Guardian SunGuard offers attendees AIA approved course on LEED 3.0 at AIA Convention, June 10-12 in Miami

Auburn Hills, Mich., May 18, 2010 – As the demand for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified buildings continues to increase and the rating system evolves, architects are challenged to identify new ways to improve a project’s overall score. To help architects understand the sustainability benefits of building with glass as well as the latest changes in the LEED for New Construction, Version 3 rating system, Guardian has introduced, “LEED and High Performance Glass,” its third continuing education course for architects.

The course will be offered as part of Guardian’s “glass educational experience” at Booth No. 2617 during the American Institute of Architects annual convention, June 10-12 at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

Registered with the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (AIA/CES), this complimentary educational course examines how high-performance glass can help achieve LEED credits and certification (certified, silver, gold or platinum) from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).

Guardian’s AIA accredited course examines the positive energy outcomes achieved by incorporating high performance low emissivity (low-E) glass into building projects. Because low-E glass products use a super thin metallic coating, the glass allows natural light in while reducing heat transfer. Guardian offers a full line of coated glass designed specifically for commercial applications as part of its SunGuard Advanced Architectural Glass product offering.

Since the launch of the LEED rating system, the USGBC has evolved its points scale several times. The new Guardian course familiarizes participants with the Version 3 LEED rating system, which was established in April 2009 and evaluates projects on a 100-point scale. More points are awarded for strategies that have a greater impact on energy efficiency and carbon dioxide reduction. High performance glass can make a key contribution to earning LEED points for a project. Points for using SunGuard glass can be earned in the following five categories:

● Energy and Atmosphere
● Materials and Resources
● Indoor Environmental Quality
● Innovation and Design
● Regional Priority

The new course also includes two real-world case studies that demonstrate the energy performance benefits of using Guardian SunGuard’s Advanced Architectural glass products. Course participants who earn a passing grade will receive credit toward their annual AIA/CES requirements.

The SunGuard booth will also feature Guardian SunGuard’s popular Build With Light Studio, which allows architects to evaluate SunGuard advanced architectural glass under different light conditions. The studio simulates natural daylight and shows how the appearance of glass changes when viewed in transmitted and reflected light, and is an integral element of Guardian’s “glass educational experience.”

Architects can register in advance for both the LEED CEU and a tour of the Build With Light Studio by contacting Lin Richard at lrichard@guardian.com.

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 nearly 18,000 people and operate facilities throughout North America, Europe, South America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Visit www.guardian.com.

SunGuard, SuperNeutral and Build With Light are registered trademarks of Guardian Industries Corp.