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Safe Fixing Solutions

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The BoxBolt® and BeamClamp® range of safe fixing solutions from Kee Systems are designed to enable steel to steel connections without the need for drilling or welding.

BeamClamp® – Steel to Steel Clamps
Kee Systems BeamClamp BoxBoltThe BeamClamp® range of high strength clamps are used for connecting steel to steel. The solutions can be used for both temporary or permanent connections and are typically used to connect secondary steel to existing structures.

The clamping system gives the specifier peace of mind that once the connection is made it has a guaranteed safe working load. The connections have the added benefits of providing flexibility for the user during installation and reducing the overall cost. The range is also ideal for areas where drilling or welding is not allowed, or access and power is restricted.

BoxBolt® – Blind Steel Fixings

CE Approved BoxBoltThe CE Approved BoxBolt® blind fixing range of solutions provide a flexible means of joining steel together without the need for on-site drilling, welding, through bolting, strapping or cutting access holes.  The fixings are suitable for connecting into rectangular, square and even circular hollow sections, or where access is restricted to one side only.

BoxBolt® fixings feature a hexagon head design on the body to allow easy installation with a standard spanner and provide a guaranteed connection without the need for on-site verification, as long as installation guidelines are correctly followed.

BeamClampBeamClamp® and BoxBolt® products can be used across all industries where joining steel together is a requirement including building services, infrastructure, steel construction, façade and curtain walling, oil & gas, materials handling and conveyors, transport, solar & wind energy and stadiums.


Eurocell Sustainability

Eurocell leads the sector in sustainable doors and windows

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BP Index July 2018 Sustainability (1)With plastic pollution possibly proving to be the biggest environmental issue of our time, Eurocell exemplifies commitment to sustainability and developing quality products from recycled material.

From a sustainability perspective, Eurocell’s PVC-U windows are already ahead. First, life expectancy of a PVC-U window is considerable. PVC-U windows have been given a 35-year minimum reference service life by the BRE, with minimal maintenance during this period.

Second, closed loop manufacture results in the plastic element PVC-U windows being re-used up to 10 times. With the 35-year life expectancy, that means the plastic can be used in manufacture for up to 350 years!

BP Index July 2018 Sustainability (3)Better still, the re-use of PVC-U is an example of ‘upcycling’.
Re-processing PVC-U imbues it with additional structural strength and, post-extrusion, results in recycled product being technically superior to those made from virgin material, because the process creates better dispersion of material elements.

For example, our innovative Modus window and door profile system features an intelligent six-chamber single-piece profile design consisting of circa 45% post-consumer recycled material. Modus achieves an A++ Window Energy Rating and U-value of 0.7, which is market-leading performance. Modus delivers a triple benefit to customers – top energy efficiency for lower heating bills, responsible use of materials/resources for sustainability and at lower cost than alternative window materials – timber and aluminium.
BP Index July 2018 Sustainability (2)Another great example is our range of Cavalok cavity closers, predominantly used in the construction of new build housing. The closers – which are built into the completed wall structure – are made from 100% post-consumer recycled material for maximum material efficiency and are certified by the BBA.

All of this combines to make Eurocell a sustainability leader in its field, and to find out more about how Eurocell can assist in delivering buildings that are sustainable, healthy and warm, call the customer services team on 0800 988 7300 or visit


Delta Membrane Women in Waterproofing PCA Best Practice Awards

We are delighted to announce Women of Waterproofing have won a PCA Best Practice Award ‘Special Award for Initiative’.

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PCA Best Practice Awards 2018 2The deserving winners of the 2018 PCA Best Practice Awards were announced on Friday 15 June at the Slate, University of Warwick.

The PCA Best Practice Awards brought together 160 members, contractors, designers and experts for a glamorous evening of celebration, recognition and networking.

After review by the panel of expert judges, Women of Waterproofing won in recognition of them ‘overcoming challenges in an innovative way, offering a solution to ensuring that we are attracting, recruiting and retaining talented women into the full range of roles and at all levels within the structural waterproofing industry and demonstrating engagement with a range of third parties.’


Women in Waterproofing PCA Best Practice AwardsImproving the diversity of the people we employ is important to Delta Membrane Systems Limited. We recognise that it is not only right to ensure that people of all genders and backgrounds are able to access fulfilling careers in the waterproofing sector; but that as a business, we fully reflect the society we serve.

As part of Delta Membrane Systems Limited’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, we are working hard to increase the representation of female CSSW qualified Waterproofing Design Specialists.

