Ecobuild 2014

The countdown to Ecobuild 2014 ( has begun – the world’s biggest event for sustainable design, construction and the built environment which takes place 4th to 6th March 2014 at London’s ExCeL.

Perfect for eco-conscious home designers and architects or those seeking some fresh initiatives, Ecobuild 2014 will bring together thousands of green products as well as expert education and advice under one roof.

Choosing outdoor LED lighting

With a choice of floodlight and bulkhead designs, all outside lighting can now be replaced with the lowest energy option.
Why on earth are we still seeing so many old-style lights using CFL, halogen and even incandescent bulbs at our homes, schools, offices and public buildings? There is no excuse when LED lighting is so widely available, with the initial, opportunist glut of low cost and often unreliable imports proving to be a short-lived market phenomenon, the trusted reliable brands are holding their own. One of the names you are most likely to hear when you enquire about replacing outdoor lighting with LEDs, is NIGHTeye from Timeguard, who have led the way in both innovative design and superior quality in this emerging market sector. Read the latest issue of HD&A to see their advice

Ethanol fireplaces for all the luxury lovers

12-16 December 2013
Amsterdam RAI, Europaplein
Booth No. 226

If you are interested in something a little more exclusive we have an option in front of you. Planika together with Studio Robin Sluijzer will feature the latest high-end products during the Masters of LXRY 2013 in Amsterdam from December 12 –16.
It is a privilege to collaborate with Robin Sluijzer and his team, as they create spectacular interiors and revolutionary concepts. Choosing Planika’s most advanced products such as fully automatic Fire Line Automatic and portable Totem Commerce was only a matter of time.
The Masters of Lxry 2013 became a landmark in the luxury event calendars. One you cannot miss. Planika will be presented along with global luxury brands such as Lamborghini, Maserati, McLaren and many high-class products including yachts, watches, fashion, electronics and technology.

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To protect insulation from compression, and to provide safe access, LoftZone has brought to market a raised deck, called StoreFloor. It is popular with homeowners, having won first prize for Best New Invention at the Ideal Home Show, but has also been designed for the trade, being fast to install and also very strong. Moreover, LoftZone is the only solution on the market that complies with Building Regulations Parts K, L and P, Working at Height and CDM Regulations, and so it is no surprise that it is increasingly being specified by architects and clients, both for new build and retrofit.

One recent adopter was the Guinness Partnership, who installed the system in 65 properties in London. Chris Wait, Head of Programme and Planning, was pleased that the LoftZone product had come on to the market. He said: “We find that there’s a lack of knowledge out there about the importance of protecting loft insulation, as it doesn’t perform as well if it’s squashed. The LoftZone platforms provide that protection and they also provide safe access routes to components that need repairing, such as water tanks. We intend to continue using the systems when replacing roof coverings.”

For further information about LoftZone StoreFloor, visit, email [email protected] or call 01483 600304

Solar First For Speedheat

A converted Victorian village school has become the first home in the UK to run electrical floor heating from Speedheat by solar power.

The five-bedroom home already benefited from Speedheat underfloor heating throughout when Richard and Yvonne Gurney bought it. The system had been designed and installed under terracotta, marble and ceramic tiling, solid oak flooring and carpet.

OCCA HOME – Giving Designers A Fantastic Choice Online

Occa-Home is the leading online interiors website giving interior designers, architects, house builders and property developers access to over 150 of the world’s most desirable brands in furniture, lighting and homewares. In addition to over 15,000 beautiful products, our designers have curated inspirational lifestyle collections, all available online 24/7, enabling you to source items for your projects where and when convenient.

Rooflight Architectual – Perfect for the Domestic Architect or Housebuilder

Rooflight Architectural have many years experience supplying all types of Rooflights and roof glazing to the commercial sector, and more recently have successfully installed many Lantern Lights, Walk On Rooflights and Pitched Roof Glazing projects to domestic properties throughout the UK.

Campaign for Wool Launch ONEWOOL for Interiors

The Campaign for Wool launched a special interiors promotion this month to encourage manufacturers, retailers, designers and consumers to nominate their OneWool product of choice to celebrate in their digital promotion of wool interiors.
“OneWool will harness the skills, design talent and energy of all those that work with the fibre to create fabrics, art, furnishings and flooring and celebrate the diversity and practicality of real wool in home décor.” Bridgette Kelly of Campaign for Wool said.
Nominations of OneWool products should be sent to – [email protected] and include a good image and 50 – 100 words on the product and the reason why it has been chosen. Nominations may be used in social media and PR. Businesses are also encouraged to use them in feature store displays alongside their product and e-mail them to their business networks to show how they are participating in the promotion. A OneWool supporter’s message is available for download at
facebook/twitter – #onewool