018324341 info@planonline.ie


MEDITE SMARTPLY launch new, customer driven website

Innovative timber panel manufacturer, MEDITE SMARTPLY, is excited to announce the launch of its new website – the latest stage in the company’s rebrand project. Designed to provide a customer-centric user experience, the website offers a comprehensive and detailed breakdown of the brand’s entire range of MDF and OSB products, plus all supporting environmental and test certification. Importantly, it also brings together the previous three individual product websites for ease of navigation and access, something customers asked for.

With a clean, contemporary design, the website hosts a range of content including case studies, news stories, product pages and downloads. External user testing was carried out to develop a site tailored to customer needs and expectations, allowing distributors and end users to find the solution they need in just a few clicks. This was especially critical in the stockist selector, where ease of location was seen as key.

The new website reflects MEDITE SMARTPLY’s market-leading position in sustainable timber panel manufacturing and continues to drive the company’s new corporate identity, helping to cement the brand’s thought-leading position in the marketplace. New advertising campaigns, sales tools and literature all continue to set the standards of what OSB manufacturers can do.

“We’re tremendously proud of the new website,” said Stuart Devoil, Head of Marketing & Brand at MEDITE SMARTPLY, “which is the result of a lot of hard work and dedication. As MEDITE SMARTPLY moves from strength to strength under one unified brand, it was only right that our website design reflected this new integrated brand identity and the market-leading status of our product portfolio. Along with other vehicles such as our SMARTPLY AR app and product selector, the new site will continue to establish our digital presence and give our customers a more engaging and straightforward experience online.”

Visit the new site here: https://mdfosb.com/en/


KCC DataStore

Introducing Datastore – KCC Architecturals latest innovation will ease the workload of architects and contractors across the country.

Media surrounding the construction industry is constantly buzzing with information and news on Building Information Modelling or BIM, as most of us know it. We are all familiar with how important it is and understand at this point that it is the future of how buildings are going to be planned, designed, built, and managed.

In 2016 KCC Architectural realised that their traditional hardware catalogue was in need of updating, as there had been so many product additions and enhancements since the last publication. Given the constant changes in the construction industry, KCC understood that the world was a very different place since the last publication. Steve Young, project development director for KCC said “We knew that producing a new and updated product binder simply wasn’t good enough. Put simply, we could see four major factors had changed the landscape as we knew it, and we had to adapt our business to meet these requirements.”

The changes Steve was referring to are not specific to KCC, but relevant to the entire construction industry. One such requirement was CE Marking. In 2011, CE Marking became mandatory for construction products covered by harmonised European Standards (hENs). It became a necessity for manufacturers like KCC to make a Declaration of Performance (DoP) for the product and where appropriate affix the CE Mark.
The second factor that had a huge impact on the construction industry, was the introduction of Irish Amended Building Regulations 2014 (BC(A)R). With a stringent inspection and certification process, the possibility of ‘passing the buck’ or slacking on quality adherence or best practice simply wasn’t possible. This presented the need for comprehensive product performance statements and test evidence to allow buildings to be certified and occupied.
BIM, quite obviously, became another major factor. The UK Government mandate that came into effect in 2016, insists that all public government projects must be BIM Level 2 compliant by the end of 2016. The growing need to have products available as 3D objects, complete with performance data to use in a 3D Model, became a necessity for KCC to respond to their clients needs.

Steve saw KCC survive the recession and says “We have emerged from the economic recession and we see the construction industry is very different to what existed in 2008. We all have less time, less resources and less patience. As a company we already offer a ‘one stop shop’ solution to our customers and clients by taking away the need to deal with several suppliers. We wanted to take this one step further and develop a system that would save our clients time, energy and effort – so we developed Datastore.”

