Seven high-performance glass products to solve the toughest problems

The saying “people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones” need not apply to these high-performance solutions. Equipped with innovative materials and manufactured by new intelligent techniques, these glass products address structural, safety, thermal and meteorological concerns.

(Courtesy of Guardian Glass)

Empty IG
Guardian Glass

Pictured here in a renovation at Eastern Michigan University’s Sherzer Hall, Vacuum IG is combined with SunGuard coated glass from Guardian to create a low-e, vacuum-insulated hybrid glass that provides thermal insulation and minimizes the amount of ultraviolet light and infrared passing through without compromising visible light transmission.

(Courtesy of TPG)

TimberLine Fireframes

FireFrames TimberLine has the aesthetic panache of wood with all the fire performance characteristics that steel brings. Combining a sturdy steel frame with a real wood cover and Pilkington Pyrostop fire resistant glass, the system works effectively as a radiant and conductive thermal barrier.

(Courtesy of Sierra Pacific)

Sash H3 FeelSafe and double guillotine
Sierra Pacific

What to do before a hurricane? You bar the windows! Made from extruded aluminum, vinyl, and solid wood, these windows may not completely eliminate the need, but they do resist Zone III or IV hurricane-force winds and water damage.

(Courtesy of Safti)

GPX FireFloor

Walk (safely) this way on a hardened, laminated surface supported by a steel frame. The fire resistant flooring system is assembled without air between the fire rated glass and the laminate walking surface, which alleviates problems associated with condensation.

Attack resistant openings
School Guard Glass and Assa Abloy

Hardware manufacturer Assa Abloy and safety glass manufacturer School Guard Glass have teamed up to design an attack resistant door for schools. When paired, the Ceco door with SG5 attack resistant glazing survives the most brutal blows and even gunfire. Stronger and more durable than security film, the system is easy and affordable to install into pre-existing openings for added security.

(Courtesy MI Windows and Doors)

Krypton enhanced glass
MI Windows and Doors

Replacing commonly used argon, the new krypton insulated glass effectively reduces heat flow from outside to inside. The gas lives between two panes of glass, separated by a warm edge spacer system. It is available with MI 1650 double hung, 1650 fixed and 1685 double slider and triple glazed windows.

(Courtesy of Kawneer)


Designed for historic window restorations, the NX-300 thermal window provides an antiquated look that is updated to meet contemporary performance codes. It is available in a variety of casement, awning, fixed and fixed over awning configurations.

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