influencing glazing selections, whole-building
lifecycle analysis is the best tool for determining the most
Few decisions that a designer makes have more impact on the
appearance and utility of a building than the glazing selection.
Glazing affects the look of a building from the inside as well as
the outside, and it influences the comfort and productivity of the
building occupants. Furthermore, it has a major impact on the size
and form of other building systems, including lighting and
In recent years, the palette of glazing options available to
designers has expanded greatly. Designers now have much more
control over how much light that glazing lets into a building and
how much heat, cold, and noise it blocks out. The characteristics
of glazing performance are easily altered by varying tints,
coatings, films, number of panes, gas infills, and other glazing
features. A whole-building life-cycle analysis using energy
performance simulation software can help lead designers to the best
solution among the many choices.
This Design Brief provides the designer with in-depth information
on the following topics:
- Why Clear Glass is Vanishing
- Glazing Options
- Codes and Standards
- Which Glazing Option is Best?
- Glazing Systems in the Future