Sunday, November 20, 2011

Panelite ClearShade Insulating Glass Unit

Just as the hub of a bee hive is the honeycomb, the hub of New York-based Panelite’s ClearShade insulating glass unit is its “tubular polycarbonate” core. Modeled after the hexagonal structure of a honeycomb, ClearShade’s core limits sunlight coming through glass thereby reducing heat gains as well as energy costs. Because light rays can only make it through when they hit the glass perpendicularly, the sun is most obscured when it is highest in the sky.  At midday, ClearShade has a low shading coeffcient and a low solar heat gain coefficient—which Panelite touts as “four times better than a typical insulating glass unit.”
The honeycombed glass glaze was first used in the entryway of the McCormick Tribune Campus Center at the Illinois Institute of Technology, and was last year installed in the new JetBlue terminal at JFK International Airport. The ClearShade insulating glass unit can be glazed different colors, and its unique structure can give logos or patterns a three-dimensional effect. 
More info:
IGU Catalogue.pdf
Bonded Catalogue.pdf