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MAGAZINE january 2020

Fresh ideas for Interior Doors in 2020

Fresh ideas for Interior Doors in 2020 Vicaima EX70 door in Charcoal Brown

As a new decade commences, professionals everywhere are seeking fresh inspiration for interiors, whether for commercial spaces or residential living.

his desire for innovative performance and trendsetting designs is most notable when it comes to interior doors, whose influence upon a room can have a marked effect on the surrounding décor, lifting and invigorating adjacent space. Bringing clarity to this process is Vicaima, who have just launched their 2020 Interior Door Selector. Packed with ideas this brochure is an essential tool for every specifier.


Now an annual and eagerly anticipated event, the 2020 edition of the Vicaima Interior Door Selector has over 100 pages filled with doors and doorsets that suit a multitude of applications, tastes and budgets. Its simple to navigate layout has been designed to make the selection process straightforward, with at a glance guides to form, function and fire, or indeed other desired performance criteria. Every range also shows a simply Price Indicator, allowing easy comparison between potential options for that perfect specification.

Vicaima EX71 door in Warm Umber and with Jet Black grooves.

New for 2020, Vicaima have introduced some pioneering products that are certain to gain wide appeal. These include: Primed 2 Go, a revolutionary, polymer faced door for painting that requires no surface

sanding or priming, saving time and money on site. Deep Textured Finish, creating the authentic touch of an open grain in a matt finish that can be applied to a selection of veneered and stained veneered doors An extension to the Visual Sensation foil door range, introducing 4 new matt finishes and new horizontal grain options in both the Naturdor Stained and Dekordor SD Foil ranges. Naturally, at Vicaima it’s not just about great design and trend setting aesthetics. As specialists in performance products, Vicaima set the benchmark for fire certification, coupled with security and acoustic solutions. With a growing market awareness of the needs of providing peace of mind when it comes to fire safety, specifiers gain confidence from a supplier like Vicaima, who achieved 54 minutes during recent MHCLG testing of their 30-minute door assemblies. This coupled with Secure By Design approval and FSC environmental certification, makes Vicaima the obvious choice for demanding locations. Download a copy of the 2020 Interior Door Selector today by visiting the Vicaima website www.vicaima.com. Alternatively call 01793 532333 for further inspiration.

Vicaima 2020 Interior Door Selector Brochure

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This Zero-Energy Strategy Combines Solar with Propane With strict new home energy codes set to start in 2020, pros in California are finding that combining solar power with propane space heating, water heating, and power generation is a model for success. California will give the zero net energy (ZNE) home market a huge kick-start in 2020, when a new state home energy code takes effect. The code’s performance path, used for compliance on most projects, will get 50 percent tougher, requiring homes to be ZNE—in other words, to produce as much energy as they consume. Although California will be the first state to mandate ZNE home construction, interest in ZNE homes is expanding across the country. A survey performed by Harris Insights & Analytics for the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) found that 83 percent of homebuyers and 89 percent of builders are likely to consider a ZNE home for their next purchase or build. So it pays for builders and architects nationwide to study how pros in California are approaching the new regulations. While California’s new energy code is tough to meet, it offers a lot of flexibility, says David Knight, founder of Monterey Energy Group, a residential mechanical engineering firm based in Carmel, Calif. And, he says, the strategic use of propane for space heating, water heating, and power generation offers a model for meeting the code that’s likely to be successful and popular with clients in the years to come. Propane or Heat Pump? Knight says he probably gets the question 100 times a month: “Is it more costeffective to go with propane furnaces and propane water heaters or heat

pumps?” The answer in almost all parts of California, he says, is that it’s almost always more cost-effective to go with propane. Compared with California’s expensive grid power, the operating costs of propane furnaces and water heaters are lower, and the features are significantly better.

the right number of them, you can get plenty of domestic hot water. With proper maintenance, they can be plenty reliable. There’s no question propane water heating is a significantly better choice than electric.”

Modeling a typical, well-insulated house for energy compliance shows the impact of switching to propane for space heating. When Knight plugs in a ductless heat pump as the heat source, the house is 4.8 percent below the energy performance needed to comply with the code. Simply switching to a propane furnace, with no other changes, jumps the compliance margin to positive 16 percent. Ducted heat pumps perform better, but overall, the energy code is more positive for propane furnaces than for air-source heat pumps.

On many new homes Knight works on, he’s installed large solar systems with batteries, which can help to smooth out time-of-use price premiums when grid electricity is more expensive. Solar power is still not quite as cost-effective as propane or gas for domestic hot water and space heating, but it may become closer if solar power continues to become more affordable.

Similarly, propane tankless water heaters offer a step up from electric heat pump water heaters, Knight says. “If you put in

Working with Solar

In fact, many of Knight’s clients are considering going off grid using inexpensive solar, a battery backup system, and, most importantly, a good backup generator, Knight says. “For a few dollars more, especially compared to the costs of a new hookup or a slightly adjusted hookup from the utility, you can be off grid pretty darn fast with every creature comfort you’d like to have.” The National ZNE Conversation For Knight’s California markets, combining an efficient propane furnace, a propane water heater, and a propane backup generator creates a ZNE home package that’s popular with clients—and can serve as a roadmap for builders and architects nationwide.


industry news

Trade association flies the flag for British furniture manufacturing with new brand design A trade body, which champions Britain’s furniture makers, has developed a new brand design to help clients identify products made by its members. ritish Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) has implemented a bold new look across the organisation to fly the flag for the sector.

important for our industry to come together and display the array of talent we have across the nation to the contract sector.”

Featuring the red, white and blue colours of the Union Jack, the new branding has been developed to capture the quality, safety, comfort and professionalism associated with British-made goods.

The BFM has represented the interests of Britain’s furniture industry for more than 65 years.


Nick Garratt, BFM’s MD, said: “Our approved members are proud to say their products are made in Britain. “As an association, we are stronger together. In the challenging times we face ahead, it has never been more

Its members cater for a wide range of environments, in both the public and private sector. Specifiers looking to source products made in Britain can visit the BFM website and log onto the online directory to find a member at www.bfm.org.uk


Industry news

Find the right beats tiles with Tile when Supply Solutions Public sector private it comes to tackling housing damp Renters with private landlords are more likely to suffer due to damp and mould than those with public sector landlords, according to a YouGov poll. he survey of 1,154 tenants, conducted earlier this year on behalf of leading damp-proofing and waterproofing technology specialist Safeguard Europe, revealed that 55% of those with private landlords had experienced damp and mould compared to 46% of those in local authority or housing association properties.


deterred from complaining. However, as the poll highlighted, awareness among renters of their powers under the new legislation is relatively low with only 35% aware of the Act. Having been told by the researchers about the new law, 42% of those surveyed said that they would be more likely to complain about problems such as damp in the light of the act.

Safeguard’s managing director said: “The reason for the discrepancy could be down to the fact that previous efforts to improve the condition of rented properties, such as Decent Homes, have been focussed on public sector housing.” The Decent Homes Standard was introduced in 2000 with the aim of getting all social housing up to a certain standard by 2010.

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Transform your doors First impressions count! So, when it comes to a home, the front façade of the property needs to look the part with arguably the most important element being the front door. here are a surprisingly wide range of fittings to consider; everything from door knockers and letter plates, to handles, door numbers, bell pushes and lock pulls amongst other items. It’s therefore important to achieve a harmonised look and feel by selecting quality door furniture that works well together and in a style that complements the character of the property.


For those seeking to achieve a period feel, fittings in an antique bronze finish can add an authentic and exquisite touch to any home. The Olde Forge range, which is crafted from brass, encapsulates both stylish and classical design elements, making it suitable for a range of door requirements. A statement door knocker, such as the Olde Forge Ring Door Knocker, can make the ultimate first impression for visitors. This tudor style ring knocker is mounted on a fleur de lys back plate and supplied with an elegant striker. The Olde Forge Plain Letter Plate can also be a welcome addition to any entrance. Simple in shape, with a hammered effect finish, the plate is both functional and stylish. To complete the look, consider an elegant handle such as the Olde Forge Tudor Lever Euro Profile Lock Set which provides a timeless addition to any exterior. The sprung handle has a decorative curved lever and a simple rectangular backplate, making the design ideal for most doors. Matching interior latch and bathroom sets are also available from the range for a consistent finish throughout the property.

