G3: Industry insiders talk glass
Linda Oristano, COO, Champion Metal & Glass Inc., www.championmetalglass.com
“Since we are not a manufacturer, our product development stems directly from the contractors, owners and architects. Our president, Ali Ghahremani, insists upon studying and staying ahead of trends over time as to what kind of processes, projects and strategies we have in place. We know what works for us as a company and continue to build upon that. Once we have mastered what we set out to do, we take it apart and re-master it. It is only then that our team will move onto something new.
Linda J. Vos-Graham, president, Vos Glass Inc., www.vosglass.com
"Architectural designs seem to be driven by improving energy efficiencies with more daylighting, higher performing glass, sun shades and such. However, the cost scales back some of these efforts, and [owners are] trying to keep projects in budget, as the economy is still weakened. Some construction decisions seem to be delayed pending the presidential election results.
"Improved energy performance is not a new trend in the glazing industry, but one that’s certain to have a significant impact on product development in the coming year. This is particularly true given the release of the 2012 International Green Construction Code. Expect to see glass and curtain-wall systems with improved U-value and solar heat gain coefficients; new glass surfacing options, including films, tints and frits; and a renewed emphasis on developing more energy-efficient fenestration systems.