P20E is the new aluminium profile which allows you to realize basic frames for continuous walls made of tempered and laminated glass.

Suitable for offices and private rooms, since it easily divides the space but shielding the area’s luminosity. The minimal shape and design facilitates and speeds the continuous walls’ dregs.

It suits glass from 8 up to 13,52 mm

P20E is available in two lengths, 2,8 mt and 5,7 mt – and in two finishes, clear anodized aluminum (at stock starting from 25/07/2016) and imitation satin stainless steel (at stock starting from September 2016)

ATTENTION: the new P20E profile will totally substitute the current P10E, which will be available ‘till stock lasts and will run out of production then.


If you need more info about the prices, please do not hesitate tocontact us


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Designed to retrofit to existing transparent surfaces, Switchable Smart Film by Intelligent Glass provides a simple and cost effective alternative to other Switchable Film technologies.

It is manufactured with a self-adhesive cling layer on one side (peel and stick) which makes it easy to apply to both new and existing glass (no specialist installation equipment required).

A simple ON – OFF mode switches the film from being clear (transparent) to frosted (opaque). In its frosted state the film acts as an electronic blind providing privacy and security for any glass, window or partition.

The film is available in two standard widths 1000mm (38.6″) and 1200mm (47.3″) and can be cut to any size. Custom shapes and sizes are available and multiple pieces can be joined together to create large switchable glazed panels or partitions.

This unique film technology also transforms any glass into a high definition rear projection screen allowing you to display corporate presentations, TV images and videos. A truly innovative product making switchable glass technology accessible to everyone while giving your home or business the added WOW factor.


Unicel combines ViuLite® internal blinds with TGP’s Pilkington Pyrostop® glass for UL fire-rated privacy and shading solution

Unicel Architectural and Technical Glass Products (TGP) announced today the availability of Unicel’s ViuLite® Venetian blinds-within-glass combined with Pilkington Pyrostop® fire-resistive-rated glass from TGP for a privacy and shading solution with Underwriters Laboratories (UL) fire-resistive classification.

ViuLite integrated blinds now incorporate glazing with fire ratings of 45, 60 and 90 minutes.

“UL classified ViuLite ensures enhanced safety and performance,” said Jean-François Couturier, CEO of Unicel. “This best-in-class product assembly checks all the boxes for privacy, shading and protection from fire. ViuLite with Pilkington Pyrostop glazing now offers an ideal application for windows and doors in homes, schools, healthcare facilities and more.”

The combined ViuLite and Pilkington Pyrostop glazing assembly is UL classified and labeled for windows and doors, and meets the following safety standards:

  • ANSI/UL 9, Fire Tests of Window Assemblies A
  • NSI/UL 10B, Fire Tests of Door Assemblies
  • ANSI/UL 10C, Positive Pressure Fire Tests of Door Assemblies
  • CAN/ULC-S104, Standard Method for Fire Tests of Door Assemblies

“Very few glazing products balance privacy and shading with fire resistance. ViuLite internal blinds with Pilkington Pyrostop fire-rated glazing make it possible for building teams to satisfy this diverse set of performance criteria, and keep the needs of occupants at the forefront of fire and life safety design,” said Jeff Razwick, president of Technical Glass Products.

ViuLite is a system of blinds that are permanently sealed within a double-glazed cavity for a completely dust-free and maintenance-free environment.

ViuLite provides protection from solar radiation and can quickly regulate the internal environmental lighting levels. It filters light transmission and controls the effects of daylight with a simple tilting of the blinds. Heat and visual comfort are easily adjusted to accommodate the changing seasonal conditions.

Pilkington Pyrostop is a fire-rated and impact safety-rated glazing material that blocks radiant and conductive heat, helping protect people and valuables on the non-fire side of the glass where heat transfer might be a concern.

The product is fire-rated for up to two hours, passes all required fire tests, including the hose stream test, and meets the impact requirements of CPSC 16CFR1201 Category I and/or Category II to provide safety and visibility. Pilkington Pyrostop is classified and labeled with Underwriters Laboratories, Inc.® (UL) in large sizes.

About Technical Glass Products

Technical Glass Products (TGP) is your one source for fire-rated glass and framing systems, along with specialty architectural glass products. The company offers AIA registered continuing education, project consultation, product specifications, CAD drawings, BIM 3D models and rapid-response quoting.

For more information about TGP’s products and services, call (800) 426-0279 or visit www.fireglass.com (fire-rated glass) or www.tgpamerica.com (architectural glass).

About Unicel Architectural

For over 50 years, Unicel Architectural has built a reputation for the most advanced aluminum and glass solutions. These solutions encompass louvered glazing, skylights and more, to enhance major global construction initiatives with utmost quality and reliability.

With its proprietary technology, Unicel’s award-winning Vision Control® delivers unprecedented comfort and control of vision, light, temperature and sound with a patented combination of louvers between glass that are hermetically sealed and cordless.

Unicel’s solutions are guaranteed for longevity, optimized for energy efficiency, and customizable to any design, environmental or cultural requirements. Unicel combines its market leading know-how with great design to ensure optimal aesthetics and sustainable performance.

For more information visit: www.unicelarchitectural.com


When insulated glass units (IGUs) use aluminium spacer bars, which are thermally conductive, 80 percent of window energy loss occurs at the edge of the glass.

Edgetech offers a wide range of warm edge spacer bar products for the best perimeter insulation of IGUs.

Our Super Spacer® flexible spacer technology brought warm edge technology to the forefront of the market and its clever design and manufacture can help simplify the process of manufacturing sealed glazing units.

Super Spacer is much less conductive than aluminium. Preventing heat loss at the perimeter of the window helps to achieve higher Window Energy Ratings and lower energy costs.

Super Spacer is a flexible, silicone foam spacer. Desiccant-filled with pre-applied side adhesive, Super Spacer is easy to apply and a high-speed, fully automated line can manufacture up to 1400 insulated glass units in a single 8-hour shift.

IGU manufacturing lines and machinery (manual, semi-automated, fully automated and high-speed fully automated) are supported by Edgetech’s technical division. Technical support from Edgetech includes support during installation, training sessions for your team and troubleshooting help.

