Client News: Wausau helps Cecil College E&M building achieve aesthetic, environmental, performance goals

Photos provided by: Alain Jaramillo, courtesy of Marshall Craft Associates, Inc, BaltimoreMaryland’s Cecil College opened its new three-story, 28,683 -square-foot, engineering and mathematics (E&M) facility with the start of the 2014-15 academic year. Designed by Marshall Craft Associates, the $19.7 million building is pursuing LEED® Silver certification, the first in Cecil County. Supporting the project’s aesthetic, environmental and other performance goals, Wausau Window and Wall Systems contributed the curtainwall and sun shades, Tubelite Inc. supplied the entrance systems, and Linetec provided the finishing.

Approved as part of the 10-year Campus Master Plan launched in 2009, the new E&M building features eight learning laboratories, two laboratory preparation rooms for engineering and physics, a math tutoring and test center, distance learning rooms and study areas. While these new resources will support Cecil College’s rapidly growing degree programs, it also assists the college in preparing students for careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Photos provided by: Alain Jaramillo, courtesy of Marshall Craft Associates, Inc, BaltimoreThe building was designed to promote a high sense of connection to the outdoors from within and to heighten a sense of transparency from the outside. “To create this image, while remaining energy efficient and sustainable, required careful attention to strategies for controlling sunlight cascading onto the building façade, while protecting outside views from the interior,” said Rick Barton, architect and project manager for Marshall Craft Associates.

Working closely with the architects and construction manager Riparius Construction, Inc., Chesapeake Glazing, Inc. (CGI) installed approximately 12,800 square feet of Wausau’s SuperWall™ curtainwall and 168 linear feet of ClearStory™ sun shades.

Photos provided by: Alain Jaramillo, courtesy of Marshall Craft Associates, Inc, BaltimoreFor 30 years, glazing contractors have relied on SuperWall for projects requiring quick installation, easy assembly and a test-verified performance. For Cecil College’s E&M building, SuperWall contributes to the facility’s overall energy efficiency. It can achieve NFRC U-factors as low as 0.35 BTU/hr-sqft-ºF with Frame Condensation Resistance Factor (CRFf) of 69 and higher. Curtainwall systems with high thermal performance and condensation resistance help reduce the HVAC peak loads and associated energy costs. This in turn improves the building’s overall carbon footprint, while maintaining the outdoor connection and large daylight openings.

Photos provided by: Alain Jaramillo, courtesy of Marshall Craft Associates, Inc, BaltimoreNatural light is maximized throughout the building and controlled through a central system including daylighting controls, which reduce artificial light levels when available natural light provides sufficient illumination. Supporting these objectives, Wausau’s sun shades’ 2-inch-deep, round blades provide shading from direct sunlight, glare protection and daylight redirection.

Tubelite Inc. outfitted the E&M building with seven pairs of 6-by-7-foot double doors and two 3-by-7-foot single doors. Linetec finished the aluminum doors, curtainwall framing and sun shades using a two-coat, 70 percent polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) resin-based mica coating. The Silver color was custom-blended in Linetec’s in-house laboratory.

Photos provided by: Alain Jaramillo, courtesy of Marshall Craft Associates, Inc, BaltimoreAs an environmentally responsible finisher, Linetec captures the liquid paints’ volatile organic compounds (VOCs) to eliminate the exhaust of potential pollutants. Tested to meet the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) 2605 stringent specifications, the resulting, durable coating ensures a long-lasting finish.

“With a combination of durable materials, careful detailing and attention to energy efficiency, we believe the college has been provided with a facility that will meet its needs for several generations of students and faculty,” Barton said. “Its composite metal panel skin, [Wausau’s] glass framing system, low-E glass, column covers and shading components contribute to an overall high-tech image that promotes a high-visibility look for the programs within the building, while supporting sustainability initiatives.”

