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Exceptional transparency and clear height

The new eye-catching premises of elobau sensor technology in Probstzella, Germany, are the work of F64 Architekten and planners from engineering firm Merz Kley Partner in Dornbirn. The filigree load-bearing structure of trusses and columns and the runway for the overhead crane are all made entirely in BauBuche.
The ground-floor and adjacent production space are fronted by up to 3m high glass façades, divided by columns every 5m. The office and the production areas are separated by a sound-proof glass wall.
Above the ground floor level, the building is clad in slate.
Slate also features inside the building as a natural stone floor in the office areas. In the production hall, a black industrial floor is in contrast to the filigree lattice girder construction that appears to be floating above the ground and whose top chords are recessed into the hall ceiling.
A special feature of the hall’s lattice girder construction are the truss nodes fitted with slotted metal plates and self-tapping dowel connections where the steel part is completely embedded in the timber.
Posts and wind bracing diagonals of the main support construction are also made in BauBuche. The ceiling and upper wall elements at ground floor level consist of triple layer boards with a white varnish finish suspended between the BauBuche posts and girders.
Photography: Michael Christian Peters


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Wrightstyle advanced systems complete prestigious Hong Kong development

Wrightstyle, one of Europe’s leading suppliers of advanced glazing systems, has supplied to a prestigious residential tower block in Hong Kong.
 The company supplied its SR60 curtain walling system which was constructed into a three-sided glass corridor for the building’s clubhouse rooftop areas.
Wrightstyle systems have recently been specified on several other residential, transport and medical projects in Hong Kong, including façade systems for the city’s Museum of Art, as part of the museum’s ongoing HK$ 960 million refurbishment.
The company also recently supplied a range of internal and external systems for a residential and sports centre development in the city’s Hang Hau district, to a major medical facility, and to the Kowloon Tong transport interchange.
Wrightstyle has international accreditations in Europe, the USA and in the Asia-Pacific region – and has undergone stringent fire testing for, for example, the Architectural Services Department (ASD) of the Hong Kong government.
 In addition, Wrightstyle provided curtain walling for Hong Kong’s Langham Place development, which comprises a 53-storey office tower, a 5-star hotel with 665 bedrooms and rooftop swimming pool as well as a 600,000 sq ft shopping mall with 300 shops. 
For the Skypark project, all mullions and transoms were designed, fabricated and finished at Wrightstyle’s facilities in Wiltshire, with final assembly undertaken by the company’s trained local teams in Hong Kong.


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HEATING CONTROLS – A WEALTH OF OPTIONS

Effective heating controls are a vital part of an efficient central-heating system. Heating controls manufacturer ESi says it makes huge sense to look more closely at heating controls.
Whilst most boilers these days feature in-built controls that look after the level and flow of heating and hot water, the range of heating controls that can be used around the home has grown to allow you to be in far more control day to day, than was the case a relatively few years ago.
ESi offers a range of programmers from a simple 1 Channel version to a 3 channel Multi-Purpose Programmer which enables the installer to comply with Part L of the Building Regulations by providing separate timed heating control for living and sleeping zones in a home, whilst also providing timed control of hot water. However, the ESi range all offer 24 Hour / 5/2 day and 7 day programming options for each channel.
ESi provides a range of programmable room thermostats – both hard wired and wireless models. A room thermostat is best located in the living room or the warmest room in the house. 
A programmable room thermostat lets the homeowner choose what times they want the heating to be on and what temperature it should reach while it's on. 
A seven-day timer makes it possible to set a different heating pattern for each day while 5/2 programming offers different options for weekdays and weekends. ESi’s ESRTP4 model provides true 7 day, 5/2 day or 24-hour programming options, with up to six time and temperature events being available each day. Because these are also available in wireless versions, they can be installed absolutely anywhere in the home.


