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Hammerson announces that Elliott’s Field Phase II, Rugby, has achieved two sustainability world firsts, having been awarded an interim Outstanding BREEAM rating in addition to becoming the first shopping park globally designed to be carbon neutral. PAGE 14





These achievements follow Hammerson’s recent commitment to becoming Net Positive by 2030, and mark a significant milestone in its carbon objectives. Over the next 13 years, Hammerson aims to remove a total of 757,200 tonnes of carbon emissions from its operations, equivalent to the annual carbon emissions of 85,000 households. Whilst the overall targets are stretching, the successful creation of a carbon neutral park sets a new benchmark for the industry. BREEAM is the world’s leading sustainability assessment method for masterplanning projects, infrastructure and buildings. BREEAM certified developments are sustainable environments that enhance the well-being of the people who live and work in them. Outstanding is the highest accreditation, achieved by less than one percent of new nondomestic buildings, and indicates that the developer embraced sustainability from the outset. Elliott’s Field Phase I, which

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opened in 2015, achieved a BREEAM Excellent rating, marking the first shopping park in Hammerson’s UK portfolio to receive this accreditation. Elliott’s Field Phase II has been designed to be carbon neutral in terms of its regulated consumption, with energy efficiency measures reducing the carbon emissions created by such sources as heating, hot water and cooling and on site renewable energy initiatives offsetting the remaining carbon emissions. Initiatives at Elliott’s Field Phase II include: • Passive design features to minimise energy demands including optimised fabric parameters • Agreements with retailers to fit out units with energy efficient systems • A number of design variations to reduce the embodied carbon emissions including the incorporation of timber to replace steel and aluminum, acting as a carbon sink

• Installation of a major PV array on the rooftop to offset all remaining regulated emissions • Sourcing of materials with environmental accountability • Creation of a canal bankside nature area for wildlife to enhance the site’s ecological value

Andrew Berger-North, Director, UK Retail Parks at Hammerson, said, “Elliott’s Field Phase II marks a huge step forward for the business in its Net Positive sustainability objectives, and being credited with two world firsts is a fantastic result, demonstrative of the business’ dedication to its ambitious targets. Phase I set a benchmark for our portfolio and for the industry as a whole, and achieving BREEAM Outstanding for Phase II has made raised the bar even higher. It is clear that with the implementation of forward thinking initiatives, and by encouraging retailers and contractors to get on board, we can achieve exceptional results

and make a positive impact.”

Louise Ellison, Head of Sustainability at Hammerson commented, “Net Positive builds on the sustainability work that the business has achieved in the last ten years, pushing teams to go the extra mile to make a real difference across our four key pillars. To receive an Outstanding BREEAM Rating for Elliott’s Field Phase II and be recognised as the world’s first carbon neutral shopping park demonstrates our commitment to the Net Positive targets and is a very positive indication of what we can achieve by 2030.”

Positive 5 year outlook for the UK ventilation and air conditioning market The UK ventilation and air conditioning market is significant and was estimated to be worth £1.17 billion in 2016. Growth has been steady since 2013, with the recovery in the UK economy stimulating construction activity, as well as consumer and business confidence levels. Although the

market situation in early 2017 is more subdued, the current market forecast for remains moderately positive, with growth of around 3% per year from 2019 onwards. The UK ventilation and air conditioning market exhibits the characteristics of an increasingly

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mature market. Positive influences on the ventilation and air conditioning market include increasing health, safety and energy efficiency legislation, revised Building Regulations and environmental legislation, and the generally increasing awareness about the importance of indoor air

quality and energy use. Considerable replacement and refurbishment opportunities are present in existing buildings; there are still a large number of buildings with inadequate or inefficient VAC systems. Continued on Page 02

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Positive 5 year outlook for the UK ventilation & air conditioning market Continued from Frontcover



In addition, Government initiatives are also motivating the VAC market. For example, the Enhanced Capital Allowance Scheme which offers up to 100% first year tax relief on a number of energy saving plant and machinery, including VAC equipment. Keith Taylor, Director of AMA Research, commented: “Following the UK Brexit vote in mid-2016, the outlook for this market, like many others will depend on the path taken to exit the EU and the type of trade and legislative deals formulated. By 2021 it is estimated that the UK ventilation and air conditioning market will have increased by 10 - 11% when

compared to the estimated market size in 2017.” The future performance of the UK ventilation and air conditioning market is likely to be influenced by overall trends in housebuilding and non-domestic construction, RMI activity, fuel prices, energy efficiency legislation, renewable technologies, levels of personal disposable income, plus climatic factors and air temperatures. Enhanced levels of market penetration are also likely to arise from product innovation and technological developments, for example variable speed drives, multiple scroll compressors, EC motors, filter sensors and heat recovery systems. In recent years,


By 2018, Holland’s rail network will run entirely on renewable energy. The country’s existing wind farms already supply almost half of the network’s traction power. Investment in new farms will ratchet this up to the full 1.4Wh of electricity needed to transport Dutch commuters each year. Following the landmark COP21 agreement to reduce carbon emissions, Steve Hughes, managing director of REO UK explores why rail providers need to be prepared for the inevitable shift to renewable energy and to manage potential power quality issues that may arise.


there has been good growth in VRF or VRV air conditioning systems, reflecting the fact that they offer more efficient operation and can therefore save operational costs. There is also increasing demand for intelligent ‘smart’ controls that can remotely manage ventilation and air conditioning systems, as well as a greater emphasis on the integration of VAC controls into the building management systems of commercial buildings. The ‘Ventilation and Air Conditioning Market Report – UK 2017-2021 Analysis’ report is published by AMA Research, a leading provider of market research and consultancy services with over 25 years’ experience within the construction and home improvement markets. The report is available now

World leaders took action at the end of 2015 with the United Nations climate conference of parties (COP) reaching a landmark agreement to limit the rise of global temperatures to less than two degrees Celsius. Nearly 200 countries committed to upholding this agreement, which will naturally mean a concerted, international push to move away from fossil fuels and to use renewable energy instead.

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A recent report from infrastructure consultancy WSP outlines how Network Rail could utilise solar energy to help the UK meet these environmental goals. The firm suggests that if Network Rail could invite investors to fund trackside solar arrays it could cut carbon emissions by 895,000 tonnes a year, as well as reducing costs by £150m between 2019 and 2024. This evolution, while great news for the environment, has the potential to create power quality problems for rail providers that can negatively affect the reliability, safety and performance of trains and railways. This is particularly the case as technology and railways begin to operate at higher speeds, both of which are reliant on reliable energy and power.


As electrical control systems get more complex, they become responsible for higher currents and frequencies. This can lead to power quality issues such as voltage fluctuations and overheating, as well as inefficiencies that lead to higher energy costs. This is driving demand for current transformers that can provide precise measurement even at these increased levels of operation and regardless of current type.

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Southampton Solent University has announced a prestigious partnership with the world’s leading independent buildings regulation and research organisation. The BRE Group is renowned for its independent review, research and knowledge generation into building systems, products, safety standards and sustainability around the world and its education arm, BRE Academy, has chosen Solent to become one of its official partners. The collaboration means the University can offer the much sought after BREEAM Accredited Professional (AP) training as part of its MSc built environment courses. BREEAM is the world's leading sustainability assessment method for building and infrastructure projects. Pauline Traetto, Director of BRE Academy, is delighted to have offered the collaboration agreement: “In line with BRE

Group’s strategy to support the future generation and attract a new talent pool in to the industry, we are fully supportive of Solent’s MSc programme. “In all the universities I work with, Solent is indeed one of the most innovative, engaging and forward thinking. I applaud them for their outstanding commitment to both students and industry and playing a pivotal part in bridging the gap between academia and industry,” continued Pauline. Reflecting on the relationship, Professor Graham Baldwin, ViceChancellor of Solent, said: “The University is delighted to have signed a collaboration agreement with BRE Academy which again confirms our commitment to ensuring our teaching is grounded in the needs of employers and industry.” Sarah Radif, Solent’s Head of Architecture and Design Practice,

said: “The partnership with and endorsement from BRE Academy gives our students and graduates even greater career prospects with accreditation to a world renowned industry standard. This qualification will open up doors in a busy, challenging and much needed role in the current environment. “Anyone who studies one of our MSc courses[1] will be eligible to be fast tracked to undertake the BREEAM AP qualification at a reduced fee and have the qualifying period of three years’ work experience waived given BRE Academy’s confidence in the level of real-world teaching at Solent.”

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FORBO HELPS TO CREATE BOUTIQUE HOTEL VIBE FOR STUDENTS IN NEWCASTLE offers Forbo’s unique flocked floor coverings in over 500 digitally printed designs in high-level photographic resolution. James continued: “For the group study space we opted for the calming Riverbed design, which looks like a flowing brook. In the TV room, where there are beanbags for the students to relax, we chose the Knit design as it looked a bit like a comfortable woolly jumper. In contrast, we selected Energy, a dynamic linear design for the gym, to help motivate students using the space.” With a unique flocked construction, Flotex is a hybrid product that delivers all the warmth and comfort associated with a carpet, together with the cleanability and hygiene benefits of a resilient floor covering – ideal for student accommodation like Roman House. Flotex is also the only textile floor covering to have been awarded the prestigious Seal of Approval from Allergy UK.

Flotex Vision - ‘Energy’ Gilltown, a developer of privately operated student accommodation, recently took full advantage of Forbo’s extensive product range and digital printing capabilities at Roman House in Newcastle, delivering a standout floor scheme with the high performance properties required in a heavily used residential building of this type. Roman House has 210 bedrooms, ranging from cluster flats, self-contained studios and one-bedroom apartments, and students can also make use of communal study areas, a gymnasium, a cinema, and a large common room. James Gillespie, Project Manager at Gilltown, explained: “When we started designing Roman House, we wanted to

Novilon Nova Wood move away from the traditional austere and utilitarian student accommodation already available. We decided to opt for a design that had a boutique hotel vibe, while still offering value for money for students. “The flooring played a key role within this project and we were determined to opt for floor coverings that have rarely been seen in this kind of environment before. After

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Flotex Vision - ‘Knit’ working with Forbo on earlier projects, we knew its wide range of high-end and quality products, along with its impressive bespoke design capabilities would help us to achieve this.” The most striking floor coverings to be installed were the array of designs chosen from the Flotex Vision collection, which

Acting as a one stop shop for Gilltown, Forbo supplied several additional floor coverings for other areas of the building. Allura Flex luxury vinyl tiles in the reclaimed wood design were installed in the common room to complement the industrial aesthetic; Tessera Diffusion and Weave carpet tiles were installed in the main corridors, selected for their acoustic properties and appearance retention in demanding environments, and Novilon Nova Wood cushion vinyl was chosen for the bedroom and kitchen areas to provide a homely atmosphere for the new students. James concluded: “I am delighted with how Forbo’s portfolio of products has helped us to deliver our original vision; we will build upon this project and will move onto our next adventure in Durham – turning our designs into reality.” For more information please telephone 0844 822 3928, email visit ❚ enquiry 100

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Selectaglaze helps The Building Centre go ever greener… First established in 1931, The Building Centre is an independent forum representing all sectors and professional disciplines within the construction industry. The Centre also provides office facilities for a variety of leading organisations in the built environment. Selectaglaze was approached to complete a window upgrade to the Construction Industry Council (CIC) offices on the building’s second floor which overlooks the busy Store Street thoroughfare. A marked improvement in the thermal efficiency and outside noise reduction was required as the Centre is becoming more and

more ‘green’. Needing an effective, cost efficient solution to help provide a more amenable working environment, The Building Centre turned to Selectaglaze secondary glazing. environmental con“With siderations, we are striving to reduce the overall size of our environmental impact. We want to practice what we promote through our exhibitions and manufacturer showcases. We have worked with Selectaglaze over a number of years now and have seen the benefits and solutions their products offer us.” says John Bonning, Commercial Director.

Selectaglaze installed a total of 18 units in the office, treating openings up to 2600mm x 5900mm. Staff at The Building Centre were not distracted by the works, as the units were installed out of hours. Founded in 1966 and Royal Warrant Holder since 2004, Selectaglaze is the leading designer, manufacturer and installer of secondary glazing. For further information, please contact Selectaglaze on 01727 837271/e mail: or visit: ❚ enquiry 101

Caesarstone UK hosts open day at London HQ Caesarstone UK opened its doors to fabricators across the country last week in the first open day at its London HQ. The UK management and sales team were on hand to talk about the brands’ recent growth and future

plans, as well as showcase four new products. Caesarstone UK Managing Director, Amir Reske, said, “Since our launch in January this year, our UK business has grown at a phenomenal rate and we have been inundated with new account requests from across the industry. Caesarstone UK was set up to capitalise on the huge growth potential for quartz within the market. Our innovative approach to new product development, alongside a host of other initiatives, will see us unleash this potential for the benefit of all involved.” He continued, “Since we opened our doors at the start of the year, we have had a constant flow of visitors to the site, representing every area of our client base from across the UK. The open day event was really a chance to expand this opportunity and to talk business with other fabricators in an informal environment. The feedback has been very positive

and we are looking forward to growing our business with all those that joined us on the day.” For further information email:

Saracen ‘consorts’ with the best at new look Office Complex Saracen Interiors has completed a £250,000 fit out project for Consort Medical at the leading global contract development and manufacturing organisation’s new offices at Breakspear Park.

