February 4, 2021
Why Specify IQ Glass for International Projects
Written by Rebecca Clayton
February 4, 2021
Written by Rebecca Clayton
Widely recognised for the project management services provided with the full glazing package, architects and specifiers can be assured the architectural glazing elements of the project are in safe hands. IQ Glass demonstrates immaculate attention to detail, as well as taking a flexible approach to ensure our systems can be adapted to create new and innovative applications.
Our projects have been recognised by many prestigious organizations, including the RIBA, Sunday Times British Homes Awards, Build Architecture Awards, and the Design ET AL Awards. One of the key advantages when managing our luxury residential projects is the fact that many of our systems have been designed and developed in-house. This means our team of project managers knows the products inside out, having been a part of the development process.
The beauty of architectural glazing is the freedom in design, allowing architects and specifiers to adapt the systems for unique applications including completely bespoke shapes and sizes. Different climates require different performance levels, therefore the Invisio system has been designed with the ability to be adapted, meeting any specific performance requirements.
Depending on the country and location of the project, different climates can require specialist glazing systems to ensure their longevity. This could include hurricane-resistant glazing for areas like Florida or particularly high thermal performances for countries with a colder climate such as Switzerland. In our wide range of products on offer, IQ Glass has a solution for every project in every condition. If there is no product or system that currently meets the requirements for a project, we will develop one to ensure the brief can be met.
Slim framed sliding door systems are a popular way of merging indoor and outdoor environments, creating an indoor-outdoor style of living with the option to expand your living space if the weather permits. Due to the large sizes achievable with these slim systems, they are often used to form the floor-to-ceiling elevations of moving glass walls.
IQ Glass provides hurricane resistant sliding door systems, to achieve large structural openings in even the most extreme weather conditions. Our glass door systems have been extensively tested to withstand hurricane conditions, going through various simulations including having objects such as trees thrown at the glazing to test the occupant’s safety. The glass within the frames can be specified as toughened laminated glass, this means that if the pane shatters for any reason, the laminate interlayer will hold the glass in place until it can be replaced.
Using a combination of modern glazing technologies and top-of-the-range aluminium framed systems, IQ Glass have banished the risk of highly glazed spaces overheating in hot climates. Although the natural light will flood the interior living spaces, solar control coatings and low e glass can help to ensure the sun's infrared rays do not become trapped in the internal living space, causing overheating in countries such as the Maldives or Dubai.
On the other end of the spectrum, cold climates that have long winters or more severe temperature drops such as Canada can benefit from triple-glazed units. This will enhance the thermal performance and help create comfortable living temperatures all year round.
Often, it is thought that triple glazing will incur larger sightlines or more chunky frames. IQ Glass has combatted this by developing the Invisio+ system. The Invisio+ offers the same minimal, flexible approach to structural glazing whilst having the capacity to accommodate triple glazed units for exceptional thermal performances.
Another luxury glazing system that can accommodate triple glazing is the glass sliding doors. With triple glazing, these sliding door systems can reach even larger sizes whilst maintaining a super slim, elegant frame. For climates that often get snow, heated glass can be specified to stop the snow from settling on the glass and impeding the views. Heated glass can be utilised within any of our glazing solutions; when specified to stop snow build-up, the external pane is the one with the electric current passed through it. This means that at the click of a button, snow can be melted and clear views achieved snowy locations such as Switzerland, Iceland, and Russia.
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