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TANKING YOU CAN TRUST! Febtank Super, one of the UK’s leading tanking products, has just got better after being given WRAS and LABC approval. Febtank Super is a unique product which, when mixed with clean water, forms an extremely durable waterproof coating for concrete and masonry. It can be used both internally and externally and is solvent free and water vapour permeable. It comes in a powder form which is mixed with water and applied to pre-dampened cementitious substrates including block work and concrete. Febtank Super resists positive and negative water pressure, sets in approximately 6 hours and can be completely over coated. It is also available in two colours – white and grey - to ensure a total two coat coverage. Febtank Super recently gained approval from WRAS (Water Research Association) confirming that Febtank is potable water safe and LABC (Local Authority Building Control) now endorses the system. Enquiry No 1

Metal Push-Fit Plumbing Solution Goes On The Road to Prove It’s All Together Better

Stelrad warms to HIP! National Plumbing Apprentice of the Year 2013 Competition Seventy two contestants in the 2013 HIP! National Plumbing Apprentice of the Year Competition will soon be getting to grips with the leading UK radiator manufacturers products in the six regional plumbing college heats that will begin on 5th February. Stelrad Radiators has agreed to sponsor the radiators – 72 of them – twelve at each regional event, all 500mm wide by 450mm high, as part of the practical part of the competition that will eventually see the winners at each regional event taking each other on in the national final, with the winner going on to compete in SkillPlumb and possibly from there on to WorldSkills. Enquiry No 3

Pegler Yorkshire is all set for a 12 month road trip with a specially created interactive road show that will allow specifiers and installers to discover the latest metal push-fit system solutions for domestic and commercial plumbing projects. The Tectite Mapei showcase concrete repair and structural strengthening Team will be travelling the UK to provide information systems at The UK Concrete Show 2013 and encourage visitors to test Mapei announce that they will be exhibiting at The UK Concrete Show their skills with Tectite via 2013 on 27th and 28th February at the NEC, Birmingham. At this year’s the ‘Tectite Challenge’. The show Mapei will be demonstrating their concrete repair and structural strongest contenders will strengthening systems. Their interactive stand (A58) will be promoting be placed on a leader board a recycle and repair theme, displaying Mapei’s technologically advanced system which will be updated and sustainable products, including their Fibre Reinforced range and daily. During 2013, over £5000 in vouchers and prizes will be the newly launched product Re-con Zero. Re-con Zero is Mapei’s given away. Throughout the year there will be a variety of online sustainable solution to concrete waste, turning un-used concrete into competitions linked to the Tectite road show - information can re-usable aggregate with Zero Impact. The innovative product has the be found on the Pegler Yorkshire Facebook page and social advantage of turning waste concrete into re-usable aggregate at the media hub at concrete plant without the need to re-direct the concrete to a specialist reclaiming unit. Enquiry No 2 Enquiry No 4

TRADA Technology’s timber frame training takes to the road Two inspiring timber buildings have been chosen as additional locations for TRADA Technology’s 2013 ‘Timber Frame Construction’ training course. Courses will still be run at TRADA’s headquarters near High Wycombe, but due to popular demand, venues in Scotland and Northern England will also host the event. Brockholes Visitor Centre, near Preston, home to a new nature reserve and winner of the Wood Awards 2011, along with the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh, will play host to the day-long courses. The course takes place here on Wednesday October 16th. Delivered by members of the TRADA Technology frameCHECK team, who regularly attend sites to provide best practice advice, or assist in solving problems, the course is written to complement TRADA Technology’s fifth edition ‘Timber Frame Construction’ book. The training course aims to provide a better overall understanding of timber Dow Building Solutions Becomes Passivhaus Trust Member frame during design, the construction phase and in use. The Dow Building Solutions - manufacturer of cost per person including the Timber Frame Construction STYROFOAM-A and XENERGY extruded polystyrene Book is £219 + VAT for TRADA members (£189 without (XPS) insulation - has become a member of the the book) and £269 + VAT for non-members (£229 Passivhaus Trust in recognition of the role its products without the book). To book visit www.tradatechnology. can play in Passivhaus construction. The Passivhaus Trust or contact the training department on 01494 is an independent, non-profit organisation that aims to 569620/ email: promote the principles of Passivhaus as a highly effective Enquiry No 5 way of reducing energy use and carbon emissions from buildings in the UK, as well as providing high standards of comfort and building health. Passivhaus standard buildings retain heat created within them as well as generating passive solar gain, eliminating the need for central heating and reducing fuel costs. The Passivhaus standard requires, amongst other things, very high levels of insulation, a design that makes the most of solar energy and superb sealing throughout. Enquiry No 6


Rockfon puts office design in the spotlight In these challenging times, it is more important than ever for businesses to recruit and retain high quality staff. That means ensuring the workplace offers a productive and inspiring environment, with sustainable working practices. In order to better understand the role of office design, a panel of experts were recently brought together for a round table discussion, in partnership with Rockfon. The panel comprised architect Greg Jones, from Child Graddon Lewis; Ian Matthews, acoustician and director of Red Twin Ltd; Project Designer, Lucy Daynes of Peldon Rose Workplace Consultants; Liz Walker from Orangebox, office furniture specialists; Oliver Ridley of Overbury and James Pack of Pureti, both office fit-out and refurbishment specialists; and Andy Graham of Beacon Business Interiors. Rockfon’s Technical Manager, Tim Spencer, also attended. The panel were challenged to discuss some of the key factors involved in creating the ideal working environment. The diverse panel included representatives from all elements of the specification chain, which generated much debate and informative discussion, with everyone sharing their experiences and knowledge. A video of the full meeting, and a selection of edited highlights, are available to watch at Rockfon has now launched a number of online resources to support those involved in office design. Their new dedicated Office Hub, at, offers more detailed information, inspiration and a unique design tool for room simulations. The Design Tool allows users to experiment with different Rockfon products, play around with colour, specify layouts for common rooms found in office environments and download their ideas in jpeg format. Enquiry No 7

Combining German engineering with architectural inspiration to produce NiUU - a stunning new cubicle system from Kemmlit NiUU is a high specification cubicle system from Kemmlit – developed by architects utilising Kemmlit’s renowned engineering capability to produce a system designed for washroom applications in the public, leisure, hotel and commercial sectors. Kemmlit in conjunction with architect Wolfram Wöhr have created an innovative cubicle system which offers many architectural inspired features including; clean vertical lines, a smooth surface, rebated doors with precise aluminium edges , innovative ‘floating effect’ leg construction, floor to ceiling option and an extensive selection of design options including various colourways, surfaces, trims and different system heights. NiUU cubicles are available with 30 mm or 38 mm thick melamine resin coated wooden constructed doors and walls. The elements are framed with a 3 mm thick ABS-edge trim and reinforced aluminium edge protectors. Trims, hinges and connection elements are made of anodised aluminium and have been especially developed for the washroom sector. A rod grip with integrated LED ‘occupied’ display is a notable feature. The cubicle system can be equipped with door handles or door knobs in combination with an indicator that incorporates an emergency release. This new system from Kemmlit sets new standards in washroom equipment. NiUU is available exclusively in the UK from distributor and project manager Skirmett Washrooms. Enquiry No 8



Xtratherm’s XtroLiner Class ‘O’ modified PIR insulation board gets BBA accreditation

In response to rising demand from architects, Hobs Reprographics Ltd now offers a 3D Print and Model Making service which can produce affordable, high quality 3D Models from CAD files. A new website has just been launched to cater specifically for 3D printing. Hobs’ innovative 3D Design team accepts all 3D formats and aims to deliver conceptual models within 24hrs. The new print technology goes beyond other 3D printing services, the full 24-bit colour can create millions of distinct colours models. Models can be produced 5-10 times more quickly than with other 3D print technologies, the printer recycles the material, thus making it 1/5 of the cost of other technologies.

Xtratherm, a leading manufacturer of high quality PIR and phenolic insulation, is awarded BBA accreditation for its high performance insulation board XtroLiner. XtroLiner is a Class ‘O’ modified PIR rigid foam insulation board with a robust composite foil facing on both sides to give exceptional thermal and fire performance for domestic and commercial buildings. The innovative product achieves a market leading thermal conductivity of 0.021W/mK and has a high water vapour resistance. Group Technical Manager Danny Kearney says: “It is the perfect solution for projects where thermal and fire implications need to be considered and is a real choice for architects and specifiers. XtroLiner has an excellent Euroclass ‘C’ classification and is available with engineered tongue and groove jointing, avoiding any U-value penalties associated with standard square edged boards. It is also CFC & HCFC free and manufactured under the highest standards of ISO 9001 and 14001 Quality and Environmental Management Systems.”

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Mapei provide a durable and decorative finish with Ultratop flooring systems Mapei have extended their range of hard wearing and highly decorative Ultratop flooring systems, which can be finished to a multitude of effects. Ultratop is a fast setting, self levelling mortar which can be tailored to either a polished or non-polished finish making it the ideal flooring solution for a range of environments. Offering strength and versatility, the cementitious surfaces are durable whilst providing seamless, impermeable finish. Mapei have also launched new Ultratop Industrial. Ultratop Industrial is a high quality and technologically advanced product for levelling and smoothing new or existing concrete and screed substrates. Available in grey, it is designed for heavy pedestrian traffic and areas where rubber-wheeled vehicles are in use.

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Howe Green Launches E-Commerce Website Howe Green, the leading UK developer and manufacturer of access cover solutions has announced the launch of its e-commerce site. Howe Green’s premium quality access covers have, for over 25 years, provided a reliable route to essential services housed in floors, walls and ceilings. From a tiled access hatch in a private bathroom to large multipart cover installations in some of the most prestigious buildings in the world, Howe Green products have been chosen for the firm’s unerring reputation for quality, service and care. The new site – www. - features a select range of Howe Green’s most popular metal fabricated access covers, hatches and accessories in a range of standard sizes and the move comes in response to global growth in e-commerce and customer demand for maximum availability. “ exists to provide even greater flexibility and service around the clock,” said Richard Centa, Sales and Marketing Director at Howe Green “Many of our customers, especially smaller contractors and tradesmen, work outside normal office hours and know exactly what they want. This site caters for their needs primarily as well as enabling us to broaden our customer base in trade and DIY sectors. The online operation is backed by the same knowledgeable and experienced service team for technical support and of course our offline business continues as normal.” Howe Green’s best selling lines, including access covers, hatches and accessories are available in standard sizes only on the new e-commerce site with sameday dispatch available in many cases. Enquiry No 12


Remmers Win FeRFA Award With Shades Of Grey Remmers have been awarded the prestigious FeRFA Large Project of the Year Award for the 600m2 flooring specification in the new purpose built, state of the art Audi car centre in Leicester. A designer showroom in need of designer flooring; this project involved the installation of unique vertical design with just one construction joint sweeping into the main showroom floor area. Specially coated aggregates to exact granule sizing and colour were applied and installed by Phoenix Specialist Flooring Contractors, to produce a decorative and contemporary resin finish. Steel trims were sourced and powder coated to the exact same colour as the floor to hide any transitions giving the floor and wall the appearance of one sweeping finish. Enquiry No 13

Qualicoat Specified Standing at 310m, the Shard is Western Europe’s tallest building and certainly most iconic. Its extensive glazed aluminium framing, is coated with Class 2 Architectural Powder Coating, applied to the global Qualicoat Specification. Using 11,000 aluminium framed Glass Panels, the area of the glazed facade is 56,000 square metres, which equals the area of eight football pitches. With restricted access, it is vital that the powder coating to the Aluminium Profiles is robust and stands the test of time. For the majority of uses today, Polyester Powder Coating to Class 1 is adequate in the UK’s normal temperate zone and, with care, will offer a long and useful life. For more exposed conditions, such as the Shard, changing the formulation to an IPA Polyester, combined with higher quality pigments, both gloss retention and colour retention can be substantially improved for an even longer life. Known as Class 2, or ‘Super Durable’ Powders, these materials are often twice as expensive in powder form than Class 1. Once coated onto an Aluminium Profile, the difference in finished cost between the two is reduced, but life expectancy is greatly improved. The increase in cost is more than outweighed by the excellent weathering capabilities of Class 2 powders and there has been a significant increase in the specification of these finishes over the last few years for high specification buildings and structures. The majority of Powder Coating companies across Europe are Qualicoat licence holders, just specify the Qualicoat standard for all Architectural Powder Coating. Enquiry No 14


Registered Contractor Schemes Ensure Quality Control The deterioration and failure of building materials can cost thousands but for products that have been tried and tested for years, it is often a result of human error based on a lack of knowledge about materials. But what steps can manufacturers make to ensure quality control for specifiers and provide peace of mind? Architects and their clients want to be sure that they are getting the best of everything – from product to service to installation – when specifying products. To minimise the risk of failure as much as possible some manufacturers have introduced a registered contractor scheme which can raise installation standards through approved training of site operatives and conduct to ensure recommended contractors will deliver a quality installation competitively. Through the implementation of a registered contractor scheme, architects and their clients can not only be sure of excellent standards of materials and workmanship, they can be sure that the product specified will not let them down. At global building product manufacturer Sika, Registered Contractors act as both supplier and installer for clients. To ensure integrity, entry to the Sika scheme for contractors is stringent with only the most skilled and reliable companies achieving accreditation. Registered contractors must be able to provide evidence of a stable trading history, good project references and a commitment to Health & Safety and the environment. In addition to this, companies must comply with all relevant British Standards, hold appropriate insurance cover and be VAT registered. For a new £26 million entertainment venue in Guildford, Austin-Smith:Lord Architects sought an innovative secret fix system to ensure the impressive facade of Italian ceramic tiles would not be spoilt. Installed by Sika Registered Contractor

Alumet Systems (UK) Ltd, SikaTack Panel Adhesive was used to fix the tiles and create a smooth flowing finish around the building. The use of secret fix adhesive systems has grown rapidly over the last ten years, in line with the market trend for rainscreen cladding specifications. By maintaining the highest standards of aesthetics and long term performance, alongside a fast and efficient installation, the SikaTack Panel Adhesive System provides architects and specifiers with a secret fix solution for even the most challenging cladding projects. The new scheme offers minimisation of risk along with improved quality control. With the excellent standard of materials guaranteed by Sika and the installation guaranteed by the Registered Contractor, specifiers, engineers and main contractors were able to benefit from a secret fix cladding system that will not let them down. With an unrivalled commitment to quality and technical support, market leader Sika has achieved full British Board of Agrément accreditation for its SikaTack Panel Adhesive System – the only system of its kind to have achieved this standard. And with the Registered Contractor Scheme, Sika can ensure every application of SikaTack Panel Adhesive is completed to the highest standard. The standards set by Sika are a result of many years’ experience and having worked with some of the most skilled specialist contractors in the industry. Now, by collaborating with these companies Sika will continue to set the highest benchmark for which its products and systems have become world-renowned. Enquiry No 15


New balcony offers traditional styling and modern performance Neaco have launched a new Juliet balcony featuring a vertically railed design which combines traditional styling with maintenance-free durability. Precision-engineered in aluminium and available in a wide choice of powder coated finishes, the Classic Juliet balcony has been introduced to provide an alternative to the more contemporary aesthetic offered by Neaco’s acclaimed Clearview range of glass-fronted balconies. It offers the same performance qualities which characterize all Neaco balconies, including the easy-to-install connection of modular components which require no unsightly external fixtures or welding for assembly. Neaco’s national sales manager, Richard Richardson-Derry, commented: “The popularity of our Clearview glass-fronted balconies has demonstrated healthy demand for pre-engineered balcony systems which provide low-energy construction and an appealing finishing touch to residential developments. Although it is also suitable for new-build schemes, the aesthetic of our Classic Juliet balcony has been designed to suit the refurbishment and renovation of older and more traditional buildings, especially in cases where planning regulations stipulate a railed balcony rather than the modern appearance of a glass balcony. The powder coated finish is extremely durable and will retain its aesthetic quality in the most demanding of environments. Like all Neaco products, the Classic Juliet balcony comes with our class-leading Lifetime Guarantee.” Enquiry No 16

New Updated And Expanded Product Range ‘E-Brochure’ From Encasement A new range e-brochure has been launched by Encasement, which not only provides fully updated information on its entire product range, but has also been expanded to include the company’s latest Vista range of bespoke commercial furniture and display systems. Available for download from Encasement’s website, the new PDF brochure provides core information on every product in the company’s range, which is grouped together in dedicated sections covering pipe boxing, column casings and interior wall linings as well as retail solutions, furniture and display. New project images have also been incorporated into the brochure to provide an up to date reference of product installations, while demonstrating the diverse scope of applications. Every product within the new range brochure is fully supported by Encasement’s comprehensive website, which provides detailed information on dimensions and material specifications together with extensive project case studies and gallery pages. A detailed ‘Tech info’ section is also available, which provides access to a range of downloads including PDF and DWG format product drawings, materials and finish information as well as specification clauses and downloadable brochures. Encasement specialises in the supply of decorative casings, protection solutions and sustainable products for the architectural, contracting and construction sectors. Enquiry No 17


Ancon Brings Low Energy Fixing Innovation To Ecobuild 2013 Ancon has chosen Ecobuild to showcase the latest innovative structural fixing solutions that are helping to change the way that sustainable low energy buildings are designed and constructed. Solutions on show will include low thermal conductivity cavity wall ties, such as the Ancon TeploTie, an innovative basalt-fibre tie used in many groundbreaking low-energy developments; and new Staifix RT2 275mm, the first high thermal performance Type 2 stainless steel wall tie to enable the use of 150mm wide insulated cavities in multi-storey low energy construction. Also featured will be a range of Ancon Thermal Breaks, designed to reduce thermal bridging at balcony connections, brickwork support brackets and other areas where thermal continuity of the building envelope is typically compromised. Completing the displays will be Ancon’s more established solutions, including support angles, windposts and masonry reinforcement. Enquiry No 18

JOHNSON & STARLEY’S SUSTAINABLE, ENERGY EFFICIENT HEATING AND VENTILATION SYSTEMS ON SHOW Sustainable Solutions Under one Roof’ will be the theme of Johnson & Starley’s participation at Ecobuild 2013 (Stand N2000). The company will highlight its comprehensive range of highly energy efficient heating and ventilation solutions for residential properties. The new super-efficient QuanTec condensing combi boiler with integral passive flue gas heat recovery will be a major attraction and alongside this will be the company’s latest innovations in high efficiency Warm Air Heating. Also on show will be Gencair HPT air to water heat pumps, developed for comfort heating when integrated within traditional residential heating systems.  For ventilation, and with today’s need for energy conservation, the Q-Vent HR 160 and Q-Vent HR260 whole house mechanical ventilation systems are up to 95% efficient and meet the requirements of developers building towards the code for sustainable homes. Enquiry No 19

Biomass for buildings large and small from Euroheat With the take-up of biomass soaring, particularly in the commercial sector, 2012 was a good year for Euroheat. 2013 looks set to offer yet more success for this leading wood-heating specialist, not least due to the introduction of the long awaited domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). A regular at Ecobuild (Stand no: 3730), this year Euroheat will be showcasing its range of boilers and stoves, including the latest in domestic pellet power, the K10, an automatic boiler which offers outputs of 10kW – 26kW – perfect for the average-sized family home. “The K10 is a great choice for many homeowners considering moving away from fossil fuels; our most competitively priced pellet boiler, it presents an excellent alternative, particularly for those who have previously relied on oil,” said Simon Holden, co-founder of Euroheat. Euroheat’s new dedicated training website

