Seismic Earthquakes

What is Seismic Glass?
Laminated glass performs very well in seismic applications because the plastic interlayer holds most of the glass fragments following cracking, which significantly reduces the potential of glass falling to the ground. In addition, the complete glass unit tends to be retained in the frame.

Where should I use it?
Earthquake-resistant glass should be used in all fenestration in seismic-prone areas. Applications include storefronts, curtain walls and other commercial glazing.

Seismic Earthquakes

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Seismic Earthquakes Characteristics

The following constructions of laminated glass are most commonly specified in earthquake-prone regions. As with all laminated glazing, the glass can be supplied tinted or reflective for light and solar control purposes. The lites of glass can be either annealed or heat-strengthened. Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope™ does not recommend tempered glass be laminated for seismic applications because of “wet blanket” fallout concerns.

When insulating glass is required for thermal performance in earthquake-prone regions, Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope™ recommends that both lites of the IG unit be laminated to provide maximum glass retention both inside and outside the building envelope.

Construction Thickness Weight
Designation Glass - PVB - Glass inches mm lbs/ft2 kg/m2
110100 1/8"–0.060"–1/8" 5/16 8 3.58 17.5
110110 3/16"–0.060"–3/16" 7/16 11 5.21 25.4
110120 1/4"–0.060"–1/4" 9/16 14 6.83 33.3

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Seismic Earthquakes Desciption

Two major factors need to be examined in any consideration of earthquake-induced glass damage:
• How the glass system performs and responds to racking-type earthquake-induced building deflections such as interstory drift;
• How the glass performs after it has been cracked by frame movements.
The frame is, therefore, an integral part of an earthquake-resistant glazing system. Frames prone to racking during earthquake-induced building movements can cause glass components to crack, and, for some types of glass, to fall in fragments.

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Laminated Glass Colors

Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope® offers a comprehensive line of laminated glazing solutions including security glazing. The glass types listed below are included in the Laminated Glass offering. Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope® offers a variety of glass products to meet your architectural glazing design needs. Please contact Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope® for product availability and performance data as this information is subject to change without notice.

Laminated architectural glass can be fabricated using various glass types, including low-e, clear, low-iron, tinted, reflective, patterned or wired glass to achieve desired aesthetics or to improve solar control and thermal performance. Mass pigmented and decorative interlayers can also be use to provide a wide range of effects.

For monolithic, laminated or insulating glass unit performance data, please go to GlasSelect®, our on-line glass performance calculator. For a brief tutorial on how to use GlasSelect®, please click on How to Use GlasSelect® Demo.

The tables below include a selection of the most common colors available. For full details of the decorative interlayers including Vanceva® Color, Pattern, Metallic and Image see the decorative section

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Clear Glass Products
Laminated 1/8" Clear - 0.030" Clear PVB - 1/8" Clear
Laminated 1/8" Clear - 0.060" Clear PVB - 1/8" Clear
Laminated 1/8" Clear - 0.090" Clear PVB - 1/8" Clear
Laminated 1/8” Clear - 0.035” SentryGlas® - 1/8” Clear
Laminated 1/8” Clear - 0.060” SentryGlas® - 1/8” Clear
Laminated 1/8” Clear - 0.090” SentryGlas® - 1/8” Clear
Laminated 1/8" Clear - 0.100" Saflex® HP Clear PVB - 1/8" Clear
Laminated 1/8" Clear - 0.075" StormGlass™ - 1/8" Clear
Laminated 3/16" Clear - 0.030" Clear PVB - 3/16" Clear
Laminated 3/16" Clear - 0.060" Clear PVB - 3/16" Clear
Laminated 3/16" Clear - 0.090" Clear PVB - 3/16" Clear
Laminated 3/16” Clear - 0.035” SentryGlas® - 3/16” Clear
Laminated 3/16” Clear - 0.060” SentryGlas® - 3/16” Clear
Laminated 3/16” Clear - 0.090” SentryGlas® - 3/16” Clear
Laminated 3/16" Clear - 0.100" Saflex® HP Clear PVB - 3/16" Clear
Laminated 3/16" Clear - 0.075" StormGlass™ - 3/16" Clear
Laminated 1/4" Clear - 0.030" Clear PVB - 1/4" Clear
Laminated 1/4" Clear - 0.060" Clear PVB - 1/4" Clear
Laminated 1/4" Clear - 0.090" Clear PVB - 1/4" Clear
Laminated 1/4” Clear - 0.035” SentryGlas® - 1/4” Clear
Laminated 1/4” Clear - 0.060” SentryGlas® - 1/4” Clear
Laminated 1/4” Clear - 0.090” SentryGlas® - 1/4” Clear
Laminated 1/4" Clear - 0.100" Saflex® HP Clear PVB - 1/4" Clear
Laminated 1/4" Clear - 0.075" StormGlass™ - 1/4" Clear

 

White Glass Products
Laminated 1/8" Clear - 0.015" Vanceva® Polar White (220700) PVB + 0.015" Saflex® Clear PVB - 1/8" Clear
Laminated 1/8" Clear - 0.030" Vanceva® Arctic Snow (216500) White PVB - 1/8" Clear
Laminated 1/8" Clear - 0.030" Vanceva® Cool White (218000) PVB - 1/8" Clear
Laminated 1/8" Clear - 0.030" Butacite® Translucent White (2165) White PVB - 1/8" Clear
Laminated 1/8" Clear - 0.030" Butacite® Soft White (2180) White PVB - 1/8" Clear

 

