New REHAU window system aims to maximise benefits of natural light

REHAU has launched its largest window system to date.

The system, called ARTEVO, will replace the company’s GENEO range. Using the RAU-FIPRO-X material as its basis, REHAU said it has been ‘able to redefine what’s possible’ in terms of size, production efficiency and originality from today’s polymer window systems.

ARTEVO launches as a growing body of research emphasises the importance of natural light for homes and workplaces. The system can accommodate floor-to-ceiling heights up to 2.6 metres housed in a modern ‘cubic’ look. Integrated force zones are also said to provide increased performance and stability, making it easier to create larger sashes without the need for steel reinforcements.

“ARTEVO is all about architectural freedom,” said Russell Hand, head of product & technical at REHAU UK. “We’ve made several important improvements by evolving the GENEO system for today’s market. These include slimming down the profile size to 80mm whilst at the same time increasing its performance and capability for large spans. Now a building’s original plan can be realised without having to make concessions on design or performance as it nears completion.”

When combined with triple glazing the new system is suitable for Passivhaus projects. ARTEVO can be fitted with sealed units up to 72mm thick, when used in the flushed-mounted sash. During testing, REHAU added that the system was able to achieve sound insulation RW of up to 48dB.

The solution is also available with LowE foil, a patent-pending technology developed by the company’s engineers. LowE foil is a thermal insert fitted within the chambers of the ARTEVO window profiles. Replacing traditional foam thermal inserts, this V-shaped, reflective foil can be pre-inserted in the profile, reducing heat radiation by up to 5%, REHAU claimed, while also preventing convection within the profile chambers.