Emerging TechnologiesOBJECTIVE: Encourage glass manufacturers to advance the search and development of innovative technologies that make glass visible to birds without visually impairing glass for humans. Such bird-safe glass may involve novel uses of known manufacturing processes, new/ unexplored technologies or even the use of polycarbonates.
Refine methods of obscuring transparency of glass.
+ The development of an integral glass technology would greatly reduce the problem of building-related bird mortality without imposing major aesthetic modifications to contemporary building designs.
+ Encouraging a technological solution would stimulate research and development in the glass industry, and encourage wide-ranging innovative product development with beneficial economic consequences.
+ An innovative technological solution would be widely accepted in the design and construction industry, with beneficial economic consequences, particularly if it minimized aesthetic impacts and was cost-competitive.
+ Significant development would serve as a model for other potential "bio-mimetic" technological solutions to design problems.
- Developing effective technologies may require large investments and may prove challenging in the short term.
- Ineffective without the support and leadership of glass and construction industry officials.
Indoor Environmental Quality (EQ) Credit 8.1: Daylight & Views
Innovation & Design Process (ID) Credit 1 to 1.4: Innovation in Design