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Defining a Building's Tone

A city's pulse - its constant motion, often defines the tonality of the building structures that inhabit it. Learn how the use of SOLARBAN 70XL helped one building to break free from the noise while maintaining its connection to the fluidity of the environment.


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Calgary, AB

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SOLARBAN z50 Glass

Calgary's tallest building offers abundant daylighting, unobstructed views and excellent energy performance along the city's Bow River. Solarban z50 glass, with its distinctive steel blue-gray appearance, was selected for the project's distinctive south-facing atrium, which traverses the full height of the structure. The Solarban z50 atrium also functions as a tempered buffer zone, transmitting heat into the building and offsetting the need for more conventional mechanical heating and ventilation requirements.

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Formawall® Dimension Series® 2" (51 mm) Horizontal Flat



  • Substrate & Core:
    • Standard – 22/26 gage G-90 galvanized steel face and liner with HCFC-free polyurethane or polyisocyanurate foam-insulated core. Optional gages available.
  • Panel Width: 10" to 40" [254mm to 1016mm]
  • Panel Length
    • Smooth – 1’ [305mm] min. to 16’ [4.88m] max.
    • Embossed striated – 1’ [305mm] min. to 37’ [11.28m] max.
    • Embossed – 1’ [305mm] min. to 37’ [11.28m] max.
    • Duracast – 1’ [305mm] min. to 28’ [8.53m] max.
  • Panel Thickness/Depth of Reveal
    • 2" [51mm] with 1-3/16” [30mm] deep reveal – standard
  • "R" Value
    • 2" [51mm] panel with 1/2” [13mm] reveal – R14