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Appointments & News; Efficiency Norbord Europe is now part of West Fraser


Norbord Europe Ltd is proud to join the West Fraser organisation. Serving the housebuilding and construction industry with a vast array of board products for flooring, panelling and roofing, Norbord is the go-to corporate name behind the company’s popular brands for architects, merchants, specifiers, end-users and consumers alike. These successful, wellknown brand names will remain – SterlingOSB Zero, CaberFloor and CaberWood MDF as part of the West Fraser organization. In addition, it is business as usual at the three UK plants – in Cowie and Inverness, Scotland; and South Molton, Devon – with no change in personnel.


uk.westfraser.com Case study: Compact service unit


Bryn Bragl is a development in Wales where 14 homes were built to become one of the first energy-positive social housing schemes. The development, by Wales & West and Zenergy Design, were built to be energy-positive homes where more energy is put back into the National Grid than used. The aim was to ensure low running costs for their residents and provide a comfortable, healthy environment. The PKOM 4 compact service unit , from Total Home Environment, ventilates the homes whilst recycling heat. The beauty of the system is that it has two heat pumps, one to provide either heating or cooling and the other to concentrate on domestic hot water – this makes the PKOM 4 one of a kind!


0345 260 0123 www.totalhome.co.uk Counting down to catch up, at CFJLIVE


The flooring industry is preparing for CFJLIVE – its first official event in over a year – which takes place on Thursday 1 July. The free-to-attend global exhibition is the UK industry’s first ever virtual event, bringing together over 100 global exhibitors. It will be broadcast live from a main stage – at FITA’s training centre in Loughborough – and from exhibitors’ showrooms, offices and factories around the world. “The format is flexible, to suit schedules and time zones, and the content is shaping up to be incredibly exciting!” commented John Heath, Kick-Start Publishing’s CEO. Fast registration can be accessed now.


stuart.bourne@kick-startpublishing.co.uk www.cfjliveexpo.co.uk Apartment warms to Spacetherm® WL


A classic Parisian apartment is benefitting from the thermal effectiveness of the introduction of the innovative ultra-thin Spacetherm® WL insulation. Property owner Keirnan Murphy has made a significant investment in the renovation of the apartment to improve overall comfort, energy efficiency and to reduce heating costs. Keirnan explains: “We are very pleased with the results and we noticed that when leaning up against the Spacetherm WL you can feel your back warm against the insulation. The A. Proctor Group were extremely helpful in addressing all the questions from the architect and ourselves.”


01250 872261 www.proctorgroup.com Marley strengthens roof system offer through acquisition of Viridian Solar Ltd


Roof systems manufacturer, Marley is enhancing its roofing portfolio with the acquisition of Viridian Solar Ltd, a leading supplier of roof integrated solar panels. With demand for sustainable energy solutions on the increase, this strategic acquisition ensures Marley can provide a single-source supply for a fully integrated solar roof system. Solar panels have formed an ever-expanding feature of the UK roofscape and, more recently, this has shifted to integrated solutions that offer better aesthetics, durability and ease of installation. Recent announcements on forthcoming Building Regulation changes open up these opportunities even further, with the prospect for roofs to become a mainstream element of the renewable energy economy. Viridian Solar was established in 2003 and has gone on to build a strong reputation as an innovative manufacturer of high- quality, integrated roof solar solutions. Viridian Solar’s Clearline Fusion PV technology is behind Marley SolarTile®, a roof-integrated solar panel solution launched in 2020. Marley SolarTile® works seamlessly with existing roof structures to directly replace roof tile sections and is a quick and simple way to provide a greener and cost-effective energy source. Paul Reed, Chief Operating Officer for Marley, comments: “This is an exciting acquisition for Marley as we further strengthen our position as a single-source supplier for full roof systems.”


01283 722588 www.marley.co.uk ROCKWOOL® unveils Interactive City for easier specification and product visualisation


ROCKWOOL has further enhanced its range of resources for specifiers, contractors and building owners with the launch of the ROCKWOOL Interactive City, a 3D environment that makes visualising, specifying and learning about its non-combustible stone wool insulation easier. Intuitively designed using cutting-edge augmented reality, the ROCKWOOL Interactive City allows users to explore its solutions across the whole of the built environment from housing and offices, to transport hubs and education in a single simulated space. Through features like zoom, 360º views and pan-able application build-ups, the city provides a virtual ‘hands-on’ experience when it’s not possible to touch, see or hear products in practice. Featuring a wide variety of applications, the tool can also be used to explore the versatility of ROCKWOOL’s solutions, understanding where its non-combustible products can enhance thermal, acoustic or fire performance in places users might not expect. As well as saving specifiers’ time and aiding building design, these capabilities lead to smoother, faster decision making and a more collaborative process for project stakeholders. The ROCKWOOL Interactive City has also been developed to help achieve the all-important golden thread of construction data. Each 3D application provides a complete package of suitable ROCKWOOL solutions, with quick links to product documentation, installation guides and BIM objects that can be downloaded for use offline or integrated into construction modelling software.


01656 862 621 www.rockwool.com/uk/interactive-city 26 | HMM June/July 2021 | www.housingmmonline.co.uk


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