Tuesday, 17 December 2013

EN 12101-2: CE marked smoke vent roof lights

In July 2013 under the Construction Product Regulation 2011 (CPR), it became a mandatory legal requirement for manufacturers to apply CE marking to all products covered by a harmonised European standard (hEN) or European Technical Assessment (ETA). 

Smoke vents must be CE marked to EN 12101-2

We are amazed that nearly 6 months on, the majority of conversations we have with architects and other construction professionals, that no one seems to know much (if anything) about this topic.

Smoke vent roof lights (a.k.a.: Automatic Opening Vents or AOV) have been covered by EN 12101-2 since April 2004, and it is now a legal requirement that they must be tested and CE marked as a complete component i.e.: rooflight, upstand and actuation. 

Our CE marked F100 smoke vent rooflight which
opens to 172° in less than 60 seconds.

It is NOT ok for any company to supply a smoke vent as a combination of components, for example: a separately CE marked rooflight combined with a separately CE marked actuator and claim CPR compliance - this is illegal.

It is also illegal for any supplier to simply claim compliance with Part B of the Building Regulations, with no EN 12101-2 certified CE marked product.

Smoke vent rooflights are life saving building products, and not something that should be left to chance or incorrectly specified. If in doubt, ask the supplier for a copy of their CE marking certification.

All of our smoke vents are fully tested, certified and CE marked to EN 12101-2 – ensuring complete compliance with the law. 

Don’t risk using non-compliant product, contact us TODAY for free specification advice: mail@dvsltd.co.uk or 01284 749051

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Saturday, 5 October 2013

Roof light specialist joins DVS as Business Development Manager.

DVS are delighted to welcome Barry Appleby, as newly appointed Business Development Manager:

Contact Barry on 07552231321 or bappleby@dvsltd.co.uk

Barry, a specialist in the roof light and flat roofing industry, was recently National Sales Manager at Roofglaze. Prior to that he was Regional Sales Manager for Xtralite. He has also worked in a wide range of roles with flat roofing companies.

Barry, who is based in Coventry, said: "I am delighted to join DVS at such a pivotal time for it and also for our industry. I am convinced that thermal efficiency is the way forward for the UK construction industry especially as Building Regulations and European Directives look to reduce carbon emissions and we strive to build in the most effective way, both financially and ecologically.

"DVS has a superb product range and has achieved great things so far and I aim to help take it onto the next level."

Managing Director Daniel Boughton said: "Barry brings a wealth of experience to the company and he will drive us forward as more and more architects and specifiers are looking for the most energy efficient products for the future of construction. We are extremely pleased that someone with his credentials has come on board and he will be an invaluable addition to the team."

DVS, which is based in Bury St Edmunds Suffolk, has successfully positioned itself as a leading supplier of premium roof light solutions for the UK construction industry and its customers include Kier's, Wates and Thomas Vale - with whom it has completed many prestigious projects.

It is also engaged in a number of Passivhaus projects, with its range of certified rooflights and roof glazing, including many schools and residential projects.

Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Come and see us at the Passivhaus Conference 2013

As a proud and active member of the UK's Passivhaus Trust, D.V.S. are once again supporting their annual conference.

Consolidated into one day, this years conference has a full program including hands-on training sessions, a full scale exhibition room and a speed networking session to bring you up-to-date with all of the latest research, featuring:
  • Leading speakers from the UK and across Europe: Fran Bradshaw (Chair), as well as Alan Clarke, Bill Butcher, Chris Parsons, Sally Godber, Nick Grant and many more!
  • Case studies from the biggest UK Passivhaus housing projects, including Chester Balmore and Lancaster Co-Housing.
  • New discoveries from the latest academic and industry research.
  • An innovative exhibition of Passivhaus-specific products and services.

We will be exhibiting our range of Passivhaus certified rooflights and roof glazing components, more information on these here:

FEenergysave - not just a standard rooflight!

This event is perfect for anybody wanting to learn more about Passivhaus construction from the leading experts, and will appeal to all construction and built environment disciplines ranging from architects, planners, building control officers, energy managers, builders, housing associations and researchers.

The conference is being held at the Jury's Inn in Milton Keynes on Tuesday 15th October, for full details and booking information visit: http://www.ukpassivhausconference.org.uk/ 

Hope to see you there?

Thursday, 13 June 2013

An "insightful" day with RIBA.

D.V.S. subscribed to the RIBA Product Selector & NBS Plus services earlier this year, and so we jumped at the chance of attending a free consultation day in London yesterday (12/06/13).

Hosted by the RIBA Insight team at the Hilton Kensington Hotel, the day consisted of a full program of seminars, offering assistance and guidance to their subscribers to help maximise exposure and their R.O.I.

