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Building Products December 2017

ROOFING, CLADDING AND ACCESSORIES | PRODUCT PROFILES DECEMBER 2017 | BUILDING PRODUCTS 55 Paving the way with new strategic partnership formed for curtain walling system Exclusive distributor for Kalwall translucent daylight building systems in the UK, Structura UK, has formed a strategic partnership with Raico Bautechnik to develop an adaption of its Therm+ curtain walling system to accommodate Kalwall. The Therm+ framing system is said to offer the facility to conceal fixings and screws for a ‘seamless finish’ and the flexibility to use a frame in aluminium, timber or steel. It also presents the opportunity for semi-unitising the panels which can incorporate windows, Kalwall or a combination of both. This reportedly allows for monolithic, single action installations which save time on site and give excellent cost benefits, together with a high performance long life cycle. This new system variation is the result of intensive research and development at Raico’s inhouse testing facility in Pfaffenhausen, Bavaria. It has passed a series of assessments designed to replicate various Centre for Window and Cladding Technology (CWCT) criteria and EN 13830 ‘Curtain walling - Product standard’. Testing was completed using the Raico Therm+ 56 A-I system with a standard Kalwall 70mm panel. The new system reportedly makes this project viable and will make use of the versatile stick frame by using steel, aluminium and timber backed curtain wall. Steve Rogers, sales manager at RAICO UK said: “Between ourselves, Structura and Kalwall we have modified our frames to create a fantastic system offering huge versatility and scope. We’re delighted the initial rounds of inhouse testing have proved so successful and are already looking at using this system on a raft of new projects both in the UK, across Europe and in the USA.” www.structura-uk.com


Building Products December 2017
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