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Guardian Demonstrates New Glass Visualization Tool at AIA

Architects and Designers Can Now

Create Realistic Glass Images on Their Computer Screen

Auburn Hills, Mich., June 17, 2014Guardian Industries will demonstrate its new Glass Visualizer at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Convention in Chicago, June 26-28. Visitors to Booth 1013 will get an exclusive first-look at this new design tool that accurately renders coated glass products under varying lighting conditions.

The Glass Visualizer is the fourth component of Guardian Glass Analytics for North America, joining the Performance Calculator, Building Energy Calculator and BIM Generator. Together, these industry-leading tools provide comprehensive engineering and analytical modeling and custom glass content that demonstrate the advantages of high performance glass in building facades.  

The Glass Visualizer is a one-stop shop for comprehensive evaluation, selection and specification of glass. Architects have the option to visualize standard SunGuard glass make-ups or custom glass make-ups generated using Guardian’s Performance Calculator. Just choose the glass you want to visualize, select the building and perspective that suits you, and watch how various sky conditions affect the appearance of the glass.

The Glass Visualizer dynamically generates photorealistic images of glass by combining spectral data exported from the Performance Calculator, with typical indoor and outdoor illuminants and sky conditions to depict reflected-in, reflected-out and transmitted glass appearance.

Architects often begin by using glass samples. The Visualizer can help narrow down the glass alternatives very quickly, making glass options easier to select,” says Chris Dolan, Guardian’s Director of Marketing for North America Flat Glass. “If you can imagine it, chances are you can model it in our Performance Calculator. And if you can model it, you can now use the Glass Visualizer to see it.”

The Visualizer will also allow selection of a large number of standard glass makeups for the initial visual evaluation, explains Dolan. “Custom glass make-ups can be created if desired in the Performance Calculator, with options to look at the glass from outside in, inside out and in differing lighting conditions. This will help designers make the best choice of glass to bring a building’s design together with its performance.”

The Glass Visualizer is accessible from Guardian’s Glass Analytics home screen at

To learn more about the Glass Visualizer and Glass Analytics, visit AIA Booth 1013.

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. 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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