Latest market leading developments from Schöck on Stand N850 All of the latest developments relating to thermal break technology and connectivity involving concrete-to concrete, concrete-to steel and steel-to steel can be found on Stand N850. The type KST Isokorb®, which among its many modular capabilities offers solutions for balcony renovation, is now partnered by the new type R which is unique in the refurbishment sector. Members of the Schöck team will be on Stand N850 to discuss any aspect of these innovative solutions and offer advice on any project specific information. Enquiry No 21

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Mapei promote diversity and sustainability at EcoBuild 2013 Mapei announce that they will be exhibiting at Ecobuild 2013 from 5th – 7th March at ExCel. Mapei’s stand promises to be an interactive, colourful and informative display showcasing a full range of their environmentally and technologically advanced products and systems for construction. Located at N1020 the stand will emphasise Mapei’s global and local commitment to the environment, based around developing products that are certified by internationally recognised institutes and applying sustainable practices to their own operating procedures. Many of Mapei’s products are produced locally at the UK HQ in Halesowen which is Certiquality accredited to ISO9001:2008, ISO14001:2004 and OHSAS 18001:2007. Mapei’s 15 manufacturing lines will be on display, from their well known ceramic and soft flooring installation products, to the recently launched EWI and protective and decorative coatings. Waterproofing, concrete and industrial/decorative flooring will also feature. Live demonstrations and seminars will take place over the 3 day exhibition. Enquiry No 22


KEMPER SYSTEM SHOWCASES COMPLETE SUSTAINABLE ROOFING SOLUTIONS Kemper System’s stand (S1930) at this year’s Ecobuild (5-7 March) will feature Kemperol 2K-PUR solvent-free liquid waterproofing system and Stratex Warm Roof System. Kemper System’s innovative Kemperol 2K-PUR solvent-free and odourless system is the first solvent-free wet-on-wet cold liquid waterproofing system available on the UK market and remains the only product of its kind available. The hard-wearing and durable waterproofing membrane bonds to almost any substrate to create a totally seamless, monolithic, U/V stable, elastomeric membrane. Based on an 80% castor-oil formulation derived from sustainable sources, the liquid system also incorporates a flexible non-woven reinforcement fleece, which is manufactured using a 25% recycled plastic bottle content. As the resin saturates the fleece in a single application process, the cured membrane cannot delaminate. Offered with a 20-year warranty, the ground-breaking system is both solvent-free and odourless, making it not only ideal for sustainable new builds but also perfect for upgrades to occupied buildings as the lack of nuisance odours means that work can be carried out while the building remains in normal use. Suitable for application on top of virtually all existing roofing materials, eco-friendly Kemperol 2K-PUR can even help to prevent excessive waste from being sent to landfill during roof upgrades by avoiding the need to strip out the existing substrate. Complementing the sustainability credentials of the Kemperol 2K-PUR system, Kemper System’s Stratex Warm Roof System offers a completely integrated warm roof system that incorporates primers, vapour barrier, insulation and waterproofing with a range of optional surfacing. Featuring a rigid PIR insulation board with a unique tongue and groove interlocking joint, the system significantly reduces cold bridging and gives a much smoother surface finish. Kemper System will also be showcasing the company’s Kempergro Green Roof System, a three-section system comprising a reservoir attenuation composite, growing medium and vegetation. Enquiry No 23

OPENING UP SPACES WITH REYNAERS ALUMINIUM STATE-OF-THE-ART GLAZING SYSTEMS AT ECOBUILD 2013 Challenging expectations at Ecobuild 2013, Reynaers Aluminium is launching an exciting new product that offers a new approach to sliding systems along with the latest in unitised and inclined curtain walling systems. At Ecobuild, other latest developments, designed to open up spaces to the max, will feature the state-of-the-art CF77 Slim Line folding door and the specially developed corner solution for the CP130 Lift & Slide duorail sliding door. The latest addition to the sliding door range promises to ‘raise the bar’ on design and utilisation. Also on show is the Slim Line variant of the CF77 sliding door which offers a highly reliable, yet flexible option to maximise openings whilst maintaining a high level of insulation. The new corner closing solution for the CP130, Lift & Slide duorail sliding door, now makes it possible to open up spaces without any fixed corner element. In combination with the system’s low threshold, interior spaces can now be comfortably extended to the outside with no barrier. A perfect solution for high traffic areas such as restaurants, it also maintains high weather resistance levels, meeting EU standards. Accommodating the most demanding building designs, the CW50 Inclined curtain wall and roof façade system facilitates unlimited creativity when incorporating a wall or roof façade into even the most ambitious architectural design. Numerous individual styles, various outside appearances and technical solutions are available to meet different performance requirements. An example of Reynaers CW65 EF curtain wall will also feature, designed to enable a unitised façade to be completely pre-assembled in the workshop, so once on-site its installation is both smooth and swift. It allows a variety of opening elements, such as top hung and parallel opening systems, as well as the integration of a range of window, door, sliding and brise soleil systems. Reynaers is one of the leading suppliers of sustainable materials, and both ISO 14001 and ISO 16001 accredited. Many products in the range meet and are registered under the Secured by Design standards. Enquiry No 24


Carpet Recycling UK presents specifier focus at Ecobuild 2013

Norbord spotlights Sterling OSB at Ecobuild along with a few surprises

Changing attitudes to sustainability in specifying flooring and the latest resourceefficient products will be a key focus for Carpet Recycling UK on Stand S472 and at a seminar on March 7th at Ecobuild 2013. Three seminar sessions will examine sustainable practices in waste carpet recycling, new flooring manufacture and specification, supported by CRUK, the association for waste carpet reuse and recycling. A key speaker will be Robert Palmer, of Palmer Market Research who will discuss changing attitudes to sustainability in specifying flooring and findings. Emerging outlets for carpet waste will be covered by CRUK, along with Michael Walsh of Anglo Recycling and Nick Stillwell of Protomax. Presentations on Green Carpet Products will introduce the latest sustainable flooring products. Brian Murphy of Greenspec will be talking about specifying green flooring products and reducing wastage through efficient building design, while Bill McWhirter of BMW Associates will highlight developments in resource-efficient carpet tile design.

Sterling OSB will take pride of place on the Norbord stand at this year’s Ecobuild show (Stand Number S1031). The versatility of the product will be demonstrated with new roofing and flooring applications explained. In addition, Norbord will be introducing a range of solutions which meet UKTFA fire-rating requirements for timber frame buildings. Sterling OSB uses only timber from immature trees thinned from Scottish softwood forests. The raw material travels only a short distance to Norbord’s Inverness factory where it is processed using heat energy generated by the plant’s own biomass boiler. Fuel for this boiler comprises process residues – the bark and other unusable leftovers from the manufacturing process. Sterling OSB is made in a variety of thicknesses and offers a high-performing, low-cost alternative to plywood in many applications. Enquiry No 26

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Altecnic demonstrates UK first at ecobuild Altecnic will be showcasing a working model of the UK’s first triple dirt and air separator with an external, removable magnet on its stand N2230 at Ecobuild. Visitors will have the opportunity to speak to industry professionals about the range of business boosting opportunities Dirtmag IQ offers and see how the technically advanced product can be installed in five minutes and serviced in seconds. Capturing both magnetic and non-magnetic particles in the IQ’s low pressure Dirtsep® chamber, the IQ’s patent-pending powerful external MAGBELT® attracts and separates system damaging magnetic particles. Following the launch of its award winning compact and lightweight Heating Interface Unit at last year’s Ecobuild, Altecnic is showcasing the latest model in its product range. Featuring electronic controls, integral pump bypass and differential pressure switch for increased energy-efficiency, Altecnic’s HIUs are designed to help building consultants meet design points for BREEAM and LEAD and comply with UK Building Regulations Part L. Visitors will also be able to see the full range of solar components available from Altecnic’s Renewables division. Enquiry No 27

BAXI COMMERCIAL DIVISION CREATE SPACE AND TIME AT ECOBUILD 2013 STAND NO. N2740 The Baxi Commercial Division stand has been designed to give visitors more space and time to meet technical teams to discuss unique, one stop shop, commercial heating solutions. Products exhibited by market leaders Andrews Water Heaters, BaxiSenerTec UK and Potterton Commercial, exemplify energy efficient heating. At the forefront is an exciting new biomass boiler, with the environmentally aware application of condensing technology, mini-CHP, heat pumps and solar thermal integration well represented. Enquiry No 28

Smart To Showcase Sustainable Systems At Ecobuild Smart Architectural Aluminium is to showcase a number of new products at this year’s Ecobuild exhibition, as well as presenting its sustainability credentials. The company will use the exhibition to unveil its drive to become a carbon neutral business including plans to be energy self-sufficient. Smart will also be showcasing a number of new systems. At the heart of the company’s stand will be a 4 metre by 6 metre run of MC600 Smart Wall curtain walling, complete with a new Smart Wall commercial door. Another new door is an extension to the proven Evolution range, a suite of products developed for refurbishment projects where traditional steel doors and windows need to be replaced. The Visoglide Plus sliding door completes the company’s new door display. Amongst the company’s new window systems on display will be the Alitherm 700 and Eco Futural ranges. Also on the stand will be the Slide 2000 horizontal sliding window, for high volume, light commercial applications. Enquiry No 29

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The Wood Awards Launch Call For Entries At Ecobuild 2013 After a very successful 2012, the Wood Awards - the UK’s premier award scheme for the world’s only naturally sustainable material - will launch its 2013 Call for Entries at Ecobuild (stand S1140) on the 5th March.

With Ecobuild attracting the design and construction industry’s most influential professionals, including the largest gathering of architects in the UK, the Wood Awards anticipates a bumper crop of entries for 2013.

As Britain’s premier architecture and furniture competition celebrating excellence in design and craftsmanship using timber, the aim of the Wood Awards is to recognise, encourage and promote outstanding design, craftsmanship and installation in wood.

As the flagship for wood in the best of British architecture, furniture and design, the Wood Awards is make possible by the major sponsorship of AHEC, Canada Wood, the Carpenters’ Company, TRADA and Wood for Good. Other sponsors include American Softwoods, with support from BRE.

The Wood Awards 90m2 exhibition space on stand S1140 will open with a champagne reception on the first day of Ecobuild, and will feature all 30 of 2012’s building and furniture shortlisted projects, including 2012 Gold Award winner David Morley Architects’ Hurlingham Club Outdoor Pool and Bespoke Furniture award winner Rupert McBain’s future antique Extending Oak Table. The American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC), American Softwoods and the timber industry’s sustainability and promotion campaign Wood for Good all support the Wood Awards at Ecobuild 2013.

The Wood Awards is free to enter, and building and furniture entries completed in the last two years and not entered before, can be submitted from 5th March. Visit for details.

David Hopkins, head of communications and external affairs for Wood for Good said, “The Wood Awards educates, informs and ultimately inspires the use of timber and wood products in an ever increasing number of applications and designs. Launching the Call for Entries at Ecobuild, the world’s largest event for sustainable design, gives us a great opportunity to showcase just some of what wood can do. We will inspire as many people as we can to consider and use wood in their buildings, and encourage those who already do, to enter!”

The Wood Awards 2012 winner’s magazine is available as an app from the Apple App Store and Google Play for Android devices. Enquiry No 30


Inta showcases green sophistication at Ecobuild Inta is reinforcing its position as a renewable energy specialist at this year’s Ecobuild, with the launch of several innovative products from its constantly evolving eco range. On show at the exhibition will be Inta’s Air Source Heat Pump Installation Packs, a convenient kit that takes the hassle out of heat pump installation by providing all of the specialist components required to effectively install and safeguard heating systems. Inta will also be featuring its popular Circulation Pump Set (CPS), a system that allows multiple heat sources to combine in their delivery to a system’s emitters. The interchangeable parts allow for a variety of different CPS schemes, meaning there is a pump set to suit any configuration. As well as a range of innovative eco products, Inta will also be showcasing products from its 2013 plumbing and heating range and its industry acclaimed anti-scald, safe touch bath and shower range. Enquiry No 31

Pegler Yorkshire - Connecting the Industry at EcoBuild Connect and Control is the theme for Pegler Yorkshire’s stand at this year’s Ecobuild. The stand located at N2745 will display a range of market leading products and showcase how Pegler Yorkshire offers both systems and solutions for connecting and controlling flow for both plumbing and heating applications. The stand boasts a range of the company’s environmentally led eControl products that save energy, reduce water consumption and decrease installation time. The range includes; the revolutionary programmable radiator control the Terrier i-temp, TRV’s, water saving taps, commissioning valves, Logotherm the thermal interface unit and TMVs. The company will also be displaying its Tectite range of push-fit fittings which, make jointing easier, save time and do not require hot work permits.

STEICO introduces new generation sarking boards at ECOBUILD 2013 STEICO has expanded its range of wood fibre sarking boards with new products for applications in both new build and renovation projects. STEICOuniversal dry is produced using a modern dry process and has a thermal conductivity of 0.043 W/m*K. With thicknesses available from 35mm to 160mm “STEICO universal dry” is predominantly for new build projects. In addition STEICO has also expanded its range of sarking boards for renovation projects with STEICOspecial dry which can be utilised for energy efficient roof renovations from the outside and is available in standard thicknesses up to 200mm and upon request a thickness of 300mm is available. Thanks to its low thermal conductivity of 0.041 W/m*k Renovations to Passive House level can be achieved. Alongside its existing range of wet process boards which offer excellent sound insulation and summer heat protection, the new dry process boards are light weight, have high durability and offer reduced thermal conductivity. Enquiry No 33

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MARMOX AT ECOBUILD 2013 Marmox Specialist Building Products will be exhibiting on Stand N1210 at this year’s EcoBuild in London’s Excel centre between the 5th and 7th March. Well known as experts in insulation – waterproofing, sound minimising, thermal insulation and fireproofing – Marmox will show a wide and diverse array of products including several recent additions to their range. Especially featured will be the lightweight Multiboard range that is equally suited to wetroom applications and for sound insulation elsewhere in the home. Multiboards are EPS coated on both sides with closewoven fibreglass finished in a cement polymer mortar that is completely impervious to water penetration. They are easily installed, very light yet strong enough to hold tiles up to 62kg/sq.m., twice the loadbearing of plasterboard. Additionally specialised insulation products will be demonstrated such as Showerlay panels ideal for creating sloping floors in wetrooms ready fro tiling, Thermal Bridging Blocks for areas where load-bearing insulated walling is required, Bath Panel Kits and many others. The Marmox Stand promises to be an interesting experience for anyone in the industry and a must for those directly involved, as most are, in areas involving insulation in all its forms. Enquiry No 34


SECURE SURFACES BY TERRAM AT ECOBUILD 2013 Fiberweb Geosynthetics Ltd. will be exhibiting a range of its Terram Grass and Ground Reinforcement Solutions at this year’s Ecobuild on Stand S2055 at the Excel Centre in London between 5th and 7th March. These SUDS source control compliant products include GRASSPROTECTA a heavy-duty polyethylene mesh available in two grades. This product is suitable for permanent grassed overflow car parks, residential parking access routes and many more. BODPAVE 85 is an interlocking cellular porous paving system, which can be filled with grass or gravel. This system is suitable for coach or car parking, fire access routes, helipads and other trafficked areas where a porous pavement is required. The ADVANCED TURF is a reinforced rootzone system consisting of small interlocking mesh elements, which have been pre-blended and when installed it is supplied with a selected turf finish which produces a freedraining natural grass surface. This is ideal for occasional vehicular use and has the advantage that there is no visible surface structure. Finally showing will be the TERRAM TRUCKPAVE, this product is used for regular heavy vehicular use such as coach and car parks, HGV yards and access routes where a permeable surface is required. Manufactured from recycled plastic, this cellular paving is robust, durable and capable of withstanding all levels of traffic. The Fiberweb stand promises to be an instant success for anyone requiring Grass and Ground Reinforcement Solutions in all its forms. Enquiry No 35

Building Regulations compliance testing with BSRIA at Ecobuild BSRIA provides an independent nationwide, one-stop-shop to prove compliance with Building Regulations. Their accredited services along with experience from thousands of tests help all types of buildings pass first time and ensure certificates are recognised by Building Control. Tests include Airtightness to Part L in both domestic and commercial buildings, Acoustics for Part E on party walls and floors and Ventilation assessment on systems to Part F. As Building Regulations get more complex and demanding, builders along with designers, need good guidance and accredited testing to get them through the Regulations, BSRIA can offer this service.  Furthermore BSRIA Instrument Solutions can provide a full range of UKAS calibrated instrumentation for either hire or purchase from a number of different leading manufacturers to help demonstrate a system performance or the buildings fabric integrity.  BSRIA can also offer other supporting services which include Thermal imaging service for the evaluation of a building fabric to look for any abnormalities such as thermal bridging, BREEAM, Code for Sustainable Homes and Ska assessment, Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) and Display Energy Certificate (DEC) assessments. Visit BSRIA on stand N1620 at Ecobuild, 20-22 March at London’s ExCel. Enquiry No 36


Carea Cladding Is The Perfect Fit At New £35M Hengrove Leisure Centre Carea cladding has provided a stylish, robust and slate-like aesthetic to the external façade of the new £35 million Hengrove Park Leisure Centre – part of a major regeneration programme to transform South Bristol into one of the most sought after areas in the South West. Designed by LA Architects and built by main contractor Kier Western for Parkwood Community Leisure, the PFI (Private Finance Initiative) project was funded by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. The completed building includes an Olympic-sized pool, 20m teaching pool, sports hall and climbing wall, gymnasium, two dance studios and a community healthy living centre. For the new building, a cladding system was required that would provide a dark grey, slate-like contrast to the building’s predominantly white exterior with gold shingle cladding. Combining a stylish aesthetic with long term performance, Carea’s Ardal cladding proved the perfect solution. Installed by specialist contractor MIB Facades, part of The MIB Group, the façade features 11mm thick, 900mm x 450mm Ardal cladding panels in a dark basalte finish. Arranged in a regular pattern across the entire ground floor, the cladding is used to create a strong base to the building’s exterior which combines to create a truly striking contemporary facade. Each Carea panel is formed using 90% natural minerals and 10% binding resin to provide the perfect aesthetic solution for both the client and the designer. Installation is quick and simple with the Carea facade system, as each panel is supplied with specialised horizontal rails that fit onto vertical cladding supports. With precisely routed grooves on the top and bottom, the simple fix provides a totally seamless finish to maintain the stunning appearance of the project.

As well as providing a stunning exterior, the Carea cladding system offers superb thermal and acoustic insulation, alongside excellent performance qualities. Carea Ardal cladding panels are resistant to climate and are unaffected by graffiti due to their non-porous composition. While aesthetics were of importance, the specification of Carea cladding brought an array of other benefits to the development. The cladding provides a long lasting and cost effective solution, offering a high degree of insulation that will play a pivotal role in improving the leisure complex’s thermal efficiency and lowering its heating needs to aid sustainability. The new leisure complex at Hengrove Park combines first class aesthetics, performance and facilities to deliver a stunning, community building which will continue to provide high quality leisure services for generations to come. Enquiry No 37


The Manser Practice Clads Second Hilton Hotel With Shackerley’s Ceramic Granite Gleaming black polished ceramic granite ventilated facades supplied by Shackerley have provided a stunning appearance and a high performance outer envelope for the new Hilton London Wembley Hotel, overlooking Wembley Stadium and Wembley Arena.

