and 1920’s Art Deco, the Zehnder Multicolumn radiator was chosen for it appearance, flexibility of sizes and quality of fixings. A mixture of floor and wall mounted units were installed throughout the hotel, with the radiators being supplied in two colours to match the interior design schemes. The fast heat up and high heat emission rates of the Zehnder Multicolumn also ensure guests benefit from a highly comfortable indoor climate. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 33



GALLERY/PROJECT/CRITTALL Title: Old Meets New With Crittall Location: Barking Application: Window And Door Replacement Visit:

The Granary in Barking is a stunningly imaginative architectural combination of old and new, and to help with the overall visual impact, Crittall windows have been installed extensively throughout the whole development. The traditional brick facade of the Granary led the architects to specify Crittall W20 profiles, in a design involving multipane horizontal pivot windows with fixed lights. The profiles offer extremely narrow sightlines, minimising appearance whilst providing the required thermal, acoustic and energy efficient performance. For the new extension, inward opening side hung Corporate 2000 windows were suggested, together with Corporate 2000 doors, which act as a perfect complement to the striking and unusual bronze clad exterior. The slim, elegant rigidity of the steel provides minimum coupling, with no obtrusive transoms or mullions, and is a favourite option for use with curtain walling, as it does not detract from the impact of the facade. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 34

Title: Discover Britain’s Latest Hidden Gems Application: Concealed Bathroom Systems Visit:

The expanding Francis Pegler range of sanitary ware takes another exciting new turn as a host of new concealed bathroom systems are launched by taps, valves and fittings manufacturing giant Pegler Yorkshire. The big advantage of choosing a concealed system over floor standing sanitary ware soon becomes apparent in the perception of increased floor space in the bathroom and added style and sophistication; while at the same time allowing for improved hygiene and performance. No concealed system would be complete without a flush plate and as you would expect, the Francis Pegler range comes with a wide selection of designer flush plates. There is a comprehensive ten year warranty. Systems are also available for basin and bidet and while a new brochure is available which showcases the many advantages of the system. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 36


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GALLERY/PRODUCT/HAFELE Title: Hafele Bring Design To The Bedroom Application: Bedroom Storage Systems Visit:

Hafele has a range of bedroom fittings that boast the very best in Italian design. Choose from the Elite range or the Dream Range of accessories, both are high quality storage systems that offer the user a co-ordinated finish for any style of room. The Elite Range is an exquisite bedroom storage system with frames offered in both black and white for that modern cutting edge style. The pull out, soft close storage baskets offered in both white or chrome finishes simply clip in or hang onto the frames. You can create your own bedroom design with the added extras of pull out pivoting mirrors, organiser trays and side mounted pull out shoe racks. The Dream Range of frames and baskets are offered in silver epoxy coated steel for a more classic appearance, with full extension ball bearing runners and swing out brackets allowing the ability to swivel completely out of cabinets for easy access. Truly a bedroom system in a class of its own, the Dream range has optional brackets for under mounting of pull out units. Choose your baskets, racks and trays to suit individual requirements with the ability of including suit racks, trouser racks and organisers. For those with renovations, whether is being a bedroom or a dressing room Hafele can offer a range of co-ordinated interior fittings for individual selection by the user including standard rails and pull down rails. For a streamlined finish there are a collection of sliding wardrobe systems and partition door fittings including the pocket hideaway door. And those finishing touches of handles, hooks, TV’s and lighting have not been forgotten. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 37


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CPD Seminars From White & White London As part of their service to interior designers, architects, specifiers and builders, White & White London have teamed up with Trend GB, the British arm of the leading Italian mosaic tile maker, to offer CPD Accredited Seminars on Agglomerates and their Applications. As a premier supplier and installer of natural stone, porcelain and composite tiling, White & White London are delighted to be able to impart their product knowledge with their clients via this RIBA approved CPD seminar. The seminar focuses on an interior and exterior finishing material that is widely employed in the built environment, yet the precise technical characteristics and properties of which are less well understood. The CPD seminar has been assessed and certified as having educational value and delegates will be presented with CPD attendance certificates, seminar notes and self-assessment records for file purposes. Product samples of granite, quartz and recycled glass agglomerates will be available for inspection, as is technical test data. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 39

Howe Green At The Centre Of Research Excellence The new building for the internationally renowned Business School and Centre of Research Excellence at the University of Exeter has been completed following an £18m investment. Howe Green’s 2500 and 5000 Series floor access covers and Tile-a-Door+ wall access panels were selected to provide the best possible solution for easy and reliable access to essential building services. The tiling contract was awarded to Arena Tiling Limited and took three months to complete. Having researched the options for floor access products in the market, Howe Green was the preferred supplier due to product performance, reliability and the company’s reputation for first class service within the industry. Over 60 individually manufactured in stainless steel to a size of 600x 600mm to match the fully bodied porcelain floor tiles imported from Europe. This helped to reduce installation time on site and covers were laid into the substrate in the main reception area of the new Business School. Sitting flush with the floor, the discreet covers provide excellent access whilst posing no trip hazard. Tamper resistant features give additional security, whilst double sealing makes for perfect hygiene. Where a reduced depth was required, Howe Green’s 2500 series covers were specified. Designed with minimalist 3mm visible edges in stainless steel, the access panels were fitted using a strong structural wood as a base. For access to plumbing points in the building’s new WC and changing areas, Howe Green’s Tile-a-Door+ was the ideal choice for performance and 032

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aesthetics. Easy to install, Tile-a-Door+ units are supplied ready to tile and accept up to a 10mm thick finish whilst magnetic latches keep the panel neatly and securely in place. This substantial build project has created additional worldclass facilities for research, teaching, learning and social interaction at Exeter University and was built with the environment firmly in mind. It has achieved a BREEAM Excellent rating by using solar collectors to preheat water, harvesting rainwater to reduce water usage, sourcing recycled fabrics for furniture and supporting its surrounding ecology by providing bat and bird boxes, among others. There is a substantial requirement for access to building services under the floor and through walls in order to keep the building working and properly maintained. With Howe Green covers in place, reliable and efficient access is assured whilst the aesthetics of the striking interior is preserved. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 38

Timoleon Tailors Underfloor Heating Solution For Pollsters New Grade 2 Listed Timoleon has tailored an under-floor heating solution powered by renewable energy sources for a leading market research company’s new headquarters building. The project will feature one of the first installations of Timoleon’s Aether Dry “screed-less” system which provides an instant, fast track alternative to wet screeds and performs efficiently at flow temperatures as much as 10o C lower – making it a perfect partner for heat pumps. An air to water heat pump was used as the prime energy source for the new premises of Marketing Means at Ashburton in Devon. The windows, floors and ceiling are being insulated to current building regulations. Two of the external walls are also being insulated to the same high standard. Elsewhere, however, the original un-insulated stone has had to be retained giving rise to high heat losses in certain areas. To overcome this problem, while retaining a high COP for the heat pump, Timoleon devised an underfloor heating solution using a number of the company’s specially developed products. On the ground floor an Aether Dry system has been employed, with 100mm Timoleon FoilBoard topped by a floating floor of Screedboard 20. On the upper storey a Timoleon Toron system has been used to achieve maximum output in order to overcome the losses through the old stone walls. The Toron flooring system combines a floor deck with an under-floor heating system in a single, structurally loaded entity. The new, patent pending, system comprises 22mm thick panels of moisture resistant, flooring grade chipboard, ready tongue and grooved and routed to accept Timoleon’s 10mm polybutylene under-floor heating pipe. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 40

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Showroom Floor Transformed Using Ultra Tile And Ultra Floor Car dealers, the Chambers Group in Tamworth, is now open sporting a brand new showroom tiled floor; fitted by J B S (Tiling Contractors) Ltd., using Ultra Floor subfloor preparation products and Ultra Tile adhesive. Subfloor preparation was required to ensure adequate and protected installation of the tiles. Ultra Floor Prime IT AR, an acrylic polymer emulsion primer suited for use over porous substrates was applied first followed by Ultra Floor Level IT one HDB a single part concrete levelling compound. Ultra Floor Prime IT AR is easy to use and safe to apply, and boasts excellent surface penetration and a fast drying time. Ultra Floor Level IT one HDB has a working time of 20-30 minutes and will set within 2-3 hours. The product is protein and ammonia free, shrinkage compensated and polymer modified. Ultra Tile ProRapid RS was an ideal choice of adhesive for this project. The adhesive can be applied at a bed thickness of between 3-12mm on walls or floors. Its open time is 40 minutes and it will be set after just 2 hours drying time.

A More Comfortable Wait In Hospital! The design of Peterborough’s new multi million pound city hospital has not only delivered a better health service to the public but has given the patrons a more comfortable wait in the reception area with simultaneous underfloor heating and cooling. Thermo-Floor, supplier of next generation underfloor heating and cooling systems were contracted by Mercury Engineering for the project. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 43


Marmoleum – A Natural And Sustainable Flooring Solution Marmoleum, Forbo’s world leading linoleum brand, has long been specified for its durability, ease of maintenance and excellent inherent anti-bacterial properties. Today specifiers are increasingly turning to this versatile flooring solution for its eco-friendly credentials and aesthetic design potential as Julie Dempster, Marketing Manager at Forbo Flooring Systems, explains.

installation, use, maintenance and recycling to disposal. Marmoleum now has eleven independently awarded eco-labels, including the Nature Plus Label, and its most recent accreditation, the Blue Angel mark. Since 1996 Forbo has maintained The Nordic Swan Label for Marmoleum, one of the highest regarded ratings across the built environment as it is only awarded to the most sustainable product in each category.

Made predominantly from renewable natural raw materials, linoleum offers the perfect resilient flooring solution for any project where sustainability is a prerequisite. Forbo’s Marmoleum floor coverings contain 97% natural raw materials, 70% of which are rapidly renewable, and a 40% recycled content. The key raw material is linseed oil, a renewable crop produced by the seeds of the flax plant. Other renewable raw materials are pine rosin, which is mixed in with the solidified linseed oil; woodflour, a fine sawdust from managed softwood plantations; very finely ground limestone, and jute, a natural vegetable fibre.

Whilst sustainability is undoubtedly at the top of everyone’s agenda, demand for Marmoleum is also rising because of the ever expanding and versatile collections of designs we are able to offer, with aesthetics to suit every sector of the market. The latest Marmoleum collection, “The Unexpected Nature of Linoleum”, draws inspiration from the more unusual shades and colour combinations found in the natural world. Taking a new look at the power of nature, the collection contains luminescent sea greens, stormy blues, volcanic coppers and mountain range ochres – all of which have been inspired by real landscapes such as the Alcantara gorge in Sicily, LjÓtipollura ‘crater lake’ in Iceland and Shilin stone forest in China.

Marmoleum is also naturally biodegradable, fitting perfectly in sustainable building concepts, and has been specified within many BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rated projects across the UK. A natural floorcovering, efficiently produced in terms of energy and waste, Marmoleum performs exceptionally well in Independent Life Cycle Assessment studies (LCAs), which take all environmental impacts related to a product into consideration from cradle to grave - from raw materials, pre-processing, production, distribution,

With nine linear and nine marbled designs in the new collection, Unexpected Nature provides enormous scope for specifiers to create highly imaginative floor schemes, and further extends the desirability and versatility of Marmoleum, a natural and remarkably sustainable flooring solution. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 41

The World’s First Underfloor Heating App Timoleon, the West Country based manufacturer, recently became the first company in the world to make information, quotations and even ordering, available by ‘application’ on the ‘App Store’ for iPhone regarding their wide variety of underfloor heating systems. Launched under the headline ‘Download, Specify, Quote’, Timoleon’s App does just that, making detailed information instantly available by iPhone to installers and specifiers alike, even if they are on site, travelling or in a meeting. One of Timoleon’s tenets has always been to welcome technical change and improvement and to make it available to the market as soon as possible. This latest innovation demonstrates that the same principle applies to IT as to design and manufacture. Timoleon’s holistic approach to business, based on an overview that takes into account the need for energy conservation for ecological as well as financial reasons, has led to the creation of a comprehensive range of under-floor heating systems that interleave with renewable energy sources. This striving for high-tech energy efficiency now extends to the Company’s dissemination of information, bringing their clients real Appiness. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 44


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MX Launches New Thermostatic Mixer Shower Collection

Another Alfriston Towel Rail From JIS Europe JIS EUROPE of Haywards Heath has launched the third heated towel rail in THE ALFRISTON range. The towel rail is manufactured in an elegant round section shape with nine horizontal rails giving an appearance of refined luxury, together with a stylish 90 degree angle on the top rail. The latest addition is 650mm high and 520mm wide. It can be used in central heating, electric or dual fuel formats, which will allow the rail to be heated when the central heating is turned off. The ALFRISTON towel rail is manufactured in 100% stainless steel pressure tested to 12 Bar and is available in polished finish with brushed satin finish available to order making this radiator durable and hygienic and they come with a 25year guarantee. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 45

More than just beautiful balustrades

MX Group has launched its impressive new Atmos range of thermostatic mixer showers into the marketplace – with most models carrying TMV2 approval. All fully thermostatically controlled and with separate flow and temperature controls, they are all suitable for high and low pressure systems. They all come with either a three or five year manufacturer’s guarantee. This new range is impressive both in looks and performance and provides an excellent choice of showers for any bathroom, with a selection of very traditional and modern, innovative designs to compliment exactly the look of any bathroom or wetroom. Within the range, there’s a selection of straight and curved riser rails, exposed and concealed valve options, traditional showers or those with diverters allowing a choice of a separate multi-mode handset or a large overhead spray – it’s always nice to have a choice!

