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‘evolving’ City House design Commercial property developer Bruntwood has unveiled design plans for ‘City House’ – Leeds’ biggest collaborative workspace, to date. City House is Bruntwood’s vision for the future of office workspace, incorporating the physical, social, and digital needs of businesses, from large-scale to start-ups, across a shared building. The innovative design will provide diverse co-working areas, meeting and event spaces, a business lounge and a roof garden, with a panoramic view of the city centre. The scheme enables Bruntwood customers – across a myriad of sectors and industries – to


Some of the finest examples of sustainable buildings from across the world have been shortlisted

collaborate and grow, from an easily accessible city centre location. Work has already started on the former British Railways offices, which sits prominently above Leeds train station. The 120,000 sq. ft., 12-storey building is due to be completed by May 2017.

for 2016 BREEAM awards. The winners will be announced at a celebration dinner at the London Marriot Hotel in Grosvenor Square on 8th March 2016. Drawn from highest scoring buildings last year – under the BREEAM schemes for assessing building sustainability – the shortlists include groundbreaking developments from the UK, France, Sweden, Russia, the

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Craig Burrow, director at Bruntwood in Leeds, said: “City House has been designed with contemporary and progressive business, in mind. Workplace culture is changing – people are tied to their desks less and are choosing to work flexibly, in digitallyenhanced surroundings. “In addition, workplace wellbeing is becoming more important for companies to attract and retain employees. City House embraces the ever-changing nature of business connectivity, and the bespoke choice of workspace creates a vibrant and sustainable workplace for the Bruntwood community.” The launch of City House coincides with the announcement of the £100m investment into the city’s digital infrastructure over

the next three years. The city has one of the highest concentrations of digital, data and technology innovators in the UK. Family-run Bruntwood has been creating workspace in Leeds over the past 10 years, and has more than 142 office buildings across Leeds, Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham. Relating to the base scheme rather than the fit out: • Main point about sustainability is that City House is a refurb project and Bruntwood are putting a vacant building back into us. • The developers are targeting a BREEAM ‘excellent’ rating and an aspiration to target an EPC ‘A’ rating for the shell • A target of zero to landfill during the construction phase of City House.

Netherlands, Spain, Belgium, the Czech Republic and Romania.

achievements of all the shortlisted teams at the awards dinner on 8th March.’

Director of BREEAM Gavin Dunn said ‘This year we are celebrating 25 years of BREEAM so it’s great to see such a fantastic variety of innovative and inspirational buildings that demonstrate just how far developers and architects how come on the sustainability journey in that time. We look forward to celebrating the

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the office and retail categories. The selected project teams are then invited to submit a case study to the panel of independent industry judges who make the final decision on who wins the award. (The shortlists can be viewed on the BREEAM website) Architect Bill Gething, UKGBC’s policy advisor Louise Sutherland, Claudine Blamey Head of Sustainability at The Crown Estate, Sarah Richardson Editor of Building magazine and John Cole of the Home Office will join

BREEAM’s Technical Director Alan Yates on the judge’s panel for 2016. Other awards that will be announced on the 8th March include: the new BREEAM Talent Award for university students and Assessor of the Year and BREEAM Country First Awards. The prestigious Your BREEAM award will also be revealed - this is the only award based on an open vote for the public’s favourite BREEAM building. To find out how your organisation can take part in the BREEAM Awards 2016 please go to For further information please contact Linda McKeown, BRE, email

New recommendations for novel materials in renewable energy to secure long term reliability New position paper from DNV GL’s Materials Research Programme looks at the latest developments in materials and shows the need for establishing long term reliability of novel materials deployed in renewable energy systems. Attention has focused to a large extent on cost and efficiency and to a lesser extent on the key parameters of durability and reliability of materials in renewable energy over 20 or 30 years. This gap can be filled by new approaches and predictive modelling tools for long-term performance assessment. Following the landmark climate accord in Paris, the world is looking to a rapid upscaling of wind and solar energy in the energy mix in the coming decade and beyond. This will only be made possible, says DNV GL, with concomitant developments in materials, including: • alternative semiconductor material in photovoltaics (e.g. halide perovskite), • new PV module coatings, materials and coatings for the harsh conditions of CSP and thermal energy storage, • hybrid reinforcements of wind turbine blades, • cheaper permanent magnets in gearless direct drive wind turbines, • a range of innovative battery chemistries in energy storage systems. For any of these novel materials to be commercially viable, they should not only offer a cheaper and better alternative to existing materials, but must also be readily available and reliable over long periods of time. “Trade-offs between availability, cost and performance may be made, but in all cases long-term reliability is a key requirement for materials used in the energy industry,” says Liu Cao, researcher at DNV GL Research & Innovation and lead author of the position paper.


Materials reliability is mainly a function of long term degradation, which is difficult to model in service conditions and often not adequately assessed in the testing of systems. More specifically, DNV GL provides evidence for the following insights: 1. Single average degradation rate is an inadequate metric of long-term performance 2. Qualification tests are insufficient for lifetime assessment 3. Accelerated laboratory tests may not reveal all the degradation mechanisms 4. Real-time monitoring is valuable, but unable to predict lifetime alone


To address these challenges, DNV GL proposes the following: • Coupling empirical models to a fundamental understanding of degradation. • Transforming rich and increasingly ubiquitous sensor data into predictive models. DNV GL’s BatteryXT is an example of a predictive tool estimating battery performance and life based on abundant historical data and statistical analyses. • Deploying a Bayesian network approach to bring together diverse sources of knowledge of relevance to the performance and degradation of materials. For example, a Bayesian network model, MARVTM, has enabled the assembly of diverse data for pipeline risk assessment. A similar approach could be applied to risk assessment for renewable energy and energy storage systems.

Download DNV GL’s position paper ‘Advanced materials in renewable energy – tackling the reliability challenge’

Developing Homes ….and Wildlife

Julie Johnson is an award winning landscape designer with Environ Communities, a residential developer. At their latest project, Freshford Mill located on the River Frome in the beautiful rolling Cotswold countryside near Bath, Julie and the team are transforming a derelict mill and creating 21 new homes. Based in a conservation area teeming with wildlife the team are designing the site as a wildlife haven. Julie explains the steps taken to encourage biodiversity on the site. “With the site being in such a beautiful setting it was important for us to protect and encourage wildlife, so residents can enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings. One of the most effective ways of creating biodiversity is to provide a lake which supports a wide variety of wildlife. “The natural lake we have created will help support frogs, toads and newts and be a breeding ground for dragon flies, damselflies, mayflies and pond skaters. Birds such as Swallows and House Martins will pick off insects from above the water and use muddy areas for nest building. We have used a naturalistic style of planting around the lake with a wildflower meadow, with 34 varieties of native flowers, and swathes of long grasses that will sway in the breeze. We will have boardwalks, benches and a viewing platform overlooking the lake for nature lovers to enjoy the tranquil setting, and observe the wetland and wildlife habitat. “The site is bordered on two sides by the River Frome and we are building a walkway to an island in the river and creating a nature reserve there. This will be open to residents and we have also given access to the local primary school for nature studies. Three-quarters of British butterflies are in decline with the 56 species in Britain under threat today from environmental change and loss of habitat. Julie explains: “Butterflies are an important part of the food chain and are also expert pollinators. So we have created a butterfly garden located in the area of the now derelict Old Dairy, which we have retained as a folly with seating in the lee of the wall, providing a perfect spot for residents to view the butterflies. We will also offer allotments for residents to grow vegetables.

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“Greater and Lesser Horseshoe Bats were already on the site so we have created a bat house for them. They are great for keeping the number of midges and flies down as they can eat up 3,000 in one night! Mixed species hedges will provide varied colours throughout the seasons and are perfect for providing a thriving habitat for birds, hedgehogs, bees and butterflies. With the development of new residential schemes heavily restricted in the area, the development will offer a rare opportunity to buy in an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’.

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Thermaset looks to widen customer base through Exhibiting at Ecobuild 2016 Leading powder coatings company Thermaset Limited is exhibiting for the first time at Ecobuild (Stand E6090) as part of a major sales push planned throughout 2016. The Staffordshire-based company has just launched a new suite of individual A4 size product specification brochures for its Spectra range and Ripple Finishes, a description of its Hygienic Antibacterial powder coatings and a Stock Range brochure. Thermaset, which has Qualicoat

Bustling night life on its doorstep; Ham Yard Hotel offers a peaceful night’s sleep with Selectaglaze Ham Yard Hotel is a stunning building located in one of the liveliest parts of London, centred on a pedestrian thoroughfare which connects Great Windmill Street and Denman Street. Built on a plot which was unoccupied for a number of years, various plans were put forward over time to develop the site; all were rejected until consent was granted for Firmdale Hotels. Although new double glazed windows were installed throughout, the corner of the hotel on Great Windmill Street still

suffered high external noise levels. The introduction of secondary glazing is one of the most effective solutions for combating noise. A reduction of 45dB is achievable when there is a gap of at least 100mm. A total of 37 openings were treated with secondary glazing finished in a dark grey colour to match the existing primary windows, making them as inconspicuous as possible. Acoustic laminated glass was used, which absorbs the outside noise levels. As testament to the detailed planning throughout the design and build phases, their efforts

were rewarded with the Hotel gaining a BREEAM Excellent rating. Established in 1966 and granted the Royal Warrant in 2004, Selectaglaze can be found at EcoBuild stand E2152, ready to talk to you about your up and coming projects. ❚ enquiry 104

For further information,

please contact Selectaglaze on 01727 837271,

Ancon to launch new products at Ecobuild 2016

Double winner of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise, Ancon Building Products, continues to expand its range of high integrity structural fixings and will exhibit a number of new products at Ecobuild 2016 taking place at ExCeL, London from 8-10 March 2016.

Accreditation, is working towards the international standard ISO 14001 Certification, and is therefore putting environmental management at the heart of its business. The company provides technical advice on selecting the most suitable product for a given application from thousands of formulations and offers a bespoke colour matching service. Stand E6090 ❚ enquiry 102 Products on show will include the lightweight Nexus® brick faced soffit system, a number of insulated balcony connectors and an exciting new development within the Teplo range of low thermal conductivity wall ties. Stand No. E3080 ❚ enquiry 103

On stand number E3080, Ancon will showcase its latest fixing innovations, suitable for newbuild construction including lowenergy residential developments. Building on the success of their focussed presence at previous Ecobuild shows, Synseal’s stand will seek to demonstrate the sheer diversity of Synseal group window and door product solutions with a focus on true innovation. Stand E2006 will feature the new Celsius Solid Roof, a truly warm and quick fitting roofing solution for new build and retrofit projects, alongside the popular WarmCore "warm aluminium" folding sliding door which delivers low U-values of 1.4 W/m2K using 28mm double glass or 1.0 W/m2K using 44mm triple glass. Following a high impact launch in November 2014, WarmCore has delivered sales success for many companies across the window industry in 2015 and Synseal’s Ecobuild stand may indicate how this innovative “warm aluminium” technology will be extended during 2016 beyond the original quick-fitting and highly engineered bi-fold door product offering. Celsius Solid Roof is attracting high levels of interest and visitors to Ecobuild will be able to inspect a cut-through of the roof’s structural construction which employs timber componentry with no aluminium skeleton and uses 100% recycled Synseal Envirotiles to provide an impressive and modern-looking external decorative finish.

Synseal will focus on innovation at Ecobuild 2016 Synseal will be exhibiting for a fourth year in succession at this year’s Ecobuild, which is taking place at the ExCeL exhibition centre in London’s Docklands on 8th-10th March.

Also on display will be a Masterdor Precision “wrapped timber” residential door featuring a tough yet aesthetically pleasing vacuum-bonded Permaskin finish for high levels of durability and reduced maintenance, which are specification factors for both public sector housing specifiers and new housebuilding developers. Bruce Manning (New Build Business Development Manager) and Brian Walker (Fabricator Development Manager) will lead Synseal’s Ecobuild exhibition team and be on hand to provide expert guidance on commercial specification issues and connect specifiers with capable and proven Synseal fabricator and installer partners operating nationwide. ❚ enquiry 101

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260L domestic hot water (DHW) tank, with rigid pipe connections to the rear of the unit. Monobloc Yutaki-M, which requires no indoor space, now shares many of the same components and controllers as the splits in the range for simplicity of installation and maintenance. All Yutaki models can be supplied with a new Cooling Kit accessory to enable both heating and cooling modes. A new multi-function wired remote control is common to all Yutaki models – meaning a single menu for all Yutaki products with a dedicated installer view, wizard start up configuration and a more intuitive menu for quick and simple commissioning. The alarm history is also logged to assist engineers with troubleshooting.

Hitachi Air Conditioning Europe releases new heat pump product line-up at Ecobuild Completely redesigned to meet the needs of specifiers, installers and homeowners, and representing one of the widest ranges on the market, Hitachi is launching its expanded Yutaki air source heat pump product range at this year’s Ecobuild (Stand No. E3264). Utilising common components, common outdoor units and simplified design to benefit both end users and installers, the extended line-up includes a total of 70 new models which are more compact for small installation spaces and are lighter weight for easier handling. The introduction of common components and controllers streamlines product training requirements, reduces the need for carrying multiple spares, and lowers installation and maintenance time. Performances have also been improved,

Saniflo exhibits at Ecobuild Following a successful Ecobuild in 2015, Saniflo – a leading name in the plumbing & drainage sector – will also exhibit at this year’s exhibition at the Excel Centre from 8 – 10 March, stand number E5270, with a

Vectaire has introduced a social housing catalogue Vectaire has introduced a Social Housing Catalogue which details ventilation solutions using a wide range of high performance, low energy, economical, and environmentally friendly products with EC motors, (together with other low carbon products) all of which tackle the problems of condensation and pollution in dwellings. Products provide low level, continuous ventilation, often with heat recovery with up to 93% heat exchange efficiency, and are for installation into lofts, cupboards, ceiling voids and walls. Shown for the first time are the EVO200DC (a low profile, in-line WHHR) and the ELP1003 (a centrifugal fan for larger rooms). These products will be shown on Vectaire’s Stand E2202 at ❚ enquiry 107 Ecobuild.

with higher COPs, better seasonal efficiencies and higher capacities. Yutaki-S has a new 6kW outdoor unit as well as three indoor units (4.5kW, 6kW and 7.5kW) to suit the heating and domestic hot water requirements of Yutaki-S small to large properties and is ideal for both new build and renovation projects. All-in-one Yutaki-SCombi also includes a new 6kW model, plus an innovative solar strong Kinedo presence showcasing a Kinedo Horizon shower cubicle, a Kinemagic Design shower cubicle and the Saniflo Sanifloor. This is the second time Saniflo will exhibit at Ecobuild and the decision to repeat comes hot on the heels of a great 2015 for the company’s Horizon shower cubicle, with growing sales in the housebuild sector, in particular. The innovative design of the Kinedo range is proving to be highly appealing to specifiers, housebuilders and installers because it requires no silicone and grout in its installation and the internal opaque panels eliminate the need for tiling; meaning that a new cubicle can be up and running in just a few hours in a preprepared area. Stand No E5270 ❚ enquiry 106


version with 260L integrated domestic hot water (DHW) tank, with solar coils designed specifically to be ‘ready to use’ with solar panels.

High temperature Yutaki-S80, which generates domestic hot water at up to 80oC, has been completely redesigned and now includes two specific indoor units to be used either standalone (with top pipe connections) or with an optional 200L or

Flowcrete Showcases Green Screeds that Supersedes Traditional Flooring Technology at Ecobuild 2016 On stand E6040 of Ecobuild 2016, Flowcrete UK will be demonstrating why its range of high performance resin floor finishes and sub floor screeds have been utilised by some of the nation’s most high-profile developments. In particular, the resin flooring manufacturer has recently provided materials for several skyline-changing projects in the capital, including at Embassy Gardens, London City Island and its solutions have even been specified for the currently on-going Royal Wharf development.