Cecil College’s president Dr. W. Stephen Pannill, stated, “This building is out front and creates a bold sense of arrival, a place of importance in Cecil County. In October 2014, the building was dedicated to the late Sandy Fabella, one of the college’s first full-time professors who shaped its math and physics department.Photos provided by: Alain Jaramillo, courtesy of Marshall Craft Associates, Inc, Baltimore

In August 2014, Rachel Breeding toured the new E&M building as a first-year general studies student. She told the Cecil Whig, “I think it is a beautiful building; I love all of the windows, which make it feel open and warm. I was amazed at all of the modern features and technology included in it.”

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Cecil College, Engineering & Mathematics Building, One Seahawk Drive, North East, MD  21901; http://www.cecil.edu/About-Us/Locations-and-Hours/Pages/Engineering-and-Math-Building.aspx
* Architect: Marshall Craft Associates, Inc.; Baltimore; http://www.marshallcraft.comPhotos provided by: Alain Jaramillo, courtesy of Marshall Craft Associates, Inc, Baltimore
* Owner: Cecil College; North East, Maryland; http://www.cecil.edu
* Construction manager: Riparius Construction, Inc.; Hunt Valley, Maryland; http://www.ripariusconstruction.com
* Glazing systems – installing contractor: Chesapeake Glazing, Inc. (CGI); Reisterstown, Maryland; http://www.chesapeakeglazing.com
* Glazing systems – curtainwall and sun shade manufacturer: Wausau Window and Wall Systems; Wausau, Wisconsin; http://www.wausuawindow.com
* Glazing systems – entrance systems manufacturer: Tubelite Inc.; Walker, Michigan; http://www.tubeliteinc.com
* Glazing systems – finishing: Linetec; Wausau, Wisconsin; http://www.linetec.com
* Photos provided by: Alain Jaramillo, courtesy of Marshall Craft Associates, Inc, Baltimore
* Video of construction: http://youtu.be/tAOlbtj_O0w

 

Nationally recognized for its innovative expertise, Wausau Window and Wall Systems is an industry leader in engineering window and curtainwall systems for commercial and institutional construction applications. For more than 55 years, Wausau has worked closely with architects, building owners and contractors to realize their vision for aesthetic beauty, sustainability and lasting value, while striving to maintain the highest level of customer service, communication and overall satisfaction. Wausau is a part of Apogee Enterprises, Inc., a publicly held, U.S. corporation.

Wausau and its staff are members of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA), the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the APPA – Leadership in Educational Facilities, the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI), Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA), Glass Association of North America (GANA), the National Fenestration Ratings Council (NFRC) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

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Observe Window Safety Year Round: Eight Tips from the National Safety Council for Window Safety Week, April 5-11

WSTF-baby_webAs spring arrives, the National Safety Council’s Window Safety Task Force encourages everyone to recognize the importance of practicing window safety year-round. Window Safety Week is observed April 5-11. However, open windows any time of year can be dangerous for young children who are not properly supervised. While the number of falls from windows is generally very small compared with other recorded child injuries, a window incident can result in serious injury or possibly even death.

Each year, he Window Safety Task Force of the National Safety Council takes the first full week in April to educate on the importance of practicing window safety year-round. National Window Safety Week is designed to increase awareness on helping to prevent accidental window falls and the proper use of windows for emergency escape purposes.

Falls from a window can result in serious injury or death and pose an especially dangerous threat for children. Every year, about eight children under age five die each year from falling out a window, and more than 3,300 are injured seriously enough to go to the hospital.

“It only takes seconds for a preventable window fall to occur,” said Amy Artuso, program manager for the National Safety Council. “To avoid these needless tragedies, it is very important for parents and caregivers to take steps to prevent home falls.”

To protect children, the Window Safety Task Force offers the following eight safety tips:
• When young children are around, keep windows closed and locked.
• When opening a window for ventilation, use those located out of a child’s reach. For example, the upper sash of a double hung window.
• Avoid placing furniture near windows to prevent young children from climbing.
• Don’t allow children to jump on beds or other furniture to help reduce potential falls.
• Don’t rely on insect screens to prevent a window fall. Insect screens are designed to keep bugs out, not to keep children in the home.
• Supervise children to keep child’s play away from windows, balconies or patio doors. Keep play in the center of a room, if possible.
• Install code-compliant devices designed to limit how far a window will open or window guards (with quick-release mechanisms in case of fire) to help prevent a fall.
• Teach your child how to safely use a window to escape during an emergency, such as a fire.

