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SOLARBAN® glasses enhance sustainable design of award-winning John W. Olver Design Building

Local architects Leers Weinzapfel Associates (LWA) carefully considered the site, solar orientation and placement of an interior courtyard to maximize daylighting and reduce demand for artificial lighting in the John W. Olver Design Building. These tactics helped drop electrical load for the structure by 54% compared to an average university building. As part of the first and largest cross-laminated timber academic building in the U.S., Solarban® 60 and Solarban® 70 glasses by Vitro Architectural Glass raise the sustainable design bar for the LEED® Gold-certified facility, which encompasses 87,500 square feet of classroom, office and community space.

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Net-zero-ready Colorado office showcases modern design and high performance with thermal curtainwall and window wall

Vaisala, a Finnish company and global leader in weather, environmental and industrial measurements, recently opened its new North American headquarters in Louisville, Colorado. Designed by OZ Architecture of Denver, the office building blends Scandinavian style and sustainable, net-zero-ready functionality. Tubelite Inc.’s curtainwall and window wall systems contribute to the building’s crisp, modern, minimalist, high-performance design. Thermally broken aluminum framing, low-e insulated glass and Tubelite’s PTB120 Thermal Pressure Plate supplied by Deceuninck further support the building envelope’s sustainability and energy-efficiency goals.

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SOLARBAN 67 OPTIGRAY glass helps new Rolex Tower harmonize with nature

For over a century, Rolex watches have been recognized as classic timepieces that feature high-quality design and precision timekeeping. When it came time for the historic company to expand to a new office tower in downtown Dallas, it was only fitting that the new space reflected its values. Rolex Tower accomplished its ambitious design goals with an eye-catching façade that features Solarban® 67 Optigray® glass by Vitro Architectural Glass.

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New Garden Room at National Aviary opens with bird-safe glass

The National Aviary in Pittsburgh, anticipates receiving LEED® Certification for The Garden Room, which was designed by architecture firm Perfido Weiskopf Wagstaff + Goettel (PWWG), to offer all the conveniences of a new event space with innovative sustainability features. “This project is unique in its requirements to be environmentally friendly and provide a stunning visual complement to both the National Aviary and the surrounding historic park,” Anthony Pitassi, principal with PWWG, explained. “The result is a design that is truly innovative, incorporating Vitro Architectural Glass’s energy-efficient, solar control glass partnered with Walker Glass’s bird-safe treatment, and with industry-leading accessibility features and the ability to open up for open-air access to the garden.”

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November 17 FGIA webinar to give Introduction to IGMA Technical Binder

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) will host a webinar entitled “An Introduction to the IGMA Technical Binder” on Tues., Nov.17 at 11:30 a.m. Eastern. Presented by Bill Lingnell, FGIA Technical Consultant, this webinar will introduce attendees to the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA) Technical Binder, which includes information required to successfully fabricate a quality insulating glass (IG) unit.

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September 22 FGIA webinar seeks to help prevent insulating glass failures

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) will host a webinar entitled “Methods of Prevention and Investigation of Insulating Glass Failures” on Tues., Sept. 22 at 11:30 a.m. Eastern. Presented by Bill Lingnell, FGIA Technical Consultant, this webinar will review items and concerns that cause insulating glass unit (IGU) problems and issues that may lead to failures. The webinar is complimentary and open to the public.

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FGIA offering educational content and discounts during GlassBuild Connect

In conjunction with GlassBuild Connect, the Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) is offering snapshots of its education offerings and extending related discounts during the month of September. GlassBuild Connect seeks to bring together attendees and exhibitors online for a month-long product- and education-focused event taking place Sept. 1-30.

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