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Our Guide to New Products
Offers Innovations Sure to Fit the Bill for Your Next Design
Looking for some new glass products for your next project?
Look no further than right here. Companies in the glass and metal industry
have launched many new developments that can offer architects and specifiers
everything from energy efficiency and high-performance features, creative
appeal, increased transparency and much more. Keep reading these next
few pages and you’ll be sure to find a few products—if not the whole gamut—that
grab your interest.
Guardian’s Got Some Energy Savers
Guardian Industries has added another layer of energy performance control
with its first commercial interior surface coating for glass, SunGuard
IS 20. According to the company, SunGuard IS 20 improves the effectiveness
of its advanced architectural glass when combined with any SunGuard coatings.
For example, when SunGuard IS 20 is used with Guardian SNX 62/27, the
resulting glass product has a visible light transmission of 60 percent,
a solar heat gain coefficient of 0.25 and a U-value as low as 0.20 with
Also available is its SunGuard SNR 43, a new glass coating for commercial
applications that offers a high light to solar gain ratio and low solar
heat gain coefficient (SHGC).
According to the company, SNR 43 joins its other SunGuard advanced architectural
glass products designed to improve energy performance and help projects
achieve LEED qualifications. It features a visible light transmission
of 43 percent and its SHGC is 0.23 on clear float glass.
This New Glass System is to the Point
ClearPoint, a point-supported insulating glass solution now available
from Viracon, is engineered to provide building designers with greater
flexibility compared to other products. Architectural glass typically
is supported by securing the edges of the glass, but with the new system,
architects now have more options in aesthetics and in the way the glass
is supported. As building designers have an ever-increasing desire for
more and more transparency in exterior walls, this new glass option is
a way to reduce the amount of framing material that makes contact with
the glass. Additionally, ClearPoint performance is optimized with the
use of the company’s coating and/or silk-screen options, according to
Give Your Project a Look that’s Lux
Looking for an anti-reflective glass product? McGrory Glass is the North
American distributor for Luxar from Glas Trösch AG. Luxar has an
anti-reflective Quartz coating on low iron glass to offer less than 1
percent light reflection, according to the company, adding that when supplied
as a laminated unit it offers up to 99 percent UV-protection.
The Luxar product has a hard coat, allowing for easy handling and a long
shelf life. It is also an ideal product for exterior installations that
are subject to environmental stress and constant cleaning, according to
Some typical exterior applications include storefronts, information displays,
stadium suites, decks and railings.
Scratch On? Scratch Off
The Essential system from GlasWeld removes scratches from all types of
glass without distortion allowing architects to keep their projects on
track and glass out of landfills. According to the company, the Essential
system contains all the equipment needed to remove scratches, and all
of its products are supported by comprehensive training programs available
in the form of operational manuals, DVDs, online training and in person
at the its headquarters in Bend, Ore.
Transparency and Fire-Ratings All in One
While high levels of transparency are a popular design trend, codes continue
to mandate increasing performance requirements. Thanks to a recent partnership,
architects now have the ability to create safe, fire-rated spaces with
increased levels of clarity and transparency. Safti First and PPG have
partnered to offer SuperLite II-XL with Starphire ultra-clear, low-iron
glass. Listed and labeled by UL and Intertek/Warnock-Hersey, this fire-resistive
glass product provides fire and impact safety meeting hose stream requirements
from 45-120 minutes, as well as ASTM E-119/NFPA 251/UL 263.
“As a manufacturer, we’ve always strived to give architects the clearest,
most innovative, fire-rated glass products for more than 30 years,” says
William O’Keeffe, president and CEO of Safti First. “Offering SuperLite
II-XL with Starphire Ultra-Clear low iron glass by PPG sets a new standard
in clarity, safety and performance.”
“PPG is proud of our association with Safti First and our contribution
to what is a highly unique and high-performing product,” says Joanne Funyak,
commercial market manager for PPG’s Flat Glass Strategic Business Unit.
doors and windows
Heavy Wall Line Stands Up to Hurricanes
Kawneer Company Inc. has expanded its 350/500 Heavy Wall entrance line
to include hurricane resistant 350/500 Heavy Wall IR entrances. Originally
developed for heavy traffic applications such as schools, universities
or stadiums, the entrances now meet ASTM E 1996 Level E requirements for
Kawneer’s line of 350/500 Heavy Wall Entrances offers not only durability
and strength, but also protection from severe weather such as hurricanes,
persistent rain, wind-borne debris and other conditions that can cause
property damage and injury. The entrances feature Kawneer’s corner construction,
which has four Sigma deep penetration and fillet welds plus mechanical
fastening at each corner.
Energy, Style and Performance — All in One Window
The Crystal Evolution 8800 in-swing casement window series from Crystal
Window & Door Systems was created to offer advanced technology, enhanced
energy efficiency features and sophisticated European style and design,
in addition to architectural performance ratings. And, according to the
company, the new casement complements its existing heavy-commercial architectural-rated
products. The Series 8800 has achieved a national AAMA testing level for
strength and weather resistance of AW-PG100-C.
