Insulated Glass Units (IGUs), most commonly seen in the form of double glazed windows, are designed to maximize energy efficiency in both hot and cool climatic conditions.
Standard single-pane windows are wonderful weather barriers, but they are not necessarily great insulators. IGUs go a step further, helping to prevent heat loss in winter or excessive heat gain in summer.
IGUs work by incorporating a cavity (usually a vacuum or inert gas) between two or more panels of glass. Since the inner cavity is a poor conductor of energy, the entire IGU acts as an excellent insulation system, meaning less energy is transferred between the interior and exterior of the building.
IGUs are not new – they have been used for premium glazing applications since the 1930s – but at AIG we use the world’s newest technologies and best materials to optimise the effectiveness of every unit we make.
Advantages of IGU’s are:
- Faster cooling or heating times, compared with single-pane alternatives.
- Enhanced indoor retention of cool air in summer, or warm air in winter, relieving strain on heating systems and air conditioners.More consistent internal temperatures, offering greater levels of comfort to building occupants.
- Reduced noise ingress.
- Improved asset saleability.
- Diminished energy loss due to unwanted draughts.
At AIG we are qualified to assist specifiers with preferred configurations and specifications to achieve desired energy rating benchmarks. Variables such as glass selection and performance values, glazing treatments and styles, sizing, cavity spacings and materials are all addressed holistically to ensure completed fittings are compliant with all relevant Australian standards and building codes.
We are a proud member of the Insulated Glass Manufacturers Association, (IGMA) Australia’s peak representative body for IGU manufacturers.
Glazing systems can help rescue building occupants from a range of natural and manmade noise disturbances. Peace and quiet can now be made to order, thanks to AIG’s acoustically optimized Insulated Glass Units (IGUs).
IGUs can dramatically reduce unwanted noise from traffic, aircraft, or the general background sounds from any suburban neighbourhood or busy CBD.
The acoustic performance of IGUs can be enhanced with a special ‘acoustic glass’, which is designed to dampen sound waves and augment the intrinsic soundproofing qualities of double glazing. Acoustic glass typically comprises a laminated panel, i.e. two sheets of glass fused together with a synthetic interlayer. This performance interlayer helps mitigate the transfer of sound waves, acting as a noise buffer to the outside world. Not only can acoustic glass raise the amenity of a commercial building or home, but it can also increase safety levels – laminated glass is a type of ‘Safety Glass’, designed to retain its form rather than fragment into shards in the event of breakage. So, acoustic glass can add harmony as well as safety to a structure.
Acoustically rated IGUs, of course, can work both ways, minimising the impact of sounds produced by factories, warehouses, studios, hospitality outlets and bars, or music venues, etc.
At AIG, we can configure acoustic glass for multifunctional benefits. For example, acoustic glass can be selected to maximise light ingress without unwanted heat gain, or to incorporate a specific decorative element or corporate livery.
Acoustic glass in IGUs can transform an excessively noisy structure into a private sanctuary.
The effectiveness of an Insulated Glass Unit (IGU) requires every element of the system – including window and door frames – to function with the utmost efficiency. This is where uPVC comes into its own…
Some framing and glazing systems involving aluminium, for instance, are not particularly good at preventing energy transfer through a window. In other words, an inefficient frame can undo many of the benefits derived from an efficient IGU.
The solution, of course, is to use a full glazing system that has no ‘weak links’. That is why we at AIG are among the first glass processing professionals in Australia to use uPVC on all our windows and doors. Not only is uPVC exceptionally resilient and stable, but it is also a poor energy conductor – which makes it ideal for preventing unwanted thermal energy transfer from a building to the outside world.
Additional advantages of uPVC glazing include cost-effectiveness, great noise attenuation, minimal maintenance requirements, outstanding weather resistance and full compliance with all relevant Australian standards.
High-performance coated glazing systems installed into AIG’s IGU’s are highly variable in their characteristics and behaviour, allowing us to produce products that accommodate individual needs, building orientation and design constraints – our solar control glazing systems actively minimise solar heat gain.
Heat gain and solar penetration can be controlled with different levels of glass transparency, tinting or glass selection, depending on the user’s applications. Alternatively, a user’s first priority might be to minimise glare. Requirements inevitably differ according to location, impacts on neighbouring properties, the presence (or absence) of shading devices, and other passive design elements. Minimal UV penetration might be another important factor, particularly in light-sensitive environments like shopfronts. The final configuration of an Insulated Glass Unit (IGU) results from careful scientific assessments of the above criteria, alongside additional factors such as the client’s desired energy efficiency targets.
Reflective, tinted or mirror finishes are available, as are more colour-neutral options to achieve similar performance outcomes.
Blinds have been features of glazed window and door systems for years, but the rising popularity of Insulated Glass Units (IGUs) has seen the emergence of Integral Blinds as functional, aesthetically pleasing privacy and shading solutions.
Whereas conventional blinds hang ‘next to’ a pane of glass, Integral Blinds hang permanently in the cavity between two glass panels of an IGU, such as the space between the glass panels in a double glazed window.
