Volume 27, Issue 1 - January/February 2013

Education and Resources

YKK Takes Energy Savings on Tour
YKK AP America has launched a nationwide energy saving tour to educate architects on the latest energy codes affecting building design, and strategies available to obtain low-energy, high-efficiency commercial buildings.

“Our goal with the energy saving tour is to educate architects and advocate the use of high thermal performance facades to reduce energy consumption, with the ultimate goal in achieving net-zero commercial building construction,” says Mike Turner of YKK AP America. “We’re going from city to city telling the story about saving energy and the benefits of high performance building facades and advanced framing. This is an exciting time in the industry, and we think this nationwide tour is a fantastic way to spread the word.”

Architects can request a one-on-one visit on the tour route by signing up at

Sungate 600 Info at Your Fingertips
PPG Industries has issued a data sheet with performance data for Sungate 600 glass, a multifunctional, neutral-transparent glass made with a passive low-E coating.

The one-page flyer shows Sungate 600 glass in three 1-inch insulating glass unit (IGU) configurations designed for specific climate zones. For moderate climates where heat gain is preferred, the glass functions as a traditional, high-performing passive low-E glass, providing a U-value of 0.33, a solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) of 0.65 and visible light transmittance (VLT) of 71 percent; for colder climates where greater insulating value is important, Sungate 600 can be placed on the number four surface of an IGU, and can improve U-values by 20 percent when combined with Solarban 60 glass on the number two surface and separated by a ½-inch air space, which may eliminate the need for triple-glazing; and when used on the number three surface of an IGU with tinted or reflective glasses by PPG on the number two surface, Sungate 600 glass can boost U-values by up to 30 percent while improving the SHGC and offering a variety of aesthetic options.

New Pella® Website for the Pros
Whether it’s a residential vacation home on the coast or an educational center striving for net-zero LEED Platinum certification, Pella Windows and Doors has developed a new website designed to help professional architects and designers achieve their project goals.

The new website,, features detailed information about Pella wood, fiberglass and vinyl doors and windows. The site offers information on installation systems for commercial and residential projects, a project gallery for design inspiration, as well as detailed information about product features and options, including shapes and sizes, performance values, interior and exterior finishes, hardware and screen options, and material types.

Crystal Updates Architectural Specs
Crystal Window & Door Systems updated the architectural technical specifications for its complete line of aluminum products. The new specifications include all the latest product improvements, energy efficiency upgrades and environmentally sustainable innovations. The company’s aluminum architectural specifications were also completely rewritten to be fully compatible with AIA/CSI “full length” or long form specification standards.

The specifications are available in electronic format via email for a specific product or on a CD product catalog.

What’s Your Fave?
Do you have 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? 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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