Fresh thinking

Senior Architectural Systems is inviting specifiers to discuss how aluminium window systems can help create healthier interiors that can limit the spread of coronavirus through improved natural ventilation.

Along with daylighting, the benefits of ensuring an adequate supply of fresh air to boost both the physical and mental wellbeing of occupants has long been recognised by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and has been highlighted as an important factor in reducing the transmission of Covid-19 in interior settings, the company said.

While some degree of natural ventilation can be achieved simply by opening a window, Senior is keen to help specifiers select the most appropriate system for their next project by providing guidance on the key issues of safety, in terms of trapped fingers and falls from height, operational controls, and energy efficiency.

Not only can all of Senior’s aluminium windows be fitted with trickle-vents, which allow fresh air to circulate in a room when the window is a closed and locked position, and which can be operated via automatic or manual controls, the specification of appropriate window styles can also help reduce the risk of falls from height.

Tilt and turn windows are very popular as they can provide ventilation with restricted access to prevent people, children in particular, from climbing out, making this style of window particularly useful for high-rise residential schemes.

Parallel push style aluminium windows are also popular: with hinges on all sides of the frame, this type of window can be easily pushed open and yet will remain parallel to the wall. This enables rooms to be safely ventilated, with the limited opening helping to reduce the risk of falls from the window. Push parallel style windows can also help to create a more uniform facade.