Visit http:/www.aamanet.org/windowsafety to learn more.

* According to Safe Kids Worldwide’s 2015 Report to the Nation: Protecting Children in Your Home

About the Window Safety Task Force
The Window Safety Task Force was formed in 1997 to promote greater awareness of window safety. The task force is comprised of members representing the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA), the Window & Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) and the Screen Manufacturers Association (SMA) in cooperation with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), and other organizations, as well as manufacturers of windows, doors and screens. The National Safety Council saves lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes, communities and on the roads, through leadership, research, education and advocacy.

About the National Safety Council
Founded in 1913 and chartered by Congress, the National Safety Council, nsc.org, is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to save lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the roads through leadership, research, education and advocacy. NSC advances this mission by partnering with businesses, government agencies, elected officials and the public in areas that can make the most impact – distracted driving, teen driving, workplace safety, prescription drug overdoses and Safe Communities.

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Client News: Wausau’s windows offer hurricane impact resistance, thermal performance, accessibility

Wausau Window and Wall Systems® INvent™ -HP -XLT Series windows meet the most stringent hurricane and energy codes, as well as accessibility needs of K-12 schools. These windows provide high thermal performance, decreased condensation and recycled content to meet buildings’ goals for sustainability, protection and occupant comfort.Print

As part of the Advantage by Wausau® standard product offering, INvent-HP-XLT high-performance windows are competitively priced and available on an accelerated delivery schedule to meet schools’ value-focused budgets and condensed construction schedules. All of Wausau’s INvent windows are backed with an industry-leading warranty of up to 10 years.

INvent-HP-XLT fixed, awning and project-out casement window units have received Florida’s Miami-Dade County Notice of Acceptance and meet the ASTM E 1996 requirements for large “D” missile impact testing for Wind Zones 1-3 and “E” missile impact testing in Wind Zones 3-4 for essential facilities. These windows were tested in accordance with Dade County Building Code Compliance Office Protocol TAS 201-94, “Impact Test Procedures;” TAS 202-94, “Criteria for Testing Impact and Non-Impact Resistant Building Envelope Components Using Uniform Static Air Pressure;” and TAS 203-94, “Criteria for Testing Products Subject to Cyclic Wind Pressure Loading.”

“With increased expectations for student safety and comfort, and the use of many school buildings as designated evacuation points for communities during severe weather events, the new INvent-HP-XLT product line is the perfect choice for design teams considering stringent performance requirements,” notes Wausau’s education market manager, Steve Gille. “Invent-HP-XLT windows have been impact-tested with a very broad range of available options — such as large vent sizes, laminates, hardware types and installation accessories — to provide the functionality necessary for buildings of many different types, in warm climates or cold climates.”

Addressing energy efficiency, condensation resistance and thermal performance, the frame uses 24mm XLT polyamide thermal barriers. INvent-HP-XLT windows can achieve a Condensation Resistance Factor (CRF) as high as 65 per the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) 1503 standard and a U-Factor as low as 0.34 BTU/hr.sqft.ºF per the National Fenestration Ratings Council’s NFRC 100 standard.

INvent-HP-XLT windows are tested to meet the AAMA AW-100 Architectural Performance Class ratings, including 910-10 lifecycle testing to 4,000 operating cycles, including thermal cycling, as well as stringent requirements for air infiltration, water resistance and structural integrity. Wausau also has tested a broad range of product options in compliance with the AAMA 513-12 guide specification, which outlines laboratory test methods for accessible operable window products.

In response to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), INvent-HP-XLT windows also feature hardware options capable of meeting the operating force and limited motion requirements of ICC/ANSI A117.1. Wausau’s accessible projected windows operate with one hand, and require an operating force of five pounds or less to unlock, open, close and lock without making users need to tightly grasp, pinch or twist their wrists. This helps ensure that fresh air and connection to the outdoors are made accessible to people with physical disabilities.

