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SE CONTROLS - Eight Core Competencies To Successful Smoke & Natural Ventilation...
Despite companies promoting systems, products and services that are claimed to be ‘sustainable’ one thing is clear, a complete package aimed at getting the best performance possible is crucial in choosing a partner for window automation. SE Controls have 30 years experience in providing turnkey solutions to the construction industry and pride themselves as being one of the most influential smoke and natural ventilation companies in the UK...Read More
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SPC’s Thermasail Radiant Conditioning Sails Rated As ‘Highly Commended’...
S & P Coil Products Ltd (SPC) Thermasail Radiant Conditioning Sails have been announced as a ‘Highly Commended’ finalist in the Commercial Heating Product of the Year category at the 2011 HVR Awards. Thermasail Radiant conditioning Sails fill the gap between chilled beams and chilled ceilings and open up an entirely new range of architectural and design possibilities, whilst combining energy efficiency and ease of installation. The product is...Read More
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LONGDEN - Historic Buildings Put Their Trust In Longden
The National Trust works to preserve and protect the buildings, countryside and coastline of England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The Trust actively encourages everyone to visit and enjoy the British national heritage which includes more than 350 historic houses, gardens and ancient monuments. Longden have supplied numerous solid timber panelled doorsets to the recent restorations of six National Trust buildings. Hardwick Hall in Chesterfield...Read More
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SANDTOFT - Bloor Homes Tops Off New Apartments With Sandtoft’s Solar Roofing...
One of the UK’s leading housebuilders has chosen Sandtoft’s PV48 solar roofing system for a new development incorporating nine apartments in Hailsham, East Sussex. Bloor Homes selected the PV48 system to help the properties achieve Level 3 of the Code for Sustainable Homes and ensure an aesthetic appearance. A total of 18 solar panels with matching flashings have been used on the roof and integrated with Sandtoft’s concrete plain tiles...Read More
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LEVOLUX Takes The Limelight In Cardiff
Following a £22.5 million redevelopment, the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, in Cardiff, is proud of its new world-leading facilities, including a 450 capacity Concert Hall, wrapped in attractive Timber Fins, courtesy of Levolux. Designed by BFLS architects, the BREEAM ‘excellent’ rated development is set in the grounds of Cardiff Castle, on the banks of the River Taff, overlooking parkland to the south-west. The development comprises...Read More
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CROWN TRADE - Dover Decorator Is Crown Trade’s Apprentice Of The Year
At the glittering SkillBuild gala dinner and award ceremony held at The Armouries in Leeds on September 16, no-one was more surprised than Michael Chalmers from Dover when he was called to the stage to receive the 2011 Crown Trade Apprentice Decorator of the Year award. Gripping his Crown Trade £1000 cheque and trophy and Gold Skillbuild Award, a stunned Michael returned to his seat with cheers and the congratulatory words...Read More
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DIMPLEX - The More, The Merrier – Dimplex Offices Extend Solar PV Savings
Dimplex is now benefiting from even lower energy bills and reduced carbon emissions at its offices near Southampton with a 61kWp solar PV installation of its own solar panels. In the first phase of Dimplex’s PV project, in the summer of 2010, 16 solar panels with a total output of 3.68kWp were installed on the southwest facing office roof. The array performed so well that it was decided to cover the majority of the suitable roof space with a total...Read More
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BILCO UK - Contemporary Craftsmanship On Show In New Gallery
Total access solutions provider Bilco UK ( has supplied vital equipment to provide access and improve safety at the new Turner Contemporary art gallery in Margate, Kent. The £17.5 million seafront gallery was inspired by JMW Turner, one of Britain’s most famous painters, and has been built on the site of a guesthouse where the artist often stayed. The equipment supplied by Bilco included a special application floor...Read More
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THE SAFETY LETTERBOX COMPANY - Lockable Letterflap Helps Prevent Arson
Social housing providers are being urged to act now to protect vulnerable communities from potentially life-threatening arson attacks which traditionally peak in the run up to Bonfire Night. According to official statistics, those living on the lowest incomes are 31 times more likely to suffer arson attacks than others and are 16 times more likely to die as a result of a fire. Many homes and businesses are targeted via the letterbox, invariably...Read More
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RENDERPLAS - Switching From Steel To PVCu Beads Works For Welsh Oak Frame
Renderplas PVCu render beads are contributing to the weather-tight external envelope of oak frame buildings by Welsh Oak Frame. Providing ultra strong straight edges and easy fixing, Bellcast Beads from the Renderplas PowerBead range are being used in conjunction with a weatherproof render finish to prevent rainwater penetrating the underlying substrate of Welsh Oak Frame’s patented single wall system, comprising composite infill panels...Read More
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PRYSMIAN - Pole Position For Prysmian
Prysmian FP600S and FP400 fire resistant cables have been installed in the fire alarm system at the world famous Silverstone circuit in Northampton. The installation was completed just in time for the 2011 Formula One Santander British Grand Prix, part of the multi million pound redevelopment of the pit and paddock facility. Electrical work began in May last year and the project reached completion in May 2011. Project Engineer at NG Bailey...Read More
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PASSIVENT - Passive Approach Maximises Airtightness & Reduces Cost
Adopting a passive approach can achieve better performance than required, yet reduce build costs in new homes. Passivent, the UK’s leading supplier of ventilation systems, has conducted extensive SAP calculations on effective techniques to achieve the Code for Sustainable Homes requirements. The calculations have highlighted that its Passive Stack Ventilation can deliver better than the current Level 3 target, while reducing build costs...Read More
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UPS LTD - Practical Considerations For Sizing Your UPS System
Choosing a UPS with the right capacity for your commercial or industrial application may appear as a simple task. In reality however, making the correct choice depends on knowledge and understanding of your site’s load and its characteristics. This usually involves a site survey to determine not only the nature of the critical load but also how it varies over time. Authored by Matt Henley, Technical Sales Manager for Uninterruptible Power...Read More
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HITACHI - Air Conditioning To Keep Guests & The Balance Sheet Happy
By Glyn Jones, UK Product Marketing Manager, Hitachi For the competitive hotel sector, delighting guests and driving up customer revenues at the right cost is a constant challenge as, without a balance, success will be difficult in these tough economic conditions. Getting the air conditioning right is just as important as other challenges because of its impact on costs, customer comfort and the environment. With the nights drawing in...Read More
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