UltraScape exhibiting at Ecobuild Urban regeneration specialist, UltraScape, part of the Instarmac Group, will be exhibiting at Ecobuild from 8th-10th March at ExCel London. Ecobuild is the leading exhibition and conference for the UK construction and energy market, attracting over 40,000 professionals from across the supply chain. This year's event will focus on market priorities such as housing, energy efficiency, sustainable design, technology and innovation. UltraScape will be showcasing its BS 7533 compliant mortar paving system which includes its environmentally friendly bedding mortar and flowable grouts. Flowpoint ECO, is UltraScape's innovative flowable rapid setting grout, containing

Talking about the benefits for end users, Andy Hooper, UK Heating Manager, Johnson Controls – Hitachi Air Conditioning Solutions said, “Yutaki has some of the best seasonal performance (SCOP) figures on the market, many models are A+++ efficient and the new wired and wireless thermostats are simple to use with weekly timers, holiday modes and a favourite button, so it’s a great product range for homeowners looking to reduce their energy bills as well as their impact on climate change.” Available for delivery from April, all Hitachi’s Yutaki air source heat pumps are MCS approved, eligible for the domestic and non-domestic RHI and have domestic hot water (DHW) Legionella Protection and a five-year warranty as standard. ❚ enquiry 105

One of the key reasons that Flowcrete UK has been the flooring partner for so many large-scale industrial and commercial projects is its ability to innovate and adapt to the construction industry’s evolving demands. This includes its commitment to providing solutions that meet today’s strict environmental standards without sacrificing on quality and long-term functionality. Stand E6040 ❚ enquiry 108

For example, the fast drying Isocrete Alpha Screed and the way it is applied have both been designed to allow for large quantities of screed to be installed en-masse, with multiple, large pours capable of being 20% recycled glass. It is ideal for schemes looking to achieve an 'excellent' CEEQUAL award or where a BREEAM assessment is to be conducted. It can be opened to foot traffic in just 1 hour and vehicular in 4. Its high fluid consistency makes it ideal for grouting varying joint widths and depths. Stand No E4194

❚ enquiry 109

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Specification of Liquid Roofing & Waterproofing Systems

A SUSTAINABLE APPROACH FROM KEMPER SYSTEM AT ECOBUILD Liquid waterproofing specialist, Kemper System, will be showcasing its comprehensive range of BBA-certified Kemperol liquid roofing and waterproofing systems on stand E5090 at this year’s Ecobuild Show (8-10 March 2016), along with its Stratex warm roof system. The only cost effective, solvent-free and completely odourless cold liquid applied waterproofing system available in the UK,

Kemperol 2K-PUR will take centre stage on Kemper System’s stand. Around 80% of the applied polyols (or resins) in Kemperol 2K-PUR are obtained from the seeds of the tropical castor plant (Ricinus communis) a renewable resource. Perfect for use on sustainable construction projects and ideal for live projects on occupied buildings, such as schools, hospitals, food factories or office buildings, Kemperol 2K-PUR allows work to take place without the need for evacuation or closure, avoiding the disruption associated with the strong odours and fumes from many ‘low-odour’ or solvent-based products. Stratex from Kemper System will also be on show. An integrated warm roof that offers

exceptional performance, Stratex is supplied as a complete system of matched components - vapour barrier, insulation and waterproofing. It is equally suited to concrete, timber and metal decks on new build projects as it is to refurbishing and upgrading existing roofs. Stratex is also ideal as a complete warm roof solution below an extensive green roof. It can be supplied as flat board or as a fully specified tapered insulation scheme. Comments UK marketing manager of Kemper System, Stuart Hicks: “Our product range is designed primarily for use in commercial refurbishment, maintenance and new build projects. Kemper System’s waterproofing and surfacing products have protected billions of square metres of roofs around the world over the past 50 years,

Pegler Yorkshire to showcase ‘control’ range at Ecobuild 2016 Pegler Yorkshire, market-leading manufacturer of plumbing and heating products, will be exhibiting on stand E2250 at this year's Ecobuild, taking place at London’s Excel from 8th – 10th March 2016.

Pegler Yorkshire’s will continue to promote its range of ‘Connect & Control’ products and solutions with an emphasis, this year, on Control and how this solution can ensure greater building efficiency. "Our Connect and Control philosophies are still very much at the core of our business. Virtually all products and solutions within our portfolio sit within these two concepts which ultimately provide solutions for more efficient installations and building performance," said Phill Jackson business development and marketing director Pegler Yorkshire. "Products in the spotlight include our range of commissioning valves, Heat

Interface Units, Terrier TRVs and the latest products to join our taps range.” On stand, ‘Control’, will focus on valves which support specifiers with their objective of delivering a more efficient building via energy and water management. Phill continued: “When choosing a valve our research has shown that specifiers are primarily interested in application rather than valve type. That’s why we have recategorised our entire valve range into ‘application solution areas’. ❚ enquiry 110 .

Innovative heating and ventilation solutions underline

Johnson & Starley’s presence at Ecobuild 2016 Johnson & Starley’s innovative approach to heating and ventilation solutions for the domestic and commercial markets is clearly set out at Ecobuild 2016 Stand E3244. The company's established range of market leading warm air heating, gas boiler and ventilation products form the backdrop to a line up of innovations designed to provide solutions to particular requirements. Take, for example, the established highly energy efficient QuanTec HR 28C (PFGHR) condensing combi boiler.This is now offered as a combined package with the Aquair heating interface unit (HIU) to end users and installers looking to replace old centralised heating and especially warm air systems. Apart from a highly attractive five

including some of the world's most important landmarks, iconic buildings, public and commercial properties. “As we continue to prioritise environmental performance in the built environment of the future, Kemper System’s advanced roofing technology can make roofs greener and more sustainable. A visit to our stand will give you the knowledge you need to specify liquid roofing and waterproofing systems with complete confidence.”

For further information contact or visit ❚ enquiry 113 .

Viessmann to launch five new products at Ecobuild 2016 Viessmann’s new Vitodens 100-W boiler boasts an improved modulation range of up to 1:6 and now comes with an easy-tonavigate, backlit LCD touch display. The new Vitodens 200-W offers an improved modulation range of up to 1:19, dependent on boiler output. A colour touchscreen control with “Energy Cockpit” is designed to help homeowners better understand their energy use. With installers in mind, the new Vitodens 200-W’s controls feature a commissioning assistant, quick fit pipe connection fittings and easier front access to the boiler for improved serviceability. Reduced standby losses and quieter operation are achieved due to the 200’s compact “shoebox” design. Stand E3280

year guarantee, the package is especially advantageous since it uses existing warm air ducting and installation is straightforward. Another step forward now sees the availability of the QuanTec 28KW LPG combination condensing boiler that has been added to the existing comprehensive QuanTec gas boiler range. Offering exceptional efficiency in LPG consumption thanks to the proven integral Passive Flue Gas Heat Recovery (PFGHR) function, this new product is designed for off-grid applications such as within holiday homes, residential park accommodation as well as smaller commercial premises. ❚ enquiry 111 .

❚ enquiry 112 .

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INNOVATIVE HEATING AND VENTILATION SOLUTIONS UNDERLINE JOHNSON & STARLEY’S PRESENCE AT ECOBUILD 2016 Johnson & Starley, Ecobuild, 8-10 March 2016, ExCel, London, Stand E3244 guarantee, the package is especially advantageous since it uses existing warm air ducting and installation is straightforward. Another step forward now sees the availability of the QuanTec 28KW LPG combination condensing boiler that has been added to the existing comprehensive QuanTec gas boiler range. Offering exceptional efficiency in LPG consumption thanks to the proven integral Passive Flue Gas Heat Recovery (PFGHR) function, this new product is designed for off-grid applications such as within holiday homes, residential park accommodation as well as smaller commercial premises. -The manufactures free 5 years parts and labour guarantee has now been extended to cover the whole range of QuanTec boilers, and when installed as a package with any of the Johnson & Starley Aquair range the 5yr guarantee will also apply to the Aquair. *

Johnson & Starley’s innovative approach to heating and ventilation solutions for the domestic and commercial markets is clearly set out at Ecobuild 2016. The company's established range of market leading warm air heating, gas boiler and ventilation products form the backdrop to a line up of innovations designed to provide solutions to particular requirements. Take, for example, the established highly energy efficient QuanTec HR 28C (PFGHR) condensing combi boiler.This is now offered as a combined package with the Aquair heating interface unit (HIU) to end users and installers looking to replace old centralised heating and especially warm air systems. Apart from a highly attractive five year

The Aquair range itself has also been extended with the introduction of the highly versatile downflow S-36 water to air space heater. It offers all the benefits of centralised heating and can replace a warm air heater, making use of existing warm air ducting. As with all the Aquair range it also has the option of supplying unheated air for cooling purposes in warmer weather. Designed for use with a vast range of renewables and traditional heating sources, the S36 sits at the top of the Aquair range and its output is ideal for larger premises. Perhaps the most interesting development on show at Ecobuild 2016 is Johnson & Starley's new ‘Concept’ Micro CHP boiler. This extends the versatility of the company's heating range as it can run not only on natural gas but there could also be options for models to be used with hydrogen, kerosene or solar panels as potential heat sources. From its established ranges, Ecobuild 2016 will provide another opportunity to see the advantages of WarmCair condensing

warm air heaters that combine high efficiency with low running costs, low NOx emissions and low operational noise levels. With thermal efficiencies of up to 98%, models are available with or without DHW and in both upflow and downflow versions. (Downflow only for DHW models) In the field of ventilation, Johnson & Starley's line-up includes proven solutions that cater for many different domestic and commercial environments. From simple extract fans to specialised cooker hood options for whole house ventilation systems and from centralised extraction to heat recovery systems, Johnson & Starley customers can take advantage of highly efficient technology that fully complements the company’s heating expertise. The innovative Q-Vent HRC Compact, for example, is designed for hotel bedrooms and features high efficiency EC fan technology. Providing continuous extraction of stale and contaminated air from the bathroom through a system of fixed ductwork and grilles, it recovers the heat using a high performance heat exchanger and cleverly recirculates it within the bedroom for major energy savings, and is virtually silent in operation. *Offer available until Dec 2016 ❚ enquiry 114

ASSA ABLOY UK Specification returns to Ecobuild to talk Sustainability and BIM ASSA ABLOY UK Specification, a UK division of ASSA ABLOY, the global leader in door opening solutions, is returning to EcoBuild to showcase its capability in sustainable design and deliver a keynote speech on BIM at the Digital Building Theatre curated by NBS. The leading exhibition for the UK construction and energy market, ASSA ABLOY UK Specification will be on stand E5160 at this year’s show, whilst BIM Manager Andy Stolworthy will give an overview of the company’s BIM journey to date, as part of a practical demonstration for manufacturers at the Digital Building Theatre at 1.30pm on the 8th March in conjunction with NBS. This year’s theme of ‘Design, Construct, Perform’ will be reflected on the UK Specification stand, which will represent its journey to offering bespoke consultancy services, as well as its design-led specification capabilities. The team will be on stand to discuss ASSA ABLOY’s approach to BIM including its experience, as well as its work to deliver specifications that take into account the access and flow of a building, providing

architects and designers with the data required to produce sustainable design-led buildings and substantiated whole life costings. David Wigglesworth, Managing Director of ASSA ABLOY UK Specification, said: “Since launching ASSA ABLOY Specification in the UK, we have worked on several prestigious projects, including Birmingham Dental Hospital, Cheltenham Racecourse and The Olympic Park. Despite the high profile locations, the most pleasing aspect of working on these projects has been applying our design-led approach and working closely with the architects. This has helped to ensure the doorset and access solutions we were specifying offered the optimum sustainability and enabled the building to be built as designed and with the original intent at the heart of it. “The progress we have made this year in

creating our BIM capability and using this knowledge to assist architects and designers to fulfil whole life costing and sustainability criteria has been one of the team’s greatest achievements. “EcoBuild is a great forum for showcasing these examples of innovation in the design, construction and performance of access,

flow and doorset specification.” EcoBuild is taking place from 8th to 10th March 2016, at Excel London. For more information on ASSA ABLOY UK Specification, please visit stand E5160 or please visit

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Hueck UK, is showcasing two new products at the 2016 Ecobuild exhibition stand E 4046, located within the CAB (Council for Aluminium in Building) . The new Lambda WS 075 and DS 075 window and door suites are highlighting Hueck’s commitment to constant innovation, and will help architects and specifiers in the UK achieve greater design flexibility while remaining within a project’s budget. Windows and doors utilising the new profile systems are even easier and quicker to manufacture, translating into more economical solutions that won’t compromise on energy efficiency, durability, and performance. Like all Hueck systems, the new WS 075 and DS 075 window & door suites are highly insulated, with Ufvalues as low as 0,86 W/m²K and 1,3 W/

m²K respectively. The door suite can easily accommodate larger glass panes of up to 1,500mm width and 3,100mm height, with a maximum leaf weight of 250kg. “Visitors to our Ecobuild stand will be able to see the two latest additions to our comprehensive Lambda range of window and door systems,â€? said Leon Friend, Hueck UK project development director. “The new suites feature our optimised ‘Lambdatherm’ insulation concept that utilises innovative composite materials. The insulating bridges also allow for an easier installation of the window and door hardware, making the fabrication process faster, with economic benefits to be enjoyed down the line.â€? â?š enquiry 116

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Innovation as standard from Altecnic at Ecobuild The next generation of centralised, intelligent water management systems is set to be showcased at Ecobuild by the UK's leading independent supplier of the highest quality, precision plumbing and heating components. Part of the Caleffi group, Altecnic leads the way in technical innovation, creating market leading solutions that deliver lifetime cost savings for the construction and plumbing industries. As well as seeing first hand Altecnic's acclaimed central plant systems and unique electronic heat interface units - which features digital controls, compensated

heating temperatures, prepayment compatibility and insulated covers - visitors to the company's stand (E3254) will be able to discuss projects with industry leaders. They can also attend a seminar in the UKDEA District Energy Pavilion - led by Altecnic National Specification Manager, Neil Parry - on the critical factors in efficient district heating and central plant systems. Attendees on the Altecnic stand can also register for a CIBSE accredited CPD seminar. These are ideal for consultants, mechanical engineers and anyone involved in the design, operation and running of central plant, heat networks and district heating. From commercial plant room dirt and air separators to compact household units, the latest innovations in the Altecnic DIRTMAG range are also being showcased. The revolutionary removable external magnetic belt and internal particulate separator captures both magnetic and non-magnetic debris in the DIRTMAG's low pressure DirtsepÂŽ chamber. â?š enquiry 117



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Sandtex Trade High Cover Smooth tees off at the home of golf

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Sandtex Trade High Cover Smooth was the only product on the tee for a makeover project at the home of golf, St Andrews.

Dumbreck Decorators applied Sandtex Trade High Cover Smooth in a bespoke shade entitled ‘St Andrews Special Collection,’ to all external facades. Sandtex Trade High Cover Smooth is a premium smooth masonry paint which provides a quality protective and decorative finish.

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The maintenance team at the Old Course Hotel Golf Resort and Spa, which is uniquely located on the world’s most famous golf course, was keen to make sure the luxury venue was in pristine condition for two of the biggest tournaments in the calendar. Billy Kirkpatrick, project manager at the Old Course Hotel Golf Resort and Spa St Andrews, said: “The external walls of the buildings were last painted in 2006 and we wanted them to look pristine for the 2015 British Open and the Alfred Dunhill Championship. “We were really happy with the finished look. The TV images of the buildings looked fantastic and we enjoyed working with our chosen contractor. “We’ve used the same product on our external walls before and wanted a consistent colour match. “It’s a product we trust and we like it because it’s very pliable and spreads evenly.”

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Formulated for use on most exterior masonry surfaces and exterior grade building boards, it offers excellent opacity and 15 years guaranteed durability. Sharon Smith, Sandtex Trade Brand Manager, said: “St Andrews is one of the most important sporting venues in the world and we are delighted to be involved in this project. “The shade has been created to enhance the natural surroundings and environment and the end result looks superb.” For more details please contact the Crown Paints’ Specification Team by calling 0330 0240310, email or visit the specification website at Alternatively, please visit ❚ enquiry 118

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Crown Paints offers the perfect partnership for specifiers wanting to access colour expertise and inspiration for their projects. Colour can make a huge impact in public and private environments alike and Crown Paints’ Colour Service Team brings together a wealth of expertise and initiatives to help

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❚ enquiry 119 . bespoke colour scheming and a library of sector focussed colour books for environments including healthcare, housing and education. Exterior and interior schemes can be completed using computer aided design and for certain projects the Colour Services Team can provide face-to-face consultation. Crown Paints also offers two CPDs on the subject. The first, ‘The Role Of Colour In Buildings’ covers colour psychology and the role it plays in creating atmosphere,

effective lighting and the role colour plays in perceptions of room dimensions. This CPD also offers advice on how to create and specify colour schemes and comply with the Equality Act with the use of Crown Paints SCAN® colour coding system. The second CPD, entitled ‘Colour In Education’ explains how colour can be used to best effect within an educational environment.  It addresses topics similar to the first CPD, but explores them in the context of educational sector. ❚ enquiry 120

Specifiers of environmentally friendly paint can choose from no less than 100 colours, thanks to a major expansion of Earthborn’s trade paint range. Ecopro Matt Emulsion, Lo Sheen Emulsion and Eggshell have been launched in the 98 shades of BS4800, plus black and white. The new palette offers a huge choice and enables colour matching with other decorating features. The Ecopro range is uniquely formulated for high performance and all three products are totally oil and acrylic free, with minimal VOCs. Eggshell is a new addition to the range. Suitable for use on interior walls, ceilings and woodwork, it’s a complete all-rounder. It dries to an attractive sheen that is durable, washable and scuff resistant. Ecopro emulsions are water-based, 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 formulated for enhanced durability and washability, making it suitable for higher traffic areas. Complying with the strict EU Ecolabel standards, the range is not only eco friendly but also helps create healthier, more comfortable living or working environments. Newly decorated rooms can be brought back into use quickly because the paints do not give off any harmful emissions or odours. For further information visit: ❚ enquiry 121 .

