PBC Today’s preview of the Building Innovation Awards, which take place The Midland Hotel, Manchester, on 23 October, look at the nominees for Best Material Innovation

The Best Material Innovation award highlights genuinely game-changing materials that have successfully made the transition from drawing board to building site, delivering a step-change in quality, time savings and cost reduction.

The nominees for Best Material Innovation are:

BSW Timber & Trade Fabrication Systems

Embracing the traditional method of using heat to enhance a timber substrate, combined with high-pressure treatments, BSW Timber and TFS have successfully delivered a decking and cladding product and process that improves the longevity of the timber substrate, while also adding aesthetic value. IRO Timber has been designed specifically to satisfy the market need for a low-maintenance decking and cladding solution, while embracing the natural appearance of wood with additional integrated performance benefits.

Johnstone’s Air Pure

Johnstone’s Air Pure is an innovative bio-based flat matt wall and ceiling paint, which helps to improve indoor air quality by neutralising formaldehyde from indoor air.

In high concentrations, formaldehyde is one of the most harmful volatile organic compounds in indoor air. Johnstone’s Air Purifying Technology has been developed by PPG; the world’s leading coatings company, to neutralise up to 70% of formaldehyde from indoor spaces – instantly creating better indoor environments.

Recticel Insulation

Deck-VQ is Recticel’s pioneering response to customer demand for super-slim, ultra-high thermal performance insulation that maximises comfort and protection in limited space. Suitable for a wide range of flat-roof and terrace applications where insulation build-up thickness is an issue, Deck-VQ ensures the most complex refurbishment projects can be completed without costly, time-structural changes.


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