Tubelite’s 3700 Series Windows Manufactured with Recycled Aluminum

Tubelite Inc. announces its 3700 Series window now are offered with aluminum extruded using EcoLuminum™, a high recycled-content aluminum billet composition with eco-friendly, durable finishes. Presenting the opportunity for natural ventilation, these operable windows are available as conventional, concealed and casement units. 
Operable windows offer a seasonal opportunity to reduce energy demands and consumption, while enhancing occupants’ comfort. Coupled with the benefits of maximizing daylight and views, resources with recycled content, Tubelite’s windows may contribute to projects seeking certification by the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® Rating Systems.

“Whether choosing casements; project-in or project-out vent designs — these windows are engineered to let fresh air into the building through a storefront or curtainwall system,” says Mary Olivier, Tubelite’s marketing manager. “The concealed vent design is virtually invisible from the outside of the building, with no visible frame.”

Special glazing pocket adapters allow the 3700 Series windows to be easily incorporated with Tubelite’s other framing systems. The aluminum for each profile extruded by Tubelite using EcoLuminum contains a minimum of 80% reclaimed aluminum. This incorporates a post-consumer content average of 34%. Special requests for even higher recycled content can be provided, up to and including meeting specifications requiring 100% reclaimed aluminum.

EcoLuminum consumes 95% less energy to produce than that of standard, non-recycled billet. In addition, Tubelite products finished in eco-friendly anodize send 90% less waste to landfills than traditional anodizing. Painted finishes also can be specified, applied and controlled in an environmentally-effective manner to minimize, or even eliminate, volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These architectural-grade finishes minimize maintenance and further protect the windows for reliable operation.

Tubelite’s 3700 Series windows are tested to meet, or exceed, the industry’s most stringent criteria for resisting air leakage, water penetration, forced-entry, while upholding structural integrity. Contributing to its architectural-grade and long lifecycles, these windows are fabricated using mitered corners and screw-spline frame joinery.

These durable, operable windows accommodate up to 1-inch glass thickness. Along with selecting glass that promotes energy-efficiency, the units may be specified with a thermal barrier for enhanced performance and comfort.

Extending occupants’ comfort, screens are available to keep out insects. Those with aluminum frames can be finished to match the windows’ framing. Screens also may be specified with optional wickets for easy access to handles and locks through the inset windows. Other hardware choices may be requested, such as roto-crank handles on casements.

Tubelite’s 3700 Series windows joins the company’s other energy-saving products offered with EcoLuminum, which include the Therml=Block insulated door and 300ES Curtainwall, the Max/Block™ daylight control sun shade system, and aLuminate™ light shelves. To learn more about Tubelite’s storefront, curtainwall, entrance and daylight control systems, please visit www.tubeliteinc.com.

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Tubelite’s Gerard Schoeb earns LEED Green Associate Certification

Gerard Schoeb, a structural and applications engineer with Tubelite Inc., successfully passed the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC’s) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design® (LEED®) Green Associate Certification.

Tubelite provides storefront, curtainwall, entrance and daylight control systems to commercial building teams. These products can contribute to projects pursuing certification through the LEED Rating Systems in the areas of daylighting and views, thermal comfort and energy efficiency, low-emitting materials and recycled content. All of Tubelite’s architectural products are manufactured using EcoLuminum™, a high recycled-content aluminum billet composition featuring environmentally-friendly finishes.

A part of Tubelite’s environmentally-responsible practices and customer support, it is a member of the USGBC, an exhibitor at the national Greenbuild conference, and an active participant in local USGBC chapters. The company encourages LEED education, certification and accreditation.

Schoeb shares his knowledge through presentations and articles. Recent opportunities have included groups and publications associated with the USGBC, the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI).

An engineer in the composites materials field for 18 years, Schoeb’s experience includes quality assurance, product development, manufacturing engineering, and structural engineering. He earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Wayne State University in Detroit and continues to pursue professional development opportunities, such as the LEED Green Associate Certification.

The LEED Green Associate credential, introduced in 2009, demonstrates comprehensive knowledge in green building and the LEED building rating system. It distinguishes individuals who support, but may not directly participate in, green building in their regular professional work. This credential is also a prerequisite to pursue the next tier of accreditation, LEED Accredited Professional with Specialty. For more information on the USGBC and LEED, please see www.usgbc.org and www.gbci.org.

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Eco-friendly copper finish by Tubelite

Tubelite Inc.’s copper anodize finish creates a striking visual effect that retains its bright metallic appearance, while extending the environmentally-responsible, low-maintenance benefits of its storefront, curtainwall, entrance and daylight control systems.

