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Altecnic at Ecobuild

Altecnic is launching its Heating Interface Unit (HIU) on stand N2246 at this year’s Ecobuild.

The manufacturer and supplier is inviting visitors onto its stand to find out more about central plant systems, heat interface units and the benefits this new technology will offer for the construction and plumbing industry.

Industry professionals will have access to expert advice and see first hand how the new compact and lightweight unit, which features electronic controls, compensated heating temperatures and insulated covers, can help consultants, architects and plumbing specialists meet Part L of UK Building Regulations, which regulates energy consumption and the carbon footprint of buildings.

Altecnic’s patent-pending dirt separator, Dirtmag is also being showcased on its purpose build stand. The device features a removable external magnet designed to enable fast and effective particle release without shutting down a system. Alongside Dirtmag, Altecnic’s Renewables division will be displaying a full range of fully accredited solar products and its European ‘A’ efficiency rated thermostatic radiator valve, Ecocal.

Altecnic sales director, Chris Ramster said: “The UK Heat Interface Unit market is relatively new, and mainly utilises European products that have changed little in 20 years. We’ve invested in bringing new products to market that offer significant technical and performance improvements over these older existing products and make conforming to Part L easier and more straightforward.”

Mumford & Wood at Ecobuild

Mumford & Wood has published The Guide, a brochure featuring window, door and garden room installations in both commercial and domestic projects, and the Technical Guide for timber window specification.

Available on the Wood Window Alliance stand S1830 at Ecobuild, together with products from the Conservation range, the Guides are available to visitors free of charge on request.

The Technical Guide is an extensive tool detailing the many bespoke options and patterns of sash, box and historic box sash windows, entrance doors, french doors, casement and feature windows and bi-fold doors in the Conservation range.

A triple glazed option, achieving a U-value from as little as 0.8 W/m².K, is also available and meets Passivhaus standards.

Featuring full technical data, engineered timber types, window energy ratings – from BSI ‘A-C’ depending on specification – and performance data, frame options, glass, ironmongery and paint finish options, specifiers have a reference source to ensure products are correctly specified and are Part L Building Regulations compliant.

Detailed data will ensure specification meets the requirements of the Code for Sustainable Homes in thermal performance, contributing to the Government’s carbon and CO2 emission reduction targets, and in acoustic control and light meeting required standards of wellbeing. Many products are Secured by Design, and all have the BSI Kitemark and Energy Saving Trust recognitions.


Adams Rite at Ecobuild

Adams Rite will be attending this year’s Ecobuild exhibition, as part of Assa Abloy Security Solutions, showcasing security products suitable for the sustainable design and construction market.

The latest multipoint locking system from Adams Rite is being introduced to enable doorset security testing to BS EN 1627, which will ultimately enable customers to achieve Secured By Design accreditation. Ideal for a variety of public and commercial applications it is among the first generation of locking and access products that will assist doors in meeting this standard at resistance class 3. Also on display from Adams Rite will be its range of electric locks.

Tina Hughan, head of marketing for Assa Abloy UK, said: “This is the first time the Security Solutions division, which includes Adams Rite, has exhibited at Ecobuild and we’re keen to demonstrate how quality security products can contribute toward a sustainable environment and reduce a buildings’ whole life costings. Plus, many of our products use renewable materials and technologies, while our use of local manufacturing significantly helps to reduce our carbon footprint.”

“Ecobuild is one of the most successful exhibitions and we felt it was the ideal platform for showcasing our sustainable security solutions.”



Balcony Systems at Ecobuild

Viking Balcony Systems makes its debut on Stand S180 at Ecobuild 2012 with a range of glass balustrades, Juliet balconies and curved sliding patio doors.

VBS specialises in the supply and installation of products that add value to properties, while enhancing natural light and feelings of spaciousness within them.

VBS provides professional design, onsite supervision and warranty-backed installation service, working closely with main contractors, architects and individuals on all types of newbuild and refurbishment schemes. Projects range from private homes to large residential and commercial developments, which are supported with full after-sales care.

Manufactured from glass and aluminium, both fully recyclable materials at the end of their useful lives, all straight or curved glass balconies, balustrading and thermally efficient curved patio doors are supplied and installed to client specifications.

An optional self-cleaning, doubled-sided glass coating is also available across the entire product range. Providing complete protection from the elements, this coating keeps the glass cleaner for longer, dramatically reducing cleaning cycles while eliminating the need to use harsh chemicals.


