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 www.vanceva.com/whites.




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.


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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.



WICONA Curtain Walls to Maximize Light and Connect with the Environment.

Architect : Dark Arkitekter in collaboration with Zinc interior architects

Metal Builder : STATICUS UAB

Project details :

Fornebuporten is one of the office and residential clusters that have popped up over the past two decades on the land of what was formerly Oslo airport. With its 50,400 sq. meters of offices, 3,000 sq. meters of shopping and 30,000 sq. meter basement, it is located at the entrance to Fornebu peninsula.


This stunning building complex, designed by Dark Arkitekter in collaboration with Zinc interior architects, offers modern and functional office spaces for approximately 3,000 people.

Two volumes confine a public square which central element is a lowered atrium. Here a variety of retail programs is available not only to the 3,000 people working at Fornebuporten but also all the commuters that will use the future Fornebuporten metro station every day.


The building mass surrounding the atrium connects the two buildings at the basement level. This is where some of the common functions are located, such as car and bike parking, changing rooms, kitchen, and technical facilities.

The two identical buildings overlooking the central atrium from opposite sides are composed of five volumes with the same width but different heights sitting on a glazed base. This gives the impression that the building is floating over the square, due to the contrast of the lightness of the base and the bulkiness of the office volumes.


These volumes cantilever outward, alternately toward East or West to optimize daylight intake. Maximizing the daylight areas makes it possible to increase building density. Each floor is planned to host between 250 and 300 permanent working spaces.

Drawing visual references from the offshore industry, the 20-meter cantilevers rest on a central core resembling an oil rig. This resemblance symbolically points out the ambition behind the project: Fornebuporten should be a magnet for knowledge-based enterprises and oil and offshore intelligence.


WICONA Curtain Walls to Maximize Light and Connect with the Environment

The building complex is designed to be welcoming and transparent with optimized daylight. On the ground floor the continuous curtain wall from floor to ceiling creates a ceiling height of more than five meters.

The unitized curtain wall used for this building was a project solution based on WICTEC 50EL with patented unitized gasket system from WICONA, while the area between the buildings and on the ground floor consists of a WICONA WICTEC 50 curtain wall.

Fornebuporten-8_0In addition, the WICTEC 50 façade has achieved the Bronze level in the Cradle to Cradle (C2C) Product Standard. C2C product certification presupposes a paradigm shift in thinking about how a product is designed, what’s in it, and where it goes after use.

It is a guidance system for product designers and manufacturers that leads to the creation of products which redefine quality, aesthetics, and innovation. In order to achieve one of the five levels of certification (from Basic up to Platinum), a product must satisfy the minimum requirements of the relevant level in all five categories.

These categories are: material health, material reutilization, renewable energy and carbon management, water stewardship, social fairness and biodiversity.

Fornebuporten-9_0The office volumes seem to hover over the public ground floor restaurants, coffee shops and cafeterias. The underside of the “hovering” volumes is a playful checkers cladding – the result of the folding of the building’s facades under the cantilevers.

Fornebuporten is strategically placed around Fornebu’s metro station. This stimulates a more ecologically aware way of commuting, a priority to the Norwegian political sphere and society in general. Openness to the public is also a fundamental side of the Fornebuporten complex.

A big part of the project is open to the public realm: the square sprinkled with sculptures, gardens, and urban furniture; the inviting cafés, bakeries, and restaurants in the transparent ground floor or the retail spaces and gym around the central atrium.

This openness breaks away from the traditional definition of an office building by creating a synergy between city and office cluster.

Contributing to the establishment of Fornebu as a city district, with new public spaces and facilities, improves both the quality of life of its inhabitants and makes those who work at Fornebuporten every day more integrated with the city itself.

