Intelligent motors ensure safety with automated windows in primary school
Automatically controlled windows on this new primary school in Wales include the WindowMaster control system to prevent hands and fingers becoming trapped and injured.
Automated windows installed at a new £3.8 million primary school in Monmouthshire are helping it achieve a ‘very good’ BREEAM rating. Supplied by WindowMaster, the windows have an anti-entrapment system to prevent pupils being injured as windows close. More schools and other buildings are having automated window systems installed to benefit from natural ventilation — leading to concerns about the possibility of hands and fingers being trapped as windows close. Monmouthshire County Council therefore worked with contractor Wilmott Dixon Group and architect White Design to ensure the safety of pupils and staff at Wresham Primary School. The WindowMaster NV Advance system uses micro-processors in the motors used to open and close windows to monitor the electrical current being drawn and the position of the window to within a millimetre. Hands or fingers being trapped cause the current to increase, so the motor is reversed to release the window. The system can be retrofitted on many existing windows and installed on new windows. It can operate on a wide range of window types, including top and bottom opening, sliding and parallel opening. The system can also be used on windows for heat and smoke ventilation.