Glass Industry to Show its Stuff in the Big Apple

Glass and glazing is a prominent element of many buildings throughout New York City , making it the perfect place for manufacturers and suppliers to show off their products to the architectural and design community.Companies will do just that when the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Conference on Architecture 2018 takes place June 21-23, at the Javits Center. Many trade show exhibitors will showcase their newest developments in architectural glass and related building products. Keep reading for a look at just some of what companies will offer.


Booth #1003 — Put on a Coat

A range of float and coated glass products will be on display by Guardian Glass. The company will debut its vacuum insulating glass (IG), which delivers thermal insulation that can lower glass U-vlaue from 0.25 to 0.07 in an IG unit. It will also display its jumbo coated glass, which is coming to North America this year.

In addition, architects will get to see the company’s bird-friendly coated glass, which combines triple-silver low-E technology with frit patterns to mitigate bird collisions.

Booth #4925 — Decorative Details

McGrory Glass will feature laminated decorative glass, which provides an array of design possibilities using natural, organic pigments for vibrant and realistic hues. Options include: translucent, opaque, and mixed colors, as well as patterns, custom designs, artwork, gradients, and transitions.

The company’s decorative laminated glass allows for multiple interlayer choices ideal for interior and exterior applications. Sizes can span up to 96-by-180 inches, depending on product selection, with thicknesses ranging from a quarter inch to four inches.

Booth #1631 — Highly Transparent

Vitro Architectural Glass will preview a new glass product and display seven large insulating glass units (IGUs), as well as a dramatic glass wall featuring an array of tinted, etched and painted glasses in a 600-square foot exhibit space.

Show attendees will be among the first to learn about Acuity glass, a new affordable low-iron glass designed to enhance aesthetics and clarity for vision and spandrel glass applications. To be released September 2018, Acuity glass is designed to be a highly transparent substrate for Vitro Glass’ full-range of Solarban high-performance solar control low-E glass coatings.

The company will also exhibit seven large IGUs showing Solarban 90 solar control low-E glass coated on clear and Starphire Ultra-Clear glass substrates. According to the company, Solarban 90 glass unites robust solar control with excellent visible light transmittance to meet architect demands for greater transparency and improved energy-saving performance. Other glass units will showcase Solarban 70XL on clear glass, Solarban 70XL on Optigray glass, and Solarban z75, Solarban 67 and Solarban R100 solar control low-E glasses.

In addition, the company will feature a 90-square foot glass wall of its performance-tinted glasses; patterned low-E Walker Textures AviProTek E bird-safe glass; and decorative and spandrel glasses backpainted in a range of colors and metallic finishes with OPACI-COAT 300 by ICD High Performance Coatings.

Technical experts from Vitro Glass will also be on hand to discuss the company’s seventh and newest magnetron sputtered vacuum deposition coater, which will begin production at its Wichita Falls, Texas, plant in July. The new coater will be able to manufacture energy-efficient, high-performance low-E glasses in sizes up to 130 by 204 inches.

Booth #1981 — A Group Effort

Consolidated Glass Holdings Inc. (CGH) and its family of companies, including J.E. Berkowitz (JEB), Global Security Glazing, Columbia Commercial Building Products, Solar Seal and Dlubak Specialty Glass, will exhibit a wide range of architectural, security and specialty glass products.

CGH will feature Invisiwall glass systems, which include all-glass entrances and doors, point-supported glass walls, glass canopies, and commercial shower doors. In addition, CGH will exhibit a variety of specialty products, such as decorative, fire-rated, and bullet- and blast-resistant glazing products.

JEB will highlight its JEB 3Seal HM+ warm-edge spacer system for insulating glass units, and Global Security Glazing will showcase its ChildGard security glazing product line.

