Structural glass has the ability to create completely frameless glass installations, on a large scale, with little to no restrictions on size, shape, or structure. Our in-house developed structural glazing system, Invisio, is the UK’s first thermally broken structural glazing system.  

Our years of experience using glass as a structural element make us equipped to design frameless glass solutions that address architects’ main concerns with bespoke structural glass. Invisio has been designed with an inbuilt thermal break, achieving high levels of thermal insulation to ensure the glass is not a source of heat loss.  

Some of the applications structural glazing can be utilised within include, but aren’t limited to glass-walled swimming pools, double-height façade designs, frameless glass walls, sstructural glass roofs, glass box extensions, oriel windows, frameless windows, glass floors, and minimal glass links.

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Structural Glazing Systems

Structural glass can be used to create completely frameless glass installations, on a large scale, with little to no restrictions on size, shape, or structure. Our in-house developed structural glazing system, Invisio, is the UK’s first thermally broken structural glazing system.  

Our years of experience using glass as a structural element makes us equipped to design frameless glass solutions that address architects’ main concerns with bespoke structural glass. Invisio has been designed with an inbuilt thermal break, achieving high levels of thermal insulation to ensure the glass is not a source of heat loss. 

Structural Glass Wall

Using our Inviso thermally broken structural glazing system, IQ can design entire walls of glass using panes of structural glazing and offers the option to incorporate opening elements such as a slim sliding door. 

The neat silicone joins allows the structural glass wall to offer panoramic views of the outdoors whilst allowing in a vast amount of natural light. 

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Structural Roof Glazing

Glass roofs that utilise panes of structural glazing are an excellent way to maximise natural light and give an indoor space a strong bond with the outdoors. 

Support need for structural roof glazing will depend on the size of the roof and panes used. Glass beams and fins can be used, or steel T sections may be better suited depending on the project. 

Similarly to all structural glazing solutions, any performance values will need to be calculated on a project-by-project basis.

 

Structural Glass Façade

With completed glass façade projects all over the UK and internationally, we are the unparalleled leaders in bespoke glass façade design.

Our vast collections of completed projects have included glass facades that feature curved glass, screen printed glass, shaped glazing, heated and privacy glazing.

All our structural glass projects are delivered and installed to tight programs and in some of the most challenging site locations in the world.

To create a bespoke structural glass façade we like to start at the beginning and work with you, offering a consultative service, to create a bespoke glass façade design in keeping with your design intent, budget and performance requirements. 

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Structural Glass Floor

Structural glazing can be utilised for a wide variety of glass floor options. Some applications include internal glass floors that provide views between two different floors of the building or to get light into basement spaces. 

Walk on glass floors must be specified with structural glazing for it to be safe to walk over, this will include a toughened and laminated out pane, as well as inner is there is a living space below. 

Curved Structural Glazing

Incorporating curved glass into structural glazing solutions offers clearer views of the surrounding with not even a silicone join disrupting the views. 

This also means that the flow of natural light is completely uninterrupted. Curved structural glazing is most used in glass walls or for internal glass courtyards but can be used in a wide variety of applications. 

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Structural Glass Balustrade

IQ use structural glazing to manufacture our frameless glass balustrades, with two panes of toughened glass laminated together using a strengthening interlayer. 

Toughened glass is five times stronger than float glass making it less likely to break upon impact, and in the event of breakage, the interlayer helps to keep the balustrade upright.

This means that the safety barrier will still provide a certain level of protection, even when broken.

For specific information regarding maximum sizes or weight, performance levels or fixing details, contact the team at IQ today.

Why Work With Us

We are able to work with designers and specifiers from an early stage of a project to ensure that no compromises have to be made on design. Our expert glazing technicians are here to help your design become a reality, lending their years of experience to your project team for design advice, performance guidance and cost implications. 

To find out more or arrange a meeting with one of our expert glazing consultants or just contact the team on 01494 722 880.

EXPERT GLASS
TECHNICIANS

Our years of experience allow us to create bespoke glass constructions with minimal detailing and expert quality.

IN HOUSE PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Our specialist in house contract management team oversees your glazing project from beginning to end.

KNOWLEDGEABLE
& RELIABLE

Our technical skillset and high levels of customer service mean that architects and contractors return to us time and again for their commercial glazing projects.

UNRIVALED
DESIGN

Our in house team of CAD designers and engineers contains twelve expert designers and is fully supported by a structural engineer for specialist structural glass calculations.

TECHNICAL PRE-TENDER MEETINGS

Our expert glazing specification advisors are available to help you finalise your architectural glazing designs before the tender stage.

GLASS SPECIFICATION
ADVICE

We offer a full NBS style specification service for architects who wish to ensure the correct aesthetic and performance is achieved from their documentation.

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FAQs

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With any construction project, hitting dates to avoid project delays is a massive issue. The UK has very strict regulations when it comes to planning, schedules, construction and site safety, and these processes can be applied to any project in the world to ensure work is carried out in a safe and efficient manner.

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Not only does IQ have world renowned British project management skills, but we also offer a wide variety of award-winning glazing systems that use high-quality glass manufactured in Europe. Our year of experience installation bespoke glazing packages around the world allows us the know how to advise on glazing for all types of climates. Read More

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