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Beaufort at Ecobuild

Stand N151. Blyweert Beaufort will be showcasing key elements of its high performance window, door and facade systems including Triton HI parallel opening vents, Krios entrance doors and Kratos curtain as well as its latest solar shading solutions.

The stand will also include interactive touch screen presentations that highlight the detail behind the designs, such as high thermal insulation using patented Spidertechnology polyamide thermal breaks, Secured by Design options for windows and doors in at-risk installations and Bioclimatic architecture that integrates building design and the environment.

Wayne Irvine, sales and marketing director, said: ”Ecobuild is now a must-see event for architects and other design professionals at all levels of the specification process. It gives us the perfect platform to demonstrate our integrated design philosophy first hand.”
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New product gets airing

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A new generation Aeropac sound insulating ventilator is to be displayed for the first time in the UK at Ecobuild 2011 by Carl F Groupco.

The company has previously offered static ventilators as part of its portfolio of window and door hardware. This new product, manufactured in Europe, moves Carl F Groupco into the growing market for powered ventilation.

Increasingly, standards for both domestic and commercial properties will demand the movement of a minimum volume of air. The Aeropac acoustic ventilator will meet, and substantially exceed those requirements.

Additionally, the stylish ventilation solution offers a high level of sound insulation making it particularly suitable for applications where noise is a problem eg, near airports, railway lines, or major roads.

The fan component runs virtually silently, ensuring that secure ventilation can be provided at all times – this avoids the need to open windows at night during hot periods and therefore addresses issues of security.

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Deceuninck at Ecobuild

Deceuninck will be at Ecobuild. Deceuninck stand will showcase its range of energy efficient products in attractive styles and colours that are ideal for the refurbishment and new build sectors.

Jon Skinner, Deceuninck commercial director, said: “Ecobuild is the UK’s largest sustainable construction event, so it is important that we have a presence there. Our stand will demonstrate the versatility of PVC-U in modern and sustainable construction. It’s equally at home in the refurbishment sector where it can combine modern energy efficiency technology with heritage aesthetics as it is in urban areas undergoing regeneration where cutting edge design is as important as thermal efficiency.”

Deceuninck will have a wide range of its products on display at its stand, which is number N553 in the North Hall of ExCel. Several new products will be exhibited for the first time at the show. The first of these is the Monorail sliding patio door which offers a sleek and stylish solution. The second is a new addition to Deceuninck 2800 series, an A rated casement window in a classic style. The third product remains under wraps for the time being but it’s in keeping with Deceuninck reputation for focusing on window aesthetics and thermal performance which is certain to generate considerable interest.


Drain monitoring

Stand S1763 Using sonar technology, the Dyteqta-System monitors a building’s drainage network and detects any loss of water trap seals. When these vital seals are lost, sewer gas containing contaminated air and harmful pathogens present in the drainage and sewer system can enter the building and spread infection.

The protection afforded by water-based trap seals is substantial but has a number of weaknesses. Air pressure transients (surges) generated when flushing toilets, for example, can displace water in the seal, and water in the trap seal of an unused appliance can evaporate over time.

Visitors to Dyteqta’s stand can see the world’s first dedicated non-invasive, non-destructive, fully automatic drainage monitoring system in operation connected to a test rig. They will also have the opportunity to meet the company’s trained team and find out how they can protect their building from cross contamination with the Dyteqta-System.

Dyteqta product manager, Charles Hartley, said: “Often overlooked during routine maintenance checks, the drainage system interconnects an entire building. The culmination of years of research by academics at Heriot-Watt University, the new Dyteqta-System enables building and facilities managers to take a proactive approach to reducing the risk of cross contamination with an affordable and non-disruptive solution that is easy to install in new or existing buildings.”

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Rediscover fibre cement

Marley Eternit is inviting Ecobuild visitors to call into its rediscovery centre at stand N966 where they can explore the sustainable and aesthetic potential of fibre cement slates and cladding. Marley Eternit will also be unveiling its new range of Solesia PV systems at the show.

