High Performance Glass
Glass Performance CapabilitiesA somewhat generic term, High Performance Glass refers to glazing that is utilized for its performance capabilities rather than just its aesthetic qualities. Performance requirements may include impact resistance, heat gain, reflectivity, privacy, acoustical, fire rating, safety or its ability to shed water spots and dirt accumulation.
Manufacturers meet these requirements in a number of different ways. Solar heat gain for example is controlled through the use of various Low-E (also called spectrally selective) coatings. Impact resistant glass is accomplished by laminating multiple layers of glass together with a PVB (polyvinyl butyrl) inner-layer. Laminated glass can be engineered to provide for bullet and blast resistance as well.
Other ways to create High Performance Glass is through Electrically charged inner-layers, ceramic pattern applications and chemical etching. These options can all provide a wide range of custom applications, color, graphics and privacy too.