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With security and privacy in mind, consider the Olde Forge Cottage Thumb Latch Set. This charming fixture with heart details comes complete with a locking pin making it suitable for interior and exterior doors, as well as outside gates. The handmade Olde Forge range encapsulates both contemporary and classical design elements and is suitable for a range of requirements. IronmongeryDirect offers a wide range of door fixtures and fittings from a host of leading brands that can support your project. Visit our website to explore your options.


Mapei’s high-demand training dates revealed for 2020 Mapei has unveiled its extensive list of training dates for 2020, as part of plans to continually utilise its impressive training facility based in Halesowen, West Midlands. ollowing a successful first year of training courses at the facility situated at Mapei Academy, a total of 51 days have been dedicated to training, covering Ceramic Tiling, Resilient Flooring, EWI, Resin, Ultratop Loft, Concrete Repair and Basement Structural Waterproofing.

each tailored training course. Bookings from distributors, contractors, designers and engineers are welcomed, and can be tailored to specific needs and requirements. All training delegates will receive presentation notes, refreshments, a buffet lunch, a factory tour and Mapei goodies.

EWI: January 23, March 26, May 28, July 30, September 24, November 26

There will be 12 dates dedicated for each of the Ceramic Tiling and Resilient Flooring training courses, 6 dates for both EWI and Resin Flooring, and 5 dates each for Ultratop Loft, Concrete Repair, and Basement Structural Waterproofing. A team made up of Chris Myatt, Adrian Jennings, Neal Perryman, Adrian Jones and Jeremy Mann, as well as relevant product line experts, will be on hand to provide information and expertise at

The dates are as follows:

Concrete Repair: March 17, May 12, July 2, September 15, November 10



Ceramic: January 7, February 4, March 3, April 7, May 5, June 2, July 7, August 4, September 8, October 6, November 3, December 1 Resilient: January 9, February 6, March 5, April 9, May 7, June 4, July 9, August 6, September 10, October 8, November 5, December 3

Resin: February 25, April 28, June 30, July 28, September 29, November 24 Ultratop Loft: January 21, March 24, June 23, August 25, October 27

Basement Structural Waterproofing: February 27, April 2, June 11, September 17, November 19 To book your place on one of Mapei’s coveted training courses, email ukmarketing@mapei.co.uk or call 0121 508 6970

The UK construction sector is facing a major challenge. How does the sector tackle a growing housing shortage and expand infrastructure services while also achieving emissions reductions in line with the government targets from the built environment by 2030? Meeting this challenge will require a rapid decrease in the use of carbon-intensive building materials in the next few years and an increase in low-carbon alternatives. Building materials account for roughly 19% of the UK’s total greenhouse gas emissions1. h e Fu tu re H o m e s Standard was launched in the spring statement earlier this year and is set to be implemented by 2025. In short, it means that all buildings must be net zero carbon in operation before 2050, with new buildings meeting this standard by 2030.


The BEIS Strategy Committee welcomed the announcement of a Future Homes Standard, however, the committee went on record to issue a warning that ‘any attempts by housebuilders to water down

the standard should be blocked by the government. The only barrier precluding housebuilders developing to higher standards before 2025 is a preoccupation with profit margins and shareholder returns. Despite receiving billions in taxpayer funds, most housebuilders will only raise the energy standards of their stock if forced to do so. Progressive housebuilders who want to go further are being held back by the laggards who actively lobby the government to boost their profits, rather than help meet carbon reduction obligations2’.

The UKGBC urged the government to set out a clear trajectory, so that all new buildings achieve net zero carbon (both regulated and unregulated energy and inuse performance) by 2030. From 2025 at the latest, all new buildings should have low carbon heating, deliver ultra-high levels of energy efficiency consistent with a space heat demand of 15-20 kWh/m2/ yr – as recommended by the Committee on Climate Change, in order to help deliver on the national net zero target3. Whilst a focus on new buildings is welcome, the challenge of how to retrofit existing buildings remains a vital challenge to address.

Is the construction industry’s beleaguered supply chain in a fit state to deliver the government’s revived green building dream?

House constructed with I Joists with Unilin Vapourblock board for racking, airtightness and vapour control. Insulation yet to be injected Steico Zell wood fibre floc.


Will Kirkman, Managing Director of Ecomerchant, thinks that the supply chain offers a clear way to deliver on the government’s ambitions and doesn’t share this pessimistic view. He states, “There are good suppliers out there with established sustainable credentials and proven low impact energy efficient products to help architects, designers and builders not only

the raw materials they use are classed as postconsumer or urban wood. This is recycled wood from pallets, packaging, old furniture and reclaimed timber and only sourced from locations within a 400 km radius of the production sites. They also use thinned wood from sustainable verge and forest management, and pre-consumer wood supplied by the timber industry. Unilin’s circular production process helps save an average of 5,000 trees a day and reduce CO2 emissions by some 1.2 million tonnes a year. Plus, it powers its plants with onsite biomass using ‘end-of-life’-wood only.

There is no need to wait to get on with this

meet but exceed the proposed carbon targets.” He notes that, “stricter carbon and energy efficiency targets have been mandatory in many of these suppliers’ home markets for years, so they have the experience, in situ evidence and products ready to go straight off the shelf.” Kirkman highlights two manufacturers of energy saving products that have taken sustainability and carbon reduction to the heart of their company ethos, companies who are well-known to passive constructors and the growing number of architects designing now to meet more stringent carbon targets. Steico is a German/Polish manufacturer of timber building products – I joists, LVL, and wood fibre insulation. They manufacture under strict environmental procedures and certifications from sourcing through manufacture to products. Timber is a unique material in that for each 1 m3 used, up to one tonne of CO2 is bound within the product. In wood fibre insulating materials this CO2 remains locked into the product for the entire lifetime of the product. It has been calculated using Steico insulating material used to completely insulate an average single family house, locks up as much CO2 as a small car emits in the course of travelling 30,000 miles.

In 2018, the Steico Group processed around 934,875 m3 of fresh wood from certified sustainable forestry, resulting in almost a million tons of CO2 stored and removed from the atmosphere in one year. Two of Steico’s largest production sites in Poland are powered by biomass and the wood used in annual production stores more than twice as much CO2 than is released during manufacture. Steico also operate a closed water cycle. Steico products are FSC and PEFC certified have EPD’s and are Passive Component certified. Unilin is a Belgian manufacturer of building panels which operates 100% on a circular basis not one tree is purposely felled to make any of their products, the bulk of

Will Kirkman concludes, “specifying, designing and building to the proposed 2030 low carbon targets is already being delivered. Innovative constructors, such as Passivhaus Homes Ltd, are building affordable housing to this level of performance now, using natural materials, including ones from Steico and Unilin. These homes have low embodied energy and sequester carbon within the structure for the life time of the building, so we do not need to wait to get on with this.” More at: www.ecomerchant.co.uk www.steico.co.uk www.unilinpanels.com www.phhomes.co.uk

Further reading • RIBA Sustainable Outcomes Guide 2019 • Advancing Net Zero - UKGBC • Architects Journal Retro First Campaign

Steico Special dry wood fibre insulation board used as sarking for a large new build roof, additional insulation beneath Steico Flex.

1 https://www.ukgbc.org/news/growing-the-market-for-low-carbon-building-materials/ 2 Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee 12th July 2019 https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201719/cmselect/cmbeis/1730/173001.htm 3 https://www.ukgbc.org/news/future-homes-standard-and-housing-design-announcements-analysed/



MKM Ranked 38 in The Sunday Times Top Track 250 Companies for 2019 MKM Building Supplies Ltd is delighted to announce it has been placed at number 38 in The Sunday Times Top Track 250 League Table.

he Top Track 250 ‘Ones to Watch’ list is compiled each year and ranks Britain’s topperforming, private mid-market growth companies by sales.


MKM has reported an exceptional year of growth with the opening of 13 new branches in the last twelve months. The year’s expansion will bring the total number of MKM outlets to 68 by the end of the year, with new branches recently opened in Burnley, Kilmarnock, Milton Keynes, Elgin, Mansfield, Burton, Middlesbrough, Yeovil, Weymouth, Leeds, Stoke, Aberdeen and Oban.


