Beautiful Railings for an Innovative Surgical Care Setting.
While the term “orthopedics” may have a cold, mechanical connotation, the designers of the Summit Orthopedics surgery center in Eagan, Minn., wanted to create an environment that was anything but technical.
Summit Orthopedics Eagan Clinic & Surgery Center
For this project, TCP’s Line Series was installed to provide both beauty and stable support to patients, while the exterior of the building features TCP’s aluminum-framed Tensiline stainless cable railing.
Summit Orthopedics Eagan Clinic & Surgery Center
The interior Line Series stair application includes 1.5” stainless steel wall and post-mounted handrails, skillfully bent to achieve a fluid aesthetic around corners and other radius designs. In addition, the installation’s laminated tempered glass has a .06” white opaque PVB interlayer between two 1/4” panels, creating an 80 percent transparent infill for a bright, airy atmosphere.

The 1.5” stainless steel handrail is skillfully bent to achieve a fluid aesthetic around corners and other radius designs.
The 1.5” stainless steel handrail is skillfully bent to achieve a fluid aesthetic around corners and other radius designs.

Outside, TCP’s Tensiline cable railing offers an ideal choice for the exterior. This guardrail boasts an anodized aluminum frame with 316 stainless steel cable infill.
Summit Orthopedics Eagan Clinic & Surgery Center
With patients flying in to the renowned clinic from across the country, the goal was to create an inviting space that would enhance patient experience and perhaps even hasten their recovery by encouraging healing. Trex Commercial Products is proud to have worked with the teams at Pope Architects, Inc., Welsh Architecture, RJM Construction, Brin Contract Glazing and D & M Iron Works to make this vision a reality.
Summit Orthopedics Eagan Clinic & Surgery Center
Summit Orthopedics Eagan Clinic & Surgery Center


Leading systems supplier Spectus offers everything today’s fabricators and installers need: products that work in all sectors, the broadest range of ancillaries to make life easy and outstanding marketing support.
Carmen Velilla, Brand Manager of Spectus says: “When you choose a systems company, you need to choose one that offers a complete package and gives your business everything it needs to achieve its goals. In Spectus that’s exactly what you get.”
Spectus systems mean you can make any style of window or door and compete in every sector, whether it’s trade, retail, new build or commercial. There’s the Elite 63 and Elite 70 for casements and tilt & turns, the Spectus VS for vertical sliders and the FRW reversible system. Patio doors, formers, and curtain walling complete the range.
The product range is complemented with a range of over 80 ancillaries covering colour, specification, style, decorative finishing touches and double and triple glazing options. They’re all designed to give the customer as much personalisation and individualisation as they need with no compromises and allow installers to fit a perfect job.
Effective marketing is critical to the success of every business and the Spectus offering is second to none. There are bespoke marketing packages, as well as lead generation and opportunities to tender.
Spectus customers also get the sales advantage of Excellence as Standard. It’s a programme designed to drive quality at every level of the industry. Membership gives customers the tools they need to build their business including lead generation and marketing support.
Carmen concludes: “We’ve been making PVC-U  window and door systems since 1981. The market has changed out of all recognition since then but we’ve thrived because of the quality of our manufacturing, the strength of our design and our customer service. We’ve kept those three principles at the heart of our business throughout and they’re the reasons we can offer such a complete package to our customers today.”



Sleek, Modern Option Designed for Decks with Cable and Horizontal Rod Railing.
Among the hottest looks in outdoor living today are cable and horizontal rod railing. Capitalizing on this growing trend toward more modern, commercially-inspired looks, Trex® Spiral Stairs™has added a new Multi-Line Handrail system to its collection.
Designed specifically to complement the view-enhancing spacing and sleek styling of cable and rod railing, this new option also provides a functional, space-saving alternative to standard stairs.
“As homeowners increasingly gather inspiration from commercial spaces such as hotels and urban rooftops, they are incorporating sleeker, more modern finishes and accessories into their outdoor living spaces,” said Adam Zambanini, vice president of marketing for Trex Company. “The new Multi-Line system from Trex Spiral Stairs is an ideal match for modern outdoor spaces, providing a cohesive look that marries perfectly with cable and horizontal rod railing designs.”
The ultra-thin, metallic railing balusters of the Multi-Line system create the illusion of cascading cable railing winding its way down the staircase, while offering the strength and durability of stainless steel. In addition, the system can be enhanced with dimmable LED riser lights from Trex® Outdoor Lighting™, adding both style and safety to any outdoor living space.
The Multi-Line system joins a dozen different Trex Spiral Stairs options, all of which are designed to meld seamlessly with high-performance Trex decking and railing systems. In fact, the treads themselves are available with same high-performance, low-maintenance technology as the Trex Transcend® decking collection, and are offered in all Transcend hues.
Trex Spiral Stairs are manufactured and sold by The Iron Shop, based in Pennsylvania, under a trademark licensing agreement with Trex. The system also comes with an all-inclusive 25-year craftsmanship and defects warranty and five-year all-inclusive finish warranty for additional peace of mind.
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Trex® Spiral Stairs™ introduces new Multi-Line railing system

ent and tempered glass has long been of great interest to the market. The process of creating high-quality tempered bent glass has evolved over the years. Continued research and development, the best use of the latest technology and the experience of industry experts have opened up new dimensions in glass.
Such a common material is glass that it’s easy to forget we still don’t understand its full capabilities. Bent glass has been used in buildings since the early nineteenth century. But it wasn’t until the 1990s, with the development of the first horizontal tempering machine with a bending furnace, that bent tempered glass of sufficiently good optical quality became generally available. Still, there were quite a few limitations and constraints.
Many efforts have been made to improve the technology over the last years, to improve methods and techniques of processing tempered bent glass and also to process top quality.

The bending and tempering process in brief

Modern horizontal bending and tempering lines commonly operate like this:

  1. The flat glass is first heated to over 630 °C − until red hot.
  2. Once heated, the glass is moved within the furnace into the bending station, where it is bent to its target radius.
  3. The glass can be twisted into the direction in which the glass flows, which is known as lengthwise bending.
  4. It can also be bent crosswise across the glass flow, which is called crosswise bending.
  5. The bent glass is then tempered by cooling to trap high energy forces within the glass.
  6. The bent and tempered glass comes out of the furnace.

