to Display Heated Glass at Builders Show
Engineered Glass Products (EGP) of Chicago will be featuring its Thermique
Hot Glass Technology at the International Builders Show, January 11-14,
in Orlando, Fla. Attendees will be able to see--and feel--the electrically heated
glass at EGP's booth, S11054.
Heated glass towel warmers and heated shelves for food service industries were
among the first commercial products to take advantage of Thermique technology,
but the company is now adapting the technology for architectural windows. According
to EGP chief executive officer Mike Hobbs, the comfort factor provided by the
heated windows is its biggest advantage right now, but the company is researching
additional benefits-including the potential for energy savings and the prevention
of condensation and mold growth.
The heat in the glass is generated by a transparent metal oxide coating put
onto the glass during fabrication. The coating is connected to specifically designed
buss bars within the laminated or insulating unit, which are in turn wired to
the wall-mounted Thermique controller. When the controller provides electricity,
the coating heats up uniformly across the entire glass surface. At full power,
the heated windows reach a uniform temperature of 105 degrees.
In addition, EGP has announced that it has partnered with La Plata Electric
Association, a regional energy provider, to evaluate the energy-saving benefits
of Thermique. Together, they are launching an in-depth scientific study on the
indoor climate changes created by replacing ordinary windows with Thermique electrically
heated glass. The objective is to quantify the precise reduction in energy dollars
achieved by Thermique technology in architectural windows.