Glass is becoming a more and more common building material for businesses. To improve aesthetics and offer unhindered views, it is used on doors, windows, and in the case of high-rise buildings, on the entire exterior envelope. In light of this, what kind of glass is used on skyscrapers and high-rise structures?
High-rise building glass must be very durable and constructed in a way that prevents it from shattering in the event of damage. It should also be clear, highly workable, visible transmittance, have a low U-value, and be entirely recyclable.
High-rise glass is composed of two pieces, each 6mm (a quarter-inch thick), which are then joined together by a half-inch air gap to form a single unit that is one inch thick. Desiccated air (dry air) is permitted inside the glass’s double seals during manufacturing to prevent fogging. Spaces are filled with argon in places with very cold climates.
Instead of being tempered or laminated, high-rise building glass is heat strengthened because tempering adds extra stress that degrades optical quality. In order to help firefighters identify specific panels of tempered glass in case they need to break in, those panels are typically marked with a dot.
High-rise buildings are more complex than low-rise commercial buildings and residential buildings. For this reason, contractors need to keep in mind various concerns and factors that could affect them and the kind of glass they install. Some of the major concerns about the high-rise building glass are the following;
How glazed structures will be maintained, reglazed, and cleaned is a crucial factor to take into account. The proposed glazing strategy, whether internal or external, will determine the choice.