From AIA in Boston
Sustainable design tools
Viracon, Owatonna, Minn., developed a "Green Building Design" area on its Web site offering new tools, including a climate zone map and chart to help architects, designers and specifiers select the right glass for their green building goals. The new Viracon Green Building Design site features a new climate zone map and climate zone chart. Using the map, visitors can select their climate zone and use the chart to learn which coating and substrate combinations can assist in meeting green building goals for their region. The site section also includes detailed information about LEED requirements and how glass selection can help in four of the six major LEED categories.
www.viracon.com | call 800/533-2080
BIM product library
Kawneer Co., Norcross, Ga., launched its library of Building Information Modeling product models to deliver product specific content to the design community. Officials expect that its growing library of BIM models will enable architects to be more efficient in the design process. Kawneer partnered with a developer of manufacturer-specific BIM content, BIMWorld, to develop the library. Kawneer's BIM models are offered in Autodesk Revit, as well as a variety of applications, in-cluding Graphisoft ArchiCAD, Bentley Architecture and Google SketchUp. Kawneer's library includes a range of products and systems across six major categories: swing entrances, sliding entrances, framing, curtain wall, sun control and windows.
www.kawneer.com | 877/767-9107
. Kawneer Co., Norcross, Ga., updated their LEED Planning Tool. Designed for use with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Rating System, the tool provides current and accurate information, more precise product recommendations, and aligns more closely with LEED for New Construction Version 2.2, according to a company release. The tool ties specific strategies to specific products and features sections for "Potential points" and "Earned points" based on the recommended products and principles for each LEED category, according to the release. Download the tool at www.kawneer.com or request it through the "Contact us" link on the Web site. Kawneer customers and architects can obtain a copy by contacting their local sales representative.
770/449-5555 | www.kawneer.com
. San Francisco's Safti First released "A Fire and Impact Safety Case Study," a DVD documentary. Created to help construction professionals, facilities managers and school administrators make informed decisions regarding safety and fire protection, the program describes dangers of using traditional wired glass in doors, side lites and other high traffic areas and explains the need for radiant heat protection. The DVD includes new code developments related to fire-rated glazing use and information on fire-rated products. To request a copy of the DVD, write Christine Lowe at email@example.com or call 888/653-3333, extension 247.
888/653-3333 | www.safti.com
Glass fabricator United Glass Corp. of Oakdale, Pa., launched its Web site, www.ugcinfo.com. Designed to be user-friendly, it contains information about the company's range of products and services, as well as technical and code information, according to a company release.
800/229-2882 | www.ugcinfo.com
A 10-minute DVD from Special-Lite Inc. of Decatur, Mich., introduces viewers to the company's approach to producing entrance systems. It details the company's design and manufacturing process, construction materials and craftsmanship used to create custom heavy-duty entrances for commercial, institutional and industrial entrances. Order the Special-Lite corporate video by phone or online at:
800/821-6531 | www.special-lite.com
Officials from Solar Innovations Inc. of Myerstown, Pa., announced three skylight delivery and assembly options: knock down, pre-assembled and preglazed, and pre-assembled and not preglazed. Knock down skylights ship with each part premanufactured, wrapped and labeled, and each piece is prepared with applied clips, gaskets and tape. Pre-assembled, preglazed skylights can be shipped in up to 8-foot-by-15-foot lanterns depending on the configuration, accessories, shipping and installation logistics. The skylight is shipped as completely constructed as possible, requiring a crane to hoist or lift the skylight into place. When in place, fasteners through the curb complete installation. Pre-assembled, not preglazed skylights feature welded curbs and a pre-assembled frame that can be lifted or hoisted into place requiring installation of glass, exterior caps and fasteners, and finishing the exterior seal.
800/618-0669 | www.solarinnovations.com
Kaeser Compressors Inc. of Fredericksburg, Va., subsidiary of Germany's Kaeser Kompressoren, released the "Energy Management Services: Air Demand Analysis" brochure and an interactive air system maintenance CD. The four-color, eight-page brochure details air demand analysis and the company's compressed air auditing program, and includes a short checklist to determine if operations need air demand analysis. The CD training tool, for end-users and service technicians, details common maintenance functions for rotary screw compressors, refrigerated and desiccant dryers, filters and drains. Using instructional video, voice over and graphics, it illustrates the steps necessary for routine maintenance and keeping air systems in top operating condition. The CD also contains Web site links for accessory products and a copy of the company's "Compressed Air System Installation Guide." To receive the brochure and CD in English or Spanish, call 800/777-7873 or go to www.kaeser.com.
800/777-7873 | www.kaeser.com
Online virtual catalog
Equalizer Industries, Round Rock, Texas, unveiled its online virtual catalog. Users will experience a "page-flipping, zooming, online-catalog experience," company officials say. Visit www.equalizer.com, click on the "catalog" area and select "virtual catalog."
800/334-1334 | www.equalizer.com