One of Hemel Hempstead’s most popular commercial addresses, Breakspear Park has been purpose built to attract growing companies, with excellent transport links and amenities.

Consort Medical was previously based in a smaller space at the prestigious site, however, the company has now taken over 10, 000 sq ft on the first floor and, with the support of Saracen, has

been keen to make its mark on the new office, while maximising the potential of the extra space. Fit out work was completed at the end of last month and included the installation of partitioning to create private offices and meeting rooms; the design and fit out of a new breakout area; the installation of power and data to suit the new layout; the sourcing and fit of furniture and all manifestation and branding works. The move was orchestrated by the workplace consultant’s office move division, Saracen Move Management. Director of Saracen Interiors, Michael Page comments: “We are moving towards providing a full service option for a lot of our clients, with many purchasing facilities management and move management services from us as well as design and fit out services. “For Consort Medical, we most definitely took a holistic approach and fully assessed the needs of the client before contemplating the most effective solutions. The need for an open plan space, allowing room for further expansion, was identified along with a basic need for private office spaces to accommodate multiple existing

departments. As our work involves a good degree of client liaison, building relationships and an understanding of how that company works, it makes sense for us to also oversee the move itself.” Saracen has a proven track record in improving workplace efficiency and corporate standing with its tailor-made, cost-effective solutions. Over the past decade, its status has changed from a South East fit out concern to a national full service enterprise, with new offices in Manchester and significant contracts underway in most parts of the UK. The company’s staff has grown along with its turnover and Saracen continues to invest in local apprentices, training initiatives and industry-specific innovations. Recent clients include Coca-Cola Enterprises, CH2M, Yum Restaurants, Samsung, Sirius Minerals, Royal Jordanian, Tata Communications, WYG, TE Connectivity, Loma Systems, Newsquest, Nihon Shokken, Solera, Gray’s Inn Chambers, Libra Group, Creature of London, Aspect Property Group, First Property Group, Audatex, Athena Partners, Motofix, Flight Safety, Countrywide PLC, Knight Frank, Mitie Engineering, Pizza Hut, Redrow Homes, Thames Water, Toshiba, TAG Aviation, Viatel, BAE Systems, Sue Ryder Care, North Surrey Primary Care Trust, Royal Berkshire and Battle Hospital NHS Trust.

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Whatever you do to SMARTPLY FR OSB, it will still maintain it’s CE mark and certification due to the flame retardancy being built into the panel, not applied as a coating or impregnated after manufacture. ❚ enquiry 103

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Purevision Slim Line Models of Their Multi-fuel Stoves Charlton & Jenrick are pleased to announce the launch of the slim line versions of their popular Purevision stoves. New models are available in the new slim line format are the PV5W, BPV5W (Black) and the Classic CPV5W. The new versions keep the same look, design and feel but benefit from being shallower and in the

case of the Classic stove also shorter. This was after feedback from their customers who love the

look and performance of the Purevision stoves but were looking for a more universal fitting stove that would fit into more situations. The new PV5W/BPV5W slim line stove is 352mm deep compared where the full depth version that is 424mm. The Classic CPV5W slim line is 410mm deep compared to the full depth version that is 512mm. The new CPV5W slim line is also shorter than the original at 711mm high compared to 760mm. Charlton & Jenrick have recently announced a significant price decrease across the Purevision range and the new RRP inc. Vat on the PV5W/BPV5W slim line is £1,175. The CPV5W slim line is £1,455 inc. VAT. For more information or to arrange a display please speak to your sales manager or ring the sales office on 0845 519 5991. Charlton & Jenrick Ltd are leading manufacturers and suppliers to the fire, fireplace, and stove industry. We have five industry leading brands - these are Katell, Paragon, Matchless, Fireline, and Infinity Fires. We supply local independent showrooms, local government (social housing), high street retail chains, and nationwide house builders. As a group, we are committed to the research and development of highly efficient, environmentally friendly, innovative, and attractive

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Earthborn Ecopro in 100 colours Ecopro Matt Emulsion, Lo Sheen Emulsion and Eggshell are now all available in all 98 shades of BS4800, plus black and white and are all made in the UK. The new palette offers a huge choice and enables colour matching with other decorating features.

SteelSeal from AkzoNobel makes a ‘complex’ difference Our American cousins voted Chester as the fifth prettiest city in Europe. Not bad. Within a short gallop of Chester’s famous racecourse is the Quadrant which is a self-contained detached office building nestling on the entrance to the Chester West Business Park.

The complex has undergone an extensive refurbishment to provide high calibre office space to a host of businesses. The new aesthetic upgrade would be placed in the capable hands of local Chester company D&D Coatings. Founded in 1997 by Paul Drinkwater and Walter Dean, D&D Coatings have developed into one of the UK’s leading industrial painting contractors. They are extremely proud to be approved by many of the major surface treatment producers

including AkzoNobel, enjoying an exceptional working relationship with the Blackburn-based coatings manufacturer. Their highly-trained and experienced workforce means they always provide work of the highest standard, no matter how tight the deadlines. Their hardearned reputation has been built on professionalism and a friendly style, where quality workmanship and client service are an integral part of their day-to-day approach. This hand in glove attitude synergistically embraces the very ethos that AkzoNobel constantly promote with their customers.

Paul Drinkwater went onto further add, “We amazed ourselves and received much acclaim from all stakeholders and believe much of the success in this project is due to the AkzoNobel SteelSeal system we used there”. AkzoNobel has led the development and supply of organic coatings to the major cladding producers for over 25 years. SteelSeal is specially formulated for application to architectural cladding materials including coil coated finished such as; PVC, polyester, silicone polyester and pvf2 coated substrates and primed aluminium. The breakdown of the original factory applied coating is very gradual, and timely maintenance with SteelSeal can further increase

A clear gloss finish outdoors with new Sadolin Yacht Varnish Specifiers looking for a high quality gloss exterior varnish with a true clear finish can lift the lid on a new launch from the superior woodcare brand Sadolin. Sadolin Yacht Varnish has been developed in response to customer demand for a clear, traditional, high gloss varnish for use outdoors on windows, doors and conservatories.

Ecopro Emulsions are waterbased, low odour, environmentally sound alternatives to conventional wall and ceiling emulsions. The Matt option is particularly suitable for use on new plaster, while Lo Sheen is for enhanced formulated durability and washability, making it suitable for higher traffic areas.

Ecopro Emulsions are available in 5l and 10l plastic tubs while the Eggshell is in 750ml and 2.5l tins. The Ecopro range is uniquely formulated for high performance and all three products are totally oil and acrylic free, with minimal VOCs.

Complying with the strict EU Ecolabel standards, the range is not only eco friendly but newly decorated rooms can be brought back into use quickly because the paints do not give off any harmful emissions or odours.

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Paul Drinkwater, Managing Director, D&D Coatings commenting on the Quadrant project said, “We worked closely with our client right from the very beginning. We were involved in the colour selection process for the exterior cladding, window frames and so on. The transformation from dull 1980s business units to fresh, modern and contemporary offices was incredible” It would be a development that would suit AkzoNobel’s SteelSeal Primers and SteelSeal Topcoats perfectly.

rounder. It dries to an attractive sheen that is durable, washable and scuff resistant.

For house builders looking to add a bit of shine to wooden floors and furniture this summer, Osmo UK, the eco-friendly wood and finishes expert, offers Polyx®-Oil Clear Glossy which provides a gloss finish and adds a touch of class to any room.

the cost-effectiveness of cladding products. Commenting on the choice of coatings for various projects Paul Drinkwater went on to further say, “SteelSeal from AkzoNobel is our coating of choice. This is due to the weather resistance it provides and its versatility in the colour matching process. It’s scratch resistant and very robust at withstanding harsh weather conditions. The semigloss finish gives stunning results every time and requires repainting less frequently than other systems”.

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Ian Crawford, Sales Manager, AkzoNobel said, “working closely alongside customers like D&D Coatings affords us the opportunity to deliver the high levels of support and technical advice that we pride ourselves on.

The product is ideal for use on new wood and previously coated surfaces, with a translucent finish which maintains the natural colour of the wood. Protection is also assured through its high-build barrier, developed to resist peeling and flaking with the addition of UV inhibitors for long lasting protection. Sharon Smith, Sadolin Brand Manager, said: “For some time we have been asked to introduce a clear exterior

varnish to the market, and our wood care experts have developed Sadolin Yacht Varnish in response to that demand. “We pride ourselves on creating the very best in wood protection products, drawing on more than 200 years of innovation to offer customers quality, trusted products. “This new launch brings an exciting addition to the range, with a completely clear gloss formulation to enhance the natural beauty and colour of wood.”

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New FILA Hydrorep Eco joins award-winning Green Line Surface care specialist, FILA has introduced a new water-repellent protector to its award-winning Green Line. New FILA Hydrorep Eco is a solvent-free treatment for outdoor surfaces, from stone pavers to exposed brick walls. It protects against water, weathering and efflorescence, without altering appearance, and hampers the

build up of algae, moulds and lichen. FILA Hydrorep Eco is a ready-touse one-coat treatment that can be applied over residual moisture, for a fast application. The waterbased formulation dries after just four hours, resists UV radiation and does not alter frost-resistant properties. It can be applied to unpolished

stone and agglomerates, quarry tiles, terracotta, concrete, exposed bricks and plaster. The antifouling barrier it creates is certified by tests conducted in conformity to the UNI EN ISO 846: 1999 method, and the treatment also preserves breathability above 90%. FILA’s Green Line includes treatments for all surface installation and maintenance stages, from pre-grouting

Commitment to quality Osmo introduces a new range of tools Eco-friendly wood and finish specialist, Osmo UK, introduces a new range of quality tools to its impressive portfolio of products, including an innovative Osmo System Telescopic Handle. The assortment of tools aims to aid users in creating a premium finish to their Osmo projects and ease product application. Osmo’s new offering of tools includes a wide selection of the highest quality brushes, rollers, scrapers, mops, pads and machines, each of which are specially designed to provide the perfect criteria for the intended appearance or effect that is desired. Whether users are looking to preserve the natural colour of the wood, add a subtle washed effect or highlight the grain of the wood itself, there is a tool for it all.

Whilst protection is assured, the results will also be aesthetically pleasing. Tailored to suit various surfaces and needs, the Osmo tools and accessories collection provides users with the requirements for the best application and maintenance of wooden surfaces. “Buyers can often fall into the trap of purchasing cheaper tools, however these low-cost

alternatives can often compromise the overall finish and quality of the project due to their poor quality and design,” comments Steve Grimwood, Managing Director of Osmo UK. “It is important to Osmo that our products offer a premium and high quality finish and that we are consistently achieving a high level of customer satisfaction. Osmo’s products are high in viscosity and have a thick consistency to ensure

protectors and surface cleaners, to sealers and stain removers. Other new introductions include LEEDapproved and GEV-EMICODE EC1PLUS certified stain-proofing protector – FILAMP90 ECO PLUS - which is developed for natural stone and polished porcelain, including food contact areas.

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The all new Osmo System Telescopic Handle is a universal attachment for the full assortment of application tools including:

The back-preserving, adjustable length of the handle allows users to effortlessly extend the brush, in order to apply Osmo product on floors, decking and hard to reach areas with ease. The handle simply connects to the joint with a secure fitting and has an adjustable pole which can be extended in length from 120200cm.

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Blockley Brick Manufacturer uses Marmox boards to speed production cycle

thick boards into the steel angle framework for the roof, which forms the floor above and has to be traversed by operatives, the 60 mm boards were finished with a thin screed.

One of the country’s oldest established brickworks, located in an idyllic Cotswold village, has updated its production facilities saving not only time and money but significant amounts of energy – thanks to the use of Marmox Multiboards for the refurbishment of its drying chambers. Ten separate drying kilns have insulation boards having been itself on providing specifiers with to the roof and vary in width up now been upgraded at Northcot employed to infill their walls and an environmentally responsible to 6.5 metres depending on the Brick’s premises in Blockley, roofs. Soon to celebrate its 100th and sustainable product range, design, but had all caused us Gloucestershire, with two different anniversary, the handmade brick continuously striving to improve something of a maintenance of the high specialist not only uses its own productivity as well as reduce use headache. Our works manager thicknesses the Marmox performance, moisture resisting locally quarried clay, but prides of energy. As a consequence, discovered Northcot’s Maintenance Manager, Multiboards on line and the Tim Nicklin, sought an alternative switch to their use has allowed us to the use of metal panels with a to operate the driers in a more rock mineral wool core for the controlled environment.” chambers’ roofs and walls as they Multiboards are typically lasted little more than a Marmox manufactured from extruded year. polystyrene or XPS and offer a While Marmox Multiboards are range of positive physical typically utilised in building work characteristics in addition to being as a floating floor beneath tiles and fully waterproof. They are both other finishes or as the lining to light to handle and easy to cut, shower rooms and other wet while still being able to sustain environments, Northcot identified substantial loadings if required. In their rugged long life potential as the work at the Blockley potentially offering a solution to brickworks, Northcot’s engineers its persistent problems. Tim used some 420 X 30mm thick Nicklin explained: “The drying boards for the walls and doors of chambers are some 2.7 metres tall the drying kilns and 350 X 60mm

Thanks to their stability and resistance to the aggressive chemical atmosphere created by the gases emitted from the drying bricks, the Multiboards are proving to offer a greatly extended working life compared to the old rock mineral wool based panels. Even more importantly, they are making it far easier to control humidity levels during the drying process and to maintain the required temperature. The overall temperature has been reduced by five degrees to 750 C and the total drying period by a whole day while they can be switched off at weekends without affecting the cycle, leading to an overall 25% reduction in energy costs. NK ❚ enquiry 116

Armstrong Ceiling Solutions launches SonoPerf D® – a unique embossed metal tile Rockwool® helps

deliver energy efficient homes at Silken Park

A specially-designed “perforated” metal tile combines acoustics with aesthetics.

