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  • 02 Jan 2018
    The perception and benefit of rooflights, and more importantly daylight, has evolved to such extent it has become a fundamental element of contemporary architecture. ‘Daylight’ might be a simple word, but for many years it was given little thought or high consideration during the design or construction process.  With architects, clients and consumers all searching and wanting the latest offering, what steps can specifiers take to find the best rooflight product which offers the most benefits at an affordable price, whilst being aesthetically pleasing to the eye?  Naturally, with this evolution of opinions and desire comes product development.   Manufacturers work hard to launch new products regularly, with a solution available for whatever the requirement may be. This has resulted in an infinite variety of rooflight shapes, sizes, colours and glazing options to suit flat, pitched and curved roof applications. Irrespective of the number or extent of rooflights required for residential, commercial, industrial or agricultural structures, if the basics are followed the process can be as easy as 1-2-3:  design and specification, a market leading manufacturer and finally installation. Design and specification The choice of daylighting holds the key.  With so many options available, the early involvement of a rooflight manufacturer or daylight consultant at the design and specification stage of a project is critical as they can provide good advice and influence the right rooflight decision.  This could be in terms of the rooflight area required, benefits on energy saving or ventilation options as well as ensuring the most appropriate type of product is chosen for the individual requirements of a particular project. Working together during this time will ensure all requirements and benefits are achieved.  While a part of this requirement is meeting current legislation, it is also about meeting budgets whilst at the same time choosing the best product for the application that is quick and easy to install. This is not always an easy task when regulations need to be adhered to.  Smoke extraction, airtightness, u-values, solar gain, wind-loadings, watertightness are just some of the many considerations and requirements. It is therefore important to work with a rooflight manufacturer that can demonstrate, support and back-up their product’s performance and technical claims. Compliance with the differing national regulatory frameworks must be considered, with rooflights subjected to mandatory legislation and standards covering key performance factors including fire, thermal insulation, safety, and in certain applications, security. Care should be taken to ensure that any specification and installation meets the relevant standards, with a hierarchical approach often best practice. Meeting the relevant fire standards is paramount, insulation standards are important to meet energy efficiency standards, while safety requirements must also be satisfied. In particular, in the UK and Ireland, much assistance in meeting regulatory requirements is provided in extensive industry guidance, for example NFRC, MCRMA, NARM, ACR. Manufacturers at the top of their game Using a manufacturer which has a wide range of products will ensure the most reliable and cost effective option can be selected for any roof type or project requirement as they can offer unbiased advice on differing product types and applications to ensure that the project’s requirements of performance, aesthetics and budget is most appropriately met. A company with a more limited range of products could be more likely to recommend only the product that they supply rather than what is best for your project. A project can often benefit from using different rooflight products on the same roof, where specific performance, budgetary and aesthetic requirements can be matched to individual areas of the roof to ensure the most cost-effective overall budget. The perfect fit In a world where health and safety is paramount and with site labour, welfare and plant potentially so expensive, choosing the right manufacturer or product for your daylighting is crucial.  For contractors wishing to reduce site time on a roof and enhance safety, factory assembled rooflights are manufactured to tight tolerances, ensuring an accurate and reliable fit on site leading to time saved on installation, and reduced fitting costs. They say time is money, and costs can spiral out of control if the wrong choices are made.  With margins low and budgets tight, it’s important to recognise the value of UK quality standards for rooflights and check the origins and evaluate objectively the credentials of rooflight products.  Selecting an apparently lower cost rooflight might well compromise performance requirements and lead to higher costs in the long term.  Choosing the right rooflight manufacturer will ultimately give you peace of mind.  They can offer great quality, long lasting and compliant products that are quick and easy to install and backed up and supported by superb technical support. Through the synergy between rooflight manufacturers and specifiers working together and by taking a simple three step approach, it is possible to design, produce and achieve some of the most beautiful ‘daylight enhancements’ ever dreamt of on a building.  Visit: http://www.brettmartin.com/
