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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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Single-hung side-load thermal windows: quality and performance that never interfere with style

March 13, 2020

Single-hung side-load thermal windows: quality and performance that never interfere with style

Kawneer’s TR-9100 Single-Hung Side-Load Thermal Windows offer versatility and design flexibility. The windows are tested for both blast mitigation and hurricane resistance. Security features include locks that automatically engage when the sash is closed.

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Daylighting Applications: Water Treatment Plants

March 11, 2020

Daylighting Applications: Water Treatment Plants

The privacy and savings provided by translucent panel systems make them a strategic solution for daylighting water treatment plants, pump stations, and other municipal facilities that house large equipment. By limiting views of the building’s interior from the outside, translucent daylighting keeps the facility and its equipment private and protected from trespassers who are unable to see who or what is inside. This added security may be especially important for pump stations or other buildings that are frequently left unattended.

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Window Wells

December 9, 2019

Window Wells

Installing a #windowwell is an economical way to add natural light to any #basement. Depending upon your budget, BILCO has an egress window well system that is right for you. Products are available in a planter design for added beauty inside your home or in a modular design that is the fastest, easiest and most cost effective way to add basement egress.

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Sustainable architecture: how to help prevent bird strikes

October 7, 2019

Sustainable architecture: how to help prevent bird strikes

The statistics sound like something from an Alfred Hitchcock movie. Every year in the United States, more than one billion birds die flying into buildings. Yes, one billion. In fact, one of every ten adult breeding birds succumb in this manner, and because 100 eggs are usually needed to produce one adult breeding bird, that’s like losing 100 birds each time one adult breeding strikes a building.

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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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Providing solar control for oddly-shaped windows

July 8, 2019

Providing solar control for oddly-shaped windows

While a window with a trapezoidal or other custom shape can be a stunning addition to a building’s aesthetic, it can also create problems for solar control. Standard rectangular shades and blinds aren’t designed for this need. But we have a few solutions. Here are five ways to provide solar control for odd-shaped windows.

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Aluminium security windows from Armortex

April 17, 2019

Aluminium security windows from Armortex

Bullet-resistant security windows are comprised of a composite system of alternating glass and polymeric layers – typically polyvinyl butyral (PVB) or ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA). These dissipate the force of an impacting projectile before it penetrates through the other side of the window. Bullets are captured within the composite, providing effective protection for personnel from a variety of small arms fire.

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Integrating security into the growing smart building market

April 15, 2019

Integrating security into the growing smart building market

It’s no wonder theEdge in Amsterdam has been touted as the world’s smartest building. Everything is connected to the Internet. Lighting, temperature controls – even espresso machines and bathroom towel dispensers – are linked to central dashboards that track usage patterns and adjust settings or send alerts, accordingly. Employees use a smartphone app to check their schedules, find a workspace and much more.

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Skylights: bringing out the best in art

November 16, 2018

Skylights: bringing out the best in art

Curators and collectors continually struggle with the age old dilemma of how to find the right lighting for works of art without risking undue damage. The problem with direct sunlight and artificial light is that they cause damage not only through exposure to light (photochemical action), but from solar heat gain. The result of both will lead to the deterioration of art through cracking, brittleness and change in color. The solution for many museums and galleries are translucent skylights.

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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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3 Reasons to consider solar heat gain in architecture

October 19, 2018

3 Reasons to consider solar heat gain in architecture

Designing the look and feel of a building’s daylighting is a delicate balance of considerations. Primary among them is how solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) affects a fenestration system, including wall systems and skylights. Deciding how much solar radiation to allow through glazing or translucent sandwich panels requires answering the following questions:

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Meeting modern trends in multifamily construction

October 17, 2018

Meeting modern trends in multifamily construction

As demographics and preferences across multifamily shift, AIA partner Kawneer explores how architects are adjusting their exterior designs.

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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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Design Spotlight: Controlling Summer Sun

August 3, 2018

Design Spotlight: Controlling Summer Sun

Summer heat can be rough, and solar heat gain can be a building's enemy during the hottest parts of the year. From making building occupants uncomfortable to putting stresses on HVAC systems, it can be a detriment to a building's performance. Perhaps the best way to control solar heat gain is with a daylighting system that offers built-in light diffusion, allowing for sunlight to brighten a space while keeping hot-spots at bay. From translucent panel systems like our Guardian 275®, LightBasic™ and Clima-Tite™ systems to IlluminPC™ polycarbonate multi-wall systems, we have your translucent daylighting needs covered.

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Daylight & Learning

April 20, 2018

Daylight & Learning

When Las Cruces High School, the oldest high school in Las Cruces, New Mexico, needed an update and expansion, emphasis was placed on carving out new classroom space, more administrative space, a new library, a performing arts center, and a pedestrian bridge connecting the old and new sides of the facility.

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Kalwall in the Manufacturing Market

April 10, 2018

Kalwall in the Manufacturing Market

Daylighting is essential to any modern manufacturing facility as a proven way to increase productivity. Incorporating diffused natural daylight challenges architects to find creative ways to design aesthetically pleasing, yet functional and, in many cases, secure and protected spaces. Kalwall allows that creativity while meeting the most demanding manufacturing requirements for areas that need high visual acuity and visual privacy, in addition to reducing maintenance and energy costs.

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Building orientation & daylighting

February 9, 2018

Building orientation & daylighting

Designing natural daylighting in a building can be difficult if the building is an existing structure or if the property has a difficult orientation. There are a few things to consider when working with difficult building layouts.

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Securing your bulletproof glass investment in 2018

December 18, 2017

Securing your bulletproof glass investment in 2018

As 2017 draws to a close and we look forward to the promise of a new year, we thought it might be a perfect time to pause and reflect on something very important to us – the do’s and don’ts of cleaning your bulletproof glass. While that might not make the top three on most people’s list of resolutions for 2018, here’s why it should.

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Design spotlight: daylighting for privacy

December 2, 2017

Design spotlight: daylighting for privacy

When we talk about daylighting, the first thing that comes to mind is often the image of natural light pouring into a space... but what happens when you need to bring light to a area that also demands privacy?

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