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Sotech Welcomes Regional Specification Manager Simran Thiara
Having worked in the building envelope space for over eight years, Simran brings a wealth of technical and design experience across anodising, aluminium framing, and glazing.
Today, we sat down with Simran to find out more about her background and what she's hoping to bring to the rainscreen cladding industry.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR BACKGROUND.
Well, I've worked in the industry for eight years now. I started out studying Architectural Technology at Birmingham City University, before beginning my career in anodising. I then moved on to aluminium framing profiles on buildings and my recent roles have been in glazing and glass manufacturing for large residential and commercial buildings.
It feels like I've come full circle with this role in rainscreen cladding because I will soon have covered the full building envelope – glass, framing, anodising, pricing, technical drawings, specifications.
WHAT DO YOU THINK IS IMPORTANT IN THE CONSTRUCTION SECTOR THIS YEAR?
Fire safety and sustainability. These are the two things I hear from architects and installers when I speak with them. I know Sotech has been at the forefront of testing and fire safety in the sector and I am looking forward to specifying their systems, knowing the rigour that goes into their testing processes.
When it comes to sustainability, it's about more than just a just a buzzword used so often. Building and construction are responsible for 39% of all carbon emissions in the world, so as an industry we need to strive to reduce this figure. When architects can see the impact their choices have one year vs fifty years down the line, they can make more informed choices. For example, using coated glass can dramatically improve thermal efficiency, meaning less heat energy being consumed and therefore lowering carbon emissions of the building. And choosing materials that can be recycled when the lifecycle of that building or product comes to an end means less waste to landfill and less emissions all round.
The world is ours to change and if we're going to do anything, we need to do it now.
ARE YOU READY TO GET TO WORK?
Yes, absolutely! I'm going to be covering the south of England, working mainly from the Building Centre in London. I am currently booking in appointments with architect and installers who want to learn more about Sotech's(https://sotech-