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Aluprof covers the dangers of switching specification

  • 5 Jul 2017

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Aluprof is working to deliver competitive installations in conjunction with its extensive network of experienced fabricators and installers.

Having the right products in the right places plays a big part in ensuring that they are fit for purpose and offer a qualified life expectancy with minimal maintenance. Some products can be switched for similar products with little impact on the building, but for the facade or window specification this often causes issues.

The application of a curtain wall system, for example, requires both specification and careful detail design. Furthermore, the design of the external envelope is critical for the initial waterproofing of the building for second fix and the avoidance of latent defects. Each system requires alternative details.

A review of the complete project programme is needed, with each of the processes and deadlines for completion itemised. It is at this stage that options can be discussed. One of the obvious choices is that of the system to be used for the facade.

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At the point of early design, often the aluminium systems company specified has a crucial input into product selection and design. Today, design input often leads to some bespoke profile design, which is often cost effective offering a simple solution to a complex design requirement.

Savings are often sought during a build programme and value management looks at every process on the programme of work through to completion.

As with other high end systems companies, Aluprof offers its systems in various designs to meet the exact needs of individual buildings. 

A further consideration is the optimisation of aluminium profile cutting. To reduce wastage on fabrication, profiles can be extruded to special lengths which offer high levels of cutting optimisation which in turn reduces material waste and therefore costs.

These are just some of the issues that are reviewed in the Value Management process which ensures that the completed project performs exactly as specified and perfectly meets with the clients’ expectations.

With a large systems company such as Aluprof, working on the Value Management of a project at the very early stages, options such as choice of fabrication location can be explored to offer the best value and quality.

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The key to any programmes would be to add value, not in cost terms, but in quality and time performance. 

The systems company plays an important part on all projects. When using a commercial installer for the first time, you should discuss with the systems company supplying the material to ensure that they are involved and committed to the final supply chain.

Cost savings can be affected largely by the systems company, but the main thing to remember is that aluminium used remains at a fairly constant cost, and that it is the processes and detailing of these systems that can save costs.

To deal with the growing number of facade specifications calling for Aluprof’s high performance architectural aluminium systems, the company has recently opened a London office. 

Based at the Business Design Centre in Islington, the location is ideal to offer advice to architects and contractors across the city and the South East. Staffed by two full time architectural advisors, the office also offers a ‘drop-in’ centre for specification advice and support. It is recommended that early specification advice is sought very early in the initial design process. 

Aluprof UK
Unit A5
Altrincham Business Park
Stuart Road
Altrincham
Cheshiire
WA14 5GJ
UK

(0044) 161 941 4005

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