Ornilux Bird Protection Glass
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Researchers estimate that hundreds of millions of birds are killed each year in North America due to collisions with glass on buildings, making bird window strikes one of the largest avian fatality threats. It is the reflective and transparent characteristics of glass that create the danger for birds, as they cannot see glass. To prevent these collisions, glass must somehow be made visible to birds. With the understanding that birds are able to see light in the ultraviolet spectrum, Arnold Glas has developed Ornilux Bird Protection Glass. The glass has a patterned, UV reflective coating making it visible to birds while remaining virtually transparent to the human eye.
Ornilux has been tested in cooperation with the American Bird Conservancy and has shown itself to be an effective solution to mitigate bird collisions with glass on buildings, especially in areas where transparency is the top priority. As a multi-functional glass, Ornilux is available as insulated units with a low-E or solar control coating, offering energy efficiency and bird strike protection, or as laminated glass.