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Spontaneous Building Glass Explosions
27 July 2018

Spontaneous glass explosions in high rise blocks has highlighted the dangers of cheap and faulty building glass flooding into the Australian market.

Linked to the poor manufacturing of balcony balustrades when containing nickel sulfide the building glass can fail on exposure to extreme temperature changes such as; wind, heat or other stresses.

Poor quality glass, shoddy workmanship and installation especially when dealing with building glass is life threatening.

So, more than ever it’s important that your glazier or building glass supplier engages in best practice and adheres to Australian Standards for building glass to ensure the protection and safety of people living and working in residential and commercial buildings.

It’s critical that you always ask if your glazier or building glass supplier is an AGGA accredited member.

Express Glass is an AGGA member who has been trained and tested to ensure non negotiable best practice, it’s the only option.

By using an AGGA member to source and install your building glass products, you can be assured that they have been certified by a qualified certifier and are from a reputable supplier, such as Express Glass.

Accredited glazing professionals are specialists in their field, advising on thermal performance, wind load for cyclone and high risk areas, safety glazing systems for exterior and interior applications.

Your glass supplier should ensure glass is fit for purpose and from a reliable source and that the glass installed is fully compliant.

Any building glass breakage problem has severe consequences where the building glass is installed overhead or in public areas, such as in high-rise residential or commercial buildings as it can be critical and endanger lives.

Qualified, experienced and accredited suppliers, such as Express Glass will give you absolute confidence in their professional advice and ability.

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Drastically Reduce Building Energy Costs by up to 77%*
25 May 2018

Windows are more than just interesting elements of a building. As well as bringing in light and offering views that connect the interior with the outdoors, they can significantly help with the energy efficiency of a building. How? Read on or book a building glass audit now. 

Windows can be a major source of unwanted heat gain in summer and significant heat loss in winter. An average building has 87% heat gain and 49% heat loss through its windows.

You can prevent up to 77% heat transfer and drastically reduce your footprint and energy costs with the right energy efficient windows.


The type and treatment of building glass are one of the most critical elements in improving the energy efficiency, sound control and relative greenhouse gas emissions of almost any home or business building.

There are many different types of glass and frames to choose from and selecting the right one is critical to improving energy efficiency, controlling noise, maintenance and security of a building.

Under the Building Code of Australia (BCA), manufacturers are required to supply windows, and that meet mandatory minimum specifications for structural adequacy and water penetration resistance under Australian Standard AS2047: Windows in buildings, selection and installation.

At Express Glass with the right glazing solution, we know you can prevent up to 77% heat transfer and drastically reduce energy costs while improving the comfort of your interior environment for your home or business.

Recently, non-conforming, inferior and shoddy building glass products have been flooding into the Australian market, and this has caused great concern for building glass suppliers. An unsuspecting building manager may think they are getting a good deal, when in fact the window will have a much greater cost in the long term through lost efficiency.

It’s critical that you ask if your glazier or building glass supplier is an AGGA accredited member.

The Australian Glass and Glazing Association is the peak body representing state association members and individual companies covering glass manufacturers, processors, merchants, glaziers and suppliers of supporting machinery, services and materials.

Glazing Performance Audit and Remediation Program

Highly-qualified, experienced and accredited project managers and glaziers can provide the right energy efficiency and sound control advice. We'll ensure every facet of your glass project is managed to the highest standards.

From Sydney to Melbourne, Brisbane to the Gold Coast, Adelaide, Perth and every town in between across our nation.

Approved by all major insurers, if required, we’ll even look after your building glass insurance claim – easy!

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The Future of Glass Facades for FM's
19 June 2017

Glazing performance has increased exponentially over the past decade.

Better performing façades and windows mean harder to replace panels. Which means expert glaziers with access to local and international glazing products are required.

The continual push from architects for unobstructed views with floor to ceiling glass has driven higher energy performance requirements from glazing rather than going for smaller window areas and an interesting point to dwell on.

Two articles published on www.ArchitectureandDesign.com.au  comment on the future of glass building façades in terms of energy-efficiency and costs.

Architecture and Design’s Nathan Johnson asks “Is full height glazing on the way out for Australian commercial buildings?” writing that floor-to-ceiling glass in large-scale commercial buildings has been on trend for the last ten years and doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon.

This trend is seemingly in direct competition with the sustainability movement that also has interest from a variety of parties including developers, investors, government and consumers because in general increasing glazing means an increase in potential space for solar heat gain and glare and therefore more money spent on mechanical cooling, better glass and frames, or shading devices. 

This paradox has resulted in better glazing products entering the Australian market such as low-e glass, double glazed units (DGUs) and thermally broken framing, particularly as buildings are increasingly being marketed on their energy performance as well as their looks

Commenting on recent changes to the BCA and NABERS impacting on façade design, Alistair Coulstock, principal at Cundall, a sustainable engineering company operating in the built environment, notes that  energy is generally too cheap to be a standalone driver in façade design and so the only other way to address the majority of the market is regulation.

National Construction Code and NABERS changes are driving higher performance requirements from façades.  One is a minimum standard, regulatory approach, the other is market driven.  Over the last 10 years improved Section J efficiency regulations have meant that no longer can you get away with specifying a single glazed clear façade unless your proposed design uses a reduced amount of glass in its façade.

The trend of Australia following Europe in terms of energy-efficient glazing is noteworthy as well as the fact that Australia is very far behind in terms of glazing materials used when compared to the rest of the developed world.

The future of glazing in Australia is looking towards more technical products. This means glazing products from overseas will be more common place. Express Glass has witnessed this growing trend over the past 10 years as Australia’s manufacturing of technical glass has dwindled.

The trend for overseas glass technology will increase as thermally broken / technical window and façade framing is slowly introduced into Australia. These glazing technologies have spectacular energy saving benefits.

Global advancements in glass provide better performance, predominantly through a wider choice of external appearance and degrees of reflectance, ensuring specific building requirements can be met. Due to Australia’s general decline in manufacturing, there is a severe underinvestment in these new technologies at a local level.

Australian glaziers and their customers have enjoyed a continuity of supply until now and industry changes have put pressure on local glass providers to source quality glass products, especially for glass repair and replacement. This situation presents a problem for existing buildings that need to replace or update sections of their façades – there are no locally produced solutions to repairing these façades on a ‘like for like’ basis. New glass alternatives, which perform far better than previous options, must now be considered – but with such high demand from new building construction, and importation delays, delivery times are long. Obviously, this is not the best situation to be in if your building has a broken window or section and you do not want an unprofessional, patchwork look.

Better performing façades and windows mean harder to replace panels. Expert glaziers with access to local and international glazing products are required.

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Emergency building glass repairs and replacement 24/7/365, Australia-wide book now or call 1300 666 234.

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