These advantages are something that the folks at WOW have easily recognized.
“With all of the glass one would think of the cold climate here in Wausau, but we have had a great experience with the glass and curtain wall system. It is not cold by the windows and we have that beautiful view we all wanted,” Vanderloop added.
The team from FrēMarq knew first hand what to do when the situation presented itself.
“The glazing assembly provided what the building owner wanted and the tested performance bears it out. The analysis via NFRC software shows a very low assembly U-factor and very warm interior frame temperatures. These results allowed the designer and owner to see the performance overall,” said Todd Frederick, President, FrēMarq Innovations. “We know good glass performance will be weakened with a poor performing frame. It is crucial that the glass, spacer, AND frame are specified properly for the assembly to achieve peak performance”
In addition to this being a very high performing system, everything from an installation standpoint ran very smoothly.
“System installation was simple and very straight forward. The high level of product and project engineering coupled with the expert fabrication we received made the installation easier and better than some products we have installed in the past. Gasket glazing system (molded corner gaskets) and all other internal components fit and installed perfectly,” said Maurice Wolfe of Rib Mountain Glass, the glazing contractor on this project.
Performance on buildings like this used to be an afterthought but that is changing with a more serious focus on the importance of performance and guidance from regulatory bodies.
“The requirement for more energy efficient fenestration materials is becoming more of a code/standards issue, recognizing the long-term value due to energy dollar savings and environmental costs. Building owners are looking to obtain their best-operating values for the construction funds spent so the cost upgrade of the enhanced energy may pay off for years to come,” Wolfe added.