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Door-Stop has joined the Association of Composite Door Manufacturers (ACDM), an industry body representing composite doors in new build and home improvement markets, whilst also working with consultation organisations involved in performance standards across Britain and Europe. Members of the ACDM must have achieved PAS 23 and PAS 24 for enhanced security and manufacture products to Kitemark BS 8529:2010, as well as signing up to the ACDM’s voluntary Code of Practice.
The Metal Gutter Manufacturers Association (MGMA) has recommended that eaves gutters should be fitted at a level lower than what is commonly adopted in its latest guidance document. Eaves gutters have traditionally been installed as high as possible under the roof edge to ensure that overshooting of rainwater does not occur, but in the event of heavy snowfall, this has the potential to cause problems.
Novus Property Solutions has expanded its partnership with property management and development company, Places for People, as part of a four year deal valued in excess of £20 million. The company will undertake planned refurbishment of around 5,000 homes to keep them up to the Decent Homes Standard and will be the main contractor for Places for People across Milton Keynes, North London and the Thames Gateway, the South West and East.
Mitsubishi Electric has launched a new Ecodan controller for use in applications where the renewable heating needs to connect with third party equipment or Building Energy Management System (BEMS) controls. Volt free and voltage inputs allow third party control systems to work alongside multiple modes and flow temperatures of any model in the Ecodan PUHZ range, whilst unit running, defrost and error functions can be monitored by third party interface.
Integrity Software examines the recent figures released from the government surrounding the Help to Buy Scheme, as well as providing advice on how construction accounting software can help to capitalise on the outcomes of the scheme. The figures relate that only 4% of house sales from the launch of the scheme to May 2014 were assisted by Help to Buy, just 5% of the mortgages were taken out in London, 80% of loans were given to first time buyers; and nearly half of completions under ...
Wes Simmons of EQUE2 has advised construction companies on the five key steps of ensuring that variations don’t drain the profitability out of a project, with planning in advance, checking figures and monitoring sub-contractor behaviour noted as the key factors to success. Preparing for such delays as bad weather conditions, unexpected on-site discoveries and disputes can ensure that all potential problems have been thoroughly thought through before work even gets underway.
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.
C-TEC’s ZFP touchscreen controlled addressable fire alarm panel is now available as a single loop version, featuring the same touchscreen interface, 64 node peer-to-peer network capability and ‘DeviceManager’ functions as the 2 to 8 loop panels. ZFP can be configured to suit any application and can be easily extended using the wide range of programmable indicator and switch modules, including ‘A-Bus,’ PCBs and touch screen compact controllers.
BM TRADA presented a number of educational seminars and practical demonstrations at Firex International 2014, surrounding the benefits of using effective passive fire protection systems, in addition to information on testing, classification and the correct specification and installation of doors. The free half day seminar, ‘Fire Protection Measures – Understanding Your Responsibilities,’ was delivered to visitors, explaining the duties of the Responsible Person under the Regulatory ...
Video of the Week
Have you heard about the BuildShow? It’s the first show for years aimed squarely at building and construction industry contractors and professionals and supported by organisations such as the Federation of Master Builders, National Federation of Builders and Glenigan. More great brands including Kingspan, VW, Festool, VEKA, ISO-Chemie, ALUK and many more are already attending. Watch this trailer to see why
For hotel establishments, it is absolutely imperative to have a robust fire safety strategy in place and one that is supported by an effective fire detection and alarm system. Here, Peter Lackey, product marketing manager for fire at ADT Fire & Security, offers guidance on how to achieve the highest levels of protection.
Two semi-underground waste systems manufactured by ESE have been installed by Glasgow City Council at Kelvingrove Park, decreasing the number of small bins being used at the parkland, as well as allowing gardeners more time to carry out duties due to the reduced frequency of emptying and tidying. The containers are made of concrete with steel reinforcement and are watertight against ground and rain water, designed to segregate recyclable materials at the point at which they are thrown ...