The latest in glass and glazing technology is on full display this week at BAU 2017 in Munich, Germany. The six-day international architectural and construction trade show is being held at the Messe München in Munich, Germany. It covers nearly two million square feet and spans 17 halls, with much of that space dedicated exclusively to glass, glazing, fenestration and facades.

“Developments in the sector for transparent building components have seen a number of innovations, especially during the past few years,” a release from BAU reads. “Facades are now high-tech products that can perform actual energy miracles in conjunction with the glazing.”

Hardware giant Roto Frank showcased its Inowa handle for sliding doors and windows made of wood, vinyl and aluminium frame material. It can support sash weights in excess of 400 pounds.

G-U, another major hardware maker based in Germany, displayed its Secury self-locking multi-point system.

Machinery companies also have a big presence at Bau. For example, Elumatec showed off its SBZ 628 profile machining center for aluminum and vinyl products. The company says it’s designed for one-man operation, and it features a rotation module, a second X-axis for machining thick-walled profiles and a saw that can approach the profile from three sides.

Emmegi brought its Phantomatic X 4 CNC machining center to the show. It features four controlled axes.

Glazing systems manufacturer Wicona is exhibiting with Guardian Glass to demonstrate how “the cooperation between glass and aluminum shows that they are multi-talented, meeting the challenges of the future,” according to a release from the company.

“With the development of highly energy-efficient aluminum solutions for sustainable urban new-build projects, we are setting real trends with our show partner, Guardian Glass,” says Isabelle Fabbro, Wicona’s brand development manager. “The market and the industry are looking to us for highly efficient, deliverable innovations for people and the environment.”


Kinestral Technologies Inc. is unveiling its Halio glass, an electrochromic system that transitions—by voice command or manual control—from clear to 50 different shades of gray within seconds. The company is demonstrating the product with glass manufacturer AGC.

“Our partner, AGC, has created a room that will enable architects attending BAU to see and experience Halio,” says Kinestral CEO Dr. S.B. Cha. “We are very confident that Halio will inspire new applications for interactive glass.”

According to Kinestral, Halio can lower a building’s energy usage while protecting furniture and art with 99.4-percent ultraviolet blockage. It provides sun-blocking, anti-glare protection and privacy.

Also at the show, Swiss warm-edge spacer bar manufacturer Swisspacer is presenting its new Triple product. The system is a single spacer for a triple-glazed unit that uses only two butyl seals instead of the four seals a typical two-spacer makeup requires.

The company claims this improves the service life of the unit and reduces the risk of gas loss and moisture penetration.


The event, which kicked off Monday, runs through Saturday.

Here are some other highlights from the show, via Twitter:

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