How to Design for Sustainable Buildings with Vacuum Insulated Glass

Applications and Technology of Vacuum Insulated Glazing in Commercial Buildings
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Webinar On-Demand
Sponsored by Guardian Glass
Presented by Tim Cope and Andrew Kreifels

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the significance of glass façades in the design of high-performance of buildings.
  2. Explain the technical aspects of VIG that differentiate from traditional solutions as they relate to code compliance, energy performance, occupant comfort, aesthetics and cost savings.
  3. Describe the primary design considerations for specifying VIG in commercial buildings.
  4. Identify 10 applications of VIG in commercial construction that maximize its advantages over alternative technologies.


1 AIA LU/Elective
This test is no longer available for credit

Increasingly more stringent energy codes, greater demand for occupant comfort, a mandate to reduce first costs, and a societal drive toward sustainability has created a complex web of factors for designers and builders to consider when selecting façade glass elements. As part of a multi-webinar series, this beginning module will discuss the context behind the need for advanced glass façades and how vacuum insulated glass (VIG) addresses this need. We will also discuss several specific applications of VIG to assist the audience in understanding how it might be employed in actual projects.



Tim Cope is the chief technical advisor for vacuum insulated glazing at Guardian industries. Tim brings extensive experience in technical consulting, project management, hands-on training and product technical marketing in the Building Materials and Construction Industry. Having led technical construction projects for First Solar, Johns Manville, and APA Solar, Tim has deep knowledge of the commercial and residential building envelope, renewable energy, and codes throughout the U.S. Tim is also an Engineer Officer in the Ohio Army National Guard where he was deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan.


Andrew Kreifels spent nearly 20 years developing breakthrough technologies for B2B businesses all over the world. Since 2011, he has been leading high-innovation projects and startups for Guardian Industries in the area of glass façades. Outside of VIG, he has worked on developments in fire rated glass, building integrated photovoltaics, next generation spacer technologies, advanced glazing frames and electrochromics. Andrew currently works in strategy for Guardian Industries, specifically focusing on new technologies in façade construction.


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 August 2019