Volume 49, Issue 6 - June 2014


The Purpose Built Trip
The Glass Industry Heads to Chicago with a Purpose: The 2014 AIA National Convention


Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (Yes, you read that correctly—Chicago’s mayor) will be a keynote speaker on the first day of the American Institute of Architects National Convention in Chicago, June 26-28 at McCormick Place. And there will be speeches from many other notable architects and presenters including Jeanne Gang, FAIA, LEED AP, founder of Chicago-based collective Studio Gang Architects and Ed Mazria with the AIA and founder and CEO of Architecture 2030.

But for many, it’s the products that will be the big draw and the glass industry is set to offer a wide selection of choices. It’s time to plan your trip—who to see and what to learn. Take a look at this section for a peek at what some glazing industry companies plan to offer.

glass Livin’ Large – Booth 4509
Architectural Glass North America (AGNORA) will highlight its expanded skillsets focused on fabricating what it calls North America’s largest glass. The company deals in laminated glass up to 130- by 300-inches and heat-treated and heat-soak tested glass up to 130- by 275-inches. For insulating glass, AGNORA has high performance low-E coated glass up to 126- by 236-inches (6 meters) and 130- by 275-inches (7 meters).

Size Matters at Sedak – Booth 1002
Having recently installed what it calls “the world’s largest flatbed printer” at its sedak GmbH & Co. KG’s Gersthofen, Germany location, seele plans to feature its new digital printing capabilities. The company now offers digital ceramic-ink screen printing technology for oversize glass formats.

According to the company, the printing process is similar to that used by ink-jet printers for paper. However, the inks consist of ultra-fine ceramic particles. These ceramic inks are sprayed onto the glass surface with a plotter. Subsequent firing in a furnace bonds the inks permanently to the glass. The fired ink coating is durable and scratch-resistant. After printing, the glass can be laminated, cold-bent or processed to create insulating glass units.

A Place in the Sun – Booth 1013
Architects and designers attending the AIA Expo will get an up-close look at Guardian’s newest triple silver, low-E glass: SunGuard SNX 51/23, offering a combination of 51 percent visible light transmission with a solar heat gain coefficient of 0.23. SunGuard SNX 51/23 offers low reflectivity and a neutral blue appearance.

According to the company, the SunGuard product line for commercial applications offers solar control and a wide variety of colors and performance levels.

From A to (Solarban®) z75 – Booth 4617
Solarban z75 low-E glass by PPG features a neutral cool-gray aesthetic that provides a high level of visible light transmittance and glare control, without compromising daylighting. In a standard 1-inch insulating glass unit with clear glass, Solarban z75 glass has a solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) of 0.24 and visible light transmittance (VLT) of 48 percent, which combine to yield a light to solar gain (LSG) ratio of 2.00. These solar control characteristics make Solarban z75 glass an option for warmer climate zones with high cooling costs, according to the company, which adds that it can help building projects earn credit in four LEED v4 categories and enable many glazing designs to meet 2014 California Title 24 energy standards.

Voluminous Viracon – Booth 1831
There will be a lot to see at Viracon’s booth. Among the products on display will be the VRE-65, the latest addition to the company’s lineup of high-performance glass coatings, with light to solar gain (LSG) ratios from 1.25 to 1.80.

VRE-65 offers 59 percent light transmission that allows two-way vision under varying light conditions and aids in controlling glare.

In addition, the company will feature its DigitalDistinctions digital etch ink, designed for achieving varied etch effects in colors and textures. It simulates the look of acid-etched or colored etch glass when used alone or in combination with other ink colors and without masking and peeling. Any of the company’s high-performance coatings can be applied directly over any digital print on the same surface, and different application effects of the ink provide varying degrees of privacy, light diffusion and sun control.

Likewise, the company offers DigitalDistinctions Dual Image, which consists of a printed image or pattern on one side and a different color, image, or pattern on the opposite side of the same glass lite, such as a black dot facing interior and white dot facing exterior. Other products from Viracon include its ExtremEdge warm-edge spacer in a black finish.