KCC built Datastore in response to their clients needs and a notable gap in the marketplace. To put it mildly, Datastore is an architect or building contractors dream! An enormous piece of work, in the guise of a vast database of every single component KCC provide, the information is publishable as concise yet comprehensive individual datasheets at the click of a button.
KCC haven’t stopped there however – The Datastore system also delivers project specific catalogues (aka ‘Technical Submittals’) detailing every item KCC are or providing to a particular project, and include images, performance characteristics, dimensions, options, finishes, test evidence, and warranty information.

Speaking excitedly about his involvement in the development of Datastore, Steve says “These technical submittals link directly to our scheduling systems to allow us create project specific catalogues within minutes and it allows us the flexibility to make revisions quickly where necessary. We weren’t content to stop there however, and we went on to develop the system further to be able to produce submittals with 100% of our back up evidence – every test certificate, every fire test report. We can provide the submittal in hard or soft copy or for those that are working within BIM models, we can export the data in a variety of formats”.

It seems that this is just the start of KCC’s plans as they are now building a library of 3D Revit Models. These and other major enhancements will be released later in the year.




Designer, Julius Taminiau, has created a floating house equipped with office space using MEDITE TRICOYA EXTREME. First discovered during an exhibition in London, where he worked on an open source plan for houses, Julius took his findings back to the Netherlands and set about designing his dream build.

“The boat will cover 100 square metres and consists of two floors,” says Julius.

“The rooftop will be half filled with solar panels, which will be concealed by the balustrade. Apart from the living and sleeping rooms, one of the spaces on the floating house will have a double height and will be a working space with flexible layout. In the open space, a mezzanine floor enables the creation of separate work and meeting areas.”

The floating house idea had to fulfil two key objectives that the architect had in mind: ingenuity and sustainability.
“The budget for this project was tight and therefore we decided to rationalise the design and make it as clever as possible”, says Julius.

“The solution was found in a design with a fixed grid basis on the size of panel material. The sizes of the rooms, cladding, windows and other materials had to match precisely and be well proportioned. It also reduced the amount of waste material, avoiding unnecessary impact on the environment while also reducing costs.”

The lay-out of the MDF cladding follows a tatami grid system and is applied in a fish-scale pattern. By emulating nature’s time-tested pattern, the architect underlines the secondary key principle of sustainability, which played such an important role in the design.

“The facade of the floating house will be continuously exposed to wet and damp conditions”, says Julius. “Therefore, we chose the durable MEDITE TRICOYA EXTREME as cladding.”

“The acetylated wood fibre makes the resultant panel extremely durable, resistant to decay and dimensionally very stable.  The panel will not rot and expands minimally in length or width, even when in contact with water. It’s also guaranteed for use in these conditions for up to 50 years.”

The floating house and office was built by Oranje Arkenbouw, Hardenber in the Netherlands and the panel material was supplied by local distributor, RET in Utrecht.  The finished product was coated in a water-based matte paint and, due to the unique qualities of MEDITE TRICOYA EXTREME, can be left for 15 years without the need to reapply.

“The dark colour of the coating gives the floating house added character and underlines the eastern mystique,” says Julius.

“Added to this, the panel material can be sawed, coated, painted, sanded, nailed and mounted just like any other wood material. The class 1 durability classification makes the panel material as durable as hard timber types, such as teak. It’s a product with multiple possibilities, ideal for a project as ambitious as mine.”

With such a wide variety of possible applications, MEDITE TRICOYA EXTREME’s potential can match any designer’s imagination. Even in situations where humidity and weather are usually a concern for the use of timber panels




What’s the story behind this penthouse in Serbia? Read the architect’s inspired narrative about the result.

Ten years ago, architect Aleksandar Savikin designed the building with the penthouse. He also had the opportunity to create the interior. He tells us: “In certain respects this work was made easier, as I was fully aware of all the architectural lines and possible positioning of the furniture. It’s always such a pleasure to design the building first and then to decorate the interior afterwards.”

Brick slips for the interior
The architect created open spaces that flow into each other to form one large integrated space. The choice of brick slips not only stands for a distinct style, but it also brings all the different areas together. Aleksandar Savikin: “I decided on bricks because I love the contrast of modern and minimalistic furniture against the rough surface of the bricks. The furniture and lighting seem more sculptural and special against a brick background.

