GKD Mesh is an international leader in supplying bespoke flexible metal fabric facades for buildings. The company’s focus is on using manufacturing design and engineering to produce innovative solutions for architects and building owners.
Local architecture firm, Activate Architecture (Pty) Ltd, recently installed GKD Mesh at an upmarket office building in Pretoria, Gauteng. Edward Brooks, a director at Activate Architecture, comments: “The project is a 8,500m², two-level office building that will be the national headquarters for a leading South Africa company. The building will house 100 people, and includes a staff canteen, boardroom areas, national server facility and basement parking,” explains Brooks.
One of the reasons why the team at Activate Architecture chose GKD Mesh for this particular project was because the facade product contributed to the energy-saving goals of the project. “This specific project encompasses many energy-efficient and environmentally-conscious features. The GKD Mesh was chosen for the facade because the properties of the product keeps the heat load off the building, while at the same time it allows views through the mesh,” said Brooks.
Two different meshes were used for the project. A flat mesh, which is slightly less dense, was installed for the northern facade and a twisted panel with a denser mesh was chosen for the eastern- and western-facing facades.
“GKD Mesh is one of the few meshes that has a tested U-value, which enabled us to calculate the amount of heat that would enter the building versus the amount of light that is able to enter the building,” says Brooks.
“Ventilation and solar management for climate control – as well as daylight harvesting applications – will help reduce the cooling costs of the building and maximise internal comfort,” continues Brooks.
About the company
GKD-Gebr. Kufferath AG is one of the leading technical weaving mills in the world. Founded in 1925, the company has grown from being a supplier of basic woven wire mesh to supplying a broad range of mesh types that are woven of metals and plastics for technically demanding applications.
The company cites four key factors as the driving force behind its success:
• An interdisciplinary approach to long-term solutions;
• Total commitment to quality;
• Technological leadership and
• Customer proximity.
In order to accomplish this, GKD maintains both national and international business relations. Internationally, they are part of the GKD Group with their parent company, GKD Gebr, Kufferath AG in Germany and subsidiaries in the United Kingdom, Spain, Dubai and China. In total, the GKD Group employs over 700 people.
More than 110 people are currently employed within GKD South Africa. The production facility in Randburg, Gauteng, has a total production area of 5 200m², making it the second-largest facility after the organisation’s headquarters in Düren.
GKD South Africa has a dedicated team of qualified metallurgical and mechanical engineers and after-sales account managers with an extensive internal sales platform that look after the needs of numerous clients within the Sub-Saharan region. The local business thrives on its continuous success by building long-term relationships with its clients.
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