Volume 28, Issue 5 - September/October 2014

Education and Resources

Tally Them Up
The Tally is the first Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) app that lets users calculate the environmental impacts of their building material selections directly in an Autodesk Revit model. The application allows users working in Revit software to quantify impacts for whole building analysis, as well as comparative analyses of design options.

While working on the model, the user can define relationships between BIM elements and construction materials from the Tally database. The result is “Life Cycle Assessment on demand,” according to the company, and an important layer of decision-making information within the same time frame, pace, and environment that building designs are generated.

Design on Demand
Vitrim’s “Design it, Create it, Build it” tool on its website gives users a good idea of what the type of glass they envision will look like once installed. Users may select an exterior or interior view before picking the glass color.

A specific opacity, anywhere from zero to 100, may also be selected. And frit patterns ranging from standard architectural dots and lines to geometrics, abstracts, organics and textures can be chosen. The image on the screen changes as the user changes the glass details.

Out of Pocket

The glass pocket guide from AGC Glass Company North America is designed to provide a comprehensive reference for using the right glass for the right application.

The guide is a section-by-section breakdown that begins with an introduction of the various types of glass, how they are made and an overview of glass’ various functions. It then introduces readers to the company’s different brands and products, including clear float glass, exterior glazing, decorative glass, residential glass and fire-rated glass.
Readers may also download specific sections depending on their needs or view the document in full.

Breaking it Down

View’s dynamic glass architectural guide, which can be found on its website, describes the implementation process for designers by defining specific terms related to dynamic glazing units, explaining different systems and noting how those systems relate to various standard testing methods.

The document also highlights materials involved, as well as delivery, storage and handling recommendations. It also describes how to properly examine project sites where the products will be applied.


Architects' Guide to Glass & Metal
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