The Manser Practice delivered the luxury 361-bedroomed hotel as part of the wider Wembley Masterplan. The hotel’s monolithic polished black facades and flush glazing reflect the striking imagery of the surrounding buildings and provide a vivid contrast with the dramatic white concrete of the Arena.

The Manser Practice was one of the very first architectural practices in the UK to recognise the aesthetic and technical benefits of Shackerley’s ceramic granite ventilated facades a decade ago, opting to clad the exteriors of the £26million extension to the Hilton London Gatwick Airport with the Lancashire manufacturer’s large format ceramic granite panels back in 2002. Since then the practice has gone on to specify Shackerley’s Queen’s Award winning Sureclad ceramic granite ventilated cladding system to enhance and protect other standout buildings in the hotel, health and general commercial sectors, including this second luxury Hilton development. Over 3400m2 of polished black ceramic granite was supplied in a 1200 x 600mm format for the exterior hotel elevations. The facades were erected using Shackerley’s Sureclad Hang On system and the ‘installation ready’ panels were pre-assembled at works prior to delivery to site, with hanging brackets secured by a patented stainless steel undercut anchorage system. All prefabrication work was carried out at Shackerley’s ISO 9001 accredited production facilities, minimising the preparatory work that needed to be carried out on site by

Prater, subcontracted to install the facades by main contractor John Sisk & Son on behalf of Quintain Estates & Developments. A further 100m2 of ceramic granite panelling was installed in the hotel reception area, on a modified shallow zone Sureclad system of brackets and rails, to provide visual continuity with the exterior and create high quality wall cladding for the lofty three-storey high interiors. The hotel, which was completed in time to welcome visitors to the Olympics, has met with widespread acclaim. It has also met environmental targets, attaining a BREEAM rating of Very Good. Enquiry No 38



VIDEX DIGITAL TIME CLOCK NOW IN HANDY 24 VOLT VERSION The Videx 701T digital time clock that features BST/GMT automatic correction is now available in a 24 V version. Many control systems including gate systems only offer a 24V power source, this new feature allows the time clock to be installed without needing to also fit a 12V power supply. The Videx 701T digital time clock has a two line, sixteen character back lit LCD display, trade button input and six fully programmable on/off times. These can be set for a single day of the week, weekends, week days or all days. When the time clock is used in trade mode, the relay will only energise when the trade button is pressed and then, only during an active time band. The time clock is mounted within an ABS white wall mountable plastic box.

CE marking becomes a mandatory requirement in the UK for technical insulation products manufactured and sold in the EU from 1st July 2013. Under the Construction Products Regulation 2011 (CPR), it will become obligatory for manufacturers to apply CE marking to any of their products which are covered by a harmonised European standard (hEN) or European Technical Assessment (ETA). The recently agreed harmonised standard for technical insulation products includes a new European fire classification which includes an assessment for smoke development and the burning droplets associated with insulation materials in the event of fire. Armacell are pleased to reveal that their Armaflex Ultima product range is the first flexible insulation material to achieve a fire class BL -s1, d0 (in tube form, or B –s2, d0 in sheet form) rating within the harmonised technical insulation materials classification. This new product exhibits 10 times less smoke development compared to a standard elastomeric product, as well as exhibiting zero tolerance toward the development of burning droplets or particles in fire conditions. Enquiry No 40

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Pet foods facility achieves less than two year payback with LED lighting California-based Diamond Pet Foods new 28,000sqm manufacturing facility posed a number of lighting challenges. First, the company needed an ultra-energy-efficient system to reduce consumption and fully leverage the benefits of its solar system. Second, they required lighting fixtures that would offer safety and reliability amid the highvibration and dusty conditions. Ambient heat and humidity was also an issue, driving a need for lighting that would safely withstand up to 49°C and high humidity. With many hard-to-reach and low-clearance areas near process equipment, Diamond also needed dependable fixtures that offer longevity, low maintenance and ease of installation. Finally, from an economic perspective, the company required a payback period on the project of less than two years in order to gain corporate approval. Diamond began with a trial of 16 High Bay LEDs from Dialight, the innovation leader in industrial and hazardous location LED lighting, before giving the green light to outfit the entire facility with 500+ high-efficiency Dialight LED fixtures. The low profile of the Dialight LED fixtures enabled mounting in areas that would have been difficult with other bulky conventional lighting fixtures, and the company can expect to use at least 50% less energy compared to other options. Not only did the Dialight products offer the rugged durability Diamond required, but each fixture is also backed by Dialight’s 5-year continuous performance warranty. Based on performance history, Diamond will likely enjoy up to a decade of reliable illumination, for a truly maintenance-free solution that adds to the significant energy savings. As a result of the energy and maintenance savings, the company easily hit its goal of less than two year pay back. Enquiry No 41


APD panels provide safe access to your boiler As from 1st January 2013, all Gas Safe Registered engineers must be able to have ‘full visual access’ along the full length of any domestic flue that runs from a boiler to an outside wall, enabling them to check on joints for leaks. If an engineer is called out to work on a boiler which does not have inspection hatches that enable them to have full visual access to the flue, they will disconnect the boiler and advise you not to use it until the correct inspection/ access hatches have been installed in the appropriate areas. A flue in poor condition, combined with a boiler that is not working properly can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning. The access panels you need will be determined by the type of wall or ceiling hiding the flue. For information on the type and size of access hatches required, contact Access Panels Direct (APD) on 0800 612 9352. APD offers the solution with its range of access panels – find out more at Enquiry No 42

BSRIA Testing For Evaloc Project EVALOC – short for Evaluating Low Carbon Communities – is a three and a half year Research Councils UK (RCUK) funded research project led the Low Carbon Building Group of the Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development at Oxford Brookes University, with the Environmental Change Institute of University of Oxford. The research team is investigating six low carbon communities in terms of the impact, effectiveness and success of their changes in energy use on energy behaviours. Clearly the EVALOC team’s efforts rely on accurate measurement and recording of the energy consumed in homes within the six communities involved and that is where BSRIA comes in. BSRIA Instrument Solutions is one of the UK’s leading companies dedicated to supplying the latest testing equipment to aid in compliance with the ever more stringent regulations in the construction industry and was delighted to co-operate in ensuring the supply of accurate data for the EVALOC project. At the request of Oxford Brookes University, BSRIA has supplied and installed Wi5 systems – wireless to ensure minimal inconvenience for the householders concerned - in 30 homes spread through the six communities. These will provide ongoing data on such subjects as temperature, humidity and CO2 levels and in addition BSRIA is setting up sophisticated systems to monitor low carbon technologies – photo-voltaic, air source heat pumps, solar thermal systems etc.- in use in the communities concerned. Enquiry No 43


Trend makes sure size matters with its new IQ422 controller Trend Control Systems Ltd, the international Building Energy Management System (BEMS) manufacturer and supplier, has announced the latest in its industry leading IQ4 range of controllers – the IQ422. It offers the smallest footprint for a 12 point universal controller and boasts multi-browser support. The company has devised a solution that utilises the popular six input/six output formation, meaning that it can be used in small to mid size applications such as primary schools and health centres, as well as larger installations such as multi-tenanted office complexes. When it comes to the amount of room allocated for plant and controls in modern commercial buildings, product size really does matter. Wall and floor space is often limited and large controllers take up more space in electrical enclosures. The IQ422 has an incredibly small footprint that will prove invaluable where space is at a premium. The IQ422 is particularly suitable for energy efficient, highly distributed local control of services. It acts as a state-of-the-art upgrade to Trend’s IQ222 and IQ3xact products and comes in 24V and 230V variants. Featuring IQ4 style DIN compatible casework to fit within electrical enclosures, alongside a whole host of other IQ4 style capabilities, the IQ422 has the power to support the most advanced control applications. These include web supervision using Ethernet and TCP/IP networking technologies, while XML capability is offered as standard. The IQ422 has an open system support and integration option that will benefit IT personnel. A new style web interface facilitates the use of all popular Internet browsers and data can also be accessed via mobile devices. Enquiry No 44

Innovative natural ventilation control solution launched by SE Controls Maintaining precise control over indoor air quality, temperature and energy consumption are key considerations for buildings using natural ventilation (NV) systems and SE Controls’ new compact NVLogiQ room controller provides an innovative solution to meet these requirements. Using new control and performance algorithms, NVLogiQ not only provides advanced monitoring and control of NV systems in individual rooms or zones, but also combines integrated data logging for detailed building performance and environment analysis. NVLogiQ constantly monitors indoor air quality, temperature and humidity and via separate PSU’s (power supply units) and actuators, automatically manages the operation of windows, louvres and vents within a building’s natural ventilation (NV) system, as well as controlling the heating. Capable of being used as a stand-alone controller or as a networked solution throughout a building, NVLogiQ is perfectly suited to classrooms, offices and other NV applications that demand a stimulating and comfortable environment. The NVLogiQ room controller has a compact footprint of just 160mm x 105mm, enabling it to be located almost anywhere within a building, often in close proximity to desks and work areas, allowing the precise monitoring of carbon dioxide (CO2), temperature and humidity to maintain indoor air quality and comfort levels. In addition, NVLogiQ’s integral data logging capability presents a range of opportunities for consultants, contractors and facilities mangers to not only verify a building’s NV design and performance, but to also enable accurate post occupancy evaluation to be easily undertaken. CO2 temperature and relative humidity readings are continuously displayed on NVLogiQ’s integral LCD screen while a red, amber and green ‘traffic light’ display gives a constant indication of indoor air quality. A manual over-ride capability is also built in to the room controller, allowing staff to temporarily open or close windows, louvres or other ventilation devices. Enquiry No 45


Affordable Energy For Edgecote House Unfortunately, the priorities of early 18th century architecture did not include a requirement for energy conservation and the present owners in this age of enlightenment were looking to reduce their carbon footprint, take advantage of the government grants and subsidies available, and reduce reliance on their oil-fired heating by using an energy efficient alternative.

the sun into heat suitable to provide spatial heat to the rooms and the energy required for hot water supply by means of heat pumps. A ground source heat pump exchanges the heat captured by the anti-freeze liquid from the water of the lake and transfers it to a refrigerant.The antifreeze is cooled and return to the pipes in the lake to be recharged.

As a result isonergy were approached to design a system that would provide more affordable central heating and hot water, not only for Edgcote House itself but also for the five cottages in the grounds nearby. Preliminary thoughts were to use energy from the sun and stored in the ground of the huge grassed areas around the building. Solar energy stored in the ground is a very cost effective energy source, but a first site visit showed the even greater attraction of the lake fed by the River Cherwell that provides a landscape feature just 200 metres from the house.

This low temperature refrigerant passes through the heat pump where an electrical compressor compresses the refrigerant gas and raises its temperature. The energy of the high temperature refrigerant is transferred to hot water system for heating. At Edgcote House, three of the new generation of super efficient Viessmann heat pumps, each with an output of 42kW, are employed for the purpose of providing heating and hot water. The first operates to fulfil the hot water requirements of the house and the five cottages, delivering sufficient energy to supply water at a temperature at around 70 degrees Centigrade to a highly insulated 1500 litre capacity hot water tank.

Water is an even more reliable and constant conserver of solar energy than the earth, and a system was conceived involving 2700 metres of 40mm diameter pipe laid in loops across the lake and weighted to keep it at a depth below the surface. Filled with a biodegradable antifreeze solution that absorbs the heat held in the lake water, the pipe pattern circulates the warmed liquid to shore where it passes through a manifold, from here it is transferred to the utility room of the House in a larger 90mm flow and return pipe through a 120mm conduit.

The other two pumps, in a master and slave configuration, provide hot water to the radiators of the central heating systems and they feed into a 1,000 litre hot water tank linked to a 1,500 litres buffer tank which promote efficiency of the system. Since the lake-sourced heat pumps work at an efficiency that delivers a heat output of well over four times the electrical energy put into the system to power the heat pumps, the first indications are for an extremely substantial saving of around 70% in fuel costs against the original oil-fired boiler.

It was at this stage period romance became wedded to renewable energy. Preliminary probes to establish the best position for the manifold disclosed the mouth of a forgotten secret passage, believed to link to a priest hole in Edgecote House. Investigations showed the passage to be in surprisingly good condition and able to carry the pipe up to the house, saving considerable excavation work and disturbance to the welltrimmed lawns that complement the vista over the lake. It is here that the most modern of technology takes over to turn residual energy from

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Tapworks has launched its new EasyFlow water softener range in the UK. Tapworks now offers installers and specifiers a total solution to hard water, in a box. The new EasyFlow range offers an ideal solution for the installer who will find everything he needs to complete the installation – right down to the last washer – in the box. The new EasyFlow range comes with all the components you need and a high flow valve as standard along with an installation kit that includes everything for 22mm plumbing and reducers to fit 15mm pipework too. The new range still includes quality components from the high flow valve itself, to high quality steel braided hoses and quality valves. The technology in a Tapworks softener is protected by more than 40 patents - so there’s a huge amount of a Tapworks softener that you won’t find in any competitive product. Tapworks products are still covered by impressive warranties and backed by the company’s own expert team of engineers across the UK.

Rainwater harvesting is fast becoming a standard feature in new build designs. The design and construction industry understands the integral part rainwater harvesting plays in creating sustainable buildings. Polypipe’s Rainstream systems are predominantly targeted at domestic installations but can be used in light commercial applications too. Rainwater harvesting can replace up to 50% of household mains water consumption, and up to 85% on commercial installations. One third of all water used in the home gets flushed down the toilet. The roof on an average 4-bed family home captures more than 100,000 litres of rainwater each year – most of which currently goes down the drain. A typical family uses 70,000 litres of water each year so it simply makes huge sense to harvest it and use it. Go to for more information or to http://www. to see a helpful video of the system.

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Chiltern International Fire announces 2013 course dates for ever popular ‘Fire Doors Explained’ Chiltern International Fire has announced five new dates in 2013 for its one day practical seminar and live fire demonstration ‘Fire Doors Explained’. Confirmed dates are 26th February, 16th April, 25th June, 17th September and 19th November, with the cost unchanged at £310 + VAT for the standard rate and £275 + VAT for TRADA members. Courses will be held at Chiltern International Fire’s headquarters in High Wycombe. Covering steel, composite and timber fire doors, the CPD certified course is designed with manufacturers, installers, facilities managers, building control officers and local authorities in mind. Visit for more information or to book online, or call 01494 569744. Enquiry No 50

It's the start of the end of an era for old design, small circulation pumps – the uncontrolled, often elderly small circulators that drive millions of heating systems in millions of UK homes. From now, old design, uncontrolled small circulating pumps have been banned from the market in the UK with only high efficiency small circulators allowed to be sold and installed. The reason is simple. These pumps consume too much energy, meaning that they do not meet the strict efficiency requirements of a new EU regulation under the European ErP (Ecodesign) Directive which came into effect in January 2013. Leading pump specialist Wilo UK has a full range of high-efficiency glandless pumps ready to respond to the requirements of the new Directive. The Wilo-Yonos PICO and Wilo-Stratos PICO series for domestic properties and the Wilo-Stratos series for larger properties are "ErP-ready". These high-efficiency pumps already meet all the future requirements of the new EU regulation. Enquiry No 49

NEW TECHNOLOGY IN SENTINEL ELIMINATOR SYSTEM FILTER The recently launched Sentinel Eliminator is the first heating system filter to feature totally new technology for many years. It utilises ground breaking Quadra-CycloneTM Technology to rapidly remove all circulating debris – both magnetic and non-magnetic - from a central heating system. System filters take circulating debris from the heating system, allowing the boiler or renewable heating source and the heating system itself to operate at optimum energy efficiency levels. Sentinel Eliminator comprises an arrangement of four cyclones which force clean water out of the top of the filter and four strategically positioned magnets which accelerate capture and retention of the magnetic debris. As well as eliminating all types of system debris, The Eliminator offers many additional benefits to the installer. It is easy to install – no specialist tools or complex o-ring arrangements are required during installation - and it can be fitted in any orientation of pipework. Enquiry No 51


Hochiki Europe Raises The Standard Of Fire Detection At The Downs School Based in Newbury, The Downs School & Sixth Form is a co-educational comprehensive school that serves the scattered rural community of the Berkshire Downs and beyond. Specialising in science and languages, it prides itself on creating an environment that has a positive impact on the learning, motivation and behaviour of its 1,150 students. The Downs School recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. Shortly after the festivities its business manager, Lisa Hill, decided that the time was right to upgrade its fire detection infrastructure. She comments, ‘The School comprises three main buildings, which were built at different times, and this meant that we had three separate fire detection systems of different ages and types in place. In order to have a more coordinated life safety infrastructure we needed a completely new solution that could meet our immediate and future needs.’ Hill approached West Berkshire Education Authority, which in turn contacted one of its specialist suppliers, Reading based Westronics. Andrew Mundy, the company’s fire projects sales manager, explains, ‘Since establishing the business in 1969 we have specified, installed, serviced and maintained an extensive range of fire detection systems across southern England and Wales. We carry out a lot of work in schools and colleges, so have significant experience of this type of environment.’ After carrying out a comprehensive audit Mundy and his team recommended the installation of a BS 5839 part 1:2002 compliant category L2 analogue addressable fire detection system. An L2 system is designed for the protection of life and has automatic detectors installed in escape routes, rooms adjoining escape routes and high hazard rooms. Hochiki Europe is now Westronics’ preferred supplier. Asked why, Mundy responds, ‘The ability to use a standard Hochiki base unit offers us significant time and cost savings, which is in stark contrast to our experience with other manufacturers’ products. However, while fast and efficient installation is obviously a good thing, any benefits can quickly be negated if the products are not reliable. Fortunately, we get the best of both worlds with Hochiki.’

