Leading roof window manufacturer VELUX is attending a number of exhibitions across the UK and Ireland in 2018 to give expert advice to homeowners hoping to turn their extension dreams into reality.

Daylight experts from VELUX will be on stand at the UK and Ireland’s biggest and best events for home renovators this year, including SelfBuild Live, Home Building and Renovating Show, Grand Designs Live and UK Construction Week.

From curved glass rooflights to VELUX INTEGRA® automatic roof windows, VELUX will be exhibiting a range of products for all sorts of projects.

“These events are a great way for people thinking about extensions or home improvements to get to grips with a whole range of products and to see the benefits they could bring to their home. We’re encouraging homeowners to come along and spend some time with our team, and get inspired by daylight when it comes to making improvements to their living spaces,” says Grant Sneddon, product manager for VELUX.

For the full list of events VELUX will be attending this year, visit www.velux.co.uk/exhibitions

GEZE UK is backing the very best in office architecture by sponsoring the Office Architect of the Year category in the BD Architect of the Year Awards for the third year running.

The category was open to all architects working on the design of offices including new developments and refurbishments.

Shortlisted candidates include:

  • Allford Hall
  • Monaghan Morris BDP
  • Cartwright Pickard
  • Emrys Architects
  • Gensler
  • LOM architecture and design
  • Piercy & Co

Entries showcase one project built in the last three years and another either built or unbuilt. Judges will be looking for evidence of all-round design excellence and fitness for purpose over a body of work in deciding the winner.

The ceremony for the awards – now in their 14th year – will take place on 18th April 2018 at Westminster Park Plaza Hotel, London.

Kaz Spiewakowski, managing director of GEZE UK said “We are very pleased to be sponsoring the awards for a third year. We understand that the quality, quantity and breadth of work across all categories this year is particularly high and we look forward to helping celebrate the very best in office architecture at the awards ceremony.”

For details of the awards see www.awards.bdonline.co.uk
For more information about GEZE UK’s comprehensive range of automatic and manual door closers call 01543 443000 or visit www.geze.co.uk

A series of exclusive Sustainability Showcases is set to be launched at ecobuild 2018 as new owner, Futurebuild Events Ltd, looks to put sustainability back at the heart of the industry-leading event.

Following its acquisition of ecobuild, Futurebuild Events called on industry to provide feedback, input and support to collaboratively shape ecobuild 2018 and ensure the event remains as relevant and invaluable as possible.

Curated alongside leading architects, manufacturers and designers – and developed as a direct response to industry feedback – the Showcases will form a 1500m2 area at the very centre of ecobuild dedicated to innovative sustainability features.

Building on the conference programme and seminar series, the Showcases will add a further dimension to the event, delivering a range of interactive installations and demonstrations – from full scale builds that could solve the housing crisis to pocket parks that can better build community – that offer direct, tangible solutions to the biggest issues facing the industry.

Martin Hurn, managing director of Futurebuild Events, explains “ecobuild is well-renowned as the must-go event for forward thinkers in the built environment.

This reputation is built on the event’s track-record of collaboratively showcasing and championing the very latest thinking and approaches from across the built environment, and indeed further afield. Under independent ownership, we’re determined to further enhance ecobuild’s commitment to industry innovation and sustainability.

“The Sustainability Showcases represent this commitment in action and are all about bringing the latest thinking from across the industry to attendees in a way that they can physically interactive and engage with. Each Showcase promises to be a thought-provoking and striking event highlight, yet all also offer very practical and achievable solutions to the current issues we face. They will also feed into the main conference programme, which will be shaped around delivering the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and place sustainability firmly at the heart of everything ecobuild 2018 is about.”

The Sustainability Showcases are:

Zero Bills Home Lite
ZEDfactory returns to ecobuild with a full-scale build designed to tackle the housing crisis. The zero-net carbon home is designed to minimise fossil fuels and annual energy bills, while also reducing build times to four weeks.

Passive Pod Exhibition House
Building Research in Architecture (BRIA) will showcase a full-scale demountable Passive Pod House erected on a foundation of recycled concrete railway sleepers on a gravel bed.

The Hive
Returning to ecobuild for the second year, the Edible Bus Stop Studio will be showcasing The Hive – an engaging pocket park focused on biodiversity, biophilia and health and wellbeing.

Curated by architect, academic and environmental activist Duncan Baker-Brown, the WasteZone will discuss the issues and huge potentials of seeing waste as a valuable resource, not a problem.