Walker Takes Flight – Booth 2645
Walker Glass will exhibit its entire line of products, with an emphasis on the usage of acid-etched glass in exterior applications.

Walker Textures AviProtek, a bird-friendly glass product line launched late last year, will also be a significant part of the exterior application focus and the company’s booth will reflect that.

The new Satinlite finish will also be featured in different forms. Satinlite has been tested for wear and stain resistance and surface hardness; in all cases the performance is either similar or superior to float glass, according to the company. Just like other Walker Textures finishes, it can be used in interior or exterior applications. http://www.walkerglass.com

(3)Sealed with a ... – Booth 4715
J.E. Berkowitz (JEB) will exhibit its new JEB 3seal insulating glass spacer system and glass fabrication capabilities. The spacer system is made from structural thermoset silicone with 3A desiccant and features a triple-seal design consisting of a pre-applied acrylic adhesive for spacer-to-glass bonding, a hot-applied captive polyisobutylene primary seal, and a two-part structural silicone secondary seal.
With its no-metal design, 3seal has shock-absorbing properties that the company says counteract glazing stresses caused by wind, snow, driving rain, fluctuating temperatures, and barometric pressure. In addition, JEB says the 3seal has minimal thermal conductivity, providing higher glass edge surface temperature, and a multi-layer vapor barrier to enhance condensation resistance.

fire-rated glass
All-Around Safti – Booth 4614
Safti First will display its complete line of clear, fire-rated glass and framing systems. The company says it has been a single-source USA-manufacturer of fire-resistive glass and framing systems for more than 35 years and offers products from fire-rated doors and windows to custom-engineered, high performance transparent wall systems. The company will also be previewing some new products in its booth at the show.

Sweet Keralite®— Booth 3660
Vetrotech Saint-Gobain, manufacturer of fire-resistant glass products, has added a new glass ceramic to its Keralite product line.

Keralite Select combines (patent-pending) surface polishing technology with advanced composition to create what the company says is the sharpest, most accurate color-viewing glass ceramic. It has a color-rendering index of 97.1 (out of 100) and a low haze value at 0.5 percent. It is said to bear no cloudy appearance even in variable lighting conditions. Comparable to float glass in quality, the surface doesn’t have the “orange peel effect” common to standard fire-rated glass ceramics, according to the company.

Manufactured in both 3/16 inch (Keralite Select F) and 5/16 inch (Keralite Select L) thicknesses, Keralite Select is recommended for larger glass sizes in impact-rated areas. The glass, which installs into standard fire-rated frames and doors, comes in 20-, 45-, 60-, 90- and 180-minute fire-ratings.

dynamic glazing
Suntuitive to Think About – Booth 4456
Pleotint LLC, will exhibit its Suntuitive® glass for dynamic windows. Recently redeveloped, the glass provides a light-gray base color and what the company calls an ability to adapt passively to direct sunlight, a self-tinting technology optimizes indoor comfort, views and daylighting, while blocking heat generated from sunlight, glare, and ultraviolet light without window shades or blinds.

When paired with low-E glass in an insulating glass unit, Suntuitive glass can produce visible light transmittance as high as 60 percent in a clear state. It can produce solar heat gain coefficients as low as 0.11 in a darkened state, and reduce heating-, cooling-, and lighting-related energy costs, which together add up to 70 percent of a building’s total energy consumption, according to Pleotint.

Suntuitive glass requires no electrical or mechanical intervention. It can be used in new or replacement windows in any shape, size, or frame material and installation is the same as traditional window systems in residential or commercial applications.

Rite to Rock – Booth 4431
Assa Abloy will feature a number of its brands during the show, including products from Adams Rite and Rockwood Manufacturing.

Adams Rite will feature the Rite Touch digital glass door lock with a thin, low profile design and Magic Mirror user interface. It requires no holes or other modifications to the door, and offers access control with single or double glass door compatibility and dual credential access control via card reader or personal PIN code.

The Rite Touch includes a fire detection sensor, break-in and damage alarm, is electronic shock resistant and features a dual action, safe thumb turn. It is battery powered, emergency access power capable and provides an automatic locking feature option.

