Save the Birds! New Window Design Prevents Collisions

From on August 24, 2010 in Window Replacement

If you’ve ever experienced a bird careening into your window, you know how damaging (and disturbing) that can be. Unfortunately, birds can’t see glass like we can, and as a result, over 100 million of them die every year in the United States alone. To help the poor birds—and home and business owners across the globe—a German company called Arnold Glas has the solution. bird safe window glassspider web designWorking with the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, they developed Ornilux Mikado, glass with an ultraviolet reflective coating that birds can see, but humans can’t. The design is so innovative that it recently received the “red dot” award from the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen in Essen, Germany. What grabbed the judges’ attention was the web-like design—the same configuration that spiders use to keep birds from destroying their carefully crafted webs. This coating is said to decrease the number of bird hits by a whopping 75 percent. The Detroit Audubon Society has now embraced the product, a sure sign that it will be making its way across the United States very soon. Photo Credit: Arnold Glas & curt via Flickr