This month we have products for a range of building projects including refurbishing a historic building, a high street shop and some much-needed homes

Fashionable fans


Elta Fans has provided 10 fans for the recent refurbishment of the latest London retail outlet for fashion company McQ. The interior layout was transformed into a single, open series of connected retail space across all five floors, and the Elta units were intended to provide emergency smoke extraction and pressurisation of the lift shafts and stairwells. Two long-cased Smokevent Axial 1,250mm fans and eight long-cased Axial 500mm fans were specified.

Elta Fans

Windows for historic buildings

Mumford & Wood has introduced a variety of new enhancements to its Conservation range of styled windows, glazed French doorsets and bi-fold doors. There is now greater flexibility with a variety of glazing and finishing options, including the introduction of the slim 12mm double-glazed panel Conservation Box Sash window, which the company says has been designed to appeal to the listed and historic buildings sectors. Across the Conservation collection there is now a wider range of glass unit sizes, from depths of 12mm, 14mm and 24mm as standard. The firm has also redesigned the Conservation spring sash, box sash and casement window, together with complementary glazed door products, to accommodate internal glazing.

Mumford & Wood

Wall-mounted units

Daikin Europe has extended its FTXS-K-series range of wall-mounted units to provide optimal design and comfort for a wider range of applications, including light commercial and residential use. The new 35, 42 and 50 units, with cooling capacities of 3.5 to 5.3kW, have dimensions 298mm x 900mm x 215mm. Their discharge air pattern uses the Coanda effect to direct airflow across the ceiling, which the firm says reduces directional draughts and ensures perfect comfort conditions in every part of the room. Additionally a movement sensor can detect where people are in the room and direct the airflow away from them. The units can be operated via a wireless controller or remotely via the internet.


Etched window film


Komfort provided bespoke digitally printed wallpaper for travel agent On The Beach’s new offices in Cheadle, outside Manchester. Three versions of Komfort’s etched window film range were applied in individual layers to create a 3D effect on the glass partition. To create definition, films with different opacities were used. Following a tropical theme used on the transparent coloured manifestation, images of sandy beaches and clear blue seas were used. The company says it chose Komfort’s products on the glass partitions as they could retain as much light as possible within the limited space along with integrating the company’s corporate branding.


Flat roof membrane

Alumasc’s Euroroof Mastergold flat roof membrane was specified for the waterproofing solution for an urgent roof refurbishment on the sports complex at Wymondham College in Norfolk. After removing the old waterproofing and installing a new vapour control layer and tapered insulation system, 1,200m2 of Euroroof Mastergold over a thermo-adhesive underlay was installed. The company says its Euroroof Mastergold was chosen due to its suitability for warm roof refurbishment applications.

Alumasc Waterproofing 

Roof Insulation

Redland has launched two roof insulation products, Rapid Rafter Insulation and Rapid Loft Board. Rapid Rafter Insulation is applied directly to the rafters with tiles laid on top, creating a habitable loft space, fully sealed to create a “warm roof”. Rapid Rafter Insulation has an integrated vapour-permeable underlay which, bonded to the upper surface, the firm says provides excellent vapour permeability. The company also claims Rapid Rafter Insulation is perfectly suited to re-roofing projects where work has to comply with the Building Regulations requirement to upgrade insulation when installing a new roof. Rapid Loft Board goes in the loft space horizontal at ceiling level and converts the loft into a walkable storage area.


Cabin lift


Gartec, part of the Aritco Group, is launching the Aritco 9000 Cabin Lift, which it says combines all the benefits of a platform lift with the feel of a passenger lift. The company says the Aritco 9000 can be installed in three days with little building work required as it comes with its own shaft enclosure. The lift has an optional shallow pit of 75mm, with a headroom requirement of only 2,400mm, making it ideal for fitting into buildings where space is at a premium and where a conventional passenger lift would not be possible. The firm also claims the lift can be installed in older or historic buildings, enabling designers to meet their legal requirements under Building Regulations Part M, Machinery Directive and the Equality Act. A choice of colours, traditional wood or contemporary steel finish with powder coated or glazed structural shaft panels is available.


Highly insulated homes

Knauf Insulation has donated its Earthwool insulation products to two projects in Bootle, Liverpool, assisted by Crash, the construction and property industry’s charity for the homeless. The projects involved the conversion of existing accommodation into self-contained flats for the homeless by the Bosco Society. The company says the aim was to achieve a high level of insulation, to improve comfort levels and also dampen sound pollution, to provide quieter living. Knauf Insulation donated 19 rolls of Earthwool Loft Roll 100mm and 32 rolls of Earthwool Loft Roll 170mm to the projects.

Knauf Insulation

Movers and Makers

  • The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) has launched its guide “TM51: Ground source heat pumps”, which is available from the online CIBSE Knowledge Portal. The institution says ground source heat pumps are recognised as an energy efficient technology and support the government’s Renewable Heat Incentive. The guide offers an understanding of the technology used, comparisons of different heat pump systems and clarity on Building Regulations surrounding the use of pumps. To order a copy, visit
  • Stannah has produced a new booklet, Goods Lifts - Your Questions Answered, which is designed as a guide to identifying needs, evaluating the potential loads and frequency of travel, as well as answering questions that arise when considering a goods or service lift for a building. It also contains advice on Lift Regulations and Standards, clarifying your responsibilities and those of your lift provider. For a copy of the Stannah information booklet, visit
  • BSRIA has launched a new Flexible Ductwork guide, as the company says there is a lack of clarity over statutory requirements, product standards and technical guidance relating to flexible ductwork. It focuses on metallic and non-metallic flexible ductwork in insulated and uninsulated forms. The guide aims to help improve the performance of buildings by providing guidance about the legislation, product standards, specifications, installation and maintenance requirements relating to flexible ductwork. Hard copies of the guide are available to purchase at £30 or £15 to BSRIA members, and PDF versions are available for £30 + VAT or free to download for BSRIA members