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Guardian Vacuum IG™ Will Debut to Architects and Designers at AIA

New Vacuum Insulating Product Delivers 10 Times the R-Value Of Single-Pane Glass

Auburn Hills, Mich. – June 13, 2018 – Guardian Vacuum IG™ will debut at theAmerican Institute of Architects Convention in New York City June 21-23.

Using a vacuum between two panes of glass that prevents heat from escaping to theoutside, Guardian Vacuum IG is glass that insulates like a wall. The product provides transformative thermal insulation with an R-value of up to 12 for 8-mm thickness,compared to single pane glass at R-1. Because Guardian Vacuum IG uses tempered glass, the product is suitable for use in commercial buildings.

VIG performance is enhanced by pairing Guardian Vacuum IG with Guardian SunGuard® coated glass to create a hybrid, low-E VIG glass product that delivers the light transmission, reflectivity and color they need for new construction or retrofits. All this with noise reduction that exceeds that of a typical insulating glass unit.

“At R-14, Guardian Vacuum IG hybrids with low-E glass coatings have an R-value three times the value of a standard insulating glass unit or a double IGU with low-E,”1 explains Chad Simkins, director of sales and marketing, Guardian Glass Fabrication. “Our tempered glass VIG can go into any application to bring value to projects by helping them meet stringent building codes.”

According to the National Fenestration Rating Council, about one third of a building’s heating and cooling passes through (fenestration),2 Guardian Vacuum IG helps breakthrough those old expectations for glass performance and meet tomorrow’s demands for energy efficiency.

AIA attendees can visit Guardian Glass Booth #1003 to learn more and get a sample of Guardian Vacuum IG.

Guardian VIG, LLC is a Guardian Glass company.

1via Lawrence Berkley National Labs window modeling software and InternationalGlazing Database

2Title 24 Awareness a Joint Effort in Fenestration Sectors, Door & Window Magazine

Cutline: The first applicationof Guardian Vacuum IG™ is a retrofit at Sherzer Hall at Eastern Michigan University, where the planning and design team reported the installation had an immediate impact.

Guardian Glass

Guardian Glass, a major business unit of Guardian Industries, is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of float, coated and fabricated glass products. At its 25 float plants around the globe, Guardian Glass produces high performance glass for use in exterior (both commercial and residential) and interior architectural applications, as well as transportation and technical products. You’ll find Guardian glass in homes, offices, cars and some of the world’s most iconic architectural landmarks. The Guardian Glass Science & Technology Center continuously works to create new glass products and solutions using the most advanced technology to helpcustomers see what’s possible™. Visit

About Guardian Industries

Guardian Industries, a global company headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan, employs 18,000 people and operates facilities throughout North America, Europe, South America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Guardian companies manufacture high-performance float, coated and fabricated glass products for architectural, residential, interior, transportation and technical glass applications, and high-quality chrome-plated and painted plastic components for the automotive and commercial truck industries. Guardian’s vision is to create value for its customers and society through constant innovation using fewer resources. Guardian is a wholly owned subsidiary of Koch Industries, Inc. Visit


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