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Printed Glass façade in a University in Canada
Winner of 2015 Glass Magazine Award – Most Innovative Decorative Glass Project, Exterior
Zeidler Partnership Architects
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A Shining Example of Green, Yet Affordable, Design
The digital ceramic printed glass façade that envelopes the Ryerson University Student Learning Center creates a unique visual impact. The glass curtain wall is both attractive and practical, with the combination of the graphic design and the functionality of the glass creating varying light qualities within the interior space.
Prelco bid on the Ryerson project before owning a Dip-Tech printer, but was able to quickly get up to speed with the new technology. Ryerson was an ideal first project because it was complex and large, which accelerated the learning curve. The project was required to meet LEED standards and come in under a set budget, while maintaining the integrity of the design. Digital ceramic glass printing was the key enabler to meeting all of those traditionally conflicting requirements.
60% Glass and Still Energy Efficient
Ryerson requires that their buildings be LEED certified – so for this project the architects and designers had to find ways to achieve energy efficiency, while maintaining natural views and natural light with a glass curtain wall. This was achieved by combining several energy efficient products and technologies including a triple glazed system, low-e coating, and ceramic frit. The resulting structure met all the goals: thermal comfort for the interior (students can sit and study comfortably), glare control on the interior (for students using computers), sun and shade control within the building, and bird safety. Signficantly, the combination of technologies enabled glass to be used for 60% of the building, significantly outstripping most LEED-certified buildings that are no more than 40% glass.