Design Buy Build - Issue 6 2013

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Design Buy Build Product Review 2013


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SHH SHH completes new- build West London House Slip House New house in Brixton wins RIBA Manser Medal for the best new home What Is Rainwater Harvesting The Advantages and Disadvantages of rainwater harvesting Nicholas Hare Architects St Paul s School Science Building Glass & Glazing Federation GGF calls for change following latest green deal figures YouGen Domestic renewable heat incentive: your questions answered Aereco Tighter regulation of ventilation in airtight homes long overdue The Furniture Ombudsman The Furniture Ombudsman (TFO) is an independent, non-statutory body which is regulated by a voluntary Standards Board. CONCEPTUAL ART GALLERY The CONCEPTUAL ART GALLERY is the outlet set up to promote the artwork of Robert Douglas Shackerley Sureclad® Ceramic Granite Facade Systems to be exported to US and Canada HSE HSE spot checks expose safety concerns at 1,105 sites nationwide

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Cape Town House - ShedKM This house is a remodelling of a typical 1980 s suburban dwelling in Cape Town, South Africa. Through a gradual self-build project, this house has been transformed to connect it with its mountainous backdrop and stunning sea views.

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SHH completes newbuild West London House with stunning pool and leisure facilities An original Victorian property on the site had been split into four flats in the post-war period, which the current owner had purchased piecemeal over time, before coming to SHH with a vision of converting the entire property into a single, luxury family home, based on the principle of lateral living, with high ceilings and extensive living spaces, as well as a very generous pool and leisure complex below ground, to include a spa, sauna, steam room, gym, bar area, changing rooms, toilets, walk-in wine

cellar, playroom and cinema/ media room. Architectural Overview: “The new house’ commented Project Leader and SHH Associate Director Guy Matheson, “has a similar aboveground footprint to the one we replaced. A former 1950s flatroof extension to the left of the property has been replaced in the same style as the retained façade, with the new roof covering both sections. The brickwork of the retained front façade has also

been tuck-pointed, which is something of a lost art-form and gives the building a very crisp aesthetic.”

double-glazed units without trickle vents, all of which works together to deaden the impact of any external noise almost completely.

Gardens and External Layout: To the front of the house is a paved area for parking, with four small sculptural trees in large, off-white stone pots adding punctuation to the front elevation. Noise from the road has been abated by insulating behind the retained façade and replacing all the windows with acoustic glass

As the property is located on a bend in the road, the site naturally fans out to a very generous west-facing garden, which was re-designed by Chelsea Flower Show goldmedallist garden designer Kate Gould. >>

“A series of tall thin trees at the back of the property has been retained as a privacy screen and reinforced with new additional bamboo planting”

Design Principles and Credits: The unusually extensive garden is a focal point of the new house and much of the space planning was based on maximising and integrating views out onto the garden, with all principal living quarters and bedrooms rear-facing. The designation of a formal front-of-house area for receiving guests and relaxed contemporary living to the rear and in the lower storeys for everyday use for the family occupants is expressed by the use of traditional cornicing and skirtings in the front-of-house area and highly contemporary finishes for the rest of the house. “There was an existing, low-ceilinged lower ground floor in the original house” Guy Matheson explained. “We then lowered this level to improve the sense of space and added an entirely new floor below this to house the new pool area, courtyard, plant and associated rooms below ground.” The new house is now made up of five storeys: the lower-ground level (housing the pool and leisure areas); the family-orientated garden level (which opens directly out to the garden space and barbeque terrace at the rear via bi-folding 2.4m x 4.5m glass doors leading out from the main family living space); the upper garden level, which includes the formal reception room and roof terrace and a first and second floors, where most of the bedrooms are located.

Walkthrough: Arrival is at the front of the house, with the front door located half a level up from the gate/ parking area via a concrete stair, so that the owners or guests enter the house at the upper garden level. The door then leads into a double-height lobby (lit from a skylight above) and cloakroom area, which connects, via 2.4m tall glazed doors, with the home’s formal reception area.

“A grand sense of volume is the key to this space, as to all the other spaces in the house” Guy Matheson commented. “As well as maximising light and height, a further element in achieving this feeling was to have completely clean ceilings with no inset lights. We also chose to use the Vesda smoke detector system throughout, which works via tiny and very unobtrusive pipes rather than bulky detectors.” The formal reception room is dominated by a feature joinery wall in stained oak, with a stone plinth and a column and further plinth in dark emperador marble set in front of it, that house a dumb waiter system (hidden behind a sliding panel) and fireplace respectively. The feature wall has inset cavities for the display of sculptural white vases.

First and Second Floors: The stair leading up to the bedrooms at the first and second floor levels is quite traditional, reflecting the other formal touches to the front of the house, with white-painted timber spindles and a French-polished oak handrail. A stunning Bocci chandlier light hangs down into the stair void, with glass bauble lights at varying levels providing a spectacular piece of theatre in an area that is often overlooked.

A grand sense of volume is the key to this space, as to all the other spaces in the house

Garden Level: The more contemporary aspect to the house is announced by going down the stairs from the main entrance to the garden level. The thin, sculptural stair is cast in concrete and clad in stone and the lightbox at the top of this stair indicates the beginning of this more contemporary treatment. Lower Ground Level: Going down the stairs one more level leads to the final storey and the home’s exceptional leisure area. This begins in the stair lobby section, with a feature walnut spine wall at the base of the stair and a wine display unit in walnut opposite, bespoke-designed by SHH’s Guy Matheson in a diamond-shaped grid, with triangular slots for individual bottles and larger storage spaces below for cases of wine.

The pool can also be accessed directly from a sunken courtyard area at the rear of the house (surrounded with a glass balustrade), with cantilevered white concrete steps leading down from the garden level and a stainless steel handrail and planting set into a bed beneath. Across the courtyard, via sliding glass doors, the pool area is easily accessed, with the courtyard also ensuring that plenty of natural light gets into the lower storeys. Alongside the pool sits a glass box gym area, with Bolon flooring and a rear wall in oiled cedar slats. A stand-out corridor links this area to the sauna, steam room and changing rooms, bordered by a fretwork wall, which was chosen for the shadows it creates from the natural light coming into the corridor and which is made up of fire-rated glass screens with fretwork panels in front of them. For more information on this project and others completed by SHH, please visit Enq. 301

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Editor’s Choice

Winn & Coales 130th Anniversary International Conference Anti-corrosion and sealing specialist Winn & Coales International Ltd recently held their Denso International Conference in September. This event is held at a different location each time and this year the venue was at the company headquarters in London to celebrate and mark the company’s 130th Anniversary. Delegates from the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, South Africa, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Italy were involved over the course of a week with technical presentations and product application demonstrations on their main brands; Denso, Premier, SeaShield, Protal and Archco-Rigidon. The conference was then rounded off by a series of subsidiary board meetings. During the busy conference schedule, several social functions were enjoyed culminating in a farewell dinner at London’s Plaisterers Hall. For further information visit – Enq. 101

Supplier to Government Procurement Service As a Government Procurement Service (GPS) supplier, Bruynzeel Storage Systems Ltd can save public sector clients time and money. GPS Framework companies have already undergone a rigorous and EU-compliant tendering process that included product quality, safety standards, pricing, customer service levels and extended warranties. Public and Wider Public Sector clients are able to use the Framework, instead of repeating the process in their own procurement exercise, to save time, save resource and reduce costs. Bruynzeel’s four year GPS Framework, RM1501, includes electronically or gearwheel operated high-density mobile shelving / roller racking systems, as well as static office and library shelving. This Framework can be used by all public sector organisations in the UK including central government, local government, NHS, education, devolved administrations, emergency services, defence and not-for-profit organisations. For more information go to: Enq. 102

Sir Peter Hall Writes New Book on What’s Wrong with Urban Planning in Britain Today Internationally renowned academic Sir Peter Hall has just published a new book, Good Cities, Better Lives with Routledge/Taylor & Francis, looking at the urban planning challenges faced in Britain and other countries, and how lessons from the European experience can help to put it right. Fifty years ago this summer, in 1963, Hall became so incensed by the way London was being planned that he wrote a book about it. That book, London 2000, made a stir and half a century and fifty books later, he’s returned to the battle at age 81 with Good Cities, Better Lives: How Europe Discovered the Lost Art of Urbanism. It promises to have the same impact. Over the last five years, as President of the Town and Country Planning Association, Hall has been leading study tours to European cities to find out how they do it and Good Cities, Better Lives is the result. For additional information visit Enq. 103

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Below ground waterproofing for new build farmhouse


Landmarks (UK) Ltd, a Yorkshire based developer, has used Triton waterproofing systems in the construction of a traditional two storey farmhouse. The property sits on a natural gentle slope, so the basement is fully buried to the rear with a raised patio area to the front. The property was built using ICF (insulated concrete formwork) where polystyrene forms are used to contain the wet concrete when casting in-situ concrete walls - and are left in place. The lower slab was made waterproof by the installation of a membrane beneath it and the inclusion of Triton’s TT Admix in the mix. TT Admix contains active chemicals that react with fresh concrete to generate

a non-soluble crystalline formation that seals the concrete itself against the penetration of water or liquid. Triton’s TT Waterstop, a pre-formed water bar which swells up to 350% when in contact with water, was placed into all joints. The shuttering around the slab had made provision for the concrete groove in the face of slab and the TT Waterstop was fixed into the groove using Triton’s TT Swell Mastic expansion sealant. TT Swell Mastic swells up to 100% when in contact with water, and has long lasting adhesive and hydro-swelling properties. TT Waterstop was also placed in the centre of the wall on top of the slab so that the joint between the wall and the slab was protected.

Triton TT Admix was also incorporated in the concrete mix used to form the basement walls. Externally the basement walls were treated with two coats of Triton TT Vapour Membrane, a ready blended, single component acrylic modified coating, that provided the primary waterproof and gas proof barrier. Platon Double Drain, a membrane that provides a drainage and protection layer, as well as working as a traditional cavity drain membrane, was then draped down the walls to connect to the land drain.

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New premises for Navas Associates following the building boom in the East Midlands

Ancon Technical Seminars now CPD Approved

All I want for Christmas is... a clutter-free home

With building and construction work levels increasing in the East Midlands, chartered building surveyors and project management consultancy, Navas Associates, has opened a new headquarters for the business to work from. Nick Navas, founder and managing director of Navas Associates has over 30 years of professional experience, he comments,“We have opened a new headquarters near the East Midlands airport just off the M1. With the Midlands-wide construction boom, we are ideally situated to grow our business. “Following a long and hard recession that hit the construction industry hard, it’s great to see the market moving again and we are delighted to be quoting for more and more projects every week. "We have had some recent contract wins locally including a legal and compliance survey on a nursery for Children’s Links, a national charity looking to expand the range of services it offers in the Leicestershire area. For further information please visit –

Ancon’s latest CPD technical seminars have been independently assessed and approved by the Construction CPD Certification Service, confirming their educational value to architects and engineers as part of a structured Continuing Professional Development training programme.

With the festive season fast approaching, hazardous and unsightly cable tangles behind Christmas trees can be a thing of the past, with the help of D-Line’s Cable Tidy Unit. The Cable Tidy Unit comes in two sizes and in either black or white. The smaller unit can accommodate popular four way socket extension blocks and all the cable from the four plugs and the extension lead. It also allows for the height of transformer plugs. The larger unit is designed to hide up to 6-way socket extension blocks and all the cable spaghetti. B&Q Warehouses are currently running a special promotion and offer on packs of two Cable Tidy Units in stores. The end of aisle displays mean that multiple Christmas trees can be tidied for less, or home owners can remove the clutter beneath the tree and tidy another room at the same time. For further details visit –

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The seminars, ‘Support and Restraint of Masonry Cladding on Framed Buildings’ and ‘Designing for Joints in Structural Concrete’, cover two technically challenging areas that are critical to efficient, cost-effective building design. The seminars, which are free-of-charge and generally presented over a lunchtime period, are delivered by Ancon technical staff, conversant in the company’s specialist knowledge and who have considerable personal experience of applying the seminar content in practice. For details or to book a seminar for your practice, contact Ancon on 0114 275 5224 or email Enq. 106

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BarriAir - Protecting Against Uncontrolled Air Leakage Construc ting air tight, sustainable buildings and reducing carbon emissions remains high on the agenda, now and into the future .

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Protect BarriAir is a high performance and multipurpose coated nonwoven membrane which forms a highly effective air leakage barrier with vapour control properties. Protect BarriAir can be used on walls and ceilings to significantly reduce air leakage in any construction. The innovative semi-translucent yellow membrane has been designed specifically with a grid printed across the whole surface and comes with integrated lap/sealing tapes. This layout allows ease of application, quick installation and ensures that the overlap is correctly jointed by securing the two strips of integrated tape together, providing a more reliable, effective airtight seal than a traditional overlap tape - even when joined without an underlying substrate. Protect BarriAir is available from a range of stockists nationwide or for more information or visit –


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Union Square for AEC Professionals EPR Architects is a major UK architectural firm with 120 members of staff. Established over 65 years ago, the practice has a wealth of experience across a range of sectors from offices, residential, hotels and leisure to mixed-use, period buildings, master planning and interior design. EPR Architects now choose Union Square to pave the way for an efficient and integrated future. Union Square for AEC Professionals is a web-based system that manages documents, drawing, emails, contacts and projects centrally, as well as automating and supporting business processes. Financial Controller, Ben Bacchus, explains the system's appeal. "Rather than working across a number of different systems, Union Square will allow us to do everything from one place. It encompasses project accounting, resource planning, CRM, email archiving, a drawing register and much more. Visit us at –

Ibstock in pole position for 2013 Brick Awards

Integritank waterproofing protection for exclusive Goodman's Fields development

Ibstock, the UK’s largest brickmaker, is leading the way with shortlisted entries ahead of the Brick Development Association’s (BDA) 2013 Brick Awards, to be held in London on14th November.

Stirling Lloyd's Integritank high performance structural waterproofing membrane is being used to protect a prestigious new mixed use development in the heart of the City of London.

A total of 33 Ibstock projects which highlight the aesthetic appeal, versatility and performance of Ibstock’s range went through a rigorous judging stage and have been selected for the final shortlist.

Goodman's Fields is an exclusive seven acre site comprising a selection of residential studios and apartments as well as retail and commercial space, student accommodation and a hotel.

Ibstock’s successful shortlisted projects include housing schemes, public and commercial buildings and refurbishment projects. They contain a number of outstanding and unusual projects including a new bus station in Stoke city centre, a boathouse in Worcester and even a university campus in Kyoto, Japan. To find out more about Ibstock’s brick ranges, go to

Main contractors Berkeley Homes required a high quality structural waterproofing system with a proven track record of successful use on podium decks, apartment balconies and green roof areas and some 2,200m2 of Integritank was applied by Stirling Lloyd Construction.

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Editor’s Choice Clark-Drain signs dual supply status with NBG Clark-Drain has recently signed a dual supply agreement with the National Buying Group (NBG) for its linear channel series of products, further reinforcing a relationship that has continued for over ten years. The contract, to supply NBG members with Clark-Drain linear channel aimed at residential, commercial and industrial building projects includes its light duty polypropylene and medium to heavy duty polymer concrete channel systems. Building contractors within the UK install linear channel to enable surface water or other liquids being treated to be collected as quickly and as completely as possible by the drainage system and in doing so provide safeguards for people, buildings and traffic routes in the immediate vicinity. Clark-Drain is a leading drainage product supplier in the United Kingdom delivering linear channel systems for recent high-profile projects such as Centre Parcs, the Edinburgh International Conference Centre, as well as the Preston, Peterborough and Liverpool Lime Street station remodelling schemes. David Santi, Chairman of NBG’s Civil and Landscaping Category Management Team noted, “Promoting innovation in both process and practice in its supply chain, with the objective of eliminating unnecessary build costs and promoting added value and satisfaction for the customer is key to NBG’s operation. Clark-Drain has continued to demonstrate that its range of drainage options provide a useful solution for building projects across industry sectors. We appreciate the expertise Clark-Drain brings to this market.” For further information visit – Enq. 115

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Ecobuild 2014 Championing a greener built environment As Ecobuild gears up to celebrate its 10th anniversary, organiser UBM Live Built Environment, is delighted to announce some of the new plans for 2014.

investing in the sustainability credentials of the industry, as well as the show itself, by partnering with the right organisations and key influencers across the supply chain.

Each year Ecobuild hosts the most comprehensive showcase of sustainable construction products in the world. It provides a platform for businesses representing the entire spectrum of sustainable construction products for new build, refurbishment, residential, commercial and industrial projects.

What’s happening in 2014? “Ecobuild’s anniversary made us reflect on the past 10 years and refocus on what the event is all about,” explains Jackson. “Our aim is to bring industry professionals together with a common purpose — to create a cleaner, greener, efficient and more sustainable built environment.”

Ecobuild brings together the entire supply chain in order to focus on the green agenda and help them realise the vision of delivering a more sustainable built environment. Why is it important? Alison Jackson, newly appointed Group Director of Sustainability and Construction at UBM Live Built Environment, comments: “The business case to achieve this vision has never been stronger. The ambition to create a sustainable built environment through better design and construction is at the heart of Ecobuild. It drives economic growth and ensures a built environment that is fit for purpose and contributes to global priorities such as climate change, energy security and job creation.” Over the past decade, the UK has pioneered the toughest sustainability legislation in the world. In response to this, Ecobuild has been a vital platform for raising standards, and the event is committed to further

In 2014 the Ecobuild experience will be easier to navigate than ever before, thanks to the introduction of three core areas to the event: ‘Sustainable Design and Construction’, ‘Future Cities’ and ‘Energy’. Ecobuild 2014 will also feature an unrivalled information programme, attracting over 600 speakers. At the heart of the programme is debate, learning and information exchange, led by internationally renowned academics, politicians, industry leaders and celebrity speakers. All speakers will now appear on the show floor and there will be two spectacular arenas to house the conference programme. 2014 will also see an emphasis in bringing exhibitors and visitors closer together through an array of networking opportunities and social events.

