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Fletcher Priest’s 240,000 sq ft #6 First St. is a new type of workplace in the heart of Manchester. It is the first phase of Patrizia’s 1 million sq ft development, where Ask are the development managers, which will create a new piece of city between the Creative Hub and the University. It will support 21st century ways of working and living in the city, and is already attracting global occupiers. The new building will complete the lively new civic square that celebrates Tony Wilson, which it also shares with Mecanoo’s new HOME arts building and Ian Simpson’s Innside Hotel. Pedestrian streets to the east and south extend the city grid and connect to Oxford Rd Station and the University. It will be a tram ride to the airport. #6 is arranged with three paired floors above street level activity including cafes and a bike shop. Each occupier can extend their workplace into the double storey, ‘outdoor’ weather-proof corner

winter gardens which can be used for a multitude of purposes. Being virtually column free, the floors will provide the highest degree of tenancy split and fit out flexibility. The building will also provide plenty of bike parking and service facilities with an entrance off Medlock Street bike routes. Showers are located between reception and the bike park allowing occupiers to change en-route to their working space. Its massing, strategically placed winter gardens and architecturally responsive façade address both townscape and environment. The third floor winter gardens overlook a more secluded public space at River Street, whilst the building’s form opens the corner to First Street enhancing the pedestrian flow, and its alignment acknowledges the form of the square.



The south western corner winter gardens are elongated to maximise solar gain protection. Here the building is set back to promote the development’s vehicular entrance into River Street and reveals the next phase buildings.

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The ambitious redevelopment of the historical BIKINI BERLIN building complex is being awarded the GOLD certificate from the LEED building classification programme. For the building classification programme LEED Core & Shell, BIKINI BERLIN was inspected in six main categories: sustainable location, water and energy efficiency, use of materials and resources, interior quality, innovation and planning processes. The primary aspects that stood out for the jury were the way that the building has been integrated into its surroundings, the environmentally friendly revitalisation of a muchfrequented location, its sustainable way of dealing with rainwater, energy-efficient façade construction, large-scale recycling of existing building materials taking into consideration local materials, the location-inspired choice of plants and greenery and outstanding interior air quality.

in a way that was true to the original, whilst taking into account modern energy-related standards. The façade facing the Zoological Garden, on the other hand, was fully glazed. Another detail worth mentioning is BIKINI BERLIN’s lighting system: inside the Bikini building LED lights were used throughout. “With BIKINI BERLIN we have acquired a piece of contemporary

history at one of the most symbolic locations in Berlin, which means we are also under obligation to treat it with responsibility. We have risen to this challenge in every respect. Of course this also includes the task of acting in an environmentally aware and sustainable way,” said Dr. Herman Brandstetter, managing director of Bayerische Hausbau.

Publisher McDermott Publishing Limited Executive Editor Maria Hodgetts Editorial Co-Ordinator Charlie Zeall Circulation Manager Viv Fairclough

The façade design of the Bikini building proved to be a particular challenge in terms of working towards the certification: the task was to reconstruct the listed façade facing Budapester Strasse, which dates back to the original construction period of the 1950s, Production Manager Wendy Harris




Eco building business inspires a new generation through their '20 Trees' Project Inspired Building Systems, a business specialising in providing schools with Eco buildings and classrooms, has launched a new project to encourage tree-planting in the UK. As part of their ongoing commitment to sustainability, Inspired Building Systems has pledged to donate twenty trees for every new school Eco building project they receive, launching their '20 Trees' project this month supporting Trees for Life. Statistics from The Forestry Commission have recently shown that tree-planting rates have plummeted. To try and tackle this issue and offset their own carbon


footprint, Inspired Building Systems, creators of Eco buildings for schools in the UK, have started their '20 Trees' campaign enabling the schools that they build for to benefit from Eco conscious designs that not only give long-term solutions to the school, but also the ability to encourage and inspire a younger generation to benefit from forests around the UK. For every Eco building purchased and built by Inspired Building Systems, 20 trees will be purchased from Trees for Life to be planted in UK forests. Gavin Wilkes from the company said "We are really excited to introduce this project. Restoring a UK based natural forest further supports our environmental goals and provides an opportunity to introduce the benefits of planting trees to schools and our partners. Our commitment to donate 20 trees for every Eco building project will reduce the impact of our activities and provide a lasting legacy for future generations".

Inspired Building Systems believe that the quality of a learning environment plays an essential role in the effectiveness of teaching and learning. With tight timescales, rising energy costs and challenging budgets, they provide innovative solutions to create inspirational teaching and learning environments. They are education specialists, whose team have over 30 years' experience of working closely with head teachers, business managers, governors, contractors, consultants and architects to successfully deliver enhanced early years, primary and secondary learning environments - whether they be timber classrooms, classroom extensions or modular buildings. Inspired Building Systems even provide schools with a learning package where children learn about sustainable construction, energy and resources, along with their Trees for Life certificate to empower Eco-conscious learning. With their first '20 Trees' build signed up this month, they are hoping to get many more on board and raise more Ecoawareness across the UK. "If we can play just a small part of implementing a better future for the children who learn in our classrooms, then we have done what we set out to achieve with this project". For more information on any of the products and services offered by Inspired Building Systems, please visit:

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Make a big style statement with Kährs Real Collection Kährs has introduced its new Real Collection of wood floors. Defined by its imposing format, the majestic oak planks span 24003000mm in length and measure 250/300mm in width. The collection includes even and rustic timber grades, and natural, misty white and light grey stained finishes. The new collection includes six individual designs; each is offered in a choice of timber grades, giving a total of 12 flooring options. All designs have a lightly brushed surface and a tactile oiled prefinish; an unfinished plank is also available by special order. A

subtle four-sided bevel edge accentuates the plank format and gives an elegant look. All floors are crafted from sustainable European oak. In order to achieve optimum stability in a large format, the boards are constructed from three layers of hardwood and have a tongue and groove joint designed for a bonded installation. The floor’s surface layer, which measures 20 mm, can be sanded like a solid, down to the joint. A wide range of accessories - including underlay, skirting boards and trims – are also offered alongside the collection, as well as installation and maintenance products. ❚ enquiry 100



Altro XpressLayTM flooring brings new life - with no hassle - to Maternity Unit Altro XpressLay safety flooring has provided a fast and trouble-free solution for a busy maternity unit at Southmead Hospital, in Bristol. The 24/7 unit contains three post natal wards, where mothers are helped to establish feeding and advised on how to care for their babies, before going home.  This non-stop environment makes refurbishment of the unit a challenge, as downtime is hugely disruptive to the smooth running of the service. So, when the flooring in the corridor on Quantock Ward needing replacing, the Estates Team knew they had to find a quick, hassle-free solution. The hospital’s Building Officer, Mike Poustie, said: “When we decided to replace the floor in Quantock ward’s corridor, we needed to find something that could be laid without any closure, obstructions, dust or potentially harmful chemicals or solvents. 

“So the new floor needed to tick a lot of boxes for us; safe for staff, patients and their relatives, easy to clean, resistant to staining, quick to lay, long-lasting, great looking, and an installation that was completely safe for the vulnerable people on the ward.” Altro XpressLay is the world's first adhesive-free, truly sustainable safety floor. It is installed using a tape system instead of adhesive, so can be installed without a surface DPM. It can be easily removed post-installation, re-used elsewhere and then at the end of its life be recycled. ❚ enquiry 101

“The floor was originally fitted with lino, which was laid with two margins of terrazzo, which was wetlaid in the original 1930s construction of the unit. “Then some twenty years ago the lino was replaced with a slip-resistant flooring which proved difficult to clean and there were staining issues with the old solvent based adhesive leaching into the vinyl. Subsequently, a wood-effect heterogeneous flooring was laid but the staining problem reoccurred.

Flowfresh Floors Attain HACCP International Certification Global resin flooring manufacturer Flowcrete Group Ltd has secured International HACCP Certification for its Flowfresh range of antimicrobial enhanced polyurethane floors. This certification means that food and beverage producers operating a Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) based food safety programme can specify flooring materials, safe in the knowledge that they will meet the relevant regulatory authority’s standards for safe procurement, production and processing as well as the requirements of the world’s leading quality and food safety standards. HACCP International certification is

a globally recognised benchmark of food safety, and as such is an important set of criteria for businesses eager to gain access to lucrative export markets. Flowcrete Group’s Technical Director, Grant Adamson, said: “Our polyurethane range has been able to achieve the HACCP International certification thanks to its ability to deliver a long list of strict food industry flooring requirements.” The floor plays a crucial role in addressing contamination risks, as an inadequate floor can become a prime site of bacteria build-up. Not only does the floor have to provide a hygienic surface, it needs to do so in the face of corrosive chemicals, moisture, impacts and thermal shock. If it cannot withstand these conditions then the floor can quickly fail – leading to germs and pathogens infiltrating hard to clean cracks. The importance of installing building materials that minimise contamination and the consequent risk of foodborne illnesses was highlighted in the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) Annual Report of Incidents 2015. 1,645 contamination incidents were investigated and microbiological contamination accounted for nearly a quarter of them. The costs of these incidents are significant. Not only could a foodborne illness outbreak lead to serious financial and reputational damage for the producer - but every year the FSA estimates that nearly a million people in the UK are affected, with a net cost to the country of £1.5 billion.

Bespoke Oak Flooring … the perfect finish for any room > Esco engineered oak flooring > Eight colour options > Varied surfaces available - aged, wire brushed

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MARMOLEUM MODULAR Distinctive, versatile and sustainable August 2015

Providing specifiers with new opportunities to express themselves through creative floor schemes, Forbo has launched the Marmoleum Modular collection. This series of four distinctive and fully integrated tile ranges that can be mixed, matched, combined and connected in an almost infinite number of ways offers a sustainable alternative to other modular design floors available in the market today, as it is made from 88% natural raw materials, 76% rapidly renewable and 58% recycled content. With over 144 individual tile options, in a variety of colourways, styles and complementary tile sizes, this new flooring collection invites the architect and interior designer to experiment with the four individual themes of Colour, Shade, Marble and Lines. At the heart of the collection, Marmoleum Modular Colour features fashionable pastels and bold and eclectic colourways that can be mixed to create a statement floor or used to provide a solid base or accents within a floor design.

Marmoleum Modular Marble offers both traditional and contemporary marbled designs with natural and realistic stone effects, whilst Marmoleum Modular Shade is a range of cool and warm greys, complemented by the classic ‘black and white’, that can be used to create natural realistic stone and concrete patterns. The newest addition to the collection is Marmoleum Modular Lines, a contemporary linear range featuring a palette of 15 striated colours, including cool whites and greys alongside soft and warm natural wood tones – subtle hues that not only blend beautifully together but which can also be combined with elements from the other three ranges. There are six different tile sizes in total ranging from extra-large (75x50cm) to the smallest (25x25cm) and in between, the medium format square and rectangular tiles (50x50cm and 50x25cm respectively). Two ‘plank’ options (100x15cm and 100x25cm) in the Lines range are completely new to Marmoleum

ALTRO FLEXIFLOW WORKS FOR DRAMATIC BRIGHTON OFFICE SPACE Innovative Altro FlexiflowTM resin flooring is providing a practical yet visually appealing solution to a challenging space in one of Brighton’s most unusual and striking office buildings. Built in the 1980s, Sovereign House has recently undergone extensive refurbishment, and has been transformed into a dramatic, modern space with a spectacular glazed atrium at the heart of building. Ben Adams Architects was tasked with creating the new look. Architect Julia Hamson explains: “Our brief was to re-design the front facade and reception of the building to create a more welcoming and dramatic entrance, and to provide a new office infill within the existing oversized and underused atrium. “The infill features full-height glazing and a topfloor mezzanine office space, complete with balconies to look down on the atria below. The installation adds a new ambience to the communal spaces, maximising light into the reception and accentuating the new finishes and clean detailing. Julia Hamson continues: “Specifying flooring for the reception and ground floor atrium was a challenge, because the entrance comes in on a diagonal. This unusual space meant that floor tiles wouldn’t have worked.  “We needed a solid, high quality, visually

appealing surface that was flexible enough to go down on the existing substrate, without cracking or bending with any structural subfloor movement. “In addition, we wanted flooring that could stand the test of time. Sovereign House is a busy office building, with 800 people walking in and out every day. So we needed something that could tolerate heavy use, and stay looking fresh, long term. “Altro Flexiflow was the ideal solution for this project. It’s tough, flexible, and can withstand the kind of movement that other resin floors cannot. It’s designed to recover from scuffs and knocks, so it’s perfect for the day-to-day wear and tear of high traffic areas. “In addition it’s visually appealing - in keeping with a striking, modern building - with a smooth, matt finish, and a great choice of colours. We selected a light grey, called Doe, to complement the surroundings.” Altro Flexiflow is an elastomeric polyurethane selfsmoothing, flow-applied flooring, which offers high structural resilience, flexibility, toughness and durability.

and open up a number of design options, from abstract linear designs to classic herringbone. To help specifiers to visualise how proposed design schemes will translate into actual floors in real environments, Forbo has developed a series of design ‘grids’ which can be used as part of its online Room Planner tool. For more information please call Forbo on 0844 822 3928 or visit w w w. f o r b o - f l o o r i n g . c o . u k / marmoleummodular ❚ enquiry 103

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The Problem Delivering the right amount of ventilation to the right rooms in the right location.

The Solution The Outstanding Joist System The Posi-Joist open web floor system will allow you to deliver the right amount of ventilation to the right rooms in the right location in the simplest of ways. The advantages are clear: • Open web design provides easy access for the design and installation of services • Improved quality of service fitting, eliminating costly remedial work • Greater clear spans for design flexibility • Clear profit from savings in labour, time, materials and call-backs • The largest network of licensed manufacturers throughout the UK and Ireland

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BENEFITS OF LED LIGHTING – UP FRONT AND PERSONAL In the world of lighting, LED has become an unstoppable force. It is now difficult to envisage a refurbishment or new build that does not feature LED lights within its lighting scheme. There are huge benefits in terms of energy and cost savings with lighting bills cut by up to 90%. Yet the widespread adoption of LED lamps and fixtures has been held back by confusion among specifiers and commissioning clients. British manufacturer Integral LED has chosen a

novel approach in an attempt to demystify the process of retrofit lighting by presenting the tangible bonus of a swap to LED upfront and online. Contractors and homebuilders can now access a free energy saving calculator that allows everyone to assess the benefits

of LED retro-fit lights. The website is open to all and does not require any buying obligation on behalf of the user. It provides a practical means of sourcing a replacement lamp, downlight or panel by initially helping the user to visually identify an LED alternative to an existing incandescent, halogen or fluorescent lightsource. The Integral LED website then offers a range of products displayed according to the total amount of light (lumens) output for each replacement light. It is therefore possible to select a whole inventory of lamps and fittings for a current building project; but it is here the extremely useful bit of the calculator kicks in! Use of the LED retro-fit light calculator is intended for professional installer and commissioning client alike. Effectively, choose your new lights for each room of the building. Decide on the lumen levels required. As each space or area is calculated the specifications are stored. Ultimately the complete project and the required replacement lights are added to a total. As the lights are picked and

multiplied according to the number required for each room – the real benefits are collated. Using two usage scales, an accurate cost savings profile is totalised for each lamp, for each interior space and ultimately for the whole building. A default 3 hours usage per day at 14 pence per hour electricity cost is customisable for each lamp, and usage figures for panels and downlights are similarly adjustable allowing the user to flexibly model the 24 hour lighting regime of a complete home or office. The results of a switch to LED lighting always has a profound and pleasing effect on clients. The Integral LED calculator provides clear cost saving results for each retro-fit light. It also works out a payback time for each light and the build project as a whole, against the level of investment incurred upfront. For the

environmentally conscious (as we all should be) the level of carbon CO2 reduction is displayed within the results summary – which allows us to hold our head up (for a while) on climate change! Very usefully, the whole exercise can then be shared with a customer as a pdf document, email or printed off as a reference for a site meeting. Additionally the Savings Calculator (as well as the complete Integral LED website) has a responsive design that delivers a user-friendly experience on tablets and smartphones, in addition to PC based web browsers. This is ideal for a spontaneous demonstration of the benefits of LED lighting in our daily battle against costs. savingscalc to find out more.

