Volume 39, Issue 5, May  2004

Product Overload
Companies Make Plans to Woo 
Architects with New Products at AIA Show

by Penny Stacey

The glass industry is busily preparing for this year’s American Institute of Architects (AIA) Show, which will take place June 10-12 at Chicago’s McCormick Place. Many companies will be exhibiting new products and developments. Glass, window systems, curtainwall and more are just some of the products you can expect to find in Chicago.

SAFTI Offers Fire-Rated Glazing Products
SuperLite II-XL™ is a fire-rated transparent wall available from San Francisco-based SAFTI that has 45-, 60-, 90- and 120-minute ratings. According to the company, the product meets ASTM E 119 radiant heat and hose stream requirements for life and property protection. It also meets the safety standards of CPSC Category II 400 feet pounds.

In addition, the product meets various other requirements including solar, acoustic, blast, bullet, attack and hurricane applications. 
Info www.safti.com or call 415/822-4222.

Laminated Glass Options Available from Arch
Arch Aluminum & Glass of Tamarac, Fla., will be at the AIA show with its two new laminated glass products.

Sound Zone Plus™ is an acoustical, laminated glass that the company says is ideal for high traffic applications, as well as those in traditionally loud areas. 
Also new from Arch is Solar Command™ laminated glass, which the company says provides the same performance and aesthetics as low-E glass, but without the worry of a hazy appearance. Instead, this product features a low-E interlayer and is available in clear, gray, blue and light green.
Info www.archaluminum.net or call 800/432-8132.

Berman Glass editions Launches Glass Line
Berman Glass editions of Vancouver, British Columbia, has launched a line of premium pressure-formed architectural glass products. The company says the new glass line is manufactured using a modern processing technique that allows the glass to be readily available at a competitive price while maintaining design integrity. The glass can be tempered, laminated or insulated as needed. 
Info www.bermanglass.com or call 888/505-4527.

TGP Introduces Fire-Rated Glass Doors
Technical Glass Products (TGP) has announced fire-rated glass doors with 90-minute ratings.

The doors are available in sizes up to 48 by 96 inches, depending on the fire rating. TGP says the doors combine Fireframes® narrow profile steel framing with clear, wireless glazing, such as FireLite Plus® or Pilkington Pyrostop™.
Info www.fireglass.com or call 888/397-3473.

Architectural Skylight Offers Selection of Products
Architectural Skylight Co. of Waterboro, Maine, will offer a number of products during the AIA show, for a variety of glass needs.

Included in the line-up is the company’s Atlas™ point-supported glass system and integral stainless steel back-up structures. It will also be offering its custom, unitized and conventional stick-built curtainwalls and its System 2000™ skylight system, which it says is for monumental structures.

The company adds that most of its products are custom designed as comprehensive solutions to solve complex 
Info www.archsky.com or call 800/345-7899.

CRL Publishes Railing Systems Catalog
Los Angeles-based C.R. Laurence Co. Inc. (CRL) now has available a 128-page rail system catalog (HRO5), featuring hand rails, cap railings, guard rails and windscreen systems, along with an array of technical and specification data.

One of the products in the catalog is the Glass Wedge dry glaze system, which mounts heavy glass into a base shoe, including standard square, heavy-duty square, low-profile and tapered styles.
Info www.crlaurence.com or call 800/421-6144

Wausau Introduces 310i-SH Series
Wausau, Wis.-based Wausau Window and Wall Systems® is offering the 310i-SH series single-hung windows with Insulbar® thermal barrier. According to the company, the series is designed for time- and budget-sensitive projects such as educational facilities, religious buildings and low-rise offices.

The 310i-SH series has an AAMA architectural window performance class rating of up to AW-60. The windows can accommodate up to 1-inch insulating glass and are glazed with extruded aluminum glazing beads. Factory glazing and Lexan® glazing also are available.
Info www.wausauwindow.com or call 877/678-2983.

Seeing the Light
Azon USA Inc. from Kalamazoo, Mich., has announced its Warm-Light thermally improved air spacer material for commercial insulating glass units has successfully completed CBA testing. The CBA classification complies with ASTM E 774-97 for sealed glass units (there are also two other classifications, Class C and Class CB). The standard determines the durability of the units.
Info www.warmedge.com or call 800/788-5942.

Dorma Offers Hardware for Glass Doors
Dorma Glas of Upper Marlboro, Md., has a variety of hardware available for glass doors. Included in the company’s offerings is the door rail system (DRS). According to the company, the two-piece, clamp-on DRS rails use a Hakisol gasket, fastened together from alternate sides in order to maximize holding power. The mechanical clamp-on system, which has an Easi-Align adjustable prep block, allows for job-site door height and lateral adjustment to compensate for irregularities in the door opening.

The system is available in heights of 6 inches (square) and 3 5/8 inches (tapered or square), as well as custom heights of 8 inches and 10 inches (both square) upon request. The DRS accommodates glass thicknesses of 3/8 or ½ inches and maximum door widths of 48 inches (BTS floor closer) or 42 inches (RTS overhead concealed closer). Maximum door height is 108 inches.
Info www.dorma-usa.com or call 301/451-0649.

Pilkington Offers One-Stop Shop
Toledo, Ohio-based Pilkington North America will be promoting its “One Pilkington” theme during the AIA Show. Among the products the company will exhibit will be its Profilit™ glass, Pyrostop™ glass and its newest architectural glass, Eclipse Advantage™ reflective low-E glass.

Eclipse Advantage, is designed to combine subtle reflectivity with desired thermal and solar control performance, according to the company. It is available in clear, arctic blue™, blue-green, bronze, EverGreen™ and grey.
Info www.pilkington.com or call 800/535-3212.

Oldcastle’s StormGlass™ Earns Miami-Dade County Approval
Oldcastle Glass® has announced that its StormGlass hurricane impact-resistant product has been approved by the Miami-Dade County Building Code Compliance Office.

According to information from Oldcastle, StormGlass has been undergoing testing by numerous window and system manufacturers, and has passed with window sizes up to 50 square feet and at high wind pressures of more than 130 psi.
Info www.oldcastleglass.com or call 866/653-2278.

PPG Offers Range of Products 
Pittsburgh-based PPG Industries Inc. is displaying its Solarban® 60 and Solarban® 80 solar control low-E glasses, both of which are designed to maximize visible light transmittance and control solar heat gain.

In addition, the company will display its Oceans of Color™, a collection of spectrally selective tinted glasses in an array of greens and blues.

Finally, PPG will be promoting its Certified Fabricator Program, which can help architects earn LEED credit for local sourcing and recycling.
Info www.ppgspec.com or call 888/PPG-SPEC.


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