Dow celebrates 50 years of innovation with its first 4-sided silicone glazing application
4-sided silicone structural glazing applications have helped to change the face of urban landscapes
Midland, Michigan, June 8th, 2021 – As the world’s largest construction silicone provider, Dow has been a pioneer in discovering the multi-purpose nature of silicones and bringing new innovations into the construction industry. This year marks the 50th anniversary of one of those innovations - Dow’s pioneering of 4-sided silicone structural glazing (SSG) application in 1971. In the years since, Dow has developed many SSG products that are used to create visually stunning glass façades and helps allow architects and builders to redefine the built environment of tomorrow.
Prior to the 1960s, mechanical fasteners and gaskets were required to attach glass to a building’s framework. Then, 2 sided SSG was introduced in the 60’s, followed by Dow’s 4-sided SSG in the 70’s which allowed architects and builders the option to create uninterrupted walls of glass – for much greater creativity and design freedom in the building and construction industry.
“For over 50 years, we have worked alongside professionals in the building and construction industries to help bring innovative and ambitious designs to life with our silicone structural glazing technologies” said Jean-Paul Hautekeer, Global Marketing Director for Building & Infrastructure at Dow. “As architects and builders today continue the journey toward safer and more sustainable structures, we’re proud to work alongside them to make our mark in the cities of tomorrow. We look forward to the next 50 years of pushing the envelope forward with our silicone structural glazing products.”
Along with the 4-sided SSG materials, Dow continues to develop innovative and sustainable solutions for building and infrastructure. For more information on the latest developments, please visit our website.
About Dow Building & Infrastructure
Dow Building & Infrastructure, part of Dow Consumer Solutions, collaborates with industry professionals around the world to develop solutions to enhance design and aesthetics, increase durability, advance the energy efficiency of buildings, and improve the health and safety of building occupants. Taking a holistic approach, Dow brings together expertise from across the company to help customers find solutions to a wide range of high-performance building challenges. Featuring DOWSIL™ Brand Products, Dow’s high-performance building solutions include proven materials for structural and protective glazing, weatherproofing, insulating glass, window and door fabrication, and building materials protection, as well as innovations for high-efficiency insulation, lighting, and the incorporation of photovoltaic cells and solar panels into building design. Visit dow.com/construction to learn more.
Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines global breadth, asset integration and scale, focused innovation and leading business positions to achieve profitable growth. The Company’s ambition is to become the most innovative, customer centric, inclusive and sustainable materials science company, with a purpose to deliver a sustainable future for the world through our materials science expertise and collaboration with our partners. Dow’s portfolio of plastics, industrial intermediates, coatings and silicones businesses delivers a broad range of differentiated science-based products and solutions for its customers in high-growth market segments, such as packaging, infrastructure, mobility and consumer care. Dow operates 106 manufacturing sites in 31 countries and employs approximately 35,700 people. Dow delivered sales of approximately $39 billion in 2020. References to Dow or the Company mean Dow Inc. and its subsidiaries. For more information, please visit www.dow.com or follow @DowNewsroom on Twitter.
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