Schüco Polymer Technologies KG presented Schüco LivIngSlide, its new PVC-U lift-and-slide door system, at FENSTERBAU FRONTALE 2018 in Nuremberg.

Designed for demanding requirements with regard to stability, joint weathertightness and watertightness, the system features rolled and weldable EPDM gaskets as standard. Fabricators benefit from quick and easy fabrication and installation. The vent frame, for example, can be fabricated by machine in a processing centre.


Patented sealing technology

The unique feature of the new Schüco LivIngSlide lift-and-slide door construction is the weldable and rolled EPDM glazing gasket in the vent frame which comes as standard. It combines the advantage of long-term weathertightness which is typical of EPDM gaskets with the weldability of, for example, TPE gaskets.

This creates a continuous gasket frame with soft inner corners even after the welding process – with increased watertightness in the corner areas and a closed corner design. The top-quality material retains its high sealing effect throughout its useful life.

It is UV-resistant, stable in cold temperatures and suitable for use in all types of buildings and climate zones, offering permanent elasticity in temperatures ranging from -40 to +120 degrees Celsius.

Schüco is currently the only system provider to offer its customers such a high-quality EPDM gasket rolled as standard. Schüco first presented the sealing technology, developed with Semperit for the Schüco LivIng system platform and since patented by Semperit, at Fensterbau 2016.

Picture credits: Schüco Polymer Technologies KG The new Schüco LivIngSlide lift-and-slide door system meets the highest standards in terms of comfort and design and benefits from efficient fabrication and installation.
Picture credits: Schüco Polymer Technologies KG The new Schüco LivIngSlide lift-and-slide door system meets the highest standards in terms of comfort and design and benefits from efficient fabrication and installation.


Design details

Schüco LivIngSlide is based on a 6-chamber vent profile construction. With a vent basic depth of 82 mm, the system achieves Uf values to 1.2 W/(m2K). In a white design, unit sizes up to 6500 mm wide and 2600 mm are possible – taking into consideration the maximum vent weight of 400 kg.

The stability of such large-format constructions is achieved with steel reinforcements in the vent frame, designed as closed rectangular tubes. Moving and fixed vents can be combined to make easy-to-operate two, three and four-vent units, and designed as one or two-track sliding systems.

A roller carriage support is used for secure centring and fixing, guaranteeing easy operation. Depending on the vent types, burglar resistance up to RC2 is possible. With a frame trim basic depth of 194 mm, the system is suitable for newbuilds and renovations in any climate zone.

Picture credits: Schüco Polymer Technologies KG The new Schüco LivIngSlide lift-and-slide door system meets the highest standards in terms of comfort and design and benefits from efficient fabrication and installation.
Picture credits: Schüco Polymer Technologies KG The new Schüco LivIngSlide lift-and-slide door system meets the highest standards in terms of comfort and design and benefits from efficient fabrication and installation.


Added value for fabricators

Schüco LivIngSlide is integrated in the Schüco LivIng range and therefore compatible with the window and door system of the same name. Fabricators can therefore use a large number of identical accessory articles, such as glazing beads and other glazing accessories. Using a processing centre allows for efficient vent fabrication.

Fabricators also benefit from additive adhesive technology and glazing beads that vary by 2 mm in their strength. This means that glazing from 24 mm up to a maximum of 52 mm, and therefore special glazing as well, can easily be precisely accommodated, without having to switch the glazing bead gaskets. This saves fabrication time.

The stable, closed vent cross section, which does not require stabilising additional measures, also helps shorten fabrication time. The subsequent installation is made simpler by connector kits with moulded parts, among other things.

This reduces the amount of sprayable sealant and simplifies fabrication considerably. Fabricators can also order the profiles cut to the optimum length with the right fittings and handles as a complete package from a single source at Schüco.

In terms of colour, the profiles can be designed with a wide range of foils, the exclusive Schüco AutomotiveFinish surface finish technology or the clip-on Schüco TopAlu aluminium cover cap.

The system is scheduled to be available at the end of 2018.




Roof Maker’s new Passive House Flat Rooflight has set a new standard in energy efficiency.

The rooflight is the first in the world to achieve the prestigious Passive House standard and to receive accreditation from the Passivhaus Trust.

If you’re wondering what all this means and how it could benefit your property, read on.


What is Passive House?

Passive House is an aspirational standard of energy efficiency, designed to dramatically reduce a building’s ecological footprint.

The standard originated in Europe, back in 1988. Its name comes from the German term, Passivhaus. The first Passivhaus residences were built in Germany in 1990.

Introducing a world first in energy efficient rooflight design


The Passive House standard

Achieving the Passive House standard is no mean feat. To do so, a product must pass rigorous testing and meet strict criteria.

Two of these criteria are that the building must:

  • Prevent heat loss, achieving a set limit on the amount of air that can leak out
  • Maintain a comfortable temperature, achieving set limits on its heating/cooling requirements


The importance of Passive House

Passive House standards:

  • Keep your energy bills to an absolute minimum
  • Reduce your CO2 emissions by reducing your use of fossil fuels
  • Help to counter the threat of climate change
  • Save our limited natural resources, giving us more time to find renewable alternatives

The cost of installing Passive House elements is generally outweighed by their energy saving potential.


Roof Maker is a world leader in green innovations

Since 2001, Roof Maker has been designing innovative, contemporary products that combine outstanding energy efficiency with timeless style.

To avert climate change, we understand the need to cut carbon emissions and conserve our precious natural resources. While UK Building Regulations have tightened to meet these ends, we have always strived to do better.

Through ongoing research and development we have created products that far exceed the requirements of the Building Regulations, offering superior insulation and significant energy savings.

Meeting the Passive House standard with a rooflight is a world first and a momentous achievement. It is also a huge step forward in the development of housing that is healthier for its occupants and the environment.

Impressively the rooflight has achieved Passive House standard with a three-pane triple glazed unit, rather than the four or five panes you might expect. Keeping the number of panes to a minimum results in a lighter unit that transports easily and is quicker to fit.


Listening to our customers

At Roof Maker we work closely with our customers, using your feedback to continually research and develop better products.

When it comes to rooflights, you have told us you want:

  • To increase the natural light in your home
  • Classic designs that will suit your property — whether it’s old or new
  • Glass that is easy to keep clean
  • A manageable unit that is quick and easy to fit
  • A built-in upstand, prefabricated to the optimum angle
  • A durable product, guaranteed to last

But you don’t want:

  • Your heating bills to increase
  • Your rooflight to create a ‘greenhouse effect’ in hot weather
  • Chunky frames that collect dirt and obstruct the light flow
  • Sun damaged fabrics and furnishings

The Passive House Rooflight fulfils all these criteria.