It’s fair to say the main stages of this process have not changed much since the 90s. But technologies have.
Glaston ProBend Bending and Tempering system

Bent tempered glass is welcome for a reason

There are several other common methods for curving or bending glass. These include hot bending, lamination bending, bending and tempering and cold bending. However, only the bending and tempering method has the advantages that make it so attractive to modern architects and designers.
First of all, tempered curved glass is safety glass. When broken, it is harmless to people. Therefore, where a high degree of safety is required, such as in windows, curtain walls, balustrades or skylights, it becomes the most practical type of curved glass.
Secondly, bent and tempered glass offers greater resistance to mechanical and thermal loads, as well as durability against temperature variations. In fact, tempered bent glass withstands up to five times more mechanical strain than bent annealed glass – again making it more useful from the contractors’ perspective.
Last but not least, bent and tempered glass is cheaper to produce than hot-bent laminated glass, since it’s done in a single process and doesn’t require lamination.

The ability to curve and temper glass simultaneously has helped to put glass material on a more advanced level, adding considerable value to the end product.

Bent glass brings elegance and energy to any designed space, whether it is an architectural building or just part of your latest home appliance. It gives an artistic focal point to natural light within interior spaces. But above all comes the assurance that tempered bent glass meets safety requirements. This is valued the most.
To discover more about the technology, read: Curved glass: an obstacle or opportunity in glass architecture?
Glaston glass sauna

Where we are today?

In general, the bending and tempering technique has advanced to a new standard today – far from what it was a decade ago. However, some constraints still do exist. These involve limits on maximum size, weight, glass thickness and also limitations with extreme forms.
For now, these constraints must be taken into account in the design of glass constructions. However, glass processing equipment manufacturers are challenging themselves to overcome them. And since technologies are evolving rapidly, they will soon completely reshape the process, allowing glass processors to reach beyond limitations.

For example, it’s now possible to temper and bend a much wider range of sizes and thicknesses, thanks to the latest achievements. Among them is an innovative machine that for the first time averts any optical issues – a problem of the past. Now, with correct technology, reaching a top-quality optical result from each run is no longer difficult.

What was considered a decade ago to be practically impossible is now a cost-effective and adaptable way of producing quality curved safety glass with minimal changeover time, no anisotropy issues and zero tooling. Now, machines are even available to soft-coat bent building glass.

The future of bent tempered glass

The interest in curved glass forms continues to grow. It will grow even more, once designers and architects understand the latest achievements in bending and tempering.
Bent tempered glass is no longer experimental. Thanks to ongoing R&D and the new technological transformations, custom bent glass is bringing the beauty of form with function to the designs and applications of tomorrow, creating new potential for the world of glass. It can be now a quality economical and safe material with tens of thousands of shapes.

The world is curved. So should be the glass − and our thinking. There is no excuse for forcing old flat glass designs, now that we can finally put our trust in curved forms.

See more about bent glass in practice: Use of hot bent glass. Case: 252 East 57th Street, New York
Use of curved glass



Grove at Grand Bay’s swirl-shaped towers take hurricane-resistance to new heights while earning LEED Gold certification.
Grove at Grand Bay, an upscale 98-unit Florida condominium featuring an innovative hurricane-resistant design and Solarban® 72Starphire® glass by Vitro Architectural Glass (formerly PPG Glass), was named the 2017 Building of the Year, U.S. Southeast Region, by The Architect’s Newspaper.
Located in Coconut Grove and designed by renowned Danish architectural firm Bjarke Ingels Group, Grove at Grand Bay consists of two 20-story towers coiled into identical tornado-like twists that provide a stylized buffer against hurricane-force winds while offering residents optimal views of the Atlantic Ocean and Biscayne Bay.

Grove at Grand Bay

Windows and 12-foot-high floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors for the $400-million project were fabricated by Tecnoglass with hurricane-resistant, insulated Solarban 72 glass laminated with three lites of Starphire glass.
The railings and balconies are laminated with two lites of Starphire glass. Tecnoglass engineers designed the doors using three pieces of ¼-inch Solarban 72 glass.
A composite core of concrete and steel internal plates for the towers’ shear walls enabled the building engineers to limit their thickness to 30 inches, less than half the 6-foot thickness required by local building codes for such structural reinforcements.
Additional stability is provided by the installation of cambered, or arched, floor plates and pressure-injected auger-cast piles averaging 80 feet in depth.
When Hurricane Irma’s 100-mph winds made landfall in September 2017, Jason Gilg, senior development manager of Terra Group, the building’s owner, said Grove at Grand Bay “did extremely well—including the hurricane-impact glass.”
The Building of the Year award recognizes distinct innovation, creative use of new technology, sustainability and superlative design. It is one of several categories in The Architect’s Newspaper’s annual “Best of Design Awards,” which showcase great buildings and building elements.
The condominium had previously received several honors, including two Architizer A+Awards (Jury Prize Winner and the Popular Choice Winner in the Engineering category), the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of New York’s 2016 engineering excellence award and a 2016 Concrete Reinforced Steel Institute (CRSI) Honors Award in the Residential Building category.
The first LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certified residential building in Miami-Dade County, Grove at Grand Bay incorporates multiple sustainable design measures. They include an 80 percent reduction in the amount of potable water for irrigation and the installation of high-efficiency chillers and variable-speed exhaust in the heating and cooling systems. The project also features recycled and locally sourced materials, and sustainably harvested wood.
Completed in 2016, Grove at Grand Bay is the tallest twisting structure in the Western Hemisphere and the first of its kind in the United States.
Formulated with the industry’s most advanced triple-silver coating that is engineered for use on Starphire Ultra-Clear® glass, Solarban 72 glass has visible light transmittance (VLT) of 71 percent with a solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) of 0.30 and a light-to-solar gain (LSG) ratio of 2.37.
To learn more about Solarban 72 glass or Starphire glass by Vitro Architectural Glass, visit


Standing more than 1,000 feet in the air and extending out 65 feet from the 100th floor of 30 Hudson Yards, it will be the highest outdoor observation deck in the Western Hemisphere, and the fifth highest in the world. The observation deck is scheduled to open in late 2019.