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Painting And Decorating Contractors Can Save Over £1000 By Recycling Paint Recycle your paint and save thousands of pounds per year. Painting and decorating trade could save tons of hazardous waste annually The commercial painting and decorating trade could save thousands of pounds every year if it used teamwork to recycle its unwanted paint. A national waste and recycling company says that most paints used in the industry are classified as hazardous waste, meaning that it costs the trade a small fortune to dispose of safely and legally. Instead, the company suggests that the trade should take part in a paint swap scheme so that as little is wasted as possible. Business Waste suggests medium-sized companies can save up to £10,000 per year in this manner.

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"We reckon that even a one-man-band painting and decorating contractor can save thousands every year in waste site gate fees," says Business Waste spokesperson Mark Hall. "Teaming up with their local competitors and colleagues means that they needn't throw that excess paint into the skip." spoke to painters and decorators, from man-and-van operators to major companies, and found that no matter what the scale of the organisation, most contracts tend to over-estimate the amount of paint they need by between 5 – 10%. In fact, paint giants Dulux reckon 55 million

litres of paint and 90 million containers are wasted every year both domestically and through the trade "That usually no big deal when you're painting a bedroom with a water-based emulsion," says Hall, "But when it's a large job weatherproofing the outside of a large building that means substantial wastage of specialist materials." says that this excess is often built into the quote to the customer, meaning it's no real deal when it comes to company expenses, but that still means that painters are still throwing away tons of paint every year. However, there's still the problem of storing, transferring and disposing of specialist paints that add to both overheads and company paperwork. Community RePaint is a scheme that collects leftover paint from the trade and redistributes it to community groups. There are around 70 schemes like this in the UK, says Dulux. While Community RePaint is an excellent yet patchy scheme serving parts of the UK, it still doesn't address the tide of wasted water- and solvent-based paints that are left over from commercial jobs every week of the years. "A paint swap with nearby companies is certainly something we'd consider," one medium-sized decorating company in the Midlands told "It's just a matter of setting up a Freecycle-style Facebook group, and advertise unwanted quantities to other companies. "And we've got a storeroom full of leftovers that we'd only be too glad to get shot of in

this way." Another owner-operator says he'd be only too pleased to take unwanted paint off the hands of larger operators: "It'll save them money, it'll save me money, and it'll save dumping perfectly good paint as hazardous waste. Everybody's a winner," he says. "And it works both ways too – I've got stuff in my garage that might come in handy for somebody. Let's talk!" says that paint and paint products make up the single biggest by-product of the whole construction industry that can easily be saved and recycled for other jobs. "We handle whole truckloads of paint containers at the end of any building job, which go straight to the tip because they've already been budgeted, "says Hall. "It's something that can easily be stopped, and the decorating trade can lead the way by (literally) pooling their resources. "It saves money, it saves chemicals, and – best of all – it saves us the headache of handling tons of hazardous waste. Swap and reuse your paint, you know it makes sense."

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Specially-adapted façade solution from Wicona helps to create a new landmark for the University of Leeds Specially-adapted façade systems from Wicona have been specified for a new £26m library – a magnificent and inspirational undergraduate facility for the University of Leeds, one of the largest universities in the UK. The 6,500sqm state-of-the-art learning hub will help the University attract more students in an increasingly competitive higher education environment and provides a major cultural centre to enrich the student experience and the wider community. It is a new gateway to the University, and its design is a bold and confident statement for the future of the institution. Designed by ADP, the scheme occupies a sensitive location in a conservation area, surrounded by listed buildings including two churches and in a streetscape that has remained almost unchanged in 50 years. It is the fourth building on a challenging teardrop-shaped site, and its design had to be developed with careful articulation and considered fenestration to the façades. The four-storey library features stepped façades to the north and south elevations that unlock a series of generous public spaces. It was conceived as a ribbon of learning around a central circulation and internal study space. Each floor plate steps up towards the south of the site and the internal atrium. Portland stone cladding adds weight to the building and helps to present it as a place of importance to the University, complemented by extensive use of glass constructed from Wicona’s WICTEC 50SG structural glazing. The curtain walling was designed to create an even distribution of light and an elegant appearance, as an alternative to punched openings or a grid across the building envelope. Large, flush picture windows were also formed using the Wicona WICTEC system, providing dramatic, panoramic views across the campus and the cityscape. A ‘veil’ of anodised aluminium vertical fins floats in front of the glazing and the stone cladding for optimum solar shading to the east and west elevations, whilst allowing

key and oblique views and unifying the façade elements. The WICTEC 50SG structurally glazed system created a flush glass finish and was specially adapted for the project to anchor the solar shading fins. It also had to meet stringent acoustic requirements and a rating of Rw DB 38 because of the building’s city centre location and the impact of high traffic levels. Commenting on the project, Torsten Bauszus, Senior Architect at ADP, said, “This was a complex scheme located in a historic and urban context so the building envelope required very high quality, bespoke materials and design detailing.” “The Wicona curtain walling had to meet a number of stringent specification criteria, including aesthetics, thermal and structural performance, and a high level of noise protection. It was also critical that the glazing was sufficiently robust to support the vertical blades for solar shading and that the connections could be integrated and carefully engineered. We are really pleased with how the glazing is performing. Wicona’s systems delivered our expectations and we will be specifying them for future projects.” The curtain walling was finished in bronze anodising externally and light champagne internally. WICLINE 90SG opening vents were inserted into the curtain walling to naturally ventilate the stair core, and WICSTYLE 75 aluminium doors were used for two entrances on the ground floor and for access to the roof where there are 50,000 bees living in hives. This is a sustainable building which is constructed to a BREEAM ‘excellent’ standard with low energy passive design and renewable energy generation. There was also robust thermal detailing to the envelope to deliver energy


efficiency, as well as a sharp and contemporary appearance that reflects the ambition, vision and values of the University. The four-storey building on the city centre campus accommodates more than 1,000 individual study places; 5km of linear space for 150,000 books; facilities for collaborative group learning; community classrooms to host outreach work with local schools and colleges; a café, courtyard and galleries for artwork and collections on public display. Engineered in Germany, Wicona’s WICTEC curtain walling suite has been used extensively for complex façade projects in both the UK and across the world. It has a wide range of structural aluminium profiles to accommodate vertical, angled, sloped and faceted glazing for optimum creative freedom and performance. There are options for structural and unitised glazing, and enhanced security, fire protection and bullet resistance for visual consistency across a building envelope.

For more information about Wicona’s range of door, window and curtain walling systems for complex and challenging projects, and its bespoke façade solutions, visit, email: or call 0845 602 8799.

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Stokvis discusses the best gas-fired air heaters for large open spaces The newest breed of gas-fired air heaters is designed for large open spaces such as factories, warehouses, sports halls, conference centres, exhibition halls, arenas and swimming pools. Features include fully-modulating burners which boast accurate

temperature control and high efficiency, minimal or no ductwork requirement, pressurisation of space to ensure a clean atmosphere, ventilation/cooling during summer months and flexible installation options.

In order to achieve the best solution for any large open space environment, careful consideration must be given to a variety of factors. After all, two spaces of identical size and shape can present very different characteristics and requirements. Compare, for instance, an industrial warehouse where the majority of the activity involves semi-automatic fork-lifts, with an exhibition space. Factors such as occupancy and lighting levels, as well as the size and usage of the entranceways could not be more different. ❚ enquiry 126

Panasonic’s guide to R32 After successfully leading the introduction of R32 in Japan, Panasonic is ready to drive the refrigerant change in Europe. The

company has already introduced R32 models to the Nordic market in September 2015, with its outstanding A+++/A+++ HZSeries, and now, Panasonic is set to introduce new R32 models across the rest of Europe within the coming months. Panasonic will also be offering comprehensive training and information on R32 over the coming months, to help distributors and installers get to grips with the new technology. On 9th June 2014, the EU F-Gases Regulation came into force with the aim to protect the environment by reducing emissions of F-gases from refrigeration and air-

conditioning units, electrical switchgear, heat pumps, fireprotection systems as well as other sources. Classified at a grade of A2, R32 gas is a mildy flammable gas. Dispelling the concern surrounding this flammability score, Marc Diaz, Country Manager at Panasonic Heating and Cooling UK & Ireland comments: “R32 has been used for many years, making up 50% of current R410A gasses. Not only is it a more efficient and environmentally friendly alternative to R410A, but it is equally as safe to use. ❚ enquiry 128

Introducing the new Infinity 600BF Charlton and Jenrick are pleased to announce the launch of the Infinity 600BF to expand the adaptable range of rear vented balanced flue gas fires it now offers. The 600BF achieves an extremely impressive net efficiency of 90% from an economically modest 2.6kW input. The fire offers a great flame picture and exceptional warmth in the room.

available which allows for the fire to be fitted into the wall ‘frameless’ or into a fireplace as part of a suite.

The fire can be fitted into the wall and trimmed with the same choices available with the conventional flue version. The 600BF also has an optional frame

The fire comes with a choice of three firebox liners; Beige Ribbed, Rustic Brick or Black Ribbed. ❚ enquiry 127

Inta goes HIPER for heat interface units

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Inta has introduced its ‘HIPER’ high performance heat interface unit (HIU), designed to deliver heating and hot water whilst improving energy efficiency and minimising costs in multidwelling developments. Installed in shared residential buildings, the HIU distributes heating and domestic hot water from a central plant system to individual properties. By removing the need for each area to have a conventional boiler, gas flue and hot water cylinder, the interface units dramatically reduce

Inta has worked to develop a product that has more features and benefits than any other HIU on the market. HIPER HIU boasts a factory-set, non-electric temperature control valve which prevents risk of scalding in the event of a power supply failure. ❚ enquiry 129

“The new Multiflow SEM and SEL fans will complement and grow our existing mixed flow, in-line product portfolio at a time when industry professionals and planners, are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of better indoor air quality in non-domestic environments. “The exceptional performance of the new Multifow range, along with stock availability and competitive pricing, provides our customers access to one of the most complete ranges of high performance, low energy, mixed flow in-line fans obtainable in today’s market,” explains Nygel Humphrey, Product Marketing Manager at Elta Group.

Elta Fans Launch New and Exclusive Multiflow fans Elta Group Building Services has added a new range of highly efficient Multiflow SEM and SEL products to its portfolio of mixed flow in-line fans available from Elta Fans. The Multiflow SEM is a new player in the market, whilst the SEL will enhance the current range of models available. In order to meet the stringent levels of efficiency and compliance demanded by update ErP Legislation for products and components of fan and ventilation systems, both models are presented with AC and EC

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specifications. These two new products, suitable for general HVAC ducted ventilation systems in light commercial and industrial areas, provide distinct benefits to HVAC distributors and contractors including improved price points, exceptional service, high stock availability and quick delivery.

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Herschel Far infrared cuts family’s heating bill Living in a house dating from 1350 heated by storage and plugin electric heaters, Rebecca and Richard Collis were struggling to keep themselves and their new baby warm. With spiralling energy bills, they decided to install Herschel Far infrared heaters throughout their home and are now not only warm but have cut their monthly electricity bill from £153 to £40.   Rebecca and Richard’s house in north Somerset is a large thatched property which has been divided to create four homes and is the oldest in the village. The couple were keen to find a solution that was efficient, did not spoil the look of their home and would be safe for their son who is now one. When Rebecca discovered Herschel’s website, she used the

wattage calculator to work out what she would need and, realising that infrared heaters might provide the answer, arranged a visit to the company’s nearby Bristol office. The team at Herschel explained the products in detail, helped confirm Rebecca’s calculations and, because of the age of the property, visited to check the details. In all, six infrared heaters were ordered with Herschel Inspire mirror heaters in the kitchen, dining room and bathroom and white Herschel Select XL panel heaters in the two bedrooms and playroom. These were installed by a professional electrician.     Each of the heaters is on a different zone, controlled via the Herschel iQ system from an app that the couple have on their smart phones. This wireless system saved running cables and drilling holes in walls and provides very accurate control. ❚ enquiry 131

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21st century specialist pipe work technology from Flexenergy has been used to upgrade the heating system at Headstone Manor, a 14th century moated manor house which was formerly the home of the Archbishop of Canterbury and which forms part of the Headstone Manor Museum. The manor is a Grade 1 listed building which is now under the control of Harrow London Borough Council. Restoration projects and redevelopment of the site will be carried out over a number of years and a recent project involved the renewal of the heating system in the 16th century Grade II* Tithe Barn. The heating system was previously by all electric storage type units. The old system had fallen into disrepair, was expensive to run and underperforming. With no natural gas supply to the site, biomass boilers and a district heating network appealed to the Council's sustainable aspirations, which was made more appealing by the Government's Renewable Heat Incentive scheme. James Allister of Silcock Leedham Consulting Engineers, explains what the project involved: "The site on which the Tithe Barn stands (now used as an events venue) is architecturally sensitive, so we located a packaged biomass plantroom in a more appropriate service yard some 150m away to distribute heat to an internal heat exchanger serving the low pressure hot water heating system. The main has been laid with valve off branches in access chambers in readiness for the phased redevelopment of other buildings on the site."

Allister added: "Flexenergy's Flexalen preinsulated pipe work was chosen for the project as it provided a balance between good performance and competitive cost. In addition, Flexenergy always provides good technical advice and technical support, including on-site support for the installers". Flexenergy's Sales Director, Sandy Fairley, commented: "This was a very interesting project for us to be involved in and the Flexalen pipe work was very well suited to the new heating system installed. It is lightweight and highly flexible making it easier to install and very heat loss efficient. Also, being made of polybutylene it will not corrode over time - although I can't guarantee it will last for centuries!" ❚ enquiry 211 . Flexenergy offers: • Extensive pipe stocks • Jointing technologies, welded and mechanical

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Drayton launches miGienie

Apple Watch App Drayton’s miGenie internet connected heating controls have just got even smarter, allowing users to control their home heating using an Apple Watch. The miGenie ‘Wish’ heating control packs utilise smart technology, enabled by an intuitive app, allowing homeowners to regulate heating and hot water remotely from anywhere, at any time. The latest version of the miGenie iOS app provides Apple Watch support, offering convenience and comfort, all from the wrist. Users can: • View the status of all heating and hot water zones • Turn the temperature of each heating zone up and down • Turn hot water on or off The Apple Watch automatically picks up apps that are installed on a linked iPhone, so users should not need to install the miGenie app for access, it will already be available on the watch, like magic.

• Pipe ancillaries, meters, & fittings • System design • Installation Services • In-house fabrication service

Simon May, Product Manager at Drayton, said: “The miGenie Apple Watch app is really easy to use, it’s simple and intuitive so users shouldn’t need lengthy instructions. Best of all, it offers the ability

to override the heating and hot water schedules without the need to reach for a smartphone or tablet.” For more information about miGenie and Drayton’s range of products, visit or call 0333 6000 622.

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A UK first at Borders College with the help of Flexalen Pipe Work The UK's first waste water heat recovery scheme has been installed at Borders College in Galashiels, using Flexalen preinsulated pipe work from Flexenergy. The previous system at the college was a gas fired boiler system, but the college was looking to reduce its carbon emissions by 25% by the end of 2015. A renewable heating system from SHARC Energy Systems was their preferred option by some distance and, following installation, the college is now on target to have a total carbon reduction of 35%. The new system required 500 metres of Flexalen heat network

piping from a newly-built energy centre to service five individual plant rooms across the site. The energy centre therefore housed the SHARC filtration skid, heat pumps and the control panel. A sewer interface to Scottish Water's existing sewer pipe was also installed along with two underground chambers. "Flexenergy's locality to the project, pricing of the pipe work and the heat loss efficiencies of the pre-insulated Flexalen piping were all important considerations when choosing the best pipe work for this project", explains Nathan Burton, Project Manager at SHARC Energy Systems. "It is also lightweight and highly flexible making it easier to install and, of

New levels of efficiency at award-winning University building.

course, being made of polybutylene it will not corrode over time". Borders College can now enjoy the benefit of price certainty against potential gas variances through a 20 year contract with SHARC that pays for the installation through the heat consumed at the college. It will also make annual savings in energy, carbon emissions and cost. ❚ enquiry 135

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Atlantic Boilers have supplied add-on condensing economiser to the award-winning Girton College Building at the University of Cambridge. Ash Court is a the new wing to Girton College and comprises of 50 bedrooms, amenities, gym and swimming pool. The building received the RIBA Special award for sustainability and was praised for the modern twist given to Victorian design by adding clarity and efficiency. As well as renewable energy technology, triple glazed windows and super insulation, the building benefits from the Atlantic Boilers’ type T4 add-on condensing economiser which raised the peak efficiency of its pressurised gas boilers from 84% to to 99% GCV. The consulting engineers for the overall project were Max Fordham LLP and the installers were the Dodd Group (Eastern) Ltd.   The T4 boasts a seasonal efficiency in excess of 94% GCV and is available for boilers from 95kW output to 6470kW. It is compact for installation in existing boiler houses, and has a stainless steel smooth exchanger design for domestic hot water or swimming pool water. ❚ enquiry 136

Eco Building News examines an innovative new approach to maximising the benefit of photovoltaic installations already gaining considerable traction with RSLs which gives energy benefit back to the tenant and helps tackle fuel poverty. EHC is launching a very different approach to PV which will ensure the tenant will benefit from every watt of power their panels produce, while improving the heating characteristics of their home, and still allowing the Landlord to keep the full export element to the FIT payments. Managing Director for EHC, Bill Walters explains how it works: “Our new system makes use of an intelligent controller to ensure that if the occupant is not using any of the energy being generated by the PV panels on their roof, it is diverted to either their hot water tank, or to our new ceramic panel radiators. “If there is sufficient Solar PV gain from the panels the radiators will

New integrated PV Tile fits seamlessly into rooftop installations

scheme, ARP carried out the full re-roofing of the house, with the interlocking Intecto PV tiles being used to replace conventional concrete tiles over a large section of the south facing roof area. The lightweight terracotta coloured Intecto tiles are fitted in the same way as traditional roof tiles, with direct fixing to wooden batterns, and sit flush with standard roof tiles to provide a conventional finish.

