INWALL, the tenth jewel signed by Vetroin, a unique glass partition wall on the international market.

We can finally present the tenth glass partition wall of Vetroin, proposed at the fair Orgatech 2016 to celebrate the tenth anniversary of business activity. This structure enriches the already very complete catalog of glass partitions for offices, but proposing something new, even surpassing the limits of the raw material.
INWALL, the name chosen for the last glass partition, is a structural glass wall at outside edge and sealing profiles in extruded aluminum of 85 mm thick (those on the ground have a height of 40 mm, those of the ceiling 55 mm). What does it mean at outside edge? This is precisely the feature of Inwall, not having profiles that contain the glass and burdening it, but it even lighten the structure, making it more precious in finishes and leaving the glass surface fully exposed.
The glass partition wall is available in 4 different versions: mono central glass, mono lateral glass, double glazing and acoustics. Can be combined with single or double glass doors, hinged or sliding.
INWALL is unique also thanks to the innovative fixing system interlocking of the glass with aluminum, without the use of adhesives. It is a mechanical fixation that no other company on the international market has ever experienced, advantageous from the point of view of safety, acoustic reduction, reduction of the passage of dust and the ease of installation.
For any information about our brand new glass partition, please contact us!

Source : vetroin


From horizontal pivot vents in a panoramic format right through to floor-to-ceiling, asymmetrical vertical pivot vents – a new system solution with a focus on user comfort

As an innovative comeback for horizontal and vertical pivot vents, Schüco offers a unique system solution for a clever opening type which allows extraordinary panoramic formats and which is ideally suited to flexible room ventilation – a balanced system with optimum user comfort.

The new profile and fitting construction impresses with its integrated innovation concept. Here, the focus is on two key developments. The debut of a centre gasket and also a concealed pivot housing, which reduce the operating forces virtually to the level of easy-access use with the aid of supporting spring technology – even for heavy vents. The optimised system properties also include the user-friendly function control via the lockable handle, e.g. decoupling in the 180° cleaning position without unlatching at the limiting stays themselves, which is otherwise so time-consuming.

Schüco horizontal and vertical pivot vents

Another new feature is that the lock technology of the Schüco horizontal and vertical pivot vent can be optionally equipped with burglar resistance to RC 3. One of many system benefits which result from using Schüco SimplySmart as a base modular system – in addition to simple planning, fabrication and installation.


For the ful Schüco horizontal and vertical pivot ventsfilment of different thermal insulation requirements, four basic depths up to a maximum of 90 mm are available for the horizontal and vertical pivot vents.


  • Horizontal pivot vent in panoramic format up to (W x H) 2500 mm x 2000 mm; vertical pivot vent available in floor-to-ceiling format for the first time up to (W x H) 2000 mm x 2500 mm
  • New design options: vertical pivot vents with asymmetrical division in a ratio of up to 1/3 to 2/3
  • Pivot housing is fully concealed so as not to interrupt the clean lines of the window
  • Wall attachments do not encroach on the space required by the fittings in the outer frame: narrow profile face widths
  • New handle design without stop lever: clean, symmetrical lines, available in various colours


  • For the first time: burglar resistance to RC 3
  • New: lockable handle with approval for burglar resistance

Enhanced function

  • Innovative pivot housing with supporting spring mechanism: optimum ease of use even with vent weights of up to 200 kg
  • New: handle-controlled operation, e.g. decoupling for the 180° cleaning position
  • New limiting stays for flexible use: from a variation in opening angle through to use as a safety barrier
  • Balanced system for any opening position

Source : schueco


Renewal energy had record growth in 2015. The award-winning ClearShield Eco-System™ for the renovation and protection of glass can help that growth further by helping all types of solar panels to generate even greener and more sustainable energy.

The efficiency of solar panels has a direct link to the light transmission of glass, and therefore the cleanliness of the glass surface. In short, the cleaner the glass, the more effective the solar panel!

However keeping glass clean can be a real challenge. Moisture, Alkalinity and Dirt (MAD) can easily cause glass to become Problem Glass. 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, leading progressively but surely to reductions in the light transmission.

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Glass maintenance can become impossible, and in all cases requires the use of sometimes scarce and valuable resources such as water, and of potentially polluting cleaning agents.

Protecting glass surfaces with ClearShield® resists staining and discolouration, keeping the glass surface cleaner for longer and always easier to clean than unprotected glass. This optimises light transmission, maximises efficiency and maintains performance for longer. It also reduces maintenance requirements, saving costs, reducing the use of scarce resources and cleaning agents.

Thanks to the unique renovation solutions offered by the system and flexible application methods, the protection can be applied in the factory or to solar panels already installed.


Therefore the ClearShield Eco-System™ helps:

– maintaining initial peak watt performance for new solar panels
– reclaiming lost initial peak watt performance for already installed solar panels
– reducing maintenance costs
– reducing the use of scarce resources and polluting cleaning agents
– generating greener and more sustainable energy

Contact Ritec now at for more information.

Source : ritecuk



KAT has seen an increase in sales of its Georgian style vertical sliding sash windows, with a continued rise in popularity forecast for 2017. Sales of Mayfair contributed to an overall business growth of just over 20% in 2016 year to date.

Hand-crafted at its Macclesfield premises using techniques and skills similar to those employed in joinery workshops, KAT’s Mayfair range offers the authentic look of traditional timber Georgian windows, whilst combining the benefits of uPVC materials and modern engineering. Find out more about KAT Mayfair Sliding Sash Windows.


