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RCI JULY 2014

ROOFLIGHTS & ROOF VENTS Natural light and contemporary architecture By Chris Czyzyk, product manager at Brett Martin Daylight Systems Above (l-r): The Emirates project at Dubai Int. Airport; HDR Malbank; Shelfield Academy It is impossible to overestimate the importance of natural light in contemporary architecture. From energy savings and improved occupant comfort to greater productivity in commercial applications, the positive effect of daylight is a widely acknowledged fact across the construction industry. Legislative changes and environmental regulations have also played a part in the need for higher levels of daylight in today’s buildings. But as traditional glass facades can be costly and difficult to install, architects, clients and contractors have driven demand for more versatile and cost-effective glazing systems. Rooflights are often the most suitable, if not only way to introduce natural daylight into buildings and help to transform their internal spaces. In the UK and Ireland rooflights are generally made from either glass or polycarbonate, but the latter has become increasingly popular as it is lightweight, offers exceptional impact resistance and meets the increasing aesthetic demands of architects. Backed up by over half a century of successful applications, polycarbonate is a versatile, tough plastic that has proven ideal at high profile and challenging applications worldwide. With an outstanding balance of properties – impact resistance, excellent light transmission, good workability and good fire rating – polycarbonate is the material of choice for rooflights which are fit for the future. The perfect fit From its origins in Europe, the trend for highlyglazed façades – both horizontal and vertical – is spreading with innovative, sustainable and aweinspiring buildings fast becoming the norm all over the world. As these unusual and complex facades continue to grow in popularity, polycarbonate systems once again prove the perfect fit among both architects and building owners. Polycarbonate’s versatility also makes it excellent 058 JULY 2014 RCIMAG.COM for creating functional, as well as aesthetically pleasing products. It can be easily moulded and dyed in hundreds of colours and can also be perfectly transparent, making it ideal for use in complex glazing applications and rooflights. With a solid reputation as industry specialists in the provision of daylight solutions, at Brett Martin Daylight Systems we developed a polycarbonate panel glazing system that meets ever-changing customer demand. For architects and specifiers seeking thermal efficiency, air tightness, fire performance and aesthetic appeal, as well as contractors and installers requiring robust, easy-to-fit products with technical support on tap – Marlon Clickfix1040 fits the bill. Clicking into place Marlon Clickfix is a high quality, versatile architectural glazing system made from damage resistant polycarbonate. It provides outstanding light quality, thermal insulation, UV protection and an architecturally significant visual appeal – with a simple installation method which makes it perfect for a variety of commercial and industrial applications including schools, supermarkets, sports centres, aircraft hangars, supermarkets and warehouses, to name but a few. Developed by our in-house product development team, Marlon Clickfix’s tongue-and-groove connections simply interlock to form glazed areas of virtually unlimited size and shape. Quick, straightforward and safe to install, it perfectly complements our leading range of rooflight and panel glazing systems. Marlon Clickfix is a complete architectural glazing system comprising 40mm structured polycarbonate panels with ten insulating internal walls. System accessories include thermally broken aluminium profiles, fixing clips and rubber gaskets all complementing the panels themselves. Installation is swift and simple with no need for vertical profiles. Light in weight and easy to transport, offload and handle on site, Marlon Clickfix is ideal for some of the most challenging and complex projects. The system has already proven its suitability for vertical cladding, canopy and rooflight applications at sites across the UK and further afield. A feat of engineering In Dubai – the land of opulence and stunning architecture – we delivered a feat of design and engineering with a 10,000m² panel glazed application. At Dubai International Airport, the Marlon Clickfix system was used to create a stunning vertical façade at Emirates Airlines’ new (AED) 440 million aircraft hangar – £70 million in British sterling. To provide maximum natural daylight inside the 25,000m² maintenance hangar which accommodates four Airbus A380s, Marlon Clickfix was installed around the entire building perimeter and in the hangar doors. Taking just ten weeks to install, the stunning Silica Green Marlon Clickfix façade met the client’s aesthetic whilst also delivering the required performance standards for strength, wind loading, impact resistance and fire performance. By understanding the unique challenges of producing high quality, high volume polycarbonate and GRP rooflight solutions, at Brett Martin we met the exact specifications required at this architecturally innovative and unique structure. For high quality natural light, superior thermal insulation and UV protection, we believe Marlon Clickfix is the perfect choice. www.brettmartin.com/daylight-systems “As these unusual and complex facades continue to grow in popularity, polycarbonate systems once again prove the perfect fit”


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