Windows on the World
Elements of the entire range of Kawneer architectural aluminium systems are currently being installed on a £17million historic town hall redevelopment.
Our AA®100 zone-drained curtain walling, AA®605 low/medium-duty swing doors and series 190 heavy-duty commercial entrance doors, along with GT70 slimline renovation windows and 451PT framing, will feature on the Acton Town Hall Community project.
When completed in Spring 2014, the civic redevelopment by AFLS+P architects for Ealing Council will provide the community with a variety of multi-functional spaces and opportunities for all of Acton's diverse ethnic population.
While retaining the Town Hall's heritage, the project includes demolition of Acton's former baths building which will be replaced by a new three-storey building housing a 25m swimming pool and a trainer pool, along with modern fitness and leisure facilities including a larger, glass-fronted gym.
Posted Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 1:05:21 PM | Permalink | Comments(0) | Trackback
Your Kawneer Architectural Adviser is now just a couple of clicks away!
We have just launched an easier than ever way to get in touch with your regional Kawneer Architectural Adviser.
Simply go to the link at the bottom of this article and click on the area of the UK post code area map that applies to you and you will have the option of getting in touch by telephone or email.
It's all part of our ongoing programme to enhance our online facilities and service, following on from our launch on Twitter last month and this blog.
Posted Friday, November 01, 2013 at 10:22:14 AM | Permalink | Comments(0) | Trackback
Our Vision: Alcoa. Advancing each generation
Kawneer is part of Alcoa and, since 1888, the people of Alcoa have partnered to create innovative and sustainable solutions that move the world forward. We live our Values every day, everywhere, collaborating for the benefit of our customers, investors, employees, communities and partners.
A new Alcoa video enables you to see a very entertaining and informative history of aluminium.
We think you'll be surprised at the amazing breadth of applications of this remarkable material.
Posted Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 5:54:30 PM | Permalink | Comments(0) | Trackback
Kawneer Systems Herald A Sea Change for Southend
Kawneer glazing systems faced a double challenge when they were specified for a building on the longest pier in the world.
Not only did they need to be capable of withstanding the extreme environment on Southend Pier, they also needed to be able to withstand being part of a cultural centre that had to be craned into position in its entirety.
Our AA®100 zone-drained curtain walling, AA®601 fixed light casement windows, and Series 190 heavy-duty commercial entrance doors and AA®605 low/medium-duty swing doors now help to frame the view of the Thames estuary.
The Kawneer systems were installed off-site at Tilbury by specialist sub-contractor Drayton Windows for main contractor Kier Construction.
The 376m2 building was then towed on a barge to the pier head, one mile out at sea, and lifted into position at high tide using a 400-tonne marine sheer leg crane. Prior on-site testing ensured the pier’s 100-year-old piles were capable of withstanding the 170-tonne weight of the new building.
Posted Monday, October 28, 2013 at 11:46:25 AM | Permalink | Comments(0) | Trackback
Specification Magazine article focuses on "Future Glazing"
An exclusive article written for Specification Magazine by Kawneer Sales and Marketing Director Mark Clemson explains how we are preparing for forthcoming challenges in building fabric energy conservation.
Called "Future Glazing", it describes how the next round of changes to Approved Document L have influenced Kawneer product development, recognising the increasingly important role windows are likely to play in building energy performance.
Using the new AA®720 thermally efficient window range as an example, the article also demonstrates how Kawneer has revisited its entire approach to product design to meet the progressively tougher new standards that will inevitably be set in the next few years.
Posted Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 2:01:11 PM | Permalink | Comments(0) | Trackback
@KawneerUK - We're now on Twitter!
We have just launched our own Twitter site - @KawneerUK.
Our Twitter followers are guaranteed to receive the very latest Kawneer news and information, including important technical updates, additions to our ever growing portfolio of case studies and links to our latest product literature, as soon as it is published and available online.
This new innovation is part of our wider online strategy of providing the most user friendly access to Kawneer UK updates and specific links to a wide range of our online content.
We always welcome your suggestions of ways to make our online content as useful to you as possible.
Posted Friday, October 18, 2013 at 11:26:36 AM | Permalink | Comments(0) | Trackback
Open-out casement window added to Kawneer's AA®720 range
A casement window with not one but four levels of thermal performance has been added to our premium range of windows and doors.
The new AA®720 casement window is based on a BRE Green Guide "A" rated frame and is available as top-hung or side-hung and either internally or externally glazed. It incorporates Kawneer’s latest Reflex thermal break technology which is applied to the polyamide thermal breaks to give additional thermal improvements and reduce heat transfer through the profile.
