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What makes a rooflight BIM object?

A BIM object, while providing an important visual representation of products and materials for use in design and construction drawings, must offer a lot more than that. Boiled down to the essentials, a BIM object is actually better equated to a spreadsheet in the way that it details the properties of the product in question.… Read more

BIM: The information in the model

Hearing the phrase ‘building information modelling’ conjures mental images of flashy 3D graphics, designed to show off the impressive architecture of some new multi-million pound landmark building. That mental image is almost inevitable – after all, most of our built environment is judged on how it looks, fuelled by media reporting of ‘prizes’ like the… Read more

What are the performance considerations for rooflights and roof windows?

When specifying rooflights or roof windows, the first thing you’ll probably think about is how the items will look once they’re installed. This is certainly an important aspect to consider – after all, appearance is critical. But you will also need to analyse the performance criteria of these glazing units to ensure they serve their… Read more

Up on the roof: how access rooflights can transform a living space

It’s easy to see why outdoor spaces are so highly desired among potential homebuyers. However, with space often at a premium, architects, designers and house builders are looking for creative ways to provide this luxury living space. This is where access box rooflights can provide an excellent solution. Outdoor space in urban areas Blocks of… Read more

What specifiers need to know about installing roof windows and rooflights

The benefits of specifying roof windows and rooflights are clear: they provide high levels of natural light, they can be wonderful sources of ventilation, and they contribute to the thermal comfort of a building. Roof windows and rooflights also provide an aesthetically pleasing addition to the external appearance of a property. But what else should… Read more

The top 15 FAQs about CE marking

We often see the letters CE on products we purchase – from children’s toys to electronics, as well as windows and other construction products. While CE marking might seem like a fairly simple concept, it’s actually very complicated, since it doesn’t apply to every product on the market, and different items will have to meet… Read more

Flushglaze or Pitchglaze? How to specify the right glazing product

Adding glazing to a roof can provide a variety of benefits for a building and its occupants, such as increasing the amount of natural light and providing natural ventilation. However, if you want to make the most of these products, you need to make sure you specify the right one. Here at Glazing Vision, we… Read more

What is the minimum roof pitch for a rooflight or a roof window?

Rooflights and roof windows are both popular choices for bringing natural daylight into a property, and rooflights can also provide a variety of other benefits, such as natural ventilation and access to roof terraces. When selecting a rooflight or roof window, there are several specification considerations to think about – and one factor that could… Read more

What is the difference between a skylight, rooflight or roof window?

*This post has been updated as of 29.03.18 We all have a predilection to well lit, inviting spaces, so increasing the use of glazing products in the built environment is almost always an efficient way of improving an internal space. But what is the difference between these glazing products: is a skylight different to a… Read more

A guide to landings and headspace clearance for access rooflights

Part K of the Building Regulations defines what requirements must be met in order to prevent injuries due to falls, collisions and impacts. While Part K deals with safety around a variety of building components, if you’re specifying an access rooflight, it will be of particular interest because of its focus on stairs. Stairs can… Read more

What type of stairs should be specified for access rooflights?

Designing an access rooflight isn’t just about the glass structure overhead. There’s also the “access” part to think about — how will users approach the rooflight and what are the safety considerations? Unless a rooflight is intended for maintenance purposes, where personnel will only use it on an occasional basis, the access will need to… Read more

What are the glazing requirements for access rooflights?

When specifying a glass building element, safety is a major consideration. This is certainly true for access rooflights, since users will have direct contact with the glazing. For example, users will be opening and closing the doors of access rooflights. This means that they might lean on or impact the glass walls of box rooflights… Read more

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