Residents of a new housing development in Dublin are enjoying increased levels of thermal comfort, and reduced heat loss after ROCKWOOL® insulation was installed on the external envelope. Showcasing the latest design features and a high standard of specification, the development will provide attractive low-energy housing for its residents.

A unique metal tile has been launched by Armstrong Ceiling Solutions to meet the requirement for acoustics which do not come at the expense of aesthetics. SonoPerf D® (D for design) combines specially-designed ultradiscreet embossing for optimal acoustics with a monolithic visual. The latest addition to Armstrong’s impressive portfolio of metal and mesh metal ceiling solutions, it is particularly suitable for use with radiant chilled ceiling systems. This is due to its 3D fine microslotted embossing which allows for a homogenous air flow through the metal panels, improving the performance of a chilled ceiling system while also providing good flow in a deflected air stream. Suitable for small and large rooms,

as well as corridors and as floating ceilings in buildings of all types, SonoPerf D® features up to Class A sound absorption (1.00aw) when used with a 40mm mineral wool acoustic infill and is available in selected Clip-In, Lay-In and Hook-On systems as well as floating canopies. SonoPerf D® has already proved popular in Switzerland, where for instance 4,500m2 was installed in

the mixed-use Toni Areal in Zürich and 2,500m2 in the Canton Hospital in St Gallen, it is now being launched throughout Europe, its unique design making it as suitable for prestigious as well as standard spaces.

Silken Park, a Durkan Residential housing development, features a combination of two, three and four bed houses. Every part of the development was carefully considered to reduce energy use and to make the houses comfortable and healthy to live in.

Available in square and rectangular panels with a maximum size of 3000mm length and 800mm width and a range of colours.

The construction and the design teams were tasked with creating a cost effective building envelope that delivered efficient fabric

performance and excellent overall thermal performance. As the main contractor on this project, Ecofix Ltd adopted the ‘fabric-first’ approach to the construction to build a wellinsulated and airtight building. Key to this approach is the use of an external wall insulation system that completely wraps the houses and therefore minimises thermal bridging. Specifically designed to meet high thermal standards, ROCK WOOL® External Wall DD Slab, ROCKWOOL’s BrickShield® and ROCKWOOL REDArt® Silicone render systems were the perfect solution for this project.

We have built the ultimate can-do joist. By manufacturing to the highest specification our I-Joists are light, strong, thermally efficient, BIM compatible, FSC and PEFC certified and PAS 2050 accredited (to cut a long list short). But it’s also the back-up we offer that no one can equal. Our expert team of designers, engineers and regional technical support is always there to say ‘yes we can’. EMAIL: jji-joists @ ❚ enquiry 117

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Regional developer relying on YBS Roof & Wall Membrane solutions A property developer constructing an enclave of detached properties in an east Hertfordshire village is making extensive use of products from the portfolio of YBS Insulation, to ensure the exterior elevations offer excellent thermal performance while controlling moisture movement. June / July 2017

The five new homes are being built by Land & County Development Ltd., at Furneux Pelham near Bishop’s Stortford, with Braintree based Helix Design Solutions Ltd. having filled the role of architect for the project. After originally considering rigid foam insulation and a conventional vapour check for the walls, the builder is employing YBS Insulation’s SuperQuilt within the timber frame construction. This is combined with the manufacturer’s Breather Foil FR

externally, both products being supplied through Minster Insulation. Land & County Development is a small company established in 2009, covering the north of Essex into Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire, which specialises in constructing high quality timber framed and modular homes, styled for contemporary living in a traditional style, sympathetic to the surrounding environment. The five homes nearing completion in Furneux Pelham range in size from two to four bedroom, with master en-suites as well as many luxury features, with prices rising from £400 K to in excess of £1 million. The founder and Managing Director of Land & County Developments Ltd., Seb Vallance, commented: “We had in the past used high performance, rigid foam insulation boards to cover our timber frames but switching to the YBS Quilt offered a number of advantages. Not only is the multilayer product cheaper and an easier install than the boards, but it also saves applying a separate polythene vapour barrier. It is nicer to work with and offers a very neat finish: where it is fully wrapped. “Very importantly it also reduces the overall wall thickness of the property. Saving 50 mm right around the building envelope over two floors adds up to a significant

Granorte’s bite matches its bark! Granorte has commissioned two third party organisations to independently test its product, proving that cork is one of the leading flooring choices for acoustics, thermal insulation, comfort and shock absorption. First to be tested were Granorte’s acoustic credentials, a task carried out by EPH, a world-recognised certification body that focuses on woodwork, plastics and craft. The end results showed that Granorte cork is capable of offering up to 19dB of sound reduction, demonstrating its suitability for commercial environments such as restaurants and bars, where footfall and wheeled traffic can often result in significant noise levels.

Secondly, Granorte’s thermal insulation, comfort and shock absorption were put to the test. Commissioned to carry out this work was the IBV, or Instituto de Biomecanica, a body that specialises in the interaction of the human body with its environment and the products found within. Granorte cork’s performance in the three areas was benchmarked against leading products in laminate, LVT and ceramic, and unsurprising to the Granorte team, stood up exceptionally well. Paulo Rocha, R&D, Granorte UK, comments: “We always knew the capabilities of our cork product, with qualities spanning acoustics, thermal insulation, comfort and shock absorption. This said, it is always valuable to gain third party accreditation from recognised bodies, and that is exactly what we have achieved in commissioning this work from the EPH and IBV. Cork flooring may look the part, but its talents extend well beyond a beautiful aesthetic; now we have the results to show this.” For further information contact Granorte on 01785 711 131, visit or email

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extra habitable space for the occupants. I have recommended the YBS products to several colleagues in the business and I think it is gaining interest. Recognised by the NHBC and compliant with the current version of Approved Document L to the Building Regulations, SuperQuilt comprises 19 layers including reflective foil, expanded polyethylene and polyester wadding to provide a cost effective and user-friendly alternative to much thicker insulation materials. Installed with a 25mm cavity it controls not just radiated energy but thermal conduction and convection. It creates an effective vapour control layer and will also combat thermal overheating in the summer months. The YBS SuperQuilt is fixed across the inner face to the timber frame before the internal plasterboard dry-lining is battened off then externally, YBS Breather Foil FR is overlapped down the cavity face of the plywood or OSB sheathing boards. This fully certified, fire rated product is not only waterproof and fully breathable, but can also increase the thermal performance of wall constructions.

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Wraptite Tape enables Premier Inn to sleep easy Wraptite Tape has once again delivered total peace of mind to the property owners of a brand new Premier Inn hotel in Leeds, providing a vapour permeable air barrier and maintaining the integrity of the building envelope.

Whilst providing a seal against air leakage, these tapes may not only prevent air, but also prevent the movement of moisture vapour, leading to potential problems and damage to the boards underneath over time.

The new 136 bedroom, 9-storey hotel was designed by architects Cartwright Pickard, and forms part of the exciting Whitehall Riverside Scheme in the West End of Leeds city centre. Wraptite Tape was installed as a superior solution to seal the joints on the rigid insulation board behind the rainscreen cladding. Typically an aluminium coated Butyl adhesive tape would be used to seal joints, openings and penetrations.

The high vapour permeability characteristics of Wraptite Tape mean that crucially it allows moisture vapour to escape the structure easily, removing the need for an additional breather membrane saving time and cost. Wraptite Tape was selected by national contractor Topek from Glasgow who carried out the installation of the insulation and cladding for the new hotel.

Full condensation risk analysis reports were prepared as part of the specifi cation process. Wraptite Tape is an assured effective airtight barrier, and because of its high vapour permeability it also allows damp sheathing to dry quickly, and moisture vapour to escape. Thus ensuring good indoor air quality and reducing the likelihood of mould, mildew, condensation, timber distortion and metal corrosion, protecting the essential fabric of buildings for many years to come. ❚ enquiry 122

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Climaflex® made of NMC Naturefoam The new reference in climate protection

NMC the leading international player in the development, production and marketing of synthetic foams has developed a foam based on renewable raw materials. This innovation significantly improved the climate and energy performance of NMC products and helps towards protecting the climate and resources. As a family company, NMC stands for quality and climate protection. Plant-based raw materials make the difference The new NMC Naturefoam® is made mainly from polyethylene manufactured from sugarcane. Sugarcane grows back every year absorbing CO2 as it grows and thereby saving finite resources such as oil. NMC Naturefoam® is available for NMC quality brands CLIMAFLEX® and EXZENTROFLEX®.

Environmental product declaration (EPD) for Climaflex® made of NMC Naturefoam® shows impressive results. The EPD for the Climaflex range made of NMC Naturefoam® certified by the IBU (Institute for Construction & Environment) proves that the CO2 emission in the entire production process from cradle to the factory gate could be reduced to zero which is clearly better than initially estimated. In the production of the previous Climaflex formulation these emissions amounted to 62.8kg CO2 per m3 of foam whereas in common rubber insulation they can come between 200220kg per m3 of foam. Pipe Insulation made NMC Naturefoam® offers double the contribution to climate protection Technical pipe insulation products carrying the proven NMC quality brands CLIMAFLEX® and EXZENTROFLEX® are improved by the use of at least 50% renewable materials. Recycled manufacturing scrap and additives to improve insulation values and fire protection complete the composition. Top Class Product properties CLIMAFLEX® and EXZENTROFLEX® from NMC Naturefoam® have the same technical properties as the previous CLIMAFLEX® in terms of: • Insulation values • Fire performance • Simple installation by craftsman • Longevity Climate protection as a major driver in renovation and construction Politicians and consumers are demanding more sustainability in all areas of life, including in the construction industry. Consistent environmentally conscious construction and restoration thus means • Using materials which generate fewer greenhouse gases, • Contain a high percentage of renewable raw materials ❚ enquiry 123 • Manufactured by means of environmentally sensitive production processes.

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Challenge the ordinary 75 years and counting Ever since its foundation back in 1941 as a sawmill in Baños de Río Tobía in La Rioja, Spain, Garnica has been a pioneer in exploring new ways to manage and use natural resources wisely, and to manufacture exceptional plywood solutions to suit the needs of our clients worldwide. We have come a long way, continually going further in our pursuit of excellence, steadily growing and always keeping an eye on the future.

At present, Garnica is a world reference to the industry with a broad range of plywood based products. It also manages its sourcing forests and owns production facilities in Spain and France. Garnica is present in all continents and exports products to more than 40 countries. But for us, this is just the beginning.

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We challenge the ordinary by exploring the limits of perfection to engineer the finest plywood for James Latham Eco Building News were invited by James Latham recently to visit the Garnica factories in the Rioja region of Northern Spain where the highly efficient operation across their different sites was clear to see. James Latham is the exclusive distributor of Garnica in the UK and Eire and the lengths that Garnica go to so that the exceptional quality if their Poplar plywood is assured involves a rigorous and exacting process from start to finish. The passion that is shown by the team at Garnica and especially their President, Pedro Garnica, obviously makes for a harmonious work environment which is expressed in the perfection of producing some amazing products. More and more customers are choosing Poplar plywood to replace other less sustainably sourced panels. Replacement business is a recurring trend within the plywood industry and in the last decade, Garnica has witnessed how European, homegrown species like Poplar have substituted tropical species coming into countries like the Netherlands and France from further afield. Poplar in these countries was a relatively unknown species 10 years ago but as the trend for “greener” product unfolded, large distributors started sourcing European made plywood that was lightweight and competitively priced. Miles Kember, Depot Director, James Latham Thurrock explains, “Garnica’s plywood panels which are available as both PEFC and FSC certified are sourced from European fast-growing plantations which capture tons of CO2 every year. Plus, the location of their plantations and production units lead to short delivery times which means they are able to service their main customer base very quickly with a wide product portfolio. These two factors combined ensure a low carbon footprint. “Garnica’s product range is characterized by its lightness, stability, surface quality and machinability. All this is possible thanks to its poplar core. These exceptional qualities and the variety of finishes available, ensure a versatile product range thanks to Garnica’s optimized production process.”

