Selecting the right glass

Glass plays a unique and important role in building design and the environment. It affects design, appearance, thermal performance and occupant comfort. The selection of the right glass is a crucial component of the design process.

By identifying key issues at the design stage, glass products can be selected to match your specific application.


Some of the key decisions that need to be considered in the selection of glass in facades, interiors and glazing systems are listed below. Solar and thermal performance will often be a high priority decision along with appearance (colour, transparency and reflectivity).

This information may lead to a glass product type with additional attributes such as safety, security, decoration, noise control and self-cleaning that can be selected.

Breakage and minimising risk

How glass behaves in the case of accidental or intentional breakage must be considered and while glazing codes and regulations provide the minimum requirements, they do not necessarily constitute fitness for purpose. Attention is drawn to the section in this guide on the heat soak treatment of toughened glass and the strength recommendations of glass in loading and glazing codes

Standards now call for toughened laminated glass in some applications such as high level balustrades and overhead glazing. This type of glass offers the optimum in structural strength and safety in the event of breakage.

​Energy Efficient Glass

Energy efficiency, natural light, SHGC, U-Values reflectance and absorbtion.  These are just some of the glass properties key to your work and attributes that

Tailoring to your project needs

Through the use of the latest glass making technology, A Grade Glass and Aluminium are able to develop and offer glass products that can greatly improve energy management, comfort, safety, security, colour and design, and now even reduce the need for cleaning. Including double glazing, low energy glass,toughed and laminated products.

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