New Product Focus
Three from PPG Earn Cradle to Cradle Certification
Three glass products from Pittsburgh-based PPG Industries have earned
Cradle to Cradle® certification at the Silver tier. The products are
SOLARBAN® R100 glass, SUNGATE® 400 glass and CLARVISTA™ shower
The three glasses were named as Cradle to Cradle Certified (CM) after
an audit of the materials used in their formulation and production, and
the processes used to manufacture them. The certification is awarded by
McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry, which independently evaluates the
total impact of a product on human health and the environment throughout
its life cycle. Considerations include sustainability of the product’s
material ingredients and its ability to be reutilized, and how efficiently
water and energy are used in the product’s manufacture. The product manufacturer
also must demonstrate socially responsible corporate practices that encompass
social fairness, ethical business standards and environmental stewardship.
doors and windows
WinTech Introduces New Blast-Mitigation Option
The Series 325 blast-mitigation window developed and engineered by WinTech
in Monett, Mo., has been analyzed in accordance with current UFC4-010-01
requirements and achieved up to level-one protection. These aluminum windows
are available in fixed, project-out and out-swing casements. The 3 ¼-inch
window is for use primarily in military and government new construction
projects. The company reports that it also can pre-assemble the window
into a steel framed opening for installation into a pre-engineered steel
building and provide a standard calculation package at the same time.
Smart Glazing Joins the Wasco Line-Up
Wasco Skylight Products Inc. in Sanford, Maine, has introduced an electrochromic
glass option into its portfolio of high performance glazings.
The company is offering Sage Electrochromics Inc.’s SageGlass® glazing
to help reduce glare and solar heat gain while maintaining a constant
view of the outdoors. When an electrical charge is conveyed through the
glazing, a fine ceramic coating absorbs light and darkens. Custom variations
in the degree of tinting can be programmed into the glass at the factory,
allowing for intermediate levels of darkness. Tinting can be activated
with a switch or integrated into a building management system. Visible
light transmittance for SageGlass ranges from 62 percent in its clear
state to 3.5 percent in its darkened state.
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