Comprehensive Local Actions

Site Planning and Landscape Design

Enhancements to the Building Envelope

Modifications to Existing Buildings

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Emerging Technologies

Emerging Technologies

OBJECTIVE: 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.
  • Continue research on pattern recognition of both humans and birds to identify patterns that inhibit bird 'fly-throughs' while minimally obstructing human views.
  • Encourage manufacturers to offer "bird-safe" patterns as stock products in a variety of finishes for design flexibility (i.e. ceramic frit, acid etching, laminated LEDs, electrochromic coatings etc.).
Encourage the development of glass that eliminates reflections. The exterior surface of glass is of primary concern, however all surfaces of glass reflect habitat to some extent.
  • Lower reflectivity of existing "non-reflective" glass.
  • Develop plastic films, diachronic coatings, and tints for exterior use.
  • Experiment with particles that can be cast integrally into glass during the production process.
  • Enhance existing patterning materials such as ceramic frits and acid etching for exterior use.
  • Encourage the development of other forms of non-reflective tinted or spectrally selective glass.
Develop new technology
  • Develop glass with integral patterns in the ultra-violet range that will be visible to birds and not humans.
  • Improve polycarbonates as an alternate to glass and explore its bird-safe potential.
  • Encourage research into experimental technologies such as nanotechnology, meta-materials, and other unforeseen solutions.
+ 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

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