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  • The perception and benefit of rooflights, and more importantly daylight, has evolved to such extent it has become a fundamental element of contemporary architecture. ‘Daylight’ might be a simple word, but for many years it was given little thought or high consideration during the design or construction process.  With architects, clients and consumers all searching and wanting the latest offering, what steps can specifiers take to find the best rooflight product which offers the most benefits at an affordable price, whilst being aesthetically pleasing to the eye?  Naturally, with this evolution of opinions and desire comes product development.   Manufacturers work hard to launch new products regularly, with a solution available for whatever the requirement may be. This has resulted in an infinite variety of rooflight shapes, sizes, colours and glazing options to suit flat, pitched and curved roof applications. Irrespective of the number or extent of rooflights required for residential, commercial, industrial or agricultural structures, if the basics are followed the process can be as easy as 1-2-3:  design and specification, a market leading manufacturer and finally installation. Design and specification The choice of daylighting holds the key.  With so many options available, the early involvement of a rooflight manufacturer or daylight consultant at the design and specification stage of a project is critical as they can provide good advice and influence the right rooflight decision.  This could be in terms of the rooflight area required, benefits on energy saving or ventilation options as well as ensuring the most appropriate type of product is chosen for the individual requirements of a particular project. Working together during this time will ensure all requirements and benefits are achieved.  While a part of this requirement is meeting current legislation, it is also about meeting budgets whilst at the same time choosing the best product for the application that is quick and easy to install. This is not always an easy task when regulations need to be adhered to.  Smoke extraction, airtightness, u-values, solar gain, wind-loadings, watertightness are just some of the many considerations and requirements. It is therefore important to work with a rooflight manufacturer that can demonstrate, support and back-up their product’s performance and technical claims. Compliance with the differing national regulatory frameworks must be considered, with rooflights subjected to mandatory legislation and standards covering key performance factors including fire, thermal insulation, safety, and in certain applications, security. Care should be taken to ensure that any specification and installation meets the relevant standards, with a hierarchical approach often best practice. Meeting the relevant fire standards is paramount, insulation standards are important to meet energy efficiency standards, while safety requirements must also be satisfied. In particular, in the UK and Ireland, much assistance in meeting regulatory requirements is provided in extensive industry guidance, for example NFRC, MCRMA, NARM, ACR. Manufacturers at the top of their game Using a manufacturer which has a wide range of products will ensure the most reliable and cost effective option can be selected for any roof type or project requirement as they can offer unbiased advice on differing product types and applications to ensure that the project’s requirements of performance, aesthetics and budget is most appropriately met. A company with a more limited range of products could be more likely to recommend only the product that they supply rather than what is best for your project. A project can often benefit from using different rooflight products on the same roof, where specific performance, budgetary and aesthetic requirements can be matched to individual areas of the roof to ensure the most cost-effective overall budget. The perfect fit In a world where health and safety is paramount and with site labour, welfare and plant potentially so expensive, choosing the right manufacturer or product for your daylighting is crucial.  For contractors wishing to reduce site time on a roof and enhance safety, factory assembled rooflights are manufactured to tight tolerances, ensuring an accurate and reliable fit on site leading to time saved on installation, and reduced fitting costs. They say time is money, and costs can spiral out of control if the wrong choices are made.  With margins low and budgets tight, it’s important to recognise the value of UK quality standards for rooflights and check the origins and evaluate objectively the credentials of rooflight products.  Selecting an apparently lower cost rooflight might well compromise performance requirements and lead to higher costs in the long term.  Choosing the right rooflight manufacturer will ultimately give you peace of mind.  They can offer great quality, long lasting and compliant products that are quick and easy to install and backed up and supported by superb technical support. Through the synergy between rooflight manufacturers and specifiers working together and by taking a simple three step approach, it is possible to design, produce and achieve some of the most beautiful ‘daylight enhancements’ ever dreamt of on a building.  Visit: http://www.brettmartin.com/
    Jan 02, 2018 0
  • 22 Jul 2017