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Air Curtains By Design

Architects and consultants can now enjoy a freehand with air curtain design thanks to the Zen from JS Air Curtains. Fascia panels can be custom made in many different materials, screen printed to carry logos or images, and manufactured to incorporate elements such as clocks and LED displays.
Materials designers have specified on custom Zen fascias range from stainless steel, wood, PU leather, high impact polystyrene and PET, each chosen to perfectly match the architecture of the entrance. As the fascias can also be provided with vinyl graphics, fire exit signs and illuminated 3D lettering, the possibilities are limited only by the designer´s imagination.
A “visual installation service”, by JS Air Curtains, allows a designer to preview their creations with a realistic digital mock-up of the air curtain in-situ using an image of the entrance supplied by the client. The Zen air curtain is supplied as standard with anodized aluminium fascia panels and a galvanised steel central structure finished in black forge; other RAL colours available on request. The unit can be mounted on brackets or drop rods horizontally above doorways up to 4.2m high to seal the entrance with an invisible barrier of air.
This helps prevent cold air entering in the winter and cool conditioned air escaping in the summer. The air curtain is easy to install and available in 0.5m lengths from 1 to 2.5m with the option to join units to cover very wide entrances, making it ideal for use in shops, restaurants, hotels and public buildings.


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Impressive Manchester residential development chooses SE Controls

One of Manchester’s latest high rise residential developments, Cambridge Street, is using smoke control systems from SE Controls to provide a safe environment for residents, by ensuring escape routes are kept clear of smoke in the event of a fire.
Designed by Hodder & Partners and constructed by developer-contractor, Renaker Build Ltd, the new building stands on a previously derelict 0.35 hectare site and now provides 282 private rental apartments within two towers, which stand 19 and 28 storeys above ground level.
Each tower has its own escape staircase at the centre of the structure, which is protected by SE Controls smoke ventilation and control systems. These systems are code compliant to Building Regulations Approved Document B, as the travel distance from each apartment is less than 7.5 metres.
Every floor of each tower is fitted with an automatically opening smoke vent door, leading to a dedicated smoke shaft, which includes a SHEVTEC automatically opening louvre at roof level. On the top floor of each block, an additional corridor roof vent is also incorporated as part of the design, which is controlled by a dedicated SHEVTEC control panel.
The smoke vent doors use SE Controls actuators, which are compliant with BS EN 12101, and these are controlled by a series of OSLoop controllers that provide instant response in the event of a fire.
Cambridge Street, is also installed with SECloudlinkTM, a remote services solution from SE Controls that uses 4G communications technology to constantly provide system status information, allowing data to be displayed remotely to enable facilities and building managers to monitor the building’s smoke control system.


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Devon Development Shows Benefits Of Omnie Underfloor Heating

A high quality residential development, being undertaken in one of Devon’s most sought after locations, is making extensive use of underfloor heating systems from the well proven and very versatile OMNIE range.
The four properties at Clearwater Court in Clyst St. Mary – two of them conversions of a former industrial building and two new-builds - are nearing completion by Vision Developments (SW) Ltd., creating spacious and energy efficient homes with character. Within the converted paintworks, the modernised masonry construction offers both high standards of insulation and thermal mass while the space heating is being provided by high performance gas boilers distributed by two OMNIE solutions.
The boiler in each property is connected via two of OMNIE’s Axios manifolds located at ground floor and first floor level. Across the kitchen and other downstairs rooms, OMNIE’s Staple system has been installed over insulation before being covered by a screed. Then in the bedrooms and bathrooms, the specification switches to the LowBoard 15 panels installed over the particleboard flooring, with insulation between the timber joists.
OMNIE provided Vision Developments and the installer, Exeter based Radiate Heating and Plumbing, with detailed layout drawings showing the different pipe runs and manifold positions in relation to the room layouts. The design support included heat loss calculations and flow settings for the commissioning of the underfloor heating.


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Skating In The Quiet

Some of the noisiest buildings are sports facilities such as ice rinks, halls and swimming pools where hard surfaces and large spaces exacerbate echoes and chatter.
Architects Christensen & Co which designed a new and very inviting ice skating rink in Ørestad, a fast-developing suburb of Copenhagen, used a popular and very effective solution to the problem. To reduce sound reverberation, Troldtekt natural wood wool acoustic panels were installed to provide a calm and uniform surface, together with integrated lighting.
The ceilings in the heated part of the ice rink provide a natural surface with a warm glow, contrasting between the cold crystalline rink and the warm club facilities. Designed as a venue for sport and fun, the architects carefully thought out their choice of materials and finishes, such as concrete, wood and glass and acoustic panels. The City of Copenhagen also invested additional funds to ensure the project was eco-friendly both in its construction and daily operation.
Specified throughout the UK and Europe, the benefits of 100% Troldtekt natural wood wool panels include high sound absorption, high durability, natural breathability, low cost life cycle performance and sustainability as documented by Cradle to Cradle certification at silver level. Available in various sizes and in three grades from ultrafine to coarse, they can be left untreated or painted in virtually any RAL colour.


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Keeping the Castle Cosy with Howe Green Access Covers

Howe Green’s Light Duty 5000 Series Floor Access Covers are playing their part in keeping a Victorian castle warm and cosy by providing safe and easy access to central heating valves.
The Castle has had an interesting past but after falling into a state of disrepair it was closed for 25 years. It reopened in July 2016 following a £19 million refurbishment. The Category A listed building is now a museum and cultural centre owned by the local council.
The Light Duty 5000 Series Aluminium Floor Access Covers from Howe Green were specified to provide access to the underfloor services, located in the corridors on the first floor of the Castle. Sixteen covers were supplied, in various standard sizes. The covers were specified with the option of a brass show edge. They were installed by GRAHAM Construction and then infilled with carpet or ceramic tiles, depending on their location.
The brass show edge with matching lifting points, which are anchored to the inner frame, give an even higher level of aesthetic appeal than the standard aluminium show edge. The brass finish fits perfectly with the historic surroundings of the Castle. The seamless fit with the floor finish reduces the risk of slips and trips.
When maintenance is required to the central heating valves the covers can be removed safely, quickly and easily with the use of lifting keys, keeping disruption to the running of this premier tourist attraction to a minimum.


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A Burning Passion For Fire

The German premium manufacturer of firing technology Spartherm proudly presents an exclusive range of bioethanol fireplaces branded ebios-fire® which are now also made available for the discerning customer in Great Britain. Made And Tested In Germany - In order to provide an optimum of customer service, the expansive range of ebios-fire® models comprises both standard and made to measure built-in fireplace models in almost any thinkable layout.
Great versatility, product safety and outstanding German quality are key values at Spartherm's production facilities where all ebios-fire® models are originally designed, crafted and tested by passionate, skilled craftsmen. Test certificates issued by TÜV Germany further underline the outstanding safety of ebios-fire® bioethanol fires, which feature a wide choice of manual and automatic bioethanol burners.
Versatility Is Key - The ebios-fire® range of products is available in a vast variety of finishes meeting the requirements of architects and interior designers on an international level.


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An elegant glass fireplace to rival the starry sky

The stylish Tower indoor glass fireplace in the ebios-fire designer range by SPARTHERM, one of Germany and Europe’s leading manufacturers of modern fireplaces, provides an all-round view of the leaping flames. At the same time, the unit produces fantastic light effects that are reflected all around, magically creating a starry sky in the living room.
This elegant glass and stainless steel pillar of fire is operated with bioethanol. Unlike a conventional fireplace which is permanently installed, a bioethanol fireplace is mobile. Standing approximately 150 cm tall and about 45 cm in diameter, the unit is available in Black, Terra and White.
It also scores top for safety, because all SPARTHERM units are equipped with a patented bioethanol burner and a non-combustible ceramic mat. The combustion technology produces warm, yellow flames and there is an integral burn-back preventer. Furthermore, the two tanks are housed inside the body, well below the stainless steel burner. A small electric pump delivers the bioethanol to the burner and the flame height can be controlled from the convenience of the sofa via a remote control.


