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Bear Glass Bird-Friendly Glass

  The Issue

Given the hundreds of millions of birds killed every year due to collisions with glass on buildings, bird window strikes are rapidly becoming a major factor in the decline of bird populations.   This is caused by glass on all types of structures—from big city skyscrapers to windows on personal residences.

The reflective and transparent characteristics of glass make windows and facades dangerous for birds.   They see the reflection of trees or the sky in a window, or see through the glass to trees and sky on the other side of a window or glass corridor.   There is no barrier perceived and they fly into the glass causing instant death or severe head trauma that they eventually die from or because they are injured, fall prey to scavengers.

The Challenge

Glass as a design element has many purposes, including providing a feeling of openness and to bring sunlight into the building. Advances in glass technology make it an ideal building and design material.   This along with green building practices that focus on energy efficiency through the use of natural light add up to more and more glass being utilized in architecture, which translates to continued dangerous conditions for birds.

Architects, builders, and owners are challenged to specify glass that is attractive, provides a feeling of openness and natural light, is maintainable, affordable; energy-efficient, and also that creates “visual noise” alerting birds that a barrier is present.

It’s estimated that more than 100 million birds are killed every year due to collisions with glass surfaces, Bear Glass has come up with solution by coming up with glass that appears normal to humans but is very visible to birds.

We used the principle that birds have the ability to see light in the ultraviolet spectrum, and thus Bear Glass has developed the glass with a patterned UV-reflective coating that makes it visible to birds while remaining transparent to the human eye.   Our company has updated our Bird-Friendly Glass to an improved version with a crisscross pattern.  When tested it was reported that it reduced the incidents of birds striking the glass by up to 75 percent.

With the understanding that birds are able to see light in the ultraviolet spectrum, Bear Glass has developed our Bird-Friendly Glass.  The glass has a patterned, UV reflective coating making it visible to birds while remaining virtually transparent to the human eye.   Our glass has been tested in cooperation with the American Bird Conservancy resulting in a significant reduction of bird strikes compared to standard double-glazing.

As a multi-functional glass, our glass is the only clear glass solution to bird collisions, and is available as laminated glass or a double-glazed insulated unit with a low-E or solar control coating, offering energy efficiency and bird strike protection.   Our Bird-Friendly Glass offers a unique and innovative bird-friendly glazing solution—maintaining the aesthetic transparency of glass while creating visual markers alerting birds to a barrier.   First introduced in Europe in 2006, Bird-Friendly Glass is now available in North America.

For more information on our Bird-Friendly Glass please contact Bear Glass at:

FACTORY/ OFFICE

Address:

Bear Glass Inc.

399 20th Street

Brooklyn, NY 11215

Phone: 718-832-3604

Fax: 718-832-0786

E-mail: bearglass@yahoo.com

If you are in New Jersey:

Bear Glass New Jersey

359 Essex Road

Tinton Falls New Jersey 07753

P: 732 901 2626

F: 732 901 2266

E: Sales@BearGlassNJ.com

Bear Glass At GlassBuild America

Bear Glass was there…were you?

Bear Glass sent a team out to Atlanta last week to attend GlassBuild America.  The goal was to discover new ways to make better-performing, better-looking windows and doors more affordable to our customers. While the industry continues to deal with lingering market weakness, Bear Glass continues to advance by  attending educational events and understanding new technologies and products that are being being developed. Bear Glass then takes these ideas and analyzes the needs of our customers and see if we can provide new services that were not offered before.

Highlights included:

  • The the OptiGas 1000 high-volume gas-filling station. The line gives manufacturers the ability to fill units with precise amounts and virtually eliminates krypton waste.
  • GED Integrated Solutions introduced the new Atlas line which was designed to produce triple-pane IG units in 20-second cycle times.

  • Quanex featured products from many of its door and window manufacturer customers.

  • Walker Glass was exceptionally informative as well.

There various categories which are listed below:

Frame & Sash Materials
including vinyl extrusions, fiberglass pultrusions, cladding, reinforcements, finishes and laminates

Frame & Sash Processing Equipment
including saws, fabrication centers, welders, and corner cleaners

Glass & IG Components
including spacers, spacer systems, IG sealants, muntins, grids, doorlites and decorative glass

Glass & IG Processing Equipment
including cutting tables and lines; IG ovens, presses and lines, tempering/laminating equipment and glazing equipment

Software & Systems
including ERP systems, manufacturing and production control packages, configurators, quoting and ordering packages, as well as specialized software tools

Weatherseals, Sealants & Related Products
including weatherstripping, gaskets, compression seals, jambliners, door sills, and flashing products

Window & Door Hardware
including locks, latches, operators, multipoint systems, and levers, knobs and trimsets for residential products

Other Products & Services
including screen related products and equipment, packaging and shipping related materials and equipment, testing and design services, specialty fabrication services and more

Overall the trade show was success and Bear Glass will return next year, with GlassBuild America set to head west once again to Las Vegas. Bear Glass hopes that you make the commitment to attend as well. More information about the event, set for September 12-14 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, is available at GlassBuild America website.