Education and Resources

Continuing Education

Courses: “Understanding Low-E Coatings” and “Glass Production, Processing and Performance”

Provider: Vitro Architectural Glass

Learning Units: AIA 1 LU/1 HSW

“Understanding Low-E Coatings” shows how high-performance architectural glass can improve the energy efficiency of buildings significantly while reducing their operating costs and carbon emissions simultaneously. The course examines how low-emissivity (low-E) coatings help manage the transmittance of solar energy into buildings, and how the coatings’ relative effectiveness can be compared using industry-standard glass-performance measures.

Architects also will learn about the two manufacturing processes for passive and solar control low-E coatings, and how the energy, environmental and economic benefits of low-E glass have been quantified through advanced energy modeling.

“Glass Production, Processing and Performance” examines different types of glasses, including clear, tinted and low-iron glasses, and highlights common application processes for coated low-E glasses and their effect on buildings’ energy and environmental performance. Flat glass fabrication and processing methods also are featured, as well as technical considerations of thermal breakage, wind load, sound attenuation and size limitations for glass specification.


Saflex SoundPro Acoustic Glazing Calculator

Eastman’s Saflex SoundPro acoustic glazing calculator is free to architects and engineers. It provides the ability to compare a variety of glazing components and technologies to determine optimal glazing configurations to meet specific acoustic performance targets. SoundPro offers two modes to generate calculations. The product selector mode requires users to input acoustic performance targets using global standards of Sound Transmission Class (STC), Outside Inside Transmission Class (OITC) and Reduction Index (Rw). SoundPro then identifies the acoustic glazing solutions that meet these specifications. The second mode is the glazing configurator, which provides estimates for custom designed glazing systems. Users have a range of variables to consider, including the type of acoustic interlayer, glass thickness, air space, types of insulating glass and design strategies.

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