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Electrical management specialists saves 60% with Venture Lighting Scheme Venture Lighting have partnered with Hertz Electrical Distribution to supply over 250 of its latest LED technology luminaires to one of the largest electrical management specialists in the UK. Two warehouses have been installed with Venture’s VLED Midibay Elite wide beam luminaires as an energy efficient alternative to the previous high-wattage lamps, whilst also benefiting from the Enhanced Capital Allowance (ECA) programme. Installed at 9m and 7m heights, the new lighting scheme replaced 270, 400w Highbay

and 250w Lowbay metal halide fittings in the warehouses, saving them over 60% in energy costs. Supplied in 100w and 135w versions with a white gloss luminaire body, the VLED Midibay Elites are installed with Digital Addressable Lighting Interface (DALI) dimming controls and combined PIR and Daylight sensors as a part of the company’s sustainable objectives. The electrical management company specialises in electrical distribution and automation management as well as carrying out installations of components for energy management and has a great knowledge of energy saving technologies. The company was introduced to Venture Lighting by Hertz Electrical Distribution, a key solution partner to Venture. The Digital Addressable Lighting Interface (DALI) technology, a lighting control protocol assisting the management of light and energy, determines the level of light

delivered at a particular time or place by means of communication with the integral DALI CP sensors. Passive infrared occupancy sensors have been used in the warehouses to automatically detect activity and ensure that light is only provided where necessary. Similarly, the DALI dimming controls combine with the daylight sensors to detect daylight levels and control the lights depending on the amount of natural ambient light available. Available in 67, 100, 135, 167 or 235 watts, the VLED Midibay Elites are high performance luminaires, producing 108 lumens per watt (lm/W) and a colour temperature of either 4000k or 5000k to replicate natural daylight. With a 50,000 hour life and 5 year warranty the luminaires require minimal maintenance thus avoiding unnecessary disruption to the work flow within the warehouse. The longevity of the LED array is also enhanced by the highly effective thermal properties of the luminaire design, preventing them from becoming inefficient through overheating which is an issue often overlooked with high power LED arrays. Venture’s VLED Midibay Elites can be specified with a narrow or wide distribution and the option of clear or opal diffusers. The fittings can be surface mounted or suspended to provide lower level lighting making them particularly suitable for industrial lighting schemes, such as warehouses, where different levels of lighting are required across the building. ❚ enquiry 107

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One Electrical Switches School onto £4K LED Savings A primary school in Liverpool has reduced its operational costs by £4,000 a year, thanks to an LED lighting installation using products specified at One Electrical. The existing lighting installation at Banks Road Primary School in Garston featured various types of fluorescent fittings and the school’s business manager, Doreen Finnegan, was keen to reduce the running and replacement costs of the lighting. She

invited UK Energy Watch, a market leader in energy efficiency solutions, to survey the school, which resulted in a recommendation to switch to LEDs with One Electrical.

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Explains Doreen: “We knew we could reduce our electricity bill by changing the lighting but we never dreamed that we’d be £4,000 per year better off. “And to make the cost savings even more attractive, we have made the change with no capital investment because UK Energy Watch arranged a payment plan for us and the repayments are taken from the running cost savings. So in fact, the actual savings are even higher because £4,000 is the net gain!” One Electrical was able to provide a wide range of LED fittings to ensure that the school had a like-for-like replacement for its conventional lighting. However, following recommendations from One Electrical’s inhouse lighting design team, the number of individual fittings has been reduced, due to the enhanced light quality and output provided by LED technology. Doreen continues: “The children noticed an improvement in light quality straight away because the LED lighting is so much less yellow and more like natural daylight than the old fittings.



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OUTDOOR LED LIGHTING: traditional designs brought up to date One of the names you are most likely to hear when you enquire about replacing outdoor lighting with energy saving LEDs, is NIGHTeye from Timeguard, the firm that has consistently led the way with its combinations of innovative design, superior quality and fast-fix convenience. Design The original ultra-compact pan-and-tilt Timeguard LED NIGHTeyes broke the mould and were a completely new concept in outdoor lighting design. Small and yet remarkably powerful, these floodlights are compact and stylish enough to be used anywhere.

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A range of more business-like looking LED floodlights followed, with precisiondesigned lenses and reflector plates to ensure that the light that is emitted is not only diffused and more pleasing to the eye, but also give more comprehensive coverage for security. However, successful as the first NIGHTeyes were, the market

soon let it be known that nothing is ever going to displace the original, traditional bulkhead design altogether. So then Timeguard designed new LED bulkhead lights that are compact, strong and attractive, with the same design edge as the original NIGHTeye models. This season has seen the addition of New super slim options to the range. Made from solid die-cast metal with polycarbonate lenses for impact resistance, they are tough enough for industrial and commercial installations and benefit from the even light pattern as do other models in the NIGHTeye range, thanks to

The LED array and reflector design create optimum lighting effects

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Slimline LED floodlights

LED NIGHTeye bulkhead

the layout of the individual diodes behind the frosted light-diffusing lenses.

Energysaver Floodlight

to switch LEDs which, despite their low rating, do generate a significant spike in switching. Some LED lamps do not even have proper cooling fins.

Schools, colleges, offices and back yards everywhere win all-round: energy saving with faster payback, good looks, good quality and a straightforward installation job to replace old energyguzzling bulkheads. Quality and reliability Of course an LED lamp requires a lot more than the diodes – there is also a driver which needs to be suitable to last the intended life of the product and a heat sink to dissipate the heat produced and the allimportant PIR detectors.


Cooling Fins

The quality of these components is as important as that of the diode in building a long-lasting product. For instance, relatively few of the PIRs on the market are actually rated


Energy Saver Wide Beam PIR Floodlight

Slimline die-cast bulkhead

Very cheap is rarely very cheerful. The most economical lighting of all is the lighting made from quality components which can be fitted and forgotten, and that usually means a trusted brand name like Timeguard. â?š enquiry 108

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10 year guarantee ISO Chemie tape seals it for self-build

Self builders can take advantage of ISO-Chemie’s ISO-BLOCO One multi-purpose foam sealing tape,

which comes with a 10 year performance guarantee and provides up to 70% cost savings when compared to other three component systems. ISO-BLOCO One tape enables windows and doors to be quickly and easily sealed from inside the building, avoiding the need to use time consuming and costly external access systems like scaffolding and ladders, and provides guaranteed high performance sealing for the lifetime of the window.

issues, can add significantly to the overall cost of a new build or renovation project, so additional savings can also be made using ISO-BLOCO One. Moreover, because the foam sealant can be used in the wet and rain the installation of windows can be undertaken regardless of external weather conditions, avoiding time consuming and costly delays.

Integration is the key factor which underpins the latest new product launch from Comar Architectural Aluminium Systems. Their market leading Comar 9P.i

Framing system offers fast-track semi unitised construction for floor to ceiling glazing, allowing tilt/turn or casement windows to hang direct from the Comar 9P.i Frame as well as rebated doors. With the addition of thermal foam and triple glazing Comar 9P.i offers U-values down to 0.77, creating a future proof solution for their architectural, contractor and fabricator partners. Comar announce they have incorporated the technology from their Comar 9P.i system into the Comar 5P.i window range, and are now launching the Comar 5P.i Advanced Casement and Tilt/Turn window system which integrates seamlessly into Comar 9P.i creating the option for standalone high performance windows.

❚ enquiry 109 architectural demands; low Uvalues, matching slim sight lines for both the casement and tilt/turn, large glazing pocket for acoustic glass, secured by design and large sizes. For their contractor and fabricator partners, performance with built in fasttrack fabrication and installation. The Comar team have achieved this with the launch of Comar 5P.i Advanced key features: Glazing 17mm - 62mm Sightlines – it’s all in the details Testing to BS 6375 Casement 750Pa Water Tightness, Air Tightness 600Pa, Wind Resistance 2000Pa, Safety Test 3000Pa PAS 24:2012 ❚ enquiry 110

Timber door canopies designed by The brief to Comar’s Design Team was to specifically meet

Coxdome Trade Range sheds new light on technology

ISO-Chemie estimates that this can lead to potential savings of hundreds of pounds per day.

Hiring access systems, with the associated health and safety

Comar 5P.i Advanced Window System Using latest thermal break technology August 2015

A six week contract carried out by a building company experienced in roofing work, comprised of a series of rooflights on an East London school upgraded to insulated, twin-skin units from the Jet Cox Coxdome Trade Range: offering improved natural daylighting as well as enhancing the all-round energy and weather performance. The work, at the All Saints Catholic School in Dagenham, was carried out by Forest Gate Construction earlier this year without any inconvenience to the school’s staff or pupils. Although the flat and barrel vaulted roof areas were in a generally good state of repair, the estates’ department responsible for the buildings’ upkeep took the decision to replace the existing rooflights over the computer suite and design & technology teaching


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space. This was due to the fact the existing units offered little insulation value and were coming to the end of their working life. A total of 38 of the 600mm x 600mm Coxdome Trade Range Rooflights, along with 300 mm high insulated upstands. The double-skin domes feature tough polycarbonate glazing which will resist physical damage as well as extremes of weather. The rooflights feature trickle ventilation on two sides to help maintain a healthy indoor atmosphere; though they are hinged for manual operation if increased airflow is required during spells of unusually hot weather.

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Cold liquid-applied waterproofing specialist, Kemper System, has helped to protect books and interior finishes at the historic Bolton School following a refurbishment of the Turret Library Roof. Roofing contractor, Castle Roofing

The Kemperol V210 was then applied to

Consultants, carried out the roof

the roof in a single process involving the

refurbishment following the failure of the

waterproofing membrane, followed by a

previous waterproofing membrane,

165g flexible reinforcement fleece and

which had been used to overlay the

further resin to ensure full saturation of

original asphalt roof less than a decade

the fleece before the system was allowed

earlier. Subsequent water ingress had

to cure.

started to cause staining on the library ceiling and degradation of interior

The new waterproofing system was


dressed to the full roof deck and into the chases, along with the upstands, flag pole

The affected area of roof sits above the

plinth and the plinth for the roofline. The

main entrance to the school’s neo-gothic

chases were then resealed using sand and

red sandstone quadrangle, with a turret

cement to ensure a completely seamless,

on each corner and a flag pole in the

monolithic waterproof membrane that

centre. Castle Roofing used Kemper

will deliver a BBA-accredited 25-year

System’s Kemperol V210 cold applied

service life.

waterproofing system to overlay the existing roof and provide a suitable

Comments Ian Clarke, head of estates at

colour match to the lead flashings of the

Bolton School: “Castle Roofing has

traditional building.

successfully used the Kemperol V210 system to waterproof the Turret Library


Castle Roofing stripped out the existing

roof and protect its interiors in a project

lead flashings on all four sides of the

that took just one week to complete

100m2 roof area and ground out a 40mm

during the half term break.

deep chase on each of the four sandstone walls that form the perimeter of the Turret

“The scheme will provide a robust, long-

Library roof.

term solution for the roof while ensuring that there is no aesthetic impact on the

The installation team then cleaned the

fabric of our beautiful building.”

existing substrate and carried out patch repairs where the substrate was blistered or water ingress had occurred before applying Kemper System’s D Primer.

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Solutions For Cladding With Crown Trade Protective Coatings Crown Trade Fast Drying Cladding Finish provides an economical and effective way to refurbish and protect buildings at a masterstroke. From the Crown Trade Protective Coatings range, Fast Drying Cladding Finish has been specifically developed to adhere to pre-coated and weathered metal cladding and other external features that have become dull

Roofshield Donation to local College The A. Proctor Group have donated it’s Roofshield breather membrane to Dundee & Angus College to enable apprentices to work with real life materials. The Roofing Industry Alliance is heavily involved in the training and support for the roofing industry. One of the challenges that colleges face is being able to obtain proper materials for

training and assessments for their apprentices, due to budgets. Roofshield is the highest performing breathable roofing membrane on the market, and following independent testing, complies across all of the UK wind zones as defined in the new BS 5534. The new Code of Practice introduces a single test for the measurement of the wind uplift resistance of underlays, which all testing bodies will follow to allow for greater transparency and consistency. By directly supporting the local colleges, the A Proctor Group have supported the next generation of roofing contractors. ❚ enquiry 120 August 2015

and discoloured over time. The water-based, single pack coating breathes new life into tired exteriors - transforming metal cladded surfaces with an easy to achieve refurbishment process that offers outstanding protection against the elements. It can be used to refurbish buildings in a wide-range of environments including retail sites, sports halls and warehouses. Once completed, the system offers surface protection and looks good for up to eight years. There is also an extensive colour choice. By offering a range choices of shades,

LABC Approval secured for Celsius Solid Roof Synseal’s recently-launched Celsius Solid Roof system is now fully approved and registered by the LABC (Local Authority Building Control) under certificate number EW550. Construction of a completely new structure or replacement of an existing conservatory roof with a solid roof will involve a statutory obligation to submit a Building Regulations application. The LABC is a not-for-profit membership organisation that represents all local authority building control teams in England and Wales, aiming to ensure that all buildings are habitable, dry, safe and warm. With over 3,000 professional surveyors and

existing areas can usually be accurately matched up if a complete colour change is not required – offering a cost effective refurbishment solution. The sheer amount of colours available also means the system offers additional opportunities to introduce a high impact rebranding programme. This is particularly appealing for projects such as football stadia and other buildings where colour is an important part of the overall visual identity.