Stelrad Radiators has launched its K3 energy efficient radiator here in the UK. K3 radiators – radiators with three panels and three convector fins – provide increased heat emitting surfaces – and they’re ideal for use with renewable heating systems. A system generating lower system temperatures requires larger surface areas from the heat emitter to provide the level of heat required to provide a comfortable room temperature. Full details of the exciting Stelrad K3 range and other energy efficient options can be found on their web site at where you can download pdfs of a wide range of brochures, or by calling on 0870 849 8058.



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Pressalit Care Offers Best Practice In Accessible Bathroom Design Pressalit Care is going out on the road with its RIBA approved CPD (continual professional development) seminar, Best Practice in Accessible Bathroom Design. This seminar forms part of the RIBA core curriculum under ‘design for accessibility’. In a new move, the company is also joining forces with Geberit, supplier of the leading AquaClean range, to offer specially tailored seminars to local authorities, housing associations and occupational therapists. The objective of the highly respected Pressalit Care seminars is to increase understanding of both independent and dependent user needs. Appropriate layout and product solutions are presented for a variety of applications with consideration given to Part M of UK building regulations, BS8300:2009 - including Changing Places facilities. For education projects the seminar examines the recommendations in Building Bulletin 102. Spatial requirements for using the toilet, basin and shower as individual elements are explained in detail along with their inclusion in complete integrated layouts. Design tools demonstrated within the context of the seminar include the Pressalit Care BS8300:2009 layout disc. For those requiring to experience at first hand the flexibility of a Pressalit Care installation, the company has designed and created a specialist bathroom at its test facilities at Brunel University. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 49

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Fire And Rescue Facilities For The 21st Century The newly built £3.5m replacement for the fifty year old out-dated Fire Station, Carlton, Nottinghamshire boasts the type of high tech, state of the art training facilities and equipment needed for effective fire and rescue operations in the 21st Century. More than a fire station, the energy efficient building features a two storey training house, facilities for practising rope rescue operations, a realistic compound for practising vehicle rescue, IT training facilities and a space for Community use with a viewing area from which the fire fighters can be seen whilst training. M & G Olympic Products supplied and installed a number of metalwork items to the development including a 2-flight feature staircase to the main reception area. The staircase compliments the sleek lines of this modern facility having brushed stainless steel finishes to the stringers, balustrade and handrails. The 10mm toughened glass infill panels to the balustrade


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retain a light and airy feel to the reception area. As part of a comprehensive package M & G Olympic Products Ltd provided a Project Management service. The team’s wide experience gained over many years helped identify the best method of completing the project in an efficient and cost effective manner. The Design Team worked with the client during the early stages of the project to undertake site surveys and produce design solutions, creating an end result to fully satisfy all the client’s criteria whilst ensuring plans complied with all relevant British Standard Regulations where required. M & G Olympic Products Ltd has an impressive track record of delivering projects to a variety of clients in the Public and Private sector specialising in the design, manufacture and nationwide installation of Stainless Steel and Mild Steel Staircases, Balustrades, Entrance Canopies, Balconies, Walkways, Architectural Gates, Stainless Steel Street Furniture and Bespoke Architectural Metalwork. Other items supplied and installed at the Carlton site include stairs, balustrade, handrails and balcony to the training tower, various external roof access ladders and stainless steel door guards complete with glass infills and mesh infill window guards. Tel: 0114 275 6009 ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 50

Sureclad Provides Retail Therapy At Trinity Walk Sureclad ceramic granite ventilated cladding supplied by Shackerley is one of the most prominent external wall finishes installed throughout Trinity Walk, a new and vibrant 46,450m2 shopping centre in the City of Wakefield. DLA, the masterplanners behind this major regeneration project development, specified Shackerley’s ceramic granite facade cladding for exterior elevations at the perimeter of the centre and for many of the store and cafe frontages within the mall. When the development was later acquired by a consortium comprising Sovereign Land, Shepherd Construction and AREA Property Partners, Leslie Jones Architecture was brought on board to enhance the scheme for the new owners. Looking afresh at the plans, the new architects decided that the overall design scheme needed to be ‘warmed up’. Lee Pope, project architect said, “The original scheme specified ceramic granite panels in Arctic White and whilst we were very happy with DLA’s choice of material, we thought that we could create a more welcoming atmosphere by bringing in warmer neutral colours to better reflect Wakefield’s urban landscape. “We found the colours we were looking for–

creamy beige, light grey, copper brown and charcoal – in the Sureclad ceramic granite collection and have used contrasting panels to create ‘picture frame’ effects around store frontages and signage zones and to add visual interest to plain elevations. As envisaged, the new colour palette has helped Trinity Walk to blend seamlessly into its city centre location.” All Shackerley’s facades were installed by national roofing and cladding specialist contractor, Roofdec, based in Rotherham. Director Norman Clarry said: “We’ve installed Sureclad facades before and know the system to be straightforward to install and very versatile. This was critical at Trinity Walk where we had a very tight schedule to adhere to, and a lot of interfaces between the ceramic granite facades and other cladding systems and materials to deal with.” “Everything was prefabricated off-site by Shackerley and delivered to site ‘installation-ready’ according to our priorities. By working closely together we managed to meet our deadlines and the project was handed over on schedule.” Now open to the public, Trinity Walk comprises 50 modern retail units and has attracted Debenhams, Next, Sainsbury’s, Asda Living, Argos and a host of top fashion and accessory retailers, cafes and restaurants as tenants. Wakefield Council has described it as the most important City Centre development for more than 20 years. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 51

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Red VMZINC Standing Seam Rock For Northwest Retail, Leisure Centre ‘The Rock’ in Bury, designed by Building Design Partnership, has already become one of the northwest’s prime retail, leisure and residential hubs. VMZINC’s 0.8mm standing seam vertical panel façade system in subtle PIGMENTO® Red not only gives the development visual distinctiveness but provides the ideal accompaniment to the expansively glazed retail shopfronts. The pre-weathered façades will retain their colour while developing a natural self-protecting patina, so maintenance requirements for the £350M development and 397 new apartments will be minimal. Other PIGMENTO shades include green and blue. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 52


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Kawneer Launches Brise Soleil System A brise soleil or solar shading system that brings both form and function to building façades has been launched by Kawneer. The AA®130 Brise Soleil system adds a stunning design statement to an elevation and optimises natural daylight within the building and limits solar heat gain and glare for its users. Kawneer’s new AA®130 Brise Soleil system can suite with the company’s 50mm AA®100, 65mm AA®110 and unitised AA®201 curtain walling systems, 451PT and AA®4001 framing systems, and AA®600TE (thermally enhanced) and AA®600TEPlus window series. It comprises a range of extruded aluminium blades in a variety of shapes, sizes, spans and colours to suit any project. Horizontal singleblade options give three angles up to 45º while the horizontal outrigger and multiple blade options give three reaches up to 2,000mm to give total design flexibility for specifiers looking for natural over mechanical ventilation, and glazing systems and brise soleil from a single manufacturer. All elements of Kawneer’s AA®130 Brise Soleil system – blades, brackets, outriggers, supporting arms and façade connections – are sustainable as they are manufactured from recycled aluminium billets and can themselves be recycled. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 53

Fitzpatrick Metal Doorsets Secure Hornsey Road Apartments Hornsey Road Apartments are part of the £36 million redevelopment of the former Victorian baths near London’s Finsbury Park. Approximately 150 Fitzpatrick Securicel doors were specified internally for the project which achieved a ‘very good’ BREEAM rating. The internal steel doorsets were designed to meet a high security specification for the apartment entrances - PAS23 & PAS24 certification and subsequent Secured by Design accreditation - and were polyester powder coated to a matt black finish. Fitzpatrick metal doors and doorsets are not just for external use, they are also a stylish and versatile option for interiors. They can be supplied primed for on-site painting or powder coated to any BS or RAL colour. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 54

Optima Rolls Out The Partition Revolution

New Daylighting Transforms Old Pool The Kalwall diffused daylighting system has been used in the refurbishment of Bradford’s Eccleshill swimming pool. This highly insulating system can be used to refurbish curtain-walling and fenestration or skylighting systems and rooflights which have aged and failed. The solution was to demolish the flank wall and rebuild with a high performance translucent system which would generate good daylight and also give protection against vandalism. At Eccleshill, the diffused daylighting has greatly enhanced the interior ambience. Running costs have been reduced because of the improved insulation with less reliance on artificial lighting. Another benefit is that the diffused daylight eliminates glare and veiling on the water which means that lifeguards can see swimmers better. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 55

The slim and elegant new Revolution 54 partitioning system from Optima is set to make a real design statement without compromising on performance. The Revolution 54 gives maximum acoustic performance combined with a crisp, modern aesthetic. Available either single or mullion-free double glazed, it can be converted from single to double glazed (or vice versa) in two clicks by the change of two clip in sections. The slim appearance of a 54mm wide system is combined with acoustics of up Rw46dB on double glazing and up to Rw38dB on single glazing. Revolution 54 is available in two distinct designs - Revolution 54.40 and Revolution 54.50. Revolution 54.40 has a minimal 54mm width by 40mm height framing whilst Revolution 54.50 has a slightly more prominent 54mm width by 50mm framing. Both are available in Optima’s standard finishes of Powder Coated, Anodised and Polished Aluminium and are completely silicone free ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 56

Securistyle Announces New CPD On Secure Escape Securistyle’s most recent CPD seminar, ‘Secure Escape – Resolving the Conflict’ has been approved by RIBA. Ken Evans, National Specification Manager, said: “This is the third CPD we have produced and it’s on the topic of Secure Escape because this is a serious consideration for anyone specifying entrance doors and Securistyle’s new Defender Door Lock product now provides a solution. This CPD seminar details statistics of accidental dwelling fires and the number of injuries and fatalities caused by such fires, to highlight the importance of specifying products that allow easy escape in the event of a fire as well as offer full security. In its entirety this CPD presentation will help attendees understand exactly how the issue of Secure Escape can be solved for residents, housing associations and architects with our new multi-point door lock.” ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 57


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Hörmann Thermopro Entrance Doors Now Secured By Design Hörmann has added a Secured by Design option to 9 styles in it’s ThermoPro Entrance Door range. Already available to meet the stringent European WK2 security classification the ThermoPro range of contemporary and classic styles of entrance doors feature multi-point locking with a combination of conical swing and security lock bolts that pull the door tightly shut. Three further security bolts on the hinge side make it practically impossible to force the door open. One of the key elements of the Secure by Design option is a new, even more secure, individually coded lock cylinder that has been designed to resist picking, snapping, bumping or drilling. As well as being secure, these doors are also stylish and thermally efficient, exceeding the latest standards. The 46 mm door leaf is filled with rigid, CFC free, polyurethane foam leading to high levels of both thermal and acoustic insulation. A choice of triple and double glazed elements that maintain the high thermal efficiency levels are also offered along with a choice of glass to help create the desired look. Also new for 2011 are two new ribbed entrance door designs and a range of matching side elements and transom lights. The new door designs match the classic M-ribbed sectional garage doors, to add to the wide selection of matching or co-ordinating garage and entrance doors. For a new build, co-ordinating these two elements can create a distinctive look, while for renovation projects a dramatic face-lift can be achieved, while adding thermal efficiency and added security. The side elements and transom lights not only increase the styling and design options but also bring more light into a building. As you would expect from Hörmann there is no compromise on thermal insulation, as these elements match the low U-values of the entrance doors. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 58

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Elite Leisure Centre For 2012 Olympic Training Custom Fit. You Design, We Supply. Designing your own doors offers unlimited scope to get the doors you really want, to complement architectural or interior styling, or contrast for a bold individual statement. And because they are designed by you, they don’t carry a ‘designer’ price tag. Vicaima Doors has produced an attractive range of standard door bases that greatly increases design options for the humble timber door, and offers house builders and developers in particular the opportunity to create a truly individual interior environment. The standard door bases in this new Custom Fit range are available as veneered, foil or laminate in beech, ash, cherry, maple, oak and wenge, with a number of different design elements that can be chosen to make an individual door. For instance, contrasting inlays can be used to create stunning contemporary styles, with colour or veneer marquetry effects to mirror panel designs or vertical lines. Grooved options open up a world of design possibilities, where patterns are etched onto the door face to produce a geometric look, and can be stained in a range of colour options to give contrast if desired. Vicaima’s Custom Fit collection also allows for decorative glazing where better ingress of light is required, or simply as a design feature in itself. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 59

The Harlow Gateway Leisure Centre regeneration initiative is providing local people with new and improved sports and leisure facilities. Listed in the London 2012 Olympic Pre-Games Training Camp Guide, Harlow is one of just 65 elite venues in the East of England and one of 600 across the UK, to feature in the guide. The building design incorporated two curved standing seam roofs intersecting above the main swimming pool. At the junction of the roofs, Saunders Architects designed a contemporary dual pitch feature skylight, running across the spine of the building and curved on both elevation and plan. Leadbitter, the main contractor, needed someone with a proven track record of designing, manuf acturing and installing complex glazing systems. Leadbitter Construction selected SkyLight Solutions to design, manufacture and install the glazing. SkyLight Solutions worked closely with Saunders Architects and Leadbitter to develop a completely bespoke facetted design that would hold the dynamic curvature of the glazed roof and also support the dimensional tolerances of the glulam framed building. With an amazing 326 indi vidual glass units, the curved roof is 76 metres in length and has a 4.2 metre span at the widest dimension and 3.8 metres high at the ridge. The design consisted of a Schüco FW60+ aluminium framework glazing system and pre-treated and finished with a Marine Grade Synthatec polyester powder coating. It was glazed with 6mm grey body tinted heat soaked tested, toughened, 16mm argon filled cavity with silicone edge seal, and 8.8mm clear laminated Pilkington Therm 4. The high performance framing and glazing prevents condensation build-up and maintains a controlled temperature inside the building at all times. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 61


