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Building Products December 2017

DECEUNINCK | COVER STORY DECEMBER 2017 | BUILDING PRODUCTS 7 traditionally requires steel reinforcement at the heart of every frame and sash, a process that adds weight and can affect thermal performance. In contrast, aluminium has integral strength and has been the material of choice for high rise developments. But this comes at a financial cost. The raw material costs are inherently more expensive than PVC-U and actions required to improve its energy efficiency all add to its cost. So Deceuninck went back to the drawing board. The result is Linktrusion. Unlike many technological developments which simply refine an existing process, Linktrusion is genuinely ground-breaking and is already being used in some of the UK’s flagship building projects. The technology is a trademarked, unique manufacturing process that removes the traditional steel reinforcement required in every PVC-U window frame and sash. It combines multiple materials to produce the system, namely a combination of glass fibre reinforced PVC profiles with an extruded reinforcement profile that has embedded steel wires in a high density insulating foam core. To give you an idea of scale, this ‘fusing’ process results in 200,000m of fibre glass per finished metre of window frame. #BestInClass Fully Reversible Window Built for the Real World In addition to material choice, specifiers and architects need access to a wide range of window styles too, not just casements. For the commercial sector, who are often dealing with multiple storey projects or difficult to access window locations, Deceuninck is proud to offer its #BestInClass, Fully Reversible Window system (FRW). IN BRIEF: FULLY REVERSIBLE WINDOW • Features a single sash that rotates through 180º, allowing the outside face of the glass to be cleaned safely from within the building, without the window entering the room space itself • PAS24 security rating as standard • Outstanding weather performance, with Class A4 600Pa air permeability, class 9A E1050Pa water tightness and Class A5 AE2400Pa wind loading • 1.3 U-value when double glazed, and 0.99 when triple glazed • Perfect for use on modern building projects that feature large window apertures. • Available with Linktrusion technology Available from stock in a range of popular colours including white PVC, golden oak, rosewood and smooth anthracite with other colours available on a short lead time With a heritage spanning eight decades, Deceuninck is one of the top three PVC-U extrusion systems companies in the world, which means we’re in a strong position to share best practice, introduce innovation and invest in the future of our industry when it comes to new manufacturing and installation solutions. Collaborating on projects like Hinkley Point and investing in #bestinclass innovative product developments like Linktrusion and FRW will ensure Deceuninck, our customers, and our specification partners remain at the forefront. Further Information: All Deceuninck’s products are available for download from the National BIM library. If you would like to receive a copy of our brochure or case studies, or arrange a site visit to one of our many projects across the UK, visit: www.deceuninck.co.uk or call: 01249 816969 IN BRIEF: LINKTRUSION • Windows are as strong as steel reinforced windows • 30% more thermally efficient than aluminium • Offers extensive savings compared with like-for-like aluminium windows and doors • New design opportunities are opened up with larger sashes and slimmer sightlines available and full-sized doors (2500 x 1100) • Fully recyclable


Building Products December 2017
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