Inta calls on heating and plumbing sector to promote WEPL products

Leading bathroom products manufacturer Inta has called on the heating and plumbing industry to champion water–and energy-efficient products as it looks to step up its environmental credentials. The Water Efficient Product Labelling Scheme (WEPL) was introduced by the Bathroom Manufacturers Association (BMA) in 2007 and Inta says its success is such that it should now be[…]

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Sentinel Kinetic

Vent-Axia Provides Cambridge Sustainable Development with Energy Efficient Ventilation

Leading British manufacturer, Vent-Axia, is delighted to have supplied specialist Ventilation Company D.R Ventilation with ventilation for an exemplar of sustainable development in Cambridge. The Virido development offers future living with a collection of 208 unique apartments, duplex apartments and townhouses that offer a more sustainable lifestyle arranged around an open green space. Brimming with[…]

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Trend builds on the success of IQ®VISION with a range of new features

Trend Control Systems, a leading international manufacturer and supplier of state-of-the-art Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS), has announced availability of the latest version of its IQ®VISION Supervisor. IQ®VISION 2.1 boasts a range of improvements including extended controller support, faster device discovery, as well as an improved security model and updates to the Niagara platform. Since[…]

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Icknield Port Loop

Green light for residential-led regeneration scheme at Icknield Port Loop, Birmingham

Birmingham City Council has approved plans for the first phase of a major residential regeneration scheme at Icknield Port Loop, Birmingham. Working closely with Glenn Howells Architects, Maccreanor Lavington Architects and ShedKM, Grant Associates has created a detailed landscape masterplan that will see 207 family homes and 90 apartments built, along with green infrastructure including a[…]

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Vent-Axia Provides Ventilation to Floating Home

Leading British manufacturer, Vent-Axia, is delighted to have supplied ventilation to a ‘Floating Home’ in Chichester, West Sussex. Vent-Axia’s Lo-Carbon Sentinel Kinetic BH Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery (MVHR) unit is providing energy efficient and effective ventilation to this innovative and exciting project, which promises to offer a new way of living. With a housing[…]

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Latest renewable technology to heat ground-breaking Warwickshire homes

Cutting edge renewable heating technology will be helping to keep residents warm in the first Passivhaus affordable homes in Warwickshire. Warwickshire Rural Housing Association (WRHA) is currently developing the ground-breaking Passivhaus scheme in Wootton Wawen, in partnership with Waterloo Housing Group and developer, Bouygues UK. Developed in Germany in the early 1990s, the Passivhaus model[…]

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Key considerations for green roof specification

Stuart Hicks from cold-applied liquid waterproofing specialist, Kemper System, discusses the rise of green roof applications and specification best practice. The green roof market is quite literally growing – in 2017, the annual market growth rate was revealed at 17%, according to ‘The UK Green Roof Market’ report produced by Livingroofs.org. This year alone, the[…]

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Envirobuild aims to protect over 40k acres of Rainforest through Rainforest Trust donations

EnviroBuild, the leading sustainable construction company, aims to protect over 40k acres of rainforest this year through donating 10% of their profits to the Rainforest Trust and Ocean Cleanup. Ocean Cleanup is an organisation that collects plastic in the ocean through long catchment lines and recycles the plastic once recovered. This projected amount is triple[…]

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Healthy, Happy Homes

Health and wellbeing is a hot topic, it’s affected by everything from lifestyle to the air we breathe and even noise levels in our environment. Recent research has highlighted the crucial importance of good indoor air quality (IAQ) and how the nation’s health depends upon it. And noise-related stress is increasingly recognised as affecting our[…]

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Getting more from your space with Knauf AQUAPANEL®

Technology has drastically changed the face of the UK construction sector, bringing new materials and systems which have helped designers and architects to make the most out of the space available. Knauf boarded cladding system using AQUAPANEL® Exterior is one such option, providing design flexibility and performance benefits as an alternative to traditional brick and[…]

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Office fit-out with sustainability and wellbeing at its heart

Martin Fahey looks at how the refurbishment of a small city centre office has helped improve staff wellbeing and lower the organisation’s carbon footprint The UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) recently refurbished its London headquarters, with a design team drawn from its membership and the aim of challenging industry thinking as to what is achievable[…]

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A rational approach to alarms

Timely notification about any events concerning a building services infrastructure is vital. However, Steve Browning at Trend Control Systems, explains why the generation of too many individual alarms is deterring end users from configuring a Building Energy Management System (BEMS) to undertake the monitoring of their key compliance needs. When initially presented with the choice,[…]

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Trend creates a comfortable and safe environment at Bournville Gardens

Named The Older People’s Development of the Year by Inside Housing magazine, Bournville Gardens retirement village boasts a range of state-of-the-art facilities for high quality living. It aims to use energy as efficiently as possible, maintain perfect climate conditions and keep residents safe, which is why it uses a Building Energy Management System (BEMS) from[…]

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Air traffic control

Indoor air quality has a major influence on the health, comfort and wellbeing of a building’s occupants. Graeme Rees, marketing director at Trend Control Systems, explains how a Building Energy Management System (BEMS) can optimise comfort conditions and help keep people healthy and happy. Over the last few years a growing body of scientific evidence[…]

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Regeneration plans for Filton Airfield take-off

Green light for YTL’s regeneration proposal for Filton Airfield with landscape design by Grant Associates. Plans by infrastructure and development company YTL to regenerate Bristol’s historic 350-acre site at Filton Airfield have received the green light from South Gloucestershire Council. The masterplan includes 2,675 new homes, 62 acres of employment and industrial space, three new[…]

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lightweight canopy structure

Plywood canopy gives London hospital the wow factor

James Latham recently supplied more than 40 sheets of WISA Twin Plywood which was used to create a lightweight canopy structure for an impressive freestanding workspace pavilion in Evelina Children’s Hospital, part of the St. Thomas’ Hospital campus. The canopy, which was designed by leading architectural practice, CarverHaggard and fabricated by Wyliewood, provides shading, lighting,[…]

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