Guardian Glass to debut bird-friendly solutions at AIA

Guardian will also feature North American jumbo coated glass capability and a charity initiative.

Architects and designers seeking bird-friendly glazing that delivers high performance and desirable aesthetics will find new solutions at the Guardian Glass booth at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Convention in New York City taking place June 21 to 23.

Guardian SunGuard SNX-L 62/34 HT coated glass combines triple-silver low-E technology with frit patterns to mitigate bird collisions. Guardian Bird1st UV coatings will soon be available, and can be combined with Guardian SunGuard coated glass. The Bird1st glass coatings work with laminated glass to break up the reflectivity allowing the glass to be more visible to birds, but which are very subtle to the human eye.

According to a recent study, almost 1 billion birds may be killed in building collisions each year. As government entities, building owners and communities join conservationists to address this issue, architects and designers are doing their part by designing new construction and retrofits that discourage birds from mistaking large expanses of glass for sky.

“We’ve listened to our customers and created a bird-friendly solution that incorporates a frit pattern with SunGuard SNX-L 62/34 coated glass to deliver the solar control architects expect from SunGuard coated glass,” explained Sarah Wansack, marketing manager for Guardian Glass.

Complimenting Guardian’s bird-friendly products in Booth #1003 will be the full roster of high performance SunGuard coated glass products and services, InGlass interior coated glass products and the new Guardian Vacuum IG.

Guardian Glass Architectural Design Manager Bruce Milley will present the continuing education course Designing with Large-Scale Glass: Trends & Considerations Thursday, June 21 from 2:15 to 3:15 p.m. in CE Theater D, Booth 4178. Milley and team members in the booth will address questions about the first Guardian Glass jumbo coater in North America, scheduled to launch in the fall.

Architects can support Habitat for Humanity just by dropping by booth #1003. A huge ring in the Guardian Glass booth floor will name more than 1,000 Guardian Glass architectural partners, additional firms and schools. Architects and students who identify their organization guarantee a $20 donation from Guardian to Habitat for Humanity.

“We have more than 1,000 ‘bricks’ in the booth, and we have a goal of donating $25,000 to Habitat,” said Rick Zoulek, vice president – Americas, Guardian Glass. “Part of Guardian Glass’ vision is to create value for society, and one of the ways we do that is by giving back to our communities. This is a way we can also make it fun for our customers and AIA attendees to participate.”

Guardian Glass will bring back its popular Happy Hour Thursday, June 21, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Guardian Glass booth.
AIA attendees can visit the Guardian Glass booth for more information or visit guardianglass.com.