Volume 49, Issue 1- January 2014

Presenting the 2013 USGlass Magazine Product of the Year
Award Winners

The following special advertising section provides a close look at some of the companies selected as our 2013 Product of the Year award winners. Winners were chosen through a reader survey that included all of the products from both the USGlass Showcase section and the Annual New Products Guide. Following is a recap of some of those winning products. Product submissions are welcome throughout the year. Please send your new product information to erogers@glass.com.

Architectural Metal Product: Standard Doors and Entrances by Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope

A full line of standard doors and entrances from Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope® are available to offer customers the opportunity to create custom designs that meet specific criteria, according to the company. The product range includes narrow-, medium- and wide-stile aluminum entrance doors and aluminum storefronts in both center and offset systems. Terrace and sliding doors are available (both swinging and sliding), as are all-glass entrance systems, hurricane-resistant and blast-mitigation elements. www.oldcastlebe.com

Surface Treatment/ Cleaning Product:
ClearShield® by Ritec Internationa

Georgia’s new parliament has opened to a fanfare of acclaim with all of its glass treated with the ClearShield Eco-System™. The futuristic building, in a shape of a huge glass dome, contains split-level gardens and glass-fronted offices. The new parliament is the pet project of the country's architecture-loving president, Mikhail Saakashvili and is meant to symbolize democratic openness and transparency in a country which, until 1991, was part of the Soviet Union.

Ritec's representative in neighboring Turkey, Kozmos Cam, was brought in to treat all of the building's glass – 11,500 square metres – with the ClearShield Eco-System™. Early into the construction project, the glass was installed into its aluminum frame. However, continuing building work lead to contamination of the newly installed glass with silicone and concrete run-off. Kozmos was first asked to renovate the glass back to its original state, the first stage of the ClearShield System™.

The second stage was to protect the glass from future moisture, alkaline and dirt (MAD), three elements that can turn new glass into 'Problem Glass'. ClearShield® was used to transform the glass into ‘low-maintenance’ glass which will make the Parliament’s glass elements easier to clean and provide resistance to staining and discoloration.

The result has been met with universal acclaim from all construction partners, with the main contractor requesting the further application of ClearShield® on the parliament's interior glass and future architectural glass projects the company are involved in

Stephen Byers, Managing Director of Ritec International states: “We are delighted to have been chosen as the Glass Surface Treatment supplier of choice in the construction of Georgia’s new parliament building. The ClearShield System™ will make a huge difference in both the appearance and long term maintenance of the glass dome which is hugely symbolic in this new era of democracy in Georgia.”

For more information on how the ClearShield System™ adds value every step of the supply chain, visit www.ritec.co.uk or email info@ritec.co.uk.

Glass Railing Product: GRS Monolithic Tempered Glass Railing System
by C.R. Laurence Co. Inc. (CRL)

The GRS monolithic tempered glass railing system from C.R. Laurence Co. Inc. (CRL) received International Code Council Evaluation Service certification. The GRS glass rail system structural glass balustrades evaluated in the ESR-3269 report are intended for interior and exterior weather exposed applications, and according to company literature, are suitable for use in most natural environments. This ICC-ES certification covers the design and testing compliance with Section 2407 of the IBC and Section R312 of IRC. www.crlaurence.com

Transportation Product: The Defender by MyGlassTruck.com
The Defender glass truck body by MyGlassTruck.com features exterior glass racks shielded by retractable 28 oz. PVC coated polyester curtains for ease-of-loading and weather protection. Inside, there’s extra space for bulky items, additional floor-to-ceiling glass racks and a padded floor. MyGlassTruck.com racks have the most glass protection padding in the industry and are fabricated from strong, custom-extruded T6 aluminum posts and slats joined with Huck® aircraft-grade fasteners that won’t become brittle and crack like welded aluminum. A translucent ceiling and LED dome lights provide illumination, and optional pull-out rear steps and full-width double doors allow for easy interior access. www.myglasstruck.com

Decorative Glass Product:
DigitalDistinctions™ by Viracon

The great possibilities of architectural design are now even more possible. DigitalDistinctions™ by Viracon combines the durability of ceramic inks with the versatility of digital printing into one proven solution for architectural glass-printing applications. A stunning new technology that’s as beautiful and imaginative as it is functional. Create your next masterpiece using colorful images, patterns, text, textures, dots, and lines. www.viracon.com

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