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Smashing trends: The wonder of glass


Unlike steel and concrete, glass is a relatively new material in the construction sector. Romans began using glass for architectural purposes by casting windows in around AD100, but it wasn't until the latter part of the Industrial Revolution that scientific research started to reveal the exciting functions and properties of glass. For a long time, glass was cast in buildings for the sole purpose of letting light in and keeping the weather out. It was widely believed - and is still to an extent - that too much of the transparent material wouldn't be strong enough to guard a property from vandalism and destruction; it wouldn't be sturdy enough to withstand a hurricane; and is too transparent to protect a building from heat gain. more

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