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Guardian Industries Corp.'s Science and Technology Center, Carleton, Mich.

Photo: Ara Howrani

Photo: Ara Howrani

A curtainwall on Guardian Industries Corp.'s Science and Technology Center was designed to achieve net zero energy results with Guardian's SunGuard SNX 51/23, SunGuard Spandrel HT commercial glass products and building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) panels.

Sheldon Davis, vice president of research and development at Guardian, says few buildings have this kind of façade. "This high-performance building is a working demonstration of Guardian's commitment to advancing glass technology."

Guardian's research and development center features a glass product showcase wall, an electrically wired, full-scale demonstration wall for glazing technologies. Bagatelos Architectural Glass Systems designed and installed the façade system on the 27,000-square-foot addition, which includes a full-size working model of Bagatelos' Net Zero Envelope. Nick Bagatelos, president of Bagatelos Architectural Glass Systems, says the wall can be used to gather information on current products and new product concepts. "All of the possibilities that are available today to tune a wall are available for integration onto the Science and Technology Center," he says.

Chris Dolan, director of marketing, North America, at Guardian, says the wall is flexible and will accommodate multiple sizes of low-E and insulated glass units. "It will allow Guardian to easily change out and test different glazing technologies," he says.

In addition to the thermally broken curtainwall and product demonstration wall, the office building has vertical wall photovoltaics (PV), rooftop PV, high-performance glass tuned for performance by elevation, a full-size vacuum coater and expanded laboratory space. Guardian's InGlass interior products are featured on applications including tables, white boards, credenzas and countertops. The project utilized Guardian Reveal switchable privacy glass, Guardian DiamondGuard and Guardian Berman Glass editions.

Glazing contractor: Bagatelos Architectural Glass Systems, Sacramento, Calif.

Fabricator: Thompson I.G. LLC, Fenton, Mich., www.thompsonig.com

Curtainwall glass: Guardian Industries Corp., Auburn Hills, Mich., www.guardian.com