GLASS IN architectural DESIGN

Space Needle’s renovated observation decks achieve high thermal performance with Technoform spacers

In reimagining the building Olson Kundig respected the Space Needle’s conceptual innovation and enduring legacy as originally envisioned by Edward E. Carlson, and as designed by John Graham with Victor Steinbruek, to reflect aspirations of the Space Age. Working with Olson Kundig from the renovation’s earliest stages, glazing consultant and designer Front Inc. specified Technoform’s spacers to help achieve the Space Needle’s design goals.

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View announces $1.1 billion investment from the SoftBank Vision Fund to meet accelerating demand

View announced a $1.1 billion investment from the SoftBank Vision Fund. Demand for View’s intelligent windows is rapidly growing as companies increasingly recognize the benefits of modernizing their work environments to improve the health and productivity of their employees. View makes the entire skin of buildings intelligent. which improves human health and wellness by preserving unobstructed views, automatically letting in the optimum amount of natural light, and greatly reducing heat and glare. It also cuts the building energy consumption by up to 20 percent.

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General contractors cite price, lead times, on-time delivery as top priorities in working with façade/glass industry suppliers

General contractors want glass suppliers to deliver products faster, on time and at the right price, according to a first-of-its-kind survey commissioned by Vitro Architectural Glass. The survey, which was conducted by a leading construction industry research firm, encompassed 146 decision-makers from general contractor, construction management and design/builder firms.

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J.E. Berkowitz helps New Jersey office building earn a Green Design Award

Designed by Jacobs Engineering Group, the three-story, 130,000-square-foot building features innovative architecture, a high-performance glass-and-metal skin, and cutting-edge technology. “With a large expanse of glazing facing almost due south, high-performance glass was required to insulate and limit solar heat gain, while not being overly tinted or reflective,” said John Jackson, senior associate at Jacobs. “In addition to the strict performance specification, the glass had to be sufficiently flat and free of distortion in order to achieve the desired aesthetic.”

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Saint-Gobain Announces the Release of SageGlass Harmony™

Harmony is a unique glazing solution for building owners and designers seeking to enhance the occupant experience by maximizing visual and thermal comfort. Unlike other solar management solutions that compromise aesthetics and impede views, Harmony dynamic glass provides daylight, heat, and glare management while maintaining a natural and seamless connection to the outdoors.

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Guide to Green Building – Product of the Week

The JEB 3Seal HM+ spacer offers significant aesthetic and energy-efficient advantages. The high-modulus silicone secondary seal minimizes PIB migration, providing clear, straight sightlines. It also offers 35 percent higher design strength, allowing for a narrower air cavity in an IGU, and 10.4 percent more argon gas retention than standard sealants, based on ASTM 2190 testing. An IGU incorporating the JEB 3Seal HM+ spacer will retain its argon gas longer over other insulating glass systems, maximizing energy savings and extending the units service life.

The JEB 3Seal HM+ spacer offers significant aesthetic and energy-efficient advantages. The high-modulus silicone secondary seal minimizes PIB migration, providing clear, straight sightlines. It also offers 35 percent higher design strength, allowing for a narrower air cavity in an IGU, and 10.4 percent more argon gas retention than standard sealants, based on ASTM 2190 testing. An IGU incorporating the JEB 3Seal HM+ spacer will retain its argon gas longer over other insulating glass systems, maximizing energy savings and extending the units service life.

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