Buildings by their very nature are subjected to the elements, and this can be in the form of wind, snow, rain and sun. It is critical that buildings can withstand these elements, and in glass design, resistance to wind and snow loads is a key consideration.
In addition to externally applied loads, consideration also needs to be given to loads generated within insulating glass units. These loads can be generated by changes in air pressure and temperature relative to the sealed pressure within the IGU cavity.
This section provides documents that outline the various climatic load requirements, and how glass is designed to withstand them.