Visitors to the stand will be able to discover the sustainability qualities of the material both in its raw form and in the finished roofing and cladding products and see how they can be used to help achieve the highest environmental standards in buildings. Sarah Hanlon, marketing manager at Marley Eternit, said: “Ever tightening environmental legislation means that the sustainability properties of fibre cement as a building material, together with its aesthetic versatility, are attracting considerable interest from specifiers of both public and private buildings alike and we are increasingly starting to see many building designs which use not only fibre cement roof slates but also fibre cement cladding systems. “Fibre cement is a modern building material that can enable building designers to replicate a style that reflects the traditional building style of the local area or, if they wish, to make a break from the past with engaging colours and finishes. This combined with the BRE Green Guide A+ rating that fibre cement cladding and UK produced fibre cement slates can achieve are both compelling reasons why fibre cement is a great choice of building material.”

Solar packages

One of the UK’s top rated independent renewable energy design and installation companies, Photon Energy will be exhibiting its range of solar photovoltaic (PV) and solar thermal systems at this year’s Ecobuild show. In addition, the company will officially launch Suntricity – solar PV package designed specifically for electrical installers and self-builders.

With the introduction of the feed-in tariff in April last year, renewable energy systems, in particular solar PV, have become increasingly popular for businesses, house-builders, housing associations and public sector organisations.

Photon Energy will be at stand N1450 to explain how you can take advantage of the feed-in tariff. Photon Energy specialises in the design, supply, installation and maintenance of solar PV and solar water heating systems as well as wind turbines. The company was established in 2006, and has become one of the UK’s leading independent installers of micro-generation technologies. The company offers a full turnkey design, supply, installation and maintenance package and works on both new-build and retrofit projects.

Clients have included some of the UK’s major house builders such as Willmott Dixon, Hill Partnerships, Persimmon Homes and Leadbitter Homes. The company has also worked for some of the country’s major construction companies such as Volker Fitzpatrick, Kier and Wates Group. Photon Energy has installed renewable energy systems for housing associations, local councils, further education colleges, schools and community centres and NHS Trusts. Photon Energy will also be demonstrating how easy it is to install solar PV with the new Suntricity kits, designed so that electrical contractors can offer solar PV to the domestic market and small businesses in the UK. The package comprises a comprehensive design and supply offering available directly from the company or via electrical wholesalers, plus optional help with commissioning.

Intelligent LED illumination.

At EcoBuild 2010, PhotonStarLED will reveal its new Nemesis SmartLuminaire, which offers a superior alternative to ordinary compact fluorescent luminaires.

The efficient (46-86 lm/circ Watt subject to dimming level), high power (up to 3220 lumens), low glare (UGR 19) downlight, features local daylight linking (an integral work plane lux sensor per fitting with lux levels set during install by remote control), variable efficiency, thermal protection and luminaire based intelligence with onboard microprocessor.

The SmartLuminaire controller monitors the lux level on the work plane and automatically and smoothly adapts the light output to the level set on the remote control installation. This, when combined with occupancy sensor inputs, can save up to 70% of the energy usage, in addition to the 40%-60% saved when upgrading to the LED Nemesis from a CFL downlight.

The SmartLuminaire can be smoothly dimmed from its maximum with 0.5% resolution down to less than 1%. This opens the opportunity of varying the efficiencies in high occupancy areas such as corridors while achieving up to 86 luminaire lumens / circuit Watt with adequate light levels for security whilst unoccupied. Intelligent luminaire power delivery ensures maximum lifetime – the SmartLuminaire controller monitors the LED board to ensure that the LEDs are maintained within optimum operating temperatures ensuring maximum luminaire lifetime.


Designer low energy light bulb

The Plumen bulb uses 80% less energy and lasts eight times longer than incandescent bulbs, giving you the opportunity to purchase an ecological product with style. It works just like any low energy bulb but it has a lot more presence.

"It’s strange that the bulb, an object so synonymous with ideas, is almost entirely absent of imagination,” said Nicolas Roope, Hulger co-founder and creative director.