Photos: Hufton+Crow


Technical details



  • Filigree look without any change in appearance to the inner mullion and transom gaskets
  • Ideal for vertical and polygon façades, sloped glazing and spatial structures
  • Individual design thanks to a wide range of profile geometries for the structural and glazing profiles
  • Uf up to 1.2W/m²K, solutionfor passiv houses up to Uf =0.74W/m²K
  • Reliable glass load transmission (up to 4 kN), with adapted transom-joint technology
  • Overlapping and secure drainage at the cross point, without mechanical mullion processing, ensures tried-and-tested impermeability
  • Broad selection of profiles enables economic adaptation to structural requirements, with the additional option of internal reinforcement
  • Glazing from outside featuring single- and/or two-part pressure and cover profiles
  • Design options with concealed or visible screw fixture
  • Extensive solutions for structure junctions and conservatories
  • Burglar resistance up to WK3 with presure profile reinforcement
  • bullet resistance class up to FB4
  • fire resistance class G30/F30, glass or panel up to 1.8×3.0m or 1.4×2.4m, overhead glazing possible, construction principle identical regular WICTEC 50
  • Complete product range for glazed roofs or slope facades
  • Easy integration in roof windows, realizeable as SHEV
  • variant as all glass facade, appearance similar to structural sealant glazing (SSG) facade
  • Special pressure profile available with concealed guide for integrated sun protection



  • Unitized façade system on a stick basis
  • visible sighlines 50mm an dfor expansion mullion 60mm
  • Uf up to 1.4W/m²K
  • infill thickness up to 44mm
  • max façade element dimesions up to 3x3m




Our quality policy is to Manufacturing and supply architectural products to the requirement and satisfaction of our customers. Our objective is to continuous improvement in the quality of our products through an effective quality management system, technical improvements, cost effectiveness, employees involvement and develop competency.


  • Equipped with steel pivot pin head of Diameter 15mm
  • Cover Plated SS 304
  • Finish SSS/PSS

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  • Patch Lock to secure swing doors
  • Bolet Projection of 15 mm (single Action)
  • Supplied With three computerized high quality keys formaximum protection
  • Cover palte ss 304
  • Finish SSS/PSS

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The product features consummate craftsmanship and superior functions, suitable for common and toughened glass door, wooden door hotel, store and office building


  1. Selection of different models fo floor HINGE is mainly based on glass door weight.
  2. Calculation of glass weight: according to national standard, 1 mm thick common and toughened glass is 2.5 kg per square meter. As to 12 mm thick, 2.3 m high and 1 m wide glass door commonly used in the country at present, the weight shall be 2.3x1x12x2.5=69 kg.
  3. The weight of the entire door can begot by adding up the weight of all accessories and the weight of glass.
  4. If heavy-duty floor HINGE is chosen for a light-weight glass door, the cost will increase and you cannot abtain good opening effect because it is heavy-duty.
  5. If floor HINGE with inadequate weight bearing is chosen to reduce project costs, it will directly influence service life of loor HINGE.
  6. For an outside door, taking wind power into consideration, twin-cylinder floor HINGE should be chosen regardless of door sizes.
  7. In cold area, floor HINGE with anti-freeze hydraulic oil injected should be chosen, so as to revent malfunction of floor HINGE at a very low temperature.

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Specification :

  • Floor Pivot for Framed and wooden doors
  • Manual opening and closing of doors
  • High Quality Casting body SS-304
  • Pivot to suit standard Bottom Patch Installation
  • Idea Form making Small Revolving doors for Office and Parks etc

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  • Stainless steel Grade 304
  • Two point fixing with door
  • Integral locking facility
  • Key operated form outside
  • Thumb turn inside
  • supplied with high security keys
  • Dead Bolt movement 32mm
  • Finish: SSS

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  • Knobs supplied with high quality rubber gaskets to prevent damage to glass and reduce vibration.
  • Made from Certified Stainless steel grade 304 for superior rust prevention.
  • Precision design for a secure back to back installation.
  • Superior quality mirror polish.

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  • The micro computer control adopts German technology, so it can detect weight and size of the door quickly and accurately. Optimal parameters can be set for it to keep the door in the best condition. Running condition of the door can be remembered. Besides, it has adjusting function and is highly intelligent zed.
  • The remote control function, safe and reliable.
  • The width power source, low power consumption, efficiency high- performance, is stable.
  • Adopt brushless OC Motor and turbine worm reducer, high torque, high efficiency, long operating life.
  • Best humanity design, good safety, has encounter obstacles protection detection function.
  • Motor lock function, when door fully closed, remain closing, need not electric (switch) lock.
  • Half open function, can set opening position freely. Cooperate with various of access control modes.
  • The high quality post-sale service.

