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Laminated Glass

Light and Solar Control


Introduction

Laminated architectural glass may be designed UV Control


to reduce solar energy transmittance, control glare Approximately 2% of the total solar radiation
and screen out ultraviolet (UV) radiation. comprises ultraviolet light (wavelengths of
Transmitted solar energy is reduced by the use 290380 nm). This UV radiation can cause
of tinted or coated glass, colored interlayers, or degradation of dyes, pigments and polymers,
combinations of each that absorb part of the solar resulting in decomposition of unprotected plastics
radiation in the ultraviolet, visible and near- and fading of carpets, drapes, art and other
infrared ranges. The absorbed energy is converted interior fixtures. Laminated glass is essentially
to heat, and a large portion is dissipated to opaque to UV radiation and is stable over time.
the exterior. Greater than 99% of UV radiation with a wave-
length of less than 380 nm is absorbed, even with
Laminated glass can be manufactured using an 0.030" interlayer.
almost all the full range of tinted, reflective and
Low-E glasses currently available. In addition, a Thickness of
range of tinted PVB is available. To produce very Clear No Saflex
Saflex in 1/4" 1/4" clear 0.015" 0.030" 0.060"
dark colors with glass, it is often necessary to use (6 mm) clear glass Float Glass (0.38 mm) (0.76 mm) (1.52 mm)
very thick and heavy glass. By using tinted
% UV energy blocked
interlayers, improved light and solar control can of total incident 29 99 over 99 over 99
be achieved without increasing the overall glass energy 290 nm380 nm
thickness. Laminated architectural glass can be wavelengths
combined into insulating glass units for greater Calculation of UV screening performance is based upon integration of
thermal performance. transmission curves from 290nm380nm.

380

100

1/4" Laminated Glass with 0.060" 90 UV Radiation Screened (%)

1/4" Laminated Glass with 0.030" 80

1/4" Laminated Glass with 0.015" 70

1/4" Clear Glass* 60

50

40

30

20

10

300 310 320 330 340 350 360 370 380 390 400 410

Wavelength (nanometers)

Upper lines show 1/4" laminated glass with 0.060", 0.030" and 0.015" PVB (1.52 mm, 0.76 mm and 0.38 mm). (continued on back)
The lower line shows the transmission of 1/4" clear glass.

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Introduction (continued)

Damage to interior fabrics and furnishings is photoreceptors in plants typically absorb radiation
caused by a number of factors. These include in the visible light wavelengths of 450 nm, 660 nm
UV radiation, visible light radiation, oxygen, and 730 nm. Laminated glass does not significantly
moisture, elevated temperatures and air block transmitted light in these wavelengths.
pollutants. Not all of these factors can be
eliminated; however, minimizing one of the Thermal Stress
major sources of deterioration significantly slows When considering using tinted annealed
the process. laminated glass for solar control, it is important
to consider thermal stress.
The screening of UV radiation has no adverse
effect on plant life. This is because the (See Black Design Criteria Tab.)

Capabilities

Oldcastle Glass offers a full range of laminated Color Stability


products to control light and solar energy. The Extensive testing has been carried out on the
following table indicates a selection of the hue stability of pigmented PVB interlayers. This
performances that can be achieved using clear testing, which includes natural and accelerated
glass. A complete range of laminated solar control exposure, shows that there is no adverse color shift
glasses complete with tinted and reflective glass (yellowing or otherwise). Three-year exposure in
can be found at www.oldcastleglass.com using the Arizona sun showed color shifts below the
GlasSelect program. For the solar performance threshold of normal vision detection.
for the Vanceva range of laminated glass
products please (see page 41).

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Capabilities (continued)

Saflex Laminated Glass Light and Solar Control Characteristics (1)


Solar Visible Light Visible U-Value
Trans.(3) Trans.(3) Refl.(3) Winter RHG(3)
(3) (3)
Description (2) % % % SC SHGC BTU/hr-ft2-F BTU/hr-ft2
0.015" Clear Saflex 73 89 8 0.91 0.78 1.07 197
0.030" Clear Saflex 72 88 8 0.90 0.77 1.06 194
0.045" Clear Saflex 69 88 8 0.88 0.75 1.05 190
0.060" Clear Saflex 70 88 8 0.88 0.76 1.04 190
0.090" Clear Saflex 67 88 8 0.86 0.74 1.02 185
0.100" Clear Saflex HP 66 87 8 0.85 0.73 1.01 184
0.075" StormGlass 70 87 9 0.88 0.76 1.03 190
0828 Blue-gray 37 30 5 0.62 0.53 1.07 139
0855 Light Blue-gray 51 52 6 0.73 0.62 1.07 160
3609 Dark Neutral Brown 15 9 5 0.44 0.38 1.07 103
3628 Neutral Medium Brown 32 29 5 0.58 0.50 1.07 131
3655 Neutral Light Brown 52 56 6 0.73 0.63 1.07 162
3773 Blue-green 63 71 7 0.83 0.71 1.07 180
5538 Light Bronze 40 38 5 0.64 0.55 1.06 142
5558 Light Bronze 50 52 6 0.72 0.62 1.07 183
6376 Cool Blue 65 74 7 0.84 0.72 1.07 183
6428 Medium Bronze 34 28 5 0.59 0.51 1.07 134
6452 Light Bronze 51 53 6 0.73 0.63 1.07 161
6544 Gray 47 42 5 0.70 0.60 1.07 154
7558 Sky Blue 57 53 6 0.78 0.67 1.07 171

Information provided by Solutia Inc. The data and information set forth above are based on samples tested and are not guaranteed for all samples or
applications. All data calculated using Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory Window 4.1 Program; NFRC/ASHRAE Conditions; center of glass values; Illuminant D65,
10 Degree Observer.

(1) Laminates constructed with 0.125 inch (3 mm) clear glass - Solutia interlayer - 0.125 inch (3 mm) clear glass.
(2) Description indicates the thickness of clear interlayer, or the reference number of tinted interlayer. Tinted laminates composed of 0.015 inch (0.38 mm) Solutia
Interlayer, except 5538 Light Bronze which is 0.030 inch (0.76 mm).
(3) Trans.-Transmittance, Refl.-Reflectance, SC-Shading Coefficient, SHGC-Solar Heat Gain Coefficient, RHG-Relative Heat Gain.
For definition of terms, see Section 18 page 13-14.
Saflex is a registered trademark of Solutia Inc.

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Additional Important Information

Design Criteria Contact Us


Details on the following important topics can be For any additional information, including details,
found in the Black Design Criteria Tab: Glazing technical data, specifications, technical assistance
Instructions, Thermal Stress, Deflection, Glass and samples, or to speak with an architectural
Design Loads, Glass Thickness Selection, specialist, call 1-866-OLDCASTLE(653-2278).
Spontaneous Breakage of Tempered Glass,
Roller Wave Distortion in Heat-treated Glass, Visit Us on the Web
Mock-ups and Warranties. Log on to www.oldcastleglass.com for project
photos, product colors, general inquiries and
Specifications project assistance.
A sample Section 08800 Specification for North
America can be found in the Black Specifications To view performance data on a wide range of
Tab. Information specific to two-ply (two lites of glass makeups, or to build your own product
glass) laminated glass can be found in Part 2 specification, log on to www.oldcastleglass.com
Products, 2.02 Materials. and choose GlasSelect.

For specifications on other laminated glass


makeups, call 1-866-OLDCASTLE(653-2278)
or log on to www.oldcastleglass.com and click on
Need Assistance with a Project, click on
General Inquiry and enter your request.

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