The finalists for this year’s H&V News Awards have been announced and REHAU’s Smart Plumbing Manifold has been shortlisted in the Domestic HVAC Product of the Year – Components & Peripherals category.

The H&V News Awards celebrate and reward excellence to the most forward-thinking businesses and products and highest achievements across the building services industry – and after 25 years 2019 sees the awards celebrating its Silver Anniversary.

REHAU opted to put forward its market leading Smart Plumbing Manifold due to its innovative design and purpose. The modular, compact product offers a solution for control of water distribution, designed for use in utility cupboards where space is at a premium. It’s time-saving for the installer as it only takes a matter of seconds to install and provides visual checking to ensure it is secure and tight.

The new product is a valuable addition to REHAU’s portfolio with the construction industry moving towards offsite construction – as the Smart Plumbing Manifold can be installed in a factory and connected onsite swiftly and securely.

Drew Clough, Product Manager for Building Solutions at REHAU, said: “We’re delighted at the success so far of the Smart Plumbing Manifold and have our fingers crossed it will win gold at the H&V News Awards 2019.

“It really is a game changer – with its compact shape and size it is more convenient and space-efficient than its competitors, allowing it to be used in tighter spots while leaving more room for other fittings and fixtures.

“Modularity is another key differentiator: thanks to the ability to add and remove connections and ports, the manifold is highly flexible and versatile compared to its competitors. It is also substantially faster than other competitor products available today and also creates a smarter and more secure connection that is unlike anything else in the market.”

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REHAU has launched a new CPD course for professionals who want to learn more about the specification and installation of acoustic soil and waste pipework solutions.

Fully accredited by CIBSE, the new course introduces best practice in the design and specification of soil and waste pipe systems to ensure quieter installations. Acoustic pipework is particularly important in multioccupancy buildings, such as residential accommodation, care homes and hospitals, where noisy pipework can have a detrimental effect on the building’s users.

The course opens with the fundamentals of acoustics, explaining noise transfer and pollution, before moving on to design considerations and standards. In this section, attendees on the course will find out more about the requirements for acoustic pipework in the Building Regulations, the market expectations for noise pollution in different settings and how acoustic pipes are tested.

The CPD course touches on fire safety considerations and BIM Level 2 before going on to share practical guidance about which pipe materials and joints perform better acoustically and how to achieve more successful installations.

REHAU is well placed to advise course attendees on acoustic pipework installations as the company has been manufacturing acoustic soil and waste pipes for over 20 years and supply it in 37 countries. Earlier this year, REHAU launched its RAUPIANO acoustic pipework solution to the UK market.

Drew Clough from REHAU said: “Since we introduced the RAUPIANO system to the UK, we’ve had a lot of interest from industry professionals who want to know whether it’s right for their projects and how to design and install it. We’ve pulled all that information together in one CIBSE-accredited course to answer those questions and provide the necessary technical information to inform the specification process. It’s absolutely free to attend, and in our opinion, it’s a must for anyone involved in the design and installation of soil and waste pipes, particularly in multi-occupancy buildings.”

REHAU’s acoustic soil and waste pipework CPD course is available at a customer’s premises across the UK and can be booked via the link

When Castle Building Services needed to specify a cable management system for a large new-build school campus in Ayrshire, REHAU’s COMPACT Data trunking provided a fast-fit, high quality solution to help them deliver the project on time and to budget.

Castle Building Services is a specialist mechanical, electrical and plumbing services provider, established in 2002. Based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and with a satellite office in East Kilbride, the company operates across the UK, working with clients from concept, design and costing to installation, commissioning and beyond. With a trusted reputation for completing high quality projects on budget and on time, Castle Building Services was approached to deliver the electrical services for a large-scale school campus being built in Largs, Ayrshire.

