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Building Products July 2017

Tools have plenty of power without the need for mains electricity PRODUCT PROFILES | GENERAL PRODUCTS Cool clothing makes LITEWork of on-site duties With a change of season meaning a change of what is worn on site, Snickers Workwear has released its LITEWork garments to help keep cool in the heat. 38 BUILDING PRODUCTS | JULY 2017 The newest LITEWork Trousers, Shirts, Shorts, T-shirts and Jackets are working clothes that have all the features and functionality of Snickers’ other Next Generation working clothes, but without the heavier weight fabrics. The garments are light and quick drying, with mechanical air flow and moisture transport features - maintain a cool feeling wherever the operative is working in warm weather. The 37.5 Technology fabric is interwoven in all these garments. It is a quick-drying material that captures and releases moisture vapour – like sweat - for coolness and dry working comfort. www.snickersworkwear.co.uk Damp seminar rises to the occasion Aimed at architects, builders and other specifiers, Safeguard Europe is now delivering a new seminar called Rising Damp: Causes and Treatment. The RIBA-accredited seminar is intended to keep professionals upto date with the latest materials and systems; while helping them meet their ongoing commitments to Continued Professional Development (CPD). From the physics of rising damp to the chemistry of damp proof courses (DPCs), it provides a thorough briefing on what causes rising damp, and the range of potential treatments available, including recent developments. The seminar explains that there are several treatments for rising damp – some more effective than others. The most popular treatment worldwide for rising damp is chemical DPCs which have developed from the early silicone or stearate liquids to silane/siloxane cream injections from 2000 and in 2014, to silane rods. Safeguard’s CPD seminar proves is that rising damp is not a simple issue. Debate about it continues, for example around the best way to test the effectiveness of chemical DPCs. Understanding the science behind the treatment is important: only then can informed decision be made. www.safeguardeurope.com Fibre cement weatherboard set to hit UK market Building product manufacturer Cembrit, is entering the UK market with a fibre cement weatherboard – Cembrit Plank. The weatherboard is versatile, low in maintenance, and resistant to rotting, rusting, warping, cracking, the sun, heat, rain and fire resistant - the company claims. It can be used as an alternative to timber - and plastic-based products. The overlapping plank is designed to look like painted timber, but will retain its appearance long after. Furthermore, Cembrit Plank does not require toxic preservative treatments in the way timber weatherboarding does. There are 15 different colours available, which have been especially chosen for the United Kingdom. A range of white and dark grey shades match traditional building styles, while the addition of reds, pale browns and pastel green offer a more contemporary choice. Simon Mayes, UK sales manager at Cembrit said: “The reason why fibre cement products are gaining ground in the UK is its amazing sturdiness combined with minimum maintenance, which is particularly the case as a substitute for wood. The launch of Cembrit Plank is a natural next step in the development of our business and product selection.” www.cembrit.co.uk Power tool manufacturer DEWALT is launching a range of cordless power tools to ensure onsite performance without the need for mains power supply. The XR FLEXVOLT offers tradesmen the ability to confidently and conveniently deal with heavy duty applications thanks to an 54V battery offering mains equivalent power without the cord. The XR FLEXVOLT batteries use three 18V batteries that switch up to 54V when attached to any XR FLEXVOLT tool. This makes it compatible with the existing DEWALT XR power tools range. The XR FLEXVOLT range incorporates the 54V SDS PLUS HAMMER drill and SDS MAX HAMMER drill, the 305mm cordless mitre saw and a range of 54V table, circular, reciprocating, alligator, plunge and 250mm mitre saws, and an Angle Grinder. Darren Barber, marketing director, at DEWALT, said: “The DEWALT XR FLEXVOLT offers an outstanding solution for professionals. “The mains equivalent battery power ensures the tools can easily deal with the toughest materials, plus the faster application speed that the 54V battery delivers, means less energy is used overall, improving runtime on heavy duty applications.” www.dewalt.co.uk


Building Products July 2017
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