    Natural daylight is a highly sought after commodity when it comes to designing buildings. In commercial, educational and industrial buildings, the benefits of natural lighting include improving mood, creativity and concentration – with rooflights a highly effective way of utilising this free and unlimited resource. The importance of natural light – and rooflights – should not be underestimated. While windows or vertical glazing let daylight in, this light will only travel six metres into the room. However, with a well-designed rooflight system the interior will capture light no matter where the sun is and help to deliver three invisible benefits: Healthier environment Improved productivity Reduced energy costs The introduction of natural daylight into a building clearly has enormous benefits. Exposure to sunlight makes us feel happier, while the impact of Vitamin D reduces the risk of, and improves resistance to, disease and keeps the immune system functioning properly. As a result, it makes us feel better and leads to more positive and proactive behaviour. Rooflights that bring the right level and quality of light into a building will improve mood and performance. Natural light can lead to improved eye and brain function and a subsequent increase in an individuals’ success. Daylight is an essential natural asset and improves concentration so working and learning environments will generally see an increase in productivity. Daylight is scientifically proven to improve performance in schools, reduce absenteeism in the workplace and enhance recovery rates improve in hospitals. Research into retail environments has also shown that sales tend to be better in naturally lit locations where products seem more attractive to the customer. Also, natural light encourages customers to spend more time in these areas. So it’s no surprise that more and more major retailers – such as the big UK supermarkets – are turning to rooflights to keep people shopping for longer. In fact, a number of these leading retail organisations now include large areas of rooflights at all new build projects to ensure a high percentage of evenly distributed natural light within the interior. Today, the increased use of rooflights is one of the major tools that architects and designers use to reduce energy use, CO2 emissions and overall running costs. Brining natural light into the building can dramatically reduce the use of electric lights – which is often the biggest single use of energy and cause of CO2 emissions. Over the years independent research has proved conclusively that the installation of rooflights can save energy, and the greater the rooflight area the greater the savings. The amount of energy needed to light a building artificially is often much greater than the amount of energy used to heat it, and is often the greatest single energy use in operating the building. A recent report commissioned by the National Association of Rooflight Manufacturers (NARM) shows that increasing or improving rooflight areas in non-domestic buildings can make a huge impact. Its results show that savings can be achieved of up to £5.92/m2/yr in running costs and savings of up to 28.7 kg CO2/m2/yr in CO2 emissions. The rising cost of energy bills, legislative changes and environmental regulations all played their part an increase in rooflight specification. But it is often the benefits that you can’t see which have the biggest impact. The infusion of free, abundantly available natural daylight will not only meet Building Regulations or reduce energy bills, it can also help occupants to feel and work smarter. Visit: http://www.lonsdalemetal.co.uk/
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  • Natural daylight is a highly sought after commodity when it comes to designing buildings. In commercial, educational and industrial buildings, the benefits of natural lighting include improving mood, creativity and concentration – with rooflights a highly effective way of utilising this free and unlimited resource. The importance of natural light – and rooflights – should not be underestimated. While windows or vertical glazing let daylight in, this light will only travel six metres into the room. However, with a well-designed rooflight system the interior will capture light no matter where the sun is and help to deliver three invisible benefits: Healthier environment Improved productivity Reduced energy costs The introduction of natural daylight into a building clearly has enormous benefits. Exposure to sunlight makes us feel happier, while the impact of Vitamin D reduces the risk of, and improves resistance to, disease and keeps the immune system functioning properly. As a result, it makes us feel better and leads to more positive and proactive behaviour. Rooflights that bring the right level and quality of light into a building will improve mood and performance. Natural light can lead to improved eye and brain function and a subsequent increase in an individuals’ success. Daylight is an essential natural asset and improves concentration so working and learning environments will generally see an increase in productivity. Daylight is scientifically proven to improve performance in schools, reduce absenteeism in the workplace and enhance recovery rates improve in hospitals. Research into retail environments has also shown that sales tend to be better in naturally lit locations where products seem more attractive to the customer. Also, natural light encourages customers to spend more time in these areas. So it’s no surprise that more and more major retailers – such as the big UK supermarkets – are