Introducing a world first in energy efficient rooflight design


Benefits of the Passive House Flat Rooflight

The Passive House Flat Rooflight:

  • Features a contemporary frameless design to let in more natural light
  • Offers exceptional insulation to prevent heat loss, draughts and condensation
  • Retains the warmth from your heating appliances in cold weather
  • Keeps your heating requirements and bills to a minimum
  • Has Solar Control to keep your room cool and comfortable in warm weather
  • Blocks harmful UV rays and prevents your furnishings and fabrics from fading
  • Has a self-cleaning coating, which reduces the need for manual cleaning
  • Is triple glazed for a lighter, more manageable unit that can be moved easily
  • Has a built-in upstand for quick and easy fitting
  • Carries an industry-leading 20-year unit seal warranty and a 10-year guarantee against frame discolouration, cracking and shape deterioration


Energy saving potential

Like many Roof Maker products, the Passive House Flat Rooflight is triple glazed as standard. The unit comprises three 6mm panes of glass, separated by argon-filled cavities.

Research has shown that replacing single glazed or old double glazed units with triple glazing can cut your energy bills by 50%, if your home is properly insulated.


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Roof Maker is a world leader in the design, manufacture and supply of high quality rooflights and bi-fold door systems — including the new Passive House Flat Rooflight.

Our premium glazed products are designed to transform your living space into a bright, comfortable and energy efficient space you will enjoy for many years to come.

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Impelling window profiles not only to look like wood, but also feel like it too.

Cool and cosy. At first glance these current design trends seem contrary to each other. But behind the words the two senses, touch and sight, are currents which move slowly and steadily closer. Impelling window profiles not only to look like wood, but also feel like it too.

RENOLIT developed the three-dimensional VLF emboss to realize desire for greater authenticity. The dynamic deep grain structure displays a brushed and sandblasted surface. The surface finish is linear and uniform, and despite its contoured structure it is also very robust.

“We combined the matt and even feel with proven scratch resistance”, confirmed Franz Josef Weber, Product Manager in the RENOLIT EXTERIOR business unit.

In conjunction with plain colours, the new VLF emboss is reminiscent of freshly painted solid wood.
In conjunction with plain colours, the new VLF emboss is reminiscent of freshly painted solid wood.


Natural and refined

VLF has a very natural appearance and is therefore in keeping with current hardwood trends. Since the popularity for oak designs is unwavering, the company will be presenting the new emboss in four different oak designs at Nuremberg.

The light “Ginger Oak” woodgrain embodies the natural wood concept, whilst the dark “Amaranth Oak” occupies the other end of the colour scale. Somewhere in the middle lies “Honey Oak”, a woodgrain that radiates a special warmth, whereas the light grey sheen of the bleached “Weissbach Eiche” appears more distant and restrained.

Common to all designs however is their authentic appearance and a subtle silver shimmer that varies with perspective, which sheds a noble kind of light.

When combined with solid colours, VLF is a stylish accompaniment to modern architecture and reminiscent of freshly painted solid wood. At Fensterbau Frontale, six popular plain colours were on display with this emboss, for example White, Cream White, Dark Green, Grey and Anthracite Grey.

In contrast, the flat matt emboss “Ulti-Matt” is strikingly stylish. “A gloss level between 1.0 and 3.5 gives the surface an almost sanded appearance.” Leon James, Product Manager at RENOLIT’s UK manufacturing site, is responsible for its development.

Produced in RENOLIT EXOFOL PX high-performance film grade, it provides an alternative to powder coating. Ulti-Matt’s appeal was displayed in conjunction with white, cream and anthracite grey and with the new real “Black”. This exact black is also available with the modern VLF and classic woodgrain textures.

The presentation of the new product introductions broke new ground at this year’s leading trade fair. As an oversized simulation the various colours were demonstrated in combination with façades and window profiles.

RENOLIT also presented a selection of nine new colours and woodgrains live in product pillars. Carefully lit, the visitor was able to see the original patterns in all their details.

RENOLIT EXOFOL PX Ulti-Matt emboss is a realistic alternative to powder coating.
RENOLIT EXOFOL PX Ulti-Matt emboss is a realistic alternative to powder coating.


Professional Corner Pen from the original film manufacturer

The launch of the RENOLIT EXOFOL Professional Corner Pen, a small but important tool for window manufacturing was celebrated at Nuremberg. Using the pen, imperfect welds and mitre joints can be precisely matched to the colour of film-laminated surface.

With the help of the RENOLIT EXOFOL Professional Corner Pen, the welds on the mitres can be colour-adjusted.

“With our service products, as the original film manufacturer, we offer customers additional reliability” says Harald Neunzehn, head of the RENOLIT Film Service, which also distributes the RENOLIT EXOFOL Professional Cleaner. It is such attention to detail that has contributed to the original foil manufacturer’s success.

With the help of the RENOLIT EXOFOL Professional Corner Pen, the welds on the mitres can be colour-adjusted.
With the help of the RENOLIT EXOFOL Professional Corner Pen, the welds on the mitres can be colour-adjusted.





(Not) a question of size

Architecture began to be substantially impacted by the development and the opportunities of glass manufacturing at the time when glass production became affordable, i.e. with the advent of float glass processes, which made it possible to produce glass in larger sizes.

Over the last few years there has been quite an Olympic size contest among glass manufacturers. Lengths up to 18 metres are now feasible, and one company already has its sights very firmly on the 20-metre mark for 2018. Glasses in XXL sizes can still only be found in selected projects – and of course at glasstec 2018 in Düsseldorf.      

For a long time, whenever the issue of transparency was discussed in architecture, expertise and technology in glazing were measured in terms of the most efficient U-value.

And it’s certainly true that, over a period of 50 years, it has been possible to move from single glazing through the first generation of insulation glass to today’s triple thermal insulation glazing.

This has reduced the Ug value from over 5.0 W/(m2K) to 0.7 W/(m2K), bringing it down to almost one tenth. However, the contest for the most efficient heat insulation in thermal glazing has more or less come to an end now.

Although further improvements are technically possible through quadruple or vacuum glazing, they involve so much more effort and costs, and they have so many other functional drawbacks that they cannot currently cover the full range of the market. They seem unlikely to gain much ground in the future or to be genuinely worthwhile.

In May 2017 the House of European History opened its gates in Brussels. The building, which dates back to the 1930s, is a former dental clinic and was extended to include a “glass implant” with a façade consisting of glass fins of up to 3.8 metres in length. (Photo credit: sedak GmbH & Co. KG, Christian Fabris)
In May 2017 the House of European History opened its gates in Brussels. The building, which dates back to the 1930s, is a former dental clinic and was extended to include a “glass implant” with a façade consisting of glass fins of up to 3.8 metres in length. (Photo credit: sedak GmbH & Co. KG, Christian Fabris)


Glass has increased in size

However, the heat insulation of glass is only one aspect among many that play a role in architecture. We only need to remind ourselves of fire and sound protection and shading – a feature which can now be handled by the actual glazing, thanks to electrochromic (switchable) glass.

It involves no mechanical components such as external Venetian blinds or external roller blinds, which are often susceptible to malfunctioning and can no longer withstand wind impact at high altitudes.

And where superlatives are concerned, glass sizes are currently a much discussed issue in the glass industry, moving away from the significance of glazing for architecture as a purely practical matter and focusing more on aspects of design and aesthetics.

