NEWS LAUNCH OF INVISIBILITY “Invisible” structural glass launched

Although glass may normally be perceived as essentially ‘invisible’, one manufacturer has explored the potential to remove glare and reflections to produce truly invisible structural glazing. In its campaign, Guardian Glass is

highlighting what it describes as the “numerous possibilities that are now open to architects” using Guardian Clarity anti-reflective glass in exterior building applications. Guardian Glass commented: “While the

use of anti-reflective glass for interior design and glass displays is becoming even more common, we wanted to highlight it is now possible to effectively use anti-reflective glass for building and facade applications too. When glass continues to be a physical barrier, but is no longer an optical one, imagine the world of design opportunities this would represent for architects. Reflections and glare can now be minimised, creating invisible glazing without spoiling an otherwise perfect view.”

TRAINING GGF Training rebrands to Helix Training

As part of fulfilling the branding strategy of the recently formed Helix Group, the organisation has rebranded GGF Training to Helix Training. The newly named company will deliver the same service as

before, aiming to add more benefits and new features for companies in the glass and glazing industry. The Helix Group was formed in 2016 by the GGF to harness

the resources and talents of all the GGF’s subsidiary companies. Along with FENSA, GGFi, Borough IT, RISA and BFRC, Helix Training will add to the collective services the Helix Group offers to the industry. Jon Vanstone, Helix Group CEO commented on the introduc-

tion of the new branding replacing GGF Training: “We are incredibly proud of what GGF Training achieved since it was launched at the end of 2013. From the development of a successful MTC (Minimal

Technical Competency) program to an ambitious and continually evolving syllabus of industry training, there is a lot of potential for future opportunity. We believe that with the support of Helix Group, Helix Training will be able to reach this potential, having

a greater impact on the broader home improvement market.” While there are exciting and innovative changes happening

within the group, Helix Training is still run by the same trusted team behind GGF Training, and will continue to deliver their services with the same passion, drive and level of excellence as before. As part of the training portfolio, 2017 sees the addition of a

number of business courses offered in conjunction with the Building Merchants Federation (BMF). These courses are in addition to the existing training offered by Helix Training: Fire Resistant Glazing and Manual Handling, delivered in partnership with the GGF and Pristine Condition respectively. Brian Baker, GGF chief executive (interim) commented: “We

are delighted to see the formation of Helix Training. To ensure the training needs of GGF Members are still served, the GGF has set up a Training division within its technical department, headed up by Sarah Herbert who was part of the GGF Training team since its formation in 2013. Both the GGF Training department and Helix Training will work together to deliver the best training courses for the GGF Membership.”

The company, based in Michigan, has

designed Guardian Clarity to reduce reflec- tion from 8 per cent to “around 0.7 per cent compared to standard glass,” as well as “increasing light transmission for a viewing experience that is virtually distortion free.” Andras Kovacs, product manager at

Guardian Glass commented: “The need to make structural glazing virtually invisible can now be met. Architects can create transparent, crystal clear views through the glass, including curved facades.” He contin- ued: “Imagine the world’s skyscrapers without reflections in the glazing. It would definitely have a powerful effect on the aesthetics of cities, and how each building is perceived and experienced.” The company said that with glass facade

aesthetics being “a complex matter that involves changing levels of internal and external reflection and colours in different light conditions, Guardian Clarity glass “gives architects more freedom to create buildings that stand out – by increasing

visibility into or from the building, or by creating an invisible canvas to bring the interior to the fore.” The campaign has been launched to

show architects the varied possible applications of invisible glass. For more information and to order a free sample visit


ADF MAY 2017

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