Edgetech offers a range of Super Spacer warm edge spacer bar products to its customers to suit different applications. Here are the main benefits of each Super Spacer product.

The dual seal insulating glass spacer system uses high-performance acrylic adhesive and is backed by a multi-layer moisture vapour seal.

It reduces window U-values by up to 0.2W/m²K and noise pollution by up to 2dB.

Super Spacer Premium reduces perimeter condensation and typically lasts twice as long as dual seal systems and 5 times as long as single year systems: it carries a 40 year performance guarantee.

There’s no need for Super Spacer to be cut into bar length form, have a PIB primary seal applied or be filled with desiccant which speeds up insulated glass unit manufacture, significantly saves on labour costs and massively increases productivity for IGU manufacturers.

There are three application options for Edgetech customers. Manual application allows a three man team to manufacture up to 250 units in an 8 hour shift. Semi-automated increases this to 400 and fully automated machines can produce up to 960 units in a shift. For high-speed lines this goes up to over 1400. Automated Super Spacer application also means that there is no wastage – reducing production costs even further.

Super Spacer is also ideal for manufacturing triple glazed units. Machines designed for manufacturing triple glazing have two spacer head applicators, for applying two different widths of Super Spacer to a unit. Fully automated lines with two spacer applicators can also be set up to manufacture double glazed units with different widths of Super Spacer for simple and speedy switching to increase efficiency.

Super Spacer Premium is certified by Passive House Institute’s energy efficiency stamp of phA+.

Super Spacer Alpha

Award-winning flexible spacer bar, Super Spacer Alpha is the most thermally efficient flexible warm edge spacer bar.

Reverse engineered by the Edgetech team, it achieves exceptional thermal performance and its sculptured shape enables sealant cost savings of up to 20 percent.

Based on 25 years of proven field performance, Super Spacer Alpha comes with a 40-year performance guarantee, has excellent UV resistance and enhanced sound dampening.

It is manufactured from superior silicone foam to offer extreme temperature performance. Its unique dual-seal design allows for enhanced gas retention and immediate unit handling.

Super Spacer Heritage

Super Spacer Heritage is an innovative warm edge spacer bar that answers an age-old issue. It is specially designed to meet the needs of retrofit, restoration and replication projects where the final aesthetics are of paramount importance.

It maintains the high Super Spacer performance but because it is only 3mm deep it replicates single glazed units with ultra slim sightlines and a traditional putty line or glazing bead rebate.

It’s available in unit cavity options of 4mm, 6mm and 8mm and applied using Edgetech’s special Heritage Shuttle. It references the glass edge for a precise line and its flexibility allows sharp 90 degree corners or unusual shapes for a flawless finish and is still quick and efficient to apply.

Super Spacer Triseal™ and T-Spacer

Super Spacer® TriSeal™ Premium is the flexible warm edge spacer bar which has been specially designed to beat the challenges of commercial glazing, including silicone structural glazing.

With a unique, triple seal design it reduces energy consumption in curtain walling systems by up to 15 percent and 29 percent across glazing systems. It has passed the toughest tests in the industry and offers a warmer sightline with up to 8°C improvement.

TriSeal and T-Spacer offer enhanced sound dampening and extreme temperature performance to help customers meet the comprehensive specifications often set in the commercial glazing market.

TriSeal and T-Spacer have been accredited with the Passive House efficiency stamp with phA standard. It reduces condensation and virtually eliminates the potential circumstances in which mould grows.

Click for further information on our Super Spacer warm edge spacer bar product range, or call us on +44 (0) 2476 639931.

Source: www.edgetechig.co.uk


In Vetroin projects you will surely find office doors in glass, 100% customizable

Vetroin is a company specialized in the design and manufacture of furniture for prestigious offices, high-tech and innovative. The design and creativity are the basis of all our work, real works of art especially for large companies.

The feature that distinguishes Vetroin is the use of glass as a major material, then supported by aluminum and wood for the profiles and coatings. Everything is processed and personalized in our laboratory, so we can guarantee 100% of quality and precision in finishing.

In our projects you will surely find office doors in glass, automatic or swing doors. Vetroin shows you the classic with handle openings with 1 or 2 doors, or a system of  sliding office doors extremely convenient and practical, technological, with a visually impact.

All facilities can be customized, we also processing on large panes of glass thanks to the brand new laboratory machines: laser engraving, silk screen, LED lighting, placement of LCD films for dulling with a single click, insertion of fabrics, wood panels or other materials, etc.

All architects who have the task of furnishing an office of an important company should contact Vetroin. Contact us for a no obligation quote and to find out more about the office doors of which we spoke.

Source: www.vetroin.co.uk/


Columbia, MD – July 26, 2016 – SolarWindow Technologies, Inc. (OTCQB: WNDW) today announced an ‘invisible’ system for transporting electricity within the company’s electricity-generating windows, currently under development for tall towers and skyscrapers, which consume nearly 40% of America’s electrical power.

The company’s SolarWindow™ generates electricity when its transparent organic coatings are applied in thin layers on to glass surfaces. The SolarWindow™ Intra-Connection System, announced today, moves electricity within these electricity-generating coatings to the company’s previously developed ‘invisible wires’. In turn, these ‘invisible wires’ transport electricity across the surface to the edge of the glass, where it’s connected to building electrical systems.

In making today’s announcement, the company released high-power optical microscopy images, revealing elements SolarWindow™ Transports Electricity Within Coatings Using Microscopic Channels (Left) That Are One-Half the Width of Human Hair (Right)

SolarWindow™ Transports Electricity Within Coatings Using Microscopic Channels (Left) That Are One-Half the Width of Human Hair (Right)

of a SolarWindow™ Intra-Connection System that is virtually invisible to the human eye at approximately 50 micrometers (µm) wide. The average human hair is approximately twice as thick (100 µm wide) and the traditional approach produces intra-connections that can be as much as ten times thicker (up to 500 µm wide).