Windows Active PVCu Vertical Sliding Sash Windows

Article was published in Windows Active October 2016

Chris Powell, commercial director, commented: “The Mayfair sash window is our premium style on offer, and has proven a leading product for KAT and our design partners, because it ticks every aesthetic and functional box. “

“The sash window market looks set to grow further and we’re delighted to be in a leading position with top products to offer our partners.”  Visit the KAT website


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KAT PVCu Sliding Sash Window with tilt option

The windows are manufactured with mechanically jointed outer-frame and sashes, with a deep bottom rail and mechanically jointed sash horns. Finished with period ‘hook and claw’ cam locks and ring pulls, it is hard to tell whether the Mayfair range is uPVC or timber. But being made from uPVC with an ash white grained finish on both sides, KAT’s vertical sliding box sash windows are virtually maintenance free, as well as providing excellent thermal properties to keep homes warm.

KAT can manufacture the sash windows with a tilt mechanism, as shown above, allowing the bottom and top windows to open inwards. For upstairs windows especially, the functionality enables easy access for cleaning. Contact KAT for more information

As with all KAT’s uPVC and aluminium products, its sash windows are manufactured to the industry’s highest required standard, with fitted spring loaded child restrictors and secure locking systems, which come with a ten year guarantee.

All KAT’s products are delivered throughout the UK and Ireland, within two weeks of the order being made.

For more information about KAT’s vertical sliding sash box window collections, please visit KAT Homepage , email call 01625 439666.



PVCu Box Sash Window

KAT Mayfair Box Sash Window

Deep bottom rail

Deep bottom rail in Box Sash Window

Sliding Sash Window with run through horn

Run through horn

Source : katuk





As part of this case study, we’re going to be taking a closer look at a substantial contemporary extension on a Nottinghamshire country house.

Having already worked with our sister company Vale Garden Houses on a project at their previous home, the owners of this property approached both companies as part of the renovation and extension of their new Edwardian country home. A grand, gothic style conservatory incorporating Bronze Casement windows was constructed as the first part of the project; the house already contained metal windows and the bronze conservatory windows complemented them beautifully. Some of the existing metal windows had started to fail and were replaced with Bronze Casements at the same time.

The second phase of the project was a generous, brick-built kitchen and swimming complex extension, fully fitted with our Bronze windows and doors.

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Our new Thermabronze extrusion was chosen for its improved thermal efficiency over the Heritage or Advanced windows we would normally specify. This was one of the earliest projects completed using the new system, and the large frames introduced an exciting possibility to show off our expertise. The Thermabronze windows were coupled with Double Clad Bronze Doors, delivering a sleek contemporary style that contrasts fantastically with the traditional theme of the main house.

The large double glazed units were ordered from a specialist glazier due to their size, and because of the weight, were installed using robotic lifting equipment to help minimize the chance for any mishaps.

All of the Bronze windows and doors were fitted into bespoke timber frames which were painted in ‘Flagstone’ from theVale Period Paint Collection to match the conservatory and windows frames on the house, accentuating the colour of the bronze whilst tying together the two phases of the project. As a finishing touch, buff coloured silicon was used to seal between the timber frames and the brickwork to match in with the paint colour selected.

For more information about our Thermabronze Windows or Double Clad Bronze Doors, please contact our sales team on 0845 6000 660.

Source : bronzecasements


Jim and Sally McDonald, of Diamond Glass Solutions, identified a real business opportunity for growth and new revenue generation, and jumped on it. They are now the latest in promoting Ritec’s One-Stop Solutions for the renovation, ‘non-stick’ protection and maintenance of all types of glass, interior and exterior.


The family run business already offered quality specialist solutions for repairing scratches on glass for automotive, commercial and residential glazing. However glass surfaces are not only at risk of physical damage. Air and water borne contaminants can firmly bond onto their surface, resulting in loss of sparkle and transparency, no longer looking like new, and difficult, if not impossible, cleaning.


Having followed an in-depth commercial and technical training for the ClearShield Eco-System™, Jim and Sally are now able to renovate glass already installed to regain its as-new appearance prior to applying the award-winning ClearShield™ protection so that it stays that way for much longer. ClearShield™ protected glass is always easier to clean and keep clean than unprotected glass, and more hygienic.


This wide ranging new set of solutions will resolve maintenance and performance issues for all automotive, commercial and residential applications, including building facades, shop windows, windows and doors, conservatories, partitioning and balustrading, sandblasted and other decorative glass, shower enclosure, splashbacks and counter tops, and much more.

Jim and Sally now offer a full and complete service for the renovation of glass surfaces, whether physical or chemical, all over Scotland. If like them you are looking for a new business opportunity, to add to your existing solutions or to differentiate, contact us now at

Source : ritecuk


As one of the UK’s leading installers of uPVC, timber, timber-effect and of course aluminium products, we’re proud to state that we offer one of the largest ranges around.

We regularly work with some of the construction industry’s leading aluminium fabricators in Smart, Schuco and Origin, always remaining committed to only offering our customers the very best in Bifold doors.

Perfectly suited for use in the modern and contemporary home, we felt it necessary to highlight the various benefits and features found within each of the three aluminium Bifold door brands we provide, helping you to further make an informed decision that best suits you and your home’s requirements.

The most efficient aluminium bifolding systems

We supply and install aluminium bi-folding doors from three leading aluminium door brands: Smart, Schuco and Origin, each with their own features and benefits that can be tailored to any homes specific requirements and budget. When combined with our expert design and fitting service, we’re confident that whatever brand opted for, generous outside views and smooth sliding action is always a guarantee.

Origin bifold doors

Available in a wide range of distinctive and individual frame colours, origin bifold doors are the most stylish system we offer largely due to their almost flush frames. All Origin bifolding doors feature a unique roller mechanism key in providing users with smooth operation for whenever they are tempted to their outside space.

