Pleasant and safe Living and working environment
A pleasant living and working environment can be achieved with the appropriate temperature in the interior space, fresh air without harmful particles, appropriate natural daylight in an internal space, appropriate sound protection and fire resistance.
For the optimal living and working environment the amount of natural daylight is of crucial importance.
Q-Air glass facade manages solar heat gain, thermal and light transmittance so perfectly that a full transparent glazed area is achievable whilst fulfilling the building regulations for thermal insulation and total energy consumption of the building. Building regulations for conventional glass curtain wall systems typically lead to the minimising of transparent areas of the facade by as much as 70 %, at which point visual comfort is affected. Q-Air enables full panoramic glazing for maximised visual comfort.
Q-Air compared to conventional glass curtain wall system at the same Ucw value
Qbiss One modular facade system includes elegant and high quality integrated window modules and other elements. The window modules are made from aluminium profiles with an integral thermal break that minimises cold bridges and ensures the highest levels of thermal performance.
Thermal comfort is achieved with appropriate air temperature in the interior space as well as on the peripheral surfaces, the speed of movement of the air and amount of humidity in the interior space. Trimo’s building envelopes ensure high thermal insulation (U value), which keep the temperature of the outer walls on the interior side relatively high, very close to the interior air temperature.
At those surfaces the air is not cooled as fast as it does in less insulated buildings, where the air on the cold wall descends towards the floor and moves further towards the interior surface, before warming up again and re-circulates under the ceiling towards the outer wall. The greater the temperature difference between the interior surface of the exterior wall and the air in the interior space is, the faster the air moves. Occupants feel this effect as draught. This is accompanied by radiation of the cold wall, which is why the internal temperature of the space has to be further increased to achieve the proper thermal comfort.
In less insulated buildings, due to faster air movements, it is necessary to set higher interior temperatures, from 23 to 24°C to feel comfortable. In good insulated buildings with slow air movements comfort is achieved at a lower temperature from 20 to 21 °C.
With Trimo building envelopes the air moves very slowly, which is why it delivers enhanced living comfort. Due to superior airtightness between Trimo’s building elements there is no air crossing through the building envelope that could cause faster air movement and draught.
Trimo´s building envelopes provide:
- Superior thermal insulation levels (U value):
Ucw ≥ 0.30 W/m2K for fully transparent glass façade Q-Air
U ≥ 0.16 W/m2K for prefabricated metal total wall solution Qbiss One
U ≥ 0.15 W/m2K for insulated fire-proof panels Trimoterm
- Building airtightness from basic to extreme level; even exceeding the airtightness level of passive buildings by a factor of 10 (n50 ≤ 0.06)
Sound protection has an important influence for health and well-being of occupants. It is necessity in residential, commercial, public buildings and other building types for special usage.
Trimo’s building envelope systems provide high sound insulation levels (Rw value):
- Rw = 43-60 dB for glass façade Q-Air
- Rw = 30 dB for prefabricated metal total wall solution Qbiss One
- Rw = 30-34 dB for insulated fire-proof panels Trimoterm
- Rw = 46, 55, 63 dB for special acoustic systems Trimoterm
Trimo’s building elements and systems Trimoterm, Qbiss One and Q-Air consist of mineral raw materials, mainly steel sheets, thermal insulation from mineral wool and glass. During production of Trimo’s products non-hazardous materials are used. They are free of VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) and POPs (Persistent Organic Pollutants), free of formaldehyde or any other substance that is likely to emit VOCs.
Trimo is spreading the culture of a responsible attitude towards climate change together with its partners in the supply chain. It is doing this by implementing careful management of natural resources, production energy, and deploying measures for reducing the indirect impact on the level of emissions. Trimo´s responsibility is also displayed in its defined CO2 footprint for the main Trimoterm and Qbiss products across the complete purchase chain.
Trimo’s building elements are highly recyclable at the end of their life. Recyclability rates:
- Trimoterm 99%
- Qbiss One 98%
- Q-Air 96%