The first Plumen concept design joined the very prestigious permanent collection at MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) in New York, while the second was featured at the Victoria and Albert museum in London. The Plumen 001 design was developed in collaboration with designer Samuel Wilkinson –


Clear performer

Celebrating its 30th anniversary year and exhibiting at Ecobuild for the second time, Ritec International will be demonstrating its latest developments to increase the lifetime efficiency of solar panels and maximise energy savings in buildings through durable surface protection systems.

This includes the ClearShield System for the renovation, protection and maintenance of glass and the Ritecoat System for metals and powder coatings.

Visitors can see time tested solutions developed to increase the efficiency of solar panels with ClearShield High-Light Glass, reduce the cleaning of external glass with ClearShield Energy Saving Glass, help prevent the growth of harmful bacteria with ClearShield Anti-Microbial Glass, and ensure interior glass retains its sparkling appearance with ClearShield Low-M (Low-Maintenance) Glass. All formulations are proven to cut the cost, time and environmental impacts of cleaning.

Managing director of Ritec International, Stephen Byers, said: “Time-tested for 30 years, this award-winning System has been used to produce ClearShield ‘Non-Stick’, easy-clean glass for all types of buildings and marine vessels. It also eliminates the need for chemical cleaning products that are harmful to the environment. At Ecobuild, Ritec will introduce new developments and improvements to the ClearShield System, encouraging visitors to ‘take a fresh look’.”


Making the most of Ecobuild

International building materials company Saint-Gobain is set to have a major presence at Ecobuild 2011 with a 225m² stand (N310) showcasing products and systems from its UK businesses.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to book consultations at its technical clinic which will provide practical advice on how to maximise the sustainability of buildings through a fabric first approach.

Its companies will feature in the Renew and Extreme Timber areas as well as the Passivhaus Pavilion, making it Saint-Gobain’s biggest and best Ecobuild to date. Sustainable products will be on display from Saint-Gobain Abrasives, Saint-Gobain Glass, British Gypsum, Ecophon, Isover, Saint-Gobain PAM, Pasquill, Solaglas and Weber. These will include internal, separating and external wall systems for timber, masonry and steel new build and refurbishment construction, room-in-the-roof and ceiling solutions, as well as glazing and pipe products for both residential and commercial applications.

Saint-Gobain’s technical consultations will enable attendees to book 30 minute slots with the company’s technical materials experts, who will be on hand to offer advice on a range of areas including energy-efficiency and acoustics. Appointments can be booked online at www.ecobuild.saint-gobain.co.uk, where visitors can enter details about the specific project they wish to discuss to ensure that they are matched with the most relevant technical experts.

Lisa Benbow, head of communications for Saint-Gobain UK, Ireland and South Africa, said: “Building on our success at last year’s exhibition, our extended presence at Ecobuild 2011 demonstrates our continued commitment to facilitating the delivery of sustainable construction. This will be achieved both through the availability of energy efficient products and systems and via the provision of training to ensure that industry professionals are equipped with the knowledge and skills required to specify and install the right solutions, with a fabric first approach to ensure the quickest route to zero carbon.”

Size matters

Stand S310. The largest stand at Ecobuild 2011 belongs to building envelope and solar energy specialist, Schueco UK, which sees the exhibition at the Excel Centre as being an unbeatable showcase for its solar thermal and PV products and its range of window, facade and door systems.

This year Schueco is further demonstrating its support for the show by sponsoring the lanyards handed out to Ecobuild visitors.

The underlying theme of the Schueco stand is Energy2 – Saving Energy Generating Energy – an overarching corporate strategy that links the high levels of insulation in Schueco's aluminium systems with the sustainable energy generated from the company's solar products.

In this context, of special interest is an AWS window fitted with ProSol TF, Schueco's new thin-film PV product which is being seen as a significant milestone in building-integrated photovoltaics, with the ability to set new standards in the design of solar facade architecture. Also on the stand is the new MSE 100 flat roof east/west mounting system for thin-film modules that enables up to 90% of any given roof area to be utilised for the generation of sustainable energy.

