FAKRO flat roof windows setting new design and performance standards

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When it comes to specifying flat roof windows there has been remarkably little in the way of choice but a steady succession of new products from FAKRO has finally addressed this long standing problem. On the back of success with the stylish triple-glazed DEF U6 window (with its U-value of 0.88W/m2K), 2016 will see launches of more new products at exhibitions such as Grand Designs Live (Stand B400 London Excel 30 April – 8 May) and the NEC’s National Home Building & Renovating show (Stand D183 14 – 17 April).

DEFThe DEF U6 redefined the style of flat roof windows with its sleek appearance and bigger glazing area but, more importantly, it took thermal insulation in such a product to a new level.  Its energy-efficient triple-glazing is bonded into the PVC sash using the latest adhesive technology and has a 6mm thick toughened glass outer and laminated, P2A anti-burglary inner pane. Its U-value makes it ideal for Passivhaus or EnerPHit® projects but for even better thermal performance the quadruple-glazed U8 unit’s multi-chamber frames, flexible seals and warm spacers give it a U-value of 0.58.

DEF_ColourLine_RALThe launch of FAKRO’s ‘ColourLine’ option has taken the offering a stage further by enabling outer cladding to be specified in any RAL colour from the ‘Classic Palette’. So, whether a window needs to blend in with a green roof or match colours of terrace landscaping the design scope is virtually limitless. Roof windows no longer need an upstand either as the DXW window has been designed specifically to take heavy foot traffic. Its specially strengthened sash, glazing unit and wear-resistant, anti-slip surface make it perfect for fitting flush within the roofline. See the DXW being put to the test.

Fakro Flat Roof Window_DEFIt doesn’t end there. The FAKRO EFR Flat Roof Gable System now provides a lightweight and easy-to-install way to beat structural limitations which might otherwise preclude a flat to pitched roof conversion. Installing roof windows either side of a ridge can transform a room by giving it the light and sense of space of a rooftop studio.

DR_ (druk)FAKRO DRC and DRF rooflights provide the long awaited answer to those wanting to upgrade inefficient old ones. They come with an integral loft ladder for ease of escape, options of a domed or flat profile and the same high standard of insulation. DSC and DSF windows have a similar appearance but with the addition of four motors in the frame the sash is opened vertically to a height of about 50cm for the purpose of automatic smoke  evacuation.

Manufacture of bespoke sizes and non-opening options are all a routine part of the service FAKRO provides so for more information on any of these innovative flat roof products call 01283 554755 now.


The MaxxConnect Family™– Maximum security for your basement waterproofing system

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The Maxx Connect roundWith the new additions to the ‘Maxx’ family, Delta Membrane Systems offer a range of products that bring to the market the most secure basement pumping systems for type C (cavity drain) waterproofing.

Specifically designed for the basement pumping industry, ‘Maxx’ technology takes an ‘intelligent’ approach in the design of the product range, resulting in optimum functionality, high levels of efficiency and ease of installation and service.

Included in the range is the established AlertMaxx high level alarm to alert you in case of pump failure. This unit is offered in two variants – the DMS270 for ground water and surface water applications, and the DMS269 for foul water use.

PowerMaxx battery backupThis model has been joined by the PowerMaxx battery backup which can run up to 2 standard V3 pump without mains power for up to four days, depending on the number of cycles per hour. It can sit in standby mode for over three weeks, and is virtually inaudible.

Two pumps are directly fed through PowerMaxx.  If mains power failure occurs the pumps automatically take power from the PowerMaxx which will have been fully charged during mains operation.  PowerMaxx will automatically recharge when mains power returns.

This free-standing unit can be installed in any dry ventilated area, and is fitted in the main power line between the pumps and their electrical spurs, eliminating the need for additional electrical spurs.

AlertMaxx MessageMaxx ConnectCompleting the line-up is the MessageMaxx telemetry system which, combined with AlertMaxx, gives remote monitoring when residents are away from the property. Messages are sent using GSM technology, usually in text format.

All of these models are ideally suited to the range of pumps offered by Delta Membrane Systems, making the company a ‘one stop shop’ for pumping packages and type C waterproofing systems.


