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Project

In collaboration with the New Jersey Audubon Society, the United States Green Building Council, and ornithologist Dr. Christine Sheppard, Ennead Lab is developing designs for a laboratory testing apparatus in which to gauge the response of live birds in flight to a variety of glass types. Building upon previous research and lessons learned from Dr. Sheppard’s earlier (and now obsolete) testing tunnel, the team is developing this “next generation” standardized testing apparatus and an associated testing protocol, similar to ASTM material tests for building products.

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Building upon previous research and lessons learned from Dr. Sheppard’s earlier (and now obsolete) testing tunnel, the team is developing this “next generation” standardized testing apparatus and an associated testing protocol, similar to ASTM material tests for building products.

The design and construction of this flight tunnel will make possible desperately needed research, broadening the scientific knowledge underlying this critical environmental issue and leading to the development of new glass types and architectural design strategies to prevent bird collisions with buildings.

Press

Wired features Ennead's Guy Maxwell on Vassar, and bird-friendly glass.

Wired Magazine Nov 2016

Bird-Friendly Glass Research Featured on National Geographic

Check out this National Geographic video featuring Dr. Christine Shepherd, one of Ennead Lab’s key partners for the Bird- Friendly Glass Lab project.

Ennead Co-develops LEED Pilot Credit 55

In order to provide a tool for designers to help reduce bird injury and mortality due to collisions with buildings, Ennead helped lead the effort to develop LEED Pilot Credit 55.  To date, this Credit has become the most popular Pilot Credit with the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).  As part of similar, on-going collaborations, Ennead currently co-chairs ASTM Committee WK47853 Collaboration New Standard - Bird Collision Deterrence Material Threat Factor, in an effort to help provide the glazing industry with a test methodology for third party validation.

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