Different buildings have differing needs for aesthetics, performance, and functional operations. Few building materials have as great an impact on all three of these areas as glass since it plays a unique and important role in building design and the environment. The use of glass in buildings affects design, appearance, thermal performance, and occupant comfort. Historically, glass was used mainly for windows to admit air and light, but with advanced manufacturing options and the need for high-performance buildings, it is now integral to interior and exterior architecture. From facades, skylights, and walkways to revolving doors and glass box extensions, glass is being used to do much more than just let light in. Therefore the selection of the right types of glass is a crucial element of the design process to create solutions that address thermal control, energy efficiency, views, and lighting quality as well as light quantity. Architects who understand the full range of possibilities available from glass manufacturers can use them as a complete palette to create designs that excel in all areas.
– At the end of this program, participants will be able to:
1. Identify and recognize the characteristics of different types of high-performance glass that are commonly available for green buildings and other uses.
2. Investigate the design potential and innovative opportunities to create buildings that are sustainable, safe, and attractive using appropriate glass technology.
3. Acquire insights into emerging technologies being used to create glass and glazing that address broad and specific design issues including energy use.
4. Assess the functional contributions of glass as it contributes to green and sustainable design in buildings in different climates.