Category
News
CPD
Daylight
Author
blueprint media
Date
27.01.21
Natural daylight, and the pivotal role it plays in promoting human health, wellbeing and productivity when designing our built environment is the subject of a new professional learning module approved by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

Using recent scientific research and neurological discoveries, Indeglås, the innovative, internal glass specialist, demonstrates the importance of prioritising contact with variations of natural light and has launched a new Continuing Professional Development (CPD) module, ‘Daylight Transfer – a Guide to the Design Approach, Installation and Maintenance of Internal Glass’.

 

“This new module is pivotal for architects, designers, engineers and those who procure buildings,” said Indeglås’s Managing Director, Jeanette MacIntyre. “We bring evidence-based data to support the notion that human performance, mental health and wellbeing should be placed at the heart of building design.

 

“We need to stop planning and procuring our buildings based on using cost models which only reflect construction stage rates; instead, the whole life value of the building, how well it supports human productivity and long-term health, are of far greater relevance to the creation of a net zero carbon environment and a sustainable circular economy.

 

“As we build to protect mankind from the elements and to create environments which support a range of activities and collaboration, we can now use also evidence-based scientific data to design interiors which ensure occupants remain connected to daylight, an essential component in human health and productivity.”

 

The CPD module, which carries one hour of professional accreditation, makes references to neurological research from institutions including Harvard Medical School and discloses new data on how the human brain reacts to daylight.

 

“It has been proven scientifically that humans have an in-built requirement to experience the continually shifting patterns of daylight from morning to night”, said Ms MacIntyre.

 

“Part of our brain controls the circadian rhythm, an internal biological clock which amongst other subconscious functions, regulates our sleep-wake cycle.  This neural function is reliant on receiving coded messages from the eyes, linked to daylight patterns.

 

“Disrupting or confusing the biological clock – for example, by working in an environment devoid of exposure to the variations of natural light, can now be directly linked to chronic health conditions, such as sleep disorders, obesity, diabetes and depression.”

 

Modern technology and advanced production techniques continue to produce an increasing variety of intelligent and sophisticated glass types suitable for safe use within buildings. The module demonstrates how the application of considered design methodology and engagement with experienced specialists can ensure the journey from procurement, planning, building design and engineering through to construction and on-going maintenance of future buildings can be fully supported to ensure the delivery of imaginative, stimulating, and compliant solutions which underpin human wellbeing and productivity.

 

Ms MacIntyre, who rebranded her business as Indeglås in 2017 after completing a management buyout, has been working with the considered application of glass for more than 30 years and is a passionate advocate of engineering daylight from the external face of a building all the way through to its core.

 

Indeglås – Danish for ‘internal glass’ – is the sole distributor in the UK and Ireland for the product range of award-winning glass manufacturer DEKO of Denmark. A family firm established in 1970, DEKO was one of the first companies in the world to secure the European ‘Conformité Européene’ (CE) mark for glazed partition systems. Its products are highly valued for their quality, fire resistance, sound insulation, stability and environmental protection.

 

Indeglås has already delivered its CPD sessions to more than 50 management team members at City of Glasgow College, who opened a next generation ‘super campus’ in Glasgow in 2016, and are currently investigating further development.

 

Indeglås designed, engineered, and installed the internal glass screens in both the Riverside and City Campus developments at a combined contract value of £1.5M. Included in the latter is a bespoke two-hour fire-rated atrium screen, the first of its type in the UK.

 

The CPD seminar was also delivered to the estates team at University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, where Indeglås has completed numerous projects throughout the University estate and more recently secured a contract to inspect and maintain the internal glazed screens across three of the largest campus buildings.  Further delivery dates are confirmed throughout 2021 with procurement, design and engineering professionals.

 

Post COVID-19 and its effects on traditional learning environments, Indeglås is in discussion with a provider which can deliver the session online, information on which will be available shortly to book the learning as a webinar.

 

To find out more about the Indeglås Continuing Professional Development module, visit

https://www.ribacpd.com/deko-scotland/26922/overview/

Latest Updates

News

Latest Updates

"We need to stop planning and procuring our buildings based on using cost models which only reflect construction stage rates; instead, the whole life value of the building, how well it supports human productivity and long-term health, are of far greater relevance to the creation of a net zero carbon in the circular and sustainable economy"

Jeanette MacIntyre

Indeglås

Related Articles

The Herald SME Focus profiles Indeglas MD

Indeglas MD Jeanette MacIntyre was profiled in The Herald’s SME Focus feature.

