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Ordering Samples

We as a company are happy to provide samples of our products to our clients. We feel samples offer the tactile and visual representation to make decisions that a written report sometimes can’t provide.

The steps to request a sample are a simple 1–2–3 process:

  1. Contact your local area representative. Representatives are listed here or you can contact our head office at Advanced Glazings, Ltd., 1-902-794-2899, or email us at samples@advancedglazings.com.
  2. Provide us with your glass make up. If you are looking for a standard sample, then you need only ask. Specialized samples will require a glass make up and a VLT %. Your local rep can assist with the VLT recommendation with a variety of methods such as a specification review or a radiance model.
  3. We always find it helpful to be as informed as possible, so if you have a specification, we can use that to ensure you get the sample you need.

Request a Quote

If you need a quote for budgetary or tender purposes, the process is simple and fast.

You may submit your request by email to quotes@advancedglazings.com, by fax to 1-902-794-1869, or by completing the form below.

Please provide us with the following Project Details:

  • Project Name
  • Project Location (address, city and state)
  • Name of Architectural Firm

Product Details (or Attach specification to form below):

  • Solera® Type: (Solera®+ aerogel – R25, R18, R9, R5, or R2.2; Solera® S, Solera® T, Solera® L)
  • Unit Quantity & Exterior Glass Sizes (or attach take-off document to form below)
  • Glass Thickness (i.e. 6mm, 8mm)
  • Heat Treatment of Glass (i.e. annealed, heat strengthened, tempered).
  • Glass Tint (i.e., Grey, Bronze, etc.)
  • Lami Glass PVB thickness (i.e. .030, .060, etc.)

Our standard turn around on quotes is 48 business hours unless the glass requirements are non-standard or non-stock.

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Maintaining Solera®

Maintenance/Cleaning Instructions for Solera® Units

When it comes to cleaning, Solera® is like any other glass. Any cleaner approved for cleaning glass can be used to clean Solera® units. Follow common glass cleaning procedures and observe all glass handling precautions.

Precautionary Considerations:

  • Do not clean glass when it is directly exposed to sunlight.
  • Inspect the glass surface regularly for damage, residue and stains.
  • Clean glass soon after installation and monthly during construction.
  • Confirm that the cleaner to be used is compatible with the glass and adjacent materials (i.e. sealants, structural members, trim).
  • Never submerse the pressure equalization capillary tube (breather tube).

General Glass Cleaning Instructions:

  • Follow solvent manufacturer’s directions, recommendations and cautions.
  • Apply cleaner by spraying or using a clean, grit-free cloth or sponge.
  • Wipe cleaning solution in a circular motion using light to moderate pressure.
  • Rinse immediately with clean water until no cleaner remains.
  • Dry with a squeegee or clean, lint-free cloth.
  • Clean the glass surfaces from the top of the building down, to prevent dirtying previously cleaned glass below.
 

Place an Order

To submit a purchase order, please provide the following information. You may submit your purchase order by email to purchaseorders@advancedglazings.com, by fax to 1-902-794-1869, or by completing the form below.

Please provide us with the following Project Details:

  • Project Name
  • Project Location (address, city and state)
  • Name of Architectural Firm

Product Details (or Attach specification to form below):

  • Solera® Type: (Solera®+ Aerogel – R25, R18, R9, or R5; Solera® S, Solera® T, Solera® L)
  • Unit Quantity & Exterior Glass Sizes (or attach take-off document to form below)
  • Glass Thickness (i.e. 6mm, 8mm)
  • Heat Treatment of Glass (i.e. annealed, heat strengthened, tempered)
  • Glass Tint (i.e. Grey, Bronze, etc.)
  • Lami Glass PVB thickness (i.e., .030, .060, etc.)

You will receive an order confirmation within 48 business hours.

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How to Install

Click a product line from the options below for a detailed list of installation guidelines.