BBA at Ecobuild

The British Board of Agrément (BBA) is one of the few certification bodies selected to be a part of the UKAS Green Deal pilot programme covering the accreditation requirements for the certification of installers and advisors, and will be on hand at Ecobuild.

Although the details of the Green Deal are still being finalised by Government, being involved in the pilot programme means that the BBA will be able to offer help and advice to installers and advisors seeking approval.

CE marking will also be a hot topic of conversation at the show with many product manufacturers wishing to discuss the implications of the Construction Products Regulation (CPR) making CE marking mandatory for many construction products from 1st July 2013.

The BBA has considerable experience in this area and for a modest fee of £950 plus VAT is offering guidance to clients on the steps they need to take to be able to apply CE marking to their products. This service involves our technical experts analysing any harmonised European Standard(s) relevant to clients’ products and preparing a report summarising the key action points required.

Also on show will be the BBA’s new and improved website. Of particular interest will be the new certificate search facility designed with a series of drop down menus to accurately pinpoint specific certificates and installers with ease. The look and feel of the website is also being improved with more logical and clearer navigation so that clients can find the information they require quickly and easily.

So for up to the minute guidance and advice on product and installer approvals visit the BBA in the South hall stand 2360.

CAB at Ecobuild

CAB is supporting Ecobuild (Stand N285) to highlight its central role in promoting aluminium as a sustainable 21st century material.

CAB’s 36m2 stand will be in the form of a drop-in lounge manned by CAB staff who will be on hand to answer any questions relating to aluminium and aluminium products used in construction supply chain. Visitors can receive advice on where to find important sources of data to support the use of aluminium, and up to date information on all CAB’s ongoing sustainability projects.

Aluminium’s presence at the show, which is likely to attract around 60,000 visitors, has soared in recent years with many of CAB’s membership also supporting the exhibition in 2012, some for the first time.

Justin Ratcliffe, CAB CEO said: “CAB’s prominent role in both lobbying and promoting aluminium’s sustainable credentials makes Ecobuild a must, but we are also delighted at how the show delivers high quality visitors with serious enquiries. Last year, for instance, there were over 8,500 architects who visited the show and we got to speak to a number of key practices.”


Daikin at Ecobuild

Daikin will be exhibiting at Ecobuild on stand N1845.

Daikin UK supplies heating, cooling, ventilation and refrigeration solutions for commercial, residential and industrial applications. Its product portfolio comprises a wide range of highly energy efficient climate control systems.

With more than 50 years’ experience in the design and manufacture of heating and cooling technology, Daikin provides a comprehensive choice of domestic heating and renewable energy products.

Daikin’s efficient heating solutions maximise the use of renewable energy to deliver completely reliable and controllable heating and hot water for homes throughout the year – even when the temperature outside is down to -20ºC.

Daikin offers all the components to create a completely integrated heating system, including solar thermal panels and underfloor heating, so every element is designed to work together for optimum performance and efficiency.

A wholly owned subsidiary of Daikin Europe NV, Daikin UK has an excellent record of concern for environmental issues and applies it to all areas of the business, in many cases pre-empting international and national environmental legislation.

Dow at Ecobuild

Dow Building Solutions – manufacturer of Styrofoam extruded polystyrene (XPS) insulation – will use Ecobuild 2012 to introduce its latest generation insulation for inverted roofing, Xenergy SL, on stand N1251.

Xenergy offers the established properties of Styrofoam – including durability and moisture resistance – alongside significantly improved lambda values thanks to the addition of infrared technology.

The launch follows recent improvements to thermal conductivity across the existing Styrofoam-A range. Thermal conductivity of Styrofoam-A – which includes Roofmate-A, Floormate-A and Perimate DI-A products – has already been improved by 0.002W/mK, enabling users to achieve lower U-values from the same thicknesses of insulation.

“Ecobuild is the perfect opportunity for us to introduce new Xenergy SL to the market, but also to remind architects, specifiers and contractors of the reasons they’ve specified Styrofoam products in the past,” explained Jayne Law MBE, UK and Ireland sales manager for Dow Building Solutions.

“Over the years we’ve striven to respond to market needs and legislative demands by making advances in the technical capabilities of our products – the launch of Xenergy and the improvements in thermal conductivity we are already able to offer are the latest examples of our commitment to such continuous improvement.”

Eco farm

Roof window manufacturer Fakro GB will be exhibiting at Ecobuild on stand N1530.

