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Why Engineering Matters: Three Benefits of Working with Engineered Railing Systems

January 25, 2021

Why Engineering Matters: Three Benefits of Working with Engineered Railing Systems

Today’s commercial designs are all about organic, open concepts, which means glass elements are in high demand. In addition to enhancing views and creating a sense of openness, glass also promotes daylighting, which delivers health benefits and contributes to energy savings. The growing popularity of glass is great news for glaziers, but it can also be daunting – especially when it comes to specifying railings. While glaziers know glass, a high-performance glass railing system requires specialized engineering that may fall outside of their comfort zone or realm of expertise.

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Tempered Glass Sliding Door Designs for Your Office

January 18, 2021

Tempered Glass Sliding Door Designs for Your Office

A modern office deserves modern conveniences. One modern convenience is the integration of tempered glass sliding doors. Offering safety and ease of installation and use, sliding glass doors are the perfect choice for your office.

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eGlass Vision™ system inspires an impression of invisibility

December 21, 2020

eGlass Vision™ system inspires an impression of invisibility

This silver aluminum glass railing shines bright on this deck in San Francisco, CA. The eGlass Vision™ system inspires an impression of invisibility. Offering the least obstructed view, this frameless glass railing option replaces traditional horizontal rails with small clamps attached to aluminum posts. Designed to keep your focus on an uninterrupted view, eGlass Vision™ removes the top and bottom rails from your sightline, creating a view that is like having no railing at all.

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eGlass Element™ system reveals the beauty of your environment with an aluminum top rail that is nearly invisible

October 9, 2020

eGlass Element™ system reveals the beauty of your environment with an aluminum top rail that is nearly invisible

Offering the thinnest top rail and combined with full glass panels, this glass railing option focuses on a beautiful view while providing the safety and durability you expect from a railing system. Designed for minimal view obstruction, eGlass Element™ exposes the splendor of your surroundings, whether indoors or outdoors.

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See how new antibacterial products squash superbugs

July 6, 2020

See how new antibacterial products squash superbugs

Unicel Architectural, a manufacturer and installer of louvered glazing, skylights, and aluminum and timber curtain walls, already let you know about Vision Control®’s new high-density polyethylene thumbwheels containing Gaia 704 antibacterial compound, which controls or retards the growth of bacteria, fungus and algae.

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Anti-Microbial Product Solutions for X-Ray Protection and Radiation Shielding product lines

June 19, 2020

Anti-Microbial Product Solutions for X-Ray Protection and Radiation Shielding product lines

As a result of the recent global corona virus outbreak we are increasingly being asked by customers about whether Ray-Bar's various anti-microbial technologies are effective, specifically against the Novel Corona Virus also known as COVID-19. Ray-Bar is proud to introduce the following anti-bacterial/anti-microbial options to all of our X-Ray Protection/Radiation Shielding product lines listed here: Easy-Clean X-Ray Glass, Telescopic X-Ray Window Frames, X-Ray Control Barriers, Shielded Hollow Metal Doors and Pre-Finished Modular Retrofit Shielding Panels.

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[VIDEO] Ballistic Glass: What Are My Choices?

June 10, 2020

[VIDEO] Ballistic Glass: What Are My Choices?

As Total Security Solutions CEO Jim Richards explains, “There are many different ballistic glass products out there, all of them are fit for different applications—and most people call all of them ‘bulletproof glass,‘ no matter what they are.” Specifically, there are five types of bulletproof glass commonly sold today. You …

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Bulletproof products: 3 things architects should bear in mind

April 17, 2020

Bulletproof products: 3 things architects should bear in mind

Security has always been a concern for architectural designers and project managers, but the nature of the threats that we face in both private and public spaces is changing rapidly. This has mandated a wide-scale reconsideration of how we protect ourselves at home, at work, or in any of the places where we may be vulnerable to firearms-related offenses. Ensuring that buildings are equipped to deal with real and perceived security threats falls under a key part of the architect’s role: To ensure both functionality and safety of a premise’s design and structural elements. This increasingly means considering bulletproof products such as reinforced windows and forced-entry resistant doors when looking for contractors.

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5 Considerations When Installing Glass Skylights

March 16, 2020

5 Considerations When Installing Glass Skylights

Glass skylights can provide many benefits when installed in commercial buildings. There are various criteria to consider when planning a glass skylight installation; however, we’ve highlighted the five points that we believe are the most commonly overlooked. While a successful glass skylight installation involves the culmination of efforts by an experienced team, considering the following items in the early stages of project development can help get your skylight installation in the right direction.