The Hudson Yards Observation Deck will be made up of 15 primary sections, each weighing between 35,000 and 100,000 pounds. Bolted together and anchored to the east and south sides of the building, the 765,000 pound observation deck will create a 7,500-square-foot outdoor viewing area. A nine-foot tall angled glass wall will encircle the deck, and a window in the floor will provide a once-in-a-lifetime look at the neighborhood below.
KPF’s 30 Hudson Yards will stand 1,296 feet tall and offer state-of-the-art commercial office space for its tenants, which include DNB Bank, Kohlberg, Kravis & Roberts (KKR), Time Warner Inc. and Wells Fargo, among others. In addition to the Hudson Yards Observation Deck, the building has direct access to The Shops & Restaurants at Hudson Yards and a direct connection to the No. 7 Subway station. The LEED Gold-designed tower is on track to top out this summer.
“The design of our two towers at Hudson Yards is based on our intention of making overt responses to all aspects of the surrounding urban landscape,” said Bill Pedersen, Founding Design Partner of KPF. “The most dramatic of these gestures will be the observation deck which cantilevers 65 feet out into space from the top of 30 Hudson Yards reaching out, almost as an invitation, to all of Manhattan. Together with the Vessel, these dramatic architectural structures are included in Hudson Yards for all to enjoy.”

The complete renovation of Jardines de Nivaria 5* hotel in Tenerife seizes the exclusive design, safety and ease of installation of Comenza railing systems.
The results were outstanding, having totally changed the appearance of the hotel, both on the outside and on the inside.
Jardines de Nivaria Renovation | Comenza railing systems
After the integral reform, the Jardines de Nivaria 5* Hotel (part of the Adrian Hotels group) has become one of the references of high standing tourism and events in the south of Tenerife area, and furthermore, one of the most luxurious hotels on the island by its own right.
In addition, the hotel’s new facilities were one of the reasons that have made the new hotel worthy of the TUI Holly 2017 award, with a qualification of 9.4 out of 10 awarded by the hotel customers.

The team of architects at Impulsarq handled the renovation, which endured for five months, and resulted in an investment of more than 13 million euros. The results were outstanding, having totally changed the appearance of the hotel, both on the outside and on the inside.
The replacement of the old metal railings of the façade by modern glass railing systems from Comenza have been a significant and positive change, both in aesthetics and functionality. The glass railing systems of choice were Comenza GlassFit SV-1301 and Comenza GlassFit SV-1303 with RP-1400 handrail.
Jardines de Nivaria Renovation | Comenza railing systems
Visually, Comenza systems provide a cutting-edge, minimalist and elegant design. In the functional aspect, the GlassFit railing systems of Comenza eliminate all obstacles to light and favor spectacular sights from all the suites and rooms of the hotel.
Plus, Comenza glass railings provide guaranteed maximum safety standards for their users, given that they have successfully completed load tests according to strict construction regulation standards for this type of environment and use cases.
The icing on the cake of this renewal project is the new space for La Cúpula panoramic restaurant, run by the prestigious chef Rubén Cabrera (winner of the III Spanish Cooks Contest, representing Canary Islands), a space that once was an open terrace, is now a luxurious restaurant with unbeatable sea sights to Fabañé beach, thanks to Comenza GlassFit SV-1301 system, installed next to a large perimeter window.
Comenza stainless steel posts systems R-CONCEPT: CABLE were chosen for the outdoor areas of the pool and the new spa building.
See more pictures of this project.

FOREL developed and upgraded its Automatic Profile Bender (ART. PBA632) to cater to different needs and typologies of material.
Warm Edge insulating properties, which bring important economical savings, are the reasons for the growing success of this kind of profile. As glassworkers know, the bending of plastic profile is an extremely delicate operation which requires precision and attention.
FOREL - The Profile Bender offers the Arm to the Warm Edge
FOREL developed and upgraded its Automatic Profile Bender (ART. PBA632) to cater to different needs and typologies of material. The Profile Bender can now support the profile during the processing, thanks to the special Smart Arm (an exclusive FOREL patent). The arm works to avoid the risk of breaks or deformations when working with larger sizes.
This solution offers high productivity, quality and no risks of damage to the material.
FOREL - The Profile Bender offers the Arm to the Warm Edge
Specific improvements have been developed to obtain a better bending process which offers two different results:

  • The classical internal fold;
  • An internal fold of 90°, visually identical to the “corner keys” (but without thermal dispersion in the corner) or to the welding junction (but with faster production).

The calibration of the bending is managed by a software, which ensures a complete control and precision of the angle.



SolarWindow Technologies, Inc. announced that the company has now filed more than 90 U.S. and international patents and trademarks for protecting its brand identities, products, services, processes, and materials.
SolarWindow Technologies, Inc., developer of liquid transparent coatings that turn ordinary glass into electricity-generating windows for skyscrapers and buildings, announced that the company has now filed more than 90 U.S. and international patents and trademarks for protecting its brand identities, products, services, processes, and materials.
The SolarWindow intellectual property portfolio covers electricity-generating liquid coatings for windows, automobiles, aircraft, mission-critical military applications, and more.
Announced recently, SolarWindow was awarded its first-ever advanced materials manufacturing Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE) Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO).
SolarWindow was awarded the CRADA after submitting a proposal outlining its process technologies and fabrication methods to the DOE’s Roll-to-Roll Advanced Materials Manufacturing Consortium, led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and partnering with Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The CRADA will be carried out with the DOE by SolarWindow, ANL, and NREL.
“Our first commercial target market is electricity-generating windows that could turn entire skyscrapers into vertical power generators,” stated Mr. John Conklin, President and CEO of SolarWindow Technologies, Inc.
“Our business team has already negotiated and entered into numerous commercial collaborations with raw materials suppliers, service and technology providers, and even a glass fabrication facility with the goal of manufacturing SolarWindow™ products. While our engineers and scientists have continued to aggressively advance our technical capabilities, recently setting a new company record for power production, our legal and technical teams have strategically strengthened our portfolio of patents and trademark filings.”
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% and could achieve a one-year financial payback for building owners, the industry’s fastest financial return, according to independently-validated power and financial modeling.
The expansive SolarWindow intellectual property portfolio encompasses product development, commercial manufacturing, licensing, sales, and services. The filings cover a variety of classes, including coatings, windows, glass, flexible electricity-generating materials, solar panels, cells, modules, and others.

