Architects’ Guide to Glass & Metal
Companies Prepare to Showcase
Their Latest and Greatest at AIA 2011
From the food to the nightlife to its
famous Mardi Gras celebration, New Orleans is one place well known for
offering its visitors a spicy mix. Although Mardi Gras will be long over
by mid-May, the Big Easy will still be bustling with activity as the American
Institute of Architects’ (AIA) National Convention will be in town May
The convention will be held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
where more than 800 exhibitors, including a healthy number of representatives
from the glass and glazing industry, will feature their latest products
and services of interest to architects. From innovative glazings to new
windows and curtainwall systems, the glass industry will bring a diverse
mixture of products and services.
Over the next five pages take a look at just some of the glazing developments
you’ll find featured this year at AIA in New Orleans.
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Fourth Surface Technology Improves Thermal Performance
Pilkington in Toledo, Ohio, has introduced its low-E 4th surface technology,
designed to allow a double-glazed insulating glass unit (IGU) achieve
up to 12-percent improved thermal performance over a triple-pane IGU.
Adding a pyrolytic low-E coating to the #4 surface reflects infrared heat
back into the building, reducing the amount of radiant heat loss through
the glass. In cold weather conditions, a low-E coating on the #2 surface
inhibits room heat from transferring across the air space toward the outside;
adding a second low-E coating to the #4 surface further improves the thermal
insulation as it reflects room heat back inside. Applying two pyrolytic
low-E lites in an IGU reduces the center-of-glass U-factor by 45 percent,
compared to an IGU with two lites of standard clear.
NanaWall Opens Up to Lamboo®
NanaWall Systems will introduce a folding door system that features custom-crafted
frames made of Lamboo® laminated bamboo. Lamboo is an engineered bamboo
product that is available in three grain and two color choices. According
to the company, the production process uses 15-percent less embodied energy
than that of engineered wood and 300-percent less embodied energy than
aluminum and steel.
Lamboo products are designed to meet criteria for 2011 “CALGreen” A4.405.4
(use of building materials from renewable sources) and also contribute
to LEED certification.
Lamboo is available with the company’s WD65 wood-framed system and WA67
aluminum-clad wood-framed system. This new offering is also Energy Star®-certified.
PPG Has Multiple Selections for a Range of Applications
Pittsburgh-based PPG Industries will showcase a range of products from
its line of architectural glasses and coatings. These include Clarvista™
shower glass, which, with regular maintenance, is designed to look new
longer than other shower glass products. In addition, PPG will feature
Solarban® R100 glass, which is a neutral-reflective, solar control,
low-E glass with a proprietary hybrid coating technology. It has a visible
light transmittance of 42 percent and a solar heat gain coefficient of
0.23, as well as a 1.79 light-to-solar gain ratio. Also on display will
be Sungate® 400 passive low-E glass, which is manufactured with a
magnetron sputtered vacuum deposition “soft coat” designed to help commercial
buildings in heating-dominated climates retain heat from the sun and reduce
winter heating costs.
PPG also will feature a variety of its coatings, including Duranar®
powder coatings, Duranar Ultra-Cool® infrared-reflective coatings
and Duranar Vari-Cool® coatings.
Guardian Lets in the Light
The addition of SNX 62/27 to Guardian Industries’ SunGuard SuperNeutral
(SN) series of architectural glass is the company’s latest development.
The company says SNX 62/27 is ideal for architects who specify exterior
glass for commercial projects, as it offers abundant natural light with
a solar heat gain coefficient that raises the glazing light-to-solar gain
ratio to 2.30.
SNX 62/27 glass features three microscopically thin silver layers in the
coating (often referred to as the triple silver process), which the company
says results in maximum energy efficiency while retaining high visible
light transmission. It also has a color-neutral appearance.
In addition, Guardian will debut its new Energy Calculator at the show.
The calculator allows architects and specifiers to evaluate commercial
glazing options and their impact on energy use and design.
Tubelite Offers Maximum Efficiency
Tubelite will offer its Max/Block™ sunshades, which are manufactured using
its EcoLuminum™, a high recycled-content aluminum billet composition featuring
environmentally friendly finishes. Max/Block sunshades are designed to
maximize daylighting and minimize solar heat gain, and are available in
airfoil, Z-blade and tubular architectural profiles. Each outrigger type
can be extended from the building in various projection lengths to provide
the desired performance. In addition, the patent-pending, detachable,
mounting bracket fastens at the pressure plate area and allows for the
removal of the sunshades’ individual sections for re-glazing applications.