The zero sightline sash utilizes concealed 4-bar hinges and works with
the frame when closed securely by a multi-point lock system. Monticello
metal corner keys, which facilitate silicone sealing, draw the mitered
sash and frame corners tight as they are fastened. The in-swing casement
is available in large sizes up to 48 inches in width and 80 inches in
According to the company, the heart of the series’ energy performance
is its polyamide I-Bar strut thermal break system. A 1¼-inch insulating
glass unit (IGU) with double glazing is standard, while triple glazing,
a variety of low-E coatings, argon gas filling and smaller 1-inch units
are available options.
A New Double-Hung Window … Or is It?
Mimicking the look of historical windows, Wausau Window and Wall Systems’
INvent Series now includes “simulated double-hung” windows. Wausau’s new
4250i and 4250i-XLT INvent Series features offset glass planes to replicate
a double-hung sash, while providing the ease of operation, durability
and low air infiltration of projected windows.
According to the company, as part of the Advantage by Wausau standard
product offering, these high-performance windows are pre-engineered and
factory-glazed, and low U-Factors allow broad expanses of vision glass
to meet Model Energy Codes. Combining thermal performance, natural light
and outside views, these features may also aid buildings seeking certification
under such programs as the LEED Green Rating System.
The series is tested to meet AAMA AW-100 Architectural Performance Class
ratings, including new AAMA 910-10 lifecycle testing to 4000 operating
A Glass Called Boing!
A new series of colorful, highly graphic patterns was created by Pulp
Studio to illustrate the depths possible in three-dimensional laminated
glass. Called Boing, the series includes strong patterns that pop with
color and depth, ideal for use as focal points in hotels, stores, offices
or any public space, indoors or out, where glass paneling or partitioning
is appropriate. The translucent patterns seem to float within the glass,
rather than rest on top or behind, as with similar products.
Boing is made with multiple interlayers, each between a separate lite
of glass (two, three, four or more) with a separate pattern, precisely
registered upon lamination, to read as a single design. A clear, low-iron
glass or a mirror-backed version called Juxtapose can be incorporated.
The patterns can be produced in any color, opacity or graphic concept.
90-Degree Wall Gives Views, Aesthetics and More
Kolbe’s Ultra Series 90-degree wall unit wraps a home’s corner for continuous
views and a contemporary look. Each side of the corner spans more than
10- by 10-feet, integrating Beveled Direct Set windows and awnings with
motorized operators. Highlighting the wall unit’s modern aesthetic, the
interior is framed in maple and the exterior is clad with aluminum with
a clear anodized finish for a sleek appearance.
Kolbe’s 90-degree wall unit also demonstrates energy-efficient, insulating
glass choices. One side of the unit features glass with the LoE2-270 coating,
and the other side features LoE³-366, which blocks 95 percent of
UV light, according to the company. In addition, LoE³-366 also is
formulated to reject unwanted solar heat, allow natural daylight and maintain
Structurally Strong Glazing Options
Designed specifically for applications in which increased interlayer rigidity
and high glass adhesion are required relative to standard glazing interlayers,
Solutia Inc. announced the commercial availability of its Saflex DG structural
According to the company, Saflex DG provides increased structural capacity
compared to standard PVB interlayers and also offers design flexibility,
as it is compatible with other Saflex and Vanceva products.
Due to the stiffness of the Saflex DG interlayer, laminates can sustain
higher uniform loads with the same glass thickness, or the glass thickness
can be reduced and still achieve the same loading, according to the company.
The new interlayer can be used with annealed and heat-strengthened glass,
providing the opportunity to design with less optical distortion, reduce
the potential for spontaneous breakage, allow for view-through capability
after breakage and design for applications in which thermal stress may
come into consideration.
The Saflex DG interlayer can be used in structural glass applications,
exposed edge laminates, floors, stairs, balconies, canopies, point glazing
systems, clip systems, captured systems, curtainwall, sloped and overhead
glazing and more.
These Systems Pack a Protective Punch
Helping protect low- and mid-rise buildings in need of storm hazard mitigation,
Tubelite’s Force Front Storm monumental entry door systems have received
Florida Product Approval (#14563). Designed for compliance with HVHZ Windzones
2 and 3, Force Front Storm doors and frames also are tested to meet Miami
Dade large missile impact requirements (ASTM E1886/E1996 - TAS 201) and
passed pressure cycling at +100/-100 psf.
The entry doors feature heavy-duty hardware, tie-rod construction, and
wide stiles. Single doors up to 4- x 8-feet and pairs up to 8- x 8-feet
have been qualified. The units include 1-inch insulating glazing with
a laminated pane incorporating a DuPont SentryGlas interlayer.
All of Tubelite’s products are manufactured using EcoLuminum, a high recycled-content
aluminum billet composition with eco-friendly finishes.
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