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Technal launches brise soleil sun shading system in the UK


echnal has launched its new brise soleil sun shading system in the UK, which provides highly efficient solar control and the highest standards of architectural aesthetics.

Already used extensively internationally, the Suneal system is a multi-functional addition to the façade which will protect occupants from glare from the sun, control solar gain, optimise natural light and enhance any building envelope with its stylish appearance and visual appeal.

A highly sustainable solution which contributes to the thermal performance of a building, Suneal uses passive solar protection to reduce the reliance on mechanical cooling systems, generating reductions in energy consumption. It allows high levels of natural light into the building and has the option of fitting photovoltaic blades for the supply of renewable energy to the building whilst providing effective solar control. Other options for Suneal include vertical, horizontal, fixed, motorised and elliptical blades, giving specifiers even greater freedom of expression and ensuring occupier comfort. The blades can also be angled according to the orientation of the façade for maximum efficiency.

A wide choice of blade sizes is available for ease of specification and the option of automatic or manual rotating blades allows building occupiers to enjoy the

benefits of solar gain in the winter months, protection from the sun in summer, and to finely control the levels of natural light.

This aluminium sun shading system is fully compatible with Technal’s new MODAL low rise glazing and its MX curtain walling suite – from a simple grid façade to beaded, structural sealant and roof glazing. It can be fixed directly to the curtain walling or to an independent structure whilst maintaining visual consistency, and louvre blades can be integrated with standard cladding.

Extensive tests have been carried out using a wind tunnel to develop sizing charts for Suneal according to a building’s orientation, location, wind pressure and snow loads – an invaluable aid to specification. Further assistance with design and calculations can be provided by Technal’s technical team to meet specific project requirements and by using TechTouch – its dedicated energy simulation software package – to optimise solar gain and light transmission. Finishes for Suneal are designed to complement any building envelope and include natural anodised aluminium, polyester powder coatings in a full range of colours, flecked gloss shades that are exclusive to Technal, and finishes that give the appearance of natural wood.

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Department for Education. It has been recognised twice by Ofsted as outstanding, with achievements well in excess of national standards.

FOREMANS RECYCLED MODULAR BUILDINGS FOR ONE OF UK’S FIRST PRIMARY ACADEMIES AND FREE SCHOOLS One of the UK’s first primary schools to achieve Academy status has used a highly sustainable recycled modular building solution from Foremans Relocatable Building Systems to expand its classroom facilities. As an Academy, Cuckoo Hall in the London Borough of


The school is managed by Cuckoo Hall Academies Trust, which in response to the high demand for places, has opened a new sister primary school, Woodpecker Hall Primary Academy, under the Government’s free schools programme. In order to accommodate the new school’s reception and nursery classes until its own building is completed on an adjacent site, Foremans has provided additional teaching facilities at Cuckoo Hall. Simon Ward, Business Director at Cuckoo Hall Academy said: “The new buildings have given us a


highly cost-effective interim solution which certainly doesn’t look like a temporary facility. The finished

classrooms have surpassed all our expectations, delivered excellent value for money and are just what we were looking to achieve.” Foremans has supplied 10 recycled steel-framed modules at Cuckoo Hall which have been configured as two adjacent teaching blocks to accommodate 120 children in three classrooms and one shared teaching space. The buildings, which are being hired from Foremans for an initial 12 months, are constructed to permanent standards and feature a decked area, timber cladding and a covered walkway to the main school. Foremans completed the project in just nine weeks from receipt of order, helping

to address the place planning issues in this London borough, and undertook all foundations, services, decking, steps and ramps, fitting out and cladding installation. Commenting on the project, Mike Williams, Managing Director of Foremans, said, “This project successfully demonstrates how we can deliver affordable, flexible

teaching accommodation in less time to help schools address serious place planning issues.” All Foremans’ recycled modular buildings are fully refurbished to create high quality accommodation for a wide variety of interim and permanent education applications. Tel: 01964 544344

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