  • The 90-plus SolarWindow International and U.S. patent and trademark filings include:
    • Electricity generating windows that can:
    • self-tint to darker or lighter shades, based on user preferences;
    • power various devices such as smart sensors for delivering data to intelligent energy management systems in buildings
  • Electricity-generating coatings for:
    • powering mission-critical systems on military and commercial aircraft;
    • providing emergency power to pilots;
    • application to various three-dimensional objects;
    • thin and flexible surfaces, using various application methods;
  • Processes and the processing of SolarWindow™ device architectures;
  • Enhancements to SolarWindow™ device architecture; and
  • Improvements to various SolarWindow™ module performance; among others.

The company’s scientists, engineers, and attorneys continually identify, develop and pursue intellectual property with the objective of providing the high commercial value and strategic position when compared to other technologies. High-value patents and trademarks are actively developed while legacy assets are either repurposed to add value, or eventually retired.
SolarWindow Technologies, Inc. claims rights in all of its trademarks and service marks, and actively works to establish, protect, monitor, and enforce its intellectual property rights in its trademarks and service marks through various intellectual property strategies including federal registration, state registration, and/or establishing common law rights.


High-performance curtain walling, windows and doors from leading aluminium systems manufacturer, Metal Technology, have helped shaped iQ-style student living at Elgin Place on Glasgow’s Bath Street.
The development, named from the church which previously occupied the site, offers 330 rooms in a variety of configurations over 14 floors with a large ground floor retail space. The building incorporates social spaces, including a rooftop bar, snugs, gym, gaming rooms and a creative studio.
Metal Technology System 17 was used in three variants for the curtain walling screens and rooflight: Silicone pointed, flat cap and capped. A special concealed vent was utilised to complement the ascetic design. Systems 4-35Hi+ casement and 5-35Hi+ tilt-and-turn windows and System 5-20D doors were also used throughout the building.
Metal Technology in action at Elgin PlaceWorking with the fabricator, Metal Technology developed a flat cap solution for the curtain walling from levels 7 to 13, this met the architects design requirements while offering a value engineered alternative to their silicone pointed system.
Used in isolation or in an integrated fashion, as in Elgin Place, Metal Technology systems provide reliable structural integrity, weather performance, thermal enhancement and security, together with creative and design freedom to deliver superb results.



Innovative decorative design meets practical solution Maple help design, fabricate and install architectural ‘fins’ to award-winning Oastler Building in Huddersfield.


When the University of Huddersfield planned a new building for their city campus, the brief featured one ambitious requirement. “We wanted to make a bold, confident statement that said ‘We are the university’,” explained Vice Chancellor Professor Bob Cryan. “We wanted something architecturally striking when students and parents come to the campus, I’m looking to give them the ‘wow’ factor.”
The Oastler Building, which opened in May 2017, is the new home for Huddersfield’s Law School and its School of Music, Humanities and Media. Although it is just the latest in a series of large construction projects for the university over the last ten years, it was particularly important because of its prominent position.
Responding to the brief, architects AHR created what they called a ‘beacon’ for the university a six-storey, fully glazed, curved face to the building. However, while large areas of glass can look visually stunning, they are not without their practical challenges…
Maple help deliver ‘wow’ factor for new Univesity of Huddersfield Building


Modern architecture for schools or offices and universities often incorporates large areas of glazing to provide more natural daylight and create a feeling of space inside. However, there can often be a downside, with heat and glare from direct sunlight making life uncomfortable for occupants.
Maple have years of experience in designing, manufacturing and installing systems that reduce this ‘solar gain’. But, for this project, that wasn’t our biggest challenge.
Architects AHR envisaged a brise soleil system as an integral and iconic feature of their design. So we worked with the architects, main contractors Morgan Sindall and the project’s glazing contractors to arrive at a solution that was both practical and striking.
In fact, the main challenge was to develop a shading solution that would significantly enhance the aesthetic of the six-storey, curved glazed frontage of the Oastler Building. The end result was a series of innovative vertical fins that provide that ‘wow’ factor the client wanted.
Designing and manufacturing 21 sets of paired fins (with 44,000 rivets) was only the start of a technical challenge. Limited access meant that each fin had to be ‘blind lifted’ into place with a specialist crane – while keeping a busy nearby road open (and complying with stringent health and safety regulations).
The fins were heavy and specialist fixings were required. Accuracy was key and it took four weeks to align all the brackets within a plus/ minus 1mm tolerance.
Maple help deliver ‘wow’ factor for new Univesity of Huddersfield Building


Although initially envisaged as a practical response to a real challenge, our solar screening solution became an integral part of the design of the Oastler Building.
Working in partnership with the architects and main contractors, Maple designed, supplied and installed 42 vertical brise soleil fins around the oval face of the building. Internally, we described them as ‘hockey sticks’ – large fins in pairs of 21 different sizes that appear to loop over the top of the building and extend downwards over the six-storey facade.
Constructed from aluminium, the fins are anodised in Anolok 543 for protection and also to provide a solid contrast to the light-reflecting glazing. “The materials we use lend themselves to long spans but these are still very large fins that require specialist fixings to cope with all wind and load-bearing issues,” said Maple’s Projects Director, Jay McGrath.
“The architectural hockey sticks are an iconic feature on the university campus, but just as important are the things you don’t see – which along with the fins themselves were designed, manufactured and tested at our Stockport factory.” Steel brackets run through the fins and connect to pre-installed plates on the building structure at every floor level.
It’s this combination of aesthetic appeal and technical excellence that would lead to wide acclaim…
Maple help deliver ‘wow’ factor for new Univesity of Huddersfield Building


