Dynamic windows featuring Suntuitive glass were on display at a private residence in Jenison, Michigan, during the 2014 Grand Rapids Spring Parade of Homes. Located on Cedar Lake, the 4,000-square-foot property was built by Celebrity Builders, LLC.
According to Rob Vis, co-owner of Celebrity Builders, the home was designed to inspire relaxation with its open floor plan and soothing atmosphere.
“In addition to being highly energy-efficient, this home was designed for carefree, comfortable living,” he said. “The lake is to the west, and the sun’s heat is almost unbearable on summer afternoons. That’s why we selected Pleotint’s Suntuitive glass. In addition to being produced by a local company, the unique, self-tinting glass adapts throughout the day without any controls or having to close the blinds as often.”
Celebrity Builders installed low-e insulating windows by JELD-WEN with Suntuitive glass on the home’s west- and south-facing elevations, which are exposed to the most solar heat gain.
“The homeowners say the best part is they can watch their kids play on the beach or the boat, while they have a perfect view from the cool house,” Vis added.
The home was one of the most talked about and most popular stops during the Parade of Homes. Of the more than 3,000 visitors that toured the home, many said they came to see the self-tinting windows after reading about them in Grand Rapids Press and on MLive.com. In addition, the home won two Awards of Excellence: Best Floor Plan and Best Curb Appeal.
We also recently received word that Celebrity Builders has secured orders for two additional homes based on this model, and the homeowner requested dynamic windows featuring Suntuitive glass.
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It’s been a busy couple of weeks, but now that we are back and fully refreshed from the long Independence Day weekend, we’d like to share some of our thoughts and observations from the American Institute of Architects’ National Convention that was held in Chicago in late June.
Overall, the show was a success. There were over 20,000 attendees, and we were one of roughly 800 exhibitors. The show offered seemingly endless continuing education opportunities for attendees, and unfortunately, that meant they had less time to visit booths. Exhibit hall traffic seemed rather sporadic and light at times.
That being said, we did make excellent connections. A number of architects said we were on their must-see list and they specifically sought us out. We also met with at least a dozen window manufacturers who were interested in adding Suntuitive glass to their product offerings. All of our visitors seemed more knowledgeable about Suntuitive glass compared to previous years, and they asked more specific questions with regards to installation, performance, and how it compares to other dynamic glass products. We answered a lot of questions about where people can buy Suntuitive glass, too.
We didn’t have a lot of down time in the Windy City, but we did get to visit the Cloud Gate sculpture and enjoy some deep-dish pizza. Some of us are making plans to go back so that we can spend more time being tourists. There’s a lot to see!
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