  • – Chamfered design that allows for smooth and reliable operation
  • – Stylish flush frames with concealed hinges for a stunning appearance
  • – Certified U-values of approx. 1.3 W/m2K
  • – Long-lasting powder coated finish that resists fading and discolouring
  • – “finger safe” gasket between each door leaf as standard
  • – Low flush threshold reduces the likelihood of trips and falls
  • – 8-point locking system for additional security and peace of mind

Smart bifold doors

We supply the Visofold 1000 bifolding system from Smart, being our most popular in part due to their affordability, but ease of operation and exceptional efficiency also. A polymide thermal break improves the systems overall U-value making the system ideal for those concerned with retaining warmth throughout the year, yet each panel purposely integrates trickle vents for increased light transmission.

  • – Slim-line and attractive aluminium profiles with reduced sightlines
  • – Available in either square or round-edge profile designs
  • – Eclectic choice of standard and non-standard colours including metallic and woodgrain
  • – U-values of approx. 1.5 W/m2K
  • – Maximum pane size (2500mm x 1000mm) and weight (80kg)
  • – Low or rebated thresholds for unimpeded access to the outside
  • – Multi-point locking system for additional security and peace of mind

Schuco bifold doors

A thermally broken aluminium bifolding system designed from the ground up, Our Schüco ASS70 FD doors boast some of the slimmest sightline on the market, always making it a breeze for any natural light to enter. Compared to other models they can be fitted both higher and wider for homes with irregular or large apertures, being notable for the great level of thermal efficiency they provide.

  • – Ultra slim slight lines of only 120mm
  • – Tilt/turn opening option that allows convenient ventilation
  • – U-values of approx. 1.5 W/m2K
  • – Suitable for use as balcony glazing
  • – Adjustable jambs which allows for swift installations
  • – Amazing thermal performance and energy efficiency


High performance bifolding doors from DWL

If you’re in the market for a new set of aluminium bifold doors, our systems make light work of catering for your exact needs. Available in multiple configurations suitable for a plethora of aperture sizes, call one of our respective team on 01795 418 538 to learn more or send us a message online.

Source : dwlwindows


As an architect you’ll have many projects which all require a door system that can take advantage of superb views and provide the perfect frame.

Whatever your project they are all different, one might need a system which can cover a large space whilst at the same time avoid compromising the view. The second project has a much small area for glazing, but needs to maximise the light coming into the room. Your vision for your third project requires a door to replace the wall to border the room and create panoramic views.

Wouldn’t it be fantastic if there was a door which has the flexibility in design to provide the answer to all three of your projects? Well, the Imago Lift & Slide door from AGB has the design capability to do exactly that.

Timber Lift & Slide doors from Imago are cleverly designed so the hardware can be used for large wide-span doors, or used as a small pocket door. It even has the capability to create cornerless glazing so there’s very little frame to obstruct the view. The Lift & Slide door allows your imagination to run free and inspire fantastic designs, leaving homeowners with a beautiful door to add real style to their home.

Find out more below about how the design capability of Imago Lift & Slide doors is the answer to your project, whatever the size of your glazed space.

Large Wide-Span Doors

The large glazed area of Imago Lift & Slide doors creates fantastic opportunities and possibilities for architects to produce stunning glass door systems. With clever Italian engineering, the Imago Lift & Slide system has a tiny slimline frame of just 2cm. Even with such a slight frame, it has the strength to hold large areas of glass to provide the ultimate frame for the view.

No matter how wide the space is for your project, Imago Lift & Slide doors are designed to give your vision, the impact it deserves. With less frame and more view, you really won’t have to compromise.

Cornerless Glazing

With cornerless glazing, architects can cut corners and create an aesthetically pleasing panoramic view of the landscape. Cornerless glazing removes the corner mullion, leaving just a complete unit of fixed glass. It’s the perfect way to frame a sweeping view out over the countryside or maybe on a coast.

It gives you the freedom to achieve uninterrupted views on not just one wall, but across multiple walls to brighten up any room and bring more natural light in, this helps to reduce energy costs. So if you want your project to blur the line between the inside and the outside, cornerless glazing should be your first choice.

Pocket Doors

If you have a tight space where you need to maximise as much light as possible, pocket doors can achieve this. The Imago Lift & Slide door provides the design possibilities to become a pocket door.

A pocket door is a clever way to take advantage of limited space, the door simply slides into a pocket in the wall out of sight, so it’s there when you need it and gone when you don’t. Imago Lift & Slide door is engineered so it can slide perfectly into a pocket in the wall and achieve the vision you set out to.

If you’d like to find out more about the design possibilities of Imago, send us a message here.

Source : chooseimago


SolarWindow Technologies, Inc. (OTCQB: WNDW), the developer of electricity-generating coatings for commercial glass and flexible plastics, announced today that its SolarWindow™ coatings successfully performed under test conditions designed to simulate the high pressure and temperatures of the ‘autoclave’ manufacturing processes used by commercial glass and window producers.

Today’s announcement marks a major milestone for the production of commercial electricity-generating windows, our early target market,” said John A. Conklin, President and CEO of SolarWindow Technologies. “It’s important for our customers, such as window manufacturers, to have confidence that our SolarWindow™ products perform under such rigorous autoclave conditions.”

Autoclave-manufacturing is a common method of production for flat, curved, tempered and solar glass, among others. To fabricate commonly used double and triple pane laminate windows, window manufactures utilize an ‘autoclave’ process to bond layers of glass with metal spacers using high heat and pressure. The laminate panel is then utilized to build insulated glass windows. This process reduces manufacturing costs and maximizes high throughput yield.

By applying SolarWindow™ coatings to glass windows, engineers envision turning entire buildings into vertical power generators. These electricity-generating windows could reduce electricity costs by up to 50% per year on a 50 story building, according to independently validated modeling.

About SolarWindow Technologies, Inc.

SolarWindow Technologies, Inc. creates transparent electricity-generating liquid coatings. When applied to glass or plastics, these coatings convert passive windows and other materials into electricity generators under natural, artificial, low, shaded, and even reflected light conditions.

