December 13, 2018
Future Frontiers in Thermal Efficiency at WinDoor 2018
by Guest Blogger
The Quanex team recently returned from WinDoor 2018 in Quebec, where early December winter temperatures dipped into the single digits. It might have been cold outside, but action on the show floor was healthy, with hundreds of attendees from Eastern Canada seeking new, energy-efficient solutions.
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Here are some highlights from the show:
An emphasis on thermal performance. The push toward energy efficiency and products that meet those goals is strong in Canada—stronger than many places throughout the globe. And over the next decade and beyond, Canada is set to continue adopting new performance thresholds that will push the envelope even further.
One example from recent headlines is British Columbia’s bold, new climate action plan, which aims to cut close to 19 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually from transportation, buildings and industry by the year 2030. Part of the plan is aggressively updated building codes to ensure the use of energy-efficient products and designs within the province.
As such, attendees at WinDoor were interested in products and solutions to help them meet those figures, both in residential and commercial settings. Among exhibitors, there was definitely an emphasis around thermal performance. At the Quanex booth, there was significant interest in our spacer solutions from those seeking to drive higher performance in windows and glass.
Labor challenges continue. Along with thermal performance criteria, labor challenges continue to be one of the biggest motivating factors for Canadian fenestration professionals. It was a hot topic at WinDoor—just like it has been at most industry events over the past few years.
Manufacturers are looking for products and services that make operations more efficient and easier to do with fewer people on the plant floor. The Quanex team is focused on helping our customers do just that. At WinDoor, we saw some significant interest in our new Edgetherm® 3600 hot-melt butyl sealant for insulating glass spacers. It’s a technology developed specifically with high-speed automation in mind and enables immediate handling once the unit is completed. It was a big hit at GlassBuild earlier this year too.
But at the end of the day, operating efficiently, meeting stricter performance goals and doing it all with fewer resources takes more than a product. It takes a team of experts by your side to help you solve your toughest challenges.
At Quanex, we have the expertise in IG performance that helps customers choose the right products to meet thermal and durability challenges in the coming years. We offer the technical support to help you deploy new manufacturing technologies and strategies to stay ahead of the labor challenge. And we have a range of products, solutions and people able to help our customers make the right choice for their needs.
Questions or comments? Contact us directly at Carrie.Scheetz@Quanex.com and Vince.Warne@Quanex.com.