When designing with glass, there are a wide range of options to choose from to create a truly unique project. One option in particular—reflective glass—has some significant aesthetic and performance benefits. Even when transparent glass is in vogue, there are specific applications when tinted, reflective glass can be the superior choice. In fact, there are even reflective glasses that provide the solar control benefits of low-e coatings.

Today’s reflective glasses have evolved and now feature varying levels of reflectivity that create a wide range of aesthetics. The mirror box effect is definitely a thing of the past! Below are some key benefits to designing buildings with reflective glass:

  1. Color: Tinted, reflective architectural glasses offer better harmonization with spandrels, metal panels, extrusions and other building materials. This color enriched glass transmits generous levels of visible light and offers color neutrality, which also enhances the tint of the glass substrate underneath the reflective coating. Today, reflective glasses can also include low-e coatings.
  2. Visibility: Reflective glass also has a special metallic coating that makes it possible to see out, while preventing people from seeing in, in order to preserve privacy during the day. In addition, reflective glass makes it possible to hide computer wires, vents, fans, HVAC components and other building mechanicals.
  3. Glare Control: Reflective glass also impacts visible light transmittance (VLT). Reflective glass allows just the right amount of natural light into a building, while at the same time reduces glare and the need for window blinds and other interior shading devices. In addition, reflective solar control glass reflects a portion of incoming solar radiation, which limits heat penetration into the building and can potentially lower HVAC usage.
  4. Exterior Appearance: Reflective glass provides a bold, crisp exterior appearance, along with a dynamic building surface that changes to reflect the color of the sky, the passing of clouds and the different times of day.

For complete technical information about designing with reflective glass and other glass topics, visit ppgideascapes.com. And for any other glass questions, please contact PPG or call 888.PPGIDEA (888.774.4332).


With the change in weather, people across the globe are experiencing global warming. Due to the rise in the temperature of greenhouse gases, preventing this heat build-up can get challenging. In such times, considering products that are eco-friendly can help cut out the heat. Such products guarantee to make a difference to the environment and not to forget your personal space.

In case you are looking for such products, do opt for solar control glass. This particular glass range has the ability to reduce greenhouse gases, promote sustainability and mitigate the effects of climate change.

There are many companies that produce this variant. But AIS is by far the leader in the integrated glass market that is ideal for your interiors and exteriors. They provide just the best-of-the-best products for your homes and commercial spaces. We at AIS, are committed to the philosophy of sustainable development and that’s well manifested in the products we create.


AIS Solar Control Glass solutions

A newly-formed SBU, Solar Glass is AIS’ foray into the fast-emerging solar glass segment in India.

By installing any of our solar glass, you can minimize heat gain and prevent excessive heat build-up.

Using our solar control glass can provide you with the following benefits:-

  • Heat reflection
  • Cooler interiors
  • Lesser energy consumption
  • Cost effectiveness
  • Maximum light
  • Glare filter
  • Energy-efficiency
  • Easy installation
  • Low maintenance
  • UV protection
  • Excessive durability
  • Excessive flexibility

Here are the four variants of AIS’ Solar glass that can be used to enhance the functionality of your homes and offices and help you combat summer!


Variants –

AIS Ecosense- This glass is the most advanced high-performance glass that can be used to create a delicate balance between the indoor and the outdoors. AIS Ecosense meets the needs of the Indian consumers who traditionally require more cooling than heating and want to prevent solar radiation from coming in. Installing this glass will allow you to achieve energy-efficiency, improved daylighting and much more.

AIS Opal- Those of you looking to keep their interiors cool and stylish at the same time should consider opting for AIS’s Opal glass. It comes in a variety of shades and patterns and is flexible enough to be incorporated into any design. This glass is the best choice for exterior glass and surely provides you, value for money.

Now that you know the variants and the amazing benefits of our solar control glass, do get in touch with us to live a cooler summer.

Source: aisglass.com


Planitherm glass can also be used in triple glazed windows – now you can save even more on your energy bills!

Modern windows are being constructed using three panes of glass, 
hence the name triple glazing.

Triple glazed windows are even more energy-efficient than modern double glazing. The thermal insulation benefit is clearly visible through the additional pane of glass and gas filled cavity.


There are three reasons why you should consider installing triple glazed windows containing Planitherm glass:

Save even more on your energy bills

Triple glazed units have an optimised energy balance to maximise cost savings. Triple glazing allows a high level of solar heat gain, capturing free heat energy from outside during the daytime to warm the home. This is combined with exceptional thermal insulation properties with triple glazed units having a very low U-value* to keep the heat in during night and day. The outcome is a window that well exceeds the current maximum “A” window energy rating.

Maximum comfort

The thermal efficiency of triple glazed units ensures that cold spots are eliminated. Triple glazed units can also be optimised to deliver excellent thermal acoustic performance – minimising noise levels from outside.

Enhanced security

The extra pane of glass ensures that your windows are less easy to break through giving you peace of mind when it comes to security.

Triple glazing is well established in many parts of Europe and is becoming increasingly popular in the UK. Windows are one of the most exposed parts of a house. According to the Energy Saving Trust, a staggering 26% of all domestic heat loss escapes through the windows. Installing energy-efficient windows is essential to help keep the cost of energy bills down.


Double glazed windows containing Planitherm glass provide a highly energy-efficient solution that can save up to 28% on your energy bills**. However, Planitherm in triple glazed units provide the ultimate in energy efficient performance, exceeding the best performing double glazing units. Rising energy prices mean that it has never been so important to save as much as possible on your energy bills. Installing triple glazing will also reduce your carbon emissions.

*U-value reflects the thermal insulating performance of a building. the lower the co-efficient is, the better the insulating performance.
**Energy savings calculation courtesy of the Glass and Glazing Federation.  Energy consumption data courtesy of the Energy Savings Trust.