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Broaden Your Horizons . . . . . . With the Glazing Vision Flushglaze glass rooflight, launched at the turn of the century, the Flushglaze was the first frameless Glass rooflight manufactured in the UK, offering no internal framework and maximum daylight. Since that time the Flushglaze has been used in various shapes and sizes and configurations around the globe on over 10,000 projects. Due to the minimal framework nature of the product the aluminium profile can be bent and shaped to create various configurations, indeed Glazing Vision have produced square, rectangular, circular, triangular, elliptical even barrel shaped versions of the popular rooflight, there is also the option of wall abutting on upto 3 sides with an ‘L’ shaped aluminium profile and “if the client is looking to go larger than the 5.2m2 one pane limit they can decide to either increase the glass spec from our standard, or join the panes together with a silicone seal (span less than 1350mm), back to back angles or glass fins” says Jeremy Dunn (Technical Director of Glazing Vision). It’s not only size and shape that can be adjusted explains Jon Shooter (Marketing Director), “we have been asked to produce bullet proof rooflights for a jewellers, drive over glass as a bespoke variant on our fixed walk on rooflight, we have also introduced a triple glazed Flushglaze with a centre pane U-Value of 0.7 and a Fire Rated Flushglaze with 30 minutes integrity and 30 minutes insultaion. If that isn’t bespoke


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enough we have incorporated Opaque to clear glass, LED’s and PV cells into Flushglazes and made spin off Eaves and Ridge rooflights using the Flushglaze profile, it’s just so versatile”. The ridge rooflight has become so popular that the company has now introduced it as a standard, offering bespoke sizes upto 2m along the ridge, 3m down each return, anything greater can also be accommodated by using back to back angles at the join. Indeed the ridgeglaze was used in the famous Balancing Barn project (the project commissioned by Living Architecture as part of a series of holiday homes around the UK designed by established and emerging world-class architects). The Walk on Flushglaze can be used to get light into a basement or on a roof terrace; it can be installed completely flush with decking or concrete pavers. Glazing Vision also offers an internal walk on Flushglaze to let light shine right through a building. The Flushglaze Walk on rooflight can be produced as one pane upto 3m2 - anything over this can be joined together using back to back angles at the join. The Flushglaze comes with concealed fixings, optional upstand cover and no internal framework (under 5,2m2), walk on (3m2). ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 63

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Levolux Launches New Triniti® RF Bracket

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Levolux’s new Triniti® RF (Resin Fix) Bracket has been developed to satisfy the rising, unfulfilled demand for a thermally broken, retro-fitted curtain walling bracket. Levolux has created a new bracket that can be applied to an existing curtain walled building, without removing the glazing. Test show that the Triniti RF bracket outperforms all other brackets on the market for its strength, its thermal characteristics and its ease of installation. Both the Triniti and Triniti RF brackets significantly reduce cold bridging, dampen vibrations and provide an incredibly strong fixing point for external Solar Shading. By eliminating the risk of interstitial condensation forming where the bracket attaches to the mullion, harmful mould growth is prevented. A retro-fitted Solar Shading solution can now be applied cost-effectively and with minimal disruption, without compromising a building’s existing structural integrity.

D&E Architectural Hardware has one of the most comprehensive product catalogues available to the market. To assist customers and architectural specifiers alike, we have created the D&E Product Overview. This 32 page brochure provides product information about all items in the D&E portfolio. Ranges covered include the Liobex range of spring hinges, NHN door closers, BSW hinges, KWS Architectural Hardware, a full door viewer range, as well as a wide selection of ancillary items. The brochure allows easy cross-referencing to the full D&E catalogue, as well as the current price list. To obtain a copy, telephone 01733 896 123, or download the pdf version at



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GEZE Takes Centre Stage At The RSC

Take Control With The New Arrone® Access Solutions Catalogue HOPPE (UK) has made it easier for architectural ironmongers and specifiers to identify the most innovative and effective access control products with the launch of its comprehensive new ARRONE® Access Solutions catalogue. The latest catalogue provides full details of its innovative new products alongside its proven, established products to give architectural ironmongers and specifiers a solution for every application. HOPPE UK has been appointed as a new distributor for Fireco Dorgard. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 66

An estimated 279,300 visitors have passed through the doors of the Royal Shakespeare and Swan Theatres since their re-opening, following the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Transformation project, with the new all-glass entrances installed by GEZE UK. The popular Slimdrive SL automatic door operators were chosen to enable easy access at both ends of the modern glass colonnade. The glass colonnade was given a sense of symmetry with two sets of automatic doors at both the Swan and Bancroft entrances, creating two draught lobbies. A third SL was also installed linking the Bancroft gardens entrance to the RST foyer space leading to the riverside. The slim design was ideal and with an operator height of just 7cm they fit almost invisibly without compromising the overall look. Thirty GEZE floor springs with brass plates, an automatic swing door operator at the stage door and manual door closers are also installed throughout the building. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 67

Videx Introduces New GSM Digital Intercom Building on the success of its functional GSM intercom, Videx Security has introduced a new digital version with the capacity for up to 1000 apartments. It is available in both the popular 4000 Series design, where there are two versions. The totally self-contained digital GSM unit only requires a power supply unit and antenna. It includes many advanced features to create a truly wire free installation. Call progress information through a 2 line 16 characters back lit LCD display and voice annunciation are also provided making the system user friendly and DDA compliant. There are extensive programming options available via the keypad and display or via PC software and a USB micro USB cable. A push to exit button input and dial in to open facility for 2000 numbers allows users to dial the intercom and release the door or gate without any charge for the call. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 68


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The 3R’s of building are Re-new-Re-cycle-Re-vive and with the help of windows, doors, window walling and curtain walling from Comar The 3R’s of building are Re-new-Re-cycle-Re-vive and with the help Architectural Aluminium Systems & Alu-Timber, on-time, cost effective of windows, doors, window walling and curtain walling from Comar solutions are achieved. Architectural Aluminium Systems & Alu-Timber, on-time, cost effective Re-newing school could mean a total new-build or a refurbishment. solutions area achieved. Comar & Alu-Timber have a Nationwide network of approved fabricators, Re-newing a school could mean a total new-build or a refurbishment. who can handle a range of projects from a single window replacement in Comar & Alu-Timber have a Nationwide network of approved fabricators, term time, the refurbishment and installation of a new aluminium facade who can handle a range of projects from a single window replacement in for an elevation, or a complete new-build envelope. term time, the refurbishment and installation of a new aluminium facade for an elevation, or a complete new-build envelope.


Re-cycling, aluminium can be re-cycled again and again with no loss to its form and function, creating a bank of valuable aluminium for future generations. Re-cycling, aluminium can be re-cycled again and again with no loss to its form Re-viving, aluminium their aluminium high strength-to-weight-ratio, create and function, creating facades a bank ofwith valuable for future generations. sleek, slim sight lines that house co-ordinating glass or panels. These aesthetically Re-viving, aluminium facades with their high strength-to-weight-ratio, create pleasing sight-lines can be finished in a myriad of polyester powder coating or sleek, slim sight lines that house co-ordinating glass or panels. These aesthetically anodising colours. In a non-marine environment a standard guarantee of 25 pleasing sight-lines can be finished in a myriad of polyester powder coating or years is offered. However, with correct planned maintenance, the design life of anodising colours. In a non-marine environment a standard guarantee of 25 aluminium is indefinite; the Empire State Building has an aluminium roof and 100 years is offered. However, with correct planned maintenance, the design life of years after its construction still maintains its original striking appearance. aluminium is indefinite; the Empire State Building has an aluminium roof and 100 years after its construction still maintains its original striking appearance.

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First And Foremost – Certified Fire Safety From GEZE UK GEZE UK has extended its comprehensive list of products with Certifire certification to include its pioneering range of automatic swing operators. Not content with being the first company to offer a low energy automatic operator in the UK with independent fire certification, GEZE UK has now been awarded Certifire certificates for the TSA 160 NT and Slimdrive EMD-F swing door automatic operators for use on timber fire door applications. This accreditation is in direct response to the success of the Slimdrive SD Servo, which was launched in 1998 and is the first low energy operator in the UK to receive independent fire certification from Warrington Fire, suitable for use on timber doors. It has recently also been approved for use on metal fire door applications. The SD Servo is a low energy operator that has proved popular in hospitals, residential care homes, offices and schools. The prestigious Doncaster College development, the Hub, used SD Servos in its corridors to meet the demands of aesthetics, accessibility, sustainability and life safety. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 71

Comar Launches Its New Products Multi-Million Pound Partnership Creates Gilgen Door Systems A multi million pound partnership deal between Kaba Door Automation and Japanese corporation, The Nabtesco Group has strengthening global presence and will provide exciting opportunities for both companies worldwide. The deal worth in excess of 240 million Swiss Francs (approximately £150m) included Kaba Door Systems, Kaba Gilgen and all other entities of the Kaba Door Automation business unit across Europe and China. Kaba Door Systems will now be known as Gilgen Door Systems UK Limited. Gilgen Swiss engineered automatic and industrial doors are suitable for offices, retail, shopfronts, hospitals, hotels and leisure facilities. The elegant construction and design, synonymous with the Swiss reputation, combined with up-to-date control elements and technology ensures safe, convenient and reliable access . The Gilgen range of automatic door systems includes sliding, folding and swing doors together with specialist curved sliding doors, fire rated sliding doors and hermetically sealed doors. The industrial product range of roller shutters, sectional overhead, high speed doors, fire shutters and curtains provide comprehensive solutions for unobstructed traffic flow, safe working environments and enhanced efficiency in the industrial, commercial and retail sectors . Gilgen operators are extremely reliable and efficient, minimising energy consumption and their fast operation ensures minimum disruption to inside air temperatures. Door solutions have extensive glass and panel options which include glass and insulated panels that achieve extremely low u value rating to suit individual building and customer requirements. The use of smart drives and controls to automate doors not only ensures that they open when required, but also close when not in use greatly reducing energy wastage. Gilgen have developed KOAX, an energy efficient motor drive and control unit which uses 45% less energy than a traditional motor and is constructed from 72% reusable part. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 70


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Comar Architectural Aluminium Systems has launched the new Comar 7P.i ECO Door System which integrates with the Comar 5P.i ECO Window System. This launch completes the innovative P.i ECO range which provides casement windows and doors that have slim 55mm profiles and, through innovative integration, actively reduces costs. Comar 5P.i ECO Window System has also been re-launched with additional screwports, bay pole options, high lx profiles and three aluminium sill options. The Comar P.i ECO range of aluminium windows and doors provides an integrated solution that meets the very latest criteria in product specification. The Comar P.i ECO range offers an economic and ecological solution for residential and social housing, flat developments and light commercial projects. The window and door suites have been priced to provide cost effectiveness and, as the aluminium is 100% recyclable, sustainability concerns are alleviated.



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UK Door Sets Specifies Nico Door Hinges For New Swindon Development Nico Door Hinges have been specified by UK Doorsets for Phase One of Marlborough Park, a development of over 200 houses and apartments in Swindon. Nico 4717 Hinges in a polished chrome finish have been fitted to ash-faced doorsets for all the communal and internal doors. Nico Security hardware has also been specified separately for the main security entrance doors. UK Doorsets specialises in the manufacture of pre-hung doorsets for the construction industry. Nico Manufacturing supplies a variety of LoadPro Heavy Duty Door Hinges to UK Doorsets, including its 4717 Lift-off Hinge in Zinc for the standard product range and its 4718 Security Lift-off Hinge in Supercoat corrosion resistant finish for the Secured by Design range. Nico LoadPro Door Hinges are designed and manufactured in the UK. All are CE-marked and most of the range are also Certifire approved. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 74

Kawneer Launches Parallel Opening Window A parallel opening window that optimises natural ventilation without compromising security has been launched by Kawneer. Based on Kawneer’s established AA®601TE window system, the parallel opening design features the proven thermal performance of the standard AA®601TE casement window, achieving U-values of 1.5 W/m²K (for a CEN sized window with warm edge spacer) while offering exceptional levels of natural ventilation and air exchange. Available as a standalone window system and as an insert into existing Kawneer curtain walling and framing systems, the AA®601TE parallel opening window allows increased air flow around the whole of its perimeter while significantly reducing draughts, achieving approximately twice the natural ventilation of an equivalent sized top-hung window. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 75

GEZE Launch Burglar Resistant Door Systems GEZE UK is launching a burglar-resistant version of its classic Slimdrive SL sliding door system. The new Slimdrive SL WK2 sliding door system is fitted with additional components to aid security and prevent damage from vandalism. It can also be used internally to protect rooms containing high value equipment or objects. Designed to prevent opportunistic intruders, the door system is tested to component resistance class 2 (WK2) in accordance with DIN V EN V 1629 to 1630, proving it is capable of withstanding entry attempts with WK2 class tools. Available for straight and curved sliding doors, the door system is part of GEZE UK’s stylish Slimdrive range, where the operators are just 7cm high, ensuring they fit neatly onto any façade framework, perfect for glass facades with slender profiles. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 76