There was a diverse mix of seminar topics covering: the facts about B.I.M., how to engage an audience, creating and presenting compelling CPD, specification in action and getting the most from your RIBA Insight investment.

I particularly liked the fact the seminars were presented by a panel of industry experts, including representatives from product suppliers, marketing consultants, an architect, and members from the RIBA Insight team.

If your company subscribes to any of the RIBA Insight tools, you really should take advantage of their consultation days - they're FREE to attend and packed with useful information.

Were you also there yesterday? Have you ever attended one of RIBA Insight Consultation Days? If so, we'd love to hear your thoughts - please leave your comments below.

Friday, 22 February 2013

Passivhaus rooflight at Ecobuild, stand S928

We are extremely proud to announce that our FEenergysave rooflight will be on display for the first time in the UK, at Ecobuild 2013 - stand S928.

FEenergysave - come and see it at Ecobuild stand S928

Following independent assessment by the renowned Passivhaus Institute in Darmstadt, Germany - the FEenergysave is worlds only Passivhaus certified glass skylight for flat roof installation - a superior, thermally efficient rooflight component suitable for the premier low energy building standard.

The Building Centre asked for entries from companies offering energy saving products that are truly exciting for the construction industry, and that have proven their effectiveness in reducing a buildings carbon footprint. At Ecobuild this year, The Building Centre are creating a mini gallery on stand S928, that showcases just 8 of the industries most innovative products - and the FEenergysave was chosen for inclusion by impartial industry experts.

With many suppliers offering unsubstantiated claims in their literature of thermal efficiency, and of low "U-values", often to either an undefined standard or simply quoting the glazing only (Ug) value - we see this as a real opportunity to show visitors what sets our rooflights apart from the rest of the market.

Come and view our sample on stand S928 - Ecobuild is held at Excel, London from 5th - 7th March and is free to attend, but you do need to register: CLICK HERE.

Please let us know if you'd like more information on the FEenergysave, or any of our other premium rooflights, by commenting below or by sending us an email.

Thank you for reading this article.

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Passivhaus at Ecobuild 2013

As members of The Passivhaus Trust, it is very encouraging that Passivhaus is well and truly "on the agenda" at Ecobuild 2013.

Excel, London: 5th, 6th & 7th March 2013

Ecobuild is the world's biggest event for sustainable design, construction and the built environment, and so a growing Passivhaus presence can only be a good thing in our opinion.

The Passivhaus movement have its own dedicated 120 seated theatre (Seminar Room 1) where all of the Passivhaus seminars will be taking place over the 3 days. A full program of talks will examine why Passivhaus is a standard worth aiming for and the design and technical strategies needed to achieve it. The session also explores how Passivhaus interfaces with UK specific regulations and how it can be used on large projects.

In addition, The Passivhaus Trust have stand N351 which is diagonally opposite Seminar Room 1, which promises to be a great place to meet and discuss the superior low energy building standard, with the countries leading experts.

Ecobuild is held at Excel, London from 5th - 7th March and is free to attend, but you do need to register: CLICK HERE.

Thank you for reading this article, hopefully see you there?

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Order NOW for FREE triple glazing upgrade

We are offering a free triple glazing upgrade for all standard flat glass rooflight quotations requested by 8th February.

Triple layer glass in a well insulated framework reduces heat loss.
Our quotations are valid for 90 days and so if you are planning to start your flat roof extension in the near future, now is the perfect time to take advantage of our fantastic offer.

3° inclined framework optimises water run-off.

Either CLICK HERE to request a quote or call us on 01284 749051.

For further information on our premium glass rooflights, visit the webpage: Glass Rooflights

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Monday, 28 January 2013

DVS rooflights at Roofex 2013 - stand 319

Roofex is the brand new specialist event for the UK roofing industry - and DVS are proud to announce that we are exhibiting our range of premium flat roof skylights.

Roofex logo
Click logo to visit the Roofex homepage.

Held at The NEC in Birmingham on the 1st & 2nd of May, Roofex promises to be an all action industry showpiece. With 5000m² of top exhibitors including live demonstrations, CPD seminars and training workshops - so what better place for us to showcase our rooflights and skylights to the roofing industry?

Now that the UK roofing industry has it's own dedicated exhibition, it is the perfect opportunity to see the whole industry gathered under one roof. With stand number 319, DVS have a prime location adjacent to the demo zone - click here for the latest PDF floor plan.

We would be delighted to welcome you onto stand 319, where you will be able to view and discuss our entire range of rooflights.

We shall be emailing out exclusive invitations during April - so please register your interest in receiving one of these invitations by emailing us or completing our online form (be sure to include "Roofex invitation" in the message).

To ensure that you receive our latest news and offers, you should also connect with us by:
Thank you for reading this article, and we do hope to see you at Roofex in May.

Thursday, 10 January 2013

DVS launch company Facebook page

DVS have a company profile on Facebook.

