Spotlight on Greenbuild 2019

By Kyra Thompson

Roses are red. Violets are blue. Atlanta is green—well, this year it is, at least—as members of the architectural construction industry descend on the ‘city among the hills’ to celebrate sustainable building.

Contract glaziers, builders, architects, specifiers, glass and glazing product suppliers and manufacturers, among others will be ready to paint the town green when they visit the 2019 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo. The event takes place November 19-22 at the Georgia World Congress Center where hundreds of exhibitors, including those offering glass and fenestration products, will feature their newest sustainable building products. The show floor opens Wednesday and Thursday at 10 a.m. and will include more than 300 exhibitors. Organized by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the conference has attracted more than 20,000 global attendees from 93 different countries in past years.

In addition to the Expo, Greenbuild 2019 will include educational seminars, workshops, award ceremonies, green building projects tours, and networking opportunities, among other activities.

Keynote speakers include 17-year-old climate activist Jamie Margolin, and former President of the United States Barack Obama, whose session takes place at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 20.

Attendees can also take part in a variety of networking and social opportunities, including the Greenbuild Celebration from 6 to 10 p.m. on Thursday at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, where rock band Collective Soul will headline.

Greenbuild Product Spotlight

The 2019 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo will feature hundreds of companies offering their latest developments in high-performance solutions. Here’s a look at what some of the glazing industry companies will feature.

Interception at Greenbuild

Centria will be highlighting two offerings from its Intercept line at Greenbuild 2019. The Centria Intercept RZR modular metal panel system presents unique sloped-depth options in both horizontal and vertical applications with concealed fastener attachments for exterior walls and soffits. The Centria Intercept Entyre line of modular metal panels is now available in a copper substrate. This line integrates seamlessly with all other Intercept product offerings, including the Intercept LVLZ, RZR and HLZ profiles and additional metal substrates, according to the company. Intercept Copper combines durability and performance with a copper aesthetic that evolves over time. Copper’s natural patina displays a visual transformation while providing inherent corrosion resistance. Intercept Copper is available in Centria’s standard Entyre depth of 1-3/8 inches and modules up to 26 inches.

See us at Greenbuild in booth #513.

A Thin Triple and VIG

NSG Pilkington North America will showcase multiple products focused on enhanced sustainability through retrofitting. Pilkington Spacia is a vacuum insulating glass (VIG) that has a U-factor as low as 0.12. However, it has the same thickness as a monolithic piece of glass, which is suitable for reuse in historic and traditional buildings.

The company’s Thin Triple will also be on display. In this insulating glass unit, an extremely thin piece of glass is inserted into the center to improve energy performance of the window extensively. In addition, NSG is working with Ubiquitous Energy to display an electricity-generating window façade demonstrating its ClearView Power transparent solar technology. With an area of more than 1 square meter, the window façade shows the potential of this technology for building integrated photovoltaics with its high transparency and color neutrality.

See us at Greenbuild in booth #733.

A Variety of Colors

Rheinzink offers architectural grade zinc façade cladding and wall products in classic bright rolled, prePATINA blue-gray and graphite-gray and artCOLOR in an array of colors. Complementing both contemporary and traditional architectural styles, Rheinzink façade cladding develops a natural patina as it weathers and ages, according to the company, adding that Rheinzink prePATINA products are specially processed to achieve the natural, pre-weathered patina during production.

Rheinzink products meet the ASTM standard specification B69-16 Architectural Rolled Zinc Type 1 and Type 2. According to the company, it is currently the only manufacturer with a Type 2 designation, which was received for its prePATINA graphite-grey alloy.

See us at Greenbuild in booth #935.

A Flexible Skylight

Velux’s structural skylight systems offer flexible design possibilities, according to the company. 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 will also highlight its solar-powered “fresh air” skylight, which features a solar panel that captures available daylight and uses it to recharge a highly efficient, fully concealed battery-powered operator and control system, according to the company. Visitors to Velux’s booth can also find out more about its prefabricated modular skylights, dynamic dome commercial skylight and Sun Tunnel skylights.

See us at Greenbuild in booth #415.

Spotlight on Education

In addition, Greenbuild will offer more than 200 educational sessions, with 82% of the content never presented before. The sessions run from 11:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, and from 8 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Friday. Here’s a look at some of the glass and façade related topics that will be covered.

Wednesday, November 20

11:15 a.m.
The Circadian Curtain Wall: Advocating Integrated Design
2:30 p.m.
LEED in Atlanta: Bird-friendly Design in a City in a Forest

Thursday, November 21

3 p.m.
Urban Zero Net Energy, It is Possible at Unisphere

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