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LATEST BUILDING PRODUCT NEWS
Decorative coatings specialist Armourcoat is sponsoring the Eco, Design & Build hall at 100% Design, the UK’s largest and longest running contemporary design event, being held in September at Earls Court, London. Also, as part of the London Design Festival, Armourcoat will be exhibiting at Super Brands for the first time
Johnstone’s Trade now offer to specifiers Building Information Modelling (BIM) objects of comprehensive range its products. via the National BIM Library. This means their chosen paints and wood-care products can be chosen directly to their BIM models as BIM objects.BIM allows architects, designers and contractors to incorporate detailed product information digitally into 3D CAD modelling for building projects and will be mandatory on all public sector projects from 2016.
Micronics now offers complete metering solutions for building services engineers including a comprehensive range of traditional in-line meters to complement its established clamp-on range. Micronics clamp-on products have been specified on significant projects including BAA T5 and the ExCeL London exhibition and conference centre. Engineers increasingly recognised the associated performance and cost benefits for critical and larger pipe applications.
Recycled HCFC R22 can legally be sold and used until December 2014 but after this the use of R22 throughout Europe is banned. Despite this, reports suggest that a significant amount of refrigeration and air conditioning equipment remains operating with the refrigerant HCFC R22. Mike Nankivell from Space Airconditioning plc offers advice on on environmentally acceptable, energy efficient alternatives to existing systems operating with HCFC R22 refrigerant.
Causeway is the sponsor and Live Tracking Partner for the Virgin STRIVE Challenge, a mass participation, ultra-endurance event to raise money for Big Change. Causeway as Live Tracking Partner for the event will enable friends, family and other supporters to track the progress of participants of the event taking place between 7th August and 6th September 2014
Wes Simmons of EQUE2 has advised construction companies to closely examine how to manage the risks associated with bad weather conditions before winter arrives, to ensure that projects run smoothly and remain profitable. Heavy snowfall during the 2010/11 winter period in Germany saw construction output in Germany decline by 24%, whilst in France, heavy rainfall in February 2012 forced many sites to close, severely impacting the country’s economic recovery from recession.
Adding to its range of VortX drainage products, Saint-Gobain PAM UK launch a range of complete cast iron shower drain kits. Supplied boxed, each kit features a VortX shower drain body, bottle trap and stainless steel grating, which is available in a standard finish, or can be polished to order.
Saracen Interiors wins an AIS (Association of Interior Specialists) gold award for its refurbishment of Royalty House, the old Hertfordshire Primary Care Trust building in Watford that completed last year on behalf of Aspect Property Group. The high quality of the interior fit increased the value of the space at Royalty House and the efficiency of the building with a reduction in energy costs of up to 50 per cent.
Baldwin Boxall has added a new outstation to its Omnicare EVC (Emergency Voice Communication) system. The new Advance disabled refuge remote unit has a stainless steel finish and includes the same features as the green version with raised, luminescent text, Braille and induction loop. OmniCare, the first system of its kind, includes all the company’s ‘CARE’ outstations on a single network, with one point of control.
ASSA ABLOY brands Yale and UNION have been chosen as a preferred supplier of branded security by The Fortis Group, an organisation made up of 19 independent builders merchants formed last year with the merging of CEMCO and Combine Buying Association. ASSA ABLOY will be working alongside Fortis to offer hardware and security systems, including UNION’s StrongBOLT range and the Eximo panic exit devices, which offer a safe escape solution for a variety of projects.
Video of the Week
Andrew Foster, MD of C-TEC, interviewed live on FIREX TV, talks about new life-safety electronic equipment including their futuristic 1-8 loop ZFP touchscreen controlled addressable fire panels and new ActiV smoke and heat detectors and extensive range of fire detection control panels. He also outlines why customers increasingly specify complete systems rather than just component parts, not least to ensure full compliance with the latest regulations.
Jane Embury, Wrightstyle marketing director, looks at a number of recent tragic fires in factories and warehouses, warning that building designers and specifiers must ensure that the glass and its framing systems have proven compatibility. In a fire, the glass and its frame have to function together to prevent the spread of fire, smoke or toxic gases. If one fails, both fail, with potentially catastrophic consequences.
Energy bills at an Aster Energy housing development in Devizes have been reduced by an average 25% after Quantum heaters were installed by contractor, Low Carbon Exchange. Dimplex Quantum heaters are now installed in thousands of social housing properties across the UK, delivering energy savings of up to 22% and reducing running cost by up to 27%, compared with conventional storage heaters.