New Territory Manager for Midlands

Comar would like to introduce John Ward as Territory Manager for the Midlands area.

Contact John at johnw@parksidegroup.co.uk

Comar 6EFT – Curtain Walling

Due to demand from our Architectural and Fabricator clients, Comar Architectural Aluminium Systems are pleased to launch additional new mullions and transoms for their innovative Comar 6EFT Curtain Wall system, with the highest Ix and Iy values available on the market today.  As Comar 6EFT has developed to be the specifier preferred system in the UK, demands for larger transom spans in excess of 3000mm and unsupported multi-storey mullions are a possibility.  Where there are different glazed areas in the same envelope we have also extruded high span mullions and transoms in the most popular box sizes, which mean that the same box size can be used throughout the project to ensure that all fixing and plaster lines throughout the facade are continuous.

 Today’s design complexity, requirements for aesthetics and complex building shapes are key considerations. Aluminium offers the unique advantage of easily being extruded and manufactured into almost any custom shape with ease.  With the current focus on energy efficiency, designs must also take into account ‘thermal’ criteria and thermal breaks are incorporated.  These breaks provide a significant decrease in the thermal conductivity of the curtain walling.  The science of curtain walls now means that aspects such as thermal expansion and contraction, building movement, water diversion and thermal efficiency for cost effective heating, cooling and the lighting of a building are    in-built to the system and its design.

comar curtain walling

To provide a flexible approach to aluminium facade engineering Comar’s 6EFT Curtain Walling System utilises European wide design and extrusion expertise with Comar’s market leading supply, support and delivery.  With its exceptional design flexibility, Comar 6EFT provides high performance solutions for both new build and refurbishment façades. It is a flexible standardised system that provides bespoke solutions. Comar’s 6EFT delivers capped curtain walling with 50mm standardised sightlines and includes options for: 

  • 4sided structural glazing which achieves a cutting edge façade with no visible aluminium sight lines.
  • 2sided structural glazing with horizontal or vertical capping, concealed vents where a feature and bespoke finish can be achieved through a variety of cover caps.
  • Concealed vents all systems can include side or top hung opening vents
  • Facetted glazing options for all systems are available in 7.5 o increments both convex and concave. 

The system is pressure equalised, mullion drained ensuring water drains freely to the outside.

 Comar 6EFT has undergone rigorous tests for the latest BS and EN standards at Taywood Engineering Ltd., with exceptional results: Air Permeability – Class AE 750, Water Tightness – Class RE 750 and Wind Resistance – 2400 Pa, Safety 3600 pa.

 

Comar & Page Group Support ‘The Little Miracles’ Charity

Comar Architectural Aluminium, Page Group (Peterborough) Ltd and Vertikal were delighted to have been part of the re-building of The Spinney Centre, Peterborough on behalf of The ‘Little Miracles’ charity.

Comar Architectural Aluminium Systems, PAGE Group Peterborough and Vertikal donated £10K to cover materials, design work, project management, fabrication and labour on-site to erect the striking feature rainbow wall which forms part of a life changing transformation to the centre for disabled children in Peterborough.

The Little Miracles Project, part of the BBC’s charity ‘Children in Need’ was featured in the BBC1 special programme ‘DIY SOS: Million Pound Build for Children in Need’ which aired on Wednesday 13th November 2013. 

BBC DIY SOS Spinney Centre COMAR & PAGE GROUP

The ‘Little Miracles’ charity runs a parent led support group/centre for children with additional needs, disabilities and life limiting conditions based in Peterborough. They help 800 families and have over 2,500 children registered. A staggering 83% percent of the families that use Little Miracles live below the poverty line, and as such all of the services they run are free of charge. For many of the children that use the centre, ‘Little Miracles’ is the only place they are able to communicate freely, make friends, and most importantly, be themselves. 

In October 2013 they had to vacate their original site which was working out of a small semi-industrial space.  They were gifted a larger 2½ acre site by the local council which included a 1970’s concrete prefab. However, the building was not fit for purpose. It had no disabled toilets, access ramps or changing facilities. The prefab building also contained asbestos, and it was not secure, most importantly, it had none of the sensory equipment the children depend upon.

The programmes presenter Nick Knowles and his team launched an appeal for help around the local area, and on Twitter, in a bid to round up friends, family, local companies and tradesmen to offer up their services to help rebuild the centre. A BBC spokesperson said: “We are looking for kind hearted tradesman who are willing to be part of the show and donate their time and skills for Children in Need. In return we offer three square meals, lots of fun and the chance to make a difference to the lives of children and their families”.

