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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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Why Choose Glass Deck Railing?

November 26, 2018

Why Choose Glass Deck Railing?

Since modern glass making was revolutionized in the 1950s, glass has been increasingly used for interior and exterior building applications due to its visibility and versatility. Glass railings are excellent examples of this, adding visibility and versatility to decks, balconies, stairways, pool enclosures, and more. Safety is a main purpose of railings and glass railings are an unobtrusive way to provide safety where you need it, whether inside or outside.

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Non-destructive testing: when safety & success must be absolutely assured

November 9, 2018

Non-destructive testing: when safety & success must be absolutely assured

Radiation shielding is often required in industrial x-ray and non-destructive testing (NDT) applications. MarShield’s broad range of radiation shielding solutions can be used to protect sensitive components and the equipment operator from x-rays emitted by industrial x-ray systems – thus enabling effective and efficient radiation protection in a safe workplace environment.

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Energy saving glazing options cut energy costs

October 31, 2018

Energy saving glazing options cut energy costs

Ancient forms of architectural glass were far too costly for everyday use and were reserved for the most important buildings in Rome. It wasn’t until the early 1950s that glass windows were widely available. We continue to push the evolution of glass windows today. Engineers are now exploring how energy saving glazing options can help cut costs on heating or air conditioning, as well as provide shade.

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What industries should utilize bullet-resistant glass?

August 28, 2018

What industries should utilize bullet-resistant glass?

A big question that we often get from customers is what industries should utilize bullet-resistant glass? VP and GM, Rick Snelling, often asks his customers these questions to see if they fall into the category of needed bullet-resistant glass. Do you value your assets? Do you keep cash on site? Do you sell anything? Are you open during hours when most people are asleep? Are life-changing decisions made there?

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