Some of the best products on the market for use in the residential sector, including anti-flood valves and aircrete plate packages



Kingspan Kooltherm insulation was chosen for a retrofit of a very narrow house in central London. Slim House, a mid-terrace in Clapham, measures just 2.3 metres across internally. Architect Alma-nac was hired to design an extension for the rear of the property. Contractors installed two 75mm layers of Kingspan Kooltherm K7 Pitched Roof Board between the joists. This was followed by a further 37.5mm thick Kingspan Kooltherm K18. The company says that insulated plasterboard helps prevent thermal bridging through the joists and can help achieve an overall roof U-value of 0.14W/m2K.



H+H aircrete Multi Plate package was specified for a six-home build as part of a social housing project, in Seaford, Sussex. The plates are aircrete elements which are 2.5 times the size of a traditional concrete block, which the company says significantly increases build speed. Trinity Homes said it chose the blocks because of the speed it can put the blocks in place. H+H Multi-Plates are supplied specifically for use with a 2mm joint of Celfix thin-layer mortar. The firm says that this
means minimal leveling of the blocks are needed, further enhancing the time-saving benefits of the Package System.

H+H Multi-Plates


Fernox chemical water treatment systems have been used as part of a refurbishment of 11,000 homes by Liverpool Mutual Homes.  The system was used as new boilers were installed, and central heating systems cleaned and protected. Liverpool Mutual Homes chose the Fernox products as an independent report verified by the Carbon Trust demonstrated that 15% gas savings can be achieved when Cleaner F3 and Protector F1 are used in combination.




Shentongroup has supplied two Tedom Micro T30 CHP systems that will supply energy to 169 homes at Brenley Park, a development of code for sustainable homes Level 4 apartments in Mitcham, Surrey. They will serve a district-heating scheme, taking heating water around the whole site including the more remote blocks of flats. The company says that the Tedom Micro T30 natural gas powered unit produces a maximum electricity output of 30Kw, 400V three phase, 0.78 power factor, 50Hz at 1500rpm and has a maximum hot water output of 62Kw each and standard water off temperature of 90°C. 



Jablite’s Dynamic Cavity insulation  was chosen for nine new homes that are being built in Saffron Walden, Essex by Taylor Wimpey. It is part of a trial for all the company’s homes to meet the Code for Sustainable Homes level 3. Jablite says that the insulation promises to deliver a U-value of 0.17W/m²K in a 100mm cavity. They add that Jablite Dynamic Insulation  improves air quality because of the inbuilt ventilation system.



Aluma aluminum balustrades from Sapphire have been used as part of the regeneration of two housing estates in Lewisham, south London. Sapphire’s relaunched Aluma system, featuring semi-frameless fixing for glass infill panels, has been used in four new tower blocks on the Heathside and Lethbridge estates. In addition to aluminum and glass balcony balustrades, Sapphire also supplied polished stainless steel handrails with coated steel uprights and vertical bar infills for internal communal stairways.

Sapphire Balustrades


Around 4,000 Cembrit Westerland A+ rated fibre cement slates were used, alongside existing natural slate, in a manor house conversion project that has split the property into two homes.  Cembrit says the Bell Homes conversion, near Cheltenham town centre, preserves the original character of the homes, while improving the areas which had fallen into disrepair. Installed by Brown Roofing of Evesham, Westerland, the product was chosen because it offers the appearance of natural slate with the cost-effectiveness of fibre cement.




Saint-Gobain Weber’s  weber.rend MT multi-coat render system was specified for the construction of Hanham Hall, a zero-carbon development in South Gloucestershire. The product was chosen by HTA Architects for the timber frame and SIP panel construction. Saint-Gobain Weber says that it is multi-coat system, incorporating glass fibre meshcloth, and a resin-rich adhesive coat that carries a choice of textured finishes in a range of colours. The Hanham Hall development is under construction, and is due for completion in 2015.

Saint-Gobain Weber

Marley has launched anti-flood valves to prevent backflow from surcharging sewers.  Wherever there is danger from rising water backing up into a property through the drainage system, the valve will close off the backflow automatically to prevent flood damage. The company said the double flap anti-flood valves helps minimise financial loss caused by sewage flooding and are compliant with Building Regulations.


Wandsworth Group has launched a range of wiring accessories called Penthouse. The low profile units feature a screw-less fitting and are installed directly onto a metal grid using a clip and bush system, enabling a flush-mounted and screw-less look. The system is available in a choice of six finishes.

Wandsworth Group

Mitsubishi Electric has launched a new version of its flow temperature controller (FTC-4) for its range of domestic Ecodan® air source heat pumps. The company says it delivers two-zone heating, allowing the system to work with a gas or oil boiler, and enable operating parameters to be decided and saved before installers get to the site.

Mitsubishi Electric

Schueco Jansen has introduced two glazed sliding-door installations to the market. The company says that the Janisol Lift-and-Slide Door and the Janisol Folding Wall are manufactured from thermally insulated steel profiles and no visible mitred or butt joints. Both systems can accommodate large openings, with leaf sizes up to 1.0m x 3.2m for the Folding Wall and 4.27m x 3.2m for the Lift-and-Slide Door.

Schueco Jansen