The Downs School’s addressable fire detection system is configured around Hochiki’s Enhanced Systems Protocol (ESP). Stuart Davies, the company’s marketing manager, comments, ‘ESP is a total communications solution for intelligent and integrated fire detection and offers the flexibility to accommodate simple addressable variants through to sophisticated integrated building management and safety systems.’ The system comprises of three control panels – a six loop panel in the new Graham Taylor building, a four loop panel in the older building and a separate single loop panel in the craft, design and technology (CDT) area. These are complemented by a wide range of Hochiki devices including ALG-E optical smoke detectors, HCP-E call points, YBO-BSB base sounder beacons and ACA-E multi-heat sensors. Due to the age of the wiring, this was replaced in two out of the three buildings. In all common areas ALG-E optical smoke detectors have been installed which feature Hochiki’s unique High Performance Chamber Technology. This minimises the differences in sensitivity experienced in flaming and smouldering fires and helps to reduce the possibility of unwanted alarms at the School. ACA-E multi-heat sensors are sited in the science, cookery and CDT classrooms and were chosen specifically for their ability to alternate between day/night detection modes. The detectors are programmed to operate as heat sensors between 8.00am6.00pm and as optical smoke sensors and heat sensors between 6.00pm-8.00am. The times are set via the control panel time clock and can be reset when necessary to account for changes of use or school holidays. Westronics also recommended that the system should operate with a five-minute delay. Hochiki sounder beacons are strategically placed so that when an initial alarm goes off only personnel in the administration offices and the facilities manager’s office are alerted. They then have time to go to the control panel, find out where the alarm has been activated and carry out an investigation. Mundy comments, ‘This is common practice in secondary schools as there are occasions when pupils find it amusing to deliberately activate the detectors. If this proves to be the case then the five minute window negates the need to carry out a full evacuation of the school and, for example, disrupt those taking exams.’ The system has worked perfectly since installation with no unwanted alarms reported. Enquiry No 52


AMD FirePro™ Technology - Be Limitless When Every Detail Counts AMD FirePro™ technology offers breakthrough capabilities that can help maximise productivity and help lower cost and complexity. AMD works with a range of software and hardware companies to provide the best applications and workstations giving you the edge you need in business. Software such as Twinmotin 2, a 100% real –time 3D studio delivers an immediate realistic display of your projects thanks to its hybrid GPU/CPU system using AMD FirePro Graphics. Alongside choosing the right digital design software and complimentary hardware, upgrading to a new graphics card can help boost 3D performance when models increase in size and complexity. Professional graphics cards, such as AMD FirePro are a good choice for designers and architects as they are tested, optimised and certified to work with all the leading CAD/CAM/CAE applications. In addition to the new and ground breaking AMD Eyefinity multi-display technology, AMD FirePro technology is engineered to deliver innovation and reliability for a wide range of professional operating environments. AMD FirePro technology delivers performance at every price point to meet your demanding business needs from Entry Level to Ultra High-End. Elmtec is a UK distributor for AMD FirePro. Enquiry No 53

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Leitz Tooling UK launches ThermoTech Window System Leitz Tooling UK has launched Leitz ThermoTech Window System, which enables any size joinery company to manufacture ‘A’ rated thermal storm-proof, flush casement and traditional wood windows. Leitz Tooling has developed a complete, compliant and scalable system for the manufacture of high quality ‘A’ rated thermal windows by not only large companies, but for small to medium sized joinery companies. Leitz’s ThermoTech Window System provides an all-in-one package solution which is scalable for the specific and changing needs of individual businesses. British Fenestration Rating Council (BFRC) registered simulator with Leitz, Richard Jacob, said “The system supports every type of variation, to suit every type of manufacturer, with any type of specification, with flexibility. As a low cost, dedicated modular system, it is not only as accessible and as future-proof as we can make it, but includes all the support customers might need, including custom window design and the cost of simulation to BRFC regulations to get the approved ‘A’ rating.” Leitz is holding one-day seminars on the ThermoTech Window System in February 2013 at the Building Crafts College in Stratford, East London, and at Leeds College of Building. Contact to book your place. Download Leitz’s Tooling app for iPhone, iPad or Android from Apple’s App Store or Google Play – search for Leitz. Enquiry No 55

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Technal Windows Create Façade For Light-Filled College Building Casement windows from architectural aluminium systems specialist Technal have been specified to create an elegant and contemporary façade solution for a new campus building in south west France. The College of Bessières near Toulouse is situated on the outskirts of the city in a stunning woodland location. The building was designed by architects Lanoire Courrian and Konbini Associated Architects to provide a high level of natural light and to create a visual extension of the surrounding tree-filled landscape. Around 400 of Technal’s aluminium casement windows were specified by the architects to fill the building with natural light and to minimise the use of air conditioning in summer whilst allowing occupants to benefit from the sun in the winter months. The full height windows on the main elevation are shaded from the sun with brise soleil in Douglas fir, adding a degree of warmth to the building, an aesthetic link to the woodland and controlling solar gain. The window systems feature slim sight lines to reduce the reliance on artificial lighting and were able to accommodate the full height façade with an elegance and purity of design. Technal’s casement window suite uses a technically advanced framing system with unobtrusive narrow sight lines. It is available in a range of versatile module sizes to give architects and contractors the flexibility to deliver enhanced thermal efficiency and to meet project-specific requirements such as aesthetics, performance, and cost. Other features include the option of single or dual colours, a common range of profiles and accessories to simplify specification, and flush EPDM gaskets to enhance the appearance of the window. The suite can be supplied in a full range of configurations, including fixed lights, tilt/turn, top, side and bottom hung, and pivot windows. The systems can be used for punched hole, composite and ribbon window applications, and both new build and refurbishment schemes – and are fully compatible with Technal’s Geode-MX curtain walling and MODAL low rise glazing. Enquiry No 57


Securistyle promotes wellbeing for Peru office workers Securistyle, the well established manufacturer of quality, innovative hardware for the window and door industries, has supplied its Sterling hinge for the newly built Tomasal Office Building in the Surco district of Peru. The eight-storey building spans a built area of 5,713m2 and houses 29 offices. Each of the windows can be opened individually, and by using the top hung Sterling hinges with their superior carrying capacity, the architects, Arq. Samuel Cárdenas, were able to design the building with large vents, ensuring that plenty of natural light was allowed into the offices. Natural light is proven to help promote efficiency and general wellbeing in a working environment. Additionally, with the district of Surco scooping five awards for some of the best-kept green areas in Lima, it makes sense that office workers are able to make the most of the views. Capable of achieving all leading international standards, including the UK BS 6375; the North American AAMA 901.1; and the Singapore Standard 212, the Sterling also provides superior weather sealing and the high grade austenitic steel used during manufacture made it the ideal product choice for a project which required high durability. This high-grade material is specifically selected to provide increased strength and guaranteed long-term resistance to corrosion, and it is fully supported by a 12 year guarantee. Enquiry No 58

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2012 has been a big year... especially for The VEKA UK Group! The VEKA UK Group rounded off 2012 with four awards collected within the space of just a few weeks. VEKA Sales and Marketing Director Colin Torley comments: “Most recently, we’ve collected a G12 award for ‘Energy Efficiency Initiative of the Year’, a trophy for ‘Environmental Innovation’ at the Lancashire Business Environment Awards and the award for ‘Deal of the Year’ at the Lancashire Telegraph Business Awards. Meanwhile, Network VEKA was busy collecting the award for ‘Outstanding Achievement regarding Environmental Sustainability in the PVC-U Replacement Window sector’ at the 2012 NHIC Annual Awards. November and December also saw The VEKA UK Group hold four well received seminars at football grounds, allowing us to discuss upcoming changes in industry legislation, and explain how VEKA can help businesses implement these changes. We showcased new products launched in 2012, including the new twin sash and aluminium system and unveiled our fantastic new marketing toolkit. Network VEKA has been authorised by the DCLG to operate a competent persons scheme and took the seminars as an opportunity to introduce the ‘assure’ scheme to the industry. 2012 also saw work commence on a new £4million mixing plant at VEKA’s Burnley Head Office.” Enquiry No 60

GEZE UK’s latest RIBA CPD is a breath of fresh air GEZE UK has launched a new CPD seminar titled ‘Designing Effective Heat and Smoke Ventilation’ at the RIBA Roadshow in Portland Place, London. The new training seminar gives architects the confidence and knowledge to specify fire and smoke ventilation systems in residential and commercial properties. The seminar covers all the relevant standards and regulations including Approved Document B, BS 9999:2008, BS 9991 and BS EN 12101. It outlines the factors affecting the choice of ventilation systems and explains how ventilation systems for smoke and heat extraction work. Enquiry No 61


Rundum Original concave solid oak garage door A solid oak Rundum Original concave garage door was specified on Downley House - a beautiful innovative home located in rural South Downs National Park and designed by RIBA competition winners Birds Portchmouth Russum. The use of oak and the concave design complements the natural flowing form of the landscape and the rest of the building. The door slides back along the side at an angle into the garage and is operated by remote control. “Rundum Meir feel privileged to have been involved with this prestigious project”. Danesch Missaghian MD. Enquiry No 63

An installation of ten Stertil Stokvis hydraulic dock levellers and 20 dock bumpers has been completed at Davies Turner’s Dartford Freight Terminal as part of a rolling programme that will see the replacement of 44 loading bays over the next few years. The 6000kg capacity hydraulic dock levellers include eight SP3020 swing lip levellers and two XP3020 telescopic levellers which help to ensure the safe and smooth loading and unloading of up to 100 vehicles each day. The loading bays also incorporate PE450 dock bumpers featuring a unique construction and patented materials to ensure superior performance and prevent damage to the loading bay and to vehicles during reversing, loading and unloading operations. Enquiry No 62

PIONEERING DESIGN HELPS DEMENTIA SUFFERERS St Catherines View in Winchester opened in May 2012 - its design reflecting the latest thinking in dementia care. The Colten Care home is set out in five house groups, each one catering for different levels of dementia and providing the right blend of calm and stimulation for each resident. Thoughtful interior design is evident throughout, allowing the greatest possible independence for residents. Colten Developments adopted the highest standards of building, fixtures and fittings throughout and Vicaima’s Classic Oak doors were integral to their design. A variety of themed rooms has also been carefully designed to inspire and stimulate residents. At St Catherines View Vicaima’s Classic Oak doors and Just White plywood flush doors have been used throughout. Together these doors combine traditional elegance with a clean and fresh look throughout this innovative development. St Catherines View was a finalist in the 2012 National Dementia Care Awards for Interior Design. The home also won a 2012 New Homes Gardens Gold award for its ‘memory gardens’. Enquiry No 64


LUXURIOUS MEWS OF MAYFAIR OPTS FOR ESG SWITCHABLE ESG Switchable is in good company at the Mews Of Mayfair, as it sits neatly within the decadent dining room reminiscent of imperial Britain. The LCD privacy glass literally tantalises dinners’ taste-buds as they are invited to peer through the glass to view the kitchen at work. Aptly known as the Chef’s Dining Room, it is situated on the top floor of the luxurious Mayfair restaurant. The 1755 x 555mm glass viewing panel can be either switched ‘on’ to allow full view of the kitchen or ‘off’ for desired privacy. Tim Holmes of North & South Property Services, who specified and arranged for the installation of the LCD glass, comments: “Each of the Mews Of Mayfair’s rooms has a unique character and a touch of eccentricity, making the restaurant an elegant and unforgettable destination. The Chef’s Dining Room is particularly exquisite, as it offers private viewing of the chefs at work and the viewing panel is a key feature. Of course, the guests do not necessarily want to see the kitchen the entire time, which is why we explored the use of a glass panel that could be instantly switched from opaque to transparent. We chose ESG Switchable in particular since it is exceptionally clear when in its transparent state.” All ESG Switchable panels involve a PDLC film being encapsulated between 2 or more glass sheets. Using a minute electrical current, maître d’s can immediately switch the glass from clear to private (opaque) and vice versa. When the electrical supply is switched on, liquid crystal molecules align allowing incidental light to pass through, making the glass clear. Enquiry No 65

Alumen Bi-Fold Doors Help Create Extra Space More people than ever are looking to extend or improve their homes to provide extra space for growing families or ageing relatives in a difficult housing market. And, with a large percentage of UK workers now based at home, an extra room is fast becoming a highly sought after commodity. Specialist aluminium door and window fabricator Alumen has seen a massive growth in the popularity of aluminium bi-fold and sliding doors as a seamless way of adjoining a home to a conservatory, ‘chill out zone’, granny flat or orangery; or of allowing that all important natural light into a garden room office. There is a wide choice of solutions available for any specification, with both Schueco and SMART bi-folding door systems on offer from Alumen. You can take your pick from the highly popular SMART Visofold 1000 and Visoglide systems; or well established Schueco range of bi-folding sliding doors. With adjustable jambs and ultra slim sightlines, the Schueco Ass70FD is a great seller. The latest polyamide thermal barrier technology which creates a thermal transmittance barrier between the cold outside and the warm inside is also available on the sliding patio doors. Those looking at high end orangeries and garden rooms will need to ensure that the aesthetics of the doors match the quality of the project, so Alumen’s retail-focused showroom is available for you to see the door options for themselves. Enquiry No 66


What Happens In The Met Bar Stays In The Met Bar Glass Aftercare has completed the world’s largest installation of Blink switchable intelligent glass at the iconic Met Bar in Mayfair. The world famous venue at The Metropolitan hotel has undergone a complete refurbishment including a redesign of the interior with lava stone bar top, plum and butterscotch banquettes and chairs, back painted glass tables along with a modern, intelligent vast glass frontage. Glass Aftercare was been responsible for the specification supply and installation of the Blink switchable glass panel, measuring 5 x 2.5 metres. It has met the aesthetic and practical requirements of the client, Cosmo Hotel, who wanted a contemporary and minimalistic glass frontage in keeping with the bar’s new look, whilst also providing privacy from the outside to its clientele. When the evening begins, the glass windows turns opaque so that the originally motto ‘what happens in the Met Bar stays in the Met Bar’ is very much still in place. As the world’s largest installation of Blink switchable glass to date, the project presented major logistical and technological challenges. Only an experienced company such as Glass Aftercare could meet these demands. The sheer size of the glass meant that specialist lifting and handling equipment was required; the project also demanded minimal disruption and on time delivery, working within tight delivery schedules. Using their vast experience and knowledge, these aspects were managed by Glass Aftercare effectively, on time and within budget to the complete satisfaction of the client. The Met Bar is now opening its doors to the general public with its stylish new look and Glass Aftercare has played a major role in its dramatic refurbishment. 0845 0745 736 Enquiry No 67

TORMAX SUSTAINABLE ACCESS FOR GREEN BUSINESS PARK Greenhills Real Estate Ltd has installed a third TORMAX entrance system at the highly successful, energy efficient business park in Watford, Croxley Green. Set in impressive glass façades, the 4-leaf manual revolving doors positively contribute to a greener environment by helping reduce heat loss from the buildings whilst the low-energy automatic swing doors to either side take full advantage of TORMAX iMotion technology which is almost entirely manufactured using recyclable material. Contracted to design, manufacture and install the new entrance system to Building 8, TORMAX worked with R&M Glazing to deliver a high quality solution that reflects the sustainable ambitions of the business park. Impressively, occupational running costs are approximately half that of conventional air-conditioned buildings. The manual revolving doors create a prestigious frontage commensurate with any high quality office facility whilst delivering a solution that allows smooth pedestrian access. Powered by TORMAX iMotion operators concealed in a steel container set below the floor, the automatic swing pass doors offer a DDA-compliant option for less-able staff and visitors to the site as well as allowing easy access for deliveries etc. Utilising advanced iMotion technology the underfloor operators are tested well beyond current industry requirements and feature high-powered synchronous motor that have no parts which can wear out, delivering near-indefinite life-expectancy and low-energy operation. Advanced sensors help ensure heat loss from the buildings is cut by allowing doors to be set for ‘reduced opening’ but automatically adapting when pedestrian traffic builds up from both directions. A user-friendly control panel allows site specific requirements to be easily accommodated. Enquiry No 68


DORMA MAKES ITS MARK ON AWARD-WINNING ANGEL BUILDING In the heart of Islington, a neglected 1980’s office block has been dramatically transformed into an award-winning contemporary urban office space with a stunning curved frontage. Central to the design of this £72 million redevelopment was the careful specification of high performance and proven materials including door closers from DORMA. When it came to the specification of door closers for the new entrance, retail units and internal doors, DORMA’s TS93 cam action door closers and DORMA BTS80F floor springs proved ideal. With their compact and elegant design, they matched the modern vision of this high end office space. Architectural Ironmonger Bellsure Supplies Ltd supplied the DORMA TS93 cam action door closers in the stylish Contur design with a silver finish. Unlike rack and pinion slide-channel door closers, the DORMA TS93 system uses a linear drive mechanism and heart-shaped cam to ensure resistance encountered when opening the door decreases virtually instantly with the opening action. The rapidly decreasing opening force ensures that each door can be opened with minimal resistance to meet the requirements of BS8300 and Approved Document M, offering ease of use for children and elderly people as well as improved disabled access. DORMA BTS80F universal floor springs feature a two-valve controllable closing cycle, adjustable closing speed and backcheck. DORMA’s TS93 cam action door closers and BTS80F floor springs are both CERTIFIRE approved and CE marked to BS EN 1154. The meticulous, aesthetic and sustainable approach to the regeneration of the Angel Building has led to it winning several awards, including AIA UK Excellence in Design Commendation 2012, New London Award for Working 2011, the RIBA Award for Architecture 2011 as well as being nominated for the RIBA Stirling Prize 2011. Enquiry No 69

Style’s Refreshing Approach Impresses Heineken The meeting area at Heineken’s London office now benefits from a comprehensive partitioning system designed and installed by moveable wall experts, Style. Allowing the area to be sub-divided into any configuration up to five independent meeting rooms, Style recommended a combination of DORMA Moveo glass and solid partitioning panels, fulfilling the criteria for a flexible solution that is both acoustically sound and aesthetically high impact. DORMA’s semi-automatic Moveo system represents the latest in partitioning technology, effortlessly creating moveable walls with outstanding stability and solidity. Heineken’s meeting area is aptly called ‘The Green Zone’ – the brand name used for venues where Heineken and great rugby experiences meet. Working closely with architect C2 Concepts and main contractor Skansen, Style was involved from an early stage to develop flexible space in their meeting area in a truly ingenious arrangement. The final solution allows Heineken to open up the whole area into one large space. Alternatively they can sub-divide it into any configuration of one, two, three, four or five independent meeting rooms. Then there is the facility to create a combination of less meeting rooms but more space - for example, three smaller meeting rooms plus a larger breakout area. Delivering an effective acoustic barrier of up to Rw50dB the DORMA Moveo partitioning panels provide the required privacy levels whilst still maximising natural light. Complementing Heineken’s striking office interior design, Style finished the aluminium frames surrounding the glass panels in anodised black. Enquiry No 70


TREND – Stunning Quartz Worksurfaces from Compac TREND is an innovative technological quartz worktop and flooring collection from COMPAC involving a new design approach - adding magic and alchemy to create a totally unique collection - warm and friendly, where simplicity and purity are its hallmarks. The TREND collection, COMPAC believe, is ecologically superior in its manufacture and composition to any other quartz worktop or flooring on the market and has been designed for healthy living - where colour and texture contribute to an equilibrate feeling. COMPAC’s renowned engineering skills have achieved a virtually zero porosity surface without the need for antibacterial chemicals, to deliver a completely healthy and easy to maintain worktop or floor. TREND is available in five beautiful and timeless cool colours which complement each other beautifully whether used as a two tone worksurface or worksurface and floor, either way the effect is simply stunning. Enquiry No 71

Design on Film In this age of cost effective refurbishment solutions, designers can now offer their clients the opportunity to transform their existing furniture, walls and fittings by way of a dramatic makeover thanks to Interior Film from David Clouting Ltd. Manufactured by LG Hausys, Interior Film is a self-adhesive, decorative film designed for interior applications. It’s quick and easy to install, rooms or feature walls can be dramatically transformed in hours with minimum disruption. Interior Film can be applied to almost any substrate. It has excellent flexibility and adhesion properties which allows for a perfect finish even to curved areas and complex shapes. Interior Film is fire rated, easy to clean and maintain, is hardwearing and remains stable when exposed to heat, humidity or low temperatures. Air free technology enables Interior Film to be easily applied to give a bubble free professional finish. Interior Film is exclusively available from David Clouting in a range of exciting designs (Green Wrinkle featured) and finishes including: Exotic woods, Leather effect, textured metals and Natural stone. Enquiry No 72

