With today’s advanced glass products having the ability to perform like any other building material, with the added benefit of vision and transparency, glass has become favored in the design community.  This is taken one step further with fire rated glass butt-glazed walls up to 2 hours.

“Transparent glass walls have the distinct and unique advantage of being simultaneously connected and separate,” says Channing Swanson, AIA, LEED AP, principal at Neumann Monson Architects in Des Moines, Iowa. “Atmospherically separating space while maintaining partial or complete visual connection is a trait unique to transparent building materials.”

Because of this, we see glass being used in atriums, stair shafts, corridor walls, floors, ceilings, public spaces, and for the building envelope. “Glass opens doors to a great number of opportunities which are vital to good planning and design such as visual continuity and light penetration into the internal core spaces of buildings,” says Alek Zarifian, FAIA, LEED AP, principal at SmithGroupJJR in Los Angeles.

Fire-rated glass contributes to this constant pursuit of transparent design by allowing architects to use glass in areas that would otherwise use opaque walls made of gypsum, brick, block, or drywall because of fire-rated code requirements. Glazing that meets the stringent ASTM E-119 wall requirement up to two hours aligns with the designer’s goal of simultaneously connecting and separating space.

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The increased demand in fire-rated glazing has also pushed manufacturers to constantly innovate and introduce new products. When thinking about transparent design, manufacturers of fire-rated glass have introduced large and oversized glass lites, narrow frame profiles, and, most recently, transparent butt-glazed walls. U.S.-based fire-rated glass and framing manufacturer SAFTI FIRST recently announced the addition of SuperLite II-XLM, a fire-resistive multilaminate that can be used in one and two the company’s butt-glazed wall assemblies without vertical mullions or spacers for maximum vision and transparency. It meets ASTM E-119 and CAN/ULC S101 with hose stream and CPSC Cat. II, the maximum safety standard.

“The introduction of narrow frame profiles and butt-glazed walls were so inevitable and timely in streamlining and perfecting the rated wall systems as a vital product the design of buildings of the future. They allow the main purpose of transparency to be achieved more directly and seamlessly,” Zarifian says.

“Architects are always interested in breaking boundaries and doing more with less,” Swanson says. The introduction of transparent fire-resistive butt-glazed walls “gives architects great latitude in creating more provocative and engaging buildings,” he adds.

For more information on SuperLite II-XLM and SAFTI FIRST’s complete line of fire rated glass and framing products, please visit www.safti.com or call 888.653.3333.

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Flagship curtain wall system enhanced by Kawneer.

Leading UK manufacturer of architectural glazing systems, Kawneer, has introduced a phase of enhancements to its AA®100 curtain wall system, future proofing its ability to meet the highest standards of thermal performance and weight capacity.

The AA®100 curtain wall system with 50mm sightlines provides a unique dry-jointed façade solution that has been designed and developed to provide the specifier with opportunities to create original and exciting facades in residential, commercial, healthcare, education, and retail and leisure applications.

Available in a variety of styles, it is suitable for vertical and sloped applications including facetted walls, and to provide complete design flexibility is also available as horizontally-capped, SSG (Structurally Silicone Glazed) and fire resistant systems.

Kawneer UK, which manufactures from a state-of-the-art factory in Runcorn, Cheshire, has drawn upon the experience of its sister companies in Europe to launch the new features which include CWCT (Centre for Window and Cladding Technology) certification.

These include increasing the infill weight for zone-drained constructions from 350kg to 600kg while the addition of a 36mm thermal break to the existing suite of 16mm, 20mm and 26mm provides even greater thermal performance and increases the glazing depth to allow up to 50mm triple-glazed units.

The system has also been accredited to the standards of the Passivhaus Institute.

The successful CWCT test covered both options of frame gaskets and linear to linear gaskets.

Other new features are internal gaskets designed specifically for faceted glazing, which improve the speed and ease of fabrication and installation, and new perimeter seal mouldings which provide a continuous internal perimeter seal that, in conjunction with new perimeter pocket fillers, provides a robust interface with the adjacent envelope substrate that has been CWCT tested.

For curtain wall screens with a horizontal or vertical aesthetic, the new AA®100 HC and AA®100 VC variants utilise a low-profile pressure plate and cover cap, providing a cost-effective solution to CWCT standards.

There is also a new spring clip for the transom to mullion junction which enables faster installation and a locked connection.

New gutter and wall connection plates for sloped glazing provide a more complete solution for this particular system and are suitable for roof pitches between 7˚ and 45˚ while the improved AA®100 system was tested to RC2 burglar resistance which involved would-be “intruders” trying to remove the glazing by disassembling the face cap and pressure plate using specific hand tools.

All of these features have been supported by changes to the AA®100 product manual including the addition of windload deflection and dead load charts.

The enhancements are also transferrable into Kawneer’s AA®110 curtain wall system with 65mm sightlines where barrier loading or building movement necessitates the use of that system.


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Moisture, Alkalinity and Dirt  (MAD) can easily cause glass, exterior or interior, to become ‘Problem Glass’.

Glass is all around us and, when new, it promises visibility, clarity and cleanliness. Unless glass is protected against MAD, it can easily break these promises before, during or after installation – with serious consequences for specifiers, fabricators, contractors, installers, building owners and occupants.

For more than 35 years, Ritec has developed and supplied innovative and cost-effective solutions for ‘Problem Glass’. These solutions provide either ‘prevention’ for new installations or ‘cure’ for glass already installed – reducing or eliminating the risks of call-backs, delays in construction and complaints.

‘Problem Glass’ is any glass that has broken, or is likely to break, its original promises of visibility, clarity and cleanliness. This causes glass to become increasingly difficult to clean and keep clean – a high-maintenance material of construction. In spite of frequent and intensive cleaning, Problem Glass can easily lose its original visibility and “sparkling” appearance.

‘Problem Glass’ can also fail to achieve industry standards for light transmission that were met at the time of installation. This has negative effects on daylighting in a building as well as reducing the well-being and productivity of its occupants.

‘Problem Glass’ is likely to be found anywhere one or more of the aggressive trio of MAD is present. The two biggest enemies of glass are moisture and alkalinity. Either individually or together, they can etch or dissolve the surface of glass, making it appear dull and sometimes white in appearance. Some dirt can damage the surface, and further harm can be caused in efforts to remove it.

Moisture can be in its liquid form, such as rainfall, or as a vapour in high humidity areas. Alkalinity comes from hard tap water, sea water and construction materials such as cement dust and building run-off from concrete, bricks or mortar.

Organic dirt does not normally attack glass but can attach firmly to the surface and be difficult to remove. For exterior glass, this includes traffic film, bird droppings and tree sap. For interior glass, organic dirt includes fingermarks and cooking oil vapours.

Inorganic dirt bonds chemically to glass and is difficult, if not impossible, to remove using conventional cleaning methods. Inorganic dirt on exterior glass includes sea spray, industrial emissions, metal oxides from railways and construction materials such as cement dust and building run-off. For interior glass, an example is limescale from hard tap water.

‘Problem Glass’ is most likely to be found in locations such as:

  • construction sites
  • sloped glazing – conservatory roofs, rooflights
  • buildings with difficult access for routine washing
  • glazing exposed to run-off from concrete, bricks, mortar, stonework, lead flashing, silicone sealants
  • glazing in polluted areas – city centres, industrial estates, near railways, coastal
  • interior glass – shower enclosures, sand-blasted glass, kitchen splashbacks.

If you need a solution to ‘Problem Glass’, contact us at info@ritec.co.uk.


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As insulation standards get even higher, attention is concentrated on areas of the structure that are relatively colder.

