Implementing Corporate Social Responsibility CSR to Help Drive Tangible Business Benefits

CSR - Just a bit of window dressing As a concept. Corporate Social Responsibility has been around for decades in different forms such as Corporate Citizenship or Sustainable Development. CSR focuses on key Economic. Social and Environmental outcomes generated by a company's activities. One definition of CSR is Business Behaviour that creates the Trust and Commitment of Stakeholders, both now and in the Future (MacMillan et al., 2004). However, there are many others. What's clear is businesses...

It seems the UK is enjoying a renaissance in woodburning David Carpenter technical director at Aga looks at the reasons

It's funny isn't it You don't read about something for years and years, and then all of a sudden it's all over the newspapers. The global credit crunch, the collapse of the banking system or suspected mutinies at No. 10 don't often get reported in heating journals. But then nor does the turnip. The turnip I hear you cry Is he mad Not quite. Along with the sales of wood burning stoves, turnips are also enjoying exponential sales growth. Apparently the turnip is a vegetable that people turn to...

Laminates Enhance Little Chef Makeover

ABET LAMINATI has recently supplied a selection of high pressure laminates for the new concept Little Chef refurbishment in Popham designed by Ab Rogers Design. These comprise four different shades of warm red from the Abet's comprehensive Colours collection. The laminates have been used throughout the restaurant on the table tops and features in order to add dramatic colour and vibrancy to the interior, to complement the furniture and to provide a contrast with the sky blue ceiling, floor and...

Renewables Run On Underfloor Heating

There are strong technical reasons for embracing underfloor heating system technology. The boom in renewable energy is growing the demand exponentially. Changes to the Building Regulations over recent years have forced manufacturers down the path of producing condensing boilers to the almost total exclusion of standard efficiency models, with underfloor heating providing the return temperatures that optimise high efficiency output. As a member of Polypipe Building Products, Polyplumb can offer...

New Schuco Outward Opening Window Has All The Answers

Schiico's constant drive for enhanced system performance can be seen in the latest addition to its range of windows, the Schuco AWS Outward-Opening Window. As well as offering significantly improved insulation values, this new product is available in 150 variations. Four frame depths are available with varying degrees of thermal insulation depending upon the performance required. Even the lowest-rated window can meet Building Regulations requirements but thanks to a combination of unique frame...

Ash Lacy Help Convert Llanellis Home Of Rugby

ENQUIRY CARD ONLINE NO 63 www.buiLdinginnovations.co.uk card Following a noticeable increase in demand for cold applied liquid waterproofing solutions, Index Building Products has introduced three new roofing products to its portfolio of high performance bituminous membranes. Indecote 4000 is a single pack elastomeric high build liquid polyurethane coating system suitable for all types of flat and pitched roofs. Cold applied, the four systems comprise a minimum of two layers of moisture...

New Store Fulfils Architects Glazing Vision

The brewer and retailer, Adnams, have recently opened their new flagship Cellar & Kitchen store which incorporates plenty of natural lighting and ventilation to minimise energy consumption and for the specialist glazing requirement they turned to Glazing Vision. Into the high, glazed, roof a 10 section fixed Flushglaze rooflight has been installed which runs to some 12.2metres in length and has a width of 2.6metres. Within this a further 4 electrically hinged Visionvent rooflights have been...

Upton Square Apartments Heated By Ni Be Exhaust Air Heat Pumps

Upton Square is a large and prestigious development to the South West of Northampton. It comprises a mix of houses and apartments, most for outright purchase but with a sizeable proportion of affordable housing units and rental properties spread throughout the site, and it also includes an integrated infrastructure including Upton School. At the South East corner of Upton Square itself stands a block of 35 apartments, each heated by a NIBE Fighter 200 unit that generates hot water only from the...

Extra Low UValue Kalzip Roof System

Kalzip has developed a new dual-insulation roof system that achieves U-values as low as 0.09 W m2K. This technically proven, low U-value roof system is extremely cost effective and utilises the combined benefits of two complementary types of insulation materials - mineral fibre quilt and Kalzip Insulation 23 high performance rigid polyisocyanurate (PIR) board. Combining these two insulation material enables a significantly greater overall thermal resistance to be achieved compared with using...

