27 February 2009

• Aluminium systems supplier Kawneer has launched a 200-page guide to help specifiers select curtain walling, windows, frames and doors. It advises on the best solutions for education, healthcare, commercial, residential, arts and leisure schemes.

• The latest edition of the NASC Yearbook, the directory of regulated scaffolding companies in the UK, is now available. It also lists training centres approved under the Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme and the location of Specialist Access Engineering and Maintenance Association members.

• Araval has published a 16-page brochure of steel sun screens. More than a dozen eco-friendly facade and roof treatments are featured.

• Saint-Gobain Isover has received Robust Details accreditation for its dry-finish masonry separating wall, which uses aircrete blocks. The company’s RD35 35mm-thick acoustic slabs are positioned in the 75mm design cavity of E-WM-8 lightweight, aggregate block walls. The new Robust Detail – E-WM-15 – is equivalent to one credit under the Code for Sustainable Homes.

• Stancliffe Stone, the UK’s largest supplier of natural, indigenous stone, has launched an online guide to specifying stone. The site provides details of its range of sandstones and limestones, ashlar, traditional walling, rainscreen cladding and architectural masonry. www.stancliffe.com

• Laboratory tests have shown that Marley Eternit’s Hydropanel high-performance fibre cement building board is up to eight times more impact resistant than gypsum board. The assessments compared 9mm and 12mm Hydropanel with 12.5mm gypsum board over six different tests.