The drive for energy efficient, low carbon buildings has upped the ante when it comes to specifying products and materials.

As insulation standards get even higher, attention is concentrated on areas of the structure that are relatively colder.

Where these ‘thermal bridges’ occur, they not only result in heat loss but also, potentially, attract condensation.

Modern double-glazed steel windows minimise these problems. Now the industry has gone a step further and introduced the W50Therm steel window which is supplied by members of the Steel Window Association.

This system is based on highly engineered, thermally broken steel sections. Importantly, these have been designed to be as similar as possible to solid, hot rolled steel sections of the W20 and W40 steel windows which, as the bedrock of steel window manufacturing, are key to the aesthetic of so much of our built heritage since the 1920s.

Both the W20 and W40 ranges comply with current building regulations for thermal performance and offer incredible versatility.

Rather than replacing these steel window profiles, the W50Therm extends the range of solutions and lends itself to heritage buildings as well as outstanding contemporary architecture.

Initially at least, it is likely to be employed in top end commercial buildings where the highest thermal performance is required but the essence of the classic profiles of the W20 and W40 needs to be retained.

Independent test results confirm the superior thermal performance offered by the W50Therm with a U-value of 1.5 W/m²K or better achieved, depending on the glazing system used.

For designers, the W50Therm not only offers superior thermal performance, it also provides all the benefits traditionally associated with steel windows: slender profiles, clear sight lines, big panes of glass, good light transmission and large opening windows.

As with the vast selection of other steel windows, doors, screens and internal partitions that are available, Steel Window Association members can manufacture, supply and install W50Therm products.

State-of-the-art manufacturing technology is used in the production of the W50Therm. The outer profiles, made from cold formed steel, are joined by an innovative high-density polyurethane isolator used as a thermal barrier.

The profiles offer the possibility of housing high-performance double pane glass from 21 to 37 mm.

Any kind of inward or outward opening is possible: side-hung, double-vent, bottom-hung, top-hung or projected top-hung, horizontally and vertically pivoted windows, as well as large sliding and folding doors.

As with the W20 and W40 windows, a wide range of handles and stays is available to complement the windows in both traditional and contemporary styles.

Concealed frictions hinges and multi-locking systems may also be used to provide the highest level of security. The glazing units can be specified to achieve the same decorative aesthetic as in the past with clear, leaded and heritage styles available.

For the industry, specifier and ultimately the end user, the introduction of a thermally-broken product opens many new opportunities and secures an exciting and continuing place for steel windows at the forefront of fantastic architecture.


Source : steel-window-association


Building envelopes are an essential structure in waterproofing. In a recent podcast called Everything Building Envelope www.everythingbuildingenvelope.com  by host Paul Beers, Peter Craig Senior Consultant for GCI Consultants, LLC talked waterproofing in places like Floridawhere moisture is a constant feature. He also talked about building envelopes and how they create a shell separating the moist outside world from the building’s interior. This component is essential, going beyond even waterproofing as it can affect the structures energy consumption, internal climate, and ventilation.

  • Structural Support

A building’s roof, walls, foundation, windows, and doors are part of the building envelope, and function as a structural support.

  • Moisture management

Outside elements like humidity and moisture are kept out by the building envelope preventing significant damage. This feature is essential for all homes, warehouses, and commercial properties etc. as insulation and building paper control moisture in the building envelope.

  • Air flow control

The building envelope controls internal air pressure, prevents air leaks, air quality, and temperature. Natural ventilation, utilizing energy efficient windows, sealants and insulation are all parts of designing a building envelope.

High rise Foundations and Building Envelopes

According to Peter Craig at GCI Consultants the foundation is essential in high-rise building envelopes “because that’s where a lot of your load bearing and structural support goes, and rather than simply having a dead space, they utilize that space for parking garages, basements, storage areas etc.” Making sure the building’s foundation and the building envelope is robust and sealed initially is critical. Interestingly, in coastal environments with a high-water table, this means de-watering the foundation hole and managing the water flow once the building is constructed.

Windows, Walls, Architecture, and Waterproofing

The core of a building’s design comes from the architect’s vision, and that concept can create challenges for waterproofing a building. Also, the scheduling and sequencing of the work may result in waterproofing tasks being completed by others who may not specialize in waterproofing which can create new issues. When it comes to hiring sub-contractors to handle things like the windows, insulation, and electrical work GCI expert Peter Craig says “We look at the specifications to determine that the types of qualifications that the installer brings to the table are useful.” At GCI this is often a part of a continuous process involving complete inspections where every part of the building envelope’s construction requires “full-time inspections if it’s a very sensitive installation” including every door window and wall.

Roofs and Waterproofing

The construction of the roof is an integral part of the building envelope and where many important aspects of waterproofing take place. As the contact point for rain, roofs must be properly sealed and regularly inspected to ensure their integrity. One standard method used in waterproofing is a liquid roof coat where materials such as a rubber-like elastomeric waterproof membrane keep water out of the building’s interior. This material is used with other traditional roof materials like asphalt, bitumen, felt, or concrete, and they compose one of the most complex components of a structure’s building envelope, especially when factoring in insulation and interior ceiling materials, both of which affect ventilation.

Of course in certain exotic structures that Peter referenced in the podcast how the role of the roof is reimagined and the function and form of the roof and consequently the building envelope have to change for the sake of waterproofing. One example Peter mentions are condominiums where “the roof is being converted into utilized space, whether that’s a small penthouse deck with a dipping or plunge pool that’s available for, that particular unit owner.” Under these circumstances, things like the placement of insulation in the ceiling and the material being used have to be checked and modified to make sure the building envelope passes GCI’s inspection.

For more interesting podcasts regarding the building envelope: Click here: www.everythingbuildingenvelope.com

For more information on GCI Consultants, LLC: Click here:  www.gciconsultants.com

To contact GCI Consultants directly, please call 561.689.0055


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Solarban® 70XL glass by Vitro Architectural Glass (formerly PPG glass) celebrates 10 years of transforming, enabling sustainable design

When The Terry Thomas opened in Seattle in 2008, it earned architectural firm and building owner Weber Thompson numerous accolades for its climate-responsive design and extraordinarily transparent connection to the surrounding streetscape.

Less known was the building’s role as the first significant installation of Solarban® 70XL glass, a revolutionary breakthrough in glass technology developed by Vitro Architectural Glass (formerly PPG glass), which produced the industry’s first and still among the highest-performing triple-silver-coated, solar control low-emissivity (low-e) glass.

Today, Vitro Architectural Glass is celebrating the 10th anniversary of Solarban 70XL glass, a product that continues to transform the way architects think about glass and sustainable design by enabling them to meet today’s increasingly stringent energy codes without sacrificing daylighting or the natural human connection to the outdoors.

Building codes drive demand for better solar control

When it was introduced at the GreenBuild International Conference and Expo in 2006, Solarban 70XL glass represented a major breakthrough in glass performance. As the first architectural glass to successfully integrate a third layer of silver into the coating, Solarban 70XL glass not only outperformed the best double-silver-coated glasses of the time, it also greatly expanded the opportunity for architects to incorporate large spans of transparent glass into their building designs.

Dr. Paul A. Medwick, senior group leader, glass coatings group, at the Vitro Glass Research and Technology Center near Pittsburgh, led the technical team that formulated Solarban 70XL glass. He said the need to develop a triple-silver-coated, low-e coating first became apparent in the late 1990s. “Energy codes began to demand better solar control performance,” he said. “At that time, the only way to meet tougher performance standards was with double-silver [coating] on a tint, but the market was shifting away from tinted glass and toward clear [glass]. We tried to bridge that gap with Solarban 80 glass, a double-silver [glass] with thicker silver layers to enhance solar control, but its highly reflective aesthetic was not as broadly appealing to the market as we had hoped.”