New 1050 Access Cover From Howe Green

Howe Green, the UK's leading manufacturer of access panels and entrance matting solutions, has launched a new 1050 series access cover - offering the market a deeper capacity for thick floor finishes such as external paving slabs and heavy duty loading requirements. Backed by a reputation for engineering excellence, the highly durable access covers have already been used on what is being dubbed an 'architectural masterpiece' for The Bristol Alliance. Cabot Circus is a massive 500 million...

Sika Eco Floor For Environmentally Friendly School

The design and construction of the classroom extension at Grafton Primary School in the London Borough of Islington embraces sustainable technology utilising prefabricated solid wood panels. The funnel shaped cantilever roof with PV panels generate power and rainwater is harvested from the roof to irrigate the school garden. Inside, the floor surface is the solvent-free, low VOC emission, resin system Sikafloor-Comfort Floor. This is a permanently elastic, self smoothing comfort floor that is...

Esha Ticks All The Boxes For Essex County Council

Esha is one of Europe's leading flat roofing membrane manufacturers and provides building managers, specifiers and contractors with a comprehensive range of proven environmental roofing systems and support services. The company recently supplied their Esha Universal WS single ply membrane for an unusual application - the flower planters at the entrance to Chelmsford County Hall. The original planters which were built from brick and lined with asphalt had been leaking for some time and now...

Kaba Hdo A New Heavy Duty Swing Door Operator

Kaba Door Systems has launched the new HDO heavy duty swing door operator. The HDO operator is a compact all-in-one unit and has been designed for internal and external applications and offers excellent flexibility for door automation. Fitted with an adjustable heavy duty spring, this operator is suitable for automating large heavy doors exposed to high wind pressures. The HDO is simple to install and is easily retro fitted to existing doors without the need for alteration or renovation....

SFS Intec Fixing System Unlocks Photovoltaic Potential

A fixing system from SFS intec is offering new potential for building facades to be used as a way of generating unlimited 'green' electricity using photovoltaic (PV) panels. The ALW attachment system, which has been used widely across Europe to construct glazed rainscreens, is now compatible with PV panels to enable the creation of a glass fa ade that generates electricity from sunlight. The fa ade performs to the same high standard as any rainscreen created using ALW. This innovative and...

Dual Role For Kalwall

The City Fathers of Bergen in Norway have recently opened an unusual Kalwall structure in their city centre. The Kalwall envelope for the Pavilion was chosen because of its ability to perform two quite different roles. In winter, the translucent cladding enhances the brightly lit and coloured interior to attract visitors and children inside for the traditional gingerbread figure-making event. In summer, this translucency is reversed to capitalise on Kalwall's more normal role in diffusing...

New Acoustilay

Acoustic insulation innovators, Sound Reduction Systems, announce revolutionary new changes to their market leading acoustic underlay product, Acoustilay. Years of research and development has resulted in the creation of a product that is both 100 recyclable and manufactured entirely in the UK, yet maintains all of the acoustic and characteristic properties of the previous product, at the same cost to the customer. The issue of sustainability in buildings has long been a major factor for...

Hoppe Makes Big Impact At Dubai Exhibition

HOPPE (UK) has strengthened its position as a leading supplier of door hardware to the booming Middle East market by exhibiting at the recent Big 5 Exhibition in Dubai. HOPPE (UK) took the opportunity to showcase its wide range of HOPPE and ARRONE branded handles, door controls, hinges, panic hardware, locks and cylinders. The company also gave Big 5 visitors a world exclusive with the launch of its new Acapulco handle. Its contemporary square design is perfect for high-end applications and,...

