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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06.17.10 Client News

Steve Seeling joins Tubelite as client development manager

Tubelite Inc. has hired Steve Seeling, CDT, as a client development manager representing the company’s architectural aluminum products. In this role, he assists commercial building teams in Nebraska, Kansas, western Missouri and Arkansas.

Seeling draws from three decades of experience in helping owners, designers and installers select windows, entrances, storefronts and curtainwall systems. Most recently, he worked at Traco as an architectural sales representative with a similar territory. Throughout his career, he has contributed to dozens of educational health care, hospitality and historically-significant projects in the region, including facilities at the University of Kansas, University of Missouri, and the University of Nebraska.

In addition to his new position with Tubelite, he also serves as an architectural sales representative for Wausau Window and Wall Systems. “Tubelite and Wausau’s products complement each other to offer customers a full range of performance choices for their building envelope,” says Seeling. “Working exclusively with these two companies, I’ll specialize in premium fenestration products; ones that add value through energy efficiency, distinguished style and dependability. When customers understand their options, they can make better-informed decisions to ensure the correct product for their application.”

As an example, Seeling notes that Tubelite and Wausau’s products contribute to customers’ green goals such as the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® Rating System™. All of Tubelite’s storefront, curtainwall, entrance and daylight control systems are manufactured using EcoLuminum™, a high recycled-content aluminum billet composition featuring environmentally-friendly finishes. Many products also are available with high thermal performance to support buildings’ energy-efficient operations. “Along with the right products, Tubelite and Wausau provide educational programs to help architects increase their knowledge of the total, integrated façade,” says Seeling.

A graduate of Missouri Valley College in Marshall, Mo., Seeling earned a bachelor’s degree in economics. He continues his professional development with industry associations such as Construction Specifications Institute, through which he successfully completed the Construction Documents Technology (CDT) program.
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06.10.10 Client News

Tubelite adds Mike Efeney as architectural sales representative in North Texas

Mike Efeney joins Tubelite Inc. representing the company’s architectural aluminum products in northern Texas and Oklahoma.

Located near Dallas in Rockwall, Texas, Efeney shares educational and technical information on Tubelite’s contribution to green goals such as the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® Rating System™. Among green buildings’ goals are energy-efficiency and recycled materials.

All of Tubelite’s storefront, curtainwall, entrance and daylight control systems are manufactured using EcoLuminum™, a high recycled-content aluminum billet composition featuring environmentally-friendly finishes. Tubelite’s EcoLuminum contains a minimum of 80% reclaimed aluminum.

Efeney is well-versed in LEED criteria and other green building guidelines. Most recently, he worked as a sales manager with Armstrong World Industries, Inc.’s Ceilings – Architectural Specialties. While there, he was responsible for high-end wood and metal products, as well as coordination for nine local representatives serving Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

Drawing from nearly 20 years of experience in architectural product sales, the majority of Efeney’s career has been in the glass and glazing industry. After graduating from the University of North Texas, he began working with U.S. Aluminum. He quickly moved from assisting with the customer installation program into territorial sales serving Georgia.

From there, he accepted a position with Vistawall as territory sales manager for North Texas and western Oklahoma. He continued to grow sales and develop strong customer relationships, leading to his eventual role as district sales manager with responsibilities for four local sales representatives, major projects in the southern states, and architectural consultations.

Efeney, his employers and their clients have contributed to such notable projects as the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, American Airlines Center in Dallas, Love Field Airport renovation in Dallas, Tulsa Convention Center in Oklahoma and the renovation of Oklahoma City’ Will Rogers World Airport.

Throughout Efeney’s professional path, he has been an active member of the Texas Glass Association and the Construction Specifications Institute. Also a husband, father and avid cyclist, he enjoys sharing his passion for sports and the outdoors with this family.
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05.20.10 Client News

Max/Block sunshades by Tubelite support green goals
for daylighting, energy-efficiency and recycled material content

Supporting green design and construction objectives, Max/Block™ sunshades by Tubelite® are now manufactured using EcoLuminum™, a high recycled-content aluminum billet composition featuring environmentally-friendly finishes. Along with responsible resource management, Max/Block sunshades maximize daylighting and minimize solar heat gain. These benefits also are key criteria for projects pursuing certification through the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® Rating System™.

“Sunshades help significantly lower buildings’ cooling costs and energy use, while still letting natural light fill the workspace,” says Mary Olivier, Tubelite’s marketing manager. “Max/Block sunshades are easy-to-install, aesthetically-and structurally-compatible with Tubelite’s curtainwall and storefront systems — all of which come standard with EcoLuminum finished aluminum materials. They work especially well with Tubelite’s systems on low- to mid-rise buildings such schools, medical clinics and neighborhood offices.”

Complimenting buildings’ designs, Max/Block sunshades are available in airfoil, Z-blade and tubular architectural profiles. Each outrigger type can be extended from the building in various projection lengths to provide the desired performance. Blades are attached to the outriggers using simple screw spline connections. The easy-to-install, patent-pending, detachable, mounting bracket fastens at the pressure plate area and allows for the removal of the sunshades’ individual sections for re-glazing applications.

Because each profile extruded for Max/Block sunshades is manufactured using Tubelite’s EcoLuminum it contains a minimum of 80 percent reclaimed aluminum. This incorporates a post-consumer content average of 34 percent. Special requests for even higher recycled content can be provided, up to and including meeting specifications requiring 100 percent reclaimed aluminum.