Solera® T and R18 Installation Guidelines ⇣ click to expand
Introduction

Solera® T insulated translucent glazing units (TGUs) are made of two tiles of glass with a high performance translucent insulating core. A special perimeter spacer is used, along with an interior lite that is smaller than the exterior lite, in order to create a ‘mounting offset’ to facilitate installation in standard curtain wall systems. The Solera® T TGU has a nominal overall thickness of 2.5 inches plus interior and exterior glass lite thicknesses, and a nominal mounting offset thickness of 3/4″ plus exterior lite thickness. All Solera® units use a stainless steel capillary tube vent ( not to be crimped) to maintain both pressure and moisture equilibrium within the glazing unit.

The following guidelines have been developed for specification writers, frame manufacturers and installers to convey the installation requirements of the Solera® unit which will ensure satisfactory, long term performance. It is recommended that this document be read in conjunction with the Solera® Warranty Document, and industry standard recommended practices documented by Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA). The user is encouraged to contact Advanced Glazings Ltd. directly for advice on specific glazing installations.

Installation Guidelines
  1. The Solera® TGU is manufactured using a wide range of architectural glass types and thicknesses. The glass specified for the Solera® TGU must be selected by the user to meet project-specific objectives as well as national and local building codes.
  2. Frame and sash must physically accommodate the thickness of the Solera® TGU. Designers should consider the fitting of the mounting offset into the curtain wall or skylight glazing pocket, clearance of the interior protrusion and any possible interference with features like drip gutters, as well as any other issues that may arise. (See reference drawing 300-3027-12).
  3. Framing system must be designed to meet project specific objectives as well as national and local building codes.
  4. The unit must be sealed to the interior to prevent the migration of moisture into the “intra-frame cavity” from the building interior.
  5. Glazing installation must ensure that the “intra-frame cavity” is drained and vented to the outside. This helps prevent the build up of high-humidity air, allows for the draining of standing water, and ensures pressure equilibrium (reference drawing 300-3005-12). Frame vent holes should meet IGMA’s recommended minimum size requirements.
  6. Manufacturer’s labeling identifies the orientation required (Inner Lite/This End Up). Proper orientation ensures that the open end of the stainless steel capillary pressure equalization (vent) tube is positioned in a downward direction and located at the top right corner of the unit, as viewed from the building exterior (see drawing 300-3002-12).
  7. The vent tube must be free of any obstructions. Solera® T vent tubes must not be crimped.
  8. Interior and exterior lites must be supported by setting blocks, and spacers must be installed on vertical edges. Setting blocks and spacers must be adequate to prevent direct contact between glass and frame in all circumstances.
  9. The glazing rebate (i.e. clearance between frame and TGU) must be clear of any protrusion except for glass support setting blocks or spacer shims. The setting blocks that support the exterior lite should be designed or positioned to allow water passage to the weep or vent holes.
  10. The glazing stops must provide plane, continuous and uniform supports for the surfaces of the unit.
  11. Frame joints must be adequately sealed to prevent water and air infiltration.
  12. Under no circumstances should the edge of the TGU be allowed to sit in water.
  13. Edge clamping pressure must be sufficient to achieve an air and water tight seal but must not exceed 10 lbs. per linear inch to avoid risk of unit damage.
  14. Frame members must be structurally designed to withstand the wind loads and dead loads transferred by the Solera® TGU. Each frame member should be stiff enough not to deflect more than the lesser of length/175 or 3/4“ at full design load. All edges of the sealed unit must be supported to resist wind and other loads. The minimum bite on exterior lite and the mounting offset should be 13mm (½”) in order to firmly support the insulating glass unit when exposed to static and dynamic loads.
  15. In vertical installations, the gap between the edge of the interior lite and the frame may be finished by use of a dry gasket (reference drawing 300-3028-12), or a glazing stop (reference drawing 300-3034-12). Alternatively a bead of sealant may be used to finish the gap.
  16. Sloped overhead installations require use of a glazing stop (reference drawing 300-3034-12) in order to positively retain the interior lite in the event of unit failure. Dry gasket finish may not be used.
  17. The use of structurally adequate thermally broken frames is recommended with the Solera® TGU to improve energy performance and minimize condensation on interior surfaces in cold weather. The thermal stress on the TGU is also reduced when thermally broken frames are used.
  18. Glazing clearances must be sufficient to accommodate manufacturing tolerances in the unit size and overall thickness and to ensure that the unit “floats” within the retaining system (reference drawing 300-3002-12).
  19. In certain circumstances, Solera® T units may be glazed in curtain wall systems without the use of pressure caps by means of a structural glazing adhesive. Architects or contractors must contract Advanced Glazings Ltd. for approval of any non-clamped, structurally-glazed installations.
  20. For a complete and finished look, available is a three sided and sill rubber gasket that can be purchased with your order. It is sold per linear foot. For installation, run a bead of compatible adhesive along the gasket. See document 300-3051-12. Three sided gasket is to be placed on both sides and top of TGU and sill gasket is placed along the bottom of the TGU.

