Simplifying fenestration design, costing and specification

by Ofentse Sefolo
Simplifying fenestration design, costing and specification

Technology is impacting greatly on how buildings are designed and the way materials, products and finishes are specified and sourced. Wispeco Aluminium’s Crealco design software was therefore developed for designing, costing, specifying, fabricating and installing compliant Crealco products.
The Crealco brand comprises architectural window, door and other systems developed by Wispeco. All these products are type-tested by the Architectural Aluminium Association of South Africa (AAAMSA), using a South African National Accreditation System (SANAS) accredited test rig and the South African Fenestration Insulation Energy Rating Association (SAFIERA) rotatable guarded hot box for mechanical and energy-efficiency performance compliance.

Free software
The Crealco software packages are available to architectural building professionals and aluminium window and door fabricators at no cost.

•    Crealco Starfront – for aluminium fabricators
Starfront is a design, estimating and fabrication programme certified by Agrément for aluminium window and door fabricators to supply cost-effective Crealco aluminium and glass products that are compliant to building regulations for a specific location.

•    Crealco U-Solve – for architects
U-Solve is a design, budget and energy-efficiency compliance calculation programme used by architects to design SANS-compliant, energy-efficient fenestration for specific energy-efficiency requirements for a specific location. Agrément certified and SAFIERA endorsed, its data is based on actual whole-window and door U- and SHGC-values for different sizes and configurations based on genuine Wispeco aluminium extrusions and actual glass supplier values.

•    Crealco FPD (Fenestration Performance Declaration)
The FPD is a one-page, project-specific quality assurance declaration that is issued by aluminium fabricators with a unique traceable number that confirms compliance with relevant building regulations in terms of the project’s design, material use, fabrication, glazing, installation and maintenance methods. It enables property owners to have peace of mind and design professionals to sign off a project with confidence.

Various other design and fabrication aids are also available, and include BIM REVIT 3D families and typical CAD symbol libraries with cross-sectional drawings.

Distribution and supply
In addition to ensuring a quality design and compliant specification, finding a good aluminium and glass window and door fabricator for new building or renovation projects is imperative.

Wispeco continues to equip aluminium window and door fabricators with the latest modern and thermally efficient Crealco fenestration products, software, marketing brochures, technical wall charts, product manuals, as well as technical training focused on improved quality of workmanship.

Over the years, reputable stockists have been appointed to supply these fabricators with genuine Crealco aluminium extrusions and components, and furthermore to offer showrooms nationwide with actual samples.

Tel: 011 389 0053
Website: www.crealco.co.za

4 sections of South African building legislation that windows and doors of any material need to comply with:
•    SANS 10400 Part N: Safety Glazing.
•    SANS 613 – Fenestration products: Mechanical/structural performance criteria.
•    SANS 10400 Part XA : Energy usage in buildings.
•    SANS 204 – Energy efficiency of buildings.

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Wispeco designs and supply, via an appointed stockists network, its own range of Crealco fenestration systems, which comply with the relevant National Building Regulations and Standards.

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