The Future of Protection: Exploring Safety Glass Walls

The Future of Protection: Exploring Safety Glass Walls

Safety glass walls are used in commercial and residential applications. They meet building code requirements for impact resistance, fire ratings and visual clarity. They are also easy to install and cost-effective.

They can also be moved much more quickly than traditional partitions. This allows you to change the look of your space in response to new client demands.

Impact resistant

Impact resistant sliding glass walls are specially engineered to withstand hurricane-grade winds. They’re a smart choice for homes in tropical areas where powerful storms are a constant threat. They’re also a great option for people who live in areas that are prone to violent thunderstorms or tornadoes.

While regular windows may shatter under these high levels of pressure, impact glass remains intact and keeps intruders from breaking into a home. The interlayer bonded between the glass makes it incredibly difficult to break and can hold shattered pieces of glass securely within the frame.

In addition to providing safety from break-ins, impact rated glass can help protect your family from harmful UV rays. It can also reduce heat transfer and improve your energy efficiency. Additionally, these products typically feature full framing that adds rigidity and sound protection without impeding sightlines. Due to the extra work that goes into manufacturing them, these doors and windows tend to have permanent etched marks that clearly indicate their impact rating.

Fire resistant

Fire resistant glass helps prevent the spread of fire and smoke in a building. This type of glass is often used in office buildings, hospitals, and public spaces where fire safety is a priority. It can also help prevent radiation from spreading from one area to another, making it an ideal option for research and development facilities.

Most types of fire resistant glass can contain flames and hot gases on one side and maintain a safe temperature on the other side for a specified period of time. These properties are determined by rigorous testing, which typically involves subjecting the glass to high temperatures and flame exposure.

Fire-rated glass can be framed in aluminium, wooden or steel frames and can be anodised or painted with any RAL, Decoral or NCS colour. It can be used as transoms in a fire-rated door frame or as full-height doors in a frameless system. SCHOTT PYRAN Platinum and AGC Pyrobel safety glass are UL Listed, ensuring that they meet the requirements of rigorous fire safety tests.

Curved folding

Curved folding glass walls allow you to open your home to the outdoors. Using a track system, these systems can slide to one or both sides of the home for a wide opening. They can also be closed for privacy and security.

The curved folding geometry is particularly attractive because it offers motion amplification that converts small changes in bending into large volumetric transformations of the structure. The resulting structures also withstand high loads. In addition, a computational design workflow and forward-design tool have been developed to assist in the design of self-shaping curved folding structures. The workflow determines meso-structure layups, predicts the shape-change upon actuation and generates machine instructions (3D-printing toolpaths and GCODE) for direct fabrication.

NanaWall SL70 movable glass walls were used to open this restaurant’s dining area to the outside for more seating options. This allows guests to enjoy the outdoor views and breeze without having to leave their seat.

Energy efficient

Sliding glass walls allow natural light to enter a home while offering a seamless connection between indoor and outdoor spaces. This is particularly beneficial in hot weather, where it can reduce energy costs and improve comfort. Many sliding glass wall systems are NFRC certified, which ensures they meet stringent energy efficiency standards.

The frames of a glass wall can significantly affect its energy efficiency. Aluminum is a known heat and cold conductor, so it’s important to select a system that includes insulation. Some glass options also offer coatings that can reduce harmful UV radiation and glare.

All NanaWall moving glass walls are independently tested for air, water, structural, operation, and forced entry, giving homeowners peace of mind. Choosing a system with a framed design can help mitigate sound transmission and add definition without impeding sight lines. For instance, the PURE Enclose framed system incorporates 1-3/4” x 4-1/8” metal channels to add rigidity and a high STC rating, while maintaining clear sightlines.



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