Vitro Architectural Glass (formerly PPG glass) glass began pursuing the development of triple-silver-coated glass in earnest shortly after the introduction of Solarban80 glass, seeing it as the only viable way to meet competing demands for greater transparency and better solar control.

“There was some reluctance initially to consider commercializing a triple-silver product because coaters were optimally configured for double-silver coatings,” Medwick explained. “We weren’t sure how triple-silver-coated glass would be received by the industry. One concern was that the production costs for triple-silver coatings would be higher than those for double-silver [glass] due to the higher complexity of the coating design and manufacturing process. We thought that might make it difficult for customers to justify investing in a more expensive product.”

A technical triumph

Over the next several years, product developers worked internally, then closely with architects and fabricators, to develop a triple-silver coating that could be produced economically with high levels of quality and consistency while meeting customer demands for aesthetics and performance.

One of the most difficult challenges — beyond engineering the optimal coating stack — was to develop proprietary manufacturing processes and technologies that would consistently produce the same coating — one with uniform aesthetics and performance over the entire surface of large panes of glass.

Dr. Andrew Wagner, a scientist with the glass coatings group, was a key member of the Solarban 70XL glass development team. “As the number of silver layers increases, the optics of silver-based coatings become increasingly sensitive to small, but unavoidable, manufacturing process variations,” he explained. “Eventually, we were able to find the right balance of manufacturing processes, controls and materials to produce Solarban 70XL glass within extremely tight tolerances for color and solar-control performance. Other glass manufacturers eventually came out with triple-silver glasses; yet, to date, none have been able to achieve the consistent color uniformity and quality control of Solarban 70XL [glass].”

The technical precision in the process controls for Solarban 70XL glass is most evident in its clarity. “Many customers prefer the aesthetic of Solarban 70XL glass over other triple-silver glasses, particularly after thermal tempering,” said Glenn Miner, director of construction, flat glass. “The coating stack and manufacturing process we developed for Solarban 70XL glass enables us to control the optical properties of the coating after it has been heat-treated.”

The choice of architects

As a result of its clarity, consistency and solar control performance, Solarban 70XL glass has become the most commonly specified triple-silver-coated glass in the industry, with more than 300 million square-feet shipped in the past 10 years.

Notable and award-winning “green” buildings for which Solarban 70XL glass has been specified include One Bank of America Center in Charlotte; RBC Centre in Toronto; City Center Plaza in Bellevue, Washington; NASA Sustainability Base in Mountain View, California; Three PNC Tower in Pittsburgh, and the Omni Dallas Convention Center Hotel.

Perhaps even more tellingly, as happens with other industry-changing inventions, the name of the breakthrough product that created a category has become practically synonymous with it. “Solarban 70[XL glass] is the generic name that many architects use when they’re talking about triple-silver glass, no matter who makes it,” added Miner.

At The Terry Thomas, where architect partners Scott Thompson and Kristen Scott specified Solarban 70XL glass for their firm’s new home 10 years ago, Solarban 70XL glass serves two purposes. “By offering good natural daylighting through the storefront glazing, we are able to reduce dependence on overhead lighting and significantly reduce overall electricity use,” Scott reports. “With a good u-factor and solar heat gain coefficient, we also have reduced the chance that the space will overheat, which is very important for a naturally cooled space.”

The building also is the model Weber Thompson uses to show clients a functional balance between daylighting and energy-efficiency. “The energy code in Seattle is continuously getting more stringent, yet in commercial office projects, owners and tenants want daylighting, views anda connection to the outdoors,” Scott added. “We use our space to demonstrate how [Solarban 70XL] glass helps us meet all those demands.”

Energy modeling quantifies savings

The potential energy and equipment savings achieved in buildings were roughly quantified two years before The Terry Thomas was built through energy modeling studies comparing the performance of Solarban 70XL glass to clear double-silver-coated glass and dual pane-tinted glass.

Using 270 energy modeling simulations generated for three major building types in nine U.S. cities, an independent testing firm confirmed that specifying Solarban70XL glass in place of dual-pane tinted glass would reduce initial capital costs for heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) equipment by as much as 26 percent, or more than $125,000, for a prototypical glass-walled 8-story office building in Los Angeles. The same simulations produced utility-related energy savings of up to $20,000 per year, or 3 to 5 percent, depending on the building’s location.

One thing the modeling studies did not account for was energy savings associated with the diminished need for artificial lighting, which is one of the largest consumers of energy in most large commercial buildings.

Success in San Diego

Not long after Weber Thompson chose Solarban 70XL glass for their company headquarters, partners at California’s Architects HGW did the same for their firm in San Diego, converting a former gas station and auto repair shop into the city’s first net-zero-energy building.

“We specified Solarban 70XL glass when we learned about it right after it was introduced,” said Jim Gabriel, a principal with Architects HGW. “We liked that the glass provided enhanced solar control while still maintaining high visible light transmittance.”

His firm has since specified Solarban 70XL glass for at least four other projects in southern California. “We are always interested in maximizing the amount of glazing area to form better indoor-outdoor connections,” Gabriel said. “We see those connections as important to creating regionally appropriate architecture for San Diego. “Referring to California’s famously rigorous energy code, he added, “Performance is the key to Title 24.”

New boundaries

Over the past ten years, Vitro Architectural Glass has refined triple-silver coating technology to produce ultra-clear Solarban 72 STARPHIRE® glass and blue-gray tinted Solarban z75 glass. Solarban 70XL glass also can be combined with a full-range of performance tinted glasses to give architects a virtually unlimited palette of color and performance options.

“With the introduction of the triple-silver coating and Solarban 70XL glass, Vitro Architectural Glass glass enabled the glazing industry to approach the theoretical limits of what is possible for controlling heat gain and transmitting light,” Medwick said. In doing so, Solarban 70XL glass also opened a new world of possibilities for glass, energy efficiency and sustainable design that architects continue to explore today.

To learn more about about Solarban 70XL glass and how it continues to set industry standards for energy savings, daylighting and sustainable design, visit www.vitroglazings.com or call 1-855-887-6457.


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SolarAdapt Glass has further proven why it is Australia’s highest performing energy saving glass when the heat wave hit Melbourne this summer.

As temperatures soared above 40 degrees, SolarAdapt maintained its cool, preserving comfort levels and air-conditioning loads of households and business’.

Glassworks commissioned an engineer to measure the actual performance of the Glassworks Australia head office in Dandenong Victoria during this period and the following results were reported.

They found that when the outside ambient temperature of 42.5 degrees Celsius hit at 3:30pm, the external glass temperature rose to 77.3 with the internal glass temperature being 33.5. The building was air conditioned at around 24 degrees C as normal.

The windows were measured in the middle of the day, at 3:30pm and at 5:00pm. The sky was blue with a northerly wind. The elevation was facing west and the external glass construction was 5mm Grey/SolarAdapt/5mm Clear – 6mm Argon- 6mm LoE3-366.

A Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) of a mere 0.07 was also reported at this time, compared with a SHGC of 0.58 for commonly installed 6mm Grey tinted glass

“In our office, the employees were not uncomfortable and were easily reading their computer screens next to the windows,”” said Michael Gleeson, General Manager of Glassworks Australia.

