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SWISSPACER welcomes BFRC’s clarification of spacer bar values

Andreas Geith, SWISSPACER Managing Director

SWISSPACER welcomes the BFRC’s statement on 28 May 2012 clarifying the conductivity values simulators should use for the full list of warm edge spacer bars. The BFRC has addressed some of the confusion in the industry highlighted by SWISSPACER and the figures for the conductivity values for spacer bars are now comprehensive and correct.

“We are very pleased,” said SWISSPACER Managing Director Andreas Geith, “that the BFRC has published a list of approved conductivity values. Following a very productive meeting with us the BFRC understood the concerns raised by SWISSPACER, felt clarification was required and published the correct values.

“We have been concerned about incorrect claims and inconsistent use of conductivity values over the past two years and the commercial consequences of these for other companies and ourselves. With this statement the BFRC has established a level playing field so every company can compete on a fair and equal basis. Now it’s up to the industry to make sure that the correct values are used.

“These figures prove SWISSPACER’s conductivity values are equal if not better than other spacer bars. But that’s only one of a number of critical factors in an energy efficient sealed unit. Porosity dramatically affects the longevity of sealed units, and with demand growing for triple glazing, rigidity is another important factor. SWISSPACER performs strongly across the board, which is why it’s the UK’s favourite spacer bar by sales volume.”

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Formed in 1998 Swisspacer is part of Saint-Gobain Glass Solutions. The company has experienced massive growth in the UK over the past 2 years. Its no-investment needed price benefit has been a key advantage that has attracted sealed unit manufacturers and window fabricators and fuelled its growth.

The manufacturing and head office is in Switzerland and a second manufacturing facility is established in Germany. Much investment is taking place to expand production capacity to ensure that Swisspacer is able to satisfy the dramatic ongoing growth in demand for its high performance warm edge spacer bar products.

Swisspacer has a growing network of leading sealed unit manufacturers in the UK and Ireland using its products, including Solaglas, Pilkington, Carey Glass, Supaseal, Custom Glass, Uniglaze2, Glass Systems, Clayton Glass, System 3 and Hollow Seal among others.

Swisspacer exactly matches the shape and dimensions of aluminium spacers, and being rigid and self supporting it handles in a similar way. And because there is no need to invest in expensive new machinery, it makes it very easy to get up and running with warm edge. Automated solutions are however available from Lisec, Saint-Gobain Seva and Rottler and Ruediger.

Independent tests conducted by IFT Rosenheim, the leading European independent fenestration research and test facility, showed that Swisspacer V had the best PSI values of all the other leading brands of spacer bar that were submitted for testing. Using Swisspacer thermal insulation (U-value) can be improved by up to 20%. Swisspacer V and Swisspacer perform very well in the Window Energy Rating Scheme.

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