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The next generation windows a new source of energy (reduction)

Posted on 6/8/2012 9:47:49 AM By FEICA
  

Sealants and Adhesives have been in use for thousands of years. In biblical times the Tower of Babel was reportedly built with mortar and tar or pitch as a sealant, and naturally occurring bitumen and asphalt materials have been widely accepted as sealants for many centuries. Prior to the 1900s most sealants and adhesives were derived from vegetable, animal, or mineral substances, but the rise of the polymer industry in the early 1930s led to the development of modern polymeric sealants and adhesives and revolutionized the construction and insulation of buildings.

 

Today sealants and adhesives are used for a wide variety of commercial and residential applications. Common sealants include silicone, acrylic, vinyl acetate, urethane, butyl and other polymeric types. Formulations have been developed over the years to meet the performance specifications established by industry standards and the particular requirements of the end user.

 

Thanks to modern window technology, for example, city centres that were once ‘concrete jungles’ now have huge expanses of glass that reflect the sky and provide a lighter environment. Structural glazing attaches glass to a building under high wind and stress loads, yet the adhesives and sealants that strengthen the structure remain largely unseen.

 

The use of sealants and adhesives allows for greater innovation in building design, along with increased durability of structures, the preservation of the building’s environment and a reduction in material consumption for the construction of the façade and windows.


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