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planning system: abuse to be cut

Minister to cut ‘abuse’ of planning system by councils Speaking at the Construction News Summit 2013 last Thursday, Boles, who is responsible for planning and regulation at the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), agreed that development was still too slow and said councils were sometimes to blame. ‘There are some councils who make excessive use of planning conditions,’ he said. ‘Where once upon a time you may get a planning permission with three, four, five conditions; we are going to try to reduce the abuse of [these] conditions.’ Last week, the minster urged businesses and farmers to challenge local authorities who were making ‘unreasonable information requests [that] were frankly unnecessary’. He said that although the DCLG was unable to instruct councils not to ask for this information, his department was encouraging companies to challenge it. Otherwise, he said, ‘behaviour won’t change’. On development standards, the minister said quality was better than it had been over the past 15 to 20 years. He cited the Building for Life initiative launched by the Design Council in 2012 and said it was something he encouraged housebuilders to adopt. Boles added: ‘It is in [housebuilders’] interests to design better because if they do, they’ll get higher prices and planning permission more quickly.’ The minister said the government’s Help to Buy scheme has given a boost to the market, with more people coming forward wanting to buy houses. As a result, he said he hoped housebuilders would now start to build on sites more quickly than they have in the past. However, he added that he did not think this was a fault that lay with housebuilders, criticising Labour’s belief that the industry was ‘speculating’ over this issue. He said developers were only able to sell these sites when there were buyers available, and now they were. The minister added: ‘I’m rather expecting the housebuilding industry to really go at it – to up their build-out rate, to be seeking planning permission on new sites – so we can get the supply to come through, because that is what will make sure we have a healthy market rather than an unstable one.’

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Softplan, the world’s most advanced residential design software, introduces SoftPlan 2014, the ideal residential and light commercial building design solution. SoftPlan 2014 has all the tools of previous platforms and adds powerful new features and an attractive, interactive 3D display. SoftPlan 2014 includes a new multi-threaded ray tracing rendering engine. This new engine affords realistic graphics using features such as photon mapping, improved shadows, ambient occlusion, better reflections and emissive surfaces. All these improvements and still this new release yields faster rendering, smoother, single-click navigation tools and real time fly-bys of a model. This cements SoftPlan 2014 as the superior design presentation tool. Hundreds of other features have also been added to SoftPlan: Within the roof framing section, purlin, energy heel truss, and collar tie commands have been added. Even more automation is provided through the use of "auto railings", a feature that adds railings with a single click of the computer's mouse. Cabinets can be customised with more accuracy and cabinet frame style can be selected from an exhaustive list of styles. Polyline section lines have been added allowing for the inclusion and exclusion of certain features in the resulting cross sections. The addition of Neighbourhood houses gives the ability to quickly create stunning streetscapes. These are just a few of the timesaving and essential features which team up with SoftPlan's veteran tools to provide the most advanced and comprehensive tool set in the industry.

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SoftPlan's interface includes the new Navigation Menu. This multi-file management tool streamlines and supplements previous tools used to organise drawings. The Navigation Menu uses drag and drop drawing management in order to perform tasks such as assembling floors. Cross sections, Elevations, 3D views, materials lists and more can all be accessed using this menu. Consequently, fewer steps are necessary in order to perform essential tasks. Users can configure SoftPlan to their exact requirements and those of their clients, both in Metric and Imperial measurement. SoftPlan 2014 allows multiple drawings to be opened simultaneously either in separate windows or tabs. Child windows are particularly useful when using multiple monitors. The floorplan can be opened on one screen while a 3D model is opened on another. Changes made to the floorplan will automatically update the 3D model and changes made to the model will be applied instantaneously to the floorplan. Almost all items that can be added to the 2D floorplan can now be drawn within the 3D model. Over 1,500 all new, high quality 3D symbols are available, including up to date manufacturer's symbols. Various dimension, edit, adjust and move commands are all available within the 3D model making the design process even more free flowing.

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Bathrooms & Washrooms Introducing a revolutionary dry tiling system

Solus Ceramics introduces the revolutionary recyclable DRY FIT SYSTEM, a flooring solution that can be laid without grout or adhesive and moved or replaced with ease. The system, which is made up of interlocking modified flexible polymer tile holders, can be laid on almost any flat surface including previously tiled areas. Once an area has been covered with the DRY FIT SYSTEM, tiles can then be placed into the tile holders. This system will allow quicker fixing capabilities and less down time for the end user than traditional tiling. This may assist commercial businesses that cannot accommodate a long shut down period such as shops and restaurants reducing lost revenue. Finally the system can be order in a number of colours, which allows the client to choose a desired grout colour. For more information contact a member of the Solus Ceramics sales team. T: 0121 753 0777 E: W: Enq. 120

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Grill adds 'minimalistic' feel CCL Wetrooms has unveiled the latest development in the aesthetics of wetroom drainage -the new Stone-Infill Grill – a "stunning" way of creating a continuous stone floor, the firm says, which is 'virtually unbroken' by the line of a stainless steel drainage grill. The Stone-lnfill grill is said to be suitable for use with natural stone and porcelain tiles, which are simply inserted into the empty Infill Grill. Suitable for use with the Modular Wet-Floor System for timber floors and the Linear Screed Drain for solid floors, the Stone-lnfill Grill adds a “sleek and minimalistic feel to any wetroom,” according to the manufacturer. Howard Ball, sales & marketing director at CCL Wetrooms commented: "Unsurprisingly, over 75% of our projects within the Hotel Industry and Luxury Housing market are now specifying the Stone-Infill Grill for their clients." Please visit –

Virtual Worlds CAD expands free catalogues with ‘Theshowerlab’ portfolio

Abacus Elements raises the bar in wet room kits

For the first time, theshowerlab’s product portfolio is available in CAD format. Theshowerlab’s standard and bespoke catalogues are recent additions to Virtual Worlds Professional CAD software and are made available to all current users, free of charge, in 3D interactive and 2D plan format.

Create the ultimate luxury wetroom with UK-made Abacus Elements wet floor systems

Virtual Worlds has developed new functions, which enable the rapid and accurate creation of bespoke designs. Controlled Parametric Scaling allows glass panels and doors to be resized, automatically and proportionally re-sizing components, such as profile channels and connecting glass enclosure panels. Resize and Track facilitates rapid editing of an existing design and automatic sizing of selected products, whilst Hole Cutting replaces previously time-consuming elements such as inserting finger hole handles, with a single mouse click. T: 01908 663848

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Abacus Elements is a range of easy to install, tileable wet floor systems for the perfect bathroom. Made in the UK by Abacus Direct Ltd, the waterproof structural foam boasts high insulation properties and high compressive strength. Added benefits include a lightweight, easy-to-handle structure which is easy to cut, fire retardant and made without CFC, HCFC, HFC or CO2, so it can also help reduce the carbon footprint of a building. New Abacus Elements shower bases offer advanced technological manufacturingfor ultimate strength and peace of mind. Pictured above is an example of a raised showering kit with linear drain. For further information on Abacus Direct, please visit or call 0845 8 50 50 40

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Elements eliminates mouldy mush in shower rooms! Moisture is the number one enemy in shower rooms but few in the bathroom industry realise what may be going on behind the superficial glamour of the tiles. In reality, there is a good chance that there will be plasterboard that is slowly turning to a mouldy mush. If left unchecked, the problems can become much more serious. Tiling onto plasterboard is common practice in the UK so it is worth understanding why plasterboard fails, even when moisture resistant plasterboards are used.

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Bringing sense to lighting

Feature Bathroom lighting is becoming more desirable, but until now the choices of switching have been severely limited. (Pull-cords, PIRs or outside switching). Sensorbility, has therefore developed the NEW Bathroom Switch controller, with Dimmer and Timer variants; thus allowing bathroom designers far more flexibility when it comes to lighting design and operation within bathrooms.

It need not be like this, a variety of purpose-made tile backer boards is available that are designed to provide a more durable alternative to plasterboard.

The variations of the new controller include simple on/off switching, ramp-up dimming, ramp-down switch-off and time delay switch-off. Wired to our proven Bathroom Switch Sensor Pads, which can be placed behind most materials such as Ceramic Tiles, Wood, Plastic, Glass, and even Metals, users can create switches or dimmers in virtually any shape and situation. Tiles covering Sensor Pads are adhered with silicone allowing access should it be necessary. In Bathrooms, these Sensor Pads can even be placed behind tiles reachable from the bath or shower (zones 1&2) and thus allow safe switching and dimming.

These come in various forms, including concrete boards and boards based on XPS (extruded polystyrene) or EPS (expanded polystyrene).

For further information on Abacus Direct, please visit or call 0845 850 5040

Most types of lighting can be operated by the Bathroom Switch; this includes incandescent bulbs, halogens (mains and low voltage), LEDs and low energy bulbs. Sensorbility Ltd. Tel: 01548 511498 or scan the QR Code

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EPS tile backer boards in particular have a number of advantages over other products. The durability and longevity of EPS tile backer boards makes them a more sustainable option over their lifecycle than plasterboard and, unlike XPS based products, the boards are recyclable at end of life.

The new Bathroom Switch controllers can be activated from up to 12 low voltage (5vdc) Sensor Pads, so for example a Dimmer Controller can be operated from a Sensor Pad by the door and then the lights dimmed by touching a tile whilst in the bath.


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Multipor boards insulate European Council walls Xella Multipor mineral insulation boards with a lambda value of 0.045 W/mK have been used to insulate internal walls of the £280million European Council headquarters in Brussels. They were specified to provide a complete envelope for the Art Deco building which sits alongside a new state of the art glass and timber wing described as Herman Van Rompuy’s ‘Gilded cage’ and ‘Jewel Box’. In the restoration of historic buildings, insulating the internal surface of solid walls invariably present the only practical means of thermal improvement. Multipor has a 15-year track record in such situations and offers the combined benefits of low material cost and speed of installation. For further information visit –

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Armstrong metal Ceilings help give an office building a new lease of life

Marley Eternit Equitone creates a work of art

Metal tiles from Armstrong Ceilings were specified for the stunning speculative refurbishment of a central London office building for a hat-trick of reasons.

EQUITONE [tectiva] has helped turn an Information Kiosk into a work of art at the Edinburgh Art Festival.

Armstrong’s MicroLook micro-perforated 600mm x 600mm tiles with a B15 acoustic infill have been suspended from a Microlook Microline grid at Bracton House, a 23,000ft2, six-storey office building in High Holborn. This is one of the first uses in the UK of the Microline grid system which combines an exposed sleeve for a clean and crisp visual with a practical threaded reveal for flexibility in partition fixing and relocation. The system was specified for the £1.5 million refurbishment by architects Stavros Nissiotis Architectural Studio for its quality, aesthetics and functionality but also because of the standard of service the practice received from the manufacturer. To view the Bracton House project go to –

Four-by-Two Consultants specified EQUITONE [tectiva] for the kiosk on George Street because they liked the natural aesthetic and design purity of the fibre cement material, ideal for creating a focal point at the UK's largest annual festival of visual art. Pebble colour was chosen, with its through colour, characteristic fine sanded lines and natural occurring hues. Marley Eternit fibre cement architectural facades offer an installed life expectancy of at least 50 years and can achieve an A+ rating as defined in the BRE Green Guide to Specification. For further information on EQUITONE from Marley Eternit just ask ME at: or call ME on 01283 722588.

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Eircom get a facelift from Remmers

The Eircom exchange building, constructed in the 1970’s, consists of a rendered exterior of architectural interest and features curves and round “porthole” style windows. The exterior render was suffering with a high degree of cracking. Repairs to the render were carried out using Betofix RM, a fast cure feather edge repair mortar prior to application of the coating system.

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Remmers Elastoflex system was chosen to accommodate the anticipated movement and give a high degree of finish to the exterior.


The Elastoflex system incorporates mesh reinforcement within a highly elastic coating compliant with EN1504 – surface protection coatings. The coating has good water vapour diffusion characteristics, is highly water repellent and highly resistant to the diffusion of carbon dioxide.Tel: 0845 37301 For further information about Remmers (UK) Limited Tel: 0845 373 0103 or visit – Enq. 130

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New house in Brixton wins RIBA Manser Medal for the best new home Slip House, a remarkable translucent glass house on a terraced street in Brixton, has won the Royal Institute of British Architects’ (RIBA) prestigious Manser Medal 2013 for the best newly designed private house. The presentation of the award to the winning architects, Carl Turner Architects, took place at a special event at Central Saint Martins in London.

Built on a small patch of land in Brixton, the architects have made a simple and sculptural addition to a street of Victorian terraced houses. Slip House is made up of three ‘boxes’ which sit on top of one another, creating a studio work space downstairs, with living quarters above, above which is a walled roof garden covering the entire footprint of the building. The boxes are carefully placed to maximise light and outlook from inside while not intruding on its neighbour’s outlook. Speaking about Slip House, the RIBA Manser Medal judges said: “Slip House demonstrates an admirable commitment to the creation of an exemplary low-energy house, with a suite of sustainable enhancements that are integrated effectively into the building design. However, at no point do the sustainable ambitions of the project crowd out or dominate the refined quality of the spaces that are created. Little wonder then the project was one of Kevin McCloud’s favourite ‘Grand Designs’, one he described as an ‘urban sanctuary’.” The four other houses shortlisted for the 2013 RIBA Manser Medal were: t t t t

Astley Castle, Warwickshire by Witherford Watson Mann Architects Crowbrook, Hertfordshire by Knox Bhavan Architects Downley House, Petersfield by Birds Portchmouth Russum Architects Rockmount, The Wirral by Shed KM

The 2013 Manser Medal judges were: Michael Manser CBE; Hugh Broughton, architect; Joe Morris, architect; Caroline Cole, architect and Tony Chapman, Hon FRIBA, RIBA Head of Awards. Previous winners of the RIBA Manser Medal include architecturepossibles for Maison L, France (2012); Duggan Morris Architects for a modern conversion of a brutalist house in Hampstead (2011), Acme for Hunsett Mill (2010), Pitman Tozer Architects for The Gap House (2009), Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners for Oxley Woods (2008) and Alison Brooks Architects for the Salt House (2007). Enq. 307

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With the weather becoming more and more unpredictable each year, the damage being caused to exterior timber is at its worst. However, with the increase in people decorating their garden with decking, wooden garden furniture and a variety of decorative the right solution is of utmost importance. The dilemma for most landscape enthusiasts and property owners alike is which product to apply? A common frustration with many in some cases this can even happen within laborious task of removing or overlaying the longer than just one year! Thankfully there is a solution to this age old problem. Solid Colour Stain from Owatrol is a Professional Quality wood maintenance combination of a specially formulated acrylic

SCS into the timber, holding it there whilst allowing water to move in and out of the rays and provides a long lasting protection colours and samples are available at a minimal cost to allow you to test and ensure that you get the colour you desire. Solid Colour Stain and all Owatrol solutions can website; and we will deliver the goods to you on a next day delivery. For a colour chart or to order samples please call

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cape town house

This house is a remodelling of a typical 1980's suburban dwelling in Cape Town, South Africa. Through a gradual self-build project, this house has been transformed to connect it with its mountainous backdrop and stunning sea views. The prime move has involved turning with mezzanine where space and views could be fully appreciated. Expansive cantilevered balconies optimise inside and outside living space. have been relocated to the lower levels and connect with the tiered garden and a new swimming pool. The whole building is re-clad in warm timber that sits harmoniously in the lush green setting.

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OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS FOR JAMES LATHAM …with new passive house compliant door kits… With the Government’s Code for Sustainable Homes Scheme (CSH) target for all new houses to be zero carbon by 2016 just over two years away, James Latham is now offering a complete door kit solution which has been certified as passive house compliant by the renowned Passive House Institute in Darmstadt (Germany). According to official figures, the UK’s 21 million homes account for around 27% of the overall carbon emissions released into the atmosphere and with the current Government’s promise to construct three million new homes by the year 2020, the need to address the carbon situation within the housing sector is of paramount importance – passive house compliant products are a recognised and accepted solution to the zero carbon requirement. A passive house is a building in which a comfortable interior climate can be maintained without active

heating and cooling systems, hence the term “passive”. The house heats and cools itself by generating external heat gains from the sun as well as internal gains from appliances and the occupants. It also achieves significantly notable levels of airtightness and insulation with minimal thermal bridges and delivers a high level of internal air quality provided by a mechanical ventilation system that recovers heat efficiently and doors have a big part to play in achieving this. The door kit being offered by James Latham includes a door leaf which is 98mm thick and is available in three decorative facing options. The passive house door blank has a U-Value of 0,54 W/m2K; and the door – as supplied in kit form – has a U-Value of ≤ 0,80W/m2K (with and without glazing). The kit is also CE certified (EN 14351-1 External Doors and Windows 2010) and attains the best results in all

mandatory aspects of this standard. Eg, wind-load resistance; EN 12210, security classification; WK2 (door blank resistance classification 3) ENV 1627 and airtightness classification; EN 12207. Steven Dennard, James Latham’s Group Door Manager commented, “Passive house is the world’s most advanced standard of energy performance and, coupled with the Government’s CSH scheme, it is influencing the way we design, build and live in our homes. With this in mind, James Latham sees the real potential for this highly bespoke product being the retrofit market as it offers a recognised solution in creating more energy-cost efficient properties.” The complete kit includes; a processed 3-part Meranti frame, Ironmongery plus a 98mm thick door blank supplied part-processed/CNC'd for the doublerebate detail along with lock and hinge fixings.

To learn more about Latham’s complete product range please visit Information is also available from Latham’s marketing department by e-mailing: or by calling: 0116 257 3415

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Hรถrmann sectional garage doors the first with Secured by Design accreditation.

The ProMatic and SupraMatic operators which are part of the Secured by Design accreditation both feature a mechanical lock. This unique automatic latching system makes it almost impossible to lever these doors open, and as it is a purely mechanical system, it remains fully functional even in the event of a power failure. Additionally the Hรถrmann BiSecur two-way radio system adds digital as as well as mechanical security. The system checks that the signal it receives is from an authorised transmitter before proceeding, utilising the same 128 bit encryption as online banking. This also adds the door enquiry feature available with the HS 5 handsets. This makes it possible to check if a door, or gate is open or closed even if it is out of sight.

The break in resistance of Hรถrmann automatic sectional garage doors has been recognised by the award of Secured by Design status. The accreditation applies to the combination of Hรถrmann insulated or solid timber sectional doors with the Series 3 BiSecur ProMatic or SupraMatic operators. The wide choice of designs, colours and finishes means there is no need to compromise between style and security as this range offers both. The, double skinned, insulated EPU and LPU doors both feature solid, CFC free polyurethane insulation that adds strength and rigidity to the door. With the EPU door the insulation is 42mm thick and for the LPU option 42mm thick, leading to even better thermal values.

The LTH solid timber doors are offered in a number of styles and buyers also have the option to have their own individual design recreated by Hรถrmann. These doors can be ordered in either Nordic Pine or Hemlock.

