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Guardian launches ClimaGuard IS with lower U-values for consumers and a stock sheet shortcut for window makers

Auburn Hills, Mich., April 11, 2011 – Guardian Industries is launching its new family of fourth surface coated low-E glass with the release of ClimaGuard IS-15 and IS-20, two coated glass products for residential applications that help meet new codes and ENERGY STAR® standards while giving window makers easy fabrication options.

ClimaGuard IS-20 offers residential window makers the possibility to meet current code requirements for U-values without the use of Argon gas or a third pane of glass while providing a smooth and clear (no hazy appearance) and easy-to-care-for (common household cleaners are fine) package that homeowners demand.

ClimaGuard IS-15, a fourth surface glass with even higher thermal performance, will help many windows hit R5 ratings without the need for a third pane of glass.

As ENERGY STAR® requirements continue to evolve, the ClimaGuard IS family arms window makers with already-to-code product in advance of 2013 updates. Most importantly, Guardian engineered ClimaGuard IS glass to be available in annealed stock sheets, which reduces the cost to manufacturers by about a third.

“In addition to making it easier for window makers on the manufacturing side, ClimaGuard IS offers an improvement in light transmission over existing products,” said Andy Russo, director, Guardian Residential Marketing Segment. “This glass coating is very tough and has been derived from our first surface anti-condensation coating. We are very pleased to expand this work to our customers in this new application.

“ClimaGuard IS’ success in the lab reinforces Guardian’s research and development advancements, which will lead to product portfolio additions we’re looking forward to announcing in the near future.”

Other key characteristics of ClimaGuard IS:

Durable and scratch-resistant.

Cleanable with standard household window products.

Usable in monolithic applications (such as storm windows).

Available in full truckloads, less-than-truckloads or case quantities.

For more information, see the ClimaGuard IS data sheet or go to www.guardian.com.

About Guardian Industries Corp.:

Guardian is a diversified global manufacturing company headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan, with leading positions in float glass, fabricated glass products, fiberglass insulation and other building materials for commercial, residential and automotive applications. Through its Science & Technology Center, Guardian is at the forefront of innovation including development of high performance glass coatings and other advanced products. Guardian, its subsidiaries and affiliates employ more than 18,000 people and operate facilities throughout North America, Europe, South America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Visit www.Guardian.com.

ClimaGuard is a registered trademark of Guardian Industries Corp.

Guardian Links:  

www.Guardian.com
www.guardian.com/ClimaGuard
ClimaGuard IS data sheet

Related Links:

www.energystar.gov Energy Star® Windows is a partnership/program between the U.S. Department of Energy and manufacturers of windows, doors and skylights designed to help consumers identify energy efficient products.

www.efficientwindows.org The Efficient Windows Collaborative is a coalition of window, door, skylight, component manufacturers, research organizations, federal, state and local agencies, and others interested in expanding the market for high-efficiency fenestration products. 

www.nfrc.org The National Fenestration Rating Council administers a voluntary window rating/labeling program to produce window ratings that can be directly compared due to identical evaluation procedures.

Contact:
Amy Hennes
ahennes@guardian.com
248.340.2109

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