Protecting and accentuating Tubelite’s aluminum products, painted finishes are applied and controlled in an environmentally effective manner. Enhancing the natural, metallic appearance, eco-friendly anodize finishes send 90 percent less waste to landfills than traditional anodizing processes and ensure low-maintenance durability.

Tubelite will be exhibiting at AIA Expo2010 in booth #2541.

04.13.10 Client News

Tubelite announces The Metcalf Group as its representative in New York and New Jersey

Tubelite Inc. has named The Metcalf Group Ltd. as a manufacturer’s representative for the company’s architectural aluminum products in northern New Jersey and in the five boroughs and Long Island in New York.

Tom Metcalf is the president and namesake of The Metcalf Group Ltd., located in Sea Girt, N.J. For 16 years, Metcalf has provided architects, buildings owners, contractors and consultants with educational and technical information, as well as dependable building systems, products and components.

Tubelite manufacturers storefront, curtainwall, entrance and daylight control systems. Earlier this year, the company announced that all of its architectural, extruded aluminum products now use EcoLuminum™, a high recycled-content aluminum billet composition featuring environmentally-friendly finishes.

“Tubelite’s EcoLuminum contains a minimum of 80 percent reclaimed aluminum, with a post-consumer content average of 34 percent. This is the highest recycled content I know of that is available for architectural building products of this quality and performance,” says Metcalf. “Recycled content is especially important to building project teams seeking LEED certification, as is energy-efficiency. Tubelite also provides high thermal performance systems.”

Along with Tubelite, Metcalf has a long history representing high-performance products from Wausau Window and Wall Systems and from other manufacturers offering aluminum panel systems, fire-rated glass, and terrace railings.

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03.12.10 Client News

Tubelite offers new Therml=Block curtainwall with EcoLuminum recycled aluminum

Tubelite Inc. introduces Therml=Block™ 300ES Curtainwall, the newest product manufactured using EcoLuminum™, a high recycled-content aluminum billet composition featuring environmentally-friendly finishes.

“Our new 300ES curtainwall contributes to superior energy-savings, which supports green goals and rating systems, such as LEED. It’s ideal for schools, medical facilities, low-rise office buildings and other projects up to four-stories-tall,” says Mary Olivier, Tubelite’s marketing manager. “It can be installed from either the building interior or exterior, helping reduce installation time and expense in the field.”

Therml=Block 300ES Curtainwall features a 1.5-inch thermal strut and accommodates one-inch-thick insulating glass. The curtainwall system’s high performance provides a low, 0.46 U-Value for thermal transmittance due to conduction and a high 72 CRF for Condensation Resistance of the framing. The aluminum-framed, exterior face displays a 2.24-inch sightline with an overall system depth of six inches.

Olivier adds, “The system’s construction allows for different finishes to match both exterior and interior décor.” Tubelite’s painted finishes are applied and controlled in an environmentally effective manner. For low-maintenance durability, its eco-friendly anodize finishes send 90 percent less waste to landfills than traditional anodizing processes.

Because each profile extruded for Therml=Block 300ES Curtainwall is manufactured using Tubelite’s EcoLuminum, it contains a minimum of 80 percent reclaimed aluminum. This incorporates a post-consumer content average of 34 percent. Special requests for even higher recycled content can be provided, up to and including meeting specifications requiring 100 percent reclaimed aluminum.

Tubelite’s Therml=Block 300ES Curtainwall joins the company’s other energy-savings products, which include the Therml=Block insulated door and the Max/Block™ daylight control sunshade system.

To learn more about Tubelite’s storefront, curtainwall, entrance and daylight control systems manufactured using the company’s new EcoLuminum finished aluminum materials, please visit www.tubeliteinc.com.

Tubelite will be exhibiting at AIA Expo2010 in booth #2541.

01.25.10 Client News

Tubelite adds Steve Wilkening as engineering manager

Tubelite Inc. has hired Steve Wilkening as an engineering manager helping to expand the company’s architectural aluminum products nationwide. As part of Tubelite‘s leadership team, Wilkening reports to company president Ken Werbowy and manages the engineering and product development staff.

Steve Wilkening

Steve Wilkening

Working closely with his colleagues and clients, Wilkening says that he “looks forward to assisting with the product development process so Tubelite can bring new products to the market at a faster pace, meeting customers’ needs and the company’s strategic goals.”

In particular, he sees “great opportunity for Tubelite’s Ecoluminum™ recycled material content and thermal performance systems, given the industry’s overall movement toward green and energy-efficient buildings.” Along with thermal performance, Wilkening will aid Tubelite in its product development and verification of hurricane-resistant and blast-mitigating systems.

Wilkening draws from a 25-year career in engineering fenestration, entrances and related building products. Most recently, he worked as the vice president of engineering for Caldwell Manufacturing Company in Rochester, N.Y. During his time with this supplier of window counter balance hardware, he supported residential and commercial window manufacturers. These have included Tubelite’s sibling: Wausau Window and Wall Systems.

Prior to joining Caldwell, Wilkening served as director of engineering and product development for Weather Shield Manufacturing Inc. in Medford, Wis.; SNE Enterprises Inc. of Mosinee, Wis.; and Peachtree Windows and Doors in Atlanta. Prior to this, he worked for 14 years at residential building products manufacturer ODL, Inc. of Zeeland, Mich.

Wilkening returns to West Michigan where he began his successful career. He grew up in Grand Rapids and earned his bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from nearby Valparaiso University in Indiana. He also earned a master’s in management from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids and gained his registration as a professional engineer in the State of Michigan. Today, he pursues professional development as a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers and of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
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