The American Bird Conservancy (ABC) recently launched its Bird-Smart Glass program, which includes a list of tested products available to help stop avian casualties from hitting windows. For the past six years, ABC has been scientifically testing products that are affordable and aesthetically suitable for architects and homeowners to use to eliminate bird deaths.
In May 2013, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) closed its doors and broke ground on an ambitious expansion to more than double its exhibition space. This project has been unique in a number of respects. Once completed, the 10-story addition will house much of the museum’s permanent collection, which has grown exponentially in recent years thanks to generous private donations.
The American Institute of Architects’ (AIA’s) 2014 progress report for its 2030 Commitment found the number of projects reported as part of that initiative is increasing, but only a small percentage of them met the 60 percent target for 2014. However, it found energy modeling an important opportunity for success.
As design professionals have grown more familiar with channel glass, many now recognize its benefits extend beyond harnessing daylight. The linear channel glass segments provide a depth and profile not found in conventional glazing, and can therefore be used as much to contribute to the art of building design as to diffuse daylight. The first in this three-part series explores the material.
It is no secret architects have an affinity for glass. The sheer number of full-glass buildings emerging all over the United States speaks to the material’s panoptic appeal and its ability to create openness and connectivity to the outdoors. Most of our time—approximately 90 percent—is spent inside, meaning an exposure to natural light and a visual connection with the outdoors is more important than ever.
Stretch forming is a process in which s metal extrusion is kept under constant tension, while stretched and bent simultaneously over a die to create contoured parts. The variety of shapes and cross-sections that can be stretch-formed is almost unlimited. Window systems, skylights, storefronts, signs, flashings, curtain walls, walkway enclosures, and hand railings can be accurately and precisely formed to the desired shapes.
When it comes to insulating a facility, insulation addresses two important goals—maintaining a consistent interior temperature and preventing moisture from forming and collecting via condensation.There are several different materials and ways to protect a roof, including fiberglass, rigid board, and insulated metal panels (IMPs). Costs and benefits may vary between the products, but an overall building envelope comparison shows some marked differences.