New VELUX roof window wins design award
The new generation of remote-controlled roof windows from the VELUX Group has been awarded the Design Award at Ingeniørens Produktpris 2012. One of the reasons for the Danish trade magazine's selection was that VELUX INTEGRA® roof window allows greater daylight influx and makes a positive contribution to a home's energy bill.
VELUX INTEGRA® consists of an electrically-powered roof window and a control unit to operate it and the associated sunscreening equipment. The control unit's memory contains pre-installed weather data that enaVELUX INTEGRA® consists of an electrically-powered roof window and a control unit to opbles automatic operation of the window depending on prevailing weather conditions and thereby optimises a home's energy consumption and indoor climate. In practical terms, that means the control unit allows the user to automatically optimise heat intake and insulation properties in the heating season and minimise heat intake and prevent overheating in the summer.
In the development phase, attention was paid to combining design, technology and user-friendliness, a feature that found favour in the statement made by the jury in explaining their decision:
"VELUX INTEGRA® has won the design award because it is a well-considered and contem-porary update of the familiar VELUX product, GGL roof window. […] The window has been given intelligence, with an in-built rain sensor and a number of climate-optimising features that make the window more than a means of admitting light – it has become an active component in controlling the home's energy bill and provides the residents with automatic and controlled air circulation."
The recognition has been met with delight at VELUX Danmark A/S:
"We began the year by introducing our new generation of roof windows, and now end it by receiving a prestigious award for its intelligent design. That is a real pat on the back for everyone involved. The award also sends out an important signal that even with such well-known products as our roof windows, development and improvement is a continual process," says Jesper Salskov Jensen, General Manager of VELUX Danmark A/S. He continues:
"It is especially pleasing that the panel of judges spoke highly of the contribution VELUX INTEGRA® makes to a home's energy bill and improvement of the indoor climate – and of the natural ventilation that has been the cornerstone of our development of the new gen-eration of roof windows."
VELUX INTEGRA® was designed at the development departments in Østbirk near Horsens (in Jutland) and Group headquarters in Hørsholm, north of Copenhagen. The new generation of remote-controlled roof windows arrived on the market in Scandinavia in the spring of 2012 and will be introduced to the rest of Europe in the next few years.
About the VELUX Group
The VELUX Group creates better living environments with daylight and fresh air through the roof. The VELUX product programme contains a wide range of roof windows and skylights, along with solutions for flat roofs. The Group also supplies many types of decoration and sun screening, roller shutters, installation products, products for remote control and thermal solar collectors for installation in roofs. The VELUX Group, which has manufacturing companies in 11 countries and sales companies in just under 40 countries, represents one of the strongest brands in the global building materials sector and its products are sold in most parts of the world. The VELUX Group has about 10,000 employees and is owned by VKR Holding A/S, a limited company wholly owned by foundations and family. For more details, visit www.velux.com.