For more information please contact Advanced Glazings Technical Support at 888-GLAZING (1-888-452-9464)

Solera® S and R9 Installation Guidelines ⇣ click to expand
Introduction

Solera® S insulated translucent glazing units (TGUs) are made of two tiles of glass with a high performance translucent insulating core. The Solera® S TGU has a nominal thickness of 2.5 inches plus interior and exterior glass lite thicknesses, and uses a stainless steel capillary tube vent (not to be crimped) to maintain both pressure and moisture equilibrium within the glazing unit.

The following guidelines have been developed for specification writers, frame manufacturers and installers to convey the installation requirements of the Solera® unit which will ensure satisfactory, long term performance. It is recommended that this document be read in conjunction with the Solera® Warranty Document, and industry standard recommended practices documented by IGMA. The user is encouraged to contact Advanced Glazings Ltd. directly for advice on specific glazing installations.

Installation Guidelines
  1. The Solera® TGU is manufactured using a wide range of architectural glass types and thicknesses. The glass specified for the Solera® TGU must be selected by the user to meet project-specific objectives as well as national and local building codes.
  2. Frame and sash must accommodate the thickness of the Solera® TGU (reference drawing 300-3001-12).
  3. Framing system must be designed to meet project specific objectives as well as national and local building codes.
  4. The unit must be sealed to the building to prevent the migration of moisture into the “intraframe cavity” from the building interior (reference drawing 300-3003-12).
  5. Glazing installation must ensure that the “intra-frame cavity” is drained and vented to the outside . This helps prevent the build up of high-humidity air, allows for the draining of standing water, and ensures pressure equilibrium (reference drawing 300-3005-12). Frame vent holes should meet Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA’s) recommended minimum size requirements.
  6. Manufacturer’s labeling identifies the orientation required (Inner Lite/This End Up). Proper orientation ensures that the open end of the stainless steel capillary pressure equalization (vent) tube is positioned in a downward direction and located at the top left corner of the unit, as viewed from the building interior (see drawing 300-3002-12). Other orientations must be approved by the manufacturer in order to maintain warranty coverage. As well, ‘inner lite’ ensures proper orientation of inside and outside lites where a difference exists.
  7. The vent tube must be free of any obstructions. Solera® S vent tubes must not be crimped, which would limit the free flow of air in and out of the vent tube.
  8. Interior and exterior lites must be supported by setting blocks, and spacers must be installed on vertical edges to prevent direct contact between glass and frame. Setting blocks and spacers must be adequate to prevent direct contact between glass and frame in all circumstances.
  9. The glazing rebate (i.e. clearance between frame and TGU) must be clear of any protrusion except for glass support setting blocks or spacer shims. The setting blocks should be designed or positioned to allow water passage to the weep or vent holes.
  10. The glazing stops must provide plane, continuous and uniform supports for the surfaces of the unit.
  11. Frame joints must be adequately sealed to prevent water and air infiltration.
  12. Under no circumstances should the edge of the TGU be allowed to sit in water.
  13. Edge clamping pressure must be sufficient to achieve an air and water tight seal but must not exceed 10 lbs. per linear inch to avoid risk of unit damage.
  14. Frame members must be structurally designed to withstand the wind loads and dead loads transferred by the Solera® TGU. Each frame member should be stiff enough not to deflect more than the lesser of length/175 or 3/4“ at full design load. All edges of the sealed unit must be supported to resist wind and other loads. The minimum bite on the glass edge should be 13mm (½”) to firmly support the insulating glass unit when exposed to static and dynamic loads.
  15. The height of glass stops may vary depending on the area of the TGU, external forces and functions. A stop height of approximately 19mm (3/4 inch) is commonly used. The minimum bite on the glass edge should be 13mm (½”) to firmly support the insulating glass unit when exposed to static and dynamic loads.
  16. The use of structurally adequate thermally broken frames is recommended with the Solera® TGU to improve energy performance and minimize condensation on interior surfaces in cold weather. The thermal stress on the TGU is also reduced when thermally broken frames are used.
  17. Glazing clearances must be sufficient to accommodate manufacturing tolerances in the unit size and overall thickness and to ensure that the unit “floats” within the retaining system (reference drawing 300-3002-12).
  18. For a complete and finished look, available is a three sided and sill rubber gasket that can be purchased with your order. It is sold per linear foot. For installation, run a bead of compatible adhesive along the gasket. See document 300-3051-12. Three sided is to be placed on both sides and top of TGU and sill gasket is placed along the bottom of the TGU.

