Glass Box

Silicone structural glazing is a method utilizing a silicone adhesive to attach glass, metal, or other panel material to the structure of a building. Windload and other impact loads on the façade are transferred from the glass or panel, through the structural silicone sealant to the structure of the building. The silicone sealant must maintain adhesive and cohesive integrity as the façade is subjected to windload and thermal stresses. Structural glazing (SG) is a high performance application and not all silicone sealants are suitable for this application. Only silicone sealants which have been developed and tested specifically for structural glazing applications should be used. Each Dow Corning structural glazing sealant has been granted a “European Technical Approval” (ETA) through independent testing according to the current European structural glazing standard: European Technical Approval Guideline (ETAG 002).

The sealants also have a CE mark which indicates conformity to European health, safety and environmental protection legislation. Glass boxes are made from a combination of Schuco profiles to support the bespoke design.

The glass units are structurally bonded together using down corning.

Structural silicone glazing (SSG) is the use of specific silicones to bond glass and metal panels to the structure, via a metallic sub frame, without mechanical fixation.

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An SSG system can be designed to withstand live loads (wind load, line loads) and in some cases dead loads (weight of panel and imposed loadings). Current systems in use include 4 sided and 2 sided. Please note that the insulated glass units also require to be silicone sealed.

A silicone bonded system provides unsurpassed weather-ability and UV resistance. Silicone has excellent levels of adhesion, movement capability and a wide service temperature (from -40 to +150 degrees C). The silicone itself is able to resist wind load, dead load and thermal dilation.

SSG offers almost unlimited design versatility and has transformed the skyline of cities across the world in the last two decades. In short SSG has opened new avenues for architects and façade designers to demonstrate the potential of glass.