Energy efficiency
Oct. 12, 2017 - The pursuit of safer, more environmentally friendly roadways and sidewalks shifted into another gear with the first public installation of low-wattage, energy-producing tempered glass solar panels manufactured by Solar Roadways topped with low-iron Starphire glass by Vitro Architectural Glass.
June 15, 2017 - The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) recently released a new white paper created by the AAMA Aluminum Material Council that discusses the use of aluminum in high-performing building enclosures. AMC-2-26, "Aluminum in High-Performing Building Enclosures," is now available in the AAMA online store as a complimentary download.
With the recent publication of a Product Category Rule (PCR) for processed glass, the glass industry now has official PCRs for all architectural glass products: flat glass, processed glass and windows and doors. Future green building projects under LEED v.4 and beyond are going to require product lifecycle assessments for all building facade components.
There’s no glass and aluminum enclosure like it. “At least, no other frameless, retractable glass sunrooms, solariums and three-season rooms can rival us for style, appearance, functionality and user-friendliness,” says John Van Iperen, sales manager for Lumon Canada. “Our quality and continuous product development have really paid off.”
April 21, 2016 - Modern, transparent and prestigious – large glass façades are very much in vogue for office complexes and industrial buildings. Yet their use only makes sense in terms of energy savings and cost effectiveness if they also have air-conditioning functions and help the energy supply. The glass industry is therefore keen to promote the development of multifunctional windows and façade elements – an area where it has already achieved numerous promising innovations.
Jan. 14, 2016 - High costs, a lack of integration possibilities and interest on the part of architects – solar modules for building skin integration are still niche products. But this could soon change. Thanks to more efficient solar cells and new dimensions, shapes and transparency levels, modules are becoming cheaper and more versatile. This might make them a standard feature in new buildings.
Dec. 16, 2015 - A recording of the Glass Canada Winter Webinar "Energy code implications for spandrel design: Quantifying and mitigating the effects of thermal bridging" with Stephane Hoffman of Morrison Hershfield is now available online. Hoffman's Dec. 14 presentation educated Glass Canada readers on his latest research into thermal bridging in spandrel assemblies and addressed several challenges in meeting today's tough standards for energy efficiency in building envelope construction. In the presentation, Hoffman took several questions from the online audience.
fa·çade  noun the face of a building, especially the principal front that looks onto a street or open space. synonyms: front, frontage, face, elevation, exterior, outside “a vinyl-sided façade” an outward appearance that is maintained to conceal a less pleasant or creditable reality.
The Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA) is preparing to release an informational paper giving an extensive overview on the subject of vacuum insulating glass (VIG).
Nov. 6, 2014 - Soon to be one of the venues for the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada, the CIBC Pan Am/Parapan Am Aquatics Centre & Field House (PAAC) will host competitions during the largest multisport event ever to be held in Canada – double the size of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
Nov. 3, 2014 - Two buildings in downtown Calgary, Alberta, Canada, constructed 34 years and less than a mile apart have two things in common: a legacy of environmental leadership, and shimmering facades fabricated with SOLARBAN architectural glasses by PPG Industries.
Feb. 12, 2014 - PPG Industries’ industrial coatings business has received a $2.1 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to help design and pilot a rapid photovoltaic (PV) module assembly process that uses automation to eliminate time and labor from the current assembly process.
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