Vacuum Insulated Glazing (VIG) is a next generation highly thermally insulating glazing system which is a slim alternative to existing gas filled Insulated Glass Units (IGUs). VIGs have been established as a commercial product in Asia for decades, and are increasingly recognized for applications in window and façade systems in North America and Europe. While there are many publications in the literature which deal with the design, manufacturing and performance of the VIG in general, little is found on VIGs subjected to wind load, which in fact is a crucial external load on building façades. The effect of wind load has been well-studied for IGUs and laminated glass units, where robust design and test methods are outlined in building codes and Standards. Unfortunately, the composite structure of the VIG leads to existing Standards not being directly applicable. This work presents a first step, finite elementmodeling (FEM), analysis of the VIG mechanical behaviour under wind load. The aim is to provide insight that will place the applicability of existing Standards in context, and furthermore, help planning engineers identify design limits for VIG units with respect to wind
loads. After a review of the Standards, the impact of different VIG design parameters is investigated and compared to an analytical solution. Finally, the results are projected back onto the Standards and codes available for glass design.