Wausau’s INvent-HP-XLT hurricane impact-resistant windows are available with 3-7/8-inch and 4-7/8-inch frame depths. The aluminum frames contain recycled content averaging 70% or greater. Wausau’s quality-controlled, factory fabrication and glazing ensure the intended performance and accommodate dual-color finishes. With a palette exceeding 30,000 color choices, painted finishes may be requested as liquid or powder coatings with ultra-low volatile organic compounds (VOC) and VOC-free content. Durable, VOC-free anodize finishes also may be selected.
Nationally recognized for its innovative expertise, Wausau Window and Wall Systems is an industry leader in engineering window and curtainwall systems for commercial and institutional construction applications. For more than 55 years, Wausau has worked closely with architects, building owners and contractors to realize their vision for aesthetic beauty, sustainability and lasting value, while striving to maintain the highest level of customer service, communication and overall satisfaction. Wausau is a part of Apogee Enterprises, Inc., a publicly held, U.S. corporation.

Wausau and its staff are members of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA), the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the APPA – Leadership in Educational Facilities, the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI), the Design-Build Institute of America, the Glass Association of North America (GANA), the National Fenestration Ratings Council (NFRC) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

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Client News: Valspar offers Autodesk Revit BIM material library for Fluropon coatings

Valspar_BIM_MaterialLibrary* Valspar is exhibiting in AIA booth #3717/Learning Lounge 3625LL *

The Valspar Corporation continues to enhance creative choices and simplify architectural coating specifications by adding color-accurate, building information modeling (BIM) tools to Autodesk Revit® software for its Fluropon® 70 percent PVDF resin-based coatings. With its high durability and large color palette, Valspar’s Fluropon exterior coatings are the industry standard for both metal coil coating and aluminum extrusion applications since their launch in 1965.

“For over 200 years, Valspar has helped people connect to the power of color. For the last 50 years, architects and design professionals have relied on our Fluropon products to protect their commercial buildings’ exteriors. We are excited to offer our proven products with Revit’s software for the ultimate convenience in previewing color selections on their buildings’ designs,” said Jeff Alexander, vice president of sales for Valspar’s global coil and extrusion businesses.
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Once Valspar’s Fluropon material library has been loaded into a Revit model, the Fluropon colors are ready to select by using the “Paint” tool on a variety of architectural building products exterior metal surfaces. Valspar’s Fluropon material library in Revit is built around accurate Valspar color palettes to ensure consistency in both the virtual and real world. After selecting final colors, Revit users have the option to order physical color samples by visiting Valspar’s architectural website, http://www.valsparinspireme.com, and referencing the product code listed next to the color name within the material library.

Valspar_BIM_CustomModelAlexander continued, “Color can bring a design to life. Now, it’s easier than ever before. With our BIM tools and a few clicks of a button, you can see how yellow curtainwall framing contrasts with a blue wall panel system, how a white metal roof matches the skylight framing, or how bright purple window framing pops next to a red entrance system.”

For easy access to every color, download and store the Autodesk Library file on a local machine, or centrally on a server for a larger project team, and load it right into the Revit model for easy access. Users may import favorite colors or entire color families and palettes, to meet their specific project needs.

Meeting the American Architectural Manufacturers Association’s AAMA 2605 high-performance exterior specification, Fluropon demonstrates reliable performance including resistance to harmful ultraviolet rays, chemical degradation, abrasion and humidity. These field-proven, high-performance, 70% PVDF resin-based coatings are offered in two- to four-coat systems in nearly any formulation, including low gloss, low sheen and solar reflective ENERGY STAR. A wide variety of colors also are available, from neutral to bright colors, micas, metallic and pearlescent coatings.

Along with its new BIM tools and its proven, high-performance coating systems, The Valspar Corporation supports architects and designers with its industry-leading technical expertise, color-matching and sustainability resources, responsive customer service and high-priority lead times. Learn more at http://www.valsparinspireme.com/bim.html.

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Client News: Stretch Forming by Linetec curves and finishes architectural aluminum products

* Linetec exhibiting at AIA Expo booth #2858 *

Stretch Forming by Linetec allows architectural product manufacturers to have their metal building components curved and finished in one location. Half-circles, eyebrows and Gothic arches are popular architectural applications.

