Volume 28, Issue 2 - March/April 2014

Education and Resources


BIM Library Helps Users Create and Customize
A new library of building information and modeling (BIM) files is now available through the PPG Glass eVIEW website. Architects can use the library to generate custom BIM files for any conceivable PPG glass configuration. The library contains downloadable Revit® architectural files with colors and specification data for more than 170 commonly specified PPG glass make-ups.

According to the company, architects and specifiers can use the files to create customized monolithic or multi-pane insulating glass units (IGUs), combining PPG clear and tinted glasses with Solarban® solar control low-E glasses; Sungate® passive low-E glasses; or Starphire® ultra-clear glass.

For energy modeling, the files can be imported into modeled buildings individually using file parameters such as ultraviolet light transmittance, visible light transmittance, solar heat gain coefficients and U-values. The glass configurations also can be modeled with other building materials and components to forecast the complete aesthetic and functional characteristics of buildings using three-dimensional modeling and two-dimensional drafting tools.

PPG Glass eVIEW is a collection of web-based tools that enables architects and specifiers to search, construct, view and compare virtual glazing configurations in three dimensions. The software also enables users to install virtual glazing configurations on building facades and in a variety of room and outdoor settings to see their color, thickness, light transmittance (transparency)

CRL Sets Out to Educate
C.R. Laurence (CRL) is now an approved provider of American Institute of Architects (AIA) CES programming, offering courses that cover aluminum framed storefronts and frameless glass railing systems. Additional programming is in the works and new courses will be added as they become available, according to the company.

Each CES course is also tailored to meet the association’s special Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW) guidelines, which address technical and professional subjects including building systems, preservation, design, construction documents, legal, and environmental materials and methods that safeguard buildings and their inhabitants.

CRL will also serve as an official educational sponsor at the 2014 AIA Convention in Chicago, June 26-28. The company is scheduled to present a CES course on the show floor.

Enhancing Energy Performance Online
Building owners want to save money on energy costs; high-performance windows can help. Wausau Window and Wall Systems has enhanced its online energy modeling tool, a visual reference to rank and compare windows’ performance and potential energy savings with respect to site-specific and building-specific conditions. The effect of excessive air infiltration through existing operable windows has now been added to information on energy savings for replacement window comparisons. Users can review annual energy, peak demand, carbon emissions, daylight, glare, condensation predictions and cost savings.

The tool allows users to choose from eight cities to view performance data between a set of Wausau products for either new construction or renovation projects.


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