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In fenestration, there’s never any shortage of new products. Hundreds appear every year, as manufacturers fight to capitalise on the latest crazes and get the edge on their competition. But that often means that those products aren’t especially ‘new’ at all. Born out of the immediate concerns and priorities of the day, they don’t make bold advances in technology and performance. Dozens might be launched, but the industry just treads water.
But not all new products fit that profile. Some genuinely push boundaries. By looking beyond the distractions of the here-and-now and thinking about the future, companies can help glass and glazing move forward – and, two years ago, that’s exactly what Profile 22 achieved with Optima.
The result of years of intensive R&D aimed at producing a window system that excelled on all fronts, Optima was the biggest innovation fenestration had seen in over a decade. Safety, performance and environmental regulations have all become stricter than ever in the last few years, and Optima’s designers assumed this was a trend that’s set to continue.
Optima is a six-chambered system (RCM inserts can take this number to eight) offering optimal rigidity and outstanding thermal performance. If used in conjunction with Argon-filled IGUs, it can achieve U Values as low as 0.8, enough to meet the legendarily strict Passivhaus standard, and A++ Window Energy Ratings.
What’s more, industry-leading 10mm gasket coverage allows Optima to offer outstanding draught-proofing performance, making homes more comfortable, and further improving a property’s energy efficiency.
More than anything else, the modern consumer demands choice – and again, this is something the Optima team expect to continue in the years ahead. That’s why they designed Optima to be the most versatile profile system on the market – available in chamfered and sculptured configurations, and capable of being tailored to virtually any style of project or property.
Optima offers an unparalleled choice of ancillaries and add-on products, and it’s been designed to be compatible with the widest possible range of glazing options, including 24 and 28mm double-glazing, and 36, 40 and 44mm triple-glazing.
The team behind Optima didn’t forget about security, either. A central Eurogroove gives the sashes greater rigidity, and its bead system passes security tests without glazing clips and is ready for proposed enhancements to PAS24.
Ease of installation was also a key consideration for the product’s designers. Optima incorporates a deeper drainage channel and features strategic local wall thickening for better screw and hardware retention. The dedicated floating mullion on the French doors and windows is self-holding on the first fix, so it can be easily clipped in, allowing for quick and easy installation.
Paignton’s Sierra Window is one of the UK’s most prominent Optima fabricators. “Optima is a real game-changer,” comments company Sales Director Paul Tranter. “Profile 22 have pulled out all the stops to design a profile system that was best-in-class across the board.
“The result is a product that lets our installer customers future-proof their businesses – offering the sort of next-generation performance that will meet and exceed the quality standards of the future, while significantly reducing environmental impact.
“With Optima, our installers can cater to a huge range of different tastes and applications – with doors and windows that look stunning, and perform even better. If you’re interested in learning more about how Optima can help you grow your business, don’t hesitate to give Sierra a call today.”
For more information call 0808 178 3455 or visit www.sierrawindows.co.ukBack to News