In addition, visitors can see PV and solar energy modules, inverters and intelligent monitoring devices that measure and display energy savings. Elsewhere, the stand contains numerous examples of Schueco's aluminium window, door and façade systems including the AWS 75.SI, a 'super-insulated' window capable of delivering typical Uw values of 1.3W/m2K with double glazing and 1.0W/m2K with triple glazing.

New solar technology

ProSol TF, the latest solar offering from Schueco UK, combining the latest sustainable photovoltaic thin-film technology with tried-and-tested Schueco aluminium facade systems.

Thin-film cells have a number of operational advantages over conventional crystalline PV cells including the fact that they are largely unaffected by shading and can deliver impressive output values even in diffuse light or at higher temperatures. ProSol TF also has the added environmental benefit that its manufacture uses only a fraction of the silicon required to make conventional modules.

ProSol TF modules are produced in standard or large formats (up to 2.6m x 2.2m) and can be incorporated into double or triple glazed units ensuring their suitability for both cold and warm facades. In addition, they can be supplied as a ready-to-install, lean-to facade package for use on solid walls (for example, on a warehouse or any other industrial building) and as large louvre solar shading. By using individual laser cutting, colour selection and pattern printing, modules can become building design features in themselves.

The design versatility of ProSol TF stems from the fact that amorphous silicon thin-film cells offer a uniform appearance and can deliver varying degrees of transparency up to 30%, again by means of laser cutting. The result is that ProSol TF can be used for all components of warm facades, replacing opaque glazing in spandrel areas and transparent insulating glass in areas where views to the outside are desirable. In the latter instance, their use obviates the need for externally mounted solar shading. The 'lean-to' façade is ideal for retro-fitting; it is a scalable modular system consisting of thin-film modules each covering an area of 5.72m2. Fixing is simple, involving the use of only four attachment points and minimal structural loading; a ProSol TF installation of this type enables a building to make high returns from low capital investment in the shortest possible timeframe. When ProSol TF modules are incorporated into large louvre blades, they serve three purposes simultaneously: energy generation, shading and building design. Moreover, their modular design principle with prefabricated system components means that installation is straightforward and the system delivers a high degree of reliability. It is also easy to retrofit thin-film modules on a flat roof using the Schueco MSE 100 east/west mounting system. ProSol TF will be featured on Schueco’s stand (S310) at Ecobuild. www.schueco.co.uk

Solar Windows at Ecobuild

Solar Windows will be exhibiting a range of solutions in PVC-U and composite materials at Ecobuild which help to create a more efficient building envelope.

This will include the new super energy efficient Geneo tilt and turn window fabricated using Rehau profile which can achieve a U-value of between 0.73W/m2K when triple glazed and Argon filled and 1.1 W/m2K when double glazed only.

Solar Windows is one of the first Rehau fabricators in the UK to choose the Geneo profile, which is a six chamber system extruded from a new high-tech fibre composite material branded Rau-Fipro. A self reinforced design, it does not require additional steel, eliminating the thermal bridges through which energy can be lost in conventional PVC-U frames.

Also featured on the stand will be composite curtain walling in the Rehau Polytec 50S system which can achieve a U-value of 0.88 W/m²K and a new composite door with a U-Value measured at 0.7 W/m2K. Carl Lewis, managing director of Solar Windows, said: “Solar Windows is one of the UK’s leading suppliers of PVC-U windows and doors to the social housing and commercial markets. “As demand increases for solutions which can help to improve efficiency and reduce fuel costs for residents, we have responded with a range of new products. A significant benefit of the range is that it also offers what we believe are straightforward and well proven ways for clients to meet the Code for Sustainable Homes.”

Sunfold at Ecobuild

Stand N960. Sunfold will release more information on its new intergraded drainage system.

With its folding sliding doors two tracks options allow you to incorporate either a flush or low level threshold where the finished floor is raised to either level with the track or just below it. In doing this you have to be mindful of the drainage and incorporate a drainage facility into the build to remove water. Up until now there has not been a standard option for this but Sunfold is working on a system that can be supplied with its doors to offer this facility along its doors, which can then be also extended along a building.

