Clearview National April 2017 - Issue 185 - Page 60

PROUD SPONSOR OF DOORS & WINDOWS DOORS&WINDOWS Wood achieves window industry recognition » » KEBONY ANNOUNCES THAT Kebony Clear has now officially been approved as a window wood by the Verband Fenster und Fassade (German Association of Windows and Facades, VFF). Kebony, a beautiful wood recommended by leading architects, has been used for years in window installations worldwide and last year the wood was officially recognised as a suitable product for the window industry. Following additional research and a series of tests by the German Institute for Window Technology, ift Rosenheim, Kebony Clear made from Pinus Radiata has now also received this recognition as a suitable product for the industry, making all Kebony Clear woods viable for use as window woods. The patented Kebony technology is an environmentally friendly process, which modifies sustainably sourced softwoods by heating the wood with furfuryl alcohol - an agricultural by- product. Once modified with Kebony’s patented process, the Radiata timber has an average bulk density of 0.63g/cm³, with an equilibrium moisture content of only 4.7 % at standard climate. The process of heating sustainably sourced softwoods with furfuryl alcohol polymerises the wood’s cell walls, providing the modified Kebony Radiata with a high level of dimensional stability, with maximum swelling and shrinkage reduced to values of 2 %, a value that is comparable to tropical hardwoods. Kebony’s versatility as a material has rendered it invaluable for the construction of everything including exterior surfaces, terraces and windows - working to create a uniform appearance throughout. Kebony timber is easy to work with; it can be processed in the same way as hardwood without the need for special precautions during sawing and profiling as a consequence of the low dust and VOC emissions. One of the greatest advantages of using Kebony Radiata as a window wood is its 30-year warranty against rot. When succumbed to testing and 12 months of outdoor weathering, Kebony showed no signs of damage to the outside coating, according to ISO 4628 (the standard evaluation of degradation of coatings). Additionally, this wood responds especially well to paint and varnish, thus confirming Kebony works as the perfect material to be use in window frames. Per Brynildsen, Chief Technology Officer at Kebony, “To be given this approval is a fantastic achievement.” Fired up with composite fire door solution » » LATEST FIGURES FROM THE Home Office reveal that the number of fire- related fatalities in England during 2015/16 had grown by 15% to 303. The number of fire incidents attended by the Fire and rescue services also rose by 5% to a total of 162,000 incidents. This growing number of fires has prompted Hurst Plastics to bolster its composite fire door offer and help customers to take advantage of increasing demand for composite fire doors in both commercial and retail markets. Howard Wilson, Hurst Plastics’ Composite Manager, explains: “It is worrying that the number of fire incidents and deaths from fire has risen. Most fatalities from fire occur in the home or in social and affordable housing schemes, so it’s vital to ensure that appropriate passive fire protection systems are in place. 60 » A PR 2017 » CL EARVI E W- UK . C O M “At Hurst, technical knowledge is at the heart of what we provide. We want to reduce the number and impact of fires in the UK. The specifier has a legal responsibility to get their specification right and we are there to guide them through every stage of their composite door specification. Our aim is to steer customers through the red tape, including current European legislation and building regulations, to give them complete confidence in their specification.” In addition to comprehensive technical support, Hurst has created a full marketing support package, which includes a re-vamped composite fire door brochure, individual retail price guides, personalised leaflets and tenants’ choice forms. The new composite fire door brochure features a wide range of door styles and a number of frame, colour and glass options, including Pyrodur Plus glazing. The 44mm the composite fire door collection Fully certified, stylish and secure thick Hurst composite fire door leaf consists of a solid high performance core, which incorporates fire retardant phenolic foam and a high-density hardwood perimeter to provide a full half hour fire rating. The doors offer the highest levels of security and satisfy the requirements of the Q-Mark enhanced security scheme. They also comply with PAS023/PAS024 security accreditation and the requirements of Secured by Design. Unlike some composite fire door suppliers, Hurst Plastics supplies every composite fire door with controlled door closers as standard to meet BS EN 1154.