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  • All fittings in MIRROR finish for aesthetic looks
  • Assembly parts made with Genuine Stainless Steel SS304 grade.
  • Height adjustable as per actual site conditions.
  • suitable for bathroom and office sliding applications fittings ideal for use In glass 8-10-12mm

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• German technology especially designed for frame less glass showers.
• High quality gaskets resistant to extreme temperatures keep the glass in position.
• Self closing from up to 30 degrees of opening.
• Tested to 1,00,000 cycles.
• Made with high quality Stainless Steel Grade 304.
• Superior quality Satin hairline finish for elegant looks.
• Recommended maximum door weight: 50kg (for 2 hinges).
• ideal for 8 to 10 mm glass thickness.

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• Used to hold fix glass with wall or with fix glass to fixed angle.
• High-strength structure for safety and firm grip.
• High quality gaskets resistant to extreme temperatures to keep the glass in position.
• Made from Certified stainless steel grade 304 for superior rust prevention.
• Contemporary design for better aesthetics.
• Superior quality Mirror & Satin Finish.
• Recommended for 8 to 10 mm glass thickness.

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• System for adding strength to glass shower cabins.
•German design to reduces vibrations and lateral movement of glass panels.
• Made from Certified stainless steel grade 304 for superior rust prevention.
• Superior quality Mirror & Satin polish.
• All fittings suitable for pipe Dia 19mm.

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• Made from superior quality co-extruded PVC materials for long life.
• Resistant to extreme temperature fluctuations.
• Will not crack or harden over prolonged usage.
• Useful for any kind of glass to glass or surface to glass contact.
• Precision engineering for smooth and secure glass gripping.
• High transparency for elegant looks.

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• Spider fittings provide a unique combination of strength and elegance.
• Designed for giving maximum strength to weight ratio.
• Installed with articulated/fixed routes.
• Flexibility in installation.
• Made from Certified Stainless Steel grade 316 for superior rust prevention.
• Superior quality satin finish.

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Despite the imminent launch of the outward opening System 76, KÖMMERLING continue to invest in the 70mm platform and now their C70 and O70 Gold window and door system has been re-engineered to achieve a U w -value of just 1.2 W/(m 2 k).

With many other 70mm systems only achieving a U w -value of 1.4 W/(m 2 k) at best, this development by KÖMMERLING will be a major plus for their network of trade manufacturers and installers, particularly those in Scotland. Building specifiers can also issue the requirements for better U-values with increased confidence in proven, technically-led 70mm window and door systems.

The accomplishment of a U w -value of 1.2 W/(m 2 k) with the 5-chambered C70 and O70 Gold systems, was achieved on windows that were fully reinforced in the frame, sash and mullion. The glass specification was for a 28mm IGU, 90% argon filled comprising of Planiclear, Planitherm One and Swisspacer Ultimate spacer bar. The same window configuration also successfully achieved PAS 24 certification.

Brian McDonald, commercial manager for KÖMMERLING commented: ‘While much of our focus is on the launch of the revolutionary System 76, we continue to fully invest and support the 70mm platforms of C70 and O70 Gold. For the commercial and new build sectors, the attainment of a U-value of just 1.2 with a relatively standard glass specification is a major breakthrough, helping our customers to stand out with better window performance as is the KÖMMERLING way.’




The new Aperio® H100 door handle from ASSA ABLOY features the power and flexibility of wireless access control into one slim, smartly designed door handle.

With easy retrofitting to almost any interior door assured, the new Aperio® offering is a cost effective method of extending access control to more doors by integrating with a wide range of third-party systems.

The Aperio® H100’s attractive aesthetic is ideal for indoor office and facility doors, with the ability to work within an online access control system or offline as a standalone device.

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A battery fits inside the handle for a discreet look, whilst drilling nor wiring are required and any existing mechanical cylinder can still be used.

The Aperio® H100 comes in left and right hand versions for doors between 35mm and 80mm thickness, with optional U-handle and USB adaptor.