  • 10.07.18
  • News
  • Read More

Indeglas signs up to the Glass and Glazing Federation

Indeglas has been approved as full members of the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF).

  • 10.07.18
  • News
  • Read More

Indeglas MD one of 130 Role Models at UKCW 2018

UK Construction Week (UKCW) 2018 will see the launch of its Role Models campaign and Indeglas MD Jeanette MacIntyre will be among 130 construction professionals supporting it.

  • 10.07.18
  • News
  • Read More

Indeglas internal glazed screens at two prestige Edinburgh sites feature in RIAS award winning projects

Boroughmuir High School and St Cecilia's Hall both won recently at the RIAS awards.

  • 24.07.18
  • News
  • Read More

And the OSCAR for interior glass solutions goes to…

Indeglas relies on OSCAR to grip, lift and precision-fit giant glass interior panels at University of Edinburgh’s DTI build

  • 06.09.18
  • News
  • Read More

Challenges facing smooth project management

By Derek Johnston, Operations Director

  • 17.09.18
  • Project, Staff, News
  • Read More

Clear to see what makes Indeglas stand out

By Iain McAlpine, Commercial Director

  • 17.09.18
  • Project, Staff, News
  • Read More

Indeglas successfully completes interior glass installation at University of Edinburgh’s The Bayes Centre at Potterow

This brings recent contract awards to over £840k

  • 01.12.18
  • News
  • Read More

A Solid 2019 performance in prospect for Indeglas as it logs four new high-profile projects adding £1.25m of order value

Indeglas, the Cumbernauld-based business recognised as a leading supplier of interior glass solutions, has started the new year with a healthy order book.

  • 23.02.19
  • News
  • Read More

Past and present create legacy for the future

Three generations of carpentry & joinery apprentices are playing a key role in the construction of Forth Valley College’s new Falkirk Campus.

  • 06.05.19
  • News, Staff
  • Read More

High-Profile Project Prompts Return of Key Skills to Construction Sector

After decades of travelling throughout the UK during his career in construction, Tom Russell had decided to give up the commute and hang up his hard hat, but then a prestigious project landed on his doorstep to lure him out of retirement.

  • 18.06.19
  • Staff, News, Project
  • Read More

It’s Not Just ‘The Right Thing To Do’ – It’s What’s Right for Our Business

When we heard about the Disability Confident scheme, it just made sense to sign up. As a place to work, Indeglas has always focused on creating an inclusive environment where everyone is treated equally. This allows employees to work to their fullest potential, which is what gets the best results for the business.

  • 16.12.19
  • News, Staff
  • Read More

Indeglas Wins Vote of Confidence for its Commitment to Disabled Employment

Specialist construction contractor Indeglas has been recognised by the government’s Disability Confident scheme for its commitment to the recruitment and retention of disabled staff.

  • 16.12.19
  • News, Staff
  • Read More

Best Value: Construction Industry Must Take a “Whole Life” Approach

It is frequently referred to these days as “value engineering”, but the practice of cutting costs by removing perceived ‘expensive design features’ during the construction phase of a project has been an unfortunate reality within the industry for a long time.

  • 17.01.20
  • News
  • Read More

University of Strathclyde contract win marks launch of new maintenance service from specialist supplier Indeglas

Cumbernauld-based Indeglas has secured an on-going agreement to regularly inspect and maintain internal glazed screens within the University of Strathclyde’s Stenhouse, James Weir and Technology and Innovation Centre Buildings.

  • 18.02.20
  • News
  • Read More

Back to Work Measures

Indeglas has undertaken a series of steps within the office to support social distancing and a safe return to work as soon as Government guidelines suggest it is safe to do so.

  • 25.06.20
  • News, Staff, health and safety, COVID-19, Office
  • Read More

Indeglas completes £1.04m internal glass screens contract at Heathrow’s Segro Park for gourmet food provider Do & Co

Indeglas, recognised as a leading supplier of interior glass screen solutions, has completed a £1.04m contract for Do & Co, a global gourmet entertainment and airline catering company based at Heathrow’s Segro Park.

  • 28.10.20
  • News, Project
  • Read More

Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2021 - Interview with recently qualified apprentice Andrew Dunn

To mark Scottish Apprenticeship Week (1 - 5 March), Indeglas managing director Jeanette MacIntyre interviewed recently qualified apprentice Andrew Dunn about his experiences of the apprenticeship.

  • 04.03.21
  • News, Staff, apprentices
  • Read More