Four of the domestic primary glass manufacturers took part in the American
Institute of Architects (AIA) show in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Hotel last
Pilkington North America launched its new anti-reflective glass at the show.
"While anti-reflective glass is not new, Pilkington's online manufacturing
process removes most size limitations, and opens the door to a wider array of
application possibilities," explained Stephen Weidner, vice president of
sales and marketing for building products North America.
"Typical anti-reflective glass applications include museum and retail
display cases," he added. "With this product's proprietary process,
the potential for anti-reflective glass is expanded to include retail storefronts,
showrooms and a host of applications where this type of glass was never an option,"
he explained. The Toledo, Ohio-based company points out that the size of the product
is limited only by the size of the lamination machine.
While there are a number of potential OptiView glass projects in the works,
one already underway is Falcon Wharf in London, a 17-floor, 124-apartment and
restaurant complex. Glazing is scheduled to be completed this summer. The company
also said that the glass would be used at the airport in Montreal.
PPG Industries Inc. was promoting its Building Renewal Program, which is designed
to give building owners and facility managers a one-stop resource for the coatings,
glass and paint products and information needed to revive the appearance of older,
weathered commercial buildings.
Roger Mabe, manager of the program, said the initiative was developed in response,
in part, to the construction boom of the 1970s. "Thousands of commercial
buildings and skyscrapers were erected during a building boom that began around
30 years ago," he explained. "Many components of those building exteriors
have reached the end of their lifecycle. Facility owners and managers are now
deciding the best way to rejuvenate their buildings in order to maintain tenant
satisfaction and lease revenues."
The company points out that owners who want to maintain the original color
of their tinted windows or curtain walls, while still reaping the benefits of
a solar control glass, can combine its Solarban 60 glass with any of a range of
tinted and reflective glass, including many of the glasses originally specified
by architects 30 or more years ago.
In its booth, AFG Industries Inc. was showing for the first time its new heavy
pattern low-iron Heavy Krystal glass. The spelling of the name is designed to
connect the pattern glass with the company's K glass, explained Mark Montgomery.
The 10-mil glass is available in five patterns initially. AFG is also setting
up a fabricator program called Pattern Masters for the product, Montgomery added.
The Kingsport, Tenn., based company was also promoting its energy-efficient
products, such as the Comfort Ti-AC 40, which allows a structure to "stay
cool when it's hot and warm when it's not."
Michigan-based Visteon also exhibited and promoted the color and versatility
of its glass products, and its range of sizes.