Rapid rendering, accessible windows, vibrant carpet tiles for student housing, a deep undermount sink and a very thin radiator are among this week’s product news



Saint-Gobain Weber provided its weberpralM one-coat monocouche render for seven newbuild town houses in Brighton. The contemporary, four-bed properties have light, textured facades and sharp features and required quick, cost-effective rendering. Weberpral M is a cementitious, through-coloured render suitable for brick or block work substrates. The company says its pump application makes for quick and efficient installation, reducing scaffolding and site costs. The render is applied at a thickness of 20-28mm then scraped, leaving a minimum render thickness of 15-25mm. It is available in 24 colours. Saint-Gobain Weber has been awarded an A+ rating as defined in the BRE Global 2008 Green Guide to Specification.

Aluminium windows
Aluminium systems company Reynaers’ new variant of its CS 77 window has been designed to meet new guidelines for accessible homes. Document M in the Building Regulations for England includes guidelines in Category 2 for accessible homes and Category 3 for wheelchair users. These guidelines achieve much the same thing as the Lifetime Homes Standard. Reynaers has developed the CS 77 Window for Accessible Homes to help specifiers and contractors meet the requirements of both the Lifetime Homes Standard and categories 2 and 3 of Document M. The maximum vent weight of this window system is 80kg, with a maximum vent size of 2.2m2.

Shower manufacturer Roman has issued a new showroom guide. The brochure includes information on Roman’s new Innov8 range of frameless pivot doors, and introduces additions to its Lumin8 and Embrace ranges. The document also covers Roman’s shower trays, fixed bath screens and Select wetrooms. The guide also gives details of the company’s bespoke design service.

Franke has extended its Kubus stainless steel undermount sink range with the addition of a 700mm x 400mm bowl, which is extra deep at 230mm. The company says that the new undermounted fixture gives an uninterrupted look to any kitchen worksurface. The addition to the range comes from the brand wanting to provide more flexible options for customers. The single-bowl Kubus 110-70 fits in an 800mm cabinet and is made from premium-grade stainless steel. It also comes with Franke’s 50- year guarantee.


Fire alarms

The WES+ wireless fire alarm system from Ramtech Electronics has been specified for the redevelopment of a former gravel pit and landfill site at Lymington Fields, Dagenham. The development is a four-year, £102m project that will transform the site into a mixed-tenure housing scheme. WES+, which incorporates automatic heat/smoke detection units, is now providing 24/7 fire alarm coverage across this large residential site. The company says the three-year battery life will ensure that the system operates for the duration of this project, reducing lifetime costs and site waste.
Ramtech Electronics

Tremco Illbruck was specified to provide waterproofing for windows and other junctions for a development of 282 apartments on Cambridge Street in Manchester. Illbruck ME501 Duo window membrane HD was bonded to each window with Illbruck SP350 Fix and Seal High Tack adhesive before the window was installed. The ME501 was then bonded to the sheathing board with SP525 Frame and Facade Sealant and Adhesive. SP925 air seal was used in corners around the windows. ME315 Total Protection Tape was used to seal join the sheathing board. Contractors successfully installed windows and facades with Tremco Illbruck products despite adverse weather conditions on site.
Tremco Illbruck

Virtual house tour app
Wienerberger has launched a new mobile app designed to focus on its e4 brick house, as part of its efforts to lead in technology within the construction industry. The e4 UK app has been designed to take users on a virtual tour of the first e4 house ever built in the UK. The platform provides companies with a valuable tool that is designed to highlight the benefits of building to e4 standards.

Carpet tiles
Heckmondwike FB carpet tiles were specified for the flooring of Friargate Court, newbuild student accommodation at Preston, Lancashire. Array tiles in copper, lime, purple and black were installed throughout the 244 boutique-hotel style bedrooms, as well as the corridors and stair cores. The company says the vibrant colours of the tiles match the project brief to provide a modern, luxurious interior feel that will last and is easy to maintain.


Park home thermal guide

Actis has launched a guide to help park home manufacturers comply with new thermal efficiency standards. The new standard – BS3632 – was brought in last year to replace its outdated predecessor which had been valid since 2005. Any park home built to BS3632 produced after November 30 this year must comply with the new regulations. The Actis document, downloadable as a pdf from the Actis website, as well as in hard copy format, gives examples of how and where to use each of the three Hybrid products in a range of scenarios.


Ultra-thin radiator

Vasco has launched a designer radiator, the ONI. The ONI is made of 8mm reinforced aluminium plate, making it the thinnest Vasco radiator ever made. The reinforced aluminium plate of the ONI hides a winding copper heating tube with minimal water content, which is cut into the rear of the front plate 2mm from the surface. The company says that, due to its ultra-flat design and the rapid interaction between copper and aluminium, the ONI is an energy-saving and efficient source of heat.