Architectural ProductsProducts by TypeGlass & Glazing Products Focus: Glass and Glazing By Sheila Kim Keralite Select Fire-Rated GlassVetrotech Saint-Gobainvetrotechusa.comKeralite Select is a new fire-resistant glass ceramic that has a high visible- and low UV-light transmission, as well as a low haze value (at 0.5%) and high color-rendering index (at R96a), compared to similar products, making it comparable to float glass in quality, clarity, and color. Available in two thicknesses—3/16” and 5/16”—it provides fire ratings ranging from 20 to 180 minutes.LC Privacy GlassInnovative Glass Corp.innovativeglasscorp.com LC Privacy Glass uses a film with scattered liquid crystals that create a frosted appearance; when voltage is applied, the crystals align to render the glass transparent. Now liquid crystal–switchable glass is clearer and available in larger sizes, making it more acceptable in commercial designs—such as this New York office by Ted Moudis Associates—and it changes transparency instantaneously.SunGuard SNX 51/23Guardiansunguardglass.comDeveloped to meet stringent energy codes, SunGuard SNX 51/23 architectural glass uses a triple silver-layer technology to generate a solar heat gain coefficient of .25 and low reflectivity, while allowing 51% visible light transmission. With a slightly more neutral blue tone, it is offered in six of the company's float-glass substrates, such as clear, UltraWhite low-iron, CrystalGray, and green.Solarban z75PPG Industriesppgideascapes.comThis latest introduction to the Solarban low-E glass line possesses a cool-gray tint, offering architects a new color option to work with in glazed building designs while aiming to meet LEED V4 energy standards. Shown on a building in South Korea by SD Architecture Partners, z75 has a visible light transmittance of 48% and solar heat gain coefficient of 0.24, making it ideal for commercial buildings that require higher cooling loads.View Dynamic GlassViewviewglass.comRecently installed at the Henderson Architectural Group–designed Clovis Community Medical Center in California, View Dynamic Glass uses an electrochromic coating on the float-glass surface to transition among four tints. The glass—ideal for reducing solar heat gain and glare—can be specified for control via wall switches only or switches and a mobile application, and can also be programmed to adapt automatically.Kova for Bendheim CollectionBendheimbendheim.comKova Textiles has collaborated with Bendheim to offer four of its fabric patterns sandwiched in safety-laminated glass. Constructed from vinyl-coated polyester yarn, the woven textiles feature degrees of openness for different levels of privacy while still allowing light to filter through when used as interior walls, partitions, doors, and balustrades. The panels measure 60” wide x 120” high x ¼” thick, and can also improve sound attenuation. June 16, 2014 The latest high-performing and smart-glass products are improving views, occupant comfort, and safety, while helping buildings meet energy goals. Share This Story Former RECORD editor Sheila Kim is a Brooklyn-based journalist who writes about commercial and residential architecture, interior design, and products. Post a comment to this article Name* E-mail (will not be displayed)* Subject Comment* Report Abusive Comment Thank you for helping us to improve our forums. Is this comment offensive? Please tell us why.