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2/23/2014

Innotech Solves Client's Tricky Problem


The best products are those which combine outstanding performance and attractive design. Recently, Innotech completed a project in the Okanagan that perfectly encapsulates this principle. 

 

The client, whose riverside home sits nestled amidst pristine first growth forest, wanted to maximize their sightlines and spectacular views. The architect and builder proposed a curtain wall full of windows which would let the homeowner enjoy the views they desired, but this led to some challenges; the home's post and beam construction necessitated making some compromises to the design. Standard windows simply aren't strong enough for this type of installation, and so the curtain wall's fenestration would need reinforcement in the form of additional mullions, adding to the cost of the project and also obscuring some of the view. As you can see in the original drawing below, the windows were to be segmented into nine sections in order to support the weight of the wall.

 

Okanagan Curtain Wall Drawing

 

Thankfully, Innotech windows aren't "standard" - they're built to be the strongest and best performing in the industry. With the windows' superior structural integrity working in our favour we approached the client and builder with an alternative proposal. Instead of nine seperate pieces, Innotech could provide five extra large frames with a simple glue lam beam in between adding the necessary additional support. 

 

Okanagan Curtain Wall Photo

 

Okanagan Curtain Wall Photo

 

Larger windows and less obstruction? The client was onboard immediately. The finished result shown above was a vast improvement over the original plans and the homeowners are in love with their new windows. 

 

If you have a unique fenestration design or question, we invite you to contact one of our product consultants