PADIHAM GLASS Triple Glazing – Manufacturing Guidelines

Outer Pane (Faces 1 & 2)

Glass: 4mm, 6mm and 10mm – Can be Annealed but we advise Toughened where possible
Solar Control: Available – Glass has to be Toughened
Low Emissivity: Can be Face 2 only if required
Laminated Safety: Achievable but not recommended (Thermal Safety check may be required)
Low Iron glass can help achieve a higher IGU G-Value on this pane only

Middle Pane (Faces 3 & 4)

Glass: 4mm, 6mm and 10mm – Toughened only
Solar Control: Not available
Low Emissivity: Available on Face 3
Laminated Safety: Not available
Obscure glass is normally on this pane

Inner Pane (Faces 5 & 6)

Glass: 4mm, 6mm and 10mm – Annealed or Toughened
Solar Control: Not available
Low Emissivity: Available on Face 5
Laminated Safety: Available and is recommended on this pane

Cavities / Spacer Bars

Minimum 8mm cavities
Aluminium Spacer bar Options: 8mm, 10mm, 12mm, 14mm, 16mm 18mm & 20mm
8mm & 10mm aluminium spacer bars are only available in Silver & Bronze
BLACK Warm Edge Spacer bar: Only available in 12mm, 14mm, 16mm, 18mm & 20mm.
Please note it is important that where possible both cavities are kept the same for thermal performance and manufacturing capabilities.

Source.: padihamglass.co.uk, Image.: Google.com



From a distance, the Beijing Greenland Center recently-completed by the Chicago office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) may look like any of the other rectangular skyscrapers that dot China’s capital city. Look a little closer, however, and you’ll see that the tower features an elegant trapezoidal glass facade that’s claimed to improve its energy performance.


Comprising 55 floors, the Beijing Greenland Center is located in the Dawangjing business district and rises to a height of 260 m (853 ft). The interior contains office space and 178 apartments and the building is also connected to an attached multi-story retail zone.

7The pattern of the glazed facade is inspired by the bas-relief sculpting technique and comprises two types of trapezoidal Low-E (efficient) glass modules. One tapers upward, the other downward, with the two alternating across the facade, refracting the daylight inside and out.

“The design team sought to create an elegant, eye-catching tower by exploring interactions between simple form, light, and shadow,” explains SOM. “In a response to Beijing’s overcast skies, the tower catches and reflects daylight to enliven the surrounding neighborhood.”

SOM says that the trapezoid glass facade improves the building’s thermal performance, cutting down on solar heat gain compared to a completely flat glass facade.

6Indeed, the firm aims for the Beijing Greenland Center to achieve a 30 percent reduction in energy use and water consumption compared to a baseline building, however it’s not clear exactly what this baseline is. Architectural Digest reports that it refers to other towers throughout China, but we’re awaiting comment from SOM.

Besides the glazed facade, the building includes some energy-efficient tech, including variable speed pumps for heating and cooling, an evaporative cooling system, and a thermal wheel (an energy recovery heat exchange system that recaptures exhaust gases and hot air and reuses them for heating).

SOM designed the master plan too, which aims to improve walking and bicycling in the area, while a new park includes amenities like cafes and recreation facilities. The firm’s San Francisco office is also in the process of completing three other towers nearby.


Source.: gizmag.com


Beware this new Los Angeles attraction if you’re afraid of heights. I know I am because nope.

The Skyslide, a glass slide fixed along the tallest building west of the Mississippi River, is open for business this weekend. Thrill-seekers can pay $25 to slide down 45 feet of bulletproof glass nearly 1,000 feet in the air.

The strength of the glass is enough to withstand hurricane winds and an earthquake, according to the BBC.


The slide is a part of OUE Skyspace LA, a rooftop observatory that gives visitors 360 views of the city at the top of the US Bank Tower. This is a great idea for people who want a high vantage point to view the expanding metropolis, and the slide works for people who don’t think that’s enough.1_57670


As someone who just moved to Los Angeles, though, you won’t see me going down it anytime soon. And I used to love slides. If the slide was able to freak out an Associated Press reporter who says she’s jumped out of planes, then

I’ll just watch the video where you can see Myers go down the slide and—okay that’s enough slide for me.

Source.: http://gizmodo.com/


The report contains up to date financial data derived from varied research sources to present unique and reliable analysis.  Assessment of major trends with potential impact on the market during the next five years, including a deep dive analysis of market segmentation which comprises of sub markets, regional and country level analysis. The report provides a comprehensive outlook about the market share along with strategic recommendations based on the emerging segments.

This report analyzes the global markets for “Tempered Glass”. The market assessment is performed through standard and the tailored research methodology approach. The market overview offers in depth analysis at the regional and country level, for instance North America (U.S., Canada and Mexico), Europe (Germany, France, Italy, U.K. and Spain), Asia-Pacific (China, Japan, India, Australia, South Korea and Rest of APAC) and Rest of the World (Middle East, Africa and Latin America). Annual estimations and forecasts are provided from the year 2013 to 2022 for each given segments and sub segments. Market data derived from the authenticated and reliable sources subjected to validation from the industry experts. The report also analyzes the market by discussing market dynamics such as drivers, constraints, opportunities, threats, challenges and other market trends.
Competitive landscaping provides the recent activities performed by the active players in the market. Activities such as product launch, agreements, joint ventures, partnerships, acquisitions and mergers, and other activities.

This report provides:
– Market Sizing estimations and forecasts for a minimum of 6 years of all the given segments, sub segments and the regional markets
– Identifying market dynamics (Drivers, Constraints, Opportunities, Threats, Challenges, Investment Opportunities, and recommendations)
– Strategic recommendations in key business segments based on the market estimations
– Regional and country level market analysis
– Competitive landscaping mapping the key common trends
– Company profiling covering the financials, recent activities and the future strategies
– Supply chain trends mapping the recent advancements
– Strategic recommendations for the new entrants


Source.: http://www.researchandmarkets.com/


The Smart Glass Windows Market has gone from strength to strength in the last number of years due to a number of factors.  Recent researchin America has shown that the market is set to be worth 5.81 Billion USD by 2020.

This is an industry that is constantly innovating and the emergence of new improved technologies is driving greater demand for these products. But what are the main drivers facilitating such growth in the Smart Glass Windows market?

1.       Recovery of the construction sector

During the economic downturn the sharp decline in the construction sector resulted in a fall in demand for all construction related products including smart glass windows. However, recent improvements in the worldwide economy and the construction sector as a whole has seen an increased need and demand for smart glass windows products again. More and more commercial building projects are adopting smart glass windows for office buildings, hospitals and universities and this trend is only set to continue as recovery of the construction sector persists.