We might even say that glazing has become a big issue again – gaining quite literally in size. With active support from planners – though also challenged by them – glass manufacturers are now engaged in a fierce contest that will decide who eventually succeeds in manufacturing, processing and finishing even bigger glasses.

The glass manufacturers that are currently setting the tone for what is feasible in the development of XXL glasses are Sedak, along with Thiele Glas, AGC Interpane, Saint-Gobain and others. Each of these companies is now able to produce 18 × 3.21 metre glasses, though Sedak is already envisaging 3.51 × 20 metres from the middle of 2018 onwards.

They will then be manufacturing and finishing “the biggest glasses in the world”. And as such over-sized glasses somehow need to be transported from A to B, Sedak – a glass finishing company founded in 2007 – has developed a special inloader for this purpose. It can put 16-metre glasses on the road and is probably the longest HGV semitrailer for glass, with a total length of 23 metres.

XXL glass on its way to the autoclaves at the glass manufacturing company Sedak – one of the specialists in the production and finishing of XXL glasses. (Photo credit: sedak GmbH & Co. KG)
XXL glass on its way to the autoclaves at the glass manufacturing company Sedak – one of the specialists in the production and finishing of XXL glasses. (Photo credit: sedak GmbH & Co. KG) 


Structural stability and logistics – the challenges of XXL glasses

In reality, the manufacturing of XXL glasses is only one side of the coin. Finishing and logistics are equally important and therefore need to be resolved and mastered.

After all, XXL glasses go through just as many manufacturing stages – from the float glass bed to installation at the construction site – and just as many finishing stages as normal-sized glasses.

The dimensions of such glasses only differ with regard to thickness (6 to 20 mm), while the process as such is the same as for any other sizes. However, things get trickier when it comes to ensuring structural stability in a given building.

This is because mounting devices, load-bearing sections and surfaces must be able to bear the enormous weight of the glasses (between two and three tonnes, depending on size) and also cope with wind and perhaps snow.

And of course there is another issue that needs to be resolved: once a large glass has reached the construction site on a truck, it needs to be transported to its final destination without the risk of damage or indeed total destruction.

 Expertise in glass manufacturing and finishing is only one side of the coin. Putting the product on the road and taking it to its destination is equally important. Sedak has developed its own HGV semitrailer for this purpose. the “inliner” can transport glass panes of up to 16 metres in length. (Photo credit: sedak GmbH & Co. KG)
Expertise in glass manufacturing and finishing is only one side of the coin. Putting the product on the road and taking it to its destination is equally important. Sedak has developed its own HGV semitrailer for this purpose. the “inliner” can transport glass panes of up to 16 metres in length.(Photo credit: sedak GmbH & Co. KG)


New technologies in glass processing and finishing

Depending on each customer’s preferences, the finishing of XXL glasses involve the same stages as any other glass: processing (i.e. cutting, drilling and edge treatment), pre-tensioning (partial toughening, safety tempering and heat soak testing), ceramic printing (web-feed and digital printing), coating and laminating.

Glasses up to a length of five metres can even be bent in a furnace. If glasses are very large, cold-bending methods are applied, with a limited minimum bending radius (1500 x glass thickness, for example, a 12-metre radius for 8-mm glass).

This shows that the parameters and therefore limits in using XXL glasses are set not only in production, but also by the further processing and finishing of such glasses. AGC Interpane and Sedak, for instance, are currently both in a position to make multi-pane thermal glasses up to 3.21 x 15 metres. Larger sizes can only be achieved for mono glasses.


Robust edge seals and switchable glasses

Alongside finishing, logistics and installation, with XXL glasses, the focus is also on edge seals and sun protection. At least one edge is limited to a length of 3.2 metres, so that the deadweight for larger glasses increases disproportionately on the narrow side, due to the manufacturing process.

Depending on the mounting of the glass onto the façade, the bond on the edge seal must achieve far more to ensure structural stability and to satisfy the need for impermeability. Unlike structural stability, the energetic relevance of the edge seal decreases in proportion to the increase in glass size.

This is because the thermal bridge impact of the seal is reduced in relation to the surface area ratio. On the other hand, it is all the more important to have a reliable and efficient sun shield. Under conventional construction, e.g. with external blinds, this is virtually impossible with large glasses and particularly at high altitudes.

Another aspect is the aesthetic element: It is counter-productive to emphasise the transparency of a building through the use of oversized glass, if the windows are then hidden behind blinds. Although the heat input can be noticeably reduced through low emission coating, the glare from bright sunshine still remains unresolved if no shade is provided.

For XXL glasses it seems that switchable glazing – offered, for instance, by Saint Gobain under the brand name SageGlass – is virtually predestined as a smart solution to address all three issues: glare, aesthetics and wind load. The cost of energy (Sageglass: 2.4 W per square metre) is almost negligible, considering the money saved on the installation and maintenance of blinds.

The result is that you can always see out of the window, as the view through the glass is never obstructed in any way, even when the glass is dimmed. Switchable glass technology makes it possible to trigger the tint either actively or passively.

The most promising solution is currently the active electrochromic variety (e.g. EControl glass) with internal nanostructured coating. The glass turns blue when a low voltage is applied, creating the so-called “electrochromic effect”.


Impressive references as a testimony to expertise

For a glass manufacturer references are the best form of advertising. References not only show the outstanding architecture that can be achieved with XXL glasses, but also how much expertise is required in the implementation of such projects.

One example is the replacement of the 45-year-old glass façades of the UNCTAD building, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, in Geneva. They are 13 metres high and made from non-tempered glass, unusual for 1971. They were probably the largest glasses ever used up until then.

The 15-metre glass façade panes for the new Apple headquarters in Cupertino were another sensation. Such projects do of course arouse ambitions among architects and image-conscious companies, and we can safely assume that Sedak’s 20-metre achievement won’t mark the end of the development and manufacturing of XXL glasses.


Experience multifunctional XXL glass formats for yourself at glasstec 2018

The performance of glass manufacturers and finishers is measured against the challenges of modern glazing posed by principles of aesthetics, design, energy efficiency, functionality, comfort and construction.

There are now specially cut, curved and bent glasses, glasses with striking printing, glasses that can be dimmed as little or as much as required, and indeed glasses of hitherto unparalleled dimensions.

This illustrates the enormous diversity of today’s glass processing. As a result, glass has gained a prominent position as a building material in architecture. glasstec 2018 represents today’s know-how of the glass industry and showcases its visions for tomorrow and beyond.



Extrudaseal are delighted to have launched their new aluminium bi-fold lock-housing mechanism and cover system.

Developed in response to fabricator demand, this rigid PVC-U extrusion delivers an exacting and flush fit inside the sash frame, minimizing adjustment of locking mechanisms. The specially designed cover system comes with easy to fit Eurogroove casing suitable for alumininium bi-folding door systems.

Paul James, Sales Director at Extrudaseal explained: “In developing a lock-housing which sits flush with the frame but most importantly tight within it, we’re able to eliminate any movement.

“The major innovation is that the housing features two additional legs, which reinforce and deliver far greater structural integrity to the profile.

“When its fixed within the frame with fixing screws there’s no movement whatsoever and because it’s also flush with the frame it’s also far less likely that you’re going to have to adjust the operation of the lock.”

