Posted by: Advanced Glazings Ltd. | October 29, 2018

Lions and tigers and amazing architecture…oh my!

The healing benefits of daylighting are proven on humans who recover faster with fewer complications given well daylit environments in healthcare facilities …so why wouldn’t they provide the same benefits to animals? This question was influential when Diamond Schmitt Architects of Toronto, Canada in partnership with DesignLeveL Inc. started designing the Toronto Zoo’s $19.1 million state-of-the-art Wildlife Health Centre.

With more than 5,000 procedures completed each year on more than 450 animals of all species, shapes and sizes, it was paramount that the facility be designed to provide the optimal work and recovery space for wildlife healthcare workers and their patients.

The end result is an impressive 50,000 square foot facility that is the first of its kind in Canada.

“We were honoured to have our SOLERA product used in this remarkable facility. When we started Advanced Glazings Ltd two decades ago, we had a clear vision to offer an energy efficient source of daylight to customers around the globe. The benefits of daylight include enhanced mood, better focus, and increased energy. These same principles apply to this project and are proving to offer an optimal healing atmosphere for the zoo’s patients,” shares AGL Founder, Doug Milburn.

The zoo’s patients, which range from small reptiles to large bears, will benefit from having plenty of daylight thanks to Advanced Glazings Ltd.’s (SOLERA T-R5) windows.

Some of the Wildlife Health Centre’s unique features include:

• Intentional focus on bringing full spectrum natural light as deeply into the circulation and treatment areas.
• a viewing gallery, where visitors can watch veterinarians and healthcare workers care for their patients
• sustainable construction techniques
• green roof
• bird friendly gazing
• insulated foundation walls
• heat recovery systems
• and more

To learn more about Advanced Glazing’s products, connect with Advanced Glazings. We would love to chat more about how daylighting can enhance your next project!

Posted by: Advanced Glazings Ltd. | September 21, 2018

Dancing in the Light

Maintaining the integrity of a century old, 10-storey historic property while undergoing a rehabilitation and expansion is no easy feat. Now, add the challenge of maximizing daylight and honouring the artistry of Canada’s premier dance facility—Espace Danse at the Wilder Building in Montreal, Canada. Architects Lapointe Magne and Associates and Aedifica’s end work is a unique and whimsical masterpiece.

At Advanced Glazing Ltd, we were thrilled that our SOLERA product line was chosen as one of core materials used in this project. Parts of the academies have no artificial light, so controlling the density of daylight was critical. SOLERA helped achieve this while also improving the thermal performance of the building, attaining a silver certificate in energy efficiency.


“Unique patterns were used through a fired-on silk screening method over the SOLERA to identify the dance groups and to diminish heat gains within the dance studios. This optimizes the energy efficiency of the overall building, maximizes daylight and reduces the heat map,” shares Robert Magne of Lapointe Magne and Associates.

“We were very pleased with how this project came together. This was a very complex project. We wanted to ensure it was done right while honouring the heritage of the location and the current building. SOLERA was the perfect choice. Now, as you walk around the exterior of the building, the colours and dimensions are constantly changing depending on where the light lands on it.”

Light diffusion is a desired interior design technique and is by far the most effective method for creating a comfortable and visually pleasing naturally-lit environment. It’s not the light itself that impacts an environment, but the systems and materials that accompany and interact with the light that produce this affect. Diffusion breaks straight beams of light from the source, scattering them in different directions and producing a glow, rather than a shine. Its purpose is to mimic soft natural light from the sun (diffused naturally by clouds and the atmosphere), eliminate harsh shadows, offer larger expanses of continuous illumination and ultimately improve aesthetics and occupant comfort. Diffused light does not always mean less light. Most methods and degrees of light diffusion yield a bright and useful space, with less intensity. Contrast and uneven illumination are completely eliminated.

Architects Lapointe Magne and Associates and Aedifica partnered to create a space fit for Canada’s premier dance companies. Combining Advanced Glazings Ltd.’s SOLERA T-R5 with stunning silkscreens created a unique and whimsical affect that provides the perfect natural light. 


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Posted by: Advanced Glazings Ltd. | July 24, 2018

Sydney Business Ships Largest Project Ever to Kuwait

Sydney, NS – 23 years ago, Dr. Douglas I. Milburn, an mechanical engineer from Sydney, NS had a vision to develop an environmentally sustainable product line that maximizes natural daylight in buildings. With this vision, Doug, alongside his wife, Michelle, launched Advanced Glazings Ltd (AGL). Today, AGL is preparing to make the final shipment of its largest single contract to date more than 8,900 kilometers across the Atlantic Ocean to Kuwait. The total project included 20 containers of 1126 glazing units.