Usman Akhtar, Crown Paints Specification Sector Support Manager, said: “The system can be applied under a straightforward process, with no special application techniques or tools required. “Two easy-to-apply coats can quickly transform cladding and other external features that have become weathered, dull and discoloured over time, bringing exterior metal cladding back to pristine condition. ❚ enquiry 118

building technicians working in local authority building control, the LABC provides a consistent national service that is delivered locally. Celsius Solid Roof has also been submitted for approval by the LABSS (Local Authority Building Standards Scotland) who are currently assessing the system under the Scottish Building Regulations. With 4 million conservatories installed in England alone identified by a survey carried out on behalf of the DECC (Department of Energy & Climate Change), the market opportunity for retrofitting these building extensions is extensive and the fast-fitting Celsius Solid Roof has been carefully designed with an all-timber core construction to

provide a truly warm yet relatively lightweight structure that will not unduly stress existing conservatory window walling structures and foundations. “We know that submitting a Building Regulations application can seem a little daunting for busy roofing installers,” comments Neville Gleed, Synseal’s Roofing Technical Manager “. ❚ enquiry 119

ULTIMA PANELS SHINE ON CHAMBERS WHARF A range of Ultima insulated facade panels incorporating an eye catching perforated outer skin have been specified on the new Reflector residential development at Chambers Wharf in The Southwark district of London.

between Southwark Council, St

Ultima Insulated façade panels

James, Peabody and the Greater

glazed in to the structural glazed

London Authority (GLA), the

system across multiple buildings

scheme provides a blueprint for

on the development.

delivering high quality affordable housing quickly in London.

Each of the panels were finished in a distinctive Basalt Grey PPC

St James has delivered the entire

colour, that featured a unique

affordable housing provision prior

perforated outer skin which stood

The collection of 182 shared

to the construction of any private

proud of the glazed in panel.

ownership and social rented

homes, using £9m of forward

homes represents the first phase

funding from the GLA. The build

These were fitted via a toggle

of a major regeneration project,

programme commenced in May

system together with an internal

designed to transform the existing

2013 and was completed in March

channel surround that added to

derelict brownfield site into a


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building. Ultima panels are a

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external applications. Available in

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mixed-use riverside community. the


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Helifix: Supporting Conservation for over 30 Years There is now far greater awareness of the general principles of conservation and the need for minimal intervention, maximum retention of the original building fabric and preservation of the building’s original aesthetics and appearance. Phrases like ‘conserve as found’ and ‘minimum loss of authenticity’ set conservation works apart from standard repair and maintenance. At Helifix this is nothing new as these were the very principles on which the company was founded more than 30 years ago and which have guided its development ever since. Helifix designed the first one-piece helical remedial wall tie, which has since formed the basis of its extremely successful range of special purpose stainless steel ties, fixings and reinforcement systems that now repair, strengthen and preserve masonry structures worldwide. Being slim, versatile, lightweight and flexible they are nonintrusive, but very effective and reliable. They accommodate natural building movement, introduce no additional stresses

The Basement Waterproofing Association – a new trade organisation with benefits for all A new trade organisation has been established to represent all that's best in the basement waterproofing industry, with benefits for homeowners, contractors, manufacturers, suppliers, architects and more. The Basement Waterproofing Association is an independently managed organisation, set up by leading innovators in the field, with numerous industry-related goals at its core. Collette O'Connor, Chairman of the Basement Waterproofing Association comments: “We know a great deal about effectively protecting underground spaces from water in the ground but that doesn't mean we should stop learning. This organisation is all about research, shared knowledge, best practice and mutually beneficial relationships for all involved – particularly our customers. “By choosing to work with one of our accredited member companies, homeowners are assured that they are dealing with one of the industry's bestinformed installers – one that will only start work once all applicable legalities have been met; only use approved materials and practices; and strictly comply to Building Regulations. “Professionalism and ethics are at the top of our Code of Conduct. Where

and improve structural performance through a composite action with the host masonry to provide non-disruptive and fully concealed repair solutions to all commonly occurring structural faults. Helifix non-disruptive concealed repair techniques are ideal for any masonry structure but, with no external straps or unsightly plates, they are particularly suitable for listed or heritage structures. Consequently, these systems have been widely used to successfully extend the life of a wide variety of historic buildings, churches and bridges.

‘Fixing the Foundations after the Scrapping of Zero Carbon Homes' by Ian Loughnane Business Unit Director of Kingspan Timber Solutions Last month the treasury announced the scrapping of the zero carbon building standards. The statement was presented within detailed documents, published as part of George Osborne's economic productivity drive called, ‘Fixing the Foundations.'

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unscrupulous contractors put profit above all else, our ongoing concern is customer satisfaction – for years after the job is completed. To that end, we encourage and facilitate members to sign up to the Construction Guarantee Solutions Ltd. scheme, offering customers ten-year insurance-backed guarantees that will be honoured, even in the unlikely event that the original contractor should cease trading.” Businesses can also access professionally designed promotional materials – incorporating their logo and company details – via an online marketing portal on the organisation's website. “The Basement Waterproofing Association logo should be seen as a signpost for high standards and quality”, Collette continues; “and by helping our members to achieve a consistent, professional style in their promotions, we're building both our brand and theirs at the same time. “Our training offering has been designed for specialists from all areas of the trade – from architects to contractors – providing them with the knowledge to comprehensively survey underground spaces and identify appropriate waterproofing solutions. It's a proactive way of promoting career development within member companies, offering employees an affordable means of furthering their expertise, with three-day courses run across the country, throughout the year.” Besides detailing the benefits of working with a Basement Waterproofing Association-accredited installer, the organisation's new website boasts a wealth of information for homeowners, including numerous considerations that might not be obvious to someone planning such work for the first time. With PropertECO and 12 branches of the Peter Cox chain having already signed up, other companies interested in learning more about the Basement Waterproofing Association, its various membership options and the latest news from around the industry should visit: www.basement

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The plans have been received with a wave of disappointment from across the industry. Businesses throughout the UK have been investing heavily, for the best part of a decade, in preparation for these future standards. For example, £6.4million including £3.2million of public funds - was invested in the AIMC4 project, developing and applying materials to create low carbon homes, now to be told that these standards will no longer be implemented. On the back of this announcement the Green Deal cashback scheme was also axed - chipping further away at the government strategy on dealing with high energy bills through home energy efficiency. The transition strategy to a low-carbon economy presented our industry with great aspirations for growth. Environmental considerations would help transform how buildings are constructed, what materials are used and the methods employed. I believe that we are now on the cusp of the predicted ‘sea-change' with UK power generation in need of a significant upgrade. The way forward, in the longer view, seems obvious. Even the power industry is increasingly investing in renewable technology, with start-up organisations developing innovative ways of using local, renewable micro generation to deliver more cost effective energy supply and who passionately believe that they will ultimately change the energy market of the future. For our part government and the construction industry must continue to embrace innovative timber technology and offsite techniques in order to develop better buildings to minimise the environmental impact of high energy demand reducing energy costs for occupants and the energy poverty that is becoming increasingly common. It would be very easy to view the recent changes to the regulations as a significant blow for the industry and yet I don't believe it is. The build for rent sector along with the Housing Associations still view energy efficiency and environmental responsibility as core to their organisations. A Landlord doesn't want the rent spent on paying the energy bills and Housing Associations provide for some very vulnerable families on low incomes who need their home to be economically viable. These realities exist irrespective of government regulation.

By the same token, self builders always adopt much higher standards of energy performance than required by Building regulation and we are experiencing an increased interest in Passivhaus standards. Recent housing forum papers have highlighted just how important this sector is becoming in the mix of solutions to the housing shortage crisis. Kingspan Timber Solutions will continue to keep energy efficiency as a key factor in all of our projects. We recognise the value of low energy homes to the British economy and will continue to invest and innovate in this area. Part of the reasoning to scrap zero carbon homes was that it was an unachievable target that would be costly to the industry. This is something that I strongly disagree with. As a nation we need affordable, well designed and energy efficient homes that address the significant issues of fuel poverty and climate change particularly within the social housing sector. This combination of requirements plays to the strengths of timber frame and structural insulated panel systems (SIPS), which deliver a sustainable solution. We must not make the short sighted mistake of prioritising ‘cheap' over ‘cost effective' when it comes to providing homes. Cost effective, energy efficient homes will ultimately save money for the end user as well as invest money back into the British economy. Energy efficiency doesn't mean an explosion of high tech, expensive, obsolete eco-bling. The industry has invested heavily in getting building fabric solutions that deliver high performance without the future maintenance costs that renewable solutions entail. This ‘fabric first' approach, synonymous with offsite construction, focuses on the delivery of an airtight building envelope to achieve sustainable and energy efficient new homes, reducing CO2 emissions, energy consumption and associated costs within wall thicknesses that don't compromise plot sizes Kingspan are currently delivering a Self Build Live event which will showcase the first ever Passivhaus show home demonstrating on a real time basis, the value of creating a home at such a low energy standard. A Passivhaus building requires very little energy for heating or cooling at the same time as providing a high level of comfort to the occupants. Self Build Live will allow visitors to attend and access-all-areas of the build project. This gives attendees the opportunity to view the site at various stages throughout the build and see the new show house come together. ( for further information) It is regrettable that zero carbon homes policy has been pushed aside and in the long term this will ultimately cause issues in a range of different areas. The government are going to find it challenging to ‘fix the foundations' if it keeps digging holes for future generations to fall into.

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New HELIFIX BowTie HD Kit – for securing bowed building walls Structural repair specialist, Helifix, has launched a new BowTie HD Kit which contains the necessary components, materials and instructions a repair contractor requires for the rapid cost-effective restraining of bowed external building walls by securing them to internal floor and ceiling joists. The kit is available in two versions containing either 5 or 10 No. 1

Hope develops bespoke concrete to help keep Scotland rail upgrade on-track

metre long BowTie HDs along with PolyPlus SF resin, an SDS Drill Bit, the BowTie HD SDS Driver and 2 injection tubes. With easy, non-disruptive, external installation, the BowTie HD is a heavy duty stainless steel tie with a self-cutting tip. Once a clearance hole has been drilled through the wall, the BowTie HD is inserted and simply power-driven through the first two parallel timber joists to form a secure mechanical connection. Where there is a requirement to fix through the third timber joist, the BowTie HD in a 1.5 metre length is also part of the electrification of the line, Scotland’s busiest passenger route.

The floor of the Victorian tunnel had to be lowered to accommodate a conductor bar as

available. The reduced diameter outer end of the BowTie HD is resin bonded to the masonry to prevent further bowing of the wall and is then hidden by patching the entry hole with matching materials. ❚ enquiry 126

concrete that has all the essential properties required for fixing the Slab Track system into place in high-speed rail locations. Slab Track is a specialist precastconcrete rail system used widely to develop high-speed rail links throughout Europe. More than 470 metres of Slab Track has been laid on the Winchburgh Tunnel project.

The UK’s leading independent concrete supplier Hope Construction Materials has introduced the UK’s first railspecific concrete, used as part of an innovative track-laying system for the upgrade of the mainline link between Glasgow and Edinburgh. Hope was approached to develop a bespoke mix to complement the innovative Slab Track Austria system and ensure rapid track replacement work in the 330 metre long Winchburgh Tunnel section of the track. August 2015

To meet the specifications of this ambitious project, Hope’s technical research team designed HOPEFlow® ‘Rail’, a highperformance, self-compacting

These enhancements are expected to make a significant difference to passengers, reducing journey times by 20%, increasing efficiency with longer and more frequent trains, and allowing the network to carry 30% more passengers between the two main cities. Overall sustainability will also be improved through the use of an electrified line. ❚ enquiry 127

would like to see Crown Trade Fastflow Quick Dry Gloss rolled out into production as soon as possible.”

New Crown Trade Fastflow Gloss System Sets The Pace Both Inside and Out Crown Paints has invested heavily in research and development to ensure its new Crown Trade Fastflow Quick Dry Gloss system, sets the pace for the future in terms of style, speed, substance and sustainability. Significant advances have been made in alkyd emulsion technology to ensure excellent coverage and opacity, exceptional flow - and fast-track drying times which enable two coats to be applied in just one day. Once applied, Crown Trade Fastflow Quick Dry Gloss leaves a stunning, high gloss finish to a standard normally associated with solvent borne paints, which doesn’t fade and leaves a crisp, white shade that will last for the long term. By using Crown Trade Fastflow Quick Dry Gloss just one product

can be purchased for both interior and exterior environments and its speed of application enables project times to be sped-up and labour times to be managed. Nikki Cosgrove, Crown Trade Brand Manager, said: “Reports from on-site trials were outstanding. “What was very pleasing was the description from the test team that it felt like applying an oil-based product, which flowed extremely well over the top of the first coat, with no dragging or pulling, and that it dried very quickly to leave a traditional oil-based wet look. “Finally, once the application was complete the Crown Trade system was compared with other completed areas on site and the testers felt it gave a much better finish, with a higher sheen level. “The overall view was that they

The manufacture of Crown Trade Fastflow Quick Dry Gloss – which is complemented by Crown Trade Fastflow Quick Dry Primer Undercoat – also benefits from Crown Paints’ award-winning approach to sustainability. This includes Crown Paints’ commitment to producing products that help to extend maintenance cycles, a policy of measuring the carbon foot print of its coatings, an integrated approach to sustainability and a long-running corporate social responsibility programme. For more information please contact the Crown Trade Specification Team by calling 0330 0240310, email or visit the website at

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Marmox Thermoblock specified for affordable PassivHaus Project A development of 25 new properties for a leading social housing provider, located close to Minehead on the Bristol Channel, is making use of Thermoblock from Marmox in order to meet the very stringent airtightness and insulation standards demanded under PassivHaus guidelines. The project for Hastoe Housing, is seeing Halsall Construction Limited build a total of 20 houses to full PassivHaus requirements, while a further five also offer excellent energy performance. Bristol Based GCP is the approved architectural designer, which specified Thermoblock to address the challenging floor-wall junction around the perimeter of each property. Thermoblock is available in several widths from 100 mm upwards to suit different wall constructions and features miniature columns of concrete encapsulated within high

performance insulation. They can be used at upper floor levels and other locations as well as around the perimeter to the oversite. The Site Agent for Halsall Construction Limited, John Gray, commented: “The PassivHaus properties feature the use of 150 mm wide Celcon aircrete blocks up to floor level then the course of Marmox Thermoblocks and another single course of blocks above, which ultimately carries the timber frame. The outside of the buildings then features either local stone or render outside a further 200 mm thickness of Kingspan Kooltherm insulation. The Thermoblock is employed to help achieve the very low Uvalue, while the airtightness figure required is 0.6 (m3/ m2/hr)”. ❚ enquiry 129

Levolux helps Suffolk go green A bold new ‘Energy from Waste’ facility in Great Blakenham, Suffolk is having a surprisingly positive impact on the Suffolk landscape, thanks to an Aerofoil Fin screening solution from Levolux. Designed by Grimshaw Architects to achieve a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating, the new facility processes almost 260,000 tonnes of household and business waste each year to generate sufficient electricity to power the equivalent of 30,000 homes. The development, which is operated by SITA, comprises a main incinerator plant facility and an adjoining education centre. The main plant facility is accommodated within an impressive building which extends more than 30 metres in height, with a length of almost 60 metres. As the site backs directly onto the picturesque Gipping Valley, architects were challenged to create a modern, energy-efficient industrial facility that would be sympathetic to its natural setting. As a result, architects sought the help of the UK’s leading solar shading and screening specialists, Levolux. With an unrivalled track record, Levolux was ideally equipped to design an external screening solution that would give the facility an attractive external aesthetic that mimics the formation of clouds passing across the Suffolk sky. The custom solution comprises aerofoil-shaped louvres each

measuring 500mm wide by 50mm thick, applied across each of the building’s four elevations. The extruded aluminium Louvres are set at a pitch of 750mm, assembled into panels using aluminium sideplates. The louvred panels, with free spans of up to 3.6 metres, combine to cover almost 4500 square metres of the external façade. To create a distinctive and interesting aesthetic, the angle of each louvre in each vertical stack increases by 6 degrees over the height of the installation. In addition, the angle of the uppermost louvre in each vertical stack increases by 10 degrees across the installation. The differing angles of louvres create a dynamic visual effect that changes as you pass along the façade. ❚ enquiry 130

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Downs Merrifield Staircase At the heart of the home, white painted walls pick up a warm glow from the timber stairs and flooring. *Photos Courtesy of Rob Boltman Photography and Downs Merrifield Architects.

striking complements the painted walls to create a Downs Merrifield Lounge - Timber cladding statement in the lounge.

