Tag Archives: Glazing

Fire-rated Glass Floor Captures the Light at Northwestern

At Northwestern University, this fire-rated glass floor provides a barrier to flames and smoke, but offers daylighting and a unique look. Photo courtesy Technical Glass Products

Located in Evanston, Illinois, Northwestern University’s Engineering Life Sciences infill is a bright, multi-disciplinary space with collaborative gathering areas and cutting-edge classrooms, laboratories, and research rooms. The expansion rises five stories, bridging two of the campus’ existing building wings. It is designed to Silver standards under the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC’s) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.

“The original building had courtyards that were turned into parking lots,” explains Matt Garrett, project …

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To Test or Not to Test…? A guide to field quality control

Photo © BigStockPhoto/Vichaya Kiatying-Angsulee

When properly applied, tests can yield valuable insight into the installed performance of systems, aid investigators in determining the cause of a failure, or help to determine if a product is performing to its intended level. However, when improperly applied, many tests and standards can produce misleading results, improper conclusions, and lead to unnecessary repairs or remediation efforts. Within this context, the article takes an in-depth look at roofing assemblies, along with glazing, masonry, and air barrier assemblies.

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Meeting Efficiency Codes without Compromising Design

Photo courtesy of University of Birmingham

Increasingly stringent building energy regulations force strict thermal performance requirements for building envelopes, while design trends toward creating soaring, iconic monuments of aluminum, glass, and steel. Innovative application of high-performance insulation technologies, including architectural insulation modules (incorporating vacuum insulation panels [VIPS]) and aerogel building insulation blankets, enables architects to meet both demands.

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Security Glazing for Safer Schools: Trends in School Safety

Parents and administrators across the country are clamoring for solutions to make their children’s schools more secure. Areas of K?12 educational projects under significant scrutiny are doors and windows—and, more specifically, the glass. For extra school security, laminated security glass can be an easy and cost-effective measure to assist in protecting against forced entry and providing bullet resistance. Between 1999 and 2009, various school security measures have been implemented.

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