MKM was established in 1995 and is the largest independent builders’ merchant in the UK, providing a one-stop-shop for building materials, timber, plumbing and heating, and a broad range of complementary categories including kitchens and bathrooms.

this recognition and attribute the success to our branch directors. MKM is fast becoming a nationally recognized brand, however we strive to retain a strong community focus in each branch, where our teams have built great relationships with local business.

This year the company has experienced growth in trade sales, but also a significant increase in consumer retail sales with more branches featuring kitchen and bathroom showrooms.

Our branch directors all have a stake in the business and an opportunity to share in profits, which has helped attract a great team of local entrepreneurs and is proving to be key driver of our growth.”

David Kilburn, Executive Chairman commented: “We are delighted with


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RINNAI AND THE ART OF ZEN + ZEN PLUS Rinnai re-imagines home hot water & heating systems innai, global leaders in continuous flow hot water heating products and systems, is introducing the Zen and Zen Plus home hot water & heating system which marries established and proven manufacture durability with new technologies to offer great energy efficiencies, user control and, importantly, unparalleled level of comfort.

water heating units every year for domestic, residential and commercial applications. We have been researching and monitoring the UK domestic heating market for several years until we had a proven system. That time is now, and we are offering hot water heating units together with a superior performance combi boiler in 24, 29and 35-kW outputs,’ says Chris Goggin, head of Rinnai UK operations.

The Rinnai Zen and Zen Plus system will increase comfort and reduce energy usage whilst also providing a highly economically solution for today’s changing marketplace.

‘We are not launching into the mass UK boiler market – that is, in our view, a saturated and oversubscribed market which is in the throes of a major upheaval in its structure due to the advent of online direct sales platforms. We are offering something very different. And we are aiming to serve a market sector previously overlooked and almost ignored - the provision of


‘Our core expertise is the mass production of long-term reliable combustion products with advanced technologies – we are a global leader and make over 2 million

luxury levels of hot water at affordable sums to the middle and top end of the marketplace. ‘Another major difference with the Rinnai Zen & Zen Plus is that the route to market is with installers. We are committed to working with installers as our route to market. The installer is still the major player and, in our view, always will be.



Some of the features of Zen & Zen Plus are: IOT controller as standard; Fast heating mode; DHW pre-heat function - saving wasted water; Energy monitor function allows user to monitor energy usage; flue runs up to 30 meters, Rinnai boiler App for android and IOS; constant temperature-accurate hot water delivery at continuous flow rates.

There is also smart Wifi controller and App benefits; The Rinnai app seamlessly connects to the controller in the property; the user can control the boiler remotely adjusting temperature, setting weekly and daily programmes, receiving alarm functions, monitor energy usage and set limits.

The Wifi and boiler controller also uses GPS from the user’s mobile to bring on the heat when you are getting close to home to ensure the house is warm when you arrive. Rinnai Zen & Zen Plus are available for use with both natural gas and LPG.




WORCESTER BOSCH LAUNCHES NEW AND IMPROVED GUARANTEES ACROSS RANGE Worcester Bosch is celebrating the new year in style, by announcing new guarantees for its market leading range of gas-fired boilers. ollowing feedback from installers, Worcester Bosch are now offering a new and improved guarantee offering of up to 10-years (see below). With its new offering, installers can provide longer guarantee lengths to all new customers.


Launching on 1st Jan 2020, the new and improved guarantees are part of the company’s promise to continue to support the installer community throughout 2020 and beyond. Guarantees now range from as follows: • • •


Greenstar 8000: 8 Year standard / 10 Year with Greenstar System Filter Greenstar CDi / Si / I / Ri: 7 Year standard / 8 Year with Greenstar System Filter Worcester 2000: 5 Year standard / 6 Year with Greenstar System Filter

Martyn Bridges, Director of Technical Communication and Product Management, said: “Our installers are very important to us, so of course we listen to them. Following their feedback we are taking the necessary steps to keeping them, and our customers, happy. Our new guarantee structure represents the first step to many exciting changes in 2020, as we continue to ensure our products reflect the evolving market and are accessible to all types of customer.” This follows two innovative product launches for the company in 2019, both developed with installer feedback in mind. The new top of the range, aesthetically pleasing Greenstar 8000 Lifestyle and the price competitive Worcester 2000 both provide high quality, reliability and lifetime peace of mind to suit any job. Further information on Worcester Bosch and its guarantees can be found online at www.worcester-bosch.co.uk/professional.

Heating To alleviate the very real problems of noise, keeping sound and air pollution outside, Vectaire has three new models in its vertical whole house heat recovery range. The Midi, Maxi and Maxi Plus are now available with integral acoustic attenuation lined with superior sound deadening materials for really low sound levels and tested by BRE. Sound pressure levels are down to <5.0, <5.0 and 6.9 dBA respectively. They are easy to install – nothing extra is required other than the unit itself – they are the quietest, lightest and smallest on the market. Efficiency, performance and economy remain the same as the standard models. “BY-AT” models incorporate summer bypass and frost protection, and commissioning is via an integral LCD. Windows can be kept firmly closed while these MVHRs provide energy efficient ventilation and a comfortable environment. Products are SAP PCDB Listed and manufactured in our own factory in the UK to ISO 9001. Vectaire offers a design service ensuring units are installed in the best possible way to provide efficient, effective, low energy and very economic ventilation. Vectaire can also organise installation, commissioning and maintenance of these products and can supply all necessary accessories. All Vectaire’s residential ventilation is detailed in the latest Low Energy Catalogue.

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Rinnai, the world’s leading manufacturer of continuous flow hot water systems, is introducing the Sensei N Series to the UK marketplace, as the new generation of maximum quality and reliability in hot water heating delivery. The new Rinnai Sensei N Series water heater range offers a new and more compact and enhanced combustion design that allows for easier installation and enhanced operational performance together with increased levels of serviceability. All components in the range are designed and manufactured by Rinnai, and this ensures maximum quality and reliability from the industry leader in commercial continuous flow water heating products and systems. The Rinnai Sensei N Series is the first ever continuous flow hot water heating unit manufactured with stainless steel heat exchangers to be available in the UK - this gives a greatly extended working life at optimum performance to each of the four models in the range. Added to this is the Sensei N Series market leading extended warranties. The four models are: the N1600i giving 954 litres per hour; the N1600e (external) also giving 954 litres per hour (at 50 degrees); the N1300i giving 775 litres per hour and the N1300e also giving 775 litres per hours of temperature controlled at 50 degrees. The two 1600s have load profiles of XXL and are water efficiency class A rated, while the 1300s are load profile XL and are also water •18•

efficiency class A rated. Other features include: • flue up to 30+ metres for concentric • Turbo Fan • Built-in controller as standard on both internal and external models • Cascade Cable assembly allows up to 24 water heaters to be connected and function as one total and complete system Any number of N-series Rinnai water heaters can be manifolded together enabling the largest capacities on the market. • Built in flue damper • Air inlet filter • Frost Protection – minus 15°C on the internal versions and minus 20 °C on the external versions • New PCB Design • Controller as standard – Lockable, set up of appliance, Temperature set up to 75°C • Maintenance Monitor for engineers Rinnai manufactures over 2 million hot water heating units each year and so can offer advantageous cost savings for installers and end users. The N Series are probably the most competitively priced type of their kind currently available to the UK sector. All the range are also low-NOx and the Sensei N Series utilises Rinnai’s patented advanced burner technology with a 13-1 turn down ratio – the largest on the market – with extremely quiet operation. Integral controls on the units enable the water

heating heater to achieve high efficiencies because of advanced burner control and high modulation ranges. In reducing Legionella proliferation, Rinnai has developed additional ‘SMART’ controls for secondary return DHW systems in the form of an advanced temperature control system which allows for safe running of water at 42°C core temperature during the day and 60°C overnight. The advanced burner controls with the Sensei N Series models ensure that all the appliances are well ahead of the NOx requirements set within ErP. The current level of permissible NOx set by ErP is 56 mg/Kwh. The Sensei N Series range have been third-party tested at 28 mg/ Kwh making them one of the greenest water heating appliances available. As the units do not incorporate storage their ‘green credentials’ are further recognised by BREEAM and score additional credits under the building regulations. The industry uptake of Rinnai’s continuous flow heater systems are proven to be more energy efficient than conventional storage systems and are increasingly the experts’ preferred method of hot water provision. Rinnai units easily cater for any size projects that need high volumes of water at intermittent times of day. FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT







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RINNAI HOT WATER – RELIABLY INSTANT, energy EFFICIENT and lower fuel costs FOR UK HOMEOWNERS Rinnai’s range of ErP A-rated continuous flow gas-fired hot water heaters now includes models specifically aimed and designed for the UK domestic market. The units guarantee high efficiencies and low running costs combined with consistent water temperatures seven days a week. Rinnai’s range of continuous flow water heating units are being specified and installed in the whole range of domestic

changes in water temperature, resulting in cold showers or scalding hot baths – the water temperature you set is the water

properties – studios, flats, houses, high-end residential houses - as installers and end users become aware of the ease of installation, and the energy & cost saving benefits.

temperature you get. So, if somebody is happily showering at 42°C and a tap is turned on to draw a bath elsewhere in the property, the temperature does not vary, and there is no chance of either user running out of hot water.