Its products have been used in the restoration of Hornington Manor, a 250-year old, Grade II listed farmhouse near York. The creation of an eco-farm is the vision of Simon Spink, managing director of bed maker Spink and Edgar which supplies stores such as John Lewis.

Fakro supplied electronically and manually operated windows for installation in green roof upstands together with conservation style windows for clay pantile roofs on converted outbuildings. All products had to meet high standards of sustainability and Fakro products met the criteria set for U-value, timber quality and sourcing, BBA certification and design.

Internorm at Ecobuid

Visitors to the Internorm stand at this year’s EcoBuild will find a range of Passive House windows and doors.

With a wide range of PVCU and PVCU/aluminium windows, specifiers can select systems according to the performance and aesthetic demands of their project. For example, PVCU windows are available in a white finish to the inside and outside. Alternatively an aluminium attachment cover for the exterior is available in a full range of colours, while there are also options for interior décor foils to replicate the look and feel of wood, or any RAL colour. Blending any of these options together will result in a unique window specification.

Different window designs offer a broad selection of profiles, suiting both older as well as more contemporary building styles.

Internorm also has a range of timber/aluminium window designs, and customers can choose from traditional as well as contemporary profiles. There is also a choice of interior finish in either spruce or larch timber. The performance of Internorm’s timber/aluminium windows is enhanced by a composite construction that incorporates an insulating thermal foam.

Additional features include Fix-O-Round technology, a choice of glazing including Solar+ glass, security measures, and accessories such as integrated blinds.

Fix-O-Round technology is a continuous all-round fixing for the window pane, providing a continuous connection for the glazing with the window frame. The benefits are improved stability, thermal insulation and sound proofing, burglary protection and greater durability of the window unit for its entire lifespan.

Solar+ glass is a specialist thermal coating, available on all triple glazed windows as standard. Solar+ triple glazing maximises the potential energy gains provided through solar irradiation. It prevents subsequent heat loss through the window with very low Ug values, helping to maintain a comfortable, cost, carbon and energy efficient interior environment.

“Windows and doors are key building components,” Internorm’s Thomas Hagen said, “They not only serve a functional purpose but they also enhance the architectural significance of any building design. With important performance criteria to fulfil, architects, specifiers and end clients or self builders are likely to have a long list of demands when it comes to selecting the right windows for a project.

“Because of Internorm’s extensive experience, with over 80 years of window and door design, development and production to draw from, our customers are assured of the best advice and complete support at every stage of the process.”


Rainwater Harvesting at Ecobuild

Rainwaterharvesting.co.uk provides simple and practical systems to consumers and professionals, and is exhibiting at Ecobuild on stand S1860.

The company has addressed the issue of power consumption by the pump needed in rainwater harvesting systems by developing the Rain Director, which has WRAS approval. Instead of the pump in the underground tank feeding appliances directly, it pumps to a smart header tank which gravity-feeds appliances. It differs from other gravity feed systems because the pump only works when the header tank is completely empty rather than every time water is drawn. As a result, power use by the pump drops by a factor of 5. A solar-powered Rain Director which reduces energy use to virtually nothing, was launched in 2010.

Official pressure is now on to use rainwater instead of mains water whenever possible. The Code for Sustainable Homes and planning regs encourage rainwater use, not only to save on mains water but also to alleviate flood threats. Waterboards since 2010 have greater powers during water shortages and businesses can benefit from the Enhanced Capital Allowance tax rebate scheme. Rainwaterharvesting.co.uk can give advice on meeting required Code levels, planning stipulations and flood attenuation issues. Their belief is that rainwater harvesting is the easiest and most financially accessible of the sustainable options.

Schueco at Ecobuild

Schueco UK, the lead sponsor of Ecobuild 2012, has major stands (N2940 and S310) in both halls.

In addition to its solar energy products, Schueco is showing examples of its aluminium and steel systems, some of which are new to the UK.

Solar-enabled systems on show include two aluminium facade systems incorporating Schueco ProSol TF+ thin-film PV technology, together with a ProSol-enabled brise soleil. Schueco's unique ERC 50 Renovation Façade is being shown for the first time in the UK, as is the Janisol Arte insulated steel renovation window from Schueco Jansen. The latter recently won a Gold Design Award at France’s leading building exhibition, Batimat 2011.

