AMS, CIT zero2020energy & Kingspan Group Plc develop ground breaking technology

8th May 2012

AMS, CIT zero2020energy & Kingspan Group Plc develop ground breaking technology

AMS have developed a new high performance, integrated window system which greatly enhanced the energy performance of the existing facade at C.I.T. research facility in Bishopstown, Cork. Nothing like this system exists at the moment and we at AMS are very excited by how this bespoke aluminium system can easily and greatly improve the performance of existing facades, and make facade refurbishment a painless and cost effective solution. The overall facade achieved a U-value of 0.7 W/m2K

It was clear from the onset that CIT research team were targeting a zero emission refurbishment, a challenge we greatly accepted. To make the refurbishment work and achieve the performance required, we had to design a new therm - strip curtain wall system, which was capable of supporting the window and cladding system, but also provide excellent thermal performance values. Along with this, a new and unique window system was developed which integrated with the Kingspan 125mm benchmark system. The window also contained integrated blinds, four open - in sashes, the bottom two being manually operated and the top two connected to the B.M.S. with concealed actuators. The sashes are concealed behind a newly designed louvre panel which gives a 50% free air flow. The window system is quad glazed and contains integral blinds which, should maintenance of the blinds be required, is accessible without removing the outer units.

The cladding system provided by Kingspan was their top of the range ’Benchmark facade system’, which was integrated and glazed into the therm - strip curtain wall grid, the system comprised of a 125mm insulated panel with benchmark carrier rails and ceramic tiles attached.

The facade was installed by Wesco aluminium from Ballineen in West Cork and company director, Christy O’Sullivan, who has been instrumental to the smooth operation and installation of the façade, has been extremely impressed at the ease at which the whole system goes together, to give a modern clean look but also a top of the range sustainable and energy efficient facade.

The facade will be used as a research project and continuously monitored over time to determine the working performance of the system vs. the theoretical calculated performance.

C.I.T research team have created a dedicated web site which is regularly updated to show progress of construction and detailed analysis of the design, this can be found at




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