Solutia Completes Life Cycle Analysis on Performance Films
The Performance Films division of Solutia Inc. in St. Louis has completed
a life cycle assessment (LCA) by Harmony Environmental LLC that Solutia
says concludes that its Performance Films division delivers a positive
impact to the environment.
The assessment was completed at the end of 2010 and concluded that the
division’s solar-control architectural window film products become carbon
neutral in less than two months after installation. With an average service
life of 15 years, this means that these products are typically providing
14-plus years of greenhouse gas reductions after accounting for the products’
total carbon footprint.
Performance Films currently has 54 architectural solar-control film products
in its LLumar® and Vista™ brand portfolios, including the EnerLogic™
Series window films, with low-E technology that can improve the insulation
performance of single-pane windows to dual-pane and dual-pane to triple-pane
while delivering industry-leading, all-season energy savings.
DORMA Provides Distinctive Room Dividers in Glass
MANET Loft is the newest architectural office front product in the interior
product line from DORMA in Millersville, Md. MANET Loft is a frameless
all-glass solution that combines elegance with a hint of industrial design.
The office fronts can be designed with pivoting or sliding combinations.
The MANET Loft system separates office space with minimal interruption
of the vision area by incorporating the DORMA MANET family of products
and a variety of architectural glass finishes. MANET’s single-point fixings
ensure a minimalist appearance and the creation of light, space and vision
in any room.
Walker Has Attendees Seeing Double
A new double-sided, acid-etched glass velour finish is the latest launch
from Walker Glass. With the addition of the velour/velour finish the company
now offers up to six different shades of full-surface etching. Also included
in the company’s double-sided acid-etched glass program are the satin/satin
and the opaque/opaque finishes. Upon special request, the double-sided
finish can be made out of a combination of full sheet etching on one side
and an acid-etch pattern on the other. The products are available in a
range of colors and thicknesses.
Solar Innovations Launches Its Monster
Solar Innovations Inc. in Pine Grove, Pa., has released the new SI30000
Monster Wall System, a folding glass wall that can accommodate panels
up to 4-foot by 12-foot. The company says larger panels also may be possible
depending upon engineering criteria.
The SI30000 panel includes enhancements within the frame, which is now
three inches deep and uses dual wheel trolleys. The upgraded trolleys
have wheels on both sides, allowing for the operation of heavier panels
than previous versions.
The new SI30000 system’s head and sill accommodate both the SI3000 and
SI30000 panel frame to allow for retrofits. The same sightlines can be
maintained on all units, while accommodating larger panels and additional
weight. The system can consist of any number of panels from two to 20,
and is available in in-swing or out-swing configurations, and with individual
SAFTI Puts Fire-Rated Options on Display
SuperLite advanced fire-rated glass, which SAFTI FIRST plans to feature,
offers clarity and performance for all of the company’s applications.
The product can be used in fire-rated doors and windows as well as custom
engineered wall assemblies.
Kawneer Introduces Versatile Sliding Window
Kawneer Co. Inc., an Alcoa business in Norcross, Ga., has introduced its
AA®3350 IsoPort™ horizontal sliding window. The window is available
in single-hung, double-hung, horizontal-sliding or fixed with a polyamide
thermal break design and factory glazing. The manufacturer says the unique
shape of the polyamide thermal break maintains the continuity of the thermal
break throughout the window frame and sash.
One-inch insulating or laminated glass improves the energy efficiency
of the window and provides high thermal performance and enhanced sound
resistance. Powder coated die-cast sweep locks and keepers provide maximum
security at the meeting stiles. A push-button feature on the sweep locks
prevents windows from being opened unintentionally.
AA®3350 IsoPort™ has been tested to meet
North American performance standards. Multiple sill heights are available
to meet 10 (CW) and 15 (AW) pound psf water performance requirements.
The window is factory-assembled and glazed. Removable stops ensure easy
re-glazing with no disassembly required. Multiple installation options
include strap anchors and receptor system.
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