Volume 26, Issue 6 - November/December 2012

New Product Focus
Give Your Window Exterior a Lift

Swedesboro, N.J.-based Renolit offers a broad range of metallic films suited for commercial applications with an expanded offering of realistic metallic finishes. These finishes include architectural bronze and other anodized-type finishes, including silver, aluminum, copper, black and more.

Company officials say the scratch-resistant surface can be ordered with either a smooth-stipple or an etched-type finish that bring a rich appearance and excellent durability.

These metallic finishes join the Exofol selection of woodgrain and solid color-laminate films, and can help enhance the look of the interior or exterior of all types of window frames.

The Exofol is suitable for substrates of PVC, fiberglass, wood, aluminum, composites and more.

BIM tools
Folding Door Models Join BIM Library

Revit 3-D models are now available for Kolbe’s Ultra Series folding door. Its building information modeling (BIM) tools can link with external data sources to instantly compile quantity take-offs. The tool allows users to customize the doors’ width, height, wall offset and the number of panels. The folding doors can accommodate up to eight panels on each side that fold back against each other, creating expansive openings that span up to 45 feet. Ultra Series products have exteriors clad in low-maintenance, extruded aluminum containing recycled content. The outer, metal surfaces may be finished in durable coatings using a broad palette of colors. For the interior, a range of sustainably harvested wood species can be selected.

sliding doors
Take it to the MAX

PRL Glass has introduced its Max aluminum sliding glass door system. The company says its Max Sliders will give companies the option to choose from a top hung or bottom rolling. The multi-exterior/interior slider system is designed and constructed to meet the views desired, and the slider is AAMA rated and tested for an exterior rating of CW-PG45-SD.

architectural metals
An A+ Product

Alcoa Architectural Products (AAP) of Norcross, Ga., announced the Reynobond Zinc Composite Material (ZCM) has received a “Class A” rating from the Fire and Technology Department of the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio. According to the company, the heritage metal material meets the requirements of the International Fire Code. It can be used on high-rise buildings where the local building code requires that all cladding materials used above 40 feet meet the NFPA 285 and ASTM E84 standards set in the international building code.

Reynobond ZCM, which is comprised of two RHEINZINK titanium zinc alloy skins bonded to a fire-resistant thermoplastic core, is produced with 0.5 millimeter- and 0.7 millimeter-thick skins. The tests were also performed on the 0.7-millimeter thick skins, so the “Class A” rating applies to both thicknesses.

doors and windows
Be Smart with Impact Windows

Extreme weather conditions can cause window failures with devastating consequences—from water damage to structural failure that result from increased wind pressure and flying debris. Monroe, Ohio-based Deceuninck North America’s stylish impact windows are engineered to minimize extreme weather risks by meeting coastal building code requirements. Impact windows come in various styles including single-hung, single-slider and picture window styles. These windows meet requirements up to and including the specifications of ASTM E1886/E1996, Wind Zone 4 or Miami Dade 201, 202, 203 with a DP rating of up to 80.

The company also manufactures the Genius window system. This system incorporates patent-pending technology featuring an interlinked dual-sash design. The two insulated sashes allow Genius to achieve thermal resistance ratings of R-14 and above without the use of expensive specialty insulating glass configurations. The window integrates a screen and mini-blind system into the weather-protected space between the two sash panels. Genius also vents solar-heated air into the building in the winter and to the outside in the summer.

Easy Exiting Devices

Accommodating a wide range of door sizes and applications, Dorma’s new DG1000 Series exit hardware offers small format interchangeable core cylinders, which, according to the company, offer easy control and re-keying of an existing system. The DG1000 employs a top-latching bolt with manual or electric strikes and is warranted for two years. The new exit hardware series also includes variations designed to accommodate a wide range of access requirements including the DG1000 top locking bolt with interchangeable core cylinders or cylinder and thumbturn and the DG1300 top or bottom or both top and bottom locking bolt.

The DG1000 exit devices are UL-listed and BHMA-certified, and all standard exterior pull combinations are available. The devices feature a bolt-action mechanism hidden within the interior of the door handle. Available in stainless steel and brass, polished or satin finishes, they are used with ½- to ¾-inch thick tempered safety glass.

Guardian Gets Intense

Guardian Industries of Auburn Hills, Mich., has a number of new residential products. By pairing ClimaGuard low-E coatings on the two sides of a single lite of glass, company officials say its glass intensifies the insulating value of residential windows without changing the window design and without increasing the amount of glass. ClimaGuard HiLightR can help a double-glazed window generate energy rating scores that outperform triple-glazed windows, with light transmission that rivals clear glass.

According to the company, when used as the interior lite of a double-glazed window, ClimaGuard HiLightR can cut the rate of heat loss by 18 percent.

Architects' Guide to Glass & Metal
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