How to Select and Install Glass in Buildings According to AS 1288 2006
Glass is a versatile and attractive material that can be used for various applications in buildings, such as windows, doors, balustrades, overhead glazing, and glass assemblies. However, glass also has some inherent risks, such as breakage due to wind loading, human impact, or thermal stress. Therefore, it is important to follow the appropriate procedures for the design, selection and installation of glass in buildings, as specified by the Australian Standard AS 1288 2006.
AS 1288 2006 is a comprehensive standard that sets out the requirements for glass in buildings, subject to different loading conditions and special applications. It covers the following aspects:
Glass types and properties
Glass strength and design
Glass selection based on wind loading, human impact, and special applications
Glass installation methods and practices
Glass marking and labelling
The standard also provides guidance for installation practice, based on proven techniques, and includes informative appendices on topics such as glass performance data, glass deflection limits, glass edge types, glazing sealants, and glazing systems.
By following the procedures and recommendations of AS 1288 2006, you can ensure that your glass installation is safe, durable, and compliant with the relevant building codes and regulations. You can also avoid potential problems such as glass failure, injury, property damage, or legal liability.
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Glass Types and Properties
AS 1288 2006 classifies glass into four main types: annealed glass, toughened glass, laminated glass, and insulating glass units. Each type has different properties and characteristics that affect its performance and suitability for different applications.
Annealed glass is the basic form of glass that is produced by cooling molten glass slowly. It has low strength and high thermal expansion, which makes it susceptible to thermal stress and breakage. Annealed glass can be further processed into other types of glass, such as toughened or laminated glass.
Toughened glass is annealed glass that has been subjected to a controlled heating and cooling process that increases its strength and resistance to thermal stress. It is also known as tempered glass or safety glass. When toughened glass breaks, it shatters into small, harmless fragments that reduce the risk of injury. Toughened glass is suitable for applications where high strength, safety, or thermal resistance is required, such as doors, balustrades, or overhead glazing.
Laminated glass is composed of two or more layers of annealed or toughened glass that are bonded together with an interlayer of plastic or resin. The interlayer holds the glass together in case of breakage and provides additional benefits such as sound insulation, UV protection, or security. Laminated glass is suitable for applications where safety, security, or noise reduction is required, such as windows, skylights, or glass assemblies.
Insulating glass units are composed of two or more panes of annealed or toughened glass that are separated by a sealed air space. The air space provides thermal insulation and reduces heat transfer and condensation. Insulating glass units are suitable for applications where energy efficiency or climate control is required, such as buildings with high heating or cooling demands. 061ffe29dd