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University Of Kent Focusses On Accessibility In New Student Bathrooms

The University of Kent is maintaining a strong focus on accessibility within its residential student accommodation with the completion of four newly refurbished bathrooms in its Kemsdale Court and Stock Court buildings. The fully accessible bathrooms have been furnished with the latest design of height adjustable products from Pressalit Care, providing the flexibility and functionality required for students living away from home.
The Pressalit Care Plus system chosen by The University of Kent offers not just the ability to easily raise and lower the height of individual bathroom elements, but the wall-mounted Plus track system also allows for horizontal movement to suit individual needs. The new bathrooms feature the Matrix Curve hand basin where the ergonomic design helps with the practicalities of everyday use. The shallow bowl allows for wheelchair access underneath, whilst the curved front edge of the basin provides ease and comfort of use, in particular allowing easy reach of the tap.
Also chosen for the new bathrooms is the Pressalit Care shower seat, with back- and armrests. Electrically height adjustable by 500 mm with a wired hand control, the armrests are independently height adjustable. With foldable seat and arm rests, space in the bathrooms is maximised whilst maintaining space for manoeuvrability. Andrew Lowndes, UK Sales Manager at Pressalit Care adds, “The University of Kent has selected bathroom furniture to give them the ultimate in flexibility, and the ultimate in efficiency. By including height and horizontally adjustable products with hand control facilities, the bathrooms are truly future-proofed for students with differing requirements.”


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+Armourcoat Acoustic Creates A Calm And Inviting Environment

Decorative specialist Armourcoat exhibited at the Decorex International Exhibition in September. Taking place at the start of the London Design Festival in the grounds of historic Syon House, Decorex is synonymous with luxury design offering a collection of over 400 hand-selected exhibitors.
Armourcoat presented a stunning range of hand-applied polished plaster wall finishes and the latest additions to the Signature Collection. The company also launched their new Armourcoat Acoustic Plaster System designed to optimise the acoustics of interior spaces.
From large theatre halls, offices, classrooms, hotel receptions and private residences the use of hard sound reflective surfaces such as glass, wood and stone can cause excessive sound reverberation which leads to unpleasant noise levels. The Armourcoat Acoustic Plaster System offers a clean and smooth mineral surface that can be applied seamlessly over large expanses to both flat and curved surfaces. The correct control of sound can create a calmer and more pleasant environment.
Comprising of a special mineral wool composite panel that is bonded onto the substrate and finished with a seamless layer, the Armourcoat Acoustic Plaster System offers an elegant marble based plaster finish while allowing sound energy to pass through the surface. The zero VOC system, which consists of 80% recycled material, achieves class '0' fire rating and a class 'A' Noise Reduction Coefficient rating.
An array of global projects for an impressive list of international blue chip clients in the residential, hospitality and boutique retail sectors have established Armourcoat as a leading supplier of high quality surface finishes. Armourcoat products are made from natural minerals including recycled Italian marble, contain low or zero VOCs, and have the added confidence of a full 10 year guarantee.


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Dallmer To Show At Sleep Exhibition On Stand G28

The German based shower drain specialist, Dallmer, will be showcasing some of its most stylish and popular products during this year’s Sleep Exhibition, being staged at the Business Design Centre in London (November 21st – 22nd).
Visitors to the event will find Dallmer on stand G28 to see and feel the quality of its linear floor drains first hand, as well as being able to consult the company’s technical sales staff about the specific needs of their own installation or potential projects.
Amongst the key products featured on the stand will be Dallflex, as well as CeraWall P and CeraWall S units: offering customers versatile solutions to removing high volumes of water from shower enclosures, stylishly and effectively.
The Dallflex DN50 drain body can actually coordinate with CeraFloor, CeraNiveaux and Zentrix as well as CeraWall shower channels, offering rugged polypropylene construction with height adjustment, ball-jointed outlet and an integral sealing collar. The CeraWall P or Plan channel is produced in 1000-1500 mm lengths and can be used with floor finishes from 12 to 24 mm thick, while CeraWall S in polished stainless steel ranges from 800-1500mm. There are also 800 and 900 mm options in satin stainless steel. Dallmer’s participation at the Sleep Exhibition will ensure any bedroom can be given the ultimate en-suite bathroom.


