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Innovation:  Insulated glass
By: C.D. Haven
Year: 1930

For thousands of years, single pane glass blocked the wind, but allowed heat and cold to pass thru it easily.

Thomas Stetson invented and patented insulated glass in 1865, but did not get much use in the building industry until 1930, when C.D. Haven (U.S.) made insulated glass commercially available, calling it Thermopane.  It was commonly available by 1950 (post WWII) .[3]

Insulated glass provides increased thermal and sound insulation (though still only a fraction of what a wall provides).  This innovation eventually led to more research and development into ways of increasing the insulation properties of glass, and into methods of reducing the transmission of ultra-violet rays into a building.[2]  `

R-Values of glass systems (2012):
Single-pane glass, clear: R-1
Single-pane glass with low-E: R-2
Two-layer insulated glass, clear: R-2
Two-layer insulated glass with low-E, argon filled: R-4
Two-layer with suspended film ‘SeriousGlass’: R-5-R-8
Triple-layer high-performance glass: R-9
Quad high performance glass: R-14
for reference, a typical insulated wall has an R-value of R-13).

Current glass manufacturers that produce architectural glass:
Pilkington (website, pdf)
Schott (website)
PPG (website, pdf)
Bendheim (website, catalog)


Written by Gregory Brooks

October 7, 1930 at 7:35 pm

Posted in Glass

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