The existing prefab was demolished and DIY SOS built an entirely new centre using a timber frame structure featuring full wheelchair access, a dedicated sensory room, space for counselling, an office, workable disabled toilets, a working kitchen and an area for the kids to eat, along with distinct spaces for both the young and the older children that attend the centre.

For further information about Comar Architectural Aluminium Systems, please contact Comar on 020 8685 9685 or email projects@parksidegroup.co.uk

Comar: Designed for Performance, Backed by Delivery

Parkside Fabricator – CB Solutions Receive Business of the Year Award

 The Parkside Group Ltd are delighted to announce CB Solutions one of their nationwide approved fabricators have been awarded the Medium/Large Business of the Year Award  by The Bridlington & Yorkshire Coast Chamber of Commerce.

Left to Right: Matthew Traves, Stuart Hobson, Chris Burrell (Managing Director),
Julia Ludolf, Steve Dixon, Jonathan Clark

 

CB Solutions offer a wide range of products which includes Comar Architectural Aluminium Systems and Alu-Timber.  CB Solutions have over 28 years experience in construction and working with its associates who include the MPBA and the British Wood Working Federation. CB Solutions are also an accredited ISO 9001:2000 company delivering high quality products and service, whilst complying with building regulations and meeting tight project deadlines.

CB Solutions, Managing Director, Chris Burrell was overwhelmed to win this award.  He stated  “It is a real team effort at CB, every member of staff works to the bone and I was delighted that we won as the team have really worked hard for it.  It really was a very joyous moment for us all and the result that we all crossed our fingers and toes for”.

 

Comar Accredited Secured by Design Licence

Comar Architectural Aluminium Systems

Accredited Secured by Design Licence

Comar Architectural Aluminium Systems are delighted to have become a Secure By Design Licence holder for their Comar 5P.i ,Comar  9P.i and Comar 7 range of windows and doors.

Comar are delighted to be part of this initiative to design out crime in buildings. Established in 1989, ‘Secured by Design’ (SBD) is a police initiative to encourage the building industry to design out crime, assisting in reducing the opportunity for crime and the fear of crime. SBD focuses on the design and security for new & refurbished homes, schools and commercial projects and aims to bring together the principles of designing out crime, effective crime prevention and security standards for a range of applications and products.  ‘Secured by Design’ is endorsed by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), and has the backing of the Home Office Crime Reduction Unit.

Due to enhanced security options on their window and door systems, Comar offers the latest crime prevention features such as anti-snap and anti-bump locking systems.  On points of attack stainless steel plates and protectors ensure that with prolonged abuse/attack entry is not attained.

Comar systems are certified and kite marked to the very latest security standards, and operate through a nationwide network of Approved Fabricators.

This press story has been featured in the following publications:

Building Products, Architects Datafile (Print & Online), Project Scotland, RIBA Journal (Products in Practise), PSBJ, Housing Specification, Building News, RIBA Journal, Building 4 Education 

Product Enhancement: Comar 9Pi – 100mm System

Product Enhancement: Comar 9Pi – 100mm System

New manual available for download @ our Comar Partners Website –

http://www.comar-alu.co.uk/pages/customer.asp

Comar 9P.i Windows & Framing

Comar 9Pi, High Performance Framing Windows & Doors is our premium system offering low U-values, integration and functionality.

Our commitment is to continually develop this system and provide solutions to meet design demands and building regulations, both now and in the future.   As a result of  market feedback we have now added another range of Ladder Frame profiles to cater for refurbishment projects.  Comar 9Pi Ladder Frame is now available in 100mm, this increases Comar 9Pi’s functionality from our standard 78mm and our high span 120mm options.

The Comar 9Pi Ladder Frame option offers fast-track off-site construction for window walling, thermally broken shop-fronts and fully integrates with the new Comar 7Pi CD swing and auto-sliding doors and Comar 9Pi rebated door-sets.  Dependent on wind-loading Comar 9Pi has been designed to perform, High Ix profiles cater for centres up to 1500mm x 3000mm.

