Shhh… first window awarded Quiet Mark tag
3rd May 2016
A new quality accreditation has quietly crept into the window industry alongside energy, security and other labels with the award of the first ever Quiet Mark label in the sector.
The milestone is claimed by Glasgow-based CMS Window Systems which joins Dyson, Virgin Atlantic, Lexus and many other major brands that have been awarded the label by the Noise Abatement Society.
The CMS Silent-Therm, developed in conjunction with sealed unit manufacturer Glassolutions and independently tested at Aerotech Laboratories, is said to be able to reduce sound travel into a room by 5db. It is made with Stadip Silence acoustic glass and low-e Planitherm Total+ from Saint-Gobain Glass with Sheerframe PVC-U window profiles. It is available in six window types including casement, reversible, and tilt & turn. The result is A-Rated for energy efficiency and also carries the Secured by Design tag.
Andy Kerr, Managing Director of CMS Window Systems said: “Noise is a huge issue for so many householders, but until now there has been no approved window specification to help building professionals, architects and homeowners properly address the issue. We’ve changed that with the launch of our acoustic thermal window: by utilising the best technology and investing in Quiet Mark approval we aim to give total confidence that the window will enhance acoustic insulation in the home.”
Employing around 250 people at its 15-acre main manufacturing base and HQ near Glasgow, plus its facilities in Fife, CMS Window Systems designs, manufactures and installs aluminium and timber composite systems as well as PVC-U windows and doors.
The Quiet Mark window is not the only ‘first’ on the company’s CV. A decade ago, it also claimed the first zero carbon 0.8 U-value PVCu window for the mainstream UK market.
Picture: Marketing Manager Sarah Wilson, tests the CMS Silent-Therm window in a specially designed acoustic pod.