The new roof window flashing system, VELUX Solar Integrator, allows seamless integration between VELUX roof windows and building-integrated solar panels. It’s the perfect fit to ensure that natural solar energy generation and a healthy indoor climate go hand in hand, while nothing replenishable is wasted.
VELUX Solar Integrator perfectly connects to a variety of built-in solar panel systems
, allowing for optimal roof utilisation – both inside and outside. The solution fits easily into photovoltaic grids (solar panels) on roofs, meaning that no drop of sunshine goes to waste in home energy needs, while natural sunlight and fresh air through roof windows make for healthy living spaces.
Up to now, the combination of both roof window and solar panel installations on roofs has not always been without issues. Homeowners have typically either prioritised solar panels or roof windows, alone or dealt with clunky compromises. This often results in loss of potential solar energy use or less daylight and fresh air and a suboptimal indoor climate in the valuable space under pitched roofs. VELUX Solar Integrator is an aesthetically pleasing solution that fulfils homeowners’ energy, natural ventilation and light needs.
Capturing best of both worlds
This building-integrated photovoltaic solution means that what is on the roof works in harmony with what’s beneath it. In other words, it captures the best of both worlds – from an outside-in and an inside-out perspective. Whichever way you look at it, with VELUX Solar Integrator, you get green energy production plus daylight and fresh air and nice vistas of the sky. It allows for natural solutions for sustainable and healthy living.
Flexible and robust installation
The new roof window flashing system does not cover any active part of the solar panels. This ensures full utilisation of the solar panels and thereby maximum generation of energy. VELUX Solar Integrator’s unique side-section design allows for up to 25 mm sideway flexibility, allowing for easy installation and perfect positioning of solar panels and roof windows. It is flexible to suit multiple solar panel grid systems. The complete energy roof, integrated with VELUX roof windows, is tested to withstand extreme weather conditions (wind and water) over 50 years.
VELUX Step Solution wins the Red Dot Award for outstanding design quality
The VELUX Group proudly announces: VELUX Modular Skylights, Step Solution is awarded the Red Dot, Product Design 2020 for its high-quality design.
The international Red Dot Jury awarded this sought-after seal of quality to the latest product in the range of VELUX Modular Skylights, the Step Solution. Hereby is VELUX one of the winners in the world’s most renowned design competition.
“We are of course truly honoured to receive this seal of quality for outstanding product design. Our products provide daylight and fresh air to improve peoples’ quality of life, that is at the core of our brand. With the Red Dot Label, we can raise the awareness about the quality of our products – in this case the VELUX Modular Skylight Step Solution – and associate our brand with good product design”, says David Briggs, CEO, VELUX Group.
Multiple rows of skylight modules connected create a large glass roof
As the product name indicates, the new VELUX Step Solution has a unique step structure where multiple rows of skylight modules can be connected above each other to create a large glass roof. It is characterized by a minimalistic design with a coherent and elegant structure that allows for thin supporting beams.
“We designed the VELUX Step Solution to offer our customers a solution with maximum daylight for larger glazed areas. We have thereby expanded our product range from modules installed side by side to this unique step structure. Our mounting system connects the modules closer, and the flashings ensure a watertight solution in the elegant VELUX Modular Skylights design”, explains global R&D Director, VELUX Commercial, Erik Kjærgaard.
The new VELUX Step Solution is a technologically advanced product, specifically suited to commercial and public buildings, both new build and refurbishment.
Detailed evaluation of the products entered
, designers and companies from 60 countries entered more than 6,500 products in the competition.
“The winners of the Red Dot Award have proved that they have created excellent products worthy of winning an award. The products won over the jury not only through their aesthetic, but also thanks to their incomparable functionality. With their designs, the award winners are setting new standards in their industry. I wish to congratulate them most sincerely on their success”, said Professor Dr. Peter Zec, founder and CEO of Red Dot.
Gaskets: specialities from the specialist
Hardware and gaskets affect the long-term performance of windows and doors “directly and fundamentally”. By harmonising these two components more effectively, the system as a whole will work better. Based on this principle, Roto Fenster- und Türtechnologie (FTT) boasts, in its own words, an “important differentiating feature” that sets itself apart from the competition. This is because whenever possible the hardware configuration and sealing profiles are jointly tailored to customer- and product-specific requirements. For market partners, the service partnership represents “tangible added security”.
