Trade Show Opens Today in Germany
BAU, the biannual German trade fair for architecture, materials
and systems, opened today at the New Munich Trade Fair Centre in
Munich, Germany. Günter Verheugen, vice president of the European
Commission, and Wolfgang Tiefensee, Germany's Minister of Transport,
Building and Urban Affairs, cut the ribbon this morning to announce
the show's opening.
Show organizers are expecting approximately 200,000 visitors from
140 countries to attend. Approximately 1,800 companies from 40 countries
are exhibiting at the show, including numerous glass-related companies.
|The Schüco E2 façade is made up
of transparent photovoltaic modules housing interconnected solar
cells in an insulating glass unit.
Among the glass products on display this week is the Schüco
E2 façade, which was presented at the 2007 event as a prototype.
The product has been developed into a market-ready modular system
for this year's show. The façade combines decentralized ventilation,
(automated) opening units, solar shading and solar energy generation
with the latest thin-film technology-all in one aesthetically pleasing
According to the exhibitor, the first projects using this technology
building integrated photovoltaic (PV) system already are under construction.
Insulating glass (IG) specialists OKALUX are presenting OKACELL
at the show. This IG unit does far more than maintaining thermal
comfort-it, too, features PV modules in its inter-pane cavity. According
to the company, this PV lite goes even further, in that it offers
individualized design options, with ranges in solar cell colors
and hole patterns.
EControl-Glas GmbH & Co. KG is offering a new switchable glazing
|Al-wall.jpg The AL-Wall® fastener from
LängleGlas allows installers to overlap lites horizontally
transmittance and solar energy input can be varied depending on
the weather and the time of year by changing the coloring of the
glass. Up to 30 lites can be controlled at five levels by means
of a manual control unit. When connected to the bus system of the
central building control system, it is even possible to control
entire facades continuously, with a variable light transmittance
of 15 to 50 percent with standard insulation glazing.
Also on display is a fastening system AL-Wall® from LängleGlas
for the construction of "second-skin-facades." The fastener
allows for a horizontal overlap of the glass lites, allowing for
ventilation of the areas behind, as well as protection against driving
rain and wind, according to the manufacturer. AL-Wall® DS allows
for horizontal and vertical overlapping.
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