Guardian glass-covered Burj Khalifa in Dubai announced as International Highrise Award finalist

The world’s tallest building made with Guardian glass

For Immediate Release -- September 23th, 2010—Luxembourg

Guardian Europe, a division of Guardian Worldwide, is pleased to announce that the Guardian glass-covered Burj Khalifa, in the United Arab Emirates, has been announced as one of five finalists in the International Highrise Award.

Selected by an international jury of engineers and property specialists, the Burj Khalifa (formerly Burj Dubai) is the world’s tallest building at 800 meters or 2,650 feet high. The building features more than 174,000 square meters of Guardian SunGuard Solar Silver 20 and Guardian ClimaGuard NLT Low-E.

“It is an honor to have our glass on this incredible building, which has been recognized by experts as one of the best highrises in the world” said Pablo Trincado - Marketing & Communication Manager for Europe “At Guardian, we know that quality materials make a great structures and were pleased to meet the exacting specifications necessary to make this one-of-a-kind project a work of art.”

The International Highrise Award, one of the world’s most prestigious architectural prizes for highrise structures, is open to architects and developers, whose buildings must be at least 100 meters high and have been commissioned within the last two years. After extensive research, Deutsches Architekturmuseum nominated 27 high-rise projects from 16 different countries for the 2010 competition; the jury then judged them in line with six fundamental criteria:

· pioneering design

· aesthetics

· integration into the urban setting

· sustainability

· innovative technology

· cost efficiency

According to award judges, “the Burj Khalifa represents high performance in contemporary high-rise architecture in several regards: Not only did the building convince the jury with its record height of 828 meters, but also in particular thanks to the new, innovative structural solution developer and the elevator technologies that were employed in order to enable the dream of a vertical city to be realized.”

Opened in January 2010, the building represents one of the largest orders of coated glass in Guardian history. Guardian plants in Germany and Luxembourg produced the coated glass. Built by Emaar Properties and designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill architects, the Burj Khalifa is at the center of Emaar’s mega project -- the $20 billion downtown development billed as the world’s most prestigious square kilometer. The building is a mix of residential and commercial with luxury apartments on levels 20-160 as well as offices and a boutique hotel above.

Guardian also supplied the glass for the Burj Residence project, six towers that surround the Burj Khalifa. The Burj Residence will use Guardian SunGuard HP Green 63, produced at Guardian’s Rayong, Thailand float glass plant and coated at Guardian’s Bascharage, Luxembourg float glass plant. Guardian has 27 float plants around the world including one in the UAE, located in the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah. To learn more about Guardian glass products and projects, visit

About Guardian Industries Corp.:

Guardian is a diversified global manufacturing company headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan, with leading positions in float glass, fabricated glass products, fiberglass insulation and other building materials for commercial, residential and automotive markets. Through its Science & Technology Center, Guardian is at the forefront of innovation, including development of high-performance glass coatings and other advanced products. Guardian, its subsidiaries and affiliates employ 18,000 people and operate facilities throughout North America, Europe, South America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Visit

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