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Thermal Breakage

Thermal breakage or thermal stress in glass is caused by varying amounts of radiant heat absorbed across a single sheet of glass. Large wandering cracks that mysteriously appear in glass panels are the typical consequence of thermal stress. There are various conditions or even types of glass that contribute to a higher risk of thermal breakage. Although in most cases there is no way to avoid the source of thermal stress a variety of solutions are available to prevent the costly fractures that are produced by this phenomenon.

Energy Efficient Glass

Modern design trends have seen a merging of the outside and inside of homes by introducing large areas of glass, which in some situations require high performance glass to achieve higher energy efficient results. The challenge for today’s architects is to find a balance between enhanced design and the use of energy efficient products to create a cost effective solution to building.

Create Space with Glass

In addition to traditional interior design techniques, the innovative use of glass products can create the illusion of space. The use of light neutral colours such as white, beige and off-white, for walls, floors and furniture will assist in achieving this effect. However, glass panels, windows, glass tables, and mirrors could potentially double the look …

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Sound Insulation / Noise Control

There are many types of noise pollution that have an impact on the community including aircraft noise, traffic noise, industrial machinery, power tools, or even the innocent sounds of children playing. The frequency of such noises determines the impact they will have on occupants of both commercial and domestic buildings. Brick or concrete walls offer …

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AS1288-2006 Review: The New Standard in Glass

Some may question whether the Australian Standards committee have gone far enough with the current code but pressure from affiliated industries and bodies may have played a part in preventing more changes to the old standard. The logical progression is to see all glass products in buildings move to some form of safety glass and here we will examine the past, present and future of glass in buildings.

AS1288-2006 Glass in Buildings

“AS1288-2006 Glass in buildings” is the Australian Standard published by Standards Australia that replaced its predecessor “AS1288-1994 Glass in buildings”. The prime objective of the standard is to provide a benchmark for glass and glazing situated in domestic and commercial properties throughout Australia. Due to an increasing rate of accidents involving glass it was considered …

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