The VLT dropped to 2% and the company also managed to save on operating costs, as the air-conditioning could run as usual without working overtime. “SolarAdapt would be a perfect fit for projects seeking superior sustainability performance,” Michael added.
Essentially, the SolarAdapt Solar Responsive Thermochromic (SRT) technology uses the sun’s own energy to cause the tinting of the window. As the sun strikes the window it absorbs and adapts the tint level based solely on the amount of direct sunlight, thereby reducing heat gain.
The other windows also performed well; for example Glassworks LoE3-366 Grey 6mm achieved a VLT of 31% and an SHGC of 0.17.

SolarAdapt in Melbourne heatwave statistics


Source : glassworksaust



As quoted by Hazrat Inayat Khan, “Some people look for a beautiful place while others make their place beautiful.”

If you happen to be one of the latter types you truly know the value of every tiny thing you invest in making your house a home. From the smallest photo frame to the largest window; each element of your home matters. And one doesn’t need a huge budget to add charm to it.

Today we are going to help you build the perfect windows with minimum effort and less cost!


When it comes to selecting a material for the construction of your windows, you have many options to choose from- aluminium, steel, vinyl etc. But one material that by all means is the most cost-efficient and effective, is uPVC.

What is uPVC windows?

Unplasticized Polyvinyl Chloride (uPVC) is one of the world’s oldest polymers. Windows made of this material are easy-to-maintain, rot- resistant, durable and strong.  Some even say that uPVC windows once installed and maintained appropriately could last for over 2 decades. Now that’s what we call durability in its best form! In addition to that, these are also budget-friendly and do not require much maintenance. Convinced yet?

upvc window frames

Let’s take a look at the advantages of uPVC doors and windows in detail.

Advantages of uPVC windows:


Windows and doors made out of uPVC are a symbol of strength and solidity

Thermal comfort:

They provide thermal comfort, contributing to a consistent internal temperature.

Resistant to salt corrosion:

They do not rust, rot or react to any kind of alkali or waste gases.


They have the highest recycling rate when compared to their competitors. uPVC windows and door frames can be recycled as often as ten times.

Acoustic insulation:

These window frames help reduce up to 70% of external noise.

Low on maintenance:

They are low on maintenance and can be easily cleaned with the use of water and detergent.


Products made out of uPVC are cost effective and long-lasting.

upvc window frames

AIS –Over’vue’ of the brand

AIS VUE is the largest uPVC glass doors and windows manufacturer & supplier in India.  Our newest range of high-performance solutions promise to provide your home with exceptional beauty and superior functionality. Our high quality uPVC doors and window frames are fabricated at the AIS state-of-the-art manufacturing facility. With the widest uPVC product portfolio in the market, we provide customized solutions that meet the requirement of every unique customer.

Our window range includes…

  • EcoVUE energy-saving windows that keep you cool and your bills minimal
  • SilentVUE noise-cancelling windows that ensure your privacy and peace of mind
  • SafeVUE safety glass windows for the safety of you and your family
  • GuardVUE burglar-proof windows for maintaining the highest level of security

These windows come in a variety of frames. Such as:

  • Casement
  • Sliding & Folding
  • Top Hung
  • Lift & Slide
  • Arched

From profiles to glass, to installation and support, AIS VUE offers you a complete package of solutions that eliminates the need of running after multiple vendors. Housing all your requirements under one roof, we provide solutions that are budget-friendly, aesthetically pleasing, durable and at the same time sustainable. So, choose AIS; invest in uPVC; save a little and build a better tomorrow.



Source : aisglass


Aluminium bi-fold doors are the best product on the market for opening homes to the garden and merging indoor and outdoor spaces. And homeowners have taken notice. According the recent Palmer Market report, aluminium is tipped for further growth going forward. This gives window and door installers a big opportunity to take advantage of this growing market by adding aluminium bi-fold doors to their product range.

Download our quick four-step guide to installing aluminium bi-fold doors.

AluFoldDirect supplies aluminium bi-fold doors to the trade, double glazing installers and local builders across the UK from our HQ in Blackburn. We deliver bi-folding doors in-frame, direct-to-site, in plain unmarked vans in just one week unglazed and two weeks glazed.

Delivering doors to site quickly gives tradespeople the chance to get the job done quicker, so that they can stick to work schedules and have extra time to win more bi-fold door installation jobs.

How to fit bi-fold doors with AluFoldDirect

There’s an easy four step process to fitting bi-fold doors which is made even easier when the bi-fold door is the perfect fit for the space it is being installed into.

When bi-fold doors are the perfect size, they fit better

At AluFoldDirect, we have a dedicated bi-fold manufacturing process which delivers you a precisely manufactured door ready to fit straight away. The best way to do this is to have exact measurements of the hole, so we can precisely manufacture a door that’s the perfect fit to make your installation go more smoothly.

  1. Build/prepare the space where the aluminium bi-fold door will be fitted
  2. Measure the hole, brick to brick
  3. Order your made to measure bi-fold door from AluFoldDirect
  4. Your bi-fold door is delivered in one week unglazed and two weeks glazed, ready to fit straight away, right first time.

Measuring the space after it has been built eliminates the guess work and guarantees a right first time fit for your aluminium bi-fold doors. This will eliminate installation issues on site and help ensure the installer gets paid, on time.

Once your bi-fold arrives, follow these four easy steps to install:

  1. Soak the gasket in a bucket of warm soapy water
  2. Check the outer frame is installed 100 percent level and square – ensuring all four sides are levels and that the diagonals are identical
  3. Fully toe & heel every sealed unit, this is crucial, to stop the sashes from dropping
  4. Install threshold gasket last

If you’re just starting out fitting bi-fold doors, or want a reminder of the best way to do it, print off our free guide to installing aluminium bi-fold doors. You can keep a copy in the van, stick it on the wall in the office or even print out copies to pass around the site so everyone knows about the best way to fit bi-fold doors.

Adding aluminium bi-fold doors to your product range

Aluminium is a big opportunity for growth for installers. Adding aluminium bi-fold doors to your offering will help you to meet demands from homeowners. Our aluminium bi-fold doors can also be matched in with our aluminium slimline windows range for seamless design throughout.

For more information, check out our five reasons to choose aluminium bi-fold doors.

 Source : alufolddirect

Solar Innovations® Architectural Glazing Systems’ install team recently completed work on a SI3000S 90° no-post slide & stack glass wall system with nine panels that slide and stack to the right.

The system features a White Maple wood veneer on the interior for a warm and inviting feel inside the residence, while the aluminum exterior ensures that the panels will not rot, rust, warp in weather conditions, or require yearly finish maintenance.

To open the house to the outdoors and provide unobstructed views, the top loaded panels can individually slide along the track, travel around the corner, and stack out of view in a pocketed space. A heavy two point lock system provides increased security.

The framing is finished in AAMA 2603 Standard Bronze, and the slide & stack system uses 1” LoE 272 tempered insulated glazing. Shade and screen systems can also be added to Solar Innovations® slide & stack glass walls for further customization of a residence.

This 90° no-post slide & stack glass wall system maximizes views and breaks down the barriers between the outdoors and indoors, bringing fresh air and daylight into the home and providing an ideal entertaining space. Solar Innovations® Architectural Glazing Systems can customize a slide & stack glass wall for any residential or commercial application and design.


Source : solarinnovations


With planning regulations requiring housebuilders and social housing providers to optimise the number of dwellings per hectare, more and more apartments and townhouses are springing up in our towns and cities to meet rising demand for housing.

External balconies and Juliette balconies are a frequent design feature of these properties, helpful in enhancing light and a feeling of spaciousness, while also providing a pleasant ‘outdoor’ amenity for upper floor residents in the absence of gardens. Unfortunately, the use of bulky railings can often result in an ugly and ‘cage-like’ appearance obstructing the view to the outside.

glass juliet balconies

With the advantages of balconies, now there is a neat, low-maintenance and affordable alternative for architects, specifiers and designers seeking an elegant, yet practical balustrade solution. With over 20 years specialist experience in glass and aluminum balustrading, Balcony Ltd offers a clear, cost-effective and aesthetically-pleasing system that is changing the balustrade marketplace in the UK. The company’s proven technology, used throughout the world, complies with all relevant European and British Standards.

