Sophia Behling, Stefan Behling
Glasstec, 1999 - Architecture - 148 pages
An up-to-date, practical aid for architects, engineers, clients, and anyone interested in the field of glass technology, this publication is essential as the paths of glass and architecture have never been as intertwined in the past as they are today. The dynamic fields of glass craft and industrial high-technology are generating new architectural constructions that require highly integrated solutions. Whether sustainable buildings or complex facade systems, the prerequisites for any such developments are high-performance materials.
Glass boasts many new characteristics: high thermal performance, selective coatings, dynamic sun shielding, and active sun collecting properties. In addition to covering state-of-the-art developments presented at the "glasstec" trade fair in Dusseldorf, this volume documents recent research on glass technology performed at the University of Stuttgart. Informative, technical texts analyzing such topics as the glassmaking craft and industry, current developments in glass facades, structural glass engineering, structural experiments with glass, and innovative materials, complete the package. A useful list of the names and addresses of leading firms in this field is also included.