Rinnai manufactures over 2million water heaters every year and as such is at the forefront of creating unit cost advantages for installers. Competitively priced, the units offer all technological advances and innovations, all at a similar cost to lower specification competitor models. The reason for the increase in popularity is that continuous flow heating systems are proven to be more energy efficient than conventional ones and are now the preferred method of hot water provision. Rinnai units meet the demands of any size of home and are ideal where high volumes are demanded at intermittent times of the day, delivering safe temperature useable hot water. Rinnai’s multipoint 17i water heater, for example, eliminates the problem of sudden •22•

The Rinnai 16i interior model measures just 675 x 370 x 139mm and weighs in at 18kg - a one-man lift. The room-sealed unit has a temperature range of 35°C to 60°C with direct electronic ignition. Gas consumption ranges between 4.7kW-6.5kW for Natural Gas and 4.9kW-36.8kW when using propane. Hot water delivery flow is an impressive 16ltr max flow. Nominal operation pressure is 1-7 bar and it uses a 230V AC 50Hz 1ph power supply with an electrical consumption of 68W. Meanwhile, where an external installation is required, the Rinnai 17e external multipoint water heater offers greater flexibility at the design stage and offers a viable solution where flue runs are problematic or internal space is not available. Capable of flow rates


of up to 510 litres per hour at a 50°C rise, the 17e is suitable for multiple applications and can be specified for use with Natural Gas or propane. The 17e has full frost protection and is available with a range of external ancillary items, including pipe cover box – and security cage where necessary. For smaller properties, the Infinity 11i interior unit differs from the 17i as it weighs 2kg less at 16kg and consumes 6.10kW-21.60kW of Natural Gas and has an 11-litre maximum flow. Key features of the 24kW Rinnai 11i are: Compact & lightweight unit for easy installation; Robut, durable heat exchanger; User friendly digital controls; Inbuilt frost protection; Ideal replacement for large obtrusive and bulky cylinder; Compact design to fit a limited space.

For more information on the RINNAI product range visit

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Inustry news

LIGHT Shines at January Furniture Show P

LIGHT at January Furniture Show was big news for 2019 as the new show sector had its welcome debut. Proving to be an instant hit it returns by visitor demand in 2020 -with highly regarded lighting brands showing general, accent and task lighting. he next iteration of the January Furniture Show runs from from 19th -22nd January 2020 at Birmingham’s NEC. The largest furniture and interiors show in the UK, it attracts 22,000 visitors including retail, contract and interior design buyers. Over 500 exhibitors exhibit their latest ranges and models in furniture, lighting, flooring, soft furnishings and decorative accessories.


A host of big name exhibitors will show their newest lighting ranges to a willing audience. The returning exhibitor list includes Searchlight, Franklite, Girard Sudron, Impex Russell, Tp24, Firstlight Products, Inspired Lighting and Där Lighting. New exhibitors will also join the lighting line-up with Gingko, MacMaster Designs, WOFI and SND Electrical among them. Event Director, Cleere Scamell said of LIGHT at January Furniture Show: “The reaction we got to the introduction of LIGHT@JFS in 2019 was a massive thumbs up and we had no hesitation in keeping lighting as a stand-alone sector within JFS in 2020. Such a crucial element in an interior design,


it is unthinkable that this show, which encompasses everything needed to furnish a complete room, wouldn’t include a comprehensive lighting sector.” A large percentage of the exhibitors at LIGHT@JFS are members of the LIA (Lighting Industry Association) who assisted the organisers with the set-up of the sector and had their own stand. In 2020 the LIA return and will provide visitors with information on quality and safety, as well as promoting the

UK lighting industry. Cleere ended his comments on LIGHT @JFS saying: “We want to provide our exhibitors with the best possible platform to show their products and provide our visitors with the best possible buying and selecting experience and we are looking forward to a lively event in 2020.” To see register for your free entry and to see the full exhibitor list in LIGHT@JFS and all other sectors of the show please go to: www.januaryfurnitureshow.com


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Building a healthy environment for future generations by Adrian Judd, Operations Director, Steico UK

A healthy building prioritises the health of its environment and the physical and mental health of its occupants. Healthy buildings are frequently constructed using natural materials, ensuring higher energy efficiency and overall, establishing a sustainable and resilient structure. s of 2019, it is estimated that within 30 years, the UK’s current housing market will make up 80% of the entire nation’s supply of houses1. This gives us until 2050 to improve the way we construct new buildings, and retrofit existing buildings, to provide a healthy environment for future generations.


The benefits of healthy building Currently, buildings account for around 35% of global resources and 40% of energy use, as well as producing around 40% of global carbon emissions2. These numbers can be significantly reduced through the application of healthy building materials, processes and techniques.

As natural materials are breathable and vapour-permeable, they facilitate the air-exchange between the internal and external environments, enabling water to escape, avoiding the build-up of mould or condensation. Natural materials also act to reduce the level of toxic fumes within a building, as they will not release the same pollutants as their synthetic alternatives.

2. Improved energy efficiency

1. Higher indoor air quality

Natural materials, such as wool or woodfibre, have high thermal efficiency – which remains constant, even while absorbing and releasing moisture from the building’s internal environment. This contributes to a much warmer, internal environment, reducing the need for artificial heat, even in the colder months.

When building a healthy home, greater consideration is given to improve the quality of its internal environment.

Additionally, as healthy buildings maximise natural light – helping to improve productivity, focus and regulate sleep


cycles – there is also a reduced need for artificial light. By decreasing occupants’ reliance on excess energy within their homes or workplaces, healthy buildings have reduced carbon emissions.

3. Carbon storage properties Natural materials – in particular woodfibre – also have the potential for carbon capture and storage (CSS). CSS is the process of capturing and storing carbon dioxide before it is released into the atmosphere. The technology has the capability to capture up to 90% of CO23 released by burning fossil fuels in electricity generation and industrial processes such as cement production.

stipulates how a building should perform to enhance the health of its occupants. Trees sequester carbon during their lifetime, pulling CO2 from the atmosphere and storing it in their branches, trunk and leaves. The CO2 is then stored within the structure of a timber building in areas such as woodfibre insulation. The carbon will be re-released into the atmosphere when wood comes to the end of its life – through burning or decomposition. Using reclaimed or recycled wood products wherever possible - can prolong the carbon sequestration.

4. Increased sustainability Natural materials are also sustainable. They don’t deplete natural resources. They have no harmful effect on the environment because they can be renewed - grown again without any adverse impact on the environment.

The foundations of your thinking As people spend around 80% of their time indoors4, it’s essential we consider the impact of our buildings have on our physical and mental health. However, there is currently no legal standard in UK Building Regulations which

There are optional standards, such as the WELL Building Standard, which outline the key things to consider when building a healthy building. The WELL Standard is presented in the form of a performance-based rating system for measuring, certifying and monitoring features that have an impact on human health and wellness in the built environment. The categories that are rated include air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind. A healthy building is formed from pulling together all aspects of design, specification and construction. It should consider the following: • • • • • •

Air quality Ventilation Acoustics Natural lighting Energy efficiency Durability/resilience

Fundamentally, a healthy building aims to have as little impact on the environment as possible, high energy efficiency and be carbon neutral or carbon negative.

