Southwall Technologies, Inc., a California based producer of high-performance, energy-saving films and glass products, announced today that it has been selected to supply over 380,000 square feet of its special heat reflective XIR film for Chinaâ€™s massive new multi-building sports complex in Shenzhen, China, the site of the World University Games in August 2011.
The landmark green building project, called Universiade Center, is currently under construction at a cost of approximately $548 million US dollars and will consist of a main sports stadium, swimming complex, and multifunctional arena. The glass-intensive complex will use Southwallâ€™s heat-blocking XIR laminated glass to form a dramatic series of glass crystals that will redefine what is called the Longgang Sports New Town section of the city. Planned to shine like three giant illuminated crystals, the centerâ€™s design required exterior glass capable of high visible light transmission, clear optical transparency, and exceptional solar heat rejection to reduce air conditioning costs and improve spectator comfort.
Southwallâ€™s XIR laminated glass encapsulates XIR film between two layers of PVB and glass. The finished product has a unique, low-reflectance appearance, allowing 70% of visible light to pass through while reflecting 50% of infrared heat rays. The pioneering technology was earlier recognized by Popular Science magazine as one of the â€œTop 100 Inventions of the Millenniumâ€.
Southwall Technologies is an ISO 9001:2000-certified manufacturer, with its insulating glass products installed all over the world, but the Universiade project represents the first installation of XIR laminated glass in a major sports facility. When completed, the Universiade Center will be capable of seating over 80,000 spectators for the World University Games, an International multi-sport event organized for university athletes by the International University Sports Federation.
Dr. Yisheng Dai, Southwallâ€™s Director of Asia High Performance Architectural Sales, commented on the project. â€œWorld-class structures such as the Universiade Center demand world-class, energy-efficient building components. We are pleased that the Chinese government and gmp, the German architectural firm responsible for the Centerâ€™s design, selected XIR laminated glass to meet the demanding aesthetic and energy efficiency requirements inherent in such a landmark project.â€