Yeoman Shield ‘Ticks All The Boxes’ For Community School

Recycling With Style As a part of the University of Derby’s £6m transformation of its Britannia Mill site, a new recycling scheme has been initiated, incorporating Leafield Environmental’s new Meridian Envirobin, complemented with desk-top recyclers, in place of under desk bins. Being designed to collect two waste streams within a single compact unit, the Meridian Envirobin is reported to have been the ideal choice. With a large 110 litre capacity, the Meridian Envirobin has a unique facility of being able to capture multiple waste streams in a single bin by having WRAP colour compliant, split lids, accompanied by explanatory graphics. Enquiry No 74

Yeoman Shield, market leaders in wall and door protection has been voted an outstanding success by Old Trafford Community School, Manchester. Jane Walker, the school’s caretaker, explained: “We first used Yeoman Shield wall protection over three years ago in the large main dining hall and had no hesitation in choosing it once again to protect vulnerable areas in our reception class dining area.” Yeoman Shield Wave top pattern FalmouthEx in multi colours have been fitted to the walls of the dining area along with MDF Core skirting in Smooth White. Jane added: “I am a huge fan of Yeoman Shield and hope to fit more around the school in the future. Enquiry No 73

Tracking Safety Dynatrack is a new slip resistant matting specially designed and manufactured in the UK for use in London Underground’s maintenance depots. Dynatrack has similar characteristics to Vynagrip safety matting, also manufactured by Plastic Extruders. It features a wider grid to allow for dirt and detritus to fall through the gaps thereby removing slip and trip hazards. Furthermore, a highly visible edging clearly delineates the edge to warn workers when they are approaching the maintenance pit. In addition to acting as a slip resistant surface and visual safety marker, Dynatrack also has anti-fatigue properties, which is important to the engineers that have to stand for long periods on an otherwise bare concrete floor. Black Dynatrack is manufactured using up to 100% post-industrial recycled material and is fully recyclable, making it a sustainable and environmentally-sensitive choice. It is available in 5m or 10m roll lengths; 60, 91 and 122cm wide. Enquiry No 75


WUDU ABLUTION WASHING STATION JOINS SPECIALIST PORTFOLIO Wudu literally means cleaning oneself in preparation for prayer. The communal act of washing before prayer is directed by the holy Quran. All Muslims must use clean water to wash hands and feet before performing salat (prayer) in Mosques, schools and places of Muslim worship all over the world. To make refitting or installing this important area as cost effective and efficient as possible, Franke Washroom Systems has added a new Wudu Ablution/Washing Station to its portfolio of stainless steel commercial products. The new Wudu increases its range of products designed for the particular needs of different religions and cultures. (Pictured above: A Wudu washing area fitted with the new Wudu Ablution Station in a school in Derby.) The new Franke Washroom Systems’ Wudu Ablution Washing Station range is made of high-grade 1.5mm 304 stainless steel with a satin finish. Wudu is available as a two person unit measuring 1200mm or alternatively as a single person unit measuring 700mm, but can be made to any length to suit. Each unit has 1 or 2 non-concussive (self-closing) Bib tap/s as well as a hinged grid that aids washing and which can be lifted for easy cleaning and maintenance. A washing station may be supplied in left or right hand versions and each has a domed waste with quick access to plumbing connections via a hidden access panel. Complementing seats are also available as an optional extra. Enquiry No 76

RAK goes wild with new Zebra Collection RAK Ceramics has introduced its stunning new Zebra Collection. Bringing a taste of the African plains to the home, the new range includes zebrapatterned décor tiles and borders, along with complementary mono-toned tiles. The dramatic range injects a real wow factor to any interior, whilst providing an exceptionally durable and practical surface. Both the Zebra plain ceramic and décor tiles are available in a 30x60cm formats. Co-ordinating 60x60cm porcelain formats are also offered in each design, along with matching borders measuring 10x60cm and a 5x60cm. The combination of borders, décor and plain tiles allows endless creative design options – from subtle to dramatic. Other new designs to join RAK’s range include the Sandust Collection. Inspired by the tones and textures of the Arabian Desert, the Collection includes Lappato and rustic textured tiles in a variety of subtle sandy shades and finishes. Enquiry No 77


Nero Stella Shines In Sian’s ‘Moregeous’ Kitchen Black is today’s most popular worktop choice, because it goes with any kitchen style, rustic or contemporary, complements any cabinet colour and décor, and introduces a sophisticated, yet inviting note. Talented interior designer and property developer, Sian Astley, chose Granite Transformations’ diamond-polished work surface Nero Stella, a slightly sparkling deep black finish, to set off a traditional cream shaker-style kitchen, together with other stylish black elements that keep the room looking fresh and elegant. “Nero Stella’s sharp edges and slimline depth gives the kitchen a more contemporary feel and the wider granite overhang allows for a mid-room breakfast bar area,” says Sian. The location was Ben and Stacey’s family home in Eastbourne, where Sian wanted to transform a large 4m x 8m room into an elegant kitchen-diner, using zoning techniques to create a series of interesting areas. The project was filmed for a new Channel 5 series, Half Built House, which aims to help homeowners whose best-laid refurbishment plans have gone awry. Show presenter Sian also runs her own design and building consultancy in Manchester, Moregeous Interior Design, and brings a wealth of knowledge of ‘all things property’ to the TV makeovers. Zone 1 of the Eastbourne kitchen-diner consists of two right-angled runs of new fitted cabinets, each around 2m long, and an island unit with gas hob and breakfast counter, which forms the interface with Zone 2, the dining room. For the work surfaces, Granite Transformations supplied its Nero Stella worktop material, which is made from natural Italian granite blended with polymer resin, for outstanding strength, flexibility and technical performance. Unlike solid granite slab, this material is slim and lightweight, just a quarter of an inch thick, and is designed to fit neatly over existing worktops or for bonding onto water-resistant construction board in new fitted kitchens. After preliminary measuring up on-site, Granite Transformations fabricates worktops based around full-size templates in their own workshops, eliminating the usual dust and debris, whilst ensuring precise dimensions. “The Nero Stella granite was effectively wrapped around a template, which can be useful in a kitchen where weight is an issue or where existing tops have to be worked

with,” records Sian in her Moregeous blog. “Everything [on the island unit] was measured to perfection so as not to overhang the radiator and lose heat, yet leave enough room for plates and to stop small hands reaching the range.” The black granite finish is picked up on the graphite-coloured doors of the American fridge-freezer unit, the dark metal cage handles of the cream kitchen cabinets, the built-in cooker hood and even the power sockets, which are specified in brushed chrome with dark inserts to keep the detailing theme consistent. Inset into one worktop is a traditional handmade Belfast sink, with a distinctive fluted front, characteristic Bonneville tap and double bowl format, that Sian says is perfect for a family kitchen. Grey stone floor tiles are laid in the kitchen in a random fashion, to give a rustic feel, while engineered oak flooring planks mark where the cooking area ends and the dining room begins. A roman blind instead of the usual roller style, in a sophisticated lalique lime fabric, adds a final luxurious touch. Having transformed a virtual ‘danger zone’, complete with holes in the floor, into a beautiful, elegant kitchen-diner, Sian’s classic interior design prompted a highly enthusiastic reaction from Stacey and Ben – ‘we absolutely love it’, ‘it’s even better than we imagined’ – during the final televised reveal. The fact that the makeover also added substantially to the value of the property was yet another bonus. Suitable for kitchen refacing or stylishly topping off new fitted units, Nero Stella and around 60 other Granite Transformations’ worktop finishes are available from showrooms nationwide. To check out the nearest store, go to or telephone 0800 822 3410. Sian Astley’s property blog can be viewed at http:// Enquiry No 78


Decoflame® E-Ribbon Fire Since 2007, Decoflame has become the synonym for Danish Design and Craftsmanship on the market for bioethanol fireplaces. Comprising a large variety of both standard and made to measure bioethanol fireplace models, the decoflame® range of fires are amongst the safest and most stylish currently available. In February 2012, the Denmarkbased manufacturer introduced a second generation of electronically controlled ethanol-fuelled burner – the decoflame® e-Ribbon Fire (patent pending). Featuring cuttingedge technology, this remotely controlled burner can be installed as a stand-alone drop-down unit or as part of the decoflame® made to measure built-in bioethanol fireplace models Montreal and Orlando. The decoflame® e-Ribbon Fire combines ease of installation and operation with functional safety, introducing the joy and warmth of a real open fire to domestic and commercial fireplace applications without the need for a flue or chimney. Enquiry No 79

Armstrong’s grid systems suspend belief Armstrong Ceilings’ portfolio of suspension systems is detailed in a new catalogue. Customers of Armstrong Ceilings have been instrumental in developing what is arguably the most comprehensive portfolio of suspension systems on the market. Their input has resulted in a range of standard and designer grids and canopies that meet, and more, all the challenges of the contemporary construction environment. Systems have been designed from scratch to meet standard requirements such as the environment, quality standards, ease of use and aesthetics, as well as specific requirements such as healthcare, humid and corrosive environments, and even seismic ones. For instance, the most recent recruit to the designer range, Microline 15 XL², a steel-based grid with an exposed aluminium sleeve to give a clean and crisp visual, was also designed with a practical fluted reveal for flexibility in partition fixing and relocation – a by-product of today’s requirement for adaptable office space. And the Axiom canopy range has evolved from the “C” perimeter trim system for use with full-size tiles, through the more aesthetic Knife Edge Canopy, to the curved and circle canopies which allow specifiers to play with different planes and levels as well as to conceal service elements. Others in the designer range - Silhouette, Interlude and the Axiom system - provide equally aesthetically enhanced grids. In addition to the designer range, Armstrong has an extensive range of performance grids encompassing concealed, semi-concealed and exposed systems. The Prelude range of exposed grids includes a main runner section that requires fewer suspension points, while all Prelude components feature a unique “stitched” construction which enhances torsional resistance. For specific applications, the Clean Room grid system is manufactured from aluminium for maximum corrosion resistance and non-magnetic environments, with a unique factory-applied gasket for a better seal between tile and grid. Prelude 24 Non Corrosive features a special paint finish and steel-based composite clip for enhanced corrosion resistance, while the Seismic RX grid is independently tested to withstand the forces associated with significant seismic activity or other severe events. Enquiry No 80


New Splashback Lights Up Isle of Wight LiteTile Ltd have supplied Isle of Wight-based kitchen company Custom with an illuminated, colour-changing glass splashback. This was fitted by LiteTile Ltd into a new kitchen designed and built by Custom. This innovative type of splashback gives Custom’s client the opportunity to have bright task lighting in the kitchen and then switch the unit to exciting mood lighting. Custom’s Chris Brennan says, “My client is absolutely delighted with his new kitchen and is very happy to be the first person on the Isle of Wight to have a LiteTile in their kitchen”. He went on to say “The colour-changing splashback completely changes the mood of the kitchen depending on which colour is selected”. LiteTile’s Director, Ian Lancaster, said “We were very excited to be working with Chris at Custom as we knew that Chris used LiteTile as a unique selling point in order to win this project”. He went on “Our splashbacks are very slim so fit neatly and easily behind a worktop or hob and are very easy to install and keep clean, as well as being energy efficient as we use the latest high output LEDs”. LiteTile, which was set up in 2011 and is based in Somerset, provide illuminated glass splashbacks that are suitable for use in both kitchens and bathrooms. Each unit is bespoke and a single unit can be made up to 3m in length. The splashbacks can either be single colour or be completely colour-changing – giving total versatility in the kitchen or bathroom. As well as supplying colour-changing splashbacks, LiteTile Ltd has a wealth of experience in the design and build of bespoke architectural lighting projects. Enquiry No 81


Resilient lifts for challenging environments that will be a Stannah lift refurbishment! Stannah engineers, based at the West Midlands and Mid-Wales service branch of Stannah Lift Services in Halesowen, have completed four challenging lift refurbishments for Euro Car Parks Limited at Five Ways in Birmingham. The car park is also perfectly placed for Birmingham’s night life so the lifts were continually in use until years of inappropriate use and abuse had rendered them inoperable. The refurbishment programme of work was therefore extensive. All four existing lifts, positioned in duplex pairs on either side of the car park, were originally supplied by other manufacturers and Stannah won the contract to carry out the refurbishments in consultation with Ray Holland, Lift Consultant from Holland Lift Services Ltd. The lifts were all driven hydraulically and existing drive systems were updated with the installation of new hydraulic tank units, pumps and valve blocks with a complete refurbishment of motor rooms located near to each pair of lifts. This included the installation of new ILE Skycom controllers and associated works to improve the performance and economy of the units. Each lift has a robust high quality door drive gear Selcom Pegasus for maximum resistance to damage, new brushed aluminium resilient landing door entrances along together with the complete replacement of all push buttons with high spec anti-vandal push buttons and push stations. Enquiry No 82

Coram Showers innovate with NEW ‘Cubicle’ shower enclosure… Market leading British shower enclosure manufacturer Coram Showers has set another trend with its newest design, the ‘Cubicle’, paving the way for easier trouble-free and watertight shower installation. Designed specifically to aid the commercial market, the ‘Cubicle’ is featured in conjunction with Coram’s Optima and Premier Range of shower panels and doors, thus ensuring the highest quality available to the end user. Each ‘Cubicle’ has specially cut channels to provide a brand new approach to fitting a shower enclosure. Not only do the pioneering conduits allow the installer to literally click ‘n’ fix the ‘Cubicle’ to completion, but the shower enclosure is actually freestanding! Fitted using Coram’s Optima or Premier shower panels and doors, the ‘Cubicle’ projects a more glass, less frame aesthetic. This has been achieved with the taller panels and doors, plus reduced profile widths featured in these collections. Manufactured from toughened and thick, Glassguard protected 6mm safety glass, the ‘Cubicles’ design is further strengthened using Coram’s dedicated range of bespoke trays. Manufactured from the company’s own Coratech® material, each tray has the strength of traditional stone but is light enough to carry and fit. Steel reinforced, these showertrays make for a rigid and completely watertight foundation to the ‘Cubicle’ enclosure, suitably equipped for each panel to then click precisely into place. For video demonstrated ‘Step-by-Step’ instructions please visit Coram Showers YouTube Channel by following this link; watch?v=F_tFoH_xCVc Enquiry No 83


New Bona Finish Chosen To Restore Hall Floor Floor Restorers of Cheltenham, who specialise in the renovation of natural floors such as stone, marble and wood, have renovated the hardwood floor in the Princess Hall at Cheltenham Ladies’ College. The floor was installed in 1952 and is constructed from Gurjun planks, a warm, pinkish brown species which was chosen to tone with the woodwork of the stage and balconies, and which is particularly silent to the tread.

to deal with including scratches and scrapes, a build up of maintenance products and some water damage. Floor Restorer’s Paul Biver consulted Bona’s Tony Peak over the most appropriate finish for the floor. Tony recommended new Bona Traffic HD would provide the most durable finish for a surface that was subject to constant traffic from pupils and the public attending a wide range of events and performances. Traffic HD is a new waterborne formulation from Bona that is 40% more hard wearing than classic Bona Traffic and with a VOC content that is 40% lower. A key feature is its fast development time which means a floor can be put back in to use just 24 hours after application of the final coat. The magnificent organ, installed in 2006, is a prized feature of the Princess Hall. The College was very concerned to protect this visual and aurally inspiring instrument from possible sanding dust contamination. Floor Restorers were able to guarantee a completely dust free procedure by using a Bona DCS dust containment system.

Floor Restorers have carried out work at the renowned school premises before, but it was the first time this particular floor had been sanded back for 16 years. Consequently there was considerable surface damage

This powerful vacuum is designed to be connected to Bona Belt and Edge sanding machines during sanding and removes and stores every speck of dust from the air and the machines, eliminating contamination from sanding dust as well as resulting in highly effective sanding and clean, safer working conditions for the team. Some parts of the floor were so heavily scratched that Paul had to start sanding with 24 grit abrasives. And, after working through to 100 grit quality, he used the Bona Scrad system to deliver a fine finish before applying a coat of Bona Prime Intense. Bona Prime Intense is designed to produce a rich colouration to the surface as well as providing increased build to help improve wear resistance. When the primer coat had dried Paul used Bona’s Scrad System again to deal with any grain raising and to produce a really fine, flat finish ready for the first of three coats of Bona Traffic HD.

The three coats were applied over a three day period with the Scrad System being used again to key the first two coats back when dry. “Traffic HD is really great to use” said Paul “it’s got very good self-levelling properties and the long open time is useful when working in a large area like the Princess Hall. Everyone is delighted with the floor and the room looks totally different now it’s finished.” Enquiry No 84


Introducing Trackit, A New Suspension System From The Shopkit Group TracKit, is an extremely versatile track suspension system providing mobility and flexibility to the presentation of banners and graphics, sliding panels/room dividers, shelving and clothing displays. Trackit can facilitate different types of elements to be hung at different heights along straight or curved sections of track and repositioned easily and is proving to be a popular display solution for Receptions, Galleries, Retail interiors, Window displays, Home, Hotels and the rest of the Leisure industry. TracKit can be wall or ceiling fixed and is available with a choice of single, twin or triple tracks, enabling the design of multi-track installations, giving displays the potential for depth and innovation. This system offers static and mobile suspension options, via a roller wheel, which allows for easy re-positioning of complex displays and shelving as well as large panels and room dividers etc, by simply sliding the roller wheels along the track. The suspension track is available in both

aluminium and stainless steel and there are six different support methods that can be hung from the track, each with a vast array of accessories and Shopkit can help determine which is most suitable for each application. Made to Measure and Installation options available The dimensions and material finishes of the different suspension systems and accessories can be varied to suit clients’ requirements and Shopkit can deliver and install all elements within this range - quotations will be supplied on request. Enquiry No 85


Surespan Provides Access Solution For Oil Industry When staff at National Oilwell Varco were unable to build tall manifold assemblies due to the restricted height of their Dunfermline factory, they turned to Surespan for help. Opening up the roof on a temporary basis was the solution. Following consultations with Surespan, a 4000 x 4300mm double leaf roof hatch was manufactured which enabled an external crane to lift the manifold units in through the roof. The electrically operated hatch opens in an automated sequence, controlled by a small PLC and activated by the turn of a key. It was specially designed to open and stay open utilising strut locking to withstand agreed wind conditions. This solution allowed the company to continue this operation in their existing factory without having to hire temporary premises. Surespan prides itself on providing the right access solution for their customers, whatever their requirements. Ranging from FACTA Class A to F loadings, our access hatches are available in standard sizes or can be custom made to match your exact requirements. We also provide floor ducting, handrail fittings, smoke release dampers, roof lights and offer a comprehensive range of ladders, which can all be built to order. In addition, our ‘Jakdor’ range of ceiling and wall access panels is designed to cover all types of internal and external voids. Enquiry No 86


Wet Weather Wins Firm Olympic Gold Britain’s wet summer has brought an Olympic windfall for a British company. Total Vibration Solutions (TVS), a Haslingden-based noise and vibration control specialist, has won a contract from London 2012 to help suppress the unwelcome sound of rainfall on the roof of its International Broadcasting and Media Centre. Recent heavy rain revealed that the metal roof of the 4,500 tonne steel structure located within the Olympic Park in Stratford, East London, and recently opened by Lord Coe, Chairman of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games, creates too much noise and vibration when the heavens open. The 24-hour media hub, home for some 20,000 broadcasters, journalists and photographers, will be bringing the games to an estimated fourbillion people. Total Vibration Solutions, which specialises in noise and vibration supression has won the contract to supply a specialist one millimetre thick self-adhesive acoustic damping material to cover part of the building’s 28,000m2 roof. So, should the unpredictable weather continue, the media won’t be troubled by the cloudbursts. Said TVS Managing Director Paul Lafone: “The wet weather has been unprecedented, so the organisers clearly want to ensure that they are prepared, even if the worst should happen during the Games. During my visit with the London 2012 venue & infrastructure team I actually took along a pair of symbols, one with and one without our TVS damping sheet applied, just to illustrate its effectiveness in solving the noise and vibration problems in metallic surfaces. Unorthodox, but it seems to have demonstrated the perfect solution.” Enquiry No 87



PIGMENTO Brown: the new colour of VMZINC Building on the success of the PIGMENTO zinc colour range, VMZINC has introduced PIGMENTO Brown which combines the texture of pre-weathered, grey QUARTZ-ZINC with a delicate hint of brown. Its subtle, yet distinctive appearance, provides a combination of durability and scratch resistance for facade and roofing systems which will last for years. The colour has been launched for use in projects of all types but particularly those in rural environments. It offers further design scope both in terms of the use of zinc and its combination with other building materials. PIGMENTO Brown is truly unique and combines the natural grained texture of pre-weathered VMZINC systems with subtle colour achieved through use of pigments which are chromate-free.