In addition, Rockwood launched a square locking pull system in the GeoMetek style, for swinging or sliding doors in glass houses, storefronts, and interior offices. Glass door applications secure the opening without bulky patch fitting or rails, and simple door preparation requires two holes for half height pulls and three holes for full height pulls. The locking pull also features multiple locking options at the floor, head, or both and the concealed bolt provides a clean, streamlined look, according to the company.

The square locking pull is available in three finishes: US10BE (dark satin bronze equivalent), US32 (bright stainless steel) and US32D (satin stainless steel) and is offered in plain or upholstery leather wrapping. The stainless steel finishes are also available with MicroShield, an antimicrobial coating that helps to suppress the growth of bacteria and mold.

Get Total Transformation with PX32 – Booth 1053
EFCO, a Pella company, has introduced the newest member to its line of XTherm® products: the PX32 Series thermal projected window. The PX32 has strutted and air pocketed thermal breaks and is offered with a complete line of thermal sub-frames, mullions and architectural sills. The flexible family of products is suited for use in a range of applications such as educational, office and hospital buildings, according to the company.

We’ll See Wausau – Booth 4634
Wausau Window and Wall Systems® InventPlus Series windows meet European benchmarks for thermal performance and are designed for the North American aesthetic. The composite framing delivers R5 performance for operable units and R6 for fixed. These windows achieve a condensation resistance factor up to 83 per AAMA-1503 and a NFRC U-factor as low as 0.16 BTU/hr.sqft.ºF. STC ratings of 34 to 41 and OITC ratings of 28 to 35 provide quiet interiors.

Invent.PLUS windows’ composite framing combines 55 percent engineered polymers and 45 percent aluminum extrusions by volume. The aluminum contains recycled content averaging 70 percent or greater, according to the company and the 3 11/16-inch frame depth has custom-designed 44-mm polyamide thermal barriers from Technoform Bautec, convective baffles and foam cavity fillers.

Grand Teuton(ic) – Booth 4441
Kolbe will showcase its Teutonic Series door and window product line for commercial buildings. The series includes fixed and tilt-turn windows, tilt and slide doors and outswing hinged doors.

The windows and doors are displayed in two frame styles: North American 3¼-inch frame with nailing fins and European 2 3/8-inch frame. Both sport dual overlapping neoprene gaskets for 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 the company says allows fixed windows to achieve U-values as low as 0.17.

storefronts and curtainwalls
CRL-AL(M)-SYS – Booth 1008
C.R. Laurence Co. Inc. (CRL)/U.S. Aluminum is using the space in booth 1008 to display a number of products. The first is its unit glazing systems, which the company says makes it easy to fabricate and glaze a storefront or window wall in a shop, then deliver it to the jobsite as needed, and install each section in minutes. The key to the system is the company’s new unit split mullions and gravity loaded sill flashing, which are said to make it easy for installers to snap each unit glazed section together in the field. The systems are available in 2¼ - by 6-inch top notch storefront and 2- by 4½-inch center glazed systems.

CRL will also have its 487 Series office partition system, available with the launch of its office partitions catalog. The new product line includes premium doors and frames in select stock and custom configurations designed to wrap 47/8 inch walls for single and double doors, sidelites, clerestory lites, borrowed lites, and continuous glass walls. They accept 1/4-, 3/8-, 1/2-, and 9/16-inch (6, 10, 12, and 14 mm) glazing. Twenty- and 90-minute rated door frames are also available.
http://www.crlaurence.com and http://www.usalum.com

Slim Sighty – Booth 1407
Kawneer Co. Inc. introduced the new 1620/1620 structural silicone glazed (SSG) curtainwall system. With a 2-inch profile, the 1620/1620 SSG system is built on the company’s flagship 1600 curtainwall platform and is designed for low- to mid-rise applications. It provides slim sightlines and is engineered with a thermal break and can accommodate dual-pane insulating glass. A fiberglass pressure plate option provides additional thermal performance. The stick fabricated, pressure-glazed curtainwall system offers a vertical SSG mullion solution for uninterrupted sightlines. Both options use concealed fasteners in their joinery construction.

