More than 35 companies worldwide now manufacture commercial, institutional and residential “multi-chamber” IG units based on a performance array of crystal-clear, low-emissivity films suspended midway between two panes of glass. In its leadership role among all worldwide Suspended Film (SF) fabricators, SeriousGlass SSG insulating glass units, are uniquely certified by the Insulating Glass Certification Council (IGCC) at a Double-A level.
IGCC/GANA Certification - IGCC testing involves high humidity, accelerated weathering, alternate high temperature/low temperature exposure, UV bombardment, and volatile fogging of the insulating glass units. The SF sealing technology used in SeriousGlass SSG insulating glass units, were tested by Architectural Testing Incorporated (ATI). Thorough back-to-back A-Level test were performed; all 16 units submitted passed in excellent condition. ATI test personnel stated that this was their first documentation of “IGCC Double-A Level” performance.
SeriousGlass has been consistently certified at the IGCC’s “A” level since the early 1980s.
European CE Certification - In Europe the standards of SF testing are not the same as in the U.S. and to further establish the reliability of the SF technology used in our glass packages, Serious Energy pursued European certification through the Communauté Européenne (CE). After more than two years of extended testing that focused on each component of Serious Energy's insulating glass unit, the CE granted a confirmed “Declaration Of Conformity” passage of Serious Energy's SF glass technology.
Film Adhesion Verification - Testing extending back to 1979, has systematically stressed the spacer/film/spacer bond in excess of twice the actual tension level resulting from heat shrinking for each new SeriousGlass configuration. Again with reference to 29 years of exclusive SF projects throughout the United States and Europe, evidence is strong that the film used in SeriousGlass insulating units are both securely anchored and tensioned.
Sealant Edge “Bite” - The cross-section construction of SF in SeriousGlass units provides two computer-bent steel spacers. The coated film extends completely through the spacer assembly to be securely “locked” in place by the secondary sealant. The inspected variance of this nominal ½” spacer/sealant sightline may not exceed 1/16”. The SeriousGlass perimeter face-width of dual-seal silicone units may be increased in response to high windload or blast requirements.
Optical Clarity - Perhaps the best reference for SeriousGlass optical clarity is the product’s repeated use, during the past two decades, by numerous art galleries. Gordon Anson, Exhibit Designer at the National Gallery of Art, specifically studied SeriousGlass, approving not only its clarity but assigning a Color Rendering Index of 92. SeriousGlass is now installed throughout the National Gallery, as well as the National Portrait Gallery, Freer Gallery, Art Institute of Chicago skylights and Pennsylvania State Museum.
Thermal Stress & Wet Environments with SeriousGlass - Suspended Film has been preferentially specified in the harshest of municipal, institutional and residential swimming-pool environments for more than two decades. One very demanding project was the University Of Colorado’s Recreation Center which maintained temperatures at 85˚F with an approximate relative humidity of 70%. By replacing their 22’ high curtainwall with SeriousGlass, the University of Colorado has benefited from virtually condensation free, near constant glass temperatures resulting in a reduction HVAC loads.
Serious Energy has provided dual-seal silicone units to countless projects nationwide during the past decade and beyond. A few SeriousGlass SF projects and dates installed include:
To review just a sample of our project success stories, use our Project Gallery here.