For further information, or a comprehensive presentation on this innovative system please please contact Comar on 020 8685 9685 or email projects@parksidegroup.co.uk

Comar: Designed for Performance, Backed by Delivery

This press story has been featured in the following publications:

Public Sector Building Specification, Aluminium in Architecture, DABS, Building News, The Fabricator, Specification Product Update, Housing Association, Glass & Glazing Products, Building Products, Construction Manager, ABC&D, Architects Datafile, The Glazine, FCA, Windows Active, Refurb Projects, Local Authority & Maintenance. ECO Building News, Architects Choice, PSBJ, Refurb & Renew.   

 

Comar Introduce Paul Barden

Comar would like to introduce Paul Barden as Architectural Advisor for the South West area.  Paul can be contacted at paulb@parksidegroup.co.uk

Comar Window Systems Improve Performance

With ever-increasing demands on the performance of glazing and opening vents, Comar Architectural Aluminium Systems have developed and rigorously tested their aluminium window systems to meet the very latest performance and specification demands, ensuring their clients have a future proof solution.

The Comar range of solutions, Comar 5P.i and Comar 9P.i High Performance window systems, offers specifiers a comprehensive single source solution that achieves an increased range of window sizes.  To achieve this Comar Systems have two profile ranges available: standard and heavy duty, Comar 9P.i has a top projected casement window system with slim 84mm profiles that offers maximum heights of 2500mm. Comar 9P.i Tilt and Turn offers side hung, bottom hung or tilt and turn at a maximum height of 2400mm.  Comar 9P.i Parallel Opening offers sizes of up to 3000mm.  Depending on the type of build, these configurations can also offer a solution for maximum air-exchange, smoke ventilation and restricted ventilation with lockable handles for cleaning inside and outside.

Comar 9P.i also offers optimum heightened performance in terms of weather and security.  Comar 9P.i windows achieved market leading results in terms of water tightness at 900Pa; this ensures that even in the most demanding locations Comar 9P.i will maintain its water integrity.  Security concerns are alleviated with the system exceeding the requirements of BS 7950.  Added to this, Comar have recently achieved Kite- mark status for both systems supply and security.

With regard to Document L, Comar 9P.i has been designed to create a future-proof solution.  Comar 9P.i incorporates Comar’s trademarked P.i Polyamide Insulation, creating a thermal break of 34mm.  This high performance P.i can be augmented with thermal foam, offering even lower U-values.  Comar’s Technical Department back this up with project specific U-values and modelling. 

Comar 5Pi ECO offers achieves a Green Guide rating of ‘A’, providing points for BREEAM ratings and an ‘A’ Grade Window Energy Ratings (WER) with a standard double glazed unit.

Integrated solutions are a cornerstone of Comar Systems design.   Comar 9P.i casement, tilt turn and parallel windows are part of a larger system.  The windows can be stand alone, but they also have their own high performance framing system, which offers ladder or mitre frame construction in 80mm or 120mm sections.  This allows the completion of floor to ceiling glazing, designed with a maximum height (depending on wind loading) of up to 3000mm.  Comar 9Pi offers a value engineered solution: by hanging Comar 9Pi opening vent windows directly from the frame, only 2 frames are required; older solutions required an additional outer frame.  In effect, Comar 9Pi reduces the cost of opening vents into framing by a third.

To complete this extensive solution, Comar 9P.i offers two door options: rebated and rebated with anti-finger trap stile.  These door sets are available in single or double, open-in and open-out and have surpassed the requirements of PAS 23 at 600Pa for air and water and PAS 24 enhanced security.  Again, the doors offer a stand-alone option as well as seamless integration into a framed facade.

Working with architects Comar currently have a range of profiles in development for project specific solutions that will be added into their standard range.  This provides specifiers with the reassurance that Comar will develop new profiles to achieve even their most demanding design briefs, now and in the future.

For further technical information and specification advice, please contact projects@parksidegroup.co.uk or The Marketing Department on 020 8685 9685.

Comar: Designed for Performance, Backed by Delivery

This press story has been featured in the following publications:

Building Products

http://www.buildingproducts.co.uk/features/external-envelope-future-proof-outlook

AJ Specification, Windows Active, Glass Times, Future Constructor & Architect,            The Builder, ECO Building News, DABS, Building News, ABCD, Building Products,       PSBJ Public Sector Build Journal, Architects Datafile, Building Innovations, Go Public, ATB, Housing Association

Important News: Improvements in Aluminium’s BRE Green Guide Ratings

BRE Green Guide

Message from The Council for Aluminium in Building

We are pleased to confirm to you, that the updated generic aluminium profiles have been completed and that these have now been converted into revised BRE Green Guide Ratings for Aluminium and uploaded onto the BRE Green Guide online website http://www.bre.co.uk/greenguide/podpage.jsp?id=2126   Our work has led to 281 Elements being updated and I have attached the pdfs of some of these changes.

