Guardian SunGuard® SNX solar control glass brings aesthetics, comfort and light to CSMART Campus

Guardian SunGuard® SNX solar control glass brings aesthetics, comfort and light to CSMART Campus. (Photos Guardian Industries Corp., GRDPR051)

Advanced solar-control glass from the Guardian SunGuard® eXtra selective range was selected to create the curtain walls for the recently completed CSMART Campus in Almere, the Netherlands.

Designed by Paul de Ruiter Architects and built on behalf of Carnival Corporation, the world’s largest cruise operator, the Campus consists of a five-storey state-of-the-art Center for Simulator Maritime Training (CSMART), offering high quality professional training, and the 12-storey CSMART Hotel to accommodate Carnival Cruise Lines employees during their annual trainings.

CSMART offers a range of highly advanced facilities and is located in a dune-landscape, where water, sky and land meet. In order to reflect these various aspects, maximum transparency was desirable – obviously without loss of indoor comfort.

For the curtain walls, 242 IGUs featuring Guardian SunGuard® SNX 60/28 glass were created in aluminium frames, the largest measuring 5730mm x 2854mm. The final IGU construction for these large panels is 10 SNX 60/28 - 14 - 1010.2 with a total thickness of 45mm. The exceptional thickness is necessary to meet the safety requirements of the glass: as the IGUs run from floor to ceiling and are located in a windy, coastal, environment, they need to comply with Dutch safety standards NEN6702 (load bearing) and NEN3569 (injury protection).

SunGuard is a high-performance solar protective glass helps create a comfortable indoor environment thanks to its selectivity. When used in a standard double glazing unit it lets in 60% of the natural daylight combined with only 28% of the solar heat and delivers a U-value of 1.0 W/m²K. This helps to save energy costs because of a lower demand for artificial light and climate control. SunGuard SNX 60/28 offers attractive neutral appearance and low reflection for superior aesthetics, making it the ideal choice for completely glazed facades.

The IGUs were produced by Hero Glas. The company’s Account Manager Harry van Uum, highlights that this project was extremely challenging because of the unique size and thickness of the panes and the required just-in-time delivery.

“Once we received the specification from the installers, we recommended Guardian SunGuard SNX 60/28, because of previous good experiences. Once agreed, we worked closely with the Guardian team, so they could meet our deadlines – which they did. Therefore we were able to produce the glass according to order, which was important because the 10mm SunGuard SNX 60/28 is not a standard stock material in this thickness.”

Whereas Hero Glas’ customers usually calculate their own statistics, in this exceptional case Hero did this in collaboration with Peter van Dijk of Kennis Centrum Glas. In addition, Hero and Guardian cooperated on a thermo stress analysis, important because, once installed, the windows are difficult to replace.

The installation was performed by Alkondor, a leading Dutch façade specialist. According to Jan Bergman, Head of Sales, this was not an everyday installation: “Each of the 242 IGU panels weighs around 1200 kilos, and it required a great deal of precision and good weather conditions to get the job done safely.”

The entrance doors to the hotel are also a particularly unique feature: from the outside of the building, only glass is visible, so the symmetry of the façade is not interrupted. This is achieved by using stepped glazing IGUs – also with SunGuard SNX 60/28. The glass is structurally bonded to the profiles and installed using a frame hidden in the cavity, which is also used for the mechanical devices that automatically open and close the doors.

Harry van Uum and Jan Bergman both agreed: “The Guardian SunGuard glass looks great and delivers the required properties. Moreover, Guardian provided an excellent logistics service, delivering the right glass at the right time, every time.”


”Being able to introduce Brazil to the infinite opportunities of a solar industry is a privilege for J.v.G. Thoma GmbH, and one that we are extremely grateful for. At the same time, this placed the ball squarely in our court, and the pressure to get the ball rolling quickly was high. Now that the lengthy initial formalities are out of the way, we can focus on making this project a success.“

The first DESERT solar module production in BRAZIL! Lets go ....
J.v.G. Thoma GmbH is delivering a DESERT turnkey production line to Brazil, the first of its kind and hopefully the first in many breakthroughs to leave the factory floor on their way to the largest country in South America. With a capacity of 30 MW, this is a small semi-automatic DESERT production line, but still a flagship in terms of DESERT solar module production and electricity generation in the country, now fully functional and ready to start with operation.

The machinery consists of DESERT production machines for high-efficiency DESERT solar modules built specifically for extreme hot climate, such as can be seen in deserts or in tropical areas. Made solely in Germany and built using the latest in DESERT and TROPIC module production, the systems inlcudes all cutting-edge technology.

Certified DESERT solar modules, DESERT containers, DESERT power plants and DESERT manufacturing machinery built using pioneering DESERT and TROPICS technology are now fully set up, and ready to perform. But powering on the machinery has been a long time coming. Up until recently, this advanced piece of equipment had been waiting for clearance at a port in Brazil. Now that the formalities have been dealt with, both J.v.G. Thoma and its customer in Brazil can get production under way.

J.v.G. Thoma GmbH is a company whose vision has always been to harness the infinite power of the sun and convert it into an inexhaustible supply of energy. But a vision such as this requires global reach, and this project has opened new doors. Brazil is not only a gateway to South American cooperation, but also the launchpad to international reach and expansion.

Following the delivery of this initial order, J.v.G. Thoma GmbH will be looking forward to an ongoing collaboration with the Brazilian company. From setup and initial training to setting the scene for a ramp up, J.v.G. Thoma will be there to provide expertise and assistance. Moreover, the company will be jointly responsible, along with the client, for the successful integration of the DESERT solar module factory.

In the future, bigger DESERT power plants will be set up on Brazilian soil, and together with existing turnkey production systems, they intend to take up a large share of the products and assets this sector will possess locally. J.v.G. Thoma plans to build up a local network of sales agents that can extend a premium offering to neighbouring countries in South America. Eventually, the company hopes to be able to expand its customer base to clients in North America.

Hans Thoma, general manager from the Thoma-group, is eager to acquire a substantial market share in Brazil, a growing country with tremendous potential for solar energy output. Having complied with local official procedures (Inmetro, TÜV, Fraunhofer CSP) and cleared the way for future business collaboration, he expresses his hope that the solar industry will henceforth expand quickly.

”Being able to introduce Brazil to the infinite opportunities of a solar industry is a privilege for J.v.G. Thoma GmbH, and one that we are extremely grateful for. At the same time, this placed the ball squarely in our court, and the pressure to get the ball rolling quickly was high. Now that the lengthy initial formalities are out of the way, we can focus on making this project a success.“

The first DESERT solar module production in BRAZIL! Let
Source: Guardian Glass Europe