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Is a Formula an Acceptable Substitute in Place of Use Phase Results?

At the recent Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance Winter Meeting held in San Francisco, the idea of using a formula in place of use phase results was addressed. Jeff Haberer, director of technical services for Trulite Industries, and a developer of the formula, discussed how regression equations can be used in place of use phase results for life cycle assessments. The equation is: U-factor*M1*5.6738) + (SGHC*M2) = Total energy (GJ/yr) with M1 representing U-factor scalar and … CONTINUE READING

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Volatile Fog Testing—Does It Need Updating?

In a recent presentation “Objective Volatile Fog Measurement,” Dave Cooper and Jonathan Herndon of Guardian Industries discussed the series of testing the two completed to determine effective methods for measuring volatile compounds in insulating glass units (IGU). The organic components to which IGUs are exposed, such as sealants, exterior components, adhesives, muntin bars and spacers, among others, may evolve into volatile compounds. These volatiles “may condense on the inner glass surfaces and become visible,” creating … CONTINUE READING

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Tempco Adds Insulating Glass to Offerings

Flushing, N.Y.-based Tempco Glass Fabrication recently added insulating glass units (IGUs) to its line of products and services. The company recently acquired automated equipment that will allow it to provide supply insulating glass in a wide variety of thicknesses and sizes to glaziers, glass shops, window manufacturers, and window, storefront and curtainwall installation contractors.

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IGMA Moves Forward with New Technical Publications

The Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA) has approved a number of technical publications for the fenestration industry. These included: TM-1300-13, Design Considerations for Multiple Cavity Insulating Glass Units: The purpose of this document is to guide the design, fabrication and use of multiple-cavity insulating glass (IG) within the fenestration industry. It is not intended to duplicate pre-existing guidelines for single-cavity IG. Rather, it is meant to expand upon those guidelines where requirements for multiple-cavity IG … CONTINUE READING

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If Only They Knew … 10 Ways to Avoid an IG Failure

Imagine this scenario: It’s been just a few short years since the building’s completion when the owner suddenly notices a clouded effect in between the lites of a dual pane insulating glass (IG) unit. Worse yet, he doesn’t discover the mold that has developed until much later. Imagine his angst, knowing that the problem is going to cost him a bundle in repairs and untold headaches in trying to get the responsible party to step … CONTINUE READING

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To Make or to Buy?

One widely accepted position in the window industry is that if you are a small-sized manufacturer it’s better to buy your insulating glass (IG). If you’re a big company you should make it yourself (though a major window maker based in Bayport, Minn., is a large exception to that rule). Those in the middle can either sides of the fence depending on what works best for their individual situation. Major advantages of buying IG? The … CONTINUE READING

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The Empire State Building to Undergo a Unique Window Retrofit Approach to Sustainability

Sustainability and energy efficiency have become monikers for many of today’s retrofit and new construction building projects, and the Empire State Building is no exception. More than 6,500 windows in the iconic building are being upgraded by Serious Materials as part of an energy-efficiency retrofit project, which was announced last April. Johnson Controls, a provider of energy efficient and sustainable products, services and solutions, selected Serious Materials to “super-insulate” the windows. Read Article

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Emporis Selects Chicago’s Aqua Tower as 2009 Skyscraper of the Year

The jury of the Emporis Skyscraper Award named Aqua, an 81-story residential and hotel tower in Chicago, the winner of its 2009 Skyscraper of the Year. The award, now celebrating its tenth year, is given annually to a building at least 100 meters tall and completed within the award year. The second place winner is O14 in Dubai and third place went to The Met in Bangkok. All winners were selected from 305 eligible buildings … CONTINUE READING

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Dow Corning Construction Silicones Used on Burj Khalifa Tower

Dow Corning silicones were used to help protect the Burj Khalifa Tower in Dubai from the harsh desert climate and also to promote its energy efficiency. “We’ve been involved in many of the landmark buildings around the world for more than 60 years, through curtainwall structural glazing, assembly and weather proofing, insulating glass assembly and interior sealing. That experience and the proven performance of our silicone technologies played a critical role in this project,” says … CONTINUE READING

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