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Project1_Layout 1 07/05/2013 CLADDING & SHEETING High-performance curtain walling from Reynaers creates eye-catching façade Reynaers’ cutting-edge aluminium curtain wall system for facades and roofs has created new angles for a modern office building. French company Groupama Group opted for maximum transparency and benefit from superb thermal efficiency for its premises in Charters, south west of Paris. Its building was designed by architects Agence Franc Gérard, and covers 4,400m2, with an envelope in pre-oxidised copper panels. The impressive staggered façade curtain walling, which was created from Reynaers’ CW 50 multi-level product, incorporates vivid coloured glass inserts. Reynaers’ Knowledge Centre The CW 50 stick curtain wall system is available in several design and glazing variants, and is on show at Reynaers’ Knowledge Centre showroom in Birmingham. It includes different technical options to give maximum flexibility in design, and allows frames to be placed at varying angles both horizontally and vertically, moving away from the traditional uniform grid pattern. Rebecca Cope, marketing manager at Reynaers, said: “Our extensive range of CW 046 MARCH 2018 RCIMAG.COM 50 curtain walls meets all the requirements of contemporary architecture. With regard to energy performance, the system offers different solutions, allowing the use of triple glazing – making the façade applicable for passive house or energy-efficient buildings. “What’s more, dedicated opening types can also be seamlessly integrated; such as a parallel opening window, a top hung window, a hidden vent turn and tilt window, plus a flush roof vent for integration in roof applications of CW 50.” Extensions to the CW 50 system also offers new solutions for much heavier glass weights, as well as easy assembly and quick installation, plus improved energy-efficiency. The curtain wall system can achieve a thermal insulation Uf value down to 0.56W/m2K, depending on the profile combination and variant. The design variants include curtain walls for both the exterior and the interior of buildings. Glazing variants range from standard pressure plates, structurally-glazed and structurally- clamped facades. Unitised curtain wall options are also available within the range. They allow entire panels to be manufactured in the workshop, thereby reducing the time on-site. Both unitised and traditional stick systems can also be developed into bespoke solutions. www.reynaers.co.uk range on notable projects, such as London Waterloo International station, Beetham Plaza opposite the famous “Liver Building” in Liverpool, and it is also in discussions about other train station developments in London. Responsibility to be innovative Given past events such as the Grenfell Tower fire, I asked Gavin what role he thinks cladding manufacturers have in the fire safety of a building. “Cladding manufacturers have a shared responsibility to be innovative,” he said. “SPSenvirowall and Dynamic Cladding invests huge sums into our “full system fire testing” to ensure that we can offer the full system to individual materials that we supply. For example, our glass has an A1 non-combustible rating, and our Stone façade, an A2.” Trendspotting According to Gavin, material usage is shifting from the traditional cladding materials, and he is seeing glass and stone cladding coming into the spotlight and pushing design innovation. He said: “Design and build is very fashionable and we are certainly seeing a thirst for our glass and stone materials, not to mention new construction methods, those who are different make the difference” Discussing the biggest challenges facing the industry, Gavin says that fire safety is changing the world of design and build, but that cost will always be an issue. “Aesthetics are playing a huge part as to where buildings are heading, so manufacturers need to look at manipulating their products and investing in ground-breaking design,” he said. Despite citing uncertainty as a prediction for 2018, Gavin says this term, while it is a cause for concern, is always used in construction. “I think we will see positive change in the industry, from testing and interpretation of testing, the management process from central government through building control, and the growing influence of insurance companies. I think all these elements will help to drive that change going forward. At SPSenvirowall, we are a forward-thinking company, and we are not afraid to drive change from the front.” www.spsenvirowall.co.uk/


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