Southwall: Heat Mirror insulating glass for Owens Corning fiberglass windows

Southwall Technologies Inc. announced on 14 October 2009 that it will supply the high performance insulating glass for InnovisionTM Windows, Owens Corning“s new line of residential and commercial-gra…

Southwall Technologies Inc. announced on 14 October 2009 that it will supply the high performance insulating glass for InnovisionTM Windows, Owens Corning“s new line of residential and commercial-grade fiberglass windows introduced the first week of October. Southwall Insulating Glass, a joint venture company formed by Southwall in 2008, will manufacture the glass for the windows. Because fiberglass technology enables the strongest and most energy-efficient frames available, it made perfect sense for Owens Corning to choose Southwall“s Heat Mirror suspended film technology, which enables the most energy-efficient glass available, said Bruce Lang, president of Southwall Insulating Glass. Because glass remains a weak link in saving energy in buildings and homes, the US Department of Energy (DOE) is phasing in more demanding Energy StarTM window performance standards starting in 2010, creating increased interest in available and proven solutions such as Heat Mirror insulating glass. National window brands are demanding more energy-efficient glass to meet increasing energy standards, and Heat Mirror technology promises to be a key enabler for a new generation of lightweight and super-insulating windows, added Dennis Capovilla, president and CEO of Southwall Technologies. “We are extremely pleased that a strong brand such as Owens Corning is partnering with us to bring the benefits of Heat Mirror technology to a broader audience. Heat Mirror glass, which is a superior multi-cavity solution that suspends one or more low-emissivity and solar-reflective Heat Mirror films inside an insulating glass unit, creates from two to four insulating cavities without adding weight, enabling window fabricators to offer higher performance glass options for both their existing window systems as well as for next-generation window systems in development. Heat Mirror suspended film technology has insulating performance ranging from R-6 to R-20 while minimizing solar heat gain and blocking UV radiation.