Virtually invisible, the Intra-Connection System creates a discreet pattern of microscopic channels, which allows for the efficient transport of electricity within SolarWindow™. Remarkably, this entire system is embedded inside the ultra-thin layers of the company’s electricity-generating coatings, and is so small that the human eye cannot see it.

Until now, conventional methods to form these intra-connections have utilized chemical or mechanical systems, which can be slow, unreliable, and prone to wear and tear. These traditional approaches also result in extremely wide and highly visible channels that are aesthetically unappealing and yield poor electron flow.

The SolarWindow™ Intra-Connection System doesn’t rely on chemical and mechanical systems. The system creates ultra-fine features that are approximately one-half the width of a human hair, nearly invisible, while ensuring a smooth, efficient pathway for the flow of electricity. This proprietary approach also enables continuous, high-speed, high-volume manufacturing of SolarWindow™ products.

‘Invisible Wires’ Grid Transports Electricity Across the Surface of SolarWindow™ Coatings

“Today, we move forward in our quest to build skyscraper windows that generate vast amounts of electricity, in two important ways,” said John A. Conklin, President and CEO of SolarWindow Technologies, Inc. “First, for our customers, the aesthetic appeal of this type of electrical connection system that is practically invisible to the human eye is clear. Second, this innovation provides advantages in high-speed manufacturing that traditional approaches simply cannot compete with.”

The prospect of a transparent electricity-generating window that utilizes this virtually ‘invisible system’ for transporting electricity within and on the surface of SolarWindow™ is especially attractive to architects, designers, and building occupants in tall towers and skyscrapers. The world flat glass market is estimated to be approximately 89 billion square feet with over 430 million square feet of windows installed in the US alone.

There are an estimated five million tall towers and skyscrapers in the US, one of the company’s target markets. Notably, SolarWindow™ achieves an independently validated one-year financial payback when modeled for installation on a 50-story building.

About SolarWindow Technologies, Inc.

SolarWindow Technologies, Inc. is a developer of next generation, transparent electricity-generating SolarWindow™ coatings.

SolarWindow™coatings generate electricity on see-through glass and flexible plastics with colored tints popular to skyscraper glass. Unlike conventional systems, SolarWindow™ can be applied to all four sides of tall towers, generating electricity using natural and artificial light conditions and even shaded areas. SolarWindow™ uses organic materials, which are dissolved into liquid, ideal for low-cost high-output manufacturing; and is the subject of a patent pending technology.

The company’s Proprietary Power Production & Financial Model (Power & Financial Model) uses photovoltaic (PV) modeling calculations that are consistent with renewable energy practitioner standards for assessing, evaluating and estimating renewable energy for a PV project. The Power & Financial Model estimator takes into consideration building geographic location, solar radiation for flat-plate collectors (SolarWindow™ irradiance is derated to account for 360 degree building orientation and vertical installation), climate zone energy use and generalized skyscraper building characteristics when estimating PV power and energy production, and carbon dioxide equivalents. Actual power, energy production and carbon dioxide equivalents modeled may vary based upon building-to-building situational characteristics and varying installation methodologies.

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Thermoseal Group, the UK’s leading manufacturer of warm edge spacers and accessories is soon to add a 6mm x 18mm Interbar (Muntin) and fittings to its current Thermobar Interbar range.  This new narrow profile is designed to simulate traditional multipane windows in high-performance triple glazed solutions.

Thermobar Interbar has been developed by the Group’s own innovation centre with a bespoke engineering plastic to complement its Thermobar and Thermoflex warm edge spacer ranges and offer a superior thermal efficiency than traditional aluminium systems.

Interbar is a rectangular profile bar with accompanying centre and edge keys used to construct a framework to be integrated within an insulated glass (IG) sealed unit. Other sizes of Thermobar Interbar include 11.5mm x 18mm and 15.5mm x 18mm and are available in black, grey and white.

This Interbar framework is to be encapsulated in an IG unit and aSurface Mount Georgian bar is placed in position on the surface of the glass. Within the window, Thermobar Interbar appears like two spacer bars back-to-back to simulate the aesthetic of traditional multipane windows.

The look of multipane windows can also be simulated using Thermoseal Group’s Thermobar Duplex system, differing to Interbar in that its specially designed keys make use of standard Thermobar spacer bar.

“The Thermobar range is amongst the highest rated in the market”, says Mark Hickox, Sales Director for Thermoseal Group. “Not only is it A+ Passive House approved and achieves a highest thermal efficiency value of 0.14W/mK as certified by Bundesverband Flachglasdata, it is also comes with a wide range of bespoke accessories which we colour-match to suit.

“Thermobar Interbar has been particularly well received in the market and customers are now requesting further sizes. Therefore, following the addition of 6mm x 18mm Interbar we will add 11.5mm x 22mm and 15.5mm x 22mm sizes in the near future with fittings for use in both Thermoflex and Thermobar.

“We are extremely proud of our Thermobar and Thermoflex range of warm edge spacers and are committed in continuing to develop and expand our portfolio of thermally efficient products to futureproof our components and meet the continued demand for improved performance. We look forward to showing further new products over the coming months.”

The Thermobar Warm Edge Spacer range includes: Thermobar spacer tubes in black, grey and white – 4mm bar is also available in black; bespoke colour-matched Corner Keys in compatible sizes; Flexi Keys; Straight Connectors; Gas Corner Keys (with and without hole); a range of colour-matched Gas Collars and Plugs; Thermobar Interbar and Fittings; Duplex fittings.

For further information about Thermobar, Thermoflex or any of our range of over 1,500 IG components and machinery for glazing manufacture, call +44(0)121 331 3950 or emailsales@thermosealgroup.com.

Source: www.thermosealgroup.com

The increase in consumer demand has pushed the world’s green building market to a trillion dollar industry, a surge that has led to a corresponding increase in the scope and size of the green building material market.

20% growth expected in India in green building industry in the next three years, mainly on account of environmental regulation and rising demand.

New high-rise residentials, new communities and mixed-use development are expected to be the top three sectors for the growth of green buildings in India, according to a report by Dodge Data & Analytics.

Conducted in nearly 70 countries, the report also demonstrates that global green building continues to double every three years.

20% growth expected in India in green building industry in the next three years, mainly on account of environmental regulation and rising demand.

