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Building Products July 2017

Constant ‘fresh’ look for ceilings With the cleaning of metal ceilings often being an arduous task – particularly in the likes of transport facilities – Armstrong Ceilings has introduced TrioGuard which promises to give a dirtresistant performance. Ceilings designed to capture the eye soon begin to attract dirt and fade – and because they are usually designed at height in this sector, cleaning and maintaining them is not an easy option. To tackle this issue, TrioGuard has a dirt-resistant powder painted finish that is said to give a ‘just like new’ appearance, which reduces maintenance costs and eases the cleaning process. It is also colour-fast, keeping its original colour for up to 10 years – the company states. Made from up to 30% recycled content and giving up to 85% lightreflecting qualities, the product is covered by the company’s 15-year product warranty and 30-year systems warranty. TrioGuard is available in the company’s standard and custom ranges of hook-on, clip-in and layin metal ceilings, in plain, perforated and micro-perforated options as well as baffles and walls. www.armstrongceilings.com EDITOR’S CHOICE EDITOR’S CHOICE Giant step for hospital hygiene Snug fit for waste pipe 8 BUILDING PRODUCTS | JULY 2017 Skipping stone Pre-finished worktops in the collection from Maxtop Quartz have been joined by two new surface designs – Pure White and Pewter Grey – which have been developed to meet market demand for alternatives to solid stone surfaces. Sparkling surfaces have proven popular in the existing range, so the addition of the Pewter Grey design will bolster the offering. Meanwhile, the Pure White design offers an alternative to solid white quartz, which can often have a significant premium price, pushing it beyond the budget of many projects. Pure White, however, is supplied directly from the distributor’s stock and is said to be as cost-effective as the remainder of the Maxtop Quartz range. All Maxtop Quartz surfaces benefit from a polypropylene interior honeycomb core which provides enhanced impact resistance, lightweight ergonomics and waterproof qualities. maxtopquartz.co.uk It seems that, these days, when we visit a hospital to visit the sick there is some chance that we ourselves might pick up a nasty bug. For that reason, health authorities across the country are putting considerable effort into cleanliness and proper procedures. Equipment used within a hospital or care facility has to be fit for purpose, and Armitage Shanks has paid considerable attention to the research and development of new products ... which were launched last month at a Press Reception at the RIBA head offices in Portland Place, London. One of the innovations highlighted was a new sink, the Contour 21+, with splash reducing technology. Splashing from sinks in hospitals can travel some distance around, with the risk of bacteria-carrying contamination being significant. A novel ‘fin’ design in the centre of the sink will – combined with staff training to ensure hands are washed in the correct position under the tap – greatly reduce this risk. Other developments from the manufacturer include a clinical basin designed for use in patient areas. Basins with bottom outlets and deck taps can pose a threat to patients with weak immune systems – as bacteria growing in wastes can be released when water flows directly down the drain. With this latest design, the deck basin comes with a back outlet and a special clinical tap that can be easily detached from the basin, dismantled and disinfected. Further information on the new introductions can be found in the Building Products Specifiers’ Guide on pages 22 to 25, or by visiting www.armitage-shanks.co.uk Easy and neat installation of waste pipes is promised with PipeSnug from Snug Solutions, which has been designed so that any plumber or builder can use it to seal the hole where a pipe exits a wall. According to the company, it removes the work of sealing the hole with mortar, silicone or expanding foam, which can become messy to prepare and use, and is not aesthetically pleasing. The waste pipe is simply fitted into the PipeSnug, which is then inserted into the hole in the wall, giving an effective fixing without the need for any additional work. The product’s snug fit helps to maintain the energy efficiency of the property, by tightly filling in any gaps where heat would otherwise escape. This helps installers to comply with Part L of the Building Regulations and keeps the risk of heat escaping from a building to a minimum. It can be used in all weathers on any plumbing or construction project, including new builds, extensions, loft conversions and kitchen or bathroom installations – giving the job a quicker, smarter finish. pipesnug.co.uk


Building Products July 2017
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