Specifying paint for sustainability Sustainability is increasingly important in project specification. The role that paint can play may be overlooked, possibly because it is so ubiquitous. But have you fully considered the effects your choice of paint can have? Superficially, paint colours and finish are important. However, the type of paint you specify can positively or negatively impact on a project’s sustainability: not just its environmental ratings but, most importantly, whether it will safeguard or damage the fabric of a building for the future.

performance, often superior to that of conventional acrylic based paints.


Breathability is a crucial aspect of a sustainable paint specification. Walls coated with conventional paints are unable to breathe, which can lead to moisture damage such as blown plaster and the need for remedial work in the future.

When looking for sustainable paint, the most stringent standard is the EU Ecolabel which covers every aspect of a product’s manufacture, use and disposal.

A durable, breathable paint can prevent such damage and significantly reduce the maintenance lifecycle of walls.

One paint company that has achieved this demanding standard is Earthborn. Earthborn takes an holistic approach to paint, considering its potential environmental impact at every stage – ingredients, application, disposal and lifespan. Being eligible for the Ecolabel means Earthborn also meets the standards of the RICS Ska Rating system for sustainability best practice in office and retail fit-out.

Advanced technology Earthborn paints are water based but have been developed using the latest technology to deliver exceptional

The health and environmental benefits of Earthborn paints also contribute to a sustainable specification. Being water based, they do not give off toxic emissions such as VOCs, which damage the environment and are harmful to the health of building occupants and decorators.

External walls Earthborn’s Ecopro Silicate Masonry System is thought to be the most advanced masonry paint available - a durable, easy to use alternative to limewash and conventional masonry paints.

The system comprises a primer and paint, which together form a chemical bond with the underlying mineral substrate. The result is a very hard wearing, water and weather resistant barrier, yet it offers the same high levels of breathability as limewash. "Earthborn conservatively states a lifespan of 15 years for its Ecopro Silicate Masonry System but fully expects most applications to last much longer. There are buildings painted with silicate paint more than 80 years ago, which are still in excellent condition The system can be used on any porous mineral surface such as stone, brick, concrete, plaster and render. It gives a classic matt finish that will not yellow over time. It even helps prevent algae growth and mould.

Internal walls For interiors, Earthborn offers two alternatives to conventional emulsions. From its Ecopro trade paint range, Earthborn’s emulsion is available in matt and mid sheen finishes. Being totally oil, acrylic and VOC free, Ecopro Emulsion is highly breathable and odour free. Its unique formulation covers well and gives a durable, anti-static finish. Earthborn's well known Claypaint has exceptional covering power and gives a distinctive, ultra matt finish. Thanks to advanced technology which maximises the natural properties of clay, Claypaint is highly breathable, free of all toxic emissions, easy to apply and hardwearing.

Architects’ home is a statement in sustainability When it came to building a new home for themselves, two partners in the practice Downs Merrifield Architects were determined to stamp sustainability throughout its specification. Aiming towards passive house status, their specification for the timber framed, timber and glass clad home includes very high levels of insulation, airtight construction, whole house ventilation, photovoltaics and large areas of south facing glazing to maximise solar heat gain.

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Mittens Claypaint was used on the kitchen walls in the Prince's. *Courtesy of John Day Photography.

Internally, the walls and ceilings were lined with fermacell, a gypsum fibreboard made from recycled materials. Nic Downs and Carolyn Merrifield specified Earthborn Ecopro Matt Emulsion throughout the house for its exceptional eco credentials, breathability, low odour and hard wearing finish.

A spokesperson for The Prince’s Foundation said: “We believe that healthy homes are an important part of modern sustainable living, and high quality eco friendly paints form an essential part of that.”

Modular eco homes are amazing spaces Three eco friendly homes were built by The Prince’s Foundation for Building Community to focus on sustainability.

Designer Sam Booth has developed an exciting new concept in sustainable construction. His modular buildings can require little or no planning permission and are ideal for use as holiday homes, annexes and garden offices.

Wood panelling pa inted with Fat Ra scal Claypaint en way in the Prince hances the hall's Crescent Baillie Scott home.

Originally part of the first ever ‘Prince’s Crescent’ at the 2014 Ideal Home Shows in England and Scotland, the three houses are now permanent homes on the Dumfries House estate in Ayrshire.

Sam’s prototype featured on George Clarke’s Channel 4 TV series, Amazing Spaces. It was used as an alternative to a caravan for a start-up holiday home business, Brockloch Bothy, in Dumfries and Galloway.


Unlike many eco homes, which rely on complex technology and systems to achieve their eco credentials, the Prince’s Foundation’s Natural House Model uses a combination of the best traditional building methods and new techniques and technologies.

The ceilings and sections of timber wall were left untreated, to weather naturally. Claypaint and Ecopro Emulsion were used in high wear areas and to create feature panels, Emulsion being selected for the kitchen and bathroom for its enhanced wipeability.

The choice of interior paint is a case in point. Earthborn Claypaint was chosen for all three homes as its advanced formulation achieves high performance and optimal sustainability standards.

Echo modules were also selected by the Galloway Activity Centre for its new holiday homes on the shores of Loch Ken.

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Claypaint is available in 72 standard shades, while Ecopro Matt Emulsion and Ecopro Silicate Masonry Paint have 12 standard shades. Bespoke colours can be developed by Earthborn’s nationwide network of stockists, such as Celtic Sustainables, Eco Home Centre and Old House Store, which supplied these projects. For further information visit: ❚ enquiry 134

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Energy Saving Refurbishment with Remmers iQ Therm System August 2015

interior of the stone walls of the original house.

The listed 19th Century former Schoolhouse overlooking the Dublin mountains was renovated and extended to create a new energy efficient residential family home. So that the exterior facade of the existing property was not altered in any way, internal insulation was installed to the

Due to the build up of condensation behind conventional insulation when applied to single leaf construction, it became apparent that a “breathable insulation system” would be required. Remmers IQ Therm was chosen as it has the highest level of insulation for given thickness of breathable systems. The original U-value of the wall was approx 3.3W/m2K and was improved to 0.33W/m2K. Remmers IQ Therm is a complete system of fixing/insulation and finishing available in 3 board thicknesses. The renovation was followed on RTEs “Room to Improve” house renovation show with Architect Dermot Bannon. ❚ enquiry 135

The Award Winning Alternative to Wet Screed As a dry screed flooring system, the award winning ScreedBoard® removes the drying times associated with wet screeds.

Designed for todays world launch of Rivendale Cromleigh Graphite gives greater design flexibility Marley Eternit’s fibre cement range has been further enhanced by the addition of a new colour, Cromleigh Graphite, to its Rivendale slates. Closely resembling natural slate, the Cromleigh Graphite features a riven surface and dressed edge offering specifiers and contractors even more choice and design versatility through the manufacturer’s fibre cement slates. Charlotte Hughes, product manager at Marley Eternit, explains: “We understand the need to offer products and

solutions to support specifiers and contractors designing and working on the cutting-edge projects of today. For this reason, we are focused on ensuring our fibre cement slates offer a range of design options, as well as striking and versatile aesthetics.” Marley Eternit’s fibre cement range is supported by the latest tools and services for specifiers, including BIM objects. It is also covered by an environmental product declaration (EPD), enabling the comparison of the environmental impact of the slates to other products to help make an informed choice during the specification stage. Charlotte Hughes concludes: “As fibre cement becomes

increasingly popular, we are investing in research and development to help us bring new products to market that will help to support growth in the use of the material across different building types. The launch of Cromleigh Graphite continues to take the design versatility of fibre cement to a different level, opening up new possibilities for creating imaginative designs.” As part of Marley Eternit’s fibre cement range, Rivendale slates offer industry leading sustainability credentials; including the ability to achieve the best environmental rating (A+) in the BRE Green Guide and BES 6001 Responsible Sourcing rating of ‘Very Good’.


Dry properties allow floor finishes to be introduced immediately and for developments to be completed sooner. On ground floors they can help achieve optimum underfloor heating conditions for occupants, on upper floors they can be used as a combined heating and sound proofing solution. ScreedBoard®’s low thermal resistance allow them to outperform common floor finishes including wet screeds and chip boards.

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Market leader’s “most significant insulated panel technology breakthrough in a decade” Set to fundamentally shift building performance. New insulated panel core delivers 20% thermal performance improvement. First in the industry to achieve FM4882 level of fire protection, with further ‘industry -first’ certification imminent. Also offers best-in-class environmental credentials and unparalleled 40-year thermal and structural performance guarantee.

20th July 2015, Market leader Kingspan Insulated Panels today launches IPNQuadCore, a new insulated panel core that delivers the best thermal, fire and environmental performance of any closed-cell material. Invented with a bespoke technology process that creates a unique microcell structure, IPN-QuadCore is set to bring about a fundamental shift in building performance, resulting in lower lifetime costs and enhanced environmental credentials. “This is our most significant insulated panel technology breakthrough in a decade,” said Gilbert McCarthy, Managing Director, Kingspan Insulated Panels. “The property market demands high performance, energyefficient buildings that deliver low risk, high net yield and reduced environmental impact. The unprecedented performance of IPNQuadCore helps to deliver these superior buildings, making the strongest business case yet for sustainability.” IPN-QuadCore delivers a 20% thermal improvement over standard polyurethane insulated panel core insulation. It has a lambda value of just 0.018w/mK, the best in the industry, and achieves U-values as low as 0.08w/m2K. A study by energy consultants AECOM found that, when used in a standard 5,000m2 distribution warehouse in the UK, a Kingspan IPN-QuadCore building envelope will reduce annual energy demand by almost 14% compared with the notional Part L2A 2013 specification. The same study found that a Kingspan IPN-QuadCore building envelope solution could even reduce the initial capital cost of constructing the warehouse because it reduces the required HVAC system size. IPN-QuadCore is the first closed cell insulated panel core to be certified to FM 4882 for use in smoke sensitive occupancies. It achieves a reaction to fire of B-s1,d0 to EN 13501-1, the lowest smoke emissions possible, and offers

fire resistance of up to one hour insulation and three hours integrity to EN 13501-2. The insulation core is also currently undergoing testing to be certified to LPS 1181 Part 2 for internal applications. This improved performance means that IPN-QuadCore products can be offered in a wider range of panel widths, up to 7m in some LPS 1208 specifications and up to 12m in certain specifications according to EN 13501-2. IPN-QuadCore enhances the environmental credentials of buildings in two ways. Firstly, the technology helps to achieve higher ratings in building assessment methodologies such as BREEAM and LEED, with the aforementioned AECOM study showing that an IPN-QuadCore building achieves six more BREEAM Ene01 credits than a typical retail or distribution warehouse. Furthermore, the new technology behind the microcell structure creates a more resource-efficient material, improving the environmental impact of its production. Each IPN-QuadCore panel is backed by the industry’s first 40 year guarantee which covers both structural and thermal performance. This ensures that a building will perform ‘as-built’ over the life of the property, reducing costly envelope maintenance and repair costs as time passes. The long guarantee can be offered because IPNQuadCore’s unique closed-cell structure resists moisture ingress, which maintains the structural integrity of the core, and cuts the risk of additional moisture weight, a leading cause of structural failure in inferior products. IPN-QuadCore is being introduced to coldstore insulated panels today, with a wider rollout commencing later this year. For more information visit

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DESIGNING QUIETNESS The best residential care homes need to be attractive and peaceful places where noise is kept to the minimum. Informed designers know that one of the best ways to achieve this is by installing high performance acoustic panels on the ceilings. A good example is this appealing care home located in the Jutland region of west Denmark. It is designed with a very effective layout where the 24 individual residential units are grouped around attractive common areas so that staff and residents can interact easily with each other and the facilities. In particular, the architects have made a conscious effort to create a very attractive and quiet environment. To achieve this, the floors are soft linoleum while the ceilings are lined with square Troldtekt acoustic panels with an ultrafine structure. These create a noiseless, visually soothing and cohesive surface throughout the care home. Danish manufactured Troldtekt acoustic tiles are specified throughout the UK and Europe and can be delivered as either FSC or PEFC certified panels. They are

manufactured using 100% natural wood fibres and their benefits are high sound absorption, high durability, natural breathability, low cost life cycle performance and sustainability. They are used to improve acoustics in many different projects, such as schools, leisure centres, pools, commercial and public buildings. Available in various sizes and in three grades from ultrafine to coarse, they can be left unpainted or painted in virtually any RAL colour. Troldtekt sustainability has also been recognised with certification at Silver level within the Cradle to Cradle concept and earns gold on 4 out of 5 criteria in the Cradle to Cradle certification version 3.1. This international certification has been achieved because the panels do not contain hazardous substances and can be recycled. For samples and comprehensive technical information tel 01978 664255 or visit ❚ enquiry 178

Unusually shaped, the architecturally stunning Maggie’s Cancer Centre in Aberdeen in Scotland is designed to assist in the psychological and emotional healing process for those affected by cancer. A Licensed Icynene contractor installed both Icynene H2Foam Forte™ and Icynene H2 Foam Lite™ in the pebble shaped structure. Situated on the southern boundary of the Foresterhill site of the Royal Infirmary in Aberdeen, Scotland, Maggie’s Cancer Centre is the latest such centre to provide emotional and practical support to anyone affected by cancer. The centre, designed to be homely and full of warmth, aims to provide an environment where those facing cancer can gain support. The centre also intends to inspire imagination from visitors and has contributed to the architecture of the Aberdeen city area.

Being 100% water blown, Icynene H2Foam ForteTM has a Global Warming Potential (GWP) of only 1 - the lowest GWP available. In addition to providing structural strength, the closed cell product also can reject bulk water penetrating through the building envelope.


As a result of using spray foam insulation throughout the design, an extremely high R-value was achieved. With a high Rvalue, staff and visitors to Maggie’s Cancer Centre in Aberdeen will be able to work and heal in comfort all year round regardless of the season.

Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta, together with Scottish firm, Halliday Fraser Munro, took on the challenge to create a visually stunning structure in the shape of a pebble. The unusually-shaped single storey structure features a reinforced concrete exterior and timber interior. Steel reinforcements were used to form the structure’s unique shape. With activity and meeting rooms located on the ground floor and office space on the mezzanine, the centre features high-end interior finishes and manages to create a peaceful, welcoming and beautiful space for anyone who visits.

Above the 2.5m mark and across the curved roofline, spray foam crews applied Icynene H2Foam LiteTM. Due to the unique curvature of the roofline, crews had to aid the rise of the foam by hand to ensure consistent and even coverage.

Both Icynene H2Foam Lite™ and Icynene H2Foam Forte™ contribute to creating a positive, peaceful and comfortable environment for visitors to the new centre in Aberdeen. THE RESULT

INSULATING MAGGIE’S CANCER CENTRE A Licensed local Icynene contractor was enlisted by Halliday Fraser Munro to help insulate the centre in February 2013 using two high performance Icynene spray foam insulation products. The spray foam insulation crew used five sets of the 100% water-blown closed cell medium density Icynene H2Foam ForteTM and used seven sets of the open cell Icynene H2Foam LiteTM throughout the curved structure. Spray foam crews applied the medium density material on the lower part of the structure to a height of 2.5m in an effort to provide additional structural strength.

Maggie’s Cancer Centre in Aberdeen was completed and opened in September 2013. The structure, set apart by a small landscaped area, is open to anyone requiring its services and support. The unusual shape and highly visual design has been receiving attention from the architecture community and the greater Aberdeen community. In November 2013, the centre was awarded a Commendation by Aberdeen’s Civic Society and in March 2014, GMS Insulations Ltd, the Icynene distributor in the UK, was awarded the Best Architectural Project – International at the Icynene 2014 Global Conference for their involvement in the project. ❚ enquiry 139.

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JOHNSON & STARLEY'S WARM AIR HEATING AND vENTILATION SOLuTION FOR HISTORIC APARTMENT RENOvATION Johnson & Starley's WarmCair warm air heating, Aquastar hot water storage and Home 'n Dry ventilation technology have been combined to maximum effect in a spectacularly renovated historic apartment in Penarth. Brian and Marilyn Fisher selected Johnson & Starley products on professional recommendation and are delighted with the results Albert Road Wesleyan Methodist Church, Penarth, was built in 1907 and its schoolroom was destroyed by bombing in World War Two. The church was later converted into a multi-purpose building, still including a place of worship, but with most of it given over to local community services. Since being used as a community centre it had fallen into disrepair and in 2012 it was converted into eight luxury apartments, including two spacious duplexes. Brian and Marilyn Fisher's open plan apartment features living room, kitchen and two bedrooms on an upper level of the renovated church with a dressing room and airing cupboard later transformed to house the new Johnson & Starley Warmcair heater and Aquastar water storage cylinder - leading off a mezzanine floor. Originally, electric underfloor heating had been installed to heat the apartment, but it had soon become apparent that this was inadequate to provide sufficient heating for the living space with its very high ceilings. Fuel bills were ranging from £600-£700 a month, yet even with the addition of portable calor gas and electric fan heaters, the desired warmth levels were still not being achieved. Looking for an alternative more

effective and more energy efficient approach, a British Gas engineer suggested to the Fishers that a Johnson & Starley warm air heating system with provision of domestic hot water could prove a solution. Following a site visit and professional advice from Independent Heating System Designer Barry Williamson, a specification for a heating system, including detailed heat loss calculations, was drawn up. The solution was based on the installation of a Johnson & Starley WarmCair C20DW high efficiency combined warm air condensing heater with domestic hot water. Barry comments: “The apartment presented some challenges in terms of designing and installing a warm air heating system that could do the job. It's an unusually shaped apartment with high ceilings and a delightful internal décor. This needed to be considered carefully when designing the installation of the required ductwork to distribute warmed air in the most effective way.” To maintain the highly attractive look of the apartment, ducting was concealed around the apartment behind the ceiling in the bedrooms, kitchen, bathrooms and en-suite, with discreet outlet grills in each room and two at floor level in the main living area. Extract vents remove the warm air

that has risen to the wood panelled ceiling level and duct it back down to ground level for energy saving recirculation. The thermostat is in the main living room, in the centre of the wall below the balcony, so that the temperature reading gives a more accurate figure of room temperature. Although the underfloor heating has been retained, it is no longer required. Only the fully Building Regulations Part L compliant, the WarmCair C20DW is now used. It has the added advantage of domestic hot water provision rather than having to rely upon a standard tank with an immersion heater. With a thermal efficiency up to 98% and its 20kW output, the WarmCair C20DW is ideal for the size of the apartment and fulfils all of Mr & Mrs Fisher's requirements. For extra energy efficiency it is fully modulating and includes a condensate pump as standard as well as the Cleanflow electronic air filtration option. “The WarmCair is a new generation of warm air heating, ideal for this type of heritage project. It performs at least as well as a modern gas fired wet heating system, but without the unsightly clutter of radiators. Furthermore with warm air heating there is no heat loss compared with that which is encountered when hot water is circulated through radiators to heat the house,” says Barry Williamson. A 180 litre Aquastar hot water storage cylinder has been installed. It is made from highgrade stainless steel and retains heat using a 50mm layer of insulation. The capacity is more than enough to store the hot water generated by the WarmCair and required by the Fishers. It also features a 3kW backup immersion heater. The complete installation was undertaken by Robin Heffter of Shackleton & Wintle and it took 10 working days to complete due

to the scale and challenge of the project. This included drilling the solid three feet thick church walls. Robin Heffter Managing Director of Shackleton & Wintle said “It was an interesting job with many technical challenges, but the results made everything worthwhile. Mr & Mrs Fisher were for the first time in 4 years warm this winter and are extremely happy with their warm and comfortable fast acting heating system.” Since installation, the results have been all that Mr & Mrs Fisher could have hoped for. Previously the underfloor heating had to remain on all the time to generate warmth within the property, whereas now Mr & Mrs Fisher put on the heating on arrival and the effect is almost immediate thanks to the fast warm up times. In terms of domestic hot water (DHW), previously the immersion heater would need to be on for 24 hours a day, but now the WarmCair is only turned on for 2-3 hours a day and there is always hot water - even when the family comes to stay. Overall, bills for heating and hot water have

been reduced by 40%. The main entrance hall, at the bottom of the bell tower, was suffering from mould and damp, evidenced by peeling paint and the aroma. To combat this, Johnson & Starley's Home 'n Dry unit has been installed. It is situated in the coat cupboard just adjacent to the stair well. A hole cut through the wall and a diffuser fitted with the ducting, takes in warm air from the main dwelling to be used by the unit. The Home 'n Dry is a wholehouse, positive input ventilation system that introduces a constant flow of dry air that reduces relative humidity. The system creates a positive pressure forcing the stale air to escape through the fabric of the building. The fan speed of its low energy DC fan can be adjusted and running costs can be as little as 1p per day. ❚ enquiry 140

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Danfoss drives HVAC efficiency with new heat exchangers Danfoss is driving innovation in HVAC efficiency and performance with a revolutionary range of plate heat exchangers that delivers exceptional performance, efficiency and flexibility in a compact design. The new range features Danfoss’ patented Micro PlateTM technology with a unique dimple pattern design for improved flow of fluid across the micro plates

and utilisation of the surface area. Danfoss claims the new Micro Plate Heat Exchangers offer up to 10% enhanced heat transfer and up to 35% lower pressure loss compared to traditional plate heat exchangers. August 2015

for heating, cooling and hot water production). ❚ enquiry 141

Setting the benchmark in outdoor heating, the new Herschel Aspect XL heater combines the very best in contemporary design with the latest in far infrared technology. The heat it provides is subtle and comfortable, similar to the warmth of winter sun and, with near-zero light, the Aspect XL is unobtrusive unlike many other outdoor heaters.

Available in an extensive choice of models and sizes for small domestic to large commercial applications; the range is designed to meet the needs of virtually any heating and cooling application, including heat networks, centralised boiler plants and in high rise buildings (where they can be used as pressure breakers

Gledhill launches the Torrent Eco Thermal Store Gledhill, the cylinder specialist, has further developed its range of thermal stores, utilising the most advanced technology to provide even greater energy efficiency and high performance. The new Torrent Eco range features a high-efficiency ErPready pump, flow sensor technology, increased store temperature capacity and an integral secondary return as standard, significantly improving efficiency for installations, especially when using renewable energy sources.

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Windhager Biomass Boilers the ideal choice for Best Western’s Derwent Manor Best Western’s Derwent Manor hotel, set in 20 acres of rural Northumberland overlooking Derwent Valley, has increased its green credentials with the installation of a Windhager biomass system. The 3 star spa and leisure hotel boasts 48 spacious double bedrooms, six bars, six meeting rooms, a large

Hitachi’s new Multi Splits range expanded to meet changing market

The new range has evolved Gledhill’s original Torrent GreenHeat thermal store and offers homeowners more flexibility to maximise the available heat sources, including woodchip burners, biomass stoves and traditional wood burning stoves. In addition, by combining

renewable energy sources such as solar thermal or heat pumps, along with conventional gas, oil and LPG, the store is utilised to deliver heating to the property and hot water on demand via a plate heat exchanger. Jason Hobson, managing director at Gledhill, explains: “The Torrent Eco range of thermal stores utilises our 40 years of cylinder design expertise to maximise the input from available energy sources to provides a flexible solution that is better for the environment, easier to install and offers the end user increased performance with reduced running costs.” The new pump incorporated into Gledhill’s Torrent Eco range doubles the efficiency of both the hydraulics and the motor compared to the previous pump, optimising the partial load range by automatic pump performance control.

restaurant and full spa and leisure facilities. The hotel has recently upgraded their existing old oil and electricity fueled heating systems to a fully integrated Windhager biomass system. This state-of-the-art sustainable heating system uses wood pellets to provide heating and hot water to the hotel, its cottages and all their leisure facilities.

Outdoor heating redefined with the Herschel Aspect XL

Herschel designed the Aspect XL to be a stylish addition to outdoor areas. Constructed from the highest quality components and materials, it is suited to situations where a more permanent outdoor heat is required in covered or semi covered areas with low air movement or wind. The heater is ideal for commercial applications such as cafés, restaurants and pubs while residential uses range from balconies and patio areas to conservatories. The extruded aluminium body of the Aspect XL houses highly emissive convex ceramic emitters which are solid state and designed

to give a lifetime of use. As well as providing comfortable heat, the Aspect XL is around 30% more efficient than equivalent halogen, quartz and gas heaters so does not cost the earth to run, either financially or environmentally. The Aspect XL is available in 1300w and 1950w versions covering an area of 6m² or 9m² respectively, at a height of 2.3m. Both models have an IPX4 rating, are maintenance-free and come with a five-year guarantee. Installation is straightforward but should be carried out by a suitably qualified electrician. ❚ enquiry 144

The cooker comes with all the practical benefits of pellet stoves

and boilers. Competitively priced and energy efficient, it can be installed in any home as long as there is the necessary space for the flue. It is also controllable and can be turned on and off as required. Initially, two models will be available; the Neos 90P with a pellet oven only and the Neos 155PGE, a combined model with pellet and electric ovens; eliminating the need for another cooker in the kitchen to use during the summer. ❚ enquiry 145

Specflue launches EcoCooker to UK market Specflue, a leading supplier of flue systems, wood burning stoves and renewable heat products, is launching a new range of pellet cookers. Manufactured by J Corradi through MCZ, one of the first companies in Europe to introduce pellet technology, the NEOS pellet cookers will be distributed solely by Specflue in the UK.

systems, each comprising of three Windhager BioWIN Excel 60kW wood pellet boilers in a 'cascade' format.

The total installation commissioned by GreenGuru NE is made up of two separate 180kW

❚ enquiry 143

As part of its continuing product research and development activities, Hitachi has launched an updated and expanded MultiZone product range, which includes both indoor and outdoor units.

MonoZone and MultiZone installations, simplifying installer selection, stock control and improved aesthetics where single and multi combinations are installed within the same building.

also been improved by up to 22% at -7oC. In addition, sound levels have been reduced by as much as -5dB, while standby power consumption is down by an impressive 89% in some cases.

temperatures to maximise energy savings, while a vertical and horizontal Auto Swing can be combined to circulate airflow evenly around the room to avoid hot or cold spots.

Three new capacity outdoor units have been added extending the number of outdoor models to eight, and capacity from 3.3kW to 10.6kW. The new 1.5kW indoor unit has been introduced to meet a changing market where smaller buildings and higher levels of insulation mean smaller indoor units can be specified, and is priced accordingly around 8% cheaper than the 1.8kW model. A big benefit for trade customers is the common indoor wall and floor unit designs used for both

The whole range has improved ESEER of up to 7.15 and SCOP of up to 4.33 (depending on the model), with cooling performances up by as much as 18% and heating performance by up to 11%. Heating capacities have

The indoor units benefit from Hitachi’s Eco sensor which operates in two steps – at 20 minutes and 60 minutes without human activity being detected within range of the sensor – which adjusts heating or cooling

Hitachi’s exclusive new ‘Leave Home’ remote control timer enables temperature of between 10oC and 16oC to be selected and programmed to stop room temperatures dropping too low if areas will be unoccupied for an extended period of up to 99 days. ❚ enquiry 146

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Danfoss launches easy to install wireless cyclinder thermostat Danfoss has launched the CET2000B-RF battery-powered radio frequency cylinder thermostat. This latest addition to the Danfoss range combines the energy saving benefits of accurate temperature control of domestic hot water systems with the convenience of wireless installation.

recessed or surface mounted cabling. The unit’s large backlit LCD display makes it easy to read and adjust temperature settings, especially as hot water cylinders are often placed in dimly lit areas such as airing cupboards. Cylinder temperature is measured by the Danfoss CS2 sensor, a clamp-on unit which is fitted to the cylinder wall and wired directly to the thermostat – normally located adjacent to the

The CET2000B-RF is supplied by Danfoss as a complete package, including CS2 cylinder sensor and RX1-S single channel receiver, ready for quick and simple installation, without having to disrupt interior décor by running

Waxman Energy to host a series of REI Technical Training days for the commercial solar PV sector Waxman Energy, specialists in the design and distribution of solar PV systems, is to host two open days in two UK locations this September alongside its commercial solar funding partner REI. The open days are part of Waxman Energy’s wider campaign to raise awareness and boost confidence in commercial rooftop solar, after its somewhat turbulent past. Pairing up with


cylinder. The RX1-S receiver is mounted next to the boiler or zone valve and responds to commands issued by the thermostat over secure wireless connection. This arrangement avoids the need for wiring between the thermostat and boiler or zone valve, reducing installation time and cabling. Users can adjust hot water temperature using the cylinder thermostat’s simple up/down buttons. A flame icon is displayed when the thermostat is calling for hot water, while an aerial icon confirms the thermostat is connected to the receiver. ❚ enquiry 147

