Southwall recognized for Heat Mirror(R)

Southwall Technologies Inc. announced 31 October 2005 that its Heat Mirror(R) sustainable energy window product was recognized for its continued superior performance in separate projects sponsored by …

Southwall Technologies Inc. announced 31 October 2005 that its Heat Mirror(R) sustainable energy window product was recognized for its continued superior performance in separate projects sponsored by US and Canadian energy efficiency agencies. In the US, Heat Mirror was the winning window solution for the second consecutive time in the 2005 Solar Decathlon, a solar-powered home competition primarily sponsored by the US Department of Energy“s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Durham College in Toronto also utilized Heat Mirror to achieve performance 43% above the Canadian Model Energy Code, earning it an award from Natural Resources Canada“s Office of Energy Efficiency. Heat Mirror was the window of choice by the Solar Decathlon event winner for the second consecutive time. The University of Colorado beat 17 college teams from the US, Canada, Puerto Rico and Spain to win the 2005 competition. Each team built solar-powered homes of their original design on the National Mall in Washington, DC, which were judged on performance in ten areas, including energy sustainability. Additional cutting-edge technologies such as rooftop and awning photovoltaic systems complemented the winning design. In addition to the DOE, competition sponsors included the American Institute of Architects and the National Association of Home Builders. Heat Mirror was also incorporated in the winning design at the previous Solar Decathlon in 2002, the inaugural event of the competition. After extensive analysis of window glazing options, Durham College incorporated Heat Mirror sustainable energy glass as part of its efficient envelope building design. The Canadian government monitored the initial project for one year after completion to determine its performance level, and due to its superior results, Heat Mirror is now the standard glass specification at Durham. Five additional buildings have been built using Heat Mirror since the original project. Provincial Premiere Dalton McGinty presented the award. “We are extremely proud to be affiliated with both of these innovative projects,” said Thomas G. Hood, CEO and President of Southwall Technologies Inc. “The technologies used in these projects represent very practical solutions to energy design issues that face most builders today. In a time of unprecedented and rapidly escalating energy demand worldwide,” Hood noted, “such projects continue to demonstrate how responsible energy practices are increasingly cost-effective and desirable.” Southwall Technologies is a member of the US Green Building Council and is dedicated to the advancement of Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED(R)). Heat Mirror licensee Alpen, Inc., of Boulder, Colorado, made the windows for the Solar Decathlon project. Licensee Sunlite Insulating Glass of Mississauga, Ontario, supplies the Heat Mirror glass for Durham College. Southwall Technologies Inc. designs and produces thin film coatings that selectively absorb, reflect or transmit light for architectural glass, automotive, and electronic display products.