2.       Increased regulation with regards to energy consumption

As buildings are responsible for 40% of energy consumption and 36% of CO2 emissions, regulation in this area has increased. Windows have always been associated as the least energy efficient building components. In fact studies have shown that 23% of energy for commercial buildings is lost through inefficient windows.

To counteract this energy loss, many industries have turned to smart glass windows to help them meet their obligations. In introducing this technology, property owners are enjoying financial savings too. The energy efficient smart glass windows serve to decrease costs such as lighting, heating and air conditioning.

3.       The number of its applications continue to rise

As technological advancements have increased, so too has the number of applications of smart glass windows. In addition to featuring strongly in commercial design, smart glass windows are also now a prominent feature in residential buildings, automotive, aerospace and the marine industry.

The automotive industry uses this technology to reduce unwanted light and glare on passengers when they are driving. Numerous aircrafts use this technology to prevent cabin heat build-up and block UV radiation to protect interiors. Residential buildings use smart glass windows to reduce heating and cooling requirements or minimize glare in a TV room. Finally, the marine industry uses this technology to control the amount of heat, glare and light passing through windows, doors and portholes etc.

4.       Relatively low cost

Technological advancements have also resulted in the steady decline of the costs of smart glass windows. As production methods become more streamlined and the cost of the various materials used decrease, the cost of smart glass windows is becoming far more affordable.

Interested in incorporating smart glass windows into your interior design?

For more information on how smart glass windows can enhance your interior design, browse our previous projects or contact Smartglass International today! We provide professional advice to all our clients to develop custom-built smart glass solutions to meet your requirements.

Source: www.smartglassinternational.com

Columbia, MD – June 23, 2016 SolarWindow Technologies, Inc. (OTCQB: WNDW), a leader in the development of transparent electricity-generating coatings for glass and flexible plastics, today announced the closing of a $3,000,000 second tranche of its two tranche direct-to-investors capital raise efforts (Self-Directed Financing).

The first tranche of the company’s financing efforts in the amount of $1,367,100, as previously announced, closed on March 31, 2016.
A total of 28 persons, all of whom were accredited investors, participated in the capital raise; most were existing shareholders of the company at the time the individual subscribed for additional shares.
Mr. John Conklin, President and CEO of SolarWindow Technologies, Inc., noted the significance of this by stating “SolarWindow is privileged to have all of our legacy and new shareholders stand by our side as we drive forward with the development of SolarWindow™ transparent electricity-generating coatings. It has always been a priority of ours to provide our shareholders the opportunity to invest in additional shares at the same price as our company’s major shareholders. This capital raise significantly strengthens our company’s commitment to achieving commercialization.”
According to Conklin, “The $4,367,100 capital dramatically enhances the company’s ability to achieve necessary milestones leading to the ultimate goal of commercializing SolarWindow™.”


The company intends to utilize the proceeds from the Self-Directed Financing to:
  • Build strategic partnerships with glass, energy, chemical, and building industries
  • Achieve specific development objectives required to commercialize SolarWindow™
  • Engage capital markets to attract both retail and institutional investors
Conklin further noted that the company’s commercialization efforts have been ongoing as further evidenced by the recently completed successful performance tests of its transparent electricity-generating coatings for glass-to-glass lamination processes, which demonstrated:
  • The proprietary interconnection system that carries electricity from the SolarWindow™ coated glass to external wiring was not damaged
  • SolarWindow™ color and clarity was maintained, which is important to customer adoption and sales
  • SolarWindow™ module edge seal remained intact, which is vital to high performance, durability, and product lifecycle
Conklin concluded by stating that, “ Raising this additional capital not only brings us that much closer towards revenue generation and developing SolarWindow™ products, which will be instrumental in delivering affordable, clean, renewable energy to help meet the world’s growing energy demand, but also demonstrates the ongoing support from its shareholders that the company continues to enjoy.”
For additional information regarding the terms and conditions of the Self-Directed Financing Efforts described in this press release, please refer to the Current Report on Form 8-K, which the company filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for the first transaction on April 5, 2016, and the second transaction on June 23, 2016.

Scientists have developed new solar cells thinner than human hair and flexible eno ugh to wrap around a pencil that could power wearable electronics like smart glasses.

The thin cells can be integrated onto frames of glasses or fabric and might power the next wave of wearable electronics, researchers said.

“Our photovoltaic is about 1 micrometre thick,“ said Jongho Lee, from the Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology in South Korea.

One micrometre is much thinner than an average human hair. Standard photovoltaics are usually hundreds of times thicker, and even other thin photovoltaics are 2 to 4 times thicker.

The researchers made the ultra-thin solar cells from the semiconductor gallium arsenide. They stamped the cells directly onto a flexible substrate without using an adhesive that would add to the material’s thickness.

The cells were then “cold welded“ to the electrode on the substrate by applying pressure at 170 degrees Celsius and melting a top layer of material called photoresist that acted as a temporary adhesive.

The photoresist was later peeled away, leaving the direct metal to metal bond.

The metal bottom layer also served as a reflector to direct stray photons back to the solar cells.

The researchers tested the efficiency of the device at converting sunlight to electricity and found that it was comparable to similar thicker photovoltaics. They performed bending tests and found the cells could wrap around a radius as small as 1.4 millimetres. The team also performed numerical analysis of the cells, finding that they experience one-fourth the amount of strain of similar cells that are 3.5 micrometres thick.

“The thinner cells are less fragile under bending, but perform similarly or even slightly better,“ Lee said.

Other researchers have earlier reported solar cells with thicknesses of around 1 micrometre, but have produced the cells in different ways.

The new method developed by Lee and his colleagues may be used to make very flexible photovoltaics with a smaller amount of materials.

Source.: Google.com , timesofindia.com


Toughened safety glass can play an obvious role in financial institutions, hospitals, prisons, cash businesses and other commercial properties where security is a primary concern. However, toughened glass is also becoming a much more prominent feature in office design in the U.K. Commercial designers are increasingly integrating toughened glass panels and partitions into office interior design for a number of key reasons.

