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Building Products April 2017

All very discreet at Dublin college As part of a recent accessibility upgrade at Trinity College Dublin, Dormakaba was appointed to provide contemporary and discreet swing door operators and sliding door components for several buildings across the campus. The smart access solutions provider was able to furnish the necessary products and expertise to ensure the campus complied with Part M of the Irish Building Regulations, as well as achieve appropriate aesthetics. Compliant products were needed that would not interfere with the fabric of the building and also complement the mixture of modern and period interiors. Products from dormakaba were specified as they offered the necessary reliability, clean and simple aesthetics and could also integrate with the existing standalone access control system in the student accommodation blocks. Low energy swing door operator units were fitted to eight areas on the university campus, along with an automatic sliding door solution that could help maximise room space by sliding back into a disguised recess. www.dormakaba.ie EDITOR’S CHOICE Vital link is set to retire Exhibition highlights growing aluminium market Bookings for the upcoming FIT window and door trade show, claims the show’s Managing Director Paul Godwin, confirm the fact that there is a boom in demand for aluminium windows. The rise in interest in aluminium appears to be a trend and the continuing interest in bi-folding doors, which are predominantly produced using aluminium, is drawing home owners’ attention to aluminium as a framing material once again. Hugh Moss, head of marketing for leading international aluminium systems producer Reynaers and formally with Everest Home Improvements, explained: “We are looking at the start of a boom in aluminium sales, and the next few years will see significant growth in sales of aluminium windows and doors and there are a number of reasons for this. As consumers are choosing aluminium sliding doors and bifold doors, they often choose aluminium windows to match. 10 BUILDING PRODUCTS | APRIL 2017 “Once they have looked closely at the appearance and performance of their new bi-folding doors they look more closely at aluminium as a framing material for their windows and discover more benefits. For example demand for coloured pvc-u profiles has seen an increase recently – driven by the pvc-u systems houses pushing coloured foils; aluminium can be offered in hundreds of different coloured finishes. Also, there is a trend for narrow frames that maximise the glass area.” These views are endorsed by Trade fabricator Customade Group which has embraced the growing market for aluminium with the addition of a full range of windows, sliding, bi-folding, French and residential doors, together with lantern roofs. Gareth Thomas, sales and marketing director at Customade Group, explains: “Aluminium is predicted to grow by around 40% in the domestic market and is fast Having joined F. Ball and Co. in 1994, Graham Wildgoose – the current Liaison Manager – is to retire at the end of this month. Graham has acted as the link between the company and floorcovering manufacturers, ensuring that contractors are able to benefit from the best combination of F. Ball adhesives and floorcoverings from over 200 international manufacturers. He has also played a role in maintaining and updating the company’s Recommended Adhesives Guide which gives adhesive and floorcovering compatibility. Commenting on the announcement, James Igoe, Chairman of F.Ball said: “The board of directors would like to express our thanks for the contribution that Graham has made to F. Ball over the past 23 years. He has helped us to create and maintain excellent relationships with manufacturers, resulting in a successful and expanding business.” Graham is being replaced by the company’s former National Sales Manager, Paul Starkey, whose role has been filled by Business Development Manager, Darren Kenyon. www.f-ball.co.uk becoming the material of choice for desirable home improvement products like bi-folds and lanterns. “Despite the boom in aluminium, installers are constantly plagued with unreliable service levels, long lead times and complicated pricing models, which lag way behind pvcu. That’s why we set about creating a solution to help pvc-u installers successfully enter the world of aluminium with complete confidence and enhance their profits.” The FIT Show’s Paul Godwin comments: “Soon after we announced that the FIT Show was moving to the NEC in May 2017 we began receiving stand bookings from aluminium systems suppliers in addition to frame makers and other aluminium specialists. “We also have a sizeable pavilion for CAB, the Council for Aluminium in Buildings, which includes a number of exhibitors as well as others located throughout the FIT Show. Despite a long relationship with the previous national event for the industry previously I cannot recall having such a proliferation of aluminium exhibitors at a UK glass and glazing exhibition.”. www.fitshow.co.uk


Building Products April 2017
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