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A SPACE TO LEARN

Section by section we've split out all you need to know, from our history, to balcony design, all the way to building frame and cladding types.

This knowledge base is split into subject sections, each of which contains concise information, as well as quiz on that information. Test your knowledge, and then go back and brush on on the areas you need to.

Scroll down to select a topic and make a start.

 

TOPICS

 

SAPPHIRE HISTORY

Learn where it all began, and the journey to where we are now.

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BALCONY KEY TERMS

Get your head around all the key terms you'll see when dealing with balconies. This is just a brief list of the essentials.

ADVANTAGES OF GLIDE ON

A quick and concise list of the key benefits the Glide On system brings.

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ANCHORS AND DEFLECTION

Here we cover all things deflection, looking at the regulation, our promises and key anchor details.

CASSETTE STRUCTURE

Look into how the chassis of our balcony is built, and the benefits it brings.

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GLASS BALUSTRADES

Look into the details and options when it comes to glass balustrade design, as well as some information onf the ban.

METAL BALUSTRADE TYPES

Learn more of the different balustrade types, and what you should bear in mind when designing them on your balconies.

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INSET BALCONIES

We not only do projecting balconies, but also insets, find out how here.

BALCONY DRAINAGE

Look into the different balcony drainage options, the regulations, and our recommendations.

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THERMAL PERFORMANCE

One of the key factors when looking at balcony design is thermal performance. Learn our approach here.

BALCONY FIRE SAFETY

Look at the research we've done into balcony fires, and what we'd recommend when designed our fire risks.

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ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE

Take a look at how our system measures up against concrete, and steel balconies in regards to carbon usage and how we impact the environment.

INSTALLATION

Take a look at all the added install flexibility that comes with the Glide On system.

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BUILDING FRAME TYPES

Take a look at the different frame construction types, and our solutions.

ACCESS INTERFACES, CLADDING, AND SERVICES

In this section we cover the access interface area, cladding on buildings with balconies, and how we approach handling services.

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BS 8579

Take a look into the new BS specifically for balcony design.

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REGULATIONS AND STANDARDS

Although we reference the appropriate regulations in individual sections, this sections looks at all the different regulations and standards which you need to know.

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