Glass balconies have been hitherto either made with structural glass, which has made them very expensive and so rarely used, or using posted systems, that compromise the aesthetics and disrupted the view.

Juliet glass balcony

What makes the Balcony solution different is that it does not require structural glass – instead the ground-breaking approach lies in the hand-railing itself. Its aluminum structure securely holds a straight glass balcony for up to 3 or 3.8 meters without the use of vertical posts, allowing an easy installation, uninterrupted view from the inside and complementing the building’s exterior appearance.

Installing Juliette balconies is simple and straightforward with no vertical posts required for apertures measuring up to 3.2 meters wide. The bottom track is connected underneath the window cill and the handrail is fixed on the side and face of the wall beyond the edge of the structural opening. The balustrade structure uses 6063 T5 extruded aluminum profiles for strength and durability.


Glazing is carried out from the inside. This makes glass replacement, if required, an easy process without the need for costly scaffolding. Low maintenance, easy to install and corrosion-resistant, the system is ideal for even the most exposed coastal locations. Toughened or toughened and laminated clear glass is most widely used when it comes to glazing, with tinted glass and silk screen printing as an option for larger projects.

bedroom with juliet balcony

External Balconies

For external balconies, the system offers designers wider scope and versatility in creating curves of virtually any radius and ‘S’- shaped bends to complement any type of building, from one-off homes to hotels and apartment blocks. Long stretches of curved glass can be achieved on all types of balconies, such as timber, steel or concrete, with no or few vertical posts.

Like the Juliette system, external balconies use the 6063 T5 extruded aluminum balustrade in bronze or silver satin finishes, or which can be powder-coated to any RAL colour to suit the design specification.

The Balcony system is genuine value-for-money, whether installed on new or existing buildings. At around a third to half the cost of conventional structural glass and posted balcony systems, specifiers can meet architectural specifications and aesthetics without compromising the budget.

Internal Balconies

Interiors of contemporary buildings and duplexes can also benefit from using glass in gallery balustrades and bedrooms to enhance light and space, both to the landing or mezzanine floor and the floor below.

For these applications, stretches of up to 3.5 meters without vertical posts can be achieved for a seamless and streamlined appearance. The system is secured using extruded aluminum wall brackets and A2 or A4 stainless steel fixings.

For large projects, a full supply and fit service is available. For small to medium projects, and to encourage the widespread use of the system, Balcony now offers the Balcony Balustrade system in a ‘ready to install’ kit form, including the glass and all the required components. There is full technical support on hand from concept to completion. All Balcony’s balustrade systems have undergone rigorous safety testing in laboratories and on-site.

Juliet balconies project

The future’s clear. Balconies and balustrades can be made architecturally beautiful by using glass is a self-supporting balustrading system that achieves the look of structural glazing, but at a fraction of the cost.


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Roto is close to its customers and is committed to long-term partnerships. This is also evidenced by the fact that Roto involves its partners in the development of new products.

For the coming year, the roof window manufacturer has in the pipeline another such innovation, which will round out its product line.


Tangible customer assembly, quality and energy efficiency benefits

For Roto, 2015 started with the introduction of RotoQ. The timber horizontal pivot roof window was developed and tested together with customers.

The product idea and development were based on surveys targeted to the company’s key countries’ and markets’ trades members.

“We wanted to know what is important to the pros for an established mid-range sector roof window”, explains Christoph Hugenberg, Chairman of Roto Roof and Solar Technology as part of the 11th International Trade Press Day in Berlin.

The three top criteria which emerged from this are quality, intuitive assembly and energy efficiency – which in turn resulted in RotoQ.

It was intensively tested and perfected until it was ready for an official market launch. “But, for us, it is important that all our products are self-explanatory and intuitive to install and operate”, says Christoph Hugenberg.

Roto rounds out the product line and presents a global innovation


Global innovation: RotoQ as a pure PVC window

Christoph Hugenberg
 Christoph Hugenberg

Roto is now preparing the next coup for the coming year. “The PVC version of RotoQ, which we will introduce in Germany and Austria, is a global innovation we’re putting on the market”, announces Christoph Hugenberg.

The special feature: like all Roto PVC windows, this RotoQ has a 100 percent PVC profile making it a genuine, high-quality PVC window.

The new RotoQ also impresses with its preassembled thermal insulation, guaranteed gap dimension, a screw-less seal and numerous other benefits.

The established RotoQ “click” also signals to the tradesperson as well as the end customer that the window is being correctly handled during installation and operation.


The pros’ roof window– from the customers’ perspective

The launch of this global innovation completes the Roto product range and the company can now offer the pros’ window that meets every customer requirement and every demand.

“We once again consider our customers’ perspective; to us this is the only thing that counts”, continues Christoph Hugenberg.

“When viewed in this light, our product portfolio can be divided into three classes: ‘Benchmark’, ‘Trade’ and ‘Masterpiece’.

The following applies for each: premium quality is always ensured for Roto roof windows and accessories. Roto exclusively provides German engineering, which stands for reliable, continuous, sustainable quality and precision like no other around the world.”


“Benchmark”: For anyone wanting premium quality, even for simple fittings

These windows set the benchmark. They are precisely the right choice for customers wanting to take advantage of German engineering without compromise.

As entry-level products, “Benchmark” class windows already contain everything that Roto stands for: reliable premium quality at an adequate price.


“Trade”: The reliable solution for every customer

“Trade” roof windows also contain all Roto values and offer premium quality in their class. Developed together with the roofing trade, they meet every customer requirement and are the everyday business product.

Whether simple assembly, high energy efficiency or particular durability, you can rely on the product quality. Just as you can rely on experienced roofers or carpenters who install the Roto “Trade” class.


“Masterpiece”: The customised window solution.

Only the best is good enough for a pro. “Masterpiece”-class windows are Roto’s premium design and functionality products. They offer the greatest model, glazing version, size and material choices.

High-quality incorporation and top marks in energy efficiency mean that they impress even the most demanding customers. “They naturally also remain true to the Roto values and shine with premium quality in every respect.

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After purchasing a unique and historic home in Armonk, New York, a residential client sought out Solar Innovations®to design and install a walkable skylight in their existing deck. The Teak board deck sits above a room with panoramic views of the 21-acre wooded lot with a residential pond at its center. The client came to Solar Innovations® for a skylight design that would bring much needed light into the room while blending seamlessly into the existing design of the deck above.
The residence was previously owned by founders of a well-known design firm, and maintaining the unique aesthetic of the home was a priority for the client. The design would be required to support foot traffic safely, lighten up the darkened room below, and match the precision and elegance of the historic residence.


Working in collaboration with the client, Solar Innovations® designed and manufactured a custom circular walkable skylight for the Teak decking of the residence. The circular skylight carves into the depth of the ceiling, revealing the dramatic structural element and creating a focal point of the room. The skylight is located in the center of the room, providing ample natural light into the space. The walker pattern etched into the low iron tempered glazing gives the glass an opacity that allows for privacy between spaces while still permitting the passage of light. The etching also provides a non-slip surface to keep residents safe while they occupy the deck. The unique shape and placement of the skylight reflects the artistic taste of the home. This skylight addition, provided by Solar Innovations®, compliments and gives new life to this stylishly designed historic residence.