For the style conscious a colourful selection of the HSE 2 keyring sized BiSecur hand transmitters are also available matching the high quality, piano lacquer effect finish of the black and white transmitters. The wide range of styles and colours and even bespoke timber designs ensure there are doors to suit any home or project. There are also matching side doors and front doors including Secured by Design accredited ThermoPro entrance doors.

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Comar 7P.i Folding Sliding Door System (FSD)

SWA members ready for Part L revisions

Comar Architectural Aluminium Systems are delighted to launch their thermally broken Comar 7P.i Folding Sliding Door (FSD).

Members of the Steel Window Association (SWA) have invested further in the development of the W40 system in order to keep pace with the expected revisions to Part L of the Building Regulations. It is anticipated that the requirement for the energy performance of windows will be further reduced, meaning that to demonstrate compliance for certain applications manufacturers of steel windows are now ready to fit triple glazed units within the rugged, but elegant steel frames. The IG unit for a Building Regulations compliant W40 steel window would feature a 4-8-4-8-4 make up with two softcoat Low-E panes, plus warm edge spacer bars and argon gas filling. The Steel Window Association has a continuing programme of product development which has seen the energy performance, weather-tightness and security of its W40 and other systems steadily improved over the years. Please visit:

Smooth operation and solutions to meet the design brief, the aluminium Comar 7P.i Folding/Sliding Door (FSD) system offers a myriad of possibilities for commercial or residential projects. Comar 7P.i FSD provides a versatile moveable wall that allows space and light into any project. Even in the winter months the glazed facade offers light as well as keeping the building insulated through the trade-marked Comar 7P.i thermal break technology. Due to the trade-marked P.i thermal efficiency U-values are well below the required Building Regulations targets. The doors and jamb are both adjustable to enable longterm smooth operation and to adapt to different building tolerances. For further information Tel: 020 8685 9685 or email

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Yeoman Shield, the UK market leader in wall and door protection has been supplied and installed at The Sutton Academy, Merseyside. Yeoman Shield HessianEx wall panelling, External Corner Angles and FalmouthEx panels (in Lilac) were fitted on the ground and first floor corridors and also in the plaza and waiting areas. Site manager, Steve Humphreys, explained: “We wanted to stop the need for costly and repetitive re-decoration. Yeoman Shield has provided us with a long term solution and has resulted in many complimentary comments on the improved appearance where Shield products have been installed.” For further details on Yeoman Shield products visit – email or telephone 0113 2795854

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Doors, Windows & Fittings P C Henderson’s sliding door systems used for architects rural new build

P C Henderson’s sliding door hardware systems were specified by Penton Architects for the central dining space and garage of the architects’ own rural new build. Situated on the outskirts of Groombridge village in Kent, this family dwelling is constructed from timber framing, clad in larch and roofed with zinc which complements its natural surroundings. The property replaces a former cottage on the site and now forms the architect’s family home and place of work. Adam Penton, Penton Architects, commented: “The large sliding doors to the central dining space utilise P C Henderson’s Lift and Slide Base System which was specified for its performance and ability to be housed into a bespoke glazed timber screen and cill system.” The dining room doors open up the side of the house and are used daily during the summer months for ventilation and access to external terracing to create an indoor / outdoor experience for the family to enjoy. This external sliding system was ideal for the project as it is designed to accommodate large door leaves of up to 3m x 3m. The hardware system also provides superior weather resistance due to its bottom pad and anti-derail plate which provides a secure seal

between the central meeting point stiles and the threshold. The large garage sliding door uses the Soltaire system for its robust and free sliding fingertip operation to allow the ease of access to garden equipment and tools. This reliable system is extremely durable, ideal for heavy use and offers a high level of corrosion resistance. Soltaire can be used with metal or timber doors and in this project it was installed with painted hardwood to match the rest of the building’s woodwork. Thermal performance and air tightness were important considerations for this project as the property has no conventional heating source and relies solely on a single log burning stove for all its heating requirements. The well-insulated structure uses solar power to heat water and has a low air tightness rating of 1.7 m3/hr/m2 which helped the residence achieve a Dwelling Emmision Rate of 12.68 t/yr. Adam Penton adds; “The design respects the rural

woodland setting of the site in form and detailing. Its composition allows it to cascade down the sloping site without adjusting the natural site contours and its all timber construction raised on stilts allows it to hover in the delicately in the landscape. The generous glazed openings allow a strong inside outside relationship to be formed which maximises the views and encourages solar gain. The large opening windows and doors permit good ventilation to mitigate any overheating during warmer months.” Penton Architects has been established since 2003 designing and managing selected building projects with an emphasis on high-quality, contemporary design. With focus on residential and schools projects, Penton Architects design buildings which can mature, evolve and be fun to use whilst retaining a timeless classic quality. For further details Tel: 0191 377 0701 Email: Web: Enq. 139

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Doors, Windows & Fittings LEADING THE FIELD Leading hinge manufacturer SIMONSWERK showcased the latest developments in its comprehensive hinge portfolio at the recent 100% Design Exhibition. These included the new TECTUS TE 526 & 527 3D fully concealed hinges for flush commercial doors which have achieved fire testing certification to 60mins from Warrington Exova, the benchmark for products used in safety critical applications such as fire doors. These fire-rated hinges will carry door weights up to 120kg and, as with all TECTUS hinges, are 3D adjustable, have an opening angle up to 180째 and are maintenance free. Also on show were the increasingly popular CE marked TRITECH fire rated solid brass hinge with concealed

bearings, 25 year performance guarantee and a new PVD (Physical Vapour Deposition) finish. These corrosion resistant PVD coated hinges maintain their original good looks, can stand up to the most aggressive conditions, have high temperature resilience, good impact strength and excellent abrasion resistance.

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rainwater harvesting: advantages and disadvantages

What is Rainwater Harvesting? Although close to three fourths of our planet is made of water, not all of it is suitable for use. The water in the oceans and seas cannot be used as drinking water and little of it can be utilized for other purposes. As a result, there is a constant shortage of water that is either good for drinking or home and industrial use. Areas on the planet that have long faced water shortage were able to combat this problem by harvesting what little rain water they received. This slowly started spreading to areas where there was plenty of rainfall. As a result, the modern day rainwater harvesting system was bought into place. The idea behind the process is simple. Rainwater is collected when it falls on the earth, stored and utilized at a later point. It can be purified to make it into drinking water, used for daily applications and even utilized in large scale industries. In short, Rainwater harvesting is a process or technique of collecting, filtering, storing and using rainwater for irrigation and for various other purposes. To reduce the consumption of groundwater, many people around the world are using rainwater harvesting systems. This practice has been around for thousands of years and has been growing at a rapid pace. Till today, rainwater is used as a primarily source of drinking water in several rural areas. The best thing about rainwater is that it is free from pollutants as well as salts, minerals, and other natural and man-made contaminants. In areas where there is excess rainfall, the surplus rainwater can be used recharge ground water through artificial recharge techniques.

The Advantages and Disadvantages of rainwater harvesting Rainwater Harvesting In an urban setting, harvesting is usually done with the help of some infrastructure or The simplest method for a rainwater harvesting system is storage tanks. In this, a catchment area for the water is directly linked to cisterns, tanks and reservoirs. Water can be stored here until needed or used on a daily basis. The roofs our homes are the best catchment areas, provided they are large enough to harvest daily water needs. Other than that, large bowls and tarps can also fulfill the function. Advantages of Rainwater Harvesting 1. Easy to Maintain: Utilizing the rainwater harvesting system provides certain advantages to the community. First of all, harvesting rainwater allows us to better utilize an energy resource. It is important to do so since drinking water is not easily renewable and it helps in reducing wastage. Systems for the collection of rainwater are based on simple technology. The overall cost of their installation and operation is much lesser than that of water purifying or pumping systems. Maintenance requires little time and energy. The result is the collection of water that can be used in substantial ways even without purification. 2. Reducing Water Bills: Water collected in the rainwater

harvesting system can be put to use for several non-drinking functions as well. For many families and small businesses, this leads to a large reduction in their utilities bill. On an industrial scale, harvesting rainwater can provide the needed amounts of water for many operations to take place smoothly without having to deplete the nearby water sources. It also lessens the burden of soil erosion in a number of areas, allowing the land to thrive once again. In fact, it can also be stored in cisterns for use during times when water supplies are at an all time low.

3. Suitable for Irrigation: As such, there is little requirement for building new infrastructure for the rainwater harvesting system. Most rooftops act as a workable catchment area, which can be linked to the harvesting system. This also lessens the impact on the environment by reducing use of fuel based machines. Rainwater is free from many chemicals found in ground water, making it suitable for irrigation and watering gardens. In fact, storing large reservoirs of harvested water is a great idea for areas where forest fires and bush fires are common during summer months.

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5. Reduces Floods and Soil Erosion: During rainy season, rainwater is collected in large storage tanks which also helps in reducing floods in some low lying areas. Apart from this, it also helps in reducing soil erosion and contamination of surface water with pesticides and fertilizers from rainwater run-off which results in cleaner lakes and ponds. 6. Can be Used for Several Non-drinking Purposes: Rainwater when collected can be used for several non-drinking functions including flushing toilets, washing clothes, watering the garden, washing cars etc. It is unnecessary to use pure drinking water if all we need to use it for some other purpose rather than drinking. Disadvantages of Rainwater Harvesting 1. Unpredictable Rainfall: Rainfall is hard to predict and sometimes little or no rainfall

can limit the supply of rainwater. It is not advisable to depend on rainwater alone for all your water needs in areas where there is limited rainfall. Rainwater harvesting is suitable in those areas that receive plenty of rainfall.

properly maintained. 4. Certain Roof Types may Seep Chemicals or Animal Droppings: Certain types of roofs may seep chemicals, insects, dirt or animals droppings that can harm plants if it is used for watering the plants.

2. Initial High Cost: Depending on the system’s size and technology level, a rainwater harvesting system may cost anywhere between $200 to $2000 and benefit from it cannot be derived until it is ready for use. Like solar panels, the cost can be recovered in 10-15 years which again depends on the amount of rainfall and sophistication of the system.

5. Storage Limits: The collection and storage facilities may also impose some kind of restrictions as to how much rainwater you can use. During the heavy downpour, the collection systems may not be able to hold all rainwater which ends in going to to drains and rivers.

3. Regular Maintenance: Rainwater harvesting systems require regular maintenance as they may get prone to rodents, mosquitoes, algae growth, insects and lizards. They can become as breeding grounds for many animals if they are not

Rainwater harvesting is a system that is gaining speed over time. Areas that experience high amounts of rainfall will benefit the most from the system and will be able to distribute water to dry lands with ease. However, the beneficial environmental impact of the system is what drives it further as of now.

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Satisfied builder once again chooses Yeoman Rainguard

Anglian Water's Lincoln Scheme Benefits From PE Piping

Yeoman Rainguard has been fitted to an impressive house (part of which dates back to the 18th century) as part of a major renovation carried out by Wiltshire based A G Builders.

GPS PE Pipe Systems has supplied PE piping as part of Anglian Water’s £44 million investment in a new raw water reservoir and water treatment works inLincoln. The new 250 megalitre raw water reservoir has been designed to store water supplies equivalent to the volume of one hundred Olympic swimming pools with the raw water being transported to the reservoir via a new pumping station and underground pipelines.

Yeoman Rainguard supplied XL Aluminium 125 x 55mm half round gutter & 75mm diameter downpipe in a special lead grey coloured textured finish. A G Builders, director, Barry Gill, said: “We have used Yeoman Rainguard on many different projects (including new build and renovation) and have always been satisfied with its products and prices and the service and advice provided by its area sales manager, Tim Hanks.” For further details on Yeoman Rainguard products visit or email

GPS Excel HDPE pipe has been used for the 2km raw water main that runs from the intake pumping station to the reservoir, the raw water gravity feed pipe linking the reservoir to the water treatment works and the raw water reservoir bypass main from the pumping station to the treatment works. For further information on GPS PE Pipe Systems visit – Enq. 145

Water treatment is a vital process in keeping the system running to its optimal performance, with the accumulation of dirt and sludge making anysystem become less effective. Spirotech’s dirt separator – the powerful, SpiroTrap MB3 offers both strength and flexibility and features all the proven benefits of its predecesor (the SpiroTrap MB2), offering a rotatable fitting mechanism for effortless vertical or horizontal installations and slip socket for easy installation in tight spaces. The SpiroTrap MB3 is suitable for all types of heating systems and any make or type of boiler. By reducing wear and tear on system parts, the SpiroTrap MB3 helps to protect and prolong the life of components such as the boiler and radiators, making it a truly cost. For further information, please visit Enq. 146

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RAINWATER SYSTEMS Excellence in service

Aluminium Guttering The new ROYALTY range from Stormguard Rainwater Systems gives Architects and Designers innovative and exciting options on guttering.


ith our ROYALTY range you can transform guttering into an attractive main feature - enhancing the appearance of any property and increasing its value.

Fascias & Soffits

The aesthetic beauty of the king and queen brackets complete with Tudor Rose Emblem, together with our new ClipFit Aluminium guttering has the following benefits:

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Bespoke & standard Wall Capping

Clip fit Gutters


Easy fit Box Gutters Bespoke Gutters & Flashing

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Drainage & Plumbing Complete rainwater solutions systems from Graf

Graf is a subsidiary of a German company - Otto Graf GmbH, a family run business with 50 years' experience in Rainwater Harvesting products, operating in sixty five countries Worldwide with manufacturing plants in Germany, France, and Australia. Graf specialize in Rainwater Harvesting offering above and below ground tanks from 10OO to 100,000 litres, with systems for domestic and commercial applications. Within the product range there is fully integrated solutions to harvest rainwater for toilets, washing machines, vehicle washing as well as garden packages. Graf have unique products such as the Platin, a flat tank where there is no need for deep excavations, reduction in installation time, disposal of spoil, no concrete, thereby saving time and reducing costs. For further information visit – or Tel: 01795 43 27 00 Enq. 150

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Nicholas Hare Architects LLP: St Paul’s School

St Paul’s School Science Building The science building is the first major addition to the school for 50 years. It begins the phased replacement of the school’s postwar CLASP buildings, next to the River Thames. The building provides 18 state-of-the-art teaching laboratories and creates a new courtyard and entrance to the school. High quality, durable materials have been used throughout. Maximising daylight and minimising mechanical ventilation and cooling have been priorities. Unwanted solar gains are minimised and the concrete frame is left exposed internally to provide thermal mass. A brown roof enhances biodiversity and attenuates rainwater run-off, contributing to the sustainable drainage strategy. Project description The new science building for St Paul’s School has just been completed. The building – designed by Nicholas Hare Architects – is the first major addition to the school for 50 years. It represents the start in a process of replacement of the school’s postwar CLASP buildings: the next phase will be the new drama centre (also design by NHA and now out to tender) whose foyer will face the river Thames. NHA were appointed in 2006 to develop the masterplan proposed by Patel Taylor on the school’s prominent riverside site in Barnes. The four-storey science building creates a new courtyard and entrance to the school. It provides 18 state-of-the-art teaching laboratories, and is designed to last longer than 50 years. Externally high quality, durable materials have been used. Handset British sandstone and buff coloured brickwork are juxtaposed with large areas of glazing, bronze anodised aluminium windows and rainscreen cladding. Precast concrete is used to form circular columns and an undulating vaulted soffit to the courtyard colonnade. Brickwork is built without movement joints using lime mortar, and is massive in its construction: piers provide 450mm deep window reveals, and flat brick arches above are traditionally constructed using 50mm bricks. Maximising daylight and minimising mechanical ventilation and cooling have been priorities. Deep window reveals and solar shading louvres minimise unwanted solar gains, and the building’s concrete frame is left exposed to provide thermal mass. A bespoke biodiverse brown roof provides new species habitats and attenuates rainwater run-off, contributing to the sustainable drainage strategy. The building is designed within the overall environmental strategy of the masterplan, which targets a BREEAM ‘excellent’ rating. “Our aim has been to produce a suitable setting for the distinguished academic work of the school. The constrained site beside the existing sports hall offered the opportunity for a toplit main stair rising through the four storeys. The school’s encouragement in the use of high quality materials and gentle vaulting, together with careful execution by Mace, have set the tone for the central courtyard of the campus.” Nicholas Hare, partner.

PROJECT DATA Completion: 25th January 2013 Gross internal floor area (m2): 4,500 sqm Total cost: £16.5 million (includes standalone site-wide Substation building & other site-wide infrastructure works Form of contract: Design & Build Client: St Paul’s School

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Education "Not just a building but a work of art which would touch the spirit" Whilst it didn't win the Stirling Prize, Bishop Edward King Chapel, Ripon College, Cuddesdon is a fantastic example of design & craftsmanship

It's very rare for any construction magazine to feature a chapel but having reached the final 6 in the Stirling prize this is no ordinary building. It will be many years before a project comes along that showcases the levels of design and craftsmanship that have been displayed in abundance here in such a modest structure. The RIBA judges confirmed as such, "Exquisite detailing abounds in all six projects, perhaps most potently in the Bishop Edward King Chapel in Oxfordshire whose rich stone façade and timber interior provide some of the best examples of craftsmanship the judges have seen for some time." Ripon College is one of the world's leading theological colleges set in leafy Cuddesdon in rural Oxfordshire. The chapel, named after a past principal who went on to become Bishop of Lincoln in 1885. The brief went out to competition and attracted entries from over 120 architects from all over the world. It says much about the winning design when it was unanimously chosen by the board of judges given the huge number of possibilities. Niall McLaughlin Architects presentation more than met the brief from the college which included the rather daunting request for "not just a building but a work of art which would touch the spirit" The surrounding buildings are all predominantly Natural Stone and the original design called for a three tiered facade with a 'basket weave timber' mid section again representing an old sailing vessel. The original source of stone was no longer available, the most viable option was Clipsham Limestone, which was sourced from The Stamford Stone Company quarry just outside Peterborough. A further slight complication was added by English Heritage who ruled out the basket weave timber by insisting that the whole of the building should be of Natural Stone in keeping with the surrounding listed buildings on the c ampus. The rather ingenious option employed by the architects in keeping the 'texture' they were seeking turned out arguably even more stunning than anything the original proposal could have achieved. With such a high precision project planning and design were always going to be paramount and Beard Construction should be commended for assembling their team at the earliest possible opportunity. Szerelmey Ltd, the Vauxhall based stone contractors were bought on board as they have over 150 years experience with stone both in design and installation.

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Internally the building is equally stunning with its simplistic style of light coloured Glulam timber which delicate filigree form seems to replicate the intricacy of the nearby tree crowns and canopies, whilst still fulfilling their ecclesiastical design mandate. The interior is so simple that there remains nothing inside to distract you other than perhaps the jaw-dropping workmanship.


