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Sometimes glass breaks in a building without any obvious reason. The spontaneous breakage of glass can be the result of glass-edge damage or surface damage from handling and glazing, which weakens the glass. High winds, building or framing system movement, or vandalism can then cause the weakened glass to break without warning. For architects who build with glass, understanding the causes of glass breakage and taking preventive measures are very important.

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25 Years of Starphire® Ultra-Clear Glass

Starphire ultra-clear, low-iron glass is celebrating 25 years of bringing brilliance, light and transparancy to the most beautiful glass projects indoors and out. When desigining in glass, you want colors so true and natural that you’re struck by the view and not by the discoloration and distortion of the glass. The most transparent glass available, Starphire's 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 think.

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Queen Alia International Airport

LOCATION:

Amman, Jordan

ARCHITECT:

Foster + Partners

PRODUCTS:

Solarban® 70XL Glass

Though the Queen Alia International Airport in Jordan is constructed largely from concrete due to the climate in the Middle East, its terminal is glazed on all sides with Solarban 70XL glass to reduce the need for artificial lighting, open up views of the runway and aid passenger orientation. Horizontal louvers are used to shade from direct sunlight and minimize glare, while a reflective pool next to the terminal's glass façade provides indirect lighting.

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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