The new lock-housing is available from Extrudaseal in black, white and anthracite grey, the latest in a line of new products from the components specialist.


Extrudaseal has manufactured more than 10,000 km of gaskets in the last year, alongside weather seals, Glazepta tapes and U-channels, pressure plates, box sections and bi-folding door seals for leading systems.

This includes manufacturing gaskets for a wealth of aluminium systems, including Smart, ALUK, Metaltech, Senior and Ikon, amongst others.

Suitable for retrofit and use with a wide range of leading aluminium systems including ALUK, like the new lock housing, it was developed by ExtrudaSeal’s in-house design team, specifically in response to installer and fabricator demand.

“We have a track record of product development. We’re a specialist manufacturer and our focus is on developing designs which lever additional advantage to our customers, while also reducing their cost”, said James.

“We have our ear to the ground, listen to what our customers are saying and work closely with them to develop products which address their specific concerns or deliver new opportunity.

“The development of our new lock-housing epitomises this approach”, he concluded.

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Schmalz has developed the system especially for CNC machining centers made by Bystronic.

Schmalz has revised its proven SQC vacuum clamping system for glass machining and made the design much more streamlined. This makes use on Bystronic glass grinding machines even simpler. Thanks to the quick-change system that can be operated without tools, setup times are significantly reduced.

Schmalz has developed the system especially for CNC machining centers made by Bystronic. This allows grinding of glass workpieces, for example designer and automotive glass on all sides. The clamping system consists of the suction cup mount (base), the suction cups and the covers for the unused vacuum connections.

The cover protects the connections and mechanical parts of the change system from contamination. When changing workpieces, users can retrofit the system very quickly: The base is fixed with a hollow bolt and can remain permanently on the machine table.

The suction cups can be easily attached, to remove suction cups only one push button must be pressed. The covers are also effortlessly attached and can be locked in a similar way to a bayonet fastener. Additional tools are not required.

The new Schmalz system is also very flexible: Depending on the glass geometry, the user can now choose between square and round suction areas. As a result, the Bystronic machines can be retrofitted on a one-to-one basis with Schmalz suction cups.

Due to the slimmer shaft of the aluminum housing below the suction area, the suction cups can be placed closer to the processing edge. The machining becomes even more precise and low vibration. Mixed operation with original suction cups and Schmalz suction cups is also possible.

The cups installed on the machine table suck in and fix panes of different geometries. Smooth machining and peripheral grinding is possible as a result. Users produce very precise and dimensionally stable parts.

An abrasion-resistant coating allows the absorption of high lateral forces between the suction cup and the glass part. The workpiece always remains securely in position even with strong lateral forces.

Glass sheets are handled particularly gently. Incorrect clamping can quickly lead to damage and expensive waste. In order to prevent this, Schmalz makes the interchangeable sealing frames of its system with the material HT1, which leaves very few marks.


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Tvitec fabricated more than 2.000 sqm of different architectural glass solutions.

Uría Menéndez is considered one of the most prestigious lawyer’s offices in Europe. Over a thousand people are working at their offices worldwide. Their new headquarters, in line with the firm’s prestige, will have a truly iconic design right in Madrid city centre (Spain).

The glass has transformed the façade of an old building at 42 Suero de Quiñones Street, both in terms of aesthetics and energy efficiency. Tvitec has supplied the glass panes for the entire building envelope, with high performance solutions and including about six oversized units, clearly visible on the main façade.

10m glass panes, laminated, toughened and fritted on the new Uría Menéndez Abogados sustainable headquarters

These large glass panes, 10m long by 3m wide, top the whole façade, designed by the renowned Rafael de La-Hoz architect office. Tvitec has shown on this project their capabilities in laminating extra-large glass panes.

Each unit has been laminated by using SentryGlas interlayers to improve the safety and soundproofing of the building envelope. In addition, all lites were toughened and heat-soak tested, and digitally printed with a white pattern that creates a unique design of high durability.

Altogether, Tvitec supplied more than 2,000 sqm of several different solutions in high quality architectural glass. The inner skin of the façade is made of insulating glass units which serve as a support to the above mentioned large units, among others, smaller, located on the side parts of the building.

10m glass panes, laminated, toughened and fritted on the new Uría Menéndez Abogados sustainable headquarters

This is the way Tvitec’s high performance and eco-efficient architectural glass contributes to the bioclimatic façade that the architects designed in order to assist the natural ventilation in Summer and keep the heat in Winter. For the 10m units, barely available in Europe but through Tvitec, the design team chose Planitherm XN II (Saint Gobain) on low-iron.

In addition to the sustainability that Tvitec’s architectural glass provides, the lamination process enhances the safety and soundproofing properties of the glass as this building is located in a really central and noisy part of Madrid.

10m glass panes, laminated, toughened and fritted on the new Uría Menéndez Abogados sustainable headquarters



Smart homes and buildings are green, sustainable, and feature windows that know the weather and whether to tint or not. Windows so intelligent that they automatically respond to block out solar heat and reduce glare so that you’re always comfortable, all the while keeping your views. And because you know best, they can respond to a tap, a switch, or your voice. Halio smart-tinting glass brings the future to you today.

An advanced natural light management system.

Halio provides everything you need to fine-tune your comfort and privacy by controlling the amount of daylight that comes into a room. You can tint individual windows or a bank of them to create a unique ambience to suit your mood.

Halio is a versatile standalone system, with wall mounted controls or tablet and phone apps for remote control, automation, and fine-tuning. It also integrates easily with existing home and building automation systems.

output_y3VcYrTints and clears right before your eyes.

Halio technology is laminated onto glass to block up to 99.9% visible light. In its clear state, Halio allows 70% visible light transmission. The amount of light transmitted is lowered when Halio gets an electrical charge that triggers a chemical reaction. Within seconds, you can literally see the electrical charge changing the amount of light that is transmitted – and in less than a minute, you’ve got shade and glare relief. Electricity is used only during tinting or clearing.

Neutral gray shades: versatile, sophisticated, and timeless.

Halio’s classic, elegant cool gray tints complement every design style and sensibility. There are no strange undertones or hues to jar the eye. Halio is also ideal for interior walls and partitions to create multi-use rooms that provide privacy on demand. Halio allows up to 50 shades of gray, but provides 7 discrete levels for quick access.

output_P12dv1A truly green building material.

Halio can reduce energy usage by up to 20%, making it a significant contributor to a LEED certification. While its energy efficiency positively affects the environment, its ability to give us maximum light without the negative effects is what boosts occupant health and mood.

Further, while the surest way to prevent fading and sun damage is to put your prized possessions in cold, dark rooms, Halio lets you enjoy them out in the open by providing protection against direct sunlight. Fabrics, furniture, and other interiors last longer. With Halio, you can be eco-friendly without having to think about it.

Halio is easy to install and integrates seamlessly with building and home automation systems.

Once the glass is installed using tried and true installation methods, getting the system up and running is virtually automatic. No equipment or installation manuals needed – just a mobile app that takes the guesswork out of ensuring all the systems are communicating properly. The Halio app auto-configures, tests, and troubleshoots the system as it’s being installed. If you already have a home or building automation system in place, Halio becomes the “thoughtful collaborator.”





