Nano-coating protects glass at California Academy of Sciences


The basics: The California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, features a protective coating on the glass doorways at the front and back entrances to reduce cleaning maintenance and the use of chemicals for cleaning. The academy earned a Platinum rating from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program. The structure will consume 30 percent less energy than required by standard building codes, and 60,000 photovoltaic cells will provide 5 percent to 10 percent of the building’s electricity.

The players: Architect, Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Italy; general contractor, Webcor Builders, San Mateo, Calif.; glass supplier, Josef Gartner, Germany; nano-coating developer, Diamon-Fusion International Inc., San Clemente, Calif.; glass coating applier, Central Coast Diamon-Fusion and Window Cleaning, Santa Cruz, Calif.

The glass coating: DFI’s nano-coating, Diamon-Fusion, on all glass doorways for the piazza and the front and back entrances of the building.