Dark colour
Douro facing bricks provide this kind of contrast thanks to the powerful texture and dark colour. The joint-free brickwork adds a modern touch. “I must admit that it took a lot of courage to choose this colour for an area of 100 sqm. But it was love at first sight. Douro bricks have a complex colour, and they are in perfect harmony with the idea I had for the interior. The result is even better than I expected,” explains the architect.

Kingscourt Country Manor Bricks provide a large range of brick slips, for more information contact us on 01 844 1200, email; info@kcmb.ie or visit www.kcmb.ie. Alternatively, visit our showrooms at Unit 26, Airways Industrial Estate, Santry, Dublin 17, D17 TH93.


Le Corbusier inspired range from National Tile

Exciting developments at National Tile Limited sees the addition of the ‘Le Couleurs Le Corbusier’ range of ceramic tiles to its product lines.

The announcement comes thanks to National Tile well established links to Gigacer and the Italian firm’s recent collaboration with Les Couleurs® Le Corbusier – which is a world exclusive-  and which  lead to the introduction of a brand new collection based on La Polychromie Architecturale of the great artist and designer.

The collection is composed by two base colours in technical porcelain (120x250cm) with smaller sizes for floors and walls: Beton Gris and Beton Blanc. The two “Betons” are inspired by the surfaces that Le Corbusier used most in his projects: raw sprayed concrete and white lime. Along with the two base tiles, the range offers a selection of 12 other colours taken from La Polychromie Architecturale in a glossy glaze finish, format 30x120cm.

The colours developed by Gigacer are certified to be exactly the same colours that Le Corbusier codified in his palette. Now it is possible to use these very colours in a durable surface such as ceramics, and get exactly the same effect that Le Corbusier obtained in his creations. This range is only the first step of this exciting collaboration, with developments on future ranges of products and on the colour palette to come.

According to Gavin McDonald of National Tile Limited: “We are delighted to be able to bring such as world-exclusive product to the Irish market. It is consistent with our commitment to providing designers, specifiers and architects with the finest ranges to meet their design challenges and creative aspirations.”
From the outset, National Tile Limited has offered the best of products at competitive prices, from a wide range of bathroom tiles, kitchen tiles, wall tiles and floor tiles. The company has also expanded its product range to include engineered wooden flooring and laminates
National Tile Limited, Coes Road, Dundalk, Ireland
Phone: ++353 42 9337678 Fax: ++353 42 9335424


Waterford Institute of Technology to host sixth All Ireland Architecture Research Group (AIARG)

On 27-28 January 2017 the Architectural Research Group (aRCH) at Waterford Institute of Technology hosted the sixth annual AIARG conference.

The aim of the conference is to highlight new areas of architectural research, encourage collaboration and facilitate dissemination of findings as well as encouraging the participation of practicing architects who wish to further their research interests.

Aleksandar Kostić, Acting Head of the Department of Architecture and Chair of the AIARG 2017 Organising Committee, said, “WIT is delighted and honoured to host this renowned conference, which gives us the opportunity to showcase the great work done within the Department of Architecture as well as the city of Waterford.”

The All-Ireland Architecture Research Group (AIARG) is an organisation that aims to promote architectural research within practice and academia.  The group was founded in 2010 through the collaboration of the seven schools of architecture in Ireland, both north and south, including WIT and continues to be made up of members of the seven schools of architecture and professionals interested in architectural research.  Each year an architecture conference is held in one of the schools – this is the first time it is to be held in Waterford.
There are a range of themes organised for the conference such as Minor Woods of Ireland, Intertidal Infrastructure, Domesticity at the Crossroads; Irish Housing Design 1955-1980 as well as Architectural Education in the Age of Globalisation, which has attracted around 70 speakers and session Chairs from inter alia UK, US, China and Spain from both the world of academia as well as industry.

