WebImageAlumasc has developed a new, innovative facade solution for the timber frame industry.

The Alumasc Ventilated System offers an alternative approach to traditional build, particularly for new build timber framed housing. It provides an engineered, stylish facade solution, with the option of utilising modern off-site construction techniques. The system is designed to provide a fully ventilated cavity, which keeps the timber substrate moisture-free, and is compatible with both render and brick slip finishes.

The Panmure Street development in Glasgow demonstrates the benefits and versatility of using the Alumasc Ventilated System. Taking its name from the historic use of the adjacent canal, the Timber Basin in Panmure Street will provide 108 new homes for Queens Cross Housing Association, available to a mix of social housing tenants and shared equity homes for first-time buyers.

The key driver for the specification of the system was its ability to replicate traditional construction design whilst being adaptable for the closed panel production line. Alumasc Registered Contractor CCG, who has recently invested over £12m in a state-of-the-art factory, was the off-site manufacturer (OSM) and main contractor on the scheme.

On this scheme a closed panel, fully off-site manufactured solution was delivered, with only a small element of external on-site fabric work required. Alumasc’s lightweight acrylic brick slips were used as the final finish, and are able to replicate any brick in the marketplace.

OSM means the system is not affected by environmental conditions which regularly impact UK build programmes. The Alumasc Ventilated System is quick and easy to install and the off-site method of construction also ensures sites are kept in good order, with the majority of required building materials being stored and assembled in a factory environment.

Speaking about the project, Mark Gibbs, Technical Director for Alumasc Facades, said:

“By working closely with CCG from the initial design stage right through to installation, we were able to ensure that the Alumasc Ventilated System met all the requirements of the closed panel CCG OSM build. The Timber Basin is now fully ventilated to meet all building regulations, and is protected from the elements thanks to our acrylic brick slips.”

Paul Muldoon, Contracts Manager at CCG, added:

“The Panmure project is one of the largest projects using closed panel technology to be manufactured off-site in our new factory. Due to the design of the Alumasc Ventilated System we were able to apply 75% of the brick slips off-site therefore the usual challenges such as transport logistics, site access problems and weather, did not impact on the project.”

The Alumasc Ventilated System has been rigorously tested, resulting in compliance with all UK building regulations (Scotland, Northern Ireland, England and Wales) and it became British Board of Agrément certified in May 2015.  It also adheres to the requirements and guidelines of both the NHBC and TRADA.

For more information please visit www.alumascfacades.co.uk, email facades@alumasc-exteriors.co.uk or call 03335 771 700

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EWI Industry to Meet New Minister

Posted by David Luukas

Jul28

3120ebfIndustry Associations have been invited to attend an industry roundtable with new Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth, on 28 July to discuss the future of energy efficiency policy and other issues facing the External Wall Insulation industry.

INCA (The Insulated Render and Cladding Association) along with NIA and the Sustainable Energy Association, will raise the issue of the looming ECO hiatus in 2016/17 when energy suppliers are expected to have delivered their obligations to March 2017 and will seek clarity over future releases of GDHIF.

The INCA Advocacy Committee is also meeting with Jon Booth, Director of Household Energy Efficiency at DECC, at the end of this month where these issues will be explored further.

For more information on Alumasc Facade Systems, please visit http://www.alumascfacades.co.uk/, call +44 (0) 3335 771 700 or email facades@alumasc-exteriors.co.uk

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WestdaleTraining1Westdale Services, Hall Construction and Alumasc Facade Systems  were pleased to welcome a number of staff from East Riding of Yorkshire Council to their Goole site last week which is currently being upgraded with the installation of external wall insulation (EWI).

Tyrone Lawton, Alumasc Area Manager for the region delivered a short presentation explaining the products and processes involved when insulating hard to treat housing stock. This was then followed by a demonstration of the application of the EWI system by Westdale.  The highlight of the day however was for willing members of the council to ‘have a go’ at applying the system themselves which turned out to be a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

WestdaleTraining3Following refreshments and the interactive workshop, attendees had a  walk around the site to look at recently completed properties.

Westdale’s contract at Goole, which is utilising Alumasc Facade Systems products, consists of 102 properties which will be externally insulated with 120mm phenolic insulation boards, achieving a ‘U’ value of 0.15W/m2K.

The external finishes specified will be used to replicate the existing facades in the area, meaning the scheme is a true mix of brick effect render, textured silicone render and stone headers and cills.

For more information, please visit www.alumascfacades.co.uk, call +44 (0) 3335 771 700 or email facades@alumasc-exteriors.co.uk

Click here to see more photos and to find out more about Westdale Serviced Limited.

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DSC_0761 440x340Alumasc’s Swistherm External Wall Insulation has provided a high quality external appearance along with energy efficiency benefits to a new nursery facility at Exeter Cathedral School.

The new build project saw Alumasc work with Kensington Taylor Architects in Exeter and Alumasc registered contractor Rateavon from Bristol.

Planning constraints meant that the area in which the nursery is based is of ‘historical interest’ meaning that Alumasc’s Silicone Render finish used on the project had to match the colour of the existing city walls.

Another challenge was that due to the nursery’s position in relation to the Cathedral, no vehicles were permitted within close proximity of the site.  The area is pedestrianised which provided a unique challenge for Rateavon in transporting the required materials.

DSC_0713 440x340Alumasc’s Swistherm EWI System used on the project comprised of 140mm Grey Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) Insulation, faced with the high performance Silkolitt Silicone Render.  This resulted in the nursery achieving a u-value of 0.13W/m2k.

The Swistherm direct-fix insulated render system is a BBA Approved, fully warranted system with an effective life in excess of 30 years. Swistherm is fully weather resistant whilst remaining vapour permeable and allows the fabric of the building to act as a heat store, increasing thermal efficiency.

Alumasc’s thin-coat Silicone Renders are used to create a contemporary finish and are available in a wide choice of textures and colours.

For more information, please visit http://www.alumascfacades.co.uk/, call +44 (0) 3335 771 700 or email facades@alumasc-exteriors.co.uk

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Alumasc Facade Systems are delighted to announce that 5 of their projects have been shortlisted for this year’s prestigious Insulated Render & Cladding Association (INCA) Awards 2015 which recognise innovation and excellence in External Wall Insulation (EWI).

EWI is central to improving the energy efficiency of homes and businesses in the UK in order to meet the country’s carbon reduction targets.

The awards will be announced at the INCA Awards Dinner 2015 on Thursday 8th October in London.

Speaking of the shortlist announcement, Stewart Taylor, Sales Director for Alumasc Facades, said, “Securing 5 shortlisted entries in the 2015 INCA awards is testament to our
commitment to providing energy efficient external wall insulation solutions along with our continued investment in research and development.”

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Park Road Flats

Alumasc’s shortlisted projects are:“We are thoroughly looking forward to the Awards Ceremony later this year and we will be eagerly awaiting the final results.”

Ravenscraig Flats, Kirkcaldy

Park Road Flats, West Lothian

Northfield House, Bristol

Charlecombe Road, Bristol

Telford & Wrekin, Telford

For more information, please visit http://www.alumascfacades.co.uk/, call +44 (0) 3335 771 700 or email facades@alumasc-exteriors.co.uk

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PrintThe National Insulation Association (NIA) yesterday (Thursday 2nd July) called on ministers from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to make announcements about their intentions for the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) when the scheme comes to an end in 2017, and the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF), before the Summer Recess on July 21, 2015.

As the NIA explains, recent figures published by DECC and OFGEM on ECO showed that the energy companies have already made significant progress towards their targets for ECO2 (April 2015 – end March 2017) , and that based on the installation rates for 2014/15, the target could be achieved one year early in the first quarter of 2016.

This, the Association told Roofzine, is reflected in the major slow down in recent ECO activity, where just 29,000 measures were installed in April 2015 – a two-year low – compared to 51,000 measures in March 2015 and 58,000 in April 2014.

The NIA points out that in addition to this, the GDHIF – which was designed to compensate for the shortfall in ECO activity following Government cuts to the scheme in 2014, is also on hold whilst the industry awaits decisions from ministers.

The NIA says the combined effect of these two factors has resulted in a collapse in insulation activity which it says is “harmful to householders and the industry alike”.

Neil Marshall, chief executive of the NIA, said: “We would like DECC ministers to confirm that there will be an ECO post 2017, the broad shape of it and when they are likely to publish detailed proposals, and we would like them to give some indication of what they are intending for GDHIF and whether there will be any further releases of funding in the short term.”

This news follows the publication of the Committee on Climate Change’s (CCC) annual progress report, which highlighted that all main insulation measures are behind the required trajectory to achieve the UK’s carbon reduction targets – which in the case of solid wall insulation, the NIA points out, is some 500,000 behind trajectory.

The NIA also explained that the CCC recommended to Government that urgent decisions were needed on the future of ECO post 2017 to provide some assurance to the supply chain.

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scotland-flagThe Scottish Government has announced a new raft of measures to tackle climate change, including a promise to make energy efficiency a national infrastructure priority.

The pledge which has been championed by 200 members of the Energy Bill Revolution means that Scotland will become the first national in the world to make this breakthrough.

Following a visit to a housing energy efficiency project in Dumbiedykes in Edinburgh (which has utilised Alumasc Swisslab EWI System), Climate Change Minister Aileen McLeod revealed the Energy Efficiency Programme will provide an offer of support to all buildings in Scotland – domestic and non-domestic – to help them achieve a good energy efficiency rating over the next 15-20 years.

One measure that both domestic and non-domestic properties could implement is External Wall Insulation (EWI) which totally encapsulates the building structure which is the most effective way of insulating a building, with least risk of cold bridging and interstitial condensation.

The Scottish Government recently announced the next phase of the HEEPS: Cashback Scheme and a new HEEPS: Loan Scheme to tackle fuel poverty. Homeowners, private tenants and for social landlords can apply for 75% of the cost of Solid Wall Insulation SWI up to a maximum of £4,500 and/or up to £1,200 for a range of other recommended energy efficiency measures.

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Park Road Flats – West Lothian

Swisslab from Alumasc is the market-leading direct-fix EWI insulated render system for overcladding existing properties. It is extensively used to upgrade housing and strongly contributes to urban regeneration.

A number of refurbishment projects in Scotland have already benefited from the Alumasc Swisslab EWI system, including The Devonway Estate in Clackmannan and Park Road Flats in West Lothian.

Swisslab is a BBA Approved, fully warranted system with an effective life in excess of 30 years. Swisslab is fully weather resistant whilst remaining vapour permeable and allows the fabric of the building to act as a heat store, increasing thermal efficiency.

For more information, please visit www.alumascfacades.co.uk, call +44 (0) 3335 771 700 or email facades@alumasc-exteriors.co.uk

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Rochdale External Wall InsulationAlumasc’s Swistherm External Wall Insulation system has given homes in Rochdale a new lease of life by upgrading their external appearance and improving energy efficiency.

The refurbishment project saw Alumasc working alongside the main contractor Caribou Green Warmth LLP

The scheme falls under the remit of The Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), a statutory Combined Authority which co-ordinates key economic development, regeneration and transport functions for the ten authorities in Greater Manchester

Alumasc’s Swistherm EWI System comprising 90mm Grey EPS insulation and Silicone Render was specified to provide a high performance, cost effective solid wall insulation solution for the residents.

Speaking of the installation, Alumasc Area Sales Manager for the North West, Andy Gait said, “Having worked closely with both the main contractor and installer on a number of projects, I am looking forward to building our relationship further to deliver unified, market-leading schemes for the people of Rochdale and beyond.”

Martin Gerrelli, the Managing Director of Caribou said, “working with Alumasc has again been a positive experience. Materials are freely available and represent good value for money. We look forward to working with Alumasc into the future.”

The Swistherm direct-fix insulated render system is ideally suited to refurbishment projects. It is a BBA Approved, fully warranted system with an effective life in excess of 30 years. Swistherm is fully weather resistant whilst remaining vapour permeable and allows the fabric of the building to act as a heat store, increasing thermal efficiency.

Alumasc’s thin-coat Silicone Renders are used to create a contemporary finish and are available in a wide choice of textures and colours.

For more information, please visit www.alumascfacades.co.uk, call +44 (0) 3335 771 700 or email facades@alumasc-exteriors.co.uk

 

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Latest GDHIF Figures

Posted by David Luukas

Jun4

hays_1226562The latest monthly statistics from the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) show that almost 1,800 Solid Wall Insulations (SWI) installations were completed under the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) in April, bringing the total number so far to just over 16,500.

By the end of April, over £96 million had been paid out of the combined pot of £220 million for the first three phases of the scheme.

The number of Green Deal (GD) assessments decreased by 40% in April which DECC attributed to the Easter break; however, the number of GD Plans increased by 11%. 22% of GD Plans were ‘new’ (quote accepted), 19% were ‘pending’ (Plan signed) and 59% were ‘live’ (all measures installed).

Just under 4,400 SWI measures were installed under ECO in March, more than double the number of installations in February, as energy companies tried to complete their carbon allocation before ECO 2.0.

For more information on various funding for External Wall Insulation visit our dedicated EWI Funding Page.

For more information on Alumasc Facade Systems please visit www.alumascfacades.co.uk, call +44 (0) 3335 771 700 or email facades@alumasc-exteriors.co.uk

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GreenockAlumasc registered installer Everwarm has been awarded the ‘Insulation and Fabric Installer of the Year’ at the Scottish Regional Green Deal and ECO awards.

The award follows the refurbishment of over 300 non-traditional solid wall homes in Greenock using the Alumasc Swisslab External Wall Insulation System. The area had been identified as one in particular risk of fuel poverty, hence the decision was taken to insulate the properties and improve their external fabric.

The project included mixed tenure properties and Everwarm was able to combine and maximise a number of funding streams to allow all residents to participate in the improvement programme regardless of tenure.

The project was a collaborative effort between Everwarm, managing agent Wise Group, River Clyde Homes who owned may of the properties which benefitted from the works and Inverclyde Council. The collaboration highlighted Everwarm’s ability to deliver such transformational refurbishment projects, ensuring the scheme was a great success,

Greenock2Speaking of the award, Business Development Manager for Scotland Lorraine Dunsire said, “I’d like to congratulate Everwarm on winning this award on what is an excellent project in Greenock.

As an Alumasc registered contractor they have undergone comprehensive training both in-house and on-site and have helped thousands of homes and businesses save energy consumption.”

Kenny Saunders, Commercial Director with Everwarm added, “We were delighted to work with Alumasc on this award winning project and we look forward to working with Alumasc on future developments.”

The Swisslab EWI System improves thermal performance, eliminates cold bridging, condensation and mould growth and protects the structural fabric of the building.  Primarily suited to building refurbishment where the structure provides continuous support for the insulation, the system is fully weather resistant whilst remaining vapour permeable and allows the fabric of the building to act as a heat store, increasing energy efficiency thus reducing energy bills.

The homes were finished with a Polymer Dashing Renderwhich is a durable, lightweight alternative to traditional sand and cement, with increased bond strength.

For more information, please visit www.alumascfacades.co.uk, call +44 (0) 3335 771 700 or email facades@alumasc-exteriors.co.uk

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RiverbankMainRiverbank and Newbank Towers in Salford, are two high-rise residential tower blocks owned and maintained by award-winning housing provider Salix Homes. Built in the 1960s, both 16-storey tower blocks are identical in their face brick construction.

As part of the ongoing upgrade of its high-rise properties, Salix Homes embarked on a £6.6m improvement programme of both blocks, bringing them up to the Government’s Decent Homes standard.

3000m2 of Alumasc’s industry-proven Swisslab EWI was installed by BLD Construction (Facades) Ltd using 60mm Phenolic Insulation and finished with a combination of traditional clay brick slips to the lower floors – chosen for their high levels of impact resistance – with the remaining floors completed using silicone render, specified for its lightweight properties which minimise the structural impact of the system.

Alumasc’s technical team worked closely with the Rainscreen Manufacturer and the Project Architect to accommodate the inclusion of rainscreen cladding between the windows.

To ensure the interfacing detail between the EWI and the rainscreen panels was not susceptible to water ingress, the EWI was continued behind the rainscreen system with Alumasc’s hydrophobic scrim adhesive used to provide a waterproof seal around the brackets of the rainscreen  system. This detail provides continuity to the  thermal performance and eliminates cold bridging.

Commenting on the project, BLD Director, Bruce Day, said: “We have a successful track record of using Alumasc products on many high rise projects.

Alumasc EWI systems deliver really impressive results when it comes to improving energy efficiency. Swisslab was specified for this refurbishment due to its requirement of only 60mm phenolic insulation to achieve the required U target.”

Residents of Riverbank and Newbank Towers now enjoy warmer homes and lower energy bills with an achieved U value reduction from 1.47W/m2k to 0.26W/m2k.

Alumasc EWI systems are BBA approved, fully warranted and are available with a range of design and specification options, across many building types.

For more information, please visit www.alumascfacades.co.uk, call +44 (0) 3335 771 700 or email facades@alumasc-exteriors.co.uk

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What are the Benefits of a Green Roof?

Posted by David Luukas

May29

green2Urban Heat Island Effect

Temperatures are known to be higher in urban areas relative to surrounding rural areas, due to the higher quantity of impermeable, reflective surfaces and increased population density.

Green roofs reverse this effect by returning moisture to the environment through evapotranspiration, reducing solar gain and improving air quality.

Stormwater Management

There is an increased need in the UK for Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS).

green1The Flood and Water Management Act 2010 and recent increased flooding drives designers to consider and provide solutions to reduce the effect of construction on existing drainage systems.
Green roofs are recognised as a measure that can be used to provide a level of additional SUDS capacity.

Carbon Capture

CO2 capture is one of the primary legislative drivers for including a green roof on a building.

As vegetation consumes carbon during photosynthesis, green roofs positively remove emissions, helping arrest climate change. Air pollution levels are also reduced by the green roof’s ability to trap harmful particulates and capture gases.

Habitat Provision

Green roofs can provide food, habitat, nesting opportunities or resting places for creatures displaced by urban development, such as spiders, beetles, butterflies, birds and other invertebrates.
Replacing lost habitat or creating areas of bio-diversity, potentially aids planning applications or helps contribute towards BREEAM.

Click here to find out more about Alumasc Roofing System’s Green Roofs.

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SWI Review – INCA Response

Posted by David Luukas

May27

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The Insulated Render and Cladding Association (INCA) have submitted a comprehensive response to the SWI Review led by Chief Construction Advisor Peter Hansford which highlighted the wide-ranging benefits of SWI and made the case for consistent policy to support its delivery on a larger scale.

INCA will be following up its submission by giving oral evidence to Peter Hansford in May and presenting the industry’s position on what could be done to unlock demand for SWI, improve its affordability and increase its attractiveness as a solution.  The commission will deliver a final report to the Green Construction Board in June.

The response to INCA from the ‘Solid Wall Insulation Review – Call for Evidence’ can be viewed by clicking here.

Alumasc Facade Systems is a full member of INCA as a ‘System Designer’. For more information on INCA visit www.inca-ltd.org.uk and for more information on Alumasc Facade Systems click here.

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NFRC AwardsUK Roofing Awards have become an industry-wide event that recognise and reward outstanding standards of workmanship and safety within the roofing industry.

 

The SSE Hydro Green Roof

The SSE Hydro, Glasgow

The competition, covering the full spectrum of 12 roofing disciplines, runs from September to January every year and thereafter a selection of projects are short-listed. In May, at The UK Roofing Awards Congress Luncheon, the winners are announced.

A range of criteria are taken into consideration by the judging panel including: degree of difficulty, aesthetics, problem-solving, Health and Safety, workmanship and environmental qualities. Alumasc Roofing Systems have two Green Roof projects shortlisted under the Sustainable Roofing categories, these projects are Greenwich University and the SSE Hydro in Glasgow. We are hoping to build on Blackdown’s success of last year when Contractor of the Year 2014 was won.

The £125million SSE Hydro is a state-of-the-art entertainment and sporting venue in Glasgow.
The Blackdown Intensive Green Roof system was specified by the architect as they were looking for a sustainable solution to help with the strong design features of the building’s entrance.

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Greenwich Univeristy

Greenwich University officially opened in December 2014, the £78m new-build development is based in Stockwell Street within Maritime Greenwich on the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The project also included a new library, and features a series of terraced roofs, comprising 14 interlinked teaching gardens, forming the largest multifunctional roof space in London.

The Congress itself is made up of two parts: the Awards Lunch and the Evening Dinner Dance.

The winners will be announced on Friday 15th May at the UK Roofing Awards Luncheon at the Hilton London Metropole on Edgware Road. This year’s host is BBC’s Louise Minchin.

If you would like any further information please contact the National Federation of Roofing Contractors by clicking here.

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Derbigum Olivine, an ecological roofing solution from Alumasc, has been used in the refurbishment of a Middlesex School. Opened in 1951, Mount Stewart Junior School in Harrow, is a community school for boys and girls aged 7-11.

Due to on-going issues with leaks and water ingress, Mount Stewart Junior School took the decision to re-roof the entire campus, comprising 7 roofs of various construction, totalling 2500m2.

Mount Stewart Junior School

Mount Stewart Junior SchoolAlumasc and their registered contractor M&J Roofing were challenged with re-roofing the large roof areas in only eight weeks, to ensure minimum disruption to the school, its teachers and pupils. Budget constraints dictated that the solution needed to ensure not only waterproofing integrity, but also longevity, and minimal long-term maintenance costs.

Derbigum Olivine was the perfect solution which also offered additional ecological benefits, brought about by a naturally-sourced Olivine mineral layer. During rainfall, the Olivine membrane makes contact with CO2 present in the atmosphere. This results in a chemical reaction, neutralising the CO2 and providing a positive impact on climate change.

There were a number of detailing issues that had to be resolved, particularly regarding the sloping roofs which varied greatly from area to area. On some roofs there were areas of ponding water, and with the school’s budget not allowing for a tapered insulation scheme, Alumasc instead designed tapered gutters at the roof perimeters, to integrate with the new flat board insulation overlay and assist the drainage to the Alumasc gutters and downpipes.

Speaking about the installation, Richard James from M&J Roofing, added:

Mount1“The large barrel sectioned roofing area was very complex in its installation, especially when it came to fitting the insulation. Using Derbigum Olivine allowed us to achieve a good fit to this challenging area, and resulted in a highly respectable finish. We installed the first ever Derbigum Olivine system back in 2013 and, since then, the system has quite rightly grown in popularity. It not only offers unique CO2 neutralising properties, but also has the longest product guarantee in the marketplace.”