Our liquid coating technology has been presented to members of the U.S. Congress and has received recognition in numerous industry publications. Our SolarWindow™ technology has been independently validated to generate 50-times the power of a conventional rooftop solar system and achieves a one-year payback when modeled on a 50-story building.

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An innovative synthesis of UV-cured digital print and industrial surface coatings transforms façades into modern art

The sleek and often complex profiles of modern buildings offer limited decorative possibilities, both on exterior facades and in interiors. Today, however, there is a practical way to overcome the ‘sameness’ of today’s architecture: patented Numericoat® technology from professional coating innovators and image management company Visio-Technic.


Innovation in architectural decor

Visio-Technic Numericoat is an innovative synthesis of digital print and industrial surface coatings, and it delivers an advanced professional solution for the creation of customised, durable, architectural graphics, signs, displays, images, and colours on a variety of today’s building construction materials.

‘Starting with a standard plain substrate – metal, glass, or composite’, explains Visio-Technic’s Commercial and Marketing Director, Martin Saunier-Plumaz, ‘our in-house production team take a digitally-generated image of the customer’s choice, and capture it on the substrate within Numericoat’s two special layers of spray-applied thermo-hardening primers.

The Numericoat base layer provides the anchorage for the flatbed inkjet-printed image, and the top overlamination coat gives it perfect protection. Not only is it fire- and UV-resistant, it also has anti-graffiti functionality.’

Guaranteed durability

‘Perhaps most important of all for the construction industry, Numericoat panels come with a ten-year durability guarantee – true confirmation that this is genuinely a highly-durable solution’, says Mr. Saunier-Plumaz.


Versatile image production

The versatility of the flatbed inkjet’s movable printhead makes it practical to print on to very large panels – up to 6.5 metres long and 2 metres wide – using UV-cured acrylic inks to deliver a high-definition four-colour CMYK printed image.


The proven benefits of UV inks

UV inks deliver benefits at various levels, as Mr. Saunier-Plumaz explains. ‘They dry very quickly at ambient pressure – in seconds, rather than the 30 minutes it takes at 200ºC for traditional solvent-based inks, lowering the production costs. UV inks also offer good flexibility and good adhesion to the substrate. That makes shipping the panels easier, and makes it possible for our clients to cut and bend (if necessary) the coated panels at the application site. And of course UV inks’ environmental credentials are excellent – low odour, no solvents, reduced energy usage. That’s important.’


RadTech Europe Innovation Award

In fact, Numericoat’s creative use of UV inks gained Visio-Technic the prestigious Innovation Award in the 2013 RadTech Europe Awards, presented biennially by the European Association for UV/EB Curing Technology.


A global commercial reality

‘Numericoat is not an experimental technique’, says Mr. Saunier-Plumaz. ‘We worked on its development at Visio-Technic for many years, and commercialised it eight years ago. Since then, the system has proved itself in an enormous variety of applications, from corporate company headquarters to theme parks, sports arenas, factories, and outdoor and indoor frescos.’


Quality, suitability, and durability — certified

Formally partnered since 2011 by steel giant ArcelorMittal, who now market Numericoat products under their Viso brand, across their global network, Numericoat is Qualicoat licensed for homogeneity with aluminium varnishes and coatings, and certified to the ISO9001 quality standard and to the EOTA ETAG 002 agreement for adhesive exterior window systems. It is RATP M1 fire-resistant.


UV and EB radiation curing

UV and EB radiation curing are today well known processing technologies in many industrial segments such as wood and metal product finishing, packaging, and automotive components, as well as in graphic imaging applications.

David Helsby, President of RadTech Europe, says that this wide acceptance is ‘testimony to the robust nature of the cure that can be achieved, as well as the elimination of VOC emissions, significant reductions in energy consumption, and of course time- and cost-savings.’ In printing and graphic arts applications, he adds, ‘UV curing’s faster on-press turn-around coupled with excellent ink adhesion to the print substrate are high-profile field of continuing innovation today, with traditional high-energy lamps beginning to be replaced with “cold” UV LED lamp arrays on leading-edge high-speed printing presses. Visio-Technic’s Innovation Award for Numericoat highlights another new step on the ladder for radiation curing.’


About RadTech

RadTech Europe (RTE), founded in 1988 in Switzerland and headquartered in The Hague (The Netherlands), is the European industry association that promotes the development, use and benefits of UV/EB curing technology for the markets of Graphic arts, Adhesives, Electronics, Industrial Coatings, Automotive, Medical, Dental, Cosmetics and an array of new emerging applications. RTE membership provides access to a collaborative platform, for knowledge transfer at educational, and networking events and achieves effective representation as a body in public affairs initiatives.


About Visio-Technic

Visio-Technic is headquartered in France at Sassenage, near Grenoble. As the company’s Numericoat business continues to grow, fine examples of the results which can be achieved with the technology can now be seen not only in France, but also Switzerland, Belgium, Germany, Poland, Croatia, Slovakia, South Africa, and UAE.


For more information contact:

Lut Verschueren
Tel. + 32 474 04 49 40 –

RadTech Europe
Elke Verbaarschot/Mark Macaré
Tel. + 31 703123920 –

Source : radtech-europe


AluK launches the new 77 Window system featuring slim lines, great thermal performance and smart detailing.

The new 77 window system is designed to meet the most demanding British and European performance requirements, including thermal, weathering and security – ideal for any building, whether refurbishment or new build, high rise or low rise.

With a wide variety of styles and configurations to choose from, the 77 window system is AluK’s highest performance casement window, available in single or dual colour options, including anodised finishes.

High levels of thermal performance are achieved by incorporating technologies such as thermal polyamides, insulated centre seals and foam insertions. Moreover, the 77 window system integrates with AluK curtain wall and door systems.