Customers can ship their aluminum to Linetec for bending and finishing to retain the full finish warranty. Utilizing Linetec’s dedicated fleet of trucks saves customers shipping costs and transit time, as well as reduces material handling and packaging to minimize the opportunity for damage.

Linetec’s full scope of bending capabilities includes annealing and tempering to soften and harden aluminum. Born from the aerospace industry, stretch forming maintains precise dimensions throughout a curve. The extrusion is kept under constant tension, while wrapping it around a form, or die. This produces perfectly contoured products, while limiting or even eliminating wrinkling inside the arc.

In addition to stretch forming, Linetec offers a broad choice of paint, anodize and powder coat, plus field repair and restoration, thermal improvement and other support for finished aluminum products. For more information about Stretch Forming by Linetec, finishing and other services, please call 888-717-1472, email sales@linetec.com or visit http://www.linetec.com.


Located in Wisconsin, Linetec serves customers across the country, finishing such products as aluminum windows, wall systems, doors, hardware and other architectural metal components, as well as automotive, marine and manufactured consumer goods. The company is a subsidiary of Apogee Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ: APOG). Linetec is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

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Client News: Valspar celebrates 50 years of Fluropon, the first 70% PVDF architectural coating in the industry

* Valspar is exhibiting in AIA booth #3717/Learning Lounge 3625LL *

Valspar_Fluropon50_logoThe Valspar Corporation celebrates 50 years of Fluropon® 70 percent PVDF resin-based coatings. Since the flagship architectural coating launched in 1965, Valspar’s Fluropon exterior coatings have become the industry standard for both metal coil coating and aluminum extrusion applications.

To commemorate its golden anniversary, http://www.fluropon50.com will provide information on Fluropon products and specifications, BIM content, blog posts and other news. Valspar also will share notable projects showcasing Fluropon throughout the decades: Aspen Art Museum, 2014; Dubai International Airport in the United Arab Emirates, 2011; Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, 2006, Taipei 101 in Taiwan, 2004; Globe Life Park, home of the Texas Rangers, 1994; Tokyo Dome Stadium, 1985; GM Renaissance Center in Detroit, 1977; and the Watergate Towers in D.C., 1971.GMRenaissance_Detroit_wikip5_web

Valspar’s John Kelly remembers it all. President Dwight Eisenhower was in the White House and Kelly was 17-years-old in Philadelphia when he started working in the coatings industry. Today, more than 50 years after mixing his first batch of paint, he serves as Valspar’s market manager for metal buildings. “It’s been exciting to be involved with a product whose first response was ‘What is this stuff?’ to one that became the basis of fluoropolymer specifications as used by architects all over the world today,” says Kelly.

Tokyo Dome Stadium JapanIn 1965, Pennwalt’s corporate headquarters in Philadelphia was the first project to feature Fluropon commercially. The building was brown, one of only five colors available at the time. Today, there are more than 50,000 active code offerings from neutral to bright colors, micas, metallics and pearlescent coatings.

With its high durability and large color palette, these field-proven, high-performance, 70 percent PVDF resin-based coatings are offered in two- to four-coat systems in nearly any formulation, including low gloss, low sheen and solar reflective ENERGY STAR. Meeting the American Architectural Manufacturers Association’s AAMA 2605 high-performance exterior specification, Fluropon demonstrates reliable performance including resistance to harmful ultraviolet rays, chemical degradation, abrasion and humidity.

Along with its high-performance coatings, The Valspar Corporation supports architects and designers with its industry-leading technical expertise, color-matching and sustainability resources, responsive customer service and high-priority lead times. Learn more at Fluropon50.com.

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Client News: Linetec adds 10 new hues to faux terra cotta texture colors

* Linetec exhibiting at AIA Expo booth #2858 *

Linetec_TerraCotta_webLinetec expands its palette of texture finish colors that mimic the look and feel of natural terra cotta to include 10 new hues. The finish utilizes a 70 percent PVDF resin-based coating to achieve the highest levels of performance in an exterior environment and a texture additive to help replicate the natural feel of terra cotta.

