Guardian offers new SunGuard Building Energy Calculator tool

Auburn Hills, Mich., April 7, 2011 – Guardian’s new SunGuard Building Energy Calculator is now available to provide architects and other project specifiers a comprehensive tool to evaluate commercial glazing options and their impact on energy use and design.

The Building Energy Calculator, accessible through its dedicated webpage link on, allows for comparison of building energy costs for multiple glazing options in prototypical buildings based on multiple variables.

Users are asked to input data through a number of prompts including building type, fuel type and costs, daylighting controls, window orientation and glazing options. Once the data has been entered, the calculation engine applies utility rates and specific weather data for 52 cities in the U.S., Canada and Mexico to generate energy cost and consumption data in tabular form and simple, easy-to-read bar chart graphics. The results highlight key advantages to using energy-efficient glazings and their impact on monthly and annual costs and consumption under standard and peak demand conditions.

The calculator is unique because it is easy to use, offers a wide variety of glazing options, and provides a simple and intuitive summary of energy costs so the benefits of particular products can be quickly determined and compared. While the final choice of glazing options is up to a project design professional, Guardian salespeople are trained to utilize the calculator as a service to architects and owners as they consider the right glazing for their project.

“With greater emphasis and interest in LEED and energy savings in commercial projects, Guardian’s Building Energy Calculator will provide a quick and consistent way to understand the trade-offs between various products. It does so using comparative estimates of energy costs and consumption rather than only comparing product technical data,” said Chris Dolan, director of commercial glass marketing.

Group 14 Engineering developed the Building Energy Calculator exclusively for Guardian using the DOE2 calculation engine created by J. Jeff Hirsch & Associates. “Group 14 designed a powerful analytical tool with a very simple user interface, and this tool provides us with a solid platform for future development,” said Dolan.

Guardian is offering demonstrations of the Building Energy Calculator at Booth 2235 during the AIA National Convention and Design Exposition, May 12-14 in New Orleans. Or to learn more, visit

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. 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 more than 18,000 people and operate facilities throughout North America, Europe, South America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Visit

SunGuard is a registered trademark of Guardian Industries Corp.

Guardian Links: Contact: Amy Hennes

600450 Guardian offers new SunGuard Building Energy Calculator tool
Date: 12 April 2011
Source: Guardian Industries Corp.

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