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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Tubelite Introduces TU24650 Storefront

Tubelite_TU24650ThermlBlock_webExpanding its Therml=Block™ product line, Tubelite Inc. announces TU24650 Series storefront system with a dual pocket poured-and-debridged thermal break. This new storefront is part of Tubelite high-performance thermal framing systems designed to address today’s fast-track construction schedules and stringent energy codes. 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 TU24650 storefront is engineered for use on ground floor storefront or protected low-rise applications and tall openings up to 14 feet high. It may be specified as part of a complete offering of Therml=Block entrance, storefront and curtainwall systems, or individually as needed.

This storefront system has been tested per AAMA 1503-09’s standards, achieving a U-Factor of 0.31 for thermal transmittance and a frame condensation resistance factor (CRFf) of 75. “Our new TU24650 dual thermally broken storefront improves U-Factors by 36 percent and increases CRF by 30 percent over a single poured-and-debridged pocket when using the same size and type of insulated glass,” said Mary Avery, Tubelite’s marketing director.

Label certificates validating energy performance for Tubelite’s TU24650 Series storefront can be obtained from the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) Component Modeling Approach (CMA) program. Azon’s Lancer™ mechanical surface conditioning of the aluminum extrusion cavity ensures long-term resistance to shrinkage of the polyurethane barrier.

Avery added, “Optimizing thermal performance helps lower the load on HVAC systems and reducing associated energy costs, while maintaining a comfortable interior temperature. Reducing condensation can improve a building’s appearance and sanitation, and minimize damage to adjacent building materials.”

Beyond performance, Tubelite TU24650 storefront aesthetically matches T14000 and TU24000 storefront systems’ glass plane. Its 2-by-6.5-inch profiles also complement other Therml=Block products’ 4.5-inch system depth for a pleasing reveal.

The aluminum framing can accommodate glass or panels up to 1-inch thick. Verticals can be steel-reinforced for high performance against strong windloads. Members can be assembled using screw spline or clip joinery, and framing is compatible with Tubelite Medium and Wide Stile Therml=Block Doors. Tubelite 3700 Series operable windows also can be glazed into the storefront framing pocket for natural ventilation.

The aluminum used to produce all of Tubelite’s storefront, window, entrance and curtainwall systems 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. Coupled with TU24650’s recycled aluminum content, daylight, views, energy-efficient thermal performance and condensation resistance, these attributes also may support projects seeking LEED® certification or other green building criteria.

Please click here to learn more about Tubelite’s high-performance TU24650 storefront systems’ design details, test reports, installation instruction and specific performance data. 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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Tubelite Introduces INT45 Interior Flush Glaze Framing

Installation perfect for commercial office and retail space

Installation perfect for commercial office and retail space

Tubelite Inc. announces a new extension of its 4500 Series Storefront framing called INT45 Interior Flush Glaze Framing for commercial interiors. Specialized adapters allow Tubelite INT45’s frames to be installed before or after the drywall, completely covering the end of the stud wall and helping meet fast-track construction schedules.

“Our interior framing project was born from listening to our clients. As part of our New Product Introduction process, we seek the Voice of the Customer where clients in various regions share their feedback on market opportunity and design concepts. Their input helped with the new product’s development and ultimately resulted in Tubelite’s first interior framing product line – INT 45,” said Piet Visser, Tubelite’s product development engineer III.

4500-interior-detailTubelite INT45 easily incorporates standard aluminum storefront with metal stud and drywall systems. Perimeter trim members are pre-applied on one side of the 4.5-inch frame opening for simple, fast installation.

Gaskets accommodate 0.25-inch to -0.5-inch glass thicknesses and are available in black or grey. Recycled aluminum content may be specified for the storefront framing members. Aluminum extrusions are stocked in Dark Bronze and Clear anodize, and can be requested in five other anodize colors, 20 standard paint choices or a custom paint color. Matching finishes are offered for standard swing doors and frames to complete the system.

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Announcing the INT45 Storefront Framing

Tubelite is pleased to announce a new extension of 4500 Series Storefront framing called INT45 for commercial and retail interior applications.

Tubelite INT45 has adapter options for installing before or after adjacent drywall has been finished to meet construction schedules. Options for this versatile system include:

  • Easy installation – perimeter trim is pre-applied to one side of the frame to position the system in the opening
  • Standard swing doors and frames w/o thresholds
  • Black or Grey silicone gaskets
  • Glass thicknesses of ¼”, 5/16”, 3/8”, and ½”
  • Recycled aluminum for wall framing members

Design details and installation instructions can be found on the Tubelite website at http://www.tubeliteinc.com/int-45/. Active Glazing Contractor accounts with Tubelite can access price book pages for INT45 on the Client Portal of Tubelite’s website.

The updated Easy Estimate spreadsheet will be sent to you and is also available on the Client Page.

Please contact your Client Development Manager if you do not have a login for the client section of the website or if you have any questions regarding this interior framing system.

Click here to download the announcement

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Tubelite’s 400TU Series Thermal Curtainwall Meets Energy Codes

Tubelite_400TU-CwebDesigned for today’s stringent energy codes, Tubelite Inc. introduces 400TU Series high-performance thermal curtainwall system for medium- and low-rise commercial buildings. Combining aluminum framing, dual thermal strut and high-performance insulated glass, 400TU Series dual-glazed achieves industry-leading U-Factors of 0.30 for thermal transmittance and a frame condensation resistance factor (CRFf) of 81.

Thoroughly tested by an independent laboratory, Tubelite’s 400TU Series curtainwall demonstrated that it meets or exceeds ASTM and AAMA industry standards for air, water, structural, thermal, acoustical and seismic performance. The 400TU Series curtainwall’s enhanced thermal break is located in the tongue area of the back member, and the insulated glass is positioned to the system’s exterior for enhanced resistance to rainwater. In addition to thermal performance, this curtainwall system is tested to meet acoustical performance ratings for Sound Transmission Class (STC) 38 and Outdoor-Indoor Transmission Class (OITC) 32.

Assembled using screw spline or clip joinery, 400TU Series can be specified with either an aluminum or polyamide pressure plate, and as a stick-built system or shop-assembled into “ladders” for field glazing. Verticals can be steel-reinforced for strong windloads. The system’s 6-, 7.5- and 10-inch system depths can accommodate glass or panels of 1- to 1.75-inches thick, and easily integrates with Tubelite’s Therml=Block® entrance systems.

Tubelite’s 400TU Series can be extruded using EcoLuminum™, a high recycled-content aluminum billet composition with eco-friendly, durable finishes. Seven anodized finishes and 20 standard paint colors are available, and upon request, blended and custom colors may be specified.

Durable finishes reduce buildings’ maintenance costs and enhance long lifecycles. Coupled with 400TU Series’ recycled aluminum content, 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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