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07.26.10 Client News

Recycled aluminum now standard on all of Wausau’s window and curtainwall framing

Supporting the U.S. Green Building Council LEED(R) Rating System(TM) criteria for recycled content, Wausau Window and Wall Systems now fabricates all of its products using aluminum extrusions exclusively from secondary billet that contain at least 70% total recycled content. These products continue to be backed by the company’s long-standing warranty of up to 10 years.

“From framing that uses thermal barriers and recycled aluminum content, to glass that allows for low thermal transmittance and glare-free daylighting, to smooth-operating hardware that promotes natural ventilation, to the eco-friendly finishes that contribute to a low-maintenance, long lifecycle — our products are manufactured to meet the green design and construction goals of today’s commercial building needs,” says Wausau’s president, Rick Marshall.

He continues, “While recycled content requirements are described clearly in the most recent edition of LEED for New Construction and Major Renovation (LEED-NC), the calculations can be complex. Under LEED, the recycled content value of a manufactured assembly is determined by weight. This becomes important when determining the recycled content of window and curtainwall systems, versus individual components such as framing or glass.”

In LEED-NC, Version 3, Materials and Resources (MR) Credits 4.1 and 4.2 require separate reporting for pre-consumer and post-consumer recycled content. These are used to calculate “combined” recycled content, equal to post-consumer plus one-half of pre-consumer recycled content. Depending upon the customer specification and extrusion source, Wausau’s recycled aluminum extrusions have a LEED combined content of 42-69%, with total recycled content of 70-83%.

Wausau provides easy-to-use templates, available on every project, detailing recycled content of components and assemblies by weight. To download comprehensive details, specifications and product performance information for Wausau’s products, please visit http://www.WausauWindow.com.

Wausau also welcomes visitors to its LEED-Silver manufacturing center. Further demonstrating its commitment to energy-efficiency and environmental leadership, Wausau’s facility is constructed with the same high-performance systems that it provides to customers.

Wausau will be exhibiting its products at the USGBC’s Greenbuild 2010 in booth #L208.

A PDF of this announcement can be downloaded here.
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07.14.10 Association News

AAMA Southeast Region Fall Meeting to Feature Wind Engineering Facility Tour

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) Southeast Region Fall Meeting will be held August 5-6 in Orlando, and will begin with a tour of the University of Florida Wind Engineering Lab in Gainesville, Fla. Dr. Forrest Masters (University of South Florida) will provide demonstrations of the hurricane simulator, cyclic test chamber (AAMA 520), installation testing and shingle/tile impacts. Masters also will provide a presentation on the requirements for design pressure, as well as other new proposals that will be of interest to industry professionals.

Information on registration, accommodations, transportation and meeting materials is available at the Southeast Region Meeting web page. If there are any questions or trouble with the online registration process, please contact Kaydeen Laird, AAMA Senior Meetings Coordinator, at klaird@aamanet.org.

07.13.10 Client News

Two new AIA/CES programs address integrated façade design

“Daylighting and Integrated Façade Design” and “Understanding U-Factors” are two new, educational presentations available through the American Institute of Architects’ Continuing Education System (AIA/CES). Each of the courses are offered as one-hour, in-person presentations to architects through several providers: Harmon, Inc.; Tubelite Inc.; Viracon, Inc.; and Wausau Window and Wall Systems.

The AIA/CES courses’ integrated façade design recommendations, project examples and training draw on the technical expertise of all of these companies. Together, they offer the design community balanced and competitive solutions to meet the energy challenges of today’s commercial and institutional buildings.

1999 K St., D.C., photo by RainerViertlböck

1999 K St., D.C., photo by RainerViertlböck

Those who attend and successfully complete the “Daylighting and Integrated Façade Design” course will learn how to:
* Identify the key variables, components, and benefits of integrated façade design
* Analyze glazing by “daylight” types
* Discover how integrated façade design can create successful daylighting with greater than 30% window-to-wall ratio using performance-based design
* Describe appropriate window size and configuration for use with sun shades and light shelves

Those attending the “Understanding U-Factors” course will be instructed in:
* Identifying five attributes affecting window U-Factor
* Employing at least three design options to improve window U-Factor
* Differentiating between National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) and American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) testing and certification processes
* Drafting non-defective specification requirements for U-Factor
* Recognizing other important, energy-related window design factors

Participants receive 1.0 Learning Unit (LU) for Health/Safety/Welfare and Sustainable Design (1.0 LU/HSW/SD) for each program. AIA-registered architects are required to earn a total of 18 LUs per calendar year to maintain their AIA membership. Of these, eight must be in Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW) subjects. Sustainable Design (SD) is a subset of HSW. Four of the eight HSW LUs must meet the established SD guidelines for mandatory continuing education.

