Innovation Is Key To Keystone Group’s Remarkable Quartet Of Awards In As Many Months

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One of the UK’s most inventive company’s The Keystone Group says constant innovation is the reason behind its remarkable achievement of winning four prestigious awards in as many months. The Keystone Group is the UK and Ireland’s largest Steel Lintel manufacturer and Europe’s fastest growing Roof Window manufacturer. Based in Cookstown, Northern Ireland, it was founded in 1989. But it has enjoyed a dramatic trajectory, driven by relentless expansion, with manufacturing plants not only in Cookstown, but also South Derbyshire and Poland and a distribution site in Cwmbran, Wales.

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Keystone’s unique Hi-Therm Sustainability Lintel voted Product of the Year

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Keystone’s unique Hi-Therm Sustainability Lintel has won overall ‘Product of the Year’ at the Housebuilder Awards 2013. The award was presented to Keystone Group UK Managing Director, Derrick McFarland and Research and Development Manager, Richard Kinloch, at the glittering awards ceremony which took place at the Tower Hotel in London on 7th November. Derrick McFarland commented “We are extremely proud and delighted to have won this prestigious award. Our Hi-Therm Lintel has been the result of an extensive R & D and testing programme.

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Hi Therm Lintel voted Best Building Fabric Product

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Keystone’s unique Hi-Therm Sustainability Lintel has won ‘Best Building Fabric Product’ at the Housebuilder Product awards 2013. The award was presented to Keystone’s Chief Executive Sean Coyle and Research and Development Manager Richard Kinloch, at the ceremony which took place at Edgbaston stadium in Birmingham on 20th June. Sean Coyle commented “We are extremely proud and delighted to have won this prestigious award. Our Hi-Therm Lintel has been the result of an extensive R & D and testing programme. Its unique steel and grp construction offers the single most cost effective solution for Housebuilders to achieve reduced carbon emissions and improved fabric energy efficiency. It is an honour to have been chosen as Best Building Fabric Product in this category which recognises excellence and innovation in the UK House building industry!”

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The Keystone Group Support 2013 Builders Merchant Awards for Excellence

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Keystone Group are delighted to announce our sponsorship of the Builders Merchant Awards for Excellence for the first time. We are proud to support the Builders Merchant Environmental Award for 2013. Changes in building regulations and increasingly demanding controls on thermal performance and sustainability have created new challenges for the building industry. At Keystone we are committed to supporting merchants in meeting the market and legislative requirement for sustainable solutions and environmental policies.

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Keystone’s Innovation Recognised by Construction Products Association

Keystone Group been recognised for its innovative Hi Therm Lintel, in the Construction Products Association’s 2012 edition of Construction Products Innovation and Achievement (CPIA). The Hi Therm Lintel’s achievement in the category of, Energy and Carbon Saving is one of only 18 products nationwide, to be chosen for this year’s publication, which showcases the most innovative products and processes created by the construction products industry during the last twelve months or so. Commenting on the achievement, Simon Storer, Communications and External Affairs Director, for the Construction Products Association said: “We are delighted that the construction products industry has once again demonstrated an enormous desire to introduce a variety of new and exciting solutions. Despite the construction industry suffering more than most sectors during the current downturn, one only needs to look at the products and processes showcased in CPIA to highlight the huge impact the industry is making towards change.

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Apprentice Builder: Lintels Back to Basics

Windows and doors are essential components of any construction project but they also represent vulnerable points in the building’s external envelope.  Creating an opening in the outer skin of a building requires careful engineering to ensure structural and thermal stability is maintained, which is where lintels come into play. Here, Nick Lander, Sales and Marketing Director at Keystone Group, takes a closer look at the use of lintels in construction.A lintel is essentially a structural support that spans an opening in a wall.  The use of lintels in architecture dates back many centuries – from the highly decorative masonry creations used in ancient Greece, to the timber lintels seen in Tudor times.

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Keystone expands range of Sunroom Lintel Solutions

Keystone Lintels has announced the expansion of its range of sun room lintel solutions, giving architects, specifiers, builders and self builders a new selection of creative design opportunities. With sun rooms offering an attractive alternative to the traditional conservatory, the expanded range of Keystone lintels now offers extra possibilities when it comes to adding more space, light and value to domestic properties.

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Innovations in Roof Windows

The benefits of natural light are well documented so it’s little surprise that many clients are seeking unusual and creative ways of incorporating daylight into their projects.  Roof windows are an effective means of illuminating awkward or restricted spaces, as well as being an attractive design feature in their own right – so it’s important for roofing contractors to stay on top of the latest trends.

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Sophisticated Daylight Control from Keylite

Further extending its innovative range of roof windows and accessories, Keylite Roof Windows, part of the Keystone Group, has launched an integral blind option – where the blind is permanently sealed within the double glazing unit, resulting in a totally dust free environment. This delivers a number of advantages that make it ideal for commercial, public sector and residential settings.  Requiring no cleaning it is perfect for sterile environments such as hospitals or doctor’s surgeries, while the protection afforded by the glass results in a much longer lifespan, meaning it can be installed in busy environments such as schools or offices without fear of damage.  For domestic installations, it offers a non-allergenic, maintenance free solution, making it an extremely popular choice.

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