Adding to the four colors introduced last year, Linetec’s 14 faux terra cotta colors are:
* Terra Cotta
* Terra Cotta Light
* Terra Cotta Dark
* Terra Cotta Weathered Steel
* Terra Cotta Sage
* Terra Cotta Sage Brown
* Terra Cotta Storm
* Terra Cotta Stormy Monday
* Terra Cotta Slate
* Terra Cotta Slate Gray
* Terra Cotta Sierra
* Terra Cotta Sierra Tan
* Terra Cotta Dark Bronze
* Terra Cotta Black
* Terra Cotta Armagnac
* Terra Cotta Truepenny
* Terra Cotta Copper Mountain

“While no finish can replicate all of the properties and design elements of terra cotta, we are happy to offer customers a cost-effective paint finish that looks and feels like the real thing when applied to architectural aluminum wall panels,” said Jon Close, Linetec’s vice president of sales and marketing.

“In addition, architects like that our faux terra cotta texture colors can be specified on a large variety of shapes and sizes, and on panels manufactured with recycled aluminum content. Compared with true terra cotta, our customers also save time and labor compared to waiting for European shipments and for the heavy, fragile material to be installed on site,” added Close.

As a 70 percent polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) resin-based coating, Linetec’s terra cotta painted finish meets the requirements of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association’s most stringent, high-performance specification standard, AAMA 2605-13. These architectural finishes are tested to exhibit outstanding resistance to humidity, color change, chalk, gloss loss and chemicals.

As an environmentally responsible finisher, Linetec safely captures and destroys the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) present in liquid paints at the factory before arrival on the building site. These industry-leading practices complement other green building choices and ensure a long-lasting, durable and sustainable finish.

For more information about Linetec’s expanded palette of faux terra cotta texture colors and other finishing services, please call 888-717-1472, email sales@linetec.com or visit http://www.linetec.com.


Located in Wisconsin, Linetec serves customers across the country, finishing such products as aluminum windows, wall systems, doors, hardware and other architectural metal components, as well as automotive, marine and manufactured consumer goods. The company is a subsidiary of Apogee Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ: APOG). Linetec is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

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Association News: AAMA releases updated sound control document

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has updated a document specific to sound control for fenestration products. AAMA TIR-A1 provides detailed technical information for the reduction of sound transmission through building envelopes in terms of the design and construction of both commercial and residential buildings. Some new definitions were added to this document, which was last updated in 2004.
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Newly defined terms include “Apparent Outdoor-Indoor Transmission Class” and “Outdoor-Indoor Transmission Class,” as well as “Sound Transmission Class.” The document was prepared for those who require information on how sound is transmitted and measured, and how its transmission can be controlled. It is intended to serve as a guide for anyone from window designers working with architects to sales teams trying to meet customers’ needs regarding sound control.

One of the significant updates to the document is the clarification and differentiation between the two methods of fenestration product classification: Sound Transmission Class (STC) and Outdoor-Indoor Transmission Class (OITC), as well as the clear definition of their appropriate application.

“The document provides a helpful resource for fenestration designers, architects and consultants who want to enhance their understanding of sound control related to windows and doors,” says Scott Warner (Architectural Testing), chair of the AAMA Methods of Test Committee. “This highly technical topic is presented in laymen’s terms such that building owners and sales staff will be able to understand and describe the important differences between OITC and STC, as well as interior and transportation noise abatement.”

AAMA TIR-A1, along with other AAMA documents, is available from AAMA’s Publication Store, http://pubstore.aamanet.org/pubstore/ProductResults.asp?cat=0&src=TIR-A1.

More information about AAMA and its activities can be found via the AAMA Media Relations page or on the AAMA website, http:/www.aamanet.org.

AAMA is the source of performance standards, product certification and educational programs for the fenestration industry.(SM)

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Association News: Speakers address LCA, give update on regulatory affairs at 78th AAMA Annual Conference

Experts spoke about Life Cycle Assessments and the intricacies that go into them at the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) 78th Annual Conference held Feb. 15-18 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Those at the conference also heard updates during the Regulatory Affairs Committee, including developments with ENERGY STAR® and California building codes.

