REHAU’s GENEO ALU Top windows were recently chosen to replace the existing aluminium profiles at the British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA), as part of an expansion project at its Gloucester headquarters.
Founded over 60 years ago as a professional body to promote excellence in small animal practice through education and science, the Association provides training, CPD and resources to a membership of more than 10,000 veterinary surgeons and nurses in the UK and organises conferences, seminars and events both here and abroad.
The Association decided in 2017 that it was now time to expand its Gloucester HQ, due to a growing membership base, an increased focus on its training provision, and an aim create a more professional image which would better reflect the high-quality services it offered to members.
The BSAVA’s building, originally built in 1999, needed extending at both ends, reroofing and an impressive curtain wall to give visitors a wow factor, as well as letting in lots of natural daylight. The project was subsequently forecast for a 42-week build programme, starting in August 2017 and finished in the summer of 2018.
Contractor Lancer Scott specified the GENEO ALU Top windows from REHAU, which would tie the old and new elements of the building together as one.
GENEO windows are REHAU’s most thermally efficient window profiles. Manufactured from RAU-FIPRO, a unique high-tech composite material, the profiles are certified by the Passivhaus Institute and awarded the highest thermal performance standard in the world with a U value of up to 0.73 W/m²K. Its additional selling points include an innovative triple glazing design that delivers on sound insulation (up to class 5) and guarantees the windows are break-in resistant to RC 3/RC 2 without steel.
To appeal to the aluminium market, the high spec GENEO windows can be coupled with ALU Top, an aluminium front panel which can be neatly affixed to the front of the PVC-U frame. The ALU Top Window Profiles are available in over 170 RAL colours, which are both robust and weather-resistant, for a finish to meet almost any design requirements.
In total 46 GENEO windows with anthracite grey ALU Top Window Profiles were fitted in the BSAVA building. Because the GENEO windows are PVC-U, they are more cost-effective to buy than aluminium frames and should the client decide to update the look of the building in years to come, the ALU Top window profiles can simply be replaced with a new colour or design without having to replace the windows again. The GENEO windows are also more efficient than aluminium windows, so will save the client money on their energy costs too.
Steve Tonkiss, Commercial Manager at REHAU Windows Division comments: “It’s amazing the difference a simple change of windows can make to a building. By switching to REHAU GENEO Alu Top Windows, the BSAVA has not only secured a better performance window but from a purely aesthetic point of view, thanks to the ALU Top, they haven’t compromised on the finish they had envisioned for their new headquarters either.”
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