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Monodraught - Prospects College – Cool-Phase
Prospects College is a vocational skills training provider based in the South East of England with sites in Southend, Brentwood and Basildon, providing courses for students aged from 14 years upwards. Architects Ayshford Sansome have been working with Prospects since 2006 and this is the sixth training facility the practice has worked on for the college. The original aspiration for the Centre was to create a sustainable building featuring...Read More
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Building Simulation - 25 years of Building Simulation
It is hard to believe that it is 25 years since Building Simulation began offering independent computer simulation services to the construction industry. “It was hard in 1988, we were about five years too early and I had to educate the market about what building simulation was.” says Catherine Simpson, the founder Director. Building Simulation has now been involved in more than 1,000 projects and it is delighted at memories of how building...Read More
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Levolux Shines at Fabrica
A new speculative office development in Manchester known as Fabrica, draws admiring glances from onlookers, thanks to its striking external screening solution, from the UK’s leading specialist, Levolux. Fabrica, named in honour of the area’s textile heritage, provides 21,000 sq ft of BREEAM Excellent office space, arranged over five floors. Developed by Royal London Asset Management and designed by 5Plus architects, Fabrica is...Read More
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DMS - RHI Compliant & Glycol Tolerant Superstatic 449 & 440 Heat Meters from Sontex
The Superstatic fluid oscillator measuring principle, used with the heat meters from Sontex, guarantees a high measuring accuracy and measuring durability. This fact was proved with top marks during the last heat meter tests of the German District Heating Association. The Superstatic 449 & 440 is offered for flows of qp 0,6 – 400 and can also be used as a cooling meter thanks to the waterproof design. The fluid oscillator works without...Read More
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Kingspan Access Floors Gains Leadenhall Building Contract
Kingspan Access Floors is supplying over 29,000 sq m of floor panels to the 224 metre high Leadenhall Building, which is set to become an iconic part of the London skyline. Kingspan is to install RMG flooring throughout the 52-storey skyscraper, which has been informally referred to as the Cheesegrater due to its distinctive shape. Main contractors Laing O’Rourke have scheduled practical completion of the building’s shell and core...Read More
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Steadmans - Dee Fish Nets New Industrial Unit from Steadmans
Leading building products manufacturer Steadmans has supplied materials for a new industrial unit at major Scottish fish catcher, processer and retailer, Dee Fish, located in Borgue, Kirkcudbright. The new building, installed by Dumfries-based M K Welding, benefits from 2,000 linear metres of Steadmans AS35 insulated panels, with 100mm goosewing grey used for the roof and 80mm olive green used for the walls. The company’s one-stop...Read More
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Spirax Sarco Systems Help ReFood Save over 10MWh Per Day at Waste-To-Energy...
ReFood UK Limited is recovering more than 10MWh a day of energy and saving over £80,000 a year thanks to the use of heat recovery systems from Spirax Sarco at its new anaerobic digester (AD) facility at Doncaster. The AD plant and associated combined heat and power (CHP) engines generate heat and 2.8MW of electrical energy from food waste. This is the first industrial-scale AD plant under the ReFood badge. The company’s...Read More
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Komfort - Eldon Technology Switches to Fire Protected Komfort Partitions
After years providing protection for electronic products, Eldon Technology has switched its attention to delivering a safety conscious finish in a new Rotherham head-office. To help the company achieve this goal, leading partitioning manufacturer Komfort was brought in to provide a detailed and specialist solution. The all new office suites and boardrooms were fitted using single glazed Polar partitions, a minimal system designed with...Read More
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Cast Iron Air Brick Company - Cast Iron Conservation Cowled Vent Grilles
The conservation vent, designed by the Cast Iron Air Brick Company, looks like a combination of a cylinder head and a rainwater hopper from an elegant Georgian or Victorian property. This should come as no surprise because it was indeed inspired by cast iron rainwater fittings of the Regency period and the pattern maker, who made the pattern, was a former cylinder head designer, working for Austin, Jaguar and Rolls Royce in the...Read More
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Harlequin Launches New DIY Dance Floor Packs
Harlequin Floors has taken its revolutionary Harlequin Vitality™ do-it-yourself sprung dance floor system to new levels of convenience, safety and value for money by launching four new ‘ready-to-install’ packs to suit every client’s budget and demands. As the industry leader in advanced technology flooring for dance, the performing arts and display, Harlequin has introduced these packs so anyone with basic DIY skills can benefit from...Read More
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Wienerberger - BDA Sustainability Report Reveals Wienerberger’s Brick Production...
As one of the major contributors to the Brick Development Association’s (BDA) Brick Industry Sustainability Strategy Progress Report 2012, Wienerberger has taken the opportunity to see how it measures up to industry averages. Released to coincide with the BDA Innovation Day 2013, the report data has been compiled over the last decade (2002-2012), and the figures show Wienerberger’s brick site performance to be extremely...Read More
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Mitsubishi Electric: Sustainable Solutions Manager Awarded UK-GBC Gold Pin
Mitsubishi Electric’s sustainable solutions manager, Martin Fahey has been honoured with a special Gold Pin Award from the UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) after his sterling work supporting the Council’s activities. The UK-GBC issues Gold Pin Awards to individuals from within the membership who have gone ‘above and beyond’ the call of duty in their support to the UK-GBC. Gold Pins are sparingly issued, with only two...Read More
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Legrand Sets Sights on Irish Growth with New Appointment
Legrand has underlined its intentions for Ireland by appointing Derek Gill as its new area project manager. Derek is a qualified electrician, BICSI* Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD) and has over 30-years industry experience. He has been tasked with working alongside consulting engineers to develop project specific Legrand system solutions, which he will then follow through to installation with the appointed...Read More
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ABB Power - Harmonic Amplification Demystified
Few topics in electrical engineering hold such mystique as the phenomenon of 'harmonic amplication'. Kurt Schipman explains what it is and how to deal with it when sizing a filtering solution. The vast majority of modern electrical loads produce some level of harmonic current when connected to the supply. Such loads include variable frequency drives (VFDs) used in pumps and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment...Read More
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