2006: Curtainwall and Window Products Offer Architects Performance,
Looks and More
Thousands of architects traveled to the annual AIA Show and Convention,
which took place June 8-10 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
The show offered a look at some of the latest products for all ranges
of architecture, from commercial to residential, interiors to landscape
and more. Curtainwall and window systems was one area that offered
a wide selection of new products, and from the exhibitors on hand,
architects were able to learn about the many benefits and possibilities
such products can afford.
As part of its 100th anniversary celebrations, Kawneer exhibited
at the show with a brand-new booth-an 800-square-foot exhibit that
displayed the company's variety of products. One of Kawneer's newest
products, of particular interest to architects, was its line of
pre-glazing/assembly products that are designed to eliminate field
labor and installation costs.
"The pre-glaze products have been an interest to architects
because time is an issue for them, too," said Henry Taylor,
a member of the company's architectural service team who was on
hand specifically to talk with architects. "They are cognizant
of [the time factor] when they spec a product," he said. According
to Taylor, other products of interest were impact/protective glazing
products, as well as those with a high thermal performance.
Doug Penn with YKK AP said his company was introducing a new screw
spline curtainwall system that is designed to lower installation
time and cost.
"The complete fabrication and assembly is done in the shop,"
he said. Other trends in which architects expressed interest included
blast mitigation and hurricane resistant products, sound transmission
and energy performance, he added.
LEED certification was another hot topic at the show. Tim Nass,
a regional sales manager for Wausau Window and Wall Systems, said
that about 85 percent of the architects they talk to ask about LEED.
"Architects are not just looking at the product," he said,
"but the organization as a whole and how you produce the product."
Nass also said the big push for Wausau this year has been toward
windows and window wall systems for multi-family/hotel construction.
The company recently introduced a new terrace door as well as additions
to its Visuline windows series, designed for residential high rises/hotels.
Nass said the products are not only competitively priced, but also
offer aesthetics, versatility and thermal performance.
Vistawall Architectural Products displayed an assortment of products
as well. According to Fred Grunewald one area that is becoming increasingly
important to architects is sustainability. He said not only are
curtainwall products being offered with high thermal performance
abilities, but also are now incorporating photovoltaics. Another
area he said architects are interested in is impact-resistant glazing.
Another big draw for architects when it comes to curtainwall/glazing
systems is continuing education. Though, they were not necessarily
providing courses on site, Kawneer, YKK AP, Wausau Window and Wall
Systems and Vistawall are all AIA accredited providers.