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Building Products December 2017

PRODUCT PROFILES | HEATING, VENTILATION AND AIR CONDITIONING The safe choice Utilisation of natural resources for Durham students brings the outside in The utilisation of natural resources solutions from Gilberts Blackpool is said to have helped connect internal and external environments at a new school on the Isle of Sheppey. The company provided eight bespoke penthouse terminals, which, via strategic positioning along the centre of the two-storey school’s roof, are said to provide an ‘unobtrusive zero carbon solution to maintaining a bright, fresh environment within’. Main contractor, Kier designed and built the £5million Halfway Houses School for Education Funding Agency under the Priority Schools Building Programme. The Gilberts team devised a solution that capitalised on natural ventilation and natural light within. Gilberts in-house designed, tested and manufactured bespoke terminals, each 4.6m x 2.2m, to Luxury housing development gets composite pipe system treatment Hot-footing its way to the top 34 BUILDING PRODUCTS | DECEMBER 2017 A new £20m student accommodation scheme in Durham has utilised Durapipe HTA pipework for the domestic hot and cold-water services. Developed by Alumno Developments, Sheraton Park is the result of a complete transformation of a former derelict college site, which has been converted to create two contemporary five-storey blocks. Accommodating a total of 418 individual student bedrooms across the two new buildings, the project also delivered a reception, communal rooms, management facilities and laundry services. Off-site construction has been integral to this scheme, with each of the 418 room pods, along with shared kitchen and toilet areas, all manufactured off-site. Each pod needed to be connected to the water mains on site and therefore Durapipe HTA in sizes up to 110mm was installed for the main service riser, which transfers water from the main storage tank, in the basement plant room, to the corridor and runs on each floor before dropping down to feed each individual room. Durapipe HTA is a C-PVC pipework system specially designed for domestic hot and cold water services. The product is said to offer significant installed cost savings compared with copper alternatives. www.durapipe.co.uk draw fresh air into the building via an integrated Mistrale VN75 high efficiency damper. Andy Filmer, Kier senior site manager, said: “Our brief was to develop a sustainable building, to reflect the school’s ethos of encouraging a healthy curiosity in the natural world. Our design reflects that and provides a natural, welcoming environment with internal connectivity to the outside – hence the use of a wood clad facade, natural ventilation and natural light.” www.gilbertsblackpool.com Manufacturer of plastic piping solutions, Wavin, has supplied a new luxury housing development in Kent with its composite pipe system, Tigris K1. Wavin was tasked with supplying piping that would be reliable for the 13 townhouses over the long term. At the same time, it was essential that the system could be easily installed behind plasterboard to maximise the amount of living space in the houses’ interiors. To meet the project requirements, Wavin recommended the use of its pressfit plumbing system, Tigris K1. According to Wavin, Tigris K1 can be fitted ‘with ease’ using a press-fit tool. For installers, this method is said to provide a completely secure fit, while also helping to eliminate any on-site safety risks from welding or soldering. Manufactured from multi-layer composite pipe, Tigris K1 is a highly flexible system. The system’s composite material means that there is no contact between metal and water when in use, which helps resist scale and corrosion. Nick Welsh, above ground technical sales manager at Wavin, said: “The Radnor Park development is a great showcase of how an effective composite pressfit heating system, like Tigris K1, can help achieve on-site efficiency.” www.wavin.co.uk In a bid to capture what it says is one of the fastest growing sectors of the UK heating market, Salus has extended its range of underfloor heating (UFH) controls. The new line-up boasts three wireless thermostats that are said to be suitable for both wet and electric systems, delivering ‘optimum performance with ease of operation and installation’. These new RF ZigBee surface mount battery thermostats are designed to provide ‘a primary UFH solution’ or an extension to an existing heating system, and are reportedly suitable for a variety of underfloor system requirements. Thanks to TPI (time proportional and integral) ‘self-learning’ functionality, the new line-up is said to offer more precise heating control with increased comfort and improved energy efficiency. Each model offers the option of connecting to a Salus universal gateway to enable remote control by smartphone, tablet or PC, via the Salus app. They can even be integrated with the Salus Smart Home suite of products to create what is described as ‘a truly smart home’. All models can be used as room thermostat in a system with other programmable Salus thermostats and carry an improved ErP rating, which means higher efficiency and reduced running costs. www.salus-tech.com


Building Products December 2017
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