Harvard University Northwest Science Building features Solarban 70 glass. It was fabricated by Solarseal and glazed by Ipswich Bay Glass.

ArchitectureBoston Expo (ABX) 2019 took place at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, November 6-7 and several glass companies exhibited at the show.

Vitro Architectural Glass continued to focus on its newest product, Acuity. Daniel Plotnick, commercial account manager for Vitro in the Northeast, said the low-iron glass was of great interest to architects because of how it aligns with the demands of designers in that region.

“Architects and our customers are looking for a more transparent, less green aesthetic. Solarban-coated Acuity glass gives them this upgrade from clear glass, which is green, at a price point that is attractive even to developers,” he said. “The ability to supply jumbo sizes is also beneficial to our customers and designers in the region.”

Another benefit of Solarban-coated Acuity glass, Plotnick said, is the ability to have high VLT with a low SHGC.

“In Boston, where triple-glazed windows are expected to grow in popularity driven by code changes, coated Acuity low-iron glass will maintain high visible light transmission (VLT) and reduce the green hue that multiple layers of clear glass would bring,” he added.

In a 1-inch insulating glass unit (IGU), Solarban solar control low-E on Acuity can deliver a SHGC as low as 0.23 and still provide VLT levels greater than 50%.

Consolidated Glass Holdings (CGH) also featured several products it hoped would catch architects eyes, such as its Invisiwall and Childgard glazing systems as well as bent glass.

Invisiwall glass systems are custom engineered by J.E. Berkowitz, Solar Seal and Columbia Commercial Building Products for a variety of exterior and interior applications, including point-supported glass walls and canopies, all-glass doors and entrances, commercial shower enclosures and specialty applications.

Specially designed for use in childcare facilities, Childgard security glazing by Global Security Glazing is designed to withstand extensive physical attack in forced-entry scenarios. Intended for use in new and retrofit applications, the product can be used in IGUs and be paired with low-E and tinted glass options to meet performance requirements and aesthetic goals without compromising safety.

CGH also highlighted its bent glass solutions custom fabricated by Dlubak Specialty Glass. Bent glass can be used in skylights, walkways, walls and handrails among other applications. Dlubak is capable of producing bent glass up to 96 inches wide and 19 mm thick, and in a variety of glass types—including insulated, laminated, tempered and monolithic—as well as with low-E, ceramic frit and spandrel coatings.

At the Guardian Glass booth one trend that has become apparent is architects’ attention to wellness. The company has teamed up with the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning on an 18-month research project to explore how glass-intensive assemblies, composites and architectural products can promote health and workplace wellness.

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