Roxtec seals deal with daylighting systems manufacturer
CABLE and pipe seal specialist Roxtec has designed and tested tailor-made fire collars for a manufacturer of natural light systems which maximise daylight into buildings.
Roxtec worked in partnership with Solatube Daylighting Systems to customise and test large-sized fire collars for light conduits – special aluminium tubes which convey light into buildings. Fire collars are fitted around the lighting tubes as they pass through interior fire walls and locations with a risk of fire – including homes, offices and factories, schools, hospitals or even police cells.
Gavin Cornall, Construction & Power Manager of Roxtec’s UK arm based in Greater Manchester, said Roxtec was chosen because it could provide large-sized fire collar seals along with the required testing.
He said: “The light conduits are good examples of green technology, providing environmentally-friendly lighting in a variety of buildings. They help customers reduce their energy consumption, costs and carbon footprint while people inside the buildings get the benefits of natural daylight.
“In this project, our products needed to be customised for Solatube and we worked in partnership with them to create the solution. This is an example of a specialist firestop product which brings increased safety to the construction sector. This was a unique application and special fire testing was required.
“The benefits of working with Roxtec include the use of our dedicated fire testing facility, our expertise and track-record across different sectors, and our bespoke engineering solutions. We are the market-leader in our work.”
As part of the design process, Roxtec worked with Solatube Daylighting System’s UK office in Olney, near Milton Keynes, and Mr Cornall visited Solatube’s US headquarters earlier this year.