Tubelite debuts TerraPorte 7600 terrace doors

Ideal for mid-rise residential projects, condominiums and hotels, Tubelite Inc. introduces TerraPorte 7600 terrace doors. Sizes extend up to 12-feet-tall and easily integrate with Tubelite’s curtainwall, ribbon window or storefront systems, or used as a standalone door.

The 3-1/4-inch aluminum-framed TerraPorte 7600 terrace doors achieve AW-70 Architectural Performance Class requirements set by the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA). Testing for AW-70 includes stringent criteria for air, water and structural performance, including AAMA 910-16 lifecycle testing to 4,000 operating cycles, with supplemental thermal cycling.

Ensuring safety requirements are met, TerraPorte doors feature multi-lock hardware. Low-profile accessABLE™ sills may be specified to achieve universal design goals. The doors’ heavy-duty aluminum hinges, along with corner key and crimped construction, provide increased durability for frequent use.

Durable anodize or painted finishes also reduce buildings’ maintenance costs and enhance long lifecycles. Paint options include a large palette of colors plus a two-color, split finish option.

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About Tubelite Inc.

Established in 1945, Tubelite celebrates 70 years of dependable service, fabrication and distribution of architectural aluminum products. Part of Apogee Enterprises, Inc., the company is an industry leader in eco-efficient storefront, curtainwall and entrance systems, and recognized for its fast, reliable and consistent delivery. Tubelite’s corporate office, fabrication, warehouse and shipping operations are located in Walker, Michigan. Its Dallas location provides additional fabrication, warehouse and shipping operations, and its facility in Reed City, Michigan, houses the company’s aluminum extrusion operation.

Tubelite and its staff are members of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA), the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI), the Glass Association of North America (GANA), the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC), the Society of Military Engineers (SAME) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

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Hurricane Impact-Resistant Framing and Entrance Systems

Tubelite Inc. helps commercial buildings meet impact building codes with ForceFront Storm™ curtainwall, storefront and entrances, providing a complete, easy-to-install, hurricane impact-resistant system. ForceFront Storm products are designed for to meet the Florida Building Code’s High Velocity Hurricane Zone (HVHZ) requirements. They are approved through the Florida Product Approval (FPA) and Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) review processes.

“These hurricane impact-resistant products are engineered to help protect building occupants and property from windborne projectiles and rain water,” says Tom Mifflin, Tubelite’s product manager. “Verifying their performance, Inertek (formerly ATI) tests and approves our ForceFront Storm products to meet today’s industry standards.”

 

Tubelite ForceFront Storm products include:

* ForceFront Storm Curtainwall (FFS-CW) systems feature a 2-1/2-inch face pressure bar system for use on single- and twin-span applications. FFS-CW has a shear block construction and is available in captured or structural glazed options. A thermal separator and 1-5/16-inch laminated-insulated glass also support stringent, modern energy code requirements.

* ForceFront Storm E44000 Series and E/T34000 Series Storefront systems are design for use on first floor, single-span applications. The E44000 Series 2-1/2-by-5-inch, flush-glazed storefront system’s impact-resistant, screw-spline framing is designed to be glazed with 9/16-inch laminated glass. The E/T34000 Series is available with either a thermal or non-thermal frame and accepts 1-5/16-inch laminated-insulated glass.

* ForceFront Entrance Doors complement Tubelite’s curtainwall and storefront products. The entrance systems’ stile dimensions include Monumental 2-by-6-inch Wide Stile and 1-3/4-by-4-inch Medium Stile. The Medium Stile door is available with both thermal and non-thermal frames. ForceFront Storm entrances are glazed with 1-1/16-inch-thick laminated-insulated glass. Options include, transom lites, heavy-wall extrusions and steel reinforcing. Thresholds comply with the ADA requirements for accessibility.

In addition to impact-resistance performance, ForceFront Storm products have been tested to industry standards for air, water, structural, thermal and acoustical performance. The framing for Tubelite ForceFront Storm products’ extrusions also can be specified as using EcoLuminum™, a high recycled-content aluminum billet composition. Coupled with daylight, views, energy-efficient thermal performance and condensation resistance, these attributes also may support projects seeking LEED® certification or other green building criteria.

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About Tubelite Inc.

Established in 1945, Tubelite celebrates 70 years of dependable service, fabrication and distribution of architectural aluminum products. Part of Apogee Enterprises, Inc., the company is an industry leader in eco-efficient storefront, curtainwall and entrance systems, and recognized for its fast, reliable and consistent delivery. Tubelite’s corporate office, fabrication, warehouse and shipping operations are located in Walker, Michigan. Its Dallas location provides additional fabrication, warehouse and shipping operations, and its facility in Reed City, Michigan, houses the company’s aluminum extrusion operation.

Tubelite and its staff are members of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA), the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI), the Glass Association of North America (GANA), the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC), the Society of Military Engineers (SAME) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

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Media contact: Heather West, 612-724-8760, heather@heatherwest

 

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Tubelite shares expertise on thermal barriers

Sharing his knowledge with the industry, Tubelite’s Doug Dietrich recently authored a Know Your Products column on “Fenestration’s Thermal Barriers” for Metal Construction News.

He explains that when aluminum extrusions are shaped into framing for window, entrance, storefront and curtainwall systems, a break in the thermal path is necessary between the interior and exterior surfaces. This thermal barrier reduces the transfer of heat through the aluminum, keeping occupants at their desired, comfortable, indoor temperature and maintaining the structural integrity of the aluminum profiles.

