Responding to the need for high-performance insulation solutions for the architectural curtainwall market, Dow Corning Corp. and JE Berkowitz, LP-Architectural Glass have announced an agreement under which JE Berkowitz will manufacture Dow Corning® architectural insulation modules using Dow Corning vacuum insulation panels. The agreement, announced July 10 during GlassCon Global 2014 in Philadelphia, includes a joint marketing and sales effort for the eastern U.S. and eastern Canada.
Dow Corning architectural insulation modules (AIM™) reportedly combine the aesthetics and convenience of curtainwall construction with the added energy-savings benefit of high-performance insulation. By integrating Dow Corning vacuum insulation panels in a protective architectural finish, AIM enables new design possibilities for zero-energy buildings, significantly increased thermal resistance in space-limited situations and the creation of slim wall constructions with high R-value performance.
“We’re pleased to have reached an agreement with JE Berkowitz for fabrication of AIM,” said Charlie Zimmer, global program manager for high-performance insulation at Dow Corning. “After collaborating with JE Berkowitz for more than a year of development, mock-ups and testing, we’re confident not only in their high-quality fabricating, but also in their estimating, operations and project management capabilities.”
A premier architectural glass fabricator with a 94-year history in the industry, New Jersey-based JE Berkowitz has worked with Dow Corning for more than 20 years. “It’s been exciting to team with Dow Corning on the innovative Dow Corning Vacuum Insulation Panel and AIM technologies,” said JE Berkowitz President Arthur Berkowitz. “These technologies will have a significant impact on improving performance for the curtainwall and window industry. Adding fabrication of architectural modules now is a perfect fit for our ongoing $5 million expansion, which will include additional building space as well as additional insulating glass manufacturing capability.”
JE Berkowitz will fabricate Dow Corning Architectural Insulation Modules in various sizes, thicknesses and finishes for the architectural curtainwall and glazing markets, helping to ensure ready availability of the product for glazing contractors and architects.