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Pegler Yorkshire Launches Handbook App

With over 93% of the UK adult population owning a mobile phone, leading integrated plumbing systems manufacturer Pegler Yorkshire has further embraced smart phone technology and has launched a new PY Handbook app to make life just that little easier.
The new product handbook app contains the entire Pegler Yorkshire product catalogue in an easy to use format that works offline so there are no worries about being connected to the WiFi to check a size or price.  The app is available to download through Apple’s App Store, Google Play and Windows Phone, there will also be a physical copy of the product guide available for those that prefer it.


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SPSenvirowall Expands Into Cladding Market

Leading external wall insulation and render provider SPSenvirowall has announced an exclusive UK partnership with specialist cladding manufacturer Dynamic Cladding. The move marks SPSenvirowallís first expansion into the external rain screen cladding market and brings A1 non-combustible and bomb blast-rated cladding systems to the UK for the first time.
Dynamic Claddingís glass rainscreen system has achieved the highest fire rating possible and its stone cladding is the only one in Europe that achieved a bomb blast rating. Both will now be available in the UK for the first time through the exclusive partnership with SPSenvirowall. The products that are now available in the UK include DynaPanel Glass & Stone systems, both frameless and without face fixings, also DynaPanel Stone Veneer for interior wall linings and feature areas.


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Armstrong Ceilings win the Mason seal of approval

Canopies retro-fitted into a care home’s corridors.
Canopies by Armstrong Ceiling Solutions were specified for new-look common areas in a Royal Masonic Benevolent Care home for the three As – aesthetics, acoustics and affordability.
Some 240 Optima L white mineral canopies were retro-fitted by Mitie Technical Facilities Management throughout the corridors in the home in Porthcawl near Cardiff.
The brief from the Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution Care Company, a registered charity, was to raise the quality of the ceiling finish without losing access to the existing installations that were surface mounted as well as delivering this in a cost-effective way.
The 40mm-thick Armstrong Optima L 1200mm x 1200mm canopies feature excellent sound absorption, light reflectance of 87% and fire reaction performance to Euroclass B-s1, d0, and are also fully recyclable.
The Fagerhult Discovery EVO light fittings had integral wireless E-Sense Move which enabled Mitie engineers to install and commission the fittings very easily. E-Sense Move is a duplex system which means all luminaires are combined “master” and “slave”. When presence is detected, information is sent on to one or more luminaires, which turn on. Each sensor is able to actively “listen” to 15 other sensors. Commissioning is carried out by remote control which includes determining which luminaires should listen to one another, light levels for basic and low-level lighting, time settings for returning to low-level lighting and/or for turning lights off.
The £750,000 five-month refurbishment has proved popular with the end users.


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Marmox Multiboards Facilitate Fit Out Of Queenshurst Apartments

Work to complete the final phase of a luxury residential development at Kingston-Upon-Thames has included the use of versatile high performance Multiboards from the range of Marmox Limited. The fit out of the bathrooms within the one, two and three bedroom apartments in this third phase to Berkeley Group’s very popular Queenshurst project has been carried out by specialist sub-contractor, South Eastern Carpentry.
Its operatives are making use of 6mm thick 1250 x 600mm Multiboards as a robust and moisture-proof tile backer as they complete the bathroom interiors. Marmox Multiboards are manufactured from extruded polystyrene or XPS and offer a range of positive physical characteristics in addition to being fully waterproof. They are both light to handle and easy to cut, while still being able to sustain substantial loadings if required. They further offer good thermal insulation performance, helping to cut condensation risk.
Elsewhere the boards have featured in other domestic, commercial and educational projects across the country. They were even used to replace badly deteriorated ceiling panels high above a public swimming pool in Peterborough where ease of installation and resistance to moist aggressive conditions were paramount.


