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Screen is in touch with lighting controls

A small touch screen in the reception area of the South Plaza office development in Bristol controls a sophisticated lighting system designed and supplied by Andromeda Telematics. The switching, dimming, and scene set control of intelligent LED lamps and luminaires in the atrium are controlled by European Installation Bus (EIB) technology. Each lighting device communicates with other devices on the EIB network which also communicates values such as electrical consumption of lighting circuits.


THERMALITE Blocks make light work in Liverpool Number 12 Princes Dock in Liverpool has made extensive use of Thermalite lightweight, strong aircrete blocks for foundations and for internal partitioning. Some 180m 2of 335mm Hi-Strength Trenchblocks were used in the foundations, plus more than 9,000m 2of 100mm 7N HiStrength Large Format blocks in the internal walls and partition leaves throughout the development.

Achieving a U-value of 0.18w/m 2K, Hi-Strength 7 blocks were also chosen for improved productivity, thermal insulation and acoustic properties.



Good turn for insulation

For the entrance to the Daresbury Park development in Cheshire, Geze's TSA 325 revolving door system was chosen for its elegance, durability and good insulation properties. Made from light-alloy metal profiles, with aluminium panels and glazed in 10mm tinted toughened glass, there is a 30mm weather strip sealing each leaf to ensure a comfortable indoor climate at all times.



Blind leading battle against Italian sun Extensive light control and heat reflection were the criteria set for sun-screening products in the recent refurbishment of the Banco di Lodi.

Verosol provided semi-transparent and non-transparent roller blinds throughout the main building. Easy to operate and requiring minimal maintenance, Verosol's blind technology ensures that outside views are not obscured.



Solar control glazing catapults to success

Concerns over vandalism and security at a commercial office property in the centre of Edinburgh influenced the choice of 1,500m 2ofrobust ThermoCool highperformance solar-control curtain walling from Hansen Glass. Rigorous testing at a nearby site included firing catapults and air guns at the glass from close range to assess how the glazed units would perform if subject to vandalism. ThermoCool units have an outer pane of performance glass to manage light transmission and solar gain.



Oil giant favours recycling

Environmentally friendly suspended ceilings from Ecophon have been used in the recent refurbishment of the Shell UK Exploration and Production offices in Aberdeen. Focus D tiles, made from more than 60 per cent recycled waste, were installed on all five floors, each covering up to 460m 2. ENQUIRY NO. 1222

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