A vertical model, a sustainable model Garnica possesses a unique know-how and a cost-efficient, vertically integrated model of production based on sustainability. By fostering sustainable plantations they are benefitting rural areas. Garnica contributes to the improvement of the quality of life of their inhabitants. At their plant nurseries, they select clones to guarantee successful sustainable plantations therefore obtaining the best wood for their products and they also control the logging and transformation processes. Popularity of Poplar will increase Mr Kember continued, “Already I can see lots of opportunities within the UK market as well as applications where Plywood may have been previously discounted or not even considered because of concerns over either the quality of the product, the price or the provenance. “Garnica has invested more than 40 million Euros in recent years, developing their product offering to ensure that they are at the cutting edge of global plywood manufacturing and as the exclusive distributor, we are very excited to be able to offer some of these innovative products, which a lot of our customers won’t have even seen yet. Poplar offers tremendous flexibility and numerous features and benefits and once these have been introduced and marketed in the UK, I am confident that it will soon become a cornerstone of the plywood purchased in this country.”

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Designed and supplied by Aliva UK, MEG 414 was chosen to match


the ceramic facades of the surrounding buildings and was face fixed with colour coded rivets. The cladding envelopes the Station, keeping staff and crew warm and dry in the harshest of weathers. This scheme is a perfect example of high performance MEG in action where the need for incredibly high performance and durability is married up with low life-cycle costs and aesthetic design. Carrying a BBA Agrément Certificate, MEG is a self-supporting high pressure laminate (HPL) for cladding the exterior of buildings,

Abet Laminati’s MEG exterior grade laminate has been used to clad the exterior of the new offices and crew rooms of the RNLI Station in Brighton Marina.

balconies and other applications. It features high resistance to temperature, climate shock, weathering, UV light and impact. Furthermore, its chemical resistant nature and closed structure do not allow paint in spray cans, various inks, emulsion paints, lipstick or pastel paints to penetrate into the decorative layer negating the need for any anti-graffiti treatment and making the surface easy to clean. The range is available in over 91 colours in a mix of traditional plain colours, wood finishes, simulated concrete colours and metal. MEG is also able to incorporate Abet’s digital printing technology. This means that almost any design, photograph or pattern can be reproduced in stunning detail to give architects and designers unparalleled freedom to create unusual and dramatic building facades. Samples and technical literature are available from Abet Ltd's sample line on tel: 020 7473 6915 or visit ❚ enquiry 125

Alumasc’s Hydrotech structural waterproofing: zero project failures in over 50 years! The premier hot melt system for high performance green roofs, podiums and highly detailed waterproofing schemes is Alumasc’s Hydrotech, which has now been successfully installed world-wide for over 50 years without a single product failure - due to the excellence of the product and the thorough training all registered Hydrotech contractors receive.

Over the years Hydrotech has been utilised on various large-scale projects ranging from Canary Wharf back in 1998 and the Cheese Grater in 2014, through to more recent/current major residential and business district developments including within Nine Elms on the South Bank of the River Thames in London. When it comes to large-scale new build projects, to ensure a building’s longevity and risk-free future it is essential the structural waterproofing is of the highest standard, expertly installed and comes with great on-site support. Alumasc’s experts take the time to fully understand each project’s specific requirements and issues, such as deck deflection and drainage. They can then create bespoke solutions, with full design collateral and documentation, that cover all the areas. What is the Aluasc Promise? The Alumasc Promise is a service offer that guarantees the integrity of a roof prior to, during and after installation, providing peace of mind for the future along with an unrivalled track record of zero product failures in over 50 years – so why consider anything else? Designed to safeguard against the most common pitfalls, the Alumasc Promise includes the security of expert installers, continual on-site supervision, professional testing and comprehensive, postinstallation support: · Only fully carded, registered Hydrotech Contractors can install Alumasc hot melt systems, having received full training utilising Alumasc’s training facilities. · During a project, Alumasc’s team of site technicians conduct regular site visits and inspections to ensure all work(s) are carried out to the highest standards. · On completion of installation and testing, Alumasc issue a detailed handover package - including the project specification, test data, site reports, maintenance schedules - and a full

Alumasc-backed warranty covering aspects such as product, workmanship and design. · Alumasc technicians also return to the site every five years to inspect and report on the completed area. Warranties and insurance-backed guarantees In some instances, severe budget pressures can result in structures with only basic, ‘commodity’ waterproofing systems that are not installed to a high standard or backed up with ongoing support or warranties. This is a high-risk approach, as a building’s structural integrity can be compromised if it is not soundly waterproofed. Similarly, If the structural waterproofing is not installed to a high quality, some of the potential risks that can occur include interior superficial damage and staining/mould, possibly affecting services such as lighting. All of which will require expensive, inconvenient and lengthy repairs in the future. Alumasc Roofing Systems Commercial Director Mark Golder commented: “By taking care to select a complete package that is precisely tailored to your specific project, you can be safe in the knowledge that your investment will be repaid many times over.” Dependent on the level of water entry, repair costs could be high if there is consequential damage. The cost of exposing the membrane would be significant, for instance, as inverted systems are always buried under a hard or soft-landscaped area. As well as the basic cost of repair, the waterproofing failure could also make the space below temporarily unusable and this could potentially prove to be even more costly to the installer – especially when the structure is an office building or hospital, for example. These issues can be avoided with the

high-quality workmanship provided by registered Alumasc Hydrotech contractors, whose use also makes available warranties of up to 35 years that provide added peace of mind. Quote from [Individual’s Name and Job Title to be inserted here] St James Homes London: “St James have been incorporating Alumasc’s Hydrotech system since 2009 and in that time we are not aware of a single roofing issue relating to system failure in material or contractor labour. “The level of service that Alumasc Roofing Systems provides in design, system installation and after service has proved to offer significant savings to our business in reduction of dilapidation costs. Thus, Alumasc demonstrate that whilst the Hydrotech system is not the cheapest, it does provide significant longterm value”. Alumasc’s Mark Golder added: “The Alumasc Promise provides Clients, Developers and Contractors with complete confidence and long-term peace of mind in the Roofing system specified on their project.”

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Cembrit BBA Certified slates rise to the challenge The flexibility, aesthetically pleasing and easy to install attributes of Cembrit Jutland fibre cement slates have been illustrated on a newly built apartment block in Poole, as the slates have provided a stunning finish to what was a challenging roof. Inverclyde House is a newly built three storey development that consists of 18 two and three bedroom flats. Located on the south coast of England in Poole, the apartments are central to schools, hospitals and the town centre. Bournemouth-based contractor, AST Roofing installed 7,000 600x300mm blue/black Cembrit Jutland fibre cement slates, covering approximately 450m2. The roof on this project was interesting, yet challenging for the contractor, as it included a number of pitches and a turret. This unique roof demanded a high quality roofing product that would be easy to handle, install and wouldn’t require any sorting or grading. “The roof design posed a major challenge,

but we were confident that our choice in product would allow us to deliver the desired result,” says Paul Stevens, Managing Director of AST Roofing. “We had to take great care in achieving a neat mitred hip detail, and Cembrit Jutland slates allowed us to do so. The consistency in quality with these slates was impressive. Not only does it mean that the product is easy to work with, but it provides a smooth finish that can’t be achieved with other roofing materials.”



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These qualities combine to make them easy to handle and install and an ideal solution for a fast-track construction environment. Jutland slates are available in Graphite, Blue/Black, Russet and Autumn Brown colours. Jutland slates are manufactured to the highest European standards using Portland cement together with a formulation of superior blended synthetic and cellulose fibres.

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Cembrit fibre cement slates are finished with a high quality, semi-matt acrylic coloured coating to the face and edges and a tinted, high-performance binder to the back face. The slates are manufactured in accordance with a quality assurance system to ISO 9001 and to the requirements of BS EN 492:2012 product specification for fibre cement slates and their fittings. Jutland slates have been awarded the BBA Certificate No. 03/4041.


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Innovation Delivered Comar 10 offers a new departure; a Passivhaus Certified “B” product with U-values as low as 0.66 coupled with processes that cut manufacturing costs by up to 70%. The Comar 10 window range includes: • Inward opening, tilt & turn and fixed lights and are internally beaded and glazed. • U-values as low as 0.66 W/m2K • Cut manufacturing costs by 70% • Certified by Passivhaus Institute for cool temperature areas Future-proof & energy saving • High thermal insulation with ground breaking technology • 90mm deep outer frames • Minimal care & maintenance For further information about Comar Architectural Aluminium Systems, please visit orvcall 020 8685 9685 or email

New generation energy efficient steel windows from West Leigh Ideal for new build and renovation projects, where efficiency and energy aesthetics are key, the new W50 TB steel window offers narrow sight lines and a Uvalue as low as 1.4 W/m2K, depending on the glazing unit employed.

The use of the system has been pioneered in the UK by West Leigh working closely with Swiss designer and supplier, Ottostumm. It is based on highly engineered, thermally broken steel sections designed to closely replicate the character of the traditional W20 steel window. The design of the thermally broken profile means that W50 TB steel windows are manufactured differently from traditional solid, hot rolled steel section windows.

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With this in mind, West Leigh, a member of the Steel Window

Association, developed new window manufacturing techniques and appropriate paint applications. In the twelve months since launching the W50 TB profile, the company has successfully employed it to fulfill over £1 million of supply and install orders. West Leigh has introduced the W50 TB steel window to extend the range of solutions to specifiers, available especially in the new build sector where outstanding contemporary architecture is required. Offering all the benefits traditionally associated with steel windows, including slender profiles, large panes of glass, good light transmission and large opening windows, the W50 TB provides incredible versatility.

Gilgen Sliding Wall Performs for Poole Lighthouse Theatre An innovative automatic sliding wall system from Gilgen Door Systems is helping to optimise space and maximise pedestrian traffic flow at Poole’s newly refurbished Lighthouse Arts Centre. The Gilgen STW sliding wall system was recently installed as part of a £5.3 million re-development of the centre and features fully glazed wall panels powered by an electric drive system.

Architects Design Engine chose the Gilgen STW system for the refurbished lobby area to provide a stylish yet versatile solution to control visitor flow and maximise the use of available space. Two sliding wall systems each featuring three fully glazed wall panels were installed either side of a central lobby between the restaurants and ticket desk. The system allows each area to be opened up at the push of a button to suit the client’s needs. Martyn Balson, General Manager of the Lighthouse theatre said: “The design of this refurbishment was very carefully considered in terms of aesthetics and efficiency. The main entrance has been completely restyled and centralised so that all visitors, whether headed for the café, the box office or just leaving a show, will all be moving through the same area of the building. The Gilgen STW has proven to be a very effective part of this solution”.

The intelligent design of STW means that, when the system is in the open position, the panels are stacked away and occupy very little space; thus an effective solution has been achieved for the Arts Centre whilst adding to the stylish and contemporary design of the interior. As part of the refurbishment works Gilgen also installed an automatic swing door incorporating an acoustic screen which improves access from the Theatre Gallery to the main restaurant and limits noise pollution. Gilgen Door Systems is a leading manufacturer of automatic pedestrian doors and sliding wall systems. For further information visit ❚ enquiry 130

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Climate Control is a Breath of Fresh Air Creating the ideal indoor climate – for offices, schools, hospitals or gyms – can be a difficult task. One person’s ideal temperature may be chilly for another. So, wouldn’t it be better to consider a natural alternative or addition to air conditioning? GEZE UK has the ideal solution with the introduction of natural ventilation systems that offer adjustable climate control, driven by ‘intelligent thinking’ window technology. There are four modular systems; the simple open/close mechanism enables several single or grouped windows to be controlled by a single switch or building management system. It offers a practical, automatic adjustable closing function which prevents windows from being left open. The wireless climate ventilation control allows an indoor climate to be maintained by automatically opening and closing windows. A window control triggers their opening/closing based on current room and external temperatures. The weather station, a compact device which records outdoor temperature, brightness, condensation and wind speed ‘talks’ to the control panel via wireless signals. Integrated ventilation control combines sensors and control technology to optimise natural ventilation. Temperature, humidity and CO2 levels inside the building are measured. The device controls the windows using free outputs -open/close in one or two steps. The indoor climate building control system is a total solution that integrates with other

climate and building controls, such as solar shading, air conditioning or blinds. It benefits from automatic ventilation; window controls are operated according to temperature and humidity and windows can be opened during the night in summer allowing buildings to ‘breathe’ and then closed when the desired room temperature is reached. A rain alarm closes windows to protect furniture and equipment and a wind alarm closes the window once a selected wind speed is reached. It can be linked to heat and smoke extraction systems – opening windows when a fire alarm sounds allowing smoke and heat to escape. The system centres around a control unit with touch screen display, making it easily adjustable. The systems are tailor-made to meet customer needs with complete supply and installation – from technical advice and design support through to installation. They combine the advantages of natural ventilation with modern convenience, offering significant benefits, reducing energy costs, improving safety, providing an environmentally friendly alternative to air conditioning and aiding the health and well-being of those using the building with a flow of ‘real fresh air’ and release of stale air. ❚ enquiry 131


