All birds are vulnerable to glass buildings. Whether it’s a mid-rise building or a towering skyscraper, the presence of clear glass poses a potential threat to birds. They may attempt to “fly through” the glass, leading to frequent collisions that may cause injuries or even fatalities. So, architects should be mindful of this concern and take appropriate measures to tackle it effectively.
What Is “Bird-Friendly Glazing”?
Bird-friendly glazing is specifically designed glass that is used to reduce the risk of bird collisions. This specific glass incorporates elements, such as patterned glass, ultraviolet-reflecting coating, or vertically-angled markings, that deter birds from striking glass buildings.
Patterned glass often includes designs or decorative elements that make the glass more visible to birds. These patterns can be applied using ceramic frit or acid-etching techniques, creating visible markers that only birds can detect from afar.
Coated glass can be used to reflect ultraviolet (UV) light and can only be seen by birds. The UV reflective coating helps birds recognize the presence of glass to avoid collisions.
Vertically Angled Markings
Applying vertical markers, such as lines or dots, on the glass surface will help birds perceive barriers and avoid collisions.
Benefits of Bird-Friendly Glazing
Using bird-friendly glazing is beneficial for the environment and property owners— especially commercial and residential areas.
Many high-profile buildings in the country have been designed using bird-friendly glazing techniques. These types of elements play a crucial role in bird conservation efforts. Protecting bird populations helps maintain the delicate balance of ecosystems.
Aesthetics and Design
Conscious glazing choices don’t have to compromise the overall look of the building. With various patterns and decorative options available, it’s possible to incorporate this glass seamlessly into the building’s architectural design.
Many bird-friendly glazing options also provide energy-saving benefits, such as reducing heat transfer and UV radiation. This can help lower cooling costs and contribute to a more sustainable building.
As the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions takes center stage in these collective efforts. Both residential and commercial establishments heavily rely on these systems for summer temperature control and, with bird-friendly glass options that also lower cooling costs, you will also reduce your carbon footprint.
If you are looking for a seasoned glazing company that can help you incorporate bird-friendly glass or other innovative window glazing materials into your projects, USGA is a great place to start. Contact us today to provide you with valuable insights and the most effective options for your specific project.