For more information please contact Advanced Glazings Ltd. Technical Support at 888-GLAZING (1-888-452-9464)

Solera® L and R5 Installation Guidelines ⇣ click to expand
Introduction

Solera® L insulated translucent glazing units (TGUs) are high performance sealed light diffusing insulating glazing units that consist of a minimum of two lites of glass, plus spacer/sealant as well as interior components that diffuse light and insulate. Units are totally sealed. [Note that in certain circumstances, stainless steel pressure equalizing capillary tubes may be installed to accommodate changes in altitude between plant and job site and must be crimped before installation. (See item 16).]

The following guidelines have been developed for specification writers, frame manufacturers and installers to convey the installation requirements of the Solera® unit which will ensure satisfactory, long term performance. It is recommended that this document be read in conjunction with the Solera® L Warranty Document, supporting Solera® L materials in our product binder and industry standard recommended practices documented by IGMA. The user is encouraged to contact Advanced Glazings Ltd. directly for advice on specific glazing installations.

Installation Guidelines
  1. The Solera® TGU is manufactured using a wide range of architectural glass types and thicknesses. The glass specified for the Solera® TGU must be selected by the user to meet project-specific objectives as well as national and local building codes.
  2. Frame and sash must accommodate the thickness of the Solera® TGU. Overall thickness is a function of glass lite thickness and spacer thickness, and these must be specified by the user at order time.
  3. Installer must ensure that framing systems are designed to meet project specific objectives as well as national and local building codes.
  4. Glazing installation must ensure that the “intra-frame cavity” is drained and vented to the outside. Frame vent holes should meet IGMA’s recommended minimum size requirements.
  5. Manufacturer’s labeling identifies the required orientation for installation (Exterior Lite/Top).
  6. Interior and exterior lites must be supported by setting blocks of appropriate size at quarter points, and spacers must be installed on vertical edges to prevent direct contact between glass and frame. Setting blocks and spacers must be adequate to prevent direct contact between glass and frame in all circumstances. Installer must ensure that setting blocks are compatible with the sealant used on Solera® units.
  7. The glazing rebate (i.e. clearance between frame and TGU) must be clear of any protrusion except for glass support setting blocks or spacer shims. The setting blocks should be designed or positioned to allow water passage to the weep or vent holes
  8. The glazing stops must provide plane, continuous and uniform supports for the surfaces of the unit.
  9. Frame joints must be adequately sealed to prevent water and air infiltration.
  10. Under no circumstances should the edge of the TGU be allowed to sit in water.
  11. Edge clamping pressure must be sufficient to achieve an air and water tight seal but must not exceed 10 lbs. per linear inch to avoid risk of unit damage.
  12. Frame members must be structurally designed to withstand the wind loads and dead loads transferred by the Solera® TGU. Each frame member should be stiff enough not to deflect more than the lesser of length/175 or 3/4“ at full design load. All edges of the sealed unit must be supported to resist wind and other loads. The minimum bite on the glass edge should be 13mm (½”) to firmly support the insulating glass unit when exposed to static and dynamic loads.
  13. The height of glass stops may vary depending on the area of the TGU, external forces and functions. A stop height of approximately 19mm (3/4 inch) is commonly used. The minimum bite on the glass edge should be 13mm (½”) to firmly support the insulating glass unit when exposed to static and dynamic loads.
  14. The use of structurally adequate thermally broken frames is recommended with the Solera® TGU to improve energy performance and minimize condensation on interior surfaces in cold weather. The thermal stress on the TGU is also reduced when thermally broken frames are used.
  15. Glazing clearances must be sufficient to accommodate manufacturing tolerances in the unit size and overall thickness and to ensure that the unit “floats” within the retaining system (reference drawing 300-3002-12).
  16. If units are equipped with breather tubes (also known as capillary tubes), the tubes must be closed off with a dab of sealant once the units have been received at the job site. If the capillary tube is not properly closed off, the tube can potentially cause excess moisture to enter the unit leading to reduced longevity of the unit. DO NOT TWIST, PULL OUT OR CUT OUT this tube from unit.

