GreenBuild 2009 Comes to a Close
November 13, 2009
GreenBuild 2009 closed at the Phoenix Convention Center today,
with the trade show ending yesterday. Show management estimates
a crowd of 25,000 attending this years show, which features
a four-day seminar program and a fifth day of green building tours,
as well as more than 1,000 exhibiting companies.
Exhibitors in the glass industry welcomed the chance to show how
green and energy efficient their products are to the
architects, building owners, installers, glazing contractors, engineers
and other professionals at this years event.
This is Edgetechs first time exhibiting at Green Build,
says Edgetechs Joe Erb. The big thing here is sustainability.
On the commercial side, Tri Seals energy saving features are
key. Architects want to know the reality of these products and if
they really save energy. Weve shown them several case studies
for durability including the Royal Alexandria Hospital and Concordia
University, both in Edmonton, Canada, as well as others.
Edgetech is promoting the architectural arm of Edgetech University,
highlighting the performance of their products and how it helps
with savings. Theyve heard comments that their spacer systems
are great for residential, but not good for windloads.
Not true, claims Erb who points out that Manko Windows from Manhattan,
Kansas, is using Tri Seal. In fact, the company is demonstrating
how Super Spacer maintains it structural integrity with increased
windloads at their booth. The spacer acts as a shock absorber and
provides the benefits of warm edge.
Charlie Patterson, sales manager for Quality Powder Coating out
of Carrollton, Texas, was also exhibiting for the first time. He
claims that although they have a facility in Phoenix, they enjoy
much greater activity in their Dallas plant.
Traffic at the show is decent, but we are in a battle with
the architects. They are afraid to go to something new, where a
different product will last longer than wood, says Patterson.
At the EFCO booth, the company is promoting EFCO University, which
is a program the company has made available to its reps for years
but are now offering on-line to their customers. It discusses LEED
accreditation and uses for their unitized products, blasts and Department
of Defense projects.
Weve made several new contacts and saw many past customers,
says Eric Enloe, product manager for Windows, Sliding and Terrace
Doors. Were very pleased with the interest at this show.
Traco displayed its two latest products, the terrace door and
tilt and turn window system featuring NexGen.
These products combine the structural integrity of aluminum
into the energy efficiency of the window system, according
to Joshua Early, product manager. People love the operation
and energy efficiency of the tilt and turn, as well as the larger
size for daylighting. It provides good thermal efficiency. People
are very interested in being educated on how our products contribute
to energy performance.
Our goal at this show is to talk to architects about using
our TGI®spacer and Bautec structural insulating struts to help
them achieve their efficiency requirements, says Deedee Paster,
marketing manager for Technoform.
This is our second time exhibiting at Green Build. There
are so many more exhibitors than last year, its hard to tell
if there are the same number of attendees as before. Some other
trade shows seemed more poorly attended this year. It doesnt
seem like a recession is going on with the number of people Im
seeing at this show, she adds.
Bob Price at JE Berkowitz says his company enjoyed good architectural
interest at their booth. Architects are interested in their SGX,
a completed sample box for decorative glass that was released in
the last 90 days.
These products show innovation to incorporate more energy
efficiency glass in their buildings, says Price.
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