introduces Guardian Bird1st™ Etch glass

Four products give architects flexibility while protecting birds

Auburn Hills, Mich. – March 16, 2021

Guardian Glass North America now offers Guardian Bird1st™ Etch glass in four distinct bird-friendly patterns for exterior building applications.

Guardian Bird1st™ Etch glass joins Guardian Glass’ family of bird-friendly products to give architects additional options to achieve their desired design aesthetic and glass performance while reducing the likelihood of bird collisions with windows.

“Guardian Bird1st™ Etch glass gives architects greater flexibility to select the best coated glass for their project,” explains Chris Dolan, Director, Commercial Segment and Technical Services, Guardian Glass North America. “By pairing a Bird1st Etch pattern on surface 1 and a Guardian SunGuard® low-E coating on surface 2 of an insulating glass unit, the project can achieve desired energy performance while meeting bird-friendly standards.”

Available in four different patterns on translucent glass, Guardian Bird1st™ Etch glass products include Threat Factor scores* to quantify collision-avoidance effectiveness.

These products are available on Guardian UltraClear® low-iron glass and standard clear glass and can be paired with Guardian SunGuard® SuperNeutral® 68, SNX 62/27 and SNX 51/23 coatings on the same lite of glass, as part of an insulating glass unit. The glass can be heat-treated and used with laminated glass for safety and other benefits. Guardian Bird1st™ Etch glass is currently available in 96”x130” size on 6mm thick float glass through the Guardian Select® Fabricator network.

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* Threat Factor scores indicate the percent of times in which birds will not avoid collision.

About Guardian Glass

Guardian Glass, a major business unit of Guardian Industries, is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of float, coated and fabricated glass products. At its 25 float plants around the globe, Guardian Glass produces high performance glass for use in exterior (both commercial and residential) and interior architectural applications, as well as transportation and technical products. You’ll find Guardian glass in homes, offices, cars and some of the world’s most iconic architectural landmarks. The Guardian Glass Science & Technology Center continuously works to create new glass products and solutions using the most advanced technology to help customers see what’s possible™.

About Guardian Industries

Guardian Industries, a global company headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan, operates facilities throughout North and South America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Guardian companies employ 18,000 people and manufacture high-performance float glass; coated and fabricated glass products for architectural, residential, interior, transportation and technical glass applications; and high-quality chrome-plated and painted plastic components for the automotive and commercial truck industries. Guardian’s vision is to be a preferred partner to our customers, suppliers, employees and communities based on a foundation of mutual benefit. This drives our relentless focus on improving people’s lives by providing products and services they value more highly than their alternatives and doing so responsibly while consuming fewer resources. Guardian is a wholly owned subsidiary of Koch Industries, Inc. Visit