The new Oastler Building was opened by HRH The Duke of York in May 2017. Almost immediately, it was picking up awards. Just a few weeks after the Duke, who is also the university’s Chancellor, was paying tribute the ‘inter-connectivity’ of the project’s multidisciplinary team, the landmark building was named Best Educational Building at the 2017 LABC West Yorkshire Building Excellence Awards.
The regional awards are hosted by Local Authority Building Control and are unlike other events that simply reward aesthetic appeal. The LABC judges look for craftsmanship, innovative products and creative solutions to technical problems – as well as excellent relationships between architects, contractors, suppliers and building control officers.
“We’re very proud to have been involved in an award winning project” added Maple’s Jay McGrath. “It’s a project that was intended to have the ‘wow’ factor and that’s what was delivered. The iconic building is now widely recognised within the architectural profession.”
Our architectural fins were designed to be a key decorative feature of the building. Although preventing glare or solar gain wasn’t part of the requirement – the fins do provide some solar screening for the new departments and modern conference and meeting facilities.
They’re a great example of how by working closely with architects, and understanding their design requirements, Maple can elevate practical shading systems to integral elements of a building aesthetic.
Professor Cryan claimed the building was already a local icon. He said: “We have bestowed on Huddersfield a 21st century structure that can stand alongside the great 19th century buildings that expressed the civic pride felt by our Victorian forebears.”


Leading South West fabricator and installer Seal-Lite Group is gaining an important competitive edge for its PVC-U doorsets through a mix of aesthetics, quality and reliability by combining the Swish profile with Dynamic 2D hinges by SFS.
The Clevedon-based company, which serves trade and retail customers throughout the South West of England, produces more than 300 PVC-U doorsets every month, all featuring Dynamic 2D hinges supplied by Safeware.
Dynamic 2D hinges help Seal-Lite deliver quality Swish doorsetsThe combination of the Swish profile design and the Dynamic 2D’s bespoke hinge sash plate delivers excellent visual appeal in a robust, secure doorset in which Seal-Lite customers can have complete long-term confidence.
Seal-Lite Group Managing Director, Chris Shearn, said: “The quality of our doorsets, and all the products we manufacture, depends on choosing the right components and system, and our excellent customer feedback to date suggests that our new specification for PVC-U doors is ticking all the boxes. Switching to the Swish system has enabled us to achieve an important uplift in quality, and one that has been amplified through our decision to use Dynamic 2D hinges.
“SFS provided excellent technical support from the outset to ensure the hinges provide us with that ‘fit and forget’ solution, which is so important for customer satisfaction and for protecting our reputation. The hinges also mean we can provide the assurance of Secured by Design on our doorsets, and the ability to colour match with a durable finish gives our doorsets a visual appeal that sets us apart.”
SFS – a global leader in the design and manufacture of door hinges – is a long established supplier to the Epwin Group’s hardware specialist business Safeware. This organisation offers a ‘one stop shop’ for fabricators of all the window and door systems produced by the Epwin Group, providing a simplified supply chain with easy access to the highest quality hardware and technical support.
Paul Hinds, National Sales Manager at Safeware, comments: “We’ve stocked the Dynamic 2D hinge ever since it was launched in the UK and it continues to impress our fabricator customers, whether it’s a Swish profile or any of the Epwin Group systems. The excellent results that the Seal-Lite Group is achieving with the Swish system and Dynamic 2D hinge combination is a clear demonstration of the technical excellence that lies behind these products, particularly in respect of the system-specific sash plate developed by SFS.”
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This 3-star Sold Secure Diamond Cylinder sets a completely new standard in home security and is unlike any other lock cylinder on the market.

Everyone can see that an aïr bi-folding or lift & slide door is immensely pleasing to the eye, but this unrivalled stylishness counts for nothing if it fails to provide sufficient security.

Happily it does as we supply all aïr products with the Ultion cylinder as standard, one of the world’s most secure locking systems.

Unbeatable security

This 3-star Sold Secure Diamond Cylinder sets a completely new standard in home security and is unlike any other lock cylinder on the market. How is it so different to anything else?

It has an 11-pin configuration with a special lock-down mode that triggers if an attack is detected; we’re talking about lock picking, lock bumping or lock drilling.

It’s so secure that Brisant-Secure, the company responsible for developing Ultion, are confident enough to offer homeowners a FREE 10 year £1,000 guarantee against burglary as a result of an Ultion lock snapping.

Even with the key inside the lock, the Ultion remains completely snap secure. Paired with our Secured by Design certification, it makes the ultimate security system for your home.

Secured by Design

For anyone unfamiliar with Secured by Design, let us quote the Secured by Design website –

“Secured by Design focuses on crime prevention of homes and commercial premises and promotes the use of security standards for a wide range of applications and products.”

Its objective is to reduce burglary and crime in the UK by designing out crime through physical security and processes.

So, installing an aïr 500LS, 600LS or 800 to Secured by Design standard is something definitely worth considering, especially as the initiative has the full backing of the Police.

“This 3-star Sold Secure Diamond Cylinder sets a completely new standard in home security “

aïr and Ultion = a perfect match

Choosing to offer Ultion cylinders with aïr doors was an easy decision to make as we know that customers are increasingly concerned about security.


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RoofLight Solutions Ltd is now able to supply or supply, fix and glaze an extensive range of Aluminium Curtain Wall Systems into new or existing structural openings to suit every budget, project size and performance requirements.

Their client portfolio is ever expanding and they have worked with property developers, construction firms, local authorities and the general public to meet their exact curtain wall requirements.

Curtain Walling UK is uniquely positioned in the marketplace as we are able to supply and install systems from a variety of different suppliers including SMART and our primary system supplier; Senior Architectural Systems (SAS).