It’s Getting Lower! Fully Sculptured Achieves U-Value Of Just 0.8 The Fully Sculptured Casement Window in white from VEKA can now achieve a U-value of 0.8 using 44mm argon-filled sealed units, following further development from the industry-leading system supplier. The technically-advanced system is widely chosen in some of the world’s largest building projects as well as literally millions of private homes, for its soft sculptured appearance and technical superiority. Designed for those who want the look and feel of quality hardwood frames without the upkeep, the Matrix FS is a truly integrated PVC-U window system that has set the benchmark in the industry. It’s not just the Fully Sculptured that can achieve a low Uvalue, it has also recently been announced that the VEKA Infinity suite of profiles can achieve a U-value of 0.8. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 77


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Express Bi-Folding Doors Ties Up With Market Leading Company Schueco Leeds based supplier, manufacturer, fitter and nationwide installer of bi-folding doors, Express Bi-folding Doors have teamed up with the world’s leading building envelope and renewable energy specialist Schueco the leading supplier of hardware for the construction industry. German company Schueco which is active in 80 countries worldwide and has a turnover of £2.8 billion offers a comprehensive range of Windows, doors and facades for energy efficient construction and is now actively expanding its market share into the UK domestic marketplace. Marc von Briel; Managing Director of Schueco UK Limited comments “Historically, Shueco has been the market leading company in the UK commercial market, having undertaken some flagship projects such as the Sage Centre for Performing Arts in Newcastle and the Met Office Builing in Devon. However we wanted to replicate the strength we have in the Continental European domestic market in the UK. To do this apart from setting up a dealer network, we want to build business relation partnerships and I am delighted to say that Express Bifolding Doors is one of these” to secure two major partners to take the business forward and I am delighted to say that Express Bi-folding Doors is one of these”


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Steve Bromberg, Managing Director of Express continues “We are delighted to have been appointed to work with such a well known and prestigious company. The Express reputation and heritage have been built on supplying and installing absolutely the best products available for our customers and working with Schuco will allow us to continue in this tradition. We look forward to many years of successful partnership and contributing to Schuco’s expansion into the residential UK sliding and folding door market” Express Bi-folding Doors are able to offer industry leading architectural aluminium solutions, installations, and service’s to both the residential and commercial markets and are able to provide a completely bespoke service with supply and fitting in a matter of weeks’. 08001214809 ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 78

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OPINION Article By: Wrightstyle Ltd Title: A Wrightstyle Perspective In Glass From 9/11 To The Freedom Tower Author: Tim Kempster, Managing Director

Later this year the world will remember the terrible day ten years ago when terrorists flew fuel-laden airliners into New York’s iconic Twin Towers, and crashed two other airliners in Washington DC and Pennsylvania. It was a co-ordinated and horrific attack that brought war to Afghanistan and Iraq, costing countless more lives and which is still changing the face of the world. On 9/11 this year, a memorial to the dead will be finally opened, consisting of two pools, each nearly of one acre, set within the footprints of the Twin Towers, with the largest man-made waterfalls in the USA running down their sides. The names of the almost 3,000 people who died in New York, Pennsylvania, the Pentagon, and the February 1993 World Trade Center bombing will be inscribed around the edges. It will be a symbolic ceremony on 9/11, but an end of the beginning rather than the beginning of the end. Around the memorial, work on new megastructures will continue for some years. Completion of the centrepiece, One World Trade Center, also known as the Freedom Tower, is scheduled for 2013 – although it’s risen to over 60 storeys, and growing by a storey a week. It is now part of the New York skyline. Some 2,500 construction workers are employed at Ground Zero, and not all of them above ground. Underground, there are transit links to complete and a cavernous memorial is taking shape. Above ground, an eight-acre landscaped Memorial Plaza is also planned to create a contemplative and quiet area away from the noise and bustle of the surrounding city. Tragically, it wasn’t the first time that an aeroplane had struck the New York skyline. That first happened in July1945 when a Mitchell B-25 bomber accidentally flew into the Empire State Building, killing 14 people. However, such was the structural overkill of the building that it sustained only relatively minor damage. Ironically, after 9/11, the Empire State Building once more took on the mantle of the city’s tallest building. The new Freedom Tower, which will take back the title, will have echoes of the Twin Towers. Its base is 200 ft square, the same footprint of the original towers, while its observation deck will be at 1,362 feet, the height of World Trade Center Tower Two, while its glass parapet will be at 1,368 feet, the height of World Trade Center Tower One. The key word is glass because the new architecture of the World Trade Center comprises 538,420 square feet of glass. That adds up to more than twelve acres, and a testament to the combined efforts of the glass industry over the intervening ten years to design glass and glazing systems of hitherto unimaginable strength. In urban areas, it’s estimated that between 80-85% of all secondary blast injuries are caused by flying glass. To put that into context, in New York on 9/11, 15,500 windows were damaged within a mile of Ground Zero – nearly 9,000 within half that distance. The Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities puts it more graphically: “When a terrorist bomb explodes in an urban area, it produces devastating effects, including structural and non-structural damage to buildings, injuries, and deaths. Numerous injuries in explosions result directly and indirectly from window glass failure.


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“Direct glass-related injuries occur when glass shards flying and falling from fractured windows cause lacerations and abrasions. Secondary glassrelated injuries occur when the shock front of the blast wave passes into buildings through fenestrations vacated by fractured glazing.” The glass industry has learned many lessons in recent years, partly in response also to natural threats such as hurricanes, and has worked in partnership with engineers, architects and scientists to build better, stronger and safer glazing systems. Of course, no facade – of any material - could withstand an assault such as happened on 9/11. However, what the glass industry has managed to achieve are protective levels that would have impossible a decade ago. Companies like Wrightstyle have spent the intervening period better understanding adverse loading and the blast dynamics of different kinds of attack, then building and testing systems to withstand them. Our test regime, in Europe, the USA and the Far East tests both the glass and its framing system together in integrated units that we have also designed. That element of design compatibility is vital to the integrity of the overall system; and in an uncertain world compatibility is everything. In our biggest test, we subjected our structurally-glazed system to the equivalent of 500 kilos of TNT, acknowledged as an average-sized lorry bomb. The independent, and successful, test took place within a specialist and high-security RAF base in the north of England.

Our high-performance systems, not just for blast mitigation, can be found from Europe to the Middle- and Far East and from the USA to South Africa. We are involved in the London Olympics and were involved in the Athens Olympiad. In such a specialist area of design and supply, it’s a very small world. The real paradox is that, in an age of terrorism, architects are also looking to introduce more daylight into buildings and to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions – a new agenda for the glass industry where sustainability and environmental responsibility are also key design criteria.

a willingness and capability to carry out attacks resulting in large-scale casualties.” He was speaking four months before Osama bin Laden proved him right. Looking ahead, and with bin Laden gone, we can perhaps begin to reflect on the emerging Freedom Tower, and of the kind of hope that it offers: an architecture that the glass industry has helped to inspire. An architecture born out of enormous suffering, but once more allowing architects to build mega-structures to inspire.

One World Trade Center will stand at a symbolic 1,776 feet (541 m), marking the year 1776 when the American Declaration of Independence was signed. According to the developers “it will serve as a beacon of freedom, and demonstrate the resolve of the United States, and the people of New York City.” It could all have been so different. In a submission to a US Senate Committee on Intelligence, Louis J. Freeh, director of the FBI, said that: “loosely affiliated extremists, motivated by political or religious beliefs, may pose the most urgent threat to the United States. Within this category, Sunni Islamic extremists, such as Osama bin Laden and individuals affiliated with his Al-Qaeda organization, have demonstrated ISSUE 4 2011



OPINION Article: Dramatic New Insulation Technology Title: Insulating Daylight Author: Architect Christopher Sykes

In the building industry, it is rare to find a product which is unique. Equally, it is unusual to enjoy new technology which totally changes design and construction. That’s why new aerogel insulation (known as LumiraTM aerogel and previously called Nanogel® aerogel) is having such a global impact. Aerogel, particularly in the UK, mainland Europe and North America, in used by many different manufacturers of many different translucent cladding and rooflighting systems.

Daylighting, in the form of windows, glazed walls and rooflights, radically changes building envelope design and the ambience of interiors. It positively influences people, affects how they behave in their environment, changes their circadian rhythm and improves their well-being. In schools, for example, diffused daylighting in particular has a calming effect and marked influence on pupil learning and their behaviour. Obviously, the reason that this new insulation technology is so important is because architects and energy-conscious designers can now maximise large areas of daylighting while reducing heat loss. Importantly, well insulated daylighting will reduce energy consumption on heating, air-conditioning and artificial lighting. It means that rooflights can be up to many times more energy efficient as their predecessors. It means that when it is introduced inside the panels of translucent cladding and roofing systems a U value of up to 0.28 W.m2K is possible; this is as energy efficient as a solid wall and four times better than insulating glass units. Insulation in practice Globally, there are many buildings which incorporate Lumira aerogel. Projects in Europe include retail facilities, such as Carrefour, Tesco and Tegelmann’s climate market in Germany, through schools, leisure and healthcare projects, to commercial and industrial facilities, such as France’s High Speed Train workshop in Lyon.

Convent at Louvain la Neuve, Belgium Lumira granules Halley V1 Research Station Antarctica (photo Okalux)

What is LumiraTM aerogel? Sometimes called “frozen smoke”, aerogel is the lightest and best insulating solid in the world. Lumira aerogel is a hydrophobic aerogel produced as particles. Each particle consists largely of air, up to 95%, contained in a structure with pore sizes less than the mean free path of air molecules, which severely inhibits heat transfer through the material. Cabot produces Lumira aerogel in a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility located near Frankfurt, Germany where it began commercial production in 2003. Cabot certifies it has completed the EU REACH pre-registrations required for all Cabot aerogel products. The benefits of this insulation not only create healthier living, recreational and work spaces but help specifiers seek to meet or exceed stringent building codes, such as Part L in England and Wales and a similar standard in Scotland, Energieein-sparverordnung (EnEV) in Germany or Règlementation Technique in France. Lumira aerogel dramatically increases thermal insulation, improves acoustics and greatly reduces a building’s lifecycle costs. In addition, the natural light diffusing performance and elimination of glare and hot spots creates a soft, diffused interior light which provides a high comfort level for occupants while reducing the need for artificial lighting. The portfolio of trusted aerogel-insulated systems, in both particle and blanket form, from a host of international partners, provides superior daylighting solutions resulting in significant energy savings without compromising light transmission.


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Convent at Louvain la Neuve, Belgium

An unusual application is the egg-chaped chapel attached to a new convent in Belgium, designed by architects Gery Despret and Benoit Gillon. Constructed largely in wood, with 7m high polycarbonate sheets to minimise weight, the cladding evenly diffuses natural daylight across the interior; at night artificial lighting gives the chapel an ethereal glow. The very high insulating performance has been achieved by filling the 25mm thick polycarbonate with the translucent aerogel. This provides a U value of 0.91 W/m2K, 55% light transmission and 24dB sound insulation. Supplementary heating is only required when the outside temperature is very low. Nearer home, there are UK systems which offer the option of including Lumira in polycarbonate roof lights and panelised glazing, in fibreglass diffused cladding and roofing and also within conventional double-glazing.

Turriff Academy (photo Kalwall)

The Kalwall roof over a new extension at Turriff Academy in Scotland is an excellent example. Perhaps the most extreme example is the Halley V1 Research Station in Antarctica designed by UK architects Hugh Broughton with Faber Mausell. The central module, which accommodates most of the social areas, is lit with a large Okagel double-height, east facing glazing supplied by Okalux to give a U value of 0.3 – ie maximising and diffusing daylight while minimizing energy loss in the most extreme conditions on earth.

Another extreme example is Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska’s interior. Remote and with temperatures reaching -50, it is particularly interesting because, as with any military force, keeping thousands of cooped up personnel physically and mentally is critical. The result is a new 60,000sqm improved fitness centre which offers amenities such as an outsized exercise field of artificial turf, offices, restrooms, and a long elevated running track. ISSUE 4 2011



OPINION Article By: BEKO Title: Domestic Appliances: Low Energy Now More Important Than Low Price Author: Bob Abbott, National Sales Manager

The EU energy label rates an appliance on a scale from A, being the most efficient, to G, being the least efficient. These labels can also rate other elements, such as the water consumption and noise level of a washing machine. Additional ratings also come into play, as Start UK points out. For example, in the category of fridges and freezers, because most of today’s refrigerators score highly, the A to G scale has been extended to include A+, which is more efficient than A, and A++, being the most efficient. Washing machines are frequently described with three letters, such as AAB. The first letter concerns efficiency, as measured for a fully loaded 60 degree C cycle, while the second refers to wash performance and the third to spin performance.

When it comes to energy ratings and domestic appliances, builders need to be sure the appliances they are specifying and installing comply with current EU energy regulations. Knowing the current state of play in the ever changing energy minefield, and being able to advise customers on energy and cost savings, allows builders to offer an extra level of service and boost their own green credentials. Low energy housing is here to stay and will get even tougher as the Government moves to reduce the UK’s energy profile. There is no doubt that manufacturers will be encouraged to provide low energy/low water consumption products of ever increasing efficiency.

