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Building Products October 2017

EDITOR’S CHOICE Back to the grind stone Carbon targets met by solar lights Sponsorship agreement for awards Aluminium systems company Reynaers has become a headline sponsor of the Society of Façade Engineering’s FAÇADE 2017, the international awards for façade engineering excellence. Paul Duffy (pictured), sales director at the company, said: “Reynaers is well known for its innovation in the industry and we are proud to support the recognition and rewarding of excellence in façade design, engineering and application. “Each year the standard of entries keeps getting better and better and we are very much looking forward to seeing the best of 2017’s façades thanks to these awards.” This year, winners will be announced at the prestigious Glass Supper on December 7 at The Tank in the Tate Modern, London. There are three categories open to individuals, companies and project teams. They are Façade of the Year – New Build, Façade of the Year – Refurbishment and Façade of the Year – Innovation, which considers any outstanding builds from the other categories or a stand-alone entry. The awards are free of charge to enter. Further details on how to enter are available at: sfecompetition.org/entry.html OCTOBER 2017 | BUILDING PRODUCTS 13 Call for greater security In a survey conducted among customers of IronmongeryDirect, the findings have revealed that the majority of trades-people think their customers need to improve security on their properties. Of the 733 trades-people surveyed, a significant 86% said they thought customers’ premises could be better secured, and another 86% stated customers only purchased security products after a break-in. Wayne Lysaght-Mason, managing director of IronmongeryDirect, said: “We urge trades-people to encourage their customers to invest in the safety of their properties. Also, by arming themselves with more knowledge on traditional security methods, which provide an effective and affordable approach to preventing burglaries, trades-people can give the public an even more valuable service in addition to fitting products.” With 43% of respondents saying they are either regularly or occasionally asked to fit smart security products, it is clear that modern security products play a key role in keeping properties safe. www.ironmongerydirect.co.uk According to manufacturer Prolectric, solar lighting used in a smart technology development has assured the year-round reliability of this form of lighting for infrastructure and building projects, which could significantly reduce UK construction industry greenhouse gas emissions and improve air quality. Trials of a clean, silent, solar lighting technology conducted with Tier 1 contractors since early 2017 have successfully demonstrated its cost and carbon savings as an alternative to temporary diesel lighting towers. The evidence suggests that up to 15,000 tonnes of CO2 could be saved annually simply if 20% of the current diesel lighting fleet were exchanged to solar. The smart technology has won a 2017 Green Apple Award for Environmental Best Practice and is a finalist in the TechFest Innovation and Technology Awards. The technology has been pioneered by a Somerset-based manufacturing company to deliver year-round solar lighting and optimise winter performance, even through short days and long 12 hour nights. The manufacturer used its experience in solar street lighting, to develop a trailer light with a 1,320W capacity – three times that of any other solar light previously available. www.prolectric.co.uk High performance flooring products by Saint-Gobain Weber have been specified in the second phase of the regeneration of the buildings surrounding the Grade 1 listed Heckington Windmill in Sleaford, Lincolnshire. This is the only working example of an eightsailed windmill in the country and is a local landmark in the midst of the Lincolnshire fens. Products from Weber’s flooring range have been incorporated in the sensitive conversion of the Piggeries and Granary buildings, retaining character and function, which is now a smart Visitor Centre with an exhibition area and shop. The floor was in very poor condition, badly damaged and of different levels, all of which needed to be addressed. Although this was a relatively small project, it was not without its challenges. The weberfloor 4610 system was used for speed and ease of application, in the knowledge it would achieve the required result. This industrial floor screed is compliant with BS8204, and is a pumpable, rapid hardening and self-smoothing floor screed for use as a surface layer on industrial flooring with a compressive strength C35 and flexural strength F10. www.netweber.co.uk


Building Products October 2017
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