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COLUMBUS, OH – April 25, 2010 – The Universal Design Living Laboratory (UDLL), national demonstration home of the future, installed an energy-efficient glass block mural in the master shower with the help of Columbus Glass Block. The glass will allow plenty of light into the bathroom thanks to Pittsburgh Corning’s unique utilization of materials, the company responsible for the manufacture of the glass blocks.
“Helping out with the Universal Design Living Laboratory was a great fit for Pittsburgh Corning,” said Mary Lynn Bruce, Market Product Manager. “Not only is the home architecturally stunning, it offers the highest level of functionality and independence for all individuals. It’s a great project and one that we are honored to be a part of.” The mural will reduce the amount of energy needed to brighten the bathroom, reducing its residents’ carbon footprint.
The mural, created by Cogir USA, incorporates the use of multiple colors through a stunning aquarium themed design. “The colors in the mural will be a focal point for the colors in the flooring, countertop, towels and walls,” says UDLL project leader Rosemarie Rossetti Ph.D. “Our interior designer, Anna Lyon, noted that the home now has a “WOW factor” even greater than anticipated.”
Columbus Glass Block, responsible for the mural’s installation, used a cutting edge system called Vinyl Stack to complete the installation. This system uses vinyl strips within the blocks which are then fabricated into panels and placed into the opening of the window.
“We were delighted to have the opportunity to participate in the Universal Design Living Laboratory project,” states Mike Foti, President of Columbus Glass Block. “The UDLL project is just the type of initiative to make a larger impact and improve the quality of life in one of our most important financial assets – the home.”
The incorporation of the glass block mural is one of the many efforts the Universal Design Living Laboratory is taking to create a home that promotes energy-efficient design and serves as an example for homebuilders in the future.
The Universal Design Living Laboratory is a national demonstration home and garden that will bring attention to three critical architectural design and building concepts: universal design, green sustainable building and healthy chemical-free materials. UDLL will serve to help people better understand how to create a more comfortable living environment that will enhance their quality of life. This Universal Design Living Laboratory will act as a resource to learn from – today and tomorrow.
About Cogir USA:
Cogir USA, LLC is the US manufacturer and supplier of Cogir Glass (see below) located in Comiso, in southern Italy. At Cogir USA we utilize the same high-quality methods for producing our fine decorated glass products, except that we exclusively use Pittsburgh Corning Glass Block® on which to apply our distinctive designs. This means that you get Italian design and artistry on high-quality, standard-sized glass block. In addition, by bringing the manufacturing process to the U.S., you get a quicker turn-around time on custom orders. Many designs are in stock, ready to be shipped to you from our location in North-Central Florida.
About Columbus Glass Block:
Columbus Glass Block has been serving the glass block and home improvement industry since 1977, working with over 150,000 homeowners and winning multiple awards in the process. At Columbus Glass Block, we are dedicated to providing products and systems to make our customers’ homes and business more secure and beautiful. Today, there are over 80 employees at Columbus Glass Block’s multiple branches, which carry glass blocks, replacement windows, doors, siding, and bath liners.
About Pittsburgh Corning:
Established in 1937, Pittsburgh Corning provides innovative products for commercial, industrial, and residential building applications. The results are as clear as our VUE® Pattern glass block. Pittsburgh Corning's glass block products continue to set the highest industry standards with a wide variety of patterns and sizes, predesigned shower system kits, a fully assembled LightWise® Window and a full line of accessory products. Pittsburgh Corning also manufactures FOAMGLAS® cellular glass insulation and accessories for industrial and commercial applications.