AGL is supplying its proprietary SOLERA® and Aerogel glass products to the Sabah Al-Salem Kuwait University’s newest campus—an aggressive build to create 14 different colleges on one campus and the largest University Complex in the Gulf Cooperative Council. AGL Provides their product to the College of Business building. To put the scope of this project into perspective, the building is comparable to the size of the Empire State Building on its side.

“This project is a partnership between contractors and architects from China, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, the United States and, with our participation, Canada,” says Doug Milburn, Founder AGL. “Our role was to manufacture glass for a single 40,000 square foot skylight that maximizes natural light, while minimizing the heat transferred from Kuwait’s very hot climate that peaks at 48 degrees Celsius.”

AGL’s SOLERA® and Aerogel product line is unique in its ability to distribute light evenly, while providing four times the insulation performance of commercial standard “high performance” glass units. This means buildings that use SOLERA® and Aerogel products are bathed in natural light and are extremely energy efficient and cost effective to heat and cool.

“We’ve been working on this project since 2012 and made our first shipment in February of 2017. For our team, this is a big day. I’m extraordinarily proud of how our team has come together and worked tirelessly to bring this project to life,” says Michelle Milburn, COO AGL. “Since we launched AGL in 1995, we have strived to disrupt and influence the design and build industry. Our goal was to prove that you can reap all of the benefits of natural daylighting, while remaining sustainable and cost effective. Today’s final shipment is a solid affirmation that this vision has come true.”

Advanced Glazings Ltd. was founded in 1995, by Dr. Doug and Michelle Milburn to develop, manufacture and market, sustainable and commercially viable technologies related to sunlight. Since inception, AGL has been partners on projects throughout Canada, the United States, Europe and the Middle East.

Media contact:
Michelle Milburn
COO, Advanced Glazings Ltd.

Posted by: Advanced Glazings Ltd. | June 25, 2018

Architects Create the Optimum Learning Space

When you walk into the Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, you’ll immediately appreciate the gentle wash of natural light that passes through the inspired building.

The recent addition to the historic campus is a collaborative effort between architects John Dobbs & Associates of Halifax and Shore, Tribe, Irwin & Partners of Toronto. This team achieved a seamless combination of aesthetics and function, creating the optimum learning space for the acclaimed Canadian university.

Modern, environmentally-friendly design, awash in perfect natural light, makes the Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building a favourite space for students to learn, study and hangout.

The building is comprised of classrooms, offices, as well as a state-of-the-art 5 storey atrium. The challenge was to maximize natural light in all spaces without compromising energy efficiency, style and design.

“We sought out to create a smart, energy efficient and comfortable building that reduced lighting costs by up to 50%,” says Allan MacMillian, R&D Supervisor, Advanced Glazings Ltd.  “Students spend hours in this building. Natural light has many physical and mental health benefits, which help students and staff focus and work more efficiently.”

Combining Advanced Glazings Ltd.’s Solera T-R5 glazing with ordinary vision glass, resulted in a cloud of perfect natural light, which adds clarity and beauty to the interiors while enhancing functionality.  

Although the quality of the space is evident to anyone who experiences it, the ultimate compliment comes from the users. When asked why they prefer studying in the Rowe building, Dalhousie students shared:

“It feels like I’m not really in a building for 6 hours writing a paper. You get all this natural light and it feels like you’re not in a closed space, but you’re sitting outside the whole day. I definitely push myself to do more work here,” says Emma Conrad, 3rd year Management major.

“I’m completely fine in my end-of-the-day 3-hour class in the Rowe building but will often dose off in a midday class at another location,” says Allie Reed, 2nd year Biology major.

“I don’t know why but I’ve always liked studying here, I’m not even a management student, but I like the vibe of the building. It’s really bright here and I think it affects my mood,” says Logan Meeks, 3rd year Arts major.

Posted by: Advanced Glazings Ltd. | March 15, 2018


Coined as the Dance Destination of choice in Montreal and Quebec,
Espace danse has it all: beauty, grace, sustainability, and functionality.