Virtual Reality Buildings From Kingspan

Kingspan Insulated Panels has launched a new interactive microsite that lets visitors create their own virtual building and try out the range of Kingspan's insulated panel and fa ade systems, highlighting their design flexibility and visual impact. Found at www. kingspanvirtualfacades.com, the first step is to select a building from the relevant sector. The innovative software then allows you to select the type of insulated panel and colour finish for wall cladding and roofing, along with...

Windowmaster Helps Leicester Gateway Project Keep Its Cool

ENQUIRY CARD ONLINE NO 126 www.buildinginnovations.co.uk card A 24 million project to relocate Gateway College in central Leicester to new purpose-built facilities on a 12-acre site in Hamilton, to the north of the city, is underway. The new building will be highly sustainable. WindowMaster, Europe's largest provider of natural ventilation and smoke detection solutions, has been selected to install its NV Advance system. The system includes 520 actuator motors controlling 128 different zones...

Automatic Doors Give Customers Contact Free Access To Library

Leading door manufacturer and supplier Kaba Door Systems, has provided new automatic doors for a Telford Library. The library, located in St Quintens Gate, Telford Town Town Centre, specified a single sliding door system for the main entrance, ensuring smooth contact-free access for all users. The Kaba sliding door system with SLX drive replaced the existing swing door and features a supporting profile which enabled the doors to be fixed to the existing side screens. The aesthetically pleasing...

Solarlux Provide Clear Vision For The Future

Regeneration of city housing stock is an important issue in the public sector. Solarlux have provided many answers to the problems associated with updating old housing stock. Recent examples are from the UK, Ireland and Holland. In the UK a tower block in London was completely refurbished and the balcony areas were glazed using the SL25 folding sliding system from Solarlux. The system improves heat retention to the apartments and also reduces noise levels. The all glass system allows an...

Lindapters Minimalistic Hollo Bolt

The market leader of steelwork fixings has launched the revolutionary Hollo-Bolt Flush Fit, a cavity fixing that creates immense opportunity for architectural design as the bolt is concealed within the steelwork with no protruding bolt head or collar. Lindapter's latest innovation merges the technical advantages of their distinguished Hollo-Bolt with the aesthetic benefits of a discrete fixing, meeting the artistic requirements of modern construction, whilst maintaining safe working loads. The...

Warm Air Fit For The 21st Century

A large number of original warm air heating systems are still in working order today, albeit with out-of-date technology. Johnson & Starley is now involved in many upgrading and replacement projects that give homeowners the opportunity to benefit from the advances made in this often overlooked technology. Until 2008, the householder from Kettering, Northamptonshire had such a heater in her 1970's-built semi-detached house. The Johnson & Starley Hi-Spec J25 gas-fired heater selected for...

Brosteel Ultra 60 One Hour Fire Resistance In Just Two Coats

Fire protection is an increasingly important factor for contractors, specifiers and merchants. A new highly engineered product, Brosteel Ultra 60, has been launched by Bollom Fire Protection, a leading specialist paint company. The product eliminates the possible confusion facing the contractor, specifier and merchant when they have an intumescent project to complete Brosteel 60 simplifies the process as no identification of steel profiles is necessary. The only information required is the...

Remmers Clean Up At Goldman Sachs

The offices of Goldman Sachs on Ludgate Hill are undergoing a deep clean using Remmers materials. The Portland Stone has been expertly treated by Aurora Services to remove grease and traffic film using Remmers HD400 followed by deep cleaning with Remmers LC500, a specially formulated cleaner for limestone. Any identified repair work to the stone is performed with a colour matched Restoration Mortar and joints are being with the Remmers Joint Mortar.The stone will be treated with Funcosil FC, a...

New Keyless Push Ventlock From Mighton

Mighton Products, the premium timber sash window hardware specialist, has redesigned VentlockTM to make life easier for customers. The new keyless 'Push Ventlock' is fitted simply by screwing the whole unit into a 14mm diameter hole. Ventlock allows a sash to be left open a few inches for ventilation without compromising security. It's also a great way to prevent children opening a sash window unsupervised. Mike Derham, Managing Director of Mighton, explains Our new Push Ventlock is easier to...