As Seen at the International Builders’
Show in Las Vegas
Despite another rough year in the residential building market, many manufacturers
of door, window and related products launched new options and features
at the International Builders’ Show. The annual event was held January
19-22 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Read on for a look at some of
the products that were on display.
CRL Cites Header-Free Criteria
Los Angeles-based C.R. Laurence Co. Inc. (CRL) has engineered a new system
for installing safe “header-free” shower enclosures, using engineered
criteria and four different wall-mounted brackets that are large and strong
enough to keep a panel stable.
The header-free criteria requires the use of ½-inch tempered glass
on fixed panel from which the door hinges; the fixed panel from which
the door hinges can’t exceed 22 inches in width or 84 inches in height;
the door can be either 3/8- or ½-inch tempered glass; door width
must not exceed 30 inches; the enclosure must use CRL’s brackets fastened
to the vertical wall on the fixed panel from which the door hinges; the
same number of brackets must be used on the wall as there are glass-to-glass
hinges; only a fixed panel fastened to a vertical wall can be used to
hinge from; and the fixed panel from which the door hinges must have valid
Style + Substance from Häfele
Häfele America Co.’s new Voga series of door hardware finishes offers
fashion and reliability, according to the company, and integrates refined
Old World craftsmanship with the latest technological solutions for performance
The Voga HIGHCOAT® process is an exclusive brass protection system
of clear lacquer. Voga’s PROTECT® PVD finish provides twice the strength
of chrome with elevated resistance to corrosion and surface abrasion.
Company officials say the PROTEC finish also is environmentally friendly.
PPG Expands Residential Low-E Glass Portfolio
PPG Industries showcased its expanded low-E glass portfolio, including
two new glass products, Solarban 65 and Sungate 400. Solarban 65 is a
double-silver, solar control, low-E glass that the company says helps
window manufacturers achieve the .30/.30 requirement for energy-efficient
windows as defined in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
Sungate 400 glass is a passive low-E glass developed for window makers
seeking to meet Canadian Energy Star® statutes. It is ideal for use
in northern U.S. climates as well, according to PPG.
Glazelock Keeps Windows Straight
The wood composite shims, called Wedge-Lock shims, from Glazelock Shims
Inc. in Kankakee, Ill., were designed to maintain alignment. The company
reports that its shims resist splitting, snap off clean and are made out
of recycled wood, polypropylene and other natural products. The shims
measure 1 ½ inches wide by 8 inches long and 5/16 inches thick.
The company offers interlocking, non-interlocking and stackable shims.
Sliding Door Company Unfolds Its Products
The United Kingdom-based Folding Sliding Door Co. has been manufacturing
folding sliding door systems for nine years and is looking to bring its
products to North America. The company offers a thermally broken aluminum
45-mm system; thermally broken aluminum 70-mm system; and thermally broken
aluminum systems with timber cladding. The company’s timber systems are
available in oak, pine and Meranti.
The sliding doors can be manufactured up to 45 feet wide and up to 13
feet high. Flush tracks are standard. The doors feature finger-safe gaskets;
security-tested inward and outward opening; security hinges, none of which
are face fixed to the door; concealed tracks and rollers; and single-action
locking using hardened steel shootbolts.
The products are fully tested to European standards in both the weather
and security fields and are manufactured in accordance with the international
NanaWall Pairs Folding Glass Wall with Triple Glazing
With the NanaWall® SL70 its manufacturer in Mill Valley, Calif., has
paired a folding glass wall with triple glazing. The triple-glazed SL70
system provides flexible solutions to architectural openings from three
to 36 feet wide using one to 12 panels.
The triple glazed system has an NFRC-certified U-value of 0.30 and a solar
heat gain coefficient of 0.24. It meets Energy Star requirements for all
areas of the United States and areas A and B of Canada. It also provides
high weather resistance and structural performance; for inswing and outswing
models with a raised sill, independent testing indicates that there was
no water leakage at 12 psf or 68 miles per hour. It is available in more
than 200 finishes as a floor-mounted system with more than 50 stacking
Antibacterial Door Handles Break Down Bacteria
Sweden-based hardware manufacturer ASSA ABLOY has collaborated with
Polygiene to develop a door handle that features an antibacterial surface
coating with a wear-resistant metallic surface. Called Addion, the surface
is said to break down bacteria faster than other surface coatings such
as nickel, chrome, brass and stainless steel.
The company reports that at least one school in Sweden has installed
the product to reduce the spread of bacteria among its students.
PGT Launches PremierVue
PGT Inc. in North Venice, Fla., has launched PremierVue, a vinyl impact
product line for the single- and multi-family residential markets. The
company says it has produced highly air-, water- and structurally-rated
vinyl impact product lines, the result of it recent acquisition of the
operating assets of Hurricane Window and Door Factory
in other product news
Glaston Helps Fabricators Upgrade
Finland-based Glaston offers a variety of machinery upgrades intended
to help fabricators improve reduce energy consumption. Each upgrade has
been designed for minimal production downtime or disturbances, helping
an enhanced glass processing line to be up and running as quickly and
smoothly as possible.
For example, the company’s VFD Blower allows users to cut back on energy
use when high-pressure tempering is not necessary. Its software controls
pressures by motor speed rather than using a damper. Blowers remain idle
if no glass is present. A VFD drive for each blower can be a suitable
replacement for a Star-Delta Starter.
The company’s variable speed blower helps fabricators save energy on thick
glass (6- to 19-mm) tempering with a tempering pressure-energy ratio to
ensure the highest energy-efficient for quenching. Peak power is reduced,
eliminating need for starters.
The company’s vane control and energy saving (VES) offering decreases
energy costs up to 25 percent for 3- to 4-mm glass by lowering the quenching
pressure during the cooling cycle and reducing the air intake opening
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