To request a presentation or other educational information, please contact:
* Harmon, one of the largest U.S. full-service building glass installation, maintenance and renovation companies, at 877-525-9566, info@harmoninc.com
* Tubelite, a leading manufacturer of architectural, extruded aluminum products with high recycled-content, at 800-866-2227, dependable@tubeliteinc.com
* Viracon, the leading fabricator of coated, high-performance architectural glass for global markets, at 800-533-2080, glass@viracon.com
* Wausau Window and Wall Systems, an industry leader in engineering window and curtainwall systems, at 877-678-2983, info@wausauwindow.com

Harmon, Inc.; Tubelite Inc.; Viracon, Inc.; and Wausau Window and Wall Systems, Inc. are part of Apogee Enterprises, Inc., a publicly held, U.S. corporation.
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07.06.10 Client News

Appleton Coated’s research reveals five new I’s in ROI

How does effective print impact consumer purchases? To answer this question, Appleton Coated commissioned a proprietary research study of more than 1,000 high-end, high-minded consumers. The company shares its findings in a new publication, appropriately-titled, “ROI.” Beyond a positive Return On Investment, “ROI” reveals five new I’s in ROI: Inspiration, Impact, Interaction, Involvement and Integration.

“People who buy premium brands like premium print. They use it. They keep it. They buy the products that they see in it,” says Phil Cavalier, vice president of marketing at Appleton Coated. “We know that purposeful, creative print delivers a positive ROI. We learned that there are other returns to consider, such as the return on inspiration or on impact. These also have real value, promote quality, generate trust and create strong brand connections.”

Appleton Coated’s “ROI” research was conducted by Yankelovich, a part of The Futures Company. Among those surveyed:
* 88% of all ages report that they enjoy receiving catalogs and brochures from the company and brands with which they do business.
* 83% say, “What I like about print is that I can keep it for future reference.”
* 79% feel, “It’s important that the catalogs I receive be printed in an environmentally responsible way.”
* 75% of consumers visited a website to purchase a product or service after reading about it in a catalog.
Some of the most surprising revelations in the findings were the responses from “the Internet Generation” – those 18- to 34-year-olds, often perceived as having abandoned print for online. 71% share that “I like to read or look through high-end catalogs.”

When asked, “What makes good print materials stand out from the rest?” the top, unaided responses included:
1. They are attractive. They look beautiful.
2. They have beautiful photography.
3. They use high-quality paper.
4. They have vivid colors.
5. Their messages are simple and to the point.

Reflecting the lessons learned for creating effective print materials, “ROI” was designed by The Thorburn Group in Minneapolis and features images by Anna Wolf. The piece was printed using Appleton Coated’s SKIN Curious Collection Black cover weight and U1X:Green Gloss, Silk, and Matte for the interior pages. Part of the Utopia brand of premium, coated papers, U1X: Green is manufactured with electricity in the form of renewable energy and contains 20% post-consumer recovered fiber. Utopia’s six product offerings are Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified and available with other green attributes.

To request a copy of “ROI,” please call 800-663-1813 or contact a local sales representative.
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07.05.10 Client News

University of Illinois Business Instructional Facility responds to students, achieves LEED Platinum certification

Balancing functionality, aesthetics and green goals, the Business Instructional Facility at the University of Illinois College of Business not only meets students’ needs for classroom, group collaboration, study and gathering space, it also incorporates industry-leading sustainability measures that students lobbied for at the outset of the building’s design. The University’s eye to the environment earned it the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® Platinum certification – the first awarded to a College of Business at a public university and only the 15th such certification in the state of Illinois.

College of Business at Illinois

College of Business at Illinois

“It was no mistake the College of Business took action to build the first ‘green’ building on our campus,” said Larry DeBrock, the dean of the College of Business. “The LEED Platinum designation reflects the importance of social and professional responsibility to our students, staff, faculty, friends and alumni. We are proud of our continuing efforts to push the college and the campus to be leaders in a sustainable world for everyone.”