Ideal for the Southwestern aesthetic and for historically-influenced design palettes, the copper anodize withstands extreme environments and the trials of time. Providing superior abrasion resistance and durability, the anodize finish is applied and tested to meet all AAMA 611 Class 1 specifications. This eco-friendly finish will not reveal its age with a patina.

Offered as a standard color choice, no custom color-matching is necessary. No clear coat or periodic lacquer treatments are required to preserve its copper color. There are no limits on shapes or quantities and the finish can be applied to both aluminum sheets and extrusions. Once installed, there is no need to worry about run-off stains or galvanic corrosion from copper ions.

The copper anodize creates a soft, matte finish that helps hide small imperfections that may occur on the surface of recycled aluminum. The aluminum for Tubelite’s architectural products can be extruded with a high recycled-content aluminum billet composition, consuming 95% less energy to produce than standard billet.

The eco-friendly anodize finish also reduces energy use and produces up to 90% less waste than traditional anodize processes. The process byproducts from the bath are recyclable. Applied in Linetec’s state-of-the-art finishing facility, the anodize process produces no volatile organic compounds (VOCs) . No-VOC finishes and secondary billet contribute to projects seeking certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® Green Building Rating System™.

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Tubelite touts Damage Free Guarantee, short lead-times and personalized service

Tubelite Inc. has promoted its dependability and service for 65 years. The company supports these claims with Damage Free Guarantee to ensure the safe and timely delivery of its storefront, curtainwall, entrance and daylight control systems.

“Recognizing the importance of construction project schedules, we’ve built our business around the goal of being the most dependable supplier in our industry. This means quality products; fast, reliable delivery; and easy fabrication and installation,” says Mary Avery, Tubelite’s vice president of marketing. “And, it means personal service. We give you the confidence and peace-of-mind to do your job without worrying if we’re doing ours.”

Avery continues, “Tubelite is committed to delivering the undamaged product to each client’s business on a consistent day and within the same brief window of time so that they can plan accordingly. The drivers provide advance notification of the confirmed delivery time and assist with unloading. This established delivery schedule, along with a continuous review of inventory levels, allows clients to rely on Tubelite for the best lead-times in the industry.”

Tubelite’s personalized partnerships allow its clients to reduce their on-site storage, minimize wasted time and materials, increase operational effectiveness and maximize workforce efficiency. Beyond its Damage Free Guarantee and managed inventory, Tubelite provides architectural support services, continuing education programs and easy access to the company’s executive team.

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Tubeliteinc.com Presents New Look

Tubelite Inc.’s website, http://www.tubeliteinc.com, showcases a new design helping visitors connect more easily with a broader selection of online resources.

Within one or two clicks from Tubelite’s homepage, users can:
* Read the company’s latest product, personnel and event news,
* View informative videos and a gallery of projects,
* Download product details, technical data and literature,
* Link to Autodesk® Seek and CAD details for Building Information Modeling (BIM) libraries,
* Access LEED® Green Building System support materials, and
* Contact national and local company representatives.
As a leading manufacturer of storefront, curtainwall, entrance and daylight control systems, the company’s updated website has streamlined its content to better serve a wider range of visitors. Specialty glazing contractors will continue to find reliable information, while the site also welcomes general contractors, architects and designers. Responding to all of these audiences’ interests in green building, tubeliteinc.com highlights EcoLuminum™, a high recycled-content aluminum billet composition featuring environmentally-friendly finishes.

A special section addresses the architectural community’s professional development needs by offering educational presentations available through the American Institute of Architects’ Continuing Education System (AIA/CES). Tubelite’s four, current AIA/CES presentations include:
* Daylighting and Integrated Façade Design
* Understanding U-Factors * Product Selection Guide
* The In’s and Out’s of Architectural Aluminum Doors and Frames
* Green: Architectural Aluminum Products for Commercial Construction
Each of the courses is available as one-hour, in-person presentations. Participants can receive 1.0 Learning Unit (LU) for Health/Safety/Welfare and Sustainable Design (1.0 LU/HSW/SD) for each program.
In addition to the many resources publicly available to visitors, tubeliteinc.com provides password-protected client access to review pricing and shipment dates. Clients with subscriptions to BSD SpecLink®-E’s also can visit http://www.bsdsoftlink.com/manufacturers/mfrpages/tubelite.htm for automated specification writing assistance. Customized estimating and order tracking are among the planned, future improvements for the company’s website.

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