Durability Enables Flexibility

Toughened glass panels are very versatile due to the strength and thickness of the glass. They offer the strength and durability to withstand wear and tear in a busy office environment. Toughened glass therefore allows designers to consistently push the boundaries of office design by offering flexibility of functionality. For example, designers can use toughened glass to create walk-on glass floors in an office building, table tops, shelving, facades and even furniture.

Disperse Natural Light Without Compromising Security

Allowing natural light into a workspace is essential to improving the well-being of employees. However, lack of natural lighting is one of the biggest problems faced in office design.

In high rise office buildings, designers are also faced with security concerns. Glass windows need to be present to relay natural light but also need to be durable enough to support staff or customers potentially pressing or leaning against the glass.

Toughened glass windows offer the perfect solution. The glass can maximise the dispersion of natural light and at the same time offer support to withstand heavy impact or pressure, alleviating security concerns in high rise office buildings.

It Doesn’t Deter From Aesthetics

Extensive use of glass in office design is extraordinarily popular as it offers a distinct contemporary appearance and a wonderful aesthetic. Toughened laminated glass, although offering greater durability and thickness, does not deter from the aesthetic of an office building.

Most people assume that the additional strength and durability of toughened glass panels will equate to a bulky appearance but this isn’t true. Toughened glass can even be curved, tinted and shaped to further complement the office design.

Maximise Privacy & Productivity

Glass wall partitions can be used to create a private space within a busy office environment when they are formed with tinted, coloured, patterned or frosted styles of toughened glass.Laminated toughened glass partitions are very effective at preventing noise pollution and can therefore create a more effective, productive workspace.

Laminated toughened glass can even reduce outside noise, especially near busy areas such as motorways, main roads and airports.

Cost Efficiency

Toughened safety glass maximises energy efficiency as the thicker glass layers help to prevent heat escaping through your windows and doors. Toughened glass doors and windows will not only save on energy costs but can also make future rearrangement of the office easy, cost efficient and speedy. They require very little or no structural treatment and are easy and quick to install.

Require toughened glass for an upcoming project?

As leading toughened glass UK manufacturers, Diamond Glass can provide expert advice and assistance in selecting toughened glass products for your upcoming design project. Get in touch with our specialist team to discuss your specific project requirements.

Source.: http://www.diamondsecurityglass.co.uk/


Guardian Glass introduces advanced glass that provides a comfortable environment inside conservatories and orangeries

Introducing Guardian Sun® solar control glass with low internal reflection; Highlighting benefits of Guardian ClimaGuard® Blue glass for roof applications; Designed to be used together for year-round comfort

Guardian, a leading manufacturer of high performance architectural glass, has introduced Guardian Sun® in the UK and Ireland, a specially coated glass with solar control and thermal insulation (U-value of 1.0 W/m²K) properties, and an internal light reflection rate of 17%, one of the lowest currently available for this type of application.

Guardian Sun glass is designed to provide year-round comfort for conservatory walls. With a high level of thermal insulation and a neutral colour, energy-efficient Guardian Sun glass helps to retain the room’s warmth during cold periods whilst its advanced solar control properties block 57% of the sun’s heat, minimising overheating the room during hot periods. This outstanding performance delivers an improved energy balance and makes Guardian Sun ideally suited for wall glazing and window applications in conservatories and orangeries.

Home owners benefit from comfort for the whole conservatory by using Guardian Sun glass in conjunction with recently introduced Guardian ClimaGuard® Blue glass for roof applications. In addition to substantial thermal insulation (U-value of 1.1 W/m²K) and solar control properties ClimaGuard Blue filters the sunlight helping to minimise glare, has self-cleaning properties and its blue colour makes even grey, dull days look more appealing.

GRDPR096aAdvanced glazing solutions for all year round use of Conservatories and Orangeries, including self cleaning, low maintenance glass.

Steven Scrivens, European Market Segment Manager Residential at Guardian explains: “Most people decide to build conservatories and orangeries to extend their interior living space and it is essential for this space to be comfortable during all seasons. This is where Guardian glass is able to deliver a complete and perfect solution. The ‘dream-team’ combination of Guardian Sun for the walls and ClimaGuard
Blue for the roof will help provide a comfortable environment inside, no matter what the weather is doing outside.”

To learn more about Guardian conservatory glass please watch the video explaining how Guardian glass products work together helping to enjoy conservatories and orangeries all year roundwww.guardianglass.co.uk/conservatoryglass.

Guardian Glass is exhibiting in hall 10/stand A28 at glasstec (20-23 September 2016) in Düsseldorf, Germany. For more information please visit www.guardianglasstec.com.

About Guardian Industries Corp.:

Guardian Industries Corp. is a privately held, diversified, global company headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Guardian, and its family of companies, employ 17,000 people and operates facilities throughout North America, Europe, South America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia, with a vision to create value for customers and society through constant innovation using fewer resources. Guardian Glass is a leading international manufacturer of float, value-added, and fabricated glass products and solutions for architectural, residential, interior, transportation and technical glass applications. SRG Global is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of advanced, high value coatings on plastics for the automotive, commercial truck and consumer goods industries, providing solutions for greater surface durability, structural integrity, functionality, vehicle efficiency and design flexibility. Guardian Building Products is a leading U.S.-based distributor of specialty building products. Visitwww.guardian.com.

Source: Guardian Industries Corp.


Welcome to the Breathing Skins Project

Have you ever seen a building that breathes through thousands of pores? That may now be a possibility thanks to Tobias Becker’s Breathing Skins Project. Based on the concept of biomimicry, the technology is inspired by organic skins that adjust their permeability to control the necessary flow of light, matter and temperature between the inside and the outside. In addition to these performative benefits, the constantly changing appearance of these façades provides a rich interplay between the exterior natural environment and interior living spaces.


The façades work by increasing or decreasing the size of the apertures that are scattered across the surface—much like the skin’s pores would open up or constrict. On every square meter of a breathing skin façade, there are 140 air channels which are described by Becker as “pneumatic muscles.” These circular apparatus essentially inflate, and this collective inflation or deflation is the controlling factor behind the façade’s permeability. As a form of responsive architecture, the ever-changing pneumatic muscles allow a specific amount of air, light, and visibility according to the users’ preference.