Building to secure a healthy future The construction industry needs to transform if it’s to play its part in tackling climate change. It has been identified as one of the key sectors in need of an overhaul, to achieve the 2020 global targets of the EU5. In the EU alone, buildings are responsible for a third of greenhouse gas emissions globally. The responsibility falls at the feet of the entire construction industry – from architects and designers, through to builders – to drive the need to change and minimise the impact our buildings have on our environment. Making buildings healthy is key to achieving this. The advantages of healthy building go way beyond protecting our environment and securing a healthy planet for future generations. A planet laden with healthy buildings will have cleaner air, reduced carbon emissions and – most importantly – healthy and happy people. Are you interested in learning more about the healthy building? Sign up to the Supporting Healthy Buildings newsletter click here.



JIS Europe first introduced the Sussex Range to the market in 1998. At that time although there were ladder rails on the market we were unique in that the rails were manufactured from 100% Stainless Steel.


tainless steel is 100% recyclable, and manufactured from over 90% recyclable material. It will not rust, flake or corrode.

It is the sustainable, durable choice and can be used in all systems including open. We source our rails ethically and take our social responsibility seriously, from our sourcing to our manufacture to our charity initiatives. We offer 3 formats of rail throughout the range: Electric, dual fuel and central heating only. We offer both polished and satin finishes as well as the Black Edition Range, manufactured from 100% stainless steel and powder coated black, hereby giving you the ultimate flexibility within your heating as well as visual requirements. The cornerstones of our business are quality, stock holding and ultimately customer service. The three work hand in hand. We offer an extensive range of sizes and accessories, and constantly strive to bring new and interesting product to the market, whilst always marrying practicality and durability with design aesthete. We have always maintained a policy of stockholding and all orders are dispatched for next day delivery when ordered before midday. This added to our extensive product range only goes to further improve the service we are able to offer. Our staff are firstly and foremost polite, friendly and efficient, furthermore they are knowledgeable and able to deal with your queries. There will always be a friendly and willing person on the other end of the line ready to assist you. We have a large selection of gallery shots, showing the visual diversity of our rails, on our website www.sussexrange.co.uk. Comfortable in both a modern and contemporary bathroom as well as the traditional, we think you will be impressed by the diversity of the images shown. We are confident you will be happy with your purchase and are pleased to offer a 25 year guarantee.


Should you wish any further details, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01825 722988 or info@jiseurope.co.uk

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industry news

ADVANCES IN FOAM TAPE TECHNOLOGY SEAL OFFSITE CONSTRUCTION Foam sealing tapes can drive faster installation and improve energy efficiency, says Andy Swift of ISO Chemie, sales and operations manager - UK & ROI, ISO Chemie, who considers their use in offsite modular construction. espite wider construction sector struggles to deliver projects on time in the face of escalating costs, falling levels of customer satisfaction and wider economic uncertainty around Brexit, we have seen a surge in offsite modular construction, disrupting the construction industry in a positive way and shortening the time between project conception and completion. For example, the UK has witnessed a steady rise in off-site construction methods*. Demand from the market is also encouraging councils to open-up their doors to modular. Indeed, the market for prefabricated modular buildings and portable accommodation is estimated to have increased by 6% in 2017 – a significant improvement from 2016.


While modular will shorten build times and cut costs, it also leads to an improvement in safety, reduces wastage and protects against external elements such as the great British weather. Also, in the face of skilled labour shortages, the approach has the potential to reduce dependence on a manual skill-base by moving to a leaner manufacturing process. In offsite construction, systems are delivered to site pre-assembled and pretested with guaranteed built-in quality and reduced installation times. The approach allows contractors to undertake smart engineering and co-ordination at the front end of a project, avoiding the problems often associated with putting fitted together systems on a construction site, leaving behind a legacy of a quality installation that can be easily maintained throughout its whole life cycle. Companies like ISO Chemie, which provides foam and other tapes solutions for the high-performance sealing of windows, doors, construction joint gaps and facades, are working with other building products suppliers to develop integrated solutions,


industry news using renewable, locally sourced, carbon sequestering materials, ensuring that buildings can be constructed to meet the demanding PassivHaus specification, with resultant almost zero heat requirements, saving money and CO2 emissions.

humidity regulation, the tape installation itself gives less than 0.01 m³ air loss when tested at 1,000 Pascals air pressure difference. All three levels are designed to accommodate movement between the adjacent materials.

The firm has used foam tapes in several projects to provide airtight, acoustic and thermal interior and exterior seals between prefabricated panels, which are then used in offsite construction.

Significant strides

Sustainability was a key driver for the project: ModCell panels were used to build the super-insulated structure to the highest ecological standards using thermally efficient, 48cm thick, prefabricated straw bale wall panels, with tapes filling the 10mm expansion joints between panels and around windows and doors. This helped to achieve an excellent target of <2.0 m³/hour/m² measured at 50 Pascals air tight seal for the complete building – a good standard for the construction industry is anything between 3 – 5 m³/hour/m².

which meet the demands of offsite construction and deliver supply chain added value. Faster installation One such is Smartroof, whose panelised roof system provides advantages in terms of faster installation times when compared to traditional roof construction techniques, particularly for new build town houses. The system is factory insulated to the client’s specification and the party wall panels and the block work airtight, acoustic and thermally sealed, while accommodating potential differential movement between the two surfaces before shipping to site and final installation, using ISO-Chemie’s tape. The tapes that have featured in projects are an integral feature of Smartroof’s offsite construction activities, specified due their high performance and reliable performance. Another offsite innovator is Modcell, whose cassette-style prefabricated system utilises the excellent thermal insulation qualities of straw bale and hemp construction to form prefabricated panels. These can allow super-insulated, low energy ‘passive’ buildings to be constructed

Another beneficiary of tape technology is the Spinelock Group, which specialises in manufacturing extruded aluminium framed housing sections that are constructed off-site and feature insulation, rainwater harvesting, and renewable energy systems already incorporated into the design. The Mansfield-based firm has used the ISO BLOCO One to provide an airtight sealing solution for its advanced structural floor, walls and roofing system, used in the construction of zero carbon emissions homes (A+ Energy Performance) specifically sealing the gap between preengineered openings for doors and window systems to be compliant with full air tests. Tapes such as ISO-BLOCO One and others offer a single product ‘fit and forget’ solution for fast and effective sealing based around the European RAL principles of three level sealing - the inside seal area is more airtight than the external one, allowing any trapped moisture inside the joint, or within the wall, to escape outwards rather than into the building.

Significant strides have also been made in reducing on-site window and door system installation times through the introduction of offsite construction techniques. Here, one company at the forefront is Sidey with its KitFix System, which adds value to timber frames and structural insulated panel systems (SIPS) while delivering significant benefits to contractors and, ultimately, customers looking for supply chain savings. This system enables fully glazed windows and doors to be installed into timber frame and SIPS panels as part of the offsite production cycle, while having little impact on stacking, transportation and erection of the finished panels. ISO-CHEMIE’s ISOCONNECT Vario SD humidity regulating foil, which offers ‘intelligent’ humidity control and complies with UK Building Regulations for air when used as an internal seal, offers Sidey’s system effective weather and air tightness sealing of the window and door frame connecting joints, facilitating faster onsite build. Foam sealants provide superior moisture resistance together with air tightness and thermal insulation for timber-framed buildings, undoubtedly aiding product suppliers in the drive towards more sustainable, faster offsite construction. But equally important, with the careful management of all manufacturing logistics and sequencing, they contribute effectively to eliminating potential waste, risk and cost in the supply chain without compromising offsite construction quality.

The external seal area provides weather resistance and breathability with a minimum resistance of 1000 Pascals (hurricane forces), while the intermediate seal area provides extra thermal and acoustic properties, with a U-value between 0.55 and 0.8 subject to tape size, and the internal one air tightness and

* https://www.amaresearch.co.uk/uk-market-for-volumetric-modular-buildings-increased-by-6-in-2017/



HOMEOWNERS REMINDED TO KEEP SAFE & SECURE THIS SEASON Anglian Home Improvements reveal top tips for securing your home this winter ctober marks the start of National Home Security Month (NHSM), and homeowners are being reminded to take a few simple steps to enhance home security this season.


