Bird-Friendly Glass takes the fun out of clean windows
It’s not that I’m mean to animals or anything, but when you’re sitting in the kitchen staring out a bay window only to see a bird plow into it, a small giggle just seems to escape. I am happy when they shake it off and fly away, if I noticed they were hurt I wouldn’t find it nearly as humorous. Truthfully, when someone walks into a glass door I laugh just as much at them, so it’s not just birds. Well there are those occasions when the unseen glass can be deadly for birds, one person decided to make fancy glass that takes a cue from spiderwebs to help the situation.
Now honestly at home I’ve never seen a fatality from my windows, but I could easily see larger buildings causing more casualties. Which is the reasoning behind a German company, Arnold Glas, creating their award winning spiderweb inspired glass. On their glass is a special ultraviolet coating that can barely be seen, but is enough to divert birds. Considering that 100 million birds die every year in the United States from window crashes, it’s probably a wise design. They’d be great for the numerous storefronts that are completely glass.