There is an increased demand for architects to provide better energy efficient solutions in relation to commercial building design.
Ever-growing importance is being placed on energy conservation, thermal efficiency and human comfort. Green Star ratings encompassing a range of values are becoming the norm.
And when making a decision, clients are taking a much longer term view regarding building operating costs.
“The market is demanding better energy efficient solutions,” NALCO marketing manager Mark Gilbert explains.
With this in mind, NALCO has just released four new Frontline suites. It provides architects with a complete product of affordable flush-glazed curtain wall solutions.
The introduction of more sophisticated glazing products has seen glass thicknesses getting increasingly larger.
“Along with the growing demand for double glazing in commercial buildings, we’re also seeing more laminated products being used to cope with sound, safety and ultra violet rays,” Mr Gilbert says.
The Frontline suites allow architects to accommodate these trends in their designs.
“A 12mm air space is recommended in double-glazed products, requiring 20mm minimum size using standard 4mm glass,” Mr Gilbert says. The Frontline suites provide up to 12.38mm for single glazing and 26mm for double glazing, so designers can select different combinations of glass and laminates.”
The increases in glass sizes and types have also seen a growing requirement for wider span options. This demand for stronger transoms and mullions have driven designers to generate higher I values within the suites to accommodate these spans.
CAD details, showing extrusion profiles, typical cross sections and standard installation details, are available from the Nulook web site.
File formats include DWG, DXF, MOD and PDF.