The new AluK 77 Window System

77IW Open In Window System

Designed to provide the highest performance with minimal sightlines, the 77IW window system is perfect for commercial or residential applications.

The new AluK 77 Window System

77IWE Open Out Window System

Designed specifically for the UK market the 77IWE offers an Open Out variant to the 77 Windows System with all the same benefits of the 77IW.

Find out more

Source : aluk


Sadev’s know-how was required to install 250 meters long of frameless glass balustrades to decorate the building balcony.

Sadev’s know-how was required to install 250 meters long of frameless glass balustrades to decorate the building balcony.

The Sabco system, with brushed stainless steel, integrate perfectly the residence’s modernity.

Sabco, between design and security

The Sabco glass balustrade is deprived of posts, in order to ensure a total transparency.

Thanks to an easy and very fast installation, this railing system composed an appropriate solution for all your projects.

To lear more about Sabco railing system floor mounting, please follow the link.

Glass balustrade for private building

Glass balustrade for private building

Glass balustrade for private building

Glass balustrade for private building

Source : sadev


Kawneer systems help transport interchange move into the 21st Century

A new £19 million exemplar redevelopment of an integrated public transport interchange in Altrincham, Cheshire, features Kawneer AA®100 SSG (Structurally Silicone Glazed) mullion-drained curtain walling with toggle fixings and concealed vents used on the concourse, complemented by framing and 10D light/medium duty commercial entrance doors on a replacement link bridge.

Kawneer systems help transport interchange move into the 21st Century


Kawneer systems feature on transport interchange

The Kawneer systems at Altrincham Interchange were specified by architects AHR for client TfGM (Transport for Greater Manchester) for the redevelopment which was designed to cater better for existing and future passengers in terms of accessibility, safety and security while retaining the valuable heritage of the original facility.

The transport interchange – bringing improved accessibility between bus, tram and train services – combines unique pieces of architectural heritage including 19th century rail station buildings and a steel and glass structure which itself has become something of a destination, the long, curved façade featuring doors accessing a series of uncomplicated drive in/drive out bus bays.

Kawneer systems help transport interchange move into the 21st Century

The bus station is the heart of the new building and this includes the spacious concourse, featuring Kawneer’s curtain walling, which links the bus bays to the historic booking hall and new footbridge to the metro and rail services.

From the outside it is possible to clearly see the red brick and stone façade of the station that was for so long hidden behind rows of bus stop platforms and islands.

The concourse roof featuring 50 solar panels is supported by two rows of steel columns and cantilevered back from the façade towards the historic buildings, while lightweight ETFE rooflights run along its length, enabling daylight to flood down without extensive supporting structure.

The rear row of columns stands out from the historic station façade to avoid diluting its aesthetic qualities.

Glass fins are suspended from the back edge of the higher concourse roof, descending to the front edge of the Victorian roof lower down. The roof is finished in standing seam, plastered internally in white to reflect light.

Within the building, a separate brick enclosure houses travel facilities, a baby changing area, toilets and staff offices, and on the first floor, access to plant.

Curtain walling, framing and doors by Kawneer

A new “Cycle Hub” enables cyclists to securely park their bikes under full cover, with constant CCTV coverage and swipe-card entry.

The Kawneer systems were installed by approved specialist sub-contractor SG Aluminium whose managing director Peter Taylor said: “Initially the design was for a total glass-bolted system but cost was paramount and Kawneer fitted the bill with the AA®100 SSG giving a similar appearance from the outside. The minimum of profiles internally, with slim 50mm sightlines, also kept the architect happy so all parties were happy with the cost and the solution.”

The build was completed in three phases over two years as it took place around a fully working interchange on a fairly constrained site while keeping all three transport modes running. Perhaps the most noticeable aspect of this was the installation of the new footbridge over four platforms.

This was craned into place in two large segments during a single possession or closure of the railway lines. So it had to fit first time, with each section weighing more than 20 tonnes.

During the staffed consultation exhibitions one attendee was heard to say: “People like buildings with character as well as buildings that are fit for purpose.” Altrincham Interchange delivers both aspects in buckets.

Source : kawneer


A green building is the hallmark of economically sound business decisions, thoughtful environmental decisions, and smart human impact decisions.

A wise man once said, “When the well is dry, we know the worth of water, and once we realize it, we shouldn’t wait to act.”

Act responsible, take a step toward sustainability and save mother earth.

Our planet today is facing innumerous difficulties. From population explosion to climatic changes, deforestation, fossil fuel depletion, ocean acidification, a loss of biodiversity and much more.

The growth and expansion of population is having a tremendous impact on our natural surroundings. The construction, structure and operation of the buildings we live and work are accountable for the consumption of our resources. Let’s take a look at how much do these buildings approximately account for?

The numbers above are indeed alarming. It is time we bring about a green revolution. It is time we build sustainable architecture. It is time we build- Green Buildings.
The numbers above are indeed alarming. It is time we bring about a green revolution. It is time we build sustainable architecture. It is time we build- Green Buildings.


The concept of a green building

“A green building is the hallmark of economically sound business decisions, thoughtful environmental decisions, and smart human impact decisions.” These buildings represent substantial opportunities for sustainable development on both a national and an international scale.


How do green buildings contribute to the environment?

Green buildings use less electricity, less water and are much more efficient as compared to other conventional structures. It is said that a green building offers up to 35-40% of more energy-efficiency.

Lesser electricity perceptibly means lesser carbon emission and hence a smaller carbon footprint on the environment.

Green buildings produce less waste and are beneficial for the environment because they use materials wisely. Let us take a look at some of the common materials that make a building green.

Wool bricks, sustainable concrete, paper insulation, solar tiles and eco-friendly glass are some of the materials that contribute in the making of this structure.


Is glass really an eco-friendly material?