The 1620/1620 SSG system has straight cuts without notching to help ease the fabrication process and simplify installation. In addition, a pre-engineered rainscreen pressure-equalized (RSPE) back pan option with “easy-to-install” spandrel adapters is available. The design features of the 1620/1620 SSG have been tested in accordance with U.S. and Canadian standards for curtainwalls, including air and water infiltration, thermal transmittance, severe wind-driven rain, acoustical, and condensation resistance.

Happy Days ... TU – Booth 4634
Tubelite Inc.’s TU24000 Series storefront system features an additional poured and debridged thermal break pocket. The dual pocket decreases U-factors by 36 percent and increases the condensation resistance factor by 30 percent, according to the company. Recommended for low-rise buildings and the lower floors of highrises, the TU24000 Series matches the 2- by -4.5-inch profile on its T14000 Series system, and framing is compatible with Tubelite’s medium and wide stile Therml=Block doors.

The storefront’s framing also has a 0.5-inch bite for use with glass or panels up to 1-inch thick. The aluminum used to produce Tubelite’s systems can be extruded using EcoLuminum, a high recycled-content aluminum billet composition with eco-friendly, durable finishes. Seven anodized finishes and 20 standard paint color are available.

The Ys Have It – Booth 2212
YKK’s YCW 750 OGP curtainwall product incorporates a pressure plate made from polyamide 6.6. According to the company, the polyamide pressure plate is an alternative to fiberglass pressure plates that require special handling and equipment during fabrication. The polyamide pressure plate can be used with YKK AP’s YCW 750 outside glazed curtainwall system to improve the unit’s overall thermal efficiency and condensation resistance. It also is said to reduce temperature transfer from the exterior to the interior. The YCW 750 OGP will deliver a 20-percent gain in U-factor performance and a 10-percent gain in its condensation resistance factor when used with standard low-E glass (center of glass of 0.29 Btu/hr•ft2•°F (1.66 W/m2•K), air infill and aluminum box type spacer), according to the company.

architectural metals
Everybody Stretch – Booth 4634
Stretch Forming by Linetec allows architectural product manufacturers to have their metal building components curved and finished in one location. Stretch forming is the newest service Linetec has added for customers seeking not only paint, anodize and powder coat, but also field repair and restoration, thermal improvement and other support for finished aluminum products. Half-circles, eyebrows and Gothic arches are typical for architectural applications.

To deliver the new stretch forming services, Linetec teamed with Southern Stretch Forming of Texas. The company is providing a full scope of bending capabilities on Linetec’s campus in Wausau, Wis., including annealing and tempering to soften and harden aluminum.

BAM-o-Ram – Booth 2218
Bacon’s Architectural Muntins are “simulated divided lite” aluminum extruded muntins custom made for all storefront and curtainwall systems. Aluminum extruded simulated divided lite muntin grids designed for standard storefront framing, the company says they provide sophisticated, appealing decoration for commercial buildings and a historical, unique appearance to storefronts. They can be used in new construction, renovations and remodels and can be finished with any anodized or paint finish available.

Bacon’s says they are easy to remove for reglazing.

Designed to allow for a positive “wash” of rainwater and hose cleaning, simulated divided lite muntins are available to glaziers, architects, construction managers, contractors, building owners, and developers nationally.

door systems
Adding Amba(iance) – Booth 3409
Amba Products manufactures decorative stainless steel sliding door systems for glass—both hanging and bottom roller systems—that the company describes as practical and visually appealing. From pure stainless steel to extravagant material concepts in a variety of colors, they can be made to fit any designer’s room, no matter how unique it may be.

Amba’s product range also includes pulls, handles and glass connectors for creating glass dividers. The products are all ADA compliant and suitable for both commercial and residential applications, according to the company.

Tape It Up — Booth 1248
3M will be featuring VHB tapes – double-sided pressure sensitive acrylic foam tapes for structural glazing and architectural panel attachment.

