Volume 48, Issue 6- June 2013


The Green Mile
Many AIA Exhibitors will Focus on Energy Efficiency
and Sustainability When They Visit the Mile High City

Denver, one of the greenest cities in the nation, will host hundreds of energy-conscious architects when the 2013 American Institute of Architects (AIA) National Convention takes place there June 20-22. Glazing products certainly have a lot to offer to those looking for sustainable, eco-friendly options.

Here’s a look at some of the products you can expect to find when you walk the halls of the Colorado Convention Center.

Let's Do the Lamboo – Booth #1752

Lamboo Inc. will debut its curtainwall system technology, allowing visitors a chance to see how it has integrated the sustainable natural resource of bamboo into curtainwall members and storefront system components.

The Renewall series is made for both residential and commercial applications, bringing what the company describes as “warmth and longevity” to projects “while exceeding aluminum system’s performance through longer unsupported spans, higher fire rating, and thermal performance.” The split mullion design allows for integration of Lamboo materials with aluminum coverings for applications such as storefronts, curtainwalls and conservatories.

The coupling mullion pre-fabricated frames can be finished in the fabrication shop with base profiles, interior gaskets and glass supports.

Going Together – Booth #1323
The combined Kawneer and Traco exhibit space will highlight a range of products including sun shading, impact-resistant and high thermal performing products and systems. Kawneer will feature its new 1630 SS IR curtainwall, which the company says is designed to deliver performance under pressure. It has undergone rigorous testing to hurricane and blast mitigation standards and offers an additional line of defense against high winds, heavy rains and hurricanes. It is available in wet (silicone) glazed and dry glazed options, and offers a 3-inch sightline.

This year, Kawneer will also be presenting an on-site CEU Session, “Components of a LEED Strategy in Division 8: Glass & Glazing” on Thursday, June 20 from 10:30 to 11:30am.

The latest high-performing Traco window products will also be featured at the show.

dynamic glazing
Tint on Demand – Booth #2111

SAGE will showcase its electronically tintable SageGlass® for windows, skylights and curtainwalls. The glass can be tinted or cleared enabling users to control the sunlight without shades or blinds, while maintaining views to the outdoors and reducing energy consumption.

According to the company, SageGlass tints on demand and can be zoned to better control solar heat gain and glare at any time of day. The company adds that its next-generation SageGlass, now available, has in-pane zoning capabilities allowing building occupants to change the tint in three different sections in a single pane of glass.

Germ Free is the Way to Be –
Booth #3139

Linetec has introduced the use of antimicrobial protection for high-touch, architectural metal products’ exterior and interior surfaces, such as doors, windows, curtainwall, entrances, panels and column covers.

Antimicrobial protection is infused into select polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) finishes to inhibit the growth of stain and odor causing bacteria on the coating of aluminum surfaces for health care facilities, educational campuses and other buildings.

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 (SHGC) of 0.29, which yields a light-to-solar gain (LSG) ratio of 1.85.

It's Super Secure – Booth #1347
Safti First announced the addition of the SuperSecure II-XLS 45-120 minutes to its product line. SuperSecure II-XLS achieved a Class A-1 rating per the California Department of Corrections (CDC) 860-09a testing requirements and meets ASTM E-119/UL 263/NFPA 251 with hose stream up to two hours, according to the company.

SuperSecure II-XLS does not incorporate wired glass, giving it a clear, wire-free appearance. Designing with SuperSecure II-XLS provides maximum security protection; protection against fire, smoke and dangerous radiant heat; high STC ratings and it comes with a five-year manufacturer's warranty.

silicone solutions
Air Tight Options – Booth #1650

A number of silicone-based innovations designed to improve the sustainability, energy efficiency and durability of new and retrofit buildings will be on display in Dow Corning’s booth. Featured products will include the company’s silicone air barrier system, a complete air and weather barrier solution designed to provide airtight moisture control for more energy-efficient building envelope designs. The company will also offer its architectural insulation modules, which the company says is a design-enabling high-performance insulation solution for next-generation curtainwalls. Also on display will be the building insulation blanket, a thin, environmentally safe insulating material that offers freedom of design coupled with improved energy efficiency, according to the company.

doors and windows
Kolbe Does Commercial –
Booth #334

Kolbe now offers a door and window product line for commercial buildings, the Kolbe 4500 Series. Created for hospitality, multi-family and mixed-use projects, the Kolbe 4500 Series includes fixed and tilt-turn windows, tilt and slide doors and outswing hinged doors. The steel-reinforced uPVC products are designed to meet commercial building requirements for enhanced energy efficiency, occupant safety, low-maintenance and longevity, according to the company.

