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Roadstone is exhibiting at Self Build Citywest

Roadstone is exhibiting at the Self Build Show in Citywest, 13th – 15th September.

Visit our stand to find out more about our innovative building solutions including our Thermal Blocks and Quick Floor Screed.

Our Technical staff will be on hand to answer any questions you might have on our full product range.

KeltStone Walling

Keltstone Walling is a striking and attractive alternative to where plastered finishes would be used.

It is available in two colours, Limestone and Sandstone.

Roadstone is delighted to have supplied Keltstone Walling to the lodges in Center Parcs this year.

Thermal Liteblock

Save on cost and improve Y-Value in your build by using Roadstone’s Thermal Liteblock at key junctions.  Talk to our experts to see how this Thermal Liteblock can save you money on your build.

WINNER Best Interior Building Product – RIAI Architecture Choice Awards

WINNER Best New Product Innovation – Irish Build & Design Awards

WINNER Construction Product of the Year – Irish Construction Industry Awards

Quick Floor Screed

Roadstone’s Quick Floor Screed is a self-compacting, flowing liquid screed that will

  • Enable a smooth and level surface with marginal leveling
  • Ease of installation – 10 times faster than traditional screeds
  • Suitable for Domestic, Commercial and Industrial Floors
  • Ideal for underfloor heating, with swift warmth and comfort

Roadstone Block Paving

Roadstone manufactures a wide range of Block paving.

  • 60mm range – ideally suitable for driveways, patios and footpaths
  • 80mm range – suitable for roads and commercial applications.
  • Aqua permeable range – suitable for water retention areas. A sustainable urban drainage system (SuDS) is an alternative to the traditional pipes, gullies and culverts approach to a development and its drainage strategy. A SuDS system comprises of components and techniques that are deemed to be more sustainable and deal with storm water at source.

Our full range of Block Paving can be viewed on our website. https://www.roadstone.ie/product-categories/paving/

Roadstone is exhibiting at the Tullamore Show

Roadstone is exhibiting at the Tullamore Show on Sunday 11th August 2019.

Our technical team will be available to offer advice on our full range of products. Whether you are interested in:

Grolime

Key features and benefits

  • IMPROVES the quality of grass swards.
  • Produces EXTRA live weight gain.
  • Allows HIGHER stocking rate.
  • YIELDS more digestible grass.
  • GROWS more clover.
  • Supplies calcium and in some cases magnesium which is important for healthy bone development in livestock and for the production of milk.

Farmcrete Concrete

Key features and benefits 

  • Strong, Durable and long-lasting for the agricultural environment
  • Complies with the Dept. of Agriculture, Food & Marine S.100 – 2015 specifications
  • Made from local materials manufactured to the highest standards
  • Available in a range of mixes and strengths to suit all exposures and applications
  • Mix design and technical advice available
  • Available in a range of colours

Upgrading your outdoor space with paving

Roadstone has nine retail locations around Ireland that sell an array of products whether you are:-

  • Building a new house
  • Building an extension
  • Upgrading/new driveway
  • Upgrading/new patio
  • Permeable Paving
  • Building an external wall
  • Concrete

Click here to find a Roadstone Retail Location near you.

Belgian Blue Male Competition

Roadstone is delighted to announce that we are proud sponsors this year of the

Class 228 – FBD National Livestock Show – Belgian Blue Male Competition

Win €500 of Roadstone products

We are holding a draw on the day for a chance to win €500 worth of Roadstone products.  Entry is free.  Application forms are available at our stand.

 

Roadstone to attend the National Construction Summit

Roadstone will attend the National Construction Summit on Thursday 14th March at The Citywest Hotel.

During the Summit, Roadstone will offer technical advice on SuDS and paving solutions.

Visit the Roadstone stand to view our SuDS model and get a better understanding of how our Aquaflow Permeable Paving System works. A variety of paving samples will also be on offer.

For further opportunities to learn about SuDS make sure to check the programme for details of our main stage presentation titled: “Practical solutions for SuDS in the built environment”.

Read about the Aquaflow range here www.roadstone.ie/products/aquaflow-permeable-paving/

Roadstone wins at the Irish Concrete Society Awards

concrete design

The Vaulted House

Roadstone is delighted to have won two significant awards at the Irish Concrete Society Awards, which took place on the 24th of March in the Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road, Dublin.

