March 5, 2020 6:00pm / Houston, TX
Glass as a building material has a long history. However, it is a brittle material that can break suddenly and often without warning. While the building code recognizes these important material and performance characteristics, the variability and frequency of its use in facades can lead to conditions that, while currently code compliant, invite unnecessary risk. In this presentation, we will explore the basic properties of various glass types used in contemporary building applications and discuss strategies for minimizing risks due to glass breakage in the design of new buildings and for recognizing and managing risks in existing buildings.