Volume 27, Issue 3 - May/June 2013

The Green Mile
Many AIA Exhibitors will Focus on Energy Efficiency
and Sustainability When They Visit the Mile High City

enver, one of the greenest cities in the nation, will host hundreds of energy-conscious architects when the 2013 American Institute of Architects (AIA) National Convention takes place there June 20-22. Glazing products certainly have a lot to offer to those looking for sustainable, eco-friendly options.

Here’s a look at some of the products you can expect to find when you walk the halls of the Colorado Convention Center.

Let's Do the Lamboo – Booth #1752

Lamboo Inc. will debut its curtainwall system technology, allowing visitors a chance to see how it has integrated the sustainable natural resource of bamboo into curtainwall members and storefront system components.

The Renewall series is made for both residential and commercial applications, bringing what the company describes as “warmth and longevity” to projects “while exceeding aluminum system’s performance through longer unsupported spans, higher fire rating, and thermal performance.” The split mullion design allows for integration of Lamboo materials with aluminum coverings for applications such as storefronts, curtainwalls and conservatories.

The coupling mullion pre-fabricated frames can be finished in the fabrication shop with base profiles, interior gaskets and glass supports.

Going Together – Booth #1323
The combined Kawneer and Traco exhibit space will highlight a range of products including sun shading, impact-resistant and high thermal performing products and systems. Kawneer will feature its new 1630 SS IR curtainwall, which the company says is designed to deliver performance under pressure. It has undergone rigorous testing to hurricane and blast mitigation standards and offers an additional line of defense against high winds, heavy rains and hurricanes. It is available in wet (silicone) glazed and dry glazed options, and offers a 3-inch sightline.

This year, Kawneer will also be presenting an on-site CEU Session, “Components of a LEED Strategy in Division 8: Glass & Glazing” on Thursday, June 20 from 10:30 to 11:30am.

The latest high-performing Traco window products will also be featured at the show.

dynamic glazing
Tint on Demand – Booth #2111

SAGE will showcase its electronically tintable SageGlass® for windows, skylights and curtainwalls. The glass can be tinted or cleared enabling users to control the sunlight without shades or blinds, while maintaining views to the outdoors and reducing energy consumption.

According to the company, SageGlass tints on demand and can be zoned to better control solar heat gain and glare at any time of day. The company adds that its next-generation SageGlass, now available, has in-pane zoning capabilities allowing building occupants to change the tint in three different sections in a single pane of glass.

Germ Free is the Way to Be – Booth #3139

Linetec has introduced the use of antimicrobial protection for high-touch, architectural metal products’ exterior and interior surfaces, such as doors, windows, curtainwall, entrances, panels and column covers.

Antimicrobial protection is infused into select polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) finishes to inhibit the growth of stain and odor causing bacteria on the coating of aluminum surfaces for health care facilities, educational campuses and other buildings. As a fluoropolymer finish containing a minimum of 70 percent PVDF resin, this three-coat system meets requirements of the AAMA 2605 specification for architectural coatings.

It's Super Secure – Booth #1347

Safti First announced the addition of the SuperSecure II-XLS 45-120 minutes to its product line. SuperSecure II-XLS achieved a Class A-1 rating per the California Department of Corrections (CDC) 860-09a testing requirements and meets ASTM E-119/UL 263/NFPA 251 with hose stream up to two hours, according to the company.

SuperSecure II-XLS does not incorporate wired glass, giving it a clear, wire-free appearance. Designing with SuperSecure II-XLS provides maximum security protection; protection against fire, smoke and dangerous radiant heat; high STC ratings and it comes with a five-year manufacturer's warranty.

How Low-E Can You Go? – Booth #1736

PPG Industries has introduced Solarban® 67 glass, a solar control, low-E glass with what the company calls a soft, imperceptible neutral coating that gives buildings a crisp, clean and clear exterior appearance along with solar control performance.

Engineered with a proprietary double-silver, magnetron-sputtered vacuum deposition (MSVD) coating, PPG says Solarban 67 glass reflects the true timbre and brightness of ambient light and color accurately and authentically. The low-E coating also gives the glass levels of solar control performance not typically associated with highly transparent glass, according to the company. In a standard 1-inch insulating glass unit (IGU) with conventional clear glass, Solarban 67 glass has visible light transmittance (VLT) of 54 percent and a solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) of 0.29, which yields a light-to-solar gain (LSG) ratio of 1.85.

Solarban 67 glass can be specified with clear glass or with blue, green and earth-toned glasses such as Atlantica®, Azuria®, Optiblue®, Pacifica®, Solarblue® or Solargray® glasses on the second or third surface of an IGU. When paired with Solarban 67 glass in an IGU, these tinted glasses offer SHGCs that range from 0.19 to 0.34 and VLT of up to 42 percent.