The AA®720 casement's four thermal levels include the most cost conscious AA®720 HW, the AA®720 HI, the AA®720 HI Reflex which incorporates Reflex technology within the vent and frame profiles, and AA®720 HI ReflexPlus which also includes a low "E" heat shield centre seal for the greatest thermal capabilities.
The AA®720 range, which is anticipated to be future-proof beyond 2016, already comprises a full inward-opening window suite including tilturn, tilt/slide, bottom-hung and side-hung windows. A vertical and horizontal pivot, extensive inward and outward-opening door package and a fire-resistant door and fixed light also help to make the range capable of satisfying the most demanding specifications.
Our most flexible product range to date, AA®720 is set to outperform the anticipated requirements of the 2013 and 2016 Part L amendments to Building Regulations. The new casement window achieves U values as low as 1.0 W/m2K (for a CEN size window with a warm edge spacer) with the addition of a low emissivity reflective heat shield.
It offers market-leading weight capabilities for a top-hung window. With a capability of up to 130kg, high performance acoustic and/or security glass applications can be easily accommodated within the standard window without additional reinforcements or fabrication requirements.
Posted Friday, October 18, 2013 at 11:16:03 AM | Permalink | Comments(0) | Trackback
Kawneer demonstrates sustainability credentials in Greening Government Masterclass
We were recently delighted to participate in two important London conference events organised by Govtoday.
On September 10th we exhibited at the Greening Government 2013 Conference and Exhibition: Delivering change, promoting excellence - the fifth annual national conference examining the progress by Central Government in promoting and achieving measures that incorporate sustainable development to deliver a 34 per cent reduction in emissions by 2020, and 80 per cent by 2050.
The event also included a masterclass, featuring a presentation by Rosa Garcia Pineiro, Regional Affairs & Sustainability Director, Alcoa Europe.
Entitled "Aluminium Facade Systems' Contribution to Zero Carbon Buildings" Rosa's presentation focused on how global megatrends in building and construction are pushing aluminium demand, plus the characteristics and intrinsic properties of aluminium and their contribution to solving sustainability challenges.
Rosa's presentation can be viewed here: -
A day later we exhibited at the second National NHS Sustainable Development conference and exhibition – Defining the Priorities
Defining the Priorities examined how funding has been used and the direction that the NHS must take in the fight against rising CO2 emissions, whilst showcasing the work already being carried out by NHS organisations not only from up and down the UK but from Europe.
Posted Tuesday, October 08, 2013 at 6:26:29 PM | Permalink | Comments(0) | Trackback
Kawneer Systems Set To Help University Business School To The Next Level
Kawneer curtain walling, windows and doors are to feature on Cardiff University’s new Business School.
Designed by Boyes Rees Architects to achieve a BREEAM “Excellent” rating, the £10million Postgraduate Centre is proposed as a modern and contemporary landmark building that pays due respect to the local existing materials and reflects these throughout. The two wings of the building, being of different heights, will also be treated in different fashions to reduce the mass and break up the elevations.
Materials include Kawneer’s AA®100 zone-drained capped curtain walling linking two curved terracotta-clad elevations and Structurally Silicone Glazed curtain walling to an external twin-wall façade with internal walkway.
In addition, Kawneer’s AA®541 top-hung casement windows feature as insert vents in the curtain walling, complemented by AA®605 low/medium-duty swing doors, AA®3720 folding/sliding doors to the rear of the link atrium and series 190 heavy-duty commercial entrance doors.
These will be installed by Kawneer-approved specialist sub-contractor Dudleys Architectural Aluminium for main contractor ISG Construction with completion due in August 2014.
Posted Friday, August 23, 2013 at 11:36:36 AM | Permalink | Comments(0) | Trackback
Kawneer’s new estimating software is a real Pro
We have just launched new estimating software with a built-in structural engineering package that offers fabricators the chance to quickly value-engineer a project.
KawneerPro uses proven technology to speed up the estimating process for our curtain walling, window and door fabricators.
Based on the industry’s well-known LogiKal software, KawneerPro enables fabricators to estimate from architects’ drawings the cost of the aluminium product – curtain walling, windows, doors or framing systems.
A comprehensive construction tool, it is designed to produce cross section drawings, quotations, cut optimisation sheets, materials and assembly lists, elevation plans, structural analysis and word processing for creating quotations, order confirmations, bills of quantity and delivery notes.
KawneerPro team leader Jason Wilson said “The new system enables our dealers to offer an improved service to architects and contractors.”
Posted Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 3:26:47 AM | Permalink | Comments(0) | Trackback