Greening the Windy City

Exhibitors Showcase Glass Products During Greenbuild 2018

From windows to glass to hardware and other components, glass and glazing products play an essential role when it comes to designing and building energy-efficient applications. The U.S. Green Building Council’s annual Greenbuild International Conference and Expo is one place where you’re sure to find those latest developments. This year’s event will take place at Chicago’s McCormick Place, November 14-16. Under the theme, Human Nature, the focus will be on the intersection of humanity and the built environment—and that certainly includes glass and glazing products. A number of industry companies will exhibit, and here’s a look at some of what you will at this year’s show.

Alpen High Performance Products: Booth 1650

The Tyrol Series of doors and windows from Alpen High Performance Products are constructed with a fiberglass reinforced polymer system that doesn’t rely on steel for its strength, according to the company. Instead, it is composed of a proprietary fiber composite material that provides strength and load capacities.

The series can be used in residential, commercial and multifamily applications, and provides National Fenestration Rating Council whole-window ratings to R-11.1 (U-0.09). It also has acoustic insulation to 45 STC.

Custom architectural shapes and colors are available, as well as a range of glazing options for maximum energy savings and comfort, according to the company. The series is also listed in the U.S. Passive House Institute and is certified by the Passive House Institute.

www.thinkalpen.com

Assa Abloy: Booth 819

Sustainability will be a focus for Assa Abloy, which highlights a number of hardware products from its Glass Solutions business. These include the 23/4-inch tapered door rail, which has a low profile design to showcase the glass. With top and bottom rail options, the one-piece compression system allows for easy and fast installation, according to the company.

It offers a dry glaze pre-assembled mechanical rail and has been tested in a variety of simulated and real-life scenarios to ensure holding power.

In addition, the company will feature its 300-pound end-load bottom pivot, which is designed for use with the 304 Series heavy-duty overhead concealed door closer. The new pivot set supports doors up to 300 pounds with a simple end-load installation.

Also on display will be the company’s tapered patch fitting covers, which complement the 23/4-inch and 4-inch tapered door and sidelite rails.

www.assaabloyglass.us

Crystal Window & Door Systems: Booth 1135

Crystal Window & Door Systems will showcase its new Magnus uPVC window. According to the company, the new Series 4500 tilt-and-turn vinyl window balances high architectural structural ratings, sound attenuation, and thermal efficiency. The window is suitable for large openings in upscale residential, commercial, select highrise and institutional properties.

The Magnus Series 4500 features a European-inspired design and is constructed with uPVC fusion-welded frames and sashes. The 3¼-inch jamb depth window with options can achieve AAMA AW ratings, sound ratings of 40/34 STC/OITC and thermal U-values as low as 0.18, according to the company.

The window features a multi-point locking system and operates easily with a single handle. For extremely large openings, optional internal reinforcement is available.

The window’s 1-inch glazing pocket accommodates double- or triple-pane insulating glass units or monolithic glass. The company’s full range of low-E and other glass options, as well as Argon filling and between-the-glass grids, are also available.

The series is compatible with other windows in the new line, including casements, awnings, hoppers, sliders, as well as hinged swing and tilt-and-slide doors.

www.crystalwindows.com

SageGlass: Booth 1452

SageGlass Harmony from Saint-Gobain is a new glazing solution that seeks to enhance occupant experience by maximizing visual and thermal comfort. The company says that unlike other solar management solutions that compromise aesthetics and impede views, Harmony dynamic glass provides daylight, heat and glare management while maintaining a natural and seamless connection to the outdoors. The gradual in-pane tint transitions create an elegant visual experience while still delivering an all-in-one glazing and solar control solution.

www.sageglass.com

NSG Pilkington North America: Booth 1235

NSG Pilkington North America will show a variety of different glass products created to help achieve a better U-value and thermal efficiency. One of the company’s newest products on display will be Pilkington Spacia. According to the company, this is the first commercially available vacuum insulating glazing with a thickness comparable to a standard piece of monolithic glass. It achieves the thermal efficiency of a thick insulating glass unit and is ideal for historic restoration projects where both increased thermal efficiency and traditional appearance are desired, according to the company.

www.pilkington.com

Major Industries: Booth 1240

From the Auburn glass skylights and canopies to the Guardian 275 translucent panel systems and IlluminPC polycarbonate multi-wall configurations, a number of daylighting options are available from Major Industries.

To maximize the benefits of the wide variety of glazing materials available, the company also offers mixed glazed systems designed to bring building occupants the best of glass and translucent materials in one integrated unit, according to the company.

www.majorskylights.com

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