Panel Systems Helps Flush Glazing System Achieve "Centre for Window and Cladding Technology" Seal of Approval

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Architectural glazing systems designer Metal Technology, in partnership with Panel Systems, a leading manufacturer of bespoke composite panels, has developed System 17 Cassette curtain walling, an innovative and cost-effective, flush-glazed facade.

System 17 Cassette curtain walling has recently passed rigorous air and weather tightness tests for curtain walling at the CWCT – Centre for Window and Cladding Technology.

The system was developed to meet the needs of building designers looking for an alternative to traditional curtain walling systems, where the composite panels sit in an existing frame, which can often look bulky.

Panels are produced by Panel Systems Limited to meet the performance and tolerance requirements set by Metal Technology, with a combination of high performance foam cores and an aluminium skin either side. The panels can be colour matched to suit both internal and external aesthetics.

These panels are designed to be toggle fixed onto the curtain walling grid in the same way that a fixed light or opening vent is fixed within the system. The opening vents have the same sightlines as the fixed panes, ensuring optimum aesthetics. This offers the architect the option to fit any combination of solid panels, fixed lights or opening vents anywhere within the curtain walling grid without causing any issues with drainage yet creating an aesthetically pleasing facade

System 17 Cassette curtain walling therefore provides the very greatest flexibility to architects and is highly suited for both high and low rise facades. The narrow clean sight lines and robust design can be configured to suit any style of building design.

Philip Osborne, technical manager at Metal Technology, explains: “We always source the best quality components to ensure we provide customers with durable and long lasting systems. Panel Systems’ ability to manufacture the infill panels to exacting tolerances was vital in helping System 17 meet the CWCT tests.”

Architectural panels from consist of three or more materials that are laminated in its factory to form a structural unit. Each panel features a low density insulated core material and high density facing and balancing materials to ensure a rigid structural panel. The panels are designed to span over large areas, which gives the specifier greater flexibility when considering the overall design.

Panel Systems has the experience and expertise to work with a range of facing materials, such as lamina, timber, plastisol steel and aluminium to name but a few. This means the Panel Systems range of architectural panels can satisfy customer’s requirements for aesthetics, longevity, acoustics, thermal insulation, fire and impact resistance.

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