Series: SI5500 Circular Walkable Skylight

Finish: AAMA 2603 Bronze

Glazing: 1 ¼” Laminated Glazing with Pattern 406 Walking Frit

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Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s Smithfield scheme features Kawneer glazing systems.

Architectural glazing systems from Kawneer feature on a striking new building that is key to the regeneration of a city and was built using a hybrid of traditional and modular construction methods.

Kawneer’s AA®100 and AA®110 curtain walling, both zone-drained but with 50mm and 65mm sightlines respectively, complemented by 451PT framing with 50mm sightlines and AA®540 side-hung casement windows, were used on Two Smithfield, the new £15 million office built as part of the first phase of Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s Smithfield scheme.

Smithfield is the new mixed-use quarter for Stoke-on-Trent by developer Genr8, comprising 1.2 million ft² of office, retail and hotel space. The project will also deliver more than 270,000ft² of new public realm.

The first phase of the Smithfield project was completed in August 2015 and comprises 220,000ft² of bespoke Grade A office accommodation. One Smithfield has a new customer hub from which the council delivers its primary services and will also house police and other public sector partners.

Two Smithfield includes ground-floor commercial units totalling 7,500ft² and comprises four floors of offices, two of which have already been let to Water Plus. This is a joint venture between two of the country’s biggest water companies, United Utilities and Seven Trent Water. It is bringing over 400 new jobs to the city. The other floors are currently being marketed by Bilfinger GVA.

The new buildings are set in stunning new public realm, including a new public square which is available as performance and event space.

Much of the 125,000ft² Two Smithfield building consisted of components utilising modular manufacturing, such as precast concrete panels and brickwork cornices and glazed brick elements which were completed off-site.

The four-hectare site was historically a manufacturing area for the brick and ceramic industries and was littered with mine shafts and coal seams which required piling. Design of the masterplan was conceived in 2009 by Aedas RHWL.

Designed by frequent Kawneer specifiers Aedas RHWL architects, Two Smithfield’s curtain walling was used for all the windows and external glazing of the project.

Associate Alasdair Mealey said: “As the building was procured using a design and build contract, we produced a performance specification at tender stage, which was then assessed by the main contractor (Laing O’Rourke) who proposed the Kawneer curtain walling system. We assessed the proposal along with the project façade consultant and deemed that it met the required criteria for the building.

“The Kawneer curtain walling system had to interface with precast concrete primary structure and façade panels. Key items that had to be resolved were weather proofing, thermal bridging and air tightness and the Kawneer system met both the aesthetic and performance requirements. The building had a mixed-mode ventilation strategy so the curtain walling system had to incorporate opening lights.”

He added: “The quality of what has been delivered, given budget and expectations, is first class.”

The Kawneer elements at Two Smithfield, which achieved a BREEAM “Excellent” rating, were installed over three months by approved specialist sub-contractor Bennett Architectural Aluminium.

Alasdair said: “The glazed elements were a key part of the design, both aesthetically and from a performance standpoint, so the glazing had to be correct. Inherently we aim to specify all products from sustainable sources and our performance specification for the project listed all relevant standards and best practice which the chosen curtain walling system/product had to adhere to.

“There was a commitment to optimising the scheme as part of the design process and gaining a clear understanding of what technical solutions worked. The attention to detail and economy of pre-site manufacture is evidence of a very well thought through development.”

Bennett director Rob Bennett said: “This new public realm building was designed to reflect the heritage of the potteries whilst using modern methods of off-site construction. Within a fast-track programme we installed curtain wall screens to give the building impressive verticality.”

Further phases are now in the pipeline including Three Smithfield (a 50,000ft² commercial office building) and a new 125-bedroom hotel.

For further information, please contact:
Jane Ashley
Marketing Executive
Kawneer UK Ltd
Tel: +44 (0) 1928 502500
Fax: +44 (0) 1928 502501

CPD Seminars
Architectural Services Team

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GGI, a premier glass fabricator and distributor, adds to their extensive line of satin etched glass products.

General Glass International (GGI) today announced the addition of three new products to its already-extensive GGI Satin line of etched glass.

Illusion Lines glass presents a double-sided pattern that is precisely applied to both sides of the glass, creating a permanent scratch- and fingerprint-resistant design.

Like other single- and double-sided patterns in the GGI Satin line, Illusion Lines is ideal for a wide range of interior applications such as walls and office partitions, room dividers, table tops, doors and door insets, staircase and balcony railings and shower enclosures.

The interplay of the double-sided pattern and the thickness of the glass creates a sense of depth. Illusion Lines is stocked in ½” low iron.


Crystal Light is highly translucent and scratch-resistant, and it emits very low glare, making it ideal for marker boards, as well as all the other typical applications noted above. Crystal Light is stocked in ¼” and ½” low iron.


Satin Mirror creates a soft reflection, with a surface that is mirror-bright yet produces the diffusion effect of a satin finish. Satin Mirror is stocked in ¼” low iron.


“With the addition of these new products to our GGI Satin line, we now offer an even wider range of satin etched glass to suit the broadest array of applications,” said Richard Balik, Executive Vice President, at GGI.

“Our many decades of experience in the glass industry and worldwide relationships with suppliers give GGI a distinct advantage when it comes to sourcing innovative products.”

Extensive stock keeps lead times short

Illusion Lines, Crystal Light, Satin Mirror and our other wide range of Satin Etch products are stocked by GGI in various thicknesses, enabling short lead times for fabrication and case delivery. Other standard and custom satin etched products and patterns are also available by special order.

Source : generalglass


Flatglass rooflights can be supplied to walk-on specification for roof terraces and internal applications. They provide an attractive and creative solution for introducing daylight into areas of a building that would otherwise be dark, such as basements and cellars for example.

Roofglaze has seen a significant increase in demand for this particular style of Flatglass rooflights recently. We also believe that this trend is set to continue, especially in the domestic and residential sectors.

Applications & Benefits

If you want to let larger amounts of beneficial natural daylight into your home or office building, all while still providing a secure overhead platform, then walk-on Flatglass rooflights are a great solution. These rooflights are perfect for flat roof terraces, where they are commonly installed using decking, such as the walk-on units provided by Roofglaze at 50 St Edmund’s Terrace that are pictured here. This is to achieve the final ‘flush-finish’ with the rooflight, as an upstand is still going to be required here.

Walk-on specification rooflights are suitable for both internal and external purposes. So whether you have a roof terrace that incorporates glass or a basement that would benefit from overhead light, a leading rooflight manufacturer will be able to provide you with the right solution.

Internal applications are generally supplied as single glazed units and can add to the light flow of a building, allowing natural daylight to penetrate between floors. These units are also often used to provide natural daylight into basement conversions and they provide a talking point, visual delight and an instant ‘wow-factor’.

Walk-on Multi-section Flatglass Rooflight - St Edmund's Terrace - Interior
Walk-on Multi-section Flatglass Rooflight – 50 St Edmund’s Terrace – Interior

Safety & Loadings

Of course, any aesthetic benefits that these rooflights provide cannot come in any way at the expense of safety. Any reputable rooflight company will be able to calculate the strength of glazing required for taking regular foot traffic for complete user safety and water-tight integrity, and of course to meet the necessary building codes for both residential and commercial buildings. We utilise a software program (MechInfo) to ensure that these units comply with the loadings stipulated by Eurocode 1 – BS EN 1991-1-1:2002.

Walk-on Flatglass Rooflight - 101 Farm Lane, Fulham
Walk-on Flatglass Rooflights – 101 Farm Lane, Fulham

Slip-resistant Finishes

As always, due care and attention should be taken when walking on glass that is wet. You may wish to consider adding a slip-resistant finish to your rooflight, which can also be combined with obscurity if a sandblasted option is chosen. Most rooflight companies will offer a dot matrix of ceramic frit that provides anti-slip properties, whilst also allowing natural daylight to penetrate through.

