Guardian gearing up to bring vacuum glazing to market
At the recent American Institute for Architects exhibition in San Francisco, Guardian Industries Corp. reported it is gearing up to introduce its vacuum insulating glass, or VIG, in late 2010. It is working with a consortium of companies, including material and equipment suppliers and window manufacturers, including Jeld-Wen, to launch what Scott Thomsen, chief technology office, calls "leapfrog technology."
Prototype windows using VIG are now in the field in Europe, where Guardian expects to roll out the product initially, he reports, and the company anticipates it will have prototypes out in the field in North America sometime in the third quarter of this year. The glassmaker plans to have "beta" products out on the market by the end of 2010, with and is looking to commercialize production in 2011, according to a May 8 Window & Door report.