According to the company, VHB tapes provide invisible attachment with immediate handling strength during fabrication, which the company says results in increased throughput and reduced time to fabricate and install panel systems. The tapes can also help projects receive LEED credit as a low VOC emitting adhesive. In addition, the company will feature its window films, including daylight redirecting films, safety window films, solar control window films among other products.

Glazing Knowledge
The AIA National Convention also offers attendees the chance to further their glass-industry knowledge. Here’s a look at some of the seminar topics that will be covered.

Thursday, June 26
10:30-11:30 a.m.
• Code Considerations in Fire-Rated Glass, presented by Safti First, CE Theatre C, Booth 1666
• Choosing Interior Glass Walls: Why Some are Better Than Others, presented by Dorma Americas, Dorma Americas Learning Lounge, Booth 2251
• Curtainwall vs. Storefront, presented by Pella Corp., Pella EFCO Learning Lounge, Booth 1251

12:30-1:30 p.m.
• The Renaissance of the Steel Window, presented by Hope’s Windows Inc., CE Theatre C, Booth 1666
• Energy Retrofits: Window ROI and Comfort—The Whole Story, presented by Pella, Pella EFCO Learning Lounge, Booth 1251

2:00-3:00 p.m.
• Fenestration Design Solutions for Commercial Buildings, presented by Pella Corp., Pella EFCO Learning Lounge, Booth 1251
• Understanding Operable Wall Systems, presented by Dorma Americas, Dorma Americas Learning Lounge, Booth 2251

4:00-5:30 p.m.
• The Integrated Window and Lighting Systems Can Help Meet Challenging New Building Codes, presented by Pekka Hakkarainen and Helen Sanders, Room S402

Friday, June 27
• Curtain Wall Design and Selection, presented by Kawneer Company, CE Theatre C, Booth 1666
• Energy Retrofits: Window ROI and Comfort—The Whole Story, presented by Pella Corp., Pella EFCO Learning Lounge, Booth 1251

12:30-1:30 p.m.
• Architectural Fire-Rated Glazing: Selection, Specification, and Application, presented by Vetrotech Saint-Gobain, CertainTeed Learning Lounge, Booth 4067
• The Evolution of Glass and High-Performance Coatings, presented by Guardian Industries, CE Theatre B, booth 1066
• Choosing Interior Glass Walls: Why Some are Better Than Others, presented by Dorma Americas, Dorma Americas Learning Lounge, Booth 2251
• Curtainwall vs. Storefront, presented by Pella Corp., Pella EFCO Learning Lounge, Booth 1251

2:00-3:00 p.m.
• Aluminum Framed Storefronts, presented by CRL-U.S. Aluminum, CE Theatre C, Booth 1666
• Fenestration Design Solutions for Commercial Buildings, presented by Pella Corp., Pella EFCO Learning Lounge, Booth 1251

Saturday June 28
10:30-11:30 a.m.

• Operable Flexible Interior Space Division, presented by Nanawall Systems Inc., CE Theatre D, booth 2266
• Choosing Interior Glass Walls: Why Some are Better Than Others, presented by Dorma Americas, booth 2251
• Daylighting with Electrochromics, presented by Sage Electrochromics, CertainTeed Learning Lounge, Booth 4067
• Energy Retrofits: Window ROI and Comfort—The Whole Story, presented by Pella Corp., Pella EFCO Learning Lounge, Booth 1251 12:30-1:30 p.m.
• Fenestration Design Solutions for Commercial Buildings, presented by Pella Corp., Pella EFCO Learning Lounge, Booth 1251


What’s Up, Chicago? While walking the show floor this year, be sure and stop by and see USGlass magazine in booth 4455. You can pick up free copies of the magazine, sign up to receive free newsletters and magazines and catch up with our team members. We look forward to seeing you there!

Live from Chicago, It’s the AIA And if you can’t make it to the show this year, there are still ways to participate. AIA will be live-streaming 10 of the seminars through its Convention Live coverage—and you can even earn LU credits. In addition, be sure and look to USGNN.com™ each day for event recaps and show coverage. n



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