Apple of the eye: CMS earns top environmental award

Dumfries & Galloway Royal Infirmary

CUMBERNAULD-based CMS Window Systems has won a Scottish Green Apple Award for Environmental Best Practice 2018.

The windows, doors and curtain walling specialist was presented with the Gold award at a ceremony at the CMS Innovation Hub, which the firm described as a “terrific endorsement” of its sustainable business startegy.

Chief operating officer David Ritchie said, “CMS was built from day one around environmental, social and economic sustainability, at the heart of which is our unique closed-loop recycling guarantee, ensuring our landfill waste is virtually zero and that our new windows and doors are easily recyclable at the end of their lengthy service life.”

The firm won gold in the UK Green Apple Awards last year and was presented with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Sustainable Development 2017.

CMS recently divulged details of its involvement in two high profile projects. The company delivered the window and curtain walling contract for the new Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries, which was named Scotland’s Best Building at the 2017 RIAS Awards. The brief was to manufacture and install a range of aluminium windows and curtain walling finished in RAL 7024 graphite grey. All windows use the Metal Technology 4-20 Hi+ system, which incorporates a thermal break. The curtain walling – capped and silicone pointed – was fabricated using the Metal Technology System 17 Latitude.

Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries

CMS said the windows and curtain walling are glazed with sealed units that balance thermal insulation with solar control to maintain an “energy efficient, stable internal climate”. Windows feature a 6mm toughened pane, a 16mm Argon filled cavity, and a 6.4mm Planitherm Ultra N pane.

Stephen Anderson, aluminium contracts director at CMS said, “The new Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries project was a superb project to be part of and we are delighted to have been part of the project team. We have worked extensively with Fife Council over the past decade in social housing projects, educational buildings and a wide variety of other non-residential schemes, so it was pleasing to be appointed to work on this most prestigious of projects that people across Fife, and Scotland as a whole, can be proud of.”

CMS also helped deliver the new Dumfries & Galloway Royal Infirmary, having provided windows, doors and curtain walling to the project.

The £5 million aluminium fenestration brief involved the complete fabrication and installation of more than 420 windows, 35 stand-alone doors and curtain walling covering more than 8,000 sq. m.  CMS manufactured all the windows and doors using the Kawneer AA720 system finished in a range of single and dual colour PPC as well as anodised coatings. This 72mm profile incorporates extruded polyamide and patented thermal breaks, insulated centre seals, foam isolators and foam core insulation.

The curtain walling was manufactured using the Kawneer mullion drained AA100 system with a portion provided using the SSG Silicone Pointed version of this system.

Stephen Anderson said, “We’re delighted to have played a key part in this major new healthcare project which looks set to benefit thousands of people in Dumfries & Galloway every year and provide an outstanding working environment for the staff. The design achieves the goal of creating a ‘healing environment’ extremely well, with our windows making an important contribution by enabling optimum natural light whilst helping maintain a comfortable, energy efficient internal climate.”