IGC where approached by a Global architectural firm to assist on a consultancy basis to provide specialist advice to help achieve the optimum specification of the curtain walling/glazing for a new Computer Information Sciences Building at Northumbria University. The build contains a large amount of bespoke internal and external glass.
The client requested that the glass used attained at least the following values:
Achieving this formed part of a larger strategy around making the build as environmentally friendly and cost effective as possible. An aluminium back box system would be a preferred option for the external façade of this build and finding an installer to facilitate the requirement had been proving problematic.
THE SOLUTION & OUTCOME
IGC where quickly able to identify glass products and processors who could not only achieve the requested values but beat them. Moreover, this could be done with at no significant extra cost meaning that IGC not only met and exceeded the clients brief but that the project achieved significant real term cost savings.
“When faced with a challenging Client brief for a fully glazed building for a I.T. teaching environment, we needed to achieve a high level glazing specification for reasonable cost and to ensure that the thermal, environmental and G Value criteria could be comfortably achieved. IGC and Stephen were very professional in their approach, they used their knowledge and industry connections to refine selection choices and quickly gave ourselves the information we required to enable confidence and cost certainty for the client, building control and Mechanical Engineering consultants to complete their designs.
The high performance and efficiency of the proposed solutions helped to reduce the need for Mechanical heating and cooling and so enabled savings in the contract and in the operational costs over the lifetime of the building. This was a new approach for us to utilise the services of a specialist glass consultancy, however we found that IGC added value and helped us to define a critical part of the building at an early stage.”
I will certainly consider using this service again in the future.
Robin Stewart – Associate