REHAU’s GENEO™ ALU Top windows have featured in a new student accommodation development in Coventry, supplementing a contemporary aluminium finish, with all the benefits of PVC-U.
Situated in the city centre and a mere five-minute walk from the main Coventry University campus, the 350-bedroom accommodation block has over 500 windows and is the UK’s first major installation of REHAU’s GENEO® ALU Top profiles, a cost-effective alternative to aluminium.
The original window specification was for aluminium windows, as specified by the architects but specialist window installation company, Campbell Mason, suggested using REHAU’s GENEO® ALU Top profiles for a more cost effective and thermally efficient alternative.
This could still achieve the aluminium finish the architects sought, as well as the ability to have large elemental spans.
Manufactured from REHAU’s RAU-FIPRO®, a unique high-tech composite material, used in the aerospace and automotive industries, GENEO® windows are REHAU’s most thermally efficient window profiles.
Stronger than conventional PVCU profiles, GENEO® requires less steel reinforcement and can also be used for large elemental spans.
To further increase the versatility of this high-spec product, REHAU has coupled its GENEO® windows with ALU Top, an aluminium front panel which can be neatly affixed to the front of the PVC-U frame.
The ALU Top panels come in more than 170 RAL colours, which are both robust and weather-resistant, for a finish to meet practically any design requirements.
The GENEO® windows chosen for the Raglan Street project feature 850mm wide Tilt and Turn sashes, guaranteeing that once open, a sufficient amount of air can circulate to create a comfortable and enjoyable living environment for students. For safety, the windows are fitted with restrictors to ensure there is no risk of persons falling out when they are in an open position.
While the GENEO® Alu Top window profiles are in keeping with the architect’s vision for the accommodation block, they were only part of the wider fenestration solution required for the project.
Campbell Mason fabricated curtain walling for the windows, using REHAU’s Polytec 50S curtain walling system, which acted as an incredibly thermally efficient subframe to meet both visual and efficiency requirements.
The exceptional strength and thermal properties of Polytec 50 curtain walling means it can be effectively fabricated with large GENEO® tilt and turn windows; ideal for the Raglan Street hall of residence installation.
Steve Tonkiss, Commercial Sales Manager at REHAU, commented: “This project was a big one for us as we were able to compete in the aluminium windows market, with an innovative solution which actually saves the client money on their development and gives them extra performance benefits.
“Our GENEO® ALU Top profiles are the perfect combination of the high energy efficiency, insulation and security of PVC-U and the modern aesthetics of aluminium.”
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