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It would be difficult to find a material that matches the popularity of glass among engineers and architects. The great importance that glass has attained compared to other materials is associated with its ability to transmit light and to provide a transparent environment. Using this transparent environment and capturing the warmth and brightness of the sun inside a building was a major problem up to the beginning of the twentieth century. In the first half of the twentieth century, due to introduction of new materials to the building industry, such as steel and concrete, as well as more complex structural solutions, integration of glass into the building envelope was made increasingly possible and changed its position from small openings in the façade to considerably large surfaces covering most of the building envelope. In this chapter a brief history of utilization of glass into the building exterior systems is presented. Also different architectural glazing systems that are currently being used are introduced and described.
KeywordsBuilding Envelope Glass Panel Wall System Floor Slab Glass Pane
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