Booth #1939 — The Full Range

Visitors to the AGC Glass North America booth will learn about Clearvision, the company’s most transparent, low-iron glass available. Clearvision is ideal for commercial interior, residential and specialty applications, providing visibility and abundant light thanks to a light transmission of 92 percent at 3mm. AGC’s backpainted glass, Lacobel T/Matelac T—La-cobel T, will also be featured. It is a float-glass covered on one side with a high-quality back-paint that is temperable, making it a true enameled glass. Matelac T is temperable and back-painted on one side and acid-etched on the other side to achieve a satin finish. Both are available in ten colors. The Lacobel T and Matelac T family of products can be used in building facades and interior wall cladding to cabinetry, kitchen back-splashes, furniture, tabletops, door panels, elevators, signage and more.

Lacobel is clear float glass covered on one side by a high-quality paint to achieve a glossy finish. Matelac is also clear float glass, yet is covered on one side by high-quality paint and acid-etched on the other side to achieve a stain finish. Both Matelac and Lacobel are available in 20 contemporary colors and are designed for a variety of interior applications.

Energy Select 23 is comprised of a triple-silver coating on a clear substrate. It delivers a solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) of 0.23, with a high visible light transmission (VLT) of 50 percent. Energy Select 23 meets the latest demands for high-level energy efficiency, natural daylighting, and the ever-increasing demand for more neutral, bluer aesthetics.  Energy Select and Lacobel T have also been combined in the booth display to showcase the products in a spandrel application.

ENERGY Select 28 will also be on display. It combines excellent solar control, a neutral appearance and low reflectivity. According to the company, Energy Select 28 is the ideal choice for commercial buildings in the warmest climate regions where air-conditioning costs are the primary concern. It has a high VLT of 62 percent and delivers a SHGC of 0.28, and is able to provide exceptional solar blocking performance while maintaining a high level of visible light.

Booth #4743 — Color Options

General Glass International (GGI) will debut multiple decorative glass solutions. In addition to the company’s full range of fabricated and specialty glass products, GGI will introduce 28 new environmentally friendly, backpainted glass colors, new glass marker boards and backpainted options for the Noonan Collection.

The Noonan Collection, designed exclusively for GGI by artist Jeremy Noonan, includes 16 contemporary patterns. Each of these artistic expressions can be customized to the color, scale and opacity desired. Create an even more unique aesthetic by inverting the pat-tern and adding backpainting to the design.

Architects and designers will be able to preview 28 new back-painted glass colors. These durable, water-soluble colors are applied to ultra-transparent low iron glass resulting in the purest color representation.

Magnetic or non-magnetic marker boards are available single or double-sided for added functionality, including any custom logo, design or color scheme.


Booth #1124 — Creative Effects

Petersen Aluminum Corp.’s Highline metal wall panels feature varying rib patterns and widths for creative architectural effects. Highline panels are 1 3/8-inches deep and offered in 12-inch or 16-inch widths. No-clip or clip-fastened options accommodate thermal expansion and contraction. Panels come in steel and aluminum in multiple gauges, and are covered by a 30-year finish warranty. Highline panels are available in 45 Pac-Clad colors, 30 of which meet Energy Star requirements.


Booth #4372 — Tilt and Turn

One of the newest windows from Crystal Window & Door Systems is the Magnis uPVC window. The Magnus Series 4500 tilt-and-turn vinyl window balances high architectural structural ratings, sound attenuation and thermal efficiency, according to the company.

It is suitable for large openings in upscale residential, commercial, select high-rise and institutional properties. With a European-inspired design, the Mag-nus Series 4500 uses uPVC fusion-welded frames and sashes.

According to the company, one of the windows is capable of spanning tall or wide openings while delivering the functionality of three windows—an in-swing casement, a safe top-venting hopper and a securely sealed picture when closed. The window features a multi-point locking system and is easily operated with a single handle.


Booth #165 — Shear Strength

Azon will showcase new technology for aluminum framing- the MLP (mechanical lock profile) and Azo-Core—for commercial and residential aluminum window, door, storefront and curtainwall. Azon turnkey solutions offer a combination of energy efficiency and high shear strength of thermal barriers for aluminum fenestration products used in the most demanding climates and conditions, according to the company.