A new roof-integrated solar PV solution has helped a specialist renewable energy installation company to meet both the aesthetic and power performance needs of a large residential property project in the North East. Advanced Renewable Power Ltd (ARP) secured the contract for the installation of a new 2.8kW solar PV system as part of the refurbishment of a private property in Billingham, Teesside – however the owner wanted to avoid the use of conventional, on-

roof PV panels. To accommodate this requirement ARP recommended the use of the new Intecto roof integrated PV tile system from Romag. This ground breaking new concept combines renewable energy generation with a terracotta colour matched tile design to enable the PV cell to blend seamlessly and sympathetically into a conventional roofscape. For the Billingham property

Mark Dunville, technical director of ARP, said: “This was the first time we have installed Intecto tiles, the project was very straightforward, with the reroofing and tiling being carried out in exactly the same way as normal. “The availability of the Intecto tiles allowed us to meet the roof top appearance required by the householder without compromising the solar PV power generation capability of the system. ❚ enquiry 137

take approximately half an hour to warm up and continue to modulate and provide warmth whilst Solar gain continues to be achieved. “We advocate them being used to provide a background warmth for Free for a property benefitting from Solar PV gain during daylight hours until the main central heating system is required. It will save the Tenant money on their gas or other energy costs and make the occupied space a more comfortable place to live.” “Importantly the controller can prioritize whether power is diverted to the radiators or the hot water cylinder, however in an allelectric property there is normally an Off-Peak tariff meter which should ensure the hot water cylinder is fully charged during Off-Peak hours. The choice is yours.” Potentially of real significance to all the Social Housing Landlords who have already installed Solar PV panels on their stock, the EHC system radiators and intelligent controller can be easily retrofitted, with no need to alter the panels or inverter. ❚ enquiry 138

Advance Appliances new 20 litre buffer store Advance Appliances have added a new size to their popular buffer store range. The small and compact 20 litre stainless steel buffer store measures just 280mm diameter by 535mm height including foam insulation. The buffer has one inch female connections at each end. It comes with wall brackets for vertical wall mounting. The store can be used in sealed systems up to 3 bar pressure. The buffer is designed for use with a heat pump, adding volume to the system, preventing the heat pump from shorting and keeping it working more efficiently. More details can be seen at ❚ enquiry 139

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Stephen says, “Even allowing for the fact the government has slashed its Feed-in Tariffs – the financial incentives for investing in renewable energy – people are still seeing their energy bills drop by an average of £550 every year.”

Installing solar

photovoltaic (PV) systems in your home is still a better investment than depositing your cash in the bank. According to Stephen Munday, managing director of Clean Energy Installations, you can achieve a 10 per cent return on the outlay in the form of reduced energy costs. That’s more than four times the return many savings accounts offer in annual interest on your money. Stephen says, “Even allowing for the fact the government has slashed its Feed-in Tariffs – the financial incentives for investing in renewable energy – people are still seeing their energy bills drop by an average of £550 every year.” Many people in the industry are saying financial returns of up to 50 per cent savings are possible, but Stephen refutes this. “That’s an overestimation and we need to be clear and honest with consumers. Very few people reach that figure – 10 per cent is what most people achieve.”

One believer is biomedical scientist and semi-retired Anglican priest, Rev. Penny West. She’s enjoying significant energy cost savings, having commissioned Clean Energy Installations to install solar PV systems on two of her properties. Rev. West said, “I am delighted to now be benefiting by 60 to 80 per cent energy cost savings after converting from oil and calor gas to PV panels and a heat pump.”

Invest in solar energy systems for a brighter future, says Clean Energy Installations A Trading Standards Buy With Confidence Scheme approved contractor and a Which? Trusted Trader, Clean Energy Installations supplies and installs heat pumps and solar photovoltaic (PV) panels. Working across the Midlands and the southern counties, it provides energy efficient services to homes, businesses, agricultural premises, schools and churches.

and provides regular training for its staff. This keeps the business at the forefront of advances in the solar industry and certified to install all types of systems to a wide variety of clients. For more information, visit

Clean Energy Installations works with customers throughout every stage of every project - from feasibility studies and design to installation and post project support. The company’s team comprises experienced and fully trained electricians, installers, roofers and project managers. They have a reputation for being friendly, flexible and trustworthy industry experts. Clean Energy Installations has close links with manufacturers and suppliers

❚ enquiry 142.

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GROHE chosen to feature in the world’s greenest building GROHE is delighted to announce that its Blue and Red kitchen taps and Europlus E basin mixers have been chosen to feature in The Edge- the greenest building in the world. Currently used by accountancy firm Deloitte as their Amsterdam office, in 2014 the building was rated “outstanding” by the environmental sustainability assessment agency BREEAM – the highest rating ever. With GROHE’s commitment to sustainability, the brand, which is one of four nominees in “Germany’s most sustainable large corporations” of the 2015 German Sustainability Awards, was the perfect choice to supply product for the project.

Photography : Ronald Tilleman

A selection of GROHE’s products have been chosen to kit out The Edge in Amsterdam, Holland- the greenest building in the world according to BREEAM

The Edge was conceived by Londonbased PLP Architecture, in close collaboration with Deloitte and project developer OVG. The 15 storey building is a completely connected, eco-friendly hub, where workers control everything from finding a parking space to meeting their colleague via an intelligent app. The building is powered by solar panels that produce more electricity than the project uses- in fact, The Edge uses 70% less electricity than a typical office building. The building also uses water sustainably, utilising recycled rainwater to flush the toilets and water the building’s plants. In the summer, warm water is pumped to an aquifer underneath the structure where it is insulated and re-used to heat the building in the winter months.

with sustainability in a way that redefines the concept of the workplace. We looked at different strategies, like phasing and multi-purpose functionality, and also read up on studies about how we could balance sustainability with cost efficiency, which helped us discover that there were better ways to build the structure”. GROHE’s Blue and Red taps were the natural choices for this sustainable project. The Red tap keeps filtered kettle hot water ready for immediate use at all times, removing the need for a kettle and therefore saving energy and reducing water wastage. The Blue provides three types of filtered waterstill, sparkling and semi-sparklingstraight from the tap, and is designed to save up to 86 percent of greenhouse gas emissions compared to bottled water. The public toilets are also equipped with GROHE’s sustainable Europlus E basin mixers which harness flowing water and turns it into electrical energy. Graham Wilby, Head of Projects GROHE UK, comments “We are delighted that GROHE’s products feature in The Edge, as the project mirrors our sustainable ethos. GROHE is committed to the efficient and economical use of resources, and is continually looking for innovative ways to reduce water and energy consumption without compromising on product performance”.

Ron Bakker, founding partner at PLP, comments: “With The Edge, we tried to unite different aspects of the office environment by integrating technology

❚ enquiry 140

Photography : Ronald Tilleman

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February 2016

WHITE IS NOW THE TOAST OF THE KITCHEN White is the new black for kitchen worktops, according to home makeover specialist Granite Transformations, having reviewed its sales figures for 2015. Two years ago it reported that black granite was by far the most popular amongst its own customers, although later that year it predicted that white worktops would be amongst the top interior design trends, attributing this to the ‘Apple effect’ of minimalist white product design.



suits their own tastes and lifestyle, hence the shift towards calm and relaxing white and neutral tones. Granite Transformations also enjoys the distinction of marketing worktops in granite, quartz, recycled glass and porcelain, enabling it to monitor trends in material choice. Echoing internet feedback that ‘quartz’ is now the most searched term for worktops, its UK best-seller Royal Ivory is made from finely textured, neutral coloured quartzite, a tough mineral rock that originates from sandstone. Also rocketing in popularity are recycled glass worktops like Hydra White and White Star, made from toughened glass granules recovered from postconsumer wine, beer and mineral water bottles. The latest fashion for smooth and refined porcelain worktops is also likely to filter across from North America, where Terra di Sienna and Terra Ombra, made from this extremely hardwearing ceramic material, are at #3 and #4 in the Granite Transformations charts.

Confirming this trend, white and off-white worktops have now shot to the top of the company’s best sellers, with Hydra White and Royal Ivory the top 2 and White Star coming in at No 5. What’s more, this trend is reflected in overseas Granite Transformations markets, North Americans currently favouring Royal Ivory, mottled neutral tone Perla di Sabbia and White Star, while in Australasia the most popular surfaces are the clean, white shades of Hydra White and White Star.

Looking ahead, Granite Transformations also anticipates rising consumer demand for patterned worktops and splashbacks, like its newest Trend Trascenda dye sublimated collection.

Offering the look and classic appeal of marble finishes, without the cost and impracticalities, as well as distinctive graphic and fluid patterns, these exciting designs will lend a “It’s unusual for three of our major territories, and whole new dimension to kitchen the top national markets for kitchen makeovers, to décor, says the company. coincide so closely on colour choice,” says Granite Transformations UK General Manager, Hayley Granite Transformations worktops are available from showrooms Fenn. nationwide, tel 0800 044 5393 or visit Black granite was the long-standing UK favourite for locations and product details. worktop material, authoritative, powerful, stylish and the signature colour for warehouse conversions and noughties developments. When the property market was volatile, black was the ‘go to’ colour ❚ enquiry 143 for attracting would-be buyers, although nowadays homeowners are choosing kitchen décor that best

❚ enquiry 144 .

GROHE publishes first Sustainability Report A comprehensive look at sustainability in practice. At GROHE, sustainability is a key corporate value. The brand is committed to enhancing and optimising sustainability at all its worldwide locations on an ongoing basis. Being an integral element of the company’s growth strategy, sustainability forms part of all processes, activities and products. GROHE has now published its first Sustainability Report, which highlights not only the company’s long-standing experience and expertise in this field but also its ability to innovate and its focus on the future. GROHE is also the first company in the industry to issue a declaration of conformity with the German

Sustainability Code, providing comprehensive insight into its activities in this field. ❚ enquiry 145

Make the right connections with Essex! ESSEX Flanges and Bosses Essex have been makers of flanges and bosses for over 80 years. The popular Essex flange is the easiest and fastest method of making reliable tank connections for all sizes of pipe work and immersion heaters.

ESSEX Fix-a-Tap The kit that offers quick and easy tap fixing preventing damage and rotation. Available in different types for most forms of sinks, basins and baths.

Products stocked at all major plumbers merchants!


ESSEX Essex Partners Limited

T: 0151 709 6636 E: ❚ enquiry 146 .

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Solispost solar powered bollards light the way Fourteen solispost solar powered lighting bollards have been installed at Saint Hill Manor, East Grinstead, East Sussex lighting the pathway from the car park to the main building. The solispost bollards were specified by landscape architects, Enplan as part of improvements to the grounds at Saint Hill. Minimal disturbance was caused

during installation at the fine 18th century building. Needing no connection to the grid or a generator, the solar powered solisposts required only the installation of a sub-surface baseplate. As well as providing excellent illumination levels, solispost illuminated bollards minimise light pollution by providing two

levels of illumination. A lower level of illumination is maintained continuously from dusk till dawn which is increased when the solispost automatically detects someone approaching. As the pedestrian walks along the pathway, each solispost increases its light level providing a moving pool of light. Solispost offers a very attractive overall cost of ownership. With no trenching required, supply and installation costs are typically at least 25% lower than for conventional bollards. Once installed, there are no energy or running costs and no carbon footprint providing ongoing cost and environmental benefits. Maintenance requirements are minimal with just an annual wipe clean of the solar panels. Solispost bollards carry a two year guarantee and expected lifetime in excess of 10 years. For further details of solispost illuminated bollards, please visit our website at ❚ enquiry 150

Sweddish Biomass Solutions

THE FUTURE IS BRIGHT FOR NEW GENERATION OF LIGHTING PRODUCTS THE HUMBLE light bulb has evolved hugely in recent years and there are now more variations and types of lighting products available than ever before, which can make buying lights and bulbs a difficult task for many businesses according to workplace equipment supplier Slingsby. Slingsby supplies more than 35,000 workplace products that appeal to all industries including an extensive range of lighting products. Over the last few years, the company has seen a seismic shift in the types of products customers are buying and says there are further changes to come.

❚ enquiry 151 .

Lee Wright, Group Sales and Marketing Director at Slingsby, says: “Traditional, incandescent light bulbs are already a distant memory with so many new lighting products being developed and launched over the last few years. Today there are a huge range of products available ranging from LEDs and halogen through to triphosphor and fluorescent tubes. “There are also several new products on the horizon, such as bulbs made with graphene, which is 200 times stronger than steel and one million times thinner than human hair, which means it conducts electricity and heat very effectively. The technology should go on sale soon and will compete with LEDs, in terms of price,

energy efficiency and lifespan.” Lee adds: “However, as a result of the choices available, many workplaces understandably find buying lights and bulbs a minefield because with such an array of products to choose from, that all vary in terms of cost and energy efficiency, it can be difficult to know where to start. Plus, whilst most homes rely on just one or two main types of bulbs, workplaces can often use lots of different types.” Slingsby has compiled a guide outlining the main differences between the major types of lighting products most commonly sold in the UK. Compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) – This is the standard type of energysaving light bulb – it’s generally cheap and available in a wide range of sizes and outputs. They are very costeffective and although early designs used to illuminate slowly, this has improved hugely in recent years. However, the jury is out about the light they emit with many people saying it is too artificial. Halogen – These emit a similar bright light to an old-style incandescent light bulb due to them both using a tungsten filament. However, they are less energy efficient compared to lots of other common bulbs. Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) – Most use around 90 per cent less energy than an incandescent light bulb.

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February 2016

Revolutionary Goodlight G5 - The LED Solution to outdated fluorescents LED Eco Lights has introduced its revolutionary Goodlight G5 LED luminaire as the 21st Century replacement for inefficient and energy-hungry fluorescent tubes. Designed and developed to meet the requirements of the most challenging commercial and industrial environments, the new G5 combines versatility and cost effectiveness. The new model typically replaces standard twin fluorescent fittings that are beyond their useful lives. These outdated fixtures are not only extremely energy intensive but also rely on old lighting technology including control gear that requires additional maintenance and has a relatively short lifespan. Performance is also often poor and accompanied by various

Integral LED Moves to Consolidate Rapid Entry with Senior Sales British technology manufacturer Integral has moved to consolidate and grow its new lighting division Mark Polloway

with the appointment of two industry heavyweights. The semiconductor-based business made a successful diversification two years ago with rapid results, announcing a 300% growth in their LED lighting

business in 2015. In a move to strengthen their presence in both distributor and retail channels, Integral has appointed two Sales Directors with strong records of accomplishment in the lighting sector. Joining Integral after a long and Paul Kirwan


operational problems such as flickering, buzzing and blackened tubes. Available in two, four and five foot lengths, the Goodlight G5 LED luminaire provides ‘instant on’ illumination, super brightness of 110Lm per Watt and a 50,000 hours lifespan. This new model also offers energy savings of up to 65% to achieve potential payback within four months and is covered by a comprehensive five year guarantee. Ease of installation is assured by a choice of recessed and surface mountings plus suspended fixings, all within the physical space of the original fluorescent fitting. This flexibility means that the new Goodlight G5 LED luminaire is ideal for general and task lighting applications in retail stores, car parks, warehouses, offices, hospitals and numerous other locations. Importantly, because there is no glass component within the product, the G5 is also perfect for use within all kinds of food and drink distinguished career with Phillips Lighting, Paul Kirwan aims to introduce the brand to a broader range of distributors throughout the UK, building on the businesses’ strong reputation for high quality and competitive prices. Similarly, Mark Polloway


production areas. Conceived to offer a sleek appearance matched to rugged performance, the new IP65-rated G5 LED luminaire incorporates ‘Five Way’ protection against rain, dust, ice, heat and corrosion. Furthermore, the product may be specified complete with an integral battery back-up to ensure suitability for use in emergency lighting systems. “Our new Goodlight G5 LED luminaire has really raised the bar in cost effective, multi-purpose lighting,” says Saima Shafi, LED Eco Lights’ marketing director. “Not only does it look tremendous, it also offers unrivalled performance and reliability – all backed up by a 50,000 hours lifespan and a nononsense five year guarantee. The days of the fluorescent tube are numbered and our integrated G5 LED is the perfect upgrade option!” ❚ enquiry 152 has been drawn from the ranks of senior lighting professionals, following on from recent roles at TCP and Yankon, to bolster Integral’s presence in stores across Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Polloway’s chief goal is to channel Integral’s 25-year reputation as a leading memory manufacturer into the burgeoning lighting category - worldwide. “Our long-term experience of delivering a high-quality product in a timely manner has been enthusiastically received by the lighting market, eager for reliable and keenly priced LED lamps and luminaires, commented Sunil Kotecha, MD of Integral Memory plc. “Expanding our team with key expert personnel will introduce a new brand name to some, that has a long history of delivering solid state technology”.

