German lighting products company Erco has launched several light-fitting ranges. The Quadra, a compact recessed ceiling range, has square fittings available as single, double or quadruple-lamp modules and accepts halogen or metal halide lamps. The Skim range consists of circular, recessed ceiling luminaires and wallwashers that accept halogen or metal halide lamps.
The other products are lighting bollards for exterior use. These include the circular Panorama (pictured) and the square Lightmark.
Sticky stuff for all materials
Adhesive specialist Laybond Products has added three adhesives to its Gripfill range.
There are two single-component, polyurethane-based products. Liquid PU is supplied in a bottle and is designed to give a high-strength bond to a wide range of materials in five minutes.
5 Minute PU has the same attributes but is supplied in a 310 ml cartridge for gun application. The third adhesive, Mitre Adhesive, is intended for securing mitre joints in timber.
It is a two-component product and is said to give a high-strength bond in 10 seconds.
A range of highly textured carpet tiles has been launched by carpet maker Interface Europe. The Highlighting Your Floor range has five variations that can be used in combination for a wider range of design possibilities. The tiles are made from Alto Chroma nylon yarn, which is said to maintain the appearance, and are suitable for heavy contract use.
Heating products manufacturer Johnson & Starley has brought out the RENO range of gas-condensing boilers, said to comply with Part L of the Building Regulations. The HE30C is a combination boiler that delivers a claimed 12.5 litres of water per minute, with a 35ºC temperature rise and a heat output of 25 kW. The HE25S is for sealed heating systems and has a 25 kW output. The HE25H has the same output but is a heat-only boiler for traditional, vented heating systems.
Johnson & Starley
Coloured granite tiles
Clay flooring specialist Daniel Platt has launched a range of natural granite tiles. The tiles are available in 10 different colours in a choice of flamed, honed or polished finishes. They are supplied either in a standard size of 305 x 305 x 12 mm, or 600 x 600 x 12 mm, which is available on request.
Contemporary door handles
Brassware maker Carlisle Brass has launched a range of five lever door handles called Serozzetta that it says are designed for modern domestic and commercial interiors. The handles are mounted on a 52 mm diameter, one-piece, round rose and are available in satin or polished chrome.
Cladding product companies Dryvit UK and Lindab have collaborated on a wall system. The system combines Lindlab's lightweight steel external wall studs and Dryvit's external insulation and finishing system, which incorporates expanded polystyrene panels protected by a glass-fibre reinforcing mesh. The panels are finished with a protective acrylic coat. The system is covered by a single warranty.
Glass-fibre wall coating
Cladding and coating maker Sto has developed a decorative, textured wall coating for interior use called StoTex. It is based on glass-fibre yarn that is woven into a choice of patterns. This is stuck to the wall like wallpaper, then overpainted with the company's StoColor Latex, a washable coating. The company says the product is very robust, suitable for bridging cracks and easy to apply. There are three ranges: the Classic range has 24 patterns; the Avantgarde range has 19; and the Signet range can be customised to the specifier's design. The StoColor range is available in 800 colours and the company supplies a range of specialist finishes.
Part L-compliant joist support
Manthorpe Building Products has developed a joist support that it says solves the problem of air leakage around timber joists and complies with Part L of the Building Regulations. Called the Joist Seal, it is a plastic box that is built into the inner leaf of the wall into which the joist can be inserted. It has a foam gasket to accommodate shrinkage as the joist dries out. The product has flanges on its inner and outer faces to help locate it within the wall. It can also accommodate restraining straps if needed.
Manthorpe Building Products
Noise attenuation specialist The Frogbox Company has developed an enclosure system for controlling the noise emitted by refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment. Suitable for use on garage forecourts and retailers, it can also be used for other noise-generating equipment. The product is a modular weatherproof box that can be adapted to suit individual locations. It has secure access panels for servicing and can be camouflaged with various materials to help it blend into its location. The company says it saves up to 70% of the space needed by more traditional solutions.
The Frogbox Company
Movers and makers
The approval was granted by the Loss Prevention Certification Board, and is in addition to the products’ existing approval granted by the Factory Mutual Research Corporation, USA.