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CPD For POSI-JOIST

September saw the launch of a brand new online CPD course focussed on the benefits of metal web joists. Published by MiTek and independently accredited by the CPD Certification Service, the course guides you through the application of metal web joists in floors and roofs. It highlights the advantages of utilising metal web joists over alternative joist systems and covers technical areas such as spanning capabilities, standard details, fire and acoustic certification and much more. In addition, registrants learn about the manufacturing process and are given an insight into the unique advantages of the Posi-Joist system. Commenting on the launch...

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Metsec Builds On BIM

The design of a striking and complex multi-storey mixed-use building at the Smithfield regeneration project in the heart of Manchester required a distinct blend of technical, design and manufacturing expertise to deliver a value-engineered steel framing solution. Cold rolled steel specialist Metsec responded to the design challenge, using building information modelling (BIM) to develop cold rolled steel framing that helped to significantly reduce waste and cost for the main contractor. Located in the heart of the former Smithfield market in Manchester's Northern Quarter, one Smithfield Square sees the construction of 77 one, two and three-bed residences for private sale...

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A Breath of Fresh Air

Swish Building Products understand the importance of providing adequate roof ventilation whilst maintaining an attractive roofline. So much so that they offer over fascia ventilators which fit on the top edge of the fascia board giving clean, unbroken lines to the roofline installation.The Swish over fascia ventilator or vented eaves protector should be fixed securely along the top of the fascia board beneath the roof tiles. The support provided by the vented eaves protector eradicates 'ponding' which may occur behind the fascia board where there is a tendency for the sarking felt to sag. These innovative ventilators providing 10mm and 25mm...

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STORMKING use unique design to provide sun-pipe housing

The latest development in Kingsway, Widnes; designed by award winning architects DENOVO DESIGN Ltd, includes contemporary roof cowls supplied by STORMKING which incorporate Sun-pipes to provide natural internal lighting to the houses on this new Eco development. STORMKING incorporated their patented plinth box detail with the cowl and sun-pipe to provide a product that is lightweight, low maintenance and simple to fix. The prefabricated cowls incorporate all side and lead apron flashings and are fully assembled to receive the sun-pipe assembly. The cowls are available to suit any standard roof pitch and can be sited on the ridge or rafter slope, and can be manufactured in any RAL...

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New Kingston homes get their heating direct from the Thames

A new eco-friendly housing development in London is getting the energy for its heating and hot water directly from the Thames in a pioneering community heating scheme that could be replicated in many of our major towns and cities. Edward Davey, the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, today paid a special visit to the site to switch on the heat pump-based heating system in an official launch of the innovative, renewable system. The £70 million mixed-use development has been created by NHP Leisure Developments on the site of a former power station...

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