This article provides a general overview of the technology of modern high performance windows as well as information on traditional glazing options, features and benefits. In addition, it explores improvements to conventional mirrored and tinted glazing and look at how color, style and glazing options impact not only occupants but also aesthetics of a project. Finally, we examine recent advancements in electrochromic coatings, how they work and how programmable tinting can positively impact occupants and energy efficiency in commercial buildings.
Laminated glass has been used in a variety of architectural applications ranging from office buildings and schools to institutional and high security buildings. A variety of clear and tinted interlayers are available, providing post-breakage glass retention, UV filtration and impact resistance. This course presents the history and development of laminated glass from its inception as an automotive product to more advanced structural glass applications.
As we explore the outdoor living trend you will learn how this works to improve indoor air quality and healthy living conditions. Integration of indoor-outdoor living space increases daylight into the living space.
As a proven natural building material, glass block can add beauty and inspiration to a project, while playing a significant role in sustainable design. Glass block is 100% recyclable, low- maintenance, and highly durable, yet its’ dynamic relationship with light provides architects the opportunity to create both aesthetically pleasing and energy efficient spaces. With low construction waste, glass block is considered an environmentally preferable product, made largely from sand, an abundant raw material, and limestone. Because of its versatility, it can be used in a wide variety of projects, and offers a universal appeal.
This course provides in-depth information on the solar energy spectrum and common glass performance measures covering the manufacturing processes for "passive" and "solar control" low-e coatings, how those coatings impact glass performance and improve energy efficiency, and more.
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