New Product Focus
Safti First has announced its Saftifire CW framing system meets ASTM E-119/NFPA
251/UL263 requirements with hose stream for up to two hours. The system
also passed ASTM E 283-04, which examines the rate of air leakage through
exterior windows, curtainwalls and doors; ASTM E 331-00, which analyzes
metal curtainwalls and doors by uniform static air pressure difference;
ASTM E 330-2, the structural performance test for exterior windows, curtainwalls
and doors by uniform static air pressure difference; and AAMA 501.4-09,
recommended static test method for evaluating curtainwall and storefront
systems subject to seismic and wind induced interstory drifts.
Saftifire CW also met the criteria for thermal cycling and
condensation evaluation as well as interstory vertical displacement tests.
The product performs as a fire barrier while still being part of the building’s
All in One
Kawneer Co. Inc. has enhanced its AA®3350 IsoPort™ window to increase
its performance and add new installation accessories and aesthetic features.
The first release of the AA®3350 IsoPort™ window was tested to meet or
exceed the performance levels of AAMA CW-PG50 / AW-PG50, ideal for applications
requiring a design pressure of 50psf. Now, after additional testing, the
window meets the requirements for projects that demand a 70psf design
pressure for certain sizes.
The window has also undergone a design modification that
enables the frame to accept a wider variety of panning shapes and accommodate
a broader range of renovation applications. The window comes in single-hung,
double-hung, horizontal sliding and fixed configurations, and utilizes
a polyamide thermal break design to meet all current energy codes, according
to the company.
Heat-strengthened glass in thicknesses of less than 3 millimeters is now
available from Pittsburgh-based PPG Industries. The company can produce
heat-strengthened glass in thicknesses of 2, 2.5 and 2.7 millimeters with
surface-compression strength that exceeds that of fully tempered glass,
while achieving ASTM C1048 standards for flatness. The added strength
allows thin glass used in various solar applications requiring resistance
to wind load, hail impact and other environmental hazards the ability
to meet UL and International Electrotechnical Commission standards.
PPG can produce Solarphire PV, Solarphire AR/2XAR and Solarphire
NaB glasses as thin as 2 millimeters.
A Palette of Many Colors
AkzoNobel Extrusion Coatings has adopted the use of the Glidden Professional
division’s Master Palette with 2,016 colors, nearly of all which can be
matched in its warranted Trinar system for the fenestration industry.
All colors can also be specified with a pearlescent clear coat, providing
designers with 4,032 color options. According to the company, Trinar exterior
metal building finish is comprised of a 70-percent formulation of polyvinylidine
fluoride resin. The coatings pass AAMA 2605 testing requirements and are
available for both spray and coil coating applications. Õ www.akzonobel.com/ccna/extrusion_coatings/trinar
storefronts and entrances
The YES 45 TU storefront system from YKK AP America can now handle front-set
glass applications in addition to its existing center-set capabilities.
According to the company, this expansion not only allows for greater applications
of the product where front-set is required, but also improves the thermal
performance of the system, providing greater resistance to heat transfer,
lower U-factors and increased resistance to condensation.
YES 45 TU has hinged mullions coupled with 90-degree or
135-degree inside and outside corners. The system is thermally broken
by means of a poured and debridged pocket that employs the patented ThermaBond
Plus process, which provides a composite shape of materials for reduced
heat flow through the framing, according to the company.
Withstanding the Elements
SMI Aluminum Systems has introduced its K-2 Summit, a medium-stile, hurricane-resistant
and blast-resistant entrance door. The K-2 Summit features ¾-inch jambs
for minimal sightlines within curtainwall applications, was tested with
butt hinges or continuous gear hinges, and incorporates Adams Rite and
Sargent panic options. The product meets 2010 Miami Dade County, Florida
Building Code and IBC testing protocols, as well as the 2010 energy code
requirements for solar heat gain coefficient in swing doors. The door
is water-rated (3.8 pounds) with an ADA threshold and can accommodate
9/16 -inch laminated glass or 1 5/16 -inch insulating laminated glass.
doors and windows
PRL Offers Max Sliders
Max sliders from PRL Glass Systems are designed to be flexible and to
suit various applications. These can include large sliding openings on
residential projects, allowing homeowners to integrate the outdoor settings
with the enclosed areas. According to the company, the sliding units can
also be used as room partitions with a number of design options. The partitions
can offer unobstructed openness functionality when required, obscurity
with a spandrel rich color variety or designer texture glass to add a
luxurious appearance, reports the company.
Resist a Catastrophic Impact
Mapes Architectural Panels of Lincoln, Neb., provides panels designed
for use in curtainwall, storefront and window applications. MapeShield
panels can be used in any glazed area and have passed both ASTM-E-1886-97
(missile impact and pressure cycling) and ASTM-E-1996-02 (windborne debris
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