DANLERS ControlZAPP – More than an Energy Saving Control • Programmable by Android phone or tablet • Real Time scheduling for switching, lux control or function changes • PIR occupancy switching and adjustable photocell for daylight control • Switching/dimming functions can be controlled by sunset and sunrise prediction • Automatic time adjustment for BST • Innovative twin level time lag function with short visit mode for even greater energy savings • Versions for switching only, DALI Dimming and 1-10V Dimming Tel: 01249 443377 - Fax: 01249 443388 Website: ❚ enquiry 153.

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UNStudio / Ben van Berkel complete first project in Brussels Designed for ProWinko and in collaboration with Jaspers-Eyers Architects, Le Toison d’Or is a hybridisation of a traditional building-block typology and a mixed-use development with a retail podium. Located on the Avenue de la Toison d'Or, the mixeduse complex integrates into the urban fabric of its surroundings, whilst simultaneously merging a retail and residential programme.



Le Toison d'Or contains 72 apartments (from 50 to 750 m2), 13,000 m2 of commercial space, a 1040 m2 crèche, 330 parking spaces and an elevated city garden of 2,950 m2. In order to avoid the monolithic qualities common to block structures, the façade of Le Toison d’Or is broken up by means of variations in texture, depth and the repeating rhythm of a series of curved vertical frames. These frames serve to enclose the balconies of the apartments on the upper floors, whilst also facilitating the large display windows of the retail units. Ben van Berkel: “It was important that the retail units be as open and light as possible. We wanted to contrast this with the apparent solidity of the upper floors, to create the illusion that the vertical balloon-like frames were carrying the building; as if the whole block almost has the potential to float above the avenue.” In contrast to the vertical articulation of the street facade, the facades surrounding the elevated courtyard garden follow a horizontal arrangement. Here generously proportioned balconies provide a more tranquil experience of city life. The apartments in Le Toison d’Or vary in size from small to large, enabling a varied demographic of city residents. To ensure high levels of daylight in the interiors, the floor to ceiling heights reach at least 2.7 meters in living areas. For the apartments situated along the Avenue de la Toison d’Or, this height increases to more than 3 meters. Open kitchens in the form of large furniture elements create an informal entertaining space in the heart of the apartments and determine the circulation through the spaces. Le Toison d’Or has been developed with high standards of sustainability. Main features are the excellent thermic isolation of the façade (including triple glazing), a high standard of acoustic insulation, an inventive cogeneration installation system for both the apartments and the retail units and the use of glass-fiber reinforced concrete. Photos: © Hufton+Crow / Eva Bloem

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‘Aluprof Listens to Specifiers’ In all forms of new and refurbished building construction, Specifiers today are seeking to reduce window frame sight lines to increase light transmittance. Aluprof, one of Europe's leading systems companies, have designed a system with the slimmest of sight lines, the new 'MB Slimline' system.

With a fixed light and opening light aluminium face width of just 32.5mm Aluprof’s new ‘MB Slimline’ window offers both good looks and high thermal performance - something steel window systems cannot offer. U values of below 1.00 are achievable, as the new system will accept both double and triple glazing options coupled with aluminium profiles which use wide polyamide thermal break. With a wide range of profiles available, the ‘MB Slimline’ system can offer high inertia ratings and slim, deep profiles, offering the specifier the ability to use the system in any large, or small, window spaces. Ideally suited to both new and replacement projects, in both residential and commercial environments, where slim lines are crucial to the aesthetic appearance of the building, the ‘MB Slimline’ system offers a complete solution. ‘MB Slimline’ is further proof of Aluprof’s innovative approach to fenestration solutions, establishing itself as one of Europe's leading systems companies. The new system joins a wide portfolio of aluminium systems which includes curtain wall systems, doors windows and high performance aluminium fire rated systems. Aluprof UK head office and extensive distribution centre is located in Altrincham, Cheshire. Aluprof systems increasingly being specified on a wide range of residential and commercial projects across the UK. Systems are designed, fabricated and installed by selected, specially trained companies, to ensure each fabricated product meets Aluprof exacting standards. Further information is available on our company’s website at and specialist advice is available directly from Aluprof on 0161 941 4005.

❚ enquiry 154.

Comar 5P.i Top Hung

Casement Windows Comar Architectural Aluminium Systems, with their approved fabricator Anglia Fixing Ltd; recently completed a change of use refurbishment at Cater House in Chelmsford, Essex. The former 8 storey purpose built office block which boosts a city centre location adjacent to the River Can, has been converted into 35 apartments.

Award winning Passivhaus building uses ISO-BLOCO-ONE window sealing tape High performance foam sealing tape has helped a specialist timber frame building achieve Passivhaus low energy standards.

This change of use project was completed using Comar 5P.i Top Hung Casement Windows to the communal stairways. Comar 5P.i ECO Casement, Top & Side Hung windows and Comar 7P.i ECO Rebated Doors being specified for the apartments. The aluminium P.i window and door systems use trademarked Polyamide Insulated (P.i) that provides exceptional thermal performance and reduces heat loss through the thermal break Bespoke fenestration and composite windows company JLH Bros of Kenilworth used ISOCHEMIE BLOCO-ONE tape to seal doors and window installations in the award-winning Whitwell House scheme on the north shore of Rutland Water. Constructed using a mix of traditional and modern building

ensuring low U-values and therefore ensuring energy bills are minimised.

All aluminium was finished in a Hipca White Gloss polyester powder coat to BS6496.

Comar 7 Doors are a natural choice in a busy residential building and were selected for the main entrance doors and external staircases. Comar 7 Doors are available in swing, pivot, sliding, auto sliding and sliding folding. These doors were hung directly into the Comar 3 Ground Floor Treatment and were internally beaded using 28mm DG units.

All Comar approved fabricators are required to have the technical expertise to attend pre-site meetings and provide detailing. Anglia Fixing liaised closely with the specifiers to provide design advice and detailing which ensured the project ran smoothly and met site deadlines. ❚ enquiry 155

materials, JLH used high quality doors and windows from an Austrian supplier, with the excellent U values of the super insulated frames being matched by the innovative thermal, sound reducing and weatherproofing properties of ISO-CHEMIE BLOCO-ONE.

Levolux fills up in Bristol

ISO-CHEMIE BLOCO-ONE tape, which comes with a 10 year performance guarantee and provides up to 70% cost savings when compared to other three component systems, enables windows and doors to be quickly and easily sealed from inside the building. This avoids the need to use time consuming and costly external access systems like scaffolding and ladders, and provides guaranteed high performance sealing for the lifetime of the window. ❚ enquiry 156

Filwood Green Business Park in Bristol capitalises on the latest innovations in sustainable building technology, including integrated photovoltaic panels, a green roof and a Timber Fin solar shading solution from Levolux. The bold design of the business park, which was masterminded by Stride Treglown architects alongside C2HM, a leading engineering and programme management company, has been successfully realised. As a result,

Filwood Green Business Park becomes the first BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ rated development in the South West. As the UK’s leading Solar Shading and Screening specialist, Levolux was approached at the design stage to develop a highly sustainable Solar Shading solution, comprising vertical and horizontal Timber Fins. A series of large vertical Timber Fins have been fitted to the south-east corner and east-facing elevation of the development. In total, 42 Timber Fins, each measuring 650mm wide by 100mm thick, extend 3.4 metres in height. Not only do the projecting vertical Fins provide effective shade to glazed openings, preventing excessive glare and solar heat gain, but they also create a striking architectural feature.

❚ enquiry 157

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Global UPVC delivers the perfect remedy at historic Hospital Site More than 700 high quality windows and doors were supplied and installed by Global UPVC at a prestigious development on the historic Caerphilly Miners’ Hospital site.

casement windows and French doors from long-standing local Synseal fabricator Global UPVC, whose Managing Director Jon Dowse credits much of the company’s ongoing success in the commercial market to the Legend system:

The Beeches Village – an award winning scheme – was delivered by an innovative partnership of housing association United Welsh, Caerphilly County Borough Council, housing developer Lovell, the Welsh Health Service and the Caerphilly Miners Community Group. Completed in January 2015, it has created 82 homes for sale and for rent on the site. All homes have Legend

“We use only Legend and have done for over ten years,” says Jon. “So many of our clients keep coming back and inviting us to bid for more work that we can hardly keep up with the tenders. To me, that is the best possible commendation I could hope for from any system. It’s a good looking window that performs well but also from our point of view, it is easy to manufacture.

Our work is mainly in new-build but we do a bit of everything and Legend suits us whatever we are doing.” Legend is one of three 70mm PVC-U window systems created by Synseal, along with the chamfered Shield and sculptured SynerJy with its innovative j-form curves. Legend was first introduced to help installers gain a greater presence in the commercial sector, but has since also become a favourite in the retrofit market with a choice of chamfered or ovolo profiles. Brian Walker, Synseal’s Fabrication & Development Manager, comments: “I visited this

New energy-efficient automatic door delivers the looks and performance

site on a number of occasions during the build process and there has been a consistent high quality of frame manufacture and installation in all the homes throughout this landmark new housing project.” Built in 1923, The Miners’ Hospital was paid for by the miners of the Rhymney Valley after they each put aside 6d out of their weekly wage of 12s 6d to raise the £30,000 needed. The Miners’ Hospital closed in 2011 with services transferred to the new Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr hospital in Ystrad Mynach. The redevelopment of the site has been shaped in close consultation with

Gilgen Door Systems has launched a new energyefficient automatic door which overcomes the design limitations often associated with thermally insulated products, delivering a solution which is both elegant in appearance and efficient in operation. The Gilgen PST <green wings> sliding door comes with low-profile slimline looks and offers outstanding energy performance, expressed as ‘U’ values, enabling entrances to be built sustainably without compromising design. The technologically advanced Gilgen SLX-M drive system and energy-efficient PST door profiles combine to form a single unit. As part of the Gilgen <green wings> automatic door range, this combination provides a robust thermal barrier with a low visible profile similar to a standard automatic door. The design of these doors, with their thermally separated profiles combined with double or triple glazing goes far beyond that of conventional sliding doors being well matched to the straight lines of today’s modern architecture.

Maximum heat insulation, low investment costs With system ‘U’ values of 1.1 to 1.8, depending on the configuration, these automatic doors fulfil the exacting demands of architects, specifiers and building owners in a World where energy efficiency and sustainability are a growing concern. Independent test evidence provides proof of the low ‘U’ values and low air permeability, furthermore high wind load capacity and resistance to driving rain makes the PST automatic door ideal for exposed locations. Designed to EN16005 standards Gilgen PST is available in single or two leaf bi-parting configurations.

the local community. A key element of the scheme was the preservation of the original Miners’ Hospital building which has been retained and leased to the Caerphilly Miners Community Group for use as a community centre. Other community legacy benefits have included five apprenticeships created by the development. The Beeches Village was recently named Development of the Year in the Welsh Housing Awards; earlier in 2015 it also won the Residential category in the 2015 RICS (Royal Institution for Chartered Surveyors) Awards for Wales. ❚ enquiry 158

PassiHaus open day at the Rehau Hub With interest in Passivhaus building now approaching an all-time high in the UK, fenestration specialist REHAU is staging a Passivhaus focused Open Day at The REHAU Hub in the Building Centre London on Wednesday 23rd March.

The team at The REHAU Hub are inviting construction professionals to drop in any time between 10am and 5pm to access expert advice on issues relating to Passivhaus fenestration and ventilation systems.

For further information call 0800 316 6994 or visit

As well as Kevin O’Neill and Tony Harbour from REHAU, there will also be representatives on hand from Pilkington and an acoustic vent supplier, who will be able to talk about the specific demands of air tight construction and the glazing and ventilation solutions available. Recognising the importance of how well the structures surrounding windows and doors are sealed, there will also be an advisor available from a specialist EPDM membrane and sealant manufacturer. The big advantage for specifiers who come to the Open Day is that they can see the full range of REHAU Passivhaus compliant and certified products on display at the same time.

❚ enquiry 159 .

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FAKRO launches RAL colours for flat roof windows Introduction of the DEF flat roof window in 2014 redefined the visual aesthetic for such products but the launch of ‘ColourLine’ has taken the offering a stage further by enabling outer cladding to be specified in any

RAL colour from the ‘Classic Palette’. Whether to blend with a green roof, colours used in terrace landscaping or tiles on pitches up to 15°, the design scope is virtually limitless. Thermally efficient triple or quadruple-glazed units can be ordered, the DEF U8 window offering an unparalleled level of performance with an installed Uvalue of 0.76 W/m²K. This means roof windows can be used not just in standard flat roof extensions but in passive house designs.

With a glazing area up to 16% greater than other manufacturers’ windows of comparable size, they can also be used to replace existing skylights, greatly improving availability of natural light. Interior surfaces of frame and sash are white PVC, making them ideal for bathrooms and wetrooms. All have a 6mm toughened outer and a P2A anti-burglary laminated inner pane while electrically operated windows have a built-in sensor to activate sash closure when rain is detected.

Vicaima’s market growth prompt’s sales force expansion


With record sales in 2014 and 2015 FSC certified interior door manufacturer, Vicaima has begun a programme of expansion for its regional representation in 2016.

Much of that time has been spent specifically working within the doors and associated joinery sector, so he fully appreciates the high standards sought by our customers and is equipped to offer sound and professional advice. Based from his home town of Wolverhampton Stephen will cover the important and rapidly growing central region.

Phase one see’s the appointment of Stephen Pearce as their new Area Sales Manager for the central northern and midlands region, and bringing with him a wealth of experience from the door specification February 2016

Stephen, who was formally with door and doorset specialist Leaderflush Shapland Laidlaw, has been involved with the construction industry for over 30 years.

As Stephen says, he is looking forward to further developing sales of Vicaima door solutions to the market. “I have been well aware of Vicaima for many years. With its unquestionable reputation for superb quality and a real passion for innovation in all things, I cannot wait to become part of a winning team”. ❚ enquiry 162

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Flush tilt-turn window system creates design perfection Profile 22 has launched a unique externally Flush Tilt-Turn window system designed for commercial applications, especially medium and high rise buildings. The distinctive sleek, urban and modern design of its flush exterior frame avoids the overlapping of framework associated with conventional PVC-U systems, making it especially suitable for applications such as new-build apartments, housing hotels, offices, universities and colleges. The Profile 22 externally Flush Tilt-Turn can achieve A++ WER Rating (U-Value 0.8 W/m2.K, in line with Passivhaus standards) with argon-filled triple-glazed units, due to its energy efficient six-chamber sash and five-chamber outer frame as well as the inclusion of Profile 22’s innovative Aeroframe thermal barrier. This window design offers superb thermal performance thus eliminating the need for expensive krypton-filled units. The high performance

weather seal system allows for more efficient drainage of water, greatly improving weathering and thermal capabilities. Profile 22 Commercial Sales Director Andrew Reid said: “The externally Flush Tilt-Turn offers sleek simplicity in its appearance, combined with the functionality of the tilt-turn and the high specification that can be expected from any Profile 22 product, making it the ideal choice for commercial applications of all types. ❚ enquiry 163

Schueco UK announces excellence awards for 2016 Leading sustainable building envelope specialist Schueco UK – in conjunction with RIBA Journal – is continuing its sponsorship of the Schueco Excellence Awards for Design and Innovation and is inviting submissions for the 2016 competition.

build-team collaboration have delivered exceptional product solutions that help to realise original design concepts. The only stipulation for entry is that the building submitted should include at least one Schueco system.

Closing date for entries is midday on 4th April and the Excellence Awards Presentation will take place on 23rd June on the 42nd floor of The Leadenhall Building, aka The Cheesegrater, an iconic feature of the central London skyline.

