Highlights of the Fair with OKALUX

Martheidenfeld/Tuebingen, December 2010. In addition to combining an optimal exploitation of daylight with sophisticated design for our building environment, the focus of this year’s highlights exhibited by insulating glass specialist OKALUX at the BAU 2011 in Munich were on energy efficiency and best possible user comfort.

OKASOLAR F (as type O, respectively type U), is yet another new development being presented by OKALUX. The specially formed louvre of coated steel is especially well-suited for slender pane build-ups and triple insulating glass as it requires only 16 mm of space in the cavity of the panes. As a comparison: The well-known OKASOLAR Retro requires 30 mm of space. The altered cross-section does not impede the functionality, so that OKASOLAR continues to stand for the successful balance of sun protection and the regulation of incident light. The louvre type OKASOLAR F 0 directs the daylight into the depths of the room, whereas the U type reflects the main portion to the outside. Both newly developed cross-sections can be combined in one element to allow for a targeted reaction to the requirements of the interior.

OKALUX’ new development OKATECH Vision is an impressive harmonious connection of function and aesthetics. Due to its special optics, the plastic fabric Vision with its metal coating opens new possibilities for design with a large spectrum of application: From doors through room partitions to complete glass facades. As an exclusive partner of the Swiss production company SEFAR, OKALUX applies the fabric inlay to the cavities between the panes which lends the glass a textile structure as well as giving it a haptic quality. The interior side, usually coloured black, preserves the one-sided transparency – an ideal condition for unimpeded vision and light transparency in this direction. On the exterior side, depending on the coating used, effective movements of light offer welcome protection from unwanted viewing. Hues from aluminum through copper to chrome or titanium are possible. In addition, the fabric can be applied in a wrinkeled version to achieve a three dimensional effect or in several layers for a moiré effect.

Thanks to OKALUX C² Design, any glass construction can be converted by exclusive design concepts regardless of the dimensions. Glass printed digitally with attractive designs becomes a carrier of images and can unite all elements or areas of a building, from furniture through dividing walls to the façade in a total concept – thus forming a successful symbiosis of architecture and company presentation.

Through the integration of LED in the sealant of the insulating glass using so-called endlight boards, architects and interior designers are tapping new possibilities for the design of lighting moods and ambience in the interior. The light is distributed evenly over the entire surface of the pane through uncoupling processes. When combined with OKALUX or KAPILUX, the desired colour temperature can also be set or, during the night, the light can shine into the room from the same position as it would during the day. The low energy consumption and the long life span of the light diodes contribute to the fact that costs for artificial lighting can be saved and the total energy balance of a building improved.

With the OKACELL product family you also gain more varieties of design. The expansion of the collection through micromorphous thin layer modules has resulted in a larger spectrum. The glass-in-glass modules can be processed to insulating glass and are available in different colours and various transparencies. The special advantage: In comparison to other thin layer technology, the modules display a remarkably high degree of effectivity due to the addition of a second micro-crystalline absorbing layer in the amorphous silicon layer.

The OKAWOOD insulating glass with timber louvre in the cavity of the panes has already established itself on the market. As a variant of the design-oriented shading system, OKALUX is now also using louvre of thermically modified wood. In this case, German beech wood is processed as an alternative to the tropical meranti wood – in total alignment with sustainability.

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