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RCI April 2017

Zink ROOFLIGHTS & ROOF VENTS 01992 801927 www.almhm.co.uk EcoWhite Extended range for rooflights with impact The National Domelight Company has expanded its Astroglaze range to provide even more solutions for large glazed areas. Delivering outstanding levels of daylight transmittance and designed for a stylish, modern aesthetic, the Astroglaze range can be made to order, either as a single piece or larger multi-section units. For 2017, Astroglaze comes in bigger one piece sizes. This can now cover a maximum area of up to 9m² as a single piece via special order, or even larger sizes when choosing a multi-part solution. There is also the option of a PVC Aero-Fin shroud for internal glazing bars on the multi-part system. Astroglaze also offers rooflights in a range of shapes and sizes, including flat fixed rooflights and walk-on rooflights. This year NDC introduces new Internal Walk-on Rooflights. This solution allows light to pass from an internal room through to a basement or floor below, helping to utilise all natural light available. Also new to the Astroglaze 082 APRIL 2017 RCIMAG.COM Copper Stainless A glazed three-wall box rooflight supplied by Glazing Vision has provided a stunning 21st century addition to this Washington Heights property in north Manhattan, helping to successfully unlock that allimportant rooftop space in this metropolitan city. Built in 1899, set on a plot of 1,911ft² and offering almost 3600ft² of internal space, the property presented an eclectic mix of original features – very high ceilings complete with decorative mouldings, huge windows, as well as a plethora of rich historical fittings and fixtures. Dixon Projects, together with the local architect RMF Bryant, worked to produce a combination of the old with the new in this grandiose house right from the basement to the roof. Keen to utilise the huge space on the flat rooftop as well as to add further value to the property, Dixon was looking for an innovative and contemporary ‘glass box’. This needed to maximise the amount of natural daylight coming into the floor below whilst offering easy access to the terrace. A lack of suitable options from American glazing suppliers led Dixon Projects to look abroad. Following extensive research and an on-site meeting with Glazing Vision’s senior management, Dixon Projects decided upon Glazing Vision’s threewall box rooflight, which offered both the high quality and technical features that they were seeking. Approval from the Landmarks Preservation Committee (LPC) had to be secured for the box rooflight as the house was a listed property; a critical requirement to this was that it should not be visible from the roadside/pathways. Once approved, the box rooflight was then precisionengineered to the size required by the client, manufactured entirely at Glazing Vision’s factory in Suffolk, England, pre-assembled, crated and finally shipped to Dixon Projects in The white window trend Liteleader NYC. In addition, the installation of the box rooflight, including pre-install surveys and remedial building work to ensure the surrounding walls on the rooftop were straight, were all supervised by Glazing Vision’s own office in the US. The box rooflight was fixed onto three walls without the need for additional balustrading, thereby facilitating the full use of the rooftop terrace. The lack of visible kerb fixings through the use of an extruded external clip-on cover, together with the sleek aluminium framework in a classic slate grey exterior finish and the perfectly edged glass-to-glass joints combined to create a stunning, contemporary ‘glass sculpture’ to the top of this grand property. A critical consideration for Dixon Projects was that the box rooflight should be simple and safe to operate. The retractable glazed section, which slides over the fixed section of glass, is operated at the touch of a button. This provides a clear 50% opening and sufficient head height for easy access. Thus, the resident can climb the stairwell whilst the rooflight is retracting into its open position, without having to ‘bow their head’. The secure manual override also detects movement during the open/close operation to provide the essential safety features. As with the floor-to-ceiling windows on the lower floors, so too the large glazed sections of the box rooflight were in keeping with the airy aesthetic that Dixon Projects had created throughout the house. The box rooflight ensured that the interior of the upper floor of the house was flooded with natural daylight during the day. At night, the resident could enjoy an unadulterated view of the night sky. The full expanse of the rooftop now provides the resident with an additional ‘room with a view’: an enviable place to entertain guests, to dine in the open and to relax. To find out more about specifying rooflights for access, please visit www.glazingvision.co.uk/request-cpd A room with a view Mansfield-based roof window specialist LB Roof Windows is helping installers capitalise on the latest design trend among homeowners for white painted roof windows with its Liteleader range. The company says that white painted roof windows are becoming the ‘goto’ roof window solution for homeowners thanks to their stylish and contemporary design. It argues that consumers are choosing roof windows finished in white to match popular design trends as well as to provide a seamless, minimalist blend with white pitched ceilings and walls. Liteleader consists of three highquality roof window solutions that provide installers with the possibility to increase their margins. Sales director Adrian Cooper explained: “Liteleader provides an affordable alternative to the established, popular brands whilst still providing a high-quality roof window solution. Installers, roofers and tradesmen could potentially secure better margins by offering the Liteleader range whilst also taking advantage of a surging trend among consumers.” The Liteleader range starts with the Ecolite+, a centre-pivot pine window, with a slim but durable frame and a ventilation valve, maximising important natural light and fresh air. It also includes the EcoWhite, a modern and versatile centre-pivot, white painted roof window that boasts a wide frame for a sturdy finish. And rounding off the range is the EcoSolid, a uPVC roof window with a robust frame and steel centre core. Finished in white it is a great choice for bathrooms and kitchens. Liteleader is only available in the UK from LB Roof Windows and is produced by the VKR Group – creators of the Velux, Dakea and Aurora brands also available at LB Roof Windows. Available with a 10- year guarantee, it provides another excellent selling point for the stylish and functional range of windows. www.lbroofwindows.co.uk range are Electric Access Hatches, which provide easy access to roof spaces or terraces at the touch of a button. Flat Glass Smoke Vents and AOVs are another addition and are fully compliant to BS EN 12101-2 regulations. All Astroglaze products are supplied with argon-filled double glazing as standard with a triple glazed option. Clear glass can be exchanged for solar control, tinted or fully sandblasted glass options, ensuring the perfect solution is available for any project, whether that be residential, commercial or industrial. www.nationaldomes.com


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