Last month I had the pleasure of attending the AIA National Convention in Chicago. This was an opportunity to meet with architects, customers, and to observe the direction of the building and construction industry. It was exciting to see how multiwall polycarbonate and Lumira® aerogel products play a critical role in the construction industry.
The products featured at the Expo and in the Keynote presentations continue to show the importance of sustainable and green design. Speaker Ed Mazria, AIA, highlighted the impact that buildings have on the environment; they are responsible for 75% of all carbon emissions. He also outlined aggressive goals, such as striving for carbon neutrality by the year 2030. What was most encouraging is that the efforts of architects and designers utilizing new design methods. Advanced products are starting to make a difference, making goals such as carbon neutrality obtainable.
This is why it is exciting to have an advanced daylighting product like Lumira® aerogel filled multiwall polycarbonate. Carbon neutrality will require thermal efficient buildings. With an R-10, a 40mm THERMOCLICK™ panel filled with aerogel is one of the most thermal efficient glazing products available. Panels filled with Lumira® aerogel provide thermal efficiency as well as quality, diffused light. These features are important as architects and designers work to achieve important climate change goals, such as daylighting and sustainable design.
The AIA National Convention showcased what architects are doing to achieve these goals in local communities and around the world. AmeriLux International is also working towards achieving these goals, not just with our product offerings, but also with our technical and support resources.
Tim Fikkert, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
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