Guardian Glass Featured On Two Award-Winning Green Buildings

Auburn Hills, Mich. – August 24, 2012 – Two buildings featuring advanced architectural glass from Guardian Industries have earned Canadian Green Building Award honors by Sustainable Architecture & Building Magazine.

Both Karis Place in Vancouver and the Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence in Kelowna, British Columbia, used Guardian SunGuard SuperNeutral 68 high performance glass in winning the two awards.

The Canadian Green Building Awards recognize excellence in the design and execution of Canadian buildings of all types, including new construction, renovations and interior design projects. A jury reviewed 56 entrants and selected the winners based on sustainable design, architectural excellence and technical innovation. The buildings will be honored at an Awards Ceremony at the 2013 Canadian Green Building Council (CaGBC) National Conference.

“The fact that the architects made Guardian SunGuard SuperNeutral 68 part of the overall energy efficiency package for these projects is a testament to the product’s ability to combine expansive light transmission with solar heat control,” said Chris Dolan, Guardian director of commercial glass marketing. “Guardian is honored to be a part of these award-winning buildings.” Karis Place is the result of a partnership between More Than A Roof Housing Society, BC Housing and the City of Vancouver to create a safe, secure and supportive haven to help alleviate the need for affordable housing for Vancouver’s most vulnerable and needy.

The building, a stepped five- and six-story base with an 11-story tower, has 105 units for people at risk of homelessness, seniors and people with disabilities. Neale Staniszkis Doll Adams Architects pursued LEED gold certification with a careful envelope design. A significant part of that design is Guardian SunGuard SuperNeutral (SN) 68 low-E coated glass, fabricated by Guardian Select Fabricator Vitrum Industries and installed by Starline Architectural Windows.

The jury commented that the project’s success at achieving meaningful sustainability goals makes Karis Place an example “not just to other publicly funded housing projects, but to market condominium developments, as well.”

Like Karis Place, the Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies and Renewable Energy Conservation at Okanagan College utilizes Guardian SunGuard SN 68 for the project’s 20,000 square feet of exterior glass. Created by CEI Architecture, the triple glazed façade engages the campus by revealing interior activity. The Centre is designed to the standards of the Living Building Challenge and LEED platinum certification. The glass was fabricated by Guardian Select Fabricator Garibaldi Glass and installed by Flynn Canada Ltd.

The high performance characteristics of SunGuard SN68 contribute to the net-zero energy consumption of the building, which includes classrooms, workshops, administrative offices, commercial offices, fitness center, computer and demonstration labs, study spaces and gathering spaces.

According to the jury, of the many high-performance educational projects submitted, the Centre was “… the best example of a well-integrated, passive design solution in which the architecture was not overburdened with technology.”

SunGuard SuperNeutral 68 is part of Guardian’s advanced architectural glass family, which offers a variety of appearance and light transmission options with outstanding solar energy control.

For more information about SN68 or any product in the Guardian SunGuard series, please visit www.sunguardglass.com.

About Guardian Industries Corp.:

Guardian is a diversified global manufacturing company headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan, with leading positions in float glass, fabricated glass products, fiberglass insulation and other building materials for commercial, residential and automotive applications. Its automotive trim group, SRG Global Inc., is one of the world’s largest suppliers of advanced, high value coatings on plastics. Through its Science & Technology Center, Guardian is at the forefront of innovation including development of high performance glass coatings and other advanced products. Guardian, its subsidiaries and affiliates employ 18,000 people and operate facilities throughout North America, Europe, South America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Visit www.guardian.com. SunGuard is a registered trademark of Guardian Industries Corp.

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