On 22 June 2017 on the 42nd Floor of London’s Leadenhall Building, a superb private residence was announced as the winner of both the Overall Schueco Excellence Award and the Individual House category in this year’s Schueco Excellence Awards for Design and Innovation. Organised by Schueco UK in association with RIBA Journal, the Schueco Excellence Awards, now in their fourth year, were set up to identify and celebrate the very best in building design incorporating Schueco systems in Great Britain and Eire, supported by evidence of creative collaboration between all members of the build team. The winning entry, a stunning residence for a private client, is set in the heart of the

Oxfordshire countryside. It was designed by Richard Meier of the US-based practice, Richard Meier & Partners Architects LLP. The first domestic commission in the UK for this renowned modernist, the property offers a whole new take on the traditional country house. The judges found themselves impressed by ‘the rigorous framing [that] demonstrates the potential of beautifully designed and constructed details … the glazed elements create a fantastic sculptural piece with transparency and audacity’. The winners in the other Award categories were: Two Tabernacle Street, Shoreditch, London (Commercial Building and Steel Project); Newport Street Gallery, London (Cultural Building); The David

Attenborough Building, University of Cambridge (Education Building); Altnagelvin Radiotherapy Unit, Londonderry, Northern Ireland (Health Building);Murray Road, Wimbledon (Individual House Improvement); 234 Bath Road, Slough Trading Estate (Refurbishment Project); Tapestry, King’s Cross (Residential Project); Alumet Systems (UK) – Specialist Contractor. The judges felt that Alumet Systems merited the Specialist Contractor Award for an outstanding performance which at one point saw the company running three major London residential contracts simultaneously. The projects in question were the 48-storey Baltimore Tower at Canary Wharf, the Merano Residences in Vauxhall and Chambers Wharf in

Bermondsey. In addition to the outright winners in each category, Brighton College Music School, Brighton was commended in the Education category and two London houses, one in Hackney and one in Clapham, were commended in the Individual House Improvement category. The panel of judges for the 2017 Awards consisted of Chair, Eleanor Young (executive editor of RIBA Journal); Steven Kennedy (associate principal at Grimshaw); Steve Mudie (partner specialising in façades at alinea consulting); Pankaj Patel (founding director at Patel Taylor Architects); Paul Savidge (managing director of Wintech) and Cindy Walters (director and co-founder of Walters & Cohen Architects).

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leak detection between the outdoor unit and the HBC, due to the extended pipe run connecting the two parts of the system.

Hybrid solution improves comfort for visiting families

On the ground floor, the Lossnay MVHR system provides energy efficient fresh air ventilation, improving air quality and comfort for residents. The Lossnay series of products use state-of-the-art heat exchange technology that enable CO2 reduction and energy saving. The newly installed Lossnay system extracts stale air from the Lambeth Road property, recovering heat energy through its paper core and transferring it into the fresh incoming air. No modern heating and cooling solution is complete without the right controls to ensure that the system can be monitored and adjusted with the minimum of fuss.

A new, 59-bedroom building for Ronald McDonald House Charities is utilising a water-based air conditioning system to provide comfortable accommodation to families in their hour of need. The house at Guy’s and St Thomas’ in London was the very first facility of this type and since it opened in 1990 it has helped thousands of families stay close to their child during a hospital stay. In 2015 alone 325 families made use of this vital facility and avoided having to make long distance journeys from home or pay for costly hotel rooms. The success of the house has expedited the need for the brand new 59-bedroom building at

Evelina London Children’s Hospital - part of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. new Lambeth Road The accommodation takes the form of a four story residential block and will allow families to prepare their own meals and get a good night’s sleep, providing a home away from home and a degree of stability in an oftendistressing and uncertain time. As part of this new build, project consultants Jones King identified

the need for an energy efficient heating and cooling system and a regular supply of fresh air. VRF (Variable Refrigerant Flow) air was initially conditioning considered for the entire building but it was eventually decided that a Hybrid VRF system (HVRF) would be the best overall fit in the accommodation rooms. The ground floor, designed as a communal area for resident families, is served by a City Multi VRF system and Lossnay

Mechanical Ventilation with Heating Recovery (MVHR) units, whilst the first, second and third floors, accommodating individual residency rooms, benefit from a HVRF system. In total, 76 family rooms are served by the Hybrid solution. Mitsubishi Electric’s HVRF system provides comfortable and stable air temperature control, without using refrigerant in occupied spaces. A truly integrated solution, this two-pipe solution offers simultaneous heating and cooling, flexible controls and high seasonal efficiency. However, in this case the developers have also included

The new charity house incorporates a touch screen centralised controller, capable of controlling up to 50 units and providing detailed analysis on energy consumption. In addition, individual wall mounted room controllers enable guest families to alter the temperature in their rooms. Telephone: 01707 282880 Email: Web:

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Engineering European excellence Tata Technologies’ new European headquarters is supporting excellence in diverse levels, helped by British engineering.

Gray, the 63,000 sq ft office has been designed to deliver a BREEAM excellent rating.

Built by BAM Construction, the £20m building at Tachbrook Park, Leamington Spa will house Tata Technologies’ engineering services focused on research & development into emerging technologies for automotive, aerospace and industrial machinery. Designed by architects Webb

A key element of that energy efficiency is the ventilation; as a result, internal airflow throughout is controlled via Gilberts’ linear slot diffusers and extract valves; integrated into the facade are, Gilberts’ external louvres.

Smart underfloor heating: the new Raychem Senz Thermostats optimise energy usage The new Raychem SENZ range of responsive thermostats allows installers to optimise energy efficiency in floor heating systems. The technology is designed to offer homeowners an effective way to manage and monitor energy usage through an easyto-use display and Wi-Fi enabled app. "Feedback from our customers showed that, as homeowners become more aware of the cost-saving and environmental benefits of reducing energy usage in their home, they are looking more at smart heating technology," explains Andrew McGrath, Regional Sales Manager UK/Ireland. "The new Raychem SENZ range is an easy and effective way for

The offices have been designed to be adaptable, allowing internal layouts to change with occupier demand. To accommodate this, Gilberts advised its GSL slot diffusers were used in meeting rooms and offices; GX extract valves provide air changes in open spaces- reception, the restaurant. All duct back towards the WGF38 façade louvres which provide intake and exhaust facilities. ❚ enquiry 135 consumers to monitor and control how much energy they use from week-to-week." Raychem's new SENZ range is available with an innovative touchscreen functionality and Wi-Fi capability, allowing users to quickly respond to changing temperatures in the home and adjust their underfloor heating accordingly.

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The future of wood-burning - TODAY The SIA (Stove Industry Alliance) recently used the services of a research company, Kiwa Gastec whose report shows that modern clean burning Ecodesign stoves, including those in the Charlton & Jenrick range, can reduce particulate emissions by up to 90% compared to an open fire, and 80-84% compared to an old stove. This finding is so important that SIA have begun an “Ecodesign Ready” labelling scheme verified by HETAS to promote stoves meeting the efficiency and emissions regulations early. The scheme is due for official launch in Parliament on 28th February. This is a very significant milestone for the stove industry and for the environment. The fact is that whilst old stoves might produce a useful amount of heat within the home, they are not combustion efficient, not by a long way, and are not anywhere near as kind on

the environment as newly developed high efficiency clean burning stoves. At 15-20% efficiency open fires needlessly remove a huge amount of warm room air up the chimney from their open throat and at the same time don’t give the optimum burning conditions to minimise escape of smoke and unwanted residues into the environment. Charlton & Jenrick invested in the design and development of the Purevision range of Ecodesign ready stoves as long ago as 2013 to prepare for future tightening of

regulations. In doing so new combustion optimisation ideas and techniques were perfected resulting in a patent covering the tertiary air inlet system and several other innovations which were added within the products. The result was three initial fireboxes available in six inset and freestanding formats which all passed the Ecodesign criteria nine years ahead of official introduction of these tough new rules - which consumers and the environment can benefit from right now. The range has since expanded to include classic cast iron clad models plus a slim line and cylindrical model under development. All models have been amongst the very first to be registered with the new SIA Ecodesign Ready scheme as demonstrated on the HETAS appliance listing website. Managing Director Peter Mintoft commented, “As any stove development engineer will testify, achieving all the Ecodesign criteria simultaneously for log burning fireboxes is a very difficult task indeed. For example the objective

of 0.12% average CO or below during 3 consecutive burn cycles is a reduction of 88% from current permitted levels, and every aspect of a firebox from the details of the tertiary air inlets to the air wash and even firebox shape itself has an influence on the burning performance and must therefore be optimised. This is time consuming work taking many hours of thought, design, iteration, samples and hundreds of further hours of testing and modifications to perfect. The results for the environment and the stove user are great news but it is definitely not something to be taken lightly!” Many other ideas are being worked on continuously to further bolster the Ecodesign compliant range of wood burners offered by Charlton & Jenrick and keep abreast of market developments in the future. From 2017, the industry’s main manufacturers, including Charlton & Jenrick will ensure that all newly-designed wood burning stove models will meet European environmental standards for particulate emissions, which are not due to be enforced until 2022. With the advent of BREXIT there has been speculation that the rules might be relaxed but SIA discussions with DEFRA indicate that there is such huge pressure on Government to reduce emissions of all kinds that there is unlikely to be any easing of what will be international agreements on pollutant and particulate release – including Ecodesign for wood burning stoves.Charlton & Jenrick

There are significant benefits to using a highly efficient stove, which include: * You only pay for the wood you burn – no gas bills or standing charges to worry about * Burning wood in a highly efficient stove is virtually carbon neutral * It’s a renewable energy source * They produce a wonderful flame * Plenty of heat output from modern stoves * They make a wonderful, welcoming feature in a home So there is no reason to delay installing a stove – future-proof Ecodesign compliant models are available today!

Ltd are leading manufacturers and suppliers to the fire, fireplace, and stove industry. We have five industry leading brands - these are Katell, Paragon, Matchless, Fireline, and Infinity Fires. We supply local independent showrooms, local government (social housing), high street retail chains, and nationwide house builders. As a group, we are committed to the research and development of highly efficient, environmentally friendly, innovative, and attractive products for the fire, fireplace, and stove industry. We are ISO 9001 and 14001 accredited.

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FOR QUALITY, VERSATILE AND STYLISH BATHROOM SOLUTIONS LOOK AGAIN AT TWYFORD Providing housebuilders with everything that is needed to create bathrooms that stand out from the crowd, the Twyford collection has been streamlined to focus on superior value, quality and reliability. Being functional and affordable is what has made Twyford one of the most successful brands in the commercial and social housing sector and this continues to at the heart of its offering. Holder of the Royal Warrant, with a history of designing market-leading bathroom products that spans 160 years, the Twyford range for 2017 is a versatile collection of sanitaryware and furniture. Combining style and quality, the range has been carefully thought through to help housebuilders adhere to regulations regarding sustainability and environmental issues. With great designs to suit all tastes and budgets, the Twyford range has everything that developers and buyers are looking for to make a house a home. From the e100 range which offers affordability for those on a particularly tight budget, to the e200 range designed with compact spaces in mind, there is something to suit all situations. Twyford offers a whole host of features that will get the attention of homebuyers for the right reasons, ensuring the bathroom is a pleasant, comfortable environment. Combining clever technology with smart design features, some of the WCs are Rimfree® to make them easy to clean and prevent the spread of germs, while many models also feature the water-saving Flushwise® system that doesn’t compromise on flushing performance. Such innovations come easy to the Twyford range, where quality goes hand-in-hand with style, comfort and affordability. For more details call 01926 516800 or visit

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DOUBLE DELIGHT FOR NEW MAXTOP DESIGNS Kitchen and bathroom worktop specialist, Maxtop Quartz Ltd, has unveiled two brand new surface designs to complement its existing range of pre-finished worktops. Available now, Pure White and Pewter Grey will ensure the Maxtop Quartz range offers a modern selection of both sparkling and plain finishes, keeping the product portfolio fresh and on-trend. Inspired by customer needs and preferences, the launch is in response to market demand, providing quality alternatives to solid stone surfaces. Stephen Moss, managing director

of Maxtop Quartz Ltd, commented: “The introduction of pure white and sparkling grey surfaces not only means our portfolio offers something for everyone, but also means we’re surfaces that providing complement the very latest interior trends. “Sparkling surfaces have proven extremely popular in the existing range, so the addition of the Pewter Grey design will bolster

our offering and is set to be a huge hit with retailers, who are also experiencing a surge in demand for grey products and interiors. “Meanwhile, our Pure White design is the perfect alternative to solid white quartz, which is usually offered at a significant premium price, pushing it beyond the budget of many projects. Pure White, however, is supplied directly from the distributor’s stock and is as cost-effective as the

remainder of the Maxtop Quartz range.” The new designs will replace the company’s existing Emerald and Ochre finishes, which will be phased out in order to make way for new, on-trend surfaces, meaning customers will still have a wide choice but won’t be overloaded with options. All Maxtop Quartz surfaces benefit from engineered enhancements, such as a patented polypropylene interior honeycomb core, which provides enhanced impact resistance, lightweight ergonomics and waterproof qualities. Providing all the beauty and strength of a solid quartz surface, without any of the drawbacks of traditional solid stone. Stephen concluded: “We’re delighted the new surfaces are


finally available and have developed some striking point of sale to support the launch.” The company has also developed a limited-time offer for displaying retailers through its network of distributors throughout the UK and Ireland. For more information, please contact Maxtop on For more information about Maxtop Quartz Ltd please visit or the company’s Facebook and Twitter pages. Alternatively, call 0161 224 0333 or visit the Maxtop YouTube page to watch a short installation video.

