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Protection from Snow and Wind

Buildings that feature lots of glass can be absolutely stunning; however, when designing with glass, one major consideration that architects must keep in mind is whether or not the glass can withstand the weather. Glass needs to be able to withstand heavy snow loads and strong wind gusts. There is a multi-step process that must be undertaken to help ensure the selected glass is able to resist these loads. Check out Designing Glass to Resist Wind and Snow Loads at PPG's Glass Education Center to learn more.

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Innovating Architectural Expression for 50 Years

When it was introduced 50 years ago, Solarban® glass presaged the contemporary sustainable building movement by being one of the first coated glasses to reflect heat away from buildings, improving occupant comfort and reducing utility expenses related to HVAC systems. Since that time, the Solarban family of products has been continually expanded and refined to meet the aesthetic and energy-efficiency demands of architects and building owners.

Half a century after its creation, Solarban glass continues to inspire architects and remains the leading brand of low-emissivity (low-e) solar control glasses.

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Robeson County Department of Social Services

LOCATION:

Lumberton, North Carolina

ARCHITECT:

Little & Associates

PRODUCTS:

Solarban® 70XL Glass

The Robeson County Department of Social Services, the first facility in the county's history to achieve LEED® Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, is a 100,000-square-foot building consisting of three identical, two-level wings connected by a curtain wall and steel bridge. The vertical and horizontal elements featured in the south façade glazing, which utilizes Solarban 70XL glass, are influenced by the random nature of the cypress trees along the neighboring Lumber River. Solarban 70XL glass offers visible light transmittance (VLT) of 64 percent and solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) of 0.27, which helps minimize the use of artificial light.

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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