The new Sistema Masa project is the Al Brooq Tower, in Doha (Qatar). It is a tower with ceramic facade cladding that will have 43 heights and 258 floors.

Due to the magnitude of the project, we will install a new security staple, the R-45 model, which guarantees the security of the plate.


New clip for ceramic facade cladding

The Bay West Bay of Doha is a site where the great towers and buildings are becoming more numerous. In fact, the Al Brooq Tower is a new example of large constructions that Sistema Masa has carried out in Qatar. In this case, it is a luxury residential building that will have 43 floors and 258 floors.

  • Architects: CICO Consulting Architects Engineers
  • Location: West Bay, Doha (Qatar)
  • Approximate surface: 10.000m2
  • System: PF-AL-T/SO-S-R45
  • Type of building: residential
  • Cladding: Neolith in 6+

The Brooq Tower will have a ceramic facade cladding that will be reinforced to counteract the wind conditions in front of a building of such height. Therefore, for this project we have developed our new hidden security clip: the R45 model.

This clip model provides greater security in this type of lightweight cladding, because in addition to the structural adhesive that we use to join the cladding with the profile, the clip holds the cladding through a slot at 45 degrees made by the back of it.

New residential tower with ceramic facade cladding | Sistema Masa

New residential tower with ceramic facade cladding | Sistema Masa

Thanks to this new system of the Sistema Masa, we ensure that the ceramic facade cladding does not suffer any damage as a result of wind gusts. A tower with such a high height must be well insured in its structure, materials, systems and facade cladding.


More examples of large towers

Al Brooq Tower is another example of great towers that we have built in other countries, especially in Qatar. There the most avant-garde architecture and the tallest towers are the main feature of the most important business area of the country. The last example of which we speak is the Dusit Hotel, with a height of 46 meters and whose facade cladding is also ceramic.

New residential tower with ceramic facade cladding | Sistema Masa

The meteorological conditions of Qatar are one of the main handicaps of the construction that we carry out in this area. Another example where the safety of the facade cladding was reinforced by the height of the building was the Commercial Building Marina Mix 0-52 project.

New residential tower with ceramic facade cladding | Sistema Masa

In all of Qatar’s projects, the importance of installing ventilated façades as the type of facade cladding is vital, since high temperatures in the country require insulation systems that guarantee energy efficiency.

Sistema Masa


New accessory in Roto’s range of friction scissor stays / Retainer with multi-stage locking function for Top-Hung windows / Reliable locking of window sashes / For sash formats up to 900 mm x 2500 mm.

In many regions where outward opening windows are popular thanks to their tight seal, high wind loads place a key role in designing windows.

The high-quality “Roto FS Kempton” friction scissor stays ensure that window sashes can be opened outwards in a controlled and safe manner, even in strong winds. Roto has now added a useful accessory to the range in the form of a new retainer for Top-Hung windows, i.e. outward opening hinged windows.

The new retainer for Top-Hung windows features a multi-stage locking function and also allows the window sash to be reliably locked in the selected opening position. This ensures that the sash does not slam shut or swing open in sudden gusts of wind.

The retainer is available in three different sizes so that it can be ideally combined with the Roto friction scissor stays from the HX, TH and HB TH series in sizes of 16″, 22″ and 26″. The Roto retainer can be used on the left and right and must be fitted to the sash in pairs. Sashes up to a maximum size of 900 mm x 2500 mm can be equipped with the retainer.


Extremely corrosion-resistant

The new retainer is manufactured from austenitic stainless steel (grade 1.4301) in the same way as the friction scissor stays from the “Roto FS Kempton” range. This makes it highly resistant to corrosion and ideal for use near the coast or in heavily industrialised regions. The retainer is also tested in accordance with BS 6375-2:2009.

All information about the new retainer and Roto’s range of friction scissor stays is compiled in the “Roto FS Kempton” general catalogue, which is available to download in German and English at



UBC chemistry researchers have developed a simple, cost-effective technique for making smart windows that could lead the way for wide-scale adoption of this energy-saving technology.

Smart windows conserve building energy by switching from clear to tinted, dynamically controlling heat and light from the sun, depending on the building and occupants’ needs.

“Conventional windows waste a third of all energy used to heat, ventilate and air condition buildings,” said Curtis Berlinguette, a professor of chemistry, chemical & biological engineering and the Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute at UBC. “Smart window technologies offer the opportunity to reduce these energy losses but the main challenge is finding ways to make these windows less expensive.”

Wei Cheng, who led this project as part of his postdoctoral work at UBC, found a new way to make glass materials that change colour in response to electricity, building on a technique co-developed in Berlinguette’s lab.

Cheng’s method deposits a liquid solution containing a metal ion onto glass and then uses ultraviolet light to transform it into a film that coats the glass. The film is completely transparent but becomes blue when electricity passes through, ultimately creating the active component of a smart window.

Smart windows currently cost about $500 to $1,000-per-square-metre to make, much higher than the $30 to $200-per-square-metre cost of a conventional glass window. This new method means that windows can be manufactured without high temperatures or the sophisticated vacuum equipment that are currently used to make such devices, reducing the cost.

“Our technique creates a uniform dynamic coating without the need for special instrumentation,” said Cheng. “Another advantage of our method is that it is compatible with many different metals and it is scalable. We are excited to potentially fine-tune the dynamic properties of the materials to improve performance even further and make large windows for commercial use.”

Berlinguette and Cheng are continuing to work to prove the technique by making larger and larger windows that are stable for extended periods of time.

“A commercial window needs to last many years, and we need to prove our windows can do the same,” said Cheng, who also noted that they were experimenting with more neutral tints so the windows would go grey instead of blue.

A paper describing this technique was published today in Chem

For more information, contact Heather Amos




Smart Glass is one theme at glasstec, Düsseldorf, 23 – 26 October 2018.

Glass is enhanced with added functions to form an integral part of the building network. We are still in the early stages of development. Smart Glass is one theme at glasstec 2018, Düsseldorf, 23 – 26 October 2018.

In some science fiction films smart glass is already a reality. In the morning as soon as you get up major news is displayed on bathroom mirrors, in showers or on glass kitchen fronts. The images are controlled by swiping or voice commands.

Glazed building façades are now also becoming vehicles for news and advertising messages – projecting moving images, obviously. Once at the office, you no longer need keys to enter the workplace because the scanner built into the screen authorises anyone arriving and opens the door – or denies them access.

Many of these features are still fiction but various exhibitors at glasstec 2018 in Düsseldorf are specialising in the smart glass theme and showcasing interesting developments.        

The fact is, smart glass is currently still often neglected in architecture and buildings even though so many functions would already be technically feasible today.

Various types of smart glass are known from smartphones. An article published by the Huffington Post in 2014 predicted that smartphones and tablets could very soon be completely transparent thanks to the glass technology used in them.

This would have the advantage of just looking through the smartphone to scan all the streets around rather than having to use Google Maps to select a restaurant. The software then reveals where matching restaurants are located in the vicinity.

