Architects and Specifiers

Information for Architects and Specifiers

Glass and the associated glazing products provide a fantastic construction material; no matter what scale of operation, from replacing one window in a house to a fully glazed high rise block, the glazing solution will have an impact on the building and its users.

Glass and the associated glazing products provide a fantastic construction material; no matter what scale of operation, from replacing one window in a house to a fully glazed high rise block, the glazing solution will have an impact on the building and its users.

Glass provides natural sunlight into the structure as well as offering protection against the elements.

While glass can allow heat in from sunlight it can also allow internal heat to escape. Therefore to ensure that the building works correctly and the occupants experience a comfortable environment the glazing must be correctly specified.

The result of possible overheating can be controlled by means of solar control glazing. Excessive heat loss can be controlled by means of high performance insulating glass units. Choosing the correct glazing solution is essential to ensure the building works correctly.

Specialist glasses may appear to provide an internal wall. However, this can become a life saving fire wall which can contain fire spread, and its heat. thus allowing occupants to exit safely as well as minimising damage to a building.

Glass can be strong and robust. However, when used in critical locations if it were to break then it must break safely. Hence preventing severe injury or worse to building users. Specifying the right specialist glass ensures this happens.

Renovation is essential; to bring an old building up to 21st Century standards. Such treatment is often a cost effective and environmentally effective solution. The glazing can either be replaced with the latest technologies or modified with the use of films to improve solar control, thermal performance and the safety of the glass in critical locations.

Glass is a complex product. Fantastic solutions can be obtained by well specified modern glazing solutions. There are many options, the Glass and Glazing Federation is here to assist you make the right choices.

This web site provides an oversight of the various glazing products available along with details of companies who can supply and install these products.