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Processing & Manufacturing

Processing & Manufacturing

At AIG, we have the capabilities to produce a range of products from High-Performance Insulated Glass units. These units can have various changes with their characteristics and behaviour, i.e. Changes to the glass performance values. AIG can also cut and produce the everyday glass and mirror types, allowing us to produce products that accommodate individual needs around the building orientation and design constraints.

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Insulated Glass Unit

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.

WHY SUPER SPACER?

The winning choice for the industry’s most durable insulating glass units.

At AIG, We are super excited to be using the best spacer system on today’s market, SUPER SPACER WARM EDGE TECHNOLOGY. Super spacer is a flexible, silicone foam spacer that provides the maximum in perimeter insulation for Dual sealed glazing units. Its desiccant-filled with pre-applied side adhesive, the structural foam spacer significantly simplifies insulating glass (IG) production.

The Foam Advantage

The Foam Advantage “Thermal efficiency through no presence of conductive metals” is Super Spacer’s hallmark. The edge of the insulating glass unit is indeed the most vulnerable to heat and cooling loss, condensation and frosting. Super Spacer’s NO-Metal formula blocks the heat escape path and provides one of the best thermal performances in the industry. That means it keeps the heat in during the winter and keeps the cool in during the summer. Super Spacer assures comfortable humidity levels with hardly any worries about condensation or mould.

Noise Reduction

​While windows sealed with Super Spacer protect you from foul weather beating on your house, there’s something else they keep outside – Noise. Whether it’s cars whizzing by, restless neighbors next door or power tools blasting on a Saturday morning, we can help keep it quiet inside. That’s because the closed-cell polymer foam in Super Spacer transmits very little sound compared to conventional metal spacers. Another reason your more comfortable at home with Super Spacer.

The sustainable choice for high-performance, energy saving insulating glass units:

  • Super Spacer will contribute to Energy Star® house rating.
  • Dramatically reduces seal failure and stress crack callbacks.
  • Passes the toughest industry tests (ASTM 2190; EN 1279).
  • Improves sightline temperature – Up to 16.6° F / 9.2° C.
  • Improves U-Value by up to 12%.
  • Noise Reduction by up to 2dB.

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.

Acoustic Glass System

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.

Bushfire Rated

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.

Georgian, Colonial & Leaded designs

Double glazed units offer premium energy efficiency and comfort, but sometimes a customer wants the charm and heritage of leaded designs or Georgian barred style windows. Now you can have both!

 

Georgian

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 system is as romantic as it is difficult to manufacture!

Australian IG  (AIG) now offers customers the beautiful visual effect of a multi-paned Georgian/Colonial 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.

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.

 

Leaded Designs

The most common lead light designs are rectangular/square and diamond shaped designs.

The lead is applied to both sides of the outside piece of glass in a double glazed unit prior to assembly. Please note the lead is only ever applied to one of the two pieces of glass making a double glazed unit. The inside is usually left as clear glass in order to make internal cleaning easier. Coloured film may be used between the lead to create patterns and pictures often used for a glazed panel in entrance doors.

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Custom Laminates

By laminating two or more sheets of glass together, it is possible to achieve an unlimited array of customized aesthetic and practical outcomes.

At AIG, we understand that unique glazing requirements and settings may call for customised solutions. That’s why we offer tailor-made configurations of laminated glass – using different types and thicknesses of glass, matched to appropriate interlayer materials – to achieve the right performance characteristics, colours and effects to suit your project.

Laminated glass offers premium safety because of its impact resistance and integrity in the event of breakage. While a conventional sheet of glass might shatter into fragments or shards if broken, a laminated panel tends to maintain full-sheet integrity if broken thanks to the binding effect of the PVB interlayer. For this reason, toughened laminated glass is mandatory, for instance, in overhead sloped glazing in Australian buildings.

Laminated glass can also be used for customised security applications – from superior impact resistance in a sporting venue, all the way up to bulletproof glass!

In addition, laminated glass can be designed to optimise noise abatement, minimize UV penetration into rooms of precious furnishings, or to reduce heat gain in summer. All these qualities can be delivered simply and affordably through customised interlayers and coatings matched to the right glass sheets.

NB: customized laminated glass can solve design and privacy conundrums by providing the perfect amount of reflectivity and colour.

In other words, AIG customised laminated glass is a ‘problem solver’. When specified in consultation with AIG consultants, our products can help enhance the function, comfort and appearance of any space.

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Internal Blinds

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 Internal Blinds as functional, aesthetically pleasing privacy and shading solutions.

Whereas conventional blinds hang ‘next to’ a pane of glass, Internal 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.

Internal 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 Internal 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 Internal Blind mechanisms and assemblies to ensure long-term, smooth operation for years to come.

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Saftey & 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.

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Self Cleaning

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:

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Solar Control

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.

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Switchable Glass

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.

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