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Project1_Layout 1 07/05/2013 1Project1_01992 CLADDING & SHEETING Cladding with confi dence 054 MARCH 2018 RCIMAG.COM Zink Copper Stainless 801927 www.almhm.co.uk All Architectural Profi les (APL) cladding of the external envelope, provided under its ‘Cladsafe’ system is a fully non-combustible assembly and has been for the past 35 years. The structural support is heavy gauge steel and all cavities are mineral wool / A2 fi lled. This is covered by the APL ‘CladShield’ 25-year system guarantee, which includes site checking and inspections, and so can be specifi ed with the ‘utmost confi dence’. Exterior cladding with profi le or rainscreen is still said to be one of the most versatile, cost-effective and creative routes to creating visually appealing buildings with the best energy performances. And the company says that the new year brings renewed commitment to ensuring it continues to enjoy a safe, exciting, non-combustible, future. www.archprof.co.uk Kalwall translucent cladding has transformed the newly completed 4,200m2 extension at Indiana’s South Bend Regional Airport. Designed by architects Ken Herceg and Associates, the new terminal comprises fi ve gates, restaurants, gift shops and breakout areas that are all housed under an architecturally exposed, steelframed barrel vault structure that simulates the structure of an aircraft wing. This is covered with a curved Kalwall Skyroof, which is 10m wide and 180m long. As passengers enter the new terminal, they are bathed in natural daylight with unimpeded views across the runways. Kalwall is said to eliminate shadows and glare and the stark contrasts of light and shade. Even on cloudy days, the interior is reportedly fl ooded with natural daylight, which means less artifi cial lighting and, because Kalwall is ‘highly insulating’, energy costs are reduced. The standard Kalwall 70mm thick panel offers insulation up to 0.28W/ m2K – equivalent to a cavity-fi lled brick wall, whilst still allowing for up to 15% visible light transmittance. The architects made good use of Kalwall’s free daylight modelling service on this project. Daylight modelling is the way to calculate the most effective daylighting for any type of building. It is calculated using fi ve years’ worth of realworld weather fi les at the exact location of the building, together with information on day, time, position and weather patterns. This generates an in-depth report on interior lux levels, a glare pattern analysis, and radiance Illuminance. Kalwall is reportedly frequently specifi ed for this type of prestige project where high-end performance and quality need to be coupled with aesthetics, practicality and a long lifecycle. Kalwall is said to provide a cost-effective solution and offer complete line-of-sight protection, which is highly vandal and impactresistant. It is also said to be ideal for areas considered as a high value target, not only because is it ‘factory mutual approved’, but also because its unique fabrication means that any blast is mitigated. Unlike glass, splintering and serious injury are reportedly greatly reduced in the event of an explosion as Kalwall is shatterproof. www.structura-uk.com/kalwall Flying light Fixated with Fixing Point Need a self-drilling fastener at short notice? Choose Fixing Point for fast and reliable delivery. Fixing Point fasteners are supplied in carbon or austenitic steel, and can be delivered next day when ordered by 5pm. Choose from a range of products with the option of colortite moulded heads, and varying drilling and tapping abilities to suit your exact specifi cations. All Colortite Moulded Heads are reportedly manufactured in-house with a specialist moulding injection machine, which can produce up to 250ml fi xings with a nylon head. Need some guidance? Fixing Point says its team is friendly, knowledgeable and are always on-hand to offer support and advice on applications. Get in touch today by contacting sales@fi xingpoint. com or calling 01242 265100. www.fi xingpoint.com


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