Yes it is. Glass is a sustainable and completely ecological material which provides great benefits to the environment.

It righteously contributes to mitigating climate change and saves precious natural resources. Its inert nature is also highly appreciated in safeguarding people’s health and contributing to their well-being.


How is glass important for green buildings?

Glass is known to be an eco-friendly material due to its benefits and various functionalities. It is one such material that not only gives an appealing look but also greatly contributes towards a greener future.

This recyclable material helps in controlling the solar and thermal heat in the interiors. It also helps to maintain the temperature at its minimum best and in turn tones down the air-conditioning expenses. This greatly benefits the environment and your pockets as well.


When it comes to glass manufacturing in India, which company has a reliable name?

When it comes to glass manufacturing, AIS is a leading name. It is India’s only provider of lifestyle solutions in glass whose offerings span Privacy, Aesthetic, Security, Acoustic and Energy-efficiency solutions.

Green Buildings: Here’s why they are Environment Friendly


Types of eco-friendly glass

AIS Ecosense – High Performance Energy Efficient Glass:

AIS Ecosense is a high-performance glass that is the perfect union of energy efficiency and optimum day-lighting. It keeps your indoor space brighter and cooler by absorbing and reflecting away a large degree of the near range infrared heat. Decreasing the need for artificial lighting, this glass is a natural choice for green buildings.

This high-performance glass range offers a wide range of shades namely Ecosense Enhance Solar Control range, Ecosense Exceed Solar Control Low-E range, Ecosense Essence Low-E range and Ecosense Edge Solar control Glass & Thermal Insulation – Low-E range.

Green Buildings: Here’s why they are Environment Friendly


AIS SunShield:

Durability with advanced solar technology is what the AIS SunShield is made up of. This high performance glass possesses superior solar control properties that effectively reduce heat from entering the building.

It also reduces glare and improves the energy efficiency of any space. Its superior protective coating keeps away the harmful effects of UV radiation.


AIS Opal- Solar control glass:

AIS Opal is a popular choice for Heat Reflective and the most preferred choice for exterior glass. Its solar control characteristic prevents heat from entering the building, thereby improving energy efficiency.

Green Buildings: Here’s why they are Environment Friendly

Not only this, AIS has a wide range of products to suit every need that glass finds application in. Choose from a plethora of products and take a step towards the environment today.

Believe in keeping clean. Believe in living green.

Source : aisglass


FrameXpress was once again commissioned to supply some of the highest performance products on the market for a unique project in the SE.

The project originally started life as a planned decked area, but subsequently grew in concept to become a large Garden Room that could be enjoyed as a separate space to the main home.

The completely self-contained project incorporates bifold doors with modern integral blinds and a thermally efficient glazed roof that incorporates active blu glass for year round use.

One unusual aspect to the Garden Room was a large tilt and turn window, which was incorporated at the far end of the project as a means to provide additional ventilation.

Ian Davis, Sales Manager at frameXpress considers the growing consumer trend to personalise properties continues to be an area of great potential for builders and installers, with the combination of performance and aesthetics improving lifestyles and ultimately adding substantial value for homeowners.

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Ian comments, “There has been a noticeable increase in original projects such as this, with consumers wanting to increase the value of their properties whilst still being able to enjoy the investment they have made to the full. New performance innovations that have been achieved in glass over the last few years have stimulated this part of the domestic sector.

“It is obvious that by providing striking product design options is giving our customers greater scope as there are substantial financial benefits for homeowners. Here they have gained a totally separate area that will provide them with a personal haven to use all year round, which is a real advantage that can be inherited when the time comes to eventually move home.”

Insulation and security remain important aspects for investors with frameXpress customers regularly mentioning solar reflection, noise reduction and year round use when discussing new projects.

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Ian Davis comments, “Using thermally efficient glass roofing systems together with the Optima system or our aluminium option provides customers with complete reassurance in relation to business growth and referrals.”

Ian concludes, “Dynamic design, thermal efficiency and every day use are also extremely attractive to second generation investors, who have previously been disappointed and are now hoping to add true value to their properties.”

Call the team for more details on ways to inspire consumer investment. 01952 581100

Source : framexpress


Though coal still generates more electricity, wind and solar installations hit record

About 500,000 solar panels were installed every day last year as a record-shattering surge in green electricity saw renewables overtake coal as the world’s largest source of installed power capacity.

Two wind turbines went up every hour in countries such as China, according toInternational Energy Agency officials who have sharply upgraded their forecasts of how fast renewable energy sources will keep growing.

“We are witnessing a transformation of global power markets led by renewables,” said Fatih Birol, executive director of the global energy advisory agency.

Part of the growth was caused by falls in the cost of solar and onshore wind power that Mr Birol said would have been “unthinkable” only five years ago.

Although coal and other fossil fuels remain the largest source of electricity generation, many conventional power utilities and energy groups have been confounded by the speed at which renewables have grown and the rapid drop in costs for the technologies.

Average global generation costs for new onshore wind farms fell by an estimated 30 per cent between 2010 and 2015 while those for big solar panel plants fell by an even steeper two-thirds, an IEA report published on Tuesday showed.

The Paris-based agency thinks costs are likely to fall even further over the next five years, by 15 per cent on average for wind and by a quarter for solar power.

It said an unprecedented 153 gigawatts of green electricity was installed last year, mostly wind and solar projects, which was more than the total power capacity in Canada.

It was also more than the amount of conventional fossil fuel or nuclear power added in 2015, leading renewables to surpass coal’s cumulative share of global power capacity — though not electricity generation.

A power plant’s capacity is the maximum amount of electricity it can potentially produce. The amount of energy a plant actually generates varies according to how long it produces power over a period of time.

Because a wind or solar farm cannot generate constantly like a coal power plant, it will produce less energy over the course of a year even though it may have the same or higher level of capacity.

