Volume 28, Issue 3 - May/June 2014

Education and Resources


Model Behavior
With its new online tool, PPG Industries helps users model energy costs for a statistically representative 12-story building constructed with its selected architectural glazings to optimize daylighting, heat gain, occupant comfort and energy consumption.

The tool, located at, enables users to specify PPG glass according to visible light transmittance and window type, and to configure the prototype building using inputs for climate zone, building shape and orientation, and window-to-wall ratio. Once data is entered, the tool generates a report using U.S. Department of Energy reference building energy simulation software showing energy costs associated with each of the selected glazings. Cost savings for each architectural glass type are benchmarked against a baseline insulating glass unit incorporating two lites of uncoated clear glass. The finished report presents energy and cost data in 11 categories, including energy use index, electricity usage, gas usage, HVAC cooling load, HVAC air-flow rate, operating electricity savings, operating gas savings, operating energy savings, first-year HVAC cost savings, 10-year energy plus first-year capital cost savings, and emissions reductions.

New Project Portfolio Takes Flight
The new AVA15 Aviation and Transportation Portfolio from C.R. Laurence (CRL)-U.S. Aluminum is designed to highlight the company’s ability to provide scalable, single-source solutions for airport and transportation building projects. The new portfolio features case studies of airports and transit centers with complex frameworks that require streamlined efficiency, performance, and modern aesthetics, according to the company. These architectural systems are designed to accommodate heavy pedestrian traffic, key safety and security initiatives, and the overall non-stop nature of commercial transportation projects.

The AVA15 Portfolio was created to serves as a resource for architects, designers and specifiers for sourcing ideas and information on CRL-U.S. Aluminum architectural systems and their application in these specialized projects.

All in the Details
Crystal Window & Door Systems updated its architectural specifications manual for its entire product line of aluminum and vinyl doors and windows. The manual is available in electronic digital and print versions, and features extensive visual enrichments to assist users in selecting the best fenestration products for every project.

The company’s product technical manual includes all vinyl and aluminum product features and options, warranties, new finish and color options, as well as specification standards fully compatible with the AIA/CSI full length or long form format. The manuals also include detailed sectional drawings, general installation instructions covering a variety of conditions, egress window size requirements chart, and accessory illustrations indicating positioning and usage with installed doors and windows.

The manual is available on a flip flash drive business card as well as in a traditional printed binder.


Architects' Guide to Glass & Metal
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