The panel of judges for 2016 consists of Hugh Pearman, editor, RIBA Journal (chairman); Paul Monaghan, director, Alford Hall Monaghan Morris; Louise Cotter, director, Carr Cotter & Naessens Architects; Jose Silva Hernandez-Gil, associate, Duggan Morris Architects; Chris Macey, Group MD, Wintech Group and Steve Mudie, director, alinea consulting.

Open to architects and fabricators across both the commercial and trade residential sectors, the Schueco Excellence Awards – now in their third year – have become firmly established as a major annual event celebrating the very best in UK building design. Commenting on their importance, Joe Morris, a director of Duggan Morris Architects, the first winners of the Special Merit Award for Overall Excellence in 2014, says: ‘Winning the Schueco Excellence Award continues to strengthen our collaborations with specialist contractors and influence our design process.’ Nine separate categories – commercial building; cultural building; education building; health building; refurbishment project; residential development; individual house; steel award; specialist contractor – ensure the widest possible coverage of the UK building industry. The judges will be looking for submissions that demonstrate how creativity, innovation and

As a point of interest, Louise Cotter led the architectural team that designed the Dun Laoghaire Lexican Library and Cultural Centre, Dublin, which won the Award for Overall Excellence in the 2015 competition. Following the presentation of the Awards in June, a pdf of the RIBA Awards supplement containing all the short-listed entries will be available to download from the Schueco UK website. This will give finalists the opportunity to showcase their expertise directly to some of the most influential people in the industry. Details of the entry criteria for the Schueco Excellence Awards for Design and Innovation can be downloaded from the RIBA website w w w. r i b a j . c o m / b u i l d i n g s / c e l e b r a t e collaboration) together with an easy-to-fillout entry form.

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Debunking the myths of modular construction Modular buildings are still something of an unknown quantity, both inside and outside the construction industry. Wernick Group Marketing Manager, Leigh Fennell discusses some of the more prevalent misconceptions about modular offsite construction. Goals Football Centre

Are modular buildings of high quality? Many people’s perceptions of modular buildings stem from their experience of old leaky prefabricated classrooms. These were often supposed to be temporary but often had to be endured for use by schools across the country for decades. Before I worked in the offsite construction sector this was certainly my own opinion. I have now come to understand this presumption that modular buildings are of low quality is a misconception that is easily dispelled.

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Firstly, modular buildings follow the same set of regulations as traditional construction and must therefore meet the same standards of quality. Building modules are manufactured in tightly controlled factory environments meeting ISO 9001 quality management standards and often IS0 14001 environmental standards. Another comment I would make on this point is that many the materials used in modular building, such as the steel frame, are exactly the same materials used for a traditional build. The only difference being that the construction takes place off site in a more controlled factory environment. As testament to their quality many offsite construction companies will now offer a 25 year warranty as standard with their buildings which also have an expected design life of over 100 years! Are modular buildings permanent structures? While modular buildings can be used as a temporary solution the quality of build, as mentioned, means they are built to last. Most people will only see modular buildings in the role of short-term accommodation provided while a new development is under construction or deployed following an emergency such as a fire or a flood, leading to the understanding that these buildings are always temporary. In fact, these uses reveal nothing about the quality or permanence of the building, but how quickly they can be installed. Just like a traditional building, modular buildings are steel-framed in construction and can provide permanent accommodation solutions, including purpose-designed schools, hospitals, office blocks, police cells and even nuclear power station accommodation. The end product is often a building that its hard to imagine was manufactured in a factory. Is modular construction a proven concept? Often in the media, modularisation is framed as a new innovation in construction that could change all future building projects. This is unfortunately not quite the case. The first recorded use of modular buildings as we know them today was in the 19th century. Some leading offsite manufacturers have been in business for over 80 years and there are many examples of their buildings still standing today that were manufactured many decades ago. Are the cost savings of offsite construction (when compared to traditional construction) exaggerated? It’s commonly stated by offsite specialists that a modular building is far more economical when compared to traditional construction, with

a saving of around 50% achievable. Let’s look at the facts. A report by Laing O’Rourke, who developed a modular system with an engineering company, suggested it could build a 1,300 pupil school for £14.3 million, £6 million cheaper than an equivalent school under the Building Schools for the Future Programme (BSF). The fact that much of the modular construction process is carried out offsite in a controlled factory environment means projects can be completed much faster than traditional construction methods with no delays due to bad weather. In many instances a more efficient design with modular also means maintenance costs are reduced. Are modular buildings more sustainable? By process, offsite construction is also far more environmentally friendly when compared to traditional construction. This greatly reduced programme inevitably minimises the impact on the environment. Modular buildings are produced in a controlled factory environment, in which all waste including steel, aluminium and timber is separated for recycling with almost nothing ending up as landfill. The process is not subject to bad weather, and subsequent delays this may cause. As the time on site is reduced, so is the impact of the construction process on the site and surrounding environment. Modules can also be designed to a specifically optimised size in order to match the supplied sizes of the building materials, further reducing the amount of waste. Typically, the end product is a building, which achieves an Energy Performance Asset rating (EPA) of B, as standard. An ‘A’ rating is easily achieved when sustainable options, such as solar panels are incorporated. Are modular buildings all the same? Ok, so it’s clear that a modular construction is a sustainable process that lowers cost and offers shorter and more dependable build programmes, but does the modular approach have limitations in building design? There’s no escaping the fact that modular buildings lend themselves to standardisation, and it is obviously more straightforward to manufacture identical units than a variety of different ones. However, clients are increasingly looking for buildings that cater to their specific needs and are quite understandably less interested in a ‘one size fits all’ approach. In terms of providing ‘traditional’ finishes, we are increasingly being asked to provide extensions to existing buildings while maintaining a continuous external appearance. This can be done so effectively that often you cannot tell which is the old traditional building and which is the new modular extension. While modular specialists can offer a bespoke design and build service, increasingly architects are bringing their designs to life in a modular environment. I believe good architects are entirely capable of designing attractive buildings that use a high degree of modularisation. Many are already working with modular providers to great effect. Nothing speaks more loudly than the buildings themselves and I would encourage any architect to seek out the possibilities offered with offsite construction by reflecting on the finished product. ❚ enquiry 165.

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£44 million off-site scheme starts on site in East London The £44 million Riverside Schools off-site project – the largest ever in the education sector – has started on site in Barking. The scheme for the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham was awarded to the Portakabin Group and is using a Yorkon offsite solution to deliver an innovative threeschool campus. Now under construction, the 23,000sqm Riverside Schools campus will provide places for 2,645 children from 0-19 years on a six hectare site. The development will integrate provision for nursery, primary, special needs, secondary, and sixth form pupils, and will be operated by the multi-

New brochure for Helifix Dixie micro-piles Helifix has produced a new 12 page technical brochure giving full details of its versatile, high performance, Dixie micropiles, which are used to rapidly and costeffectively stabilise buildings suffering from subsidence.


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academy trust, Partnership Learning. The Portakabin Group is the main contractor for this pioneering project. The contract was procured and awarded by the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham via the Council’s local education partnership, Thames Partnership for Learning. It is funded by the Education Funding Agency.

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The brochure looks at the benefits of using the innovative, simple, but extremely effective Dixie micro-pile system, such as minimal disturbance to occupants and no spoil removal, and full technical specifications are provided. The main causes of subsidence are also examined and how, following detailed investigations, appropriate repairs are designed based on the damage, the weight of the individual property and the local ground conditions. A step by step installation process is included in the new literature, complementing Helifix’s recently launched animation on the micro-pile system, which can be viewed at videos. ❚ enquiry 167

Saracen secures major structural refurbishment project in Hammersmith Leading workplace consultant, Saracen Interiors has commenced work on site in Hammersmith for one of its existing blue chip clients. The structural refurbishment project, valued at approximately £1 million, has been undertaken by Saracen Facilities, the company’s FM division, and involves a rolling programme of maintenance and repair work.

tennants with the minimum of disruption. Joint managing director of Saracen Interiors, Michael Page is delighted to have the Saracen Facilities team ensconced at this address: The team is working in what was the old Lyons building; a site which comes with some historic significance and is known in the wider area. ❚ enquiry 168

Saracen has worked for the client, a leading global environmental services provider, for over a decade, carrying out fit outs and small works across the company’s UK commercial property portfolio. This latest project, an investigative programme of work, includes repairs to the roof areas and brickwork and the refurbishment of the carpark which has been water logged. All work is being carried out around existing

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BRETT FURTHERS BRAND AND MERCHANT RESOURCE WITH NEW 2016 GARDENS AND DRIVES BROCHURE Continuing its drive to maximise support across its partner network, Brett Landscaping has announced the launch of its new Gardens & Drives 2016 brochure. This resource has been specifically created to showcase the company’s comprehensive selection of high quality hard landscaping materials for domestic projects, as well as unveiling a number of exciting new products. The 2016 brochure has been purposefully designed to provide an insight into the very latest Brett Landscaping paving products for gardens and driveways, as well as presenting customers with pictures of real installations of the most up-to-date lines. The Brett Landscaping Marketing Manager, Andrew Gill, explains: “In launching the new brochure, we’re providing our partners with a superior marketing tool, helping them to present our products in the most attractive way possible and allowing their customers to see our

paving in real life applications. It also features a range of beautiful new products including a selection of Italian Porcelain garden paving and a Flamed Sandstone range, together with the addition of new, innovative colours in the natural stone, garden and block paving ranges. These additions have all been designed to bring a fresh focus to our already extensive range of products.” He goes on to describe the new brochure as a useful information source, which lays out the latest collections of Brett Landscaping

garden and driveway products, including natural stone paving, flag and block paving as well as a selection of gravels; each presented to offer ‘mix and match’ options and provide inspiration to customers. Patio Paving sets, circle kits and accessories, such as stepping-stones and garden walling, also feature in the brochure, along with garden and drive edging solutions and decorative aggregates. “The 2016 brochure looks extremely professional and provides clarity and useful

product information, all of which assists our partners in the sales process and helps customers make a more informed decision,” Andrew continues. He also comments that the refreshed and updated literature is a clear demonstration of the ongoing brand investment being made by Brett Landscaping: “By ensuring that our literature is current and regularly updated we’re further enhancing our brand whilst showing, in a tangible way, our brand development, innovative product lines and exceptional quality.”

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Clark-Drain launches High Max cover designed for the Utility, Highways & Public sectors. Clark-Drain launches new version of its D400 High Max series – designed with Water Companies, Local Authorities and Highways Contractors in mind. The manhole cover will satisfy the heavily trafficked needs of UK road networks. As road traffic intensifies and weather conditions become more changeable the ‘best-fit’ specification and installation of access covers to specific industry requirements has a role to play in supporting ‘whole life costs’ and health and safety needs. Fash Shahidi, Clark-Drain’s Key Account Manager at Clark-Drain comments: “Choosing covers which help to prolong surface wear and skid resistance life is an important consideration for organisations interested in ‘value improvement’ based around total cost of installation and whole life costs, particularly in the Water, Highways and Environmental sectors.”

how these were dispersed under heavy load stresses to minimise the impact on the bedding. A tread pattern with 25% more density than the minimum requirement specified in EN 124 and 40% greater tread height than rival manhole covers all contribute.” Through the years significant improvements in frame and cover design have generally been integrated into the Nation’s roads - The Highways Agency’s guidance HA 104/09 for example has driven improvement. Fash adds: “What is needed is a new way of delivering the best possible performance for the installation. We have engineered High Max to meet these needs by providing exceptionally good durability, safety and flexibility in use. ” ❚ enquiry 210 .

Premature failure in the bedding material is often cited as the main factor contributing to poor performance of installations. Fash continues: “Product design plays a massive role in extending product life. With High Max it was important to incorporate an understanding of dynamic loads. Finite Element Analysis and 3D modelling was used in the design of High Max to evaluate

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BBA certification received for Resin Bound Surfacing range. Addagrip Terraco Ltd are delighted to announce that their Addaset, Addabound and Terrabound Resin Bound surfaces have all achieved BBA certification, making them the first and only Resin Bound Surfacing manufacturer to achieve this standard.

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KALSI Group unveils new K-Blue at NMBS Exhibition Low maintenance building products manufacturer, Kalsi Group will be debuting its new K-Blue range at this year’s NMBS exhibition (13th April) at the RICOH Arena in Coventry. After a successful launch in November 2015 this event marks its


As well as the new piping system visitors will be able to take a closer look at the company’s extensive range of low maintenance building products. “We have a lot to offer; that’s why events such as this are invaluable,” comments Kalsi Group, UK sales manager Graham Wilde.  ❚ enquiry 175 .

BBA certification is widely known throughout the construction industry as a symbol of quality and reassurance. It is a vital ingredient for product manufacturers to help ensure acceptance with specifiers, building control, Local Authorities and insurers. The BBA have worked with Addagrip to achieve the approval of their Resin Bound Surfacing through the BBA’s robust testing and assessment schemes. Roger Critchley, Managing Director of Addagrip Terraco Ltd, says “With the continuing growth in the use of seamless Resin Bound Surfacing over the last 10 years, we have seen many new suppliers, manufacturers and DIY suppliers enter the marketplace. The BBA accreditation will set a benchmark for quality resin bound products and installations within the industry. The Addagrip Terraco Resin Bound products are a complete resin and aggregate system, installed by an Addagrip approved contractor to ensure that the correct ratio of resin to aggregate is achieved and the product installed according to our specific guidelines.

Gaining the BBA certification has been a long process as we are the first company to invest in what we see as a very significant step forward in the Resin Bound industry. The BBA carried out site visits, inspecting old installations in order to confirm and check their condition after many years use, as well as visiting a live installation to witness the mixing and application process. A further range of independent product testing was also carried out which included permeability testing, as Resin Bound Surfacing is regularly used on SUDSbased schemes.” Addagrip Terraco Ltd views the BBA certification as a major step forward and one that could be potentially game changing for the Resin Bound industry.

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Hauraton channels used as perimeter drainage at Brooke Church of England School Located in Brooke village about six miles South of Norwich, The Brooke Church of England Primary School is a brick building surrounded by an asphalted playground which tended to flood when there was heavy rain. As part of a number of measures designed to reduce future flood risk it was decided that the existing drainage needed to be upgraded. The Hauraton RECYFIX® PRO 100 channel system, fitted with FIBRETEC® C250, HEELSAFE 9mm slot gratings was specified by NPS Group of Norwich, and used to provide perimeter drainage right around the school building. This continues 104 metre channel run not only drained the February 2016

Due to customer demand, Leafield Environmental has recently introduced a NEW liquid reservoir standalone unit to collect excess liquids from cups and plastic bottles to prevent leakages in mixed recycling bins. The NEW ‘AquaPod’ unit holds 7.5 litres of liquids and its compact design, allows it to sit alongside other recycling units. The lightweight, yet inherently strong one piece construction has been designed for ease of cleaning. In addition, all edges have been designed with large radius to minimise dirty traps. The black base is made from 100% recycled material (subject to availability) and the blue graphics are offered as standard to clearly define waste stream collection. Made from UV stabilised medium density moulded polyethylene (MDPE). ❚ enquiry 177 .

asphalt playground it prevented standing water reaching the walls and acted as a drain for roof downpipes. The FIBRETEC® grating design helps eliminate any crossflow over the grating and important consideration for the Brooke project. The RECYFIX® channel component is made from 100% recycled PE-PP. The channel for the Brooke project has an intake cross section of 92 cm2. ❚ enquiry 176 .

Trex: High Quality Composite Decking Trex decking is an innovative and stylish way to transform a house into a home and make any building project come to life. The high performance composite decking brand is increasingly becoming a popular choice with architects and house builders who are looking to use WPC (wood plastic composite) in forthcoming builds.