For the first time ever since the inception of the Green Guide in 1991, Powder Coated Aluminium Commercial Windows have:

  • ‘A+’ Rating (for all commercial windows < 0./9kg/m).
  • ‘A’   Rating (for all commercial windows < 1.5kg/m).

For  Domestic Powder Coated Aluminium Windows we have:

 

  • ‘A’ Rating (for all domestic windows < 1.08 kg/m).
  • ‘B’ Rating (for all domestic windows >1.08 kg/m).

 

To provide more detail I have attached the following:

  • Elements Update
  • Latest Profile Green Guide Ratings
  • BRE Green Guide FAQ on ‘Measuring Mass of Aluminium Windows’
  • BRE Green Guide 2008 Commercial & Domestic individual ratings

This is a great news story for aluminium and thanks should go out to all the funding partners:

–          International Aluminium Institute (IAI)

–          CAB

–          Aluminium Federation

We are particularly indebted to the input of Chris Bayliss (IAI) and Christian Leroy, European Aluminium Association (EAA). With more changes and new standards ahead we still have a huge amount of work to do in this area in both the UK and Europe but this should give our 21st Century material a bit of an extra lift in difficult trading conditions.

Measuring Mass of Aluminium Windows

BRE Green Guide Commercial Domestic ratings individual

Elements_Update_Details_8Aug12

Latest Profile Green Guide Ratings

Comar 7 Doors Passes LPS 1175, BSEN1627

Comar Architectural Aluminium Systems are pleased to announce that our Comar 7 Commercial Door has passed LPS 1175 SR 2 and the new security standard BS EN 1627 Class 3.

They are also the first company to gain LPCB approval to EN 1627 (Pedestrian doorsets, windows, curtain walling, grilles and shutters. Burglar resistance. Requirements and classification).

Commenting on behalf of LPCB, Richard Flint (Physical Security Scheme Manager) said: ‘We are delighted that Comar Architectural Aluminium Systems Limited chose to submit their Comar 7 doorsets to LPCB for evaluation and that they successfully achieved approval to both LPS 1175 and EN 1627.’

LPCB stands for Loss Prevention Certification Board – a certification brand of BRE Global Limited. The LPCB List of Approved Fire & Security Products and Services – “The Red Book” is an essential reference for specifiers, regulators, designers and end users of fire and security products and services. The tests for the “Red Book” are based on the following criteria:

  • Satisfactory product performance during testing
  • Satisfactory product construction
  • Satisfactory manufacturing processes
  • Satisfactory product service experience

BS EN 1627 is the new European security standard that has recently been ratified by all member states.  Achieving EN 1627 to Class 3 for aluminium door sets, offers optimum security and ensures that Comar 7 door sets meet the very latest security demands.

These security standards ensure that in commercial applications, as far as is reasonable, the security features are tamper resistant on the non attack side from tools such as soft body impactors, screwdrivers, knives or glass cutters.  These tools will have been selected for testing in order to stimulate an opportunist attack.  The main purpose of this standard is to evaluate the resistance to burglary offered by physical security products. All in situ hardware, such as lock and hinges, as well as any product which comprises an opening element and a frame or retaining sides, is tested, then the element and its frame or guides is tested as a combination in locked position. The standard also makes provision to test the adequacy of the installation method.

This press story has been featured in the following publications:

http://www.adfonline.eu/pressrelease/pressrelease.aspx?companyname=BRE+&title=%e2%80%98Comar+7%e2%80%99+Range+Of+Doorsets+Achieve+LPCB+Approval

RIBA Journal, The Glazine (Online), Windows Active, Specification Product Update, Public Sector Build Journal, EBPW, ECO Building News, Building Innovations, Specification, Glass Times, Building News, DABS, The Builder, Local Authority Building & Maintenance, Future Constructor & Architect, Aluminium in Architecture (Online),                                       AT Handbook, Public Sector Building Specification,  Architects Choice, at:b,                      British Builder & Developer, Go Public, Architects Datafile, The Fabricator,                    PSBJ Public Sector Build Journal