Friday, April 21, 2023

Trinidad & Tobago Manufacturers Association Impressed by Local Manufacturing Standards; Visits Domus' Factory

The Mission

The Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers' Association (TTMA) recently visited the Domus Windows & Doors factory, located in Trinidad at 57 Factory Road Chaguanas, to learn more about the company's operations and its contribution to the manufacturing sector in Trinidad and Tobago. During the tour, the TTMA members were able to witness firsthand the process of making hurricane-resistant windows and doors.

Domus Windows & Doors is the leading Caribbean manufacturer of high-quality windows and doors, and its commitment to producing hurricane-resistant products is a testament to its dedication to climate resiliency. The process of making hurricane-resistant windows and doors is an intricate one, involving very strong laminate glass, specialized framing materials, and structural reinforcement.

The Factory Floor

During the factory tour, the Domus team led by C.E.O Terrance Ortt, demonstrated the manufacturing process step-by-step, from the cutting and laminating of glass to the final assembly. The Company's management team highlighted the importance of using the right materials and following the correct procedures to ensure that the products meet the necessary quality, wind load resistance, and impact standards.

The TTMA members were impressed by the level of precision and attention to detail that goes into making each hurricane-resistant window and door. They also noted the importance of such products in a region like the Caribbean, where hurricanes and tropical storms are becoming more frequent and intense.

The Value Behind Best Practices

The visit by the TTMA to Domus Windows & Doors is part of the association's efforts to support local manufacturers and promote the growth of the manufacturing sector in Trinidad and Tobago. The TTMA recognizes the importance of manufacturing to the country's economy and aims to help local manufacturers like Domus succeed and grow. The members that attended the tour were recently elected TTMA President, Mr. Roger Roach, TTMA Vice-President, Mr. Emil Ramkissoon, TTMA Director and Chair of the Membership Committee, Mr. Anthony Farrah, and members of the secretariat, Ms. Ilanka Manrique, Mr. Troy Burns, and Ms. Brittney Ramdeen. They were all privy to an engaging presentation to add context to what they witnessed on the factory floor. Mr. Ortt's presentation deepened the understanding of the need for best practices

Overall, the visit to the Domus Windows & Doors factory provided a valuable opportunity to learn about how complex manufacturing can produce consistently high-quality security and hurricane-resistant windows and doors. The TTMA members were impressed by the sophistication of the Company’s manufacturing operations and its contribution to world-class manufacturing in Trinidad and Tobago.

Solar-E Security Laminate Windows & Doors: The Ultimate Solution for Energy Efficiency and Comfort Says Domus

When it comes to choosing the right windows and doors for your home, there are many factors to consider. Security, energy efficiency, comfort, and aesthetics are just a few of the things that can influence your decision. 

That's why laminate glass is such a popular option for homeowners and builders alike. And within the world of laminate glass, Pilkington Solar-E used by Domus is a product that stands out for its exceptional solar heat gain control properties.

What is Solar-E Glass?

Solar-E glass is a type of glass that has been specially designed to reduce the amount of solar heat gain that passes through the glass. This is accomplished through the use of a special coating that is applied to the glass during the manufacturing process. The coating blocks a significant amount of the sun's energy while still allowing visible light to pass through.

How Do Solar-E Security Laminate Windows & Doors Work?

It is not broadly known that approximately 85% of all heat gain through glazing is the result of solar radiation and only 15% by convection. Solar heat gain resistance is measured by Solar Heat Gain Coefficient or “SHGC”. 

Solar-E laminate units work by using a combination of reflective and absorptive properties to control solar energy transmission. The special coating that is applied to the glass reflects a large percentage of the sun's energy back into the atmosphere, reducing the amount of heat that is absorbed by and passed through the glass. This coating is then sandwiched into the security laminate glass for a complete solution.

In addition to reflecting direct or indirect rays of the sun the coating also absorbs much of the energy that passes through the glass, further reducing the amount of heat that enters the building.  At the same time, the laminate provides UV protection and secures the building by resisting impact.

Domus Windows & Doors' Solar-E units, have a durable “hardcoat” that is specifically designed to reduce solar heat gain. Double glazing reduces solar heat gain by 15% as compared to clear single-pane glass. But a single pane of Solar-E glass reduces solar heat gain by up to 50% relative to clear single-pane glass – which is more than three times as effective as double glazing. 

What Are the Benefits of Solar-E Security Laminate Windows & Doors?

The benefits of Solar-E laminate glass are numerous. First and foremost, it helps to reduce the amount of solar heat gain that enters the building, which can lead to significant energy savings on cooling costs. This is especially important in hot, sunny climates where air conditioning usage can be high. Solar-E laminate glass can also help to reduce glare.

Solar-E glazing improves the overall comfort of a space whether it is air-conditioned or not. “Hot spots” in rooms are reduced resulting in a more even temperature throughout. The interior temperature of buildings that are not air-conditioned will be reduced. In addition to its energy-saving properties, Domus’ laminate glass blocks more than 95% of harmful UV rays, which can damage furniture, flooring, and other interior finishes over time.

Domus’ Solar-E laminate glazing is more cost-effective than double glazing so this should always be the starting point when considering energy efficiency.

Finally, Solar-E laminate glass is available in various colours and textures, making it a versatile option for any design aesthetic. Whether you're looking for clear, grey, bronze, or blue-green tint there is a Domus Solar-E laminate glass product that will meet your needs. 

Where Can I Use Solar-E Security Laminate Windows & Doors?

Solar-E security laminate glass can be used in a wide range of applications, from residential energy-efficient windows and exterior doors to commercial storefronts. Anywhere that solar control is a concern, Solar-E sliding glass doors or swing patio doors are very excellent energy savers. And because they are available in a variety of thicknesses and configurations, they can be customized to meet the specific needs of your project.

In conclusion, Solar-E laminate glass is an excellent choice for anyone who is looking for a high-performance glass product that provides exceptional solar control and energy efficiency without compromising aesthetics. With its many benefits and versatility, Solar-E laminate glass, available at Domus Windows & Doors is sure to be a popular option for years to come.

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