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Seeing clearly

Stacey Temprell, residential sector director at Saint-Gobain, explains how visual comfort in buildings can affect user health and wellbeing, and the importance of a holistic approach to building and design.

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Tridonic launches new Tunable White LED module

Lighting manufacturer Tridonic has expanded its Tunable White product portfolio with the addition of the square TALEXXengine QLE PREMIUM LED module. This has been designed specifically for area luminaires in healthcare facilities, offices and educational establishments. The Tunable White Area System is available as a precalibrated set that provides optimum quality of light and high colour consistency. It consists of four square LED modules each with a luminous flux of 1250 lm and one low-profile LED driver with a one4all interface (DALI Device Type 8, DSI, switchDIM, colourTEMPERATURE) and an output of 75 W. The product’s system efficiency is more than 130 lm/W, according to Tridonic. Thanks to the calibration, the colour temperature can be set dynamically between 3,000 K and 6,000 K, with the luminous flux being kept constant. In addition, the system can be dimmed from 100 to 10% without changing the colour temperature. This means that it ...

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Security upgrade

Ian Kernaghan, product manager at Eurocell, examines the new Approved Document Q coming into force this month, and what it means in terms of enhanced security for new homes.

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UK housing scores poorly in European efficiency survey

The UK has one of the most energy inefficient housing stocks in Europe, according to the findings of a new survey. The ‘Cold Man of Europe’ research, conducted by the Association for the Conservation of Energy across 16 European countries, found that, of the 26 million households in the UK, 21 million had a “poor” level of energy efficiency (Band D, E, F and G on an Energy Performance Certificate). The average energy efficiency of a UK home is Band D, which is not high enough to protect households from fuel poverty. A survey of the proportion of households living in a dwelling with a leaking roof, damp walls, floors or foundation, or rot in window frames or floor saw the UK rank 12th out of 16 countries, with 15.9% reporting poor conditions. The study also examined fabric U-values in UK homes, and found that for the 11 countries which data was available for, the UK ranked 7th, ...

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Temperature check

Mike Wright, product development manager at Quinn Radiators, takes a look at low surface temperature radiators and explains why they are an ideal heating solution for healthcare applications.

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NIA calls for action as member job losses reach 2,000

Neil Marshall, chief executive of the National Insulation Association has today repeated his call for the Government to fast track the development of its new long term, sustainable policy framework for home energy efficiency and introduce urgent transitional arrangements in the meantime to address the current hiatus within the market and industry. The move comes following a survey which has revealed that around 2,000 jobs have been lost among NIA members as a direct result of cuts to the ECO and Green Deal combined with the current policy void. “The changes made to the Energy Company Obligation scheme in 2014 coupled with Government decisions in July 2015 not to provide further funding to the Green Deal Finance Company and to end the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund with immediate effect without alternatives in place has resulted in a collapse in insulation activity levels,” said Marshall. “Whilst Government has outlined its ...

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UK roofing market boosted by housing recovery

The UK roofing market has seen significant growth thanks to the recovery in the housing market, according to the latest study released by AMA Research. Driven largely by the Help to Buy schemes and a shift back from flats to houses, demand for roof tiles has outpaced supply over the past few years. In 2015, the market value is set to reach 6% growth, and over the short to medium term future, reasonable volume growth is also expected. Roof tiles account for up to 40% of the market by value, with concrete tiles constituting the largest sub-sector by both value and volume. Clay tiles are also significant, with fibre cement and natural slates occupying relatively small niches. Housebuilding and domestic re-roofing are the largest applications although commercial usage is also important. Profiled metal roofing is almost as large in value terms, although applications are almost exclusively limited to warehousing, industrial buildings, ...

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Understanding the ErP

Following the introduction of new regulations under the EU’s ErP (Energy-related Products) Directive last month, Phil Hurley, managing director at NIBE, gives the lowdown on the new legislation and what it means for specifiers.

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Thousands more steel industry jobs at risk, ISTA warns

Thousands more steel industry jobs could be lost if the government fails to address the threats facing Britain’s vulnerable steel supply chain, the International Steel Trade Association (ISTA) has claimed. A further threat to jobs will come if suppliers can no longer purchase steel competitively from their chosen market supplier. This would create an ‘artificial market’, said ISTA chairman Jeffrey Kabel, creating further distortions in a commodities sector already hit by wild swings in global prices for steel products. The government needs to address the issue of plant closures, Chinese imports, energy costs, business rates and product quality as part of wider, coordinated strategy, which includes all players in the industry, according to ISTA. Kabal said: “There is now a real knock-on risk to various sectors including major infrastructure projects – hi-tech specialist manufacturers such as aviation and defence, as well as the automotive sector and traditional markets such as construction, as ...

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Breathing space

George Watson, sales manager GB at Coillte Panel Products, explains how breathable wood panels are playing a vital role in minimising the risk of condensation in buildings.

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