Making Glass Come to Life

Sponsored by Guardian Glass
1 AIA LU/HSW; 0.1 ICC CEU; 0.1 IACET CEU*; 1 AIBD P-CE; AAA 1 Structured Learning Hour; This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines; AAPEI 1 Structured Learning Hour; This course can be self-reported to the AIBC, as per their CE Guidelines.; 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

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.

This course is part of the Glass in Architecture Academy

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-emissivity and interior glass options to meet performance and design requirements.


Originally published in October 2019