Apart from being durable, safe, affordable and looking good, windows and doors today are expected to optimise natural light, enhance thermal insulation and contribute to the energy efficiency of the building. There is also a need for fenestration that requires less maintenance and consists of energy-saving, environmentally sustainable materials.
In addition, a rising demand for aluminium windows for the construction of contemporary buildings has led to Wispeco expanding its Crealco product range to offer a vast scope for architects, building professionals and home owners, while satisfying the need for performance and fresh designs.
In light of the building regulations, the Crealco fenestration product range is designed with both thermal performance and cost optimisation in mind. The Crealco brand combines these sets of criteria with its innovative, thermally efficient and aesthetically pleasing aluminium products, as well as its design and assurance tools.
Design and assurance tools
With the aim of making it easier to design, cost and specify suitable, compliant and energy-efficient Crealco products for a range of building applications, Crealco offers user-friendly Agrément certified software tools that enable architects and fabricators to design, competitively cost and fabricate compliant, robust and eye-catching fenestration.
• Crealco U-Solve – for architects
The free U-Solve calculator is used by architects to design SANS-compliant, energy-efficient fenestration for projects with actual certified whole-window and door U- and SHGC-values based on genuine Wispeco aluminium extrusions and actual glass supplier values. U-Solve Version 4 contains new features such as SANS 10400 XA reports for rational design, larger panel designs, updated budget prices and new Crealco systems, including Facade 60 curtain wall and Casement 41 high-performance casement window.
• Crealco Starfront – for aluminium fabricators
Starfront is a design, costing, ordering, procurement and fabrication programme that enables aluminium window and door fabricators to supply compliant and cost-effective Crealco aluminium and glass products. It allows users to customise both the costing and the manufacturing process to meet their specific needs. Starfront is available free of charge to fabricators using genuine Wispeco aluminium extrusions to fabricate Crealco systems.
• Crealco FPD (Fenestration Performance Declaration)
The FPD platform enables approved fabricators and installers of Crealco aluminium fenestration products to issue a durability, performance and authenticity assurance declaration to an architect, builder, building control officer or owner. The uniquely numbered, verifiable and signed one-page declaration offers project-specific assurance on all aspects of the fenestration value chain and ultimately enables the design professional to issue a certificate of compliance as per SANS 10400: A with confidence.
Various other design and fabrication aids are also available. These include BIM REVIT 3D families, typical CAD symbol libraries, marketing brochures, technical product manuals and fabrication training to aluminium fabricators throughout the country.
For more information, visit www.crealco.co.za or find Crealco on LinkedIn and Facebook.
Tel: 011 389 0053
Website: www.crealco.co.za / www.crealco-fpd.co.za / www.u-solve.co.za / www.starfront.co.za
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The Crealco fenestration product range offers a vast scope for architects, and home owners, while satisfying the need for thermal performance and fresh designs.