As the clocks go back and the cold winter nights draw in, millions of homes could be left vulnerable to opportunistic thieves. Fear not, as Anglian Home Improvements has revealed its top tips on how property owners can safeguard their home and stay protected this winter: 1. Appearance matters Burglars are often opportunists and will take advantage of your home looking obviously unoccupied. If you are out and about this winter, keep up the illusion of usual routines as much as possible. Consider installing timers so lights, televisions and music systems are switched on and off in your absence. Outdoor movement activated lights also act as a deterrent, as burglars don’t like drawing attention to themselves. 2. Up close and personal If you’re heading off for some much-needed winter sun, resist the temptation to shout


about this on your social media channels; and always be sure to let a trusted neighbour know you’ll be away so they can keep an eye out for anything suspicious. Your Facebook photo album of your winter escape can wait until you are home! 3. Alert your alarm company To ensure your alarm company can react as efficiently as possible in case of a breakin, make sure you alert them before you go away. On average, 97% of burglar alarms are false, therefore it will help to let your alarm company know before you leave to ensure it is appropriately reactive in case of an alert. 4. Lock. Check Did you know three out of ten burglaries occur without intruders needing to use force, by taking advantage of open or weak locks – and with 30% of all break-ins occurring through windows? Fitted with state of the art cylinder locks as standard, Anglian’s brand new composite doors offer a high level of security. If you are unsure about the security of any of your fittings or locks, consider replacing them immediately to ensure you can leave your home with peace of mind at all times.

Caroline Mills, Head of Marketing Communications for Anglian Home Improvements, said: “We know home burglaries spike during certain times of the year, which is why we’re urging people to take time to review basic home security this winter. “Whilst in a lot of cases it is simply just unfortunate bad luck with their home being targeted, there are simple steps homeowners can take to deter opportunistic thieves. “For more than 50 years, Anglian Home Improvements has played an important role in helping homeowners have a cosy winter, safe in the knowledge their doors and windows won’t let them down. “We realise the importance of providing peace of mind to our customers. This is why we focus on the security features of our windows and doors to prevent any unauthorised access to your home.” For more information on Anglian Home Improvements, please visit www.anglianhome.co.uk.

Whether your project is big or small, we can help you achieve your glazing vision; you dream it, we’ll deliver it! Call us on 0208 997 2448, or email marcus@1stfoldinslidingdoors.co.uk

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Doors & Windows

DHF’s growing team welcomes two new members DHF (Door & Hardware Federation) has announced it has welcomed two new members of staff to the team. Craig Wilde joined DHF’s proactive group of employees in July as the new Membership Manager. With more than 10 years’ experience in business-to-business projects and customer service across a range of sectors, Craig is perfectly placed to take DHF’s every-growing membership to even greater levels. His responsibilities will include overseeing the customer service process of retention, and recruitment of members, in addition to progressing the CRM system used. raig is joined by new Training & Compliance Officer, Steve Hill, who has more than 30 years’ experience in the industry. Steve has worked for a variety of organisations that are current DHF members and has represented past employers at various DHF group meetings. Therefore, he had an excellent knowledge of DHF’s training offering, benefits and services ahead of taking up his new post.


Renowned for delivering outstanding levels of training, this is one of the areas for which DHF has become most known. Over the past 12 months, almost 800 people have been trained by DHF, with more than 550 candidates attending the two-day safety diploma courses and more than 220 trainees opting for the one-day safety training certificate. More than 2500 individuals have now completed at least one of DHF’s safety training courses, whether a diploma or certificate course. Training continues to be the backbone of DHF’s operations.


Both Craig and Steve join a flourishing team at the federation which is enjoying another highly successful year. Members have swelled to more than 500 with more than 60 joining DHF this year alone. The high-profile organisation continues to prioritise its members – and its employees - with 15 employees and six consultants driving DHF’s objectives. “We are delighted to welcome both Craig and Steve to DHF and look forward to benefiting from their knowledge and experience,” says Commercial Manager, Patricia Sowsbery-Stevens. “By creating a new membership position and placing a further staff member into our training function, DHF continues to highlight the importance of these particular areas of the business. 2019 has been another exceptional year for DHF across all areas of the federation and we are confident that, with Craig and Steve on board, we will continue to grow successfully and maintain our position as the UK’s foremost trade association in the areas that we serve.”

For further information about DHF, please visit: www.dhfonline.org.uk

The beauty of a Schueco sliding door is what you don’t see For instance, you won’t have your view interrupted by intrusive framing because the frames are so slim you hardly notice them. And then there’s the unbeatable insulation (up to Passive House standard) – you won’t see that either, but you’ll feel it. Likewise the excellent soundproofing and the superb watertightness (even with the flush threshold option) and the reassuring rigidity of the doors as they glide effortlessly into place. For German engineering made in Britain, there’s only one name. For more information and your nearest Schueco Partner installers, visit www.schueco.co.uk/slidingdoors

INdustry news

Rooflight Manufacturers, First Glass Roofs Ltd, have reported vast growth since the start of their trading 5 years ago. The successful company is one of the only Rooflight manufacturers in the UK with a minimalist frameless design across the whole of their product range. First Glass Roofs provides quality, bespoke, made to order Rooflight products from 12 – 14 working day lead time, as well as offering full technical and marketing support to their customers. With a variety of distributors across the UK, getting your hands on one of their products couldn’t be any easier. Due to the demand in certain areas of the frameless glazing industry, the company has brought to market 1-2 new products on average per year and will be launching yet another new product in January 2020. With your bespoke requirements in mind, First Glass Roofs are able to tailor

their products to suit your exact requirements. Being a systems company, we are able to cater for all needs. As well as being able to purchase your product ‘Fully Bonded’ from us, we also offer some of our profiles as a ‘manufactured frame only’ option for those who already have connections with glass suppliers. Flat Rooflight Our Flat Rooflight system was the first system designed by First Glass Roofs, boasting large thermal breaks for unrivalled truly tested U-Values. Keeping a minimalist aluminium structure is always key to our designs, while also being very versatile in its design construction allowing triple glazed and quadruple glazed to be achieved yet remain flush with

the frame, making this system one preferred by installers across the UK. Our Flat Rooflights should be pitched at a minimum of 5 degrees as an industry standard to ensure minimal pooling on the Rooflight, and will suit roof pitches of up to 45 degrees. We only use top specification glass in the manufacture of the flat rooflight for product safety and longevity. Roof Lantern The ultra-modern Roof Pyramid / Lantern is one of the slimmest designs on the market today, providing more light transmittance than most. Traditionally, other companies use bars which makes them bulky and obtrusive and U values are also affected, making ours more efficient and aesthetically pleasing. Consisting of glass to glass joins both internally & externally, with thermal foam barrier and using a glass of just 1.0 U value, this product will keep you warm even in the harshest of conditions. Along with Solar reflective toughened glass, it keeps the suns UV rays down to a minimum. Integrated Glass Balustrade This is a revolutionary new design of fully integrated frameless glass balustrade system which is thermally broken and is fully integrated to fit Bi-fold, Dliding, French Doors and Tilt and Turn window systems. It has been designed by First Glass Roofs and has been tested to BS6180 and surpassed current regulations. This will be a choice for architects and for people who have specific design requirements


Industry news

Glass Box Our Frameless Glass Box incorporates the latest in glass bonding and structural glass incorporated into a seamless glass box structure, fully integrated into the building making a feature of any location its situated in. Blending high quality components into a remarkable ultra slim edge design, this

product also benefits from polyamide thermal breaks and maximising glass for better U values. Opening Rooflight Our Opening Rooflight is available in both Electric or Manually operated versions, boasting market leading U-values along with industry leading water tightness using our own triple seal system. A first of its kind which is fully frameless internally, allowing more sky and less frame, and externally keeping framework to a minimum to achieve the slimline appearance which aesthetically compliments the range of our fixed Rooflights. This, together with our Flat Rooflight, boasts only the best in high end components for safe working and product longevity. As usual, our Opening Rooflight comes with Solar Reflective Self-Cleaning Glass as standard on all our Rooflights. With a glass U-value of just 1.0, this is unrivalled in its design and performance.

