In order to adhere to Winnersh Triangle’s exacting sustainability specifications, Glassolutions employed a variety of different elements to maximise the efficiency of the building’s envelope. Schueco FW60+ and FW60+ SG curtain walling systems were installed: with a thermal rating of 1.5w/m2k, these were the ideal choice to aid internal climate control. 6mm COOL-LITE SKN174 panes were used for the outer glazing, paired with a 16mm argon warm edge spacer bar to reduce thermal bridging. The COOL-LITE panes have exceptional solar control properties, reducing glare, controlling heat transmission, and minimising the need for air conditioning inside the building.
While thermal efficiency was a key concern for the development, acoustic control was also part of the brief. The inner panes used were 10mm clear toughened heat-soak treated acoustic glass, installed by Glassolutions for their superior noise reduction properties (37 dB Rw).
Finally, a distinctive and complex brise soleil, designed by EPR Architects, was engineered and installed by Glassolutions to manage the solar gain of the facade, the loads of which were carried entirely by the curtain wall system.