Life Cycle Assessments Addressed

Vik Ahuja, LEED® AP and sales executive for the building and construction sector at PE International, and Kerry Haglund, executive director of the Efficient Windows Collaborative, gave those at the Annual Conference a refresher on Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs) and Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs). The participants were provided with an update on the Windows Product Category Rules (PCR), which has now been split into two documents for use in business-to-business and business-to-consumer LCA and EPD development.

Additionally, participants were guided through the creation of both LCAs and EPDs and provided with information on obtaining critical data needed to complete this process.

“The players involved in developing an Environmental Product Declaration are the Product Category Rules program operator, an LCA consultant and an EPD program operator,” said Ahuja.

Ahuja also described the current demand for EPDs, driven by, among other factors, the global construction market. Global construction is expected to grow by almost 70 percent by 2020, he said. Other factors include established and emerging Global Green Building Councils, LEED v4, building owners and more.

Maureen Knight Provides Update on Regulatory Affairs Committee

AAMA’s government affairs/product stewardship manager, Maureen Knight, gave attendees an update during the Regulatory Affairs Committee meeting on industry developments, including ENERGY STAR and ongoing revisions to jurisdictional California building codes. She reviewed the ENERGY STAR specification process and discussed opportunities to make this process clearer and more predictable. During a Dec. 2014 meeting, stakeholders including AAMA, encouraged the EPA to collaborate with other federal agencies to address and replace the multitude of underperforming and inefficient single pane windows that remain in use in homes across the country.

In terms of the California codes, she spoke about individual county building codes being amended to address Wildland Urban Interface (WUI). Knight stressed that familiarity with these varying amendments is crucial when selling into these markets.

Knight added that in California, the Air Resources Board (ARB) has placed updates to the formaldehyde emissions measure on hold pending the release of EPA guidance on a national formaldehyde emissions rule. In 2014, Prop 65 identified 12 chemicals, substances and mixtures that may be disclosed in future warnings. Final revisions to Prop 65 are expected in early summer 2015, said Knight.

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Client News: Wausau’s windows help a Manhattan luxury condominium achieve an historically inspired aesthetic, modern performance

Echoing the grand apartment towers that made Manhattan’s affluent Upper East Side famous, William Sofield served as the design architect for the historically inspired 135 East 79th Street. Enhancing the high-profile project’s homage to pre-World War II architecture, Wausau Window and Wall Systems’ INvent Retro™ windows and terrace doors feature a narrow, beveled exterior face that replicates the look of classic steel and wood windows, while offering modern, high performance.

Along with Studio Sofield, Wausau worked closely on this property with developer The Brodsky Organization, architect-of-record SLCE Architects, general contractor Lend Lease, glazing contractor American Industries Corp. (AIC), building envelope and curtainwall consultants R.A. Heintges and numerous other key contributors. AIC, SLCE and Wausau previously teamed up on several other New York high-rise residences and were comfortably collaborating to achieve the intended vision for 135 East 79th Street.

The 19-story, 32-unit residential tower opened in mid-2014 and essentially sold out before winter. “Given the prestige of this property, the windows were an important contributor to its exterior appearance,” said Thomas Brodsky of The Brodsky Organization. “Wausau’s team helped us to achieve the style we sought and the performance specification we required. The new residents wanted the best and we’re pleased that these windows met their expectations.”

“For many living here, the large, historically styled, French casements and terrace doors — and their associated daylight, fresh air and expansive views — were key selling features,” added Keith Lindberg, regional sales manager for Wausau, “We engineered these project-in French window configuration without a center post, so the residents can enjoy larger, less obstructed views. Some of the openings on 135 East 79th Street are more than 7 feet high and 8½ feet wide. The doors are up to 8 feet tall.”