Our diversity and inclusion strategies include offering unconscious bias CSSW Training at our facilities in Epping, Essex and within our diversity and inclusion five-year plan offering Waterproofing Design Specialist Apprenticeships.

Women_of_Waterproofing_Logo copyWe have also undertaken a range of initiatives aimed at tackling the gender gap, including supporting and sponsoring the Women of Waterproofing Networking Group and unconscious bias training for all staff members across our business.

Christopher Burbridge, Delta’s Managing Director, discusses his pride in the Women of Waterproofing winning this Award: “Leading a business to success can be a tough challenge and as such we are keen to showcase the dedication, expertise and sheer hard work of our team. I would like to wish Georgia and Rachel the best of luck for the future and congratulate them on their win in this prestigious awards programme.”

PCA Best Practice Awards 2018 5David J Symes, Delta’s Technical Director concluded, “Both Georgia and Rachel joined Delta from diverse backgrounds to Structural Waterproofing. Both Rachel and Georgia have adapted to their roles and the environment with grace and dedication. We wish them every success as role models for welcoming more females into a male dominated sector”.

Kevin Dodds, concluded “We are incredibly proud to support the Women of Waterproofing. For Georgia and Rachel to have achieved such recognition is an incredibly accomplishment of their efforts. We will continue to support the Women of Waterproofing in all that they do”.

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Wavin infographic


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A lack of skilled workers and poor training opportunities are the most pressing concerns of the modern plumbing and heating installer, new research shows.

A survey carried out by leading manufacturer of Hep2O plastic push-fit pipes, Wavin, set out to discover what makes installers tick, and gather details on the current state of the plumbing and heating trade.

infographic FINALOver half (56%) of respondents stated that the skills gap is the biggest threat facing the plumbing industry today. However, more than four fifths (86%) of plumbing professionals would still recommend it as a career, thanks to an abundance of work and high job satisfaction.

The findings also provided a range of additional new insights, including that plumbers are making the most of the new materials on the market, with over 32% seeing a decline in copper use. Meanwhile, when it comes to the perfect customer, it’s all about prompt payment with almost half of respondents (48%) saying this is a much appreciated quality.

Hep2O’s State of the Nation survey paints the picture of the modern day plumber as someone who loves to spend their spare time in the great outdoors, or grabbing a bite to eat in the latest high street restaurant. And, rather interestingly, in the world of politics over a fifth (21%) would like to see renowned actor Idris Elba to take on the role of Prime Minister.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, a cup of tea and a sandwich remain the refreshments of choice, favoured by 47% and 65% of respondents respectively. Meanwhile, football is the sport of choice for plumbers, with the beautiful game preferred by 48% of survey participants.

“It is no secret that the construction industry is in the midst of a skills shortage” noted Karen Stables, Marketing Manager at Hep2O. “Earlier this year, it was revealed that plumbing is just one of many skilled professions where demand outweighs supply, and without intervention, this can only get worse. Our survey only reinforces how large scale the issue is becoming.

“If we, as an industry, are to tackle the issue effectively, we need to look at the reasons behind the skills gap and address those accordingly. At Hep2O, we actively work with colleges and students to engage new talent entering the profession, to complement our existing eLearning and CPD courses.”

John Allen was one of the 149 plumbing and heating installers who took part in the survey, and the lucky winner of a £50 Amazon voucher. “I never win anything so this was a great surprise!” said John.

“I’m sure I speak for most installers when I say that the industry needs more skilled workers, and I’m pleased to see a manufacturer like Wavin raising awareness of the issue. I really enjoy my job, so much so that I’ll probably spend my voucher on some new tools!”

Hep2O is the UKs leading provider of plastic piping solutions for hot and cold applications. Featuring revolutionary technology and extensive guarantees, Hep2O lets installers do a good job first time, every time.

For more details of the training already on offer from Hep2O, visit:, or contact the team: 

“Survey findings based on 149 responses from March 2018 – May 2018.

Balconett Hybrid Orbit Glass Balustrade

Balconette’s Hybrid® Orbit Glass Balustrade

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The Hybrid® Orbit system.Outside 11 (1 of 1) - smaller

Clean lines – more view – less obstructions.

The skilful engineering of the Hybrid® Orbit system comprises an aesthetically appealing circular handrail which enables long spans of glass with more view and less obstruction.


  1. Golden retriever lying on balcony surrounded by cushions and food,royal...Uninterrupted views of up to 3.3 metres without posts.
  2. Over 9 metres postless spans for a 3-sided balustrade.
  3. No corner posts or ugly clamps and bolts.
  4. Slim surface mounting.
  5. Rust-free anodised aluminium profiles.
  6. 10 mm toughened glass at a fraction of the weight of structural glass.




