PPG Glass Helps Earn New LEED Credit
PPG Industries has announced that all of its architectural glasses and
many of its interior and exterior coatings can help building projects
earn a new LEED pilot credit established by the U.S. Green Building Council
LEED pilot credit 43: certified products enables building projects to
earn credit when they are constructed with building products that have
achieved third-party certification for environmental claims from a USGBC-approved
list of existing standards, such as Energy Star®. Among the eligible
PPG building products are Cradle-to-Cradle-certified architectural glasses
including Solarban™ solar control low-E glasses, Sungate® passive
low-E glasses, Oceans of Color® tinted glasses, Starphire® ultra-clear
glass, Vistacool® glasses, Earth and Sky performance tints and conventional
SentryGlas® Interlayer Now on Rolls
The DuPont™ SentryGlas® high-performance safety glass interlayer is
on a roll: literally. DuPont Glass Laminating Solutions is offering its
interlayer in a 35-mil roll form to increase the speed and convenience
of laminating safety glass.
SentryGlas® interlayers are now available to laminators in flat sheet
form, in thicknesses of 35-, 60-, 90- and 120-mil, and as rolled sheeting,
at 35-mil thickness.
Company representatives expect laminators to find handling and productivity
advantages when using the rolled interlayer versus flat-stored sheets,
leading some laminators to use it in multiple plies to meet thicker interlayer
Guardian Launches SunGuard Mobile App
Guardian Industries has launched its SunGuard mobile application for use
in iPhones, Android devices and iPads. The app allows users to browse
and interact with hundreds of projects worldwide. The new app allows users
to find real-life examples of how SunGuard products look and perform in
Utilizing smart phone GPS capabilities and a robust photo gallery, users
can locate buildings that use SunGuard products nearby, or around the
world. The app, created by a cross-team partnership at Guardian and Curve
Detroit, provides project details including the SunGuard products used,
performance data, a project photo, the architectural firm, glazier, fabricator
and more. Users can browse images and double tap on a photo to see details
about the project, and even use the map function for walking or driving
directions to a project.
Contact info is also a tap away. Users can send an email, call or visit
the SunGuard website if they wish to learn more.
Viracon Publishes Bird-Friendly Glass Technical Document
Viracon has published a new technical document titled Bird-Friendly Glass.
In order to understand bird-glass collisions, Viracon has been involved
with the American Bird Conservancy, which is studying how silkscreen patterns
on glass affect bird collisions. Based on the tests, the researchers learned
that horizontal and vertical lines are most effective in decreasing the
number of collisions. The results concluded that the effectiveness of
all-over patterns increases as the coverage increases and that because
silkscreen patterns are found inside insulating units, lower efficacy
is expected in situations where the angle of view obscures the pattern.
Viraspan™ design silkscreen patterns maximize “the visual noise” of a
building facade by creating distinct differentiations in texture, color
and opacity. The company’s silkscreen series offers a variety of lines,
dots and other organic shapes. These silkscreen patterns can be combined
with low-E coatings to provide optimal energy performance.
While the initial test results were positive, on-going testing is being
conducted to determine the effect of alternate silkscreen patterns, colors
and low-E coatings.
Glass Floor Options Stop Slips and Scratches
Jockimo Inc. is introducing two new anti-slip glass flooring and glass
stair tread products: GlassFrit™ and GlassEtch™. These walking surfaces
exceed ADA requirements and are UL-classified in accordance with UL 410
standard for slip resistance of floor surface materials. The company also
offers an ADA-required contrasting strip on the nosing of stair treads
In addition, the company has a new anti-scratch glass flooring: JGlass™.
This technology can be applied to the full line of anti-slip glass flooring
surfaces as well as the company’s ThickGlass™ countertops and vertical
cast glass products.
ApprovalZOOM Provides a Searchable Certified Product Registry
ApprovalZOOM, a construction product approval and certification registry,
streamlines and modernizes the search for qualified building construction
products—including doors, windows and skylights—on a single website, www.ApprovalZOOM.com.
The site was designed as a user-friendly search tool for building product
approvals to help the public at large to research and find economical,
The site is currently in beta testing for the Insurance Institute for
Business and Home Safety as its search engine for the FORTIFIED Programs.
Already searchable on the site are products certified and approved by
Miami Dade, Florida State Approvals, AAMA, Texas Department of Insurance,
ICC and California, with NAMI now in implementation.
Besides being a search registry, owners and authorized representatives
of listed approvals can “claim” their listings to edit and add searchable
data, social networking features and company information. Paid plans are
available that allow owners of qualifying products to add their engineered
information to the registry.
Lovati’s New CNC Processes Big Glass
The Zephyr series is the latest addition to Lovati Fratelli’s range
of machinery. Zephyr is a 5-axis CNC, equipped with a special head with
+/- 90 degree inclination. Zephyr is produced in two versions: Zephyr
32 for processing a maximum glass size of 10.6 by 5.4 feet and Zephyr
42 for a maximum glass size of 13.7 by 7.5 feet.
doors and windows
Vinyl Window Achieves Blast Ratings
The V-100 Series vinyl tilt and turn window from WinDoor Inc. has achieved
the Anti-Terrorism Force Protection protocols under the ASTM F 1642-04
and the GSA TS01 testing requirements. The window has achieved GSA’s Performance
Criteria 1 and protection level “safe,” with a hazard level of “none.”
The ASTM test hazard condition achieved “no break” protection.
The size tested was 48 by 72 inches, and all blast test calculations were
performed by a third-party licensed engineer in accordance with UFC requirements.
The window also achieved the R-5 super-insulating standard as stated by
National Fenestration Rating Council test labs, with a U-factor of 0.18
and SHGC of 0.05. The V-100 window has design loads of non-impact +130
/-150 and impact qualifications of +100/-130.
BP - Glass Garage Doors Earn Hurricane Impact Approval
The BP Hurricane Line from BP Glass Garage Doors have exceeded the highest
standards required by Miami-Dade County’s Building Code Compliance Office
Notice of Acceptance 10-0802.02 and Florida Building Code-Product Approval
The glass garage doors are engineered to be impact-resistant and provide
high wind structural performance. An optional National Fenestration Rating
Council package provides resistance to air infiltration and produces an
air- and water-tight seal around the perimeter of the opening. The doors’
patent-pending, fully insulated frame technology and the interior/exterior
mounted perimeter weather-strip combine to significantly reduce air infiltration
well below the allowable commercial and residential standards.
The hurricane line meets both small and large missile impact testing requirements,
with a wind load rating equivalent to 160 mph or 65 psf. It has been approved
for use in and out of all high velocity hurricane zones.
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