Coal power plants supplied close to 39 per cent of the world’s power in 2015, while renewables, including older hydropower dams, accounted for 23 per cent, IEA data show.

But the agency expects renewables’ share of power generation to rise to 28 per cent by 2021, when it predicts they will supply the equivalent of all the electricity generated today in the US and EU combined.

It has revised its five-year forecasts to show renewables’ capacity will grow 13 per cent more than its estimate made just last year, mostly because of stronger policy backing in the US, China, India and Mexico.

Paolo Frankl, head of the IEA’s renewable energy division, said efforts to address climate change were only part of the reason for the governments’ policy drive.

Separate air pollution worries were also spurring growth in countries such as China, a renewable energy juggernaut that alone accounts for close to 40 per cent of capacity growth.

Mr Frankl said the move by countries to ratify the Paris climate agreement only 11 months after its adoption last December — at least a year earlier than expected — was likely to give another boost to renewables.

But he cautioned that growth still depends heavily on government policies that are shifting in many countries. The rapid growth of intermittent wind and solar also poses challenges for power system operators in some markets.

In addition, he said while onshore wind and solar growth was in line with what was needed to meet the Paris climate agreement’s goal to stop global temperatures rising more than 2C, renewables had to be used a lot more for heat and transport if the accord’s aims were to be met.

“There is still lots to be done here. There is too much policy uncertainty,” he said.

Source : financial times


Architectural Glazing is a complex element of architectural designs.

As such there are some key questions that professional glazing companies should be asking you in order to successfully design and engineer your project.

If you are not being asked these questions it may be that the company is not considering these issues which will fundamentally affect the specification and ultimate performance of your glazing and window systems.


What is the Wind Load for your Project?

The architectural glazing company must have the wind load for your property/project. This figure will dictate what systems can be offered and the glass specification for large glazed elevations.

If a glazing system that has not been tested to your specific wind load is used then there will be latent issues with weather tightness and the glazing will not be strong enough to withstand the loads exerted upon it by the wind.

What is the required Thermal Performance for your Project?

There are standard minimum thermal performance requirements for glazing in the UK however a SAP calculation for the whole building may dictate that the new glazing needs a higher performance.

Your glazing supplier should be asking what performance you need to achieve.


What Material Standards are required for your Project?

Although there are some very technical specifications for aluminium or steel framing and the finishes applied to it the most important element to consider is identifying whether the site requires ‘marine grade’ finish.

This is applicable to all sites within 5 miles of the coast due the aggressive nature of the salty air.

If your site is within this distance your window supplier should be offering this finish which includes pre-treating the frames and applying a marine grade coating to the framing.

7 questions your window and glazing company should be asking you


Do you require UV Filters?

The sun can create a wonderful ambience within a space however when you have expensive artwork, real wood flooring or furniture within your space you do not want the ultra-violet rays from the sun to fade them.

Your glazing supplier should be offering you the option of an UV filter within the glass make up.


What Solar Control Solutions are you using?

Another concern if your glazing faces south is solar gain. Your window supplier should be identifying this and offering the correct level of solar control to your glazing.

Modern coatings have very high levels of transparency although some suppliers are still using cheaper reflective coatings.

Alternative Solar Shading options include the installation of external automated louvres. You can find out more about these solar shading optionshere.

7 questions your window and glazing company should be asking you


What is your Drainage Solution?

Where is the water runoff from your architectural glazing going to go? Obviously your architect or engineer should have planned for the drainage of water falling on the glazing or in more severe situations being blown directly at the glazing.

Your glazing supplier should be making themselves aware what the strategy for water dispersal and removal is and whether their proposal can deal with it. All full height opening installations with a flush threshold should feature a threshold drain.

7 questions your window and glazing company should be asking you


What is the Access to the property like?

One of the first questions a client should be asked is how the glazing supplier is going to get the windows, doors or glass to the point where it is to be installed.

Large elements may require cranage and this can soon start to add cost to your project if it is going over the house or requires a road closure.

Other areas in properties like basements cause access issues if large elements cannot be maneuvered through the structure. Your glazing supplier should be asking this question and providing costs early on in the process.

Source : iqglassuk


Transparency may be the most important characteristic of a window. So when a technology is being introduced to the glass and glazing industry, it’s important for those developing it to keep that mind.

A group of engineers based in Santa Barbara, Calif., has taken that to heart in forming the startup company Next Energy Technologies, which has developed an energy-producing coating system for insulating glass units (IGU) that it says is an enhancement of other building-integrated photovoltaic technologies for multiple reasons—namely transparency.

nextNext has been in discussions with multiple glass and window fabricators on potential licensing deals and has made a presence at a handful of industry events this year. It exhibited at GlassCon Global, joined the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA), presented at IGMA’s summer conference and will present during GlassBuild this week.

In speaking with fabricators about the photovoltaic technology, co-founder and chief technology officer Dr. Corey Hoven says they seem to care most about aesthetics first. “Their perception is, ‘Why haven’t these technologies had the impact that they could?’” he says. “It’s because they just haven’t looked like a normal window.”

Danny Seigle, vice president of business development, agrees. “The biggest feedback we’ve received is regarding the aesthetics,” he says. “If you look at our colors, transmission and how little haze we have, we’re the first to really have those aesthetics. That goes even outside of fabricators. When we show architects, it’s the same thing.”

Next has taken a proactive approach in getting involved with the industry. Aside from reaching out to potential customers to pitch its product, it has participated in industry events not only to promote its technology and make connections, but to learn more about the sector that it hopes to be a part of for the long haul.

The insulating glass segment is of particular interest to Next, as Seigle points out that the IGU serves as the “encapsulation device” that is required with photovoltaics. This, he says, is another reason the product can be cost-effective.