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Floors & Flooring

John Boddy Timber

The LVT take over Leading luxury vinyl flooring manufacturer Moduleo, is reporting that LVT is not only taking over the flooring industry, but is also taking up more square feet in the nation’s homes. David Bigland, MD of Moduleo UK and Eire believes that the trend in open plan living is what has opened consumers’ eyes to the benefits of using LVT throughout a property. David comments: “Although at one time luxury vinyl flooring was used predominantly in living rooms and hallways, this is no longer the case. Whether completing a bedroom, bathroom or even a kitchen project, consumers are opting for the durability and stylish finish offered by LVT throughout the house!” Moduleo produces a wide range of luxury vinyl flooring in a selection of colours and finishes that perfectly encapsulate the natural beauty of wood and stone. For more information on Moduleo, visit – or call on 01332 851 500. Enq. 156





Products, Solutions and Service Package – from Permaflor

Profiles, architraves, skirting & cladding. Ex-stock and to customer design. Solid hardwood flooring & engineered flooring in a range of hardwoods. Finishing service available for our floors including special effects such as burnished, limed and fumed and handcrafted. Solid hardwood internal batten door kits, in oak, walnut & tulipwood.


Oak beams, scantlings and joinery timber.


Expert advice available for all sizes projects.


Over 77 years timber experience in the trade.


Hardwood products manufactured on site.


Delivery nationwide.

For more information call sales on: 01423 320204/214

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As a leading manufacturer of raised access flooring systems, Permaflor’s experienced Technical Services Team offers detailed product advice, backed by bespoke Callidus floor plan design and technical specifications for individual projects. Handling thousands of calls every year from architects, specifiers and contractors, Permaflor offers a comprehensive technical advice service and has built excellent relationships with architects, as well as many flooring contractors, installers and facilities managers to design and manufacture solutions for their bespoke flooring requirements. Older buildings frequently present situations where the access floor system is basically sound, yet requires upgrading or extending. Permaflor produces bespoke panels and pedestals to match any legacy system. For more information please call 01432 347 709 email: or visit Enq. 158

LEVATO MONO a next generation paver system Pavers comprised of a 20mm single layer of load-bearing porcelain stoneware, with incredible technical and aesthetic features.Self-levelling and height adjustable pedestals allow for rapid installation over uneven sub-surfaces and any waterproof membrane. Ideal for roof terraces, balconies and walkways Floating floor – installation over single ply membranes ! Eternal finish – massive over life savings ! Zero maintenance ! Completely non-porous; stain resistant ! Slip resistance; BS pendulum test up to +65 wet ! Lightweight – 45kgs per m2 ! Timber & stone effects – 30+ finishes available ! High load bearing- static load up to 1 tonne per paver ! Fire and frost-proof ! Height adjustable pedestal support system ! Hidden services with easy access ! !

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Allura Form – an inspirational new flooring collection from Forbo New Allura Form from Forbo Flooring Systems marks a step away from traditional luxury vinyl tile (LVT) ranges and offers the opportunity to experiment with the latest on trend ‘form’ elements to create different flooring design styles and effects. The collection extends the core Allura concept with new shapes, bigger sizes, popular mix and match modularity formats and an earthy neutral palette. These distinctive themes and shapes have been introduced to inspire unique, contemporary and practical floor designs in traditional LVT markets such as leisure, hospitality and retail. Every aspect of Allura Form is exclusive to Forbo, developed entirely by its in-house design team so each pattern and shape is completely original. Highlights of the collection include Allura Form Square, a tile with an oak design, cut diagonally, so the grain runs at 90 degrees to create beautiful parquet and inlaid flooring effects with a modern twist. The ability to produce triangle-shaped vinyl demands absolute precision. Forbo’s sophisticated cutting process has created a seductive and surprising design - Allura Form Triangle - comprising two contrasting smooth, fine grain woods that can be used to produce bold and striking design statements and monochromatic floor coverings with a signature look. Expressive harlequin styles and 3-dimensional effects are just some of the styling options that can be achieved with Allura Form Diamond. Providing captivating optical illusions, there are four colours to choose from, all of which can be mixed and matched – providing endless combination possibilities. The modular concept can also be explored with Allura Form Stone. Available in three sizes up to 1 metre square, Stone Dimensions is a neutral, natural-stone-look tile that is perfect for high-end retail concepts, cool office environments and similar spaces. By mixing and matching different tile sizes, specifiers can create a subtle sense of movement and flow to the floor space. Allura Form Oak XL is more than just a larger version of the popular plank-shaped LVT – it is a supersized beauty with a new level of realism that is ideal for mixing and matching. The versatile multi-width offering is available in a choice of five colours. New Allura Form follows in the footsteps of the standard LVT range and is built around a glass fleece that provides enhanced dimension stability, while the calandered production method gives the tiles extra strength. The high quality PU lacquering ensures an even longer lasting performance without the need for initial or intermediate treatment. Last but not least, Allura Form complies with AgBB and REACH.

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New Altro Doors and Wall Range is a modern practical solution in Suffolk care home

Altro helps new flagship school set high standards

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The Dell Care Home, in Lowestoft, Suffolk, is one of the first sites to have products from Altro’s newest floors and walls ranges installed – providing a modern, practical solution to safety and long-term maintenance in a caring environment.

A range of Altro floors and walls has been used in the new state-of-the-art Dunfermline High School, in Fife, helping the new facility achieve an ‘Excellent’ BREEAM rating and set the highest green and sustainability standards. The Altro products were installed by Veitchi. Built in partnership with BAM Construction, the school has an ultra-modern yet functional design and strong ecocredentials. Its main feature is the transparency of every area. To see and be seen is key - a design which has been proven in other schools to improve behaviour. Diarmid McLachlan, Lead Architect, Property Services at Fife Council, was responsible for specifying the Altro products for the new school. “We have used Altro products before in many school projects and they have proved excellent for safety, cleanability and durability, as well as value for money,” said Diarmid. About Altro –

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New Altro Wood SafetyTM flooring and the new Altro Whiterock SatinsTM wall cladding have been fitted in the care home’s communal areas, where hygiene, safety and ease of cleaning are paramount. The Dell Care Home has used Altro products before with great success, and owner Shawn Sunderland has used the flooring and walling in several other care homes which he owns around the country. Shawn said “We also selected Altro Whiterock Satins for the walls, in Scarlet, which is very striking. It’s a great product, grout-free, so it’s very hygienic and easy to clean. About Altro – Enq. 160

Health and safety measures increasingly puts pressure on companies within the construction industry to improve safety standards for their employees. In the flooring industry there is a particular concern when flooring contractors have to lift and move heavy bags of levelling compounds and screeds. As a response to these health and safety concerns we have reduced the weight of our most popular levelling compounds. UZIN NC 150, UZIN NC 160, UZIN NC 170 and UZIN NC 172 are now available in 20 kg bags to make the transportation of levelling compounds easier and safer for flooring contractors. Despite reducing the weight of the bag, each of the levelling compounds offers fantastic coverage, approximately 5 m2 at 3 mm.

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Create a safer and healthier environment with UZIN.


To enter the competition, all you have to do is submit a photograph that includes any installed Permaflor product or flooring system and the Permaflor logo, or the word Permaflor, somewhere in the image. This can be achieved by including Permaflor packaging in the picture, or simply making the word Permaflor visible somehow.

When applying levelling compounds in industrial locations, UZIN NC 172 provides contractors with a reliable and rapid solution. With an extremely high compressive strength of 50 N, it’s ideal for use within industrial locations. UZIN NC 172 is rapid drying and ready to accept most floor coverings within 1 hour. It has also been awarded an EC1 plus classification and Blue Angel label for being very low emission and provides the most ecological approach for flooring installations. For further information visit – Or Telephone: 01788 530 080 Enq. 163

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nora - norament 926 satura

Developed in collaboration with international architects and designers, the new norament 926 satura rubber floor covering from nora systems offers two worlds of colours for every desired spatial effect. Perfectly harmonised, there are 16 neutral architectural colours, ranging from a warm beige through to cool shades of grey, and 16 chromatic accentuating colours, for bright and vibrant design schemes. The new product is part of the certified floor covering system, nora system blue, which combines nora’s low emission rubber floor coverings with low emission installation materials. Specially trained installers offer additional assurance. That is how nora systems assures the best quality for indoor air hygiene and promotes the development of building concepts for healthy living. For more information visit nora flooring systems

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o ensure a successful tiled

based coating which enhances

backgrounds are able to support the additional weight as well as being suitable for the conditions to which they will be exposed. To assist the architect/ designer Norcros Adhesives have developed a range of preparation products which allow tiles to be

board. This creates a tile ready

previously have been suitable. Norcros Permalayer antifracture membrane is designed potentially damaging background movement stresses such as those experienced on timber

excellent impact resistance. Pro board is suitable for both internal

particularly when used with undertile heating. The board is available in a range of thicknesses and with an option of premade falls they are also ideal for balconies and roof terraces. Preformed shower trays and other wetroom structures complete the range. In accordance with BS 5385-

and has been independently tested by Ceram Research where it was shown to exceed the

a surface regularity of SR1. This is equivalent to a maximum permissible departure of 3mm straightedge resting in contact

Loadings for Buildings Part 1. The product also allows ceramic tiles and concretes after only 48 hours of being laid. When used with the





ideal for encapsulating undertile the Permalayer system provides a waterproof membrane ideal for use in wet rooms and saunas. Newly launched Pro Board is a high performance waterproof construction/tilebacker board manufactured from high density polystyrene with a specially formulated reinforced cement-

is recommended to prevent damage occurring during the tile Norcros Adhesives are licensed to upon request and the entire product range is covered by a Lifetime product guarantee.

Norcros Permalayer anti-fracture membrane

Norcros 2-Part levelling compound For further details of the above products or any of the Norcros range call the technical helpline on 0870 609 2851 e-mail or visit Enq. 316

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Selectaglaze helps modernise “A model of social housing and urban living” The World War II Blitz saw the devastating destruction of vast areas of the City of London. In 1951 a competition was announced inviting architects to design an estate within the 7 acre Golden Lane area of East London. In the 1990’s the estate received Grade II and Grade II* in view of its importance as an example of post-war residential architecture. Listing restricts owner’s freedom to make permanent modifications to individual dwellings, as is the case with the original aluminium windows which, in most instances, do not meet modern standards of thermal and noise insulation. As the UK’s leading designer and manufacturer of secondary glazing systems, together with their unparalleled credentials working alongside Heritage bodies within Listed and sensitive buildings, Selectaglaze was the obvious choice to consult to provide a solution to the problems associated with the windows. Selectaglaze’s literature is free upon request. call: 01727 837271 or visit:

Pilkington K Glass™ S has reached a new milestone! NSG Group’s new coater at Cowley Hill has produced over two and a half million square metres. As the UK’s first jumbo off-line coating plant, Cowley Hill allows the NSG Group to manufacture a wider range of such products in the UK. It enables ultra-thin special coatings to be applied to glass, creating a range of high performance energy-saving and solar control glazing. Pilkington K Glass™ has long been the leading choice in low-emissivity glazing, ensuring consumers save energy and money off their fuel bills. Pilkington K Glass™ S was launched in October 2011 and customers now benefit from an extended range of energy-efficient glass solutions and can offer a soft coated product to householders from Pilkington, the brand they know and trust. Pilkington glass please see the website at –

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The VEKA UK Group launches extended colour range

The VEKA UK Group continues to enhance its offering with the unveiling of Variations; a new extended range of coloured foils for both VEKA and Halo customers, along with a simplified ordering policy. Ongoing product development is at the heart of The VEKA UK Group and the new foil offering is the latest in a long line ofenhancements to the ranges. The new coloured foils range has been developed after listening to customer feedback and the result is a much broader range of colours, available in smallerpack sizes, with a clear and simple ordering and pricing policy. The new Variations colours and woodgrains can be seen in VEKA and Halo A4 swatch books, which provide a comprehensive overview of the new ranges in a handy, easy to use format.” For more information about VEKA UK Group products please visit – Enq. 169

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GGF CALLS FOR CHANGE FOLLOWING LATEST GREEN DEAL FIGURES The latest Green Deal figures were released on 19 September 2013. The key points are listed below:


Assessments 71,210 assessments were lodged up to the end of August 2013 13,086 assessments in August was 4% lower than the number in July (13,645). Green Deal Plans t

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677 Green Deal Plans were in the system for individual properties as at the end of August, compared to 419 at the end of July. Of the 677 above, 293 were ‘new’ Green Deal Plans (quotes accepted) 372 of the 677 have moved to ‘pending’ (Plan signed) 12 Green Deal Plans were ‘live’ (i.e. the measures have been installed)

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By the end of August, 8,404 Cashback Vouchers had been issued, and of these, 5,733 vouchers had been paid (following installation of measures) with a value of £1.6 million. The majority of vouchers paid to date were in June and virtually all have been for boiler replacements.

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The latest figures show there were 194,751 measures installed under ECO up to the end of July. The number of ECO measures installed in July (44,917) was 32 per cent higher than the number of measures installed in June (34,017). The majority of all measures installed under ECO to date were for loft insulation (40 per cent of all ECO measures), cavity wall insulation (34 per cent) and boiler upgrades (21 per cent). All solid wall insulation types accounted for four per cent. 51 window installations have happened under ECO ECO brokerage - £205 million worth of contracts had been let through ECO brokerage up to end of August compared to £175 million at the end of July (Chart 5)

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been authorised up to the end of August. 269 Green Deal Assessor Organisations and the 2,332 Green Deal Advisors they employ had been accredited up to the end of August 1,662 Green Deal Certified installers of which only 80 are certified to install replacement windows.

On seeing the latest figures Nigel Rees, GGF Group Chief Executive commented, “It is unfortunate that our predictions for the last few years are turning out to be accurate and that Green Deal and ECO is simply not working for the glass and glazing industry. The Government needs to act swiftly to turn these figures around.” The GGF has raised its Members’ concerns repeatedly at meetings with Government ministers, departments and officials outlining the issues and offering solutions. Giles Willson, GGF Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Technical Affairs commented, “The Green Deal is not only too complicated and unattractive to consumers but it is also not necessarily improving energy efficiency in homes. To have only 51 window installations out of almost 195,000 measures shows that Green Deal and ECO is not delivering the whole house approach. Is there really any point in getting loft insulation if the property is losing heat through energy inefficient windows?” Nigel Rees concludes, “Despite these disappointing figures, we have to remain positive and continue our dialogue with Government in the hope that changes will be made. We would like to see the scheme become less complicated and also offer better incentives to homeowners and installers. It is encouraging to hear the Government are considering changing the cashback voucher scheme, so that homeowners would not have to use a Green Deal Provider to claim cashback. Another option the Government could consider, is to perhaps re-direct some of the cashback money to fund free Green Deal assessments.” The GGF will continue to work with the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to try and make Green Deal and ECO advantageous to its Members and the wider industry. Enq. 317

101 Green Deal Providers had

To read the latest Green Deal Statistical Report in full please visit:

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Domestic renewable heat incentive: your questions answered The renewable heat incentive is the government scheme to encourage the shift to low carbon and renewable heat technologies. It will start in spring 2014. The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) announced the final details of the scheme on 12 July 2014. They are below in question and answer format. Please note that they are still subject to Parliamentary and EU state aid approval. ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA Am I eligible for the renewable heat incentive? The following people are eligible to apply for the RHI: t Owner occupiers (including second homes) t Private landlords t Social landlords t Self-builders t Legacy (those who have installed eligible renewable heat measures since 15 July 2009) t Third party owners of a heating system Other new build housing is not eligible. The scheme is for a system that heats a single domestic property. Systems that heat more than one dwelling (ie a block of flats) may be able to apply to the non-domestic scheme. Payments go to the owner of the scheme. DECC expects it to be open until March 2021. I’m a private landlord, can I apply? As long as you own the heating system, you can apply, and you will receive the RHI payments. But you will be expected to get necessary permissions from your tenants, both to install the system, and so you can comply with the requirements on maintenance and possible site visits. What do they mean by self-builder? Someone who has built or commissioned a home for their own use, either by building the home themselves or by working with builders. I have already installed renewable heat. Can I get the RHI? Yes, as long as you installed it after 15 July 2009, and you have not received any government support since then (other than from the renewable heat premium payment scheme (RHPP) which will be deducted from the RHI payments). You come under the heading legacy installation. What do they mean by third party owners of a heating scheme? This occurs when the heating system is leased. People familiar with solar PV may know this as the rent a roof model. A company leases you the the biomass boiler or other renewable heating technology and they take the renewable heat incentive payments.

