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Issue 41

July 13

Design & Desire

Striking elliptical museum encases the historic Mary Rose hull

Sustainability in Development
Is the future of multi-storey construction in engineered wood?

Kitchens, Bedrooms & Bathrooms

Maxwood uncovers the regulatory issues for mixed-use washrooms

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to Future Constructor & Architect...

hen it comes to construction processes, the development of a new build often follows the same pattern. Architectural drawings are made up and materials are sourced, the foundations are laid, the building is erected, the interior is fitted and furnished and tenants are moved in. Seldom is a new building modelled over and around its existing occupant. However, this was the case for the new Mary Rose Museum. Set in the heart of Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, the striking new centrepiece encases the ships hull, which was raised from the Solent in 1982. Due to the delicate nature of the exhibit, the design team skillfully crafted an aesthetically striking, but sympathetic, structure to house the ship. As part of the on-going conservation, the hull had to remain in a carefully-controlled environment whilst all building works were carried out. To read more about this impressive landmark building and the challenges overcome by the project team, turn to page 28. Pushing the boundaries of design is continued in this months Sustainability in Development focus. LCT ONE, the recently-opened CREE GmbH headquarters, is the worlds first eight-story timber hybrid building. It showcases an innovative prefabricated and modular construction system centred on the concept that the future of tall buildings is in engineered wood. CREE gives FC&A an insight into the benefits of this innovative building method and ultimate energy efficiencies. Elsewhere in this issue, we round-up the highlights of Londons newest design exhibition, the May Design Series, plus Maxwood Washrooms considers the key regulatory issues associated with designing communal washroom facilities. I hope you enjoy this issue. If you wish to comment on any of the articles featured in this months edition, please do not hesitate to get in touch at the usual address. Dont forget you can also interact with FC&A via its social media networks, Twitter (@FCAMagazine) and Facebook (

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14 Voice of the Industry:
Balfour Beattys BIM Director Peter Trebilcock emphasises the importance of embracing BIM as an innovative technology to deliver customer value.


Legal & Business:

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22 HVAC:
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It is only by taking a holistic view that fabric first designs can be guaranteed to deliver superb performance levels, as Sideys Mike Stevenson explains.


Kitchens, Bedrooms & Bathrooms:

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May Design Series Review:

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06 Greenhouse:
With a BREEAM rating of Outstanding,The Co-operative Groups HQ in Manchester is quite rightly proud of its commitment to sustainability. From start to finish, every element of the build was sourced with the environment in mind.



Sustainability in Development:
LCT One is the worlds first eight-storey timber hybrid building. This modular construction system is leading the green building movement, which is set to raise the standards in the construction industry.


Design & Desire:

FC&A pays tribute to the new Mary Rose Museum situated in Portsmouths Historic Dockyard.This stunning centrepiece provides a thorough insight into the renowned ship and a wealth of Tudor artefacts.



It is hoped the building will help The Co-operative to reduce their current energy costs by up to 50%

HQ takes handson approach

The Co-operative Groups new HQ at 1 Angel Square in Manchester is one of the most sustainable buildings in Europe, and suppliers like Sandbach-based Delta Balustrades was chosen not only because of the quality and service it provides, but because the company also matched the designers vision for this 15-storey, 100m project.

From start to finish, every aspect of design in the building was concerned with increasing its sustainability

n June 2010, BAM Construction was appointed to build The Co-operatives new head office complex on Miller Street, comprising 325,000ft2 of office space for over 3500 employees. Designed by 3D Reid, the building forms the centre piece of NOMA, an 800m mixed-use development scheme across 20 acres in the citys Northern Gateway. One of the main selling points about 1 Angel Square before and during construction was its commitment to environmental sustainability. Not only would the building become one of the most sustainable commercial buildings in Europe with an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) of A+, but it would

also be the UKs first to be built to the BREEAM Outstanding rating. Once complete, it is hoped the building will help The Co-operative to reduce their current energy costs by up to 50%, becoming the biggest single expression of their corporate values and acting as an outstanding environmental commitment to tackling climate change.

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From start to finish, every aspect of design in the building was concerned with increasing its sustainability, and when selecting sub-contractors and suppliers, BAM Construction had to ensure that they were aligned with the overall aims of the


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building. Every design choice would impact on the buildings sustainability. The building boasts a number of ecofriendly features, including heat recovery from the atrium and IT systems, combined used water and rain water recycling and low water consumption appliances. High efficiency lifts have also been fitted to reduce energy consumption, but to encourage staff to take the stairs instead, Delta Balustrades was brought on board to create clean, modern stairways and terrace areas. Appointed in June 2011, Delta Balustrades was contracted to work on over 20 different areas of the site, with work being phased to increase efficiency of installation. The company started on site in July 2011 and completed in December 2012. Sustainability is one of Delta Balustrades key values, and the company is committed to a forward-looking approach with the future in mind, using every opportunity to contribute towards the profitability and sustainability of the business. This is supported by accreditations from key industry bodies and organisations such as Achilles, which works to identify, qualify, evaluate, and monitor suppliers on behalf of major organisations worldwide to ensure they are taking a proactive approach to continuous improvement within a range of areas including environmental practices and sustainability. Large buildings require large volumes of products, and Delta Balustrades manufactured and installed almost 400m of bespoke handrails for the external terraces, around 800m of its Orbis balustrade system on internal staircases, and Vista structural glass balustrades to the main feature areas, worth a total of 500,000. With the buildings unique triangular shape, Delta Balustrades was required to install stainless steel balustrades on each of the double staircases at each point of the building. For a clean and graceful balustrade system, Delta Balustrades selected its Orbis range, which is crafted from stainless steel or mild steel tubing. Due to its high functionality and low maintenance, Orbis was used for the majority of internal stairways, matched with Vista structural glass infill systems that combine strength and visual stimulation. Installing these systems was no tall order, even though main stairway one climbs 72m to the top of the building.

Unique challenges
Out of the thousands of projects the company has worked on, 1 Angel Square was the most intensive in terms of its scale and sustainability focus. At all stages, Delta Balustrades was required to confirm how its products were sourced and assess their impact on the environment. For example, in the main entrance area

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Delta Balustrades was brought on board to create clean, modern stairways and terrace areas

Balustrades on the external terraces played an important part in reducing the buildings energy consumption using an innovative yet aesthetically-pleasing system

and auditorium, the designers chose Delta Balustrades high-specification hardwood finish from the Delamere range due to its elegant appearance and minimal cold to the touch quality, making it fully compliant with DDA guidelines. Although these handrail systems are manufactured in-house using Delta Balustrades unique high-strength jointing method, the timber is sourced from an external supplier. To ensure the product met the sustainability standards at 1 Angel Square, Delta Balustrades had to verify that their supplier was accredited by the Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC), which is responsible for the management of the worlds forests through the standard setting, certification and labeling of forestry products. External balustrades in the rest of the building were all bespoke design, with the architects specifying a stainless steel square hollow section rather than tubular. This presented a new challenge for Delta Balustrades as the handrails had to be manufactured exactly to the designers specification. In addition, handrails on the roof terraces required the glass to be clamped to the front using a square upright. Balustrades on these external terraces also played an important part in reducing the buildings energy consumption using an innovative yet aesthetically-pleasing system. Waste air is extracted over the balcony edge using the natural stack effect created by the atrium meaning that there was no need to install large extract risers and heat is then recycled to warm incoming air by passing the waste air through a heat-

exchanger. A Delta Balustrades spokesperson commented: We are proud to have worked on such a significant project. This fits clearly with our vision to embrace sustainability as a priority in the business and of working with like-minded clients that share these same values. We are delighted that the quality of our products has been recognised on such a major landmark development. BAMs site manager commented: I am

impressed with the Delta Balustrades experience, installation progress being very quick with a positive approach, helping to accelerate the projects completion. For almost 30 years, Delta Balustrades has been designing, manufacturing and installing high quality bespoke balustrades and handrail systems, and has supplied over 5,000 projects across the UK.

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The recently opened CREE GmbH headquarters, the LCT ONE, is the worlds first eight-story timber hybrid building. It showcases an innovative prefabricated and modular construction system centred on the concept that the future of tall buildings is in engineered wood.

oday, the construction industry is responsible for using roughly 40% of the worlds total energy, CO2 and resource consumption, as well as the global waste production. Considering this, the LCT ONE represents a fresh perspective on urban architecture to meet the needs of a growing population. Its one of a handful of tall timber buildings around the world that are leading the green building movement to raise the bar in the building industry. Construction for the LCT ONE started in September of 2011, in Dornbirn, Austria and was finished within a year. Built to Passive House standards, the award-winning building has received a pre-certificate for the Gold designation from DGNB, the German Sustainable Building Council, and the highest level of standard from the Austrian counterpart, GNI. Additionally, it is expected to receive Platinum LEED certification by the US Green Building Council.

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To date, the building and its Lifecycle Tower system have won numerous awards, including the European Environmental Press Award (EEP). The LCT ONE is an eight-story building with a footprint of approximately 12.1292m by 24.38m. Due to the

Engineered wood provides equal structural strength and fire protection, as well as lower environmental impact

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systematic, prefabrication approach, LCT ONE demonstrated that the construction schedule of tall buildings can be cut by 50% or more. Due to the low embodied energy to manufacture wood products and the end of life potential to generate energy from wood, the life cycle research determined that 39% fewer resources are used over the life of a wood building compared to a reinforced concrete building. Additionally, due to the passive house approach, focusing on super insulation, air-tightness, high performance windows, elimination of thermal bridging and heat recovery, enables the building to use much less energy during its operational life, while increasing durability. 1500 years old. Engineered wood provides equal structural strength and fire protection, as well as lower environmental impact, lower embodied energy, compared to concrete and steel.Today buildings comprised almost entirely out of engineered wood, like glulam and cross-laminated (CLT) timber, are standing tall in Austria, Australia, and the UK, with a new one recently approved in Canada. The LCT system revolves around wood/ concrete hybrid slabs, which can span up to 30 feet. On the exterior, the slabs bear on glulam posts. On the interiors, they hang on a central stiffening core where the elevator, stairs and shafts are located. Research shows the LCT Systems core can be designed out of wood, however, to expedite the permitting process, the core of the LCT ONE was built from reinforced concrete. The building system transfers structure loads from the exterior posts, to the hybrid slab and then to a central stiffening core. This long span design, allows for a wide variety of floor plans and layouts, since interior load bearing walls are not required. The use of timber for the major structural members (columns and decks) in the LCT ONE marked a true milestone for the global construction industry. Never before had timber been used for load bearing components in modern buildings of this type.
To date, the building and its Lifecycle Tower system have won numerous awards

Solid foundation
The LCT system can also substantially reduce the amount of concrete used in construction, resulting in a lighter structure, with a smaller foundation, resulting in up to 90% lower CO2 emissions over the life of the building.While the LCT ONE is eight stories, research shows the CREE building system has the ability to support as many as 30 stories. The use of wood for tall building construction is not a novel idea. In fact, the five-story Horyu-ji pagoda in Japan is over

The main difference between the CREE timber-hybrid and other multi-story timber buildings is that the load bearing wood elements of the Cree building are exposed, says renown Austrian architect Hermann Kaufmann, who helped develop the system and was responsible for the design of the LCT ONE.The exposed timber structure, which is not covered by gypsum board, offers the benefit of making wood an enjoyable, visible part of the interior, while also conserving resources. Additionally, the structural members of the LCT ONE are oversized, giving them an additional exterior charring layer to protect the members in case of fire.The CREE hybrid slabs were tested in a full size fire chamber and passed a two-hour fire test.

Built with precision

The LCT ONE slabs themselves were prefabricated in a precast concrete shop. CREE ordered the timber elements from a lumber manufacturer who cut them to exact dimensions using CNC machinery (computer numerical control). The timber was shipped to the concrete shop, placed in steel formwork, where rebar was installed and concrete poured. In addition, the Cree completed a production manual to be able to transfer the knowhow and to produce the hybrid slabs anywhere around the world. The prefabricated wall elements consist of glulam posts with a timber frame wall attached to their exterior.The posts carry the vertical loads where the wall creates the non-bearing curtain wall enclosure.

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LCT ONE is optimised for general illumination based on the amount of daylight available to a room

The panels were assembled horizontally on tables, including the frame, insulation and sheathing.They were then stood up vertically to install the windows and complete taping all the joints for an airtight assembly. After the foundation and central core were completed, the building envelope was erected one story a day. Each floor was assembled by interconnecting the slabs and wall units together with the preset tubes, pins and holes of the components. The last six months of construction saw the completion of services and interior finishes.The glulam posts and ceiling beams were designed to remain exposed and reveal their natural finish, making the LCT ONE one of the tallest, modern wood office buildings with exposed structural timber. This remaining interior work consisted of installing mechanical, electrical, plumbing, floorcoverings, doors and fixtures, among other items.The MEP services were integrated seamlessly into the available ceiling spaces between each glulam beam and covered with stylish aluminium facing, eliminating any need for an additional dropped ceiling. Built to passive house standards, the LCT ONE is extremely energy efficient and because of the precision prefabricated process was able to pass the required blower door test. Lighting commonly accounts for up to 40% of an office buildings energy needs. Thus, the LCT ONE is optimised for general illumination based on the amount of daylight available to a room, and on using smart lighting

sensors, motorised window shutters and other controls. Additional energy costs for heating and cooling are also automatically optimised. Room temperatures and indoor air quality are maintained with a highly efficient heat recovery system and automatically controlled CO2 measurement. Currently, the building industry continues

to rely on on-site manual labour and labour-intensive processes, which often results in low productivity, waste and the use of antiquated technology. Conversely, the LCT ONE surpasses prior construction methods with its revolutionary building methods and design.

