AGNORA LUXURY RESIDENTIAL

WINDOW QUALITY

The term quality get's used extensively, but to AGNORA it means building windows for luxury residences that have a higher level of optical clarity, durability, and customization. No luxury home is the same, and we make glass to order. We spend the time, the effort, and the energy to expertly craft your unique view to the outdoors.

It’s all about the clarity.

We’re obsessed with glass clarity, and as a leader in the study of iridescence and optical distortion, we invest in the people and resources to create a better experience for our customers.

TECHNOLOGY

It starts with our technology.  Our Softsolution scanner sits on our insulated glass assembly line and tests glass for visual defects such as dirt, fingerprints, grease or hair.  More importantly, this scanner is able to measure the glass surface for iridescence or “anisotropy /leopard spotting” that one may see in polarized light conditions (near water, sunglasses, Brewster’s angle)  and allows us to assign a nanometre value to the visual anomaly.

This measurement permits us to work with our partners to specify a maximum value of iridescence on glass, following the recently developed ASTM C1901-21 standard, whose development was chaired by AGNORA’s own.  This pioneering measurement method and technology means one thing for the consumer: clearer glass.

PEOPLE

Technology can take us so far.  It allows us to conveniently gauge our glass clarity, but the magic lays in the people who assemble each and every unit.  Our insulated glass units (IGU’s) can reach sizes of 130″ x 300″ (3.3 x 7.6m), are fully sealed, contain argon, and can be arranged in double or triple glazed configurations.  When you have that sort of variability, it means an on-hand approach is needed to inspect, align and finish every piece.

Long life windows.

One of the main points of failure on any window is the primary seal. The primary seal is a layer of butyl (PIB) that is sandwiched between a spacer and two lites of glass.  Structural support falls to the silicone AGNORA uses to finalize IGU fabrication, also known as the secondary seal.

To continue to add more value and life to the units produced at AGNORA, we use DOW High Modulus silicone, available in black or grey colour configurations. This silicone provides greater tensile strength compared to the leading competitor, translating to 30% less joint movement, thus creating a more durable primary seal and reduced argon loss.  In short, your windows are stronger and more resistant to seal failure.

The reason for using this more complex sealant?  Because every step of our process is about a higher level of quality, leading to increased durability.

Long life windows

One of the main points of failure on any window is the primary seal.  The primary seal is a layer of butyl (PIB) that is sandwiched between a spacer and two lites of glass.    This seal is not structural and does not support the weight of the glass composite.  This role falls to the structural silicone AGNORA uses to finalize IGU fabrication, also known as the secondary seal.

To continue to add more value and life to the units produced at AGNORA, we use DOW High Modulus silicone, available in black or grey colour configurations. This silicone provides greater tensile strength compared to the leading competitor, translating to 30% less joint movement, thus creating a more durable primary seal and reduced argon loss.  In short, your windows are stronger and more resistant to seal failure.

The reason for using this more complex sealant?  Because every step of our process is about a higher level of quality, leading to increased durability.

Innovative Tech.

ASCENT IGU

The Ascent IGU is an argon filled Insulated Glass Units (IGU’s) that is sealed up to 12,000 ft. We use specialty equipment to accurately pressurize the IGU to the exact altitude at installation resulting in an internal pressure specific to your home and thereby eliminating any deflection or loss of argon gas.

The old style of ‘capillary tubes’ require the window installer to close or “cap” once the window arrives at its final destination, often requiring the IGU to bleed argon over the course of 48 hours.  The Ascent IGU eliminates the risk carried by additional work performed on the IGU at site as well as escaping argon, protecting your investment and maximizing your comfort.

SIMULATED DIVIDED LITE UNITS (SDLs)

Multi-unit windows used to be the only method to increase window viewing area, but evolving window technology and the advent of IGUs sidelined their use in favour of large, efficient single pane IGUs.

Today, SDLs serve a purely aesthetic purpose, simulating the look of traditionally made windows while capturing the performance of modern day IGUs. Prone to bending, flexing and fitment issues, impeccable craftsmanship is required to avoid the resulting poor quality cuts, rattling, and to address straightness.

At AGNORA, we begin with a heavier version of aluminum that is a 30% thicker gauge (0.2” vs 0.14”) than traditional SDL extrusions resulting in rigidity, straightness, and resistance to flex. Next, we use corner connector or “keepers” that becomes invisible when fully embedded in the SDL system. The centre cross-sections also contain a bumper to mitigate any rattling and internal damage.  Lastly, we employ sophisticated cutting equipment that outputs precise, clean cuts that perfectly align for a final tolerance of ± 1mm.

High-quality and fine craftsmanship lead to incredibly durable and long-lasting SDL solutions from AGNORA.

AGNORA + Residence?

 

An exceptional product.  That’s what we do at AGNORA.

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North American Made

From the time you order to the time we ship is incredibly fast.  Exceptional turn-around for oversized, architectural glass.

Incredible Quality

AGNORA’s quality has time-and-time again been of the highest calibre.  World-class institutions trust AGNORA to fabricate perfect glass.

Customer Experience

Our project managers go above and beyond.  Ask any of our customers, we’re happy to give you the reference.

Award Winning

Customer experience, and incredible employee culture lead to high-output work ethics and attention to detail.  We care about our customers and our people.

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