A Smart Step-Up for Greenford from Howe Green

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Greenford LUBest known for high-quality access covers for floors, walls and ceilings, UK manufacturer Howe Green also creates bespoke metalwork solutions for a variety of applications. Most recently, the company supplied custom-fabricated staircase risers for refurbishment works at LUL’s Greenford Station, home of the original step-free access project which was re-established with the opening of an innovative incline lift in October 2015.

In response to a request for a competitively priced solution with a fast turnaround, Howe Green supplied over 100 bespoke risers for specialist contractor D&D Rail to install, made to their specification from 316-grade stainless steel and delivered within days.

Howe Green undertakes substantial and ongoing investment in design software and machinery, which enables the accurate and cost-effective manufacture of special purpose access covers, corner guards and trims in unique sizes and shapes, plus tree grilles and pit covers and other metalwork for the architectural building sector.

“Our experience and manufacturing capabilities make it possible for us to act quickly and without having to charge a premium for bespoke work,” commented Richard Centa, Sales and Marketing Director at Howe Green. “From simple metal risings like those at Greenford to complex tree grilles at One Hyde Park, we provide solutions that fit perfectly, helping to save time and money at the installation stage and creating the best result for aesthetics and performance.”

Making light work of brick soffits

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Nexus Soffit Details_New Homes_Silchester, Kensington and ChelseaCreating flawless brick-faced soffits and lintels has now become much simpler and quicker, thanks to a new lightweight stainless steel based system developed by two industry-leading companies – brick support specialist Ancon Building Products and Ibstock Kevington –national manufacturer of brickwork and masonry special shapes and prefabricated components.

The new Nexus® system combines a specially developed Ibstock Kevington lightweight brick-faced steel unit with Ancon’s tried and tested MDC stainless steel bracket angle support system. The system offers contractors easier handling coupled with maximum adjustability, both vertically and horizontally, for quick and simple alignment on site.

Nexus Brick Faced Support SystemThe new system offers considerable benefits over traditional cast concrete alternatives – cutting weight by more than half, which in most cases will allow the brick-faced units to be installed without specialist lifting equipment, and significant savings in installation time – making it particularly appropriate for fast-track or time-limited projects.

Individual Nexus® units are designed and prefabricated off-site to suit different soffit dimensions, even modern deep soffits, so there is no cutting required on-site. They are simply offered up to the pre-fixed and pre-drilled Ancon MDC support system and then bolted into position using T-head bolts. The quality design allows units to be simply adjusted for perfect alignment and, once in position, all that is left is for the brick facing to be pointed for a seamless match with the main brickwork.

Nexus Brick Faced Support System_Fixed to ConcreteNexus units can be fabricated using virtually any brick or masonry with the chosen product being specially selected and precision cut, generally from the same batch as the main façade to ensure a perfect visual match. Various brick patterns can also be specified to match individual project designs and styles.

All system components are of the highest quality, and engineered for economy and durability, with slips permanently bonded to the high grade stainless steel Nexus system using a BBA accredited bonding system. Nexus has been independently tested for long term durability by Lucideon, the independent global experts in materials testing, analysis and consultancy.

Ibstock Kevington Sales Director, Warren Dean said, “Nexus ® is an exciting new development that brings together the combined experience and expertise of two major companies – each market leaders in their own area. The advanced design will not only make it easier and quicker to specify and install modern brick-faced soffit and lintel features in a range of different building applications, but the two-part design means it will be far easier to achieve perfect alignment with the main brickwork façade.”

Further details and technical specifications for the Nexus® system are available in a new 4-page brochure, available to download from www.ancon.co.uk/Nexus.

Gaia takes control of underfloor heating-online

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DEVIlink App & Room ImageGaia revolutionises modern heating management with Gaialink, a state-of-the-art online wireless control for both electric and wet underfloor heating systems.

The Gaialink system is based on an innovative, centrally-placed colour touch screen panel which enables all room temperatures and electrical devices within the home to be easily controlled individually or together, with the added bonus of online control.

IMG_2291The system is aimed at multiple heating zone installations and is designed to deliver maximum heating comfort while reducing energy consumption. Simple and easy to install and commission, Gaialink communicates wirelessly with individual room sensors and floor thermostats to give precise temperature control.