Sunfold will be also demonstrating the all new ‘Front Door Configurator’ that has just been launched on its website allowing you to see the impact a new high quality, high security, thermally efficient and sound deadening front door can have on a home. With the Sunfold configurator you can select all the options and requirements for the new door. You can choose the door layout, input the sizes, select a design style and apply a finish, then once complete upload an image of the house to see what it will look like with the new door in place. Once complete you can easily print the results out for future reference or email them to Sunfold so that you can receive an accurate price for your selection. www.sunfold.com

Titon at Ecobuild

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Titon will be exhibiting the latest generation of high specification and ultra‐efficient whole house ventilation units at Ecobuild.

Titon will also be displaying its state of the art ventilation accessories and extensive range of trickle vents and sound attenuating ventilation products.

To encourage installers, contractors, specifiers and consultants to expand their knowledge of ventilation systems, as well as save money, Titon will also give exclusive show‐only offers on products and training on its stand. The stand will feature the company’s Life Support campaign – highlighting the importance of correct specification and installation of whole house ventilation systems.

Following its successful attendance at Ecobuild last year, Titon will be showcasing its new additions to the efficient HRV Q Plus range of whole house ventilation (with heat recovery) – all of which are Part F 2010 compliant. Titon’s HRV Q Plus range features some of the most efficient whole house ventilation units on the market, which have been independently tested by the Building Research Establishment (BRE) and are Energy Saving Trust (EST) Best Practice compliant.

Along with the HRV range, Titon will be exhibiting its centralised mechanical extract unit – CME1 Q Plus – and its range of background (trickle) vents.

Tyson Anderson, sales and marketing director, Titon said: “Ecobuild has rapidly become the exhibition to attend if you have even a passing interest in sustainable building and construction. We’re looking forward to another successful show in 2011 – and have the kind of ventilation system products and expertise which visitors will find invaluable. We have some great offers on both products and training – helping installers and specifiers find the very best ventilation systems.”

Voltage optimisation

VPhase will be exhibiting its domestic voltage optimisation device at Ecobuild 2011. It is the latest, smart way to help homeowners make immediate and significant money, energy and carbon savings across the whole home; all without changing their lifestyle or supplier.

The low-cost VPhase unit, which was heralded ‘Innovative Residential/Domestic Product of the Year’ at the recent Electrical Industry Awards, uses voltage optimisation to reduce and stabilise the incoming voltage to homes, managing it to a stable level of around 220V in the UK. The result is reductions to electricity costs of around 10%, reduced wasted energy and carbon savings that have been calculated to be at least four tonnes over the 25+ year life of the product.

VPhase CEO, Rick Smith said: “Ecobuild is the perfect platform to showcase our award-winning energy saving green product, which holds wide appeal to ‘eco’ and ‘cash’ conscious consumers and developers as well as electricians looking to add value to their customer offerings. “Voltage optimisation technology has been saving large companies millions each year, but VPhase is the first company to make this technology available to the domestic market in a suitably sized and priced package. The ‘fit, forget and save’ VPhase device delivers significant, tangible savings and as a result, is quickly becoming recognised as the next ‘must-have’ green investment for the home.”

VPhase has completed a number of independent trials of the unit, including North West-based housing association, Great Places Housing Group and 50 Scottish and Southern Electric (SSE) customer homes under the UK Government’s Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT) scheme, to determine the lifetime carbon dioxide savings of the device.

Winkhaus at Ecobuild

Winkhaus will be exhibiting at Ecobuild at London Excel Centre on stand N363, where it will be demonstrating how companies can graduate from lift lever locks and start incorporating electronic locking into their product range. To illustrate this Winkhaus’s stand will include the AutoLock AV2 and bluematic AV2E.

Winkhaus’ automatic locking range sales grew by over 130% during 2010, and project substantial growth again for 2011. The company claims that automatic locks have become a ‘must have’ requirement for ease of use and peace of mind for residential doors.