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Silka elements from Xella offer BBA-certified, large format calcium silicate blocks that enables up to 4x times square metres to be laid per day plus non-standard, factory-cut sizes eradicate on-site cutting and waste. Manufactured in sizes of up to 1000 mm x 645 mm and a choice of thicknesses, they are suitable for load bearing and non-load bearing walls, With a compressive strength of 25N/mm2, Silka elements offer a practical, cost-effective alternative to blockwork and steel or concrete ...
Basement builds are an increasingly popular way of gaining extra room for living, working or storage. They can boost usable space by up to 50% with minimal interference from planning or any change to facades. Safeguard Europe, leading specialist in damp & waterproofing and masonry repairs, offer contractors, developers and property owners the latest comprehensive solutions and tanking products for making the most of new build or existing basements and cellars. Link to dedicated ...
Independent tests conducted by BRE (Building Research Establishment) has demonstrated that the MORI dMEV unit in Elta’s new residential range of ventilation products has outperformed anything currently available on the market. In the analysis, the unit’s performance was measured with both rigid ducting and flexible ducting. The MORI dMEV is one of several new products recently launched by The Elta Group.
Space Air reviews the recent increase in the AIA (Annual Investment Allowance), a tax-relief incentive designed to encourage businesses to invest in mainly plant or machinery. AIA is, in effect, an Enhanced Capital Allowance that works in the same way as the Energy Technologies List (ETL). Space Air offers an overview of what AIA is about, why it is ideal for offsetting cost of R-22 replacement, what are the benefits, who qualifies, and how to claim.
HANDS HQ dramatically cuts the real cost of producing risk assessments and method statements by enabling construction businesses and contractors to create their own project-specific RAMS documents online in minutes. It can be used in the office, on site, or between jobs. HANDS HQ can be accessed from any computer, tablet or mobile device, and can be shared amongst all employees within your business - helping to keep jobs safe, H&S up to date and eliminating costly delays.
COINS is the first UK construction software company to win the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade. The prestigious award recognises the substantial growth in overseas earnings and commercial success in the construction sector. COINS strong UK customer base includes 3 out of 5 of the top construction companies and the top 3 home builders - all using COINS solutions that draws on over 4,000 person years of construction industry experience.
Inta has relaunched its WRAS approved isolating ball valves with an expanded range and new look logo, designed to offer greater flexibility for plumbers and installers when carrying out servicing and maintenance. The company’s compression and female ball valves come with a two year guarantee and feature anti-blow out stems and double Viton seals to enable an easy installation in hard to reach areas.
Clos-o-Mat’s website provides three dimensional views of the toilet, bathroom and washroom products on offer, enabling specifiers to view the company’s range of height adjustable changing tables, wash basins, shower seats and wash and dry toilet. The Changing Places washroom is showcased on the site to enable people to get a better understanding of how accessible it is and how it differs from a conventional toilet.
The Door and Hardware Federation (DHF) has launched its new Fire Door Education Programme in a joint project with BRE, designed for professionals involved in the inspection, installation and repair of fire doors in residential and public properties. The one day courses are made up of four modules covering fire door inspection, the installation and maintenance of timber fire doors, steel hinged fire door and fire shutters.
Cordia is launching its English language website and online catalogue in order to expand its range of fire safety solutions into the British and international market, with a variety of 300 product lines currently on offer in the UK. The brochure includes information on the company’s fire alarms, fire extinguisher servicing equipment, fire flame generators and gas and extinguishing systems, in addition to advice on its after-sales service and training.
Video of the Week
Alutec are currently the only aluminium rainwater system manufacturer to offer a comprehensive range of BIM components. The files are now available to download, enabling specifiers to design a complete rainwater or eaves system with just a few clicks of the button. Watch the latest Alutec video that explains BIM 3D modelling of a building enables all those involved in the construction process to work from the same coordinated, highly detailed and ...
Energy savings of 63% have been achieved following the installation of multiple Saint-Gobain systems in a world-first retrofit research project. Saint-Gobain worked with the Energy House at Salford University to prove that whole-house, fabric first retrofitting of homes can deliver significantly reduced energy costs, lower CO2 emissions and remove 50% of air leakage, leading to benefits in the overall comfort and well-being of occupants.
Kalwall is providing diffused daylighting for the Canadian Our Lady of Hope Mausoleum in Ancaster, Ontario. The design concept from Young Wright/IBI Group Architects is reputed to be one of the most unusual non-secular buildings ever constructed both in its extraordinary shape and how it maximises daylighting. Highly insulating Kalwall, widely used for cladding and rooflights, is designed to transmit ’Museum-Quality Daylighting’.