The Glassroom

Step inside The Glassroom— a virtual library with resources provided by the world’s largest glass manufacturer whose glass knowledge and experience is second to none. Look around and you will find volumes of invaluable articles and guides — from product-specific technical insights to topics to inspire designers, architects, and specifiers. Admission is free, spend as much time as you'd like and peruse these materials that will help you select the right glass product for your needs and simplify its specification. AGC built The Glassroom to be a productive community space where architects, designers, and specifiers can learn everything they need to know to bring their projects to life.

Below you will find a repository of valuable information designed to make the glass selection and specification process easier by providing technical insights on a wide variety of topics important to the design and specification community.

Residential: Cleaning and Care of Glass
Residential, General, clean, care

Glass is an attractive, durable material, but it too requires care to maintain its shine, transparency, and aesthetic qualities. Many people are unsure about the best ways to clean and protect it, yet in most cases, simple care is all that is required.

Residential: Improving U-Factor Benefits of Fourth Surface Low-E
Residential, General, coated, U-Factor, Low-E

U-Factor measures the rate of heat gain or heat loss due to a difference in temperature between the indoor and outdoor environments of a home. The U-Factor of a window is greatly influenced by the emissivity of the glass. The emissivity of a material is the relative power of its surface to emit heat by radiation.

Residential: How to Select the Correct Low-E Coating
Residential, Low-E, Coating

Low-E coatings are an important consideration when it comes to selecting the right kind of glass for your home. They determine most of a window’s performance characteristics, which are measured primarily through U-Factors and Solar Heat Gain Coefficients (SHGC). Depending on the coatings selected, and the part of the country in which the residence is situated, they are instrumental in keeping heating or cooling costs down.

About AGC
Residential, Commercial, General

The AGC Group is the world’s largest glass manufacturer, offering the widest range of glass products for commercial, residential and industrial applications. Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, The AGC Group leverages its industry-leading resources to develop innovative new products and to continue providing world-class service.

What is Low-Iron Glass?
Residential, Commercial, decorative, design

Low-iron glass is created by reducing the amount of iron added to the molten mixture of materials required to make float glass. Less iron in the blend results in a clearer product with a high visible light transmission. Also, the traditional greenish tint exhibited by standard processed glass is diminished.

Comparing Types of “Frosted” Glass
Residential, Commercial, General, design

Glass that has translucent or semi-opaque properties is often referred to as “frosted” glass. There are two primary ways to achieve this effect: Acid-etching & Sandblasting.

Glass Conventions and Configurations of Glass (IGUs)
Residential, Commercial, General

An insulated glass unit, or IGU, is comprised of two or more panes of flat glass – or glass “lites” - separated by a spacer material and sealed at the edges. Commonly, the end result is also known as double- or triple-glazing.

Processed Products
Residential, Commercial, General, design

A popular glass solution, created by applying one or more coatings of inorganic materials which ultimately alter the physical properties of the glass, including its solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC), emissivity, color, light transmission, and reflection. Coated glass products can be produced through two processes: Sputter or “soft” glass coatings and Acid etched glass.

All About Glass: Intro to Glass
Residential, Commercial, General, design

Flat glass is a general term that encompasses float glass, sheet glass, plate glass, and rolled glass.