The technology mainly consists of two glass surfaces sandwiching the pneumatic muscles. In the area between the two glass panels, only a slight underpressure is required to opening each muscle. Becker thus claims that operating a breathing skin façade would require minimal energetic input. This sophisticated yet simple innovation allows the façade to be free of any visible technical components, providing a sleek and seamless finish.

Breathing Skins began as Becker’s diploma thesis at the University of Stuttgart. Since then, the technology has been further developed with the support of academics and sponsorships from companies, institutions, and foundations. Becker’s project is now showcased in a fully dedicated showroom in Mandelbachtal, Germany, built in partnership with Simon Huffer.


The showroom shows the possible effects of a Breathing Skins façade. The actual shape of the glass panels appear to be limitless, appearing as either flat or sinuous curved surfaces, while the coloration of the “pneumatic muscles” can be either translucent or opaque, showing the customizability of the product. The product’s beauty is imparted by its ever-changing appearance throughout the day. As parameters change, the façade takes on a sculptural spirit that makes it look like an art installation. Perhaps, down the road, further innovations could be made with with more colors to choose from, creating a whimsical stained-glass effect, or interactive projecting screens.

The project has won numerous awards with the most recent one being a nomination for a Green Product Award, exhibiting its incredible potential as an option for building projects to come.


Source.: http://www.breathingskins.com/


A perfectly balanced counterweight system, plus rear mounted electrical fans, keep this innovative window and facade cleaning machine parallel to the building.

2 Broadway in New York City is a high-rise office tower that opened in 1959 and was renovated in 1999. As part of the renovation, a new glass curtain wall with stainless steel mullions was installed replacing operable windows.

The original window cleaning method was completed by two window cleaners using a portable scaffold supported by a roof davit system. Due to the various setbacks on the building, the cleaning of the entire building was difficult and resulted in excessive wear and tear on the scaffold resulting in downtime and extended cleaning cycles.

Cleaning contractor PBM decided to try an alternative window cleaning method using a self contained, remote control window washing machine built by Sky Pro Window Cleaning Systems. “We were able to clean areas of the façade which previously had been unreachable,” said Mathew Thompson, Senior Vice President of PBM Technical Services. “We were able to reach these areas by utilizing the rolling outrigger designed. The unit cleaned all of the façade including the stainless steel mullions and windows as opposed to the traditional method in which only the windows were cleaned.”

With the new method, Robert Thomson, 2 Broadway’s manager was able to slash his cleaning budget. “We reduced our cost of window cleaning services by approximately $50,000 per year. The cost for manual window cleaning was approximately $199,000 per year. We also reduced our liability exposure by not having “bodies” over the side of the building.”

While traditional window cleaning methods are viable options that are still commonly used in today’s cleaning applications, the benefits experienced with an automated system allows users to simultaneously improve safety initiatives, reduce costs and maximize cleaning results. Manual window cleaners are challenged with the fact that each building is different, so they must decide the best course of action for each individual descent. Traditional window cleaning is a slow, steady process that necessitates precision when adjusting a boatswain’s chair or scaffolding. These adjustments must be made each time workers are ready to move on to the next section, creating additional downtime that decreases productivity,

The system that PBM chose requires only two people to operate. An operator on the roof raises and lowers the unit using a hoist motor and moves the unit and rigging as each section is cleaned. A second operator on the ground also helps move the unit from section to section. These systems eliminate the need for employees to dangle over the edge of buildings.

“With manual window cleaning, the 1.6 MM sq. ft. 2 Broadway building would take 4-6 months to clean depending on the weather. With Sky Pro, we were able to complete the window cleaning cycle in 45 days,” said Thompson.

Source: www.viuglobal.com


The detached brick built dwelling is arranged over three floors with many architectural features.  Constructed c1930’s, the house had not been modernised in over 30 years and its new owners were keen to make their mark with an impressive, contemporary scheme utilising a range of materials and design features. One such feature was the use of rooflights to allow more natural light to penetrate a ground floor bedroom whilst also being sturdy enough to walk on from the balcony area above. Xtralite was chose for its ability to provide high quality rooflights and robust solutions to rooflight issues.

Of prime consideration during the project was the necessity for the rooflight to be ‘walk on’ and Xtralite was able to provide the perfect solution to this with its X Glaze traversable rooflight, which also delivered thermal qualities and strength.

Rohith Singoor, Contracts Manager for Vascroft Contractors Ltd commented: “Fulfilling the client’s wishes in terms of allowing natural light to flood into the room below and retaining heat was of the utmost importance and we were confident that Xtralite would be able to deliver this. Its X Glaze product with glass construction allowed the rooflight to be robust enough to cope with regular foot traffic on the decked balcony/flat roof above.”

The walk on units, which are able to be fitted directly to a builders kerb comprise a of a 44.9mm double glazed glass system and a versatile monopitch which has a double glazing unit of 28.4mm. All units have a low E coating and are Aron filled to give a U value of 1.1W/M2Ko. In this case all frames were specially polyester powder coated to match the client’s choice of vertical glazing.

Xtralite_FinchleyRd_Walkon Internal_1

Jim Lowther Sales Director for Xtralite commented: “This specialist commission gave us an opportunity to not only showcase our product and its light permitting and heat retaining capabilities, but also show them in a design led refurbishment that required great strength to allow foot traffic in this flat roof/decked scenario. Our X Glaze product provided the perfect solution offering easy installation and was aesthetically pleasing.”

Customer Comment

Rohith Singoor concluded: “The Xtralite team delivered the perfect solution for us and we, and our client, are delighted with the way in which it blends seamlessly with both the internal and external designs giving huge aesthetic appeal to this striking renovation project.”

Source: www.xtralite.co.uk


Australian researchers at the University of Adelaide have developed a method for embedding light-emitting nanoparticles into glass without losing any of their unique properties – a major step towards ‘smart glass’ applications such as 3D display screens or remote radiation sensors.
This new “hybrid glass” successfully combines the properties of these special luminescent (or light-emitting) nanoparticles with the well-known aspects of glass, such as transparency and the ability to be processed into various shapes including very fine optical fibres.

The research, in collaboration with Macquarie University and University of Melbourne, has been published online in the journalAdvanced Optical Materials.

“These novel luminescent nanoparticles, called upconversion nanoparticles, have become promising candidates for a whole variety of ultra-high tech applications such as biological sensing, biomedical imaging and 3D volumetric displays,” says lead author Dr Tim Zhao, from the University of Adelaide’s School of Physical Sciences andInstitute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS).

