The United Kingdom has the oldest and leakiest housing stock in Europe, with almost 38% of our homes dating from 1946 or before . One of the biggest challenges we therefore face as a nation is how to improve the energy performance of existing buildings. The answer lies in innovative approaches to retrofit, and with a new and exclusive Whole House Retrofit Zone, Futurebuild 2020 will be the go-to destination for all the latest thinking and opportunities in this field.
Vent-Axia is delighted to announce that its ground-breaking Lo-Carbon PoziDry Compact Pro Positive Input Ventilation (PIV) unit has been announced as a finalist at The Electrical Industry Awards 2019. This innovative product combats condensation in mould even in the smallest of homes and has been shortlisted in the ‘Residential/Domestic Product of the Year’ category at these prestigious awards.
SFS, the global leaders in building envelope systems has launched its new generation NVF2F vertical cladding support system. Created by NVELOPE, part of the SFS business, the system enables floor-to-floor span rainscreen façades to be installed quicker than ever before with fewer components and a stronger end-result.
The heavy-duty aluminium bracket and rail system has been re-engineered to offer increased strength for vertical rainscreen cladding that is designed to span floor-to-floor. The result is a back-frame system which has one of the highest strength to weight ratio for conventional vertical rainscreen support systems that fixes directly into the concrete floor slabs. This makes the NVF2F ideal for multi-storey buildings, including car parks, residential apartment blocks and commercial developments.
Vital ventilation changes in the social housing sector have been highlighted in the publication of the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence’s (NICE) draft Guidelines on Indoor Air Quality. The consultation document ‘Indoor Air Quality at Home’ calls on local authorities to adopt new indoor air quality (IAQ) strategies, urging them to be aware of the air quality in their residents’ homes in order to reduce exposure to indoor pollutants and so help protect tenant health.
At a recent media event held at Sandown Racecourse in Surrey, Chris Harvey, Head of Marketing for Stelrad, the leading radiator manufacturer in the UK, provided a comprehensive market update for the radiator sector and highlighted several issues that are affecting the heating sector as we head towards the end of 2019.