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68 E N E R G Y E F F I C I E N C Y Passive House award for Super Spacer www.ggpmag.com February 2017 be exchanged for Thermobar warm edge spacer because the sightline of Thermix-TX.N is 7mm (whereas Thermobar is 6.5mm) and the two box model total is greater than that of Thermobar with hotmelt or polusulphide sealant. Thermobar can however, be exchanged for Thermix- TX.N. In fact, although we haven’t quoted competitor figures in the table, based on this criteria, Thermobar can be exchanged for any other spacer tube currently available. Thermoflex is also the highest performing foam spacer system currently available. Unlike any other spacer manufacturer, we produce both a rigid plastic spacer as well as a flexible system, so can offer manufacturers the choice to suit their current manufacturing methods. Our research with customers shows that, in addition to thermal efficiency, price is always a leading factor. However, there are many other key considerations, including: • That the spacer is tested to EN1279 (standards for glazing unit testing). • That the spacer meets their requirements for ISO 10077 calculations for energy efficiency and WER simulation requirements. • How changing to the spacer may affect their current production methods – often more of a consideration when customers consider warm edge for the first time. Alternatively, if they consider swapping from a tube spacer to a foam system or vice versa. • The colours, sizes and box quantities available. • Bendability of the product for manual or automated production as required. • The range of bespoke fittings available for standard and gas filled units. • Requirements for desiccant filling. • Multipane window options and compatibility with Georgian bar and fittings. Thermobar warm edge spacer has been a huge success and we are set to produce 30% more capacity after the installation of further extrusion machinery during the last quarter of 2016. We are also set to launch various additions to the Thermobar range this year including 22mm and 24mm spacers and accessories, further sizes of Interbar, as well as additional components and colours which we will publicise in the near future. Thermoflex warm edge spacer has now been in development for over seven years. It has been fully trialled with customers and it is working on several robots in the UK and on various automated machines around the world. We are now really starting to push the product to the global market where the potential business is in excess of 300 million metres per year. A smart solution Dr Benjamin Krick, head of the component certification working group at the Passive House Institute in Darmstadt, presented the Passive House official component seal to Edgetech Europe for Super Spacer spacer systems at the BAU 2017 exhibition in Munich. Edgetech Europe’s managing director, Joachim Stoss, said: “As an independent authority, the Passive House Institute provides architects and planners with guidance on all questions relating to energy efficient and sustainable construction. Therefore, we are very pleased to receive the component seal award following the successful Passive House certification of our Super Spacer warm edge spacers last January.” The Passive House Institute tests and certifies products in terms of their suitability for use in passive houses. There are currently said to be more than 870 certified products contained in its component database. The Passive House Institute also makes the verified thermal characteristics of these products visible, which is designed to make it possible to predict the future energy performance of a building. All three certified Super Spacer products reportedly exceed the required minimum levels of specific edge resistance for arctic climates and every climate zone lower. Super Spacer Premium was classified in the highest efficiency class of phA+. The increasing popularity of smart building solutions is fast turning the theory of managing a premises at the touch of a button into a reality, says Geze. As a result, the company has introduced an interface module, IO 420, that will draw its door and window technology into a standardised global data communication system which is independent of manufacturers and specific technologies – to manage light, heating, ventilation and alarm systems. According to Geze, its IO 420 module provides a fast, simple and standardised integration which works with Geze window drives, automatic door systems, heat and smoke ventilation products, and safety technology products to provide heat and smoke ventilation, secure escape routes and provide a ‘more pleasant and healthier’ indoor climate. The interface is said to enable a central control of automatic door systems and can monitor their status, showing which operating mode they are in and display options for alarms, making it particularly suitable for offices, passageways, shopping centres and public buildings. Emergency exit protection can also be incorporated ensuring automatic release of electrical lock and swing door drives, immediate detection of abuse or incorrect operation, and motor lock control – identifying its current locking status. Geze adds that automatic window controls, and heat and smoke ventilation products can also be controlled by the IO 420. This can trigger a ‘nocturnal cool-down’, control window closure in case of rain or strong winds and can be used to support natural ventilation based on internal/external conditions – weather factors or presence of people in the building. Kaz Spiewakowski, managing director of Geze UK, said: “Smart building solutions are the future for many building types. They are convenient, reduce energy costs, increase security and introduce greater comfort for those using the building. The IO 420 is designed to be scalable and therefore suitable for a wide range of premises – from small rooms with a few windows to entire buildings with complete integration of automatic systems.” www.geze.co.uk Dr Benjamin Krick of the Passive House Institute, with managing director Joachim Stoss and authorised signatory Johannes von Wenserski of Edgetech Europe GmbH, upon receiving the Component Award


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