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AviProtek® and SOLARBAN® glasses deliver a bird-friendly, science-on-display façade for the University of Saskatchewan’s Collaborative Science Research Building

Embracing a “science-on-display” theme, the state-of-the-art Collaborative Science Research Building at the University of Saskatchewan in Canada delivers an integrated, sustainable environment for the school’s biology and agricultural departments. Helping the building qualify for Green Globes certification, Keith Henry, FRAIC, SAA, LEED AP, a partner with Henry Downing Architects, said that insulating glass units (IGU) with Solarban® 70 glass were selected to reduce heat gain and maximize visible light.

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Sustainability design expert John Peterson shares commercial, residential design trends

The director of sustainable design and building innovation for MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects (MJMA), John Peterson, delivered a presentation entitled “Inspired Design Trends for Commercial and Residential Construction” at the Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) Virtual Annual Conference. In this session led by John Peterson, participants learned the latest on sustainability demands and the popular ways buildings are being designed to surpass the highest sustainability and energy-efficiency benchmarks.

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New Garden Room at National Aviary opens with bird-safe glass

The National Aviary in Pittsburgh, anticipates receiving LEED® Certification for The Garden Room, which was designed by architecture firm Perfido Weiskopf Wagstaff + Goettel (PWWG), to offer all the conveniences of a new event space with innovative sustainability features. “This project is unique in its requirements to be environmentally friendly and provide a stunning visual complement to both the National Aviary and the surrounding historic park,” Anthony Pitassi, principal with PWWG, explained. “The result is a design that is truly innovative, incorporating Vitro Architectural Glass’s energy-efficient, solar control glass partnered with Walker Glass’s bird-safe treatment, and with industry-leading accessibility features and the ability to open up for open-air access to the garden.”

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The Statue of Liberty Museum, designed by FXCollaborative, achieves LEED Gold certification

The US Green Building Council recently awarded The Statue of Liberty Museum, designed by FXCollaborative, LEED Gold certification in recognition of the project’s sustainable design and respect for its ecological and environmental impact. The museum’s design features integrated resiliency measures as well as high-performance systems, highly insulated walls, extensive thermal bridge mitigation, glass orientation that minimizes solar heat gain, radiant floor heating, demand-control ventilation, high-efficiency lighting, and low-flow plumbing fixtures.

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Vitro Glass to supply bird-safe glass to new National Aviary attraction

Known formally as “The Garden Room at the National Aviary,” the new venue will offer sweeping views of Allegheny Commons Park and an historic rose garden, while providing flexible wedding, corporate and classroom space. Solarban® 72 Acuity® solar control, low-emissivity (low-e) and low-iron glass by Vitro Glass will be installed in insulating glass units (IGUs) on all four sides of the structure. The IGUs will be fabricated with Walker Glass’ AviProtek® E acid-etched bird-safe glass (Pattern 213) on the first (outdoor-facing) surface.

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Vitro Glass to promote American Bird Conservancy and reducing bird-glass collisions at AIA Conference on Architecture

Representatives of Vitro Glass, North America’s largest glass manufacturer, will provide information and educational materials from American Bird Conservancy (ABC), which estimates that up to one billion birds die in the United States each year in collisions with glass windows and walls. Christine Sheppard, Ph.D., glass collisions program director, ABC, said her organization is excited to partner with Vitro Glass on this initiative. “The best way to build a bird-friendly building is to think about birds at the start of the design process,” she explained. “It is vital to increase the number of glass options that are both bird-friendly and visually appealing so that we make it as easy as possible for talented architects to create a range of bird-friendly buildings, from homes to skyscrapers. This is a chance to show that bird-friendly architecture is not an add-on, but a design strategy that creates beautiful, functional buildings.”

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Guardian glass features new bird-friendly product at AIA

Bird1st UV coated glass can be combined with Guardian SunGuard® coated glass products to bring value to new construction or retrofits by delivering desired performance and a neutral appearance with bird safety in mind. The product works with laminated glass to break up the reflectivity, making the UV vertical stripes visible to birds, but very subtle to the human eye.

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