Understanding Bird-Friendly Glass

Did you know that up to a billion birds are killed each year in the United States because they collide with glass windows and doors?

Research from the American Bird Conservancy shows that 20 to 50 birds die each year from colliding with a single building, and two to three die from colliding with a home.Today, one-third of migratory bird species are on the verge of becoming endangered.

What is happening?

According to the American Bird Conservancy, windows are the third leading cause of bird population decline, trailing only loss of habitat and competition with invasive species. The problem is that birds misinterpret the reflection of trees, grass, water, and sky in glass and fly into it, often resulting in injury or death.

The desire to prevent bird-glass collisions is increasing, translating into cities such as San Francisco and Toronto enacting bird-friendly building codes to reduce the hazards the built environment can have on the lifespan of birds.

How is the glass industry responding?

To prevent bird collisions, glass must provide visual cues, signaling to the bird that there is a barrier to be avoided. Some traditional methods for preventing bird collisions include patterned glass or external window screens and shades. Although these methods are effective at reducing the number of bird collisions, they have their limitations and can’t offer architects design flexibility when specifying glazing solutions.

A relatively new option is Suntuitive Glass by Pleotint, the first and only dynamic glass to receive a bird-friendly label from the American Bird Conservancy after extensive testing in controlled conditions. The self-tinting glass can not only improve energy efficiency and daylighting in a home or office, but it also can improve aesthetics by not obstructing views of the outside world with visible glass patterns. Suntuitive Glass also meets the requirements for LEED Pilot Credit 55: Bird Collision Deterrence, which recognizes creatively designed buildings that deter bird collisions.

With the advancements being made, the glass industry is showing that bird-friendly glass can work hand-in-hand with sustainable design.

To learn more about bird-friendly design, visit www.BirdSmartGlass.org. For more information on self-tinting Suntuitive Glass and its bird-friendly properties, please visit www.Suntuitive.com.

600450 Understanding Bird-Friendly Glass glassonweb.com

See more news about:

Others also read

Vitro Architectural Glass (formerly PPG Glass) has launched an online guide to help architects understand how their projects can earn LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) credits when they use products by Vitro Glass.
The North American Contractor Certification (NACC) program is pleased to announce that it will host its first industry webinar for technical discussion at 2:00PM EST on June 28th, 2017.
Wingate Partners, a Dallas, Texas based investment firm, announced today that it has partnered with CEO Tim Curran and management to acquire Binswanger Glass, headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee.
The Synseal Group has today acquired the Domestic IGU manufacturing assets of Euroview Manufacturing Limited – trading as Village Glass.
Leading international building envelope and major façade specialist the Lakesmere Group has announced a structured management buy-out (MBO) of the company by its executive management team.
The Carlyle Group Enters Into Exclusive Discussions with Astorg To Acquire A Majority Stake In Saverglass, a High-End Producer Of Bottles And Carafes For The Premium Spirit, Fine Wine And Perfume Markets    Global alternative asset manager, The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ:CG) today announces it has entered into exclusive discussions with Astorg to acquire a majority controlling stake in high-end glass packaging manufacturer Saverglass, alongside the Management.Headquartered in Feuquières (Oise, France), Saverglass designs, manufactures and decorates premium glass packaging for high-end Wines and Spirits.

Add new comment