The Business Instructional Facility houses state-of-the-art classrooms, offices and a 300-seat auditorium, and, as the building’s centerpiece, a natural-light-filled atrium, where students meet and study, and the University hosts special events. The $60 million building’s energy-saving features, reduce energy use by an estimated 50 percent and utility costs by up to $300,000 per year.
These include:
* Solar panels to help power the building
* Roof plantings to insulate the building and reduce water runoff
* Filtered, humidity-controlled, low-velocity air delivered at ambient temperatures to improve indoor air quality year-round
* Wausau Window and Wall Systems’ 7250 Series SuperWall and 8750 Series structural-glazed curtainwall to maximize natural light in the four-story atrium
* Triple-glazed, operable windows in the classrooms and offices

“Basic passive integrations of smart building, shaping, siting and carefully tuning conventional wall systems — especially the windows — by the design team contributed more toward the sustainability and LEED Platinum certification than any high-tech element,” says Craig Copeland, Senior Associate at Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, and the project’s design team leader. “The variety of glazing systems is a big contributor to the building’s overall quality and environmental intelligence. There was a great deal of consideration given not only to thermal efficiency, but also to daylighting and ventilation for enhancing the building’s learning environment.”

Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, founded by University of Illinois alumnus Cesar Pelli, designed the four-story building, which opened in August 2008, and PSA Dewberry was the architect of record. Atelier Ten counseled the project and design team on massing, daylighting, thermal zoning and mechanical system types. Construction was managed by Gilbane Building Company, which oversaw 14 different contractors on the project. Among these was glazing contractor Bacon & Van Buskirk, which installed more than 13,000 square feet of curtainwall and 400 offset windows provided by Wausau for the project.

“The program statement specified our need for high-performing windows that provided outside views and as much natural light as possible. The atrium curtainwall takes full advantage of the southern exposure and available daylighting,” says George Freeman, director of facilities, for the College of Business. “It has become the place for everyone to gather in part because of the openness and light. Everybody loves that space.”

College of Business at Illinois

College of Business at Illinois

The atrium displays nearly 12,000 square feet of Wausau Window and Wall Systems’ 8750 Series structural-glazed four-side curtainwall and 1,000 square feet of 7250 Series SuperWall. In the classroom and offices, the Business Instructional Facility has 477 high-performance 4250 Series offset windows, part of the Advantage by Wausau standard product offering. The windows’ setback glass and asymmetrical sash sizes provide a distinctive look. For exceptional energy efficiency, three-quarters of these operable windows feature triple-glazed, insulated glass by Viracon.

According to Copeland, less than 25 percent of the total building is glazed, which may be deceiving because of the amount of bright and well-controlled, day-lit spaces throughout. In the auditorium, for example, less than 10 percent of the room’s walls are glazed. Windows placed horizontally at eye-level give students and faculty views to the outside and the perception of abundant natural light on sun-filled days.

More than half of the windows include integral, between-glass blinds. The blinds were reversed, such that the slats were concave in the “up” position. This allowed the occupants to not only manage privacy and light, but to have greater control in redirecting sunlight by bouncing the light off the blinds’ concave surface.

Demonstrating its commitment to durable, high-performance products, Wausau’s 4250 Series window units are NFRC-labeled and successfully tested to meet the AAMA AW-70 Performance Class rating. All of Wausau windows and curtainwall have aluminum frames, which can be specified with recycled content. For the University of Illinois College of Business, Wausau’s aluminum framing material was finished by Linetec in three-coat, 70 percent fluropolymer, Bone White paint for a consistent, long-lasting finish.

Download a PDF of the full success story by clicking here.

07.04.10 Random Ramblings

Of all the holidays recognized by the U.S. government, Independence Day is my favorite. I’m proud that my ancestors’ pursuit of independence gave root to a family tree sprouted on this continent before the Revolutionary War. I’m proud to be an independent business and am thankful for my worldwide network of clients and colleagues who share this value. I’m proud to support independent journalism, film, music and theater.

To me, Independence is synonymous with Freedom. And true Freedom requires honesty, objectivity, uncensored discussion, and scientific validation. It is the distinction between reality and fantasy. To be genuinely Free and Independent is not a lazy, passive path toward isolation. It is a conscious choice that demands active participation. I made the choice. I choose to participate.

I believe in the power of independent thought, independent speech and independent action. I strive to use this power for good and to help others to do the same. I have no patience for dishonesty and no time for deception. I respect those who challenge me and want to learn from them. I am humbled to know so many who protect this ideal and am grateful to those who have helped me along my own path of Independence.

It is an honor to celebrate this Independence Day.