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Guardian Demonstrates the Latest in Advanced Architectural Glass and Glazing at AIA National Convention

Auburn Hills, Mich. – May 15, 2012 - Architects considering glass as a means to bring energy efficiencies to their commercial projects will have four new Guardian SunGuard products to consider at the at the AIA National Convention and Design Exposition, May 17-19 in Washington, D.C.

Guardian will offer first looks at two new advanced technology glazings at its AIA Booth 1943:

· SunGuard PVGU, powered by Pythagoras, combines Pythagoras Solar Photovoltaic Glass Units (PVGU) technology with SunGuard advanced architectural glass to create a building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) product. This replaces standard vision and spandrel glass or skylights with a glass product that converts direct sunlight into energy.

· SunGuard ECGuardian will incorporate Soladigm Dynamic Glass technology into its SunGuard® advanced architectural glass portfolio of solutions with the introduction of a SunGuard EC product line. Soladigm Dynamic Glass utilizes electrochromic technology to switch from clear to tinted on demand, and enables control of heat and glare in buildings while providing greater comfort, uninterrupted views and natural daylight.

Cutaway versions of both SunGuard PVGU and SunGuard EC will give attendees a hands-on look at these new products. The cutaways, manufactured exclusively for Guardian’s AIA audience by BISEM, a Guardian Glazier Connection member and experienced designer and installer of advanced glazing products, will clearly illustrate how the electrical components integrate with the insulating glass unit.

Available alongside SunGuard PVGU and SunGuard EC will be SunGuard SNR 43 and SunGuard IS (Interior Surface) 20. These two coatings can improve visible light transmission, lower u-values and solar heat gain and improve energy savings to substantially higher performance levels.

“We’re excited to show architects the newest Guardian SunGuard advanced glazing products,” said Chris Dolan, Guardian director of commercial glass marketing. “Each product contributes unique energy efficiencies and provides a new standard for glass performance that has not been available until now. Advances in BIPV and dynamic glass, in conjunction with our partners, Pythagoras Solar and Soladigm, make it an exciting time to specify glass for new construction and retrofits.”

As the nation moves to reduce its carbon footprint, innovative architects and building owners will look to advanced glazing systems that incorporate BIPV and electrochromic technologies,” said Nick Bagatelos, president of BISEM. “Together BISEM and Guardian can make a big difference in the overall sustainable solution for building design.”

Also at the convention, Guardian will help architects understand the processes and design considerations behind specifying glass at the AIA CES Theatre, Booth 4436, Friday, May 18 at 12:30 p.m. Guardian will present “The Evolution of Glass and High-Performance Coatings.” The session will cover the available types of low-E and solar control technologies; examine a process for selecting the right type of glass for each project, identify the basic materials that combine to create complex architectural glass, recognize the appropriate energy terms related to glass and glazing and discuss important design considerations and ideas related to the use of glass in architecture. All participants will earn one Learning Unit.

Architects and designers who specify glass for interior applications will find inspiration and innovation in the products on display in Booth 1943. The Guardian InGlass product portfolio gives designers and architects the opportunity to experience and interact with a variety of glass colors, textures and performance attributes all in one place. Strength, resiliency and a solution to privacy and acoustical needs are just a few of the ways glass provides value as an alternative to traditional materials. Additionally, Guardian will also walk visitors through, its industry-leading, service-focused website.

For more information on Guardian SunGuard advanced architectural glass, SunGuard advanced glazings and the company’s AIA-sponsored education sessions, please visit Guardian Industries AIA Booth 1943 or


About Guardian Industries Corp.:

Guardian is a diversified global manufacturing compay 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. Its automotive trim group, SRG Global Inc., is one of the world’s largest suppliers of advanced, high value coatings on plastics. 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


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