November 07, 2019
Collaborating with Every Part of the Industry
by Joe Erb
In today’s industry, commercial glazing discussions can skew toward the big and the bold.
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GlassBuild 2019 saw these discussions, and I expect to see some pop up at Canada’s WinDoor show this month. Cutting-edge design trends, including oversized glass, massive facades, shaped or curved panels—these are just some of the ways that the architecture and design community is deploying glass to create impressive, eye-popping structures all over the world. It’s the responsibility of the fenestration industry to provide the technology that makes it possible, all while meeting stricter performance codes than ever before.
But most commercial glazing work isn’t always so glamourous. At its core, it’s delivering quality glass for quality buildings—no matter the size or prestige of the project. All the same performance expectations apply, after all.
Many of these projects are completed by local and regional architects, designers, builders and manufacturers, and ongoing industry discussion and education with these stakeholders are important as we move forward together as an industry. It’s why our teams at Quanex do our best to make it to regional shows and forums at every opportunity we have—these folks are hungry for information, and we’re happy to provide what we know from our ongoing experience.
Over the course of 2019, here are a few things that have stood out in our continued conversations with regional builders, architects and glass manufacturers:
Performance depends on the right components. Energy efficiency is a top priority and has been for a considerable time in our industry. Why? Codes are driving necessary new demands, and overall sustainability is moving the needle for building and construction. But it’s more than that. The occupancy benefits that come from more and better glazing on buildings where we live, work and play are clear.
Readily available technology can make those benefits come to life in any and every building. Flexible warm-edge silicone spacers can enhance the durability and sustainability of glazing, providing excellent thermal efficiency and structural integrity for insulating glass. Meanwhile, meeting stricter codes in commercial punched-opening applications can be simplified by selecting the right PVC materials over the traditional metallic framing that is often used in commercial projects.
There are also the efficiency benefits for manufacturers. Implementing automated technologies in the plant for use with flexible spacers can help further drive efficiency and decrease potential for errors, resulting in fewer rejected units, increased production and improved safety and ergonomics for plant employees.
Connecting the dots. Of course, the benefits of these readily available technologies can’t be realized if the right people don’t know how to apply them. Everyone needs the right information, and it takes continued connection, discussion and collaboration among all stakeholders to see the benefits come to life.
Quanex is committed to promoting and facilitating that discussion and to communicating the benefits of today’s component technology. It takes a team effort to make quality, healthy buildings a reality wherever there’s new construction happening. Continued engagement and cross-functional collaboration are important for the glass industry’s ongoing, united success.
November 07, 2019 by Joe Erb
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