The Awards recognise excellence in both design and construction of concrete and are adjudicated by a distinguished, independent jury of industry professionals. The main awards jury reviewed a total of twenty-seven projects nominated in three categories.

Roadstone was firstly presented with an award for the supply of concrete to the landmark Páirc Uí Chaoimh Stadium in Cork, which was the Infrastructure Category Winner.

On the project the jury commented, “This is a project of scale and impact and it dominates the local area. The vertical concrete elements and the excellent precast cladding panels captured the jury’s attention. There is also the row after row of precast concrete seating and terraces all completed to a high standard. This concrete tiered infrastructure surrounding is a worthy winner”.

Páirc Uí Chaoimh

The second award was for the supply of concrete to The Vaulted House, Dublin, which was also the Overall Category Winner.

Marking this prestigious award the jury had the following to say about the project, “The terrazzo flooring in the existing building may have been the spark that set the client, designers and contractors down a road that delivered an exceptional building that has concrete features throughout. The client was brave and gave a complete vote of confidence to the design team and the contractor.

There are many architectural exposed concrete elements that could have been submitted, fair faced walls, columns, soffits, and beams; the dramatic board marked beams internally and externally; the extensive use on terrazzo on the floors and stairs. The concrete theme continued into the garden with a board marked concrete shed, planter boxes, barbeque and even an in situ concrete table. Even a concrete worktop and sink.

The vaulted concrete ceiling could well have been overpowering and cold. However, the attention to detail in the design and the craftwork and passion from the contractor have resulted in an exceptional feature in a very beautiful modern home”.

Congratulations to all involved in these fantastic projects.

 

The future of rainwater management – Irish Building Magazine

permeable paving

The following article first appeared in Irish Building Magazine and can be downloaded HERE

WATER WORKS

The drainage solution of the future, a sustainable urban drainage system (SuDS) is an alternative to the traditional pipes, gullies and culverts approach to a development and drainage strategy. “If you could imagine a green field,” says Michael Vaughan of Roadstone, “you’d have about a 10% water runoff. A built-up, hard landscape area could have up to 50% runoff. The sheer amount of runoff water you have to deal with is immense when you are constructing high-density developments.” Managing the water on site, minimising its runoff, infiltrating the water for passive treatment and controlling its discharge rate are the key elements of this kind of drainage. The Roadstone Aquaflow paving system provides a practical solution to SuDS.

Michael Vaughan says that the fact of the matter is that while there are drainage systems in place throughout the country, we can’t keep feeding into them forever more. “I think this is an issue the entire country will be dealing with going forward. The way we address this issue is by dealing with the water close to its source,” he explains. By doing that, we can use SuDS paving which allows the water to filter through the paving into a sub-structure, which is designed, and you have controlled release of the water back into the ground.” The Roadstone Aquaflow SuDS allows rainwater to infiltrate through a permeable block paved surface into a unique sub-base before being released in a controlled manner into the ground or storage tanks for reuse or delayed discharge. The system is capable of handling rainfall up to 4,500mm per sq.m per hour.

The water leaving the Aquaflow system is cleaned by filtration and microbial action and can be used for secondary non-potable uses such as flushing toilets and watering soft landscapes. A further advantage of Roadstone’s Aquaflow system is that roof water can be drained directly into the sub-base through a dispersion chamber. A good example of the efficient use of SuDS is the 21,000 sq.m car park with a SuDS system used by Kildare County Council offices “It takes the carpark surface water and filtrates it, then transfers it into storage tanks to be used as non-potable water in the building itself,” says Michael.

Now is the time to take notice of water management systems, according to the experts at Roadstone. “We have to look to the future, we have to put rain water management on a sustainable footing.” says Michael Vaughan. “We can’t keep putting water through existing systems because the capacity will keep increasing and increasing. We have to manage the possibility of flooding also, which happens throughout the country each year and this is one element that would help in managing it.”

The Roadstone Aquaflow paving system is ideal for new builds, and SuDS is something we will likely see as a requirement in new developments of the future, says Michael Vaughan.

“Roadstone are a one-stop shop for SuDS. Roadstone can provide a full design service for your Aquaflow paving system issuing a site specific Aquaflow design including construction depths, invert levels, restraints, drainage and any other design elements.”

