Clearview National May 2018 - Issue 198 - Page 66

GLASS&SEALEDUNITS ‘All in One’ shading solution » » SUNBELL A LEADING Italian designer and manufacturer of interstitial blinds for glazing has launched an innovative new solution for residential and commercial windows and doors. Powered by a 24V low- voltage motor the system features a slim control switch positioned on the glass that allows for individual movement or alternatively for group activation up to 12 blinds, using a hand held remote device. The ‘All in one’ system is hard-wired to a central power source and connected to a 13amp mains supply with each blind linked together using a simple ‘sprung’ electrical connector positioned in the frame. The system is designed for commercial, public and residential applications offering a flexible solution for internal partitions, screens, bi-folding doors and windows. The blinds are supplied in kit form, custom made on a three-week lead time, complete with a choice of spacer bars, styles, materials and colours including a new Charcoal Grey (similar to RAL 7016) for final assembly and sealing into a glazed unit. Sunbell blinds offer a unique combination of Italian design, superb quality and engineering excellence providing a modern and stylish energy efficient response to solar-shading. NETWORK REFRESH RESPONDS TO MOVING MARKET » » SAINT-GOBAIN BUILDING Glass has launched a newly updated and re-invigorated Planitherm Network, following extensive research, consultation and investment. Kirsty Pamment, Market Manager at Saint-Gobain Building Glass says : “The Planitherm Network was first launched in 2011 and it has been hugely successful in helping fabricators and installers to win more work and increase their profits. However, the market has moved on and the range has also developed.” A recent survey by Saint-Gobain Group revealed that homeowners and renters wanted a home that is safe and secure, affordable to run, FOSTER AND PARTNERS SPECIFY SWISSPACER FOR PRINCIPAL TOWER » » SPECIFIERS HAVE chosen SWISSPACER for Principal Tower in London. This prestigious development is a 50-storey residential tower in Shoreditch, Hackney, close to London’s financial hub. Designed by architects Foster and Partners, Principal Tower will contain 301 residential apartments when completed in early 2019. At 162 metres tall and equalling 35,400m², it will be one of the tallest residential buildings in London. Principal Tower complies with the Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4, and SWISSPACER ULTIMATE was used in the highly energy efficient façade. SWISSPACER is ideal for sealed units of all sizes because it is tried and tested to give outstanding thermal performance and long-lasting results. It’s a popular choice for oversized 66 » M AY 2018 » CL EARVI E W- UK . C O M sealed units because of its rigid structure, precise edges and clean, crisp parallel lines. SWISSPACER has been used in several iconic skyscrapers including New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), 30 St. Mary Axe (The Gherkin) in London, The Prada Building in Tokyo, Madrid’s Torre de Cristal and The Turning Torso in Sweden. with no winter heating worries and low noise levels.The survey also revealed that in terms of home improvements, replacement windows came in the top six. Kirsty adds: “Glass technology has moved on tremendously in recent years and homeowners are ready to learn more about the benefits glass can bring to their home. The conversation is moving on from A-rated windows and energy efficient glass, with homeowners becoming more interested in other benefits such as security, solar control, noise reduction and furniture fade control, which can all be achieved by using the right type of glass.”