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Warmafloor help the British elite sailors warm-up for the Olympics


Life for some of the world's best sailors could be a little bit more comfortable in the future thanks to Underfloor heating specialist Warmafloor (GB) Ltd. The company's systems have been installed at the new Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPSA) in Portland, Dorset which has been selected as the venue for the 2012 Olympic sailing events, should London be chosen to host the games.

Weymouth Bay and Portland harbour are widely recognised as some of the finest sailing waters in the UK. As a result, a new purpose built onshore facility has been developed, providing a superb venue, not only for events and training, but also as a teaching centre and active members club for all abilities.

Facilities include a licensed clubhouse, conference/meeting rooms, slipways, a boat hoist, permanent crane and storage for all types of boats.

The Warmafloor installation, uses 20mm Polybutylene barrier pipe which is a 5 layer co extrusion specially manufactured for the project. The pipe has a fifty-year life time guarantee and was the natural choice for this landmark facility, providing a cost effective alternative to other heating systems and avoiding the need for surface mounted equipment that might be susceptible to damage. The installation provides readily controllable, energy efficient heating to the 414m2 ground floor which incorporates meeting areas, changing and shower rooms.

System selction also helps WSPA comply with the strict environmental standards it has set. The environmental impact that the manufacturing process of Polybutylene, in terms both of energy usage and emissions is markedly less than is the case for alternative metal pipe systems and many other types of plastics. In common with other polyolefin thermoplastics, Polybutylene can be recycled if required.

The academy has three principal functions: to promote the sport of sailing at all levels, to provide a facility for the community to use and to contribute to the economic regeneration of the area.

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