Glass Fabrication: Getting it Right for Your Commercial Façade

Sponsored by Guardian Glass

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define the vital role of fabrication in glass to increase energy efficiency for commercial façades.
  2. Know how glass fabrication factors into preservation and adaptive reuse of existing buildings.
  3. Identify ways fabrication can help achieve project goals for safety and security, acoustics, aesthetics and energy efficiency.
  4. Recognize how glass fabrication can increase occupant safety in large public buildings.


AAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
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This course is approved as a Structured Course
This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines
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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
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Today’s buildings rarely serve a single purpose. From creating environments where people feel safe and can live their best lives, to surpassing the toughest energy standards, to inspiring with bold design, architects must balance many priorities. An in-depth understanding of the role fabrication plays in your commercial glass façade can inform your choices and help ensure you meet every objective.

We are seeing more buildings with uniquely shaped surfaces that twist, turn, and bend—and meet at unconventional angles. Innovative fabrication technology helps to make these organic forms achievable. New fabrication ovens can bend glass into convex and concave shapes, expanding the realm of possibilities for designs. More and more, developers are looking skyward with ultra-tall buildings. Fabricated glass is an integral part of these skyscraping structures. Fabrication makes the beautiful, monolithic look of these towers possible, as well as the expansive views from the inside that people love. Sustainable construction is also on the rise. Ever-changing building codes and standards are pushing new performance requirements for structures to be more energy-efficient and harder working. Sustainable design requires cutting-edge fabrication technology as part of the overall design process to achieve these new building standards.

Glass Fab

Photo courtesy of Guardian Glass


Guardian Glass Guardian Glass, a major business unit of Guardian Industries, is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of float,coated, and fabricated glass products, offering a range of low-emissivity and interior glass options to meet performance and design requirements.


Originally published in July 2020