The increase in consumer demand has pushed the world’s green building market to a trillion dollar industry, a surge that has led to a corresponding increase in the scope and size of the green building material market, which is expected to reach $234 billion by 2019.

The report found that green buildings offer significant operational cost savings compared with conventional buildings.

14% savings expected by respondents in operational costs over five year for new green buildings

13%savings expected in operational costs over five years for green retrofit and renovation projects.

7% increase in asset value of green buildings — whether new or renovated — over conventional buildings reported by building owners

Countries with green activity above the global average of 24% include South Africa, Singapore, India, Germany and Mexico.

Nations with the lowest percentage of respondents who expect to do new green institutional projects include Poland (15%), Mexico (25%) and India (26%).

It is notable that these are also the three countries with the highest percentage of those who expect to do new green commercial construction projects.

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Source.: http://indianexpress.com

Furnished walls for office: we present Solid Wall and Storage Wall, in glass, aluminum and wood

Vetroin is a leader in Italy in the production of furnished walls for office, fully tailored and customized according to customer requirements. We are specialized in the production of furniture of glass of the latest generation and technology for prestigious companies, which need a certain image.

Today we speak of furnished walls for office with storage space that you can use. Among the 10 Vetroin walls we present SOLID WALL and STORAGE WALL.

SOLID WALL traditional furnished wall proposed in the blind version wooden, double-glazed or single-glazed. The wall has a thickness of 100 mm, the doors are available in hinged (with blind door and glazed, with linear hinge profile or framed) or sliding externally (with single or double door).

STORAGE WALL furnished walls for the office with modular containers and supporting structure made of vertical panels of wood conglomerate. The doors, blind or framed glass, have hinges that allow it to open at 95 °.

These furnished walls for office of glass, aluminum and wood, are truly elegant, have a unique design and provide great visual impact. The project is carried out fully customized, ensuring every personalization. Ask our technicians for some details and images of recent work.

1(3042)Source: www.vetroin.co.uk


In order to meet the rigorous safety standards set by the North American market, FROG, system for fragmentation control, needed a major evolution, which led to the development of TemperCHECK.

The new solution created byDeltamax Automazione provides a more detailed analysis with the accurate measurement of the sizes of the individual fragments and their weight calculation. As provided by the US standards, the system also provides a ranking of the 10 heaviest fragments, which are shown on the interface with their images and data.

As its predecessor, TemperCHECK lets the user know in real time if the glass complies with the sectoral directives and creates summaries and customizable reports, with the storage of processed images and data acquired during the scan.

TemperCHECK has already been chosen by several American companies that have decided to adopt it replacing the manual procedure leading to a more rapid and precise control, with detailed documentation of the entire control process.

For more information or a quote about TemperCHECK, our authorized dealer for the US is INTEGRATED AUTOMATION SYSTEM(Optigas.com)

Source.: deltamaxautomazione.it


AMETEK Land has unveiled a new innovation for the glass industry: an enhanced thermal imaging Near Infrared Borescope (NIR-B) designed specifically for the use in glass-melt tanks, with an optional auto-retract version for additional instrument protection.  

The enhanced thermal imaging NIR-B provides continuous real-time temperature data combined with a crystal clear thermal video image, allowing a single solution to replace the traditional approaches of visual cameras and periodic hand-held pyrometry.

With over 324,000 available temperature measurement points in the field of view the NIR-B Glass solution also can be used to monitor the drift in crown roof thermocouples.

Designed specifically for the glass-melt furnace working environment, the NIR-B Glass is designed to withstand the high ambient temperatures through an integral cooling system, with a specially designed air purge to keep the 90 degree lens clear of contaminants so the instrument provides 24/7 data to the plant.

An optional auto-retract unit is available as additional instrumentation protection in the event of either air purge fail, water cooling fail, power fail, or an over-temperature condition at the probe tip.

The NIR-B Glass solution has been proven to provide an operating plant with the ability to clearly “see” cold spots from air leaks coming through structural refractory, meaning that cracks or collapses are easily detected. This combined with the ability to visualise flames allow the plant to optimise the flame pattern and burn efficiency.

The ability to overlay thermal profiles across the crown and along the melt allows for accurate batch line control, production throughput optimisation and batch transit time recording.

Advanced software features allow multiple visual or output alarm controls to be set as specified by the plant. This can be critical in extending the lifespan of the melt tank refractory and in providing greater asset protection through more accurate, remote infrared temperature measurement and live thermal imaging.

The NIR-B Glass provides an operator access to real-time, continuous data through enhanced thermal video images, combined with highly accurate temperature measurements anywhere within the scene.

The end results are increased production efficiency and longer refractory campaign life. Critical areas, like port arches, can be continuously monitored for overheating with automated alarms set for over-temperature conditions. Long-term data trending then allows maintenance planning to be data driven rather than responsive.

The NIR-B image, which can be monitored from the comfort of the control room, features an accurate, high-resolution radiometric thermal imaging camera, which provides high-quality thermal video.  This enables precise product control and monitoring.

Thermal imaging inside refractory-lined glass-melt tanks normally requires the plant operator to cut large openings in the refractory to view critical areas.

With the NIR-B Glass solution, it is possible to use the proven technology of the NIR-B thermal imager to accurately profile the temperature of the entire furnace with only a small wall opening. The wide 90º horizontal Field of View allows operators to see and measure large scenes using just one device.

For more details, visit https://www.landinst.com/products/nir-borescope-glass or email land.enquiry@ametek.com.

Source.: www.landinst.com


In response to the growing popularity of aluminium windows and doors – especially for residential applications – Total Glass has added the full WarmCore system to its aluminium range offering customers greater choice and shorter lead times on a wide range of products

The ‘next-generation’ WarmCore aluminium window and folding sliding, French and residential door system combines market-leading thermal performance with slimline aluminium aesthetics, durability and security. WarmCore doors can be upgraded to PAS24 and Secured By Design (SBD) compatibility

All WarmCore products are built around a unique full-width thermal core that significantly outperforms the polyamide thermal breaks commonly used to reduce the threat of cold bridging on aluminium windows and doors. This ‘warm aluminium’ frame construction is key to its 25% better thermal-efficiency, achieving a U-value as low as 0.8 W/m2K with 44mm triple glazing.