Derbigum Olivine offers a market leading warranty of 40 years and is subject to minimal long-term maintenance requirements.

For further information or if you would like to discuss our flat roof systems call Alumasc Roofing Systems on +44 (0) 3335 771 500 or email: info@alumasc-exteriors.co.uk

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ewifund-other-mainImprovements worth over £100m will be made to Wales’ stock of social housing, the Welsh government has announced.

The money will be available to be accessed by councils and housing associations to improve homes up to the Welsh Housing Quality Standard (WHQS), as well as to creating jobs and training opportunities.

Social landlords in Wales are obligated to meet the WHQS by 2020 with 67% (149,755 homes) currently meeting the standards, an increase of 7% on the previous year. This is compared with 83% of housing association homes hitting the target compared with just 44% of council owned properties.

There is currently a five year target to bring 200,000 social homes up to quality and safety standards, including improving the energy efficiency of homes.

Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty Lesley Griffiths also announced that the Welsh government will be investing more than £400m in affordable homes.

Two Social Housing schemes to benefit from improvements to their External Wall Insualtion with Alumasc Facade Systems are Maes Mabon and BISF Homes, Cefn Forest. 

For more information, please visit www.alumascfacades.co.uk, call +44 (0) 3335 771 700 or email 

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Victoria Estate, FeatherstoneSwisslab and Swistherm External Wall Insulation (EWI) Systems from Alumasc, have been used in the refurbishment of the Victoria Estate in Featherstone, West Yorkshire – a large housing estate of terraced properties managed by Wakefield and District Housing (WDH).

WDH, the largest housing provider in the region, appointed Effective Energy to deliver funding under the ECO initiative for EWI as part of their on-going programme of works at Victoria Estate. The programme also included solar panels, energy efficient boilers, roof and facia soffit repairs, which resulted in a complete external facelift.

In total, Alumasc Registered Contractor CPM Contracts, installed Alumasc EWI systems to 109 properties, in order to provide an energy efficient, weatherproof exterior to the solid brick construction homes, with the added benefit of transforming their appearance, with the new, attractive render finishes.

The lower halves of the properties were fitted with Alumasc’s Swisslab EWI system, faced with a brick-effect render in dark terracotta. This provided a weather resistant exterior, which is highly resistant to impact damage. The upper wall areas were completed with

VictoriaEstateAfter3Alumasc’s Swistherm EWI system, incorporating a tinted, high performance Silkolitt silicone render. 90mm EPS insulation formed part of both EWI systems, enhancing thermal performance, resulting in warmer homes.

Both systems were specified by CPM in order to fulfill the client’s brief which required the refurbished properties to blend in with the privately owned properties on the estate. Another challenge was presented by the differing number of outbuildings and building details that needed specific angle beading incorporated to allow for a smooth profile at the properties.

Ian Carter, Managing Director at CPM Contracts, comments:

“This was the first time we had used Alumasc’s EWI systems and we’re delighted with the results. The technical support available to us was first class – the Alumasc team helped us ascertain the correct specification before we started works and offered continuous support throughout the project.

WP_20140924_003The finished result is excellent and we’ve already specified Alumasc EWI at our next project which sees the refurbishment of another 100 properties in the area.”

Speaking about the difference that the EWI has made to the comfort of her home, a Victoria Estate resident said:

“The difference that the insulation has already made is very positive. My gas smart meter payments have gone from £80-£100 per month, down to £35-£40. I’m delighted with the cost savings so far, and my house also feels much warmer and cosier.”

Alumasc EWI systems are BBA approved, fully warranted and are available with a range of design and specification options, across many building types.

For more information, please visit www.alumascfacades.co.uk, call +44 (0) 3335 771 700 or email 

 

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Due to the EuroPHit project, a series of buildings from across Europe are to be retrofitted to Passive House Standards, this will include a mixture of residential and non-residential buildings using Passive House Components.

This EU project is to take place over the next 10 years and will lead to extensive improvements to the buildings such as economic efficiency, climate protection and repairs of any existing structural damage. In a large number of EnerPHit projects there has been up to a 90% reduction of heating energy demand.

Wilmcote House, Portsmouth consists of three 11 storey blocks that provides over 100 homes located in the central Portsea Island area of Portsmouth and owned by Portsmouth City Council.

Built in 1968, this retrofit project would need to utilise the highest quality materials available to meet the Government’s economic targets and achieve the required 90% reduction in energy costs. The lifespan of the building, once refurbished, will also increase by another 50 years. Alumasc Roofing Systems has been selected to provide the refurbishment solution for over 1500m² of existing flat roof.

The design brief is for the flat roof areas to be overclad using exterior grade plywood mounted on a lightweight steel framework, upon which the waterproofing system is to be installed. To achieve the goals of Portsmouth City Council from both a lifespan and environmental perspective, Alumasc have combined the qualities of the Derbigum and Hydrotech waterproofing systems to great effect.

Hydrotech, a self-healing monolithic membrane with an unsurpassed track record of zero product failures in 50 years, will be installed to the newly laid plywood deck, and finished with the Derbigum Olivine, a CO² neutralising, high performance flat roof membrane.

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The natural olivine (magnesium iron silicate) granules cause a chemical reaction in CO² in rainwater which converts it to harmless silicon dioxide (SiO², i.e. sand), magnesium carbonate (MgCO3, i.e inorganic salt) and water. One square metre of Derbigum Olivine will neutraliseThe roofing aspect of the project is to be conducted over 3 stages, one block at a time, stage one is due to commence in May 2015, second stage November 2015 and the final, third stage to be carried out in February 2016. aprox 1.75kg of CO², making it the optimum flat roof waterproofing choice for green specifiers.

The highly efficient and eco-friendly benefits of Derbigum Olivine combined with the guaranteed lifetime performance of Hydrotech made this the winning combination for the Wilmcote House project. This combined system offer also came with a market leading, comprehensive warranty package.

The roofing aspect of the project is to be conducted over 3 stages, one block at a time, stage one is due to commence in May 2015, second stage November 2015 and the final, third stage to be carried out in February 2016.

Other areas of the refurbishment also include new External Wall Insulation, various heating systems and highly efficient window systems.

For further information or if you would like to discuss Alumasc Roofing Systems for your projects call Greg Bourne on 07720 883 632 or email: bourneg@alumasc-exteriors.co.uk

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Working on Roofs – Guardrail Edge Protection

Posted by David Luukas

May15

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The latest ‘Working on Roofs’ document from the Health and Safety Executive highlights the importance of edge protection systems when working on flat roofs.  Alumasc’s Guardrail lightweight edge protection system is ideally suited to address this issue.

Working on flat roofs

Work on a flat roof is high risk. People can fall:

•   From the edge of a completed roof.

•   From the edge where work is being carried out.

•   Through openings or gaps.

Edge protection

Wherever anyone could fall, the first line of defence is to provide adequate edge protection to prevent a fall occurring. This should include or be equivalent to:

•   A main guard rail at least 950 mm above the edge.

•   A toe board and brick guard where there is risk of objects being kicked off the edge of the platform

•  A suitable number of intermediate guard rails or suitable alternatives positioned so that there is no gap more than 470 mm.

Sometimes a roof parapet may provide equivalent protection but if it does not, extra protection will be required.

Falls from the roof edge

Full edge protection (top rail, toe board and intermediate protection) is required whenever the work requires access within 2m of the roof perimeter. Edge protection is usually provided by an independent scaffold around the perimeter of the building or by barriers connected to the frame. An independent scaffold gives a higher standard of protection and a good standard of access along the structure. It also assists material loading and storage, e.g. when used with a fork lift/tele handler.

Where work is carried out 2 m back from the roof edge and no edge protection is in place, you should mark out the working area and routes to it with continuous physical barriers, tight supervision will be necessary.

Netting capable of providing edge protection in certain circumstances is now available.

Falls from the leading edge

Whatever system of work you choose, the presence of dangerous gaps is always a possibility as space is created to place the next leading edge sheet.

You must take precautions to prevent falls from these ‘leading’ edges. Nets and birdcage scaffolds are the preferred options in this instance. However, where these are not reasonably practicable you can consider using work restraint safety harnesses with running line systems or temporary barriers at the leading edge, e.g. trolley systems.

The Alumasc Guardrail range of lightweight edge protection systems is ideal for collective fall protection measures on flat roofs. Systems are supplied in kit form for easy handling and installation.

For more information on the Alumasc Guardrail range, click here, email roofing@alumasc-exteriors.co.uk or call 03335 771 500.

Source:  ‘Working on Roofs’ – Health and Safety Executive.

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GDHIF Phase 3 Announced

Posted by David Luukas

Apr21

hays_1226562DECC announced on 26 March that the £70 million of funding available under GDHIF Phase 3 for SWI and two measures had been allocated.

However an additional £5 million is still available for two measures, the GDAR refund and Homebuyer’s Bonus from the unallocated GDHIF Phase 2 fund.

The GDHIF Claims Portal  is now accepting Phase 3 vouchers for payment.

To redeem a voucher, a homeowner must provide their voucher reference, email address used on their application, and property address before uploading their completed voucher, an invoice for the energy saving measure(s) and the GDAR invoice and/or relevant documentation for the Homebuyer’s Bonus (if applicable).

The latest monthly statistics from DECC show that 15,500 GDHIF vouchers worth £79 million had been paid by the end of February, which represents just over 50% of the funding available under the first two phases of the scheme. 2,310 SWI installations were completed in February, bringing the total number so far under GDHIF to 13,118.

78,012 SWI measures had been installed under ECO by the end of January, which is just 5.8% of all ECO measures. Green Deal Plans were up 13% in February but the number of GD Installers continued to decrease, down 2.3% on January 2015 and at the lowest level since November 2013

To find out more about Alumasc’s External Wall Insulation Systems click here or call +44 (0) 3335 771 700.

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Scottish Government Funding Announced

Posted by David Luukas

Apr21

Scottish government logo (1)The Scottish Government has announced the next phase of the HEEPS: Cashback Scheme and a new HEEPS: Loan Scheme as part of a £103 million investment to tackle fuel poverty.

Under the HEEPS: Cashback Scheme £10 million is available for homeowners and private tenants and £5 million for social landlords, who can apply for 75% of the cost of SWI up to a maximum of £4,500 and/or up to £1,200 for a range of other recommended energy efficiency measures.

They can also claim a £100 refund on their GDAR if at least one recommended measure is installed.

Under the HEEPS: Loan Scheme £14 million is available for homeowners in interest-free loans of up to £10,000 for energy efficiency measures including SWI.

Details of how to apply are available on the Energy Saving Trust website.

To find out more about Alumasc’s External Wall Insulation Systems click here or call +44 (0) 3335 771 700.

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Alumasc CPD SeminarAlumasc has recently received RIBA approval for a new CPD, “Objective-driven specifications for Green, Bio-Diverse and Blue Roofs“.

The 45 minute presentation outlines the key factors to consider when designing a green roof including waterproofing, drainage layers, substrate and plant species.

Focus is also made on the variety of green roofs designs and how each system can offer benefits to meet drivers such as Regulatory Compliance, Carbon Capture, Ecological enhancement and amenity space.

Also included within the seminar is an introduction to Blue Roof Stormwater Management Systems, a solution to SUDS. Detail is offered regarding design factors, system build ups, stormwater attenuation calculations and common concerns.

Henry Bareham, author of the new CPD, has received very positive feedback from architects who have attended the seminar. He says:

“The seminar has been designed to offer Specifiers a guide to the range of green roof design options that provide solutions to the variety of legislative drivers and Employers requirements.”

“BluRoof is a relatively new concept to many designers, the seminar offers an introduction to a system that provides a solution to the stormwater runoff design constraints faced by Architects and Drainage Engineers.”

If you would like any further information on seminar or to book please click here.

If you would like any further information Alumasc’s Roofing Systems, please visit www.alumascroofing.co.uk, call us on 03335 771 500 or email roofing@alumasc-exteriors.co.uk.

 

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Alumasc installer ECO People have been awarded the ‘Insulation & Fabric of the Year’ award following the refurbishment of 15 &17 Mayfair Avenue, London.

The two houses were installed with external wall insulation, using the Alumasc Swisslab system, completed with a Rendabrick Effect Finish.

Swisslab eliminates cold bridging, condensation and mould growth and protects the structural fabric of the building.

Primarily suited to building refurbishment where the structure provides continuous support for the insulation, the system is fully weather resistant whilst remaining vapour permeable and allows the fabric of the building to act as a heat store, increasing thermal efficiency thus reducing energy bills.

Swisslab can be installed over solid masonry, concrete panels (NLB), No Fines concrete and masonry with cavity and is particularly suited to the treatment of non-traditional house types such as BISF, Orlit, Wates, Cruden, Airey and Athol.

The houses were finished using Alumasc Rendabrick Brick Effect to produce a true brickwork finish.

GreenDealAward4A durable, lightweight render finish with increased bond strength over sand and cement, Rendabrick is resistant to cracking and crazing and fully weather resistant whilst remaining vapour permeable.

Rendabrick is used to simulate the appearance of brickwork and is also used to create new effects and details with a choice of two mortar and two brick colours.

Speaking of the award win, Facades Area Manager for London Michele Rawlings said, “I would like to congratulate ECO People on the award win in recognition of their excellent work on this project and their trust in the Alumasc brand.”

“Since these two installations on Mayfair Avenue, ECO People’s expertise has paid dividends and the complete street will soon be refurbished using our Alumasc Facades Products.”

To find out more about Alumasc’s External Wall Insulation Systems click here or call +44 (0) 3335 771 700.

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bba-logoNEWNew BBA certificates for the Hydrotech Hot-Melt Waterproofing system are now available on the Alumasc Roofing Systems website.

The main updates to the certificates are:

1. The roofing certificate confirms suitability for use on ‘completely flat roofs’ and at ‘zero-pitch’.

2. Hydrogard 50 is now included as an extra heavy duty protection sheet in both certificates.

3. Hydrogard 40 AR (anti-root) is included as an FLL rated root barrier in the roofing certificate.

To download the new Hydrotech Damp Proofing BBA Certificate, click here. To download the new Hydrotech Waterproofing BBA Certificate, click here.

Please note, you may need to refresh your web browser if you have downloaded a previous version of either BBA Certificate.

Other BBA & ETA Certificates can be downloaded by clicking here.

Hydrotech has been BBA certified continuously since 1990, longer than any other hot-melt system, and also carries an ETA (European Technical Approval) Certificate (No 05/152).

The Hydrotech hot melt system provides seamless waterproofing ideal for high performance green roofs, podiums and highly detailed waterproofing or water feature schemes with zero product failures in over 50 years, the Hydrotech hot-melt system offers lifetime performance

If you would like any further information on Hydrotech system please click here, call us on 03335 771 700 or email roofing@alumasc-exteriors.co.uk.

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EburySquareAn exclusive new housing development in the heart of London is the latest showcase for a range of waterproofing and green roof solutions from Alumasc.

Built by The Berkeley Group in the centre of Belgravia, the elite Ebury Square development offers a selection of one to four bedroom private residences.

Alumasc’s Registered Contractor Tilbury Contracts Ltd, installed a total of 3,800m2 of Hydrotech monolithic membrane to the lightwell areas, podium roofs, individual balconies, wraparound terraces and penthouse balconies, which were all completed as inverted roof designs.  A Hydrotech anti-root waterproofing system, inverted roof insulation, drainage boards, extensive green roof substrates and sedum mats were also installed to the main roof areas. The courtyard was waterproofed and insulated and a drainage board installed providing support for the construction of deep planters, raised areas and stairways creating attractive landscaped gardens and protection for the car park below.

The project presented a major challenge in that it is situated directly over a London Underground route. The concrete slab at ground level was mounted on large anti-vibration springs, and isolated from the surrounding construction to prevent damage to the building from the vibration of trains below.  The resulting 50mm joint between the isolated and non-isolated structures, required appropriate waterproofing to prevent water entry into the basement below.

Working together, Alumasc and Tilbury Contracts strapped the joint using FlexFlash UN, an uncured neoprene rubber, with the full Hydrotech 6125 system abutting the joint edge on both sides to ensure it was watertight whilst also keeping the two slabs isolated. A brick upstand was built directly off the Hydrotech, and the full system was dressed from the previously waterproofed horizontal slab and up the face of the brickwork, and terminated with a cover flashing. This ensured successful waterproofing whilst not compromising the integrity of the specified system.

Richard Sawyer, construction and surveying manager with Tilbury Contracts, said:

“The roofing installation for the project was completed on time and to budget and has helped provide a sophisticated and desirable place for people to live in the heart of Belgravia.  The use of Hydrotech and the Blackdown green roofing system from Alumasc complemented the build perfectly – Hydrotech is a very secure system which is easy to work with and suited the awkward detailing better than any alternative product would have. The green roof is not only visually pleasing but provides strong environmental credentials whilst offering additional benefits such as noise insulation.”

Alumasc’s Hydrotech is a hot melt system which provides seamless waterproofing ideal for high performance green roofs, podiums and highly detailed waterproofing or water feature schemes. It is manufactured using a minimum of 10% post-consumer recycled material, is BBA accredited and has European Technical Approval.

Blackdown Green Roofs from Alumasc are constructed from a range of components that replicate the natural growing environment for plants, without requiring the same depth and weight of construction.

If you would like any further information on Alumasc’s Roofing Systems, please click here, call us on 03335 771 500 or email roofing@alumasc-exteriors.co.uk.

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SSwisslabwisslab External Wall Insulation (EWI) from Alumasc has been used at Devonway – a residential estate situated in Clackmannan, near Alloa.  The properties are a mix of both private and social housing, consisting of over 140 terraced houses and bungalows.

Originally built using No Fines Construction, the homes have recently received a range of energy saving measures including the installation of Alumasc’s Swisslab EWI System, which has improved the aesthetic appearance of the estate and will contribute to lower energy bills for residents in the future.

The EWI was part of an energy efficiency package provided by Edison Energy and was completely free of charge to tenants and homeowners. The scheme was partly financed by Clackmannanshire Council, with additional funding from Scottish Government’s HEEPS:ABS (Home Energy Efficiency Programme Scotland: Area Based Scheme) and ECO (Energy Company Obligation).

Alumasc’s Registered Installer Graham Roofing of Glasgow, installed a total of over 8,500m2 of Swisslab EWI at the properties, using 90mm Grey EPS insulation and a white, dry dash render finish. The result has been an impressive u-value reduction to 0.28w/m2K from the original 2.08w/m2K.

A video based on the project with comments from Graham Roofing, Alumasc Alumasc, Clackmannashire Council and local residents can be viewed by clicking here

Residents at Devonway are already reporting much warmer, comfortable living conditions, with one resident commenting:

“Since the work was done, we have already noticed that our hallway is much warmer, and the temperature in the house doesn’t drop as low as it used to. Our house looks better and the insulation has already made a tremendous difference to our lives.”

Councillor Les Sharp adds:

“I’ve been very impressed with the works carried out at Devonway.  The many families and elderly people who live on the estate have previously struggled with high heating costs, but the new insulation system will certainly make life cheaper, easier and warmer for our residents.”

Graham Roofing have used Swisslab extensively on past projects and Devonway presented a largely straightforward installation, with the exception of nesting birds at some of the properties. Alumasc’s technical team worked with Graham Roofing to reconfigure the installation programme allowing the affected properties to be left until the end of the nesting season.

Commenting on the project, Alan Thorpe from Graham Roofing, said:

“The Devonway project is an excellent example of how a strong partnership between supplier and installer can really lead to success. We have delivered a quality programme of works using an excellent product installed by our experienced team, and completed the works with minimum disruption, ahead of time and on budget.”

Swisslab is the market leading insulated render system for overcladding existing properties and is used extensively to transform homes into warmer, more attractive places to live. It is an efficient and cost effective way of improving thermal standards and allows for minimal disruption to residents during application.

Alumasc’s full range of EWI systems are BBA approved, fully warranted and are available with a range of design and specification options, across many building types.

To find out more about Alumasc’s External Wall Insulation Systems click here, call +44 (0) 3335 771 700 or email facades@alumasc-exteriors.co.uk

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Alumasc is pleased to announce, trusted contractor MSH Finishes was recently awarded the ‘Project of the Year’ at the London Regional Green Deal & Eco Awards 2015.

The award was given due to the outstanding work completed at the Albert Road Flats & Maisonettes in South Woodford, London.

The flats and maisonettes underwent a refurbishment with External Wall Insulation, using Alumasc Facades Swistherm direct fix system.

Swistherm is fully weather resistant whilst remaining vapour permeable and allows the fabric of the building to act as a heat store, increasing thermal efficiency.

The system eliminates cold bridging, condensation and mould growth and protects the structural fabric, limiting movement and thermal shock and freeze-thaw cycles associated with traditional brickwork façades.

The Swistherm EWI system is highly resistant to impact damage, is rated Class 0 for surface GreenDealAward2spread of flame and contributes to sound reduction within the external wall construction

Speaking of the award win, Facades Area Manager for London Michele Rawlings (pictured above with Michael St Hill of MSH Finishes) said, “I would like to congratulate MSH Finishes on the award win in recognition of their excellent work on this project and their trust in the Alumasc brand.”

“The award shows that Alumasc continues to deliver high quality products to both clients and contractors alike.”

To find out more about Alumasc’s External Wall Insulation Systems click here, call +44 (0) 3335 771 700 or email 

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External Wall Insulation, Alumasc, Home Refurbishment, Insulation, Eco, Green, BBA, Installation, energy savingWhat is BIM?

BIM (Business Information Modelling) is a process that involves creating and using an intelligent 3D model to inform and communicate project decisions. Design, visualisation, simulation and collaboration enabled by Autodesk BIM solutions provide greater clarity across the project lifecycle.

Why use it?

Alumasc Facade Systems can provide designers with the latest in BIM technology to help them make the right decision when selecting the best system for their project. Using BIM can deliver better buildings, more quickly and at a lower cost than the traditional building process. It also reduces risk and can offer other benefits such as maintenance cost plans.