Buildings as Material Banks
16 partners from eight European countries share their mission to move the building industry towards a circular economy, by combining materials passports with reversible building design.

Sustainable Product Showcase
A collaboration between sustainable built environment champions, the Passivhaus Trust and the Alliance for Sustainable Building Products, to showcase the most sustainable and innovative products and materials across two pavilions.

Natural Building Products café
In this café, industry experts will provide demonstrations and information about natural building materials and techniques, including advice on how attendees can incorporate them into their projects.

BREEAM Awards Gallery
Attendees can find out more about BREEAM’s leading-edge thinking and learn about the performance of past winners’ buildings and projects. BRE experts will also be providing 1:1 support with any technical questions.

The Showcases will complement and build upon ecobuild 2018’s wider programme of talks, seminars and activities, all centred around a core objective of developing an action plan for change.

To register for ecobuild 2018, visit www.ecobuild.co.uk/register.

The Insulated Render and Cladding Association (INCA) Awards 2018, which showcase exceptional projects and special achievements in external wall insulation (EWI), are open for entries. The INCA Awards celebrate accomplishments in technical standards, energy efficiency, carbon reduction and tackling fuel poverty through cutting-edge EWI.

INCA is excited to announce two new awards for 2018. The Heritage Award will recognise projects that have stood the test of time, to promote the benefits of installing EWI as a long-term solution. Also being introduced is the Component Supplier of the Year Award. Voted for by Systems Designers, this recognises the important contribution that component suppliers make in EWI.

There are two main project categories, New Build and Refurbishment. Regardless of the project, from high-rise and low-rise to residential or zoological, there are plenty of opportunities to enter. Other categories include awards for Installer of the Year, Innovation, Training and Outstanding Achievement.

Winners will be selected by an independent judging panel of leading industry experts who assess projects on thermal performance, technical difficulty, aesthetics and workmanship. They will be looking for individuals and companies that have proven outstanding ability.

INCA Executive Chairman Mitch Gee, said “I am particularly excited about the Awards in 2018 with the introduction of our Heritage category, which will help promote the long-term durability and benefits of external wall insulation. Those who have been in the industry for 10 years or more should be able to point us to some projects which demonstrate the exceptional track record our products and services have.”

INCA may sub-divide projects in the New Build and Refurbishment categories, according to the number of entries received. The closing date for entries is Friday 13 April at 5:00pm.

For more information please visit Inca-ltd.org.uk.

The development of timber windows in the FIT Show line-up has been further strengthened with the news that traditional sash manufacturer Cardinal Windows has signed up to the 2019 event.

The company, whose key staff boast over 150 combined years of experience, offers bespoke windows to specifiers and installers who seek traditionally styled, timber sliding box sash windows but which come with the latest standards of high performance. Having seen demand grow for real wood windows, the firm now sees the FIT Show as the best shop window to reach its trade target markets, as Marketing Manager Jamie Hackett explained:

“We want to talk to a range of potential customers including window installers and specifiers together with architects, developers and small building companies and we know we will meet many of them at the FIT Show. Our customers include designers and builders of new homes right through to those responsible for the most sensitive period renovations,” he said.

“The event has proven itself to be the focal point for all of the UK window industry, so that is where we want to be, especially now that so many others in the timber window sector are thinking the same thing.”

Cardinal’s heart may be in the tradition of timber but its route to market is right up to date, with online ordering and a window-builder facility complete with instant quote function, all designed to make choosing – and pricing – a timber window as easy and cost-effective as PVC or aluminium. With pine, sapele or oak products based on German engineering backed by full UK customer support, Cardinal Windows have a U value of 1.5 W/m²K and are available in any RAL colour and with a range of bespoke and hardware options.

Jamie Hackett concluded: “Everyone in PVC and aluminium is shouting about their ‘authentic timber alternatives’ but what they are really doing is emphasising how much people still aspire to having the real thing. More and more homeowners and trade customers are realising this. As a manufacturer, we have the skills and the infrastructure to satisfy this need and, in the FIT Show, we have the vehicle to get that message across.”

For more information please visit www.fitshow.co.uk.

Ariston was named ‘Plumbing, Heating & Showrooms Supplier of the Year’ at the annual National Buying Group (NBG) Conference in November. Fending off strong competition in the category, Ariston was recognised for its contribution to the business success of NBG’s merchant partners.

Mustafa Findik, Managing Director at Ariston, collected the Award and commented “This accolade gives us great recognition, as well as a platform from which to grow the business among new and existing customers in the NBG. To win such a prestigious award after only three years as a supplier is a great reflection of the hard work everyone at Ariston has put in since we joined forces with the organisation. We have been overwhelmed with the support received from NBG members, which we hope to build on in the future.”

