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Designing Glass to Resist Wind and Snow Loads

Accommodating for wind and snow is one of the important upfront considerations in the design and specification process. The impact of wind and snow on a building can be significant, which is why the design requirements must be followed carefully. ASTM E1300 is the main source of technical information for architects and other design professionals to determine the right glass thickness and type to meet a project's anticipated wind and snow loads. Learn about the process that must be undertaken to help ensure the glass in your project is able to resist these loads.

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Architectural Glass Catalog Now Available in French and Spanish!

PPG's new architectural glass catalog, now available in French, in Spanish and for International Markets, is a comprehensive resource that can help you choose the best PPG Glass product for your next project. With the industry's broadest palette of tints and superior performance options, you can rely on PPG to provide you with freedom to create beautiful, sustainable buildings that will stand the test of time.

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Successful Compliance through Thermal Energy Modeling

How does your building design influence energy consumption? How can your project better meet compliance standards for energy and carbon emission targets? To predict future building performance thermal modeling is often used to simulate energy breakdowns. These estimations are often critical in demonstrating to local authorities how proposed designs will meet their sustainability and low carbon agendas.

Learn how thermal modeling enabled the proper specification of building materials which resulted in one of the most environmentally friendly buildings in the Southeast.

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See the beauty, not the glass.
Starphire® Ultra-Clear Glass

When you're designing in clear glass, you want to be able to see right through it as if the glass isn't even there. You want lots of light and transparency. You want colors so true and natural that you’re struck by the view and not by the discoloration and distortion of the glass. Only Starphire glass lets you see the beauty, not the glass. Starphire is the most transparent glass available, and its beautiful blue edge makes it striking as it delivers true color fidelity. Its versatility makes it an ideal choice for spandrel, skylight, interior, exterior, vision and security and safety glazings. And it's more affordable than you might think.

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The Gores Group World Headquarters

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Beverly Hills, California

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Belzberg Architects

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STARPHIRE® Glass

The signature element of the Gores Group World Headquarters renovation is a two-layer façade featuring carved limestone and slumped glass panels fabricated with Starphire® glass. Composed of three double-paneled, bent-glass patterns sandwiched around a dozen different custom-printed interlayers, the multi-textured surface of the 135,000- square-foot building interacts with sunlight during the day and brightly speckled LED lights at night. The building's Starphire® glass façade floods common areas and work spaces with light, and it plays a critical role in modulating the building's indoor temperature and air quality.

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Formawall® Dimension Series® 2" (51 mm) Horizontal Flat

 

Details:

  • Substrate & Core:
    • Standard – 22/26 gage G-90 galvanized steel face and liner with HCFC-free polyurethane or polyisocyanurate foam-insulated core. Optional gages available.
  • Panel Width: 10" to 40" [254mm to 1016mm]
  • Panel Length
    • Smooth – 1’ [305mm] min. to 16’ [4.88m] max.
    • Embossed striated – 1’ [305mm] min. to 37’ [11.28m] max.
    • Embossed – 1’ [305mm] min. to 37’ [11.28m] max.
    • Duracast – 1’ [305mm] min. to 28’ [8.53m] max.
  • Panel Thickness/Depth of Reveal
    • 2" [51mm] with 1-3/16” [30mm] deep reveal – standard
  • "R" Value
    • 2" [51mm] panel with 1/2” [13mm] reveal – R14