The objective of the Energy Efficiency Conference was to increase awareness of the benefits of energy efficient windows, high performance glazing and other building envelope materials, and generate support in Brazil for the adoption of an energy performance rating and labeling system. More than 120 representatives attended the event from the public and private sectors.
Attendees of the Nov. 1 conference included representatives from the U.S. and Brazilian manufacturing sectors, government officials from the Ministry of Energy & Mines (MME) and others involved in the effort underway to develop energy codes in Brazil. Guardian was one of the lead private-sector sponsors of the conference. Other participating organizations included the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) and the Brazil-U.S. Business Council.
“Guardian is a global leader in the promotion of sound energy efficiency policies, working in collaboration with government and private-sector entities around the world,” said Scott Thomsen, Guardian Glass Group President. “Energy efficient glazing plays an important role in reducing energy consumption in buildings. We are seeing a growing number of countries adopt and begin to enforce energy codes with more stringent requirements.”
Buildings consume a significant percentage of the electricity produced in Brazil. Building construction in the country is already on the rise and will increase as it prepares for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics. Use of energy efficient advanced building envelope materials can help reduce growing energy demand.
Guardian has two major float glass facilities located in the states of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro that produce high performance coated glass products for commercial and residential applications. The company has recently made large investments in the country, including installation of an advanced technology sputter-coater, used to produce energy efficient glass.
“Guardian in Brazil is committed to working with government agencies to help develop energy efficiency codes for glazing which will help preserve the environment, as well as generate savings for the public,"said Dana Partridge, Vice President, Latin America. “We appreciate the leadership demonstrated by the ABNT and the Brazilian and U.S. governments in organizing this important event.”
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. Its automotive trim group, SRG Global Inc., is one of the world’s largest suppliers of advanced, high value coatings on plastics. 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 www.Guardian.com.