The key role of architectural aluminium system companies is to ensure that spectacular architects fenestration design concepts are carefully engineered, designed and detailed. This ensures a structurally sound and weatherproof reality that is both aesthetically pleasing and “fit-for-purpose”
Unique to Sheerline aluminium systems is the ability to modify systems to suit any special conditions. Their dedicated solutions driven design team is continually modifying and developing systems to accommodate project specific design requirements. A crucial part of this process, is the careful analysis of the integration of the aluminium systems into to the main building structure, as the performance of this critical interface is as important as the the performance of the aluminium system itself.
Utilising a strong research and development team, in combination with the latest technologies, results in highly innovative products which are well suited to take on the harshest African conditions. In this instance, Sheerline utilises a number of software tools, from 2D AuotoCad, to 3D Autodesk Revit and Inventor and often makes use of rapid prototyping, to carefully evaluate new designs prior to manufacture of tools and dies. Another vital part of system design and engineering is Sheerline’s ability to vigorously test all system designs and specific project solutions in AAAMSA accredited testing facilities.
Paul Howard, who heads-up the Sheerline Solutions Technical Team is excited about the recent merger of Sheerline and X-Line and believes that the integration of the two business units will prove to be a formidable force to the architectural aluminium industry. The company prides itself on the ability to engineer carefully engineered solutions and was founded on the fundamental that their customers are king. “This philosophy is absolutely crucial to the long-term success and sustainable growth of our business,” he says.
Entering greener pastures
In today’s market engineers and architects are looking to create sustainable buildings as the industry demands a greener approach to products and manufacturing methods.
Howard says Sheerline has a variety of products that could add to the energy-efficiency levels of a building using large expanses of curtain-walling.
According to Howard, Sheerline’s CW60 curtain-walling system offers thermal break technologies and high performance gaskets, which when used in combination with double-glazing, greatly improves the U-value of the curtain walling facade. Sheerline also offers an external aluminium sun-louvre, appropriately branded Sheersun to further enhance the thermal performance of the glass and aluminium facades, particularly in cases where the building orientation exposes the facades to long periods of direct sunlight.
The Sheerwall CW60curtain-walling system has been successfully tested and used on numerous prestigious buildings in South Africa, Southern Africa and has performed well in the harsh cyclonic conditions of Mauritius. CW60 is a pressure-equalised, stick system, pressure glazed curtain wall with a wide variety of external feature options, including solutions for accommodating movement and tolerances of the concrete building structure.
Other Sheerline curtain-walling systems include the Sheerwall CW90, structurally sealed flush glazed system and the CW120 unitised window wall. All systems have been successfully tested for AAAMSA compliance and have successfully endured the test of time on numerous commercial applications.
According to Howard, his department is 100% solutions focused and driven. “We contribute to the industry by selling solutions to transform architectural creativity into working reality.”