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A Plant Tour: Single-Source Glass Fabrication

GBCI: 0920000005

Understanding fabrication and manufacturing improves any architect’s knowledge and ability to design better buildings. In this educational article, a focus on the fabrication of glass enclosure systems provides architects and design teams with a helpful understanding of the processes involved and how they allow for specification and erection of buildings incorporating insulating glass units (IGUs) or other glazed assemblies.
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Understanding fabrication and manufacturing improves any architect’s knowledge and ability to design better buildings. In this educational article, a focus on the fabrication of glass enclosure systems provides architects and design teams with a helpful understanding of the processes involved and how they allow for specification and erection of buildings incorporating insulating glass units (IGUs) or other glazed assemblies.
An important distinction to make first is how to distinguish single-source fabrication as opposed to multiple-source fabrication in relation to complex products like glass units. Simply put, with single-source production all of the processes are completed for the building product or system “inside the fence” of a plant operated by one legal entity. Following the production of the base material -- float glass, for example -- all the finishing, assembly, testing and packing for the product and any related components are handled by that one fabricator.

Objectives

  1. Define single-source fabrication and its impact in relation to architectural glass performance, appearance, warranty and energy efficiency or sustainability attributes.
  2. Explain two or more fabrication technologies for producing glass units, such as laminated and insulating glass units, and their impact on building energy performance and occupant comfort and health.
  3. Describe one or more fabrication processes that limit the size of glass units
  4. List at least two components in insulating glass units, and their impact on green building design.
Intermediate

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McGraw Hill Construction
Washington, DC
United States