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Guardian SunGuard offers AIA attendees two courses

Auburn Hills, Mich., May 2, 2011 – “One-stop shops” aren’t usually found at trade show booths but there is an oasis at the AIA annual convention where one can do it all – get CEU credits, learn more about LEED and see the latest in architectural glass.

Architects seeking continuing education credits at the AIA National Convention and Design Exposition in New Orleans in May can take advantage of two Guardian Industries courses, “The Evolution of Glass and High Performance Coatings” and “LEED and High Performance Glass”.

“The Evolution of Glass and High Performance Coatings” provides an overview of the basics of glass and its manufacturing process. The course uses an interactive format to discuss various types of low-E technologies available in the market and defines relevant energy terms. The one-hour presentation also uses case studies and multiple projects to discuss current trends in glass usage, application and important design considerations.

To help architects understand the sustainability benefits of building with glass as well as the latest in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for New Construction, Version 3 rating system, Guardian will also present “LEED and High Performance Glass.” Topics include:

· Examining how high performance glass can contribute to LEED points

· Reviewing coating performance comparison benefits of high performance Low-E glass

· Exploring important design considerations and ideas related to LEED v3 via a case study.

Guardian offers these courses at Booth 2235 during the AIA National Convention and Design Exposition, May 12-14 in New Orleans. The company is a registered AIA/CES program provider, so course participants who earn a passing grade will receive credit toward their annual AIA/CES requirements.

Architects can take a break from continuing ed while at the Guardian SunGuard booth to take a look a Guardian’s newest SunGuard product, SNX 62/27, which offers an improved solar heat gain coefficient that raises the glazing light-to-solar gain ratio, broadening the range of design options and performance possibilities. Part of the SunGuard SuperNeutral family of products, SNX can help more projects qualify for LEED points.

Visitors can also experience the company’s popular Build With Light Studio, which invites architects to evaluate SunGuard advanced architectural glass under different light conditions. The studio simulates natural daylight and shows how the appearance of glass changes when viewed in transmitted and reflected light, and is an integral element of Guardian’s “glass educational experience.”

Architects attending AIA can register for both courses and a tour of the Build With Light Studio at

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 18,000 people and operate facilities throughout North America, Europe, South America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Visit

SunGuard and Build With Light are registered trademarks of Guardian Industries Corp.

Amy Hennes
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