As members of all different sectors of the construction industry walk the show floor at Greenbuild 2014, the trends are pretty clear. Attendees are obviously looking for energy-efficient products and window and glass companies have an abundant of options on display.

Among the glass and glazing industry-related companies at Greenbuild is Pilkington, featuring its vacuum insulating glass Spacia, as well as its Solar-E line, which provides solar control and thermal insulation and comes in a range of colors.

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Greenbuild is being held in New Orleans through Friday.

“As architects, engineers, building designers and developers come through, we’re able to show them how our products help them create the green building that they’re desiring,” says Michael Johnson, regional sales and marketing manager at NSG Group. “And certainly energy efficiency is a large green component.

“And also, because we’re working with aluminum, aluminum is 100 percent recyclable. The aluminum billets contain recycled content, so it’s a very green, sustainable product for use in today’s energy-conscious and sustainability environment.”

Exhibitor Azon USA, a worldwide manufacturer of polyurethane thermal barriers, incorporates its product into fenestration units to improve their thermal performance while strengthening the structural and long-term durability.

“Of course, aluminum has high conductivity, so we incorporate a thermal barrier into the aluminum framing to make it more energy efficient,” says Azon vice president of sales and marketing Jerry Schwabauer.

Quanex, meanwhile is showing its range of products “that not only address the glass side of thermal performance, but also the framing material,” according to commercial sales specialist Joe Erb.

“Our industry has used aluminum-based products extensively over the past decades, and Quanex has an innovative polymer technology that allows us to bring all the structural elements needed for AW-rated windows, but with a non-metallic composite approach,” he says. “And this is really a great message for the architects who are looking for that next level in thermal performance, occupancy comfort and long-term durability. The product is also extremely recyclable and has recycled content, so the message from the green perspective is very strong.”

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