"Collisions with glass take a horrific and deadly toll on birds every day, with home windows responsible for hundreds of millions of bird deaths. NanaWall is commendable for taking a great first step,” said Dr. Christine Sheppard.
Mill Valley, CA (PRWEB) June 15, 2010
Window collisions kill between 100 million and 1 billion birds each year in the United States.
NanaWall Systems, the leader in large opening glass walls, is the first operable glass wall company in North America to offer bird-protection glass that is not discernible to the human eye. The Bird-Protection Ornilux® glass includes ultraviolet patterns that make the glass visible to birds but still transparent to humans.
“Collisions with glass take a horrific and deadly toll on birds every day, with home windows responsible for hundreds of millions of bird deaths. While there are effective tools such as window film, shutters, grilles, decals and painted patterns that can make existing glass more visible to birds, manufacturers have been slow to produce glass products for new construction, designed to be safe for birds. NanaWall is commendable for taking a great first step,” said Dr. Christine Sheppard, Bird Collisions Campaign Manager, American Bird Conservancy.
Though people can recognize the difference between reflections and reality, birds do not. Unknowingly, they fly full-speed into the glass and make an impact.
For years, ornithologists have been looking for an architectural solution for preventing or reducing bird deaths from glass impacts.
NanaWall is the first folding glass wall manufacturer to provide this glass with their systems in the United States. The Bird-Protection Ornilux Glass works with all NanaWall folding and sliding glass systems and all NanaWall glass window wall systems.
“I first heard about the issue of bird safety and glass about five years ago from one of our customers,” said Ebrahim Nana, president of NanaWall Systems. “Since then, NanaWall Systems has been looking for a solution around the world. This spring, I was introduced to the Ornilux bird-protection glass in Germany and immediately started working to make it available to architects, builders, cities and homeowners that use the NanaWall in conventional and “green” buildings. We are proud to offer the NanaWall with Ornilux Glass to provide an architectural solution so that “green buildings” can incorporate bird-safe glass and bird-safe architecture.”
Dr. Daniel Klem, a researcher at the Acopian Center for Ornithology at Muhlenberg College in Pennsylvania who has published numerous studies related to avian mortality at windows and how to prevent it for 36 years, says, “Except for habitat destruction, the second largest cause of bird deaths is collisions with clear and reflective sheet glass. There is no window size, building structure, time of day, season of year, or weather conditions during which birds elude the lethal hazards of glass in urban, suburban or rural environments. I have not yet tested Ornilux glass however I support I every attempt to save birds from windows, which cause countless millions of unintentional and unwanted casualties from striking panes in human dwellings the world over.”
Bird-Safe Design Standards are part of new green building trends. Toronto has mandated bird-friendly construction as has Cook County, Ill. The NanaWall is used in LEED-certified commercial and residential buildings across North America.
About NanaWall Systems
NanaWall Systems is the exclusive North American partner of Solarlux, Germany, the world leader in operable glass wall technology. NanaWall Systems’ opening glass walls provide flexible solutions to large architectural openings, from 8 feet to 320 feet and are used in houses, condominiums, restaurants, stadiums, schools and more. Nine of the NanaWall systems have been rated, certified and labeled in accordance with National Fenestration Rating Council 100/200. Depending on the system selected and glass options, Energy Star U value and SHGC requirements for all climate zones can be met. The NanaWall is unrivaled in the industry for exceeding standards for air infiltration, water penetration, structural performance and forced entry. The NanaWall SL72 aluminum folding system is Miami-Dade County approved and can be used in hurricane areas. NanaWall Systems is a member of the U.S. Green Building Association. The aluminum-framed NanaWall uses recyclable aluminum with non-toxic powder-coated finishes. The wood-framed NanaWall can be FSC certified upon request and uses water-based finishes. For more information about the NanaWall, visit the award-winning Web site and photo gallery at http://www.nanawall.com.
About the American Bird Conservancy
American Bird Conservancy conserves native birds and their habitats throughout the Americas by safeguarding the rarest species, conserving and restoring habitats, and reducing threats while building capacity of the bird conservation movement. ABC is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit membership organization that is consistently awarded a top, four-star rating by the independent group, Charity Navigator. More information at http://www.abcbirds.org.
About Dr. Daniel Klem
Daniel Klem, Jr. is Professor of Biology, and Sarkis Acopian Professor of Ornithology and Conservation Biology in the Department of Biology, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, Pennsylvania. He earned his Ph.D. at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. For 35 years, beginning with his dissertation and continuing to present, he has studied and published extensively on the relationship between birds and windows. See his research at http://aco.muhlenberg.edu/
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