Hitachi showcases new heat pump product line-up at UK Construction Week


Hitachi’s expanded Yutaki air source heat pump product range is one of the widest on the market and is being showcased at HVAC 2016 (part of UK Construction Week) at the NEC from 18th-20th October on stand H4/601.

“As a relatively new player in the UK air source heat pumps market, we’re excited to be involved in the HVAC 2016 show which brings together thousands of industry professionals in one central venue. We’ll be showcasing our full …

Comfort Cooling at Tricorn House achieved with Under Floor Air Conditioning


Under Floor Air Conditioning has proved to be a flexible and modular approach for a phased refurbishment running over a twelve year period.  The iconic Tricorn House building; constructed in the 1970’s and situated on the Hagley Road in Birmingham dominates the local skyline and features a highly unusual floor plate.

Floor based air conditioning was originally specified in 2004 for the 8th floor by project Consulting Engineers Andrew Wilkes Management as an option that would bring cooling to …

Get Spaced Out With Garador Sectional Garage Doors!


There was a time when the standard plot for a house was a quarter of an acre. Those were the days! we are all trying to make the most of small spaces.

One great way to give yourself more space is with a Garador Sectional Garage Door. Britain’s leading garage door manufacturer now offers an exciting range of vertical lift doors to maximise drive way space.

These advanced sectional garage doors are constructed in precision engineered horizontal sections which …



A high specification refurbishment and extension project at a residential property in a desirable area of West London has included installation of linear shower drains selected from the extensive range of Dallmer Limited.  The 40-week project on the home in Lansdowne Road was carried out by J&Z Construction Ltd under the supervision of the company’s own architects, with the four storey building being completely gutted and an extra level of accommodation added in the roof-space. Two stylish shower spaces were …



Introducing Barrier Components new stainless steel 304 system for bi-folding doors tested to accommodate door sash weights up to 120kg.  Vistafold 120S has been designed to meet the increased capacity demanded by the current trend towards triple glazing and is a system that performs smoothly and quietly during operation.  Suitable for both residential and commercial applications, Vistafold 120S offers an adjustable, secure and weather tight bi-folding solution.  The system is sold in either component or kit form and is an …

Construction(Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015)


All stakeholders in the construction process have specific responsibilities under CDM 2015.

Whether you’re a:


  • Principal contractor
  • Contractor or,
  • Worker


There’s a legal responsibility to comply with CDM 2015.

Qualified2Work Ltd. (Q2W )work with clients’ to ensure compliance with CDM 2015; Regulation 15, Paragraph 162

When a contractor employs or appoints an individual to work on a construction site, they should make enquiries to make sure the individual:


  1. Has the skills, knowledge, training and experience to carry

Reynaers is proud second-time sponsor of SFE Façade awards


Leading aluminium systems company Reynaers has again partnered with the highly respected Society of Façade Engineering (SFE) to support FAÇADE2016, the third international awards for façade engineering excellence.

 The three categories open to individuals, companies and project teams are Façade of the Year – New Build; Façade of the Year – Refurbishment; and finally Façade of the Year – Innovation; considered from the former categories or as a stand-alone entry. The awards are free of charge to enter.

Paul Duffy, …

Measure, document and share critical project data with the new Hilti PD-C Laser range meter


Hilti has launched the PD-C Laser range meter which allows the user to capture and save highly accurate measurement data thanks to a  built-in, five mega-pixel camera.

This state-of-the-art handheld device incorporates Hilti PulsePower technology and is rated for direct laser measurements with +/- 1.0 mm accuracy over a working range of 0.15 to 200 meters – or 0.5 to 656 feet.

Designed for indoor or outdoor use, easy-to-follow graphics on the intuitive touchscreen allow contractors to navigate the tool’s …



Now is a great time to switch to renewable heating to avoid long term uncertainties post-Brexit – that’s according to green energy expert Kate Wright, of Yorkshire Heat Pumps.

 Said Kate: “Changes to the government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) – the scheme which financially rewards switching to green heating – are due to be announced in Spring 2017. We don’t know what these will be, but caps and limitations to the scheme are highly likely, given previous indications and especially

UK-designed Loxta brings something new to the door hardware market


Loxta – a new door hardware brand, based in Lancashire – is prompting retailers, door manufacturers, installers and homeowners to re-evaluate the competition, with its stylish, bright and technically advanced suite of handles, plates, escutcheons, fasteners, locks, accessories and more.

While the Loxta name is new, the family-owned business behind the brand has over 30 years’ experience in door hardware manufacturing and ironmongery, and is looking for partners to help maximise its channels to market throughout the UK.

Loxta MD, …

New Smartphone App to cut Risk of Fire Injury – and Fire Door Fines


Building owners and venue managers are risking the safety of customers – as well as incurring fines of up to £2,000 per incident and two years’ imprisonment – by failing to ensure fire doors are unlocked and unblocked during times of occupancy. Penalties can reach £100,000 in some instances for multiple offences identified in a single fire safety inspection.

Now a new smartphone app, Lodgic, enables managers on site to check that fire doors are attended and unlocked when the …

New & Improved website for Yeoman Rainguard


For 50 years Yeoman Rainguard have manufactured and supplied quality rainwater systems to the construction and self-build market and during this period have certainly had to move with the times when it comes to communicating with their client base.

With a growing trend of people wanting immediate access to information whilst on the go via phones, laptops and tablet devices, Rainguard have launched their new mobile compatible website –

“The new website will ensure that our customers will be …

Fresh guidance for house builders on underfloor heating


New guidance outlining best practice for the installation of underfloor heating has been issued by the NHBC Foundation.

The number of new homes with underfloor heating has increased in recent years because it helps free up wall space and can have energy efficiency advantages. Underfloor heating can also be particularly well suited to retirement housing, where there is a need to maintain constant warm temperatures.

However, this is a relatively unfamiliar technology with a range of potential risks. For example, …

GEZE Takes the Stage at LEAF event


GEZE will be taking centre stage at an industry forum to discuss the latest developments in architecture across the globe.

The company, is a supplier partner for the LEAF (Leading European Architecture Forum) annual event, which this year, is held in London, on 13th and 14th October.

GEZE will be taking part in one of the most anticipated events on the programme when Karen Sum, GEZE’s global account manager, chairs a roundtable on how the built environment can …

SCA complex, Göteborg

SCA Complex

Company complex, Sweden

Sun screens for a circular landmark

SCA’s new office complex has qualified as a ‘Green Building’ due to its environmentally friendly technical standards. The circular shape of the building means that many workstations can be placed by the windows. Perforated metals panels from RMIG have been used to make sun screens, thereby providing a good working environment for those in the offices, and at the same time, reducing energy consumption

SCA Complex 1

Technical characteristics

Raw material: Aluminium 1050
Pattern: …