Calls for tougher legislation and a ban on gas boilers in new homes welcomed by UK’s leading sustainable developer @CituUK

A hard-hitting report that says UK housing is unfit for the future challenges of climate change has been welcomed by leading sustainable developers Citu.

The UK Housing: Fit for the future? study by the independent Committee on Climate Change (CCC) says the Government must act now to improve the quality of UK homes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and safeguard residents’ comfort, health and wellbeing.

It warns that the legally-binding climate change targets will not be met without the near-complete elimination of greenhouse gas emissions from UK buildings, and it calls for a ban on gas boilers and hobs in all new homes by 2025.

Surface Design Show 2019 @surfacethinking

The 2019 edition of Surface Design Show, which took place at London’s Business Design Centre from 5 – 7 February, gave a platform to more surface material and lighting specialists than ever before.

More than 150 exhibitors from across Europe put their best surface, material and lighting products on display and over 5200 architects, designers and specifiers from 47 countries visited to explore the variety of interior and exterior surface materials, lighting design, development and innovation.

FLOORING TAKES TO THE MAIN STAGE @FlooringShow

Looking for texture, colour, ambience, finish, performance? You’ll find all these and more at this year’s Flooring Show which takes place from 15-17 September in Harrogate.

This is where flooring in all its forms is given the starring role. The show is widely recognised as the UK’s National Flooring Event, and this year marks its 57th edition, a record performance for a b2b trade show, and 2019 is set to be The Flooring Shows best year with a resurgence in visitor numbers and interest in recent years.

PVC-U is perfect for prestigious property’s 46 sash windows @VEKA_plc

Long-standing VEKA Group customer SWC Trade Frames was proud to act as a ‘one-stop-specification-shop’ for a stately six-bedroom new build in the Yorkshire Dales.

The Scarborough-based company fabricates high quality Halo products from VEKA Group and was able to supply the 46 Vertical Sliders and 3 sets of French Doors needed for the prestigious job.

The Smart Home Expo is your chance to witness the home of the future @SmartHomeExpo

The Smart Home Expo, the UK’s ultimate event for the smart technologies revolutionising the way we live, is taking place on the 26th & 27th of March at Birmingham’s NEC, and this is your chance to witness the future of connected and independent living.

With smart technology more and more being created with aesthetics in mind and integrated into spaces as a key part of the overall design, we are delighted to tell you we’ve partnered with the show this year. We’ve put together the top 10 reasons why this year’s show is simply unmissable:

Platform lift a perfect fit for Orangetheory @invalifts

Orangetheory fitness in Altrincham is a gym with a difference, as their workouts combine science, coaching and technology to offer the optimum workout. As this was a new gym, access was required from the ground level to the basement area, so all users could fully utilise the facilities.

Working in partnership with MGPM Limited and Welcomm Health & Fitness Limited, Invalifts were contacted to provide a disabled access solution between the two levels. Our lift experts surveyed the site, and recommended the MC2000 platform lift with a footprint of just 1250mm x 1560mm giving a fully Part M compliant platform size of 1120mm 1480mm.

FUTURE-PROOF WITH STYLE @closomatuk

A new report(*) is highlighting that aesthetics are playing an increasing role in product specification for independent living.

Closomat, Britain’s leading provider of accessible bathroom solutions, has brought to market a new WC that means that specifiers- architects, Occupational Therapists, contractors- can deliver style and enablement.

The Closomat Asana delivers contemporary design in a wall-hung WC combined with the proven hygiene benefits of shower toilet technology. Thus, an accessible WC that is aspirational can be achieved.

The latest edition of the essential architect’s guide to ceramic tiles just published by Kick-Start Publishing

The 2019 edition of The Specifier’s Guide to Ceramic Tile & Calibrated Natural Stone, which explores all the latest ceramic tile design trends and advanced installation techniques, is now available in print and online at www.specifiersguide.co.uk.

Now in its fifth edition, The Specifier’s Guide has established itself as an annual industry bible and provides an essential specification tool for architects and designers.   Content includes informed analysis of global tile trends, along with reports on the latest technology, and sustainability; as well as some truly inspirational case studies.  Ancillary products – from backer boards and anhydrite screeds to entrance matting and water-based sealers – are also examined within the Guide, with expert comment from Joe Simpson, the Guide’s award-winning Editor.