Roadstone have shown full commitment to SuDS paving solutions by providing a SuDS equivalent for all their popular standard paving ranges. For example Roadstone Castlestone paving range has an Aquaflow Castlestone permeable paving equivalent. Permeable paving is available in a full range of colours including Roadstones popular blended colours. Other permeable finishes are available such as permeable porous asphalt in the form of the “Duraflow” product, permeable “no fines concrete” and “core gravel sheets” complete the permeable range.

CASE STUDY – ÁRAS CHILL DARA, SUSTAINABLE ENERGY IRELAND BUILDING OF THE YEAR 2006

  • Roadstone designed, Formpave Aquaflow system
  • 21,000m² car park
  • ML Aquaflow Paving Blocks and inbitex membrane in a 350mm deep sub-base (specification graded stone with 30% voids to maximize storage) over SC membrane to form a tanked system
  • Use of mains water reduced by incorporating filtered rainwater from the car park, which is stored to overhead storage tanks for non-potable water use.

12 YEARS ON

  • New adjacent 5,000m² asphalt carpark partially drains into the permeable paving and is accommodated by the existing system
  • Áras Chill Dara reported no standing water on the car-park even after major rain events, ensuring cleaner surfaces
  • Aquaflow ML Paving in good condition both visually and structurally
  • Today, the system is fully operational and providing water to overhead storage tanks for non-potable building services use as required

 

 

Interest grows in Roadstone SuDS systems – Construction Industry News

permeable paving, block paving

The following article first appeared in Construction Industry News and can be downloaded HERE

INTEREST GROWS IN ROADSTONE SuDS SYSTEMS AS DEVELOPERS LOOK FOR SURFACE WATER MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS

Across the country water drainage and sewage systems handle the water runoff from large scale developments. As the scale of development increases in the coming years, the problem of surface water management will be greatly exacerbated.

According to Michael Vaughan, Roadstone National Sales Manager Architectural Products, an undeveloped site has a surface water run-off of 10%, while a high density development can experience a run-off of up to 55%.

The challenge of managing surface water run-off is being met by an increased use of SuDS (Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems) or permeable paving systems. One of the key principles of SuDS is reducing water quantity thus dealing with surface water at the source reduces the effects of urbanisation and the impact of localised flooding.

Michael says Roadstone has been receiving an increased number of enquiries from across the country in recent times about Roadstone’s Aquaflow (SuDS) range of paving.

Roadstone Aquaflow system allows rain to infiltrate through a permeable block paved surface into a unique sub-base before being released in a controlled manner into the ground or into main sewers or water courses. The system is capable of handling rainfall of 4500mm per sq. m per hour.

The water leaving the Aquaflow system is cleaned by filtration and microbial action and can also be stored in an integrated tanking system for secondary non-potable uses such as flushing toilets. watering soft landscapes and firefighting. A further advantage of Roadstone’s Aquaflow system is that roof water can be drained through an aquaflow distribution tank directly into the sub-base.

Roadstone can provide all the materials necessary to facilitate the design and construction of the Aquaflow  permeable paving system. Michael explains that the Roadstone team like to get involved in a project as early as possible so the project team can avail of their design and technical expertise.

In 2005, Roadstone designed the Formpave Aquaflow system to facilitate a 21,000-sq m car parking space at Aras Chill Dara, the then new Kildare County Council offices. Over the years,
Aras Chill Dara reported no standing water on the car-park, even after major rain events, ensuring cleaner surfaces. Twelve years on the Aquaflow Paving is still performing its water management function.

 

Developments in Roadstone’s Thermal Liteblock – Irish Building magazine

Part L, Liteblock

The following article first appeared in the Irish Building magazine and can be downloaded HERE

Award Winning Thermal Liteblock

Alan Lowe, Roadstone’s Senior Technical Manager discusses the new developments regarding Roadstone Thermal Liteblock, their large range of thermally modeled construction details and the features and benefits of the Thermal Liteblock which is available from Roadstone outlets nationwide.

