April Showers Bring May Flowers…And Eco-Friendly Smart Glass

Smart Windows

The concept of smart glass is not new and in fact has been around for decades. This so-called “smart” glass has the ability to adjust its properties in response to the surrounding environment to block out heat or light. Some of the most basic smart glass applications are a self-tinting rearview car mirror or eyeglasses that

The Colorful History of Stained Glass

Stained Glass Window

Glass is a multi-purpose material, from the delicate applications of Chihuly’s glass sculptural art to the 32-foot glass cube of Apple’s Fifth Avenue Store in New York. By layering standard glass with other materials, adding metallic oxide powder or making slight modifications in the manufacturing process, the final strength and beauty of standard glass can

Teaming Up with TSS for Bullet Proof Glass Installation

United Way Youth Center

Many glaziers are hesitant to work with a national bullet proof glass specialist like Total Security Solutions.  Part of this may just be a matter of attitude: Why partner with a specialist?  Glazing is glazing.  But for others, calling someone like Total Security Solutions feels a little too much like swimming with sharks. “They’re worried

When Put to the Test, Tempered Glass is Best

tempered glass

What do you see when you: a) step into a glass stall shower in the morning; b) stare out a car windshield on the drive to work; or c) hold onto a glass railing while climbing the office stairs? Most people don’t give the glass in front of them a second thought. However, when shattered, standard

Bullet Resistant Panels Can Protect Against Tornados and Hurricanes

Indiana Governor National Guard respond to tornado destruction

For a school facility manager, safety is a primary concern. Maintaining a safe school ranges from day-to-day details–taking care of slippery floors, damaged fire-exit crash bars, loose handrails–to planning for disasters. Although disasters come in many forms–from active shooters to extreme weather–some similar strategies can be employed to increase school safety across the board. Many

A World Without Windows

digital window

The snow has finally melted and people are emerging from their homes to soak up the sun’s rays. It is estimated that from December through February, many U.S. cities experience gray, cloudy days more than 50% of the time leaving some people to suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Insufficient exposure to sunlight can contribute to

Built-in Doesn’t Mean Locked-In: Maintaining Flexibility with Your School’s Bullet Resistant Barrier

Bulletproof Barrier

Facility managers are tasked with making the best possible choices to support security in their schools. One thing that makes this especially challenging is that school buildings are constantly changing: Each summer sees rooms re-assigned, renovations made, and entire areas of the building re-purposed. Committing to a custom bullet resistant barrier system may feel like

Shedding Light on LEED Schools and Ballistic Security

School Entryway

Schools are very excited about environmentally responsible “green” design–especially when it comes to new construction. Rainwater harvesting, solar water heating, recycled building materials, living roofs, locally-sourced materials, and properly siting the new building to best take advantage of natural heating and cooling effects will all be enthusiastically praised. So will the educational advantages of having

Texas Elementary School Partners with Total Security Solutions to Increase Security

bulletproof school barrier

The 2014-2015 school year marked a first for Northside Independent School District, located in San Antonio, Texas, as the students at its newest elementary, Bonnie Ellison Elementary, entered the building through a bullet-resistant glass security lobby. This project, completed by Joeris Construction in partnership with Total Security Solutions, is part of a nearly $8.28 million

Nature Could Hold the Key to the Future of Bulletproof Glass

Windowpane Oyster

Bulletproof glass found its origin in an accidental discovery, but some scientists believe we must look no further than nature to unlock the next stage in high-tech, bulletproof glass. Bullet Resistance in Nature Researchers at MIT have been analyzing the windowpane oyster whose shell is 99% ceramic and 80% transparent. They have observed its ability