Benefits of BIM

Added Value

• Provides clients with a clear understanding and visualisation of the building
• On site, BIM offers more intelligent construction information and linked data on demand

Planning, Management and Control

• BIM provides a quick and effective way of visualising the design and build sequence
• Better planning is possible with visibility of a ‘virtual construction process’
• Building costs can be controlled by live cost planning
• Waste can be avoided as ordering accurate quantities saves money
• Better management is possible by storing building data in a central, intelligent 3D database

Alumasc BIM Files

To download the Alumasc External Wall Insulation BIM Files click here.

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The Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) Phase 3 is now open for applications with £70 million available for both solid wall insulation and/or two measures.

Phase three was launched today (Monday 16th March) at midday and the funding for Solid Wall Insulation will be up to a maximum of £3,750 and the rate for two measures will be £1,250.

There have been no major changes to the Terms and Conditions for Green Deal Providers and Installers but funds are limited and Department of Energy and Climate Change may vary the terms of the scheme, including the funding rates, or suspend or close the scheme, with immediate effect, without notice and at any time.

Customers will be able to redeem Phase 3 vouchers from Wednesday 1 April.

To find out more the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund, click here to visit the gov.uk website.

For more information about Alumasc’s External Wall Insulation Systems click here or call +44 (0) 3335 771 700

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University of Greenwich Blackdown RoofA Blackdown green roof from Alumasc provides one of the main features at the new School of Architecture and Construction at The University of Greenwich.

Officially opened in December 2014, the £78m new-build development is based in Stockwell Street within Maritime Greenwich on the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The project also included a new library, and features a series of terraced roofs, comprising 14 interlinked teaching gardens, forming the largest multifunctional roof space in London.

To facilitate this pioneering green roof design, a total of  3,407m2 of green roofing System from Alumasc was specified by architects, Heneghan Peng, and Landscape Architects Allen Scott, and installed by Blackdown.

University of Greenwich Blackdown RoofThe new building had to be ‘demonstrably sustainable’ in the sense that both it, and its facilities, minimise their environmental impact and use of resources. The Blackdown green roof system creates a living laboratory where the sustainability of new ideas in landscape and architecture can be tested, and innovations developed and applied.

Glenn O’Brien, Architect at Heneghan Peng, commented:
“Our design proposals had to reflect the location’s status as a UNESCO World Heritage site while remaining sensitive to the neighbouring buildings, particularly the residences to the rear of the site. Incorporating the interlinked landscaped roofs allowed us a creative approach in dealing with these challenges.

“The green roof system underpins all of the landscaping on the roofs. We see it as the base
infrastructure that allows for either soft or hard landscaping permutations. This proved very useful as the design progressed with different planting options, and we were secure in the University of Greenwich knowledge that the green roof system would be able to accommodate them. The zero-fall system also allowed us to achieve very large spans and
roof areas with minimum difficulty.
“There is naturally a great deal of excitement about the future of research at the University of Greenwich and these roofs are already helping students and staff to extend their understanding of environmental infrastructure and of landscaped and green spaces across increasingly urbanised areas.”

University of Greenwich Blackdown RoofThe 14 interlinked terraces have already been received a BREEAM Innovation award due to their educational and research aims. Blackdown green roofs from Alumasc are constructed from a range of components that replicate the natural growing environment for plants, without requiring the same depth and weight of construction.

Green roofs absorb CO2, improve a building’s thermal performance, increase rainwater retention thereby reducing storm water run-off, and reduce the life-cycle costs of a roof by protecting it from climatic changes, UV light and mechanical damage.

For further details of Alumasc’s full range of waterproofing systems call 03335 771 500 or click here to visit the Alumasc Roofing Systems website.

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Derbigum Roofing “The Jewel in the Crown”

Posted by David Luukas

Mar16

Derbigum RoofingAlumasc Roofing Systems along with Mitie Tilley Roofing have recently completed the installation of a 1500m2 Derbigum high performance waterproofing system at Crown Bevcan, Carlisle.

Crown, UK beverage can manufacturers and one of the largest packaging companies in the world, were investing £2 million into the upgrade of their production line at Botchery.

As the 3rd highest producer of beverage cans globally and with net sales in 2014 of $9.1 billion, it was essential that Crown had peace of mind that any refurbishment works carried out at their Botchery plant would result in the waterproofing integrity of their works being guaranteed long term.

To this end, Alumasc Roofing were approached to provide a waterproofing system that could be installed with this key aim in mind.

Challenges:

The most challenging aspect of the project was to keep the site live with no interruption to the production process. This was overcome with an exceptional level of planning and organisation, with the client, Mitie Tilley roofing & Alumasc working hand in hand to not only facilitate site deliveries at timed intervals but also to coordinate site inspections to strict time schedules.

Health & Safety:

An impressive scaffolding was erected by Mitie Tilley Roofing allowing full access to their staff to carry out the refurbishment, whilst also ensuring the safety of Crown’s workforce during the project.

Key design considerations:

Communication was key with this scheme and attention to detail was paramount.
The existing building required a robust and versatile waterproofing system to upgrade the original manufacturing office. A high performance roofing system was required, yet aesthetics of the original building had to be taken into account.

Allied to these requirements, the waterproofing specified had to have superior performance characteristics in relation to the prevention of external fire spread and penetration.

Taking all these factors into account, Derbigum was the natural choice not only due to its ‘unrestricted’ classification in relation to fire, but also the Alumasc 30 Year Insurance Backed Warranty on offer for this key project, covering product, workmanship and design liability to provide an outstanding waterproofing solution for Crown, guaranteeing superior performance and waterproofing longevity for the future of their works.

Richard Emerson, Area Manager of Alumasc Roofing & the Alumasc Roofing Technical Team worked very closely with the client and Mitie Tilley Roofing to ensure the details & products specified met the extremely challenging requirements of this project and site conditions.

If you would like any further information on Derbigum Flat Roof solutions please click here, call us on 03335 771 700 or email roofing@alumasc-exteriors.co.uk.

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Woolston RoversAlumasc have begun its support of local junior football team, Woolston Rovers Bulldogs by sponsoring the clubs’ Under 12’s side, helping fund their trip to the England Football Teams National Headquarters at St Georges Park.

Alumasc are proud to be kit sponsors of the 9-a-side team and helped subsidise the trip. Additional funding was undertaken by the coaching staff, players and parents through various events including a race night and supermarket bag packing.

The 12 player squad visited the headquarters based in Burton on Trent, Staffordshire where they enjoyed a full tour of the brand new state of the art facilities, a two hour training session with an England coach and use of the England changing rooms. The day was concluded with each player being presented with their own, fully personalised, England kit.

The Bulldogs also got the chance to rub shoulders with professional football clubs including Championship side Norwich City, League One’s Oldham Athletic and Romanian outfit Steau Bucharest.

Woolston RoversSpeaking of the trip, Team Coach Mike Roberts said “The experience of enjoying such unique facilities will stay with the boys forever, the look on their faces as they entered the changing room to see their name and number on an England shirt was fantastic to witness.”

Team Manager, Jackie Thomson added, “We are very grateful to Alumasc for sponsoring our team which has allowed us to give this very special experience to our players which they thoroughly enjoyed and which I’m sure they will remember fondly as they grow up.”

Woolston Rovers Bulldogs play in the Warrington Junior Football league which is the largest of its kind in the country.  The club has 28 teams ranging from under 7’s through to under 18’s.  As an FA chartered club the Bulldogs team follows the ethics of junior football ensuring that all players are treated equally from the training given by qualified coaches to equal game time on match days.

Stewart Taylor, Alumasc Facades Sales Director said of the support, “We are proud to sponsor a locally based team which offers the same opportunities to all players regardless of their ability and it’s great to know that we helped them to enjoy what sounds like such an invaluable experience.”

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Alumasc Ventilated SystemThe Alumasc Ventilated System is a fully engineered, decorative solution for new build, timber framed constructions following TRADA guidelines using textured silicone, acrylic brick slip or aggregate dash finishes.

AVS provides a solution for the requirements and guidelines set out by both the NHBC and TRADA for timber framed construction.

Due to the systems’ free flowing 25mm cavity, it remains both continuously ventilated and drained whilst maintaining detailing true to traditional build expectations.

This ensures the timber substrate sustains its ventilation requirements and prevents any moisture tracking back to its fabric, providing a protective façade.

Off-Site Manufacture

Off-site manufacture has been a growing feature in construction for over a decade, with the proportion of the building fabric created off-site reaching 80% in leading projects.

AVS has been designed with this in mind, producing and delivering successful off-site manufactured projects.

Fast & Light

AVS projects are delivered quicker than traditional building methods and are significantly lighter.

This means projects are handed over sooner and the mass of materials required in footings is decreased, both providing significant savings.

To find out more about Alumasc’s External Wall Insulation Systems click here or call +44 (0) 3335 771 700.

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Roof-Pro Launches New Website

Posted by David Luukas

Mar13

RoofProLogoRoof-Pro has unveiled a new website, showcasing its full range of rooftop building services support solutions.

Established in 1995, Roof-Pro are the leading UK provider of non-penetrative, free-standing supports for building services and access platforms on flat roofs, providing a complete design service for consultants, contractors and building owners.

It’s simple, cost-effective solutions help to increase the life-span and performance of a flat roof, with two distinct product ranges on offer;

Roof-Pro Bespoke Solutions are design led supports and access solutions specifically tailored to individual project requirements. A 20-year warranty is available for all Roof-Pro bespoke systems.

The Sure-Foot Standard Range offers roof plant and services support products that meet the growing demand for off-the-shelf, lightweight solutions. The range includes components, support frames and edge protection systems. The Stockist Search is also new for 2015, providing a quick and easy facility for locating suppliers of the Surefoot range.

The new website offers an easy-to-navigate resource, outlining both product ranges and their related components. Visitors to the site are also presented with clear menu options for the easy location of downloadable brochures, pricelists, CAD and BIM files and a collection of product installation videos.

If you would like any further information please call us on
+44 (0) 1536 383 865 or email  info@roof-pro.co.uk  

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inca_thumbThe two trade bodies for solid wall insulation, the National Insulation Association and INCA, have today reported that DECC will be extending the validity of vouchers already issued as part of the first phase of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF), until 31st March 2015.

A very large number of vouchers that were issued as part GDHIF-1 (£120m) have not yet been redeemed for a variety of reasons and have missed the 6 month deadline for redemption.

This is excellent news and will enable many more householders that have applied for vouchers to have works completed and benefit from both the thermal improvements and the subsequential cost savings.

DECC estimate that this could affect some 3,900 existing voucher holders.

Vouchers from GDHIF Phase 2 will not be affected and will still be valid for six months as per the expiry date on the voucher, however DECC is also strongly encouraging the industry to redeem Phase 2 vouchers before 31 March 2015, to ensure that as much funding as possible is allocated from that available in this financial year.

For further details, you can access a copy of DECC’s press release Click Here.

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caltechwarm-web_MainImage (1)Euroroof’s Caltech Liquid Roofing from Alumasc Roofing Systems provides a fuss-free long term solution to the problems associated with failed single-ply roofing.

Our intelligent, cold-applied liquid roof coating system can be rapidly applied over failed single-ply membranes, providing tough and durable waterproof protection for up to 25 years before first maintenance.

The coating system is professionally applied by registered contractors and forms a joint-free, seamless barrier membrane that incorporates everything on the roof – delivering the ultimate in waterproof protection and avoiding the need for costly and inconvenient removal.

Euroroof Caltech is a flame-free, single component, self-levelling polyurethane liquid waterproofing solution. Cold applied to form an elastomeric, seamless membrane, Caltech will waterproof virtually any substrate.

If you would like any further information please call us on
+44 (0) 3335 771 500 or email roofing@alumasc-exteriors.co.uk

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The Insulated Render and Cladding Association (INCA) has published a manifesto ahead of the General Election calling on any future Government to set out a clear role for external wall insulation (EWI) as part of a coherent energy efficiency strategy.

The INCA manifesto builds on the findings of the report from the Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR), Up Against the (Solid) Wall: What Changes to the ECO Mean for Energy Efficiency Policy, which demonstrates the substantial benefits of solid wall insulation for the UK, including the employment, health and social impacts on residents. INCA is calling for support for External Wall Insulation to improve energy efficiency, cut fuel bills and lift households out of poverty and the manifesto makes the case for a long-term energy efficiency strategy with sustainable funding initiatives.

INCA has put forward the following ‘key asks’ for any future Government:

1. Recognise the economic case for investment in EWI to reduce carbon emissions and fuel poverty, to create growth in the UK economy and to support community regeneration

2. Develop and implement an energy efficiency strategy that supports EWI on a large scale with realistic targets for upscaling the delivery of EWI to insulate 3.5 million solid wall properties by 2030.

3. Commit to consistent policies which allow the EWI industry to invest and plan for the future to the benefit of its clients.

4. Prioritise funding for sustainable funding initiatives developed with input from the industry.

INCA Chairman Pádraig Barry said:

“There is still a huge challenge to meet with the latest Government figures showing that only 3% of the 8 million solid wall properties in Britain have received insulation. At the current installation rate it will take around 150 years to insulate all solid wall homes, which undermines the important role upgrading our existing housing stock has on lowering carbon emissions and reducing fuel poverty. The General Election offers a real opportunity to make the industry’s voice heard and bring about a step change in the approach from Government.”

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As well as having a trusted portfolio of high performance render and thermal insulation systems, Alumasc are also renowned for the high quality of our installations. For this reason we have held intensive training courses at our UK render manufacturing site for a number of years.

These 2-day courses, carried out by our own technical experts, involve practical involvement as a key element and have covered all aspects of application of Swisslab and Swistherm External Wall Insulation systems.

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Following the construction of a house using Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) within our Installer Training Centre, Alumasc are pleased to announce that a new training course for the installation of the Alumasc Ventilated System is now available.

The Alumasc Ventilated System (AVS) is an engineered ventilated façade system. It is suitable for use on any timber framed building up to 18m in height and can be utilised in-situ on traditional timber frames or SIPS, in off-site manufacture or for modular fabrication. The system can be installed with either a textured silicone, acrylic brick slip or aggregate dash finish to provide a decorative rain screen solution for timber framed construction following TRADA guidelines. The system also comes with a full package of detail drawings.

AVS has a life expectancy of up to 60 years and comes with a 10 year warranty for projects installed by Alumasc Approved Installers and utilising a full AVS specification. The system has been put through rigorous testing and met all requirements set out by both the NHBC and TRADA for timber framed construction.

Opportunities to gain skills in boarding, fixing, beading, application of base renders and top coats, scrim application and the installation of Alumasc’s traditional and Acrylic Brickslip Systems are also available.

Download our Alumasc Ventilated System Brochure by Clicking Here.

To find out more about Alumasc’s Venitlated Facade System click here or call +44 (0) 3335 771 700.

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Alumasc along with Cambridge Flat Roofing are currently installing over 6500m2 of podium, roadway, communal and private gardens for the Stoke Quay, Ipswich project.

Stoke Quayside

Stoke Quay is a large development of private & social housing for Genesis Housing, built by ISG construction as a flagship project at the Quayside in Ipswich.

The project utilises the Hydrotech Hot Melt Waterproofing System, Derbigum GC Waterproofing and Blackdown’s Green Roof system.

Stoke Quay has some extremely challenging elements to its construction as the site will need constant access to all areas due to the need to be able to continuously deliver products in a very small, constricted area.

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The waterproofing system for the project needed to be versatile & Robust to withstand large volumes of traffic delivering building materials. Once complete the waterproofing will then have Asphalt road ways applied above. The chosen system also needed to facilitate a phased installation and withstand the weight aspect of installing hard and soft landscaping.

Alumasc Roofing Systems showed that having a complete Hydrotech, Derbigum & Blackdown Green Roof system met the requirements & stood out as the best value solution. The Alumasc waterproofing system for this project comes with a 35 Year warranty.

The systems’ versatility allowed for phased installation to the details & upstands first and also allowed for the phased installation to the perimeter details and up-stands to be carried out first and also allowed for all trades to continue work along with no disruption to deliveries. Once these areas were completed, the Hydrotech system was installed to the flat area, followed by application of a Blackdown Intensive Green Roofing System. The Hydrotech membrane was also used for tanking walls and for expansion joints, again indicating the systems versatility.

The robustness of the Hydrotech Waterproofing System combined with a Derbigum GC 5mm protection layer allowed for the waterproofing of the access roadway, which was then left exposed/uncovered to allow vehicles to deliver trade materials. At a later date the roadway waterproofing was covered with the Alumasc FC-6 & road asphalt. For the green roof areas the Blackdown Green Roof Drainage board also showed its robustness by allowing dump trucks to drive over it to distribute the engineered Blackdown intensive roof garden substrate, along with the required planting specified on the scheme.

Frank Besant, Area Manager of Alumasc Roofing Systems along with The Alumasc Roofing Systems Technical Team worked very closely with Richard Jackson Engineers, James Blake Associates, Living Architects and ISG in various pre-contract meetings to ensure the details and products specified met the extremely challenging requirements of this project and site conditions.

For further details on Hydrotech, Derbigum, Blackdown Green Roofs or Alumasc’s full range of roofing systems email roofing@alumasc-exteriors.co.uk or call 0333 577 1500.

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Alumasc’s External Wall Insulation (EWI) systems have been specified on the historic Textile Building on Chatham Place in Hackney, resulting in a weather-proof, energy efficient and attractive building exterior being achieved.

This urban warehouse redevelopment, offers both residential and commercial space on the site of the former Burberry fashion factory. The refurbishment of the original Victorian building includes a new build section to the top, providing luxury penthouse living space.
Specified by architects Buckley Gray Yeoman and installed by CNJ Plastering, Alumasc’s Swistherm EWI system was installed around all existing elevations of the Textile Building, including the stairwells and courtyard garden areas. The original late 19th century building was of solid brick construction and in very poor condition.

Swistherm was selected for these areas as it could be directly fixed to what was a poor quality substrate. CNJ Plastering and the Alumasc Technical Team worked closely together to ensure the EPS insulation within the system was fixed in a variety of thicknesses to level the variations in the surface and provide the solid and even base required for the application of the final render finish.

A further challenge of the scheme related to the high tech new build sections that were being constructed. The aim was to replicate and blend in the rib-type detail on the existing building with the new build element, creating a seamless transition between both parts.

Alumasc’s Swisrail EWI system met the design brief on the new build upper levels of the building, as it is ideal for use on framed buildings, complying with NHBC guidelines. Swisrail comprises a series of steel rails and channels, which were used to create a 25mm drained cavity between the insulation and the framed building.

The final contemporary finish on both the refurbished and new sections of the building was achieved with Alumasc’s silicone and mineral renders, coloured white and shades of grey to meet the architect’s specification.

John Douglas, director at CNJ Plastering, comments:

“The building was in a really sorry state to begin with but, by working with the Alumasc team, we were able to overcome its many problems and create a strong and flat working surface on which to apply the EWI system.

We’ve worked with Alumasc for many years on various projects, and it’s this positive history which made us confident that the Alumasc EWI system specified would cope with the challenges of the scheme. We are delighted to have been involved and are extremely proud of the final result, as are the architect and the client.”

Alumasc EWI systems are BBA approved, fully warranted and available with a range of design and specification options, across many building types.

For more information on all of Alumasc’s External Wall Insulation systems, please call 03335 771 700 or visit www.alumascfacades.co.uk

 

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BuchananStreet2185-221 Buchanan Street is a new £70m mixed development comprising 11,400m2 of retail space and 49 residential units. Owned by Land Securities, the development features a large rooftop garden which required a robust waterproofing solution.

BDP Architects specified both Alumasc’s Hydrotech hot melt structural waterproofing system and green roof on the scheme due to the benefits offered by a single-source solution and, of course, the quality of the products.

One challenge on the project related to the architect’s intricate roof detailing, which meant a close working relationship with Alumasc’s technical team was developed from the outset. As a hot-melt system, and due to its versatility, Hydrotech was ideally suited to accommodating this and was perfect for use under the green roof.

Alumasc’s green roof system addressed the need for a suitable growing medium to be supplied that could be deposited onto the 5-storey building’s roof in large volumes. This was required as a result of the development being in a busy city-centre location. These issues were overcome and the intensive green roof garden was installed in an efficient manner. In total, over 4,000m2 of Hydrotech and 2,000m2 of green roofing, was installed.

Commenting on the project, Kath MacTaggart, landscape architect at BDP, said:

“As with any roof garden project, the challenge is in the detailing of all interfaces and logistics to ensure that a system is watertight. We used Hydrotech at Buchanan Street as it was part of the proprietary Alumasc green roofing system and therefore had the benefits of a fully guaranteed system. To date, we are very happy with the results.”

Area Manager for Scotland at Alumasc Roofing, John Kelly, adds:

“It was great to be involved with such a celebrated development in this major area of Glasgow. The Hydrotech system will ensure the integrity of the roof for many years to come, whilst the green roofing provides an attractive outdoor space for residents to enjoy.”

Hydrotech is a BBA approved, fully warranted waterproofing system, designed to last the lifetime of the structure it is applied to. It has European Technical Approval and is FM Approved. Alumasc green roof systems, under the Blackdown brand, are available in Intensive, Bio-diverse and Extensive application categories with a wide range of planting options.

The Buchanan Street roof garden joins a long line of prestigious developments that have benefited from the quality and expertise offered by Alumasc Roofing systems.

If you would like any further information please call us on 03335 771 700, visit our website www.alumascroofing.co.uk or email roofing@alumasc-exteriors.co.uk.

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liscard house external wall insulationNorth West Skills Academy are offering exclusive fully funded/free External Wall Insulation Supervisor/Management courses to all SME companies within the Greater Manchester and Lancashire postcodes.

The course lends itself to Operatives, Supervisors, and site mangers alike within the External Wall Insulation industry and is essential to raise the CV or profile of the individual or company.

The course is CITB accredited. All candidates will receive a Level 2 Diploma unit on completion.

12 places are available per course and run from 8.30 until 4.30 at our centre in Reddish, Manchester.

For a booking form and more information please contact Jason Gledhill on 07764767097 or jasongledhill@nwskillsacademy.co.uk

To find out more about External Wall Insulation visit our website www.alumascfacades.co.uk or call 03335 771 700

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Hydrotech protects historic London landmark

Posted by David Luukas

Mar2

HydrotechLogo-300x146Alumasc’s Hydrotech hot-melt waterproofing system has been successfully installed at London’s County Hall, one of the capital’s most iconic landmarks.  Located next to the London Eye on the South Bank, County Hall was previously the HQ for GLC.  It is now a popular hub for arts, entertainment, eateries and accommodation.