This way of working allows them to supply an extensive range of systems to suit our client’s individual requirements. They are able to supply an almost unlimited choice of colours and finishes to both the inside and out, along with sloping and frameless vent options.

With such a range of products, their technical team is on hand to guide you and help you decide on the right system to meet your exact requirements.




The global Aluminum Curtain Wall market was valued at USD 25.1 billion in 2017 and is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of more than 9.3% during the forecast period.

An aluminum curtain wall is a thin aluminum-framed wall, which contains in-fills of glass, metal panels, or thin stone. This frame is attached to building structures and does not carry the floor or roof loads of the building.

Use of aluminum curtain walls enhances the energy efficiency of buildings while reducing HVAC costs. The demand for aluminum curtain wall has increased over the years owing to increasing environmental awareness and growing trend towards energy efficient buildings.

The growth in construction industry and rising need to protect exterior walls of structures drive the growth of the market. The increasing construction of commercial structures such as factories, offices, and institutions supplement the growth of the market.

The increasing demand for energy efficient building solutions, and moisture management in buildings along with introduction of innovative aluminum curtain wall products in the market at competitive prices by market players further augment market growth.

Stringent government regulations regarding energy use, reduction in operation costs, and trend towards green buildings also boost the adoption of aluminum curtain walls. Growing demand from emerging economies, increasing consumer awareness, and growth of eco-friendly infrastructure are factors expected to provide numerous growth opportunities in the coming years.


Asia-Pacific Aluminum Curtain Wall Market By Type, 2017 – 2026

Asia-Pacific Aluminum Curtain Wall Market By Type, 2017 - 2026
Note: Inside circle depicts data for 2017 & outside circle depicts data for 2026


Segment Analysis

The global Aluminum Curtain Walls market is segmented on the basis of type, application, and region. Based on type, the market is segmented into stick-built, unitized, and semi-unitized. On the basis of application, the market is segmented into residential, commercial, and public.

This report comprises a detailed geographic distribution of the market across North America, Europe, APAC, Latin America and MEA. North America is further segmented into U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

Europe is divided into Germany, UK, Italy, France, and Rest of Europe. Asia-Pacific is bifurcated into China, India, Japan, and Rest of Asia-Pacific. Asia-Pacific accounted for the largest share in the Global Aluminum Curtain Wall market in 2017.


Asia-Pacific Aluminum Curtain Wall Market, By Type, 2017 – 2026 
(USD Million)

Asia-Pacific Aluminum Curtain Wall Market, By Type, 2017 - 2026 (USD Million)


Competitive Landscape

The leading players in the market include EFCO Corporation, HansenGroup Ltd., Kalwall Corporation, National Enclosure Company, Sapa Building Systems Ltd., Ponzio Srl, Kawneer Company, Inc., Josef Gartner GmbH, GUTMANN AG, Alumil Aluminium Industry S. A, HUECK System GmbH & Co. KG, and Schüco International among others.

These leading players in the market are introducing innovative products in the market to cater to the consumers. Global players are entering new markets in developing regions to expand their customer base and strengthen market presence.


Key questions answered by the report

  • What is the current Market Size and Forecasts of Global Aluminum Curtain Wall Market
  • What is the market opportunity for Aluminum Curtain Wall types
  • How big is the market size for different types in the Global Aluminum Curtain Wall Market
  • How much is the estimated market for Aluminum Curtain Wall in North America during the forecast period
  • What are the companies in this market and how are they classified
  • What are the available opportunities and who are the top market players in this space
  • Which are the major applications and what traction are they gaining in the market





The tall, wide-span panes create a frameless glass wall that’s the perfect design choice for homes that need a seamless connection from the inside living space to the outdoors.

Infinium has been engineered to be the perfect system for framing a view from a room. The tall, wide-span panes create a frameless glass wall that’s the perfect design choice for homes that need a seamless connection from the inside living space to the outdoors.

With the slimmest of interlock sightlines — just 21mm wide — Infinium creates a wall of glass with minimum interruption. The frame and sash of Infinium are concealed within the wall whilst the flush threshold and fully concealed hardware finish the look.

Infinium – Engineered with Precision

Infinium slimline sliding doors are available with a double track in configurations with up to four door sashes. Each door sash can be up to 3000mm wide and 3500mm high for the widest glazed area.

To bring natural light and the outdoors inside, but keep the elements out, Infinium offers U-Values as low as 1.0 W/m2K with the assistance of double thermal breaks and double or triple glazed units.

These large, heavy panes of glass sit on bespoke-designed aluminium rollers to give the sliding slimline glazing effortless glide. There is also the option to have automated sliding doors, with a custom-built motorised lock and sliding system, which means the doors can be opened and closed at the touch of a button.

Infinium: Truly Slimline Glazing

Whether you’re an architect planning a modern new-build with lots of glazed areas or working on a home transformation to bring more light into an existing building, Infinium is a stunning choice for your glazing.

The flush threshold and concealed frame gives the illusion of glass coming straight of the wall, with no frame at all – the stunning combination of expert engineering and beautiful design creates slimline glazing that takes framing a view to new heights.

A High-end Sliding Door Needs Top-quality Manufacturing

Infinium glazing can only be manufactured by approved fabricators, chosen by the systems company. We have been selected to manufacture Infinium, because of our award-winning, precise manufacturing. This means that Infinium minimal frame glazing will be delivered to site, ready to be installed.

Certified Installation

The Infinium system can also only be installed by certified installers, creating an exclusivity around the product that will give your installation company a fantastic USP. It will also minimize risk of damage on site so that homeowners and project managers are given complete peace of mind during Infinium’s installation.

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Infinium is available now from AluFoldDirect. You can learn more about it in our brochure or visit the Aluminium Glazing Design Centrein Blackburn for a tour of our showroom with AluFoldDirect’s aluminium glazing experts. We help architects, developers, homeowners and installers to choose the best aluminium glazing products for their projects.




All offices must be well ventilated. To meet increasingly stringent Health and Safety regulations, a continuous supply of fresh air is necessary.

