A locally developed curtain wall system that compensates for variations in building construction dimensions.
Locally designed and extruded, this brand new curtain wall system, Crealco Façade 60, is the latest addition to Wispeco Aluminium’s architectural product range.
It is designed for the South African building environment based on extensive homegrown experience, including many lessons learned from various international systems previously used locally.
The Façade 60’s thermally broken assembly is unique when compared to other curtain wall systems. Its thermal efficiency properties do not make the system more complicated to fabricate, one of the main features which sets it apart from other curtain wall systems. With pre-machining done off-site, much of the normal on-site assembly and installation issues are avoided.
Kevin Wells, head of the Crealco Technical Department at Wispeco, says: “By developing an energy-efficient system designed to compensate for South African building conditions during the installation, we hope to provide a groundbreaking solution that makes construction easier and more efficient, with all the long-term energy efficiency benefits included.”
He explains: “With the ever increasing focus on reduced energy usage due to rising costs, it doesn’t make sense to produce systems, which in five years’ time will negatively impact the actual running costs of the building. And while adding energy or thermal benefits into any aluminium system usually adds costs, the energy savings over the lifespan of the building, as well as the improved comfort levels achieved far outweigh these costs.
In addition, the Crealco Façade 60 system has been designed to be able to compensate for building inaccuracies, which means more on-site flexibility. According to Wells, the biggest challenge in any curtain walling system is the integration of the system into the building structure.
“A system that is manufactured off-site provides a very high level of accuracy to the aluminium framing, but is often unable to handle the reality of disparities on building sites. As a result a vast amount of time and effort is spent trying to achieve a perfect fit to an imperfect structure. Therefore the new system has compensation capability designed into it, enabling it to adjust and adapt to variations in building structure dimensions. It gives the near perfect result,” he states.
The Crealco Façade 60 system can be utilized in various building or facade applications and has been designed to offer flush glazing, as well as other aesthetic variations.
It was designed to compensate for building inaccuracies and variations in structure dimensions. With no complicated machining, the system allows for lower skill levels to be involved in the fabrication. A full suite of adjustable bracketing and compensation systems is also included to assist the installer with on-site fabrication.
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Unique qualities of Crealco Façade 60:
• Thermally broken.
• Suite of bracketing and compensation systems.
• Transom cover.
• Full glazing capability.