As part of a four-year refurbishment programme, County Hall Estate Management (CHEM) needed to remove and replace all existing road surfaces at the location, some of which formed a podium deck structure above the boiler room, offices for the London Eye and tanks for the London Aquarium, containing rare and valuable species.

Hydrotech waterproofing was put forward on the scheme due to its ease of installation, 20-year warranty and impressive 50-year track record of zero product failures. The system was expertly installed by Alumasc registered installer Caretec, who have worked with the product for many years.

A major technical challenge on the scheme was that a hot asphalt layer would be installed on top of the Hydrotech system. Precautions had to be taken to minimise the risk of reactivating the Hydrotech membrane on application of the hot tarmac.  Alumasc’s technical team worked closely with Caretec to assess the risks at different stages of the installation and to ensure that the new asphalt was laid on an appropriate protective membrane at the right temperature.

An additional challenge was the heavy flow of traffic in and around the site. A constant flow of vehicles to surrounding leisure facilities meant that disruption to site facilities had to be minimised, whilst the installation of Hydrotech continued.  Due to the versatility of the product, this was a requirement that could easily be met.

Speaking about the project, Mike Foster at Caretec, said: 

“The existing road surface had reached the end of its life and was allowing water ingress into the basement area below.  Installing Hydrotech as the waterproofing membrane layer means that the basement areas are effectively protected for the lifetime of the structure. This was important to the client, given that these spaces are integral to the daily running of many key attractions such as the London Aquarium and London Eye. We’ve used Hydrotech for years and have always been very pleased with how easy it is to install, and how well it performs.”

Hydrotech is at the leading edge of waterproofing technology, offering a lightweight, flexible and self-healing membrane.  It is ideal for use at zero falls on inverted green roofs and hard landscaped podium structures, particularly in new build applications. Hydrotech is manufactured using 10% post-consumer recycled material, is BBA accredited and has European Technical Approval.

For further details of Alumasc’s full range of waterproofing systems, visit the website www.alumascroofing.co.uk or call 0333 5771 500.

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Beautifully engineered aluminium gutters and downpipes from Alumasc Rainwater, have been used at Edinburgh’s latest award-winning prestige housing development.

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Built by CALA Homes, Trinity Park is an exciting development of stylish two and three bedroomed apartments, three and four bedroomed mews homes and five bedroomed Georgian-inspired Villas – a design which was the winner of the esteemed ‘What House? Best House of the Year’ award in 2012.

Alumasc GX Guttering and Flushjoint Downpipes were specified by Susan Stephen Architects, who were keen to extend Trinity Park’s modern take on Edinburgh’s classic Georgian architecture down to the finest detail. Paul Stewart of Susan Stephen Architects, explains:

“The planners were keen that the use of uPVC be avoided in the build, so we chose the Alumasc’s aluminium GX Guttering and Flushjoint Downpipes to complement the style of the building and give a traditional look to the rainwater system.

“We’ve used Alumasc products in the past, but this is the first time we’ve specified these particular ranges. We wouldn’t hesitate to use them again and would definitely recommend them to colleagues for similar projects.

“We were also very impressed with the high level of customer service and technical support provided by Alumasc and found their Drainage Calculator especially helpful.”

Alumasc Rainwater’s GX Guttering can be exposed or concealed, and is a robust and fully engineered box section gutter range designed for traditional wet jointing on site. GX is offered in three profiles in a choice of sizes and is especially suited to applications where maximum capacity gutters are required.

Complementing the GX GutteringAlumasc’s Flushjoint Downpipe system is based on concealed spigots which give a completely smooth external appearance with pipes mounted on brackets to stand clear of the structure.

Both products are BBA Approved, manufactured from lightweight, durable aluminium which is 100% recyclable, offering a life expectancy of 40 years in rural/suburban areas and up to 25 years in industrial/marine areas. They can be supplied with BBA approved polyester powder coatings in a range of standard or custom colours and are also available in Plain Mill finish for on-site painting.

Click here more information about Alumasc Rainwater or to download the free Drainage Calculator software.

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Alumasc recreates history for Airbus

Posted by David Luukas

Jan16

Alumasc’s Aqualine Gutter systems have played a key role in the major restoration of Pegasus House, the former HQ of the Bristol Aeroplane Company.

Pegasus_PRpic_lowresPegasus House, is an iconic landmark of historical and international importance, boasting a lavish Art Deco style that reflected the significance of the city’s expanding aircraft industry when it was built in 1936. The Grade II Listed building had lain empty for 20 years but has now been completely renovated by current owner, Airbus, who worked closely with the local council and Architect Capita Symonds to ensure a sympathetic restoration.

The aim was to replace as many of the building’s original features as possible and attention to detail was vital. The original components of the historic rainwater system were beyond repair and had to be replaced with new products which would respect the authenticity of the project. Alumasc’s Aqualine gutters were specified by the Architect who gained approval for the system from English Heritage.

Around 215m of Aqualine Box was installed by Massey Cladding Solutions of Bristol, to all areas of the five-storey building. Aqualine Box is a robust and fully engineered box section gutter which is designed for dry jointing on site. The system is lightweight and durable, with minimal maintenance requirements. Aqualine proved ideal for this project as it replicated the original very closely and met the requirement for maximum capacity gutters.

The designers chose a special polyester powder coated matt paint finish, which due to its popularity, has now been added as a standard colour option by Alumasc.

Gary Blakeway of Massey Cladding Solutions, commented:  “The aim was to get as close a match to the original guttering as possible. Alumasc’s solution was almost identical and it was approved by English Heritage. The installation went very smoothly, with no problems and it looks superb.”

Pegasus House is part of the 12-acre Airbus aerospace park and will bring 2,700 engineers and designers together when work is finished on the site. Main Contractors were Miller Construction.

For further details on Alumasc Rainwater products, click here.

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The Harmer SML lightweight cast iron soil and waste system from Alumasc has provided a robust drainage solution at one of London’s most recent landmark projects.

Bankside_PRpicNeo Bankside is a multi-award winning development located next to Tate Modern on the cultural South Bank of the River Thames. It comprises four hexagonal towers housing 217 residential apartments, a business centre, leisure club and private landscaped gardens.

Designed by architects Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners and consulting design engineers Hoare Lee Consultants, this large scale project demanded a reliable, cast iron soil and waste solution that would deliver high levels of efficiency. Following close involvement from Alumasc working alongside Hoare Lee, the Harmer SML system was specified for use in the buildings’ soil & waste and rainwater stacks and was installed by M&E contractor Interserve Engineering Services.

The Harmer SML range has recently undergone a number of developments, which now present contractors and specifiers with a superb package of design and installation benefits. In addition, advances in cast iron technology have ensured that Harmer SML products are fully attuned to modern construction needs. The system is durable, recyclable, quick and easy to install and requires low maintenance.

Engineers and designers also have the reassurance that the new Harmer SML range meets the new UK requirement for CE Marking, while installers can further benefit from the introduction of new ductile iron brackets. These brackets can be used for vertical and horizontal rainwater stacks without the need for pipe stack supports – saving costs for both the contractor and end user. The brackets are manufactured in accordance with BSEN877 – the European standard for lightweight cast iron pipes and fittings.

Manufactured in Germany to meet the highest quality and performance standards, Harmer SML also carries British Board Agrement Certification, 05/4191. The pipes and fittings meet the European Standard BS EN 877, further assured by the new CE Marking, showing full compliance with EU manufacturing, testing and technical performance requirements.

To download your copy of the SML brochure, or Alumasc’s Harmer Drainage Calculator software, click here.

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Due to recent business successes and major developments of its products and services, Alumasc Rainwater & Harmer Drainage has appointed customer service professional, Chris Neall to the role of Area Sales Manager for the South-East.

Originally from New South Wales in Australia, Chris joins Alumasc’s expanding sales team during a period of Chris Photo2significant growth for the company, bringing with him extensive experience from a number of high-profile Customer Service, Sales and Management positions across a variety of sectors.

Chris will focus on building new business connections and further strengthening existing customer relationships for Alumasc.

Speaking of his new role, Chris said: “Following the recession, the UK market is recovering well and because Alumasc is constantly reviewing its products and processes, it has continued to receive an increasing number of enquiries.

Alumasc’s impressive product portfolio is equalled only by its renowned customer service and I’m really proud and excited to be part of such a great team. Working for a company with such a proud history is a fantastic opportunity and I’m looking forward to contributing to the success of its future.”

Paul Hetherington, Managing Director of Alumasc’s Rainwater & Harmer Drainage, added: “We’re thrilled to have Chris join the team.  His unwavering customer focus, combined with his managerial and sales experience, makes him the ideal candidate for the job and we’re looking forward to the positive impact he’ll have on our client base.”

For more information about the team at Alumasc Rainwater or our extensive product portfolio click here.

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Alumasc Rainwater has launched its new technical brochure providing comprehensive technical and installation advice on its extensive range of market leading metal rainwater systems.

RWBrochure_PRpicKnown as ‘The Blue Book’, this substantial new brochure has been designed as an aide for Architects, Specifiers and Contractors, outlining full technical details of all product ranges, providing dimensions, installation instructions and NBS specifications, with a clear colour-coded product selector for ease of reference and a full colour photo gallery showing the products in-situ.

The Blue Book features Alumasc’s pre-painted cast iron range, which boasts a highly durable four-coat factory-finish available in eight standard heritage colours.  Lasting up to seven years before re-painting is required, all products carry Alumasc’s certified paint mark which confirms the four-coat system, giving reassurance that the range is fully protected against the elements.

The range is priced at only 13% more than the primed equivalent, but offers impressive cost savings of up to 60% on installation time and 30% in materials. A short-term investment, that translates into a significant long-term saving.

Also included is Alumasc’s full Aluminium Rainwater Systems range which offers ten new BBA Approved powder-coated colour finishes, taking the total in the range from 16 to 26, including the popular Silver Metallic which is now available as a standard colour. The range also continues to be available in a plain mill finish.

In addition to the aluminium and cast iron ranges, The Blue Book showcases Alumasc’s recently-launched rolled steel rainwater system which is ideal for both traditional and modern buildings in new build and refurbishment projects. Rolled steel rainwater products offer a contemporary, eco-friendly and cost effective alternative to uPVC systems, and are available in a galvanised finish or a choice of standard colours.

For projects requiring traditional rainwater fittings, the Harmer LCC traditional cast iron soil and waste drainage systems are featured. The range has been recently updated and includes a wide variety of accessories, manufactured to imperial dimensions and created to accurately reproduce period detail by combining historic iron-casting processes with modern manufacturing techniques.

Ben Green, Marketing Manager of Alumasc Rainwater, comments: “At Alumasc Rainwater we’re committed to providing valuable resources which not only showcase our fantastic products, but which make it easier for industry colleagues to plan and progress their projects quickly and effectively.

“The Blue Book will provide architects, specifiers and contractors with everything they need in one easy-reference guide. With 180 pages of useful product and technical information, we’re confident it will quickly become the new industry bible.”

Download your copy of the Blue Book now or call the Alumasc Rainwater literature hotline on 0808 100 2008.

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Harmer SML chosen for M&S Flagship Store

Posted by David Luukas

Jul25

Alumasc’s Harmer SML cast iron soil and waste system has been installed at the new M&S flagship store at Cheshire Oaks Designer Shopping Outlet in Ellesmere Port.

M&S_PRpicPacked full of eco-credentials, Cheshire Oaks is the second largest M&S store in the world measuring in at over 148,000 square feet spanning 2 floors. It was created using a number of low carbon technologies, addressing several different areas of sustainability and helping the project achieve a BREEAM ‘excellent’ rating.

The Harmer SML system forms part of a carefully considered rainwater management strategy that also includes an 80,000 litre rainwater management tank and sustainable urban drainage (SUDS). SML is a lightweight cast-iron system which is 100% recyclable, making it the ideal choice for the scheme, in which all of the materials used where either natural, or recycled.

Advances in cast iron technology have ensured that Harmer SML products are fully attuned to modern construction needs. SML systems meet the new UK requirement for CE Marking and Alumasc have recently introduced new ductile iron brackets which speed up the installation process.

Manufactured in Germany to meet the highest quality and performance standards, Harmer SML also carries British Board Agrement Certification, 05/4191. The pipes and fittings meet the European Standard BS EN 877, further assured by the new CE Marking, showing full compliance with EU manufacturing, testing and technical performance requirements.

The new ductile iron brackets provide continuity of material across the all-iron system and can be used for vertical and horizontal rainwater stacks without the need for pipe stack supports – saving costs for both the contractor and end user. The brackets are also manufactured in accordance with BS EN 877.

Detailed information about the SML range can be found in a comprehensive new 72 page brochure that also includes an invaluable specification guide. And as a further aide, Designers can also download Alumasc’s exclusive Drainage Design Calculator App which is available for PC and ipad.

Download the free Calculator software here or for your copy of the new SML brochure, please visit Harmer Drainage.

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Cycling enthusiast Ben Green, pushed himself to the limit recently as he took on the Coast to Coast challenge – cycling from Seascale to Whitby in just one day on 29th June.

coast photoBen is the Marketing Manager for Alumasc Rainwater and Harmer Drainage, and wanted to take on this mammoth journey alongside his brother Tom Green, to reach a personal goal whilst raising money for worthy causes.

This iconic route is usually tackled over four or five days, but the Coast to Coast one day event (organised by Open Cycling) is renowned for being one of the country’s greatest cycling challenges – something all competitive cyclists want on their sporting CV.

Ben and Tom’s 150 mile trip saw them cycling amongst stunning views; from the mountainous Western Lake District, through the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors, finishing by the sea in Whitby.

A total of 472 riders took part, with the fastest coming in under nine hours. Ben and Tom completed the challenge despite Tom having a severe case of cramp for a couple of hours they raised a staggering £1,500 which will be donated to Cancer Research UK and Claire’s House Hospice.

Ben’s passion to succeed is clearly evident in both his career and personal life; by day Ben is an excellent marketer leading a team for Alumasc Rainwater and Drainage, by night he’s an avid fitness fanatic who likes to take on new sporting challenges.

Ben says: “Riding 150 miles didn’t sound that difficult initially, but going up and down hills, crossing lakes and passes was both mentally and physically draining. The scenery was incredibly picturesque, and Tom and I just did our best to stay focussed on reaching Whitby.

“It was a brutal but beautiful ride, but we’re both extremely proud of our achievements, particularly given that we have raised a handsome sum for two great causes.”

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Alumasc’s Swisslab External Wall Insulation (EWI) system played a key part in the transformation of a private residence into a retrofit ‘Eco-Home’ and helping to achieve a virtual carbon neutral status.

gartreeThe property in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire was in need of complete refurbishment.  In addition to external wall insulation, the owners took the opportunity to install heat recovery, a biomass boiler and photovoltaic panels to make the house as energy efficient and eco-friendly as possible.

Project architects, YMD Boon, had not used EWI on a private residential refurbishment before and following detailed research into a number of options, they specified Swisslab due to its levels of energy efficiency and the quality of finish offered.

Alumasc’s approved applicator BLD Construction Ltd installed Swisslab with 160mm phenolic insulation over the solid brickwork walls, completing the system with and attractive, cream silicone decorative finish.  Following refurbishment, the property’s U values have improved from 0.47 to 0.12w/m2k.

David Henderson of YMD Boon commented: “The Swisslab system offered a thermal capacity that exceeded traditional build standards without compromising the internal layout of the existing building.

“We have been involved in new build Eco-Homes in the past; including Leicester’s original ‘Eco-House’, but a retrofit Eco-Home was a new concept for us. In practice, the external wall insulation has given the existing external walls a thermal performance in excess of the current Building Regulations requirements with the property’s overall performance heading towards carbon neutral.”

The home owners have commented that they are very pleased with the very attractive finish and thermal performance created by the system.

Swisslab is an insulated render system that provides outstanding energy efficiency. Insulation materials are mechanically fixed direct to a continuous substrate and faced with a choice of traditional and lightweight renders.  Brick-effect finishes are also available.

For further details on Alumasc’s Swisslab EWI system, click here.

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CE Seal of Approval for Harmer SML Range

Posted by David Luukas

May29

Alumasc has launched an enhanced range of Harmer SML lightweight cast iron soil and waste systems that deliver a superb package of design and installation benefits to contractors and specifiers alike.

Picture 157Engineers  and  designers  have  the  reassurance  that  the  new  Harmer  SML  range meets  the  new  UK requirement for CE Marking, while installers can also benefit from the introduction of new ductile iron brackets.

Wayne Willmott, Sales Manager  for Harmer Drainage comments: “The CE Mark and new brackets are just two of the customer-focused features that make Harmer SML the market leading system for easier specification, greater choice and simpler installation.

Advances in cast iron technology have ensured that Harmer SML products are fully attuned to modern construction  needs.  The  system  is  durable,  recyclable,  quick  and  easy  to  install  and  requires  low maintenance.”

Manufactured  in Germany  to meet  the highest quality and performance  standards, Harmer  SML also carries  British  Board  Agrement  Certification,  05/4191.  The  pipes  and  fittings  meet  the  European Standard  BS  EN  877,  further  assured  by  the  new  CE  Marking,  showing  full  compliance  with  EU manufacturing, testing and technical performance requirements.

As  a major  benefit  for  contractors,  the  SML  range  now  includes  ductile  iron  brackets  that  provide continuity  of  material  across  the  all-iron  system.  These  brackets  can  be  used  for  vertical  and horizontal  rainwater  stacks  without  the  need  for  pipe  stack  supports  –  saving  costs  for  both  the contractor and end user. The brackets are manufactured in accordance with BSEN877 – the European standard for lightweight cast iron pipes and fittings.

Detailed information about the SML range can be found in a comprehensive new 72 page brochure that also  includes  an  invaluable  specification  guide.  And  as  a  further  aide, Designers  can  also  download Alumasc’s exclusive Drainage Design Calculator App which is available for PC and iPad.

Download  Harmers free  Calculator  software  or  their  new  SML  brochure today.

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Since the Green Deal launched back in January, key industry professionals are keen to reflect on the impact it’s had during Q1 of trade. A distinct lack of Government support to engage with the public over this initiative is apparent, and it’s fair to say the construction industry cannot influence its success on its own.

Just to recap, with buildings in Britain being considered the least energy efficient in the world, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) introduced the revolutionary idea to give people the opportunity to make energy efficient home improvements with the savings from their energy bills. Households throughout England
and Wales that use Green Deal to make home improvements will also qualify for cashback, the more work households have done, the more cash they could receive.

On paper Green Deal looks like the biggest boost in construction since the Second World War giving experts high hopes; with the promise of strong investment from utility companies and Government backed support across the built environment. However according to Housing Association Magazine, early indications show that the DECC’s failure to promote this flagship initiative may have long term affects.

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Alumasc Facades has gone to great lengths to support Green Deal, by tailoring its product portfolio and offering External Wall Insulation Systems which are proven to conserve energy. An extensive training programme for installers which has been matched to CITB level standards has also been introduced by the Alumasc team.

Like many industry leaders, Alumasc shares the viewpoint that Green Deal needs more exposure. John Carter, MD at Alumasc Facades & Vice Chairmanof the Insulated Render & Cladding Association (INCA) told HA Magazine: “Green Deal represents a fantastic opportunity for the industry, but for it to work we need to engage with the public and that just hasn’t happened.” John goes on to say: “My biggest concern as a system supplier is that the quality of the contractors doing the work will be the making or breaking of Green Deal.”

To read John’s interview in full, click here.

For more information on Alumasc’s External Wall Insulation systems, click here.

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Alumasc’s Euroroof Mastergold flat roof membrane and extensive green roof system have been installed at St Michael’s Church School in Peterborough on a highly challenging roof design.

Alumasc worked closely with its registered installer M&J Flat Roofing to achieve an outstanding result at the new school, which is architecturally unique with a complex roof geometry supporting a green roof construction. The roof was mono-pitched to most areas but also had a severe slope and pitches at three different angles.

StMichealsAlumasc were involved from the initial design stages following a recommendation by M&J Flat Roofing to the architect, Peter Smith Associates of Peterborough.  All companies worked together for a solution which resulted in 1200 sq m of a Euroroof Mastergold Anti-root warm roof system being installed with an Alumasc Sedum Extensive green roof.

Peter Henrickson of M&J Flat Roofing commented: “Following unforeseen problems, the original main contractor was no longer working on the project and things had fallen behind. M&J stepped in and worked with Alumasc  to offer an overall roofing package that allowed the client to re-commence the works, despite having not yet appointed a new main contractor.

“The building is multi-faceted with roof pitches from 5-35 degrees.  Retention of the landscaping and long term irrigation would be vital to the success of the project.  We knew that Alumasc’s technical expertise alongside M&J’s practical installation experience would result in success following our previous collaboration at Falmouth University on one of the earliest UK near vertical green roof installations.

“At St Michael’s there were numerous tricky interfaces, including PV panels, service risers and cable arrest details.  Designing a system that could not only be installed around these features, but that would also perform and allow for future maintenance, was a challenge that Alumasc and M&J met head-on together.”

Euroroof Mastergold transforms working with traditional bituminous membranes, speeding up installation time without compromising long-term performance. Euroroof Mastergold is a fully warranted system that offers high tensile strength and pliability and excellent resistance to puncture and UV degradation. The Mastergold membrane is available with a black mineral finish and can be used with a range of insulations to suit specification and U-value parameters.

For further information about Euroroof Mastergold or indeed any of our waterproofing solutions, click here.

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Alumasc Waterproofing has provided a complete roofing package for the first major new development in Wapping for over 10 years.  Developed by Ballymore, Wapping Lane is an iconic creation, comprising residential, leisure, retail and recreation facilities over 5 high-rise blocks with a central plaza sitting above an underground car park.

Wapping_PrPic Due to the complexity of its design, a range of roofing solutions was required to accommodate varying roof details on the five blocks, balconies, terraces and podium roof area over the car park.

