WOODEN SASH WINDOWS
It doesn’t discolour over time like PVCu and can be over-painted – that’s just two of the reasons that Patchett Joinery is championing wooden sash windows. Not being a sealed unit, they can be replaced in part if they are damaged, which means the homeowner doesn’t need to go to the expense of buying an entire window unit. Moreover, the up and down opening mechanism eliminates the need to stretch over units or furniture to open the window.
Safety and breathability are two priority design features for Klober’s product range. The Permo Air breathable membrane does not require additional ventilation, for example, reducing the risk of condensation in the roof space. Four-layer breathable membranes, such as Permo Forte, which include reinforced grids, offer increased strength and durability during installation, which is particularly advantageous in windy, icy or wet weather.
A clean-tech spin-out from Heriot-Watt University has been awarded £1 million in funding by Zero Waste Scotland to commercialise production of its K-Briq to more than two million bricks per year. The Kenoteq product is made from over 90 per cent recycled demolition and construction waste materials. It produces a tenth of the CO2 emissions of a traditional fired brick and requires less than a tenth of the energy in its manufacture.
STEEL CONSTRUCTION FIXINGS
The patented Ancon Thermal Windpost (TWP2) offers up to a 70 per cent reduction in thermal transmission through the span of the windpost. The product features integral mineral fibre insulation to ensure continuity of insulation in the cavity, and its design means it sits level with the outside face of partial-fill insulation so it can be taped to further reduce thermal heat loss.
A low-cost solution to improve energy efficiency within SAP is what IG Lintels is promising with its Hi-therm+ solution. Incorporating a thermal break, the units are up to five times more thermally efficient than a traditional steel lintel. The company’s technical team can also provide bespoke lintels for a particular project.
Manufactured from 100 per cent polypropylene, the easy-to-install ACO Water Management GravelGuard is an effective gravel stabilising ground reinforcement system. The incorporated geo-textile membrane helps to reduce weed growth and eliminates the need for two separate layers of membrane and grid. The integrated filter fleece can be easily cut to fit.
The Old Farmhouse bricks from Vandersanden are ‘tumbled’ as part of the production process, which not only gives them an ‘aged’ look but also makes them very forgiving on the joints when laying. A warm, textured, natural and multi-coloured look is complemented by a strong base colour of red, which is muted by tones of brown, white, yellow and black – and the brick’s creased structure.
The first complete product specification package for the external envelope, is how Wienerberger is describing its HomeSpec solution. Whether it’s internal and external walls, the roof, accessories or specialist bricks, all products are available from one source, covered under one 15-year guarantee, and backed up by help, support, training and advice.
Russell Roof Tiles’ Lothian tiles are a thinner leading-edge tile with a mock joint and hidden interlock. The tile is used to create a slate or small format tile appearance whilst offering the commercial benefits of a concrete tile. Lothian forms part of the Russell Natural Range – a series of thinner leading edge tiles with either a smooth face, a riven finish or a mock format joint. These all give a different natural slate or clay appearance.