Glass & Curtainwall

Sawtooth Shading

The 55-story 181 Fremont high-rise features a distinct sawtooth patterned façade which dictates that window mullions in the curtainwall angle slightly in against one another, essentially functioning as a shading device. Vitro’s triple-silver-coated Solarban 70XL glass blocks 70% of the sun’s heat energy while enabling 65% of the ambient daylight to pass through.

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Amazon's Geodesic Spheres

NBBJ selected Vitro’s Solarban 60 and Starphire Ultra-Clear glass for their clarity and ability to facilitate photosynthesis. In fact, low-iron glass and a specific low-E coating—that allowed for 480 nanometers of light to come in while rejecting heat—was carefully chosen to promote plant growth for the more than 40,000 plants in the greenhouse.

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Dan Dipert Career + Technical Center, Arlington, Texas

Sun Shades Help Define CTC’s Building Envelope

The Dan Dipert Career + Technical Center (CTC) is creating a world of opportunity for teenagers in Arlington, Texas. Offering 36 different trade certifications and 18 career pathways, the CTC gives local high school juniors and seniors a chance to tackle their career or college path before they graduate high school. From a precision manufacturing shop where students learn how to cut metal for gears and machine parts to a kitchen for culinary arts, the 169,800-sq.-ft. facility serves as many as 2000 students every day who split time between CTC and their home high school. The building was built with flexible infrastructure so the classrooms can be transformed as new trades emerge, and equipme

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The Net Zero Plus Electrical Training Institute, City of Commerce, Calif.

The Net Zero Plus Electrical Training Institute

Many equate net-zero buildings with significant solar power arrays. While renewables are a key component to any net zero energy project, there is a lot more to it than just PV. If anyone ought to know, it’s Brett Moss, training director for the L.A. County IBEW/NECA Electrical Training Institute. A 2016 complete retrofit, the school, prior to the deep-energy technology additions, already had nearly ¾ MW worth of PV on site, but that year, emerged from its cocoon, so to speak, to become the Net Zero Plus ETI, a 142,000 sq. ft., net-positive facility which generates nearly a megawatt’s worth of power, while only consuming about 740,000 kWh. While that’s a lot of renewa

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Millennium Center, Geneva, Switzerland

Perfect Harmony

Saint-Gobain’s latest innovation from its SageGlass division resulted in Harmony, an elegantly performing dynamic glass that was chosen as the preferred glazing of Switzerland’s new Millennium Center in Geneva. Unveiled at Glasstec last October, the solution enhances the visual and thermal comfort of occupants while maintaining views with a natural-looking, seamless connection to the outdoors.When transforming, Harmony delivers a gradual in-pane tint transition from fully clear to fully tinted. Everything, from conference rooms to concierge services, elevators and the Millennium Center glazing, will be connected to the Cloud and managed via smartphone apps, which are integrated i

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Versatile Curtainwall

Accepting both insulated glass units and cellular polycarbonate glazing panels, LIGHTWALL 3000 curtainwall is an extruded aluminum, thermally broken, framing system. This versatility is accomplished by deep glazing pockets, low-friction gaskets and controlled gasket pressure that allow for the thermal movement of polycarbonate, while still providing superior water and air infiltration resistance.

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Treehouse Glazing

For Mexico’s library at Tecnológico de Monterrey, Sasaki Associates’ endeavored to create a treehouse in the middle of the campus forest. The floor-to-ceiling windows, fabricated with Solarban 90 Vitro glass, deliver a light-to-solar gain ratio of 2.22 and a corresponding reduction in demand for artificial lighting and AC.

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Sherzer Hall at Eastern Michigan University

In a Vacuum

The aptly-named Vacuum IG utilizes a vacuum between two panes of glass to prevent heat from escaping to the outside. As compared to a single pane glass with an R-value of 1, the glass itself delivers an R-value of up to 12 at a 8-mm thickness. When paired with SunGuard coated glass, thermal insulation goes up even higher. Furthermore, the hybrid, low-E Vacuum IG delivers impressive levels of light transmission, reflectivity and color.

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An Ode to the University

Tulane’s Freeman School of Business set out to unify two halls into one complex by adding a 45,000-sq.-ft., four-story addition and renovating 40,000 sq. ft. of classrooms and lecture halls. Inspired by Tulane’s mascot, the Wave, and several 100-year-old oak trees lining the street, a scalloped curtainwall was designed as the heart of the project. Given the historical significance of the trees and weather-related conditions that are an ongoing threat to New Orleans, it was critical to preserve the trees and provide protection against extreme weather while achieving LEED Gold criteria.The YUW 750 XT unitized curtainwall was selected to meet these goals. One of the highest performi

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The Outdoor Connection

Guardian SunGuard glass products balance high performance with light transmittance and the right aesthetic at state-of-the-art Owego Elementary School. Architect Highland Associates were charged with replacing a structure destroyed by Tropical Storm Lee with a high-performing envelope that meets LEED Silver certification.“The spaces have a sense of relaxed vitality that comes only with a strong connection to the outdoors,” explains David Degnon, senior associate, Highland Assoc. “This would not be possible without the strategic use of specialized glass products such as Guardian SunGuard glass. With glass making up such a large part of the façade, the color and appearance ha

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