Silicone Coatings: An Alternative to Ceramic Frit for Spandrel Glass

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Webinar On-Demand
Sponsored by ICD High Performance Coatings
Presented by Kate Stewart

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define high-performance silicone coatings as a healthy and sustainable alternative to other spandrel glass materials.
  2. Discuss the rigorous testing to prove longevity and application suitability.
  3. Explain the considerations when specifying silicone coatings on spandrel glass.
  4. List the advantages of using silicone coatings in design to prevent hazardous solvent, heavy metals, and high VOCs in the environment


1 GBCI CE Hour
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 provide architects and designers education about silicone-based coating technologies that can be specified as an alternative to ceramic frit for spandrel glass applications. Attendees will learn how spandrel glass is used on a facade for aesthetic value and functionality. Specific factors related to high-performance silicone coatings will be discussed including sustainability, thermal stress breakage mitigation, facade visual harmonization, and color matching capabilities.


Photo Courtesy of Kris Vockler


Kate Stewart CSI, CDT is the Architectural Program Manager at ICD High Performance Coatings + Chemistries, manufacturer of OPACI-COAT-300® water-based silicone glass coating. She has presented to over 100 architecture firms globally and hosts weekly webinars for Architects, General Contractors, Developers, Glazing Subcontractors, and Glass Fabricators. Kate has been a speaker at multiple events, including Fenestration Association of BC (FENBC) Technical Conference, GlassBuild Connect, and Midwest Build Week. She was also quoted in USGlass Magazine regarding Façade Visual Harmonization and Thermal Stress Breakage. Being an active member of the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) inspired Kate to earn a Construction Document Technologist (CDT) certification and is currently pursuing a LEED Green Associate credential.


ICD High Performance Coatings ICD formulates and manufactures water-based coatings, resins, and chemicals in the US Pacific Northwest. We believe the world is a better place when innovative, green, sustainable products are specified and utilized. To support this, we offer education that explores why product performance and material selection matter. We are seen as experts in silicone coating technology and provide sustainable solutions where none previously existed. Topics include ultra-low VOCs, the difference between solvent-based and water-based formulations, how coatings can be developed for improved energy reduction in the fabrication process, how ideal performance characteristics are achieved and more. ICD High Performance Coatings and Chemistries - We develop products to solve problems for our planet with clean chemistry.


Originally published in August 2021