Volume 14, Issue 5 - June 2013


A+ Opportunity
Fenestration Products on Display at AIA

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 of (SHGC) 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.

Doors and Windows
Kolbe Knows How to Tilt-and-Turn – Booth #334

Kolbe will bring its new Ultra Series tilt-turn windows to the show. Visitors will see the 36-by-60-inch Ultra tilt-turn unit with black hardware and a recycled aluminum-clad exterior in clear anodize, which the company says enhances the European-inspired style. Kolbe’s tilt-turn model also features energy-efficient, triple pane, insulating glass with LoE3-366 coating, which the company says is standard on most of its products. On the interior, an engineered, laminated veneer bamboo product extends the environmental statement. A range of wood species also is available for the tilt-turn windows, including those certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.

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.

Euro Stylin' – Booth #3251

Amesbury Hardware has introduced its P2000/3000 Euro Style aluminum door hardware.

The P2000/3000 Euro Style aluminum door hardware works with both P2000 and P3000 locking systems and has a gear box system that uses the company's single point P2000 lock box and cover plate. The gearbox, face bar/drive bar and shoot bolt are all stainless steel and available in 35mm, 45mm and 60mm backset.

The non-handed pull and twist latch bolt reverses easily, according to the company, with the lock installed and accepts handle sets with 92mm hole spacing (center of spindle to center of key cylinder). All locking points are engaged by lifting the handle and the company says the line is easy to install since it allows for the use of its standard handle and backplate options. They come with U.S. style cylinders for easy re-keying and installation.

An extended lock turn is workable without the need to grip and the U-shape handle meets fire safety requirements, according to the company. It is AAMA 902 certified, works with standard lock sets, fits all three Amesbury backplate options and is available in all Amesbury standard brass finishes.

Glass Wall Systems
On the Move – Booth #3530

Hufcor has announced the availability of its new generation of movable glass wall systems—Monarch by Hufcor®—which the company says delivers “stunning, high-quality movable glass walls built with homeowners and commercial builders in mind.”

The Monarch line has thermally-broken frames that “are slightly thicker than most suppliers” for superior insulation in all weather conditions and stainless steel roller hardware with self-cleaning track systems for low maintenance and smooth operation, according to the company. They are available in a choice of classic and slim line vertical frame styles and more than 100 standard powder coat options including nine anodized aluminum options and a faux wood powder coat for the “natural beauty of wood without the long term, seasonal maintenance required of actual wood.” Other options for the Monarch include glass stops that accept glazing thicknesses up to 2 1⁄2 inches and the Monarch by Hufcor electronic bug screens that can be incorporated into the opening.

Hufcor has also unveiled its new digital architectural products manual (APM) as an alternative to the traditional printed version. The new APM includes more than 275 pages of product information and literature, reviewing the industries broadest line of operable wall, vertical lift and glass wall partitions systems. The digital version also offers links to video clips and animations demonstrating company products.

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