AIA 2006: Guardian Announces Hurd to Offer ClimaGuard SPF™ on ComfortGlaze™ Line

During a press conference yesterday at the 2006 AIA Show in Los Angeles, Guardian Industries and Hurd Windows and Doors announced that Hurd will now offer Guardian's ClimaGuard SPF glass as part of its ComfortGlaze product line. The ClimaGuard product is designed to block 99 percent of ultraviolet radiation without any visible change to daylighting.

"This is a significant step in the companies' relationship," said Tim Singel, Guardian's director of residential glass products. "This is a unique product for Hurd." According to Singel, homeowners are spending billions of dollars on home furnishings, and often have to change them out because of fading. "ClimaGuard SPF is a solution to that," said Singel.

Singel explained that until now low-E glass has been commonly recommended to minimize the damaging effects of UV radiation exposure. "But really, it (low-E) comes up short," said Singel, who said that traditional low-E products have a fade protection factor of 7, while ClimaGuard SPF provides a fade protection factor of more than 50. "ClimaGuard SPF provides [Hurd] an original tool to take marketplace that's unrivaled," said Singel.

"This is an opportunity for us to promote a product that fits our overall niche of providing all types of glazing products to customers," said Dominique Truniger, general manager of Hurd Windows and Doors. "ClimaGuard SPF allows us to have something unique and different than our competitors."

Truniger said that with more and more homeowners investing into their home interiors, it's becoming increasingly important for them to protect them. And while the product does cost somewhat more than an average window package, the cost of investing in CimaGuard SPF will save homeowners from having to invest in replacing faded hardwood floors, carpeting, furniture and other home interiors.

The 2006 AIA Show runs through tomorrow.

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