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London GP Surgery Gets The Pendock Treatment

Pendock, the manufacturer of Pipe Boxing, Column Casings, Radiator Guards and specialist Perimeter Casings for heating, has supplied a range of products for work on a doctors’ practice, located in South-east London.
When undertaking the refurbishment of the Albion Street Group Practice in Rotherhithe, the contractor, Westwise Service Management Ltd., rapidly identified that there was a potential risk of burn/scald injury to the building’s occupants from the heating system’s exposed pipework and radiators as well as aesthetic issues.
This led the Project Manager, Huseyin Asim, to contact Pendock as a trusted past supplier to source a protection solution to the issue, which would also be practical in terms of hygiene and the cleaning regime required by a medical establishment as well as safe, the system also needed to look attractive and be straightforward to install. Being a refurbishment project, Pendock was required to produce bespoke as well as standard radiator enclosures for some of the rooms, which are also not truly square.
The specialist contractor decided to purchase 17 standard and bespoke Ultima Plus Radiator Guards for the surgery: these Low Surface Temperature (LST) guards have been designed to provide the ultimate in protection against burns, while the ‘bullnose’ corners afford further safety in situations where patients might fall accidentally or be at risk from self-harm. Ultima and Ultima Plus guards, as with all items in Pendock’s radiator guard range, are finished with an anti-bacterial coating able to combat MRSA, Salmonella, E- coli and C-difficile.


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Hanover Building Unveiled By Remmers

The Grade II Listed building located in Manchester City Centre is being refurbished by Quadriga Contracts Ltd as part of the NOMA regeneration scheme to provide Grade A office space, retail and leisure facilities. Constructed in 1905; the interior walls have accumulated a thick build-up of dust, dirt, polish and even nicotine residue, all of which needed to be removed.
Following trials of various products, Remmers Arte Mundit Eco was selected as it is a self-vulcanising cleaning paste designed for thorough, water-free removal of residues and soiling on a wide range of substrates.
The Arte Mundit Eco was applied using a 4” brush and left to ‘set’ overnight. The set rubber-like material was then removed by hand the following day revealing the original white marble finish. The Client is delighted with the results that the product has achieved.


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Armstrong Ceiling Solutions launches SonoPerf D® – a unique embossed metal tile

A specially-designed “perforated” metal tile combines acoustics with aesthetics.
A unique metal tile has been launched by Armstrong Ceiling Solutions to meet the requirement for acoustics which do not come at the expense of aesthetics.
SonoPerf D® (D for design) combines specially-designed ultra-discreet embossing for optimal acoustics with a monolithic visual.
The latest addition to Armstrong’s impressive portfolio of metal and mesh metal ceiling solutions, it is particularly suitable for use with radiant chilled ceiling systems.
This is due to its 3D fine micro-slotted embossing which allows for a homogenous air flow through the metal panels, improving the performance of a chilled ceiling system while also providing good flow in a deflected air stream.
Suitable for small and large rooms, as well as corridors and as floating ceilings in buildings of all types, SonoPerf D® features up to Class A sound absorption (1.00aw) when used with a 40mm mineral wool acoustic infill and is available in selected Clip-In, Lay-In and Hook-On systems as well as floating canopies.
SonoPerf D® has already proved popular in Switzerland, where for instance 4,500m² was installed in the mixed-use Toni Areal in Zürich and 2,500m² in the Canton Hospital in St Gallen, it is now being launched throughout Europe, its unique design making it as suitable for prestigious as well as standard spaces.
Available in square and rectangular panels with a maximum size of 3000mm length and 800mm width and a range of colours, the tile comes with acoustic fleece as standard although additional infills are available if even greater acoustic performance is required. It is manufactured from 30% recycled steel and is available with a 15-year product and 30-year systems guarantee.