“Integrating these nanoparticles into glass, which is usually inert, opens up exciting possibilities for new hybrid materials and devices that can take advantage of the properties of nanoparticles in ways we haven’t been able to do before. For example, neuroscientists currently use dye injected into the brain and lasers to be able to guide a glass pipette to the site they are interested in. If fluorescent nanoparticles were embedded in the glass pipettes, the unique luminescence of the hybrid glass could act like a torch to guide the pipette directly to the individual neurons of interest.”

Although this method was developed with upconversion nanoparticles, the researchers believe their new ‘direct-doping’ approach can be generalised to other nanoparticles with interesting photonic, electronic and magnetic properties. There will be many applications – depending on the properties of the nanoparticle.

“If we infuse glass with a nanoparticle that is sensitive to radiation and then draw that hybrid glass into a fibre, we could have a remote sensor suitable for nuclear facilities,” says Dr Zhao.

To date, the method used to integrate upconversion nanoparticles into glass has relied on the in-situ growth of the nanoparticles within the glass.

“We’ve seen remarkable progress in this area but the control over the nanoparticles and the glass compositions has been limited, restricting the development of many proposed applications,” says project leaderProfessor Heike Ebendorff-Heideprem, Deputy Director of IPAS.

“With our new direct doping method, which involves synthesizing the nanoparticles and glass separately and then combining them using the right conditions, we’ve been able to keep the nanoparticles intact and well dispersed throughout the glass. The nanoparticles remain functional and the glass transparency is still very close to its original quality. We are heading towards a whole new world of hybrid glass and devices for light-based technologies.”

Source: www.adelaide.edu.au


At GLASSTEC 2016, CONDAT will be presenting a complete range of lubricants dedicated to the FLAT and CONTAINER glass industries. Always willing to improve the performances of its customers, CONDAT is launching this year 2 new products.  csm_Master-peripheral-polished-edging_c6f6071f36


Besides shear spray lubricants, scoop & delivery oils, dual-component coating and swabbing compounds, CONDAT also answers the container glass industry needs with high performance maintenance lubricants.

New GLASS HTS 250 IS is a 100% SYNTHETIC OIL dedicated to Central Lubrication of IS Machine developed thanks to Condat’s long experience in high temperature fluids. Approved both by glass plants and IS machines OEM, this lubricant shows following performances:

§ Low evaporation

§ High thermal stability

§ Low oxidation

§ High lubricating properties

Conclusion: lubricant consumption can be reduced up to 50%.GLASS HTS 250 IS can therefore replace advantageously a standard mineral oil; while keeping lubricating budget under control, it enhances glass workshops security and productivity.



Flat glass plants objectives are to improve their productivity while decreasing their grinding cycle time. Well-known for its range of interleavant powders, coolants and flocculants, CONDAT has recently developed a new grinding coolant suiting most demanding operations: articles such as sunroofs need high lubricating properties in order to keep top edge quality and productivity.

New CONDAGLASS FA 263 perfectly fits these requirements. Thisedge grinding coolant allows high speed work with high efficiency on glass removal. Some other characteristics of this coolant:

  • No foaming
  • High corrosion protection
  • High dilution ratio
  • Compatible with flocculation and centrifugation

Discover CONDAT new lubricants on Hall 14 Stand G13 or contact the Condat team at info@condat.fr.

Source: www.condat-lubricants.com


British Paints, one among the pioneers in the Paint Industry since 1919, has launched “Shingar Exterior Emulsion”. Based on acrylic emulsion, this product helps protect offers excellent resistance to chalking, cracking and weathering in moderate environment. It also possesses good resistance to microbial attack.

british-paints-750x570Shingar Exterior Emulsion can be used on a variety of substrates like cement, plasters, asbestos etc. which makes it versatile. There is an added Silicon in Shingar which repels rain water thus providing total protection to the surface. This product is available in more than 6000 shades and comes with a 3-year warranty.

Apart from protecting the exteriors of homes, this product is equally recommended to be used for the interiors as well.  Price: Shingar Exterior Emulsion – Rs.161 per ltr. (M.R.P.); Availability: Most leading paint dealers & especially British Paints Colormenu counters

Source.: http://www.britishpaints.in/


In architectural terms, the word “daylighting” refers to the use of natural light to provide occupants with the level of lighting that they need for basic activities. For a building to be considered “day lit”, the primary source of daytime illumination must be natural light.1

The practical purposes of daylighting

There are a few practical reasons for designers to embrace the practice of designing for optimal use of natural light. This includes lessened artificial energy demands, resulting in lower operating costs; increased revenue, particularly in retail applications; and increased safety in public places. Studies show that using natural light in public and transportation buildings helps reduce possible threats to occupants and users. Perhaps one of the most practical reasons, however, is the effect that natural light has on the humans who occupy the building; it is becoming increasingly apparent that humans are at their healthiest and most productive when they have adequate access to natural light.

Supporting the cycle

When it comes to the human element, the primary purpose of daylighting is to help support the circadian cycle; the cycle provided by the natural light and dark throughout the course of a day.  Of course, the Earth’s natural lighting cycle can be unpredictable: solar position and weather conditions play a part in how much and what type of light/dark is provided, and the cycle is also dependent upon location –northern latitudes will not receive the same exposure to light as those living in southern ones, and vice versa re: dark. Yet, exposure to both light and dark in a natural, cyclical manner is imperative to human health.

Translating this need to architectural design, daylighting can be used as a way to mimic/take advantage of the natural cycle thus achieving multiple human health benefits:

  • Controlling body (circadian) rhythms, changes in core body temperature, and in hormone secretion. When we are in-sync with the natural world’s lighting we are healthier and we sleep better.
  • Positively affecting health and mood. Lack of light can contribute to depressive disorders,2 and a variety of studies have shown that people with access to natural light and window views heal and recover faster from illness.3
  • Enhancing learning, productivity, and brain performance. Research suggests that employees and students who work/learn in buildings with good levels of natural lighting perform better, produce more, and have better attendance records.4

Doing it right

Of course, there are also negative effects that can result from improper installation of windows and daylighting structures. Glare, brightness levels, and thermal comfort must all be taken into account when designing view windows and daylighting apertures.