Fenland Flat Roofing installed Alumasc’s inverted Hydrotech waterproofing system with a biodiverse green roof to levels 4,5,6 and 7 on blocks C and D, with additional biodiverse green roofing and Alumasc’s extensive and intensive green roof systems, installed to the main roof areas. All the perimeters had a paving finish. The podium area comprised hard and soft landscaping consisting of an intensive green roof with additional planter areas.

Many of the balconies were particularly difficult to waterproof due to the fact that they were very narrow, and a number of pitch pocket details were installed around balustrade posts. Fenland Flat Roofing were able to meet the challenge due to the versatility the Hydrotech system offered.

The Hydrotech hot melt system is perfectly suited for zero falls applications and provides seamless waterproofing ideal for high performance green roofs, podiums and highly detailed waterproofing or water feature schemes. It is manufactured using 10% post-consumer recycled material, is BBA accredited and has European Technical Approval ETA-05/0152.  Hydrotech is designed to last for lifetime of the structure and is available with a choice of warranties.

Alumasc’s extensive and biodiverse roofs are lightweight with a relatively shallow substrate and provide a range of planting options.  Alumasc’s intensive green roofs  support a wide range of plants, trees and shrubs, providing recreational space for people and a rich habitat for wildlife.

•    For more information on the Hydrotech Hot Melt system, click here.

•    For more information on Alumasc’s green roof systems, click here.

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kingswoodPRAlumasc Skyline Fascia & Soffit system has made a significant contribution to the design of Kingswood Locality Hub, forming part of the £8.5m Kingswood Civic Centre redevelopment near Bristol.

The striking Kingswood Locality Hub forms a new three-storey regional centre for Children and Young Person’s services for South Gloucestershire Council, designed by Alec French Architects and Integral Engineering Design. The redevelopment was carried out by Wates Construction resulting in an exemplar sustainable project in line with the Council’s Carbon Reduction Commitment. The project has since received a National Innovation Award nomination from the British Council for Offices (BCO) and was also shortlisted for Best Community Building in the LABC 2012 Building Excellence Awards.

Alumasc’s Skyline Fascia Soffit System was supplied in Basalt Grey, to the Locality Hub and the roofed areas adjoining The Hub to the Civic Centre. The bespoke system was designed by Alumasc in conjunction with Alec French Architects, incorporating 25 different flashings and trims, interfacing with each other to suit various orientations. Alumasc worked with the designers and installers OHS of Bristol, to ensure that the fittings provided a smooth, uninterrupted interface with the timber cladding and feature oriel windows. Alumasc also supplied rainwater goods on adjacent buildings.

Skyline Fascia & Soffit system components give architects great scope in design and specification, for traditional and contemporary projects, whilst providing contractors with simple, well proven fixing methods and concealed bracketry to ensure speed and economy of installation.

Skyline is available in four generic fascia configurations, manufactured in BBA approved polyester powder coated aluminium. Available in any standard RAL colour, it offers a virtually maintenance-free installation for the lifetime of a building.

With immediate effect, standard ‘made to order’ items such as Skyline flashings and copings with simple design requirements are available within 10 working days rather than the previous 25. More complex designs and fixtures requiring special manufacture can also be turned around quickly – lead times will be confirmed on request.

For further details on Alumasc’s Skyline Fascia Soffit Systems, visit here.

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Swistherm Transforms Salford Housing Scheme

Posted by David Luukas

Apr3

Alumasc’s Swistherm External Wall Insulation (EWI) system has been used to transform the thermal performance and aesthetic appeal of a social housing scheme in Salford. Managed by multi-award-winning social housing company, Salix Homes, the 54 flats at Stoney Knoll and Gloverfield are No Fines Construction which is typically regarded as hard to treat.

stoneyknollPRThe Swistherm EWI system was a key element in the programme of works to upgrade the flats to Decent Homes standards. BLD Construction installed 3,000m2 of Swistherm with 110mm EPS insulation to all the external walls, finished with ST Silkolitt silicone render in off-white with a rolled texture.

The installation has dramatically improved the thermal performance of the properties, with U-values improving from 2.0w/m2k to an impressive 0.30w/m2k.

Externally, the ST Silkolitt silicone render has helped to transform the buildings‟ appearance, achieving a clean, contemporary finish to meet the client‟s brief. The refurbishment of the scheme has helped to improve the residents‟ living conditions whilst also contributing to the regeneration of the area.

Having worked extensively with Alumasc previously, BLD Construction had no hesitation in recommending Swistherm for this project. Director Bruce Day commented: “The No Fines surface of these properties was very uneven. Swistherm enabled us to get a true and even line so the facade was as smooth as possible – the refurbishment has given a real boost to residents. Alumasc’s systems are our preferred EWI solution, as the material is superior and we find Alumasc’s sales, service and technical support at every level, to be second to none.”

Swistherm is a BBA approved, fully warranted, thin coat insulated render system comprising insulation slabs which are mechanically fixed direct to a continuous substrate. The choice of insulation materials includes Mineral Wool, Expanded Polystyrene and Cork.

Swistherm can be faced with Alumasc’s range of Silicone or Mineral renders which create a rolled surface texture, in a wide range of colours.

Visit Alumasc Facades for more information about their product range.

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Alumasc Rainwater have launched their new product price guide, which now incorporates their well-respected Aluminium and Cast Iron ranges along with LCC traditional cast iron soil and waste drainage, plus its new Rolled Steel rainwater system. The revisions coincide with some major changes in Alumasc Rainwater’s core processes which are intended to benefit merchants and contractors across the industry.

RW_PricelistWith many projects being at the mercy of the British weather, speed of installation is an increasing issue for contractors. Now priced at only 20% more than the primed equivalent, Apex Heritage pre-painted removes the need for post-installation paintwork, offers impressive savings of up to 60% on installation time and 30% in materials – it’s a little extra that saves a lot on site.

The pre-painted range boasts a highly durable 4-coat factory-finish, which can last up to seven years before re-painting is required. Eight standard heritage colours are available which now also carry Alumasc’s Certified Paint Mark, to qualify the 4-coat factory system and giving peace of mind that the product is fully protected against the elements.

Paul Hetherington, Managing Director of Alumasc Rainwater and Drainage, says: “Ultimately, when viewed as part of the entire project cost, the 20% premium should be regarded as a long-term saving, not as a short-term cost.”

The new price list also features Alumasc’s full Aluminium Rainwater Systems range, which is available in plain mill finish or in the raincote range of BBA Approved factory applied polyester powder coatings. The standard aluminium RAL colour range has been extended this year, from 16 to 26, with the popular Silver Metallic now available as standard.

Also brand new for 2013 is Alumasc’s new range of lightweight Rolled Steel rainwater systems. Ideal for traditional and modern buildings in new build and refurbishment applications, steel is a competitive alternative to uPVC systems, with increased flow rates and longevity. Available in either a galvanised or black coated finish as standard, with other galvanised coated colours available to order.

To find out more and view our updated product range, visit Alumasc Rainwater.

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With Ecobuild just around the corner, Harmer has timed to perfection the release of its new SML brochure, which provides invaluable technical information on the complete range of Harmer BS EN 877 Socketless Soil and Waste Systems.

SMLFollowing the re-brand of Alumasc’s Harmer Drainage range, this brochure showcases a number of key updates:

  • Improved usability with easier to navigate contents.
  • Inclusion of the new SML Ductile Iron Coupling and High Pressure Combi Coupling which are designed for increased speed and ease of installation.
  • An updated project gallery.
  • An updated product overview including the new Cast Iron Roof Outlet and Shower range.

The brochure offers a wealth of additional information about Harmer soil and waste systems, detailing how the product range combines high-quality materials with industry-leading standards to meet the needs of any construction job.

The new and improved brochure is one of many exciting developments the Harmer team will be talking about at Ecobuild, just visit the Harmer Drainage stand S1710 to find out more.

Alternatively download your copy today Harmer SML Brochure

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A bespoke Heritage Aluminum Rainwater system from Alumasc has played a key role in the major roof refurbishment at Marylebone Station.

The massive £4 million project saw the renovation of Marylebone’s 150-metre long station shed roof covering four of the station’s six platforms. Beginning in May 2010, the works were managed by the main contractor, Morgan Sindall, on behalf of Network Rail, and were completed in January 2011.

With their distinctive red, black and silver livery, the hoppers and downpipes at Marylebone were one of the defining details of the Grade II listed train shed. In order to meet English Heritage guidelines, these cast iron fittings had to be replaced with exact copies. Alumasc’s Heritage Cast Aluminium was specified to replicate the original cast iron system, delivering high performance and low maintenance requirements with all the benefits of modern manufacturing technology.

As one of the UK’s largest manufacturers of rainwater systems, Alumasc is renowned for its heritage ranges and ability to replicate historic components. The Heritage made-to-order range in cast aluminium met the needs of the project on every level, and involved high levels of involvement from Alumasc’s technical team who rose to the challenge of replicating the exact historic designs and RAL colours of the original system.

The historic status of the building, restricted schedule and central London location presented many challenges to the manufacturers, suppliers and installers working on it. From the outset, Alumasc liaised closely with BSS Drainage, and installers Cover Structure, in order to plan the schedule in detail, with a lot of work taking place overnight while the station was empty.

On the success of the project, Network Rail route director Jo Kaye comments: “The new roof at Marylebone has made a huge difference to the station environment and provides passengers with a lighter, brighter travelling experience. This is the first of several projects to restore and renew our London stations so it is excellent news that the work at Marylebone has been delivered on time and on budget.”

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Alumasc Facades on Show at Greenbuild Expo

Posted by David Luukas

Feb24

Alumasc will be showcasing their range of thermally efficient External Wall Insulation (EWI) solutions on Stand E26 at this year’s Greenbuild Expo, on 9th and 10th May at Manchester Central.

Greenbuild Expo is the UK’s newest sustainable building and refurbishment event, providing Alumasc with the perfect platform to promote the energy-saving benefits of its EWI systems in readiness for the forthcoming Green Deal initiative.

Alumasc is a specialist in the design and development of insulated render systems for both refurbishment and new build, offering engineered solutions for residential and commercial projects of any scale and making a significant contribution to thermal efficiency and improved aesthetics.

Alumasc’s Swisslab and Swisspan External Wall Insulation systems are primarily suited to refurbishment applications, with an impressive track record in transforming poor quality housing into warm, attractive, energy efficient homes.

Swistherm and Swisrail External Wall Insulation systems are primarily suited to new build applications, with Swistherm being particularly suited for use with Cork insulation, providing the perfect solution for low carbon, sustainable developments.

Alumasc’s EWI systems are BBA accredited, offer full warranty packages and are supported by Alumasc’s unrivalled technical expertise.

For more information, see us on the stand or click here

 A Derbigum warm roof system from Alumasc has been used in the roof refurbishment of Doddington Community Hospital in Cambridgeshire – a project requiring complex liaison between the contractors who were working around the demands of one of Europe’s largest ever temporary roofs throughout the installation.

The hospital roof had come to the end of its lifecycle and urgently needed replacing.  Following the consideration of a number of options, the client,  NHS Cambridgeshire, decided the entire roof should be replaced.

The versatility of Alumasc’s Derbigum system was a major contributor to the work being finished on schedule, despite the scale of the project and the complicated logistics.

The main contractor, Morgan Sindall, was asked to remove the existing waterproofing and deck and install a new plywood deck. Alumasc approved contractor, Camflat Roofing, installed 1700m2 of the Derbigum warm roof system with a mineral surfaced Derbigum cap sheet, carrying a 20 year warranty. The system comprised a 4mm thick dual reinforced Derbigum membrane based on APP modified bitumen with a decorative mineral weathering surface, offering a combination of high performance protection plus speed and convenience of installation.

A huge HAKI temporary roof was used on the project to prevent any possibility of water ingress into the hospital while the roof was being replaced, enabling it to stay open to patients. Even though the temporary roof was one of the largest ever erected in Europe, it still only covered half of the space being re-roofed. All work in progress had to take place under the covered section which was moved on rails to the other end of the roof half way through the job. The work also included detailing around new windows, roof lights, and plant and courtyard areas.

Mick Smith of Camflat Roofing comments: “This job was complex in terms of the logistics and working under the temporary roof. Alumasc’s advice and support during the project was highly valuable and the speed and versatility of Derbigum was also a major factor in successfully completing the job.”

Derbigum warm roof systems combine the proven durability of the Derbigum range, with the speed and ease of installation of a single ply system. Options are available for completely flame-free, high speed spray installation (in excess of 1000m2 per day) which is BBA accredited and fully warranted.

For more information on Alumasc’s Derbigum high performance roofing membranes, click here 

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Alumasc provided a comprehensive package of high performance roofing products to the Downe Hospital in Downpatrick, Northern Ireland.

Designed by the URS / Scott Wilson Group, Downe Hospital is a £64million state-of-the-art healthcare facility, delivered by the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust to provide a wide range of healing services to the local community.

Hydrotech MM6125 Structural Waterproofing and Derbigum Single Layer membrane were specified by the designers who had a good relationship with Alumasc’s Technical Team, following the successful use of their roofing products on a number of previous projects in Northern Ireland. The package provided a complete waterproofing solution supported by Alumasc’s unrivalled technical expertise and warranties.

13,000m2 of Hydrotech MM6125 was installed by approved contractor Grainger Building Services, across various areas of the roof requiring a structural waterproofing solution. Lightweight, tough and flexible, BBA Accredited Hydrotech is ideal for protected roofs, plaza decks, green roofs, water features and access roadways. The system offers a unique formulation combined with reinforcement to guarantee lifetime performance.

9000m2 of Derbigum Mineral in a light grey finish was installed on the flat roof areas. Derbigum is BBA Accredited and manufactured under ISO9000 & 14001 Quality and Environmental Management Standards. The system is available in a choice of finishes and colours including the fine mineral chippings specified for the hospital. Its many benefits include flexibility, excellent fire ratings, stronger reinforcement and suitability for all methods of application.

2000m of Alumasc’s Aluminium Skyline Copings have also provided an economical and easily installed finish to the parapets on all the flat roof areas.

For more information on Alumasc’s range of Structural Waterproofing systems, click here

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Top Marks for Alumasc at Mersey Street

Posted by David Luukas

Feb3

A Heritage Cast Aluminium rainwater system from Alumasc has contributed to the sympathetic conversion and refurbishment of the former Mersey Street Primary School in East Belfast. 

A sensitive design solution by architects Isherwood and Ellis saw the redundant Grade B1 listed primary school converted into 30 self-contained apartments by building contractors Connolly and Fee Ltd for the social housing provider Connswater Homes. 

As a Grade B1 listed building, the facade could not be significantly altered, leading Isherwood and Ellis to specify Alumasc’s Heritage Cast Aluminium rainwater system with a black textured finish to replicate the school’s original cast iron system. The Heritage Cast Aluminium range is ideal for traditionally designed buildings and can be used for the direct replacement of cast iron, whilst offering all the benefits of modern aluminium casting techniques and factory finish.

The system, which was supplied by Alumasc approved supplier PFC Rainwater Systems of Newtownabbey in County Antrim, has minimal maintenance requirements and is lightweight, durable and easy to handle and fix. The moulded profile specified for Mersey Street was one of five profiles that are available in the range, alongside a choice of imperial sizes and RAL colours to suit all projects.

The Social Development Minister, Nelson McCausland opened the new £3 million development in November and added: “This really is an impressive development and good news for the people of East Belfast. Not only does this innovative project provide much needed new housing in an area of high housing need, but it rescues a much loved historic building of local importance.”

For more information about Alumasc’s Heritage Cast Aluminium rainwater systems, click here

For details of Cast Aluminium ex-stock and lead times, click here

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Alumasc’s Swistherm External Wall Insulation (EWI) has contributed to the aesthetics and energy efficiency on the new nursery building at South Cheshire College in Crewe.

South Cheshire is amongst the country’s best performing FE colleges and required an innovative and contemporary facility to reflect its excellence and to embody its commitment to social and environmental responsibility. Jefferson Sheard Architects designed a new 26,500sq metre curved building based on the concept of a village street, with individual departments functioning like shop fronts.

The curved facade on the nursery section of the building demanded a first class insulation system. Alumasc worked closely with Approved Installer MIB Facades to deliver an appropriate technical solution for the project.

Rob Sharrock, director of MIB, comments: “We were appointed to install the EWI on this particular section of the building and immediately recommended the Alumasc Swistherm system using 140mm thick Lamella Board finished in 1.5mm white Silkolitt render. We had total confidence that this system would perform superbly and be straightforward to install onto the cement particle board and SFS substrate. As expected, the system has achieved the required U-value of 0.23W/m2K.”

The Main Contractor at South Cheshire College was BAM Construction.

For further details on Swistherm, click here

For further details on the full range of Alumasc External Wall Insulation, click here

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Alumasc Rainwater Lead TimesAlumasc has long enjoyed a reputation for quality and performance, holding its unique position as manufacturer of the most comprehensive range of Aluminium and Cast Iron Rainwater Systems in the UK.

But never a company to rest on its laurels, Alumasc is fully aware of industry changes that affect everyday working methods and continually strives to offer the best products and the best service on the market today.

In a move designed solely for the benefit of Contractors and Merchants in the building industry, an extensive range of Alumasc’s most popular Aluminium and Cast Iron rainwater systems has been made available ex-stock with an unrivalled lead time of 3 days.

With huge stock levels of over £2million being available at any one time, never before has Alumasc’s service been so perfectly tailored to the needs of modern building projects. Furthermore, in an industry first, for projects carrying tight deadlines Alumasc offers an Express Delivery – Next Day Service.

An extensive range of Alumasc’s Apex Heritage painted and primed Cast Iron Rainwater is also available ex-stock, offering the most well-used profiles, namely Half Round gutters in 4”, 4½” and 5” diameters and rainwater pipes in 2½” and 3” diameters, in a high quality 2-pack epoxy primer and top coat finish. Now also available in a range of 8 standard colour options.

Designing your system, identifying the right product and getting it delivered to site, has never been easier – or faster – thanks to Alumasc.

To read more about Alumasc’s ongoing product and service development, click here.

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Tarmac HQ Benefits from Swisslab

Posted by David Luukas

Oct24

Tarmac HQ | AlumascSwisslab External Wall Insulation (EWI) from Alumasc has been used for the major refurbishment of Tarmac’s 60 year old Headquarters building in Wolverhampton.

Frost damage over the last 50 years had resulted in corrosion of the outer reinforcement steel, causing the existing roughcast render to crack.

2500m2 of Swisslab was installed on the Tarmac scheme, incorporating a high performance 1.5mm Silkolitt silicone render finish in cream along with Phenolic insulation boards.

Despite the dated architectural style of the building making it difficult to bring it up to current thermal standards, the use of Swisslab has resulted in a 77% reduction in the U-Values of the external walls from 1.35w/m2K to 0.31W/m2K.

Peter Waring, Project Manager at Tarmac, explains: “The design of the building involved the floor slabs finishing flush with the external layer of brickwork. This ruled out the possibility of using cavity wall insulation as it would have left the floor edges as cold bridging points, so we were looking for an EWI system that could be installed over the existing substrate. It was important that our chosen system provided a durable, weatherproof finish that would ultimately give the building a smooth, modern look, whilst also improving its thermal efficiency.”

For more details on Swisslab and other Alumasc EWI Systems, click here.

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Swistherm wins INCA Award for Trafford College

Posted by David Luukas

Oct21

Swistherm External Wall Insulation (EWI) from Alumasc, has earned a top industry Award for Trafford College in Altrincham.

The Insulated Render and Cladding Association (INCA) Awards celebrate leading EWI projects in the UK over the past year, covering new-build, refurb, non-residential and domestic sectors.

Trafford College, which has already earned a RIBA Award and boasts a BREEAM rating of Very Good, was announced Winner of the Non-Residential category at the INCA Conference which took place at The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester on 12 October.

3500m2 of Swistherm was used to create a perfect example of  how Alumasc’s EWI systems can deliver performance and aesthetics for modern, energy efficient buildings.

The INCA judges commented: “This project reflects the aesthetic creativity offered by EWI for new build projects and the end result is a striking building which the local community can be rightly proud of”.

For full details of the Trafford College project, click here

For more information on Alumasc’s External Wall Insulation systems, click here

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Heritage Cast Iron Rainwater systems from Alumasc have been used at The Lancasters, one of London’s most exclusive and prestigious residential developments.

Overlooking Hyde Park, The Lancasters was originally a parade of 15 magnificent stucco-fronted Grade II listed houses dating from the mid nineteenth century. More recently used as a hotel, it has now been restored and developed into 77 prestige homes. A leading team of developers, architects and interior designers has created a unique fusion of traditional architecture with brand new design and construction.

Alumasc’s Heritage Cast Iron system was specified by the architects Nilsson, for its combination of traditional manufacture and modern quality control standards. The result is a highly robust rainwater solution that provides a visually sympathetic finish to fully complement the stunning Victorian architecture.

The Heritage Cast Iron was installed by Premier Services Installations (PSI) Ltd and comprised traditional 4” downpipes and ogee gutters finished in a bespoke white, created especially for The Lancasters by Alumasc who created a dedicated paint line to ensure the order was completed on time.

A range of Alumasc’s most popular profiles are now available as pre-painted ex-stock with an express delivery option which will ensure delivery to site in 24 hours.

For more information on Alumasc’s Cast Iron Rainwater Systems, click here

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Don’t miss Energy Savings Week 2011

Posted by David Luukas

Oct10

24th – 28th October 2011 is the 15th Energy Savings Week from the Energy Savings Trust (EST).

During the course of Energy Savings Week, homeowners are invited to tap into a range of ideas and advice, designed to help reduce energy bills and promote a greener lifestyle. From how to make the most of your heating and lighting systems, to effectively insulating and weather-proofing your home, EST are on hand with a week of great ideas, to help us all save money.

Alumasc’s Swisslab and swisspan External Wall Insulation (EWI) Systems are recommended by the EST for their thermally efficient properties, and can play a large part in helping to reduce fuel bills. Both systems offer a choice of insulation thicknesses and materials which are proven to achieve very low U-values.

Click here for more information on Energy Savings Week and to download a Savings Pack.

Click here for further information on Alumasc’s thermally efficient EWI systems.

LRWA Launches New Apprenticeship Programme

Posted by David Luukas

Oct5

The Liquid Roofing and Waterproofing Association (LRWA) is launching a new Specialist Apprenticeship Programme (SAP) that will provide roofing professionals with the opportunity to develop an expertise in the installation of liquid waterproofing systems.