Also on show are: a heavily insulated door and facade that meet PassivHaus standards; and Schueco ASS 77 PD.NI, the first in a new range of 'panoramic' motorised sliding doors. Able to accommodate very large openings (up to 3.5m high by 3.2m wide), these doors have minimal profile face widths of the central meeting stiles and outer frames that are completely concealed in the building structure on all four sides to give maximum light transparency.

The solar products on display include: roof-mounted thermal collectors and PV modules from the company’s Premium and Compact Line systems; an array of Schueco TF+ thin-film PV modules installed on Schueco’s East/West flat-roof mounting system; current pump-stations and controllers together with a newly introduced controller and pump; roof anchors and under-construction; a range of inverters; and a Sunalyzer Web PR data logger.

There is also a working e-bike illustrating the diverse ways in which solar power may be used.


Unique Window Systems at Ecobuild 2012

Unique Window Systems will be at Ecobuild 2012 exhibiting its ranges of high-quality, sustainable PVC-U and architectural aluminium windows, doors and shop fronts for the commercial market, including its own Tufacade curtain walling system developed specially for this sector.

The company will be displaying its Ecoprofile PVC-U windows, made with high post-consumer recycled PVC-U content that fulfils demand for increasingly sustainable building products. Manufactured from Eurocell’s fully design-engineered co-extruded system, all post-consumer PVC-U is hidden from view without compromising on aesthetics or performance to offer the ultimate PVC-U window sustainability.

Also presented on stand N1100 will be a series of selected installation projects from Unique Window Systems’ extensive portfolio showcasing its broad experience, capability and understanding of clients’ needs to deliver on budget and on time, every time.

Unique Window Systems manufactures a range of energy-efficient, architectural aluminium building products using leading systems from Senior Architectural Systems, Kawneer and Schuco.

Visitors can also learn more about the company’s services for architects, specifiers and developers, which include Auto-CAD design, project management through to skilled and experienced fitting teams.

Unique holds ISO 9001:2000, CHAS and Secured by Design accreditations. The company works in partnership with clients to ensure reliable delivery of every project from design, estimating and site survey to manufacture, supply and installation.


Flushed away

Geberit will be at Ecobuild 2012 in March with a stand displaying its sanitary systems.

Taking centre stage will be Geberit’s UP320 concealed cistern, which requires no tools to maintain. The cistern, which is fitted into the Duofix framing system, has been updated to ensure a top-rate performance while helping specifiers adhere to ‘green’ guidelines for sustainability.

Primarily, the flush valve has been adapted to feature an additional low flush volume setting of 4.5 which can be simply activated and therefore provides flush volumes of 6 litres and 3 litres, factory set, or 4.5 and 3 litres for use with WC pans that have been designed for low flush volumes.

Alongside the UP320, Geberit will also be displaying its comprehensive range of products, from plumbing and drainage solutions through to easy to install frame systems for wall-hung sanitaryware, stylish flush plates and touch-free infra-red sensor brassware.

Also, making its debut at Ecobuild will be a new self-sustaining power supply for Geberit infra-red taps.

Stand S225

From Eco to Zed

ZEDfactory is back at Ecobuild 2012 with solarZED, which challenges received thinking on high density public transport provision by putting affordable solar-powered transport at the heart of sustainable development.

The latest version of ZEDfactory’s energy roof will be on display, creating a ‘solar tree’ to power a new range of electric vehicles.

The 3kw peak ‘solar tree’ – using the latest version of ZEDfactory’s energy roof – will promote zero carbon personal transport as a viable option for private individuals, as well as companies and pool hire, at a fraction of the cost of providing public transport infrastructure.

Sustainability floored

New ways of reusing carpet materials and offcuts will be showcased by Carpet Recycling UK on Stand S20 at Ecobuild 2012.

A full information-packed CRUK seminar programme on Thursday March 22nd will highlight the latest progress on treating recovered carpet as a rich new resource for novel products and high-end applications.

Three popular seminar sessions will focus on sustainable practices supported by CRUK, the industry-backed association for waste carpet reuse and recycling, in its third appearance at the Excel show.

Starting at 11am, the seminars will feature senior industry figures and leading flooring manufacturers sharing their knowledge on the latest research and development into advanced recycling and reprocessing techniques for all types of synthetic and wool carpets.

