Overview: SunGuard Advanced Architectural Glass is high-performance coated glass from Guardian Industries Corp., a privately held company that is one of the world's largest manufacturers of float and fabricated glass for the commercial, residential and automotive markets.
For aesthetics, economics and energy efficiency, there are many advantages with SunGuard Advanced Architectural Glass. Our advanced sputter-coating technology makes it one of the most versatile glass products you’ll find.
You can build with light in a wide variety of colors and performance levels. You can also combine coatings with laminated glass to provide protection against storms or security threats. And significantly cut energy use (which can also help you earn LEED points for your project).
Independent studies have also shown that, over a 10-year period, SunGuard coated glass products can save thousands of dollars in upfront and ongoing energy-related costs for a typical commercial building. And Guardian is continuing to develop new ways to make our SunGuard Advanced Architectural Glass even more durable, energy efficient and attractive for the commercial market.
SunGuard Advanced Architectural Glass provides a comprehensive range of design solutions that allows you to fully explore the aesthetic and functional possibilities of light.
SunGuard exceeds the performance of ordinary low-E glass, offers unprecedented solar control and helps you earn LEED points. SunGuard is produced and distributed by our nationwide network of independent SunGuard Select Fabricators.
The newest entry in Guardian’s SuperNeutral® Series has our highest light-to-solar-gain ratio (LSG) ever. SNX 62/27 delivers 62% visible light transmission and a low 0.27 solar heat gain coefficient, for an impressive LSG ratio of 2.30.
This performance means SNX 62/27 lets in lots of natural light but still blocks solar heat, saving on energy costs and helping projects qualify for LEED credits. SNX 62/27 is available on five float-glass substrates (Clear, UltraWhite™ low-iron, CrystalGray®, Green and TwilightGreen:
Neutral color on clear glass with a low 0.23 SHGC.
As more states adopt stricter energy codes, architects face an increasingly difficult challenge: How do you strike an acceptable balance between the performance of glass and the aesthetics of its appearance? The solution is to specify one of Guardian's growing selection of SunGuard Advanced Architectural Glass products. With a Solar Heat Gain Coefficient of 0.23 on clear glass and a pleasing neutral appearance, SunGuard SNR 43 is the newest way Guardian helps you Build With Light.
Transmits the most light and has the most neutral appearance
of any SunGuard product. It can be used on the #2 surface for maximum
solar control or on the #3 surface of an insulating glass unit in conjunction
with a tinted or coated outboard lite.
Provides high light transmission and a low solar heat gain
coefficient while maintaining a neutral appearance. Like SNX 62/27 and SN 68, it can be
used on the #2 or the #3 surface of an insulating glass unit.
Combines a neutral appearance with exceptional solar-energy
control to strike the perfect balance between natural daylight, glare control and energy
savings. SuperNeutral 54 exceeds most energy code requirements with a SHGC of 0.28
in a standard 1” insulating glass unit.
An interior-surface coating for significant energy savings.
SunGuard IS 20 is designed to be used on the #4 surface of a double-glazed unit, or on the #6 surface of a triple-glazed unit. As documented in the performance chart below, SunGuard IS 20 delivers lower u-values, less solar heat gain, and significant energy savings when combined with other low-E SunGuard coatings in IG units.
Smoother and clearer than pyrolytics.
SunGuard IS 20 holds several distinct advantages over pyrolytic hard coats as well. Unlike pyrolytics, which have a rough surface, SunGuard IS 20 is smooth to the touch and easy to clean. What’s more, SunGuard IS 20 lacks the visible haze of hard coats, delivering a high visible light transmission.
Guardian offers several specialty float commercial glass options to expand your design possibilities, each with unique benefits: UltraWhite (low-iron glass for higher light transmission and neutral appearance); CrystalGray (high-performance, light-gray tint glass); and SatinDeco (translucent, acid-etched glass).
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Types and Applications for SunGuard Advanced Architectural Glass
SunGuard Advanced Architectural Glass can be used in many different applications to keep energy costs down, let in more light and provide added security – while still creating a striking design.
Two or more lites of glass are sealed with an air space between them to form insulating glass. Insulating glass significantly improves glass performance and provides more appearance options as well.
Laminated or "Safety" Glass
Two or more lites, heat and pressure-bonded with plastic interlayers, form laminated glass. Find out how it can answer your storm or security concerns.
With a surface compression at least double that of raw glass, (between 3,500 and 7,000 PSI), see how heat-strengthened glass provides additional strength against wind load and thermal stress.
Tempered Glass or "Safety Glass"
Even stronger than heat-strengthened glass, its surface compression is four times that of raw glass, (10,000 PSI or higher). Find out where tempered glass is required.
Spandrels are opaque glass panels designed to conceal building components and match or contrast with vision glass.
The printed patterns of silk-screened glass can provide extra privacy and stunning design options.
The Guardian Building Energy Calculator helps you compare annual energy costs for a variety of glazing types in locations throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Set up your project; choose a building type, and add some building details. Compare energy cost and consumption information for as many glass make-ups as you'd like. Results are summarized in data tables, illustrated graphically, and available for customized report generation when you're done.
Guardian developed the Project Database to make it easy to find examples of commercial projects that use SunGuard Advanced Architectural Glass. We are featuring the eight projects below, but you can sort and view the entire database to see a wide variety of commercial buildings with SunGuard Advanced Architectual Glass.