M id A tlantic Real Estate Journal — Owners, Developers & Managers — Environmental/Green Buildings — February 28 - March 12, 2020 — 9B E nvironmental /G reen B uildings The Architectural Glass Institute What you need to know about Architectural Glass Walls Systems



ver the past decade commercial interiors have migrated toward

glazier-provided systems. An The Architectural Glass Insti- tute (AGI) member glazing con- tractor has the ability to select parts and pieces from different manufacturers and design solu- tions that meet functional and aesthetic goals. AGI has prioritized education about the topic of interior glass partitions and offers resources to assist both the architect who is writing specifications without a contractor and the contractor who is supporting specifications development. Cautions and concerns ranging from installer training to cost considerations

are addressed in multiple re- sources including the INTERI- OR DEMOUNTABLE WALLS: FACTS TO KNOW sheet and the detailed INTERIOR DE- MOUNTABLE WALLS EX- PERTISE brochure. AGI also provides GUIDE SPECIFICA- TIONS for both Division 8 and Division 10 systems. AGI glazing contractors of- fer professional guidance and technical support and welcome the opportunity to partner with owners and architects early in the design process when recommendations can maximize value and price.

They collaborate with design- ers to develop, document, and fabricate custom solutions that meet aesthetic and functional goals without compromising budget. Alone or in partnership with products manufacturers, they provide meaningful in- formation for glazing decisions from cut sheets to cost analysis including Shop drawings, CSI specifications, CAD documen- tation and/or BIM integration, Sound Transmission Class (STC) acoustical test results and other current statistics. AGI affiliated companies raise the bar for glazing contractors

so owners benefit from qual- ity installations delivered on time and within budget. From rigorous training to a focus on quality, AGI glazing contrac- tors provide one source for all facets of a glass project, offering field measurements and design through fabrication, installa- tion, and maintenance. The Architectural Glass Institute provides a forum for sharing the collective expertise of the Philadel- phia region’s glazing com- munity and the educational resources of The Finishing Trades Institute. 

open floor plans, utilizing the benefits of daylighting and providing a spacious feel. How- ever, the trade-off is often the reduction of private or quiet workspaces. The use of architec- tural glass wall systems offers the best of both worlds. The growing popularity of interior glass – and tax implications of demountable partitions – have dramatically increased the use of glazing in commercial interi- ors. Glass offers visual openness with the benefits of acoustic pri- vacy, while maximizing natural light. As owners strive to in- crease building efficiency, glass partitions enable an attractive, modern look in less space than traditional walls. Glass work has long been trusted to professional glaziers due to its inherent construction challenges and fragility. Glass requires specialized equipment, safety protocol, and under- standing of the metal systems that anchor it in place and seal- ants necessary to ensure its ap- pearance and performance. Gla- ziers undergo rigorous training to learn glass best practices and jobsite safety. Traditional glazing systems are found in CSI Division 8: Doors and Windows. However, most interior demountable glass partitions are found in CSI Division 10: Furniture, Fixtures, and Equipment. Glaz- ing contractors perform work in both divisions and are a valuable resource for owners considering demountable glass partition systems. A multitude of glazing and framing options in both stick-built and unitized systems offer aesthetic variety while optimizing sustainability and functionality. Demountable systems are made of non-load-bearing, non- permanent glass partitions that can be removed when a tenant vacates a space. They can also be rearranged easily to offer a client workplace flexibility. Demountable partitions are considered a tenant’s personal property, such as furniture, qualifying for an accelerated seven-year tax depreciation versus 39 years for stick-built permanent walls. Pre-manufactured interior glass partitions – such as those provided in systems furniture packages – often do not pro- vide the same level of design flexibility as fully customized,

Professional Contractors for All Interior & Exterior Glass Applications AGI Glass Resources: Interior Glass Guide Specification Demountable Interior Glass Partition Guide Project Case Studies Devil’s Details Technical Education Series

www.theagi.org info@theagi.org 215.825.1422

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