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TRANSFORMATIONAL PAVING With the recent completion of public realm regeneration at the east London Brownfield Estate, Interpave has substantially updated its case study on this exemplary project. Brownfield includes modernist architect Ernö Goldfinger's listed, 'brutalist' concrete high-rise blocks - including Balfron Tower - from the late 60's and early '70s. Before regeneration, a key issue with the Estate was the variable quality and character of the urban realm, which was ill defined with uncertainty about identifying public or private spaces and fronts or backs of buildings. With standard width carriageways, very wide pavements and no defensible space to frontages, the streetscape was bleak. This regeneration project, designed by PRP for Poplar HARCA, works within the general layout of the refurbished and new infill buildings and adopted streets. The aim is to unify disparate elements of the site using a simple palette of hard landscape materials, developing a language that unites the neighbourhood. Wherever possible, multi-use streets and spaces are developed – bold and contemporary in character –

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using robust and high quality landscape elements. The project is characterised by a uniform application of concrete block paving on unadopted areas, with feature paving announcing estate entrances and around key buildings. Here, concrete flags in strong colours are arranged in bands to create a bold linear feel. Then, throughout the scheme silver-grey concrete setts – with enhanced granite surface adding sparkle – highlight footways, while charcoal setts identify private amenity space. Edges and transformations are defined by enhancedfinish concrete kerbs, some laid flush, others raised. This is an exemplary scheme, demonstrating the importance of considered, detailed design and execution in the public realm. Interpave has just published an updated case study exploring the project which, together with other case studies and guidance on various issues, ranging from Sustainability to SuDS, can be downloaded via the Interpave information resource at:

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Secret fix Cembonit Cladding for sustainable homes Cembonit cladding from Cembrit, the roofing and cladding specialist, has successfully created an attractive finish for 6 new multi-use units at a sustainable housing development in Hayes. Kingswood Place is a newly built housing development comprising 43 residential homes and three commercial units. Built to comply

with Level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes, the project began in 2013 and is expected to finish by the end of September 2015. The development features attractive landscaped grounds, with each apartment including an allocated parking space and private residents access to Rosedale Park. Surrey-based property developer, Vantage Homes was responsible for this project, and specified Cembrit Cembonit cladding, which was supplied via leading distributor of high performance February 2016

cladding, PCP Cladding Ltd & Premier Building Products Ltd. The look of the development was important, and as such, a number of building materials were used for the external envelope, including cladding, bricks, render and glass. The through coloured sand Cembonit cladding complements the other finishes, and provides a subtle, neutral contrast. Installed in a traditional manner, the contractor opted to use wooden frames instead of the more common method of aluminium brackets and rails. The cladding was bonded to the frame, using a primer and activator. This method eliminates the need for any fixings being on show, therefore providing a smooth finish to the building. “From the get-go, we were confident that the Cembrit cladding would fulfil the brief for this project” says Michael Ezepue, Project Manager at VantageHomes. “The end result is of top quality.” The residential side of the scheme achieves Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4. While this standard is no longer a Government initiative, buildings that are designed and constructed sustainably are still welcomed by the industry. ❚ enquiry 183

Sky’s the limit as Boningale’s Roof Garden Business Soars By working in partnership with its green roof division, one of the UK’s leading horticultural suppliers to the landscaping market saw a huge growth in roof garden business in 2015 - and predicts further grow in 2016. Boningale Nurseries said that by combining its horticulture experience and the cutting edge research from its award-winning green roof department GreenSky, landscape architects working on designs that require a roof garden, have been able to benefit from the whole package. From specialist advice on how to plant a roof garden to supplying all the planting stock required – both for the roof garden and the


surrounding landscape. “This has proven to be extremely popular because many of our clients appreciate the ease of working with a single supplier that has the in-depth knowledge required to provide high-quality advice and planting options,” said Frank Sandford, Boningale’s Sales and Marketing Director. “Thanks to combining our expertise, roof gardens became one of our key growth areas in 2015 and we expect this trend to continue into 2016 and beyond.”

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The Equinix UK flagship centre in Slough now has a new 8,000sqm LD6 data warehousing facility. This connects the two sister data centres via hundreds of dark fibre links and has become the fastest-growing data centre campus, including one of the world’s largest Internet Exchanges. Designed by Arup Group and built by Laing O’Rourke, building envelope specialist Lakesmere Ltd commissioned Structura UK Ltd to install Kalwall translucent cladding to form the link between two buildings. The Kalwall not only diffuses attractive natural daylight into the interior but its 0.56 W/m2K U-value optimises thermal performance and prevents solar heat gain. It also helps to obscure vision and retain privacy in some parts of the facility. This use of Kalwall is part of Equinix's commitment to reduce energy consumption and enjoy a smaller carbon footprint than other data facilities of its kind. Unlike conventional glazing, Kalwall eliminates shadows and glare and the stark contrasts of

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The 10-minute video production features two highly experienced specialist roofing engineers Matt Williams and Gary Woods from the Synseal Technical Services department, working as a team to fit the Celsius Solid Roof above existing PVC-U window frames to mimic a typical UK conservatory retrofit-style installation. Fully approved and registered by both the LABC and LABSS for installations in England, Wales and Scotland, the Celsius Solid Roof features an all-timber construction with Kingspan TEK structural insulated panels (SIPs) to deliver a truly warm roofing solution. This engaging video uses real time and time lapse footage, supported by graphic details where required, to demonstrate how swiftly and easily the solid roof can be assembled. Celsius Solid Roofs are manufactured in kits with components precisely dimensioned to meet specific site requirements. Starting with the eaves beam and wall starter timbers, Matt and Gary construct the timber and SIPs sub-structure in sequence on the video, before fitting the eaves tray sections, breather membrane, wall starter soaker, tile bar sections, rows of interlocking Envirotiles, dry-fitting hip caps and ridge caps, soffit and fascia boards and finally the gutter brackets and guttering assembly to complete the roof. “This technical video aims to deliver a detailed guide to building our fast-fitting Celsius Solid Roof,” comments Synseal’s

Head of Marketing, Mark Schlotel. “Installers who attended our recent Triple Bill training workshops will have seen this practical demo carried out before their eyes, but not everyone can afford time off the road to join us at Synseal’s Head Office in Nottinghamshire. Our new video condenses the straightforward installation sequence into a compact 10-minute format, highlighting best practice top tips.” ❚ enquiry 186

New celsius solid roof installation video is online now! Synseal has launched a new and informative “Celsius Solid Roof Installation Guide” video on the company’s Youtube Channel.

SIKA SARNAFIL SOLUTION CREATES LUXURY COMMUNAL GARDENS FOR RESIDENTS A stone’s throw from South Bank, BREEAM certified London Square development, Bermondsey Village, is located at the corner of Lamb Walk and Morocco Street. A mixed-use new build, the scheme provides luxury apartments with a communal garden area and balconies, which required a clever roofing solution from Sika Sarnafil, Sky Garden and Contour Roofing. The design of the building reflects the eclectic and exciting architectural context of the surrounding area. The modern style of the apartments required a roofing solution that would look stunning and offer high performance. At one time, a roof was once seen only as a means of protecting a building from the elements, but now it is increasingly being seen as a valuable space that can be utilised. The client needed a biodiverse, sustainable communal garden and roof as part of the project. The project was split into three parts – the accessible green roof for residents on the first floor, then the green roof and brown roof at a higher level. These were chosen

for their aesthetic values (as they could be seen from surrounding buildings) and to assist with the disposal of rainwater. The project was originally specified in hot melt. However, this product specification wasn’t possible, as it wouldn’t give the desired aesthetic finish required by the client and architect. The client wanted an ‘all singing, all dancing’ solution that would deliver superior performance and a flawless finish, in line with the luxury flats. Jonathan Woods, Contour Roofing, suggested using Sika products, as the roofing project was complex and expansive, requiring expert advice and planning. He explained that Sika

give the best for support to both contractor and client, and would be the ideal option. It was a challenge to change the specification at a late stage, but Contour, working in close partnership with Sika, provided a solution that met, and exceeded, the client’s expectations.

some of the detail areas and the balconies, demonstrating the great compatibility between Sika’s various roofing products. All work was finished to an extremely high standard, as was the aesthetic requirement of the client, achieving a 20 year guarantee from Sika.

Work was done to cover the main roof, balconies and podium over a car park using a full warm ballasted system with Sarnafil G410-18EL Light Grey as the main roof sheet and Sarnafil G410-15EL Light Grey and S327-15EL Light Grey for the flashings. The design of the communal gardens was intricate and detailed, especially around roof lights, podium and upstands. Sikalastic Liquid Applied Membrane was used on

Sky Garden, the UK’s leading independent specialist company for green roofs and podium landscaping, worked with Contour and Sika, providing expert advice on biodiverse habitat creation and living roof design. Sky Garden provided technical support and information for the hard and soft podium landscaping, biodiverse habitat creation and green roof requirements, to ensure the

systems met all BREEAM ‘Very Good’ certification, planning and client requirements for the project. As a residential development, it was imperative for Sky Garden and Contour to complete the podium works to a very high standard so that new homeowners could move in to a welcoming ‘green’ environment, complete with amenity areas, communal seating, lawns, timber pergolas and established planting. Sky Garden worked closely throughout the project with partners at Contour Roofing, Sika and London Square, to ensure that the challenges of strict budget, tight programme and midLondon site with restricted access were all met successfully.

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where it not only gives high thermal performance, it is unaffected by freeze/thaw cycles and is also highly resistant to water absorption.

Cool solution for Cold Store Construction One of the UK’s leading producers of quality savoury and sweet pastry products has completed a £7.3 million investment in a state-of-the-art packing and despatch facility which benefits from the in-built strength and insulation afforded by XPS (extruded polystyrene) from Sundolitt.

Commercial office conversion for Brighton Campus features Marmox Tektalan Board Installation Close to a thousand square metres of Tektalan boards, manufactured by Heraklith and supplied by Marmox UK, have been consumed in the conversion of former American Express premises into a major new media centre for the University of Brighton. The refurbishment and

McColgan Quality Foods has created 43 new jobs in Strabane, Northern Ireland by investing in the new facility designed to help meet a targeted 50% increase in export sales over the next three years. Achieving such success relies on the importance of reliable and accurate temperature control helped by Sundolitt XPS - the cool secret buried in the floor of the new 8,000sq ft factory extension

redevelopment project, led by Balfour Beatty with NEX Architects being responsible for the design work, has created space for 250 students to take courses in media studies. The sub-contractor, which fitted the two different thicknesses of Tektalan, was Broadsword Projects, based along the coast in Southampton. The panels were specified to improve the thermal and acoustic performance, as well as the appearance of several soffit areas within the buildings. These included the underside of two structural

And a follow up SAP exercise carried out by an independent energy assessor to measure the impact of these calculations on a whole building concluded that using Hybrid generated one of the best Y values ever assessed by his firm. The BM TRADA thermal assessment involved measuring and collating psi values for 16 model junctions insulated with vapour control layer H Control Hybrid and breather membrane Boost R Hybrid. Building Regulations Services Ltd used these values to measure the effect on the overall energy performance of a building – a two storey detached family home. Interestingly, the test showed that using the actual psi values calculated by BM TRADA created a far more thermally efficient building overall than when the assessors used the government prescribed default psi

Sundolitt XPS is manufactured in a wide range of thicknesses and sheet sizes, the primary range having a thermal conductivity of 0.033 – 0.037 W/mK (EN 13164). According to the type of use, it achieves outstanding compression resistance from 200 – 700 kPa

The main contractor was Woodvale Construction ( k) which was founded in Northern Ireland in 1980 and now operates throughout the UK. Sundolitt has introduced a new sampling system for contractors and merchants through which it is happy to give expert help and supply material samples on request. The contact number is 01786 471 586 or email ❚ enquiry 188

concrete floors and an entrance canopy. Within these spaces they help cut reverberation and present a smart, textured surface. Tektalan represents a hybrid combination of Marmox Heraklith Woodwool boards with rock mineral wool, which enhances the product’s already impressive performance characteristics. The woodwool element provides the strength and rigidity together with the unique appearance and sound absorption. ❚ enquiry 189 189

BM TRADA modelling shows Actis Hybrid range drastically reduces thermal bridging Thermal modelling trials carried out by certification body BM TRADA have shown that Actis Hybrid insulation products have a dramatic impact on counteracting thermal bridging and act as excellent thermal blankets.

Sundolitt supplied two grades of XPS for the project to enable the flooring to cope with the varying load requirements including point loading beneath each static foot of the fixed storage racking of 120kN/m2, whilst under the central concrete base carrying the picking rails, the company supplied Sundolitt XPS300 giving a 140kPA over the long-term pressure and a compressive modulus of elasticity of 12500kPA.

(EN826) and offers exceptionally low moisture absorption through its closed-pore system. This makes it a preferred solution in industrial floors such as cold stores and chilled warehouses as well as in a wide range of loadbearing construction applications with case studies at”

Recticel presents RIBAcertified CPD at the RCI Show and their relationship construction.

“With low energy buildings, avoiding or reducing thermal bridging is essential to ensure thermal efficiency,” explained Actis technical manager Thomas Wiedmer. “The results of both analyses confirm that Actis Hybrid multifoils act as thermal blankets and counteract thermal bridging. Indeed energy expert Raymond McGurk from Building Regulations Services Ltd who carried out the SAP experiment stated in his report ‘This is the one of the best Y values I have ever come across.’


Paul gave an overview of heat transfer and insulation performance and talked about the thermal performance of materials and calculation of R-values and U-values. He also explained how and why condensation occurs and advised on the placement of vapour control layers and breather membranes to achieve best performance. The section of the presentation relating to membership of the BBA Competency Scheme for U-value calculations was warmly welcomed by the organisation. Chief executive Claire Curtis-Thomas, among others, met Recticel’s technical department later that same day to discuss promotion of the scheme and innovation in construction.

values. For example, the default psi value for the eaves to warm roof junction is 0.08 but the model junction modelled by BM TRADA using all three Hybrid products is 0.045. In another example, using default psi measurements with a 140mm stud wall with a U-value of 0.19 failed the SAP test and required the addition of a wood-burning stove and solar thermal to counteract the effect of thermal losses through the fabric. In contrast, using vapour control layer H Control Hybrid on the construction buildups necessitated only a 90 mm stud wall with a U-value of 0.23 to pass the SAP test.


Recticel Insulation’s technical services manager presented a CPD at the RCI Show. Leading PIR manufacturer Recticel Insulation took centre stage at the recent RCI Show’s seminar programme with a RIBA-approved CPD advising on how to design and specify with confidence to help reduce the performance gap. Delivered by the company’s technical services manager Paul Forrester at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, the CPD explained the fundamentals of heat transfer, insulation, U-value calculations and condensation risk

Paul said: “The presentation was well attended by show visitors and exhibitors alike, and this justifies the rationale behind choosing the topic for RIBA-approved CPD material. Understanding the fundamentals of building fabric performance is useful for everyone involved in construction and we’re glad to have been offering this presentation to the industry for nearly two years now.” For those who could not attend Paul’s hourlong presentation, or to find out more about Recticel’s complete range of RIBA-approved CPDs and to request bookings, please visit ❚ enquiry 190

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All quiet on the harbour front




150 years ago, the countryside west of Sønderborg in Jutland Denmark was the scene of the famous Battle of Dybbøl. Then it was very noisy while today, enjoying a masterplan by world-renowned American architect Frank Gehry, the town is very peaceful and quiet as are some of the harbour-front buildings which benefit from their use of high performance acoustic ceilings.

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

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


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

Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta, together with Scottish firm, Halliday Fraser Munro, took on the challenge to create a visually stunning structure in the shape of a pebble. The unusually-shaped single storey structure features a reinforced concrete exterior and timber interior. Steel reinforcements were used to form the structure’s unique shape. With activity and meeting rooms located on the ground floor and office space on the mezzanine, the centre features high-end interior finishes and manages to create a peaceful, welcoming and beautiful space for anyone who visits. Kontor C for example, is a six storey office designed by schmidt hammer lassen architects which stands right on the water’s edge. The façades are clad with 2,800 square metres of bronzed aluminium cassettes which project a special golden hue and distinguish it from its surroundings. It won an award for the most architecturally beautiful new building in Sønderborg. The interior is tasteful and simple with an inner atrium which feels generous in size because of its high ceilings. Here, Troldtekt natural wood acoustic panels with a fine structure have been used on the ceilings and sides of the balconies throughout the building, ensuring a pleasant acoustic environment.

Danish manufactured Troldtekt acoustic tiles are specified throughout the UK and Europe. Made with 100% natural wood fibres, their benefits are high sound absorption, high durability, natural breathability, low cost life cycle performance and Cradle to Cradle silver level sustainability. They are used to improve acoustics in many different projects, such as schools, leisure centres, pools, commercial and public buildings. Available in various sizes and in three grades from ultrafine to coarse, they can be left untreated or painted in virtually any RAL colour. For samples and comprehensive technical information tel 01978 664255 or visit ❚ enquiry 191 .

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

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

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

Maggie’s Cancer Centre in Aberdeen was completed and opened in September 2013. The structure, set apart by a small landscaped area, is open to anyone requiring its services and support. The unusual shape and highly visual design has been receiving attention from the architecture community and the greater Aberdeen community. In November 2013, the centre was awarded a Commendation by Aberdeen’s Civic Society and in March 2014, GMS Insulations Ltd, the Icynene distributor in the UK, was awarded the Best Architectural Project – International at the Icynene 2014 Global Conference for their involvement in the project. ❚ enquiry 193.

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7000 series of Digital Moisture Meters British made, the 7000 series Moisture Meters are compact hand held instruments designed for building professionals and tradesmen. Both units incorporate an easy to read LED display. Five different colour coded measurement scales are included – wood 1, wood 2, plaster, concrete and a reference scale, measuring moisture over the range 0.1 to 40.0%.