Rain water recycling specialists Gutter Mate announces the launch of their best ever rain water diverter. The national Green Apple and Hertfordshire Green Award winners have worked hard to pack even more water efficiency into their diverter. The new diverter handles a substantially greater flow and fits larger downpipes than before. It’s much more efficient and accommodating. The top section now handles round pipes up to 80ml and square pipes up to 75ml with ease. For those short of time or safety conscious, the Gutter Mate 2 diverter is as good as it’s always been. Easily installed, inspected and emptied at ground level this diverter takes the pressure from your guttering and your feet. It’s aesthetically good too: the corrugated hose allows flexible positioning of the water butt receiving the filtered rain water. The colour range has expanded too; the diverter now comes in brown as well as black and white. Using the fine mesh insert allows saved water to be used inside the home (such as washing machines, toilet flushing) as well as outside (car washing, garden irrigation). Enquiry No 89

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WAITROSE TAKES OFF WITH KINGSPAN Kingspan’s KS1000 LS Longspan™ insulated panel system has played a part in creating a contemporary look and meeting the challenge of a special curved feature for a striking new Waitrose store near Maidstone. Built on the site of a former airfield, the store has been situated next to the original control tower. The clean lines required for the modern design were achieved using Micro-Ribbed Kingspan KS1000 LS Longspan™ in an attractive Pearl shade from Kingspan’s Spectrum® colour coating range. The secret fix insulated panel system can span up to 8.2 metres from support to support, removing the need for secondary steelwork and reducing installation times. Gale Construction specified and installed 860m2 of the Kingspan Longspan™ insulated wall panels in a 120 mm thickness to deliver a U-value of 0.18 W/m2K. The panel is able to achieve airtightness as low as 5 m3/hr/m2 at 50 pa, and this performance helped the Waitrose store to achieve a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating.

Yeoman Rainguard Adds Finishing Touches To Scottish Isles House Yeoman Rainguard has been hailed as a great success by Richard & Sue Titterington, owners of a recently constructed house on the Scottish Isle of Islay. Richard explained: “We needed a guttering system which would meet the unique requirements of the property (including two semi circles at the front and the back) and would stand up to being exposed to the rigours of the weather and sea salt. Yeoman Rainguard supplied 130 x 100mm DFHR XL Gutters along with 75mm diameter XL rainwater pipe on the straight runs and a GRP Radius Gutter to match the XL profile on the two large radius sections. All products were supplied in Slate Grey to closely match the tiled roof. Enquiry No 91

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Marley Eternit; clay plain tile experts With strong evidence that the specification of clay plain tiles remains robust, Marley Eternit appreciates the importance of continuing to support the marketplace strongly. Marley Eternit’s unrivalled heritage within the clay plain tile market remains vibrant today, with recent and significant investment in new clay plain tile production facilities at Keele. This investment now underpins the largest clay plain tile production capacity in the UK. A sustainable future is also central to Marley Eternits’s clay plain tile market commitment. All Marley Eternit clay plain tiles can achieve an A+ in the BRE Green Guide to Specification which assess the environmental impact of building materials. In addition, Marley Eternit’s clay plain tiles have acquired a ‘good’ rating through BES 6001 – the Framework Standard for the Responsible Sourcing of Construction Products. Furthermore, Marley Eternit has become the only roofing manufacturer in the UK to achieve independent carbon footprint certification for its range of products, partnering with the Carbon Trust – an industry first. Enquiry No 92


Dallmer Renova Roof Drain - Ideal For Retrofit When re-roofing, a major problem is often the removal of existing roof drains before installing new ones and connecting them inside the building to existing drain-pipes. Dallmer’s Renova 63T Roof Drain is a product that completely overcomes this problem and therefore reduces dramatically the overall cost of roof renovation. RenovaDrain is specifically designed to push down through the existing drain and inside the existing drainpipe, creating a watertight seal via the lip-seals on the down pipe of the drain. This well conceived design is made with the precision for which the Dallmer name is respected throughout world – thousands are in use in Europe and the USA. RenovaDrain has recently been upgraded with improved, dedicated versions for use with bitumen felt – ‘DallBit’ - and TPO membranes. A version for welding to PVC remains plus the ‘standard’ version for EPDM – or any other membrane. Improvements include extended length (up to 460mm from roof level) to cater for ever thicker layers of insulation and a dome grating with a greater free area to avoid the problem of possible clogging by roof-blown rubbish. The Dallmer 84 version is smaller but just as easy to fit and is widely used where additional insulation is not being laid or remedial work with a flat grate on paved terraces. Enquiry No 93

RigiSystems on the right track at Paddington Station Around 3,000 sq m of one of RigiSystems Creative Profiles were used to create a contemporary look and feel to the fourth span of Paddington Station’s roof. The fourth span was added in 1916 to Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s original three-span design, but it fell into disrepair in the 1990s. Contractor Morgan Sindall had the daunting task of creating the new structure on the Grade 1 listed building, serving up to 180,000 passengers a day, while keeping six platforms operational and watertight. The result is a triumph. The ‘saw tooth’ profile, in 1.2mm thickness steel, is plastisol coated on both sides in Goosewing Grey on the outside and Terracotta on the inside. The effect is dramatic on the inside while blending perfectly with the London skyline when viewed from the outside. Enquiry No 94


Forbo Is On The Beat At Staffordshire Police HQ The recent transformation of a former vehicle servicing garage into a new multi-purpose HQ building for Staffordshire Police was a challenging refurbishment project calling for a wide range of different flooring types. Forbo Flooring Systems supplied The Design Consultancy of Staffordshire County Council with the attractive, practical and cost effective fully integrated floor scheme required Forbo’s Allura Luxury vinyl tiles (LVT) in a selection of contrasting ‘natural and earthy’ finishes and tones were used to create visual interest and to delineate walkways and seating zones in the open area, cafeteria and corridor. For offices and meeting rooms calling for softer textures and improved acoustics, Tessera Mix, Forbo’s best selling random-lay, batchless carpet tile proved the perfect textile solution with its geometric patterns and multilayered, seamless appearance. Coral Duo, a highly effective wipe-off entrance flooring system was specified to provide maximum soil and moisture removal from the soles of shoes in the heavily trafficked entrance area. The matting retains 10% more dirt in the first few metres than any other textile entrance flooring system. On the first floor, in all general purpose areas, Surestep safety flooring was specified, not only for its enhanced slip resistance (R10 rating) but also for its low maintenance properties and durability, provided by its unique PUR Pearl™ finish. Enquiry No 95


Timoleon UFCH For Historic City Church St. Andrew Undershaft, once a City of London landmark, but now completely dwarfed by the notorious ‘Gherkin’, is remarkable in several ways. Apart from the extraordinary name [the ‘Undershaft’ refers to a huge Maypole that reputedly towered over the building in the 16th Century], it is one of the very few City churches to survive both the Great Fire of 1666 and German bombing in the Second World War, only to be damaged by the IRA’s attentions in the 1990s. It is now only occasionally used for services but is important to its administrator St. Helen’s Bishopsgate as a venue for meetings, Bible studies, Sunday School and evening functions. As a meeting place it was felt that greater comfort, in particular more effective central heating, had become essential and Forcia Ltd., a company with considerable experience in heritage projects, was appointed to undertake the work. Underfloor heating was the obvious choice for the church to ensure even warmth throughout the huge 330 square metres of floor space in St. Andrew Undershaft and it was decided that use of the FoilBoard system developed and made by Timoleon Limited would make installation simple and swift and ensure that heat provision would be both reliable and effective. Timoleon’s FoilBoard heating system is designed to be laid directly on any reasonably flat surface; ideal for St. Andrew Undershaft since the composition floor was in quite fair condition. The basis for the system is panels manufactured from carbon coated expanded insulation material containing extremely effective pre-bonded soft temper aluminium heat diffusers. The panels include channels for the flexible 15mm polybutylene pipe which will circulate warm water and are held in place on the floor by conventional wooden battens. The expanded insulation material is easily cut to size where necessary and is also sufficiently flexible to accommodate minor undulations in the floor below. When the panels are laid and secured it is the simplest of operations to walk the heating pipe into place from a roll. Enquiry No 96


Portakabin Hands Over The First Complete Primary School In England To Be Built Using Modular Construction Portakabin has handed over the first complete primary school in England to be built using modular construction. The scheme for Leeds City Council is also the first project to be constructed using the brand new Portakabin modular building system. The new primary school forms part of Carr Manor Community School which is now one of only two ‘through’ schools in Leeds, taking pupils from the age of 4 to 18. It will ultimately accommodate 210 children, helping to address the rapid growth in demand for primary provision in the area.

educational needs room, catering kitchen, offices, staff room, library, and food and science technology room. Trees have been retained on the site and green areas extended allowing the school to develop outdoor classrooms. The scale and shape of the building features details such as an inclined roof and a palette of colours for the façades that reflect the design of the secondary school. Large picture windows ensure high levels of natural light and allow views over the adjacent field, and opening roof lights naturally ventilate other areas of the building.

The £3m purpose-designed building was successfully delivered by Portakabin on time and on budget after only six months on site, in time for the start of the new academic year. It has a bright and contemporary design which reflects the architectural features of the adjacent secondary school, creating a distinctive campus feel for the site. Commenting on the scheme, Kevin Jones, Director and General Manager of Portakabin Sales, said, “The success of this project, its aesthetics and the quality of the finished building have taken modular construction to a new level and we believe it will help change perceptions about just what Portakabin building solutions can now achieve. The new building system has brought significant advancements in the look, feel, sound and floor quality of the building – and has exceeded Building Regulations for thermal performance.”

The new Portakabin building system brought a number of innovations to this project, including: The use of larger 3.75m wide and 16.5m long modules which reduced the number of units by almost half – resulting in fewer vehicle movements to site, less cranage and reduced work on site Fewer internal columns and a flat façade with no visible structural columns A new wall construction which has delivered improved thermal performance and exceeded Building Regulations requirements A more solid and robust feel for the building A greater variety of coloured finishes for the building envelope A wider choice of glazing options, including windows with sills and reveals.

Harry Rayat, Operations Manager at Carr Manor Community School, said, “The new school is just fantastic. The modular approach allowed us to achieve a tight deadline for the start of the new academic year when we had to provide additional reception places. We have been very impressed with the speed and quality of construction. Portakabin clearly understands our sector and was very professional throughout. .” Facilities include seven classrooms each with a sheltered outdoor play space, a sports and dining hall, reception area and foyer, hygiene room with hoist, special

The new Portakabin modular building system also now has the benefit of a 30-year structural warranty and five-year product warranty, and the widest range of module lengths, widths and heights to suit almost any site, building footprint or configuration. Enquiry No 97

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Yorkon Awarded 1st Contract For Its Revolutionary New Off-Site Building System Off-site construction specialist, Yorkon, has been awarded the first contract to be built using its revolutionary new building system. The scheme for Kier Construction will provide three two-storey curriculum wings for a new secondary school in the village of Cambourne in Cambridgeshire.

Commenting on the project, Simon Bates, Contracts Manager at Kier Construction, said “In order for the new building to be fully operational for the Council’s deadline next year, the time available for construction was reduced. Taking an off-site approach for the project was the ideal solution, which allowed us to reduce the programme. This project follows the success of our work with Yorkon on a major healthcare scheme in Colchester, where we were impressed with the speed and quality of their building system.” The new Yorkon steel-framed building system will reduce the number of modules needed for the teaching areas by around half, to just 60 large 18m long units. This solution is more sustainable because it reduces the vehicle movements to site, there will be less cranage and less work on site. There will also be fewer internal columns to facilitate space planning. Other improvements with the new building system include: Enhanced architectural detailing – the windows will have reveals and cills rather than openings that are flush with the face of the walls The use of the very latest open pour polyurethane insulation technology will deliver even better thermal performance and U values for lower running costs and reduced carbon emissions.

The 7,000 sqm project for Cambridgeshire County Council is the first new secondary school to be constructed in the county for 30 years, and is Yorkon’s second scheme for Kier Construction. The project will accommodate 750 pupils aged 11 to 16, helping to meet the growing demand for secondary school places following an increase in housing provision and rising birth rates in the area that are significantly higher than national trends. Designed by Frank Shaw Associates and due for completion early Summer 2013, the project is embracing modern methods of construction to deliver the new school. The use of off-site construction for the curriculum wings will help to reduce the programme time to just 35 weeks. A cross laminated timber structure will be used for the central core that accommodates the larger communal spaces such as the dining and sports halls and gym.

Each module will be delivered to site with a pre-installed concrete floor, further reducing work on site, improving quality control and providing a robust finish for a demanding secondary school environment. The circulation areas open on to the central mall with no divisions between circulation zones to allow passive surveillance to reduce bullying and anti-social behaviour. The ends of the wings will be punctuated with full height stair towers and a balcony at first floor level serving as an additional outdoor space for each block. The new Yorkon building system has been launched following a three-year development and testing programme which has included significant investment in state-of-the-art production facilities in York – now the most advanced facility of its kind in Europe. Enquiry No 98

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Commenting on the project, Alex Clark, Head Teacher at Avenue Primary School said, “We needed four interim classrooms for the phased expansion of our school. Foremans was actually the only company which could deliver this project in the required timescale. Their approach also appealed to us because it is more sustainable as the building modules are recycled and refurbished and making it more cost effective.” “The classrooms are finished to a very high standard and you would never know these buildings aren’t new. We like their size and their robust, permanent feel – they are certainly completely different from the temporary classrooms of old.” “Foremans made this project very straightforward. It was managed effectively and professionally, delivered to a challenging deadline and provided a solution for our capacity requirements that really worked for us.”

Foremans Helps Sutton Primary School Meet Increasing Demand For Places – In Just 6 Weeks Demographic changes and rising birth rates across the UK have resulted in a huge increase in the demand for primary school places. As a result, many schools are turning to modular construction as a solution to expand or redevelop primary teaching accommodation. In Sutton, the Ofsted ‘outstanding’ Avenue Primary School needs to increase its capacity by around 30 per cent, from 682 to 892 pupils by 2016 to meet the growing demand for reception places. In order to accommodate an additional 88 pupils for the 2012/13 academic year in the first phase in its expansion, and to provide interim classrooms for the next four years while other buildings on the site are refurbished and redeveloped, Foremans Relocatable Building Systems has supplied two teaching blocks at the school. Foremans had to deliver the buildings to a very tight timescale – just six weeks from receipt of order – in time for the start of the new school year. This was successfully achieved. The buildings were refurbished Portakabin buildings – two double classroom blocks purchased from a school in the North West. They were broken down to their modular components,

reassembled and refurbished at the Foremans production centre in East Yorkshire, before being installed at Avenue Primary School. Foremans specialises in refurbishing Portakabin buildings. In order to meet individual project requirements and budgets, the buildings can be supplied decorated or fully refurbished with new windows, wall linings, partitions, mechanical and electrical services, doors, flooring, and cladding, to create high quality accommodation for a wide variety of interim and permanent education applications. The advantages of this approach include: Programme times reduced by up to 70 per cent A highly cost-effective alternative to new build The buildings can easily be expanded, reconfigured or removed for complete flexibility should local requirements change Off-site working is maximised for safer, quieter and cleaner sites and reduced disruption to teaching during construction High quality steel-framed modular buildings are built to last The buildings require fewer ground works than site-based construction – further reducing cost, disruption and programme times. Enquiry No 99


KINGSPAN LAUNCHES UNIQUE TOOL FOR STEELWORK DESIGN The Toolkit series from Kingspan has become the leading cold rolled steel purlins, rails and channels design software in the industry. It is now used by over 1500 practices in the UK and includes the design of cold rolled steel products, CAD details and much more. Toolkit 8 is the latest version and comes with a range of unique features. This online software enables you to design to the new Eurocodes as well as British Standards. Toolkit 8 also incorporates the latest BreVe3 wind analysis engine. BreVe3 implementation includes satellite measured topography sourced from NASA and Microsoft Bing mapping to pinpoint exact wind measurements of a given project site. Site location can also be done by simply inputting the address and postcode. It is available now; simply visit Toolkit-8/Login to register your username and password and begin your design adventure.