Smart glass can today already be found in many premium or luxury automobiles. Here the data generated by measuring sensors and the cameras built into the vehicle is interactively projected onto windscreens or side windows.

Connection with passengers’ smartphones and tablets is, of course, also possible. And the light transmission of automotive glass can also be changed when subjected to sunlight (photo-chromic glass), heat (thermo-chromic glass) and electrical voltage (electro-chromic glass).

Naturally, all of these features can also be used in the building sector. But when it comes to smart glass in buildings we often only think of the possibility of switching partition walls from transparent to translucent (meaning opaque).

Especially in office architecture – where above all in expensive mega-cities mobile partition walls are needed to delimit new spaces in relatively small areas – glass with these properties becomes an increasingly important design tool.

With the help of wall-mounted switches or remote controls users can select between transparent and non-transparent. This effect can be repeated any number of times because it is produced by liquid crystals in a conductive layer of these sheets.

As soon as electrical current is applied the glass changes from opaque to transparent. This means, at a touch of a button, private or public conference situations, customer talks or working group meetings are possible on demand. After switching off the power supply the crystals re-arrange themselves and the glass returns to its opaque state.

Glass partition walls used in offices can often be switched between transparent and opaque. Photos: Dorma Hüppe Raumtrennsysteme

Glass partition walls used in offices can often be switched between transparent and opaque. Photos: Dorma Hüppe Raumtrennsysteme
Glass partition walls used in offices can often be switched between transparent and opaque.Photos: Dorma Hüppe Raumtrennsysteme

Glass Surfaces to act as Light Sources

Another topic also related to this area is lighting. After all, efficient and quality lighting eases our everyday routines. This not only applies to corridors and staircases but also to premises as a whole. With OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diodes) new lighting technology is making increasing inroads in buildings.

Unlike conventional LEDs and all other light sources OLEDs emit their light across the entire surface. This feature makes them the first real flat area light sources that make completely new design options possible.

Their light is roughly comparable to natural sky light while the light emitted by conventional light sources resembles sunlight. And what is more: their light is glare-free.

OLEDs are surface light sources. Their light is comparable to natural sky light. Illustration: Philips
OLEDs are surface light sources. Their light is comparable to natural sky light. Illustration: Philips

OLEDs are very thin measuring as little as 0.7 to 1.8 millimetres. Since they only reach temperatures as low as 30°C they do not require any cooling – which makes OLEDs also suitable for materials so far not appropriate for lighting applications.

And they make for light in places so far not necessarily associated with illumination. In future, the window panes of office buildings can be switched on, for example, when pleasant ambient lighting is desired. Even all-round illumination in your glass shower back home is conceivable once OLEDs are integrated there.

OLEDs can also be manufactured in 3D – in the shape of drinking glasses, for example. As soon as the user places them on the counter they start glowing thanks to the induction surface installed there.

The O in OLED stands for Organic. In actual fact, no manufacturers use either animal or plant components. OLEDs consist of two glass sheets. During production very thin layers of hydrocarbon-based chemicals are vapour-deposited on these sheets.

Since hydrocarbon is considered an organic chemical – these LEDs are referred to as organic. OLED manufacturing is a high-tech process. The numerous layers that emit the light are thinner than a human hair split 1,000 times lengthwise. During production individual atoms are actually stacked to emit natural light later on.

Usually one layer of aluminium is used as a cathode which is why OLEDs resemble make-up mirrors when switched off. If this aluminium is replaced by silver, which does not reflect so strongly after vapour-deposition, the OLED appears transparent. The possibility of emitting light from seemingly transparent glass without a visible light source when switched off is unique to this technology.

When incorporated into façades smart glass is capable of reducing energy costs because sunlight can be blocked or transmitted upon demand. What’s more, glass of this kind can prove a true alternative to mechanical shutters especially in buildings with extended glass façades – office buildings or skyscrapers. And if the technology required for this “migrates” from the housing into the glass direct you even save space that can be used for something else.

Engineers are also working on special coatings that make glass glare-free and self-cleaning. These coatings can increase the performance of solar cells and thereby substantially increase the generation of solar energy.

Unfortunately, many of these projects have not developed beyond the prototype stage and are not yet market ready. Frequently, the material and installation costs are too high and the service life is still too short.


Has the industry probably slept through a development? This is what we wanted to know from Professor Dr. Ulrich Knaack of TU Darmstadt.

Professor Knaack, in your opinion what will smart glass façades be capable of in ten years from now?

Ulrich Knaack: Exciting question! Yes, there are many interesting things under development including display glass and OLEDs. And yes, as soon as we introduce these into the building skin, façades will become more active and will be able to contribute more to the function of the building. You could imagine that not only partition walls are controlled but the façade itself, thereby turning into a display and, hence, part of an office. Like the desktop that people are working on and not only as a screen for communication and information but as a workstation – comparable to PC screens today.

Why is the development of these technologies only making such modest progress?

Ulrich Knaack: Modest – well – we are dealing with buildings here rather than consumer goods. Buildings come with high expenses. They have to “work” for a long period and meet high safety demands due to their size and possible consequential damage. Their development and production are correspondingly complex. Looking at glass in isolation you can say that it has made enormous leaps in terms of material development, integration in energy generation and control as well as in design terms. The transparent house is possible today! And within just one generation of scientists, engineers and designers. Hardly any other material has achieved this. But this is only the beginning and new themes are already on the horizon with an impact we can only guess. And like with all developments we are called upon to not only develop technical aspects but also function. What functions do we really want to use or which ones will we use and how; what costs are we prepared to pay for these functions? These are the most exciting development questions. In a nutshell: What is in this new technology for us and what is it worth to us?


Some exhibitors at glasstec in Düsseldorf will be picking up on the smart glass theme presenting intelligent approaches to visitors.




Ideal for high-rise projects, the moving pane rotates through a full 180° cycle, allowing the external glass of a Liniar reversible window to be safely cleaned from the inside of the property.

Liniar Reversible Window Coming SoonWe’re pleased to announce that we’ll be adding a reversible window to our range this Summer – offering a convenient, stylish and safe option for difficult-to-access locations.

Ideal for high-rise projects, the moving pane rotates through a full 180° cycle, allowing the external glass of a Liniar reversible window to be safely cleaned from the inside of the property. The rotating mechanism keeps the moving pane from intruding into the inside of the room – so no snagging on curtains or blinds.

Designed from scratch by the same team of industry experts that created the rest of the range, Liniar’s brand new reversible window will be perfect for commercial applications – and with flat, chamfered lines, it offers a contemporary finish which is compatible with the full 70mm Liniar suite.

With the inner sash flush on both the inside and the outside, and featuring one of the slimmest PVCu profile sightlines on the market, Liniar’s reversible window offers a beautifully aesthetic appearance for a wide variety of projects.

Utilising patented features such as Liniar’s co-extruded bubble gasket, thermal dam and glazing flipper ensure a draught-free installation with high thermal efficiency – and Liniar reversible windows also benefit from an easy fit, one-piece drip bar with concealed fixings to help protect the window from severe weather conditions.