Next’s coating technology is the same type of dye coating traditionally used for photography film. It is applied on surface No. 2 using specialized coating heads integrated in a fabrication line—after the glass is cut, tempered and washed and before it is encapsulated in the IGU process.

That’s the commercial application, but the company is also exploring a residential application in which the energy-generating glass is used to power operable “smart windows” to reduce or eliminate the need for hard-wiring.

Next has been talking with glaziers about the technology’s potential, mainly with contractors that have previously implemented dynamic glass into their projects. “Much of the electrical aspect is the same as electrochromic,” says Seigle. “We’ve leveraged a lot of the standard working techniques that have been used already.”

Ultimately, Next is working with fabricators on negotiations of advanced licensing deals and hopes partnerships will form soon. When that happens, the company feels confident the demand from the end user is waiting. One factor that often holds back the adoption of new technologies is the reluctance of the building owner or architect to want to be the “guinea pig” of the application. Next asserts that this is not the case with its product.

“Our largest investors come from the real estate arena, reflecting the desire for this in their market,” says Hoven. “So you’re going from, ‘Hey, we’ll be early adopters’ to ‘Hey, we’ll invest in R&D.’”

Seigle says the technology will help the glass industry in the window-to-wall ratio battle, especially given the drive for net zero buildings and the implications of that market.

“The way we think of ourselves as a market-enabling technology,” he says. “We make glass more valuable. Now we can have a larger surface area of glass, glaziers have more to install, fabricators have more glass to produce… and owners can get more value out of glass.”

Source : usglassmag


In just 30 years, Technical Glass Products (TGP) has revolutionized the way that fire-rated glass is made — transforming it from the glass characterized by heavy wire-mesh inserts to clean, wireless modern glazing. “We’ve gone from a slab steel door with wire and glass in it to a sleek transparent smooth fire-rated glass curtain wall,” says Jeff Razwick, president of TGP. “It’s a huge leap. Fire-rated glazing is no longer a barrier to amazing architecture.”

TGP started out in Seattle in 1980 by listening to an architectural community frustrated with wire-mesh fire-rated glass products. In response, the company began providing FireLite®, a clear and wireless fire-rated glass ceramic. “Then came the requests for better doors, larger sections of glass and, finally, curtain walls. Architects were pushing us to develop designs, and we’ve enjoyed doing our part to make their visions a reality,” he says.

Today, in one of its most advanced fire-rated glass curtain wall systems, the company utilizes Pilkington Pyrostop®, a clear, multi-laminate fire-rated glazing material that is silicone sealed and attached to narrow, steel, fire-rated frames with a toggle retention system. The resulting Fireframes SG Curtainwall®Series is a sleek, up to two-hour rated firewall that’s 1 inch thick and composed of six to seven layers of glass. In case of fire, the closest layer of glass foams up then turns opaque and blocks fire, heat and smoke. After one layer foams up and sloughs off, the next layer repeats the process.

“In building codes, a firewall not only has to block the flames and smoke, but keep heat from traveling through the walls,” he says. “For one hour that means 1,600 degrees Fahrenheit, and for two hours, 2,000 degrees. So it’s just like solid brick or gypsum: It has to stop the heat traveling through.”

Non-rated glass curtain walls in commercial construction are typically hung off of concrete forms and floor slabs using aluminum framing. “Our silicone-glazed fire-rated glass curtain wall system is the same thing: It’s hung off the face and becomes the façade; it’s a curtain wall, and the SG is the aesthetic,” Razwick says. “There’s no cap, no exposed framing for the entire exterior face, and it’s totally smooth.”

That means there are no exposed exterior fasteners and/or exterior frame members holding the glass horizontally or vertically, yielding an unlimited glass firewall with no limitations on the overall system size. “If an architect wants to run this all the way down a property line because of a firewall, we can do it,” he says. “It’s an aesthetic they want, a look they want and a conscious choice. They want that sleek and smooth appearance.”

Sleek and upscale — along with strong corner presence in a premier mixed-use district — is what LMN Architect’s 929 Office Tower, in Bellevue, Washington, got thanks to TGP. The project is attracting big-name tenants like the cloud-computing giant Salesforce. Many of these occupants will walk past its stylish glass-clad exterior on their way to work every day without realizing it provides critical protection against the spread of fire between adjacent structures. In large part, this is due to TGP’s new Fireframes SG Curtainwall® Series.

Installed on the southeastern ground-floor corner and side of the building, the Fireframes SG Curtainwall Series serves as a one-hour barrier to the spread of flames, smoke and heat. It helps prevent a fire from traveling to or from neighboring buildings — a critical safeguard for an office tower positioned along one of the city’s 600-by-600-foot downtown “superblocks.” Even more importantly, it brings safety and protection in line with the building’s aesthetic design intent.

Unlike other fire-rated curtain wall systems, the Fireframes SG Curtainwall Series is able to achieve the clean sightlines and seamless aesthetic of silicone glazed curtain wall systems. The assembly is silicone sealed and requires no pressure plates or caps. Once installed, the toggle retention system becomes completely hidden, allowing for a smooth, frame-free exterior surface. This was a critical design benefit for LMN Architects, as only select portions of the office tower’s ground-floor exterior were required by code to provide fire protection. The monolithic aesthetic of this series helped ensure smooth visual transitions at these junctions.

As an added benefit, the Fireframes SG Curtainwall Series made it possible for the project team to provide lot-line protection without sacrificing light transfer. The large, fire-rated glass walls extend the surface area through which light can transfer to help illuminate the office tower’s linear core and retail area. The curtain wall system also uses a variety of strategically insulated fire-rated glazing products, including low-e and spandrel glass, to respond to the angle of the daylight and support balanced light transfer. The 929 Office Tower is designed to LEED Gold standards and uses a number of complementary controls, including smart technologies and phone apps to help further control energy use.

Source : architizer