Volume 43, Issue 9 - September 2008

From the Editor

Innovation in Green

Innovation is the theme of this issue and, in preparing it, I started thinking of all the innovations that architectural glass and metal companies have introduced to the market in the last year and what a tremendous impact they have had, and will continue to have, on architecture.

Green products and energy efficiency have been central tenets to much recent innovation. Starting with the primary glass manufacturers, Guardian Industries has expanded its line of low-emissivity SunGuard Advanced architectural glass products. The emphasis is on widening the design options for architects while providing more energy-efficient products. PPG Industries has added new products to its Solarban solar control, low-E product line. High performance and energy efficiency are keys here.

On the architectural metal side, Kawneer has been a stalwart in focusing on green issues and LEED certification as well as building information modeling (BIM). LEED has also been a focus for YKK AP America with the design possibilities opened up by its ThermaShade architectural aluminum

Speaking of sunshades, Vista Window Film has actively promoted the role of window film as a sunshade for protection from UV rays and other damage while providing heat and glare reduction for climate control and occupant comfort.

The industry’s fire-rated glazing and hurricane and security glass segments have also been active in advancing options for architects and designers.

And lest we forget, daylighting continues to be central to the architectural glass and metal industry’s focus on design and its energy-efficient possibilities, especially with skylight manufacturers

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