AIA Features Variety of New Product Launches

June 25, 2013
Meetings & Events

Window and door manufacturers and component suppliers joined more than 700 exhibitors at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver last week for the AIA 2013 National Convention and Design Exposition, sponsored by the American Institute of Architects. While many exhibitors reported attendance was down from the 2012 event in Washington, D.C., most attributed the lighter traffic to the location rather than current market conditions.

"We've had high quality traffic over quantity, but we've been working to add mountain region customers, and the architects [who stopped by] were really interested in our products," said Ryan Higman, VP of sales, Pacific Architectural Millwork, on the show floor.

The event saw a number of notable product introductions for the residential market.  In what it described as a first for the window industry, Marvin Windows & Doors featured an automated exterior shading system that’s fully integrated, fully retractable and fully concealed.  With no bulky add-ons to ruin the window's exterior aesthetic or block the view from the interior, the shades can be programmed to let the sun in to warm the interior or to close to keep the sun out or simply provide privacy. “This system provides innovation, style and energy efficiency,” said Christine Marvin, director of marketing for the manufacturer. “The combination of proprietary operating technology and shading expertise within Marvin’s architecturally detailed exterior casing cavity is a perfect blend of beauty, innovation, quality and performance.”

Centor, the supplier of multi-panel door hardware, screens and shades, launched a new “integrated door.”  The Centor 200 Series combines composite doors of wood and aluminum with fully retractable screens and shades that can disappear into the door frames. The integrated doors are available in a variety of configurations, including two- and three-panel sliding patio, folding, double-swing and single doors. "The best solution is to design a door system as a whole, not as individual components like panels, shades or hardware," noted Nigel Spork, Centor managing director. "We designed each element of our new door from scratch to integrate and provide the very best in inside/outside living."

Kolbe Windows showcased its new VistaLuxe Collection, collaboratively developed with architects specifically for contemporary home designs that utilize multiple units to create large expanses of glass. With minimal, narrow frames designed to optimize daylight openings and maximize viewing areas while maintaining energy efficiency, the line is available in two styles. “Appealing to design-savvy homeowners, the new VistaLuxe Collection gives architects the flexibility to harmoniously combine multiple units into unique, compatible configurations, while maintaining symmetry and sightlines,” said Cindy Bremer, Kolbe’s vice president of marketing. “Clean, fluid lines are delivered by the narrowest of frames."


Videos from the AIA Show 

A look at Marvin's new exterior shading system.

Pacific Architectural Millwork showed its Zero Window, designed to offer zero sightlines.


Snapshots from the AIA Show in Denver


Panda Windows & Doors was among several AIA exhibitors in Denver showing multi-panel door systems. The company recently added the TS.13 thermally broken, aluminum wood-clad lift and slide door system to its product line.


Kolbe Windows & Doors introduced the VistaLuxe Collection that includes casements, awnings, direct-set windows, inswing and outswing doors, and matching transoms. The new line is targeted at contemporary home designs utilizing multiple units to create large expanses of glass.


Trustile unveiled its Trustile Modern door collection at the AIA Expo, showcasing its move toward styles with a modern and contemporary design. With the help of an architect in design counsel, Trustile added "doors that elevate the architecture of a home," explained the company's Cate Vanegas. The basic aesthetic features wide stiles and horizontal lines, with options to add new wood species, leather and metal inserts, and various textures.


Amesbury Hardware Products showcased the P3000 multi-point lock system that features a pull-and-twist latch design with U.S.-style cylinder for easy re-keying and installation. The locking system is also available with an ADA-compliant handle. 


Armaclad Windows & Doors displayed its fiberglass window line for residential and commercial use, available in several vivid custom colors. Company officials noted that Armaclad is the only window manufacturer to offer fiberglass windows without mechanically fastened corners. Armaclad instead uses a screwless bonding system said not to cause wracking.


Intus Windows displayed the Eforte U-PVC window, offering an R-7 thermal performance rating for residential and commercial applications at an economical price point, according to company officials.


Dynamic glazing had a strong presence in Denver. Sage Electrochromics highlighted the fact that it is now shipping its electrochromic glass from its new 350,000-square-foot facility in Faribault, Minn.