Grey Glass Products
Tint
Laminated 1/8" Clear - 0.030" Saflex® Medium Gray (654400) PVB - 1/8" Clear
Laminated 1/8" Clear - 0.015" Vanceva® Evening Shadow (835000) PVB + 0.015" Saflex® Clear PVB - 1/8" Clear
Laminated 1/8" Clear - 0.015" Vanceva® Smoke Gray (837800) PVB + 0.015" Saflex® Clear PVB - 1/8" Clear
Laminated 1/8" Clear - 0.030" Butacite® Gray (6544) PVB - 1/8" Clear
Laminated 1/8" Gray - 0.060" Clear PVB - 1/8" Clear
Laminated 1/8" Gray - 0.060" Clear PVB - 1/8" Gray
Laminated 3/16" Gray - 0.060" Clear PVB - 3/16" Clear
Laminated 3/16" Gray - 0.060" Clear PVB - 3/16" Gray
Laminated 1/4" Gray - 0.060" Clear PVB - 1/4" Clear
Laminated 1/4" Guardian MidnightGray™ High Performance Tint - 0.060” Clear PVB - 1/4" Clear
Laminated 1/4" Pilkington SuperGrey™ High Performance Tint - 0.060" Clear PVB - 1/4" Clear
Laminated 1/4" Vitro Graylite® II High Performance Tint - 0.060" Clear PVB - 1/4" Clear
Reflective
Laminated 1/4" Vitro Solarcool® Gray Reflective #2 - 0.060" Clear PVB - 1/4" Clear
Laminated 1/4" Vitro Solarcool® Graylite® Reflective #2 - 0.060" Clear PVB - 1/4" Clear

 

Bronze Glass Products
Tint
Laminated 1/8" Clear - 0.030" Saflex® Light Bronze (645200) PVB - 1/8" Clear
Laminated 1/8" Clear - 0.030" Butacite® Bronze (6452) PVB - 1/8" Clear
Laminated 1/8" Bronze - 0.060" Clear PVB - 1/8" Clear
Laminated 1/8" Bronze - 0.060" Clear PVB - 1/8" Bronze
Laminated 3/16" Bronze - 0.060" Clear PVB - 3/16" Clear
Laminated 3/16" Bronze - 0.060" Clear PVB - 3/16" Bronze
Laminated 1/4" Bronze - 0.060" Clear PVB - 1/4" Clear
Reflective
Laminated 1/4" Vitro Solarcool® Bronze Reflective #2 - 0.060" Clear PVB - 1/4" Clear

 

Green Glass Products
Tint
Laminated 1/8" Green - 0.060" Clear PVB - 1/8" Clear
Laminated 1/8" Green - 0.060" Clear PVB - 1/8" Green
Laminated 3/16" Green - 0.060" Clear PVB - 3/16" Clear
Laminated 3/16" Green - 0.060" Clear PVB - 3/16" Green
Laminated 1/4" Green - 0.060" Clear PVB - 1/4" Clear
Laminated 1/4" Guardian TwilightGreen™ High Performance Tint - 0.060" Clear PVB - 1/4" Clear
Laminated 1/4" Pilkington EverGreen™ High Performance Tint - 0.060" Clear PVB - 1/4" Clear
Laminated 1/4" Vitro Atlantica® High Performance Tint - 0.060" Clear PVB - 1/4" Clear
Reflective
Laminated 1/4" Vitro Solarcool® Solexia® Reflective #2 - 0.060" Saflex® Clear PVB - 1/4" Clear
Laminated 1/4" Vitro Vistacool® Atlantica® Reflective #2 - 0.060" Clear PVB - 1/4" Clear

 

Blue-Green Glass Products
Tint
Laminated 1/8" Clear - 0.030" Saflex® Medium Blue-Green (377300) PVB - 1/8" Clear
Laminated 1/8" Clear - 0.030" Butacite® Light Blue-Green (3773) PVB - 1/8" Clear
Laminated 1/4" Pilkington Optifloat™ Blue-Green Tint - 0.060" Clear PVB - 1/4" Clear
Laminated 1/4" Vitro Azuria® High Performance Tint - 0.060" Clear PVB - 1/4" Clear
Reflective
Laminated 1/4" Vitro Solarcool® Azuria® (2) - 0.060" Clear PVB - 1/4" Clear

 

Blue Glass Products
Tint
Laminated 1/8" Clear - 0.015" Vanceva® Aquamarine (827800) PVB + 0.015" Saflex® Clear PVB - 1/8" Clear
Laminated 1/8" Clear - 0.015" Vanceva® Sapphire (825000) PVB + 0.015" Saflex® Clear PVB - 1/8" Clear
Laminated 1/8" Clear - 0.015" Vanceva® True Blue (841400) PVB + 0.015" Saflex® Clear PVB - 1/8" Clear
Laminated 1/4" Pilkington Arctic Blue™ - 0.060" Clear PVB - 1/4" Clear
Laminated 1/4" Vitro Solarblue® - 0.060" Clear PVB - 1/4" Clear
Laminated 1/4" Vitro Pacifica® High Performance Tint - 0.060" Clear PVB - 1/4" Clear
Reflective
Laminated 1/4" Vitro Solarcool® Pacifica® Reflective #2 - 0.060" Clear PVB - 1/4" Clear
Laminated 1/4" Vitro Solarcool® Solarblue®Reflective #2 - 0.060" Clear PVB - 1/4" Clear
Laminated 1/4" Vitro Vistacool® Pacifica®Reflective #2 - 0.060" Clear PVB - 1/4" Clear

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