Walk-on Flatglass Rooflight - Private Residence
Walk-on Flatglass Rooflight – Private Residence

About Roofglaze

Roofglaze was established in 2001 and has a wealth of experience in the design, manufacture, installation and maintenance of rooflights and skylights. Based in St Neots, Cambridgeshire, we serve main contractors, roofing contractors, architects, local authorities and domestic customers across the UK.

We work in partnership with world-leading rooflight manufacturers, as well as offering a market-leading range of Flatglass rooflights manufactured at our own purpose-built facility.

For more information about our products and services, please feel free to give us a call on 01480 474 797 or e-mail sales@roofglaze.co.uk with your enquiry.

Source : roofglaze.co


Roto: Long-term company strategy / Important international alignment / Transformation from component manufacturer to system vendor / Integrated window and door technology / Achieved acquisition targets / System strategy benefits market partners / A concept and its practical implementation / Lower costs, more security and other benefits / Deventer “live”

Customers the winners

Berlin/Leinfelden-Echterdingen – (rp) The Roto Group’s long-term company strategy is primarily based on two pillars. Their foundation is global alignment as well as the transformation from a pure component manufacturer to a window and door technology system vendor. This was the chairman of the board of directors’, Dr Eckhard Keill, explanation provided during the construction supplier’s 11th International Trade Press Day. At the same time, in mid-November 2016, he emphasized the “specific customer benefits as the key basis of our actions” in front of around 70 journalists from 17 countries. In Berlin, he illustrated the specific results that this leads to in practice based primarily on the example of the consistently pursued system strategy.

Roto’s targeted acquisition policy is based on the motto of “company acquisitions must make strategic sense and be economically prudent”. For example, the Brazilian hardware manufacturer Fermax (photo) has belonged to the group since 2013. It is an important geographic and product policy bridgehead for accessing relevant markets in Latin America.

With his first pioneering act, in 1935 company founder Wilhelm Frank heralded a new window era, Keill recollected the company’s beginnings. “Roto N” was the name of the first industrially produced hardware, which allowed for a three-hand operation to turn as well as tilt windows. Several major development steps for the realisation of two- and single-handed operation ultimately led to the “Roto NT” turn of the millennium première. The world’s best-selling Tilt&Turn product range’s “career” is thanks primarily to the permanent innovative expansion to the universal module-like range. In this respect, this product family already illustrates the intensive system concept.

Apart from this, the signs for the current global player status were set at a very early stage in 1954, with the foundation of the first international Belgian and Dutch subsidiaries. The Group now has a dense global production plant and sales company network. The resulting high level of internationality has continually proven itself to be a strategy support pillar.

“In good and safe hands”

This included targeted corporate takeovers, which always had to integrate into the long-term concept. Roto also realises its international growth opportunities through acquisitions wherever they “make strategic sense and are economically prudent”. There are two deciding factors. Keill identified them as the regional market in which the respective company operates as well as its product know-how. Company acquisitions are always long-term investments. They naturally must require internal economic stability. This is precisely what distinguishes Roto, meaning that acquisitions have previously been financed without additional borrowed funds.

The transformation from a component manufacturer to a window and door technology system solutions provider is also reflected in exclusive Roto customer product units, was the message delivered in Berlin during the 11th International Trade Press Day. An example of this is the main and terrace door zero-barrier package.

This gives customers the certainty that the acquired companies are being put into “good, stable and safe hands”. Specifically, this means a sustainable increase in reliability – an extremely relevant element, especially in turbulent market phases. The same applies for the higher innovative capacity, which results from integration into the company network. Below the line, this kind of acquisition strategy creates a “Win-win-win situation” for Roto, the acquired company and the customers. This is documented by five examples from the recent and most recent past.

Consistent expertise development

The 2008 German specialist Gluske-BKV acquisition allowed the company to “fully achieve” the aim of expanding its “Door” business area position. With a complete range from a single source, Roto could deliver all the necessary, coordinated components to main door producers. The door portfolio includes the entire range, from multi-point locking systems to door hinges and threshold solutions. The acquisition also led to a glazing blocks segment leadership position which rounded-out the window service offer.

The 2012 Fasco Canadian hardware specialist acquisition was an important realignment element in North America, stressed Keill. The targeted, significant market position expansion in the region as a result of the commitment was a success in many respects. The company’s product range was primarily focussed on the middle market segment, which complemented the Roto portfolio “very well”. The result: a noticeable increase in attractiveness for new Canadian and USA customer groups. The additional manufacturing and storage capacity ultimately also facilitated the ability to promptly respond to customer requests. Roto Fasco Canada – which the company is now called – is an important North American bridgehead and stands for a “special acquisition success story”.

More security, more reliability and more added value with lower coordination, time and cost requirements – this is how Roto describes some of its market partners’ central system benefits. This also applies for the “E-Tec Drive” (photo), a concealed tilt-only opening and locking drive, combined with the mechanical “NT” hardware. Another configuration level: the combination with “E-Tec Control” control systems.

In 2013, Fermax, a Brazilian hardware producer, joined the company network. Similar to the Fasco acquisition, from a geographic and product policy perspective the group member enabled the relevant markets’ targeted involvement across the entire region as well as emphasised the general “Close to the customer” principle. As number 2 in Brazil, Fermax not only provided Latin America with necessary manufacturing and product range expertise, it also guaranteed dealers’ and system producers’ comprehensive supply thanks to a tight distribution network.

The Deventer Group, represented by companies in Germany, the Netherlands, Poland and Russia, has been part of Roto since 1 January 2016. The leading specialist in TPE (thermoplastic polymers) window, door, gate, frame and glazing sealing profiles  is also of significant importance from a product policy perspective. For windows, gaskets and hardware fundamentally formed an indispensable connection. For main doors, the previously offered technology range was “integrally” rounded out by the entire door gasket. System competence could hardly be more comprehensive and customer-friendly, yet provides market partners key practical benefits, primarily in the areas of security, reliability as well as process efficiency and cost-effectiveness.

The most recent investment, the Danish specialist Peder Nielsen (PN) industrial division takeover, which also took place in 2016, is another “prime example” of compliance with the key “regional market” and “product know-how” purchasing factors. The acquisition enabled Roto to close an important gap in outward opening window hardware systems, especially in Scandinavia and Great Britain. Roto as the sole Central European provider can now deliver a complete window and door technology portfolio to Scandinavian area customers. The Western Europe business area took over PN customers’ management in March 2016. In addition, the manufacturing area is currently being integrated into the Roto Lövö (Hungary) and Kalsdorf (Austria) locations’ consolidated production.

Exemplary benefits’ trio

All the outlined investments support the transformation from a pure component manufacturer to an interlocking system solutions’ partner, summarized Keill. He draws the conclusion from a “logical finding”: The better the window and door components’ alignment to one another, the lower the risk that individual parts will not have the necessary “compatibility”. This significantly reduces window and door producers’ “business risk” for instance. By contrast, it results in clearly enhanced opportunities to successfully counter the intensified competitive, price and profit margin pressure. The use of secure, high-quality systems is therefore the right strategic decision, as it saves costs and time. At the same time, it ensures additional speed, more customer satisfaction and, ultimately, greater added value. Keill also used three exemplary solutions by way of illustration.

The Berlin Deventer production plant has an annual 58.5 million metre capacity. The “high quality level” is also the result of the exclusive use of durable materials, testing by independent institutes and the fulfilment of the European sealing profile standard, was the mid-November 2016 report from the 11th International Roto Trade Press Day.

