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PRESS RELEASE: ICD High Performance Coatings Releases Paper; Silicone Opacifiers for Spandrel Glass Applications: Risk Mitigation in Thermal Stresses
ICD High Performance Coatings is pleased to announce that Chris Fronsoe – ICD Sales Manager – will be speaking at Glass Performance Days, June 28th through June 30th, 2017. Chris will be presenting our recently released paper on using silicone opacifiers for spandrel glass applications and their inherent risk mitigation benefits, especially when it comes to thermal stresses.
With every new year optimism and hope takes it's place in our minds. But before we can move into 2017, looking back at what was accomplished in 2016 is a great exercise.
I'll leave you with this great video shot a few days ago. 13 mil applied OPACI-COAT-300, a 1.18# steel ball dropped from 11.5 feet high. This is an actual ASTM test standard for breakage of glass. Clear tempered glass breaks around a 4 feet high ball dropped.
Hands down, the best. Historically, clear glass has been the clearest glass product on the market. Today, we know that iron (Fe) in glass formulations presents a green color cast in clear glass. Some manufacturers may have a little more blue or a little more green depending on their formula.
Recently, I got a chance to get out and shoot some of our projects in our own backyard. Portland, Oregon is an interesting place. We have a sense of pride in being strange. As Brian Libby shows in his excellent blog on Portland Architecture, we have a rather robust architecture style that ranges from stoic Federal buildings to new design concepts. Never a dull moment around here! Unless you are, of course, a concrete Federal Building. It's fitting that I not only run a fantastic construction products company, that makes coatings for skyscrapers and interior design, but I'm also an architecture photographer. On a fine fall day in the Pacific NW I set out to document some of our newer projects in town. All of these projects used our OPACI-COAT-300 Water-Based Silicone Spandrel for glass. A cool product, with virtually no VOC's and no heavy metals. This allows architects and designers to make the glass of the skin of a building, any color they wish. We've been doing it for over 25 years and it's as fun as it was on day one.
Tons more to shoot in town but here is a set from this recent day of shooting.
One of the most prominent office towers in Winnipeg,Manitoba, Canada is getting a $4 million facelift that will not only make it more energy efficient, but dramatically alter its appearance.
“This is going to put a new face on Broadway”, Karen Lund, general manager of the Winnipeg regional office of Morguard Investments Ltd., said of the renovations to the 16 story building located at 363 Broadway in downtown Winnipeg. Morguard manages the building, which is owned by a pension fund.
“We kind of think (when it’s done) people are going to look at it and say, ‘When did they build that building?’”, Lund said.
The project is now underway and is expected to take 9-12 months to complete.
It involves replacing the existing curtain wall and then re-glazing with 80,000 sqft of AGC Ti-AC 40 over Gray.
“It’s also an opportunity for us to rebrand the building. If you’re going to do an upgrade, you don’t want to put up the same glass”, Lund said.
Ron Suzuki of Smith Carter Architects and Engineers is the lead architect and project manager—said some really innovative and interesting buildings are beginning to pop up all around Winnipeg.
“Winnipeggers have become more open to new designs”, Suzuki said. Suzuki went on to say, “we chose ICD’s OPACI-COAT-300® due to the color range they can provide, the fact that it contains no VOC’s and because we have a favorable and documented history with ICD”.
He and Lund said their design team considered more than half a dozen color combinations before settling on the blue-green-grey combination.
Suzuki said the 363 Broadway renovation was part of a national trend that has seen a lot of 1960’s and ‘70’s era buildings undergo major exteriors renovations in the past decade.
That’s because commercial buildings have a life cycle and the common thinking is that the interior should be upgraded every 10 years, the mechanical systems every 20 years and the exterior every 40 years.
“We wanted to create interest, but also wanted to it to be timeless”, Suzuki said, noting that the glass and spandrel units will likely be there for close to 40 years.
Glazing Contractor: Border Glass and Aluminum- Winnipeg
Architect: Smith Carter Architects and Engineers- Winnipeg
Glass Fabricator: Trulite Glass and Aluminum Solutions- New Berlin, WI.
Spandrel Coating: ICD High Performance Coatings- Vancouver, WA USA
Glass Supplier: AGC Glass- Kingsport, TN
The Gate DIFC-INDEX Tower - Dubai, UAE
Fabricator: Al Abbar Aluminum
The building is clad in a custom designed unitized cladding system which incorporates large panels of Italian granite and performance glazing. The gate is the first building to be completed in the Dubai International Financial Centre. The Gate is surrounded by four low-rise buildings.
The tower rests on a 28m podium which accommodates the recreational facilities at deck level including two swimming pools and health clubs, individually dedicated for the serviced apartments tenants and the other for office space tenants. The serviced apartments are accommodated on 15 typical floors and comprise of mix of studio, one and two-bedroom apartments.
Right in our backyard, finally, another building using ICD's products wins a green award. Winner of the USGlass Magazine Green Design Awards; this beautiful building is full of green design.
May 2010, Tomek Wierzchowski of ICD High Performance coatings will be presenting an interesting paper on "100% silicone based spandrel and decorative coatings".
Important news that I neglected to report on, this occurred back in December 2009. OPACI-COAT-500® was subjected to testing under the Glass Association of North America 89-1-6(2008) Specification for Environmental Durability of Heat Treated Spandrel Glass with Applied Opacifiers. All colors submitted passed all sections without issue. Contact ICD for a copy of the full report.
Found this link today via Twitter: http://wddalliance.org/industry-resources-lead-paint.html; it's a call by the Window & Door Dealers Alliance to contact your congressman about delaying new April 22nd rules on lead in paint. Why do this is my question?
Same use but vastly different in not only application but composition, meaning many energy saving and environmental benefits. OPACI-COAT Vs. Ceramic Enamel
The second most popular question, which is also the number one issue with spandrel glass in the field next to incompatible components in the cavity, is if a spandrel can be used in a vision area. No, spandrel glass can not be used in a vision area, be it enamel or silicone or anything
#1 What is Spandrel?#2 Can I put Spandrel in a vision area of a building? #3 Silicone spandrel and frit spandrel are the same thing right?