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Glass Going Oversize- The Architect View First of three stories on this growing design trend

Glass Going Oversize- The Architect View First of three stories on this growing design trend

Added on 08/03/2018

Is bigger better? When it comes to glass and building openings, the trend has seemingly taken off. In the last three to five years, more and more design professionals are pushing the envelope with larger spans. However, questions remain. Is bigger better? What are the advantages and what are the pitfalls?
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Why is an EPD important to architects?

Why is an EPD important to architects?

Added on 07/18/2018

Authored by Josée Lupien, LEED Fellow, President Vertima: Looking back 10 years, the demand for healthier manufactured products was already present in North America’s architecture and design industry (A & D).
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AviProtek® E – Offering an innovative balance between bird life preservation, energy efficiency and

Offering an innovative balance between bird life preservation, energy efficiency and unique design

Added on 06/07/2018

With current glass facades claiming the lives of millions of birds each year, it is clear that a modern glass solution is needed. The magnitude of the problem is such that an important trend has emerged across North America - to make buildings much more bird friendly. This being said,many glass products offered to architects and building owners create challenges that cause significant compromises in terms of architectural design and energy efficiency, such as placing visual markers on the second surface and pushing the low-e coating on the third surface.
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Corporate Responsibility and Bird Friendly Glazing - A Great Match

Corporate Responsibility and Bird Friendly Glazing - A Great Match

Added on 05/25/2018

Glass and glazing designs and mandates coming from corporate entities can sometimes be both complex and challenging. Priorities can be quite different from the architectural team to the corporate management group on many levels. So when a building project comes together as nicely as the recent Restoration Hardware location in Ontario, a deeper look at some of the success factors is worth reviewing.
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The Walker Textures® Acid-etched Glass New York City Project Tour

The Walker Textures® Acid-etched Glass New York City Project Tour

Added on 05/18/2018

This alternative city tour will take you to various parts of town to see great examples of early adaptor architects that worked with acid-etched glass. Their creativity is a reflection of New York City grandeur, where anything is possible. During the upcoming AIA National Convention taking place June 20 to 22, many of you will embark on organized tour(s) to visit some of New York City’s best known landmarks. The Walker Textures® acid-etched glass project tour is an interesting free option that is available anytime you have a break in your schedule to see and learn how our glass was used with an “outside the box” perspective.
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Seeing Them from a Distance: The Glass Fins at the New Seattle Amazon Office

Seeing Them from a Distance: The Glass Fins at the New Seattle Amazon Office

Added on 04/16/2018

“Manufacturing is more than just putting parts together. It's coming up with ideas, testing principles and perfecting the engineering, as well as final assembly.”— Sir James Dyson British inventor, industrial designer and founder of the Dyson company.
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The Beauty That Resides on the Inside

The Beauty That Resides on the Inside

Added on 03/14/2018

For years, the interior of a commercial building was considered an afterthought. The look was dictated by choices of paint, carpet and wall coverings. It was basic and usually left to the tenant. However, a revolution of sorts has been taking place in recent years, with a stronger push to design interiors with innovative building products forging a memorable and branded appearance. The new workplace strategy promoting open floor plans required that architects and interior designers create modern and progressive images in these capacious spaces.
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From Presentation to Installation: One Story of Bird Protective Glazing

From Presentation to Installation: One Story of Bird Protective Glazing

Added on 02/15/2018

There’s lots of articles out there on projects featuring bird friendly glazing. However, a look behind the scenes on how a project ends up using glass that is paramount in saving millions of bird lives is not one that you see very often.
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How Acid-etched Mirror Can Improve Your Architectural Design

How Acid-etched Mirror Can Improve Your Architectural Design

Added on 01/23/2018

Optimizing daylighting in architectural design is taking on a new importance as numerous studies have shown that natural light can increase productivity, reduce absenteeism, and even increase sales. As wonderful as it sounds, some challenges can pop up along the way. Glare and control of contrast are just some of the issues.
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Doing it the Right Way-Transparency in Sustainable Products

Doing it the Right Way-Transparency in Sustainable Products

Added on 11/27/2017

When a trend or a movement gains popularity there’s usually an unfortunate offshoot. Bad actors jump in and try and take advantage of the good will by usually exploiting the positive emotions of the buying public. The concept of “green” brings that example to light as more and more people realized the utter importance of doing things in a sustainable nature, the other side decided to jump in as well- and in this specific case the term “greenwashing” was spawned.
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