Most Innovative Component

Window
 

WISP from Veka and Wayne Dalton
Vinyl windows with the Fabric Shield curtain lowered on the exterior.

WISP-Window Integrated Storm Protection

 
Veka Inc.

Fombell, Pa.

Wayne Dalton Corp.

Mt. Hope, Ohio

The Window Integrated Storm Protection system combines a vinyl frame receptor with an integral motorized storm curtain housing into which any window can be installed. Homeowners can activate the FabricShield storm curtain manually, by interior keypad, or remotely by cell phone or internet using wireless technology.

When deployed, the opaque Fabric Shield protects the home from wind-borne debris and water infiltration up to 40 psf, while allowing light to penetrate. A Florida wind zone 4 rated system is available now, ready for installation into any rough opening.

The code compliant product can be manufactured at a price point competitive with impact glass solutions, but has its own advantages, including significantly reduced water penetration (pre/post impact), lower glass replacement costs and integrated privacy and shade.

The storm protection system was jointly developed by Veka, the supplier of vinyl window extrusions, extrusion technology and European Roller Shutter Technology, and Wayne-Dalton Corp., a leader in protective flexible membrane, automation controls and garage doors.

 

Door
 

Centor's S1 Doorscreen
Unique for large openings, the S1 Doorscreen features tensioning cables to keep the screen mesh tight, while allowing fingertip operation.

Centor S1 Doorscreen

 
Centor Architectural

Batavia, Ill.

The Centor S1 Doorscreen keeps flying insects from coming in large windows and doors. The roll-out retractable screen can screen openings up to 24 feet wide and 10 feet high, but disappears inside the door or window jamb when not in use. When deployed the screen is nearly invisible, giving great views, but is tough enough to withstand impact from kids and pets.

The innovative feature of the new screen is the use of tensioning cables to keep the screen mesh tight. The cables are rolled onto an accumulator which keeps the screen mesh tight but also provides easy fingertip operation. When the screen is needed, just pull it out of the wall and when it's not needed, it can be rolled up with an easy push.

Although roll-out screens are not new, their use in large opening was limited, due to the force required to keep the screen tight. As screens get bigger, so does the force required to stop them from billowing in the wind. With the traditional large screen, if the user let go of the screen stile, it could crash back into the door jamb like a slingshot. This new balanced screen system simultaneously provides 16 kg tension, yet can be operated literally with a little finger. This 16 kg force is much higher than previously available, so screens can be 24 feet wide (for a double screen) but the Centor cable accumulator system keeps the forces balanced at every point along the opening, the company explains.

Also unique is the fact that the S1 Doorscreen can be operated holding the stile at any height and not just in the middle of it. Also the screen can be let go anywhere in between and it just operates normally-even in very high and wide doorways.

 

Glazing Technology
 

Allmetal's Exterior Muntin Bar
Adhesive tape applied to the flat surface makes application quick and easy.

Exterior Muntin Bar

 
Allmetal Inc.

Itasca, Ill.

Providing significant weight and cost savings when compared to traditional extruded products for SDL, Allmetal's Exterior Muntin Bar is a roll-formed contour muntin bar with a flat back. A tough adhesive tape is applied to the flat surface of the bar, making application quick and easy. Traditionally, muntin products are applied in between panes of glass. With the new option, the muntins on the outside give dimension and prominence to a formerly flat concept. This design allows manufacturers to apply the muntin bar on both the exterior and interior surfaces of insulating glass creating a striking visual effect.

The exterior muntin bars are rugged and long lasting, and will add style and class to windows despite years of abuse from harsh elements. A strong powder coated finish resists chipping and scratching, and stands up to UV rays to prevent fading. The powder coat finish offers sensitivity to the environment. Unlike wet paint techniques, the powder coat process doesn't use any solvents and has no gas emissions, and since overspray can be recycled there is less waste.

Since the muntin bars are applied to the outside of insulating glass, there is no out gassing, resulting in better sealed units and a more environmentally friendly IG solution. Additionally, the new application won't react to sensitive low-E units and thus completely eliminates the risk of leeching.

 

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