Adequate ventilation is also a pre-requisite for a healthy and productive workforce. Studies show that workers who are comfortable in their working environment are over 60% more productive. Workers in a well-ventilated office are also less likely to become ill.

There are several methods to ventilate an office space. The best choice for you will depend on the office size and the range of equipment in use. An office with lots of staff, computers, and machinery will generate more heat, thus requiring better ventilation. When ventilating your office, it’s important to consider these options.



natural ventilation system circulates air in a building without using a mechanical system. External air is directed through the internal space by using advanced control systems.

The control system can be connected to a variety of different sensor types including rain, wind, and temperature sensors. The control system can also be linked to a manual controller such as a switch or remote control to activate the ventilation process.

When designing your natural ventilation system, you must consider several factors. These include:

  • Building location – Whether it’s urban or more isolated. Sheltered or exposed.
  • Building height – The higher the building, the more external conditions will influence its natural ventilation.
  • Indoor layout and partitions – The interior set up will both restrict and enable air flow.
  • Window types – The size, shape, and opening arc of any windows will directly affect the ventilation capacity.

The type of natural ventilation system suitable for a building will ultimately be determined by a combination of the building’s natural external environment and the interior layout and building structure.



In the event of fire, all office buildings must be designed to facilitate the safe escape of workers. A smoke ventilation system will release smoke from stairwells, atriums, and corridors to allow a safer exit.

Smoke ventilation systems can be manually or automatically activated. Smoke sensors or smoke alarms can directly link to the smoke vent, automatically triggering its opening when smoke is detected.

Smoke vents can also be manually activated by an emergency break glass point or by a Fire Officer at an override switch. Once the smoke ventilation system is activated, the vent will remain open until all smoke has dissipated or the system has been manually reset.



Alongside Window Actuators connected to natural and smoke ventilation systems, there are a range of independent automatic window opening systems available. Remote window opening actuators are perfect for large office spaces, particularly where windows are situated out of reach at a high level.

Window actuators can be controlled by a selection of switches, key switches, remote transmitters and receivers, and 24V DC transformers. Window automation can be designed and implemented into the ventilation system or work separately to allow increased airflow when necessary.

At Teal Products, we have over 17 years’ experience supplying high quality window control products and ventilation systems.

We pride ourselves on our outstanding customer service and are always happy to offer advice on product specification and installation. When you want to create a comfortable and well-ventilated office space, Teal Products can provide you with the best solution.


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Today, glass used in the building industry must combine a number of different functions. POLFLAM® fire-resistant glass meets those requirements. It is a perfectly flexible and multifunction product which lives up to the current market trends.

Fire-resistant glass – why did it happen? For optical lightness of a building and to fill it with natural daylight. It was in no time that fire-resistant glass replaced ordinary opaque indoor walls or the old-type construction glass for facades.

Today, we also have it in ceilings and stairs which is not the end of the story. POLFLAM® fire-resistant glass may have a number of different functions beside its basic one.

Fire-resistant, anti-burglary, insulating and intelligent glass – all in one, that is, POLFLAM®

Firstly: resistance to fire

POLFLAM® glass has been made in all the fire-resistance classes, from EI 30, through EI 60, EI 90 and EI 120, up to EI 180. Following the PN-EN 1363-1  standard, it meets the fire tightness criteria, which has been confirmed with many tests carried out in notified European laboratories.

In the production process, POLFLAM® uses a state-of-the-art hydrogel technology. The latter accounts for ideal functional parameters of the glass units, like high transparency or acoustic insulation. What’s more, the glass acquires extra functionalities thanks to the technology allowing sealing additional panes to the unit.

Secondly: enhanced resistance

POLFLAM® fire-resistant glass with an extra glass pane of higher safety class (P), is a model example of the multifunction product. It can be a curtainwall being, at the same time, resistant to impact, which means that the glass also protects against burglary.

POLFLAM laminated glass is available in all the resistance classes, from P2 to P7. It has been applied in floors or display windows, and in doors, windows or facades.

Fire-resistant, anti-burglary, insulating and intelligent glass – all in one, that is, POLFLAM®

Thirdly: acoustic insulation

Curbing noise levels in buildings designed for use by people has currently been such an important issue to have it regulated by construction law. Therefore, architects will ask for materials, including glass, of high sound control and sound absorption parameters.

These are of particular importance when we take conference rooms or glass walls separating open-space areas, needless to mention concert halls, where sound control is absolute priority.

POLFLAM® fire-resistant glass lives up to the sound proofing parameters recommended in spaces of particular noise load. Its bear unit’s Rw factor is 40-47 dB, depending of the EI class, while the unit with appropriate extra glass panes sealed to it easily achieves Rw of up to 52 dB!

Fourthly: PD-LCD, that is, changeable transparency

When adding to the unit a so called intelligent glass pane based on the liquid crystals technology, POLFLAM® fire-resistant glass partitions acquire a completely new function.

Glass units passing from transparency to full opacity make it possible, if need be, to isolate office spaces without using any blinds or to make ad hoc overhead screens in museums or art galleries, or partitions in hospital spaces. This type of glass when applied in facades allows architects to abandon traditional sunshades.

Fifthly: self-cleaning function

The self-cleaning layer is an ideal solution for fire-resistant glass applied in hard to reach or difficult to clean places, like facades or skylights. Under the influence of UV radiation, the dirt on the glass decomposes in the process of photocatalysis and flows down completely with the rain. With this layer, POLFLAM® glass keeps the facade shiny and transparent with no sign of dirt or stains.

Sixthly: thermal insulation

Heat losses are another important issue for facades, including those resistant to fire. POLFLAM® glass can be sealed with most float glasses available on the market that have perfect thermal properties.

For double cavity units sealed to POLFLAM® glass, the Ug factor is as low as 0.5 [W/m2 K]. The lower the Ug, the lower the heat losses through glass and the better the savings all through the heating period.