REI to offer competitive and innovative PPA funding for commercial projects, Waxman Energy is presenting a complete commercial PV package that ensures bankability, reliability and peace of mind, thanks to the high quality products and services available to customers. The first open day will take place on 2nd September 2015 at Waxman Training Academy in Elland, West Yorkshire, which is the base of Waxman Energy’s head quarters. The second will be held at the Hilton Hotel, Swindon, the following day (3rd September); both will provide in depth information and advice

about commercial rooftop solar and the many opportunities it has for businesses. ❚ enquiry 148


Trend’s new Room View sensor and display creates the perfect climate control solution Trend, the leading international manufacturer and supplier of state-of-the-art Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS), has built on the success of its innovative range of Wallbus mounted sensors and displays with the introduction of Room View (RV). Designed for optimum flexibility and ease of use, the RV’s colour touchscreen and clean, modern graphics provide a stateof-the-art interface that enhances the occupant experience in any room. The top of the range RV complements Trend’s existing Room Display (RD) and Room Sensor (RS) solutions, maintaining similar design features that contribute to a family feel across all three devices. The implementation of a common icon set throughout the range allows occupants to intuitively relate to models and options and instinctively feel in control of room elements. Perfect for use in offices, meeting rooms, schools, hospitals and hotels, the RV displays information about occupation status, as well as a wide range of environmental conditions including temperature, relative humidity, CO2 and outside air temperature. It also allows basic level control of fan speed,

setpoints, lighting, heating, blinds and windows to suit the desired comfort conditions of the occupant. Whether orientated in landscape or portrait, the backlitdisplayed graphics present the room data clearly so the occupant can effortlessly adjust the room elements. The features and benefits of this device offer advantages for all types of customers. Architects, for example, do not want wall devices to impose, distract or conflict with the overall look of a room and therefore the RV has a balanced and unobtrusive appearance, allowing the unit to complement but not detract from interior design themes. In addition, the backlit display’s colour can also be altered to suit the aesthetics of the room or building. For M&E consultants, the RV’s high-level functionality will be of particular interest and the sensing, display and user input options ensure that control and adjustment can be easily achieved. ❚ enquiry 149

Minimise heat loss & maximise savings with new 50L buffer tank from Panasonic

through to 16kW, the Aquarea Heat Pump Range is the widest on the market, ensuring a system is available, whatever your heating and cooling needs. Suitable for new build and refurbishment projects, the systems are cost-effective and environmentally friendly.

Panasonic’s brand new 50L buffer tank is now available and is ideal as a volume extension vessel or low-loss header tank, maximising the effectiveness of Aquarea heat pump applications in properties large or small.

Panasonic's new buffer tank is now available.

Buffer tanks are used with air source heat pumps to increase volume, provide storage and to prevent short cycling of the heat pump, and therefore deliver a more efficient system to the user. This new addition to the Aquarea range is cost and energy-efficient, and requires little to no maintenance once installed within a property. With Automated Air Vent (AAV) capabilities, the new Aquarea 50L buffer tank will maximise the efficiency and effectiveness of current heating applications.

For more details on the tank or on the Aquarea range, please visit for more information.

The unit lends itself for a quick and easy install. With two plugs, PU isolation and an aesthetically pleasing white cover, this small tank is wall mounted and therefore perfect for properties were space is tight. “We recommend the use of our new 50L tank to ensure heat exchange protection or temperature control logic is implemented. A 30-50L tank is usually recommended to ensure the system volume is sufficient” says Marc Diaz, Country Manager for Panasonic Heating and Cooling. ❚ enquiry 150 .

Offering capacities from 3kW all the way

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Hitachi showcases its High Temp Heat Pump at Heating & Renewables Roadshow 2015

Hitachi Heating – part of Hitachi Air Conditioning Europe SAS – is delighted to be part of the Heating & Renewables Roadshow 2015 and will be exhibiting three of its key air source heat pump products from the innovative Yutaki domestic heating product line up.

product selection software, so there will be plenty of opportunities for visitors to get ‘hands on’ if they visit us on Stand 22,” commented Andy Hooper, Sales Manager - Heating.

This year’s Heating & Renewables Roadshow kicks off on 10th September in followed by Exeter, All Hitachi’s Yutaki air source heat pumps Coventry, are MCS approved, eligible for domestic Farnborough, Edinburgh and finishing in RHI and have domestic hot water (DHW) Manchester on 24th September. Legionella Protection and a five-year To find out more and register for free warranty as standard. tickets, visit www.heatingand “We’ll be showcasing our high temperature Yutaki-S80 heat pump, and demonstrating both our brand new For more information on Hitachi's Hitachi heat pump quote tool and our domestic heating product range, visit recently-updated HiToolKit for Home

Vectaire’s EVO250DC has been chosen Vectaire’s EVO250DC has been chosen by St George for installation in the prestigious Battersea Reach development. These MVHRs, installed and commissioned by Air Quality Services Ltd, are made in the UK to exacting standards (and are SAP Q eligible). The EVO250DC is for in-line installation into a loft, void, false ceiling or cupboard. It is just 250mm deep, and provides low level, continuous ventilation in a kitchen and up to six wet rooms. It has an energy efficient EC motor, and is an

effective, low energy/low running cost solution to controlling condensation and pollution, ensuring that all residents have the benefit of living in a comfortable environment. It is up to 88% heat exchange efficient (with SFP down to .70 w/l/s). The EVO250DC has an integral frost-stat and summer bypass, and integral over-run timer on boost setting with the option of a delay-on timer. It is available for left or right handing, and also has the option of an integral humidistat. ❚ enquiry 152

HEAT PUMPS HELP REDUCE FUEL BILLS FOR HODNET TENANTS When Shropshire Housing Group was looking to tackle fuel poverty throughout its housing stock, the choice of Ecodan renewable heat pumps helped ensure a smooth transition for tenants. As a rural housing association, Shropshire Housing has 1300 off-gas properties out of a total stock of around four and a half thousand, with the bulk of these being 1950sbuilt properties. “Back in 2009 when the first consultations about the renewable heating incentive were published we thought it would be a way to help us to afford renewable technologies, which can seem quite expensive to install from a landlord's point of view on our limited budgets,” explained Bernard Quinn, Investment Manager for the Group. We wrote an affordable warmth action strategy way back in 2010 and it is our plan to remove all of our residents from fuel poverty, over a period of time. And we believe we can achieve that, through using renewable technology to replace electric and solid fuel heating systems as these become up for renewal”. Bernard and his team brought in the specialist installer the Dodd Group and started a series of tenant forums to discuss the new heating systems and help educate residents into how to get the best out of their systems. Heating engineers from the Dodd Group met tenants at the

local community hall to discuss the installations and resolve any issues that may have arisen. The residents were also encouraged to get together to talk amongst themselves about the positives of the installation and also work out the best tariffs and what is involved in changing tariffs. “It has been a bit of a learning curve for some tenants because they have to first of all understand that their radiators aren’t going to be red hot, but they can all tell when they walk inside their house and it all feels lovely and just cosy that they have a reliable heating system that can provide a constant temperature throughout the day when they need it”, added Bernard. Tenant William Heath who lives with his wife in the Shropshire village of Hodnet couldn’t agree more: “I’ve more than halved my fuel bills and I don’t have to bother with the coal now. It also gives out a nice even heat and it makes the whole house fresh, so we are delighted”. Bernard says that almost all of the residents have found the heat pump technology quite easy to cope with as the controls are very simple with

the desired temperature being set and not really needing to be touched again. “It’s also a very neat little unit and the tenants were quite happy with it”, added Bernard, “we've also gone through planning process for each one to make sure the noise isn’t going to disturb manybody but because they’re very quiet units, they don’t cause any bother”. Tenants have had experience of the heat pumps throughout two winters now and Bernard explained that Shropshire Housing went with the Ecodan system because it was one of the best systems on the market with simple controls for tenants. “Most tenants have told us they'd made between a 25 and 50% saving on their on their previous electricity bills, and that’s very heartening for us as a landlord”, added Bernard. The Group’s housing management staff have also received training on the heat pumps as well, and both the Dodd Group and sheltered housing staff have been on hand to help residents if they have had any difficulties in using the heating systems.

Bernard Quinn Investment Manager

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Kitchen and bathroom care covered with Fila surface range

solutions for surfaces spanning from glass shower enclosures to natural stone floor tiles. Production is supported by Fila’s new ISO 14001:2014 certification and its extensive range is recommended by over 200 leading tile brands.

Fila’s surface care range includes a variety of treatments suitable for kitchen and bathroom surfaces. Designed to clean and protect safely – and without compromising natural surface charactistics – the range includes sealants, deep cleaners, protective barriers and trouble-shooting

New sealants include solvent-free, stain-proofing protector – FILAMP90 ECO PLUS. Part of Fila’s award-winning Green Line, FILAMP90 ECO PLUS is a LEEDapproved impregnator for polished and unpolished natural stone, and polished porcelain tiles. It provides a safe, fume-free

Twyford’s new tap range features a flow regulator option for a watersaving solution

To help reduce water consumption and to comply with BREEAM regulations, Twyford’s five new tap and mixer collections, the X50, X60, X62, X70 and X120, all have the option of adding flow regulators. The new range provides a stylish, flexible solution to enhance any bathroom design, while also helping to save water. The collections offer a full suite of taps for washbasins, baths, showers and bidets, providing contemporary round and square designs at competitive prices backed by a five year guarantee. All products are made from WRAS-approved materials and include basin mixers, mini basin

NEW POWERFUL FLUSH TOILET REDUCES COMMERCIAL WATER BILLS BY UP TO 60% Minimise Water is offering a new, sustainable toilet designed to quickly reduce water usage, improve hygiene and save money in commercial bathrooms and washrooms. The Minimise Water High Performance Toilet, delivered by Propelair®, has a range of significant benefits: • Its 1.5 litre flush uses 84% less water than the average 9 litre flush toilet • This reduces the energy required to process the resulting water and waste by 80% • The technology reduces the need for ‘second' flushes • Combined, this can cut commercial water bills by up to 60% • The design eradicates the spread of aerosol germs traditional open flush toilets create a ‘sneeze' effect whereby germs can travel up to 8 feet, surviving up to 24 hours and contaminating washroom surfaces August 2015

application and its water-based formulation cuts application time by up to 80%. The new protector is also GEV-EMICODE EC1PLUS

certified and is suitable for use on food contact areas. New for showers and glass,

FILANO DROPS is a dualpurpose cleaner and protector that keeps showers limescale free and cleans without streaks. The norinse spray has a solvent-free, nonacidic formula which creates an invisible hydrophilic film – similar to water molecules. On contact with the treated surface, water droplets slide off without leaving limescale marks. FILANO DROPS also removes dirt and grime and can be used on mirrors, glass mosaics, glazed ceramics, taps, steel trims and Perspex. ❚ enquiry 155

mixers, basin and bath pillar taps, deck-mounted bath filler taps and shower mixers, and bidet mixers, manufactured from solid brass and chrome plated. Clicker wastes come as standard on all basin mono taps and bidet mixers. All of the taps and mixers are suitable for both high and low pressure applications. The new taps are part of Twyford’s 2015 product update, which also includes new bathroom furniture, baths, washbasins and Rimfree® toilets.

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Sustainable design The High Performance Toilet is ideal for use in public, education, hospital and care, leisure and commercial applications. Using 84% less water than the average toilet, it reduces the amount of energy used in water and waste processing by an average of 80%. As a result, it can cut commercial water bills by up to 60% and can achieve return on investment periods of less than a year. For example, replacing 25 high use toilets in a building which operates 365 days a year would save 6,843,750 litres of water a year. This would represent an annual saving of £24,021.56 and cut carbon emissions by 2,537kg a year.* The High Performance Toilet improves operational efficiency, boosts building efficiency, and will improve an organisation's carbon footprint and environmental performance. It uses only 1.5 litres per flush, a fraction compared to the UK average of 9 litres, with water delivered through a siphon for leak-proof operation. It has a two-section cistern; one for air and one for water. Before flushing, the lid is closed to form a seal. When the flush button is pressed the water enters the pan to wash it, followed by air, which pushes out the entire contents of the pan, giving a powerful, reliable flush. The remaining water fills the trap. The flush is completed in 3 seconds, with the toilet ready to

be re-flushed in around 20 seconds (subject to water supply pressure). This is significantly quicker than traditional toilets, reducing queueing times in high use areas. The design exceeds environmental planning legislation such as Part G of the Building Regulations and Code for Sustainable Homes. It also reaches the highest performance rating under BREEAM's water efficiency guidelines. Improves washroom hygiene The system uses patented displaced air POWA™ technology to produce the powerful flush. This removes 99.9% of contaminants in the water trap, compared to the EU standard of 94%. Conventional toilets can leave up to 6% of previous user's contaminants within the trap after flushing, compromising hygiene. In addition, conventional toilets, where lids are left open during the flushing process, spray bacteria, viruses and moisture into the air with each flush. These can travel up to 8 feet, contaminating surfaces for up to 24 hours, spreading germs and potentially impacting the health, wellbeing and productivity of subsequent users. The Minimise Water High Performance Toilet's air flush eradicates 95% of aerosol germs. Installation The High Performance Toilet can be retro-fitted to existing drainage

systems as a like-for-like replacement for conventional toilets by connecting it to existing pipes. An assessment by the Drainage Research Group at Heriot Watt University verified that the displaced air will not interrupt other toilets, basins, water traps and fixtures connected to the building's drainage system. Alternatively, it can connect onto 50mm small-bore flexible pipes. This allows drains to be run without gradients, which is not possible with conventional toilets, and enables it to be placed away from the stack pipe. Finance As it is an approved water efficient product, organisations can benefit from the Enhanced Capital Allowance Scheme where payments can be made from cost savings achieved. Purchase and installation of the High Performance Toilet can be offset by claiming 100% of the cost in the first tax year. Commenting on the launch of the new toilet, Barry Webber, Technical Director of Minimise Waters' Green Compliance Division said: "Toilet flushing accounts for up to 90% of water consumption in commercial buildings. Changing to a more sustainable and water efficient technology can pay both cost and environmental dividends. "This system reduces the water used but doesn't compromise on the action. In fact it significantly improves flushing and hygiene performance."

