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More than 100,000 housing professionals are expected to descend on
Orlando, Fla., for the 2007 International Builders’ Show (IBS), February
7-10. Hosted by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the
housing industry’s largest annual light construction trade show and
exhibition will take place at the Orange County Convention Center.
IBS 2007 will feature a new-product showcase covering more than one
million net square feet, with a record 1,800 exhibitors displaying the
latest products, services, designs and technologies available to the
home-building community. Attendees will also be able to choose from more
than 290 educational sessions.
Wow! That’s a lot of ground to cover in such a short time. Luckily,
we’re offering a quick glimpse at some of the new products members of
the glass industry may be seeking on the show floor. And you can bet that
there will be information on exciting new products discovered at the show
in future issues of USGlass.
CRL Retracts Its Euro Window Screens
Los Angeles-based C.R. Laurence Co. Inc. (CRL) has introduced its Euro
retractable window screens. With these screen systems, installers can
measure, cut and install, all in one visit.
The screens are available in four maximum opening widths from 31 to 55
inches, in three colors. They provide a maximum inside window height of 66
inches. Each kit includes powder-coated extruded aluminum lineals, durable
18 by 16 fiberglass screen wire and quality mounting hardware. These
interior screens can be inside jamb-mounted without drilling into the
Glazelock Gets it Together
Glazelock Shims Inc. of Kankakee, Ill., has introduced its Wedge-Lock
shims, which are designed to maintain alignment when compressed together.
The Wedge-Lock shims can be reversed to utilize the locking ridges to
maintain alignment and prevent sliding of shims. Molded in a series of 3
shims, they are easily broken into 1 ½ by 8-inch individual shims,
according to the company.
DuPont to Highlight Hurricane Resistance
DuPont of Wilmington, Del., will feature a live demonstration at the trade
show, highlighting the benefits of using hurricane-resistant impact
windows capable of withstanding high-speed winds and resisting wind-borne
debris. The demonstration of window installation techniques and related
technologies will be of interest for both large and small homebuilders,
according to the company.
RoyalGuard Makes (and Resists) an Impact
The RoyalGuard impact product line of doors and windows from Royal Group
Technologies of Woodbridge, Ontario, has been designed, manufactured and
tested to meet the high missile levels and cyclic test pressure protocols
for impact certification by the Florida Building Code. According to
information from the company, the products also meet ASTM standards for
preventing forced entry (ASTM F 1233) and the burglary-resistant
guidelines issued by Underwriters Laboratories (UL972).
The products also meet Energy Star® requirements, and the units’
laminated insulating glass also serves to reduce sound transmission as per
The interior glazed units feature all-vinyl welded frames and sashes, 3 ¼-inch
frame depth, 7/8-inch laminated insulating glass with PVB and steel
installation strips. All products are silicone-glazed to assure strength,
tightness and structural integrity. Aluminum reinforcement is provided in
sashes on vertical and horizontal slider systems.
NanaScreen™ Brings the Outdoor Breeze In
Nana Wall Systems of Mill Valley, Calif., has introduced its
European-designed NanaScreen™ system, which is customized to complement
its large, movable NanaWall™ opening glass wall system. The NanaScreen™
is a series of collapsible, pleated, screen panels that connect to protect
the full width of the NanaWall. Designed and tested for durability, the
screen features 4-inch-wide vertical cassettes to support the reinforced
polypropylene screen mesh.
Windsor Offers Warmth
Windsor Windows & Doors of West Des Moines, Iowa, will display its
Windsor Glazing System, featuring Cardinal Glass’s LoE2 glass. According
to the company, LoE2 keeps a home cool and comfortable by rejecting the
sun’s heat and damaging rays and helps a home stay warm by reflecting
heat back into the room.
The system also utilizes Edgetech’s Super Spacer, along with a secondary
seal of hot melt butyl to seal the unit and keep moisture out.
Silver Line Offers Shelter from the Storm
Silver Line of North Brunswick, N.J., says its new line of Weather Stopper™
impact-resistant windows and patio doors are built to endure the most
demanding weather conditions. All Weather Stopper™ sizes and styles meet
ASTM testing standards for impact and wind pressure cycling along with
Miami/Dade County codes.
Weather Stopper’s first line of defense features DuPont’s patented
SentryGlas® and Sentry Glas Plus, as well as a series of steel and
aluminum reinforcements. A newly engineered tilt latch secures the sash to
the window frame when the sashes are in the closed and locked position. It
interlocks with the window frame when closed, providing additional
strength during a storm.
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