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Design Brief: Glazing

June 2, 2004
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Table of ContentsWith so many factors influencing glazing selections, whole-building lifecycle analysis is the best tool for determining the most costeffective solution.

Few decisions that a designer makes have more impact on the appearance and utility of a building than the glazing selection. Glazing affects the look of a building from the inside as well as the outside, and it influences the comfort and productivity of the building occupants. Furthermore, it has a major impact on the size and form of other building systems, including lighting and HVAC.

In recent years, the palette of glazing options available to designers has expanded greatly. Designers now have much more control over how much light that glazing lets into a building and how much heat, cold, and noise it blocks out. The characteristics of glazing performance are easily altered by varying tints, coatings, films, number of panes, gas infills, and other glazing features. A whole-building life-cycle analysis using energy performance simulation software can help lead designers to the best solution among the many choices.

This Design Brief provides the designer with in-depth information on the following topics:

  • Why Clear Glass is Vanishing
  • Glazing Options
  • Codes and Standards
  • Which Glazing Option is Best?
  • Glazing Systems in the Future
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