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UniTab Head Office, Albion QLD

With larger than usual plate glass windows and a requirement for high solar energy rejection, the refurbishment of the Unitab Head Office posed a unique challenge for Cooltone.

 

Unitab’s priority was finding a solution to their soaring energy costs, with 2100m2 of window coverage and deteriorating venetian blinds a major contributor to the increase in energy usage. To meet the client’s needs, Cooltone had to identify a product that had a conservative Solar Absorption performance, while at the same time maintaining a high rate of Solar Energy Rejection.

 

Cooltone settled on SolargardTM ST20 Neutral as the answer to Unitab’s problem, as it rejects a massive 75% of Solar Energy on 6mm glass. Then, using site-specific data in the Demand Analyser, Cooltone was able to demonstrate that the initial investment in ST20 would be paid off in two years; after that, the client would make significant annual savings on energy costs.

 

An additional benefit of using the ST20 was in terms of window quality — Glare Rejection at 74% and UV Reduction at 99% — which improved access to the panoramic views and reduced the heavy glare on computer screens. And, while the Unitab Head Office had begun to look a bit dilapidated due to age, application of the ST20 film has now given it the appearance of an up-to-date architecturally-designed building.

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Queensland Institute of Medical Research, Herston QLD

When solar glare started to interfere with the vital research undertaken at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR), Cooltone came up with a solution.

 

Now one of Australia’s preeminent medical research facilities, QIMR started life in 1945, in temporary buildings that had previously housed US armed forces. Since then, with significant philanthropic support, QIMR has expanded across three state-of-the-art buildings within the grounds of the Royal Brisbane Hospital.

 

In 2006, Cooltone was approached to retrofit the Clive Berghofer Cancer Research Centre building with tinted film, to reduce the glare that was getting in the way of the research being carried out at the centre.

 

As the original windows were green body tinted laminated glass, Cooltone needed to be sensitive to the amount of thermal activity created once a film was applied. This meant there was a limitation on the number of films that could be used.

 

To find the best solution for the client, Cooltone undertook an energy audit using Bekaert’s Demand Analyser. As a result, SolargardTM True Grey 20 was identified as the best product for the job, reducing glare while maintaining sufficient light levels for the important research to continue unhindered.

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RACV Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast, QLD

Refurbishing the external balustrades on a 16-storey resort is no mean feat, but this is exactly what Cooltone were faced with at the RACV’s Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast.

 

The client had identified that the safety film on the balustrades was deteriorating and needed to be replaced, which had to be achieved without impacting on the spectacular views.

 

Cooltone chose to strip the existing film and replace it with ArmorgardTM C90 100 micron clear Safety Film, in order to maintain the safety levels in each of the 192 units.

 

The project had some big hurdles, such as a 12-month installation period so the resort could keep trading. Each floor was vacated one at a time for a short period, meaning that Cooltone’s coordination with the builder needed to be precise.

 

The height of the building and the external nature of the job meant that work had to be carried out early in the morning, to avoid problems with wind, and periods of bad weather slowed the installation.

 

Despite these challenges, Cooltone met the 12-month deadline and Royal Pines Resort could rest easy in the knowledge that their balustrades were up to scratch.