Vitro acquires exclusive rights to sell tempered vacuum insulating units
Vitro Architectural Glass has reached an agreement with LandGlass and VIG Technologies to sell their tempered vacuum insulating glass (VIG) products in North America.
Vitro will begin offering tempered VIG units in North America beginning in late 2021. The company also plans to install LandVac equipment and begin manufacturing VIG units in its North American facilities as the market for VIG products develops.
The new 8.3mm tempered VIG units consist of two fully tempered lites of glass separated by a non-leaded metal seal and a vacuum space.
The inclusion of fully tempered glass enables the VIG unit to be used globally across indoor and outdoor temperature extremes, which can cause failures in non-tempered VIG units.
VIG units deliver an R-value of 14, which is closer to the R-value of a traditional wall than glass.
Improved R-values in cladding materials are increasingly in demand as building owners and developers face imperative incentives to minimise their environmental impact, from new stringent energy code updates to Net Zero energy goals.
“Building envelope materials with extraordinary R-values, such as VIG products, have the ability to significantly reduce demand for artificial heating and cooling,” said Martin Bracamonte, vice president, marketing and innovation, Vitro Architectural Glass. “That energy use reduction results in commensurate reductions in greenhouse gases. Vitro is proud to provide this new product platform as yet another way to maximize the environmental value of our products.”
VIG units can be used alone as a replacement for monolithic glass or as a substitute for the interior
Image: Vacumax tempered vacuum insulating glass unit