A door control system that will make the superbug think twice, an air curtain for super-sized doors and acoustic windows that cut sound transmission and are, well, super …
Sliding door with speed control
Dorma UK, a supplier of door technology systems, has launched a sliding door operator called ES 200. The door incorporates an electronic system to automatically control the opening and closing speeds of the door to ensure high levels of safety. The company says the motor is virtually silent in operation.
Dorma (link below)
Factory-finished joinery manufacturer Ambass-A-Door has launched a sash window called the Twin Fully Reversible Mock Sliding Sash, which features both top and bottom reversible sections. The window is said to eliminate the problems associated with traditional sliding sash designs as there are no cords or weights. Units can be manufactured to any size and are available in hardwood and softwood.
Ambass-A-Door (link below)
Air curtain for high doors
Biddle, a maker of heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems, has expanded its over-the-door air curtain range Invisidor to include a more powerful model called City Superplus for door heights up to 3.7 m. The company says the product is suitable for areas such as shopping entrances that require a draught-free environment. The air curtain prevents air inside the building from escaping while conditioning incoming air to a comfortable temperature. Biddle claims the City range is energy-efficient and can be controlled through touch-pad or remote operation.
Biddle (link below)
Thermally stable doors
Burley Doors has developed a range of thermoset doors called 3G3 that, the company claims, provide greater thermal stability than PVCu and other thermoplastic composite doors. The doors are made entirely of glass-reinforced plastic so they react to changes in temperature uniformly. Burley Doors says elements of the door are bonded using aerospace industry technology to seal it against moisture ingress and provide high impact resistance. The doors come in a range of colours and stained woodgrain finishes.
Burley Doors (link below)
Crittall has launched a range of windows called Composite that combine timber on the internal window face and aluminium for the external frame. The two are integrated without use of veneers and adhesives. The company says the range provides high thermal and acoustic performance.
Crittall (link below)
Komfort Office Environments, a manufacturer of commercial interior products, has developed a door strip called Vision Aid For Doors to assist visually impaired people when approaching an open door and to help specifiers comply with Part M of the Building Regulations relating to access and use of a building. The product is a 900 mm long self-adhesive strip made of nylon, which can be inserted into the door's leading edge to highlight it against the surroundings.
Komfort Office Environments (link below)
Acoustic double glazing
Mumford & Wood, a supplier of traditionally designed timber doors and windows, has developed acoustic timber windows that cut sound transmission. The maker says its acoustic double-glazing sash products have a special interlock gasket that reduces noise transmission by 36 dB. The casements have a watertight and airtight soft seal gasket which, when combined with acoustic glass, can reduce sound by 38 dB.
Mumford & Wood (link below)
Movers and makers
BSI Business Information has launched the BSI eShop to enable customers to download standards and books directly onto their computer. About 70 publications covering issues such as health and safety management, construction and fire safety, environmental management and risk management are available.
The British Woodworking Federation has launched a series of six information cards called the Timber Wood Accreditation Scheme Fact Cards to outline the key elements to be considered when specifying windows and entrance doorsets. The BWF says the fact cards, which have been accredited by the Construction CPD Certification Service, have been designed to provide accessible and factual information about the following subjects: Part L of the Building Regulations, sustainability, maintenance, installation, redecoration and specification of timber windows.
PVCu window specialist Spectus Window Systems has launched a specifier guide to the conservation of fuel and power regulations in Part L and the Windows Energy Rating system. The guide also shows the company’s complete range of window and door systems, plus design case studies.
Doorset manufacturer LS Leaderflush Shapland has brought out two specifier guides called Doorsets for Schools and Doorsets for Health to provide information about its range of products for the education and the health sectors. It also gives information on guidelines from the Department for Education and Skills and the Department of Health.
Omega Doors claims it is the first commercial doorset company to achieve the highest security standard demanded by Sold Secure, an organisation dedicated to reducing the risk of crime through security products. The manufacturer’s security doors, called Omega SE-3, have been awarded Sold Secure’s gold standard, meaning the door can resist a 15-minute dedicated attack.
Hafele has been appointed exclusive UK distributor for glass door hardware by Italian maker Metalglass. The manufacturer produces glass door hinges, locks and latches that are traditionally made in solid brass and metallic finishes for interior and exterior use in the civic, public and commercial building sectors.