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For glass openings, how big is too big?

Advances in glazing materials and glass building systems offer a seemingly unlimited horizon for not only glass performance, but also for the size and extent of these light, transparent forms. Both for enclosures and for indoor environments, novel products and assemblies allow for more glass and less opaque structure—often in places that previously limited their use.


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Cladding and Facade Systems | Oct 26, 2021

14 projects recognized by DOE for high-performance building envelope design

The inaugural class of DOE’s Better Buildings Building Envelope Campaign includes a medical office building that uses hybrid vacuum-insulated glass and a net-zero concrete-and-timber community center.

Glass and Glazing | Oct 26, 2021

Façade design for cost, performance, and delivery [AIA course]

HOK Technical Principal David Frey outlines best practices for designing building envelopes that live up to the aesthetic vision of the project while being cost-effective, high-performing, and quick to install.

Fire-Rated Products | Oct 21, 2021

Safti First Fights Through Assertions Made By Plaintiffs Ely Holdings Limited And Greenlite Glass Systems That Safti First’s Fire Rated Floor System Infringed On Their Patent

In a summary judgement dated February 3, 2021, Chief Magistrate Joseph C. Spero of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California ruled that the patent infringement claims filed by Ely Holdings Limited (Ely) and Greenlite Glass Systems (Greenlite) against SAFTI FIRST, a USA fire rated glass and framing manufacturer, could not proceed to trial, finding that the SAFTI FIRST’s fire resistant floor does not violate Ely’s patent.

Glass and Glazing | Oct 1, 2021

Specifying Responsibly to Save Birds’ Lives

Realizing sustainable, bird-friendly glass design

Glass and Glazing | Oct 1, 2021

Seizing the Daylight with BIPV Glass

Glass has always been an idea generator. Now, it’s also a clean energy generator.

Glass and Glazing | Aug 24, 2021

Smart glass innovations for smarter buildings

Researchers explore the use of ultrathin photodetectors and augmented reality thin films to expand smart building applications.

75 Top Products | Dec 2, 2020

Top Glass and Glazing Products for 2020

Viracon's Thermal Spacer and YKK's YWW 50 TU Thermally Broken Window Wall are among the 7 new glass and glazing products to make Building Design + Construction's 2020 75 Top Products report.

Glass and Glazing | Nov 12, 2020

Fire Rated Glass Makes Visual Connectivity Possible, Beautiful and Affordable at Campus Housing

One of the architectural features that students love about the new 1,197-bed Quad on the…
Glass and Glazing | Oct 20, 2020

Retaining Fallingwater’s Iconic Connection Between Indoors & Outdoors

In September 2019, the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, owners of Frank Lloyd Wright’s…
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