New ANCON Type 2, 275mm, Wire Wall Tie Another Industry ‘First’ ANCON has become the first UK wall tie manufacturer to offer a Type 2 stainless steel wire tie for insulated cavities up to 150mm wide. The new ‘Staifix RT2 275mm’ wall tie has been designed to meet the growing demand for wider insulated wall cavities in multi-storey housing and commercial buildings. It is currently the only Type 2 wire wall tie available for cavity widths between 126mm and 150mm, suitable for buildings up to 15 metres high as standard and taller structures subject to calculation. Enquiry No 101

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Hollo-Bolt HCF for 3x Clamping Force Lindapter has launched its Hollo-Bolt High Clamping Force (HCF): an enhanced version of the original expansion bolt for steel hollow section, optimised for structural joints. It

features Lindapter’s patented HCF mechanism to produce a typical clamping force over three times higher than the same sized product without the mechanism. The increased clamping force results in a more secure connection, as a greater force has to be overcome before movement in the joint begins. The Hollo-Bolt (HCF) is ideal for heavy duty architectural connections, from securing glass and glazing spider brackets to supporting hollow section to fastening pre-cast concrete cladding brackets to SHS. The enhanced Hollo-Bolt was used in splice connections of hollow section framed roofing of the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts in Philadelphia. The easy to install blind fixings were simply inserted into pre-drilled holes and tightened to the correct torque setting for a safe structural connection. Enquiry No 102



Schöck Makes Thermally Efficient Balcony Retro-Fit A Reality The debate over the environmental, sociological and financial pros and cons of demolishing or renovating older housing stock will undoubtedly continue. However, increasingly it appears renovation and refurbishment will remain the most significant contributors to progress in terms of energy efficiency and environmental preference. Ever increasing energy prices, more and more stringent building regulations, and many other fast-changing forms of compliance, mean that the traditional pattern of refurbishing a building every forty to fifty years is outmoded. As a result, if anything close to ‘future-proofing’ is to be achieved, conventional renovation or refurbishment will not be enough – we must look towards ‘thermal renovation’. There is now a huge variety of thermally efficient insulation solutions for old building renovation, and the overall effect of modern exterior insulation technologies, along with the appropriate render, can improve the character of even the most unremarkable of buildings. Add to this superior fenestration technology; floor and roofing insulation; plus the numerous modern technologies for cavity fill. Until recently, buildings which have to be insulated from the inside – possibly listed, or where facades are an aesthetic feature – have used a substantial thickness of insulation to achieve effective thermal performance. As a result, the usable interior space was eroded. Now, with the development of significantly thinner insulating materials, this has changed beneficially for the building occupants. These and many other contributing products and technologies, have resulted in extremely thermally efficient buildings – to the point in many cases where they are practically sealed. With many of these renovated and refurbished buildings, the retro-fitting of balconies, or the replacement of old thermally inefficient balconies, is in demand. Balconies aesthetically transform living space and exterior appearance, offer a practical benefit, and are an anticipated add-on for contemporary living accommodation, especially in city centres. The value of the property is immediately enhanced, and return on investment improved. However, thermally renovating a building without giving due consideration to the risk of thermal bridging at balcony connectivity points, is almost certainly going to create a serious problem – even if one didn’t exist before. Low surface temperatures at the thermal bridges, combined with the relatively high air humidity resulting from the newly sealed building envelope, will result in condensation. This in turn can lead to structural integrity problems with absorbent materials. Worse still, it encourages mould growth, which has serious implications for building occupants and may cause them to develop certain medical conditions such as respiratory problems and dermatitis. Two energy efficient solutions for balcony renovation and refurbishment are available from Schöck Ltd – the existing type KST and the new type R. Although the type KST thermal break unit is designed for steel-to-steel applications, its modular design means the unit can be adapted to become an ’enabling’ thermal connection. The principal being that internally, steel elements are constructed in situ, allowing a steel connection to be built into a wall, or for a frame to be built between the existing floor joists. These respectively allow for supported and freely cantilevered balconies, with the KST module being mounted as the load-bearing thermal insulation element. The latest development though is the new Schöck type R Isokorb®, which offers an extension to the existing range of KST solutions. It works with existing reinforced concrete floor slabs, and the installation principle is that drill holes are marked with a template in position on the face of the building. The holes are drilled into the concrete slab, adhesive injected and the type R load-bearing reinforcing rods slipped into position and anchored by means of the pre-injected adhesive. Structural screed is then poured into a special pocket between the product and the concrete slab to ensure a perfect contact between the two structural elements. Once both the mortar and the screed are cured, the structure is ready for the new balcony to be connected. Residents can remain in the building during external renovation and there is no damage to internal finishes and decoration. Unlike new-build, product selection for renovation is subject to certain restrictions, and the solution will very much depend on the specific project requirements, the existing building and its structure, as well as the development of customised design proposals. This new product is in response to the increasingly stringent energy performance standards affecting the German and European renovation market. It is estimated that currently around 85% of existing buildings have little or no insulation; but the 2012 German Energy Conservation Regulations, and future regulations, will require buildings to perform to “zero emission” standards at some point between 2020 and 2050. There is evidence from several CO2 reduction programmes since 1996, that by upgrading, an 80% cut in energy use has already been achieved, making the performance of the renovated homes at least as good as Germany’s demanding new build standards. In the UK, the argument is that existing stock upgrade is vital, because despite an ambitious new build programme, around 70% of all the homes that will exist in forty years time, have been built already. Enquiry No 103


Project: The Sainsbury Laboratory Location: Cambridge Company: Balfour Beatty Engineering Services Product: Mechanical and Electrical (M&E) package Web:

Balfour Beatty Engineering Services Plays Key Role In Stirling Prize Winning Cambridge Laboratory In delivering the £13 million mechanical and electrical (M&E) package for an architecturally stunning and award winning science laboratory in Cambridge, Balfour Beatty Engineering Services (BBES) were faced with the challenge of integrating sustainable initiatives and new technology for a building with high energy demands whilst maintaining architectural intent. Winner of the prestigious 2012 Stirling Prize for Architecture and designed by architects Stanton Williams, The Sainsbury Laboratory is an 11,000m2 (meters squared) two-storey plant science research centre set in the University of Cambridge’s Botanic Garden.


“The laboratory’s high specification and energy demands, particularly in the plant growth herbariums, was a challenge in terms of M&E design and installation as Stanton Williams’s aim was for a clean, uncluttered aesthetic throughout the building,” commented Steve Rowland, BBES project manager. “This meant all of the building’s extensive M&E services had to be designed and installed into incredibly tight ceiling spaces within this concrete framed building.”

Providing state-of-the-art facilities for world-leading scientists, mathematicians and chemists carrying out research into plant development, the building has achieved a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating, aided by a number of sustainable initiatives including 1,000 m2 of photovoltaic (PV) panels and photocell-controlled electric lighting, which results in daylight providing the only general lighting for most of the working hours. Other low environmental impact solutions included rainwater harvesting and water monitoring, designed to further increase energy efficiency. For this highly serviced building, BBES ‘comprehensive M&E installation, completed for main contractor Kier, included the installation of fume cupboards, ventilation, chilled water, heating, BMS controls, air conditioning, lighting, power and security systems, as well as the PV panels and photocell-controlled electric lighting. As one of the UK’s leading M&E contractors, BBES has a clear focus on sustainability – in relation to both the sustainable delivery of a scheme and creation of buildings that offer low environmental impact in operation. To minimise the environmental impact through careful waste management and provide a more efficient and safer way of delivering the scheme, BBES utilised its Modular Systems + facility to deliver and install the plant room and 18 prefabricated risers. These risers contained modules for ductwork and pipework, which form a continuous ribbon around the L-shaped building. Offsite building services assembly offers many desirable qualities. As well as helping to reduce hours on site, factory controlled assembly offers a much safer approach to construction. It also helps to significantly reduce waste whilst maximising quality control since all components can be fully tested before being delivered to site. Together, this approach enables BBES to offer projects a more sustainable approach to building services delivery. Now complete, the Stirling Prize winning Sainsbury Laboratory will provide a high quality and unique working environment and is a fitting home for the world’s leading scientists. It further demonstrates BBES’ ability to deliver complex M&E schemes safely, efficiently and sustainably.


Largest Southampton Primary School for 25 Years Opens The new Newlands Primary School in Southampton – the largest primary school to be built by Southampton City Council for over 25 years - has officially opened. The two form entry, 420 pupil primary school, which is constructed on the site of the previous school, comprises a range of modern teaching areas with a clear focus on the use of both internal and external learning spaces. Capita Symonds provided full multidisciplinary design services on the project including architecture, landscape architecture, cost management, structural engineering, mechanical and electrical, CDM co-ordination and BREEAM assessment. Client: Newlands Primary School Location: Southampton Company: Capita Symonds Web:

The classrooms have all been designed to meet current education standards and enhanced by the amount of natural daylight that floods the building. There is also a large flexible hall and studio that links the two classroom wings with an inner courtyard area that provides direct access from the classrooms. The sloped roofs lend themselves to the installation of Photovoltaic’s and a 35KW array has been installed on the south facing roofs. The demolition of the existing school has now commenced and the land will be converted back to playing fields and a MUGA (Multi-Use Games Area) for school use.


Client: InterContinental London Westminster Location: London Company: ISG Web:

ISG Unveils InterContinental London Westminster After Just 39 Weeks ISG has successfully completed a turnkey programme to deliver a new luxury hotel – the InterContinental London Westminster, in just 39-weeks on behalf of developer Supreme Hotels. The £37 million project saw ISG work under an open book management contract to fast-track the 256 bedroom scheme and complete the hotel within the accelerated timeframe. ISG’s innovative approach involved putting in place multiple suppliers and subcontractors for each element of the build, reducing the risk of any delays to the extremely tight programme and ensuring turnkey project delivery with a full fixtures, fittings and equipment (FF&E) contract. Involved in every aspect of the procurement process, ISG worked closely with its client to source the highest quality materials and products from across the globe as part of the FF&E package. Marble was imported from Italy and Spain, with furniture sourced from Italy, China and England and lighting from Germany. Located close to the Houses of Parliament, InterContinental London Westminster is the first InterContinental Hotel to open in London for 36 years. The building was formerly the offices of the Government’s Treasury Solicitor and has now been converted to offer 256 en-suite guest bedrooms over six floors, including 44 suites. ISG has created a substantial presidential suite on level six, along with an executive style club bar and lounge area on the first floor. Meanwhile, the ground floor has been extensively remodelled to accommodate a high specification lobby, lobby lounge, a winter garden area, contemporary restaurant and a sophisticated feature pub. The refurbishment also included the installation of seven new lifts, a feature helical staircase, back of house offices and facilities, restaurant and bar kitchens and a range of conference and banqueting accommodation at basement level, along with a gym for hotel guests. The project also saw the construction of a new porte cochère to provide covered vehicular access along with the refurbishment of the building’s façade and windows, including some architecturally listed elements, as well as the construction of a large plant deck at roof level. Peter Kilby, managing director of ISG’s Hotels division, commented: “Completing a project of this size and scope within such a short time scale required specialist expertise, a dynamic team and close co-operation across the delivery partners. The only way to achieve delivery of such a complex and demanding scheme was via a management contract that would enable all stakeholders to work in a collaborative and efficient manner towards the delivery timescale. With 36 different room layouts, a completely enclosed site and a requirement to remove all external scaffolding for two months during the Olympics and Paralympic Games, this was a scheme of considerable challenges. However, precision management, just-in-time site deliveries and a team of up to 700 construction professionals working on site at any one time, ensured that we were able to deliver to exacting five-star standards within our client’s deadline.”


OPINION|ENERGY EFFICIENCY Energy efficiency in building ventilation – are you ready for the new legislation? Alan Macklin, Elta Group Technical Manager For those of us involved in the building services sector, it feels as if we have been talking about the new Energy related Products (ErP) Directive for years. But now it is very much a reality, with the first Phase of its introduction in place(1). The construction industry is no stranger to the adoption of legislation to help improve environmental performance, perhaps not surprising when you consider that almost half of the UK’s carbon emissions are attributable to buildings. Since October 2010, the new Building Regulations have required property developers to achieve a 25% reduction in carbon emissions on new buildings – just one example in a long line of legislative moves designed to ‘green’ our buildings.

ErP Directive: a ‘lot’ of information By its very nature legislation has to be comprehensive to accommodate all eventualities and the ErP Directive is no exception, broken down into a series of ‘lots’, with the adoption of the lots prioritised based on their capacity to achieve the most significant reduction in energy consumption. I could not hope to cover all the intricacies of the Directive in this article but hopefully I can provide an outline of some of the major points and what specifiers of HVAC systems now need to be particularly aware of in light of the new legislation. Starting with a note of reassurance: reputable fan manufacturers have been planning for the legislation for some time. At Elta Fans, for example, we have been working closely with alliance partners for more than two years, introducing the very latest developments in motors and impellers to ensure that we are in a position to offer the Best Available Technology (BAT) that meets all the requirements of the ErP Directive. The most important point to make is that from 1 January, 2013, certain fans are no longer marketable within the EU. Minimum efficiency levels have been established for fans, including all the principal fan types between 125W and 500kW input power. The efficiency level required is dependent on the category into which the fan falls but includes axial flow, centrifugal backward curved with housing, centrifugal forward curved without housing, centrifugal forward curved, mixed flow and cross flow.

Like the amends to the Building Regs, this new ErP legislation, mandatory from 1 January 2013, is part of the Kyoto Protocol obligation to increase the total share of renewable energy in the European Union (EU) to 20% by 2020, whilst increasing energy efficiency by 20%. In the longer term, the goal is to reduce CO2 emissions by 80% by 2050. Heating, ventilating and air conditioning – and therefore the fans employed in those systems – are now firmly within the remit of the ErP legislation and have a role to play in meeting these ambitious targets. Just how significant that role could be is illustrated by the fact that the biggest consumer of electricity in the UK is motor driven systems, with approximately 22% of industrial motor energy usage being attributable to fans. It is not just about applying this environmental thinking to new buildings. With an estimated 59% of the non-residential European building stock constructed before 1975(2), it is easy to see that refurbishment of existing buildings is equally important to our sustainability ambitions.

What to look for The new legislation has brought with it some new additions to the lexicon used in fan technology. Two of the most significant are specific fan power (SFP) and fan motor efficiency grade (FMEG). SFP is used as a means of quantifying the energy efficiency of a fan. It is a measure of the electric power required to drive a fan relative to the amount of air the fan circulates. It is not a constant for a given fan but changes with both airflow rate and rises in fan pressure.

FMEG is based on a fan’s performance characteristics at a speed not higher than the maximum safe operating speed to obtain its optimum efficiency point. Both terms will increasingly be used in identifying the correct fan for a given application and must therefore be prominent in the fan specification details, not only in marketing literature and on websites but also in the product labeling and packaging for the fans themselves. It inevitably takes time for any new legislation to bed in but fan manufacturers need to ensure complete transparency in the information given to ensure that specifiers become familiar with the terminology and are able to select fans with complete confidence.


Further guidance As I alluded to earlier, given the necessary limitations of this article, it is impossible to cover all the bases. Recognising the importance of the legislation to our business and to the businesses of our customers, we have developed a guide to the legislation, as well as a dedicated website (erpfans., to answer many of the queries that we anticipate the market may have. We would also be happy to talk to anybody with specific queries and pass on the knowledge we have gained, not only from the R&D required in introducing a wide range of new products to

meet the requirements of the Directive, but also from our discussions and involvement on various industry bodies that have been involved in its development. The focus on energy efficiency in the built environment is here to stay. Understanding how fans can help in this respect is currently under the spotlight – albeit one which, quite rightly, employs an energy saving light bulb. Elta Fans will be at Ecobuild on stand N3430 from 5-7 March 2013 at ExCel, London, offering the perfect opportunity for visitors to discuss the implications of the new ErP Directive and to see how products are developing to meet its requirements.

1 The first phase of the Energy related Products Directive became effective in EU member countries on 1st January 2013, with the second phase coming into effect two years later at the start of 2015. 2 ‘Design of energy efficient ventilation and air-conditioning systems’, REHVA, the Federation of European Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning Engineers.




Tremco illbruck specification manager Simon Foy on the difference between mock Tudor and authentic traditional construction. Green oak has become a re-popularised material for construction in recent years. Basically the idea is to combine traditional and modern methods of construction. It’s design sensitive, in the sense that it doesn’t look too modern. Big sections of green oak are linked by tenon joints in just the same way as they would have been two or three centuries ago. Obviously, various Building Regulations, including Air Leakage requirements, have to be met and modern materials, insulation, heating, electricity and so forth make the building very different to the one that would have been constructed 200 years ago. As the name suggests, green oak is timber cut from an oak tree and used before it gets the chance to be seasoned. It can take many years to dry out a large piece of oak. The unseasoned timber is easier to machine, cut to shape and use but within the first five years of life it will start to shrink and dry out. There will be cracks and twists. So you have to construct and use methods and designs to accommodate the fact that the building is going to move quite a bit in its first five years. It is this drying out that creates the heritage effect that makes each building look individual and gives it a unique character, despite the fact that it was originally machine cut into square slabs to very fine tolerances. It is very difficult to predict exactly how the seasoning will happen, though you typically have to allow for something like 5-10% shrinkage. It is even more difficult is predicting how the timber will twist. If you are trying to create something that isn’t perfect, that isn’t uniformly square and sharp, it may be exactly what you need. Each beam might be slightly different from the next one, but the end result is a something built by Tudor methods rather than a mock Tudor building. Sometimes green oak is used on fairly modern looking building, with the idea of helping the new unit fit in with other local properties. The end result is the equivalent of a hand built kitchen, or one that looks like it was hand built, if that makes sense. But when building movement and settling has to be taken into account, then it is vital to think about gap filling. One solution is to use an impregnated foam sealant like Compriband 600. This compressed foam tape is designed to expand and comes in various sizes to suit different gaps. An acrylic impregnated open cell material, it has a carrier foam that is impregnated with modified acrylic solution, compressed and left in a roll.

It is designed so that even if the gap it is filling expands from 5 mm to 10 mm it, will expand to provide an excellent seal. Equally it can shrink back to 5 mm if the gap contracts, maintaining that seal. So, if you’ve have a live building that’s floating and moving, the product’s going to go with it. The trick is to design the sub frames in such a way that the seal is obscured. You don’t want to see modern materials gaping out of a lovely historic looking building. Green oak may also be specified when an extension to an existing heritage building is being considered. In the New Forest we got involved with building an extension that featured green oak at a chapel far from the nearest town, for an order of nuns. The technique was also used at an open air museum near Goodwood featuring examples of ancient construction styles.

Another interesting project involved a heritage renovation in the Brighton where the project manager needed to satisfy the requirements of English Heritage. The Compriband 600 was hidden behind the lime mortar. The technique used was to position plywood formers in the joints and then render up to that. The formers were then slid out leaving a rebate. The tape went in the gap, sealing the two sides. Then a top coat of render went on top, right up to the frame to conceal the tape. It doesn’t matter if there is any cracking or shrinking because the tape seals the gap. Compriband 600 is a BBA certificated product which has been extensively tested and has a proven reputation across the UK as well as throughout Europe.

