The 2019 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo is currently taking place in Atlanta at the Georgia World Congress Center where several glass and metal companies are bringing the latest in sustainability and energy efficiency to the show floor. Organized by the U.S. Green Building Council, the conference has attracted more than 20,000 global attendees from 93 different countries in recent years.
Centria is highlighting two products from its Intercept line, the Intercept RZR modular metal panel system and the Intercept Entyre line. The RZR system has sloped-depth options in both horizontal and vertical applications with concealed fastener attachments for exterior walls and soffits. The Entyre line of modular metal panels can be integrated with the company’s other Intercept products. It is now available in a copper substrate.
Copper is growing more popular with architects as it is an aesthetic that evolves over time, according to the company. Copper’s natural patina transforms visually while providing corrosion resistance.
Rheinzink’s products are also going for the patina look. The company is focusing on its architectural grade zinc façade cladding and wall products in classic bright rolled, prePATINA in blue-gray and graphite-gray, and artCOLOR. The company’s façade cladding develops a natural patina as it weathers and ages. According to the company, its prePATINA products are processed to achieve the natural, pre-weather patina during production.
NSG Pilkington North America (NSG) is also exhibiting at the show this year alongside company partner Ubiquitous Energy. NSG is showcasing several products focused on enhanced sustainability through retrofitting. One of those products is its Pilkington Spacia vacuum insulating glass (VIG) system, which can achieve U-factors as low as 0.12. The VIG system has the same thickness as a monolithic glass lite, making it suitable for reuse in historic and traditional buildings which used thinner glass configurations.
The company is also displaying its Thin Triple insulating glass unit (IGU) with a thin glass lite inserted into the center. This helps the IGU improve the energy performance of a window.
Ubiquitous Energy has set up an electricity-generating window façade in the booth, demonstrating its ClearView Power transparent solar technology. With an area of more than 10 square feet, the window façade shows the potential of this technology for building integrated photovoltaics with its high transparency and color neutrality.
“Meeting with green building professionals and showing them that we can make windows that generate energy while maintaining the desired aesthetics of windows, is paramount for broad market adoption,” says Ubiquitous Energy co-founder and CTO Miles Barr.
Velux’s structural skylight systems are on display in its booth. Many of its framing systems support spans of up to 40 feet with glazing options, including energy efficient glass, hurricane-rated glass and polycarbonate. Structural skylights are available in cluster and extruded gutter systems, continuous vault systems, double pitch, extended pyramid, lean-to, low profile, octagonal pyramid, single pitch, square pyramid and structural ridge.
The company is also highlighting its solar-powered “fresh air” skylight, which features a solar panel that captures available daylight and uses it to recharge an efficient, fully concealed battery-powered operator and control system.
ASSA ABLOY is also focusing on energy efficiency with is Securitron M380E Series Magnalock. The lock consumes 80% less energy compared to traditional electronic locking systems with average power draw as low as 90mA at 24V. Its packaging is also biodegradable. The M380E series has a low profile with 600 pounds of holding force. The company also has a new strike plate mounting template that makes installation quicker.
Greenbuild 2019 will continue through Friday, November 22.