Glass “Feature Wall” Has Big Impact  
on High-End Residential Beach Home  
water, but the builder and homeowner  
t was the perfect marriage.  
The glass fabricator needed a Naples, Fla.-based builder Damon were seeking a more seamless solution.  
prime location to showcase its Custom Structure Inc. (DCS) pushed to “They just didn’t want to break up  
A Clear Choice  
product. The building owner and get Faour’s frameless impact window that wall in the way that [a standard  
builder wanted a unique solution that system Slimpact into the design. The curtainwall] would have,” says Rivera.  
provided maximum views while main- project, designed by R.G. Designs of “So when they discovered we had an  
taining strict standards.  
Bonita Springs, Fla., was a key home for impact-approved system with no metal  
And that’s how this 750 square-foot the custom builder.In fact, Damon War- and no mullions, it fit perfectly with  
glass feature wall at a high-end Vander- fel, president of DCS,says the feature wall what they were looking for.”  
bilt Beach home in Naples, Fla., was was the biggest opening he’s ever done.  
The structural-glazed system, which FrTohme gltahziengIcnhsoiicdeewas the easy part.  
“It just so happens that we were seek- Faour patented in 2015, uses no ex-  
ing a showcase project on the West posed metal to maximize views while The installation was another story.  
Coast in Naples at the time they were still meeting Florida’s large-missile im-  
According to Rivera, the most chal-  
lenging aspect of the project was get-  
Warfel says the architect originally ting the 750-pound lites in the proper  
building this,” says Angelo Rivera, vice pact requirements.  
president and general manager of  
Faour Glass Technologies in Tampa.“So drew up a large bowed window for the location so they could be installed.  
we got together, and it was kind of a feature wall, though the project team Faour typically uses all-terrain vehi-  
perfect installation. They said they had a difficult time meeting impact cles with lifts and suction cups to install  
would open up their home for us to get codes.According to Rivera,the next so- the panels from the exterior. However,  
view they needed.”  
photos], and they got the beautiful lution was to implement a typical cur- because the lot lines to this house were  
tainwall overlooking the Gulf Coast so tight,the installers couldn’t approach  
this project the same way.  
Instead, they worked from the inte-  
rior to set in the 15 10-by-5-foot lites.  
“We had to bring everything in and use  
winches to maneuver the glass in place  
from inside the house,” says Rivera.  
He adds that the Slimpact product  
inherently requires special care due to  
a heightened attention on aesthetics.  
“Everything we do is concealed so  
that there’s no metal ever seen, even  
around the perimeter,”says Rivera.“The  
system is designed to bring the outside  
into the living structure.… The details  
to get to that can get pretty hairy de-  
pending on the design.”  
Response to Demand  
aour Glass Technologies has installed Slimpact in more than 50 projects  
since its first version was introduced to the market in 2012. Angelo Rivera,  
vice president and general manager of Faour, says the idea of the prod-  
uct goes back to Hurricane Andrew, when South Florida started implementing  
stringent hurricane codes.  
The codes changed to a point where the only people who could comply  
right away were the metal suppliers—they could provide their product with  
laminated glass and test and meet the code quickly,” says Rivera. “The prob-  
lem with that is for architects, it really minimized what they wanted to do with  
glass and really reduced their view. … so we listened to that for years and de-  
veloped some concepts.”  
The installation took approximately  
three weeks with four men on the job.  
It was challenging,but ultimately worth  
the effort, says Warfel.  
While it took some time, Faour eventually came up with the right glass com-  
bination that could provide the required strength with just ⁄  
inches of struc-  
tural silicone joint between the lites.  
The first version of Slimpact could be used anywhere on the Florida coastline  
aside from High Velocity Hurricane Code (HVHC) and Miami Dade code areas. Once  
demand grew from architects, the company developed its HVHC version.  
“It came out spectacular,” he says.  
“That house is kind of the pinnacle on  
that beach with this opening. It gets all  
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kinds of attention. Even the inspectors  
couldn’t believe we were able to do what  
we did there.”  
FoInratdhdeitioTnutrotmleeseting stringent im-  
pact standards, the glass in the project  
had to follow “Turtle Code” require-  
ments to accommodate hatchling sea  
turtles.Under the Turtle Code,no more  
than 45 percent of visual light can come  
from inside the building to the outside.  
The whole idea is that during hatch-  
ing season, the turtles go to the light of  
the moon,” says Rivera.“… But if you  
have internal lights in a home that go  
out to the beach,it could signal them to  
go the wrong way.”  
The glass consisted of a quarter-inch  
clear with low-E, a ⁄  
-inch grey and a  
-inch clear, triple-laminated with  
SentryGlas to meet the impact and Tur-  
tle Code standards.  
Faour only handled the feature wall  
glazing, as the rest of the doors and  
windows—manufactured by Andersen  
and WinDoor—were installed by Ray-  
mond Building Supply.  
Nick St. Denis s  
A 750 square foot glass "feature wall"  
at a high-end residential beach home  
in Naples, Fla., provides maximum  
views for the homeowner while  
meeting stringent building codes.  
June 2016 | USGlass, Metal & Glazing