Appliances which carry the Energy Saving Recommended (ERC) label have been approved by the Energy Saving Trust. This means a product meets the ERC criteria of A+ and above for fridges, and AAA for washing machines. The EU’s Ecolabel scheme is voluntary and indicates environmentally friendly products. While the energy efficiency requirements for this scheme may not be the toughest, the rules for qualifying for an EU Ecolabel include the life cycle of an appliance, including recyclability potential and chemicals released during the manufacturing process. Source: Start UK (www.

Windows, loft insulation, cars – EU energy ratings and regulations have applied to many product categories for several years. With domestic appliances now under scrutiny, builders must be aware of the energy ratings of the products they specify and install.

As a result, Beko makes major efforts to communicate to the building trade an understanding of the latest energy ratings and requirements. We continue to work closely with two major kitchen furniture manufacturers, Moores Furniture and Nolte Kuchen, both of whom already promote the benefits of low energy and sustainability.

Builders now have to meet some very stringent energy levels which ultimately contribute to positive planning consent being granted by Local Authorities. These energy code levels, which range from 3 to 6, award points for various energy savings throughout the fabric of a house and the additional items within it, such as household appliances.

With this in mind, during the next three months, national and regional builders will be contacted by the Beko Contract Sales Team who will present them with a Built In ‘Green’ brochure tailored to the demands of the code 3 to 6 requirements.

The most obvious categories, such as uPVC windows and loft insulation, have long been dealt with in terms of energy ratings. Now kitchen appliances are emerging as a new source of positive energy conservation. For manufacturers and their builder customers, offering A rated cooking units and A+ refrigeration and laundry products is fast becoming much more important than simply offering the lowest price.

What are the energy ratings? Start UK is a good source of information for builders looking to learn more about energy ratings. The organisation explains the three labelling schemes that rate a product according to its energy consumption: the EU energy label, which was first introduced in 1992, is a legal requirement; the Energy Saving Recommended label; and the EU Ecolabel.


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What do these energy ratings mean? Since the A energy rating for refrigeration products was introduced 17 years ago, the rating for fridges and freezers has been divided into three categories: A, A+ and A++. In the case of refrigeration units rated A+ and A++, these appliances are at least 25% more efficient than basic A rated units, with some A++ units being up to 60% more efficient. For washing machines, washer-dryers, tumble dryers and dishwashers, the ratings which appear on the labels indicate washing, spinning and drying efficiency in terms of the energy required. Some appliances are also rated for noise levels: the lower the number, the quieter the appliance in operation. The future for energy ratings With effect from 20 June 2011, the EU energy label will be updated. This means that refrigeration units, washing machines and dishwashers will be graded according to three ratings: A+, A++ and A+++. The label will also indicate kWh, the amount of energy used by a given appliance in an hour. For ovens and tumble dryers, the new labels will not come into force until the end of this year or into 2012.

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OPINION Article By: TRADA Title: Sustainability In The Built Environment Author: Rupert Scott, TRADA Membership & Marketing Manager

within a tight budget. Schools must be fit for purpose, yet designers must achieve ‘more for less’. Some element of standardisation and modular construction will enable these objectives to be achieved. Phased construction of the 13,000m2 school commenced in July last year, with the first phase already completed in September. A significant proportion of the design adopted MMC to accelerate construction times and enhance quality. The cross-laminated timber system adopted for the social hub of the college provided an efficient ‘all-in-one’ structural and substrate system that had the added benefit of enhancing the completed buildings’ air tightness – a key factor in low energy buildings.

TRADA Membership & Marketing Manager Rupert Scott explains why timber offers both sustainable as well as structural solutions for the built environment of the future. There is no doubt that the wood is much more part of the mainstream in architectural and engineering design today. In the UK, using wood has come much closer in practice to the situation elsewhere in Europe. A significant reason is the much greater awareness amongst specifiers of the environmental advantages of using wood, which besides being reflected in legislation, also resonates well with inherent concerns about designing sustainably. And structurally, timber is no longer restricted to housing and gridshell roofs, however breathtaking. With the advent of new, engineered timber products it can now compete with steel and concrete frame, and used alone or in conjunction with other materials, can inspire truly outstanding design. A good example is the Thomas Clarkson Community College (TCCC) in Wisbech, Cambs, a building which will form one of the case studies at TRADA’s In Touch with Timber conference within Timber Expo in September. In ‘Improving processes and performance’, examining developments in offsite and modern methods of construction (MMC), Director of Buildings & Design of structural engineers Ramboll, Simon Smith will focus on sustainable developments in education. Sustainability is a key theme of MMC and timber has advantages when considering environmental impact. The £32 million new build college, designed by Make architects, is a PFI Secondary School, procured under the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) Framework. Although the James Review of Capital Investment was still under way when the project was started, TCCC has anticipated many of its recommendations. The challenge faced by government and the education sector is how to maintain quality


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What makes ‘built off-site’ systems more efficient – and therefore more sustainable – is moving the bulk of the construction processes into well managed, factory conditions and performing minimum installation work on site. Timber composites overcome the dimensional limitations of sawn timber and can improve performance, structural properties and stability. Composites also optimise the use of material and correspondingly minimise waste. Examples of timber composites used extensively in structural applications, along with cross-laminated timber, are glue laminated timber (glulam), laminated veneer timber (LVL), laminated strand lumber (LSL), parallel strand timber (PSL), and oriented strand board (OSB). Composite forms also see timber working in combination with other materials in order to improve performance (Off-site and modern methods of timber construction – a sustainable approach): • Flitch beams - a timber-steel-timber sandwich configuration with enhanced strength and stiffness, which is particularly useful when depth and width of section is limited. • Timber-concrete composites – utilised primarily for floor slabs to improve fire resistance and acoustic separation, as well as enhancing strength and stiffness performance and the thermal mass of the building envelope. Novel use of cross-laminated timber & concrete composite construction (referred to as TimCrete) in the dance studios of TCCC enabled long spans to be produced whilst achieving the demanding vibration criteria for dance activities. • Structural insulated panels – a form of wall and roof construction with increased insulation and reduced cold bridging, acting compositely to perform structurally. And developments are taking place in areas other than product development. The shape of the industry in the UK is also changing, with new entrants into the sector who are pitched somewhere between the traditional supplier and the contractor. These specialist timber sub-contractors are taking the natural material and designing engineered timber systems. Then, by shouldering the technical burden and installing complete systems on site, they avoid delays and problems and ensure that timber is easy to specify and use to its full potential. • The latest product innovations in timber within the built environment will be showcased at Timber Expo 2011 at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry on the 27th & 28th September. In Touch with Timber takes place over the two days of the show. For more information visit:

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Granwax Takes Its Inspiration From Nature

Lodgico Solves Equation For Landkey Primary School

The Significant Force That Is Timber Rupert Scott, Marketing Manager of TRADA Technology, explains why Timber Expo will be more than just an exhibition. Using timber as a major material on almost any project provides the greatest scope for truly outstanding design. Its inherent properties ensure good thermal and acoustic performance and, if correctly specified and designed, timber and engineered wood products provide strength where needed – and endless inspiration, both for new build, restoration and refurbishment. As the world’s only truly renewable construction material, it has a special place in the built environment of the future. Valued by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) at more than £7.6 billion, the wood industries and forestry combined comprise the fifth largest industry in the UK – and for the first time Timber Expo will bring this significant force together, under one roof. To take place at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry on 27th and 28th September 2011, it will create a platform to enhance the profile of timber, gathering together forward-thinking companies, timber commentators and business leaders, linking suppliers with specifiers and end users. We understand that in today’s industry individuals want value for money – but they also want to spend their time wisely. Timber Expo therefore is designed to be more than just an exhibition and will provide an opportunity for dialogue, for networking, for learning and for inspiration. Its clear aims have appealed to more than 100 manufacturers and suppliers who have signed up as exhibitors, as well as leading trade bodies. Among those who have pledged their support and sponsorship are the Timber Trade Federation, the Builders Merchants Federation, WWF, the American Hardwood Export Council, PEFC (with the Malaysian Timber Council), American Softwoods, Wood for Good (supported by the Forestry Commission) and the Wood Awards. The UK Structural Insulated Panel Association will construct one of the show seminar theatres using SIPS technology and Frame Wise will construct the other using advanced timber frame technology. Exhibitors include, as Platinum sponsors, International Timber/Pasquill Timber Engineering, AHEC as major sponsors, and B&K Structures, Global Forest Trade Network (WWF), Grainger Sawmills, Timbmet and Wood for Good as Gold Sponsors, with Coillte, Gang-Nail Systems, Latham’s (also


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sponsoring the VIP Lounge), Lime Technology, Norbord and UK Flooring as Silver Sponsors. Aiming to attract more than 5,000 visitors from the UK and internationally, Timber Expo will encompass TRADA’s flagship In Touch with Timber conference, in a new format of four half-day sessions (see below). Furthermore, the winners of the Wood Awards 2011 will be unveiled at the event, adding yet more value to the visitor’s day. In short, with free entry to all who pre-register online, Timber Expo will be an event where visitors can be informed, inspired - and do business. In Touch with Timber Programme • Session 1: Tuesday 27th September 9.30am – 12.30pm Timber – the first choice for excellent design Jim Greaves, Hopkins; Roddy Langmuir, Edward Cullinan; and Simon Knox, Bhavan. • Session 2: Tuesday 27th September 2011 1.30pm - 4.30pm Growing the commercial sector Martin Young, Tesco, Martin Wood, Bryden Wood Architects; Nick Milestone, B&K Structures and Clive Pople, Willmott Dixon. • Session 3: Wednesday 28th September 9.30am – 12.30pm Improving processes and performance Peter Cartwright, Cartwright Pickard; Simon Smith, Ramboll; Guy Nevill, Max Fordham; and David Grindley, David Grindley Architects. • Session 4: Wednesday 28th September 2011 1.30pm – 4.30pm Inspiration from abroad Henning Kaland, Code Architects (Norway); Daniel Fagerberg, Strombro Building Workshop (Sweden); Harald Proffessner, CREE; Speaker from Canada to be confirmed. • Tickets cost from £80.00. Visit ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 79

Lodgico, the official agents for Honka log homes from Finland, have been approached by Landkey Primary School in North Devon to design and build a purpose built sustainable ICT suite. Lodgico have proposed a ‘log cabin’ effect building utilising their own building system that will be highly insulated to keep running costs as low as possible. Lodgico have designed a custom-built log structure which will be timber framed and finished with horizontal timber cladding. The building will contain a single room, with built in workstations. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 80

Granwax has launched an innovative new floor finish created from a unique blend of linseed oil based resins, made from 85% renewable resources. Granwax Nature is ideal for flooring projects that require a sensitive approach to choosing environmentally friendly products. The super flat matt finish provides the ideal look and feel to any wooden floor. The warmth, texture and colour enhancements provided by Granwax Nature finish are equal to that of other solvent or wax based finishes, delivering aesthetic quality, as well as ethical value. With Zero VOC’s and Zero Solvents Granwax Nature is not only safe to use, it provides a hard-wearing, beautiful finish that enhances the look and feel of any natural wood floor. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 81

LVL Flanges Upgrade Steicojoist Performance Laminated veneer lumber (LVL) flanges are now a standard component in the extensive Steicojoist range of i-joists, combining with the natural wood fibre web to upgrade performance, workability and consistency of manufacture. As an engineered product LVL can be made to very large dimensions while retaining its core value of exceptionally high strength. Ideal for the timber frame market, the upgraded Steicojoist and Steicowall products come with full FSC certification and BBA/ETA European technical approval. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 82

Dricon Hits New Heights! Arch Timber Protection’s proven Dricon fire retardant treatment for timber will be protecting the refurbished Charles Inglis Clark (CIC) Memorial Hut, a climber’s facility on Ben Nevis. Ben Nevis is the tallest peak in the UK, and this could make the CIC hut the highest fire retardant project in the UK. The CIC hut was first built in the late 1920s and is owned by the Scottish Mountaineering Club. It is 685 m above sea level, below the cliffs on the north face, and is believed to be the only true mountain hut in the UK. This face is the main focus for snow and ice climbing, so the hut gets the heaviest use in the winter. “The hut is used by parties from the UK and all over the world,” says Andrew M James, Convener of the Huts Sub Committee. “Two years ago we built an extension which includes new living space and composting toilets and used a fire retardant on the internal wood linings that had to be applied by hand. This proved to be hard work, messy and not very cost-effective. The next stage of the project was to upgrade the interior of the original building, where a new wood lining over insulation to the timber frame will replace the original pitch pine lining. Once we were assured that it would meet the requirements of a single helicopter lift, less than 900 kg, we decided to use cladding pre-treated with Dricon fire retardant protection, to avoid the problems we had experienced with on site treatment”. With a date already booked for the work programme, to suit a low hut use period and better weather, Arch pulled out all the stops to prepare the treated timber in time. The project will use around 100 sq metres of 12 mm tongue and groove redwood internal timber cladding pre-treated with Dricon to meet Euroclass B standards and because of the access challenges to this remote site, all materials have to be airlifted in by helicopter. “Dricon is robust enough to protect the internal cladding from fire under the extreme conditions found in the winter on Ben Nevis and is the only BBAcertificated fire retardant treatment for timber, providing proven fire protection for interior applications such as this,” says Jacqui Hughes, Arch Timber Protection’s Fire Retardant Sales Manager. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 83