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Balfour Beatty is using BIM processes on all major new projects to strengthen communication and team transparency

Driving global BIM adoption

BIM is not about software, it is a process of integration and collaboration facilitated by a digital toolset that represents the future of construction and facilities management. It also has the potential to save up to 20% from construction costs and will significantly reduce waste and energy usage to enhance sustainability. By embracing this innovative technology, you can deliver customer value and maintain a competitive edge in a very competitive industry, explains Peter Trebilcock, Director of BIM at Balfour Beatty.
alfour Beatty adopted the strategy to implement BIM on all new projects in 2011 and currently has 80 live projects using BIM and it is also being deployed within 30 bids. This includes a variety of schemes ranging from schools to infrastructure, including Heathrow Terminal 2B, the Forth Bridge in Scotland and the M25 maintenance programme. The companys approach falls into line with the Governments Construction Strategy and the industry mandate that will require fully collaborative BIM level


2 as a minimum by 2016. It seeks to be a leader in the field of BIM by utilising the expertise of its organisational strength and depth, covering all aspects of BIM through the project life cycle from design to construction and including operations and maintenance. Balfour Beatty sees BIM as a cradle-tocradle tool, and ultimately a way of mapping out every aspect of what we do, says Peter Trebilcock. For us, BIM is our default way of working but for the industry as a whole it is a big step change, in much the same way that computer aided draughting

St. Silas CE Primary School was the first BIM project to be handed over since Balfour Beatty adopted a strategy to utilise BIM on all new projects

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between trades. The approach will also offer greater safety on site through improved planning and eliminates re-work, which saves time and reduces costs. A primary school in Blackburn is a good example of how the use of BIM is changing how we design our schools. The first BIM project to be handed over since Balfour Beatty adopted a strategy to utilise BIM on all new projects, St. Silas CE Primary School is a new 7m facility providing modern education facilities for 387 children. Replacing an existing school on the same site meant that an innovative approach was required to provide the best facilities possible in a very tight site all made possible by using BIM to involve all stakeholders and optimise the design. The planning application was made in record time, a feat the designers Capita say would not have been possible without the use of BIM. The quality of the solution was recognized in this years RIBA awards where the project won both a Regional and a National RIBA award. The design of the built environment is set to change drastically with BIM which has now become a metaphor for transitional change within the industry. As a major contractor at the forefront of construction technical innovation, Balfour Beatty is determined to give their customers the very best levels of services which means making sure this intelligent model based process is used wherever possible across its portfolio of projects.

revolutionised architecture and engineering 30 years ago. BIM in a nutshell improves project design and delivery and allows for projects to be built in a virtual world on a computer before they are built in the real world. Three, four (time) and five (cost) dimensional models are constructed to represent a project and its individual parts. For the client, this means greater transparency, better quality and significant cost efficiency. Using this integrated approach toward building construction, Balfour Beatty is using BIM processes on all major new projects to strengthen communication and team transparency. We are calling it more and more building information management and we have identified over 60 potential benefits of BIM, many of them particularly for our customers, added Peter.

Overcoming barriers
Heathrow Terminal 2 was an exceptionally complex project but the use of BIM resulted in savings of 10m, improved coordination with over 30 active stakeholders through 13 interfacing projects and enabled a peak workforce of 1600 to complete work ahead of schedule. Some say the biggest barriers for the implementation of BIM, are the cost and time to train staff. Its a fear factor, especially for some of the smaller SMEs but according to Balfour Beatty those who embark on the journey have no regrets. There are polarised views. Among some of Balfour Beattys clients including the University of Birmingham, University of Sheffield and University of Leeds they have defined BIM as a requirement on their project, whilst for some others, outside the public sector, dont

yet fully understand the benefits of BIM and carry the perception that it may cost them money. Balfour Beatty does not charge clients to use BIM and ultimately feels it will win more work if they use it and reduce costs. BIM will pre-empt the issues you might encounter in a building project, even before you lay a single foundation. It allows us to digitally model the different elements of a building in real time, sharing all information between partners so that potential building integration issues and on-site clashes are eliminated, and construction and installation activities are streamlined, added Peter. All of Balfour Beattys selected designers, architects and engineers are BIM literate. A range of staff training is offered across the company, from hands-on software training for users of the toolset, to more strategic training with the project teams enabling them to deliver the benefits of BIM on a project. Finally there are discussions at board level so all senior management understand the business case for BIM. To help maintain best practice and leading edge innovation in this area Balfour Beatty has as a BIM Centre of Excellence, where expert practitioners offer advice, training and hands on support to project and bid teams. Each of the Balfour Beatty divisions maintains a group of BIM experts who function as a core resource for their projects and teams and share knowledge with the rest of the company through monthly BIM leadership meetings and via intranet portals. The adoption of BIM for the construction of a school for example means that Balfour Beatty can build a theoretical model which can predict how the building will perform. This in turn eases integration of building services and the elimination of any issues

Peter Trebilcock is the lead author of Balfour Beatty CSUK BIM protocols and guidelines and is heavily involved in developing their BIM training programme.


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finish creating a warm and comfortable atmosphere and a wide range of colours, providing exclusive design variants. Exterior aluminium cladding provides excellent weather protection and minimises any maintenance requirements. Espagnolettes with a thickness of 24mm throw lock the panels into the top and bottom track of the frame, securing the doors against gale force winds. An integrated multi-point locking system and door handle with catch bolt, lock and profile cylinder guarantee high levels of security. Even after installation, the SL 97 can be easily width-adjusted with its movable hinge. Fittings, which feature onehanded operation, are concealed.They are also lockable in any partly open position for maximum flexibility and convenience. Emphasising the clean lines of the door, there are no protruding runners. The use of top-quality, high-grade steel for the runners ensures that the SL 97 glides back effortlessly, with numerous folding design options inwards, outwards or to the left or right.The SL 97 creates open spaces, as well as facilitating a natural indoor/outdoor flow, giving the feeling of living in the middle of the countryside. The door, which can be used in a wide range of refurbishment or new build applications, comes in maximum panel sizes of 1100 x 2200mm or 600 x 2800mm, although special sizes are available on request. The maximum panel weight is 70kg. It complements a comprehensive range of Solarlux un-insulated and heat-insulated glass doors manufactured in the highest quality wood, aluminium or a combination of the two materials. As well as offering the ultimate in security and thermal comfort, Solarlux doors also offer clean lines that maximise the feeling of open space by minimising the transition between the interior and outside of the building. Renowned architects, including Daniel Libeskind, Hermann Hertzberger and Sir Norman Foster, have specified Solarlux

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stated that the environmental and energy impacts of the existing building stock remain a huge challenge. This is an area where the adoption of energy efficient continuous flow gas water heaters in place of wasteful storage systems can have a positive effect on overall carbon reduction. Do you leave your car running overnight just because you are going to use it in the morning? So why store large volumes of hot water just in case you might need it at some point when you can use energy only as and when you draw hot water? The fact is, we all need to be smarter about energy consumption. Rinnais new additions include the Infinity range of continuous flow gas fired water heaters in heavy duty and condensing units engineered specifically to give high levels of efficiency and expansive ranges of modulation to maximise energy usage. Continuous flow water heating units have the ability to save huge levels of energy and carbon, especially when using a technologically advanced Rinnai Infinity condensing model. Also new to the Rinnai range is the Infinity 16i gas fired continuous flow water heater which is perfectly placed to meet the hot water needs of dwellings and light commercial users, such as hairdressing salons, providing a constant flow of cost effective safe hot water with precision temperature control. Rinnai has also recently launched a common header flue system to streamline manifolded installations of its awardwinning Infinity condensing continuous flow gas water heaters. Previously multiple installation in an interior plant room would have meant each unit had to have its own flue and that meant punching a hole through the building fabric for each individual unit, a time consuming and expensive necessity.

The environmental and energy impacts of the existing building stock remain a huge challenge

Urgent need for smarter energy use

hris fears a lack of wholesale adoption of high efficiency technologies across the complete built environment where hot water generation is concerned: There are some attempts to sidestep the very real need for the holistic adoption of high energy efficiency options. Despite the widespread acceptance that the battle for a low carbon future lies in existing buildings, the legislators supported by segments of industry have contrived to ensure that within the direct fired water heating section of Part L, there are proposals for the implementation of much higher product efficiencies for new build only, he says. It was only last year that the Department for Communities and Local Government presented that all direct fired water heaters would have to produce minimum gross

A low carbon future across the complete built environment can only be achieved if the manufacturing industry meets its responsibilities to assist and wholly support this aim, says Chris Goggin, Operations Manager at Rinnai UK, manufacturer of continuous flow gas fired water heaters.
efficiencies of 90% for Natural Gas and 92% for LPG for new and existing buildings. This was later retracted after discussions with some parts of the industry when it was concluded that this wasnt the best way forward. The separation of new and existing building requirements for efficiency thresholds was agreed by some, but by no means all, says Chris.

Identifying weaknesses
This is a missed opportunity by Government as it would have also provided the ideal platform to counteract one of the key weaknesses of Part L reducing installers opting for the cheapest first option or like for like replacement. Instead we are maintaining a lower energy efficiency efficient appliance market. Chris continues: In the recent CIBSE presidents annual address George Adams

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The latest property at Mill Meadow is called Flycatchers, a six-bedroom Gold Award-winning eco lodge

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Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery (MVHR) systems are becoming an increasingly popular choice for energy efficient ventilation, particularly within residential and commercial new build properties, and there are a variety of solutions available to suit even the most unique building types.
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his breadth of choice was essential when Polypipe Ventilation was asked to supply an MVHR system for Mill Meadow, providers of bespoke, high-end holiday properties, who were looking to incorporate the energysaving benefits of heat recovery as part of a new development of luxurious 5 star eco cabins. Situated on the edge of Somersets Quantock Hills, just a few miles from the county town of Taunton, Mill Meadow Eco-Homes is a luxury, self-catering eco lodge development. Built using a traditional Scandinavian log house system, with timber sourced from sustainable Finnish forests, these stunningly beautiful and highly efficient houses have a carbon neutral footprint and are available for holiday makers to rent or buy. The latest property is called Flycatchers,

a six-bedroom Gold Award-winning eco lodge built to improved quality standards and flooded with natural light due to extensive glazing throughout. As part of the numerous sustainable technologies built into the design, including underfloor heating, solar hot water, solar PV, rainwater harvesting and an air source heat pump, Chris Heayns, Managing Director of Mill Meadow, was keen to incorporate a Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery (MVHR) system due to the additional environmental benefits it could offer.

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The lodge is built using a traditional Scandinavian log house system, with timber sourced from sustainable Finnish forests

more reliable. For example, in Flycatchers where we would have had four extractor fans, which can be inefficient, require maintenance and not always be reliable over the long term, we instead have one Heat Recovery appliance. However, one of the issues we had was that the wood in these lodges continually moves, which could be a problem for rigid ducting. Thats why we were particularly keen on Polypipe Ventilations Domus Radial Duct system, as its duct is more flexible and will move with the house. It is also simple to install, which was an added bonus. The basic concept of Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery is the extraction of waste stale air, in addition to the collection and re-use of heat, which in residential properties is largely generated as a result of steamy bathrooms and kitchens. The Flycatchers property incorporates three en-suite wet rooms which can generate a lot of heat, particularly if the house is at full capacity and all occupants are showering regularly. In fact, figures show that a bathroom full of moist air can contain over 600W of heat energy. Polypipe MVHR systems use a heat exchanger to transfer the heat from this waste stale air to the fresh air drawn into the building, resulting in up to 95% of waste heat being recovered. This clean warm air is then used to heat other rooms in the property such as the Flycatchers bedrooms, dining area and open plan lounge. The most obvious benefit of MVHR is the reduced need for heating and a subsequent decrease in fuel bills, the savings

of which Mill Meadow can then pass on to those looking to buy or rent the property. In addition, MVHR systems significantly increase quality of life within the home by delivering fresh, oxygenated, pre-warmed and filtered air to the living and sleeping areas and reducing condensation, thereby enhancing the experience for guests. MVHR also put Mill Meadow one step further towards achieving a carbon neutral residence.

