The new Student Learning Centre at Toronto’s Ryerson University, which opened in February 2015, has achieved both sustainability and innovation within a strictly limited budget, using Dip-Tech’s Digital Ceramic In-Glass Printer.

The eight-floor building features 5,000m2 (53,820ft2) of glass façade printed with white geometric patterns.

The pattern design, digital ceramic in-glass printing, glass treatment, and installation techniques were all crucial to the building’s overall design and functionality.

The combination of technologies used enabled glass to be used for 60% of the building, significantly outstripping most other LEED-certified buildings that are no more than 40% glass.

To meet the university’s requirement that its buildings be LEED-certified, the designer explored new ways to achieve high energy efficiency while maintaining the use of natural light and views.

Combining digital ceramic in-glass printing with a triple-glazed construction and low-e glass coating achieved the required functionality.

This included thermal comfort and glare control that is vital for students studying and using computers, bird safety, and sun/shade control that creates a dynamic experience of the interior as the sun moves across the building.

The white shapes were printed on more than 3,000 digital ceramic printed glass panels, which were fastened to the aluminum support system with silicon, eliminating protrusions and creating a clean and smooth appearance.

The façade was printed by Canadian glass processor Prelco Group, using a Dip-Tech Digital Ceramic In-Glass Printer.

Prelco was an instrumental partner in solving one of the key challenges of the project: Maintaining the integrity of the design while keeping the project affordable.