Matthias Weiss, Product Manager for Aperio® at ASSA ABLOY EMEA said the range adds access control wirelessly to exterior and interior doors, from fire and safety doors with regulatory requirements to meeting rooms, labs and offices.

This new handle completes a substantial range of Aperio® wireless access control devices, which include online and offline Aperio® cylinders (C100/C900), escutcheons (E100/E900), an online and offline lock (L100/L900) and a wireless lock for bringing server racks and cabinets (KS100). The range can be viewed here.




St. Cloud Window Inc., a leading manufacturer of the high-performance aluminum window, door, and curtain wall products is pleased to introduce the SCW3000 Series, a new line of historic replication/narrow sightline windows and terrace doors.

The SCW3000 Series is designed around a three-inch frame engineered to maintain a narrow sightline profile yet facilitate the structural needs of large window openings and maintain the historic integrity required for landmark properties. It is available for awning, hopper, casement and fixed applications, as well as floating vent fenestrations that are common in buildings of historic significance.

The SCW 3000 Series replaces the SCW 2500 Series – itself a trustworthy and historically accurate product – doing everything that product line could do, and much more. Sightlines are virtually identical, but there are many more options for muntin shapes, millions, hardware and other accessories.

The new window boasts the same impressive performance test data as SCW’s other high-performing product lines with sound transmission ratings up to
45 STC and 36 OITC (without the need for an acoustic interior panel), and thermal values ranging from .23 – .31 U values and .16 – 36 SHGC values.

At St. Cloud Window, our products are continuously tested to the most up-to-date architectural performance standards by certified and accredited test laboratories, in accordance with uniform US and North American protocols to meet AW Architectural Performance Class requirements set by the North American Fenestration Standard AAMA/WDMA/CSA 101 I.S.2/A440-11.

For more information about St. Cloud Window, visit stcloudwindow.com, email marketing@stcloudwindow.com or call 800.383.9311.

About St. Cloud Window Inc.
Founded in 1952, St. Cloud Window is a national leader in high-performance aluminum window, door, and curtain wall products with particular emphasis on high acoustic attenuation and accurate historic replication. The company manufactures the finest custom aluminum window and door products for new building construction, commercial window replacement, historic window replacement and projects where high-performance acoustic attenuation sets the standard. St. Cloud Window is a woman-owned business with over 60 years of trusted experience.




Atlas promises to make 2018 the best year yet for its elite network of installers as it reports that a staggering 90% of quotes received for the Atlas Flat Rooflight convert to sales.

Production of the Atlas Flat Rooflight has reached an all-time high as installers are discovering the powerful selling potential and the high profit margins it delivers. And now, with an impressive conversion rate of 90%, more installers than ever are asking for the Atlas Flat Rooflight by name.

Gareth Thomas, sales director at Atlas Glazed Roof Solutions, explains: “This incredible result proves that our installers are flying the Atlas flag and winning some fantastic new business on the back of it. Homeowner demand for flat roof extensions is soaring and the market is hungry for modern glazed products that bring extra light into spaces. The Atlas Flat Rooflight is the perfect way to achieve this and its contemporary look and minimalistic design certainly turns heads, making it an easy sell for the installer.

“But that’s not the only reason for this whopping sales conversion rate – installers are proud to sell Atlas products and they’re inspired by just how quick and easy the Flat Rooflight is to fit. They’re also enticed by its competitive price, our fast five-day lead time on stock sizes and the comprehensive marketing support we provide, which helps them to clinch sales. There is nothing quite like Atlas and this product, just like the rest of the Atlas range, is an all-round winner!”

Atlas installer Vale Orangeries has installed several Atlas Flat Rooflights and was one of the first installers ever to win the coveted Atlas Installation of the Month award with an incredible contemporary Flat Rooflight installation. Owner Dean Edmonds says:

“We only install Atlas products because they are the best glazed roofing products out there. The Atlas Flat Rooflight carries all the hallmarks of an Atlas product – slim sightlines and a sleek modern look – but it’s an all-round winner for us because of how easy it is to install, typically taking less than half the time it takes to install a lantern. The product is ready glazed and we simply drop it into the opening, which means we can complete projects quickly, whilst increasing our profits margins.