Starter for 10 with THSP’s new Employment Law service THSP Risk Management, a provider of bespoke Employment Law services, launches a new HR package for companies with between 1-10 employees. An annual, fixed fee employment law and HR service, Employment Safe 1-10 is designed to give small companies all the documents, policies and procedures they need to effectively and legally manage their employees. In addition they will also receive working hour access to a qualified employment law consultant for advice and on-going support, plus THSP Tribe, the company’s online HR management tool. Making light work of all your HR documentation, THSP Tribe allows you to manage and maintain your employee data quickly and simply. Whether planning

holidays, filling in timesheets, or requesting a report, THSP Tribe puts the company’s information at your fingertips. Andrew Wilson, Employment Law Consultant Director at THSP explains, “We understand that running a small business is extremely time consuming. Employment Safe 1-10 has been specifically designed to give small business owners the support and flexibility they need. With transparent pricing, 24hr access to documentation and continuous telephone advice, they have peace of mind that their HR functions are legally compliant and cost effective.”

To find out more about Employment Safe 1-10 and THSP Tribe, visit the THSP website at ❚ enquiry 194

Optional extras include, colour-coded protective silicone boot– making the instrument waterproof to IP64 and preventing against accidental damage on site, a deep wall probe and a heavy duty hammer probe. Each moisture meter is supplied in a protective zip wallet, and is competitively priced, at £60 each for model 7250 (order code 224-075) or £80 each for model 7000 (order code 224-070). ❚ enquiry 195

Two specific models are available, the 7000 with a remote probe, and the 7250 with an integral probe. Readings are instant, precise and specific to the contact area of the two pins.

THE INNOVATION ZONE PROVIDES A perfect snapshot of the FIT show

The Innovation Zone is a new initiative being introduced at The FIT Show in April this year designed to channel innovation

and energy at the show – and of course to allow creative and inventive types to have a drink or two whilst they are creating and inventing. With an exhibition shell scheme designed and built around the only official bar at The FIT Show combined with an eclectic mix of exhibitors all looking for the atmosphere and buzz that this hall is designed to bring, it is anticipated that the area will become one of the busier and noiser sections of the event. With the hall itself actively participating as a Live demonstration module with the whole of the 314 metres2 curtain-walled end section installed with SageGlass electronically tintable glass from Clayton Glass, energy levels will be ❚ enquiry 196 naturally high.

Marmoleum Modular ‘zig-zags’ across the floor at Neoworks Attracted by the sustainability, ease of installation and vibrancy of Forbo’s Marmoleum Modular floor coverings, interior designers HLW have used an array of colours from the new collection in an elaborate zig-zag design at the new ‘City Tower in London’ offices of leading e-commerce company, Neoworks. HLW were appointed to help transform the interiors into a collaborative environment to support the way Neoworks worked and reflect its brand values and ethos. A key challenge was to clearly define different areas for specific activities, without building unnecessary walls and partitions. Creative use of floor coverings proved an ideal way to achieve this, and Marmoleum Modular was used to differentiate areas of high collaboration, bringing colour, vibrancy and energy into the floor scheme. In the main social space, the colours used in HLW’s funky zig-zag design include pillar box red Bleeckerstreet, summer pudding, pine forest, purple and chartreuse. The flooring theme continues along the spine of the building with a more muted palette of greens applied to quieter, more work orientated ‘touchdown’ zones.

Marmoleum Modular has helped to deliver the clearly defined spaces that Neoworks wanted, and thanks to the new Topshield2 finish, HLW’s client is also benefitting from a highly sustainable, durable floor covering with an easy cleaning and maintenance regime. Fleur Peck, Associate at HLW commented: “We were keen to find a product that would be easy to install, with a colour palette that would bring energy and liveliness into the space. After being introduced to Marmoleum Modular, we knew it would meet our objectives and allow the installation to be more streamlined – the flooring was laid and ready to walk on in under a week!” ❚ enquiry 197

Tel: 0844 822 3928 or visit

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Ideal for properties with multiple or difficult to access windows ULTRA Smart Blinds can be fitted with no need for wiring to the mains and unsightly trunking or cabling.

The blinds are powered by a slim rechargeable battery pack, which typically provides 12 months use before recharging is required. A solar charging panel is an option which will reduce the need for recharging. ULTRA technology removes the need for dangling cords, making the blinds child-safe. The blinds are available in over 400 fabrics to suit a variety of interior styles, including blackout, privacy fabrics, extra-wide window blinds, blinds for bi-fold doors and gable ends and Honeycomb energy saving fabric. Richard Hussey, Marketing Director of Appeal Home Shading comments: “With our newest collection, we’re introducing all the benefits of automated, wire-free technology to our bespoke

Bespoke blinds specialist Appeal Home Shading has introduced a new collection of wire-free ULTRA Smart Blinds for residential windows and doors, giving clients the ability to remotely operate their blinds at the touch of a button. ULTRA Smart Blinds are operated via an easy-to-use one touch remote control or discreet wallmounted control panel, and can be pre-programmed to open and close automatically, according to the time, temperature or light level.

Composite panel construction & cold store warehouse specialist to boost UK manufacturing capability


Pegler Yorkshire supports contractors far beyond product supply with a unique offering. Its Warranty Plus initiative was created after in-depth research conducted with contractors showed a need for warranty on a complete system rather than individual components.

Tectite, Prestex, Terrier. The scheme is designed to ensure more efficient installations and provide reassurance for many years to come. The three stage process offers support for projects over £250,000. It begins at the initial Design stage and offers on an expert design commentary of which includes commentary on system expansion and contraction, commissioning ability report comprising valve sizing and positioning plus compliance with BIM. Additional analysis is also offered in material options

Composite panel construction and industrial waterproofing specialist ISD Solutions, following another profitable year with revenues now exceeding £30 million, is well positioned to continue its recent growth and boost manufacturing at its Gloucester production facility.

❚ enquiry 200

ULTRA technology is available for specification on roller, pleated, Varalux variable shading, Veneto fabric venetian and Honeycomb energy saver blinds. ULTRA blinds are available from £180 per blind, including design consultation, survey and installation. ❚ enquiry 198

and jointing technology all with the aim of providing ultimate system efficiency. Stage two is the Installation and Training process. Through Warranty Plus Pegler Yorkshire is committed to training personnel whether onsite at their own specialised facilities, at the clients site or alternatively via CPD accredited training courses or online modules, all who attend will be given an official training card valid for three years. ❚ enquiry 199

show would require some plasterers to help with a new build.

Specialising in the development, construction and maintenance of cold stores, firewalls, data centres and clean rooms, plus industrial cladding and waterproofing, the £300,000 investment to improve its manufacturing facilities includes a new roll forming line for composite panel metal skins, plus vacuum lifting and fabrication equipment.

Other benefits include a Global Warming Potential (GWP) of ‘less than 5’ and an Ozone Depletion Potential (ODP) of Zero. The investment will increase capacity and support continued quality and efficiency improvements covering the production of a range of bespoke insulated structural panels, cold-room doors and associated fittings used in a variety of construction and maintenance projects. These cover supermarket cold stores, food preparation and cleanroom environments, plus other commercial and industrial buildings.

blinds offering. All Appeal shading solutions are made-to-measure, with our design consultants working in close collaboration with architects, interior designers and homeowners to design window treatments that complement the unique style of each project. ULTRA technology can be teamed with some stunning fabrics to create window and door blinds that are stylish, contemporary and convenient to use. Operating the blinds couldn’t be easier, using either a handy remote control or wall mounted control panel– providing clients with the very latest in smart home technology.”

Pegler Yorkshire Launches Reassurance Solution

With over 125 years of experience and a portfolio of over 14,000 products, Pegler Yorkshire took two years to develop Warranty Plus, incorporating its extensive knowledge and ability to combine 13 market leading brands such as XPress,

Following an extensive evaluation, the company has also switched to the BASF Elastopor rigid polyurethane foam system used for the rigid core of structural insulated panels and doors, due to its superior and consistent thermal properties over a predicted 25-year lifespan.


Solihull students help family on BBC’s DIY SOS Solihull College & University Centre’s construction students have volunteered their time and expertise to lend their skills to a family in Shropshire who were in need of support. The plastering students worked on set of the BBC’s long running TV programme DIY SOS: The Big Build. The Shropshire based Grafton family looked to the programme to improve their home after moving from London to Hopesay in the Shropshire Hills. Mother, Jess and father, Joe along with their

The students at Solihull College & University Centre jumped at the opportunity to help the family and also gain some valuable work experience on a real life building site. The level 2 plastering students including Daniel Austin, Shaun Smyth, Paul Burke and David Lynch assisted the shows Julian Perryman with the plasterboard and skimming of an upstairs bedroom, hacking off old materials and boarding the living room, they also used their time to assist the other tradesman to load out and increase productivity of the job. Julian was said to have been shocked that it was the first time some of the students had worked on-site and they conducted themselves brilliantly.

daughter Lucy, aged 7, received devastating news that Jess had acute Leukaemia and Septicaemia and just 2 days after her diagnosis she unfortunately passed away, which left father Joe alone with daughter Lucy to attempt to complete their halfrenovated home.

Along with the students lecturers Joe Farrell and Thomas Clarke worked tirelessly to give the students this opportunity and also to help such a deserving family. The students and staff from Solihull College’s Woodlands Campus worked hard on the build even setting off each morning at 6:00am and not returning till 18:30pm the same day, with lecturer Joe driving the 4 hours each day as well as working an 8 hour day.

Lecturer at Solihull College & University Centre Carl Pedley approached the show offering support in any upcoming shows. Carl noticed the programme had a new build coming up and was informed that the

After 9 days of hard work the house was completed and the Grafton family were absolutely delighted with their renovated home that they can now all enjoy spending time in as a family.

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Cut fleet fuel consumption with new free flip-book Budget-stressed fleet managers can benefit from the new online Fleet Matters, which offers realistic advice on saving fuel. The latest free flipbook in the Fleet Matters series from Fuel Card Services shows how fleet fuel consumption can be reduced through action in three areas: vehicle care, journey preparation and February 2016

eco-driving. It offers 22 straightforward measures that any fleet manager can implement to cut fuel usage. Each issue of Fleet Matters contains clear guidance of relevance to any type or size of fleet, including ownerdrivers with single vehicles. The advice given can be applied equally by owned, leased and ‘grey’ fleets. The help is based on years of experience in working with fleets nationwide. The measures, presented as ‘Action Points,’ are selected for relevance to all types of road vehicle and to both private and public sectors.

Norbord Announces £95 Million Reinvestment in Inverness OSB Mill

Steve Clarke, group marketing manager, said, “Fuel Card Services has proven expertise in helping with vehicle management. ❚ enquiry 201

Investment to nearly double mill capacity and secure the future of a key local employer TORONTO, ON and INVERNESS, SCOTLAND (January 28, 2016) – Norbord today announced a £95 million modernisation and expansion of its oriented strand board (OSB) mill in Inverness. The investment will upgrade the mill to continuous press technology and nearly double its production capacity, positioning it to meet growing demand for OSB in markets across the United Kingdom and Europe, as well as securing the long-term

Granorte grabs the attention at Domotex

Azanechiller 2.0 Sets New Benchmark in Air Cooled Ammonia Chiller Performance

Granorte’s stunning cork flooring grabbed attention from visiting retailers from across Europe and the UK as it introduced 2016 innovation, direct to cork digital printing, in the striking vita décor collection.

Star Refrigeration’s latest air-cooled Azanechiller 2.0 range raises the bar in chiller efficiency. Headline seasonal efficiency figures are 50% higher than the Eco-Design Directive requirement, with a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) of 5.6 for comfort cooling applications and Seasonal Energy Performance Ratio (SEPR) of 7.59 for process cooling. Natural cooling specialists Star Refrigeration have re-engineered their new Azanechiller range to help customers reduce energy costs, avoid the uncertainty

Famed for its ability to push the boundaries of possibility with cork thanks to extensive investment in R&D, the Portuguese manufacturer has realised a beautiful new aesthetic to digital printing technology that gives ceramic and wood looks a tempered aesthetic through the delicate appearance of detail from the real cork structure

underneath. Designs include an array of parquet style wood effects and seven ceramic tile looks inspired by Mediterranean and North African abodes, each bearing the telltale markings of cork beneath for a delightfully warm overtone. ❚ enquiry 202

Rehau emphasises environmental credentials Polymer giant REHAU is reemphasising its environmental credentials, with the publication of its second comprehensive sustainability report focusing on the transformation the company has undergone over the past two years.

in primary energy consumption per tonne of production towards a target of 30% by 2020, a 17.2% reduction in water consumption towards a 2020 target of 40% and a 7% reduction in waste relative to 2012 in line with its 2% annual reduction target.

The 44 page report (available at addresses REHAU’s corporate strategy and the contributions it is making in terms of the products it manufactures at 170 locations worldwide, its factories and supply chain, its 19000 employees and its impact on the wider society.

There is confirmation within the report of REHAU’s ongoing commitment to recycling and its investment in plants both in the UK and in Poland to recycle old PVC windows to integrate back into its production. Even more exciting perhaps is an insight into how REHAU is currently working on biopolymers using plant based raw materials, which may one day create the fibre composite which will enable bamboo to replace the reinforcing steel used in construction.

The report is much more than just a PR document though and contains a transparent account of the progress the fenestration and renewables specialist is making towards its published sustainability targets and its steps towards ISO50001 certification Headline figures include a 7.4% reduction

There is also a feature on REHAU’s contribution towards helping the town called Rehau, where it is based in Germany, to deliver a very impressive 40% of its local demand for electricity and heat from

renewable sources. REHAU’s Energy Solutions division devised a way of resolving the problems which have previously hampered the fermentation of organic waste so that the bioenergy facility achieves a purity of 99.9% and a gas yield which is 25-30% higher than previous methods. On a global scale, the report provides an update on REHAU’s involvement in the promising hydrogen fuel sector, with a new multilayer hybrid piping system which is being used to transport hydrogen on a pilot wind farm project in Patagonia where energy from the air is being converted into hydrogen and stored in caverns underground. And, outside of the construction sector, there is a profile of the newest REHAU production plant in Györ, Hungary, which opened in 2014 alongside the Audi plant to produce 2,200 injection moulded bumpers every day. It is among the most energy-efficient REHAU plants in the world with ground source probes providing both heating and cooling all year round. Martin Hitchin, Chief Executive of REHAU in the UK, said: “The report should leave our customers, our suppliers and all those we do business with in no doubt about REHAU’s values and principles with regard to the environment. We are a global, multi million pound business, but we are still privately owned and essentially family run which means, as this report demonstrates, we can take a wholly responsible and above all long term position.”

❚ enquiry 206 .

future of its employees and the indirect jobs it provides across the region. The investment is further supported by a development grant from Highlands and Islands Enterprise of up to €15 million.

❚ enquiry 203

of synthetic F-Gas refrigerants, and invest in a future proof solution that will deliver reliable cooling for 20+ years. The company set about developing Azanechiller 2.0 by focusing on a chiller design and key components that would mark a new era in chiller efficiency. ❚ enquiry 204

A massive 175+ top brands & dozens of new names flock to FIT

Within three short years The FIT Show has become the place to see and be seen in the UK window, door, glass and conservatory market and this April will bear witness to the biggest FIT Show yet, with more than 175 top suppliers taking part in a show that is stuffed wall-to-wall with new products. But whilst most of the top brands will be stacking their stands between them with hundreds of products that will be seen for the first time anywhere, more than 35 brand new names will be taking space for the first time at The FIT Show. The new exhibitors represent a huge diversity of products and services including trade fabricators, software specialists, hardware distributors and manufacturers, frame machinery suppliers, fire testing experts, packaging materials, heating and ventilation specialists, composite and moulded doors….whatever visitors may be looking for there will be new suppliers, let alone products, to choose from. The number of exhibitors coupled with the fact that virtually every one is anticipated to be offering new products and services following a gap of almost two years since the previous FIT Show, means that visitors should plan their visits more thoroughly than ever. ❚ enquiry 205

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Designed to boost supply pressure for Penthouse suites and other tall buildings. Affectionately named ‘Stealth Booster’, this compact domestic booster set is designed to fit comfortably in a kitchen cupboard and is extremely quiet.

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New designs and protection in one step. Available in more than 200 colo our and chip combinations. Works on all resilient and indusstrial floors. Full treatment in one da ay. Dr. Schutz UK Ltd, Unit 24 Anglo Business Park Smeaton Close, Aylesbury HP19 8U UP

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Laminating the future Abet Ltd is delighted to announce that it has recently obtained single site certification for the chain-of-custody standards of the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®). This follows on from Abet Laminati which was awarded both FSC® and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification schemes (PEFC) in January 2014. As environmental awareness increases, the demand for FSC® Certified Chain of Custody material has increased greatly over recent years and the ability to prove that the material has come from well managed forests is a key factor when specifying timber and paper products Abet has worked with BM Trada, an independent third-party certifier of environmental and sustainability claims to gain FSC Mix® accreditation. FSC® is an independent, non-governmental, not-for-profit organisation established to promote responsible forest management practices worldwide to meet the social, economic, ecological, cultural and spiritual needs of present and future generations. The Chain of Custody follows the path taken by raw materials from the forest to the consumer. This includes each stage from procurement, processing and manufacturing through to distribution and sales of certified goods where each stage of the supply chain involves a change of ownership. More information is available from Abet on tel: 020 7473 6910 or visit

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