Costing £44m, the purpose-built Largs Campus brings together the Largs Academy secondary school, the Largs Primary, St Mary’s Primary and the Largs Early Years Centre onto one site and provides nursery, primary and secondary schooling to more than 2,000 children locally. The Largs Campus project, commissioned by North Ayrshire Council and delivered by its development partner hub South West Scotland, was part-funded through the Scottish Government’s Schools for the Future programme and was officially opened in June 2018 by First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon.

Allan Duffy, Electrical Project Engineer at Castle Building Services, said: “A majority of our work is on large scale projects, such as schools, office spaces and hotels, so we are well versed in designing and fitting sizeable cabling installations. However, the Largs Campus project was one of the biggest we had ever been involved with and we knew that the product specification had to be right to ensure we could deliver in the timeframes and budgets required by the main contractor Morrison Construction.

“As well as being a particularly large scale installation, the Largs Campus project was also very challenging in terms of its specification requirements. LEDs were fitted throughout the 23,000m2 campus, so there was a high demand for data cabling in both the back office and classroom areas and we also needed to provide the necessary cabling for an intelligent AV style system in all of the teaching spaces. To install all these data and power cabling safely and neatly throughout the campus, we needed a flexible and easy-to-fit trunking solution.”

Castle Building Services had used REHAU’s COMPACT Data trunking on other projects in the past and was confident that the fast-fit PVC-U solution would be an ideal fit for the Largs Campus project.

Allan continued: “We were very mindful of the budget for the publicly funded project. With the COMPACT Data trunking though, we knew we could deliver a solution which offered value for money without compromising on quality or safety.”

REHAU offers a range of high quality trunking solutions for commercial and industrial use, including its best-selling COMPACT Data trunking system. Its design maximises cable spacing and can be installed 40% faster than other trunking systems available. A range of accessories are available for the trunking including flexible corners, flat angles and Tee pieces, socket boxes and corner inserts, to make installation even easier.

Made in the UK, COMPACT Data trunking can be fitted by one person, thanks to the built in guide pins and open design, which provides full cable support during installation. Measuring just 140mm x 55mm, the system offers an unobtrusive and neat finish yet is still able to take more than 30% more cable capacity than its similarly sized competitors.

Allan said: “We customised the Compact Data trunking to our needs, using a metal separator between the data and power cables. This small addition to the trunking helps to reduce interference with the data cabling and ensures the schools have access to the high-quality, reliable data services they need for day-to-day classroom and back office activities.”

COMPACT Data comes in pre-cut lengths of 3m. To complete the Largs Campus project, Castle Building Services required 1,700 lengths and installation took more than a year using a team of four fitters.

Steve Richmond, Marketing and Technical Manager for Building Solutions at REHAU, said: “Our COMPACT Data trunking has been designed to meet the needs of contractors like Castle Building Services, ensuring that the trunking and its accessories are fitted with minimal fuss. With more than 5km of cabling to install at the Largs Campus, having a cable management product they could rely on ensured Castle Building Services were able to finish the installation on the flagship schools project on time and within budget.”

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As high-rise buildings become more of a commonplace in congested urban areas, polymer specialist, REHAU has introduced a new guide that promises to help M&E Contractors tackle the mounting challenge of acoustic drainage.

The Sound of Silence is the M&E contractor’s essential guide to acoustic drainage is a 12-page guide which discusses the need for high performance internal drainage in multi-storey buildings- such as apartment blocks, hospitals and universities – to mitigate noise and keep building users happier.

As well as discussing why drainage acoustics are becoming more problematic in modern buildings, the guide also looks at common mistakes – such as the incorrect matching of pipe to bracketry and poor water flow – and discusses how to reduce noise and vibration to make internal drainage systems more quiet in operation.

Towards the end, the guide introduces REHAU’s RAUPIANO PLUS multi-layer pipe and accessories which can be used to combat drainage acoustics. The pipe has three layers to increase pipe rigidity and enhance its sound insulation properties; the smooth, abrasion-resistant inner layer optimises the flow, a mineral-filled mid layer ensures superb sound dampening properties, while the impact-resistant outer layer provides robustness and durability.

