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Bird Friendly Glass Tech Talk  

Bird Friendly Glass 

When designing buildings with bird safety in mind, it is important to understand that birds do not perceive glass as an obstacle to their flight path. To aid in reducing collisions, the lighting of the glass, elements placed near the glass as well as the glass selection itself must all be considered.

     
Ceramic Frit and Ink Visual Characteristics Tech Talk  

Ceramic Frit and Ink Visual Characteristics 

When using silk-screen, spandrel or DigitalDistinctions™ in architectural building applications, the design details require careful consideration to avoid an unintended aesthetic result such as a moiré pattern or an uneven, checkerboard appearance. Moiré is an optical phenomenon that typically appears as a wavy, rippled or circular pattern.

     
Glass and Electronic Eavesdropping Protection Tech Talk  

Glass and Electronic Eavesdropping Protection 

Glass is a key component in building design. The benefits are well understood, including the contribution daylight makes to healthier occupants. Utilizing glass for security is often less understood and the least understood security consideration for glass is electronic eavesdropping protection.

     
Field-Applied Coatings and Films on Glass Tech Talk  

Field-Applied Coatings and Films on Glass 

The appearance and performance of an existing glass façade can be altered by applying a film or coating to the glass. There are risks associated with the use of such films and coatings, including glass breakage or incompatibility. This document provides items that should be considered prior to applying a coating or film to glass.

     
Glass Staining Tech Talk  

Glass Staining 

Overall, flat glass for commercial buildings is uniquely resistant to chemical attacks and other types of deterioration. However, glass staining can occur from a reaction to acids used during new concrete cleaning, masonry runoff and prolonged water contact during storage and shipment.

     
Heat Soak Testing Tech Talk  

Heat Soak Testing 

Fully tempered glass is susceptible to spontaneous breakage due to the presence of nickel sulfide inclusions. To mitigate the risk of breakage, fully tempered glass can be heat soak tested. This document outlines the process and benefits associated with heat soak testing.

     
Insulating Glass Sealant Visual Characteristics Tech Talk  

Insulating Glass Sealant Visual Characteristics 

The use of insulating glass continues to grow worldwide as a result of the desire to build more energy efficient buildings. The various types of glazing systems utilized today require insulating glass units to be accommodating in their structural characteristic as well as the visual aspects of the unit.

     
Quench Pattern Tech Talk  

Quench Pattern Characteristics 

Strain patterns, sometimes referred to as iridescence, anisotropy or quench patterns, are an inherent characteristic of heat treated glass. This document describes how strain patterns form as well as expected visual characteristics.

     
The Role of Reflectivity in Glass Tech Talk  

The Role of Reflectivity in Glass 

The solar spectrum encompasses all energy coming from the sun and is made of three components; visible, infrared and ultraviolet. Visible is light you see when looking at the sun, infrared is the heat you feel on your skin and ultraviolet fades fabrics and deteriorates plastic.

     
Thermal Stress Breakage Tech Talk  

Thermal Stress Breakage 

The complexity of today’s commercial glass building designs increases the probability of unique shading patterns, which may elevate thermal stresses and breakage. Glass breakage can occur for many reasons. Generally, thermal loads on glass occur as a result of the glass being exposed to sunlight and interior heating.

     
Viewing Windows for Swimming Pools and Aquariums Tech Talk  

Viewing Windows for Swimming Pools and Aquariums 

Glass viewing windows in swimming pools and aquariums are subjected to hydrostatic pressures. This document provides guidance for selecting the appropriate glass type and thickness based on the specific hydrostatic pressure to which the glass will be exposed.