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GGP December 2014

Energy Efficiency Leeds landmark gets top Breeam rating 10 Wellington Place is an ‘outstanding’ new contemporary building located at the heart of the Leeds business hub. The building is said to provide a stunning vista across the city thanks to floor to ceiling high performance glass supplied by Saint-Gobain. Saint-Gobain was said to have helped to create the distinctive glass facade design and modern exterior to create a contrast against the existing stone architecture in the area. Saint-Gobain Glass products were reportedly chosen due to the architect requiring a very specific amount of solar gain and light reflection in the glass facade. 10 Wellington Place achieved December 2014 57 a BREEAM ‘excellent’ rating with Saint-Gobain Glass contributing towards this in two areas: the company’s high performance glass coatings that reduced solar gain up to 88% and therefore reduced the building’s dependence upon air conditioning, and the company’s ‘Life Cycle Assessment’ which traces the product’s life cycle from raw materials to the recycling of used glass. Saint-Gobain Glass says that its technical specification team is able to provide technical support and calculate solutions for various glazing problems at the very early stages of any project. For 10 Wellington Place, the company worked closely with architect, CJCT, and also the Passive House conference proves a success for Rehau With almost 300 delegates attending from across the private and public sectors, the recent Passive House conference was said to be a considerable success for Rehau. Kevin O’Neill, one of the Rehau commercial managers who was helping to showcase Rehau’s range of Passive House certified products, said: “We were at the conference to increase awareness of the specialist products in our range which are suitable for Passive House projects and to generate enquiries for our customers who fabricate them,” “We met with a mix of architects, consultants, clients and developers, many of whom showed a real interest in our composite products such as the Rehau Geneo window and our Rehau Polytec 50S composite curtain walling system. “The Passive House market is still fairly niche but the conference showed just how quickly it could grow. We heard announcements, for example, from local authorities like Exeter, which will be including Passive House in a number of its new build specifications and we are now talking to a number of specialist consultants and architectural practices who are really championing its growth. Essex based glazing company, Village Glass. 10 Wellington Place had a number of technical challenges to overcome, firstly due to its location. The building was susceptible to a high wind speed, and as it also featured large floor to ceiling glazing, it was particularly important that the glazing could withstand these varying degrees of wind pressure. Secondly, from an interior aspect, the floor to ceiling glazing had to be able to withstand potential impact through its use in ‘high traffic areas’. Saint-Gobain Glass provided extensive wind and barrier loading calculations, along with photometric data to help overcome the issues. Rehau was displaying the Geneo windows which featured in the first Passive House certified office in the UK for Interserve


GGP December 2014
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