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Building Products March 2018

COMPANY NEWS | SHOWCASE Maintaining compliance with the requirements of Approved Document E of Building Regulations is said to be one of the most onerous challenges for the UK’s construction industry. However, housebuilder, Bellway Homes, says it has come to rely on the performance of Monarfloor Bridgestop for protecting party walls. Bridgestop reportedly offers a dependable solution, as part of a fully-approved Robust Detail in minimising both impact and flanking sound travelling though cavity separating walls. To date, the Clevedon branch of F30 Building Products has supplied 14 of the Bridgestop kits to the Bellway Homes site in Llanwern. The branch manager, Tim Baxter, offered his perspective on Monarfloor Bridgestop: “We have been stocking Bridgestop for three or four years now. It offers housebuilders a convenient, certified solution to the problem of sound transmission between properties.” As well as being specified to meet Robust Detail E-WM-19 and A2, the Icopal system offers four points under the Code for Sustainable Homes which is still widely favoured by social housing providers as well as other specifiers. The membrane is secured along the base of the cavity face to party walls, using the special Bridgestop anchors, and prevents any mortar droppings from coming into direct contact with the blockwork. Bridgestop can reportedly also be utilised in conjunction with Monarfloor Tranquilt which is laid beneath the floor screed to isolate it from the concrete subfloor. They are frequently specified together for the construction of apartment buildings. www.icopal.co.uk 2018 looks bright for Veka In the face of a relatively flat market, Veka Group says that investment is the best way to support customers and stay at the forefront of the industry. The PVC-U systems supplier says it is expected to invest £5m in facilities, plant and technology at its Burnley-based site. Dave Jones, Veka Group managing director, explained: “We have an exciting programme of developments planned for 2018, to continue providing our customers with the very highest levels of service. “The focus of investment will be our lamination department. This is Kingspan provides a premium solution Residents of two community housing blocks in Ashton-under- Lyne are enjoying the benefits of a more energy-efficient home, thanks to an insulation retrofit featuring the Kingspan Kooltherm K5 External Wall Board. After experiencing issues with the existing insulation installed in the early 1990s, Ashton Pioneer Homes invested in upgrading the thermal performance. 60 mm Kingspan Kooltherm K5 external wall board was specified within the Alumasc Swisslab external wall insulation (EWI) System to create a highlyinsulated envelope and reduce thermal bridging. Mark Gibbs from Alumasc explained the selection: “Our client chose to use Kingspan Kooltherm K5 external wall board within this system due to its ability to achieve the target U-value of 0.30 W/ Making shapes for San Antonio car park The Village at San Antonio Center in California, replaces a 50-yearold shopping centre with a new mixed-use development, including a large multi-storey car park which is clad with Levolux screening. Levolux was approached to help develop an external screening solution for the multi-storey car park. A screening structure was required to soften the visual impact of the building by concealing 'unsightly' structures under a veil of curved or twisted fins. The client selected its preferred design as one that resembles fabric, draped across the building. Using 3D design software, Levolux converted 2D images into detailed 3D illustrations of each complete elevation, which could be viewed from any angle. Monarfloor Bridgestop protects party walls Kingspan Kooltherm K5 external wall board has helped to create more energy efficient homes for the residents of two community housing blocks in Ashtonunder Lyne. MARCH | BUILDING PRODUCTS an area of the business that we have seen continue to grow year-on-year, in response to consumer demand. Currently, over 33% of Veka Group sales are foiled product, and we are focused on preparing for continued expansion in this area. “We’re in the process of acquiring a building adjacent to the existing Veka HQ which would allow the current 380,000 ft2 site to expand by a further 40,000 ft2 and will enable us to potentially increase lamination capacity by a further 50%. “2018 will also see Veka Group planning improvements to our specialist maintenance and tooling department. Expanding our inhouse maintenance department means that we can respond immediately and capably to any possible problems with our machinery (however unlikely) to ensure there is no disruption to the supply chain." www.vekauk.com m·2K with a significantly reduced insulation thickness. This helped to reduce the structural loading and ensured that window reveals and sill depths were kept to a minimum.” Kingspan Kooltherm K5 external wall board features a fibre-free core and is manufactured with a blowing agent, which has zero Ozone Depletion Potential (ODP) and low Global Warming Potential (GWP). www.kingspaninsulation.co.uk The custom screening solution comprises more than 1,800 vertical fins, each formed from 15mm thick, extruded aluminium plate. The fins are individually laser cut along their length to create the required curved profile. Working to very small tolerances, Levolux ensured all vertical fins were aligned perfectly, set at 510mm centres. www.levolux.com


Building Products March 2018
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