This week's finishing touches for the well-accessorised scheme include stylish mixer taps, a supertough glass canopy and doors with sound standards. Plus, news on the latest member of the BREEAM family
Continental-style brassware
Deva has added the Futura range of brassware to its Concepts collection. The range is based on modern Continental styling and consists of basins, bath taps and bath–shower mixers. The products are suitable for low-pressure systems and are available in two-hole and monobloc versions, which has a single tilt-and-turn temperature and flow-control lever.
Deva 301

Quick-fitting bracket for rainwater pipes
Saddle-style brackets designed to fix 82 mm pipes have been added to Hunter Plastics' rainwater drainage product range. The firm says the bracket does not need an obtrusive secondary nut-and-bolt fixing. Instead, installers slip the bracket over the pipe, slide it along to the desired position and screw it to the wall. It is available in black, white, grey and brown to match the firm's rainwater pipes.
Hunter Plastics 302

Low-maintenance lighting
Distributor Aico is now offering Fumagalli's outdoor lighting range. The products are made from a high-performance, through-coloured, UV-resistant polymer, wrapped around a galvanized steel core. Diffusers and globes are made from metacrilate, which is more resistant to discolouration than polycarbonate and tougher than glass. Styles includes Classic and Modern, and fittings come in four sizes and three colours.
Aico 303

Contemporary window fittings
A modern range of solid stainless steel casement window fittings called Steel Tech has been introduced by architectural hardware supplier HAF. The products are suitable for wooden casement windows and comprise a casement stay with straight and curved window handles.
HAF 305

Stain-resistant surface material
LG Chem has launched LG HI-MACS, a new material it describes as a natural acrylic stone. Suitable for worktops, wall cladding, furniture and decorative lighting effects, it is said to be easy to clean and stain-resistant. It can be bent by heating or worked using standard joinery techniques. It is available in flat sheets of 6 mm, 9 mm and 12 mm thick or a range of preformed shapes. Colours can be standard or bespoke.
LG Chem 306

Glass canopy
DR Services has brought out a standard glass canopy to supplement its bespoke range. It is made from toughened laminated glass with a 2 mm polyvinyl butyl interlayer that the company says will support a heavy object should it fall on to the canopy and break the glass. The canopy has stainless steel fittings and is available as a kit, although accessories can be supplied separately.
DR Services 307

Electronic door-release system
EasyOpen, an electronic door release system for residential care and nursing homes, has been developed by Coastform Systems. Users are given radio frequency identity tags that release the door lock mechanism within 60 mm. Each mechanism can handle up to 999 different users.
Coastform Systems 308

Doors that shut out noise

AccentHansen has brought out a range of steel-faced noise-reducing doorsets called SoundShield. Five grades are available offering noise reduction ranging from 35 to 55 db(A) and fire resistance from 60 to 240 minutes. The doorsets are available in the full range of RAL colours in a gloss finish and also come in polished or brushed stainless steel. A choice of glazing options is also offered.
AccentHansen 304

Movers and makers

  • BRE has launched an environmental performance assessment methodology for buildings in the retail sector. Joining schemes for offices, homes, industrial units and bespoke buildings, BREEAM Retail takes account of the sector’s wide variety of building types and functions, the frequency of refits and large quantities of packaging waste. This is the first BREEAM package that allows the self-assessment of a retail store during occupancy. It is an alternative to the usual formal independent audit of environmental performance, and will be available from November this year.

  • A new trade body called the Insulation Concrete Formwork Association has been launched to promote insulating concrete formwork. The technique uses two skins of expanded polystyrene with concrete poured into the gap. External cladding and internal finishes are then applied to the expanded polystyrene. The ICFA is supported by the British Plastics Federation and the Concrete Centre.

  • British Precast’s 2003 awards ceremony took place last month. The winner of the Safety Award was the Bradstone division of Aggregate Industries. RMC Rail won the Innovation Award for its Stepsafe platform, a modular system for extending existing railway platforms and providing new ones. The Environment Award was won by the Charcon Division of Aggregate Industries for waste minimisation.

  • International Decorative Surfaces has gained environmental accreditations for its range of decorative panel products from the Forest Stewardship Council and the Pan European Forest Certification Council.

  • The Brick Development Association has announced the shortlist for the Brick Awards 2003, to be held on 4 November. Categories include design, structure, refurbishment, landscape, craftsmanship and sustainability.

  • Wood-based panel manufacturer Nexfor has completed a five-year £100m factory improvement programme, investing in two Scottish plants and a third in Devon.