Volume 24, Issue 6 - November/December 2010

New Product Focus

New Additions
Intercept® stainless steel and tin-plated spacers from PPG have been added to the National Fenestration Rating Council’s (NFRC’s) Component Modeling Approach Software Tool (CMAST) database.

According to the NFRC, Intercept stainless steel or tin-plated spacers each can be modeled in CMAST in 21 finished airspace widths ranging from 6.35 to 22.23 millimeters (0.250 to 0.875 inches). The products are configured as Path III spacers, which enable software users to benefit fully from the actual Intercept spacer geometry and effective conductivity (Keff).

Under the NFRC’s Component Modeling Approach (CMA), fenestration products such as doors, windows and skylights are examined in terms of their glazing, frame and spacer components. CMAST software calculates the performance values of these components in combination to help energy consultants maximize the energy efficiency of fenestration products.

Made to Order Color Selections
Dow Corning® created its Color It Right program as a way to expand color availability of its brand silicone construction sealants without sacrificing time, quality or ease of installation. The company says the made-to-order Color It Right catalog color sealants are ready to ship in three days and minimum order requirements as low as two cases of sausage packs can help eliminate waste and keep jobs on budget.

In addition to catalog colors, computer-matched custom colors that meet building project requirements are ready to ship in nine business days. Factory-pigmented, one-part sealants are available to ensure consistent color from start to finish and access to small quantities helps ensure availability of colors for unique applications and small-scale projects.

storefront and curtainwall
Finishing Touches
A new copper anodize finish from Tubelite was created to provide visual effects while also retaining a bright, metallic appearance. It also provides the same low-maintenance benefits of the company’s storefront, curtainwall, entrance and daylight control systems.

According to the company the finish is abrasion resistant, durable and is applied and tested to meet all AAMA 611 Class 1 specifications. Offered as a standard color choice, custom color-matching is not necessary. Clear coat or periodic lacquer treatments are also not required to preserve the copper color. The company adds that the copper anodize creates a matte finish that helps hide imperfections that may occur on the surface of recycled aluminum.

decorative glass
Distinctive Details in Glass
The recently expanded Viraspan Design Distinction Series from Owatonna, Minn.-based Viracon includes four standard patterns that can be used in interior applications. In addition to the new patterns, five new tinted translucent frits broaden the current offering that includes simulated acid-etched and sandblasted options. The new colors, fog gray, sage green, blue frost, spice and yellow moon, are tinted ceramic enamels that are silk-screened onto the glass and fused onto the surface during heat treatment.   

Viraspan Distinction Series patterns can be applied to clear or tinted glass substrates and can be combined with any of Viracon’s high performance coatings. The patterns are available in any of the standard opaque or new translucent color options. In addition, the Distinction Series and translucent color options are suitable for laminated glass, monolithic and insulating configurations.

Out of the Sun, Into the Shade
Versoleil™ SunShades are the latest development from Kawneer Company Inc. Beginning with the Single Blade SunShade System, the company says Versoleil™ SunShades offer a broad range of versatile products to suit almost any project.

To maximize energy saving potential, reduce solar heat gain and increase occupant comfort and productivity, the blades can be oriented horizontally or vertically. The new sunshades have also been designed and tested to withstand the stresses resulting from wind, snow or other factors.

In addition, Versoleil™ SunShades can add aesthetic appeal to building envelopes, as they can be seamlessly incorporated into multiple Kawneer curtainwall platforms in horizontal and vertical configurations. The new sunshades are available in various depths from 6 to 14 inches and can accommodate a full range of color options.

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