“We’re delighted to add a fully reversible option to our already impressive range,” commented Chris Armes, Liniar’s Design & Development Manager.

“Not only will this prove an ideal choice in multi-storey developments, or in locations that are hard to reach in order to keep windows clean, we’ve also developed this for markets outside of England where some building regulations differ.

“In Scotland, for instance, building regulations state that both external and internal surfaces of a window should be able to be cleaned safely from the inside where any part of a window in a dwelling is above four metres from ground level, without the use of step ladders.

“Liniar’s reversible window easily achieves this requirement, while benefiting from the many advantages and styling of the rest of the range.”

The new style will be exclusively available to Liniar fabricators from Summer 2018.








Emaar Development has unveiled an exclusive collection of ultra-luxury apartments, penthouses and podium-level townhouses in The Grand, a spectacularly designed residential tower located near the heart of Creek Island at Dubai Creek Harbour.
  • Apartments, penthouses and townhouses set in 62-storey tower located in Creek Island at Dubai Creek Harbour
  • Uninterrupted views of the upcoming new icon Dubai Creek Tower and Downtown Dubai skyline
  • Set by Dubai Creek Harbour’s vibrant marina and promenade; sale of The Grand residences to commence on March 8

Emaar Development has unveiled an exclusive collection of ultra-luxury apartments, penthouses and podium-level townhouses in The Grand, a spectacularly designed residential tower located near the heart of Creek Island at Dubai Creek Harbour. The limited-edition launch represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in this community.

The Grand is an ‘ultra-luxe’ residential address in the 6-square-kilometre Dubai Creek Harbour, situated just 15 minutes from the Dubai International Airport and Downtown Dubai. Set by the historic Dubai Creek, the mega-development is also near the Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary, protected under the UNESCO Ramsar Convention and home to over 450 animal species including the Greater Flamingo and other migratory birds.

At 62-storeys, The Grand features premium 1, 2, and 3-bedroom apartments, 4-bedroom penthouses, and spacious podium-level townhouses with private gardens. Celebrating its prime location by the marina and the waterfront promenade, The Grand offers resort-style living with upper-level homes opening to uninterrupted views of the new global icon, Dubai Creek Tower, and the Downtown Dubai skyline.

Residents step out to a thriving waterfront promenade with a unique collection of cultural, retail, food & beverage and leisure attractions, with an upcoming high-end retail district in Dubai Creek Harbour also in close proximity. They also have exclusive access to a distinctive lounge space on the rooftop. Marine enthusiasts will have added value with the world-class marina that can berth yachts of various sizes.

Ahmad Al Matrooshi, Managing Director of Emaar Properties, said: “Dubai Creek Harbour is one of the most sought-after lifestyle destinations in the city. With tremendous economic value to be generated by the new global icon, Dubai Creek Tower, and a wide range of retail, F&B and leisure attractions, it is truly a city of the future, assuring strong returns for investors and a premium setting for home-owners. The Grand is a premium collection of residences, highlighted by its unique value propositions of being set by the Marina and the spellbinding views that the homes offer.”

Dubai Creek Harbour will feature world-class hotels, green parks and gardens, several cultural attractions, glistening canals, lush parklands, landscaped promenades, pedestrian walkways, cycle paths, city bus routes and the Dubai Metro link.

The Grand delivers high quality social, leisure, health and general well-being amenities. Among the lifestyle choices are an iconic infinity pool, cabanas, play areas, gymnasium, tennis court, multi-purpose sports lawn, BBQ area, and more. The Grand also offers a wide range of podium-level amenities tailored for families.

Emaar will launch the sale of The Grand residences on March 8, 2018. Visit Dubai Creek Harbour Sales Pavilion in Ras Al Khor, Emaar Sales Centre at Downtown Dubai, Dubai Hills Estate Sales Centre on Umm Suqeim Road and the Emaar Sales Centre in Abu Dhabi at the Al Nahda Tower on 4th Street, Corniche, for sales and enquiries.




SolarWindow Technologies, Inc. announced that it has set a new company performance record for power efficiency with a 34% increase in performance over previous generations of its transparent electricity-generating glass.

The announcement is based on results of independent testing and certification of SolarWindow™ devices by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Device Performance Measurement Laboratory.

This 34% increase in power over previous SolarWindow™ performance records, announced by the company on May 8, 2014, represents a breakthrough for the company’s transparent electricity-generating glass, which when fabricated into windows, could turn entire buildings into vertical power generators.

Targeting the estimated 5.6 million U.S. commercial buildings, which consume almost $150 billion in electricity annually, the company’s transparent electricity-generating windows could reduce energy costs by up to 50%, according to independently-validated company power and financial modeling.

The company estimates that the market for SolarWindow™ glass products for tall towers and skyscrapers represents a $100 billion opportunity.

“Achieving a 34% power boost from our new record-setting transparent electricity-generating glass is a major inflection point for our company and our collaborating partners,” stated Mr. John Conklin, President and CEO of SolarWindow Technologies, Inc.

“One of our ongoing, long-term product development objectives has been dedicated to developing improved electricity-generating coatings by enhancing performance. We’ll continue working hard to improve performance during product development.”

Commercial partnerships and collaborations with industry leaders allow SolarWindow to augment its in-house team with hundreds of collaborative world-class scientists, skilled technicians, and seasoned production staff and managers, who bring high-volume manufacturing, industrial, engineering and technical expertise.

Today’s record-setting advancement has been achieved with the support of Raynergy Tek, one of several recently-announced commercial collaborators working to enable high-volume production of SolarWindow™ electricity-generating windows. Raynergy Tek is a world leader in organic photovoltaics technology, based in Taiwan.

Additionally, SolarWindow entered into a Process Integration and Production Agreement with Triview Glass Industries, an award-winning custom glass fabricator based in suburban Los Angeles. Initially working to establish manufacturing processes and a production line through this agreement, SolarWindow and Triview plan to fabricate specific SolarWindow™ electricity-generating glass products at commercial scale.

The company’s new high-performance SolarWindow™ device was fabricated through the efforts of the company’s Principal Scientist, Dr. Scott Hammond, in collaboration with NREL Researchers through our Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA), particularly: Dr. Maikel van Hest, Dr. James Whitaker, Dr. Bertrand Tremolet de Villers, and Rosemary Bramante, MS.

SolarWindow™ device performance measurement and certification was conducted completely independently from the CRADA team, at the NREL Device Performance Measurement Laboratory.

The NREL Device Performance Measurement Laboratory is accredited by the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation to ISO 17025 standards for calibration of primary and secondary reference cells and secondary modules. Measurements outside the scope of the ISO 17025 accreditation are accredited to ISO 9001 standards by Orion Registrar.




Smartlink, the new aluminium bay and coupler system is the smarter way to build a bay says its manufacturer Anglo European. It’s compatible with all PVCu window systems and offers a ten-year warranty.

The Smartlink system includes square baypoles and couplers with variable angles to suit different window designs. The universal baypole jack enables easy on-site bay window adjustment for a faster and more accurate installation.

