Volume 43, Issue 3 - March 2008

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Solarban 80 Goes Optiblue 
Pittsburgh-based PPG Industries has combined the solar control performance of Solarban 80 low-E glass with its new blue-green Optiblue glass to create an architectural glass with a metallic gray-green exterior tint and a neutral gray interior appearance.

In addition to its unique aesthetics, Solarban 80 Optiblue glass offers strong energy performance. In a standard 1-inch insulating glass unit, the glass produces a solar heat gain coefficient of 0.23 and visible light transmittance of 34 percent, resulting in a light-to-solar gain (LSG) ratio of 1.48, which exceeds the U.S. Department of Energy’s 1.25 LSG threshold for spectrally selective glass. www.ppgideascapes.com

Safety, Aesthetics and Solar Performance Covered By Vitro
Vitro in Monterrey, Mexico, offers a variety of decorative and high-performance glass products. For privacy in interior applications, Pavia® acid-etched glass features a smooth surface and a high level of opacity. The company’s Tintex® green tinted float glass offers both aesthetics and solar performance. It blocks 24.5 percent of visible incident light and around 55 percent of the solar energy received. Duovent® units are widely used in buildings that require environmental, thermal and acoustic control. The units are composed by two glass sheets joined by an aluminum separator forming a hermetic air space. Templex® was developed in response to safety and security requirements. If broken it merely turns into small fragments. www.vitro.com 

decorative glass
Look Out for HologramGlass™
Jockimo Inc. in Newport Beach, Calif., has introduced its patented holographic HologramGlass™. These laminated glass products exhibit reflective characteristics and effects due to holography technology inside the glass. The patented laminated interlayer provides looks never seen before in glass. When lit properly, the holographic images not only pop with color but also will move as one moves past the glass. Various color options are available. www.jockimo.com

WorldGlass Full-Sheet Painted Glass Comes in Limitless Colors 
The large, painted InVision™ architectural glass from WorldGlass in Tampa, Fla., is available in nearly limitless color choices. InVision supports the complete range of Pantone® colors and an infinite number of unique color mixes. It uses PPG Starphire® low-iron glass for maximum clarity and color attainment.

The high-performance glass is available in dimensions up to 96 by 130 inches. Its durability is achieved through a dual-coat system protecting the color from chipping or fading. InVision is resistant to heat, moisture, UV rays and weathering, according to information from the company. www.worldglassag.com

alternative glazing
Aerolite Armor Delivers Bullet Resistance 
Llamas Plastics Inc. in Sylmar, Calif., has introduced AeroLite Armor NIJ Level III rated anti-ballistic glazing with heightened bullet resistance for military and security applications. AeroLite Armor is manufactured with MAKROLON® AR1 polycarbonate sheets from Sheffield Plastics Inc., which couple surface hardness with the impact strength of polycarbonate. 

AeroLite Armor weighs 25-30 percent less than comparable products and is less than 2 inches thick, according to information from the company. It offers bullet resistance while delivering 75-77 percent light transmission. 

AeroLite Armor with MAKROLON polycarbonate sheet has been certified by independent test labs to meet and exceed the requirements of the NIJ Level III requirements. It is available in both flat and curved designs. www.llamasplastics.com

Aluminum Sheet and Extrusion Guide Poster Now Available
Southern Aluminum Finishing Co. (SAF) in Atlanta has created a SAF Aluminum Extrusions & Sheet Guide poster to help glaziers and other metal working professionals easily locate popular extrusions and sheet items. The poster features frequently ordered aluminum profiles, each with a table for quickly locating particular dimensions, weight and order numbers. Several new extrusion sizes have been added this year to the channel, square and rectangular tube and angles tables, along with a new Z-clip extrusion. www.saf.com

CRL Site Expedites Ordering of Hydroslide Kits 
Los Angeles-based C.R. Laurence Co. Inc. (CRL) recently debuted the Hydroslide frameless sliding shower door kit, designed for full standing showers or to be installed above bathtubs. In an effort to simplify ordering and installation of these kits, the company is providing, in detail, all the information regarding the Hydroslide kits on the company’s website. Glass and metal cutting formulas, complete assembly instructions, and detailed drawings are all available at crlaurence.com. www.crlaurence.com 

doors and windows 
Hardware Variety Available from Vistawall 
Doors The StormMax™ MSD-375 impact-resistant entrance doors from Vistawall Architectural Products, a part of Oldcastle Glass in Santa Monica, Calif., have been engineered to meet the demanding requirements of the South Florida and International Building codes, and to offer a wide range of hardware options.

The Series MSD-375 is an impact-resistant medium stile door with MIG welded-corner construction and a 3-point lock mechanism. The entrance door features a 1 ¾-inch rail and stile, a 4 ¾-inch vertical stile, a 4-inch top rail and a 9-inch bottom rail. The StormMax impact-resistant entrances have been tested to meet full compliance with the requirements of Miami/Dade County Protocol BCCO, Florida Building Codes TAS-201, 202 and 203, as well as ASTM E 1886. www.vistawall.com

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