As Part of High-Performance Building Week,
Experts Share Their Thoughts on Glazing Industry Opportunities
June 16, 2010
The High-Performance Building Congressional Caucus Coalition (HPBCCC)
designated this week, June 13-19, as High-Performance Building Week,
providing an opportunity to highlight the importance of high-performance
buildings to federal, state, and local policymakers and the general
public. Glass and glazing materials also can play a huge role when
it comes to designing and developing energy-efficient buildings,
and in recognition of High-Performance Building Week, several companies
and organizations point out all the benefits and importance of these
systems and materials.
The Glass Association of North America (GANA) is just one organization
that has been supportive of the efforts of the HPBCCC.
"At a time when so many high visibility policy issues are
swirling around Washington, D.C., it is critical that high-performance
building--and specifically the role of glass in high-performance
building--remains visible in front of our national leaders,"
says Bill Yanek, GANA executive vice president. "HPBCCC, through
its regular meetings and High Performance Building Week is a forum
that allows GANA to participate in high performance building policy
Yanek says moving forward from High Performance Building Week,
GANA plans to continue its energy and high-performance building
"In May, GANA partnered with Guardian Industries Corp. to
broadcast a Building STAR HPBCCC lunch presentation (CLICK
HERE for related article). This broadcast was a first of its
kind for the coalition. Later this year, GANA plans to add more
live programming to its advocacy efforts."
Likewise, companies in the glass and curtainwall industry have
also recognized the importance that these systems play when it comes
to building energy-efficient structures.
"From our broad range of sustainable products to the collaborative
approach we use to create advanced facades, we examine all aspects
of a high-performance building. High performance buildings are a
sum of parts that must work together in a seamless way and the fenestration
industry will be integral to the evolution of these buildings,"
says Kimberly Ferro vice president, marketing and product development
for Kawneer Co. Inc. "Glass and systems providers will need
to bring integrated solutions to the table and be prepared to substantiate
performance ... The role that the fenestration industry plays, and
will continue to play, in creating high performance buildings is
a large one."
Mary Olivier, marketing and client services manager for Tubelite,
agrees that the industry is prepared and ready to provide the products
and technologies needed to continue advancing the performance level
of today's buildings.
"Today's building owners and occupants have a readily-accessible
selection of high-performance fenestration products to achieve their
goals for daylighting, temperature, energy use, occupant comfort,
aesthetics, recycling, and profitability," Olivier says. "Whether
choosing storefront, entrance or curtainwall systems, windows, doors,
sun shades or light shelves, building teams are making thoughtful
decisions about the long-term performance of their facilities. Anticipating
these needs, manufacturers offer a range of products with glass
in high-performance coatings and thermal barrier systems, aluminum
framing systems with high recycled content, and eco-friendly finishes
with low-maintenance durability."
The House of Representatives also issued H. Res. 1407 in support
of the goals and ideas of High-Performance Building Week.
CLICK HERE to read that document.
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