The new system is offered alongside an existing Sapa range, including the new Sapa Crown aluminium bi-folding door, and is available now from Total Glass, one of the UK’s most experienced PVC and aluminium window and door fabricators.

An assisted fit service is also offered where Total’s specialist teams can help an installer with fitting their first bi-fold door. Phill Cresswell, Total Glass Sales and Marketing Manager, says the new WarmCore suite gives extra flexibility and ‘vastly enhanced lead times’ over their standard aluminium products.

“For example, this means we have the ability to supply dual colour aluminium windows within seven days, which is appreciated by our customers. The aluminium side of our business has grown steadily year-on-year and now comprises a comprehensive portfolio of products for both the residential and commercial sectors.”

Commenting on their assisted fit service for bi-fold doors, Phill explains how the assistance has helped to boost both business – and confidence – for one of their installers who had never installed an aluminium bi-fold door before.

“Worried that it was too complicated a job, he’d turned down a number of potential orders in the past on that basis and missed out on valuable revenue opportunities,” says Phill. “Arguably, there is still a ‘fear factor’ associated with installing what is a relatively new product.”

However, having gained the knowledge and confidence through using the Total Glass assisted fit service the installer has since successfully installed several bi-fold doors. He now ‘regrets’ his earlier decisions to turn down that business.

Phill continues: “Even if customers have fitted bi-fold doors before, we always advise assisted fit assistance from our technical engineer when they first install our products. That’s because there are always system-related tips and ‘tricks of the trade’ that our installers can pick up; improving their knowledge and giving them greater confidence in subsequent installations.

“This service has proved invaluable for our installers and has helped us to grow our aluminium bi-folding door business year on year!” he adds.

If you would like to know more about the full WarmCore range of products that we can provide at Total Glass click the image on the right.

For more information, contact Total Glass on 0151 549 2339 or visit the WarmCore page of the website at www.totalglass.com/warmcore

Source: www.totalglass.com


What your office looks like – both on the inside and outside – says a lot about the rest of your company. Windows that are old, broken or dirty can automatically steer away potential clients and employees from walking inside or applying for a job.

On the other hand, windows that are well-maintained, as well as furniture that is modern and up-to-date, can attract the clientele you’re looking to reach and employees you’d like to hire.

If your office needs a complete makeover, start by adding new windows or modern glass features! Believe it or not, windows can make a lasting first impression. And if they make a good impression from the outside, that just entices people to see what’s on the inside!

Let your clients and employees see their way into a successful future- figuratively speaking. Let Bent Glass Design bring your office into the 21st century.

What Can You Transform Your Office With?

Add a new board room table made of curved glass to impress clients or employees visiting from out of town.

Install new bent insulated windows for a modern touch from one end of your office to the other.

Do you need peace and quiet when you work? Install acoustical glass panels throughout your office. This way you can still see what your employees and coworkers are doing, you just won’t hear all the chatter going on, music being played, or the clacking sound of those who type unnecessarily loud.

You’ll be impressed with how much of a difference updating subtle features of your office such as the furniture, walls and windows can make for your working environment. To get started, view Bent Glass Design’s online gallery for some idea, and then give us a call at 215-441-9101.

Source: www.bentglassdesign.com


Construction of all new government buildings in India will follow a “green building” concept, officials with the country’s public works department said.

In following the approach, construction and repair of buildings to prevent environmental damage and curtail power usage will undergo audits by programs such as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), reports the Asian Age.

The public works department is mainly entrusted with construction and maintenance of roads, bridges and government buildings.

Officials said the decision comes as there is increasing pressure on the environment and natural resources, due to large-scale building construction going on across India.

“One construction project results in using exponential electricity; it pollutes water and air sources, results in greenhouse gas creation and releases about 50 percent chlorofluorocarbon,” one public works official said. “Since the energy demand for large-scale construction projects is more than about 50 percent of the domestic use, many parts of the state face load-shedding.”

Officials confirmed they are looking to design structures that will produce little minimal environmental damage and will be resource-efficient throughout the life of the building. A number of processes for solar power creation, rainwater harvesting and minimal waste creation will help the structure to attain the stature, the newspaper reported.

Officials have said that all of the nation’s departments would have to adapt while conducting repair work of all large-scale construction projects. At the same time, green buildings will have to clear the audits conducted by LEED, one of the most popular green building certification programs used worldwide and developed by the non-profit U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and The Indian Green Building Council.

Surcee.: proudgreenbuilding ,Image – http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/


The photovoltaic glass has been integrated in the form of a skylight covering an indoor swimming pool.  The skylight has a unique slide-like shape, thanks to the curved wooden structure on which the nearly 72 photovoltaic glass modules rest.

Onyx Solar’s photovoltaic glass increases the comfort of building users by enhancing thermal and acoustic isolation, while filtering out most of the harmful solar radiation. It also lets enjoy gorgeous views from the swimming pool, due to its 20% semi-transparency degree (L vision).

Source.: onyxgreenbuilding


Tech is disrupting the transaction life cycles of real estate asset classes in India, and could soon start transforming real estate requirements too

First, computers arrived, then the Internet; both revolutionised the world. Even today, IT continues to democratise the world as also catalyse the introduction of several new services and products across the globe. In India too, IT-based start-ups continue to disrupt old ways of doing business in many sectors.

Though real estate mostly involves transaction of physical assets, technology has been disrupting the transaction lifecycles of different real estate asset classes globally – and in India, too. Technology is making the process – right up to deal closure – smarter and more efficient.

One of the biggest changes has been in how people have started sourcing, renting and buying/ selling residential properties online in India. The success of JLL India’s online fest in association with Snapdeal was proof of how big this trend has become in the country.

In a way, this change from the more traditional ways of doing real estate business seems to follow the journey of financial assets in India. Earlier, Indians were not comfortable trading shares or buying financial assets online. Even after technology was introduced, the transition from offline to online was slow for quite a few years. Today, however, it is perfectly normal for Indians to keep their financial transactions and asset management entirely online.

