ALUSID Sustainable Materials

ALUSID LTD is a new UK based company, manufacturing an exciting range of unique, highly sustainable interior and exterior architectural surface materials.

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ALUSID is a spin-off company from the Silicate Research Unit of University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

AluSiD was the name given to launch prototype examples of the ‘Eco-material’ David and Dr Alasdair Bremner had been developing as part of the AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council) funded research project called ‘The Aesthetic of Waste”. The research project examines mineral waste as a potential alternative to traditional construction materials.

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ALUSID will be launching its first product range at 100% Design 2015 in London this September.


Our products made from 95%-100% recycled waste glass and ceramic offer complete control of colour, tone and texture, creating a genuinely sustainable alternative to imported natural stone products.

ActiveSmart Technology from Fisher & Paykel

We live in a designed world and we believe everybody deserves good design. The ongoing collaboration between design engineers and customers has changed the course of appliance design for us as a company and for those who use our products day in and day out.

Fisher & Paykel are striving to set themselves apart from the competition with their ActiveSmart refrigeration technology.

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ActiveSmart consists of a microprocessor, interior temperature sensors, independently controlled variable speed fans and multiple air ducts. The microprocessor controls how the refrigerator operates based on changing patterns of use. The sensors continuously send information to the microprocessor, which analyses and adjusts the fan speed and compressor operations accordingly to deliver a consistent and stable temperature. Continuous feedback means that ActiveSmart has the ability to respond to intelligently adapt to daily use to help save energy, cooling and defrosting only when they need to without compromising on food care.


Taking the idea of the flexible DishDrawer and ActiveSmart refrigeration technology, Fisher & Paykel developed the CoolDrawer, a multi-temperature drawer-based fridge. It can be placed anywhere in the kitchen or home and the CoolDrawer provides five temperature settings to deliver total flexibility – fridge, freezer, chill, pantry and wine mode.

Intelligent Design

One of the worst things about replacing a refrigerator is waiting for he new unit to cool to the desired temperature. Fisher & Paykel’s Rapid Chill feature is very convenient. Independent variable-speed fans control airflow through multiple air ducts to all compartment as well as rapid chill and freezing to ensure food safety and maintain food quality.

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Fisher & Paykel built-in appliances are designed to install flush with existing cabinet openings – provided you have 25″ of depth and 72″ of height. The depth of the newly designed refrigerators is 23.75″ without the door panel. This shorter design might prove to be easier to work with than other 84″ models but some families may find the 16.8 cu. ft. (5.1 freezer, 11.7 refrigerator) of storage inadequate for their needs.


Viking Expands Dishwasher recall

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Viking Range, LLC is extending a recall on Dishwashers from 2012 to include 18,600 models sold in the US and Canada.

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, Viking is voluntarily expanding a previously announced recall of Viking 24″ wide dishwashers to include certain Model 200, Model 325, and Model 450 dishwashers manufactured before April 1, 2011.

An electrical component in the dishwasher can overheat, posing a fire hazard. Viking has received 21 reports of actual fires.

If you own a Viking dishwasher, locate your model number and check it against the chart. The first six numbers in the serial number are the manufacture date in MMDDYY format.

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This recall affects dishwashers in all finishes sold at appliance and specialty retail stores in the US and Canada from July 2008 through March 2012 for between $1,225 and $2,000.

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If your dishwasher is part of the recall, contact Viking for your free in-home repair at 1-800-241-7239 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.


Whirlpool Recalls Jenn-Air Wall Ovens Due to Burn Risk

Whirlpool Corporation is recalling 41,000 Jenn-Air brand single and double wall ovens, and combination microwave/wall ovens with an extendable roller rack with handle.

The extendable roller rack can unexpectedly disengage when fully extended, posing a risk of burns to consumers.

The models affected were sold from March 2012 through June 2015 and have model numbers beginning with JJW2, JMW2, JJW3 and JMW3 and a serial number beginning with a D or F.

The ovens were sold in the US and Canada at various retail locations.

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Model and serial numbers for single and double ovens are located under the control panel, and for combination ovens, the model and serial number are located near the center vent of the lower oven.

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Consumers with affected ovens should stop using the extendable roller rack and contact Whirlpool Corporation for a free in-home inspection and repair.

Contact Whirlpool Corporation toll-free from 8:00AM – 8:00PM ET Monday through Friday and 8:00AM – 4:30PM ET on Saturday. at 1-877-929-2029. Or click this link to determine if your model is affected.