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One of the most important aspects of the MVHR system chosen for this property was the use of a Domus Radial (semi-rigid) duct system. Currently, most UK domestic ventilation systems use a traditional branch design, with rigid ducting to rooms branching off a main trunk duct that is connected to the MVHR unit. However, certain methods of construction can make this traditional system problematic. This is particularly true in the case of the Mill Meadow log house system, which continually moves as a result of seasonal changes in relative humidity (RH), causing the wooden structure to shrink in the winter and expand in the summer. Although the movement is unlikely to be noticeable by sight, it would most likely cause issues with a rigid duct system which offers little flexibility for movement once installed. The effective answer was to take the alternative approach of a Radial duct system, where each room terminal in Flycatchers is served by its own semi-rigid duct (typically 75mm). The individual duct runs then connects directly to a manifold

unit, providing balanced airflow. As well as the ability to be installed in smaller voids, Domus Radial duct systems benefit from reduced air leakage and improved air flow, which also makes for easier commissioning and a quieter system. As noted in the Governments Domestic Ventilation Compliance Guide, semi-rigid duct systems rarely suffer from cross-talk noise between adjacent rooms due to the use of longer individual duct runs taken back to the manifold. Furthermore, Radial duct systems with their longer, semi-rigid, flexible duct lengths and easy to assemble push-fit joints can be up to 60% quicker to install than traditional branch ducting. In August 2011, Radial (or semi-rigid) duct systems were officially recognised by the BRE and added to the SAP Appendix Q database. In the SAP programme, semi-rigid duct systems are entered, as are rigid duct systems, as the aerodynamic performance has been proven to be comparable, thereby achieving a lower in-use factor and a higher SAP rating than inferior flexible PVC hose systems. Chris Heayns intends to use the Polypipe MVHR solution in future Mill Meadow properties. He comments: The very first house at Mill Meadow was certified as Excellent under BREEAM EcoHomes standard and we have been improving every property since then. Flycatchers is the latest of 18 properties, but uses heat recovery for the first time. Its something we will look to use in further lodges.

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suitable for internal doors of public buildings, offices, schools or hospitals, and external doors of apartments and detached houses. These handle operated locks are ideal for use in medium traffic areas where security and accessibility are important. These locks can be easily controlled by an access control system or through remote control equipment like a push button, keypad or timer. An example of a solenoid lock is the Abloy EL560, which can be set as fail locked or fail unlocked. Compliant with EN12209 for mechanical resistance as well as EN179 for use on an emergency exit door and EN1125 for panic doors, this solenoid lock also offers monitoring of the bolt position and handle operation. Motorised locks work by motorising the bolt back once a proximity card is presented or a request to exit device is used. Without a handle, which is the most vulnerable part of a door, motorised locks are hands-free which improves people flow and makes doors easier to use. Abloy offers the EL520 motorised lock, which is most suitable for use on high traffic exit doors or access-controlled doors.This lock also offers compliance to EN12209, EN179 and EN1125. Electro-mechanical locking, and specifically the standards that affect installations, are the subject of several courses at the Abloy Academy across 2013. The Academy includes a fully equipped classroom, showroom and workshop, where customers can attend product presentations, specification seminars and practical installation training.

Solenoid locks work by controlling either the latch or the handle

Securing compliance
eeping property and offices secure as well as managing access is an important consideration for any organisation, but with many businesses employing a green agenda, using a secure electric solution can also bring enhanced energy efficiency benefits. A compliant solution is one that meets the needs as laid out in the various building regulations. The most important elements here are related to fire

Do you use, install or specify door magnets in access control doors? If so, you could be breaking the law, advises Jon Burke, Marketing Manager at Abloy UK. Here, he talks to FC&A about the route to compliance.

Using a secure electric solution can bring enhanced energy efficiency benefits

compartmentalization within a building and the ability to escape through mechanical means in case of emergency, and not just a fire emergency; it could also be a gas leak, pollution, terror threat, etc. Those standards directly linked to life safety are: EN179 Emergency Escape for when the building occupants are aware of the building environment and EN1125 Panic Escape for environments used by the general public. These standards state that even if a door is electronically controlled for access there must be a compliant mechanical means of escape in case of emergency. The most cost-effective solution is not necessarily a compliant solution. Unlike electro-magnets, electric locks provide a compliant solution, satisfying the needs of both fire doors and emergency/panic situations where a mechanical means of escape is the essence. Exit doors should not be reliant on a fire alarm or some other power trigger allowing egress. The most effective electric locking can be delivered with either solenoid or motorised locks. Solenoid locks work by controlling either the latch or the handle, and are

Jon Burke is Marketing Manager at Abloy UK. Abloy is one of the leading manufacturers of locks, locking systems and architectural hardware and a developer of products in the field of electromechanical locking technology.


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expertise, fenestration, we know that we have to sit with the architects and designers at the outset of every single project to consider in fine detail the window or door not as finished delivered product, but the individual performance requirements of the individual elements frame and glass and indeed how they interface with the construction.

Calculating performance
It is the high level of detail which guarantees the ultimate performance of the finished building in practice

Collaboration in practice

Mike Stevenson, Development Director for off-site manufacturing specialist Sidey Limited talks to FC&A about how only a holistic, systems approach to the design and practical delivery of a building envelope can ensure a fabric first design will deliver an effective and healthy building in practice.

hhave no doubt whatsoever that only by taking a holistic systems approach to the design and the practical delivery of a building can we deliver what we are supposed to in practice. In fact coming at it the other way, along with many other people in the construction industry, I would argue that it is not possible to ensure an effective and healthy building in practice unless you take this approach. For far too many years constructors have procured products based upon standard documented test certification in relation to performance in the hope, or perhaps the belief, that if all products meet a certain agreed performance standard then the building as a whole will perform accordingly. Nothing could be further from the truth in reality; a building constructed with 20 different individually accredited products does not guarantee you anything in terms of the performance of the finished building envelope.

parts. In other words each supplier needs to offer its products to the team and make changes to their individual specification if required to ensure that all elements integrated into the fabric of the building are working in harmony with the products of other trades for the good of the entire structure. Design team involvement from the earliest possible moment is critical. For example in terms of our particular

Our product has become a complete solution for the fenestration element including frame, glass, air-tightness membranes and bespoke installation methods relative to the particular wall construction of the individual project. For each scheme we calculate the performance figures of not only the bespoke window or door styles, but their individual sizes as well. There are absolutely no one size fits all solutions when constructing fabric first, and it is this level of detail and involvement amongst all parties, putting the performance of the finished building above individual product specifications, which guarantees the ultimate performance of the finished building in practice. It is only when all parties working together take the holistic view, that fabric first designs can be guaranteed to deliver the superb performance levels that are claimed in theory. It is a different, significantly more detailed approach to design and construction that requires commitment and dedication from all levels of the delivery team, but at the end of the project everybody can be confident that the construction performance as built is exactly as it was designed.
In the past constructors have procured products based upon standard documented test certification

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The exterior has been stained to reflect Englands vernacular boat shed architecture

ortsmouth Historic Dockyard remains one of the worlds most important harbours. It is the only place where visitors can experience first hand what it was really like to serve and fight on board the ships that shaped Britains history. Situated with famous warships HMS Victory and HMS Warrior 1860, the presence of the Mary Rose is the result of the largest underwater excavation project. To this day, historians still do not know exactly what caused the Mary Rose to sink. On 19th July 1545, while leading the attack on the French invasion fleet in the Battle of the Solent, it is thought the Mary Rose was caught by the wind, forcing her open gunports below water. King Henry VIII and the wife of Sir George Carew, who watched the battle from Southsea Castle, spoke of the cries of drowning sailors that could be heard on land and the deep sense of loss for the noble ship.

Active conservation
Despite several attempts to raise the wreck, it was not until 1979 that The Mary Rose Trust was formed with the remit to find, excavate, raise and preserve for all time such remains of the ship Mary Rose as may be of historical or archaeological interest. In total over 19,000 artefacts were brought ashore and almost 28,000 dives were carried out. The most monumental raise was that of the hull where over 60 million people watched the wreck being lifted live on television. In 1994, active conservation work commenced on the hull of the ship. Up until recently, a Polyethlene Glycol (PEG) water-soluble wax was continuously applied via a spray coating system. This two-stage process allowed the wax to penetrate into the core of the wood, and seal the surface. In 2008, the Heritage Lottery Fund announced a 21m grant to complete the conservation of the ship and build a permanent museum. Dedicated to those who lost their lives, the new museum presented several challenges. The design of the new 27m Mary Rose Museum, designed by Wilkinson Eyre Architects, is a story of collaboration, with the project team combining delicate conservation, contemporary architecture and specialist technical expertise to create a truly unique design. Like crafting a jewellery box to house a precious gem, the design team has together created a building and interior that protects and showcases the Mary Rose. Designed from the inside-out, the

Tudor legacy lives on

The opening of the new Mary Rose Museum marks 30 years since the hull of the infamous ship was raised from the Solent in 1982. Located just metres from Nelsons flagship HMS Victory and the ships of the modern Royal Navy, the new museum will provide one of the most significant insights into Tudor life in the world and create a new centrepiece to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.


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Inscriptions drawn from the ciphers used by the crew of the Mary Rose to identify their personal belongings have been carved into the shell

The challenges of the sites historic context, adjacent to HMS Victory and the listed Admiralty buildings, are compounded by the nature of the site itself: a late 18th Century Dry Dock that is listed as a Scheduled Ancient Monument. Care has been taken to keep the height of the museum as low as possible to remain sensitive to the proportions and scale of the surrounding buildings. The low-profile, shell-shaped metal roof follows this logic and reduces the internal volume of space which has to be environmentally controlled to precise standards to ensure the

conservation of the hull. Two rectangular pavilions are attached to each side of the main building, one housing the main entrance reception, cafe and shop, and the other occupied by the Learning Centre and main plant room. The overall composition is a piece of contemporary architecture, an elegantly simple form with an air of mystery that encourages visitors to enter and explore. Chris Wilkinson, from Wilkinson Eyre Architecture, says: When you have a treasure like the Mary Rose, which continues to capture the worlds

building takes many of its cues from the historic ship, allowing its hull, artefacts and exhibitions to take centre stage and create a visitor experience befitting this piece of history. At the heart of the project, within a carefully-controlled environment, is the starboard section of the hull of the Mary Rose. Alongside it, a virtual port-side has been created over three levels to view the ship and house the context gallery. Encasing the Mary Rose, and the largest collection of Tudor artefacts in the world, is an architectural form that alludes to the historic significance of the museums collection and announces the arrival of a major cultural attraction. When working with a treasure like the Mary Rose, the architecture needs to complement rather than distract. In this case, the challenge was finding the right architectural language to help articulate the story being told by the museum, whilst adding a confident piece of contemporary architecture to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

The design team has together created a building and interior that protects and showcases the Mary Rose

Vernacular architecture
The simple, pure elliptical form of the new building is derived from toroidal geometry echoing the shape of the Mary Rose; its timber is reminiscent of the ships historic hull, showcasing the innovative Carvel construction methods of the 16th Century. Further embedding the building in its maritime heritage, the exterior has been stained to reflect Englands vernacular boat shed architecture. Inscriptions drawn from the ciphers used by the crew of the Mary Rose to identify their personal belongings have been carved into the shell. A balcony to the west offers a spectacular vantage point over the Historic Dockyard and its numerous 18th and 19th Century Grade I and II* listed buildings as well as modern warships docked within the Portsmouth Naval Base.

A balcony to the west offers a spectacular vantage point over the Historic Dockyard

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A virtual port-side has been created over three levels to view the ship and house the context gallery

imagination, the architecture of the building takes a supporting role. However, the building has a very significant part to play in projecting the museum and its remarkable collection to the world, creating intrigue and heightening the visitor experience of this major cultural attraction.

Encasing history
The essence of the design of the interior evolved from the frozen moment in time seconds before the Mary Rose capsized and sank. When she capsized on her starboard side, she along with tens of thousands of objects quickly settled into a scour pit, covered by layers of protecting silts in the Solent. This provided a time capsule of the ship, her fittings, weaponry and armament, and all the possessions of her 500 crew and soldiers from the

Admiral to the common soldier. The interior concept was based on the painstaking archaeological excavation and recording of the exact location of every find. A section through the ship from keel to upper deck allowed the project team to see inside the Mary Rose and reunite the original contents deck-by-deck at the moment before she capsized.Visitors to the museum walk in between the conserved starboard material section in context as though they are on board the Mary Rose. The end galleries then interpret the context gallery deck by deck in more conventional museum display cases. Chris Brandon, Principal of PBP+W comments: This museum is unique the only one in the world to take its inspiration from the archaeological finds of the Mary Rose and the ship itself. Our role was to

create a showcase for the Mary Rose and her artefacts befitting their significance, so we designed a museum that would recreate the experience of being on board the ship hundreds of years ago and created a context gallery to highlight its precious contents. The construction of the build was led by Portsmouth-based Warings. The team understood the importance of preserving a good design whilst ensuring all risks were fully considered. Warings, along with its design team ECE Architectures and CSC Engineers, redesigned the original structure from a heavy steel structure, which was supported from four piled support points outside the line of the existing dock, to a lightweight frame solution, partially bearing within the dock itself. The design reduced the risk and ensured the project was on time and on budget.

