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Glass Performance Comparisons

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Glass fulfils many functions in addition to its traditional daylighting role – it has thermal, mechanical and protective properties. The nature and performance of glass in buildings varies depending on its composition.

Some of the leading flat/float glass manufacturers in North America include:

  • AFG Industries
  • Guardian
  • Pilkington
  • PPG Industries
  • Schott
  • Viracon

Most manufacturers carry similar products, and all offer comparison charts to help determine the slight differences in performance of various products.

View Pilkington’s Complete guide to performance data for single glass applications and double glass applications.

Check out PPG’s Glass Configurator, where you can view every PPG glass product both by aesthetic and by performance so you are better able to select the best glass for your next project; or try PPG’s Glass Performance Calculator, where you can analyze the performance of PPG’s glazings on a variety of PPG glass types and thicknesses.

See the Guardian SunGuard Performance Comparison Table… or use their online Performance Comparison Tool to find the Guardian product for your needs!

Try the OldCastle Glass GlasSelect® software, where you can customize a glass product, review standard performance data, or enter performance criteria to find the best suited products!

Visit JE Berkowitz’ online Performance Charts!

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Annealed, Tempered, or Laminated Glass?

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Tempered glass and annealed glass are different in composition and applications. Tempered glass is the more popular but there are many uses for simple annealed glass. Tempered glass is valued for its safety and strength, but when neither of those factors is an issue, annealed glass is a good, less expensive choice.

When tempered glass is shattered it breaks into round pieces that pose no risk. When annealed glass (commonly refered to as double or triple strength) is shattered it breaks into sharp jagged pieces able to inflict serious injury or death. As noted above building codes require the use of tempered glass in certain installations depending on the risk of breakage.

As a general rule of thumb, glass less than 24 inches from the ground or floor should be tempered, as well as any glass within a door or its adjacent sidelites.

Read more about the history and differences between tempered and annealed glass at:  e-how.com

Check out this handy guide to distinguish Annealed, Tempered, or Laminated Glass?

Written by Anson

March 15, 2010 at 2:00 pm

Integral Blinds Becoming More Popular

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Integral blinds are venetian blinds which are fitted in the cavity of the double glazed unit between the glass panes, because they are fitted between the panes of glass they are fully sealed inside the unit , so can never collect dust like normal venetian blinds and therefore never require cleaning.

Offering the same usual protection of the heat and glare of the sun which we all know apart from making a room unbearably hot  can also discolour soft furnishings. The blinds are available in white ,cream ,brown and silver and are operated by hand or a cord mechanism, they are ideal for french doors, bifolding doors and conservatories.

Integral Blinds

One of the most popular uses for Integral Blinds is for hospital rooms.  Among the leading manufacturers is Unicel Architectural, whose VisionControl product is making its way into the American market.

Read the Unicel VisionControl Medical Brochure

As these products are becoming more popular, watch for additional manufacturers to break into this market!  Eureka can help you find the right integral blind solution for your needs.

Written by Anson

March 15, 2010 at 9:00 am

Global Construction Summit

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It’s not too late!  ENR & McGraw Hill host the Global Construction Summit, April 7-8, NYC.Global Construction Summit

Learn more at the Global Construction Summit webpage.

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March 13, 2010 at 10:00 am

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3form Announces: Demystifying Resins

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Demystifying Resins

Earn CEU Credits while learning about designing with polymers!

Learn more about this new program by 3form…

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March 12, 2010 at 10:00 am

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Polycarbonates – The future of glazing Green?

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The following is an excerpt from the article, “Cellular Polycarbonate Glazing” by Norm Bonenfant:

As the design industry looks to reduce energy consumption, glass’ most appealing attribute is its ability to allow natural light to enter a structure. Still, glass can be heavy and prone to breakage/vandalism, so one should look at all alternative materials and possible glazing solutions for a given project—including polycarbonate plastic panels. After all, not many other building products can be delicate enough to transmit light, while possessing enough durability to withstand hurricane-blown debris.

Read more about this at GreenBuildingSolutions.org…

View the Sheffield Architectural Glazing Brochure detailing the Makrolon® polycarbonate product line.

Written by Anson

March 11, 2010 at 8:00 am

McGraw Hill/ENR Announce 45th Annual Award of Excellence Black Tie Gala, April 8, NYC

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ENR Award of Excellence

ENR Award of Excellence

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January 21, 2010 at 3:00 pm