Booth #4325 — For the Birds

AviProtek E from Walker Glass combines the acid-etch visual markers on the number one surface with Solarban high performance low-E coatings on position two. The acid-etched on the outside surface mutes the reflection creating contrast, which provides effective visual markers for birds for both direct and angled views. The acid-etched markers have no significant impact on the level of visible light transmission. In addition, optimal energy performance can be reached with Solarban 60 and 70XL high performance low-E coatings from Vitro on surface two, providing a solar heat gain coefficient of between 0.30 and 0.27.


Booth #2827 — Strength and Efficiency

Quanex Building Products will showcase its products and solutions that meet the evolving needs of architects’ most for-ward-thinking designs.

The company will feature the Mikron AW-Rated System C3-11300, a unique vinyl system for mid- and high-rise commercial buildings with a mix of strength, energy performance and aesthetics. Ideal for both new construction and replacement projects, this versatile window profile delivers high structural performance and thermal efficiencies.

Quanex will also feature Super Spacer TriSeal, a premium choice for commercial insulating glass needs, including silicone structural glazing. Super Spacer TriSeal provides a unique triple-seal de-sign for immediate handling, enhanced gas retention, and structural strength and durability.

Booth #1767 — A Single Component

Viracon is now producing insulating glass units with its Thermal Spacer—VTS. VTS replaces the traditional combination of metal spacer, desiccant and primary sealant with a single component.

The proprietary formulation of VTS consists of a black thermoplastic elastomer with integrated desiccant and primary sealant that is chemically bonded directly to the glass and secondary seal-ant. The extrusion method for the thermoplastic material results in a smooth, continuous, matte black finish without shine, perforation marks or seams. There’s also no separate PIB component. In addition, edge deletion is placed within the VTS to help improve the edge of glass aesthetics.

VTS is available for IGUs up to 130 inches by 236 inches. It can be combined with Viracon’s other fabrication options including lamination, silk-screen or digital printing, as well as a broad selection of the company’s proprietary glass coatings.


Booth 1021 — Fire-Rated up to Two Hours

SAFTI First announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office  has officially awarded US Patent Number 9,926,709 to the GPX FireFloor System. USA-made, the GPX FireFloor System is listed and labeled by Intertek and UL for up to two hours. According to the company, the system offers the largest tested and listed individual panels for fully supported and butt-glazed glass floor applications. It features a single glass unit with custom SuperLite II-XL fire-resistive glass combined with a tempered, laminates walking surface that is top-loaded into a structural steel, fire-rated framing grid for easy installation. The GPX FireFloor system’s design includes provisions for bomb-blast and seismic and is adjustable for sloped drainage if required.

Booth #4737 — Safe and Sound

Vetrotech Saint-Gobain has introduced Keralite SafeGuard, an economical fire-protective-rated glazing product offering combined protection against fire, accidental impact and intruders. In addition, the glass features Keralite Select’s color and clarity qualities, ensuring safety does not come at the expense of aesthetics and views, ac-cording to the company.

As an intrusion barrier, Keralite Safe-Guard deters or delays an active shooter to help prevent an attack or slow an attack until first responders arrive. When shot with a rifle, SafeGuard did not shatter. In the event of fire, the glass contains smoke and flames, allowing more time for occupants to escape.

Along with standard accidental impact tests under CPSC 16CFR Part 1201, Ve-trotech tested SafeGuard in simulations designed to mimic attacks in which an intruder is attempting to gain access to a building. Additional testing showed the glass could withstand the impact of a 300-pound person.

Keralite SafeGuard has a 97.1 (out of 100) color rendering index and a low haze value, providing clarity and aesthetics.


