Volume 25, Issue 6 - November/December 2011

Education and Resources

Illuminating Ideas
A Guardian Industries technical expert has co-authored a new white paper “Use of Anti-Reflective Glass in Lighting Products,” outlining glass innovations for lighting. The white paper, by David P. Maikowski, Guardian’s global product manager for lighting, and Kevin L. Willmorth of Lumenique LLC, explores how the use of glass lenses with anti-reflective (AR) coatings can help lighting fixtures become more efficient.

The white paper was written to demonstrate the significant energy and cost savings achieved when AR glass is used in lighting applications and compares the use of glass against different substrates commonly used in lighting products. It notes that the most-effective and value-driven use of AR coated glass in commercial lighting is in Solid-State Lighting applications whereby LED and overall fixture count can be reduced, such as sports and roadway lighting, while still meeting the specified illumination goals.

Finally, the study explores where the balance between cost and delivered performance produces the most effective result and identifies where the interaction of optical designs and flat glass lenses create the greatest need for AR coatings to improve optical performance.

The white paper can be downloaded from Guardian’s website.

Online Library Offers BIM
Viracon’s new Building Information Modeling (BIM) file library, which allows architects and designers to download Revit files of its glass substrates and coatings, is now available directly from its website. Site visitors can download glass products by both reflected color and transmitted color.

The Revit files are also designed to help architects when it comes to scheduling. With the Viracon files downloaded into the Revit program, architects can create a project schedule that has glass types, sizes, quantities and square footages. The schedule can be provided to the glazing contractor quickly and easily and if the glass type is changed, the schedule is updated automatically.

Product Info, a Click Away
Pilkington North America’s website now features a redesigned online product directory. The resource provides a full description of all products, explanations on how they work, as well as their applications, features and benefits.

All brochures are available for download, and the website includes a full interactive project references section.

All About Aluminum Windows
St. Cloud Window Inc. has developed a new continuing education course, “Aluminum Windows: Aesthetics and Performance.” The one-hour course provides an overview of the aesthetics and performance benefits of aluminum windows and the strategic role they play in the success of new construction and rehabilitation work.

The course provides one learning unit upon completion and has been approved by the following organizations: The American Institute of Architects; Health Safety & Welfare; American Institute of Building Design; Building Owners and Managers Institute; Florida Board of Professional Engineers; International Association of Certified Home Inspectors; National Association of Remodeling Industry; National Association of Home Builders; Alberta Association of Architects; Architectural Institute of British Columbia; Construction Specification Canada; Newfoundland & Labrador Association of Architects; Ontario Association of Architects; Ordre des Architectes du Québec; and the Saskatchewan Association of Architects.

The course is offered exclusively through AEC Daily online.

What’s Your Fav?

Got a favorite resource for glass information? Is there a tool you use frequently for specifications and technical information? What websites do you turn to again and again? Which companies provide the most helpful resources and product information? We’d like to know! Let the Architects’ Guide to Glass & Metal know what glass-related tools and resources you find most helpful. Just email about the resources you need when it comes to glazing and we’ll share the information right here in this section. We look forward to hearing from you!



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