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Like all washrooms, unisex facilities need to combine style with functionality

Mixed-use protocol
Washrooms for multiple user groups can be a practical solution for all kinds of public and commercial environments, increasing usable or rentable space and saving the cost of separate male and female facilities. Andrew Taylor of Maxwood Washrooms explains the key design and regulatory issues associated with designing communal washrooms.
he provision of sanitary conveniences and hand washing facilities in sufficient numbers, and of the appropriate type for all users of a building, is included in Part G of the Building Regulations. In addition, guidelines for workplace washrooms, such as cleanliness and hygiene standards, provision of lockable doors, adequate lighting and ventilation, are covered in the Governments Workplace (Heath, Safety and Welfare) Regulations. Generally speaking, separate toilets need to be provided in workplaces where there are both male and female employees. However, if the total number of employees based at a particular location is 10 or less,

number of washbasins down the centre as a means of separating the space. The use of feminine and masculine colours can be an effective way to distinguish between male and female cubicles in a mixed use washroom. Also, each cubicle run should have an ambulant disabled cubicle to comply with Document M Building Regulations relating to access and use of buildings. These cubicles must be wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair, incorporate grab rails, and have both a lowlevel and standing height washbasin. Preserving user privacy is particularly important when designing unisex washrooms. In order to address this, full height cubicles are often the preferred choice, and the gap at the base of the cubicle is reduced from the traditional 150 to 20mm as an additional privacy measure. Needless to say, all toilet cubicles must be capable of being locked from the inside. On the practical side, slip resistant flooring is worth considering in this type of washroom, while wall coverings made from large sheets will reduce the number of joints, which will assist cleaning and inhibit unhygienic areas. Although good lighting and ventilation are essential in all washrooms, they are primary design requirements in the enclosed environment of a unisex superloo. Maxwood has developed space-saving vanity suites specifically for this application, with a pan and basin combined in one linear unit which also conceals unsightly pipework. Like all washrooms, whether they are in a college, office, or shopping centre, unisex facilities need to combine style with functionality and should be designed to ensure the comfort, privacy and respect of all users.

and there are two or fewer employees of one gender, then unisex washrooms may be provided. These can be what are known as superloos, which are single units complete with toilet and washbasin, or larger washrooms designed to be used by men and women, with lockable toilet cubicles and shared hand-washing facilities. The latter option raises a number of design considerations to ensure they meet the needs of both genders.

Distinct style
Typically, a unisex washroom will have a bank of male toilet cubicles along one wall, female cubicles on the opposite wall and a communal vanity unit with an appropriate
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Good quality hot melts will be the subject of BBA Certification which confirms that the product will last for the lifetime of the building The challenge for both designer and developer is how to protect a building successfully when burying the waterproofing

Optimising hot melt benefits

Trevor Lang, Technical Manager of Alumasc Waterproofing, explains how to evaluate hot melt systems, and how to ensure the best performance from this robust waterproofing solution.

he last 20 years has seen a significant rise in the popularity of hard and soft landscaped podiums, roofs, terraces and balconies integrated into residential and mixed-use developments alike. The challenge for both designer and developer is how to protect your building successfully when you are burying the all-important waterproofing. Hot Melt Rubberised Bitumen Membranes have established a firm hold in this market over the last 25 years, but are all systems truly equal and approved? In accordance with FRA Information note No 31 concerning hot melts and the NHBC Roofing Guidance note 7.1, they are liquidapplied rubberised bitumen membranes applied in two (nominal) 3mm coats, including reinforcement and substantial reinforced bitumen protection sheet/root barrier and should only be used in buried applications, such as inverted roofs, green

roofs, podium areas, etc. They are, therefore, used almost exclusively over structural concrete decks. These products are monolithic in nature, having no overlaps, and bond so tenaciously to the prepared substrate that it is not possible for water to track beneath the membrane should it be damaged in any way. Note that minor damage is self-healing because of the retention of the tacky characteristics of the product throughout its whole lifetime. These properties make hot melts ideal for buried applications. Good quality hot melts will be the subject of BBA Certification which confirms that the product will last for the lifetime of the building (no replacement cost within the buildings life-cycle), and zero falls installation (no waiting for costly, heavy screed to falls to cure). Some products will additionally carry FM approval, and all must carry European Technical Approval to comply with

compulsory CE marking from July 2013. Top quality hot melts will have excellent resistance to chemical erosion (e.g. acid rain, fertiliser, building washes) through the inclusion of inert clay filler, whilst inferior products may use cheap filler such as calcium carbonate, having much less resistance.

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The highest quality products will have a wide workable temperature range, making application at both lower temperatures (ideal for detail work) and higher temperatures (ideal for optimum field area installation) possible. These higher performing products may also require less product per square metre in order to be effective more product does not necessarily mean better value or protection. Ensure that the product is installed by a manufacturer registered contractor


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employing fully trained operatives and contract managers who will issue frequent site visit reports including records of both depth and bond tests. Intermediate and final electronic leak testing must be provided by qualified professionals using certified, calibrated equipment, and should include all upstands and detail work as well as main field areas. Note that failure to calibrate for the correct di-electric rating of the membrane could actually result in damage to the product. The test method must be appropriate to the project in question and would normally consist of a low-voltage wet electronic leak detection method to the horizontal areas, where the roof surface is wetted during the test in order to create an electrical field, and a high-voltage dry method to upstands and details where wetting is not possible. Areas to be tested must either have been exposed to rainfall or soaking in order for the test to be effective, so the provision of a water point at roof level is therefore beneficial. The locations of potential water entry pathways are pinpointed by the detection of earthing of the signal and must be marked, repaired, re-tested and certificated as watertight prior to installing the coverings. It is important to note that testing is recommended both immediately after

completion of each area, and also again, immediately prior to the application of coverings, if not installed within 24 hours of waterproofing.

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Flood testing is not normally recommended other than as an alternative test method on smaller areas such as balconies, or on non-conductive substrates such as plywood, as entry of water through a defect can significantly extend drying out periods. Responsible manufacturers will employ their own leak detection specialists and

also attend each test to ensure the validity, completeness and authenticity of results. In addition to the length of warranty, it is important to consider the levels of indemnity offered, whether the offer is insurance backed, and whether the terms and conditions cover not only product defect, but also workmanship and design. Applications which are the subject of longterm warranties should also be inspected by the supplier at regular intervals, in addition to the clients own annual visual check. Establish the credentials and track records of the manufacturer, supplier and contractor and ask yourself can I completely rely on these organisations to deliver and support this package for the full term of the warranty? Promises have no value unless theyre kept, so ask the supplier to provide a comprehensive handover package which confirms that all of the above have been complied with. This could include such items as: product certification, data sheets and brochures, safety data sheets, maintenance schedule, bespoke detail drawings, copies of intermediate and final site reports, leak test certificates and, most importantly, confirmation of warranty release. Theres more to this exceptional and versatile product than meets the eye. Care in assessment and selection of the full package on offer will be paid back many times over with a trouble-free system you can sit back and be sure of.

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Design forum hailed a success

Taking place at ExCeL London, this years brand new show concept, the May Design Series delivered a new way for London designers, architects and specifiers to find everything they needed to specify for their projects in one definitive destination.

The late night opening on Monday brought visitors and exhibitors together to toast to the shows success in the DX bar, kick started by Musicitys session. It provided a relaxed setting for industry professionals to cement business relationships and get to know each other over a few drinks. The renowned international designer Karim Rashid brought a touch of glamour to the event, taking to the decks to entertain the crowds into the night. The May Design Series has firmly put itself on the map for the future European show cycle for the time- and designconscious with its convenient single destination for related design events.

he exhibition provided visitors with the perfect opportunity to make informed purchasing decisions at the end of the European show season. Pulled in by big brands and up and coming companies, visitors were able to meet the likes of Timorous Beasties, Justin Van Breda, Ligne Roset, D*Haus, Poggenpohl, Leicht, ERCO and iGuzinni. Graham Hopper the UK Sales Director at Leicht, a company which had not exhibited at any trade event for 18 years, commented: We hoped to see a good cross section of customers and that has proved to be the case from high end retailers to property developers and interior designers. We have had an excellent level of enquires with good quality leads. In addition to the exhibitors stands, visitors were also able to take advantage of the exhibitions feature areas. The show provided insightful and thought-provoking

CPD accredited seminars, including an unmissable keynote session from prolific designer, Karim Rashid, with queues formed in anticipation and crowds spilling into the aisles. Seminars were streamed live online and watched by thousands around the globe. There was something for everyone across various sectors of the design industry. Lighting gurus Paul Nulty and Peter Earle discussed the ingredients necessary for well-balanced ambient lighting design; Hugh Broughton, Christina Seilern and Tomas Rousek wowed the audience with their ground breaking work in the polar regions, equatorial Africa and space reflectively; a panel of experts from companies including Gensler, Herman Miller, AHMM and MAKE Architects contemplated the changing face of workplace design, and Martyn Evans of Cathedral set out to answer the question that resonates with all architects: What do developers want? Missed out? Watch them on demand at

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Armstrong Ceilings introduces PCM CPD

Armstrong Ceilings has introduced a RIBA-approved CPD on the use of the Phase Change Material (PCM) used in its eco-friendly CoolZone system. Using phase change materials in construction for a more sustainable built environment is designed to help specifiers and clients understand where and how PCMs can be used to create a more energy-efficient and comfortable environment. Formulated specifically to meet the requirements of RIBAs core curriculum in terms of Climate: sustainable architecture and Designing and building it: design, construction, technology and engineering, the CPD advises on the how, what, where and when of PCMs in new-build and refurbishment projects.

Low surface temperature radiators

The aims and learning outcomes of this CPD presentation from Stelrad Radiators are to provide guidance on the use of Low Surface Temperature steel panel emitters to avoid radiator burns and for safe room heating with particular reference to the way radiators actually work and the different types available, the requirement for safe heating in public, healthcare and education applications and the relevant regulations and standards. Also to raise awareness of low surface temperature radiators LST technology which provides safe space heating in education and healthcare and other public buildings.

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New fenestration CPD for designers

A new RIBA approved CPD from REHAU gives architects and specifiers a useful insight into the current requirements for designing and specifying windows, doors and curtain walling as part of an energy efficient building envelope. Titled Fenestration: Windows, Doors and Curtain Walling, the CPD covers the benefits and drawbacks of the different materials and styles used in the UK fenestration market, the most suitable applications for different types, and the design considerations which affect their specification.The core competence seminar also covers the impacts of different Building Regulations on fenestration, sets out the relevant industry standards and thermal performance requirements.

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Ultracrete, home to a range of market leading highways maintenance solutions, boasts bespoke outside and indoor training areas, specially developed for the highways industry. The facilities include an outside demonstration area, which closely mimics the external environment for carriageway reinstatement applications. Contractors can gain hands-on experience of using the full range of Ultracrete products. The indoor facilities include a number of meeting rooms that provide an ideal environment for presentations and theory. Ultracrete offers RIBA Approved CPDs which are available in half or full day formats and cover all stages of carriageway ironwork reinstatement using their HAPAS approved system.

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has also redecorated the toilet and provided an on-site attendant. To optimise suitability for as many disabled people as possible, the Council has further replaced the traditional WC with a Clos-o-Mat Palma Vita wash and dry toilet, with touch sensitive switch. The Clos-oMat can be used as a conventional toilet but also can wash and dry the user after toileting without the need for the user, or their carer, to wipe clean with toilet tissue, thus improving hygiene, independence and dignity. Councillor Michael Filer, portfolio holder for Transport and Technical Services, said: We are delighted to have carried out these improvements to one of the most heavily used public toilets in Bournemouth. In total 175,000 from our successful Smart Streets programme is being spent on providing first class toilet facilities. We are proud to be able to offer a Changing Places standard of facility right in the heart of the town centre to ensure we are meeting everyones comfort needs. Since the Changing Places campaign began over 500 Changing Places toilets have been opened across the UK. In the last year alone, over 50 Changing Places toilets have been opened at venues across the country.

Bournemouth City has recently refurbished and improved one of its busiest toilets as part of a 1m Smart Streets campaign

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Under Building Regulations Approved Document M 2013 Access To & Use of Buildings, toilet accommodation needs to be suitable not only for disabled people, but for all people who use the building. Further, it is desirable to include an enlarged unisex toilet incorporating an adult sized changing bench a hygiene room or Changing Places toilet.

o help ensure compliance, Closo-Mat, a leading UK supplier of disabled toileting solutions, has produced an informative white paper: Considerations & Specification of Changing Places Accessible Toilets. Judging from the emails and telephone calls we are receiving, a huge number of people arent fully aware of what these new requirements/desires are, and how they should be implemented, elaborates Clos-o-Mat Marketing Manager Robin Tuffley. They are turning to us for help, knowing we have been involved in the large proportion of hygiene rooms/Changing Places toilets already successfully installed. We have pooled that knowledge into the white paper, to give them a valuable, easy-to-access resource, to make their job easier. The white paper covers all requirements

for compliance in one place, and can be downloaded direct from Clos-o-Mats website. Bournemouth City has recently made full use of the facilities on offer from Clos-omat having just refurbished and improved one of its busiest toilets as part of a 1m Smart Streets campaign. The new accessible Changing Places toilet is sited in the Lower Gardens one of the most popular public venues.

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Reginox launches new sink range

Reginox has launched a brand new range of sinks, taps and worksurfaces aimed specifically at the commercial market. The Regi-Commercial Hygienic range has been purpose-designed to meet the needs of commercial, public or retail areas where, due to high frequency usage, hygienic stainless steel products are often a prerequisite. The range includes stainless steel sinks available with or without overflow and stainless steel worksurfaces that can include integrated sinks or washroom vanity bowls. A range of taps from leading supplier Pegler, including lever action options for the less mobile, also form part of the offer.

