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  • Lafarge marks a decade of hitting sustainability targets
    Lafarge Aggregates
    Lafarge has marked its tenth year of sustainability reporting in the UK this week with the release of its 2011/2012 Sustainability Reports. With a commitment to sustainability remaining at the heart of the business, Lafarge has made significant investment in developing its sustainable credentials. This has paid dividends, particularly with waste...
    08 November 2012
  • H+H UK: New robust details for Aircrete separating walls
    New robust details for Aircrete separating walls
    H+H UK
    Newly published Robust Details from H+H UK Ltd show that separating walls built using H+H aircrete blocks can easily surpass Building Regulation requirements, achieving the enhanced performances required for 3 credits under the Code for Sustainable Homes or 4 EcoHomes credits. H+H aircrete party walls not only offer excellent acoustic performance...
    07 November 2012
  • Armourcoat: ArmourFX is welcomed at Comfort Inn and Comfort Suites
    ArmourFX is welcomed at Comfort Inn and Comfort Suites
    Armourcoat
    Armour FX, Armourcoat’s new modular decorative panel system, has been specified as a welcome wall backdrop as part of the ‘Your First Impression’ brand programme for Comfort Inn and Comfort Suites. The Choice Hotels International brand programme takes the hotel guest's first impression to a new level, including a new signature front desk...
    05 November 2012
  • Sculpture unveiled at Broad Hill Mountsorrel Quarry
    Lafarge Aggregates
    A sculpture commemorating the link between industry and community in Charnwood has been unveiled at Mountsorrel Quarry this week. The Albert Stone immortalises a Victorian cobble maker and stands as a tribute to the workers whose toil helped make the quarry a success, as well as cementing the centuries old relationship between local villages and...
    16 October 2012
  • H+H UK: Thin-joint system used for low energy apartment block
    Thin-joint system used for low energy apartment block
    H+H UK
    H+H’s Thin Joint system has been used in a fabric-first approach to the design and construction of a low energy apartment block on a constrained site in Brighton. The planners insisted the four-apartment scheme had to comply with Level 4 for the Code for Sustainable Homes. This demanded a 25% reduction in CO2 emissions when compared to Building...
    15 October 2012
  • Armourcoat: Whiter than White inaugural exhibition, Superbrands
    Whiter than White inaugural exhibition, Superbrands
    Armourcoat
    Armourcoat was pleased to participate in the inaugural exhibition ‘Whiter than White’ by Materials Council at Super Brands during the London Design Festival, 20-23 September. Co-located with Tent London at the Old Truman Brewery, Super Brands is an interiors trade fair exclusively for established global design brands. ‘Whiter than White...
    12 October 2012
  • H+H UK: Light Gauge Steel vs Thin-joint Masonry
    Light Gauge Steel vs Thin-joint Masonry
    H+H UK
    Davis Langdon were commissioned by H+H UK Ltd to undertake a study to provide a detailed comparison between Light Gauge Steel (LGS) Frame construction and H+H UK Ltd thin-joint masonry construction using aircrete units. The study focused on a comparison of costs, together with speed of build, programme, robustness, thermal mass and other benefits...
    11 October 2012
  • H+H UK: Benefits of H+H aircrete for separating walls
    Benefits of H+H aircrete for separating walls
    H+H UK
    H+H aircrete has been successfully used in cavity separating walls for many years, with their light weight and ease of handling making them the ideal choice for some builders. Whether built with traditional mortar or with our thin layer Celfix mortar, separating walls built using H+H aircrete blocks can easily meet and surpass Building Regulation...
    11 October 2012
  • Clayworks: Clay plaster used in Nando's throughout UK
    Clay plaster used in Nando's throughout UK
    Clayworks
    Clayworks Clay Plaster is a high performance wall finish that was launched in 2011 and has taken the design world by storm for its breathtaking beauty and its extraordinary eco and healthy building credentials. Clayworks' naturally beautiful, pigmented clay plasters come in a range of premixed, nature-inspired colours. They provide a magnificent...
    20 September 2012
  • Diasen wins Good Energy Award 2012
    Newton Waterproofing
    The Good Energy Award designed by Bernoni Studio Associates, is dedicated to producers and manufacturers of systems for the renewable energy sector, in order to identify Italian excellence in this area. The award dedicated to virtuous businesses in the areas of renewable energy and saving, has received the support of the Ministry of Environment...
    15 June 2012
  • Versa Tecbor tested and approved to EN 13381-4
    Euroform Products
    Euroform’s A1 non-combustible board, Versa Tecbor, has now been tested and approved for the protection of steel beams and columns in accordance with EN 13381-4. Versa Tecbor has proved itself capable of offering fire protection to a building’s steel structural elements of between 30 and 240 minutes. This latest approval is just one of many. Versa...
    08 June 2012
  • Knauf: Knauf offers the right board for every application
    Knauf offers the right board for every application
    Knauf
    Versatile, strong and easy to use, the Knauf Drywall range of high performance plasterboards delivers complete panel solutions: from simple space division and separating walls, to lift shaft protection and X-ray shielding. Manufactured from the highest quality gypsum, these boards incorporate special additives that enhance their acoustic, impact...
    05 April 2012
  • Burlington Slate: Martin Pease and Burlington have Grand Designs
    Martin Pease and Burlington have Grand Designs
    Burlington Slate
    Using challenging high concept designs, Commercial Architect Martin Pease embarked on a personal project of building his family home in Bristol. Martin commissioned Bespoke cladding that was used in this project and featured in Episode three of series six of the Channel 4 series Grand Designs, whch was fisrt shown in January 2008. The material...
    24 February 2012