For more information please contact Technical Support at 888-GLAZING (1-888-452-9464).

 

LEED Documentation

Solera® Introduction: Architectural Daylighting

Solera® is a wide diffuser daylighting light redirecting glazing. It takes the daylight resource and redistributes the daylight deeply and uniformly into a space. It is a proven element of a successful daylighting system. It increases the daylighted area, and the daylight levels. Solera® plays an incremental role in some credits, and is the major contributor towards others. Solera® surpasses LEED requirements for daylighting and views in that it is able to achieve increased quality of daylighting. Solera® daylighting systems are also designed to function irrespective of shading systems and blinds (vision glass–based daylighting often are subject to post-occupancy changes which render the daylighting functionality ineffective).

Applicable Credits

The following credits are either directly or indirectly augmented by Solera® wide diffusion high performance glazing.

Energy and Atmosphere
EA Credit 1: Optimize Energy Performance ⇣ click to expand

Intent Achieve increasing levels of energy performance above the baseline in the prerequisite standard to reduce environmental and economic impacts associated with excessive energy use. Requirements: Select one of the three compliance path options described below. Project teams documenting achievement using any of the three options are assumed to be in compliance with EA Prerequisite.

Application Solera® daylighting technology, when used with a photo sensor and electric lighting controls, provides the means of reducing electrical usage by turning off electric lights. The electric lighting controls provides optimal control and ensures maximum a means of documenting the electricity reduction of electricity usage Solera®’s wide diffusing capability increases daylighting effectiveness and thereby the number of lights that can be turned off. The diffuse illumination eliminates the high contrast between direct beam sunlight and shadow allowing proper photo sensor operation and appropriate dimming of electric lights.

Solera® can reduce HVAC loads by providing enhanced thermal insulation and controlling overall solar gain, and eliminating concentration of solar gain such as direct beam sunlight. Solera® Verification: Advanced Glazings Ltd. provides verification and documentation through Radiance lighting simulation. Verification of HVAC reduction can be determined by the R value (U-value) of Solera® T & S along with energy modeling. Elimination of direct sunlight can be demonstrated through Radiance Modeling.

EA Credit 5: Measurement & Verification ⇣ click to expand

Intent Provide for the ongoing accountability of building energy consumption over time.

Requirements Develop and implement a Measurement & Verification (M&V) Plan consistent with Option D: Calibrated Simulation (Savings Estimation Method 2), or Option B: Energy Conservation Measure Isolation, as specified in the International Performance Measurement & Verification Protocol (IPMVP) Volume III: Concepts and Options for Determining Energy Savings in New Construction, April, 2003. The M&V period shall cover a period of no less than one year of post-construction occupancy.

Solera® Application A Solera® daylighting system includes 1) a daylighting device that redirects daylight into a room above horizontal, 2) a photo sensor that measures the amount of light in the room, and 3) electric lighting controls that dim or shut off electric lights. The Solera® daylighting system increases the amount of light reaching the back of a room increasing the number of lights that can be turned off and also provides the means of measuring, recording, and verifying the energy savings of the system Solera® Verification: Advanced Glazings Ltd. provides verification and documentation through Radiance lighting simulation.

