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Enabling technologies for sustainable architecture


At Glass Performance Days Finland 2013, Dow Corning will present silicon-based technologies that can give building designers greater design freedom and help enable the next generation of sustainable architecture.


Three Dow Corning experts will share their insights. During the opening ceremonies, Dan Futter, vice president of Dow Corning??s High Performance Building Solutions and Solar Solutions businesses, will discuss glass business challenges and strategies for profitable and sustainable growth. Dow Corning Construction Industry Scientist Larry Carbary will conduct a pre-conference workshop on structural silicone glazing and next-generation bonding technologies. Mikkel Kragh, Ph.D, Dow Corning??s global façade and architectural design leader, will conduct a conference session exploring the new opportunities in design freedom and energy performance enabled by thin, high-performance vacuum insulation panels.


The largest international conference on architectural and solar glass, Glass Performance Days Finland 2013 takes place June 13 through 15 in Tampere, Finland, with pre-conference workshops scheduled for June 11 and 12. Dow Corning, a Platinum Sponsor of the event, also is exhibiting at the Glass Expo, held in conjunction with the conference.


The importance of product and market life cycle
Futter??s opening speech on the morning of June 13 will focus on the concept of product and market life cycle and the need to adapt portfolio management in the high-performance building industry.


?The global glass industry is not very different from other globalized and competitive industries around the world,?? Futter said. ?And because of this trend, it has become vital for companies ?? whatever their size ?? to understand what they need to do, not just to survive, but to grow profitably and sustainably. Considering business cycles, segmentation, and development of sharp and focused business models is paramount.??


Next-generation bonding technologies
From 1 to 5 p.m. June 12, Carbary will conduct a workshop on ?Structural Silicone Glazing and Next-Generation Bonding Technologies: Optimizing Design and Performance in Façade Systems.??


Recent extreme wind events have influenced requirements for curtain walls in today??s building codes.


?The very high cladding wind pressures encountered in hurricane zones often result in bulky structural silicone glazing (SSG) profile dimensions. This runs counter to architectural desires for aesthetically slender curtain wall framing sight-lines, prompting SSG designers to find a way to optimize the silicone joint,?? Carbary said.


Carbary??s workshop will offer an advanced engineering evaluation that provides significant improvement to SSG design in high-performance curtain wall systems.


Energy performance and design freedom
At 4 p.m. June 14, Kragh, who is chairman of the conference??s Energy Performance in buildings section, will present ?Next-Generation Curtain Walling with Vacuum Insulation Panels ?? Energy Performance and Design Freedom.?? In his talk, Kragh will discuss how innovations in silica-based, high performance insulation can enable the creation of energy-efficient, space-saving, people-friendly designs.


Dow Corning??s silicone technology showcase
At the Glass Expo, Dow Corning will showcase proven, reliable and high-performing silicone technologies that enable design freedom and sustainable façades, including Dow Corning® TSSA (Transparent Silicone Structural Adhesive) and Dow Corning® Architectural Insulation Modules.


Dow Corning TSSA is four times stronger than standard structural glazing sealants and has a 10 times higher structural design load. These features, combined with the product??s crystal-clear bonding capability make it ideal for fixed-point glazing and glass bridges.


Dow Corning Architectural Insulation Modules are high-performance, thin-profile materials that can significantly increase thermal resistance in space-limited situations and enable slim wall constructions with high R-value performance. Available in a variety of architectural finishes, these modules give architects new design possibilities and the flexibility to better balance needs for thermal performance and visual aesthetics.


For more information visit www.dowcorning.com/construction




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