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Maximum style at a minimalist price

Utilising innovative design and value manufacturing techniques, Maxwoods new flush-fronted Mystiq toilet cubicle system offers maximum style at a minimalist price. Mystiqs full height, flush-fronted design delivers the elegant in-line look of a highend washroom at a surprisingly low cost. Available in a wide range of coloured and woodgrain laminates and with a choice of cubicle sizes, the highly versatile Mystiq provides an attractive and cost-effective cubicle solution for all kinds of public and commercial washroom applications.

Affordable new Avola for Trend

New White and Grey Brown Avola are the latest doors to be launched for Trend Interiors. Avola, a textured woodgrain MFC slab door with 1.5mm ABS edging, presents a seamless, quality finish. Avola augments Trends collection of entry level kitchens with four smooth, flat finishes; Mussel, Pumice, Sanded Oak and White also available.The White door grain has a delicate blue/grey tint thats something really special, with the Grey Brown option offering a perfect contrasting tone. Joining Trends broad palette of over 40 doors styles and finishes to choose from, new Avola offers matching cabinets and plinth and lends itself well to many handle options that reflect the latest trends.

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Franke offers innovation in steel WCs

Creative redesign of Franke Washrooms Systems stainless steel WCs delivers cost savings, water savings and specifying advantage for specifiers.
The inclusion of an innovative single-piece P-Trap and an improved shape to the bowl in all Franke Washrooms Systems WCs means each one is quicker to manufacturer and as a result delivers a tangible cost saving on the retail price on all models of up to 5%. Improvements to the design, created by a new integral single-piece P-Trap replacing the previously three-piece assembly, is expected to provide the very best flush performance at 6 or 4 litre and dual-flush. Effective from 1st April, the new P-Trap and bowl design is on all WCs in the Franke Washrooms Systems line-up including the floor-standing and wall-hung units. The new trap and bowl design also feature on all prison combination units, disabled-access and bariatric WCs. The new WCs have been manufactured in accordance with British Standards EN 997:2012 ensuring suitability for inclusion in the most hardwearing environments and guaranteeing performance. Andy Dukelow Managing Director of Franke Washroom Systems explains: We have been producing stainless steel catering and washroom products for over 200 years and our team are committed to developing products that support water conservation and provide maximum energy efficiency. This is a terrific illustration of how creative thinking can deliver savings and benefits in all ways. 01246 450255 036

Forging ahead with new marketing tools

A new website, a comprehensive new product brochure, a record number of new franchise owners and a new international brand ambassador, who is also Australian of the Year: Granite Transformations is gearing up for another competitive year. With its UK franchise network growing to 40 showrooms, the Granite Transformations brand is busily expanding market share. As to the future of this successful kitchen brand, Danny Hanlon says: We shall be following the lead of our American colleagues by diversifying strongly into bathroom makeovers and taking a leaf out of the GT Australia book by looking at utility room refits, outside living areas and new fitted kitchens.

New washbasin offers flexibility

Integrated handrails are a key feature of the new Select washbasin from Pressalit Care, leaders in the design of flexible bathroom furnishings. Ergonomicallystyled, the new washbasin has the option of being fitted with a discreet, height adjustable basin bracket for maximum flexibility. The simple and minimalistic design of the Select washbasin means it can fit easily into any bathroom environment where extra support is required. Where maximum flexibility is needed, such as in bathrooms used by multiple users in lifetime, care and nursing homes, the optional height adjustable basin bracket is the ideal solution.

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Decorative trends in monochrome

Black and white is on trend this season, according to interior design blogs and websites. As an interior decor theme, black and white is minimalist, glamorous and sexy, one dark, authoritative and powerful, the other projecting purity, innocence and neutrality. Renowned for its striking glass mosaics and handsome agglomerate finishes, Italian decorative surfaces specialist Trend expresses the black and white design theme in a whole host of beautiful, lasting products, from 1 x 1cm micro mosaics to 3m long granite, quartz and glass composite sheets. Between them, these materials cover most interior and many exterior surfaces in a distinctive style and permit endless permutations of creative design.

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Luxury walk-ins from Aqata

Aqata has an extensive collection of luxury walk-ins and contemporary shower screens with hinged panels, which have been designed specially to create seamless wetroom style showering areas. The stylish Spectra SP446 Walk-In Screen with Hinged Panel in particular has become a bestseller for Aqata since it was introduced in 2011. Offering clean lines and a spacious contemporary showering space, the 1950mm high corner walk-in has a practical 350mm hinged panel to keep overspray to a minimum. The model is also available with a side panel as the Spectra SP446C to create a complete wetroom style enclosure, whilst maximising the sense of space in the bathroom.

Secure Plus shower surface from Kaldewei

In a constant effort to blend design in harmony with functionality, Kaldewei takes innovation to a whole new level. As a world first, Secure Plus is the new anti-slip surface finish for enamelled shower surfaces that is virtually invisible. Available in the selected matt colours of Kaldeweis Coordinated Colours Collection, it is made of a quartz sand mix that is permanently fired onto the shower surface including outlet cover. The resulting seamless surface ensures durable safety and comfort underfoot.

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Mereway launches re-designed website

Mereway has launched a brand new re-designed website, tailored for consumers seeking their perfect kitchen or bathroom and also for professionals in the KBB industry. As a dual function site, the new design is more consumer friendly, whilst hosting a custom-built Tradespace area for retail partners.The re-design brings many benefits. Not only is it more smartphone- and tablet-friendly, it also includes informative articles, industry news, live social media feeds and Mereway TV, a collection of unique, interesting clips and vox pops covering everything from product information, words from its retail partners, and its innovative viral clips.

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CE seal of approval for Harmer SML range

Alumasc has launched an enhanced range of Harmer SML lightweight cast iron soil and waste systems that deliver a superb package of design and installation benefits to contractors and specifiers alike.
Engineers and designers have the reassurance that the new Harmer SML range meets the new UK requirement for CE Marking, while installers can also benefit from the introduction of new ductile iron brackets. Wayne Willmott, Sales Manager for Harmer Drainage comments: The CE Mark and new brackets are just two of the customer-focused features that make Harmer SML the market-leading system for easier specification, greater choice and simpler installation. Advances in cast iron technology have ensured that Harmer SML products are fully attuned to modern construction needs. The system is durable, recyclable, quick and easy to install and requires low maintenance. Manufactured in Germany to meet the highest quality and performance standards, Harmer SML also carries British Board Agrement Certification, 05/4191. The pipes and fittings meet the European Standard BS EN 877, further assured by the new CE Marking, showing full compliance with EU manufacturing, testing and technical performance requirements. As a major benefit for contractors, the SML range now includes ductile iron brackets that provide continuity of material across the all-iron system. These brackets can be used for vertical and horizontal rainwater stacks without the need for pipe stack supports saving costs for both the

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LINK&LOCK speeds drainage channel installation

Hauraton has developed an innovative linking system for its RECYFIX HICAP high capacity surface water drainage channels. The new LINK&LOCK feature facilitates the alignment of each 1m channel unit with the next, providing a positive mechanical fix that makes the installation procedure of the whole channel run much easier. With its ductile iron slotted tops, in a choice of four configurations, the HICAP system has proved very effective at draining large areas of asphalt and concrete. Each injection moulded channel, made from recycled polyethylene-polypropylene (PE-PP), comes completely assembled with its ductile iron slotted top. The system is suitable for loadings up to Class F900.

High praise for rainwater systems

Yeoman Rainguard has been praised for its products and advice during the replacement of old worn out cast iron guttering and hoppers at St Nicholas Church, Kenilworth which dates back to 1185 and is a Grade 1 listed building. Yeoman Rainguard has been providing quality rainwater systems for over 30 years and offers a comprehensive choice of products including Aluminum; GRP; Cast Iron; Copper; Zinc and Stainless Steel. Keith Grierson says: Tim Hanks and the Rainguard team were very professional and helpful and we were very pleased with the quality of the materials and the advice and service provided by Rainguard.

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Rainline specified for social housing project

Lindabs steel based Rainline rainwater drainage system features on a 2.9m social housing project designed by leading environmental architects Denovo Design. This new build housing development for Cosmopolitan Housing Association is located in a rural area of Banks, Southport. Rainline totally outperforms plastic in every respect offering UV stability, it will not crack, fade or leak, is highly resistant to corrosion and virtually maintenance free. Quick and easy to install, Rainline is precision engineered by Lindab to simply click together for a perfect watertight fit. On site labour time and costs are kept to a minimum no special tools are required either.

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Recycled Plastic, Maintenance-free The ideal replacement for wood

Recycled plastic lumber, street furniture and accessories for the construction industry in mixed plastic and high density polystyrene. This is the ideal sustainable material for battens, studding, fascias and sof ts, cladding, decking, gates, fencing, shing pegs, drainage and ground reinforcement grids, sheds and board walks. It will last a lifetime.

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WarmCair sets new heating standards

Warm air heating specialist, Johnson & Starley has incorporated the latest proven technology into its new range of WarmCair condensing warm air heaters. They have been designed to offer low running costs, exceptional reliability, unrivalled efficiency and warmth as well as low carbon and NOx emissions. WarmCair heaters incorporate sophisticated controls that enable the precise amount of heat output to match the demand. As a condensing appliance, WarmCair uses less energy to produce the required heat compared with a similar sized non-condensing heater. The additional heat energy is produced by passing the exhaust flue gases through a secondary heat exchanger.

Sunny outlook with Rinnai solar heating

Rinnai solar water heating solutions are designed to offer a blend of eco-friendly technologies, guaranteed to provide a constant flow of hot water. Rinnai UKs pioneering Infinity PLUS renewables range includes solar storage vessels and both flat plate and evacuated tube collectors, each with specific benefits to suit the individual application. Rinnai high efficiency Infinity water heaters accept high incoming water temperatures making them the ideal choice for a secondary heat source on a solar preheat system. As the Rinnai units are capable of modulating from 58KW 2.4KW, Infinity Renewables systems can have a significant impact on the drive for efficiency. ( 01604 767408


Grant UK launches Aerona HE air source heat pump

Grant UK has developed the Aerona HE range of air source heat pumps.The brief for the new range was bigger single phase outputs, higher efficiencies at lower operating temperatures and quieter noise levels, whilst maintaining the tried and tested features of the existing Aerona range.To achieve better COPs the Aerona HE was designed with larger evaporator surface areas, increasing the amount of air through the unit.The fans run at lower speeds and this, coupled with the improved internal insulation, has successfully decreased noise levels.The HE models also use R410a refrigerant, which allows the unit to operate at lower ambient temperatures.

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ATAG welcomes new Service Engineer

ATAG Heating UK has appointed Nigel Gregson, as Field Service Engineer. Nigel joins ATAG from heating and plumbing contractor, Frank Webb of Nottingham, where he was a gas engineer and supervisor for 35 years. Latterly he was also involved with training engineers at the company. He will be joining ATAGs growing team of field service engineers and will be responsible for servicing and maintenance work on all ATAG products, including the A Series, the Q Series and new XL Series of domestic and commercial boilers. His work will also involve supporting ATAGs extensive network of Select Dealer service engineers.

Eclipse Magnetics launches BoilerMag XL

Eclipse Magnetics has launched a new system for improving heating efficiency in commercial premises. BoilerMag XL is a high performance, easy clean filter which removes potentially damaging ferrous oxide and scale from heating systems. It protects the boiler and other components, and helps to improve heating efficiency in properties such as retail premises, food outlets, business units and apartment blocks. With a large collection capacity, the new XL is designed for 1 connections and up to 6 bar operating pressures. It is the ideal solution for installations where small domestic filters are not suitable and large industrial systems are too expensive or bulky.
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Rinnai Infinity range covers all options

The comprehensive range of Rinnai Infinity continuous flow water heating solutions is designed to offer a perfect blend of eco-friendly technologies guaranteed to provide a constant flow of hot water; no matter how high the demand or how many outlets are in use at the same time. Rinnai offers a complete commercial range under the Infinity brand including heavy duty (HD) and heavy duty condensing (HDC) units as well the Infinity Plus, a custom-made water heating solution that brings together multiple units of the companys award-winning HDC range into single, easy to handle modules, and the Infinity Plus storage option.
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Evinox Room Controller achieves ENE3 compliancy

As part of the Code for Sustainable Homes, credits are available when an ENE3 compliant energy display device is installed in the home. The aim of this is to promote the specification of equipment that displays energy consumption data, therefore empowering residents to reduce energy use.
The Evinox Room Controller is classed as an energy display device and is installed in the home for use with the ModuSat Heat Interface Unit, which is connected to a communal heating system. The room controller provides an interface to enable the occupier of the home to set the heating and hot water temperature, set the time programmer and read the meter(s). In addition to this, the Evinox Room Controller now offers an ENE3 compliant option, which is capable of displaying all of the information required to gain credits for the Code for Sustainable Homes. This includes historical consumption data in a graphical format to enable residents to view information about their usage and compare different periods. This provides a number of benefits to housing associations and developers, primarily it removes the requirement to install a separate energy display device in order to gain credits towards the Code for Sustainable Homes. The latest Code for Sustainable Homes Manual stipulates that the visual display unit must be capable of displaying the following information: Local time, current mains energy consumption, current emissions, current tariff, current cost, display accurate account balance information, and historical consumption data so that consumers can compare their current and previous usage in a meaningful way. As a minimum, an energy display device

showing the electricity use is required for one credit. A second credit can be awarded when information about energy use for heating is displayed. The Evinox ENE3 compliant Room Controller can provide the maximum 2 credits as it is capable of displaying both electricity and heating usage.
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District heating made easy

Worcester, Bosch Group has added a new wall-mounted Heat Distribution Unit to its portfolio of heating and hot water technologies. The Greenstar Heat Distribution Unit (HDU) has been designed to provide domestic hot water and space heating to residential properties that are served by district heating or centralised boiler plants. Thanks to its two hydraulicallyseparated plate-to-plate heat exchangers, the Greenstar HDU operates indirectly, so the heating circuit of the individual dwelling is separated from the main communal boiler plant. To keep energy consumption to a minimum, the unit operates only when domestic hot water or space heating is required.