Indoor Environmental Quality
EQ Credit 6.1: Controllability of Systems: Lighting ⇣ click to expand

Intent Provide a comfortable thermal environment that supports the productivity and well-being of building occupants.

Requirements Design HVAC systems and the building envelope to meet the requirements of ASHRAE Standard 55-2004, Thermal Comfort Conditions for Human Occupancy. Demonstrate design compliance in accordance with the Section 6.1.1 Documentation.

Solera® Application Solera® can offer enhanced insulation values over conventional vision glass thereby contributing to thermal comfort through uniform interior surface temperature. In addition by uniformly distributing natural light, solar gain concentration such as direct beam sunlight is eliminated.

Solera® Verification HVAC reduction can be determined by the R value (U-value) of Solera® T & S along with energy modeling. Elimination of direct sunlight can be demonstrated through Radiance Modeling.

EQ Credit 8.1: Daylight & Views: Daylight 75% of Spaces ⇣ click to expand

Intent Provide for the building occupants a connection between indoor spaces and the outdoors through the introduction of daylight and views into the regularly occupied areas of the building.

Requirements

Option 1 - Calculation
Achieve a minimum glazing factor of 2% in a minimum of 75% of all regularly occupied areas. The glazing factor is calculated as follows:
Glazing Window Area [SF] Window Actual Tvis Window Factor = Floor Area[SF]x Geometry Factor x Minimum Tvis x Height Factor
Option 2 – Simulation
Demonstrate, through computer simulation, that a minimum daylight illumination level of 25 foot-candles has been achieved in a minimum of 75% of all regularly occupied areas. Modeling must demonstrate 25 horizontal foot-candles under clear sky conditions, at noon, on the equinox, at 30 inches above the floor.
Option 3 – Measurement
Demonstrate, through records of indoor light measurements, that a minimum daylight illumination level of 25 foot-candles has been achieved in at least 75% of all regularly occupied areas. Measurements must be taken on a 10-foot grid for all occupied spaces and must be recorded on building floor plans. In all cases, only the square footage associated with the portions of rooms or spaces meeting the minimum illumination requirements can be applied towards the 75% of total area calculation required to qualify for this credit. In all cases, provide daylight redirection and/or glare control devices to avoid high-contrast situations that could impede visual tasks. Exceptions for areas where tasks would be hindered by the use of daylight will be considered on their merits.

Solera® Application A Solera® daylighting system captures the daylight resource and redistributes the daylight more uniformly deep into a space. In so doing it eliminates direct beam penetration through the diffusing glazing and glare. The deep reaching diffuse daylight makes it possible to achieve the required 25 foot candles in 75% of spaces in many more types of interior configurations than would otherwise be possible. We provide the verification and documentation needed to gain this credit through lighting simulation with accepted software.

Innovation and Design Process
ID Credit 1-1.4: Innovation in Design ⇣ click to expand

Intent To provide design teams and projects the opportunity to be awarded points for exceptional performance above the requirements set by the LEED-NC Green Building Rating System and/or innovative performance in Green Building categories not specifically addressed by the LEED-NC Green Building Rating System.

Requirements Credit 1.1 (1 point) In writing, identify the intent of the proposed innovation credit, the proposed requirement for compliance, the proposed submittals to demonstrate compliance, and the design approach (strategies) that might be used to meet the requirements.

Solera® Application There is no requirement in LEED that daylight be comfortable or meet the requirements of good lighting design. As a result, building occupants may modify the glazing system or operating parameters by obstructing glazed openings with blinds or shading devices, thereby rendering daylighting and view systems ineffective. Solera® daylighting systems can be designed to provide superior levels of thermal and visual comfort beyond the requirements of LEED NC, and are therefore much more likely to retained in functional form during actual operation of the building. A well designed Solera® System may be eligible for Innovation in Design credits, subject to building specifics.

Solera® Verification Advanced Glazings Ltd. provides verification and documentation through Radiance lighting simulation ID Credit 1–1.4: Innovation in Design (1–4 Pts)