Glass engineering and design is increasingly taking center stage in office building design as owners and tenants search out security, energy-efficiency and attractive views.  This article notes that glass is becoming a greater structural element, shouldering more of the stress and strains than ever before.  New engineering strategies and technology are discussed, including:

  • Tennis racket-like systems of cables holding glass panels;
  • Structural steel tube frameworks using finger-like elements to grab glass panels at the corners;
  • Triple-coated panels that reflect infrared light and reduce the level of heat entering a building; and
  • The use of a laminate to transform a glass curtainwall panel into a photovoltaic cell.

Source: Paul Rosta, Commercial Property News; Sep 28, 2007

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