Education & Resources

Continuing Education

Course: Structural Silicone Glazing: 50 Years of Performance Explained

Provider: Dow Performance Silicones

Learning Units: AIA 1 LU/1 HSW

This course reviews original and modern project applications of structural silicone glazing, a hyper-elastic material that acts as a continuous flexible anchor for glass. It discusses the history of structural silicone glazing, the basic engineering of systems for attaching the edge of glass, as well as the advent of various system types.

Performance aspects of silicone structural glazing are reviewed with regard to building design, energy efficiency and safety performance. Current systems are highlighted, with reference to unitized curtain-walls and the use of finite elemental analysis.­

Course: The Future of Fire-Rated Glass and Framing

Provider: Technical Glass Products

Learning Units: AIA 1 LU/1 HSW

This course primarily focuses on fire-resistive glass and framing. It addresses their performance, how they help meet stringent safety codes, and ways in which five of the latest innovations are changing the future of fire-rated glass and framing from both safety and aesthetic standpoints.

Those innovations are: narrow-profile fire-rated frames, versatile cover caps and finishes, structural silicone-glazed fire-rated curtainwalls, butt-glazed fire-rated glass walls, and fire-rated glass floor systems.­

New EPDs, HPDs From Guardian

Guardian Glass North America published environmental product declarations (EPDs) for flat glass and processed glass products manufactured at its seven North American float plants. It also has an updated health product declaration (HPD) version 2.1 for flat and processed glass produced in North America.

The Guardian Glass declarations are environmental product declarations in accordance with ISO 14025 and can help building projects earn up to two LEED v4 credits, according to the company.

An EPD is a standardized way of quantifying the environmental impact of a product or system. EPDs are verified and registered documents that communicate transparent and comparable information about the life cycle environmental impact of a product. HPDs disclose the potential chemical concerns of products in accordance with the Health Product Declaration Standard.

The flat glass EPD from Guardian Glass covers unprocessed products such as Guardian UltraClear low-iron glass, clear and tinted glass. The processed glass EPD covers coated, heat-treated and/or textured products from the Guardian SunGuard and ClimaGuard exterior glass product lines, and interior glass products such as ShowerGuard coated glass. Each EPD and HPD contain a full list of the products it covers.

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