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Building Products March 2018

COMPANY NEWS | SHOWCASE Aluglaze panels chosen for facade of emergency homes Sheffield-based Panel Systems, developer QED Sustainable Urban Developments and off-site manufacturer CargoTek, have worked together to alleviate the level of homelessness in Ealing, with homes built from former shipping containers that feature facades manufactured from Aluglaze panels. Specflue makes major commercial appointment Deborah McCreadie has been appointed to the new role of business development manager for commercial products at flue, chimney and renewable heat technology supplier, Specflue. Deborah has more than two decades of experience in working for global manufacturers in the building services sector. She said: “Specflue already has a good presence in the commercial market, but we are now in a position to expand this, particularly by increasing contact with members of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers and the Society of Public Health Engineers/Industrial Associates.” Deborah’s appointment is said to mark a move towards a more solutions-based rather than product-led approach to Specflue’s business. She explained: “We are starting to look more at the Armstrong’s #GridOff competition returns This year’s grid-off competition took place on March 14 at the NEC when members of Armstrong’s Omega national network of recognised ceiling contractors competed against the clock and showcased their skills to win a luxury Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean watch. The runners up walked away with ringside tickets to the Haye versus Bellew grudge match, but all competitors received proactive marketing exposure including a blow-by-blow account of the competition by construction live blogger, Su Butcher. Boxing commentator, Steve Bunce, compared the knock-out rounds between the first 20 two-man teams to enter the competition, who competed for a place in the final where they got a second chance to better their time installing a typical ceiling grid. Last year’s winners, Coyle fitters Kevin Coyle and Tom Goodfellow, installed the then new TLS grid and Ultima+ board tile system in a 7.2m2 rig in just 05:22:22, closely followed by runners-up, New Forest Ceilings’ brothers Jai and Carlo Kilford, who clocked up 06:36:16. Last year the audience was also treated to a pair of “Armstrong Amateurs” taking on the challenge, with technical sales manager John Spicer and Ian Young, who runs Armstrong’s installation school in Gateshead, installing its ceiling, with a little help, in 08:00:71. Speaking about this year’s competition, John said: “Now that our Omega members know the stakes, we are sure they will be practising harder than they did last year, so we are expecting even more impressive times.” www.gridoff.co.uk MARCH | BUILDING PRODUCTS The joint project, between QED and the local council, is the latest step to address the need for emergency housing in the capital. Hope Gardens was previously an underused brownfield site, which has been identified for long-term redevelopment post-2024. Specified by QED, Panel Systems supplied 144 Aluglaze panels with externally projecting trays. The manufacturer fabricated the panels with a highperformance insulation core to achieve a 0.35 W/ m2K U-value. Ross Gilbert, managing director of QED application, and combine heat interface units/thermal stores as well as flue/heat recovery and solar energy.” Day-to-day, Deborah will engage with customers who deal with the Clean Air Act and BREEAM, offering continuing professional development seminars in order to update them about current projects and legislation. www.specflue.com Sustainable Urban Developments, said: “We originally looked at using opaque coloured glass to achieve the rainbow effect, however these would not provide the U-values required to ensure the homes were energyefficient. The extensive range of Aluglaze colours and finishes, along with Panel System’s fabricating capabilities, meant we were not only given a better choice of shades and a more premium finish, but the panels also provide better insulation and energy-efficiency.” He added: “Panel Systems ticked all of the boxes for us. The company went out of their way to ensure that the panels reached us within a tight timeframe. The company’s excellent machining facilities also meant each panel was delivered cut to shape, rebated and ready to install.” Aluglaze is an insulated glazing infill panel comprising polyester coated aluminium bonded to an insulation core and then balanced with either steel or aluminium. The panel is said to be specified when aesthetic considerations are paramount. The panels are reportedly vacuum-bonded using adhesive technology, ensuring they match the life-span of its intended application. Aluglaze panels are said to be available in a wide choice of colours and designs, including matte and gloss shades. Panel Systems says it offers a full range of architectural panel solutions which utilise a range of facing materials including aluminium, steel, GRP and highpressure laminates. www.panelsystems.co.uk Meath Court


Building Products March 2018
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