Volume 25, Issue 6 - November/December 2011

New Product Focus

Open Spaces
Commonly used in commercial, institutional and office settings, the MOVEO operable partition system from Modernfold, part of Dorma North America, has versatile features that make it ideal for residential applications, as well. The system combines transparency and sound separation in contemporary room design, and is fast, easy and flexible in use. It can be used to create elegant, light-flooded space division solutions, enabling several separate events to be held concurrently.

MOVEO’s features make it a highly flexible selection in many installations. In a typical office environment, for example, anyone can expand or reduce work space on demand to meet changing needs. The individual panels used to assemble MOVEO are lightweight, and tools are not needed for their operation; the system operates easily with ComforTronic electronically controlled top and bottom seals.

Optional built-in blinds maximize privacy or visibility in adjoining spaces created with the panels. These help maximize privacy or visibility in both adjoining rooms, according to users’ preferences. The wall is rated at 50 STC for sound transmission, so noise from one area is minimized in the adjoining space.

Optical Options
Looking for a new way to bring life and light to architecture? The French company Fred & Fred has created PICT®, designed to help architects and designers do just that. PICT, which “illuminates and animates,” is ideal for use in a variety of interior applications. It is a patented module system of partitions made of optical glass that incorporate 16 lenses and a frosted glass screen. The 227-mm x 227-mm x 90-mm units transmit both light and images while preserving privacy.

Passing through the lenses the light projects inverted images on the frosted glass screen.

PICT has been used by architects worldwide and was the 2011 winner of the Red Dot Award in Germany and the 2010 winner of the Innovation in the Heart of Europe award.

Thinking Thermal
Ensinger’s Insulbar® thermal technology can allow building owners, managers and planners to lower building operating costs by reducing energy loss without sacrificing any structural or design requirements.

“When used as a thermal break in commercial aluminum, or other metal, fenestration building components, Insulbar can dramatically increase the insulating and condensation resistance factor performance values, without sacrificing specified structural requirements,” says Bruce Tichenor, general manager for Ensinger. “An example, the typical thermal performance for operating (hung/slider) commercial windows has a U-value range of about .45 to .55. For the same window, Insulbar thermal profiles can more than double the thermal performance, equaling less than .2.”

Tichenor says the impact of such a product has benefitted European markets for decades.

“Architects [in North America] can now match their aesthetic design creativity for building envelopes with a cutting-edge thermal performance specification that will improve the building’s ROI, increase occupant comfort and has been proven in thousands of global projects,” he says.

Tichenor points out there has been some debate between proponents of commercial buildings’ daylighting benefits versus wall insulation benefits, where architects are caught between designing buildings with more natural light versus more thermally efficient walls, i.e., less light.

“By specifying Insulbar, the architect can mitigate the ‘more wall’ argument because of offsetting increases in fenestration thermal performance,” he adds.

The profiles can also be custom designed to meet project specifications.

Architects' Guide to Glass & Metal
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