New Product Focus Summer 2021July 29th, 2021 | Category: Architects' Guide to Glass and Metal
Solarvolt building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) glass modules by Vitro Architectural Glass can be used to generate clean energy, while also replacing structural materials. The BIPV glass modules can produce CO2-free power, potentially replacing conventional building components such as wall cladding, according to the company. To meet design and environmental performance objectives, Solarvolt BIPV modules can be used with Solarban low-E coatings, Starphire Ultra-Clear glass, Acuity low-iron glass, as well as Vitro’s full range of tinted glasses, and most any other from the company.
Doors and Windows
C.R. Laurence (CRL) has added the new S100 sliding door system to its Palisades collection. The Palisades S100 is compatible with the Palisades S90 bi-folding door and wall system.
Key features of the S100 include 1 5/16-inch rails and stiles, a 13-foot maximum frame height and 7-foot maximum panel width. According to the company it provides a friction-less glide, precision-engineered stainless steel track, 12 standard configurations with one-handed operation, and specialized seals that provide air and water resistance. The S100 is also certified to meet CW minimum design pressure of 40 psf and CW maximum allowable deflection of L/175, according to the company. The S100 is available in standard finishes, including black bronze anodized, satin anodized, black and white powder coat with 90% gloss, as well as custom colors.
Mobile and Touchless Access
Dormakaba’s Mobile Access Solutions and Touchless Access Solutions are designed to help reduce hand-to-door contact in high contact public areas. The Mobile Access Solutions are end-to-end mobile credential applications using bluetooth low energy (BLE) for the company’s mobile enabled RFID locks. Its BLE Ilco and Saflok RFID locks are the basis for a simplified transition to mobile access. Properties can issue and manage keys on mobile devices to access rooms so visitors only touch their smartphone to check in, check out, ride the elevator or enter their apartment, pool or common area. Current dormakaba RFID locks can also be converted to BLE. Touchless Actuators have dormakaba’s RCI switches for functional control with a selection of options for momentary release, maintained release, time-delay, or emergency release. For increased operator flexibility, switches can be mounted as a remote switch and/or located at the door.
Bird Safe and Environmentally Friendly
Walker Glass has received Health Product Declarations (HPD) for its acid-etched and bird safe glass lines. HPD documents provide a comprehensive list of a product’s ingredients and their associated effects on human health, and are prepared based on the HPD Collaborative’s open standards.
The first declaration covers Walker Textures full surface and patterned acid-etched glass, and its second HPD is dedicated to AviProtek bird safe glass. Walker says it is the first company in the North American market to offer HPD certifications for its line of full surface, pattern etched and bird friendly solutions.
The declarations are third-party verified by Vertima.
Something to See Through
Trosifol has expanded its product portfolio of decorative colored films with a high-adhesion translucent white PVB film. Produced at the Czech Trosifol site in Holešov, the interlayer has the same optical properties as Trosifol’s existing Translucent White, but with increased adhesion.
Trosifol translucent white is part of the decorative glazing color palette and offers 70% light transmission, allowing it to be used as a privacy screen. The translucent white interlayer, which can be used indoors or out, offers edge stability, high mechanical strength and long-term stability.
It is available in 0.76 mm (30 mil) thickness and in roll lengths of 250 m (820 feet). The rolls are available in many widths from 39 inches to 94 inches.
OBE Helps Keep Hurricanes at Bay
Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope® (OBE) has released an enhanced version of its StormMax storefront system, which includes additional infill options, 12-foot frame heights and simplified anchoring. Combined with both inside and outside glazing options as well as pre-glazing, the systems have been tested to stringent Florida Building Code standards, particularly for High Velocity Hurricane Zones, to offer Category 5 protection.
The systems are part of OBE’s hurricane-resistant product line including StormMax entrances, curtainwall, architectural glass and more. They replace the company’s FG-5000, FG-5100 and FG-5100T hurricane-resistant storefront systems.
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