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Building Products & Structures
Small, stylish and simple to install, the Levolan 60 manual sliding door system from GEZE UK, developed for lighter doors of 60kg or less, uses small fittings integrated into a slim 50mm-high hidden runner. It is suitable for wood, glass or metal door leaves.
Sales team busy at Safedoors following on from the successful launch of the Newmarket and the Chepstow styles of composite doors at the FIT Show. Safedoors have a manufacturing capacity in excess of 1500 doors per week and their website offers on-line ordering, latest new product information and links to latest retail brochures.
The first REHAU FMS remote access control system has been installed in a prestigious North London home, providing individual temperature management in every heating zone plus on-demand reporting of heating and cooling statistics. REHAU’s FMS internet interface control system offers users cost-effective control of their underfloor heating or cooling system via Bluetooth, smart phone, tablet or PC.
The Daikin VRVIII-Total Solution (TS) air-to-air and air-to-water high temperature (HT) heat pump system is suitable for the production of hot water for use with radiator and underfloor heating. The system has been designed to offer simultaneous heating and cooling, ventilation and the production of sanitary hot water. Optimum comfort levels are achieved through the use of modular units which offer reduced running costs and maximum energy efficiency.
Integrity Software case study looks why building contractors Facilitas SMC switched to construction specific Evolution M accounting software that provided an integrated construction financial system that made monitoring costs and sales across SMC’s four main revenue streams visible in real time.
British Gas advisor uses Stroma Certification’s RSAP+ Green Deal and EPC software package, the first software on the market to connect direct to the Green Deal Finance Company, thus avoiding requirements for separate data entry.
Horne Engineering VIDEO demonstrates the key features of the new Duso shower column for ‘group’ shower installations in school and team sport facilities, leisure centres and swimming pools. Out-performing all other group timed flow control showers, the Duso also offers a wide array of colours and interior design styles.
Franke Washrooms Systems has redesigned its stainless steel WCs, incorporating a single-piece P-Trap and an improved shape to the bowl. The range offers cost savings, water savings and specifying advantages for specifiers.
Security and Fire Protection
Abloy UK case study looks at the impact of their high security CLIQ Remote cylinders and keys supplied to upgrade the security of the drug cabinets at Scunthorpe General Hospital, Northern Lincolnshire. Abloy’s CLIQ Remote system replaced traditional mechanical lock systems, resulting in significant cost and time savings and improved medicine security.
Sprue Safety Products has launched a new website which has been designed to facilitate the specification of mains and battery powered smoke and heat alarms in three minutes. The Specification Generator uses a five-step process which guides the user through the types of residential property, detection levels, system grades, mains or battery power and alarm technologies. The process concludes with a pre-written specification document which has been individually tailored to the user.
Video of the Week
VIDEO demonstrates how Newton Diathonite, a premixed plaster, fibre-reinforced with cork, clay powders and natural hydraulic lime with top thermal and acoustic properties, provides a hard wearing thermal barrier for both internal and external applications. Diathonite creates an seamless thermal barrier, eliminating the risk of cold bridging within the structure, and can be spray-applied using a plastering pump, or hand applied.
Case study looks at why Jacobs Architecture specified a standing seam VMZINC, caterpillar-shaped roof in pre-weathered Quartz-Zinc for the £4.7 million MyPlace Havering youth centre project. VMZINC PLUS is used to provide a compact warm roof which requires no underside ventilation. The building achieved BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating.
John Brash case study includes the role played by their Western Red cedar shingles and shakes in the construction of Sophie’s House in Hereford, a residential care home for the profoundly disabled, creating a sculptural curved shape. The building, designed by Paul Lodge of Jamieson Associates, won the ’Sustainable roofs - Shingle and Shakes’ at the recent Roofing Awards.