Example 1: The continuously increasing importance of the “barrier-free house” would be best served by integrated systems, including from the perspective of the implementing operations. The “everything from a single source” competence means that Roto in this regard can offer exclusivity in the sector. This particularly applies for the zero-barrier sector (0 mm); for main and terrace doors, this was achieved by combining the “Eifel TB” threshold with the “Texel” automatic floor door-gasket as well as a new weather profile strip. The trio also forms the basis for zero-barrier balcony door solutions. This could then be joined by the respective necessary “NT” hardware product range elements.

Example 2: In particular, the trend towards automation requires high ease of operation, functional and visually appealing system units. This requirement is satisfied by the “E-Tec Drive”, a concealed electrical tilt-only opening and locking drive, combined with the mechanical “NT” Tilt&Turn hardware. The “E-Tec Control” products combination allows the package to take on additional guidance and control tasks for added security, convenience and energy efficiency at home.

The Berlin Deventer plant houses 12 tri-extrusion and co-extrusion production lines of different sizes and production quantities. The gaskets manufactured here using precise technology primarily impress with their high tolerance compensation, ageing, weather and ozone resistance as well as their particular suitability for automated production, was the message to the 11th International Roto Trade Press Day participants.

Example 3: Besides the profile and glass, hardware and gaskets belong to the “Window” system’s four relevant components. The Roto-Deventer development network means that the duo can be precisely aligned to each other in future. Everything works and is harmonised from the very beginning without the window fabricator having to perform time-consuming tests and inspections at various points or having to find solutions to a problem together with two separate suppliers. This ensures that the elements satisfy the normative values and pass the prescribed tests at accredited institutes.

Customers receive numerous benefits from these and other systems. Interlocking solutions, lower production and logistics costs and improved reliability are additional benefits, together with ensured functionality, faster processing and simplified installation. In conclusion, the Roto CEO considers this a “clear winning concept”.

Quality at every level

In the evening before the Trade Press Day, journalists were able to gain a “live impression” of the Deventer Berlin-Spandau founding location’s sealing profile production area, which is currently home to over 70 employees. These 10,000-square metre company premises house a manufacturing area and warehouse covering over 3,000 square metres, reported the general manager Lüder Pflügner. The production capacity amounts to just under 240,000 metres per day or 58.5 million metres per year. Deventer defines itself as a quality supplier in every respect. In 1994, the company was already one of the first in the industry to be certified in accordance with DIN EN ISO 9001 and since 2008 has implemented the European sealing profiles standard (DIN EN 12365 1-4). The exclusive use of “high-quality and tested materials” is as much an internal commitment as the performing of regular quality tests on internal test equipment.

The Deventer Group acquisition, effective as at 1 January 2016 in Germany, the Netherlands, Poland and Russia, allowed Roto to continue to expand its window and door technology competence. The picture shows the Berlin-Spandau founding location. This is where TPE (thermoplastic polymer) sealing profiles are manufactured on an area covering over 3,000 square metres.

Deventer also works intensively on joint research and development together with institutes and suppliers. In 2015 alone, over 180 sealing profiles were designed and drawn, resulting in the construction of about 50 extrusion tools. The new Roto Group member’s delivery program also includes prefabricated gaskets, which were impressive due to their high tolerance compensation, their ageing, weather and ozone resistance as well as due to the fact that they can be welded and adhered in corners. Furthermore, the independently tested profiles are predestined for automatic manufacturing and are available as “extremely intricate gaskets” in every desired colour.

At the Berlin plant, manufacturing takes place on 12 tri- and co-extrusion lines of different sizes and production quantities. According to Pflügner, this takes place with a total of 27 extruders. The production line, which is equipped with modern control systems, satisfies the “highest productivity and quality demands”. This is also reflected in Deventer’s reject rate of less than 1%.

Source : roto-frank


ESUVA Window  system is renowned for its distinctive, clean and slim-framed Scandinavian design, which combines external aluminium with internal pine to deliver contemporary and impressive performance.
ESUVA system in particular is designed to complement contemporary architectural styles. Windows and doors retain a uniform appearance, whether they open or not, further enhancing the uncluttered feel epitomized by current design. Not only will you experience more daylight in your home due to the slim frames, your property will also have a timeless appearance that you can enjoy year after year.

Mix and match for your perfect frame finish
With ESUVA, you can specify the ideal finish for your new windows. We offer the full RAL colour range, granite or metallic coatings, and a clear lacquer for internal timber – and you can specify different internal and exterior finishes.
All ESUVA units are tailor made, with specification details and design solutions provided free of charge. Get a no-obligation quote today.

See our windows situated within homes across the ISTANBUL  in our  online gallery

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SuperLite II-XLM is a fire resistive multi-laminate glass product that meets ASTM E-119/UL 263/NFPA 251 and CAN/ULC S101 up to 2 hours.

Designers can now achieve truly transparent fire resistive glass walls up to 2 hours without vertical mullions or spacers using SuperLite II-XLM, the latest fire resistive glazing product from US-based fire rated glass and framing manufacturer SAFTI FIRST.

SuperLite II-XLM is a fire resistive multi-laminate glass product that meets ASTM E-119/UL 263/NFPA 251 and CAN/ULC S101 up to 2 hours. It meets the hose stream test and is impact safety rated to the maximum safety standard CPSC Cat. II. It is available in large sizes and can be used in all fire rated 20/45/60/90/120 minute applications including for use in clear butt-glazed walls for maximum vision and transparency.

“Architects have specified glass for its ability to deliver unobstructed views for vision and transparency. A product like SuperLite II-XLM now allows for maximum fire protection and impact safety. Designers can now use glass in areas where fire and impact safety are required by code,” says William O’Keeffe, President and CEO of SAFTI FIRST. “Without vertical mullions or spacers, SuperLite II-XLM in 1 and 2 hour fire resistive butt-glazed wall applications enables architects to add even more transparency to any space while still meeting fire and safety requirements.”

SuperLite II-XLM can be used for interior and exterior applications with insulation and maximum sound reduction. It can be easily incorporated in GPX Architectural Series Framing, GPX SNAPCAP or GPX Builders Series Temperature Rise Framing for a complete fire rated assembly. SuperLite II-XLM is listed with both UL and Intertek and carries a 5 year warranty.

For more information on SuperLite II-XLM and SAFTI FIRST’s complete line of advanced fire rated glass and framing products, visit www.safti.com.

Source : safti


Frances integral blind corner solution is the most advanced integral blind system providing healthcare users with a maintenance-free, totally integrated privacy and shading solution. Frances integral blind corner solution is controlled by a discrete, powerful handle located around the unit perimeter for aesthetic appeal and utmost function. The one-handed operation provides ease-of-use and allows the user full control of privacy, shading and climate control. Frances is ideal for healthcare environments that require discrete observation and meets the requirements for clinical infection control. As with all VISTAMATIC products, it is easy to install and competitively priced.


francesThe innovative and stylish Francis corner blind sits inside a hermetically sealed double-glazed argon filled unit – which protects the blind from damage, dirt and grime – meaning the blind is hygienically excellent, never needs cleaning and is completely maintenance free.

The lift and tilt functionality enables the slats to tilt from open to close as well as lift or raise for maximum exposure and viewing capabilities, or to reduce glare and sunlight, keeping a room at a more moderate temperature.

Other features include:

·        Corner unit operable with single handle

·        Magnet controls for tilt & lift functions

·        Maintenance-free

·        10-year warranty

·        Cost effective and competitive

·        Easy and cost saving installation

·        No cutting or drilling

Source : vistamatic