Monday, November 24, 2014

Guardian 275® Translucent Panel Systems Earn ICC-ES Evaluation Report

Guardian 275® translucent panel daylighting systems, manufactured by Major Industries, Inc., recently received an evaluation report (ESR #2855) from ICC Evaluation Service (ICC-ES). Building officials, architects, contractors, specifiers, designers and others utilize ICC-ES Evaluation Reports to provide a basis for using or approving Guardian 275® systems in their projects.

“Major Industries, Inc. can now reference the evaluation report to ensure building officials and the building industry that the product meets I-Code requirements,” ICC-ES President Shahin Moinian explains. “Building departments have a long history of using evaluation reports, and ICC-ES operates as a technical resource with the highest quality of product review for the building department.”

ICC-ES thoroughly examined Major Industries’ product information, test reports, calculations, quality control methods and other factors to ensure the product is code-compliant. “Major Industries is excited to announce the release of our evaluation report,” states Mark Mitchell, Marketing Manager for Major Industries. “Commitment to our customers was the driving motivation to perform the rigorous testing and expend the resources needed to validate our Guardian 275® skylights and wall systems, which are among the most thoroughly tested in the industry.”

Major Industries has been engineering and manufacturing energy-saving skylights and translucent wall systems for more than three decades. To learn more about Major and Guardian 275® translucent skylights and wall systems, call 888-759-2678, email or visit them online at

To learn more about ICC-ES, the United States’ leading evaluation service for innovative building materials, components and systems, visit

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Don't forget to sign up for your FREE PASS to the CONSTRUCT 2014 Expo floor... simply go to (if prompted, enter code EXMAJOR).

We hope to see you in Baltimore September 10th and 11th!

Monday, August 18, 2014

A positive look at sustainability vs. cost... 

When considering daylighting materials, remember to consider a number of factors, including initial cost, life expectancy of the system, and thermal performance. With a wide range of options, Major can find a daylighting systems that's right for your needs and budget. 

Project Spotlight:


Ingraham High School

Ingraham High School in Seattle, Washington was recently given an overhaul that included a dozen new classrooms and an open, tiered space for the school’s technical programs. An open courtyard space was created to help tie together the multiple floor levels and provide an area for both socializing and casual learning activities. To help bring light to the area, translucent panel skylights were utilized, allowing for controlled natural light to fill the space without the distracting glare or uncomfortable hot-spots that could occur with clear glazing materials. Beyond the light control capabilities of translucent panel systems, they’re also a good choice for renovation projects because of their light weight, requiring significantly less structural support than a comparable glass skylight system.

The Ingraham School Project, designed by Integrus Architecture, is clearly a beautiful design - but it's an award-winning one as well, including the 2013 AIA/CAE Educational Facility Design Award, the 2012 AIA Washington Civic Design Awards – Citation Award, and the 2012 IIDA - INawards / Design IN Public - Winner in Class.

See more great projects at

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

New Outpatient Clinic Utilizes Translucent Skylight

The Department of Veteran's Affairs medical campus in Vancouver, Washington recently added a 20,000 square foot Outpatient Specialty Clinic, and the design blends practicality with comfort. While traditional glass windows allow for views to the exterior, a translucent skylight adds soft, diffuse light to the interior space.

Congratulations to PKA Architects, Kevcon Inc. and the Department of Government Affairs for the Outpatient Specialty Clinic's recent award for the Best Public Building Under $10M Award from the Associated General Contractors' 2012 Build Washington Awards for Construction Excellence.

Visit for the Jan/Feb 2013 issue and additional information related to the project.


Friday, February 1, 2013

Guardian 275® Named One of Architectural Products' Top 50 of 2012

Guardian 275® translucent panel daylighting systems were chosen as one of Architectural Products' Readers Choice Top 50 Products for 2012.

Guardian 275® translucent daylighting systems are lightweight, offer a variety of insulation options for enhanced thermal performance, and provide diffuse natural light without the worry of hot-spots or glare. Visit our Guardian 275® page for additional details, or call us at 888-759-2678 to find out more!


Wednesday, January 4, 2012

New from Major - Guardian 275® Design Guide and BIM Product Models

We recently introduced two new items related to our Guardian 275® translucent skylights and wall systems - an updated design guide featuring new project photos, product details and more, plus we now have BIM product models available for a wide range of Guardian 275® systems.

The new Guardian 275® catalog can be downloaded online at , or you can request a free copy by calling 888-759-2678 or emailing us at

Guardian 275® BIM models can be found by visiting our BIM page - . They've been created with architects and designers in mind, and are easy to use and feature small file sizes.

