Structural Silicone Glazing: 50 Years of Performance

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Webinar On-Demand
Sponsored by Dow Performance Silicones
Presented by Yvonne Diaz and Jon Kimberlain

Learning Objectives:

  1. Map the basic load distribution on a piece of glass – and describe how that load is transferred to the edges of the panel.
  2. Calculate the amount of structural silicone required to support the edge of glass.
  3. Identify structural silicone as a thermal break in a glazing system.
  4. Refer to standards and publications that document the science, engineering and performance of SSG.


AAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines
AAPEI 1 Structured Learning Hour
MAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
This course can be self-reported to the NLAA.
This course can be self-reported to the NSAA
NWTAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
OAA 1 Learning Hour
SAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
This course can be self-reported to the AIBC, as per their CE Guidelines.
This course is approved as a Structured Course
This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines
Approved for structured learning
Approved for Core Learning
This course can be self-reported to the NLAA
Course may qualify for Learning Hours with NWTAA
Course eligible for OAA Learning Hours
This course is approved as a core course
This course can be self-reported for Learning Units to the Architectural Institute of British Columbia
This test is no longer available for credit

This course will review original and modern project applications of structural silicone glazing (SSG), a unique hyperelastic material that acts as a continuous flexible anchor for glass. It will discuss the history of SSG, the basic engineering of systems for attaching the edge of glass and the advent of various system types. Performance aspects of SSG will be reviewed in-depth with regard to building design, energy efficiency and safety performance through natural and manmade events. Current international standards for the application of SSG will also be reviewed and state-of-the-art systems will be highlighted.

Structural Silicone


Yvonne Diaz is the North America Technical Service & Development Representative for Dow Performance Silicones in the Commercial & Residential Insulating Glass and Fenestration Assembly market. Yvonne’s current role includes providing technical service and support on numerous commercialization projects to bring new silicone room-temperature-vulcanizing sealants and coatings to market with an emphasis on developing innovative applications and solutions to enhance performance and productivity. Yvonne has a Ph.D. in chemistry with a focus on polymer materials from University of California, Santa Barbara.


Jon Kimberlain Senior Scientist; Dow Performance Silicones Bio: Jon Kimberlain currently provides technical expertise and application support for Dow Silicones as a Senior Scientist. With Dow Corning and Dow, Jon has published 25+ research papers on the use of silicone sealants in high performance buildings presented at venues such as Façade Tectonics, ASTM, and GPD Finland. Currently a founding board member of Architectural Glass and Metal Certification Council, he has also been active in GANA and NGA.


Dow Dow Building Science offers industry-leading technologies to enhance building design, durability, energy efficiency and occupant comfort. With DOWSIL™ Brand Silicones, we address a wide range of building and infrastructure challenges.


Originally published in August 2021