Application of glass in building industry: A Historical view

   May 08, 2020

Posted by : P Murphy

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Glass is one of the best and most versatile home construction and decor materials now a days. we can find glassware in just about every building, kitchen and structure in existence. Glass is widely used in building industry because of its unique features such as durability, renewable and Eco-friendly qualities.  However, the glass which we used as building material is known as Architectural glass. It is most typically used as transparent glazing material in the building envelope, including windows in the external walls. Glass is also used for internal partitions and as an architectural feature.


According to history glass was invented at least 3,600 BC in Mesopotamia although it is claimed that they may have been producing copies of glass objects from Egypt.  Other archaeological evidence suggests that the first true glass was made in coastal north Syria, Mesopotamia or Egypt. Since that lots of time has been passed. According to Wikipedia time-line of modern architectural glass development is described below


1226: "Broad Sheet" first produced in Sussex.


1330: "Crown glass" for art work and vessels first produced in Rouen, France.


1500s: A method of making mirrors out of plate glass was developed by Venetian glass-makers on the island of Murano, who covered the back of the glass with a mercury-tin amalgam, obtaining near-perfect and undistorted reflection.


1620s: "Blown plate" first produced in London. Used for mirrors and coach plates.


1678: "Crown glass" first produced in London. This process dominated until the 19th century.


1843: An early form of "float glass" invented by Henry Bessemer, pouring glass onto liquid tin. Expensive and not a commercial success.


1874: Tempered glass is developed by Francois Barthelemy Alfred Royer de la Bastie  of Paris, France.


1888: Machine-rolled glass introduced.


1898: Wired-cast glass first commercially produced by Pilkington for use where safety or security was an issue.


1959: Float glass launched in UK. Invented by Sir Alastair Pilkington.



Source: History Of Glass , Wikipedia









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