Starting in October 2011, the course combines classroom and workshop sessions with instruction on site. Successful candidates will obtain an NVQ Level 2 qualification.

For further information on the course and the range of grants available, please e-mail Terry Wain at info@lrwa.org.uk or go online here.

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Prestige Brands Trust Alumasc Quality

Posted by David Luukas

Sep19

Alumasc's Heritage Cast Aluminium at Marylebone Station in London.

Many of you are already familiar with the quality and heritage of Alumasc’s Aluminium and Cast Iron Rainwater Products, but did you know that our craftsmanship can also be found in places you might not expect?

Some of the world’s most renowned engineering and manufacturing companies rely on the quality and performance of Alumasc’s die-cast aluminium components, supplied by Alumasc Precision Limited. With an impressive client portfolio, including Aston Martin, Caterpillar, Jaguar, JCB and Siemans, Alumasc Precision has been developing zinc and aluminium cast components since 1945.

Alumasc Precision - suppliers of die-cast components for Aston Martin.

Alumasc’s unrivalled heritage is an ultimate testament to the reliability and longevity of its metal products. From gutters and downpipes to oil coolers, car consoles and Hi-Fi speaker parts, Alumasc offers unsurpassed technical support and high-performance products in every area of its business.  

For more information Alumasc’s Cast Aluminium and Cast Iron Rainwater Products, click here  

For more information on Alumasc Precision, click here

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Alumasc EWI used on Award-Winning College

Posted by David Luukas

Sep15

A stunning new college building featuring the Swistherm External Wall Insulation (EWI) system from Alumasc is the proud winner of a 2011 RIBA Award for the North West Region. 

Trafford College is a £25million scheme, designed by Stephenson Bell Architects to a BREEAM standard of ‘Very Good’.  Alumasc worked closely with the architects throughout the project to achieve a suitable solution for the innovative angular facade. The incorporation of modern building materials and systems into the design of Trafford College required Alumasc to develop new and unique interface details.

The project schedule required the Swistherm EWI system to be installed prior to the windows, so Alumasc detailed weatherproof window reveals to prevent the system being damaged prior to the installation of the glazing. In addition, there was a requirement for Alumasc to create interface details with the GRP Precast Feature Fins and the Sun Louvers that are installed to all south facing 1st floor windows.

A total of 3500m2 of the Swistherm system was installed comprising 80mm EPS insulation boards and Alumasc’s 1.5mm Silkolitt silicone render, the latter contributing to the building’s striking contemporary exterior.

For more information on Alumasc External Wall Insulation systems, click here

The RIBA Awards were set up in 1966 to recognise great architecture all across the country. For details, click here

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Harmer Roof Outlets from Alumasc have been chosen for a challenging installation at Gloucester’s largest retail development. 

Designed by Dyer Associates of London, Gloucester Quays is a £200million scheme, comprising over 150,000m2 of floor space and an 18,000m2 Factory Outlet Centre. Located alongside the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal, the development is a key part of the regeneration of Gloucester’s historic town centre, setting a benchmark in contemporary design. The main contractor was Bovis Lend Lease. 

Alumasc worked closely with installers T Clarke Bristol Ltd to overcome the challenge presented by complex roof build-up at Gloucester Quays’ car park. Various areas of asphalt and liquid waterproofing membranes demanded the specification of a robust yet versatile drainage system able to accommodate the differing build-up thicknesses. Harmer Car Park Outlets were fitted using a double clamping ring which could be adjusted to suit the requirements of the waterproofing layer.

The Harmer system enabled fast installation, with a flush-fitting, hard-wearing result capable of withstanding cars and light commercial vehicles to a maximum single wheel loading of 1 tonne and total weight of approximately 255 kg/m2.

The Harmer Roof Outlet range includes Detail outlets for use in multi-level car parks, balconies and gulleys, AV high capacity outlets for flat roof projects and Insulated outlets used mainly in metal deck warm and inverted roof installations. They are all lightweight, durable and non-corrodible, offering ease of installation in projects that present awkward roof detailing. Offering high performance and minimal maintenance requirements, Harmer Roof Outlets are diecast in LM6 aluminium silicon alloy to BS 1490: 1988, offering a BBA approved powder coating on grate and clamping collar.

In accordance with Alumasc’s environmental policy, Harmer Roof Outlets are manufactured under the ISO14001:2004 environmental management standard using 100% recyclable Aluminium.

For more information the Harmer range from Alumasc, click here

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Thermally efficient Swistherm External Wall Insulation (EWI) from Alumasc has been used on the pioneering, energy-saving refurbishment of a Bristol apartment block. 

The £1.5million upgrade of 16-storey Rawnsley House is thought to be the first in the UK to benefit from the Community Energy Savings Programme, a Government fund delivered to homes in low income areas through partnerships between Local Authorities, Community Groups and Energy Companies.  Landlord Bristol City Council worked closely with EDF Energy and carbon reduction company Sustain to deliver the scheme.

3750m2  of Alumasc’s Swistherm EWI system, incorporating 70 and 80mm EPS insulation panels was installed by approved installer Rateavon Ltd.  U-values of the building improved from 1.28W/m2 K to the target 0.35W/m2 K and the superior thermal efficiency is also set to benefit residents with savings in their energy bills, expected to be in the region of £158 per year.

The original 1960’s brick appearance of Rawnsley House was maintained through the use of Alumasc’s Traditional and Acrylic brick slip which were also installed by Rateavon Ltd. Traditional brick slips were used around the ground floor of the building providing a durable, impact resistant finish whilst Acrylic brick slips provided a lightweight solution on the remainder of the building, with no visible join between the two systems.

Alumasc’s Technical Support Team worked closely with Rateavon, Bristol Council and the project team throughout the duration of the project, providing U-Values, 3D images, Condensation Analyses and full scale samples, to help ensure the success of the scheme.

For more information on Alumasc’s Swistherm EWI Systems, click here

For more information on Alumasc’s specialist Brick Slip systems, click here 

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Alumasc Launches New Rainwater Campaign

Posted by David Luukas

Jul8

An exciting new advertising campaign for Alumasc’s high performance Rainwater Products is now appearing in the Trade Press.

The campaign features powerful graphics of extreme weather, to drive home a simple message “In extraordinary weather, ordinary rainwater systems just aren’t good enough”.

As the UK climate becomes ever-more unpredictable, Alumasc is proud to supply outstanding quality metal rainwater products which are designed to withstand a 1-in-500-year weather event. The new campaign is designed to raise awareness of the importance of using premium quality products and the new ads will be seen over the next 18 months in a range of the most well-read architectural and construction titles and websites.

For more information on Alumasc Rainwater Products, click here

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Derbigum to the Rescue at Boss House

Posted by David Luukas

Jul6

Alumasc’s Derbigum Waterproofing system has played a key role in vital refurbishment work carried out on a prestigious London residential scheme.

Boss House is an upmarket warehouse conversion situated in the Shad Thames District of London. The existing 14-year-old roof urgently needed a complete upgrade, requiring Alumasc to work closely with Lamberts Chartered Surveyors to provide an innovative solution which would avoid the displacement of residents for the duration of the works. Whilst conventional approaches such as temporary roofing would have been prohibitively expensive and highly inconvenient for residents, Alumasc rose to the challenge, providing a competitively priced solution enabling everyone to remain in the building throughout.

The proposal involved attaching a new plywood base to the existing standing seam roof using timber packers fixed into the metal structural purlins. Working with the installer Tower Asphalt Ltd, Alumasc carried out tests on the roof to ascertain the correct fixings and to confirm that it would be possible to carry out work with residents still inside the premises. Tower Asphalt installed 1600m2 of 4mm Derbigum Mineral Charcoal, and throughout the project Alumasc liaised closely with the building surveyor, to ensure a smooth operation resulting in work being completed ahead of schedule.

Designed for situations requiring high performance and time efficiency, Derbigum Waterproofing was the ideal solution for Boss House, applying the proven durability of Derbigum with speed and ease of installation. Options are available for completely flame-free, high speed spray installation (in excess of 1000sq.m per day) which is BBA approved and fully warranted. The system is suitable for use on warm roofs with metal, concrete or plywood decks, both for re-roofing or new build applications.

For more information on Derbigum, click here

To download the Derbigum Brochure, click here

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BBA Certification for Swisslab with Silkolitt

Posted by David Luukas

Jun30

Alumasc Swisslab installed with Phenolic insulation panels and Silkolitt Silicone Render at St Leger Homes in Doncaster

Alumasc’s BBA Approved Swisslab External Wall Insulation (EWI) system is now approved for use with Silkolitt Silicone Render (BBA Certificate Number 93/2914 – Product Sheet No.s 1-3).  The new certification supports Alumasc’s extensive portfolio of BBA Approved façade systems and ultimately allows greater freedom to specifiers who insist on quality and peace of mind when selecting products.

Swisslab is the market leading insulated render system for overcladding existing properties. It is extensively used to upgrade social housing in order to meet the Decent Homes Standard and strongly contributes to urban regeneration. In addition to its BBA approval, Swisslab is a fully warranted system with a life expectancy in excess of 30 years and is endorsed by the Energy Saving Trust, appearing on their list of Energy Saving Recommended Products

When Silkolitt Silicone render is used with Swisslab, a striking, contemporary finish is created that is also suitable for new-build applications.  High performance Silkolitt is water-repellent, vapour permeable and weather resistant, available with a rolled texture offering 1.5, 2.5 & 3.5mm grain sizes in a wide range of colours.    In addition to the Swisslab EWI system, Silkolitt is also compatible with Alumasc’s other insulated render systems: Swisspan, Swistherm and Swisrail.

Use the following links for more information: 

Swisslab External Wall Insulation, click here

Silkolitt Silicone Render, click here

Alumasc’s full range of EWI Systems, click here

Alumasc Facades BBA Certificates, click here 

BBA Certification, click here

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Firestone RubberGard® EPDM has been used in the successful refurbishment of a social housing scheme in Doncaster.

The 12 low-rise 4-storey blocks, managed by St Leger homes, had previously suffered water ingress and required a waterproofing solution that could be installed while the tenants remained in their homes.

1740m2 of Firestone RubberGard® EPDM was installed by Firestone Authorised Contractor Close Building Services to an “Enviro-Ready” specification which allows for the retrofitting of Photovoltaics at a later date.

For more information on Firestone’s RubberGard® EPDM, click here

Download the RubberGard® brochure here

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New Drainage price lists from Alumasc

Posted by David Luukas

Apr29

 

 

Alumasc has released new April 2011 price lists for its full range of Harmer Drainage Solutions comprising Floor and Shower Drainage, Roof Outlets and Soil & Waste Systems.

The user-friendly price lists include detailed line drawings and dimensions of each system component for ease and accuracy when ordering, with a quick reference index for speed.

Click here to download the Harmer Floor and Shower Drainage price list

Click here to download the Harmer Cast Iron Soil and Waste Systems price list

Click here to download the Harmer Roof Outlets and Deck Support price list

For more information on Alumasc’s Harmer Drainage systems, click here

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Cast Iron is the New Green

Posted by David Luukas

Apr27

Apex cast Iron Rainwater Systems

As Architects, Designers and Specifiers constantly strive to expand their portfolio of sustainable product options, no other building material boasts more environmental credentials than natural Cast Iron.

Cast Iron is 100% recyclable with no limitation or decline in its properties. It offers a low maintenance life expectancy in excess of 60 years and is the only guttering material to be recommended by the Department of the Environment and the Department of National Heritage, as the most suitable option for the maintenance of aesthetics in historic or conservation planning applications.

Bespoke Cast Iron solutions at St Pancras Station in London

The Apex Heritage Cast Iron rainwater and Soil Waste range from Alumasc, is manufactured under ISO9001:2000 Quality Management Controls and developed under our company wide environmental policy in accordance with ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Management Systems. As such, production processes are monitored for their environmental impact and consideration taken for all aspects of packaging, transport and disposal to ensure the product is as sustainable as possible.

Apex Cast Iron Rainwater and Soil Waste goods contain no toxic substances and offer impressive cradle to grave performance for embodied energy, water quality, water and ground contamination and minimal long-term maintenance/replacement costs.

In addition, Apex Gutters and Downpipes are able to contribute fully to achieving BREEAM credits for responsible sourcing of materials and as part of an overall rainwater management scheme. 

The manufacture of any metal is, by its very nature, environmentally intensive, so the more we re-use building products such as cast iron, the bigger the benefits to the planet.

To view our range of Cast Iron Rainwater Systems, click here

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NIA joins Solid Wall Insulation initiative

Posted by David Luukas

Apr27

The National Insulation Association (NIA) has joined an initiative to support the mass roll-out of Solid Wall Insulation (SWI) in the residential market to meet UK government climate change targets.

 

The initiative involves three leading industry bodies, the NIA, Solid Wall Insulation Guarantee Agency (SWIGA) and the British Board of Agrement (BBA). The three bodies will be developing an independent installer assessment and surveillance scheme for SWI covering external wall insulation, internal wall insulation and hybrid systems. This initiative forms part of an SWI industry framework developed by the NIA and SWIGA to bring about a 10-fold increase in the capacity of the SWI industry in a controlled manner and will also support UK government targets under the Green Deal.

The NIA and SWIGA are also developing a skills and training platform which includes; onsite assessment and training in the workplace to qualify existing workers; retraining skilled workers from other trades such as cavity wall installers and apprenticeship schemes for new entrants.

Alumasc is a member of insulation trade associations NIA and INCA and we have obtained independent endorsement for our Swisspan and Swisslab External Wall Insulation Systems, which are Energy Saving Recommended for their contribution to the improved overall thermal performance of existing inefficient, hard-to-treat homes. 

For more information on our External Wall Insulation Systems, click here

New Rainwater Price Lists from Alumasc

Posted by David Luukas

Apr20

Alumasc has released new April 2011 price lists for its full range of Aluminium and Cast Iron Rainwater products.

The user-friendly price lists include detailed line drawings and dimensions of each system component for ease and accuracy when ordering, with a quick reference index for speed.

The Aluminium price list also includes the Standard colour palette for Alumasc’s range of BBA approved factory applied polyester powder coatings.

Click here to download the Aluminium price list

Click here to download the Cast Iron price list

For more information on Alumasc’s Rainwater systems, click here

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Alumasc’s full range of Rainwater and Drainage products is now available from the UK’s most successful buying group for Independent Builders, Plumbers, Hardware & Timber Merchants – the National Merchant Buying Society (NMBS).

Alumasc have joined the NMBS to ensure the provision of the most cost effective, high-performance water management solutions to the independent market place, encouraging the growth and future success of our independent building sector.

Alumasc will be exhibiting a range of products at the NMBS Exhibition in May – for further information and to register for the event, click here

You can also find us in the NMBS Buyers Guide

For further information on Alumasc Rainwater products, click here

For further information on Alumasc Drainage products, click here

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The Harmer Level Access Former from Alumasc, is a ready made Floor Former with integral falls for use with the Harmer Shower Drains range, in wetroom environments where either flexible sheet or tiled flooring is used.

Made from high quality WPB grade birch plywood, the Former comes ready to lay and any necessary resizing can be carried out on site using standard, non-specialist hand tools.

The Harmer level Access Former, provides a quick and accurate solution for creating drainage falls in joisted and solid floor construction, eliminating many of the complexities and costs associated with wetroom drainage installation.

Download the Harmer Level Access Former datasheet here.

Download the Fixing Instructions here.

Click here for more information on the Harmer Shower Drain range.

Click here for details of Alumasc’s full range of engineered drainage solutions.

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Alumasc have donated  their Firestone RubberGard® EPDM single ply roofing system to Balsall Heath Church Centre in Birmingham as part of a unique refurbishment project.

The Church’s new roof represents the UK’s very first use of  an innovative Photovoltaic System from Advanced Green Technologies (AGT) with Firestone RubberGard® EPDM.

Rubbergard® provides outstanding performance at extremes of both hot and cold temperatures, making it AGT’s system of choice for use with AGT Flexlight solar panels.

Installation of the roof was carried out by Close Building Services of Doncaster and Birmingham, a Firestone Approved Installer who worked closely alongside Jericho Construction for the duration of the project.

Reverend Catherine Grylls of Balsall Heath Church Centre comments, “We are delighted with all the help given to allow this project to go forward. The Centre hopes to be a beacon of environmental sustainability. We will earn useful income for supplying clean electricity which will help to fund our work with local elders and we are delighted that this project will also benefit local unemployed young people through our partnership with the Jericho Foundation. For us as Christians it is vital that we try to live well with creation, locally and globally, and so environmental sustainability and addressing inequality are key issues for us.”

For more information on Firestone Rubbergard EPDM from Alumasc, click here.

Download the brochure here

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Ecobuild Success for Alumasc

Posted by David Luukas

Mar4

Ecobuild is over for another year, with exhibitors now returning to their offices to evaluate the success of the new venue at London’s Excel Centre. 

Alumasc’s stand was a hive of activity for the duration of the show, with main attractions on the brand new stand being 3 Zones focussing on Energy Management, Green Roofing and Water Management.

Alumasc were also involved in live daily seminars discussing ‘Top Tips For The Successful Installation And Maintenance Of Green Roofs In New-Build Properties’ and ‘Practical Applications for Natural Materials’, all of which proved highly popular with visitors to the show.

Alumasc achieved ISO14001 environmental certification in 2007 and is a UK market leader in the provision of sustainable building products.  For more details, click here.

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A completed tower block

The thermal performance of Swisslab External Wall Insulation (EWI) from Alumasc, has been key in its specification for the upgrade of eight Glasgow multi-storey developments.

Work to the blocks of flats at Kelhead Path and Tinwald Path was implemented by Glasgow Housing Association (GHA) as part of a programme designed to modernise homes, making them warmer and drier.  Alumasc have worked closely with GHA over the last 7 years, supplying external wall insulation solutions to 80% of all GHA properties under 8 storeys high.  The Swisslab system has provided outstanding energy efficiency results and an attractive overall finish, modernising the original dated façades.

The Kelhead Path and Tinwald Path blocks presented the challenge of “Hard-to-Treat” construction, for which Swisslab is perfectly suited.  Its robust finish, coupled with ease of installation, provided a consistent appearance across the uneven wall construction and furthermore, 100% of the residents were able to remain in-situ whilst the installation work took place.

Tower block before refurbishment

Alumasc Approved Installers Transcast Ltd and Recast Rendering Systems, installed Swisslab EWI on behalf of the Main Contractor Lovell, installing 70mm PIR insulation to the front and rear elevations. The upper floors were finished in Brightstone Cream aggregate on white backing render and Harvest aggregate on cream backing render.  To create an attractive traditional finish, Alumasc’s Brick Slips were applied to the ground floors.

The use of Swisslab has resulted in an overall U-value of 0.3w/m² across the project, with major reductions being observed in the carbon emissions generated by the blocks.

Swisslab is the market leading insulated render system for overcladding existing properties. It is extensively used to upgrade social housing in order to meet the Decent Homes Standard and strongly contributes to urban regeneration. It is a BBA approved, fully warranted system with a life expectancy in excess of 30 years.

For more information on Alumasc’s Facade systems, click here

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Alumasc has provided a package of Harmer drainage products for a multi award-winning ‘landmark’ building in Northern Ireland.

Harmer SML Soil and Waste Systems, Roof Outlets and Floor Drains were used at Mossley Mill in Newtownabbey which has achieved the Times/Gestener Office of the Year Award, NI Construction Excellence Award, RICS Award and Civic Trust Award.

Designed by Ostick & Williams, Mossley Mill was originally a flax spinning mill built in 1834 by a local cotton manufacturer. The recent £16million redevelopment by Graham Construction was undertaken in two phases, restoring the mill to its former glory. It is now home to Newtownabbey Borough Council and a Civic Arts and Cultural Centre with a new theatre, museum and conferencing facilities.

Harmer SML cast iron socketless soil and waste system and Harmer Floor Drains were chosen for the public facilities in the Theatre. SML is an Agrement certified system and meets European Standard BS EN 877. This lightweight, dry jointed pipework system is suitable for both soil and waste or rainwater installations, offering ease of installation and low maintenance requirements.

Harmer Floor Drains comprise drain bodies in powder coated aluminium, available with an extensive range of round and square grates in stainless steel or nickel bronze. The range is suited to virtually any interior drainage application and all types of flooring. The drain bodies are available either trapped or untrapped, with vertical or horizontal spigot connection and with or without side outlets for connection to sink, bath shower and waste.

High performance Harmer AV Roof outlets were chosen for the flat roof due to their high flow rates and suitability for use with all waterproofing membranes.  They are available in aluminium alloy or gunmetal with spigot or screw connection for vertical, horizontal or 45º discharge.

Harmer SML, Floor Drains and Roof Outlets are fully compatible, enabling flexible design solutions to be found for all soil, waste and rainwater drainage applications.

For more information on Alumasc’s full range of Engineered Drainage systems, click here

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Bad weather generates two main challenges when it comes to rainwater systems; the first being in regard to installation times. As the window of opportunity for outdoor installations lessens during cold, wet spells, alternative solutions such as pre-finished systems, can prove invaluable in getting the job completed quickly and cost effectively between downpours.

Alumasc’s pre-painted Apex Heritage Cast Iron, offers a 3-coat finish with excellent resistance to salt, heat and frost, whilst providing an extended life expectancy and time/cost savings of around 50-60%. By removing the need for post-installation paintwork, systems such as this also represent a saving of around 30% in materials with the additional benefits of a top quality factory finish and the avoidance of costly administration associated with the disposal of hazardous solvent-based waste.

For more information on Apex Heritage Cast Iron, click here

For more information on the complete range of Alumasc Rainwater Systems, click here

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Newbuild Sector Turns To Hydrotech

Posted by David Luukas

Jan4

Roof detail at Petchey Academy

With environmental considerations being more commonly incorporated into design specifications for contemporary roofing, our Technical Development Manager Chris Lister explains the increase in the use of our Hydrotech MM6125 Structural Waterproofing system in the Newbuild sector:

Chris comments, “The onus is on modern roofs to provide more than just traditional protection from rainwater. In addition to accommodating familiar performance features such as plant rooms and air conditioning systems, the introduction of green roofs and photovoltaics is now presenting the need for more specialist detail.