New Viessmann Vitocell 300-V introduces the market’s most energy efficient unvented DHW cylinders @ViessmannUK

Two new DHW cylinders combine an A+ energy rating with high performance  

Viessmann has introduced the only domestic hot water cylinders on the market with an A+ rating. The two new floorstanding Vitocell 300-V DHW cylinders, with capacities of 160 and 200 litres, are twice as energy efficiency in terms of standby losses as the industry norm.

Both new versions of the Vitocell 300-V replace the previous A rated models, and both are suitable for domestic installations with boiler outputs up to 80 kW. Higher DHW demands can be accommodated by combining several Vitocell 300-V cylinders into cylinder banks with common headers.

RINNAI WITH LPG IS LOW NOX, SUSTAINABLE AND PERFECT FOR OFF-GRID @rinnai_uk

Rinnai condensing hot water heater units using LPG deliver lower carbon emission figures, greater energy efficiencies and are more economic to run than other sources such as oil or electric – making them the first choice for off-grid installations and sites.

For specifiers and installers, helping an off-grid user select a low NOx energy efficient water heater is critical — and a condensing continuous flow water heater using LPG is one of the most efficient and environmentally friendly options available. By choosing a continuous flow water heater instead of a standard electric water heater, an end user can reduce energy costs by up to 50% and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 61%. When compared with oil-fired systems this saving is even greater.

NEW CLICK LVT COLLECTIONS FROM DESIGNER CONTRACTS @DesignerContrac

As the trend for stylish, hard flooring options continues to grow, Designer Contracts, the UK’s largest flooring contractor, has added two new collections of Click LVT flooring from big name brands Amtico and Pergo.

Suitable for commercial and residential installations, Amtico’s Click Smart collection features 12 authentic wood and stone effect designs that can be fitted straight on to a solid and smooth subfloor. The glue-less installation includes the latest rigid board technology and has a robust locking mechanism, making it quicker and easier to install.

SCHUECO UK EXCELLENCE AWARDS 2019 NOW OPEN FOR ENTRIES

Schueco UK, Britain’s leading specialist in aluminium and steel systems for the whole building envelope, are calling on architects, main contractors and specialist contractors to submit entries to the 2019 Schueco Excellence Awards for Design and Innovation.

Established in 2013, this highly regarded annual competition continues to attract large numbers of submissions from all over the UK and Ireland, with Schueco confident that entries for the 2019 competition will top last year’s record total.

ARCHITECTS AND SPECIFIERS BENEFIT FROM NEW AIRTIGHTNESS SEMINAR @IsoChemie

E30 fire rated ISO-TOP WINFRAMER features

A free seminar for architects and designers on airtightness in construction sealing joints and improvement options, is now available from form tape sealant specialists ISO-CHEMIE.

The move advances architectural knowledge and understanding of airtightness and related issues, enabling specifiers to improve the design and construction of buildings and boost their technical and product expertise.

NEW WINDOW FROM SCHUECO UK IS LATEST IN COMPANY’S PANORAMA RANGE

New from Schueco UK, Britain’s leading specialist in aluminium and steel systems for the whole building envelope, is the AWS 75 PD.SI Panorama window.

Aimed primarily at the residential market, the new window is designed for the construction of ribbon windows and for use as an insert in a Schueco mullion/transom façade system such as the Schueco FWS 35 PD.

Sliding doors – creating more space with style and versatility @IronmngryDirect

Sliding doors can offer a range of benefits to a property that lacks space, or where there is a need to adjoin two rooms fluidly, providing the perfect solution. Whilst growing ever more popular in Europe, it seems the UK market is yet to embrace the hinge door alternative to the same extent as our continental neighbours.

The UK’s largest ironmongery supplier, IronmongeryDirect, offers a range of sliding door products that can help maximise space whilst adding a stylish edge to home interiors.

Win a 3 month internship with a a leading London Design Studio @TheSBID

Are you studying interior design? Want to add more work experience to your CV to land your dream
interior design job? The Society for British & International Design have opened their annual ‘Get Me 2 The
Top’ internship competition – offering you the chance to work in one of three leading London Interior
Design studios for 3 months this summer!