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Origin introduces twin flush casement window system

Origin, the British manufacturer of bi-folding doors, windows and blinds, has launched a new window system. The Origin Window is said to be the first of its kind to feature a twin flush casement, resulting in a clean appearance on both the inside and outside. The new model is also fitted with a “revolutionary” new thermal break, the company says. The twin flush casement is void of the bulky overlapping framework that is synonymous with aluminium rebated systems. All that remains is a sleek shadow line where the sash sits inside the frame. The clean finish of the Origin Window means that it is suitable for installation in traditional townhouses, new builds and projects under strict planning regulations in conservation areas, according to the manufacturer. The strength of the aluminium frames allows for slim sightlines and, with the edge of the frame as little as 50 mm from the glass, ...

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Big data benefits

Bev James, managing director, Axon Data Services, looks at ‘Big Data’, and explains how it is driving supply chain adoption of Smart Data analytics in construction.

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Ecobuild event debates the delivery of healthy homes

An event held in London last week as part of World Green Building Week saw a panel of industry experts looking at the need to ensure future housing design provides health and wellbeing for users. Hosted by Saint-Gobain and Ecobuild, the event aligned closely with Ecobuild 2016’s focus on housing and healthier buildings which will continue to discuss the challenges and opportunites. A full house at Saint-Gobain’s Innovation Centre in central London heard how designers and specifiers must consider a wide range of factors including comfort, air quality in order to provide truly healthy homes. The speakers also tackled key challenges including user engagement and the current housing crisis in the UK, in an insightful series of talks. Stacey Temprell, residential sector director at Saint-Gobain UK & Ireland, and a member of the World Building Council, asked whether the industry was doing all it can to provide the practical tools ...

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Kawneer launches new unitised curtain walling

Architectural aluminium systems supplier Kawneer has enhanced its curtain wall portfolio with the launch of a fast-track dry-glazed unitised system. An alternative to the AA201 structurally-glazed modular system, the AA265 incorporates a three-chamber system and overlapping gasket design to optimise weather-tightness. Its dry-glazed assembly gives the building team additional benefits, including factory fabrication to ensure additional quality control, as well as rapid on-site installation, with a team of five capable of installing up to 250 m² of the AA265 system in a single day. If access during installation is limited, the AA265 system can also be installed under restrictive working conditions, with the building remaining occupied. The optimum weathering is achieved by zone-drained pressure equalisation, with the glazing providing a positive weather seal for high performance. The system also features an exclusive high-performance thermal break. Kawneer says the system’s slim 65 mm sightlines, picture-frame style capping, integral vent option and dual-finish ...

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Guaranteed protection

Amanda Green, marketing manager at SIGA Slate, argues that when specifying natural slate, it is worth paying more to work with reputable suppliers, to prevent being short-changed in the event of product failure.

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Barwood Products blasts Doc M non-compliant firms

Meeting requirements for the Government Approved Document M of the Building Regulations 2010 is a moral obligation and should never be a ‘tick box’ exercise, according to Sharon McKenna, sales & marketing director of specialist supplier Barwood Products. Passionate about supplying products that meet the needs of disabled users, McKenna believes there can sometimes be a tendency or temptation for contractors and installers to source lower cost products that might compromise the integrity of the Doc M Pack and run the risk of failing to meet the approved document requirements. “The whole point of the practical guidance is about providing public toilet facilities for disabled users that make it as easy for them to go to the loo as it is for non-disabled people. It’s about dignity and there should be no compromise. The Approved Document was made after careful consideration of the user’s needs and exists to protect less mobile ...

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Building a sustainable future

Darren Evans, managing director at Darren Evans Energy Assessors, says that greater emphasis must be put on sustainability training during higher education, otherwise the next generation of building professionals will struggle to cope with engineering buildings resilient to future energy demands.

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Rooftop school research lab opts for Solardome

The installation of a large Solardome Pro geodesic dome at Watford Grammar School for Girls has seen the creation of one of the most unusual science classrooms in the UK. The school had wanted to create an extension to its existing facilities and, after exploring the options, they decided a geodesic dome would “bring science alive” and provide an inspirational space to nurture a new generation of female scientists. Funded by The Wolfson Foundation, The Lawton Trust, The Women of Vision Trust and The Watford Grammar Schools Foundation, the dome will be a multi-research facility, used primarily to extend the learning of A-Level Science students. The school chose UK company Solardome Industries to supply the dome as it was the only dome manufacturer that could design a habitable, temperature-controlled space. Fitted with two doorways and an electric source air pump, the dome can be heated and cooled, making it usable all year ...

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Ibstock Brick floats on Stock Exchange

Brick manufacturer, Ibstock Brick has today announced plans to float on the London Stock Exchange. The company has a 40% UK market share in clay bricks and says it is experiencing structural demand growth in its key UK brick market, driven by strong household formations, a significant shortage of homes and supportive government policies. The group said it was well placed to take advantage of the attractive market conditions. “Against this demand backdrop, the UK brick market is experiencing structural imbalances, with insufficient manufacturing capacity to fulfil UK demand. There are high barriers to new brick capacity, including access to clay reserves and manufacturing sites with appropriate planning permissions and the technical ‘know how’ to procure and commission the plant and equipment required to manufacture bricks,” the company explained. Ibstock has announced a “significant” capacity expansion in the last twelve months, with a new manufacturing plant in Leicestershire that will ...

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