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REHAU CELEBRATE SCOPE SUCCESS @REHAUWindows @scope

REHAU employees from all across the UK have reached the peak of their charitable endeavours to raise money for the UK disability equality charity, Scope.

Setting a mighty target of £12,000, REHAU employees are now only £300 away after toughing out a whole host of challenging fundraisers, including the brutal task of climbing the infamous Three Peaks.

Scope lead the way when it comes to campaigning relentlessly for everyday equality and to achieve a fairer society for disabled people. The team at REHAU UK have been supporting and donating to the charity since late 2017, with efforts doubled over the last year.

Geberit receives BBA certification @GeberitUK

Geberit has achieved certification from the British Board of Agrément (BBA) for its Silent-PP drainage system.

The enhanced certification confirms Geberit Silent-PP to be compliant with English, Welsh, Scottish and Northern Irish building regulations. In addition, all the rigorous testing is carried out to EN standards contained within all building regulations.

‘It’s time for the state to start building again,’ says TV architect George Clarke as he’s named Visiting Professor at Birmingham City University @BCUPressOffice

Television architect and presenter George Clarke called for state intervention to solve ‘the biggest housing crisis the country has ever seen,’ as he was unveiled as a Visiting Professor at Birmingham City University.

During a visit to the University in which he was officially awarded the accolade, George spoke about his passion for affordable homes, the challenges posed by the UK’s housing crisis and the need to modernise the industry.

TARKETT RE-IMAGINES PARQUET FLOORING WITH SUSTAINABLE SEGNO WOOD COLLECTION @TarkettUK

Tarkett, the global leader in sustainable flooring solutions has launched its Segno collection: a range of beautiful decorative parquet crafted from responsibly sourced oak.

With 5 colour options and boards available in both ‘left’ and ‘right’ formats, the Segno range offers wide creative scope, as designers can experiment with different colour combinations and shapes.

The timeless appeal of oak

European oak is widely used for interior decoration due to its superior performance and longevity, as well as compatibility with both modern and traditional interiors.

Segno is crafted in five oak colourations to create a natural and stunning selection of shades suitable for any interior scheme, including whitewashed contemporary Lime Stone, warm classic Oak, and dramatic Old Brown for heritage styles. 

Chancellor visits Worcester Bosch to see the future of heating with new ‘clean gas’ laboratory #netzero @BoschGlobal @BoschPress

Leading heating systems manufacturer Worcester Bosch has met with the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sajid Javid MP, to present its developments in low-carbon heating technology.

Mr Javid visited the manufacturing plant in Worcester on the 8th of November with Worcester constituency MP Robin Walker.  They were shown Worcester Bosch’s new “clean gas” development lab and saw at first hand the company’s first hydrogen-ready boiler.

A hydrogen boiler could drastically reduce emissions in the use of heating and hot water in UK homes, hence its title as ‘clean gas’.  The company believes it is a viable solution towards achieving the UK’s net zero carbon targets by 2050. The boiler can run on natural gas until a future conversion of the gas grid to hydrogen.

REHAU’S GENEO NAMED PRODUCT OF THE YEAR @REHAUWindows

REHAU’s GENEO range of fibre-reinforced windows has been awarded the prestigious Product of the Year 2019 title by specialist architecture publisher Callwey Architekturverlag.

The range has been recognised in the windows category by a highly-respected judging panel from the architecture and media sectors. In particular, the judges were impressed with its use of sustainable materials to produce a window system with outstanding energy efficiency. The latest of REHAU’s innovative polymer-based solutions with high-tech fibre-composite window profiles developed over the past decade, the GENEO system was launched earlier this year and features the latest iteration of REHAU’s RAU-FIPRO X material.

Election retrofit pledges make headlines. Manchester’s sold-out Low Carbon Homes event opens on Thursday @lowcarbonhomes

Home heating accounts for 17% of all UK carbon emissions, a fact not missed by competing political parties, as we head towards our first election with Climate Change high on the agenda.

Labour’s plan for retrofitting our existing housing stock includes installation of over 6m heat pumps, 5m solar thermal and 2m solar photo voltaic systems by 2030, along with major insulation measures to reduce demand by 23% at a cost to Government of £60bn. Meanwhile, the Lib Dems have pledged £15bn to retrofit 26m homes…and all eyes are on the Conservatives to see how they plan to tackle the challenge of our inefficient housing stock, which results in 3.5m households living in fuel poverty.

NEW OVER-FLOOR HEATING, QUICK TO INSTALL WITH RAPID RESPONSE @wundatrade

With the UK starting on the road to zero carbon emissions, between now and 2050, 20,000 homes a week must meet new standards. This task is set to provide work for thousands of tradesmen for the foreseeable future.

One of the key solutions to these goals will be underfloor heating, as it’s the only system that efficiently runs with new low energy heat sources. It’s already the first choice for many other countries, and has been shown to be 25% more efficient than radiators and costs 60% less to run than electric underfloor heating.

Underfloor heating experts Wunda Group have created Wundatherm, a rapid response over-floor system 16mm or 20mm thick that can be laid without the need to dig up floors and is suitable for both retrofit and new build homes.

