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Marlon Clickfix is Top of the Class for Schools

Clickfix for Education

Natural light plays a vital role in modern buildings by helping them achieve energy efficiency targets in line with today’s stringent building regulations.  But in educational facilities the effect of quality daylighting extends far beyond architectural design and energy savings – with its effect on building occupants requiring extremely careful consideration.

In the school of the future, natural light must be a fundamental design element as it has been proven to create better working conditions which raises teacher morale, student concentration levels and ultimately delivers improved academic performance. As a completely sustainable resource, it also substantially cuts energy costs and the carbon footprint of a building, by reducing the need for artificial lighting if lighting controls are used. 

A leading light in education

Brett Martin Daylight Systems has built a solid reputation as the industry specialists in the provision of daylight solutions, with its expertise and practical experience utilised across the education sector.  As well as delivering bespoke daylight solutions for new build projects, the company has transformed courtyards into classrooms, replaced rooflights for refurbishment schemes, and created stunning glazed canopies and walkways.

When legislative changes and a desire to allow more natural light into buildings was driving demand for more versatile and cost effective systems, Brett Martin met the changing needs of designers and installers.  For architects and specifiers seeking thermal efficiency, weather tightness, fire performance and aesthetic appeal, and installers requiring robust, easy-to-fit products with technical support on tap – Brett Martin created the unique Marlon Clickfix1040 architectural glazing system.

“Marlon Clickfix 1040 is a thermally efficient method of introducing natural light into a building and is ideal for both new-build and refurbishment projects in the education sector as it performs better on value, performance and quality than its competitors,” comments Chris Czyzyk, product manager, Brett Martin Daylight Systems.

Not just a quick fix

Marlon Clickfix is a modular glazing system comprising a 40mm polycarbonate panel with 10 insulating internal walls – achieving a thermal insulation value of 0.99W/m2K and European fire rating of B-s1, d0.  With thermally broken aluminium profiles, fixing clips and rubber gaskets, its simple installation is quick and efficient with no need for vertical profiles, reducing both material costs and installation time. 

Developed by the company’s in-house product development team, the Marlon Clickfix’s tongue-and-groove connections simply interlock to create seamless glazed areas of virtually unlimited size and shape for vertical facades, rooflights and canopies – as well as cladding and partitioning, internally or externally.  Quick and easy to install, it perfectly complements Brett Martin’s leading range of rooflight solutions for education projects.

Available in glass clear or pearlescent as standard – with the option to specify a wide range of additional colour tints – Clickfix provides superior thermal insulation, UV protection and high quality diffused daylight which eliminates solar glare and prevents overheating.  It is also lightweight and easy to handle, in addition to the impact resistance, resilience and structural strength that is inherent in all of Brett Martin’s high performance polycarbonate systems.

With ever more complex school designs fast becoming the norm, Brett Martin offers this unique and simple solution which ensures stunning architectural innovations are now just a click away.

Making the grade

At the Shelfield Community Academy in the West Midlands, a spectacular 350m2 application of Marlon Clickfix helped to deliver good levels of diffused natural daylight into a sports hall and stairway. Rebuilt as part of a £22.5 million regeneration scheme, the secondary school and sixth form college serves approximately 1200 students.

With the Academy’s large sports hall requiring a natural light source to optimise internal environment conditions, the Marlon Clickfix system provided the optimum combination of high light transmission and UV protection. Finished with powder coated glazing channels, the system also complemented the new facility’s high quality external aesthetic.

Suitable for a variety of internal and external projects, the Marlon Clickfix architectural glazing system was also used to create five covered outdoor learning areas at the new £9 million Haddington Joint Campus development in East Lothian – part of the Scottish Government’s £1.25 billion Scotland’s Schools for the Future programme.

The state-of-the-art school features a series of five glazed external canopies to create sheltered learning and play environments outside of two classrooms, two nursery rooms and a dining room.  Providing high quality natural light, weather protection and impact resistance, Marlon Clickfix from Brett Martin once again fitted the bill perfectly.

“Lightweight, cost-effective and easy to install and fix, the Marlon Clickfix system was ideal at Haddington Joint Campus,” said Eddie Reid, Projects and Asset Management at East Lothian Council.  “When the spaces are used as outdoor classrooms or play and dining areas, the glazed canopies provide shelter, weather and UV protection to provide naturally lit and comfortable learning environments.”

Showing that natural light can improve the atmosphere and aesthetics of external as well as internal learning environments, Brett Martin’s Marlon Clickfix panel glazing system is becoming an increasingly popular specification in schools, colleges and universities and has helped the company to create a truly impressive portfolio of educational projects.

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