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Thermal performance and energy savings with polycarbonate glazing systems

Thermal performance and energy savings with polycarbonate glazing systems

Q: Do Cellular Polycarbonate Glazing Systems Offer Thermal Performance and Energy Savings? One of the most prevalent complaints building owners and facility managers receive is that the occupants are too hot or too cold. This is especially true of tenants seated directly next to a window or other daylight opening. They want the daylight, but they also expect an ideal interior temperature. The high insulating and thermal performance of CPG (Cellular Polycarbonate Glazing) systems can accentuate the benefits of daylighting, improve occupants’ comfort, and contribute to owner’s energy savings and overall building value.

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Slate, Portland’s new, LEED Gold, mixed-use, transit-oriented development features Linetec’s paint, anodize and thermal improvement services

Slate, Portland’s new, LEED Gold, mixed-use, transit-oriented development features Linetec’s paint, anodize and thermal improvement services

The 10-story, LEED® Gold certified, mixed-use, transit-oriented development known as Slate is helping revitalize the Burnside Bridgehead area in Portland, Oregon. Formerly a vacant lot called Block 75, the new building features window, entrance, unitized curtainwall and panel systems finished by Linetec. Contributing to the building’s high energy-efficiency and sustainability goals, Linetec also provided the thermal improvement services for the glazing systems’ aluminum framing.

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Sustainable Single-Family House

Sustainable Single-Family House

Designed to use minimal energy through affordable, passive means, this 1,700-square-foot house in the Prescott, Kansas neighborhood, is just minutes from downtown Kansas City. To achieve its goal of a 90-percent reduction in heating and cooling costs, strategies including louvers, thermal mass, high-performance windows, super insulation, southern orientation and an airtight building envelope were employed. National Gypsum’s Gold Bond® BRAND eXP® Interior Extreme® Gypsum Panels are components of this project.

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Global warming: how architects & building owners can prepare the world

Global warming: how architects & building owners can prepare the world

With the effects of global warming upon us, architects and building owners need to mitigate its impact in the built environment. This is not a new idea, but the necessity for design that protects against volatile weather, rising temperatures, and insect-borne diseases is now more pressing than ever. Last year, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers created the Building Resilience website, a tool that connects community planners, home builders, architects, and engineers with building science, climate data, and community resilience resources. This is crucial information designers and building owners need if they want to confront the effects of climate change. As daylighting manufacturers, we have some thoughts on how daylighting can be used to reduce the impact of global warming on the built environment.

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Great thermal performance + corrosion resistance = Clima-Tite™ translucent wall systems with fiberglass framing

Great thermal performance + corrosion resistance = Clima-Tite™ translucent wall systems with fiberglass framing

Clima-Tite™ features pultruded fiberglass support members for a new level of thermal performance and condensation resistance.

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Designed for resiliency and acoustic performance

Designed for resiliency and acoustic performance

The University of Iowa (UI) School of Music in Iowa City celebrated its 110th anniversary with a new home – Voxman Music Building. Designed for durability, sustainability and the highest acoustic performance, the 190,000-square-foot project features energy-efficient window and curtainwall systems, finished and thermally improved by Linetec.

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Solar shading systems: fixed & motorized louvers

Solar shading systems: fixed & motorized louvers

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2017 COTE Top Ten - Setting the standard in design and sustainability

2017 COTE Top Ten - Setting the standard in design and sustainability

AIA and the Committee on the Environment (COTE) announce this year’s recipients of the COTE Top Ten Awards, the industry’s premier program celebrating sustainable design excellence. Now in their 21st year, the Top Ten Awards highlight projects that exemplify the integration of great design and great performance. Submissions are required to demonstrate how the project aligns with COTE’s rigorous criteria for social, economic, and ecological value.

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Global changes in construction: Kalwall's insights from BAU

Global changes in construction: Kalwall's insights from BAU

What happens when you bring together 250,000 people from around the world for six days in Munich, Germany? Ideas are exchanged. Best practices are shared. Deeper levels of understanding are reached. That was, in a nutshell, BAU 2017, the world’s leading trade fair for architecture, materials and systems with the 2,210 exhibitors from 45 countries. More than 80,000 people had, like us, travelled overseas.

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Easily Earn AIA Learning Units | EXTECH, Inc.