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Three glazing myths debunked - dispelling common concerns about specifying glass railing

January 29, 2020

Three glazing myths debunked - dispelling common concerns about specifying glass railing

No matter how you look at it – or through it – glass is a clear choice among today’s commercial architects and designers. From sports arenas and shopping malls to hotels and healthcare facilities, savvy specifiers are increasingly looking to incorporate glass into their project designs, presenting a huge growth opportunity for contract glaziers. However, taking on projects involving glass railing can be challenging due to lack of familiarity with the products or concerns related to engineering.

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11 Shower remodeling mistakes you don't want to make

September 16, 2019

11 Shower remodeling mistakes you don't want to make

This article gives you practical shower remodeling tips to reduce mistakes to save you time, money and aggravation. So, let’s look at 11 shower remodeling mistakes you don’t need to make.

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Is glass going out of style?

September 6, 2019

Is glass going out of style?

Glass has been used as the portal to the outdoors for centuries. But times are changing.

In a world where we are becoming more aware of the environmental effects of structures and people’s changing needs, architects and other industry professionals are concerned that glass no longer adequately addresses these key building factors:

  • Daylighting
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Aesthetics
  • Safety & Privacy

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Daylighting Systems Project Spotlight: Carver Public School

August 5, 2019

Daylighting Systems Project Spotlight: Carver Public School

When Carver Public Schools in Massachusetts looked to replace two older school buildings with one new facility to house students pre-K through 5th grade, they sought the help of HMFH Architects to assist them in designing an energy-efficient and vibrant learning space. What resulted is the new Carver Elementary School, a more than 110,000 square foot learning space that was 1 of 5 schools nationwide to receive a “Citation of Excellence” from Learning by Design Magazine.

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Shielding solutions you can look through: leaded glass and leaded acrylic

July 5, 2019

Shielding solutions you can look through: leaded glass and leaded acrylic

In the last article I wrote on radiation shielding materials, I explored the factors considered by a shielding materials expert when designing radiation shielding. Lead, tungsten and concrete are all very effective forms of shielding that have their advantages and disadvantages, but one downside is these materials are not transparent. Two common and reliable solutions to provide safe shielding; lead X-Ray glass or clear lead acrylic. Both materials are used in variety of application, from windows in NDT Rooms, to small windows on tungsten vial shields. While lead glass is typically more economical than acrylic, both are materials that a shielding materials expert would consider when presented with the challenge of creating transparent radiation shielding.

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4-Sided Toggle Glazed Curtain Wall System

July 1, 2019

4-Sided Toggle Glazed Curtain Wall System

If you are looking to design a building with uninterrupted all-glass façades AND high thermal performance, Clearwall™ Curtain Wall is the solution. This 4-sided Toggle Glazed (TG) system* delivers this desired aesthetic for low-rise applications.

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Case study: Fast Tracking the Canadian Grand Prix

June 7, 2019

Case study: Fast Tracking the Canadian Grand Prix

Learn how Unicel Architectural Corp. supplied 32,500 sq. ft. of curtain wall, skylights and 1 km of glass railing during a tight 10-month construction timeline over a tough winter season.

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How has active shooter response changed?

May 15, 2019

How has active shooter response changed?

Shooter response training has changed as law enforcement and emergency first responders have learned from more experience. In this article and video you will learn about the changes that have been made to Active Shooter Response.

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5 Considerations when installing glass skylights

May 13, 2019

5 Considerations when installing glass skylights

Glass skylights can provide many benefits when installed in commercial buildings. There are various criteria to consider when planning a glass skylight installation; however, we’ve highlighted the five points that we believe are the most commonly overlooked. While a successful glass skylight installation involves the culmination of efforts by an experienced team, considering the following items in the early stages of project development can help get your skylight installation in the right direction.

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Glass: smooth, reflective, brilliant

March 22, 2019

Glass: smooth, reflective, brilliant

StoVentec Glass is a ventilated rainscreen cladding system consisting of a glass faced composite panel, thermal insulation and sub-construction. It is available in many panel sizes and different surface colors and finishes, offering great aesthetic potential for façade designs on new-build or refurbished buildings.

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Uses and costs for security window film vs. bulletproof glass

March 6, 2019

Uses and costs for security window film vs. bulletproof glass

Scissors are great for cutting things, but you wouldn’t use them to mow your lawn or trim your trees. It’s a similar story with security window film. It may provide protection against shattering and intruders, but it doesn’t solve every security challenge. Sure, security film has undergone many advances, but the fact remains: it doesn’t stop bullets.

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