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Building Products January 2018

DOORS, WINDOWS AND ACCESSORIES A27m long polycarbonate flat panel rooflight caps Christie’s South Kensington salesrooms - one of the busiest in the world. The fine arts business undertook a £5 million refurbishment of the salesroom, colloquially known as The Hangar, which saw the leaking Georgian wired glass roof replaced. The 5m long, 25mm thick structured polycarbonate panels were factory assembled with extruded aluminium bars which interlink on-site for a fully water managed system. Class B non-fragile and compliant with Part L regulations, the wide-span and heavy-duty polycarbonate panels are designed for simple, fast installation – a crucial factor in this project which the contractor, McConnell’s, had to complete within two months to be ready for Christie’s major autumn sales. JANUARY 2018 | BUILDING PRODUCTS 33 Meeting the relevant fire standards is paramount, insulation standards are important to meet energy efficiency standards, while safety requirements must also be satisfied. In particular, in the UK and Ireland, much assistance in meeting regulatory requirements is provided in extensive industry guidance from, for example, the National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC), Metal Cladding & Roofing Manufacturers Association (MCRMA) and the National Association of Rooflight Manufacturers (NARM). Using a manufacturer which has a wide range of products will ensure the most reliable and cost effective option is selected, as they can offer unbiased advice on differing product types and applications to ensure that the project’s requirements of performance, aesthetics and budget is most appropriately met. A company with a more limited range of products could be more likely to recommend only the product that they supply, rather than what is best for your project. A project can often benefit from using different rooflight products on the same roof, where specific performance, budgetary and aesthetic requirements can be matched to individual areas of the roof to ensure the most cost-effective overall budget. Ease of installation In a world where health and safety is paramount and with site labour, welfare and plant potentially so expensive, choosing the right manufacturer or product for your daylighting is crucial. For contractors wishing to reduce site time on a roof and enhance safety, factory assembled rooflights are manufactured to tight tolerances, ensuring an accurate and reliable fit on-site, leading to time saved on installation and reduced fitting costs. They say time is money, and costs can spiral out of control if the wrong choices are made. With margins low and budgets tight, it’s important to recognise the value of UK quality standards for rooflights and check the origins and evaluate objectively the credentials of rooflight products. Selecting an apparently lower cost rooflight might well compromise performance requirements and lead to higher costs in the long term. Choosing the right rooflight manufacturer will ultimately give you peace of mind. They can offer great quality, long lasting and compliant products that are quick and easy to install, backed up by superb technical support. Through the synergy between rooflight manufacturers and specifiers working together and by taking a simple three step approach, it is possible to design, produce and achieve some of the most beautiful ‘daylight enhancements’ ever dreamt of on a building. www.brettmartin.com The choice of daylighting holds the key Lighting up Christie’s


Building Products January 2018
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