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Teamwork From Ireland For Timber Expo Coillte, the Irish forestry and forest products company, is a Timber Expo Silver Sponsor. In cooperation with Enterprise Ireland - the Irish government organisation responsible for the development and growth of Irish enterprises in world markets – and as part of a wider collaboration, Coillte is joined on stand 01-G2 by Murray Timber Group, one of the largest, most progressive and flexible sawmills in Ireland, state-of-the-art timber processing operation Glennon Brothers and Grainger Sawmills, one of Ireland’s largest and most technologically developed sawmills. Coillte is a commercial company operating in forestry, land based businesses, renewable energy and panel products. Coillte owns over 1 million acres of land in Ireland, approximately 7% of the total land area of the country, with over 800,000 acres of this is planted with forests. Coillte employs around 1,000 people and has 3 divisions: Coillte Forest, Coillte Panel Products and Coillte Enterprise and works closely with the timber-processing sector in the marketing of Irish timber both in Ireland and in export markets such as the UK. Coillte Forest is involved in log sales, farm forestry services, plant sales and laboratory services, as well as all aspects of sustainable forestry management. Coillte Panel Products comprises SmartPly Europe Ltd, an oriented strand board (OSB) mill based at Waterford Port and Medite Europe Ltd based in Clonmel, the leading MDF manufacturer. The division has sales and marketing teams in the UK and Europe and exports approx 90% of their Irish manufactured product. Coillte Panel Products produces FSC certified MDF and OSB panel products for a range of applications and markets across the globe. As of January 2010, all Medite MDF manufactured is CARB 2 compliant – a


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‘best in class’ regulation from California restricting formaldehyde emissions. Coillte Enterprise is the venturing arm of the Coillte Group, which seeks to identify new business opportunities and to extract value from the Group’s broad asset base. Coillte is involved in renewable energy such as wind and biomass, through its Enterprise division and manages the estate strategically. It also manages the telecommunications masts business of the Group. Coillte implements a programme of excellence when it comes to forest stewardship. This is recognised by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), who first certified Coillte’s operations in May 2001 as being well managed in accordance with the FSC’s principles and criteria for responsible forest management, and the operations continue to be FSC certified. Medite Europe, the leading producer of MDF and part of Coillte’s Panel Products Division, reached a significant production milestone this summer with 7 million m3 of MDF panels produced in its Clonmel factory since it was established in 1983. In addition, SmartPly Europe in Waterford, also part of Coillte Panel Products, has manufactured 4 million m3 of oriented strand board (OSB), since it was set up in 1996. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 84

American Softwoods Promotion Campaign Relaunched American Softwoods, the promotional partnership of three major U.S. softwood trade associations, the Southern Forest Products Association (SFPA), the Softwood Export Council (SEC) and APA – the Engineered Wood Association, has been relaunched in the UK under the directorship of Charles Trevor. The timber marketing communications and management specialist and former managing director of wood for good intends to bring a new focus to the promotional campaign, which has been active in the UK for many years. He said, “American softwoods have been exported for almost 200 years, and it is our role to make sure the industry is fully aware of the advantages, opportunities and benefits of species such as Southern Yellow Pine, Douglas fir and hemlock in a wide range of applications, both commercial and domestic. We aim to encourage the use of American softwoods for both internal and external projects and to work with the timber industry, providing technical information and assistance to develop the market for these under-used species. American producers are keen to do business in the UK and are able to supply high class, well graded material suitable for many different end uses.”

New information and technical guidance has been produced in the form of three new brochures focusing on the environmental credentials of Southern Yellow pine, Profiles, and Decks, which will be available shortly in PDF format on the American Softwoods web site at . American Softwoods was one of the first organisations to confirm their support for Timber Expo in Coventry in September, and is working with the Timber Decking and Cladding Association to develop three seminars for the timber industry, the first taking place during Timber Expo, the second in London on 5th October and the third in Leeds on 12th October. A series of advertisements have also been created, focusing on low carbon, low impact and naturally renewable key messages, and a new web site is also in development - will be ready to launch this summer. Mr. Trevor continued, “Because of its sustainability, durability, and beauty, interest in and demand for timber is increasing. So much so that, in Europe, some grades are in short supply. American softwoods are not only hugely popular but readily available and sustainably produced. American softwoods have been something of a well-kept secret of late and we are keen to bring their benefits and beauty to a wider audience.” ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 85

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An Innovative Eco Cladding & Decking System From David Clouting With the ever-growing demand for sustainable, cost effective building materials, it is not surprising that architects, developers, councils, housing associations, house builders and even self builders are constantly looking for innovative, eco friendly products that not only meet their environmental requirements but will perform as well or better than traditional materials. To help meet this demand, David Clouting have launched a unique cladding & decking system manufactured from natural wood flour and environmentally friendly olefin to provide the ultimate in truly sustainable products Woozen, manufactured by LG Hausys, is exclusively distributed in the UK by David Clouting and offers all the aesthetic values of wood combined with high performance features. Woozen is extremely hardwearing, it will not rot, is highly resistant to weathering and insects, requires no painting, varnishing or cleaning and is easy and quick to install. Woozen requires virtually no maintenance and delivers excellent whole life costings in comparison to timber based products. Its zero carbon footprint in contrast to wood decking for example, ensures that Woozen will deliver on both performance and sustainability issues. Available in a range of sizes, Woozen is easy to fabricate onsite and its attractive appearance makes it ideally suited for a wide range of commercial, industrial, retail, leisure and consumer cladding and decking applications. Woozen, at the end of its natural life can itself be totally recycled, further underpinning its zero carbon footprint and whole life costing credentials. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 87

AL_A And AHEC To Transform V&A Museum Grand Entrance For The London Design Festival 2011 For the 2011 London Design Festival, landmark design installations by renowned British architects and designers will be seen across the city, and the American Hardwood Export Council has commissioned award-winning architects Amanda Levete Architects (AL_A) to design one of the most public. Now in its ninth year, the London Design Festival will be the largest and most significant yet, with an expected 180 partners and more than 250 events celebrating the world’s creative capital. For the third consecutive year, the London Design Festival will run a broad ranging programme of activity in residence at the Victoria & Albert Museum in west London, and together with Arup, AL_A has designed an installation around the V&A’s Grand Entrance. Entitled Timber Wave, the majestic three dimensional latticework spiral made from American red oak will span the height of the Museum doors in September and October, whilst Timber Expo is taking place in Coventry. Opening up long views along Cromwell Road, the installation takes the V&A out onto the street, and exuberantly celebrates the London Design Festival’s residency at the V&A. Repetition of motif is part of the didactic heritage of the V&A and this structure is born from that tradition. It creates its own balance and reflects the contemporary preoccupation with interconnectivity between disciplines. European Director of AHEC, David Venables praised the London Design Festival for challenging the thinking on design and use of materials. He said, “This year’s collaboration with Amanda Levete, Arup and Cowley Timber is our


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most exciting and ambitious to date. The use of red oak as the main material is a great choice because it is the most abundant species of the American hardwood forest resource, but one which is not particularly well-known in Europe. Red oak has significant potential, and Timber Wave will demonstrate its strength, machinability and wonderful colour. I cannot wait to see the project take shape!” In June, Cowley Timberwork received a container filled with the red oak boards contributed by eight different AHEC members: Bingaman & Son Lumber, Fitzpatrick & Weller, Frank Miller Lumber, Pike Lumber, Coulee Region Hardwoods, Northland Forest Products, Hermitage Hardwood Lumber Sales and Matson Lumber. Since then, the timber has been processed from 25mm thick random width boards, down to form laminates, the foundation components for creating the shape of the ‘wave’. Timber Wave builds on a collection of installations supported and driven by the American Hardwood Export Council which demonstrate the performance, aesthetic and enduring qualities of American hardwood. For 2011, the red oak structure will completely transform the Museum’s Grand Entrance and is set to be a standout installation of the LDF programme. Details and technical information on the innovative manufacturing and production processes used will form part of AHEC’s exhibition and major sponsorship of Timber Expo. The London Design Festival takes place from 17th to 25th September across London. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 86

Growth For FIRA Gold Certification Since the re-launch of FIRA Gold certification earlier this year, the number of furniture retailers and manufacturers achieving FIRA Gold Product and Installation Certification has grown rapidly. This is fantastic news, as certification means further reassurance for furniture consumers, specifiers, purchasers and contractors alike. FIRA Gold Certification gives an endorsement that products and installation services are of a high standard, with continual auditing to ensure that British, European and International standards are either met or exceeded. Consumers are becoming more and more reluctant to spend without researching the market first and FIRA Gold helps them with this process. Therefore consumer awareness of FIRA Gold has grown, especially in the kitchen sector, with consumers enquiring if products and installation services are certified before purchasing. This suggests that FIRA accreditations not only ensures high standards, but can also encourage sales. Large retailers Homebase and B&Q have become two of the most recent companies to achieve FIRA Gold Certification. B&Q have received certification for the installation of their kitchens, bedrooms, and bathrooms. Homebase have become the first kitchen retailer to hold both accreditations for their kitchen products and installation services. FIRA will be exhibiting at the Timber Expo at Ricoh Arena in Coventry on 27 and 28 September. Visitors can find FIRA at Stand 01-Z34, 01-Z35 where they will be on hand to provide information on FIRA certification schemes and also the environmental issues of furniture production. FIRA’s environmental experts will be present to share information on the FIRA Carbon Footprinting Project, The Furniture Industry Sustainability Programme (FISP) and FIRA’s other Environmental Consultancy Services. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 88

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More Hot Water With Lower Energy Consumption From itho

Hot Water Made AquaEasy

Premier Energy Efficiency From NIBE

To launch the new Shower Heat Recovery Unit (SHRU60), Itho UK Ltd are giving away 3 sets of tickets for two people to enjoy a wet and wild day Powerboating from a choice of locations around the UK. The innovative SHRU60 is the latest introduction to the UK market to reduce energy consumption without compromising user comfort. Providing energy savings of approximately 60%, the Shower Heat Recovery Unit ensures greater user comfort, together with lower energy consumption. The SHRU60 takes heat from discharged waste shower water to heat the incoming supply of cold mains water to the shower inlet. This preheating of the mains supply reduces the amount of hot water required for each shower. The end result means that householders can enjoy longer showers, using the same amount of hot water. Currently available in a copper version, the SHRU60 fits easily into new and existing homes and requires no regular maintenance or user interface. For a chance to win, or more information, visit the Competition page at

AquaEasy is an addition to the Alfa Laval range of Domestic Hot Water systems designed for controllable, straightforward supply of hot water. AquaEasy provides up to 350kW of capacity within a slim silhouette. AquaEasy can be connected to any kind of heating source on the primary side. A high efficiency CB60 copper-brazed heat exchanger transfers energy from the primary to the secondary side. A 2 or 3 port thermostatic valve combines with a rapid response thermostat to provide quick and precise regulation of the water temperature, while efficient insulation minimises heat loss.

Building on the success of their first ‘Green Hotel’ at Tamworth, Whitbread recently opened a second eco-friendly Premier Inn at Burgess Hill in Sussex, a 60 bedroom hotel with a low-carbon 220-cover Beefeater restaurant nearby. As part of Whitbread’s pledge to reduce carbon emissions by 26% before 2020, the remit for the new hotel was a saving of 70% on carbon emissions and 60% on water usage. Isoenergy of Horley in Sussex, not far from the Burgess Hill site, was commissioned to design and install a multi-faceted, super energy-efficient system for heating, cooling, hot water provision and energy retention. Isoenergy’s Managing Director Justin Broadent’s first priority was to decide on a heat pump to provide the primary requirements of spatial and water heating and the optimum energy source to feed the pump.



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New Boiler Flue Cover From Talon A Boiler Flue Box Cover made of uPVC and issued in kit form has been produced by Talon Manufacturing Ltd. The kit consists of two corner profiles that slot securely together through a joining strip, a stop end in which the installer can simply cut a hole to fit the end of the flue and two fixing brackets. and it complies fully with all requirements of the Gas Safety [installation & use] Regulations 1998 including the provision of a removable inspection panel for inspection of joints. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 91

The Aquatiere No Scale saltless water softener is steadily making its mark amongst architects and specifiers. Recently installed at the National Railway Museum and on North Sea Oil Rigs, the innovative softener is proving invaluable where avoiding the need for the provision of salt and ongoing maintenance is an effective method to reduce costs. It is also worth noting that a conventional salt based softener can waste up to 180,000 litres of water over a few years. The Aquatiere No Scale softener uses Template Assisted Crysalisation to change the limescale in the water to microcopic crystals of magnesium and calcium which in there natural seperated state, do not form hard scale. The unit is simply fitted onto the incoming water main and requires no power, no drain and no seperate drinking water tap. 20/40/60 litre per minute versions are available from stock, other sizes can be made to order.