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Flexseal demonstrate product quality with new WRc Approval The Unisaddle FA150U, a new lateral connection product made by Flexseal, has received WRc approval. The Unisaddle is designed to connect DN150 lateral pipes into a concrete or clay pipeline. Flexseal claim the product is a ‘one-size-fits-all’ connection when combined with a Flexseal Mulitbush, as a secure connection can be made between any DN150 lateral pipe material and any concrete or clay pipe from DN300 and above, providing the wall thickness of the larger pipe is a minimum or 27.5mm. “This is the most universal lateral connection ever launched by

ISO 14001 success flows from Lanes drainage expertise Lanes Group’s drainage engineers are carrying out CCTV surveys and remedial pipe repairs that are helping other businesses achieve

Flexseal and we’re proud to have the product outperform all of the strict testing criteria set out by WRc. We always develop products with customers in mind and endeavour to solve real site issues; having WRc’s backing will hopefully go a long way to reassuring those customers that the Unisaddle is a reliable option and that the Flexseal brand is one that contractors and merchants can trust” stated Ben Beatson, Product Development Manager for Flexseal. The WRc Approved™ scheme is recognised and established within the construction industry; and sets out to provide suppliers, buyers internationally-recognised standards for environmental protection. The Lanes depot in Preston, Lancashire, is one of the 22 operational centres which are called in to help ensure organisations meet the rigorous ISO 14001 standard. Frank Hamlin, Area Development Manager for Lanes Preston, said: “The integrity and state of repair of drainage systems contribute significantly to any organisation’s environmental standards. Failure of a foul drain, and the ensuing problems, which can include serious sewage flooding, represent one of the biggest risks any organisation can pose to the environment. Therefore, responsible organisations are increasingly turning to Lanes


and end-users confidence that the products are fit for purpose. The scheme is designed to reduce risks in procurement by assuring performance and quality, installation processes have been tested with the most stringent of requirements. “We’ve always had confidence that our lateral connection range carries additional benefits when compared with fabricated junctions but having a WRc Approved™ range reassures our customer base that we have a solution that is proven to work. The Unisaddle FA150U will form part of an integral portfolio of products that can add significant Group to carry out full CCTV drainage surveys of their premises as part of their ISO 14001 accreditation process. It gives them the due diligence proof they need to impress the auditor assessing their application.” ISO 14001 provides a core set of international standards that organisations can use to design the most effective environment management systems. Manufacturers, public bodies, retailers, and logistics companies are among the many different types of organisations that seek the accreditation. For many organisations, the process of seeking to achieve ISO 14001 may be the first time they

value to all levels of our customer base.” commented Scott McMurray, Flexseal’s Sales Director. have considered the condition of their drainage systems in a coordinated way, said Frank Hamlin. He added: “We can give our clients applying for ISO 14001 accreditation a full report on the condition of their drainage system, as well as advice on the priorities for remedial actions needed to ensure they meet the standard. “We can then work with them, in line with their ISO 14001 application deadlines, to make sure their drainage system is ready for the auditing process, and all relevant evidence, such as technical reports, are in place. “Where companies have specific risks, such as manufacturing

❚ enquiry 142 processes that use chemicals or that general significant volumes of waste water, we can support them though the installation of specialist pollution prevention measures, including drain and sewer sensor systems.” Drainage systems are often managed in a piecemeal, reactive way. Problems, such as drain blockages and broken pipes, are dealt with as they arise. The ISO 14001 application process is an opportunity to view management of drainage systems in a more proactive way. ❚ enquiry 143

As the new government now takes shape and Defra begins engaging with the rural community, ADA has reiterated its stance on delivering a proactive and effective service to help reduce flood risk and maintaining water resources.

risk management delivers enduring benefits, authorities involved need to be able to plan ahead financially over multiple years and need to receive a sensible balance of capital and revenue funding, spread across the river catchments, in order to find efficiencies and attract business investment.

delivery on watercourses and flood defence assets than that currently afforded from national investment. This can be achieved via the careful transfer of some main river maintenance to local bodies, such as internal drainage boards, where there is local support and transitional funding.

During a press briefing at the Institution of Civil Engineers, London, ADA’s chief executive Innes Thomson and vicechairman Robert Caudwell said government must give proper consideration to water level and flood risk management.

• Promote co-operation and partnership working to manage the water environment and reduce flood risk – Close cooperation between flood risk management authorities, communities, business and land managers needs the continued strong support of government to deliver flood risk maintenance and similar activities more efficiently and affordably.

• Local Government Business Rates Retention – It as vital that Special and Local Levy funding mechanisms for drainage, water level and flood risk management continue to be part of this funding landscape to maintain the democratic link with local communities affected.

Mr Thomson explained, “Right up there amongst the debate on health, education and welfare should be the subject of water. Without it, we cannot survive and, when there is too much, it significantly disrupts all the other things that are important to us all”. He also added “ And to date, government has ducked the issue of sustainable drainage in England and now is the time to put in place robust plans to help future development in the long term.” ADA distributed its suggested plans for the future to all political parties ahead of the election and today urges the new government to engage in a collaborative approach and a focus on long-term goals to support effective and sustainable flood and water level management into the future. ADA’s seven-point manifesto •Long term investment horizons – Flood

• Total catchment management – Now is the time to increase a catchment-wide approach to managing water from the highest points in our hills and mountains to our estuaries and lowland areas. • Sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) – The next government needs to fully implement Schedule 3 of the Flood & Water Management Act 2010, to ensure future development can keep pace with the challenges of the changing climate, by ensuring that SuDS are maintained over the lifetime of a development. • Support local governance in flood and water level management decision making – In some parts of England there is an appetite for greater local maintenance

• Brexit: Ensuring a resilient regulatory framework for the water environment – The next government needs to provide clear policy messages about how they wish to deliver environmental improvements to the water environment as we transition from European legislation such as the Water Framework Directive. Mr Thomson concludes, “Now is the time for government to engage with industry, the Environment Agency, Internal Drainage Boards (IDBs), Local Authorities and other stakeholders to deliver an effective, locally governed flood and water level management service.”

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Stylish Rainwater Systems Complement Unique Development Cyden Homes engaged with national award winning architect, Jonathan Hendry Associates, to bring to fruition the innovative Par 3 in Humberston - a contemporary village development within a protected and managed environment.

Among the fairways of the former Humberston Golf Course, meticulously designed residences were constructed by Cyden Homes to take maximum advantage of the natural environment. With the different styles and finishes to the houses, reflecting the surrounding natural beauty, it was important that the chosen rainwater system emulated the uniqueness of the buildings’ exteriors. “In respect of the guttering and down pipes, the architect had specified milled finish aluminium rainwater goods to go with the contemporary external design.

Our fitter, John Gothorpe had dealt with Yeoman Rainguard previously and recommended we got in contact.” Explained Peter Bond, sales & marketing director for Cyden Homes. Yeoman Rainguard’s SL Aluminium products were decided upon, in a milled finish, to complement the building materials used for the development. SL Aluminium half round 125 x 75mm gutters along with 75mm dia. down pipes were installed on the residences with Plain Cast Aluminium Hoppers added to some garage/out buildings. Aluminium rainwater systems not only offer aesthetic advantages but are also easy and quick to fit saving on site installation times when fitting to multiple units. Being a very durable product Rainguard SL Aluminium rainwater systems will offer a long and maintenance free lifecycle, added to the fact that it is a 100% recyclable material, it becomes an ecologically sound choice. “The style of finish on Yeoman Rainguard SL gutters and downpipes has been well received by the customers as it is a ‘noticeable’ addition, helping to affirm the uniqueness of the development.” Concluded Mr Bond. For more information on Yeoman Rainguard SL Aluminium range, or indeed any of their products then go to or call 0113 279 5854. ❚ enquiry 144

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The programmable EasyZAPP – making Energy Saving Easy DANLERS are pleased to announce the launch of their EasyZAPP range of PIR occupancy switches. Designed for the automatic control of lighting or other connected loads, these controls are remotely set-up or adjusted using a free app on an Android phone or tablet. EasyZAPP products work as presence detector switches and can be adjusted for settings such as photocell override, time lag and maintained lux levels (dimmable versions only). The phone or tablet can also be used as a remote control on/off override or to configure several EasyZAPP controls at the same time. The products are straightforward to install and generally make use of existing wiring, making them suitable for either retrofit or new installations. The EasyZAPP range includes switching only controls and dimming controls available for either DALI, 1-10VDC or DSI dimmable ballasts. Mounting options include: ceiling flush, ceiling surface, high bay and batten mount variants. Tel: 01249 443377 - Fax: 01249 443388 Email: - Website: ❚ enquiry 145

Tamlite in the spotlight after winning prestigious new award Specialist UK lighting manufacturer, Tamlite Lighting, has become the first company to win the Lighting Industry Association’s Quality Assurance (LIAQA) Award. The business, which distributes its products exclusively through CEF, was awarded the prestigious

distinction due to its ongoing commitment to best practice, excellence and quality assurance. Launched this year, the LIAQA scheme aims to ensure suppliers of lighting and lighting-related products have processes in place that result in high product quality and standards compliance. Tamlite

Lambeth Council upgrades heritage lanterns with Zeta’s LED retro-fit solution

As part of a programme of works that will see Lambeth Council convert its street lighting stock from SON-T to LED, Bouygues Energies & Services selected Zeta Specialist Lighting’s SmartScape Heritage LED Conversion solution to retro-fit 645 heritage lanterns across the Borough.

was a founding participant of the project and impressed the LIA’s judging panel with its dedication to maintaining high standards across its seven sites. Supporting and meeting the standards of the LIAQA scheme is an important priority for Tamlite’s senior management, and the company has invested over £100,000 in state-of-the-art, specialist test facilities as part of the process. In an unprecedented move, the company’s seven main Midland’s factories each

underwent separate LIAQA assessments and gained accreditation in less than two years – a significant achievement for which Tamlite was strongly commended by the LIA. John Allden, General Manager at Tamlite commented on the award: “Winning the LIA’s first award for quality assurance is a tremendous achievement for Tamlite Lighting, and gives our customers confidence in our commitment to high standards across our entire product range. We are delighted

to be recognised by the LIA – the largest and most important lighting trade association in Europe – and are committed to working alongside them as they strive for excellence and best practice.”

The installation of energy-efficient, carbon saving LED lighting is integral to the London Borough of Lambeth’s commitment to be a more sustainable borough. Converting to LED street lighting will reduce C02 emissions and deliver significant energy savings.

opted for Zeta’s SmartScape Heritage, which enabled it to retro-fit rather than replace the whole lanterns.

variants and shapes, meaning the legacy lanterns still looked the same.

For Lambeth Council, retaining heritage-style lamps within conservation areas was a key requirement of the LED upgrade initiative which is why Bouygues

Zeta’s intelligent design means that the integrated engine can be engineered to fit into a vast range of different heritage lantern shapes and sizes. Zeta’s bespoke solution included three different styles, each of which came in a number of

SmartScape Heritage incorporates cutting edge LED technology which offers significant cost savings. The 40W LED retro-fit units replaced a mix of 70W and 100W lamps, delivering up to a 60 per cent reduction in energy consumption. Zeta’s SmartScape Heritage is IP65 rated, boasts a number of beam angle options to suit various applications and uniquely can also be configured so that it will continue to run for a few hours during a power cut. Retro-fitting 645 heritage lanterns across the Borough took around six weeks and was done on a street-by-street basis. About Zeta Specialist Lighting Zeta Specialist Lighting is a UKbased developer and manufacturer of LED and solar powered lighting systems. The company designs, develops and manufactures intelligent, robust and reliable engineered products suited to a wide range of applications. From LED solutions that lower energy bills and carbon emissions for customers across the world, including custom luminaires for street lighting, amenity lighting, signage and LED commercial lighting solutions; to the design and manufacture of complete solar lighting solutions.