Weatherite provides critical cooling

Weatherite Building Services (WBS) has provided a vital cooling system for the Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) and battery rooms that serve the critical care unit at Stafford Hospital. WBS supplied and installed a Daikin wall mounted split system in the battery room and a ducted system within the UPS room with both systems being designed for high energy efficiency. The UPS equipment provides continuous emergency power for the critical care unit should the main power source fail. In order to gain access to install the interconnecting pipework WBS had to organise the erection of scaffolding to the exterior of the building.

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Buildings fit for purpose

WindowMaster, Europes largest provider of natural comfort and smoke ventilation solutions, has presented important research findings on the energy consumption of ventilation systems at a CIBSE Technical Symposium. WindowMasters Jannick Roth presented a paper entitled Hybrid Ventilation The Best Ventilation Concept for Future School Buildings, based upon modelling work completed by the Fraunhofer Institute. The paper demonstrated that natural ventilation already provides reduced energy consumption at a rate that meets regulations that will not be generally in force until 2015.

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Stay cool with Sureflow

Hydratech, a specialist in heat transfer fluids, delivers a fluid maintenance programme Sureflow, which is essential in the maintenance and preservation of any closed loop heating or cooling system.Opting for specialist heat transfer fluids offers users and specifiers the immediate benefits of corrosion, scale and biological inhibitors. However, rigorous monitoring of temperature and pressure is not enough to prevent damage by degraded heat transfer fluid. The direct correlation between the quality of a fluid and its performance means that its regular analysis is paramount, and to ensure the optimum performance of its fluids, Hydratech offers its Sureflow programme free to all direct customers.

Gaia raises the temperature at fire station

Gaia Climate solutions has supplied a complete underfloor heating (UFH) system to Suffolk Fire Services new Ipswich fire station. Gaia supplied and installed the 898m2 of underfloor heating, plus 965m2 of screed and insulation, for the whole station. Ian Witting, Mechanical Project Engineer from contractor Integral, explains that the Gaia hydronic UFH system was chosen largely on the strength of the companys reputation in the sector. Gaias got a good track record in this area. They also offered us a tailored package design, supply and installation of the system to suit our requirements, says Ian.

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BEAMA champions healthy living

BEAMA has published a guidance document challenging all Green Deal Providers to specify continuous ventilation with insulation packages. Avoiding Indoor Air Quality Problems Associated With Fabric Improvements outlines the health risks associated with poorly ventilated buildings and is available to download at BEAMAs Marketing Director Kelly Butler says: Continuous ventilation is a simple solution to air quality and we have met a number of Green Deal providers to make them clear that by not addressing ventilation adequately when renovating homes they are putting the building and the occupants at risk.

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Forbo plays it safe and sound

Providing R10 slip resistance underfoot and 17dB impact sound reduction, Forbos enhanced Surestep Wood Decibel range can be considered as both an acoustic and safety flooring solution and presents a desirable flooring option for projects with multiple application areas, working perfectly as part of an integrated flooring design.
Unlike traditional safety flooring ranges, Surestep Wood Decibel is also the first multiple width safety floor uniquely available in 2, 3 and 4m widths suiting a wide range of applications. Thanks to the floorcoverings dimensional stability, areas of up to 20m2 in residential locations can be loose laid, helping to reduce the overall cost of installation. In larger commercial installations, the availability of different widths means that welding requirements may be substantially reduced saving time and money. Incorporating aluminium oxide particles in its wear layer to provide sustainable slip resistance and maintain the clarity of design, Surestep Wood Decibel meets both the HSE and UK Slip Resistance Group (UKSRG) requirements. The product also features a PUR Pearl finish that ensures an easy to clean surface. Surestep Wood Decibel now offers twelve different wood choices including two new modern all-over wood designs. Seven of the colourways match the design effects available in the standard Surestep Wood range, allowing for a totally consistent appearance and safety rating to be achieved across areas of a building with different acoustic requirements.
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F. Ball hits a six with Styccobond Sustainable solutions from UZIN

UZIN is especially focused on innovating new environmental solutions and has innovated the Cube It Simple recyclable packaging. The new packaging means 77% less CO2. The cube packaging allows a much more efficient method of transporting as more weight and units can be put on a pallet. Transportation is therefore reduced and less CO2 discharged. It also ensures 87.5% less waste only the liner is made from plastic, which can be returned and disposed off. The box is made from recycled cardboard which can be recycled. This also saves floor contractors the hassle of disposing large amounts of plastic containers.

A high performance smoothing compound and adhesive from F. Balls range were used in the recent refurbishment of an outdoor batting area at Paultons Cricket Club in Ower, Southampton.The surface was cleaned and primed with Stopgap P131, ready to receive a 5mm application of Stopgap 850 Exterior.The worn subfloor required the specially-formulated smoothing compound to produce a sound and level surface. Contractors then specified water-resistant Styccobond F74 adhesive to secure the artificial grass carpet. A one-part, moisture curing polyurethane adhesive, F74 is ideal for outdoor flooring installations as it is resistant to grease and oil.

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Ancon portfolio gets CE mark of approval

Stainless steel fixings specialist, Ancon has completed the CE Marking requirements for its full range of brick support systems, windposts, cavity wall ties, bed joint reinforcement, lintels and tension bar systems, confirming legal compliance with the new EU Construction Products Regulation. Ancon has published a new 12-page guide explaining this new regulation and identifying which products it affects. It includes a useful Q&A section to help stockists, engineers and contractors understand their obligations and how Ancon can help. The guide, together with the companys Declaration of Performance portfolio and factory production control certification, is available from
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Dulux Trade launches protective coatings guide

Dulux Trade has unveiled a new guide designed to help specifiers select coatings for the most demanding of environments. The new Protection Range brochure brings together the manufacturers specialist paint solutions which have each been purpose developed to address specific challenges. The brochure features distinct sections on demands ranging from complex legislative requirements to more common problems. Information on the Dulux Trade Pyroshield portfolio of flame retardant paints, for example, can be found within the brochures fire tab, whereas details of Dulux Trade Cladshield exterior coatings and Floorshield collection feature within the corrosion and abrasion sections respectively.

Rubber floorcovering enhances healthy living

Developed in collaboration with international architects and designers, the new norament 926 satura rubber floorcovering 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.The new product is part of the certified floorcovering system, nora system blue, which combines noras low emission rubber floorcoverings with low emission installation materials.That is how nora systems assures the best quality for indoor air hygiene and promotes the development of building concepts for healthy living.

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Knauf GIFAfloor takes access flooring to another level

Immensely strong and versatile, Knauf GIFAfloor systems are ideal for raised floor areas requiring continuous or hard finishes such as stone or large format porcelain. Manufactured from calcium sulphate, this robust partialaccess raised floor system makes it easy to run services under the floor while its tongue and groove design means that it is flat and smooth once installed, with the further advantage that joints will not track through the applied finish. Designed to span pedestals at maximum 600mm and over voids up to 1200mm high, GIFAfloor creates strong and dimensionally stable floors.

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The water-based formulation also offers a quick drying time, and incorporates antimould properties to maintain an attractive aesthetic finish for the longer term. Crown Trade Fast Drying Cladding Finish is available in a wide range of colours, and the Stadium were able to select a bespoke green shade in line with Heinekens John Smiths branding guidelines. Where the existing coating had failed, Crown Trade Fast Drying Cladding Finish was applied in conjunction with Crown Trade Protective Coatings High Build Rust Inhibiting Metal Primer to protect the bare, exposed metal from corrosion. Debbie Orr, Crown Trade Senior Brand Manager, says This is an excellent project, which really demonstrates the transformational effect the cladding system delivers. The system opens up opportunities to refurbish buildings in a wide-range of environments including retail sites, sports halls and warehouses. Once completed, surface protection and good looks are assured for up to eight years.

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Crown Trades Protective Coatings Cladding System provided the right paint for the job to transform tired cladding surfaces at The John Smiths Stadium, home to Huddersfield Giants Rugby League Club & Huddersfield Town Football Club.
The system, comprising of Crown Trade Fast Drying Cladding Finish and Crown Trade High Build Rust Inhibiting Metal Primer, has been used to breathe new life into the surfaces at the Stadiums away stand. A total of 100 litres of Crown Trade Fast Dry Cladding Finish and 35 litres of Crown Trade Rust Inhibiting Metal Primer were used on the project, which was completed within a week by HD Signs of Lancashire. Crown Trade Fast Drying Cladding Finish has been specifically developed to adhere to pre-coated and weathered metal cladding and other external features that have become dull and discoloured over time. 0845 034 1464


Rooftop walkway protection from Safesite

Steadmans materials prove undiluted success

Materials made by building products manufacturer Steadmans are proving appropriate for Radnor Hills Mineral Water Company in mid-Wales.Steadmans has enabled a new 15,750ft2 production facility to be constructed at the companys site in Knighton, Powys. The building comprises about 1600m of slate blue AS35 80mm insulated roof panels and approximately 450m of AS35 60mm wall cladding from Steadmans, who also provided zed purlins and sleeves, flashings, side rail struts, struts, wire and a fire escape door. Steadmans AS35 insulated panels comprise two outer steel skins with an integral PIR insulation and come available in a wide range of colours.

Safesite has added the Kee Walk rooftop walkway system to its portfolio of fall protection products. Kee Walk provides an anti-slip, level, walking surface for anyone requiring access to a roof as well as a demarcation route which protects the roof surface from unnecessary foot traffic and potential damage. Kee Walk is designed for use on flat, barrel and sloping roofs and features step and traverse options to allow access to be created for virtually any roof configuration. The system can be either free standing or fixed to the roof covering and is designed with open tread to ensure that water drains away.

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Langley revitalises Wandsworth Town Halls historic roof

Langley Waterproofing Systems roofing and waterproofing product offering has been chosen for the renovation of Wandsworth Town Halls roof. Langleys high performance bitumous SBS built up roofing system and structural rooflights were specified for the refurbishment of the 2900m2 Grade II listed building, bringing the roof in line with modern building regulations. Wandsworth Council appointed chartered surveyors Hughes Jay and Panter to act as consultants for the project. They called upon Langley to design and supply a built up roofing system for the town hall which complemented the buildings historic design, whilst providing uncompromised insulation, tolerance to temperature extremes and roof membrane flexibility.
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Timber specialist, Timbmet, has been instrumental in supplying a unique look to one of the key developments in Harlow, Essex be:Newhall. In association with developers, Galliford Try and Linden Homes Eastern, the buildings have been specifically designed for high visual impact as well as incorporating sustainable considerations. The specification of black cladding required a timber that could be coated to provide a consistent appearance, and be fire retardant treated to meet exact fire performance standards. Timbmets experts recommended Larch as the ideal solution and were assigned to supply large quantities of its Larch weatherboard cladding to create a bespoke and unique external appearance.

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Steni takes panel warranty to 40 years

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BBA endorsement for ROOFMATE SL-A insulation

Dow Building Solutions has been awarded BBA accreditation for its STYROFOAM ROOFMATE SL-A extruded polystyrene (XPS) insulation, designed for insulating inverted flat roofs. The inverted roof system was invented by Dow over 50 years ago, using STYROFOAM XPS as the insulation layer. Over the years, ROOFMATE SL-A has earned its reputation as a reliable and durable insulation material for such systems, thanks to a set of properties not commonly found in one package. The product has high compressive strength and offers excellent moisture resistance thanks to its closed cell structure, resulting in low water pick-up over time despite rigorous conditions on exposed rooftops.

Specialist rainscreen cladding manufacturer Steni UK is marking almost 50 years of manufacturing with the launch of a peerless 40-year functional warranty.This has been extended from 25 years on both its Nature and Colour panels, which allow a modern, dry-trade approach to cladding, and dwarfs the typical guarantees of 10 to 15 years that are offered on traditional render systems.Both the Nature and Colour panels are designed to perform for more than 60 years and are resistant to weather and climate, impact, moisture and water, chemicals, heat and UV light.They also feature excellent fire performance and environment credentials.