“Hot melt systems such as Hydrotech, provide a seamless waterproofing membrane ideal for green roofs and podiums and for highly detailed waterproofing or water feature schemes. The system moulds itself around intricate detailing on high performance roofs and is also the first choice for zero falls waterproofing on inverted green roofs and hard landscaped podium structures in new build applications.

“Due to the recent economic situation, contractors are also increasingly conscious of project deadlines and budgets. Hot melt systems allow fast and simple installation over complex roof details, which in many cases can assist in the timely completion of projects and the avoidance of contractual penalties. For example, Hydrotech was recently chosen to provide a fastrack waterproofing and inverted roofing system to the 2600m² roof at the new Petchey Academy in Hackney. Separate plant areas and a 400m² terrace were completed early, together with 1300mm high waterproofed and insulated perimeter upstands, enabling the efficient installation of associated glazing and cladding to ensure that tight contractor deadlines were met successfully.”

For more information on Hydrotech, click here

To read the full Petchey Academy Case Study, click here

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Cork: The Natural Insulator from Alumasc

Posted by David Luukas

Dec14

The thermal and sustainable benefits of cork insulation were key in its specification for a unique social housing refurbishment scheme in Newcastle-Under-Lyme, Staffordshire – the first significant use of Cork EWI on social housing in the UK. 

Managed by Aspire Housing Association, the 54 Cussins properties on the Staffordshire scheme were constructed after the Second World War to a non-traditional design with steel frames.  The engineers and project managers, Michael Dyson Associates Ltd, carried out initial surveys to determine the condition of the properties and specified Alumasc’s Swisspan External Wall Insulation system with 50mm Cork panels, which is perfectly suited to non-traditional or problematic refurbishment applications.

Cork is designated an A+ rating in the Green Guide to Specification for maximum benefit in BREEAM and Code for Sustainable Homes assessments and when used with Alumasc’s External Wall Insulation systems, the result is a high performance façade that offers all the benefits of an insulated render system, but with enhanced environmental credentials. 

Jeff Collett, Associate Director of Michael Dyson Associates Ltd, comments: “We have been taking a keen interest in the development of sustainable insulation for quite some time and were aware of cork’s potential. We considered a number of insulation materials for the Aspire homes and decided that Cork met the performance requirements as well as being the obvious sustainable choice.” 

Cork insulation can be used in conjunction with all Alumasc EWI systems and the Cork/Swisspan system at Aspire has increased the homes’ energy efficiency levels to the required u-value of 0.35W/m2K, creating a warmer, more attractive place for residents to live.

David Cartwright, Environmental Champion with the project’s main contractors, Frank Haslam Milan (FHM), comments: “On the Aspire contract, the pre-construction team worked hard for solutions which would both improve the building fabric whilst considering their inherent environmental impacts. We favoured natural cork for its low carbon footprint properties together with its excellent insulation value and sound transmission qualities.”

No chemicals or additives are used in the manufacture of Cork and it boasts the lowest embodied energy of all commonly used insulation materials. A huge variety of indigenous wildlife is dependent upon the maintenance of the cork oak forests and its production helps stabilise rural economies, populations and local culture in the poorer agricultural areas of Southern Europe. 

Chris Lister, Development Manager at Alumasc comments: “Alumasc is currently the only supplier of Cork EWI in the UK. We believe that cork is the future of building with natural insulation. When combined with Alumasc high performance renders, all the benefits of insulated render systems are achieved with the environmental benefits of using a natural product.”

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To download the Cork brochure, click here

To view Alumasc’s Sustainability Statement, click here

johnferneleyPRFirestone UltraPly TPO™ from Alumasc has been used on a new 800-place secondary school building in Melton Mowbray which has achieved a BREEAM rating of ‘Very Good’ and an EPC ‘B’ rating.

The John Ferneley College is undergoing a two-phase re-development by the Willmott Dixon Group, the first phase of which boasts an impressive new college building and landscape designed by architects and sustainability consultancy White Design Associates Ltd. The project showcases a number of sustainable features and construction techniques which have contributed to its impressive green credentials.

The Firestone UltraPly TPO waterproofing system was specified for the college roof due to its ease of installation, heat reflective and energy efficient properties. Its light coloured surface reflects sunlight before it can be absorbed and converted into heat energy, thus improving the energy efficiency of the building. The membrane can also be easily recycled, making it the perfect solution for environmentally sensitive applications.

Approved Contractor BriggsAmasco, installed 2500m2 of UltraPly TPO Fully Adhered System in Light Grey. The hot-air welded seaming process results in fast, economical installation, which can be carried out all year-round in a variety of weather conditions. The application of UltraPly TPO was part of an ‘enviro-ready’ roof design, enabling the addition of sustainable features such as green roofing and photovoltaics at a later date.

Firestone UltraPly TPO combines aesthetics and outstanding seam strength with strong resistance to ultraviolet radiation and weathering. It contains no plasticizers and no halogen flame retardants resulting in outstanding resistance to UV radiation and ozone. The membrane also exhibits strong resistance to algae and fungi growth and common rooftop chemicals.

For more information on Firestone UltraPly TPO from Alumasc, download the brochure here.

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New Harmer Drainage Website from Alumasc

Posted by David Luukas

Nov17

drainage_web_PRAlumasc has launched its new Drainage Website – the latest in a series of brand-specific online resources that covers the company’s extensive range of products and services. The new website serves as a powerful tool for the specification of Alumasc’s Harmer Drainage Systems.

The well respected Harmer range of Roof Outlets, Floor and Shower Drains and Cast Iron Soil and Waste Systems are detailed on the site, clearly defining the choice of systems available for a range of applications. Associated NBS specification documents, CAD drawings and product datasheets can be accessed via the new ‘Quicklinks’ section available on every page along with an easy route to the Roof Outlet Calculation Tool and a comprehensive library of sector-specific case studies, illustrating Alumasc Harmer Drainage Systems in situ on a wide range of projects nationwide.

New technical content includes full details on the newly launched Harmer Shower Drain range, available in Aluminium or ABS and the Harmer Kessel rainwater management systems which further strengthen Alumasc’s environmental product portfolio and commitment to sustainable building solutions.

The secure ‘My File’ area facilitates the creation and management of a personal ‘basket’ of technical documents and downloads. By selecting datasheets, brochures and other online material, users can store project-specific material on the site for future retrieval or can choose to email selected files direct to industry colleagues.

Full product code listings, flowrates and price lists, plus an invaluable list of merchant stockists, complete the site content.

Alumasc’s new Drainage website provides comprehensive data on a range of solutions suited to any new build or refurbishment project. The ongoing development of its online resources further supports Alumasc’s continued commitment to meet the changing needs of its colleagues in the Construction Sector.

For further details on the full range of Alumasc Drainage Systems, please visit the new site here.

To order hard copy Harmer Drainage product literature, please call Alumasc on 0808 100 2008.

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Hayes02Alumasc’s Swistherm and NHBC approved Swisrail External Wall Insulation systems have received industry recognition at this year’s INCA (Insulated Cladding and Render Association) Awards.

The Award ceremony was held at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium on Wednesday 13 October, where the distinctive façade of West London’s NHBC award-winning Highpoint Village, was ‘Highly Commended’ in the Residential High Rise Newbuild Category.

The project involved a number of complex design features requiring Alumasc to work closely with their approved installer Lawtech Ltd and contractors Oskomera, to achieve the architectural requirements of the scheme.inca-logo

The thermal performance of Swistherm and Swisrail helped the project to achieve an impressive U-Value of 0.18W/m2K with a BREEAM Class 1 rating.

For more information on Alumasc’s External Wall Insulation Systems, click here.

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New Alumasc Aluminium Rainwater Brochure

Posted by David Luukas

Oct20

Rainwater_brochure_coverAlumasc has recently launched a new technical manual that provides full details on all aspects of its market-leading Aluminium Rainwater Systems.  Product selection tables, technical data, NBS specification advice and installation guidance are all available for the well respected Heritage, Aqualine and GX gutter ranges and the Heritage, Flushjoint and Guardian downpipe systems.

Alumasc’s aluminium rainwater systems offer exceptional characteristics both in terms of performance and sustainable credentials. The new brochure covers the environmental benefits of using aluminium, which is 100% recyclable and outlines the many benefits the material offers due to its unique properties and method of manufacture.

In addition to extensive product information, sections of the brochure are also dedicated to our expert Manufacturing and Support Services, Alumasc’s in-house facility for applying BBA Approved polyester powder coatings and to our unrivalled Technical Services Team, who can assist with bespoke system design and challenging installations.

Together with the Alumasc Rainwater website, the new literature forms part of our ongoing commitment to providing comprehensive technical resources for the building industry and unrivalled technical support to Architects, Specifiers and Contractors.

Download the new Alumasc Aluminium Rainwater Systems brochure here or visit www.alumascrainwater.co.uk

 

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Marine_pr_lowresAlumasc’s Heritage Cast Aluminium Rainwater system has provided the perfect solution for the restoration of a 19th Century Victorian Park in South Tyneside.

The £5m improvement project at South Marine Park has been carried out sympathetically by South Tyneside Council using historic photographs of the original park as a reference. The seafront park has been restored to its former glory thanks to an intensive programme of works supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, including a new children’s play area, reinstatement of the terrace and bandstands and refurbishment of the rock garden, statues, miniature railway and boathouse.

Alumasc’s Heritage Cast Aluminium rainwater system was chosen for the new public facilities building, to replicate the original cast iron systems used in the rest of the park.  STP Construction installed a Heritage Half Round gutter system with Heritage Circular downpipes in red to achieve the desired effect.

Heritage is a comprehensive range of traditional gutter profiles, round, square and rectangular pipes and all associated fittings and accessories.  Manufactured using modern casting techniques, the Heritage range is designed to provide all the essential architectural features appropriate to traditionally designed buildings.

A choice of BBA approved polyester powder coatings is available in 16 standard colours with BS or RAL colours available to special order. The range can be supplied to resemble cast iron surface texture or is available in plain mill finish for on-site painting. Heritage is lightweight, durable and non-corrodible, with up to 25 years life expectancy in marine/industrial environments and 40 years in rural/suburban sites. The system is easy to handle and fix, with minimal maintenance requirements.

In accordance with Alumasc’s environmental policy, Aluminium is 100% recyclable.

For more information on Alumasc Rainwater Systems, click here.

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Slatyford_pr_finalA ‘Hard-To-Treat’ social housing scheme in Newcastle has been given a new lease of life thanks to Swisslab External Wall Insulation (EWI) from Alumasc.

The Slatyford Estate is managed by the city’s ALMO, Your Homes Newcastle, and forms part of a £500m programme to bring Newcastle’s 30,000 housing stock up to Decent Homes Standard by 2011.

Slatyford is one of many estates built in the 1950’s using Wimpey No Fines Construction, which notoriously presents a number of challenges during refurbishment. The ‘honeycomb’ nature of No Fines concrete makes the external walls vulnerable to damp and results in poor insulation properties. These issues needed to be addressed by the new façade system, whilst providing a consistent, vibrant finish to regenerate the look of the area.

Alumasc Approved Contractor Sykes Specialist Contracting Ltd of Gateshead installed the Swisslab EWI to 18 3-storey structures, using 50mm phenolic high density insulation panels to hugely improve the thermal performance of the scheme. A significant reduction in U-Value was achieved, taking the previous reading from 2.11W/m2K down to 0.35W/m2K. Used extensively to upgrade social housing in order to meet the Decent Homes Standard, Swisslab is a BBA approved, fully warranted system with a life expectancy in excess of 30 years. Swisslab strongly contributes to urban regeneration, providing outstanding energy efficiency and reducing heating costs. The system also allowed work to take place with no displacement of residents.

The Swisslab system was faced with 1.5mm ST Silkolitt silicone render in shades of cream with a rolled finish. Silkolitt is vapour permeable and highly water resistant, allowing the building to breathe and assisting further with the issues of internal condensation brought about by Wimpey No Fines.

Alumasc Acrylic Brickslips were then used to construct string and soldier feature bands in Buff and Terracotta. Acrylic Brick Slips have been developed directly to complement Alumasc’s wide range of lightweight render systems and are extensively used to match existing detail after renovation work. They offer a hard-wearing, UV-Stable solution on areas of façade where the use of real bricks would not be viable due to their weight.

The mix of aggregates in No Fines construction also presents difficulties when applying fixings. Alumasc’s Technical Team performed Pull-Out tests to ascertain the correct fixings for use with the difficult substructure, ensuring that the system could resist the design wind load.

Alumasc’s Swisslab system is recommended by the Energy Saving Trust for its contribution to the improved overall thermal performance of existing inefficient, hard-to-treat homes. It is manufactured under ISO 9001: 2000 and ISO 14001: 2004 Quality and Environmental Management Systems.

Main Contractors on the Slatyford Project were Straightline Construction of Newcastle upon Tyne. www.stline.co.uk.

For more information on Swisslab, please click here

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LCC_prA high performance cast iron soil and waste system from Alumasc has been installed at the prestigious new London Clinic Cancer Centre in Harley Street.

Designed by architects Anshen + Allen, the £80 million London Clinic is the most advanced cancer centre in Europe with eight floors dedicated exclusively to cancer care, diagnosis and treatment.  Alumasc worked closely alongside the Mechanical and Electrical contractor SES to provide a fully engineered soil and waste solution for the project.  Main contractors were Shepherd Construction and the Mechanical Engineering Consultants were Cundall Johnston and Partners.

Alumasc’s Harmer SML lightweight cast iron pipework system is dry-jointed, Agrément certified and has a proven track record of use above ground.  The system fully conforms to BS EN 877 and offers excellent acoustic performance, tested in accordance with BS EN 14366: 2004.

With a comprehensive range of fittings and accessories, Harmer SML is easy to install and provides value for money throughout the building life cycle. Pipes and fittings are simply joined with either ductile or stainless steel rubber lined couplings.  The system also includes bracketry for restraining the pipework vertically and horizontally and a wide range of special connectors for linking with other materials.

Harmer SML was installed at the London Clinic using the Alumasc Duomat tool which connects to a power drill to simultaneously tighten SML coupling bolts to the required torque.  Use of the Harmer Duomat fixing tool can result in labour savings of around 40% compared to manual fixing.

SML continues to be used successfully in market sectors ranging from hospitals, commercial premises, offices, schools, industrial projects to civil engineering works and housing, with full technical support available from Alumasc.

For further details on Harmer SML click here

To request literature, please contact us on 0808 100 2008.

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Alumasc Puts London Development in The Frame

Posted by David Luukas

Aug14

Hayes02Swistherm and NHBC approved Swisrail External Wall Insulation systems from Alumasc, have created the distinctive façade of West London’s NHBC award-winning Highpoint Village, helping the project to achieve a BREEAM class 1 rating.

The multi-use development comprises 438 attractive residential units, retail outlets, and a hotel nestled between the Grand Union Canal and the Heathrow Express Line. The project involved a number of complex design features proposed by Project Architects Rolfe Judd in conjunction with Ballymore Properties, requiring Alumasc to work closely with their approved installer Lawtech Ltd and contractors Oskomera, to achieve the architectural requirements of the scheme.

A unique Picture Frame detail was constructed from Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) insulation and interfaced with timber cladding on one of the blocks. The feature was designed using movement profiles which allow it to move independently of the substructure and enable it to withstand the significant wind loadings placed upon the nine storey structure.

This area of the facade was then completed using Alumasc’s Swistherm EWI – a lightweight, thin coat insulated render system, ideally suited to contemporary and new build applications where the structure provides continuous support for insulation slabs. The Picture Frame gives the building a distinctive, modern look which stands out dramatically from surrounding blocks. 

Alumasc’s Swisrail system, which is designed for use on framed buildings, was specially adapted to accommodate the project design at Highpoint Village.  A bespoke 40mm cavity was incorporated behind the façade system to accommodate ventilation services, however the system’s primary function of providing a drained cavity in accordance with NHBC requirements was maintained.

The 170mm EPS and Mineral Wool insulation panels used on the scheme achieved a U-value of 0.18W/Km2.  The render finish used was ST Silkolitt 1.5mm Silicone Render in white and grey.

Alumasc External Wall Insulation Systems are BBA approved and fully warranted, with a life expectancy in excess of 30 years. They are manufactured under ISO 9001: 2000 and ISO 14001: 2004 Quality and Environmental Management Standards.

The main contractor at Highpoint Village was Ballymore Properties.

For more information on Alumasc’s External Wall Insulation Systems, click here

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anderston5_pr_lowHydrotech MM6125 structural waterproofing from Alumasc has been chosen for Glasgow’s latest landmark building in a major regeneration project. 

Designed by Aedas Architects of Glasgow, Anderston Phase 5 is a £56million mixed-use development from Taylor Wimpey. The impressive structure comprises 7 floors of office space spanning 98,000sq feet and a 20-storey residential apartment block, built on the former Anderston Bus Station site. Forming part of the fifth and largest construction phase of the Anderston regeneration project, the unique ‘L’ shaped building dominates the new Glasgow skyline and is one of the most prominent sights for users of the Kingston Bridge on Glasgow’s M8 – the busiest motorway bridge in Europe. 

Alumasc approved installer BriggsAmasco were active in the specification of Hydrotech MM6125, which they recommended to the architects as a durable, more cost effective alternative to mastic asphalt, and which also offered the benefit of not requiring a screed.

Anderston Phase 5 is constructed over several different roof levels, parts of which are used to accommodate heavy roof-mounted M&E plant. BriggsAmasco installed a total of 2,500m² of Hydrotech MM6125 over the ballasted protected roof areas, resulting in a prime example of the design potential and aesthetics that a finished Hydrotech/Protected roof can achieve.

For more information on Hydrotech MM6125, click here

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Backwater Protection from Alumasc

Posted by David Luukas

Jul30

Kessel_Top_whiteWe are all aware that water is a valuable resource and that Rainwater Management Systems are being increasingly specified in many environmentally-friendly domestic and commercial build projects.

But as well as saving water on a daily basis, we also need to be aware of what precautions can be taken for occasions when there is suddenly too much of it.

The lesser talked about phenomenon of Backwater damage is an increasing threat due to global warming. Backwater has always existed, but as the climate changes and sudden rainfall becomes more common, drainage and sewer systems can be overwhelmed, resulting in expensive flood damage.

The Harmer Kessel Backflow range from Alumasc ensures buildings are protected against the costly affects of backwater damage.

Manufactured from robust PVC, the range includes automatic backflow stops which, under normal conditions, allow the free passage of waste water through the system. In instances of heavy rain, flooding or blocked pipes, the valves prevent storm and flood water backing up in the pipes, thus avoiding damage.

Meteorogical experts have concluded that more and more unexpected rainfall is likely in the future, making the installation of Backwater solutions a cost effective method of prevention that would otherwise result in very costly refurbishment.

To view the Kessel brochure, click here

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New Cork Literature from Alumasc

Posted by David Luukas

Jul14
Cork Panels being applied to the Aspire social housing refurbishment project in Satffordshire

Cork Panels being applied to the Aspire social housing refurbishment project in Staffordshire

As environmental issues continue to dictate modern building practice, Façade specialist Alumasc has reinforced its commitment to sustainable methods, with the release of its new Cork Literature.

 

Cork is the future of building with natural insulation and when combined with Alumasc high performance renders, all the benefits of insulated render systems are achieved with the added environmental impact of using a natural product. Cork is a sustainable, long life, renewable product with good sound proofing and is free from artificial inputs. As an insulant, it is ideal for saving energy and protecting the environment, whilst complementing modern building techniques.

The cork forest during harvest

The cork forest during harvest

The new Cork brochure presents the technical characteristics of Cork and fully explains Alumasc’s cultivation methods and the ecological processes involved in farming this valuable resource. Clear illustrations of system build-up, colour and texture swatches have also been included to assist with the specification process.

For more information, click here

To download the brochure, click here

burbo_PRBurbo Point is a stunning residential complex located on the Crosby coast at Blundellsands. Designed by RAL Architects of Southport, the prestigious building, which features Merseyside’s most expensive apartment priced at £1.7m, has been awarded the Local Authority Building Control Award for Best Large Housing Development 2010 and will be put forward for a National LABC Award later in the year.

The 5-storey apartment building required a robust facade which could withstand its coastal weather conditions whilst also offering the versatility to cope with the modern curved walls.

RAL specified 1500 square metres of Alumasc’s Swisrail External Wall Insulation system with Silkolitt silicone render, which exceeded regulatory insulation values whilst creating an eye-catching exterior, with unsurpassed weather resistance.

NHBC approved Swisrail is ideally suited to new-build applications. It incorporates a rail system that isolates the cladding from the majority of the frame, creating an additional barrier against external water ingress and allowing internal moisture control in the event of breach. Swisrail provides a seamless insulated façade that is specifically tailored to the needs of lightweight frame construction.

Click here for more information on our Facade systems or for literature call 0808 100 2008.

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Alumasc's Swistherm External Wall Insulation in use at Bletchley Leisure Centre - Winner of the BREEAM Bespoke Award.

Alumasc's Swistherm External Wall Insulation in use at Bletchley Leisure Centre - Winner of the BREEAM Bespoke Award.

Sustainable building products from Alumasc have excelled at the prestigious 2010 BREEAM Awards which recognise the UK’s top examples of ecological design.

Alumasc products were specified on no less than 10 of the 16 short-listed projects – with four of the overall winners featuring Alumasc high performance Roofing and Facades systems.

The hotly contested awards, which were presented at this year’s Ecobuild, recognise and reward the highest scoring buildings certified under BREEAM each year. Following independent assessment and certification, the successful projects all achieved ‘Excellent’ BREEAM ratings, earning the most performance credits available in areas such as energy, materials, waste and ecology. 

Alumasc’s Swistherm External Wall insulation featured heavily in the winning list, having been specified on the new Bletchley Leisure Centre in Milton Keynes, recipient of the BREEAM Bespoke Award; White River Place in St Austell, winner of the BREEAM Retail Award; and Salisbury Law Court, winner in the BREEAM Courts Category.

Swistherm is a BBA approved, thin coat insulated render system, which can be finished in a choice of silicone or mineral-based topcoats. Offering outstanding thermal efficiency, Swistherm is weatherproof, eliminates interstitial condensation and reduces energy consumption. Insulation slabs are available in a variety of materials including polystyrene, mineral wool or highly sustainable natural cork for environmentally sensitive applications.

