California canyon home relies on commercial glazing

May 8, 2007
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“The roof has a 7-foot overhang. … It’s a terrific solar characteristic, because it cuts almost all of the summer sun out, taking care of a large part of the heat gain you’d get during the year.” —Finn Kappe, project architect

The basics: The south-facing glass façade of the 5,500-square-foot Shetty/Floegel residence in Benedict Canyon, Calif., offers the owners sweeping private views of the adjacent canyon.
The players: The home owners, Vivek Shetty and Christina Floegel, Benedict Canyon; architect, Kappe Studio, Topanga, Calif.; frame fabricator, Anvil Steel, Gardena, Calif.; glass supplier, PPG Industries, Pittsburgh; aluminum supplier, Rheinzink, Cambridge, Mass. ; contract glazier, Compton Glass Co., Santa Fe Springs, Calif..
The glass: 1-inch insulating units of Solex glass with a low-emissivity coating in a custom steel curtain wall system attached directly to the primary steel structure of the home.