Since ample car parking space is an essential for any hotel, the ground under the car park at the Burgess Hill Premier Inn seemed the ideal situation for ground probes to harness the heat permanently stored in the earth. Isoenergy therefore devised a planned system of ten boreholes in the parking area, all linked to a NIBE F1330 60kW heat pump. The F1330, designed specifically for multi-occupancy buildings, industrial premises and commercial premises such as hotels, is part of the latest generation of NIBE ground sourced pumps and, thanks to the unit’s two large scroll compressors, is designed to deliver four times the amount of energy input with absolutely minimal carbon emissions. It is already proving its worth at the Premier Inn not only taking care of central heating and cooling but also supplying 1,000 litres of hot water on demand. The water conserving methods used in the hotel’s building, furnishing and running – low-flow showerheads heads for instance, giving the feel of a conventional power shower but using far less water – also help to reduce hot water demand. It is still too early to give accurate heat and energy costing for the Premier Inn at Burgess Hill but all indications are that the spread of energy saving systems and appliances in general, and the NIBE F1330 Heat Pump in particular, are meeting or even exceeding the targets set for them. The first two Whitbread ‘Green Hotels’ are certainly proving to be financially attractive as well as ecologically valuable. Government cash incentive schemes, including the Renewable Heat Incentive that came into force this spring, ease the burden of investment leaving enterprising companies to reap the full financial benefit of energy efficiency. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 94


New Schell Urinal Controls Designed With Flair Schell recently introduced the Ambition series of urinal controls. Designed for operation with Schell’s Compact 2 concealed urinal flush valve, the Ambition series is offered in toughened safety glass coloured either white or the currently fashionable black. The button operated Ambition model is set in a panel 121.5mm x 152.5mm with the button itself, of durable brass with a high gloss chrome finish, featured in contrast to the toughened glass background. The Ambition E is designed for ‘no hands’ operation, water efficient and ideal for public facilities and is set to flush automatically after the user has walked away from the urinal. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 93


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New Tap Water Heater Exploits Renewable Energy SolarFlow from Alfa Laval is a tap water pre-heater designed to exploit energy from renewable sources such as solar panels, geothermal fields, heat pumps and even condensate recovery for domestic hot water production. SolarFlow was developed specifically to provide cost-effective domestic hot water to large structures Intended principally as a pre-heater, SolarFlow must be combined with a conventional tap water heat source which acts mostly as a top-up facility. In this way, the system prioritises the renewable energy source. Thanks to the fact that water in the primary tank is never heated by a boiler or electrical heater, the unit offers genuine energy savings. In addition, the configuration of the primary tank guarantees maximum energy delivery on demand. And the use of a primary tank instead of a secondary storage vessel ensures that the risk of Legionella and other bacteria developing is kept to a minimum.

itho UK Launch New Website To Showcase Latest Innovations itho UK Ltd has launched a new look website to showcase all the latest products and innovations introduced into the UK market – www.itho. Itho UK revealed the range of whole house system solutions earlier this year. Having established itself in the UK market with its low energy and high efficiency ventilation heat recovery systems, Itho now offers the ultimate in whole house system solutions for builders and specifiers alike. To celebrate the launch of the company’s latest product, the Shower Heat Recovery Unit (SHRU60), Itho are also giving away 3 pairs of tickets for Prize Draw winners to enjoy a day Powerboating from a choice of locations around the UK. Entry into the competition can be found on the website’s Competition Page at ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 97


New Solar Collector From NIBE The latest product from NIBE Energy Systems Ltd., one of the country’s leading experts in renewable energy, is the FP215 Premium Thermal Collector, a collector that combines light weight and simple installation with a very high solar absorption rating. This new collector is equally suited for in-roof or on-roof placement and is ideal in high and low flow systems for hot water heating support and integrated energy processing systems.

a circulating handle bar making it simple and comfortable to transport. The new solar panels are specifically designed to work with NIBE Heat Pumps, which means that it is not necessary to have a separate controller when docked with one of our New Generation Heat Pumps, as the existing built in heat pump controller is able to control the solar accessory also. They also have a DC circulation pump (low energy) in the pumping stations.

The NIBE FP215 has an unusually low empty weight of only 32.5 kilos. This has been achieved through an innovative insulation solution combining a high temperature resistant PIR-Plate with rock wool, yielding a system only 40mm thick instead of the 57mm demanded by rock wool alone and resulting in a flat collector with an overall height of only 81mm. It has a serpentine, laser welded selective coating absorber in PVD that grants an excellent solar absorption rate and the FP215 is self-discharging in stagnation mode avoiding the air pockets prevalent in register absorbers.

A pre-designed mounting system eases installation, as does a very quick and simple joint connection design. This combination of high solar absorption, light-weight and user-friendliness makes NIBE’s FP215 a highly desirable proposition.

Up to 12 of the panels, each measuring 2088 x 1030mm, can be linked in line with a 6m solar pump and the system is MCS Approved and carries a full 10 years guarantee. The new collector has been designed with the installer, as well as the end user in mind, for in addition to its light-weight it has


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Designer Air Curtains At Canary Wharf JS Air Curtains has designed and supplied eight vertical air curtain systems for The Park Pavilion complex in Canary Wharf. The six 3m and two 2.5m air curtains were supplied in brushed stainless steel and are positioned vertically at the sides of the entrance to the Park Pavilion complex and three of the interior doorways. As well as keeping the cold out in the winter, they can also keep the cool air conditioning in during the summer. The air curtains were supplied to Canary Wharf Management Ltd and were installed by electrical contractors, Ashridge EC Ltd. Each 3m air curtain is capable of delivering an airflow of up to 7,400m³/hr and has a 32kw electric heater. Other models are available with hot water heating or fan-only operation. The Rund air curtain offers the ability to house other services such as smoke or motion detectors, emergency lighting, CCTV or signage. The air curtain also has many mounting options. It can be held horizontally on brackets, suspended on rods, mounted on post-type arms either from the floor, ceiling or walls, or stood vertically on the floor, as it is at Canary Wharf. The air curtains can seal doorways up to 3.5m high when mounted horizontally or up to 7m wide when mounted vertically at both sides of an entrance. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 98

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Foremans Urges Construction Clients To Check All Modular Building Suppliers Fully Comply With Building Regulations 2010

Stage Set For Sika At Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Foremans Relocatable Building Systems is urging construction clients to check all modular building suppliers comply with Building Regulations Part L2A 2010 requirements. According to Kevin Jones, Managing Director of Foremans, “It has become apparent that some modular building suppliers are struggling to comply with the revised Building Regulations Part L2A and also that not all are understanding the requirement to provide Energy Performance Certificates on completion of every project.” oremans is also advising construction clients to ensure that they are comparing tenders for modular buildings that are like for like and that they check suppliers’ track record of previous Part L 2010 compliant buildings. This will help them avoid being hit by unforeseen costs post-completion and potential time delays for Building Regulations compliance. The Modular and Portable Building Association (MPBA) has recently published new guidance for modular building suppliers about Part L 2010 compliance.

As part of the refurbishment of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, Sika Watertight Concrete was used during the construction of the stage basement which will be used to create scenic spectacle on the new main stage. Due to its proximity to the River Avon, the water table on the site is high, and precautions were required to ensure the building remained watertight. Sika Watertight Concrete was specified - it is BBA certified and has been keeping water in and out of structures for 50 years. It incorporates two powerful state-of-the-art Sika admixtures.



David Wilson Homes – Southern Adopts Insulslab SFRC As Preferred Foundation Technique

Firefly Goes Horizontal Traditionally, flexible fire barriers have only been utilised for vertical applications. Not any more, FIREFLY in line with industry needs, have had ALL the fire barriers in the FIREFLY range tested and assessed for horizontal applications also, which widens the scope for their use tremendously. All the products in the range are also fully Certified by a Third Party Certification body, for both vertical and horizontal applications, which basically gives the Client, Specifier and Installer confidence, that the product will perform as required. It must be pointed out that you cannot assume that a fire barrier will perform the same in the horizontal plane as it does in the vertical, the products must be tested and assessed for performance, as a horizontal barrier by an accredited Test House, to ascertain the correct fire rating of the product. The same applies to requirements for increased performance, you cannot just install 2 layers of a fire barrier and expect to receive double the fire rating or the insulation, fire barriers do not work that way, years of development and testing have taught us this. The only way to ensure that a Fire Barrier will perform in the situation you need it to perform, is to ensure that you have sight of a test document, that clearly states the installation method and fire performance achieved. FIREFLY Fire Barriers are lightweight, flexible and have simple installation methods even for horizontal applications. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 99


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David Wilson Homes – Southern, has adopted Insulslab SFRC, the super insulated and fully integrated foundation system, as its preferred foundation technique for all new projects and will use Insulslab SFRC wherever site conditions allow. Constructed of interlocking expanded polystyrene (EPS) pods with steel fibre reinforced concrete (SFRC) poured on top, Insulslab SFRC is an extremely efficient foundation technique that requires minimal ground excavation. Insulslab SFRC integrates high levels of insulation into the system design in order to offer superior thermal performance without increasing floor depth. With no need for trenches, labour time is significantly reduced whilst the absence of rebar and use of EPS pods minimise manual handling. Its superior thermal insulation contributes to Part L and Code for Sustainable Homes compliance by achieving very low U-values. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 101

Yorkon Launches Revolutionary New Design For Retail Kiosks To Be Open And Trading In Less Than 24 Hours Yorkon has launched a revolutionary new design for retail kiosks which can be open and serving customers less than 24 hours after the arrival of the building on site. Measuring just 4.8m x 4.8m (240sqft) and designed to take up the equivalent of only two standard car parking bays, the kiosk has a slimmer floor allowing it to be located on a supermarket site, retail park or in a car park. Built to permanent standards whilst still being relocatable, each kiosk arrives at its location fully fitted out with all electrics, glazing, door, roller shutter, and counters to reduce work on site to less than 24 hours. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 103

New Video From Portakabin – Changing The Perception Of Modular Buildings Portakabin has launched a new video as part of its campaign to change the perception of modular buildings and to demonstrate just what is possible with this highly innovative and flexible approach to providing interim accommodation. This latest video, which can be viewed online, illustrates how buildings can be provided to manufacturing and commercial organisations and are manufactured to permanent building standards and in line with the latest Building Regulations. The buildings can be supplied and installed in just days and can remain in use for as long as required. Modular accommodation can also be easily extended, reconfigured or relocated to meet changing business needs. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 104

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Striking New Home Provides A Showcase For ICF Tech Sustainable Construction A new home in Somerset provides a model of light, open and sustainable design and a showcase for the benefits of ICF construction. Conceived by architect Simon Corbett, Pine Combe in Rowberrow is strikingly modern in its styling and features spans which only ICF-Tech could deliver. The initial concept for a five-bedroom, basemented family home involved extending and reconfiguring an existing 1800 sq ft bungalow on a site in School Lane in the picturesque village of Rowberrow, just 15 miles from Bristol. But with the backing of Sedgemoor Council the team opted to demolish the existing dwelling. This gave the architect and client the freedom to fulfil their vision for a family home with wide open internal and external spaces to match the open views which the plot commands. Even so, restrictions in the permissible scale of the new build – it could not exceed the ridge height of the existing bungalow – presented a challenge in creating the 3100 sq ft, five bedroom three bathroom configuration. The solution was to create a basement to provide the sleeping accommodation and to put the open plan living space on the upper, ground level floor. This brought into play two aspects of the project which help define its sustainable characteristics. ICF construction is increasingly widely accepted as a mainstream building method and is especially suitable for basemented buildings, because of its strength and its resistance to water ingress below ground level. The decision to go ICF, working with leading UK company


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ICF Tech, opened up other design possibilities which Simon turned distinctly to his advantage, maximising useable floor space and featuring a bottom cord-free exposed internal roof pitch to create the vista of openness and light. The levelling of the existing bungalow and the excavation involved in creating the basement area led to a potentially unsustainable situation in which significant amounts of rubble and quarried material would have to be removed from the site. In the event, only one single truckload of waste was removed from the site during the entire project. Instead, a three metre high gabion wall was created at the bottom of the steeply raked plot and backfilled with material from the basement excavation. With cadmium present in the ground in this area, eliminating the need to remove excavated material from the site was a major plus. Rubble from the demolition of the original bungalow was crushed on site and used as hardcore for tarmaced areas. Stone excavated to form the basement area was hand-worked on site then used as the natural stone cladding which is a feature of the new home, recessed pointed to create the dry stone appearance characteristic of the region. Using the ICF Tech system, developed by UK building systems company The Litchfield Group, gave the architect all the design freedom he required. The superstructure is constructed of ICFs and a GF steel beam network with beam and block floors. By vertically reinforcing the concrete ICF core from the

basement up to create vertical cantilevered walls above ground, the structure provides the strength to allow wide span widths across which a bottom cordfree exposed internal roof pitch was installed. In the main living space the angled ceiling, rising to 13 feet, combines with full height glazing to create an atrium effect. Says Simon Corbett: “The only alternative way of achieving this effect would have been to use steel framing which would have required complex junctions with other fabric and the risk of creating cold bridges. ICF construction provided the strength, flexibility, as well as the speed and ease of construction that we required.”

provided by an 11KW ground source heat pump. The house also features a bio digestible sewerage system. Pine Combe provides an excellent showcase for innovative design, using a modern method of construction, in ICF, which does not involve inefficient transportation of pre-fabricated sections, provides outstanding thermal and acoustic performance and offers the kind of design flexibility to create stunning results. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 105

As Graeme Howorth, director of ICF Tech, points out ICFs also provide excellent U values which enable architects greater freedom in the use of other elements of house design whilst still adhering to sustainable requirements. The company has demonstrated in other schemes across the UK that ICF Tech walls are capable of achieving U-values of just 0.11 W/m2K, air infiltration of just 0.74 m3/m2/hr @ 50Pa and Y values of as low as 0.016 due to their excellent thermal bridging performance. The architect made extensive use of glazing featuring locally produced timber windows. Floors were constructed in engineered oak as was the feature cantilevered staircase. With no gas to the site, all space and water heating is

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Balcony Systems Creates Complex Curves In ‘Picture-Perfect’ Studio Sandtoft Delivers Restoration Project For Castle Howard Estate An historic residential property on the Castle Howard Estate in Yorkshire has been sympathetically restored using Sandtoft’s Humber clay plain tiles, handmade decorative ridges and arrow head feature tiles.

craftsmen. Recreating a geometric pattern is no easy task, but with the support of Sandtoft and its heritage service, we have succeeded in replicating the original design and restoring this character cottage back to its former glory.”

