New Product Focus
Guardian Industries has introduced two advanced technology glazings for
commercial applications—SunGuard PVGU and SunGuard EC. SunGuard PVGU combines
Pythagoras Solar Photovoltaic Glass Units (PVGU) technology with SunGuard
advanced architectural glass to create a building-integrated photovoltaic
product. This replaces standard vision glass and skylights with a glass
product that converts direct sunlight into energy, according to the company.
Guardian SunGuard EC incorporates Soladigm Dynamic Glass
technology into its SunGuard portfolio of solutions. SunGuard EC switches
from clear to tinted on demand, and enables control of heat and glare
in buildings while providing comfort, uninterrupted views and natural
Enhance Insulating Performance
SUNGATE 600 glass and SUNCLEAN self-cleaning glass from PPG Industries
are two new products for the commercial building market.
According to the company, Sungate 600 glass is a multifunctional,
low-emissivity (low-E) glass designed to enhance the insulating performance
of buildings in a variety of climates and applications. SunClean self-cleaning
glass, which PPG introduced nearly a decade ago for the residential construction
market, is ideal for commercial applications such as skylights, canopies,
walkway covers, glass shading devices and other sloped or difficult-to-access
Energy Efficiency with Options
The Ombra insulating glass unit is the newest glazing series from Pulp
Studio of Los Angeles. It uses an architectural wire mesh core that works
as a solar shading device when used as cladding material. Surrounded by
tempered glass, the metal mesh reduces the amount of light that passes
through by up to 50 percent, according to the company. The glass appears
transparent when viewed frontally, but obscures the line of sight when
viewed from an angle. This allows more light to enter the building in
the morning and late afternoon when the sun is low, while creating the
most shading mid-day when the sun is most intense.
Available in five patterns, it is ideal for storefronts,
office buildings, airports and other commercial uses both indoors and
out, according to the company.
Windows to Keep You Safe
SAFTI FIRST of San Francisco added Pittsburgh Corning’s LightWise Architectural
Systems to its architectural glass products. According to the company,
these pre-fabricated windows allow vision and light transmission while
protecting against blast, bullets, hurricane, tornado or UV rays. The
panelized windows are available in standard modular frame dimensions,
and the product line includes a blast-resistant system, detention and
security windows, hurricane-resistant windows, tornado-resistant windows
and energy-efficient panels.
Maximize Shade on Curtainwalls
As a part of its ongoing initiative to offer sunshades on its ultra thermal
platforms, Kawneer Co. Inc. of Norcross, Ga., recently expanded its Versoleil
sunshade platform to fit its 1600UT (Ultra Thermal) System 1 curtainwall.
The addition offers a fully pre-engineered and tested solution for applying
both Versoleil sunshade outrigger and single blade systems to double (1-inch)
and triple glazed (1 3/4-inch) infill versions of 1600UT System1 curtainwall.
The new ClearShield from the Chicago office of Ritec is designed to offer
durable, non-stick glass surface protection. The coating can be applied
either in the factory or on-site, in effort to reduce the energy required
for cleaning glass, maintaining original light transmission and making
the glass more hygienic, according to the company.
An Eco-Friendly Sealant
The Fenzi Group of Milan, Italy, offers a number of warm-edge technologies.
These include its polysulphide, two-part sealant, which company officials
say meets the most advanced eco-compatibility standards. According to
the company, Thiover sealants are solvent-free, do not contain any harmful
ingredients, feature excellent mechanical properties and have extremely
low permeability to water and gas. These sealants are also compatible
with all spacers and with most of the materials used in insulating glass.
Decorative Glass Spotlight
Glass that Shows Devotion
Mandala tile is a collection of luxury tile from around the world and
a sister brand to Oceanside Glasstile. The tile has a new addition to
its line called Devotion. Company officials say the play of color combination
between basic neutrals enhanced by rich jewel tones makes Devotion a vibrant
design expression in home and commercial décor.
The new line offers nine patterns and 30 colors, ranging
from bold jewel tones to earth-inspired neutrals. The company adds that
the colors can take on three-dimensional qualities through the layering
of texture, mirror and iridescent surfaces.
New Design Option
Walker Glass of Montreal offers full surface acid-etched glass and mirror
products as well as its Walker Textures Nuance line of custom and stock
patterns, including six new patterns recently introduced. The new designs
were created as a result of an extensive market study conducted with architects
and designers across North America. In addition, the company launched
a brand new design center on a newly updated website.
Company officials say this online tool allows architects
and designers to marry suggested acid-etched patterns with interior or
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