New BIM Download Service from Gira UK @Gira

Gira UK introduce New BIM Download Service online

Gira, one of the world’s leading full-range suppliers of intelligent system solutions for building management, is pleased to announce a new BIM download service on its website:

https://www.gira.com/en_GB/service/architekt/bim-daten.html

The new BIM Download Service from Gira is an intelligent 3D model-based process that enables premium specifiers like interior designers, architects and property developers the insight and tools to efficiently plan, design, construct, and manage intelligent buildings.

Offering the ability to download data directly from its website, luxury specifiers are now able to equip buildings with the latest technology without trouble as Gira provides even more information on its range of intelligent build solutions to the masses, available in ten languages at the push of a button.

What is Radon and how can we protect our homes? @DeltaMembranes

Radon occurs naturally in the environment.  Radon gas is created when natural radioactive uranium slowly decays and can be found in all rocks and soils.

Radon can be found everywhere in the United Kingdom, although certain parts of the UK will have higher concentration levels than others.  To check whether you are in a high Radon concentrated area visit https://www.ukradon.org/information/ukmaps.

This radioactive gas is, colourless, odourless and tasteless.

Radon is measured in becquerels per cubic metre of air (Bq m-3) and specialist equipment is required to detect it.

The average level of Radon in UK homes is 20 Bq m-3.  For levels below 100 Bq m-3, individual risk remains relatively low and not a cause for concern. However, the risk to health increases as radon levels increase.

STYLE YOUR LIVING SPACE WITH THE TOP INTERIOR TRENDS THIS AUTUMN @AnglianHome

As the sunny shades of summer transition to earthy autumnal tones, it’s time to switch the bright patterned cushions for warm knitted blankets and cosy throws. The changing of the seasons brings with it the chance to refresh your home interior, and this autumn you can dial-up the drama with dark colours and luxurious textures or create stunning mindful spaces with a botanical influence. 

Autumn is the perfect season to dedicate time to the home improvement projects you’ve been planning but haven’t had the chance to get round to throughout the busy summer months. Anglian Home Improvements has come up with three top tips for style-conscious homeowners looking to update their home for the new season ahead.

NEW RIO WINDOWS LEAVE HOME LOOKING FLUSH @REHAUWindows

Life is now much sweeter for a Norfolk couple who are the first people to have REHAU’s Rio flush fit windows installed in their home, fabricated by Climatec. Tim Whipps Windows worked wonders to replace the tired old windows in Mr and Mrs Farrell’s cottage, resulting in less maintenance and a more valuable looking property.

When Tim was first approached by homeowners Mr and Mrs Farrell, they were originally looking to replace their old externally beaded uPVC windows with a like-for-like replacement. However, after looking at the options for the standard casement windows, both Tim and the Farrells’ decided that actually this was not the best option. As a customer of Climatec for 10 years, Tim Whipps Windows exclusively installs REHAU window products due to their ease of installation and high quality. Tim took the couple through the new range of REHAU Rio flush fit windows, as showcased in his Climatec brochure, which they agreed suited their property style better and didn’t compromise the quaint appearance of the cottage.

VELUX TO UNVEIL NEW PRODUCTS AT FIRST EVER INSTALLER CONFERENCE @VELUXGBI.

Free training to help installers upskill and succeed in the digital economy to be offered

Leading roof window manufacturer, VELUX®, is inviting tradespeople to attend their first ever Installer Conference in London on 13 November.

The event will give industry professionals, business partners and their apprentices an exclusive first-look at an exciting new range of products by VELUX, who create better living environments for people by adding extra daylight and fresh air to their homes.

The range of new products includes roof windows, blinds and accessories – never before seen in the UK market – which will be demonstrated at the conference for attendees to view and test ahead of their release onto the market in 2020.

Gira UK retain its VIP status at London Build 2019 @Gira @LondonBuildExpo

Gira, one of the world’s leading full-range suppliers of intelligent system solutions for building management, is pleased to once again be a headline sponsor and exhibitor at London Build 2019 for a second consecutive year.

Recognised as the largest and most prestigious built-environment design shows for London and the South East, London Build 2019 opens its doors to the building and construction industry on 27rd to 28th November 2019 at the Olympia Exhibition Centre, London.

London Build is highly-regarded, offering an all-encompassing B2B trade show that celebrates all aspects of innovative design and construction, London Build 2019 is set to welcome over 25,000+ construction professionals.  

2020 Vision design competition to help nurture new talent @FIRAnews

The Furniture Industry Research Association launched details of a new design competition to support new talent to / within the furniture industry. The competition will close with finalists being showcased at Clerkenwell Design Week (19-21 May 2020) and the winners being announced at the event.

The competition is open to designers with less than 3 years in the furniture industry and all undergraduate students studying on furniture, design or architecture related courses in a UK university.

Housebuilder Redrow named Social Customer Service Team of the Year @RedrowHomes

Leading housebuilder Redrow was awarded the highly coveted Social Customer Service Team of the Year title at the 2019 UKCCF Awards held on Friday.

The annual awards, held by the UK Contact Centre Forum (UKCCF), aim to recognise individuals, teams and company best practice amongst the 6,000+ contact centres based across the UK, rewarding innovation, teamwork, employee engagement, and the delivery of high-quality customer experiences.

Finalists in the hotly competitive cross-sector category included TalkTalk and Virgin Trains. However, it was Redrow, in partnership with social media platform provider CrowdControlHQ, which took home the title due to its innovative take on social media.