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When extensive renovation work was undertaken at the Seinäjoki Central Hospital, the main focus for the refresh was to promote health and wellbeing. Lighting control expert, Helvar, played a key role in achieving a functional yet calming environment to help patients feel relaxed and comfortable. The hospital area consists of several buildings, and the renovation work was carried out in stages to reduce disruption. Work commenced in the children’s department in 2007 and currently 20 departments have been completed, with the total renovation extending to the year 2025. Carefully planned lighting is vital in health care work. The lighting design for this project has been executed to meet the daily work demands within the hospital, with Helvar lighting control technology installed throughout the building. “We want our premises to be a good place to work and for our patents to be able to recover in a comfortable environment” says Risto Loppi, manager of the hospital’s technology department. Helvar routers, used to control the lighting, are linked via the hospital’s IP-network and controlled via a building management system (BMS), which helps to create energy efficiency and save costs whilst making it easy for the facilities team to manage, adjust and maintain. The installation is fully scalable, making provision for additional services to be seamlessly upgraded over time. PIR’s have been used in offices and corridors to complement the new LED luminaires. This not only controls the amount of light used in these areas but also contributes to significant energy savings when areas are not occupied. Architects Jääskeläinen Oy of Seinäjoki

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The work procedures in both the intensive care units and recovery room were carefully analysed to determine the best possible lighting design, taking into account a more peaceful and calming lighting scheme. “The hospital utilises a lot of new technology. Thanks to dynamic lighting, the colour and brightness can be adjusted to suit the time of day. Night and day variations support the care work carried out by the staff and the recovery of the patients,” says Teemu Pirttinen of the hospital’s technical department. Hospital staff are trained in using the lighting control system, meaning that the potential benefits that the lighting offers can be fully utilised when the departments are in operation. “The different departments have a wide variety of special requirements and situations, such as dim spaces and nonreflective light fixtures. The lighting must be easy to adjust to enable medical examinations,” says Loppi. “The solutions are made for people, to make work easier and improve working conditions.” Once this hospital renovation project is fully completed in 2025, it will be one of the largest installations of its kind in Finland.


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Introducing the METROPOLIS grating Ductile iron gratings on surface water drainage channels don’t necessarily need to be utilitarian in appearance with geometric slots or meshes. Inspired by the patterns made by water flowing down a stream, the surface design of the Hauraton METROPOLIS grating is reminiscent of the ART NOUVEAU style and later ART DECO period. Planners and landscape architects can now choose this grating to add a touch of class to their schemes in historic and premodern townscapes or any surface drainage project where an aesthetic, more decretive look is desired.

with METROPOLIS gratings can be found in the Hauraton LANDSCAPE catalogue. The channels provide a loading capacity up to Class D400. All METROPOLIS grating are finished in anti-corrosion, Black KTL finish. ❚ enquiry 146

The METROPOLIS grating is sold separately to fit FASERFIX® KS channels or factory fitted to RECYFIX® PRO channels. Gratings are available in nominal widths of 100mm and 200 mm Sizing details for FASERFIX® KS 100 and FASERFIX® KS 200, with METROPOLIS gratings can be found in the Hauraton CIVILS catalogue. Sizing details for RECYFIX® PRO 100 and RECYFIX® PRO 200,

Natural Elements Range from Marshalls Marshalls is pleased to announce the latest edition to its Street Furniture portfolio.

The Natural Elements range is a modular, coordinated range, inspired by biophilic design and elements from the natural environment. The range aims to introduce natural forms, patterns and materials into urban spaces, integrating planting areas within a modular seating system. Natural Elements incorporates this ethos into the range by having modular units which can be configured to suit any space, linking a combination of seats, cycle stands and planters. Often projects require bespoke solutions in order to navigate more complex spaces, however with the addition of two 45° and 60° curved modules, snaking configurations can easily be created to make the most of the available space. The term biophilic design seeks to bring alive a love of nature, and suggests all humans have an intrinsic connection with nature. The form and design style of the Natural Elements range resembles patterns found in the natural environment, and the FSC certified timber is responsibly sourced from well managed forests.

A signature cell-pattern design has been laser cut into modules throughout the range, and finished with either the unique two-tone Corten Fossil, or the textured Pebble Shore, which both give the appearance of an ageing material which can be sympathetically blended with the surrounding area. The focal point of the range is the distinctive seating styling, which creates a gentle wave effect when multiple convex and concave modules are connected; despite the differences in height, all points on the seating areas are still in-keeping with DDA guidelines.  The Natural Elements range is made from FSC certified redwood timber, which has a subtle texture and accentuated grain formation which contributes to the inviting feel of the range. Available in two tones - Rustic Brown and Grey Mist. Low level lighting is also available throughout integrated LED lighting which creates a uniting, soft ambient glow.

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Helifix Dixie micro-piles support award winning Chelsea garden Best Show Garden at the 2017 Chelsea Flower Show was awarded to the M&G Garden, for which Helifix supplied some unseen, but critical, components. The garden featured monumental blocks of limestone of varying sizes and the two largest stone clad steel towers, at 8m and 5m high, required temporary foundation support. The Royal Horticultural Society does not allow any permanent excavations to be carried out and tree roots had to be avoided while whatever means of support was used had to be removed once the show was over. The ideal solution, overcoming all these potential problems, was provided by Helifix Dixie micro-piles, a technically innovative proprietary system certified by the International Code June / July 2017

Council (ICC). The main garden contractor, Crocus, contacted Helifix who supplied 12 Dixie micro-piles which were rapidly installed by their approved installer, Charterbuild. The circular, hollow section, piles were simply screwed vertically into the ground, using a hydraulic drive head, at the specified spacings and calculated torque, with no excavations or spoil removal.

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SPSenvirowall, which has offices across the UK, has appointed Gavin Jaggard to secure new business in the new build market across the south east. Gavin, originally from Bedfordshire, has 10 years experience in the construction industry and previously worked as a Technical Sales Manager.

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One of the UK’s fastest growing external wall insulation and rendering solutions business’ has expanded its operations in the south east with the appointment of a Regional Sales Manager.

Gavin will work closely with contractors, installers and architects to build SPSenvirowall’s customer base. The role will require a particular focus on SPSenvirowall’s innovative TS Rail System, a durable and crack resistant external wall insulation system for new build housing that can be quickly erected and weatherproofed. The TS Rail System offers high levels of insulation performance and comes in a range of colours and finishes from acrylic and silicone to brick. Gavin says of his new role: “I have first hand experience of SPSenvirowall’s high quality products and services as I used

their services when I worked as a subcontractor. The sales team were great and I couldn’t fault the service. “This is an exciting time to join SPSenvirowall as they have a wellestablished UK-wide installer network and have introduced a number of new products in recent years including the TS Rail System, which really stands out in the market place. This role is also a great opportunity for me to get back into the new build market, which is where I first started my career 10 years ago. I am looking forward to continuing SPSenvirowall’s great service ”

Paul Winwood, Managing Director at SPSenvirowall, said: “Gavin brings with him many years of experience and a vast knowledge of the industry. We are excited to be expanding our operations further in the south east and are confident that Gavin will support our continued growth and build on the relationships that we already have in the region.” SPSenvirowall sells in excess of £1 million square metres of external wall insulation per year and has branches in South Wales, West Yorkshire, Staffordshire, Essex and West Lothian, Scotland.

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Pictured left to right – David Symes of award sponsor Delta Membrane Systems, with Alan Martin of Cemplas & Mike Bromley, CSSW Chief Examiner

Pictured left to right – Peter Atchison from award sponsor PAGeotechnical with Brian Taylor of The Knotweed Company and Stephen Hodgson, Chief Executive of the Property Care Association

Pictured left to right – Paul Kent of award sponsor Stallard Kane, Peter Watson of RPS & Stephen Hodgson, Chief Executive of the Property Care Association.

Pictured left to right – Neil Marsden, the PCA Specialist Apprenticeship Trainer, Luke Hainsworth of Timberwise and John Bradley of award sponsor Elta Fans Residential.

Pictured left to right – Neil Marsden, the PCA Specialist Apprenticeship Trainer, Danny Williams of Shaw Preservations & John Bradley of award sponsor Elta Fans Residential.

Pictured left to right – Alan Wemyss from award sponsor CITB, with Nick Hartley from Ebsford Environmental.

Pictured left to right –Michael Vernon, David Symes and Kevin Dodds of Delta Membrane Systems.

Pictured left to right – Adrian and Simon Dawson of Olympic Construction at the awards event, with Stephen Hodgson, Chief Executive of the Property Care Association.

Pictured left to right – Lee Richardson and Leo Finnett from South East Timber and Damp collect their award from Stephen Hodgson, Chief Executive of the PCA

Pictured left to right – Stephen Hodgson, Chief Executive of the Property Care Association with Alexandra and Peter Barber of London Waterproofing Solutions

Pictured left to right –Stephen Hodgson, Chief Executive of the PCA with Paul Sears of White Rock Property Care.

Pictured left to right – Peter Atchison of PAGeotechnical,

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with Charlotte Stevens, Charlie Smith, Adam Brindle (Managing Director of Japanese Knotweed Specialists), & Kaye Lucas, as well as Stephen Hodgson, Chief Executive of the PCA.

Pictured left to right – Neil Marsden, PCA Regional Support Officer, Jordan Cullen, Jason Myles and Anne Amor, Site Sealants, PCA Chief Executive, Stephen Hodgson

Pictured left to right – David Symes of award sponsor Delta Membrane Systems, with Craig Yates & Michael Williams of ICB (Waterproofing) Ltd, & Michael Earle, PCA Chief Examiner.

Pictured left to right – Stephen Hodgson, Chief Executive of the Property Care Association with Andy Ferguson of Wise Property Care.

Pictured left to right –Members of the Richardson & Starling team including MD Graham Duncan, third from left with, (far left) PCA Regional Support Officer Neil Marsden, (second from right) Stephen Hodgson, Chief Executive of the Property Care Association, and (far right), Hudson Lambert of Contractor of Year award sponsor, Safeguard Europe.

PCA Best Practice Awards 2017 The 10th annual Property Care Association’s awards showcased the best of the specialist structural repair sector, as well as the structural waterproofing, wood preservation, damp-proofing, flood remediation and invasive weed control industries. Held at The Slate, University of Warwick, the ceremony represented another record breaking year for entries – with almost a 20 per cent increase compared to the number received last year. The awards’ independent judging panel, Dr Hector Altamirano, a building scientist for UCL, Paul Cribbens, Standards Manager at NHBC and Ray Ferris, Head of Compliance and Standards for the Government-endorsed scheme for trades in and around the home, TrustMark, judged the Best Practice categories. Award sponsors included Triton Systems, Delta Membranes

Systems, PAGeotechnical, Stallard Kane Associates, Elta Fans Residential, CITB, Shepherd PR, Pam Ties, Aquobex, Newton Waterproofing and Safeguard Europe.

Box/SAVA who talked about the impact this is having on surveyors, while Nigel Donohue from CIGA, discussed the challenges the industry is seeing.

The awards marked the end of a highly successful conference for the PCA, which addressed topics including flooding, ventilation and indoor air quality. Over the years, the association’s event has gained increasing recognition across the industry for the quality of speakers, the relevance and timeliness of the subjects addressed and its lively debate.

This session also included a discussion by Dr Jessica Lamond, from the Centre for Floods and Communities, who gave an insight into effective measures and the importance of good practice in Property Level Protection (PLP).

This year leading representatives from a range of specialist sectors joined the panel across three sessions.

The second session brought together an academic perspective to ventilation and indoor air quality, with Clive Shrubsole from UCL and the Bartlett Institute and Fernando Sarce from UCL both sharing their perspectives on the subject, as well as Ian Mawditt from Fourwalls.

The first session looked at current and future challenges faced by industry, with the issue of retrofit insulation under the spotlight. Speakers included Phil Parnham from Blue

Finally, the third session looked at the next 10 years in timber protection, with speakers including Gervais Sawyer and Hudson Lambert of Safeguard Europe.

Student of the Year Awards

CSRT Student of the Year - David Woodhouse, Tony Flower and Associates CSSW Student of the Year - Alan Martin, Cemplas CSJK Student of the Year - Brian Taylor, The Knotweed Company PCA Qualified Technician Damp & Timber - Solomon Okaikoi, TPS Damp Proofing PCA Qualified Technician Structural Waterproofing - Joint winners: Craig Yates & Michael Williams, ICB (Waterproofing) Ltd PCA Qualified Technician Japanese knotweed - Peter Watson, RPS Apprentice of the Year - Joint winners: Luke Hainsworth, Timberwise & Danny Williams, Shaw Preservation

Best Practice Awards

Training & Staff Development - Joint winners: Ebsford Environmental / Richardson & Starling Innovation & Sustainability - Highly Commended: Ebsford Environmental / Winner: Delta Membranes Project of the Year - Highly Commended: Wise Property Care / Winner: Richardson & Starling Outstanding Customer Service - Highly Commended: London Waterproofing Solutions / Winner: Olympic Construction Website of the Year (small company) - South East Timber and Damp Website of the Year (medium/large company) - Wise Property Care Employee of the Year - Highly commended: David McPeake, CK Walker Damp & Timber / Winner: Paul Sears, White Rock Property Care Contractor of the Year Awards Japanese knotweed - The Grounds Care Group Structural Waterproofing - Site Sealants Damp & Timber - Richardson & Starling

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The Go-To Site for Flooring Fanatics


All Things Flooring is a quirky, new, online hub for B2B decision makers, currently attracting a lot of interest in the world of flooring. The lively, interactive site is the one-stop-shop for flooring advice, news, ideas and inspiration from industry leaders across the globe. Managed by Flowcrete (a marketleading resin flooring manufacturer) and written by flooring enthusiasts, readers can access the latest industry news, innovative project reports, product updates, exhibition reviews, topical trends and insightful advice from the growing network of enthusiastic bloggers. All Things Flooring features a range of engaging and informative posts, such as 'Five Questions With...' a monthly, interactive post that shares the knowledge and industry expertise built up by members of Flowcrete’s team over many years in the resin flooring industry. This month, Jay Allred, Flowcrete Americas’ Technical Sales Representative for Southern California, shared his experiences and helpful tips, explaining that “many issues that are encountered on coating projects can be alleviated at the time specifications are written. We always encourage architects, engineers, and specifiers to reach out for information”. Another popular feature is the 'A to Z of Flooring' which provides expert technical updates and problem


solving solutions, whilst other posts flag up the latest industry stories and trends to watch in 2017. For example, 'Three Office Designs with a Difference', showcases three offices from different locations around the world that promote creative thinking and sustainability while 'World Day for Heath and Safety at Work 2017' is an educational link that provides employers and employees with handy guidance on how to create a safe working environment. This month’s most popular feature ‘Epoxy Vs. Polyurethane’ compares two hardwearing systems typically used in busy food plants. Although often talked about as the same product, the post explains that these are actually two different types of floor coatings with very distinct properties. Visitors can also view projects on the blog’s brand new Instagram stream and sign up to receive email newsletters in order to stay up to date. This helpful, go-to space provides readers with easy to navigate drop down menus, allowing them to speedily select the industry and category of interest. It is constantly updated with inspirational flooring features from experts around the globe and is rapidly attracting interest from those into all things flooring.