The Gaialink system is simple and uncluttered making it both good looking and easy to operate. The intuitive graphic display with its colour touch screen is easily personalised so that daily heating schedules can be controlled.

devimatclose2Gaia’s ‘hidden’ room sensor is designed especially for use with the Gaialink unit. This unobtrusive sensor provides an accurate measurement of the indoor temperature and is mounted flush to the interior wall so can be painted over to match the wall colour, making it almost invisible.

Gaialink includes presets which can be programmed to modify schedules during the week or while the user is away. The user sets the parameter then selects “vacation” mode before leaving. A useful “help” page is available to guide users in the event of any problems.

For further information on Gaia, please call 01359 242400 or visit www.gaia.co.uk/products/thermostats-and-controllers/gaialink/

ACO Water Management launch their Surface & Grating Visualiser

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Style, aesthetics, performance and reliability are all important factors when specifying surface water management systems. Globally recognised as the no. 1 choice in managing surface water, ACO provide designers with the widest range of channel and grating styles to choose from.

surface +By using a range of different design options including light, form, texture, material and colour, ACO’s grating and channel styles can be used to complement or enhance many landscape designs. Alternatively for projects which require discreet drainage to blend subtly with the design of the landscape, ACO’s comprehensive range of slot drainage systems can provide an aesthetically-pleasing finish.

Explore the multiple options in our standard product range using our new Grating Visualiser tool, or for projects which require something a little different, speak to the ACO team, who can help create your bespoke design.


Zehnder Presents its New Radiant Conditioning CPD

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Radiant Conditioning_1As part of its ongoing initiative to share its knowledge and experience, Zehnder Group UK, the leading specialist in indoor climate solutions, is delighted to announce the launch of its new Radiant Conditioning CPD. Part of a range of certified Continuing Professional Development training resources offered by Zehnder that cover key technologies used to heat, cool and ventilate buildings, including Radiant Heating and Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery, this new CPD will be hugely beneficial to engineers, Energy Managers, Specifiers, Facility Managers and architects.

The issue of cooling is gaining greater prominence in today’s society, as buildings experience heating issues such as humidity, overheating and solar shading, which impact on the well-being of occupants. The Zehnder Radiant Conditioning CPD looks at the different cooling solutions that are available, their limitations, capabilities and the benefits that can be gained from utilising radiant conditioning solutions.

Radiant Conditioning_2Good practice that can be adopted for system design is also discussed, as well as the application of conditioning solutions in varied environments.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understanding of cooling issues that pertain within buildings today
  • Detailing of cooling solutions that are available
  • Benefits that can be gained by radiant conditioning
  • Understanding of system design options
  • Examples of cooling solutions

To find out more about the Radiant Conditioning CPD and to arrange for Zehnder to come and present it at a location of your choice, please click here. As with all Zehnder’s CPDs, there will be no charge attached.

Premier Loft Ladders – New!! Elite Ladder & Supreme Stairway

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Elite-SPremier Loft Ladders have introduced two new products, a) the Elite ladder with a special backboard complete with additional treads and grab rails, and b) the Supreme stairway with a 240mm high hatchbox plus a special backboard complete with additional treads and grab rails.

Premier Loft Ladders have also enhanced it’s range of fire resistant casings for industrial, commercial and domestic applications which now comprises the Supreme with wooden hatchbox and trapdoor F30, the Supreme with a steel hatchbox and trapdoor F30 and F60/F90, the Miniline F30, F30 Plus and F60 and also the Profiline F30, F30 Plus and F60. All ladders are manufactured to EN 14975 with fire resistance tested to DIN 4102 Part 2.

The Elite ladder is manufactured from high strength die-cast aluminium alloy and is usually attached to a laminated wood backboard (19mm thick x 200mm high) for fitting to a vertical surface or a horizontal surface to access a vertical opening. It is supplied with two heavy duty counter-balanced springs incorporated into pivot brackets to ensure that it can be raised and lowered with a minimum of effort with a load bearing per tread of 200 kgs. The Elite ladder can now be offered with a special construction white coated Multiplex backboard complete with additional treads and grab rails. The height of this special backboard is variable up to 2000mm high x up to 1200mm wide.

