Fly Safe!

Pioneering glass products that birds can see

Millions of birds are killed in the United States every year after crashing into glass windows and facades. Buildings like Minneapolis's Bank Stadium are linked to collisions due to their highly reflective surfaces. (Courtesy HKS Architects)

Thanks to new legislation and building codes promoting bird-friendly construction in Canada and the United States, manufacturers are developing glass that minimizes the likelihood of collisions. New architectural glazing products provide visual cues to birds without sacrificing views or the overall look of the building envelope.

AviProtek E Bird-Safe Solar Control Low-E Glass Walker Glass

(Jim Cunningham)

AviProtek E Bird-Safe Solar Control Low-E Glass
Walker Glass

Vitro Architectural Glass partnered with Walker Glass on a bird-friendly glass developed for the new canopy at the National Aviary in Pittsburgh. Vitro’s Starphire Ultra-Clear Glass transparent glass allows for optimal light transmission while making the light reflecting from Walker Glass’s velour acid-etched finish more visible to birds.

Bird1st UV
Guardian Glass

This new coating reduces bird collisions by breaking up reflective areas of glass with vertical UV stripes that are barely visible to the human eye. It will be available in December, adding to Guardian’s current bird-friendly glass products outfitted with industry-standard frit patterns on Guardian SunGuard coated glass.

ORNILUX Bird Protection Glass New larger sizes Arnold Glas

(Courtesy Arnold Glas)

ORNILUX Bird Protection Glass New larger sizes
Arnold Glas

At the AIA Expo in June, Arnold Glas debuted new oversize production capabilities for its bird-safety glass, ORNILUX. It is now offered in a maximum size of 126-by-472 inches, up from the previous maximum of 102-by-197 inches.

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