Technology transforming consumer behaviour, acting as catalyst to online transactions

Online shopping is increasing in popularity. As far as real estate is concerned, consumers have access to on-ground images and information about properties available on the market across the country. In some cases, the selling price also. The transparency involved in maintaining a sophisticated online presence has raised standards among developers and, in turn, empowered buyers.

India is experiencing high urban inward migration, particularly among people of working age. This is due to the movement of our huge IT workforce. Until the 1990s, people typically bought their first house towards retirement. Now, people are buying homes in their late 20s, just a few years into their career. The consumer base is younger and more tech-savvy than ever before, and expects to be able to shop online for all manner of goods and services – real estate included.

It is not only end users wanting a new home who are heading online; investors are also showing a keen interest. And while home buyers still pay at least one visit to the property before parting with their money, investors are increasingly happy to keep the whole process online.

Earlier, buying a house was a long and tedious process. Today, however, the Internet is helping streamline the house-hunting process and also improve transparency – almost every developer has a website divulging at least some information about available options, including a location map and photos of the current state of construction.

Tech transforming real estate requirements across the globe

Tech-enabled workplaces are becoming more common across the globe. In USA, research on the budgets of clients’ interior build-outs are showing very interesting results, with IT costs as a proportion of overall construction budgets increasing rapidly. Earlier, they were around 5% of the overall construction budgets over the last decade.

More recent build-out budgets show the expansion of IT services from cabling and wiring to more than a dozen items for technology, including access devices, infrastructure, mobility, connectivity, data security systems, wireless connections and upgrades, business-specific apps, company-specific conferencing and presentation capabilities. All of these items can add up to 35% or more of the budget of a truly technology-focused company.

This theme is seen in every tenant build-out today, from traditional law firms to new campuses built by companies like Facebook and Apple. The aesthetics and prestige of an office, which were formerly the primary considerations, are beginning to take a back seat to the technology and the connectivity within buildings.

Going forward

It will not be long before corporate occupiers in India start displaying the same trends. Today, technology is already enabling services like street view, 360° view of a property’s neighbourhood, property walkthroughs and landscape photography carried out by drones – all of which help buyers, investors and lessees in their decision-making process.

Technology is both a driver of the digitisation of all kinds of real estate data and also an enabler in disseminating and analysing this data. With increasing digitisation in India as also improvements in data-capturing techniques, a more granular and timely assessment of real estate markets will be possible in the future.

– Anuj Puri – Chairman & Country Head at JLL India



China is out to prove the safety of its glass bridges.

After a glass-bottomed bridge in Shiniuzhai National Geological Park started to crack under tourists — as theystood suspended 3,500 feet in the air — Chinese officials have been making a show of safety tests of the new world’s longest glass suspension glass bridge in the Tianmenshan National Forest Park in Zhangjiajie.

Ahead ofits public opening, the glass bridge has been slammed with sledgehammers and now driven on in a giantSUV.

The new bridge, engineered with three half-inch layers of ultra-strong glass, is meant to withstand powerful blows. To prove it, 20 brave volunteers smashed the glass bottom with sledgehammers. While the exercise left ominous looking cracks in the top layer, the cracks are not a threat to the bridge’s structural integrity.

If you want proof of that, the volunteers are on it: They drove a two-ton Volvo XC90 sport utility vehicle packed with 11 people over the bridge’s shattered bricks,theWashington Post reported. Afterward, volunteers returned to smash more of the bridge with sledgehammers.

After all the potentially damaging activities, the bridge remained, stretching 1,410 feet between two mountains in the park, which is tucked into the China’s northwestern Hunan Province. This newbridge is “only” suspended 984-feet about the valley floor, giving visitors plenty of time to admire Zhangjiajie’s incredible mountain pillars, which appeared in the movie Avatar.

The new attraction was originally intended to open to the publicin May, but rainfall has pushed its opening date back toJuly, according to the South China Morning Post.

Source: http://www.travelandleisure.com/


AMETEK Land, the leading industrial infrared non-contact temperature measurement specialist, has developed an innovative new pyrometer that provides high accuracy and a three-in-one capability specifically for aluminium applications, including extrusion press exit, extrusion press quench zone, and aluminium strip mills.

The SPOT AL EQS (SPOT Aluminium Extrusion, Quench and Strip) pyrometer is an extremely flexible instrument with pre-configured algorithms that make it especially suitable for use at the extruder press exit and quench position as well as at mill entry and exit positions in hot rolling mills. In addition, the pyrometer’s algorithms can be customised and tuned for bespoke applications and specific aluminium grades.

Richard Gagg, Global IR Product Manager for AMETEK Land, said: “The SPOT AL EQS is a revolutionary new pyrometer, designed for even greater accuracy and convenience. It incorporates Land’s 35 years of experience producing high-accuracy, reliable temperature measurement equipment for the aluminium industry. We are confident that we have developed a temperature measurement solution that will optimise efficiency and achieve cost savings for aluminium producers, who now no longer need separate pyrometers at different points in the aluminium process.”

Cristiano Baiano, Automation Engineer at SAPA Profiles UK, said: “The implementation of the SPOT AL EQS across a number of our manufacturing sites has better enabled us to meet the exacting standards of our automotive customers. We were impressed with how easy it was to integrate the technology into our control system. We now have more information available for our operators to make better informed decisions.”

This latest addition to the LAND range of SPOT pyrometers was specifically designed to work in low emissivity environments where regular pyrometers might struggle to provide accurate and reliable readings. It has the ability to measure a wide temperature range from 200o to 700°C / 392o to 1292°F. Utilising the latest, cutting-edge temperature detector design in combination with the most-advanced data processing algorithms, Land has created an extremely accurate and repeatable pyrometer with an industry-leading response time.

Incorporating the latest digital communication capabilities, the SPOT AL EQS can be configured remotely through a dedicated webserver and with Power over Ethernet (POE) capabilities is able to communicate data over Ethernet through a variety of different protocols (TCP-IP, Modbus TCP, DHCP, http, udp and ICMP). This further ensures that, along with the traditional 4-20mA/0-20mA output signal, the SPOT AL EQS can be easily integrated into any plant control infrastructure.