He continued “At Ariston, we are aware of the important role builders merchants play throughout the heating industry. That’s why we decided to work with the National Buying Group, to ensure its members were being provided with high quality heating and hot water products, backed up by exceptional levels of customer service and technical support. We hope that this award is the first success of many – and that our relationship with NBG and its customers lasts for many years to come.”

The NBG Conference 2017 took place in the spectacular surroundings of Liverpool Cathedral and focused on the importance of building successful brands, under the title ‘Bigger, Bolder, Better’. NBG has over 80 merchant members with a branch network in excess of 300 nationwide, with a combined turnover of around £1 billion.

Since becoming a supplier of NBG in 2014, Ariston has worked closely with individual members to support their businesses and offer a flexible approach to promote opportunities and improve profitability. Ariston supplies its range of high quality boilers and water heaters to NBG’s independent merchant partners nationwide, achieving a high local presence throughout the UK, with visibility and reach increased through a series of displays and promotions.

For more details about Ariston and its range of products, please visit www.ariston.co.uk.

The FIT Show team organises a brand new event for processors, specifiers and buyers of flat glass in all its forms.

Following increasing demand indicated by visitors to the FIT Show, the organisers have announced the launch of Visit Glass, which will take place alongside the FIT Show in May 2019 at the NEC.

Responding to a massive 40% of the 10,000 visitors to the 2017 FIT Show who declared their interest in seeing glass products and glass-related processing equipment and technology at the event, Visit Glass will become the first UK exhibition and forum dedicated to the manufacture, processing and application of flat glass for almost 15 years.

The event is designed to appeal to glass industry professionals, together with specifiers and buyers of flat glass products and systems. These include insulated glass units, architectural glass, processed flat glass for all non-glazing applications including kitchens, bedrooms, bathrooms and the furniture industry; and glass for interiors including offices and decorative interior design schemes.

Prompted by the visitor feedback the organisers of the FIT show carried out further research into the viability of such an event and were told that professionals operating in the sector would respond positively for something created specifically to address the unique needs of the UK flat glass industry, one that continues to undergo substantial technological and market changes. They also learned that, despite the success of the FIT Show, it did not serve the specific needs of flat glass manufacture, processing and technology. That will now be addressed by the launch of Visit Glass, according to organiser Nickie West.

“Despite glass being an obvious and essential component of almost everything that is shown at the FIT Show, the glass industry has needs that are quite distinct in almost every respect,” she said. “After analysis of visitor research at the 2017 FIT Show we realised that glass-related topics were some of the highest categories they wanted to see at the show. However, this was not reflected in what they saw there. Visit Glass will address this imbalance through a distinct, separate event alongside the FIT Show.

“With the numbers of visitors to the FIT Show indicating their interest in flat glass we can guarantee a very substantial attendance to Visit Glass,” added West. “In addition of course there will be a substantial marketing campaign to encourage a wide cross section of the glass industry, in addition to users and specifiers.”

Visit Glass will take place in its own clearly designated space at the NEC alongside the FIT Show, in a space that combines key exhibitors representing leading brands alongside a powerful, thought provoking and informative seminar programme dedicated to the glass industry and markets in the UK. To ensure an appropriate format for Visit Glass was created the event was ‘soft launched’, during which time a number of powerful, key brands were quick to reserve exhibition space. These include Pilkington, Saint-Gobain, Edgetech, Lisec, National Glass Group and Sapphire Glass Merchants, with others joining the floorplan as word of the event spreads.

A dedicated seminar theatre within Visit Glass will offer a comprehensive programme of seminars addressing UK and general issues relating to the manufacture, processing and application of flat glass. Industry experts are being consulted to ensure content that is highly relevant and current for the UK flat glass industry when the event takes place in May 2019.

Visitors will also be encouraged to network in the Visit Glass bar, access for which will be granted to Visit Glass pre-registered visitors who will automatically be granted VIP status. Visit Glass and FIT Show visitors will have full access to both events.

Visit Glass will take place at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) Birmingham, 21st to 23rd May 2019. Further information is available at: www.fitshow.co.uk/visitglass or for interest in exhibiting, by calling Freya Humphries on +44 7572 623457.