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strengths in a host of construction tasks, the campaign uses icons so builders and merchant staff can identify at a glance what the panel can do.

The campaign uses icons so builders and merchant staff can identify at a glance what the panel can do.

For the first time, OSB sales are ahead of plywood sales; as it is more cost-effective, homegrown and can do almost everything ply can do, it’s not hard to see why!

Norbord’s new SterlingOSB campaign, designed to promote sales of SterlingOSB panels through builders’ merchants, is focused around a theme of the product being “a great deal better”, and hosts a builders’ competition where weekly prizes can be won. Designed to highlight SterlingOSB’s

The simple icons highlight strength, consistency, performance in humidity, and various applications including walls, roofs and site hoardings. In addition, SterlingOSB has become a fashion statement, used decoratively as well as structurally in retail and hospitality environments.

David Connacher, Norbord’s Brand and Communications Manager, comments: “As market leader, we want to continue to provide merchants with the support they need to help their customers see the benefits of SterlingOSB. The icons provide a quick and easy way for merchants and builders to see the main benefits of the product; as a reminder for those who use the panel, and as an information piece for those who may not have considered it before.”

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Gripple simplifies business information modelling Gripple, the construction products innovator, has launched a data library to simplify Building Information Modelling (BIM) on building projects. Via Gripple’s website, contractors, consultants and architects can access the library of Autodesk Revit files and technical support materials and download Gripple’s products as digital objects, which can be placed directly into digital building models. Frazer Belafonte, Gripple’s technical services manager, said: “We offer considerable technical support daily for our customers delivered through our installation design service, CPD presentations,

Star’s female engineers visit local primary school ahead of International Women in Engineering Day 2017

Star Refrigeration and Neilston’s St Thomas Primary School children celebrated International Women in Engineering Day, to support International Women in Engineering Day, which took place worldwide on 23rd June. Star Refrigeration has joined efforts with St Thomas’ Primary School in Neilston to celebrate International Women in

BSRIA delighted to announce ISO 9001:2015 Certificate of Registration for BSRIA North

Sales and Calibration of Electronic and Electromechanical Instrumentation for use in the Building Services and Process Industries.

BSRIA is delighted to announce it has extended the scope of its existing BSI ISO 9001:2015 certificate of registration for Hire, Calibration and Sales activities to its new BSRIA North operation located in Preston, Lancashire.

Overall it was a very good audit which included assessment of the strategic operation of the site against the ISO 9001 standard and the Quality Management System put in place over recent months. This extension of our scope complements our existing accredited services and provides the customer with the assurance they are getting a quality service backed up by independently assessed quality systems and processes. Indeed the independent laboratory gives added confidence to customers and consumers and plays an important role when delivering a product into the market. ❚ enquiry 159

This extension to scope covers Equipment Hire, Calibration and Sales operations which are presently run out of BSRIA’s Bracknell site and was undertaken within six months from the initial application to BSI to the granting of the registration. June Davis, Business Manager, BSRIA North, said: “BSRIA North is delighted to have been awarded the extension to scope to the Bracknell’s sites ISO 9001 registration for Instrument Hire,

BIM consultation, embodied CO² assessments, BREEAM accredit-ations and on-site support. “The synergy between the benefits of utilising BIM and those of the Gripple system are very clear, so we are excited to see how we can develop our BIM support in the future.” Customers can access the Gripple data library by visiting and selecting ‘My Gripple’ from the homepage menu. ❚ enquiry 157

Engineering Day and encourage children aged from 9-11 to consider an exciting career in engineering. On 13th June, an event held in the school auditorium celebrated female engineers and gave an insight into the daily work life, so youngsters understand what a career in engineering entails. In light of a nationwide push to encourage girls into STEM subjects and plug the skills gap in engineering, Headmaster of St Thomas’ School, Brendan Docherty, said “I am keen to be involved in initiatives that support the development of our children as we are aiming to drive forward STEM across the school.” The presentation took place at 10 am and saw three of Star’s female engineers share their stories about how they entered the industry from different paths and the kind of different roles they do. The event reached over 50 children, and each was given the official T-

shirt issued by The Women in Engineering Society to commemorate International Women in Engineering Day on 23rd June. Children at the event heard some of the reasons why they should choose a career in engineering. Claire Syme, Design Engineering at Star Refrigeration referred to the fact that engineers tackle some of the world’s most pressing problems. “You could help fight climate change by designing environmentally friendly engineering solutions to improve our lives. You could join a team that designs driverless vehicles. You could work with materials and chemicals to design sports clothing, and even design robots to do your housework chores.

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Ethos Performance Optimisation and Energy Management saves refrigeration users thousands of pounds A new performance optimisation and energy management service developed by consultants Star Technical Solutions for refrigeration equipment is helping big energy users to reduce their energy bill and stay compliant. A scheme by consultants Star Technical Solutions, part of the Star Refrigeration group of companies has delivered proven savings of thousands of pounds to customers by making their cooling systems more efficient. The performance optimisation and energy management system called Ethos uses a data-led approach to monitor performance

and identify solutions to keep energy consumption at a minimum. Cooling and heating costs are often hidden within an electricity bill, but remote monitoring techniques from Star’s Technical team can help owners of industrial plants understand consumption. The energy management service has already saved one of the UK’s largest retailers £100,000 annually at one ❚ enquiry 160

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OMNIE MVHR Systems specified for Suffolk Eco-Homes


Following the example of the German PassivHaus standard and Canadian Super-E systems, the consultants designing a development of highly energy efficient homes in Suffolk have opted to incorporate Omnie mechanical heat recovery ventilation systems as well as the manufacturer’s well proven TorFloor underfloor heating to help maintain optimum indoor conditions. The three dwellings currently being built by Mainline Properties at Cedar’s Close in Thurston, near Bury St. Edmunds, feature a host of sustainable technologies – including solar thermal and PV panels – together with achieving excellent airtightness and insulation standards. However, while such measures will ensure the homes can offer low energy bills, the occupants could also face the twin risks of overheating in summer and condensation problems from the moisture generated by cooking, washing or simply breathing.

The architects acting on behalf of Mainline Properties have therefore drawn on the expertise of Exeter based Omnie as the suppliers of whole-house heating and ventilation solutions, able to ensure a comfortable indoor living environment is created all year round. As a result the trio of three-storey, four bedroom ecohouses are being fitted with the MVHR units by local plumbing and heating specialist, All Aspects Plumbing, with the duct pipes being rapidly routed through the buildings’ metal web floor joists. In operation, the warm moist air extracted from the kitchen and other wet rooms will pass through each unit’s high efficiency heat exchanger to temper the incoming fresh air. Alternatively, during warm

weather, the system can simply supply cooling ventilation to the living spaces and bedrooms. Andy Vendall who runs All Aspects Plumbing recounted: “This is the first time we have used the Omnie systems, but things have been progressing well and now after a couple of months working on the three houses, we are moving from the first fix to second fix stage and will soon be ready to connect up to the air source heat pumps and the solar panels. In terms of the TorFloor the routed chipboard panels are going down easily – where we have managed to install three floors in as many days, fixing them down to the timber joists. Then with the heat recovery system, the installation is split between ourselves and Mainline Properties’ own electrician, but again the work is proving relatively straightforward.” The MVHR’s 75 mm diameter semi-rigid ducts are connected back through a manifold and to the low wattage fans, then to the external terminals. While the latter can exit through a roof cowl, in the case of the Thurston houses the design arrived at by Omnie and the architects makes use of wall outlets. Full colour isometric drawings are just part of the technical support offered by Omnie to ensure the success of the installation on site. Mainline Properties has plans in the pipeline to construct a further half dozen high specification properties on the site in Thurston, with Omnie’s heating and ventilation solutions now in pole position to feature again.

UK & EU energy policies are a threat to established industries Hosted by Norbord, leader in panel products, explains the issues surrounding the woody biomass and renewable energy policies in the UK and EU which have seen industry confront government. Whether the visitor is familiar with the issues or not, the information is easy to digest.

Included in the colourful, emotive site are links to further reading and reports which add depth to the reader’s understanding. Use Wood Wisely tackles environmental issues and debates the pressing need for sustainable and renewable energy sources. One scenario affects established industries. As a result of the distorting subsidies

QuanTec condensing boilers were recognised in 2016 by a leading consumer magazine as the most reliable boilers on the UK market. Their build quality and energy efficiency applies to a wide choice of combi, system and regular models including the top of the range QuanTec HR 28C (PFGHR). This 28KW combination condensing model offers exceptional efficiency, thanks to the integral Passive Flue Gas Heat Recovery (PFGHR) function. This technology provides potential extra energy savings of up to 26% over a typical water heater and gives very high domestic hot water (DHW) efficiency levels. QuanTec models also benefit from stainless steel heat exchangers with Cool-Door technology and low NOx levels. The lightweight company design and a variety of flueing options including the Johnson & Starley flexible flue are also factors that appeal to installers and end users in the social housing and private residential markets.

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Manufacturing firm CELLECTA opens new factory in Kent

Johnson & Starley Quantec condensing boilers now come with new full eight year guarantee Johnson & Starley’s established range of QuanTec condensing boilers has now been given a free eight year guarantee. This covers all parts and labour for every QuanTec model, adding a further three years of peace of mind for installers and users of this proven domestic boiler range.


Cellecta has officially opened its new 60,000ft2 manufacturing and distribution facility in Rochester, Kent. The Mayor and Mayoress of Medway, Councillor David and Mrs Denise Wildey, opened the facility on Tuesday 4th July. Joined by Southern Divisional Sales & Technical Director Lee Baxter, the Mayor and Mayoress met General Operations Manager Paul Yates, factory workers and office team before having a short tour of the factory. The move has enabled the company to increase production capacity and has already resulted in 10 new jobs being created. The company’s reputation for quality and customer service has been earned over the past 24 years. In 1997 the company relocated from Sutton, Surrey to its first facility in Kent, employing just 4 members of staff working from a small 5400ft2 warehouse. Over the next few years the firm occupied four different units, until 2004 when they moved from Maidstone to a 29,000 ft2 unit in Rochester. Managing director Andrew Fry said: “We had been looking for the right unit for a while – The new site offers us scope for expansion, increased productivity and stock holding. The move will enable us to continue innovating, invest in local people

and new machinery to ensure we are at the leading edge of thermal and acoustic solutions. The new facility is in a prime location, with easy access to the M2 and the rest of the motorway network, providing easy access for customer collections and fast and efficient deliveries. Southern Divisional Sales & Technical Director Lee Baxter said "We are excited to open this new factory in Medway, where we have been based for over ten years. We are proud to have recently purchased the building, which will enable us to invest for the future, increased our product range and customer service offering.

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The ‘Ultimet’ Energy Saving Blind 3 Window Blinds in 1 Insulation improved – reducing heating costs Heat gain from the sun reduced – lowering cooling costs Lighting costs down – controlled levels of natural light

All in One Blind The Ultimetal fabric with the high levels of solar reflectance and low levels of emissivity afforded by its metallised coating provide industry leading levels of shading performance. The 50+ years’ experience of weaving glass-fibre based shading fabrics producing the highest levels of performance from the thinnest of materials. The Ultimetal fabric is less than one quarter of a millimetre thick, permitting a blind of over 3.0 metres in height to be stored in a cassette of less than 55mm square. Powder coated to match the window frames, the blinds become almost invisible.

Reflex-Rol supplying demonstrably scientific shading solutions. Contact us today 01989 750704

Light transmission levels for the fabric in single figures can remove glare, improving workspaces and comfort zones alike. Solar reflectance (Rs) of over 70% can reduce heat gain through the glass by 25%, 40% to over 50% dependant on glass properties. The blinds also improve the insulation of the window by 15%, 20%, 30% or more, reducing temperature loss.

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❚ enquiry 801 • • 01989-750704 • Ryeford Hall, Ryeford, Ross on Wye, Herefordshire HR9 7PU

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