SPOT AL EQS works straight out of the box and can be installed by just a single person, offering greater convenience and ease of use. If the sensor is in an inaccessible location, SPOT AL EQS has a remote viewing capability to verify alignment and ensure a high level of accuracy. A built-in camera aids alignment, which, combined with a green LED, allows the user to position the measurement point in an optimal location to avoid ambient lighting reflections. Data from the SPOT AL EQS is available remotely as snapshots using free SPOT Viewer software or standard web browsers.

SPOT pyrometers are designed for high accuracy, high reliability, simple installation, configuration and flexible digital communications. They can be easily interchanged with other AMETEK Land pyrometers and other manufacturers’ equipment. All processing functions are integrated into a single pyrometer, making them suitable for use in all sized plants. Designed in close collaboration with industry-leading aluminium producers and plant control system engineers, the SPOT AL EQS pyrometer is helping lead the way in improving aluminium extrusion and strip plant throughput, quality and energy efficiency. This latest AMETEK Land temperature measurement instrument already has demonstrated its ability to provide immediate data for process improvement.

For more details, visit www.landinst.com/products/spot-al-eqs and www.spotthermometer.com or email land.enquiry@ametek.com.

AMETEK Land (www.landinst.com) is a business unit of AMETEK, Inc. a leading global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical devices. Land designs and manufactures a wide range of instruments for industrial non-contact temperature measurement, combustion efficiency and environmental monitoring.

Source: AMETEK Land


Mumbai’s real estate sector is cautiously optimistic about the new single window online application system for processing construction permits unveiled by MCGM, one of Asia’s oldest municipal corporations. As per MCGM’s assessment the system, if implemented, would result in a 52% reduction in the number of permissions required to obtain building approvals. If the reforms also succeed in bringing down the costs involved in obtaining permits, the resulting savings are likely to passed on to consumers, making housing more affordable and boosting the absorption of real estate in the city.

Massive Upgrade To Currently Inefficient And Bureaucratic Approval Process

Earlier, a building construction proposal in Mumbai required a series of approvals from about 30-35 different departments of the municipal corporation, the state government and various central government agencies. (See Exhibit A). Under the new system, developers will require 58 certifications as against earlier 119, a reduction of 52% in number of approvals, no objection certificates (NOCs) and BMC remarks. MCGM expects that the new system will cut the approval timeline for a building project to 60 days as against the earlier 1-2 years.

Sweeping Reforms

The reforms aim to drastically reduce the turnaround time for issuing construction permits, and envisage an overhaul of the existing permit workflow mechanism.

The salient features:

  • Re-engineering of processes to save time spent on inter-departmental clearances
  • Processing of ‘No objection’ certificates (NOCs) by MCGM’s various departments even before the application for permits is submitted (pre-application processing)
  • NOCs to be issued for the full potential of the plot
  • Weeding out of avoidable processes. The earlier 119 approvals, NOCs, and/or remarks required for a single project have been reduced to 58 – a 52% reduction
  • Use of self-certification (by developers) for approvals related to debris removal, property tax and pest control
  • Use of MCGM pre-approved external consultants for approvals related to internal layout, internal sewerage system and STP, parking layout and maneuverability within plot, storm water drainage, mechanical and electrical works, and gardens
  • Use of ‘deemed’ clearances wherein a delay in issuing an approval by a department beyond a pre-specified duration (ranging from 7 to 30 days) would result in automatic ‘deemed’ approval
  • Simultaneous issuance of IOD and plinth CC within a period of 30 days from the receipt of proposal including site visit and approval to concessions, if any, from the competent authorities
  • Commencement Certificate (further CC) to be issued within 15 days from the date of application and submission of requisite compliances
  • OCC and BCC to be issued simultaneously within 15 days of application and requisite compliances
  • Integration with state and central government departments has begun – approvals from Airport Authority of India (AAI) and Ancient Monument approval from Archeological Survey of India (ASI) have been integrated into the new system

Massive Backlog Will Severely Test Reforms, Single Window System

An acid test of the proposed reforms and single-window clearance will be the quick disposal of a massive backlog of building proposals that are in various stages of the approval cycle. An analysis of the number of proposals received and clearances granted by MCGM for projects in Greater Mumbai over the last decade shows an alarming trend:

MCGM permits -Quick Reference (For complete list of all approvals, See Exhibit A)rn mcgm 1

Source: FICCI

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Note: Data for 2012-13 is presently not available

Data source: MCGM and RTI activist Shri Anil Galgali

Throughout the last decade, there has been a massive gap between new building proposals submitted to the MCGM for approval and the number of proposals that were given the final clearance – the BCC. On an average, 1500 projects have entered the system for approval each year, while MCGM granted only 730 OCCs and 118 BCCs. This suggests that there has been mounting backlog of projects which have yet to receive one or more approvals. There could be several projects which, despite receiving the IOD and CC, may not have received the OCC and BCC and will likely have to wait for a long time if they are to get the final approval at all.

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Source: MCGM Web site and RTI activist Shri Anil Galgali

Shocking as it may seem, the building proposals that received OCC have averaged at just around 46% of the number of new proposals that entered the process for approval over the last decade. The proposals that received the ultimate approval of BCC averaged a mere 4% in 2013-14. The reformed workflow mechanism would have to process not just new building proposals, but also cope with the massive volume of proposals that are pending further approvals.

Integration With State And Central Government Departments A Key Challenge

Many of the approvals required for a building proposal in the city are granted by state and central government departments. Mindful of this, Chief Minister Fadnavis has directed the MCGM to integrate all state and central government permissions within the single-window system.

MCGM has started work on this front by integrating approvals from AAI and ASI, both central government agencies, within the single window system. However, some important processes are yet to be integrated – a point in case is environmental clearance. Presently, all building projects in the country having a total built-up area of 20,000 sq.m. or more (including FSI and non-FSI area) need to be cleared by the State Environmental Impact Assessment Authority (SEIAA) of the respective state. Amendments made to the law in January 2014 make it mandatory for developers in the state to first get all projects sanctioned by the local planning authority (MCGM) and only then approach the State Expert Appraisal Committees (SEAC II governs Mumbai ) and SEIAA to obtain environmental clearances.

