Volume 29, Issue 3 - Fall 2015

Continuing Education and Resources

The Web is full of courses and resources hosted by various companies in the glass and glazing industry—and for the benefit of architects. Consider checking out these continuing education courses and other informational tools that are available.


Course Title:
The Use of Laminated Glass in Architectural Design

Guardian Industries

Learning Units:
1 AIA LU/1 HSW Credit

This presentation provides an overview of different types of laminated glass, manufacturing methods, major uses and key benefits. It also discusses the appropriate use of laminated glass to address various applications.

Applications discussed include safety glazing, sound management, solar management, security and safety, hurricane resistance, blast mitigation, bullet resistance, seismic and fallout protection. 

The presentation will conclude with a review of projects utilizing laminated glass to satisfy building design and functional requirements.


Course Title:
Glass Wall Systems and Design Considerations


Learning Units:
1 AIA LU/1 HSW Credit

Upon its completion, participants in this course should have a better understanding of different glass wall types and their applications.

The presentation addresses design options, including hardware selection such as handles and pulls. It discusses considerations for fixed and moveable glass doors and touches on specification topics.

Attendees will also learn the four standard types of heavy glass tempered doors, as determined by the Glass Association of North America.

The course is designed to help provide an understanding of industry trends for fixed and moveable glass wall systems.



Get an IGU-cation

PPG Industries’ Glass Education Center online portal features a new video comparing the benefits of specifying gas-filled or air-filled insulating glass units (IGUs).

IGUs are designed to keep buildings warm in the winter and cool in the summer. They typically consist of two or more lites of glass, which create cavities that can be filled with air or gas such as argon or krypton.

In the four-minute video, a PPG technical expert identifies five factors to consider when specifying a gas-filled or air-filled IGU: U-value, solar control performance, gas leakage, fabrication time and cost, and thickness.


Analyze the Anodize

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has updated its Anodic Finishes/Painted Aluminum (AFPA) document, which lays out the anodizing process with reference to architectural work.

According to AAMA, this standard describes the anodizing process, which produces a coating that is thicker than nature’s version, harder and more durable.

The document was recently retired but was brought back and updated to reflect new technologies now available. The appearance and physical properties of anodic finishes are discussed as governed by three factors, which are aluminum alloy and temper, surface treatment prior to anodizing and the type of electrolyte and operating techniques used in the anodizing process.



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