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Super Spacer used in high profile London Project Lightbox

Edgetech Project Lightbox
London’s Finsbury Avenue Square is located in the heart of the city’s financial district. The British Land Corporation, who manage the site, wanted to create a visually impressive exterior space to attract tourists and brighten up the journey of commuters passing through the square on their way to Liverpool Street Station. The renovation of the square was carried out by a company called Artistic Licence who designed and installed the LED lighting system.

Super Spacer specified for performance

The project is one of the world’s largest exterior lighting installations. 100,000 colour changing LEDs were used with over 650 double glazed sealed units used to house the lighting. As a ground level exterior installation, it was essential that the glass units were as airtight as possible to limit the potential for water and air ingress which would have a negative impact on the light emission.

Managing Director of Artistic Licence, Wayne Howells had to thoroughly research his options when sourcing the best protective technology for the light boxes. He selected Edgetech’s Super Spacer because of its superior performance and long guarantees stating:

“A unique project like this has to be done right. From the beginning the technical support was excellent. Someone was always available if we had questions.”

An award-winning installation

The project, being based in such a high-profile location has attracted much interest since its completion. The 15cm wide LED light boxes produce a spectacular effect on passersby and thanks to the use of five different lengths, the effects range from half a metre to almost 2 metres. The intensity of the LED lights is computer controlled to produce over 16 million different shades with the square changing colour every night.

Since completion in 2004, the installation has won multiple awards including: 2004 Winner of Exterior Lighting by the Lighting Industry and Federation, and the Light and Design Award by IEIJ. It was also highly commended by the FX Awards in 2005. The installation has proven popular with locals and tourists alike, both of whom have been stunned by the visual spectacle which through the use of colour change lighting technology, can create ambient lighting from the softly subtle to the vividly vibrant.

 

 

Green on the Grand, Ontario – a sustainable commercial success story

The ever-increasing need for low energy commercial building construction is felt throughout the world.

Green on the Grand is a collective design effort between Ian Cook Construction and Enermodal Engineering Ltd. Their vision was to create a building that featured significantly lower energy and environmental costs than conventional commercial buildings, heavily weighted towards energy and water conservation, whilst promoting a healthy internal environment and seeking greater leasing rates.

Bordering Ontario’s Grand River, the smooth integration between the building and the landscape was another essential element to consider.

Super Spacer® – sustainable materials for efficient envelope design

Built on 1.4-acres in the Lancaster Corporate Centre site and covering 22,000 sq.ft, the selection of windows and doors was critical to issues of heat loss and heat gain through glazing. So, to accomplish comfortable indoor air quality throughout, all the windows were triple-glazed, double low-E coated, double argon filled and produced with flexible silicone Super Spacer®.

Measuring its success by lease-rates, bearing in mind that the commercial tenancy rate in Kitchener was less than 80%, when construction was completed, Green on the Grand was fully leased. Tracking its progress through its first year also reveals the annual energy savings were approximately $7,700, surpassing initial estimates by 10%.

High-efficiency, low-tech building design

Constructed between 1995-1996, six years on from completion, Enermodal president and building designer Steven Carpenter praised the project, stating “Just for the record, we haven’t had a single seal failure in any of our windows. All have operated just fine.”

“The one surprise to me,” he notes, “is that since we’re very close to a multi-lane expressway, I’ve been very impressed with the windows’ soundproofing. We have operable windows, and if you open one, suddenly you realize, ‘Oh, I’m beside an expressway!”

“Windows are the most important thing to look at in trying to minimize summer cooling loads,” added Carpenter.

LEED Silver Standard green building rating

The Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design standard (LEED) is a four-tiered credit-based rating system that awards points based on compliance with different aspects of sustainability. Impressively exceeding ASHRAE 90.1 energy efficiency guidelines by 50%, although Green on the Grand pre-dates the inception of the LEED rating system, it is estimated at a high LEED Silver standard. Achieving the highest grade offered by the BREEAM rating system, Green on the Grand was awarded outstanding in design and excellent in operation and maintenance.

For more information please visit www.edgetechig.co.uk

Super Spacer; rethinking the spatial experience whilst symbolizing Seoul’s pride

Gran Seoul Tower, South Korea

Seoul is renowned throughout the world for its unique fusion of traditional and modern architectural trends and styles, uniting glistening skyscrapers and endless high-rise buildings alongside historic Buddhist temples and bustling local marketplaces.

Completed in 2013, South Korean construction giant GS Group and one of Korea’s leading architectural design firms joined forces to create a grade-A, multipurpose commercial building that paid close attention to the preservation and improvement of this site’s historical specifics.

A rich tapestry of old and new

Situated on one of Seoul’s oldest streets, originally a hub for traditional arts and crafts, the site itself was a silk market dating back to the Joseon Dynsasty (1392-1897). With this in mind, the horizontal and vertical elements of the elevation take inspiration from the weft and warp yarns of the fabric it was once famed for.

Envisioning a central symbol of the present and the future, Chang-jo Architects preserved the cultural appeal of the site by restoring the ancient city pathway running through the site known as The Route of Pimat-Gil. Priceless artifacts excavated from the floor during construction also became unique features of this stunning construction project, displayed and protected behind large swathes of glass – working in harmony with the building’s exterior and interior aesthetics.

Super Spacer; rethinking the spatial experience whilst symbolizing Seoul’s pride

South Korean facades are built to last, and the Gran Seoul Tower is no different. Utilising approximately 40,000 sq. meters of double silver Low-E argon filled IG made with Super Spacer® TriSeal™, the impressive 24-storey Gran Seoul Tower combines office space, a world-class hotel, department store, major companies, finance enterprises, government offices, and banks all under one roof. Surrounded by historical and cultural facilities that symbolize Seoul’s pride, it was vital that the glass units were also as durable as possible to retain the historical importance of the site.

Award-winning sustainable design

Since its completion, The Gran Seoul Tower has been awarded the prestigious LEED Platinum Award by the U.S Green Building Council. This is the highest LEED certification possible, awarded to buildings that attain 80 points or more. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, which is based on a four-tiered credit-based rating system that awards points based on compliance with different aspects of sustainability.

For more information please visit www.edgetechig.co.uk

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