APPOINTMENTS & NEWS BUILDING FABRIC & EXTERIORS The impact on wood-using industries

The popular website answers the demand for easily-digestible and understandable information on the contentious issue of UK power stations burning wood to generate electricity. Hosted by Norbord, a leader in panel products, the site explains the intricacies of the argument which has seen industry confront government over the issue of subsidies provided to biomass power plants amongst other related topics. Government

policy has created a market distortion, resulting in increased wood costs. Norbord continues to campaign for the best use of wood supplies via the Use Wood Wisely campaign. Third Queen’s Award for Ancon

Ancon has won a 2018 Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category, for the successful introduction and on-going development of its advanced composite, low thermal conductivity, Teplo wall tie range. This is the third time that Ancon has been honoured in this prestigious award scheme. Teplo wall ties are manufactured from continuous basalt fibres set in a resin matrix; a fibre-reinforced polymer that is 70 times more thermally efficient than steel. Teplo wall tie range includes Teplo-L

suitable for surface-fixing in timber frame construction, the Teplo-BF with moulded safety ends that improve build ability, and the Teplo-BFR which can be resin-bonded in existing walls for retrofit applications.

0114 238 1219 George Clarke becomes Ecodan brand ambassador

Mitsubishi Electric has announced an association with TV presenter, architect, lecturer and writer, George Clarke, to help promote Ecodan air source heat pumps. Best known for the Channel 4 programmes George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces, The Home Show and Restoration Man, George Clarke is a passionate advocate of design excellence and high levels of quality in the construction industry. In addition to his TV work, George is creative director of George Clarke + Partners and has set up the charity, Ministry of Building Innovation and Education (MOBIE) to inspire new generations into the building profession to “fundamentally transform” the way we think about, design and construct homes and bridge the skills gap. Mr Clarke will help promote renewable heating and write a monthly column on the company’s award-winning blogsite,, which covers a diverse range of informative and useful topics around energy use in buildings. George Clarke comments: “The way we design, build, heat, power and recycle our homes needs to change and change quickly and renewable heating is an important part of our future. I’m therefore delighted to associate myself with the market-leading brand of heat pumps which are built here in the UK and which can help reduce energy bills and lower emissions for almost any home.”

01707 278666 BLM British Lead’s technical support service

BLM British Lead is pleased to announce the launch of its own in-house technical support service with David Pounds joining the company as Technical Advisor. David comes with a wealth of knowledge and experience in the industry, having spent 13 years as Technical Advisor at the Lead Sheet Association. The service aims to fulfil the requirements of architects, specifiers, surveyors, contractors and property owners working at design, construction or post installation stages.

For more information on the level of support you require, please contact BLM’s technical team.

0330 333 3535 The people behind the product Imperial launches historic bricks

Imperial Bricks, one of the leading traditional handmade brick suppliers in the UK, has added two new bricks to their range: the Olde Reclamation Clamp and 2 Reclamation Cheshire. The Olde Reclamation Clamp replicates traditional handmade bricks in historic towns across the UK, particularly Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Cheshire, and the 2” Reclamation is an excellent solution for restoration and renovation projects throughout the UK. The Olde Reclamation Clamp is a highly

attractive and characterful brick, with red/orange shades. Available in both imperial and metric sizes the brick is the perfect option for restoration and renovation projects, as well as new builds.

01952 750816 may/june 2018

Freefoam are delighted to announce the launch of three new short videos to promote the business online and through social media. Showcasing the faces behind the product, and the production and distribution facilities located in Northampton all three give a real insight into how pvc building products are made and distributed from start to finish. With social media becoming an essential part of any companies marketing strategy Freefoam are committed to producing high quality, interesting, up to the minute content – and video is the perfect medium to achieve this. It instantly engages with both existing customers and prospective audiences. Using Social Media agency Mind Made the filming took place over three days using drone, GoPro and steadicam technologies to capture the busy day to day operation as it happened. The production facility video features Freefoam’s 21 metre high ‘mixing’ plant, and 3,840m2

manufacturing plant illustrating how the virgin powder is mixed

and blended to produce the raw material and then skilfully heated and processed on extrusion lines to produce a range of products including fascia, soffit and guttering. This video highlights how products are stored, picked, packaged and despatched to customers throughout the UK.

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