Composite Glass Vault Lights

Architecture, Vault Lights

Composite Concrete and Cast Iron Vault Lights

Vault Lights: The Beginning
Invented in 1845 by Thaddeus Hyatt, vault lights were initially used on ship decks to provide light below without using hazardous open flame-producing instruments. These durable glass features were later mounted in concrete or cast iron panels and installed in city sidewalks to admit light into basements and spaces below.

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Glass Block In Offices

Design, Architecture, Offices, Glass Block

The Advantages of Letting the Light Shine Through in Offices

As the demands of business change, so do office building designs. Decades ago, companies virtually “corralled” their office workers into cubicles and offices with opaque walls to deter interruption and distraction.

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Glass Block Rainscreens

Architecture, Glass Block Rainscreens, Glass Block

Glass Block, The Ideal Rainscreen

As a building material, glass block is durable, sustainable, fireproof, and an excellent insulator. The material’s transparent nature offers superior energy efficiency while admitting light and muffling most of the sound from outside. By itself, as the primary cladding for new construction, glass block’s beauty and functionality have contributed to its growth as an essential building component throughout the world.

Because of its unique inherent qualities, glass block is also important in other, less traditional applications for construction. One unique application has been the implementation of glass block is rainscreens as an effective protect for buildings from driving rain and accumulated moisture.

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Daylighting

Design, Architecture, Glass Block, Daylighting

Daylighting: The Future of Architecture

Daylighting design strategies pertain to managing the admittance of natural light in the form of direct or diffused sunlight into a home or building. With the strategic use of skylights, windows, and glass block, artificial lighting requirements can be reduced without compromising heating and cooling capability.

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