feature: your questions answered What are the eligibility criteria for legacy installations? Legacy applicants are people that installed renewable heating systems between 15 July 2009 and the launch of the scheme (expected in spring 2014). There are two exceptions to the eligibility criteria for legacy applicants: 1. the installation will need to meet the MCS standards that applied at the time of installation, rather than the current standards; 2. installations will not need to meet the air quality requirements that will apply from the launch of the scheme for new applicants. ELIGIBLE TECHNOLOGIES: What technologies are eligible for the RHI? t Air source heat pumps (ASHP) (initially this is only ASHP that heat water - ie air to water) t Biomass boilers and wood pellet stoves with a back boiler (these must meet 99% of the peak space heating load to be eligible). Biomass technologies must meet air quality and fuel sustainability standards. t Ground and water source heat pumps (GSHP) t Solar thermal (hot water) - only flat plate and evacuated tube solar panels will be eligible. They must be MCS (or equivalent scheme) certified (both product and installer) and the installer must be a member of the renewable energy consumer code (RECC). TARIFF RATES What are the RHI tariff rates? t air source heat pumps 7.3p/kWh t biomass boilers and biomass pellet stoves with back burner 12.2p/kWh t ground source heat pumps 18.8p/kWh and t solar thermal technologies 19.2p/kWh (although it is possible that this rate may increase) How long will the tariff be paid for? The tariffs will be paid for 7 years. Payments will be quarterly, in arrears, by Ofgem. The system is currently in development. They rise annually in line with the retail price index (RPI). While paid over a seven year period, the rates have been calculated over the expected 20 year life of the systems. Is the RHI index-linked? Yes, tariffs will change annually in line with the retail price index (RPI). Changes will come into effect on 1 April each year. When will rates change? A degression scheme, similar to the one introduced for the Feed-in Tariff scheme, will be put in place to manage the RHI budget. This means that tariff levels for new applicants will decrease by a set percentage once specified levels of deployment have been reached. Formal reviews are planned for 2015 and 2017, but the government reserves the right to hold a review of the scheme at any time. What will the tariffs be applied to? Tariffs are paid per kWh of renewable heat

generated. The amount of heat generated from your installation will be ‘deemed’. This is an estimate of the property’s expected annual heat usage. You multiply the deemed heat load of renewable heat by the tariff rate to calculate the annual payments. For biomass, hybrid systems and heat pumps the estimated heat use of a property will be calculated after the installation of required energy efficiency measures (see below). This figure will be taken from the energy performance certificate (EPC) done as part of a green deal assessment. For heat pump installations, the heat use figure will be combined with the heat pump’s expected efficiency to estimate how much renewable heat should be generated. For solar thermal, the deeming figure will be the estimated contribution of the solar thermal to the property’s hot water demand. This calculation is part of the MCS installation process. How do I calculate the potential return for solar thermal, heat pumps or biomass heating? The RHI will be paid on each kWh of renewable heat generated, for seven years. This amount will be ‘deemed’ (an estimate) based on the property’s expected annual heat use. To calculate the annual income multiply the deemed figure by the technology’s tariff rate. Example: You install a biomass boiler (tariff rate is 12.2p/ kWh) in a home with expected heat use of 15,000kWh. The calculation is 15,000 x 0.122 = £1,830 RHI payment per year. What’s the thinking behind the tariff rates? Rates are based on technology and installation costs; technology efficiencies; technology lifetimes, the cost of financing; and the costs of off-gas-grid fuels such as electricity and oil. It factors in a 7.5% compensation for finance of the capital cost of buying and installing the system. How soon will my investment pay back? The domestic RHI has been designed as a ‘boiler replacement scheme’. As such, the payments are intended to bridge the difference between the installation and running costs of fossil fuel heating systems and the renewable alternatives. Unlike the feed-in tariff it isn’t talking in terms of investment, or payback (do you expect a gas or oil boiler to ‘payback’?). RHI SCHEME REQUIREMENTS All heating systems and installers must be accredited by MCS or an equivalent scheme. In addition, installers must be members of theRenewable Energy Consumer Code (RECC). What does it mean by MCS or equivalent? MCS (the microgeneration certification scheme) is the UK’s accreditation scheme. DECC will also recognise certification schemes that meet standards such as European standard EN 45011, or ISO/IEC 17065 which has replaced EN 45011. What are the energy efficiency requirements? Everyone except self-builders will have to have a green deal assessment (including

legacy applicants). This records the energy performance of your property, and will give you a list of measures that you could consider installing to increase its energy efficiency. It will include guidance as to how much they are likely to cost, and what savings they will generate on your energy bills. If loft and/or cavity wall insulation are recommended by the assessment you will have to install them and obtain an updated energy performance certificate (EPC) before applying for the RHI. If installing them is not feasible, you will need to present valid evidence of why not. Self-builders will have to get an EPC on completion of the property, and the deemed heat load figure will be taken from that. Why has DECC set energy efficiency requirements? Installing energy efficiency measures, such as cavity and loft insulation is the most cost effective way to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions (meeting emission reduction targets and the renewables target are the main aims of the incentive). If you increase energy efficiency, you will be able to install a smaller (and cheaper) heating system, and it will run more efficiently. Why do I have to have a green deal assessment? To find out which energy efficiency measures are cost effective for your property and to ensure that loft insulation (to 250mm) and cavity wall insulation have been installed where they are recommended by the green deal assessment. Are there any other conditions I must meet? You must have your heating system maintained regularly. You will have to confirm that your system is operating correctly as part of the application process, and will need to confirm annually that it is being maintained according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Will I have to install a meter? For biomass and heat pumps, meters will be required in two situations: a. If the renewable heating system is installed alongside another fossil fuel or renewable space heating system (this includes hybrid systems); b. in second homes. You can choose to install a meter under the metering and monitoring package, and this cost will be covered by an additional payment of £230 per year for heat pumps, £200 per year for biomass boilers. However, systems must be meter-ready. Why do installations have to be ‘meterready’? DECC wants to check its assumptions about fuel bill savings and renewable energy generation. Selected installations will have DECC’s metering equipment fitted, so all applicants will have to agree to this as part of the application process. DECC is working with MCS to make it an MCS standard to make all new domestic systems meter-ready where possible. It will not apply to legacy installations. This is not the same as getting a metering and monitoring package and data will not be available for installers and householders to view in the same way. >>

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<< BIOMASS CRITERIA What biomass heaters are eligible? You can install either a biomass-only boiler, fuelled by wood pellet, wood chip or logs, or a biomass pellet stove with a back burner. It must meet the air quality and fuel sustainability criteria set out by DECC. Condensing biomass boilers are not eligible initially, but this will be kept under review, and may change. What are the air quality requirements? Systems must not exceed the maximum permitted emissions limits of 30g per gigajoule (g/GJ) net thermal input of particulate matter (PM) and 150g/GJ for oxides of nitrogen Nox. Legacy installations (those installed between 15 July 2009 and the start of the scheme) do not need to meet these requirements. Installations will also need to comply with national air quality and planning legislation.

performance factor (SPF). This means that for every 1kWh of electricity used, the heat pump will generate 2.5 kWhs of heat. To work out how much heat is renewable use the following formula:Eligible heat demand = total heat demand x (1 – 1/SPF)So if the SPF=3, 2/3 of the heat output will be eligible for RHI payments. Is there a minimum efficiency for heat pumps? The minimum SPF (seasonal performance factor) allowable for a heat pump to qualify for the RHI is 2.5. This is based on an EU classification which states that only those heat pumps with a SPF of 2.5 or more are considered renewable.

with manufacturer’s instructions; and the current recipient is still entitled to the payments. You may be selected for spot checks. Ofgem will be checking some installations while they process applications, and some after they have been accepted onto the RHI. MCS certifying bodies will also be checking to make sure installers are carrying out work to a high enough quality. There is also a checking process in place for green deal advisors, to ensure standards are met. Some installations will be chosen for metering to provide DECC with information about how the technologies perform. If you refuse to comply with any of the above it may delay or prevent acceptance onto the scheme. If you are not meeting the ongoing requirements, your payments will stop. FUNDING

What are the fuel sustainability requirements? Fuels must be sourced from a supplier registered on an approved list (this will be set up before the scheme launches). You will have to make an annual declaration that you are doing so, and keep receipts as evidence. I’ve got my own wood supply, can I use that? Yes you can, as long as you do not also supply to other biomass installations. “Woody biomass feedstocks” (this includes perennial energy crops such as miscanthus as well as wood) grown on the same “estate” as an eligible biomass system will be automatically treated as meeting the sustainability criteria. DECC is also looking at a ‘proportionate approach’ for local suppliers of wood fuel. HEAT PUMP CRITERIA Can I use my heat pump for cooling too? No. Any cooling from heat pumps is not eligible. How do I calculate the ‘renewable heat’ generated by a heat pump? The renewable heat is the heat taken from the ground, air or water, net of the electricity that is needed to run the heat pump. The more efficient the heat pump, the more renewable heat will be produced. This efficiency is measured as a seasonal

Is there any help with the upfront cost of installing a renewable heating system? If you install before 31 March 2014 you will be able to claim the renewable heat premium payments (RHPP): THE APPLICATION PROCESS How do I apply? Applications will open in spring 2014, and you will be encouraged to apply online at the Ofgem website. There will be alternatives to make it accessible to all. Legacy applicants (who installed between 15 July 2009 and the launch of the scheme) are likely to have a staggered application process to manage the large volume. The intention is to deal with those who have not received funding through the RHPP first. Recipients of RHPP may be staggered on the basis of when they received the funding. There will be a cut-off date, by which legacy applications must be made. Is there anything else I’ll have to do? To ensure that you’re not continuing to receive payments for heat that isn’t being generated you will have to declare annually that the system is still in use and meets the scheme requirements; that it is in working order and maintained in line

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Air source heat pump: £1,300 Biomass boiler: £2,000 Ground or water source heat pump: £2,300 Solar thermal: £600

You may also be able to get some part-finance through the green deal, which enables you to pay off the loan through the savings that result on your energy bill.

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New Gazco Ellingham offers touch of class

Simply Stunning New Gazco Electric fire range!

Gazco Studio Expression ‘Steels’ the show

Crafted from cast iron, the new Ellingham front is a brand new surround option for hearth mounted installations of the Riva2 500, 530 and 670.

With an enticing flame effect, detailed log effect fuel bed and a selection of beautiful frames, the all-new Riva2 670 Electric is a premium fire with more than a hint of sophistication.

Simple, Stylish and Sophisticated, the new Expression Steel is the latest frame to grace the Studio gas fires range, offering homeowners a complete focal point around which to express their very own decorative style.

With its refined cast detailing and taking inspiration from neo-Georgian architecture, the Ellingham adds a touch of grace and elegance to Gazco’s range of smaller high efficiency, glass-fronted Riva2 fires. Although classic in style, the Ellingham will sit equally at home in both modern and traditionally styled interiors, with a handsome matt black finish to offset the highly realistic log effect and choice of fire lining options. For more information, please visit or telephone 0844 4141 322 Enq. 319

New Designated Stovax woodburning boiler stoves attract 5% VAT rate On 1st of July 2013, Stovax was proud to achieve CE approval for all its high output boiler stoves. This widely recognised acknowledgement of the highest standards is testament to our commitment to employing the best procedures and practices and creating the very finest, quality appliances. In response to the Government’s ‘EnergySaving Materials’ initiative that offers a reduced VAT rate on selected products listed under the incentive scheme, Stovax is pleased to now offer the Stockton 14 high-output boiler stoves as specific woodburning models that qualify for the 5% VAT rate. For more information, please visit or telephone 0844 4141 322 Enq. 319

The Riva2 670 can be slotted into a preconstructed hole either up the wall or onto a hearth to create a fireplace look. Alternatively, there is the option to hang the electric fire on the wall using the specifically designed wall mounting box. Whichever installation option you require or choose, all can be achieved with minimal fuss. Gazco’s unique Veriflame™ technology has also been further improved to create a staggeringly realistic flame effect. Accompanied by the option of the now familiar Designio2 Glass and Steel, the Verve and Verve XS as well as the Evoke Glass and Steel frames: the Riva2 670 Electric has convenience and style all wrapped up!

The Expression Steel has a simple smooth design in high grade steel, perfectly proportioned to complement and frame the eye-catching realistic log or contemporary glass and stone flame pictures within. Available for all four Studio fire sizes; 1, 2, 3 & 22, this deep profiled frame is available in a choice of either bold Graphite, or four vibrant finishes offering timeless simplicity or a striking centerpiece to fit with a wealth of interior decors.

For more information, please visit or telephone 0844 4141 322 Enq. 319

For more information, please visit or telephone 0844 4141 322 Enq. 319

New premium Yeoman CL Inset Gas Fire

Extra lines extend Yeoman CL stove range!

Yeoman’s wide range of traditional and contemporary gas stoves and fires are now complemented by the introduction of two brand new inset fires – the CL 530 and CL 670. Designed for hearth mounted installations, the new additions feature a beautiful, curved design that echoes the modern-traditional styling of the CL stove ranges.

The eye-catching Yeoman CL range lends itself to a broad range of interior styles. These stylish stoves create an inviting atmosphere with their clean geometric designs and subtle curving form. This year, two new models have been added to the distinctive Yeoman CL range: the new CL5 Midline and CL5 Highline. These new models have been designed with an integrated log store and feature the subtly curving cast top plate as standard to make a real statement and space-saving options for the room.

A highly realistic log fuel bed is complemented by an enticing glowing ember feature and a choice of three lining options: Brick Effect, Vermiculite and Black Reeded, each creating a distinctly different backdrop to the long and lazy flame picture from these exceptional, high efficiency fires. The CL 530 and 670 Inset fires are supplied complete with a state-of-the-art remote control system featuring convenient timer and thermostatic functions to ensure the home is always warm and welcoming.

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In addition to providing a convenient log store, the new design offers the benefit of raising the height of the firebox for an even better view of the rolling flame picture. The Yeoman CL collection also offers Inset and boiler stove options as well as selection of fuel options: wood burning, multi-fuel, gas and electric.

For more information, please visit or telephone 01392 474060 Enq. 319

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Panasonic's Heat Pump Manager ensures easy installation and configuration

25% Reduction in energy consumption at Housing Trust.

This new generation of smart controllers are designed to ensure Aquarea heat pump systems deliver maximum performance. HPM's easy selection with the "ready to go" system has up to 600 pre-configured installations available via A casade system makes larger installations possible and a Bivalent control to manage gas boilers. HPM is able to control 2 mixed heated zones, is mart grid ready and has a Solar panel mode,

The Liverpool Housing Trust have used Atlantic Boilers’ VF range of boilers to significantly reduce energy consumption at it’s Friendship House Building. The Trust manages more than 40 retirement properties and retirement homes for older people. The consulting engineers were REC of Liverpool and the installers were Kimpton Building Services of Birkenhead. The original boilerplant was replaced with two of the Atlantic VF 100kW all stainless steel pre-mix gas, low NOx condensing boilers and this was carried out with minimum interruption in heating services. In the following 12 months, the energy consumption was reduced by more than 25%. The VF range includes from 4 models 40kw to 100kw. Each is a pre-mix boiler modulating from 25 to 100%. NOx emissions are below 35mg/kWHr and is available with a built-in boiler management system. For more information see

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producing heat when PV panels are generating electricity. Online access with control of all parameters with easy installation it needs less than 3 minutes to configure a complex system!

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Britain’s leading manufacturer of clean burning wood stoves 6 GOOD REASONS TO INSTALL A CLEARVIEW STOVE 1. Clearview Stoves are the best Clearview have been designing and manufacturing wood-burning stoves for nearly 25 years. They were the first company ever to have a multi fuel stove approved for burning wood in smokeless zones and since then have continued to set the standards that others aspire too. Many people consider them to be the best in the world.

2. Clearview Stoves are efficient A Clearview Stove is over 70% efficient while most open fires are only 10% efficient. A Clearview in the living room keeps you warm and cozy in the place you spend most of your time.

3. Clearview Stoves are a joy to use There is nothing quite so elemental as the log fire, nothing that excites the imagination like its flames. It’s one of life’s little pleasures. A Clearview Stove offers an exceptional view of the fire, is easy to light and burns for long periods unattended.

4. Wood is a renewable fuel that’s good for the environment During their lifetime trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, provide food and shelter for wildlife and add beauty to our lives. Burning wood releases no more CO2 than would its eventual decay. Simply put, burning wood just warms you, not the planet.

5. Wood and Clearview put you in control The huge, centralized; energy companies can be unreliable. When a storm interrupts the electrical supply, you can be left stumbling around in the dark with no heating to speak of. However, a Clearview wood stove is 100% reliable and keeps you safe, and warm during a power-cut.

6. Wood saves you money! We almost forgot to mention it, but for many, wood is the cheapest fuel you can use. Best of all, it grows on trees!


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JS Air Curtains at Reynolds Furniture

Steeple Church, Dundee, Scotland

As part of a major refurbishment at its retail store in Bognor Regis, Reynolds Furniture selected JS Air Curtains’ Finesse and Optima air curtains to maintain the internal atmosphere while complementing its modern interior design. Discretely blending in with their surroundings, the air curtains are ensuring customer and staff comfort throughout the summer and winter.

The refurbishment of Steeple Church included addressing the challenge of keeping a historic building warm while conserving its heritage features and minimising the environmental impact of the heating system.

Reynolds is the largest furniture store in Sussex needed to bring its 25,000sq ft of retail space up-to-date, it commissioned air conditioning specialist, South Coast Refrigeration Services, to install a new cooling and heating system. Air curtains on the ground floor were an essential ingredient to maintain the ambient temperature. A 1m Finesse concealed air curtain was installed. The Finesse concealed air curtain for suspended ceilings is suitable for ceiling voids of just 350mm. For further information visit –

Allan Cumming chose Strada DBE radiators for their powerful output from a compact and unobtrusive design. Each Low-H2O heat exchanger in the Strada radiators has a DBE convector fixed on top of the element. This results in a low mass, fast response radiator that reaches the desired heating level rapidly and consumes considerably less energy for environmentaland economic benefits. The Strada radiators operate at less than 35 dB(A) even in high output boost mode. In the chancel, Clima Canal trench heaters were built within the risers of the stairs that lead to the altar. Again based on Low-H2O heat exchangers, the Clima Canal also incorporates specially designed thermal activators which deliver high output within compact dimensions. Jaga Heating Products Ltd - Enq. 181

Consort’s new Tuscany electric radiator offers great comfort and controllability combined with stunning good looks. A designer radiator that has a great visual impact is elegant slim, slender and robust, ideal for offices, reception areas and apartments. This silent IPX4 heater is available at 1500 watts, a white finish, measures H1870 x W320 x D125mm, weighs 15kg, complete with an accurate digital thermostat, a 7 day timer, child lock and frost protection setting. For further information, or for our free advisory service, please contact: Consort Equipment Products Ltd, Tel: 01646 692172, Fax: 01646 695195, Email: or visit their easy to navigate website –

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The UK’s largest manufacturer of Chimney Systems, Schiedel Chimney Systems Ltd., has just launched the ABSOLUT Chimney System with an Integrated Insulated Combustion Air Shaft.


Modern heating technologies place enormous demands on a chimney system. On the one hand, low flue gas temperatures from energy efficient appliances including gas, oil and pellets lead to condensate forming within the chimney. On the other hand, Chimneys used on solid fuel applications must also be capable of withstanding a chimney fire.

The Advanced Chimney System with an Integrated Insulated Combustion Air Shaft Schiedel Absolut represents a comprehensive solution to the 4

main challenges raised by modern heating technology combined with the latest energy efficient building techniques. Challenge 1 - Condensation forming on the chimney block. If external temperatures are very cold, then moisture from the surrounding air can turn to condensation on the surface of the block, leading to damp spots, mould and a possible risk to health ensues. The Absolut system employs a core of foam concrete as insulation in the blocks that form the shaft, ensuring that block surface temperatures remain above the critical dew point. Challenge 2 - Heat transmission to the outside of the building via the chimney block. The top and bottom of the chimney are the two most sensitive areas, when it comes to heat transmission between the warm interior of the house and the cold exterior. The Absolut system has specifically designed thermal insulation blocks to prevent this heat transmission. Challenge 3 - The supply of air to the appliance in an air tight ho use. The modern house is efficiently sealed against drafts, which means that combustion air has to be brought directly to the appliance. The Absolut system has an integrated air shaft which supplies the appliance with the right amount of air it needs for combustion, drawn directly from above the roof, minimising problems due to prevailing winds.

