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Article Date: 2nd September 2016

Selectaglaze - GOLD! for best Sustainable Development

Whathouse? Awards - Secondary Glazing Systems - Slimline Glazing Units

Selectaglaze - 400 Caledonian Road

400 Caledonian Road was at one time a concealed infill brownfield site neglected for a decade, but lately has been rejuvenated into an energy efficient mixed use project.

Specialists in sustainable property development, Igloo, bought the site in 2012 with a plan to renovate and refresh a Victorian townhouse and courtyard, along with its stable block. The idea was to generate a sustainable, low energy, eco-focused scheme consisting of 25 apartments and 3 commercial studios.

Based in a conservation area, the restoration of the Victorian townhouse had to be planned with a great deal of thought. The exterior appearance could not be altered and key historic characteristics had to be kept. In order to meet the footprint requirements laid out by Igloo, the townhouse needed a different solution to make it a peaceful and warmer living environment.

Neighbouring a busy train route in and out of central London, noise was a problem as well as the draughty original Victorian windows. Therefore John Sisk, Igloo’s main contractor for this project, sought Selectaglaze for a solution, based on a good working relationship developed over a number of years and projects.

"We chose Selectaglaze over other secondary glazing companies because of the knowledge and technical advice they provide. The assistance we have continually received from Selectaglaze has been outstanding. Throughout the whole process, even at tender stage, Selectaglaze has been great to work with." Jonathan Lisseter Design manager at John Sisk

In total Selectaglaze installed six slimline units from its Series 20 range, which is a discreet solution ideal for heritage projects. It is also a fully reversible adaptation accepted by most heritage agencies. Secondary glazing traps an insulating layer of air which can markedly reduce heat loss and virtually eradicates draughts. Each unit produced is bespoke, ensuring the perfect fit, which creates a more comfortable environment and reduces energy wastage.

Along with decreased energy bills, the installation of secondary glazing reduced the ingress and egress of noise. When there is a gap of at least 100mm, 45dB can be achieved. On this project, Selectaglaze used 6.8mm Stadip Silence glass, which is an acoustic laminate. It absorbs sound, aiding in creating a peaceful living environment amongst bustling city life. This was even more important given the site sits alongside a busy train line in and out of London.

As testament to this project, Igloo was awarded GOLD for the best sustainable development at ‘Whathouse? Awards 2015’.

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