“People love the look of the Flat Rooflight and we’ve generated a lot of work in homes that wouldn’t suit a lantern but still demand a statement glazed roof. In our experience, it’s easy to convert enquiries; the majority of customers see the Atlas Flat Rooflight in our showroom and read through the supporting literature and they want it. Then they ask how long it will be and, given that the Atlas Flat Rooflight is very easy to quote and order and the lead times are short, we can usually shave time off for them. The Atlas Flat Rooflight has completed our range of glazed roof products and helped us to enhance our business.”

Atlas Flat Rooflight Showroom displays have been proven to help installers sell more rooflights. These displays, which are free to installers who buy five flat rooflights, are a key element of the comprehensive marketing support package from Atlas.

Developed to equip installers with all the resources they need to create a professional appearance and successfully promote and sell to customers, the fully personalised marketing package includes brochures, digital marketing support, direct mail and advertising templates, retail leaflets and showroom display graphics.

The experienced marketing team at Atlas is also on hand to guide installers through their marketing and to develop a tailored programme to help them sell the complete range of Atlas products and achieve long term growth for their business.

Atlas Flat Rooflight Converts 90% Of Quotes Into Sales


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Walker Glass manufactured a low-iron glass with white, backpainted and bronze-tinted mirror with a satin acid etch applied.

For years, the interior of a commercial building was considered an afterthought. The look was dictated by choices of paint, carpet and wall coverings. It was basic and usually left to the tenant.

However, a revolution of sorts has been taking place in recent years, with a stronger push to design interiors with innovative building products forging a memorable and branded appearance.

The new workplace strategy promoting open floor plans required that architects and interior designers create modern and progressive images in these more capacious spaces.

A new campus was designed for ABB in Montreal to house major aspects of its business including R&D, Manufacturing, Testing, and E-mobility. The outside design was elegant, but what about the inside? What would the award-winning architectural firm Lemay do to make the interiors appealing and functional,  and what obstacles would they face in trying to achieve their goals?

“One of the new workplace’s key elements is the complete absence of private offices,” said Pierre-Antoine Brais, Project Director and Interior Design at Lemay. “This creates challenges that can be mitigated by the use of glass dividers and restricted access to information-sensitive areas such as human resources.

“In ABB’s case, we sought out functional, sustainable materials that were easy to maintain. Design-wise, we wanted to convey a feeling of light and lightness.”

The Beauty That Resides on the Inside | Walker Glass

This effect involved scaling back walls and making them less opaque. For example, Lemay used glass near the elevators because there is light coming in from the perimeter windows, and Lemay wanted to extend it towards the center of the workplace, using a high-quality, reflective surface with an interesting texture.

“It was a new way to interpret a material in more than a just functional way,” he said.

The glass mentioned above plays a major role in achieving this appearance. Walker Glass manufactured a low-iron glass with white, backpainted and bronze-tinted mirror with a satin acid etch applied. The results are stunning and reach far beyond the traditional painted walls.

“When we were working on this project, there was an excitement here because we love the effect we have on interiors,” said Charles Alexander, Business Development Manager for Walker Glass. “The key for us was the addition of our satin etch on the bronze mirror. It transformed the look dramatically.

“The satin tamed the reflectivity of the mirror just enough that it allowed the color to expand, and gave the surface an extraordinary look and feel. Lemay’s design was absolutely perfect for this application.”

The Beauty That Resides on the Inside | Walker Glass

Aesthetics are just one part of the design. Feeling good is the other, and that is all about the need for the occupant’s comfort. How did the team from Lemay approach this very important aspect for the ABB project?

“User comfort is always our first concern. If the environment isn’t comfortable, or doesn’t meet the users’ needs, it won’t succeed,” said Lemay associate Sandra Neill. “We strive to meet the client’s corporate objectives while at the same time conveying the brand.

“Comfort plays a role in brightness, acoustics and furniture. We also have to give the end-users the tools they need to perform their job in the most effective and efficient manner.”