Located in a conservation area, ‘Swiss Cottage’ is one of over 200 properties on the Estate, which is situated within the Howardian Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, just 15 miles north east of York. The design of the house was inspired by the Arts and Craft movement, which was developed in England during the second half of the 19th century.

Nigel Dyer, Sandtoft’s heritage services manager, added: “The roofers had to carefully draw the pattern onto a grid to enable our craftsmen to match the original tiles and fittings. Using our technical knowledge and specialist methods, we have produced authentic finished products which meet both the requirements of the local planners and the Castle Howard Estate.”

The steep-pitched roof features a distinctive geometric pattern and had to be entirely replaced as the tiles were severely weathered. Sandtoft’s Humber clay plain tiles in Natural Red and Antique Slate have been used on the main roof, plus an extensive number of arrow head feature tiles, also in Antique Slate. To meet the requirements of the local planning authority, the pattern had to be replicated using handmade tiles and ridges. Graham Dodds from Dodds Roofing Services, who was responsible for the reroofing, said: “We partnered with Sandtoft as it has extensive experience of working in conservation and restoration projects. The team advised us on the most appropriate products as well as the fixing specification. The decorative ridges and diamond shaped tiles were all handmade by Sandtoft’s skilled


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Over the last five decades Castle Howard has committed millions of pounds to conservation and essential repairs, in addition to regular spending on maintenance and management, as part of the estates ongoing restoration and conservation programme. In December 2007, Castle Howard partnered with English Heritage and Ryedale District Council to draw up a management plan to ensure a sustainable future for the Castle Howard Estate. This plan won the Heritage category at the national planning awards hosted by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) in February 2010. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 106

Balcony Systems created a complex combination of curves in three axes to fulfil the architect’s demanding design for a photography enthusiast’s home office and studio in rural Yorkshire. Installed by Balcony’s sister company VBS, the curved fixed windows and three-pane sliding curved patio doors complement the curves of the circular building, built by contractors William Anelay Ltd of York. Featuring one fixed and two sliding panels, the doors when fully open provide a three metre-wide direct access to the garden. Their brown powder-coated frames replicate a bronze anodised finish to match the diamond-shaped pre-oxidised copper roof, supported by Borrowdale slate walls. Wildblood MacDonald Architects specified the unique design, with its sloping angular roof intersecting a curved face, for their client who wanted space and light to pursue his hobby. The stunning result is a ‘picture-perfect’ solution combining light-enhancing aesthetics with practical access and taking advantage of expansive countryside views. Balcony Systems’ Managing Director Effi Wolff personally took on the challenge of designing and producing such ‘non-standard’ and highly-unusual shapes, saying: “From a technical perspective, we were initially unsure whether we could achieve this as curving the aluminium frames required a combination of curves in three different axes. “It was quite a feat of engineering, so several test sections were made to check this in principle first before committing to the project. After much liaison with the VBS design team to confirm details, such as measurements and shapes, we achieved our ultimate goal. This was certainly no regular piece of aluminium joinery or glass bending!” Effi added: “We always enjoy a challenge and when architects or designers plan an unconventional shape like this, which has the

complexity of combining curved on plan windows with a sloping roof, we feel a great sense of achievement when we are able to fulfil the design envisaged and not revert to the safety of what has always been done. Architects are the ones that push design to its limits and I like to think that we are one of the companies that can realise the architects’ visions. “Installation on site went really smoothly thanks to the exactness of the design and manufacture. We are proud to have met this challenge and delivered a truly unique building for the client.” Project architects Philip Wright and James Maclean chose Balcony Systems for the company’s unique ability to meet the project’s demanding specification. “Balcony was literally the only company that could supply the curved elements, which are used to great effect on this bespoke building. Everyone is very satisfied with the result,” commented James. “Balcony Systems gave us good service, with flexibility and ease of communication throughout the project. It’s the first time we have used the company and it’s quite likely we will again,” he added. As for the client, he said: “It’s exactly what I wanted, giving me more space as a home office yet it evolved into something more splendid with the curves. Installation went very well as everything fitted and the tolerances were all correct. The curved doors open up to bring in the views - it’s a lovely place to work from on a summer’s day!” ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 107

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Academic Archway

Klober Airtightness Products In RIBA Award Winning Project

A dramatic arch clad with Luvata’s Nordic GreenTM copper - using long-strip installation techniques - is the new central focus to the 1960s Student Union Building at Northumbria University in Newcastle upon Tyne. Luvata’s Nordic GreenTM and Nordic BlueTM factory-applied patinas have been developed with properties and colours based on the same brochantite mineralogy found in natural patinas all over the world. The copper is easily bent and formed, and there are no limitations on the length of pre-patinated copper sheet or strip because whole coils are treated on the production line, not just limited size sheets. This enables the long-strip installation techniqueto be used with all Nordic GreenTM and Nordic BlueTM products. These products also offer designers unparalleled design freedom and the ability to determine the type and intensity of green or blue patina for each project with choices of ‘Living’ surfaces.

Klober Wallint® 50 Vapour Control Layer and Permo® Sec vapour permeable underlay have been used in Hudson Architects’ RIBA Award winning design of Bavent House, a striking new zinc and timber clad self-build near Southwold. The design was also a ‘Highly Commended’ entry in the 2011 Grand Designs’ Awards. Wallint 50 is used on the warm side of insulation in pitched roofs while Permo sec also acts as a separating layer between metal standing seam roofs and the supporting deck. It also reducing the transmission of external, structure borne noise. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 110


RigiSystems Ziplok In All Its Glory At Botwell Green Leisure Centre

Minimalist Balconies Fit Contemporary Style Neaco’s Clearview range of balconies has been extensively specified to meet the overall contemporary aesthetic of Welland Court, an £8.5 million development of 72 care apartments in Nottingham. Designed by Allan Joyce Architects, the recently completed scheme features Juliet and walk-on balconies which are notable for their minimalist style with a predominance of toughened glass panels and minimal use of stanchions. Craig Beech of Allan Joyce Architects commented: “Neaco’s Clearview balconies provide the subtle visual impact we required for Welland Court. The Juliet designs require no supporting stanchions, with a simple top-rail running across the glass panels, and the walk-on designs also feature plenty of glass with slim, unobtrusive stanchions. They are very cost-effective and we are pleased with the choice of Clearview for Welland Court.” Allan Joyce Architects designed Welland Court to replace 34 existing apartments with a state-of-the-art Extra Care scheme including self-contained homes with features catering for people aged over 55. The development incorporates a wide range of communal facilities, including lounge, restaurant, laundry, hobby room, activities room, cafe, shop, hairdressing salon and library. Other products in Neaco’s range include handrail and balustrade systems, aluminium open grille walkways and special needs bathroom aids. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 108

Keeping Prisoners Safe And Secure A new hot water installation based on Alfa Laval AquaProtect technology is providing a French prison with hot water on demand while eliminating the risk of Legionella and other bacterial infections. San Quentin prison, close to Lyon, has overcome both of these problems by replacing an antiquated and potentially dangerous, domestic hot water system with five AquaProtect, antiLegionella tap water systems from Alfa Laval. AquaProtect is a plug and play system, so installation is quick and easy. Once installed, it needs very little maintenance. No additional energy is required to provide thermal disinfection since an integral heat exchanger recovers sufficient energy for the purpose. Consequently, the system is extremely energy-efficient. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 111

Around 4000m2 of RigiSystems Ziplok have been used to stunning effect on the roof of the new Botwell Green Leisure Centre in Hayes, Middlesex. A Ziplok roof, which includes every panel option available – straight, self-curved, pre-curved and tapered. Panels were supplied both factory manufactured and site rolled in the case of the longer sheets. RigiSystems assisted in the roof design from the outset, and the project also includes RigiSystems aluminium structural decking, both perforated and unperforated, to support the roof panels and comply with the acoustic requirements of the various facilities. RigiSystems’ Ziplok is a BBA approved, advanced zip-up standing seam system that offers exceptional weather resistance and durability. It is particularly suited to swimming pools and leisure centres owing to its range of acoustic and thermal performances. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 112

Yorkon Awarded £2.4m Contract At Lister Hospital, Stevenage Award-winning off-site construction specialist, Yorkon, has been awarded a £2.4m construction contract at Lister Hospital in Stevenage – its second project at the hospital for East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust. The 24-module extension has just been craned into position using a 350 tonne crane. The operation took place over a weekend to further reduce any inconvenience to staff and patients. The project also includes extensive reconfiguration works to the existing laboratory suite, provision of stairs, lift, and an adjacent modular corridor. The roof-top extension was installed with partitions, mechanical and electrical services, windows and doors already in place to reduce time on site by around 50 per cent. It is targeted to achieve a BREEAM ‘very good’ environmental rating. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 113


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Helifix Repair Techniques Avoid Disruption And Major Rebuilding

York Handmade Praised For “First-Class Job” In St Mary’s The York Handmade Brick Company, the leading independent brickmaker in the north of England, has provided 40,000 specially-made bricks and arches for an award-winning house in the heart of York. York Handmade, based at Forest Lane, Alne, near Easingwold, manufactured bespoke Old Clamp Blend bricks for 33 and 34 St Mary’s to fit in with the historic surroundings. The contract was worth £30,000 and the bricks helped the elegant town houses to win the New Residential category of the York Design Awards 2011. The houses are owned by Mr and Mrs Edward Waterson and Mr and Mrs Daniel Rose. David Armitage, the chairman of York Handmade, commented: “This was a hugely challenging and satisfying project. St Mary’s, which runs from Bootham down to the River Ouse, is steeped in history and is one of York’s most fascinating streets. “The original house on the site had been demolished, so we were starting from scratch. The aim was to ensure the two new houses fitted in seamlessly with the neighbouring houses in St Mary’s and we believe we have achieved that. They certainly don’t look out of place. As a company, we love working in York. This project came hard on the heels of our award-winning work on the new building for York St John on the corner of Gillygate and Lord Mayor’s Walk, in the shadow of the Bar Walls,” he added. The architects who worked on the project were Francis Johnson of Bridlington. Digby Harris of Francis Johnson commented: “The bricks that York Handmade supplied were first class. They matched the weathered bricks of the surrounding houses in St Mary’s perfectly and contributed to a very successful overall project”. Edward Waterson said: “We are absolutely delighted with the result. I was adamant that only York Handmade bricks would do for our house and I was right. No other brick company could have made our house look so effortlessly elegant. They knew exactly what we wanted – and they delivered.” ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 114


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A stone built cottage in Chipping Norton, over 150 years old, recently developed structural faults - the arch at the entrance to the archway on the right of the property was failing due to inadequate support. This led to distortion of the arch pier, and masonry cracking in the archway walls. The Helifix survey highlighted the front elevation as having inadequate lateral restraint which meant that outward movement had started to occur, causing further cracking. The floor joists at first and second floor levels ran parallel to front elevation with no physical tie in and only one structural cross wall existed at ground level. The Helifix repair scheme provided lateral restraint to the front elevation by installing HD BowTies through the brickwork and the sides of the first two floor joists, on both the first and second storeys, before bonding them into the masonry. By then bonding HeliBars into the mortar beds, at both first and second floor levels, full length masonry beams were created to assist in distributing the loads above the arch. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 115

Acoustic Artistry The seamless, suspended, acoustic system, StoSilent Panel, is specified for use in the Hepworth, Wakefield, a new art gallery named in honour of twentieth century artist Barbara Hepworth. The StoSilent Panel is specifically designed to cope with high humidity environments and the plenum ceilings, used in areas that are subject to increased air movement, allow for air circulation, making it perfect for application in the gallery’s café area. Providing the necessary monolithic finish and excellent acoustic properties, the StoSilent Panel system also prevents staining due to air filtration in humid rooms. The StoSilent Panel Alu suspended ceiling system is made from 15mm thick rigid acoustic board, manufactured from 96% recycled glass granulate and is finished with the fibre free, acoustically transparent coating, StoSilent Superfein. The Hepworth, Wakefield, yet to be completed, is already a landmark building with a façade constructed of pigmented concrete. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 116

BSRIA Measures Dust In The Desert BSRIA Instrument Solutions has supplied nine TSI DustTrak IIDRX aerosol monitors, and the means to power them, for use in assessing dust emissions from salt pans in the Sua Pan of the Kalahari Desert in North East Botswana. Regular watchers of Top Gear will probably remember the Sua Pan from the last series, when Clarkson’s Intrepid Trio crossed this bleakest of landscapes with great difficulty and the wreckage of another three old bangers and recognise some of the difficulties inherent in using rather more delicate equipment in such unfriendly desert conditions. The equipment is being used by Oxford University within part of a major research initiative that also involves use of meteorological masts and other gear to monitor wind stress, temperature gradients, soil moisture and atmospheric visibility among others things, for ultimate use in the prediction of climate change. With the TSI DustTraks BSRIA has supplied environmental enclosures, heatshields and the free-standing solar panels that are needed to recharge the machines’ batteries over the five months testing period. The TSI DustTraks are considered to be by far the most advanced dust monitors available and BSRIA Instrument Solutions has found them invaluable for assessing and recording indoor air quality in buildings. Other areas where these remarkable instruments have proved extremely useful are in industrial/occupational hygiene, outdoor air quality, emissions assessment and aerosol research but Dr. Wiggs’ project in Botswana adds the extra dimension of glamour to grab the attention. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 117

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