Among the many reasons architects specify glass are its beauty and versatility. In addition to offering the full spectrum of transparency, color, and high environmental performance as vision glass components, this material can be opacified in spandrels to create visual flair.
In October, the University of Iowa (UI) School of Music celebrated the opening of a new facility, replacing a former location damaged by the 2008 flood. The Voxman Music Building is a 17,651-m2 (190,000-sf), $152-million project.
In the United States, buildings account for nearly 40 percent of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions—more than the transportation or industrial sectors—and commercial and residential buildings comprise more than 70 percent of electricity use.