Over the past few decades, the use of glass and glazing on our high-rise buildings has increased dramatically. More recently, as a result of increased industry recognition of the importance of energy efficiency, the trend is towards more energy-efficient glazing systems. However, there are instances of implementation of new technology that have resulted in premature and costly failures. Several case studies will be used to show and explain the variety of problems that can occur with glass and glazing after installation and will offer designers risk-reduction recommendations to avoid the most common causes of failures.
This paper was presented at the 2015 RCI International Convention and Trade Show.