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New Klober insulation board with integrated vapour underlay

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IMG_3151_26739Permo® therm, from Klober, is a phenolic insulation board with a tongue-and-groove edge profile, integrated vapour roof permeable underlay and self-adhesive strips along laps. The product has been designed for above-rafter insulation and offers the added convenience of combining two roofing disciplines in one product. It can be laid on boarded or un-boarded roofs either from left to right or from right to left and is available in various thicknesses. Suitable for all pitches, boards are accompanied by a range of fittings for ease of installation, optimum thermal performance and airtightness.

IMG_3172_26761By laying over rafters, greater height is provided in the roof space and cutting avoided. Boards are interlocked up the roof slope with the integrated roof underlay

facing upwards. Laps are then sealed by removing the release film from the adhesive strip and after either a single or double course counterbattens are laid in alignment with the rafters. These are simply screw-fixed through the boards to the boards prior to tiling battens being fixed.

Smarter Ventilation in Schools – Making IAQ Part of Sustainable Architecture

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Phil Mangnall, Sales Manager at Jaga Heating Products UK, discusses how through the careful specification of a ventilation system, schools can reap the benefits of energy and cost efficiency, whilst providing an ideal internal environment for their students and staff.

There are approximately 10 million students currently in schools across the UK today. These children and young adults spend almost a third of their entire childhood at school, with around 70% of that time being spent indoors. It is a staggering statistic.

So, given the amount of time spent in these buildings, it is reasonable to expect them to be environments that help students thrive. Not only that, as a fundamental influence on the minds of future generations, surely they should be pillars of the environmental path that the construction sector is being encouraged to walk?

Architects are constantly being challenged to make efficiency gains. One area that allows this, whilst dramatically improving the internal environment for students, is ventilation.

Quite simply, we need to start taking ventilation seriously. It is more than just another facet of school building design; it is a rare opportunity to improve the health and well-being of staff and students in an environmentally friendly, cost efficient way.

Identifying the best ventilation system for any educational application can be complex – particularly given the need to factor in the three-pronged problem of indoor air quality (IAQ), energy-efficiency and sustainability that are underwritten by legislation and regulations for educational new builds.

But there is a logical solution that boosts all three without compromising an architect’s vision for a building: integrating dynamic Demand Controlled Ventilation (DCV) into a school’s heating system. It provides intelligent ventilation that satisfies regulatory requirements, stays within a project’s budget, and ensures the best possible learning environment for the students.

UntitledDCV is a modular, scalable solution that constantly monitors the IAQ on room by room basis, fully programmable and flexible enough to respond to differing demands. A CO2 sensor constantly monitors a classroom’s IAQ, processing the information and refreshing the air before excessively high levels of CO2 are reached. Essentially, extracting stale contaminated air and replacing it with fresh air from outside.

The intelligence to only vent fresh air as and when it is required is a highly efficient means of maintaining an optimal indoor environment – as high as 28% more efficient than natural ventilation, in fact, whilst eliminating the draughts, stuffiness and security risks that result from this alternative.

Furthermore, because it can be integrated within a school’s heating system – with the flexibility to have centralised, stand-alone or linked controls – it means that temperatures can be optimally regulated at all times, ensuring the right level of warmth according to a school’s preferences without wasting energy unnecessarily – a common trait in busy educational establishments.

By getting smarter about ventilation, schools can become examples of how to operate in an effective way that is aligned with social and environmental responsibilities. And there are options out there that can be specified in a bespoke way to satisfy architects’ requirements.

At Jaga, we call our Demand Controlled Ventilation system ‘Oxygen’, and it is fully compatible with the majority of our Low-H₂O radiators. Both Oxygen and our Low-H₂O Radiators have been certified for their energy-efficiency by KIWA. Oxygen has been recognised by the Educational Funding Agency (EFA) as a suitable solution on the Priority Schools Building Programme.

We immerse ourselves in every project, supporting both on site and with our dedicated technical team, providing genuinely tailored heating and ventilation systems. If you would like to learn more about Jaga Oxygen DCV, you can download our Ventilation in Schools Interactive Guide, or visit www.jagaoxygen.co.uk