Greenbuild Exhibitors Bring in the Light, Keep out the Heat

Green building offers a unique challenge for the glazing industry. It demands buildings bring in more light to reduce artificial lighting costs and enhance occupant health, while simultaneously asking for better thermal performance for lower energy usage. Fortunately, the industry is up to the task.

gbDaylighting, glass and fenestration companies spanned the show floor at Greenbuild 2015 in Washington, D.C., this week, showing that they can do it all.

Advanced Glazings showcased its Solera daylighting solutions, which utilizes wide angle diffusing translucence to distribute light evenly throughout an interior space. The company works with architects and owners to determine an optimal configuration of vision glass and Solera, which it claims is achieved through daylighting simulations.

Solera utilizes glass, glass light diffusing veils and a transparent insulation to manage thermal performance, as well as solar heat gain and lighting.

CPI Daylighting was also present, featuring its translucent daylighting technology for walls, skylights and canopies. CPI’s system consists of a two independent glazing systems mechanically connected to an internal support structure. An internal cavity between the panels can be filled with various inserts to customize performance based on the building’s requirements.

Structures Unlimited, meanwhile, highlighted its Clearspan Skylights and canopy systems, which are pre-engineered and eliminate the need for multiple types of installers. Structures Unlimited also stresses its computer-generated daylight analyses. According to the company, specific target light levels can be obtained by changing translucency of the panel’s face sheets or the amount of insulation specified.

The glass, glazing and fenestration industry made its presence felt at this year's Glassbuild.

The glass, glazing and fenestration industry made its presence felt at this year’s Greenbuild.

On the window side of things, Andersen displayed an A-Series hinged patio door that’s available in sizes up to ten feet tall. Additionally, the company revealed that it now offers triple-pane glass in its A-Series windows.

Another highlight in Andersen’s booth was a wall section from Habitat for Humanity’s Eco Village in River Falls, Wis. The project, which features homes built with a carbon-negative, net-zero-energy approach, uses the company’s 400 Series products.

Comfort Line showed off a storefront window for light-commercial applications and its commercially rated fiberglass window systems. Meanwhile, Functional Fenestration of Hawthorne, Calif., displayed a fire-alarm actuator that automatically opens all windows in a residence or business for smoke evacuation.

Intus Windows’ booth was busy and with good reason – its high-performance windows were featured in the Greenbuild Unity Home, a showcase of sustainable building products that drew long lines on opening day. The company showed off its Arcade unplasticized polyvinyl chloride (U-PVC) window for the multifamily market. The Arcade line also offers an operable tilt-and-turn design that allows the entire unit to open. The triple-pane glazing options achieve a DP70 rating (Design Pressure) and thermal insulation up to R7.

Velux showed off commercial and residential skylights for optimizing daylighting and ventilation. The residential product features a solar power panel, a rain sensor and a remote control.

Quanex, meanwhile, was showcasing its Mikron C3-11300 AW-rated swing door. The system is ideal for mid- and high-rise commercial projects, with mixed used buildings being a common application. It is available as an ADA in-swing or out-swing door and in single or multi-glazing. Glazing can be applied on the exterior or interior.

Covestro featured samples of Sleekline, a monolithic translucent canopy system by Duo-Gard Industries. Covestro manufacturers the product in large panels, which are then fabricated by Duo-Gard for specific projects. The panels are polycarbonate and come in various thicknesses, colors, textures and transparencies for both exterior and interior applications.

Assa Abloy featured its automatic entrance solutions, including a revolving door that helps maintain the building’s integrity of energy efficiency with optimized air flow and tight seals. The company also highlighted its sliding doors, which are designed to reduce air infiltration.

Contributing editor Trey Barrineau contributed to this story.

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