1 Jul 2020
Guardian Glass signs a strategic partnership with ML System
Bertrange, Luxembourg, July 1, 2020 – Guardian Glass has signed a strategic partnership agreement with ML System S.A., a technologically advanced company in the building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) market. Within the framework of this agreement, Guardian Glass will offer a complete range of BIPV product solutions – both semi-transparent and opaque – that help contribute to Nearly Zero Energy Building (NZEB) regulations.
The cooperation will lead to the coordination of projects based on Guardian Glass’ sales network and distribution channels with ML System’s expertise in BIPV and integrated structural solutions. New opportunities for Guardian Glass will be created in architectural projects across the world through their capability to offer innovative BIPV technologies in the field of energy generation on-site.
Dawid Cycoń, CEO of ML System commented: “For ML System, this agreement opens up completely new opportunities, providing us with access to large architectural projects across the world, while Guardian Glass will benefit from supplementing its offering with innovative BIPV technologies in the advanced energy area.”
Guus Boekhoudt, Vice President, General Manager of Guardian Glass in Europe added: “Our experienced team can now take a more holistic approach to projects and can help architects, glass cladders and façade consultants find the best product solutions for energy-generating facades, in terms of their power requirements, integration, aesthetics and matched with the best performance coated solar control glass. The appearance of these reliable, high performance BIPV solutions can be tailored to best match the visual expectations of projects.”
The drivers of cooperation between the two companies are, among other factors, the current regulatory environment and increasingly popular trends in the application of innovative building solutions and the use of advanced energy savings and generation. In January 2019, an EU Directive came into force that aims to drive the large-scale deployment of Nearly Zero Energy Buildings (NZEB). The objective of this directive is to considerably lower the energy consumption of buildings while using to a significant extent renewable energy, including energy produced on-site or nearby.
“A key benefit of BIPV is its contribution towards transforming the building into a Nearly Zero Energy Building and helping to achieve the best green building certifications such as BREEAM and LEED. Modern glazing together with BIPV will not only help save energy, generate energy and therefore help reduce carbon emissions, but will also make the building itself more valuable, as higher ranking in green building certification is proven to result in higher rents. Current technology advancements also allow the photovoltaics to be integrated in a way that makes them unnoticeable,” added Guus Boekhoudt.
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Guardian Glass, a major business unit of Guardian Industries, is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of float, coated and fabricated glass products. At its 25 float plants around the globe, Guardian Glass produces high performance glass for use in exterior (both commercial and residential) and interior architectural applications, as well as transportation and technical products. Guardian glass can be found in homes, offices, cars and some of the world’s most iconic architectural landmarks. The Guardian Glass Science & Technology Center continuously works to create new glass products and solutions using the most advanced technology to help customers see what’s possible®. Visit guardianglass.com.
Guardian Industries, a global company headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan, operates facilities throughout North and South America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Guardian companies employ 16,000 people and manufacture high-performance float glass; coated and fabricated glass products for architectural, residential, interior, transportation and technical glass applications; and high-quality chrome-plated and painted plastic components for the automotive and commercial truck industries. Guardian’s vision is to be a preferred partner to our customers, suppliers, employees and communities based on a foundation of mutual benefit. This drives our relentless focus on improving people’s lives by providing products and services they value more highly than their alternatives and doing so responsibly while consuming fewer resources. Guardian is a wholly owned subsidiary of Koch Industries, Inc. Visit guardian.com.
ML System S.A.
ML System is a highly specialised technology company offering innovative building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) solutions. ML System’s products are an attractive alternative to traditional building materials. The company is the Polish market leader in its industry. Moreover, according to the report penned by Building Integrated Photovoltaic Skylights Market 2020-2027, it is one of the top five key BIPV producers across the world. The total area of the company’s production plant and research and development centre is 14.4 thousand square metres. At the end of 2019, ML System had 183 employees. The company holds 12 patents, while five of its patent applications are pending.