1. Outer Foil Sealing Kit 2. Inner Foil Sealing Kit 3. Block 1. Thermal Outer Foil Sealing Kit 4. Insulated Shaft 2. Inner Foil Sealing Kit 3. Thermal Block 6. 4. Inspection/Soot Insulated Shaft Door

Challenge 4 – How to cope with the extremes of temperature – resistance to condensate even after a chimney fire. The Absolut profiled liner has been tested and approved with a GW3 designation meaning that it is soot fire resistant, condensate resistant even after a chimney fire and is corrosion resistant on gas, oil and solid fuel applications.

6. Inspection/Soot Door

For further details on SCHIEDEL ABSOLUT and all other complimentary products and services please visit: or contact David Wright at Schiedel on 0191 416 1150. Enq. 323

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Heat pump brings major savings for refurbished home

TROX introduces new X-Fans to UK market

A homeowner in Northern Ireland has reported a 60 per cent saving on his energy bills for a 30 Year old 2800 sq foot house with new extension, after having a Danfoss heat pump fitted to replace an oil fired boiler. Simon Bamford, who lives just outside Lisburn,approached Danfoss two years ago, as he was carrying out a major refurbishment of his dormer bungalow, including adding a one bedroom extension. This would mean the house had a lower carbon footprint and he hoped would make it more affordable to run. Danfoss referred him onto Daly Renewables, the company’s approved installer based in Northern Ireland, to advise on the feasibility of a heat pump for his four bedroom home. Mr. Bamford said: “ The comfort level with the Danfoss heat pump is so much better than with an oil fired system. We now have the heating on all the time for less than half the price!” For more details about heat pumps, visit –

New Kingston homes get their heating direct from the Thames

TROX has introduced its new X-FANS range of ventilation and smoke extraction products to the UK market and announces four new additions.

A new eco-friendly housing development in London is getting the energy for its heating and hot water directly from the Thames in a pioneering community heating scheme that could be replicated in many of our major towns and cities.

TROX TLT axial, centrifugal, roof fans and duct installation fans are suitable for ventilation and smoke extraction in buildings such as airports, hotels, factories, offices, enclosed car parks and traffic systems. The four new product lines include: the X-FANS EC Roof Fan range for ventilation; the X-FANS Impulse Jet Fan range for smoke extraction from galleries; the X-FANS Jet Ventilation System for enclosed car parks; and the VDS VentilatorDiagnoseSystem. For further information on TROX UK Ltd products please Tel: 01842 754545 or visit: Enq. 186

The £70 million mixed-use development has been created by NHP Leisure Developments on the site of a former power station right in the heart of Kingston upon Thames, and 200 metres from the banks of the river. The development’s 137 apartments, built by specialist contractor and developer, United House, will all benefit from the cutting-edge heat pump system that harvests naturally stored energy from the River Thames. Enq. 187

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Edward Davey, the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, today paid a special visit to the site to switch on the heat pump-based heating system in an official launch of the innovative, renewable system.


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Radiating Style Ltd. Call us now on 020 8577 9111 Established for over twenty years, at Radiating Style we have a reputation for producing unique radiators and towel rails in traditional and contemporary designs. Our product spectrum is vast, ranging from the conventional and traditional styles through to our designer radiators which are modern masterpieces! We are always thinking ahead in terms of both design and functionality which is reflected in our product offering. We are proud to say that the majority of our designs are exclusive to us and our product portfolio offers maximum variety, both in size and colour including a selection of distinctive metalic shades. Originality is paramount. We ensure that our designs are full of imagination and always practical, providing high thermal efficiency whilst allowing plenty of scope for customisation. We offer outstanding quality and expert advice and a comprehensive aftercare service.





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aereco: ventilation in airtight homes

TIGHTER REGULATION OF VENTILATION IN AIRTIGHT HOMES ‘LONG OVERDUE’ Colin Hone, from ventilation expert Aereco, calls for more inspections of ‘air tight’ dwellings


oday’s air tight homes need ultra efficient ventilation installation to ensure reduced running costs and the best possible Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) to protect residents from possible health problems and the building fabric from deterioration at the hands of mould and damp. Tellingly the Government has now ruled MVHR out of the equation for refurbishment projects saying there is a risk the electricity used to run the system will be greater than the energy savings achieved. And there are many complaints that where it has been adopted it is inefficient and that is because the UK, as yet, does not have the skill set necessary to actually build air tight houses. If the house is not air tight, MVHR will not work satisfactorily. A recent study by BRE looked at 10 properties using MVHR – the results showed them to be ‘not very good’……. One of the key failings was that they showed a performance gap – houses built to Code standard (3, 4, 5 or 6) failed on ventilation performance and air tightness. This scenario, which is playing out across the country, is actually putting health at risk due to poor IAQ and highlights why it is so important to bring in legislation that follows the model of the Gas Safe scheme for gas engineers. Efficient ventilation should be viewed that seriously. Qualified and experienced ventilation engineers know about ducting systems, maximising airflow, commissioning and how to take and interpret measurements – then there are others who do not have this level of expertise. In short they do not know how to install ventilation systems that work. It is a huge problem in the domestic market and one that social landlords in particular should be aware of. The problem lies squarely in the domestic arena as very different rules apply to installations in the commercial sector. A ventilation engineer fitting in commercial buildings has to have undergone a five-year apprenticeship, and subsequently these operatives know the whys and wherefores of workable system design. The same rules should be made to apply to house builders and their contractors.

In our rush to seal up our homes from the cold, let’s not forget we have to live in them.

INSET STOVES Since their inception in 1951, Jetmaster have been bringing warmth to homes all over the world. Famous for open res, Jetmaster are an industry hallmark of quality and ambiance. Today, Jetmaster are again rede ning the market with their high-ef ciency wood stoves.

PUREBURN TECHNOLOGY HE HETAS Guide 2013 just named Jetmaster’s 18i and 60i the two most ef cient inset stoves in the UK. What’s the secret? PureBurn Technology keeps each stove burning at the highest ef ciency,” says David Van Vuuren, marketing director. “They achieve blazing ef ciencies of up to 86%. The science works.” The technology is made possible through it’s highly-optimised cleanburn system which they call “PureBurn.” Combustion air is superheated through the unit, then reintroduced back in to the main chamber, igniting unburnt carbon particulates in a secondary combustion. It results in increased ef ciency and fewer harmful emissions in the atmospher

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Occasionally other wood burners claim ‘higher’ numbers, but you can quickly see the windows of these stoves darken within minutes, obstructing the ame picture. What’s the point of a re you can’t see?

INSET STOVES The glass of a Jetmaster stove can stay cleaner for far longer than conventional stoves and do so with distinctively large windows. An impressive feat. This is due to their airwash system: an extra thick curtain of preheated air is forced between the fuel bed and the window, ensuring the glass stays clear.

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MULTI-FUEL Choose the fuel that’s right for you — coal, briquettes or smokeless fuels — all Jetmaster stoves are multi-fuel when using a basket grate. Additionally, the 16i and 18i burn wood and multi-fuel right from the get go.

BUILD QUALITY Each stove is built in the UK according to rigorous quality standards with a ve year guarantee when registered. Crafted lovingly in Hampshire, England. These are British made stoves designed for British homes. 02380 629513

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Snowflakes guaranteed for Christmas, and beyond Lampshades should be decorative in their own right – like the new Snowflake Lantern from The Hanging Lantern Company. This little beauty looks stunning day and night as the delicate cut-outs make it a sculptural decoration for your room unlit and, once lit, the lantern casts light and shadows around the room. Only available from The Hanging Lantern Company, the lanterns come in a variety of shades and patterns to give ultimate flexibility so, whilst you might like to put it up in time for the festive season, you’ll want to keep it there all year round. The lanterns are priced from £13.99 for a 75cm lantern, and are available intwo styles and five colours – white, ivory, red, silver and gold Available from Enq. 190

Tojo Moebel Our Top-sellers are our beds Tojo-v and Tojo-system. Also our shelf system Tojo-hochstapler is very popular. The concept of the company is to develop furniture that emphasize by its timeless design, functionality, ecology and economy. Tojo-system (top photo) is a real space wonder. It can easily be stored with a minimum use of space, in any corner, in the closet, or under the bed. It is as young and flexible as you are, simply dismantle it, pack it, and get on the road with it. The materials of the bed are all environmentally friendly, no screws, mountings, varnish or paint - purely natural. No other bed can be transported or stowed as easily as the system bed. The bed can be set up or dismantled without any tools and in only a few minutes. Tojo-v (bottom pic) can be extended like an accordion to any desired width between 36 and 70 inches. As your children grow up the v-bed will grow with them and can serve as either a child-, teenage-, student-, queen size- or king size - bed. Enq. 191

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Choose Cantos from Draks for fantastic solid timber room dividers Cantos, the UK-made timber room divider range from Draks, is manufactured in the purpose-built, Oxfordshire factory where stylish purpose-built schemes are created to optimise the aesthetics and functionality of interior spaces such as kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms, home offices or living areas. The solid timber room dividers, where the timber can be painted or stained, are increasingly popular in top quality residential and hotel locations. The only limit is the imagination when considering finishes. Laminated glass is especially popular, for example, as light can ooze through a room while privacy is respected and noise reduced. The dividers run in a rebated track in the floor so the doors become an integral part of the room. For further information on Draks, please visit or call 01869 232 989. Enq. 192

Bespoke Furniture in Scotland We are master bespoke furniture manufacturers, based in Edinburgh, Scotland, and we offer a service making quality custom made furniture for your business or home. At Colinton Furniture we offer: !

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From initial concept to installation our expert team will make sure you get the bespoke furniture you want. You can browse pictures of completed custom made furniture in the bespoke home furniture gallery and the bespoke office furniture gallery.

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We supply our bespoke furniture throughout North of England & Scotland – Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling, Aberdeen, Inverness, Borders and Highlands.

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enowned for many years as innovators The Decorative Panels Group is yet again about to launch a brand new group of products that will further broaden the appeal of the Group companies to both its existing and new market areas. Working as a partner company with BioCote® the company is about to launch the UK’s first range of commercially available sheet materials that offer exceptional abrasion and antibacterial properties. In choosing to work alongside BioCote®, Decorative Panels will be able to draw on the knowledge and support of a company that are recognised as being pioneers in the global provision of antimicrobial solutions. Under the banner of dp-BioCote the first product to be launched will be six decors, three woodgrain and three unicolours, available across the company’s extensive range of substrate materials including Chipboard, MDF, dp-lite hollowcore board and Plywood. Further launches will follow and in the fullness of time will see Decorative Panels extend the range of products available in the dp-BioCote area.

bacteria including MRSA (Methicillin resistant Staphlococcus aureus), MSSA (Methicillin sensitive Staphlococcus aureus), E. coli, Legionella pneumophila , Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Salmonella typhimurium and enteritidis, Listeria monocytogenes, VRE (Vancomycin – resistant Enterococcus), and Campylobacter as well as the H1N1 virus. Once added to a product BioCote technology starts to work immediately, tests have shown significant decreases in microbial contamination within just 15 minutes and reductions of up to 99.5% in 2 hours. Very significantly BioCote works for the expected lifetime of the product. With so much to offer in one sheet material it is not surprising that Decorative Panels see a great potential for this product across a wide range of product areas. Recognised as the market leader for high volume manufacture of kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, shelving and storage panels, Decorative Panels Components believe that product manufactured using dp-BioCote sheet material has a real place in these markets and can offer a USP that to date has not been available.

The surface itself offers a combination of distinctive properties. Due to the nature of the décor manufacture, alongside the addition of the BioCote® additive, the surface is highly resistant to abrasion, in fact it far exceeds the abrasion resistance of a standard high pressure worktop. In addition the surface has a high resistance to common liquids that are known to leave distinctive marks, as well as meeting all the testing parameters appropriate to dry heat and wet heat. Tests against resistance to clinical cleaning products see excellent results in all areas.

Market areas such as hospitals, health centres, schools, care homes, student accommodation, and of course office and contract furniture would, according to Decorative Panels Lamination, all benefit from product manufactured from a sheet material with high abrasion and antibacterial resistant properties.

From the above it can be seen that the product is extremely hard wearing and very resistant to damage from other materials. Of course one of the most significant properties of this innovative sheet material is the inclusion of the antibacterial additive from BioCote® that gives up to a 99.9% germ free surface*. BioCote technology protects the surface of the product from microbes including mould, fungi and of course bacteria meaning the product surface is more hygienic and resistant to the growth of staining and odour causing microbes which may prematurely degrade the material. Both in laboratory and real life conditions BioCote® has been proven effective against a wide range of clinically significant

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For more information, and access to full technical reports and performance criteria please contact us on 01484 658341, or email us at

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Kitchen Appliances Neff – the UK’s choice for kitchen appliances. For all of your project needs from multiple apartment sets to one-off luxury dwellings there is a Neff product for you incuding, the unique oven with Slide&Hide® door. We offer competitive prices and a nation-wide delivery service and have over 30 products on permanent display in our showroom.

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The Furniture Ombudsman The Furniture Ombudsman (TFO) is an independent, non-statutory body which is regulated by a voluntary Standards Board. TFO specialises in providing Alternative Dispute Resolution for consumers and retailers in the furniture and home improvement industries. It also aims to raise standards, improve service and inspire consumer confidence. Recognised by the European Commission, TFO is a corporate affiliate member of the Trading Standards Institute and all of its Adjudicators are professionally qualified by the Chartered institute of Arbitrators (CIArb). Alternative Dispute Resolution Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is a process used to resolve disputes between two parties and acts as an alternative to going to court. TFO is the recognised body for resolving disputes between consumers and retailers in the furniture and home improvement industries. A retailer must be a member of The Furniture Ombudsman before their consumers can benefit from the ADR service. Training To help raise standards, TFO offers a range of training courses which are specifically designed to help retailers and manufacturers understand their legal obligations, deal with complaints and improve their customer service. Help, Support and Advice TFO offers services to both consumers and businesses and deals with thousands of contacts each month. It offers an advice line to members, providing information on consumer law. This helps to reduce the risk of disputes arising and also helps to ensure that all parties get a fair deal. Here’s an examples of how TFO help their members by answering questions on consumer law: Q - We have carried out a kitchen installation for Mr and Mrs Smith which has resulted in complications and delays. Mr Smith is self employed, and Mrs Smith stays at home, but is on call 24 hours a day as she has an elderly disabled parent who might urgently need her presence at any point. The delays have resulted in it being necessary for one of the two of them being present at home to oversee workmen and wait for extra deliveries. Is it reasonable for Mr Smith to request compensation for time taken off work when Mrs Smith is at home a large proportion of the time? A - In this case it is advisable for you to look at the reason why the consumers need to be present on each individual day. If they are required at home to wait for a delivery, it would be reasonable for Mr Smith to take a day off work, as Mrs Smith may have to leave the house at a moment’s notice. However, if workmen require overseeing it would be reasonable to request that Mrs Smith be present, as if she is required elsewhere it would be possible for her to leave the workmen unattended for the time it would take for Mr Smith to return to the property.

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The CONCEPTUAL ART GALLERY is the outlet set up to promote the artwork of Robert Douglas who studied at the St Martins School of Art and there gained his expert knowledge of colour and design. Following on from here he took up a position as an interior design consultant at Heals for several years which culminated into him forming his own design company. This allowed him to include many of his own pieces of artwork for his clients and experiment in different processes. Douglas has a portfolio that examplifies his creative virtuosity for techniques that express new possiblities in his art which make them highly sought after. The new portfolio shows how Douglas manipulates oil and acrylic to reveal challenging works of exceptional depth together with exciting colours immediately stimulating the senses.


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Sharp EUROPE lights up led LUMINAIRE MARKET: market entrant offers new options for retail and industrial spaces Sharp Europe has announced it is entering the LED Lighting market with the launch of five product families and over 46 lighting products for retail and industrial spaces. Luminaires within the range integrate Sharp’s unique multi-chip ZENIGATA (COB) LED, offering lighting designers, architects, facility managers and electrical installers state-of-the art lighting technology, which maximises the energysaving and efficiency benefits of LEDs. Jennifer Campbell, General Manager, Sharp LED Lighting Europe, said: “We’re proud to launch an LED Lighting business unit in Europe and bring Sharp’s 45 year heritage in LED technology and innovation to the European market. Sharp has a wealth of experience in providing both individual components worldwide and complete luminaires in Japan and the US and we feel that the time is right to bring our business to Europe.” “LED technology is at an exciting tipping point where efficiency is increasing steadily and the investment becomes more and more interesting across all applications. Sharp’s entry into the market will make LED lighting even more interesting for customers looking for an energy-saving and better performing alternative for existing or new lighting systems.” Lighting for retail and industrial spaces Sharp has launched 46 products in five product families: YUJI and HAYU for retail environments, TADA and KATO for industrial environments and YUNA, for use across both spaces.

