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Spandrels

Introduction

Spandrel glazing is often used for curtain wall applications in combination with vision glazing. Spandrel is opaque or near opaque glazing set in the façade which can hide floor and ceiling structural elements, mask viewing of equipment, piping and electrical or serve as an accent for individualization or aesthetics of the building.
 

Spandrel glazing can be designed to closely “match” with the vision glazing, giving the appearance of continuous flow of the design. This is typically done by selecting the same glass for the outboard glazing combined with an inner glazing capable of adding the proper level of visible masking.
 

Spandrels can alternatively be designed to provide a contrast to the vision glazing and add emphasis to the façade.

 

See also the section “curtain wall”

Which products fit in?

Eastman has experience with multiple interlayer products being used in the design of glazing for spandrel:

  • Saflex Clear is the conventional PVB interlayer that can be used for:
    • ​​Safety: in case of glass breakage from human or accidental impact, the shards of broken glass will remain adhered to the interlayer providing a reduction in cutting or piercing injuries.  With properly glazed laminated glass in a framing system, fall through protection may also be provided.
    • Storms:  laminated glass with adequate interlayer thickness is capable of thwarting wind-borne debris from penetrating the façade and subsequently allowing destructive internal pressurization in severe windstorms such as tropical cyclones, hurricane.   The ability of the interlayer to contain the glass shards after breakage has been demonstrated to contribute to enhanced glass retention during seismic activities as well.
    • Security: a laminated glass configuration can be designed to provide a sufficient level of protection against man-made, intentional attacks including vandalism and burglary, explosion resistance and ballistic assault.

 

  • Saflex Acoustic PVB interlayer is an engineered tri-layer interlayer that provides enhanced sound damping between 1000 – 4000 Hertz (Hz) as compared to conventional PVB interlayer.   The enhanced performance may allow the glazing construction to be designed using less air space and/or thinner glass to achieve the same sound reduction rating versus conventional and historic practices.
     

  • Saflex Solar is a solar absorbing PVB interlayer that brings improved solar control by reducing solar heat gain versus clear and conventional laminated glass without coatings.  Saflex Solar can also be incorporated into single unit laminated glass with low-emissivity hard coatings or into insulating glass units (IGU) with or without low-emissivity glasses. Saflex Solar may be an effective product for reducing solar heat transfer deeper into a building and may aid in the reduction of glare. 
     

  • Vanceva® Earth Tones collection and Vanceva Colors interlayers bring forth the possibility of using a large range of color in a façade or as interior glazing.  Vanceva color interlayers permit the design of lower transmittance or intense colors without having to increase glass thickness. Since the color is added to the laminate using the Vanceva interlayers, delays waiting for colored glass campaigns or ordering large quantities of custom colored glass can be eliminated. Both products provide the flexibility to customize or modify and improve the aesthetic of the façade.
     

  • Saflex Structural PVB interlayer can be used in laminated glass configurations targeted for floors, stairs, fins, balustrades, guards and canopies.
     

  • Saflex High Protection (HP) and Saflex Storm interlayers can be used when enhanced protection from tropical cyclones, typhoons and hurricane force winds with windborne debris are needed.
     

The various types of Saflex and Vanceva interlayers mentioned above can be combined between two pieces of glass or in the same glazing configuration to improve the overall performance of the glazing system and contribute to the optimum performance of the spandrel.

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