For additional information on any of our daylighting products - including our new Clima-Tite™ suystems that feature pultruded fiberglass framing for enhanced thermal performance - visit us at

Friday, May 27, 2011

Thanks to everyone who stopped by the Major Industries booth at the AIA National Show in New Orleans.

We also take a moment to stop and remember those who lost their lives proudly serving our country.

Have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Happy Earth Day!

While we pledge every day to illuminate interior spaces with natural daylight, you can make your own pledge here...

Monday, March 21, 2011

Clima-Tite™ Translucent Panel Systems Now on Major's Website!

Major Industries has taken translucent daylighting to a new level of thermal performance with the introduction of its new Clima-Tite™ daylighting system.

Officially unveiled at the 2010 Greenbuild Convention and Expo in Chicago, and recently released, Clima-Tite™ features the same built-in water management as our standard Guardian 275® translucent panel daylighting systems, but replaces the aluminum structure with pultruded fiberglass. This allows for improved u-factors and improved Condensation Resistance Factor (CRF) numbers versus aluminum-based systems.

Clima-Tite™ systems also offer a unique snap-to-lock installation feature that saves labor costs and eliminates the need for unsightly visible fasteners and provides a simple, clean and uncluttered appearance. Clima-Tite™ features Major’s Ultimate Serie™ FRP face sheet technology for unbeatable weathering performance and unmatched warranties, plus superior color retention, an erosion veil for extreme environments, and industry-long warranties.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Happy Holidays!

Everyone at Major Industries would like to wish you a safe and happy holiday season, and a great 2011!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Greenbuild in the Windy City...

Thanks to everyone who visited our booth at the 2010 Greenbuild Convention and Expo in Chicago last month. We're already looking forward to the 2011 Greenbuild Show in Toronto!

Besides product literature and daylighting system samples, Major also unveiled a new translucent panel system that features fiberglass support members for revolutionary thermal performance. The new system will also feature a snap-to-lock installation system that eliminates exposed fasteners. Stay tuned to for additional updates and an official product release.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Trade Show Season

Major Industries is once again preparing for trade show season. Join us at the AIA-Iowa convention September 30-October 1 in Des Moines, the ALA Chicago Conference October 5th and the AIA-South Dakota Convention in Sioux Falls October 14th and 15th.

We will also be at the Design-Build Expo in Las Vegas October 18th-20th at Caesar's Palace and at Greenbuild in Chicago November 16th -18th.

Stop by our booth and check out a wide range of samples, literature and new products!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Guardian 275® Translucent Skylights Receive Florida Approval

Major Industries’ Guardian 275® translucent panel skylights were recently approved by the Florida Building Commission for use in the Florida construction industry (Windzone 3 / Missile Level D). The Guardian 275® hurricane system, engineered to provide the highest level of hurricane protection, offers the same high-quality, glare-free light found in Major’s standard Guardian 275® translucent panel systems.

In order to receive Florida approval (which encompasses most Florida counties), Major’s Guardian 275® translucent skylights had to withstand a variety of missile impact, water and air infiltration and pressure load tests. Guardian 275® translucent skylights, with their unique sandwich panel design and use of high-performance materials, offer strong protection against hurricane-force winds and flying debris – without sacrificing the numerous health and environmental benefits that daylighting provides.

To learn more about Guardian 275® translucent panel systems, and for a free 28 page catalog detailing the LEED-friendly and protective benefits of Guardian 275®, call 888-759-2678, email us at or visit For more information about Florida building requirements and codes, visit

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Beyond Custom...

There are times when a standard skylight fits the bill - and other times when you need a daylighting system that does more than let in light. Check out just a few unique translucent daylighting applications:

* RETROFIT READY - Add a unique look without a unique price tag with Guardian 275® Translucent Adapter Panels that offer seamless integration between 2.75" Guardian 275® translucent panels and conventional 1" framing systems.

* BLAST PROTECTION - Guardian 275® panels, after going though the most punishing blast tests in the translucent daylighting industry, meet or exceed Department of Defense (Level "C" Loading) and General Services Administration (Condition "1", Hazard Level "None") performance requirements. If your next project needs to meet anti-terrorism standards, but you're concerned about including daylighting in the design plan, visit our Blast Protection page - you'll find high-speed video of the actual testing.

* REMOVABLE SYSTEMS - Guardian 275® skylights can be configured with lifting hooks for easy access to machinery or medical equipment. Our curtainwall systems can also be easily disassembled for access to necessary equipment.

* COLORFUL OPTIONS - Besides a wide range of custom finish options, Major also offers Spectra-Grid™ colored insulation options for a unique stained-glass look, as well as a wide range of sheet color options - from Aqua to Desert Rose - that ensure a unique and eye-catching look.

When you're in need of a system that becomes and integral part of the building, Major Industries can work with you to create a system that's right for your next project.