It’s an ingenious method of using the IGU cavity while keeping the blind in a secure, dust-free environment.
Integral Blinds are designed to operate independently and without affecting the seal or performance of an IGU in any way. Apart from removing the need for cleaning, there are numerous other benefits associated with Integral Blinds. In busy or cramped areas, blinds are fully protected from damage caused by scrapes, bumps, or accidental contact with clothing. Also, windows, sills and sashes are much easier to clean without the clutter of an external hanging blind.
AIG uses only superior Integral Blind mechanisms and assemblies to ensure long-term, smooth operation for years to come.
SAFETY & SECURITY
All AIG safety and security products, including those installed in Insulated Glass Units (IGUs) are manufactured in accordance with specific applications, incorporate only quality processed glass, and in accordance with corresponding Australian safety standards.
In Australia, building code requirements affecting safety are of supreme importance, which is why AIG adheres to the strictest international and national safety standards.
In many circumstances, particularly in areas that are susceptible to human contact, AIG supply Safety Glass as a single skin or as specified for the external pane of a double glazed unit.
There are two kinds of Safety Glass: Toughened and Laminated Glass.
At AIG we use only premium-quality, certified glass for both Toughened and Laminated glass applications.
- Toughened glass is heated at extremely high temperatures to alter the chemical composition of basic float glass. Not only does the glass become harder, but its composition also undergoes a structural change. When Toughened glass breaks, it shatters into tiny fragments instead of large shards.
- Laminated glass consists of two sheets of glass, fused together by a plastic ‘interlayer’. The interlayer, which is usually transparent, adds strength and acts as a bonding membrane to keep a glass sheet largely intact in the event of breakage. This quality makes Laminated glass ideal for applications where the integrity of a glass panel is crucial (a glass balustrade or glass canopy are both good examples).
At AIG we take pride in delivering finished Safety Glass that performs in accordance with specified ratings and fully compliant to the National Construction Code of Australia.
GEORGIAN BAR GLAZED UNITS
Double glazed units offer premium energy efficiency and comfort, but sometimes a customer wants the charm and heritage of barred, Georgian-style windows. Now you can have both!
Traditional Georgian windows typically comprise a number of smaller glass panes, all assembled together in one complex, glazed fixture such as a door or window. This ‘astragal bar’ system is as romantic as it is difficult to manufacture!
Australian Insulated Glass (AIG) now offers customers the beautiful visual effect of a multi-paned Georgian astragal bar window or door – without compromising the integrity of a one-piece Insulated Glass Unit (IGU) used in the fixture’s double glazing.
A touch of illusion is involved. Instead of conjoining an array of small, separate IGUs to make a single window, for instance, we start with a standard one-piece IGU and use internal spacer bars to mimic the effect of the internal framework. Then, we carefully superimpose external astragal bars directly over the spacer bars, providing the appearance of a genuine Georgian fixture.
This solution is ideal for those property owners wishing to create a sense of heritage without sacrificing the unrivalled functionality of one-piece double glazing. The best of the old, the best of the new.
Self-cleaning glass is the safe option for hard-to-reach windows and doors, and in applications where the use of cleaning agents is undesirable.
It sounds too good to be true, but self-cleaning glass actually minimises the sheer effort required to keep glass clean and aesthetically pleasing. The technology behind modern self-cleaning glass makes use of two abundant and free resources: UV light and rain. The light helps break down organic contaminants on the outer surface of the glass, and the rain helps remove waste particles.
Apart from hard-to-reach places like conservatory and glasshouse roofs, self-cleaning glass is the obvious ‘first choice’ in situations where safety is involved – glass balustrades high above ground level are a good example.
Australian Insulated Glass (AIG) uses only the latest-technology materials in its self-cleaning installations.
By reducing the frequency of manual cleaning, owners benefit by using:
Self-cleaning glass can be used without compromising glass transparency, and treatments are designed to last for the lifetime of the unit.
Safety underpins every product manufactured or installed by Australian Insulated Glass (AIG). Nowhere is this more evident than in our range of bushfire-compliant glass products.
The Building Code of Australia (BCA) mandates the use of fire-resistant glass and glazing in external glazed doors and window areas that might be exposed to bushfire.
Under the terms of the BCA regulations, glazed windows and doors in a BAL-40 (Bushfire Attack Level) zone must meet or exceed specific performance requirements, as specified in Australian Standard AS3959-2009.
At AIG, we use only the highest quality Toughened glass and fully certified glazing systems to minimise the risk of glass breakage or window/door failure during a wildfire. The aim of fire-resistant glass and glazing is to reduce the likelihood of ember penetration into a home, and to withstand the effects of high winds and high levels of radiant heat. AIG strongly recommends the use of double glazed units to enhance safety.
AIG adheres to the strictest possible levels of compliance when designing or manufacturing all products, including BAL-40 fixtures and components.
