VELFAC worked closely with architects LSI on a flexible glazing solution which could deliver the energy performance required without exceeding strict cost-performance parameters.
Double and triple glazed windows and doors (achieving U-values as low as 0.8W/m2K) are installed across the building, with the VELFAC slim frame also maximising natural light and solar gain. VELFAC units feature sustainably sourced wood and recycled aluminium –important to a highly environmentally-conscious UEA. The composite design is also impressively low-maintenance, with aluminium providing a durable exterior, and warmer inner pine framing finished in a clear, hard-wearing varnish.
VELFAC was also specified for its contemporary, stylish design, used in both punch hole windows and glazed walling. Coloured units were installed across floor slabs, and the system’s uniform sightlines were used to create seamless exterior facades, further enhancing the distinctive architecture. VELFAC successfully met the challenging delivery and installation demands of this very quick build, which is essential for an education building.
Crome Court won the 2015 RICS East of England Awards ‘Design through Innovation’ category, and being shortlisted for both a National RICS Award (in the same category), and for a British Construction Industry Award.