New Rehau Geneo® windows help Building Centre target Breeam Excellent rating

The London Building Centre is proving the perfect location to showcase the new super energy efficient windows manufactured in REHAU’s advanced GENEO® profile system.

On the first floor of the building in Store Street, seven tilt and turn GENEO® windows have been installed to replace 1960s aluminium frames as part of an overall refurbishment programme which is aiming to achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating.

The windows were manufactured and installed by specialist commercial fabricator Solar Windows, based in Caerphilly using REHAU’s GENEO® system which incorporates the new high tech fibre composite material branded RAU-FIPRO®.

RAU-FIPRO® is extruded in a self reinforced six chamber profile design which does not require additional steel, thus eliminating the thermal bridges through which energy can be lost in conventional PVC-U frames. Triple glazed and Argon filled, the GENEO® windows achieve a Uw Value of just 0.73 W/m2K.

The newly refurbished first floor of the Building Centre is being occupied by both the Construction Products Association and UK Green Building Council, both of whom have endorsed the refurbishment as a means of demonstrating how even a building which is approaching 100 years old can be refurbished to BREEAM Excellent standards.

Alongside the replacement windows, the first floor at the Building Centre also now features new low energy lighting, an air conditioning and heat recovery system, solar water heating and high specification insulation. The Uw Value of the windows has been improved from 4.5W/m²K to less than 0.8 W/m² utilising the triple glazed GENEO® solution.

The majority of the products have been supplied by companies which are either, like REHAU, tenants of the Building Centre or exhibitors in its product galleries and the installation forms a fully functioning exhibit.

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