For example, the new ABB site has a comprehensive offering of informal meeting areas and alternative workspaces: project areas; collaboration booths with soft seating and tables for small gatherings; adjustable-height tables, with and without treadmill work stations; window locations; single and double phone booths for complete audio privacy; egg pods and individual lounge seating equipped to support mobile workers with portable technology devices.

“Comfortable and efficient workspaces are key to ensuring employee productivity and satisfaction,” said Sandra.

The inside of the building, once a postscript to a bigger story, now gets headlining attention. The mixing of beauty and comfort that leads to productivity is something every building owner, developer, or business can truly get behind, now that the days of basic interiors are long gone.

Project: ABB Canada Campus- Interior, Montreal, QC
Architect: Lemay
Glazier: Vitrerie JL, Boisbriand, QC
Low Iron Glass: Vitro (PPG) Starphire®
Mirror and Etched Glass Manufacturer: Walker Glass, Montreal QC
Etched Products Used: 
Textures Satin: The satin finish is characterized by a highly polished surface and high light transmittance.




Two solutions to reduce the problem of noise diffusion in the office: the sound-absorbing walls.

Among the many customizations that VetroIN has designed for your office furniture, there are also sound-absorbing walls that can limit the transmission of noise between one room and another.

The problem of the echo, of hearing the conversations from the next room, of not being able to work in silence and serenity because of the background noise, is in effect one of the most annoying in the office, especially if it is large, especially if it is crowded.

VetroIN has studied these sound-absorbing walls to solve the problem, without sacrificing aesthetics and design that the company always guarantees.

What features do these sound-absorbing walls have?

1 – sound reduction thanks to the insertion during the lamination process of PVB transparent films with increased thickness
2 – enhancement of noise absorption by overlaying glazed elements with elements in milled wood or polyester fiber panels covered with fabric (to be personalized)

Based on the extent of sound diffusion, one or the other or even both solutions will be chosen.

As always, we invite you to consult our website, at the vetroINnovazioni page you will find the category dedicated to acoustic panels. And right here you will have also the opportunity to see some pictures of recent realizations of sound-absorbing walls.



TruFrame’s Liniar Refine Flush Sash windows are based on traditional timber window styles with 21st-century features and benefits.

We manufacture our products to not only look fantastic but to provide the best safety possible for your home. Our Liniar Refine Flush Sash windows are based on traditional timber window styles with 21st-century features and benefits. As window suppliers we believe it is crucial that we offer the highest levels of security, as well as providing great thermal performance.

Our windows come in a wide range of colours and most are available within 5-7 days. The window is an exciting prospect for homeowners, which is why at TruFrame, we want them to be perfectly finished.

They are low maintenance and you’ll never have to treat or paint them. Customising our Liniar Refine Flush Sash windows with key-locking monkey tail handles and dummy stays, allows you to make the window your own, giving it the style and look you want.

We manufacture our windows using multi-chambered Liniar uPVC profiles in order to provide optimum thermal efficiency throughout your building, a window that provides warmth and comfort is what everyone needs.

As window manufacturers we also believe that looking after our customers is essential, which is why our Liniar Refine Flush Sash windows are Secured by Design accredited and Yale Shootbolt locking is covered by a money-back promise in the unlikely event of a break-in.

This window comes with 2 options – a mechanically jointed frame with a welded sash or a fully mechanical jointed option.

Our window and door products can bring any house to life, we aim to inspire the homeowner in order to find the product that’s perfect for them. We showcase a huge range of window products to cater for all potential customer’s needs and are sure to have the perfect product for you


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As part of continuous product development, Metal Technology has released a new lug that has been designed to work with short leg outer frames.

The new lug design allows the fitting of high-performance adhesive tapes, offering an optimal solution for the bonding of permanent, airtight or vapour barriers to the surrounding substructure.

Metal Technology’s Window Systems have been designed to integrate perfectly into any façade design. The wide and diverse range of profiles provides full structural integrity with high levels of both weather performance and thermal enhancement.

Metal Technology’s THERM.AL™ range utilises bespoke polyamide thermal break technology and enhanced thermal extrusions to deliver superior thermal performance. All window systems are fully SBD complaint.