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match. Pilkington Glass provides a handy range of specification tools on its website which will help you better understand the types of product available. Regardless of the type of glazing system you require, consideration must be given to thermal performance and improving carbon and energy reduction in buildings. Part L of the building regulations is one of the tools used by the government to achieve these objectives. These regulations are set to change in 2013, and again in 2016 and 2020. Hand in hand with part L are the compliance tools such as SAP and SBEM. Although the tools contain default values for windows they do tend to be very conservative. It is advisable for all designers to use manufacturers values in these programs and real window sizes and orientations to realise the contribution that energy efficient windows can make. Self-cleaning glass, a technological breakthrough first introduced to the UK in 2002 by Pilkington, is another option. Self-cleaning glass is effectively the same as conventional glass, but with a specially developed coating on the outside, that once exposed to daylight, reacts in two ways. Firstly, it breaks down any organic dirt deposits through a photocatalytic process, and secondly, when it rains, instead of forming droplets, the water spreads evenly over the surface and takes the dirt off with it. It is kinder to the environment than ordinary glass and it is the ideal choice for situations where cleaning will be costly or difficult. Whatever your project, specifying the right components for your rooflight is just as important as the materials used.

The quality of the protective coating applied to a metal rooflight is directly linked to the lifespan of the product

Rooflight specification in focus

hen specifying rooflights there are other aspects to consider beyond its shape, size, and the materials that it is made from. If you are specifying a metal product then choosing the paint for your rooflight is more than just colour dependant and your specification will benefit from identifying the correct application for the location. The quality of the protective coating applied to a metal rooflight is directly linked to the lifespan of the product. Steel rooflights should receive zinc or iron phosphate coatings prior to painting as these help extend the corrosion protection and overall life of the rooflight. Getting the paint durability wrong on your rooflight could be costly, as if the system doesnt last long enough, rectification could be expensive. However, with a more robust paint covering, you can be specific in terms of the robustness and investment required and durability ranges can be broken down into three-year intervals, enabling a

more accurate coating specification. For less aggressive or corrosive environments, rooflights will normally receive a primer undercoat and then a topcoat. In locations where more protection is required it is necessary to apply a third intermediate coating. It is also worth remembering the industrial coatings used on rooflights are no different to the paint on your car they need cleaning and maintaining. Accumulated dirt may affect the design life of the system, and any mechanical damage almost certainly will. Therefore regular inspections should take place and minor damage must be touched up. At the end of the design life, major maintenance must be carried out. Glazing can also be a tricky subject when specifying a rooflight, not least because there are so many different types of glass and glazing system available. Whatever your site considerations, be that for example, solar control, safety, fire protection, or sound control, there is a glazing system to

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outstanding colour stability and longevity. What is more, unlike fibre cement products, there is no small particle dust produced by cutting and drilling; and thus there are no health risks to the workforce of residents. Thanks to the ease of installation, competitive price, low maintenance and inherent recyclables of PVC cladding, the Residentiel Vinyl Claddings systems have, over recent years, moved beyond their original marketplace or domestic refurbishment, and are now being seen far more on new build and even commercial contracts. Leading Local Authority and Housing Association clients, including Home Group, have specified the Residentiel Range, which is offered through the company or its approved installers. Residentiel Vinyl Cladding suggests any client or consultant with concerns over specifying the vinyl cladding systems should visit in order to understand the full fact-based story on this sustainable option.

Vinyl cladding a clear winner

As a supplier of high performance vinyl cladding with a proven track record in the United States dating back decades, Residentiel Vinyl Cladding is rightly proud of the performance standards it offers to property owners and maintenance managers alike.
Vinyl cladding has been fully assessed using the Building for Economic and Environmental Sustainability (BEES) software to confirm its life cycle benefits. In common with the findings of the BREs Green Book, leading agencies in the US have carried out detailed evaluations which concluded that, not only are the raw materials used in the production of vinyl plentiful, but the range in question offers 01280 700 151


LEVATO MONO, a next generation paver system

Pavers comprised of a 20mm single layer of loadbearing 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.

Just a few of the benets:

Ideal for roof terraces & balconies Floating oor - installation over single ply membranes High load bearing - static load up to 1 tonne per paver Eternal product - massive over life savings Zero maintenance Slip resistance: BS pendulum test up to +65 wet Timber & stone effect - 11 nishes available Completely non-porous Lightweight - 45kg per sqm

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Comar gains Secured by Design Licence

Comar Architectural Aluminium Systems has become a Secure By Design Licence holder for its Comar 5P.i, Comar 9P.i and Comar 7 range of windows and doors. Established in 1989, Secured by Design (SBD) is a police initiative to encourage the building industry to design out crime, assisting in reducing the opportunity for crime and the fear of crime. Due to enhanced security options on its window and door systems, Comar offers the latest crime prevention features such as anti-snap and anti-bump locking systems. On points of attack stainless steel plates and protectors ensure that with prolonged abuse/attack entry is not attained.

Smaller, smarter Levolan

The brand new Levolan 60 manual sliding door system for interior use with Smart fix is coming to the UK this summer, and is already a hit with European designers. GEZE UKs Levolan 60 has been developed specifically for lighter doors of 60kg or less, using small fittings integrated into an extremely slim 50mmhigh runner and entirely hidden from view. Also available with GEZEs special damping system, Levolan 60 SoftStop is one of the safest systems of its kind on the market. The sliding door leaves are guided gently and safely into the end position, with no more banging into the frame or the buffer. ( 020 8685 9685


Increased demand for new MODO

Orders for MODO, the contemporary new door collection from Apeer, have flooded in since the launch at Aprils FIT show.The 12 new designs that make up the MODO collection have gone down a storm with customers across Ireland and the UK. Developed and fully manufactured at Apeers state-of-the-art production facility at Ballymena, MODO is being made to the same high spec as all Apeer 70 doors and comes with the usual 10-year structural guarantee and full choice of standard, premium, heritage and bespoke colours. Stainless steel glazing trims not only give the new MODO collection a contemporary edge but further enhance security.

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Super-insulated facade system provides economic solution Sleek finish with Soltaire Low Headroom
Building envelope specialist, Schueco UK, has launched the FW 50+ SG.SI, a large-scale, aluminium, structural glazing facade system which combines a flush-fitted appearance with outstanding insulation values. The system optimises thermal insulation through the use of double- or triple-glazing up to 64 mm thick with enhanced isolator technology and features a new economical option for fixing the glass units to the aluminium structure. This fixing option can also be used with existing Schueco SG facades. Another innovation is a new cruciform glazing support system that means the facade can accommodate glass units up to 2.6m wide and 4.2m high and weighing up to 650kg.

P C Henderson has launched Soltaire Low Headroom, a new sliding door gear system that maximises the door height for a sleek and modern finish. Concealed into the top of the door, Soltaire reduces clearance between the track and the top of the door by 2mm. Soltaire Low Headroom creates a large opening in the side of a building, using quality timber doors, which allows natural light and fresh air to circulate a room, whilst creating a contemporary finish. This hardware provides a smooth sliding door action when installed and is also easy to adjust if necessary, catering for doors up to 250kg.
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Bupas winter air curtain cure

The Rund air curtain from JS Air Curtains has cured BUPAs winter draught problems at the reception of its Health and Wellbeing UK offices in Staines. The large reception atrium suffered from cold draughts during the winter as over 11,000 employees enter and exit the building. JS Air Curtains solution was to vertically mount a 2.5m high, low temperature, hot water-heated Rund air curtain to the side of the entrance. The air curtain creates a warm air barrier across the inner opening of the doorway. This stops the revolving door acting like a slow moving fan, bringing in cold air with every turn.
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Be in control of your working enviroment Autoslide screens put you in control at the touch of a button

Autoslide provide bespoke electrically operated sliding screens for a wide variety of applications: From Hospital Receptions, Royal Mail Callers Ofces, Police Stations, Doctors Surgeries, to serving hatches in high street food outlets, and ticket booths in sports arenas, Autoslide has the solution.
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provide a glazing U-value as low as 0.3 W/ m2K. Added security is achieved through use of an internal pane of P2A anti-burglary glass and the window design provides a glazing area up to 16% larger than other manufacturers windows. Non-standard sizes are routinely manufactured to match those of old skylights requiring replacement. All have a white external surface. Electrically operated windows utilise Z wave technology which enable them to be controlled with other appliances from a single remote. Windows including nonopening versions are compatible with both Fakro heat protection external awnings and internal blinds. They can be installed from 0-15 and mounted on an upstand to provide an extra 15cm height ideal for green roofs. Fakro offers a 10-year warranty for all windows and a 20-year warranty on glazing units. All products carry the CE Mark and are fully compliant with the new Construction Products Regulations.

Dual benefits with Fakro roof windows

Enhanced security, thermal efficiency and increased control all essential qualities of Fakros new range of flat roof windows. Utilising its Z Wave technology, the companys latest offering answers the homeowners aesthetic and performance demands.
Fakros new range of flat roof windows includes models with clear and opaque polycarbonate domes as well as a domefree option. All offer excellent thermal qualities as their multi-chamber PVC frames are filled with polystyrene insulation. Energy-efficient U6 or U8 triple and quadruple-glazed units are also available to 0845 021 3030


Door system combines strength and performance

AluK has launched the GT55 TB aluminium commercial door system which is one of the most robust thermally broken commercial door systems available on the market. The system has been fully tested and can be integrated with AluKs GT55 ground floor treatment system or installed as a stand-alone door. The inherent strength of aluminium construction combined with AluKs unique thermally broken profile ensures maximum performance and robustness, making the GT55 TB Door System one of the most robust fully glazed swing doors available. It is ideal for a range of heavy duty commercial and public sector applications.

Essential security at no extra cost

Sliding and folding doors are increasingly being used in projects where doors and windows are replacing solid walls. So long as the hardware is fit for purpose, designed to offer top level security there is no more danger than with more traditional building methods. All Brios Weatherfold 4s secure exterior folding and siding door and window hardware has achieved both PAS 24 and Secured by Design on its standard range of Weatherfold 4s sliding and folding door hardware. Brio understands that security is not an option, it is a necessity, and therefore does not feel the customer should pay extra for this peace of mind.

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A touch of class by Quayside Conservatories

Quayside Conservatories has been creating hardwood conservatories for the trade and general public for nearly 20 years. A fine example of the companys craftsmanship is its installation at Devonshire House a regeneration of the old Sue Ryder Foundations charity headquarters and the Leonard Cheshire nursing homes in Cavendish, Suffolk. It was formed from the amalgamation of the timber framed Old Rectory, dating to 16th century which subsequently benefited from numerous later extensions. The semi-detached bungalows, The Mulberries, plus a detached bungalow, have been connected to the Old Rectory via a beautiful new hardwood conservatory, created and installed by Quayside Conservatories of Beccles.
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SGGUK launches new user-friendly website

Saint-Gobain Glass UK has redeveloped its website to provide an exciting and easy to use experience. SGGUK has ensured its new website enjoys a cleaner, crisper appearance. Improved navigation which for example allows the highlighting of sub headings within specific sections simply by hovering the mouse over any information required ensures that any references required by the user can be found quickly and easily. The site is segmented by sector, for example those seeking information on glazing solutions for homes are able to find appropriate information quickly and easily whilst commercial specifiers, such as architects, can easily match solutions to any specifications.

Balustrades from Sapphire ensure sweet success

The clean, contemporary lines of glass and stainless steel balustrades from Sapphire Balustrades are part of the cutting-edge design of a confectionery research and development centre for a world leading company. Sapphires unique balustrade design and off-site manufacturing service was combined with fast track installation, helping to reduce construction time and cost. Detail planning and sequencing of on-site works enabled frameless structural glass balustrades from Sapphires Crystal range to be installed to gallery-style landings over two storeys without the need to use access scaffolding.
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Sixty-eight new build apartments at the prestigious Port Marine development in Portishead, Bristol feature windows, doors and curtain walling fabricated by Solar Windows using REHAUs PVC-U and composite systems.Developers Crest Nicholson specified the REHAU systems on the basis of their quality, performance and aesthetics. Solar fabricated and installed a mix of casement and tilt and turn windows in the REHAU TOTAL70 system, sliding patio doors in REHAUs S717 system and composite curtain walling in the REHAU Polytec 50s system, all of which have been coloured grey on the exterior and white on the interior to match the contemporary design scheme.

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Bespoke Isokorb for concrete home

Architect Thomas Bechtold faced an interesting challenge when his client commissioned a contemporary new family home in the town of Bhl, in south western Germany. The requirement called for a design sympathetic with its traditional surroundings.
echtolds approach was to design a minimalist, even-faceted building in solid construction style, using lime sand brick masonry for a high level of thermal insulation. Concrete was chosen partly for its cost-effectiveness, but also for aesthetics. The minimalist demands of the design styling were met by incorporating waxed concrete flooring throughout the ground floor, complemented by exposed concrete stairs that contrast with the simple white walls. The architecture has a particular focus on a pool to the south side of the building, which provides the residents with a highly aesthetic feature. The building comes to life during varying daylight conditions, as the water reflects light and shadow onto the walls and ceilings through the roomThe use of large glazed areas and terraces effectively merge the interior and exterior spaces

high windows. At night the water can be illuminated in different colours to create its own ambiance. The use of large glazed areas and terraces effectively merge the interior and exterior spaces. One of the key criteria in the design is sustainable energy efficiency and this is achieved in large measure by means of an air-to-water heat pump system, which supplies energy to heat the underfloor system throughout the house. Integral to this is the foundation plate, which utilises concrete core activation.

