Clearview National August 2018 - Issue 201 - Page 71

GLASS&SEALEDUNITS LACQUERED GLASS LAUNCHED FOR STYLISH INTERIORS » » THE NEW SAINT-GOBAIN collection of highly durable lacquered glass for stylish interior walls and furniture now comprises 26 colour choices built around five contemporary trends. SGG PLANILAQUE COLOR-IT can be used in residential and commercial applications such as entrance halls, kitchens and bathrooms, as well as furniture including cupboard and wardrobe doors. Glossy under light, SGG PLANILAQUE COLOR-IT is available in a wide range of colours, which co-ordinate well with natural materials such as wood, metal, or stone. The five trends include Cocoon, featuring warm neutral shades such as coffee and satin white whilst cool greys, black and silver neutrals compliment the Urban collection. The Pop trend offers a high impact, bold palette of reds and greens; while a touch of elegance is achieved with the Lounge collection of sophisticated intense blues and velvety reds. The Dolce Vita trend introduces the new pastel range, which is unique in the market, and draws inspiration from subtle and delicate Scandinavian colours including sea green, petal pink and sky blue. SGG PLANILAQUE COLOR-IT has an opaque, coloured appearance, which is obtained by applying a layer of heat and humidity resistant lacquer on the reverse side of the glass, where it is protected from damage. It is also very easy to clean and maintain. The new SGG PLANILAQUE COLOR- IT collection offers architects and interior designers boundless design possibilities for walls and furniture. For further design opportunities, Saint-Gobain also introduces SGG MASTERSOFT COLOR- IT, a unique combination of the texture of textiles with the finish of lacquered glass. For more information about Saint-Gobain Building Glass visit www.saint-gobain- glass.com and the twitter account @SG_ GlassExperts Saint-Gobain, the world leader in the habitat and construction market, designs, manufactures and distributes high-performance building materials providing innovative solutions to the challenges of growth, energy efficiency and environmental protection. With 2015 sales of €40 billion, Saint-Gobain operates in 64 countries and has nearly 190,000 employees. Air on display at glasstec 2018 » » VISITORS TO SWISSPACER at glasstec 23-26 October will see the new and enhanced SWISSPACER Air in action. This small, innovative component is designed to regulate air pressure and prevent sealed unit failures caused by counteracting climatic loads or changes in altitude. SWISSPACER Air fits unobtrusively into the SWISSPACER spacer bar and sealant, relieving changes in air pressure inside the unit that cause unit failure, including glass breakages on occasion. Dr. Martin Henseler, Head of Development and Product Management at SWISSPACER says: “We initially launched SWISSPACER Air in 2016, but we found some minor manufacturing issues that needed further development. Our Research & Development team made the relevant changes to the design and after extensive testing, we are delighted to launch the product at this year’s glasstec.” SWISSPACER Air provides a solution for a fundamental problem in the industry. The air in the space between the panes adapts continuously to the surrounding air pressure but is constrained because the system in the unit is closed. If the unit is installed at a different height above sea level from the level it was made, no pressure compensation takes place. That can lead to significant deformation with glass panes bowing out if the inside pressure is greater or sucked in if the internal pressure is less than the external atmosphere. Either way, the seal can be broken and the unit fail. Until now, sealed unit manufacturers and window fabricators have had to consider carefully the difference in air pressure between the production site and place of installation, and the effect also occurs during transportation when there are large height differences, such as through tunnels, over mountain passes, or by air freight. The risk of such damage can be minimised if continuous pressure equalisation takes place between the external atmosphere and the air in the sealed unit. SWISSPACER Air is a metal sleeve with a special integrated membrane that regulates the air pressure between the panes of glass as it changes with altitude. The component can also be retrofitted to existing windows with SWISSPACER warm edge spacer bars to ensure long-term performance of the unit. SWISSPACER Air has been thoroughly tested by IFT Rosenheim and is currently in the process of being approved by the German Institute for Construction Engineering (DIBT). www.swisspacer.com C L E A RV I E W-U K . C O M » AU G 2018 » 71