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Vitro Glass to supply bird-safe glass to new National Aviary attraction

Known formally as “The Garden Room at the National Aviary,” the new venue will offer sweeping views of Allegheny Commons Park and an historic rose garden, while providing flexible wedding, corporate and classroom space. Solarban® 72 Acuity® solar control, low-emissivity (low-e) and low-iron glass by Vitro Glass will be installed in insulating glass units (IGUs) on all four sides of the structure. The IGUs will be fabricated with Walker Glass’ AviProtek® E acid-etched bird-safe glass (Pattern 213) on the first (outdoor-facing) surface.

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SOLARBAN 60, OPTIGRAY glasses set tone for “future-forward” living at 3Eleven

Tracking 3Eleven for LEED® Certification, the architect factored the environmental performance of Solarban 60 glass into the energy budget calculations to optimize energy performance credits. Despite its clear appearance, Solarban 60 glass blocks 62 percent of total solar energy while allowing 70 percent of visible light to pass through—an ideal mix of energy savings and visibility.

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Legacy Plaza unites seven nonprofits in a three-building complex featuring renovated exteriors with Tubelite’s energy-efficient systems

The property originally was constructed in 1975, prior to the advent of commercial window systems with high-performance, low-e, insulated glazing and thermally broken framing members. Along with its non-thermally broken frames and existing 0.25-inch clear, monolithic glass with a reflective bronze film, time and weather had caused the caulking and seals to deteriorate.

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HyVee Arena’s modern sports complex repurposes historic building, with high-performance, custom-color finishes and thermal improvement

As a single source solution to Tubelite Inc., Linetec provided both the high-performance architectural coatings in the historically approved color and the thermal improvement services for HyVee Arena’s new entrance, storefront and interior aluminum framing systems. Viracon’s glass further enhanced the aesthetic and the glazing systems’ high solar, thermal and optical performance.

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181 Fremont in San Francisco, engineered to be the most resilient tall condominium on the West Coast

Pre-certified as LEED-Platinum and engineered to be the most resilient tall condominium on the West Coast, 181 Fremont features a distinctive sawtooth curtainwall design which also acts as a passive solar control system. To supplement the design, window mullions are angled to promote additional solar shading as the sun crosses the building’s face each day.

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Franklin Tower transforms former offices into luxury living, re-clad in glass and metal with wood grain finishes from Linetec

Gensler looked at developing an adaptive façade to replace the outdated precast, single-glazed strip-window façade. “While that exterior was built for a single use, the rhythm of the new façade allows for a variety of programmatic uses,” said Gensler Principal Robert Fuller, AIA. “The recessed channels at the vertical columns and horizontal spandrels express the structural module of the building, while the floor-to-ceiling glass creates a lighter façade that connects the interior spaces to views of the city beyond.”

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Vitro Glass makes Jewel Changi Airport in Singapore sparkle

Jewel Changi airport in Singapore was constructed with Solarban® 72 Starphire Ultra-Clear® and Solarban 70 solar control, low-emissivity (low-e) glasses by Vitro Architectural Glass. The structure’s glittering dome covers 1.7 million square feet of terraced gardens, retail and restaurant space, lodging, terminal operations, and the world’s tallest indoor waterfall.

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Vitro Glass renames SOLARBAN 70XL glass to SOLARBAN 70 glass

Robert J. Struble, manager, brand and communications, Vitro Architectural Glass, emphasized that, despite the name change, there have been no changes to the glass formulation itself. “Since Solarban 70XL glass was introduced, the distribution channel, and even our own employees commonly truncated the name to ‘Solarban 70,’ so to alleviate confusion throughout the supply chain, we decided to adopt the product name everyone most commonly uses,” he explained. “The product remains available in annealed, heat-strengthened, tempered and laminated version through the Vitro Certified™ Network of glass fabricators.”

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Architects design pavilion with red petal facade. Overlapping shingles are composed of Alucobond Spectra Red tiles featuring a Lumiflon FEVE fluoropolymer resin topcoat. Photo credit: Keith Panel Systems

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Guide to Green Building – Product of the Week

TGI®-Spacer M is a warm edge plastic hybrid stainless steel spacer which improves thermal performance and condensation resistance of an insulating glass unit. It also provides structural performance and IG seal durability. It allows for more glazing without taking an energy, comfort or indoor air quality penalty. 6 color choices are available, and can be used in bent glass and radius shapes. It reduces the overall fenestration u-value, which increases the energy efficiency for the lifecycle of the building. It received the Cradle to Cradle Institute’s Platinum Level Material Health Certificate. Find out more about how to specify at www.spectheedge.com

TGI®-Spacer M is a warm edge plastic hybrid stainless steel spacer which improves thermal performance and condensation resistance of an insulating glass unit. It also provides structural performance and IG seal durability. It allows for more glazing without taking an energy, comfort or indoor air quality penalty. 6 color choices are available, and can be used in bent glass and radius shapes. It reduces the overall fenestration u-value, which increases the energy efficiency for the lifecycle of the building. It received the Cradle to Cradle Institute’s Platinum Level Material Health Certificate. Find out more about how to specify at www.spectheedge.com

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