The revolution in indoor climate control and security spearheaded by smart technologies is the subject of a UK Construction Week seminar being given by GEZE UK’s head of window technology.
Spencer Allen for will share the spotlight with the likes of architect and television presenter George Clarke and representatives of the BRE, Carbon Trust and Sunday Times, during the showcase event, staged at the NEC Birmingham, 10 – 12 October.

He will explore the concept of smart natural air ventilation, how it works, outline its benefits and examine the findings of recent studies on its effects on workplace productivity and reducing ‘sick building syndrome’.

The session, which takes place at 2.30pm within the Smart Buildings Hub, on 10 October, will look at how smart solutions are used in life-saving buildings such as hospitals and how they can be used to save lives in the event of fire by allowing safe and smoke free escape.

It will also address security – eliminating ‘windows left open’ and the benefits of safe and secure night ventilation on buildings for optimum ‘next working day’ environments.
Said Spencer, GEZE UK’s National Sales Manager for Window Technology: “We spend 90% of our time indoors, so it’s not surprising that improving air quality inside buildings is in all our interests.

“With climate change resulting in ever-increasing temperatures and more frequent heatwaves within the UK, it is time that we looked at efficient ways of improving building ventilation which will require less energy usage.”

Event attendance is free. For further information click here.

For more information about GEZE UK’s comprehensive range of products and system solutions call 01543 443000 or visit www.geze.co.uk.

GEZE UK is joining property professionals from across the UK and overseas at this year’s REVO Conference in Liverpool at the ACC Exhibition Hall, adjacent to the famous Albert Docks.

The event, which focuses on property development and innovation in the retail and leisure sector, opens its doors on 20th September to over 2700 attendees and exhibitors and covers a full seminar programme over the two days, plus specific events focused on tackling key development challenges for both owner and occupier alike.

GEZE UK were invited to attend and exhibit at the Digital Showcase at the conference by Mace Group, in recognition of their strong knowledge on how technological adaptations to building spaces can significantly improve both safe and comfortable passage of employees and consumers, and improve effective control of indoor climate. Attendees can discuss the clear benefits in both energy saving and increased consumer dwell time, in even temperature controlled environments through better use of efficient property technology.

Kaz Spiewakowski, managing director of GEZE UK, commented: “There is a growing trend for creating more comfortable and more engaging places in which people can spend their leisure time. Key retail establishments continue to compete for stronger consumer footfall and dwell time whilst ensuring users can enter and exit their properties efficiently and safely. Strong operational management of properties combined with attractive design, multi-functional use and innovative climate management, helps owners, investors and occupiers of these properties to concentrate their efforts on the user experience in their buildings, without the worry of whether doors and windows will perform correctly and intelligently.”

GEZE UK colleagues will be on the stand in the aptly named Digital Showcase area. Meetings can be arranged either prior to or at the event, whether to discuss property needs in more detail or learn more about the wide range of options available in new property technology for door, window and natural ventilation management from GEZE. The team will also engage in a series of interactive Pecha Kucha presentations to cover a range of topics affecting the industry.

For more information visit www.revocommunity.org or to arrange a meeting with GEZE staff, email info.uk@geze.com

GEZE UK’s smart-thinking, innovation and latest system solutions will be showcased at the Smart Buildings Show (8 -9 November 2017), at the Barbican, London.

The only company to offer both door and window automation, GEZE UK will demonstrate how its products can transform buildings into ‘Smart Buildings’, more economical for owners and more functional for occupiers over the building lifecycle.

Kaz Spiewakowski, GEZE UK managing director said “This, the UK’s first dedicated smart buildings event, will provide the ideal platform for us to demonstrate our expertise in intelligent building networking. Uniquely able to provide both door and window automation, we will reveal how our responsive and multifunctional systems can optimise building performance, whilst providing cost-effective and comfortable working environments.”

Products on display will include the Powerturn swing door drive for opening large, heavy doors and Slimchain and Powerchain electrically operated chain drives for vertically installed window ventilation.

The new interface module IO 420 allows automatic door systems, window technology and smoke and heat extraction systems as well as safety technology to be integrated into buildings via the BACnet communication standard.

Clever technology, such as the IQ box KNX interface – which uses the KNX operating standard – will also be showcased. This ‘intelligent thinker’ can talk to technology solutions around a building – enabling functionality and security at the touch of a button. It interfaces with GEZE’s IQ window drives and enables windows to be opened to desired positions, facilitating timed ventilation, automatic opening and closing and more, controlled internally or from a mobile end device.

For details of the event visit www.smartbuildingshow.com.

For more information about GEZE UK’s comprehensive range of products and system solutions call 01543 443000 or visit www.geze.co.uk.