YKK AP launches enerGfacade family of products in U.S.

September 16, 2009
COMMERCIAL, FABRICATION

YKK AP America, Austell, Ga., announced enerGfacade, its new family of energy-efficient products, as part of the YKK Group’s 50 year anniversary in the architectural products business, according to a Sept. 25 release. enerGfacade includes products such as Luminance, ThermaShade and YOW350T. These flagship products are now available on the market, and new products will be added soon. 

“Sustainability is–and always has been–a core philosophy for us," wrote Tadahiro Yoshida, YKK president, in the Environmental Charter in 1994. Since then YKK AP has continued that commitment through environmentally responsible facilities, and has bettered its performance, producing the most energy-efficient, high quality and value-rich architectural products. "As we celebrate 50 years in the architectural products business, we continue to honor that pledge with the launch of enerGfacade,” said Oliver Stepe, senior vice president, in the release.

Recognized as a Top 100 Product in June 2009 by Buildings Magazine, the Luminance light shelf system substantially improves interior daylight with highly reflective melamine surfaces that diffuse light deeper into the interior, according to the release. A unique assembly process includes a 90 degree tilt-down panel feature allowing for the easy maintenance of the light reflecting surface and the glazing above it. When combined with YKK AP’s C2C certified award-winning ThermaShade sunshades, Luminance gives architects a complete sun control solution, providing opportunities to earn Leadership in Energy and Environmental certification credits.

The YOW350T is a heavy duty, architectural grade window system that includes a triple glazing feature with integral blinds that provides strong solar heat gain control for structures, such as office buildings, hospitals, schools and condominiums, according to the release. When used in combination with standard glazing, the YOW350T provides a U-value of .32 in a fixed window option. YKK AP’s MegaTherm technology is used to provide a thermal break in the YOW350T, which minimizes the flow of thermal energy between conductive materials. This process enables the YOW350T to conserve energy, reduce operating costs and allow the system to have separate interior and exterior finishes to meet design needs.

“This new family of products effectively communicates our offering of high energy-efficiency products to customers, Stepe said in the release. "We have already received a strong response to Luminance, ThermaShade and YOW350T–and are proud of the impact we have made within the industry and to the environment. We look forward to continued success.”

All YKK AP products are created in facilities that are environmentally-friendly and ISO 14001 certified. All manufacturing in YKK AP’s Dublin manufacturing plant is vertically integrated, decreasing the amount of waste on-site by ensuring all aluminum materials used within the plant are recycled. This model also enables YKK AP to maintain complete control of quality, delivery and cost, according to the release.