Glass Consultant

Who needs a Glass Consultant?

  • Architects¬† who specify window and curtainwall glass for buildings
  • Building owners who experience glass problems such as glass breakage or fogging of glass
  • Attorneys who are pursuing matters involving glass defects or glass safety
  • Manufacturers who have issues with glass quality or performance

Why are Glass Consultants needed?

Glass is a lot more complicated than it looks. Take what might seem like a simple case: A glass shower door shatters and injures the bather. Is this a simple matter? Not at all.

A glass consultant would review the installation, the parties, the glass quality, the glass fabrication quality, the hardware and the history of the shower door. Through experience and data collected, a most-likely theory is developed and presented.

What does a Glass Consultant do?

  • Utilizes professional experience and education for the benefit of clients
  • Employs testing equipment to test glass quality
  • Performs forensic investigations to determine the nature and extent of problems
  • Educates clients and other parties regarding the technical aspects of an issue
  • Renders opinions regarding causes and solutions of problems

Questions an Architect or Specifier might ask a Glass Consultant

  • What “U-factor” should I specify?
  • What glass thickness will meet wind load?
  • What are the relative costs of different glass types?
  • What SHGC (Solar Heat Gain Coefficient) is right for my building?
  • Should I specify different performance for different elevations?
  • Should I use a pyrolytic or vacuum deposition Low-E coating?
  • What surface should the Low-E coating be applied to?
  • Should I use argon or krypton in the airspace?
  • Will my insulated glass need breather tubes?
  • Should I use a single seal or dual seal insulated unit?
  • What warm edge technology is the most reliable?
  • Where should I use safety glass?
  • Should I use safety glass in areas not required by code?
  • What type of safety glass should I use?
  • Is vacuum glass technology ready for use on my building?
  • Can I incorporate dynamically dimmable glass in my new windows?
  • Is PV (photovoltaic) ready to be incorporated into my design?
  • How can I make sure my glass is hurricane resistant?

Questions a Building Owner might ask a Glass Consultant

  • My window glass is breaking. What should I do?
  • What are our options for reducing glare and fading of furniture?
  • Some of our glass is fogging up? Will the problem get worse?
  • A window washer scratched my glass. Can it be fixed?
  • My glass is showing strange discoloration. What is it and what can be done?
  • How do I know if my building has safety¬† glass in the right locations?
  • There was an explosion next door. Did it harm my glass?

Questions an Attorney might ask a Glass Consultant

  • What are the proximal causes of the glass defect or broken glass injury that took place?
  • What type of approach would be most appropriate for analyzing and reporting the glass problem?
  • What will it cost to involve a Glass Consultant in this matter?
  • Have we included all of the appropriate parties in the complaint?

Questions a window or glass manufacturer might ask a Glass Consultant

  • To what extent is my liability in the current issue?
  • Was my product installed correctly in the field?
  • Can you help me negotiate a reasonable settlement for the problem at hand?
  • What processes or procedures should I adopt to provide better product quality?

Read more…

Annealed Glass, Heat Strengthened Glass, Tempered Glass and Insulated Glass
The Lowdown on Low-E Glass

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