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Cool Window and Glazing Products from the AIA Convention

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified May 24, 2012 01:01 AM
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by Alex Wilson last modified May 23, 2012

Author name:  Alex Wilson Blog Category:  Energy Solutions GreenSpec Insights Glazing and window manufacturers showed off some highly innovative products at the 2012 AIA Convention in Washington, DC Pythagoras Solar's new BIPV glass was one of two innovative glazing products on display at the Guardian booth at the AIA Convention. Click on image to enlarge. Photo Credit: Alex Wilson I just spent three days at the American Institute of Architects annual convention in Washington, DC, including a fair amount of time at the massive trade show there. I didn’t make it all the way through the acres of exhibits over the eight hours or so I walked the floor, but I saw some really interesting products. I’m highlighting here a few of the windows and glazing-related products I found. SunGuard PVGU from Pythagoras Solar and Guardian Industries Guardian Industries, one of the world’s largest glass manufacturers, showed off two new products at the show. One of these was a unique building-integrated photovoltaic ( BIPV ) glazing system developed by Pythagoras Solar and marketed by Guardian. Most BIPV Glazing systems have thin-film or crystalline PV cells integrated into the glass directly, so the visible transmittance and daylighting potential are significantly compromised. Pythagoras has developed a unique solution to this problem: an insulating glass unit (IGU) with integral bars of tiny PV cells  that intercept most of the solar energy striking the outside of the glass. read more






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