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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.
Building Bulletin 93 section 1 is a new document incorporating the BB93 principles, clarifying specific issues and up-dating the already known problems within the industry, according to natural ventilation manufacturers, Gilberts of Blackpool. The objective of the performance standards is to ensure that the design and construction of school buildings provide sound acoustic conditions in learning environments, with changes outlined in the document clarifying the requirements and limits ...
Euroheat has calculated that homeowners investing £35,000 in a domestic RHI biomass installation could clock-up a return investment of £57,645 over a seven year period, plus an on-going reduction in fuel savings. By investing £35,000 in a 45kW Euroheat biomass system, payback can be achieved in just over four years with a guaranteed, tax free government return of £57,645 during the seven years of the RHI scheme.
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
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.
Legislative demands are driving the need for buildings in the UK to meet carbon emissions targets over the coming decades but there isn’t yet a clear answer on whether green buildings can command a premium, reveals new research from Bidwells. ’Is There A Green Premium?’ which has just been published – and previewed at the recent Retrofit Conference held at Queens’ College, Cambridge – sets the scene in terms of the huge challenge retrofit will pose over the coming years. The report ...
More than 270 bespoke frames were designed and supplied by Selectaglaze as part of the £22m refurbishment of the civic building and office extension for Wiltshire’s County Hall in Trowbridge, helping to reduce the energy consumption by 40% and achieve a BREEAM ‘excellent’ rating. The high strength frames were fully fabricated off-site to allow for a rapid installation, and work to combat the loss of heat through the glass of the traditional single glazed sash windows, whilst also improving ...