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TIMBER & JOINERY; UNDERFLOOR HEATING 55


Omnie heating in offices-to-flats conversion


The conversion of a former office property into half a dozen high specifica- tion apartments in the sought after Tooting district of South-West London has featured the specification of a low profile underfloor heating system from the range of OMNIE, as part of a space-saving building services strat- egy. The development in Althorp Road, SW17 Has been focused on a three storey commercial unit which the contractors have successfully reconfig- ured to form six similar sized flats. While OMNIE’s design department provide detailed layout drawings for the project, along with other compre- hensive technical guidance, all of the installation work has been carried out by Locksbury Services Limited from Biggin Hill in Kent. Locksbury Services’ operatives installed the 35mm deep FoilBOARD panels across the building’s existing sub-floor. Then 400 metres or more of the 16mm diame- ter heating pipes were pressed into the unique OMNIE multi-directional channel designs, which simplified the onsite installation eliminating the need of assemble loop and straight panels, prior to being connected back to the OMNIE manifolds, which distribute the flow from the home’s boiler. While the slightly more complex Flat three required a six-port manifold, the rest of the dwellings feature five-port versions supplying primary water at 55°C to the different zones.


165 Underfloor heating ticks all the boxes!


When it comes to heating, there is no single off-the-peg solution that suits every situation and it is no longer a case of considering the individual components in isolation. Now the emphasis is on looking at the whole project design and mixing and matching various systems to achieve


the most appropriate overall solution. Simple to install and control, UFH wastes no heat at ceiling level and frees up valuable wall space, providing complete design freedom. Gaia offers total solutions for any sized project. The long established Gaia solution approach is one that includes design and installation of wet and electric underfloor heating, along with comprehensive specification advice.


50 is the new 75


Attention all architects, developers and self-builders; 50 is the new 75! Historically, a traditional sand and cement screed is specified at 75mm thick over underfloor heating. Innovations have meant that an anhydrite liquid screed can be laid at 50mm and special products as low as 40mm over underfloor heating! This has meant many extra benefits for customers: A reduced screed depth improves drying times. If heated after 7 days a 50mm screed can be ready to receive your final floor finish within 30 days! The 25mm reduction in screed depth means that this 25mm can be made up elsewhere with cheaper, more thermally beneficial materials such as floor insulation. A 50mm liquid screed will create a far more efficient floor; heating up and cooling down at a far quicker rate than a 75mm sand and cement screed. Finally, and most importantly, when using a liquid screed there will be no voids that restrict the transfer of heat to the screeds’ surface, leading to customers benefitting from a floor that offers superior thermal conductivity and a perfectly level surface.


01743 343000 www.easyflow.org.uk 169 WWW.HBDONLINE.CO.UK New ‘smart heat’ wood floor designs


Timberthermis now available in over 20 finishes. Recently attracting crowds at the Surface Design Show, Timbertherm features integral Far Infrared technology and conducts heat through built-in nano-carbon conductors. The all-in-one ‘smart heat’ solution provides a stylish – and cost effective – alternative to dual wood floor and underfloor heating specifications. It is simple to install, healthy and eco-friendly – and suitable for new builds, renovations and retrofits. A high performance engineered construction comprises eight individual layers; below the hard wood surface layer nano-carbon conductors are embedded into plywood core layers. Water resistant prefinishes, tested to IP65 (Ingress Protection), include matt, satin and gloss UV lacquer. The floor’s Far Infrared heat conductors warm to 26o


heat produced warms objects, rather than the air, minimizing temperature fluctuations.


0330 120 0380 www.timbertherm.co.uk Engineered solutions are taking over


In an age when nearly all building products are mass-produced, natural timber has a unique position in the industry. Timber is a natural product and like all products of nature it is neither consistent nor guaranteed free of defects. Yet today’s building industry expects high levels of precision and for structures to be right-first-time. Natural timber cannot deliver reliably on this.


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Though natural wood is still used in many building applications, engineered alternatives are taking over both in the development of MMCs and in traditional roles: “Particleboard flooring has almost completely taken over from sawn and planed floorboards,” comments Norbord brand manager, David Connacher.


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c in less than five minutes. Like sunlight, the smart


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