The Sound of Silence is the first free-to-download guide to be published under REHAUs‘ Build Your Legacy campaign – an initiative devised to encourage M&E contractors to consider how the product choices they make today will impact on a building’s performance in years to come. It focuses on the four key ways to deliver more sustainable, future proof installations by addressing Quality, Technical Knowhow, Trust and Reliability and Innovation and Sustainability.

Franz Huelle, Technical Manager for Building Solutions at REHAU said: “ As the UK construction sector bids to regenerate our towns and cities, the issue of noise pollution an acoustic management will only grow in significance. The Sound of Silence gives contractors everything they need to know about what causes drainage acoustics and how these issues can be overcome. With this helpful information at their fingertips, contractors can ensure their projects will leave a positive legacy for the building users, free from the noise and disturbances caused by rattling pipes and water hammer.”

Further guides will be released throughout 2018, tackling District Heating, 21st Century Plumbing and Heating, and Multi-occupancy buildings.

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More than a dozen PVC-U and aluminium systems producers are showing at The FIT Show when it opens on April 12th, 13th and 14th next year, the biggest gathering of such companies for a decade.

With many of the industry’s established stalwarts exhibiting there are also one or two newer names joining the throng and all are claiming something new on offer, including brand new systems. However, all are keeping their big items under wraps for the time being.

FIT Show managing director Paul Godwin worked on Glassex for more than a decade and says this is the most impressive gathering of such companies for probably 10 years: “There has been a significant rationalisation of the systems companies since the heady days of the ‘80s and ‘90s but the dozen plus systems companies exhibiting at next year’s FIT Show is the best turnout for a decade, and includes most of the big names.

Companies exhibiting so far include: Deceuninck, Duraflex, Eclectic, Eurocell, Ikon, Liniar, Profile 22, Rehau, Selecta, Spectus, Swish, Synseal and VEKA.

“This is great news for the window industry,” Paul continued. “That these companies are investing millions of pounds in design, development, new machinery and tooling at this time is great news for all of us. It shows great faith in the future of the industry.

“As many of these companies are revealing brand new, ground-up systems, it presents an excellent opportunity for fabricators and installers that may be looking at additional or alternative systems, who can use the opportunity to compare most of the major brands, all under the same roof at the same time.”

Paul suggests that it shows an extraordinary commitment to The FIT Show: “That The FIT Show has become a key part of the window, door and conservatory industry’s calendar is confirmed by these and other exhibitors coordinating their product development cycle with the Show. We see that as a big responsibility and will be pulling out all the stops to make sure the 2016 FIT Show is the best so far. It is already the biggest in terms of the number and variety of exhibitors and should be in everyone’s diary: 12th, 13th 14th April 2016 at the International Centre Telford!”

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REHAU will be staging its first ever Windows, Doors and Curtain Walling Surgery on Thursday 15th October at the newly opened REHAU Hub in The Building Centre, London.

Construction professionals who want to discuss the fenestration requirements on any of their planned projects can book an individual 45 minute slot with REHAU’s commercial manager Kevin O’Neill and get free tailored solutions and expert advice.

Kevin says: “In many of my meetings with architects and specifiers, they tell me how challenging it is to keep up to date with the ever changing standards and regulations governing this sector and to stay in touch with the latest developments in things like coloured PVC-U and Passivhaus solutions.

“This new initiative means that they can book a dedicated slot with me at The REHAU Hub and I will address all of the regulatory or technical issues which apply on any projects they’re working on and give them technical and design advice.

“I expect to be covering everything from wind loading and U-Values to fire ratings, acoustics and Passivhaus specifications. The aim is to share best practice and give practical, personalised help for individual builds and developments.”

The new REHAU Hub is a dedicated exhibition and presentation space housed on the ground floor of The Building Centre in Store Street, London, WC1E 7BT.

Surgery slots are available from 9am to 6pm on 15th October. For further information view our Video on YouTube or if you would like to book a place, click here.