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WASHROOM SOLUTIONS FROM LATHAMS As part of its comprehensive range of washroom solutions, James Latham now offers moisture resistant, high performance melamine faced chipboard (MFC) as well as a range of matching compact grade laminate (CGL). The moisture resistant MFC, which incorporates two decorative melamine surfaces that are bonded to both sides of the high density chipboard under high pressure

and temperature are offered in a variety of 10 impactful decors. Also available, is a selection of matching

compact grade laminate (CGL) in 14 different decors. Compact grade laminate offers the ultimate performance in the most demanding environments. The panels are extremely resistant to impact and have surfaces and cores that are totally impervious to water. Both of these new range additions will be colour co-ordinated with Latham’s existing range of high pressure laminates (HPL) and 2mm thick ABS edgings. James Latham’s Group Product Champion for Melamine, Paul Morson, commented, “These latest additions, of both moisture resistant MFC and matching compact grade laminate mean that we can now offer a true ‘one-stop-shop’ washroom solutions package to our customers.”

in sizes; 3050 x 1310 x 0.8mm and now 3660 x 1530 x 0.8 mm is now available directly from stock at all nine of James Latham’s nationwide panel depots. James Latham also offer a large range of MFC (Melamine Faced Chipboard) and MDF (Medium Density Fibreboard) to order. For more information on Latham’s extensive product range please phone 0116 257 3415, e-mail or visit

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James Lathams’ washroom solutions package includes: Moisture resistant MFC in panel sizes; 2800 x 2070 x 18mm, Compact Grade Laminate in sizes; 3660 x 1830 x 12mm and High Pressure Laminate

Methven Taps into design with additions to Aio range Following the successful launch of its stunning Aio shower range, Methven, the global designer and manufacturer of premium showers and tapware, has extended the collection with the addition of complementary tapware. The new tapware range is manufactured from Eco Brass® - a revolutionary high quality, high strength material which is lead and heavy metal free, providing enhanced corrosion resistance and therefore preserves water quality. Aio tapware is characterised by sophisticated simplicity, with an integrated lever and body design combined with precision engineering. The tapware collection features a variety of models, designs and sizes suitable for all water pressure systems. The Aio basin mixer features a directional aerator, which streamlines the water flow and minimises splash back making it perfect for both domestic and commercial use. To suit more compact bathrooms, a mini version of the basin mixer is also available.

The range also includes a deck mounted bath and shower mixer, complete with Aio handset – which features Methven’s new Aurajet showering technology, delivering superior spray, maximum warmth and an unparalleled showering experience. The deck mounted bath filler incorporates quarterturn ceramic disc headworks to ensure durability, and its 110mm spout is designed to suit a wide range of bath specifications.

Twyford launches a brand new Specification Manual

All the taps are backed by a 20-year guarantee, ensuring they will be long lasting, as well as of the highest quality and design.

Twyford has launched a brand new Specification Manual that provides an easy reference guide to the entire Twyford product portfolio. It supercedes the previous Commercial Guide. Hard copies are available on request and a digital version can be downloaded online from which will be available from September 1st.

David Banfield, Group CEO of Methven, said: “The launch of our patented, ground-breaking Aurajet technology and the Aio shower range have been received really well across the world and we anticipate that the Aio brassware range will follow in its footsteps. Aio tapware is not only striking in terms of its design, it’s also setting new standards in terms of its construction from Eco Brass®” For more information, visit

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Newly re-designed around the company’s vibrant identity, the 450 page guide is a neat A5 size making it ideal to have at hand on the desk, or to carry around. and is spiral bound for easy referencing, flipping between sections and page marking. The manual lists products by categories, with each page containing full technical details, associated products and unique features of the product. Each product is also categorised by simple visual logos helping the user to specify it for

healthcare, commercial, less able, education, hotels and residential uses. Further logos are used to highlight Twyford’s benefits of Rimfree®, Flushwise®, Odourwise™, Total Install® and Proclean technologies, together with references to the European Water Label and DEFRA. The guide complements Twyford’s Specmasteronline, the company’s online specification tool for architects, designers, specifiers and contractors. It is the only specification tool to allow its specifications to be imported into a fuller project spec in either NBS Create or NBS Building. Log onto For further information on Twyford, contact tel: 01270 879777 or visit ❚ enquiry 159

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Toby Worrall continued; “The lead time on the project was also tight, however our longstanding commitment to stock with the Elta Select range – which includes the Quietflow products, meant we were able to fulfil the order in line with the customer’s timeline.

The exceptional low noise performance of Quietflow centrifugal box fans was a predominant factor in securing prestigious ventilation contracts for Elta Fans Building Services Division in two, eight storey student accommodation blocks at the University of Lincoln.

Lincolnshire gateway success for Elta Fans The exceptional low noise performance of Quietflow centrifugal box fans was a predominant factor in securing prestigious ventilation contracts for Elta Fans Building Services Division in two, eight storey student accommodation blocks at the University of Lincoln.

ANS Global installs Living Walls to awardwinning project International Living Wall specialist, ANS Global, has taken part in an award-winning project for UWC Dilijan College in Armenia. Designed by Tim Flynn Architects in London and Armenia, the project won the Trendsetting Architecture

Leadership Award at the International Green Roof Congress earlier this year. ANS Global supplied 1500m² of planted walls to the school in various shapes and sizes all over the college campus. Principle Architect Tim Flynn explains: “The site is very biodiverse and rich in wild flowers, so we thought it appropriate to incorporate local plant life and


When Bond Bryan Architects received the brief to design a second University Technical College on the Olympic Legacy Park in Sheffield the vision was to engage a unique cluster of worldclass companies, service providers, colleges and universities to create an outstanding educational experience and to inspire and nurture young people to have the skills, passion, empathy and talent to work in computing, healthcare technology, sports science, exercise medicine and wellbeing sectors.

The £28 million student accommodation scheme called ‘The Gateway’, has provided 458 apartments and retail, restaurant and office spaces in Block A and an eight storey building, Block B, will accommodate 77 student apartments. Elta Fans, Senior Technical Sales Engineer, Toby Worrall said: “The design schedule for these contracts stressed the importance of a number of factors, including noise and optimised performance capabilities through the provision of DCV control.

added: “Also important in the schedule was the ability of the ventilation system to provide speed control and fault monitoring for the customer’s Building Management System. It was clear that the DCV enabled Quietflow range was the optimum solution.”

Commenting for the main contractor, Ambivent, design manager, Steve Thornton Design Manager said: “Elta Fans Building Services were chosen because of their ability to meet our strict delivery schedule and for the fans to meet the specific specification and budget requirements. ❚ enquiry 160

Elta Group’s Product Marketing Manager, Nygel Humphrey build our own nurseries. Armenia is rich in wildlife species and has its own microclimate, so the school was the ideal installation to integrate the local plant life, and replace what was there before the buildings went up; it is a unique installation. “We selected ANS Global’s structure as we like the irrigation system and how it is able to capture rainwater. German

Bond Bryan’s design includes a cantilever over a double height main entrance leading to the full-height Project Centre, which creates a great impact and an outstanding first impression of the UTC 2 Sheffield for Human Sciences and Computing. A plaza integrates external learning, testing, analysis, discussion, gathering and games areas such as table tennis. A south facing green roof at third floor level will support the provision of a science garden area. Geoff Halliwell, Director at Bond Bryan Architects, said: “UTC 2 Sheffield aspires to become a centre of excellence and stretch all learners to realise their full potential, drawing on world class models of best education practice to ensure each and every learner is fulfilled in their academic and personal ambitions. Creating the right design for the UTC is the first step towards achieving that goal. Specialist teaching facilities on the ground and first floors of the fourstorey building support the specialisms in human sciences and computing. The dynamic Project Centre at the base of the central atrium will create a spacious, light and contemporary learning environment. Second and third floor terraces and a dining space on second floor level offer excellent views of the Olympic Legacy Park.” UTC 2 Sheffield will source 10 per cent of its energy from renewable sources with Sheffield’s district heating presently being considered. Paul Cleminson, Construction Director

Landscape Architect, Udo Dagenbach of Glaber & Dagenbach, was also instrumental in plant selection and collaborated extensively on this project. He and I recently presented the project at IGRA where we showed ANS Global’s Living Wall system and how it works, and explained how we engaged local children and adults from the surrounding villages to pick wild flowers from the mountains to use in the

modules on the living wall.” A spokesperson at ANS Global explains, “As the school is now open, the Living Walls are used as an external laboratory for the pupils, where they can learn which plants grow on different elevations and if being in the north, east, south or west has a particular effect on the plants.It has also been designed to change with the seasons.

at BAM Construction Ltd, who have been appointed as contractors on this project commented: “BAM are very pleased to be extending their relationship with Bond Bryan in delivering UTC 2 Sheffield, adding to the previous successful delivery of schools and colleges for the Education Funding Agency (EFA).”

skills that Sheffield City Region employers need, supporting economic growth. Employers have influenced the building design and will be central to the curriculum, so that young people are equipped with high level technical skills as well as academic qualifications to go on to high quality careers."

UTC 2 Sheffield is being led by The Sheffield College. Sheffield Hallam University and Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and Industry are cosponsors. Andrew Cropley, Executive Director, Strategic Planning and Business Development, The Sheffield College, said: "We are investing in the

Construction of UTC 2 Sheffield on the Olympic Legacy Park is planned to commence in October and it will open in September 2016 holding 600 pupils aged 14 to 19. To find out more go to

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GREAT POD CAST Taplanes’ Andy Wilkinson tells us the top priorities for universities considering refurbishing student living spaces

• What are the top priorities for universities when considering refurbishing student living areas? Universities prioritise cost effective accommodation that yields low maintenance and cleaning requirements. The main priority to their client (student/conference team) is cleanliness, safety, close to facilities, internet connections and reasonable rent. The main priority to the University Estates and Accommodation Office is to

have adequate time to deliver the refurbishment. • Meeting deadlines is paramount when working on education contracts, how long does a typical installation take? It depends on the type of pod or shower that is to be installed. A sectional shower cubicle will take between two to three hours to install; a minipod (private shower/changing area) will take approximately 4-5 hours to install

and the en suite pod between 68 hours. Meeting deadlines is also about receiving orders or commitments from the universities and I speak on behalf of most manufacturers that this is where a lot of the delays start. Especially during the summer period, where every education establishment is requiring our services. • Sustainability is a big issue for the higher education sector, how are you catering to this?

Taplanes score very highly on this issue as not only do we hold ISO14000 approval, but our material is completely recyclable.

buildings were being refurbished to take en suite or minipod units from Taplanes.

Taplanes have already been taking shower cubicles out of university buildings and returning them to the factory to be reground and rethermoformed back to its own reusable material. This has recently happened at both Aberdeen and St. Andrew’s University. In both cases, the

As Taplanes have been manufacturing since 1979, we are more than confident that our product meets longevities and life spans which have been apparent when visiting sites in Cambridge and Oxford where units have been installed since the early 1980’s, and this is in heavy usage areas.

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Taplanes Ltd provide pre-fabricated solutions to a variety of end users throughout the UK & Ireland. With a strong client base including Universities, Schools, Housing Associations and Hotels, Taplanes preformed shower enclosures overcome the inherent problems associated with conventional bathroom areas. Taplanes provide both one-piece and sectional pod designs. The sectional construction is primarily aimed towards the refurbishment sector allowing the units to be manoeuvred into the most restrictive of locations with speed and ease. Alternatively, and if the build process allows, the onepiece cubicles could be considered. Durability and speed of installation, together with a guaranteed ‘leak proof’ construction, ensures Taplanes are the preferred choice within the accommodation sector. ❚ enquiry 161 .

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Caroflow Flat Roof Drainage Products Caroflow are pleased to be able to advise that the newly revised Technical Manual for their Caro Roof Drainage Products has been released and can be viewed on the recently upgraded website This new brochure incorporates additional products to the range, as well as an update to the Drainage Areas and Flow Rates, as required by the new standard - BS EN 12056❚ enquiry 162 3:2000 (Gravity drainage systems inside buildngs - Part3: Roof

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drainage, layout and calculation). As always Caroflow pride themselves on the quality of their Products (ISO 9001:2008 Certified), Service (Next Day Delivery on most items) and very competitive Pricing, all of which allows them to offer the very best alternative to Harmer Alumasc, Marley Alutec, Wade, etc.

With over 56 years’ experience in providing pumping systems to the sewage and waste water industry, T-T have developed the new ‘Ready Sump’, an innovative pre-formed concrete sump design that is readily available with a primary focus to not only reduce lead times but also health and safety risks to the installer.

If you would like to receive a hard copy of the new publication, please send your address details to or call the Technical Enquiries Dept. on 01763 244446.

The pre-cast sump is smooth and clean by design and is fully compliant with both private and 7th edition adoptable pumping station specifications. This is

Marshalls delivers, with 15,000 linear metres of drainage to upgrade M1 Marshalls has supplied 15,000 linear metres of its Mono Beany one-piece combined kerb and drainage to the new M1 ‘smart motorway’ scheme, stretching over nine miles of highway. Mono Beany is manufactured using ultratough M-Tech concrete and is available in two depths, both with a recycled inner plastic core to provide hydraulic flow benefits at low and medium capacities. The inlet apertures are divergent and angled at 45° to prevent blockages and maximise drainage efficiency. These features ensure surface water is cleared rapidly and internal flow is smooth and efficient.

another addition to the T-T portfolio of products providing a true one stop shop solution. Beech developments state that they found the Ready Sump “very easy to install… [it] provides all the benefits you would expect from off-site fabrication. ❚ enquiry 163

The installation time on this scheme was significantly reduced due to the easy-toinstall system. This enabled the contractor Costain to install 340 linear metres per day, surpassing its initial target of 240 metres. Alice Couldwell, Linear Drainage Product Manager at Marshalls said: “We recognise that there is a growing demand for costeffective and uncomplicated drainage systems which has led to modern linear drainage becoming the preferred choice amongst engineers and contractors for improving highways. “We provide a suite of water management products, including linear drainage with the innovative Beany range, and the UK’s leading Priora permeable paving, so you can have a complete water management solution for your project.” 0370 241 4725

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Trex Decking innovative & stylish Trex decking is an innovative and stylish way to transform a house into a home and make any building project come to life. Comprised of 95% recycled materials, Trex, unlike other wooden decking’s, won’t rot, warp, crack or splinter thanks to its advanced shell design. A strong and durable decking with scratch and stain resistance properties, it is a home owners dream as it never needs sanding, staining or painting, so there won’t be any need for time intensive and costly maintenance work. Furthermore, Trex’s revolutionary hidden fasteners deliver a sleek finish with no unsightly screws. Available from

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M62 Motorway, West Yorkshire.

The humble Gabion has come a long way since its introduction in the late 1900’s. Here, ECO Building News takes a look at this simple building system which has found widespread use in construction projects the length and breadth of the country. Over the last century, Gabions have developed into one of the most versatile and flexible construction systems available, with a proven track record in applications varying from ground reinforcement through to high value architectural projects. Although used by the Egyptian and Roman civil and military engineers to control rivers and form defences, modern gabions originated in Italy and were invented by the parent company of Oxford based geotechnical specialists Maccaferri. In colloquial Italian, Maccaferri literally translates as “worker of iron” and directly relates the company to its wire-working heritage. Maccaferri has held the original gabion patent since the 1890s and is the World’s biggest producer. Today's Maccaferri Gabion is a rectangular wire mesh box, nominally 2.0mx1.0mx1.0m, made from double twisted hexagonal mesh of steel wire which is then filled with stone. A simple concept which has stood the test of time and which has changed relatively little over the years. Gabion walls made from double twisted hexagonal mesh are durable, flexible, aesthetically pleasing and in the

Transportation Infrastructure

Urban Infrastructure

construction of engineered structures, carry BBA Roads and Bridges Certification with a recommended design life of at least 120 years, when the units are heavily galvanised and polymer coated. It is widely accepted throughout the industry that double twist mesh units are most suited to ‘engineering’ applications such as taller retaining walls, situations where high loads are involved, in all applications involving water (channelling and hydraulic works) and where differential settlement is suspected. Welded wire mesh gabions offer a different aesthetic and technical performance more suited to architectural applications.

of water attenuation lagoons to collect and return rainwater run-off from buildings and hardstanding to nearby watercourses. Maccaferri was engaged to provide a construction solution for the lagoons and proposed a combination of its Bentomat reinforced geosynthetic liner together with 2.0m high retaining walls to surround a 35m long, storm-surge lagoon and a dispersion lagoon, measuring 100.0 x 10.0m. The near vertical Gabion walls helped maximise the holding capacity of the lagoons within a restricted footprint area.