Kolbe 4500 Series doors and windows are available in two frame styles: North American 3-1⁄4-inch frame with nailing fins and European 2-3⁄8-inch frame. Dual overlapping neoprene gaskets provide a seal against air and water infiltration. One-inch insulating glass is standard, and 1-3⁄8-inch triple pane insulating glass is available, which allows fixed windows to achieve U-values as low as 0.17, according to the company, which also states that window units with laminated glazing options attain sound transmission class (STC) ratings as high as 39.

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.

Viracon Features New Glass Options – Booth #2939
Viracon will showcase a number of new innovations in its booth. Among its new coating selections, the company offers RoomSide™ low-E, an interior surface coating designed to improve the u-value of a dual pane insulating glass unit by as much as 20 percent. Also available is CyberShield, a glass coating specifically engineered for infrared shielding applications. VUE-30 is a high-performance coating designed to reduce solar heat gain, while VE-45 is a low-E coating that offers improved balance between visible light transmittance, solar control, and enhanced u-values, according to the company.

In addition, the company will feature its ExtremEdge warm-edge spacer, which it says is designed to improve edge of glass u-value, and the ClearPoint point-supported insulating glass system designed to increase the transparency of glass façades. Also on display will be the company’s DigitalDistinctions, a digitally printed glass product.

On a Roll – Booth #1903

Klein USA has introduced its new Rollglass Self self-closing sliding glass door system. Designed to replace a traditional swinging door, the system features a single, frameless interior sliding glass door in series with either one, two or three fixed frameless glass panels. After the door is opened, the door panel closes by itself according to eight different adjustable speed settings.

The sliding glass panels are available up to ten feet high with either 3⁄8-inch or ½-inch thick glass. The design of the glass installation allows in natural light, and the system is ceiling mounted so no floor track is required.

Do You Know the Way to Monterey? – Booth #2518
C.R. Laurence (CRL) and U.S. Aluminum are bringing what they together call expert design and energy-efficient products. U.S. Aluminum offers a suite of high-performance thermal doors that it says can offer low U-factors ranging from 0.57 to 0.31 and a high condensation resistance factor rating.

U.S. Aluminum is also showing its new Monterey series bi-folding sliding glass wall, what it calls a modern and flexible system. It is available in standard and thermally-broken and converts from a glass wall into a flexible open space.

Other products the companies will feature include the Essence series headerless sliding shower door system, the new Guarda protective security screen door and window screens and more.

Euro Stylin' – Booth #3251

Amesbury Hardware has introduced two new styles of hardware and locking systems, the P2000/3000 Euro Style aluminum door hardware and an ADA-compliant handle.

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 35-mm, 45-mm and 60-mm backset.

The non-handed pull and twist latch bolt reverses easily, according to the company, with the lock installed and accepts handle sets with 92-mm 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.

Mape the Most of It – Booth #707

Mapes Architectural Panels announced the development of its new Mapes-R Plus infill panels. These modified panels have additional insulation, which the company says allows for previously unattainable R-values to be achieved without modifying the existing glazing pockets.

Mapes-R Plus panels are designed to fit any size glazing pocket and can increase R-values by more than 200 percent, according to the company, which also states that values up to R=27 are possible within a 1-inch glazing pocket. Mapes-R Plus panels can also be used in glazing pockets as small as ¼-inch for retrofit application.

Guardian Debuts BIM – Booth #1916

Guardian Industries will launch a first-of-its-kind building information modeling (BIM) solution as well as a new SunGuard low-E glass for commercial applications.

The company’s new web-based BIM Generator, available at www.sunguardglass.com, populates manufacturer data for thermal and optical performances of project specific customer IG make-ups in the BIM format. The BIM Generator creates detailed content that represents the correct thickness and color of the inboard and outboard lites. By leveraging visibility settings, users can control the level of detail depending on the desired scale of the view. The content is created for Revit 2013 to take advantage of Revit’s material analytics for energy simulations. In addition to specific customized makeups, standard makeups will be available for download at www.sunguardglass.com, Autodesk Seek, and SmartBIM.

Also making its debut is SunGuard Neutral 78/65, a commercial glass product that provides high visible light, high solar heat gain and a neutral color. Neutral 78/65 can be used in double- or triple-glazed units, and in combination with the SunGuard portfolio of high performance low-E coatings.

Guardian will also present its InGlass interiors portfolio, including Guardian Reveal, glass that transitions from transparent to privacy in a single click.

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