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Dow Corning to present enabling technologies for sustainable architecture at Glass Performance Days Finland- By Dow Corning

Dan Futter to discuss strategies for profitable and sustainable growth; Larry Carbary to conduct workshop on next-generation structural silicone glazing
; Mikkel Kragh, Ph.D., to explore energy performance and design freedom potential of vacuum insulation panels

At Glass Performance Days Finland 2013, Dow Corning will present silicon-based technologies that can give building designers greater design freedom and help enable the next generation of sustainable architecture.

Three Dow Corning experts will share their insights. During the opening ceremonies, Dan Futter, vice president of Dow Corning’s High Performance Building Solutions and Solar Solutions businesses, will discuss glass business challenges and strategies for profitable and sustainable growth. Dow Corning Construction Industry Scientist Larry Carbary will conduct a pre-conference workshop on structural silicone glazing and next-generation bonding technologies. Mikkel Kragh, Ph.D, Dow Corning’s global façade and architectural design leader, will conduct a conference session exploring the new opportunities in design freedom and energy performance enabled by thin, high-performance vacuum insulation panels.

The largest international conference on architectural and solar glass, Glass Performance Days Finland 2013 takes place June 13 through 15 in Tampere, Finland, with pre-conference workshops scheduled for June 11 and 12. Dow Corning, a Platinum Sponsor of the event, also is exhibiting at the Glass Expo, held in conjunction with the conference.

The importance of product and market life cycle

Futter’s opening speech on the morning of June 13 will focus on the concept of product and market life cycle and the need to adapt portfolio management in the high-performance building industry.

“The global glass industry is not very different from other globalized and competitive industries around the world,” Futter said. “And because of this trend, it has become vital for companies – whatever their size – to understand what they need to do, not just to survive, but to grow profitably and sustainably. Considering business cycles, segmentation, and development of sharp and focused business models is paramount.”

Next-generation bonding technologies

From 1 to 5 p.m. June 12, Carbary will conduct a workshop on “Structural Silicone Glazing and Next-Generation Bonding Technologies: Optimizing Design and Performance in Façade Systems.”

Recent extreme wind events have influenced requirements for curtain walls in today’s building codes.

“The very high cladding wind pressures encountered in hurricane zones often result in bulky structural silicone glazing (SSG) profile dimensions. This runs counter to architectural desires for aesthetically slender curtain wall framing sight-lines, prompting SSG designers to find a way to optimize the silicone joint,” Carbary said.

Carbary’s workshop will offer an advanced engineering evaluation that provides significant improvement to SSG design in high-performance curtain wall systems.

Energy performance and design freedom

At 4 p.m. June 14, Kragh, who is chairman of the conference’s Energy Performance in buildings section, will present “Next-Generation Curtain Walling with Vacuum Insulation Panels – Energy Performance and Design Freedom.” In his talk, Kragh will discuss how innovations in silica-based, high performance insulation can enable the creation of energy-efficient, space-saving, people-friendly designs.

Dow Corning’s silicone technology showcase

At the Glass Expo, Dow Corning will showcase proven, reliable and high-performing silicone technologies that enable design freedom and sustainable façades, including Dow Corning® TSSA (Transparent Silicone Structural Adhesive) and Dow Corning® Architectural Insulation Modules.

Dow Corning TSSA is four times stronger than standard structural glazing sealants and has a 10 times higher structural design load. These features, combined with the product’s crystal-clear bonding capability make it ideal for fixed-point glazing and glass bridges.

Dow Corning Architectural Insulation Modules are high-performance, thin-profile materials that can significantly increase thermal resistance in space-limited situations and enable slim wall constructions with high R-value performance. Available in a variety of architectural finishes, these modules give architects new design possibilities and the flexibility to better balance needs for thermal performance and visual aesthetics.

Information about Dow Corning’s full range of silicon-based materials for high-performance building is available at

About Dan Futter

Dan Futter is vice president of Dow Corning’s High Performance Building Solutions & Solar Solutions business, both of which focus on creating practical, silicon-based solutions that increase energy efficiency, sustainability, building design, and solar energy performance and competitiveness. He is responsible for overall strategic direction and operations around the world. A board member for Dow Corning’s Specialty Chemicals business, Futter is the chairman of the company’s Innovation Excellence Team. He leads the corporation’s efforts on organizational change for game-changing innovation and drives the organization’s goal of improving the energy efficiency of buildings and making clean energy economically viable.

About Lawrence (Larry) Carbary

Larry Carbary is a Construction Industry scientist at Dow Corning. As the senior member of Dow Corning’s Construction Technical Service staff, Carbary works on new technologies for commercial façade insulation, sealing and glazing techniques. He is an internationally recognized building sealant expert who has published more than 25 articles and technical papers for ASTM and construction trade journals on the topics of curtain wall sealing, aesthetic considerations and restoration. He also has given more than 30 presentations at national and international organizations and conferences.

About Dr. Mikkel Kragh

Mikkel Kragh holds a Master of Science degree in Civil and Structural Engineering and a Ph.D. in Building Physics. As a member of Dow Corning’s High Performance Building Solutions business, Kragh links the company’s R&D activities with the design community, including façade systems manufacturers and specialty contractors. He also actively promotes façade engineering as a design discipline in his role as vice chairman of the Society of Façade Engineering.

About Dow Corning

Dow Corning ( provides performance-enhancing solutions to serve the diverse needs of more than 25,000 customers worldwide. A global leader in silicones, silicon-based technology and innovation, Dow Corning offers more than 7,000 products and services via the company’s Dow Corning® and XIAMETER® brands. Dow Corning is equally owned by The Dow Chemical Company and Corning, Incorporated. More than half of Dow Corning’s annual sales are outside the United States.

About High Performance Building Solutions

Dow Corning is collaborating with industry professionals around the world to develop solutions to improve the energy efficiency of buildings, reduce the eco-footprint of construction materials, and improve the health and safety of building occupants. Taking a holistic approach, Dow Corning brings together expertise from across the company to help customers find solutions to a wide range of high performance building challenges. Dow Corning High Performance Building Solutions include proven materials for structural and protective glazing, weatherproofing, insulating glass, window and door fabrication, and building materials protection, as well as innovations for high-efficiency insulation, LED lighting, thermal management systems, and the incorporation of photovoltaic cells and solar panels into building design.

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Alisha Toyzan
Dow Corning

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