YUJI and HAYU are affordable and optimal LED lighting solutions for retail outlets, showrooms and supermarkets. Both luminaires include Sharp’s industry-leading Mega ZENIGATA multichip, which allows the use of just one LED in a fixture to save space, whilst retaining the brightness of multiple emitters. The range of subtle spotlights is versatile enough to fit into any lighting design for retail, with the option to select different colour temperatures, lumen packages and beam angles. DALI dimmable options are also available. HAYU offers all of the features of YUJI in a two in one, spotlight and downlight, which means that the lighting design can be easily changed to create different moods, or to highlight different areas and products within the retail space. TADA and KATO are powerful and efficient lighting solutions for industrial spaces including outdoor areas, spaces with high ceilings and storage premises. TADA is a robust and secure moisture-proof luminaire with a die-cast aluminium body and PC or PMMA diffuser with internal prisms, for spaces that are subject to extreme ambient conditions. and offers outstanding luminous efficiency. KATO provides a low bay luminaire solution, ideal for high ceiling rooms and outdoor areas thanks to its robust die-cast aluminium body and powerful light output. Quick to install, with a product service life of 50,000 hrs. (L80/B10), KATO combines high luminous efficiency of 87 lm/W with luminous flux of 11,725 lm

and a correlated colour temperature of 4,000K. YUNA is a robust universal downlight with 1P44 rating that is suitable for both retail and industrial spaces (corridors, staircases and ancillary rooms) with a high visual comforrt. The downlight is a standard ceiling cut-out, easy to replace. Financing and 5 years warranty Sharp has also announced the launch of a new financing programme in the LED commercial market through Hitachi Capital. Expanding upon the existing UK solar financing programme, for the commercial and residential market, this offers affordable financing and payment terms to commercial clients. Sharp also offers a standard 5 year warranty on all LED lighting products. For more information visit:– Enq. 201

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Mumbai: LED Lighting


s the world’s 4th most populous city and one prone to dangerous blackouts, Mumbai has long been seeking an efficient solution to its energy problems. Now it appears as though the city is turning to LED technology as plans develop which would see all of the city’s streetlights replaced with energy efficient alternatives. Calls to follow the leads of some of the global super cities such as Los Angeles have grown louder in Mumbai as many of its inhabitants still feel unsafe in the city streets under faltering lights. LED lighting engineer, Om Prakesh Gupta, who is overseeing the project believes that improve lighting can rectify this prevalent safety problem: “We have begun the pilot project on LED lights in a few wards which may be replicated across the city soon. The lights will be brighter and will help during late night travel. And the same will be replicated across the city very soon.” With a population of nearly 12 million people and an area of 4,355 km2, lighting Mumbai is an expensive task making LED technology an even more tempting proposition. Forbes magazine has reported

that Los Angeles city is in line to save $7million in energy bills every year and an additional $2.5million in avoided annual maintenance costs after making an 80% conversion to LED technology. The potential savings for Mumbai could be significantly higher due to the increased size and population. It is anticipated that the conversion to LED lighting will lead to a 40% reduction

These city-wide installations are following the form of private and professional property owners who are benefitting from the increasing competitiveness and value found in the LED technology market. Astute Lighting director, Anwar Adam, is not at all surprised that LED technology is having more and more impact on the World’s lighting and energy consumption. “Having worked with electronics and LED lighting for more than a decade, I have witnessed first-hand the increased reliability of the bulbs and the incredible energy efficiency that they provide,” said Mr Adam. “Not only can homeowners and business owners save fantastic amounts of money, but whole cities are demonstrating the massive potential of this technology.”

in energy costs in Mumbai which could free up much-needed capital to fund the installation of lighting in areas of the city that until now have been left in the dark. As a part of the renovation, two small centralised power stations are being built to control the entire system.

The proposed technology is currently undergoing testing to determine whether it is able to withstand the extreme weather conditions that Mumbai often faces, particularly the prodigious rainfall. Should it prove successful, the whole city could soon benefit from technology and may prove to be an inspiration to the world’s other most populous cities. Enq. 333

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The Client:

Tower Marketing Suite. St George plc which is part of the Berkeley Homes Group. The company specialises in redeveloping brown field sites in London, including some very high profile locations.

Project Background:

Disposal of redundant assets via commercial auction to enable the client to improve their financial performance, demonstrate commitment to their sustainability policy, and gain competitive advantage. St George uses show homes / marketing suites to promote the properties, and once the sale process is complete, these are dismantled / demolished. Traditionally the Furniture, Fixings and Effects (FFE) and Mechanical and Electrical engineering equipment (M&E) are left to the demolition contractors to deal with, adding to the expense of the demolition process.

The Challenges:

As the client had never used commercial auction as a disposal method before, they had some reservations about its suitability. Once the marketing phase is complete, the demolition contractors move in, and the site becomes CDM regulated, the disposal strategy had to comply with these regulations. How to market FFE & M&E redundant assets from a residential development, within a short time frame from operational closure of the suite to demolition.


Using strategic influencing skills Pro Auction created and presented a proposal demonstrating the key benefits of the auction route providing the client with supporting evidence and reassurance on all key points for the project . Acting as technical lead throughout, attending meetings and providing technical expertise as required to ensure the project ran both efficiently and within the agreed time frame. This necessitated working closely with third-party contractors and other stakeholders, using leadership and influencing skills to create an acceptance of the change in disposal method. Our ability to think strategically and form long-term objectives enabled us to meet the client’s concerns and identify and avoid potential risks. The requirement to conform to CDM regulations, observe site rules and effectively manage the sale logistics required me to think in thematic, conceptual and master planning terms, being able to take an overview of the whole process, while also effectively managing each aspect. Client procedures necessitated working within tight time constraints at all stages of the sale, from preparing inventory right through to final loading of goods onto buyer transport. I therefore had to identify and allocate appropriate resources effectively for the project to be a success. Developed clear and transparent communication with all stakeholders throughout the process creating a strong team culture with a “can do� attitude resulted in the achievement of deliverables. Developed a Go-To-Market strategy to guide customer interactions from initial contact through to fulfilment.

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Significant sale of assets that would otherwise have incurred disposal expense. Through successful leadership of a multi-faceted team who were new to the auction process, senior management have committed to considering use of this process for future developments. Potential opportunities in other areas of their business. Project was delivered in accordance with appointment documentation, and within budget. We succeeded within very tight timescales, all while fully conforming to CDM regulations and third party contractor requirements.

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Growth of construction: Markit PMI

Growth of construction output increases New figures published by Markit and The Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) suggest that October marked the sharpest rise in construction output for just over six years.


he Markit/CIPS UK Construction Purchasing Manager’s Index (PMI) posted 59.4, an increase from September’s 58.9. This overall growth in output surpassed August’s recent peak and was the steepest since September 2007. The housing market remained the strongest performing area of the construction sector, but this latest data also points to accelerated rises in both civil engineering and commercial activity, the latter of which registered the fastest rate of growth since April 2012. Tim Moore, senior economist at Markit and author of the PMI, said: “UK construction output continues to rise like a phoenix from the ashes, with housing, commercial and civil engineering activity all seeing strong rates of expansion at the start of the fourth quarter.” The report claims that construction companies believe this boost in output has been caused by improvements in the UK economic outlook and a corresponding upturn in client spending, as well as better housing market conditions. The increase in output has resulted in a rise in purchasing activity by construction companies, which in turn has led to strains on stock levels and operating capacity at suppliers. Lead-times for the delivery of inputs have lengthened, with the PMI claiming that the latest deterioration of vendor performance is the secondsharpest since June 2007. David Noble, chief executive officer at the CIPS, said: “With demand picking up,

delivery times are lengthening but there is optimism this will lead to a more bullish approach from suppliers. “They now have the platform to level out the continuing squeeze on stock availability and operating capacity.” With this increase in new work, the construction industry has also seen a marked increase in employment levels,

which has grown at the steepest rate in the last six years. This is somewhat unexpected considering the limited rate of expansion seen in the first half of the year. This job growth is said to be prompted by increased confidence about the future of the industry, with four times as many firms expecting a rise in output over the next year as those that anticipate a fall.

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Levolux has it covered in Chicago Following a ÂŁ110 million refurbishment project, Hyatt Regency Chicago hotel is now regarded as one of the most high-tech hotels in the world, with electronic check-in pods, dynamic lighting and a unique screening solution from Levolux. The vast 4,000 sq metre lobby is located at the heart of the hotel, occupying a split-level atrium. The East Tower Lobby is encased by glass, resembling an enormous conservatory. Levolux was approached to devise a custom screening solution, based on its popular Infiniti Fin system, to support three main objectives. Firstly to raise and maintain comfort levels, secondly to reduce noise transmission and finally to create a clean, contemporary aesthetic. The solution comprised Rectangular shaped Fins, applied internally to screen the glazed envelope, filtering direct sunlight as it enters the building. A proportion of these Fins have special acoustic qualities. Elsewhere, a series of twisted Fins provide an attractive screen. For more information please visit Enq. 203

Grand Designs for RigiSystems S-Type

Safe access for staff at Bradfield College

RigiSystems S-Type profiled cladding has featured heavily on a recent episode of Channel 4's Grand Designs. Strathaven Airfield is the oldest continually used airstrip in Scotland. It is now a busy and active centre for micro-lighting and the owner commissioned local architects Richard Murphy to design a house for himself and his partner to be situated parallel to the runway. To allow for maximum supervision and minimum invasion of privacy, the main rooms of the house are on the first floor with only a garage and extra bedrooms on the ground floor. The structure is a simple cantilevered steel frame and all the roof and wall cladding is RigiSystems S-Type mill-finished aluminium - a material which resonates with local farm cladding and indeed the cladding of the adjacent hangars. The big difference, however, is that the new house makes a beautiful design statement and is a stunning example of what can be achieved with this most humble of profiles. For further information Tel: 01905 750500 or visit – Enq. 204

Kee Systems, a leading supplier of Kee KlampR fittings, has provided Bradfield College in Berkshire with a permanent safety solution to allow staff members to safely access the roof and eliminate any possibility of slips, trips and falls. With staff requiring access to the roof for the canteen chiller room, a temporary scaffold guardrail and walkway system was previously put in place. "We were looking for a permanent solution that would fit in a difficult area that is regularly used" says Kevin Clarke, Health and Safety Manager at Bradfield College. "The products recommended by Kee Systems were exactly what we needed and have given us a first class walkway that takes into account the tricky angled roof. The products are excellent and provide a quick and effective solution to our access problems." For more information, visit Enq. 205

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Building Solutions Reviewing or making a U-value calculation for an inverted flat roof? Then you should bear these three vital considerations in mind according to Dr Steve Johnson, Technical Manager for STYROFOAM and XENERGY insulation manufacturer, Dow Building Solutions:

This effect is known as Rainwater Cooling, and it must be addressed when we do a U-value calculation. So how do we do that? First, calculate the U-value without taking it into account, and then add a correction (known as Delta U) to obtain the final U-value.

1. U-values: Location, Location, Location. 2. Design and declared lambda values: know the difference. 3. Roof build up and potential condensation effects.

BS EN ISO 6946:2007 outlines a method which can be used to calculate how much the U-value is affected by rainwater, and by how much we need to correct it. For an edgeprofiled, interlocking board, a substantial proportion of rainwater can be expected to flow beneath the boards: European Technical Approval Guideline (ETAG) 031-1 stipulates that 75% can be assumed for calculation purposes.

“We are all aware of the importance of U-values when it comes to the long term energy performance of well-constructed buildings. U-values can in general be calculated easily, and there is software available to make such calculations very quickly. Anything that makes the job easier is welcome – but that doesn’t mean we should overlook vital factors which can lead to misleading calculations if not addressed. With the spotlight turning on the actual energy performance of buildings – not just the designed performance – ensuring U-value calculations are robust is a responsibility the industry must take seriously. The inverted flat roof is a building element with many unique aspects, which must be tackled at the outset in order to avoid errors when making U-value calculations. Water vapour movement as well as heat transfer should be calculated, and in addition condensation issues need to be satisfactorily addressed if a robust design solution is going to be achieved. Let’s take each issue in turn.

1. U-values: Location, Location, Location. Most people understand that two identical buildings, with identical U-values, would not deliver equal energy efficiency performance if built in different locations, due to differences in local climates. But you wouldn’t expect this to affect a U-value calculation itself - or would you? Inverted flat roof construction is simple in principle; just place the insulation above the waterproofing layer rather than below it, as would occur in traditional, warm roof construction. Interchanging the position of the waterproofing and insulation layers brings numerous advantages, but also introduces an additional mechanism for heat loss: rainwater can flow beneath the insulation boards and remove heat directly from the building fabric, before finally running off the roof and down the rainwater drainage outlet.

This large percentage can be reduced by placing a water control layer (not to be confused with the waterproofing layer) over the insulation and beneath the ballast layer. Tests have shown that this can reduce water flow beneath the boards to typically around 5%, making a significant reduction to the Delta U you would otherwise calculate.

2. Design and declared lambda values: know the difference. When calculating U-values, we need to assess the individual materials which make up the construction element and know their respective thermal resistances, which can be derived from their thermal conductivity and thickness. If proprietary materials are used, a manufacturer should be able to provide relevant and - more importantly accurate information for the calculation. In other circumstances, it may be acceptable to use generic information for the materials. Whatever the approach, there must be no confusion about the thermal conductivity value to be used for the thermal insulation material, since the overwhelming majority of the total thermal resistance which will contribute to the final U-value is down to the thermal insulation layer. All insulation products have some degree of intrinsic variability in thermal conductivity. European Products Standards therefore take thermal test results and subject them to statistical analysis to create a level playing field. This improves the robustness of thermal conductivities used in calculations, and helps ensure that a consistent approach is used throughout the entire process. It also takes mechanisms such as aging into account. This analysis delivers a so-called “declared” lambda value in accordance with the relevant European norm for the insulation being considered. For extruded polystyrene (XPS) such as STYROFOAM this norm is BS EN 13164. This declared lambda value is sometimes referred to as the 90/90 value, i.e. 90% of production achieves the quoted conductivity value with a 90% confidence level. Building designers have come to accept that declared (90/90) values for thermal insulation can be used as a design value as they represent a performance over a 25 year lifespan. However in inverted flat roof applications this declared (90/90) value needs to be additionally modified, by applying correction factors based on the unique end use conditions. ETAG 031-1 states that possible moisture absorption over time needs to be determined by examining two particular mechanisms for water absorption: by diffusion and by freeze/thaw, because the efficiency of thermal insulation is impacted by the amount of moisture it contains. Only when the moisture levels have been determined can the relevant correction factor be applied - calculated in accordance with BS EN ISO 10456 - to the declared 90/90 lambda value, in order to derive a relevant application design lambda value. Adding these correction factors will mean an increase in the thickness of insulation required to achieve the same U-value. Ignoring them can lead to a significant underestimate of the amount of insulation required to achieve a target U-value.

3. Roof build up and potential condensation effects. The optimum location for insulation is the outside of the building structure: this minimizes thermal issues and helps to ensure that the dew point is on the outside of the building. The possibility of interstitial condensation on an inverted flat roof is further diminished, as the waterproofing layer is on the warm side of the insulation boards and thereby acts as an efficient vapour control layer. Surface condensation will also present a low risk, as the insulation boards maintain the roof’s waterproofing close to the building’s internal temperature.

Nevertheless, while condensation risks are low, they are not zero, and we need to consider what other physical mechanisms may contribute. As already outlined, rainwater is able to flow beneath the insulation boards, removing heat from the roof structure. This results in a sudden drop in temperature and can lead to condensation. For concrete decks - which have a significantly large thermal inertia - the duration and extent of deck cooling and therefore the consequent risk of either interstitial or surface condensation can be considered minimal. For lightweight decks, however, rainwater cooling can pose significant risks unless steps are taken to address it. Strictly speaking, the inverted flat roof concept involves placing all the insulation above the waterproofing layer. However, designers from time to time may be faced with design constraints, and they may want to consider placing some insulation below the deck within the ceiling void. Care must be taken with this approach, as increasing the thermal resistance below the waterproofing layer only increases the risk of condensation forming. This increased risk cannot be offset by any ventilation of the insulation layer inside the building, as this would effectively provide a thermal “short circuit” and render the roof insulation ineffective altogether. There are no hard and fast rules as to how much thermal insulation can be accommodated within a building before problems with condensation effects emerge. However, it is generally recognized that for an inverted flat roof design to perform effectively, the overwhelming majority of the insulation must be placed outside of the building and above the waterproofing layer. In summary, yes, there is more than meets the eye when calculating U-values for inverted flat roof systems and bearing issues such as condensation in mind. However, guidance is available to help ensure we all get it right – and help protect the reputation of the building industry as a whole.” Enq. 347

For support with making or reviewing U-value calculations for inverted flat roofs and information on relevant correction factors, contact Dow Building Solutions’ technical helpdesk on or 08707 104 553. Visit for product literature and technical data sheets.

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Many of the most recent hotel developments in the UK have been clad with Shackerley’s ceramic granite

Shackerley (Holdings) Group Ltd has signed a groundbreaking deal with American porcelain manufacturing giant, Crossville Inc, which will see the Lancashire manufacturer’s UK market leading Sureclad® ceramic granite ventilated cladding systems promoted across the US and Canada.

Shackerley’s ceramic granite cladding, seen here at the new University Centre at the Grimsby Institute of FE & HE, is a firm favourite with UK architects working in the education sector In the UK and Eire, Shackerley’s Sureclad® ventilated cladding compliant with all relevant British and European standards, CWCT standards for systemised building envelopes and NHBC technical requirements - has enhanced and protected buildings across the health, education, hotel, leisure, general commercial, retail and large scale residential sectors for over a decade. Crossville is to offer stateside specifiers the patented Queen’s Award winning Sureclad® Access system which has successfully completed an extensive series of demanding architectural and engineering assessments in the US, proving its suitability for installation in regions prone to earthquakes, hurricanes and other climatic extremes. This specialist work was carried out at the Philadelphia HQ of Architectural Testing Inc, a leading

test house conducting structural performance test methods as established by AAMA, ASTM, SPRI, Miami-Dade, CCMC Technical Guides, and ICC-ES Acceptance Criteria for building code compliance. In tests to simulate earthquake conditions, a 3m high Sureclad® Access ceramic granite ventilated façade remained intact after enduring a ‘seismic drift’ of twice the distance required to meet AAMA 501.6-09. These results were described as “extraordinary” and “unique” in test reports prepared by PROCON, Crossville’s technical consultancy appointed to oversee the testing. Accordingly, Sureclad® was deemed “a proven and safe system for exterior walls in active US seismic zones.” Static air pressure testing (in accordance with ASTM E 330-02), showed that the Sureclad® façade could withstand a force of up

to 610kg/m2, equivalent to the wind pressures exerted on a 150m high building in a maximum high wind velocity zone of 150mph. The integrity of the system was also maintained when subjected to impact testing, simulating the force of high velocity windborne debris (following ASTM E188605 and ASTM E 1996-05 test methodologies), and to a series of extreme heating and cooling cycles (to AAMA 505.501-07). Crossville Executive Vice President of Sales Mark Shannon commented: “Shackerley has 50 years of success in this industry, including two Queen’s Awards for Enterprise in the Innovation category. The superior range of products combined with our 27 years of leading the domestic porcelain tile industry makes for an excellent partnership that will take the application of ventilated façade systems to a new level in the US.” Enq. 338

