Cooper Lighting and Security has developed an LED-illuminated emergency exit sign called Menvier Britesign. The firm says using LEDs gives a lamp life of more than 40,000 hours, thereby reducing the frequency of lamp replacement, and offers a slim profile. It claims that the sign can be seen from up to 30 m and that it illuminates the area below it. It is available in plated chrome, white or dark grey.
Cooper Lighting and Security
Fire-resistant glass doors
Fire-resistant glazing specialist FendorHansen has developed a range of fire-resistant, steel-framed glass doors called SwingLine. The company says they offer fire protection ratings of 30, 60 or 90 minutes and maintain integrity for up to 60 minutes. The doors are available in single- or double-leaf versions, with single swing or double pivot opening action in leaf sizes that exceed 2.4 m. The product is available in a range of colours and in stainless steel.
Protect your pipes from the cold
A pre-insulated plastic pipe system for chilled water and air-conditioning applications has been launched by Durapipe. Called Duracool, the polyurethane foam insulation is supplied in two halves that click together around the pipe using a patented joining system. The company says the pipe is suitable for temperatures as low as -40ºC and should lower lifetime costs. It is available in diameters ranging between 20 mm to 225 mm and in five metre lengths.
Dry ridge tiles get decorative
Externit Building Materials has added three decorative designs of dry fix ridge tile to its existing half round and angled designs. The company says a stainless steel clip enables the decorative ridges to be used as a dry fix system. The system, according to the company, is maintenance-free and quick to install. The system also provides ridge level ventilation. Visible fittings are supplied in a neutral grey mortar colour.
Externit Building Materials
Prefab arrives at train platforms
Bell & Webster Concrete has developed a quick-assembly, precast concrete railway platform system. The company says the system, called Fast Build Platform, is suitable for new build, refurbishment and extending existing platforms. The company says the system is very lightweight and each 4 m long by 3 m wide module can be assembled in 1.5 hours. According to the company, the system meets Network Rail and Independent Rail specifications.
Bell & Webster Concrete
Window handle for extra safety
Laird Hardware has launched a handle for tilt and turn windows called Monza for residential and commercial applications. The product is available in two versions, turn/tilt in locking and non-locking variations, and tilt safe. The tilt safe version allows movement to the tilt position only when locked, which the firm says allows ventilation without compromising safety.
Sculptural lever door handles
HAF has launched a range of six door handles called Blend. The company says the lever handles combine "the sculptural feel of cast bronze or wood with the contemporary look of stainless steel". They are available with either insert rose or round rose fittings.
Insulation to keep pitched roofs warm
Knauf Insulation has developed a range of three insulation products for warm pitched roofs called Polyfoam. Raftersqueeze is a rigid board product with grooved edges that enable it to be pushfitted between rafters. The Sarking Board System is for new-build roofs with rafters at 600 mm centres. It fits over the top of the rafters and is T-shaped so the insulation between the rafters is thicker thus keeping the overall roof thickness to a minimum. A layer of Raftersqueeze is fitted between the rafters for additional insulation. The third product is for installing over irregularly spaced rafters and is called Pitched Roofboard. It has rebated edges so the boards can be joined together without having to be over supporting rafters. All the products comply with Part L of the Building Regulations.
Alarm system that rings your mobile
Bosch Security Systems has developed a remote monitoring device that alerts a monitoring centre of an alarm using either a landline or the mobile phone network. Called the DS900i-GSM, it monitors the landline and, in the event of a failure or the wires being cut, it sends intruder or fire alarm messages via the GSM network. It can also be programmed to send text messages. The product is said to be suitable for situations where there is no landline, such as some construction sites. The firm says the device is simple to install and program, is compatible with most alarm panels and monitoring stations and runs on AC power or battery.
Bosch Security Systems
At the heart of the system is a steel frame made by Barrett Steel Buildings. It is based on standard steel frames that are used to build up a matrix and grid system that can be configured to create a building of virtually any shape or size. Because the standard frames are pre-designed, the steel frame lead-in time is cut from 10 to four weeks. Steel ground beams protected with a special paint are used in place of conventional concrete ground beams to enable all the steelwork to be erected in one go. Other innovations include prefabricated plant packages that are delivered on a steel “sled” and fitted in three hours rather than the conventional alternative that would take three to six weeks. Offices are also modular and incorporate an integrated steel and pre-cast panel design. Now that the prototype has been designed and built on time and on budget, Prologis is making ProShed available across its UK sites.
Developer Prologis Developments
Architect Burks Green
Contractor Winvec Construction
Steel frame Barrett Steel Buildings
Cladding CA Group