Most glass windows and doors involve some kind of ‘frame’ – but there are times when a frame is unwanted because it obstructs a precious view, or interferes with a particular architectural style. At Australian Insulated Glass (AIG), we have the solution: frameless glass.
Frameless glass is a brilliant solution in circumstances where a framed balustrade or window might compromise a precious view. Whether looking through a glass balustrade at the sun setting across the ocean, or peering out of a living room window at faraway mountains, the fewer obstructions, the better.
Australian Insulated Glass (AIG) offers a comprehensive range of long-lasting, weather-resistant glass and glazing products designed to enhance your visual connectedness with the outside world.
We use the world’s most advanced sealants, brackets and fixtures to ensure your uninterrupted views are just as safe and rigorous as framed installations.
All AIG frameless glass is made from certified Safety Glass in full compliance with Australian standards. Please contact us to discuss your precise needs and applications.
Decorative glass adds personality, uniqueness and style to any interior or exterior glass panel. From commercial logos to tasteful home ornamentations, the possibilities are endless.
At Australian Insulated Glass (AIG), we strive to turn every property owner’s vision into reality. Decorative elements reflect the occupants’ creative flair, good taste, and spirit. Using the latest sandblasting and etching techniques, we can manufacture customised panels to match supplied designs, including corporate logos and brands, or you might wish to choose from our extensive catalogue of existing images, motifs and patterns.
Designs can be incorporated into a wide range of glass products of different sizes and specifications, including mirrors and splashbacks.
If you are seeking to replicate established designs from one part of a building into a new extension, our experts are capable of handling small or large-scale projects with care and finesse. If your aim is to introduce a fresh design palette into a bathroom, games room, home bar or office, we can help guide you through the entire design process.
Decorative glass patterns and designs are permanent and weather-resistant, and are therefore longer-lasting than adhesive film-style alternatives.
From Art Deco border patterns around a window to a frosted outline of your favourite football team’s logo beside the billiard table, there are 101 different applications for original, interesting and value-adding decorative treatments.
Splashbacks are highly visible, highly functional parts of a bathroom or kitchen. Glass is the perfect material for splashback coherence, cleanliness and hygiene, and AIG is the ideal company to bring your customised splashback to reality.
Glass splashbacks are easier to measure, fit and maintain than stone or timber installations. Even better, a glass splashback can be designed to showcase any design you like, based on a limitless range of colours and effects including solid colours, digital graphic patterning, as well as photographic inspirations.
Glass can withstand the roughest treatment over many years, and, unlike other more fragile materials that require ongoing surface protection, can be kept in pristine condition without specialist care.
Australian Insulated Glass (AIG) can suggest an extraordinary array of images to enliven, calm or energise your splashback; our library of 30 million images is a treasure-trove of naturalistic, scenic and geometric designs.
For those who want to retain the aesthetic warmth of stone or marble, why not incorporate high-resolution imagery of stoneware into your glass splashback?
Indeed, glass splashbacks offer numerous clever solutions to perennial design challenges. If your kitchen or bathroom is very small, an AIG glass splashback can provide visual amplification by portraying sweeping panoramic outdoor scenes. If your splashback is located in a dark area of a room, then light colours or vividly accented effects can brighten a dull space. Landscapes and seascapes are favourite choices for homeowners wanting to heighten a sense of leisure and fun; on the other hand, imagery based on timber panels and grains is useful for providing traditionalism to an otherwise contemporary room.
At AIG, we can help you identify the right design to suit your practical and aesthetic requirements.
Mirror glass is becoming increasingly popular because of its capacity to augment a sense of space and light in buildings. Let’s reflect on the possibilities…
Whether you need floor-to-ceiling mirror glass or an unusually shaped decorative centerpiece, we at Australian Insulated Glass (AIG) have your requirements covered.
Architects and designers appreciate the ability of mirror glass to bring light into darkened recesses, add depth to a shallow room, and provide integration from one room to another.
We specialise in the manufacture of mirror glass for bathrooms, feature walls, tabletops and a broad range of inventive applications. Our expert machinists can cut panels of any size, and with tapered or beveled edging to suit any design environment.
All AIG mirror glass is designed to withstand Australia’s rugged conditions, including extremes of humidity and aridity.
Switchable glass is a revolutionary product that can literally ‘switch’ from full transparency to complete opacity in an instant – all at the flick of a ‘switch’… of course.
Switchable glass offers great design flexibility for both commercial and residential applications.
Made from special polymer dispersed liquid crystals incorporated into the interlayer of laminated glass, this product transforms clear glass into an opaque barrier for instant privacy or shade.
In a non-powered state, switchable glass is naturally opaque. With the addition of an electrical current, however, the glass becomes transparent. The user can control the level of opacity, depending on the power levels applied.
In commercial settings switchable glass can turn a busy workroom into a private boardroom, or a well-lit common room into a darkened video-conferencing space.
Expansive external windows, similarly, can be made opaque in order to minimise glare or elevate the comfort of internal office spaces.
In residential applications, switchable glass has myriad uses as an adaptable privacy screen in small apartments, bathrooms and wall partitions.