Corning to Launch Quality-Assurance Initiative for European Structural
Glazing and Insulating Glass Market
Dow Corning will be launching a unique quality-assurance initiative
for the European structural glazing and insulating glass market
at Glasstec 2006.
The move is aimed at bolstering Dow Corning's global leadership
in structural bonding and sealing solutions in the construction
sector. The initiative (scheduled to be formally announced at the
Glasstec industry fair in Duesseldorf on Thursday, Oct. 26), is
aimed at the entire construction industry value chain - from real-estate
owners to architects, fašade consultants and engineers, system suppliers,
fabricators and applicators, Dow Corning said.
The silicone producer declined to provide further details ahead
of Glasstec. But Dow Corning executives indicated that they believe
that structural glazing - a fašade technology developed more than
30 years ago and which eliminates the need for traditional mechanical
fastening - makes it possible to meet increased performance requirements
in the new building and renovation market.
''Silicone-based structural glazing provides exceptional performance
in terms of safety, durability and sustainability. We are convinced
that it provides a cost-effective answer to many of today's challenges
in building design and construction,'' said Eric Mannaerts, Dow
Corning European industry director, global construction industry.
With structural glazing, the silicone in the adhesive bonds chemically
with panels made from glass, stone, metal or wood and the curtain-wall
frame, creating strong and durable adhesion. This bond becomes part
of the structural fabric of the building, offering exceptional resistance
to thermal stress, earthquakes and high winds, as well as bomb blasts,
fire and intrusion.
Structurally glazed facades insulate the building from heat and
cold with a continuous outer skin. The technology's great flexibility
allows architects and engineers to innovate by designing environmentally
active buildings, with fašade-integrated photovoltaics or mobile,
'living' fašade systems which adapt themselves to solar radiation,
temperature, wind and shadow.
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