Fire-resistant, anti-burglary, insulating and intelligent glass – all in one, that is, POLFLAM®

Seventh: solar control

This issue is of utmost importance for facades exposed to the south or west, especially in the summer. Through using a selective-layer glass pane added to POLFLAM® fire-resistant glass solar radiation can be reflected and, thus, solar penetration controlled.

The latter protects buildings against overheating, which not only means better working conditions but also tangible financial benefits – bearing in mind the cost of cooling and air conditioning that is higher than the cost of heating.

Today, glass used in the building industry must combine a number of different functions. POLFLAM® fire-resistant glass meets those requirements. It is a perfectly flexible and multifunction product which lives up to the current market trends.


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Post-Grenfell, Tim Kempster, managing director of Wrightstyle, looks at fire safety in tall buildings.

The Grenfell Tower disaster will cast a long shadow for many years to come, helping to define official attitudes to social housing and the imperative of fire safety in tall buildings.

While it’s too early to point fingers, it seems apparent that UK authorities have been complacent in believing that current regulations were fit for purpose and that, once again, it will be a case of “codifying by catastrophe.”

But it’s worth remembering that, while official enquiries grind forward, the building industry is still building upwards – and that fire safety in tall buildings is in a spotlight like never before.

Most of the UK’s tall buildings are in London, with others in Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool, Sheffield, Swansea and Brighton.

In London, there are 450 tall buildings in the pipeline.  Of those, over 90 are being constructed, and the pace of upward development in the capital is accelerating, with 28 tall building completions this year, and 40 more in 2018.  Brexit, it would appear, has yet had little dampening effect.

Those figures come from the London Tall Buildings Survey, which charts the number of towers of 20 storeys or more completed, proposed or currently in planning across the capital’s 33 boroughs.

The tallest residential building both in London and Europe will be the 67-storey Spire London at 235 metres high, near Canary Wharf, and scheduled for completion in 2020.

Or Chelsea Waterfront which will have two glass residential towers of 37 and 25 storeys, and Keybridge, the UK’s tallest residential brick tower, at 37 storeys, and 1 Undershaft, which will be the second-tallest building in western Europe – and the tallest building in the City of London.


Twin Towers

The Shard remains the tallest building in both the UK and Europe, topping out at 310 metres with 87 storeys.  It has 11,000 panes of glass and a total surface area of 56,000 square metres, and is partly residential.

Its early designs were influenced by a report from the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) into the collapse of the Twin Towers in September 2001, which were just over 400 metres tall, which found that “the towers withstood the impacts and would have remained standing were it not for the dislodged insulation (fireproofing) and the subsequent multi-floor fires.”

While the Shard is the tallest building in Europe, it will be dwarfed by the tallest of them all, the Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia – the first habitable building to pass the one kilometre mark, and due for completion in 2019.

The £780 million Kingdom Tower will stand at just over 1,000 metres, have 200 storeys, and require some 500,000 cubic metres of concrete and 80,000 tons of steel.  It will also be partly residential.

It will be three times higher than the Shard and 173 metres taller than Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, currently the world’s tallest building at over 828 metres – with 160 storeys.

The challenges will be immense, not least how to pump wet cement half a mile upwards.  To erect the Burj Khalifa, cement pumping took place at night to reduce heat.


World Trade Center

But it’s China that is setting the pace, with a number of ultra high-rise developments, including the Shanghai Tower which, at 632 metres, is China’s tallest building – and the second tallest in the world.

The new 541 metre One World Trade Center, the building that replaced the Twin Towers, is the only US skyscraper in the Top 10 tallest buildings in the world at 541 metres – but not for long as other countries build further into the sky.

Third in the super-tall list is the Makkah Royal Clock Tower Hotel, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.  Besides hotel rooms, the tower has a conference centre, an Islamic Museum and prayer room for up to 10,000 people, a Lunar Observation Centre for watching the moon during the Holy Month, and a shopping mall with five storeys.

In London, with high land prices, the logic of building upwards is inescapable, and creating high-rise residential blocks will help to alleviate the city’s chronic housing shortage – if design lessons from the past can be learned.

Glasgow’s Red Road flats are a case in point.  Built in the early 1960s, and Europe’s highest residential blocks when they were built, the steel-framed buildings were fire-proofed with asbestos, which blighted the flats for years.

But the biggest lesson for architects, building designers and fire safety experts must be to take heed of Grenfell Tower and to never again lapse into false security.  That’s the real lesson from that disaster – that complacency is the enemy of fire safety.

At Wrightstyle, we have worked on fire safety on a number of high-rise developments in the UK and internationally. We have also publicly raised concerns about fire regulations in both the UK and UAE, and changed our certification processes, so that a fire certification on one of our glazing systems could not be unilaterally applied on another project.

In the new generation of super-buildings, fire safety takes on a whole new dimension, because – beyond sprinkler systems – how do you tackle a fire a kilometre up in the sky?



The answer is: with great difficulty, and there have been several notable cases where a sprinkler system has made things worse, with cold water coming into contact with non-fire rated glass and causing the glass to break and allowing more oxygen to reach the seat of the fire.  The same is true of tempered glass, with a limited fire-rating.

The most effective way of dealing with fire at high altitude is by fire compartmentation: keeping the fire contained in one protected area and preventing it from spreading.  A contained fire can be dealt with; an uncontrolled fire can’t.

A rule of thumb for fire safety in supertall buildings is that any fire should be able to burn itself out, without external intervention, and without building collapse.  That allows for a limited evacuation of people on the affected floor and on floors immediately above and below the fire.

In that context, in the 1950s, Frank Lloyd Wright once proposed The Illinois, a mile-high skyscraper of nearly 550 storeys, with enough room for 100,000 people.  It was fanciful then, but not so fanciful now.  It’s probably only a matter of time before human imagination and construction technology make it possible.

Over the years, we’ve seen the good, bad and the ugly of fire safety design, and hope that the new cities in the sky pay heed to the absolute need for a whole new level of fire safety and, if the worst does happen, have fire containment strategies to ensure everyone’s safety.

After Grenfell, that’s the least that we in the UK can do.