Mape the Most of It – Booth #707

Mapes Architectural Panels announced the development of its new Mapes-R Plus infill panels. These modified panels have additional insulation, which the company says allows for previously unattainable R-values to be achieved without modifying the existing glazing pockets.

Mapes-R Plus panels are designed to fit any size glazing pocket and can increase R-values by more than 200 percent, according to the company, which also states that values up to R=27 are possible within a 1-inch glazing pocket. Mapes-R Plus panels can also be used in glazing pockets as small as ¼-inch for retrofit application.

silicone solutions
Air Tight Options – Booth #1650

A number of silicone-based innovations designed to improve the sustainability, energy efficiency and durability of new and retrofit buildings will be on display in Dow Corning’s booth. Featured products will include the company’s silicone air barrier system, a complete air and weather barrier solution designed to provide airtight moisture control for more energy-efficient building envelope designs. The company will also offer its architectural insulation modules, which the company says is a design-enabling high-performance insulation solution for next-generation curtainwalls. Also on display will be the building insulation blanket, a thin, environmentally safe insulating material that offers freedom of design coupled with improved energy efficiency, according to the company.

doors and windows
Kolbe Does Commercial – Booth #334

Kolbe now offers a door and window product line for commercial buildings, the Kolbe 4500 Series. Created for hospitality, multi-family and mixed-use projects, the Kolbe 4500 Series includes fixed and tilt-turn windows, tilt and slide doors and outswing hinged doors. The steel-reinforced uPVC products are designed to meet commercial building requirements for enhanced energy efficiency, occupant safety, low-maintenance and longevity, according to the company.

Kolbe 4500 Series windows and doors are available in two frame styles: North American 3-1/4-inch frame with nailing fins and European 2-3/8-inch frame. Dual overlapping neoprene gaskets provide a seal against air and water infiltration. One-inch insulating glass is standard, and 1-3/8-inch triple pane insulating glass is available, which allows fixed windows to achieve U-values as low as 0.17, according to the company, which also states that window units with laminated glazing options attain sound transmission class ratings as high as 39.

Panda Lift & Slide – Booth #1939
Panda Windows and Doors has announced the newest addition to its lift-and-slide door line, the thermally-broken aluminum wood clad lift-and-slide system (TS.13), which the company says is set to be its most weather performing system yet.
The TS.13 lift-and-slide is insulated to ensure comfort and energy efficiency in high-end applications, according to the company, and the wood interior is available in several species such as mahogany, cherry, maple, pine and oak. The thermally-isolated aluminum frames make the system strong and resistant to the harshest elements and do not require constant finish maintenance. The company says this is because the technology consists of separating the aluminum profile and placing a glass fibers integrated polyamide iso-bar in the middle to provide maximum strength and 500 times less thermal conductivity than non-extruded aluminum.

All of its lift-and-slide systems operate by “a simple turn of the handle” for a smooth operation. All frames are finished with custom colors in powder coat, kynar or anodized. The option to produce a two-tone color piece is also available.

On a Roll – Booth #1903
Klein USA has introduced its new Rollglass Self self-closing sliding glass door system. Designed to replace a traditional swinging door, the system features a single, frameless interior sliding glass door in series with either one, two or three fixed frameless glass panels. After the door is opened, the door panel closes by itself according to eight different adjustable speed settings.
The sliding glass panels are available up to ten feet high with either 3/8-inch or ½-inch thick glass. The design of the glass installation allows in natural light, and the system is ceiling mounted so no floor track is required.

Amaba Offers Sliding Door Options – Booth #3062
Amba Products offers a number of glazing selections, including a decorative stainless sliding door system that the company says is both practical and visually appealing. The system is available in pure stainless steel as well as a variety of other materials. According to the company, the system is ideal for applications where space is limited. They are also ADA-compliant and can be used in both residential and commercial applications.

In addition, the company also offers 100-percent stainless steel towel warmers available in a number of different finishes.

Guardian Debuts BIM Solution – Booth #1916

Guardian Industries will launch a first-of-its-kind building information modeling (BIM) solution as well as a new SunGuard low-E glass for commercial applications.

The company’s new web-based BIM Generator, available at, populates manufacturer data for thermal and optical performances of project specific customer IG make-ups in the BIM format. The BIM Generator creates detailed content that represents the correct thickness and color of the inboard and outboard lites. By leveraging visibility settings, users can control the level of detail depending on the desired scale of the view. The content is created for Revit 2013 to take advantage of Revit’s material analytics for energy simulations. In addition to specific customized makeups, standard makeups will be available for download at, Autodesk Seek, and SmartBIM.

Also making its debut is SunGuard Neutral 78/65, a commercial glass product that provides high visible light, high solar heat gain and a neutral color. Neutral 78/65 can be used in double- or triple-glazed units, and in combination with the SunGuard portfolio of high performance low-E coatings.

Guardian will also present its InGlass interiors portfolio, including Guardian Reveal, glass that transitions from transparent to privacy in a single click.


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