BIRD FRIENDLY GLASS
Architects are keen to use large glazing in the design of houses, public buildings or multi-storey commercial buildings. At the same time, buildings with large glazing have been shown to pose a threat to birds. Birds are often unable to recognise glass as an obstacle, leading to collisions. It is estimated that millions of birds die each year as a result of hitting glass.
To improve bird safety in the urban glass jungle, products known as Bird-Friendly Glass have been developed. Products in such category (e.g. printed glass, films with reflective elements, special coatings) represent a safe compromise between increasing urbanisation with large façade glazing and bird protection. Bird-Friendly Glass has special features that are recognisable to birds and at the same time blend in with the architectural elements without disturbing the aesthetics.
Regulations governing the use of bird-safe glass may vary from country to country, region to region or city to city.
|SaflexTM FlySafeTM 3D
|Position in the IGU
|1st pane (external)
|according to supplier specifications
|As an external laminated pane
The Bird-Friendly glass range is available to order. Product availability and production capabilities must be confirmed with the Sales Department prior to ordering.
* Pattern design should be provided by Customer.
Silk-screen covered or digitally printed glass can be used for both decorative and functional purposes. The partially opaque glass panes allow a controlled flow of light into the interior and the visible pattern acts as a barrier to birds, preventing them from hitting the glass.
Pattern design of silk-screen printing and digitally printed glass should be provided by Customer.
Ornilux® Mikado is a glazing process tested in cooperation with the American Bird Conservancy. The Ornilux® Mikado coating has a delicate spider-web-like appearance. Ornilux® Mikado can be used as a laminate or as part of a glazed unit in combination with low emission coatings (n34 LowE) or solar control coatings (Sunbelt A61, A71) that complement the Ornilux® Mikado glass supplier’s range. This combination ensures energy efficiency and bird protection.
Sample configuration: IGU and position of Ornilux® Mikado coating.
The range of Ornilux® Mikado glass includes panes:
Ornilux® Mikado glass is used in the following applications:
SaflexTM FlySafeTM 3D
SaflexTM FlySafeTM 3D is a special bird-friendly foil with visual elements (sequins) designed for laminated glass. The special regular arrangement of the pattern reduces the risk of birds collisions with the glazing.
SaflexTM FlySafeTM 3D should be applied as close as possible to the outer edge of the glazed façade to provide collision protection. The silver sequins on the SaflexTM FlySafeTM 3D foil should face outwards. For insulated glazed units, it is best to place the VSG pane in the outer position, directly exposed to daylight, with the silver sequins facing outwards.
SaflexTM FlySafeTM 3D can be used as the external component of a package of Double Glazing Unit (DGU) or Triple Glazing Unit (TGU) with Saflex® FlySafeTM 3D PVB film on the inside of the laminate and a solar control coating on the outside (always in position #4). SaflexTM FlySafeTM 3D foil is compatible with other foils from this manufacturer.
The SaflexTM FlySafeTM 3D glazing range includes panes:
SaflexTM FlySafeTM 3D glass is used in the following applications:
AviSafeTM is a glass with a special patterned coating that enhances the reflection of UV radiation, disrupting light reflections and thus making the glass visible to birds. In order for AviSafeTM glass to fulfil its function of protecting against bird collisions, it should be used in the first position in a glazed unit.
The AviSafeTM glazing range includes panes:
AviSafeTM glass is used in the following applications: