Low-E, Low-Iron

The new Solarban Acuity series by Vitro Architectural Glass can be used to create both a clear and high-performance glazing product, at a minimal cost. The company says Acuity low-iron glass is 60 percent less green than ordinary clear glass and can be combined with the full range of Solarban solar control low-E coatings.

SaniTise with Pilkington

NSG has announced the launch of Pilkington SaniTise, a transparent coated glass designed to help create a healthy, clean, safe world. According to the company, the pyrolytic coating is naturally activated through UV exposure from daylight, allowing it to provide antimicrobial properties and activity against enveloped viruses on the glass surface.

Independent third-party testing shows SaniTise provides protection for shared/high-touch surfaces that have natural UV exposure, according to the company. Ideal applications include interior insulating glass unit (IGU) surfaces in façade systems (schools, hospitals, restaurants or hotels); shared transportation (school buses, trains, shuttle buses or marine glazings); and exterior shared spaces such as bus stop shelters and zoo enclosures.

Pilkington SaniTise is immediately available on multiple tints, and thicknesses. The pyrolytic on-line coating can be tempered, laminated, bent or processed into IGUs. The coating is also compatible with commercial grade cleaning products and is resistant to corrosion, mechanical and chemical damage.


Keeping a High-Profile

Technoform has added a high-profile, plastic hybrid stainless steel (PHSS) warm-edge spacer to its Spacer M family of glass edge seal solutions. With a profile height of 8 mm, the company says it’s the tallest PHSS spacer available for high-performance insulating glass units (IGUs) in energy-efficient window, door, curtainwall and façade systems.

The PHSS spacers are composed of a high-performance engineered polymer with a thin, low-conductivity stainless steel backing to minimize heat transfer, and to maximize protection against gas leakage and moisture penetration, according to the company.

The Spacer M solutions are available in widths (IGU cavity dimensions) spanning ¼ to 1 inch.


Simple Security

The MEL3000-1 Motor Drive Retro Fit Kit by First Choice Building Products can be used to upgrade aluminum door exit devices and optimize access control. Paired with First Choice CVT, RIM and mortise exit devices, the MEL3000-1 integrates devices with building security systems and opens doors without the loud crack of a solenoid, according to the company. The MEL3000-1 is equipped with motors suited for high-traffic conditions and can be activated for extended periods of time. It also unlocks exit devices remotely and does not require special power supply.

Acoustical Products

An Acoustic Cloud

St. Cloud Window Inc. has introduced a new SCW4000 Series window. The AW-PG70 window has a narrow, 4-inch frame depth, polyamide thermal barrier, accommodates insulating glass up to 1.25-inch with certified acoustic performance Sound Transmittance Class (STC) 28-51, Outdoor/Indoor Transmittance Class (OITC) 22-42, and U-values to 0.35.

According to the company, the SCW4000 Series is designed to accommodate the increasing demand for acoustic performance and high thermal efficiency to both buildings and occupants and is available in a vertical sliding, horizontal sliding and fixed configuration.

New Sound Levels

Solar Innovations announced its G3 Lite narrow folding glass walls and G3 slide-and-stack glass walls have achieved their highest Sound Transmittance Class (STC) and Outdoor/Indoor Transmittance Class (OITC) ratings yet. The folding glass wall and slide-and-stack glass wall systems were tested using an STC 45 glass with a 1 9/16-inch overall insulating glass unit. The unit was constructed with 3/16-inch annealed glass, .030-inch PVB interlayer, 3/16-inch annealed clear glass; 3/4-inch stainless steel spacer; air filled; 3 /16-inch annealed glass, .030-inch PVB interlayer, 3 /16-inch annealed clear glass.

Interlayer Development Combines Hurricane and Acoustical Performance

Safety, security and acoustic performance—all are benefits of laminated glass. But what happens when someone in hurricane-prone Miami, for example, in a busy highrise neighborhood, wants glazing that combines sound control with the required hurricane performance? That can be somewhat of a challenge, but not impossible. Steve Bennison, a technology fellow with Kuraray, discussed a new laminated glass technology for combining both hurricane and acoustic glazing technologies during the Façade Tectonics Institute’s World Congress this past August.

“Optimizing hurricane and acoustic barrier performance is challenging, however, the market is asking for products that combine both functions,” said Bennison.

The new interlayer technologies that are being introduced can help, as they combine both hurricane and acoustic barrier performance. Bennison added that the uses and performance go beyond hurricanes, as the technology also applies to laminate strength, post-glass breakage behavior, etc.

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