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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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Fire-Rated Products | Bill O'Keeffe Mar 22, 2017

Fire resistive glazing systems provide architects, owners and envelope consultants assurance of documented performance

It may look like a regular window, but these advanced fire resistive glazing systems are recognized in the code as transparent walls because of its ability to block smoke, flames and significantly limit the passage of dangerous radiant heat.

Glass and Glazing | Mar 16, 2017

Fire resistive transparent walls transform stairwells and exits to inviting, light-filled spaces

To preserve the building’s open design and to extend natural light further in the building, the architects incorporated fire resistive glazing in the areas that required a 2-hour fire rating, particularly in the stairwells and exit passageways.

Glass and Glazing | Feb 15, 2017

Down on the farm. Up on sustainability.

At first glance, it might seem like a barn—but a closer look reveals towering windows, rooftop solar panels and world-class energy efficiency. 

Glass and Glazing | Bill O'Keeffe Jan 3, 2017

What’s in a name? A lot, actually

Our mission is to produce appealing architectural products that protect people while providing our customers with expert information, economical solutions, and unlimited inspiration.

75 Top Products | Dec 12, 2016

101 Top Products: Glass+Glazing

Among the best glass+glazing products included in BD+C's inaugural Top 101 Products report are Guardian Industries SunGuard SNX 51/23, Modernfold’s Acousti-Clear, and SageGlass’s Electrochromic Glass.

| Nov 10, 2016

Fire-rated glazing replaces drywall partition to transform ‘almost unusable’ space into a ‘showstopper’

The space, which the firm hoped to use as a gathering place for employees and clients, had no access to daylight. 

Fire-Rated Products | Bill O'Keeffe Nov 10, 2016

Truly transparent: Fire resistive butt-glazed walls up to 2 hours

SuperLite II-XLM is a fire resistive multi-laminate glass product that meets ASTM E-119/UL 263/NFPA 251 and CAN/ULC S101 up to 2 hours.

Fire-Rated Products | Nov 3, 2016

Fire rated switchable glass provides privacy and fire protection at the University of Chicago Medical Center

The University of Chicago Hospital Group reached out to Bill Zientarski of Hi-Performance Glazing Solutions and SAFTI FIRST’s architectural representative in Illinois for a solution that combined vision, privacy and fire protection in one glazed unit.

Glass and Glazing | Bill O'Keeffe Oct 14, 2016

International glazing community celebrates innovation at the Glasstec show in Dusseldof

With 9 exhibition halls showcasing over 1,235 exhibitors from 52 countries and with over 40,000 visitors from 100 countries walking the show, it is still regarded as the leading international trade fair for the glass industry.

Glass and Glazing | Aug 22, 2016

Tianmen Mountain glass skywalk opens to the public

Acrophobics beware: China’s Zhangjiajie National Forest Park just got a little bit (or a lot) more terrifying.

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