Discussion will also centre on how carpet materials can be used as a valuable new resource for cost-effective and eco-friendly design concepts, including construction products. The sessions will cover:

• Innovative construction products from carpet fibres
• Design for recycling and designing products with recycled content
• Carpet tile reuse and recycling

“Tremendous opportunities for recovering and recycling carpet materials are emerging all the time. For example, recovered carpet fibres can be used in wood replacement products and advertising hoardings or protective screens for building sites,” said Jane Gardner of resource recovery specialists Axion Consulting, which manages CRUK.

“Identifying new ways of diverting this bulky waste stream from landfill and recovering it for reuse is a primary focus for us as we move towards our target of 25% carpet waste diversion from landfill by 2015.”


Rehau at Ecobuild

2012 will be Rehau’s 4th appearance at Ecobuild and it will be showing its range of polymer solutions for the ground source and biomass markets.

The stand will display both of Rehau’s pre-insulated pipes – Rauvitherm and Rauthermex. These can be used for a wide range of applications including district heating, biomass, biogas and heat pumps. Both pipes use the renowned Rehau Everloc compression sleeve fitting and both are available in long coils, cut to length from UK stock.

Rehau’s Raugeo ground source range include vertical probes, horizontal collectors, Helix probes and energy piles. Rehau’s stand will feature a manifold chamber so that installers can see this lightweight and compact solution first hand, as well as information on the company’s underfloor heating solutions.

Alongside these will be Rehau’s award winning Awadukt Thermo ground-air heat exchanger which was a winner in the 2011 Home Building & Renovating Product Excellence Awards. This underground pipe system pre-cools or pre-heats ventilation air before it enters a building, offering a simple and low-energy passive solution. Awadukt Thermo has been used extensively in both the residential and commercial sectors.

Rehau’s team of specialists will be on the stand ready to offer advice on which of its low energy solutions could be suitable for different types of projects.


Green themes

Demonstrating both sustainability and thermal efficiency, Reynaers Aluminium will be showcasing a number of thermally improved systems at EcoBuild 2012 including its window and door system, CS104, ideal for passive construction.

Also featured on the stand will be CF77 Concept Folding sliding doors, CS38 slimline, steel replacement windows, Airmax parallel opening windows, CW50 Hi thermally improved curtain walling and examples of the company’s sunscreening products.

A high insulation, triple glazed window system, meeting the exacting passive construction standards, Reynaers CS104 has a market leading Uw value of 0.77 W/m²K, for a complete window.

On show for the first time at EcoBuild is the new Reynaers Concept Folding 77, a sliding, folding system with features that combine openness with large dimensions while meeting the demands for high insulation. Versatile and easy to use, the system offers two vent profiles and can be used to fully open up internal spaces, while providing three threshold solutions.

Ideal for the replacement of steel windows, Reynaers CS38-SL is a three-chamber window system with excellent technical performance. Its slim lines make it equally attractive for new build applications for all types of side or top hung windows.

The unique parallel opening window Airmax allows air to flow around its entire perimeter facilitating highly efficient ventilation. Its use almost doubles airflow in comparison to traditional top hung windows. Airmax, in a fully automated version, will also feature on a CW50 Hi curtain walling facade. This high thermally insulated system can achieve a Uw value as low as 1.0 W/m²K, providing optimal thermal comfort.

Options of Reynaers Sunscreening systems will also be on show, designed to readily integrate into new or existing buildings to protect against solar heat gain and glare ensuring a comfortable working environment while reducing the reliance on air conditioning.


Exhibiting efficiency

Solent Glass & Glazing Products will be at Ecobuild exhibiting the Rehau Geneo composite window system.

The specialist fabricator is showcasing a complete range of Passivhaus certified windows, doors and lift and slide patios in the Rehau Geneo system as well as illustrating recent successful installations in a range of energy efficient homes.

The six chambered Rehau Geneo window system is manufactured using a 100% recyclable fibre composite material branded RAU-Fipro, similar to the kinds of fibre composites used extensively in aircraft construction and Formula 1 design.

It has an inherent strength which means it can perform without any requirement for steel reinforcement in standard sized windows and a thermal efficiency which means windows fabricated in Rehau Geneo can achieve Uw values as low as 0.67W/m2K when triple glazed and Krypton filled and 1.1W/m2K when double glazed and Argon filled.

Solent Glass and Glazing, based in Fareham, Hampshire, is a specialist manufacturer of the Rehau Geneo system in the UK, and combines experience and expertise in this most advanced contemporary window solution with a successful 25 year track record in glass and glazing manufacture. www.rehau.co.uk