Clear on Technical Glass

No other building material brings together daylight, transparency and style the way that glass can. Fortunately, today’s architects can benefit from advanced technology that enables glass to perform other functions such as protect against fire, blast, hurricane, ballistic, UV or harness energy from sun. This blog will tackle the latest issues in glass performance, technology and design, as well as create an environment for communication and dialogue among members of the building community. It will also provide the latest code updates, as well as profile case studies that show high-performance glazing in action.
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Posted on December 11, 2014 By Bill O'Keeffe
One of the most exciting new buildings to open its doors this year is the Salt Lake City Public Safety Building Salt Lake City, Utah. This $125 million, 335,000-sf facility blends sustainability and resiliency under one roof.  It is the first U.S. Public Safety Building to achieve both a net-...
Posted on November 19, 2014 By Bill O'Keeffe
Security, safety and transparency don’t have to be mutually exclusive thanks to new glazing technology designed to support blast and fire-resistant secure buildings. These facilities can be welcoming, light-filled environments with the integration of diverse products that meet technological and...
Posted on October 19, 2014 By Bill O'Keeffe
Innovation is the engine of business success. Whether it’s the development of a brand-new product, a more efficient process or a novel way of serving customers, innovation helps distinguish a company from its competitors while raising the bar for everyone.  Enterprises that emphasize...
Posted on August 25, 2014 By Bill O'Keeffe
The advent of the elevator within multi-story buildings helped to relegate stairs from highly visible locations to confined stairwells tucked away and hidden from view.  While the International Building Code requires that interior exit stairways be enclosed, the use of fire rated glass in...
Posted on July 24, 2014 By Bill O'Keeffe
Like it or not, the number of incarcerated people in the U.S. continues to rise. With that, increased security in all aspects of these facilities continues to be a priority. This is where security glazing products that allow line of sight for supervisors to observe and still maintain secure...
Posted on June 26, 2014 By Bill O'Keeffe
As hurricane season kicks into high gear, it reinforces the importance of balancing the aesthetic and daylight enhancements of glazing with the safety requirements to protect people and structures from hurricane-force winds.    After Hurricane Andrew swept through southern Florida in 1992...
Posted on May 27, 2014 By Bill O'Keeffe
Openness and transparency were high priorities in the design of the Joint School of Nanoscience & Nanoengineering (JSNN) within the Gateway University Research Park in Greensboro, N.C. The 105,000 square-foot interdisciplinary research facility is a collaboration of North Carolina A&T State...
Posted on May 20, 2014 By Bill O'Keeffe
Fire-rated glazing and framing assemblies are just as beneficial on building exteriors as they are on the inside. But knowing how to select the correct fire-rated glass for exterior applications can be confusing.  The fire resistance rating for exterior walls—which ranges from no required...
Posted on May 05, 2014 By Bill O'Keeffe
A recent USGNN news alert has once again brought wired glass to the spotlight in a tragic way.   In the story, 18-year old high school student Sean Lloyd in Burlington, Ontario, pushed open a hallway door glazed with wired glass.  His arm not only broke the glass, but penetrated it,...
Posted on April 25, 2014 By Bill O'Keeffe
The construction industry refers to the IBC model building codes and NFPA 80 and 101 guidelines for the correct and code-approved applications of fire-rated assemblies. Unfortunately, code confusion has led to misapplications of fire rated glass and framing, which can have dangerous and/or...