Passive Solar Design

Despite our understanding of the human need for natural light, for many building owners, the primary reasons to consider daylighting remains the reduction of energy load. Passive solar design does this by combining daylighting and passive solar heating methods to aid in heating, cooling and lighting a building. South facing apertures collect solar energy, which is stored in materials with a high heat capacity. Natural convection and radiation is used to distribute the energy into interior spaces.5 North-facing apertures provide additional natural light for illumination. To eliminate thermal comfort issues, sun spaces can be designed to close off from the rest of the building, and filters and other design features can be used to keep the building at a comfortable temperature. Apertures can also be designed to provide fresh air as/when weather conditions allow.6

Types of daylight

There are two types of natural light used in buildings:

Direct light – As the name implies, direct light passes through windows, doors and other apertures without hindrance or filtering. Because it passes through as a straight beam, direct lighting tends to provide a strong light at point of entry that lessens as you move further away. This results in shadows forming in some places whilst areas directly in the light’s path suffer from brightness, glare and thermal discomfort when the sun is too strong. So, while direct lighting can be useful in certain situations, to achieve good ambient lighting (especially in larger spaces), a different way of distributing daylight is required.

Diffused light – With diffused lighting, beams of direct light are broken and dispersed as they pass through the aperture, providing a more even distribution of light across a space. As a result, the lighting is softer and wider spread: eliminating glare, reducing the risk of thermal discomfort, and removing shadows.

Types of glazing for windows and apertures

There are a variety of glass options to consider when designing for daylighting purposes. This includes: clear, modified composition (low iron [extra clear], body tinted), modified surface (fritting, applied film), coated, laminated, patterned, and mirrored. There are also non-glass products like layered polycarbonate, PVC and glass reinforced polyester (GRP) that work well for daylighting purposes.

Other reasons for incorporating natural light

In addition to illumination and creating solar energy, natural light can be used in a building for other purposes. This includes:

Perception – natural light can be used to alter a person’s perception of space and shapes to create a pleasing illusion.

Focus – natural light can be used to direct attention towards or away from certain spatial elements.7

Daylighting and thermal comfort

One of the more common arguments against daylighting is concern about thermal comfort; strong natural light lets in too much heat. While this was once a valid point, today’s daylighting methods are far better at addressing that issue. Modern systems use filters to help retain temperature balance – stopping excessive heat from coming in during warmer times and preventing it from escaping during colder ones. 8

Determining lighting levels

Although BS 8206-2:2008 provides a measurement for determining appropriate lighting levels, research since its publication shows that the issue is a bit more complex. For comfortable, fit-for-purpose lighting levels, daylighting factors should be assessed holistically: Where is the building located? What is the orientation of the front of the building? What is the interior space layout? What is the space being used for? There are also aesthetics, visual comfort levels (avoiding dark patches and glare), seasonal, weather and daytime light changes, and energy implications to consider.

Size and location – daylighting apertures versus view windows

When designing for passive lighting, daylighting apertures should be considered separately from view windows. For optimal use of natural light, daylighting apertures need to be located higher up than viewing windows. Size and glazing requirements are also different, with apertures needing to be specified to provide the space with a sufficient amount of diffused light. View windows, on the other hand, should be clear and located at a comfortable height for viewing from a sitting or standing position. Shades, reflective surfaces, light shelves, and tinting can all be used in correlation to apertures and view windows to eliminate glare and better redirect and distribute diffused light.

Because higher apertures tend to provide the best natural illumination, designers often turn to roof lighting. There are a few different styles of roof lighting that can be used. This includes: clerestory, skylight, sawtooth, and monitor. Each style brings light into a space differently, depending upon the time of day and year. Environmental and maintenance factors should be considered when determining what type of roof lighting is selected.9

Design considerations

Whatever style of daylighting aperture is selected, when designing for daylighting there are a few things to consider. This includes:

  • Balancing needs. Because glazed openings create a thermal weak point, how much heat will be lost in cold months and/or admitted during warm ones needs to be assessed, and a balance needs to be reached between meeting lighting needs and thermal ones.
  • UV protection/ filtering. Some materials (paper, artwork, textiles, etc.) fade and/ or deteriorate under certain light conditions, so buildings like exhibition halls, libraries, museums, and art galleries need to take special care when determining daylighting levels and UV filtering.
  • Minimising noise pollution. For buildings located in noisy areas or structures that produce a lot of noise internally, sound penetration levels must be factored in.
  • Wind exposure. As daylighting apertures tend to be located on the roof and/or higher up on a structure, things like maximum wind pressure and snow fall must be assessed.
  • Atmospheric pollution. In high pollution areas, horizontal and sloped apertures can quickly collect dirt and grime, reducing their functionality. Because of this, these styles of daylighting apertures may require extra glazing and additional maintenance. The costs and effort of providing those things needs to be assessed for practicality.
  • Safety and security. Considerations need to be made for both accidents and deliberate attacks. Each year, seven people are killed on average from falling through a fragile roof or roof light. Others suffer from permanent injury. Vertical glass located at walking level needs to be able to withstand the impact of someone accidentally running or walking into it. There is also a level of resistance to projectiles (stones, balls) that is necessary. As for security, large panes of glass may draw vandals, and locking system options should be weighed according to need. For facilities that have a higher level of safety and/or security demands, adding a layer of shatter proofing and/or blast proofing may be needed. Depending upon the level of security required, the end result may be a compromise between security and ventilation.
  • Frames/ support structures. The amount of light let in and its distribution is influenced by the framing material selected, so framing needs to be taken into account when determining expected performance.


A daylighting strategy is an important part of the design of any building that is to be used or occupied by living beings. Research shows that, with good exposure to natural light, workers and students are happier, healthier and better performers. In healthcare buildings, natural light has also been shown to aid in patients’ healing and recovery process. Daylighting also reduces a building’s energy load and, in some cases, daylighting structures can actually produce energy themselves.

To achieve the best results, daylighting should be part of the earliest stages of planning and design. The best approach is a holistic one, factoring in: building location and orientation, interior layout and purpose, aesthetics, visual and thermal comfort levels, seasonal, weather and daytime light changes, and energy implications. Other factors to consider include security and safety, noise pollution and weather events, and cost and ease of maintenance.