In effect, developers now have to obtain IOD from MCGM before approaching SEAC II and SEIAA for environmental clearance. Earlier, developers simultaneously approached both MCGM and SEAC II for clearances in order to expedite the approval process, which takes between 6-24 months. With the amended rules, the project approvals have been delayed further. The graph below plots the number of applications made to SEAC II to secure its recommendation for environmental clearance over the last 5 years. A sharp drop can be seen in applications dated 2014.

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* Applications received up to March, 2015

Source: State Expert Appraisal Committee

Environmental clearance is just one of the many approvals required from state or central government departments. There are several other approvals that pose significant hurdles that are yet to be integrated, such as clearances from the State Pollution Control board, NOC from State Coastal Zone Management Authority (in case of CRZ land). Each of these clearances can take anywhere from 2-6 months. The single-window for permits would be only be truly effective if it brings all approvals and sub-approvals required from central and state government departments within its ambit.

Genuine Single-Window Will Enable Quick Turnaround And Boost Developer Productivity, Re Supply And Economic Growth

It is common knowledge that developers in the city employ significant resources – both human and financial – specifically for obtaining building permits from MCGM. The practice of employing generously remunerated ‘specialist’ staff with expertise in liaising with the labyrinth of MCGM departments is also well-known. According to the World Bank’s Doing Business report 2014, the costs incurred in obtaining construction permits in Greater Mumbai amount to an eye-popping 46% of the total cost of construction, as against 0.4% in Hong Kong and 0.3% in Singapore. This clearly indicates the abnormally high cost of obtaining permits in the city. This is a situation which a transparent, single-window would be expected to remedy. A reduction in project cost will provide developers the leg-room to bring down prices, leading to demand revival in the real estate sector.

A Transparent, It Enabled System Will Eliminate Information Asymmetry

Another significant benefit of an IT enabled system would be the elimination of or reduction in the information asymmetry that currently plagues the real estate sector. Timely availability of building permit information to potential buyers would help avert situations such as the infamous Campa Cola case, wherein the residents of this housing project claim that they were unaware of the building’s legal status when they purchased their apartments. An IT-enabled system will empower citizens with timely and correct information on the approval status of projects, allowing them to make informed decisions.

Whether the new single-window system succeeds in actually cutting the time required for obtaining approvals remains to be seen. That said, speedy implementation of the system would be a transformative development in the city’s real estate sector, and resonate with the ruling dispensation’s intent to boost the country’s ‘Ease of doing business’ rankings.

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Exhibit A – Source: FICCI


  • World Bank Doing Business Report 2014
  • Circular issued by the Municipal commissioner on April 18, 2015
  • ‘Approval Process for Real Estate Projects in Maharashtra (Mumbai) & Suggestions to Streamline the system’ – FICCI
  • ‘Single window clearance: Fadnavis pat for BMC’ – The Hindu
  • ‘Maharashtra halves number of permits for constructions’ – The Hindu

Ramesh Nair, COO – Business & International Director, JLL India

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  • China’s biggest developer Wanda signed an MoU with Haryana earlier this year; more developers from China and Japan are expected to follow suit
  • Large residential and industrial projects of particular interest

Given the current prime minister’s focus on improving India’s stature amongst the global investment community, there has been a big change in India’s image as a business and economic hub. After 100% foreign direct investment (FDI) was allowed into the real estate industry, it was only a matter of time before foreign developers made big investment announcements.

One of China’s most prominent developers, Dalian Wanda Group, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) earlier this year with the northern state of Haryana to develop ‘Wanda Industrial New City’. The investment ofUSD 10 billion, phased out over the next decade, is a very significant outlay by any Chinese company in India.

Other Chinese developers are also interested in India and most likely to follow suit. A MoU signed between China Fortune Land Development Company Private Limited (CFLD) and Haryana state will see large format industrial parks come up in the state. Gezhouba, another prominent Chinese construction company, has in-principle agreed to invest INR 10,000 crore in irrigation projects in Telangana state.

It will be interesting to see if larger deals are signed in 2016. With China experiencing a slowdown in their own economy, the developers there will get an opportunity to benefit from India’s growth story. The Wanda investment will be one of its biggest, so far. It is also bigger than most deals that other Chinese companies investing abroad carried out in 2015.

Even for the Indian real estate industry, it will be among the biggest investments in the residential and retail asset classes by a foreign developer. Increased participation by foreign players is expected to help in the development of quality projects, which will benefit end-users and simultaneously create opportunities for Indian investors too.

It will be interesting to observe the implications of Wanda’s strategy and the innovations such foreign players bring to India as they compete with local and well-established players to capitalise on the opportunities that India gives them now.

Foreign developers are also going to look at partnering with their Indian counterparts. Interestingly, large residential projects are of particular interest to other Chinese developers. It remains to be seen if commercial asset class also gets on their radar in the near future.

The Wanda Deal

Wanda plans to invest USD 10 billion in the next 10 years to construct industrial townships, retail and residential developments. According to media reports, construction of the phase-I of ‘Wanda Industrial New City’ is likely to begin in 2016 and it will be spread over 1,300 hectares. It will comprise an industrial park that will house companies from various sectors, such as software, automotive manufacturing, machinery, health care, education and other industries. The first phase is anticipated to be completed in the next 3-5 years.

The Japanese could be next

Japanese and Chinese private equity investors are also looking at entering India’s real estate sector. Japanese developers are keen to explore strategic partnerships and enter into joint ventures with Indian builders, and are particularly interested in industrial projects. There is likely to be an inflow of at least USD 2 billion in investments from Japan into the Indian real estate market over the next three years.

Interestingly, the RICS-JLL survey this January had shown that 62% of the respondents – all seasoned real estate investors – felt that institutions from Japan and China could come knocking to the Indian real estate market in 2016.

 Anuj Puri, Chairman & Country Head, JLL India

Source.: http://jllapsites.com/