turning to rooflights to keep people shopping for longer. In fact, a number of these leading retail organisations now include large areas of rooflights at all new build projects to ensure a high percentage of evenly distributed natural light within the interior. Today, the increased use of rooflights is one of the major tools that architects and designers use to reduce energy use, CO2 emissions and overall running costs. Brining natural light into the building can dramatically reduce the use of electric lights – which is often the biggest single use of energy and cause of CO2 emissions. Over the years independent research has proved conclusively that the installation of rooflights can save energy, and the greater the rooflight area the greater the savings. The amount of energy needed to light a building artificially is often much greater than the amount of energy used to heat it, and is often the greatest single energy use in operating the building. A recent report commissioned by the National Association of Rooflight Manufacturers (NARM) shows that increasing or improving rooflight areas in non-domestic buildings can make a huge impact. Its results show that savings can be achieved of up to £5.92/m2/yr in running costs and savings of up to 28.7 kg CO2/m2/yr in CO2 emissions. The rising cost of energy bills, legislative changes and environmental regulations all played their part an increase in rooflight specification. But it is often the benefits that you can’t see which have the biggest impact. The infusion of free, abundantly available natural daylight will not only meet Building Regulations or reduce energy bills, it can also help occupants to feel and work smarter. Visit: http://www.lonsdalemetal.co.uk/
    Jul 22, 2017 0
  • 16 Jul 2017
    Brett Martin Daylight Systems has produced a new RIBA-approved CPD seminar for architects and construction professionals, Specifying Rooflights to Meet the Demands of the Next Generation, which looks at the rationale behind designing with rooflights to achieve sustainable, low carbon buildings. The hour-long CPD seminar is designed to improve the level of understanding of the benefits of daylight and why rooflights are a fundamental design consideration for energy efficient buildings.  The presentation takes an in-depth look at some of the technical issues that need to be taken into consideration such as rooflight thermal performance, solar overheating and ventilation, and how rooflights must be installed in-line with manufacturers’ instructions to ensure buildings perform as designed. The seminar also covers industry guidelines and requirements to meet stringent fire classification and safety standards, and concludes with guidance and practical advice on specifying rooflights using case study examples. Delivered by Brett Martin’s Area Business Managers, who are frequent collaborators with architects, specifiers, designers and local authorities, the seminar can be delivered to architectural practices nationwide.  Brett Martin can either host the seminar in the architectural practice own premises or in any one of the company’s offices situated throughout the UK or Ireland.  The seminar sits within the RIBA Core Curriculum - Designing and Building it, along with Climate and Compliance.  Other seminars offered by Brett Martin Daylight Systems include the RIBA-approved CPD: Polycarbonate - The Natural Choice for Design Flexibility and Freedom. To arrange a Brett Martin Daylight Systems CPD seminar, complete the online form at www.bit.ly/cpd-rooflights   Call +44 (0)24 7660 2022 or email: daylight@brettmartin.com
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  • Brett Martin Daylight Systems has produced a new RIBA-approved CPD seminar for architects and construction professionals, Specifying Rooflights to Meet the Demands of the Next Generation, which looks at the rationale behind designing with rooflights to achieve sustainable, low carbon buildings. The hour-long CPD seminar is designed to improve the level of understanding of the benefits of daylight and why rooflights are a fundamental design consideration for energy efficient buildings.  The presentation takes an in-depth look at some of the technical issues that need to be taken into consideration such as rooflight thermal performance, solar overheating and ventilation, and how rooflights must be installed in-line with manufacturers’ instructions to ensure buildings perform as designed. The seminar also covers industry guidelines and requirements to meet stringent fire classification and safety standards, and concludes with guidance and practical advice on specifying rooflights using case study examples. Delivered by Brett Martin’s Area Business Managers, who are frequent collaborators with architects, specifiers, designers and local authorities, the seminar can be delivered to architectural practices nationwide.  Brett Martin can either host the seminar in the architectural practice own premises or in any one of the company’s offices situated throughout the UK or Ireland.  The seminar sits within the RIBA Core Curriculum - Designing and Building it, along with Climate and Compliance.  Other seminars offered by Brett Martin Daylight Systems include the RIBA-approved CPD: Polycarbonate - The Natural Choice for Design Flexibility and Freedom. To arrange a Brett Martin Daylight Systems CPD seminar, complete the online form at www.bit.ly/cpd-rooflights   Call +44 (0)24 7660 2022 or email: daylight@brettmartin.com
    Jul 16, 2017 0