Guardian Glass SunGuard coatings on super jumbo UltraClear float at Carleton
Guardian is responding to demand from architects who are pushing design boundaries with buildings that maximize views and natural light for occupants in interesting, forward-thinking facades while also reaching energy performance codes and standards.
“Super jumbo helps our fabrication customers improve yields on many common commercial sizes and produce oversize insulating glass units that aren’t possible with standard jumbo coated glass,” said Chris Dolan, Commercial Segment & Technical Services Director, Guardian Glass North America.
Independent Guardian Select fabricator Press Glass is capitalizing on this advantage. Its Ridgeway, Va. factory was built to accommodate 130” x 240” glass. The fabricator has some of the largest glass sizes available in North America.
“Our customers want larger glass, whether it’s commercial or residential,” explains Piotr Styk, Senior Estimator/Project Manager at Press Glass. “Everyone is calling for expansive views, and the bigger the better. When we were deciding on equipment to purchase for our new facility, we researched the maximum glass size available in North America. Guardian offered the largest size at 240”, so we made sure to equip our facility with machines that could handle that size.”
The Press Glass’ Ridgeway facility boasts 231” x 115” triple insulating glass units that include Guardian SunGuard SNX 51/23 coated glass and SunGuard SuperNeutral 68 coated glass, while the under-construction Terminal 5 at Chicago O’Hare International Airport, uses SunGuard SNX 62/27 coating on UltraClear low-iron glass in a large variety of sizes.
“Even in circumstances where we’re not using super jumbo as the standard size, it helps us maximize yield and minimize waste because the cutting optimization is better,” explains Spencer Green, Area Sales Representative, Press Glass.
IMage: The progression of glass sizes to Super Jumbo