New Lug from Metal Technology





A design inspired by an Abu Dhabi skyscraper, and brought to life in the prototype area of Maple’s Stockport factory, will soon be making a big impact on Salford’s skyline.

Maple are working with Morgan Sindall and architects AHR on a dramatic façade for a new multi-storey car park.

Made up of individual ‘kite-shaped’ aluminium panels, striking 3D hexagons will cloak the new building, which will be a far cry from the ugly concrete car parks of the past.

However, with imaginative concepts comes complex manufacture. So, Maple’s technical design team has been working closely with the architects since May 2016 to agree design and colour, and the intricacies of fixing and installation. Samples were created, reviewed and refined in our factory to avoid the costs and delays of making changes on site.

As with AHR’s original design in United Arab Emirates, the façade will provide solar and glare protection ― from all angles ― but still allow light to enter the building.

The project is due for completion in December 2018.




The insulated glass window is one of the most important components of modern life. On the one hand, it connects us with our environment by allowing us to see it (instead of a wall). On the other, it protects us from undesired environmental influences such as cold, heat or noise. Its transparency thus obscures the fact that insulating glass consists of a variety of materials, which only as a whole can satisfy the various demands of technical, highly complex end products. Each of these materials shows how it reacts once the product is assembled, whereby this reaction also always depends on how the raw materials were initially processed. And so glass too has a past life; everybody knows that luck and glass shatter easily and luck can rust easily… but glass? Dr Michael Emonds considers the possibilities.

The surface of freshly produced float glass is highly reactive. While the glass is being stored or transported, it may react with humidity that has penetrated the spaces between the layers of glass, which can lead to highly adhesive blotches of corrosion. If the corrosion is distinctive, the glass cannot be processed any further. The level of corrosion depends on the humidity, temperature, conditions of storage and transport and the quality of the glass (composition, hydrolytic class etc).


Furthermore, corrosion in the early stages is not recognizable to the eye and only becomes visible when the glass is processed further (e.g. by low-E coating, silvering or tempering). In the Chemetall development laboratory, corrosion-protected sheets were compared to non-protected sheets as to any reactions following application of a thin film coating (figure 1). In stress tests, the untreated sheets showed signs of flaking much sooner than sheets that were given an initial protective coating. The disturbance in film build-up that was responsible for this can, during further processing into insulation glass, also have a negative effect on the sealant on the glass surface


Or electrochemical action’. This definition can apply to the reaction undergone by float glass due to environmental humidity during storage or transport (figure 2).

HOW CORROSION OCCURS The effects of water on glass surfaces is a combination of two processes, which take place almost at the same time; the exchange of H+ ions in the water for Na+ ions on the surface of the glass (initial phase) and an alkaline reaction by the hydroxyl ions left over in the water to the silicate network on the surface of the glass (corrosion stage) (figure 3).

In the initial phase, the silicate network remains unchanged and an SiOx-rich layer with low Na+ content builds up. A constant replacement of  the layer of water adhering to the upper layer of the glass, eg due to rain then leads to a stabilisation of the glass.What happens however, when a thin film of water remains on the glass over a longer period and is not constantly replaced? The sodium hydroxide is no longer washed off by the rain but becomes more concentrated. When the pH level reaches 9-10, the glass structure starts to decompose. This process, called glass corrosion is consolidated by high humidity in connection with vastly varying temperatures (temperatures below dew point).003


HOW TO RECOGNISE CORROSION While corrosion in the end phase is clearly recognizable by multi-coloured changes on the surface of the glass to white coloured deposits, the initial phases of corrosion are not visible but make further processing of the glass difficult, if not impossible.

Corrosion in the initial phase is characterised by various physical changes to the surface of the glass, e.g. a change in thermal expansion, refractive index and surface energy. Furthermore, already existing microscopic cracks are strengthened by the corrosion. A porous layer several micrometers thick occurs, in  Which various deposits can settle, making further processing difficult. Physical methods of measuring, such as ellipsometry, IR, REM, AFM or the measurement of the contact angle allow a very sensitive location of corrosion (figure 4).