Winner of the BREEAM Industrial Award – Defra’s Veterinary Laboratory Agency Store in Weybridge – featured Alumasc’s Derbigum single layer waterproofing system. BBA Approved and warranted for 25 years, Derbigum was chosen for its exceptional long-term performance and durability. It is manufactured under the ISO 14001:2204 and EMAS Environmental Management Standards and is fire rated F.AA to BS476 Pt3 (EN1187 Pf4), the highest available rating, which allows for unrestricted use under Building Regulations.

Chris Lister, Development Manager at Alumasc, commented: “We are delighted that Alumasc products have made significant contributions to so many of these short listed and award-winning BREEAM projects. As a company, we can offer a wide variety of A+ rated solutions, allowing designers and specifiers to achieve BREEAM ‘Excellent’ and ‘Outstanding’ building designs”.

For more information on how Alumasc can help you achieve BREEAM ratings, please click here  or call 01744 648400.

Cork bark being stripped during the harvest

Cork bark being stripped during the harvest

Cork is the future of building with natural insulation. It is a sustainable, long life, renewable product with good sound proofing and is free from artificial inputs. As an insulant, it is ideal for saving energy and protecting the environment, whilst complementing modern building techniques.

When combined with Alumasc high performance renders, all the benefits of insulated render systems are achieved with the added environmental impact of using a natural insulation product.

The benefits of cork insulation include:

• 100% natural: no chemicals or additives are used in the manufacture of cork.

Energy efficient manufacture: very low energy consumption is used by the manufacturing process. Zero Ozone depletion and zero global warming are also achieved.

• Lowest embodied energy of all commonly used insulation materials.

Sustains a huge variety of indigenous wildlife which is dependent upon the maintenance of the cork oak forests.

Stabilises rural economies, populations and local culture in the poorer agricultural areas of Southern Europe.

For more information on the use of Cork as a natural insulation material, click here.

Harvested cork waiting to be processed

Harvested cork waiting to be processed

heathfield_poss_prA high performance aluminium rainwater system from Alumasc has been chosen for an exemplary private Girls’ School near Ascot.

Heathfield School is one of the UK’s leading private schools for girls. The recent refurbishment and extension of its former dormitory building was accompanied by a newly built performing arts centre, named St Mary’s Theatre, designed by The Tooley & Foster Partnership.

Alumasc’s GX Gutter System and Skyline Fascia Soffits were recommended for the state-of-the-art Centre, by installers Salmon Plumbing Ltd of Surrey.  Both systems met all of the project’s rainwater needs whilst perfectly complementing the building’s striking contemporary roof.

GX is a robust and fully engineered box section gutter range, designed for traditional wet jointing on site. Available in three profiles and a choice of sizes, it can be supplied in plain mill finish or with a BBA approved polyester powder coating in a range of colours.

GX is highly resistant to impact damage and is especially suited to meet the architectural and functional requirements for a simple and conventionally installed box gutter, offering a low maintenance life in excess of 40 years in rural and suburban conditions and in excess of 25 years in industrial and marine applications.

The GX guttering was used alongside Alumasc’s Skyline Fascia & Soffit system, which in this case, had a special curved radius, designed by Alumasc specifically to suit the rounded façade of the Arts Centre. Manufactured from high quality, polyester powder coated aluminium, Skyline is designed for new build roof perimeters and is available in four bold generic shapes, as well as bespoke designs.

In accordance with Alumasc’s commitment to the ongoing development of its environmental products and processes, aluminium is 100% recyclable.

For more information on Alumasc’s rainwater systems, click here.

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O2HQ_2_lowA unique ‘aerofoil’ shaped fascia soffit system from our Skyline range has been used for the O2 UK headquarters in Slough.

Having won a 2009 International Property Award and a UK Commercial Property Award for its stunning architecture, the striking new building, which forms part of a 200,000 sq ft campus, was also recently short listed for the 2010 RIBA Awards South.

Our technical team worked alongside London-based architects, Nicholas Hare, from the outset, producing a variety of CAD drawings showing how the bespoke Skyline system would appear on different building elevations.

The resulting nosed design has a pointed section supported by concealed webbed brackets. The nosing connects to sloping soffits in modular form which were made in 500mm wide sections so that the joint coincided with the mullions. The installation was carried out by our Approved Contractor, S & J Roofing Ltd.

Skyline is the ideal fascia soffit choice for new build roof perimeters. Manufactured from high quality, polyester powder coated aluminium, it is available in four bold generic shapes plus bespoke designs. As well as design versatility, Skyline offered many benefits to the project. It is lightweight, durable and totally weatherproof, making it easy to handle and fix with minimal maintenance requirements.

Levolux, also part of the The Alumasc Group plc, provided a bespoke Solar Shading solution for the O2 building, helping it to achieve a ‘very good’ BREEAM rating and an EPC rating of B.

For more information on the Skyline fascia/Soffit range, click here  or to request literature, call 0808 100 2008.

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Alumasc sponsor GRO at Greenbuild Expo 2010

Posted by David Luukas

May24

GRO LogoAlumasc are proud sponsors of the Green Roof Organisation (GRO) stand at this year’s Greenbuild Expo from 26-27 May 2010 at Manchester Central.

GRO was formed as an independent body to represent the industry trade associations and the key players in the green roof market, developing guidance for specification, design, manufacturing, installation and maintenance of green roofs.

Its 3 principal objectives are:

  1. To promote the green roof concept
  2. To provide suitable guidelines to manufacturers and installers
  3. To recognise and promote correctly trained roofing companies

 

Strand PRpicGreenbuild Expo is an exhibition and conference promoting sustainability in the construction industry and Alumasc will be present on the GRO stand for the duration of the show to provide help and advice on all aspects of green roof specification, installation and maintenance.

Visit us on stand number C8 at Greenbuild Expo  

For more information on ZinCo green roofs from Alumasc, please click here.

For more information on the Green Roof Organisation, visit www.livingroofs.org

For Architects, Developers and Designers considering BREEAM ratings and green credits, the specification of a green roof can contribute to a successful assessment. Simon Poe of Alumasc explains: 

The inclusion of a ZinCo green roof system on the roof and terraces at Regents Place in London contributed to its BREEAM rating of ‘Excellent’.

The inclusion of a ZinCo green roof system on the roof and terraces at Regents Place in London contributed to its BREEAM rating of ‘Excellent’.

A range of benefits can be attained across BREEAM assessment – from water detention to energy consumption reductions and responsible materials sourcing to life cycle costing – however, the availability of credits in the ‘Land use and ecology’ section, is of most relevance to green roofs. 

The exact number of credits available will vary depending on location (e.g. the re-use of land at brownfield or previously-contaminated sites) and application (e.g. schools earn credits by using green roofs in education and forming wildlife partnerships), however the majority of credits required to attain an ‘Excellent’ or ‘Outstanding’ rating can be achieved irrespective of site placement. 

There are two principal stages:

1. The replacement of habitat that would otherwise be lost through the construction process – mitigating the impact of the development and protecting ecological features of the site.

2. Creation of new habitats that will enhance the ecological value of the site to provide long-term biodiversity benefit.

Green roof solutions can be devised to score credits in both categories, with the planting strategy critical to habitat creation appropriate to the wildlife habitation objectives. Schemes can be devised to include appropriate mixes of plant species to attract different wildlife.

For more information on Alumasc’s ZinCo green roofs, click here

 For more information on how Alumasc can advise on BREEAM assessments, click here

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tyhaul_prAlumasc have supplied their Swistherm External Wall Insulation (EWI) to a cutting edge residential project in Wales which has been built to PassivHaus standards, representing the very latest in sustainable building design.

The project, named Ty Haul, fulfilled an initial design brief to meet AECB requirements at Gold level – a standard not achieved by any other residential building in the UK.

The outstanding thermal performance of Alumasc’s Swistherm EWI system was key in its specification as part of an environmentally sound construction package. Owner Simon Phillips, whose vision for a self-sustaining, low carbon home led to the formation of his sustainable building company Passiv Solar Homes, designed Ty Haul in partnership with his father’s architects practice Michael Phillips Architects of Ludlow in Shropshire.

The use of Swistherm with 240mm extruded platinum polystyrene insulation had the ability to achieve the target U-value of 0.10w/m2K, exceeding the PassivHaus requirement.

For comprehensive details of Alumasc’s façade systems or to request literature, please contact Alumasc on 0808 100 2008 or visit www.alumascfacades.co.uk

Simon Phillips can be contacted at Passiv Solar Homes on 01407 810326.

Michael Phillips Architects, Ludlow can be contacted on 01584 877396.

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Cast Iron reasons to use Harmer SML

Posted by David Luukas

Apr22
Harmer SML Pipes in situ

Harmer SML Pipes in situ

The recyclability of Cast Iron is an obvious environmental benefit of Alumasc’s Harmer SML Soil and Waste system, but in addition to its impressive green credentials, SML offers a host of features and benefits to provide specifiers with a complete high-performance drainage solution.

Harmer SML is a lightweight cast iron pipework system that is Agrement Certified and fully compliant with BS EN 877. The system combines an excellent fire classification with the latest acoustic performance requirements for building materials. Harmer SML has a proven track record over the lifetime of the building and is manufactured using 95% recycled material.

Harmer SML has been installed at the new Derby Hospital in Mickleover

Harmer SML has been installed at the new Derby Hospital in Mickleover

Harmer SML consists of coated, socketless cast iron pipes and fittings simply joined with either ductile iron or stainless steel rubber-lined couplings. The range also includes bracketry for restraining pipework vertically and supporting it horizontally, along with a choice of special connectors for linking with other materials.

The Duomat Tool

The Duomat Tool

For ease of installation, Alumasc recommends the Harmer Duomat Fixing Tool which is suitable for all power tools, enabling all two-screw couplings to be tightened simultaneously, significantly reducing installation time by up to 70%.

For more information on Harmer SML from Alumasc, click here.

For more information on the Duomat Tool, click here.

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Aluminium – True Sustainability

Posted by David Luukas

Apr14

The German Association of the Aluminium Industry (GDA) is to launch a UK press campaign promoting the use of Aluminium across all industry sectors.

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Aluminium fabrication at Alumasc

At Alumasc, we have been aware of the true sustainable qualities of aluminium for many years. Despite the material being one of the most plentiful metals in the world, it is also one of the most recyclable. About 75 percent of all aluminium ever made has been in the metal loop since the year 1888, with as much as 95% of aluminium in the construction sector being recycled stock.

Alumasc offer a wide range of high performance aluminium products. The strength, formability, corrosion resistance and overall versatility of aluminium make it particularly suited for use in rainwater and drainage solutions for all types of building.

Heritage Cast Aluminium from Alumasc

Heritage Cast Aluminium from Alumasc

Our Aluminium Rainwater range comprises Heritage Cast Gutters, Aqualine Extruded Gutters and GX Pressed Gutters, all available with 3 alternative downpipe systems; Flushjoint, Guardian and Heritage. Compatible aluminium Skyline Fascia Soffit, Anti-Climb and Coping systems complement these ranges.

A recent addition to our Aluminium Drainage product portfolio is the new generation Harmer Shower Drain (also available in ABS compound). Manufactured from LM6 aluminium alloy, Harmer Aluminium Shower Drains are precision engineered to set the highest possible performance standards. Additional, tried and tested aluminium drainage solutions also form part of the Harmer Roof and Harmer Floor ranges.

New Aluminium Harmer Shower Drains

New Aluminium Harmer Shower Drains

As long as aluminium is economically and ecologically recycled, it will continue to represent an ideal reprocessing and production cycle, making the aluminium processing loop an excellent way of protecting resources.

For more information on Alumasc’s Aluminium Rainwater Solutions, click here.

For a Harmer Shower Drain brochure, click here or call 0808 100 2008. For full details, contact Alumasc Technical Services on 01744 648400.

The New Harmer Shower Drain from Alumasc

Posted by David Luukas

Apr1

HarmerShowerRangeAlumasc has launched a new generation of Harmer Shower Drains designed for today’s fast-moving lifestyles. The super compact gullies take shower drainage to a new level of excellence – enabling designers to optimise space and performance within the wet environment.

We carried out extensive research into the demands of modern wet rooms to create a range that combines efficient, high flow drainage with the latest styles and finishes. Billed as ‘the ultimate in shower drainage’, there are two unique Harmer offers available – the premium Aluminium range and the antimicrobial ABS compound range. Both ranges can achieve high flow performance of up to 1.3 litres per second and are quick and easy to install into most floor types, with flexible sheet and tiled flooring options.

Harmer Aluminium Shower Drains are precision engineered from LM6 aluminium alloy, to set the highest possible performance standards for versatility, choice and durability.

Harmer ABS Shower Drains are manufactured from an antimicrobial, non-toxic ABS compound to combine high performance, innovative design and value engineering.

Harmer Shower Drains are ideal for domestic, commercial and public-use applications such as housing, hotels, schools and hospitals. For secure accommodation, they come with a security fixing option to prevent tampering and unauthorised removal of components.

Aluminium and ABS plastic are both 100% recyclable.

For a brochure, please call 0808 100 2008 or for full details, contact  Alumasc Technical Services on 01744 648400.

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A ZinCo green roof from Alumasc assisted with the BREEAM rating of Hetton Lyons School in Sunderland.

Minister of State for Schools and Learners, Vernon Coaker MP, has been talking at the recent BSEC conference about his impression of the nations schools.

He described the governments BSF programme as a “real record of  achievement” and spoke of the significant change brought about in our primary and secondary schools, touching specifically on the award winning architectural designs that make our modern school buildings “inspirational and exciting” places to be.

Mr Coaker continued “The important thing now is to bring every school building up to the standard that we want. To make them modern, light and airy and environmentally friendly.”

Alumasc’s Aqualine gutter system and Flushjoint downpipes were used on Windygoul Primary School near Edinburgh. The project earned East Lothian Council a Carbon Trust Award for Low Carbon Building.

Alumasc’s Aqualine gutter system and Flushjoint downpipes were used on Windygoul Primary School near Edinburgh. The project earned East Lothian Council a Carbon Trust Award for Low Carbon Building.

Alumasc has long been involved in school building initiatives and we are working closely alongside a number of architectural and contract partners on some of the country’s most innovative school buildings. Alumasc’s green roofs, waterproofing systems, thermally efficient external wall insulation and recyclable rainwater systems have all been specified on educational projects to help minimise their impact on the environment.

Let’s hope that by building greener schools, the young generations learning inside them can be confident of a more positive outlook for the earth’s resources.

Solutions for stylish sustainability

Posted by David Luukas

Mar19
Alumasc's Aqualine, Apex Heritage Cast Iron and Flushjoint systems at Upton Grange Eco-Development in Northampton

Alumasc's Aqualine, Apex Heritage Cast Iron and Flushjoint rainwater systems at Upton Grange Eco-Development in Northampton

Our friends at Building Magazine have reported recenty that the Zero Carbon Hub and Energy Savings Trust are calling for a ‘pan-industry marketing plan to promote zero carbon homes and address concerns that they appear experimental and unappealing to the majority of homebuyers”.

Everyday measures to lessen our carbon footprint are becoming second nature to many of us – the very thought of putting an old newspaper, wine bottle or cereal box into the dustbin feels completely alien to me these days and I’m even happy to wait 4 seconds for my lights to come on.

But our houses require a much larger financial commitment, so we are still, understandably, more worried about getting it right.

Sustainable homes need not look any different to conventional homes, if that is what we, as the owners and residents of those homes, want. Whether it be a newbuild or refurbishment project, many solutions are available to significantly improve the environmental performance of our homes whilst maintaining a traditional appearance.

For example, Alumasc’s thermally efficient External Wall Insulation systems can now be used with Cork which is one of nature’s most effective insulators and is harvested from sustainable forests that provide homes to many endangered species. Our Rainwater Management systems are installed out of sight underground and can be used to recycle up to 50% of our non-drinkable water every day, whilst our aluminium rainwater systems are 100% recyclable and offer a sleek appearance to the exterior of any home.

So, there is hope, for the less ‘experimental’ home owners amongst us, who, despite being a little bit nervous of wind turbines and solar panels, still want to do their bit for the planet.

For details of sustainable insulation solutions, click here

For details of Kessel Rainwater Management systems, click here

For details of recyclable rainwater systems, click here

Read the full Building Magazine article here

To view Alumasc’s Environmental Policy click here

Alumasc Projects Excel at 2010 BREEAM Awards

Posted by David Luukas

Mar5

16 of the country’s ‘most sustainable’ buildings were recognised at the 2010 BREEAM Awards at this year’s Ecobuild exhibition in London.  ‘These buildings have comprehensively demonstrated their remarkable environmental credentials’ comments BRE Global Chief Executive Carol Atkinson.

The award-winning schemes achieved Excellent BREEAM ratings earning the most performance credits available in the areas of energy, materials, waste, water, ecology, pollution, transport, management and health and well-being.  Each development has been independently assessed and certified.

Alumasc are proud to announce that 4 of the award winning schemes had Alumasc high performance Roofing and/or Facades systems installed on them.  These were:

Bespoke Project – Bletchley Leisure Centre, Milton Keynes – using Swistherm External Wall Insulation (EWI).

Law Courts Project – Salisbury Law Courts – using Swistherm EWI  and Armaseam standing seam metal roofing.

Industrial Project – VLA Stores, Surrey – using Derbigum Flat Roofing System.

Retail Project – White River Place, St Austell – using Swistherm & Swisrail EWI.

For more details on how Alumasc’s sustainable building products can assist with your BREEAM ratings, please call 01744 648400.

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Rt Hon Joan Ruddock MP

One of the many visitors to the Alumasc stand at this year’s Ecobuild, was Rt Honourable Joan Ruddock MP, Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change.

Speaking with our Technical Development Manager Chris Lister, Ms Ruddock experienced the wide range of sustainable building products being showcased on Alumasc’s Stand, including natural cork insulation and ZinCo green roofs and she chatted with Chris about the use of Alumasc’s External Wall Insulation systems within the new government funding scheme for low carbon refurbishment in the housing sector. Known as ‘Pay As You Save’ (PAYS), the concept is based on spreading the cost of refurbishment for an existing property over a substantial period of time, across a number of different owners.

Ms Ruddock also took the opportunity to take advice from Chris about the advantages of installing a green roof, and revealed that it’s something she is considering for her own home.

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Alumasc's ZinCo Green Roof system and Hydrotech MM6125 Waterproofing in use on the internal courtyard at Ormeau Bakery

Following the unfortunate demise of Interbuild last year, the government’s first Chief Construction Advisor, Paul Morrell, has been speaking at a launch meeting for the new show BEST (Built Environment Solutions and Technologies) which premiers at Birmingham NEC in October.

 In his speech, Mr Morrell was keen to tackle the subject of retrofit, reminding us that existing structures consume around 40% of the nation’s energy.

Retrofit requires close co-operation between suppliers and specifiers, and at Alumasc we are more than familiar with the processes involved. We work alongside architects and designers on hundreds of projects every year, to encourage the specification of sustainable products and systems to create healthy, efficient buildings that benefit not only the wider environment, but those living and working inside them.

The recent refurbishment of the beautiful Ormeau Bakery in Belfast into high quality apartments, is the perfect example of how new technologies are being used to improve existing structures. Alumasc’s ZinCo green roof and Hydrotech waterproofing systems created a peaceful haven on the podium roof of the late 19th century building, which will offer recreation access to residents and a rich habitat for local wildlife.

For details on ZinCo green roof systems click here

For details of Hydrotech  click here

For Alumasc’s full range of waterproofing solutions, please visit www.alumascwaterproofing.co.uk

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Ty Haul, private residence in Anglesey, which was built to Passivhaus Standards using Swistherm from Alumasc.

As Mr. B. Dylan once sang….”the times they are a-changing”.

External Wall Insulation in the UK housing market has long been the well kept secret of social landlords and those not afraid of building a new wall without a cavity.  Now, thanks to the good people at the Department of Energy and Climate Change and ably assisted by the Insulated Cladding and National Insulation Associations, INCA & NIA, solid wall insulation is set to become the thermal upgrade for the masses.

The country’s existing housing stock is ready for Solid Wall Insulation.  Just as double glazing and draft excluders started the work on the UK’s pre-cavity properties, so the next stage in these energy conscious times is to do something about solid 9-inch brick walls. Why should we have to revert to wearing a jumper in the comfort of our own homes when we can improve our houses? For there to be any chance of meeting UK targets for thermally efficient dwellings and reduction in energy use, the solution of wrapping your home in its own externally insulating ‘jumper’ may be the most credible answer.

For more details on Alumasc’s Energy Savings Trust accredited External Wall Insulation systems, visit www.alumascfacades.co.uk.

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GX Joggle – When Time Is Of The Essence…

Posted by David Luukas

Feb4

gx_blog_picWhen it comes to the speedy installation of rainwater products, look no further than Alumasc’s GX Joggle aluminium box gutter. Designed to make installation up to 30% quicker, GX is light in weight, without compromising on strength.

Trevor Carter at Headley Mechanical Engineering used the new box gutter successfully at Braunstone Frith School in Leicester.  He praised the new design saying, “With the new joggle joint on the Alumasc GX box gutter the installation was much quicker and easier. The finished result was excellent and we shall certainly continue to use this product in the future”.

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pr_firestone_approvedAlumasc has further strengthened its portfolio of world class roofing products by becoming a Commercial and Industrial Authorised Distributor for Firestone RubberGard® EPDM and UltraPly™ TPO single ply roofing systems in England, Wales and Scotland.

Firestone Building Products entered the commercial roofing industry in 1980 building on its success and experience in rubber polymer technology. Three decades later, over one billion square metres of Firestone’s sustainable roofing membranes have been installed on rooftops worldwide.

Alumasc’s Managing Director Robert Littlewood comments: “We are thrilled to be adding such impressive roofing solutions to our existing portfolio. Alumasc has a reputation for supplying comprehensive and relevant solutions which are designed to meet the demands of contemporary design, whilst also addressing the environmental concerns surrounding our industry. Firestone’s performance record as a leading manufacturer of sustainable rubber membranes worldwide, can serve only to reinforce Alumasc’s position in the UK market.”

For more information on the new Firestone products available from Alumasc, click here.

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