Bilco Carl Sutterby presenting Bilco Access all Areas CPD to CABE South West region

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) – for the stressed and overworked!

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We are all aware that CPD is obligatory for architects in the UK. With Chartered Members of the Royal Institute of British Architects having to undertake 35 hours of learning every year,    20 of which must come from the 10 mandatory RIBA Core Curriculum topics, just how easy is it to satisfy this requirement?

Bilco Carl Sutterby presenting Bilco Access all Areas CPD to CABE South West regionThere are certainly plenty of ways for architects and building services professionals to fulfil their obligation when it comes to CPD.  From reading articles, watching videos, going to seminars and roadshows to participating in workshops, conferences, organised factory tours and courses. It would appear that the opportunities to gain those all-important CPD points are endless. However, when you are a time poor architect trying to achieve some semblance of work life balance it can be challenging.

Stressed and overworked

Just how stressed and overworked architects actually are was highlighted in last year’s AJ Life in Practice Survey.  The survey found that one third of architects were regularly working more than 45 hours per week.  15% of 40-49 year olds were clocking up in excess of 60 hours work per week!  Given that, in England and Wales in 2015, the average age for fathers was 33.2 years old and 30.3 years for women those working the longest hours will also be the ones with young families.  The survey revealed that for those architects with children the impact of having too much work was the biggest concern in their job.

Making the right choices

Against the backdrop of long hours and a culture of high expectations, making the right choices when it comes to CPD is essential.  The most obvious way to guarantee efficient use of time is to select only RIBA assessed and approved CPD presentations.  These presentations have been vetted by RIBA to ensure they meet stringent criteria.  Not only is the quality of the CPD verified, architects can also earn double CPD points if a presentation is RIBA approved.

RIBA Approved CPD from Bilco UK

Bilco was established in the US in 1926 with Bilco UK set up in 1989 to serve the UK and European markets.  Bilco UK is a horizontal access specialist supplying standard and bespoke access solutions including roof access hatches, floor doors, ladders and smoke vents.  Following the acquisition of Howe Green Ltd in March 2017 Bilco UK can now also offer floor, wall and ceiling access covers, panels and hatches, linear drainage and bespoke architectural metalwork.

Bilco UK has run more than 500 CPD presentations over the course of the last decade.  The focus of the Safe Access All Areas RIBA and CPD Certified presentation is on designing an appropriate safe solution for an access requirement.

The CPD is delivered by Bilco UK’s team of experienced Regional Sales Managers and usually takes around one hour.

70% of the CPD presentations are delivered in-house, primarily to architect practices but also more recently to the Building Control departments of local authorities.  By presenting the CPD at the audience’s place of work the time input for the attendees is kept to an absolute minimum.  There is no travel time or expense incurred. The in-house CPD is the most cost and time effective option for busy architects and building services professionals. Visit the website for a list dates and locations for the rest of 2018.

From Inverness to Redruth

The remaining 30% of the CPD presentations are run as part of an extensive annual programme of ‘Meet the Expert’ CPD events organised by Direct Contract Exhibitions (DCE).  These free roadshows take place across the UK and provide those involved in building and construction with an easy way to keep on top of their CPD.

The events offer a minimum of six CPD eligible problem solving product presentations contributed by leading industry experts, including Bilco UK, on a wide range of specialist topics.  The geographic spread of DCE events attempts to keep travelling time to a minimum and to ensure that there is a relatively “local” session for anyone wishing to attend. Refreshments and lunch are also provided free of charge.


The team at Bilco UK take their responsibility in assisting architects and those involved within building services with the enhancement of professional knowledge in the specialised area of safe access very seriously.  In addition to being audited by RIBA, as an approved CPD provider, Bilco UK also use a feedback form to continually assess relevance and delivery standard. Visit the website to read what attendees have to say.

Further information

If you are interested in organising a Safe Access All Areas CPD presentation for your team please get in touch with the Bilco UK –  call 01284 701696.

If you would like to attend a DCE Meet the Expert event please visit our website to see the programme of events for the rest of 2018.

Zip Water UK


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ELC0313 1 FNL (1)The latest product from Zip Water UK may mean architects and specifiers never again have to specify a commercial drinking water system that uses plastic water bottles. The company behind the infamous HydroTap has developed Zip HydroChill, a high-capacity filtered, chilled drinking water range which completely removes the need for unsustainable plastic bottles.