Gabions in infrastructure In the central belt of Scotland, the £300m Airdrie to Bathgate rail link, which was opened in 2010, made extensive use of Gabion retaining structures to help in the widening, upgrade and re-development of a 24km line, closed over 50 years ago.

Gabions in commerce and retail. The new St Stephens Place Leisure Park in Trowbridge, Wiltshire is a £90m development comprising a multiplex cinema, an 80 bed hotel and a network of retail and restaurant outlets sited close to the centre of the County Town.

Maccaferri’s stone-filled wire Gabions form retaining walls to strengthen cuttings and embankments where the old single track line has been widened to accommodate twin tracks and maintenance access walkways etc. In the roads sector, contractors widening the trans-Pennine M62 Motorway also drew on the system’s mass and flexible, free draining composition to create huge engineered retaining walls.

The development’s south facing facades, flanking both sides of an impressive stepped terrace incorporate 260 sqm of thin-walled [300mm deep] Gabion cladding.

Gabions in environmental control At the recently opened Energy from Waste [EfW] plant at Hykeham near Lincoln, Designers Arup, devised a network

Environmental Protection

Built by Maccaferri Construction, the Company’s specialist installation subsidiary, the Gabions contain over 130 tonnes of hand placed sandstone and create a stunning link between the green riverside landscape and the hi-tech glass facade of the cinema building and adjacent hotel. Gabions in house-building Good quality land for house-building is becoming harder

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and harder to find. As a consequence, house builders have been forced to find ways of using more brown-field sites as well as land that was previously felt to be at the margins of usability – particularly steeply sloping sites that need considerable re-profiling before being viable. The introduction of Gabion retaining walls can allow major contour modifications with the creation of flat engineered terracing on which houses can be built. When used in combination with geosynthetic reinforcing geo-grid, they can create reinforced soil structures of immense strength and durability. Gabions in Recreation The 2012 Olympics Park in London used Gabions to spectacular effect in both cladding and structural applications. In particular, the Central Park Bridge at the heart of the site. This was originally conceived as two permanent bridges linked by a narrow diagonal span over the Carpenters Lock complex on the River Lee. During the Olympics, a central, temporary infill structure between the bridges was incorporated to accommodate the huge crowds. In the post-Olympics legacy park, the infill was removed to create two bowls on either side of the lock, thereby linking the upper park concourse with the lower level of towpaths and waterways. Designed by Architects Heneghan Peng, the structure incorporated finger- like arrays of welded wire Gabions to the terraced wing walls as well as Gabion cladding to the

bridge piers that support the mirror finish bridge soffits. The Gabion walls were built using recycled concrete waste as the cage in-fill material In other areas of the Park, Gabions were used in the construction of several other structures; some artistic and spectacular, some solidly functional, but all clearly displaying the outstanding versatility of the system. Gabion Design and Specification Recent significant changes to the specification of gabion and wire mesh units occurred with the release in 2013 of the new EN-10223:2013 normative. Maccaferri advises that clients should ensure their designers are not only specifying gabion materials produced in accordance with EN 10223:2013, but also in compliance with the Construction Products Regulation [CPR] 305/2011.

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The purpose of the CPR is to ensure reliable information on construction products in relation to their performance, by providing a common technical language and standardised assessment methods of the performance of the materials. Benchmark evidence of compliance should be provided by the manufacturer, that their units are CE Marked according to ETA-09/0414. Reputable gabion manufacturers can provide current certification to the client, ensuring peace of mind that what the client specified and expects on their projects, is actually built into their projects. â?š enquiry 167

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New Product Manager at Rehau dedicated to specialist systems

new ALU-TOP and REHAU NORDIC Design Plus systems, extruded in REHAU’s RAUFIPRO® reinforced composite material, as used in the aircraft industry for optimum strength from a lightweight material.

Malcolm Taylor has been appointed as a new Product Manager at REHAU, working exclusively on the company’s specialist systems.

Malcolm is an experienced marketeer, having worked for more than 12 years in REHAU’s industrial products and cable management divisions identifying market opportunities and driving new product development.

This includes the REHAU Polytec 50S curtain walling system, the Passivhaus certified REHAU GENEO system and the exciting

Norbord's new dryer system brings green bonus After a 12-day shutdown, the new thermal oil furnace and revamped dryer system at the Cowie plant of leading panel products

Focused on the commercial sector, Malcolm’s new role involves August 2015

working closely alongside REHAU’s commercial sales team to target and exploit new project sales opportunities and liaising with the technical and product development teams in the UK and in Germany ensuring that they meet the UK and Ireland’s market needs. He is also supporting those REHAU customers who are already manufacturing windows, doors and curtain walling in the specialist systems, and looking to build relationships with new customers who want to explore

the very real opportunities they offer in the commercial sector. Malcolm said: “The huge potential which exists for our specialist systems makes this a very exciting challenge. We have already shown that we can challenge aluminium in virtually every commercial application not just on thermal performance but increasingly on aesthetics too, and now REHAU is investing in the resources we need to increase awareness, generate sales enquiries and enhance our offering.

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manufacturer, Norbord, was installed, tested and back on line, on schedule and with no accidents; no mean feat when you consider that the £7 million project involved more than 100 contractors on site dismantling and removing the old plant and installing new equipment. The project took the equivalent of 15,000 man hours to complete and involved up to 20 trades working across the site to meet the tight deadline. In addition to installing the new burner and dryer system, Norbord also installed a dust-cleaning system so that waste wood dust generated at the site could be used as the primary fuel source. ❚ enquiry 169

Silva adds South American Wood Madioqueira to product range A north west timber products business has become the sole UK supplier of mandioqueira, a South American tropical hardwood used for decking. Silva Timber Products owners Nick Taylor and Simon Hutton met a number of potential suppliers while on a trade mission to Bolivia last year and have now agreed a deal with one. Mr Taylor said the supplier conforms to the strictest environmental standards. Mandioqueira is a versatile, mostly straight-grained wood with a light golden brown appearance and a medium texture. Its colour tones are similar

to those found in oak. Its qualities include being naturally decay-resistant and it is rated as having class three durability, making it suitable for exterior use. It comes with full certification from the Forest Stewardship Council, which promotes responsible forestry. Although Bolivia is one of the least developed countries in South America, it has some of the strictest illegal logging laws in the world. More than 50 per cent of its land mass is forest, and it has a deforestation rate of just 0.5 per cent. To ensure optimal stability, mandioqueira has been kiln-dried at source to a moisture content of about 15 per cent. Its boards are mostly knot-free As well as decking, mandioqueira can be used for outdoor furniture, flooring, interior and exterior cladding, boat and shipbuilding. ❚ enquiry 170

Fit Show Gala Dinner: Book now or get a pizza Just as exhibitors have clamoured to book stands for the 2016 FIT Show, which takes place in April at The International Centre Telford, then so too are people rushing to book their places at the Gala Dinner. With an enlarged capacity of 890 places, just 220 seats – that’s 22 tables – remain, with more than 10 months to go until the big occasion. The FIT Show Gala Dinner has become a social highlight of the

industry with exhibitors and visitors taking advantage of their presence at the industry’s commercial focal point to gather and relax in style. With dozens of tables booked even before the event appeared on The FIT Show website, just 22 tables remain early in July, with proximity to the stage arranged on a first-come-firstserved basis for the first time. Guests will enjoy a champagne reception, fine food and wines and star entertainment which remains a closely guarded secret for 2016. And following the presentation of £10,000 worth of prize money to the winners of the Master Fitter Challenge, guests can party into the early hours with some fun

features and dancing. “In the window and door business advising people to ‘Book now or lose the deal’ seems like sales patter,” said The FIT Show’s Matthew Glover. “But Gala Dinner places have been selling even faster than exhibition stands. If you want to be there you really should get in touch now or you may face takeaway pizza as an alternative,” he laughed. Full details of The FIT Show Gala Dinner may be obtained from Jason Wootton by calling 07854 131050 or via email ❚ enquiry 171

IKO’s Appley Bridge achieves ISO 14001 IKO PLC has achieved the environmental standard ISO 14001 for its bituminous and liquid membranes factory based in Wigan, Appley Bridge. With Appley Bridge achieving ISO 14001, all three of IKO’s factories now comply with environmental standards. Its Clay Cross plant in Chesterfield and site at Grangemill Quarry have both achieved the accreditation. “As a company we’re focused on recycling raw materials, reducing packaging, cutting energy and water consumption and monitoring logistics to minimise environmental impact,” explains Group Managing Director, Andy

Williamson. “IKO’s continued investment in environmental and energy performance across all sites will remain a priority.”

work that everyone has put in to achieve it.” ❚ enquiry 172

Group Safety Health and Environmental Manager, Jon Pickup, adds: “Achieving ISO 14001 across all three UK sites is a great achievement for IKO and an acknowledgment of the hard

For more information on IKO and its investment in environmental and energy performance visit

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Success of Rehau Passivhaus seminar shows level of interest in energy efficient technology The huge success of REHAU’s recent Passivhaus seminar, held at the SS Great Britain in Bristol, illustrated just how much interest there currently is across the construction industry in the practical application of the technology. As new members of the Passivhaus Trust and with a number of Passivhaus certified products in its portfolio, REHAU hosted the event to demonstrate its ongoing commitment to the concept. More than 70 delegates were at the seminar from across the

Midlands and South West with a healthy mix of architects, engineers and clients attending. The response exceeded all expectations with 13 delegates booking spaces within five minutes of the event going live on the REHAU website. As well as giving an introduction and overview of Passivhaus technology and its place in the UK construction market, REHAU’s commercial sales managers also delivered product specific presentations on its Passivhaus certified products. Steve Tonkiss outlined REHAU’s Passivhaus certified window, door and curtain walling systems – REHAU GENEO and REHAU Polytec 50s, while

Charlie Ward focused on the REHAU AWADUKT Thermo GAHE earth tubes system. Jonathan Platt who attended the seminar from Bristol based gcp Chartered Architects gave very positive feedback. He said: “With the consultancy arm of our business operating primarily in the Passivhaus sector, I was very interested to see the products which REHAU were showcasing and to learn about their newer developments addressing the issue of health and well-being in a controlled domestic environment as created in a Passivhaus building. “With so many delegates attending from across the region, the event was also an excellent networking opportunity and a very useful chance to build relationships with other organisations like REHAU which are actively working in this area.” REHAU is planning another similar seminar in the North West later in the year and will be exhibiting at the Passivhaus Conference in London on 20 October. ❚ enquiry 173




Hope sites a hive of activity with introduction of 100,000 bees

One hundred thousand honey bees have been introduced at two Derbyshire quarries and biodiversity in surrounding areas improved, to support the nationwide campaign to grow Britain’s bee population. Hope Construction Materials, the UK’s leading independent supplier of concrete and cement, has introduced 100,000 bees across its two largest operations – Hope Cement Works, Hope Valley and Dowlow Quarry near Buxton, in Derbyshire. In both locations, the three-mile radius that surrounds the quarry where the hives have been placed contains a sustainable nectar supply, predominantly from wild cherry plants, buttercups and daisies, making it the perfect environment for the honeybees. Hope’s Alan Porter caring for the new honey bee colonies at Hope Works The environment around the quarries and the substantial access to food and water makes both locations perfect for the hives to thrive. Hope’s bee installation is the latest in a number of tangible steps by the company to improve biodiversity and enhance the sustainability of the quarries. Alongside the installation of the honeybee hives, Hope is working towards the development of the surrounding environments to support Komfort is delighted to announce that it has become the first UK interior partitioning systems manufacturer to hold a SKA Rating Product Compliance Label for its Polar Glazed and Polar Solid Partitioning System with Deflection Head, demonstrating Komfort’s commitment to leading sustainable design in commercial, education and health environments. The SKA Rating Product Compliance Label scheme, run by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), enables architects and designers, assessors and specifiers to identify and specify manufacturers’ pre-accredited materials and products with good environmental performances that meet individual SKA Rating criteria. Polar Deflection Head Systems are compliant with M08 and/or M09 re-

bumblebees, whose populations have suffered a decline in recent years. Both of Hope’s quarries are surrounded by a variety of wildflowers including Birds Foot Trefoil, Red Clover and Marsh Orchids. The company hopes to produce up to 40lbs of ‘Hope Honey’ per hive for employees, local residents and businesses next year. The Hope bees are cared for directly by Hope’s employees, Assistant Quarry Managers Alan Porter and Tom Herrick, who both have a keen interest in bees. Both are fully trained beekeepers and visit the hives several times a week to check the colonies are healthy and top up their feed of sugar and water to help them mature for their first few months on site. Alan Porter, Assistant Quarry Manager at Hope Works, says: “We are extremely excited to finally have the bee colonies on site at both Hope Works and Dowlow; and all 100,000 of them seem to be settling in well. Water is essential for a bee’s survival, especially during summer months, and the lakes we have in the quarry is vital to them thriving here. We are looking forward to seeing how we can assist in the Bumble bee population.” ❚ enquiry 177. locatability criteria, D20 for its Timber components, D22 and M04 for the insulation Cladding Matt. Last year, Komfort became one of the first manufacturers with a certified V.1.2 SKA Rating Assessor for Offices amongst its staff after Product Designer and Environmental Architect, Giuseppa Fiorenza passed the qualification exam, highlighting Komfort’s intention to work in parallel with the Rating System evolution. As an accredited SKA Assessor for Offices, Giuseppa assists Komfort’s clients to create more sustainable spaces. During the design process she can identify ways to reduce a project’s environmental impact by, for example, advising on Komfort standard products and designing bespoke systems with a low environmental impact and limit landfill waste during manufacture and installation. Once a project has been delivered she can assess whether the environmental goals specified have been achieved and review how well it is performing under occupancy. SKA Assessors award projects a bronze, silver or gold rating, as well as a percentage score, and are accredited to provide official certification that clients can feed into their environmental policies and use to demonstrate their green credentials to customers. As the industry moves further towards a more environmentally friendly outlook, it is increasingly important that architects, specifiers and contractors have the choice of SKA approved products for their projects, whilst clients also benefit from the cost savings that come with a more efficient workspace.

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