REHAU top of the glass for school installations

REHAU PVC-U windows have been specified for three schools in the south east of England, as its efficient, secure and easy to fit profiles are top of the class for the education sector.

The REHAU TOTAL70c top hung, outward opening casement windows in slate grey finish, were recommended for the installations at the Harris Primary Academy Shortlands (Bromley, Kent), Harris Primary Academy Chafford Hundred (Grays, Essex) and Harris Primary Academy East Dulwich (London) schools by contractor SEH Commercial.

The specification for the Harris Academy schools centred around three key areas; thermal insulation, sound insulation and security.

The thermal insulation qualities of the REHAU TOTAL70 range was key to the success of this project with energy costs and increasing obligations to reduce the carbon footprint now an important consideration for the public sector.This system is capable of exceeding all current building regulations and has achieved values required for Passivhaus installations. The TOTAL70 range also achieved the lowest possible U values and the best window energy rating (WER), demonstrating the ability to retain heat within the building, thus reducing loss of energy and minimising energy outgoings.

Noise abatement is essential for a school building, necessary to maintain a quiet working environment for pupils. The level of glazing is an important consideration here, however the TOTAL70c system was selected with its double and triple glazed sealed units and an acoustic specification provided to ensure the maximum sound insulation.

A school specification also demands high levels of security from an installation. The TOTAL70c profiles have achieved PAS 24 security standards and the multi-internal chambers allow further installation of larger steel reinforcements if required.

One of the major challenges of installing windows in an education setting is the very restricted timeframe for installations, which must be fitted either at weekends or during term breaks for retrofits, or to coincide with the opening of a new build school (normally the start of the academic year).

To help SEH Commercial stay on schedule, REHAU’s TOTAL70c window system is quick and easy to fit ensuring all three installations were completed within the tight timeframes.

Harris Academy were also keen to ensure its state-of-the-art schools were visually appealing for its staff and students, and the window design vision contributed to achieving a contemporary look for each of the academies. The Harris Primary Academy Shortlands in particular opted for dual colour windows. The windows were finished with a glazed in Louvre colour matched to the window profile to provide all seasons ventilation.

Kevin O’Neill, Commercial Sales Manager from REHAU, said:

“Our TOTAL70c windows are particularly suitable for education applications due to a number of qualities they posses. From the high levels of thermal insulation they provide, to the noise abatement and the security features, the windows are a great solution to a number of requirements. The aesthetic qualities and colour variety often also play an important role.“

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