Dow Corning brand silicone materials and expertise help construction
professionals from Antarctica to Beijing create more sustainable buildings.
Explore just a few of our energy efficiency success stories.
St. Pancras – International Station, UK
A Dow Corning silicone structural glazing sealant enabled the London &
Continental Railways to transform a giant Victorian train shed into a
breathtaking swath of light. The sealant was also used to attach the glass
paneling in the corridors and stairways leading to the service platforms.
Together, these applications meld the British architectural glamour of today
with the beauty of years gone by.
Torre Agbar – Barcelona, Spain
The dazzling multicolored skin on the Torre Agbar features an outer shell of
more than 50,000 glass louvers that can be moved to control the amount of light
and solar heat gain entering the building.
Within the louvers are 4,400 opening windows, which allow natural
ventilation of the offices inside. A Dow Corning silicone structural glazing
sealant, chosen for its unique strength/flexibility ratio and proven track
record of durability, was used to bond the louvers to their frames.
New Beijing Poly Plaza – Beijing, China
The New Beijing Poly Plaza boasts the world’s largest flexible-cable glass
curtainwall. The curtainwall, which blurs the dividing line between indoor and
outdoor spaces and integrates the building with its surroundings, was
constructed using a Dow Corning silicone structural glazing sealant chosen
especially for its superior stress-bearing capabilities. Travertine stone binds
on the south and west sides of the building ensure maximum sun-light in winter
and offer protective shading in summer, reducing heating and air conditioning
requirements. A high-performance Dow Corning sealant made for
aesthetically sensitive substrates was used to seal the stone.