Sustainability and green building are nothing new to the glass industry, and the trend won’t be stopping anytime soon. Companies focused on green building are helping the planet while stepping into a role that meets market demand to save energy and costs.

Greenbuild 2017, along with ABX 2017, are taking place today through Friday at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in Boston. Several exhibitors from the glazing industry are showcasing some of their newest developments, with an eye toward green building.

Greenbuild kicked off today in Boston.

For Quanex, Greenbuild is an opportunity to interface with new and different audiences, and to learn about trends that are at the forefront of the green building industry.

The company is highlighting its warm-edge spacer systems, which recently achieved certification from the German Passive House Institute, an independent organization that tests and certifies products with respect to their overall sustainability contributions. The company’s operable non-metallic window and door system, which meets all necessary requirements for AW ratings governed by North American Fenestration Standard, will also be on display.

“Greenbuild offers us an opportunity to talk with different, important audiences beyond the fenestration industry,” says Joe Erb, Quanex commercial sales specialist. “For instance, throughout this year Quanex has sought to continue building relationships with architects and designers—those whose responsibility it is to specify products that suit the needs of a specific project. Glass and window systems are a big part of that equation, and driving influence with specifiers is beneficial for us and the glass industry at large.”

Erb adds that being green makes good business sense.

“Green isn’t just a fad; it’s the natural evolution of commercial building practices. And it’s important that the fenestration industry continues to deliver on the needs of builders and designers who are increasingly concerned with total operational efficiency,” he says.

Assa Abloy is featuring its glass solutions program, which includes standard and customized commercial door hardware for glass opening and partitions.

“We are also sharing a number of new products for door security solutions that implement EPDs, HPDs and Declare labels to make sustainability more obtainable for architects, designers, builders and building owners,” says Doug Thompson, general manager of Rockwood Products. “And to add a bit of fun to the already exciting sustainability story, Assa Abloy is letting those who visit the booth enter for a chance to win an electric bicycle.”

“We believe glass will be a major trend moving forward as it provides both sustainability and human benefits. The ability to add more daylight to a space results in reduced use of energy and potentially makes the people inside both happier and healthier,” says Thompson. “We are also seeing trends such as end user demand to map product lifecycles to ensure proper disposal, transparent ingredient lists that guarantee proper manufacturing, and a social component that ensures products impact the planet—and  the people involved in the supply chain—in the least harmful way possible.”

For more information on products being showcased at Greenbuild this year, check out the Greenbuild preview in the latest issue of USGlass magazine, and stay tuned to™ for continued coverage of the event.