Darijo Babic told GENE '13 attendees about some of the green benefits of coated glass.
Darijo Babic told GENE ’13 attendees about some of the green benefits of coated glass.

Amid the snow storms rocking portions of the East Coast, Glass Expo Northeast™ (GENE) ’13 stood in defiance, opening with a bang today at the Hyatt Regency Long Island at Wind Watch Hotel and Golf Club in Hauppauge, Long Island, N.Y.

Visitors, who braved the weather to attend, had the chance to attend a variety of educational seminars.

Darijo Babic, national architectural manager for PPG Industries, started the morning with a presentation entitled “Architectural Industry’s New Products: Sealants and High-Performance Insulating Glass.” Babic began by discussing three varieties of coated, energy-efficient glass: passive coatings (most of which are made in a pyrolytic process, applied on a float line with less-efficient control), solar control low-E (or magnetic sputtered vacuum deposition, which has an off-line coating process applied at room temperature sealed in either an insulating glass or laminated unit, which has superior control performance) and non-low-E coatings.

Babic also discussed LEED credits, saying, “When it comes to LEED in our industry, the biggest aspect where we can help is energy. We, as a glass industry, have high impact on that aspect. Daylighting [through] glass and glazing is another area where we can help. Maybe if you are working with an owner who is big into being green, bringing points to the table can help set you apart.

“In commercial buildings, up to 75 percent of electricity use can be affected by glass,” continued Babic. “In the U.S there are more than 70 billion square feet of built space; what would be the impact if we replaced the existing glass with the latest technology in glass? It would save about $40 billion in gas and electric per year and carbon dioxide emissions would reduce by 123 million tons per year.”

Bob Carle, regional manager for Pecora, discussed a variety of sealants including Pecora’s 896 program, which he said the company refers to as its fast-cure silicones. Wrap-on silicones, according to Carle, can stain. They contain free oils, dynamic silicone fluids that tend to migrate. New technology in silicones, such as non-staining and special rheology, are eliminating fluid migration, increasing adhesion, controlling flow and reducing manual manipulation. “Sealants that inherently contribute to both thermal and acoustical performance of a fenestration system,” are what he said will be the next technology members of the glass industry can look forward to seeing.

GENE ’13 will run through Friday. Stay tuned to usgnn.com™ for more information and updates on the latest seminars, companies and products available at this year’s show.