Fixed Window Our latest product launched is our Frameless Fixed Window. This will be another great preforming system with larger thermal breaks than most, to achieve unrivalled U-values. Mainly used for larger applications of fixed window, it will be document Q tested for safety. Not to mention its ultra slim frame of only a 35mm sight line, we think this will be a hit for architects and for people with specific design requirements. We have a great network of distributors and installers and, as we continue to grow, we are always looking for new partners who share our high-quality vision. If you are ready to provide some of the best glazing solutions to your customers, get in touch and talk to our team. We’d love to work with you!



Greenhouse Gardening for





From that ideal shade to that signature shelf display, we can spend days, weeks, months and sometimes years perfecting the inside of our home.

Victorian Lodge

reflection of ourselves, the aesthetics of any home is of the utmost importance, but it shouldn’t be contained within four walls. No, the outside of our home is just as important, and recent trends show that greenhouse gardening is becoming more and more popular amongst a more diverse group of people. Gone are the days of that small glass display tucked behind a tree at your grandparents’ home, and instead newer, striking and more visually delightful Greenhouses have taken their place. And none are better than the elegant creations at Hartley Botanic.

Built from experience But what makes Hartley Botanic the go-to place for your Glasshouse or Greenhouse? Crafting simply divine structures, which benefit from decades of knowledge and experience, Hartley Botanic has been building their incomparable range for more than 80 years. A company with its finger on the pulse when it comes to Greenhouses, Hartley Botanic cites five key reasons why their Glasshouses and Greenhouses are the best money can buy.

Beauty and elegance With the distinctive and unique Victorian, Heritage and Modern Glasshouse range, customers won’t have to go anywhere else to find a wide range of beautifully crafted, high-quality Glasshouses.

Structurally superior Every Hartley Botanic Glasshouse is handmade in the North of England to customers’ exact requirements. Made of the finest materials with unparalleled durability, safety and beauty. They are so confident of the structural integrity of their Glasshouse; they offer a Lifetime Guarantee.


Landscaping A reputation beyond compare Hartley Botanic has earned an unrivalled reputation for crafting the finest Glasshouses and Greenhouses money can buy through building trust and ensuring the very highest standards of hard-won experience, craftsmanship and service.

Unrivalled knowledge and expertise With a wealth of knowledge and expertise built into every Hartley Botanic Glasshouse, generations of customers have put their trust in the hands of the manufacturer’s expert, time served, highly skilled craftsmen.

Exceptional delivery of service Once an order has been handmade to customers’ personal requirements, and Hartley Botanic are happy the structure meets their exacting standards, the delivery and installation will be exceptional.

Forever improving While this dedication to the world of Glasshouses can’t be anything but respected, if you’re thinking these are structures that never change by design, you couldn’t be further from the truth when it comes to Hartley Botanic and their exquisite Glasshouses. With continuous conversations between the company and their customers, they’re able to elevate the world of Glasshouses and Greenhouses by releasing new and improved structures, details and touches.

Magnum Opus - Interior

Ensuring all outdoor spaces have that definitive centrepiece, this year was no exception when it comes to the Hartley Botanic catalogue. Bringing contemporary styles into your garden, the sleek and industrial look of the Magnum Opus Glasshouse introduces high-angled roofs to add a touch of the dramatic to any garden, while the height also creates the ideal growing spot for those that love taller plants. Meanwhile, classic styles still have a place in this modern world with the Opus Botanic, which sits comfortably in the 21s century. This beautiful Glasshouse with its charming proportions, central porch and wide glass panes looks just at home in a traditional style cottage garden as it would in a more contemporary setting. Inside, the clean lines create a calming space in which to work or simply relax and enjoy the garden. Those looking for something a touch more on the smaller and practical side won’t be disappointed either. The Hartley Grow & Store is ideal for gardeners looking for a standout centrepiece alongside the functional space of a shed. It isn’t all about the buildings either. This year has seen the introduction of several NEW colours such as bronze, iron grey, vista grey and manganese graphite, alongside the revelation of self-cleaning glass. Always innovating, this glass features a unique coating that breaks down organic and inorganic material deposits, which are then washed away with ease for a much clearer view of what’s inside.


Magnum Opus

Landscaping However, with the shift in consumer, more and more people are buying Greenhouses with a design-led approach. Therefore, we’ll begin to see cleaner lines and larger windows, allowing customers to display colourful plants for the world to see.

New, darker colours Moving into the decade ahead, the colour palette of the Greenhouse looks set to change from 2020 and beyond.

Trends for 2020

Victorian Manor - Interior

Greenhouse gardening, like everything else, is continuously changing, and with this, those looking to purchase Greenhouses aren’t always who you’d have traditionally expected. Hartley Botanic has worked hard to keep up with this ever-changing demographic, while remaining loyal at the same time. But what’s happening in the world of Greenhouses and Glasshouses as we move into 2020?

This switch is expected to see a move from more traditional shades of light grey and stone towards darker tones. The shift would see graphite and dark greys, such as the manganese graphite within the Hartley Botanic range, and bronze become the go-to colours, fitting in with the modern and contemporary design styles. As the consumer changes as we move into 2020, it’s only natural that the trends follow. Luckily for those of us looking to keep up with the current trends while making our gardens look beautiful, Hartley Botanic is moving with the tide and not against it, ensuring outdoor spaces look just as majestic as indoor ones as we go from one decade to the next.

Contemporary designs In 2020 we’ll see more Greenhouses and Glasshouses in UK gardens with a contemporary or architectural look. The reason for this falls on the consumer zeitgeist, which has seen grow you own become ever more popular.

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Outdoor Living Widely recognised as one of London’s most perfect villages, full of beautiful shops, prime period properties and green open spaces, Wimbledon is an idyllic location for any family. Therefore, it came as no surprise to Up Architects when they were appointed by a young family, who required more space, to deliver the full refurbishment and extension of their existing home. Kebony, a global leader in the production of sustainable modified wood, was carefully selected by the architects for the exterior cladding of the extension to create something truly beautiful without being ostentatious. fter making the decision to stay in their house, rather than moving to a bigger property in the area, or moving away from the children’s school, the family recognised their pressing need for more space. Up Architects wanted to design an extension that stood out from the run-of-the-mill extensions in the area, and started with the idea of a single large space that could be adapted to suit the family’s needs over time, incorporating dining, living, a playroom, study area, TV room and guest room into the brief. Now their hectic family life could take place in a modern, light filled open-plan living space, all with an enhanced connection to the garden.


In keeping with the client’s brief, the design is simple, un-assuming and honest with two simple roof forms sitting over the main space, formed from an exposed glulam timber structure with Kebony cladding used for the exterior walls and roof. The simple geometry of the twinhipped roofs breaks up the bulk seen from outside and defines the different spaces internally without a physical division. The timber Kebony cladding lines up across the walls and roof, with compound mitred joints, making the whole extension appear to be carved from one block of wood, with no visible gutters to compromise the sharp lines. All the timber used was sustainably sourced and the Kebony cladding is guaranteed for 30 years. Developed in Norway, Kebony’s revolutionary

technology is an environmentally friendly and patented process which modifies sustainably sourced softwoods by heating the wood with furfuryl alcohol - an agricultural by-product. By polymerising the wood’s cell wall, the softwoods permanently take on the attributes of tropical hardwood including high durability, hardness and dimensional stability. This unique process also provides Kebony with its characteristic appearance, which only grows more beautiful with time. Marty McColl, Director at Up Architects commented: “Following our appointment for this project, it was essential that the family felt they had made the right decision in opting for an extension rather than moving house. We were able to create substantially more space, whilst ensuring the extension reflected the brief to build something that was beautiful in design without being ostentatious; we are thrilled with the final product and loved working with Kebony to transform this traditional suburban semi-detached house into a contemporary and more practical family home.” Adrian Pye, International Sales Director at Kebony added: “We are delighted with the growing demand for Kebony extensions, the wood is extremely versatile and can be used for both traditional and modern properties as well as detached, semi-detached or terrace houses. It is evident that Up Architects have carefully considered the brief and created the perfect living space to meet the needs of this young family and the final product is a testament to their hard work.”


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Garden Trends for 2020

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Wellbeing is at the forefront of garden trends for 2020 and beyond.

