The Latest Launches
An Overview of the AIA Expo
in Washington, D.C.
Companies from across the nation gather this month in Washington,
D.C., to show off their latest wares to the nation’s leading architects
during the annual American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) Expo, May 17-19.
Among these are several glass and glazing suppliers displaying their latest
glass options, new technologies and more. Read on for an overview.
Wausau Goes Retro
Wausau Window and Wall Systems announces INvent Retro XLT windows, designed
to meet the needs of existing buildings’ renovation or new construction
where a classic appearance is desired. As the most recent addition to
the INvent Series, the Retro windows feature a narrow, beveled exterior
face that replicates the look of classic steel and wood windows, while
offering modern, high performance, according to the company.
Control the Sun with SageGlass
SAGE Electrochromics is displaying its SageGlass, an electronically tintable
glass for windows, skylights and curtainwalls. The glass tints automatically
or on demand to respond to changing sunlight and heat conditions, according
to the company. SageGlass can enable users to control sunlight and heat
without shades or blinds, maintaining both the view and connection to
the outdoors while also reducing energy consumption. The glass can be
used in commercial, institutional and high-end residential applications.
Find the Range with 3M
The 3M Co. is featuring a wide range of solutions during the AIA Convention.
Products on display include the company’s VHB structural glazing tape,
daylight redirecting film, Scotchgard protective film for glass, passive
fire protection and CR-20 polyurethane foam adhesive for adhering fleece
back membranes and insulation.
PPG to Debut Glass Possibilities
PPG Industries is unveiling two new high-performance architectural glasses.
One of the new glass products the company is introducing
is a passive-solar, low-E glass with improved U-values that is engineered
for commercial buildings in heating-dominated climates. The other is a
high-performing low-E glass with a steel-gray aesthetic designed to offer
solar control and visible light transmittance.
In addition, PPG is displaying its Solarban 72 Starphire
glass, a solar control, low-E glass with a light-to-solar-gain (LSG) ratio
at 2.38; Solarban R 100 glass, a neutral-reflective, solar control, low-E
glass with a 1.79 LSG ratio; and Solarban 70XL glass, a triple-silver-coated,
solar control, low-E glass.
Guardian Displays its Latest
Guardian Industries is displaying its recently launched SunGuard Photovoltaic
Glass Units (PVGU) for commercial buildings, on which it is working with
Pythagoras Solar. The units combine energy-efficient windows with high-efficiency
solar panels and include a low-E coating in an effort to optimize daylighting,
increase energy efficiency, and generate electricity to meet the needs
of a building.
In addition, the company is featuring its SunGuard SNR
43 and SunGuard IS 20. SunGuard SNR 43 is a new glass coating for commercial
applications that offers a high light-to-solar gain ratio and low solar
heat gain coefficient (SHGC). IS 20 is the company’s first commercial
interior surface coating for glass, providing cost efficiency and superior
performance, according to the company.
Kawneer and Traco are showcasing several products and solutions with their
combined exhibit space, including their newest ultra thermal, sun control
and window offerings. Kawneer will also offer a 60-minute continuing education
opportunity on the show floor.
Among the products on display is the Versoleil SunShade
platform with the Versoleil Outrigger option for curtainwall and storefronts.
Pre-engineered for multiple Kawneer systems, the design offers versatility
in both form and function, according to the company, and can be incorporated
easily into any building envelope.
The Traco NX-4000 Series thermal window also is being shown.
The window offers an energy-efficient projecting window solution with
the distinctive and historic look of a hung window. Company officials
say the design is ideal for retrofit projects.
Tubelite Expands Blast Line
Tubelite has expanded its ForceFront Blast curtainwall and entry door
systems for high-performance, high-security projects seeking blast-hazard
mitigation in low- and mid-rise applications. The systems include nominal
1-inch insulating glazing with a SentryGlas Plus Interlayer. The products
are manufactured using EcoLuminum, a high recycled-content aluminum billet
composition with eco-friendly, durable finishes.
Acralight Goes Solar
Acralight International Skylights is featuring its Building Integrated
Photovoltaics systems, highlighting the use of an assortment of high-performance
photovoltaic glass in sloped and vertical applications. The company recently
completed two large canopy structures, 24-feet wide by 330-feet long,
for the Bay Area Rapid Transit System in Union City, Calif., utilizing
It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane … It’s SuperLite II-XL
Safti First has partnered with PPG Industries to offer SuperLite II-XL
with Starphire Ultra-Clear Glass. The product is designed to provide maximum
fire and impact safety with hose stream from 45 to 120 minutes while meeting
ASTM E-119 requirements. The addition of Starphire Ultra-Clear Glass by
PPG to SuperLite II-XL allows architects to create safe, fire-rated spaces
with clarity and transparency, according to the company.
To the Point
Viracon has introduced ClearPoint, a point-supported insulating glass
system that increases the transparency of glass façades. The system was
engineered to provide building designers with greater flexibility and
to allow architects to maximize sight lines and enhance aesthetics, delivering
a clean, contemporary look both inside and out.
Additionally, Viracon officials say ClearPoint reduces the
amount of framing material making contact with the glass, providing an
elegant result for building interiors and exteriors.
The system also can be used with a low-E coating and/or
silk-screen options. The system comes with a 10-year limited warranty
and a heat soak certification, according to the company.
J.E. Berkowitz is featuring its Renovate by Berkowitz LLC Platinum Series
window retrofit technology. The system uses an interior glazing method
of hermetically sealing a factory-made insulating glass unit to the existing
monolithic glass window with a warm-edge triseal spacer. Company officials
say the system maintains the look of an existing exterior building façade
while also providing energy savings. The Platinum Series features PPG’s
Cradle-to-Cradle-certified Solarban and Sungate low-E products as options.
The system comes with a 10-year material warranty and a two-year labor
Luxar Anti-Reflective Glass on Display
Glas Troesch, with McGrory Glass Inc., is showing its anti-reflective
glass and other high-tech coated flat-glass product lines. Company officials
say the product is nearly imperceptible with a visible light reflectance
of below 0.5 percent, thus eliminating glare and haze.
ARTACO Debuts Complete Line of Railing Components and Systems
ARTACO Railing Systems, formerly Taco Railings, a division of Taco Metals
Inc., is debuting its complete line of glass railing systems. “ARTACO
glass railing systems represent a unique opportunity meeting industry
demands for more comprehensive manufacturing and installation solutions
that translate into real profits,” says Jon Kushner, president of Taco
Metals Inc. The company offers systems that contain products such as balusters,
brackets and fittings, as well as in-fills of glass, rod, cable or other
materials. All products meet international standards and can be shipped
and delivered almost immediately, according to the company.
Teks Select is Now ICC-ES Evaluated
ITW Buildex introduces Teks Select, a selectively hardened fastener with
new ICC approval. Teks Select self-drilling structural fasteners offer
Grade 5 performance, are quick to drill and tap, and offer few stalls,
according to the company.
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