P r o d u c t s
straight on and off-angle, to ensure the same exte-
rior appearance when viewed from all angles.
Ghost Mirror by Pulp Studio is a laminated
mirror product that allows light transmission and
double-sided viewing in the installation.
The glass is ideal for hospitality, retail or any
interior environment where both reflectivity and
visibility through the glass are important.
Eye of the Storm
The Aluminum StormWall
XL hurricane-resistant curtain-
wall by C.R. Laurence is engi-
neered to provide protection
A Clear View
against severe weather. It’s been
thermally improved using a
Technical Glass Products (TGP) introduced
Fireframes ClearView, a butt-glazed, fire-rated
framing system. According to the company, it
eliminates the need for colored internal spacers
or vertical mullions between adjoining pieces of
glass. With a 5-mm vertical butt-joint and avail-
able in nearly
continuous thermal spacer that is interlocked
within the horizontal and vertical pressure bars.
With U-factors as low as 0.38, the system satisfies
the Florida Building Code Fifth Edition (2014)
Energy Conservation requirement, according to
walls with nearly
The system offers shear block assembly with
no exposed fasteners for improved aesthetics and
installation flexibility. It’s also glazed with addi-
tional performance features including large and
small missile impact and cycling, front set/exteri-
or glazed, dry or wet glazed, a structural silicone
glazed option and twin span capability.
tions between glass panels for greater transparency
through hallways in commercial buildings.
RetroWal is a “do-it-yourself”
commercial window retrofit sys-
tem that installs on the interior
of a building’s existing windows,
according to the company. It
creates an insulating dead air
space while the existing glass
stays in place.
Available in a Silver and Gold series, RetroWal
reduces a building’s energy consumption by an
average of 20 percent, according to the company.
The Silver series uses monolithic low-E glass to
convert single-pane windows to double-pane,
while the Gold series upgrades a single-pane win-
dow to triple-pane with low-E, argon-filled glass.
Both improve building insulation, reduce solar
heat gain and air infiltration, and provide effec-
tive sound control.
VNE-53 is the newest high-performance coating
from Viracon Inc. It offers a combination of high
light transmission, solar control and aesthetics.
VNE-53 was designed to meet the rigorous
energy codes and features a visible light trans-
mission of 52 percent with a solar heat gain
coefficient of 0.23 on low-iron glass in a standard
insulating unit. It has a neutral-silver exterior
appearance that provides a consistent color, both
Architects’ Guide to Glass & Metal