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HOTTOPICSINGLASS Fighting the good glass fight Leaving ‘by For more than 30 years, Ritec has the truck load’ specialised in options for ‘problem The Ritec team champion the ‘Good Glass Campaign’ at glasstec last year. glass’ in buildings, marine vessels Guardian’s low ‘e’ glass ClimaGuard A+ is and transportation vehicles. This reportedly leaving the plant in Goole ‘by includes any glass that has lost, or is the truck load’, since Guardian fired up its at risk of losing, its original values of new magnetron glass coating facility at light transmission, clarity and Goole, East Yorkshire. ‘cleanability’. Answers for problem ClimaGuard A+ uses a ‘carefully glass are said to have evolved calculated’ balance between a ‘U’ value of through innovation into the Ritec 1.2W/m2K and the best associated ‘g’ value ClearShield System – a combination or solar heat gain of 71% with clear float, of new product and market rather than low iron glass on the outer developments designed to ‘keep glass pane. This performance apparently provides looking and performing like new’. the ‘optimum’ window energy rating results. Ritec’s latest cause is the Good Glass Campaign, launched early in 2012 which focuses on ways that However, more important than the solutions for problem glass can ‘add value at every level in the glass supply chain’, from specifiers and performance figures themselves, is the contractors to processors and fabricators, through to installers and end users. durability and process ability of New glass is ‘good’ because it has real values such as light transmission, clarity and cleanability but ClimaGuard A+. loses these values if unprotected against its three ‘biggest enemies’ – moisture, alkalinity and dirt which “Getting the performance figures right Ritec refers to as (‘MAD’). These enemies, either singly or in combination, can easily cause exterior or was key in the product’s development, interior glass to become ‘problem glass’ which becomes harder to clean and suffers from reduced however ensuring its durability through the daylighting and a ‘dull’ appearance. manufacturing and toughening process took The Good Glass Campaign challenges ‘MAD’, using the Ritec ClearShield System for glass surface far greater time, resulting in an advanced renovation, protection and maintenance. For glass that has already become ‘problem glass’, the glass coating layer stack which far exceeded ClearShield System helps to restore the original appearance and performance of ‘good glass’ on site, in situ. the durability of any of it’s predecessors at According to Ritec, more and more glass and glazing companies are joining the campaign because, this level of performance,” stated Mark even in an economic downturn, they can see ways of exploring new revenue streams without capital Bristow, Guardian’s regional manager for investment, using the tools and resources they already have in place. the UK and Ireland. For further information, visit: www.ritec.co.uk Ensuring that this durable layer stack translated to the new Guardian coater ‘Premium’ fire protection glass coating technology now availablewas imperative and with the advanced at Guardian’s plant, moving the supply Pyroguard EI30 INT fire resistant glazing from of ClimaGuard A+ from Luxembourg CGI International has been installed at a new and Spain to Goole is said to have student residence in Leicester and is said to deliver ‘fire been ‘seamless’. protection far superior to current Building Regulations’ Guardian group companies have been requirements’. Pioneered by Bede Developments, Zone manufacturing soft coated glass products Bede Park is an exclusive development which aims to for many years and with glass coating provide a ‘premium standard of living’ for those studying facilities worldwide, there is a wealth of at De Montfort University. experience across Guardian which can Working with fire protection consultant, Colt, Bede provide advice and support as Guardian Developments designed the building to offer maximum move forward with the production of containment and fire protection with particular ClimaGuard A+ and other new products consideration given to the communal spaces on each of planned to start manufacturing on the line the floors – which included a number of glazed areas. over the next six-12 months. Pyroguard EI30 with full integrity and insulation Using Guardian’s ClimaGuard A+ also performance, was apparently identified as the best entitles membership to Guardian Plus, product for achieving maximum protection. providing access to the Guardian Plus Neil Thakkar and Viresh Popat, partners in Bede business support and technical centre. Developments, said: “To encourage true community spirit For more information and to join within the development, we designed three dedicated Guardian Plus, visit the website: communal areas. Rather than have these closed off, we www.guardianplus.co.uk wanted to open up the space with natural light but to achieve this required the installation of windows in the fire containment areas. Having exceeded the fire protection levels required throughout the building, we knew this could potentially be compromised with the addition of windows, so worked with CGI International to specify the best fire glass products. Moreover, the technical team at CGI provided us with extensive guidance to ensure the correct timber framing system was also installed.” Covering a total area of approximately 18m2, nine Pyroguard EI30 INT screens at 2m x 1m were installed in hardwood timber frames. Supplied as cut sizes with detailed handling guidelines, Bede Developments was able to complete the installation efficiently and accurately to keep the project on track. Offering sound reduction of 38dB, Pyroguard EI30 INT supported Bede Developments in reducing the passage of sound from the communal areas into neighbouring living spaces. Finally, as the creation of ‘bright, open and welcoming’ communal environments was a key objective, Pyroguard EI30 INT again provided an ideal specification with light transmission of 85%. For further information on Pyroguard from CGI International visit: www.pyroguard.eu 60 January 2013 Glass & Glazing Products


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