The presentation to be given June 16 will focus on the increasing importance of glass energy conservation performance as a key component in achieving sustainable, energy-efficient buildings.
"The dangers posed by climate change and the increasing need to improve energy efficiency in the built environment means that architects, HVAC engineers and property developers must reconsider the role of glazing as a key component in achieving sustainable development," explained Craig Wesley, Southwall's Vice President, High Performance Glass Solutions, who will deliver the company's window performance presentation. "Of the many factors that influence sustainable development decisions, the impact of glazing is often overlooked. Glass products that can take Low-E glass standards to new levels of performance are available now and offer a cost-effective way to improve the overall energy efficiency of the building envelope."
Heat Mirror(R), a technologically advanced low emissivity and solar reflective film, can be mounted inside an insulating glass unit in a variety of configurations (one or two coated films, clear or Low-E glass) providing a range of energy conservation performance ranging from R 6 to R 12 (U-value 0.95 to 0.47 SI, 0.17 to 0.08 IP) to meet the unique requirements of individual new construction and renovation projects.
At this year's forum over 1,000 architects, designers, builders, and glass manufacturers are expected to attend 19 workshops on industry topics ranging from developments in insulating glass to improved glass product marketing. Some 40 manufacturers are scheduled to exhibit products at the forum.
Southwall Technologies Inc. introduced the world's first low emissivity glass product in 1981, a pioneering technology recognized in 2000 by Popular Science magazine as one of the "Top 100 Inventions of the Millennium."