How to Read Color in Glass

Glass is one of today’s most versatile building materials due to its virtually unlimited aesthetic options and outstanding energy characteristics. The breadth of glass colors available is one reason why glass is so aesthetically versatile. But how does the industry determine how color is defined? And how do you read color in glass? Find out in the Glass Education Center.

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How to read color in glass
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As the world's built environment continues to evolve, fostering relationships with peers and networking with industry professionals becomes increasingly important. InspireScapes offers a collaborative space to read about, listen to and engage with content on topics pertaining to the quest of achieving timeless architectural designs using sustainable, high performing and aesthetically pleasing building materials.

We encourage you to use InspireScapes to share your own building project photos and thoughts about your journey through the design and construction process.

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Breen Student Union and Hall of Arts and Letters Courtyard
What Is Safety Glazing?

Glass is a breakable material, which when broken into smaller sharp pieces often called shards can cause serious injury. Safety glazing material, usually tempered glass or laminated glass, reduces the risk of injury. Safety glazing can be used in numerous applications, including both residential and commercial properties. Learn more about the benefits and uses of safety glazing.

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Specifications for DURANAR® Coatings by PPG Available on BSD SPECLINK-E® System Specifications for DURANAR® fluoropolymer coatings by PPG are now available on the BSD SPECLINK-E® subscription-based master specification system from Building Systems Design, Inc. The specification writing, management and production system helps architects, engineers and design professionals in the construction industry to reduce specification development time for their projects and to learn about various building products.

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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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Georgia Gwinnett College Library

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Lawrenceville, GA

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LEO A DALY

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Solarban® 70XL Starphire® Glass

Built as a “Knowledge Center,” the 90,000-square-foot Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC) Library in Lawrenceville, Georgia was designed to be the intellectual and social heart of a new college campus opened in 2006 &emdash; the first new four-year public college created in the nation in the 21st century. Architectural firm LEO A DALY chose to express that commitment to knowledge and openness with a brilliantly transparent façade, fabricated from Solarban® 70XL Starphire® glass by Vitro Architectural Glass (formerly PPG glass), which also contributes to the building’s exceptional energy and environmental performance.

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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
PPG & Vitro Glass:
Formulated for the Future of Glass
PPG Glass and Vitro Glass have joined forces to create
the largest glass producer in North America.
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