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HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST ROOFING PRODUCT IN 4 STEPS

Slate has been used as a roofing material throughout the United Kingdom since the middle Ages. It comes in a wide variety of formats, sizes and thicknesses, though the most widely used in the UK are 60×30 and 50×25.
But not all the roofing slates are the same. These 4 key points confirm why CUPA R12 Excellence is the most renowned roofing slate in the UK.
Unrivalled selection. CUPA R12 Excellence slates have a higher grading selection process compared to other natural slate tiles. They are easy to install while ensuring a superb aesthetic finish.
100 years warranty CUPA PIZARRAS’ resolute commitment to quality has led them to offer a 100 years warranty on CUPA R12 Excellence slates
The best seller in the UK Widely regarded as one of the best and longest lasting natural slates in the world, its unmatchable technical properties make it the best choice for British roofs.
Reputation confirmed The reputation from both the company producing it and the quarry had been confirmed. CUPA PIZARRAS is, since 1892, the world leader in natural slate.
Thousands of British architects and roofers have already trusted them. What are you waiting for?


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Studor Solution Waves Goodbye To Ugly Rooftops

An architect’s vision for a ‘wave-effect’ building with no roof protrusions, to mirror the sinuous lines of nearby hills, has been achieved thanks to drainage ventilation expert Studor.
Italian architects, in conjunction with the multi-discipline company STEAM, designed the c130m Monselice Hospital in Northern East Italy to ensure it not only fulfilled the highest operational requirements, but also had a profile in harmony with the adjacent sloping hillside landscape. To achieve this aesthetic look, the integrity of the rooftops needed to be maintained, and the design did not allow for any roof protrusions to interrupt the flow of the roofline.
The project’s MEP contractor, Gemmo SpA, recognising that input from an expert in drainage ventilation was needed, asked Studor (with over 40 years’ experience in the field) to advise on the drainage system design.
“Our solution was to cap as many stacks as possible with the Studor Maxi-Vent Air Admittance Valve (AAV) which fits discretely within the roof space”, commented Studor’s UK Technical Sales Director Daniel Rath. “The Maxi-Vent protects the trap seals within the drainage system by allowing the intake of air so that each soil pipe can maintain the right level of pressure within the system. This is critical, especially in a hospital environment, ensuring there is no cross-contamination from the drainage system into the habitable space.”
“Furthermore, the Maxi-Vents eliminate the need for any roof penetrations, thus reducing the amount of pipework required saving both time and money. So, not only is the integrity of the roof maintained, but heat loss was minimised and time was saved onsite.”


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Kalwall® Sheds Light On Education

Kalwall® translucent cladding has been extensively used for the impressive refurbishment of the main teaching block at Featherstone High School in Southall, Middlesex. The renovation required removal of the old concrete spandrel panels, repairs to the concrete structure and then over-cladding with Kalwall panels supported on a new steel frame which was added to extend the floor space.
The build was completed in two phases over the course of a year while the school continued to operate. The ability to keep the school functioning while the work was completed meant minimum disruption to staff and students.
The two fully replaced elevations are a perfect example of how Kalwall can be used for the refurbishment of old and failing cladding and for aged buildings. The new façades allow floor to ceiling diffused and healthy daylight to flood the interior while providing privacy and removing any distractions. An integrated row of clerestory windows provides ventilation and limited views to the outside. Studies show there is a high correlation between daylighting and increased human comfort. Kalwall eliminates all shadows and glare and the stark contrasts of light and shade which not reduces eye fatigue and enhances concentration.
The system also enhances simplicity by doing away with the need for blinds, curtains or solar control. Even on cloudy days, the interior is flooded with natural daylight, which means less artificial lighting and, because Kalwall is highly insulating, energy costs are reduced. The standard Kalwall 70mm thick panel offers insulation up to 0.28W/m2K - equivalent to a cavity filled solid wall.


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