Due to its low absorption of moisture, porcelain is the perfect worktop, walling and flooring for outdoor kitchen and eating areas. Splashes of fat on the worktop, wine spills on the ground and general foody leftovers will not soak into the porcelain, meaning it is easier to clean and maintain.

There are many ways to create a garden with positive wellbeing in mind. One way is to plant a sensory garden, which is designed to boost sense of touch, taste and smell. Plant herbs such as rosemary and lavender; they smell beautiful when you run your hands over them and taste great in a meal. Plant herbs such as chamomile and thyme in between paving to soften the borders and add to your edible garden. For tranquillity and calm, add a water feature to your garden. For a traditional garden, use a sandstone drilled sphere; the water gently trickles over the top of it, or, for a contemporary twist, create a water wall using porcelain cladding.


If it’s natural stone you’re after, granite and marble do not absorb as much moisture as much as other stones and are easier to clean if there are any spillages whilst preparing food and cooking. Darker Coloured Paving Throughout 2019, grey was top of the list of trending colours. Fast forward to the 2020’s: darker paving such as black and earthy colours are leading the trend in the new decade.

outdoor living We love being known for our forward thinking and always staying on trend, if not creating the trend!

Picking a bold feature colour for furniture, plants or fencing allows the dark paving to ‘pop’, and vice versa. Within smaller landscapes, darker paving gives the illusion of space, especially when used alongside large format paving. Darker coloured paving within the natural stone collection include Old Rectory in Monsoon, Limestone in Midnight or Carbon from the Slate collection. For an earthy character, porcelain paving colours include Corten Steel from the Metallics range or Hudson and Westland from Siena. For even darker colours, Albero in Blackened or Twilight from the Context range are proving popular.

garden space, including using wall and fence space. Not only are green walls striking to look at, but depending on what you plant, they can be a great source for food. When it comes to the hard landscaping, use large format paving to give the illusion of larger space. Premium Sandstone in York Green comes in a large single size 1140x570mm, and Porcelain in Context, Toscana and Mixed Size Series are available in size 1200x600mm and come in a variety of beautiful colours.

Living Green Walls for Small Spaces In recent years, living walls have become increasingly popular. Green walls are proven to provide more oxygen and directly boosts wellbeing to those who are around it. As new build gardens are made smaller, it’s important to take advantage of all the


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KEBONY WOOD COMPLETES STYLISH EUROPEAN HOMES From a remote Island hideaway in Norway to a transformed family home in the Surrey Hills, Kebony, a global leader in the production of sustainable modified wood, was selected to complete some of the most ambitious and striking homes of 2019. Responding to the growing importance of sustainability and a pressing need for eco-conscious materials in construction, five of the most impressive homes from across Europe have demonstrated a clear commitment to sustainability, without compromising on unique and striking design. cont...


Outdoor Living Kings Lea House, Abinger, Dorking A once traditional 20th Century house deep in the Surrey hills was skilfully transformed by Lees Munday Architects into a contemporary family home. With an extension to give the property a new lease of life, juxtaposed against the original building, the architects selected Kebony to achieve the owner’s vision for a sustainable and family friendly home. Natural materials and finishes, including stone and timber were selected inside and out for their authenticity and the way they wear in instead of wearing out. Improving the energy efficiency of the house was also paramount for the owner, which was achieved by draught-proofing, enhanced insulation, and the installation of 21 flat black photovoltaic panels on the new kitchen roof.

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House on an Island, Skåtøy, Norway

Holiday cottage, Boeslum Strand, Norway

Positioned amongst rough terrain and rocky landscapes on the island of Skåtøy, Norway, sits a remarkable holiday home built by two artists whose vision was to create an innovative and peaceful retreat. Expertly designed to be in keeping with its natural Nordic surroundings, Kebony was selected to clad the exterior of the property, creating a beautiful and sustainable home which blends delicately into the rugged landscape. Renowned architects Atelier Oslo created a ruin-like structure within the home which comprises an open-plan living space, kitchen, fireplace and a micro-mezzanine level, and the use of rich Kebony wood unites the house with adjacent trees which populate the Scandinavian island.


In Southern Norway, architect Thomas Nesheim’s ambitious new coastal home is the product of unique design and the use of innovative materials. Blending seamlessly into the rugged landscape, the self-build home is characterised by the extensive use of charred Kebony cladding, which creates a striking finish to the rural project. The cladding allows the home to evolve throughout the day, changing colour in different lights and weather conditions and reflecting the stunning Norwegian sky at night. The home is designed to allow large amounts of natural light to spill into the home through the expansive glass windows and doors, whilst fostering the open-plan interior which fulfilled the architect’s brief.

Located in Boeslum Strand, a seaside village in Denmark renowned for its beautiful white beaches and grassy plains, lies a charming holiday cottage which has been carefully designed by local architect, Elin Donskov, to provide a 180° view of the water. Kebony, was selected to clad the facade of the remote summer house, providing an environmentally friendly build with a natural and understated appearance. The use of Kebony cladding helped achieve a silvery, natural external aesthetic with the added benefit of minimum maintenance.

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Swedish self-build, Stockholm Hidden in the pine trees in the rural suburbs of Stockholm, architect Matthew Eastwood of Swedish firm, Tengbom, has tailor-made his very own architectural treasure for his family to enjoy. The architect wanted a natural wood that resembled similar characteristics to the adjacent pine trees for the external cladding, which is why Kebony was selected. Not only does the house blend naturally into its surroundings without causing harm to the fragile environment, the wood is also incredibly resilient to wear and weathering. The house boasts an impressive dining room with glass walls on both sides, creating an airy atmosphere with a spectacular view, whilst incorporating plenty of natural daylight throughout the house and allowing the neighboring forest to feature throughout the interior design.

Developed in Norway, Kebony’s revolutionary technology is an environmentally friendly process which modifies sustainably sourced softwoods by heating the wood with furfuryl alcohol - an agricultural by-product. By polymerising the wood’s cell wall, the softwoods permanently take on the attributes of tropical hardwood including high durability, hardness and dimensional stability. Kebony’s sustainable credentials and unique aesthetic qualities were the perfect fit for these new homes. Adrian Pye, International Sales Director at Kebony added: “Looking back at 2019, we are all very proud that Kebony was selected by such a number of leading architects for some of the year’s most exciting residential projects. The wood’s versatility means that Kebony is used across a huge range of buildings and products across the world, and these outstanding projects demonstrate how more and more leading built environment professionals are recognising the importance of sustainability in the realms of construction.” www.kebony.com/en


Platform lift enables access to the EIS, Sheffield

Hill Farm Marina, just North of the historic market town of Stratford Upon Avon, is a stunning 50 berth marina in a rural setting on the South Stratford canal, a part of the well-known Avon Ring. The owners of the marina recently decided to develop a casual dining venue to complement the business, and so they converted a cattle and grain store into a stunning restaurant and meeting room called ‘The View.’ Working with DCA Projects Limited of Stratford Upon Avon, Invalifts were contacted to recommend and install a platform lift to allow access between the two floors. After a site survey, Invalifts recommended their popular MC2000 platform lift. As the distance between floors was less than 3M the client was able to opt for a half height gate at the top landing rather than a full height door and frame. This was incredibly useful as the lift was located under a sloping ceiling and the headroom was reduced. The lift has a compact footprint of 1250mm x 1560mm, giving a fully compliant Part M sized platform of 1120mm x 1480mm. The ground floor slab was formed to give a 60mm pit for the lift. To maximise light within the lift shaft and to help blend in with the environment, the unit was supplied with glazed doors and a partially glazed shaft. Key locking was provided on the landing call buttons to enable control over the use of the lift, and an intercom was included as a means of emergency communication. An end user basic service plan was provided for after sales support., Whilst the lift comes with a full parts and labour warranty for 12 months, and a 5 year parts warranty on the motor and gearbox plus a 10 year warranty on the drive chains.


If you would like to know more about the MC2000 platform lift or other access solutions, please contact the Invalifts team on 0845 468 2543 or alternatively, email sales@invalifts.com

Platform Lifts Our range of platform lifts includes the MC2000 lift (right) - a high quality enclosed platform lift with a unique chain drive, and the option of glazing on all 4 shaft sides. With a fantastic guarantee, and small footprints available, this is a premier platform lift. We also offer stair platform lifts and a range of platform lifts for both internal and external use.

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