Marley Eternit supplies tiles for a unique curved roof in Gloucestershire, Actis’ Hybrid range is certified for another year of local authority use, and Cupa Pizarras’ Thermoslate roof is used in the French Pyrenees

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Clay roof tiles

Marley Eternit’s Acme double camber clay plain tiles have been used on a bespoke two-bedroom property in rural Gloucestershire, which has won “Roof of the Year” at the National Federation of Roofing Contractors Awards. The company said its tiles were chosen due to their unique double curve, making them the ideal choice to create the highly complex curved roof. Almost 60,000 Marley Eternit Acme double camber clay plain tiles were fixed to the roof, all of which had to cut by hand on site.
Marley Eternit

Movers and makers

  • The complete Twyford Collection of bathroom products is now available to view in a 100-page brochure. The company has aimed to create a handy tool for specifiers looking to incorporate the latest design trends into their bathroom projects. It details each of the Twyford brand’s series at a glance and also contains an in-depth look at Twyford’s e100series and e200 ranges of shower solutions.
  • Farrat Structural Thermal Break Plates, available in grades Farrat TBK and Farrat TBL, have received BBA (British Board of Agrément) certification. Structural Thermal Break Plates are used between horizontal and vertical connections of internal and external elements to reduce thermal bridging. The company says they provide an economical and effective solution to meeting building regulation requirements by reducing heat loss and the risk of internal condensation.
  • All three products in the Actis Hybrid insulation range have had their local authority building control (LABC) registered details certification renewed for another year. This ensures they can continue to be accepted by LABC building control surveyors in more than 300 local authorities across England and Wales, when used according to the certification.
  • Ventilation specialist EnviroVent has launched a 24-page brochure for registered providers, which covers the planned and reactive maintenance services EnviroVent offers. This includes what to do when complaints are received from tenants relating to poor indoor air quality, plus a focus on EnviroVent’s Rapid Response service. For customers who carry out their own installations, the brochure highlights EnviroVent’s 1,200 stockists nationwide.

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Solar roof

Cupa Pizarras solar thermal collector system, Thermoslate, has been installed at a private home in Gaillagos, in the French Pyrenees. The main focus of the owners was to reduce their energy consumption without giving up an elegant, traditional slate roof. The company said only four collectors installed on a total surface of 5m2 were enough to cover more than 60% of the owners’ hot water needs (250 litres per day). This solar thermal system was installed and fully integrated into the CUPA 10 Excellence natural slate roof.
Cupa Pizarras

Pentair has launched a touchscreen enabled thermostat for controlling electric underfloor heating systems. Called Raychem Senz, the thermostat can be controlled via the touchscreen or a smartphone app. The thermostat is capable of controlling up to 32 zones and can be used with new systems or retrofitted to existing installations. Users can monitor their energy use for the past week, month or year to help optimise their energy-using habits. The controller features a colour screen and can be specified with a black or white cover.

Soil and waste remover
Plastic piping manufacturer Wavin has added to its commercial soil and waste offering with the HDPE pipes and fittings range. The system is made from high-density polyethylene, aimed at improving toughness and durability. The firm says its chemical and impact resistance make it ideal for use in facilities such as hospitals and laboratories. To assist engineers and contractors in planning schemes with BIM, Wavin has created intelligent Revit families for the Wavin HDPE range.

Gypsum-based materials supplier Knauf has introduced ProRoll, a new way of plastering residential homes and smaller projects. Knauf ProRoll is applied to surfaces using a 9-inch medium pile roller and extension pole as required. Knauf ProRoll is available in two variants: Knauf ProRoll Light and Knauf ProRoll Max. Knauf ProRoll Light can be applied in coats of up to 1mm, providing a fine finish when applied over gypsum boards, sandstone blocks and other smooth surfaces. Knauf ProRoll Max is a surface-levelling compound that is suited to the preparation of irregular and uneven surfaces prior to a final finishing with Knauf ProRoll Light.

Flame retardant flooring
Smartply FR/FR Build OSB3 from Medite Smartply has been used as a flame retardant flooring solution in a seven-storey, timber frame accommodation building for students of John Moores University and University of Liverpool. The Edge student accommodation building includes 231 en-suite rooms, two penthouse suites, an on-site gym, a launderette and a private residence courtyard. Main contractor Bardsley Construction collaborated with timber engineer Datum and specified 1,000 18mm thick sheets of the product panels to be used as floors through all seven storeys.
Medite Smartply

Glazed doors
Veneer doors and panels manufacturer Graefe has provided a number of glazed doors finished in a crown cut Red Elm veneer for a Surrey home. The house has five bedrooms, four bathrooms, a large reception area, kitchen, dining room and cinema room. Graefe provided a number of paned door styles. A combination of single, double and sliding doors were selected, along with some glazed to allow the additional light to continue through each room.

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Shower controls

Sanitary fittings manufacturer Grohe has revealed its new smartbox, an extension to the award-winning SmartControl shower line, which offers concealed behind-the-wall installation. The company says that the “push, turn shower experience” has now become more diverse, thanks to new models and combination options. It is available in square and round designs, as well as in chrome or white finishes. The firm says it provides a solution for both any bathroom décor and for any installation point.