Heat transfer
The floor slabs are charged with heating or cooling energy by means of hot or cold water circulating through the integrated tube heat exchangers. As the water flows through the tube system, it transfers heating capacity or cooling capacity to the slab depending on the water temperature. As a result the building structure itself effectively stores thermal energy and releases it when required. For optimum insulation the entire building is clad with a 160mm layer of insulation material. However, the garage attaches directly to the building facade and in thermal bridging terms this was a potential problem. Externally the house and garage appear to be a single architectural unit, but internally the cold garage ceiling requires thermal isolation from the warm residential area. The preferred solution was a specially

designed version of the Schck Isokorb thermal break module type Q a classic load-bearing connector for the connection of reinforced concrete slabs with thicknesses between 160 and 250mm. The Isokorb type Q type is particularly suitable for this project as it provides thermally insulated protection and at the same time transmits positive shear forces for full-length support. Consequently, by installing the units in the ceiling above the garage, they act as connectors to the outer wall of the house in the form of reinforced concrete binding beams.

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Estate in west London, owned by the Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham, have undergone a 12m refurbishment to extend their life by 40 years. Structural repair specialist, Helifix, undertook reinforcement of the calcium silicate brickwork in all stairwells to ensure that these areas were strong enough to take the weight of external over-cladding and render. HeliBars were bonded into the mortar joints every third course on both sides of each stairwell and grouted ResiTies, which secured both leaves, were then hooked over the bars and bonded into the perp ends of the brickwork.

Innovative repair Safe cleaning with techniques secure masonry Filas Deterdek Three 24-storey 1960s tower blocks on the Edward Woods
Fila Deterdek is a safe, fumeless allin-one descaling detergent that gives an exceptional deep clean. The versatile treatment removes groundin dirt and grout residues, lime deposits, saline efflorescence and rust stains, without causing surface damage or altering appearance. Unlike traditional descalers, it is free from muriatic acid, so it will not erode aluminium or steel or present a hazard to users or the environment. Fila Deterdek can be used on porcelain and ceramics, as well as terracotta, quarry tiles and acid-resistant natural stone. During application, it can be applied using a single-disc professional cleaner or with a cloth or brush. 01584 877286

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Dulux Trade paints have been used to create a vibrant, long-lasting finish at Wellington College Chinese Centre; a dedicated mandarin teaching building at the school in Berkshire. Dulux Trade Weathershield Ultimate Woodstain and Weathershield Exterior Gloss System (WEGS) were used on the project. Gerald Burbidge, Works Bursar at Wellington College comments: Vermilion red was used on the pergolas and some of the cladding of the main building, along with gold to pick out some of the detail. Weathershield Ultimate woodstain in walnut was also used on the cladding to give the appearance of a traditional Chinese building.

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Feel the force with new Hollo-Bolt HCF

Lindapter has launched its Hollo-Bolt High Clamping Force (HCF): an enhanced version of its original expansion bolt for steel hollow section, optimised for structural joints.
The Hollo-Bolt HCF is available as standard in the largest Hollo-Bolt sizes and features Lindapters patented HCF mechanism that produces a typical clamping force over three times higher than the same sized product without the mechanism. The increased clamping force results in a more secure connection, as a greater force has to be overcome before movement in the joint begins. The CE marked Hollo-Bolt (HCF) is recognised as a primary structural connection by the BCSA/SCI and is therefore ideal for heavy duty architectural connections, from securing glass and glazing spider brackets to supporting hollow section to fastening pre-cast concrete cladding brackets to SHS. The enhanced Hollo-Bolt was used in splice connections of hollow section framed roofing of the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts in Philadelphia. The easy to install blind fixings were simply inserted into pre-drilled holes and tightened to the correct torque setting for a safe structural connection. As with any structural bolt, immediately after installation the bolt relaxes until a typical clamping force is reached. The typical clamping force of the Hollo-Bolt (HCF) is over three times higher than the same sized product without the HCF mechanism. This results in a more secure connection and a greater force that has to be overcome before displacement begins. To discover the significance of increased clamping force, watch the new video at 01274 521444


Portakabin wins Zero Waste Gold Award

Modular building manufacturer, Portakabin has received the highest accolade at the Zero Waste Awards in recognition of its achievements in sustainable waste management. Portakabin was awarded a Gold Award only the 5th time this accolade has been presented since the awards began. The awards, organised by letsrecycle. com, recognise excellence in waste prevention and re-use, recycling and energy recovery and are open to all organisations in both the public and private sectors. Derek Carter, Chief Executive of the Portakabin Group, said: We are absolutely delighted to receive this award which is a fantastic testament to our staff across the business and at every level.

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Interacting in The Crystal

Two Stannah lift products are helping visitors to The Crystal appreciate urban sustainability. Located in Londons Victoria Dock, this building is hosting the worlds largest exhibition on the future of sustainable cities. In the exhibition hall, the Midilift XLplus interacts between ground and mezzanine levels within the City Icon. Its features include a 900mm clear opening at each entrance for optimum manoeuvrability and panoramic glazed landing doors for light-filled travel. Meanwhile, the 250kg Trolleylift is a floor-level service lift designed to protect staff by minimising manual handling. It comprises a robust, easy-clean, single-entry stainless steel lift car complemented by left-hand hinged doors fitted with safety locks.

Abet Laminatis compact grade laminates are colouring the new Westminster Lodge leisure centre in St Albans. S&P Architects specified a combination of laminates from the Plain colours and Legni woodgrain ranges. Together these have created bright, colourful and dramatic cubicles, lockers, vanity units and benches, all fabricated by specialist manufacturer Prospec. Abet Laminatis High Pressure Laminates are a popular choice for this type of heavy duty application and are commonly specified for lockers, table tops, vanity units and cubicles. Their finish provides a tactile, hardwearing and attractive surface coupled with excellent resistance to impact, scratches and abrasion.

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Pick of the pods with Vicaima doors

Vicaimas Dekordor Heavy Duty Oak doors have been chosen by Elements Europe to feature in a 3.3m student accommodation scheme at the University of Chester. Elements Europe manufactured 224 room pods and delivered and installed them on site earlier this year. The companys modular solutions have enabled them to build the blocks standing off the ground. The Vicaima Dekordor Heavy Duty Oak doors used on the scheme were from their popular Essential range of doors and were supplied as FD30 fire doors. The Heavy Duty range comprises doors with a continuous pressure laminate finish which are ideal for demanding locations.

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Ultimate corner protection at new birthing unit

A range of Yeoman Shield surface protection products has been supplied and fixed as part of a 1.3m million project to convert an existing ward into a Birthing Unit at the Royal Berkshire hospital, Reading.Vulnerable corners in the busy Rushey Birthing Unit which expects to deliver 6000 babies a year are being protected by Yeoman Shield Ultra corner protection 75 x 75mm in an attractive combination of Cream and Bordeaux.

Haute Couture in residential construction

The residential building co-operative Gartenheim eG has renovated a multi-family residence in Hannover, Germany, using ROCKPANEL cladding boards to create the image of a warm scarf around the building.ROCKPANEL panels in six RAL colours were knitted into an alternating light and dark coloured pattern around the building. Haute Couture is what the ambitious director, Dr Gunter Haese, named the project.The projects architect, Dipl.-Ing. Larisa Kozjak says: Weve created a highly expressive web structure that surrounds the building like a custom-made suit, so it becomes a feast for the senses instead of being a boring monochrome facade.

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Dulux Trade presents improved Vinyl Matt Light Base Vandersanden updates water struck brick range
Vandersanden Group has launched a new range of high quality water struck bricks for the UK market, uniquely coloured using an engobing technique. The water struck brick manufacturing technique involves using water to lubricate the moulds creating a finish smoother than when conventionally lining moulds with sand. Marco Solberg, Sales Manager at Vandersanden says: Whilst we have gone back to the past to create something new and modern for todays market weve updated the process to adhere to regulations and meet 21st century demands. Vandersanden sells in the UK through its distributor Hoskins Brick.

Dulux Trade has launched an improved Vinyl Matt Light Base, offering specifiers a superior level of opacity and appearance over the previous formulation. Following extensive research and development, the new product uses Dry Hiding Technology to improve the paints opacity as it dries, resulting in an even better and flatter finish than before. Ideal for use on woodchip, blown vinyl and wall coverings, as well as dry plaster and a range of building boards, the new Vinyl Matt Light Base is available in an extensive variety of colours from the Dulux Trade range. The new Vinyl Matt Light Base is available in 1, 2.5, 5 and 10L pack sizes.

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Simpson Strong-Tie facility dedicated to visionary

Simpson Strong-Tie has renamed its ISO17025 accredited world class EU testing facility in honour of the man who was responsible for the growth of the company in Europe. The purpose built testing site, which was opened in 2009 and conducts around 5,000 product tests each year, was recently renamed The Andris Peterson EU Test Laboratory at a special ceremony attended by European branch managers and technical engineers. Ian Harrison, SSTs European Technical Director said: It was the vision and support of Andris which enabled us to grow the small testing facility we had back then into the world class facility we have now.
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Technal system provides new level of transparency

A new police headquarters in Madrid is the latest architectural landmark in the city.With its transparent design created from extensive use of Technals GEODE-MX curtain walling system, the building aims to change the relationship between this important organisation and the community it serves. The Fuencarral-El Pardo police building has a double skin envelope which comprises an inner glass facade constructed from Technals aluminium GEODE-MX curtain walling.The Technal curtain walling was selected for its low maintenance, durability, aesthetic and environmental qualities. Furthermore, natural ventilation is provided by concealed opening vents inserted into the curtain wall.

Maximising outdoor space

Maximising the ability to use premium flat roof spaces and balcony areas in apartment blocks, the high quality, adjustable screw-jack pedestals from Buzon allow the creation of paved, stone or timber decks that add value to new build and refurbishment projects. With Buzon pedestals, a lightweight deck can be built directly over single ply roofs without adding significantly to the structural loading of the roof or the building. They can also be placed directly on top of a warm roof without damage to the waterproof membrane or insulation layer.
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Maple has launched a new range of wood and wood-effect options for its horizontal and vertical brise soleil systems. Maples Strata Horizontal Panel Rack and Vertical Climate Facade systems are now available with elliptical or rectangular blades in a choice of natural wood types and a new timber-look printed on aluminium.With No. 2 Clear & Better Grade Western Red Cedar becoming increasingly scarce and expensive, Maple can now offer blades in Siberian Larch, European Oak and West African Idigbo.These high grade timbers provide cost-effective and more sustainable alternatives to Western Red Cedar without compromising aesthetics or stability.

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New Door Kits available at IronmongeryDirect

IronmongeryDirect, a UK supplier of ironmongery products to the trade, now stocks a range of door kits for commercial and domestic applications. These new kits are designed for ease of selection as each pack contains all products needed for a specific door or finish. The ranges for commercial applications are available in four kits: Fire door, Non fire door, Stainless Steel finish and Aluminium finish. It is essential to consider every detail when choosing architectural ironmongery within fire door compliance. At IronmongeryDirect staff are trained to Guild of Architectural Ironmongers standards so that customers receive the most up to date advice.

UKs biggest off-site healthcare project lands

Yorkon has installed the UKs largest modular building project to be built in the health sector. The 17.9m contract for principal contractor Kier Construction is for a new Women and Childrens Centre at North Middlesex University Hospital. Due to be handed over later this year, the project was manufactured off-site at the Yorkon production centre in York. 152 steel-framed modules up to 18m long and weighing up to 18.5 tonnes were craned into position in just 28 days.The installation took place within the hospital grounds and in close proximity to existing facilities that remained in use throughout.

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Remmers provides anti-slip protection at Snowdome

Having previously provided flooring solutions for the Snowdome, Remmers were again contacted to provide a flooring system to the newly refurbished ski hire centre. The client required a seamless, hard wearing non-slip surface that was easy to maintain. 600m2 of Remmers Floormix DQ was installed to the wash bays and toilets, locker and changing areas as well as the open staircase leading in from the main foyer area. The DQ System was also applied to the in-situ coving and full wall height rendering in the wash bay area. As a tight installation schedule was in place, fast curing resins were used where possible.

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The MCIAT Professional Assessment

What is the MCIAT Professional Assessment?
The MCIAT Professional Assessment is a exible, rigorous, robust and quality assured qualifying process, based on performance and designed to recognise the diversity of Architectural Technology. Candidates must provide an in-depth critical analysis clearly summarising their professional experience. This should be a reective report and should refer to challenges and successes encountered whilst working on projects and how any issues were resolved. Applicants should also undertake a self-evaluation highlighting their strengths and weaknesses in relation to their area(s) of practice. The Professional Assessment process is based on four core competencies: Designing Managing Practising Developing (self)

a new qualifying route

Who can apply for the MCIAT Professional Assessment?

Any applicant working in or on, for example, academia, general practice, component design, refurbishment, small residential projects, large commercial projects etc within Architectural Technology, should be able to apply their own experience to the Professional Assessment process, but they must hold one of the following membership grades: ACIAT, TCIAT or prole candidate. Each application will be assessed on its merit. However, each applicant will need to demonstrate a sufcient level of knowledge and understanding and professional competence/experience in relation to their sphere/s of practice and demonstrate to the Institute they can meet the expectations of a Chartered Architectural Technologist, MCIAT.

How much does it cost?

To apply for the Professional Assessment, applicants are required to pay 300 for the assessment of the application and the Professional Assessment Interview.

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