As any seasoned Architect will attest to, a complete retrofit is no easy challenge to pull off.
One of the main focus points of Robert LaPointe (Lapointe,Magne & associés) in this undertaking was sustainability and true daylight harvesting.

Using Advanced Glazings Ltd’s SOLERA ® to get real Daylighting benefits, the SOLERA ® T-R5 was an essential tool used to wash the interiors with a cloud of perfect natural light, transforming the Wilder project into one of Canada’s most beautiful buildings.
Located in the heart of Montreal, Quebec, Espace danse has a unique history and relevance to modern sustainability and Upcycling (creative re-use) principles that may surprise you!

Originally built around 1918, the Wilder building was unoccupied for over 10 years, yet around 2012 a plan was envisioned for it to undergo major renovations and become an artistic hub bringing together many cultural organizations under one roof.

Determined to provide an international showcase for the incredible vitality of Montreal, Quebec and Canadian dance.

Espace danse has become the dance destination of choice in Montreal and Quebec, a complex unlike any other in Canada, offering a host of new services to dance professionals and the general public.

Posted by: Advanced Glazings Ltd. | November 25, 2015

Solera makes appearance at Big 5 Trade Show Dubai Trade Centre

Solera glazing units being displayed at Big 5 trade show.big5Tradeshow


Advanced Glazings Ltd. makers of Solera glazing units are pleased to be part of the largest construction exhibition in the Middle East, The Big 5. Last year’s show completely sold out with a whopping 81,401 participants and 2,801 exhibitors from 61 countries.

The show has been attracting construction experts from all over the world for over 30 years, with over 30,000 products to choose from and over 2800 manufacturers and distributors to answer your questions.

Advanced Glazings Ltd. will be displaying Solera glazing units at the Big 5 trade show until tomorrow November 26th, 2015 when the trade show closes. Visit to check our Solera product line.


Posted by: Advanced Glazings Ltd. | September 17, 2015

Meet the newest member to the Advanced Glazings Team – Terri-Lynn Stirrett


Posted by: Advanced Glazings Ltd. | June 2, 2015

Watch live as the Sacramento Kings ESC is built!!

Advanced Glazings Ltd. makers of Solera glazings units are excited to be part of the new Sacramento Kings ESC. The arena will house the Sacramento Kings NBA team as well as a variety of exciting events including but not limited to other sporting events and concerts. The Sacramento Kings Organization gives you the opportunity to watch the building being constructed live by visiting the link below! We will be keeping our eye on the live feed in hopes of catching the installation of our own Solera units.

See below renderings of the Arena and keep up with the action by following @SacramentoKings on twitter. KinsArena                                                                                          kings-lobby

Posted by: Advanced Glazings Ltd. | May 7, 2015

Have you ever wondered translucent, channel or frit when choosing glass?

 ARC-04-404-INT (3)Our Director of Sustainable Design, Sam Missimer recently commented on this topic for  NZB-Net Zero Building Magazine. The article is a must read for anyone working in lighting, architecture, or glazing, who is interested in learning more about the evolving world of daylighting in building design and construction.  Sam says, “I think most significant advance is the emergence of high-performance translucents as a strategic part of the envelope”. To find out why he feels this way, check out the article at:

Photo Above, Muse De Ponce, Puerto Rico – a naturally daylighted art museum, using Solera Translucent Glazings .

Finally, we’d like to send a big thank you to the publishers of Net Zero Buildings Magazine for allowing Sam to weigh in on the issue.

Posted by: Advanced Glazings Ltd. | March 23, 2015

How daylighting can go wrong in sports facilities….

Here at Advanced Glazings Ltd. we take our hockey very seriously!

We have many fans on staff as well as devoted “Hockey” parents who spend their weekends in arenas. On one of those weekends, a staff member snapped the picture below (caption – arena with vision glass) , capturing the effects of direct beam sunlight on the ice surface and surrounding space when clear vision glass is used to daylight a facility.  The photo captures the hot spots created on the ice surface, seating and overall light levels in the sports facility.



Arena with vision glass windows.


In comparison the photo below contains Solera Glazing units,  notice how deep the natural daylight penetrates into the space.  Note the absence of hot spots and glare.  There is enough natural daylight illuminating the space that one could skate with the lights off!  This arena possess and open and inviting atmosphere where athletes and spectators are welcomed by the glow of natural light.


Arena with Solera glazings units.

Which arena would you want  to play or watch a game in?

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