Environmental Solutions/BREEAM

Environmental Solutions

With the publication of the new 2013 versions of Approved Document L and Scottish Building Standards Part 6, the demand for green building solutions is increasing. Aluminium is the ideal material to meet that demand, offering unique advantages in appearance, finish and sustainability. The journey to zero carbon buildings has begun.

At Kawneer, we’re dedicated to creating products that help comply with BREEAM standards and promote integrated whole building designs; and with 95% of aluminium in buildings being recycled, architects can design with cradle to cradle lifecycles in mind, helping them achieve green building standards.

And now (Sept 2016) Kawneer is the first aluminium company in the world to achieve certification to the BRE BES 6001 Framework Standard for Responsible Sourcing. The successful audit by BSI and listing on GreenBookLive means that specifiers can now achieve a higher rating for their projects as BES 6001 is recognised in the leading sustainability rating schemes for buildings (BREEAM).

The systems we’ve developed enhance energy efficiency, reduce carbon emissions and, being weatherproof, corrosion-resistant and immune to the effects of UV rays, offer optimum performance over long periods. They also improve comfort levels for the building’s occupants, through natural ventilation, direct access to daylight and improved outdoor views.

At Kawneer we use recycled aluminium billets 100% of the time, and our extrusions carry a life expectancy of 50 years, significantly higher than other materials – and of course they’re 100% recyclable. Our standard Powder Coat Finish is guaranteed for 30 years.

The Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM)

The Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) has been designed to help developers and designers prove the environmental credentials of their buildings to planners and clients. It assesses a building against set criteria for materials and methods and provides an overall rating from a Pass to Outstanding.  To make these assessments, the BRE produces the Green Guide to Specification, giving each material or method a rating based on 13 impact categories and measured from A+ to E (A+ being the best).

For further information on BREEAM visit www.breeam.com

Examples of Kawneer UK Sustainable Solutions

High Thermal Efficiency

To maximize energy use and comply with the latest Approved Document L and Scottish Building Standards Part 6 2013 regulations, Kawneer has developed a range of high performance Window, Curtain WallFraming and Door Systems using the latest thermal break technology.

‘A’ Rated Window System. * The AA®541 Casement Window corresponds to the BRE Global Green Guide online generic specification for windows and achieves a summary rating of A+ for non-domestic schemes*. The window has been designed with aesthetics and energy efficiency in mind to ensure compliance with today’s stringent performance requirements.

* www.thegreenguide.org.uk Element Number 1231500011

Diagram shows results of thermal simulation of our AA®541 Casement Window

Reduced Solar Heat Gain

Kawneer’s Curtain Wall, Window and Framing Systems can accommodate our AA®130 Brise Soleil System, which adds a stunning design statement to the building facade; optimising the natural daylight within a building whilst limiting the solar heat gain and glare to provide optimum comfort for residents.

Optimum Ventilation
The AA®3610LS Linked Sash Vertical Sliding Window has been designed to offer maximum ventilation with performance and aesthetics in mind. The ease of operation coupled with the air flow makes this window ideal for schools and hospitals. The AA®3610LS is a unique solution which opens the top and bottom sashes simultaneously, allowing stale air out of the top of the window whilst allowing cool fresh air to be drawn in via the bottom.

Offsite Construction
Our modular facade solutions, AA®201 and AA®265 Unitised Curtain Walling, are high-quality, highly innovative concepts. The individual units or panels are assembled off site in factory-controlled conditions and then transported to site and craned onto the building giving the building team a unique set of benefits.