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Southwall Technologies` Heat Mirror Insulating Glass Shines at National Energy Efficiency Competition

Post Time:Oct 30,2009Classify:Company NewsView:542

Energy-Saving Milgard Windows Using Heat Mirror Suspended Film Technology Power
Team California to a Strong Finish in Department of Energy`s Solar Decathlon


PALO ALTO, Calif.--(Business Wire)--
Southwall Technologies Inc. (OTCBB:SWTX), the worldwide innovator of
energy-saving films and glass products, partnered with Milgard Windows to
incorporate Heat Mirror insulating glass into energy-saving windows used by Team
California in the U.S. Department of Energy's fourth Solar Decathlon competition
held in Washington, D.C. Southwall Insulating Glass, a joint venture company
formed by Southwall last year, supplied the high performance Heat Mirror glass
for the project.

"We were pleased to support Team California in this competition, which has
become increasingly relevant for today`s global energy challenges," said Bruce
Lang, president of Southwall Insulating Glass. "Super-insulating glass is
low-hanging fruit that can dramatically improve the energy efficiency of
buildings and homes, and the technology exists today."

The Solar Decathlon is sponsored by Department of Energy`s Office of Energy
Efficiency and Renewable Energy, in partnership with its National Renewable
Energy Laboratory. The competition focuses on cutting-edge energy efficiency and
renewable energy innovation. 20 teams of college students competed to design,
build and operate the most attractive and energy-efficient 800-square-foot solar
powered home.

Team California, comprised of students from Santa Clara University and
California College of the Arts, placed third overall and was the only
undergraduate-led team in the competition. The team`s entry, The Refract House,
placed first in Architecture and received high marks in all other categories,
including market viability, engineering, lighting design, communications,
comfort zone, hot water, appliances, home entertainment and net metering.

For more information on the Solar Decathlon competition, visit

About Heat Mirror Suspended Film Technology

Heat Mirror insulating glass is a superior multi-cavity solution that suspends
one or more low-emissivity and solar-reflective Heat Mirror films inside of an
insulating glass unit to create two, three or even four insulating cavities
without adding weight. This innovative approach enables window fabricators to
offer higher performance glass options for their existing window systems today
as well as for next-generation window systems in development. Heat Mirror
suspended film technology combines the best of film-based and glass-based
technologies to create the industry`s first "super glass" with center-of-glass
insulating performance ranging from R-6 to R-20 while minimizing solar heat gain
and blocking UV radiation.

About Southwall Technologies

Southwall Technologies Inc. is recognized as a leader in the development and
manufacture of high performance, energy-saving films and glass products that
dramatically improve the energy efficiency of residential, commercial and
automotive glass. Southwall is an ISO 9001:2000-certified manufacturer with
customers in over 25 countries.

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John Miller, 408-354-2400

Source: ReutersAuthor: shangyi

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