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  • Anti-reflective glass: Standard float glass undergoes a dipping process that coats it with metal oxide layers. The result is that it reflects a low percentage of light, but still allows for clarity and transparency. Anti reflective glass is great for use in places such as a building with a wall of glass keeping the visuals clear, it also increases the glass sheets durability.

  • Body tinted glass: During the float glass melt process chemical colorants can be added which tint the colour and increase absorption from the sun. This helps minimise the solar radiation that enters a building, keeping it cooler inside and protecting furnishings from fade. Body tint glass is great for those that want a unique looking building because it's possible to have the glass made in many different shades.

  • Electrochromatic glass: Also known as Smart Glass, Suspended Particle Displays (SPD), electrified liquid crystal, thermotropics, photochromics or photochromatics. This smart glass aims to reduce the need for blinds and curtains as it can change with the amount of light reducing the amount allowed to pass through when the sunlight intensifies. It contains an electric current that can be manually turned on or is that automatically responsive to the light.

    The intensity of the sunlight triggers a low voltage current which charges a minutely thin coating on the surface of the glass. This causes the electrochromatic layer to gradually change from light to dark. This highly beneficial for glass buildings as it reduces cost and awkwardness of window coverings and reduces the solar heat and UV radiation.

  • Fire resistant glass: There are two main types of fire resistant glass, each designed with their own benefits: Heat transmitting - This incorporates wired glass and reinforced laminated glass which offer protection against flames and inflammable gases, but only for a short while. It does not prevent heat being transferred to the other side of the glass, so it will be hot to touch.

    Fire insulating - This glass is capable of a longer containment period of flames, gases and smoke, and also prevents heat transmission to the other side of the glass.

  • Float glass: Standard flat, clear window glass is called float glass; named after the manufacturing process that creates it. During production, soda lime glass, calcium, silica sand, soda, oxide and magnesium are mixed together and melted in a furnace at a temperature of around 1500°C. The molten glass is then poured into a molten tin bath. The tin is fluid but the glass is still viscous, so they do not mix and instead stay flat like the contact surface between them. The glass partially cools, and is then put into a lehr (annealing chamber), where it undergoes a controlled cooling process until it reaches room temperature.

  • Laminated glass: Another kind of security glass is laminated glass this is secure in the way that when someone tries to break the glass because there is a sandwich effect from the glass between PVB or resin it holds together when forced. This coating over the glass means when it is hit it may crack but the pieces are held together preventing splinters of glass. For this reason it is also installed to delay the spread of fires.

  • Reflective glass: Starting with float glass, a metallic coating is added that serves to minimise the solar heat that passes through. The metallic coating has a mirror effect, and so reflects back the light and prevents passers by seeing into the building and also prevents some of the heat from passing through. It is used mostly in building facades, and is produced in one of two ways: Pyrolitic (on line) - During the float glass process, semi conducted metal oxides are adhered to the glass while it is still hot in the annealing lehr. Unfortunately, these hard coatings are quite harmful to the environment.

    Vacuum/magnetron (off line) - Metal oxide layers are applied to the glass under a vacuum. This is a soft coating, and as with the soft coat low E glass it is sensitive to harsh conditions. It must therefore be used on the inside of the glass.

  • Tempered glass: Tempered or toughened glass undergoes a different manufacturing process to normal glass, this glass is designed to be around 3 times as strong as normal glass. As soon as the glass is removed from the furnace, it receives a continuous and uniform air quench, where air is blown across it to cool it to a temperature of around 400 - 600 °F and thus causing the material to harden. The tempered glass is then fit for security applications. Tempered glass is tougher to break than ordinary glass, and when broken just shatters into small fragments that avoid causing major harm.

  • Annealed Glass: Annealed glass is a piece of float glass that has been cooled in a slow and controlled manner. This slow cooling process reduces the internal stresses within the sheet of glass so that it becomes stronger. Float glass is generally annealed and is the starting point for further treatment. Annealed glass will break into large and sharp shards or pieces. Due to safety concerns, annealed glass is rarely used in buildings.

  • Heat Strengthened Glass : Heat strengthened glass is made from a sheet of annealed glass that is reheated beyond its annealing point of about 1200 degrees Fahrenheit and then cooled rapidly, but not as rapidly as tempered glass. Since it isn't cooled as quickly, the compressive and tensile stresses aren't quite equal across a section of glass. Therefore, the glass is only about twice as strong as annealed glass. Heat strengthened glass will break into smaller pieces than annealed glass, but these pieces may still be sharp and can cause injury. For this reason, heat strengthened glass is not considered to be safety glass. Heat strengthened glass is rarely used in buildings except when it is laminated.

  • Heat Soaked Tempered Glass : Heat soaking is a method of testing tempered glass for unstable nickel sulfide inclusions, which are imperfections in the glass that may cause spontaneous breakage of the pane. The panes of glass are put into an oven and heated to a temperature of around 550 degrees Fahrenheit for a few hours. This causes any nickel sulfide inclusions to expand disproportionately to the glass, which makes the glass break. The idea is to force any unstable glass panes to break before they have a chance to fail in the field. This can be quite important where the glass pane is critical for safety - for instance, in a glass railing. Of course, the process increases the cost of the glass panes. It is important to note that heat soaking is not a perfect process and it will not eliminate incidences of spontaneous breakage, but it will catch most of them.

  • Wire Glass : Wire glass is generally thought to be stronger than annealed glass; however, this is not true. Wire glass is actually less strong than annealed glass because the integrated wire disrupts the continuity of the glass structure. Wire glass is not considered to be safety glass.

    Wire glass is most often used as a fire resistant glass because the wire holds the glass in place if it shatters due to high heat. In addition, the wire holds the broken glass in place under pressure from a fire hose. Under high temperatures, the wire holds the glass in place better than the PVB films used in laminated glass. Check out our article, Fire Rated Glass and Glazing, for more information on wired glass and other fire rated glazing.

  • Insulated Glass Unit (IGU) : Insulated glass units (IGU) are built-up assemblies where two pieces of glass are separated by a spacer - this is referred to as double-glazing. Triple-glazing is becoming more common and is made of three pieces of glass and two spacers. The spaces between pieces of glass can be filled with air or an inert gas, such as Argon. Argon is most common, but Xenon and Krypton are more efficient (and considerably more expensive). The sheets of glass are tempered or laminated for safety, and are generally 1/4" thick with a 1/2" air space. Finally, the most critical component of an IGU is the desiccant, which removes humidity from the cavity to prevent condensation within the IGU.

    Double-glazed IGUs made from 1/4" glass and a 1/2" space filled with air have an R-value of around R-2. Changing the air to Argon gas raises the R-value to R-3. Further changing the glass to Low-E, described below, can take the assembly to an R-value of R-4. Finally, a triple-glazed IGU can have a value of R-5 or slightly higher. As always, please refer to manufacturer data for R-values of specific IGUs.

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