CE qualificationCE is the abbreviation for Conformité Européenne (European Conformity). Products are identified with CE when they correspond with the coordinated European product standards.
Cleaning of glassAs part of the facade, glass is subject to natural and building-related soiling. Normal dirt, professionally cleaned at reasonable intervals, presents no problem to glass.
European standardsThe most important norms for the assessment and the use of glass in connection with buildings
Glass edgesThe quality of glass edges of single panes that are built into a glass system has an enormous influence on the longevity of the product. Glass edges without further processing may show micro-cracks, which have negative effects and can lead, in extreme cases, to breakages.
Glass thickness dimensioningThe installed glass is subject to different loads and should therefore be dimensioned according to the conditions. In addition to positive/negative wind and snow loads, its own weight and when using insulating glass, the climatic loads in the cavity should also be considered.
Guidelines for assessing the visual quality of glass in buildingsThe appearance of coated glass and defect detection is described in the EN 1096-1 standard. The defects affecting appearance are specific to the glass substrate (e.g. float glass acc. to EN 572-2) or specific to the coating. If a defect specific to the glass substrate is more visible because of the coating, it will be treated as a coating defect.
Material compatibilityAs a building material, glass comes into direct or indirect contact with a number of other materials such as PVB films, insulating glass edge seal, setting blocks, press sealing of pressure glazing or sealing mass and elements at joint gaps and glass corners.
Tolerances for standardised requirementsThe basic principles for tolerances are specified in the applicable standards. However, these standards are not always sufficient in actual practice. This chapter therefore describes those applications that are listed in the standards where they are not clearly defined or are not specified at all.
Transportation and storageGlass should generally be transported standing on its edge. This edge generally stands parallel on two cushioned supports.
The most important norms for the assessment and the use of glass in connection with buildings
The most important norms for the assessment and the use of glass in connection with buildings are:
EN 81 Safety rules for the construction and installation of lifts
EN 101 Ceramic tiles; Determination of surface scratch hardness according to the Mohs scale
EN 356 Glass in building – Security glazing – Testing and classification of resistance against manual attack
EN 410 Glass in building – Determination of luminous and solar characteristics of glazing
EN 572 Glass in building – Basic soda lime silicate glass products
EN 673 Glass in building – Determination of thermal transmittance (U value) – Calculation method
EN 674 Glass in building – Determination of thermal transmittance (U value) – Guarded hot plate method
EN 1063 Glass in building – Security glazing – Testing and classification of resistance against bullet attack
EN 1096 Glass in building – Coated glass
EN 1279 Glass in building – Insulated glass units
EN 1363 Fire resistance tests
EN 1364 Fire resistance tests – on non-load bearing elements
EN 1533/1523 Windows, doors, shutters and blinds – Bullet resistance
EN 1627-1630 Burglar-resistant construction products – Requirements and classification, test methods for the determination of resistance under static and dynamic loading and to manual burglary attempts
EN 1748 Glass in building – Special basic products
EN 1863 Glass in building – Heat strengthened soda lime silicate glass
EN 10204 Metallic products – Types of inspection documents
EN 12150 Glass in building – Thermally-tempered soda lime silicate safety glass
EN 12207 Windows and doors – Air permeability – Classification
EN 12208 Windows and doors – Water tightness – Classification
EN 12412 Thermal performance of windows, doors and shutters
EN 12488 Glass in building – Glazing requirements – Assembly rules
EN 12600 Glass in building – Pendulum tests
EN 12758 Glass in building – Glazing and air-borne sound insulation
EN 12898 Glass in building – Determination of the emissivity
EN 13022 Glass in building – Structural sealant glazing
EN 13123 (p. 1+2) Windows, doors and shutters – Explosion resistance
EN 13501 Fire classification of construction products and building elements
EN 13541 Glass in building – Security glazing – Testing and classification of resistance against explosion pressure
EN 14179 Glass in building – Heat-soaked thermally tempered soda lime silicate safety glass
EN 14449 Glass in building – Laminated glass and laminated safety glass
EN 15434 Glass in building – Product standard for structural and/or ultra-violet resistant sealant
EN 15651 Joint sealants for non-load bearing applications in buildings and on pedestrian paths
EN 16612 Glass in building – Determination of the load resistance of glass panes by calculation and testing
DIN 18008-1 Glass in building – Design and construction rules Terms and general bases
DIN 18008-2 Glass in building – Design and construction rules Linearly supported glazing
DIN 18008-3 Glass in building – Design and construction rules Point fixed glazing
DIN 18008-4 Glass in building – Design and construction rules Additional requirements on barrier glazing
DIN 18008-5 Glass in building – Design and construction rules Additional requirements for walk-on glazing
DIN 18008-6 Glass in building – Design and construction rules Additional requirements for walk-on glazing in case of maintenance procedures and for fall-through glazing
EN 20140 Acoustics – Measurement of sound insulation in buildings and of building elements
EN ISO 140-3 Acoustics – Measurement of sound insulation in buildings and of building elements – Laboratory measurements of airborne sound insulation of building elements
EN ISO 717-1 Acoustics – Rating of sound insulation in building and of building elements – Airborne sound insulation
EN ISO 1288-1...5 Glass in building – Bending strength of glass
EN ISO 9050 Glass in building – Determination of light transmittance, solar direct transmittance, total solar energy transmittance, ultra-violet transmittance and related glazing factors
EN ISO 10077 Thermal performance of windows, doors and shutters
EN ISO 12543 Glass in building – Laminated glass and laminated safety glass
EN ISO 13788 Hygrothermal performance of building components and building elements