Structural glass is a frameless assembly of glass where a portion of the structural load is taken by the glass itself rather than by a supporting frame. Structural glass can be used to create a brighter enclosed space, with a feeling of 'lightness' compared to many alternatives.
Accurate glass specifications and fixing details are essential for the safe and secure installation of structural glass assemblies.
This might include glass fins and beams to give additional support to the structure, or the use of minimal or hidden metal fixings.
Composite structures may include elements of structural glass, supported by conventional structures such as cable nets, space frames, beams, and columns and so on.
Structural glass assemblies typically have additional thickness and strength compared to conventional, framed glass structures. They are generally formed using toughened glass or laminated glass. Most structural glass assemblies are bespoke but are not necessarily any more expensive than more conventional framed structures.
Structural and bolted glass systems enable architects and specifiers to create original designs in glass in any plane from vertical through to horizontal.
For many years, ThermoSpan has designed, manufactured and installed structural and bolted glass systems. Traditionally used for external façades, these systems can also be used in roofs, atria, canopies and much more.
Like ThermoSpan™, Lite-Wall Mono and Lite-Wall ISO systems provide for point-fixed, flush-surfaced glass connections of monolithic glass or insulated glazed units in any plane.