Easily Earn AIA Learning Units | EXTECH, Inc.

Sign-up for a Toolkit to take EXTECH's registered CES course. Earn 1 LU and 1 HSW by completing. The Toolkit also lets you track and save downloads, easily order samples, and delivers a collection of tools from around the web in your sidebar.

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Sun Control Sunshades

Sun Control Sunshades

Ruskin Sunshades offer energy savings by reducing solar heat gained through glazing. With a wide variety of available blade styles and configurations, they also provide aesthetic appeal to the building exterior.

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Architects empowered to drive positive change at SXSW Eco

Architects empowered to drive positive change at SXSW Eco

Carbon-positive cities, biophilia, and data-centric decisions define the next American city that architects can help create.

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Major announces new Auburn® skylight option

Major announces new Auburn® skylight option

Major Industries, in conjunction with Greenbuild 2016, announced the release of a new line of Auburn® single slope skylights. These new high-performance glass skylights feature thermal strut technology for enhanced thermal performance, including better condensation resistance. These new Auburn® skylights are available in a variety of custom sizes and configurations, with custom finish options and more, and will also soon be available to purchase online at shopmajorskylights.com in select standard sizes.

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Make your buildings look good with uniquely designed polycarbonate products for building exteriors

Make your buildings look good with uniquely designed polycarbonate products for building exteriors

EXTECH specializes in the use of cellular polycarbonate for its host of benefits including daylighting, energy savings, superior impact resistance and insulation properties. We provide a variety of translucent wall and interior panels, windows, skylights, and canopies for industrial and commercial clients. We also provide mortarless glass block systems and porcelain walls for use in outdoor rain/windscreens or interior applications, both of these products are extremely resistant to vandalism.

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Delray LED Circles: Uno • Dos • Cylindro I/II/III

Delray LED Circles: Uno • Dos • Cylindro I/II/III

A variety of sizes and mount styles make Delray Circles a versatile, flexible choice for all applications and architetural styles. All feature the latest, best quality LEDs by Nichia, which employs a rigorous quality- controlled binning process to ensure consistent color temperature match across multiple fixtures. Delray’s LED boards are built to operate well below the maximum current for which they’re designed, increasing product life beyond the even the highest expectations.

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Battic Door Solar Powered Attic Fans

Battic Door Solar Powered Attic Fans

Solar Powered Attic Fans Available in 2 styles - Roof Mount and All Purpose Interior Mount. Professional grade solar powered attic fans use no electricity. Attic Fans are designed to reduce heat build-up in your attic in the summer and remove harmful moisture in the winter. Year-'Round Benefits!

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AIA and Autodesk Introduce New Feature to Automate 2030 Commitment Reporting Data

AIA and Autodesk Introduce New Feature to Automate 2030 Commitment Reporting Data

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) announce the release of a new feature – developed in collaboration with Autodesk – that will automate the AIA 2030 Commitment data reporting from energy analysis software directly to the Design Data Exchange (DDx). This collaboration has resulted in an open Automated Program Interface (API) to the DDx, available to any energy modeling software vendor, reducing the duplication of effort using the existing process.

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Darlington upgrades good for business in Burlington

Darlington upgrades good for business in Burlington

Justin Parrington and Kevin Milne of MarShield Custom Radiation Products participated in a talk on the economic spinoff of the Darlington refurbishment project hosted by the Burlington Chamber of Commerce and Ontario Power Generation (OPG). Here is what the Burlington Post had to say about the meeting.

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Continuous Insulation (ci) Systems

Continuous Insulation (ci) Systems

The world-class building-science experts at Sto continue to lead the way in advancing energy efficiency, durability and aesthetic appeal. Today’s energy codes and regulations reflect many of the design principles embodied in our Continuous Insulation (ci) Systems, and the proven performance of Sto’s next-generation EIFS appeals to designers, contractors and owners alike.

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The Role of LEDs in Outdoor Lighting Design

The Role of LEDs in Outdoor Lighting Design

As we reported in our earlier blog post, The Rise of Outdoor Lighting, homeowners continue to place a high priority on renovating outdoor living spaces. Taking center stage in these renovations is outdoor lighting. The report says, “Outdoor lighting is the most common [system] upgrade, whether it is LED (28%), solar (23%) or other (17%).”

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