In total, AIC installed 370 of Wausau’s INvent Retro-XLT 2250i Series windows and 48 matching 4250i Series Terrace Doors. All of the windows and doors use VE24-2M low-e, insulated glass fabricated by Viracon. Wausau’s products also are manufactured using recycled aluminum that contains at least 70 percent total recycled content. The exposed aluminum framing was finished in a historically appropriate bronze color by Linetec using two-coat 70 percent PVDF resin-based paint on the exterior and one-coat baked enamel paint on the interior.

Although the bronze color is the same, the different finish types were selected to meet the distinctive durability needs of their environments on the indoors and outdoors. Baked enamel coatings do not need to meet the weather-resistant criteria that exterior PVDF coatings must provide. “This dual finishing would be impractical and very expensive if Linetec wasn’t the finisher,” explains Lindberg. “Because our INvent Retro-XLT products rely on polyamide thermal barriers, also provided by Linetec, our customers have a relatively simple, affordable way to get two different types of finishes, while optimizing thermal performance.”

Exemplifying this high performance, Wausau’s INvent Retro-XLT products can achieve U-Factors as low as 0.39 BTU/hr.sqft.ºF and a Condensation Resistant Factor (CRF) as high as CRF Frame 60/Glass 70. The windows and terrace doors on 135 East 79th Street also meet AAMA AW-100 Architectural Performance Class rating, including AAMA 910-10 lifecycle testing to 4000 operating cycles and stringent requirements for air infiltration, water resistance and structural integrity.

As part of the Advantage by Wausau® standard product offering, INvent Retro’s windows are pre-engineered and factory-glazed to ensure the intended performance. Available on an accelerated delivery schedule, these competitively priced windows are backed with an industry-leading warranty of up to 10 years.

“135 East 79th Street is an excellent example of how the right windows can complement a neighborhood’s existing aesthetic appeal, while delivering superior performance, comfort and views. Inarguably, it one of the most attractive historically inspired, newly constructed buildings in the city,” praised Wausau’s Lindberg.

Accentuating the windows and doors’ classic appearance are articulated lintels and the window grilles at street level are antique – one bears a peacock and one bears an owl. “They’re by the same firm that did the gates at Buckingham Palace,” noted Sofield. “Really everywhere is a sense of craft. And I think from the moment that you pass the building you get a sense of that craft.”

The stone and brick was hand-laid by masons. The door hardware comes from a West Village foundry, and flanking the main entrance, the pear tree sculptures carved from limestone were designed by Sofield. He continued, “There is a romance in the detailing of the building. …I think there’s something about coming back to a building again and again and again and discovering something different.”

“This building is very different from anything I’ve designed in that I’m really quite the Modernist and this is my first foray into the antique,” shared Sofield. “Really, I start every project as a behaviorist. So, I sat on the street and watched what happened in this neighborhood for hours and hours, and day upon day. And the buildings surrounding it are really quite beautiful.”

Sofield concluded, “I felt that I should fade away and let the neighborhood dictate what this building should be. I always kind of say if I do a really good job, nobody will ever know I existed. And I think this building is very much a testament to that because I think in a few years, everybody will think that this building had been there as part of the neighborhood for quite a long time.”

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135 East 79th Street, New York, NY 10075; http://www.135east79.com
* Developer: The Brodsky Organization; New York; http://www.brodskyorg.com
* Design architect: Studio Sofield; New York; http://www.studiosofield.com
* Architect of record: SLCE Architects; New York; http://www.slcearch.com
* General contractor: Lend Lease (US) Construction LMB Inc.; New York; http://www.lendlease.com
* Building envelope and curtainwall consultants: R.A. Heintges & Associates; New York; http://www.heintges.com
* Glazing systems – installer: American Industries Corp.; Westbury, New York
* Glazing systems – manufacturer: Wausau Window and Wall Systems; Wausau, Wisconsin; http://www.wausauwindow.com
* Glazing systems – glass assemblies: Viracon, Inc.; Owatonna, Minnesota; http://www.viracon.com

* Glazing systems – finisher: Linetec; Wausau, Wisconsin; http://www.linetec.com
* Photos: project images by Jake Ryan; product images by Wausau Window and Wall Systems
* Videos: http://www.135east79.com/the-story.html

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