In the Heart of the Cotswolds - The Moonstone Project
19. Becker Curtain Walling

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Moonstone Project Introduction
01. Existing Cottage & Demolition Works
02. ArchiCAD & Planning Proposals
03. Basement Floor and Blockwork Walls
04. Quadlock - ICF Concrete System
05. Basement Slabs
06. Waterproofing of Guest Wing Slab
07. Tanking to Walls
08. General Building and Blockwork
09. Slinkies
10. Boreholes
11. Steel Erection
12. Zinc Roof
13. Stone Lintels
14. Stone Walls
15. Gull Wings
16. Flat Roofs
17. Solar Systems
18. Oak Frame
19. Becker : Triple Glazing
20. Toughened
21. Timber Cladding
22. Heat Recovery Earth Pipes
23. Insulation & Passiv Haus
24. Solar Panels
25. Aquatron & Poo
26. Reed Beds
27. Underfloor Heating
28. Tiling
29. Stone Bath and Polishing Floors
30. Steel Staircase & Balustrades
31. Weather
32. Technology and Lighting
33. Kitchens and Fitted Furniture
34. Glass Stairs and Glass Box


Ok I lied, I said earlier that I wasn’t here to promote any one company - but here goes Becker & Sohn or were our German glazing contractors that fitted all our curtain walling, sliding folding doors, sliding doors, windows and triple glazing - and the were simply brilliant. They build Passiv haus houses as well offering turn key solutions that you don’t need to worry about - like so many of the German contractors that have graced our TV screens over the last few years of Grand Design TV programmes and the like, the guys from Becker were fun and refreshing to work with and maintained an impeccable, fanatical attention to detail.

One day during a Building Control visit, myself and my friendly officer, couldn’t believe our eyes that a special routing tool was being used to remove an excess silicone material from around the edges of our large Oak frames, to a specific depth, only to be replaced by another material that was infinitely better at sealing against any air leakage. Not surprising that the same company was chosen to put all the bomb proof windows in the new Scottish parliament building.

They really were a tremendous team, we only had three guys to off-load and install pre-made sections of curtain walling 3m wide by 7m in height - the weather conditions again were incredibly windy and wet, and yet they completed ahead of schedule, and they never seem to break into a sweat.

In 2005 we really struggled to locate any company capable of manufacturing not only triple glazed units but curtain walling sections that had the same U-value as the centre pane of glass. Absoluelty no point installing triple glazed units if the frames they are fitted into are leaky or have a lower U-value. Becker used the Raico THERM + H Passiv house curtain walling system where the frame is thermally broken and achieves the same U=0.7W/m2K that the triple glazed argon filled units achive.|cat47f1033bc026e_0|3