Smartlink is fully certified to comply with CE marking. The aluminium couplers and baypole jacks have been fully tested to loads of 10.6 tonnes, almost double the level required. The system is backed up by our full 10-year warranty & European design rights, in line with other Anglo European products.

James Lister, Operations Director at Anglo European, the window and door reinforcement specialist explains: “We asked fabricators and installers what they needed from a baypole system and designed Smartlink to meet their needs. The baypole bar lengths are optimised to make fabrication quicker and to reduce waste. We also chose a clever and proven jack for straightforward installation.

“Fast, reliable delivery was also important to fabricators. Smartlink is compatible with all standard PVCu trims and because Anglo European holds high levels of stock, orders can be delivered in as little as 2 days. Smartlink is manufactured at our own extrusion facility to lower production costs and guarantee consistent supply.

“Initial feedback on Smartlink is very positive, fabricators are impressed by the test certification and warranty that comes with the new system.

“We know that fabricators are always looking for smart ways to improve manufacturing efficiency and costs, that’s why we’ve designed Smartlink, the clever way to build a bay.”



Maple are starting work on a solar shading system for the new UKHO headquarters in Taunton.

Maple will be supplying and installing 93 cassettes of brise soleil ― the cassettes provide ease of handling and fitting.

The UKHO (or United Kingdom Hydrographic Office to give its full title) collects and supplies hydrographic and geospatial data for the Royal Navy and merchant shipping.

A trading part of the Ministry of Defence, it employs around 900 people and had a turnover of £145m in 2016/17 ― allowing the organisation to self-fund the new HQ, which is due to open in 2019.

Designed by AHR, the new headquarters will replace 14 separate buildings, which are between 45 and 75 years old.

Maple’s brise soleil system (which includes a number of curved louvres) will not only provide protection from glare and solar gain, it will also contribute to the building aesthetic, which is based on the concepts of contours and currents.




A Simply Beautiful Option for Providing Translucent Transitioning in Glazing

Eastman, manufacturer of the Vanceva® Color System for laminated glass, is expanding the Vanceva White Collection to include Vanceva Illusion White. This translucent gradient PVB interlayer for laminated glass offers the ability to transition from medium translucence to full transparency.

Vanceva Illusion White provides architects and designers an alternative method to achieve a translucent transitioning effect in glazing. It is an excellent substitute to ceramic frits, painting, or printing with acid etching or silk-screening. Vanceva Illusion White starts with the medium level translucence of Vanceva Arctic Snow white interlayer, which offers a visible light transmission of 65 percent, and fades to clear within a 30 cm gradient.

Eastman developed Vanceva Illusion White strategically for use in balcony applications to help hide certain aspects of construction, such as the concrete slab, while fading to clear for an uncompromised view. It maintains excellent color consistency with glass thickness variation and uses heat / light-stable colorants to resist fading.

“Vanceva Illusion White was created to provide architects and designers another tool to accentuate compelling vistas while creating an elegant glazing effect,” says Axel Demberger, Market Development Manager. “It works well in urban and rural settings, transforming ordinary glass into stylish safety glass wherever it is used.”

Illusion White can be combined with Saflex® Structural (DG) for its inherent laminated safety aspects such as post breakage behavior. Saflex Structural (DG) is capable of keeping glass intact at high and low temperatures after impact and under load, plus it’s formulated to provide robust resistance to delamination and excellent edge stability.

Although Vanceva Illusion White was created with balcony applications in mind, Vanceva Illusion White delivers all the value-added benefits essential in laminated glass, including safety, security, soundproofing, solar protection, and storm protection. It is also compatible with all Saflex® PVB interlayers to achieve specific performance qualities, such as Saflex Structural PVB (DG) for high-performance strength.

For options with color, the Vanceva Illusion White gradient can be layered with Vanceva colors for a maximum total of four interlayers to create endless configuration options.

To learn more about Vanceva Illusion White, the Vanceva White Collection, or the Vanceva Color System, visit




Thermoseal has introduced new sizes of Thermobar Interbar.

Thermoseal has introduced new sizes of Thermobar Interbar to suit warm edge windows incorporating a multipane window system with a 25mm surface mount Georgian bar.

Available to order now, new sizes of Thermobar Interbar (Muntin) include 11.5 x 22mm and 15.5 x 22mm Interbar and fittings in black, white and grey.

The Thermobar Interbar range also includes:  6 x 18mm; 11.5 x 18mm; 15.5 x 18mm. All fittings are colour-matched to the highest performance Thermobar Warm Edge Spacer range, but are compatible with all warm edge spacer systems.

We are committed to our customers and seek to provide real solutions to industry problems” says Samantha Hill, Head of Marketing and Communications, “Offering a more energy efficient alternative to Aluminium is currently important in Europe where there is a U-value penalty on windows fitted with Georgian bar and multipane window systems using duplex fittings or Interbar (Muntin). In the anticipation that U-value penalties may also be applied to UK Window Energy Ratings (WERs), our Technical Centre and production team have been working to expand the Thermobar Interbar range which is made with high-performance engineering plastic similar to that used for our Thermobar Warm Edge Spacers. Our warm edge multipane window products will help our customers to minimize any penalties.”

Thermobar Warm Edge Spacers and all accessories are fully tested in our own Technical Centre before being fully tried and tested in IG sealed unit production. Thermobar and our other highest performance warm edge spacer, Thermoflex, have been submitted for independent tests and are amongst the highest rated in the marketplace.

Thermobar and Thermoflex have a thermal efficiency value of 0.14W/mK and 0.135W/mK respectively. These values are shown on Bundesverband Flachglas data sheets for both windows and facades. Both spacers are included on the Passive House Component Database and achieve an A+ Passive House rating for arctic climates.

The Thermobar Warm Edge Spacer Accessories range, includes: Bespoke colour-matched Corner Keys; Gas Corner Keys (with and without hole); Flexi Keys; Straight Connectors; a range of colour-matched Gas Collars and Plugs; Thermobar Interbar and Fittings and Duplex fittings.


Thermoseal Group


Anti-seismic glass walls INWALL, perfect to guarantee the safety of buildings and persons.

The anti-seismic glass walls INWALL would have resisted also the shock of Amatrice in 2016 and even that of L’Aquila in 2009.

Yes, the experimental tests conducted on the walls of this collection at the laboratory of the Departments of Structures for Engineering and Architecture of the faculty “Federico II” have established that, in case of high intensity seismic events, the sheets of structural glass and the aluminum profiles of INWALL do not suffer material damage and are therefore ideal for the safety of persons.

Response after the tests: these anti-seismic glass walls withstand shocks up to 12m / sec2, twice as much as the earthquake shock recorded in Amatrice (6m / sec2).

VetroIN has invested resources and time to find a solution to the growing security demand of buildings and especially of persons. In particular, for an unpredictable event such as an earthquake, it is necessary to start from the origin and act directly on the structure. That’s how the anti-seismic glass walls INWALL, with its most original elements under patent, were created.

After 38 tests on a vibrating table, we can say that our INWALL glass wall is appropriate and perfect to guarantee the safety of buildings and persons in case of an earthquake.