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Building Products January 2018

PRODUCT PROFILES | GENERAL PRODUCTS Curtain walling system maximises glazed area 54 BUILDING PRODUCTS | JANUARY 2018 ‘Wonder metal’ leaves customers in awe With the current trend for material mix, a so-called ‘wonder metal’ from Surface Styling is said to be the result of three years of research and development. Fenix NTA is real brushed metal material with a tactile ultra-matt surface. It is said to have no restrictions on use, being suitable for both horizontal and vertical applications including shelving, counters, work surfaces, feature panels or table tops in residential, retail and commercial settings. Featuring Fenix nanotechnology, the material is said to offer low light reflectivity, scratch resistance, anti-fingerprint and thermal healing properties. Available in two sheet sizes: 3,050mm x 1,300mm and 4,200mm x 1,300mm and 0.7mm thickness, it is said to be easily fabricated with standard joinery tools. www.surfacestyling.co.uk Window aids gothic revival Grade II-listed Barnes Hospital is said to have received a ‘new lease of life’ following developer Henley Homes’ creation of the Barnes Village around it, incorporating Eurocell’s Modus flush sash casement window in anthracite grey. Alongside the 38 homes that are being constructed within the Victorian building, Henley is building a further 117 twoand four-bedroom townhouses in the hospital grounds. Featuring a 75mm six-chamber profile system, the Modus range is said to deliver the optimum energy efficiency performance and can achieve a U-value as low as 0.7 from a standard system using triple glazed units. Modus casement, reversible and tilt and turn windows were reportedly among the first to achieve the ‘A++’ band window energy rating in England and Wales, since the British Fenestration Rating Council launched the new rating in 2015. The ‘A++’ rating is only given to those windows with an energy index value equal to or greater than +20. Consisting of 50% postconsumer recycled PVC-U as standard, Eurocell says this range of doors and windows demonstrates a sustainable use of materials and has a smaller carbon footprint than products made or recycled outside of the UK. www.eurocell.co.uk Extended brick range the smart choice Manufactured at its Walsall based Atlas factory, the Tradesman Range from Ibstock Brick has been extended to include the Windsor Regent. The range has been specifically designed to blend in with bricks manufactured from distinctive Lower Oxfordshire clays, which were widely used on UK housing developments from the 1930s onwards. Sarah Holey, market manager for Ibstock Brick, said: “The Tradesman Windsor Regent is a strong addition to the everexpanding Tradesman Range. We are always looking at how we can enhance our offering to ensure we meet the needs of our customers. It demonstrates our commitment in product investment. Our Tradesman bricks are popular with builders because of their excellent colour consistency and they are also easy to lay, with minimal wastage. So, it is important we continually develop the range.” Tradesman bricks are said to have excellent durability and strength, meaning they can be used in almost any location, such as boundary walls and wall cappings or to match existing brickwork for extensions and other refurbishments. www.ibstock.com Curtain walling system ECW 50, from Exlabesa Building Systems, is described as ‘a system that delivers on all levels’. There is a choice of depths for structural members, mullion sizes of up to 220mm and transom sizes of up to 195mm. Internal reinforcing bars are available where bigger spans are needed, plus a range of structural add-ons, while a range of external caps give different finishing options. It has 28mm glazing as standard but can accommodate glazing of up to 46mm for projects where thermal efficiency is paramount. The curtain walling system is said to meet and exceed current building regulations for thermal efficiency. The system is fabricated using high quality European components and is tested to CWCT and UNE EN 13830:2016 standards for weather resistance, safety in use, energy efficiency and heat retention. Paul Benn, national sales manager for Exlabesa Building Systems, commented: “Our ECW- 50 curtain walling system has an intelligent design that makes it simple and cost effective to manufacture and install. Its 50mm profile widths mean it has beautifully slim sightlines that maximise the glazed area.” www.exlabesa.co.uk


Building Products January 2018
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