Along with lighting and MEP systems, glass technology represents one of the most dynamic areas of technological change in building design.Driving these advances are such end-user concerns as enhancing interior daylighting, reducing facility maintenance, and expanding view corridors for occupants. In recent years—and especially today, as fuel prices spiral upward—controlling building energy use continues to dominate the choice of glass enclosure products.
After reading this article, you should be able to:
Understand the fundamental considerations affecting glass manufacture, fabrication and selection.
Describe the various attributes of specialized glazing used for occupant safety and energy efficiency.
Compare the benefits and drawbacks of various kinds of decorative glass systems.