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 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...
Posted on April 08, 2014 By Bill O'Keeffe
The majority of fire rated glazing applications occur inside a building to allow occupants to exit the building safely or provide an area of refuge during a fire. But what happens when the threat of fire comes from the outside? This was the case for The Kensington, a mixed-use residential building...
Posted on April 01, 2014 By Bill O'Keeffe
Mismatched fire-rated glass and framing happens more often than you think. Failing to confirm that the tested and listed performance capabilities of the framing system match those of the glazing can create a financial nightmare for the entire building team.  In simple terms, the entire...