Gilberts Exposes Design Potential
There is a patented solution to delivering the fine detail in the trend towards exposed ceilings in commercial environments- Gilberts’ swirl diffusers.
The company’s range of GSF fixed and GSJ adjustable diffusers have been purpose-designed to bring a modern yet discreet element to exposed ceiling building systems.
The diffusers feature a copyrighted circular pattern of radial vanes to optimise omni-directional discharge airflow. The design also compliments the ductwork aesthetics- further enhanced when the round housing frame is chosen.
The vane configuration in Gilberts’ diffusers enables delivery of high air change rates compared to conventional diffusers, with rapid entrainment and intermixing. The GSF distributes the fresh air horizontally across the ceiling; the GSJ features interlinked blades that can be altered, manually or automatically (by motor or thermally activated), to provide either horizontal or vertical projection.
Addition of coanda plates to either version can further help create an internal environment with the appropriate levels of thermal comfort, and air quality, free from draughts, by encouraging the incoming cooler air to track along the nearest coanda plate and prevent air dumping, therefore correctly distributing conditioned air.
Gilberts’ GSF and GSJ are already attainting recognition, being used in, among other projects, Uber’s European Centre of Excellence and Texaco filling stations.
“The whole open ceiling trend is largely associated with the growing emphasis on wellness in the workplace,” observes Ian Rogers, Gilberts’ Sales Director. “Among the most common building-related culprits for hindering productivity are thermal comfort and air quality, and spaces that feel crowded.
“Leaving the ceiling void uncovered helps create a more open ambience. However, it also means the whole design and aesthetics of the building services play more of a role. Components which are highly visible- such as the diffusers- need to ensure the space is correctly ventilated, but simultaneously compliment the architecture.”
Gilberts’ GSF and GSJ swirl diffusres are just part of the company’s range of grilles, louvres and diffusers for natural and mechanical ventilation.
Founded 55 years ago, Gilberts Blackpool is Britain’s leading independent air movement specialist, and is unique in its ability to develop components. Be it ‘mainstream’ or bespoke – entirely in-house, from initial design through tooling, production, testing and supply, at its 85,000 ft2 manufacturing facility. Its state of the art test centre, designed and built in-house, is one of the most technically advanced in the country.