Booth #4167 — Sustainable Silicone

Dow will feature products and expertise to help en-able bold building designs, including long-lasting Dowsil brand silicone structural glazing sealants with lifespans expected to exceed 50 years. The company will also show Dowsil brand silicone weatherproofing sealants and the water-based Dowsil Silicone Air Barrier System complemented by a fully compatible system. Dow’s façade engineering and architectural design team will provide expertise on designing high-performance façades.

Dow Corning brand products are now available through the new Dowsil brand, which represents the combination of Dow and Dow Corning. According to the company, customers will receive the same warranty coverage, features and benefits from these long-known silicone products.

Booth #531 — Hold it Together

SilkaGlaze GG-735 is a self leveling, two component polyurethane grout that has been engineered to provide high mechanical strength for embedding glass walls and balustrades.

According to company information, it offers a long open time for easy handling and full performance after 24-hour curing. It is also compatible with laminated glass and is solvent-free.

In addition, it has a High Shore D hardness for safe, strong glass fixation, as well as reduced peak stress on the glass and interlayer.

Other features and benefits include fast installation and full accommodation of tolerance, as well as easy mixing and dispensing.


Booth #4737 — Voice-Controlled Glass

To provide building occupants with additional personalization preferences, SageGlass has offcially inintegrated with Amazon Echo to allow occupants to control the glass’ tint using voice commands. Occupants can make statements such as “Alexa, ask SageGlass to reduce glare,” or “Alexa, ask SageGlass to let the warm sunshine in,” and watch the glass tint in accordance to the command. Along with ease of use, this capability can be integrated with other building management systems as voice controls continue to grow in popularity. SageGlass is compatible with all versions of Amazon Echo and documentation for system integrators will be made available later this year.


Booth #4367 — Sky Walking

Glass Flooring Systems Inc. will feature the SkyFloor walkable sky-light at AIA 2018. The Series 2000 Ultra High-Performance is listed with both the National Fenestration Rating Counsel and Energy Star. It has a U-value or 0.32 and a solar heat gain coefficient of 0.27.

The walkable skylight uses a high-performance “structural” Ensinger Insulbar thermal break and a stepped glass assembly, eliminating structural load from the insulating glass unit spacer. It also includes an integrated internal gutter in the perimeter of the frame with a weep system and an integrated mechanical glass that is engineered to restrict up lift pressures. The skylight is made with double insulating glass, triple insulating glass, a double low-E coating, a double krypton gas filled air space and a Kynar 500 painted finish.


Booth #1945 — Don’t Panic

Attendees will get a first look at the new Entice panic device from C.R. Lawrence. The Entice panic device is an access control handle that features an independent, ultra-narrow horizontal crash bar that is engineered to easily and securely attach to the vertical ladder pull component. The two-piece design simplifies assembly and alignment, which expedites installation.

According to the company, evolving energy codes are requiring greater thermal performance from entrance systems, so the Entice Panic is designed for installation on both monolithic tempered glass doors, and double-glazed insulating glass units using proprietary thorough-glass fittings.

Booth #2903 — Turn of an Allen Wrench

Simonswerk is a European manufacturer of heavy duty, high performance hinge systems that has been producing premium hinges for more than 120 years. According to the company, common door problems, e.g. door sagging, foundation wall settling and warpage require door assembly adjustments to maintain the functionality and meet life/safety requirements. The Variant series hinge systems offer a simple three-way adjustability feature allowing the installer to meet precise installation and maintenance requirements with the turn of an Allen wrench.

Booth #2863 — Thermal Integrity

Sunview will be unveiling its latest development – the Leggera glass wall system – at AIA 2018.

The Leggera is a new design that uses magnetic levitation to eliminate the limitations of traditional roller hardware. Some key highlights include virtually no size limitations, as it supports panel dimensions not possible with roller-based systems. The Leggera multilite glass units for improved thermal performance. Airtight, thermal integrity is also achieved by leveraging weight and gravity to lock down the bottom seal. The system is ADA-compliant due to the ease-of-opening and the sill-less design.

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