Source: www.thenbs.com


The Smart Windows market analysis recently released by RNR Market Research is provided for major regions including USA, Europe, China and Japan, and other regions.

The Global Smart Windows Consumption 2016 Market Research Report is a professional and in-depth study on the current state of the Smart Windows market. It provides a basic overview of the Smart Windows industry including definitions, classifications, applications and industry chain structure.
Development policies and plans are also discussed, as well as manufacturing processes and cost structures.
Key Companies profiled in this research report are Sekisui, Asahi Glass, DuPont, Corning, Mitsubishi, Toray Plastics, Schott, Gentex, Saint-Gobain, Chromogenics, Chiefway, Commonwealth, GlasNovations Ltd, Guardian Industries, Johnson Laminations and more are profiled in the terms of product picture, specification, capacity, production, price, cost, gross, revenue, and contact information.
For each region, market size and end users are analyzed as well as segment markets by types, applications and companies.
The report focuses on global major leading industry players with information such as company profiles, product picture and specifications, sales, market share and contact information. What’s more, the Smart Windows industry development trends and marketing channels are analyzed.
Finally, the feasibility of new investment projects is assessed, and overall research conclusions are offered. The report provides major statistics on the state of the industry and is a valuable source of guidance and direction about the market.
Source.: glassonline

The Fraunhofer Institute for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology FEP, leading research institute for the development of surface technologies and organic electronics, is presenting the latest results in anti- reflective coatings at ICCG 2016 in Braunschweig, Germany from June 13-16, 2016 at booth B2.

Whether eyewear, windshields, display windows or solar cells – nearly everyone uses products that reduce reflections without being aware of it. These kinds of anti-reflective coatings provide on one hand crystal-clear viewing and on the other are able to capture nearly all the sunlight falling on solar cells coated this way, since there is practically no reflection on the surface.

These coatings, while hardly visible to users, offer a different kind of challenge to scientists when applied to various substrates like plastic films and rigid or flexible glass. The main focus when coating the substrate is to develop a coating process that is economical and can match the properties of the layers to the purpose of the specific application.

The researchers at Fraunhofer FEP have now tested a novel technology for creating anti-reflective coatings on glass. In a first step a gradient layer consisting of silicon dioxide (SiO2) and an additional supplementary component are deposited by means of a co-sputtering process. In a following process step the supplementary component is removed by an etching process. The result is a remnant layer of rough silicon dioxide. Thanks to the resultant continuous transition in optical properties from air to glass, anti-reflective behavior is exhibited by the surface of the glass.

A similar effect is offered by Fraunhofer FEP through its PolAR process for making plastic sheets or web anti-reflective. This process was originally developed jointly with Fraunhofer IOF and industrial partners. It nanoetches the surface of polymers directly by means of a plasma. The gradual transition in refractive index from air to polymer achieved this way is likewise anti-reflective.

In a conventional anti-reflective coating, layers of high and low refractive index are deposited of alternately. The disadvantage of this approach is the restricted wavelength range that its anti-reflective effect is confined to. The width of the range can only be broadened by use of a complex system of interferring layers. In contrast, anti-reflective coating systems based on effects caused by rough surfaces have no sharply defined wavelength restriction to their anti-reflective properties. This allows the prevention of reflection over a wide spectral range by coating with a single layer or a single plasma etching step, respectively. The color of the layers is also quite neutral.

“The layers achieved with the new process are characterized by a good mechanical durability and the reduction of reflections over a wide spectral range,” explains Thomas Preußner, researcher for large-area in-line processing at Fraunhofer FEP.

Anti-reflective coatings are only one application example for the described novel co-sputtered method. The technology has demonstrated the feasibility for producing rough layers thus having the possibility to be applied in additional kinds of applications. It offers the potential of making battery and solar-cell electrodes larger and more effective through the use of rough layers, for example.

The comprehensive scientific know-how and proto-industrial facilities at Fraunhofer FEP enable specialized anti-reflective coatings to be developed in cooperation with clients matching their specific applications.


Fraunhofer FEP at ICCG 2016

Tuesday, June 14
Session 4 – Processes for Flexible Substrates
14:50 – 15:10, Invited Lecture
The Road from S2S to R2R – Status, Risks and Visions for Processing Ultra-Thin Glass
Dr. Manuela Junghähnel

Session 4 – Processes for Flexible Substrates
16:30 – 16:50
Roll-to-Roll Deposition of Silicon Nitride Permeation Barrier Coatings Using Rotatable Magnetrons
Dr. Matthias Fahland

Mittwoch, 15. Juni
Session 7 – Optics, Consumer Electronics, and Communication
15:50 – 16:10
Towards Tunable Thin-Film Filters with the Use of Liquid Crystals
Dr. Hagen Bartzsch

Coatings with large surface roughness prepared by a co-sputtering method using dual rotatable magnetrons
Authors: T. Preußner, M. Junghähnel, U. Hartung, T. Kopte
Fraunhofer FEP, Germany

Characterization of stochastic nanostructures on ethylene tetrafluoroethylene films
Authors: C. Steiner, J. Fahlteich
Fraunhofer FEP, Germany

Influence of thin-film properties on the reliability of ultra-thin glass
Authors: J. Westphalen1,2, M. Junghähnel2, S. Weller2, G. Lorenz3, F. Naumann3
1    TU Ilmenau, Department of Inorganic-Nonmetallic Materials, Ilmenau, Germany
2    Fraunhofer FEP, Germany
3    Fraunhofer IMWS, Center for Applied Microstructure Diagnostics (CAM), Germany

Processing of thin-films on ultra-thin flexible glass
Authors: M. Junghähnel, M. Fahland, C. May, S. Mogck
Fraunhofer FEP, Germany

OLED lighting using ultra-thin flexible glass (G-Leaf ™)
Authors: S. Mogck1, M. Stanel1, Y. Hasegawa2, K. Mitsugi2, Y. Uno2
1    Fraunhofer FEP, Dresden, Germany
2    Nippon Electric Glass Co., Ltd., Japan


Visit us as well at our trade fair booth – B2!

Source.: http://www.fep.fraunhofer.de/