Roadstone’s multi-award winning Thermal Liteblock is manufactured by Roadstone in Ireland. Thermal Liteblock is used at key junctions to provide reductions in thermal bridging and heat loss. It has thermal conductivity values less than 0.33 W/mK which is a 300% improvement over standard concrete blocks. This is achieved using a specific mix design which includes lightweight aggregates. This mix produces a robust concrete block with excellent insulation properties while maintaining structural strength and allowing for traditional construction methods to be used. Thermal Liteblock can be used with traditional mortars and renders and is compatible with standard concrete fixings.

By 2016 Thermal Liteblock was established in the market, winning national awards. Speaking to Irish building magazine, Alan says Thermal Liteblock has proved to be a very successful product, being specified by designers on a wide range of domestic, commercial and public projects. He describes Roadstone’s most recent addition to the Thermal Liteblock range, developing a higher strength Thermal Liteblock: “We have recently developed a 13N/mm² Thermal Liteblock. The building regulation minimum standard is 7.5 N/mm² for the compressive strength of standard and lightweight concrete blocks. The 13 N/mm² Thermal Liteblock is suitable where higher design strength is required, such as in commercial developments where compliance with NZEB (Near Zero-Energy Buildings) is required. Thermal Liteblock is now available in a range of strengths, sizes and configurations providing far greater design and construction flexibility for our customers.”

The Roadstone Thermal Liteblock system combines the Roadstone Thermal Liteblock with the Roadstone Concrete Block range, which when used in accordance with the Acceptable Construction Details (ACDs), achieves Psi values equal to or better than the standards set out in TGD Part L 2011. Roadstone have thermally modelled all relevant details in Appendix D of TGD L 2011. From this extensive research, Roadstone are now in a position to provide detail solutions that comply fully with Psi value requirements outlined in TGD L 2011 – Appendix D. Roadstone also offers a specialist design service. Alan explains, “If a client comes to us with a project at the design stage or with bespoke details we can engage our design consultants Evolusion Innovation to carry out fully certified y value calculations for the project. From this, we can assist our customers in identifying cost savings and/or enhanced Building Energy Rating (BER) performance. We have over 150 certified thermally modelled details that are available to our customers for incorporation into their projects.”

“We were able to achieve a thermally efficient block and one which meets the robustness, integrity and strength that is required by the Irish and European standards.”

Alan describes how the Thermal Liteblock was originally developed. “Roadstone recognised back in 2013 that Part L of the building regulations had changed the thermal bridging requirements for construction details. We reviewed the Psi value requirements in Part L and examined how we could achieve a more thermally efficient concrete block to achieve compliance. We completed 12 months of Research & Development to manufacture a concrete block with low density and improved thermal performance while maintaining the required structural characteristics of a concrete block.” Speaking of their success, he says, “We were able to achieve a thermally efficient block and one which meets the robustness, integrity and strength that is required by the Irish and European standards.”

Key features and benefits:

  • Reduced Thermal Bridging resulting in reduced heat loss, and lower heating bills.
  • Excellent thermal conductivity (Lambda λ) value less than 0.33 W/mK for masonry block.
  • Robust and durable concrete block with a minimum compressive strength of 7.5N/mm².
  • Suits traditional construction methods familiar to Irish and UK designers and builders.
  • CE marked – manufactured to the requirements of I.S. EN 771-3 to System 2+.
  • Thermal Liteblock is required only in key locations in conjunction with the Roadstone Concrete Block range.
  • The Roadstone Thermal Liteblock system is a very cost effective solution and can result in significant savings in the overall build cost.
  • Improved (y) value calculations are achieved when using the Roadstone Thermal Liteblock system.
  • When a full building specific (y) value calculation is carried out using the Psi Values incorporating the Roadstone Thermal Liteblock, improved (y) value of between 0.03 and 0.06 can typically be achieved.
  • Compliant U-values are achieved without having to provide a cavity in excess of 150mm.
  • Roadstone Thermal Liteblock is unique in colour to enable traceability on site.
  • Photographic recording of the Thermal Liteblock built on site can then form evidence of compliance for the Assigned Certifier, Architects, Engineers and BER assessors.

Thermal Liteblock’s 2016 Awards:

Winner Best Interior Building Product – RIAI Architecture Choice Awards
Winner Best New Product Innovation – Irish Build & Design Awards
Winner Construction Product of the Year – Irish Construction Industry Awards