Beyond Energy: How Glass in Architecture Contributes to Occupant Well-Being and Comfort

Glass as a multifaceted solution for post-pandemic commercial and residential construction
 
Sponsored by National Glass Association
By Erika Fredrickson
 
1 AIA LU/HSW; 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. Explain how new glass technologies can help support wildlife and bird safety through new anti-collision design.
  2. Describe new trends using glass for artistic and decorative expression in workspaces and commercial buildings that promote well-being and comfort.
  3. List some ways that daylighting has contributed to the health and well-being of students and workers.
  4. Discuss vacuum-insulating glazing and how it is used in various applications for the benefit of occupant safety, comfort, and well-being.

This course is part of the Glass and Glazing Design Academy

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Conclusion

Glass is a multifunctional product. Glass need not be specified to satisfy just one design goal. For example, insulating glass can be used to meet energy requirements and maintain occupant comfort while indoors. It can be tempered or laminated to achieve a variety of safety and security performance levels. It can be decorated for aesthetic appeal or privacy, or to achieve bird-deterrence measures. And, by its nature, glass allows for natural daylight and views, which is a proven element in occupant physiological well-being. By now, you should be able to explain how new bird-friendly technologies are helping to reduce avian deaths across the country. You should be able to describe trends in using glass in home workspaces and office spaces, and how these daylighting options can lead to better health and well-being for occupants. And finally, you should be able to discuss the ways that glass currently is used for artistic and decorative expression, and provide examples of how VIG technology supports better building options when it comes to architectural glass construction.

Erika Fredrickson is an independent writer and editor focusing on technology, the environment, and history. She is a frequent contributor for continuing education courses and publications through Confluence Communications. www.confluencec.com

National Glass Association The National Glass Association (NGA) is the largest trade association serving the architectural glass and metals industry. A technical and educational resource, NGA envisions a future in which glass is the material of choice to enhance spaces where people live, play, learn, and work.

 

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Originally published in Architectural Record
Originally published in July 2021


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