Builder, Chris Brooks has just reroofed a Northamptonshire barn conversion after a mouse caused a fire in the eaves. The whole Actis Hybrid system was specified including 125mm Hybris insulation, plus the insulating vapour control layer and breather membranes, HControl Hybrid and Boost R Hybrid Roof. Thanks to the 0.13 U-value there’s a massive thermal improvement.
Instead of opening outwards or inwards, internal pocket doors are designed to simply glide into a cavity that’s made into the adjacent wall. This gives users an option that’s hidden and doesn’t impede on access in smaller or tighter spaces, thus maximising floor space. The Brio Pocket Slide 80 kit is a one-size-fits-all solution, designed to be easily adaptable to suit a range of door widths and heights.
The slimmest semi-dry glaze system in the UK is how Origin is describing its OS-29 (Patio Slider). Featuring a 29mm sightline, the new unit joins the OS-44 and OS-77 (with 44mm and 77mm sightline options respectively) in the company’s Patio Sliding Door range. Its design comes as a result of market feedback wanting slimmer sightlines, easier transport options and a more straightforward installation in comparison to wet glazed systems.
The number one cause of floor failure the presence of damp, compounded by the absence of remedial action before installing the floor covering. Setcrete is an invaulaable resource for getting the installation right, and the manufacturer has a team of technical experts at the end of the phone, or contactable via email, who can advise on any flooring situation and the key steps and products needed.
MECHANICAL EXTRACT VENTILATION
The MEV 160 and MEV 300 are versatile, compact, high performance mechanical ventilation systems from EnviroVent. The units are designed to enhance indoor air quality with multiple extract points to simultaneously draw moisture-laden air from the wet rooms – whilst minimising the migration of humidity to other rooms. With a low profile of 16cm, they’re ideal for areas where space is restricted, and can be wall, floor or ceiling mounted, horizontally or vertically with just four fixing points.
There’s a range of Monkey Tail and Tear Drop Handles available with the REHAU Rio flush fit window, along with complementary stays and pegs. These are particularly suited to homeowners seeking a traditional timber window aesthetic. The new hardware features key-locking handles that are designed to fit its TOTAL70C and TOTAL70S profiles, allowing homeowners to open the windows at pre-defined distances.
THERMOSTATIC MIXER SHOWERS
There’s a range of twelve different thermostatic mixer showers, including single, dual and triple outlets – all finished in sparkling chrome – under the Aqualisa ‘Dream’ banner. All feature concealed valves installed in the wall space behind attractive wall plates, and there’s a choice of adjustable handsets, fixed head drenchers and bath fill outlets, with minimalist design and easy to use controls.
PASSIVE FIRE PROTECTION
Builders can control the spread of fire with Sika’s passive fire protection products for linear and penetration seals. The range has been developed to restore the fire resistance of walls and floors disrupted by linear seals, cavity barriers or penetration services, and includes sealants, coatings, wraps, collars, fire boards, compounds and ablative pads. A full guide is available via the rdr link below.
HOME USB CHARGING
Domestic USB charging points continue to grow in popularity with homeowners, and Knightsbridge is leading the trend with the introduction of 230V 13A two-gang switched sockets. Both ports are FASTCHARGE enabled, which means that a device compatible with QC2.0/ QC3.0 (Quick Charge) or PD FASTCHARGE can achieve up to a 50 per cent charge in 30 minutes or less.