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SentryGlas® ionoplast interlayer Helps Griffith University Building to Model New International Standards for Sustainability

Glass facade of the Sir Samuel Griffith Centre at the Nathan Campus of Griffith University 

The building’s south-facing side features a bowed glass façade set out from the building as a 'rain-shield' that allows circulation edges to be naturally ventilated.
(Photo courtesy of 
 G.James Glass & Aluminium Pty Ltd. )

SentryGlas® ionoplast interlayer has played a key role in the façade construction of the new Sir Samuel Griffith Centre at the Nathan Campus of Griffith University that is destined to become a model for ‘off-grid’ remote communities that have no access to power. The building will also provide an example of how safe, sustainable power supplies can be deployed in urban settings.

Designed by Cox Rayner Architects and constructed by Watpac Constructions Pty Ltd, south-facing side features a bowed glass façade set out from the building as a 'rain-shield' that allows circulation edges to be naturally ventilated. This façade is supported by a steel web that uses principles of
‘tensegrity’.

SentryGlas® was specified in this project by G.James Glass and Aluminium Pty Ltd Australia – a leading Australian façade designer, manufacturer and installer – for multiple reasons, including:

  • Impressive strength-to-weight ratio
  • Excellent post-breakage performance at high ambient temperatures
  • Superior edge performance

Lighter façade panels enable more subtle supporting structures

SentryGlas® ionoplast interlayer is over 100 times stiffer and five times stronger than polyvinyl butyral (PVB). As a result, there is an almost perfect transmission of load between two laminated sheets of
glass, even at high temperatures, leading to the excellent flexural behavior of the glass when under load and direct sunlight in high summer.

Laminates with SentryGlas® show less than half the rate of deflection when compared to laminates with PVB, when under the same load, and thus almost the same behavior as monolithic glass of the same thickness.  SentryGlas® ionoplast interlayer helps Griffith University building to model new international standards for sustainability.

Learn more about this project by downloading the case study.

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Griffith Univeristy Case Study

Cover of Griffith University case study 

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