Mr. Sukhtej Gill is an USGBC accredited LEED architect based in Ludhiana. He is always keen for in-detail discussion about Doors/Windows system. He needed something sustainable material for his own residence which provide quality with performance guaranteed .
A common saying in the architect's field is Design follows Function. It becomes especially true when designing doors/ windows for an architect's own home. Here appropriate design needed with best performance.
When mr. gill shared his architectural drawings , I realized & said to myself that for me & fabrication partner it is not going to be easy cake walk to convince him for size limitations ( by the way UPVC Doors/ windows needs to be strictly designed as per size limitations recommended by profile & fittings manufacturer otherwise it is complete waste of money & time ). As he designed most of the door's height more than 8 ft or, 2440 mm. We tried to convince him as not going more than 2440 mm height as it is not advisable as most of the doors fitting or, hardware locking mechanism comes with 2440 mm height & going beyond that is Indian Jugaad, not recommended by not only by profile manufacturer but also fittings manufacturer.ultimately Mr. Gill has freezed 2440 mm which we offered in SL 90 mm system.
There are other challenges in his office cum residence as most of the rooms were having large door opening specially south west facing where solar heat needs to be controlled & needs to have thermal insulation for winter. We suggested double glazing with neutral colored heat reflective glasses which he agreed. There were other challenges in while designing as he required 3-sided U-shape window for lounge area where we have suggested to use flat steel bar couplings to avoid deflection & make it as rigid as wall.
Rest is history. for us it is like a building a Taj Mahal by innovative & sustainable material like uPVC.Window and Doors, for some our work is " frame a view " , for us frame work for life......