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Building Products March 2018

GENERAL PRODUCTS | PRODUCT PROFILES Flying light Kalwall translucent cladding has transformed the newly completed 4,200m2 extension at Indiana’s South Bend Regional Airport. Designed by architect Ken Herceg and Associates, the new terminal comprises five gates, restaurants, gift shops and breakout areas, all housed under an architecturally exposed, steelframed barrel vault structure that simulates the structure of an aircraft wing. This is covered with a curved Kalwall Skyroof 10m wide and 180m long. As passengers enter the new terminal, Kalwall says they are ‘bathed in welcoming and natural daylight’ with unimpeded views across the runways. Kalwall is said to eliminate shadows and glare and the ‘stark contrasts’ of light and shade. Even on cloudy days, the interior is reportedly flooded with natural daylight, which means less artificial EWI by Saint-Gobain Weber is talk of the town High-performance Webertherm XM External Wall Insulation (EWI) by Saint-Gobain Weber has been specified for the showcase Skyline regeneration scheme in Stevenage, Hertfordshire. This building, once occupied by HM Land Registry and known as Brickdale House, has been carefully re-designed and converted by Chase New Homes, of Waltham Abbey, Essex. A variety of 150 contemporary residential suites and apartments designed to appeal to first-time buyers and investors has been created. Webertherm XM, a lightweight render protected external wall insulation system was applied, lighting and, because Kalwall is ‘highly insulating’, energy costs are reportedly reduced. The standard Kalwall 70mm thick panel offers insulation up to 0.28W/m2K – equivalent to a cavity-filled brick wall, while still allowing for up to 15% visible light transmittance. The architect made good use of Kalwall’s free daylight modelling service on this project. Daylight modelling is the way to calculate the most effective daylighting for any type of building. It is calculated using five years’ worth of real-world weather files at the exact location of the building, together with information on day, time, position and weather patterns. This generates an in-depth report on interior lux levels, a glare pattern analysis and radiance Illuminance. Kalwall is reportedly frequently specified for this type of ‘prestige’ project where high-end performance and quality need to be coupled with aesthetics, practicality and a long lifecycle. Kalwall is said to provide a cost-effective solution and offer complete line-of-sight protection which is highly vandal and impact-resistant. It is also said to be ideal for areas considered as a high value target, not only because is it ‘factory mutual approved’ but also because its unique fabrication which has created what is described as a ‘striking and stylish’ appearance. Weber’s EWI has also improved the thermal performance of the building to a comfortable and sustainable 0.27W/m²K U-value. Julia Wathen, of Build-Therm Services, who carried out the application, was operations manager on the Skyline project, she said: “We really enjoy working with the Weber EWI systems as the materials are always of very high quality. We had 1,000m² to apply and the result is a crisp, bright finish which adds to the modern style of the apartments.” www.netweber.co.uk means that any blast is mitigated. Unlike glass, splintering and serious injury are reportedly greatly reduced in the event of an explosion, as Kalwall is shatterproof. www.structura-uk.com/kalwall Snickers’ new FlexiWork trousers MARCH | BUILDING PRODUCTS Available this spring, Snickers’ new Floorlayers work trousers and the patented Knee Guard System are said to combine very effectively to deliver the ‘ultimate solution’ for working safely and in comfort on your knees. The new trousers reportedly take the best features, fabrics and functionality from Snickers’ new FLEXIWork range and combine them with the best of the classic Floorlayer trouser. They are made from durable Ripstop fabric with a ‘mechanical stretch’, this is said to provide flexibility, comfort and advanced functionality. What’s more, the kneepad pockets are reportedly made of a full-stretch Armortex fabric with DuPontTM Kevlar aramid fibres, keeping the kneepads in the optimum, durable working position as you move around. They come with an integrated belt for waist-fit, with ‘easy-toaccess’ holster pockets with zipped compartment, leg pockets including knife fastener, mobile phone compartment and detachable hidden ID-badge holder. www.snickersworkwear.co.uk


Building Products March 2018
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