For architects searching for new developments in glass and glazing merchandise, most of the exhibitors at this yr’s AIA Convention on Structure have rather a lot to supply. The present is going down this week on the Las Vegas Conference Heart, the place many glass corporations are highlighting each the efficiency attributes of glass, in addition to how it may be used for aesthetics.
The German glass firm Arnold Glas Corp. featured a wide range of merchandise that may assist architects create each a high-performance and engaging façade. The corporate affords customized coatings that permit architects to pick out their very own distinctive colours, in addition to the efficiency they need for the glass. One other distinctive product is the corporate’s gradient coatings, which may go from 40-percent seen mild transmission (VLT) to 70-percent VLT, for instance. This selection permits architects to fluctuate the VLT in a single piece of glass, and affords a manner for occupants to regulate the solar with out having the glass change into opaque. As well as, Arnold Glas additionally featured its Ornilux bird-protection glass. The glass is at the moment made in Germany, however they count on to quickly produce in North America with a associate firm.
An enormous focus for HMI Cardinal is to showcase its ornamental glass choices for a wide range of inside functions. As Chris FitzGerald, CEO, defined, the corporate acquired Woon-Tech, a superb match with Cardinal as Woon-Tech brings with it a tempering footprint within the Northeast. The corporate has continued to extend that target inside ornamental glass, a lot of which entails digital printing. For instance, barn doorways are common proper now, and and the look of wooden onto the glass.
FitzGerald officers stated they’re ramping up the extent of flexibility and creativity that may very well be finished with in any other case commonplace merchandise.
One other new product on the present ground is a bi-fold door from Peerless Architectural Home windows & Doorways, which has a ¾-inch seal, and might obtain ½-inch ADA sill with end ground peak. The door, which performs like a terrace door, can be hurricane rated and has a full opening functionality of 16 ft huge.
Along with the glass, different corporations centered on parts which can be important to constructing facades. For Tremco, the important thing phrase is connections.
“Every part must be linked,” William Cardott stated. This consists of areas such because the window to the wall. He defined that his firm is providing merchandise that may present controls for water, air and vapor, and are additionally addressing thermal concerns. Home windows are part of this, which suggests connectivity is a key focus.
The 2019 AIA Convention on Structure concludes in the present day. Keep tuned to usglassmag.com for extra information and movies from the present.