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48 LANDSCAPING & EXTERNAL WORKS


HEADING FURTHER INTO 2019, IT IS ANTICIPATED THAT SUSTAINABILITY AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY WILL BECOME EVEN BIGGER ISSUES


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construction are available at the Concrete Block Association website.


U-VALUE CALCULATOR As previously explained, designing a high-performing building envelope is fundamental to delivering an energy


efficient building and a key part of this is understanding what U-value (thermal transmittance) can be achieved, and how. It can present something of a challenge, and the equation needed to find the right U-value is a complex one, but it’s crucial to ensuring a house (or any other building


Introducing Star Performer Foundation Block


Following the unrivalled success of their Star Performer – universal building block, Besblock have developed the first, safe lift compliant, full size, (440mm x 215mm), aggregate concrete, foundation block. Previously the domain of the aerated concrete industry, this


innovative block is available in two thicknesses, for both 100 and 125mm cavities. High strength 7.3n as standard and supplied with purpose made “filler” units for bonding and wall length adjustment, it requires no on site cutting and is fully compliant with NHBC standards. This product is rapidly becoming a firm favourite amongst the nation’s builders.


01952685000 sales@besblock.com


for that matter) is energy efficient. In light of this, the CBA have launched a simple, accurate, free-to-use online tool, aimed at those unfamiliar with the calcu- lation. It gives accurate results and assists in obtaining this important number. If more complex calculations are required then the user can always move onto more detailed calculations, but to ‘optioneer’ it is the perfect tool. To complement the calculator, a set of guidance notes have been issued to help achieve a greater understanding of concrete blocks and how best to work with them. Heading further into 2019, it is anticipated that sustainability and energy efficiency will become even bigger issues, and the industry must be prepared.


Chris Stanley is housing manager of The Concrete Block Association


A new brand launch from Talasey Group


The Talasey Group, formerly known as Natural Paving Products (UK) is delighted to announce the release of the latest landscaping product to its portfolio with the launch of a new resin bound aggregate system, Resiscape. The system is flat in appearance and features an even and uniform finish on its surface. Unlike other resin-based products that might discolour under ultraviolet radiation,


Resiscape has been manufactured to be UV stable. This ensures they will not go brown over time, meaning homeowners and specifiers can be confident their project will continue to look great for many years to come.


www.resiscape.co.uk Tobermore Bring First Easy to Clean Paving to the UK


Tobermore’sMayfair granite paving range is now available with EasyClean – integrated stain resistant technology that repels and protects against dirt and stains, the first of its kind in the UK market. Tobermore’s EasyClean is a new concept for the modern home that takes the work out of caring for paving, an important feature for time-poor home owners who are increasingly demanding low maintenance solutions. The Mayfair slabs are treated with stain resistant technology during the manufacturing process allowing for built in protection. Mayfair with EasyClean provides a unique selling point for housebuilders that want to set themselves apart in the marketplace. With first impressions being of such high value to home buyers, an outdoor space paved with this innovative product could add considerable perceived value to a property in the eyes of a potential home buyer. EasyClean adds to Tobermore’s already robust package of solutions available to housebuilders where their reputation for product quality and strong aesthetics has been the deciding factor for many developers switching to Tobermore.


0844 800 5736 www.tobermore.co.uk WWW.HBDONLINE.CO.UK


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