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Roofing Awards 2014 –

Calling All Architects

Following the launch of its ‘Think roofs – think NFRC’ campaign to the architectural and specification sectors, the National Federation of Roofing Contractors – the UK’s largest roofing trade association (NFRC) – continues its crusade and is calling on architects to enter the prestigious Roofing Awards 2014. The Roofing Awards are the highlight of the roofing industry calendar and now in their ninth consecutive year, they recognise and reward outstanding standards of workmanship and technical excellence across the roofing industry. For architects, the awards provide a wonderful opportunity to showcase their design skills and expertise, as well as demonstrating support for roofing contractors. Support for the Awards over the past years has been overwhelming and with the prestige and recognition that winning can bring, the number of architects entering has increased steadily year on year. Architects also benefit from added endorsement, as the judging comprises a panel of independent professionals from across the construction industry and not simply from the architectural community. Ray Horwood CBE, Chief Executive of NFRC comments: “Architects play a pivotal role in the design and

specification of roofs and roofing materials and in conjunction with the roofing contractor, they help set the standard for roofing excellence. It is fitting for them to be part of our annual event.” Ray adds: “Regardless of the shape, size, budget or location of the project, we welcome the participation of architects and encourage them to submit as many entries as they like. Winning a trophy in these prestigious Awards would be an enviable achievement for any practice.” The judging criteria for the Awards are extremely specific and detailed. These include: ! degree of difficulty of the roofing project ! aesthetics ! workmanship ! environmental qualities ! contribution to the built environment ! supply chain best practice ! relationship with the main contractor ! customer satisfaction ! health and safety performance ! problem-solving issues ! workforce culture

Providing the roofing contractor is a member of one of the supporting eight trade associations for the Roofing Awards, architects are able to submit standalone entries for one of 12 disciplines across four main roofing categories – pitched, metal, flat and sustainability. Such organisations include NFRC, Liquid Roofing and Waterproofing Association, Federation of Traditional Metal Roofing Contractors, Lead Contractors Association, the Lead Sheet Association, the Green Roof Centre, CompetentRoofer and the Roofing Tile Alliance. Free to enter, all entry submissions must be made by 24th January 2014 and the short-listing and judging will take place in February 2014. Entries can only be accepted for projects with a completion date between 1st December 2012 and 31st December 2013. Winners will be announced and trophies presented at the Roofing Awards Congress on Friday 16th May 2014 in London. To obtain a copy of the entry form, please visit

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London Oratory wins Ultimate Accolade for Lead Work The traditional highlight of the Annual Conference of the Lead Contractors Association is the announcement of the winners of the Murdoch Award and the Murdoch Sponsors Award, which represent quite simply the ultimate accolade for lead sheet craftsmanship. Once again this year's winners of the main Murdoch Award certainly did not disappoint with the spectacular refurbishment of the eight sided Baroque dome of the London Oratory catching the judge's eye. Martin(UK) Roofing Systems had been entrusted with replacing the original leadwork which had been in place since the dome had been created in 1895 as the crowning glory of the second largest Roman Catholic church in London. After 117 years the lead was finally showing signs of fixing fatigue and crystallisation, with minor signs of underside corrosion in some areas and so the decision was taken for a major refurbishment to be carried out, which started in 2012. Using Code 6 on the ribs and Code 7 on the main body of the dome, the Martin (UK) team installed in all some 57 tonnes of rolled lead sheet supplied by Associated Lead Mills. The project also included the cleaning, repair and gilding of the ornate copper orb and bronze cross which had been previously attended to in 1950. In announcing Martin (UK) as the winners, Chairman of the Awards Panel Dick Murdoch paid tribute to the careful attention to detail on such a high profile project and the judges were sure that it would be at least another 100 years before this leadwork needed and further attention. He also applauded the entries from the other finalists, Richardson Roofing for Harrow School and Architectural Lead & Metalwork / T & P Leadwork for their joint submission of Africa House in London. The excellent quality of thee projects had given the judges a very difficult task, but in the end it was Martin (UK) that were worthy (and first time) winners of the 2013 Murdoch Award.

Murdoch Sponsors Award There was also a first time winner of the Murdoch Sponsors Award (for projects using less than five tonnes of lead sheet) in the form of Lead-Tech Roofing for their superb work on a glass extension over a swimming pool at a large house in the Cotswolds. Dick Murdoch said that this project proved that a job did not have to be big to be demanding for the leadwork specialist. The judges had noted that the job was designed with a highly detailed ridge section as a focal point, which meant it was essential the installation method was tailored to suit the roof lines. The job had therefore been designed so that the new bossed end wood rolls were carefully lined up with the new glazing bars, with staggered welted joints to the vertical panels. A Nicholson Air Track system was used to ensure the new lead covering was adequately ventilated to both elevations and Lead-Tech had completed the works over a four week period, working closely with the glazing contractor so that the lead cover flashings and lead caps where finished as the glazing was installed. The Panel Judges had recognised and welcomed this careful attention to detail which meant that the client was presented with an aesthetically pleasing and superbly finished job which fully deserved recognition as the winner of the Murdoch Sponsors Award. Lead-Tech's Martin Walsh was "speechless" to have won the Sponsors Award, particularly as the other finalists this year were the traditional heavyweights from Scotland John Fulton and D Blake who were both regularly in the frame when it came to awards for leadwork. Graham Hudson, MD of Associated Lead Mills who sponsor both awards, was delighted at the outcome of this year's competitions. "Once again the all round quality of the entries was impressive and the judging panel certainly had their wok cut out to decide the winners this year. I am very proud for us to be continuing to support this fantastic standard of lead craftsmanship" Enq. 339

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Hoyles Electronic Developments Shared Bathroom Solution –

Securikey launches entry level Euro Grade Safe Solution

Fire Door Inspection Scheme – GEZE UK staff lead the way

allows architects and developers to save both space and money. The controller can be used in residential homes, public buildings for example schools where facilities such as disabled toilets have to be shared between the school and other adjoined organisations without compromising the security and safety of either. Other applications within the private sector such as meeting rooms shared between two organisations in the same building or a bathroom shared between two bedrooms within a family home.

The new Euro Grade 0 high quality cash safe range extends Securikey’s impressive portfolio of physical security products, offering an aesthetically pleasing yet robust security option for small businesses and homes.

Eight staff from GEZE UK, the UK’s leading door and window control system manufacturer, have achieved the newly introduced Fire Door Inspection Scheme diploma. The Fire Door Inspection Scheme is dedicated to saving lives through improving fire safety. Set up by BWF-Certifire Scheme and the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI), it is the first such scheme in Europe.

In addition to allowing two doors to be controlled and interlocked to maintain privacy the Shared Bathroom Solution can also offer comprehensive features including assistance alert, extended occupancy alert and door propped indication. For further information please email, telephone 01744 886600 or visit –

The Euro Grade 0 is the entry level option in the Euro Grade range and is available in six sizes. Solid steel square locking bolts are situated on three sides of the door, ensuring the safe remains securely closed when it needs to, and extra protection is provided with continuous hinge protection and a fire resistant door seal. As members of Eurosafe UK and the Master Locksmiths Association (MLA), Securikey is committed to supplying safes with proven reliability. For more information, please contact Securikey on 01252 311888, email or go to:

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The aim of the scheme is to:

Help improve safety and save lives through creating a new pool of expertise and competence to help those with legal responsibilities under fire regulations. ! Provide a vital new resource to help the ‘Responsible Person’ complete fire risk assessments for the premises they manage. ! Raise awareness of defective fire doors and the potentially tragic consequences of leaving these unchecked. For further information visit – !

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Kentec goes back to school A new wireless fire alarm system installed at one of London’s leading coeducational independent day schools has Kentec fire control panels at its heart. Radnor House School, Twickenham, South West London is a new co-educational independent school for students aged 7 – 18 located on the banks of the River Thames where 18th Century English poet Alexander Pope’s historic villa was once situated. A major £1.5m building renovation that included specialist science laboratories, an art suite, music school and an all-weather play area also has a new fire alarm system to replace the existing installation.

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A new 12 zone wireless fire alarm system, comprising a Kentec Syncro two loop AS analogue addressable fire alarm control panel using Argus open protocol fire data communications with Argus wireless detectors, was installed and commissioned by Fire Systems Ltd in just two weeks. The successful installation is now delivering a 21st Century solution that does not impact on the historical beauty of the building by removing the need for unsightly cables.


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HSE spot checks expose safety concerns at 1,105 sites nationwide More than 1,100 construction sites failed basic safety standards in a Health and Safety Executive spot check campaign carried out last month. The HSE visited 2,607 sites during September and served 539 prohibition notices ordering workers to stop work immediately. The campaign was aimed at refurbishment or repair work sites, primarily being carried out by SMEs, where it was evident that there were unsafe practices taking place. Inspectors found basic safety standards were not being met on 1,105 sites. On 644 sites, the HSE said that practices were so poor that enforcement action was necessary to protect workers. A total of 539 prohibition notices were served ordering dangerous activities to stop immediately and 414 improvement notices issued requiring standards to improve.

The most common problems identified included failing to protect workers during activities at height, exposure to harmful dust and inadequate welfare facilities. Inspectors arrived at the sites unannounced to ensure workers were managing high-risk activity such as working at height and the control of exposure to harmful dusts. Inspectors were also looking for good site order, sound structures and basic welfare facilities. HSE chief inspector of construction Heather Bryant said where inspectors encountered poor practice, it “often went hand in hand with a lack of understanding”. She said: “It is disappointing we are still seeing nearly 50 per cent of sites needing enforcement acts.

That said, we are targeting areas of highest risk so I would expect that most of the sites would benefit from our attention.” Of the schemes that failed safety checks, follow-ups will be conducted by second site visits, telephone conversations and in some cases by relying on photos being sent through by the companies involved to demonstrate they have improved site safety.

“I think there’s a pride within the industry of wanting to get it right, and more willingness to work with each other” Heather Bryant, HSE

REGIONAL BREAKDOWN London, East & South-east: 824 sites inspected; 913 inspections; 308 notifications of contravention Midlands, Wales & Southwest: 823 sites inspected; 993 inspections; 359 notifications of contravention Scotland, Yorks’ & Northeast: 576 sites inspected; 708 inspections; 259 notifications of contravention North-west: 384 sites inspected; 479 inspections; 179 notifications of contravention


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“BEOVIEW“ from Golmar. Full IP digital system, allows the connection of door entry panels and apartment units by using a new or an existing LAN infrastructure. The LAN can be shared with other IP devices.The monitors and panels are connected with a simple RJ-45 connector coming from a PoE switch. Intercom between apartments, memory image and message broadcast service are some of the multiple features of this new intercom generation.

Never was an intercom so powerful and easy to install! Feel the difference when using an IP video Intercom. All actions are instantaneous as the system is not processing unnecessary tasks. A peer-to-peer solution that runs without any server. Thanks to its multichannel capability, larger installations will no longer experience a busy signal making visitors wait at the door panel. The number

Safelink Services Ltd 0845 389 2298 of units to be used in one system is almost unlimited. The system can be used on WAN environment communication at distances never imagined. Maintenance, changes and upgrades can be made remotely. Take a look at the apartment units: the most compact sized and mechanically perfect.

IP ROCK INOX Push Button Coded Panels are available but the popular ROCK INOX is manufactured from 2.5mm thick stainless steel with a special spotting – keeping your panel cleaner for longer. All panels have 5mm thick polycarbonate card holding and camera windows and double walled sound grille that prevents access to the sound circuit. Security screws with special key and metallic embedding box with theft protected stoppers.



Push button panels and coded panels have permanent illumination through blue leds.


The RJ-45 connector at the rear of the panel makes it easy to connect.

M201 Dual Handset-Hands Free Monitor Elegance meets innovation. The new IPlus monitor when installed surface mounted is only 17mm deep. Its the most beautiful in the market The new generation of IP video monitors from Golmar offer multiple functions. Intercom with any other monitor, image memory, messenger service from any computer, programmable input for door bell apartment push button or alarm connection and tracking up to 8 cameras are just a few of them. Casing manufactured in ABS RAL9016 white colour with 3.5” TFT LCD screen with acrylic glass protection. Dimensions: 220(W) x 124(H) x 17(D) mm. The latest monitors now available the M300 and the M700 enhance the range and offer exceptional, modern styling.: M300 . Casing manufactured in ABS RAL9005 black colour with anodized aluminium sides. 3.5” screen. Dimensions: 161(W) x 101(H) x 13(D) mm. M700. Casing manufactured in ABS RAL9005 black colour with anodized aluminium sides. 7.0”screen Dimensions: 227(W) x 139(H) x 15(D) mm. Also available A500 audio only unit. Casing manufactured in ABS RAL9005 black colour with anodized aluminium sides. Dimensions: 95(W) x 139(H) x 13(D) mm.

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Whatever your building plans, Caithness Stone looks sensational ....inside and ....outside

Caithness stone is an attractive and resilient material that has been extensively used worldwide for nearly 250 years. Caithness Stone Industries has been in production for over 20 years with an average annual output of over 100,000 tonnes. The quarrying process, as unique as the material itself, is carried out by experienced local craftsmen who decide where and when to cut into the rugged Caithness landscape. Caithness Stone Industries employs the latest techniques in the production of the stone, allowing it to breach both internal and external markets. It produces a vast range of products from laser etched murals and signage, decorative water jet cut designs to traditional cropped cobbles and paving setts, all of which can be viewed at the Caithness Stone website.

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The company is no stranger to carrying out prominent work for esteemed clients, as it has supplied stone to the Scottish Parliament and the British Memorial Garden at Ground Zero in New York. Mr Sutherland explained “We also provided roofing slates, flooring and vanities for the Castle of Mey and recently made a plaque for Historic Scotland in memory of the Scottish mercenaries killed at the battle of Alamo in Texas.�


But it is not just commercial clients and special commissions JW Sutherland Ltd T/A Caithness Stone Industries carries out, it also makes and supplies bespoke products for the domestic market. These include kitchen worktops and breakfast bars, shower walling and trays, and a range of flooring that works brilliantly with under floor heating

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Timber & Timber Frame

The Phoenix Brewery American tulipwood is used to refurbish former Victorian warehouse, providing light and spacious new office accommodation whilst retaining the original character façade. Photography: Stiff + Trevillion Architects

A sculptural timber form is the most striking thing that you see when you enter the reception of a converted warehouse building in North Kensington, west London. Made from panels of stained tulipwood, this feature is not only decorative but also functional. Architect Stiff + Trevillion designed it to disguise an ugly staircase which the budget did not allow the designer to replace. And, in a space dominated by hard surfaces, it also serves an important acoustic purpose. The structure also houses the offices’ reception desk, providing the reception team with a presence that many would envy. The architect was not responsible for turning the building into offices. That had already been done, and those offices housed the headquarters of Chrysalis Records, which had been at the forefront of the 1980s New Romantics movement in the UK,

publishing bands including Spandau Ballet and Ultravox. Since then it had changed hands several times. The client wanted to make the most of the building. It decanted Chrysalis to the upper floors, and Stiff + Trevillion designed a new reception space by roofing over an existing courtyard. This both gave the building a more imposing entrance, and provided an area that could be used for informal meetings. The architect went for a simple industrial aesthetic, with a glazed entrance. It has exposed the underside of the new metal deck roof, installing glazing around the perimeter at the junction with the existing buildings, to bring in light. The floor is of polished concrete. The timber enclosure is so interesting precisely because it has a form that would never have been generated naturally, but instead accommodates the

twists and turns of the stair. It is made up of four horizontal layers, each set at an angle to the one below with the horizontal surfaces generated between the layers used to accommodate uplighting and downlighting. The lowest layer is carved down to an appropriate height to accommodate the reception desk with, in this case, the horizontal element forming the surface of the desk. By making the ‘sculpture’ work so hard, there is an essential simplicity to balance the complexity of the form, doing away with any extraneous elements. Trevillion explained he found that tulipwood was ideal for his purposes. Although he was aware of the material, he had never used it before but he would, he said, use it again. For further information visit–

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Tools, Plant & Equipment

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LBS Group Completes London King’s Cross Restoration Project

Tommy Walsh urge's the industry to look after their feet through Autumn

In September LBS Group completed a restoration project on London King’s Cross station. The aim of this £550 million project was to restore the original facade of this Grade 1 listed building, as designed by Lewis Cubitt in 1852.

Autumn is officially here. The weather's getting colder and the darkness is drawing in, but it doesn't mean that your feet have to suffer.

We had many meetings with both King’s Cross and English Heritage staff regarding the design of the louvers and how we would be able to retain and preserve the existing timber frame work. The awkward location of the new louvers, the two flag towers and main clock tower meant that we had to work using specialised plant. Separate work was planned during engineering hours, we had just a 4 hour window each night to complete the work. Our part on this project on time and we were highly praised by Project Managers Network Rail and Spence. If you would like further information about LBS Group, please visit

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Television's celebrity builder and DIY expert, Tommy Walsh knows how important it is to look after your feet at work as the weather gets cooler. “People often overlook their feet when they think about their workwear through the Autumn months but it's essential that your feet are protected and warm while you're at work. Workforce socks are perfect for this, They're warm, but never get too hot; they're padded, extra strong and fit comfortably with my working boots and shoes. I don't know how they've done it, but Workforce has a range of socks ideal for all workwear purposes.” For more details visit – Enq. 225

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AHMM: King’s Cross Designs ‘Ripped Up’

GooGle wants KinG’s Cross desiGns ‘ripped up’ AHMM given carte blanche to rethink groundscraper


ore details have emerged of what Google wants AHMM to do on its planned new London headquarters at King’s Cross. This week Google confirmed news that it had told the practice to go back to the drawing board and rethink its plans for the £300 million building. A source close to the scheme told BD: “This is how Google operates. When they are developing technology they take it quite far and then challenge it. This is an extension of that. “It’s just not how anyone else would do it, not least because of the amount of money they have already invested,” he said, adding that Google could still decide to proceed with the consented building.” The scheme was given detailed consent by Camden Council in September and completion had been expected for 2016 - but

Google’s rethink has now delayed this by a year. Allies & Morrison’s Kings Cross masterplan for developer Argent, which won outline consent more than five years ago, specifies the shape of every building, so detailed applications for most buildings are dealt with as reserved matters. But if AHMM’s new design departs significantly from the agreed dimensions for its plot it would have to return to square one with Camden’s planners. This wouldn’t be without risk, warned an architect working on a neighbouring building at King’s Cross. “The outline permission is quite rigid so that all the buildings feel part of the same family,” he said. “Camden is reluctant to depart from it. But I can imagine Google might want their building to stand out more from the crowd.” AHMM declined to comment.

REDEVELOPMENT DRAWS BIG NAMES The King’s Cross redevelopment is the largest of its kind going on in Europe and is so big that it has been given a new postcode – N1C. It will include 50 new buildings, 20 new streets and 10 public squares and runs across 24ha. The new Google building is the best known project planned for the area but David Chipperfield and Allies & Morrison are both working on speculative office schemes while Bennetts Associates is designing a new headquarters for Camden Council which the authority is due to move into in 2015. One of the first signature buildings to open was Stanton Williams’ Central Saint Martins building in Granary Square which the college moved into back in 2011.

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