A Glass Act Architectural Glass Goes Beyond Windows

 There was a time when the buildings being built in New York City were largely  constructed of earthy materials—limestone, brownstone, brick, terra cotta—and glass really only figured into their design in the form of windows and  skylights. As times and architectural fashions changed however, glass and steel  gained a foothold among all the stone and marble, until gleaming glass facades  became the norm rather than the exception—particularly in new residential development.  

 The Glass Age

 Glass itself has come a very long way since it was just the stuff windows were  made of. Today, its colors, tints, finishes, and treatments are nearly  limitless—and it's strong enough to be a building material in its own right.  

 “We cannot ascertain that glass has overtaken other building materials,” says Steven Jayson, owner of architectural glass manufacturer S.A. Bendheim,  Ltd., in Passaic, New Jersey. “But it's easy to see the unique benefits, such as daylighting and views, that  glass can bring to areas dominated by tall buildings and skyscrapers.”  

 Jayson says that the evolution of the architectural glass industry can also be  credited with the increased use of glass in buildings.  

 “These developments include the fact that the glass manufacturing process has  been designed to conserve resources and allow for cost-effective production,” he says. “There’s also the development of energy-efficient glass products, including thermal  coatings and insulated glass wall systems; and of course the incredible  decorative glass options that can introduce a unique, customizable aesthetic.”  

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  • (Glass Manufacturing Industry Council) - (www.gmic.org) "The Glass Age" will become more of a reality as current efforts by the many sectors of the glass industry (Flat, container, fiber and specialty) begin to introduce the fruits of an ongoing research initiative to bring glass to a higher percentage of its theoretical/demonstrated tensile strength. Typically, window glass is rated at 8-20,000 psi, while it's potential is 2,000,000! As progress is made - the real "Age of Glass" will become a reality!
  • We'll need more window cleaners.