Designed for offices and hospitality areas, the HydroChill range caters for up to 280 litres per hour of chilled, sparkling or ambient filtered water – equivalent to 373 bottles (750ml). With on-counter or below-counter options and flexible packages depending on usage requirements, the new range has been created to meet any need.

Alongside its ability to provide vast amounts of chilled water – perfect for filling re-useable glass bottles – its 3 micron Zip MicroPurity filtration system ensures that the water dispensed is safe, pure-tasting and free from contaminants. This means that those who dislike the taste of tap water have access to great-tasting water without the need to buy plastic bottles.

“The use of plastic water bottles in commercial environments is a huge contribution to environmental damage, and is completely unnecessary”, comments Russell Owens, marketing director at Zip Water UK. “We know how important it is to have a healthy drinking water supply readily available – it’s been proven to directly impact productivity after all – but it’s important that those specifying know that there are sustainable options out there.

“Even more concerning is that alongside the presence of microplastics in tap water, a recent study* also discovered microplastics in bottled water – in fact 93 percent of the bottled water tested showed evidence of plastic contamination,” continues Russell. “Drinking water systems such as the HydroChill range are mains-fed with excellent filtration systems, ensuring that the water delivered is healthy and sustainable.”

The easy to install and use range includes benefits such as portion control for filling bottles, purchase and rental options and a complete after-care package for peace of mind. This package – HydroCare – includes an annual service, technical support and full breakdown cover.

“Whether the brief is to provide water for meetings and conferences or to keep numerous staff hydrated, we can provide great-tasting water in an instant,” continues Russell. “We would encourage anyone responsible for specifying a commercial drinking water supply to look at whether they currently use plastic water bottles and how much plastic waste this creates. Architects and specifiers are in a very influential position when it comes to helping businesses to reduce plastic waste, so we’re happy to help them make the right decision.”

Zip also offers a range of glass water bottles and accessories to be used alongside the HydroChill range.

As part of Zip’s ongoing commitment to helping businesses reduce their use of plastic bottles, it is spearheading a new campaign. Reuse Refill Refresh aims to promote refreshment and hydration without the use of single-use plastic bottles.

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*Study commissioned by Orb Media, 2018.


Programastat+: Timeguard updates heating controllers and ‘stats and adds new WiFi option

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Timeguard’s new Programastat+ range of wall-mounted thermostats and multi-channel heating controllers for 2018 delivers premium looks, premium performance without premium pricing.

TRTWIFI_Transmitter_closeup_previewNew and improved components combine to deliver more accurate, responsive and reliable control, ensuring that the new range works alongside the modulating design of modern boilers to deliver comfort and energy efficiency for homeowners.

Headlining the new range is a WiFi wall thermostat that simply replaces existing 2 or 3 wire installations. The stand-out design feature is the subtle white neon temperature indicator that puts these devices on a level with the most-expensive designer wiring accessories.

The comprehensive range has an easily-fitted solution for virtually any domestic heating control scenario. With 1,2 3 or 4 channel programmable controllers, homes of any size can be managed, and you can add smart zoned control inexpensively.

There’s a pre-set Economy 7 model (pre-set but adjustable to suit other off peak  plans) as well as wireless programmable room thermostats, and  for boost control to provide extra heating at the press of a single button.  Timeguard has also retained the popular dial-controlled option for electronic thermostats.


The latest offering from the extensive portfolio of the JACKON brand is the exciting Plano Premium range

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Jackoboard_Plano_Premium_RGBJACKOBOARD® Plano Premium is a high quality all-round construction board for creative interior renovation. The special filter layer covering on JACKOBOARD® Plano Premium means that it can be used with practically any materials such to finish such as tiles, plaster, wallpapers or paint. This means, for instance, that you can wallpaper a wall and add a tiled section at the same time or ‘half tile’ or splashback in a bathroom or kitchen without the requirement for a plaster finish prior to painting or wallpapering. With an extruded polystyrene foam (XPS) and fleece layer covering on both sides, JACKOBOARD® Plano Premium is incredibly lightweight, easy to work with, water repellent and stable, and can be used on virtually any substrate.

It’s incredibly lightweight properties make it particularly easy to handle and cut, and perfect as an alternative to plaster-boarded ceilings and walls whether in new build or renovation.

JACKOBOARD® Plano Premium is available in a variety of thicknesses and also replicates the successful CANTO range in regard to L- Shapes and ‘boxing in’ solutions.

The new range is officially launched in the UK at VISION 2018, Building Design Centre on the 21st and 22nd June.

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