Bendheim Glass Rainscreens Win “Money-Saving” Building Product Award

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Farmers' House | Glass Rainscreen FaçadeWe are proud to announce that our Decorative Glass Rainscreen Systems are a 2016 BUILDINGS Money-Saving Products winner. The prize-winning, budget-smart systems offer the building durable protection against costly moisture damage. Individual glass panels can be installed in less than a minute, and panel removal or replacement does not require deglazing surrounding panels, allowing for speedy, cost-saving long-term maintenance.

The 2016 Money-Saving award-winning products were evaluated and selected by BUILDINGS’ editorial staff for the potential savings they offer facility owners and managers. Bendheim’s rainscreen systems joined an elite group of products showcased in the June 2016 issue of BUILDINGS magazine and online at

“Long-term moisture protection is only part of the payback equation.”


What Is a Glass Rainscreen?

What Is a Rainscreen

Rainscreen schematic drawing: system components, water drainage and air flow paths


Moisture is the most insidious enemy to the structural integrity of buildings. Glass rainscreens envelop the building’s exterior, creating a drained and ventilated cavity between the building and the glass cladding (read more here). They prevent damaging moisture from reaching the building’s façade. Protecting against costly weather damage extends the productive service life of the building and lowers maintenance costs over its lifetime.

Bendheim’s glass rainscreens are an exceptionally fast, cost-effective, and environmentally sound option for retrofit projects. Their unlimited palette of colors and textures can breathe new life into tired old buildings. Installing a glass rainscreen over an existing façade is less costly than traditional demolition, repair, and re-glazing of exterior skins. It can be accomplished without accessing the interior and disrupting occupants, as this video of a recently retrofitted office building in San Jose, CA demonstrates.

3001 Orchard Parkway | Glass Rainscreen Facade

Horizontally oriented glass panels at 3001 Orchard Parkway, California, USA


“Long-term moisture protection is only part of the payback equation,” said Michael Tryon, General Manager of Bendheim Wall Systems. “An even more exciting benefit to building owners and developers is our systems’ ability to literally transform a worn-out structure through a new, show-stopping glass skin. An elegant Bendheim glass rainscreen can be the difference between an ‘OK’ building and a sought-after, high-earning property. The potential return on investment is obvious.”

Unique to Bendheim’s rainscreens is the use of highly engineered and tested, patented compression glass fittings that offer easy setup and quick assembly. The system ensures projects are completed on time and on budget, and can be easily maintained post installation, including effortless access to building components and systems located behind the glass cladding. The method does not require costly cut-outs or holes in the glass, affording low fabrication costs combined with superior wall strength.

About Bendheim

Bendheim is one of the world’s foremost resources for specialty architectural glass. Founded in New York City in 1927, the fourth-generation, family-owned company offers a virtually unlimited range of in-stock and custom architectural glass varieties. Bendheim develops, fabricates, and distributes its products worldwide. The company maintains production facilities in New Jersey and an extensive showroom in New York City