Laminated glass use is expanding due to the adoption of protective regulatory requirements for safety, structural, security and sound control. The production of laminated glass with PVB interlayers continues to successfully serve these markets especially in the realm of glass shard retention. In order for the laminates to perform as designed, proper lamination and care […]

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Douglas Alves

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On a fine line between form and function, glass facades today have to blast through seemingly irrefutable physical boundaries. Evermore daring flowing glass facades enable the simultaneous languages of architecture to provide transparent natural light-filled creations whilst balancing the energy performances expected of the contemporary “passive” house. The fact that these varied and demanding requirements […]

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Smart glazing systems incorporate functional coatings to modify their properties. Many traditional use cases rely on LowE stacks to manage the heat transfer whereas thin glass-based active info displays in modern cars and building-integrated photovoltaic glass work with other types of conductive coatings. Functional glass undergoes numerous processes which define its optical, thermal and electrical […]

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In the 1950s and 1960s, Dow was a pioneer of technologies that opened the eyes of architects to a new way of designing and realizing pure glass aesthetics. With the evolution of tall buildings and the desire for increased building performance, silicone-based products have been leveraged for structural glazing (SSG) and weatherproofing. Silicones’ durability and […]

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Emir Debastiani

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Following the publication of revised Brazilian standard NBR 14718 Balustrades for buildings in 2019, static tests were executed on typically sized cantilevered glass panels to review the potential of PVB (polyvinyl butyral) based glass laminates to meet the standard requirements. The standard provides deflection criteria for usage and safety loads. In a first study, the […]

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Douglas Alves

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It is commonly believed that U-factor does not impact the performance of fenestration in hot climates, and generally the focus is solar heat gain. The reason given is that the difference in air temperature between inside and outside relatively small in hot climates. However, the temperature difference that drives heat transfer through a window is […]

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Helen Sanders

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