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  • Fortress of fear or symbol of liberty?
    Vows to rebuild on the site of the World Trade Center towers were made soon after the tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001. Most designs given serious consideration during the subsequent competition featured one or more glass-clad skyscrapers, as did the winning design by Skidmore, Owing and Merrill of New York City, designated Freedom Tower. More recently, however, the design of Freedom Tower has been...
  • Some protection is better than none
    Every year, homeowners around the world spend millions of dollars to fortify their property from an assortment of potential disasters, and storm protection drives demand in hurricane-prone regions. Laminated glass, storm shutters, storm panels and impact-resistant screens number among the approved products for protection, and they meet building codes for new construction. Safety window film...
  • Be knowledgeable to advise administrators
    “I’ve replaced my school district’s broken wired glass for many years. Now, administrators say I need to retrofit all their schools with fire-rated glass that meets impact safety codes. What options can I provide, and what issues should I be aware of?”The 2003 International Building Code forever changed the rules about the use of wired glass in schools. Contract glaziers...
  • The play of glass in the preservation of art, history
    Museums house antiques, treasures and heritage. They conserve history and tell the story of who we are. People visit museums to view exhibits, preferably well lit. Curators and visitors, however, express dramatically opposing views of what kind of light best illuminates exhibits in a museum. The trend runs toward natural light from large expanses of glass. Nearly every current museum renovation,...
  • A little-known measure, damage-weighted transmittance, emerges as a way to assess fading risks
    In choosing the most appropriate glass for commercial and residential projects, more architects look at the issue of fading, specifically with regard to fabrics, finishes, carpeting and artwork that will occupy the interior of their finished buildings.In assessing the potential fading risks associated with the glass they specify, most architects look at a single measure on the performance data...
  • Advanced technology blocks damage from ultraviolet light
    Running a museum is no day at the beach, but the experiences do have one thing in common: the need for advanced protection from ultraviolet rays. Ultraviolet light constitutes the most damaging form of solar radiation. It damages more than just skin; it steals color from paints, paper, fabric and even plastic. As any curator or conservator can tell you, fading is cumulative and permanent. “...
  • When antiquities, priceless collections, venerable art, fussy curators and deep pockets come into play.
    Museums and art galleries present challenges to glazing designs, given the tight environmental conditions that must be met. Consideration must be given to many parameters, often conflicting, including the quality and quantity of light, ultraviolet resistance, aesthetics, thermal performance, condensation resistance, strength, security performance, safety and cost. For a best-practice curatorial...
  • Complex subject made easy
    Would you want to consider a “climate” inside your insulating glass unit? Probably not. During manufacture, a volume of air is trapped in IG at a certain temperature and relative humidity, then exposed to the forces of nature, heat, cold and pressures. Without a desiccant to dry the air space, the trapped moisture condenses and creates “rain” inside the IG when the...
  • Tap into this burgeoning market
    Many glass fabricators are cutting stone—mainly for kitchen countertops—and making a profit out of it.“The granite end of our business rapidly catches up to the glass end,” says Mike Bell, president of Bell Mirror and Glass in Wichita, Kan. About two years ago, Bell invested more than $250,000 to create The Countertop Place because, “the market seemed to be getting...
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