There are four keynote speakers attending: Peter Buchanan, celebrated author of Renzo Piano Building Workshop: Complete Works, Ten Shades of Green and most recently, The Big Rethink series in The Architectural Review; Jane Rendell, prolific author and Professor of Architecture and Art, and Vice Dean of Research at the Bartlett, UCL; Jonathan Hale, architect and Associate Professor & Reader in Architectural Theory; and Shane O’Toole, co-founder of Group 91 Architects, co-founder of DoCoMoMo Ireland, inaugural director of the Irish Architecture Foundation and twice Ireland’s Commissioner for the Venice Biennale. RIAI approved CPD points are accredited to the conference.

Financial support has been provided by the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs under the Government Policy on Architecture 2009 – 2015 Implementation Programme (GPA).
For more information:  www.aiarg2017conference.com


BAM Leads the way in BIM

BAM Ireland is leading the way in the implementation of Building Information Modelling & Management (BIM) in the Republic of Ireland, having become the first organisation in the country to achieve the international industry standard for the use of the process for design and construction projects.  BAM’s BIM process, which provides 3D computer models for efficient visualisation and analysis of proposed designs, has been awarded PAS 1192-2 verification by the British Standards Institution (BSI).  This certification is a mark of excellence in BIM and provides a consistent framework for the adoption of this emerging new industry process across the international construction sector.

The BIM process, and the associated technologies, is considered invaluable to the successful delivery of a construction project, as it provides a common, coordinated and single source of well-structured digital information throughout the lifecycle of a project. This process delivers significant cost savings and efficiencies during both design and construction stages while also facilitating a smoother handover of project data for the operational stage of a project.

BAM has recognised the advantages of adopting this process to drive sustainable project delivery and has spent a number of months working to standardise and formalise their information management policies, procedures, and systems in line with the PAS 1192-2 requirements.  These requirements include an onsite audit where BAM’s documented procedures and systems were assessed.  They also involve an evaluation of BAM’s staff’s ability to deliver BIM in compliance with industry guidelines BS 1192-2007 and BS 1192-4.

Paul Brennan, BAM’s Virtual Design & Construction Manager, explains: “We are delighted to have received this certification from BSI.  This is an important recognition of the effort of the BAM team over the last number of years to successfully implement this revolutionary new process.   This certification clearly demonstrates to our clients and greater supply chain that we have the capability and expertise to utilise the latest technologies to drive cost savings and environmental sustainability for projects right across the board.”

“At BAM we are continually working towards improving our operational requirements for information management.  We are aligning all of our business processes, tailoring internal training modules, and continuing to evaluate and develop the skill sets of our supply chain.  Over the coming year, we will continue to leverage the support of the global BAM Group to maintain our rate of change and our continuous improvement.  We are very fortunate at BAM to have a dedicated senior management team who believe in the value of BIM and the potential of opportunities that come with digital technologies.”

Andy Butterfield, Director of Built Environment at BSI, said: “BAM should be pleased that they are the first organisation in the Republic of Ireland to be awarded verification against our PAS 1192-2 scheme.  This has been developed in collaboration with industry stakeholders to ensure that organizations such as BAM Ireland are best placed for BIM implementation.  We’re pleased to have been able to support BAM throughout the process.”

Left to Right: Theo Cullinane (CEO BAM Ireland), Paul Brennan (Virtual Design & Construction (VDC) Department Manager, BAM Ireland) holding the prestigious BSI Verification Certificate for BIM (Business Information Modelling) and Ger Harrington (Director BAM Ireland)

Left to Right: Theo Cullinane (CEO BAM Ireland), Paul Brennan (Virtual Design & Construction (VDC) Department Manager, BAM Ireland) holding the prestigious BSI Verification Certificate for BIM (Business Information Modelling) and Ger Harrington (Director BAM Ireland)












Send your information to us at info@planonline.ie and we will promote your news here. Cost are €225.00 per two week promotion.