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GlasPro Expands Bird Safe Glass Line
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GlasPro Expands Bird Safe Glass Line to Satisfy Growing Demand for Bird-Friendly Solutions
GlasPro, Inc., announced the expansion of its Bird Safe glass line with 12 new solutions. GlasPro now offers more highly-effective bird-friendly products to satisfy emerging building standards designed to prevent bird collisions with glass.
Collisions with glass claim the lives of millions of birds every year.
The Bird Safe glass line includes ultraviolet reflective, ceramic frit, and acid-etched pattern glass which meet the industry standard 2 x 4 rule for preventing bird collisions or are highly-ranked by the American Bird Conservancy (ABC). “Our highly-transparent, ultraviolet reflective pattern glass is an effective and popular solution,” said S. Joseph Green, President, GlasPro. “With the increase in the number of cities adopting bird-friendly building standards, our customers want additional budget and architectural glass options. Our new acid-etched and ceramic frit patterns offer the variety needed for any projects requiring bird-friendly glass. And, with fabrication facilities in California, we can deliver Bird Safe glass when our customers need it.”
Collisions with glass claim the lives of millions of birds every year. GlasPro Bird-Safe Ultraviolet Reflective, a bird-friendly glass with ultraviolet reflective patterns can help prevent bird-window collisions while being highly-transparent to the human eye.
GlasPro Bird Safe glass is approved by the American Bird Conservancy (ABC). ABC uses Threat Factors (TFs) to indicate the relative ability of materials to reduce collisions. Products with lower TFs are considered more effective at preventing collisions. A TF of 30 should reduce collisions by at least 50 percent and is ABC’s upper threshold for categorizing materials as bird friendly. GlasPro Bird Safe UV glass was tunnel tested by the ABC. Our glass earned a Threat Factor of 21, exceeding the minimum standard for effective bird collision deterrent materials.
Ultraviolet Reflective Pattern
Birds are unable to pick up clues that windows are present and frequently don’t survive impact. Fortunately, birds have a broader spectrum of vision than people and can see colors that are part of the ultraviolet spectrum, giving them better visual acuity than people. This is where Bird Safe ultraviolet reflective patterns can help prevent bird collisions– while being highly transparent to the human eye.
With an ABC Avoidance Index (AI) of 79 percent, the ultraviolet reflective pattern glass significantly exceeds their minimum standard for effective bird collision deterrent materials of 70 percent. Under sunny conditions the product’s AI is 84 percent which is considered highly-effective. Bird Safe ultraviolet reflective glass also improves energy efficiency, meets safety standards and maintains the human visual experience with its high transparency.
Ceramic Frit Pattern
GlasPro’s frit pattern glass is a long-lasting solution that blends bird-friendly function with performance and aesthetics. This cost-effective glass can reduce the transmission of light and heat while providing design detail on a building.
The Bird Safe Frit patterns include:
1) white ceramic dots covering 20 percent of the glass
2) 1/8” vertical lines on the outermost surface, and
3) 1/8” horizontal lines on the outermost surface. The line and dot patterns comply with the bird-friendly 2 x 4 rule.
The 2 x 4 rule describes the distance between elements making up a pattern applied to glass for the purpose of preventing bird strikes. To be effective, the pattern must uniformly cover the entire window and consist of elements of any shape (lines, dots, other geometric figures) separated by no more than two inches if oriented in horizontal rows, or four inches if oriented in vertical columns. All GlasPro Bird Safe products are made with high quality ANZI z97.1 safety glass and can be combined with high-performance Low-E glass.
Example of Bird Safe Ceramic Frit Pattern – vertical line pattern
GlasPro is a sales and fabrication partner of Walker AviProtek®. Walker AviProtek is a bird-friendly solution designed with acid-etched patterns located on the outside surface allowing birds to see the glass and avoid collision. GlasPro offers nine first surface solutions that include vertical line pattern, horizontal line pattern, curved/organic line pattern, and six dot patterns.
Find more information about GlasPro Bird Safe at www.glas-pro.com/bird-safe-glass
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Example of Bird Safe Acid-Etched Pattern – Organic
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