Kawneer has launched the AA 602 pivot window to comply with the thermal and weather performance requirements of the revised Building Regulations. The windows, which are being aimed at the health and education sectors, have a continuous centre seal on horizontal and vertical options to improve performance in accordance with BS 6375 Part 1 and numerous other European standards. Locking options include and espagnolette or multi-point locking and a cockspur with storm latch.
Compact fire curtain
KABA has launched the Firetex FC Compact fire curtain. The product creates a sealed curtain that prevents the ingress of smoke and fire for up to two hours. It has been designed to be easy to install in smaller openings, as required to meet fire regulations. Manufactured from a composite of stainless steel mesh and woven glass fibre, the curtain is coated in a reflective micronised aluminium-enriched polymer. It is suitable for use in kitchens and hospitals and all surfaces are wipe clean, including the curtain itself.
Extended performance doorsets
LS Leaderflush Shapland has launched an Extended Performance range of doorsets with enhanced security, acoustics, fire protection and radiation shielding. The doorsets also match the company's other product ranges to give continuity throughout a project. The complete range is split into named products depending on special requirements. The Castle AV is designed to resist physical attack; the Armador gives protection against bullets; Audiodor offers sound protection; Vulcan incorporates fire resistance and Leadline AS shields from radiation.
LS Leaderflush Shapland
Electromechanical euro lock
Abloy Security has launched a range of electro-mechanical locks. These are designed in accordance with the latest European standards, and have been tested to draft standards for burglary and mechanical resistance. Abloy's design means that most of the multi-function locks fit into a single size of lock case, which simplifies specification and allows the user to decide functions such as voltage selection.
Micro-louvre shading system
Coopers has introduced KoolShade, a micro-louvre shading system in the UK. The product has flat strands of bronze woven into a sheet and installed over windows. The material is just 1.27 mm wide by 0.18 mm thick. But when fixed in close proximity to the glazed area it will provide 100% shading. Coopers says the system also reduces glare, provides a privacy and security screen, offers protection against projectiles and reduces noise penetration by up to 50% when the window is open.
Garage door operators
FAAC says its latest garage door operators have been engineered to be easy to fit. The 531EM and 576EM operators are suitable for standard doors up to 3 m wide and 3.2 m high, or sectional doors up to 5 m wide and 3.2 m high. Both products can cope with up to 20 operations an hour and are available in belt and chain-driven versions. The operator head consists of a 24 V DC electric motor with built-in encoder, transformer, control board and courtesy light.
Sliding balcony door
Technal's new GXi aluminium sliding balcony door has been used at the Peabody Trust's Raines Court development in London. The ethos of the project, designed by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, was to use high-quality, low-maintenance, highly durable materials to increase longevity. Technal reports that the GXi has been rigorously tested to 20,000 open/close cycles. It has narrow 41 mm sightlines, a 9 mm flush polyamide thermal break and the option of flat-faced or curved profiles. The minimal frame improves light penetration into the flats.
Horizontal sliding window
Sapa Building Systems has launched a horizontal sliding window system. The company says its range of door and window couplers and wraparound glazing offer a good standard level of security, with a higher security option available if required. Forming part of the Dualflame suite of products, the window meets BS 6375 Part 1, Exposure Category 2000 Special. It has also been tested to 25,000 cycles, making it suitable for high-use applications.
Sapa Building Systems
EU-proof overhead sectional doors
Crawford Amber has developed the 242 and 542 industrial overhead sectional doors and the G30 residential garage door in anticipation of harmonised European Standards for industrial and residential doors. The standards will become mandatory from 1 May 2005, ushering in new product safety levels and third-party testing of functional performance.
What’s the spec? Capricorn Quay, Bristol
Two white-rendered blocks up to five storeys tall include cantilevered balconies to make full use of the water views and south-facing elevation. The site’s natural assets can be enjoyed indoors, through large, full-height glazed screens and glass-fronted balcony balustrades. These allow occupants to feel connected to the outside and let in as much light as possible.
The external render to both blocks is applied to cementicious panel-clad stud metalwork, attached to the structural steel frame. The initial coat is an insulated render system that is covered with a self-coloured final coat. This render was chosen for its insulation qualities to minimise traffic noise on the north roadside elevation.
The two blocks have inverted pitched zinc roofs laid over a ply decking on the steel framework. The pitch of these roof sections maximises daylighting to the highest apartments, and the inverted eaves project out over large balconies, supported on timber clad steel columns, to provide weather protection. The blocks’ stepped height breaks up the impact on the skyline.
Balcony doors and windows
client - Crosby Homes
architect - Alec French Partnership
construction manager - Cowlin Design And Build
consulting engineer - Clarke Bond
services consultant - BME Partnership
landscape consultants - Cooper Partnership
glazing contractor - Salisbury Glass
roofing contractor - Boss Metal
Information pointBomb blast protection
CP Films has produced a technical guide to its Llumar Anti-Shatter Film range. The guide includes information on the company, which claims to be the world’s largest maker of window films. Its products have been used by MI5 to protect building occupants from flying glass in the event of a bomb blast.
New door finishes
JB Kind’s largest door catalogue to date includes details of its extended choice of wood finishes for the Yoxall range. The doors are in clear pine as well as other wood types including cerejeira and American white oak. New additions, including a pine version with matching casing and architrave set, provide a full selection of options for the residential market.
Spanish style from TDSL
TDSL shows its new Castile range of Spanish-inspired fire-rated internal doors in its latest product brochure. The Castile range combines traditional Spanish styling with the reliability of a contemporary engineered timber door. The range is offered with raised and fielded panels in a wide selection of veneers.
Scotts’ new specifiers’ guide provides details of all of the company’s products, from standard flush doors to high performance prehung doorsets, complete with bespoke veneers and designer ironmongery. The guide also lists details of Scotts’ manufacturing capabilities, including its bespoke service and ancillary items such as skirting and frames.
Scotts of Thrapston
Dorma’s new 28-page Huppe moveable wall brochure details its range of products, including sound-insulated partitions for auditoriums, dividers for offices and sliding glass-panel frontages for shopping malls and public concourses. The brochure includes extensive photographs of these and other Dorma Huppe solutions.