The Good… The Bad… The Ugly
Read this fascinating insight into how glass works.
Glass has been used since the days of the Romans to allow natural light into our buildings.
The increasing use of light in architecture and workplace design means that glass has become a major feature of the modern day building. Discover why glass is transparent.
However, glass does create certain problems too…
Heat as well as light enters the building resulting in discomfort of staff and higher air-conditioning costs.
Privacy is reduced, which puts your possessions on display.
Glare is uncomfortable for screen users and reduces staff productivity.
And because glass is easily broken it can get ugly…
Glass is easily broken and becomes the weak point in your security.
Toughened glass can spontaneously break for no apparent reason. This becomes a danger in tall buildings. Why does toughened glass suddenly break?
How is Glass Made?
Sand, soda ash and lime are heated up to very high temperatures in a furnace to become a great syrupy mass. When allowed to cool it becomes glass, which retains many of the properties of a liquid.
Why is glass transparent?
In contrast, solids like wood, metal or stone (eg. bricks) have a regular crystalline lattice structure, which makes it very difficult for light to pass through.
The Greenhouse Effect
Visible light and ultra violet light pass through the glass. When the light hits an object it is either absorbed, scattered or reflected. The energy from the light is released as heat.
As glass is not a good conductor of heat, the temperature in the room builds.
Window films can be used to reflect light and its associated energy to prevent a build up of heat inside the building.
Why does glass break?
Ahh, this is a controversial one!