Making Glass Come to Life

Sponsored by Guardian Glass

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand how all the parts of a glass façade work together to meet project vision and goals.
  2. Learn how glass composition and low-E coatings affect aesthetics and performance.
  3. Identify important design considerations for glass substrates and low-E coatings.
  4. Recognize the ways fabricated glass can affect building aesthetics and performance.


AAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
AANB 1 Hour of Core Learning
AAPEI 1 Structured Learning Hour
SAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
MAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
NSAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
OAA 1 Learning Hour
NLAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
NWTAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
This course can be self-reported to the AIBC, as per their CE Guidelines.
This course is approved as a Structured Course
Approved for structured learning
This course is approved as a core course
Approved for Core Learning
Course eligible for OAA Learning Hours
This course is approved as a Core Course
Course may qualify for Learning Hours with NWTAA
This course can be self-reported for Learning Units to the Architectural Institute of British Columbia

Today, there is an ever-growing range of choices for specifying and designing with glass for building facades. The vastness of products brings unlimited ways for architects to express creativity and offer more innovative options to achieve energy goals. At the same time, every decision affects how the building ultimately looks and performs. With all the glass options available, how do architects know which ones are right for their projects?

This presentation reviews the foundations of glass selection and explores options for meeting both aesthetic and performance goals. We will cover the glass manufacturing process and the basics of performance measurement. We will also provide a comprehensive overview of float and coated glass choices—and related fabrication decisions—that can affect the final appearance of the glass facade. Equipped with this knowledge, architects will have more insight into glass selection to achieve the results they desire. A quiz is provided to address the principles and concepts learned and allow the participant to earn 1.0 continuing education credit.

Avalon-Willoughby West, Brooklyn, New York - Photo courtesy of


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-E, VIG and interior glass options to meet performance and design requirements.