Tubelite launches 400SS Screw Spline Thermal Curtainwall

Tubelite Inc.‘s new 400SS Series thermal, screw spline, aluminum-framed curtainwall features a thermally broken system to meet today’ commercial building codes and performance criteria. In addition to delivering high thermal performance (U-Factors) and condensation resistance, the new system is engineered for glazing in either the shop or in the field for installing on low- to mid-rise buildings.

“Based on the feedback we heard from glazing contractors and installers, we completely reinvented the screw spline curtainwall. Our new 400SS Thermal Curtainwall significantly reduces fabrication and installation labor costs to keep pace with fast-paced construction schedules, while supporting energy-efficient building goals,” said Mary Avery, Tubelite’s vice president of marketing.

“The expanded thermal break and thick gasketing of our 400SS Thermal Curtainwall helps buildings meet model energy codes and green building thermal performance guidelines including LEED® certification,” Avery continued. “This system can be pre-assembled, pre-sealed and pre-glazed under factory conditions, or stick-fabricated in the field. It is engineered to efficiently integrate with our operable windows, Therml=Block® entrances, MaxBlock® sun shades and aLuminate® light shelves for complete, convenient installation and dependable performance.”

Tubelite’s 400SS Series Thermal Curtainwall’s standard 2.5-inch-wide, aluminum-framed system is available in 6-, 7.5- and 10-inch depths and with an aluminum pressure plate. An optional polyamide pressure plate meets or exceeds stringent energy codes.

Successfully tested and simulated per National Fenestration Council (NFRC) procedures, the 400SS Series Thermal Curtainwall achieves a U-Factor of 0.38 for thermal transmittance using aluminum pressure plate and 0.31 using a polyamide pressure plate. It also meets the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) 1503 standard, achieving a frame condensation resistance factor (CRFf) of 68 with the aluminum pressure plate and 77 with polyamide.

In addition, Tubelite’s 400SS Series Thermal Curtainwall has been tested to AAMA 501 standards, which includes 15 psf static and dynamic water, air infiltration and exfiltration, vertical and horizontal interstory movement, seismic, and thermal cycling from -20 degrees F to +180 degrees F.

To meet this industry-leading performance, Tubelite’s thermally broken system uses a continuous 0.25-inch ethylene propylene rubber (EPDM) isolator. Silicone compatible glazing materials ensure long-lasting seals. An improved horizontal member allows for expansion/contraction clearances to minimize splice requirements.

Glass is positioned to the 400SS Thermal Curtainwall system’s exterior for enhanced resistance to rainwater. The 0.5-inch bite securely grips insulated glass or panels of 1-inch thickness. Infill thicknesses from 1/8 inch to 1-5/16 inches also can be accommodated.

Upon request, Tubelite can provide deep face covers, captured and structural silicone glazed (SSG) verticals and horizontals, steel reinforcing, and 90-degree inside and outside corners. Modified standard and custom sizes also can be specified. Tubelite has developed an optional top-of-slab anchoring system for project’s requiring greater adjustability, and removable interior covers at the head and sill members, for easier access to anchors.

The aluminum used to produce all of Tubelite’s framing systems, sun shades and light shelves 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.

Please visit the product page, to learn more about Tubelite’s high-performance 400SS Series Curtainwall 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.

About Tubelite Inc.

For more than 70 years, glazing contractors have counted on Tubelite’s 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. Its facility in Reed City, Michigan, houses the company’s aluminum extrusion operation. The company also has offices in Rock Hill, South Carolina, and Warwick, Rhode Island.

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 National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC), the National Glass Association/Glass Association of North America (NGA/GANA), the Society of Military Engineers (SAME) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

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ALA Midwest Architecture Conference, Oct. 2

Tubelite returns to the Association of Licensed Architects (ALA) Midwest Architecture Conference. This year’s event will be held Oct. 2 at the Drury Lane Conference Center in Oakbrook Terrace, just outside of Chicago.

Aron Zorn and Doug Dietrich will be representing Tubelite in booth #504 in the expo hall. The floor is open from 10:15 a.m.-4 p.m. Attendees can earn 1.0 continuing education units for their time with conference exhibitors.

20th Annual ALA Midwest Architecture Conference on Oct. 2, 2018In addition the exhibition, the conference will celebrate the 20th anniversary of ALA, offer a range of educational sessions and host 200 architects at an “After 5” Cocktail Reception.

Registration is required.

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SCIP Annual Meeting, Oct. 1-2, California

Tubelite is a proud sponsor of the Specifications Consultants in Independent Practice (SCIP) 2018 Annual Meeting. The national event will be held Oct. 1-2 at the Hilton Long Beach, California. Tubelite also will be hosting a table top display at the event.

This meeting coincides with the Construction Specification Institute (CSI) annual meeting and CONSTRUCT Show, during the same week and at the same city.

To register and for more information, please visit SCIP.com and CONSTRUCTshow.com.

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CSI Indy Trade Show, Sept. 27, Indianapolis

Tubelite’s Terry Britt returns to exhibit at the Indianapolis Chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI Indy) Trade Show.

More than 400 attendees are anticipated to attend this commercial construction product showcase, held on Sept. 27, 3-7 p.m., at the downtown Indianapolis JW Marriott’s second floor Griffin Hall.

The event is free to members, but registration is required. Please see the CSI Indy website for complete details.

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Tubelite adds Judy Bland as vice president of operations

Tubelite adds Judy Bland as vice president of operationsTubelite Inc. welcomes Judy Bland as its vice president of operations in Walker, Michigan. She will report directly to Steve Green, general manager, and her primary focus will be on safety, customer satisfaction, fiscal goal attainment and continual progression of Tubelite’s Lean journey.

Bland most recently served as the vice president of operations at Cascade Engineering in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In that position, she conducted various initiatives that included improved productivity resulting in a 50 percent increased capacity, generated significant annual savings by consolidating eight warehouses, implemented Lean/Six Sigma certification processes, and facilitated several high-performance team-building events.

Prior to her five years at Cascade Engineering, Bland held the position of vice president of operations at Leatherman Tool Group, a high-end multi-purpose tool manufacturer; Crane Corporation, a recreational vehicle, truck and construction product manufacturer; and Dover Corporation, a worldwide manufacturer of industrial compressors and fluid handling systems. Bland’s employment before that included executive vice president of the Micropump division and vice president of operations of the Viking Pump division at IDEX Corporation; and director of operations and operational excellence director at Parker Hannifin.

Bland earned both her bachelor’s degree and M.B.A from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan. She continued her professional development becoming a Certified Total Quality Management (TQM) Facilitator, Certified Six Sigma Black Belt and Certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt.

For information on employment opportunities at Tubelite, please click on “Careers” at the top of the home page.

About Tubelite Inc.

For more than 70 years, glazing contractors have counted on Tubelite’s 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. Its facility in Reed City, Michigan, houses the company’s aluminum extrusion operation. The company also has offices in Rock Hill, South Carolina, and Warwick, Rhode Island.

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 National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC), the National Glass Association/Glass Association of North America (NGA/GANA), the Society of Military Engineers (SAME) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

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