In the sealing profile sector, this is ensured by Deventer
, a member of this division. It has been part of the Roto Group since 2016 and, besides a wide standard product range, also offers extensive expertise for individual developments. By way of example, this is evident from solutions for three Tilt&Turn windows made from various different materials. TPE (thermoplastic elastomers) – the only material to be used – also confirms the general benefits here. These include a wide range of possible applications in coextrusion and a high degree of flexibility with regard to colours.
For aluminium windows: thermal insulation and recycling
Deventer has developed a frame sealing profile with foamed areas for a European aluminium system supplier. It impresses with an outstanding thermal insulation value and functions reliably in the long term thanks to welded corners. There is the option to have it delivered as a complete frame welded to the specific dimensions required. The profile based with a sliding configuration ensures simple installation without additional lubricants. Thanks to the individual shape of the exclusive solution, the window system boasts a high level of sealing. The same applies to the operating convenience. In addition, the manufacturer underlines the environmental friendliness that is becoming increasingly relevant in the aluminium sector in particular and in construction projects more generally. Cradle-to-cradle certification confirms that the TPE profiles are fully recyclable.
For PVC windows: high-tech and optimal values
The Deventer experts report that special requirements had to be met with the “Kubus” all-glass window system from Gealan. In the interest of ensuring complete transparency, there were to be no gaskets on the frame, for example. Another priority was integrating the different functions of the glazing gasket and frame stop gasket in a single gasket cross section. And since the system concept does away with conventional glazing beads, it had to be possible to attach the gasket securely to the finished window element after it is glazed.
The solution found for the ambitious project is a “high-tech gasket”, which is secured in the sash frame via a jointly coordinated catch mechanism. An adhesive tape attached to the gasket in the factory fixes the profile to the glass as a stop gasket and glazing gasket. A TPE core inserted into the gasket cross section also ensures gasket compression and clearance. The large profile hollow chamber results in excellent tolerance compensation; its foamed area further optimises the thermal properties. Several successfully passed tests are proof of the effectiveness of the development, explains Deventer. For instance, “Kubus” achieved optimal values for driving rain impermeability, wind load and air permeability. The operating convenience was also rated as “excellent”.
For timber / aluminium windows: tailored work and colour adaptation
Specially coordinated – this is the concept behind the new “Mira Contour CTS” window from Gutmann. Individually combining various profiles, for instance, results in tight sealing, ease of operation and an attractive appearance alike. The lip of the central gasket and overlap gasket has also been “tailored” to the installation geometry. While thin profile walls and a minimal build-up of closing pressure make the window effortless to operate, the flexible base lip and the rigid back of the profile simplify installation. The ideal tool for correct corner formation is also included in the delivery programme. The Deventer experts round off the profiles of their latest contributions to the collaboration with Roto by presenting a silicone solution which acts as a glazing gasket with a colour adapted to the TPE central gasket and overlap gasket.
SC800-ZIP Solar: The first solar surface-mounted screen
Harol launched the first ever solar surface-mounted screen, a zip screen that can be installed with no demolition or electrical work. Simple for both the consumer and the installer. Servicing and inspection take an instant because the box is accessed via just two screws at the front. SC800-ZIP Solar is available in three box sizes (90, 110 and 150 cm) with a maximum area of up to 7.5 m2. The battery can be fitted either inside or outside the box.
SC800-ZIP: Energy-conscious, solid and super taut
The SC800 ZIP, a wind class 6 secondary screen, can withstand strong gusts of wind without a problem. Good news for passive builders: the building shell is not perforated
, so the house insulation remains intact. And so does the fabric. Even after years of use, it will still be taut and of impeccable quality. All thanks to the anti-wear fabric technology and our ingenious ZIP system. Moreover, this screen is insect-repellent, a blessing in the summer.
Super-compact box VZ080-ZIP: For all your glass panels, both indoors and outdoors
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