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Heading into 2017, what is the biggest trend
in designing with glass, and why?
ow-iron glass is expanding in terms of its marketability and desirability. The
thing architects like from glass is high light transmittance, and low-iron glass
“Lcan do that. The absolute clear quality of low-iron glass is a really attractive
attribute, as architects like clarity. The challenge with that is the higher per-
forming glasses are still not quite there yet in terms of meeting all the
energy codes in the way we’d prefer. When I first started in selecting
higher-performance glasses in the ’90s, you could get a solar heat gain
coefficient (SHGC) of .29 or .28. It hasn’t come down much since.
Reflectivity has gone up, as that’s the best way to meet
Emil Stojakovic, Handel Architects
ith strong efforts to be environmentally conscious, many
owners and investors show an increased interest in the
products they are putting in their buildings, including glass.
In 2017, glazing systems and products will continue to become more effi-
cient. Additionally, with the increased development of automated devic-
es and the ‘Internet of Things,’ these trends will only integrate further
into commercial glass applications.
F. Brennen Garrison, Carnegie Mellon University
e’re always looking to use clearer glazing. The higher
performance glass that has come into the market
has made that more possible now than ever before,
allowing for clearer glass while still being able to meet the
ever-increasing requirements we need to meet from an energy
standpoint. On top of that, we’re also incorporating more frit-
ted vision glazing, which gets us even better performance by reducing heat gain while also
allowing us to use more clear glass with less reflectivity. The ability of glass to be able
to accomplish multiple things has allowed us to utilize it more.
David A. Bailey, Hastings Architecture Associates AGG
Due to a production error, in the article “City Lites,” Architects’ Guide to Glass & Metal,
Winter 2017, the third paragraph quote on page 16 was misattributed. The commenter
was AGNORA marketing manager Alison Smith. AGG regrets the error.
Architects’ Guide to Glass & Metal