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Mapei has been awarded re-certification of ISO 14001:2004 and the continuation of OHSAS 18001:2007 & ISO 9001:2008 following a combined audit of its Integrated Management System. The audit highlighted the company’s key strengths surrounding the introduction of new products, synergy between sales/production and logistics; the vigour of the management review process and the control, update and implementation of the Health & Safety legislation.
ThermaCool products, which include a suspended ceiling tile and wall or ceiling panel, have the ability to passively manage the internal heat gains of a space due to the incorporation of phase change materials. Because of this ThermaCool products give architects of the new batches of schools under the Priority Schools Building Programme, a lightweight thermal mass solution to deliver more cost efficient designs.
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.
Novus has won three high profile contracts valued at £250,000 across the North East of England, with the first project with engineering firm, Reece Group, involving the cleaning of steelwork and roof panels at the factory building over a four month period. Work in the social housing sector will involve the Novus team refurbishing a three storey house for Golden Lane Housing, with the installation of a new heating system, bathroom and kitchen replacements, joinery, flooring work and ...
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.
Polyflor is now offering Building Information Modelling (BIM) objects for a selection of its flooring ranges, developed in software formats including Revit Architecture, Bentley, AECOsim, Nametschek Vectorworks, Graphisoft ArchiCAD and IFC. Available to download free of charge via the Polyflor website, the resource is also available on the National BIM Library, designed by NBS to provide the UK construction industry with an online centre where a host of systems and products can be downloaded.
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
Schiedel Chimney Systems has just launched the Absolut XPert Chimney System with an Integrated Insulated Combustion Air Shaft. David Wright discusses the system’s properties and benefits. The XPert Chimney System is a state-of-the-art system which has recently scooped the 2014 Fluing and Ventilation Product of the Year from the Hearth & Home Trade Show.
Russell Roof Tiles has worked with roofing contractors Reed Roofing and Avonside and RS Miller on a regeneration project and Private Finance initiative in Derby, valued at £13.5 million and involving the creation of 104 new build homes. The company’s tiles were applied on a total of 104 units, with the lightweight, interlocking roof tile, Moray, producing the traditional appearance of natural slate, and the thin leading edge, flat interlocking roof tile, Galloway, giving the appearance ...