Specialist secondary glazing company provides solutions to historic buildings


electaglaze’s expertise has assisted in creating more comfortable working spaces in a former chapel and a former outpatients building for Oxford University. The University called on Selectaglaze to

support the renovations of St Luke’s Chapel and the former outpatient building on the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter site. Both buildings directly face each other across a courtyard, and are Grade II Listed; the chapel dating from 1865 and outpatients from 1913. As is a regular occurrence with older build-

ings, both suffered from substantial heat loss due to the inefficient original glazing. As the original windows were to be kept, the University sought advice from Selectaglaze, the specialist in the design manufacture and installation of secondary glazing, to help resolve the issues. Selectaglaze subsequently installed 82 units

across the two buildings using an array of products from its range to meet the required specification. In the chapel the stunning

Practical plumbing for 21st Low emissivity glass was used in both of

gothic arched windows posed an interesting challenge to Selectaglaze, as the planning authorities were particularly keen to ensure the aesthetic impact of the secondary glazing was kept to a minimum. Selectaglaze collab- orated with the architects and designed solutions that would work with all the various styles.

century schools

Geberit has provided a total plumbing solution at Gwenfro Primary School in Wrexham, which has undergone a £4.9 million makeover funded by the Welsh Government's 21st

Upgraded from an existing 1950s school, the new Gwenfro school amalgamates juniors and infants, creating state-of-the-art facilities for its pupils. BREEAM rated ‘Excellent', Gwenfro has been constructed in a highly sustainable way, including ‘fabric first' design, good use of natural daylight and ventilation, plus solar photovoltaic panels to provide electricity. Twyford products installed include an air button dual flush concealed cistern, helping to save water. In addition, Twyford E100 round basins incorporating Sola non concussive taps were chosen. Apart from Twyford, all plumbing comes courtesy of Geberit Mepla multi-layered pipe, which combines the advantages of synthetic and metallic materials. Corrosion-resistant and light, Geberit Mepla is more inherently stable and durable than plastic pipes. Enabling fast work progress and subsequent economic advantages Geberit Mepla also ensures peace of mind as it is permanently leak proof.

01926 516800 Passivent CPD covers changes to BB101 in schools

For specifiers involved in the design of school buildings, natural ventilation specialist Passivent offers a free CPD seminar covering the imminent changes to the Department for Education’s Building Bulletin BB101. The new ‘Guidelines on ventilation, thermal comfort and indoor air quality in schools’ will see a number of key changes to the way air quality and thermal comfort are managed within school buildings. The new document will replace the current 2006 edition and will have a significant impact on ventilation design strategies and system choices. As a member of the BB101 advisory group, Passivent is ideally placed to provide guidance on the changes and how to achieve future compliance. Its recently updated CPD entitled ‘Natural Ventilation in Schools & Commercial Buildings’ will include the key changes to BB101 and provide advice on the range of ventilation strategies available to enable specifiers to determine the correct strategy at the early design stage of a project. The CPD will also explain the association between BB101 and relevant Building Regulations as well as the importance of computational modelling to ensure a robust ventilation strategy.

01732 850 770 Century Schools and Education Programme.

the buildings which in combination with the primary window achieves a U-value of 1.8, reducing heat loss by approximately 60 per cent. As secondary glazing is used in combi- nation with a wide variety of primary windows, U-values are calculated using modelling software. In addition, the applica- tion of secondary glazing achieved a reduc- tion in noise egress and ingress. Acoustic laminate glass will show further improve- ments particularly at higher frequencies as it provides further dampening. Ideally the secondary glazing should have a different thickness of glass to the primary window to avoid sympathetic resonance which will increase noise transmission. Selectaglaze has been established for 50

years, and in that time gained extensive experience with working on all building types. Email for more.

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