The column continues with a description of thermal barrier types and U-factors. He also reminds readers to check that Division 8 aluminum framing and glazing specifications for U-factor align to meet the specified project requirements as determined by local codes.

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Tubelite achieves NFRC ACE certification

Tubelite Inc. has been approved by the National Fenestration Ratings Council (NFRC) as a Manufacturer Approved Calculation Entity (ACE) Organization. NFRC is the global leader in delivering energy and related performance ratings and certification for fenestration products and systems.

In addition to the company’s ACE certified individuals in both the engineering and marketing departments, three Tubelite representatives have earned a Certificate of Approval for successfully completing the ACE Training Workshop: client development manager Dan Goodman, and representatives Rick Hillesheim and Matt Tschida of Hillesheim Architectural Products, Inc.

As an NFRC ACE, each is qualified to carry out performance calculations of fenestration products for design support and final certification using the NFRC Component Modeling Approach (CMA) and software tool (CMAST). Through NFRC’s CMAST libraries of approved frames, glass and spacer components, users can configure fenestration products for a project, and can obtain a U-factor, solar heat gain coefficient and visible transmittance rating for those products. Performance values are then compared to the energy requirements of local energy codes to determine compliance.

Performance of specific Tubelite frame-glass combinations can be obtained from the NFRC Certified Products Directory or the CMA process. In addition to active product listings in the NFRC Certified Products Directory for factory-glazed fenestration, Tubelite has several approved curtainwall, storefront and entrance system products in the CMAST library, and new product variations frequently are added.

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About Tubelite Inc.

Established in 1945, Tubelite celebrates 70 years of dependable service, fabrication and distribution of architectural aluminum products. Part of Apogee Enterprises, Inc., the company is an industry leader in eco-efficient storefront, curtainwall and entrance systems, and recognized for its fast, reliable and consistent delivery. Tubelite’s corporate office, fabrication, warehouse and shipping operations are located in Walker, Michigan. Its Dallas location provides additional fabrication, warehouse and shipping operations, and its facility in Reed City, Michigan, houses the company’s aluminum extrusion operation.

Tubelite and its staff are members of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA), the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI), the Glass Association of North America (GANA), the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC), the Society of Military Engineers (SAME) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

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Media contact: Heather West, 612-724-8760, heather@heatherwest

 

 

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Tubelite introduces Therml=Block ribbon window

Tubelite_900RW_corner_webTubelite Inc. adds a new 900RW Series ribbon windows, with single and dual poured-and-debridged thermal options, as part of its growing Therml=Block™ product line.

“Designed for strip window applications in low- to mid-rise commercial buildings, 900RW ribbon windows save installation time and labor, while meeting model energy codes and supporting LEED® certification,” said Mary Avery, Tubelite’s marketing director. “Even in extreme cold climates, Therml=Block products provide superior energy and condensation resistance performance using multiple thermal barriers, while providing structural integrity and aesthetic flexibility.”

Tubelite’s 900RW ribbon windows have been successfully tested per the National Fenestration Council (NFRC) 102-14 procedure, achieving a U-Factor of 0.30 for thermal transmittance. They also successfully were tested per the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) 1503-09 standard, achieving a frame condensation resistance factor (CRFf) of 72. The single and dual thermal break options allow designers to select appropriate thermal performance levels to meet their projects’ requirements.

Glass is positioned at the exterior of Tubelite’s frame and installed from the interior side. Azon’s Lancer™ mechanical surface conditioning of the aluminum extrusion cavity ensures long-term resistance to shrinkage of the polyurethane barrier.

The new 900RW Series high-performance, 2-1/4-inch-wide thermal framing is available in depths of 4-1/2 or 6 inches. Options are offered for slab edge covers. These ribbon windows may be specified as part of a complete offering of Therml=Block entrance, storefront and curtainwall systems, or individually as needed. They also are compatible with Tubelite’s aLuminate™ light shelves and Max/Block™ sun shades.

The aluminum used to produce all of Tubelite’s framing systems, light shelves and sun shades can be extruded using EcoLuminum™, a high recycled-content aluminum billet composition. The aluminum is finished in a choice of seven anodized finishes or 20 standard paint colors, or, upon request, blended and custom colors may be specified. Durable finishes reduce buildings’ maintenance costs and enhance long lifecycles.

For an AIA-approved continuing education course on “Product Selection for Aluminum Fenestration” or other presentations, please email dependable@tubeliteinc.com or call 800-866-2227.

 

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About Tubelite Inc.

Established in 1945, Tubelite celebrates 70 years of dependable service, fabrication and distribution of architectural aluminum products. Part of Apogee Enterprises, Inc., the company is an industry leader in eco-efficient storefront, curtainwall and entrance systems, and recognized for its fast, reliable and consistent delivery. Tubelite’s corporate office, fabrication, warehouse and shipping operations are located in Walker, Michigan. Its Dallas location provides additional fabrication, warehouse and shipping operations, and its facility in Reed City, Michigan, houses the company’s aluminum extrusion operation.

Tubelite and its staff are members of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA), the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI), the Glass Association of North America (GANA), the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC), the Society of Military Engineers (SAME) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

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Media contact: Heather West, 612-724-8760, heather@heatherwest

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