September 14, 2018

GlassBuild America 2018: Day 2 Recap

by Erin Johnson

The momentum from Day 1 of GlassBuild carried over to Day 2, with a busy, bustling show floor here in Las Vegas.

One point that struck me today was this: As a strong economy continues to spur new investment, price and cost savings are second-tier priorities. Attendees are looking for innovation above all and new ways to differentiate among their competition.
Here are some other highlights from Day 2 at GlassBuild:

More and more stringent. At the first Express Learning session of the day, National Glass Association (NGA) Code Consultant Tom Culp shared some important updates on building codes within the U.S. to a crowd of glaziers and manufacturers. The major highlight was this: Despite a lessened focus on regulation at the federal level, increased stringency when it comes to glass performance isn’t going away.

Two major codes driving such stringency are the ASHRAE 90.1 and the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), both of which are continuously evolving and demanding more from glass and glazing in every sort of application. Culp highlighted that the newest versions of these codes are beginning to see increased adoption in municipalities around the U.S., and specifically highlighted the cities of St. Louis, San Antonio, and the state of Nevada. Meanwhile, architects looking to provide sustainable and green solutions are specifying products and performance requirements that continue to push the boundaries.

We’re seeing the continuous lowering of reduction U-values here, ranging from 5 to 15 percent in each code revision, and it’s a continuously evolving process—the 2019 draft of ASHRAE 90.1 will be out for public comment on Monday. Where glazing is concerned, low-e coatings, warm edge spacer systems, double- and triple-glazing, and more must all be considered in meeting these increasingly stringent demands.

And it isn’t just thermal performance. The value of daylighting continues to gain prominence, and it’s being reflected in new code changes. Studies have shown that daylighting is one of the most drastic improvements that can be made to an indoor environment, and it serves to highlight the glass industry’s responsibility to continuously improve and innovate.

The value of technical expertise. Meeting these increasingly stringent needs of new buildings around the world depends on knowing how to put together the right components to deliver a truly high-performance product—and sometimes outside expertise can’t be overvalued.

At GlassBuild, Quanex has highlighted its Technical Services team, our dedicated experts who help fenestration manufacturers with needs ranging from plant floor optimization and new product development to quality auditing, meeting performance demands and much more. As the market evolves and demands change, vendors that can provide these value-added services can’t be overstated.

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Posted: September 14, 2018 by Erin Johnson Filed under: "GlassBuild 2018"