In order to reduce production loss due to corrosion, the glass industry uses various procedures, e.g.:

  • Only freshly produced float glass is used for further processing. However, this is only possible for float glass manufacturers, even though there are problems for them also, eg in thick glass processing.
  • The glass is stored and transported at a constant temperature and humidity (figure 5). Due to the capacity of the float glass lines and the jumbo sizes produced, this solution is only partially applicable.
  • The stacks of glass are sealed off at the ends in order to prevent humidity from entering between the glass sheets. This method is mainly used to transport laminated glass but is hardly ever used for untreated glass.
  • The glass is polished prior to further processing. The surface of the glass is refreshed using a suspension of cerium oxide, aluminium oxide or other oxides, before being given its silver plating or low-E coating finish. Because a fresh glass surface is very reactive, further treatment must take place as quickly as possible.
  • Finally, it is also possible to reduce the pH value on the glass surface using acid. Mixtures of separating agents with adipic or boric acid in various concentrations allow the separation of the glass sheets on the one hand and the application of a corrosion protection on the other, in the same phase. Recently, people have started to apply a liquid corrosion protection, applying the separating agent in the second phase (figures 6 and 7). In this way, a better distribution of the acids on the surface is achieved. Due to the use of polyvalent acids, the buffer capacity of the protective acids can be improved.

Much can be done to protect glass from corrosion but it is not possible to exclude it completely. While corrosion in the initial phases can be removed using suitable polishing agents, visibly corroded glass can no longer be repaired to a reasonable standard.


As float glass available on the market can vary, (e.g. they can possess various hydrolytic qualities, or the year of manufacture may simply be different), polishing, in order to clean the surface of the glass is surely a reasonable step to take prior to further processing of the glass into a higher quality product. It must be pointed out once more that due to initial corrosion, defects on the glass surface will be increased, which may not become visible for some time after the end product has been completed unless silver layers start to flake off, colour defects of low-E glass or adhesion problems with insulating glass occur. Chemetall’s experience shows that corrosion can be reliably held back using tailor-made, anti-corrosive interleavants. However, one must remember that the corrosion protection must be totally washable, leaving no residue, prior to further treatment. The same applies to all other auxiliary agents such as cutting fluids, separating agents or coolants and of course, contamination of the glass surface due to dust, fingerprints, roller prints, gloves etc. This is no longer possible using just water alone; special detergent, used for treating glass is also required. It must also be possible to wash this off completely.

As can be seen, things can go wrong right at the beginning in the final production of insulating glass windows. It is certainly not easy to find a solid, overall approach. However, each individual stage must be carefully observed and its effects on the subsequent stages of the process assessed if one wishes to locate defects and to avoid them.


Dr Michael Emonds is Senior Chemist at Chemetall
Chemetall GmbH, Moenchengladbach, Germany
tel: +49 172 2610419
email: michael.emonds @ chemetall.com
web: www.chemetall.com


Unelko Corporation is pleased to offer a limited 15 year warranty on proprietary Invisible Shield® PRO 15 protective glass coating for the protection and preservation of interior and exterior glass.

Unelko Corporation, a 3rd generation, family owned business and a leader in the development of advanced nano-scale surface care technologies, is pleased to offer a limited 15 year warranty on proprietary Invisible Shield® PRO 15 protective glass coating for the protection and preservation of interior and exterior glass.

Unelko Corporation is Now Offering a 15-Year Warranty for its Cutting Edge Protective Glass CoatingMark Evitt, Managing Director of APQ Limited and a master distributor of Unelko’s products throughout Asia, Australia, and New Zealand, said Unelko is committed to offering the industry’s finest glass cleaning, protection and aftercare products, and will tailor a glass protection program suited to their customers’ needs. APQ distributes AGC glass and exclusively Unelko’s surface treatments and products.

“We have had a long relationship with Unelko using and distributing their cutting edge nano-technologies for use on glass surfaces of all kinds in many environments,” Evitt said.

“The exceptional quality of Unelko’s products, combined with their unmatched value, has allowed APQ to be extremely competitive and helped us to earn the trust of many of the most prominent names in the glass industry.”