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PRATER - Sun Shines On Prater Solar Launch

The UK’s leading building envelope contractor, Prater, has launched a new Solar division that specialises in ‘energising’ building envelopes to maximise sustainability credentials, as well as take advantage of the Government’s latest energy feed-in-tariff schemes.

“Clients can now incorporate photovoltaic panels into new and existing buildings backed by over 60 years’ experience of constructing building envelopes,” states Prater Solar‘s PV specialist Stuart Whiting. “Our new offering will help projects meet planning requirements and improve their BREEAM rating, while main contractors can be totally assured of the quality of construction.”

Offering a single point of contact for complete envelope and PV solutions, Prater Solar offers new-build and retrofit solar PV clients a turnkey service including engineering, procurement, construction and operation.

The company uses Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) and Building Applied Photovoltaics (BAPV) based solutions to deliver environmental benefits and a 25-year RPI-linked income. These products can be incorporated into metal and flat roofs, wall cladding, plant screens and even curtain wall glazing.

Meticulous design and installation of these solutions is essential to maintain a building’s external envelope and structural integrity, so Prater Solar will ensure that the PV system is designed specifically for the application, with particular focus on safety and high quality lifetime performance of both the building and the system.

“Our expertise helps us ensure that we deliver an income generating PV system which operates throughout a building’s design life, yet meets all structural and electrical requirements,” continues Stuart. “Compromising weather tightness or creating wind loading hazards must be avoided. In the rush to improve sustainability, ask yourself, what does your PV installer know about building construction?”

Extending Prater’s single source contact for envelopes to provide fully warranted PV panel installations is a logical step for the company, which has developed a first rate reputation for delivering high quality and cost effective design and installation services for complete building envelopes.

The company’s credentials have been proven on flagship projects such as the Emirates Stadium and Heathrow T4 as well as extensive hospital, school and other contracts for main contractors such as Laing O’Rourke, Skanska, Carillion and Sir Robert McAlpine.

Stuart adds: “With pedigree and reputation comes expectation, so when Prater diversifies into a new specialism, it does so with the financial standing, commitment and resources that will raise the bar in ‘energised’ building envelopes. The launch of Prater Solar therefore signifies a new stage in the BIPV and BAPV installation industry.”

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