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Sika Ensures Weathertight Seal At Prestigious Waterside Development At the £58 million Caspian Wharf waterside development in Bow, East London, five stunning new multi-storey apartment blocks will benefit from secure and durable weathertightness thanks to more than 8,000 linear metres of Universal Membran – the market leading waterproofing and sealing system from global building product manufacturer Sika. Built by Berkeley Homes, Caspian Wharf comprises 552 high specification new homes and extensive commercial space on the banks of the Limehouse Cut Canal. Split across a series of six contemporary blocks, the project has been built to an extremely high specification with all products and systems chosen to enhance the buildings’ stylish aesthetics and stunning architecture. For Phase Two of the Caspian Wharf development – the creation of five apartment blocks ranging from 6 to 12 storeys in height – high performance products and materials was once again a prerequisite. To provide an airtight and watertight seal around the building’s window frames, in line with Part L (Conservation of fuel and power) of the Building Regulations, nearly 8,825 linear metres of Sika Membran Universal, an advanced waterproofing and joint sealing system was specified. Sika Membran Universal will help to prevent the loss of heated or cooled air from within the building to minimise wasted energy – ensuring the development meets stringent building standards for energy efficiency. Complementing the sealed double glazed windows, the system has also aided the building’s acoustic performance by contributing to the reduction of noise from outside. The Sika Membran Universal System was specified and installed by specialist subcontractor BR Hodgson, appointed to deliver the complete facade package. Applied extensively across both buildings, the system was used to create a waterproof and airtight flexible seal between the aluminium/timber composite frames and

cement particle board. A versatile EPDM synthetic rubber membrane, Sika Membran Universal has been specifically designed to provide an efficient method of sealing any construction gaps in building facades. Solvent free, durable, UV and ozone resistant, as well as 100% waterproof, it can also be bonded to many building substrates. Sika Membran Universal regulates and controls the amount of moisture escaping from the inside of a building thus minimising the risk of interstitial condensation. Manufactured in 25m x 0.6mm rolls, Sika Universal Membran is available in a variety of widths ranging from 100mm to 1,400mm. On site it is simply cut to width and length and then fixed in place. To ensure the membrane was securely fixed in place, BR Hodgson used the world renowned and unique Sikabond TF Plus N sealant to provide a secure and reliable bond. The single part polyurethane-based elastic adhesive eliminates the need for mechanical fixings to provide a seamless, aesthetically appealing finish to a variety of substrates. It also offers a largely primerless adhesion. Elsewhere on the project a roofing system from Sika was supplied. Reinforcing the company’s position as a genuine roof to basement solution provider, Sika Sarnafil single ply roofing membrane was specified. Supplied in G410-EL Light Grey, approximately 900m2 of the multi-layer single ply membrane was installed across several roof areas by specialist roofing and waterproofing contractor Briggs Amasco. Lightweight and flexible, Sika Sarnafil G410-EL offers reliable long term performance and is certified by BBA to have a life expectancy in excess of 40 years for exposed applications. Enquiry No 104


Steadmans Delivers New Warehouse For National Haulage Company Steadmans has supplied materials for a new warehouse at Robert Summers Transport in Leven, Fife. The national haulage company now benefits from a new 240 sq m storage space, thanks to Leven-based installer J B Developments. The building comprises 565 linear metres of Steadmans’ AS35 80mm insulated panels in ocean blue to the roof and walls. The company also supplied over 400 linear metres of purlins, as well as a host of cold rolled products, including flashings and galvanised gutters. A range of Steadmans structural material was also used on the project, including eaves beams, struts, ties and sag bars. Jeremy Beaumont, owner of J B Developments, commented: “We first used Steadmans over 25 years ago and they’ve remained our preferred supplier ever since. We continue to work with them for the majority of jobs, as they’re able to provide us with all the products that our projects require and, most importantly, they deliver them when you need them. This saves us both time and money, and means we don’t get multiple deliveries coming onto site.” Comprising two outer steel skins with an integral PIR insulation core, AS35 insulated panels are available in a wide range of colours and complement Steadmans’ broad variety of preengineered construction products, such as gutters, rooflights and doors. AS35 panels are manufactured in a quality process certified to ISO 9001:2008, using nonozone depleting technology. This provides designers with an environmentally-responsible product, with excellent thermal performance and a predicted service life of 40 years. Available in a range of thicknesses, the panels can be specified to achieve insulation U-values, aiding compliance with the latest L2 regulations. The panels are also Loss Prevention Certification Board approved. Enquiry No 105

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Kalzip acoustic roof system sounds perfect Kalzip’s standing seam system with a Class A [αw=0.95] sound absorption performance was specified for the roofs of Glasgow City Council’s impressive Emirates Arena which includes the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome. Designed by architect 3DReid and built by Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd, the complex will be one of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games key facilities. Over 18,600 sqm of Kalzip aluminium sheets in lengths of up to 98 metres were required for this massive new multi centre sports complex. Kalzip’s approved Teamkal contractor also installed a similar quantity of fully perforated Kalzip liner sheets with Kalzip high density insulation acoustic boards to achieve a U-value of 0.25 W/m²K and, more importantly, the desired sound absorption and sound reduction levels required to satisfy the architect’s demanding acoustic criteria. The vast majority of Kalzip sheets were manufactured on-site at eaves level using a portable roll-former suspended from a crane. Kalzip’s creatively engineered midair manufacturing capability is a fast, efficient, extremely safe and versatile solution because the suspended rollformer is able to be quickly repositioned anywhere around the site and produce very long standing seam sheets wherever they’re needed on the roof.

Lanes engineers turn detective to solve m-way regeneration riddle Lanes for Drains engineers have turned super sleuths to help progress a motorway construction project vital to major plans to regenerate a large part of Portsmouth. Innovative survey work was needed to allow Lanes’ client, Colas, to finalise plans for a new motorway junction required as part of a £130m regeneration. Lanes worked for three months to find and map the drainage system around the M275 motorway prior to the building of the junction. They scoured the land, through six feet high brambles, using metal detectors to track down more than 200 manholes. The work continued to the point where an up-todate plan now exists, to within an accuracy of a few centimetres, showing a drainage system with 7,500 metres of pipework. All the manholes were plotted by hand on plan drawings. As each block of manholes was identified, they were surveyed using Lanes sophisticated remote-controlled Rovver robot cameras and cleaned using powerful jet vac tankers and recycling tankers. The pipework discovered and cleaned included, storm drains, gully connections and outfalls. Enquiry No 108

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Permo Air for oak frame self-build Klober Permo Air underlay has been used by self-builder Jacqui Wolfe in the construction of an oak frame home in Helsby Cheshire. The project will consist of several phases using materials from natural and sustainable sources and Passive House principles. The initial stages have comprised of an orangery, a Dutch barn garage and a studio and will be followed by the house, all with a backdrop provided by land owned by the National Trust. The Permo Air was used because it is 13% more breathable than any other underlay. It was also used in the middle of November and provided immediate waterproofing protection in a period of intensely bad weather. Enquiry No 107

For the supply and installation of the new Booking Office at at Farringdon Station in Clerkenwell the specialist services of Sonic Windows Ltd. of Bexhill in Sussex were called upon. There is a total of four windows, three ticket office windows facing directly onto the concourse and a fourth window only continuing line but round a 45º degree corner. Since the floor tiles and predominant colour scheme of the ticket hall is grey, the stainless steel used immediately above, below and framing the windows blends perfectly with the surroundings, while any hint of starkness is relieved by the use of oatmeal coloured panels leading up to the ceiling. The windows themselves are clear allowing undisturbed face-toface communication between staff and passengers, but are of laminated 42mm bullet resistant glass granting utmost safety for staff and security for cash transactions. Enquiry No 109

Accommodating The Outside As part of a refurbishment of its housing portfolio, B3Living has used exterior grade MEG high pressure laminate from ABET LAMINATI on two of its developments. The MEG has been used to revitalise and refresh the concrete exteriors as well as internally and externally on the stairwells and balconies. A range of different pastel colours were used to break up the exterior and to create interesting architectural details. MEG is a selfsupporting high pressure laminate for cladding the exterior of buildings, balconies and other applications. MEG is also able to incorporate Abet’s digital printing technology. This means that almost any design, photograph or pattern can be reproduced in stunning detail to give architects and designers unparalleled freedom to create unusual and dramatic building facades. Enquiry No 110


Timoleon’s Under-Deck Heating For The Barge ‘Actief’ The Actief is a 98 foot, 78 ton Dutch Klipper Barge built in 1907. She continued her intended function of carrying bulk cargoes until 1976 when she was converted into a floating hotel carrying eleven passengers in style on Thames cruises. Now, after a brief spell of glory as a participant in the Queen’s Jubilee Pageant, she is entering a new phase of life as work nears completion to transform the Actief into a magnificent floating family home. Grovecourt, specialists in craft carpentry, luxury design and bespoke refurbishment, is undertaking the conversion in Battersea, but before detailed carpentry work could start, the matter of efficient heating had to settled. Clearly, with shipboard space at a premium, an ‘under-floor’ system that used no wall space was essential. With other considerations such as the ability to lay in odd corners, lack of mess during installation and the necessity of a system taking up minimal space, it was decided to use the LowBoard System developed and manufactured by Timoleon. LowBoard uses panels of high density wood that have a depth of only 13mm and can be laid on any reasonably flat surface. The panels have a layer of aluminium foil on the underside to ensure that heat is evenly spread over the whole surface and can be very simply sawn or cut to the required size. Once the panels are laid it is a simple matter to ‘walk’ the flexible 12mm polyethylene pipe from the roll into the pre-formed pattern on the panels. In the case of Actief, the LowBoard heating covered both decks. The lower deck, with four bedrooms [one ensuite], bathroom, two dressing rooms and a shower room required 425 metres of pipe split into six zones while the upper deck, with kitchen, dining room & lounge plus a separate office took a further 324 metres of pipe. The system provides a flow temperature of 55 degrees and a return temperature of 45 degrees, with the heat source provided by a diesel fired boiler. Enquiry No 111

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Selectaglaze On Display At Tate Liverpool Tate Liverpool is the home of the national collection of modern and contemporary art in the North of England. Attracting more than 12 million visitors since opening in 1988, Tate Liverpool is one of the most visited UK galleries outside London. The gallery is housed within a five storey Grade I Listed warehouse, converted by architect James Stirling, in the historic Albert Dock on the city’s World Heritage waterfront. Tate Liverpool’s commitment to sustainability has recently seen improvements to the gallery’s conferencing areas on the fourth floor and the fourth floor galleries which host special exhibitions and displays year-round. As part of their brief, Building Surveyors Drivers Jonas Deloitte needed to ensure that the gallery’s environmental conditions were optimised to protect the works of art on display. The large traditional single glazed windows overlooking the docks capture light throughout the day and so offer superb viewing conditions but also need to provide the required environmental conditions for the display of art works. To help find a solution, Drivers Jonas Deloitte consulted with the UK’s leading secondary glazing specialist, Selectaglaze and the company’s local partner, Fenestral. With a wealth of experience within Listed and historic buildings Selectaglaze and Fenestral were uniquely placed to understand the very special nature of Tate Liverpool’s requirements. Following trials the preferred solution was a pair of white powder painted hinged casements arched to follow the window line. With flush hinges, white gaskets and concealed locking the frames provide minimalist lines. Tate Liverpool requested special protection against damaging UV light, which was achieved with 6.8mm clear laminated glass together with an additional specialist UV film. Multipoint locking and high compression seals ensure tight seals and so help maintain temperature and humidity within the gallery. The hinged panels allow easy access for cleaning and maintenance. After a full assessment by Tate Liverpool staff who supervised the process, the work was undertaken outside gallery opening hours and caused no disruption to the art work on display. Enquiry No 112


New Moscow Raceway Can Host International Motorsport Competition Completed in summer 2012, the new Moscow Raceway at Wolokolamsk, situated to the North West of Moscow, now resounds to the roar of high performance racing car engines, the screeching of tyres and the heady smell of racing fuel in the air. With its 15 curves, diverse range of layout options, motor racing at the new circuit will not just be placing maximum demands on the drivers but will test the durability of the competing teams and their cars. Responsible for the overall design of the new venue, the internationally renowned team of Architects and Civil Engineers, Tilke based in Aachen, Germany, made the final decision to use Hauraton FASERFIX® SUPER high-performance drainage channels throughout the race circuit. Approximately 10,000 metres of these channels in nominal widths of 100, 150 and 200 mm were installed at the 4.07 km long race track. The FASERFIX® channels with a loading Class of F900 meet all the demands of international motorsport competition. The circuit’s drainage systems have been engineered with maximum safety and performance in mind. The Hauraton Technical Support Team advised on the drainage channels and gratings to employ and provided on-site help and guidance during installation. All of the channels on the race circuit and pit lane had their ductile iron gratings bolted down. Interestingly, the channels in the paddock area and in front of the team garages can be used as temporary cable ducts. Here, the ductile iron gratings are secured using the Hauraton boltless locking system SIDE-LOCK®, allowing communication cables to be installed and subsequently removed quickly and easily. For example, 10 metres of grating can be removed in about 90 seconds with just 70 seconds to replace all 20 covers. The Moscow Raceway has been approved by the FIA and passed the inspection with flying colours. The circuit has been classified as "Grade 2+1T" which corresponds with motor sport’s highest level for a test track. Enquiry No 113

Art Work: Damien Hirst and Photography: Jason Lowe Photography

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Howe Green Access Covers Keep The Tramshed On Track Howe Green’s access covers were chosen for The Tramshed EC2, the latest Mark Hix venture, offering diners a simple but ultimately trendy steak and chicken experience in an impressive post-industrial space. Interiors specialists, Tekne Shopfitting Limited carried out the refurbishment of the Grade II listed building, once home to electricity generators powering local trams at the turn-of-the-century. Designed by Waugh Thistleton Architects, the striking scheme respects the heritage of the towering building and introduces contemporary materials within an Edwardian glazed brick interior, which was painstakingly preserved. Tekne’s remit also included creating a glazed ceiling for additional soundproofing and a bespoke steel framework for the elevated Damien Hirst cow and cockerel in formaldehyde, which takes centre stage in the 180-cover restaurant. Howe Green’s 5000 Series aluminium access covers provide a reliable route to the essential under-floor building services in the Tramshed’s smart public washrooms and busy kitchens.

To ensure an excellent aesthetic finish, Tekne fitted four covers and inlaid each frame with a resin flooring to match the surrounding area. Doublesealed for use over foul drainage, with a third seal fitted to help prevent dirt ingress between the cover and frame, Howe Green’s access covers were the ideal solution in areas where easy maintenance is essential and optimum hygiene paramount. Made to order with no price premium to pay or additional lead times required, the covers are industry proven to withstand heavy foot traffic and sit flush with the surrounding floor, posing no trip hazard to staff or diners. “We’ve used Howe Green’s access covers many times before,” said Tekne’s Project Manager John Chilvers “They are very good quality and made to order. With a 16-week window to deliver the Tramshed, we needed a supplier that could give us exactly what we needed, when we needed it and so their quick turnaround was a definite bonus”. Enquiry No 114

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RMIG Perforated Solar Shading Keeps The Heat Off French School A distinctive and creative solar shading solution has been manufactured by RMIG to help reduce the risk of building and classroom overheating while improving the comfort for students at the Lycée Polyvalent de Vienne in the Saint Romain en Gal area of France. The perforated metal solar shading forms part of a recent project to restructure and extend the school while incorporating a range of energy efficient and environmentally beneficial initiatives in the overall design. The architects’ vision for the solar shading was to create a unique structure that joins together multiple triangular sections of perforated metal to create a three-dimensional ‘bat-wing’ effect on the front of the building that not only added to its aesthetics, but also provided a highly effective sunscreen. The solution, which was developed in conjunction with the architects and engineered by RMIG, involves 180 sunscreens manufactured from 2mm thick galvanised steel incorporating seven different diameter circular perforations in a special RMIG ‘Cloud’ design layout, which provides an apparently random pattern across the surface of each screen. RMIG developed and tested prototypes to ensure that the final perforation solution and forming processes for each of the 3.6m x 1.1m sunscreens would not only provide effective shading, but also be uncomplicated to install on site. During this process it was found that the sunscreen’s irregular angles prevented the original uniform perforation pattern from being used, as it would not fit perfectly within the triangular panel shapes. As a result, RMIG developed the random pattern solution using seven different sized perforations ranging from 8mm up to 50mm in diameter. Enquiry No 115

Failed cellar barrel vaults stabilised without rebuilding The cellar of an end of terrace Georgian property in Bristol was being converted into two additional dwelling rooms as part of a larger conversion. While this cellar was below the street level at the front of the property, the adjacent site was at a lower level and a high retaining wall formed the side of the cellar. Lateral movement of this wall had resulted in cracking and deformation of the brickwork vaults in the two cellar rooms and required stabilising. Repair specialist, Helifix Ltd, was able to restore structural integrity and also avoid any expensive reconstruction of the vaults. The lateral movement in the retaining wall had caused a loss of buttress support for the barrel vaults in the cellar rooms causing them to separate at their crowns, along the vault centre lines, and allowing the vaults to relax downward. A repair scheme was need that would secure the vaults without any rebuilding as this would have necessitated closure of the pavement for health and safety reasons. Helifix designed a repair, undertaken by Approved Installer, TRAC Structural Ltd, to reinstate the integrity of the barrel vaults and prevent further structural movement. Stainless steel HeliBars were bonded into the underside of the brickwork to reinforce the vault and re-connect the separated crowns. Fully grouted CemTies were then installed vertically into the vault soffit to reconnect the separated rings and stabilise the areas that had suffered downward movement. To complete the stabilisation, TRAC carried out a separate scheme, designed by a consulting engineer to restrain and stabilise the retaining wall using traditional tie bars and external pattress plates. The rapid, non-disruptive Helifix repairs costeffectively stabilised the cellar vaults and enabled its conversion into an additional living area. Enquiry No 116

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ISO Energy Installs ‘Green’ Heating In A Hampshire Property The property consists of a house of six bedrooms and six bathrooms recently completed in the Southampton area. It is set in 130 acres mostly down to sheep and replaced a comparatively modern farmhouse with outbuildings. This new house by Hugh Petter of ADAM Architecture, is designed in a manner that suggests an organic development. The house is informal in plan and each wing has its own distinct architectural character. It is intended to look like a farmhouse, which has evolved over time, both through new extensions and through adaptation of outbuildings that adjoin the main block.  This conceptual approach resolved the planning officers’ concerns about the scale of the new house and enables each room to enjoy the spectacular views out over the Test Valley. The clients are very happy with the finished building.  Hugh Petter commented, “The site had a complicated planning history and, after a difficult 3-year planning process, the house was eventually granted permission in 2010.  The commendable sustainability credentials of this building, with its integrated renewable energy and a wide range of other sustainability measures, make it an exemplar of a modern family home that is both traditional and progressive.”  Part of the remit of Main Contractor R.W. Armstrong of Basingstoke was to install renewable energy systems in the new house for both ethical ecological reasons and also to limit heating expenses in this age of ever escalating fossil fuel prices. Armstrong in turn consulted ISO Energy, experts in all forms of ‘green’ energy, to design and install a renewable source for the central heating and hot water supplies for the entire house. ISO Energy suggested a dual approach with ground sourced heating combined with Pholtovoltaic Solar panels to provide electricity. During a site visit it was decided that, since water sourced heating has proved the most energy

efficient of all, a large pond [perhaps small lake would be the Estate agent’s description] should be used as an energy source. Unfortunately it also became clear that the lake’s area alone was insufficient to source the property’s considerable heating needs and the final plan consisted of 600 metres of looped piping in the lake and 200 metres under the rough ground beside. Filled with anti-freeze mixture the polybutylene pipe collects the solar-fed heat in the water and earth and circulates it up to the House’s plant room. At this point high technology takes over as the warmed liquid is fed into two CTC Compact three phase heat pumps each with a 12kW capacity. These energy efficient pumps, manufactured by a Swedish company that has been involved in renewable energy for over 80 years, extract the heat from the liquid and, through compression and dual heat exchangers, raises the temperature to a level suitable for central heating and hot water systems. The energy is then fed into the property’s hot water system via a nearby super insulated 450 litre hot water tank linked to a similar slave tank of 300 litres capacity. The CTC heat pumps’ efficiency is demonstrated by a claimed COP rating well in excess of four at 35˚ degrees, in other words the pumps deliver over four times the input of electricity they consume. The addition of the electricity generated from the Monocrystalline Photovoltaic panels, installed on the south-facing side of the roof of an existing barn, makes the energy system even more attractive. The modules are designed to fulfil the electricity needs of the House under nearly all conditions and of course feed any excess into the Grid at a present tariff of 32.9p per kWh. It is particularly satisfying that the Photovoltaic addition is designed to supply all the power needs of the heat pumps. It is too early to give exact figures for energy costs under the new system but early indications are that ISO Energy’s estimates are if anything on the low side. What is clear is that the use of renewable energy fulfils all the green qualities desired by the owners of the property, absolutely minimal emissions and a very significant saving in fossil fuel use. Enquiry No 117


The Essential Building Product Review - Issue 1 January/February 2013  

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