Click the Facebook logo to visit our profile.

As a professional and forward thinking company we recognise the importance of social media - to make it as easy as possible for our clients (and potential clients) - to connect and communicate with us, and us with them.

For rooflight inspiration, we have created some initial product albums and uploaded some photographs.

The addition of our Facebook profile complements our other social media activity, which already includes:

We will be adding loads more content to our Facebook page over the next few days - so please be one of the first to Like Us and write something on our wall!

Thank you for reading this article, and we hope to connect with you on one of our social media channels very soon.

Friday, 4 January 2013

Rooflights on display at worlds leading construction show: BAU

Daylight and Ventilation Solutions (DVS) exclusively represent Lamilux in the U.K. and we are therefore delighted to report that rooflights from our portfolio, including some innovative product launches, will be on display at the worlds leading construction exhibition: BAU 2013 in Munich.

Lamilux will present numerous new and energetically developed daylight systems at the BAU 2013 trade show from 14th to 19th of January 2013, in Munich (Hall C1 / Stand 320). Lamilux's presence at the world's leading trade show for architecture, materials and systems will be under the motto "Active Energy Management with Daylight Systems and Building Management Technology".  The renowned manufacturer of rooflight domes, continuous rooflights, glass roof structures and building management technology will present its entire product portfolio. The highlights include the skylights certified with the highest energy efficiency rating to passive house standard, a new continuous rooflights for flat roofs as well as components and systems for smoke and heat exhaust systems and building management technology.

First passive house certified daylight systems in the world

With the Lamilux CI System Glass Architecture PR60energysave glass construction and the Lamilux CI System Glass Element FEenergysave daylight element, Lamilux will be showing two daylight systems that have each been certified by the Darmstadt Passive House Institute in the highest passive house efficiency class as a 'phA - Advanced Component'. These highly energy-efficient skylights are available for architects and passive house designers for use in administrative, educational, cultural as well as residential constructions designed in accordance with passive house criteria as well as for new and renovated shopping malls, thermal spas, swimming pools and sports halls oriented to the highest energy efficiency requirements.

Great scope for architectural creativity with individuality, fully customisable shapes and the highest level of energy efficiency providing a generous amount of daylight, effective heat insulation and intelligent controlled flap systems for natural ventilation and smoke and heat extraction - the trade marks of the Lamilux CI System Glass Architecture PR60 glass roof structure.

Lamilux has developed a new insulation system for the posts and rails of the glass roof structure (Lamilux CI System Glass Architecture PR 60energysave), consisting of a combined insulation core that unites the insulation block and the insulation web in a single component. The frame of the certified daylight element (Lamilux CI System Glass Element FEenergysave) is also perfectly air-tight and insulated. Its external masking shield is completely thermally decoupled from the frame profiles. A continuous triple layered seal system provides an airtight seal between the frame and the underlying upstand.

With the Lamilux CI System Glass Element FEenergysave , architects and designers are provided with the first skylight certified in the highest efficiency class in the passive house standard.

Innovation Lamilux CI System Continuous Rooflight S – constructive, energy-efficient, aesthetic

Lamilux is presenting a completely new development with the Lamilux CI System Continuous Rooflight S continuous skylight in a gable roof design on the flat roofs of industrial and administrative buildings. Numerous innovative components, including in the anchor point, ensure the most stable structure free of thermal bridges, which can reach span widths of up to four meters. The thermally decoupled flap systems for smoke and heat exhaust systems and natural ventilation warrant the special attention of architects. They can be combined between each in a modular system in different size variations and arranged in the continuous rooflight, perfectly coordinated with the required smoke extraction surface.

With the Lamilux CI System Continuous Rooflight S continuous skylight in a gable roof design, Lamilux will be presenting a completely new daylight system with the highest level of energy efficiency. Numerous innovative components ensure the most stable structure free of thermal bridges.

Composite glazing (made from polycarbonate or a new fibre-reinforced composite) can be integrated in the modular post and rail system, in which the inner and outer metallic components are thermally separated from each other to ensure perfect heat insulation, in panel thicknesses of 10 to 32 millimetres. The selection of glazing depends on the energetic requirements specific to the property. Excellent thermal transmittance coefficients can be achieved in the new Lamilux CI System Continuous Rooflight S.

Intelligent controls for fire protection, building comfort and energy-efficiency

Lamilux will present its solutions and systems for intelligent building management systems with live demonstrations and visualisations on several presentation stalls. In cooperation with Lamilux daylight and flap systems for natural ventilation and sun protection and light direction installations, these create considerable potential for effective management of building security, energy efficiency and building comfort. As designers and developers of different control systems, both electrical and hydraulic, Lamilux networks the activation and automation of smoke and heat exhaust systems with all other adjustable and controllable elements in roofs and fa├žades.